Friday, March 19, 2010

SMU Theatre and Dance Department present ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’

WINONA, Minn. – Saint Mary’s University’s Theatre and Dance Department is presenting their rendition of William Shakespeare’s infamous play “All’s Well That End’s Well” Thursday, April 8, through Sunday, April 11. The play, a lesson of love and social class, will begin at 7:30 p.m. on April 8-10 and at 3 p.m. on April 11 in the Page Theatre, located in the SMU Performance Center.

This comedy, set in the 1630s, takes the stage with full period costuming, supported by a beautiful, romantic setting and luscious lighting. The bawdy tale centers around a young nobleman named Bertram and an orphaned commoner named Helen. The King of France grants Helen the hand of Bertram, because she cured the king of an illness. Bertram reluctantly agrees, but immediately runs off to the wars in Italy. Helen, ever persistent, follows him to Italy and — with the help of a widow woman and her virtuous daughter, Diana — tricks him into consummating their marriage and exchanging rings. Upon hearing of Helen’s death (which she faked), Bertram returns to France only to find Diana and Helen waiting to confront him about his lies and schemes. The charming Bertram learns his lesson and vows to love Helen forever.

“Every four years the Department of Theatre and Dance produces one of Shakepeare’s plays as an essential component of the theatre training program,” said director Judy Myers. “This allows students in the Saint Mary’s community — and the Winona area — the opportunity to engage in Shakespeare’s work in conjunction with their classroom experience.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and seniors, $5 for students and are available at the SMU Box Office, (507) 457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at

High school performance offered

Area high school students are invited to a matinee performance of “All’s Well that Ends Well” at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, at SMU’s Page Theatre. The play is approximately two and a half hours long with an intermission. A discussion will follow. The cost is $2 per student or chaperone. Please call Jennifer Fanello, box office manager, at (407) 457-1716 to reserve room for your school.

“Though the play may seem extraordinarily bawdy at times, its main objective is to promote the value of virginity and that the loss of that virginity should happen with marriage,” Myers said. “The main characters are young (15- to 17-years-old) and the contemplation of sexual relationships is a hot topic among young people. We know your students will enjoy this lighthearted production, and we invite them to stay for a talk-back session at the end of the performance.”

Thursday, March 18, 2010

10th SMU benefit dance to help Griffin family

Saint Mary’s will present the 10th annual Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance from 8:30 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, March 20.

The beneficiaries of this year’s formal dance — open to the public — are Bob and Crystal Griffin and their family of Fremont. Crystal works in the Maintenance Department at Saint Mary’s, and the couple co-owns the Lewiston bowling alley, L.A. Lanes. They have three sons, ranging from age 5 to college aged.

Bob underwent emergency surgery last May because of an infection in his back. Doctors removed two vertebrae and replaced them with titanium, leaving Bob with only a 1 or 2 percent chance of ever walking again. Determined, Bob is undergoing aggressive physical therapy in La Crosse, Wis. Money raised from the benefit dance and silent auction will help the family pay for medical bills and help the family make renovations to their home for handicap accessibility. The family also hopes to purchase a handicap accessible van.

The benefit dance has become an annual tradition since its start in 2001 by students in honor of Taylor Richmond, son of Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry and Student Activities staff member Nikki Richmond. Taylor has a genetic terminal illness called Ataxia Telangiectasia (A-T) and the proceeds from his benefit were used to fulfill Taylor’s dream of going to Disney World. Each year this event benefits someone in the SMU community in need.

The dance, featuring music by the Johnny Holm Band, will be held in the Toner Student Center dining room. Ticket prices are $15 per person or $25 per couple. To purchase tickets or receive more information, contact Jason Richter at Ext. 1648. Dance tickets will also be available at the door.

To make a donation, send checks — payable to the Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance — to Richter at Box 45.

In combination with the dance, a silent auction will be held on campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, March 19. A variety of homemade goods, gift baskets and specialty items will be on display in the game room.

In addition to the dance and silent auction, the student committee is selling a special 10th annual Taylor Richmond benefit dance T-shirt for $10.

Class continues to sell ‘The Red Card’ this week

The Saint Mary’s University Entrepreneurship class is selling special discount cards benefiting the Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin.

The “Red Card,” which is being sold for $10, includes reduced prices on merchandise from 19 local businesses including Westgate Bowl, Mugby Junction, Fantastic Sams, Tres Compadres, Electric Beach, Golden China, Spa Panache, Chula Vista, Jefferson’s, Warpzone, Perkins, Jimmy John’s, Ground Round, Sammy’s Pizza, GQ Hairstyling, Country Kitchen, Timber’s, Papa Murphy’s and Blooming Grounds.

The card can be used until March 1, 2011, and its value is not limited. If the card is used at each business one time per month, the approximate annual savings to cardholders is $800. For a family of four, the estimated annual savings are doubled.

The fundraiser benefits Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin, a team of volunteer medical staff that travels to Haiti several times each year to provide free medical care. A student in the SMU class is from Haiti and has served as a medical translator for doctors and nurses in this organization.

The Red Card will be sold during the following events:

• SMU baseball — home games — April 5, 7, 9 and 17.
• SMU softball — home games — March 25, and April 8 and 14.
• Relay for Life — SMU Fieldhouse — April 9.
• Earth Day — Unity Park, SMU table — April 17 from 2:30-7 p.m.

The Red Card will be sold at the following locations:

• Blooming Grounds, 50 E. 3rd St.
• Jimmy Johns, 155 E. 3rd St.
• Warpzone Video Games, 521 Huff St.
• Toner Center during the week of March 15-19 from 11:30-1 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m.
• SMU Information Desk, Ext. 1600
• SMU Business Office, Ext. 6655.

For faculty and staff who are unable to come to the Toner Student Center or the first floor of Saint Mary’s Hall, students in the Entrepreneurship class will be visiting offices today between 8:45-9:30 a.m. Credit cards will not be accepted so have cash or checks ready.

Or, send your requests with your name and number of cards to and payment and delivery options will be made available to you.

Concert Band to feature student soloist, conductor

Kate Dullard and Ryan Ballanger

The Saint Mary’s Concert Band will present its annual early spring concert on Sunday, March 21. This performance will begin at 3 p.m. in Page Theatre. The concert will feature two senior band members, Ryan Ballanger as guest conductor, leading the band in Hazo’s “Solas Ane,” and Kate Dullard, piccolo soloist, performing “The Bird in the Wood” by Thiere.

The band, directed by Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, will also present composer Carl Schroeder’s “Minnesota Portraits,” a three-movement suite recently composed for the Calhoun-Isles Community Band in Minneapolis. The movements are inspired by the composer’s impressions of three Minnesota landmarks: Historic Fort Snelling, Lake Calhoun Sunrise and the Mississippi River. John Zdechlik’s famous “Chorale and Shaker Dance” is also on the program, along with works by Grainger, Creston, Shostakovich, and Surinach.

This performance is part of a year-long exploration of Minnesota-based composers. Earlier concerts this season have included the works of Frank Bencriscutto and Dan Kallman. The SMU Concert band is comprised of 60 student and Winona-area community musicians and rehearses twice weekly throughout the academic year.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, and are available at the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at

If you are interested in performing with the SMU Band next season contact the director at

In the Heart of the Beast production is tonight

The LaSallian Honors Program, the Department of Philosophy, and the Philosophy Club at Saint Mary's, in co-operation with the generous support of Lori and Michael Charron, dean of the School of the Arts, are proud to present In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s production of “A Path Home: A Story of Thich Nhat Hanh,” created and performed by Masanari Kawahara, directed by Sandy Spieler.

Hanh is an expatriate Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist.

The performance will take place in the Damien Commons in Watters Hall today, March 19, at 7 p.m. All are welcome, and there is no fee for this event.

Join SMU staff and friends Relay for Life team

Well everyone, it’s a GO! An SMU staff and friends Relay for Life team has been formed. The “relay” will be held in the RAC from 4 p.m. Friday, April 9, to 7 a.m. Saturday, April 10.

Please go to sign up as soon as possible, so organizers have an idea of how many people will be part of the team.

Laurie Haase has packets for everyone so let her know as you sign up. The goal is to have someone from the team on the track the entire time. Each individual is asked to raise at least $100. If you cannot not raise the entire amount and/or cannot stay the entire time, it’s okay. This is a great opportunity to raise money to fight cancer and to have quality interaction time with students.

Last presentation of series on sustainability April 12

The Saint Mary’s Green Team is presenting the last of its five-part series on sustainability.

On Monday, April 12, Dr. Tom Marpe, Chris Kendall and Andy Robertson will lead a discussion on “Green Economy” — how climate change impacts the way we do business including green purchasing, marketing strategies, and new careers related to sustainability. Everyone is invited at 7:30 p.m. in the Toner Student Center lounge.

MPCC Day at the Capitol is March 24

Minnesota is facing a significant budget challenge during the 2010 legislative session. Recent forecasts show that the Minnesota State Grant program will experience a $42 million loss by the end of June 2011. Thousands of students will lose their grants and those who keep them will see the value shrink by an estimated 18.5 percent. These economic realities impact how our students pay for college.

One of the biggest ways that students and campus communities can have a major impact on supporting Minnesota State Grant program is to participate in the Minnesota Private College Council’s Day at the Capitol. This day provides students and employees the opportunity to come to the Capitol and tell the legislators and the governor how important the Minnesota State Grant program is to you, your school, and the state.

Saint Mary’s Day at the Capitol is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24. Register online for Day at the Capitol at Click on “Register.” The deadline to register is Monday, March 22.

For more information, e-mail Ali Kremer amkrem07 or Marie Allen mealle07. SMU hopes to send 50 students and employees to the Capitol this year.

Iron Cardinal Fitness Competition April 17i

The first ever Iron Cardinal Strongman/ Strongwoman Fitness Competition will be held on Saturday, April 17. The competition is open to all Saint Mary’s students, faculty, and staff.

Possible events include: a log press, stone carry, golf cart pull, tire flip and sprint, sheaf toss and farmer's walk.

The participants will be split into male and female divisions. If the number of participants is great, then the competition will also be split into weight divisions.

To register, sign up in the Student Activities office. The cost is $10 and all participants will receive an Iron Cardinal T-shirt.

If you have any questions contact Jamie Herrick, Ext. 6968; Jason Flanders, Ext. 6692; or Jason Richter, Ext.1648.

Let’s Do Lunch event is today!

The volunteer committee has scheduled the next “Let's Do Lunch” for today in the President’s Room. Toner Student Center staff will serve an Irish versus Italian menu. The Volunteer Committee will provide desserts, beverages and paper products. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; a freewill offering will be taken! March 19 happens to be the Feast of St. Joseph. Because it is a “solemnity” feast, the rule about no meat does not apply if it falls on a Friday during Lent!

Myers, Minnerath team up for next faculty presentationsf

Two faculty reports will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, in Salvi Lecture Hall. Judy Myers, Department of Theatre and Dance, will present “All Aboard for Broadway via Alaska” and Jeanne Minnerath, Biology Department, will present “Case Studies in the Classroom.” Refreshments will be provided. The event is sponsored by the Faculty Development Committee, in conjunction with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Events in honor of Archbishop Romero to be held March 21-27

Saint Mary’s is hosting a number of events to remember the 30th anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero. Archbishop Romero was the Archbishop of San Salvador for three years prior to his assassination and dedicated his work to social justice. Pope John Paul II announced Archbishop Romero had been declared a “Servant of God” in 1997.

The following events have been scheduled in his honor:

Sunday, March 21

• 5 p.m. — Spanish Mass, St. Casimir Catholic Parish located at 626 West Broadway. Transportation will be provided and will depart from the Toner Student Center at 4:35 p.m.

Wednesday, March 24

• 11:30-1:30 p.m. — Bring your El Salvadorian appetite to the dining room.

• Noon — Presentation by Brother Ed Siderewicz in the Presidents Room.

• 12:10 p.m. — Liturgy, Saint Thomas More Chapel

• 4 p.m. — Presentation by Brother Ed Siderewicz in the Common Room.

• 9 p.m. — The movie “Romero” will be shown in Salvi Lecture Hall.

All-Week Events:

• Check out the display cases in the basement of the Toner Student Center.

• Pennies for Peace, a Hall vs. Hall competition, will raise scholarship money for Catholic Relief Services.

Sexual trauma workshop scheduled for March 24

Dr. Ruth Matthews, staff psychologist in Counseling Services, will give a presentation titled, “Sexual Trauma: Impact and Treatment” on Wednesday, March 24. This presentation is from 7-9 p.m. in Figliulo Recital Hall.

Dr. Matthews will discuss the range of psychological consequences experienced in the aftermath of sexual trauma and treatment strategies designed to address these impacts.

This workshop is cosponsored by the Wellness Center, Psychology Club and Project COMPASS and is free to the Saint Mary’s Community with your SMU ID.

High School Challenge broadcasts begin March 21

On Saturday, March 6, High School Challenge, a tournament of knowledge sponsored by Saint Mary’s, ended the 2009-10 season with the Consolation and Super Challenge Championships. Eight games were played and taped by Fox 25/Fox 48 and will be aired on Sundays at 10 a.m., starting March 21 and running through May 9.

Thirty-two area high school teams began competing in the fall for a spot in the Super Challenge Tournament. The teams must win all their games in order to compete in the Super Challenge. Teams that won their second games advanced to the Consolation Championship games. Tune in March 21 to see whether Cotter High School White or Decorah High School Red becomes the Consolation Champion.

Logan Red, Eau Claire Regis Green, Cotter Blue, Decorah Blue, Lewiston-Altura, West Salem Black, Holmen Maroon, and Riceville competed for the Super Challenge Champion title. Broadcasting for the quarterfinals begins Sunday, March 28, on Fox 25/Fox 48 with Decorah Blue playing against Logan Red. West Salem Black plays Cotter Blue on April 4. Lewiston plays Holmen Maroon on April 11, and Riceville plays Eau Claire Regis Green on April 18. Winners will advance to the semi-finals, starting April 25.

A very special thanks goes to all the schools that competed, and Winona National Bank for sponsoring the closed captioning

Saint Mary’s hosts two girls’ volleyball camps

Saint Mary’s is hosting two girls’ volleyball camps July 18-29 for students entering grades six through 12 in the fall.

This first camp, “Session I,” is for girls entering grades six through eight and will be held Sunday, July 18, through Thursday, July 22. The second camp, “Session II,” is for girls entering grades nine through 12 and will be held Sunday, July 25, through Thursday, July 29.

These camps provide a great experience for players who want intense work in a competitive atmosphere. Seventy-five percent of the focus will be on individual skills, and the other 25 percent will be on team play. Mike Lester, SMU’s head volleyball coach, will lead this camp with the assistance of SMU women’s volleyball team members.

Rates are $375 before April 15 and $395 after April 15. Register and pay online at This registration fee includes lodging and meals, as well as access to the Recreation and Athletics Center, indoor pool, weight room, dance studio, hiking trails, disc golf course, track and soccer complex, ropes course and more. For more information, call Ext. 6921.

Jazz Groups to Perform at Jefferson’s on March 25

The 18-piece Saint Mary’s University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo I will perform a concert — free and open to the public — March 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Riverside Room, located at Jefferson Pub & Grill.

Both groups are directed by professor of music, Dr. John Paulson. Some of the selections to be performed include an new arrangement of the “007” James Bond theme by recent graduate and vibraphonist Jeremy Johnston; an arrangement of “Secret Love” featuring the trombone section; the Wayne Shorter tune “One by One” arranged by Mark Taylor; and a new arrangement of Gershwin’s “My Ship” by Dave Rivello featuring baritone saxophonist Benjamin Scott.

For reservations or further information, call Jefferson’s at 452-2718 or visit or Dr. John Paulson at Ext. 1596 or

The Jazz Ensemble has been working on recording their first CD “Staycation” which students started recording during their February break — hence the title. Music technology students from Saint Mary’s are doing the recording under the supervision of engineer and SMU adjunct instructor Brett Huus, along with input from Dr. Paulson. They hope to release the CD at Family Weekend next September.

Watch for the formal spring concert to be presented by the Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo I Friday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Page Theatre on campus. This concert will feature Dr. Joseph Morgan soloing on trumpet and flugelhorn. For details go to or call Ext. 1715.

Women’s Film Festival offered March 25

The Saint Mary’s community is invited to watch films about contemporary women as they change the world one day at a time. The event will be held 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 25 in the Common Room. Snacks and a raffle will be offered. Discover the actions of Diane Wilson, an environmental activist and join a discussion of activism led by the Philosophy Club at 7:30 p.m. See the compelling story of a single mother struggling against the odds. The event is sponsored by the Saint Teresa Leadership and Service Institute for Women.

Hendrickson Forum, seminar tickets available

A limited number of complimentary tickets are available to SMU faculty and staff for the Hendrickson Forum and Seminar on Wednesday, April 28.

The Hendrickson Forum featuring Dr. Marcelo — a distinguished scholar and lecturer on immigration, globalization and education — will take place at the Nicollet Island Pavilion at at the Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis from 3 to 5 p.m.

Su├írez-Orozco is the co-founder of the Harvard Immigration Projects and is currently the Richard Fisher Membership Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and the Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education at New York University. He will speak about “Global Migration: Best Practices for Business and Society in a Changing World.”

Panelists at the Hendrickson Seminar will discuss, “Demographics and Development: Migration's Impact on Minnesota Businesses” from 1 - 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28 at the Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis.

Panelists will explore how migration’s demographic and economic upheavals are impacting Minnesota, specifically businesses and their changes in owners, employees, customers and the culture of their markets. With 19 Fortune 500 companies headquartered here, Minnesota both leads and is vulnerable to market changes due to migration.

If you'd like one of these faculty/staff tickets, e-mail Terri Nye, Once the complimentary tickets are gone, tickets are $20 for the forum and $10 for the seminar for staff and faculty. Bob Biebel will organize a carpool/bus for faculty, staff and students who are interested.

More information on both events is available at For more information, contact Barb Hall at (612) 238-4517,

Jazz notes

Dr. John Paulson and Eric Heukeshoven will perform with Swing Inc. at Signatures Restaurant 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Friday, March 26. Swing Inc. will also perform 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at CG’s Lounge in Winona.

Paulson will also perform 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, with The Larry Price Jazz Trio at The Pumphouse, La Crosse, Wis. For more information on this event, call (608) 785-1434 or go to

Tadie attends CUR conference in Washington, D.C.

Joseph Tadie of the Department of Philosophy attended the the Council on Undergraduate Research’s annual CUR Dialogues Program Feb. 25-27 in Washington, D.C. The dialogues are a way of bringing together faculty and staff from universities involved with research with funding officers from the NSF, NEH and other national granting institutions.

Tristano presents paper at conference

Richard Tristano, Department of History, presented a paper titled “The ‘Judicious Antiquarian’: A Reexamination of Cinquecento Ferrarese Historiography,” at the New College Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Sympathy to Williams, Bambenek families

Charles (Chuck) Williams, a 1942 Saint Mary’s graduate and prominent Winona broadcaster and sports personality, died on Saturday, March 13. He is the father of Mary Williams Bambenek, coordinator for Winona graduate and professional programs. Chuck’s family has many other connections to Saint Mary's as employees and as alumni. The Saint Mary’s community extends its sympathy to the Williams and Bambenek families.