Thursday, April 15, 2010

Winners of Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards announced

Three Saint Mary’s University groups and organizations will receive Presidents’ Awards from the Minnesota Campus Compact in the areas of Student Leadership, Civic Engagement and Company Partnership on June 17 at the Minnesota Campus Compact’s Annual Summit and Awards Luncheon.

At the luncheon, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page will present the state’s third Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration. In addition, the event will recognize outstanding student leaders, community partners, and faculty and staff “stewards” of civic engagement through the new Presidents’ Awards.

The Presidents’ Awards provide an opportunity for university presidents and chancellors to give statewide recognition to effective leaders in the development of campus-community partnerships.

Receiving awards from Saint Mary’s are:

Presidents’ Student Leadership Award — SMU Inter-Cultural Awareness Association (ICAA). This award is for an individual student or a student organization that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership. The ICAA has shown tremendous initiative in planning and hosting events that foster understanding and awareness of different cultures, engaging students, faculty and staff, and local community members. Amira Sadek, president of ICAA and a senior public relations major, will represent the group.

Presidents’ Civic Engagement Steward award — SMU Literacy Clinic Project Team. This award is for a member of the faculty, administration or staff, or for a group (advisory committee, task force, project team) that has significantly advanced their campus’ distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others’ civic engagement, and worked to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement. Since 1988, the Literacy Clinic has assisted in the remediation of students with dyslexia and other reading disorders. The clinic serves K-12 students from the Winona area. The Literacy Clinic team includes Dr. Jane Anderson, dean of Education, who formed the clinic, as well as clinic supervisor Kärin Wollan and Denise Cichosz, who provides administrative support.

Presidents’ Community Partner award — SMU Apple Valley Partners in Learning. Saint Mary’s recognizes its community-based partners in Apple Valley — Dakota County Technical College, Inver Hills Community College and the City of Apple Valley. This award is presented for enhancing the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and developing sustained, reciprocal partnerships with the university, thus enriching educational as well as community outcomes. In collaboration with Saint Mary’s and with the assistance of the City of Apple Valley, these partner institutions formed the Apple Valley Partners in Learning group in 2003 in response to increasing demand for education programs in the south metro area of the Twin Cities. Dr. Ron Thomas, president of DCTC; Mary Hamaan-Roland, mayor of Apple Valley; and Dr. Cheryl Frank, president of IHCC, are recognized for their collaborative efforts.

Minnesota Campus Compact leverages the assets of higher education institutions in partnerships with communities to educate students and develop creative solutions to society's most pressing issues. Minnesota Campus Compact is affiliated with Campus Compact, a national network of more than 1,100 campuses, 35 state Compacts and a national office. Minnesota Campus Compact is the only higher education coalition in Minnesota that includes a critical mass of public and private; two-year and four-year; urban, suburban, and rural campuses dedicated to the civic purposes of higher education.

SMU co-sponsors MPR used-instrument drive

Saint Mary’s is cosponsoring the Minnesota Public Radio “Play it Forward” used musical instrument drive this April. Around the state, listeners are being urged to donate their used and unwanted instruments at various collection points throughout the month. They will be passed along to schools and school children with financial need. At Saint Mary’s, instrument donations are being accepted at the Toner Student Center Info Desk, the Valéncia Arts Center and four graduate program locations. Other collection points in Winona include Cotter High School, St. Martin’s Lutheran School and Winona Senior High School.

At the conclusion of the drive, MPR will host a live, two-hour broadcast from the Saint Mary's Cardinal Club, featuring MPR artists-in-residence, the Parker Quartet. MPR hosts will also interview Saint Mary’s faculty and staff and Winona music teachers. All are welcome to stop by the Cardinal Club during the public performance and broadcast. The show runs from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday, April 26.

For more information, go to:

Winona instrument dropoff points include:

Cotter High School, 1115 W. Broadway, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Needs: woodwinds, brass.

Saint Mary’s, Toner Student Center Info Desk, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Needs: guitars, drums, woodwinds, brass, strings.

Saint Mary’s, Valéncia Arts Center, 10th & Vila streets, 2 to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Needs: guitars, drums, woodwinds, brass, strings.

St. Martin’s Lutheran School, 253 Liberty St., 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Friday. Needs: drums, woodwinds, brass, strings.

Winona Senior High School, 901 Gilmore Ave., 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Needs: drums, woodwinds, brass.

Entrepreneurship Week activities continue today

Staff and students pose with Dave Anderson of Famous Dave's BBQ Thursday following one of his presentations in honor of Entrepreneurship Week.

Everyone is invited to a full schedule of events in honor of Entrepreneurship Week through Friday, April 16. Events are hosted by the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies in an effort to recognize and celebrate entrepreneurial spirit both at the university and in the community.

Today, Friday, April 16

Celebrate Winona’s Entrepreneurial Spirit (luncheon and informal networking)
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Toner Student Center Lounge

To conclude the weeklong celebration, a final gathering will highlight and celebrate the City of Winona’s rich entrepreneurial history. A special luncheon will bring students and entrepreneurs together for a unique networking opportunity. Business owners are encouraged to bring print materials for a community display highlighting Winona’s entrepreneurial spirit. Attendees will enjoy a light meal. Please RSVP to for catering purposes.

University Council of Jamaica visiting April 20-21

A two-person visiting team from the University Council of Jamaica, a council of the Jamaican Ministry of Education, will be on campus next week (April 20-21) reviewing the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning program. This visit is in connection to program accreditation being sought for the M.Ed. program in Jamaica, which is required by the Jamaican Ministry of Education for all institutions offering programs in Jamaica.

If you see a member of the visiting team on campus, please extend a welcome. Our colleague Dr. Sandra Hamilton, program coordinator of the M.Ed. in Jamaica and vice president of the Catholic College of Mandeville, will be here participating with us in the visit.

The M.Ed. program in Jamaica, offered in collaboration with the Catholic College of Mandeville, currently has two learning communities in operation. Jamaica 1 learners will be completing the program this semester. Nineteen students are scheduled to complete the degree; several of the learners from this community will be joining us for the May SGPP commencement in Winona. Jamaica 2, currently in its second semester, has 38 learners.

If you have any questions regarding the visit, please contact Tracy Lehnertz, university dean for Institutional Effectiveness, or Suzanne Peterson, M.Ed. program director.

Undergraduate Research Symposium in Biology April 16

The Biology Department will host the 36th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in Biology — free and open to the public — on Friday, April 16, in the Adducci Science Center.

Students from Saint Mary’s and other colleges and universities in the tri-state region will present the results of their undergraduate research projects. Morning refreshments will be available and registration begins at 8 a.m. Presentations begin at 8:20 a.m. and continue until the 11:45 a.m. lunch break; presentations will then continue from 2 to 4 p.m.

The symposium presents all attendees the opportunity to experience the process of open collegial assessment of experimental findings, the opportunity to encounter discoveries from a variety of scientific disciplines, and an excellent environment to develop personal contacts and acquaintances.

From 12:45 to 2 p.m., Saint Mary’s alumnus Dr. John Stegeman will present the R.V. Kowles Lecture in the Common Room. Dr. Stegeman is a senior scientist and the director of the Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health. With an extensive list of publications, Dr. Stegeman has served in a multitude of capacities for National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He also recently participated in an expert panel discussion during the first UN World Oceans Day. He will present “Enzymes, Chemicals and Environment: Exploring the Evolution and Diversity of Cytochrome P450 Genes, and the Implications.”

Last week to get ‘The Red Card’

The Entrepreneurship class is wrapping up their project of 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 17.
• Earth Day — Unity Park, SMU table — April 17 from 2:30-7 p.m.

Get yours now to help a great cause! Contact Jana Schrenkler if you would still like one.

‘A Confluence of Voices II’ event to be held today, April 16

Winona’s Poet Laureate Ken McCullough will co-host “A Confluence of Voices II” with former Poet Laureate Jim Armstrong on Friday, April 16. “A Confluence of Voices II” will take place from 4-6 p.m. at Mugby Junction Coffee House, located at 451 Huff St.

Student poets from Saint Mary’s and Winona State will read their original poems and an open mic will follow. This event — free and open to the public — is a continuing part of the Frozen River Fringe Fest.

For more information, contact McCullough at Ext. 8737.

SMU hosts several outdoor track and field events

The new outdoor athletic complex will host several track and field events over the next several weeks including:

• Saint Mary’s Open — Saturday, April 24,
10:30 a.m
• MIAC Championships — Friday, May 14, 1 p.m.
• MIAC Championships — Saturday, May 15,
10:30 a.m.

Senior Academic Honors Banquet to be held April 21

The annual Senior Academic Honors Banquet will be held on Wednesday, April 21, beginning with a reception in the President's Room at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and the awards program will follow at 7 p.m. in the Dining Room. For more information, contact Barb Schmidtknecht at Ext. 6678.

Don’t forget ‘Let’s Do Lunch’ today at ice arena lobby

The next ‘Let’s Do Lunch’ is a tailgating party from 11:30 a.m. to 1 pm. today, in the ice arena lobby. Brats and burgers will be served. The event his sponsored by athletics and a chuck-a puck contest is planned. Desserts and serviceware will be provided. The Volunteer Committee hosts these fundraising events that are open to all faculty and staff.

Students to help spruce up Winona

In recognition of “Spruce Up Winona Day,” Saint Mary’s Volunteer Services is organizing a group of student volunteers to help out Winona nonprofit agencies. Workers will help with spring cleaning, raking leaves, painting and construction. Approximately 125 Saint Mary’s students will be teamed up from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 22. For more information, contact Molly Jewison at Ext. 1643 or e-mail

Iron Cardinal Fitness Competition April 17

The first Iron Cardinal Strongman/ Strongwoman Fitness Competition will be held 9:30 to noon 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.

Saint Mary’s to host fourth Row, Ride, Run Triathlon

The fourth Saint Mary’s “Row, Ride, Run Triathlon” will take place on Saturday, April 24, at 9 a.m.; check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. on the west end of Lake Winona. The public is encouraged to take part in the triathlon.

Participants will canoe or kayak a 2.5-mile loop around Lake Winona, then bike 14 miles from Lake Winona to the SMU campus. Once on campus, racers will run 3.1 miles through the bluffs surrounding the university.

Proceeds assist Serving Others United in Love (SOUL), a program of SMU’s Office of Campus Ministry. Through SOUL, members of the Saint Mary’s community participate in national and international service trips.

Participants may begin registering now, either as an individual or as a team. Teams may consist of two, three or four members. The registration period ends April 16. The fees are $15 per individual or $30 per team; registration spots are limited. Event organizers have reduced the cost of this race to increase participation. This is a great event for beginning triathletes.

Racers are responsible for bringing their own bikes, and are required to wear helmets for the bicycling leg of the event. Canoeists and kayakers are required to wear life jackets; a limited number of canoes and kayaks are available to rent for a suggested donation of $5.

For more information, or to register online, visit For information on reservations, call Ext. 7268.

Senior art show to run through May 8

“Saint Mary’s Hall” —a digital photo by Joe Krause, a senior graphic design major at Saint Mary’s University, is featured in the senior art show, “Figuring it Out,” through Saturday, May 8, at the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries, located in the SMU Toner Student Center. The galleries are free and open to the public; gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

This turtle, by Mariana Sanchez, a SMU senior graphic design major from Mexico, asks the question, “If a turtle doesn’t have a shell, is he naked or homeless?” Sanchez has done a series of digital cartoons for the Saint Mary’s senior art show. Other artists displaying will include: Ryan Anderson, Valerie Koch, Tatiana Martinez, Brandy Munson, Lincoln Nguyen, Zach Olberding, Ben Olson and Smith Thongbai.

Saint Mary’s jazz groups to perform April 16

The 18-piece Saint Mary’s University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo I will perform their final concert of the semester at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday, April 16, in Page Theatre. The featured soloist will be trumpeter Dr. Joe Morgan of Rochester. Both groups are directed by professor of music, Dr. John Paulson.

Guest musician Dr. Morgan has been performing, composing and teaching professionally for nearly 10 years. While pursuing a degree in trumpet performance at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, he had the opportunity to study with Edmund Cord, former principal trumpet of the Israel Philharmonic and Utah Symphony Orchestras, as well as do jazz improvisation with Pat Harbison and renowned jazz pedagogue David Baker. While at IU, Dr. Morgan led the acclaimed brass quintet 58 Feet of Tubing and organized a re-recording and performance of Columbia Records’ Grammy award-winning 1968 LP The Antiphonal Music of Gabrieli by brass faculty and students, including two members of the original personnel.

Since then, he has performed with a variety of orchestral and big band ensembles, including the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony, and Bloomington Pops, as well as the New Millennium Jazz Orchestra, and has shared the stage with several notable jazz musicians, including Mark Colby, Tom “Bones” Malone, Bob Mintzer, Mark Van Cleave and Ernie Watts. He plays on a Bach Stradivarius trumpet and a Yamaha flugelhorn and has been published in national music and medical professional journals.

Dr. Morgan is currently a clinical research fellow in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the Mayo Clinic.

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

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.

If you'd like one of these faculty/staff tickets, e-mail Terri Nye at 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,

Radio show to raise money for Habitat Women Build

Jeff Hefel and Joe Dulak are planning a special KSMR broadcast of “The Black Hole of Radio” on Thursday, April 29, to raise money for the Saint Mary’s Habitat Women Build team. Hefel and Dulak will take to the airwaves from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a marathon show; special guests, a silent auction, an ice cream social and many surprises are planned. To contribute to the auction, contact Adrianne Olson at listen on-campus, turn to KSMR at 92.5; off-campus, turn to 94.3. KSMR also plays in the background of local access Channel 19. For more information, go to

May featured in Bluff Country Studio Art Tour April 23-25

Monta May, Office of Communication and Marketing, is one of the featured artists in the 10th annual Bluff Country Studio Art Tour. The Bluff Country Studio Art Tour will be held from Friday, April 23, through Sunday, April 25. Visit her at 854 W. 5th St.

May’s art features an exploration of the ancient and the contemporary. The Bluff Country Studio Art Tour is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information go to

Chamber Singers, Concert Choir to perform April 24

The SMU Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Patrick O’Shea, and Women’s Choir, under the direction of Lindsy O’Shea, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, located on the Saint Teresa campus. The concert will also include several selections performed by the Winona Area Youth Singers, also under Lindsy O'Shea's direction.

Works on the concert include Mozart’s Missa Brevis in D Major, K. 194, Mass No. 3 by Russell Woollen, the haunting Carols of Death by William Schuman, as well as arrangements of folk songs and spirituals.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $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

WAYS concert scheduled for April 18

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts presents the Winona Area Youth Singers (WAYS) in a spring concert, American Music History, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at the Valéncia Arts Center Recital Hall, 1164 West 10th St.

WAYS members are students in grades four through eight from the Winona area. The youth choir started its second year this past September and has been rehearsing a variety of choral material. This winter the choir performed folk music from around the world, as well as some traditional holiday carols.

The spring concert will feature music from early Americana to contemporary musical theatre, showcasing both sacred and secular aspects of pour nation’s musical growth. Featured works include: The Star-Spangled Banner; America the Beautiful; God Bless America; How Can I Keep From Singing; Simple Gifts; Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel; O Music;The Merry, Merry Heart; Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off; It Don’t Mean a Thing; For Good; You’re Never Fully Dressed; and Do, Re, Mi.

WAYS members include: Philippa Armstrong, Lauren Callahan, Carina Dretske, Jessica Kohner, Justine Meinke, Alexa Morescki, Laura Schleich, Natalie Schleich, Audrey Schmidt and Korto Thrune. WAYS is directed by Lindsy O’Shea.

Reserved tickets are not necessary. Admission is $10 (cash or checks only) at the door for adults or free for children and students ages 2 to 21.

WAYS is the official youth choir of the Minnesota Conservator for the Arts. WAYS is dedicated to providing quality, artistic, and educational vocal music experiences for all young people, regardless of their financial circumstances. WAYS is offered tuition free to all students for the 2009-2010 academic year through a grant from Saint Mary’s University Friends of the School of the Arts.

For more information about WAYS or MCA’s other performing arts programming, visit:, e-mail: or call Ext. 5501.

Faculty recognized during reception

The college deans and the vice president of Academic Affairs hosted a reception for faculty April 9, in the Presidents Room to celebrate the accomplishments of the college faculty during the 2009-2010 academic year.

The accomplishments of more than 20 faculty colleagues who had an article or book published, presented at a conference, directed a play, performed with an outside music group and other accomplishments were acknowledged at this reception.

Dance Repertory Company spring concert April 23-24

The Dance Repertory Company’s performance season will conclude with a recital titled “An Evening with Benny Goodman,” at Saint Mary’s University. This performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in Page Theatre, located in the SMU Performance Center.

For more than three decades, the Dance Repertory Company has delighted the Winona community with quality dance productions featuring local dancers in classical and contemporary works. This year, the DRC presents contemporary dance to the timeless music of Benny Goodman.

Heidi Draskoci-Johnson, Christine Martin, Andrea Mirenda, Juliana Piscitiello and the company’s artistic director, Tammy Schmidt, choreographed this year’s concert featuring tap, jazz, contemporary ballet, swing and modern dance.

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of “The Goodman Suite” and as our nation celebrates Benny Goodman’s 100th birthday as well as national dance week, this concert is the perfect way to spend an evening at the Page,” said Christine Martin, production coordinator.

The dancers of this performance currently train at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts and at Saint Mary’s University. Cast members include: Dot Armstrong, Jarod Boltjes, Lauren Callahan, Jennifer Cambio, Fallon Devine, Genna Draskoci-Johnson, Keegan Eide, Lydia Feuerhelm, Jami Fonfara, Annie Garrigan, Charlotte Hardick, Caitlin Kaman, Kate Larson, Justine Meinke, Joanna Mills, Bryan Moore, Rachael Moore, Laura-Leigh Newton, Jocelyn Olson, Colette Penic, Matt Polum, Miranda Ruben, Danielle Schleich, Laura Schleich, Natalie Schleich, Claire Smart, Brian Smith, Phil Soulides, Danny Spiess, Eldon Vaselaar, Adelle Vietor, Kaitlyn Vietor, Nicole Volner, Calli Jo Wagner and Anna Wolner.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. The Page Theatre will admit children ages 5 and older to the April 23 evening performance. The April 24 afternoon performance is considered a family event and children ages 2 and older are welcome. At this time the Page Theatre/SMU Performance Center facilities and programs are not equipped to serve the needs of infants. Tickets are available online at or by calling the SMU Performance Center at (507) 457-1715 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

Study Abroad Photo Contest ends today

All Students, faculty and staff are invited to vote in the third annual Study Abroad Photo Contest in Room 132 of Saint Mary’s Hall. Polls are open until 1 p.m. today, Friday, April 16.
Vote for your three favorite pictures. Winners will be announced the week of April 19.

Big Brothers Big Sisters joins SMU baseball for fundraiser

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region Winona Office will be hosting a raffle with the Saint Mary’s University baseball team on Saturday, April 17. This event — free and open to the public — will take place during the doubleheader against Augsburg University, beginning at 1 p.m. at Max Molock Field.

Raffle tickets will be sold until the top of the seventh inning of the first game for a chance to win gift cards to Ground Round and Country Kitchen — totaling $50 — with all proceeds going to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region Winona Office.

Tickets will cost $1 for one ticket and $5 for six, with no limit to the amount of tickets to be purchased. After the first game, raffle finalists will be drawn and will participate in a baseball bat spin race to determine the winners.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit organization whose mission is to effectively match children with caring mentors to share time, experiences, friendship and fun that will help children become caring, confident and competent adults.

For more information, contact David Timmons at or call (507) 398-3722.

Events scheduled for Palestine Week

Next week is Palestine Week at Saint Mary’s. The activities of the week are sponsored by Dr. Diehl and her Global Issues students. The events are free and open to the community. For more information, contact Diehl.

Monday, April 19, 4:30 in Salvi Lecture Hall — “Promises” — This film follows the journey of a filmmaker who travels in and around Jerusalem, from a Palestinian refugee camp to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, where he meets seven Palestinian and Israeli children who exist in separate worlds, divided by physical, historical, and emotional boundaries although they live only 20 minutes apart. It explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the eyes of these children and tells the story of a few children who dared to cross the lines to meet their neighbors.

Tuesday, April 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various sites around campus — Experience first-hand what travel is like in and around the Occupied Territories.

Wednesday, April 21, 6:30 in Salvi Lecture Hall —”Occupation 101,” a thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film also details life under Israeli military rule, the role of the United States in the conflict, and the major obstacles that stand in the way of a lasting and viable peace. The roots of the conflict are explained through first-hand on-the-ground experiences from leading Middle East scholars, peace activists, journalists, religious leaders and humanitarian workers whose voices have too often been suppressed in American media outlets.

Thursday, April 22, Saint Mary’s Hall — Seven posters will be displayed throughout the day on easels at the foot of the stairs on first floor. These posters represent student research on various aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Students will be available between 1 and 4 p.m. to answer questions on their research.

Friday, April 23, World Room, time to be announced — Father David Smith, retired theology professor at St. Thomas, will be sharing his experiences traveling in Israel and the Occupied Territories and his reflections on the future of the region. He may be joined by Flo Razowsky, a member of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network.

Student History Research Symposium is April 17

Seniors from five area universities will present the results of their historical research at the Student History Research Symposium on Saturday, April 17, at Saint Mary’s. The event — free and open to the public — is sponsored by the history departments of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Saint Mary’s University, Viterbo University of La Crosse, and Winona State University.

In addition to the student presenters, Dr. Donna Gabaccia, director of the Immigration History Research Center at the University of Minnesota, will speak on “Imagining Nations of Immigrants.”

Saint Mary’s and Winona State have co-sponsored a student research symposium for nine years, with UW-La Crosse, Viterbo University, and UW-Eau Claire joining in the past three years. Each school asks senior history majors — and at Winona State, law and society majors — to write a senior thesis based on their original research of a historical question of their own choosing. In this way, the students actually do the work of historians, and in the process, deepen their research, writing and speaking skills.

All symposium sessions will be held on the third and fourth floors of Saint Mary’s Hall. The symposium opens at 9 a.m. in Salvi Lecture Hall (Room 332) with a short welcoming ceremony and coffee. Students will present their research in concurrent panels of three students each. The first panel session starts at 9:15 a.m., the second at 10:45 a.m., the third at 1:15 p.m. Dr. Gabaccia’s talk will start around noon and will be accompanied by a complimentary lunch.

For more information, contact Dr. Tycho de Boer, Ext. 6995 or

Psychology Symposium set for April 22

The Spring Psychology Symposium will be on Thursday, April 22, at 3:15pm in Salvi Hall. Poster presentations will be from 3:15 until 3:45. Internship integration and thesis presentations will begin at 3:45 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Presentation titles include:

• Effects of Socially Interactive Technologies on Adolescents, Abby Cooper
• Recidivism in At-Risk Youth, Juan Martinez
• Strategies to Help Promote Success at Leaving an Abusive Relationship, Amanda Mueller
• Learned Helplessness in Relation to Chemical Dependency Relapse, Mekenzie Reps
• The Influence of Personality on Facebook Use, Kelli Sholl
• The Young Adult Relationship Model, Lucas Volini

Posters reflect the work of the Collaborative Research Labs in Psychology and the work of students in Experimental Psychology. Titles of Collaborative Lab posters include:

Aggression Lab: Relationships between cyberbullying experiences, socioemotional outcomes, and other forms of aggression: A survey of college students — Nakisa Khosnevis, Samantha Franklin, Jackie Jones, Jake Clapham, Carissa McMoore, & Daniel Bucknam. (This poster will also be presented on April 24 at the Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference, held at Macalester College.)

Alcohol Use Lab: Perceptions affecting college drinking behavior — Kristina Empanger, Tiearra Johnson, Caiti Knudson, Casey Twardowski, & Elizabeth Seebach.

Body Image Impression Management Lab: A lens model approach to understanding clothing choice in regard to impression management — Kelsi Addabbo, Alyssa Habberstad, Bethany Hastings, Juan Martinez, and Elizabeth Seebach.

Body Image Survey Lab: Fat talk as a mediator of body image — Cassandra Berning, Amelia Bock, Katherine Drazkowski, Acacia Gammage, and Elizabeth Seebach.

Saint Mary’s organ students to perform recital April 22

SMU organ students will present a recital and hymn-sing — free and open to the public —from 12:15 to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1717 West Service Dr.

SMU students Gregory Bim-Merle and John Paul Trask, along with their instructor A. Eric Heukeshoven, will perform selected works by J.S. Bach, Johann Pachelbel, Flor Peeters and John Ferguson, as well as traditional hymn tunes. The recital will also feature the performance of “Journey’s Start and Journey’s Ending” based on an original hymn text by Father Paul Nienaber, associate professor and chair of the Physics Department at Saint Mary’s. Heukeshoven arranged the setting of Nienaber’s text for the recital.

For more information, contact Heukeshoven at Ext. 7292 or e-mail

SMU to host boys’, girls’ diving camp July 11-15

Saint Mary’s is hosting a boys’ and girls’ diving camp on Sunday, July 11, through Thursday, July 15, for students entering grades six through 12 in the fall.

This camp will consist of four days of intense training. Each day will include both dry and wet training programs. Sessions will also include extensive stretching, conditioning and spotting courses. JJ Jackson, SMU’s head diving coach, and Rob Murray, head coach and director of KidSport Gymnastics Center, will coach these sessions.

The boys’ and girls’ diving camp will feature video analysis, professional and individual coaching, instruction on 1-meter and 3-meter boards, a low athlete-to-coach ratio, training on required and optional dives, daily pool sessions, dryland and dryboard training, supervised recreational activities, gymnastics training and a final dive exhibition. Recreational activities will include float-in movie nights, free night at the gymnastics club, a dance, bowling, time at the ropes course and more!

Rates are $375 before May 1 and $395 on and after May 1, and the final deadline to register is June 11. 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, or (507) 457-6921.

Staff, students to attend Lasallian Convocation

Saint Mary’s students and a staff member will attend the Lasallian Convocation on the Rights of the Child April 25-27 at the United Nations in New York City.

Tim Gossen, dean of students, and students Shannon Nelson and Danielle Strebel will join with other representatives of Lasallian schools and colleges in the United States and Toronto, Canada, in their call for universal ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

The Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, which administers about 1,000 Lasallian educational ministries throughout the world, has advocated for the human rights and guiding principles enshrined in the 1989 CRC treaty, which provides legal and moral standards for the rights of children. The Convention emphasizes the rights of children to survival; to develop to their full potential; to protection from abuse, neglect, discrimination, and exploitation; and to participate in family, cultural, and social life. This complements the Institute’s mission of providing human and Christian education to the young, especially those who are poor and marginalized.

The Convention was largely negotiated during the Reagan administration. During the 10 years of negotiations, the U.S. influenced nearly every substantive provision and proposed more articles on freedom of speech, association, assembly, and privacy than all other governments combined. Today, the United States and Somalia remain the only UN member-states who have not ratified the treaty.

The Lasallian Convocation at the UN is part of a global effort to promote a culture of action on behalf of the rights of children within the Lasallian world. The three-day event is packed with activities and presentations that are designed to inform, educate and inspire the way Lasallians think, judge, decide, and act as individuals within the community. The Catholic Church’s Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the UN has endorsed this gathering and will deliver an address to the assembly.

The Lasallian Convocation at the United Nations on the Rights of the Child is facilitated by the U.S.-Toronto Region of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in partnership with the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, Inc., formally associated with the UN Department of Public Information and an NGO in operational relations with UNESCO.

Student wins scholarship from Catholic honor society

JoAnn Kirsch, a junior Biology major from Wesley, Iowa, won a $1,000 scholarship from Delta Epsilon Sigma, the national honor society of Catholic institutions. Each year member schools are allowed to nominate one candidate for this national competition, and Kirsch was chosen to represent Saint Mary’s, the Beta chapter of DES. The national Board of DES then chooses its scholarship recipients from among the pool of candidates forwarded to them from its member universities. Qualifications for the award include excellence in scholarship, character and leadership. Kirsch was one of 12 students in the country to receive this honor.

Workshop combos to perform at Acoustic Café

Three jazz workshop combos directed by Dr. John Paulson and Eric Heukeshoven of the Music Department will present a free concert Sunday, May 2, from 2-4 p.m. at the Acoustic Café, 77 Lafayette St. This event will feature student musicians who have been playing together all year and it will serve as their “final exam.” They’ll be playing well-known jazz standards by composers like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Miles Davis as well as some unique arrangements of popular jazz tunes by Heukeshoven and others. There will even be some blues harmonica in Heukeshoven’s combo.

Relay for Life raises $20,000

The SMU Staff and Friends Relay for Life team would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s event. Thank you to all of the team members and everyone who supported the team with monetary or other donation. Thanks to all who attended, supported and walked at the event. “This is such a moving event, to see our young people organize and run an event that raised $20,000 for cancer research is amazing. The entire team would like to thank the SMU community,” said Laurie Haase, team leader.

Faculty, staff honored at Service Awards

Brother William congratulates this year's retirees Sister Margaret Mear of the Art & Design Department and Dr. Dave McConville of the Biology Department. Retiree Georgia Curran of the Registrar's Office was unable to attend.