Thursday, June 10, 2010

About 300 students to attend New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is planned for Saturday, June 12; Tuesday, June 15; and Thursday, June 17. Close to 300 new students and families will be on campus during these days. Events run 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For a schedule or more information, go to For more information, contact Jason Richter, Ext. 1648, or

Homecoming schedule announced

The 2010 Homecoming Celebration is scheduled for June 25–27.

Some of the weekend events are:

Friday, June 25
9 a.m. to Noon — Golf Outing, Bridges Golf Club ($65 per person)

Saturday, June 26
7:45 to 8:30 a.m. — Gilmore Gallop 5K Run, registration near Max Molock Field

Noon to 1:30 p.m. — Family Picnic on Max Molock Field

5 p.m. — Mass at Saint Thomas More Chapel

6 pm— Alumni Reception, Dinner & Awards Ceremony in Toner Student Center, Dining Room

Award Recipients:
• Dr. Jane (Weydert ’86) Homeyer — Distinguished Alumna
• James Cunningham ’49 — Lasallian Service
• Christine (Coglianese ’93) Collins — LaSallian Service
• Timothy Horan ’70 — Alumni Appreciation

8:30 to 11 p.m. — Reunion Party in Toner Student Center, President’s Lounge

Sunday, June 27
9:30 a.m. — Mass at Saint Thomas More Chapel

Faculty and staff are invited to attend these events. This year, we will celebrate anniversary classes that end in 0 or 5, the golden anniversary class of 1960, and the 25th anniversary class of 1985. To view a complete schedule of events, go to To register, contact the Alumni Office at Ext. 1499 or go to by June 15.

Oanes appointed director Of SMU’s Fitzgerald Library

Laura Oanes of Forest City, Iowa, has been appointed director of the Fitzgerald Library, effective July 6. Oanes replaces Sandra Beth who retired in May of 2009. Rachel Thomas served as interim library director during the 2009-10 academic year.

Oanes was most recently director of the Waldorf College library in Forest City. Previously, she was a user services librarian at Waldorf, and helped develop the information skills portion of the first-year seminar for incoming students.

As Saint Mary’s new head librarian, Oanes has a vision for the service and leadership role of the library in support of Lasallian education. “She brings a strong orientation to work with students and faculty, a collaborative leadership style, a deep understanding of trends in library and information sciences, and administrative skills,” said Dr. Tom Mans, vice president for Academic Affairs.

Oanes earned her Master’s in Library and Information Science from UW – Milwaukee in 2008. Her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in psychology was earned at Mankato State University. She also studied at UW – Eau Claire and UW – Madison. She is active in the American Library Association and is currently an intern with the ALA Committee for Literacy. In Forest City, she was a member of the Forest City Community School Board and was active with various community library and literacy projects.

Faculty, staff attend SOUL trip May 12-14

Faculty and staff completed a SOUL trip to Chicago May 12-14. The trip engaged participants with the San Miguel schools in Chicago. Attending were: Denise Hamernik and Adrianne Olson of Communication and Marketing; Dominic Lawrence of Development; Dr. Joe Tadie, Philosophy; and Dr. Casey Finnerty, Chemistry.

The trip gave participants a direct experience with the mission and people of the San Miguel schools — to witness, to listen, and to serve “together and by association.” At the same time, such a visit demonstrates to the San Miguel communities a sincere commitment to understanding and providing access and support for their students when it comes time for them to attend college.

Students complete service trip to Guatemala

Saint Mary's students at the Mayan ruins of Zacaleu. Since their return, the Volcano Pacaya, has erupted and
Guatemala has also experienced severe flooding.

Diana Lundeen with children of the Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos school and orphanage.

Nine Saint Mary’s students, joined by Chris McClead, director of SMU’s Campus Ministry, completed a Serving One Another United with Love (SOUL) trip to Guatemala May 9-19.

The students, including Abby Voigt, Allison Stephens, Shannon Nelson, Rachel Elbert, John Speedling, Kelly Holt, Diana Lundeen, Ellen Bina and Emily DeWitt, traveled to Antigua, Huehuetenago and San Lucas Toliman to see how some Guatemalans live from day to day.

This trip was intended to ignite a flame on the Winona campus for the life and work of Brother James Miller, a 1966 Saint Mary’s alumnus who was killed while serving in Guatemala in 1982. Brother James has been designated a “Servant of God” and is being considered for sainthood.
The trip’s objectives were:

• To inspire students to live a life dedicated to others by visiting the Brother James Miller House, the school for the indigenous in Huehuetenango, and reflect on how their lives might also serve the common good.

• To provide students with an opportunity to see various non-profit organizations serving the marginalized of Guatemala.

• To have students connect to the Lasallian family and witness the Lasallian mission specifically with the communities of Antigua and Huehuetenango.

Social justice issues encountered included: global solidarity, poverty, education, immigration, advocacy, fair wages, and economic policies in a global market.

Saint Mary’s alum is president of NHL champion Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks captured their first Stanley Cup championship in 49 years with their 4-2 series win over the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday evening, and for the first time ever, a Saint Mary’s University alum will have his name etched on Lord Stanley's Cup.

John McDonough ’75 was named president of the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 20, 2007. Under his guidance, which Forbes Magazine has labeled the “Greatest Sports-Business Turnaround Ever,” the Blackhawks put an end to that 49-year Stanley Cup drought, earning their first title since 1961.

McDonough was also instrumental in bringing the NHL’s 2009 Winter Classic to Chicago, an outdoor contest which pitted the Blackhawks against the Detroit Red Wings in front of 40,818 fans at Wrigley Field on Jan. 1, 2009. The game attracted 4.4 million U.S. viewers, making it the most-watched NHL game in nearly 34 years, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Prior to joining the Blackhawks, McDonough served as senior VP for marketing and president of the Chicago Cubs. During his tenure, the Cubs won the 2007 National League Central Division title.

SMU hosts Trinona Kids Triathlon June 12

Saint Mary’s will host the Trinona Kids Triathlon, a swim/bike/run triathlon for kids ages 5-13 on Saturday, June 12. Starting waves will be based on age. Each triathlete will swim first in the SMU pool, go directly to bicycling, and finish the competition running around the outdoor track.

Participation reached the 150-child maximum. Trinona has reached capacity as well at more than 500 participants June 12-13.

For more information, go to

Faculty, staff changes

New Employees:
• Marcel Dumestre, June 1, Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, vice president
• Nhia Xiong, May 28, Campus Safety,assistant director
• Susan Schroetke, May 24, custodian
• Lawrence Gorrell, May 24, Twin Cities program director in Human Development
• Ryan Ballanger, May 10, iT Network/Server technician

• David Hajoglou, May 31, Computer Systems administrator
• David Warner, May 31, Outdoor Leadership coordinator
• Daniel Olsen, May 12, Theology, assistant professor
• Charlotte Kwosek, April 16, custodian

Summer camps bring in more than 1,000 youth

SMU’s summer camps — including volleyball, girls’ and boys’ basketball, and boys’ and girls’ diving will bring about 300 youth this summer. SMU also hosts the Mid-States Swim Camp, PDP Hockey School and NIKE Boys’ Basketball camps and the Lasallian Youth Gathering, drawing another 765 youth. For more information, go to

HCO presents ‘Cinderella’ in Page Theatre

Home and Community Options will present Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at Saint Mary’s Page Theatre. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for seniors older than 62 or youth younger than 12. Performances are 7 p.m. June 17-19 and June 21-23 or 5 p.m. June 20. For tickets, call the box office at Ext. 1715 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or order online at

Diocese hosts events at Saint Mary’s

The Winona Diocese hosted "Diocesan Ministry Days 2010" at Saint Mary’s June 10-11. Approximately 200 people attended the conference for all ministers — priests and laypeople — in the diocese of Winona.

Parade volunteers needed

As part of Saint Mary’s visibility initiative, the Communication and Marketing Office is entering two floats for this year’s Steamboat Days parade, and two more volunteers are needed to help pass out SMU fold-up Frisbees. The Communication and Marketing Department has been rigorously testing them and can attest to their high fun factor and extreme durability.

The parade, which will be held Sunday, June 20 (Father’s Day), begins at 12:30 p.m., and SMU is No. 15.

Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt (please let Deb Nahrgang know your size), and cold beverages will be provided.

A brave soul is also needed to wear the mascot outfit (only sitting down, waving and staying cool is required)!

If you’re interested in helping, or would like more details, please let Nahrgang know.

Faculty and staff participate in formation summer programs

This summer, members of the Saint Mary’s faculty, staff and administration will participate in various national and international Lasallian formation and international study programs. This participation is one way Saint Mary’s is promoting a culture that develops the professional competence and commitment of its members and works to enhance its Lasallian Catholic mission and culture.

First to occur is the fourth International Lasallian University Leadership Program sponsored by IALU, which will be held June 6-19 at the international center of the Christian Brothers in Rome. Attending the program are: Dr. Marcel Dumestre, vice president of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs; Dr. Elizabeth Throop, dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences; Dr. Kevin Rickert, associate professor of philosophy; and Simon Wachera, registrar at CTIE, Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Roxanne Eubank, SGPP professor and director of the Lasallian Studies Program, is the coordinator of the 2010 IALU Rome program. Dr. Mary Catherine Fox, professor of interdisciplinary studies, is a member of the IALU staff this summer.

Next, 12 persons will participate in the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies from June 27-July 9, at St. Mary’s College of California. Attending Buttimer I are Dr. Rich Germundsen, associate director of the Ed.D program; Dr. Elizabeth Seebach, associate professor of psychology; Kathy Pederson, business office; Matt Nowakowski, director of the MBA program; and Dr. Rose Beal, associate professor of theology. Returning to Buttimer II are: Chris McClead, director of Campus Ministry; Dr. Mark Barber, associate dean of humanities and associate professor of philosophy; Gena Bilden, dean of enrollment management and student services - SGPP; and Elizabeth Childs, associate dean for curriculum and assessment - SGPP. Finishing up their third and final summer will be: Tim Gossen, dean of students for the College; Linka Holey, associate vice president/academic dean - SGPP; and Mary Thole, coordinator of student services - SGPP.

Four administrators will continue their experience in the Lasallian Leadership Institute, a three-year program consisting of a one-week session during the summer (July 18-23) and weekend sessions in the fall and spring. The theme for Year II is Spiritual Leadership in Lasallian Ministries. Attending are James Bedtke, vice president of the College; Chris Kendall, vice president for student life; Merri Moody, dean of the Graduate School of Health & Human Services; and Joe Sweeney, vice president for development and alumni services. Sister Judith Schaefer, Ph.D., university dean for university affairs and chair of theology, will be a co-presenter with Brother Donald Mouton, FSC.

Also this year, after a several-year hiatus, a faculty member will be participating in the Maryknoll Institute for African Studies in Nairobi, Kenya. A proposal by Dr. Carolyn Ayers, chair of English, was accepted for her study and research in Kenya during July.

‘Let’s Do Ice Cream’ events set

The next “Let’s Do Ice Creams” — hosted by the Volunteer Committee — will be July 15 with sundaes and Aug. 12 with floats. Money raised will be used for scholarships for Christ the Teacher Institute for Education in Nairobi.

Dick Kowles speaks at U of M

Dr. Dick Kowles, professor emeritus in Biology, was an invited speaker at a University of Minnesota symposium on May 24. The symposium was held in honor of the retiring Regent’s Professor and National Academy of Sciences member R. L. Phillips, a long-time colleague of Dr. Kowles’.

“Fortuitous Events in Researching Amazing Maize” was the subject of his presentation that was a review of 25 years of research collaboration with Phillips. The talk acknowledged the undergraduate research work of 72 Saint Mary’s students (too many to formally name) who worked with Dr. Kowles on these projects. In addition, the abstract of the talk will be published in an upcoming issue of the Crop Science journal.

MCA announces summer programming

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will offer summer programming June 14-Aug. 26. Community classes, lessons, workshops and camps are offered for children age 3 through adults and include:

Private Music Lessons: Voice, Clarinet, and Saxophone
• Arranged, for students entering grades 5 to 12
• Tuition: $75 for 5 lessons, $140 for 10 lessons

Teen/Adult Dance and Fitness Classes
• Class offerings will include: Tour of Dance, Power Piyo, Clogging I, and Clogging II
• June 14, 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19; tuition varies

Clogging For Kids
• June 14, 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19, 4:15-5 p.m.; tuition: $40
• An Introduction to clogging for students ages 8-12

Pre-Intensive Dance Workshops
• Ballet/pointe, classical variation, modern, jazz and repertory for intermediate and advanced dancers
• June 14-18, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; tuition: $180

Dance Day Camp I – Dance Me a Story
• June 21-25, 9-11:30 a.m., for ages 5-8; tuition: $100
• Students will participate in ballet, creative movement, jazz, and perform in a final showcase

Dance Day Camp II - Dance the Day Away
• June 21-25, 1-4:30 p.m., for ages 8-12; tuition: $150
• Students will participate in ballet, jazz, modern, choreography, theory courses, and perform in a final showcase

Theatre Day Camp I – Far-out Fairy Tales
• June 28-July 1, 9-11:30 a.m. for children ages 7-10; tuition: $100
• Students will participate in theatre games, acting, musical theatre, and perform in a final showcase

Theatre Day Camp II – Character Quest
• June 28-June 30 from 1-4:30 p.m. and July 1 from 9-11:30 a.m., for youth ages 10-13; tuition: $150
• Students will learn about group improvisation, masks, acting, musical theatre, and perform in a final showcase

Creative Movement
• July 6, 8, 13, 15, 5:15 – 5:45 p.m., for children ages 3-4; tuition: $30
• Introduction to the dance class setting using creative movement techniques

Musical Theatre Dance
• July 6, 8, 13, 15, 6-7 p.m., for youth age 13 through adults; tuition: $40
• Students will learn basic dance technique for musical theatre performance and explore choreography from Broadway musicals

Music Explorers I
• July 12-16, 4:15-5 p.m., for students entering grades kindergarten through 3; tuition: $30
• Learn concepts related to steady beat, duration, pitch, volume, articulation, solfege, and rhythmic and melodic improvisation
Music Explorers II
• July 12-16, 3-4 p.m., for students entering grades 4 through 6; tuition: $30
• Students will learn to write their own melodies that include elements of rhythm and meter, pitch and key, expression, and form.

Free Boys and Men’s Dance Workshops
• July 19- 22, for ages 8-21, 11-11:45 a.m. for beginners, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for those with experience
• Study with visiting guest artists Allen Fields and Jeffrey Peterson
• These workshops are offered free to all male students through a grant from the Sewell Family Foundation

Nutcracker Pre-Audition Workshops
• Aug. 25-26, for children age 5 through adults; tuition varies
• Workshops offer an ideal experience for younger students to become familiar with the audition setting, before the Sept. 1 “Nutcracker” auditions, and offer more advanced student the opportunity to have technique classes at the end of summer, prior to auditions.

MCA summer dance and fitness classes also offer excellent opportunities for adults. All adult classes are held during the evenings. Additionally, workshops for intermediate and advanced teens and college aged students are available.

All MCA classes, workshops, lessons, and camps are held at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St. Tuition for summer classes varies depending on class length and level. The Boys and Men’s Dance Workshops are offered tuition free to all male students ages 8-21 through a grant from the Sewell Family Foundation.

Registration for summer programming is currently being accepted. Students may register online at, in person at the Valéncia Arts Center, or registration may be mailed to: 1164 West 10th St., Winona, MN 55987. For more information, call Ext. 5500.

SMU says goodbye to Georgia Curran

A special dinner, in honor of the retirement of Georgia Curran, assistant to the registrar, was held May 27. Support staff joined Curran for a farewell dinner and to wish her well. Curran had worked at Saint Mary’s for 43 years.

Jazz notes

Swing Inc. with John Paulson and Eric Heukeshoven, performs 7 to 10 p.m. June 11 and 18, July 9, and Aug. 27 at Signatures Restaurant, 22852 Country R. 17.

John Paulson’s Jazz Quartet performs June 19 with the Miles Johnston Quartet and July 16 with Kies & Co. at the Starlite Lounge in La Crosse, Wis.

The John Paulson Jazz Trio will perform 5 to 7 p.m. June 16 in the Steamboat Days Beverage Tent at Levee Park.

Whelan and May to show work in FASEM Exhibition

John Whelan and Monta May will exhibit work at the 2nd annual Fine Artists of Southeast Minnesota (FASEM) Exhibition — a juried, regional, professional visual art show that will run June 18 - July 29 in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries at Saint Mary’s and in the Paul Watkins Gallery on the Winona State University campus.

Artists exhibiting reside within a 150-mile radius of Winona.

Wedding congratulations

Jennifer Butson, Development & Alumni Relations, married Troy Teske May 22, in Rochester. Her name is now Jennifer Teske and e-mail is

Jana Schrenkler, Business Department, married Rick Craft May 20 in Winona. Rick’s two boys, Devin (15) and Clayton (12), join Jana’s girls, Emily (7) and Maddy (4) in creating their new family. Her new name is Jana Craft and e-mail is

Birth congratulations

Jana Korder, M.Ed. office, and her husband Chris had a son, Devin Corey, on Tuesday, June 1. Congratulations cards can be sent to the Korders at 110 Bluffview Drive in Winona.

SMU Women Build team completes first work day

Some of the members of the SMU Women Build team experienced their first building day at a Habitat home in Rushford on Thursday, June 10. The group will begin working on the Women Build home later this summer.

Sympathy to Albrecht family

Walter Albrecht, father of Crystal Griffin, Maintenance, and grandfather of Tina Pozanc, Maintenance, died Monday, June 7, at his home.

The funeral will be at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wilson today, Friday, June 11, at 11 a.m. with a visitation service being held 1 hour prior.

The Saint Mary’s community extends its sympathy to the Walter Albrecht family.

Next ‘Campus Notes’ in two weeks

Look ahead on your calendars. The next ‘Campus Notes’ comes out Friday, June 25, and deadline for submission is Wednesday, June 23. Contact Deb Nahrgang at Ext. 6966 or