Thursday, August 26, 2010

Young Alumni Weekend is Sept. 10-12

Graduates from the past decade have been invited back to campus for Young Alumni Weekend, Sept. 10-12.

A welcome reception is planned for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in the President’s Room.

Approximately 200 alumni are planning to attend the special weekend of events which will also include a “Hike for Hunger” community outreach project, swing dance lessons, ropes course activities and a pig roast picnic. The weekend also coincides with Cardinal ’M‘ Club Weekend, which gives SMU alumni opportunities to cheer on Cardinal athletics. Special events have been planned for the anniversary classes of 2000 and 2005.

Former students often express their interest in reconnecting with faculty and staff. Please make plans to attend! To see a complete schedule of events, go to

To RSVP for the welcome reception, contact the Alumni Office at or call Ext. 1499.

SMU welcomes back students with week’s activities

On Saturday, Aug. 28, between 7:30 and 11:30 a.m., students will check into the residence halls. Athletic teams will be on hand to help move, and faculty will be passing out water bottles and meeting with families.

At 1 p.m., a President’s Welcome will be held in the gymnasium.

Activities continue throughout the week including movies, socials, hikes, liturgies and tours. For a full schedule, go to

SMU Goodview Gallop team takes 8th

Congratulations to the SMU Goodview Gallop team for placing 8th out of 24 teams on Saturday, Aug. 21, at the 31st annual Goodview Gallop 5-K run. The following 10 SMU employees participated: Dean Beckman, Jim Vogel, Peggy Johnson, John Schollmeier, Dorothy Diehl, John Paulson, Bob Fischer, Robyn Wangberg, Stacey Swanson, Katrina Scoville.

Thanks go to Cindy Marek for sponsoring the team again this year. Everyone is invited to join the team next year in supporting the American Cancer Society in its battle against cancer.

Gallery show highlights wood type, printing museum

Saint Mary’s is presenting an exhibit of 27 prints that were created as part of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum’s 10th anniversary until Sept. 26.

The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum of Two Rivers, Wis., is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type.

The show, free and open to the public, will be on display at the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

A reception for the artist printmakers will be 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Galleries. The film “Typeface” will be shown at 8 p.m.

“Typeface” by Kartemquin Films — a documentary about the Hamilton Museum — details how, one weekend a month, the quiet of Two Rivers is interrupted as carloads of artisans drive in from across the Midwest. The place comes alive as printmaking workshops led by, and filled with, some of the region’s top creative talent descend on the sleepy enclave. The museum is significant to the town’s history, but more importantly, its existence is critical to the worldwide design community who are passionate about the history of their craft and its function in the contemporary field. They believe the future of their industry may lie in the past.

For more information, call Ext. 1652.

Maddy Loftus Memorial benefit is Aug. 27

The first annual benefit for the Maddy Loftus Memorial Scholarship Fund will be held Saturday, Aug. 27, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Rochester Event Center (7333 Airport View Drive SW).

Loftus was a 2007 graduate from Saint Mary’s University who died Feb. 12, 2009, in the tragic plane crash of Flight 3407 in Buffalo, N.Y. The fundraiser will include a silent auction, games, food and drinks and live entertainment.

The silent auction will be held from 6-9:30 p.m., to be followed by live entertainment provided by The Dweebs.

Tickets are $15 each. The Maddy Loftus Memorial Scholarship Fund was set up by Maddy’s family to honor their daughter and support dreams of high school athletes who want to go to college. Each year, the scholarship will be given to a student athlete to help him or her fulfill the dream of playing college athletics and earning a degree.

For more information or to donate to the scholarship, go to

A Facebook link can also be found at!/event.php?eid=135123766511697.

Area musicians invited to join Saint Mary’s Concert Band

Area musicians who love band music are invited to the Saint Mary’s University Concert Band’s first rehearsal of the season on Monday, Aug. 30, from 6:45 to 8 p.m. The SMU Concert Band was founded in 1990 as a college-community partnership ensemble, and is directed by Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, professor of music and music education.

Rehearsals are held in Room 158 of Saint Yon’s Hall. All interested musicians are welcome to attend the first sight-reading informational rehearsal of the season. Advanced high school students and adult community musicians are welcome to join the SMU collegiate members for an exciting season. The band performs a wide variety of repertoire, which will include a premiere performance this November of a piece composed by Paul Richards for the SMU Band through the bi-annual Kaplan Commissioning Project.

Placement auditions will be individually scheduled Sept. 1-4, and audition music will be provided to all players on Aug. 30. If you are interested in the ensemble but cannot attend the initial “info-rehearsal,” contact Dr. Heukeshoven to make other arrangements. The Concert Band rehearses 6:45 to 8 p.m. Mondays and 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The band’s first performance this year will be the annual Family Weekend Concert on Oct. 2.

There are openings in most sections; contact Dr. Heukeshoven at Ext. 1675 or e-mail for additional information and to reserve a spot for you at the first rehearsal. Please also specify which instrument you play, as well as your full name and contact information.

Dance Repertory Company ‘Nutcracker’ auditions near

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will host auditions Wednesday, Sept. 1, at 4 p.m. for the Dance Repertory Company’s 2010 production of “The Nutcracker.”

Auditions will be held at the ValĂ©ncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St., and are free and open to dancers, actors, and community members ages 5 to adult. A variety of roles are available for this year’s “Nutcracker” performances, which will be held Dec. 2-5 at Page Theatre.

All interested candidates are encouraged to wear movable clothing and are asked to bring a photo of themselves to the audition. (Color or black and white photos of any size are acceptable.) Intermediate and advanced dancers should be dressed in appropriate ballet attire. Children ages 12 or younger should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Presenting “The Nutcracker” every other holiday season, The Dance Repertory Company continues a special holiday tradition. Children and adults alike will enjoy this timeless classic that allows us to transform into a child again, and experience the magical spells of Herr Drosselmeyer and the sweet dreams of Clara with visions of Nutcracker princess and Sugar Plum fairies.

For more information, visit, e-mail or call Ext. 5500.

Congratulations O’Shea family

Lindsy and Patrick O'Shea, Department of Music, had a daughter, Veronica “Vera” Jeanne O'Shea, on Tuesday, Aug. 17. The Saint Mary’s community extends its congratulations to the O’Shea family.

Winona360 invites community to photo exhibit closing

Glance through the lenses of Winona360 staff and Winona State University students at the “Captured! By Winona360” photo exhibit at Smith Studio and Gallery, 119 E. 3rd St.

The Winona360 website — — is extending the educational programs of Winona State, Saint Mary’s and Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical College into the community through blogs, articles and forums.

Winona360 aims to promote knowledge and understanding that empowers communities. Local coverage includes strong arts, features and food/sustainability content as well as visually compelling images. Winona360 is a community-powered news site based in the Winona State University Mass Communication Department, where people can express their opinion by submitting their own photos, articles and multimedia content. Winona360 boasts the only comprehensive community calendar of our region, inviting all community members to submit events.

Community members are invited to attend a closing reception celebrating the exhibit Friday, Aug. 27 from 4-6 p.m., at Smith Studio and Gallery, as part of the Fringe Friday festivities in downtown Winona. Stop by to snack, have a glass of wine, and enjoy the talents of staff, community members and students who are involved in the Winona360 site.

Kowles publishes article in BioScene

Dr. Dick Kowles, Professor Emeritus in Biology, recently published an article in the journal BioScene titled “Regulation of Water in Plant Cells.” Also, one of his color figures in the article was used as the journal’s cover photograph. The thesis of the article was that there is more to the subject of water relations in plant cells than the simplistic coverage given by most cell biology textbooks. Kowles included measurement and data that demonstrated the principles being presented.

Jazz notes

Swing Inc. featuring Dr. John Paulson and Eric Heukeshoven, will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at Signature’s Restaurant.

‘Campus Notes’ now available weekly

Deadline for each Friday’s issue of the “Campus Notes” newsletter is noon the Wednesday prior. Contact Deb Nahrgang at or call Ext. 6966.