Thursday, October 14, 2010

Page Series hosts ‘The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe’

The Page Series will host a Theatreworks USA performance of the timeless children’s story “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in Page Theatre.

This enchanting musical is based on C.S. Lewis’ adventure story about four children living in war-torn England, who accidentally enter the land of Narnia by climbing through a magic wardrobe. Narnia is a strange and wondrous place ruled by the cold-hearted White Witch, who makes winter last year round. Although they seem unlikely saviors, the four children fulfill an ancient prophecy by defeating the witch, thus restoring sunshine and peace to spellbound Narnia and returning the great Lion King Aslan to his throne.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. They can be purchased from the box office, Ext. 1715, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at

‘Gathering for Narnia’ planned for
Oct. 23 at Winona Public Library

The public is invited to attend a gathering at the Winona Public Library Saturday, Oct. 23, in celebration of Theatreworks USA’s production of “The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe” at the Page Theatre.

The free event will begin at 12:30 p.m. Teacher education students from SMU will lead children in kindergarten through grade six in creating masks or simple costumes, based upon the characters from C.S. Lewis’ novels.

Light refreshments will be served, and participants will have opportunities to win gift cards from Barnes & Noble and the Book Shelf, as well as tickets to see the “The Lion, TheWitch, and The Wardrobe.”

Lasallian Day of Service and Make a Difference Day Oct. 23

Saint Mary’s Alumni Association and its board of directors are sponsoring the second annual “Lasallian Day of Service” volunteer service day Saturday, Oct. 23.

On this day, numerous groups of alumni and friends will come together through the spirit of Saint Mary’s Lasallian mission of service to others and participate in service projects in their hometowns and neighborhoods. Please consider this wonderful opportunity to join “Together and by Association” with fellow alumni for this great day of service.

The following volunteer opportunities, arranged by the Alumni Association, are available at locations in the Twin Cities, Chicago and Winona:

•Feed my Starving Children, Chanhassen, Minn.
•Project for Pride in Living, Twin Cities
•San Miguel Schools - Back of the Yards Campus, Chicago
•San Miguel Schools - Gary Comer Campus, Chicago
•St. Procopius School, Chicago
•Community Service Projects with Current Students, Winona

Register by Monday, Oct. 18, by contacting the Alumni Office at Ext. 1499 or online at

For more information, contact Barb Hall at Ext. 4517 or e-mail

Make a Difference Day

SMU volunteer mentors have set a goal to recruit 150 students to lend a helping hand in the Winona community from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 23, for the third annual Make a Difference Day. Students can sign up in the Office of Campus Ministry or during lunches after October break. All volunteers will receive a free lunch and a T-shirt.

Students, faculty member to present at ASCD conference

SMU seniors Hilary Ethen, Jackie Heintz, Erin Morgan and Erica Rubenzer, along with Dr. Scott Sorvaag of the School of Education, were accepted to present “Teachership: Collaborative Dialogues for Enlivening Leadership” at the ASCD annual conference in San Francisco in March 2011.

Their presentation is based on student leadership experiences and collaborative dialogue between faculty and students in preparing the next generation of teachers for enhanced professional leadership in teaching and learning.

These four students served as officers of SMU’s ASCD student chapter in 2009-2010.

ASCD, formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing the best practices and policies for the success of every learner. ASCD has 160,000 members in 148 countries who are professional educators from all levels and subject areas.

First Women of Saint Mary’s event a huge success

To culminate a year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of women at Saint Mary’s, the Alumni Association, along with a 13-member alumnae steering committee, hosted a First Women of Saint Mary’s Event, Oct. 7 – 10.

It was a fantastic weekend filled with wonderful reconnections between alumnae and the university. The celebration began with an opening social at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum and a presentation by Rachelle Schultz, CEO of Winona Health and board chair of the museum.

Throughout the event, alumnae attended and spoke in classes; faculty hosted academic open houses; and alumnae attended a faculty and staff reception.

Other activities included a 5K run/walk, ropes course activities, an introduction to a Ceili dance class by Dr. Katie Flanagan, campus tours, a luncheon and guest speaker, a canoe trip with Brother John Grover ’65, and trolley tours of Winona.

The weekend’s formal activities concluded with a dinner and entertainment, which included a warm welcome by Brother William and a flashback to the ’70s Blue Angel/Gaslight show that ended with a rousing performance by the Oldie Moldie All-Stars.

SMU’s First Women alumnae brought a wonderful energy to campus. Photos of the event can be viewed at

Theatre students to perform in London, Ireland

Saint Mary’s theatre majors will stage the highly theatrical disturbing docu-drama “God’s Country” from Oct. 19-23 at TARA Studio in London and Nov. 29-30 at Smock Alley Studio Theatre in Ireland.

Written by Steven Dietz, the emotionally gripping plot takes a close look at the shocking history of the white supremacist movement in the USA.

Qualified theatre majors at Saint Mary's are studying theatre in London, England, this semester through the Stefanni√© Val√©ncia Kierlin Theatre in London Program. Under the guidance of Saint Mary’s faculty, the program will include a variety of classes in theatre, as well as courses focusing on broader enrichment. Students will have the unique opportunity to attend numerous performances at London’s West End, Off-West End, and Fringe theatres.

Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French Inc., “God’s Country” is directed by Dr. Gary Diomandes.

Johnson, Bradbury to receive Women in Business Awards

Katie Johnson ’10 and Gail Bradbury will be honored by Women in Business at a luncheon Thursday, Oct. 21, when they are each presented with one of the organization’s Outstanding Women Awards.

Johnson, who will receive the Outstanding Young Woman award, works as a paralegal at Engel Law Office and is in the process of applying to law school with the ambition of becoming an attorney. Johnson held a 3.9 GPA and was named to the Dean’s list for all eight semesters while acquiring her bachelor of science degree from Saint Mary’s.

Gail Bradbury, a long-time volunteer with the Page Theatre and the Beethoven Festival, will be honored with the Outstanding Woman of the Arts and Humanities award. Bradbury has used her educational expertise to volunteer as treasurer, financial adviser and bookkeeper for many local community organizations, and has mentored others in helping them understand the need for sound personal finance skills.

The awards will be given out at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Signature’s Visions Event Center. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased from any Women in Business board member, or at the following locations: Merchants Bank, Winona National Bank, Winona Daily News, Sport & Spine and LaBoutique.

Women in Business works to inspire women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for personal and professional growth through leadership, education and networking.

Halloween Fun Night is Oct. 25

Elementary and preschool children are invited to attend the 10th annual Saint Mary’s Halloween Fun Night from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25.

Participants should stop at the guard booth at the main entrance of campus for directions on where to park.

Young trick-or-treaters should start out the evening at the Hall of Fame Room, located in the Toner Student Center, where tattoos and stickers, a coloring station, and other fun games will be offered. The Cardinal mascot will greet pint-sized ghosts and goblins.

From there, SMU students will lead groups of trick-or-treaters through the residence halls of the university, where they can go door to door for candy.

Last year more than 700 youth participated in this free, safe and fun event, sponsored by the Office of Residence Life .

Donations of candy are needed to meet the need of this huge group of children!

Get set to scream at annual Walk of Horror

This year’s Walk of Horror is again guaranteed to give you goosebumps. New scares are planned around every corner.

The 14th annual hair-raising fundraiser for the SMU fastpitch softball team will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 22-23 and 29-31 in the bluffs. Walkers are asked to meet on the lighted path between the baseball and softball fields, where the haunted walk will begin.

Groups are then escorted through the dark bluffs surrounding campus for approximately 20 minutes.

The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for students with ID, and $4 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the gate.

Head fastpitch softball coach Jen Miller said the event is fun for all ages. The scare level is toned down for younger children and turned up for groups bold enough to face their fears.

Last year more than 1,100 brave souls took the Walk of Horror.

Proceeds from this event will be used for the softball team’s travel expenses. For more information, contact Miller at Ext. 6923.

Next exhibit to feature pottery, drawings

Two Midwestern artists will display work at Saint Mary’s through Nov. 14.

Pottery by Schwarz features work by Dean Schwarz, a ceramic artist, painter, writer and teacher who co-founded South Bear School, an innovative summer arts school in Highlandville, Iowa.

Drawings by Whelan features work by John Whelan, an adjunct instructor in the Department of Art and Design, who currently lives in La Crosse, Wis.

The show, free and open to the public, is on display at the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For more information, call Ext. 1652.

Auditions being held for Blue Angel

The annual Saint Mary’s music variety show, Blue Angel, is planned for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5-6.

Auditions for the show will be held the weekend of Oct. 22-24 and are open to students, faculty and staff. A sign-up sheet is available on the door of the Phi Mu Alpha room in the basement of the Toner Center.

For more information, contact Matt Polum at or Rich Mazzetti at

October ‘Let’s Do Lunch’ to include costume contest

SGPP faculty and staff are joining the Volunteer Committee in hosting the first “Let’s Do Lunch,” a Halloween party on Friday, Oct. 29. Proceeds will benefit Christ the Teacher Institute for Education on our Nairobi campus. Wear your best costumes and compete for the coveted traveling trophy.

Next ‘Chat, Chow & Web 2.0’ event announced

Nancy Sims, copyright program librarian at the U of M, will discuss copyright issues relevant to higher education, including using teaching materials in class and online for the October Chat & Chow event. Sims will present from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27.

Meet in the main lounge of the McEnery Center. The event is sponsored by the Fitzgerald Library, IT and Instructional Technology. Lunch will be provided; an RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary, and everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Jason Spartz,

Next biology seminar features biology students

The next biology seminar will feature SMU Biology students Sean Ohl and Nicole Clammer with “Staring into the Face of Pure Evil: Expression Optimization and Purification of Recombinant Baculovirus Fibroblast Growth Factor” — a presentation based upon their summer internship collaboration with R&D Systems. The presentation will be held 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in Hoffman Hall, Room 112

Sympathy to Schmidt, Malchaski families

Ralph Bay, grandfather of Laura Schmidt, director of Student Activities, died Saturday, Oct. 9. Notes of condolence may be sent to Laura Schmidt, Campus Box 45.

Ralph B. Malchaski, father of Bernie Malchaski, Maintenance, died Saturday, Oct. 8, at Lake Winona Manor. Notes of condolence may be sent to Campus Box 39.

The Saint Mary’s community extends its sympathy to the Schmidt and Malchaski families.