Thursday, April 28, 2011

SMU to begin offering textbook rental program

Saint Mary’s will become part of a select group of colleges/universities offering students a textbook rental program. This opportunity is made possible thanks to a partnership forged between Saint Mary’s administration and the campus bookstore, managed by Barnes & Noble. With textbook rentals, students can realize tremendous savings, paying less than half of what they would to purchase a new, printed textbook.

This program allows students to rent their books either in the store or from the bookstore’s website — — whichever is more convenient for them. While not every textbook title is included in the rental program, more than 30 percent of titles are available for rent.

More details will be announced to students later this week. Information about the textbook rental program is available at the bookstore or on its website.

For more information, contact Cindy Marek at Ext. 1443.

Saint Mary’s choirs to perform April 30

The 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 30, at the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, located on the Saint Teresa campus.

The concert will include works by Monteverdi, Saint-Saëns, Ferko, Handel, Moses Hogan and SMU’s Patrick O’Shea and Eric Heukeshoven. The event will also feature the Saint Mary’s University Chamber Orchestra.

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

Row, Ride, Run Triathlon to draw 61 athletes Saturday

The annual Saint Mary’s “Row, Ride, Run Triathlon” will take place on Saturday, April 30, at 9 a.m. at Lake Winona. Sixty-one athletes from throughout the Midwest are registered for the race.

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.

For more information, visit or call Ext. 7268.

Dance Repertory Company to present spring concert

The 2010-2011 Saint Mary’s performance season will conclude with the Dance Repertory Company’s annual spring concert, “Dance Mosaic,” Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30.

The events, which are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. April 29 and 3 p.m. April 30, will be held in Page Theatre.

In honor of National Dance Week, these performances will feature five works including “A Tender Age,” a contemporary ballet about the coming of age of young women; “Summer Sons,” a tap piece with live jazz music accompaniment; “In Flux,” a student-choreographed piece from which an excerpt represented the university at this year’s American College Dance Festival; “Having/Making/Taking,” a modern work that explores the relationship between people and time; and “Love It!,” a jazz piece set to the music of Lyle Lovett.

Performed by the dancers who currently train at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts and Saint Mary’s, “Dance Mosaic” will showcase their effervescent spirit, vibrant energy, and technical and artistic abilities.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online at or by calling the box office at Ext. 1715 Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Dance Repertory Company is the pre-professional performance group of the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts. Company members participate in rehearsals, technique classes and stage performances.

For more information, e-mail or call Ext. 5500. The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s.

Student organ recital, hymn-sing planned for April 29

Saint Mary’s organ students will present a recital and hymn-sing — free and open to the public — from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29, at Faith Lutheran Church, 1717 West Service Dr.

Students Gregory Bim-Merle, Jacob Carlson, Michelle Quinn and Nathan Maskal, along with their instructor A. Eric Heukeshoven, will perform selected works by Johannes Brahms, Flor Peeters and Ralph Vaughan Williams, as well as traditional hymn tunes. The recital will also include a new arrangement of Samual Scheidt’s “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland” featuring additional SMU students on brass and percussion. The arrangement, by Heukeshoven, was premiered at the recent SMU Founder’s Day convocation.

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

Senior art shows to run through May 14

Saint Mary’s senior art students will present their work in the upcoming exhibit, “Through the Lashes,” through Saturday, May 14, at the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries.

“Through the Lashes” is a capstone experience for SMU Art Studio and Graphic Design majors. The name, chosen by the exhibiting seniors, comes from a reference Vincent Van Gogh made to his brother Theo in many letters. Van Gogh would say “Today, I painted through the lashes,” which meant he would squint his eyes to remove the middle grays and helped him focus on the strong contrasts of the objects he was looking at.

Artists displaying their work through May 14 will include Alexa Bergler, Stephanie Binot, Emily Cooper, Chelsea Deering, Jesse Fleming, Cody Harvey, Nicole Krystosek, Danielle Miller and Tania Trowbridge.

The galleries — free and open to the public — are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

SMU to host ‘Celebrate Japan’ May 5 to raise money for Misato, Winona’s sister city

As part of a citywide effort to raise money for earthquake relief in Misato, Japan — Winona’s sister city — Saint Mary’s University will host “Celebrate Japan” Thursday, May 5.

The event, a cultural showcase of Japan’s rich culture and traditions, will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Toner Student Center. The showcase will begin with an announcement from Winona Mayor Jerry Miller.

Other events will include:
• Japanese woodblock printing demonstrations, “Moku Hanga,” by SMU’s Preston Lawing
• Origami with Sandy Wernimont from the Winona Middle School
• Japanese dance, provided by Winona State University students from Japan
• A Japanese martial arts demonstration by SMU’s Francis “Fritz” Speck and other members of Minnesota Genbu-Kai Karate
• Sushi (served by Chartwells Food Service) in limited quantities
• Japanese poetry readings by Winona Poet Laureate Ken McCullough of SMU and former Poet Laureate Jim Armstrong of WSU
• A reading from “Sadako and the 1,000 Paper Cranes”
• Reiki massage by Gerry Naal
• Live music with Patti Darbo
• A Skype message from Misato
• And more

Donations are encouraged. Misato bracelets and T-shirts will also be available for purchase.

Fifty homes in Misato were completely destroyed in the March earthquake. Three times that number of houses were damaged. Many businesses and roads are in need of repair. The Misato residents are in need of funds to buy essential supplies like food, water and clothing. For more information on citywide relief efforts, visit

When the week of fundraising events is completed, a check from the Winona Community Foundation will be given to the City of Winona to send directly to officials in Misato.

For more information about SMU’s “Celebrate Japan,” contact Chandu Valluri at Ext. 1466 or For more information on the benefit week, contact Bead Kerr at, Joe Lepley at or Glenn Petersen at

Cardinal Corner raises $800 for campus organizations and Polish orphanage

The Cardinal Corner, under the management of the Spring 2011 Entrepreneurship class, earned over $800 in profit this semester. Sixty-percent of the total profits were earned through the sale of products from SMU clubs, teams, departments, or organizations that placed their items for sale in the store. The remaining 40 percent will be donated to Dom Dziecka, a Polish orphanage for children, the class’s charity of choice for the semester.

Dom Dziecka (house of children) is a Polish orphanage for children between the ages of 3-18 located in Chotomow, Poland. Chotomow is a small town one hour north of Warsaw with a population less than 5,000. Dom Dziecka aims to ensure home care for children who are deprived of family care on their own. The facility is based on Christian values and ran by the Congregation of the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate.

The Spring 2011 students honored the tradition of helping one of their own by choosing the Dom Dziecka orphanage. A fellow classmate, Ania McNamara, was adopted, along with her three sisters, from the orphanage. She has continued to help the orphanage as an SMU student by raising money each year for Christmas presents to be sent to the children. The money raised by the Cardinal Corner will be used to help buy blankets and school supplies.

The Cardinal Corner opened in Fall 2010. However, the goal of giving entrepreneurship students a hands-on experience in running a business was started with the establishment of the Movie Nest in 2003. The demand for an on-campus DVD rental diminished by 2008, prompting the business department to investigate the opportunity for building an actual store on campus. During the 2009-2010 academic year, entrepreneurship professor Jana Craft changed the focus of the project from profit-driven to non-profit, highlighting the importance of social entrepreneurship. Each semester the students chose a charity that was of special significance to a classmate.

Past beneficiaries include:
• Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance - Fall 2010
• Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin - Spring 2010
• Winona Area Humane Society - Fall 2009

On April 18, the students held an all-day blowout sale. The entire inventory of the store was moved to the Toner Lobby where the prices were slashed to help clear the way for new products in the fall. Big Red joined us and spread the news of the blowout sale throughout campus. Free popcorn was provided, thanks to the Athletic Department. Joanna Mills won the drawing for a free digital camera and an impressive amount of “RawR” bracelets were sold to commemorate the life of Millie Harrison. Proceeds from the sale of the “RawR” bracelets will be donated to support juvenile diabetes research.

If you missed out on a chance to own the 2011 Cardinal Pride T-shirt or your very own limited edition Father Fabian T-shirt, do not dismay! Contact Craft at Ext. 1491 or Become a fan and receive the latest updates at

To support the orphanage or for more information, contact McNamara at The orphanage website is

Study Abroad Photo Contest winners announced

The Study Abroad Photo Contest winners are, from left, Zach Cizek, third; Libby Perkins, second; and Nicole Krystosek, first.

Nicole Krystosek, first place for “Vernazza”
Libby Perkins, second place for “Renew”
Zach Cizek, third place for “Every Shade of Green-Kylemore Abbey”

Winners received a cash award, and the top 12 pictures can be viewed in the foyer area outside Rooms 132 and 134 for Saint Mary’s Hall.

Confluence of Voices IV planned for April 29

In honor of National Poetry Month, “A Confluence of Voices IV” will be held 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Mugby Junction, 451 Huff Street.

This event, free and open to the public, is co-hosted by Winona’s Poet Laureate Ken McCullough (SMU) and former Poet Laureate Jim Armstrong (WSU).

Student poets from Saint Mary’s University and Winona State will read their original work followed by an open mic opportunity.

For more information, contact McCullough at Ext. 8737.

McCullough subject of documentary

Ken McCullough (Academic Advising, PASS program) and the Cambodian poet he has translated, U Sam Oeur, are the subjects of a documentary titled “Across Three Wildernesses: A Journey of Two Poets.” The film has just been released and was produced by independent film-maker Mary Ellen Will, New York City.

Last Chat and Chow to address educational technology

The next Chat, Chow & Web 2.0 — hosted by the Fitz, IT and Instructional Technology — will be 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in the main lounge of McEnery. Lunch is provided; an RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary. Contact Jason Spartz at

It’s time to peer into educational technology’s crystal ball again. The topic will be year’s Horizon Report and trying for a “mashup” with the College of 2020 Report. How will SMU respond to these future trends? Join in the conversation.

Bracelets for Millie Harrison raise money to fight diabetes

The Department of Theatre and Dance is selling lime green bracelets in honor of Millie Harrison.

The bracelets say “Rawr for Millie” and “Rawr Against Diabetes” and are $2.

All proceeds will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Association. The Barnes and Noble Bookstore still has some available.

‘Let’s Do Lunch’ raises $340 for CTIE

The Volunteer Committee would like to thank everyone who contributed to the last “Let’s Do Lunch” fundraiser last week, especially the Athletic Department for hosting the event. The lunch raised $340.50 for our Nairobi students at CTIE.

Computer science year-end projects to be presented May 5

On Thursday, May 5, at 1 p.m. the Computer Science students will be presenting their year-end projects in the Common Room.

Don’t miss the public debut of “Radar,” the award-winning system for remote data collection for ResLife staff; the unveiling of “Healthy Mario,” a one-laptop-per-child (OLPC) game developed as part of a Health and Wellness Education initiative for first-graders in rural communities; or the host of Android platform applications that allow you to do such useful things as play checkers with a colleague via Bluetooth during a dull meeting, study vocabulary words for the GRE, organize your baseball card collection, browse a library of interesting Catholic articles, organize your course assignments, and download weekly quizzes from your professor for self-directed study.

Kappa Delta Pi students clean up highway

Students from Kappa Delta Pi, the education honor society, cleaned up Highway 14, beginning with the SMU entrance on Saturday, April 16. They worked for a few hours and picked up about 20 bags of garbage

Environmental film screening is May 3

SMU will offer a public screening of the environmental documentary film “Green Fire” at Winona State University’s Science Learning Center (Room 120) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3. “Green Fire” is the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold. “Green Fire” highlights Leopold’s extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement.

Following the screening, an opportunity for dialogue about the film will be facilitated by Wes Miller (Department of Sociology at SMU), Joe Tadie (Department of Philosophy at SMU) and Bruno Borsari (Department of Biology at WSU). This opportunity was made possible through the SMU Office of Campus Ministry.

Jazz combos to perform May 8 at Acoustic Café

Two student jazz workshop combos, directed by John Paulson and Eric Heukeshoven of the Music Department, will present a free concert Sunday, May 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Acoustic Café, 77 Lafayette St. This event will feature student musicians who have been playing together all semester, 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 and Duke Ellington.

Virtual Career Fair May 3-4

The Minnesota Private College Career Consortium is hosting a virtual career fair May 3-4. The event is free for SMU students and alumni. Participants can save valuable time and meet recruiters live online. Register at

Studio art tour scheduled for this weekend

The 2011 Bluff Country Studio Art Tour is today, April 29, through Sunday, May 1. Art enthusiasts can spend a day exploring art in galleries and artist studios around the region. Studios and galleries will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. Artwork will be available for purchase. Artists will be talking about their work and some artists will be doing demonstrations.

Monta May, Marketing and Communication, is part of the tour. Her studio at 854 W. 5th St. will be open to the public.

For information and maps, go to

Last ‘Campus Notes’ of the school year next week

Weekly editions of “Campus Notes” will end Friday, May 6. The deadline for that issue is Wednesday, May 4.

“Campus Notes” will continue to come out every other Friday during the summer beginning Friday, June 10. Issues will come out June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, Aug. 5, and Aug. 19.

Keep in mind that the Office of Marketing and Communication can still help you promote events, speakers, awards or any other news throughout the summer. Contact Deb Nahrgang at Ext. 6966 or

Sympathy to Lueck family

John Peavey, father of Terrie Lueck (director of Conferencing and Camps) and grandfather to Adam Lueck ’12, died Monday, April 25.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today, Friday, April 29, at Hoff Funeral Home, 3480 Service Drive. A memorial service begins at 6 p.m.

A card of condolence can be sent to Terrie Lueck and family at Campus Box 47.

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