Bikers raising money to end poverty
Saint Mary’s is hosting and sponsoring the LVs (Lasallian Volunteers) Ride, a cross-country bike ride that is raising money to end poverty in our nation’s underserved communities.
The proceeds of the LVs Ride — which routes from Astoria, Ore., to Long Branch, N.J. — will go to Lasallian Volunteers, a full-time volunteer program serving the nation’s most neglected communities. Lasallian Volunteers is a program of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, and provides dedicated, well-trained volunteers for one or more years of service to schools and agencies whose mission is to serve the poor. Lasallian Volunteers provide over 100,000 hours of service and serve over 8,215 children and families each year.
One SMU alumna, Glenna Kryzyanowski, is joining approximately 14 other LVs Ride participants for the coast-to-coast trip.
A leg of their journey will bring the bikers through Winona Friday, July 22. Saint Mary’s invites the public to meet participants and learn more about Lasallian Volunteers during a picnic on the plaza of SMU’s Winona campus on Saturday, July 23. Burgers and side dishes will be provided for a freewill donation. The picnic will begin at 6 p.m. with the riders doing a demonstration at 7 p.m.
The group will continue on its journey the morning of Sunday, July 24, and are expected to complete their ride on Aug. 14. They left Astoria, Ore., on June 14.
Other cyclists are encouraged to take up the challenge to fight poverty — cyclists are welcome for even a portion of the trip. To donate to this cause or learn more about the LVs Ride, go to www.lvsride.com.
Faculty and staff are also asked to help with providing a meal for the riders. Food — bread, meat, cheese, chips, salads, and cookies or bars — is needed for dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday. To help, contact Kathy Pederson at Ext. 6690.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Bikers raising money to end poverty
Saint Mary’s is conducting its second annual Countdown to College through Aug. 6. This two-week program for students from under-resourced communities will be offered to students each year for four years, beginning just after they complete eighth grade and continuing until they reach college age — helping to assure each student is prepared for a successful college experience.
The camp is completely free to student participants from San Miguel and Nativity Schools, their parents (who come the first weekend) and teachers from their schools, who co-teach with SMU instructors, and help prepare SMU instructors on how to effectively work with this growing population of students. Twenty-five students participated last summer. In addition to welcoming back these 25 participants, SMU also welcomes 25 new incoming ninth-graders. Each group of 25 is here for two weeks, and they overlap on campus one week.
This is one portion of Saint Mary’s First-Generation Initiative, a program designed to offer academic, financial and personal support to first-generation students as they transition into higher education.
The fourth annual Tom Farren Memorial Golf Classic (formerly the Saint Mary’s Golf Classic) is scheduled for Sunday, July 24, at Cedar Valley Golf Course. The four-person scramble has a 9 a.m. shotgun start and is a fundraiser for SMU golf.
As a sponsor of the Great River Shakespeare Festival, all employees of Saint Mary's University are entitled to a 15 percent discount on tickets.
Season 8 includes “King Henry IV, Part 1”; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”; and “The Fantasticks” from now through July 31.
Call the box office at 474-7900 and tell them you’re an employee of Saint Mary’s to get your discounted tickets. For more information, go to http://grsf.org.
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Forty local stars — including Terrie Lueck, SMU director of conferencing and camps — are getting ready to dance the night away for charity this summer during the 3rd Annual Dancing with Winona Stars.
The event will be held Saturday, Aug. 13, at SMU’s Gostomski Fieldhouse and will be sponsored by the Gotta Dance Competition Group. The pre-show begins at 7 p.m., and the competition begins at 7:30 p.m.
Last year over 1,000 people attended the show and more than $10,000 was raised for local charities. Lueck is raising money for SMU’s First-Generation Initiative.
This year will feature 11 individual stars dancing with Gotta Dance Instructors and five star groups that will be performing a variety of styles from rhumba to hip hop.
Tables are available for $250 and include hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, reserved seating and early admission at 5 p.m.
Single tickets with hors d’oeuvres and early admission at 5 p.m. are $25 and show-only tickets with 7 p.m. admission are $10 or $20 at the door.
For more information, visit www.dancingwithwinonastars.com or call Gotta Dance at (507) 474-7077.
The Winona Volunteer Committee will host an old fashioned ice cream social on Thursday, July 28, from 2-3 p.m. Enjoy a bean bag toss, ladder golf, water balloon toss and a cherry pit spitting contest. Prizes will be awarded. Cool off with “free-will” rootbeer floats and pie (at $1 per slice). Mark your calendars for July 28 for a fun summer celebration that will benefit CTIE in Nairobi.
Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum will present an evening of intricately layered percussive footwork for Saint Mary’s first “Off the Page” event Saturday, July 23.
Audiences are invited to watch what the Minneapolis Star Tribune coined as “fierce exhilarating dancemaking” at 8 p.m. in the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 10th and Vila streets.
The Flying Foot Forum is a vibrant and bold percussive dance/theater company that fuses percussion and percussive dances with many other forms of music, dance and theater, telling unusual tales, creating a wild variety of characters, and exploring universal ideas in inventive and exciting new ways.
Chvala has worked as a director, choreographer, writer, composer, performer, and teacher for opera companies, experimental and nonexperimental theatres, concert dance venues, performing arts academies, and universities. Located in Minneapolis since 1990, Chvala previously worked in New York and Gothenburg, Sweden.
Tickets are $15 for adults or $10 for seniors and students and are available at the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays or online at www.pagetheatre.org.
On Aug. 6, the www2.smumn.edu web server, which was implemented in 2005 is being replaced with a new system. Users with content on www2 are encouraged to contact the HelpDesk and arrange a preview of your site on the new server, prior to July 30.
This will allow users to verify the website is functional on the new server before the switchover occurs.
This server is also used for the I: (StudOrg) and J: (Deptmntl) network drive letters. These drives will automatically updated to point to the new system after August 6.
If you are a Macintosh user that has connected to smb:\\goliath for access to StudOrg, Deptmntl or Inetpub you should change your connection now to point at smb:\\www2.smumn.edu.
Contact the HelpDesk with any questions or concerns.
News from MIASMU Nairobi campus
The second Immersion Program ended at MIASMU — SMU’s Nairobi campus — on July 13 after three-week intensive research-based courses on African Culture, Sage Philosophy and African Religion.
Running alongside the courses were two special groups of students: a group of six sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers from a Toronto group called Hearts and Hands, and another 37 teachers from Canada in an organization called Teachers Helping Teachers. They all registered for the three-day course on Introduction to African Culture and Religion. Most of them, after their initial hesitation about going out alone with a just–met African field assistant, were able to move out of their comfort zones and were doing field research on a one-to-one basis with their field assistants.
This is a good example of the effectiveness of the MIASMU education method where classroom lectures are integrated with supervised field research facilitated by a trained African university graduate. This method quickly began to guide all of them into appreciating and enjoying African cultural life and activities.
Awards given to MIASMU field assistants
At the end of each academic year, the field assistants — who are all Kenyan University graduates — and an essential element of the MIASMU educational method, are awarded certificates of performance and gifts ranging from watches and bags to books and airtime credit cards in appreciation of a job well done.
They are assigned to students on a one-to-one basis as their personal field assistants, which makes the students’ learning experiences unique and highly effective in understanding and articulating African cultural reality.
Foundation Certificates are awarded to field assistants who have worked in a minimum of six courses. The certificate spells out that the assistant has attended 240 hours of lectures on a post-graduate level, assisted students in 40 hours of field research per course, acculturated graduate students both foreign and African to Kenyan life and reality, arranged for students’ contacts, translation, explanations, and interviews in the field, hosted students in rural homes on overnight visits and written six essays relevant to the course, each of which is listed with the grade received.
Intermediate and Advanced Certificates are also awarded after a field assistant has done a second and a third group of six courses respectively.
Two of the field assistants were awarded Advanced Certificates, three Intermediate Certificates and six Foundational Certificates. These Certificates are highly valued by the assistants and are included in their CVs when applying for jobs or academic programs.
The summer show, “Beneath the Covers: The Winona Area Quilters’ Guild” will be on display at Saint Mary’s Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries through Aug. 14.
A huge variety of full-size quilts, as well as other quilted pieces — ranging from traditional patterns to very graphic and experimental ones — will be on display.
The galleries — free and open to the public — are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
Sarah Bearbower, Information Technology manager-academic systems, will attend the ECAR symposium on “IT as a Game Changer.”
This year’s ECAR Symposium, to be held July 28–29 in Chicago, will provide opportunities for CIOs and their campus innovation partners to interact with one another and some of the most innovative and stimulating strategists working in higher education today. Together they will explore how information technology can be used, not simply to run campus operations efficiently, but to actually transform teaching, learning, research, and higher education administration.
Cheyanne Boddicker, currently on campus in her second year of study with the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development program, will be leaving the day after the 2011 campus residency for Dover, England. In early August, she will attempt to swim the English Channel in an effort to raise funds and awareness for cancer research at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
It is a 19-nautical-mile swim, but with unforeseen weather and current patterns, the swim could end up being 22-30 miles. It could take 12 or more hours to complete.
The campaign is called “Crossing for a Cure” and as a part of this campaign, she is currently doing a mini-project called “The Union Hawk Project,” in which donors sign the name of a loved one who has fought cancer to a U of I Hawkeye flag, which will be on the boat that accompanies Cheyanne across the channel.
For more information, go to www.crossingforacure.com and “like” the Crossing for a Cure Facebook page.
From Aug. 1-6 Janet and Eric Heukeshoven, Music Department, will serve as section coaches for the Minnesota All-State Band at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., through the Minnesota Music Educators Association. Janet will coach the flute and piccolo players and Eric will work with the euphonium and tuba players. They will also assist with rehearsals and will perform in a faculty recital.