Thursday, August 25, 2011

Saint Mary’s is ‘Going Google’

During the last year, the university has been running a pilot of GoogleApps to assess its use for the university. The pilot process has been a successful one with 250 students, faculty and staff from across the university participating.

Pilot users enjoy the new user experience, especially the greatly increased e-mail storage, collaboration, calendaring and connecting to mobile devices. In late July, the final step of having university counsel review the GoogleApps contract for compliance with needs for security, privacy and e-mail retention was completed.

Information Technology will start the transition process to move all current staff, faculty and students to the SMUMN GoogleApps system this fall.

Please watch for information from Information Technology in the HelpDesk Newsletter and e-mails for details on when your account will be migrating to the new system. The intent is to have all current faculty, staff and student accounts with existing addresses created on the GoogleApps System by the end of August to allow for immediate use of the collaboration tools. Additionally, the process for transitioning e-mail to the new system will be started, with the intent of having all current faculty, staff and administration e-mail migrated by Thanksgiving and current students receiving new messages by January 2012.

University collects books for Africa

The faculty at Saint Mary’s collected more than 32 boxes of books to be donated to the “Books for Africa” organization. The idea came from Chandu Valluri, who researched organizations that accept academic textbooks. Books were donated from many departments and the library, with some coming from the Computer Science Department at Winona State University. The collection was organized by Melissa Luedtke and Betty Kube. Rhea Fosco and Kyle Romanchuk from the summer conferencing staff helped load the books.

SMU Concert Band invites area musicians to join

Area musicians who love band music are invited to the Saint Mary’s Concert Band’s first rehearsal of the season on Monday, Aug. 29, from 6:45 to 8 p.m. The 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 Saint Yon’s Hall, (Room 158). All interested musicians are welcome to attend the first sight-reading informational rehearsal of the season. Advanced high school students, students from Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical, and adult community musicians are welcome to join the SMU collegiate members for an exciting season. The band performs a wide variety of repertoire; this fall it will start with the “Holst Suite #1 for Band,” “Bayou Breakdown” and “Selections from Pirates of the Caribbean” for a Family Weekend performance on Oct. 1.

Placement auditions will be individually scheduled Aug. 31-Sept. 4. Audition music will be given to all players on Aug. 29. If you are interested in the ensemble but cannot attend the initial “info-rehearsal,” please 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. Wednesdays

Detailed information regarding band membership and the auditions will be available at the first rehearsal. 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. If you leave a message, please include which instrument you play, as well as your full name and contact information.

Young Alumni, ‘M’ Club weekend is Sept. 9-11

Hundreds of alumni will come back to campus Sept. 9-11 for Young Alumni Weekend and ‘M’ Club Weekend.

Graduates from the past decade have been invited back to campus for Young Alumni Weekend, and several special activities are planned. A welcome reception will held 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, in the President’s Room.

The weekend also coincides with Cardinal ’M‘ Club Weekend, which gives SMU alumni opportunities to cheer on Cardinal athletics.

Other activities will include Hall of Fame inductions, athletic awards, golf, alumni games, a social, and a picnic.

The 2011 Saint Mary’s University Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday, Sept. 10, promises to be a family affair.

Nate DeMars ’98 and Frank Savino ’98 were more than linemates for the Saint Mary’s University men’s hockey team for four years — they were like inseparable brothers. Add to that the third member of this year’s Class of 2011 inductee, John Redpath ’80, and the familial ties become even greater — after all, Redpath was not only a standout for the Saint Mary’s hockey teams of the late ’70s, but he’s also DeMars’ uncle.

In their four years together, Savino and DeMars were one of the most prolific, goal-scoring duos in the country. The two combined for a jaw-dropping 377 points and rank second (DeMars) and third (Savino) to the great Andre Beaulieu in career points.

A four-year letterwinner, Savino was named to the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team in each of his four years as a Cardinal. Savino’s junior year was one for the record books, as he compiled 40 goals and 62 points — both ranked No. 5 all-time in the program’s history — while earning MIAC Player of the Year and First-Team All-American honors. In his four years at SMU, Savino ranks No. 3 all-time in career goals (111) and career points (111).

And as impressive as Savino’s numbers were, his four-year linemates were equally as impressive.

Also a four-year letterwinner, DeMars earned All-MIAC First-Team honors three times, while also being named Second Team All-American during his junior season, when he posted 40 assists — the fourth-best single-season assist total in program history — and finished a point behind Savino with 61. DeMars closed out his collegiate career as SMU’s all-time assist leader (108), while ranking second in career points (189) and fifth in career goals (81).

Not to be outdone by his nephew, Redpath made a name for himself, earning First-Team All-MIAC honors in both his junior and senior seasons, while also being named an NAIA First-Team All-American during his senior season. Redpath, a four-year letterwinner, finished among the top 20 in SMU history in single-season goals (23) and points (51).

Former students often express their interest in reconnecting with faculty and staff. Please make plans to attend! More details will be announced next week.

Jazz notes

Swing Inc. will perform Friday, Aug. 26, at Signatures from 6 to 9 p.m.

John Paulson and the Miles Johnson Jazz Quartet will perform 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at Chester’s Restaurant, Rochester.

The Swing Inc. Standard Tim Duo performs at the Canadian Honker Restaurant in Rochester from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.

The Swing Inc trio performs at the Salem Glen Winery in Rochester from 1 to 4 p.m .Sunday, Aug. 28.

Chris Kendall to perform at Winona Arts Center

Chris Kendall and the Coulee Kings (Mark Gunderson and Tom Moncrieff) combine forces for an evening of musical story telling Friday, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Winona Arts Center. Admission is $5.

Goodview Days Parade volunteers paint town red

As part of our community visibility initiative, SMU took part in the Goodview Days Parade on Aug. 21. Resident assistants painted the town red with bandanas, and Big Red was on hand to greet parade-goers. A huge thanks goes out to everyone who volunteered!

Employee changes


• Tonja Ziemann, Sept. 2, T.C. program director, M.A. Health and Human Services Admin., Rochester
• Janelle Ansell, Sept. 2, controller
• Janekke Quick, Aug. 24, M.Ed. administrative assistant
• Andrea Essar, Aug. 21, director of Campus Safety


• Evan Barshack, Aug. 22, T.C. B.A. Accounting Program director
• Mario Casa de Calva, Aug. 22, Psychology - assistant professor
• Erin Mae Clark, Aug. 22, English - assistant professor
• Brother Patrick Conway, Aug. 22, Education & ID Studies - assistant professor
• Elizabeth Donahue, Aug. 22, Education - assistant professor
• Moni Berg-Binder, Aug. 22, Biology - assistant professor
• Derek Jackson, Aug. 22, Business - assistant professor
• Matthew Rowley, Aug. 22, Biology - assistant professor
• Malcom Gold, Aug. 22, Business - assistant professor
• Holly Courtenay, Aug. 15, Wellness Center - post doctorate counselor
• Jeff Walter, Aug. 15, Wellness Center - post doctorate counselor
• Neil Cassidy, Aug. 1, Athletics - head women soccer coach
• Gregory Moore, Aug. 1, Athletics - assistant women’s hockey coach
• Drew Taylor, Aug. 1, Athletics - assistant men’s/women’s soccer coach
• Eileen Honish, July 18, graduate assistant - hall director
• Charissa Jakusz, July 18, graduate assistant - hall director
• Nicholas Lauer, July 18, graduate assistant - hall director
• Jessica Ibarra-Ortega, July 13, T.C. Financial Aid coordinator
• Cynthia Solberg, Cynthia, July 5, T.C. - M.A. in Education associate director
• Carol Hunter, July 1, T.C. - M.S. Nurse Anesthesia associate director
• Mary Skelley, July 1, T.C. - M.A. Nurse Anesthesia - director of clinical education

‘Campus Notes’ will continue weekly on Fridays

“Campus Notes” will now come out every Friday. The deadline for each issue is noon the previous Wednesday.

Cancer benefit for Jim Klinger is Oct. 22

A cancer benefit will be held for Jim Klinger, (Maintenance Department) at 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 22, at the Witoka Ballroom. The event will include a live and silent auction, bake sale and chicken dinner.

If you would like to help with the benefit by volunteering that day, baking for the bake sale or by donating items, please contact Nikki Richmond Ext. 1643 or Sandy Moger at Ext. 1436.

Tickets will be available in a few weeks.