Thursday, December 13, 2012

Welcome reception and African art sale is Friday

A reception for SMU’s colleagues in Nairobi, Brother Paulos Mesmer, director of Christ the Teacher Institute for Education, and Father Michael Kirwen, director of the Maryknoll Institute for African Studies, will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 14, in the Common Room. A short presentation will begin at 2:30 p.m., and African art will be for sale.

SMU invites audiences to 2nd performance by Trouble



Due to popular demand, vocalist Vanessa Trouble has added a second performance as part of the Saint Mary’s Off The Page series.

Now there are two opportunities for audiences to take in classic holiday tunes with a jazz twist.

As her original concert on Thursday, Dec. 20, sold out within weeks, a second concert is now planned for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. Both events will be held at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, 800 Riverview Dr.

Saint Mary’s is proud to welcome this Winona native home for these special holiday shows. Trouble has been singing and producing shows with numerous artists for over a decade. The New York City artist has honed her vocal and performance skills all over the country and abroad, fronting various jazz ensembles in New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Atlanta, New Orleans, London, Paris, Ireland, Norway and Asia.

Tickets for the Dec. 21 show are $15 for adults or $12 for students and seniors. Call the Performance Center Box Office Monday through Friday at Ext. 1715 or order tickets online at www.pagetheatre.org.

It’s nearly a wrap for Gifts for Winona


The Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona program is “wrapping up.” Thanks go to everyone who shopped, wrapped, picked a tag, donated money, picked up gifts, did data entry and fielded phone calls. For 11 years, the SMU community has pulled together its talents to help make this communitywide gift-giving program a success. As the gift distribution is Monday, if you still have a present to bring in, please call Deb Nahrgang at Ext. 6966.

LaSalle Hall Living Learning Community highlights semester


The LaSalle Hall Living Learning Community took time this week to reflect on its semester together. Brother Larry Humphrey, director of Mission, led a reflection on the Lasallian Catholic mission of Saint Mary’s and invited members of the LLC to think about how they can be brothers and sisters to each other. In addition, a meal was shared with their faculty advisors and residence hall staff. Lastly, they created 100 holiday greeting cards to be added to the “Gifts for Winona” presents to be handed out this holiday season.

Residents of Gilmore Creek and Hillside halls volunteer


Resident assistants and residents of Hillside and Gilmore Creek halls volunteered their time Monday night to the Salvation Army by standing outside in front of Walmart and Hy-Vee ringing bells and asking for donations. Each semester resident assistants provide opportunities for community growth through their programming, based on foundations adopted from the Lasallian Core Principles. This program allowed students and staff to focus on service and a concern for the poor.

Jazz combos to give concert as final exam Sunday


Members of the Saint Mary’s Jazz Workshop and Jazz Combo I will take their “final exam” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Acoustic Café, located at 2nd and Lafayette streets.

Come relax and enjoy some jazz in this casual setting as the students perform jazz standards, along with a few holiday numbers.

Jazz Workshop Combo, directed by Dr. John Paulson, and Jazz Combo I, directed by A. Eric Heukeshoven, feature students in small group settings where improvisation is emphasized.

The finals jam is free and open to the public!

For more information, contact Heukeshoven at Ext. 7292 or eheukesh@smumn.edu.

Two ski races scheduled

Depending on weather conditions, Saint Mary’s will host two cross-country races this winter: Jan. 27 and Feb. 17. The fees will be $10 per race (includes entry and bib). Registration will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the 10K classic races will start at 11 a.m., and the skate-style races will begin at 1 p.m.

Christmas dinner is Dec. 18

The annual faculty and staff Christmas dinner will be Tuesday, Dec. 18. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will begin at 6 p.m. in the dining room, followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Student Life staff share H.D. program research


Several Student Life staff members are also full-time graduate students within the Human Development program at SMU. This week two individuals presented findings from their position papers, completing the requirements of their master’s program. Graduate assistant hall director Stephen Craig presented “Three Principles of Leadership that Institutions of Higher Education Cannot Ignore,” and head baseball coach Nick Winecke presented “Successful vs. Significant.” Both colloquiums focused on leadership strategies and practices within the context of Saint Mary’s University and the application of their findings to our institution. Congratulations to both of these individuals for the successful completion of their master’s degrees.

Management students vie for Golden Stapler honor

Section A – Ferocious Pelicans
Luke Buehler, Ben Johnson, Rayce Wadsworth, Mike Tabar, Collin Kaczorowski, Cassie Masberg, Kristin Wilkes, Laura Ramboldt, Haolin Lei, Jordan Gnatowsky, Scott Zengri


 Section B Yellow Toucans
 Preston Black, Dan Volturo, Joe Budin, Tyler Ridgedell, Alex Bakke, Chris Hall, Nicole Johnson, Mary Flynn, Keotta House, Jennifer Daniel Hernandez, Samantha Kleese

On Thursday, Dec. 6, Jana Craft’s Principles of Management students competed for the honor of signing their name to the Golden Stapler – a handmade trophy that “has seen better days.” A tradition in the SMU Business Department since 2008, Leadership Challenge Day provides an opportunity for students to experience topics covered in the course: teamwork, leadership, communication, strategy, motivation and problem solving in a fun and competitive environment.

Events test both brain and brawn with academic and physical events; while the academic event is a fun way for students to review for their final exam. However, future bragging rights are probably the best motivator in the competition. To see the famous Golden Stapler, stop by Craft’s office (Saint Mary’s Hall, Room 429B).

MAFA program to celebrate 10th year with free concert, reception

Eric Heukeshoven and John Paulson


The Music Access for All program will celebrate 10 years of service with a free concert of jazz and Christmas selections Saturday, Dec. 15, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Maplewood Townhomes Community Center, 1756 Kraemer Dr.

The John Paulson-Eric Heukeshoven Jazz Duo will perform, and light refreshments will be served. This public event is being held in gratitude to the Winona community for all of the support MAFA has received.

In December of 2002, Saint Mary’s professor Dr. John Paulson founded the MAFA (Music Access For All) program at the Maplewood Townhomes with the goal of getting instruments, music and lessons to students in need of assistance. On Christmas Eve that year, he obtained instruments for three girls in the same family and experienced the joy of watching their faces as they opened their instrument cases for the first time. Shortly after the program began, Heukeshoven, also from the SMU Music Department, expressed an interest in helping with the program.  For several years, the two men taught lessons Saturday mornings at the Maplewood Townhomes Community Center and hosted winter and spring concerts to show off what their students had accomplished.  Their goal was to ultimately get the students into public school music programs to continue and expand on what they had learned.

Currently, they work through area music teachers like Paula Bratten of the Winona Middle School and place instruments with students in need of assistance. Donated instruments are checked over by Bob Ogren of Leithold Music in La Crosse, and they are stored there until they find a new home. The program depends completely on cash contributions and instruments from the community, and many people have come forward to help.  If you’d like to donate an instrument, or you know of a student in need of assistance getting one, contact Paulson at jpaulson@smumn.edu or Ext. 4948.  Checks can be made out to Saint Mary’s University/ MAFA and sent to Eric Heukeshoven at Campus Box 1473, Saint Mary’s University, Winona, MN 55987.  

MCA announces winter semester open house


The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will host its winter registration open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 W. 10th St.

Here are five reasons to stop by:

Visit the facility, tour the studios and classrooms, and meet our talented instructors and staff.
Check out the dance attire boutique, where students can be fitted.
Learn more about the new visual art and theatre division programming.
Speak with members of the Friends of MCA and learn more about hands-on volunteer opportunities.
Visit with members of the Winona and MCA community and meet new people who love the arts as much as you.

The MCA offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre year-round. Classes, lessons, workshops and camps are offered to children age 3 and older through adults.

Class days, times and tuition vary. Financial need-based scholarships are available. For a brochure and a complete listing, go to www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, e-mail mca@smumn.edu, “like” the MCA on Facebook, or call 453-5500.  Interested students may register online, by mail, or in person at MCA’s Valéncia Arts Center.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s.

Auditions approach for Fireside

Auditions for the Fireside student music show are Jan. 25-26. Shows are Feb. 8-9. Sign up outside the Phi Mu Alpha Room in the basement of Toner.

Record numbers attend Open Mic Night and Build a Creature



In the tradition of Open Mic Night’s founding purpose (to provide alternative programming on the night before study day), something special happened when 200+ students came to perform their talents. Stand-up comedy, poetry, holiday duets, and musical interludes brought the campus to life as many students choose to remain on-campus and enjoy each others’ company. SAC also sponsored the “Build-a-Creature” program before the event. Students made their own stuffed animals to help as stress relievers during this busy finals season.

Environmental Biology majors publish work


Several current or former Environmental Biology majors are authors or co-authors of papers to appear in scientific publications.  Clinton Nienhaus ’13 and Collin Neinhaus ’15 are the authors of “A Pack of Wild ‘Dogfish’: Aggregation by Adult Amia Calva,” which will appear in American Currents, the bulletin of the North American Native Fishes Association.

“Fin Anomalies in Blacknose Dace (Rhinichthys atratulus) from Southern Minnesota” by Melissa Markert ’10 will appear in a later issue of the same publication.  Jacob Zanon ’09 is a co-author of “The Horsehair Worm Gordionus violaceus (Nematomorpha: Gordiida) in Minnesota,” to appear in the Great Lakes Entomologist. Markert and Zanon are both currently graduate students in SMU’s Resource Analysis program. Mark Ross ’13 and Tom Walker ’13 are co-authors of “Early Spawning by the American Brook Lamprey (Lethenteron appendix) in Southeastern Minnesota,” which will be published in the Canadian Field-Naturalist.  Twenty-five percent of SMU graduates in Environmental Biology since 2000 have been the author or co-author of at least one published article.

Last ‘Campus Notes’ of the year

After break, the first issue of “Campus Notes” will come out Jan. 18. The deadline for this issue will be Wednesday, Jan. 16. Have a wonderful break, a Merry Christmas and a joyous New  Year!

SMU business students raise money for fellow student



Saint Mary’s business students and the SMU College of Business donated $525 to the medical fund established for SMU student Sabrina Bushlack-Larson, 21, of Mapleton, Minn. Sabrina was critically injured in a car accident on July 16, 2012, after the taxi she was riding in was struck by a car that police said ran a red light. A biochemistry major and three-year regular for the Cardinal volleyball team, Bushlack-Larson suffered a brain injury that initially impacted her speech, balance and mobility.

Each semester, undergraduate entrepreneurship students manage a not-for-profit retail store located in a small corner of the basement of Toner Student Center. Aptly named the “Cardinal Corner,” students choose products to sell in the store, garner donations from around campus, and sell items for on-campus organizations as part of a course within the entrepreneurship major. Each semester the members of the class choose a different beneficiary to receive the store’s profits. Students chose Bushlack-Larson’s medical fund because they felt it was important to support a fellow student.

SMU’s entrepreneurship students continue to choose charities that are near and dear to the heart of a fellow classmate, or charities that benefit the SMU community. Profits from previous semesters have been donated to the Winona Area Humane Society; Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin; Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance recipients; Dom Dziecka, a children’s orphanage in Chotomów, Poland; and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Minnesota.

Individuals who would like to donate Bushlack-Larson should contact the Goodview branch of Wells Fargo Bank. For more information on the Cardinal Corner or to present your request to the class to be considered as the charity of choice for the semester, contact Jana Craft, at Ext. 1491 or jcraft@smumn.edu. Become a fan and receive the latest updates at www.facebook.com/cardinalcorner.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holiday services announced



The Patronal Feast Mass is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 7, at Saint Thomas More Chapel, and the Christmas Light Service is set for 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13,  followed by the traditional pre-finals breakfast.


Jazz, percussion groups join talents for Dec. 7 concert


The Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo I and World Drum Ensemble will combine for an evening of hot jazz to melt away the chill of the season at 7:30 p.m. tonight, Friday, Dec. 7, in Page Theatre.

Both jazz groups are directed by SMU’s new director of jazz studies, A. Eric Heukeshoven. The World Drum Ensemble is directed by Denny McGuire.

Jazz Ensemble highlights include classic big band arrangements of “Shiny Stockings” and “Secret Love,” as well as contemporary settings of “Sister Sadie” and the funk classic “Chimps on the Loose.”

Jazz Combo I will showcase their improvisation skills on such jazz hits as “Take Five” and “Fly Me to the Moon,” along with a special tribute to legendary jazz composer Thelonius Monk.

Vocalist Jessica Ingvalson will be featured on two classic jazz ballads, “Georgia on my Mind” and “When Sunny Gets Blue.” The World Drum Ensemble will join the Jazz Ensemble on Minnesota native Dean Sorenson’s  “Carneval del Sol.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

‘Lessons and Carols’ Christmas service is Dec. 8


The joyous and uplifting Christmas service of “Lessons and Carols” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.

The beautiful service, held in the majestic Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, features the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Patrick O’Shea.

“Lessons and Carols” reflects on the Christmas story through several short readings, hymns and Christmas carols sung by the choirs and audience. Music includes familiar carols and selections by composers from the Renaissance to the present.

The Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels is located at Wabasha and Vila streets in Winona.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

Concert Band to present winter concert

The Concert Band will perform a variety of music during its winter concert 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Page Theatre.

The band will perform “Fanfare & Flourishes” by James Curnow; “Symphonic Suite” by Clifton Williams; “Canterbury Chorale” by Jan Van der Roost; “Inglesina – the Little English Girl” by Davide Delle Cese; “Ireland: Of Legend and Lore” by Robert W. Smith; and “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson.

The concert will be followed by the traditional Christmas lobby party, which will feature a selection of holiday treats. Smaller ensembles will perform Christmas music throughout the reception.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

Chamber Orchestra to perform Dec. 9


The Chamber Orchestra will perform the “Sounds of Christmas”  7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Figliulo Recital Hall.

The orchestra is under the direction of Dr. David Leung.

The recital will feature Baroque masterpieces that are most appropriate for the Advent season including  “Christmas Concerto” by Corelli and Vivaldi’s “Winter” from his ever-popular “Four Seasons.” The breathtaking “O Magnum Mysterium” by Lauridsen, the light-hearted “Sleigh Ride” by Mozart, and the humorous “Farewell” symphony by Haydn will round out the holiday performance. A special guest, Dr. Kyle Black from the Modern and Classical Languages Department, will recite inspiring sonnets in various languages between compositions.

The concert is free and open to the public.

SMU invites audiences to 2nd performance by Trouble


Due to popular demand, vocalist Vanessa Trouble has added a second performance as part of the Saint Mary’s Off The Page series.

Now there are two opportunities for audiences to take in classic holiday tunes with a jazz twist.

As her original concert on Thursday, Dec. 20, sold out within weeks, a second concert is now planned for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. Both events will be held at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, 800 Riverview Dr.

Saint Mary’s is proud to welcome this Winona native home for these special holiday shows. Trouble has been singing and producing shows with numerous artists for over a decade. The New York City artist has honed her vocal and performance skills all over the country and abroad, fronting various jazz ensembles in New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Atlanta, New Orleans, London, Paris, Ireland, Norway and Asia.

Tickets for the Dec. 21 show are $15 for adults or $12 for students and seniors. Call the Performance Center Box Office Monday through Friday at Ext. 1715 or order tickets online at www.pagetheatre.org.

Gifts for Winona helping area families in need


The Saint Mary’s Gifts For Winona Program deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 12. A tree with tags is located in the first floor of Saint Mary’s Hall. If you would like to make someone’s Christmas a little brighter, take a tag from the tree, shop for the wish list on the tag (spending about $35), and wrap the present or presents before returning them to the Business Office with the tag. This is the 11th year that Saint Mary’s has organized this community gift-giving program, and last year more than 1,600 individuals and families were served, thanks to the generosity of the SMU community and the Winona community.


All-Campus student art show runs through Dec. 15

Saint Mary’s students will display their artwork in the show “Clarity” through Dec. 15 in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries. The 2012 All-Campus Student Art Exhibit will feature senior art exhibitions by Nikki Farmer and Marie Fidler. The galleries — free and open to the public — will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Undergraduate art show winners announced



The 2012 Undergraduate Art Show opened Nov. 17. At the opening, prizes were awarded  to students for outstanding work. The following students won awards:

First Prize: Diana Hernandez, English with Writing Emphasis major, “Still Life in Ink,” ink drawing

Second Prize: Molly Duggan, Studio Art major, “The Snake Charmer,” oil on canvas

Third Prize: Abigail Osborne, Studio Art major, “Golden Braid,” linoleum print

Honorable Mention: Tran Nguyen, Graphic Design major, “Value Study,” charcoal

Honorable Mention: Brianna Blomquist, Graphic Design major, “The Forsaken Call,” ceramic

Basketball team invites community to bring toys for Gifts for Winona program


The men’s basketball team is partnering with the Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona program to collect toys on Saturday, Dec. 8.

On Dec. 8, the men’s team will play Crown College at 3 p.m. in the SMU Gym. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a variety of new toys for girls and boys, which will be distributed through Gifts for Winona.

The Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona program, now in its 11th year, helps more than 1,600 people in the Winona area have happier holidays.

Three ski races scheduled

Depending on weather conditions, Saint Mary’s will host three cross-country races this winter: Dec. 16, Jan. 27 and Feb. 17. The fees will be $10 per race (includes entry and bib). Registration will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the 10K classic races will start at 11 a.m., and the skate-style races will begin at 1 p.m.

Etiquette dinner tones up social skills

The annual etiquette dinner — hosted by the Office of Career Services and Internships on Tuesday, Dec. 4  — helped students prepare for success during social situations they might encounter after college. Dr. Mary Catherine Fox, professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, offered essential etiquette tips for luncheon interviews and dining, touching on table manners, silverware savvy, napkin etiquette and social graces. Twenty-three students, including several First-Generation Initiative students, participated.

Chamber Orchestra performs at Sugar Loaf Senior Living


The SMU Chamber Orchestra and Dr. Kyle Black (narrator) went to Sugar Loaf Senior Living Nov. 29 to perform a Christmas program.

PR/Business Club tours in the Twin Cities



The Public Relations/Business Club traveled to the Twin Cities on Thursday, Nov. 15, to learn more about public relations and marketing.  Alum Tera Bollig '07 (right) spoke to the students about her role as marketing specialist for Childrens Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

The students then attended the International Association of Business Communicators’ Meet the Pros event where they heard from and visited with communications professionals from American Craft magazine and Weber Shandwick, along with a career coach. The students were accompanied by faculty advisors Malcolm Gold from the Business Department and Dean Beckman from the Mass Communication Program.

Soccer showdown brings community together


On Friday, Nov. 30, at Ochrymowycz Field, there was a showdown between two “Saint Mary’s” soccer teams, one composed of students and the other of faculty, staff and an assorted mix of players from Saint Mary’s Press, Winona State University, and Winona Senior High. The game was organized by a committee of students, faculty, and staff and was designed as a way to spread some good cheer before the onset of finals.

About 30 people turned out in spite of the cold temperatures (37 degrees). According to the best available post-game reports, the faculty/staff team pulled off a narrow 6-5 victory. Regardless of the actual result, fun was had by all and the committee is already working to replicate the event in the spring semester. Special thanks go to John Duerst (Academic Advising) for his leadership and to Chartwells for providing hot chocolate and cider.

SAC hosts Black Friday BINGO



More than 335 students participated in the Student Activities Committee’s Black Friday BINGO on Dec. 1. For a holiday twist, all the prizes were wrapped, and students had to choose one and open it in front of everyone.  The top prize was a 32” TV. All of the prizes were purchased on Black Friday.

Students learn about bird banding at Whitewater


Collin Nienhaus, Clinton Nienhaus, Kaitlyn Dickison, Amy Spitzmueller 

Shauna Stephens

On Dec. 2, six individuals from SMU banded birds as an Outdoor Leadership event at Whitewater State Park. The group assisted Greg Munson, a Rochester-area bird bander, with his educational demonstration.

Individuals learned the basic process of bird banding at a feeder, which included catching birds in a mist net, carefully affixing an aluminum band on the bird’s leg, and keeping detailed notes for research purposes. Everyone in the group successfully separated birds from the net, banded the birds and released them.

The group consisted of Collin Nienhaus, Clinton Nienhaus, Kaitlyn Dickison, Amy Spitzmueller, Shauna Stephens and Malcolm Gold (Business Department). Participants enjoyed unseasonably warm weather and handfuls of black-capped chickadees, white-breasted nuthatches, and a single Downy woodpecker.  This was the second bird banding opportunity at Whitewater for SMU.

Biology, SOS clubs clean Gilmore Creek


Participating in the April 29 clean-up are, from left: Collin Nienhaus, Shauna Stevens, Clinton Nienhaus and John O’Neill.

Participating in the Nov. 29 clean up are, from left: Brittany Friedrich, Paige Nellis, Clinton Nienhaus, Danielle Patterson, Collin Nienhaus, Jimmy Boggia, and John O’Neill. Not pictured: Shauna Stephens and Peter Borash.


This article was written by Collin Nienhaus, a member of the Biology and SOS clubs.

On Nov. 29, members of Biology and SOS (Students Organizing Sustainability) clubs got a chance to enjoy the unseasonably warm weather while helping to beautify campus at the same time. Students spent an hour walking in and along Gilmore Creek from the Yon’s footpath bridge to Residencia Santiago Miller, picking up garbage along the way as part of their commitment to the Minnesota DNR’s Adopt-a-River Program.

Last semester, the Biology Club enrolled in the program, which is similar to its more well-known highway cousin. An organization makes a two-year minimum commitment to do at least one clean-up annually of a section of a stream they select. Since its inception, the Adopt-a-River program has seen 76 million pounds of trash removed from Minnesota’s waterways. On this particular afternoon, nine SMU students added over 100 pounds to that total.

The most frequently collected type of litter was beverage bottles, but the students also found soap, cardboard boxes, and even a tire. Last April, the group also gathered about 100 pounds of junk during the inaugural clean-up, including 30 feet of snow fence and large chunks of metal.

This event was just one of many ways these two clubs try to help out the local environment. Biology Club puts on “Buff the Bluff” twice a year, an event where students walk the trails through the bluffs and pick up litter. SOS Club does their part too, having recently placed recycling posters on bins around campus to help raise awareness about the recycling. Additionally, members of both clubs participate in “Make-a-Difference Day” and “Spruce Up Winona,” where students participate in a variety of volunteer activities.

This fall, members of both clubs worked with local community members by participating in the “Great Mississippi River Revival.” Aside from these activities, Biology Club, a mainstay on campus for many years, offers many other opportunities for students to get enjoyable and valuable experience in a variety of biology-related activities. SOS Club, which was started last year, hopes to work on gaining a presence on campus and informing the Saint Mary’s community about important issues concerning sustainability.

Welcome reception and African art sale is Friday

A reception for SMU’s colleagues in Nairobi, Brother Paulos Mesmer, director of Christ the Institute for Education, and Father Michael Kirwen, director of the Maryknoll Institute for African Studies, will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in the Common Room. A short presentation will begin at 2:30 p.m., and African art will be available for sale. Snacks will be provided. RSVP to Jo Nesler at jnesler@smumn.edu or Ext. 1664 by Tuesday, Dec. 12.

Christmas dinner is Dec. 18


The annual faculty and staff Christmas dinner will be Tuesday, Dec. 18. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will begin at 6 p.m. in the dining room, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. RSVPs are due to Campus Box 30 by Dec. 10.


Auditions approach for Fireside


Auditions for Fireside are Jan. 25-26. Shows are Feb. 8-9. Sign up outside the Phi Mu Alpha Room in the basement of Toner.


Saint Mary's athletics unveils Cardinal browser theme


The Athletic Department has teamed up with Brand Thunder to provide Cardinal enthusiasts a chance to “wear your colors” right on your computer screen.

Brand Thunder's interactive themes provide an extreme makeover of the Internet browser. They are free, lightweight active customizations that can include themes, toolbars, sidebars and other content or functionality.

For more information, go to www.saintmaryssports.com/news/2012/12/5/GEN_1205125458.aspx.

Last ‘Campus Notes’ of the year is next week


Look ahead on your calendars. Next Week, Dec. 14, is the last issue of “Campus Notes” for 2012. The deadline for that issue is Wednesday, Dec. 12. After break, the first issue will come out Jan. 18. The deadline for this issue will be Wednesday, Jan. 16.


Thanks from JoAnn Frahm

“I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of you who sent cards, memorials, called, attended the visitation and/or funeral, and stopped me in the hall to extend your condolences on the unexpected passing of my dad, Vernon Peterson.  The support given to me by the SMU community has been a source of comfort during this very difficult time. — JoAnn Frahm, Admissions  

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holiday services announced

The Patronal Feast Mass is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Saint Thomas More Chapel, and the Christmas Light Service is set for 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13,  followed by the traditional pre-finals breakfast.

Jazz, percussion groups join talents for Dec. 7 concert



The Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo I and World Drum Ensemble will combine for an evening of hot jazz to melt away the chill of the season at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Page Theatre.

Both jazz groups are directed by SMU’s new director of jazz studies, A. Eric Heukeshoven. The World Drum Ensemble is directed by Denny McGuire.

Jazz Ensemble highlights include classic big band arrangements of “Shiny Stockings” and “Secret Love,” as well as contemporary settings of “Sister Sadie” and the funk classic “Chimps on the Loose.”

Jazz Combo I will showcase their improvisation skills on such jazz hits as “Take Five” and “Fly Me to the Moon,” along with a special tribute to legendary jazz composer Thelonius Monk.

Vocalist Jessica Ingvalson will be featured on two classic jazz ballads, “Georgia on my Mind” and “When Sunny Gets Blue.” The World Drum Ensemble will join the Jazz Ensemble on Minnesota native Dean Sorenson’s  “Carneval del Sol.”  

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

‘Lessons and Carols’ Christmas service is Dec. 8


The joyous and uplifting Christmas service of “Lessons and Carols” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.

The beautiful service, held in the majestic Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, features the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Patrick O’Shea.

“Lessons and Carols” reflects on the Christmas story through several short readings, hymns and Christmas carols sung by the choirs and audience. Music includes familiar carols and selections by composers from the Renaissance to the present.

The Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels is located at Wabasha and Vila streets in Winona.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

Concert Band to present winter concert


The Concert Band will perform a variety of music during its winter concert 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Page Theatre.

The band will perform “Fanfare & Flourishes” by James Curnow; “Symphonic Suite” by Clifton Williams; “Canterbury Chorale” by Jan Van der Roost; “Inglesina – the Little English Girl” by Davide Delle Cese; “Ireland: Of Legend and Lore” by Robert W. Smith; and “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson.

The concert will be followed by the traditional Christmas lobby party, which will feature a selection of holiday treats. Smaller ensembles will perform Christmas music throughout the reception.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.pagetheatre.org.


Chamber Orchestra to perform Dec. 9


The Chamber Orchestra will perform the “Sounds of Christmas”  7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at Figliulo Recital Hall.

The orchestra is under the direction of Dr. David Leung.

The recital will feature Baroque masterpieces that are most appropriate for the Advent season including  “Christmas Concerto” by Corelli and Vivaldi’s “Winter” from his ever-popular “Four Seasons.” The breathtaking “O Magnum Mysterium” by Lauridsen, the light-hearted “Sleigh Ride” by Mozart, and the humorous “Farewell” symphony by Haydn will round out the holiday performance. A special guest, Dr. Kyle Black from the Modern and Classical Languages Department, will recite inspiring sonnets in various languages between compositions.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Tickets for Trouble sold out; second show added

Although tickets are now sold out for the “Off the Page” performance by Vanessa Trouble, Dec. 20, at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, a second show has now been added. Tickets will go on sale Monday for a second show by Trouble on Friday, Dec. 21. The locally raised jazz vocalist will sing holiday songs with a jazz beat. Contact the box office or go to www.pagetheatre.org, starting Monday for tickets.

Dance Repertory Company presents ‘The Nutcracker’


The Department of Theatre and Dance and the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) will present the Dance Repertory Company in “The Nutcracker,” today through Sunday, Dec. 2 in Page Theatre.

This year marks the company’s seventh biennial production of the piece and features a special choral performance by MCA’s Winona Area Youth Singers at the conclusion of Act I in the Land of Snow.

The cast includes more than 90 members, comprised of students from Saint Mary’s University, Winona State University, MCA and children and community members from Winona and the surrounding areas.

“The Nutcracker” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. today, Friday,  Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

To order tickets, call the Saint Mary’s Box Office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at Ext. 1715 or visit www.pagetheatre.org.

Men’s hockey team holds annual Teddy Bear Toss


The men’s hockey team will hold the third annual Toys For Tots Teddy Bear Toss on Friday, Nov. 30, during the Cardinals’ 7:30 p.m. home game against St. Olaf at the SMU Ice Arena.

Fans are encouraged to bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal — preferably new, but used in good condition will also be accepted and appreciated. Teddy bears will also be available at the area for a donation of $1. Collection bins will be located in Campus Ministry and on the first floor of Saint Mary’s Hall for anyone wishing to donate a teddy bear.

After the first SMU goal in the first period — or at the end of the first period if SMU fails to score — fans will have an opportunity to throw their teddy bear and/or stuffed animal(s) onto the ice. They will then be collected and go directly to benefit area children during the Christmas holiday.

The men’s hockey team will also have a collection bin in the SMU Ice Arena lobby for anyone wishing to donate a toy other than a teddy bear for Toys For Tots.


All-Campus Student Art Exhibit runs through Dec. 15

Saint Mary’s students will display their artwork in the show “Clarity” through Dec. 15 in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries. The 2012 All-Campus Student Art Exhibit will feature senior art exhibitions by Nikki Farmer and Marie Fidler. The galleries — free and open to the public — will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Chapel to be included on Christmas house tour


SMU’s Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels will participate in this year’s Christmas Candlelight House Tour on Sunday, Dec. 2. The interior features various colors of imported marble, rich mosaics and stained glass windows. For more information, go to www.winonahistory.org.

Tickets are $10 for Winona County Historical Society members and $12 for the public.


Basketball team invites community to bring toys for Gifts for Winona program


The men’s basketball team is partnering with the Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona program to collect toys on Saturday, Dec. 8.

On Dec. 8, the men’s team will play Crown College at 3 p.m. in the SMU Gym. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a variety of new toys for girls and boys, which will be distributed through Gifts for Winona.

The Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona program, now in its 11th year, helps more than 1,600 people in the Winona area have happier holidays.


ICAA presents film to draw attention to Dakota history


Inter-Cultural Awareness Association (ICAA) recently presented “Dakota 38,” a powerful film tracking a 330 mile horseback Unity Ride of reconciliation on the 150th anniversary of the 1862 Dakota Conflict which led to the hanging of 38 Native Americans in Mankato, Minn.

A vibrant discussion followed the film, led by Gus Higheagle, the spiritual leader of the Tankan Chan Tipi Unity Riders from Canupawakpa Dakota Nation in Manitoba, Canada.  He was the “wrangler” (organizer) of the Unity Ride that is the subject of the film and appeared numerous times in the film.  

Senior class gathering Dec. 6


The senior class gathering Thursday, Dec. 6, will be held 6-7:30 p.m. in the Toner Student Center Lounge. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

This event is intended to honor all senior students, with special recognition for mid-year graduates of the College.

Three ski races scheduled

Depending on weather conditions, Saint Mary’s will host three cross-country races this winter: Dec. 16, Jan. 27 and Feb. 17. The fees will be $10 per race (includes entry and bib). Registration will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the 10K classic races will start at 11 a.m., and the skate-style races will begin at 1 p.m.

Soccer teams host camp for Big, Little Pals

The men’s and women’s soccer teams hosted a soccer camp for the Big and Little Pals program at Saint Mary’s. More than 100 people were involved in the event, which combined service, justice and athletics.

Graphic design student attends conference


LeiLani Oas, a graphic design major, attended SEEK, an AIGA (the professional association for design) sponsored conference at NIU in DeKalb, Ill.

Leading New York and Chicago designers (with clients ranging from Nike to McDonald’s) spoke to students about the design industry, preparing portfolios, and the digital innovations sweeping the field.  Lisa Truax and Rob McColl, associate professors in the Art and Design Department, joined Oas at the conference.

Speakers to address diabetes at next Dining for Women


Jill O’Donnell, RN, CDE, Winona Health, and Lisa Obasi ’10 will share their experiences and address the “silent epidemic” at the next Dining for Women. Worldwide 3.2 million diabetes-related deaths are reported annually, a number equivalent to that of HIV/AIDS-related deaths. There are six diabetes-related deaths every minute. Obasi will share her experiences of working in Nigeria while O’Donnell will focus on how this silent disease leads to death, incapacitation, and negative impact on quality of life as those with diabetes spend years coping with their life-changing affliction here in the greater Winona area.

Members of the Saint Mary’s community are invited to attend Dining for Women, 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Conference Room B, Toner Center. Dinner will be a selection of appetizers. Registration for the event is requested. E-mail Peg Winters at pwinters@smumn.edu to reserve your seat.

Fox defines ‘Lasallian’ in DeLaSalle Today article

Mary Catherine Fox, Ph.D., professor of interdisciplinary studies, has an article published in the current issue of the magazine, DeLaSalle Today. Fox’s article, titled, “What is Lasallian?” suggests a shorthand for responding to questions about mission and purpose in the Lasallian world. DeLaSalle Today is published twice a year by Christian Brothers Conference and is available online and in print. The article may be accessed at:  http://lasallian.info/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/DLST-Fall-2012.pdf.

New videos highlight activities on campus


Student Life has put together two videos highlighting fall events on campus, the Halloween Fun Night and  Family Weekend. Check out the fun at:

• Halloween Fun Night
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvPqj-fiGZA&feature=plcp
• SMU Family Weekend
www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQmnSG-HWnY&feature=plcp

Rannikko competes in Miss Minnesota Pageant

Sophomore Maija Rannikko competed in the Miss Minnesota USA Pageant this past weekend.  Out of 500 applicants, she was one of 30 to take part in this weekend’s activities.  Although she did not place, she represented her home town of Duluth and Saint Mary’s with grace, poise and a winning attitude.

Spartz quoted in AV Technology magazine



Jason Spartz, director of instructional technology, was quoted in the November issue of AV Technology magazine which is a publication for technology managers and users.  The article is titled “Top Ten Tips for New Tech Managers.”

Windley-Daoust published in America Magazine

Susan Windley-Daoust, assistant professor of Theology, wrote an article published in the Nov 26, 2012 copy of America Magazine: The National Catholic Weekly, titled “Never Too Late: Seeking Reconciliation 150 Years After the Dakota Uprising,” a reflection on the Great Dakota Gathering that occurred this past September in Winona. Read the article at www.americamagazine.org/content/article.cfm?article_id=13712.

Alum returns to SMU for mock trial


The second annual SMU Mock Trial was held in November and was a resounding success. This year’s case involved allegations of cyber bullying and was expertly presented by SMU students playing the role of attorneys.

Jeunesse Rutledge and Daniela Martinez were the attorneys for the plaintiff and Cathy Rennie and Kevin Halpin represented the defendant. There were two juries composed of SMU students: one jury voted for the plaintiff and the other for the defendant.



SMU was also honored to have Don Ivansek ’83, a distinguished and highly successful Chicago attorney, and an alumnus of Saint Mary’s, act as the judge for the Mock Trial.

The witnesses were expertly played by the following SMU theatre students: Katie Kelsey, Mary Doctor, Tabatha Garlough-Jones, Sarah Collova, Samantha Gibson, and Phil Soulides.

The mock trial gives SMU pre-law students the opportunity to participate in a litigated case and get trial experience. Any SMU student who is interested in finding out more about the mock trial or other SMU pre-law activities should contact Larry Price at lprice@smumn.edu.

Alum speaks to business students

The School of Business hosted a presentation by SMU alum Lucas Erdmann ’07 on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Erdmann, Accountant II at Ingersoll Rand/Trane Company in La Crosse,  shared his transition from accounting student to his current position. This was the first session of a speaker series sponsored by the School of Business.  Throughout this academic year, usually the first Friday of the month, presentations will be offered at 12:30 p.m. in the Common Room.    

Sympathy to Gorrell, Frahm families


Mae Gorrell, mother of Larry Gorrell (program director of the M.A. in Human Development) died Nov. 21.

A full obituary and photo gallery can be viewed at www.legacy.com/obituaries/startribune/obituary.aspx?n=mae-resha-gorrell&pid=161294689. Notes of condolence can be sent to campus box 28 at the Twin Cities campus.

Vernon Peterson, father of JoAnn Frahm of the Office of Admission, died unexpectedly last week. Cards of condolence can be sent to campus box 2.

The Saint Mary’s community extends its sympathy to the Gorrell and Frahm families.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

December concerts announced



December events at Saint Mary’s include an abundance of music guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit and some hot jazz to help warm your winter nights. Mark your calendars for:

• SMU jazz ensemble, jazz combo and World Drum Ensemble concert, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m., Page Theatre. Under the new direction of Eric Heukeshoven, the jazz groups will perform classic to contemporary works.

• Lessons & Carols, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m., Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels. The performance by the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and Women’s Choir celebrates Advent and the Nativity through sung and spoken word.

• Concert Band performance, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m., Page Theatre. This concert will feature many holiday favorites for everyone in the family. A musical lobby party and cookie reception follows.

• Vanessa Trouble, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m., Minnesota Marine Art Museum. Tickets for this “Off the Page” concert are sold out. The locally raised jazz vocalist will sing holiday songs with a jazz beat.

Tickets for student performances are all $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available at www.pagetheatre.org or at the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715.

Dance Repertory Company presents ‘The Nutcracker’


The Department of Theatre and Dance and the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) will present the Dance Repertory Company in “The Nutcracker,” Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 28 through Dec. 2.

The production will take place in Page Theatre, located in the SMU Performance Center.

This year marks the company’s seventh biennial production of the piece and features a special choral performance by MCA’s Winona Area Youth Singers at the conclusion of Act I in the Land of Snow.

The cast includes more than 90 members, comprised of students from Saint Mary’s University, Winona State University, MCA and children and community members from Winona and the surrounding areas.

Through this ballet, the beauty of the pure, young heart shines bright in a world of dancing dolls, angels, and of course, the wonderful magical Nutcracker Prince. In the dreams of a child named Clara, a battle wages between a band of mice and a company of toy soldiers. With Clara’s assistance, the toy soldiers are victorious and grateful. A Nutcracker Prince welcomes her to the Land of Snow, where they dance with the angels, and to the Kingdom of the Sweets hosted by the Sugar Plum Fairy, where she sees a beautiful array of ethnic dances such as Spanish Coffee, Chinese Tea and Russian Baba.

“The Nutcracker” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, through Saturday, Dec. 1, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

A special matinee for families with younger children will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28. The matinee features selections from the full ballet and lasts about one hour. This is especially suited for families with young children who may not enjoy a full evening performance. The cost for this afternoon matinee is $4 for everyone.

To order tickets, call the Saint Mary’s Box Office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at Ext. 1715 or visit www.pagetheatre.org.

Men’s hockey team holds annual Teddy Bear Toss


The Saint Mary’s University men’s hockey team will hold the third annual Toys For Tots Teddy Bear Toss on Friday, Nov. 30, during the Cardinals' 7:30 p.m. home game against St. Olaf at the SMU Ice Arena.

Fans are encouraged to bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal — preferably new, but used in good condition will also be accepted and appreciated. Teddy bears will also be available at the area for a donation of $1. Collection bins will be located in Campus Ministry and on the first floor of Saint Mary’s Hall for anyone wishing to donate a teddy bear.

After the first SMU goal in the first period — or at the end of the first period if SMU fails to score — fans will have an opportunity to throw their teddy bear and/or stuffed animal(s) onto the ice. They will then be collected and go directly to benefit area children during the Christmas holiday.

The men’s hockey team will also have a collection bin in the SMU Ice Arena lobby for anyone wishing to donate a toy other than a teddy bear for Toys For Tots.

The U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots Foundation was formed to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December and then distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in their local communities.

FGI students present at Missing Voices conference


On Tuesday, five First-Generation Scholars and Cindy Nava (the FGI senior student coordinator) presented twice at the Missing Voices: Equity in Education conference on the Twin Cities campus.

FGI Scholars who presented included William Wolfe, Priscilla Nava, Cindy Nava, Santiago Zarate, Lupe Andrades and Stephanie Cruz-Cordero.

Teachers from across the Twin Cities came together to brainstorm ways to tackle Minnesota’s persistent achievement gap. To read more about this event, go to www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_21989302/teachers-students-discuss-states-achievement-gap-at-conference.

Forums discuss education in a global era Nov. 13-14


On Nov. 13 and 14, the Under-Told Stories Project and Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting hosted forums on both the Twin Cities and Winona campuses on “Closing the Global Gap: The complex issue of education in a global era.”

International journalist Fred de Sam Lazaro led a distinguished panel and moderated a discussion with the audience.

Panelists in Winona included:

• Nathalie Applewhite, managing director of the Pulitzer Center
• Dr. Efe Agbamu, executive director, English Language Learners, St. Paul Public Schools (Winona event)
• Brother Ed Siderewicz, First-Generation Initiative (Winona event)

Chapel to be included on Christmas house tour


SMU’s Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels will participate in this year’s Christmas Candlelight House Tour on Sunday, Dec. 2. The interior features various colors of imported marble, rich mosaics and stained glass windows. For more information, go to www.winonahistory.org.

Tickets are $10 for Winona County Historical Society members and $12 for the public and are available through Nov. 26 at the history center.

Veterans honored on campus




On Nov. 12, in recognition of Veterans Day a small ceremony was held at the Veterans Memorial. A prayer remembrance was held for all those who have served and sacrificed in the U.S. armed forces, especially those from the Saint Mary’s community.

The Saint Mary’s men’s hockey game against Hamline Nov. 9,   included a Veterans Appreciation Night. The VFW Post 1286 Color Guard presented the colors during the national anthem and special camouflaged jerseys were unveiled.

Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party is Nov. 18


The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will host the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 10th and Vila streets. Shop the Land of the Sweets Boutique for seasonal and unique gifts and cards. All children attending receive a photo with their favorite character from “The Nutcracker.”

To reserve seats or a full table for six, call 453-5500 or e-mail mca@smumn.edu. Proceeds from this event go to the MCA student scholarship fund and offset production costs for the “Nutcracker” performance.

Cineclub announces Nov. 29 film


The Spanish Department announces the next film for the Cineclub for Fall 2012. All showings will be on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the World Room of the Hendrickson Center.

The Nov. 29 Brazilian film, “Quanto Vale Ou É Por Quilo (What’s it Worth?),” directed by Sergio Bianchi, is a free adaptation of Machado de Assis’s short story “Pai Contra Mãe.” The film tries to trace a parallel between life in Brazil during the slavery period and life in modern Brazil. The drama stars Antonia Abujamra and has English subtitles.

One of the main objectives of Cineclub is to provide an opportunity for the Saint Mary’s and Winona communities to enjoy some films from Spain and Latin America that may not typically be shown in local theaters.

In addition to viewing the films, participants will be invited to exchange ideas related to film and other forms of cultural expression. Also, the films may serve as an additional opportunity or resource for students of the Hispanic language, literature, and culture.

Conservatory’s Fall Music Division Concert is Nov. 16


The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will present its Fall Music Division Concert 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Figliulo Recital Hall. The concert will showcase the Winona Area Youth Singers (WAYS), two new jazz combos, and a variety of private-lesson students.

For more information visit www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, e-mail mca@smumn.edu, “like” the Conservatory on Facebook, or call 453-5500. Admission is free-will donation, and all proceeds support the music division.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008. The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is a nonprofit arts organization that offers programming in dance, music, visual art and theatre year-round. Classes, lessons, workshops and camps are offered for children age 3 and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St.

John Paulson Big Band jazz premiere is Nov. 17


The 17-piece John Paulson Big Band (JPBB) will debut in concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Winona Art Center, 5th and Franklin streets.  The group, comprised of area music educators and outstanding soloists from the Twin Cities, will perform blues-based contemporary jazz pieces composed and arranged by leader and tenor saxophonist John Paulson. Paulson is a former long-time professor of music at Saint Mary’s.

Seating is limited and tickets for the concert will only be available at the door one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are $10 or $5 for students and senior citizens. Come early and enjoy the paintings by Winona artist Andrew Foss. For more information, visit www.paulsonjazz.com, call (507) 454-4948 or  e- mail jpaulson@smumn.edu.

Paulson has been doing big band jazz arrangements for student groups for more than 20 years, and the goal of this concert is to perform these works with the best players in the area. A grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council has made this concert a reality. This concert, along with a John Paulson sextet concert in January, will be recorded and featured on an upcoming CD.  Profits from the sale of the CD will go to support the Music Access for All program.

Other members of the John Paulson Big Band include saxophonists Brian Koser (Austin),  Richard Rohrbaugh (Rochester), Dave Townsend (Rochester) and Ray Dretsky (Winona); trumpeters Warren Bandel (Rochester), Adam Meckler (Twin Cities), Jerry Paulson (Winona) and John Mundy (Wabasha); and trombonists Scott Agster (Twin Cities), John Sievers (Rochester), SMU’s Eric Heukeshoven and Tom Nalli (Winona).  The rhythm section is comprised of pianist Larry Price of SMU, drummer Rich MacDonald (Winona), guitarist Mike James (Onalaska) and bassist Eric Graham (Red Wing).

Baked goods, treats to raise money for Jamaica

The Friends of Jamaica are sponsoring a bake sale on Monday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the hallway of the first floor of Saint Mary’s Hall. Pie, candy, bars and treats will be available. Buy just one or treat your office mates or roommates. All proceeds will be donated to our program in Mandeville, Jamaica, to help outfit a classroom.

Basketball team invites community to bring toys for Gifts for Winona program


The men’s basketball team is partnering with the Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona program to collect toys on Saturday, Dec. 8.

On Dec. 8, the men’s team will play Crown College at 3 p.m. in the SMU Gym. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a variety of new toys for girls and boys, which will be distributed through Gifts for Winona.

The Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona program, now in its 11th year, helps more than 1,600 people in the Winona area have happier holidays.

No ‘Campus Notes’ next week

Because of Thanksgiving break, there will be no ‘Campus Notes’ next week. The next issue will be Friday, Nov. 30. Look ahead on your calendars. The deadline for that issue is Wednesday, Nov. 28.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Forums to discuss education in a global era Nov. 13-14


On Nov. 13 and 14, the Under-Told Stories Project and Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting will host forums on both the Twin Cities and Winona campuses on “Closing the Global Gap: The complex issue of education in a global era.”

The Twin Cities event is planned for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Saint Mary's University Center, and the Winona event is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Figliulo Recital Hall. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.smumn.edu/globalgap.

In America today, there is worry about a persistent achievement gap in our education system. Whether it is a drive to maintain global competitiveness or a desire to catch up, efforts are underway in many countries to rethink and modernize education. The mastery of reading, writing and math are no longer enough. Students need to think critically, reason, problem solve and communicate effectively in a global economy.

These forums will include a digest of the latest reporting on issues associated with youth education. International journalist Fred de Sam Lazaro will lead a distinguished panel and moderate a discussion with the audience.

Panelists in Winona will include:

• Nathalie Applewhite, managing director of the Pulitzer Center
• Dr. Efe Agbamu, executive director, English Language Learners, St. Paul Public Schools (Winona event)
• Brother Ed Siderewicz, First-Generation Initiative (Winona event)


Voices for Justice benefit auction Nov. 9


Our university mission is to awaken, nurture, and empower learners to ethical lives of service and leadership.  A small group of students on the Winona campus is seeking to do just that by starting a program to raise awareness on key issues and important causes while raising funds for charity and having a little fun in the process.

A live auction will take place throughout the Voices for Justice benefit Friday, Nov. 9, and many items are being donated by local businesses and the SMU community.

The Voices for Justice program also offers students a platform to voice information about causes or organizations which they care strongly about to the larger Saint Mary’s community. The audience will then vote for the top three charities/causes, and all proceeds from the auction will be donated to the winning charities.

The event will take place in the Toner Student Center dining room at 7:30 p.m.  Doors open at 7 p.m.

Performances will be taking place throughout the evening. Miss Winona will make a guest appearance and the auctioneer will be Joe Sweeney from University Advancement.

Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Charissa Jakusz at Ext. 7833.

Zumbathon® to raise funds for First-Generation Initiative


Get fit while raising money for scholarships! On Saturday, Nov. 10, the public is invited to a Zumbathon® fundraiser from 4 to 5 p.m. at Saint Mary’s. The event will be held in the SMU gymnasium, and freewill donations will benefit the university’s First-Generation Initiative, which provides full scholarships to high-need, high-potential qualified students who are the first in their families to attend college.

Alyssa Gostomski Carter, a 1998 alum, is organizing the event, with help from Lisa Ziebell and Sondra Howard from Z Studio in Winona. Carter is being supported by MetroBeat Fitness and Dance in Minneapolis. This is the second year that she is spearheading a Zumbathon® to help raise awareness and funds for the First-Generation Initiative.

Blue Angel 2012 a success

The Brothers of Phi Mu Alpha would like to thank the SMU community for their support of Blue Angel 2012. More than 530 people enjoyed this year’s performances. A big thank you to everyone who helped make Blue Angel a success.

Veterans Day ceremony planned for Nov. 12

On Nov. 12, in recognition of Veterans Day — an annual holiday observed in honor of those who have served the U.S. armed forces — a small ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial beginning at 1 p.m. A prayer remembrance will be held for all those who have served and sacrificed in the U.S. armed forces, especially those from the Saint Mary’s community.

Saint Mary’s students to stage ‘Our Town’ Nov. 9-11


Audiences will get a gentle reminder to not take the little things in life for granted as the Theatre and Dance Department presents “Our Town” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-10 and 3 p.m. Nov. 11 in Page Theatre.

Written by Thornton Wilder and directed by Judy Myers, “Our Town” is set in the small town of Grover’s Corners, N.H., in the early 1900s, as told through the eyes of the stage manager. Set in three acts — daily life, love and marriage, death and eternity — the play presents universal ideas about family, love and life that are essentially the same as they were more than 100 years ago.

This work was selected by the Department of Theatre and Dance to celebrate the Saint Mary’s University Centennial season.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available online at www.pagetheatre.org or at the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

ICAA to present movie, discussion about ‘Unity Ride’


The Intercultural Awareness Association will present the film “Dakota 38” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in Salvi Lecture Hall.

Following the film, Gus Higheagle will speak about his experiences.  Higheagle is the spiritual leader of the Tankan Chan Tipi Unity Riders and is from Canupawakpa Dakota Nation in Manitoba, Canada. He was the “wrangler” (organizer) of the Unity Ride that is the subject of the film and appears numerous times in the film.

In the spring of 2005, Lakota spiritual leader Jim Miller awoke from a dream in which 38 of his Dakota ancestors were hanged. At that time, he knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history ordered by Abraham Lincoln on Dec. 26, 1862.

Four years later, Miller, Higheagle and a group of riders decided to retrace the 330-mile route of his dream on horseback across the great plains to arrive in Mankato, Minn., on the anniversary of the hanging. This is the story of their journey – the blizzards they endure, the communities that house and feed them along the way, and the dark history they are beginning to wipe away.

SMU Oldie Moldies to perform at Signatures Nov. 9


Catch dinner and a show with the Oldie Moldie All-Stars Friday, Nov. 9, at Visions Event Center.

Rock along to your favorite ’50s, ’60s and ’70s tunes. The Oldies are members of the national music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia at Saint Mary’s. The group consists of 12 talented and engaging singers and band members.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7 p.m.; the Oldies will perform two sets, one at 6:30 p.m., and a second at 7:45 p.m.

The price for the dinner and show is $33 per person.

Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party is Nov. 18


The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will host the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 10th and Vila streets. Shop the Land of the Sweets Boutique for seasonal and unique gifts and cards. All children attending receive a photo with their favorite character from “The Nutcracker.”

To reserve seats or a full table for six, call 453-5500 or e-mail mca@smumn.edu. Proceeds from this event go to the MCA student scholarship fund and offset production costs for the “Nutcracker” performance.

Cineclub announces fall films


The Spanish Department announces the first round of dates for the Cineclub for Fall 2012. One of the main objectives of Cineclub is to provide an opportunity for the Saint Mary’s and Winona communities to enjoy some films from Spain and Latin America that may not typically be shown in local theaters.

In addition to viewing the films, participants will be invited to exchange ideas related to film and other forms of cultural expression. Also, the films may serve as an additional opportunity or resource for students of the Hispanic language, literature, and culture.

All showings will be on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the World Room of the Hendrickson Center. On Nov. 15, “Biutiful,” by director Alejandro González Iñárritu will be shown. This 2010 film from spain tells the story of  Uxbal, a man living in this world, but able to see his death, which guides his every move. The drama stars Javier Bardem and has English subtitles.

Conservatory’s Fall Music Division Concert is Nov. 16

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will present its Fall Music Division Concert 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Figliulo Recital Hall. The concert will showcase the Winona Area Youth Singers (WAYS), two new jazz combos, and a variety of private-lesson students.

For more information visit www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, e-mail mca@smumn.edu, “like” the Conservatory on Facebook, or call 453-5500. Admission is free-will donation, and all proceeds support the music division.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008. The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is a nonprofit arts organization that offers programming in dance, music, visual art and theatre year-round. Classes, lessons, workshops and camps are offered for children age 3 and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St.

Men’s hockey team to honor veterans


The SMU community is invited to a celebration honoring our American veterans on Friday, Nov. 9, prior to the Saint Mary’s men’s hockey game against Hamline.  During this Veterans Appreciation Night, which will begin at 7:20 p.m., the VFW Post 1286 Color Guard will present the colors during the national anthem. Throughout the game, each branch of the U.S. military will be honored, with special thanks given to those who have served or are serving our country.

“I am very excited to be a part of a wonderful tribute to these men and women who sacrificed so much for the freedoms we have today,” said Coach Bill Moore, noting that a portion of the proceeds from Friday’s game will be donated to help offset maintenance costs of Veterans Memorial Park in Winona. “This is an event that we started last year to honor SMU alum Josh Misiewicz, a Marine veteran who was severely wounded in 2011 while serving in Afghanistan.  We wanted to build on that event and make it a tradition for the SMU hockey program.”

John Paulson Big Band Jazz premiere is Nov. 17


The 17-piece John Paulson Big Band (JPBB) will debut in concert 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Winona Art Center, 5th and Franklin streets.  The group, comprised of area music educators and outstanding soloists from the Twin Cities, will perform blues-based contemporary jazz pieces composed and arranged by leader and tenor saxophonist John Paulson.

Seating is limited and tickets for the concert will only be available at the door one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are $10 or $5 for students and senior citizens. Come early and enjoy the paintings by Winona artist Andrew Foss. For more information, visit www.paulsonjazz.com, call (507) 454-4948 or  e- mail jpaulson@smumn.edu.

Paulson has been doing big band jazz arrangements for student groups for more than 20 years, and the goal of this concert is to perform these works with the best players in the area. A generous grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council has made the realization of this concert a reality.  This concert, along with a John Paulson sextet concert in January, will be recorded and featured on an upcoming CD.  Profits from the sale of the CD will go to support the Music Access for All program.

Other members of the John Paulson Big Band include saxophonists Brian Koser (Austin),  Richard Rohrbaugh (Rochester), Dave Townsend (Rochester) and Ray Dretsky (Winona); trumpeters Warren Bandel (Rochester), Adam Meckler (Twin Cities), Jerry Paulson (Winona) and John Mundy (Wabasha); and trombonists Scott Agster (Twin Cities), John Sievers (Rochester), SMU’s Eric Heukeshoven and Tom Nalli (Winona).  The rhythm section is comprised of pianist Larry Price of SMU, drummer Rich MacDonald (Winona), guitarist Mike James (Onalaska, Wis.) and bassist Eric Graham (Red Wing, Minn.).

The Nov. 17 concert is produced in cooperation with the Southeastern Minnesota Artsc Council, Inc. through funding from the Minnesota State legislature and the McKnight Foundation.

SMU Fact Book now posted online


The Office of Institutional Research has completed the Saint Mary’s University Fact Book 2011-2012 and put its content online.  The SMU Fact Book is a compilation of historical and current data designed to facilitate internal communication, provide data to use in decision-making, planning and improvement efforts, and answer frequently asked questions about the university.

An online version of the Fact Book is available and may be found at www.smumn.edu/welcome-tobrst-marys/offices-services/institutional-research.


Support SMU during ‘Give to the Max Day’


Give to the Max Day is a day for Minnesotans to come together to raise millions of dollars for thousands of nonprofits and schools in 24 hours – from midnight Nov. 15 through midnight Nov. 16.

Last year during Give to the Max Day, Saint Mary’s University raised a record $48,275 from 287 donors, nearly tripling dollars raised the previous year. The goal in 2012 is to increase both giving and participation resulting in $200,000 and 387 donors.

Help Saint Mary’s in the “Race for 1st Place” as we compete against other Minnesota colleges and universities to win $12,500.

Be a part of the excitement (and the competition). Show your Cardinal pride by making a gift on Nov. 15!

Alum tours with ‘War Horse’


SMU 2000 alum Rob Laqui is part of a three-person puppeteer team bringing the horse “Joey” to life in the award-winning play, “War Horse,” which is performing through Nov. 11 at the Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington, D.C. To read an interview with Laqui, go to www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/2012/10/18/8b13acea-1256-11e2-be82-c3411b7680a9_story.html.

South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company brings breathing, galloping, full-scale horses to life on the stage — their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables. The play brings to life an emotional journey that charges through the battlefields of history straight to hearts of audiences around the world.

Laqui, a graduate of the musical theatre program, is touring with the National Theatre of Great Britain production of “War Horse,”which will come to Minneapolis in June. For more information, go to http://warhorseonstage.com/tickets/us_tour.

Heukeshoven work featured at Czech band festival

“The Elephant and the Flea,” a duet for piccolo and tuba by Ralph Maria Siegel and arranged for concert band by assistant professor of music A. Eric Heukeshoven will be one of the featured works at the “Ti Nejlepsi” concert in Klatovy, Czech Republic on Nov. 11.

The music will be performed by Slavnosti Konzert Symfonickeho Dechoveho Orchestra under the direction of the noted Czech/American educator Joel Blahnik.

Heukeshoven’s arrangement was recently published by Alliance Publications, Inc. along with a version for string orchestra and another for piano accompaniment.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Town hall forums about strategic plan scheduled


As has previously been communicated, the Board of Trustees, at their Oct. 5 meeting, approved Strategic Plan 2017. The plan is currently posted on the SMU website and can be found by accessing the following link: www.smumn.edu/strategicplan.

Brother William invites the SMU community to a town hall meeting to discuss the plan and its implementation. The following meetings are scheduled:

• 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2
Saint Mary’s University Center on the Twin Cities campus (for faculty and staff)
• 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5
Toner Student Center Lounge (for faculty and staff)
• 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6
Toner Student Center Lounge (for students)
• 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7
Toner Student Center Lounge (for faculty and staff)

Forum to discuss education in a global era Nov. 14


On Nov. 13 and 14, the Under-Told Stories Project and Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting will host forums on both the Winona and Twin Cities campuses on “Closing the Global Gap: The complex issue of education in a global era.”

In America today, there is worry about a persistent achievement gap in our education system. Whether it is a drive to maintain global competitiveness or a desire to catch up, efforts are underway in many countries to rethink and modernize education. The mastery of reading, writing and math are no longer enough. Students need to think critically, reason, problem solve and communicate effectively in a global economy.

These forums will include a digest of the latest reporting on issues associated with youth education. International journalist Fred de Sam Lazaro will lead a distinguished panel and moderate a discussion with the audience.

Panelists in Winona will include:

• Nathalie Applewhite, managing director of the Pulitzer Center
• Dr. Efe Agbamu, executive director, English Language Learners, St. Paul Public Schools (Winona event)
• Brother Ed Siderewicz, First-Generation Initiative (Winona event)

The Twin Cities event is planned for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Saint Mary's University Center, and the Winona event is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Figliulo Recital Hall. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.smumn.edu/globalgap.