Thursday, February 23, 2012

Saint Mary’s Jazz Combo I to perform in Germany

During spring break, a group of Saint Mary’s students will bring their brand of American jazz to audiences in Germany. Led by Dr. John Paulson, professor and director of Jazz Studies, the 12-piece “little big band” will perform a wide variety of jazz selections at venues in and around the city of Cologne (Köln), Germany from March 5 through March 10.

On Tuesday, March 6, the group will travel to Urfeld, Germany, for an open rehearsal with “Musikfreunde Urfeld.” The Friends of Music in Urfeld is a community-based ensemble of high school musicians. Both ensembles will have the opportunity to perform for each other, and the evening will conclude with all the musicians joining together for a spirited jam session.

On Friday, March 9, the group will spend the day rehearsing with Stefan Güsgen – the 2010 winner of Germany’s National Magic Championships. In the evening, the SMU group will join forces with Güsgen in an event billed as “Jazz Meets Magic” at the 500-seat RheinForum, situated along the banks of the Rhein River in Wesseling, Germany. SMU music instructor A. Eric Heukeshoven has written a new arrangement of jazz great Grover Washington’s “Mr. Magic” especially for this gala event.

The group will perform a farewell concert Saturday, March 10, at the Kirchengemeinde Evangelische Kirche (Community Evangelical Church), also in Wesseling.

The public is welcome to attend a free homecoming concert Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. in SMU’s Figliulo Recital Hall.

Members of the SMU Germany 2012 Jazz Combo I include:

• Jessica Giers (Winona) – Music Education major, tenor sax
• Katy Kosiek (Schamburg, Ill.) – Music Education major, alto sax
• Markeise Russell (Chicago, Ill.) – Music Education/Saxophone Performance major, alto sax
• Ben Scott (Rochester, Minn.) – Philosophy major, tenor sax
• Dr. John Paulson – Professor, soprano sax
• Tyler Ringeisen (Cannon Falls, Minn.) – Music Education major, trumpet
• A. Eric Heukeshoven - Instructor, trombone
• Hans Heukeshoven (Winona) – Computer Science/Percussion Performance major, vibraphone
• Andy Lubinski (Winona) – Elementary Education major, electric bass
• Camden Webster (Stockton, Minn.) – Music Industry (Technology) major, electric guitar
• Trevor Woggon (Viroqua, Wis.) – Music Education major, piano

For more information, contact A. Eric Heukeshoven at Ext. 7292 or

Public invited to SMU’s ‘Cardinal Plunge’ Feb. 25

Brave souls and warm hearts are invited to join Saint Mary’s University in the third annual “Cardinal Plunge” Saturday, Feb. 25. This freezing fundraiser begins at 1 p.m. at Lake Goodview, located at Michael LaCanne Park.

This year, “Cardinal Plunge” proceeds will be given to the Future Alumni Committee Student Emergency Fund, a fund set aside for students in need or in emergency situations. A portion of last year’s proceeds went to the family of Millie Harrison, a freshman at Saint Mary’s who passed away suddenly in April 2011.

The cost to plunge is $10, and all participants will receive a “Cardinal Plunge” T-shirt. This event is sponsored by several organizations at Saint Mary’s including Student Life, the Future Alumni Committee, and Chartwells. Community sponsors include the Winona County Dive and Rescue and the Winona Area Ambulance Service.

Registration begins at noon on-site. Participants are encouraged to pre-register online at and pay the day of the plunge. Donations can be made to the Cardinal Plunge Student Emergency Fund, Saint Mary’s University, 700Terrace Heights #21, Winona, MN 55987.

Refreshments and a light lunch will be available.

For more information, contact Bridget McDonough at (847) 521-3206 or

Saint Mary’s to host panel discussion on population

National Geographic editor
serves as guest panelist

The public is invited to participate in a discussion of “Population in Perspective: How Will 7 Billion People Change Your Life?” Tuesday and Wednesday, March 13-14, at Saint Mary’s.

This event is sponsored by Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership and UnderTold Stories Project, and part of a collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, PBS NewsHour and National Geographic.

How will our lives be affected and how can young Americans engage with solutions to the challenge of sustaining a planet that will have 9 billion inhabitants by 2050?

Special guest Dennis Dimick, executive editor on the environment for National Geographic, designed a year-long 2011 National Geographic series called “7 Billion” on global population and its impact. Dimick will join panelists Fred de Sam Lazaro, director of the “Undertold Stories Project” and a correspondent for PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer; and Dr. David Lynch, chair of the SMU Department of Social Science.

SMU will host two of these critical discussions. The first will be on the Twin Cities campus, Tuesday, March 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Saint Mary’s Event Center. The second is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in Page Theatre.

The Under-Told Stories Project, produced by and in partnership with Saint Mary’s University, shares stories from some of the world’s most remote locations through PBS NewsHour and other media organizations. The partnership brings de Sam Lazaro to the university’s Minneapolis campus, provides new learning opportunities to Saint Mary’s students, and is intended to raise awareness for the local ramifications of global issues.

For more information, contact Sabrina Kelly at or (612) 238-4507.

Chamber Singers to tour Wisconsin, Illinois, Ontario

The Chamber Singers will perform in Wisconsin, Illinois and the Canadian province of Ontario as part of their 2012 Concert Tour. The 27-voice select ensemble is directed by Dr. Patrick O’Shea.

Tour performances will include the following liturgies and concerts:

• St. Mary’s Parish, Appleton, Wis., Sunday, March 4
• Church of St. John the Divine, North Bay, Ontario, Wednesday, March 7
• All Saint’s Kingsway Anglican Church, Toronto, Ontario, Thursday, March 8
• Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, Aurora, Ill., Sunday, March 11

All concerts are free and open to the public (with the exception of an admission fee for the North Bay concert), and guests are welcome at the various liturgies. Repertoire will include a cappella works by Marenzio, Duruflé, Bruckner, and Stephen Paulus.

Upon their return, the Chamber Singers will present a free “Homecoming Concert” at the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, 7th and Vila streets, Winona, on Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call Dr. O’Shea at Ext. 1598.

‘Duck for President,’ other stories on stage Feb. 29

The Page Series will bring “Duck for President” and other favorite children’s stories to life Wednesday, Feb. 29.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Theatreworks USA will present an all-new musical revue featuring mini-musicals based on the best-selling children’s books “Duck for President,” “Fancy Nancy,” “Pirates Don’t Change Diapers” and more. This is an excellent adventure for families with children in kindergarten through fourth grade.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available at the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or online at

Read Aloud Day at the library

In cooperation with the Winona Public Library, local celebrities will share their favorite books at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in the library’s second floor art room. Bring your family and join the fun of Read Aloud Day. Win a chance at tickets to see the Page Series presentation “Duck for President and Other Stories” on Feb. 29.

Register early for Row, Ride, Run Triathlon

The annual Saint Mary’s “Row, Ride, Run Triathlon” will take place on Saturday, April 28, beginning at 9 a.m. at Lake Lodge in Winona and finishing on SMU’s Winona campus.

About 100 athletes from throughout the Midwest are expected to register for the race.

Participants will canoe or kayak a 2.5-mile loop around Lake Winona, then bike 14 miles from Lake Winona to the SMU campus. Once on campus, racers will run 3.1 miles through the bluffs surrounding the university.

Proceeds assist Serving Others United in Love (SOUL), a program of SMU’s Office of Campus Ministry. Through SOUL, students are able to connect with diverse communities by participating in national and international service trips.

Registration before March 16 is $20 per individual or $40 per team. After March 16, the cost is $30 per individual or $60 per team. Teams can be made up of two, three or four members.

Participants must be 10 or older to row or run and 15 or older to bike.

Awards will be presented to top three fastest individuals and the top finishing team.

For more information, visit or call Ext. 7268.

‘Guys and Dolls’ on stage through Feb. 26

The Department of Theatre and Dance will present the classic Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls” through Feb. 26.

The Tony-Award-winning musical, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, was first presented in 1950 and has enjoyed many revivals. It's considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy.

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, “Guys and Dolls” soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a legendary cast of vivid characters.

“Guys and Dolls” is directed by Gary Diomandes with music direction by Judy Myers and choreography by Christine Martin. Showtimes in Page Theatre are 7:30 p.m. today (Friday) and Saturday, Feb. 24-25, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. They’re available online at or at the Performance Center Box Office, Ext. 1715, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Taylor Richmond Dance to benefit wounded alum, veteran

Alumnus Josh Misiewicz, a Marine veteran who was severely injured this past summer while serving in Afghanistan, has been named the recipient of the 12th annual Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance, planned for Saturday, March 24. The public is invited to this formal dance, which features the Johnny Holm Band.

Marine Lance Corporal Misiewicz grew up in La Grange, Ill., where he was a well-known hockey star. He attended Saint Mary’s for two years before pursuing his passion to become a U.S. Marine.

In July, his life changed in a flash: a landmine exploded and he suffered the loss of both legs and two shattered eardrums. He recovered at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, where his positive attitude and enduring spirit served as an example to others.

Misiewicz received the Purple Heart medal this past fall.

Even though the federal government covers Misiewicz's medical expenses, the family is facing many other long-term costs including transportation, home improvements, and a hand-controlled vehicle.

To make a donation, send checks — payable to the Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance — to Lance Thompson at Campus Box 1528.

Donations to the silent auction, planned for March 22-23, are needed by March 16 and can be picked up or sent to the Student Activities Office, Toner 5, Box #1528.

SMU offers ‘Tri-Swimming’ clinic March 5 – June 9

Saint Mary’s is offering “Tri-Swimming,” an individual open-water swim training clinic, March 5 through June 9. This clinic is for beginning or advanced swimmers who are looking for a swim clinic to complement their triathlon training goals.

Athletes must be able to swim one length of the pool without the assistance of a flotation device.

Tri-Swimming is geared toward bringing people together to train and learn proper swimming skills and techniques. Whether training for the next Trinona, or setting different goals, swimmers are welcome to join — or try out the clinic for one week for no cost.

The group meets three days a week, Mondays from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 to 9:15 a.m. The clinic will be held at the eight-lane Jul Gernes Pool at Saint Mary’s. The instructors are Jami Severson, a former competitive swimmer with open-water swimming experience, and Mark Ross, a current SMU swim team member.

While the weather is cold, participants will swim in the pool to build confidence and endurance. As the weather gets warmer, the class will transition to Lake Goodview and Lake Winona for open-water practice.

The course fee is $200 ($150 for SMU community members). Register and pay online at For more information, call Ext. 6921.

SMU hosts sustainability forums

Student Life will once again hold a series of forums this semester on issues related to sustainability. The forums are intended to provide interested students, staff and faculty with the opportunity to learn more about the broad concepts of sustainability, discuss these issues as they relate to our daily lives both on and off campus, and then identify actions to contribute toward a more sustainable future.
The series includes:

• “Sustainability & Catholic Higher Education” — Wednesday, Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m., Damien Commons in Watters Hall

How and why should we (as members of a Catholic and Lasallian community) become better stewards of God’s creation and champions for environmental justice? This forum features Chris McClead, co-director of Campus Ministry.

• “Food, Compost and Recycling” — Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m., Damien Commons in Watters Hall

It has been said that “Food goes to the heart of civilization.” Topics for dialogue will include: Food and nutrition security, famine, waste, organic food, composting, fair-trade, “eat local,” community gardens, “foodies,” carbon-free diet, etc. We are what we eat, so come and share your point of view.

• “Water” — Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., Toner Student Center Lounge

If today the issue is oil, then tomorrow the issue will be water. Whether gathered in your reusable container, flowing down the Mississippi River, pumped from the ground, or falling from the sky, water is at the core of all life on earth and we can’t take it for granted anymore. Come and dialogue with us about water!

Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor hosts talks

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor will offer the second of three talks this semester, “Before Gerbert Met Erbert: A Selective Look at Quelques Petites Choses from ‘Science’ and Religion in the Middle Ages” by Dr. Paul Nienaber SJ, Department of Physics, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in Room 238, Brother Charles Hall.

Faculty to display diverse art through March 18

Seven faculty members from the Department of Art & Design will exhibit their work through March 18 at SMU’s Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries.

The show, “Verisimilitude,” includes work by Tony Calabrese, Charlie Campbell, Preston Lawing, Rob McColl, Brother Roderick Robertson, Lisa Truax and John Whelan.

The exhibit — free and open to the public — will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Diversity coffee hours offered Fridays

All students, faculty and staff are invited to a diversity coffee hour Fridays from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Cardinal Club.

Free coffee and engaging discussion will be provided. Come when you can; leave when you must. Learn about others’ perspectives. For more information, contact Jeff Walter at These gatherings are sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Wellness Center.

Lallaman to give talk at WSU as part of Earth Talks Seminar

Josh Lallaman, Biology, will give a talk at WSU Monday, Feb. 27, at 4 p.m. as part of their Earth Talks Seminar Series. The title of the talk is “Effects of Large and Low-head Dams on Paddlefish Movement and Reproduction.” Lallaman will discuss the importance of paddlefish as an indicator species for large-river connectivity and health.

Outstanding Senior finalists

The following students have been named as finalists for the 2012 Outstanding Male and Female Senior awards. The awards will be presented at Founder’s Day on March 27.

Lauren Baier
Ellen Bina
Amy Kujak
Regina Quandt
Jill Spitzmueller

Brian Dillon
Luis Escobar
Kevin Halpin
Robert McGuire
Michael Mockler

The library is listening

Fitzgerald Library staff are looking for your input. Watch for the flip charts with markers that will be located throughout Fitzgerald Library from through March 2. Post your comments on these flip charts about why and how you are using the library space. Your viewpoints about how to make the library a better space for you are valued.

Fitzgerald Library book sale Feb. 27-March 2

The Fitzgerald Library will be hosting a book sale from Monday, Feb. 27, through Friday, March 2 on the main floor. Books will be 25 cents per paperback, 50 cents per hardcover with a $1 bag sale on Thursday and Friday.

Library plans expanded hours

In response to student feedback, Fitzgerald Library will begin extended Friday hours (7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.) after spring recess. Friday, March 16 will be the first Friday for the new extended hours.

Nominations being accepted for Bishop Heffron Award

The deadline has been extended to nominate someone for the Bishop Heffron Award, to be recognized at this year's Founder's Day ceremony. Review the eligibility and nomination process information below.

Award Eligibility
• Nominees must be full-time or benefits-eligible and have a minimum of 10 years of service with the university.

Award Criteria
• Nominee has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the values of the university

• Nominee has been a positive member of the university community as demonstrated by his/her ability to work successfully across constituencies for the good of the university

• Nominee serves as a model of the Lasallian spirit, which is a hallmark of the university, in his/her interactions with colleagues and students.

• Staff, Faculty and Administration submit a nomination outlining how the nominee (eligible employee) satisfies the award criteria (listed above) for this specific award.

This nomination should be electronically prepared, be no longer than one page (2 pages double spaced), and be submitted to human resources as soon as possible. The nomination should include the employee’s name, job title, campus location, date, and description of how he/she meets the criteria for this award.

Human Resources will verify eligibility, consolidate the awards by cabinet member, and present the eligible nominations to the President’s cabinet prior to Founder’s Day.

The recipient of the award, selected by the President, will be announced on Founder’s Day.


The Bishop Heffron Award is given out every other year at Founder’s Day. The award includes name recognition on the University posted Heffron Award plaque, an award payment of $500.00, and a personal plaque or token gift in its place. Family members of the recipient are invited to the luncheon.