Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thanks for a great weekend; campus luncheon Friday

The Centennial Celebration Committee invites the campus community to a complimentary luncheon this Friday (June 29), from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the pavilion next to the baseball field. The luncheon is in appreciation of the “incredible and tireless efforts” by many people preparing for and running last weekend’s successful Homecoming and Centennial events. Rubio’s Mexican Restaurant will provide Friday’s fare.

Library staff presents session on ‘Chat & Chow & Web 2.0’

On June 24, Fitzgerald Library staff presented a poster session titled “Chat, Chow & Web 2.0: Channeling Technology to Create Alliances” at the American Library Association (ALA) annual conference in Anaheim, Calif. The session was proposed by Carol Daul-Elhindi, instructional services librarian, and Ruth Ann Torstenson LeMasters, reference librarian and web developer, and presented in Anaheim by Daul-Elhindi and Laura Oanes, library director. The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world. Its annual convention is attended by 25,000 U.S. and international librarians, library supporters, educators, writers, publishers, Friends of Libraries, trustees and special guests. 

Crozier to present on SMU history, July 18

Professor Emeritus and university archivist Dr. Bill Crozier will make a presentation on Saint Mary’s University history Wednesday, July 18 at the Winona County History Center. Dr. Crozier will discuss “From Terrace Heights to the World: Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota 1912-2012” at the Center’s lunchtime learning series, beginning at 12:05 p.m.

Brother Finbar’s work on display at SMU gallery

“The Eye & Hand of the Craftsman — The life work of Finbar McMullen, FSC” is on display through Aug. 19 in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries, Toner Student Center. Brother Finbar, a retired educator, 1946 SMU alum and Christian Brother for 70 years, is showing a variety of his hand-crafted art and mechanical inventions. The exhibit — free and open to the public — is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Former Olympic soccer coach works with Winona youth

Winona-area girl soccer players scored some high-level coaching from Tony DiCicco, former head coach of the U.S. women’s national and Olympic soccer teams. DiCicco coached a portion of the SoccerPlus camp, held June 16-22 on the Saint Mary’s University campus. The CEO and founder of SoccerPlus, DiCicco also brought in soccer coaches with international experience to work with the residential campers. He also worked with a group of Winona Youth Soccer Association girls on campus.

DiCicco is the former head coach of the U.S. women’s national and Olympic soccer teams and the head coach of the U.S. U20 women’s national team. In 2008, he coached the U.S. to the FIFA U20 World Cup championship in Chile. He also led the full national team to the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship. And in 1996, he coached the U.S. women’s Olympic team to the first-ever gold medal in women’s soccer. DiCicco plans to return to Winona next year to continue training young Winona-area athletes.

Register early for Tom Farren Golf Outing

The Tom Farren Memorial Golf Outing is set for Sunday, July 22 at Cedar Valley Golf Course. This annual event is a fund-raiser for the Saint Mary’s University men’s and women’s golf teams and is named in honor of Tom Farren, a long-time Saint Mary’s coach who died unexpectedly in 2007.

Cost for the four-person scramble event is $80 per golfer and includes a Sunday brunch, an SMU logo shirt and 18 holes of golf with cart.

Contact Cedar Valley at 507-457-3129 to reserve your spot. When you call they will ask for your shirt size and the names of the people in your group. For more information, contact men’s and women’s golf coach Kevin Landrum at

MCA announces July programs

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts offers year-round programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre. Community classes, lessons, workshops and camps are offered for ages 3 to adult at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St.

With the 2012 summer session in full swing, a variety of classes are available for children and adults ranging from recreation classes to pre-professional training. Below are the July offerings, most of which conclude in free performance showcases.

Music division offerings include:

NEW! Chamber Music Camp
with guest artist Dave Gudmastad
•  July 23-27, 2-4:30 p.m.
For students entering grades 6-10 in the fall who play a woodwind, brass or orchestral string instrument. Tuition $100 (half-price for MCA private lesson students). Students will work on becoming better musicians by playing in a small ensemble setting with like instruments and will attend music classes to learn the basics of sight singing, theory, composition, improvisation and the Alexander Technique.

Private Music Lessons
(flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, cello, guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano, voice)
• Arranged, for students ages 5 to adult. Tuition: $75 for 5 lessons, $140 for 10 lessons.

Dance division offerings include:

July Creative Movement
•  July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 5:15-5:45 p.m.
For students ages 3-4. Tuition $30. An introduction to the dance class setting using creative movement techniques.

Clogging for Kids
•  July 9, 16, 23, 30, 3-3:45 p.m.
For students ages 8-12. Tuition $20. An introduction to clogging; don’t miss this toe-tapping, foot-stomping good time!

Musical Theatre Dance
•  July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 6-7 p.m.
For students ages 13 and up. Tuition $50. You will learn basic dance technique for musical theatre performance and explore choreography from popular Broadway musicals. All levels are welcome and no experience is necessary!

Boys Dance Technique Workshops
•  July 16-19, 11-11:45 a.m.
For students ages 8-12. Tuition FREE. Develop physical technique used in classical and contemporary dance disciplines such as ballet, modern and jazz.

Class days, times and tuition vary. Financial need-based scholarship are available. For a brochure and a complete listing, go to, email, or call 507-453-5500. Students may registration online, by mail or in person at MCA’s Valéncia Arts Center.

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.

MCA wellness classes

All Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts dance/fitness class offerings are geared toward those 13 and up and will take place on Mondays in July: July 9, 16, 23, 30.

Dance division offerings include:

Power Piyo! (certified instructor)
•  3:45-4:45 p.m. Tuition $30. Focusing on yoga posture and pilates strengthening, this combination is the perfect conditioning class. All levels welcome and no experience necessary.

Clogging I
•  5-5:30 p.m. Tuition $20.
An introduction to clogging; don’t miss this toe-tapping, foot stomping good time! All levels welcome and no experience necessary.

Clogging II
•  5:30-6:15 p.m. Tuition $20.
This class is designed for students with prior clogging experience and will focus on traditional folk dances.

Teen and Adult Ballet
•  6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuition $30.
An introduction to ballet technique; experience the artistry of ballet while gaining flexibility, placement, strength and fluidity. All levels welcome and no experience necessary.

NEW! Teen and Adult Irish Dance
•  7:30-8:30 p.m. Tuition $30.
A fun and lively introduction to Irish dance! All levels welcome and no experience necessary.

Sympathy to Deb Nahrgang, Nancy Bachler

The Saint Mary’s community extends its sympathy to Deb Nahrgang (Marketing and Communication Office) and her family on the death of her mother, Harriett Benedett, on June 27. Visitation is Sunday, July 1, 4-8 p.m., Hoff Funeral Home in Lewiston. The funeral is Monday, July 2, 10 a.m., St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lewiston.

Sympathy also to Nancy Bachler, Interdisciplinary Studies, on the death of her brother, John Edstrom, on June 24. Visitation is Saturday, June 30, 4-7 p.m. at Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and one hour before the memorial service at the church. The service is Sunday, July 1, 3 p.m. at First Congregational Church, Winona.