Thursday, August 30, 2012

Three to be inducted to Sports Hall of Fame Sept. 7

The Saint Mary’s Cardinal ‘M’ Club, in association with the Alumni Office, will induct three members into the SMU Sports Hall of Fame during Cardinal ‘M’ Club Weekend Friday through Sunday, Sept. 7-9.

The 2012 Hall of Fame induction ceremony will honor former student-athletes from three decades — Chris Kendall ’79, M’95, Anne Erickson ’89 and Alex Kugel ’99.

The trio will be honored during an awards ceremony on Friday, Sept. 7. Along with the induction of this year’s Hall of Fame class, Friday’s ceremony will also honor the 2011-12 student-athlete postseason award-winners, as well as unveil the 2011-12 Outstanding Male and Female Athletes, and Outstanding Scholar Athletes.

Saint Mary’s plans fourth annual Young Alumni Weekend

Saint Mary’s graduates from the past decade have been invited back to campus for Young Alumni Reunion Weekend, Sept. 7-9.

Over 150 alumni are expected to attend the full weekend of events which will include a faculty and staff social, a young alumni gathering at Mulligan’s, ropes course activities, a barbecue with live music on the Plaza, disc golfing and the Cardinal Dash 5K. The weekend also coincides with Cardinal ‘M’ Club Weekend, giving SMU alumni opportunities to cheer on Cardinal athletics.

For more information, contact Bob Fisher at Ext. 6658 or To read more about this event, or to register, go

100 SMU students to volunteer in Winona community Saturday

In commemoration of the Centennial year, 100 students will volunteer in the Winona community from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 1.  Students will be serving the Winona Area Humane Society, Restored Blessings,  Winona Catholic Worker House, Salvation Army Thrift Store, East End Recreational Center, Habitat ReStore, and Habitat for Humanity.  They will also complete a creek cleanup near SMU and work on the trails near Holzinger Lodge.

Saint Mary’s to display photos from Tibet, sand mandala

Twenty-one photographs from the Tibet Image Bank, London will be on display through Sept. 24 at Saint Mary’s in conjunction with an artist-in-residency by the Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery.

The photo show, “Tibet: Magical Land of Spiritual Wonders” will be on display at the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries, located in the Toner Student Center, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

The Tibetan Monks will create a sand mandala from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, through Friday, Sept. 21. In this sacred tradition, intricate and artistic designs are created from colored sand and then ritualistically destroyed to symbolize the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the impermanent nature of material life. The public is also invited to participate in a community sand painting during this period.

An opening ceremony will begin at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 17 and a closing ceremony will begin at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 21. During the closing ceremony, the public is invited to join the Tibetan Monks in ceremoniously releasing the sand used from the mandala into Gilmore Creek. Events being held in the gallery are free and open to the public.

The Tibetan Monks will also present a public performance Thursday, Sept. 20, in Page Theatre. For more information, go to Tickets are available online or at the Page Theatre Box office, Ext. 1715 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

MCA to hold auditions for ‘The Nutcracker’

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will hold auditions for its holiday production of “The Nutcracker” on Thursday, Sept. 6, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 W. 10th St.

“The Nutcracker” will be performed at Page Theatre Nov. 28 through Dec. 2. “The Nutcracker” tells the timeless tale of Clara as she is taken into a magical world filled with dancing candy, daring sword fights, and beautiful fairies.

There are numerous ways to be involved in this production, from under the spotlight to behind the scenes. Roles are available for actors, dancers, and community members. Children older than 5 and adults with all levels of experience are welcome. MCA’s WAYS youth choir will be featured in this production as well.

For more information, go online to, e-mail, “like” them on Facebook, or call Ext. 5500. Auditions are free and open to the public.

MCA announces fall registration open house

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will host its fall registration open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 1164 W. 10th St.

The public is welcome to visit the facility, tour the studios and classrooms, and meet the Conservatory’s talented instructors and staff. The dance attire boutique will be open, and staff will assist with fittings and take orders for all of the dance classes.

Be the first to register for the Fall Semester I classes in person. Anyone interested in taking private music lessons is invited to see, hear and try out specific instruments. Meet and welcome the new managing director and administrative assistant, speak with Friends of the MCA to learn more about volunteer opportunities, and meet others who love the arts.

Class days, times, and tuition vary.  Financial need-based scholarships are available. For a brochure and a complete listing, visit, e-mail, “like” them on Facebook, or call Ext. 5500. Interested students may register online, by mail, or in person at MCA’s Valéncia Arts Center.

Jazz notes

Swing, Inc. welcomes Dave Townsend on sax and clarinet to the bandstand today, Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Signatures. Dinner and dancing with “The Best Little Big Band in Town” happens every Friday night at Signatures. Joining Dave will be Swing, Inc. regulars Jerry Paulson on trumpet, Steve Kulas on drums and Eric Heukeshoven of the Music Department at the keyboard. For more information, go to