Thursday, September 20, 2012

Centennial Chicago event planned for Sept. 22

The Oldie Moldie All-Stars
On Sept. 22, a signature event is planned to bring together the large community of alumni and friends in the Chicago area. All Saint Mary's and College of Saint Teresa alumni, parents, benefactors, employees and friends are invited to Millennium Park for an evening of food and festivities.

Father Andrew C. Fabian, professor of philosophy, will be acknowledged for dedicating more than 48 years of service to the university as he will be awarded the President’s Medal for Outstanding Merit during this event. Dr. John Paulson, Eric Heukeshoven, and The Oldie Moldies are also scheduled to perform.

Additional weekend activities include a Cubs game Friday, alumni boat cruises and a special Mass at St. Peter’s Church Saturday.

There is still time to register. Contact the Alumni Office for tickets. For more information, go to

Tibetan monks plan closing ceremony today

The Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery have created a sand mandala in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries, all week. Their residency will end with a closing ceremony at 11:45 a.m. today, 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.

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.

Twenty-one photographs from the Tibet Image Bank, London will be on display through Monday, Sept. 24. The photo show, “Tibet: Magical Land of Spiritual Wonders,” will be on display at the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Events being held in the gallery are free and open to the public.

‘Let Us Remember’ Centennial performance to debut Oct. 4-6

In honor of Saint Mary’s University’s Centennial, a special program celebrating the history, mission and legacy of Saint Mary’s will be presented. “Let Us Remember” — a performed narrative that includes many of the voices from Saint Mary’s rich history — will incorporate theatre, music, visual art and dance into one inspiring program.

Experience SMU’s 100-year journey through word, music and photographs during performances scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 4-6. A matinee will begin at 2 p.m. Oct. 6.  “Let Us Remember” was written and will be directed by 1979 Saint Mary’s alumnus and Dean of the School of the Arts Michael Charron.

The program features newly commissioned music scores by Dr. Patrick O’Shea, director of choirs, and Eric Heukeshoven, director of jazz, as performed by the SMU Concert Band and SMU Choirs.

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

Centennial timeline unveiling will be Oct. 5

In honor of its Centennial year, Saint Mary’s University commissioned Brother Roderick Robertson, FSC, professor of art and design, to complete a timeline wall mural of the university’s history.

The timeline will be unveiled during a public reception Friday, Oct. 5, at the Toner Student Center. The time is yet to be determined. The timeline will also be installed on the Twin Cities campus.

Brother Roderick has taught art and design at Saint Mary’s for 35 years. This timeline depicts the first century of Saint Mary’s. Fittingly, the artist wanted to tell the university’s story symbolically with 100 photographs.

The piece is divided into four segments or panels. The first panel illustrates the founding and early years of the university under the direction of the Diocese of Winona. The second panel illustrates the arrival of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and the beginning of the Lasallian character of the school. The third panel depicts the arrival of women on campus and how becoming co-educational influenced and changed the nature of the institution. The fourth panel presents the changes that occurred as the college became a university including the expansion of graduate and international programming. The end of the mural speaks to the future of Saint Mary’s University.

The rich and colorful history includes many of the faces from Saint Mary’s University who have shaped its heritage and transformed the school’s educational experience.

The piece includes the first photograph ever taken of Saint Mary’s College, taken by Florence Curran and donated by her grandson Rob Linden of Winona. Curran captured the school’s cornerstone laying in 1912.

The SMU class of 2011 helped fund the project through their senior class gift.

Saint Mary's invites public to Fall Frolic Oct. 6

The public is invited to participate in the 25th Fall Frolic 5K fun run/walk on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Registration will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Toner Student Center with the race beginning at 10 a.m. The $8 cost includes a T-shirt.

The annual event is free to SMU students, faculty and staff, but is open to the community as well. Typically close to 500 people participate; competitors of all levels (including walkers) are welcome.

Registration forms — as well as a complete weekend schedule — are available online at

Family Weekend runs Oct. 5-7 and includes a full slate of activities for families of students and the SMU community — including special Centennial arts debuts in honor of the university’s 100th anniversary. In previous years, as many as 1,000 visitors have come onto campus for Family Weekend music and theatre events, sporting events, the Fall Frolic, and other games and activities.

Lawing to display new work Sept. 27-Nov. 4

Preston Lawing, SMU Art and Design faculty member, will display new work during the next Saint Mary’s University art exhibit.

In “Cabinets of Curiosities,” Lawing will display sculptures, prints, drawings and an installation/recreation of a “hoarder’s” apartment.

The show will run Sept. 27 through Nov. 4 at the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries, located in the Toner Student Center. The galleries will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and all exhibits are free and open to the public.

A gallery reception is scheduled for 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.

Benefit 5K run/walk to assist Sabrina Larson Bushlack

Sabrina Larson Bushlack, right, recently joined the SMU Volleyball team for a picture.

“Strong is the New Beautiful,” a benefit 5K run/walk for SMU senior volleyball player Sabrina Larson Bushlack, is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. The race will start at the Toner Student Center and run through the bluffs of campus.

Bushlack was critically injured in a car accident July 16 and appreciates prayers and financial support as she recovers from a severe brain injury.

A minimum $10 donation will include a T-shirt, and all donations are welcome. Mail donations to Jenna Ness at Campus Box 62; make checks payable to Saint Mary’s University. Registration will be accepted on race day.

Packets can be picked up Friday, Oct. 19, from 7 to 8 p.m. or 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the gym.

Hefel presents workshop on strategic planning

On Friday, Sept. 7, Jeff Hefel, professor of business administration, presented a workshop on “Strategic Planning” to the Rochester, Minn., Chapter of the National Association of Church Business Administrators.

Outstanding English papers awarded

The English Department recently presented the award for outstanding paper of the 2011-2012 academic year. Two students tied for the award: Kate Larson for “That Which We Are: Modernist Undertones in Tennyson’s  ‘Ulysses’ ” and Mike Wolter for “Kafka’s ‘A Starvation Artist.’ ” Each student received a gift card to the book store.

Congratulations to Miss Winona Serica Rowley

Serica Rowley, a senior at SMU, was crowned  Miss Winona last week. Her major is social science education, and she performed an Irish dance to “Game of Thrones.”

Rowley’s platform is “From Me to We: Moving Others to Volunteer.” She plans to speak to organizations and groups about the importance of volunteering.

The Saint Mary’s community congratulates her on this achievement!