Thursday, December 12, 2013

Sights of the season

The past few weeks have been filled with holiday festivities. Check out a few pictures of our students, faculty and staff enjoying this joyous season from the Christmas Light Service, the pre-finals breakfast, and Lessons and Carols at www.smumn.edu/photos.

Christmas dinner is Dec. 17

The annual faculty and staff Christmas dinner will be Tuesday, Dec. 17. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will begin at 6 p.m. in the dining room, followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Saint Mary’s music professors travel to Cuba


The former and current directors of jazz studies  will travel to Havana, Cuba, along with a delegation of musicians, composers and educators to interact with the contemporary Cuban music scene.

Dr. John Paulson, professor emeritus, and A. Eric Heukeshoven, assistant professor of music, will join a group sponsored by the American Composers Forum from Dec. 15-22 for a one-week research program to Cuba. The trip marks the first time a group of this type will be allowed to study with renowned Cuban musicians. Of special interest to the two SMU professors will be full access to the Havana International Jazz Festival.

During the intensive weeklong visit, the delegates will attend concerts, workshops, open rehearsals, and networking events, as well as tour Havana to enjoy its rich cultural history.

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

Explore the comedic side of science with Doktor Kaboom

Audiences will explode with laughter as Doktor Kaboom takes the stage during the Page Series offering Thursday, Jan. 16.

The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in Page Theatre, creatively blends theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration. Doktor Kaboom keeps his crowds riveted with interest and rolling with laughter. Join him for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular, and often successful, experiments and demonstrations. Using masterful improvisational skills, the artist takes his audience on an amusing tour of the modern scientific method while demonstrating spectacular applications of the physical sciences.

Doktor Kaboom is the creation of actor/comedian David Epley, who says he has been fortunate enough to discover two passions in his life. His first, science, took him to studies at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. His second, performing, became his career, and for 20 years Epley has made his living writing, performing and directing original interactive comedy across the U.S. and Canada. He now brings his passions together with an explosive style that refuses to allow his audiences time to catch a breath.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and are available at the SMU Box Office Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 457-1714, or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

Reception for Brother Paulos is Friday

Faculty and staff are invited to an informal reception for Brother Paulos Mesmer, FSC, director of Christ the Teacher Institute for Education, Nairobi, Kenya, will be 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in Saint Mary’s Hall, Rooms 115 and 123. Hors d’oeuvres and hot apple cider will be served. African art and jewelry will be available at huge discounts.

Cardinal Corner completes record semester

Members of "Team Hats" describe their experiences selling stocking caps in the Cardinal Corner.
It was a real-life lesson in profit margins as well as the spending habits of target consumers … fellow college students.

On Dec. 11, students from MG315 Entrepreneurship summarized the incomes and expenditures of their semester projects. These students, broken into smaller groups, had chosen five new products to sell at the Cardinal Corner, a small not-for-profit retail shop located in the basement of the Toner Student Center. The students chose to sell a vintage-style Saint Mary’s College shirt, stress footballs, stocking hats, tote bags and cancer awareness shirts.

Their goal was simple: Make money.

This semester, the cohort not only broke even on their inventory investment of $2,000, but Michael Ratajczyk, assistant professor of business, also announced that this semester’s cohort also broke records in both revenue generated and profit margin from their products. The Cardinal Corner brought in over $2,300 in revenue and had a profit margin over 40 percent, breaking records by over $1,000 and 800 basis points of margin.

The students were assessed based upon two commonly used financial metrics within industry:  GMROI and Inventory Turns.  GMROI stands for Gross Margin Return on Inventory and is used to study cash flow performance.  It is commonly used to protect companies from spending too much cash on a particular product.  Inventory Turns is a metric that reports how many times per year a product would sell out if it was sold throughout the year.

The team that won the Inventory Turns performance was “Team Hats,” which sold a red, black, and white stocking cap. Their “turns” score was 10.4, which means that the hats would sell out 10 times per year.  Ratajczyk explains that a score of 10 is highly desired by any business because it essentially means a business is selling out of all its inventory every five weeks. Team members include: Michael Burfeind, Ron Enrooth, Jakub Koziuk, Jen Tobroxen and Jamal Arnold.

The team that won the GMROI performance was “Team Shoot Pass Cure Shirts,” which sold a stylish pink shirt that brings awareness to breast cancer. Their GMROI score was 0.43, which means that for every $1 of cash invested in inventory, the team not only earned back that dollar, but also earned an additional 43 cents. Team members include: Sarah Mills, Lucas Kubic, Otto Holzer, Cody Sprague and Tyler Krysiak.

“I am very pleased with the results of this semester and I am proud of the students.  They worked hard,” Ratajczyk said. “The students learned firsthand how difficult it can be to start a business and break even. They not only broke even, but did so by breaking sales and profit records with style.”

Jennifer Tobroxen of “Team Hats” said, “It was a great hands-on experience in learning about what types of target markets buy what kinds of products. I enjoyed the opportunities that the Cardinal Corner gave me as a business major.”

Funds from this semester will be donated to the First-Generation Initiative at Saint Mary’s.

Conservatory news

On Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will conduct its winter 2014 registration open house.

Here are five great reasons to attend:

•    It’s a great opportunity to visit the facility, tour the studios and classrooms, and meet the talented instructors and staff.
•    The dance attire boutique will be open and staff will be fitting students and taking orders for all of the dance classes.
•    Visitors can learn more about programming including some great new opportunities.
•    Guests can learn more about hands-on volunteer opportunities.

Additionally, the new winter semester 2014 catalog is now available. Classes run from Jan. 13 through March 29. New programming is offered, and registrations are now being accepted. Some offerings include:

•    Teen and Adult Ballet will be taught by director of dance Tammy Schmidt this semester.
•    There are new Art Division classes including Drawing 102 for Children and Drawing 101 for Adult Workshops.
•    Dance programming in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Tap with new course divisions.
•    Private music lessons with talented teaching artists.
•    New adult wellness class discounts and packages.
•    Advanced training for those serious about dance with an additional Ballet V/VI/VII class.
•    New adult wellness classes include Mindfulness, Introduction to Guitar, Teen and Adult Tap, and Belly Dancing for Beginners!

Interested students may registration online, by mail, or in person at MCA’s Valéncia Arts Center.

Class days, times and tuition vary. Financial need-based scholarships are available. For a brochure and a complete listing, visit www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, e-mail mca@smumn.edu, “like” them on Facebook, or call 453-5500. 

Interested students may register online, by mail, or in person at MCA’s Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 W. 10th St.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts offers programming in Dance, Music, Visual Art, and Theatre, year-round. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for ages 3 to adult at the Valéncia Arts Center located at 1164 West 10th Street, Winona.

Silent auction in Admission ends today

The eighth annual Breast Cancer Silent Auction continues until 3 p.m. today in the Admission Office.

Contact Suzanne Deranek with any questions.

All-campus student work on display in art galleries


The All-Campus Undergraduate Art Exhibition is on display in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries.

This juried exhibition is always highly anticipated by both students and faculty, as entry is open to all students, not just art and design majors. This year there are more than 75 entries from students majoring in human services, computer science, education, music industry, literature, theatre arts, Spanish, biology, chemistry, English, entrepreneurship, criminal justice, psychology, art studio, business, graphic design and environmental biology.

Vondracek publishes story

Christopher Vondracek, English Department, had a story titled “My rural Minnesota childhood with cats named Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach” published on MPR Classical’s website: http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/05/classical-cats.

Lieder, Tadie are performing in Dancing with Winona Stars

The fifth annual Dancing with the Winona Stars will take place Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Winona State University’s McCown Gymnasium. The New Year’s Eve event will feature seven individual stars, eight groups of stars and The Dweebs.

Terri Lieder, Marketing and Communication Office, and Dr. Joe Tadie, Philosophy Department, will be performing. Lieder is dancing with M.P. and the History Hotties, raising money for the Winona County Historical Society, and Tadie is dancing for Project FINE. They have been training with professional dance instructors for several months.

There will be a panel of judges who will critique each performance. Each will be scored on several criteria. The winner is determined based upon a combination of 50 percent dance score and 50 percent votes raised.

Votes can be cast at any time, for $1 per vote, up to the end of the event. Checks for the votes should be made out directly to the charity.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person (which includes late night hors d’oeuvres, the show and The Dweebs’ performance.

Tables, which allow for reserved seating for eight, are $350 per table. For more information, go to www.dancingwithwinonastars.com.

This is last ‘Campus Notes’ of the year

Look ahead on your calendars. This is the last issue of “Campus Notes” for 2013. After break, the first issue will come out Jan. 17. The deadline for that issue will be Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Sympathy to Cada, Healey families

Sandra “Sandee” Burt, mother of John Cada (maintenance), mother-in-law of Vickie Cada (development and alumni relations), and aunt of Tammy Vondrasek (financial aid), died Saturday. 

Tom Healey, former director and administrator in the M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia program recently passed away in Arizona. Tom was one of the founding members of the Twin Cities campus in his role at the Abbott Northwestern Hospital system. He contributed to the establishment of 2500 Park Avenue as a home for SGPP in the early 1980s and continued to serve in many capacities until his official retirement a few years ago. In addition to his time with the M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia program, he served many SGPP roles including co-chair of the Curriculum Committee, director of the Surgical Technology Certificate, HLC Criterion Committee co-chair, a representative on several SMU strategic planning committees, and countless other task forces and committees.

The Saint Mary’s community extends its sympathy to the Cada and Healey families.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Patronal Feast Mass is Monday

The Patronal Feast Mass is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at Saint Thomas More Chapel.

Christmas Light Service, Pre-Finals breakfast Dec. 12


The Christmas Light Service is set for 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, in Saint Thomas More Chapel, followed by the traditional pre-finals breakfast in the dining room.

Typically more than 700 students attend the pre-finals breakfast, which is hosted by the Office of Academic Affairs and Chartwells food service.  The breakfast is served by faculty and staff from 10 to 11:30 p.m. Aside from the delicious breakfast, Santa will make an appearance, and Christmas caroling is planned.

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is Dec. 12


The public is invited to join in the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Thursday, Dec. 12. Eucharist begins at 12:10 p.m. in Saint Thomas More Chapel. A simple Mass will be celebrated in both English and Spanish, including traditional music and an opportunity to reverence an original image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. All are welcome.


Christmas dinner is Dec. 17

The annual faculty and staff Christmas dinner will be Tuesday, Dec. 17. 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. 11.

Gathering honors seniors


The senior class gathering was held Thursday night to honor all senior students, with special recognition for mid-year graduates of the College. To view photos, go to www.smumn.edu/photos.

Saint Mary’s listed in national ‘Best Colleges for Veterans’


Saint Mary’s is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Colleges for Veterans.” This listing includes the top-ranked schools in the overall Best Colleges rankings that participate in federal initiatives to help veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees.

The new rankings provide data and information on schools that offer federal benefits, including tuition and housing assistance, to veterans and active service members.

Saint Mary’s was ranked No. 44 for veterans in the “National Universities” category – and was the only Minnesota college in that category to be ranked as a “Best College for Veterans.” In total, there were 234 ranked schools across all U.S. News ranking categories: National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities and Regional Colleges.

All of the Best Colleges for Veterans scored well in terms of graduation rate, faculty resources, reputation and other markers of academic quality in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges. To qualify for the new rankings, the schools had to be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium.

For more information, go to http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities/veterans.


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


The women’s basketball team is partnering with the Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona program to collect toys.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, the women’s team will play the College of Saint Benedict 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 wrapped and distributed through Gifts for Winona.

The Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona program, now in its 12th year, helps more than 1,600 people in the Winona area have happier holidays.


Tags still available on giving trees for Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona


Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona giving trees are still full of tags. This communitywide program is providing gifts to area children and seniors in need this holiday season.

Each tags is labeled with a different person’s holiday gift wishes. In addition to a tree in Saint Mary’s Hall, trees are located at the three Severson-Sinclair locations, Walmart, the Winona Public Library, the Winona Post, and Security State Bank of Lewiston. Additionally, grocery cards can be purchased for families at both HyVee and Midtown Foods.

The SMU community is invited to take a tag from the Saint Mary’s tree, shop for items on the gift list and return wrapped gifts by Dec. 12 to the Business Office. The recommended amount for holiday gifts is approximately $35 per person. Tags should be securely taped to the outside of the presents or the bag of presents.

As the gift distribution is early this year — mid-December — the community is asked to begin their season of giving early as well. The success of this program depends on the generosity of the Winona-area community.

For more information, call the Gifts for Winona line at Ext. 8719. Other community partners that join SMU to help make this program possible are the Winona Post, Winona Radio and Winona Volunteer Services.

‘Lessons and Carols’ Christmas service is Dec. 7


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

The beautiful service, held in the majestic Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, features the Saint Mary’s 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. Tickets at the door are available by cash or check only.

Concert Band to present ‘Welcome Christmas’


Celebrate the music of the Christmas season with the Concert Band and Wind Ensemble 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Page Theatre.

The concert celebrates the rich musical traditions of the season, featuring Gene Milford's “Festival Español,” Johan de Meij’s “Polish Christmas Music,” and H. Robert Reynolds beautiful transcription of “O Magnum Mysterium.” More favorite music of the season will be performed, featuring student conductors Marilyn Yennie (on “The Child and the Kings”) and Katy Kosiek (on “Yuletide Tapestry”).

After the performance all guests and performers are invited to stay for the traditional lobby party Christmas cookie reception, with holiday music provided by band members during 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.

This concert is free to SMU faculty and staff, as well as students (with IDs) arriving 20 minutes before the performance.

For more information, contact Director Dr. Janet Heukeshoven at jheukesh@smumn.edu or Ext. 1675.

Jazz Ensemble to perform jazzy twist on ‘The Nutcracker’



The jazz musicians of Saint Mary’s will bring a modern classic to town as they perform the amazing Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 6, in SMU’s Page Theatre.

Recorded in 1960 by Duke Ellington and his orchestra, this interpretation takes the classic ballet settings and turns them inside out. Noted jazz educator and historian Gunther Schuller wrote, “There are leaps of high imagination on every page. In Ellington’s ‘Nutcracker,’ they seem to come in just about every measure. I consider this one of the great American scores, and you'll probably never hear it at your local symphony!”

The modern arrangement of Duke Ellington’s original scores includes transcriptions of many of the original solos – most notably those of legendary clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton. Regional woodwind virtuoso David Townsend will be featured as guest clarinetist for this performance.

In addition to the Ellington masterpiece, Jazz Combo 1 will perform two arrangements by SMU jazz director A. Eric Heukeshoven that also take familiar holiday themes and infuse them with a healthy dose of jazz.

Rounding out the evening will be vocal performances of seasonal favorites by SMU students Keotta House and Gabriel Verges.

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.

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

Chamber Orchestra to perform Dec. 8


The Saint Mary’s University Chamber Orchestra will perform a special birthday tribute concert, “Britten’s Centennial,” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Figliulo Recital Hall.

The English composer Benjamin Britten was born on Nov. 22, 1913. In celebration of this centenary, this concert will include two of his most famous works, “Simple Symphony for Strings” and “Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.”

The orchestra is composed of Saint Mary’s students and faculty, along with Winona community members, under the direction of Dr. David Leung. The concert will feature the talents of Dr. Mark Mowry, a tenor from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire; and Regina Barbosa, a senior public relations major, on French horn.

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

Dance Repertory Company to present fall dance recital


The Dance Repertory Company II, the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ youth performing ensemble, will present its fall dance recital 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Valéncia Arts Center Academy Theatre, 1164 W. 10th St.

In addition to classes, a large portion of the learning experience for all MCA students is performing. Come support these talented students and choreographers. Dance forms included are tap, jazz, hip hop, and ballet with the second half of the concert highlighting the upper-level students. No reservations are needed; ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students, with children younger than 18 admitted for free.

For more information, e-mail mca@smumn.edu; visit them on Facebook or Twitter or call 453-5500.

Students to share internship experiences in Saturday Psychology symposium

Lexi Assimos and Ellie Niedbala

Recent field internships helped Saint Mary’s seniors Ellie Niedbala and Lexi Assimos focus their potential career paths in psychology. The two have based their Saturday Psychology Symposium presentations around what they learned from these real-life experiences working with local school children, and adults undergoing drug treatment in Illinois.

Their experiences couldn’t have been more different.

Niedbala spent the past semester interning with Winona elementary schools, primarily Washington-Kosciusko. Originally, she said she thought that school psychology was a possible vocation for her, particularly because of her love of children. But after working closely with a school psychologist for several weeks, Niedbala has decided to instead pursue a career in research.

Her internship included assisting with IQ or behavior tests, as well as counseling youth about a variety of issues including self esteem, social skills, bullying, home issues and behavior disorders.

“I really respect that profession,” she said. “And it’s an amazing career, but I decided that I’m really more of an introvert and would rather be involved in research; I love reading and writing.”  The Geneva, Ill., native has decided to pursue Ph.D. programs in Social and Personality Psychology to further study how people interact and what makes up their personalities.

Niedbala’s Saturday presentation will focus on human figure drawings done by children who have may have experienced physical and sexual abuse. “I will give indicators of how to spot traumas and how to interpret emotional indicators through their drawings,” she said.

Senior Lexi Assimos of Northbrook, Ill., interned this past summer at Arlington Center for Recovery in Arlington Heights, Ill., an outpatient drug treatment facility.

There, she observed and led group sessions, led education classes and assisted clients as her first experience with applied psychology.

“It was really eye opening and helped me figure out what I am going to do with my life,” she said. “I’ve decided to go into forensics psychology. I have a criminal justice minor, and I would like to combine those two areas of study. I am intrigued with the psychology behind why people do drugs.”

She plans to pursue a master’s degree after graduation. “It’s a new field and I’m finding there is a lot of job opportunity. I did a ride along with a Northbrook Police office for class, and it felt comfortable. I belong in this field.”

Assimos’ presentation Saturday is titled “Becoming the drug” and she will examine how external issues can play a role in eventual drug use. She examines a variety of factors including social groups, not having a strong sense of identity, and prior usage by family members.

As Assimos developed a relationship with the clients that she worked with last summer, she discovered that there is no stereotype of drug users. “Everybody has their own story,” she said.

The two have discovered that a degree in psychology can take many different directions. And both would recommend completing hands-on internships before graduation to gain valuable experience, or to solidify (or even change) career paths.

“Even though I decided not to go into counseling, I learned so much working in the real-life situation every day,” Niedbala said.

The annual Psychology Symposium will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the President’s Room. The symposium will feature 11 student presentations on original research projects; an alumni panel where recent graduates will discuss their post-graduate experiences; and a poster session that will highlight the research of the department’s collaborative laboratories.

In the News


Here are just some of the ways SMU is making headlines this week:

• Dr. David Lynch was interviewed Sunday, Nov. 24, by WCCO about President Barack Obama’s ratings decline.

• Dr. Janet Heukeshoven was interviewed on HBC this week about the upcoming music concerts. Her interview is viewable at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSH00fa5ew4&feature

• Eric Heukeshoven was on the Winona Radio morning show Dec. 2 to discuss tonight’s jazz concert.

• SMU volunteers have been on HBC and Winona Radio the past couple of weeks talking about the Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona program.

• Patrick Reusse (who covers sports at 1500 ESPN and the Minneapolis Star Tribune) just tweeted to his 20,000+ followers @1500ESPN_Reusse, “St. Mary's plays its first MIAC game vs. Bethel on Wed. night in Winona. SM's Jamison Rusthoven is first African-Am to coach MIAC game.”

• Governor Mark Dayton was at the Winona State University campus Wednesday afternoon, answering questions. Students from all three colleges attended. SMU’s Conner Ellinghuysen was quoted in a Channel 6 KAAL TV story. To read the story or check out the video, go to www.kaaltv.com/article/stories/S3235566.shtml?cat=10151.

Truax exhibiting work in St. Paul

Lisa Truax, assistant professor for the Department of Art and Design, has an exhibition at the University of Minnesota Larson Gallery at the St. Paul Student Center. The show runs through Dec. 10 and is a two-person exhibit titled “The World is a Stage: The Natural Web of Artistry.” For more details, go to http://sua.umn.edu/events/arts/current-exhibitions.

All-campus student work on display in art galleries


The All-Campus Undergraduate Art Exhibition is on display in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries.

This juried exhibition is always highly anticipated by both students and faculty, as entry is open to all students, not just art and design majors. This year there are more than 75 entries from students majoring in human services, computer science, education, music industry, literature, theatre arts, Spanish, biology, chemistry, English, entrepreneurship, criminal justice, psychology, art studio, business, graphic design and environmental biology.

Professional actors speak to London theatre students

Gavin Creel poses with theatre students

Forrest McClendon, who is starring in “The Scottsboro Boys,” and Gavin Creel, who is one of the two leads in “The Book of Mormon,” came to talk with the London theatre students.  Both shared their background, discussed working on Broadway and West End, and gave some great advice on life and life in the theatre.

To see pictures and read more about the SMU theatre study abroad group’s semester in London, go to smumn-london.blogspot.com.

Rodgers presents at political science conference

Dr. Jim Rodgers, Social Science Department, gave the closing presentation to the Minnesota Political Science Conference at St. Cloud State University on Nov. 9 on “African Corruption, Instability and Counterterrorism.” The opening presentation at the conference was given by Saint Mary's alum Shoua Yang, who is currently an assistant professor of political science at St. Cloud. The conference was attended by political scientists from around the state, as well as state and local government officials.

Windley-Daoust publishes article on theology of death

Dr. Susan Windley-Daoust, Theology Department, recently published an article in Homiletic and Pastoral Review titled “The Sign of the Dying Body: How the Theology of the Body Helps Us to Die in Love.” The article is available online at http://bit.ly/18mqcXA.

Mock trial a great success

The Honorable Teresa Warner '81

Being questioned

The third annual Mock Trial was hosted on Nov. 21 in the Common Room and was a smashing success. This year’s case involved an allegation of date rape against a college student and provided the audience with all the courtroom drama that one would expect for that type of case.

The attorneys, who were all SMU students, did an excellent job presenting their cases. Kevin Gannon, Alec Rolain and Denard Covington represented the prosecution, and Matthew Smaron, Miles Dunna and Aide Hernandez represented the defendant in the hotly contested case.

The witnesses were all SMU students from the theatre department who played their roles with such conviction that one truly believed they were the characters in the case. Katie Sapper, Andrew Hanselka, Alex Akers, Gabriel Verges, Julie Frederickson and Allie Kriz made each of their characters come alive.

It was a close case, and after the two juries deliberated (composed entirely of SMU students who were spectators) one jury voted to convict and the other to acquit. A reception capped off what was a very memorable event for all who attended.

The Honorable Teresa Warner was the judge for the Mock Trial. Judge Warner is the Chief Judge of the Second Judicial District (St. Paul area) and a 1981 graduate of Saint Mary’s. In addition to judging the case, Judge Warner took extra time after the case to speak with the student attorneys and other interested students about her take on the case and the legal system generally. She also spoke to business law classes the next day about her experiences as a judge in Minnesota.

Leung, Kirk return from Asia recruiting trip



The Music Department’s Dr. David Leung and Dr. Ned Kirk have returned from a two-week recruiting trip in Asia. Leung and Kirk visited Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, where they gave recitals, recruited students and presented information sessions and masterclasses.   They are already getting students to apply to SMU programs and the 2014 summer string workshop.

Last ‘Campus Notes’ of the year is next week


Look ahead on your calendars. On Dec. 13 the last issue of “Campus Notes” for 2013 will be published. The deadline for that issue is Wednesday, Dec. 11. After break, the first issue will come out Jan. 17. The deadline for this issue will be Wednesday, Jan. 15.

Sympathy for Merchlewitz, Schultz families


Bonnie Merchlewitz died Tuesday, Dec. 3. She is the mother-in-law of Ann Merchlewitz (executive vice president), grandmother of Emily Merchlewitz '10 and sister of Bud Paape, who works on the Twin Cities campus.

Funeral services will be today, Friday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 at Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home in Winona and on Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus.

Ann Schultz, mother of Mary Schultz (Institutional Research), died Wednesday, Dec. 4.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Winona. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Watkowski-Mulyck Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Saturday.

The Saint Mary’s community extends its sympathy to the Schultz and Merchlewitz families.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Senior class gathering Dec. 5


The senior class gathering Thursday, Dec. 5, will be held 6 to 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.

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


The Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team is partnering with the Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona program to collect toys.

On Dec. 7, the women’s team will play the College of Saint Benedict 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 wrapped and distributed through Gifts for Winona.

The Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona program, now in its 12th year, helps more than 1,600 people in the Winona area have happier holidays.

Giving trees go up this week for Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona


Saint Mary’s University Gifts for Winona giving trees will be going up before Thanksgiving. This communitywide program is providing gifts to area children and seniors in need this holiday season.

Tags, each labeled with a different person’s holiday gift wishes, will be placed on area giving trees this week. Gifts for Winona’s main priority is to provide gifts to children 18 and younger and individuals 60 and older.

In addition to a tree in Saint Mary’s Hall, trees will be located at the three Severson-Sinclair locations, Walmart, the Winona Public Library, the Winona Post, and Security State Bank of Lewiston. Additionally, grocery cards can be purchased for families at both HyVee and Midtown Foods.

The SMU community is invited to take a tag from the Saint Mary’s tree, shop for items on the gift list and return wrapped gifts by Dec. 12 to the Business Office. The recommended amount for holiday gifts is approximately $35 per person. Tags should be securely taped to the outside of the presents or the bag of presents.

As the gift distribution is early this year — mid- December — the community is asked to begin their season of giving early as well. The success of this program depends on the generosity of the Winona-area community.

For more information, call the Gifts for Winona line at Ext. 8719. Other community partners that join SMU to help make this program possible are the Winona Post, Winona Radio and Winona Volunteer Services.

Cardinals hosting fourth Toys For Tots Teddy Bear Toss



The men’s hockey team will hold the fourth annual Toys For Tots Teddy Bear Toss today, Friday, Nov. 22, during the Cardinals’ 7:30 p.m. home game against Saint John’s at the SMU Ice Arena.

Fans attending are encouraged to bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal — preferably new, but those in good used condition will also be accepted and appreciated. Teddy bears will also be available at the arena for a donation of $1. Drop off your stuffed animals at Campus Ministry or the first floor of Saint Mary’s Hall.

After the first SMU goal in the first period — or at the end of the first period — fans will have an opportunity to throw their teddy bears and/or stuffed animals onto the ice. They will then be collected and distributed to children in the Winona area for the holidays.

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 each year and then distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in their local communities.

‘Lessons and Carols’ Christmas service is Dec. 7


The joyous and uplifting Christmas service of “Lessons and Carols” will be presented by the Saint Mary’s University Department of Music at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

The beautiful service, held in the majestic Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, features the Saint Mary’s 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. Tickets at the door are available by cash or check only.

Concert Band to present ‘Welcome Christmas’

Student conductors include Katy Kosiek and Marilyn Yennie

Celebrate the music of the Christmas season with the Saint Mary’s University Concert Band and Wind Ensemble 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Page Theatre.

The concert celebrates the rich musical traditions of the season, featuring Gene Milford's “Festival Español,” Johan de Meij’s “Polish Christmas Music,” and H. Robert Reynolds beautiful transcription of “O Magnum Mysterium.” More favorite music of the season will be performed, featuring student conductors Marilyn Yennie (on “The Child and the Kings”) and Katy Kosiek (on “Yuletide Tapestry”).

After the performance all guests and performers are invited to stay for the traditional lobby party Christmas cookie reception, with holiday music provided by band members during 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.

This concert is free to SMU faculty and staff, as well as students (with IDs) arriving 20 minutes before the performance.

For more information, contact Director Dr. Janet Heukeshoven at jheukesh@smumn.edu or Ext. 1675.

Jazz Ensemble to perform jazzy twist on ‘The Nutcracker’


The jazz musicians of Saint Mary’s will bring a modern classic to town as they perform the amazing Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in SMU’s Page Theatre.

Recorded in 1960 by Duke Ellington and his orchestra, this interpretation takes the classic ballet settings and turns them inside out. Noted jazz educator and historian Gunther Schuller wrote, “There are leaps of high imagination on every page. In Ellington’s ‘Nutcracker,’ they seem to come in just about every measure. I consider this one of the great American scores, and you'll probably never hear it at your local symphony!”

The modern arrangement of Duke Ellington’s original scores includes transcriptions of many of the original solos – most notably those of legendary clarinetist Jimmy Hamilton. Regional woodwind virtuoso David Townsend will be featured as guest clarinetist for this performance.

In addition to the Ellington masterpiece, Jazz Combo 1 will perform two arrangements by SMU jazz director A. Eric Heukeshoven that also take familiar holiday themes and infuse them with a healthy dose of jazz.

Rounding out the evening will be vocal performances of seasonal favorites by SMU students Keotta House and Gabriel Verges.

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.

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

Chamber Orchestra to perform Dec. 8


The Saint Mary’s University Chamber Orchestra will perform a special birthday tribute concert, “Britten’s Centennial,” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at Figliulo Recital Hall, located in the SMU Performance Center.

The English composer Benjamin Britten was born on Nov. 22, 1913. In celebration of this centenary, this concert will include two of his most famous works, “Simple Symphony for Strings” and “Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.”

The orchestra is composed of Saint Mary’s students and faculty, along with Winona community members, under the direction of Dr. David Leung. The concert will feature the talents of Dr. Mark Mowry, a tenor from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire; and Regina Barbosa, a senior public relations major, on French horn.

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

Conservatory news



Fall dance recital

The Dance Repertory Company II, the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ youth performing ensemble, will present its fall dance recital 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, and 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Valéncia Arts Center Academy Theatre, 1164 W. 10th St.

In addition to classes, a large portion of the learning experience for all MCA students is performing. Come support these talented students and choreographers. Dance forms included are tap, jazz, hip hop, and ballet with the second half of the concert highlighting the upper-level students. No reservations are needed; ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students, with children younger than 18 admitted for free.

Conservatory jazz combos
to perform Dec. 4 

On Wednesday, Dec. 4, beginning at 5:30 p.m., the Minnesota Conservatory for the Art’s Jazz Combos will perform at the Acoustic Café, 77 Lafayette St. This community outreach event will showcase talented young musicians in new jazz combos.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts offers programming in dance, music, visual art and theatre year-round. Classes, lessons, workshops and camps are offered for children ages 3 and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center.

These activities are 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 University.

For more information, e-mail mca@smumn.edu; visit them on Facebook or Twitter or call 453-5500.

Students visit area nursery as part of Entrepreneurship Week


On Wednesday, a group of students saw plentiful greens while they learned about going green. The students got an in-depth tour of Pork and Plants, an area nursery that is diversifying into hydroponics and growing vegetables during the winter months. SMU alum Maria Kreidermacher led the tour.

Students took many cell photos of the greenhouse filled with poinsettias and of the lettuce, strawberries and other seasonal fruits and vegetables being grown by the family-run facility. Kreidermacher explained the history of the business, the constant need to find their business niche, as well as to experiment with new growing processes and time- and energy-saving methods. From renewable energy sources to water conservation, the Kreidermachers are constantly finding ways to improve their processes as well as broaden their market.

This event was part of a week-long schedule of speakers and activities in recognition of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Bake sale raises over $1,000 for Jamaica M.Ed. students

A bake sale Nov. 15, raised just over $1,000 for student scholarships for the M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning program in Jamaica, offered by SMU in collaboration with the Catholic College of Mandeville.    

In the News


Here are just some of the ways SMU is making headlines this week:

• Dr. Scott Sorvaag, Dean of the School of Education, was interviewed Wednesday on Winona Radio in honor of National Education Week.

• The Winona Daily News did a story about the students who designed a scale model of Winona National Bank. Go to http://bit.ly/1ek2e3P.

Psychology Symposium planned for Dec. 7

The annual Psychology Symposium will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the President’s Room. The symposium will feature 11 student presentations on original research projects; an alumni panel where recent graduates will discuss their post-graduate experiences; and a poster session that will highlight the research of the department’s collaborative laboratories. Students’ families often come to this event, in addition to their underclass student peers.

Truax exhibiting work in St. Paul

Lisa Truax, assistant professor for the Department of Art and Design, has an exhibition at the University of Minnesota Larson Gallery at the St. Paul Student Center. The show runs through Dec. 10 and is a two-person exhibit titled “The World is a Stage: The Natural Web of Artistry.” For more details, go to http://sua.umn.edu/events/arts/current-exhibitions.

Living Learning Community visits Mayo Clinic

Members of the Wellness Inc. Living Learning Community visited the Center for Complementary Medicine at the Mayo Clinic Wednesday. They attended a stress management/meditation workshop by Dr. Amit Sood.

All-campus student work on display in art galleries


The All-Campus Undergraduate Art Exhibition is on display in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries.

This juried exhibition is always highly anticipated by both students and faculty, as entry is open to all students, not just art and design majors. This year there are more than 75 entries from students majoring in human services, computer science, education, music industry, literature, theatre arts, Spanish, biology, chemistry, English, entrepreneurship, criminal justice, psychology, art studio, business, graphic design and environmental biology.

Students complete model of Winona National Bank




Five students, under the guidance of Tamara Honesty, assistant professor of scenic design, completed a scale model of the original Winona National Bank, in celebration of the building’s centennial. The students, Ely Mattson, Karina Kim, Miranda Leyson, Julie Frederickson and Matt Schneider (along with adjunct faculty Chuck Hatcher) put in more than 125 hours on the process.

Schneider worked on the model as part of a class project; the others volunteered to help. Each of the women gave up most of their fall breaks to work on the project, as well as additional weekends.

Most of the students had no experience building models, and many had never visited the historic bank. They built the model using original blueprints from 1914, as well as copies of photographs.

The model is  now part of the bank’s balcony level historical display.

Friday’s lunch supports CTIE and typhoon victims


Today everyone can support scholarships for CTIE students in Nairobi, Kenya and the victims of the typhoon in the Philippines.

To be a part of this effort, go to lunch in the cafeteria today, Friday, Nov. 22.

This event is sponsored by Mission Awareness, a student ministry in partnership with the Office of Campus Ministry.  Special thanks to Chartwells for the support of this event and its benefactors.

Paulson to release first Big Band jazz CD, DVD



Dr. John Paulson will release the long-awaited big band jazz CD and DVD, “The John Paulson Big Band Project” at a special CD release party on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Westfield Golf Club.

Paulson retired in 2012 after over 30 years of full-time teaching. He is now an adjunct jazz instructor at Saint Mary’s and Winona State.

The CD will include eight original jazz compositions of varying styles arranged for a 17-piece jazz ensemble; the DVD features video segments of “live” performances, interviews, all the selections on the audio CD, plus three bonus arrangements not included on the CD.

The release party will include “live” performances of Paulson compositions by the core rhythm section from the big band, including drummer Rich MacDonald, bassist Eric Graham, guitarist Scott Gerry, and Paulson on tenor saxophone, plus various JPBB members sitting in and demonstrating their solo skills.

The realization of this ambitious project is due in large part to a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council and the McKnight Individual Artists grant program. Last fall, Paulson secured the grant to support completion of the writing, hiring of the musicians and production of a concert at the Winona Arts Center, which featured original music that he has been working on for nearly 30 years.

The JPBB features outstanding regional players from Winona, Rochester, Austin and Red Wing, Minnesota, and from La Crosse, Wisconsin, plus several outstanding soloists from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

The JPBB CD and DVD will be available for sale at the release party for $10 and $15.  One half of the profits from the DVD will go to support Paulson’s Music Access for All program, which recycles used instruments and gets them to needy students in the Winona Public School system. The CD will soon be available from iTunes and CDbaby.com. Along with music, the release party will include light appetizers and a cash bar.

The event is free and open to the public. For further information on John Paulson or this event, please visit his website at paulsonjazz.com

Reminder: No ‘Campus Notes’ next week

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no ‘Campus Notes’ next week. The next edition will be Friday, Dec. 6. Look ahead on your calendars. The deadline for that issue is Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Sympathy for Poling family

Veikko Jokela, father of Cindy Jokela and father-in-law of John Poling (philosophy), died Sunday, Nov. 17. The Saint Mary’s community extends its sympathy to the Poling family.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Minnesota district chief judge to preside over mock trial


Minnesota Second Judicial District Chief Judge (and 1981 Saint Mary’s University alumna) Teresa (Schultz) Warner will preside over the third annual SMU Saint Mary’s Mock Trial from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21. The event will be held in the Common Room.

In this unique learning opportunity, SMU pre-law students will act as the attorneys in a hotly contested case, which mirrors an actual trial. Students will also participate as jurors and witnesses. The mock trial gives SMU pre-law students the opportunity to participate in a litigated case and get trial experience.

Warner serves as the chief judge of the Second Judicial District (Ramsey County) and was appointed by Gov. Arne Carlson in 1998. She was elected in 2000, 2006 and 2012, and her current term expires in January 2019. After graduating from William Mitchell College of Law, she served in private practice and then as a Washington County prosecutor before being appointed a judge.

Judge Warner will also be speaking to classes Nov. 22.

The mock trial is hosted by the Business and Social Science Departments. Attendance is open to the SMU community; those interested in learning more about our legal system are especially encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Larry Price at Ext. 1533 or lprice@smumn.edu.

Kabara, Business Department to host events for Global Entrepreneurship Week


In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Business Department are hosting several activities.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

On Tuesday, a state representative of the Small Business Development Center will make a presentation on the support services available from the Small Business Administration.

On Wednesday, a group of students will tour an area nursery that is diversitying into hydroponics and growing vegetables during the winter months.

On Thursday, the Kabara Institute is sponsoring a new-business elevator pitch competition for students from all departments.

And on Friday, Dan Skogen, chairman of Festival Foods, will present to students at 12:30 p.m. in the Common Room. The SMU community is invited to this presentation.

Jim Bedtke, executive director of the Kabara Institute, quotes the Department of Labor Statistics Report which states that startups in their first year of existence currently create around 2.5 million new jobs in the U.S.

The Huffington Post adds, “What you’ll find is that some of the coolest and most rewarding ‘job-jobs’ on the planet are the ones in startups and small businesses. Why? Because the folks running these enterprises tend to take the social contract with their employees more to heart than do the typical huge organizations run by professional executives and quarterly results. They appreciate the value of hard work. And the small-business owners will do just about anything to keep the business on an even keel and protect their loyal people.”

River North Dance Chicago takes the stage Nov. 20


Celebrated for creating vital connections between dancer and audience as well as presenting gutsy and entertaining repertoire, River North Dance Chicago will combine athletic prowess and artistic perspective with bold, theatrical flair during its show Wednesday, Nov. 20.

The Page Series presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Page Theatre.

Under the artistic direction of Frank Chaves, River North Dance Chicago demonstrates depth and sophistication with a commitment to creating an accessible, enriching experience for audiences. Chaves aims for audiences to feel the complete spectrum of human emotions in a single evening. He wants them to leave feeling joyful and exhilarated at the end of each program.

Founded in 1989, the company is recognized as one of Chicago’s leading dance companies, receiving critical acclaim both on a national and international level. The dancers will present a mixed repertoire including “Simply Miles,” featuring the music of Miles Davis, and “SUPER STRAIGHT is Coming Down,” as well as other pieces from their 20-year repertoire.

Tickets are $27 for adults and $24 for seniors and students and are available at www.pagetheatre.org or at the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Pre-show talk Nov. 20

Join Tammy Schmidt, assistant professor of dance, for a conversation with the River North Dance Chicago company manager about the process of setting dances, training, and the history of the dance company, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20. The conversation will end in plenty of time for the show.

PR/Business Club attends ‘PR with the Pros’ event



The Public Relations/Business Club attended the Public Relations Society of America “PR with the Pros” event on Nov. 13 at the Cambria Gallery in Minneapolis. The students learned about various communications-related jobs from speakers representing a variety of corporate, educational and agency organizations. One of the panelists was 1986 SMU alum Greg Zimprich, senior vice president of agency operations and strategic insights at Kohnstamm Communications in St. Paul.

Conservatory news


River North Dance to host ballet master class 

On Nov. 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will host the River North Dance Company for a ballet master class. This talented company will perform Nov. 20 as part of the Page Series.

Admission is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Register by e-mailing mca@smumn.edu, or call 453-5500.


Fall music concert Nov. 15

On Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m., the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will hold its fall Music Division Concert at the Figliulo Recital Hall. The concert will showcase the jazz combos and a variety of private-lesson students. The community is invited to come and support these talented young musicians. Admission is a freewill donation, with all proceeds supporting the conservatory.

For more information, visit www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, e-mail mca@smumn.edu, “like” them on Facebook, or call 453-5500.

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.

News from Nairobi

Students from the Towards the Inculturation of Religious Life in Africa class perform a skit during the pastoral reflection.

By James Chege, librarian at Maryknoll Institute for African Studies

Second Pastoral Reflection: Old vs. New

Students and field assistants of the Maryknoll Institute of African Studies gathered for the final pastoral reflection (PR) of the semester to share their field experiences and get to know what students are learning in other courses taken at the Institute.

The Justice and Peace in East Africa class presented a skit depicting the modern method of administering justice in conflict with the traditional one in the matter of a land dispute.

Students from the Toward the Inculturation of Religious Life in Africa class were next on stage and presented a skit on the conflicts that occur when novices try to practice traditional African hospitality in religious houses when two needy men appear at a convent in dire need of help.

The third class, African Marriage and Family: Challenge and Change, prepared a lively skit that showed how changing roles of partners affect African marriages where a wife, who had a well-paying job, provides for the family, leading to the husband feeling he was not being treated properly.

Last, the class on Moral Teaching and Practices of African Traditional Religion posed questions to elders on moral formation. Their responses showed that traditional modes of moral formation were good and were central in moulding the young and are still relevant and applicable today.

After the presentations, discussions groups debated the issues and then made  reports  on their findings to the re-assembled  participants.

Campus remembers veterans on Nov. 11



The SMU community braved the cold to remember those who have served and endured far worse. The annual campus Veterans Day ceremony was held Nov. 11 at the Veterans Memorial.

Bake sale to raise money for Jamaica M.Ed. students

A bake sale today, Friday, Nov. 15, will raise money for scholarships for Saint Mary’s Jamaican graduate students. Bring some extra cash for a sweet for yourself or for someone who could use a treat. Baked goods will be available from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the hallway of Saint Mary’s Hall by the main bulletin board. The event is sponsored by the Friends of M.Ed. Jamaica.

In the News


Here are just some of the ways SMU is making headlines this week:

Carter Briggs was featured in the Dance Teacher Magazine article.

• The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is featured in this month’s issue of Dance Teacher Magazine. The article focuses on boys programs and their incorporation into dance programs. The article prominently quotes Director of Dance Tammy Schmidt, and includes photos of two of MCA students, Carter Briggs and Matthew Schleich.  To read the article, go to  http://bit.ly/185Prkk.

• The Christian Brothers of North America website reported on the second annual Symposium on Lasallian Research Oct. 27 at the Twin Cities Campus. To read more, go to http://bit.ly/1aq7wZR.

Students present research at Viterbo


One of our collaborative labs, the Terror Management Collaborative Lab, traveled to Viterbo University Nov. 8 to present their research at the Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Students Ryan Diak, Danielle Pues, Mandy Lindholm, and Rim Woldeslassie presented.  Mario Casa de Calvo is their faculty advisor.


Additionally eight biology/environmental biology students and two biochemistry students presented their research projects including: Minh Mguyen, advisor Dr. Matt Rowley; Katherin Stolz, Kristen Thelen, Anna Smaron, Jillian Martin and Sabrina Larson-Bushlack, advisor Dr. Debra Martin; Bethany Schmidt and Sivan Fogel, advisor Dr. Randy Krainock; and Scott Malotka and Shauna Stephens, advisor Dr. Phil Cochran.

Stephens’ poster, “Age Determination and Palaeo-Environmental Analysis of Bacombe Clay, Australia,”won The People’s Choice Poster Award.

Six students awarded Beta Beta Beta scholarships

Six biology students were awarded the national biology honor society Beta Beta Beta Research Foundation research scholarships.  Students submitted a proposal for their senior research project outlining the objectives of the research and a budget.  The students and their research advisors are Kristen Thelen (Dr. Debra Martin), Amy Spitzmueller (Dr. Ray Faber), Bethany Schmidt (Dr. Randy Krainock), Anna Smaron (Dr. Martin), Elizabeth Arnold (Dr. Krainock) and Alberta Gittens (Dr. Krainock). The average award was $455.

Film class captures the beauty of the bluffs



 
The film photography classes recently took field trips into some of Saint Mary’s wooded property in conjunction with their landscape photography assignment.  Instructor Anthony Calabrese said that students developed a deeper appreciation of just how beautiful our campus is.

Workshop Nov. 19 to discuss media influence on gender roles


Last spring’s “In the Looking Glass” workshop invited conversation on how media influences societal expectations of women and men. “The Flip Side” — to be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the Common Room — will take a deeper look at how the media has stereotyped men and women and the resulting paradox of men and women’s roles in American society.

The evening begins with a medley of film showing how the media portrays men and women. Dinner and a small group discussion follows. Then choose one breakout session and conclude the evening in the closing session with conversation with the presenters’ panel.
 
Breakout sessions include:

If all I knew was what I read in the papers ... — Dr. Steven Schild. Using high-profile periodical articles and other media texts from the recent past, this presentation provides commentary on the way various topics or attributes are framed in terms of gender. The “pictures in our heads” that result from such portrayals, the presenter believes, cause confusion, consternation and, sometimes, challenges to common sense (whatever that is).

Popular media conceptualizations of male identity and success — Dr. Tricia Klosky and Matthew Klosky. The focus of the session is on how popular concepts of success and the American dream influence perceptions of attainment and masculinity among men and women, with particular focus on popular movies that portray success in terms of stereotypical terms.

Body dissatisfaction and eating disorders: Believe it or not, men are not the same as women — Dr. Trisha Karr. Do men and women have similar body values, self-evaluations and behaviors? A focus of the conversation will involve consideration  of the differences between men and women in regard to body experience.

As dinner is included, registration must be made by Nov. 15 to Peg Winters at pwinters@smumn.edu. The event is sponsored by the Saint Teresa Institute.