Thursday, February 14, 2013

Still time to register for March 9 All-Program Reunion

Register now for the March 9 “All-Program Reunion” on the Twin Cities Campus. The Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs is planning a once-in-a-lifetime gathering to mark the SMU Centennial and 30 years of graduate education. Everyone is welcome. Register at

Multicultural Week events continue

Friday, Feb. 15

8 to 10 a.m. — Fair Trade Friday in Saint Mary’s Hall
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Lunch: meatless/local food (cafeteria)
4 p.m. — Adams Spanish Immersion First- Grade Class Dancers perform in the cafeteria
7 p.m. — Office of Student Activities presents the Multicultural Showcase (cafeteria)
Freewill donations will be accepted to help support the Saint Stan’s Youth Group in Winona.
9 p.m. to 6 a.m. — Dance Marathon in the RAC

Saint Mary’s Dance Club hosts dance marathon fundraiser

The Saint Mary’s University Dance Club will host a public Dance Marathon Friday, Feb. 15, to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Dance Marathon is a nationwide movement, involving college students at more than 150 schools across the country who raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in and near their local communities. The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, together with their corporate partners and generous donors, have raised more than $4.4 billion for sick children across the United States.

The fundraiser, hosted in association with Gundersen Lutheran of La Crosse, will be held throughout the night (9 p.m. to 6 a.m.) in SMU’s Gostomski Fieldhouse.

Got two left feet? Don’t worry; everyone is welcome to participate by simply remaining on your feet and moving to the beat. Participants must be able to prove they are 18 or older.

Gundersen Lutheran representatives for the Children’s Miracle Network — as well as local families who have benefited from its services — will be present. Come and be inspired by their stories.


8:15 p.m. — Doors open
9 p.m.  — Dance Marathon begins
9:30 p.m. — Opening Ceremony
10:30 pm — Longest Dance Competition
Midnight — Remembrance Ceremony
12:30 a.m. — The Oldie Moldie All-Stars band plays
2:30 a.m. — Re-motivation Ceremony
4 a.m. — Raffle
5:30 a.m. — Closing Ceremony

To register, go to

For more information, contact Serica Rowley at or (563) 495-1429.

Saint Teresa Institute hosts exploration of poverty Feb. 20

The SMU community is invited to participate in a meaningful exploration of what it means to live in poverty.

The topic of the next “Dining for Women” event, hosted by the Saint Teresa Leadership and Service Institute for Women, will be “Welfare to Wealthfare: which way are you headed?”

Community guest speakers will include:
• Ruth Charles, professor of social work, Winona State University
• Justin Green, Ph.D., Winona Area Poverty Roundtable
• Beth Forkner Moe, executive director, United Way of the Greater Winona Area

The event will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the President's Room. All faculty, staff and students are invited.

A light dinner will be served; RSVP by Feb. 18 to Peg Winters at

Page Series brings ‘The Gruffalo’ to life Feb. 27

Saint Mary’s Page Series is hosting the Tall Stories production of “The Gruffalo” 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Page Theatre.

Children ages 4 and older (and their parents) will enjoy watching as Mouse goes on an adventurous journey through the deep, dark woods in this magical, musical adaptation of the Blue Peter award-winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Mouse can scare hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined? Let your imagination run wild with songs, laughs and scary fun.

Tall Stories, from London, England, was founded in 1996 by artistic directors Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell. The company has grown to become a highly acclaimed, internationally touring, not-for-profit organization. They present old, new and timeless stories in fresh and exciting ways, and their productions tour to theatres, community venues and schools in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia. Tall Stories aims to tell stories in a physical, visual style, and their performances link original music with movement and a lot of laughs.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for seniors and Ext. 1715 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or go online at

Three to present at Scholars at the Capitol Feb. 19

Three students from Saint Mary’s University will head to the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, Feb. 19, to present the results of their independent research and creative scholarship at the annual Minnesota Private College Scholars at the Capitol event.

The Minnesota Private College Council hosts this event to publicize and celebrate the achievements of just a few of the thousands of students who attend 15 private schools of higher learning in Minnesota, and to share research that may have long-term implications for Minnesotans.

This event — to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — will showcase current research projects completed by 37 undergraduate scholars from Minnesota private colleges and universities. Saint Mary’s students attending this year’s event include:

• Kristen Thelen and Sabrina Bushlack on “The Effects of In Utero Atrazine Exposure on RBC, PCV and Erythropoietin Levels in the Serum, Spleen, Kidney and Heart of Mice.”

• Mary Gerty on “Relationships Between Plant Richness, Area and Leafy Spurge Cover in Winona Goat Prairies.”

Their advisors are Dr. Deb Martin and Dr. Moni Berg-Binder of the Biology Department. Dr. Martin will accompany the students.

The event is free and open to the public.

MCA jazz combos to perform

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts jazz combos will perform at the Acoustic Cafe, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. Check out this young talent!

Chamber Orchestra presents ‘The Genius of Amadeus’

The Music Department will present “The Genius of Amadeus,” an all-Mozart program featuring the Saint Mary’s University Chamber Orchestra, Sunday, Feb. 17.

The concert, free and open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. in Figliulo Recital Hall, located in the Performance Center.

The Chamber Orchestra will be under the direction of Dr. David Leung and guest conductor Dr. Johannes Müller-Stosch (from the Bob Cole Conservatory in Long Beach, Calif.). The program will include “Overture to La Clemenza da Tito,” “Serenata Notturna for Strings and Timpani” and “Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra.” Dr. Jason Sah, professor of violin at Juan Corpas University in Bogota, Colombia, will perform as a special guest artist.

Make your voice heard at Watershed Citizen Summit, Feb. 19

A citizen-led conversation about water quality in the Mississippi River-Winona watershed is Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tau Center. The event is free and includes a local foods meal, roundtable discussions, and a look at recently collected water quality data and a new landowner survey.

The Watershed Citizen Summit is hosted by the Whitewater River Watershed Project with funds provided through Minnesota’s Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment. Saint Mary’s University is one of many community sponsors for the event.

Everyone is invited and a diverse group of people is wanted including landowners, farmers, recreational water users, business owners, public employees, nonprofit leaders, students and educators. Conversations will inform a new watershed strategy that promotes sustained public participation in activities that protect and restore water quality.

Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. Call 457-6521 or e-mail Include your name, address, phone number, and number attending.

The Mississippi River-Winona watershed includes the Whitewater River, Stockton-Rollingstone-Minnesota City watershed district and several small Winona-area streams such as Gilmore Creek.

SMU students to stage ‘Spitfire Grill’ Feb. 20-24

The Department of Theatre and Dance will present the musical drama “Spitfire Grill” Feb. 20-24 at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 10th and Vila streets.

Under the direction of Dr. Gary Diomandes, “Spitfire Grill” is centered around a feisty parolee (Percy) as she follows her dreams ­– based on a page from an old travel book – to a small town in Wisconsin and finds herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill. Although it’s for sale, there are no takers in the struggling little town. Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle off the business. Entry fees are $100 and the best essay about why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow, and things are getting hot at the Spitfire Grill. This musical triumph is an inspiring celebration of fresh starts and the power of what one person can do.

The show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 20-23, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24.

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

Next Pulitzer event is March 20

The next Pulitzer/Under-Told Stories Forum will be on “Fragile Nations and Their Minnesota Connection” Wednesday, March 20, with Fred de Sam Lazaro, director of the Under-Told Stories Project, and special guest Jina Moore, an independent journalist who specializes in post-conflict and human rights, reporting at the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. The event will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. If you would like de Sam Lazaro and Moore to visit your classroom the afternoon of March 20, please let Deb Nahrgang know at Ext. 6966.

SMU presents Rockwell Kent prints through Feb. 27

Saint Mary’s is partnering with several local organizations to celebrate the 100th anniversary of artist Rockwell Kent’s stay in Winona.

A selection of Rockwell’s graphic works will be presented at Saint Mary’s until Feb. 27. “Rockwell Kent Prints: Selections from the Ralf Nemec Collection” will be on display in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Kent lived in Winona in 1912 while overseeing work on Briarcombe Farms, the historic Prentiss/Bell homes. The exhibit includes many of Kent’s best-known fine art prints including wood engravings, etchings and lithographs. Kent’s often-symbolic use of the figure is highlighted. The selection of prints in the Saint Mary’s exhibit is complemented by the concurrent Winona State University exhibition, also drawn from the Nemec Collection, as well as the Minnesota Marine Art Museum exhibition and the Rockwell Kent Centennial festival in February. Prints are on loan from the private collection of New York collector Ralf Nemec.

The festival is sponsored by the City of Winona, the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona County Historical Society, WSU, Saint Mary’s University and Theatre du Mississippi.

For more information on the festival and events, email or to go

‘Cardinal Plunge’ a big splash

More than 50 jumpers participated in the fourth annual “Cardinal Plunge” Saturday, Feb. 9, at Lake Goodview’s Michael LaCanne Park.

This year, Cardinal Plunge participants were freezin’ for a reason. About $850 in proceeds will be given to SMU junior Arianna Williams and her family of Rochester. Proceeds will help the Williams family with ongoing medical expenses and other family needs after a serious accident. To see photos from the day, go to

Saint Mary’s exhibit honors Russian artist

A new exhibit of 20 works — commemorating the 120th anniversary of Aleksander Rodchenko’s birth — will be on display through Feb. 24.

Rodchenko, a Russian constructivist artist, worked during some of the most turbulent eras of the early 20th century in Russia. His groundbreaking philosophy and methodology in painting, photography and graphic design make him one of the most innovative artists of the early modern avant-garde.

This exhibit in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries is one of several worldwide dedicated to the memory of Rodchenko’s life. The public is invited to view the exhibition free of charge during normal gallery hours, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

SMU 10K ski race

The public SMU 10K cross-country ski race Feb. 17 has been cancelled because of trail conditions.

Cineclub announces Feb. 25 film

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages announces the next film for the Cineclub. All showings are Mondays at 6 p.m. in Room 200 of Saint Mary’s Hall.

Feb. 25    — The drama, “La piel que habito”  (Spain, 2011), director: Pedro Almodóvar.

A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession. Stars: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya.  (English subtitles.)

Cineclub provides an opportunity for the Saint Mary’s and Winona communities to enjoy films from Spain and Latin America that may not typically be shown in local theaters.

In addition to viewing the films, participants are invited to exchange ideas related to film and other forms of cultural expression. Also, the films may serve as an additional opportunity or resource for students of the Hispanic language, literature, and culture. Contact Dr. Kyle Black at for more information.

Last chance to order daffodils

This is the last year to order daffodils through the American Cancer Society. Purchasing daffodils supports programs of research, education, advocacy and vital patient services. Contact Sylvia Pflughoeft by noon Monday, Feb. 18. For more information, go to Order online at or contact her directly at Ext. 1455 or

Immigration reform, rights to be discussed in Rochester

Immigration reform and immigration rights will be discussed from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23, at First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1727 Walden Lane, SW Rochester. Registration and coffee begins at 9:30 a.m., and a lunch will follow.

Topics will be:

• Stories of immigrant workers
• Just and humane immigration reform – what’s at stake for white allies?
• Centro Campesino’s Youth Leaders’ bus trip to Washington D.C.  to lobby for immigration reform in March 2013
• Priorities for comprehensive immigration reform
•  Response panel: immigration and field staff of federal officials including Erick Garcia Luna (Sen. Amy Klobuchar), Mark Krogmann (Rep. Tim Walz), and Bruce Barnum (Sen. Al Franken)
• Update and next steps on campaign to end “wage theft” on factory farms

RSVP to Doug Nopar at (507) 523-3366 or or Mike McMullin,

This program is a cooperative effort of members of the following organizations: the Land Stewardship Project, the Social Justice Council of First Unitarian Universalist Church, the Rochester Franciscan Sisters of Assisi Heights and Centro Campesino (the Farmworker Center).