Thursday, March 14, 2013

March 9 Centennial All-Program Reunion a success

Brother William with award winners
Attendees enjoyed the photo booth.
More than 350 people attended the March 9 Centennial All-Program Reunion on the Twin Cities Campus Saturday. To see photos from the event, go to

Next Pulitzer event to discuss fragile nations on March 20

The next Pulitzer/Under-Told Stories Forum will be on “Fragile Nations and the 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 free event will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Figliulo Recital Hall. In the world today, more than 50 countries are in a state of fragility or conflict. These neglected countries suffer from weak infrastructure, internal conflict and economic despair, often severely impacting the security and well-being of their local populations with global consequences. Throughout the world, efforts are being made to stabilize these nations ... does peace finally have a chance?

Join us for an in-depth look at these fragile nations, the peacebuilding efforts to stabilize them and a panel discussion on the local impact to Minnesota communities. 

Relay for Life is March 15-16

The Saint Mary’s Colleges Against Cancer group invites the community to its 2013 Relay for Life — to be held 6:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, in Saint Mary’s Gostomski Fieldhouse.

Teams comprised of friends, families and co-workers will join together for this fundraising effort, which celebrates people who have battled cancer, remembers loved ones lost, and provides an opportunity to fight back against the disease.

Last year more than 300 people participated in the event which raised more than $36,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Team members will spend the night walking around SMU’s indoor track from dusk to dawn to represent the 24-hour fight against cancer. Each team raises money for the American Cancer Society. This year’s theme is “Be a hero and fight back against cancer, because not all heroes wear capes!”

Activities planned through the night include a silent auction, student performances, a newlywed game, Zumba and a chance to win a Kindle Fire.

Participants are welcome to stay for as much or as little as their schedules allow.

To sign up, go to For more information, e-mail

Page Series hosts champion fiddler Eileen Ivers

The Page Series will welcome champion violinist Eileen Ivers Saturday, March 16.

Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Page Theatre.

Described by the New York Times as “The Jimi Hendrix of the Violin,” Ivers is a founding member of Cherish the Ladies, is an original musical star of Riverdance, and has appeared with London Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony at The Kennedy Center, and the Boston Pops, as well as The Chieftains, Sting, and Hall and Oates. A Grammy winner, her music has been heard on numerous movie soundtracks including “Gangs of New York,” and she has performed for presidents and royalty worldwide.

The daughter of Irish immigrants, Ivers grew up in the culturally diverse neighborhood of Bronx, New York. Rooted in traditional Irish music scene since the age of 8, she proceeded to win nine All-Ireland Fiddle Championships, as well as numerous other awards.

In 1999, she established Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul, a compelling mix of African and Latin percussion and bass, traditional Irish instruments and soulful American vocals. Ivers’ recording credits include over 80 contemporary and traditional recordings as well as numerous film scores.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors and students. Call the SMU Box Office at Ext. 1715 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or go online at

In a related Page in History Event March 16, Ivers will discuss the Irish influence on popular music, using instruments to explain. The event will be held at 2 p.m. at the Winona County History Center.

On-campus food drive scheduled for March 11-15

SMU groups have joined forces to host an on-campus food drive March 11-15. All donations will go to the Winona Volunteer Services food shelf.

Put your donation in the brown bag that you received in your mailbox. Put the brown bag in a dropoff box in your residence hall or common area. The event is sponsored by the Saint Teresa Leadership and Service Institute, the Living Learning Community and Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary.

Cineclub announces March 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.

“O homem que copiava” (Brazil, 2003), directed by Jorge Furtado, is about André, a relatively poor man who falls in love with Silvia, a neighbor on whom he spys with a telescope. The drama stars Lázaro Ramos and Leandra Leal and has 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. Contact Dr. Kyle Black at for more information.

Taylor Richmond benefit to help Sabrina Bushlack

Saint Mary’s will present the 13th annual Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance from 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, March 23.

The beneficiary of this year’s formal dance — open to the public — is Sabrina Bushlack, a senior biochemistry major, who was seriously injured last summer by a drunk driver in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The accident left Sabrina in a medically induced coma for several weeks. Bushlack is back on campus for the spring 2013 semester and making great strides. During her Saint Mary’s career Sabrina has been active in varsity volleyball, liturgical ministry, and as an orientation leader. 

The benefit dance has become an annual tradition since its start in 2001 by students in honor of Taylor Richmond, son of SMU staff member Nikki Richmond and her husband Nick Richmond of Cochrane, Wis. Each year this event benefits someone in the SMU community in need.

The dance, featuring music by the Johnny Holm Band, will be held in the gymnasium. Ticket prices are $18 per person or $30 per couple. To purchase tickets or receive more information, contact Lance Thompson at Ext. 1686. Dance tickets will also be available at the door.

In combination with the dance, a silent auction will be held on campus from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 21-22. A variety of homemade goods, gift baskets and specialty items will be on display in the game room, located in the Toner Student Center. The public is welcome to bid. Donations are still needed.

To make a donation, send checks — payable to the Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance — to Thompson at Campus Box 1528.

Exhibit sculptures make statement about industrialism

Artist Matt Boonstra will display his sculptures through April 6 in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries. His work is an investigation into how socioeconomic circumstances impact our natural environment.

Ideas for “Running to Conclusions” are developed from research he has collected from interviewing generations of industrial workers, tours of factories, and visits to industrial wastelands.

“My observations of the changing relationship between people, industry, and environment are then refocused and juxtaposed in order to motivate social change,” Boonstra said.

For example, he explained that his recent work, Have You Tried Walking?, captures the transformation of a human figure into a gasoline funnel and signifies the dizzying physical and psychological relationship with oil.

An reception for the show will be held 4:30 to 6 on Thursday, March 21. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Public invited to March 24 Easter egg hunt at SMU

Winona-area children in grade four and younger are invited to attend an Easter egg hunt at Saint Mary’s from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 24.

Young Easter-egg hunters should gather in front of Saint Mary’s Hall, where fun games will be offered until the egg hunt begins. In the case of bad weather, the event will be held in Gostomski Fieldhouse.

This Easter egg hunt is an opportunity for local children to play games, win prizes and enjoy a day on campus. It is modeled after SMU’s annual Halloween Fun Night, which draws more than 700 youth to campus for trick-or-treating each year.

SMU students have planned the community outreach event, which is sponsored by the SMU Office of Residence Life. Several local businesses have also supported the event through donations.

For more information, e-mail

Conservatory announces winter music concert

On Monday, March 25, beginning at 7 p.m., the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will hold its Winter Music Division Concert at Figliulo Recital Hall. The concert will showcase three new jazz combos and a variety of private lesson students.

Admission is a freewill donation, and all proceeds support the music division.

For more information, visit, e-mail, “like” them on Facebook, or call (507) 453-5500.

Conservatory accepting spring, summer registration

Registration begins on Monday, March 18, for spring and summer offerings at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts.

The new spring and summer catalog is now available and contains wonderful new programming. Some of the offerings include:

•    New Sing It Out: Glee Summer School Camp
•    Dance programming in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Tap in May and June
•    New Folk Music Workshops
•    New  My Grownup and Me: Creative Music and Movement class in July
•    Private Music Lessons
•    New Winona Arts Camps with Half-Day and Full-Day options!

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 453-5500.  Interested students may registration online, by mail, or in person at MCA’s Valéncia Arts Center.

Students present at Florida conference

Dr. Dan Bucknam, psychology, presented a research poster with students Sophie Harrison, Shelby Dewall, and Scott Klappa at the National First-Year Experience Conference in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, Feb. 25, titled “A Comparison of Self-Efficacy, Motivation, Perceived Responsibility, Perseverance and Academic Performance Between First-Generation and Non First-Generation College Students.”

To listen to the students talk about their experience, go to and

SOUL volunteers make headlines

SMU students spending their spring break in Indiana volunteering on a SOUL trip made lots of headlines. Six students from Saint Mary's served the Sisters of Providence’s White Violet Center for Eco-Justice at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Check out:

• A newspaper article at

• A television report at

• A video created by the organization in thanks to our students at

Film festival planned in honor of Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, a film festival is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20, in Salvi Lecture Hall.

The event is sponsored by the Saint Teresa Leadership and Service Institute and the Student Activities Committee.

The schedule includes:
• 7:45 p.m. — “Phenomenal Voyage”
• 8:15 p.m. — “Top Secret Rosies: The Female
Computers of WWII,” Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” or “American Experience: Fly Girls”
• 9:15 p.m. — Discussion titled, “Aren’t Women Choosing Science Careers?”
The feature film will be “Contact” at 9 p.m.

Additionally, a Celebration of Women Reception will be held 4:45 p.m. March 25 in the Toner Student Center Lounge. The program for this annual event will be a panel presentation on Women in Science.

Also, a Miss Representation Symposium will be held 5 p.m. April 16.

Employee Giving Campaign kicking off March 18

It’s time to celebrate another year of giving and to celebrate Saint Mary’s employees. The Employee Giving Campaign will kick off with a little fellowship and fun and a little Spirit of the Irish.

Join the St. Patty’s Party Kick-off Monday, March 18, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Common Room. Two sessions are available. Please come to the session that fits your schedule the best.

Session I — Social time, 3:30 p.m.; presentation, 3:50 p.m.

Session II — Social time, 4 p.m.; presentation, 4:15 p.m.

Light refreshments will be provided. New this year: watch your inbox for fun weekly trivia about Saint Mary’s. Get extra entries into the grand prize drawing for playing trivia, attending the kick-off and making a gift. Prizes include an extra day off, gala tickets, an autographed Percy Harvin photo, and a wine basket, just to name a few.

When you make a gift to the Saint Mary’s Fund, you join other alumni, parents, friends, students, faculty and staff who support virtually everything that happens on our campuses. Annual fund gifts have an immediate impact for our learners.

Last year through your efforts we had 274 of our colleagues raise $74,700. One of the most notable accomplishments was increasing payroll deduction enrollment by 84 percent. This is a true testament to the dedication of our faculty and staff.

Flanagan Dancers to perform at St. Patrick's Day Party

On Sunday, March 17, join the Flanagan Irish Dancers at Jefferson Pub & Grill for a St. Pat’s Day Party.  The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m.  In addition to the dancers, the musical group Garrigan’s Quarrel from Wabasha, Minn., will provide instrumental and vocal music.  Rebecca Garrigan, SMU sophomore and lead musician, is joined by her mother and younger sister.  Everyone will be encouraged to join in the ceili dancing, and the Flanagan Dancers will perform step and figure dances.  Food and beverages are available. Come and join the hooley!

Heukeshoven, Matson soloists with Rochester Symphony

A. Eric Heukeshoven, assistant professor of Music, and Jan Matson, adjunct music faculty accompanist, will be featured soloists in the world premiere of Rochester-based composer Kevin Dobbe’s new symphonic work “Color & Light.” The Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale, led by music director Jere Lantz, will perform the new four-movement symphony at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall.

Dobbe, professor of Music and Digital Arts at Rochester Community and Technical College, has incorporated computer-controlled synthesizers, video and lighting into “Color & Light,” his interactive, multi-media symphony. In addition to composing the music, Dobbe has also created a new instrument which he calls the “Chromalume.” Heukeshoven was selected by Dobbe to perform on the new instrument for this event.

Jan Matson will perform as one of two soloists on a piano modified to control various synthesizers throughout the composition.

Tickets for the event and more information can be found at

Kowles to present in Rochester

Dr. Dick Kowles, professor emeritus in Biology, will give a talk to the LIFE (Learning is Forever) program  at the Rochester Community College on Friday, March 22.  The title of the two-hour presentation is “Imperfect Chromosomes and the Consequences.”  Kowles will discuss how chromosome mishaps can result in sterility, spontaneous abortions, genetic syndromes and even cancer.

‘Campus Notes’ schedule

Because of Easter recess, there will be no ‘Campus Notes’ March 29. Look ahead on your calendars to get articles in the March 22 edition. The deadline for this issue is Wednesday, March 20.