Thursday, March 21, 2013

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 Nick Richmond. 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. today, March 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.

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

Saint Mary’s Relay for Life raises more than $17,500

Approximately 175 people participated in this year's Relay for Life.
Stefanie Radermacher was celebrated as a cancer survivor. Stefanie, who turned 9 the day of SMU's Relay for Life is the sister of SMU sophomore Melissa Radermacher, left.

On March 15-16, the Saint Mary’s community participated in the Relay for Life. More than 175 students, faculty and staff came together to celebrate and remember those who have defeated cancer, those currently battling cancer, and those who have lost their lives to this disease. A record 22 cancer survivors were in attendance. The event raised more than $17,500 for the American Cancer Society and donations are still coming in. Team members spent the night walking around SMU’s indoor track from dusk to dawn to represent the 24-hour fight against cancer.

Freshman and sophomores who would like to join the Colleges Against Cancer committee should e-mail

The staff Relay for Life Team, “Team Eddie,” would like to thank the SMU community for its support. Thank you to everyone who participated in the “sweetheart” auction, bought a muffin, decorated a luminary, made a donation, walked the track or prayed for or with the team.  For the first time, this team took first place in fundraising for this event, raising $2,537.

The event brought students, faculty, staff, and community members together for a great cause.

To see photos from the event, go to

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 at Gostomski Fieldhouse where they can play games, win prizes and enjoy a day on campus. The event 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

Cineclub announces March 25 film

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages announces the March 25 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.

Business Department hosts speaker today

Shane Stuhr, certified financial planner from Northwestern Mutual, will speak from 12:30 to 1 p.m. today, March 22, in Salvi Lecture Hall.

In the March 2012 issue of Fortune magazine, Northwestern Mutual was named one of the “World’s Most Admired” companies in the life and health insurance industry. Stuhr will speak about the impact that financial planning has on families and business. He will also talk about industry trends and potential internship opportunities available with the firm.

This is the third session of a speaker series sponsored by the School of Business.  Alumni and business leaders from many different industries will be brought in to both inform and educate.

The main goal of these informal presentations is to help students understand different industries and trends within those industries and how they may impact them in their future careers.

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.

Conservatory accepting spring, summer registration

Registration is now open for spring and summer offerings at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts.

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 youth ages 3 and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 1164 West 10th St.

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 register online, by mail, or in person at MCA’s Valéncia Arts Center.

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.

Conservatory jazz combos to perform April 3

On Wednesday, April 3, beginning at 5 p.m., the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Jazz Combos will perform at Jefferson Pub and Grill, 58 Center St. This community outreach event will showcase three new jazz combos. Everyone is invited to enjoy an evening of jazz and show support for these talented young musicians.

Heukeshoven to present lecture-recital Sunday

Dr. Janet Heukeshoven will present a Harmoniemusik lecture-recital on Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. in the Figliulo Recital Hall.

The music is Heukeshoven’s modern performance edition of Rossini’s Italiana in Algeria for wind instruments, originally arranged for harmonie ensemble by Wenzel Sedlak  (1776-1851). The Harmoniemusik genre was extremely popular in Europe between 1770 and 1830, but fell into obscurity with the rise of the larger military-style wind band.

Presented in a lecture-recital format based on past research and recent sabbatical work, Heukeshoven will provide historical context and insight into this delightful music for winds. The overture and selected movements from the 12-movement arrangement will be performed by an ensemble that includes pairs of oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns and a double bass.  Performers include adjunct music faculty, music students and community musicians. This performance is free and open to the public.

Ayers to present Monday

On Monday, March 25, Dr. Carolyn Ayers will present the next talk in the Sigma Tau Delta talk series: “Service and Charity in The Brothers Karamazov.”  The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the President’s Room. Refreshments will be provided, and all are welcome.

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 today, 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.

Let’s Do Lunch to be hosted by Athletics April 18

The next Let’s Do Lunch fundraiser will be a tailgate lunch, hosted by Athletics, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the hockey arena lobby. Proceeds will be used for our students in Nairobi.

Accounting Club goes on field trip

The Accounting Club traveled to Trane/Ingersoll Rand for a tour of the Accounting Department and Plant 7 in La Crosse on March 15.

Faculty, staff service awards to be presented March 27

The Faculty and Staff Service Awards reception will be held 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, in the Common Room. A special ceremony will begin at 4:10 p.m. to recognize retirees, followed by anniversaries of employees who have given 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service to Saint Mary’s. RSVP to or by calling Ext. 1508 if you plan to attend.

Alum returns to direct rock adaptation of ‘Hamlet’

Guest director, Winona native and Saint Mary’s theatre alum Ann Keen ‘94 will direct SMU students in a modern adaptation of the familiar Shakespearean tragedy, “Hamlet” April 4-7 in Page Theatre.

The Department of Theatre & Dance production, based on Keen’s 2008 award-winning Chicago production with Polarity Ensemble Theatre, explores the idea of the broken family. Set in a modern, rock-star family, a live band with an original rock score punctuates the action.

Shows run 7:30 p.m. April 4-6 and 3 p.m. April 7.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available online at or by calling the box office Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at (507) 457-1715.

SMU Jazz groups to present jazz history performance

As part of Saint Mary’s yearlong Centennial celebration, the SMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo One will present “Jazztennial - 100 Years of Jazz History” on Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Page Theatre with an encore presentation Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Slaggie Family Lobby of the Winona County History Center.

The performance will trace the development of jazz throughout the 20th century, from the early beginnings to exciting contemporary explorations. A special tribute to the “Marinotes,” the Saint Mary’s “Big Band” that toured and performed dances throughout the upper Midwest in the late 1950s, will be one of many featured attractions.

Concertgoers will want to arrive early to catch a pre-concert performance by the acclaimed Les Fields and the Turkey River All-Stars. Inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2005, the Turkeys have performed traditional Dixieland jazz for more than 40 years, including appearances in New Orleans and on the Delta and Mississippi Queen riverboats.

According to music director A. Eric Heukeshoven, the hardest part of planning this performance was deciding what not to include. Early years in jazz will be represented by the likes of Duke Ellington and Lester Young. The Big Band Era – saluting the Marinotes – will focus on music from the Glenn Miller Orchestra and highlight SMU freshman Gabriel Verges singing an early Frank Sinatra hit, “You Make Me Feel So Young.” Moving into the middle of the last century, selections by legendary jazz composers the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Miles Davis will be performed by both Jazz Combo One and Jazz Ensemble. Rounding out the evening will be contemporary selections including the funk-inspired 1974 hit, “Pick Up the Pieces,” “Chronometry” by Lawrence University composer/educator Fred Sturm, and the Charles Mingus raucous original, “Moanin.’ ”

Tickets for the Page Theatre performance on April 11 are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students. Call the SMU Box Office at Ext. 1715 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or order online at

The April 18 encore at the Winona County History Center is free and open to the public. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.

For more information, please contact A. Eric Heukeshoven at 457-7292 or

Saint Mary’s invites nonprofits to submit ‘to-do’ lists for ‘Spruce Up Winona Day’

In recognition of “Spruce Up Winona Day,” Saint Mary’s Volunteer Mentors group is inviting Winona nonprofit agencies to submit requests for service.

Do you need someone to help with your spring cleaning, to rake leaves, to do some painting, or to help with construction? Saint Mary’s University student volunteers will be available to volunteer from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, to help local individuals, groups, churches and organizations in recognition of “Spruce Up Winona Day.”

Saint Mary’s will supply the workers, if you supply the materials needed (paint, brushes, rakes, tools, etc.).  Requests must be made by Tuesday, April 16, to Chris McClead at Ext. 7268 or

Other upcoming events

Along with spring comes a flurry of activities on campus. Here are just a few additional events coming up:

April 7-12 — De La Salle Week
April 9 — Founder’s Day
April 12 — Celebration of Scholarship and Honors Convocation
April 13 — Student Centennial Event
April 14 — Concert Band performance
April 16 — Women’s Symposium
April 19-20 — Gaslight
April 26 — Dance Repertory Co./Theatre and Dance spring concert
April 27 — Choirs Concert
April 27 — Row, Ride, Run
April 28 — Chamber Orchestra
May 1 — Student Life Award presentation
May 11 — Commencement

‘Campus Notes’ schedule

Because of Easter break, there will be no ‘Campus Notes’ March 29. Look ahead on your calendars. The next edition will be Friday, April 5. The deadline for this issue is Wednesday, April 3.

Speaker Monday to address work of Catholic Charities

The Vineyard Colloquium speaker for Spring 2013 is Robert Tereba, executive director of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Winona. Tereba will present, "Street Theology: The Work and Vision of Catholic Charities" from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Monday, March 25, in the President's Room.

Tereba has served as executive director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Winona since January 2000. Prior to that, he worked for Catholic Charities in Springfield, Ill., for 17 years. He served as controller and later as associate director. He has a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois Champaign and a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Illinois Springfield. For one year he studied for the priesthood in the Diocese of Springfield. Tereba brings 30 years experience of working with Catholic Charities and has enormous enthusiasm for the work.

 A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Dr. Susan Windley-Daoust at or call Ext. 1995.

Drazkowski presents at national conference

On Wednesday, March 14, Barry Drazkowski presented at the week-long George Wright Society Biannual national conference. The society is the science and research forum primarily for the National Park Service, although they have significant participation through other Department of Interior meetings. Drazkowski presented on, "Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Badlands National Park."  The presentation summarized the SMU Badlands Climate Change assessment; its downscaled climate modeling; ecological community, species, and ecological process methodologies; and cultural resource vulnerability assessment.