Thursday, December 11, 2014

Saint Mary’s 10K event scheduled for Jan. 25


This year’s Saint Mary’s 10K Nordic ski races will be held on Sunday, Jan. 25, at Saint Mary’s University.

The public is invited to compete in three separate races: a 10K classic-style citizens’ event at 11 a.m., a kids’ Minnesota Youth Ski League race at noon; and a 10K skate-style race at 1 p.m.

Participants can register in competitive or recreational classes. All three races wind through the beautiful and challenging bluffs and valleys surrounding the Saint Mary’s campus. The cost to participate is $10 per race.

Registration, the starting line and the finish line will be near Saint Yon’s Hall, located on the back east portion of campus.

For more information, contact Pete Watkins (pwatkins@smumn.edu). To pre-register online, go to www.saintmaryssports.com.

Simply Seniors Day: Classes needed for guest students


Simply Seniors Day is less than two months away and the Office of Admission is busy planning activities. Simply Seniors Day is designed for high school seniors who have been admitted, have applied, or are considering applying to Saint Mary’s. This event is a bit more involved than the Fall Preview Days, as all attendees will spend the night on campus on Sunday, Jan. 18 and spend the day sitting in on classes and attending presentations on Monday, Jan. 19. So here is how faculty may help.

Sunday, Jan. 18: While students eat pizza and bowl with their Saint Mary's overnight hosts, their parents will attend a reception and dinner in the Toner Student Center lounge. The reception will feature as many academic departments as possible for an academic info fair. Please consider hosting a table (from 5:15-6 p.m.) and then joining admission staff for dinner at 6 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 19: A long list of available classes is needed on Monday at 9:45 and 11:10 a.m. Students will choose which class to attend from as many different disciplines as possible. If you are able to open your class to these students, please respond to Andrea Moore at your earliest convenience (amoore@smumn.edu). The Admission Office thanks faculty and staff for all you do for Saint Mary's.

Christmas dinner is Dec. 16

The annual faculty and staff Christmas dinner will be Tuesday, Dec. 16. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will begin at 6 p.m. in the dining room, followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Page Series brings ‘Janet’s Planet’ to Winona



The Page Series invites audiences to explore the vast universe with PBS’s “Janet’s Planet” on Thursday, Jan. 15. By focusing on science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), Janet’s Planet travels at the “speed of thought” and is designed to fuel STEAM potential in elementary school kids. Available on more than 140 public television stations nationwide, Janet Ivey of “Janet’s Planet” is excited to tour her introduction to the wonders of the galaxy.

The event is 6:30 p.m. in the Page Theatre. Tickets are $14 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and are available at www.pagetheatre.org or at the box office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

X Factor’ finalist Tim Olstad to perform at Saint Mary’s Jan. 23


Tim Olstad, a top 10 finalist from Season 3 of FOX’s “The X Factor” returns to his hometown of Winona Jan. 23 for an evening of soulful originals and cover songs that showcase the versatility of one of America’s best loved up and coming male vocalists.

The event, part of the Off the Page Series, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Page Theatre. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students and are available at www.pagetheatre.org or at the box office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.

​Breast Cancer Silent auction is today


The 9th annual Breast Cancer Silent Auction will be held today, Friday, Dec. 12, from 8 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 115 of Saint Mary’s Hall. All proceeds go to breast cancer research.

Students raise money, food for 10 Days of Giving

The Student Activities Committee collected $165 and 310 pounds of food for 10 Days of Giving on Dec. 2.

Poling presents about work with O’Keefe

On Nov. 13, John Poling (chair, Philosophy Department) gave a presentation at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum on his work as a studio assistant with Georgia O’Keeffe in the 1970s. The presentation was part of the museum’s Thursday evening series on art and was open to the public. Poling’s presentation drew on his book, “Painting With O’Keeffe,” and on 20 years of teaching courses on Georgia O’Keeffe and the philosophy of art at St. Olaf College and Saint Mary’s University.

McCallum-Ferguson published twice


Dr. Shelly McCallum-Ferguson, associate professor and department chair of the Business Department has been published twice recently:

• McCallum, S., & O’Connell, D. (2014). Social capital and leadership development: Building stronger leadership through enhanced relational skills. In R. Hall, D. Grant, & J. Raelin (Eds.), Leadership Development & Practice (p. 1 – 1656). Sage Publishing.

This Leadership Development & Practice publication is a four-volume set that brings “together some of the most important and influential research from the related domains of leadership practice and leadership development.” This is a high honor as only a select few research studies were selected for inclusion in the series SAGE Benchmarks in Leadership.

• McCallum, S.Y., Forret, M.L., & Wolff, H.G. (2014). Internal and external networking behavior: An investigation of relationships with affective, continuance, and normative commitment. Career Development International, 19(5), 595-614.

Career Development International provides a platform for research that deals with questions of theories and theory development, as well as with organizational career strategy, policy and practice. Issues of theory and practice may be dealt with at individual, organizational and society levels.

Beal publishes book

Rose Beal’s book “Mystery of the Church, People of God: Yves Congar’s Total Ecclesiology as a Path to Vatican II” was published by Catholic University of America Press: http://cuapress.cua.edu/books/viewbook.cfm?book=BETT.

Last ‘Campus Notes’ of the year

Look ahead on your calendars. This is the last issue of “Campus Notes” for 2014. After break, the first issue will come out Jan. 16. The deadline for that issue will be Wednesday, Jan. 14.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Winona alumni Christmas Gathering is Dec. 6


Faculty and staff are invited to the annual Winona Alumni and Friends Christmas Gathering Saturday, Dec. 6. This event is in collaboration with the Lessons and Carols Choir Concert, that same evening.

The event will take place at the Alverna Center, 1175 W. Wabasha St., from 5 to 7 p.m. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels.

Enjoy drinks and appetizers in this beautiful space during this festive season. A violin and cello duet will be performed by Dr. David Leung and Rachel Ryan.

The cost for the alumni event is $10 per person. Two complimentary tickets to the concert can be obtained through the box office (Ext. 1715).

Register for the event online at mysmumn.org/christmaswin14 or call the Alumni Office at Ext. 1499.

Saint Mary’s ‘Lessons and Carols’ service is Dec. 6


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. 6.

The beautiful service, held in the majestic Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, features the 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 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. Faculty and staff are eligible for two free tickets.

Patronal feast is Monday


The annual celebration of the eucharist on the university’s patronal feast: the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary is noon Monday, Dec. 8, in Saint Thomas More Chapel, with Bishop John Quinn presiding.

Below is the truncated class schedule that will be used for this special day:

• 1:30 to 2:20 p.m. courses meet 1:40 to 2:30 p.m.
• 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. courses meet 1:40 to 2:55 p.m.
• 2:55 to 3:45 p.m. courses meet 3:05 to 3:55 p.m.
• 2:55 to 4:10 p.m. courses meet 3:05 to 4:20 p.m.
• Classes that normally meet any time after 3 p.m. start at 4:30 p.m. and end at the discretion of the instructor.

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/photogallery.

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 tag 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, and Security State Bank of Lewiston. Additionally, grocery cards can be purchased for families at both HyVee and Midtown Foods.

The Saint Mary’s community is invited to take a tag from the Saint Mary’s tree, shop for items on the gift list, and return gifts by Dec. 10 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 gift/gifts. They do not need to be wrapped.

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 Saint Mary’s to help make this program possible are the Winona Post, Winona

Biology students awarded research scholarships


Four 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, their proposed projects and their research advisers are (from left): Katie Stolz, “The Effects of In Utero Exposure to Atrazine on the Methylation of the Glucocorticoid Receptor Gene in the Hippocampus of Mus Musculus,” (Dr. Debra Martin); Aleah Bingham, “The Changing of Diet and the Impact of Cuticular Hydrocarbons on a Single Colony of Formica Obscurpies,” (Dr. Moni Berg-Binder); Jacquelyn Bongard, “The Effects of Splenda on Interleukin (IL)-2 and Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF)-α Production by Splenocytes from Mus Musculus,” Dr. Jeanne Minnerath; Madelyn Stiehl, “Using Blood Sex Steroids to Determine Reproduction Status of Paddlefish (Polyodon Spathula) in the Upper Mississippi River,” Dr. Josh Lallaman.

Science students present research at 7 Rivers

Dr. Jeanne Minnerath, Dan Carroll, Cody Gill, Jaci Bongard, Amy Zawacki, Brandon Larsen, Sami Amatuzio, Kelsey Haugh, Dr. Debra Martin, Dr. Matt Rowley

Seven Saint Mary’s biology and chemistry students presented their research projects at the 7 Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium held Nov. 14, at Viterbo University.

The students, advisers, and their poster titles are: Samantha Amatuzio (Dr. Debra Martin) “Muscle Strength of Contraction and Fatigue rate of Mus Musclus When Treated with Creatine Mono-Hydrate”; Jacquelyn Bongard (Dr. Jeanne Minnerath) “The Effects of Splenda on Interleukin (IL)-2 and Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF)-α Production by Splenocytes from Mus Musculus”; Daniel Carroll (Dr. Minnerath) “The Impact of Sucralose Consumption on Spatial Memory in Mus Musculus”; Cody Gill (Dr. Martin) “The Effects of Creatine Supplementation on Serum Testosterone Response in Mus Musculus”; Kelsey Haugh (Dr. Matt Rowley) “The Effects of Creatine Supplementation on Serum Testosterone Response in Mus Musculus”; and Brandon Larsen (Dr. Martin) “Glutathione S-transferase Expression in Livers of In Utero Exposed Mus Musculus”; Amy Zawacki (Dr. Minnerath) “The effect of Splenda, Containing Sucralose, on the Humoral Immune Response in Mus musculus.” Sami Amatuzio brought home a Best Poster Award.

Christmas dinner is Dec. 16

The annual faculty and staff Christmas dinner will be Tuesday, Dec. 16. 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. 10.

Branding update


The following resources are available at www.smumn.edu/brand for all university employees to help implement a unified brand for Saint Mary’s:

- Email signature templates and instructions
- Official university logos
- PowerPoint templates
- Flyer templates
- Newsletter templates
- Poster Templates
- Brand Book
- Visual Identity Guide
- Writing Style Guide
- Brand video
- and more

Watch for future brand training sessions. If you have any questions, please contact AVP for Brand Management Stacia Vogel at Ext. 5119 or svogel@smumn.edu.

Dance Repertory Company presents ‘The Nutcracker’


The Department of Theatre and Dance and the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) will present the Dance Repertory Company in “The Nutcracker” today through Sunday, Dec. 5-7, at the Saint Mary’s Page Theatre.

Heralding the message of peace on earth, “The Nutcracker” is performed around the globe during the holiday season. Producing this delightful ballet every other holiday season, the Dance Repertory Company once again brings this magical experience to the Winona area community for its eighth biennial production.

The 2014 cast includes over 80 members including students from Saint Mary’s, Winona State University, and children and community members from the Winona and surrounding areas.

Through this ballet the beauty of the pure, young heart shines bright in a world of dancing dolls, angels, and of course, the wonderful magical Nutcracker Prince.  In the dreams of a child named Clara, a battle wages between a band of mice and company of toy soldiers. With Clara’s assistance, the toy soldiers are victorious and grateful. A Nutcracker Prince welcomes her to the Land of Snow, where they dance with the angels, and to the Kingdom of the Sweets hosted by the Sugar Plum Fairy where she sees a beautiful array of ethnic dances such as Spanish Coffee, Chinese Tea, and Russian Baba.

“The Nutcracker” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. today, Friday, Dec. 5, through Saturday, Dec. 6, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens.

For tickets, call the box office at Ext. 1715, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit www.pagetheatre.org.

Women’s basketball hosts toy drive for Gifts for Winona

The Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team is inviting the public to bring an unwrapped, new toy for a boy or girl to the Dec. 6 home game against Augsburg. The game will begin at 1 p.m. in Saint Mary’s gym. Toys will be distributed through Saint Mary’s University’s Gifts for Winona to a local child in time for Christmas.

Psychology symposium is Saturday

The annual psychology symposium will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the President’s Room. The symposium will feature 10 student presentations on original research projects; an alumni panel featuring recent graduates who will discuss their post-graduate experiences; and a poster session that will highlight the research of the department’s collaborative laboratories and experimental psychology students. Students’ families often come to this event, in addition to their underclass student peers.

​Christmas Light Service, Pre-Finals Breakfast Dec. 11


The Christmas Light Service is set for  Thursday, Dec. 11, in Saint Thomas More Chapel, followed by the traditional Pre-Finals Breakfast in the dining room.

Prelude music by the women’s choir will begin at 8:30 p.m., and the Christmas Light Service begins at 9 p.m. Dr. Erich Lippman, assistant professor of history, will be the guest lay preacher. This has become a wonderful Saint Mary’s tradition of lessons, carols and simple theatrical portraits of the Christmas Story. The service will end with a procession and the lighting of the campus Christmas tree.

After the lighting, 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.

Thanks to Chat, Chow, & Web 2.0 presenters


Thank you to all the first semester Chat, Chow, & Web 2.0 presenters: Moni Berg-Binder (Biology), Karen Hemker (Disability Services), Lori Charron (Communication), Michael Ratajczyk (Business), Kristen Sellke (Math), and Demian Cho (Physics). They helped attract a consistent audience which also produced the highest attendance for a single semester.

The Chat and Chow session coordinators would like to encourage participation during the upcoming spring semester. Please pass along presentation ideas to RuthAnn Torstenson LeMasters (library), Tianna Johnson (information technology) or Jason Spartz (instructional technology) regarding technology supported leadership, teaching and learning, and workflow effectiveness.

Chamber Orchestra events


The Saint Mary’s Chamber Orchestra went to Callista Court last weekend and performed “The Magical French Horn” concert program with Tammy Bartz on horn, Dr. Kyle Black (Modern and Classical Languages), and Dr. David Leung on violin. A formal concert was held Sunday in Figliulo Recital Hall.

Bake sale raises $1,200 for Jamaica cohorts


The Friends of M.Ed. Jamaica extends its thanks to the university community for the tremendous support of the bake sale and silent auction fundraising event held on Nov. 21 on the Winona Campus.

The group raised over $1,200 for a scholarship fund for students in the Jamaica cohorts of the M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning program, offered in Williamsfield, Jamaica in collaboration with the Catholic College of Mandeville (CCM).

For the past three years this group of employees has raised a donation, first to assist with outfitting a new classroom at CCM used by the M.Ed. program, $1,500 for student scholarships for this current academic year, and with the goal of $1,500 from this year’s events to be given for scholarships for the next academic year. If you are interested in joining the group or making a donation, please contact Tracy Lehnertz or Jana Korder.

News from Nairobi


By James Chege
Librarian
Maryknoll Institute of African Studies

Public Lectures Held at MIASMU

The sixth week of the semester program was buzzing with activities as two public lectures were held.

Students taking notes during Professor Aseka’s lecture.
Political and Economic Realities: Professor Eric Aseka, a MIASMU lecturer, who is currently the vice chancellor at the African Leadership University and was formerly the chairperson of the History Department and dean of the School of the Humanities at Kenyatta Un., delivered a public lecture on “The Contemporary Political and Economic Realities of Kenya.” He spoke at length about the colonial legacy and how many of Kenya’s current political and economic challenges can be traced back to the nation’s colonial roots. These problems include geographical and structural disarticulation, land issues, ethnicity and distorted class structure. He also dedicated some time to speak about what is known as the ‘politics of the belly’ and the role of corruption in underdevelopment. These areas generated a lively exchange in a question-and-answer session held at the end of the lecture.
Professor Klein stresses a point during his lecture.
Slavery in East and West Africa: The second public lecture was on “Slavery: East and West Africa” and was delivered by Professor Emeritus Martin Klein from the University of Toronto. Before retirement, Professor Klein had taught African history for 29 years at the University of Toronto and had lectured at Berkeley, Wellesley College, Carleton College, Stanford, Lovanium University in Kinshasa, and the University of Rhode Island.

The lecture covered the origin of slavery in Africa and touched on forms of indigenous slavery in West Africa as well as in East Africa. Very few of the participants were aware of the extent of slavery on the North coast of Kenya centering on a settlement called Witu. He highlighted fundamental differences such as the  West African slaves’ rights to make money through trading unlike their East African counterparts who did not enjoy such privileges. Professor Klein spoke of the role of Islam in slavery and how it was used as justification to enslave “pagans” by some of the more prominent Islamic slave traders. Other justifications used were racism and gender. At the end of the lecture some thought provoking discussions ensued with particular reference to contemporary forms of slavery in the Middle East.

Breast Cancer Silent auction is Dec. 12

The 9th annual Breast Cancer Silent Auction will be held Friday, Dec. 12, from 8 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 115 of Saint Mary’s Hall. All proceeds go to breast cancer research.

Saint Mary’s in the news

KTTC featured a story about the student solar panel initiative on Tuesday, Nov. 25. http://www.kttc.com/story/27483078/2014/11/25/saint-marys-university-goes-green-with-solar-panels#

Lemmer’s house featured on Christmas tour



Nick (Marketing and Communication) and Kristina Lemmer’s home is featured on the  Christmas House Tour Sunday, Dec. 7. The event is 3 to 8 p.m. To read more about Lemmer’s unique home and how to get tickets for the tour, go to http://bit.ly/1zjaCu0.

Last ‘Campus Notes’ of the year is next week

Look ahead on your calendars. On Dec. 12, the last issue of “Campus Notes” for 2014 will be published. The deadline for that issue is Wednesday, Dec. 10. After break, the first issue will come out Jan. 16. The deadline for that issue will be Wednesday, Jan. 14.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Senior class gathering Dec. 4



The senior class gathering Thursday, Dec. 4, 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.


One event left for Global Entrepreneurship Week


In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Business Department have hosted several activities throughout the week. Events are co-sponsored by the Biology and Business departments and Envision Club.

On Monday, Nov. 24, from noon to 2 p.m., students are invited to tour Knitcraft Corporation. Bernhard Brenner, president and CEO, will give a presentation and tour. Knitcraft has created the highest quality of men’s knitwear and outerwear in the world since 1960. Worn by Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, and Mike Ditka, the St. Croix Collections line remains in the forefront of men’s exclusive fashion. Get a glimpse into its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Register by email to kabarainstitute@smumn.edu by today, Friday, Nov. 21. A limited number of spots are available.

Giving trees go up this week for 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, and Security State Bank of Lewiston. Additionally, grocery cards can be purchased for families at both HyVee and Midtown Foods.

The Saint Mary’s community is invited to take a tag from the Saint Mary’s tree, shop for items on the gift list and return gifts by Dec. 10 to the Business Office. Gifts do not need to be wrapped. 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 Saint Mary’s to help make this program possible are the Winona Post, Winona Radio, and Winona Volunteer Services.

Branding update


A great turnout of faculty and staff participated in the Nov. 5 Brand Training: Messages and Templates session. If you were unable to attend, you’re encouraged to view the videotaped session online at www.smumn.edu/brandmessagevideo. (You’ll need to log on to Blackboard first).

You may also access it this way:
1. Log on to Blackboard.
2. Under “My Organizations,” click on “Talks and Presentations — Faculty and Staff.”
3. Click on “Tegrity Classes.”
4. Click on “Brand Training Session, Winona Campus 11-05-14.”

The 50-minute session provides an overview of the recent university rebrand as well as practical tools to help implement the new brand messaging.

Watch for future brand training sessions. If you have any questions, please contact Stacia Vogel, assistant vice president for brand management at Ext. 5119 or svogel@smumn.edu.

Dance Repertory Company presents ‘The Nutcracker’



The Saint Mary’s University Department of Theatre and Dance and the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) will present the Dance Repertory Company in “The Nutcracker” Wednesday through Sunday, Dec. 3-7, at the Saint Mary’s Page Theatre.

Heralding the message of peace on earth, “The Nutcracker” is performed around the globe during the holiday season. Producing this delightful ballet every other holiday season, the Dance Repertory Company once again brings this magical experience to the Winona area community for it’s eighth biennial production.

The 2014 cast includes over 80 members including students from Saint Mary’s, Winona State University, and children and community members from the Winona and surrounding areas.

Through this ballet the beauty of the pure, young heart shines bright in a world of dancing dolls, angels, and of course, the wonderful magical Nutcracker Prince.  In the dreams of a child named Clara, a battle wages between a band of mice and company of toy soldiers. With Clara’s assistance, the toy soldiers are victorious and grateful. A Nutcracker Prince welcomes her to the Land of Snow, where they dance with the angels, and to the Kingdom of the Sweets hosted by the Sugar Plum Fairy where she sees a beautiful array of ethnic dances such as Spanish Coffee, Chinese Tea, and Russian Baba.

“The Nutcracker” will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, through Saturday, Dec. 6, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens.

A special abridged version, ideal for young audience members who may not be able to sit through the full-length ballet, will be presented at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3. The cost for this afternoon matinee is $4 for everyone.

For tickets, call the Saint Mary’s University Box Office at 507-457-1715 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit www.pagetheatre.org.

Saint Mary’s Red Bird Club opens for one night, tonight


On Friday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. the Valéncia Studio Theatre (10th and Vila streets) will be transformed into the Red Bird Club Jazz Cabaret, showcasing the talents of Saint Mary’s student jazz musicians.

The Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo I will salute the classic American jazz cabarets of the 1940s and ’50s. Joining forces with the jazz groups will be sultry torch singer Kelsey Thurston, and talented young crooner Darvell Jones. The emcee for the evening will be Sean Vaske, and music will be led by “Professor Jazz” himself, Eric Heukeshoven.

Great arrangements of classic big band favorites such as “String of Pearls,” “Woodchopper’s Ball,” “Tico Tico,” and many others will keep toes tapping. Table seating and cash bar service will add to the ambience of the evening.

Reserve your spot at the Red Bird Club soon. Seating is limited, and you won’t want to miss this one-night-only event!

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. For tickets or more information, contact the Performance Center box office 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at Ext. 1715 or go online to www.smumn.edu/tickets.

Saint Mary’s Chamber Orchestra concert is Sunday


The Saint Mary’s University Chamber Orchestra will perform “The Magical French Horn” 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in Figliulo Recital Hall of the Performance Center.

Under the direction of Dr. David Leung, the orchestra will perform works by Felix Mendelssohn and contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. The event features Saint Mary’s faculty member Tammy Bartz on French horn playing Joseph Haydn’s beautiful “Concerto No. 1 in D.”  Dr. Leung will play Antonio Vivaldi's “Autumn” concerto from the Four Seasons, with Dr. Kyle Black of the Department of Modern and Classical Languages narrating the Italian and English sonnets.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available online at www.pagetheatre.org or at the Saint Mary’s Box Office, 507-457-1715 Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The orchestra will also perform for the residents of Callista Court at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Funds from bake sale today are for Jamaica students

A “Sweets for Jamaica” bake sale will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Friday, Nov. 21, on the first floor of Saint Mary’s Hall. Buy a single treat for yourself, treat your roommate or officemates, or take some home to your family. The event is sponsored by the Friends of M.Ed. Jamaica employee group.

Future alumni begins tradition with ‘Mugsgiving’ Sunday



The Future Alumni Committee and Office of Alumni Relations are offering all current undergrad students special commemorative mugs on Sunday, Nov. 23, as part of “Mugsgiving.” Organizers hope the event will become an annual tradition, with alumni returning to campus with their mugs to socialize with students.

In addition to receiving their mugs, students are invited to a social (with hot cocoa and whipped cream) between 7 and 9 p.m. in the cafeteria. Providing music will be Ryan Weis, Lucas Sansovich, Destiny Dux, Aiden Goodman, and Michael Flicek. Door prizes  include a 32” TV, Beats headphones, a wireless Bluetooth speaker, and Kindle Fire HD.

Women’s basketball hosts toy drive for Gifts for Winona

The Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team is inviting the public to bring an unwrapped, new toy for a boy or girl to the Dec. 6 home game against Augsburg. The game will begin at 1 p.m. in Saint Mary’s gym. Toys will be distributed through Saint Mary’s University’s Gifts for Winona to a local child in time for Christmas.

Saint Mary’s ‘Lessons and Carols’ service is Dec. 6



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. 6.

The beautiful service, held in the majestic Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, features the 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 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.

­John Paulson Big Band reunites for Nov. 23 event



John Paulson’s 17-piece contemporary jazz big band returns to Winona Sunday, Nov. 23, at 6:30 p.m. They will perform two sets of all-original music at Wellington’s Pub & Grill.

The concert will feature exciting contemporary big band music composed and arranged by Paulson, who taught jazz and woodwinds at Saint Mary’s University for over 30 years. He is now professor emeritus at Saint Mary’s and an adjunct jazz instructor at Winona State University.

In addition to Dr. Paulson on saxes and flute, the ensemble  is comprised of 17 of the best jazz players and teachers in the region including trumpeter Scott Jensen of La Crosse, Wis.; Winona’s own Ray Dretske on tenor sax; alto saxophonist Brian Koser of Austin, Minn.; and an amazing rhythm section comprised of Dr. Rich MacDonald, drums; Larry Price, piano; bassist Eric Graham; and Twin Cities guitarist Scott Gerry. The program will highlight their exceptional soloing skills.

You may have heard this great band at their premiere concert at the Winona Arts Center in 2012 or at their celebrated appearance opening for the Hornheads as part of the Saint Mary’s Page Series in 2013. Their CD and DVD “The John Paulson Big Band Project” was funded by a grant from the McKnight Foundation and it is currently available on iTunes, CDbaby.com and numerous digital download sites. CDs and DVDs will be available at the concert.  Paulson’s music is published worldwide by eJazzLines.com and walrusmusic.com

There is no cover charge for the concert. Arrive early because seating will be limited. Wellingtons is located at 1429 W. Service Dr.

Conservatory presents Music Division Concert Nov. 24


The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Music Division invites the community to a fall music concert 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, in Figliulo Recital Hall.

The concert will showcase the MCA Jazz Combos (directed by Dave Gudmastad) and a variety of students who are taking private lessons at MCA. Students ranging from youth age 5 and older through adults will perform classical and contemporary works.

Admission is a freewill donation. All donations will support future programming and the MCA scholarship fund. MCA is committed to making the arts accessible to all community members.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University, is a nonprofit organization that offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for youth ages 3 and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 10th and Vila streets. For more information, go online to www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, email mca@smumn.edu, or call 453-5500.

125 attend special movie preview, discussion



About 125 students attended Wednesday’s special showing of the movie “When the Game Stands Tall,” which features the true and remarkable story of the De La Salle High School from Concord, Calif.

This recently released movie features the journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.

A panel discussion (including faculty members Dean Beckman and Joe Tadie and coaches Jen Miller, Jenna Sullivan, and David Barry) revolved around relationships that make a difference in our lives, the parallels between the concept of being on team and in a community, and that “We Lasallians” are successfully competitive.

This event was a team collaboration of the Student Activity Committee, the Living Learning Community Wide World and Sports, and the Athletic Department.

Reminder: No ‘Campus Notes’ next week

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no ‘Campus Notes’ Nov. 28. Look ahead on your calendars. After break, the first edition will be Dec. 5.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

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. Events are co-sponsored by the Biology and Business departments and Envision Club.

Monday, Nov. 17, noon to 1 p.m., Toner Student Center dining room: Fun-filled games and activities that test your entrepreneurial knowledge. Prizes will be awarded.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., Common Room: Michael Cichanowski, founder and owner of We-no-nah Canoe will speak. His business is among the largest makers of paddle sport boats in the world. We-no-nah Canoe products are available in more than 400 specialty retail locations around the world.

Thursday, Nov. 20, 7 to 8 p.m., Salvi Lecture Hall: David Kingland, founder and CEO of Kingland Systems, will speak. Kingland Systems provides software, data consulting services and solutions to various accounting, financial and insurance companies.

Monday, Nov. 24, noon to 2 p.m., Knitcraft Corporation: Bernhard Brenner, president and CEO of Knitcraft Corporation, will give a presentation and tour. Knitcraft has created the highest quality of men’s knitwear and outerwear in the world since 1960. Worn by Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, and Mike Ditka, the St. Croix Collections line remains in the forefront of men’s exclusive fashion. Get a glimpse into its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. Register by email to kabarainstitute@smumn.edu by Friday, Nov. 21. A limited number of spots are available.

Saint Mary’s Red Bird Club opens for one night, Nov. 21


On Friday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. the Valéncia Studio Theatre (10th and Vila streets) will be transformed into the the Red Bird Club Jazz Cabaret, showcasing the talents of Saint Mary’s student jazz musicians.

The Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo I will salute the classic American jazz cabarets of the 1940s and ’50s. Joining forces with the jazz groups will be sultry torch singer Kelsey Thurston, and talented young crooner Darvell Jones. The emcee for the evening will be Sean Vaske, and music will be led by “Professor Jazz” himself, Eric Heukeshoven.

Great arrangements of classic big band favorites such as “String of Pearls,” “Woodchopper’s Ball,” “Tico Tico,” and many others will keep toes tapping. Table seating and cash bar service will add to the ambience of the evening.

Reserve your spot at the Red Bird Club soon. Seating is limited, and you won’t want to miss this one-night-only event!

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. For tickets or more information, contact the Performance Center box office 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at Ext. 1715 or go online to www.smumn.edu/tickets.

Movie depicts De La Salle High School football team’s story


A special showing of the movie “When the Game Stands Tall,” which features the true and remarkable story of the De La Salle High School from Concord, Calif., will be shown at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Salvi Lecture Hall. A discussion will follow. This recently released movie features the journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.

This event is a team collaboration of the Student Activity Committee, the Living Learning Community Wide World and Sports, and the Athletic Department.

Enjoy free pizza, a great movie, and a chance to take part in a lively discussion.

Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party fundraiser is Nov. 16


The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will host its eighth biennial Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party, Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St.

This year’s Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party will feature two tea sittings (1 and 4 p.m.). Specialty teas and exquisite finger foods will be served. Additionally, the Land of the Sweets Gift Boutique, featuring holiday gifts and crafts, is available to the public from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for children and $18 for adults.  All children attending the tea party will receive a complimentary photo with their favorite character from the “Nutcracker” ballet. Tea attendees will enjoy the sounds of live cello by MCA’s music division instructor, Rachael Ryan Dahlgren, and a dance demonstration by the Sugar Plum Fairy.

The Sugar Plum Fairy Tea party is the first big event of the “Nutcracker” production season for MCA and its performing group, the Dance Repertory Company. The company will present the full-length ballet Dec. 3-7 at Saint Mary’s Page Theatre. This year’s cast totals more than 85 members, including students from Saint Mary’s, Winona State University, and children and community members from the Winona area. For tickets to the production, call 457-1715 or visit www.pagetheatre.org.

Proceeds from the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party go toward the MCA student scholarship fund and “Nutcracker” production costs.

To reserve seats or a full table of six for the tea, call 453-5500 or visit www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org. The Valéncia Arts Center is handicapped accessible.

Saint Mary’s, Cotter bands to perform in fall festival Nov. 16


The public is invited to hear four bands perform beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Fall Band Festival to be held at Cotter High School’s Saint Cecilia Theatre.

Performing bands include the Cotter Concert Band and Symphonic Band, Saint Mary’s Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, plus two combined pieces with the Cotter Symphonic Band and the Saint Mary’s Concert Band.

Cotter’s Concert Band will perform “Synergies” by Robert Sheldon and “Benediction” by John Stevens; the symphonic band will perform “Hallelujah” by Johnnie Vinson and “American Riversongs” by Pierre LaPlante; Saint Mary’s Wind Ensemble will follow with “Celebration for Winds and Percussion”; and the Saint Mary’s Concert Band will perform “Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo” by Malcolm Arnold. The combined bands will round out the performance with “Rest” by Frank Ticheli and “Rough Riders March” by Karl King.

The event is free. Directors are Rick Peters and Dr. Janet Heukeshoven.

Chat and Chow events


The next Chat, Chow & Web 2.0 event, “Freedom to Roam,” will be noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19. Dr. Moni Berg-Binder (biology), Dr. Demian Cho (physics), Todd Iverson (math), and Dr. Kristen Sellke (math) have reinvented their classrooms using iPads. They will talk about how they can now move easily through their classrooms carrying their technology with them.

The Chat, Chow & Web 2.0 professional development series, hosted by the library, IT, and Instructional Technology, is open to all faculty and staff. Meet in the main lounge of McEnery; lunch is provided. An RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary, to Jason Spartz at jspartz@smumn.edu.

Off the Page event explores Western, Eastern music



The Saint Mary’s “Off the Page” series invites audiences to explore the intersection of Western and Eastern music with a visit from the Twin Cities-based new music ensemble Zeitgeist, with guest artist Nirmala Rajasekar on veena.“Summer Rain” is a new production, with music developed and performed by Zeitgeist with composer and veena virtuoso Nirmala Rajasekar. A blend of Indian classical music (Carnatic tradition) and Western classical new music, Summer Rain features five musical compositions interspersed with discussion and interactive opportunities designed to bring audiences a greater understanding of the two traditions.

The event is 7:30 p.m. today, Friday, Nov. 14, in Figliulo Recital Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and are available at www.pagetheatre.org or by calling the box office, Ext. 1715, Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

A Page in History event with these artists is planned for noon today, Nov. 14, at the Winona County History Center.

Recital of women's music is Saturday

Sigma Alpha Iota is pleased to sponsor a recital of women’s music on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Figliulo Recital Hall. Featuring the Saint Mary’s University Women’s Choir and student and faculty soloists from the fraternity, the concert honors the contributions of female composers and performers to Western music.  The program includes works by Felix Mendelssohn, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Anna Bon, Eleanor Daley, and Abbie Betinis. The Women’s Choir will also present the world premiere of Dale Trumbore’s “One Blue Sky.” The performance is free and open to the public.

Accounting class consults with business office

Kareem Rassas makes his presentation.

The Accounting Information Systems class has been working with the Saint Mary’s Business Office on a month-long consulting project. The student teams have been mapping and reviewing office processes in an effort to provide quality documentation for existing processes, provide suggestions for possible improvement, and help to prepare office personnel for future systems changes and/or implementation projects.

Funds from Nov. 21 bake sale for Jamaica students


A “Sweets for Jamaica” bake sale will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, on the first floor of Saint Mary’s Hall. Buy a single treat for yourself, treat your roommate or officemates, or take some home to your family. The event is sponsored by the Friends of M.Ed. Jamaica employee group.


Women’s basketball hosts toy drive for Gifts for Winona


The Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team is inviting the public to bring an unwrapped, new toy for a boy or girl to the Dec. 6 home game against Augsburg. The game will begin at 1 p.m. in Saint Mary’s gym. Toys will be distributed through Saint Mary’s University’s Gifts for Winona to a local child in time for Christmas.

­ John Paulson Big Band reunites for Nov. 23 event


John Paulson’s 17-piece contemporary jazz big band returns to Winona Sunday, Nov. 23, at 6:30 p.m. They will be performing two sets of all-original music at Wellington’s Pub & Grill.

The concert will feature exciting contemporary big band music composed and arranged by Paulson, who taught jazz and woodwinds at Saint Mary’s University for over 30 years. He is now professor emeritus at Saint Mary’s and an adjunct jazz instructor at Winona State University.

In addition to Dr. Paulson on saxes and flute, the ensemble  is comprised of 17 of the best jazz players and teachers in the region including trumpeter Scott Jensen of La Crosse, Wis.; Winona’s own Ray Dretske on tenor sax; alto saxophonist Brian Koser of Austin, Minn.; and an amazing rhythm section comprised of Dr. Rich MacDonald, drums; Larry Price, piano; bassist Eric Graham; and Twin Cities guitarist Scott Gerry. The program will highlight their exceptional soloing skills.

You may have heard this great band at their premiere concert at the Winona Arts Center in 2012 or at their celebrated appearance opening for the Hornheads as part of the Saint Mary’s Page Series in 2013. Their CD and DVD “The John Paulson Big Band Project” was funded by a grant from the McKnight Foundation and it is currently available on iTunes, CDbaby.com and numerous digital download sites. CD’s and DVD’s will be available at the concert.  Paulson’s music is published worldwide by eJazzLines.com and walrusmusic.com

There is no cover charge for the concert. Arrive early because seating will be limited. Wellingtons is located at 1429 W. Service Dr.

Rodgers interviewed by FOX news, gives presentations


Dr. Jim Rodgers, professor of social science, gave several presentations this past week.

On Nov. 8 he gave a presentation on “African Nation-building” at the afternoon session of the Minnesota Political Science annual conference held at Normandale College in Bloomington. The event was attended by political scientists from around the state as well as local and public officials.

On Nov. 7 Rodgers was interviewed by FOX 47 News of Rochester, Minn., for their morning news break program in memory of the anniversary of the Iranian hostage crisis in the Carter administration.

On Nov. 11, Dr. Rodgers delivered a public lecture at the University of Minnesota-Rochester Center as a part of their guest speaker series. The title was “Iran:  The Hostage Crisis, Religious Warfare and the Current Conflict with ISIS.” The presentation was attended by approximately 75 community members from Rochester.


Winona campus remembers veterans on Nov. 11

Faculty, staff, and students joined Capt. Tim Tyre ’69, retired U.S. Navy (shown above), and Mike Stinson ’69, retired U.S. Navy, for a special Veterans Day ceremony on the Winona Campus on Nov. 11. The ceremony included a remembrance of fallen alumni, as well as a heartfelt thank you to those who have served our country. For more photos, go to www.smumn.edu/veterans2014.

Conservatory presents Music Division Concert Nov. 24


The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Music Division invites the community to a fall music concert 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at Saint Mary’s Figliulo Recital Hall.

The concert will showcase the MCA Jazz Combos (directed by Dave Gudmastad) and a variety of students who are taking private lessons at MCA. Students ranging from youth age 5 and older through adults will be performing classical and contemporary works.

Admission is a freewill donation. All donations will support future programming and the MCA scholarship fund. MCA is committed to making the arts accessible to all community members.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University, is a nonprofit organization that offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for youth ages 3 and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 10th and Vila streets. For more information, go online to www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, email mca@smumn.edu, or call 453-5500.

Music faculty premiere work at La Crosse concerts


The La Crosse chamber chorale performed works by Saint Mary’s music faculty three times this past week in La Crosse and Onalaska. Dr. Patrick O’Shea’s piece, “Unlock Your Hearts” (with Dr. David Leung on violin and Derek Clark on cello) and Eric Heukeshoven’s “And They Have Lies" were written as part of the “Words to Music” program.

Madeline Slade wrote the poem for Heukeshoven’s new choral piece. Janet Heukeshoven also debuted the piece, “Talerschwingen.”

Sympathy to Rothweiler family


Brother I. Basil Rothweiler, FSC ’38, 7th president of Saint Mary’s, died Saturday, Nov. 8, in St. Paul at the age of 97.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in St. Paul followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 7 p.m. A committal service will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m. at the Chapel of Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights, Minn.

The following link will take you to an updated obituary for Brother Basil: www.smumn.edu/newsblog/6465/saint-marys-mourns-passing-of-brother-basil-rothweiler-former-president/

The Saint Mary’s community extends its sympathy to Brother Basil’s family, as well as his Christian Brother family.

Reminder: No ‘Campus Notes’ Nov. 28


Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be no ‘Campus Notes’ Nov. 28. Look ahead on your calendars. There is one more edition before break: Nov. 21. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, Nov. 19. After break, the first edition will be Dec. 5.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Saint Mary’s Red Bird Club opens for one night, Nov. 21

Darvell Jones and Kelsey Thurston


On Friday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. the Valéncia Studio Theatre (10th and Vila streets) will be transformed into the The Red Bird Club Jazz Cabaret, showcasing the talents of Saint Mary’s student jazz musicians.

The Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo 1 will salute the classic American jazz cabarets of the 1940s and ’50s. Joining forces with the jazz groups will be sultry torch singer Kelsey Thurston, and talented young crooner Darvell Jones. The emcee for the evening will be Sean Vaske, and music will be led by “Professor Jazz” himself, Eric Heukeshoven.

Great arrangements of classic big band favorites such as “String of Pearls,” “Woodchopper’s Ball,” “Tico Tico,” and many others will keep toes tapping. Table seating and cash bar service will add to the ambience of the evening.

Reserve your spot at the Red Bird Club soon. Seating is limited, and you won’t want to miss this one-night-only event!

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. For tickets or more information, contact the Performance Center box office 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at Ext. 1715 or go online to www.smumn.edu/tickets.

Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party fundraiser is Nov. 16


The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will host its eighth biennial Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party, Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St.

This year’s Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party will feature two tea sittings (1 and 4 p.m.). Specialty teas and exquisite finger foods will be served. Additionally, the Land of the Sweets Gift Boutique, featuring holiday gifts and crafts, is available to the public from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for children and $18 for adults.  All children attending the tea party will receive a complimentary photo with their favorite character from the “Nutcracker” ballet. Tea attendees will enjoy the sounds of live cello by MCA’s music division instructor, Rachael Ryan Dahlgren, and a dance demonstration by the Sugar Plum Fairy.

The Sugar Plum Fairy Tea party is the first big event of the “Nutcracker” production season for MCA and its performing group, the Dance Repertory Company. The company will present the full-length ballet Dec. 3-7 at Saint Mary’s Page Theatre. This year’s cast totals more than 85 members, including students from Saint Mary’s, Winona State University, and children and community members from the Winona area. For tickets to the production, call 457-1715 or visit www.pagetheatre.org.

Proceeds from the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party go toward the MCA student scholarship fund and “Nutcracker” production costs.

To reserve seats or a full table of six for the tea, call 453-5500 or visit www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org. The Valéncia Arts Center is handicapped accessible.

Saint Mary’s, Cotter bands to perform in fall festival Nov. 16


The public is invited to hear four bands perform beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Fall Band Festival to be held at Cotter High School’s Saint Cecilia Theatre.

Performing bands include the Cotter Concert Band and Symphonic Band, Saint Mary’s Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, plus two combined pieces with the Cotter Symphonic Band and the Saint Mary’s Concert Band.

Cotter’s Concert Band will perform “Synergies” by Robert Sheldon and “Benediction” by John Stevens; the symphonic band will perform “Hallelujah” by Johnnie Vinson and “American Riversongs” by Pierre LaPlante; Saint Mary’s Wind Ensemble will follow with “Celebration for Winds and Percussion”; and the Saint Mary’s Concert Band will perform “Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo” by Malcolm Arnold. The combined bands will round out the performance with “Rest” by Frank Ticheli and “Rough Riders March” by Karl King.

The event is free. Directors are Rick Peters and Dr. Janet Heukeshoven.

Saint Mary’s students to stage drama ‘Pentecost’ Nov. 7-9


Art, religion, and politics collide in the Saint Mary’s Department of Theatre and Dance production of the complex British drama “Pentecost” Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 7-9.

Written by David Edgar and directed by Judy Myers, “Pentecost” tells the story of Gabrielle Pecs, a beautiful and passionate art curator in a small village in an unnamed Eastern European post-communist country. Gabrielle believes she has discovered something wonderful in an ancient, abandoned church near her country’s border. Realizing that a celebrated art historian from England is arriving in her country to give a talk, Gabrielle brings him face to face with what very well may be a work of art that will change the course of history.

This play contains adult language and adult situations. Patron discretion is advised.

Shows are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-8, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, in Page Theatre.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available at the box office, Ext. 1715, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.pagetheatre.org.

Garment industry is topic of next Under-Told Stories Forum Nov. 12


The next Under-Told Stories Project Forum asks the question, “Is What You’re Wearing Enslaving or Liberating?” A panel of speakers will conduct a public discussion about issues related to the garment industry Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Winona Campus.

The event’s keynote speaker is Joe Bozich, CEO of Knights Apparel, who is convinced his Alta Gracia collegiate sportswear subsidiary can compete with Adidas and Nike while providing a living wage to the Dominican workers who make the clothes.

Bozich has more than 20 years of manufacturing, sourcing, marketing, and operations experience. He founded Knights Apparel in 2001, and by 2009 Knights Apparel became the largest supplier of college apparel in the United States. Knights Apparel also holds exclusive rights with the NHL. Bozich was named Ernst & Young’s 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year for the Illinois Region and in 2010 the Huffington Post nominated him as one of the top 100 Game Changers in the nation.

Participants will be asked to think about these questions:

Bozich pays Alta Gracia garment workers 3.5 times the legal minimum wage. What’s your price point for fairness?
In Bangladesh, 4 million people are employed in the garment industry, many in unsafe conditions with poverty-level pay. Are “non-living wages” better than the alternative?
From “fair trade” to “green washing,” can consumers be persuaded to make socially responsible choices?

The moderator will be Fred de Sam Lazaro, who directs the Under-Told Stories Project at Saint Mary’s—a program that combines international journalism and teaching—and is a senior distinguished fellow at the university’s Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership. He has served as a correspondent for PBS NewsHour since 1985 and is a regular contributor to Religion and Ethics Newsweekly on PBS.

Panelists will also include:

• Chandu Valluri, assistant professor of marketing at Saint Mary’s. Valluri has advised CEOs and senior business leaders in the textile, information communication technology, and food and beverage industries, both domestically and internationally.

• Nikki See, producer and editor, Under-Told Stories Project. See covers a variety of global issues for PBS, including those in the apparel trade and human rights. See brings the rare perspective of one who has spent time amid the garment racks in Cambodian and Bangladeshi factories, as well as those of the fashion retailers she browses for her own consumption.

This event—free and open to the public—is planned for 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Page Theatre. (The same event will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Saint Mary’s Twin Cities Campus.)

This event is made possible by the Under-Told Stories Project as seen on the PBS NewsHour, and is sponsored by the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Support Saint Mary’s at Give to the Max Day Nov. 13


What if you could turn a $10 donation into an additional $1,000 donation for Saint Mary’s?

Participate Nov. 13 in Give to the Max Day, and you could help make that happen! Make your donation on GiveMN.org and help the Office of Development and Alumni Relations continue to change lives here at the university.

On Nov. 13, every gift made on GiveMN.org will be entered into an hourly drawing for a $1,000 GiveMN Golden Ticket to be awarded to a Minnesota school. That adds up to 24 opportunities for you to help us receive an extra $1,000!

Here’s the really exciting part: At the end of Give to the Max Day, one donation made on GiveMN.org will be randomly selected to receive a $10,000 Super-Sized GiveMN Golden Ticket just for schools.

The more gifts the university generates on GiveMN.org on Nov. 13, the more our chances increase to receive that additional $10,000 donation. Imagine what we could do with $10,000!

The goal is to raise $42,014, and you can help the university reach it!
For more information and prize incentives go to: www.mysmumn.org/givetomax14.

Be sure to mark your calendar and make your gift on Nov. 13 by visiting GiveMN.org and searching for Saint Mary’s. Or schedule your gift today at https://givemn.org/organization/Saint-Marys-University-Of-Minnesota.

Show your Cardinal Pride and Give to the Max!

Student event combines games with Give to the Max support

As a fun way for the Future Alumni Committee student members to raise awareness about Give to the Max Day, they’ve planned a game night (including root beer pong and a pie-eating contest). Students are invited to the game room between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13.

Cardinal Plunge beneficiary is Juliana Piscitiello


The Future Alumni Committee and the Alumni Relations Office have announced  this year’s beneficiary of the Cardinal Plunge. Juliana Piscitiello ‘06 was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis, a genetic, auto-immune disease and a chronic progressive form of arthritis which is destroying her spine. Piscitiello, former part-time faculty member at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, has enjoyed ballet since the age of 3 and has assisted with dance choreography on campus. Funds will be used to assist with the expense of her ongoing therapy, much of which is needed to reduce the severity of her painful symptoms. She could also benefit from adaptive equipment. Juliana is the daughter of Kathy and Tony Piscitiello, senior advancement director.

The Cardinal Plunge will be held Saturday, Feb. 7, at Lake Winona as part of the Winona Winter Carnival. Watch for more information on registration and how to donate for a silent auction.

Rouault’s ‘Seeing Christ in the Darkness’ on display


“Seeing Christ in the Darkness,” a collection of the world-class prints of one of the most important printmakers of the 20th century, Georges Rouault, will be on display through Nov. 16 at Saint Mary’s.
Rouault (1871-1958) was a lifelong Roman Catholic, but the Church resisted the darkness of his work. It wasn’t until the end of his life that he received a church commission. But the graphic art in this exhibition, done at the height of the artist’s powers, shows how deeply the artist identified with people’s sufferings and, indeed, saw within this darkness the salvation that Christ brought.

Rouault’s work will be on display in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Fact book now online


The Office of Institutional Research has released the Saint Mary’s University Fact Book 2013-2014. An online version of the Fact Book may be found at http://www.smumn.edu/factbook13-14. The Saint Mary’s University Fact Book is a compilation of historical and current data designed to facilitate internal communication; provide data to use in decision-making, planning, and improvement efforts; and answer frequently asked questions about the university.


Chat and Chow events


The next Chat, Chow & Web 2.0 event, “Freedom to Roam,” will be noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19. Dr. Moni Berg-Binder (biology), Dr. Demian Cho (physics), Todd Iverson (math), and Dr. Kristen Sellke (math) have reinvented  their classrooms using iPads. They will talk about how they can now move easily through their classrooms carrying their technology with them.

The Chat, Chow & Web 2.0 professional development series, hosted by the library, IT, and Instructional Technology, is open to all faculty and staff. Meet in the main lounge of McEnery; lunch is provided. An RSVP is appreciated, but not necessary, to Jason Spartz at jspartz@smumn.edu.


Off the Page event explores Western, Eastern music



The Saint Mary’s “Off the Page” series invites audiences to explore the intersection of Western and Eastern music with a visit from the Twin Cities-based new music ensemble Zeitgeist, with guest artist Nirmala Rajasekar on veena.“Summer Rain” is a new production, with music developed and performed by Zeitgeist with composer and veena virtuoso Nirmala Rajasekar. A blend of Indian classical music (Carnatic tradition) and Western classical new music, Summer Rain features five musical compositions interspersed with discussion and interactive opportunities designed to bring audiences a greater understanding of the two traditions.

The event is 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in Figliulo Recital Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and are available at www.pagetheatre.org or by calling the box office, Ext. 1715, Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

A Page in History event with these artists is planned for noon on Nov. 14 at the Winona County History Center. Zeitgeist and Nirmala Rajasekar will talk about their collaboration, the instruments they use, and about composing Eastern and Western music together.

Results from Halloween Boofet announced

First-place winners
Second-place winners

The Halloween costume traveling trophy was awarded to the iT department for their ingenious technology skit, and second place went to the minions in Marketing and Communications. It was a “monster-ously” good time! The event raised $227 for our Nairobi progras.

The Volunteer Committee would like to thank brave judges Michael Hagarty and Chris Verch and emcee Dean Beckman (despite his bad jokes). Thank you also to the folks in the library, Registrar’s Office and Business Office who provided delicious food.

MPR digital producer to speak Nov. 12



Jay Gabler, digital producer at The Current and Classical Minnesota Public Radio and co-founder of The Tangential, will present “Does Writing for the Internet Mean Writing for Dummies?” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the President’s Room. The event, sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta—the international English honor society—and The Writing Studio, is free and open to the public.

O’Shea, Heukeshoven to premiere choral compositions



Two new works for choir by Saint Mary’s University music faculty Dr. Patrick O’Shea and A. Eric Heukeshoven will receive their world premiere by the La Crosse Chamber Chorale as part of the ensemble’s “Words to Music” project.

Words to Music is a project in which poetry written by local students is set to music by area composers. Last April, over 200 area students submitted poems based on the theme of compassion. The poems were given to five area composers who each chose one to become the text of a new musical work.

Both of the new compositions will feature performances by fellow Saint Mary’s music department faculty. O’Shea’s “Unlock Your Heart” will include a performance by Dr. David Leung on violin and Heukeshoven’s “And They Have Lies” will be assisted by Dr. Janet Heukeshoven playing a Swiss folk instrument known as a “talerschwingen.”

“The Energies of Love” concert will be presented twice:

Saturday, Nov. 8 • 7:30 p.m.
First Lutheran Church
410 Main St.
Onalaska, Wis.

Sunday, Nov. 9 • 3 p.m.
English Lutheran Church
16th and King streets
La Crosse, Wis.

Tickets will be available at the door, $20 for adults and $10 for students/seniors. More information can be found at http://chamberchorale.org/index.html or by contacting A. Eric Heukeshoven at Ext. 7292.

Fall Preview Day is Nov. 11


Fall Preview Day provides prospective students with an introduction to Saint Mary’s. On Nov. 11, the Office of Admission is inviting visitors to tour the campus, learn about academic departments, and speak with Saint Mary’s staff and students. There are sessions reviewing the college search timeline, applying to Saint Mary’s, and how to access scholarship and financial-aid resources.

Please join the Office of Admission in warmly welcoming these students and families to campus and assisting them with any questions or needs they may have.

Men’s hockey team hosts Teddy Bear Toss Nov. 9


The men’s hockey team will hold a Teddy Bear Toss Sunday, Nov. 9, during the Cardinals’ 5 p.m. home game against St. Thomas at the Saint Mary’s Ice Arena.

Fans 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.

After the first Saint Mary’s 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 through the Hiawatha Valley Marines Toys for Kids program.

The Marines formerly supported the Toys for Tots program; this new organization operates under the Winona Community Foundation, but the goal remains the same: to provide toys for area children at Christmas.