Thursday, August 21, 2014

Welcome back students and faculty!

Welcome Week begins with Move-In Weekend; student and parent check-in is 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23. The President’s Welcome begins at 1 p.m. in the gymnasium, and a full weekend of events are planned. For more information, go to

Internet marketing author to speak Sept. 8

Stephen Woessner, a nationally recognized internet marketing author, speaker and consultant, will speak on campus Monday, Sept. 8, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Common Room.

Woessner is a two-time international best-selling author; has been published in Forbes, the Washington Post, and others; is an educator and business consultant for the University of Wisconsin System; is the CEO of Predictive ROI; is a consultant with more than 15 years of experience; and developed a patent pending ROI process.

The Public Relations/Business Club is hosting his presentation.

Saint Mary’s float in Goodview Days Parade

A huge thanks goes to the large group of resident assistants and hall directors — along with John Duerst — for representing Saint Mary’s in the Goodview Days Parade. A special thanks to Ben Meyer and Minh Nguyen for dressing up as Big Red!

Conservatory to conduct ‘Nutcracker’ auditions Aug. 30

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will hold auditions Saturday, Aug. 30, for its holiday production of The Nutcracker, to be performed at Saint Mary’s University Dec. 4-7. Auditions will begin at noon at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St.

The Nutcracker tells the timeless tale of Clara as she is taken into a magical world filled with dancing candy, daring sword fights, and beautiful fairies.

There are numerous opportunities to become involved in this production, from performing in the spotlight to assisting behind the scenes. Roles are available for actors, dancers and community members ages 5 and older (including adults) at all levels of experience.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is a nonprofit arts organization, which 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.

For more information, go to, e-mail, “like” them on Facebook, or call 453-5500. Auditions are free and open to the public.

Tickets to Rosanne Cash not currently available, but there are still opportunities

Although tickets are no longer available for the Page Series performance by Rosanne Cash, some will become available next week (check back at the box office) as well as the evening of the performance. A waiting list starts at 6:30 p.m. the night of the performance.

Cash will perform Wednesday, Sept. 3. Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for seniors and students.

Daughter of American icon Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash has blazed a path of her own with thoughtful, heartfelt songs of love, loss, and country living. Her most recent recording The River & The Thread has been critically acclaimed by NPR as a masterpiece and “a timeless work of comfort and quiet joy.”

Cash has recorded 15 albums, including 1981’s Seven Year Ache and 1987’s King’s Record Shop – which both certified Gold. She has charted 21 Top 40 country singles, 11 of which climbed to No. 1. She has received 12 Grammy nominations, winning in 1985.

An intimate evening featuring Rosanne Cash and guitarist-husband John Leventhal will surely attract both loyal fans and those finding her for the first time.

Conservatory registration open house planned for Sept. 3

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will hold its winter 2014 registration open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Valencia Arts enter, 1164 West 10th St.

Here are five reasons to attend:

It’s a great opportunity to visit the facility, tour the studios and classrooms, and meet the talented instructors and staff.
The dance attire boutique will be open and staff will assist with fittings and take orders for all of the dance classes.
You can learn more about programming including some great new opportunities.
Members of the Friends of MCA will be on hand to tell you more about hands-on volunteer opportunities.
You will be able to visit with members of the Winona and MCA community and meet new people who love the arts as much as you.

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.

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 (507) 453-5500. Interested students may register online, by mail, or in person at MCA’s Valéncia Arts Center.

Page Series offering brings graphic novel to life

Science-fiction, radio play drama, and a graphic novel combine to bring Robot Planet’s Intergalactic Nemesis to the Page stage Friday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. Using the sound effects of radio drama, super-sized projections of a graphic novel, a live keyboard player, and live actors playing various parts, the premise is simple: a period adventure story (with no small share of laughs) featuring Pulitzer-winning reporter Molly Sloan, her intrepid assistant Timmy Mendez, and a mysterious librarian named Ben Wilcott face the most serious threat Earth has ever known: an impending invasion of sludge monsters from the planet Zygon.

Appropriate for all ages this show will have gamers, science fiction fans, radio drama fans, and people just looking for an entertaining evening of adventure and fun, on the edge of their seats, shouting for more.

Tickets are $27 for adults, $24 for seniors and students and are available at the box office 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Monday through Friday at (507) 457-1715 or online at

Psychology students present at APA session

 Maija Rannikko, Lauren Salonek, Ashley Walz, Christine Meeds and Ellie Niedbala
Elizabeth Seebach’s collaborative lab just presented a poster at the American Psychological Association (APA) in the Division of Health Psychology Poster session. The study, “The Body as a Temple:  Attachment to God and Health Behaviors” by Elizabeth Niedbala, Maija Rannikko, Ashley Walz, Christine Meeds, Lauren Salonek, and Elizabeth E. Seebach, was well received.

T-shirts are prizes in contest about Saint Mary’s

This is your time to express why you love Saint Mary’s University ... and potentially win a ‘This Is Your Time’ Saint Mary’s University T-shirt for your submission!

For the next 12 days, Saint Mary’s is holding a Twitter contest. All alumni and students are invited to Tweet about their memorable, life-changing times at Saint Mary’s! One T-shirt will be awarded each day.

Follow this link for contest rules:

Participants can enter every day for more chances to win!


Chicago artist to display work at next Saint Mary’s exhibit

Chicago artist Cherith Lundin will display her work in “An excess of ground,” the next Saint Mary’s art show Aug. 28 through Oct. 10.

Lundin’s work will be on display at the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries, located in the Toner Student Center. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. An opening reception is scheduled for 4:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the galleries.

Lundin is a visual artist whose work ranges in media from drawing and painting to photography and installation. Her work examines the architectural contours of every day life and extracts moments of fluidity within familiar spaces, where apparent dichotomies such as inside and outside, figure and ground, proximity and distance mingle.

Lundin grew up in Germany and received an M.F.A. from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she has taught painting and drawing at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Williams publishes articles

Martin Williams, director of Campus Safety, had two articles published in the past several years.

The first article is from the Journal of Emergency Management and is a comprehensive review of the first full year of the TASER program at Hennepin County Medical Center. To this day, this is really the only published research study on the topic of TASERs in Healthcare.

The most recent article is currently in print in the summer edition of the Journal of Healthcare Protection Management. This article is a print version/summary of a presentation conducted at the annual general meeting of the International Association of Hospital Security and Safety this past May.  This article outlines how the TASER devices fit into the overall use of force model and program at Hennepin County Medical Center and is a very unique perspective into the topic.

‘Campus Notes’ schedule

The newsletter is now on a weekly schedule. The deadline for each Friday issue is the Wednesday prior.

Sympathy to Beckman, Schultz families

Luella Elsbernd, mother-in-law to Dean Beckman, Department of Communication, died Aug. 8 after a short battle with cancer.

Evelyn Schultz, mother of Janel Schultz, Mathematics Department, died July 30 in Marshall, Minn.

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