Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Frolic planned for Oct. 4

The public is invited to participate in the 27th Fall Frolic 5K fun run/walk at Saint Mary’s  Saturday, Oct. 4.

Registration will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Toner Student Center with the race beginning at 10 a.m. The $8 cost includes a T-shirt.

The annual event is free to Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff, but is open to the community as well. Typically close to 300 people participate; competitors of all levels (including walkers) are welcome. The online registration form is available at

A complete Family Weekend schedule is available online at  Family Weekend runs Oct. 3-5 and includes a full slate of activities for families of students and the Saint Mary’s community. In previous years, as many as 1,000 visitors have come onto campus for music concerts, sporting events, the Fall Frolic, and other games and activities.

Music performances scheduled for Family Weekend, Oct. 3-5

Members of the Jazz Ensemble with director A. Eric Heukeshoven

Two public student performances—a jazz concert and a choir and band performance—highlight Saint Mary’s upcoming Family Weekend.

• The Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo One launch another great season 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in Figliulo Recital Hall, under the direction of A. Eric Heukeshoven. From familiar tunes by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, and others, to contemporary compositions, the Jazz Ensemble’s season opener offers music for everyone. Jazz styles from the blues, jazz-rock, samba, and swing all come together to create a dynamic evening of variety. Jazz Combo One, also known as “Easy Company” this semester, will perform a tribute to jazz great Thelonius Monk with four of his most challenging original compositions. Seating is limited.

• The Concert Band and Choirs will combine talents for a 2 p.m. concert Saturday, Oct. 4, at Page Theatre. The Chamber Singers will perform works by Patrick O’Shea, Tomas Luis de Victoria, Hans Leo Hassler, and Thomas Tallis. The Concert Choir will perform works by Ludovico Viadana, Stephen Paulus, and Moses Hogan. Both choirs are directed by Dr. Patrick O’Shea. After a brief intermission, the Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, will feature Bandscapes by Sy Brandon. This is a 13-movement piece that showcases every section of the band, from the clever “Flute Fandango” to “Tuba Tango” and the “Finale Variations,” which combines the entire ensemble in unique ways. Percy Grainger’s beautiful and familiar Irish Tune from County Derry will round out the concert. A reception will follow.

Tickets to both performances are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and are available at the Saint Mary’s Box Office, 507-457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at Tickets are also available at the door.

Euerle, Buerkle, Haley and Stolz honored at Cardinal ‘M’ Club ceremony

Katie Stolz and Aaron Haley were named outstanding Female and Male Athletes, and Courtney Euerle and Ben Buerkle were named Outstanding Female and Male Athletes.
The new Saint Mary's Sports Hall of Fame inductees: Kelly (King) Stinson '97, Chris Gogolewski '94 and Jennifer (Meyer) Fisher '01.

The 2013-14 season proved to be the end of one dominating era, and the beginning of another.

Senior Courtney Euerle (Litchfield, Minn.) capped an illustrious career by leading the Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team to an MIAC regular-season title and NCAA tournament berth, while freshman Ben Buerkle (Roseville, Minn.) took the college baseball world by storm in helping guide the Cardinal baseball team to its third straight MIAC tournament berth.

And Friday evening, the two were honored for their efforts, being named Saint Mary’s  Outstanding Female and Male Athletes at the Cardinal ‘M’ Club Sports Hall of Fame and Awards Ceremony.

Aaron Haley (Plainview, Minn.) and Katie Stolz (Forest Lake, Minn.), meanwhile, were named Outstanding Male and Female Scholar Athletes.

Friday’s festivities also included the induction of three new members into the Saint Mary’s Sports Hall of Fame, as the Cardinal ‘M’ Club, in association with the Saint Mary’s Alumni Office, welcomed the Class of 2014: Kelly (King) Stinson ’97 (fastpitch softball), Jennifer (Meyer) Fisher ’01 (fastpitch softball) and Chris Gogolewski ’94 (baseball).

Euerle’s final season in a Cardinal uniform was her best yet, as the senior post helped guide Saint Mary’s to an MIAC regular-season title, a berth in the MIAC tournament title game, and its first NCAA Tournament appearance in nearly three decades. Euerle, who led the team in both scoring and rebounding—including six games of 20 or more points and five double-doubles—was showered with post-season accolades, including MIAC Player of the Year, First-Team All-MIAC, MIAC All-Defensive Team, All-West Region and honorable-mention All-American.

Buerkle turned more than a few heads in his first season in a Cardinal uniform. The freshman outfielder boasted a team-best .405 batting average, while also leading or sharing the team lead in runs, hits, home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage en route to earning MIAC Rookie of the Year and ABCA Third-Team All-Region honors. The freshman outfielder had at least one hit in 36 of the 40 games he played in—and reached base safely in 39 of 40 contests.

An accounting/finance major with a 3.97 grade-point-average, Haley finished his junior season as the Cardinals’ top runner in all six cross country events he competed in. Haley saved his best for last, repeating as an All-MIAC selection with a school-record 8K time of 25:59 to place 13th overall at the MIAC Championships. He added a 35th-place time of 26:09 to earn All-Region honors at the NCAA Central Regional. During the outdoor track and field season, the junior etched his name in the Cardinal record books, shattering the school mark in the 10,000 with a time of 32:18.83.

Like Haley, Stolz was a dual-sport athlete during her junior year, competing on both the Cardinal women’s cross country and track and field teams. A biology major with a 4.00 GPA, Stolz broke the school record in the 6K twice during the cross country season, while shattering the steeplechase record three times, and setting a new school mark in the indoor 5,000. Earning First-Team All-MIAC honors in both cross country and outdoor track and field, Stolz was also honored with the MIAC’s Elite 22 award, honoring individuals who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the conference championship level, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers.

To see photos from the event, go to

150 return for Young Alumni Weekend

Alumni enjoyed yard games on campus.

Dr. Debra Martin talked with recent alumna Bethany Schmidt.

Nearly 150 graduates from the past decade returned to Winona for Young Alumni Reunion Weekend, Sept. 12-14.

Throughout the weekend, students enjoyed a faculty and staff social, a young alumni gathering at Mulligan’s (featuring music by Adam Stasica ‘07, Development), ropes course activities, disc golfing, an alumni party at Betty Jo’s, and the Cardinal Dash 5K.

The weekend also coincided with Cardinal ‘M’ Club Weekend, giving alumni opportunities to cheer on Cardinal athletics.

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Black to share experience in Nairobi at faculty lunch

The Faculty Development Committee will host the first of its lunches today, Friday, Sept. 19, in the faculty dining room. Dr. Kyle Black, Modern and Classical Languages, will  share “Contemporary Kenyan Culture in Context: The MIASMU Experience and Beyond” from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Lunch is available to faculty and academic staff in the cafeteria beginning at noon. (Note at the front that you are attending the FDC lunch).

In this session of “Sharing Faculty Development Over Lunch,” Dr. Black will share his experience with the Maryknoll Institute of African Studies’ immersion program from this summer in Nairobi, Kenya. Complemented by photographs taken on the trip, he will share some of the reasons why he chose to participate in the MIASMU program, along with how the experience was central to his professional development as a member of the Saint Mary’s community and his role as an educator.

For example, Dr. Black hopes to develop a course that will explore Kenyan/African culture through literature, film, and anthropological texts acquired on the trip. He also will describe the class in which he was enrolled (“African Cultures: An Overview”) and the ethnographic study carried out on the concept of work, identity, and labor roles in Kenya.

Saint Mary’s students to stage ‘Rabbit Hole’ Sept. 25-28

The Saint Mary’s Department of Theatre and Dance will stage “Rabbit Hole” Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 25-28.

Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down and leaves the couple drifting perilously apart. “Rabbit Hole” is a story of loss, honesty, compassion and wit during a time when a family tries to pick up the broken pieces to try to move forward with their daily lives.

This winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, written by David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Saint Mary’s senior theatre major Kathleen Bryant, confronts the emotions surrounding human loss and the unique, and at times hilarious, ways we cope with grief.

The show runs 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 25-28, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28, in the Studio Theatre of the Performance Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available at the box office, 507-457-1715, Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or online at

Study Abroad Fair Sept. 23

Students and faculty are encouraged to visit the Study Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the President’s Room. Explore the variety of study abroad opportunities available to Saint Mary’s students. Representatives from Saint Mary’s affiliated study abroad programs, faculty leaders of short-term programs, and past student study abroad participants will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.

Saint Mary’s remembers Sept. 11

In remembrance of the 13th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, a ceremony was held on campus. Members of the Saint Mary’s community gathered around the Peace Pole in remembrance and in prayer.

Chicago artist displays work at Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries

Chicago artist Cherith Lundin is displaying her work in “An excess of ground,” through Oct. 10 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.

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 everyday life and extracts moments of fluidity within familiar spaces, where apparent dichotomies such as inside and outside, figure and ground, proximity and distance mingle.

Medieval and Renaissance Studies seminar nears

A Medieval and Renaissance Studies seminar—titled, “The Scholastic-Humanist Debate, or Why the English and Philosophy Departments Come from Two Different Worlds, and Why the Theology and Languages Departments Have Something to Say about It, as Related by a Historian with Perfect Objectivity,”—will be held Monday, Sept. 22. The book review with commentary is planned for 7 p.m. in Salvi Lecture Hall. The event is sponsored by the faculty of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Minor.

International Center hosts fall picnic

On Sept. 11, the International Center celebrated the start of fall semester by hosting its annual fall picnic to welcome new and returning international students, faculty, and staff. It was a great afternoon to enjoy a picnic dinner and lawn games. Thank you to all who attended despite the cooler weather!

Saint Mary’s to host first Career Fair, prep workshops

The first Saint Mary’s University career fair will be held 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Toner Student Center.

All students and alumni of Saint Mary’s are invited to check out local and regional businesses and organizations, network with potential employers and find out what they are looking for in potential interns and employees.

This is a great opportunity for students to practice job interview skills and potentially land a job or internship that could launch their careers.

To help prepare for this career fair, the Career Services and Internships Office will be offering three upcoming workshops.

• Career Fair First Impressions — 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, Room 123, Saint Mary’s Hall. Did you know that 86 percent of interviewers surveyed have made a decision about whether they want to hire someone in the first two minutes of the interview? Students can attend this workshop to learn about what to wear, body language, and what to say in the first 30 seconds.

• Your Résumé—and Other Ways to Deliver your Brand, 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, Room 123, Saint Mary’s Hall. This workshop will help students develop a personal brand and communicate that to potential employers, especially through résumés.

• Conducting a Winning Interview, 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, Room 123, Saint Mary’s Hall. Interviewing can be a scary thing, so come to this workshop and discuss what kinds of questions students can expect, strategies for answering them, and questions to ask employers/interviewers.

Lenz publishes article in literature journal

Dr. Brooke Lenz, English Department, recently published an article titled “Narrative Fiction, Experience-Taking, and Progressive Male Standpoints,” an examination of the narrative strategies employed in Angela Carter’s “The Passion of New Eve” and John Fowles’ “The Magus.” The article was published in the September 2014 issue of Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature.

Schild’s poem wins Lanesboro Art Center contest

A poem written by Dr. Steve Schild, Communications, was chosen as one of the winners in a contest sponsored by the Lanesboro (Minn.) Art Center. Schild’s poem, one of 15 selected from more than 170 submissions, is on display with the other winning entries in a park in Lanesboro.

Sympathy to Logan family

Peter F. Logan, father-in-law of Coral Logan (Development), died Thursday, Sept. 11.

The Saint Mary’s community extends its sympathy to the Logan family.