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 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

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

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 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

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 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, and numerous digital download sites. CD’s and DVD’s will be available at the concert.  Paulson’s music is published worldwide by and

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

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, email, 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:

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.