Thursday, April 16, 2009

Student History Research Symposium is April 18 at SMU

Seniors from five area universities will present the results of their historical research at the Student History Research Symposium on Saturday, April 18, at Saint Mary’s. The event — free and open to the public — is sponsored by the history departments of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Saint Mary’s University, Viterbo University, and Winona State University.

In addition to the student presenters, Dr. Kendall Staggs, lecturer in history at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, will speak on “The Politics of Foreign Oil Dependency: A Historical Perspective.”

Each school asks senior history majors — and at Winona State, law and society majors — to write a senior thesis based on their original research of a historical question of their own choosing. In this way, the students actually do the work of historians, and in the process, deepen their research, writing and speaking skills.

All symposium sessions will be held on the third and fourth floors of Saint Mary’s Hall. The symposium opens at 9 a.m. in Salvi Lecture Hall (Room 332) with a short welcoming ceremony and coffee. Students will present their research in concurrent panels of three students each. The first panel session starts at 9:15 a.m., the second at 10:45 a.m. Dr. Staggs’s talk will start around noon and will be accompanied by a complimentary lunch.

For information, contact Dr. Tycho de Boer, at Ext. 6995 or

Saint Mary’s to host third Row, Ride, Run Triathlon

The third Saint Mary’s University Heart & SOUL “Row, Ride, Run Triathlon” will take place on Saturday, April 25, at 9 a.m.; check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. on the west end of Lake Winona. The public is encouraged to take part in the triathlon.

Participants will canoe or kayak a 2.5-mile loop around Lake Winona, then bike 14 miles from Lake Winona to the SMU campus. Once on campus, racers will run 3.1 miles through the bluffs surrounding the university.

Serving Others United in Love (SOUL) is a program of the Office of Campus Ministry, and offers opportunities to members of the SMU community to serve and be served through both national and international mission trips.

Racers are responsible for bringing their own bike, and are required to wear helmets for the bicycling leg of the event. Canoeists and kayakers are required to wear life jackets; a limited number of canoes and kayaks are available to rent for $20. SMU students and employees can use canoes and kayaks at no charge.

For more information, visit For information, call Ext. 1643.

Ropes course opens June 1

The new Saint Mary’s Challenge Ropes Course is now complete. The public is invited to use the course for personal and team development, beginning June 1. Reservations may be made beginning mid May.

The course provides a unique and fun environment for experiential and adventure-based education, where diverse populations can participate in activities designed to build self-confidence, team work and develop an understanding of the complexities of human nature through the use of a wide variety of initiative games.

The course includes low challenge elements that are 2 to 3 feet above the ground, and high challenge elements that are 25 to 40 feet above the ground. The low elements challenge course includes seven elements and assorted games and initiatives. The high elements course is comprised of nine elements, including a zip line. The tower includes a climbing wall with multiple routes for varying skill levels.

All booking requests must be made no less than two weeks in advance to Davey Warner, Ext. 8740 or e-mail SMU students and staff were trained for certification on the course last week.

More information about the cost to use the course will be available online soon. Costs are based upon number of hours on the course, number of participants, and type of group (university, non-profit or corporate).

Saxophonist David Liebman to complete two-day residency

Photo by Pin Lim
The community is invited to listen to and learn from world-renowned saxophonist David Liebman today, April 17, as he completes a two-day residency at Saint Mary’s University.

Liebman will perform with the Jazz Ensemble and Combos, under the direction of Dr. John Paulson, at 7:30 p.m. today, Friday, April 17, in Page Theatre. He will also give a special “meet the artist” session at 6:30 p.m. in Figliulo Recital Hall. Both venues are located in the Performance Center. Tickets to the performance are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available at the Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at

Additionally, he will teach an Improv Master Class for teachers and pros, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 17, in Page Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

The residency is made possible through funding from the Helen and Sam Kaplan Foundation and the Department of Music. For more information, contact Paulson at Ext. 1596, or go online to

Choirs concert features world premiere by William Neil

The Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Patrick O’Shea, and Women’s Choir, under the direction of Lindsy O’Shea, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, Saint Teresa campus.

The performance will include a world premiere performance of Oratoria for choir, soloists, brass, percussion and the church bells of Winona, by William Neil.

The work features the Chamber Singers, percussion and a brass quintet coached by Eric Heukeshoven. Also involved with be Music Technology faculty member Brett Huus, assisting with electronically sampled sounds used in the work.

The evening will also include a special performance of O’Shea’s Due Sonetti di Petrarca and Jake Runestad’s I Will Lift Mine Eyes, as well as works by Pablo Casals and spirituals.

Neil is a 2008 McKnight Visiting Composer. For more information, go to

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available at the Box Office, Ext. 1715 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at

Spring Chamber Music Recital is April 26

A recital of student chamber ensembles is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in Figliulo Recital Hall, located in the Performance Center. Performing groups will include the Flute Choir, Clarinet Quartet, Brass Quintet, String Ensemble and Wind Ensemble. The ensembles are coached by SMU music faculty members Janet Heukeshoven, Eric Heukeshoven, and Ned Kirk. This recital will feature a variety of music by Mozart, Vivaldi, Schubert, and Schumann.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available at the Box Office, Ext. 1715, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or online at

For additional details, contact Janet Heukeshoven at Ext. 1675 or

Special discounts available for upcoming concerts

Don’t forget that students are eligible for discounted student rush tickets, and faculty and staff are eligible for two free tickets to all SMU performance events (all upcoming music performances). Contact the Box Office.

Saint Mary’s planning for next ‘Spruce up Winona Day’

In recognition of “Spruce Up Winona Day,” Saint Mary’s is hoping to send 125 faculty, staff and students into the community between 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 23, to help groups and organizations.

To sign up for a 1 to 3 p.m., 3 to 5 p.m., or 1 to 5 p.m. shift, call Katie LaPlant at Ext. 6936 or e-mail Saint Mary’s employees may volunteer up to two hours of work time for Spruce Up Winona and the Gilmore Creek cleanup. Any volunteer time must be approved by the employee’s appropriate supervisor.

Volunteers needed to clean Gilmore Creek April 20

Faculty, staff and students are joining together Monday, April 20, to clean up Gilmore Creek as part of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource’s Adopt-a-River program.

Take a break and get away from your desks; here’s a chance to enjoy some fresh air, get some exercise and help the environment. Volunteers will clean a 2-mile stretch of the creek surrounding our campus.

The cleanup will run from 1 to 4 p.m. Materials and instructions will be given out at 1 p.m. near the Information Desk. Please call Katie LaPlant at Ext. 6936 or e-mail and sign up. Please also specify which hours you will be able to work.

Gloves and bags will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothing that can get wet and dirty.

Saint Mary’s employees may volunteer up to two hours of work time for Spruce Up Winona and the Gilmore Creek cleanup. Any volunteer time must be approved by the employee’s appropriate supervisor.

Art students to display work through May 9

Ann Kolaczkowski is one of seven students displaying work in the senior art show, “Squaring the Circle: Constructing the Impossible” March 29 through May 9 at Saint Mary’s University.

Senior art students will display their work through May 9 in “Squaring the Circle: Constructing the Impossible.” The show — free and open to the public — is on display in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries.

Displaying work will be: Michael DeGidio, Mary Margaret Gill, Ann Therese Kolaczkowski, Natalie Nemetz, Samantha Oreskovich, Andrew Rath and Cassie Ward.

An opening reception is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 18. The Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries are open daily between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. For more information, call Ext. 1652

Famous Dave’s founder presentation includes food

Dave Anderson, founder of the popular barbecue franchise Famous Dave’s of America, will speak at Saint Mary’s on Monday, April 27.

The event, hosted by the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, is free and open to the public. Anderson’s presentation, “Me, Inc. — The Spirit of Entrepreneurship,” will run from 6 to 7 p.m. in Page Theatre.

Famous Dave’s of La Crosse is donating samples and appetizers in honor of the event. Food will be served on a first-come, first-served basis after the presentation outside of the Performance Center. Freewill offerings will be accepted to benefit the Kabara Institute.

Anderson shares his heartfelt optimism using his life’s story to share insight and life lessons in dealing with today’s fast-changing world. He is an enthusiastic advocate of the American dream and stresses that no matter how tough things may seem today, if you never give up your dream and work hard, tomorrow’s rewards will always come.

Anderson will be available following the presentation to sign his books, “LifeSkills for Success” and “Backroads and Sidestreets Cookbook” in the Performance Center lobby. Copies of the books will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to the Lifeskills Center for Leadership in Minneapolis.

Iron Chef competition Sunday will raise money, awareness

BUGGS Month will end on Sunday, April 19, at 5 p.m. with an Iron Chef competition in the Common Room. This event is the major fundraiser for the Bethlehem University Gaza Student Scholarships. Ten student teams and two faculty teams are competing for the Iron Chef SMU title.

If you didn’t get your ticket yet, you can still purchase one from Amira Sadek or Dorothy Diehl ($5 for faculty/staff and $3 for students). Your ticket will let you sample the various entries and enjoy a falafel sandwich, hummus, and tabouleh, prepared by Brother Tom Houde, John Schollmeier, and Diehl.

Come sample some great food and watch the three highly qualified judges, Brother Stephen Rusyn, Dr. Gary Diomandes and Joe Piscitiello, at work.

If you can't make it but would like to make a donation towards this charitable event, contact Sadek, student coordinator, at or Diehl at

Sign up now for summer camps

The Winona campus is filled with camp activities all summer long including:

• Learn to Lead camp from July 12-16. Learn to Lead is a new four-day on-campus experience for girls entering grades six, seven and eight in fall 2009. Participants will focus on the discovery of the leader within through fun activities, outdoor adventures and leadership skill development. The camp is being developed in conjunction with the Saint Teresa Leadership and Service Institute for Women. The cost is $375.

• Girls volleyball camps for girls in grades six through eight July 19-23, and for grades nine through 12 July 26-30. Develop as a player and as a person during this residential athletic camp, which focuses on both individual skills and team play. The cost is $375.

• Girls basketball camp for girls in grades five through 10 July 12-16. This instructional camp gives special attention to the fundamentals of shooting, ball handling, passing and defense. Time is spent developing team concepts as well as offensive and defensive games plans. Each age group is challenged to compete and improve their skills against other campers their age. The cost is $375.

• PDP Hockey School for girls and boys ages 8 through 18. Squirts, ages 9-10, meet June 28 through July 2; pee wees, ages 11-12, meet June 28 through July 2; boys goalies, ages 8 through 12, meet June 28 through July 2; U-10/U-12 girls meet July 5-9; U-14/high school girls meet July 5-9; and girls goaltenders, ages 8 through 18, meet July 5-9. The five-day residential camp cost is $595 ($575 by April 15). Contact Bill Moore or

• Mid-States Swim Camp June 14-18 and June 21-25. The five-day residential camp is $540. Contact

• “Turning Point” Figure Skating Camp July 19-22 and 20-21. The cost for the four-day residential camp is $575. For the day camp, the cost is $125 per day or $225 for both days. Contact John Meier at 452-5305 or

*Registration for PDP Hockey, Mid-States Swim and Turning Point Figure Skating must be done through these individual camps. Although the camps are hosted on the SMU campus, SMU is not handling registration or payment.

For more information, go to Register and pay online, or call Ext. 6921.

SMU in the news

Here are recent mentions of SMU “making the news” — in the Winona area and beyond.

• The Winona Daily News ran a story titled “New SMU ropes course is a swingin’ good time” in its April 10 edition.

• Davey Warner, Outdoor Leadership coordinator, was quoted in a story titled, “Easy ways to go green” in the April 12 edition of the Winona Daily News.

• An article appeared April 6 in BusinessWeek highlighting how we (and other private universities) are making tuition affordable. It can be found at this link:

• An article titled “Saxophonist David Liebman at Saint Mary’s University April 16-17” appeared in Jazz Notes, from the Twin Cities Jazz Society in St. Paul-Minneapolis.

• SMU’s Hendrickson Lab 13 is featured in Educause Quarterly, the IT Practitioner’s Journal in a section titled “Learning Spaces.” To see the photo features section, go to the bottom of

Jazz notes

John Paulson and the Miles Johnston Quartet will perform 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday, April 24, at the Starlite Lounge in La Crosse, Wis.

Science initiative is April 24-25

The SMU Alumni Association is hosting the “Saint Mary’s Science Initiative” for alumni of science-related fields on April 24-25.

A variety of activities — including an alumni social, presentations and tours — are planned through which alumni can learn about the SMU’s vision to create a 21st Century Center for Science Education and Research.

Alum to speak about Phoenix Mars Mission on April 24

As part of the Science Initiative, on Friday, April 24, Dr. John Hoffman ’51, professor of physics at the University of Texas at Dallas and a co-investigator of the NASA mission, will present “Phoenix Mars Mission” in the World Room. The SMU community is invited to hear this presentation.

Ice cream dates announced; thanks from Nairobi

Let’s Do Ice Cream fundraisers have been set for the summer. Enjoy sundaes from 3 to 4 p.m. June 4 and Aug. 13 and root beer floats from 3 to 4 p.m. July 16.

Brother Paulos Welday Mesmer, director of Christ the Teacher Institute for Education in Nairobi, thanked the SMU community for donations that were raised at Let’s Do Lunch, Jeans for a Cause and other fundraisers throughout the year.

“Thanks for the wonderful news. You know, I have four students whom I was not sure whether they will be able to graduate this coming May. They have struggled as much as they could to raise tuition funds but they were defeated. The harsh realities of poverty! This is a great news that you are sharing. These four students will now be able to graduate.

“Many thanks to you and to all of the people of good heart who have indeed worked hard to brighten/change someone’s life/fortune forever.”

Beekeeping is the next topic in Knowledge Acknowledged

Chris Kendall, Gary LeMasters and Wes Miller will share their passion for bees at the next Knowledge Acknowledged presentation from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the McEnery Center. Light refreshments will be served. Get the buzz on the honey bee and hear tales of beekeeping and honey harvesting.

Hendrickson Institute hosts John Howard April 21

The Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership will host the 2009 Forum on Leadership on Tuesday, April 21. John Howard, former prime minister of Australia, will speak about “Leadership in a Global Economy,” and the Hendrickson Institute Medal for Ethical Leadership will be awarded to Charles M. Denny.

Denny will be honored for his years of ethical leadership as chairman and CEO of ADC Telecommunications Inc; his commitment to equity and justice (for example, by providing jobs through Project for Pride in Living Industries); and his decades of volunteer work in the nonprofit sector. He is also recognized for his legacy of written ethical guidelines for corporations, from the Minnesota Principles to his research and writing as a recipient of the Louis W. Hill Jr. Fellowship.

Registration begins at 3 p.m., the forum runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and a reception will follow at the Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power St., in Minneapolis.

Tickets are $50 for the public, with a special student rate of $10, and a faculty and alumni rate of $40. For more information, contact Barb Hall at or (612) 238-4517. More details can be found online at

Service Recognition Reception planned for April 23

The Service Recognition Awards and Reception will be 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Common Room. Awards will be presented to those celebrating anniversary years, as well as this year’s retirees, Sandra Beth, Dr. Jeffrey Highland, Robert (B.J.) Jonsgaard, Dr. Larry Luttmers, Jerrie Seibert and Dr. James Vogel.

Student Life Awards to be given out April 23

The second Annual Student Life Awards Ceremony will held Thursday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Common Room.

Join Brother William and the Student Development staff in recognizing nine individuals and one student organization for their outstanding contributions to co-curricular service and leadership this year.

Senior Academic Honors Banquet is April 22

The annual Senior Academic Honors Banquet will be held on Wednesday, April 22, beginning with a reception in the President's Room at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and the awards program will follow at 7 p.m. in the Dining Room.

Mayo Scholars Program info session is April 22

All junior and senior business and science majors interested in scholarship opportunities for the 2009/10 academic year are invited to an information session to learn more about the Mayo Innovation Scholars Program.

The Mayo Innovation Scholars Program offers an opportunity for selected undergraduate science and business students, along with MBA students, to research projects submitted by Mayo Clinic professionals through the Mayo Clinic Office of Intellectual Property. Saint Mary’s will have one student team consisting of four or five students. Participating students will receive a financial award and course credit.

Please join the 2008/09 Mayo Innovation Scholars from Saint Mary’s (Nicole Haese, Leah Hoglin, Joe Weinmann, and Jim Mazzuca), faculty advisors Dr. Deb Martin and Dr. Shelly McCallum, and Jackie Baker from the SMU Internship Office on Wednesday, April 22, at 12:30 p.m. in Saint Mary’s Hall, Room 420, to learn more about application and participation in this scholarship opportunity,

Questions about this session may be directed to Dr. McCallum (Ext. 7279, Room 429-A Saint Mary’s Hall).

Professional Conference on Teacher Inquiry April 18-19

“Growing by Giving” is the thematic focus for the Master of Education in Teaching and Learning’s annual conference at Champlin Park High School April 18-19.

Approximately 600 learners in the M.Ed. Program from across the state of Minnesota and Wisconsin will come together for two days of shared learning. Participants will be given the opportunity to explore the fruits of applied inquiry into the use of strategies that support student learning and development. The conference provides an opportunity to deepen participants’ understanding of their practice, explore ways to use classroom-based action research, and to develop instructional habits of mind that improve student learning and promote the well being of all learners.

During the two-day conference, participants will attend a total of six sessions. Six sessions will be seminars following a forum, round table, or Socratic seminar format. Here, participants will experience learning seminars grounded in action research sharing, with seminar leaders communicating both an understanding and application of strategies being applied in their classroom. A seventh session will bring teachers of like grade, subject matter, and curricular interests together for a time of sharing new strategies and developing possibilities for future collaboration.

Each seminar at the conference will be led by a second year M.Ed. Program participant. Each leader will facilitate a seminar engaging participants in active learning and dialogue focused on instructional problem solving. Ultimately, the conference is designed to facilitate teacher efforts to realize their personal visions and goals through opportunities to gain relevant information, engage in instructional exploration through dialogue, and renew the purpose that fuels their passion for teaching.

Anyone who may be interested in more information about the conference or who may wish to attend should contact Suzanne Peterson, program director, at Ext. 6615 or at

Geheren family thanks SMU community

The following letter was written to the Saint Mary’s community by the Geheren family, this year’s recipients of the Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance.

We wanted to write to try and express our appreciation for everything you did for us over the past weekend. As beneficiaries of the ninth annual Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance, our lives have truly been touched. We already felt blessed that we have been able to adopt three beautiful children (in addition to the one we raised at SMU), but to be associated with such a special event is remarkable.

The eight plus years we spent in Winona as students and employees of Saint Mary’s have been the most influential time we have had. Our values and family ideals were created on campus. All of the wonderful teachers, staff, hall directors, friends and co-workers we had the opportunity to meet, helped us grow into the people and family we currently are. We will always be grateful for the influence Saint Mary’s has had on us as we try to live Lasallian lives.

The benefit was an eye opener for us. As we have mentioned, we do not see what we are doing as anything special. We wanted more children and believed that we were capable of being caretakers for children with special needs. Last weekend opened our eyes to the possibility that maybe we can influence others to do things that seem small in our lives but can have a bigger impact in the world.

The benefit itself is a wonderful event that is supported by the university. In addition to supporting a wonderful family in the Richmonds, there are many other people and families associated with Saint Mary’s that receive a great benefit as well. I know our entire extended family was very positively affected by the entire experience. Also, the benefit is a great opportunity for all of the students who participate in the planning an execution of the event. We hope and pray that Saint Mary’s will continue to support this fantastic cause.

Finally, we would like to say that we have never been more proud to say we are graduates of Saint Mary’s University. We hope that someday we can help “pay it forward” to other Saint Mary’s families and that everyone at SMU understands the profound impact they had on the Geheren family.

Love, the Geherens — Bill, Mia, Michael, Tommy, Charlie and Danny

Hull named new director of study abroad

Dr. Philip Hull has been named the new Director of Study Abroad and Career Services associate. He officially began his duties on April 1.

Dr. Hull joins Saint Mary’s following three years as director of Study Abroad at Emporia State University in Kansas. Prior to that, he was a faculty member in the English Department at Bethany College in Kansas. Dr. Hull completed his B.A. at Luther College; his M.A. at Washington State University; and his Ph.D. in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Please stop in Room 136, Saint Mary’s Hall, and welcome him to the Saint Mary’s University community.

Pattee presents paper about Darfur genocide

Dr. Steve Pattee, associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, presented a paper titled “ ‘Why Should I Care?’ Responding to the Genocide in Darfur” at the Upper Midwest Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature. At the same meeting, he was appointed the regional program coordinating officer for the region.

Bodsgard publishes article on decontamination materials

Dr. Brett Bodsgard, Department of Chemistry, had an article published in Dalton Transactions titled “Silica-bound copper(II)triazacyclononane as a phosphate esterase: effect of linker length and surface hydrophobicity” (Dalton Trans., 2009, 2365–2373). The article details the study of a family of insoluble copper-containing materials that may be useful in the decontamination of chemical warfare agents.

SMU faculty’s research accepted for presentation

Dr. Roger Peckover, Suzanne Peterson, Pat Christiansen, and Brenda Fischer, members of the Development Team of the Master in Teaching and Learning Program (M.Ed.), have had their research accepted for presentation at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the America Research Association in San Diego.

The paper titled, “Building Teacher Capacity for ‘Disciplined’ Self Study,” reports results of an ongoing programmatic case study of developing teachers’ capacity for using principles of social constructivist learning and discipline based structures of knowledge to build transformative communities of inquiry. The goal of this particular professional development program is to nurture, across two years, teacher capacity to become collaborative inquirers integrating structures of content knowledge into their self-study practices in their teaching.

The program supports teacher development by giving them apprentice experiences in a community of fellow teacher inquirers characterized by a safe cohort in which to engage in classroom inquiry grounded in use of discipline-based structures of knowledge, collaborative problem solving, and mutual care. Results of ongoing programmatic study into how the design of such experiences impact teachers across two years reveal challenges in teacher understanding of discipline-based structures of knowledge and their integration into the process of classroom inquiry into student understanding of content knowledge. Ongoing longitudinal case study examination of teacher thinking and action is yielding insights into the challenges of teachers’ understanding of the structural nature of knowledge in their inquiry into how students learn in their classrooms. Implications for helping teachers understand the structures of knowledge in disciplines and their implications for classroom inquiry are discussed.

SMU student Danielle Scholbrock is the 2009 honoree for the Dubuque, Iowa, Arthritis Walk, to be held May 16 in Murphy Park. To read Scholbrock’s stor

SMU student Danielle Scholbrock is the 2009 honoree for the Dubuque, Iowa, Arthritis Walk, to be held May 16 in Murphy Park. To read Scholbrock’s story or learn more about donating to this cause, go to: