Thursday, September 10, 2009

Cardinal ‘M’ Club Weekend events are Sept. 11-13

The seventh annual Cardinal ‘M’ Club weekend is Sept. 11-13. This weekend has grown tremendously in the last seven years.

Major events include:
• Friday, Sept. 11 — Men’s Hockey Alumni Game, 7 p.m. SMU Ice Arena
• Saturday, Sept. 12 — Golf Outing, 10:30 a.m., Cedar Valley Golf Course; Athletic Awards Ceremony and Sports Hall of Fame Inductions, 7:30 p.m., gymnasium; Friends and Alumni Social, 9:30 p.m., Wellington Pub & Grill
• Sunday, Sept. 13 — Alumni Games and Porkmaster’s Pig Roast, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year’s Hall of Fame inductees are Tom Pepper of Chicago, a three-year letterwinner and an NAIA All-District basketball player; Sue Otto of Santa Monica, Calif., a four-year letterwinner in soccer; and Chad Doerre of Joliet, Ill., a four-year letterwinner in baseball.

Along with the induction of this year’s Hall of Fame class, SMU’s 2008-09 postseason award-winners, as well as last year’s outstanding male and female athletes and outstanding scholar athletes will also be recognized during Saturday night’s ceremony.

Faculty and staff are invited to join in the weekend events and reconnect with SMU alumni. SMU faculty and staff are welcome to golf for a reduced price of $80. Visit the Cardinal ‘M’ Club website at to register and see additional information, including a list of golf participants. You may also contact Nikki Fennern at or Ext. 1638 for more details or to sign up for events.

Inaugural Young Alumni Weekend is Sept. 11-13

Graduates from the last decade have been invited back to campus for the inaugural Young Alumni Reunion Weekend, Sept. 11-13.

As part of the weekend, a Faculty/Staff & Young Alumni Social is planned for 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in the Toner Student Center Lounge.

Approximately 200 students are planning to attend the special weekend of events which will also include a bonfire, a community outreach project, ropes course activities, disc golfing and a pig roast picnic. The weekend also coincides with Cardinal ‘M’ Club Weekend, giving SMU alumni opportunities to cheer on Cardinal athletics. A special barbecue is planned for the anniversary class of 2004.

Former students often express their interest in reconnecting with faculty and staff. Please make plans to attend! To see a complete schedule of events, as well as a list of the young alumni who are planning to attend, go to

To RSVP, call the Alumni Office at or Ext. 1499.

MinnPost founder to discuss newspaper industry Sept. 15

Joel Kramer, founder, editor and CEO of, will discuss the changes taking place in today’s newspaper industry on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Kramer founded an online newspaper seen by some observers as a model that might succeed while traditional print newspapers fall by the wayside. His presentation, “The collapsing business model for journalism: What’s next?” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Figliulo Recital Hall.

Kramer served as the editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune from 1983 to 1991 and as publisher and president from 1992 to 1998. In summer 2007, Kramer launched, a nonprofit online newspaper with a mission “to provide high-quality journalism for news-intense people who care about Minnesota.”

A question-and-answer period will follow Kramer’s presentation. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Steve Schild, at Ext. 1753 or

Saint Mary's annual Fall Frolic is Sept. 26

The 22nd Fall Frolic 5K fun run/walk will be held during Family Weekend on Saturday, Sept. 26. The event is free to SMU students, faculty and staff, but is open to the community as well. Typically close to 500 people participate; competitors of all levels (including walkers) are welcome.

Registration will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in SMU’s Toner Student Center. The race begins at 10 a.m. SMU participants will receive a free T-shirt.

Registration forms — as well as a complete weekend schedule — are available online at

Family Weekend, which runs Sept. 25-27, includes a full slate of activities. In previous years, as many as 1,000 visitors have come onto campus for Family Weekend music and theatre events, sporting events, the Fall Frolic, and other games and activities.

SMU offers full weekend of student performances

Three student performances — a jazz concert, a choir and band performance, and a staged comedy — highlight Family Weekend.

• The Saint Mary’s University Department of Theatre, under the direction of Judy Myers, will stage “Fallen Angels” Sept. 24-27 at Page Theatre. This three-act comedy takes place in the 1920s and follows best friends Julia and Jane as they wait for a visit from Maurice, a French seducer who had affairs with both women before they were married. While their husbands play golf, the women quarrel, make up, and get a little tipsy on champagne. They then must face their husbands, who unexpectedly return early. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 24-26, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.

• SMU jazz groups will kick off their year with a fall blast at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, in Figliulo Recital Hall. Jazz Combo I (a new and hot jazz septet) will fire off the show with jazz classics like Horace Silver’s “The Preacher” and the Miles Davis classic “Freddie The Freeloader.” The 18-piece Jazz Ensemble follows with some great selections and soloists including “Keep The Stick,” a new Dean Sorenson composition that will feature trombonist Tom Briese of Rochester, Minn. They will also perform “The Nasty Blues” by Mike Carubia, featuring many of the soloists in the band; “Smack Dab in the Middle” from Count Basie’s book; and “Blue Skies,” arranged by Mark Taylor. Both groups are directed by professor of music Dr. John Paulson. Two jazz workshop combos directed by Dr. Paulson and Eric Heukeshoven will play for a reception following the concert in the Toner Student Center Lounge. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.

•The SMU Concert Band will join the choirs for a 2 p.m. concert Saturday, Sept. 26, at Page Theatre. The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Patrick O’Shea, and the Women's Choir, directed by Lindsy O’Shea, will present works in English, Latin and the African Xhosa languages. The SMU Band will start the year by featuring two Minnesota composers’ works, “The Jig is Up” by Dan Kallman, and “Jazz March” by Frank Bencriscutto. Both works feature the percussion section. To round out the program, a beautiful setting of the traditional Irish hymn-tune “Be Thou My Vision,” will be performed, as well as music from “Offenbach” arranged by John Bourgeois (former director of the U.S. Marine Band), and the “Galop (from Genevieve de Brabant).” Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.

Tickets to all three performances are available at the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at Tickets are also available at the door.

Saint Mary’s reports 1,404 Winona campus undergrads

Official 10th-day-of-class statistics at the Saint Mary’s Winona campus show a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,404 — just down from last year’s record enrollment of 1,413. The third-highest enrollment was in 2002, when Saint Mary’s reported a total Winona undergraduate enrollment of 1,376.

This year’s total of 1,404 includes 1,343 full-time Winona-campus undergraduates and 61 part-time students.

A total of 330 freshmen are enrolled this fall.

Enrollment in the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs will be released later this fall.

Saint Mary’s art show titled ‘A History of the Plains’

St. Cloud artist David Sebberson is exhibiting a portion of his on-going series, “A History of the Plains,” through Sept. 27 at the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries.

Sebberson currently chairs the St. Cloud State University Department of Art.

A closing reception for the artist will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the galleries. Admission is free and open to the public, and gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. For more information, call Ext. 1652.

SMU hosts Lilly Graduate Fellows conference

On Aug. 8-11, the First Cohort of Lilly Graduate Fellows met at Saint Mary’s for their second conference, “The Word as Icon: Augustine, Dostoevsky, and the St. John’s Bible.” Among other activities, which included fellowship, the group attended worship services at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church; Dr. Angela Christman of Loyola University-Maryland and Dr. Paul Contino of Pepperdine University addressed the group and led a discussion on “Augustine’s Confessions”; and “The Brothers Karamozov,” and Dr. Barbara Sutton, associate dean for Formation at St. John’s University School of Theology, led a spiritual exercise (Visio Divina) using the St. John’s Bible.

Dr. Mary Catherine Fox, professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, addressed the group on the Lasallian charism and its history at SMU.

The following thank you was sent to the national network of universities in the Lilly Network: “We want to thank Saint Mary’s University, and the conference organizer, Dr. Jane Kelley Rodeheffer, mentor for the First Cohort of Fellows, and professor of philosophy, as well as Dr. Thomas Mans, vice president for Academic Affairs, for being such wonderful hosts and for introducing the cohort to the Lasallian tradition in higher education.”

The First Cohort of Fellows will meet again this year with mentors Dr. Rodeheffer and Dr. Michael Beaty, chair of the Philosophy Department at Baylor University, in a distance colloquium that will focus on the topic of “The Vocation of the Christian Scholar.”

Price to give Constitution Day presentation Sept. 17

Larry Price, J.D., assistant professor in the Department of Business, will give a Constitution Day presentation titled “Civil Rights & the U.S. Constitution: Justice Delayed” on Thursday, Sept. 17.

The event, which begins at 7 p.m., will be held in the President’s Room. The presentation — free and open to the public — is sponsored by the SMU Social Science Department. For more information, contact Dr. Dave Lynch, chair, Department of Social Science, at or Ext. 1526.

Season tickets for Page Series on sale until Sept. 18

Individual tickets for the 2009-2010 Page Series — now in its 23rd season — are now on sale. A full season of performing arts from around the world begins Oct. 2.

New this year, you may still purchase season tickets for the Page Series through Sept. 18 online, by phone, or in person. Purchase tickets for just three events and receive 10 percent off your total ticket cost. Returning subscribers are eligible for a 25 percent discount.

Whether you enjoy classical ballet, Irish music, family-friendly theatre, tap, swing or Canadian folk, the Page Series delivers again this year. Order online at, by phone at Ext. 1715, or at the box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Volunteer committee funds to help food shelf, students

This fall the SMU Volunteer Committee will use funds from the “Let’s Do Lunch” events for Volunteer Services Food Shelf, and “Jeans for a Cause” funds will go toward student assistance, especially first generation students.

If your department or office would like to host a “Let’s Do Lunch” this year, contact Laurie Haase at Ext. 1464. Tentative dates have been set for Fridays, Oct. 2, Nov. 13 and Dec. 4. The committee provides water, plates, napkins, silverware and desserts. Hosts are asked to bring food for the main course.

Jazz notes

John Paulson, Eric Heukeshoven and Swing Inc. will perform 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at Jefferson Pub and Grill, Winona.

Student designers sought for Humane Society fundraiser

Students are encouraged to send in designs for the first Saint Mary’s “pride tee.” Students in the MG315 entrepreneurship class will be selling the shirts to raise money for the Winona Humane Society.

Rules and specifications of the pride tee design contest:

1. Designs must include 2009-2010 and the words “PRIDE TEE” or “PRIDE T.”
2. Designers are responsible for choosing a shirt color for the design, as well as colors for the logo.
3. Artwork may be placed on front, back, or sleeve.
4. Designs may be submitted electronically or by hard copy. Electronic designs should be e-mailed to, and hard copy designs may be submitted to the Info Desk.
5. Designs must be submitted by Sept. 17.

The winner will be contacted Sept. 18 via e-mail and will receive a free “pride tee.” The winner will also have the option to have his or her name printed on the shirt.

The class hopes this will become an annual tradition, with a new design and local non-profit chosen each year.

For more information, contact Jana Schrenkler at or Ext. 1491, or stop by Saint Mary’s Hall, Room 429C.

Chat, Chow & Web 2.0 planned for Wednesday

A welcome back session highlighting new technologies for the new semester, “Where's my G-drive?!!,” “What's Camio?” and “Tegrity meets Facebook,” will be held 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in McEnery Lounge.

The event is hosted by Fitzgerald Library, iT and Instructional Technology. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to

Brown Bag it at the Fitz today

The first Brown Bag session, “The Perfect Library: Share Your Vision,” will be held 12:45-1:30 p.m. today, Friday, Sept. 11, in McEnery Lounge.

Bring your lunch and join in a conversation about what a 21st century library should look like. Beverages, desserts, and lots of paper and colored markers will be provided.

Be thinking about this question: If and when the library gets compact shelving, what should be done with all the empty space in the Reference Room?

To check out upcoming sessions, go to

Employee changes

New Employees:

Lisa Thorsell, Sept. 1, Library — Technical Services specialist

Jessica De la Rosa, Aug. 31, Admission — counselor

Fine Arts Commission to honor SMU School of the Arts

On Monday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m., SMU’s School of the Arts is being recognized by the City of Winona’s Fine Arts Commission for outstanding contributions to the City of Winona and its arts community.

Dean Michael Charron will accept the award on behalf of SMU and the School of the Arts.

Everyone is invited to attend. The Fine Arts Commission will meet in the council chambers at city hall.

Workshop Sept. 15 to address public speaking fear

Dr. Ann Gibson, director of counseling services, will present a workshop on the topic of “Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Room 327, Saint Mary’s Hall.

This workshop is designed to be of practical assistance to students who wish to lessen their anxiety associated with class presentations and speeches and thus improve their performance.

Registration will take place that evening. Students who would like more information should call Ext. 1773.

M.A.F.A. has instruments and openings!

The Music Access For All program, directed by Dr. John Paulson, professor of music, has immediate openings for students ages 10-18 who would like to get started in music but need help getting an instrument and lessons.

MAFA lessons and band are held at the Maplewood Town Homes Community Center, 1756 Kraemer Dr., from 10-11 a.m. on Saturdays.

Program director Dr. Paulson teaches woodwinds and SMU music faculty member Eric Heukeshoven teaches brass and piano.

MAFA also accepts instruments in good working condition, and charitable contributions can be made to MAFA, Box 1473. For more information, contact Dr. Paulson at Ext. 4948 or or visit

Host families needed for San Miguel visit

Saint Mary’s will host San Miguel students Monday, Oct. 5, through Thursday, Oct. 8. Consider being a host family! E-mail with your gender preference by Monday, Sept. 14. This is a great way to reach out to part of our Lasallian family and live the mission!

Flanagan to launch new Irish Dance book

Kathleen M. Flanagan will launch her new book, “Steps in Time: The History of Irish Dance in Chicago,” at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox, Chicago, Ill., from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20. The event will include a short presentation by the author, lively entertainment by Chicago-based dancers and musicians, and light refreshments. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed by the author.

SMU faculty participate in webinar about Tegrity

Four faculty members within STEM programs (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics and Statistics) provided insights and shared how they are using Tegrity to enhance curriculum within a liberal education experience during a webinar Sept. 2.

The webinar had 168 attendees, and was one of the largest of its kind hosted by Tegrity.

Thanks go to featured speakers Dr. Chad Kjorlien, director of Instructional Technology and director of the Center for Learning and Teaching; Dr. Paul Weiner, associate dean for Mathematics and Sciences; Dr. Debra Martin, professor of biology; Dr. Jaime Mueller, assistant professor of chemistry; Dr. Henry Leckenby, assistant professor of physics; and Jason Spartz, IT - Multimedia and Information Technology and Support manager.

STI to sponsor project management workshop

The Saint Teresa Institute is sponsoring a project management workshop in two parts Sept. 14 and Sept. 28. The event is open to everyone on campus. Learn what resources are available on campus, how to divvy up the work to make it manageable. Part I will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in Damien Lounge, Watters Hall. Part II will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Common Room. A light dinner will be provided. To pre-register e-mail

Annual river cleanup to be held Sept. 19

The annual Mississippi River cleanup will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Latsch Island Beach. Participants should wear gloves and old clothes. Free lunch and music will be provided. For more information, contact Richie Swanson at or 454-8478.

Volunteers will go out in boats to remove eyesores and pollutants such as treated wood and discarded tires and metals from islands, shorelines and dikes. A crew will also walk across the Wagon Bridge to remove litter from Aghaming Park and Preserve.

The Mississippi River Revival has been organizing an annual cleanup since 1980.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009