Thursday, October 8, 2009

Get set to scream at Walk of Horror

This year’s Walk of Horror is again guaranteed to give you goosebumps. New scares are planned around every corner.

The 13th annual hair-raising fundraiser for the softball team will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 23-24 and 29-31 in the bluffs. Walkers are asked to meet on the lighted path between the baseball and softball fields, where the haunted walk will begin.

Groups are then escorted through the dark bluffs surrounding campus for approximately 20 minutes.

The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for students with ID, and $4 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the gate.

Head softball coach Jen Miller said the event is fun for all ages. The scare level is toned down for younger children and turned up for groups bold enough to face their fears. Last year more than 1,100 brave souls took the Walk of Horror.

Proceeds from this event will be used for the softball team’s travel expenses.

For more information, contact Miller at Ext. 6923.

SMU welcomes students from Chicago San Miguel

Twenty-three sixth-graders from the San Miguel School in Chicago visited the Winona campus Oct. 5-8.

The goals of the annual campus visit are to acquaint these children with college life and begin to inspire them to consider post-secondary education. Saint Mary’s students – particularly education students – also receive the opportunity to work with urban children from another culture.

Volleyball team hosts Dig Pink Night Oct. 14

The volleyball team will host Dig Pink Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14.

Dig Pink is a breast cancer awareness and fundraising event being held by high schools and colleges across the nation. This year, the schools of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference are joining forces to help raise money for Dig Pink and breast cancer awareness.

Help SMU and the MIAC in their efforts by bringing any spare change to Wednesday’s Cardinal volleyball match against St. Catherine. All gate proceeds from that evening’s match will also be donated to Dig Pink. In addition, the first 50 students will receive free Dig Pink T-shirts. The Cardinals are encouraging all fans to wear pink to the match in support of breast cancer awareness.

For questions or more information, contact Jessica Larson at

Students celebrate National Chemistry Week

Many area high school juniors and seniors (and their teachers) will learn how the elements are an important part of everyday life. They will be conducting hands-on experiments during two Chemistry Nights at Saint Mary’s. Area classes are invited onto campus from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 22 and 29.

Chemistry Night, sponsored by the SMU Department of Chemistry and the La Crosse-Winona section of the American Chemical Society, is an annual event designed to help students explore the discipline of chemistry and appreciate the positive role that chemistry plays in our everyday world.

Each year students solve a challenging but fun chemical problem, based on the National Chemistry Week (Oct. 18-24) theme. This year’s theme is “Chemistry — It’s Elemental!”

Students will work in small teams, using wet chemistry and working with chemical instrumentation in the SMU Department of Chemistry, under the guidance of SMU chemistry majors.

Prizes will be awarded to the teams that have the greatest success in solving the chemical problems. Prizes will include SMU scholarships of $2,000 and $1,000.

The event is free, and there are still openings. Students who are interested should have their high school science teachers contact Dr. Roger Kugel at Ext. 1556.

Page Series presents puppet show about water Oct. 23

Large, colorful puppets will explore and explain the world’s water issues at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at Page Theatre.

Since 1973, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) has been using water, flour, newspaper, paint and unlimited imagination to tell stories that explore the struggles and celebrations of human existence.

Drawing inspiration from the world’s traditions of puppet and mask theatre and its lively roots in transformative ritual and street theatre, HOBT creates vital, poetic theater for all ages and backgrounds.

“Beneath The Surface” is a splashy celebration and investigation of our everyday drinking water. This enlightening and entertaining production features live performances, music and video. A “What You Can Do!” carnival will engage and inspire all ages. Using fun, energy and imagination, children will be introduced to the issues that face our world about water.

Come to the theatre lobby early and take a blind taste-test of drinking waters.

Tickets for this Page Series performance are $12 for adults and $5 for seniors and students and are available at the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at

SMU invites teachers, artists to puppetry workshop Oct. 20

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) will conduct a workshop on the use of puppets and storytelling in the classroom from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at Bluffview Montessori School.

The workshop, hosted by Saint Mary’s University and supported in part by the Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Across America grant, will include details on how to use paper, glue, paint and chicken wire to engage students in learning about complex issues. HOBT artists will present hands-on instruction in puppetry and will discuss how to integrate the arts into the classroom in core subjects such as science.

The workshop coincides with HOBT’s Oct. 23 performance of “Beneath the Surface” at Saint Mary’s.

The cost for the workshop is $15. Space is limited, and registration must be made by Wednesday, Oct. 14. Contact Jennifer Fanello at the Saint Mary’s Box Office by calling Ext. 1716 or e-mailing

Public invited to free faculty recital

Music faculty members Dr. Janet Heukeshoven and Sylva Hanson will present a free recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, in Figliulo Recital Hall.

Heukeshoven, on flute, and Hanson, on clarinet, will perform pieces by Bach, Enesco, von Weber, Sutermeister and Brahms, showcasing compositions from Baroque music to 20th century pieces.

Jan Matson will assist on piano, and guest soprano Maureen Sherman will contribute vocals.

The SMU Music Education student chapter will be selling new Music Department T-shirts and hoodies after the recital. A small number of past years’ shirts will be available at reduced prices.

Diverse art on display Oct. 7 through Nov. 11

"Octopus" by Chris Ayers
"Genesis" by Maureen Costa

Chris Ayers, a Los Angeles character designer, and Maureen Costa, an Arizona sculptor, will display their work Oct. 7 through Nov. 11 at Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries.

Ayers’ film credits for character design include “Star Trek XI,” “X-Men: The Last Stand,” “Fantastic Four,” “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk” and “Men in Black 2.” In the spring of 2005, Ayers was diagnosed with leukemia, a type of blood cancer. One year later, he started a sketchbook and drew one animal each day for a year to help with his healing process. His SMU show, “The Daily Zoo,” will include a variety of these sketches — now published in the book, “The Daily Zoo: Keeping the Doctor at Bay with a Drawing a Day.”

In “Contemplation,” Costa will display work that serves as a metaphor about the religious imagination, reincarnation and the changing states of consciousness. Her pieces, carved from basswood, have a bulbous shape, from which she is able to create a “moment of blissful liberation.” Costa says that humanity is in a constant state of changing and metamorphosis, and she aspires to reflect that change in her work.

A closing reception will be held 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the galleries. Ayers will be present for the show’s closing to sign his book, which will be available for purchase. A portion of the proceeds from “The Daily Zoo” is used to support cancer-related charities and research.

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.

Page Series to host Ukrainian dance Oct. 15

The Page Theatre stage will come alive with the colorful costumes and artistic acrobatics of the Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15.

The world-renowned ensemble of 80 folk dancers and musicians will showcase authentic Ukrainian costumes, regional music and lively, dramatic stunts as members leap through the air and spin like tops.

The Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company, founded in 1937 by ballet master Pavlo Virsky, embraces the charm, beauty and folk dance traditions of its homeland and shares them with audiences in the four corners of the world. Clad in colorful clothing and blessed with grace, the company performs dances filled with romance, optimism, humor and occasionally sorrow.

Tickets are $27 for adults and $25 for seniors and students and are available at the SMU Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at

Fox and Block authorized to manage VA benefit issues

According to registrar Sue Edel, Saint Mary’s has received notification from the State of Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs that the university is approved to offer our programs and participate in VA funding for students. The compliance visits, held annually, were conducted this summer.

June Fox, on the Winona campus, and Alison Block, on the Minneapolis campus, are now authorized to manage VA benefit issues. They help eligible students navigate complex VA regulations.

SMU students to perform ‘Vanities’ in London

Saint Mary’s University theatre majors will stage the bittersweet comedy “Vanities,” a show that chronicles the lives, loves, disappointments and dreams of three best friends, in London this fall.

The plot revolves around three women as they mature during tumultuous times in American history — the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Vietnam War, and the women’s movement. Although written in the ’70s, “Vanities” focuses on the timeless question all women ask themselves, “Can we have it all?” The play is directed by Dr. Gary Diomandes.

Qualified SMU theatre majors are studying in London this semester through the Stefannié Valéncia Kierlin Theatre in London Program.

Ed.D. Research Symposium to be held Oct. 31

Alumni of the doctoral program in leadership (Ed.D.) are invited to attend the sixth annual Ed.D. Research Symposium. The accomplishments of recent graduates will be highlighted, allowing current students to receive valuable feedback from their peers and providing an opportunity for Saint Mary’s students to share their accomplishments with a wider professional audience.

The symposium is planned for 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, in LaSalle Hall at the Twin Cities campus.

For more information, contact Britt Bakken at (612) 728-5127 or

Students invited to career fair, government fair

Career Services and Internships is co-sponsoring two fairs in October. Both events are free to attend and open to all students.

Career Fair 2009 is co-sponsored by Career Services at SMU, Winona State University and Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical. It will be held from 12 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in McCown Gymnasium of Memorial Hall at WSU. This event is free and open to all students, freshmen through seniors. Close to 100 employers and graduate schools are registered to attend. This event is beneficial for students looking for information about a particular career or company, seeking an internship, job-hunting or researching graduate schools. For information on the companies and graduate schools attending, look online at

A shuttle will depart from Toner Student Center at 11:30 p.m., noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. The shuttle departs from WSU at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

A number of employers will be interviewing candidates for full-time career and internship opportunities on Thursday, Oct. 15. Students can sign up in Room 136 Saint Mary’s Hall.

The Minnesota College & University Career Services Association is sponsoring the sixth annual Government Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, in the Great Hall of the Coffman Memorial Union at the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. Students can find out how to start a career in government. This fair is open to all students, freshmen through seniors. A list of the government agencies attending can be found at Students should not register online; they can go to Room 136 Saint Mary’s Hall or call Ext. 6996 by Friday, Oct. 16.

SMU music faculty to perform at marine art museum

“A Celebration of Words, Music, and Images” — featuring William Neil, artistic director and 2008 McKnight Visiting Composer with the American Composers Forum — will be held 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum.

New works by SMU Music Department faculty Dr. Patrick O’Shea and A. Eric Heukeshoven will be performed by Dr. Janet Heukeshoven and WSU faculty Dan Sheridan, along with Ariane Lydon, Tim Britton, and Devin McCabe.

Tickets are $18.96 ($9.48 for students). A reception prepared by MyChef Creations will follow the concert.

For more information, call 800-822-4373.

First ‘Let’s Do Lunch’ has Halloween theme

Dress up for Halloween and earn a traveling trophy for your office or department during the first Let’s Do Lunch “Boo”fet Friday, Oct. 30, hosted by the Business Office and Academic Skills and Academic Advising. A trophy will be awarded to the group with the best costumes.

The President’s Cabinet will host a Let’s Do Lunch on Dec. 4. If your department or office would like to host a “Let’s Do Lunch” second semester, contact Laurie Haase at Ext. 1464.

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.

Benefit planned for Griffin family

A benefit for Bob Griffin, husband of Crystal Griffin, Maintenance Department, will be Saturday, Oct. 24.

Bob Griffin is paralyzed from a staph infection in his spine. The benefit will begin at 4 p.m. at the Lewiston Community Center. There will be a silent auction at 5:30 p.m., as well as a live auction at 6 p.m. The event will conclude with a DJ.

The menu will include pulled pork, beans, salad and a roll for $10, with dessert available for purchase. Tickets are available in the maintenance office.

Auction items or monetary donations can be brought to the Maintenance Department or Business Office.

Saint Mary’s to make a difference on Oct. 24

In recognition of national “Make a Difference Day,” Saint Mary’s Volunteer Services group is inviting Winona nonprofit agencies to submit requests for service.

Approximately 150 Saint Mary’s University students will be teamed up to help groups and organizations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, in recognition of “Make a Difference Day.” For more information, call Katie LaPlant at Ext. 6936 or e-mail

‘Lasallian Day of Service’ is Oct. 24

The Saint Mary’s University Alumni Association and its board of directors are sponsoring a national volunteer service day called “Lasallian Day of Service” on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Numerous groups of alumni will come together through the spirit of the Lasallian mission of service to others while participating in service projects in their hometowns and neighborhoods.

The Alumni Association has arranged volunteer opportunities in Chicago, the Twin Cities and Winona.

For more information and to register, go to

Alumni are encouraged to contact fellow Saint Mary’s classmates and friends and organize their own service projects. Alumni can use the registration form to notify the university of projects.

Education faculty to present at Collaboration Conference

Dr. Scott Sorvaag, Dr. Karen Sorvaag and Dr. Melissa Luedtke, along with students Hilary Ethen, Erin Morgan, and Ryan Wockenfus, will present a session at the fall Collaboration Conference titled “Strategies to Increase Student Preparedness for Class.” The session will focus on the use of technology to enhance outside of class work that results in active student participation during class sessions. The session will emphasize the importance of social networking to students in the Millennial Generation and will provide examples of ways to move beyond lecture and discussion to active learning class structures and student led classes.

Library ‘Brown Bag It’ topic is time saving

The next “Brown Bag It” event at the Fitzgerald Library will be held 12:45-1:45 p.m. today, Oct. 9 in the McEnery Center.

The topic will be “Not Enough Hours in the Day: Time-saving Tools & Services at the Fitz.”
Bring your own lunch.

MIASMU students complete field work

All students at Maryknoll Institute for African Studies (MIASMU) are required to do an hour of professional-quality field work for every hour of class under the supervision of lecturers and guided by trained field assistants. This is the unique part of the MIASMU education method.

The field work adds to the MIASMU program to make it more than just another typical academic experience of reading about and commenting on the research done by others.

Kowles and Crozier publish article in Polish newsletter

Dr. Dick Kowles, professor emeritus in Biology, and Dr. Bill Crozier, SMU archivist, have published an article in the Polish Genealogical Society of Minnesota Newsletter.

The title of the article is “Winona’s Kashubs, Kowalewskis, and the Hot Fish Shop.” Crozier wrote Part I, which discussed the early history and social development of the Polish Kashubs in Winona, and Kowles authored Part II, which focused on the Hot Fish Shop, a restaurant that became synonymous with Winona. Henry Kowalewski, an uncle of Kowles, founded the restaurant in 1931.

This is the second article that Kowles and Crozier have written for this Minnesota newsletter.

Public asked to participate in community assessment

United Way of Greater Winona, Winona Community Foundation and Winona Health Foundation are conducting a community assessment to determine what health and human services are being provided in the community, what could use more attention, and what people think are the most pressing issues in the community.

A survey is available through Oct. 30 by following this link:

Jazz notes

The Standard Time Duo, with Eric Heukeshoven, will perform 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Original Nelson Cheese Factory in Nelson, Wis.

Rodeheffer presents at National Lilly Conference

Dr. Jane Kelley Rodeheffer, professor of philosophy, presented “The Graduate Fellows Program: Themes and Tidings from the First Year” at the National Conference of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts Saturday, Oct. 3. The Conference was held at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Employee changes

• Trisha Kelly, Oct. 7, M.Ed. tech support specialist
• Matthew Perrigo, Oct. 5, assistant men’s/women’s soccer coach
• Robert Jonsgaard, Oct. 1, custodian

Sympathy to Gorgone family

David Gorgone, the father of Matthew Gorgone ‘12 and Alex Gorgone ‘09 and husband to Christine, died Saturday, Oct. 3.

Notes of condolence can be sent to 12 Baldwin Drive, Greenville, RI 02828 or to Matthew at Campus Box 494.

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