Thursday, October 15, 2009

Various activities planned for Lasallian Week of Peace

Carlos Lumbí, a singer/songwriter from Leon, Nicaragua, will perform at 8 p.m. in the Toner Student Center Lounge.

The Office of Campus Ministry has a full slate of activities planned for Lasallian Week of Peace Oct. 19-25. The theme of the week is “solidarity in peace as Lasallians across the globe.” Events — several of which are open to the public — will touch on many contemporary issues including immigration, genocide, war, personal peace and the expression of peace through music. Events will engage several different groups and organizations on campus.

The schedule includes:

Monday, Oct. 19 — Sister Judith Schaefer, OP, Ph.D., university dean for university affairs, will present “How to bring peace into your life” at 8:30 p.m. in the President’s Room of the Toner Student Center.

Tuesday, Oct. 20 — A Lasallian Collegians activity about Brother James Miller begins at 8 p.m. in the President’s Room.

Wednesday, Oct. 21 — Lasallian International Day of Peace — begins with a 4:30 p.m. Tug-o-Peace in the RAC.

“Immigration 101: What we know, but don’t understand about immigration” with Ernesto Velez Bustos of Centro Campesino Inc., begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Presidents Room.

A Peace Pole Vigil is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 22 — The Winona Peacemakers will conduct a non-violent civil action from 4-5 p.m. on Broadway and Main streets in Winona.

SMU associate professor of interdisciplinary studies Stephen Pattee will discuss “Genocide: Personal & Communal Implications” at 7 p.m. in the Presidents Room.

Friday, Oct. 23 — The Common Threads Clothing Drive kicks off from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Room B of the Toner Student Center. Gently used clothing and footwear for men, women, youth and infants will be available. A fashion show, featuring donated clothing, will begin at 4 p.m. The cost is 50 cents per item or $3 per bag, and all proceeds will go to the Dan Corcoran Catholic Worker House.

The Peace and Justice Fair Trade Friday will be held from 7:30-11 a.m. on the first floor of Saint Mary’s Hall at the foot of the stairs. Fair Trade coffee and tea is free, but donations are accepted. Please bring your own mug to reduce waste.

Carlos Lumbí, a singer/songwriter from Leon, Nicaragua, will perform at 8 p.m. in the Toner Student Center Lounge. His lyrics cover a range of topics, focusing on Central American social and environmental justice issues, and his musical style is folk/trova. Lumbí has also set to music poems by Gioconda Belli, Ernesto Cardenal and Francisco Ruiz Udiel, among others. Along with his own music, Lumbí performs songs by friends from Nicaragua who also sing of a deep desire for social, economic and environmental justice in Nicaragua.

Students will be raising awareness about the millions of people who do not have adequate shelter to sleep during Habitat for Humanity’s Shack-a-thon. Students will be sleeping outside in cardboard boxes from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. in the Plaza.

Saturday, Oct. 24 — The Common Threads Clothing Drive continues from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Room B of the Toner Student Center.

Saint Mary’s community members will be volunteering as part of Make a Difference Day throughout the community from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 25 — The Common Threads Clothing Drive concludes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Room B of the Toner Student Center.

Liturgies are planned at 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. in Saint Thomas More Chapel.

McCullough named Winona’s Poet Laureate

The Winona Fine Arts Commission has announced that Ken McCullough, Academic Advising, will be the new Poet Laureate of Winona. There will be a reception in his honor at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. The public is invited to attend. McCullough will talk about his plans to promote poetry in the Winona area.

Halloween Fun Night is Oct. 26 at Saint Mary’s

Elementary and preschool children from the Winona area are invited to attend the tenth annual Halloween Fun Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26.

Participants should stop at the guard booth at the main entrance of the Winona campus for directions on where to park.

Young trick-or-treaters should start out the evening at the Hall of Fame Room, where tattoos and stickers, a coloring station, and other fun games will be offered, and the Cardinal mascot will greet pint-sized ghosts and goblins.

From there, SMU students will lead groups of trick-or-treaters through the residence halls of the university, where they can go door to door for candy. Last year more than 700 youth participated in this free, safe and fun event.

Candy donations can be dropped off in the Office of Residence Life in the basement of the Toner Student Center.

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 7-10 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.

Get your act together for Blue Angel 2009

The SMU annual music variety show, Blue Angel, is planned for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7.

Auditions for the show will be held Oct. 23-25, and are open to the entire SMU community (students, faculty/staff). There will be a sign-up sheet on the Phi Mu Alpha room door in the basement of the Toner Student Center. The sign-up sheet will go up Oct. 19.

For more information, contact Tim Schmall at or Luke Gonnella 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. Registration was due Oct. 14.

Diverse art on display 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 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.

Students invited to government fair

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 today, Friday, Oct. 16.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Red Cross Blood Drive is Oct. 19-20

Faculty, staff and students are invited to give blood during the Red Cross Blood Drive 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 19-20.

Anyone interested in giving blood or volunteering at the drive should either sign up outside the Cardinal Club or call Niki at Ext. 7564. Walk-ins are also welcome. The Red Cross especially needs type-O donors.

Depression screening available Oct. 20

Depression screening will be offered to SMU students and employees from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Wellness Center.

Participants will have an opportunity to view a video presentation about depression and other mood disorders, complete a short screening inventory, talk privately and confidentially with a counselor from Counseling Services, and receive printed information about mood disorders and resources for treatment.

Depression screening can help participants determine if their symptoms constitute clinical depression and can help direct them to suitable treatment. No appointment is necessary.

Matthews to discuss Depressive, Bipolar Disorders

Dr. Ruth Matthews, staff psychologist in Counseling Services, will describe depressive and bipolar disorders and the impact they have on individuals, their families and the community from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Figliulo Recital Hall.

Dr. Matthews will also describe the importance of assessment and the roles of psychotherapy, medication management and self-help strategies in addressing these illnesses.

This workshop is cosponsored by Counseling Services and the Psychology Club, along with Project COMPASS.

There is no cost for SMU students, faculty and staff with ID.

Kowles gives seminars at Winona State

Dr. Dick Kowles, Professor Emeritus in Biology, recently presented two seminars at Winona State University. The seminars, both on the same topic, were given on Oct. 2 in conjunction with WSU’s homecoming festivities.

Kowles described research that he and some of his SMU students carried out on a genetic concept called the maternal effect. In essence, it was found that DNA replication patterns in the developing endosperm of maize was actually dependent upon the maternal parent. Approximately 30 people attended each talk.

Next biology seminar is Oct. 22

The next biology seminar will feature Betsy Martinez-Vaz of Hamline University presenting “Digging up germs — investigating the presence and survival of microbial pathogens in playground surfacing materials.” The presentation will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in Hoffman Hall Room 112.

Employee changes

New employees:
Christopher Bethke, Oct. 8, Campus Safety - assistant director

Raymond Pampuch, Oct. 20, Campus Safety- assistant director

Clay Tenquist, Oct. 13, SGPP — executive director of External Affairs

Iron Chef competition Nov. 8 to raise money for scholarship

The second annual Iron Chef Competition will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, in the dining hall. All proceeds will support a scholarship that will enable a student from Gaza to attend Bethlehem University.

Teams of four will create a main dish and dessert for judges and fans to enjoy. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to create teams. Tickets are $5 for faculty and staff and $3 for students and children. A sign-up sheet will be posted in the game room.

Information from financial forum available on Blackboard

Cindy Marek, vice president for Financial Affairs, and David Ansell, financial analyst, would like to thank everyone who attended the financial forums Oct. 8 in Winona and Oct. 13 on the Twin Cities campus.

Approximately 35 people attended in Winona and 50 attended in Minneapolis.

Those who were not able to attend the Winona campus forum are invited to view the session, recorded through Tegrity, on Blackboard. Anyone who is interested can sign into their Blackboard accounts and look under the “Talks & Presentations” section. You may need to modify your Blackboard content in order to add this category.

Fox to discuss Lasallian work at fall conference

Dr. Mary Catherine Fox, Interdisciplinary Studies, is the keynote presenter for “Lasallian Heritage and Pedagogy,” the Partners in Learning Fall Conference Oct. 30-31 in Minneapolis.

Dr. Fox will speak from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, on “The Lasallian Charism: A Rich Heritage, A Practical Present, A Powerful Future.” She will address our common story, the genesis of our work and the inspiration for our efforts. Particular emphasis is placed on the manner in which this heritage informs our contemporary work with the students entrusted to our care. Fox will treat the relevance of our history to our present, the challenges we face in our present and how — together and by association — we can create our Lasallian future.

The event is free. For more information, contact Sue Hines at

MIASMU offers African hospitality

In African cultures, a visitor is likened to a river whose water is on the move, a blessing, a channel of communication; it offers an opportunity for bonding, belonging and creating long term relationships. As expressed by a MIASMU (Maryknoll Institute of African Studies) field assistant, “African hospitality is a way of preserving life.”

A visitor is always treated with respect and honor. Sharing food with a visitor is a sign of welcome. Families leave a vacant chair at the table should a visitor arrive. Only after sharing food would hosts inquire about their situation. MIASMU sends a Karibu (welcome), to all Saint Mary’s staff, students and alumni to come to Nairobi and experience African hospitality.

May joins Winona Arts Center board

Monta May, director of web communication, has joined the board of the Winona Arts Center. Her first task as a member of the board was to update the center’s web presence with a redesigned website, an online events calendar, an e-mail newsletter and a Facebook presence. Go to for more information. Contact Monta at if you have questions about the center as an artist, performer or Winona community member.

Congratulation to Windley-Daoust family

Dr. Susan Windley-Daoust (professor in Theology) and her husband, Jerry, had a baby boy, Matthew John, Wednesday, Oct. 7. The Saint Mary’s community extends its congratulations to the Windley-Daoust family.

Sympathy to Speltz family

Donald F. Speltz, father to Lisa Jonsgaard, Maintenance, and Vickie Cada ’01, Development and Alumni Relations, and father-in-law to Jon Cada, Maintenance, died Tuesday, Oct. 13.

A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m.Friday, Oct. 16, at Hoff Funeral and Cremation Service Hansen Goodview Chapel, where there will be a Christian Prayer Service at 7 p.m.

Cards of condolence can be sent to Lisa Jonsgaard at Box 39 and to Vicki and Jon Cada at Box 21.

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