Thursday, March 25, 2010

Annual benefit dance raises $12,347 for Griffin family

Bob and Crystal Griffin (Maintenance Department) were the recipients of this year's Taylor Richmond Benefit.

Nearly 540 people attended Saint Mary’s University’s tenth annual Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance on March 20. This year’s donations brought the 10-year total raised to more than $100,000.

Nearly 540 people attended Saint Mary’s 10th annual Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance on March 20.

Proceeds from the dance — and a silent auction held on campus — raised $12,347 for this year’s beneficiaries, Bob and Crystal Griffin of Fremont, Minn., and their three sons. Bob underwent emergency surgery for an infection on his back. Doctors removed two vertebrae and replaced them with titanium, leaving Bob with only a 1 or 2 percent chance of ever walking again. He has been going through extensive physical therapy in La Crosse Wis., since his surgery. Money from the benefit dance and silent auction will help the family with medical expenses and for renovations to make their home handicap accessible. Crystal works in the Maintenance Department.

This benefit dance has become an annual tradition since it was started by students in 2001 in honor of Taylor Richmond, son of Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry and Student Activities staff member Nikki Richmond. Each year this event benefits someone in the SMU community in need.

Donations are still being accepted. To help, send checks — payable to the Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance — to Jason Richter, Box No. 45.

Theatre and Dance Department to present Shakespeare

The Theatre and Dance Department is presenting their rendition of William Shakespeare’s infamous play “All’s Well That End’s Well” Thursday, April 8, through Sunday, April 11. The play, a lesson of love and social class, will begin at 7:30 p.m. on April 8-10 and at 3 p.m. on April 11 in Page Theatre.

This comedy, set in the 1630s, takes the stage with full period costuming, supported by a beautiful, romantic setting and luscious lighting. The bawdy tale centers around a young nobleman named Bertram and an orphaned commoner named Helen. The King of France grants Helen the hand of Bertram, because she cured the king of an illness. Bertram reluctantly agrees, but immediately runs off to the wars in Italy. Helen, ever persistent, follows him to Italy and — with the help of a widow woman and her virtuous daughter, Diana — tricks him into consummating their marriage and exchanging rings. Upon hearing of Helen’s death (which she faked), Bertram returns to France only to find Diana and Helen waiting to confront him about his lies and schemes. The charming Bertram learns his lesson and vows to love Helen forever.

“Every four years the Department of Theatre and Dance produces one of Shakepeare’s plays as an essential component of the theatre training program,” said director Judy Myers. “This allows students in the Saint Mary’s community — and the Winona area — the opportunity to engage in Shakespeare’s work in conjunction with their classroom experience.”

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

Biology symposium planned for April 16

Saint Mary’s is hosting the 37th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in Biology on Friday, April 16. The Biology Department sponsors the symposium to provide undergraduate research students from Saint Mary’s and from regional colleges and universities a forum to present their research findings. The symposium presents all attendees the opportunity to experience the process of open collegial assessment of experimental findings, the opportunity to encounter discoveries from a variety of scientific disciplines, and an excellent environment to develop personal contacts and acquaintances.

During the noon hour, the R.V. Kowles Lecture will be presented by Saint Mary’s alumnus Dr. John Stegeman.

Dr. Stegeman is a senior scientist and the director of the Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health. With an extensive list of publications, Dr. Stegeman serves or has served in a multitude of capacities for the NIH, NSF, NATO and recently as a member of an Expert Panel Discussion during the first UN World Oceans Day. He will present “Enzymes, Chemicals and Environment: Exploring the Evolution and Diversity of Cytochrome P450 Genes, and the Implications.”

There is no registration fee for attending the symposium. Morning refreshments will be provided.

Class continues to sell ‘The Red Card’ this week

The Saint Mary’s Entrepreneurship class is selling special discount cards benefiting the Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin.

The “Red Card,” which is being sold for $10, includes reduced prices on merchandise from 19 local businesses including Westgate Bowl, Mugby Junction, Fantastic Sams, Tres Compadres, Electric Beach, Golden China, Spa Panache, Chula Vista, Jefferson’s, Warpzone, Perkins, Jimmy John’s, Ground Round, Sammy’s Pizza, GQ Hairstyling, Country Kitchen, Timber’s, Papa Murphy’s and Blooming Grounds.

The card can be used until March 1, 2011, and its value is not limited. If the card is used at each business one time per month, the approximate annual savings to cardholders is $800. For a family of four, the estimated annual savings are doubled.

The fundraiser benefits Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin, a team of volunteer medical staff that travels to Haiti several times each year to provide free medical care. A student in the SMU class is from Haiti and has served as a medical translator for doctors and nurses in this organization.

The Red Card will be sold during the following events:

• SMU baseball — home games — April 5, 7, 9 and 17.
• SMU softball — home games — April 8 and 14.
• Relay for Life — SMU Fieldhouse — April 9.
• Earth Day — Unity Park, SMU table — April 17 from 2:30-7 p.m.

The Red Card will be sold at the following locations:

• Blooming Grounds, 50 E. 3rd St.
• Jimmy Johns, 155 E. 3rd St.
• Warpzone Video Games, 521 Huff St.
• SMU Information Desk, Ext. 1600
• SMU Business Office, Ext. 6655.

‘Learn to Lead’ camps for girls planned for June 17-24

Saint Mary’s is hosting three Learn to Lead camps June 17-24 for girls entering grades five through 10 in the fall.

Girls entering grades five through six are invited to the camp “Embark” June 17-19; girls entering grades seven through nine are invited to the camp “Lead On” June 20-24; and girls entering grades eight through 10 are invited to the camp “Take 2” June 20-24.

“Embark” will allow girls to explore how to become a leader in and out of the classroom, how to deal with bullies, and how to further develop their leadership skills. “Lead On” will give girls the opportunity to discover the leader inside of them. Participants will solve mysteries and work together on strengthening their leadership skills. “Take 2” is for girls who have already attended a leadership camp; these girls will have the opportunity to volunteer in the Winona community to expand their leadership skills.

Each camp will end with a special lunch and tribute to a woman who has made an impact in each camper’s life. Peg Winters, director of the Saint Teresa Leadership and Service Institute for Women at Saint Mary’s, and women of the institute will teach these camps.

Registration for “Embark” is $240 before Thursday, April 15, and $260 after April 15. Registration for “Lead On” and “Take 2” is $375 before April 15 and $395 after April 15. This fee includes lodging and meals on campus, as well as access to the Recreation and Athletics Center, indoor pool, weight room, dance studio, hiking trails, disc golf course, track and soccer complex, ropes course and more. Register and pay online at For more information, call Ext. 6921.

Join SMU staff and friends Relay for Life team

An SMU staff and friends Relay for Life team has been formed. The “relay” will be held in the RAC from 4 p.m. Friday, April 9, to 7 a.m. Saturday, April 10.

Please go to sign up as soon as possible, so organizers have an idea of how many people will be part of the team.

Laurie Haase has packets for everyone, so let her know as you sign up. The goal is to have someone from the team on the track the entire time. Each individual is asked to raise at least $100. If you cannot not raise the entire amount and/or cannot stay the entire time, it’s okay. This is a great opportunity to raise money to fight cancer and to have quality interaction time with students.

Last presentation of series on sustainability April 12

The Saint Mary’s Green Team is presenting the last of its five-part series on sustainability. On Monday, April 12, Dr. Tom Marpe, Chris Kendall and Andy Robertson will lead a discussion on “Green Economy” — how climate change impacts the way we do business including green purchasing, marketing strategies, and new careers related to sustainability. Everyone is invited at 7:30 p.m. in the Toner Student Center lounge.

Iron Cardinal Fitness Competition April 17

The first ever Iron Cardinal Strongman/ Strongwoman Fitness Competition will be held on Saturday, April 17. The competition is open to all Saint Mary’s students, faculty, and staff.

Possible events include: a log press, stone carry, golf cart pull, tire flip and sprint, sheaf toss and farmer's walk.

The participants will be split into male and female divisions. If the number of participants is great, then the competition will also be split into weight divisions.

To register, sign up in the Student Activities office. The cost is $10 and all participants will receive an Iron Cardinal T-shirt.

If you have any questions contact Jamie Herrick, Ext. 6968; Jason Flanders, Ext. 6692; or Jason Richter, Ext.1648.

Campus Ministry to host fourth Row, Ride, Run Triathlon

The fourth Saint Mary’s “Row, Ride, Run Triathlon” will take place on Saturday, April 24, at 9 a.m.; check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. on the west end of Lake Winona.

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. The deadline to register is April 16.

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

Participants may begin registering now, either as an individual or as a team. Teams may consist of two, three or four members. The fees are $15 per individual or $30 per team; registration spots are limited.Organizers reduced the cost of this event to increase participation.

Racers are responsible for bringing their own bikes, 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 a suggested donation of $5.

For more information, or to register online, visit For information on reservations, call Ext. 1643.

Students to help spruce up Winona

In recognition of “Spruce Up Winona Day,” Saint Mary’s Volunteer Services is organizing a group of student volunteers to help out Winona nonprofit agencies.

Workers will help with spring cleaning, raking leaves, painting and construction. Approximately 125 Saint Mary’s students will be teamed up from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 22.

For more information, contact Molly Jewison at Ext. 1643 or e-mail

Senior art show to run April 10-May 8

Saint Mary’s senior art students will present the next art show, “Figuring It Out,” Saturday, April 10, through Saturday, May 8, at the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries. Artists displaying will include: Ryan Anderson, Valerie Koch, Joe Krause, Tatiana Martinez, Brandy Munson, Lincoln Nguyen, Zach Olberding, Ben Olson, Mariana Sanchez and Smith Thongbai.

An opening reception will be held 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 10. The galleries — free and open to the public — are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily in the Toner Student Center.

Saint Mary’s to feature new faculty, student compositions

New music by faculty and students of the Saint Mary’s Music Department will be highlighted in a free public performance Saturday, April 10. The event will begin at 3 p.m. in Figliulo Recital Hall, located in the SMU Performance Center.

Featured selections will include the premiere of “Fantasia for Solo Piano” by SMU student Brian Heim, as well as the premiere of “I Miss the Moon” for jazz quartet by long-time faculty member and jazz saxophonist Dr. John Paulson.

Recently commissioned works by music faculty Dr. Patrick O’Shea and A. Eric Heukeshoven will also be performed. Heukeshoven’s “The Chief,” a work for narrator and chamber ensemble and O’Shea’s song cycle “The Dispossessed” are both based on poems by former Winona Poet Laureate James Armstrong. The two Armstrong pieces feature unusual combinations of folk and classical instruments, such as accordion and uilleann pipes with cello, flute and clarinet.

“Autumn Waves” by 2009 SMU music alumnus Jeremy Johnston will feature faculty member Dr. Janet Heukeshoven on flute, accompanied by her husband Eric on the piano.

The SMU Chamber Singers will perform A. Eric Heukeshoven’s “Pathway of Life” in memory of Ben Larson, the Luther College student who recently lost his life in the Haiti earthquake. The text for Heukeshoven’s choral work (written in 2006) was dedicated to Larson’s mother, the Rev. April Larson, former bishop of the La Crosse Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The jazz quartet will also be featured on “Nyhavn Reflections” by A. Eric Heukeshoven — a work written for the world-renown Danish jazz saxophonist Marc “Kibrick” Bernstein.

This performance is made possible by the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota School of the Arts. For more information, please contact A. Eric Heukeshoven at (507) 457-7292 or

Jazz Ensemble to perform in Page Theatre April 16

The SMU Jazz Ensemble will perform in the Page Theatre on Friday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will include the Jazz Ensemble, along with Jazz Combo I, performing a wide selection of swing, Latin styles, and recognizable ballads and standards.

The Jazz Ensemble concert will feature trumpeter Dr. Joseph Morgan. Dr. Morgan is a research fellow in Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He has an undergraduate degree from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and completed his medical studies at Indiana University School of Medicine before coming to Mayo.

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

Next ‘Let’s Do Lunch’ set for Friday, April 16

Last week’s “Let’s Do Lunch” raised $173 and the next event will be on Friday, April 16, sponsored by Athletics. The Volunteer Committee hosts these events. Mark your calendars!

Saint Mary’s team wins fifth spelling bee

For the fifth straight year, Saint Mary’s has emerged victorious in the Winona ORC Spelling Bee. Facing grueling competition, Transfinite Cardinals Dr. Paul Weiner, Dr. Jenny Shanahan, and Father Paul Nienaber, Ph.D., spelled their way to victory on March 18. The Transfinite Cardinals was one of 13 teams combining brain power to correctly spell words like “prestidigitation,” “hebephrenia,” “legerdemain,” “quenelle,” “elysium” and, in a sudden death playoff with River Hills Dental, Saint Mary’s correctly spelled “drosophilist” and “hamular” in the 11th and 12th rounds of the spelling bee.

The event raised over $3,000 for Winona ORC, which serves individuals with special needs obtain and maintain employment in the community.

Hendrickson Forum, seminar tickets available

A limited number of complimentary tickets are available to SMU faculty and staff for the Hendrickson Forum and Seminar on Wednesday, April 28.

The Hendrickson Forum featuring Dr. Marcelo — a distinguished scholar and lecturer on immigration, globalization and education — will take place at the Nicollet Island Pavilion at at the Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis from 3 to 5 p.m.

Suárez-Orozco is the co-founder of the Harvard Immigration Projects and is currently the Richard Fisher Membership Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and the Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education at New York University. He will speak about “Global Migration: Best Practices for Business and Society in a Changing World.”

Panelists at the Hendrickson Seminar will discuss, “Demographics and Development: Migration's Impact on Minnesota Businesses” from 1 - 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28 at the Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis.

Panelists will explore how migration’s demographic and economic upheavals are impacting Minnesota, specifically businesses and their changes in owners, employees, customers and the culture of their markets. With 19 Fortune 500 companies headquartered here, Minnesota both leads and is vulnerable to market changes due to migration.

If you'd like one of these faculty/staff tickets, e-mail Terri Nye, Once the complimentary tickets are gone, tickets are $20 for the forum and $10 for the seminar for staff and faculty. Bob Biebel will organize a carpool/bus for faculty, staff and students who are interested.

More information on both events is available at For more information, contact Barb Hall at (612) 238-4517,

Jazz notes

Dr. John Paulson and Eric Heukeshoven will perform with Swing Inc. at Signatures Restaurant 6:30-9:30 p.m. today, March 26. Swing Inc. will also perform 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at CG’s Lounge in Winona.

Paulson will also perform 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, with The Larry Price Jazz Trio at The Pumphouse, La Crosse, Wis. For more information on this event, call (608) 785-1434 or go to

Radio show to raise money for Habitat Women Build

Jeff Hefel and Joe Dulak are planning a special KSMR broadcast of “The Black Hole of Radio” on Thursday, April 29, to raise money for the Saint Mary’s Habitat Women Build team. Hefel and Dulak will take to the airwaves from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a marathon show; special guests and many surprises are planned. To listen on-campus, turn to KSMR at 92.5; off-campus, turn to 94.3. KSMR also plays in the background of local access Channel 19. For more information, go to

Economic panel planned for April 7

Mark your calendars to attend an economic panel for the Saint Mary’s community on Wednesday, April 7, at noon in Salvi Lecture Hall. Participants will learn more about the local and national economic outlook from Dr. Martin Judd, professor, Business Department; Fred Fletcher of LPL Financial; Rod Nelson, president of Merchants Bank; and other community panelists. Dr. Shelley McCallum, associate professor, Business Department, will facilitating the panel. More details will follow.

Entrepreneurship week activities scheduled

The Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies will host “Entrepreneurship Week” April 12-16. All students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in the following events:

Monday, April 12 — Business Ethics Roundtable, 7:30 to 9 a.m., Toner Student Center Lounge; Dress to Impress, 7 to 8 p.m., Common Room.

Tuesday, April 13 — Women’s Symposium, 4 to 8:30 p.m., Toner Student Center Lounge

Wednesday, April 14 — Social Entrepreneurship keynote by Lisa Nigro, Founder of the Inspiration Café, 7 to 8 p.m., dining room, Toner Student Center

Thursday, April 15 — Professor for a day with Dave Anderson, founder of Famous Dave’s BBQ, 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m., Toner Student Center Lounge.

Friday, April 16 — Celebrate Winona’s entrepreneurial spirit, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Toner Student Center Lounge.

Education honor society book drive was a success

Kappa Delta Pi, SMU’s education honor society, would like to thank everyone who participated and/or donated to their book drive. The results were outstanding and far above what organizers expected. The drive collected $166, and that money, along with the books donated, brought the grand total to 229 books! About 50 of those books will be donated to Riverway Charter School, and the remaining books will be given to Jefferson Elementary School. The generosity of the campus community in supporting literacy for underprivileged children is greatly appreciated.

Kowles publishes research article

Dr. Dick Kowles, professor emeritus in biology, recently had a research article published in Maydica (a journal devoted to maize research): “The Importance of DNA Endoreduplication in the Developing Endosperm of Maize.” The article includes many years of research and data accumulation by Dr. Kowles and some of his SMU undergraduate students.

This particular issue of Maydica (Volume 54, 2009: 387-399) is a commemorative issue as a tribute to the retiring Dr. R.L. Phillips at the University of Minnesota, a long-time colleague of Dr. Kowles. Dr. Kowles and Dr. Phillips had worked together on numerous articles with regard to the research of plant developmental genetics. In addition, Dr. Kowles is a co-author in the initial laudatory article in this issue relating to the long and successful career of Dr. Phillips in the field of plant genetics. Several years ago, Dr. Phillips was elected to the esteemed National Academy of Sciences.

Tristano publishes Lasallian article

Dr. Richard Tristano, Department of History, has published an article titled “The Liberal Arts, the University, and the Lasallian Educational Mission,” in the Winter 2010 issue of Listening, published out of Lewis University. The issue is dedicated to exploring the Liberal Arts in Catholic higher education, and the authors explore the theme from their institution’s particular affiliation. Dr. Tristano explores how the Lasallian educational mission can be integrated with the Liberal Arts, the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, and the university.

Experimental Planning students judge science fair

The Experimental Planning Class judged the Winona Middle School/High School Science fair at the Winona Senior High School. The projects were done by seventh-graders up through 10th-graders. The SMU students were impressed (intimidated) with many of the projects. Dr. Debra Martin is the instructor for Experimental Planning.

Congratulations to nine Mayo Innovation Scholarship winners

Team one consisted of Boya Hu (Business), Melissa Wolf (Pre Physical Therapy), Caitlin O’Conner (Biochemistry), and Brittany Peterson (Business). They are joined by Dr. Debra Martin and Dr. Shelly McCallum.

Team two consisted of Thomas Briese (Biochemistry), Aga Kadej (Business), Emily Friedl (Computer Science), Matt Wilgenbusch (Business), and Phillip Thomas (Biology). They are joined by Dr. Randy Krainock, Dr. Ann Smith and Dr. Shelly McCallum.

The SMU Business and Biology Departments would like to congratulate the 2009-10 Mayo Innovation Scholarship award winners upon completion of their outstanding project work.

Four science students, four business students and one computer science student presented at The Mayo Innovation Scholars Program. The program is an opportunity for undergraduate science and business students to work along side an MBA student to research a project submitted by Mayo Clinic professionals through the Mayo Clinic Office of Intellectual Properties. SMU was awarded two projects this year.

Team one consisted of Boya Hu (Business), Melissa Wolf (Pre Physical Therapy), Caitlin O’Conner (Biochemistry), and Brittany Peterson (Business) and team two consisted of Thomas Briese (Biochemistry), Aga Kadej (Business), Emily Friedl (Computer Science), Matt Wilgenbusch (Business), and Phillip Thomas (Biology). Drs. Randy Krainock and Debra Martin were the faculty mentors for the science students, Dr. Ann Smith was the mentor for the Computer Science student and Dr. Shelly McCallum was the faculty mentor for the business students.

Both teams presented their work to the Mayo Clinic Office of Intellectual Property on March 12.

The Mayo Innovation Scholarships are available to junior and senior business and science students with applications requested in the fall semester.

SMU is fortunate to be one of a select number of private Minnesota Colleges eligible for participation in the Mayo Innovation Scholarship program.

Saint Mary’s hosts Regional Science Fair

Saint Mary's University was the host for the 57th Regional Science Fair that was held Feb. 26. More than 125 young scientists from around Southeastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin competed in the Southeast Minnesota Western Wisconsin Regional Science and Engineering Fair, an affiliate of the Minnesota Academy of Science. Students presented their science research projects and papers and competed for awards and prizes. Dr. Debra Martin was the site director. A thank you is extended to all faculty and staff who helped.

Students participate in Private Scholars Day

A gathering of undergraduate scholars and their faculty research mentors was held at the State Capitol Rotunda on Feb. 20. The event was sponsored by the Minnesota Private College Council. It is a celebration of the scholarly excellence of undergraduate student researchers and their faculty mentors at Minnesota’s private colleges.

Keith Fahrforth (Biology, ’09) and Michele Hermes (Biochemistry) presented a poster titled, “The effects of atrazine on pack cell volume, gender, and development of Gallus Gallus.”

Also attending was Ryan Soukup (History) with a poster titled, “Cultural Change and the Dakota Uprising.” Dr. Debra Martin (Biology) and Dr. Liz Throop, pictured, were the faculty advisors.

Physics, Chemistry clubs host Girl Scout troops

On March 11, the Physics Club and Chemistry Club hosted two Girl Scout Troops to assist them in earning the Science Wonders Try-It Badge. The professors and college students planned an array of science experiments and demonstrations. Fifteen second- and third-grade girls learned through hands-on activities about recycling paper, magnetism, static electricity and the formation of crystals. There were also three exciting demonstrations: how a stir plate works, elephant’s toothpaste, and the magnetism flyer.

A special thanks to Professor Brett Bodsgard, Father Paul Nienaber, and Professor Robyn Wanberg and the following students: Jen Koezly, Brian Kasel, Tim McDonald, Renee Custer, Tom Briese and Mary Glenski.

Congratulations to Scoville family

Katrina (Klink) Scoville M’08, leadership gift officer, Development & Alumni Relations, and her husband, Ben, had a baby boy, Jonah Rudolph Scoville, on Friday, March 19. The Saint Mary’s community extends its congratulations to the Scoville family.

Sympathy to McColl family

Dr. Donald Hunter, father-in-law of Rob McColl, professor in the Art & Design Department, and grandfather to sophomore Neil McColl and Peter McColl, PSEO student, died Tuesday, March 23. The Saint Mary’s community extends its sympathy to the McColl family.

No ‘Campus Notes’ next week

Reminder: there will be no ‘Campus Notes’ next week because of Easter break. The next edition will be Friday, April 9. Look ahead on your calendars; the deadline to submit information will be Wednesday, April 7.