Thursday, February 2, 2012

Saint Mary’s to host panel discussion on population

National Geographic editor serves as guest panelist

The public is invited to discuss “Population in Perspective: How Will 7 Billion People Change Your Life?” Tuesday and Wednesday, March 13-14, at Saint Mary’s.

This event is sponsored by Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership and UnderTold Stories Project, and part of a collaboration with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, PBS NewsHour and National Geographic.

How will our lives be affected and how can young Americans engage with solutions to the challenge of sustaining a planet that will have 9 billion inhabitants by 2050?

Special guest Dennis Dimick, executive editor on the environment for National Geographic, designed a year-long 2011 National Geographic series called “7 Billion” on global population and its impact. Dimick will join panelists Fred de Sam Lazaro, director of the “Undertold Stories Project” and a correspondent for PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer; and Dr. David Lynch, chair of the SMU Department of Social Science.

SMU will host two of these critical discussions. The first will be on the Twin Cities campus, Tuesday, March 13, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Saint Mary’s Event Center. The second is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in Page Theatre.

The “Under-Told Stories Project,” produced by and in partnership with Saint Mary’s University, shares stories from some of the world’s most remote locations through PBS NewsHour and other media organizations. The partnership brings de Sam Lazaro to the university’s Minneapolis campus, provides new learning opportunities to Saint Mary’s students, and is intended to raise awareness for the local ramifications of global issues.

For more information, contact Sabrina Kelly at or (612) 238-4507.

Benefits planned to help wounded alum, veteran

Saint Mary’s is planning two public benefits for alumnus Josh Misiewicz, a Marine veteran who was severely injured this past summer while serving in Afghanistan.

On Feb. 11, the Saint Mary’s men’s hockey team will host an Armed Forces Night in Misiewicz’s honor during their game against Gustavus Adolphus at 7:30 p.m. The Color Guard has been invited to render honors when the National Anthem is played, and all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Misiewicz, who played junior varsity hockey at Saint Mary’s from 2006-2008.

Misiewicz has also been named the recipient of the 12th annual Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance, planned for Saturday, March 24. The public will be invited to this formal dance, which features the Johnny Holm Band.

Marine Lance Corporal Misiewicz grew up in La Grange, Ill., where he was a well-known hockey star. He attended Saint Mary’s for two years before pursuing his passion to become a U.S. Marine.

In July, his life changed in a flash: a landmine exploded and he suffered the loss of both legs and two shattered eardrums. He recovered at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland, where his positive attitude and enduring spirit served as an example to others.

Misiewicz received the Purple Heart medal this past fall.

Even though the federal government covers Misiewicz's medical expenses, the family is facing many other long-term costs including transportation, home improvements, and a hand-controlled vehicle.

To make a donation, send checks — payable to the Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance — to Lance Thompson at Campus Box 1528.

Cardinal Corner proceeds to also benefit Misiewicz

The SMU spring 2012 Entrepreneurship class has unanimously chosen the Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance as their cause for the current semester. All profits from the sale of merchandise sold at the Cardinal Corner will benefit campus organizations and alumnus Josh Misiewicz.

The Cardinal Corner is a non-profit retail store located in the lower level of the Toner Student Center. Managed by the students of MG315 Entrepreneurship and supported by the College of Business, the goal of the store is to create an opportunity for entrepreneurship students to gain hands-on experience in operating a small business. Each semester, the class donates profits from the Cardinal Corner to a charity of their choice. In addition, the store sells products for various SMU clubs, teams, departments, and organizations and returns 100 percent of the sales to benefit the SMU community.

For more information, contact Jana Craft at Ext. 1491 or Become a fan and receive the latest updates at .

Alumni Relations launches website, online community

On Tuesday, Jan. 31, Alumni Relations launched a new alumni association website and online community! “SMU 4 U” has been almost a year in the making. Feel free to view the new site at This new venture allows alumni to stay connected with Saint Mary’s, their classmates, friends, program cohorts and more. Alumni can create a profile, upload pictures, join or start specific groups, find friends, search the alumni directory, browse the career networking center, sign up for newsletters, register for upcoming events, buy SMU gear, view and submit class notes, view alumni photos and so much more.

African-American professionals to share their stories

In recognition of Black History Month, African-American professionals from throughout the nation have been invited to share their stories Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Saint Mary’s.

The panel discussion, free and open to the public, will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Salvi Lecture Hall. These six panelists will share their stories, challenges and victories:

• Duchesne Drew, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Drew is the Star Tribune’s managing editor for operations. He’s the newsroom’s liaison to the circulation, production, marketing and advertising departments.
• Sarah Hoye, CNN
Hoye is an award-winning journalist for CNN. She is currently based in Philadelphia where she covers regional assignments and breaking news.
• Minnesota Rep. Bobby Joe Champion (DFL-District 58B)
Rep. Champion has represented portions of downtown and north Minneapolis since he was elected in 2008. He is currently a member of the House’s Civil Justice Committee and Finance Committee.
• Beatrice Tayui, Diamond International Inc. and Lion Aviation Group
Tayui is president and senior managing partner at Lion Aviation Group, Inc., an airline management and turnaround specialist that is focused on the growing African aviation sector. She is also president and CEO of Diamond International, Inc. in Chicago, a privately held domestic and international business strategies company.
• Ebenezer Tayui, M.D., Franciscan St. Margaret Health
Dr. Tayui specializes in cardiac and obstetric anesthesiology in Hammond, Ind.
• Xavier Wilson ’97, Winona State University
Wilson is currently serving as interim assistant director of Housing and Residence Life at WSU.

Refreshments will be served following the discussion and a question-and-answer period.
The event is part of a month-long series of events hosted by the Black Students and Allies at Saint Mary’s. For more information, contact Keotta House at or (507) 279-1806.

Other Black History Month events

• Feb. 6-10 — Black Student Allies Volunteer Days
• Feb. 9 — Night of African-American music featuring Markeise Russell, 5 p.m. Figliulo Recital Hall (see Jazz notes for more information).
• Feb. 17 — Friday Night Fish Fry
• Feb. 29 — Karaoke Night

Additionally, Africa Night was held Thursday, Feb. 2.

SMU hosts sustainability forums

Student Life will once again hold a series of forums this semester on issues related to sustainability. The forums are intended to provide interested students, staff and faculty with the opportunity to learn more about the broad concepts of sustainability, discuss these issues as they relate to our daily lives both on and off campus, and then identify actions to contribute toward a more sustainable future.

The series includes:

• “Sustainability & Catholic Higher Education” — Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., Damien Commons in Watters Hall

How and why should we (as members of a Catholic and Lasallian community) become better stewards of God’s creation and champions for environmental justice? This forum features Chris McClead, co-director of Campus Ministry.

• “Food, Compost and Recycling” — Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m., Damien Commons in Watters Hall

It has been said that “Food goes to the heart of civilization.” Topics for dialogue will include: Food and nutrition security, famine, waste, organic food, composting, fair-trade, “eat local,” community gardens, “foodies,” carbon-free diet, etc. We are what we eat, so come and share your point of view.

• “Water” — Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., Toner Student Center Lounge

If today the issue is oil, then tomorrow the issue will be water. Whether gathered in your reusable container, flowing down the Mississippi River, pumped from the ground, or falling from the sky, water is at the core of all life on earth and we can’t take it for granted anymore. Come and dialogue with us about water!

Lasallian regional leadership advocates for children’s rights

The Lasallian leadership in the USA-Toronto Region signing the public statement “Standing for Children” before a gathering of over 250 Lasallian educators: (L-R) Bro. Timothy Coldwell, Provincial, New Orleans-Santa Fe District; Bro. Dennis Malloy, Provincial, District of Eastern North America; Bro. Larry Schatz, Provincial, Midwest District; and Bro. Robert Schieler, General Councilor. Not in photo, Bro. Donald Johanson, Provincial, San Francisco District.

The leadership of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in the USA-Toronto Region has given its full support for the promotion and protection of the rights of children with the signing of a statement advocating and committing themselves to helping children achieve their full human dignity. The public signing was held on Nov. 19, before a national gathering of more than 250 Lasallian educators in Washington, D.C.

This public expression of support and solidarity for the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was adopted in 1989 and ratified by all countries except the U.S. and Somalia, calls upon political and religious leaders, as well as civil society organizations in this country and throughout the world, to move toward achieving real progress in the protection of children's rights. Today, 14.1 million children in the U.S. are economically poor and much work remains to be done.

The Defense of the Rights of the Child has become a focus of the Lasallian Mission since the turn of the 21st century with the release of the Pastoral Letter from Superior General, Brother John Johnston, FSC, to the Brothers and to all members of the Lasallian family in 1999. A year later the delegates to the 43rd General Chapter of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools overwhelmingly endorsed this initiative. Since that time there have been educational and formation events promoting the Defense of the Rights of the Child in the United States-Toronto Region, culminating in the April 2010 Lasallian Convocation at the United Nations.

Flamenco dance highlights next ‘Off the Page’ Series

Tickets are sold out for Deborah Elias Danza Española today, Friday, Feb. 3, through Saint Mary’s “Off the Page” Series. A few tickets may become available at the door. The show — which energetically blends together flamenco dance, guitar and song — will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St.

This is the third Saint Mary’s “Off The Page” event — a showcase of Minnesota artists featured in venues around town.

Wockenfus, basketball team join forces to fight spina bifida

The Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team is joining with team alumnus Ryan Wockenfus ’11 in a fundraising effort to help fight spina bifida.

On May 19, Wockenfus, a current member of the SMU Admission staff in Winona, will be participating in the upcoming “Tough Mudder,” a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test athletes’ all-around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie.

The grueling event will take place in Somerset, Wis., and Wockenfus — whose younger sister, Kaley, was born with spina bifida in 1991 — will be a part of “Team Spina Bifida.”

“This is our chance to support my younger sister, along with all other individuals and families who have been affected by spina bifida,” said Wockenfus, a four-year member of both the SMU men’s basketball and track and field teams.

While Wockenfus will be tackling the “Tough Mudder” — and its underground mud tunnels, fire, ice-water, 12-foot walls and 10,000 volts of electricity — the Cardinal men’s basketball team will be doing its part during their Saturday, Feb. 4, game against Macalester, beginning at 3 p.m.

The Cardinals will be soliciting pledges based on the Cardinals’ performance against the Scots in the “hustle areas” — offensive rebounds, assists, steals and drawing offensive fouls. (For example, if you pledge 10 cents, and the Cardinals total 11 offensive rebounds, 12 assists and four steals, you would donate $2.70.)

For more information, or to make a pledge, contact SMU men’s basketball coaches Todd Landrum ( or Kevin Landrum ( or Ryan Wockenfus ( Pledges will also be accepted any time prior to the game on Feb. 4.

Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor hosts three talks

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor will offer the first of three talks this semester at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the Common Room of Saint Mary’s Hall. Dr. Richard Tristano, Department of History, will present “From Humanism to the Humanities: A Book Review.”

Dr. Tristano will review the central argument of Anthony Grafton and Lisa Jardine’s From Humanism to the Humanities: Education and the Liberal Arts in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Europe, and then consider our Saint Mary’s context by exploring such questions as whether we have the goal of the moral education of our students, or if we are in the business of offering education as an investment and an entrée into the power structure. The talk should be provocative, and faculty are especially encouraged to attend and help think through these issues.

The talk, co-sponsored by the School of Humanities and the Department of History, is free and open to the public; refreshments will be provided.

For more information contact Dr. John Kerr at Ext. 1673 or

The remaining two MRSM talks this semester are as follows:

• “Before Gerbert Met Erbert: A Selective Look at Quelques Petites Choses from ‘Science’ and Religion in the Middle Ages” by Dr. Paul Nienaber SJ, Department of Physics, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 29, in Room 238, Brother Charles Hall

• “The Dialectic of American Humanism: John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces, Marsilio Ficino, and Paul Oskar Kristeller” by Vernon Leighton, librarian, Winona State University at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in the President’s Room.

Faculty to display diverse art through March 18

Seven faculty members from the Department of Art & Design will exhibit their work through March 18 at SMU’s Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries.

The show, “Verisimilitude,” includes work by Tony Calabrese, Charlie Campbell, Preston Lawing, Rob McColl, Brother Roderick Robertson, Lisa Truax and John Whelan.

The exhibit — free and open to the public — will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

SMU 10K ski events planned for Feb. 19

The next SMU 10K cross-country ski race will be held Sunday, Feb. 19, at Saint Mary’s.

The public is invited to a classic-style citizens’ ski event at 10 a.m., and a skate race will begin at 1 p.m.

Participants can register in competitive or recreational classes.

Both races wind through the beautiful and challenging bluffs and valleys surrounding the Saint Mary’s campus. Tickets are $10 for one race or $20 for both races.

Registration and the finish line will both be near Saint Yon’s Hall, located on the back east portion of campus.

For more information or to receive a registration form, call Gary Borash at Ext. 8740 or e-mail

Biology club hosts bone marrow registry drive

The SMU Biology Club and Beta Beta Beta (Biology Honor Club) are hosting a “Be the Match” bone marrow registry drive on today, Friday, Feb. 3. The drive will be from 7:30 am. to noon in the Toner Student Center.

Diversity coffee hours offered Fridays

All students, faculty and staff are invited to a diversity coffee hour Fridays from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Cardinal Club.

Free coffee and engaging discussion will be provided. Come when you can; leave when you must. Learn about others’ perspectives. For more information, contact Jeff Walter at These gatherings are sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Wellness Center.

Next Chat & Chow topic is about going green

The next “Chat, Chow & Web 2.0” event, “Who Wants Yesterday’s Papers?” will be held Friday, Feb. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in the McEnery Center. These events are hosted by the Fitz, IT and Instructional Technology.

No one in Dr. Scott Sorvaag’s paperless classes needs to worry about a pile-up of yesterday's papers and reports. Sorvaag, dean of the Department of Education, along with some of his students, will talk about how a paperless class works and provide us with a primer for a “greener” classroom.

Lunch is provided. An RSVP to Jason Spartz,, is appreciated, but not necessary. Everyone is welcome!

Chili cookoff, jewelry exchange to raise money for CTIE

A total of $335 was raised during the annual chili cookoff Thursday, Feb. 2, to benefit CTIE in Narobi.

First place went to Terrie Lueck, conferencing and camps; second place went to Tracy Lehnertz, academic affairs; and third place went to Valerie (and Lane) Robeson, Social Science.

A huge thanks go to the 12 chili contestants and to this year’s judges: Phil Gaddis, security; Darlene Paulson, Toner Student Center; and Nick Lemmer, Marketing & Communication.

Don’t forget that another opportunity to support CTIE is right around the corner. The SMU community will have an opportunity to buy and recycle some bling Feb. 10.

Donate any good, usable jewelry, belts, purses and scarves to the Business Office by Monday, Feb. 6.

Then, come shopping for a good cause. The sale will be held at the first floor of Saint Mary’s Hall from 8 to 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 10.

The Volunteer Committee thanks you for all your support!

Jazz notes

Swing Inc. will perform 6 to 9 p.m. today, Friday, Feb. 3, at Signatures.

John Paulson and Larry Price and the Miles Johnston Jazz Quartet will perform 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Oak Center General Store, Lake City, Minn.

On Thursday, Feb. 9, beginning at 5 p.m., Markeise Russell and the SMU Jazz Combo will perform in recognition of Black History Month. Learn about Cannonball Adderly and Charlie Parker. Dr. Paulson will be the director. The event will be held in the Figliulo Recital Hall.

Fireside planned for Feb. 10-11

The Sisters of SAI (SMU’s women’s music fraternity) invites everyone to attend “Fireside,” an annual coffeehouse-style student music performance Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10-11.

Poem, artwork by McCullough, Oas hang in City Hall

Ken McCullough, director of the PASS program, and Leilani Oas, SMU graphic design major, collaborated on a framed poster of a poem written by McCullough, dedicated to the citizens of Misato, Japan — Winona’s sister city. The poster hangs in the Misato Room of Winona’s City Hall. McCullough selected Oas’ design from among others submitted as a class project for Brother Rod Robertson’s typography class. Oas was a PSEO student at the time.

Tennis team plans fundraiser for young cancer patient today

The women’s tennis team will be holding a “Trains for Shay Day” cancer fundraiser during their season-opening match against Winona State Friday, Feb. 3, at the Winona Tennis Center.

Shaymus “Shay” Guinn is the son of former SMU women’s soccer coach Tony Guinn. The 10-year-old has been courageously battling a rare form of bone cancer called Ewings Sarcoma for the past three years. This year, Shaymus was also diagnosed with a form of leukemia called “ALL.” This form of leukemia was caused by the years of radiation Shay has had to undergo.

Shay’s 11th birthday is coming up on Feb. 23, and the SMU women’s tennis team is joining forces with Western Illinois University, where Tony Guinn is currently serving as the head women’s soccer coach, to make this the best birthday ever. In recognition of Shay’s love for trains, the Cardinals have decorated one of several hundred paper train carts that will be assembled into “the biggest, strongest, most unique train ever made.”

From 3-6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, members of the Cardinals women’s tennis team will be hosting a table during the SMU-WSU match for anyone wishing to contribute monetarily, or to sign SMU’s “Train for Shay.” All proceeds will be given to the Guinn family to help with their mounting hospital costs.

For more information, or to make a donation, contact Jeff Halberg , Ext. 8711, or e-mail