Thursday, August 23, 2012

Special Centennial Convocation and Mass planned for Aug. 27

The Saint Mary’s community is invited to the University Centennial Convocation and Mass of the Holy Spirit on Monday, Aug. 27. So that the entire SMU community can participate, there are no classes scheduled and there will be no rehearsals, meetings or athletic practice sessions held during these events. Colleagues from the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, as well as undergraduate and graduate students from across the university, have been invited to join us for this special Centennial celebration. The schedule for the day is as follows:

10:30 a.m. – Mass of the Holy Spirit, Saint Thomas More Chapel

Noon – Faculty/staff lunch buffet, South Gymnasium

1:45 p.m. – University Centennial Convocation; reception to follow; Gostomski Fieldhouse

Everyone is encouraged to join in celebrating this important Saint Mary’s University milestone. Some offices must remain open during this time. Staff members should clarify with their respective supervisors whether or not a particular office may be closed during Mass and Centennial Convocation festivities.

Saint Mary’s to display photos from Tibet, sand mandala

Twenty-one photographs from the Tibet Image Bank, London will be on display Aug. 24 through Sept. 24 at Saint Mary’s University in conjunction with an artist-in-residency by the Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery.

The photo show, “Tibet: Magical Land of Spiritual Wonders” will be on display at the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries, located in the Toner Student Center, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

The Tibetan Monks will create a sand mandala from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, through Friday, Sept. 21. In this sacred tradition, intricate and artistic designs are created from colored sand and then ritualistically destroyed to symbolize the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the impermanent nature of material life. The public is also invited to participate in a community sand painting during this period.

An opening ceremony will begin at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 17 and a closing ceremony will begin at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 21. During the closing ceremony, the public is invited to join the Tibetan Monks in ceremoniously releasing the sand used from the mandala into Gilmore Creek. Events being held in the gallery are free and open to the public.

The Tibetan Monks will also present a public performance Thursday, Sept. 20, in Page Theatre. For more information, go to Tickets are available online or at the Page Theatre Box office, Ext. 1715 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Root beer float fundraiser raises $193

The Volunteer Committee’s rootbeer float fundraiser raised $193 for SMU’s CTIE students in Nairobi. As the school year begins, watch for information about the next “Let’s Do Lunch.”

SMU Page Series seeks designs for sand painting

The Page Series will host the Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery Sept. 17-21, including a public performance Sept. 20. During their week-long residency, the Tibetan Monks will create a sand mandala in the Toner Student Center. In this sacred tradition, intricate and artistic designs are created from colored sand and then ritualistically destroyed to symbolize the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the impermanent nature of material life.

In conjunction with these events, the community is invited to submit design ideas and participate in the construction of a community sand painting. The community will not create a mandala or any attempt at replication of this sacred art. Instead the images in this community sand painting should reflect strongly the local essence of the community and/or landscape. Here are some important elements to consider as you consider the design idea submission:

• The community sand painting will be constructed on a tabletop, similar to the one the monks will use. The design will not exceed 3 feet by 3 feet. Design entries should be on a smaller scale (10 inches by 10 inches is the recommended size). A color picture of the design will be displayed nearby so people would know where to place the appropriate colors. The Page Series will supply the colored sand and volunteers to assist with the process.

• The design should be simple, meaningful and easily recognized by the local community. The design can be a combination of shapes, images and words – but preferably with no intricate details.

• The design should be able to be viewed from all angles, without a defined top and bottom – so everyone who works on it or views it at any angle will still have a good seat.

• Many people will work to bring the design to fruition – young and old, artists with and without experience.

• All design proposals must be submitted in color. Color pencil is preferred, or a medium that does not allow for shading of colors, as this is not possible with the sand. Computer graphic design is acceptable as well.

• By submitting the design for the community sand painting, you agree to release all rights to use this image to the Performance Center at Saint Mary's University solely for the purpose of the community sand painting. Your design may be used in part or entirety in the spirit of collaborative community design.

Design submissions must be submitted to the Performance Center, attention Community Sand Painting Design Committee, no later than 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7.  Submit your entry electronically to or drop it off at the Performance Center Box Office between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

MCA to hold auditions for ‘The Nutcracker’

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will hold auditions for its holiday production of “The Nutcracker” on Thursday, Sept. 6, beginning at 4 p.m. at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 W. 10th St.

“The Nutcracker” will be performed at Page Theatre Nov. 28 through Dec. 2. “The Nutcracker” tells the timeless tale of Clara as she is taken into a magical world filled with dancing candy, daring sword fights, and beautiful fairies.

There are numerous ways to be involved in this production, from under the spotlight to behind the scenes. Roles are available for actors, dancers, and community members. Children older than 5 and adults with all levels of experience are welcome. MCA’s WAYS youth choir will be featured in this production as well.

For more information, go online to, e-mail, “like” them on Facebook, or call Ext. 5500. Auditions are free and open to the public.

MCA announces fall registration open house

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will host its fall registration open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 1164 W. 10th St.

The public is welcome to visit the facility, tour the studios and classrooms, and meet the Conservatory’s talented instructors and staff. The dance attire boutique will be open, and staff will assist with fittings and take orders for all of the dance classes.

Be the first to register for the Fall Semester I classes in person. Anyone interested in taking private music lessons is invited to see, hear and try out specific instruments.

Meet and welcome the new managing director and administrative assistant, speak with Friends of the MCA to learn more about volunteer opportunities, and meet others who love the arts.

Class days, times, and tuition vary.  Financial need-based scholarships are available. For a brochure and a complete listing, visit, e-mail, “like” them on Facbebook, or call Ext. 5500. Interested students may register online, by mail, or in person at MCA’s Valéncia Arts Center.

Conservatory receives ‘Mayor’s Choice Award’

On Sunday, Aug. 19, students, parents, volunteers, and instructors of MCA participated in the annual Goodview Days Parade. MCA promoted its fall registration open house on Sept. 5, in addition to its upcoming auditions for “The Nutcracker” on Sept. 6. Energetic performers interacted with the crowd and accompanied a “Nutcracker”-themed float and received the “Mayor’s Choice Award.”

Craft publishes article in business journal

Jana Craft, assistant professor of business, published a research article titled “Living in the Gray: Lessons on Ethics from Prison” in the Journal of Business Ethics.

Congratulations to Coral Henthorne

Coral Henthorne (University Advancement) and Sean Logan had a baby girl, Makinley Mae Logan, on Saturday, Aug. 18. The Saint Mary’s community extends its congratulations!

Sympathy to Anderson, Flynn, Malin families

Connor James Flynn, grandson of Jane Anderson (Education) was born July 27 and died Aug. 10. He is the son of Maureen and Tim Flynn. He is also the grand nephew of Tom Malin, maintenance dept at SMU. The Saint Mary’s community extends its sympathy to these families.

Volunteers needed for Dakota Gathering, Homecoming

The 9th annual Great Dakota Gathering and Homecoming (2012) will be held at Unity Park, East Lake Winona, Sept. 14-16. This year the event will commemorate the Dakota Conflict of 1862.

Volunteers are needed for the following areas:

Youth Education Day —  Set up the space, help the 35 presenters, and take some notes on the lessons: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in two-hour shifts.

Information/T-shirt sales  — 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and  7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in two-hour shifts.

Serving of meals — Help set up, serve the meal, check buttons, work tables, assist elders and clean up; Saturday 7 to 9 a.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m.; Sunday 7 to 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Coca Cola Stand —  9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Clean up — Pick up garbage, and carry tables and chairs to be put in trucks; 3 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, contact Debbie White at (507) 454-4417 or