Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Celebrate Saint Mary’s heritage at Founder’s Day April 9

Saint Mary’s will present awards to three Christian Brothers, a faculty member, a Lasallian educator and two outstanding seniors at its Founder’s Day celebration Tuesday, April 9.

Brother Joseph Loewenstein will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities in honor of his inspiring leadership throughout his 70 years as a De La Salle Christian Brother. He served first as a teacher on the East Coast of the U.S., then as a teacher, vice principal and headmaster in Kenya, and most recently he served more than 30 years in Palestine. Brother Joseph has held a number of positions at Bethlehem University, including president and vice chancellor. In addition, he has heroically responded to the needs of those living in Palestinian refugee camps.

Brother Jean Manuel will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities in recognition of 58 years of service as a De La Salle Christian Brother, through which he has touched the lives of countless students and families as a school administrator and English teacher. After more than 30 years at Bethlehem University, Brother Jean has made a significant and lasting contribution to the Church in the Middle East and to the world of Lasallian Catholic higher education.

Brother Terence McLaughlin, a 1944 Saint Mary’s alum, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humanities in recognition of his 72 years as a De La Salle Christian Brother, as a champion of racial equality, as an outstanding teacher, mentor and school administrator, and as an author. While serving as its president in 1963, Brother Terence broke ranks with the city’s culture code in Memphis and integrated Christian Brothers College high school, making it the first private school to be integrated in the Memphis region. This award to Brother Terence is being made on the occasion of the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Teresa Speck, professor of business, will receive this year’s Brother H. Charles Severin, FSC Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is given every other year to an undergraduate faculty member who is recognized by both students and other faculty as exceptional in their teaching and engagement of students. The Severin Award recognizes excellence in teaching, communication and delivery, fairness in dealing with students, and the ability to encourage students to value the life of the mind. Speck is an organized and enthusiastic teacher who is always present to her students and colleagues. She is able to reach out to students while holding them accountable for content knowledge.  Her students are well-prepared for careers in accounting and for the professional certification exams. In addition to her role with students, she plans and runs the First-Year Faculty mentoring program.

Tony Piscitiello, senior advancement director, was chosen as this year’s Distinguished Lasallian Educator. These awards are given by Lasallian institutions in the North American-Toronto Region of the De La Salle Christian Brothers to honor contributions and commitment to the Lasallian mission of education. For more than 40 years, Piscitiello has served the mission, as first an admission counselor and later as vice president for admission and executive vice president, and now in his current position in University Advancement. Throughout his career, Piscitiello has demonstrated his Lasallian nature in his continued concern for the welfare of the thousands of students, families and alums he encountered. Piscitiello is a 1969 undergrad alum and earned a master’s degree from Saint Mary’s in 1982.

The Outstanding Male and Female Senior awards will be presented to students who have demonstrated the ideals of scholarship, character, leadership and service. Above all, these men and women have shown genuine concern for meeting the needs of others. The following students are finalists for the 2013 Outstanding Senior awards — Males: Peter Borash, Aaron Henry, Bryan Moore, Jay Olson, and Jake Traxler; females: Sarah Anderson, Constance Budin, Samantha Herbst, Jacinta Jude and Shannon Nelson.

Additionally, every other year the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs awards the Brother Louis DeThomasis, FSC Award to a staff member or fulltime faculty member who has demonstrated sustained excellence in advancing the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs in teaching, entrepreneurship, creativity and/or innovation, while serving as a model of the Lasallian Catholic spirit. This year’s recipient, Gena Bilden, associate vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Services, has become known as a gifted leader who motivates employees and colleagues to strive for the highest levels of efficiency and excellence throughout her 13-year tenure. Among the many innovations that she has championed are Pathways, a community college recruiting program; SMU Central, a one-stop student services department; and Acalog, the online searchable catalog.

Below is the truncated schedule for the day.

• 7:45 to 9 a.m. classes meet 7:45 to 8:35 a.m.
• 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. classes meet 8:45 to 9:35 a.m.
• 10:45 a.m. to Noon classes meet 9:45 to 10:35 a.m.
• 10:45 a.m. – Eucharistic Liturgy, Saint Thomas More Chapel
• 1:15 p.m. – Convocation, Page Theatre
• 3 p.m. – Reception, Toner Student Center, Hall of Fame
• 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. classes meet 3:20 to 4 p.m.
• 1:45 to 3 p.m. classes meet 4:10 to 4:50 p.m.
• Classes that meet anytime after 3 p.m. start at 5 p.m. and end at the discretion of the instructor

De La Salle Week schedule announced

A variety of activities are scheduled for this year’s De La Salle Week, which will run Sunday, April 7, through Saturday, April 13. For more detail, go to

Sunday, April 7
• 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. — Opening Liturgies, Saint Thomas More Chapel; refreshments served after Mass
• 1 to 4 p.m. — Join volunteer mentors in removing invasive species from Saint Yon’s Valley and the bluffs; register in Campus Ministry

Monday, April 8
• 7:30 a.m. — Donuts, first floor, Saint Mary’s Hall
• 11:30 to 1 p.m. — Lasallian Luncheon for faculty and staff, faculty dining room. “Lasallian Higher Education: Bethlehem University — Expanding Horizons, Building Bridges” with Brother Robert Smith who is returning to SMU after serving at Bethlehem University from 2007-13, and special guests Brother Joseph Loewenstein and Brother Jean Manuel
• 12:10 p.m. — Liturgy, Saint Thomas More Chapel
• 5:30 p.m. — Dine with the Divine for students, Saint Mary’s Press. “Lasallian Higher Education in the Holy Land: Bethlehem University” (see speakers above). RSVP in Campus Ministry

Tuesday, April 9
• 7:30 a.m. — Donuts, first floor, Saint Mary’s Hall
• 10:45 a.m. — Liturgy, Saint Thomas More Chapel with Bishop John M. Quinn, Diocese of Winona, celebrant
• 1:15 p.m. — Convocation, Page Theatre
• 3 p.m. — Convocation reception, Hall of Fame Room
• 8 p.m. — Evening Prayer, Common Room. Join the international Christian Brothers for an evening of prayer and conversation

Wednesday, April 10
• 7:30 a.m. — Donuts, first floor, Saint Mary’s Hall
• 12:10 p.m. — Liturgy, Saint Thomas More Chapel
• 3:30 p.m. — Wine and cheese social for faculty and staff, Toner Student Center Lounge. Join Brother Terence McLaughlin, author of Silent Acceptance, for conversation and discussion
• 9 p.m. — Campus movie, Waiting for Superman, Salvi Lecture Hall

Thursday, April 11
• 8 a.m. — Morning Prayer with the Christian Brothers, Toner Student Center Lounge.
• 12:10 p.m. — Liturgy, Saint Thomas More Chapel
• 3:30 to 4 p.m. — Anniversary celebration, Plaza, commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Christian Brothers on campus. Anniversary T-shirts will be given away to the first 80 students. Enjoy cake and punch.
• 4 p.m. — Lasallian Higher Education in Winona, President’s Room, featuring Dr. Bill Crozier, university archivist, with highlights of 80 years of Lasallian higher education with the Brothers at Saint Mary’s

Friday, April 12
• 8 to 9 a.m. — Fair Trade Coffee with donuts, provided by the Peace and Justice Club, first floor Saint Mary’s Hall. Pick up coffee while you “Check in” for the Celebration of Scholarship.
• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Celebration of Scholarship (
• 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Lunch to benefit CTIE in the student dining hall. $1 from each lunch will be given to CTIE in Nairobi.
• 12:10 p.m. — Liturgy, Saint Thomas More Chapel
• 6:30 p.m. — Honors Convocation, Page Theatre

Saturday, April 13
3 to 6 p.m. — Student Centennial Celebration, Plaza (or RAC)
8 to 10 p.m. — Decade Dance, Saint Mary’s Park (or Common Room).

Celebration of Scholarship is April 12

The Centennial Celebration of Scholarship — Saint Mary’s first campus-wide celebration highlighting the accomplishments of undergraduate students across all academic disciplines — will be held Friday, April 12. More than 100 presentations by more than 150 students are planned. The SMU community is invited to view the research and talents of our students.

The event will take place at various locations  and times on campus. Attendees are asked to register in Saint Mary’s Hall, on the first floor, before attending presentations. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. For more information, visit

The day will culminate at 6:30 p.m. with the Honors Convocation in Page Theatre. At the convocation students will be recognized for outstanding activity by membership in honor societies, completion of the honors program, and departmental awards. The event will be followed by a dessert reception in the lobby.

Student Centennial Event scheduled for April 13

The Student Centennial Event on April 13 will allow undergraduate students the opportunity to celebrate the university’s Centennial together. The event, planned by the Centennial Student Leaders, includes a carnival from 3 to 6 p.m. in the plaza (or the RAC in case of bad weather) and a Decade Dance at Saint Mary’s Park (or the Common Room) from 8 to 10 p.m.

The carnival will include games, inflatable games, a dunk tank (with faculty volunteering to get dunked), and carnival food. Live music is planned, prizes have been secured and Famous Dave’s and Chartwell’s will provide dinner.

The Decade Dance will include a photo booth, prizes and pizza. The DJ will be Downtown Petey Brown ’13.

Ian Bremmer to speak at April 17 Hendrickson Forum

The Hendrickson Forum 2013, “Rocking the World Order: How Changing Politics, Economics and Geography Impact Us,” is planned for Wednesday, April 17, at SMU’s Twin Cities campus.

There are seismic shifts taking place in the world order that are affecting the global economy and rise (and fall) of nations. What are the experts tracking and what precautions can you take? Dr. Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, shares possible scenarios on how to prepare for the changing world.

The 2013 Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership will be awarded to Doug Baker, Jr., chairman and CEO of Ecolab, Inc. The moderator will be Fred de Sam Lazaro, director of the Under-Told Stories Project at SMU.

The event is  3:30-5 p.m. at Saint Mary's University Center, 2540 Park Ave, Minneapolis. The cost is $40 for the general public; $20 for SMU alumni; and $10 for students. A few tickets are available at no cost for faculty and staff; e-mail Barb Hall at

The pre-forum seminar “Truth of the Trade” will feature Devry Boughner, Cargill’s Chief free trade lobbyist. Join a conversation from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. on current free trade issues. Boughner has worked for the World Bank, the U.S. Trade Representatives office, and was a senior economist at the International Trade Commission before joining Cargill. The cost for the seminar is $20 for general admission, $10 for alumni and students. A few tickets are available at no cost for faculty and staff; e-mail Barb Hall at

Register for both events at

SMU honors retirees, faculty and staff for years of service

Retiree Cindy Marek addresses the crowd at the employee service award ceremony.
Brother William with retirees Dr. Ann Gibson and Dr. Roger Kugel
Saint Mary’s employees were recognized for their years of service Wednesday, March 27. Retirees included Cindy Marek, vice president for Financial Services, 27 years; Dr. Ann Gibson, director of Counseling Services, 27 years; and Dr. Roger Kugel, professor of Chemistry, 33 years.

Other Winona campus employees honored included: Nikki Richmond, Dr. Jim Bedtke and Denny Grandl for 30 years. Employees with 5-, 10-, 15-, 20- and 25-year anniversaries were also recognized.

Senior art work on display April 13-May 11

“Defining,” the SMU senior art show, will be on display April 13 through May 11 in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries.

Students displaying work include Brianna Bloomquist, Jamie Cooper, Jennifer Daniels, Tommy Holme, De’Shanda Morley, Lisa-Marie Nihart, Amanda Rahman, Yuchen Ren, Jamie Stefely and Caroline Stringer.

An opening reception will be held 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13. The galleries — free and open to the public — are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Cineclub announces April 8 film

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages announces the April 8 film for the Cineclub. All showings are Mondays at 6 p.m. in Room 200 of Saint Mary’s Hall.

“Un cuento chino (Argentina, 2011)” is  directed by Sebastián Borensztein. In Buenos Aires, the bitter and methodic Roberto is a lonely man and the owner of a hardware store. One day Roberto sees a Chinese named Jun being expelled from a taxi while he is watching the landing of airplanes in the airport. The film stars Ricardo Darín and has English subtitles.

Cineclub provides an opportunity for the Saint Mary’s and Winona communities to enjoy films from Spain and Latin America that may not typically be shown in local theaters.

In addition to viewing the films, participants are invited to exchange ideas related to film and other forms of cultural expression. Contact Dr. Kyle Black at for more information.

Baseball player featured in MIAC profile

SMU baseball player Teddy VanRanst has been featured in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s latest MIAC Profiles of Excellence. View the story at

Let’s Do Lunch to be hosted by Athletics April 18

The next Let’s Do Lunch fundraiser will be a tailgate lunch, hosted by the Athletic Department, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the hockey arena lobby. Proceeds will be used for our students in Nairobi.

Alum returns to direct modern adaptation of ‘Hamlet’

Andrew Russell (Claudius) and Sarah Anderson (Gertrude) watch over Aaron Pepple (Hamlet) and Taylor Marshall-Miernicki (Ophelia) in the Saint Mary’s University Department of Theatre and Dance’s modern adaptation of “Hamlet,” to be staged April 4-7.

This is isn’t your grandfather’s “Hamlet.”

Saint Mary’s alum and Winona native Ann Keen ’94 has returned to her alma mater to direct students in a modern — and rockin’ — version of the familiar Shakespearean tragedy, “Hamlet” April 5-7 in Page Theatre.

Keen, who now lives in St. Charles, Ill., had originally set the classic play in the modern and edgy setting of rock superstardom with her theatre company, Polarity Ensemble Theatre, in Chicago, back in 2008.

Despite taking some serious risks, the play garnered the theatre company (which she founded 10 years ago), the title “Best Emerging Theatre Company in Chicago” by The Chicago Reader.

“I Love Hamlet, but I found that even when it was done with exotic settings, there was still something that dated it,” she said. It was a heavy rock song that sparked Keen’s decision to create a modern, rock-related setting, complete with an original rock score. Hamlet wears black leather; Gertrude is a real cougar in five-inch heels; and Horatio … is a woman.

“In modern times, more roles are filled by women,” she explains.

Her goal is to not only make “Hamlet” accessible but also resonant to larger audiences. “People will know these characters,” she said. “It’s a universal story, with breakups and family tensions, and revenge. Shakespeare makes people nervous because of the language. I’ve had people tell me after seeing our show, ‘I finally understood it, and I loved it.’ And that’s exactly the reaction we were hoping for.”

While staging the show with her theatre company, Keen realized that it would be perfect for college students as it’s set in their world. Faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance agreed and are happy to welcome Keen back.

The show runs 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in Page Theatre.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available online at or by calling the box office Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ext. 1715. Faculty and staff can receive two free tickets to this event.

Check out the Winona Daily News preview at

Annual SMU benefit raises $12,000 for student

Taylor Richmond with Sabrina Bushlack
Nearly 500 people attended the 13th annual Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance on March 23.

Proceeds from the dance — and a silent auction held on campus — raised more than $12,000 for this year’s beneficiary Sabrina Bushlack, a senior biochemistry major who was seriously injured last summer by a drunk driver in Fort Wayne, Ind. The accident left Bushlack, a Mapleton resident, in a medically induced coma for several weeks. She is back on campus for the spring 2013 semester and making great strides. During her Saint Mary’s career she has been active in varsity volleyball, liturgical ministry, and as an orientation leader. 

To see pictures from the event, go to

Public symposium April 16 to address societal expectations of gender

A public symposium titled “In the Looking Glass,” hosted by the Saint Teresa Institute on Tuesday, April 16, is designed to increase awareness of how the media influences societal expectations of women and men.

The event will be held from 5:15 to 8:15 p.m. in the World Room, located in the Hendrickson Center.

The evening will begin with the film, “Miss Representation,” a documentary that explores how mainstream media contributes to the under-representation of women in influential positions by circulating limited — and often disparaging — portrayals of women. The film will be followed by dinner and a small-group discussion.

Participants can then choose from several breakout sessions including:

• Who Wants to be a Porn Star? Sex and Violence in Today’s Pornography Industry —   with Rosa Edholm, president of the Saint Teresa Institute and an SMU senior. (Must be 18 or older due to graphic nature.) This video slideshow offers an incredibly disturbing glimpse into the correlation between objectification, pornography and rape culture.

• Unrealistic expectations and Body Image Distortion — with Kelsey Brekke, Bridget Ryan, and Lexi Assimos of the Body Image Collaborative Lab at SMU. This discussion will focus on media influence on development of unrealistic body image ideals and subsequent body image distortion. Current research will be considered, as will the repercussions of body image distortion in eating and health behaviors.

• Gender as Portrayed in News and Entertainment Media — with Dr. Steven Schild, associate professor of social science at SMU. There’s no question that there’s gender bias in some media portrayals. That bias, though, isn't always as one-dimensional as you might think. Schild will examine and discuss items from news accounts as examples of gender bias that cuts two ways.

• The Image of Pageantry — with Serica Rowley, Miss Winona and a current SMU student. What images comes to mind when you think of the Miss America or the Manhunt beauty pageants? Were you even aware of the Manhunt pageant? Join Miss Winona for this session to explore the myths and truths of beauty pageants.

At 7:45 p.m., the event’s keynote speaker, Dr. Trisha Karr, assistant professor of psychology, will tie the evening’s themes together. Karr has done extensive research on the body image of athletes.

For more information or to register online, go to by April 10. SMU students will be admitted for free; others are asked to pay a $12 dinner fee.

Jazz groups to present jazz history performance

As part of Saint Mary’s yearlong Centennial celebration, the SMU Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo One will present “Jazztennial — 100 Years of Jazz History” on Thursday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Page Theatre with an encore presentation Thursday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Slaggie Family Lobby of the Winona County History Center.

The performance will trace the development of jazz throughout the 20th century, from the early beginnings to exciting contemporary explorations. A special tribute to the “Marinotes,” the Saint Mary’s “big band” that toured and performed dances throughout the upper Midwest in the late 1950s, will be one of many featured attractions.

Concertgoers will want to arrive early to catch a pre-concert performance by the acclaimed Les Fields and the Turkey River All-Stars. Inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame in 2005, the Turkeys have performed traditional Dixieland jazz for more than 40 years, including appearances in New Orleans and on the Delta and Mississippi Queen riverboats.

According to music director A. Eric Heukeshoven, the hardest part of planning this performance was deciding what not to include. Early years in jazz will be represented by the likes of Duke Ellington and Lester Young. The Big Band Era – saluting the Marinotes – will focus on music from the Glenn Miller Orchestra and highlight SMU freshman Gabriel Verges singing an early Frank Sinatra hit, “You Make Me Feel So Young.” Moving into the middle of the last century, selections by legendary jazz composers such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Miles Davis will be performed by both Jazz Combo One and Jazz Ensemble. Rounding out the evening will be contemporary selections including the funk-inspired 1974 hit, “Pick Up the Pieces,” “Chronometry” by Lawrence University composer/educator Fred Sturm, and the Charles Mingus raucous original, “Moanin.’ ”

Tickets for the Page Theatre performance on April 11 are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and students. Call the SMU Box Office at Ext. 1715 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or order online at

The April 18 encore at the Winona County History Center is free and open to the public. Donations will be gratefully accepted at the door.

For more information, please contact A. Eric Heukeshoven at 457-7292 or

Saint Mary’s invites nonprofits to submit ‘to-do’ lists for ‘Spruce Up Winona Day’

In recognition of “Spruce Up Winona Day,” Saint Mary’s Volunteer Mentors group is inviting Winona nonprofit agencies to submit requests for service.

Do you need someone to help with your spring cleaning, to rake leaves, to do some painting, or to help with construction? Saint Mary’s University student volunteers will be available to volunteer from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, to help local individuals, groups, churches and organizations in recognition of “Spruce Up Winona Day.”

Saint Mary’s will supply the workers, if you supply the materials needed (paint, brushes, rakes, tools, etc.).  Requests must be made by Tuesday, April 16, to Chris McClead at Ext. 7268 or

Cardinal Club selling water bottle in honor of Bushlack

The entrepreneurship class with Jana Craft is  selling a 17 oz. stainless steel water bottle in the Cardinal Corner  for $10 for faculty/staff or $6 for students. The water bottle promotes the “Strong is the New Beautiful” campaign for Sabrina Bushlack, and all of the proceeds will be donated to her.

Stasica to perform April 13

Adam Stasica, Admissions, will perform at the Acoustic Cafe on Saturday, April 13, from 8-10 p.m. Admission is free. His original and cover music is influenced by folk, rock, blues and funk.

Dance Repertory Company to present annual spring concert

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ Dance Repertory Company’s annual spring concert, Juxtapose, will be held 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in Page Theatre.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at or by calling the box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Ext. 1715.

For close to four decades, the Dance Repertory Company has delighted the Winona community with quality dance productions featuring local dancers in classical and contemporary works. This year the DRC presents a production centered on collaboration with the arts. The DRC is the pre-professional performance group of the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts. Company members participate in rehearsals, technique classes, and stage performances.  

This production will feature pieces from numerous genres of dance including hip hop, modern, jazz, tap, contemporary ballet and pointe. The theme is “collaboration” — with each piece incorporating another aspect of the arts from live music to multi-media, and much more!

These dancers currently train at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, Saint Mary’s University, and Winona State University. Juxtapose showcases their effervescent spirit, vibrant energy, and technical and artistic abilities that continue to inspire audiences year after year.

For more information about the Dance Repertory Company and other arts programming at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, visit, e-mail or call 453-5500.

Psychology Club donates funds to families in need

The Psychology Club recently raised $100, and decided to donate those funds to families in need over Easter break.

The students were able to purchase four $25 gift certificates to Mid-Town Foods (along with Easter Baskets) and donated them to four families in need (as identified through the Catholic Parish of St. Stanislaus Kostka).

SMU featured in MPCC newsletter

Dr. Mary Fox and 1991 alum Neil Boyle were featured in the Minnesota Private Colleges March newsletter in an article titled “Ties with college mentors hold strong for two alums.” To read the article, go to

Concert Band to perform April 14

Celebrate spring with the Concert Band on Sunday, April 14. The band, under the direction of Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, will present their annual spring concert on at 3 p.m. in Page Theater. The program includes exciting new works by Johan de Meij, Frank Ticheli, Samuel Hazo and Richard Saucedo, as well as classic favorites by Bernstein and Tschesnokoff. 

Tickets are $10, $5 for students and seniors and are available at or at the box office, (507) 457-1715 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Faculty and staff can receive two free tickets to this event.