Thursday, May 2, 2013

Band, choir record ‘Centennial Suite’ in preparation for Gala

In preparation for the Red Carpet Centennial Gala, a large recording session of the “Centennial Suite” music, performed by the Concert Band and Choir, was held this past week. As part of the “Let us Remember” visual arts performance this past fall, the university commissioned three new musical pieces. The “Centennial March” is a band piece composed by SMU director of music industry and jazz studies Eric Heukeshoven; “Let Us Remember” is a choral piece accompanied by piano and violin written by SMU director of choirs and vocal studies Patrick O’Shea. The two collaborated to write the third piece, “Heritage,” which ulitizes both the band and choir.

Student Life awards presented

Brendan Dolan and Char Tjaden congratulate Marilyn Yennie.

Saint Mary’s University recognized outstanding students, faculty and staff Wednesday, May 1, at the Student Life Awards Ceremony. Individuals who have exhibited outstanding leadership and service through co-curricular activities at Saint Mary’s were recognized. Awards included:

Brother Finbar McMullen Award (presented to an SMU community member who demonstrates him/herself to be an individual who unselfishly meets the needs of the undergraduate students of Saint Mary’s) — Rob Gordon, assistant professor, computer science

Charlene “Char” Tjaden Outstanding Resident Assistant Award — Marilyn Yennie

Intramural Official of the Year — Sara Schoenthaler

Outdoor Leadership Recognition — John O’Neill

Club/Organization of the Year — SOUL (Serving Others United in Love)

Outstanding Student Senator of the Year Award — Thomas Iven

Club and Organization Advisor of the Year — Charissa Jakusz, graduate assistant hall director

Winona Community Service Award — Jacinta Jude

Saint Benilde Award (presented to students who reach out to new members of the university community, are inclusive and inspiring, and lead by being hospitable, open and accepting) — Jamie Cooper

Brother James Miller Award (presented to a student who has dedicated his/her college experience to promoting the legacy of Brother James Miller, spreading the compassion of God and continually serving the community) — Lorelle Brune

Brother Charlie Burke Award (presented to a faculty or staff member who has made significant contributions to the entire Student Life Department. This individual has promoted the growth of the whole student through their exemplary standard of ethical service, dedication to creating developmental relationships, and their desire to promote lifelong learning) — Dr. Joseph Tadie, assistant professor of philosophy

Student Service Award — Riley Sinn

Leadership Certificate (presented to students who have completed the co-curricular program designed to give both emerging and advanced leaders the skills and knowledge to enhance his or her leadership development) — Caroline Blackwood, Miranda Cole, Anne Colling, Kirsten Evans, Kelli Harstad, Nelson Hough, Jackie Jones, Kubwayo Wilson, Stephanie Olvera, Katarzyna Plawiak, Serica Rowley, Elizabeth Schmidt, Kathy Schmidt, and Brian Thomas

To see more photos from the event, go to

Commencement schedule announced for May 11

On Saturday, May 11, the Winona campus will hold a joint ceremony including both Winona undergraduate and graduate students. A baccalaureate Mass will begin at 8 a.m. in Saint Thomas More Chapel, and the commencement ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. in the gymnasium. The ceremony is expected to last approximately two hours. A reception will follow in the Plaza (or in case of inclement weather, Gostomski Fieldhouse).

Limited parking will be available. A shuttle service will be provided from a nearby parking lot. More information will be posted at

Handicapped parking is available on campus. Anyone needing special accommodations for seating in the gymnasium should call Darlene Paulson at Ext. 1586 to make arrangements. In order to honor all handicapped section seating requests, only one additional guest may sit with the individual requesting handicapped seating. A sign language interpreter will be at the ceremony.

The May 11 Centennial Commencement will be available by live broadcast.  The ceremony starts at 11:00 a.m. and will be a joint ceremony with the Undergraduate College and the School of Graduate and Professional Programs - Winona Campus.

Here is the link for the internet broadcast.

Saint Mary's jazz combos to perform ‘final exam’ Sunday

Students in two exciting jazz combos from Saint Mary’s will perform their “final exam” on Sunday, May 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Acoustic Café, 77 Lafayette St.

Jazz Combo I, directed by Eric Heuekshoven, will play various selections from their recent Jazztennial performances including “Scrapple from the Apple” by Charlie Parker, “Roll Call” by Hank Mobley, and “Mercy Mercy” by Joe Zawinul, plus other great jazz standards. The Jazz Workshop Combo, directed by John Paulson, will perform familiar jazz tunes like “Song for My Father” and “Strollin’” by Horace Silver, and the recognizable “Stolen Moments” by Oliver Nelson, along with many others. The concert is free and open to the public.

Saint Mary’s announces next Page Series season

The 27th season of the Saint Mary’s University Page Series is once again filled with music, dance, theatre and family-friendly offerings from around the world! You don’t have to travel far for world-class entertainment. Season subscriptions go on sale June 19. Individual tickets go on sale Aug. 20.

Purchase tickets to three or more events to receive a 10 percent discount for new subscribers; returning 2012-13 subscribers receive 25 percent off the total order. Subscribers also have exchange privileges and guaranteed seating choice.

To order after June 19, go online to or call the box office, (507) 457-1715, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The 2013-2014 Page Series

Thursday, Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Second City Comedy: On Tour
Improv from America’s best
Tickets: $27 for adults, $24 for seniors and students
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m. 
Christopher O’Riley
NPR’s most famous pianist
Tickets: $24 for adults, $22 for seniors and students
Thursday, Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.
Stinky Cheese Man and Other Stories
A fun twist on family favorites
Tickets: $14 for adults, $6 for seniors and students

Wednesday, Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m.
Susan Werner
Folksinger’s Hayseed Project
Tickets: $24 for adults, $22 for seniors and students
Thursday, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m.
Peter Pan by Theatreworks USA
Neverland by our favorite company
Tickets: $14 for adults, $6 for seniors and students

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.
River North Dance Chicago 
One of Chicago’s most physical dance ensembles
Tickets: $27 for adults, $24 for seniors and students
• Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Doktor Kaboom
Mad science
Tickets: $14 for adults, $6 for seniors and students
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
The Travelin’ McCourys
Legendary sons of bluegrass
Tickets: $24 for adults, $22 for seniors and students
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Teacher from the Black Lagoon and Other Stories
Theatreworks USA Production
Tickets: $14 for adults, $6 for seniors and students
• Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
South African a capella legends
Tickets: $27 for adults, $24 for seniors and students

* PLEASE NOTE: Online orders will incur additional fees.

Student price includes ages 4 and older. $10 student rush tickets may be available for some events 20 minutes before curtain.

A limited number of $6 tickets will be available for 5- to 14-year-olds for the following shows: Christopher O’Riley, Susan Werner, River North Chicago Dance Company, The Travelin’ McCourys, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Everyone invited to Red Carpet Centennial Gala June 22

The John Paulson Big Band
Nicholas David
Mike and Joette Gostomski
Brother Álvaro
Brother Larry

A year of Centennial celebrations and special events across the country will
culminate June 22 with the Red Carpet Gala.

The public is invited to join with students, families and alumni in a grand event that will mark the university’s first 100 years and propel it into a second century of transformational higher education.

Attendees of the Red Carpet Gala on June 22 will be treated like stars. The evening is designed to feel like the Oscars, with all the elegance and glamour of Hollywood transported to the Winona campus.

Guests will walk the red carpet from valet parking through "paparazzi" and into the transformed fieldhouse, where the 17-piece John Paulson Big Band will be performing. There they will be treated to specialty drinks, butlered hors d’oeuvres and a gourmet dinner served under glittering  chandeliers.

Bill Lunn
A special program will be emceed by Bill Lunn ’87, news anchor of KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities.

The university’s Heritage Award will be given to Mike ’62 and Joette Gostomski of Winona, whose generous lifetime philanthropy has significantly transformed Saint Mary’s University.

Two special recognitions will honor the profound influence of the Christian Brothers on Saint Mary’s. Brother Álvaro Rodríguez Echeverría, the order’s Superior General, will accept a Centennial Award on behalf of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, and Brother Larry Schatz, Visitor, will accept a Centennial Award on behalf of the Midwest District of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.

A fireworks extravaganza will dazzle the campus and incorporate a portion of the “Centennial Suite” of commissioned music pieces. Music and dancing caps the evening, with entertainment provided by Nicholas David (finalist on NBC’s The Voice) and his band.

For more information or for Red Carpet Gala tickets, go to or call Ext. 6609.

Senior art work on display through May 11

“Defining,” the SMU senior art show, will be on display 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.

The galleries — free and open to the public — are open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

‘Campus Notes’ resumes June 14

This is the last issue of “Campus Notes” until June 14. The newsletter will and come out every other week throughout the summer to update the SMU community on all the news and events that occur on campus June through August.

End of year dinner reminder

The end of the year dinner for faculty and staff will be Thursday, May 9. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. dinner in the dining room.

Heukeshoven presents music reading session

On April 21 Dr. Janet Heukeshoven presented a new flute choir music reading session at the Upper Midwest Flute Association’s Flute Fest, an annual symposium of pedagogy, music and recitals for flute players in the region.

Music faculty to perform with Winona Symphony Orchestra

On May 5 SMU music faculty will be performing with the Winona Symphony Orchestra. Faculty members include full-time faculty Dr. David Leung (violin), Dr. Janet Heukeshoven (flute/piccolo), and adjunct instructors Michael Van Ryn (string bass), John Mundy (trumpet) and Harry Hindson, featured also saxophone soloist.

Repertoire to be performed includes Fauré's beautiful Masques et Bergamasques,  Paule Maurice’s Tableaux de Provence for alto saxophone and orchestra, and Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. The performance will take place at the WSU Performing Arts Center at 4:30 p.m. with a pre-concert talk given by Dr. Don Lovejoy (conductor) at 4 p.m.