Friday, October 3, 2014

Lasallian Week of Peace concludes today

Today is the last day of events for Lasallian Week of Peace. The theme of this year’s Lasallian Week of Peace is “Responsibility, Rehabilitation and Restoration: Crime and Criminal Justice.“ The Saint Mary’s community is invited.

Friday, Oct. 3
7:30 a.m. Fair Trade Friday, first floor of Saint Mary’s Hall, featuring a free cup of fair trade coffee and other items.

12:35 p.m. Prayer for Peace, Peace Pole

Fall Frolic planned for Oct. 4

The public is invited to participate in the 27th Fall Frolic 5K fun run/walk at Saint Mary’s  Saturday, Oct. 4.

Registration will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Toner Student Center with the race beginning at 10 a.m. The $8 cost includes a T-shirt.

The annual event is free to Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff, but is open to the community as well. Typically close to 300 people participate; competitors of all levels (including walkers) are welcome. The online registration form is available at

A complete Family Weekend schedule is available online at Family Weekend runs Oct. 3-5 and includes a full slate of activities for families of students and the Saint Mary’s community. In previous years, as many as 1,000 visitors have come onto campus for music concerts, sporting events, the Fall Frolic, and other games and activities.

Music performances scheduled for Family Weekend, Oct. 3-4

Saint Mary's jazz students

Two public student performances—a jazz concert and a choir and band performance—highlight Saint Mary’s upcoming Family Weekend.

• The Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo One launch another great season 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in Figliulo Recital Hall, under the direction of A. Eric Heukeshoven. From familiar tunes by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, and others, to contemporary compositions, the Jazz Ensemble’s season opener offers music for everyone. Jazz styles from the blues, jazz-rock, samba, and swing all come together to create a dynamic evening of variety. Jazz Combo One, also known as “Easy Company” this semester, will perform a tribute to jazz great Thelonius Monk with four of his most challenging original compositions. Seating is limited.

• The Concert Band and Choirs will combine talents for a 2 p.m. concert Saturday, Oct. 4, at Page Theatre. The Chamber Singers will perform works by Patrick O’Shea, Tomas Luis de Victoria, Hans Leo Hassler, and Thomas Tallis. The Concert Choir will perform works by Ludovico Viadana, Stephen Paulus, and Moses Hogan. Both choirs are directed by Dr. Patrick O’Shea. After a brief intermission, the Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, will feature Bandscapes by Sy Brandon. This is a 13-movement piece that showcases every section of the band, from the clever “Flute Fandango” to “Tuba Tango” and the “Finale Variations,” which combines the entire ensemble in unique ways. Percy Grainger’s beautiful and familiar Irish Tune from County Derry will round out the concert. A reception will follow.

Tickets to both performances are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and are available at the Saint Mary’s Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at Tickets are also available at the door.

Former Saint Mary’s president celebrates 80th Jubilee

Brother I. Basil Rothweiler, FSC, former president of Saint Mary’s, celebrated his 80th Jubilee as a De La Salle Christian Brother in July.

It was just one more in a lengthy list of celebrated accomplishments for a man who dedicated his life to education, leading multiple schools with quiet strength and great character.
Brother Basil became a De La Salle Christian Brother in 1934.

After graduating from Saint Mary’s University (then College) in 1938, he began his teaching career as a Christian Brother at Price College, Amarillo, Texas, and in 1943, he returned to his alma mater as dean of students. He remained at Saint Mary’s until 1947 when he was appointed principal of Price College. Following a three-year term at Price, Brother Basil was named principal at De La Salle High School in Chicago.

He served as president of Saint Mary’s from 1956 to 1963, growing the college both academically and physically throughout his presidential term.

The campus underwent a significant transformation: two new residence halls, Saint Thomas More Chapel, the library, the Christian Brothers faculty residence, the novitiate, and a minor seminary were all constructed under his guidance. Additionally, enrollment nearly doubled from 688 to approximately 1,200 in 1962.

After leaving Saint Mary’s, he served as a Visitor and finance director for the Brothers, and as principal of Cretin High School in St. Paul and DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis. He would return to Saint Mary’s once more from 1986-89, working in development. Until recent years, Brother Basil, 97, was a familiar face at Saint Mary’s, particularly during summer Homecoming events. He currently resides in Saint Paul.

Read a story about him in the Catholic Spirit at:

Saint Mary’s Page Series to present Curious George

There’ll be a lot of monkeying around as Theatreworks USA presents Curious George Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Saint Mary’s.

In this delightful new musical, the inquisitive, lovable little monkey Curious George, star of books, movies, and the award-winning PBS television show, works to help his friend win the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest in Rome.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and features a Page Series returning favorite, Theatreworks USA. Famous Theatreworks alumni include actor Henry Winkler, four-time Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks, two time-Tony Award winner Robert Lopez, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, John Glover, and many more. The theatre company’s goal is to continue doing what it has successfully accomplished for more than 50 years: giving America’s children their first thrilling day at the theatre.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and are available online at or at the Saint Mary’s Box Office, Ext. 1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Chicago artist displays work at Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries

Chicago artist Cherith Lundin is displaying her work in “An excess of ground,” through Oct. 10 at the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries, located in the Toner Student Center. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Lundin is a visual artist whose work ranges in media from drawing and painting to photography and installation. Her work examines the architectural contours of everyday life and extracts moments of fluidity within familiar spaces, where apparent dichotomies such as inside and outside, figure and ground, proximity and distance mingle.

Rouault’s ‘Seeing Christ in the Darkness’ is next gallery show

“Seeing Christ in the Darkness,” a collection of the world-class prints of one of the most important printmakers of the 20th century, Georges Rouault, will be on display Oct. 16 through Nov. 16 at Saint Mary’s University.

Rouault (1871-1958) was a lifelong Roman Catholic, but the Church resisted the darkness of his work. It wasn’t until the end of his life that he received a church commission. But the graphic art in this exhibition, done at the height of the artist’s powers, shows how deeply the artist identified with peoples’ sufferings and, indeed, saw within this darkness the salvation that Christ brought.

Rouault’s work will be on display in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. An opening reception is scheduled for 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, at the galleries.

Saint Mary’s to host first Career Fair, prep workshops

The first Saint Mary’s University career fair will be held 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Toner Student Center.

All students and alumni of Saint Mary’s are invited to check out local and regional businesses and organizations, network with potential employers and find out what they are looking for in potential interns and employees.

This is a great opportunity for students to practice job interview skills and potentially land a job or internship that could launch their careers.

To help prepare for this career fair, the Career Services and Internships Office will be offering three upcoming workshops.

• Career Fair First Impressions — 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, Room 123, Saint Mary’s Hall. Did you know that 86 percent of interviewers surveyed have made a decision about whether they want to hire someone in the first two minutes of the interview? Students can attend this workshop to learn about what to wear, body language, and what to say in the first 30 seconds.

• Your Résumé—and Other Ways to Deliver your Brand, 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, Room 123, Saint Mary’s Hall. This workshop will help students develop a personal brand and communicate that to potential employers, especially through résumés.

• Conducting a Winning Interview, 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, Room 123, Saint Mary’s Hall. Interviewing can be a scary thing, so come to this workshop and discuss what kinds of questions students can expect, strategies for answering them, and questions to ask employers/interviewers.

MCA offers drawing workshops with local artist this fall

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will hold drawing workshops with local artist Julie Johnston this fall at Saint Mary’s Valéncia Arts Center, located at the corner of 10th and Vila streets.

Visual Art Workshop I is offered to students in grades 4-6 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 13, 27, and Nov. 10. Students will increase their skills in observation, memory, and dexterity, while learning techniques for drawing still life, imaginative works, and portraiture. Tuition for Visual Art Workshop is $35 (which includes supplies). The workshops offer students a fun opportunity to connect with other local children who are passionate about art and drawing.

Art in Motion workshops are offered to teen and adult artists of all experience levels wishing to refresh or improve their drawing skills. The workshops will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 22 and Nov. 12. Students will explore the art of drawing a still life using versatile charcoal techniques to create a powerful piece influenced by the props from “The Nutcracker” ballet.  The works will then be on display in the Ben Miller Lobby at Saint Mary’s University Performance Center during the performance season. Tuition for Art in Motion is $60. Students may also choose to sign up for just one workshop date for $30. Supplies are included in the cost.

Scholarships are available. To register for Visual Art Workshop I or Art in Motion or for scholarship information, visit or call 453-5500. Registration closes Oct. 6.

Special Halloween ‘Boo-fet’ and costume contest is Oct. 31

The Development and Alumni Relations Centennial zombies

Faculty and staff, start planning your spooktacular Halloween costume now; get your office or department together and vie for the highly coveted traveling Halloween contest trophy. The last costume contest winners, Development and Alumni Relations, aren't going to give it up easily!

This is the Saint Mary’s Volunteer Committee’s first “Let’s Do Lunch” potluck/fundraiser.

This year’s winner and runner-up will be able to direct their $300 and $200 winnings to their choice of the following worthy causes: Winona Food Shelf, scholarships at Saint Mary’s, Saint Mary’s in Jamaica, Habitat for Humanity, the First-Generation Initiative, or the Red Cross.

The lunch will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in the Common Room. All faculty and staff are welcome! If your office is interested in hosting, contact Deb Nahrgang or Laurie Haase.

It’ll be a frightfully good time; ghoul be glad you came!

‘Make a Difference Day’ and ‘Lasallian Day of Service’ are Oct. 25

Pics from last year's Lasallian Day of Service

In recognition of national “Make a Difference Day,” Saint Mary’s Volunteer Mentors group is inviting Winona residents and nonprofit agencies to submit requests for service.

The university hopes to get as many students as possible out into the community between 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. Students are willing to help individuals and organizations with anything from painting to yard work.

Saint Mary’s will supply the workers, if you supply the materials needed (paint, brushes, rakes, tools, etc.).

“Make a Difference Day” is a national day of helping others, a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Created by USA WEEKEND magazine, this annual event takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. For more information, call Anna Waechter at Ext. 7268 or email

Lasallian Day of Service

Also on Oct. 25, alumni are invited to participate in the sixth-annual Lasallian Day of Service. This is a day that allows alumni to come together in the spirit of the Lasallian mission in service to others.
The alumni association has established a volunteer site for the Winona area at a Winona Habitat for Humanity house.

Sites have also been confirmed in the Chicago, Twin Cities, Saint Louis, Milwaukee and Denver, Colo., areas. Alumni who reside outside these locations have been encouraged to arrange their own service project(s).

For more information go to:

Halloween Fun Night is Oct. 27 at Saint Mary’s

Elementary and preschool children from the Winona area are invited to attend the 14th annual Saint Mary’s, Halloween Fun Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27.

Participants should stop at the guard booth at the main entrance of the Winona campus for directions on where to park.

Young trick-or-treaters should start out the evening at the Hall of Fame Room, located in the Toner Student Center, where tattoos and stickers, a coloring station, and other fun games will be offered, and the Cardinal mascot will greet pint-sized ghosts and goblins.

From there, Saint Mary’s students will lead groups of trick-or-treaters through the residence halls of the university, where they can go door to door for candy.

Last year more than 750 youth participated in this free, safe and fun event, sponsored by the Office of Residence Life of Saint Mary’s.

Get set to scream at annual Walk of Horror

This year’s Saint Mary’s University Walk of Horror is again guaranteed to give you goosebumps. New scares are planned around every corner.

The 18th annual hair-raising fundraiser for the Saint Mary’s Cardinal fastpitch softball team will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 24-25 and 30-31 in the campus bluffs. Walkers are asked to meet on the lighted path between the Saint Mary’s baseball and softball fields, where the haunted walk will begin.

Groups are then escorted through the dark bluffs for approximately 20 minutes.

The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for students with ID, and $4 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the gate.

Saint Mary’s head fastpitch softball coach Jen Miller said the event is fun for all ages. The scare level is toned down for younger children and turned up for groups bold enough to face their fears. Last year more than 1,100 brave souls took the Walk of Horror.

Proceeds from this event will be used for the softball team’s travel expenses.

For more information, contact Miller at Ext. 6923.

Bridge project manager to speak on campus

The Business Department and PR/Business Club are hosting a presentation by Terry Ward, Project Manager for the Minnesota/Wisconsin Highway 43 bridge project, from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Salvi Hall. Ward will discuss his background, an overview of the  bridge project, as well as project and cost management of the construction. All Saint Mary’s students are welcome to attend.

Figliulo to speak at Chamber luncheon

The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce 2014 Manufacturer's & Technology Week Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Riverport Inn.

As part of the week-long Manufactures and Technology Week celebration, the Winona Area Chamber, in partnership with the Winona Workforce Center will be recognizing a deserving manufacturing business as the recipient of the Minnesota Governor’s Commendation at the  October 23 Manufacturers and Technology Luncheon.

The luncheon will also feature keynote speaker Rob Figliulo, former Saint Mary’s Trustee and 1976 alumnus, speaking about “Importance of Innovation & Leadership.” Figliulo serves as the CEO of The SPR Companies, a position he has held since 1992. Figliulo was chairman and CEO of SPR Inc. during its tenure as a public company from 1997 to 2002 (Nasdaq: SPRI). He held numerous positions within the company starting out as a software developer and engineer in 1976. He became a branch manager and executive during the dramatic growth and many retooling cycles over the last 38 years in the technology industry.

He served on the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees for 10 years, including two years as Board Chair from 2005 to 2007.

PR/Business Club visits alumni at MPR, Shop HQ

Alumni and students at ShopHQ
Alumni and students at MPR

Saint Mary's alumni hosted members of the Public Relations/Business Club Sept. 25 at ShopHQ and Minnesota Public Radio.

Katelyn Branstrom ’09, Erin Donnelly ’05, and Adam Beck ’07 gave a tour of ShopHQ’s studios ​and offices, and offered students insights to their jobs and career advice.

Lindsay Dickson ’08 and Matt Perkins ’06 gave students a tour of MPR’s studios, newsroom, recording studio and other facilities, while sharing MPR’s philosophies and offering students additional career advice.

The PR/Business Club is open to all students interested in learning more about communications and business. 2014 officers are Jase Pater, president; Ashley Bollig, vice president; Riley Burns, secretary; and Kelsey Petron, treasurer. Dean Beckman, Communication Department chair, is the club’s faculty advisor.

Chat and Chow events continue Oct. 22

The Chat, Chow, & Web 2.0 professional development series, hosted by The Fitz, IT, and Instructional Technology, is open to all faculty and staff. Meet in the main lounge of McEnery; lunch is provided. An RSVP appreciated, but not necessary, to Jason Spartz at

The first event was titled “Just Google it,” and demonstrations were given by Moni Berg-Binder (Biology), Lori Charron (Communication), and Karen Hemker (director of Disability Services) who talked about how Google Apps have improved their efficiency.

The next session, “Curiouser and Curiouser”  will be on Oct. 22. Topics are 3D printing and Business Intelligence. Staff and Faculty are invited.

A printer that can create jewelry, hand guns, or car bodies?  The IT department's  3-D printer might not be quite that sophisticated, but  Jason Spartz (Instructional Technology) will demonstrate what it can do and speculate on how faculty may be using 3-D printers in the future. In addition, Michael Ratajczyk (Business) will satisfy your curiosity about something called Business Intelligence.

Teacher of the Year: ‘Advice for Staying Human’

Tom Rademacher, Minnesota Teacher of the Year for 2014, reminded future teachers to “be the teacher, that when you started this process, you wanted to be.” To a gathering of over 50 students and faculty in Salvi Hall,  Rademacher shared his big questions that guide his work: Is it fair? Is it important? and Am I treating students like humans? He noted that we need to learn more and teach less, give learners opportunities to follow their passion, and remember that “sometimes they need us to be as human as possible.”

In a communication after the occasion, Rademacher wrote, “Thank you so much for inviting me down to Winona yesterday.  It was a great event, and I'm buzzing today with the energy of the great group of students you have there. Anything I can ever do to be of help, please let me know.  I hope it's not the last time I get down to Winona.” We share that sentiment.

The teacher of the year talk marked the first regular, monthly meeting of the Saint Mary’s Student Chapter of the ASCD, an international organization focused on learning, teaching, and leading in the full development of the potential and capacities of the next generation.  All members of the campus community are invited to SMUMNASCD events. Regular events occur on the third Thursday of each month. Katie LeTourneau, Jessica Bjick, Emily Blaser, and Allison Warmka are the club officers.

Sympathy to Hagarty family

Patricia W. Hagarty, mother of Mike Hagarty (director of Career Services) and mother-in-law to Maura Thompson Hagarty (managing editor at Saint Mary’s Press’ Anselm Academic Division), died Sept. 29. The Saint Mary’s community expresses its sympathy to the Hagarty family.