Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Singers to premiere piece by SMU’s Dr. Patrick O’Shea

WINONA, Minn. — The Twin Cities-based critically acclaimed choral ensemble “The Singers” will perform in Winona as part of its 10th anniversary legacy tour.

Under the direction of Matthew Culloton, the group will perform music by Morten Lauridsen and Benjamin Britten, as well as beloved American folk songs and spirituals.

The choir will combine with the Saint Mary’s University Chamber Singers on two pieces, including the world premiere of a new work, “Nocte fletuum angelis” by Saint Mary’s music faculty member Dr. Patrick O’Shea, which commemorates the lives lost in the tragic school shooting in Connecticut.

The performance is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, at Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, 1155 W. Wabasha St. The concert is free and is funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.

Tickets are available at the SMU Box Office, (507) 457-1715, Monday through Friday or at the door.

Tickets sold out for Ladysmith Black Mambazo performance at SMU; waiting list will be available

WINONA, Minn. — At this time there are no tickets available for the Page Series Ladysmith Black Mambazo performance Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Saint Mary’s University’s Page Theatre.

The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Some tickets will become available at the door the night of the performance. A waiting list will begin at 6:30 p.m. the night of the show. Tickets are $27 for adults, $24 for seniors and students.

Nominated 17 times for the Grammy awards, the South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo celebrates more than 50 years of joyous and uplifting music that marries the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music.

Assembled in the early 1960s in South Africa by founder Joseph Shabalala, the group took the name Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Ladysmith being the name of Shabalala’s rural hometown; Black being a reference to oxen, the strongest of all farm animals; and Mambazo being the Zulu word for axe, a symbol of the group’s ability to “chop down” any singing rival who might challenge them. Paul Simon visited South Africa in the 1980s and incorporated Black Mambazo’s rich tenor/alto/bass harmonies into his Graceland album.

The ensemble just released an album “Always With Us” on Jan. 15.

As part of the evening concert they will play tribute to the late South African leader Nelson Mandela.

After-show reception

The SMU Solidarity Committee will host an after-show reception in the lobby of the Performance Center as part of the SMU Multi-Cultural Week celebrations. Light refreshments will be available.

SMU presents free concert featuring Baroque music

WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University Department of Music will present “The Cuckoo and the Nightingale and other Baroque Spectaculars” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, at Central Lutheran Church, 259 W. Wabasha St. The event, free and open to the public, will feature the Saint Mary’s University Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. David Leung. Special guests joining Dr. Leung on violin will be Maureen Yuen, a violinist from State University of New York at Fredonia, and Erik Floan, an organist from Saint Mary’s University. The concert will include music by Handel, Bach and Corelli.

Public invited to Feb. 7 Saint Thomas Trio Chamber Music Concert

*This event has now been cancelled. We regret the inconvenience.

WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Thomas Trio Chamber Music Concert will be held 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, in Saint Mary’s University’s Figliulo Recital Hall, located in the SMU Performance Center. The event, sponsored by the Saint Mary's Department of Music, will feature Winona State University musicians Dr. Woobin Park on piano and Dr. Dan Sheridan on clarinet, along with Dr. David Leung from Saint Mary’s on viola. The performance is free and open to the public and will include music by Mozart, Schumann and Bruch.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Saint Mary's University to honor President Emeritus and recognize Christian Brothers leaders

MINNEAPOLIS — Brother Louis DeThomasis, FSC, President Emeritus of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, will be honored Thursday, Feb. 13, at a special event in the university’s Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis.

The event will include a dedication of Brother Louis Hall, formerly Park Avenue North (PAN). In addition, Brother Louis and four other Christian Brothers who have served as presidents at institutions throughout the nation will be recognized and presented with honorary doctorates. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:45 p.m. in the Saint Mary’s University Center, 2540 Park Ave. S., Minneapolis. The indoor ceremony will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.

During a 21-year tenure that began in 1984, Brother Louis helped increase Saint Mary’s enrollment from 1,400 students to more than 5,000. He also oversaw expansion from a single Winona campus to locations in the Twin Cities, Rochester and Nairobi, Kenya. By 1996, graduate school enrollment had grown dramatically, and Twin Cities Business named Saint Mary’s the “Best College Turnaround” for that year. The Saint Mary’s University Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs have continued to build upon the strong foundation that was established 30 years ago under the leadership of Brother Louis.

The four other Christian Brothers to be recognized include:

• Brother Mel Anderson, FSC, past president of Saint Mary's College of California
• Brother James Gaffney, FSC, president of Lewis University (Ill.)
• Brother Michael McGinniss, FSC, president of La Salle University (Pa.), past president of Christian Brothers University (Tenn.)
• Brother Thomas Scanlan, FSC, past president of Manhattan College (N.Y.), past vice chancellor of Bethlehem University (Palestine)

Together the five have served more than 125 years as leaders of Christian Brothers institutions that follow a heritage of innovative, student-centered education. The Christian Brothers religious order was founded by Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

SMU Cardinal Plunge Feb. 8 to raise money for local family

WINONA, Minn. — Brave souls and warm hearts are invited to join Saint Mary’s University for the fifth annual “Cardinal Plunge” 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Lake Lodge Recreation Center, in coordination with the Winter Carnival Goose Bump Jump.

This year, Cardinal Plunge participants will again be freezin’ for a reason. Proceeds will be given to SMU junior Conner Ellinghuysen’s father, Robert Ellinghuysen of Winona. Robert was hit head on in a collision in June 2012 along Highway 14 in Stockton. He underwent numerous surgeries and lengthy hospital stays. Proceeds will help the Ellinghuysen family with ongoing medical expenses and other family needs.

The cost to plunge is $20 ($15 for the SMU community). This event is sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Future Alumni Committee.

Pre-register online at For more information, contact Kenzie Corrow at (507) 995-4863 or Conner Ellinghuysen at (507) 429-7960.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Page Series event Jan. 28 brings children’s favorite stories to life

WINONA, Minn. — Theatreworks USA will perform “Teacher From the Black Lagoon and Other Storybooks” Tuesday, Jan. 28, as part of Saint Mary’s University’s Page Series.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in 
Page Theatre. 

Introducing children to the wonderful world of live theatre is something Theatreworks USA knows about. For 50 years they have brought together some of the finest young talent and seasoned professionals to tour the country, bringing literature to life on stage.

This production is a new musical adaptation of seven story books including “The Teacher From The Black Lagoon,” “Dogzilla,” “Grumpy Bird,” “I Want My Hat Back,” “Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse,” “Love Splat (Splat The Cat),” and “The Grasshopper And The Ant.” These classics are on every child’s must read story list.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and are available at the SMU Box Office, (507) 457-1715, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at

Saint Mary’s University announces December 2013 graduation list

WINONA, Minn. — The following Saint Mary’s University students completed requirements for bachelor of arts degrees in December 2013.

Michael, Anderson, St. Paul, Minn.
Regina, Barbosa, Novi, Mich.
Kovin, Benziger, Johnston, Iowa
Casey, Bjornstad, Eagan, Minn.
Megan, Bond, Arkdale, Wis.
Ashley, Buhr, Mankato, Minn.
Sarah, Butterfield, Sun Prairie, Wis.
Brendan, Cahill, Naperville, Ill.
Jennifer, Daniels, Rochester, Minn.
Shelby, DeWall, Caledonia, Minn.
Robert, Doyle, Hudson, Wis.
John, Fitzpatrick, Sherrill, Iowa
Andrea, Fogel, Haifa, Israel
Thomas, Holme, Shakopee, Minn.
Zhue, Jia, Yinchuan, Ning Xia, China
Stephen, King, Eagan, Minn.
Gunnar, Knutson, Minneapolis, Minn.
Kyle, Kozelka, Owatonna, Minn.
Luke, Kraft, Rochester, Minn.
John, Lamorgese, Woodridge, Ill.
Sabrina, Larson-Bushlack, Mapleton, Minn.
Quan, Li, Xi'an, China,
Molly, Lohnes, Winona, Minn.
Julio, Martinez, Chicago, Ill.
Peter, McColl, Fountain City, Wis.
Alexander, Meyer, Onalaska, Wis.
Jenna, Putz, Arcadia, Wis.
Katherine, Theis, Dundas, Minn.
Ashley, Von Arx, Winona, Minn.
Sam, Wilczyk, Saint Paul, Minn.

Students named to dean’s list at Saint Mary’s University

WINONA, Minn. — The following students were named to the first semester 2013-2014 dean’s list at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. The dean’s list includes 341 undergraduate students who earned a grade point average of 3.60 or better on a 4.0 scale. 

Sarah Adams, Mankato, Minn.
Emily Ahart, Stewartville, Minn.
Marta Aleszewicz, Luban, Poland
Eric Amerling, Fond Du Lac, Wis.
Kimberly Ammerman, Meppen, Germany
Ashley Anderson, Owatonna, Minn.
Michael Anderson, St. Paul, Minn.
Sarah Anderson, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Alexa Assimos, Northbrook, Ill.
Amanda Baker, Elysian, Minn.
Alexander Bakke, Watertown, Minn.
Brooke Bartelt, New Prague, Minn.
Mary Barthel, Watertown, Minn.
Abbie Bauernfeind, Rosemount, Minn.
Marissa Bay, Holmen, Wis.
Nick Beaudoin, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Nicole Becher, Winona, Minn.
Rose Berg-Arnold, St. Joseph, Minn.
Laura Beyer, Coon Rapids, Minn.
Lindsay Beyer, Coon Rapids, Minn.
Reikel Biechler, Ames, Iowa
Emily Bilski, Fridley, Minn.
Jessica Bjick, Jordan, Minn.
Caroline Blackwood, Norwalk, Ohio
Jacquelyn Bongard, Eagan, Minn.
Joseph Bosco, Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Connor Brandt, Woodbury, Minn.
Madeline Bredahl, Maplewood, Minn.
Sydney Brown, Riverside, Calif.
Kathleen Bryant, Carson City, Nev.
Jessica Buckbee, Lewiston, Minn.
Michaela Budach, Janesville, Minn.
Ashley Buhr, Mankato, Minn.
Kaylee Bunne, Le Roy, Minn.
Sarah Butterfield, Sun Prairie, Wis.
Chad Cagle, Washington, Ill.
Jose Castellanos, Chicago, Ill.
Cinthya Cazares, Waukegan, Ill.
Darlene Centeno, Saint Paul, Minn.
Ashley Cermak, Burnsville, Minn.
Madeline Champa, Bloomington, Minn.
Haley Childers, Burnsville, Minn.
Ana Cholico, Cicero, Ill.
Allison Christensen, Lester Prairie, Minn.
Leanne Cleveland, La Crosse, Wis.
Mary Coghlan, Kankakee, Ill.
Payton Colbert, La Crescent, Minn.
Anne Colling, Jordan, Minn.
Megan Collins, Cottage Grove, Minn.
Taylor Collins, Apple Valley, Minn.
Haley Coolsaet, Grosse Ile, MI,
Kenzie Corrow, Madison Lake, Minn.
Clinton Coulter, Philo, Ill.
Alysa Cross, Ramsey, Minn.
Maetzin Cruz-Reyes, Taopi, Minn.
Jessica Cwik, Chicago, Ill.
Shelby DeWall, Caledonia, Minn.
Katherine Dean, Campbellsport, Wis.
Rachel Delgado, Mesquite, Texas
Devon Dell, Airdrie, AB, Canada
Catherine Deysach, Eagan, Minn.
Emily Diercks, Red Wing, Minn.
Laura Doak, Winona, Minn.
Luc Dompierre, New Brighton, Minn.
Alyssa Drake, Eau Claire, Wis.
Jessica Drake, N. St. Paul, Minn.
Yasmin Duarte, Chicago, Ill.
Joshua Dulak, Winona, Minn.
Andrew Dushek, Mosinee, Wis.
Destiny Dux, Minnesota City, Minn.
Joel Egbert, Sparta, Wis.
Philip Emmerich, Mondovi, Wis.
Kelsey Engesser, Blue Earth, Minn.
Augustine Esterhammer-Fic, Chicago, Ill.
Dylan Ethen, White Bear Lake, Minn.
Reed Evers, Appleton, Wis.
Matthew Faucett, Menominee, Mich.
Jared Ferk, Plainview, Minn.
Mitchell Fernsler, Ballwin, Mo.
Lauren Finley, Minneapolis, Minn.
Daniel Fino, Arlington Heights, Ill.
Michael Flicek, Wabasha, Minn.
Morgan Fournier, Maple Lake, Minn.
Brittany Friedrich, Rice, Minn.
Riley Frost, Chisago City, Minn.
Janae Fry, Burr Ridge, Ill.
Carrie Gabrielson, Orr, Minn.
Christian Gaffy, Scandia, Minn.
Ryan Gager, Woodbury, Minn.
Loren Galloway, Aurora, Ill.
Gregory Gardiner, Calgary, AB, Canada
Brendan Garvey, Pewaukee, Wis.
Crystal Gehring, Waseca, Minn.
Gabrielle Geissler, Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Erik Germundsen, Minneapolis, Minn.
Timothy Gleason, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Maria Glenski, Pequot Lakes, Minn.
Shea Goetting, Brownsville, Minn.
Aidan Goodman, Livingston, Mont.
Tyler Grabau, Wabasha, Minn.
Lauren Graf, La Crescent, Minn.
Molly Grover, Zumbrota, Minn.
Sara Haecherl, Becker, Minn.
Megan Hafner, La Crosse, Wis.
Aaron Haley, Plainview, Minn.
Alexis Hamilton, Victoria, Minn.
Keara Hannan, Roseville, Minn.
Jane Hannula, Coon Rapids, Minn.
Misty Hanson, White Bear Lake, Minn.
Taylor Hanson, Winona, Minn.
Andrew Hanzelka, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Kelsey Haugh, Box Elder, S.D.
Bridget Hayes, Chicago, Ill.
Mary Hayes, Chicago, Ill.
Alex Hefel, Winona, Minn.
Peter Hegland, Utica, Minn.
Michelle Heins, Theilman, Minn.
Grace Hendrickson, Madison, Minn.
Shane Herbert, Marine On St Croix, Minn.
Andrea Hillesheim, New Ulm, Minn.
Ellen Hinck, Lake City, Minn.
The Hoang, Owatonna, Minn.
Patrick Hoeft, New London, Minn.
Grace Hoffman, Saint Paul, Minn.
Kirsten Hoffmann, Apple Valley, Minn.
Michael Holloran, Crystal Lake, Ill.
Otto Holzer, Wheeling, Ill.
Evan Huebl, Jordan, Minn.
Kelsey Hulbert, Brooklyn Park, Minn.
Jennifer Ingvalson, La Crescent, Minn.
Marissa Jacob, Lewiston, Minn.
Shane Jacobson, Peterson, Minn.
Sarah Jansen, Manitowoc, Wis.
Kyle Johnsen, Maplewood, Minn.
Benjamin Johnson, Oshkosh, Wis.
Marissa Johnson, Rochester, Minn.
Temitope Johnson, Winona, Minn.
Tiffany Johnson, Harmony, Minn.
Darvell Jones, Chicago, Ill.
Haley Jorgensen, Fallon, Nev.
Kimberly Juncewski, Dassel, Minn.
Erin Kaus, Lakeville, Minn.
Kaitlyn Keefe, Chatfield, Minn.
Brady Keller, Nashua, Minn.
Karina Kim, Chicago, Ill.
Mackenzie Klimek, Hastings, Minn.
Mary Klinghagen, Crystal, Minn.
Kayleigh Kloncz, Zimmerman, Minn.
Aimee Koelln, Hutchinson, Minn.
Matthew Kornegay, Glendale, Ariz.
Joshua Korver, Little Falls, Minn.
Peter Kostecka, Pequot Lakes, Minn.
Jakub Koziuk, Cary, Ill.
Rebecca Kring, Littleton, Colo.
Rebecca Krueger, Ashland, Wis.
David Kruse, Mankato, Minn.
Lucas Kubic, Coon Rapids, Minn.
Spencer Kubista, Jordan, Minn.
Cassandra Kujawa, South Milwaukee, Wis.
Paul LaNasa, Mahtomedi, Minn.
Theresa LaValla, Saint Charles, Minn.
James Larson, Polson, Mont.
Sydney Larson, Winona, Minn.
Sarah Laska, Eden Prairie, Minn.
Warren Lawrenz, Rochester, Minn.
Eliza Lawson, Park Ridge, Ill.
Bethany Legros, Lakeville, Minn.
Elizabeth Leif, Sacramento, Calif.
Miranda Leyson, Hillsboro, Ore.
Sarah Lietzke, Andover, Minn.
Amanda Lindholm, Bloomington, Minn.
Ezra Lippert, Easton, Minn.
Andrew Lubinski, Winona, Minn.
Janie Maki, Roseville, Minn.
Taylor Marshall-Miernicki, Minneapolis, Minn.
Heidi Martin, Ankeny, Iowa
Daniela Martinez, North Chicago, Ill.
Jesus Martinez, Chicago, Ill.
Jessica Mathews, Faribault, Minn.
Blake Matuska, Mankato, Minn.
Peter McColl, Fountain City, Wis.
Haylie McComb, Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Amanda McCormick, Saint Charles, Minn.
Kory McDonald, Minnesota City, Minn.
Maeve McDonnell, La Grange, Ill.
Rachel McQuiston, Minnetonka, Minn.
Christine Meeds, Marine On St Croix, Minn.
Jessica Menden, Shakopee, Minn.
Atziri Mendoza Gutierrez, Kenosha, Wis.
Shania Merchlewitz, Wabasha, Minn.
Jordyn Messling, Holmen, Wis.
Meghan Meyers, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Michael Mezzano, Woodbury, Minn.
Mary Mieszala, Chicago, Ill.
Angelynn Miller, Forest Lake, Minn.
Katie Miller, Rochester, Minn.
Michael Miller, Lonsdale, Minn.
Steven Mills, Chanhassen, Minn.
Saori Minato, Yokohama-shi Kanag, Japan
Sean Minder, Maplewood, Minn.
Ena Moats, Roland, Iowa
Mary Moats, Roland, Iowa
Rachel Mohs, Albany, Minn.
Chloe Morrison, Ashkum, Ill.
Rebecca Munns, White Bear Lake, Minn.
Jake Muzzarelli, Normal, Ill.
Daniel Mykleseth, Bemidji, Minn.
Paige Nelles, Saint Michael, Minn.
Natasha Nelson, Golden Valley, Minn.
Erik Ness, Winona, Minn.
Kathleen Newsome, Winona, Minn.
Minh Nguyen, Rochester, Minn.
Elizabeth Niedbala, Geneva, Ill.
Theresa Niedzwiecki, Long Prairie, Minn.
Collin Nienhaus, Winnebago, Minn.
Emily Norton, Kellogg, Minn.
Andru O'Brien, Bloomington, Ill.
LeiLani Oas, Minnesota City, Minn.
Lisa Obasi, Woodbury, Minn.
Carla Olivares-Angulo, Chicago, Ill.
Stephanie Olvera, Cicero, Ill.
Abigail Osborne, Winthrop, Minn.
Richard Palermo, Westchester, Ill.
Lindsay Paschke, New Prague, Minn.
Amanda Patt, Cedarburg, Wis.
Sarah Pawlik, Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Zane Pekron, Milesville, S.D.
Kayla Perri, Plymouth, Minn.
Conor Peterson, Maplewood, Minn.
Bridget Pethke, Larsen, Wis.
Joseph Petrich, Elk River, Minn.
Samuel Pflughoeft, Houston, Minn.
Michael Picard, Green Bay, Wis.
Adam Polzin, Burnsville, Minn.
Angela Powell, Stillwater, Minn.
Brian Powers, Berwyn, Ill.
Benjamin Preusser, Henderson, Minn.
Danielle Pues, Rosemount, Minn.
Chelsea Pumper, San Clemente, Calif.
Madeline Puppe, Rochester, Minn.
Jenna Putz, Arcadia, Wis.
Bethany Rajdl, Glenwood, Minn.
Jordan Ranstrom, Warren, Minn.
Alexandra Raske, Chicago, Ill.
April Rechlitz, Milwaukee, Wis.
Patrick Regan, Minnetrista, Minn.
Lindsey Reinisch, Hastings, Minn.
Timothy Reither, Elk Mound, Wis.
Meagan Rice, Champlin, Minn.
Cassandra Ricker, Oakdale, Minn.
Luke Ringhand, Ironton, Minn.
Megan Ringsred, Bloomington, Minn.
Thomas Robaczewski, Arlington Heights, Ill.
Elizabeth Rodriguez, Clive, Iowa
Aaron Romportl, Stillwater, Minn.
Sydney Rudquist, Hudson, Wis.
Sandra Sahl, Nerstrand, Minn.
Marcin Sak, Lobez, Poland
Armando Salgado, Chicago, Ill.
Lauren Salonek, Watertown, Minn.
Katherine Sapper, El Cajon, Calif.
Chad Schlosser, Stillwater, Minn.
Bethany Schmidt, Sparta, Wis.
Elizabeth Schmidt, Plainview, Minn.
Paul Schmitt, Sebeka, Minn.
Sara Schoenthaler, White Bear Lake, Minn.
Patricia Schommer, Rochester, Minn.
Cassandra Schultz, Chisago City, Minn.
Megan Schulz, Andover, Minn.
Danielle Schurhammer, Plainview, Minn.
Anna Segner, Owatonna, Minn.
Evan Shockley, Omaha, Neb.
Daniel Sigl, Rochester, Minn.
Riley Sinn, Apple Valley, Minn.
Thomas Skaja, Rice, Minn.
Katelyn Slaght, Marshall, Mich.
Matthew Smaron, Maple Plain, Minn.
Mary Sonnek, Lake Crystal, Minn.
John Soucheray, Woodbury, Minn.
Krystal Souhrada, Ostrander, Minn.
Raelynn Speltz, Altura, Minn.
Amy Spitzmueller, New Brighton, Minn.
John Stancel, Grayslake, Ill.
Austin Steffen, Cuba City, Wis.
Rachel Steiner, Oshkosh, Wis.
Bailey Steinke, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Kelsey Stenzel, Wabasha, Minn.
Rachel Stetenfeld, McFarland, Wis.
Madelyn Stiehl, Cannon Falls, Minn.
Katherine Stolz, Forest Lake, Minn.
Rachael Storey, St. Charles, Minn.
Caitlyn Strusz, Goodhue, Minn.
Andrew Sullivan, Rapid City, S.D.
James Sullivan, Burnsville, Minn.
Michael Sullivan, Winona, Minn.
Corrie Swenson, Houston, Minn.
Alexandra Thiel, Burr Ridge, Ill.
Gabriel Thiel, Berlin, Wis.
Colton Thomas, Greenfield, Minn.
Colleen Thul, Hutchinson, Minn.
Kelsey Thurston, Sparta, Wis.
Michaela Todd, Delano, Minn.
Matthew Traxler, Le Sueur, Minn.
Jenna Trio, Mapleton, Minn.
Haley Trom, Hampton, Minn.
Savannah Uding, Orangeville, Ill.
Christina Valle, Eden Prairie, Minn.
Megan Vandenberg, De Pere, Wis.
Manire Vaughn, Chicago, Ill.
Evelin Vergara Zuniga, Richfield, Minn.
Gabriel Verges, Centennial, Colo.
Samuel Vetch, Lake Crystal, Minn.
Kiya Virgin, Rochester, Minn.
Christine Volk, Champlin, Minn.
Alexander Volkov, Moscow, Russia
Janos Von Aulock, Des Plaines, Ill.
Madison Waldo, Winona, Minn.
Rachel Waletzko, Albany, Minn.
Katherine Wall, Batavia, Ill.
Allison Warmka, Burnsville, Minn.
Amanda Weber, White Bear Lake, Minn.
Emily Weber, White Bear Lake, Minn.
Camden Webster, Minnesota City, Minn.
Ian Weimer, Saint Paul, Minn.
Sam Wilczyk, Saint Paul, Minn.
Kristin Wilkes, Bradenton, Fla.
Sydney Wilkins, Seneca, Wis.
Anastasia Willard, Burnsville, Minn.
Arianna Williams, Rochester, Minn.
Nicolas Wilson, Dunlap, Ill.
Acacia Wimmer, St. Charles, Minn.
Nicholas Wojtynek, Westchester, Ill.
Timothy Wolande, Oak Brook, Ill.
Rim Woldeslassie, St. Paul, Minn.
Marilyn Yennie, Grand Meadow, Minn.
Saron Yifru, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Saron Yifru, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Grace Zachman, Maple Grove, Minn.
Alexander Zappa, Richfield, Minn.
Amy Zawacki, Eau Claire, Wis.
Abigail Zuzek, Hastings, Minn.
Katherine Zuzek, Hastings, Minn.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Public invited to MLK Day events at Saint Mary’s

WINONA, Minn. — The public is invited to join the Saint Mary’s University community in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 20. The remembrance begins Sunday, Jan. 19, with a 9 p.m. Mass in Saint Thomas More Chapel. Guest musicians will be vocalist and pianist Scott Patterson of Baltimore and vocalist Adia Dobbins of Detroit.

On Monday, Xavier Wilson, a 1998 Saint Mary’s alumnus and assistant director of housing and residence life at Winona State University, will present Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in the Toner Student Center Dining Room at 12:45 p.m.

At 7 p.m. Monday, the public is invited to attend an ecumenical prayer service, hosted by the Saint Mary’s Office of Campus Ministry, in the Toner Student Center Lounge. A reception is then planned at 7:45 p.m. in the lobby of the Performance Center.

Everyone is then invited to a “Freedom Day Concert” at 8:15 p.m. in Figliulo Recital Hall, also located in the Performance Center. Guest musicians Patterson and Dobbins will again perform. This event is hosted by the Office of Student Life at Saint Mary’s.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Saint Mary’s invites area students to submit business ideas for contest

WINONA, Minn. — The Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Business Department of Saint Mary’s University are offering an Elevator Pitch Business Idea Contest.

All high school students who have ideas for starting a new business are encouraged to enter.

Winners will receive $1,000 in prize money, Saint Mary’s University scholarships and many other prizes.

Contestants will create an idea for a new business and answer a brief series of questions about that idea. Entries must be submitted online by Feb. 15. For complete information and a contest entry form, go to

Winners will be announced before March 1. For more information, e-mail Tom Marpe at or call (800) 635-5987, Ext. 6963.

SMU to stage play written by student

WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University will present “Monsters,” an original play written, performed and designed by members of the senior class, Jan. 17-19.

“Monsters” — written by Alex Green and directed by Lydia Munroe — explores the absurdities surrounding the development of mental health care at the turn of the last century. The institution, run by an unsavory physician and his lovely assistant, welcomes a visiting member of the certification board. As the visitor meets the “crazy” patients, each one reveals their story.

Admission is free, but seating is limited in the studio theatre of the SMU Performance Center. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19.

McCourys bring bluegrass to SMU stage Jan. 21

WINONA, Minn. — The Travelin' McCourys are bringing both traditional and progressive bluegrass to Saint Mary’s University’s Page Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21.

With Ronnie McCoury on mandolin, Rob McCoury on banjo, Jason Carter on fiddle, and Alan Bartram on bass, this group is the latest incarnation of the most awarded band in the history of bluegrass – The Del McCoury Band. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie and Rob continue their father’s work – a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives.

Based in tradition, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful but they also bring something fresh and rejuvenating to the stage. The band has a confidence that comes with having paid their dues with 20 years on the bluegrass road. They are known not only for their individual prowess on their instruments but also the tight rhythm, the soulful material and the confidence in taking bluegrass from the safety of the shore into uncharted waters. The Travelin’ McCourys are quickly becoming known amongst fans and musical icons alike collaborating with the likes of Vince Gill, The Allman Brothers, Phish, and Warren Haynes, Steve Earle, Dierks Bentley, Yonder Mountain String Band and many more.

Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for seniors and students and are available at the SMU Box Office, (507) 457-1715, Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or online at

Monday, January 06, 2014

SMU 10K event scheduled for Jan. 26

WINONA, Minn. — This year’s SMU 10K cross-country ski races will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Saint Mary’s University.

The public is invited to classic-style citizens’ ski event at 11 a.m.; the 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. The cost to participate is $10 for one race or $20 for both races.

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

For more information, call (507) 457-1640. For more information, or to pre-register online, go to

Friday, January 03, 2014

Explore the comedic side of science with Doktor Kaboom Jan. 16 at SMU

WINONA, Minn. — Audiences will explode with laughter as Doktor Kaboom takes the stage during Saint Mary’s University’s next Page Series offering Thursday, Jan. 16.

The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in SMU’s Page Theatre, creatively blends theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration. Doktor Kaboom keeps his crowds riveted with interest and rolling with laughter. Join him for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular, and often successful, experiments and demonstrations. Using masterful improvisational skills, the artist takes his audience on an amusing tour of the modern scientific method while demonstrating spectacular applications of the physical sciences.

Doktor Kaboom is the creation of actor/comedian David Epley, who says he has been fortunate enough to discover two passions in his life. His first, science, took him to studies at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. His second, performing, became his career, and for 20 years Epley has made his living writing, performing and directing original interactive comedy across the U.S. and Canada. He now brings his passions together with an explosive style that refuses to allow his audiences time to catch a breath.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and are available at the SMU Box Office Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., (507) 457-1715, or online at

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Faculty to display works at next SMU exhibition

WINONA, Minn. — Faculty members of the Saint Mary’s University Department of Art & Design will join talents for the next public exhibit Jan. 16-March 8 in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries, located in the SMU Toner Student Center.

The show will feature new works — ranging from sculpture to photography — by Lisa Truax, Matt Winkler, Preston Lawing, Rob McColl, Rod Robertson and Tony Calabrese.

An opening reception will be held 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and the show is free and open to the public.