Winona Campus Faculty and Staff Newsletter

Jazz final this Sunday in the Cardinal Club

Looking for a study break this weekend? Come support your friends as all three Saint Mary’s jazz groups will close out the spring semester with their semi-annual “jazz final” on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 3 to about 5 p.m. in the Cardinal Club. Twice a year, the jazz groups get together for an informal afternoon of great music in a casual setting. The event is free and the public is invited to join the musicians as they celebrate the end of another great semester of jazz at Saint Mary’s.

For more information, contact A. Eric Heukeshoven at 507-457-7292 or

Last ‘Campus Notes’ of the year

This is the last issue of ‘Campus Notes’ for 2017.  The first issue after break will be Friday, Jan. 19. Make your submissions to Deb Nahrgang at for inclusion in that issue by Wednesday, Jan. 17. Have a wonderful and safe holiday break!

Dec. 1 undergraduate admission report for fall 2018

For some faculty and staff who have been a member of the Cardinal community for more than 10 years, you probably recall a monthly admission report produced during the tenure of Tony Piscitiello. Well, good ideas are timeless, so the Admission Office is restoring the monthly report to keep everyone informed of general admission trends. Since everyone plays a vital role in recruiting and retaining students, we felt it would be helpful to keep faculty and staff informed of basic numbers.

Feel free to stop by the Admission Office if you have specific questions.  Thanks again for all that you do to assist our recruitment efforts – your contributions are greatly appreciated!

— The Saint Mary’s admission staff

Dec. 1 Admission Report:

Total November visits = 71

Campus Visit Summary

Kendall featured on the ‘Cardinal’s Nest’

The “Cardinal’s Nest” on the local HBC TV cable access channel had a special guest recently. Chris Kendall, associate vice president of Campus Services, talked about his lengthy career at Saint Mary’s and also shared his musical talents. The Saint Mary’s program is hosted by Donny Nadeau, director of sports information, and Dean Beckman of the Communication Department. Check it out at

Student leaders learned that ‘fun is good’

Earlier this fall, a group of 12 students attended ‘Fun is Good!,’ a day-long seminar at the St. Paul Saints’ baseball field. This event followed the university convocation presentation by Mike Veeck and Fran Zeuli, co-founders of Fun is Good, a consulting company that brings marketing and leadership lessons to organizations of all sizes. The students had an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Several made valuable connections for their careers and internships, including meeting Joan Steffend, who received the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame Award for her work (almost 30 years in the Twin Cities media, first as a national Emmy-winning newswriter, reporter, and anchor at KARE-TV and then on HGTV’s Decorating Cents).

This event was sponsored by the Saint Teresa’s and Saint Peter’s Leadership Clubs. Participants included officers and club members.

The seminar was a day-long set of workshops that covered workplace generational diversity; joy and passion in the workplace and career; creativity and gratitude; learning from failure; goal-setting (from Ila Borders, a former left-handed pitcher in college and independent professional baseball player!); and team/project management. Saint Mary’s students were the only undergraduate school students in attendance; most attendees were business entrepreneurs, business workers, or graduate students.

Attendees included: Mari Morales-Lozano (president of Saint Teresa’s Leadership Club), Jake Mencacci (president of Saint Peter’s Leadership Club), Joseph Seegers, Bailey Melz, Heidi Lederman, David French, Jake Hagstrom, Claire Patterson, Hallie Schlemming, Gigi Gonzalez, Darren Caiipo, and Dr. Lori Charon (adviser).

Faculty, staff invited to holiday dinner Dec. 19

Brother William invites faculty and staff and their guests to the annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

The hors d’oeuvres/cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m. in the Toner Student Center Dining Hall. A brief program will be held at 7 p.m., followed by dinner. To assist with planning, please respond with your attendance HERE by Thursday, Dec. 14.


Swing into the holiday spirit with upcoming concerts

Jazz students at Saint Mary’s to present ‘Swinging with Ella’

Jazz students at Saint Mary’s University continue their semester-long celebration of music by four legendary jazz musicians, all born in 1917, with a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. Swing into the holidays on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. as the jazz groups and guest vocalists bring Ella’s holiday classics to Page Theatre.

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas was released in 1960 and featured the “first lady of song” on many holiday favorites. “Swinging With Ella” will also highlight the singer’s work with the Duke Ellington and Count Basie bands. And the three “birthday boys” — Dizzy Gillespie, Mongo Santamaria, and Thelonius Monk — are sure to make a return visit as well. Honoring the “first lady of song” with their vocal talents will be Saint Mary’s students Courtney McGovan, Darren Cajipo, Erin McCoy, and Shauna Frahm.

‘Lessons and Carols’ Christmas service is Dec. 9

The joyous and uplifting Christmas service of “Lessons and Carols” will be presented by the Saint Mary’s University Department of Music at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9.

The beautiful service, held in the majestic Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, features the Saint Mary’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Patrick O’Shea.

“Lessons and Carols” reflects on the Christmas story through several short readings, hymns, and Christmas carols sung by the choirs and audience. Music includes familiar carols and selections by composers from the Renaissance to the present.

The Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels is located at Wabasha and Vila streets in Winona.

Enjoy sounds of the season with Saint Mary’s Concert Band, Dec. 10

Come “Celebrate Christmas” with the Concert Band on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. in the beautiful Page Theatre. The performance will feature diverse music of the season from Medieval times to jazzy big band sounds.

Following the stage performance, small ensembles will perform traditional carols at a cookie reception in the Ben Miller lobby.

The concert opens with a brass fanfare (Pachelbel’s “Magnificat” for trumpets and trombones), followed by an arrangement by Philip Sparke of two Medieval carols (“Coventry Carol” and “Gaudate”) and a setting of the old English Sussex carol “On Christmas Night” for small wind ensemble. The centerpiece of the performance is Alfred Reed’s powerful “Russian Christmas Music,” followed by Verne Reynolds’ masterful transcription of “O Magnum Mysterium.” The concert concludes with a medley of familiar holiday tunes by Robert Sheldon in a 1940’s big band style, and Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.”

Under the direction of Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, the Saint Mary’s Concert Band welcomes musicians from campus and from the community who enjoy performing in both large and small ensembles.

Tickets for each performance are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the box office, 507-457-1715, from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at

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