Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has closed the Winona Campus until 10:30 a.m. today (Feb. 20, 2018), due to extreme weather conditions. Morning classes before 10:30 a.m. have been cancelled. University employees should not report to work until 10:30 a.m. as well. Essential employees will be contacted individually by their supervisor to determine the need to report for work.
The Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance silent auction will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Common Room of Saint Mary’s Hall. Drop off donations in Nikki Richmond’s office (106 Vlazny Hall).
Thank you for the support you’ve given for this event in the last 17 years. Your generosity in donating auction items is appreciated.
The recipient of this year’s 18th Annual Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance is Jennifer Martinson, sister of Saint Mary’s Mary’s faculty member Deborah Piscitiello. Jennifer is battling ongoing medical issues. She’s had three major surgeries and has been going to appointments at Gunderson Health Care and Mayo Clinic. The medical bills and travel expenses due to Jennifer’s surgeries and treatments have become a burden for her family.
Any donation would be greatly appreciated by the Taylor Richmond Benefit Committee and Jennifer’s family. You’re invited to attend the the Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance on Saturday, March 10, at 8:30 p.m. in the Saint Mary’s gymnasium, featuring the Johnny Holm Band. Proceeds from the dance will also go toward assisting Jennifer and her family.
The Volunteer Committee thanks everyone who has participated in programs to help raise money for programs such as the First Generation Initiative, student scholarships, and the Winona Food Shelf. Programs like “Jeans for a Cause,” “Let’s Do Lunch,” Halloween Costume Contest, Chili Cook-off, and the Tailgate Party bring the community together and support important causes.
To celebrate Chinese New Year, a special event with food and fun will be held on Friday, Feb. 16 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the International Center of The Heights building.
Chinese New Year is one of the most important traditional holidays in China. The festival is celebrated on the first day of the first month according to Chinese calendar and is also known as Lunar New Year. The day is celebrated with family and friends, special meals, fireworks, and gift giving. The day is also celebrated in other countries that follow the Chinese calendar, such as Korea, Bhutan, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, and more.
In January, GeoSpatial Services staff members Andy Nadeau and Kathy Allen attended two project kick-off meetings, one at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina and another at Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument in central New Mexico. Both meetings were to initiate Natural Resource Condition Assessments (NRCAs) for the parks.
Cape Hatteras is home to a wide variety of shorebirds and a nesting population of loggerhead sea turtles. Park managers are concerned about coastal erosion and sea level rise, due to its impacts on wildlife habitat, water quality, and infrastructure.
Salinas Pueblo Missions is known for its cultural resources, including historic Native American pueblo villages and 17th century Franciscan missions. It also supports diverse natural resources, from cottonwood groves and a wealth of bird species to Pinyon-juniper woodlands and Permian fossils (250-300 million years old). The Cape Hatteras Natural Resource Condition Assessment is scheduled to conclude in spring of 2019 while the Salinas Pueblo Missions project will extend into 2020.
Saint Mary’s students were inducted into the Beta Chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma (DES), the national scholastic honor society for Catholic colleges and universities, on Feb. 6.
The Saint Mary’s Beta Chapter of DES is devoted to academic excellence and service through recognized academic achievements, fostered scholarly activities, and encouraged intellectual community among its members.
Newly inducted members include Lucas Campbell ’18, Kathleen Chamberland ’18, Bailey Melz ’18, Hanna Potter ’18, Jesse Barron ’19, Jessica Bauer ’19, Kelsey Corcoran ’19, Carly Cronen ’19, Max Heukeshoven ’19, Courteney Jacob ’19, Amanda Kintzi ’19, Dorothy Kirsch ’19, Zechariah Kitzhaber ’19, Margaret Klonowski ’19, Gloria Kranenburg ’19, Erin McCoy ’19, Marissa Naab ’19, Angela Soto ’19, Andrea Speltz ’19, Margaret Vetch ’19, Anna Washburn ’19, Grace Wegleitner ’19, and Rebecca West ’19.
Members of the Public Relations/Business Club and their faculty adviser Dean Beckman, chair of the Department of Communication, recently attended the PR North conference, hosted by the Minnesota Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
The conference included panel discussions and breakout sessions from professionals in the corporate, agency, and non-profit sectors of communications. The keynote presentation was from Dr. Cindra Kamphoff, performance management expert and author of the book “Beyond Grit,” who provided tips and advice on the power of positive thinking and a winning mindset. The students also met Saint Mary’s alumna Karina Wiatros ’10, a senior account executive at Maccabee Public Relations in Minneapolis.
Saint Mary’s student researchers Chelsea Hiltner, Mark Leonard, and Analiese Schadler will represent at the 2018 Scholars at the Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 21. The event brings undergraduate students from 16 private colleges to the Capitol to highlight their research projects ranging from philosophy to mechanical engineering.
April Elsinger, chair of Mayo Clinic’s sponsorship of the Minnesota Super Bowl Human Trafficking Committee, spoke on the Saint Mary’s campus in Winona on Feb. 12. Sponsored by the Campus Ministry Catholic Relief Services Ambassadors, Elsinger presented discussed the efforts to prevent human trafficking and protect victims leading up to and during Super Bowl weekend.