Winona Campus Faculty and Staff Newsletter

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Edwards Robeson awarded curriculum development grant

Valerie Edwards Robeson, (associate professor, Social Science) has been awarded a $1,000 curriculum development grant by Interfaith Youth Corps to support the development of an undergraduate course that engages the field of interreligious and interfaith studies. The grant activities complement her selection as one of 25 faculty participants in the Teaching Interfaith Understanding faculty development seminar, sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and Interfaith Youth Core, and the intercultural competence project she will pursue as a member of the 2017–2018 Faculty Learning Leadership community of practice at the college.

Students present at state history symposium

On April 22, Isabella Garcia (History/Social Studies), Alex Zuzek (Social Studies Education), Nicholas Reding (Social Studies Education), Allison Lincoln (History), Shawn Vaske (History), and Stephen Fishbune (History) presented their senior history theses at the 4th annual Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium, held this year at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul.

In total, 48 students from seven colleges and universities presented their undergraduate research. Dr. Tycho de Boer (History), who accompanied the students to St. Paul, chaired two panels and agreed to host the symposium at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota next year.

Celebration of Scholarship schedule for today

The campus community is invited to Celebration of Scholarship today, Friday, April 28. There are over 100 student presentations, many with multiple presenters.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

8:30 a.m. – Registration opens
9:00-10:15 a.m. – Session 1
10:30-11:45 a.m. – Session 2
11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. – Lunch/Mass
1-2:15 – Session 3
2:30-3:30 p.m. – Poster Session (first floor Saint Mary’s Hall)
3:45-4:15 p.m. – Reception (Performance Center Lobby)
4:30 p.m. – Honors Convocation (Page Theatre)

Attend one session, attend all, or come to the poster session. At the convocation, students will be recognized for outstanding activity by membership in honor societies, completion of the honors program, and departmental awards.

Presentations and presenters can be found at For more information, contact the Academic Affairs Office.

Employees honored for years of service

The following retirees were recognized at the Service Recognition Awards and Reception April 20: Teresa Speck (32 years, Business Department), Dr. Stephen Pattee (24 years), Val Stiever (28 years, Maintenance), Bernie Malchaski (27 years, Maintenance), Denise Cichosz (19 years, Education Department) and Alan Joswick (40 years, Maintenance). Also attending the ceremony was Fitz Speck (37 years, IT). Together, these employees have served Saint Mary’s for 207 years and we wish them (as well as those who were unable to attend) well. Also recognized April 20 were those with 5-years, 10-years, 15-years, 20-years, 25-years, and 30-years of service.

Science and Learning Center dedication is May 12

Everyone is invited to a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Science and Learning Center Friday, May 12. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome and encouraged to attend the 11:30 a.m. dedication, followed by refreshments and tours of the $19.5 million state-of-the-art center.

Saint Mary’s choirs to perform spring concert

The Saint Mary’s choirs will perform a spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels.

Under the direction of Dr. Patrick O’Shea, Saint Mary’s choirs offer a variety of choral music at their annual spring performance. Both accompanied and a cappella works will be presented, spanning 500 years of musical history. The concert will feature works by G.B. Martini, Orlando Gibbons, Russell Woollen, and spirituals.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the Saint Mary’s box office, 507-457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at Tickets at the door are available by cash or check only.

Jazz ensembles to perform with trumpeter Adam Meckler

© Tim McG Photo & Video

Blow, Gabriel, blow! The Saint Mary’s jazz ensembles will perform their spring concert alongside trumpeter Adam Meckler at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, at the Page Theatre.

Minneapolis jazz trumpeter Meckler, who leads his own big band, will bring his dynamic sound to the Page Theatre. The performance will highlight works played and written by jazz trumpet greats from Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis to Meckler’s own contemporary compositions.

For more information, contact director of jazz studies, A. Eric Heukeshoven at 507-457-7292 or

Tickets to the April 30 performance are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the Saint Mary’s box office, 507-457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at Tickets at the door are available by cash or check only.

Sacraments celebrated with seven students

The annual Mass of the Sacraments was held on Sunday, April 23. Bishop Quinn was present to celebrate Sacraments with seven students. Joseph Gardner was baptized.

Lillian Vagasky, Caitlyn Strusz, and Ashley Syed were brought into Full Communion with the Catholic Church. In addition Luis Avila, Yael Calderon, and Sarah Hanus received confirmation with these four. The students have studied and participated in faith formation over most of this school year in order to be prepared for this celebration.

May 1 is Brothers Day

On Monday, May 1, celebrate and say thank you to the De La Salle Christian Brothers who live and work in our community. Please take this opportunity to pray with and say thank you for the work they do and the presence they offer to this community.

12:10 p.m. — Join the Office of Campus Ministry for Mass to pray with our Brothers for the continued gift they are to this community, the Lasallian Catholic mission, and future vocations.

4 p.m. — Reception in Vlazny Hall with our Brothers. Come and say thank you and enjoy a root beer float.

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