Winona Campus Faculty and Staff Newsletter

Accounting Information Systems (AIS) students present at Fastenal

On Nov. 14, the 18 students in Derek Jackson’s Accounting Information Systems class traveled to Fastenal’s Product Service Center to present their process documentation projects to Fastenal’s accounting management. The month-long project had the students working directly with management and accounting personnel at Fastenal to understand, document, dissect and flow-chart six disparate processes in key areas of the Fastenal business.

Students completed the project by presenting their findings to Fastenal accounting managers and additional staff and delivering the process documentation to their Fastenal contacts.

Student Art Exhibition now on display

The 2017 All-Campus Undergraduate Student Art Exhibition is now on display in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries.

The exhibit was open to all Saint Mary’s student artists and is always a favorite show in our community, celebrating the creative talents of students from a variety of majors including IHM Philosophy, Public Relations, Sociology, Pre-Med Laboratory Science, Spanish, Biochemistry, Political Science, Marketing, Philosophy, Biology Pre-PT, History, Theatre Arts, Studio Art and Graphic Design.

The exhibition runs through Dec. 15

GSS awarded major grant to assess proposed changes to Clean Water Act Rules

GSS Project Manager Kevin Stark

GeoSpatial Services has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation ( to assess the current presidential administration’s proposed changes to Clean Water Act Rules.

A recent Executive Order directed the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to rescind or revise their joint 2015 Clean Water Rule, which was originally intended to clarify the jurisdictional scope of the Clean Water Act with regard to wetlands.

Comments from the administration suggest that the proposed revision may remove protection from a range of water resources in the Western U.S., including ephemeral and intermittent streams and rivers and the wetlands that border those features.

In collaboration with project sponsors and partners, GSS will spatially compare and contrast the extent of regulatory protection for waters of the United States under different jurisdictional scenarios. The research and data created through this project is expected to enhance public education about the CWA; provide a foundation from which others can continue to investigate the jurisdictional scope of the CWA and the Clean Water Rule; and extend scientific understanding of the ecological functions and societal values associated with wetlands and other surface waters. GSS Director Andy Robertson will serve as the primary investigator for the project, with Roger Meyer taking the lead analyst role.

GSS staff travel to Colorado to discuss wetland assessments

On Oct. 24-25, GeoSpatial Services (GSS) staff traveled to the Bureau of Land Management National Operations Center near Denver, Colo., for a meeting to discuss the application of wetland functional assessments across the semi-arid and arid western landscape.

In addition to GSS and BLM Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) staff, skilled wetland scientists and landscape ecologists were in attendance from the  Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Montana Natural Heritage Program, New Mexico Environment Department, Wyoming Natural Diversity Database, and the Utah Geological Survey.

This collaborative meeting was designed to open up dialog regarding current wetland mapping and classification methods used across the West and then discuss how to apply consistent hydrogeomorphic characteristics to wetlands. This application will then feed a standardized wetland functional assessment in areas of the West that are in need of updated wetland data.

MCA dancers to perform in ‘Movie Mania’ Dec. 2-3

Get a taste of the silver screen as the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts presents “Movie Mania” Dec. 2-3. Emerging Dance Repertory Company II (DRC II) members will perform in the dance genres of ballet, jazz, tap, ballet, modern and hip hop—all inspired by the silver screen. DRC II is MCA’s junior performance company, featuring beginning and intermediate students ages 6-13. Audiences of all ages will enjoy familiar songs from movies, including: Star Wars, Moana, Mission Impossible, The Peanuts Movie, Atonement, and Space Jam.

The creative forces behind the concert include Artistic Director Tammy Schmidt and choreographers Jessica Dienger, Christine Martin, Rachael Nehring, and Natalie Schliech.

Performances are 3 p.m. Dec. 2-3 in the Academy Theatre at MCA’s home, the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 1164 W. 10th St., Winona. Tickets are $5 for all ages. Tickets may be purchased beginning Nov. 27 in the MCA office or one-hour prior to the performance (cash or check only). For more information, call 507-453-5500 or email

Upcoming Kabara Institute events

The following events—hosted by the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies—are coming up next week!

  • Elevator Pitch Competition — Nov. 14, 4 p.m., Saint Mary’s Hall, Room 409. Students will pitch their business ideas in 90 seconds or less for cash prizes. A panel of professors from across campus will offer feedback and help students take this initial idea and work toward a more comprehensive business plan to pitch in spring.
  • Student Entrepreneurial Showcase — Nov. 16, 6 to 8 p.m., Saint Mary’s Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center, Rochester. Students will present their projects at a community demo event co-sponsored with Rochester Rising.

Heukeshoven to attend Music Makers Summit in Berlin

A. Eric Heukeshoven of the Saint Mary’s University Music Department has been accepted to attend Loop 2017 in Berlin, Germany from Nov. 10-12.

According to the event’s website, “Loop is three days of discussions, performances, presentations, studio sessions, installations and interactive workshops aimed at exchanging ideas at the cutting edge of music, creativity, and technology. Bringing together artists, technologists, educators and other creative thinkers, Loop is a collective exploration of what it is to make music today and what it could be tomorrow.”

Participants in this international event are selected based on a submitted portfolio of their work. Age is also considered in order to create a broad spectrum of attendees.

Heukeshoven is director of the Music Industry program at Saint Mary’s. Knowledge gained from this event will continue to allow students in the program access to cutting edge of technology and concepts.

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

Celebrate International Education Week Nov. 13-17

A variety of campuswide events are scheduled for International Education Week, to be celebrated Nov. 13-17.

International Education Week (IEW), an annual celebration of international education and exchange worldwide, is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. Institutions across the United States and around the world host events to recognize international students, promote education abroad, exchange ideas, learn about other countries and cultures, and support internationalization. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us in the celebration.

Events include a daily trivia contest with prizes. (Watch your emails!)

Monday, Nov. 13
• Taste the World, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Toner Student Center cafeteria. Enjoy Asian food from our international students’ native countries, supplied by Chartwells.
• International tea time, 3:30 to 5 p.m., International Center (The Heights). Enjoy Mexican hot chocolate, Vietnamese coffee, and Arabic coffee and tea.

Tuesday, Nov. 14
• Taste the World, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Toner Student Center cafeteria. Enjoy European food from our international students’ native countries, supplied by Chartwells.
• International dance lessons, 3:30 to 5 p.m., International Center (The Heights). Learn the Merengue, as well as Bachata and Quebraditas dances.

Wednesday, Nov. 15
• Taste the World, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Toner Student Center cafeteria. Enjoy Nicaraguan food, supplied by Chartwells.
• Study abroad panel, noon to 1 p.m. in Toner Student Center faculty dining room. Hear students’ experiences from studying abroad.

Thursday, Nov. 16
• Taste the World, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Toner Student Center cafeteria. Enjoy Saudi Arabian food, supplied by Chartwells.
• Winona natives John and Carolyn Collins will present “So, So Lucky,” about their global experiences, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. in Salvi Lecture Hall. John volunteered in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia in the 1960s as a young man. In his early 60s, he journeyed to South Africa, where he carried out action research in chemical dependence. Carolyn also volunteered in the Peace Corps in the mid-1960s in Ethiopia. Working in public schools in Missouri and Minnesota, she has facilitated language development of English language learners from many different parts of the world.

Friday, Nov. 17
• Taste the World, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Toner Student Center cafeteria. Enjoy Cameroonian food, supplied by Chartwells.
• International Education Week finale celebration with a piñata, 3 to 4 p.m., International Center.

The event is hosted by the International Center. For more information, contact Vivien Skranka, coordinator of international student services at or Vicki McDonald, coordinator of study abroad at

Education students to present at national conference

In 2016-17 Stephanie Schmidt, Regina Bettag, Alex Nuy, and Katie Homan served as officers for our Saint Mary’s University student chapter of ASCD.

During their time as officers they submitted a proposal to present at the international ASCD conference in Boston in March of 2018. Their project, titled “Bridging the Gap: Building Connections Between Novice and Veteran Teacher Leaders,” was accepted and they will be presenting their research to teacher leaders from around the world.

Here’s a description of their project:

In an age of globalized communication and lack of face-to-face interaction, how do different generations of teacher leaders effectively communicate and understand one another in service of the long-term best interests of the whole child? Our ASCD student chapter leadership team looks into the effects of the generation communication gap among teachers, its effects on learning communities, and how to bridge this gap to enhance school culture. Through insights of reflective journaling while student teaching, a review of the research literature, and engaging with practicing teachers a model was developed to promote professional communication. The model includes strategies, methods, and leadership practices for cultivating healthy communication to effectively bridge the generation gap and transform school culture. The model and accompanying resources will be provided for participants.

ASCD is dedicated to “excellence in learning, teaching, and leading so that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged.” Dr. Scott Sorvaag has served as faculty adviser for our chapter since 2004.

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