Winona Campus Faculty and Staff Newsletter

Sister Generose Gervais, OSF, Memorial Symposium to be held

The Sister Generose Gervais, OSF, Memorial Symposium, titled “Meaning and Purpose in Medicine,” will be held Oct. 6-7 on the Winona Campus.

Sister Generose was the administrator of Saint Mary’s Hospital from 1971 to 1985 and is remembered for her role in the integration between Saint Mary’s Hospital and Mayo Clinic. Sister Generose also started the Povarello Foundation to raise money for patients’ medical expenses.

Featured faculty at the symposium include: John I. Lane, M.D., Mayo College Clinic of Medicine; David L. Schindler, Ph.D, John Paul II Institute; and Susan Windley-Daoust, Ph.D, of Saint Mary’s University.

To register for this event, visit Scholarships are available.

Saint Mary’s University, the Pontifical John Paul II Institute, and the Catholic Medical Association–Diocese of Winona Guild are co-sponsoring the event.

Mayo Clinic communication consultant to speak on campus

The Public Relations/Business Club invites the Saint Mary’s community to an interdisciplinary presentation by Margaret G. Mester, communications consultant in patient education at Mayo Clinic. The event will be held 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, in the Science and Learning Center auditorium (SLC200).

Mester is a nearly 30-year communications professional, winner of more than 30 national awards, and an unabashed friend of the under-appreciated exclamation mark! She’s most enjoyed the 20 years she’s spent supporting patients and caregivers as a health and medical writer/editor. At Mayo Clinic, she writes solely in plain language. Her presentation will include the tenets of plain language as used in the health care arena and “steps for success” after graduation.

Music performances scheduled for Saint Mary’s Family Weekend

Two public student performances—a jazz concert and a choir and band performance—enhance Saint Mary’s University’s upcoming Family Weekend Sept. 30 through Oct. 1.

  • Saint Mary’s University’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo I launch another great season 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, in Page Theatre. Under the direction of A. Eric Heukeshoven, students will honor jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Mongo Santamaria with selections such as Manteca, In Walked Bud, Afro Blue, ‘Round Midnight, Salt Peanuts and many more. Saint Mary’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo I begin their semester-long celebration of these artists’ centennial birthdays as they kick off the swingin’ fall season. For more information, email
  • Saint Mary’s choirs and concert band join forces for a show 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 in Page Theatre. The first half of the concert features the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, performing works by Halsey Stevens, Stephen Chatman, Gabriel Fauré, and Claudio Monteverdi, among others. The 64-member concert choir and the 25-member Chamber Singers are directed by Dr. Patrick O’Shea.

Following a brief intermission, the 65-member Concert Band will perform three selections that combine a variety of music styles beginning with Gustav Holst’s classic Second Suite in F Major, which includes March, Song Without Words: I’ll Love My Love, Song of the Blacksmith, and Fantasia on the Dargason. Next up will be Mahito Yokata’s Super Mario Galaxy Medley, as arranged by Gauthier Dupertuis. The performance will conclude with Christopher Tin’s Baba Yetu, as arranged by Douglas Wagner. The selection is designed to appeal to all age groups. The band is directed by Dr. Janet Heukeshoven and is open to Saint Mary’s students from all majors as well as advanced high school players and qualified community musicians. For information, email or

Tickets to both performances are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and are available at the Saint Mary’s box office, 507-457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at Tickets are also available at the door.

Saint Mary’s invites public to Fall Frolic Sept. 30

The public is invited to participate in the 30th Fall Frolic 5K fun run/walk at Saint Mary’s University Saturday, Sept. 30.

Registration will run from 8 to 9:45 a.m. in Saint Mary’s Toner Student Center with the race beginning at 10 a.m. The $8 cost includes a T-shirt.

The annual event is not only open to Saint Mary’s students, faculty, and staff, but is open to the community as well. Typically, close to 300 people participate; competitors of all levels (including walkers) are welcome.

Participants will enjoy the beautiful bluff trails of Saint Mary’s Winona Campus. The online registration form is available at

Family Weekend runs Sept. 29-Oct. 1 and includes a full slate of activities for families of students and the Saint Mary’s community. A complete weekend schedule is available online at In previous years, as many as 1,000 visitors have come onto campus for music events, sporting events, the Fall Frolic, and other games and activities.

Upcoming film viewing of ‘Latinos Beyond Reel’ scheduled

The film Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype will be screened 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Salvi Lecture Hall.

The film “reveals a relentless, stereotypical, and narrow vision of Latinidad produced by the culture industries,” according to Esteban del Rio, an associate professor of communication studies at the University of San Diego.

The event is sponsored by the Communication Department and co-sponsored by the Intercultural Awareness Association and the First Generation Initiative.

Latinos Beyond Reel is by Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun and is presented by the Media Education Foundation.

Cagle wins carillon composition competition

Senior Music Industry major Chad Cagle was chosen as the winner of the 2017 Carillon Composition Competition. His work, “Tango for Carillon,” was selected by an international panel of judges and premiered on Sept. 15, 2017 on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.

The premiere of Cagle’s award-winning composition was performed by Dr. Luc Rombouts, a city carillonneur of Tienen and university carillonneur of Leuven, Belgium. Dr. Rombout commented that Cagle’s writing for this unusual instrument set him apart from other entries. A performance of the work will also take place in Belgium in the future.

The concert on the Edgar W. and Margaret MacDonald Stanton Memorial Carillon could be heard throughout the Iowa State University campus and was also live-streamed via the university’s website. In addition to the premiere, Cagle was awarded $500.

He is the son of Brian and Mary Cagle of Washington, Ill.

More information about the Carillon Composition Competition can be found at:

Sympathy to Hemmelman family

Sheri Hemmelman, wife of Butch Hemmelman (maintenance custodian) died Sept. 19 in Rochester. Butch and Sheri’s daughters both went to Saint Mary’s and Sheri worked on campus with Chartwells for a period of time until her retirement in 2015.

Here is a link to the obituary for information on services:

Saint Mary’s extends its sympathy to the Hemmelman family.

International Symposium on Lasallian Research is Sept. 24-26

The sixth annual International Symposium on Lasallian Research is scheduled for Sept. 24-26 on the Twin Cities Campus.

This yearly symposium gathers creative minds to dialogue about the key characteristics or key areas that comprise the field of Lasallian research today; look beyond a study solely of the origins, tradition, and heritage in Lasallian research; break open the possibilities for Lasallian research in the 21st-Century; and propose avenues or topics for future needed Lasallian research. The goal is also to develop a community of scholars committed to supporting, conducting, and publishing Lasallian research. More than 120 Lasallian educators and scholars from numerous countries will gather to present and discuss current research.

While IALU promotes and fosters research collaboration among Lasallian researchers in strategic areas, these themes certainly must not preclude the pursuit of other lines of research according to the individual missions and visions of IALU member institutions. For the period 2013 to 2018, the following are the IALU strategic research themes.

  1. Food, Nutrition and Health (biochemistry of food products, science and engineering of potable water, cancer risks and cures from food, economic impact studies of nutrition programs in schools)
  2. Sustainability and the Environment (dealing with climate change, eco-design of houses and urban centers, industrial ecology, air and water quality monitoring in megacities)
  3. Education and Learning Innovations (access to education among the poor, impact of use of tablets for learning math and science, coping mechanisms among children with learning disabilities, predicting the academic emotions of young learners based on physiological signals)

Go to for more information about this year’s keynote speakers.

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