Winona Campus Faculty and Staff Newsletter


Eleanor Tristano, mother of Dr. Richard Tristano (history) died March 27 in Sun City, Fla.

Warren Charles Galbus died April 3. He taught 35 years in the Business Department and served as chair for 12 years, before retiring in 2002.

Hayden Minnerath, the 2-year-old grandson of Jim Minnerath, died peacefully March 30.  Jim, brother of  Dr. Jeanne Minnerath (Biology professor and director of the Allied Health Program), had passed away earlier this month following an accident that involved him and his grandson Hayden.

Todd Copeman, husband of Ginny Copeman of Marketing and Communication, died unexpectedly Tuesday, April 7. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

The Saint Mary’s community extends its sympathy to the Copeman, Galbus, Minnerath, and Tristano families.

Five honored at Saint Mary’s Founders’ Day convocation


Saint Mary’s honored His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, a College faculty member, a staff member, and two outstanding seniors at the Founders’ Day celebration March 24.

DSC_3252forwebAn honorary doctorate in pastoral ministry was presented to His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York. Cardinal Dolan has, since his ordination 40 years ago, exemplified a life of service to the Catholic Church as priest, pastor, educator, and shepherd. Cardinal Dolan has previously served as Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis and Archbishop of Milwaukee. He has—as a university professor, vice rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, and rector of the Pontifical North American College in Rome—impacted and influenced the lives of countless students and seminarians. Cardinal Dolan has also served the Church as secretary to the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C., chairman of Catholic Relief Services, a member of the board of trustees of The Catholic University of America, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and as a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization and the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

Sarah-and-Paul-for-webDr. Paul Weiner, professor of mathematics, computer science, and statistics at Saint Mary’s, received the 2015 Brother Charles H. Severin, FSC, College Faculty Award. This award is bestowed semi-annually on a College faculty member who demonstrates sustained excellence in teaching, contributes to the university outside of the classroom, builds community by serving as a model of the Lasallian spirit, and is a creative, passionate, and inspiring teacher. Dr. Weiner has shared his enthusiasm and passion for mathematics with Saint Mary’s students for 31 years.

Sarah Wanger (who received her undergraduate degree from Saint Mary’s in 2004 and her master’s in 2011) received the 2015 Distinguished Lasallian Educator award. These awards are given by Lasallian institutions in the North American-Toronto Region of the De La Salle Christian Brothers to honor contributions and commitment to the Lasallian mission of education. Wanger serves as the director of outreach for the School of Education at the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs. This award recognizes Wanger for a life of faith and service that exemplifies the ideals of Saint John Baptist de La Salle.

DSC_3332forwebThe Outstanding Male and Female Senior awards were presented to Lauren Salonek, daughter of Joel and Tammy Salonek of Watertown, Minn., and Joseph Budin, son of Bruce and Colleen Budin of Le Center, Minn. Outstanding seniors have demonstrated the ideals of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. The following eight additional students were finalists for the 2015 Outstanding Senior awards: (females) Theresa LaValla, Janie Maki, Katherine Stolz, and Mae Yang; (males) José Castellanos, Bryan Lampkin, Paul Schmitt, and Patrick Sweet.

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De La Salle Week activities continue

Activities continue in recognition of De La Salle Week on campus.


Fair Trade Friday, 7:30 to 10 a.m., first floor, Saint Mary’s Hall. Hosted by Peace and Justice Club

Morning prayer with the De La Salle Christian Brothers, 7:30 a.m., Toner Student Center Lounge. Light breakfast will be provided.

Liturgy, 12:10 p.m., Saint Thomas More Chapel


Uncle Vanya, 7:30 p.m. – Valéncia Academy Theatre

Department of Theatre and Dance to stage spring comedy

Passions are unlocked and a family is turned upside down in Saint Mary’s upcoming production of “Uncle Vanya” March 27-29.

Under the direction of Jimmy Bickerstaff, the Department of Theatre and Dance will stage this comedy of country life by Anton Chekhov 7:30 p.m. today (Friday) and Saturday, March 27-28, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 1164 W. 10th St.

“Vanya” Vointsky and his niece Sonya have been working in the Russian countryside, living frugally and keeping all their emotions tightly reined. The arrival of Vanya’s brother-in-law with his beautiful—and considerably younger—second wife Yeléna turns the entire family dynamics upside down. Tea, wine, and vodka fuel the tensions in this humorous story about unrequited love, thwarted ambition, and enduring hope.

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

Saint Mary’s benefit raises $11,000 for Buffalo City teen


This year’s recipient, Conner Turnbell, with his parents and sister.





And the crowd goes wild at the Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance.


More than 500 people attended Saint Mary’s 15th annual Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance on March 21.

Proceeds from the dance—and a silent auction held on campus—raised about $11,000 for this year’s beneficiary Conner Turnbell, 17, of Buffalo City, Wis. This past summer Turnbell was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, a disease that causes the immune system to attack the liver. Turnbell is currently on medication to control his disease, but he could need a liver transplant in the future. Funds from the benefit dance will be used to offset his family’s medical and travel expenses. Conner is the son of Craig and Michelle Turnbell; Michelle works for Chartwell’s Food Service on Saint Mary’s Winona Campus.

The benefit has become an annual student tradition since its start in 2001 in honor of Taylor Richmond, son of Saint Mary’s staff member Nikki Richmond and Nick Richmond. Each year this event benefits someone in need who has ties to the Saint Mary’s community. Although Taylor passed away in 2013, his legacy lives on at Saint Mary’s.

Donations are still being accepted; send checks—payable Saint Mary’s University—to Lance Thompson, Saint Mary’s University, 700 Terrace Heights #45, Winona, MN 55987.

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Everyone invited to ‘BLING IT ON!’

This April the Office of Campus Ministry and the Volunteer Committee will be hosting a jewelry, bags, and bling sale.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to dig through jewelry boxes and closets and donate jewelry, bags, and accessories. All items should be in good condition and can be brought to the Office of Campus Ministry or the Business Office. This gently used jewelry sale is a great opportunity to get new-to-you items while getting rid of items you’ve grown tired of wearing. Guys, look forward to great deals on gifts for the special girls in your lives!

All proceeds will benefit our students in Nairobi and help fund S.O.U.L. mission trips.

The sale will take place on the main floor of Saint Mary’s Hall  on April 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Watch for more details. Leftover jewelry will be sold at a drastic reduction in the Office of Campus Ministry.

Hendrickson Forum 2015 is Thursday, April 9

The 2015 Hendrickson Forum, scheduled for Thursday, April 9, on the Twin Cities Campus, is focused on one of the most important issues facing American businesses and citizens today.

Admiral James Stavridis, U.S. Navy (retired) and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, will present “The Ethics of Cyber Security,” addressing several key topics including:

• Cybersecurity: Cyber criminals know no boundaries and are fundamentally changing the world. How does this impact business, personal life, and the global marketplace?

• “Smart power”: What alliances and coalitions do we need to create a secure nation, government, and business community?

Admiral Stavridis remains an active and informed commentator on global affairs that impact business audiences investing worldwide. The forum will include a brief audience question-and-answer session.

The event will be streamed at noon to the Winona Campus in the Toner Student Center, Room 9, and the Common Room.

Tickets to the event are $25 for Saint Mary’s alumni, $10 for students, $40 for general admission, and no charge for Winona campus viewers.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. in the Saint Mary’s University Center; lunch, the program and a question-and-answer period run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

More information is available at Or contact Barb Hall at 612-238-4545 or for more information.

Leung performs, recruits locally and in Indiana

IMG_4781Dr. David Leung, Music Department,  recently went to Winona Middle School to recruit students and perform chamber music for the students. Leung’s solo performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto will be Sunday at 4:30 p.m. with the Winona Symphony Orchestra at Somsen Hall, Winona State University. He also visited  State University of New York, Fredonia and Indiana Wesleyan College during the past two weekends.  Besides recruiting students for the summer string camp, Leung gave violin masterclasses, chamber music coaching and violin recitals with music faculty during his three-day residencies.

Reminder — spring financial forums

As announced in September 2014, financial forums are scheduled as follows:

Minneapolis Campus — Thursday, April 2, as part of the all-staff meeting

Winona Campus — Thursday, April 9, at 3:45 p.m., Salvi Lecture Hall

Information will be presented about the university’s current year’s fiscal operations, the 2015-2016 operating budget, and the new ERP system. Please plan to attend.

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