Winona Campus Faculty and Staff Newsletter

Ratajczyk certified in business intelligence, analytics

Congratulations to Michael Ratajczyk, assistant professor of business for achieving his certification in business intelligence and analytics. His certification comes from TDWI, the industry’s premier provider of business intelligence, data warehousing, and analytics certification. Ratajczyk had to complete a series of off-site exams, testing his knowledge in leadership and management, business analytics, data analysis and design, data integration, and data warehousing.

Students attend employer spotlight


Students attended an “employer spotlight”  on Feb. 26, sponsored by the Career Services and Internships Office and Saint Mary’s Criminal Justice Department. The spotlight was on the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and presented by Robert Schmidt of the St. Paul Office. Schmidt introduced students to the bureau, talked about the types of jobs that would be available (investigators, agents, undercover, and more) as well as detailed the hiring process and training programs students can expect once hired.

Arts Alive students share love of the arts with area children

“The arts are essential elements of education just like reading, writing, and arithmetic. Music, dance, painting, and theatre are keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment. Students should be handed these keys at an early stage.” — William Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education

As part of an ArtsAlive! Living Learning Community service project , students are hosting a series of arts workshops held at the Winona Community Center for the children who live in the Maplewood Townhomes neighborhood.

The partnership started in December with a holiday crafts workshop in which children created a variety of Christmas and winter-themed projects including reindeer, snowflakes, and Christmas cards and decorated their own sugar cookies.

February’s event was a painting workshop, and the March workshop will focus on imagination through theatre; the April theme is yet to be announced.

Janet Heukeshoven (Music) and Lisa Truax (Art) are the faculty advisers for the LLC.  The students in ArtsAlive! are all Saint Mary’s freshmen with a variety of academic majors who share a common passion for the arts.

Job fair connects students with potential employers


Nearly two dozen Saint Mary’s students from a wide variety of majors (including: accounting, biology, business intelligence and analytics, communication, graphic design, global studies, history, human resource management, literature, management, marketing, music business, political science, and public relations) participated in the Minnesota Private Colleges’ Job and Internship Fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center Feb. 18-19. More than 2,000 students from 17 private colleges across the state met with a record number of employers (257) from a diverse array of companies from across regions and industries.

Companies that expressed specific interest in our students included: Federal Reserve Bank, Target, Polaris, United Health Group, Noah’s Ark, Land o’ Lakes, and many others.

Students met employers to learn more about job and internship opportunities and even conduct onsite (and follow-up) interviews for internships and jobs. The fair started at 9 a.m., and one student received her first (of two) offers by 10:30 a.m.

Most of the students prepared by participating in career fair prep workshops and information sessions hosted by Career Services and Internships Office, attending the on-campus career fair last October (and other fairs) developing résumés and researching companies.

One participant, when asked if they had any advice to other students, replied, “Definitely go, and make sure you are prepared for anything because I can guarantee you that everyone else will be well prepared.”

Business Department hosts ‘Managers’ Shop Talk’

manager's shop talk

The Business Department faculty hosted a Managers’ Shop Talk session with three senior managers from Fastenal on Feb. 25, as a part of their ongoing Business Speakers Series. Ryan Rosenberg ’00, director of performance improvement; Mike Wilkinson, vice president of procurement and supply chain; and John Soderberg,  executive vice president of sales operations and support, shared their management insights with the more than 60 students in attendance.

Topics discussed included career advancement, key skills development, operational challenges, and more. Fastenal has been a strong supporter of Saint Mary’s and its students by offering internships and job opportunities. Students are encouraged to visit with Michael Hagarty, director of Career Services and Internships, if interested in employment or internship opportunities with Fastenal.

Saint Mary’s in the news

New event designed for freshmen and sophomores​

Freshmen and sophomore​s are encouraged to attend “Discover, Discern, Declare!”—an event that is replacing the “majors retreat” of previous years and provides students with opportunities to participate in career exploration, values clarification, and strategies for selecting a major/career path.

The event is 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in Lab 13 of the Hendrickson Center. For more information on these and other career-related topics, contact Mike Hagarty in the Career Services and Internships Office.

Study Abroad photo contest ends today


Everyone is invited to stop by the Study Abroad Office, Room 132 of Saint Mary’s Hall, to cast your vote (Once, please!) for your top three choices in the Study Abroad photo contest.

All students, faculty and staff may participate.
Photos were submitted by students who studied overseas spring, summer and fall 2014. Voting will end today, Friday, March 13, at 4 p.m. To see the photos, go to

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,” where he will be 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 live to the Winona campus in the Toner Student Center, Room 9, and at noon in the Common Room.

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

Registration begins at 11 a.m. in the Saint Mary’s event 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.

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