Winona Campus Faculty and Staff Newsletter

PUSH Physical Theatre to perform at Saint Mary’s Dec. 2


Enjoy intense athleticism, gravity-defying acrobatics, and soulful artistry as the Page Series at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota presents PUSH Physical Theatre, Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Page Theatre.

PUSH Physical Theatre is a genre-defining master of physical storytelling. These award-winning performers express what it means to be human: the joy and sorrow, humor and tragedy, the big questions and the simple things. Their repeatedly sold-out performances have led to creative collaborations with the National Institute for the Deaf and Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as choreography for the Pulitzer-nominated cantata “Comala,” which resulted in a Mexico and U.S. tour. The company was a finalist in TruTV’s national series, Fake Off, where judge and Glee star Harry Shum Jr. proclaimed, “You guys are superhuman!”

PUSH’s performances bring the narratives of our lives to the stage with hope and optimism. Through vignettes ranging from the comedic “Red Ball,” which employs iPad technology, to the emotional “The Soldier,” PUSH Physical Theatre conveys the strength of the human soul expressed by the power of the human body.

On Friday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m. in the Page Theatre, the company will present a free lecture-demonstration, “The Science Behind the Story.” In this one-hour presentation, PUSH will explore the science of fulcrums, human physiology, and more to reveal the structure and mechanics behind their unique brand of physical storytelling. This artist talk includes opportunities for audience participation and a preview of their Saturday evening performance.

Tickets to the Dec. 2 performance are $27 for adults and $24 for students and senior citizens. Tickets and additional information are available at or by calling 507-457-1715 (noon to 6 p.m., weekdays).

Heukeshoven to perform, conduct at Tuba Christmas in Austin

Eric Heukeshoven of the Music Department has been invited to conduct and perform on euphonium at the annual Tuba Christmas in Austin. The performance will take place in Austin’s historic Paramount Theatre at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.

According to, “2017 is the 44th anniversary for TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events which are presented throughout the world. TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor, William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902.”

For more information, go to

The event is free and open to the public. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact  Heukeshoven at 507-457-7292 or

Christmas Light Service and Pre-Finals Breakfast is Dec. 14

The annual Christmas Light Service is set for 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, in Saint Thomas More Chapel, followed by the traditional Pre-Finals Breakfast in the dining room.

A wonderful Saint Mary’s tradition, the service consists of a community speaker (Dr. Karen Sorvaag of the Education Department), lessons, carols, and simple theatrical portraits of the Christmas Story. The service will end with a procession and the lighting of the campus Christmas tree and nativity scene. More than 50 students are assisting with the event.

After the lighting, typically more than 700 students attend the Pre-Finals Breakfast, which is hosted by the Office of Academic Affairs and Chartwells Food Service. The breakfast is served by faculty and staff from 10 to 11:30 p.m. Aside from the delicious breakfast, Santa will make an appearance, and Christmas caroling is planned.

Senior class gathering is Dec. 5

The Senior Class Gathering will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the Toner Student Center lounge. This is a special evening to honor all senior students, with special recognition for mid-year graduates of the college. Appetizers and beverages will be served. Attire is business casual.

African Night draws crowds

For the second year, the campus organization Black Students and Allies invited the Saint Mary’s community to take part in celebrating African Night. The recent celebration allowed students from all parts of Africa to share their culture, customs, food, music, dancing, and diversity with the community. Thanks go to everyone who organized this well-attended event.

Sigma Tau Delta to host book drive

Have textbooks or other books that you’re looking to get off your hands?

Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, is holding a book drive that continues until the end of the semester. The annual drive is organized in partnership with Better World Books, an organization that donates most of the proceeds from resales to charities associated with reading and literacy. Sigma Tau Delta also receives a small portion of the profits.

Better World Books will accept any book that is 10 years old or newer, including textbooks. Books can be dropped off in any of the green and white Better World bins placed around campus. Please consider donating to this great cause.

For more information or to arrange to have books picked up from an office, contact Dr. Carolyn Ayers,

Help us tell the Saint Mary’s story

As part of our visibility and recruiting efforts, the Marketing and Communication Office is constantly striving to tell the Saint Mary’s story. Check out this week’s stories about Stephany Beck (shown above) and Dr. Deb Henton, and remember to let Deb Nahrgang ( know if you have other alumni and student outcome stories we should feature. These stories, quotes, and photos are also used in social media and in various marketing materials, and we depend on our faculty and staff to help us identify our best stories.

Giving tree now up in Saint Mary’s Hall

On the first floor of Saint Mary’s Hall, there are two easy ways to give to others this holiday season, and we hope you’ll support our neighbors in need.

On the tree, you’ll notice Saint Mary’s Holiday Groceries for Seniors. We are continuing to help area seniors in need with their holiday grocery needs. Donations of money or grocery gift cards can be made to Saint Mary’s University and sent to Campus Box 8. Please designate Saint Mary’s Holiday Groceries for Seniors. Grocery gift cards can also be purchased at HyVee or Midtown and then left there for our volunteers.

Near the tree is a toy barrel for Toys for Kids. There are two ways to support this organization. Financial contributions are always appreciated and can be made out to Toys for Kids and sent to the Winona Community Foundation at 51 E. 4th St., Suite 314, Winona, MN 55987. If you’d rather purchase a fun gift, new toy donations are always encouraged. Toys are distributed to as many as 900 local children, and all toys are given out locally. Barrels are located all around Winona.


‘Campus Notes’ schedule

Look ahead on your calendars! There are only two more issues of Campus Notes (Dec. 8 and 15) before the Christmas break and 2018. Deadlines are the Wednesday prior to each Friday issue. Send your submissions to Deb Nahrgang at

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