Winona Campus Faculty and Staff Newsletter

Get set to scream at annual Walk of Horror

The Saint Mary’s University fastpitch softball team is showing leadership on the field … and in planning new scares for this year’s “Walk of Horror.” Once again, these athletes are guaranteeing goosebumps for all those brave enough to face their fears.

The 21st annual hair-raising fundraiser for the Saint Mary’s Cardinal fastpitch softball team will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 20-21 and 27-28, and Tuesday, Oct. 31 in the campus bluffs. Walkers are asked to meet on the lighted path between the Cardinal baseball and softball fields, where the haunted walk will begin.

Groups are then escorted through the dark bluffs for approximately 20 minutes.

The cost is $6 for adults, $5 for students with ID, and $5 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the gate.

Saint Mary’s head fastpitch softball coach Jen Miller said the event is fun for all ages. The scare level is toned down for younger children and turned up for older and braver participants. Last year more than 1,100 courageous souls took the Walk of Horror.

Proceeds from this event will be used for the softball team’s travel expenses on their annual spring trip. For more information, contact Miller at 507-457-6923.

GSS helps with Saint Stan’s Field Day

As part of their annual “River Day,” over 100 students from Saint Stanislaus Elementary School in Winona came to GeoSpatial Services’ Prairie Island location to learn about orienteering. The group of fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-graders spent a half-hour at both the compass navigation and GPS navigation stations. To help them understand how to use a compass, students had to move from one spot to the next with only a bearing and a number of paces. At the GPS navigation station, students encountered a scavenger hunt where they were given clues to find outdoor-related treasures using their GPS unit.

Family Weekend full of activities

The Winona Campus was filled with guests enjoying the many activities planned for Family Weekend. Guests enjoyed music and sporting events, a picnic on the plaza, inflatables, the Fall Frolic, and even a visit from an eagle. Thanks to everyone who helped make the day a success and welcomed our extended family. Additionally, our legacy families joined us for a special dinner as well. Photos from the weekend can be found at smumn.edu/photos. Thanks to Grace Homer ’18 for providing some of these photos from throughout the weekend.

Plant and jam sale yields $500

The Biology Club made $500 during their plant and jam sale last week. Students picked peaches and red raspberries from Brother John Grover’s garden and the Christian Brothers’ property. Dr. Jeanne Minnerath and Brother John taught students how to make jam, and they filled 70 jars. The money will be used for club activities. Additionally, a portion will be donated to the Winona Food Shelf.

Biology Club goes camping at Perrot State Park

The Biology Club—including 14 Saint Mary’s students, along with Dr. Jeanne Minnerath, her son and friends— hiked and camped at Perrot State Park Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-24. Although it was a hot excursion, the group had fun and was thankful for the opportunity to cool off in the Mississippi. For several students, it was their first experience camping.

Students to stage ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ Oct. 4-8

“It’s just business.”

Saint Mary’s thespians will be “closing deals in heels” Oct. 4-8 as the Department of Theatre and Dance presents the scalding comedy Glengarry Glen Ross in the studio theatre, located in the university’s Performance Center.

Glengarry Glen Ross, written by David Mamet, focuses on a group of small-time, cutthroat real estate salesmen trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers. As poignant today as when it premiered, this masterpiece of American drama was revived on Broadway in 2005 and 2012 and became a celebrated film starring Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alec Baldwin, and Alan Arkin.

Under the direction of Walter Elder, the Saint Mary’s production takes on an interesting twist by featuring a nearly all-female cast. And the show was specifically chosen for this year’s performance lineup because its valuable message is in keeping with Saint Mary’s mission to prepare students for ethical lives of service and leadership.

“In a world where people take risks with other people’s money, this play is very reflective of our society and the rush to get ahead,” Elder said. “Within the setting of a shady real estate office, Mamet explores and critiques issues related to dominance and power, job-related personal identity and self-worth, and business ethics in a workplace culture of masculine aggression. Mamet intended to challenge the assumptive acceptance of these behaviors and systems by showing their effects on the characters in his play.”

By securing permission from the author to cast women in male roles, leaving the text of the play unchanged, including its gendered pronouns, male character names, and coarse language, Elder said his intent is to “create a kind of cognitive dissonance in our contemporary audience, to re-challenge our assumptions, and stay true to the original intent of the play.” Additionally, he said, as a side benefit, he is able to highlight the department’s strong female leads.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 4-7; and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-8.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the Performance Center box office at 507-457-1715 from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays online at pagetheatre.org. Due to strong language this production is recommended for mature audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.

Glengarry Glen Ross is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Get set to scream at annual Walk of Horror

The fastpitch softball team is showing leadership on the field … and in planning new scares for this year’s “Walk of Horror.” Once again, these athletes are guaranteeing goosebumps for all those brave enough to face their fears.

The 21st annual hair-raising fundraiser for the Saint Mary’s Cardinal fastpitch softball team will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 20-21 and 27-28, and Tuesday, Oct. 31 in the campus bluffs. Walkers are asked to meet on the lighted path between the Cardinal baseball and softball fields, where the haunted walk will begin.

Groups are then escorted through the dark bluffs for approximately 20 minutes.

The cost is $6 for adults, $5 for students with ID, and $5 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the gate.

Head fastpitch softball coach Jen Miller said the event is fun for all ages. The scare level is toned down for younger children and turned up for older and braver participants. Last year more than 1,100 courageous souls took the Walk of Horror.

Proceeds from this event will be used for the softball team’s travel expenses on its annual spring trip. For more information, contact Miller at 507-457-6923.

Students, alumni to volunteer on Lasallian Day of Service

The Saint Mary’s University Volunteer Mentors are encouraging individuals, organizations, and churches in Winona to submit requests for the Lasallian Day of Service event on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Lasallian Day of Service was started by Saint Mary’s University as a day for students and alumni to volunteer in their communities in the spirit of the Lasallian mission of service to others. Volunteers will be out from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 21, to help with fall cleaning, raking leaves, painting, or other chores.

Along with students and alumni in Winona, Saint Mary’s alumni will also be volunteering throughout the Twin Cities, Chicago, and New York City.

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