Winona Campus Faculty and Staff Newsletter

Windley-Daoust publishes and edits theology journal

Dr. Susan Windley-Daoust, Theology Department, served as an invited guest editor for the winter 2018 issue of Listening: A Journal of Communication Ethics, Religion, and Culture. The collected articles all relate to the issue’s theme, “The Theology of the Body: Developing New Contexts.” Included in the issue is her own  article, “A Literature of Encounter? Reading the Theology of the Body Audience as Parable or Poem.” A synopsis of the issue can be found here.

‘Campus Notes’ schedule

Look ahead on your calendars! Next week (Friday, Feb. 23) will be the last issue of Campus Notes before spring break. There will be no issue on Friday, March 2. Campus Notes will resume on Friday, March 9. Deadlines are the Wednesday prior to each Friday issue. Send your submissions to

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 a recent article about Shamauri Brown-Young ’20 (above). Remember to let Deb Nahrgang (ext. 6966 or know if you have alumni and student outcome stories we should feature, or if you are doing something highlightable in the classroom. These stories, quotes, and photos are also used in social media and in various marketing materials. We depend on our faculty and staff to help us identify our best stories.

Remembering Brother James Miller, Servant of God

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, we will remember the 36th anniversary of the death of Brother James Miller, FSC. Brother James, a 1966 graduate of Saint Mary’s, was martyred on Feb. 13, 1982, in Huehuetenango, Guatemala at the age of 37.

His case for canonization as a martyr is currently being reviewed by the Vatican’s official process. Visit here to learn more.

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to these events on Tuesday, Feb. 13:

  • 8:15 a.m. – Coffee and donuts will be served in Vlazny Lounge
  • 12:10 p.m. – Mass will be celebrated in remembrance of Brother James
  • 7:15 p.m. – Brother Frank Carr, FSC, will speak about Brother James in Vlazny Lounge
  • 8 p.m. – Mass will be celebrated in remembrance of Brother James

Saint Mary’s Missing Voices summit spotlights inequities in education

This year’s Missing Voices: Equity in Education Summit at Saint Mary’s will focus on educational equity — with special emphasis on native, immigrant, and refugee voices by embracing the idea that “We Are All Related (Mitakuye Oyasin).”

Several regional leaders in educational inclusion will be honored for their work, including Tony Sanneh, former professional soccer player and founder of The Sanneh Foundation.

This annual day-long summit uniquely brings together Minnesota youth, parents, educators, and community leaders to engage in dialogue and creative problem solving surrounding the inequities and gaps in the educational system.

The conference — to be held 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, on Saint Mary’s Twin Cities Campus — strives to bring multiple people and perspectives to the table to share wisdom and lived experiences in an effort to improve the future of education.

The summit will feature several presenters:

  • Jim Knutson-Kolodzne, in his presentation, “We are all Related,” will provide information on the 11 Minnesota tribal nations and will provide educators with the knowledge they need to increase their sensitivity and awareness of Minnesota American Indian history, language, and culture.
  • Wing Young Huie, an award-winning Twin Cities photographer, will showcase photos and facilitate a group discussion. For 30 years Huie has worked to capture the complex cultural realities in America.
  • Ron Leith, a native elder of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa, will perform a blessing.
  • The Red Tree Singers, a drum group from Morton, Minn., will perform, including both Ojibwe and Dakota singers.
  • Shegitu Kebede, a celebrated author and advocate for refugees, will give a first-hand account of what it means to be a refugee and to immigrate to the United States. After fleeing war-torn Ethiopia for Kenya, Kebede came to the United States in the early ’90s.
  • Two youth authors from Green Card Voices will share their immigration experiences.

This year’s conference will center around the phrase “Mitakuye Oyasin,” translated from the Lakota language as “We Are All Related.” “The essence of this concept is that our lives are truly and profoundly connected to others and the world around us,” said Knutson-Kolodzne. In this time of division and polarization, we must recognize ourselves in the faces of others, particularly historically marginalized groups.

Awards will be presented to individuals who have made a difference in working toward equality in education:

  • The Community Advocate for Change will be presented to Tony Sanneh, former professional U.S. soccer player and founder of The Sanneh Foundation. Sanneh’s work with the Conway Community Center in St. Paul, the Dreamline coaching program, and the Haitian Initiative have made a significant local and global impact, particularly on disadvantaged youth.
  • The Culturally Responsive Leader awards will be presented to Michael Rogers, president of Risen Christ School, the first language immersion school in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, and Kathryn Haave, a second-grade teacher and literacy coach at Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Sciences. Rogers has demonstrated an impact on educational equity as he works to serve low-income students from a variety of backgrounds. Haave helped her district develop and design units of study that are inclusive and selected texts that are free from bias. She then partnered with Native American community experts to develop and pilot these units and texts in her classroom while providing feedback and progress reports to the Native community.
  • The Youth Equity Solutions (YES!) award will be presented to Hambdi Kelil, a student leader at Wellstone International High School. Kelil has worked to advocate for his native Oromia, an area within Ethiopia that has been targeted and unrecognized by the Ethiopian government. After being jailed for joining an organized protest and then released, Kelil made his way to the United States.

Since 2012, Saint Mary’s Missing Voices summit has brought together educators and administrators, students, families, and community members in order to move from discussion to action. This conference is hosted by Saint Mary’s Graduate School of Education.

General registration is $125. Youth and family members may attend for free, but advanced registration is required. Check-in and continental breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. The conference will be held at the Saint Mary’s University Center, located on Park Avenue, Minneapolis. Registration and more information is available online at Questions can be directed to

Kabara hosts entrepreneur speaker Amy Paris

The Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies will host speaker Amy Paris on Monday, Feb. 12 at 12:30 p.m. in Science and Learning Center 200.

Innovator, entrepreneur, pet lover, former venture capital manager, and now CEO, Paris founded LICKS Pill Free Solutions. She turned the Ferrara candy factory building in downtown Winona into Midwest Co-pack to support her pet supplement business.

Paris will share how she brought her idea to life and how she manages a global business.

Chicago Admission Open House shoutouts

A total of 60 guests (including 18 students) recently attended the Chicago Admission Open House event. Many Saint Mary’s students, staff, faculty, alumni, and parents were there to help. Thank you to all who helped make the event happen!

Faculty/staff/alumni included Joy Rockwell, Adam Stasica, Nikki Fennern, Sam Borawski, Megan Bisson, Mike Ostman, Peggy Johnson, Karen Hemker, Jeanne Minnerath, Andrew Scott, Dean Beckman, Jan Dimmitt-Olson, Crystal Carlson, Valerie Edwards Robeson, Lindsey Darling, Stephen Batcher, Brenda Jones, and Andrea Moore.

Parent help included Theresa and Jeff Jacobsen, and Beth and Scott Hippman, with student assistance from Paula Avila, Allie Borawski, Aldontae Guess, Kalleigh May, and Catie Stoltman.

Chamber Singers to tour San Francisco area

The Saint Mary’s Chamber Singers will perform in the San Francisco, Calif., area as part of their upcoming 2018 tour. The 26-voice select ensemble is directed by Dr. Patrick O’Shea of the Music Department.

Tour performances include:

  • Saturday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m. — Mass (4:40 p.m. prelude)
    Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis
  • Sunday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. — Mass
    Saint Vincent de Paul Parish in Brooklyn Park
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. — Concert with Holy Names University
    Mission Dolores Basilica in San Francisco, Calif.
  • Thursday, March 1, at noon — Short concert
    De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif.
  • Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. — Concert
    Campus Chapel at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, Calif.
  • Saturday, March 3, at 5:30 p.m. — Mass
    Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, Calif.
  • Thursday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. — Homecoming concert
    Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels in Winona

All performances are free and open to the public. Repertoire will include a cappella works by Tomas Luis de Victoria, Stephen Chatman, Knut Nystedt, Mark Growden, David Conte, and Moses Hogan. The concerts will feature the West Coast premiere performances of “Queen of Queens,” an English setting of a John Donne sonnet by Dr. O’Shea.

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