Winona Campus Faculty and Staff Newsletter

De La Salle Week activities

The following events are scheduled for De La Salle Week, March 12-17.

Sunday, March 12

• Opening liturgies, 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. – Saint Thomas More Chapel

Monday, March 13

• “John Baptist de La Salle and the Brothers of the Christian Schools: A Contextual Approach,” France 1525-1725, noon – Toner Student Center, Faculty Dining Room. Presenter: Richard Tristano, Ph.D., history professor.

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

• S.O.U.L. Presentation: Student Reflections, 4:30 p.m. – Salvi Lecture Hall. Hear students reflect on their recent trips to New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Montana.

• Movie, When the Game Stands Tall, 8:30 p.m. – Common Room. Experience the inspirational true story of the football team at DeLaSalle High School in Concordia, Calif. See Lasallian principles come to life in popular culture.

Tuesday, March 14 — Founders’ Day

• Liturgy, 10:45 a.m. – Saint Thomas More Chapel. Most Reverend John M. Quinn, D.D., Ed.D., honoris causa, presider.

• Convocation, 1:15 p.m. – Page Theatre

• Convocation reception, 3 p.m. – Hall of Fame Room

Wednesday, March 15

• Workplace Literacy Speaker Series: “Lasallian Core Principles in the Workplace,” noon – Toner Student Center, Faculty Dining Room. Presenter: Colleen Dunne, director of Campus Ministry

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

• “The Women of the Lasallian Founding Story,” 4:30 p.m. – Salvi Lecture Hall. Presenter: Dr. Roxanne Eubank, director of Institute for Lasallian Studies and Ed.D. in Leadership professor

• Game night with the Brothers, 8 p.m. – Brothers’ residence. Rootbeer floats will be served.

Thursday, March 16

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

• “Mission Education and Formation Opportunities for Faculty and Staff,” noon – Toner Student Center, Faculty Dining Room. Faculty and staff who have participated in various Lasallian formation opportunities will share their experiences and how they impact their work at Saint Mary’s.

• A conversation with disability rights activist Micah Fialka-Feldman, 4 p.m. – Salvi Lecture Hall. Fialka-Feldman is a national speaker, self-advocate and pioneer who fights for disability-pride, justice, and inclusion.

• Love, Unity, and Praise: Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir 7 p.m. – Saint Thomas More Chapel

Friday, March 17

• Fair trade coffee and donuts, 7:45 a.m. – Saint Mary’s Hall, First Floor

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

Disability Rights Activist coming to campus

Join the Graduate School of Education for a conversation with disability rights activist Micah Fialka-Feldman Thursday, March 16, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Salvi Lecture Hall.

Fialka-Feldman will speak for 35-45 minutes about his experiences in higher education and the importance of inclusion of people with disabilities. The discussion will close with a Q&A session and a drawing for four copies of What Matters: Reflections on Disability, Community & Love. Additional copies will be available for purchase.

Fialka-Feldman is a national speaker, self-advocate and pioneer who fights for disability-pride, justice, and inclusion. He is part of the first wave of adults with intellectual disabilities who attended college and has been fully included in school and community. He is a Teaching Assistant at School of Education at Syracuse University and works at the Lawrence B. Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education as the outreach coordinator. In May of 2014, he was appointed by President Obama to President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

Public invited to Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir March 16

The Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir will perform 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at Saint Mary’s. The performance, titled “Love, Unity, and Praise,” is free and open to the public and will be held in Saint Thomas More Chapel. The Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir, through its soulful interpretation of the African-American gospel music tradition, moves audiences spiritually and creates community across racial, cultural, and economic boundaries. The event is hosted by Saint Mary’s Office of Campus Ministry.

Band, Percussion Ensemble to present concert March 12

Join the Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble for a concert titled Just One Word at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12, in Page Theatre.

All of the pieces to be performed have titles that are literally “just one word”—from the ground-breaking 1953 composition “Pageant” by Vincent Persichetti, to Frank Ticheli’s hauntingly beautiful setting of “Shenandoah,” to the toe-tapping “Galop” by Dmitri Shostakovitch.

Led by Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, the 65-member Concert Band celebrates “Music in Our Schools Month” every year by presenting a concert in March. Sponsored by NAfME (National Association for Music Education), this performance celebrates the role of music in our educational institutions at all levels (pre-kindergarten through college) and the role of music in our lives. Visit for more information.

Dr. Jeremy Johnston, adjunct percussion instructor, leads the newly founded Percussion Ensemble, bringing contemporary works for percussion to our students and audiences. The Wind Ensemble will also performing a jazz-funk style composition, “Brooklyn,” made popular by the Youngbloods Brass Band.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling 507-457-1715 from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or online at

Fitzgerald Library plans ’13th’ screening and discussion

The Fitzgerald Library will be hosting a screening of the documentary 13th Friday, March 10, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., followed by an open forum for discussion. Three faculty members will take part in the post-screening discussion, Dr. Erin Mae Clark, Dr. Kyle Black, and Dr. Tycho de Boer. The library will provide light refreshments.

Check out the trailer for the film: There is also a Facebook event for the screening with additional information. Organizers would like to get an approximate count of the number of people planning to attend, so please go to event is open to the entire Saint Mary’s and Winona community.

Page Series presents Irish band Caladh Nua March 15

The Page Series will present Irish band Caladh Nua Wednesday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Page Theatre. The band will also present a free workshop on the Céilí dances of Ireland at 3 p.m. March 15 at the Winona County History Center.

Caladh Nua is a tightly knit, vibrant, and talented band with its origins deeply rooted in the Southern counties of Ireland. The band—comprised of five versatile musicians and singers—has captured the essential qualities of traditional Irish music and balanced them finely with an innovative flair. The group plays a wide selection of instruments—from banjo to fiddle, guitar to bodhran, and tin whistle and flute to button accordion.

Through a series of international tours and festivals, during which the band performed in Paris, Vienna, Copenhagen, Berlin, Mumbai, and Vancouver, Caladh Nua has captivated an ever-widening worldwide audience. A list of TV and radio broadcasts of their performances and three acclaimed recordings includes American Public Radio, the BBC, and RTE.

During the free workshop on March 15, members of Caladh Nua will introduce participants to Céilí dancing, a traditional style of informal Irish dance. The band will teach popular two-, three-, and four-person dances such as The Walls of Limerick, The Siege of Ennis, The Stack of Barley, and the Irish Two-Step, and share a brief history of the dances as they are being taught.

Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. performance are $27 for adults and $24 for students and senior citizens and can be purchased by calling 507-457-1715 (noon to 6 p.m., weekdays) or by visiting

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Crane Group. Page Series activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Additional support comes from the Xcel Energy Foundation and the Elizabeth Callender King Foundation.

Artaria Quartet to perform free family concert at MCA

The highly acclaimed Artaria String Quartet will perform a free 50-minute musical concert for individuals and families on Thursday, March 23, at 4:15 p.m. in the Recital Hall at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ (MCA) home, the Valéncia Arts Center.

Founded in Boston, Mass., Artaria has been based in Minnesota since 2001. The concert, titled Song & Dance, is perfect for community members of all ages. Movements ranging from hymnals to lullabies include works by Ives, Mendelssohn, and Gershwin. Beethoven and Haydn will offer spirited interpretations of dance that will leave audience members wanting to dance.

Rob Hubbard of the St. Paul Pioneer Press describes the Artaria String Quartet as an “exceptional ensemble with impressive confidence in its interpretations” and “Minnesota’s foremost teaching and performing string quartet.” Winners of the 2004 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, and named 2013-14 Minnesota Public Radio Artists-in-Residence, Artaria was also featured on Twin Cities Public Television as part of the “Minnesota Originals” series.

Artaria’s refined and thoughtful playing has brought them to major venues throughout the United States and Europe, on national television and public radio stations, and at top summer festivals throughout the world.

Artaria has earned numerous awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and the Minnesota State Arts Board for excellence in performance and educational outreach.

This activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Learning Grant provided to Artaria, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Space is limited and seating is first-come, first-serve.

MCA Irish dancers plan local performances

Conservatory for the Arts Irish dancers will perform at Lark Toys—63604 170th Ave., Kellogg, Minn.—at 1 and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18.

On Sunday, March 19, two additional performances are scheduled. The first will be at 3 p.m. in the Great Room of Watkin’s Manor—175 E. Wabasha St. in Winona, and the second will be 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of Sacred Heart’s St. Patrick’s Day Pot Luck and Celebration, located at 360 Main St.

Those interested in Irish dance at MCA can visit or call 507-453-5500. A new session of classes starts in May 2017.

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