Winona Campus Faculty and Staff Newsletter

Page Series presents ‘Broadway’s Next H!t Musical’ Oct. 20

The Page Series will present “Broadway’s Next H!t Musical,” a fully improvised musical theatre experience, Friday, Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Page Theatre.

The show begins as a theatrical awards show, where master improvisers gather “nominees”—made-up song suggestions from the audience—and then perform them on the spot. The audience votes for their favorite song and watches as the cast turns it into a full-blown improvised musical, complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and plot twists galore.

The Page Series plans to make a red carpet affair out of the evening. Audience members are invited to dress for the occasion, and the theatre will roll out a red carpet for audience arrivals. Once in the lobby, audience members will be able to pose for pictures, sip champagne, and enter their song suggestions. Performance Center Managing Director Theresa Remick calls the event, “black tie optional.” She adds, “We welcome those who want the true Phony Awards experience to wear their red carpet best and really have fun with it, but of course, jeans are welcome too!”

“Broadway’s Next H!t Musical” has been seen at Tribeca Film Festival and at the New York Musical Theater Festival, among many others. Under the direction of improv veterans Rob Schiffman and Deb Rabbai, TheaterWeek hailed the show as “brilliant” and The New York Post called it “remarkable.”

Earlier in the day, cast members will offer a musical theatre improvisation workshop, featuring improv games and musical improvisation. The free workshop will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Page Theatre, and is suitable for those of high school age and above who have had some musical experience. Registration is required, and a registration link is available at

Tickets to the 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).

Teacher of the Year gives advice to students

Corey Bulman, the 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, is pictured with ASCD officers Aleaha Zabel, Brynn Spitzer, Marissa Kinzer, and Robbie Sobczak, and Dr. Scott Sorvaag.

On Sept. 21, Corey Bulman, the 2017 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, spoke to members of the Saint Mary’s community about the importance of teaching to the social fabric of our communities and nation, the nature of a true professional, teaching as vocation, social justice, and the grace he has learned from his students.  Bulman addressed an audience of 93 students and faculty in the Science and Learning Center auditorium.  He is the 12th teacher of the year to speak here since the Saint Mary’s student chapter of the ASCD education society was founded in 2004.

International Lasallian Days for Peace events announced

In honor of International Lasallian Days for Peace, the following events are planned.

Sunday, Oct. 1

• 10:30 a.m. – Mass, Saint Thomas More Chapel

Monday, Oct. 2

• 11:30 a.m.  to  2 p.m. – Church and Faith Fair, Toner Student Center

• 7 p.m. — Movie and Discussion: “Becoming Truly Human,” Science and Learning Center, room 200

“Becoming Truly Human” is a documentary that looks at the rise of the “Nones” (those who check “none of the above” on religion surveys). Multiple research groups report that this group has risen from roughly 6% of the U.S. population in the 1990s to 25% as of 2015. To date, little research exists on this growing demographic.

Tuesday, Oct. 3

• 12:40 p.m. – Prayer for Peace, Peace Pole

• 4:30 p.m. – Interfaith Panel, “Sharing Our Stories of Belief,” Science and Learning Center, Room 200

To continue our study of religious and worldview diversity during De La Salle Peace Week 2017, we look within our community to explore how Saint Mary’s mission calls to and sustains people of diverse faiths and world views. Join members of our faculty and staff for this panel discussion.

Wednesday, Oct. 4

• 7 p.m. – “Building Peace through Interfaith Dialogue,” by Rev. Hannah Kardon, Figliulo Recital Hall. This is the second speaker in Saint Mary’s Unity and Diversity series this year.

Rev. Kardon is pastor of Urban Village Church, an inclusive evangelical community in Chicago. She is ordained in the United Methodist tradition, and like many millennials grew up a “none” with friends of all faiths. She has spoken and facilitated interfaith trainings at Yale University, University of Delhi, and the University of Illinois, as well as dozens of other community organizations and higher education institutions seeking to grow their interfaith practice. As a staff member at the InterFaith Youth Core she helped administer the first federally funded interfaith service program, Inspired to Serve.

Thursday, Oct. 5

• 11:30 a.m. – Building Peace through Interfaith Dialogue by Rev. Hannah Kardon – Twin Cities Campus, Brother Louis Hall, room 105

• 4:30 p.m. – Book group kick-off – Vlazny Lounge

Students, staff, and faculty are invited sign up for a four-week, once-a-week discussion group focused on the book Interfaith Leadership: A Primer (Eboo Patel, 2016). Have a snack, pick up a copy of the book, sign up for your preferred discussion time, and meet some other folks who will be on this journey together. If you are interested in participating in a discussion group, contact Colleen at

In Interfaith Leadership: A Primer, renowned interfaith leader Eboo Patel offers a clear, detailed, and practical guide to interfaith leadership. Using compelling examples, he explains what interfaith leadership is and explores the core competencies and skills of interfaith leadership. He describes the issues interfaith leaders face and how leaders seek points of connection and commonality—in their neighborhoods, schools, college campuses, companies, organizations, hospitals, and other spaces where people of different faiths and world views interact with one another.

Friday, Oct. 6

• 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Fair Trade Coffee and Donuts, Saint Mary’s Hall, First Floor

Saint Mary’s symposium gathers educators to discuss food, education, environmental research

On Sept. 24-26, Saint Mary’s University will host international educators to discuss research in three significant areas: food, nutrition, and health; sustainability and the environment; and education and learning innovations.

The sixth annual International Symposium on Lasallian Research will draw approximately 130 attendees from eight countries to Saint Mary’s Twin Cities Campus for the three-day symposium.

The symposium features three keynote presentations:

  • Dr. Carlos Costa, dean of the School of Engineering, De La Salle University, Bogota, Colombia speaking on “Lasallian Higher Education and the New Global Agenda: Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals”
  • Dr. Christine Nowakowski, principal scientist, General Mills; and Dr. Olaf Gruess, disruptive technology manager and global connector, General Mills, speaking on “General Mills Global Connections: External Networking at General Mills”
  • Tracy Adams, CEO, yourtown, Australia, speaking on “Learn, Do, Measure-Repeat, an examination of child welfare in Australia”

Participants will also attend numerous breakout sessions, informal networking opportunities, and roundtable discussions.

Saint Mary’s Institute for Lasallian Studies hosts the event, co-sponsored by the Christian Brothers Conference of the Lasallian Region of North America. To register, and for more information about the symposium, go to:

Saint Mary’s presenters include:

  • Financial Literacy in Lasallian Higher Education—Researchers: Andrew Scott, M.B.A. and Derek Jackson, M.B.A.
  • Exploring Contextual Approaches to the Life and Thought of John Baptist de La Salle (3rd and final presentation)—Researcher: Richard Tristano, Ph.D.
  • At-Risk High School Students and the High Prestige Extracurricular Activities of Athletics and Fine Arts: A Phenomenological Inquiry into the Experience—Researcher: Todd Redalin, Ed.D.; Adviser: Jack McClure, Ph.D.
  • Associated by Lasallian Heritage: Building University Community in 21st Century American Secular Culture—Researcher: Matt Nowakowski, Ed.D.
  • ​Exploring Possibilities for Increasing Internationalization within Lasallian Universities—Researcher: Shannon Tanghe, Ph.D.​
  • Enhancing Learning Outcomes by Means of the Hendrickson Forums—Researchers: Antar Salim, D.B.A., Lori Charron, Ph.D., and Raj Beekie, Ed.D,
  • ​Methods For Teaching Ethical Values. What Are We Practicing, and Where Are We Falling Short in Western Culture? A Value Card Exercise—Researcher: Paul Kotz, Ph.D.
  • The Lived Experience of First Generation International Lasallian Women Leaders—Researcher: Sue Hines, Ed.D.

Sister Generose Gervais, OSF, Memorial Symposium to be held

The Sister Generose Gervais, OSF, Memorial Symposium, titled “Meaning and Purpose in Medicine,” will be held Oct. 6-7 on the Winona Campus.

Sister Generose was the administrator of Saint Mary’s Hospital from 1971 to 1985 and is remembered for her role in the integration between Saint Mary’s Hospital and Mayo Clinic. Sister Generose also started the Povarello Foundation to raise money for patients’ medical expenses.

Featured faculty at the symposium include: John I. Lane, M.D., Mayo College Clinic of Medicine; David L. Schindler, Ph.D, John Paul II Institute; and Susan Windley-Daoust, Ph.D, of Saint Mary’s University.

To register for this event, visit Scholarships are available.

Saint Mary’s University, the Pontifical John Paul II Institute, and the Catholic Medical Association–Diocese of Winona Guild are co-sponsoring the event.

Mayo Clinic communication consultant to speak on campus

The Public Relations/Business Club invites the Saint Mary’s community to an interdisciplinary presentation by Margaret G. Mester, communications consultant in patient education at Mayo Clinic. The event will be held 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, in the Science and Learning Center auditorium (SLC200).

Mester is a nearly 30-year communications professional, winner of more than 30 national awards, and an unabashed friend of the under-appreciated exclamation mark! She’s most enjoyed the 20 years she’s spent supporting patients and caregivers as a health and medical writer/editor. At Mayo Clinic, she writes solely in plain language. Her presentation will include the tenets of plain language as used in the health care arena and “steps for success” after graduation.

Music performances scheduled for Saint Mary’s Family Weekend

Two public student performances—a jazz concert and a choir and band performance—enhance Saint Mary’s University’s upcoming Family Weekend Sept. 30 through Oct. 1.

  • Saint Mary’s University’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo I launch another great season 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, in Page Theatre. Under the direction of A. Eric Heukeshoven, students will honor jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Mongo Santamaria with selections such as Manteca, In Walked Bud, Afro Blue, ‘Round Midnight, Salt Peanuts and many more. Saint Mary’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo I begin their semester-long celebration of these artists’ centennial birthdays as they kick off the swingin’ fall season. For more information, email
  • Saint Mary’s choirs and concert band join forces for a show 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 in Page Theatre. The first half of the concert features the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, performing works by Halsey Stevens, Stephen Chatman, Gabriel Fauré, and Claudio Monteverdi, among others. The 64-member concert choir and the 25-member Chamber Singers are directed by Dr. Patrick O’Shea.

Following a brief intermission, the 65-member Concert Band will perform three selections that combine a variety of music styles beginning with Gustav Holst’s classic Second Suite in F Major, which includes March, Song Without Words: I’ll Love My Love, Song of the Blacksmith, and Fantasia on the Dargason. Next up will be Mahito Yokata’s Super Mario Galaxy Medley, as arranged by Gauthier Dupertuis. The performance will conclude with Christopher Tin’s Baba Yetu, as arranged by Douglas Wagner. The selection is designed to appeal to all age groups. The band is directed by Dr. Janet Heukeshoven and is open to Saint Mary’s students from all majors as well as advanced high school players and qualified community musicians. For information, email or

Tickets to both performances are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and are available at the Saint Mary’s box office, 507-457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at Tickets are also available at the door.

Saint Mary’s invites public to Fall Frolic Sept. 30

The public is invited to participate in the 30th Fall Frolic 5K fun run/walk at Saint Mary’s University Saturday, Sept. 30.

Registration will run from 8 to 9:45 a.m. in Saint Mary’s Toner Student Center with the race beginning at 10 a.m. The $8 cost includes a T-shirt.

The annual event is not only open to Saint Mary’s students, faculty, and staff, but is open to the community as well. Typically, close to 300 people participate; competitors of all levels (including walkers) are welcome.

Participants will enjoy the beautiful bluff trails of Saint Mary’s Winona Campus. The online registration form is available at

Family Weekend runs Sept. 29-Oct. 1 and includes a full slate of activities for families of students and the Saint Mary’s community. A complete weekend schedule is available online at In previous years, as many as 1,000 visitors have come onto campus for music events, sporting events, the Fall Frolic, and other games and activities.

Upcoming film viewing of ‘Latinos Beyond Reel’ scheduled

The film Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype will be screened 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Salvi Lecture Hall.

The film “reveals a relentless, stereotypical, and narrow vision of Latinidad produced by the culture industries,” according to Esteban del Rio, an associate professor of communication studies at the University of San Diego.

The event is sponsored by the Communication Department and co-sponsored by the Intercultural Awareness Association and the First Generation Initiative.

Latinos Beyond Reel is by Miguel Picker and Chyng Sun and is presented by the Media Education Foundation.

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