Winona Campus Faculty and Staff Newsletter

Dr. Tristano publishes article in ‘Sixteenth Century Journal’

Dr. Richard Tristano, Department of History, has published an article titled, “The Precedence Controversy and the Devolution of Ferrara: A Shift in Renaissance Politics,” in the Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 43, No. 3 (Autumn 2017): 681-709.

Send ‘Campus Notes’ submissions to Carissa Hahn

If you have any stories you’d like included in an upcoming Campus Notes, please send them to Carissa Hahn at

Hahn is new to the Marketing and Communications Office. She joined the Saint Mary’s staff in December as the assistant director of strategic communications and she will be working closely with Deb Nahrgang. Hahn is a Saint Mary’s alumna (2013) and is located on the Twin Cities Campus.

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 Rick Palermo (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.

Multicultural week begins today

Student Senate, Culture of Life, Page Theatre, Student Activities Committee, Black Students and Allies, GSD-SAFE, and ICAA are hosting a full week of events, beginning Feb. 2, in honor of Multicultural Week 2018.

Friday, Feb. 2
7 p.m. — Comedian Dan Kulp, Salvi Lecture Hall, sponsored by Culture of Life Club

Saturday, Feb. 3
12:30 p.m. — Page Series: Step Afrika free stepping workshop, Saint Mary’s gym
7:30 p.m. —  Page Series: Step Afrika, Page Theatre, sponsored by Student Activities Committee

Monday, Feb. 5
7 p.m. — Speaker Matt Glowacki: “Diversity According to Family Guy and South Park,” Science and Learning Center, Room 200, sponsored by Student Activities Committee

Tuesday, Feb. 6
7:30 p.m. — Unity in Diversity movie: “Detroit,” Science and Learning Center, Room 200, sponsored by the Office of Student Activities

Wednesday, Feb. 7
6:30 p.m. — Frozen River Film Festival: “First Daughter and the Black Snake,” Salvi Lecture Hall
7:00 p.m. — Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir, Saint Thomas More Chapel, sponsored by Campus Ministry

Thursday, Feb. 8
5:30 p.m. — Musical Act: 1st Klass, Cardinal Club, sponsored by Student Activities Committee
6:30 p.m. — Frozen River Film Festival: Short Films

Friday, Feb. 9
5:30-7:30 p.m. — International Food Fest, Toner Student Center dining room
8 p.m. — Multicultural Variety Show, Toner Student Center dining room

Chili cookoff results

Thanks to everyone who attended the Faculty/Staff Chili Cookoff, as well as to Chartwells, the Alumni and Development Office, and Barnes and Noble for providing prizes. We appreciate our brave judges, Bianca Dooley from Cardinal Central, Mike Ostman from Student Activities, and Nikki Richmond from the Office of Mission. Thanks also goes to the members of the President’s Cabinet for providing toppings and to the Volunteer Committee for providing desserts.

Our excellent chili-concocting competitors included: Judd Botcher, Colleen Dunne, Laurie Haase, Terri Lieder, Betty Kube, Monta May (x2), Deb Nahrgang, John Schollmeier, and Scott Sorvaag.

And the winners were: First place, Monta May, Marketing and Communication; second place, Judd Botcher, maintenance; and third place, John Schollmeier, maintenance. A total of $275 was raised from donations.


‘My Father’s Dragon’ comes to Page stage Feb. 22

The Saint Mary’s University Page Theatre will host Enchantment Theatre Company as they perform ‘My Father’s Dragon’ on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m., as part of a nationwide research opportunity with Purdue University.

This 60-minute, family-friendly performance is an interpretation of Ruth Stiles Gannett’s Newberry Honor-winning children’s book that tells the story of 9-year-old boy Elmer Elevator who sets out to save a baby dragon being held captive by animals on Wild Island. In his quest to save the baby dragon, Elmer meets a variety of talking animals and has many adventures.

Enchantment Theatre Company has been touring since it was founded in 1979. They perform for more than 120,000 children and families each year throughout North America and Canada. The company began their “My Father’s Dragon” tour in Sept. 2017 in Glenside, Pa., and will travel with this performance until May 2018. The company’s signature style, which includes puppets, masks, inventive scenic effects, and original music, may be familiar to Winona locals who attended performances of “Peter Rabbit Tales” in 2015.

Several Winona-area schools are attending matinee performances of “My Father’s Dragon” on Thursday, Feb. 22, and will also be participating in a nationwide research study conducted by Purdue University. The study is designed to examine the impact of live performance on comprehension.

As part of the experience, the public is invited to attend two additional events. A free event geared toward children grades K-5 will be held at the Winona Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 10, beginning at noon, and a workshop for children in grades 3-6 will also take place on Monday, Feb. 12.

Tickets for the Page Series production of “My Father’s Dragon” are $12 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. For more information or to get tickets, visit or call 457-1715 (noon-6 p.m. weekdays)

Youth events complement Page Series performance of ‘My Father’s Dragon’

As part of the upcoming Saint Mary’s University Page Series performance of “My Father’s Dragon,” a classic tale featuring a courageous young boy and his unlikely friendship with a splendid yellow and blue-striped dragon, two public events will be held for youth in the area.

On Saturday, Feb. 10, at noon, a free gathering will be held for children in grades K-5 at the Winona Public Library. The event will include excerpts from Ruth Stiles Gannett’s Newberry Honor-winning book My Father’s Dragon, as well as craft activities inspired by the story. Tickets are not required.

On Monday, Feb. 12, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts invites youth in grades 3-6 to a workshop inspired by “My Father’s Dragon.” Taught by Brianna Haupt, the class is $15 and includes all supplies. The artwork created in the class will be featured in the lobby of the Page Theatre during the production of “My Father’s Dragon” on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 p.m. For more information or to sign up, visit, email, or call 453-5500.

‘The Cross and the Lynching Tree’ faculty discussion rescheduled

A Saint Mary’s faculty and student discussion on James Cone’s The Cross and the Lynching Tree (Orbis, 2013) has been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 12, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in Salvi Lecture Hall, located on the third floor of Saint Mary’s Hall. The event was originally planned for the end of January, but had to be rescheduled due to weather conditions.

This book is already regarded as the swan song of one of the most influential theologians in America. The cross and the lynching tree are the two most emotionally charged symbols in the history of the African-American community. In this powerful work, Cone explores these symbols and their interconnection in the history and souls of the black community.

In a work that spans social history, theology, and cultural studies, Cone explores the message of the spirituals and the power of the blues, the passion of Emmett Till and the engaged vision of Martin Luther King Jr.; he invokes the spirits of Billie Holliday and Langston Hughes, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Ida B. Wells, and the witness of black artists, writers, preachers, and fighters for justice. And he remembers the victims, especially the 5,000 who perished during the lynching period. Through their witness he contemplates the greatest challenge of any Christian theology: how life can be made meaningful in the face of death and injustice.

As Cone’s work takes a multidisciplinary approach, a multidisciplinary panel of Saint Mary’s faculty members will address the text and its insights. Panelists will include Dr. Erin Mae Clark, English; Dr. Tycho de Boer, history; Dr. Wes Miller, sociology; and Dr. Susan Windley-Daoust, theology. A student discussion will follow.

The public is welcome, regardless of whether or not you have read the book, which is available at the Saint Mary’s campus bookstore and is on reserve at Saint Mary’s Fitzgerald Library.


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