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The Rochester Post Bulletin featured the recent panel discussion Saint Mary’s hosted regarding entrepreneurship opportunities brought about through the Destination Medical Center project in Rochester:

No ‘Campus Notes’ next week

Because of spring break, there will be no Campus Notes March 3. Look ahead on your calendars. The next edition will be Friday, March 10. The deadline for that issue is Wednesday, March 8.

You could be missing part of ‘Campus Notes’

When you get your weekly “Campus Notes” announcement by email, do you notice the link at the bottom which reads, “[Message clipped] View entire message”? If you don’t click on that link, you’re missing out on more great campus news!

Multicultural Week events continue

The following activities are planned for the remainder of Multicultural Week, Feb. 12-18.

Friday, Feb. 17
International Food Festival, presented by the International Center, 3:30 to 5 p.m., The Heights

Movie, Remember the Titans and discussion, presented by the Student Activities Committee, 8 p.m., Toner Student Center lounge

Saturday, Feb. 18
Multicultural Showcase, 8 p.m., Common Room

Kabara Institute hosts discussion about DMC entrepreneurial opportunities

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, the Saint Mary’s Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies is hosting a public discussion about how Rochester’s Destination Medical Center initiative will impact entrepreneurship and economic development in Southeastern Minnesota. The public is invited to gain an insider’s perspective from key Mayo Clinic and Rochester business and entrepreneurial leaders.

The 7 p.m. event, titled “The DMC Initiative: Fostering entrepreneurship in the region,” will be held in Figliulo Recital Hall (located in Saint Mary’s Performance Center). Guest speakers will include:

• James (Jim) A. Rogers III, the chair of Mayo Clinic’s newly formed Department of Business Development. This department will be focused on proactive partnering with industry to fill capability gaps and enhance Mayo’s practice. Rogers serves on the Mayo Clinic administrative team, as well as the Medical Industry Relations Committee and on the Investment Committee for Mayo Clinic’s $100 million Venture and Growth Fund. He also serves on several boards including Medical Alley Association and Resoundant, Inc.

• Bruce Kline, a licensing manager within Mayo Clinic Ventures. Kline directs a portfolio of intellectual property in the fields of radiology, semiconductors, orthopedics, and medical devices while serving on the Location Services and 3D Printing subcommittees. Since starting at Mayo Clinic more than 13 years ago, he has completed numerous revenue-generating agreements including patents and know-how licenses, joint development agreements, and internet provider-based startup companies.

• Xavier Frigola, director of the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator, Mayo Clinic’s biotechnology incubator in Rochester. In that role, he helps healthcare startups in their initial phases. The accelerator currently has 23 companies. He also runs operations for Rochester’s $5M seed investment fund (early diligence, deal flow, closing investments, exits). The fund has invested $1.3M in 11 companies. Prior to that, he was a tech transfer professional with Mayo Clinic Ventures, and a researcher at Mayo.

• Jamie Sundsbak, community manager of Collider Coworking, an entrepreneurial and small business hub located in Rochester. Collider provides space, assistance, and events to fuel the Rochester entrepreneurial ecosystem.

With Mayo Clinic at its heart, the $5.6 billion Destination Medical Center (DMC) initiative is the catalyst to position Rochester as the world’s premier destination for health and wellness—attracting people, investment opportunities, and jobs, and supporting the economic growth of Minnesota, its bioscience sector, and beyond. Destination Medical Center will generate more than $5 billion in private investments and growth in the next 20 years. Hear how this economic boom could impact Southeast Minnesota from an entrepreneurial perspective.

About the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
The Kabara Institute aims to incite a passion for entrepreneurial spirit in students across Saint Mary’s University, regardless of their major field of study, by providing opportunities for students to interact with entrepreneurs and experience entrepreneurship first-hand, and to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the importance of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in our society.

Saint Mary’s musical theatre production examines the effects of mental illness

The Department of Theatre and Dance’s contemporary rock musical Next to Normal will explore how a suburban household copes with crisis.

Under the direction and musical direction of Judy Myers, Next to Normal will showcase the vocal talents of Saint Mary’s students through an energetic pop/rock score with more than 30 original songs. Through provocative lyrics, the audience will be taken on an emotional journey as they watch the devastating effect mental illness has on a “normal” family.

Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens—on the surface, they appear to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Written by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kit, Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy, and heart.

“The structure of the play is like a rollercoaster,” Myers said. “Audiences will experience dramatic highs and lows. In many ways, the script brilliantly emulates the ups and downs of bipolar disorder.”

In order to truly understand the unpredictability of bipolar disorder and its effects on loved ones, Myers said her actors have worked with Dr. Beth Seebach of Saint Mary’s Psychology Department.

Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score, and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as one of the year’s 10 best shows by critics around the country, including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times.

Shows are 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday, Feb. 17-18, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Page Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available by calling the box office, 507-457-1715, from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at

This week in Cardinal athletics

This is what’s coming up in Cardinal athletics:

Friday, Feb. 17
• M/W swimming at MIAC championships (Minneapolis, Minn.), all day
• M/W tennis vs. Bethany Lutheran (at Winona Tennis Center), 4 p.m.
• Women’s hockey at St. Catherine, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 18
• M/W swimming at MIAC championships (Minneapolis, Minn.), all day
• Men’s tennis at Carroll (New Berlin, Wis.), noon
• M/W track and field at UW-Stevens Point Big Dawg Invitational, 1 p.m.
• Women’s basketball vs. Saint Benedict, 1 p.m.
• Women’s hockey vs. St. Catherine, 2 p.m.
• Men’s basketball vs. Saint John’s, 3 p.m.
• Men’s tennis vs. Wisconsin Lutheran, 3 p.m.

For a full calendar of athletic events, go to

Saint Mary’s shares its Google Read & Write story

Karen Hemker, director of Access Services, presented as a webinar panelist discussing Saint Mary’s implementation and use of Texthelp’s Read & Write software. Also participating in the session was the assistive technology coordinator from the University of Connecticut.

The webinar, titled “The Tale of Two Universities: How Saint Mary’s and UCONN Found the Right Literacy Tool to Support All Their Students,” provided first-hand experiences of meeting the needs of various types of learners. The integration of Google Read & Write intentionally aligns with the Universal Design Awareness Working Group (UDAWG) focus of helping students find success with learning at Saint Mary’s.

​Cardinal Plunge benefits Jack Cassidy

This year’s Saint Mary’s University Cardinal Plunge Feb. 12 raised over $2,000. Each year the Cardinal Plunge, sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Future Alumni Committee, raises funds for a good cause within the university community. This year proceeds will be given to Jack Cassidy, the 3-year-old son of Saint Mary’s head women’s soccer coach, Neil Cassidy of Rochester. To see photos from the event, go to

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