Winona Campus Faculty and Staff Newsletter

Education students to present at national conference

In 2016-17 Stephanie Schmidt, Regina Bettag, Alex Nuy, and Katie Homan served as officers for our Saint Mary’s University student chapter of ASCD.

During their time as officers they submitted a proposal to present at the international ASCD conference in Boston in March of 2018. Their project, titled “Bridging the Gap: Building Connections Between Novice and Veteran Teacher Leaders,” was accepted and they will be presenting their research to teacher leaders from around the world.

Here’s a description of their project:

In an age of globalized communication and lack of face-to-face interaction, how do different generations of teacher leaders effectively communicate and understand one another in service of the long-term best interests of the whole child? Our ASCD student chapter leadership team looks into the effects of the generation communication gap among teachers, its effects on learning communities, and how to bridge this gap to enhance school culture. Through insights of reflective journaling while student teaching, a review of the research literature, and engaging with practicing teachers a model was developed to promote professional communication. The model includes strategies, methods, and leadership practices for cultivating healthy communication to effectively bridge the generation gap and transform school culture. The model and accompanying resources will be provided for participants.

ASCD is dedicated to “excellence in learning, teaching, and leading so that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged.” Dr. Scott Sorvaag has served as faculty adviser for our chapter since 2004.

Get your tickets to Blue Angel this weekend

The 51st Blue Angel musical variety show is this weekend! Tickets can be bought for $6 at the table outside the stairs to the cafeteria at meal times, or they are $7 at the door. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday or 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Faculty and staff can email Abram Whitebird ( for one free ticket!

Saint Mary’s wind ensembles to perform fall recitals

The Flute Choir at Saint Mary’s includes from left: Janet Heukeshoven, Barb Burchill, Stephanie Schmidt, Magen Vlaminick, Connor Moore, Alyssa Sloneker and Barbara Ogiba.

The Clarinet Quintet includes from left: Rachel Prince, Mara Schumacher, Derek Sykes, Shantel Scofield and Nicole Noreen.

Two Saint Mary’s University music ensembles, the Flute Choir and the Clarinet Quintet, will perform fall recitals, one at the Old Main Theatre in Galesville, Wis., and another in Figliulo Recital Hall.

The groups are part of the university’s Chamber Ensembles course, which provides students with a unique musical experience as well as a chance to perform off campus.

On Sunday, Nov. 12, they will perform at the historic Old Main Theatre at 3 p.m. as part of its ongoing concert series featuring collegiate musicians from throughout the region. The same program will be repeated on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 12:30 p.m. in Figliulo Recital Hall, located in the Saint Mary’s Performance Center. Repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to familiar folk music.

For details, contact chamber ensembles coordinator Dr. Janet Heukeshoven at or 457-1675.

S.O.U.L. spring trip applications now available

If you are looking for a way to serve another community, to find something new and exciting to do over spring break, or to meet new people, then apply for one of the S.O.U.L. spring break trips!

You can serve a number of different ways such as disaster clean up, working with kids in schools, spending time with the homeless, or cleaning up abandoned neighborhoods.

This year Campus Ministry is leading trips to Tulsa, Okla.; Browning, Mont.; New Orleans, La.; Flint, Mich.; and Rochester, N.Y.

For more information, and to apply for a trip, go to

Or get an application from Colleen Dunne in Vlazny Hall, Room 132. Applications are due Nov. 15.

Men’s soccer Thanksgiving food drive ends Nov. 17

The Men’s soccer Thanksgiving food drive runs through Nov. 17 in the Toner Student Center (plaza-side entrance). Drop-off times are 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. weekdays. All donations go to the Winona Volunteer Services Food Shelf.

Here are some examples of accepted items:

  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables
  • Instant potatoes
  • Canned ham, tuna, or chicken
  • Juices
  • Rice
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned stew, chili, spaghetti, and hearty soups
  • Dried peas and beans
  • Complete baking mixes (pancakes, muffins, biscuits)
  • Cash. For every dollar you donate, the food shelf can purchase many more dollars of food from the central food bank.

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 this week’s stories about Angie Bissen and Nick Nagel, and remember to let Deb Nahrgang ( know if you have other alumni and student outcome stories we should feature. These stories, quotes, and photos are also used in social media and in various marketing materials, and we depend on our faculty and staff to help us identify our best stories.

Kabara Institute hosts Arts and Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion

Interested in finding out how the MidWest Music Fest got started? Ever wonder how a Shakespeare festival ended up in Winona? Is the Minnesota Marine Art Museum going to expand? Hear how the arts are drawing crowds, visibility, and revenue to the Winona area on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Arts and Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion, hosted by the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.

Saint Mary’s is pleased to host a diverse and exciting group of speakers at this event, which is designed to create a discussion and celebration of the arts in Southeastern Minnesota. Hear from the directors of the Great River Shakespeare Festival, the MidWest Music Fest, the Beethoven Festival, the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, and the Rochester Repertory Theater. Bringing together the directors of such popular events and venues will surely spark great dialog on the role of the arts in our economy!

Other leaders from the arts community like Sheila Smith, executive director of the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and chair of Creative Minnesota; and Lee Gundersheimer, the City of Winona’s arts and culture organizer, will help provide an economic and political perspective regarding the future of the arts in Minnesota. Come and find out what goes into making these events successful and how they came to be held here in our area.

Please plan to join us for this event—open to students, faculty, and the public—at 7 p.m. in Figliulo Recital Hall.

Kabara Institute events are open to all students—regardless of major—who have a desire to be change-makers and look for innovative ways to approach social, cultural, and business problems. This event is especially designed for our students and faculty in the arts, so if you have a passion for theater, music, or art, we encourage you to come and hear from leaders in your community as they share their thoughts on the future of the arts.

Kabara Institute invites public to 1 Million Cups community event

Winona soon will be the newest home of a national program to engage, educate, and connect local entrepreneurs. Founded by the Kauffman Foundation, 1 Million Cups is based on the notion that entrepreneurs network and discover solutions over a million cups of coffee. The free, monthly gathering helps build startup communities on a grassroots level.

Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 8, entrepreneurs, innovators, funders and other interested community members are invited to gather each month at the Outpost, located at 119 East 3rd St. The program’s model is consistent: In Winona every second Wednesday of each month between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m., two early-stage startups present their companies to an audience of mentors, advisers and other entrepreneurs. Each founder presents for six minutes, followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session with the audience.

The inaugural 1 Million Cups in Winona will feature two presentations. Carew Halleck, owner/founder of Mugby Junction, will share his unique insight on entrepreneurship. Treedome Productions is a one stop multimedia production service that works with local artists to help them follow their passions and materialize their creative vision.

In each 1 Million Cups city, local entrepreneurs drive the program as community organizers. Volunteering for the leadership roles in Winona are:
• Brian Voerding, Engage Winona
• Christine Beech, director, Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, Saint Mary’s University
• Eric Mullen, president, Entrepreneur Club, Winona State University
• Olivia Osterbauer, president, Entrepreneur Club, Saint Mary’s University
• Hamid Akbari, dean, College of Business, Winona State University
• Lucy McMartin, community development director, City of Winona
• Della Schmidt, president, Winona Area Chamber of Commerce
• Emily Kurash, coordinator, Winona Main Street Program
• Myron White, development coordinator, City of Winona

“1 Million Cups provides communities like Winona with a proven format designed to provide entrepreneurs in the early stages of business development an opportunity to discuss their ideas and collaborate with like-minded people from the community,” White said. “Entrepreneurs are encouraged to be open and honest about their business and the challenges they face. Everyone in attendance will be there in support.”

View the national website at and access the Winona microsite at

Page Series to present Ballet Memphis Nov. 18

‘Darting Eyes’

The Page Series at Saint Mary’s presents Ballet Memphis, Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Page Theatre. A pre-performance talk will be offered at 6:45 p.m.

Ballet Memphis has been recognized for its close ties to the region’s rich musical and literary heritage through dance, production, and training. The company partners with artists from around the globe for collaborative and original works, and has been lauded by the Ford Foundation as a “national treasure.”

The evening’s program includes two works from the company’s River Project, which celebrates scenes and cultural traditions surrounding the Mississippi River as well as an original work premiered by Ballet Memphis dancer Julie Marie Niekrasz.

Niekrasz created “Sa Voix” to show the drama of ballet’s Romantic Era in the 1800s and how costumes and movement perpetuated the idea of female dancers as ethereal and often frail. The piece uses female dancers employing great power and emotion to take one small step to liberating those who have been suppressed, even in art.

Matthew Neenan’s “The Darting Eyes” is inspired by old photographs of river baptisms along the Mississippi Delta and incorporates elements of the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Heavenly Virtues in an evocative work brimming with aspects of pain and redemption. Ballet Memphis Associate Artistic Director Steven McMahon’s “Confluence” is about creating a home somewhere, and the physical and emotional journeys one takes in that process.  These two River Project works also include nods to the region’s musical culture, and are set to songs ranging from Allison Krauss’s “Down to the River to Pray” from “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” to Mahalia Jackson’s “In the Upper Room.”

A Page in History

In celebration of our shared connection to the mighty Mississippi, the Page Series will offer a free lunchtime program, “Winona and the Mighty Mississippi,” Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 12:05 p.m. at the Winona County History Center (160 Johnson St.). This Page in History—Food For Thought program, featuring Aaron Repinski of Winona Tour Boat, explores the Upper Mississippi region and how the river has influenced Winona’s storied past.

Ballet Memphis Master Class

The Page Series will offer a free master class for experienced dancers ages 13 and up Friday, Nov. 17, from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Valéncia Arts Center (1164 W. Howard St.). Experience en pointe is preferred but not required. The class is currently full, but dancers can be added to the wait list by registering at

Tickets to the performance are $30 for adults and $27 for students and senior citizens. Tickets and additional information are available at or by calling 507-457-1715 (noon-6 p.m., weekdays).

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