Winona Campus Faculty and Staff Newsletter

Saint Mary’s students present short-play showcase

Saint Mary’s University theatre and dance students will present SPLaSH!, a biennial short-play showcase Feb. 7-11 at the Saint Mary’s Performance Center.

SPLaSH!, which stands for Short Play Showcase, features a kaleidoscope of professionally written and student developed one-act plays from their playwriting class that are produced, directed, designed, and acted out by Saint Mary’s Department of Theatre and Dance students. A variety of genres including comedy, drama, sci-fi, absurdism, mystery, and more means there’s something for everyone.

This year, there are six shorts, including four original works by theatre students:

  • Victoria Madigan ’18 takes on Tony Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang’s “Nina in the Morning.”
  • Peyton Roberson ’19 brings to the stage the adventures of Dick Piston, hotel detective, in Jeff Goode’s 10-minute mystery film noir spoof, “Murder by Midnight.”
  • Stefan Kahlstorf ’19 directs an original piece written by Roberson about a demon who helps out on his host’s first date in “My Wingman is a Demon.”
  • Shania Merchlewitz ’18 directs “Lix Dalakan” by Margo Hansen ’19, which takes a man with revolution on his mind traveling through time 1,000 years into our dystopian future.
  • Michael Britton ’18 performs a staged reading of his absurdist-inspired play, titled “Everytheory.”
  • Darren Cajipo ’18 directs John L. Donovan’s autobiographical “The Lovable Losers,” where one die-hard Chicago Cubs fan roots from abroad to reverse the curse during the seventh game of the World Series.

Here is the schedule of performances:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 10, at 3 and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. They can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 457-1715.

Saint Mary’s to hold Solo and Ensemble Contest Workshop

Saint Mary’s will host a Solo and Ensemble Contest Workshop for high school students on Saturday, March 17, on the Winona Campus.

The new event is a unique way to bring talented high school musicians to the Saint Mary’s Campus, where they will participate in a masterclass-format musical workshop with Saint Mary’s music faculty members. Students will have the opportunity to perform and receive constructive feedback. The student performers will also be able to listen to and support each other as audience members, which will allow them to gain valuable performance and musicianship tips through active observation. For more information, contact Dr. Janet Heukeshoven at or call Ext. 1675.

MCA inducts local students into National Honors Society for Dance Arts

Four outstanding students were inducted into the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) Chapters National Honors Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA). Abby Klein and Megan Lynch were inducted into the Secondary Chapter for High School Students. Carmelle Meyer and Ella Skranka were inducted into the Junior Chapter for students in grades 6-8. The students were honored in an afternoon ceremony at the Valéncia Arts Center in January.

Induction into all chapters is earned through an accumulation of points awarded for dance activities such as rehearsals, performances, research, workshops, or community service activities, along with a GPA of at least 3.0.

This was MCA’s first induction ceremony since becoming a member of the National Dance Educators Organization (NDEO) and receiving approval as a site for Junior, Secondary and Collegiate NHSDA Chapter.

MCA Director of Dance Tammy Schmidt led the ceremony, which featured a brief history about NEDO and NHSDA, as well as achievements and goals of each inductee. The ceremony also included a slideshow with photos depicting each dancer’s time at MCA and closed with family and friends enjoying conversation and treats.

The second induction ceremony is planned for May 2018. Dancers who are interested in learning more should contact Schmidt at or 453-5502.


Saint Mary’s in the news

Saint Mary’s was mentioned in Twin Cities Business in January about our fast-growing online MBA programs. Click here to read.



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 Ellen Schreder (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.

Freiberg to keynote Hendrickson Forum

Event being live-streamed from Winona

The 2018 Hendrickson Forum will feature Jackie Freiberg, bestselling author, business owner, and renowned leadership speaker. The Tuesday, April 24 event, “Innovation Culture,” is presented by Saint Mary’s Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership.

“Innovation is a word that has been prevalent in business for quite some time now,” said Audrey Kintzi, Saint Mary’s vice president for development and alumni relations who leads the Hendrickson Forum. “Dr. Freiberg’s approach to guiding companies to build a culture that results in innovation is the kind of action-oriented strategy that organizations need to succeed and lead.”

Recognized as one of the Top 30 Minds on Leadership by Leadership Excellence Magazine, Freiberg helps companies foster work environments where their employees can do their best work.

Freiberg is the co-author of seven award-winning books, including NUTS!, the international bestseller describing Southwest Airlines’ leadership, culture, and profitability; GUTS!; BOOM!; NANOVATION!; Do Something Now!; Be a Person of Impact!; and most recently, CAUSE! A Business Strategy for Standing Out in a Sea of Sameness. Her articles and interviews on leadership, innovation, engagement, and the SheEconomy have been published in the The Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, Investor’s Business Daily, Dubai’s CapitalME, India’s Management Next, India’s Business Standard, India’s Economic Times, and India’s Financial Times.

Freiberg earned a doctorate in leadership from the University of San Diego, a master’s degree in communication from San Diego State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of New Hampshire.

At the Hendrickson Forum, Freiberg will discuss how organizations can harness innovation in a new way. Focusing on three critical roles for organizational success (notice, lead, and disrupt), Freiberg’s keynote will empower attendees to take on these roles and begin taking advantage of opportunities to transform new ideas into real solutions.

The Hendrickson Forum is a luncheon event, held this year on Tuesday, April 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Check-in and networking begin at 11 a.m. at the Saint Mary’s University Center on the Twin Cities Campus on Park Avenue in Minneapolis. The event is open to the public and general admission tickets are $50 per person, which includes lunch. Advance registration is required. More information and online registration is available at:

The program also includes a presentation of the Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership. The recipient of that award, given by the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership, will be announced at a later date.

Freiberg will join a distinguished roster of former speakers: Zanny Minton Beddoes, Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr., Admiral James Stavridis, Sheila Bair, Ian Bremmer, Sue Gardner, Jacqueline Novogratz, Dr. Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Prime Minister John Howard, and John Micklethwait. While the topics have varied by year, themes have centered on ethical business leadership in our increasingly global economy.

In Winona, the event will be live-streamed in the Science and Learning Center auditorium.  Doors will open at 11 a.m., and the program begins at 11:30 a.m. The live-streaming is open to all staff, faculty, student, and Winona community members.

Multicultural Week events planned

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

Saturday, Feb. 3

7:30 p.m. – Page Series: Step Afrika, Page Theatre

Monday, Feb. 5

7 p.m. – Speaker Matt Glowacki, SLC200

Tuesday, Feb. 6

7:30 p.m. – Unity in Diversity movie: Detroit, SLC200

Wednesday, Feb. 7

6:30 p.m. – Frozen River Film Festival: First Daughter and the Black Snake, Salvi

Thursday, Feb. 8

5:30 p.m. – Musical Act: 1st Klass, Cardinal Club

6:30 p.m. – Frozen River Film Festival: Short Films

Friday, Feb. 9

5:30-7:30 p.m. – International Food Fest, Toner Café

8 p.m. – Multicultural Variety Show

Open auditions being held for MCA Summer Dance Intensive boarding camp

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will conduct auditions for its 16th annual Summer Dance Intensive boarding summer camp at various times and locations in the region. This year’s Summer Dance Intensive will be held July 8-28 in Winona.

Intermediate and advanced dancers between ages 11 and 22 who are ready to enhance their dance technique are invited to audition any of the following dates:

  • Saturday, Jan. 27, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at La Crosse Dance Centre, 2716 Commerce St. in La Crosse, Wis.
  • Saturday, Feb. 10, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Green Bay School of Dance, 129 South Washington St. in Green Bay, Wis.
  • Saturday, March 10, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Cowels Center/James Sewell Ballet, 528 Hennepin Ave. Suite 218 in Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. to noon at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 W. 10th St. in Winona.

In the Summer Dance Intensive, participants will spend seven to nine hours each day studying dance in technique classes and rehearsals under the direction of seasoned, professional instructors.

There is no pre-registration or fee to audition. Dancers should plan to arrive 30 minutes early to get signed in and ready to audition. MCA Director of Dance Tammy Schmidt will lead the auditions, which will be formatted like a full ballet class. Students with pointe experience should bring pointe shoes to the audition class. After the class, students will have the option to showcase a prepared jazz, tap, modern, tap, or musical theatre dance center combination of at least 64 counts or 16 bars.

Students who will be entering Saint Mary’s University in fall 2018 can simultaneously or solely audition for the Summer Dance Intensive and the Saint Mary’s Theatre and Dance Department Dance Scholarship. Dance scholarships are renewable and range from $1,000-$2,000 a year. There is no fee to apply, but dancers will need to provide a dance résumé with their application.

Those who previously participated in the Summer Dance Intensive will receive a 25 percent discounted rate and aren’t required to audition unless they’d like to be considered for a scholarship. Video auditions are also accepted.

For more details, visit the Summer Dance Intensive page on the MCA website.

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 Adam Pfizer (above). Remember to let Deb Nahrgang (ext. 6966 or know if you have alumni and student outcome stories we should feature. 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.

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