Winona Campus Faculty and Staff Newsletter

Cagle wins carillon composition competition

Senior Music Industry major Chad Cagle was chosen as the winner of the 2017 Carillon Composition Competition. His work, “Tango for Carillon,” was selected by an international panel of judges and premiered on Sept. 15, 2017 on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.

The premiere of Cagle’s award-winning composition was performed by Dr. Luc Rombouts, a city carillonneur of Tienen and university carillonneur of Leuven, Belgium. Dr. Rombout commented that Cagle’s writing for this unusual instrument set him apart from other entries. A performance of the work will also take place in Belgium in the future.

The concert on the Edgar W. and Margaret MacDonald Stanton Memorial Carillon could be heard throughout the Iowa State University campus and was also live-streamed via the university’s website. In addition to the premiere, Cagle was awarded $500.

He is the son of Brian and Mary Cagle of Washington, Ill.

More information about the Carillon Composition Competition can be found at:

Sympathy to Hemmelman family

Sheri Hemmelman, wife of Butch Hemmelman (maintenance custodian) died Sept. 19 in Rochester. Butch and Sheri’s daughters both went to Saint Mary’s and Sheri worked on campus with Chartwells for a period of time until her retirement in 2015.

Here is a link to the obituary for information on services:

Saint Mary’s extends its sympathy to the Hemmelman family.

International Symposium on Lasallian Research is Sept. 24-26

The sixth annual International Symposium on Lasallian Research is scheduled for Sept. 24-26 on the Twin Cities Campus.

This yearly symposium gathers creative minds to dialogue about the key characteristics or key areas that comprise the field of Lasallian research today; look beyond a study solely of the origins, tradition, and heritage in Lasallian research; break open the possibilities for Lasallian research in the 21st-Century; and propose avenues or topics for future needed Lasallian research. The goal is also to develop a community of scholars committed to supporting, conducting, and publishing Lasallian research. More than 120 Lasallian educators and scholars from numerous countries will gather to present and discuss current research.

While IALU promotes and fosters research collaboration among Lasallian researchers in strategic areas, these themes certainly must not preclude the pursuit of other lines of research according to the individual missions and visions of IALU member institutions. For the period 2013 to 2018, the following are the IALU strategic research themes.

  1. Food, Nutrition and Health (biochemistry of food products, science and engineering of potable water, cancer risks and cures from food, economic impact studies of nutrition programs in schools)
  2. Sustainability and the Environment (dealing with climate change, eco-design of houses and urban centers, industrial ecology, air and water quality monitoring in megacities)
  3. Education and Learning Innovations (access to education among the poor, impact of use of tablets for learning math and science, coping mechanisms among children with learning disabilities, predicting the academic emotions of young learners based on physiological signals)

Go to for more information about this year’s keynote speakers.

Family Weekend schedule announced

A full weekend of events are planned for Family Weekend, which runs Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 on the Winona Campus.

Friday, Sept 29

  • All Weekend — Yard games in the plaza including Kubb, corn hole (bean bags), ladder golf, and more in the plaza!
  • 4 to 6 p.m. — Tours of the new Science and Learning Center (wine and cheese reception)
  • 7 p.m. — Cardinal women’s volleyball
  • 7 p.m. — The WoodShed mobile wood-fired pizza food truck, plaza
  • 7:30 p.m. — Jazz Concert, Page Theatre, Performance Center
  • 8 p.m. — Buzztime Trivia, Cardinal Club
  • 9:30 to 11 p.m. — Appetizers and Conversation, Cardinal Club. Join families and administration for late-night appetizers, conversation, and a performance by Chris Kendall, vice president for campus services.

Saturday, Sept. 30

  • 8 a.m. to noon — Family Weekend registration, Hall of Fame Room. Sign up for the canoe trip or scenic boat tour on the Mississippi!
  • 8 to 9:45 am — 29th annual Fall Frolic 5k Fun Run/Walk registration, Hall of Fame Room
  • 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Art exhibit, Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries, Toner Student Center
  • 9:30 a.m. — Canoe Trip with Brother John Grover and Colin Norris: Sign up at registration desk. Limited spots available. Be ready to leave at 9:30 a.m. from the clock tower. Canoeing runs from 10 to 11:45 a.m. and the group returns at noon.
  • 10 a.m. — 30th annual Fall Frolic 5k Fun Run/Walk start, between the baseball and softball fields
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Inflatable games, outside of Toner Student Center (or Gostomski Fieldhouse in case of rain)
  • 11 a.m. — Winona Boat Tour (limited to 50 people; pre-registration required). Register here. Transportation not provided. Boat dock address: 1 Walnut St., Winona
  • 11 a.m. — Baseball “Red & White” game, Max Molock Field; and Softball “Red & White” game, softball field
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — National Eagle Center will have an eagle in the plaza (or Hall of Fame Room in case of rain)
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Complimentary family brunch, Toner Student Center dining room, sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Parent’s Council
  • 12:30 to 4 p.m. — Open Swim, Jul Gernes Pool.
  • 1 p.m. — Canoe trip with Brother John Grover and Colin Norris. Sign up at registration. Limited spots available. Be ready to leave by 1 p.m. from the clock tower. Canoe from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and return by 3:15 p.m.
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m. — Concert Band and Choir Performances, Page Theater, Performance Center; reception to be held after the performance in the Ben Miller Lobby of the Performance Center.
  • 3 p.m. — Winona Boat Tour (limited to 50 people, pre-registration required) Register here. Transportation not provided. Boat dock address: 1 Walnut St., Winona
  • 3 p.m. — Cardinal Women’s Volleyball
  • 4 p.m. — Mass, Saint Thomas More Chapel
  • 5 to 7 p.m. — Dinner, Toner Student Center Dining Room
  • 6 to 9 p.m. — Open Swim, Jul Gernes Pool
  • 8 p.m. — Oldie Moldie All Stars Concert, plaza (Or the Toner Student Center lounge in  case of rain). Enjoy caramel apples and music by the Oldie Moldies.

 Sunday, Oct. 2 

  • 8 to 10:30 a.m. — Saint Mary’s families, free coffee at the Blue Heron downtown
  • 10:30 a.m. — Sunday Mass, Saint Thomas More Chapel
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.— Brunch, Toner Student Center dining room

For more information, go to

Music performances scheduled for Family Weekend

WINONA, Minn. — 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 One 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 1 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 Singersare 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.

Everyone invited to participate in the Fall Frolic

WINONA, Minn. — 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 annual event open 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. Stay tuned for more details about how to register.

Current, former athletes honored during Cardinal ‘M’ Club weekend

WINONA, Minn. — It was a weekend of celebrating ongoing athletic accomplishments at Saint Mary’s University. During Cardinal ‘M’ Club Weekend Sept. 8-10, current and former athletes came together to discuss their shared experiences, to reminisce about those game-winning plays, and to hear the accomplishments of today’s Cardinal athletes.

On Friday, Sept. 8, three former student-athletes were honored for their many accomplishments. This year’s inductees into the Saint Mary’s Sports Hall of Fame were: Mark Zaremba ’78 (baseball), Amanda Weinmann ’07 (track and field), and Ashley Luehmann ’07 (women’s basketball/track and field). Read more about their accomplishments here.

Also during the ceremony, Saint Mary’s 2016-17 postseason award-winners were honored. Special recognition went to the 2016-17 Outstanding Male and Female Athletes Bob Kinne ’17 (St. Paul, Minn.) and Brandi Blattner ’19 (Eyota, Minn.) and Outstanding Scholar-Athletes Emily Loof ’18 (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Brett Giesen ’18 (Cato, Wis.). Read more about their accomplishments here.

Take a look at the photo gallery from ‘M’ Club Weekend or watch the video from the event. Also check out photos from Saturday’s Cardinal ‘M’ Club Golf Outing here.

Saint Mary’s again ranked a Best Regional Universities by U.S. News & World Report

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is once again ranked in the annual U.S. News & World Report ratings of best colleges and universities in the nation.

Saint Mary’s is 47th in the Best Regional Universities of the Midwest category of the U.S. News Best Colleges 2018 guidebook. Saint Mary’s is among a list of 125 schools ranked in this category. The annual rankings were released today, Sept. 12, and are available online.

“Saint Mary’s is continually recognized for its excellence,” said Brother William Mann, FSC, President of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. “We meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our students at every level, from undergraduate and bachelor’s completion to master’s and doctoral degree programs. Our graduates repeatedly tell us their experiences at Saint Mary’s were transformational—empowering them to achieve their goals and set new ones to help their families, their communities, and the world.”

For the 2018 ranking, Saint Mary’s is in the “Best Regional Universities” category, which includes 659 schools in four regions (Midwest, North, South, and West) that are recognized for offering a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as master’s programs.

U.S. News ranks institutions according to The Carnegie Classification system.

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