Winona Campus Faculty and Staff Newsletter

First Cardinal Fest set for Nov. 18

In what’s sure to be a much-anticipated, end-of-the-semester tradition at Saint Mary’s, all students, faculty, and staff (along with employees’ families) are invited to the first CARDINAL FEST Saturday, Nov. 18, in Gostomski Fieldhouse.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy:

  • inflatable bumper cars
  • a climbing wall
  • a giant inflatable Hungry Hippos game
  • a photo booth
  • a carnival hosted by clubs and departments
  • THE best raffle opportunity—to sit in a giant, red, inflatable chair for hockey games
  • a taco and fajita bar
  • Try-outs for the head DJ at the Dec. 1 headphone disco event
  • a tailgate for the Cardinal women’s hockey game against Augsburg
  • sweet door prizes (500 of these amazing “brandanas”)

Where else can you cram this much fun into three hours—all for free? Where else can you find this many inflatable games in one location?!

The event is co-sponsored by the Student Activities Committee, the Future Alumni Committee, Athletics, Development and Alumni Relations, the Student Advisory Committee, and Chartwells.

Watch for more details!

Woodwind ensembles perform fall recitals

Two Saint Mary’s music ensembles, the Flute Choir and the Clarinet Quintet, will perform two 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 Theater 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. Repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to familiar folk music.  For details, contact chamber ensembles coordinator Dr. Janet Heukeshoven at or 507-457-1675.

Jazz musicians raise $2,000 for Puerto Rico

Performing are, from left: Max Heukeshoven (bass), Ray Dretske (sax), John Sievers (trombone) and Hans Heukeshoven (vibes).

On Oct. 29, Winona-area musicians (including Eric, Hans, and Max Heukeshoven and Dr. John Paulson) got together to perform a highly successful benefit for Puerto Rico. Signatures Restaurant hosted the event which featured music throughout the afternoon including the Winona State jazz combo “Jazz at First Sight” directed by Lawrence Davis; the H30 Jazz Trio made up of Eric, Hans and Max Heukeshoven; Swing Inc. jazz quintet; and Winona legend James “Mudcat” Grant.

As of this week, their efforts have brought in more than $2,000 to be directed to the Red Cross and Oxfam to assist victims of hurricane Maria. If you missed the event, there’s still a chance to contribute at until Dec. 1, 2017.

Saint Mary’s called out on WCCO Nature Notes

Dr. Ray Faber’s Ornithology class was treated to the rare sight of two whooping cranes at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge manager told Dr. Faber that it is the first time that whooping cranes have been reported on the refuge. Dr. Faber emailed this news to Denny Long of WCCO radio and it was mentioned on the  “Nature Notes” program with Jim Gilbert at 7:15 am Sunday.

The Nature Notes program is available on Podcast at  After Dr. Faber’s announcement was read, Jim Gilbert (a respected naturalist in Minnesota) said, “Winona has a great biology department. I took several field courses there.” This starts at 11:33 on the podcast.

Get your tickets to Blue Angel

The Brothers of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia invite all faculty, staff, and students to Blue Angel 2017 the weekend of Nov. 10-11. The shows are 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, and 7 and 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Toner Student Center dining room.


MCA hosts ‘Class Act’ student art show

Leslie Scarborough


The artwork of Kathy Kovala, watercolor artist, and her students will be displayed in Galleria Valéncia at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, 1164 W. Howard Street. The exhibit will run Nov. 3-30. Student artists who will be featured include: Marci Fischer (Lewiston), Leslie Scarboro (Winona), Mary Mueller (Utica), Sharon Byerstedt (Winona), Bev Gurgle (Winona), Ginny Motl (Winona), Carol Garman (Winona), and Faye Leach (Winona).

The paintings are a result of one to four years of learning and include a wide variety of subjects, abilities, and techniques. In addition to learning painting techniques, students also learned how to frame, mat, and hang their artwork for this exhibition. Some artwork will even be for sale by contacting the artist.
The community is invited to an open house on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come and view the artwork, enjoy refreshments, and watch students paint. The open house will coincide with the WinonaArt Walk hosted by the River Arts Alliance.

Veterans ceremony planned for Nov. 10

Alumnus Lt. Col. Lance Duellman (U.S. Army) M’05 will return to the Winona Campus to speak at the annual Veterans Day program 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at the Veterans Memorial.

A prayer remembrance will be held for all those who have served and sacrificed in the U.S. Armed Forces, especially those from the Saint Mary’s community. The rain location will be the McEnery Center.

Business Department to provide training for area veterans

Saint Mary’s business faculty members, along with students, are planning a special event for area veterans  Nov. 16 on the Winona Campus. The goal is to help these veterans gain more computer and analytical skills, inspired by Saint John Baptist de La Salle’s vision for teaching. Leading the efforts are Michael Ratajczyk and Debi Piscitiello, along with student Shawn Gilbert. Several veterans have RSVPd or asked to be included on other events.


Windley-Daoust speaks at St. Paul conference

Dr. Susan Windley-Daoust of the Theology Department was an invited speaker on resisting the appeal of physician-assisted suicide at the “Take My Hand, Not My Life: Living Moments of Grace at Life’s End” conference on Oct. 28, in St. Paul. The conference was co-sponsored by the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul, the Catholic Medical Association of Minnesota, the Curatio apostolate, Gianna Homes, and the Order of Malta, Minnesota chapter.

Halloween Boofet a spooktacular success

The Halloween Boofet raised $267.50 and a good time was had by all. Thanks to everyone who came to enjoy the buffet; to the Business Office, Financial Aid, and HR, for hosting the event; to everyone who put up with Deb’s bad jokes; and to all the wonderful groups (and individuals) for dressing up. The competition was fierce, but the Development and Alumni Relations team took first prize for their residence hall fire alarm theme, and the Marketing and Communication Office took second for their magical witches theme.

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