High School seniors experience a day at Saint Mary’s

High School seniors experience a day at Saint Mary’s

The Admission Office recently hosted a two-day immersive “Simply Seniors” event designed for high-school seniors who are admitted, applied, or still considering coming to Saint Mary’s. More than 100 students, plus their family members, visited the Winona Campus Sunday and Monday to get the Saint Mary’s experience inside the classroom and out. On Sunday evening the students were challenged with a scavenger hunt and then treated to a bowling and pizza party off campus, while the parents enjoyed a dinner, faculty and staff reception, and academic fair. Their evening concluded with an opportunity to hear from parents of current students. Prospective students then had the opportunity to spend the night in the residence halls with current students as hosts. Monday was filled with campus tours, meetings with faculty, staff and coaches, informative presentations for parents, and class time for students. Parents learned about financial aid, our study abroad programs, Living Learning Communities, the Body Image Lab, and the student solar panel project. They also got an overview of what Winona has to offer. The opportunity to sit in on classes gave students and parents a small sampling of the variety of our academic offerings. Open classes included accounting, art, biology, chemistry, communications, criminal justice, dance, English, economics, education, history, Latin, Lasallian core traditions, Lasallian honors, management, mathematics, marketing, music, philosophy, political science, psychology, Spanish, theatre, and theology. Future events for students and parents are being planned. Visit the admission website for more information. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about what happens at Saint Mary’s University. Visit our Facebook photo album to see more photos from the...
La Crosse Chamber Chorale concerts  feature 3 Saint Mary’s music faculty

La Crosse Chamber Chorale concerts feature 3 Saint Mary’s music faculty

WINONA, Minn. — The La Crosse Chamber Chorale will feature the talents of three Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota music faculty in their upcoming “Prayers and Visions” concerts on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. Concerts are 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and 3 p.m. Feb. 1. Set in the beautiful Mary of the Angels Chapel in the St. Rose Convent (901 Franciscan Way, La Crosse, Wis.), the concert will include compositions by Dr. Patrick O’Shea and A. Eric Heukeshoven as well as performances by violinist Dr. David Leung. O’Shea’s “Nocte fletuum angelis” (Night of the Weeping of Angels) was composed in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. The work was jointly premiered by The Singers and the Saint Mary’s Chamber Singers in February 2014. Heukeshoven’s “Preghiera Semplice” (Simple Prayer) was commissioned for the Saint Mary’s Chamber Singers 2012 tour to Italy. The work is based on “The Prayer of Saint Francis” (“O Lord, make me an instrument of your peace …”) and received its premiere in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Dr. David Leung will be the featured guest artist in performances of Jacob Avshalomov’s setting of the Rune of Hospitality, “I Saw a Stranger Yestere’en” and in “Pietà” by Reed Criddle, inspired by Michelangelo’s famous sculpture. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Complete information can be found at...
Saint Mary’s invites public to events celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King

Saint Mary’s invites public to events celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King

WINONA, Minn. — The public is invited to join the Saint Mary’s University community in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A variety of events are planned for Saturday through Tuesday, Jan. 17-20. Jan. 17 Day of Service: Living Faith and Seeking Justice In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Saint Mary’s student Volunteer Mentors will participating in a service day, in collaboration with the Catholic Worker communities of Winona and Lake City. Jan. 18 Sunday Eucharist: Here I Am, Lord: Martin Luther King & Prophetic Christian Witness, 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m., Chapel of Saint Thomas More. Using the scriptures offered by the Church for this day—the call of Samuel and the call of the first disciples—the community will reflect on the life of the man who became America’s most well known Christian prophet and martyr because of his work as the mouthpiece of a movement rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jan. 20 Panel: #BlackLivesMatter: The Unfinished Business of the Civil Rights Movement, 7 p.m., Toner Student Center lounge. Tragic events across the country have ignited a news-making series of protests and demonstrations concerning relations between law enforcement officers and the African American community, especially young black men. Saint Mary’s University’s annual celebration of the unparalleled legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. provides the perfect moment for students, faculty, staff and community members to discuss the meaning and trajectory of #BlackLivesMatter and its relationship to work of the Civil Rights Movement.   Prayer: Walk With Me: Night Prayer of Lamentation and Hope, 8:45 p.m., President’s Room, Toner Student Center. Structured within the ancient...
Saint Mary’s Page Series presents  concert of Argentinean music Jan. 28

Saint Mary’s Page Series presents concert of Argentinean music Jan. 28

WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University Page Series will present a concert of Argentinean tango music featuring bandoneon star Héctor Del Curto Wednesday, Jan. 28. The New York Times has praised Del Curto as “a splendid player” with “wistful, piercing solos on the Bandoneon.” Del Curto has captivated audiences around the world as a soloist and chamber musician, sharing the stage with world-renowned tango legends, as well as with symphony orchestras and ballet companies worldwide. The Argentinean Tango has been in the Del Curto family since the early 1900s. Hector Del Curto’s great grandfather was a bandoneonist and composer, and his grandfather, also a great bandoneon player, introduced Héctor to the world of Tango and the bandoneon. By the age of 17, Hector Del Curto had won the title “Best Bandoneon Player Under 25” in Argentina, and was invited to join the orchestra of the legendary Osvaldo Pugliese, the “Last Giant of Tango.” Music will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Page Theatre. Tickets are $27 for adults, $24 for students and seniors and are available at the Box Office, (507) 457-1715 Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or online. Are you coming? Share it on...
MCA announces Jan. 17 auditions for spring dance concert

MCA announces Jan. 17 auditions for spring dance concert

WINONA, Minn. — Auditions for “AbunDANCE: A Woman’s Influence,” the 2015 Dance Repertory Company spring concert, will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 W. 10th St. The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ Dance Repertory Company will present its annual spring dance concert April 16-18 at Saint Mary’s University Page Theatre. Roles for male and female intermediate and advanced dancers in tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, contemporary ballet, and Irish dance are available for youth ages 12 and older through adults. Dancers should bring a current photo and appropriate audition shoes for their choice of dance style. Students under the age of 21 who are cast are required to be enrolled in at least one dance class at MCA, Saint Mary’s, or Winona State. A $75 performance fee is required. This spring’s production will focus on women’s contributions to the world of dance and feature a variety of dance forms. For more information, contact MCA director of dance Tammy Schmidt at tschmidt@smumn.edu or call 507-453-5500. The Minnesota Conservatory for the arts offers programs in dance, music, visual arts, and theatre, year-round. Classes, lessons, workshops and camps are offered for youth ages 3 through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center. For a brochure and a complete listing, visit www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, e-mail mca@smumn.edu, “like” MCA on Facebook, or call (507) 453-5500. Interested students may register online, by mail, or in person at MCA’s Valéncia Arts Center. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage...
Minnesota Conservatory open house is Thursday

Minnesota Conservatory open house is Thursday

WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will hold its semester II open house and registration from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8, at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St. Here are five reasons to attend: ▪ It’s a great opportunity to visit the facility, tour the studios and classrooms, and meet the talented instructors and staff. ▪ The dance attire boutique will be open, and staff will assist with fittings and take orders for all of the dance classes. ▪ You can learn more about programming including some great new opportunities. ▪ Members of the Friends of MCA will be on hand to tell you more about hands-on volunteer opportunities. ▪ You will be able to visit with members of the Winona and MCA community and meet new people who love the arts as much as you. The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre, year-round. Classes, lessons, workshops and camps are offered for youth ages 3 and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center. New offerings include teen and adult Irish dance, art workshops in partnership with the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, and vocal workshops with Hear and Now, a local a cappella group. Class days, times, and tuition vary. Financial need-based scholarships are available. The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University. For a brochure and a complete listing, visit www.smumn.edu/mca, e-mail mca@smumn.edu, “like” them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, or call 507-453-5500. Interested students may register online, by mail, or in person at MCA’s Valéncia...
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