May 30 gala designed to elevate the sciences at Saint Mary’s University

May 30 gala designed to elevate the sciences at Saint Mary’s University

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Two NASA scientists and alumni of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will be honored during the university’s Celebration of Excellence Saturday, May 30. The event—to be held at the Saint Mary’s University Center in Minneapolis—is designed to celebrate the university’s longstanding legacy of excellence in the sciences, but also to advance the sciences at Saint Mary’s. At 5 p.m. attendees are invited to talk with current students and view their research during a cocktail reception. At the 6 p.m. dinner and program, Saint Mary’s administration will detail their vision for the future (including plans for a new science center at its Winona Campus). Additionally Dr. John H. Hoffman, a 1951 alumnus, and Dr. Robert A. Hoffman, a 1956 alumnus, will be presented with Presidential Awards for Outstanding Merit. The Hoffmans are the only set of brothers (or any immediate family members) who have had instruments on the same NASA satellites, Atmosphere Explorers C and D. The Hoffmans grew up in Winona and both majored in the sciences at Saint Mary’s. A magnetic ion mass spectrometer was John’s contribution to the NASA satellite missions and a low-energy electron detector was Robert’s. The two were inspired by their father, Professor John Hoffman, a longtime science educator at Saint Mary’s who started the chemistry and physics departments. Saint Mary’s has long been a place where the study of science comes alive for men and women—whether it’s the culmination of a lifelong dream or a newly discovered passion. In Saint Mary’s small classes, students study alongside professors whose commitment to research is matched by their dedication to teaching. Saint Mary’s is...
Annual First Generation breakfast raises more than $100,000

Annual First Generation breakfast raises more than $100,000

Attendees at the third annual Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota First Generation Scholars S.O.A.R. Breakfast on May 20 saw the direct benefactors of their generosity when Nancy-Leon Morales ’15 and Jennifer Hernandez ’15 spoke at the Saint Mary’s University Center in Minneapolis. “If it were not for the First Generation Initiative (FGI) scholarship, I would not be here in front of you,” said Hernandez, who received a bachelor’s degree during the university’s Winona Campus commencement ceremony on May 9. Morales and Hernandez represented the second class of FGI scholars to graduate from Saint Mary’s. Continuing an annual trend of generosity, attendees at the breakfast donated more than $100,000 with the help of a matching donation from Will and Shirley Oberton of Winona. The funds will go directly toward supporting FGI scholars while studying at Saint Mary’s. Betsy Hodges, mayor of Minneapolis, attended the event and provided brief remarks regarding her vision for the city’s youth and how it aligns with the Saint Mary’s FGI program. “It’s important that every one of us has the opportunity to succeed,” Hodges said. “This organization and this university have been putting in a lot of extra time, attention, and care to make sure that our first-generation students have the opportunity to move forward and accelerate their lives and community.” Brother William Mann, FSC, president of Saint Mary’s, also spoke of the importance of providing opportunities to all through education. The FGI philosophy, he said, has roots in Saint Mary’s Lasallian heritage of access to education. “I’m very proud of what we do at Saint Mary’s,” Brother William said. “My dream is to give...

Minneapolis Mayor to speak at Saint Mary’s University fundraiser for First Generation Scholars

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges will speak at the Scholars S.O.A.R. (Support, Opportunity, Accountability, and Responsibility) Breakfast in support of the First Generation Initiative (FGI) at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Wednesday, May 20. Saint Mary’s First Generation Initiative was created to break down barriers to higher education by providing high potential students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds with not only financial support, but also academic support. The fundraiser event will be held at Saint Mary’s campus in Minneapolis. Mayor Hodges has been an avid spokesperson for improving equity in Minneapolis and has focused her administration on reducing the education and economic gaps in Minneapolis. She states: “Our city can only live up to its economic and moral potential if we tap the talents of every individual, and call each individual in every community to work toward their best selves. Healthy and creative partnerships with our schools can help thousands more of our children receive a quality education and ready themselves for the workforce of the future. If Minneapolis is going to unite and become the city it’s meant to be, we need to do it with everybody, by everybody, and for everybody.” Sharing that mission, the First Generation Initiative is making the dream of a college education possible to high-potential students from urban, under-resourced communities—like Minneapolis. Many of these students, after graduation, want to return to their hometowns to work and give back, helping to strengthen their communities. Other speakers at the event will include graduates of the First Generation Initiative,  Nancy Leon-Morales and Jennifer Hernandez-Daniel, both of Minneapolis, who will speak about what the scholarship and support has meant to them.  ...
WACS artwork now on display at MCA

WACS artwork now on display at MCA

WINONA, Minn. — Galleria Valéncia at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is filled with 19 unique pieces of artwork created by LaDawn Kovala’s art students at Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS). Contributing artists range in age from first- through 12th-graders and attend Madison Elementary’s Spanish Immersion Language Program and the Winona Area Learning Center. Visitors to the gallery will enjoy colorful artwork that was created using a variety of mediums and elements of design. Students’ work showcase projects after lessons on Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, the Chinese New Year, and more. The galleria will be open during regular office hours and while classes are in session. Visitors are encouraged to sign the guestbook, so that the young artists know who attended the show. MCA is in the process of setting up art shows for the upcoming school year. If schools or artists are interested in displaying their work in Galleria Valéncia, contact Jamie at jschwaba@smumn.edu. 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 fund. The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University, a nonprofit organization, offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for youth ages 3 and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at the corner of 10th and Vila streets. For more information go to www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, email mca@smumn.edu, or call...

Heukeshoven to compose for Municipal Band Centennial

WINONA, Minn. — This marks the centennial year of the Winona Municipal Band. In celebration of this landmark event, A. Eric Heukeshoven, assistant professor of music at Saint Mary’s University, has been commissioned to compose a new work to be premiered at the final concert of the season on Aug. 12, 2015. The Winona Municipal Band is the oldest continually performing city band west of the Mississippi River. Each Wednesday summer evening, the band performs a concert in Lake Park Band Shell from 8 to 9 p.m. Members of the ensemble range from talented high school and college students to veteran performers—some with 30 or more years of service to the group. The Winona Municipal Band Centennial Committee is planning many special events and surprises to mark this important milestone. More information can be found at http://winonamunicipalband.org....
Nearly 300 students honored at Saint Mary’s commencement

Nearly 300 students honored at Saint Mary’s commencement

WINONA, Minn. — It was a day for high-fives, flowers, and many photos. On May 9, the Winona Campus of Saint Mary’s University hosted a joint commencement ceremony for both undergraduate and graduate students. Nearly 300 students were recognized. Undergraduate reflections were offered by this year’s Outstanding Male and Female Seniors Lauren Salonek, daughter of Joel and Tammy Salonek of Watertown, Minn., and Joseph Budin, son of Bruce and Colleen Budin of Le Center, Minn. Representing Saint Mary’s Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, Tara Van Eperen-Waldorf, a M.A. in Literacy graduate from New Richmond, Wis., also provided a reflection. Amanda Martin, M.A. in Human Development, from St. Croix Falls, Wis., and Tracey-Ann Myers, M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning, from Manchester Jamaica, were presented with Outstanding Graduate Final Paper Awards. In recognition of a lifetime of faith-filled service and compassion, Sister Generose Gervais, a Franciscan sister and former Saint Marys Hospital administrator, was presented with an honorary doctorate. Sister Generose Gervais, OSF, was awarded a Doctor of Humanities degree, honoris causa, for her commitment to Catholic health care and for her many years of service at Saint Marys Hospital, where she has inspired others by focusing, first and foremost, on the needs of the patients. The award further honors her for helping to establish and lead the Poverello Foundation, which provides support for men, women, and children who need help paying for the care received at Saint Marys Hospital. The Saint Mary’s Nairobi campus hosted its commencement ceremony on May 2. The Twin Cities Campus will conduct three summer commencement ceremonies on June 7. To see photos from the...
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