Entrepreneurs dream together at Kabara event

Entrepreneurs dream together at Kabara event

In an age of smart phones for the masses and ever-increasing connectivity, the Internet of Things (IOT) is a timely topic. The Saint Mary’s University Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies celebrated this rising technology and discussed its entrepreneurial aspects before a crowd of 140 people at “The Internet of Things: A Profile of Minnesota Entrepreneurs, Devices, and Their Impact,” held April 16 on the university’s Twin Cities Campus in Minneapolis. The definition of IOT can get extremely technical, but a panel of Minnesota IOT experts and entrepreneurs boiled it down to a very simple phrase: “making dumb items smart.” The potential for connectivity between devices goes far beyond phones and computers to exercise equipment, washing machines, thermostats, agriculture equipment, healthcare applications, and more. Business opportunities aren’t limited to large corporations, according to the panel that included: -Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President and CEO, Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) -Lois Josefson, Principal, Greater Minnesota Development Services, LLC, and Executive Director, TiE Minnesota -Rodney Landers, Inventor, Serial Entrepreneur, and IOT Veteran -Scott Schwalbe, CEO, NimbeLink -and moderator Rick Brimacomb, Founder, Brimacomb and Associates The entrepreneurial spirit of the Kabara Institute was present as the panel discussed their ideas and advice to a public audience that ranged from colleagues, educators, and business hopefuls, including a number of current Saint Mary’s University undergraduate and graduate students. “You don’t need to be a ‘techie’ or a ‘geek’ to have a dream or an idea and make it happen,” said a panelist. “You only need an idea and perhaps some business savvy. Big companies are providing resources in the IOT industry, but so can smaller companies.”...
Chamber Orchestra to perform April 26

Chamber Orchestra to perform April 26

Winona, Minn. – The Saint Mary’s Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. David Leung, will perform “A Tribute to Arvo Pärt” 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26. The event will feature guest cellist Dr. Ka-Wai Yu from Indiana Wesleyan University and will be held in Figliulo Recital Hall. The mystical Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is loved by many around the world for his hallmark of great beauty, meditative quality, and simplicity. Performances will include his “Fratres for Strings and Percussion,” as well as “Concerto in G minor for Cello and Strings” by Antonio Vivaldi; “Rumanian Folk Dances” by Béla Bartok; and “Keyboard Concerto in G minor” by J.S. Bach. Also featured will be the talents of two Saint Mary’s piano students, Destiny Dux and Hongdou Ge. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available online at www.pagetheatre.org or at the box office, 507-457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through...
Education and partnerships can prevent cyber wars

Education and partnerships can prevent cyber wars

Cyber security is an issue that affects us all, yet it is not being discussed often enough nor being addressed systematically, according to Admiral James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO. Stavridis was the keynote speaker for the Saint Mary’s University 2015 Hendrickson Forum on April 9. How do we keep our personal and professional information safe? How does the government protect confidential files from hackers? How can our communities keep key services intact, such as power grids, despite attempts to compromise them? During his talk on the Twin Cities Campus in Minneapolis that was also streamed live to the Winona Campus, Adm. Stavridis offered solutions to prevent cyber attacks and “cyber war.” Developing a cyber security force, forming public and private partnerships, holding training sessions, and working collaboratively were some of the solutions Stavridis posed to the audience of nearly 400 people. The retired U.S. Navy officer and NATO leader said the U.S. ought not wait for a debilitating event to occur before acting. He noted that 82 other nations fund and operate cyber security teams. A public citizenry that’s aware is also an ethical move forward in the prevention and action against cyber security breaches, Stavridis said, urging all audience members and university members at Saint Mary’s and elsewhere to become educated on the issue. Just yesterday, some non-classified White House files were hacked and a major French TV station was hacked by an Islamic terrorist group that broadcast a message across all viewers’ screens, Stavridis said. There’s also the “Deep Web,” a sub-Internet network that quietly engages in activity such as drug trading, computer hacking,...
WAPS student artwork on display in April at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

WAPS student artwork on display in April at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

WINONA, Minn. — Galleria Valéncia at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts—located at 10th and Vila streets—is filled with 22 unique pieces of artwork created by Jeff Morgan’s art students at Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS). Contributing artists are first- through fourth-graders and attend Jefferson STEM Elementary, Goodview Elementary, and Rollingstone Community School. Visitors to the gallery will enjoy colorful artwork that was created using a variety of mediums and elements of design. Subject matter and technique includes American artists, Theodore Rousseau’s landscapes, cave drawings, perspective drawings, and elements of art. The galleria is 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. Next month Galleria Valéncia will feature artists from Madison Elementary and the Alternative Learning 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...
David Leung to present  violin recital April 11

David Leung to present violin recital April 11

WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University music faculty member Dr. David Leung will present a free public violin recital “From Bach to Bartok,” 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Figliulo Recital Hall, located in the Saint Mary’s Performance Center. Leung will collaborate with cellist Derek Clark and Saint Mary’s Theater & Dance Department chair Dr. Jimmy Bickerstaff (who will serve as narrator). The program includes “Partita in D minor” by J.S. Bach, “Solo Sonata” by Bela Bartok, “Kodaly Duo” for violin and cello, and “Ferdinand the Bull” by Alan...
MCA’s Dance Repertory Company  to present ‘abunDANCE’ April 17-18

MCA’s Dance Repertory Company to present ‘abunDANCE’ April 17-18

WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Dance Repertory Company (DRC) will present “abundance: a Woman’s Influence,” on Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, at Saint Mary’s University’s Page Theatre. One highlight of the evening of premieres and historical works is the restaging of Bronislava Nijinska’s contemporary ballet, “Le Train Bleu.” Set on a beach in the 1920s, this ballet is a lighthearted look at open-air life, humor, and sport. Nijinska is well known as the first female ballet choreographer in history. DRC’s tap and Irish fusion piece will have the audience tappin’ their toes to the music of award-winning Celtic fiddler, Eileen Ivers. See how these two amazing and historical art forms compare, intersect, and gel into an explosion of visual and aural artistry. A modern piece by MCA alumna and former instructor Heidi Draskoci-Johnson explores the journey of pregnancy and motherhood. Using testimony from new and seasoned mothers, the piece is a hard-hitting look at what it truly means to be a mother. Hip Hop has long been a genre dominated by gender roles. The show’s choreographer Jess Dienger has broken down those barriers to show our audience that anyone can move. Finally, a high-energy jazz piece illustrates the struggle with what society views as beautiful for a woman. In three sections, this piece demonstrates the tumultuous adventure of becoming comfortable in one’s own skin. Everyone is invited to both survey and celebrate women’s influences in dance. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults and may be ordered online at...
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