Students named to Saint Mary’s second semester 2014-15 Dean’s List

WINONA, Minn. — The following undergraduate students were named to the second semester, 2014-15 Dean’s List at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Winona campus. The list includes 322 undergraduate students who earned a grade point average of 3.60 or better on a 4.0 scale. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has about 5,800 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in Winona, the Twin Cities, greater Minnesota, Wisconsin, Jamaica and Nairobi, Kenya.  At Saint Mary’s residential campus in Winona, the undergraduate curriculum combines traditional liberal arts and sciences with career preparation in a student-centered environment.   Kristen Ackerman, Champlin, Minn. Emily Ahart, Stewartville, Minn. Marta Aleszewicz, Luban, Poland Brenden Amiotte, Rapid City, S.D. Ashley Anderson, Owatonna, Minn. Mariana Arriaza, Faribault, Minn. Elizabeth Atneosen, Woodbury, Minn. Besufekad Azage, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia Mary Barthel, Watertown, Minn. Sheyenne Bauer, Cannon Falls, Minn. Marissa Bay, Holmen, Wis. Nicholas Beaudoin, Inver Grove Heights, Minn. Nicole Becher, Winona, Minn. Michael Beery, Bloomington, Minn. Carter Bernier, Downers Grove, Ill. Regina Bettag, Sheboygan, Wis. Lindsay Beyer, Coon Rapids, Minn. Lindsay Beyer, Coon Rapids, Minn. Liam Bickerstaff, Hahira, Ga. Reikel Biechler, Winona, Minn. Kallie Biermaier, Maplewood, Minn. Luke Bing, Gallatin Gateway, Mont. Aleah Bingham, Eden Prairie, Minn. Brittney Birkhauser, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. Jessica Bjick, Jordan, Minn. Preston Black, Cave Creek, Ariz. Emily Blaser, Sycamore, Ill. Allison Blazek, Owatonna, Minn. Kyle Blondin, Kent, Wash. Jacquelyn Bongard, Eagan, Minn. Emily Bonner, Centennial, Colo. Maya Booker, Saint Paul, Minn. Kathleen Bowlin, Winona, Minn. Octavia Brown, Broadview, Ill. Jacob Bruce, N. St. Paul, Minn. Emily Brumm, Mabel, Minn. Kathleen Bryant, Carson City, Nev. Jessica Buckbee, Lewiston, Minn. Joseph Budin, Le Center, Minn. Ben...
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....
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota to acquire Rochester’s Cascade Meadow center

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota to acquire Rochester’s Cascade Meadow center

University will expand educational offerings for schools and businesses   WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota announced today that it will assume ownership and operation of Rochester’s Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center this summer. Jack Remick, Cascade Meadow founder and board of directors president, said he is excited at the possibilities for expanded use of the unique facility. “Saint Mary’s University will bring innovative and relevant educational programming that will benefit the area’s students, schools, and many other organizations,” he said. Brother William Mann, Saint Mary’s president, noted that “Cascade Meadow—with its state-of-the-art facility, excellent staff, and 80 acres of restored wetlands—offers an extraordinary opportunity in Rochester to expand our educational outreach and mission to serve students and develop ethical leaders.” The assets of Cascade Meadow will be transferred to Saint Mary’s on July 1, at no cost to the university. Remick has also made a generous financial investment with the university to assure a smooth transition, and to support future growth in programming beneficial to the Rochester area. Scott Walker, Saint Mary’s associate vice president for partnerships – Rochester, has been named executive director of Cascade Meadow. According to Walker, the university will develop additional programming for high school, college, and graduate students with special emphasis in the sciences and allied health. Programs could also focus on science education training for teachers. Walker said current educational partnerships with Rochester Public Utilities and Zumbro Watershed Partnership will continue at Cascade Meadow. Cascade Meadow opened in 2011 as a 501(c)(3) environmental education facility serving primarily school-aged children and local visitors. The center has hosted field trips...
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...
Saint Mary’s honors Sister Generose Gervais with honorary degree

Saint Mary’s honors Sister Generose Gervais with honorary degree

Photo caption: Sister Generose Gervais, a Franciscan sister and former Saint Marys Hospital administrator for whom Mayo’s Generose mental health building is named, received a Doctor of Humanities from Brother William Mann, president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, left; and Michael Gostomski, chair of the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees, right. WINONA, Minn. — 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 by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota at its commencement ceremony May 9 in Winona. 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 award states that Sister Generose has, for more than 75 years, “embraced and embodied the charism of the Sisters of the Order of Saint Francis and has shared that charism through her institutional leadership and personal interactions, never failing to see Christ’s presence in those with whom she has...
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