Music lover discovers English is his forte

Music lover discovers English is his forte

Paul Schmitt advises incoming college students to “leave yourselves open to experiences.” The jazz musician and music aficionado discovered he had a profound interest in writing and studying literature. For a little extra spending money, he’s mapping wetlands with the GeoSpatial Services at Saint Mary’s. And he’s not too shabby at ceramics. “You don’t need to have your life mapped out,” he said. “It became evident right away that I could be involved with everything I wanted to at Saint Mary’s, and my interests were very broad. This was the place where I could explore my passions, even if it wasn’t for my profession.” The self-proclaimed “band geek” from Sebeka, Minn., originally thought music was his forte. With blue-collar working parents, Schmitt said he was raised to be practical. His parents encouraged him to think about his potential profession, and not just about getting a degree. Schmitt thought that the music industry program would provide him with the specialized training and job outlets he would need. Through performing with the jazz band and the Oldie Moldie All-Star singing group, taking leadership roles in the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and getting on stage for the school’s music variety shows, Schmitt became immersed in the music scene. And although he credits the strength of the music program, he came to realize that English, and in particular literature and writing, was his true calling. Always pragmatic, Schmitt first dabbled in public relations and copywriting, working for the Cardinal student newspaper as well as interning with an advertising agency in La Crosse, Wis. “(English Department faculty member) Dr. Carolyn Ayers has... read more
Saint Mary’s University honors Brother Gerard Rummery with honorary degree

Saint Mary’s University honors Brother Gerard Rummery with honorary degree

FARMINGTON, Minn. — In recognition of a lifetime of faith-filled service, Brother Gerard Rummery, FSC was presented with an honorary doctorate by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota June 18 in Farmington at a Lasallian Summer Retreat for Saint Mary’s faculty, staff, and students. Brother Gerard was awarded a Doctor of Humanities degree, honoris causa, for his years of service to the De La Salle Christian Brothers as leader on the international level. The award recognizes Brother Gerard’s 65 years of service to the worldwide Lasallian Family. Brother Gerard has been committed to the continuation of the Brothers’ shared mission with Lasallian partners, especially within his role as a teacher at the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies and at the Lasallian Leadership Institute, facilitator of Lasallian Summer Retreats at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and Saint Mary’s College of California, and presenter at countless local, national, and international Lasallian retreats and conferences. He has also contributed greatly to the quality of Lasallian resources and publications and to a deeper appreciation of catechesis and religious education in the modern world. Brother Gerard has been committed to the continuation of the Brothers’ shared mission with Lasallian partners, especially within his role as a teacher at the Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies and at the Lasallian Leadership Institute, facilitator of Lasallian Summer Retreats at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and Saint Mary’s College of California, and presenter at countless local, national, and international Lasallian retreats and conferences. He has also contributed greatly to the quality of Lasallian resources and publications and to a deeper appreciation of catechesis and religious education in the modern world.... read more
Three alumni to be honored at Saint Mary’s Reunion Weekend June 26-28

Three alumni to be honored at Saint Mary’s Reunion Weekend June 26-28

WINONA, Minn. — Each year during summer Reunion Weekend festivities, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota honors outstanding alumni. This year’s Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient is William G. Jungbauer ’75, J.D. of North Oaks, Minn.; the Alumni Appreciation Award will be given to William Herzog ’70 of Lakeville, Minn.; and the Outstanding Young Alumna Award will be given to Jennifer (Folgers) Baertsch ’05 of Winona. All three will be honored during a reception Saturday, June 27, on the Winona campus. Approximately 300 alumni, family, and friends will return for Saint Mary’s Reunion Weekend festivities, which begins Friday, June 26, and will run throughout the weekend. To register, or for more information about the many activities and events planned, go to mysmumn.org/reunion15. 2015 Saint Mary’s Reunion Weekend Honorees:   William G. Jungbauer ’75, J.D.    Distinguished Alumnus Award William “Bill” Jungbauer graduated summa cum laude from Saint Mary’s in 1975. In 1972, at the age of 19, Jungbauer was selected as the youngest member of the U.S. Electoral College in U.S. history. After Saint Mary’s, he graduated from the University of Minnesota with a law degree and joined Yaeger Law Firm. Since 1978 he has served as an employee, attorney, partner, and currently as president and senior partner of the national law firm headquartered in Saint Paul, now Yaeger & Jungbauer Barristers, PLC. Jungbauer has represented the Association of Rail Labor Attorneys and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers before the United States Supreme Court as Counsel of Record in filing of Amicus Brief. He testified before the United States House of Representatives’ full Transportation and Infrastructure Committee during a 2007 hearing on “The Impact of Railroad Injury, Accident, and Discipline... read more
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