Public invited to play in Tom Farren Memorial Golf Classic

Public invited to play in Tom Farren Memorial Golf Classic

The public is invited to play in the sixth annual Tom Farren Memorial Golf Classic Sunday, July 20. The four-person scramble will have a 9 a.m. shotgun start at Cedar Valley Golf Course. The $80 entry fee includes a Sunday brunch from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., a Saint Mary’s sweatshirt and 18 holes of golf with a cart.  The deadline to register is Monday, July 7. This outing honors former Saint Mary’s golf coach Tom Farren and is a fundraiser for the men’s and women’s golf teams. Send a check and shirt sizes for foursomes to Cedar Valley Golf Course, P.O. Box 1148, Winona, MN 55987. For more information, contact Nikki Fennern at nfennern@smumn.edu or (507)...
Making sunny connections on the court

Making sunny connections on the court

It’s just a typical day at the office when Walter Mannino ’09 arranges a special high-five, a coveted autograph, or a prime spot on the warm-up bench. But to the clients he represents as an account experience specialist with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, it’s a memory they’ll never forget. Mannino manages a portfolio of more than 300 business/premium and individual ticket accounts. On LinkedIn, he describes his job as “maximizing the season ticket-holder experience.” That means thinking up new and creative events like the “high-five kids,” which gets younger fans out on the court to greet the players. “We want to ensure they have a great experience, give them the ‘wow’ moments,” he said. “We ensure they are getting great memories so that when they grow up, they bring their kids. “I try to make sure my accounts take a memory from each game. During yesterday’s game, we got to bring in some kids for the bench warmer program. They got to sit on the bench and watch the players warm up right on the court. To see the excitement the kids get when they get that close to the players was great. We want them to feel like they got an amazing experience. “Saint Mary’s helped me in that respect. You have that personalized experience at Saint Mary’s. I want to pass that along and show people as many personalized experiences as I can.” Mannino admits, like most college students, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to study when he first came to Saint Mary’s, but looking back, majoring in sports management was a slam-dunk. “I realized that...
Remembering Max Molock

Remembering Max Molock

Baseball athlete takes a look back at playing for a legend. Previously published in the Cardinal Connection. Editor’s note: It is the 30-year anniversary of Saint Mary’s College legend Max Molock’s death. Molock coached the Saint Mary’s baseball team for 40 seasons before retiring in 1983. Former player Mark Meyer recently wrote this article to share his thoughts on playing for Molock. By Mark Meyer ’83 About a year ago I exchanged a couple of brief emails with a former teammate who had just been named to the Saint Mary’s Sports Hall of Fame. I congratulated Todd Borndale (Class of 1985) for his fine baseball career and a well-deserved honor. Not surprisingly, “Borny” deflected the accolade and instead reminded me how much we had enjoyed the game during our days in Winona, toiling at the foot of the bluffs on a field named after our legendary coach. “Back in the day we played the game the way it was supposed to be played, and we had a good time playing,” Borndale wrote. “Winning was important, however, having fun seemed to be just as important.” At the center of the controlled mayhem was the aforementioned legend, Max Molock, a Casey Stengel-like throwback with a seemingly gruff exterior who knew how to motivate his players and at the same time help them cultivate an appreciation for nuances of the game. The hit-and-run, double steal, backing up third on a throw from the outfield and the pickoff plays at second base sometimes consumed a good portion of practice time. But when they worked – and they did – you became an instant...

Alumni in Action: Mariana Sanchez ’10

Soccer coach, graphic designer, cancer victim advocate Hometown: Puebla, Mexico Major: Graphic Design Mariana Sanchez was a team captain and all-conference soccer player, but more importantly she was a supporter of athletics and the university. This desire and love for athletics continued as she was asked to be an assistant soccer coach at Western Illinois University, a Division I school, where she helped lead the team to the end of a successful season. Sanchez also has a desire to advocate and care for children who are battling cancer. These desires led her to found the “Trains for a Cause Campaign.” This organization was established to bring happiness into the lives of children who have been diagnosed with cancer and to collect monetary donations for those in need and organizations that support these children. In addition, she is a creative graphic designer and has used her talents in multiple ways to improve the lives of others. Sanchez was a senior publication artist for Wincraft, Inc. and media producer and curriculum developer for John Deere, Inc. Sanchez has recently returned to Mexico to be near her family. Read more Alumni in Action...
Two girls’ volleyball camps on campus this summer

Two girls’ volleyball camps on campus this summer

Saint Mary’s University will host two girls’ volleyball camps July 18-29 for students entering grades six through 12 in the fall. This first camp, “Session I,” is for girls entering grades six through eight and will be held Sunday, July 20, through Thursday, July 25. The second camp, “Session II,” is for girls entering grades nine through 12 and will be held Sunday, July 27, through Thursday, July 31. These camps provide a great experience for players who want intense work in a competitive atmosphere. Seventy-five percent of the focus will be on individual skills, and the other 25 percent will be on team play. Mike Lester, SMU’s head volleyball coach, will lead this camp with the assistance of SMU women’s volleyball team members. For commuters, rates are $375 before April 15 and $400 after April 15. Residential rates are $425 and $450. Register and pay online by June 27. This registration fee includes lodging and meals, as well as access to the Recreation and Athletics Center, indoor pool, weight room, dance studio, hiking trails, disc golf course, track and soccer complex, ropes course and more. For more information, call...
Rice feels strongly about supporting his alma mater

Rice feels strongly about supporting his alma mater

Despite graduating from Saint Mary’s more than 30 years ago, Dr. Thomas Rice has found a way to stay heavily involved with the university. Dr. Rice graduated from SMU in 1982 — along with his wife, Eileen (Long) — with a degree in Biology. He went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota Medical School and did his residency in ophthalmology at the U of M. Dr. Rice joined the St. Paul Eye Clinic in 1993 and currently serves as its president. He and Eileen have four sons, one daughter and two grandchildren. Their daughter, Madeline, is currently a junior majoring in Elementary Education at SMU. Tell us about how you ended up at SMU. I grew up in St. Cloud, Minn. and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1978. I played football, hockey and ran track while in high school. I started at SMU (it was SMC back then) in 1978. Including myself, I have five family members who graduated from SMU — my father graduated in 1952, my brother Steve in ’79, my sisters Cathy in ’84 and Patty in ’85. What things were you involved in at Saint Mary’s? I was fortunate to play hockey for four years and was captain of the team my junior and senior years. My junior year, we made it to the national tournament. The years I played at SMU, our home rink was in Rochester. Daily we would make the bus trip to Rochester to practice. In January of my senior year, the school purchased a “bubble” to go over the outdoor rink and I remember having to climb...
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