More than 560 honored at Saint Mary’s commencement

More than 560 honored at Saint Mary’s commencement

It was a day for high-fives, flowers, and many photos. On May 10, the Winona campus of Saint Mary’s University hosted a joint commencement ceremony for both undergraduate and graduate students. More than 560 students were recognized. Undergraduate reflections were offered by this year’s Outstanding Male and Female Seniors Amy Spitzmueller, daughter of Kathy and Bill Spitzmueller of New Brighton, Minn., and Miles Dunna, son of Wokie Dunna of St. Paul. Representing SMU’s Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, Stephanie Nuttall, an M.S. in Geographic Information Science graduate, also provided a reflection. Courtney Leasure Clark, M.A. in Philanthropy and Development, and Kathleen Junko, M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning, were presented with Outstanding Graduate Final Paper Awards. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, J.D. — a 1978 Saint Mary’s graduate — received a Doctor of Ethical Leadership in recognition of 30 years of service and ethical leadership as a committed public servant. A reception on the plaza followed the ceremony. Congratulations to all of our Saint Mary’s graduates; we’re proud of your accomplishments and look forward to what you accomplish next! To see photos from the event, visit our online photo album. The Saint Mary’s Nairobi campus hosted its commencement ceremony on May 3. The Twin Cities campus will conduct three summer commencement ceremonies on June...
Students win awards at science convention

Students win awards at science convention

Previously published in Campus Notes By Deb Nahrgang Twelve biology students, one biochemistry student, one chemistry student and one physics student presented at the Minnesota Academy of Science (MAS) Winchell Symposium /NC-3 Beta Beta Beta District convention that was held at Saint Mary’s Winona campus on April 26. Two students received awards for the best paper presentation for their section by MAS. Those students were Amy Spitzmueller, “Heavy Metal Analysis of Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) from East Lake Winona” (advisor Dr. Ray Faber), and Elizabeth Arnold, “Extraction of Glands and Analysis of the Toxin in Tadpole Madtoms (Noturus gyrinus)” (advisor Dr. Randy Krainock). Three students received awards for best poster presentations by MAS: Those students were Amy Spitzmueller and Kristen Thelen, “The Impact of Chronic Exposure to Atrazine on PCV, Cell Size and Shape in Chicken and Pheasants” (advisor Dr. Debra Martin); and Collin Niehaus, “Size and age structure of black, golden, and shorthead redhorse in the north branch Root River” (advisor Dr. Phil Cochran). Additionally, District Beta Beta Beta awards were given out. For the John J. Johnson Award for best poster, Amy Spitzmueller won first place, Kristen Thelen won second place and Collin Niehaus won third place.  For the Frank G. Brook Awards for best paper (oral) presentation, first place was won by Kristen Thelen and Katie Stolz for their presentation, “The effects of in utero exposure to atrazine on the hematopoietic system in Mus musculus” (advisor Dr. Debra Martin). Second place was won by Amy Spitzmueller. Also attending from Saint Mary’s were Jillian Martin, Anna Smaron, Anthony Garoutte, Kristen Gustafson, Alberta Gittens, Bethany Schmidt, Lisa Obasi, Amanda...
News from Nairobi

News from Nairobi

By James Chege Librarian Maryknoll Institute of African Studies Editor: Father Michael C. Kirwen, Director Celebrations at MIASMU Students, field assistants, staff and faculty at the Maryknoll Institute of African gathered on April 14 to mark the end of the second semester of the academic year. The final-day celebration has become a special tradition at MIASMU where everybody comes to reflect and share classroom and field-work experiences of the past 12 weeks. The day began with the students and field assistants discussing what is currently a hot topic  in Kenya, namely, the newly passed marriage bill which legalizes polygany, while the faculty met in their final meeting of the semester. After a coffee break, the entire group gathered for presentations from each faculty member who gave brief overviews of their courses to encourage students to not only understand the value of the course but also to consider taking it in the next term. After each presentation the lecturer was presented with a gift by one of the students as a token of appreciation for their hard work in teaching and guiding the students. A surprise gift was in store for the program director and founder. A special spear was presented to him by one of the students, a diocesan priest of 30 years, Father Simon Kaire. The spear originally belonged to his grandfather and was presented to him on his ordination in 1984. The 10-foot spear or itimū in Kikuyu Language is a sign of power, unity, identity and civility among the Kikuyu people, and was used during initiation into adulthood/elderhood ceremonies and as a weapon to drive off...
Alumnus named next superintendent of Richfield Public Schools

Alumnus named next superintendent of Richfield Public Schools

On his journey of becoming a superintendent, Steven Unowsky was looking for a school district where he would be a good match. He found that mutual fit in Richfield Public Schools. And so Unowsky — who earned his Educational Administration Licensure from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2002 and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership here — will cross the river to become a superintendent after serving the Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) for the past 10 years. “Richfield has a long and proud tradition of remaining focused on students,” Unowsky said. “It is a diverse community committed to serving all students and families. I believe that the needs of Richfield Public Schools provide an excellent match for my skills, experience and passion for public education.” While working at SPPS, Unowsky was provided with “excellent experiences” within the district as both an employee and as a parent. Most recently, as an assistant superintendent for the past two years, Unowsky was able to watch and learn what it took to excel at the top leadership position. “The most important first steps for a superintendent is to truly learn about the needs of the system and community,” Unowsky said. “My first role will be to listen and learn from all Richfield stakeholders. Our work together will be to create a unified team. Upon this foundation, we will create a clear vision together. The next step will be a strategic plan that can help guide our work into the future.” Unowsky began his studies at Saint Mary’s and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs in 2000. He enrolled...
Saint Mary’s presents Student Life awards

Saint Mary’s presents Student Life awards

Previously published in Campus Notes By Deb Nahrgang Saint Mary’s recognized outstanding students, faculty and staff Wednesday, April 23, at the Student Life Awards Ceremony. Individuals who have exhibited outstanding leadership and service through co-curricular activities at Saint Mary’s were recognized. Awards included: Brother Finbar McMullen Award (presented to an SMU community member who demonstrates him/herself to be an individual who unselfishly meets the needs of the undergraduate students of Saint Mary’s) — Brother Lawrence Humphrey, FSC, assistant vice president for mission. Club and Organization Advisor of the Year — Steven McGlaun, dean of campus...
Students recognized at Honors Convocation

Students recognized at Honors Convocation

Previously published in Campus Notes By Deb Nahrgang Saint Mary’s recognized outstanding senior students Friday, April 11, at the annual Honors Convocation. Highlights of the evening included the announcement of graduate and professional school acceptances, grants and fellowships, and the awarding of the following special honors: National Delta Epsilon Sigma Awards — National DES undergraduate scholarship, Melissa Radermacher, daughter of Tim and Amy Radermacher of Plymouth, Minn.; National DES graduate scholarship and National DES Student Award, Matthew Traxler, son of Timothy and Jeanne Traxler of Le Sueur, Minn. Lasallian Honors Program Outstanding Senior Awards — Grace Hoffman, daughter of James and Julie Hoffman of St. Paul; and Evan Shockley, son of Steven and Lisa Shockley of Omaha, Neb. Creative Spark Award (art and design award) — LeiLani Oas, daughter of John and Joan Oas of Minnesota City, Minn. Kevin Martineau Award and Outstanding Accounting Major (business awards) — Gabriel Thiel, son of Brian and Debra Thiel of Berlin, Wis. Outstanding Entrepreneurship Student (business award) — Brooke Bartelt, daughter of David and Connie Bartelt of New Prague, Minn. Outstanding Human Resource Management Student and Outstanding Marketing Major (business awards) — Kaylee Bunne, daughter of Dominick and Kathi Bunne of Le Roy, Minn. Outstanding International Business Student (business award) — Cassandra Kujawa, daughter of Chris and Judy Kujawa of South Milwaukee, Wis. Outstanding Sport Management Student (business award) — Tyler Grabau, son of David and Jean Grabau of Wabasha, Minn. American Institute of Chemists Award (chemistry award) — Erika Reith, daughter of Theresa Pirozzoli and Kelly Reith of Watertown, Wis.; and Jillian Martin, daughter of Michael and Jennifer Martin of Owatonna,...