View April 8 talk of former FDIC chair at Winona campus

View April 8 talk of former FDIC chair at Winona campus

Each year, the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership sponsors a forum that brings an internationally renowned leader to Saint Mary’s University’s Twin Cities campus for a keynote address. This year, the keynote address will be live-streamed to Saint Mary’s Winona campus on Tuesday, April 8. The public is invited to hear the Honorable Sheila Bair, former chair of the FDIC during the Great Recession. Bair is an exceptional leader, speaker and commentator on the fiscal health of the United States and beyond, and was named the second most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine in 2008. Her address is titled “Main Street vs. Wall Street and the New Financial Paradigm.” In addition, Chris Policinski, CEO of Land O’Lakes, will be awarded the Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership. The event will be moderated by Fred de Sam Lazaro, director of SMU’s Under-Told Stories Project and a correspondent for PBS NewsHour. The community is invited to watch the event live in three locations at SMU: Page Theatre, Room 9 of the Toner Student Center, or the Common Room, located on the third floor of Saint Mary’s Hall. The full event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The welcoming remarks and presentation of the Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership will occur between 11:30 and 11:50 a.m. Bair’s remarks will take place from approximately 12:10-1:15 p.m. (There is a break in the event from 11:50 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.) For more information, go...
Alumnus named next president of Totino-Grace H.S.

Alumnus named next president of Totino-Grace H.S.

FRIDLEY, Minn. — Dr. Craig Junker was recently named president of Totino-Grace High School in Fridley, Minn. Dr. Junker received M.A. in Instruction and Ed.D. in Leadership degrees from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 1996 and 2005, respectively. “While getting to know Craig over the last couple months, it has become clear that (he) is a great fit for Totino-Grace,” a school news release said. “His enthusiasm for Catholic education is contagious. The search committee believes Craig’s many gifts are a tremendous match with the needs of our school community.” Having served as superintendent for Lake City Public Schools since 2009, Dr. Junker will assume his new duties on July 1 at the private, Catholic school. “We really like Lake City, and things are going great for my family,” Dr. Junker said. “At the same time, we are ready for a new opportunity. When opportunities come up, you have to look at them and see if you can make a difference at a really prestigious school.” The Winona community remembers Dr. Junker from his tenure as president of Cotter High School and Junior High School from 2000 to 2009. He led 500 students, 85 staff members and an annual budget of over $4.5 million while directing the Catholic schools in Winona. Prior to that, he had served as junior high principal, English teacher and soccer coach. Dr. Junker earned a bachelor’s degree at St. John’s University, and then pursued master’s and doctoral degrees in education at Saint Mary’s University. He spoke positively of his time at the Winona campus, from studying for an advanced degree to serving as...
Saint Mary’s to host Row, Ride, Run Triathlon

Saint Mary’s to host Row, Ride, Run Triathlon

WINONA, Minn. — The annual Saint Mary’s University “Row, Ride, Run Triathlon” will take place on Saturday, April 26, beginning at 9 a.m. at Lake Lodge in Winona and finishing on SMU’s Winona campus. About 150 athletes from throughout the Midwest are expected to register for the race. Participants will canoe or kayak a 2.5-mile loop around Lake Winona, then bike 14 miles from Lake Winona to the SMU campus. Once on campus, racers will run 3.1 miles through the bluffs surrounding the university. Proceeds assist Serving Others United in Love (SOUL), a collaborative program between a student organization and SMU’s Office of Campus Ministry. Through SOUL, students are able to connect with diverse communities by participating in national and international service trips. Registration is $35 per individual or $70 per team. Teams can be made up of two, three or four members. The deadline to register is Sunday, April 20, and racers must provide their own canoes or kayaks. Awards will be presented to the top three fastest individuals and the top finishing teams. Participants must be 10 or older to row or run and 15 or older to bike. Visit Row Ride Run for more information or call (507)...
Saint Mary’s volunteers for ‘Spruce Up Winona’ April 12

Saint Mary’s volunteers for ‘Spruce Up Winona’ April 12

The Saint Mary’s University Volunteer Mentors are encouraging Winona nonprofit agencies to submit requests for service. CAPTION: Volunteers from Spruce up Winona 2013. Saint Mary’s student volunteers will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, to help local individuals, groups, churches and organizations in recognition of the ninth annual “Spruce Up Winona Day.” Do you need someone to help with your spring-cleaning, to rake leaves, to do some painting, or to help with construction? Saint Mary’s will supply the workers, if you supply the materials needed (paint, brushes, rakes, tools, etc.). Requests must be made by Tuesday, April 7, to Chris McClead at (507) 457-7268 or cmcclead@smumn.edu. Please indicate what you need done, how many students could finish the job and where you are...
Featured Graduate: Tatjana Hutnyak ’96, M’03

Featured Graduate: Tatjana Hutnyak ’96, M’03

Tatjana Hutnyak ’96, M’03 is passionate about creating employment opportunities. She went back to earn her master’s degree in International Business to improve her own job prospects. Now, 10 years removed from speaking at her Saint Mary’s University graduation ceremony, one of Hutnyak’s nonprofit ventures is gaining worldwide attention for its work in revitalizing a job field that many have forgotten. The Maker’s Coalition is a network of businesses, educational institutions and non-profit organizations that is focused on rebuilding the American industrial sewing industry. Since 2012, Hutnyak has served as a co-founder on a volunteer board of directors that has established a sewing training program at Minneapolis’ Dunwoody College and has connected graduates with companies in need. The idea for TMC came about after Hutnyak met Jennifer Guarino, then the CEO of J.W. Hulme Co. The 100-year-old leather goods company was in desperate need of skilled workers after most of the jobs had gone overseas decades ago, and the majority of remaining industrial sewers were facing retirement. “Companies don’t want to manufacture overseas anymore, but they can’t find workers,” Hutnyak said. “The jobs historically went overseas, so you don’t really find industrial sewers in America anymore. A lot of people who are producing locally are 60 or older, so there’s this generational gap in the industry.” After speaking with Guarino and identifying her company’s needs, Hutnyak saw an opportunity. Hutnyak works for Lifetrack, a nonprofit human services organization that serves children, families and adults facing life challenges. Many of these adults were unemployed, and Hutnyak wanted to find a way to provide them with professional training to fit the...
Special visit days are a great way to explore Saint Mary’s

Special visit days are a great way to explore Saint Mary’s

Admitted Student Day is an exceptional way for admitted seniors and their families to explore and experience Saint Mary’s University. This event — planned for Sunday and Monday, April 13-14 — is a chance to see what Saint Mary’s is about, both in and out of the classroom. It’s an opportunity to spend a night on the Winona campus, eat in the cafeteria and sit in on classes. Special sessions will also be presented about financial aid, the honors program, athletics, career outcomes, the Student Success Center, residence life and the study abroad program. A bus is available for visitors from the Chicago area at no cost. Families will check in Sunday evening at 5 p.m., attend presentations or classes on Monday and depart at 3 p.m. You can see the complete schedule or register online. This event is just one way the SMU Office of Admission is presenting personalized experiences for potential students. About 200 students and their families attended Scholarship Recognition Day Feb. 22, during which the university recognized the accomplishments of its highest-achieving admitted students. Attendees took a motor coach tour of Winona and learned more about the honors program, study abroad, financial aid and other topics. Saint Mary’s President Brother William Mann also hosted a celebrational dinner in their honor. Check out photos from the Scholarship Recognition Day on our Facebook album and web...