Students raise money for solar panel initiative

Students raise money for solar panel initiative

Saint Mary’s students are hoping for a surge of supporters — and $20,000 — to help bring solar panels to the Winona campus. Watt’s the big deal? According to student organizer Conner Ellinghuysen, the addition of a 16.4-kilowatt system will reduce the university’s carbon footprint, save the university money, and provide educational experiences for students. The student-led fundraising initiative began with the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Student Senate. Committee members Reikel Biechler, Katie O’Leary, Peter Hegland and Ellinghuysen spent a year developing the idea and proposal. On Feb. 21, they were given the green light to begin fundraising by Saint Mary’s administration. “This has been a particularly active and productive Student Senate,” Chris Kendall, vice president for student life, said. “We’ve talked about various initiatives including solar panels in the past, but this group turned the talk into action. They made a proposal in the context of our strategic plan, and we’re proud of what they’ve accomplished.” The group is partnering with another organization called Minnesota Student Energy Project (MNSEP), which has agreed to fund two-thirds of the $60,000 project. That leaves a $20,000 fundraising goal. Ellinghuysen said the group would ideally like to raise the money by the end of the school year, so the panels could be installed before school resumes next fall. Kendall calls it an “ambitious plan.” But he also says, “I wouldn’t bet against them.” The group is good at selling their product. Ellinghuysen pointed out that Saint Mary’s is considered one of the greenest Lasallian universities in the U.S.; this project will educate students further on the importance of protecting the environment....
Cardinal Plunge raises $1,600 for local family

Cardinal Plunge raises $1,600 for local family

WINONA, Minn. — Approximately 25 Saint Mary’s University students braved the icy water during the fifth annual “Cardinal Plunge,” held Feb. 8 in coordination with the Winter Carnival Goose Bump Jump in Lake Winona. This year, about $1,600 was raised for SMU junior Conner Ellinghuysen’s father, Robert Ellinghuysen of Winona. Robert was hit head on in a collision in June 2012 along Highway 14 in Stockton. He underwent numerous surgeries and lengthy hospital stays. Proceeds will help the Ellinghuysen family with ongoing medical expenses and other family needs. The event was sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Future Alumni Committee. To see photos from the day, go...
Cardinal Plunge Feb. 8 to raise money for Ellinghuysen family

Cardinal Plunge Feb. 8 to raise money for Ellinghuysen family

Brave souls and warm hearts are invited to join Saint Mary’s University for the fifth annual “Cardinal Plunge,” 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Lake Lodge Recreation Center, in coordination with the city’s Winter Carnival Goose Bump Jump. CAPTION: Two of last year’s brave Cardinal Plunge participants. This year, Cardinal Plunge participants will be freezin’ for a reason. Proceeds will be directed to SMU junior Conner Ellinghuysen’s father, Robert Ellinghuysen of Winona. Robert was hit head-on in a collision on June 2012 along Highway 14 in Stockton. He underwent numerous surgeries and lengthy hospital stays. Proceeds will help the Ellinghuysen family with ongoing medical expenses and other family needs. A silent auction will also be held. Cash donations and items can be brought to the SMU Alumni Office. The cost to plunge is $20 ($15 for the SMU community). This event is sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Future Alumni Committee. Pre-register online at www.mysmumn.org/plunge2014. For more information, contact Kenzie Corrow at (507) 995-4863 or Conner Ellinghuysen at (507) 429-7960. Are you coming? Facebook...
Lieder, Tadie perform in ‘Dancing with Winona Stars’

Lieder, Tadie perform in ‘Dancing with Winona Stars’

  Two members of the Saint Mary’s faculty and staff will put their skills on the line for charity at Dancing with the Winona Stars on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Winona State University’s McCown Gymnasium. The New Year’s Eve event will feature seven individual stars, eight groups of stars and The Dweebs. Terri Lieder, marketing and communication office, is dancing with M.P. and the History Hotties, raising money for the Winona County Historical Society. Dr. Joe Tadie, philosophy department, is dancing for Project FINE. They have been training with professional dance instructors for several months. A panel of judges will critique each performance. The winner is based on a combination of 50 percent dance score and 50 percent votes raised. Votes can be cast at any time, for $1 per vote, up to the end of the event. Checks for the votes should be made out directly to the charity. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person (which includes late night hors d’oeuvres, the show and The Dweebs’ performance.) Tables, which allow for reserved seating for eight, are $350 per table. Visit Dancing with the Winona Stars for more...
Future Alumni Committee hosts first Cardinals Give to the Max week

Future Alumni Committee hosts first Cardinals Give to the Max week

  Previously published in the Cardinal student newspaper by Samantha Borawski, News Section Editor A penny war, an email campaign, a scavenger hunt and a price-tagging competition were events hosted by Future Alumni Committee Nov. 10-14 to mark the first-ever philanthropy awareness week for Saint Mary’s University. The philanthropy week and events were created to educate students about the importance of giving back, not only to their community but to Saint Mary’s as well. The week-long penny war raised $123 for Give to the Max Day. An email campaign alerted family and friends about other events including a scavenger hunt on Tuesday, where students had to take pictures of the buildings and spaces on campus that have been named to recognize some of our loyal benefactors, and a price tagging event, where different items around campus had prices on them to help understand the costs of items on campus that we take for granted. The movie “The Human Experience,” which is in direct relation to the idea of philanthropy, was shown on Wednesday and there was also a volunteer opportunity to show that anyone can give back in ways other than monetary contribution. Finally, Thursday, Nov. 14 was the Give to the Max Day event in which SMU competed against other non-profit organizations to raise the most money for their organization. The event, held in the Cardinal Club, promoted Give to the Max Day by showing a live feed of the event on televisions and had an information table to raise awareness for those in attendance. According to the Institutional Research Fact Book 2012-2013, SMU’s operating budget for all...
Student-managed Cardinal Corner is open for business

Student-managed Cardinal Corner is open for business

  Each semester, undergraduate entrepreneurship students manage a not-for-profit retail store located in the basement of Toner Student Center. Aptly named the “Cardinal Corner,” students choose products to sell in the store, garner donations from around campus, and sell items for on-campus organizations as part of a course within the entrepreneurship major. The class is broken into management teams and sales staff.  Students apply lessons learned in many courses such as marketing, economics, and management. Each team experiences product sourcing, pricing, promotion and placement. The decisions that the students make throughout the semester are experienced first-hand and result in financial success or failure. This semester the students chose five new products to sell at the store: a vintage style college shirt, a pink cancer awareness shirt, tote bags, footballs and winter hats. The students voted to give the store’s profits this year to the First-Generation Initiative. Profits from previous semesters have been donated to the Winona Area Humane Society; Haiti Medical Mission of Wisconsin; Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance recipients; Dom Dziecka, a children’s orphanage in Poland; and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Minnesota. Led by assistant professor of business Michael Ratajczyk, the members of this semester’s class are: Ashley  Bollig,  Chelsea  Pumper,  Cody  Sprague,  Daniel  Fino,  Jakub  Koziuk,  James  Sullivan,  Jennifer  Tobroxen,  Lucas  Kubic,  Matthew  Biagini,  Michael  Burfeind,  Nancy  Leon-Morales,  Natalie  Williams,  Otto  Holzer,  Reid  Smithe,  Ronald  Enrooth,  Samantha  Kleese,  Sarah  Mills, Timothy  Wolande, Tyler  Krysiak and Jamal Arnold. When asked their thoughts about the Cardinal Corner thus far in the semester, the student teams had this to say. “A school spirited store made by Cardinals for Cardinals!”...
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