Alumni in Action: Emil “Bud” Paape ’62

High school teacher, Peace Corps volunteer, university instructor Hometown: Winona, Minn. Major: History From 1962 to 1965, Bud Paape taught history, mathematics and English at Hill High School, a Lasallian (Christian Brother-affiliated school) in Maplewood, Minn. However, a few years earlier he was inspired by John F. Kennedy’s challenge to university students to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. Therefore, from 1965 to 1967, Paape left Minnesota and served in Nigeria as a member of the United States Peace Corps where he taught mathematics and African history. After returning to the United States, he attended the University of Minnesota and earned an M.A. in journalism/mass communication. From 1968 to 1987, and again from 1989 until 1999, he taught at Grace High School (now Totino-Grace High School) in Fridley, Minn., where he became one of the most respected teachers in the school’s history. He was granted a two-year leave of absence in 1987 in order to do another term in the Peace Corps – this time at the Universite Hassan II in Casablanca, Morocco. In 1996, he received the Teacher of the Year Award from the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. In 1999, after a year working at the American Refugee Committee in Minneapolis, Bud began another career at Saint Mary’s of Minnesota in Minneapolis where he serves as the administrative assistant for the M.A. in Education Wisconsin program. “Saint Mary’s showed me a path from Winona to a most interesting world,” he said. “The universality of Lasallian educational philosophy served me well in suburban St. Paul, in the bush...
Three short-term study abroad programs planned for spring

Three short-term study abroad programs planned for spring

This coming May a total of 35 students will be participating in Saint Mary’s short-term study abroad programs. These programs include an in-class experience during the spring semester and two- to three-week faculty led travel abroad in May. Preston Lawing, accompanied by Rob McColl, will leading an art program to Italy, “Introduction to Italy: History, Art, & Culture.” Michael Ratajczyk will lead a business program to China, “Chinese Business and Culture.” And Dr. Kyle Black will lead a Spanish program to Buenos Aires, Argentina, “Urban Studies of Buenos Aires Culture.” Visit the Saint Mary’s Study Abroad website for more information,...
Dr. Ting Ni retires from Saint Mary’s

Dr. Ting Ni retires from Saint Mary’s

Dr. Ting Ni’s remarkable story has inspired countless students throughout her tenure. (And it’s even suppressed a bit of whining by students who could otherwise be tempted to take their education for granted.) Ni, a native of Tianjin, China, grew up during the tumultuous Cultural Revolution. For 10 years, between 1966 and 1976, schools were closed in China under Mao Zedong’s orders. And at 16, Ni was sent to a village to be “re-educated” by peasant labor. She was told she would spend the rest of her life working in this village. She spent long days doing hard labor in the fields. “Peasants would work from dawn until it was dark when you couldn’t see anymore,” she said. But in the evening, she taught herself English by listening to a radio, thirsty for knowledge. Prior to the Cultural Revolution, both of Ni’s parents were educators, and she grew up on a college campus surrounded by an academic environment. “Teaching was always something I wanted to do, even when I was really young,” she said. “My first dream was to go to college. The Cultural Revolution interrupted my dream, but that dream didn’t die.” Her parents, labeled as counter-revolutionaries, were punished. Her father was sent to what Ni compares to a concentration camp, and her brother was sent to work in a dangerous coal mine thousands of miles away. Yet her mother would send her used books, which were hard to come by as libraries were closed, and many books had been destroyed. During this period, Ni heard about a national exam — administered by the government — that the...
Saint Mary’s to host interdisciplinary undergraduate conference April 25-26

Saint Mary’s to host interdisciplinary undergraduate conference April 25-26

WINONA, Minn. — On Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, Saint Mary’s will host the second annual Undergraduates, Inc. Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Conference Program that will bring students from North Dakota State, Iowa State, Winona State and other regional universities to present their work in academic panels along with Saint Mary’s students. The conference rotates among the North Dakota State campus, Iowa State and Saint Mary’s. The public is invited to attend a presentation by Dr. Dometa Brothers, assistant professor of English at Iowa State University, at 5 p.m. April 25 in the Common Room, located on the third floor of Saint Mary’s Hall. Dr. Brothers will speak about “Romantic Math and Science: How Literature Influenced Nineteenth Century Thought,” and her presentation is free and open to the public. The event continues April 26, as students from several disciplines, including English, history, women’s and gender studies, and communication, make presentations from 9 to 11:45 a.m., followed by a lunch buffet with a keynote presentation by Dr. Hiromi Mizuno, associate professor of history at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Mizuno’s speech, “The Divine Emperor’s Children and Popular Science Culture in Wartime Japan,” will begin at noon in the Common Room. Afternoon student presentations resume from 1:45 to 3 p.m. The cost of attending the Saturday conference is $30, and those who are interested in attending may contact Dr. Erin Mae Clark at eclark@smumn.edu or (507) 457-6643 or Dr. Tycho de Boer at tdeboer@smumn.edu or (507)...
Speaker to discuss history of Orthodox spirituality

Speaker to discuss history of Orthodox spirituality

Christopher Johnson, assistant professor of global Christianity at the University of North Dakota, presented “The Pilgrim and the Hermit: How one encounter helped bring Orthodox spirituality to the West” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3. The event was held in the Presidents’ Room. Sponsors include the Department of History, the Global Faith Living Learning Community, the Lasallian Core Traditions program and the School of Humanities and Sciences. For more information, contact Erich Lippman at elippman@smumn.edu or...
Living Learning Communities help students adjust and engage

Living Learning Communities help students adjust and engage

  The four Living Learning Communities (LLCs) offered to freshmen in 2013-14 help students both fit in and stand out as they begin their college careers. CAPTION: This year’s “Well Inc.” Living Learning Community learns about healthy food preparation from a local nutritionist. Living Learning Communities are residential groups within the greater Saint Mary’s community that help students connect and grow during their first year at college. The program combines academics with residence life, providing students with out-of-class opportunities to participate in social, cultural, recreational, academic and community service programs. Some of the best conversations on campus are taking place in the comfort of students’ own residence halls. They become a part of an instant community of students who are passionate about similar interests, have common goals, and who want to be engaged outside of the classroom. They build an instant and lifelong support network of friends (and professors) while participating in unique experiential learning opportunities. And they begin their college career with a unique and in-depth examination of forces and issues alive in our world. Each LLC is centered around a course that fulfills the first-year Lasallian Core Tradition course requirement. Students will learn together as they learn from one another. Each year Saint Mary’s offers four different Living Learning Communities so that students can choose the best fit for themselves. LIVING LEARNING COMMUNITIES IN 2013-14 ArtsAlive! An arts Living Learning Community Faculty advisors: Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, music, and Lisa Truax, art and design This Living Learning Community is designed for first-year students either enrolled in the School of the Arts or with a strong interest in the...
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