Saint Mary’s to host career fair

Saint Mary’s to host career fair

The Saint Mary’s University career fair will be held 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in the Toner Student Center. All students and alumni of Saint Mary’s are invited to check out 40 local and regional businesses and organizations, network with potential employers and find out what they are looking for in potential interns and employees. See the list of participating business here (pdf). This is a great opportunity for students to practice job interview skills and potentially land a job or internship that could launch their careers. The Career Fair is sponsored by Saint Mary’s Career Services and Internships. For more information, visit their website. An opportunity to learn about informational session about Internship Programs and Academic Seminars in Washington (D.C.) Center will take place at 5:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct 30,  in Saint Mary’s Hall room 115....
Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party fundraiser is Nov. 16

Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party fundraiser is Nov. 16

WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is pleased to announce the eighth biennial Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party, Sunday, Nov. 16, at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St. This year’s Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party will feature two tea sittings (1 and 4 p.m.). Specialty teas and exquisite finger foods will be served. Additionally, the Land of the Sweets Gift Boutique, featuring holiday gifts and crafts, is available to the public from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for children and $18 for adults.  All children attending the tea party will receive a complimentary photo with their favorite character from the “Nutcracker” Ballet. Tea attendees will enjoy the sounds of live cello by MCA’s Music Division instructor, Rachael Ryan Dahlgren, and a dance demonstration by the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Sugar Plum Fairy Tea party is the first big event of the “Nutcracker” production season for MCA and its performing group, the Dance Repertory Company. The company will present the full-length ballet Dec. 3 – 7 at Saint Mary’s University’s Page Theatre. This year’s cast totals more than 85 members, including students from Saint Mary’s, Winona State University, and children and community members from the Winona area. For tickets to the production, call 507-457-1715 or visit www.pagetheatre.org. Proceeds from the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party go toward the MCA student scholarship fund and “Nutcracker” production costs.  The MCA is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. To reserve seats or a full table of six for the tea, call 507-453-5500 or visit www.mnconservatorforthearts.org. Reservations are preferred by Nov. 1. The Valéncia Arts Center is handicapped...
3D printer technology improves classroom learning

3D printer technology improves classroom learning

Dr. Nathan Lien, assistant professor of chemistry, holds up a model constructed on Saint Mary’s University’s recently acquired 3D printer. This model is a representation of the probability distribution of an electron in an “f orbital,” such as those found around uranium. Dr. Lien hopes to make models of lower energy orbitals to use in his General Chemistry I class and can foresee using 3D printing to make relief maps of watersheds for the university’s Countdown to College summer program, to help students visualize how topography affects how and where water flows. These are just a few examples of how this technology can improve classroom learning. Saint Mary’s faculty are discussing how 3D printing can be utilized in many different disciplines including art, business, theatre, education and the sciences.  ...
Saint Mary’s theatre alums make it big in Hollywood

Saint Mary’s theatre alums make it big in Hollywood

They’ve advertised Acuras, peddled Doritos, and promoted everything from lottery tickets to fitness centers. The faces of two 2006 Saint Mary’s theatre alumni, Ed Gelhaus and Andy Greene, are becoming nationally recognizable as their acting careers take off in Hollywood. Tonight you can tune in to find Gelhaus playing a “strong man” on a national television series, and you can check out Greene’s travels this past summer—including hot air ballooning in Poland and sand boarding in Germany—on YouTube. Their days are crammed with auditions. On a regular basis, the two actors find themselves cutting their hair, or wishing it was longer, growing a beard and then shaving it off—all to fit the latest potential part. Ed Gelhaus in ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ To play a young Dell Toledo, the strongman of the carnival on “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” Gelhaus shaved nine months of beard growth. He will appear on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s episodes (season 4, episodes 2 and 3 on Oct. 15 and 22). The show (graphic and for mature audiences only) airs at 9 p.m. on FX networks. “It’s a cool little bump in the career,” the Owen, Wis., native said with a laugh. “I play a younger version of the character played by Michael Chiklis, who is one of main characters and is married to Kathy Bates. He’s very sadistic and evil and everything wrong with society. He murders people with own hands; I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that. Whenever they need to show why he is the way he is, they cut back to me.” “The scenes are very graphic, to...
Five minutes with Emily Donohoue

Five minutes with Emily Donohoue

Emily Donohoue is enjoying the start to her junior year at Saint Mary’s. The women’s soccer player is majoring in Biology with a focus toward Pre-Physical Therapy and a Sports Business minor. She was born and raised in Centennial, Colo. When she is not busy with school and soccer, she enjoys spending time outdoors. She likes to hike, camp, bike, and snowboard. It seems like it has been an exciting few months for the women’s soccer team. Tell us about the team’s international trip this summer. Our team was very fortunate to have the opportunity to take a trip to England and Ireland. Our trip was just short of two weeks but we were able to fit a lot in. While in England we visited London, Oxford, and Manchester. We then traveled to Ireland where we visited Limerick, Cork, Galway, and Dubin. Not only did we get to experience different cultures and see some amazing places, but we also got to experience the sport we all love—soccer. While in Oxford we were able to play the Oxford club soccer team. It was an amazing  experience to play against a great team and taught us a lot. Oxford had a different style of play than we were used to, opening us up to a new perspective of play. We also got a tour of the Manchester United stadium, and attended a training session run by the Manchester United club. Both were a dream come true for me as well as the rest of our team. During training camp you had a visit from one of the players you met over...
Study abroad experience leads to graduate school in Australia

Study abroad experience leads to graduate school in Australia

Ever since Shauna Stephens ’14 adopted her first baby toad, she was predestined for a career in biology. Now a graduate student in Australia, she is more apt to study the native environment of koalas or track the seasonal migration of wallabies. The Norwood, Minn., native said, “As a kid I was always curious as to how things worked, why things changed, and what little critters I could catch in nature. I distinctly remember as a young child I was convinced I saved a baby toad from being hit by a car. I took that animal home with me and studied its behavior, observed how it adapted to my room, and what habitat requirements it needed. From then on I have never strayed from studying the life sciences.” Her senior year at Saint Mary’s, Stephens spent spring semester in Melbourne, Australia, through the Lasallian International Programs Consortium. She was able to take courses that complemented her studies at Saint Mary’s, like paleobiology, geographic information systems, and plant biology. “Class field trips were included for these units,” she said. “The most memorable might be visiting the Mangrove salt marsh where we examined plant population and distribution, along with species diversity. And, I found fish and a crab to play with.” The study abroad experience opened her eyes to new areas of study. Originally set on becoming a veterinarian, the biology major has also discovered a passion for research. “I love using my microscope and examining anything from tiny aquatic organisms to a fungus growing on a dying plant,” she said. She loved the Australian experience so much, she decided to...
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