SMU congratulates John McDonough

SMU congratulates John McDonough

  Saint Mary’s University alumnus and president and CEO of the Chicago Blackhawks John McDonough, class of 1975, recently celebrated his team’s victory in the 2013 Stanley Cup Championship — the second Blackhawks championship under his extraordinary leadership. A distinguished sports marketing executive and staunch supporter of Saint Mary’s, McDonough is a 2010 recipient of the Saint Mary’s University Presidential Award for Outstanding Merit. This video salute to John McDonough aired during the rebroadcast of the Stanley Cup Series on Comcast SportsNet. This rebroadcast will be available to millions of households in the Chicagoland area as well as greater Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and southern Wisconsin. In congratulating McDonough, the university is making a very visible statement — in key admission recruiting territories — as to the caliber of Saint Mary’s alumni. Three years ago… John McDonough, President of the National Hockey League’s 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks and a 1975 graduate of Saint Mary’s University, was the keynote speaker at our annual College Convocation on September 2, 2010. While on campus, John made several appearances, speaking with our hockey programs, Business students, community members and the College as a whole. Feature photo caption: John McDonough holding the Stanley Cup. Photo used by permission of the Chicago...
Faculty and staff take advantage of summer mission education and formation activities

Faculty and staff take advantage of summer mission education and formation activities

  The summer months are an opportune time for faculty and staff to deepen their understanding of the university’s mission; of the heritage of the Christian Brothers and the founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle; and of the application of Lasallian principles in today’s world. The Office of Mission is facilitating participation of university personnel from both the Winona and Twin Cities campuses in local, regional and international formation programs. In June, three faculty attended the International Association of Lasallian Universities conference in Rome — where two Saint Mary’s professors helped to direct the program — and 18 attended the Lasallian Summer Retreat with Brother Gerard Rummery in Owatonna. The Buttimer Institute of Lasallian Studies is concluding this week, with 10 Saint Mary’s participants and Brother William as a presenter. Two faculty and staff will attend the late-July Lasallian Social Justice Institute in Chicago, and Lasallian Mission Days will be offered to faculty and staff in early August. Feature photo caption: Faculty and staff at the Lasallian Summer Retreat with Brother Gerard Rummery...
Italy study tour with DeLaSalle High School students

Italy study tour with DeLaSalle High School students

  Two of our teachers have just returned from leading a study tour of Italy, working with a partner in the larger network of Lasallian schools and helping to strengthen the connection between Saint Mary’s and DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis. Dr. Richard Tristano, history department, and Preston Lawing, art and design department, accompanied 25 DeLaSalle honors students as they toured Italy for a college-credit class themed around the history, art and theology of Renaissance Italy. The students were on the Saint Mary’s campus for two days in early June, working with Dr. Tristano. That overnight visit gave students the opportunity to see the SMU campus, to get a feel for what college life is like, and to help make a connection that this was a university-level History/Art course. They then spent 10 days in Rome, Florence, Orrvieto and Vicchio. Among other highlights, the group visited the Christian Brothers Generalate in Rome, and worked with Brother Jerome Cox ’60 in his Vicchio art studio. Preston Lawing led the students through exercises on developing the Seven Principles of Creativity that Leonardo Da Vinci used to explore his Renaissance world. Here’s a link to the DeLaSalle H.S. blog and photos of the trip. Feature photo caption: The DeLaSalle study group toured Rome with Dr. Richard Tristano and Preston...
Countdown to College to welcome 92 students

Countdown to College to welcome 92 students

  Countdown to College students will be on campus July 6-Aug 3. The first two weeks (July 6-19), SMU will welcome cohorts 3 and 4 on campus (21 incoming seniors and 23 incoming juniors). This summer will mark the first C2C graduation ceremony on July 19. Parents of the seniors are invited to join the celebration. On July 20, C2C will welcome a new cohort of  25 incoming freshmen, and on July 21, 23 returning sophomores will join them. These two cohorts will study on campus through Aug. 3. This two-week program for students from under-resourced communities is offered each summer for four years, beginning just after they complete eighth grade and continuing until they reach college age — helping to assure each student is prepared for a successful college experience. The camp is free to student participants from San Miguel and Nativity middle schools and Cristo Rey and Lasallian high schools, their parents (who come the first weekend) and teachers from their schools, who co-teach with SMU instructors, and help prepare SMU instructors on how to effectively work with this growing population of students. This is one portion of the First-Generation Initiative, which helps students prepare and succeed at college. Featured photo caption: Last year’s juniors shown outside of SMU’s admission offices will be visiting the campus this year as...
Centennial celebration weekend was a blast

Centennial celebration weekend was a blast

Thanks to all who attended the Saint Mary’s University Centennial celebration weekend!  The presence of over 1,200 Saint Mary’s University alumni, benefactors and friends was felt through the Centennial All-School Reunion and Red Carpet Gala events on the Winona campus.  The weekend was a chance to celebrate and to recognize all who have played a vital role in the university’s first century  — as well as to officially launch the second century. For those unable to attend, the numerous activities included decade and reunion class gatherings, canoe trips, an alumni art exhibition, ropes course demonstrations, city and campus tours, a 5K fun run, and an all-school picnic. Additionally more than 50 Christian Brothers from around the world gathered on campus for the unveiling of a new statue — designed by Brother Jerome Cox ’60 — which honors all members of the international Catholic teaching order who have served the university. At Saturday’s Gala, more than 800 guests were treated like Hollywood stars, beginning with a red carpet entrance (complete with student “paparazzi” and live interviews). Guests enjoyed a reception in the Gostomski Fieldhouse, which was transformed for one night into a giant, glittering celebrity lounge, with entertainment provided by the John Paulson Big Band. A gourmet meal was served during a special program, which spoke to the transforming nature of the university, past, present and future. Emcee Bill Lunn ’87, news anchor for KSTP-TV in the Twin Cities, kicked off the program in true Oscar-esque style as music and movies set the scene for the glamorous evening. Brother Álvaro Rodríguez Echeverría, Superior General of the Institute of Brothers of the Christian Schools accepted a Centennial Award on behalf of the Institute, and Brother Larry Schatz, Visitor,  accepted a Centennial Award on...
SMU History – Freshman Beanies

SMU History – Freshman Beanies

  From about the 1920s-’40s, freshmen at Saint Mary’s College were once required to wear beanies to distinguish their “lowly” stature.  The feature photo above is titled “Beanies Snake Dance 1927” and is undoubtedly a photo of the annual freshman initiation. The photo looks like it was taken at Somsen Hall (then the Winona State Teachers College) in Winona, and it appears as though the guys had an audience of female onlookers through the windows. In 1936, the sophomores wrote a task list for the “Freshman Initiation” that included the following tasks: “Guarding” Merchants Bank, making rounds and challenging any suspicious characters Lying flat on the back on the floor of the Candy Box and drinking from baby bottles Scrubbing the sidewalk in front of the State with a glass of water and a tooth brush Rolling a rotten egg around in a circle on the corner of Third and Main streets Pushing a pencil between Main and Center on Third Street Shaving on the corner of Third and Main Skiing through the main drag of Winona, and Dancing on the post office steps … just to name a few. Traditionally the beanies were buried during the Homecoming football game festivities. Anyone with more — or more accurate — information about this photo is welcome to comment on this blog...
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