Recent News from Campuses
“Tell Me More” is an occasional series from the Newsroom where St. Thomas faculty experts tackle topical questions in their area of study in two minutes. The answers may be presented in written, audio or video form, but they will all have one thing in common: You’ll click away smarter than you were 120 seconds ago.
In this edition of Tell Me More, physics adjunct professor Rich Schuler discusses what makes this Aug. 21 eclipse so special, and why humans connect so strongly to the phenomenon of the sun disappearing.
The following is an edited version of an interview with Schuler earlier this month.
The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) and the Jerome Foundation are pleased to present an exhibition of new work by recipients of the 2016/17 Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Emerging Artists: Nikki McComb, Kelsey Olson, Edie Overturf, and Jovan Speller of the Twin Cities, and Amanda Wirig of Mankato, Minnesota.
Nearly 100 guests joined Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota as it broke ground for a new 10,000-square-foot addition to Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Learning Center in Rochester on Aug. 15.
Although the event celebrated a physical expansion, the excitement multiplied as university officials discussed the programming that will take place inside.
Once approved by state and regional accrediting bodies, this expanded Saint Mary’s facility will house the graduate portion of a proposed 3+2 Physician Assistant program, a collaborative effort with the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.
Participants chosen for the program could potentially become a physician assistant in as little as five years—spending three years studying at Saint Mary’s Winona Campus, followed by two years of graduate study at Cascade Meadow.
Students successfully completing the program will earn a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and a Master of Health Sciences in Physician Assistant Studies from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.
This new addition will also house programming within the university’s Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs. Saint Mary’s has had an educational presence in Rochester since 1985.
A generous $5 million gift from Jack and Mary Ann (Wera) CST’64 Remick of Rochester will support the building expansion and programming.
Scott Walker, associate vice president, partnerships-Rochester, and executive director of Cascade Meadow, said that “when longtime Saint Mary’s University supporters Jack and Mary Ann Remick gifted this beautiful facility to Saint Mary’s in 2015, we began envisioning the ways we could best utilize this natural environment and expand upon the important work Jack Remick had started.
“Cascade Meadow continues to be a regional resource for environmental education,” Walker said. “Our students—as well as students throughout the region—are finding that the hands-on learning opportunities here in this diverse ecological system are invaluable.
“It’s because of the Remicks’ continued generous support and leadership, that we will expand and growour Rochester presence and usher in a new educational opportunity to help Rochester continue to thrive.”
Luis Escobar ’12 provided a unique perspective as a Saint Mary’s alumnus who is working as a certified physician assistant at the Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James, Minn.
“I’m a proud Saint Mary’s University alum, and I am honored to work for the Mayo Clinic Health System. I can also attest that a career as a physician assistant is a very rewarding one,” he said. “I was excited to hear about the proposed collaboration between the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences and Saint Mary’s University for a physician assistant program. Physician assistants play a very direct role in being of service to others.
“Working for the Mayo Health System, we are part of an unbelievable support system,” he added. “Every medical provider working within Mayo Clinic Health System is equipped to give our patients the best care. This proposed Physician Assistant program would be a tremendous asset to students. Being able to learn from the best in the nation would be a dream come true for many Saint Mary’s students.”
Audrey Kintzi, vice president for Development and Alumni Relations added, “Saint Mary’s students deserve an education that prepares them to address the needs of tomorrow, and they deserve an environment that meets their expectations as well as their drive and determination. It makes me incredibly happy that we are now able to house such very important study and work in a wonderful new facility.”
Brother William Mann, Saint Mary’s president, told attendees that the ground breaking was just part of the growth occurring at Saint Mary’s. “We are proud to be in Rochester. We’re proud to be collaborating with the Mayo Clinic,” he said. “Today is only the beginning. That was our promise in (our 2012) centennial. It’s not just that we got to 100 (years), but we got to 100 strong and determined. Because of our friends, we continue to do great things.”
DLR Group is serving as the architect of the project, and McGough Construction will serve as general contractor. Construction will begin Sept. 1.
To view photos from the event, go to https://plus.google.com/collection/cCP9IE
View KIMT’s news coverage of the event: http://www.kimt.com/clip/13595487/groundbreaking-ceremony-on-new-campus
Groundbreaking participants included (from left): Amado Guevara, project manager, DLR Group; Abigail Propsom ’19, Cascade Meadow intern; Dr. Michael Silber, dean, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences; Brother William, Saint Mary’s president; Mary Ann (Wera) Remick CST’64, chair, Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees; Jack Remick, founder, Cascade Meadow; Luis Escobar ’12, physician assistant, Mayo Clinic Health System; and Dan Melbostad, general manager, McGough Construction.
The presidents of Carleton College and St. Olaf College and the mayor of the City of Northfield have issued a joint statement on their commitment to a welcoming and inclusive community.
WINONA, Minn. — Experienced area musicians who love band music are invited to come join the band. This season’s first rehearsal will take place on Monday, Aug. 28, between 6:45 and 8 p.m. in Saint Yon’s Hall (rehearsal room 158) on the Winona Campus of Saint Mary’s University.
The Concert Band has been a college-community partnership since 1990 and is directed by Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, professor of music and music education. The band rehearses 6:45 to 8 p.m. Mondays, and 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays while classes are in session, late August until May.
Talented high school students looking for an additional challenge and experienced adult community players are welcome to join the collegiate instrumentalists for an exciting new season. The band performs four times during the 2017-2018 academic year: Sept. 30, Dec. 10, March 11, and May 12. The Family Weekend concert on Sept. 30 features the Holst Suite #2 in F and popular video game music for the young and young-at-heart.
Placement auditions will be individually scheduled between Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, audition repertoire (excerpts of music from the first concert and scales) will be provided on Aug. 28. If you are interested in joining the ensemble but cannot attend the first rehearsal, contact the director at email@example.com or call 507-457-1675 to make alternate arrangements.
There’s a place for you in the band! Brass players are especially needed but all are welcome to join our 65-member ensemble. Call 457-1675 or email firstname.lastname@example.org reserve a spot for you at the first rehearsal on Aug. 28. Please include what instrument you play as well as your full name and preferred contact information.
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For more than a decade purple bags from the University of St. Thomas booth have been ubiquitous at the Minnesota State Fair. Designs and materials have changed over the years, but one thing has remained the same: People love getting their hands on a purple bag.
“We didn’t know until we arrived that the St. Thomas bags were the hottest giveaway at the fair,” wrote a volunteer after the first giveaway in 2005. “People were so excited to get them and so many people shared that they went to St. Thomas, their children did or were going to, or even that their grandparents went there. It was great fun to see all the excited people.”
That excitement has continued in recent years as giveaway numbers swelled to as many as 100,000 in 2008 before scaling down in recent years. This year’s iteration promises to breathe new life into the tradition with a different “State Fair Sin” for each of the 12 days.
“It was really about how we could find clever avenues to make them humorous but not over the top,” said Pete Winecke, St. Thomas’ creative director. “It was an opportunity to get a branding message out in a unique way, in a unique venue, in a place we know the purple bags are in demand.”
Some 18,000 bags will be given away this year, handed out by volunteers representing different areas of the university. St. Thomas will be stationed under its signature Arches in the Education Building on Cosgrove Street, and specific programs and offices will be highlighted each day. Those include:
Thursday, Aug. 24: College of Arts and Sciences
Friday, Aug. 25: Alumni Association with President Julie Sullivan and Tommie
Saturday, Aug. 26: School of Engineering
Sunday, Aug. 27: Student Affairs and Tommie Athletics
Monday, Aug. 28: Selim Center for Lifelong Learning
Tuesday, Aug. 29: School of Social Work
Wednesday, Aug 30: Global Learning & Strategy
Thursday, Aug. 31: School of Law
Friday, Sept. 1: Opus College of Business
Monday, Sept. 4: College of Education, Leadership and Counseling
Bag giveaways will begin at 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the booth early for a chance at getting a tote bag.
In addition to visiting the booth, fair goers can share their St. Thomas state fair experience with their friends on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by snapping photos of themselves with their purple “State Fair Sins” bags at the booth and around the fair and sharing their photos using the hashtags #TommiesattheFair and #StateFairSins.