Recent News from Campuses

3 busy Cardinals… on and off the field

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:58pm

Internships are a vital part of the college experience and crucial to have in today’s job market.

This past summer and semester, three Saint Mary’s men’s soccer players were able to complete internships in their intended fields of study. Junior biochemistry major, James Larson; senior criminal justice major, Fernando Camacho; and senior accounting and finance major Cody Balogh are just three of several men’s soccer players who recently completed internships.
Not only are they vital players on the field, but they are also highly successful off the field.

Men’s soccer coach Pete Watkins confirms the importance of internships for his student-athletes:
“A big reason student-athletes choose Saint Mary’s is that they can be challenged both academically and athletically,” he said. “The opportunity to work in the fields our players are interested in while still competing in college athletics is a great way for them to stretch themselves and prepare for their next step in life. It is great to be out on the practice field and listen to our guys talking to their peers about the ‘real-world’ situations they found themselves in during their experiences.”

A SUMMER IN KALISPELL

Larson, a native of Poison, Mont., completed an internship this past summer at the Kalispell Regional Medical Center. The Kalispell Regional Medical Center is a referral center that offers a variety of health-care services that include a comprehensive cancer program, a wide range of orthopedic services, a comprehensive cardiovascular program, and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Larson, a biochemistry major with a pre-med emphasis, job-shadowed throughout these various departments in the hospital. “My internship was organized around my interests, so if I wanted to job shadow a certain department, my supervisor made sure to give me the opportunity to do so,” said Larson. Larson’s favorite part of the internship was being able to be in the hospital environment.

“My internship allowed me to see how a hospital is operated and showed me how vast the medical field is.”

Competing in soccer helped Larson prepare for his internship this summer. “Being a part of athletics helped me prepare for this internship by showing that knowing how to be a teammate is a good thing. If a department in a hospital isn’t working as a team, then the department won’t work.”

With his major, Larson aims to go on to medical school and become a doctor.

A SEMESTER WITH THE ST. PAUL POLICE DEPARTMENT

Fernando Camacho, a criminal justice major, is currently interning with the St. Paul police Department through this December.

Some of the duties Camacho performs include working with the juvenile unit, organized theft unit, records unit, and also getting some ride alongs with different officers.
“My favorite part of my internship so far has been working with the organized theft unit. You have to be alert and active all the time at work. We get to investigate what happened in a theft or robbery and need to identify the suspects in order to build a case to convict them.”
The senior defender said that his classes with Dr. Tricia Klosky, Officer Mueller, and Dr. Wes Miller helped prepare him for the fastpaced work environment of the police force and taught him the basics that are required to work in a large police department like St. Paul.
As a student-athlete, being a member of the men’s soccer team also played a role in preparing Camacho for the challenges ahead.
“Soccer helped prepare me for my internship because it has taught me to be responsible, organized, and how to work as a team, which are all skills highly recommended for a police officer.”
After graduation, Camacho plans to work as a police officer and hopefully after gaining some experience, work as a federal agent.

FINANCING FOR THE FUTURE

This past summer, accounting and finance major Cody Balogh (Batavia, Ill.) worked as a financial analyst for Lockton Companies in their retirement division. The retirement division creates retirement benefit plans and helps them invest their money into various mutual and retirement funds based on their guidelines.

“My job was to do analysis and compare different mutual funds in order to make  recommendations as to which ones were good or bad for the client,” states Balogh.

For his internship, soccer helped him excel in the office. “Because I was the only intern, I was able to help different people in the division and perform a variety of tasks or jobs every day. Soccer definitely helped me because it taught me discipline, time management, and how to work within a team which is especially important when it comes to building relationships at work, getting tasks done on time, and staying focused all day.”

Balogh plans to stay in the financial field and do financial analysis work for a large investment firm by helping clients invest and provide portfolio management support.

Ski center named for trailblazer

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 5:44pm

WINONA, Minn. — Appropriately, some attendees arrived to the dedication of the Brother Jerome Rademacher Nordic Ski Center on skis.

Still other winter enthusiasts waxed their skis fervently in the back room as a crowd gathered.

It was exactly the scene that would have made Brother Jerome most proud.

A veil was lifted Feb. 4 to uncover a permanent plaque that now graces the ski center, located in the basement of Brother Leopold Hall. The plaque contains a list of generous benefactors who have helped to enhance the trail system and construct the ski center, many of whom gathered Thursday in celebration.

The ski center contains a warming house, waxing room, utility room, storage space and restroom/changing areas. The communal space is useful, as well as inviting.

Brother William called the ski center construction a true community collaboration “in a part of the world that people only get to read about in books.” Audrey Kintzi, vice president for development and alumni relations, called the bluffs a “jewel of the campus and the community” as she thanked the passion of those who have given their time, talent, and treasure to build the great environmental resource.

The plaque also honors the facility’s namesake who was remembered by attendees Thursday for his love of the outdoors and the trails, as well as his ability to craft innovative homemade grooming machinery.

The 1958 alumnus dedicated his career to education in many forms. Brother Jerome spent the majority of his 40-year tenure in the Physics Department. An avid outdoorsman, he was known for his leadership
 outside the classroom as well.

Brother Jerome greatly
 enjoyed sharing his two
 passions—science and the
 outdoors—with his students, as well as with the public. He
 could most often be found
 on the Saint Mary’s trails that
 he loved so dearly. In the
 1970s he, joined by Brother
 John Grover, FSC ’65, and Dick Jarvinen began
 the university’s trail system
 that is enjoyed by so many
 for running, hiking, disc
 golfing, and skiing. Brother Jerome happily spent immeasurable hours on Bobcats, golf carts, and trail groomers. He painstakingly cared for the trails until his health would no longer permit. Although he passed away in 2012, his name and his photo will forever be tied to the trails he loved and cared for most of his life.

We pray the sun will rise in glory,

As sharp waxed skis prepare for flight.

Our faces are turning upward first,

To pray our legs will find us light.

As words are formed on chapsticked lips,

The thanks we feel will sound like this:

If all we have should tail today,

If family, health, or wealth expire,

Let first-run memories stay with us,

On snow-covered trails that inspire.

 

To see photos from the event, go to smumn.edu/photos.

PHOTO CAPTIONS: (ABOVE) Brother William, center right, and Brother John Grover, FSC ’65, center left, are joined by long-time members of the Winona Nordic Ski Club including, from left: Brad Skillicorn, Gerry Cichanowski, Mike Cichanowski, and Bruce Johnson. (INSET) Brother Jerome Rademacher enjoying a winter day on the trails at Saint Mary’s University.

 

 

Saint Mary’s Cardinal Plunge to raise money for local family

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 5:40pm

WINONA, Minn. — Brave souls and warm hearts are invited to join Saint Mary’s University for the seventh annual “Cardinal Plunge” noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Lake Lodge Recreation Center, in coordination with the Winter Carnival Goose Bump Jump.

This year, Cardinal Plunge participants will again be freezin’ for a reason. Proceeds will be given to the Sean and Coral Logan family of Stockton. Sean and Coral’s infant daughter Makiah was diagnosed with a heart condition called coarctation of the aorta shortly after she was born on Dec. 4, and she underwent open-heart surgery at less than 1 week old. Although the surgery was successful, Makiah now requires a second surgery, as well as regular monitoring. Funds will be used to help the family with medical and travel expenses to Mayo in Rochester. Coral works in the Development and Alumni Relations Office of Saint Mary’s.

The cost to plunge is $20 ($15 for the Saint Mary’s community). Registration runs from 11:30 a.m. to noon, and a silent auction will be held inside the lodge between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Future Alumni Committee.

Pre-register online at mysmumn.org/plunge16. For more information, contact Alex Bilski at 507-457-6675 or Kalee Petron at kpetron13@smumn.edu.

Donations can be mailed to Saint Mary’s University, 700 Terrace Heights #21, Winona, MN 55987. Checks can be made out to Saint Mary’s and designated as for the Cardinal Plunge.

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts auditioning for Summer Dance Intensive summer camp

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:19pm

WINONA, Minn. — Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) will hold four open auditions in Wisconsin and Minnesota for its Summer Dance Intensive boarding summer camp. The Dance Intensive will be held July 10-23, 2016 in Winona. MCA, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, invites intermediate and advanced dancers between the ages of 11 and 22 who are ready for their dance technique to soar to new heights to audition.

There is no pre-registration or fee to audition. Dancers interested should plan to arrive around 30 minutes prior to auditions to get signed in, get your number, warm up, and focus. The audition will be led by MCA’s Director of Dance Tammy Schmidt, and it will be run like a full ballet class. Students with pointe experience should bring pointe shoes to the audition class. Area dancers who do not wish to audition may attend and treat the audition as a master class.

Following the ballet class, students have the option to show a prepared jazz, tap, modern, or character dance center combination of at least 64 counts or 16 bars. Dancers at each location will also have the opportunity to apply for a talent-based scholarship.

MCA’s 2016 Summer Dance Intensive Auditions Tour

Rochester, Minn. — Feb. 13, 2016, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Allegro School of Dance & Music, 2342 Superior Dr. N.W., Rochester, MN 55901

La Crosse, Wis. — Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the La Crosse Dance Center, 2716 Commerce St., La Crosse, WI 54603

Twin Cities, Minn. — March 13, 2016, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Cowels Center/James Sewell Ballet, 528 Hennepin Ave., Suite 215, Minneapolis, MN 55403

Winona — Saturday, April 9, 2016, 10 a.m. to noon at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, 1164 W. 10th St., Winona, MN 55987

Please note that any student who has previously participated in MCA’s SDI is invited back at a 25 percent discounted rate and is not required to attend auditions unless they want to be considered for a talent-based scholarship. For those unable to attend a live audition, video auditions are welcome; visit the website, www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, for details or contact MCA if you have any questions at 507-453-5500 or mca@smumn.edu.

St. Olaf ‘On the Road’ program hits Minneapolis, Seattle

St. Olaf Campus News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:56am

President David R. Anderson ’74 (right) and David Rossow ’05 discuss strategic philanthropy during the recent St. Olaf On the Road event in Seattle.

St. Olaf College kicked off the new year with new On the Road events in Minneapolis and Seattle.

In Minneapolis, three highly accomplished alumni — former Mayo Clinic Health System CEO Rob Nesse ’73, LifeSource CEO Susan Gunderson ’79, and Zipnosis CEO Jon Pearce ’01 — provided insight into the issues facing America’s health care system during a panel discussion moderated by St. Olaf Associate Professor of Biology and Health Professions Committee Chair Kevin Crisp. (Listen to the full discussion here.)

In Seattle, St. Olaf President David R. Anderson ’74 sat down with David Rossow ’05 — a senior officer for program-related investments at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — for a conversation about strategic philanthropy.

More than 400 people attended the two January St. Olaf On the Road events, which followed the inaugural event in New York City this fall that featured a conversation with economist Dean Maki ’87.

The On the Road program — which brings alumni, parents, and friends of the college together with prospective students for conversation and networking — will hold its final event of the year in Denver on March 19.

Watch the full Seattle On the Road conversation below.

Alumni in Action: Robert Paradise ’66

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 8:00am

Robert Paradise ’66

U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member, retired NHL player
Hometown: St. Paul
Major: English-Speech

Robert Paradise is a retired American ice hockey defenseman who played in 368 National Hockey League regular season games between 1971-79. He is a member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame. Paradise grew up in Minnesota and earned all-state honors in football and hockey. He turned down a professional baseball contract from the Boston Red Sox in 1965, choosing instead to complete his education at then-Saint Mary’s College. Paradise continued to develop his hockey skills, becoming an all-conference performer in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for four consecutive years. Originally signed as a free agent by the Montreal Canadiens — after playing for the United States national team at the 1968 Winter Olympics and 1969 Ice Hockey World Championship tournaments — Paradise was traded to the Minnesota North Stars in 1971 and made his NHL debut. He also played for the Atlanta Flames, Washington Capitals, and the Pittsburgh Penguins before retiring in 1979. He was also a member of the U.S. national team at the 1977 Ice Hockey World Championship tournament. He currently chairs the Saint Mary’s University Athletic Advisory Board.

Read more Alumni in Action stories.

Serving Through Song

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 6:00pm

A lot of time and research has recently gone into proving whether music really is a universal language. While St. Thomas’ Festival Choir might not have scientific data to answer that question, many members of the choir returned from a trip to Peru with stories that add testament to how music can connect people across the world.

From May 25-June 2, members of the Festival Choir, made up of the Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, along with their conductor, Dr. Angela Broeker, traversed Lima and Cusco.

While there, they performed for Peruvian communities, including in several churches and alongside local choirs, all while immersing themselves in the culture.

“Peru was unlike anywhere we had toured before,” Broeker said of her reasons for selecting the country. “We also knew we wanted to do some service work, and Peru offered many service opportunities.”

A warm welcome

Zach Beckman during a tour of Sacsayhuaman.

Choir tours are a longstanding tradition; however, most choirs tour western European countries. Broeker said she wanted a destination that pushed everyone involved “outside of their comfort zones,” as well as a location where St. Thomas students could be of service.

Peru offered that in many ways. Broeker emphasized that, because not many American university choirs have toured through the mountainous country, the experience was often new for those seeing the concerts and provided opportunities for building strong relationships.

For each of the concerts, Festival Choir members performed with Peruvian choirs, such as the University of San Marcos Choir, Arpegio Musical (a children’s choir), the Coro do Madrigalistas de la Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and the Coro de Camara Cusco. The friendships forged with the other choirs set the mood for much of the trip.

“We’re all there because we love to sing and because we love what it does for the community,” said junior Zach Beckman. “If you meet another performer who has that same level of dedication, it’s pretty powerful.”

While with the University of San Marcos Choir, Beckman said they both choirs discovered they knew the same song: “Hanacpachap,”a 17th century prayer sung in Quechua, a language spoken by the Incans. The choirs mixed together and sang the song, which proved a powerful moment for many St. Thomas students.

“I remember all the basses like fist-bumping and high-fiving,” Beckman said. “After that, there was nothing left in the way of friendship barriers.”

“It was something different that choirs don’t really get the opportunity to sing, and it was in a language that was really rare to sing in,” said junior Natalie Gaskins. “We got to sing with people who have been immersed in that language or have been exposed to it as part of their culture.”

Singing “Hanacpachap” also was one of two stories Broeker shared when the choir’s trip was highlighted in Classical MPR’s “Sing to Inspire” segment in September.

Gaskins and Beckman both made friends through the choirs and used their new friends to practice Spanish and learn more about Peruvian culture. Gaskins has kept in touch through Facebook.

The connections the choir felt with audience members were just as powerful. Broeker noted that although some of their venues were not performance halls, audience members sang along all the same, visibly moved by the song selections, particularly the ones they knew. Another Peruvian song the choir sang was “El Condor Pasa,” which is based on an Andean folk tune.

“It was totally unreal,” said Laura Landvik ’15. “For everyone to recognize the condor song was so cool. People would sing or hum along. … It was like you were a part of the culture of Peru even though we were only there for 10 days.”

Broeker said the warm welcome they received from everyone, including the hosts at their venues, was unlike anything she had experienced before.

“My Spanish is limited, but it was very easy to understand what that concert experience had meant to them in the way they spoke to us, their smiles, in their hugs, in their wish for pictures, in the gifts they gave us – my goodness, we’ve never been given such gifts before,” Broeker said. Among those gifts were Peruvian choral pieces presented by the directors of the other choirs.

The concert experiences ran long, as audience members came up to talk with Festival Choir singers, Landvik said, adding that one word everyone knew was “selfie.”

A day of service

A resident of Residencia de las Hermanitas de los Ancianos Desamparados plays the harmonica for choir members.

For a day dedicated specifically to service, the Festival Choir journeyed to Residencia de las Hermanitas de los Ancianos Desamparados, a nursing home-like facility in Lima run by religious sisters. The students learned about the mission of the sisters and sang in several different areas.

Junior Isabel Braga-Henebry highlighted how striking the building was. “The atmosphere was beautiful, open and airy,” she said. “It smelled like garlic and rice. … In Peru, they treat (the elderly) with so much more respect, treat them as if they were in their own family, with so much love.”

Although emotions ran high throughout their visit, a moment of levity and laughter also presented itself: A man with a harmonica played American folk tunes for them while dancing – which eventually culminated in a dance-off between him and Beckman.

One of the last spots the choir sang in was a section where the elderly had fewer visitors.

“A ton of them were crying,” Braga-Henebry said of the reaction to their singing, particularly when they sang “Hanacpachap.” “I think that’s where a lot of us started crying, because it was so beautiful and they were so grateful for having us there.”

Beckman shared his own experience. (Full of energy and excitement about the whole trip, this was the story where Beckman slowed down, becoming quieter and more contemplative.) He said that when they were leaving, a woman came up to him and started whispering something in his ear over and over. At the time, he translated her words to mean, “Thank you for coming.” He later found out she actually was saying “Thank God for you.”

“At that moment, we were all family,” Beckman said. “The choir, the tour guides, the nuns who ran the nursing home, the people in the nursing home themselves. We were all part of one universe. If I could take that feeling and apply it to the world, we would have a lot more laughter and a lot less crying.

“As far as the nursing home, all I can tell you is that music is a universal language,” Beckman said.

‘Music in its natural surroundings’

As equally important as their performances was the time choir members spent exploring Peruvian culture. They did a walking tour of Lima; visited markets; and toured Incan ruins, including Machu Picchu, which was a highlight for many.

Of course, music and dance were prime attractions.

“To see music in its natural surroundings – to see somebody moved to sing or moved to dance, and others join in – it’s a snapshot of daily life,” said Dr. Karen Howard, assistant professor of music, who specializes in global music traditions.

Howard purchased several Peruvian instruments, some of which are now a part of her courses at St. Thomas: a cajita, a box that is tapped while the top is opened or close for sound; a charango, a small stringed instrument in the lute family; and cajons, which are box drums that the player sits upon.

The students also mentioned going to a discoteca and enjoying the many street performers and live bands in almost all of the restaurants they ate in.

“Music is everywhere in Peru,” Landvik said.

Braga-Henebry was particularly struck by a young girl who sang for tourists.

“Just the fact that she just walked up to these people and started singing for them – how brave!” Braga-Henebry said. “It was like, ‘Let me share my gift with you.’”

Braga-Henebry emphasized that it was those “little things” that created connections for all of the people on the trip with the people of Peru.

“I really just hold in my heart that music is a universal language,” Braga-Henebry said. “It brings people of all different cultures, views, religions, lifestyles … together in such a way. I really saw that in Peru – through little experiences like swing dancing, choirs, live bands, people who performed for us. … Wherever you go with a choir, you really engage a lot of people’s hearts. I saw it really spelled out in Peru.”

That is precisely the point of such trips, according to Broeker, who returned with a stronger commitment to pairing service with her international tours.

“I hope (students) brought back to the United States a deep confirmation that we’re a larger human family,” Broeker said. “No matter what cultural differences or economic differences, we are united in spirit and are here to serve each other.”

Gusties Connect with Local Language Learners through Building Community Course

Gustavus Campus News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:53pm

Dwyer instructs Gustavus students during the classroom portion of the course.

Students in Gustavus Adolphus College Spanish professor Angelique Dwyer’s January Interim Experience class spent the month engaging with English language learners in Saint Peter and the surrounding area. The course, “Building Community,” allowed students to work with both children and adults at locations in Saint Peter, Le Sueur, and Le Center through the Gustavus Language Buddies program.

Three of the locations were sponsored by the Adult Learning Cooperative in Saint Peter as a part of its English Language Learning (ELL) and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. The Gustavus students volunteered for 10 hours a week with individuals and groups from Mexican, Sudanese, Somali, and Ethiopian populations.

In a typical session, Gustavus students worked together with the language learners to complete an English workbook. Gusties worked with both adults and children, which allowed for inter-generational learning as students helped with English and in turn heard stories from the community members. The sessions often took on a family-like atmosphere, as Gustavus students played with children as their parents completed their lessons.

Wenstrom, middle, helps community members with the English coursework.

Julia Wenstrom, a junior communication studies major with minors in Spanish and Latin American, Latina/o, and Caribbean Studies, noted the importance of building community between people of different backgrounds. “In order to break down barriers we have to learn more about the language and cultures and this experience has helped us do this. We need to educate ourselves in order to build a more constructive community,” she explained.

Wenstrom’s experience tied directly into the classroom portion of the course. Dwyer incorporated the books Apple Pie and Enchiladas by Ann Millard and Jorge Chapa as well as Peter Block’s Community: A Structure of Belonging. Together these books offered students an opportunity to learn more about the impact of the rise of immigrant populations in the Midwest from both the macro and micro level. “Building Community” aimed to combine theory with real life experience in order to give students an opportunity to understand the complexities of changing demographics in southern Minnesota.

“Once we adjusted to the new environment we recognized that people here were really open to our help,” Wenstrom said. “When we mutually began opening up to one another we were really able to start building connections and this greatly helped build the sense of community between students and the adult learners we have been working with this past month.”

Gustavus students who speak advanced Spanish and French were also placed in ESL/ELL classrooms at Saint Peter High School to support immigrants from Congo, El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, and the Maya Quiché community in Guatemala. The course also connected Gusties with the Saint Peter/Petatlán, Mexico Sister City Committee, which is co-chaired by Kinzie Wiklander ’17 and local youth ministry director Nancy Altman. Visitors from Petatlán did homes stays with local families and spent time with Gustavus students and alumni both on and off campus during their stay.

The January Interim Experience class.

In addition to the outreach with local communities, students also worked with ESL programs at Cambria, one of the largest employers in Le Sueur. “We started this partnership last semester and now have Gustavus students going to Cambria on mornings and evenings to work with adults,” Dwyer explained. “I thought that it would be a majority of Latino workers, but actually there are lots of languages. Fortunately we have Gusties who are willing and able to be a part of the language buddies program and assist in these additional areas.”

January Interim Experience courses expose Gustavus students to a variety of hands-on learning opportunities. Students might teach languages to build community, produce an online literary magazine, prepare for a theatre production, or get a head start on the job search. Visit the January Interim Experience website to learn more.

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Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication JJ Akin
jakin@gustavus.edu
507-933-7510

One memorable year

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:19pm

Mary Claire Wall can’t be certain why her father, Dr. John Zannini ’39, only attended Saint Mary’s for one year.

She can only guess that at the height of the Depression, money was scarce, and because of the financial burden, her father and his brother Eugene—sons of Italian immigrants—were encouraged to switch to a university closer to their Chicago home.

But she is certain that her father enjoyed his memorable, yet brief, time in the bluffs of Winona.

“He always spoke highly of being at Saint Mary’s,” she said, detailing her father’s memories as a young chemistry major who discovered his passion for solving the unknown while he was only a freshman.

“Everybody would always ask him to do their problems because he liked it and was good at it. He felt he got a good education,” she said. That was the early 1930s.

Seventy years later, as Zannini discussed his estate planning, he chose to leave an IRA to Saint Mary’s University.

“I was with him when he and his lawyer were talking,” Wall said. “His lawyer asked him, ‘What do you want your legacy to be?’ He sat there and thought about it and he said, ‘You know I really think Saint Mary’s does a good job.’ ”

Wall admits she was a little surprised that her father chose Saint Mary’s—a university he hadn’t visited or stayed in touch with for 70 years—as a beneficiary of his estate, especially when he did not donate to the schools from which he obtained his degrees.

“Over the years, he just kept up with what was going on at Saint Mary’s through the alumni magazine and felt connected,” she said. “He knew that the students there receive a very broad education and have many opportunities. He clearly valued the religious-based education he received. He would mention the Christian Brothers.”

Zannini passed away on Aug. 13, just a week shy of his 97th birthday, and he left behind an impressive legacy, a memorable career, and a loving family. His obituary labeled him “an unflagging optimist and a gentleman” with a strong faith. After leaving Saint Mary’s, Zannini went on to obtain his medical degree, intern at Grant Hospital in Chicago, and serve as a Captain in the Army Medical Corps.

After leaving the Army in 1948, he began his medical practice in internal medicine in Waukegan and Lake Forest, Ill., where he practiced until 1988, retiring after 44 years. He served as an instructor in cardiology at Loyola Medical School, was president of the Lake County Chapter of the American Heart Association, and was a member of the Lake County Medical Society and the Illinois State Medical Association. He was the first chairman of the Lake Forest Hospital Department of Medicine and was on the staff of many other Lake County hospitals.

His brief time at Saint Mary’s may not have been mentioned in his obituary, and there are no yearbooks to document his time spent on the Winona Campus, but for Dr. Zannini, it was a year that made a difference in his life.

“Looking back at a long life, his time at Saint Mary’s was something that clearly made a difference,” Wall said.

Five Observations From ‘Winning With Integrity’

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 11:00am

St. Thomas psychology professor John Tauer, Ph.D., asked those gathered in Schulze Hall on Thursday evening if they could recall what sporting adage former Chicago Cubs first baseman Mark Grace became so well known for. The 150 or so people were there to hear Tauer lead a panel about what “Winning With Integrity” means in today’s sports landscape, which included Kevin Warren, COO of the Minnesota Vikings; Tom Kurvers, senior adviser to the general manager for the Tampa Bay Lightning; Lisa Kihl, Ph.D, associate professor of sport management at the University of Minnesota; and Chris Wright, president of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx.

“If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying,” was the famous line credited to Grace, an attitude that – as Tauer pointed out – helped endear him to fans. But how does ethical behavior actually coexist with a desire to win, especially at the professional and high collegiate levels? What supports and rewards ethical behavior in sports? How do business ethics apply to sports, and how do the lessons of sports people learn throughout their lives apply to business and life in general?

Tauer and the four panelists tried to parse out these kinds of questions in a discussion that ranged from youth athletics, to penalty minutes’ relation to arbitration value in the NHL, to the role of trash talking. Here are five takeaways from the discussion, which was hosted by St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business Department of Ethics and Business Law, The Veritas Institute and the Center for Ethical Business Cultures.

Like any business, leadership sets the tone for integrity in sports organizations.

Wright opened his remarks with a request that the audience members think of their best and worst sporting memories, and to correlate that experience to the people who led it and what they emphasized. As prevalent as sports are in our society, he said, we have to acknowledge that they can have a great influence, for good or bad. Leaders have the responsibility of deciding what outcomes their organization will have – ethical or unethical, integrity-driven or not – by creating a culture that drives things one way or another. Put simply: Integrity at the top will help integrity flourish throughout.

Get your processes right to enforce the right values.

Kihl especially highlighted the difficulties for larger organizations to have the proper oversight that ensures values of integrity are seen through by every employee and aspect of business. While things might be presented one way to an overseeing unit, if they are not actually being carried out that way then unethical behavior is allowed to flourish. Ethical processes – from hiring people with character, to making sure there is proper supervision throughout the organization – are a key to making sure sports organizations have integrity.

There’s a belief that there are many positives for people and society from sports, and that they can outweigh the bad.

Those attending the talk received copies of Tauer’s latest book, which highlights the growing bad behavior of parents in a youth sports landscape that has become a multi-billion dollar industry. That kind of money only grows the higher in sports you go, and the adage of money as the root of all evil undoubtedly holds sway throughout all sports. But as Warren passionately pointed out in his own example – stating that he wouldn’t be anywhere close to where he is in life without sports – he believes “there’s more right than wrong about sports.” People learn lessons in sports that they wouldn’t anywhere else, and those lessons have helped create good people in society for generation after generation. Making sure that, throughout all sports, values like integrity, humility and ethical behavior come to the forefront is as difficult today as ever, but it’s also as important today as ever.

You have to separate winning and losing from the standards of integrity.

Wright had some fun with the audience at different points with self-deprecating allusions to the Timberwolves’ notorious difficulty in putting together winning teams. He said the organization, though, thanks to the leadership and emphasis of its owner, Glen Taylor, views its success in much wider terms than its wins and losses. That informs the decisions of which players it brings in. “Skill sets are one thing. Character is another,” Wright said. Karl Anthony-Towns, the team’s latest top draft pick, was selected over another highly touted player in large measure because of his character, Wright said.

Those kinds of decisions are applicable throughout all sports, in that it’s an example of how integrity should be the ultimate guiding measure. Despite media and fans’ predisposition to judge success simply by wins and losses, having people in your organization who represent integrity and ethical behavior is more important.

The St. Thomas men’s basketball team cleans up well – and gets some recognition.

Tauer included in his opening remarks a shout-out to the back two rows of the auditorium, where about 20 of his players were seated in dress shirts, jackets or suits. “They weren’t forced to come here today. Maybe a gentle nudge,” Tauer said. After he and each of the panelists had received applause after their introduction, Warren urged the audience to give the men’s basketball team a round of applause. “To be a true student athlete, at a highly academic university, that’s what it’s all about,” he said. Highlighting the good aspects of sports and where they rank in priority to other important aspects of life was a point that came up in several ways throughout the evening, and Warren’s acknowledgement of the Tommies’ student-athlete balance was a fitting one.

Watch the full discussion:

St. Olaf to award honorary degree to composer David Maslanka

St. Olaf Campus News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:40am

St. Olaf College will award an honorary degree to David Maslanka, an American composer best known for his highly acclaimed wind ensemble compositions, on February 12.

The honorary degree convocation, which will begin at 10:10 a.m. in Boe Memorial Chapel, will be streamed and archived online.

The St. Olaf Band has performed and recorded many of Maslanka’s pieces, including Give Us This Day and A Child’s Garden of Dreams, as well as having performed consortium premieres of Maslanka’s Symphony No. 5, 7, 8 & 9.

Most recently, the St. Olaf Band commissioned Maslanka to compose a piece for its 125th anniversary tour. The band performed the world premiere of that piece, Angel of Mercy, at the January 23 concert that kicked off the anniversary tour. The commission was supported by the Miles Johnson Endowment.

A graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory, Maslanka spent a year studying at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, before earning master’s and doctoral degrees in composition from Michigan State University.

Maslanka has served on the faculties of the State University of New York at Geneseo, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York, and since 1990 has been a freelance composer.

Among his more than 130 works are 48 pieces for wind ensemble, including seven symphonies, 15 concertos, a Mass, and many concert pieces. His chamber music includes four wind quintets, five saxophone quartets, and many works for solo instrument and piano. In addition, he has written a variety of orchestral and choral pieces.

Maslanka has received three National Endowment for the Arts Composer Awards, five resident fellowships from MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and the National Symphony Orchestra regional composer-in-residence award. He is also a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

“Vibration is the core of everything, and musical vibration is the element that allows for transformation at the entry level of our being — spiritual, emotional, physical,” Maslanka noted in an interview posted on his website. “My music has been an important focusing element for many, many people, especially young people, as they move through transformation points in their lives.”

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Seven Questions With President Julie Sullivan

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 10:15am

Nearly three years ago Julie Sullivan made history when she was announced as the 15th president of the University of St. Thomas – the first woman and lay person to hold the position.

Under her leadership, St. Thomas has committed itself to a new strategic plan and launched a branding effort with All for the Common Good at its heart – both moves rooted in St. Thomas’ strengths that look toward its future.

With the anniversary of her appointment approaching, the Florida native answered seven questions about what she likes and does in addition to leading the university.

What are you reading these days?

Nonfiction

On my nightstand right now is College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education (St. Martin’s Press, 2015) by Ryan Craig, and Pope Francis’ new book, The Name of God is Mercy (Random House, 2016).

I recently finished Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads (Loyola Press, 2013) by Chris Lowney and Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End (Metropolitan Books, 2014) by Atul Gawande.

Lowney relates the pope’s history to his current leadership style. He also offers leadership lessons we can learn from Pope Francis: Know yourself deeply, serve others, immerse yourself in the world, withdraw from it daily, live in the present and revere traditions, even as you energetically go about creating the future.

There are lessons to be learned from Gawande’s book too. I learned from Being Mortal that our reasons for living are just as important at the end of life as at any other time in our lives.

Fiction

I’d recommend The Nightingale (St. Martin’s Press, 2015) by Kristin Hannah and All the Light We Cannot See (Scribner, 2014) by Anthony Doerr.

Both (are) set in occupied France during WWII – these historical novels were excellent. I read one of them during a cruise that my husband and I took on the Seine between Paris to Normandy last summer. I read the other when we came home.

Are you a music lover?

Absolutely. I don’t play an instrument (unless you count childhood piano lessons … I wasn’t very good). My favorite musicians include pianists David Lanz, George Winston, David Benoit and Jim Brickman, and vocalists Andrea Bocelli and Josh Groban.

I especially love live concerts. Over the years I’ve seen the Eagles, Beach Boys, Chicago, Pink Floyd, Peter Frampton, Santana and Carole King. The Beatles played only one concert in Florida, and I was there! It was Sept. 11, 1964, and I was 7.

How do you like Minnesota’s winters?

Believe it or not, I’ve come to appreciate them. There is a spirituality embedded in the change of seasons. The rebirth of spring and summer can be fully appreciated only after the dormant winter. I also find a great sense of peace on a cold, calm day. There is peacefulness in the stillness, especially during a snowfall.

What are your favorite foods?

Before I moved to the Twin Cities, I had never realized how vibrant the dining scene was here. Much to my delight, there are dozens of wonderful ethnic restaurants nearby as well as excellent markets. I enjoy spicy food, with lots of vegetables, and, if I have meat, I prefer fish or chicken.

I love the vegetarian combination platter at Fasika, an Ethiopian restaurant on Snelling Avenue, and the seafood dishes with vegetable sides at French Meadow Café on Grand Avenue. For a fancy dinner, Meritage in St. Paul and Alma in Minneapolis are wonderful restaurants.

What do you hear most often when you meet alumni around the country?

So many St. Thomas alumni tell me that St. Thomas transformed their lives and contributed in important ways to shaping the person they are today. This is true for older as well as younger alumni, and remains the inspiration in designing our curriculum and educational experiences for our current students.

You’re quite a sports fan.

Yes, I grew up as a huge college football fan and attended my first college football game (University of Florida vs. University of Georgia) when I was 6. Today, I follow college and professional football and also became a college basketball fan during my 17 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Growing up, I played softball and, like many Florida and Minnesota kids, I learned to water ski practically as soon as I could swim.

What has been a highlight of your presidency?

I continue to be amazed and humbled by the extraordinary commitment of people to their communities – whether within the St. Thomas campus community or wherever they live and work. People have a strong and vested interest, actively promoting the common good in their communities.

Please Remember in Your Prayers Dr. James Leigh

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 3:10pm

Please remember in your prayers longtime University of St. Thomas professor of physics Dr. James Leigh, 82, who died at his home in Minneapolis Saturday, Jan. 30.

Dr. James Leigh

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the Church of St. Albert the Great in Minneapolis. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service.

After receiving his doctorate at the University of Minnesota, Leigh taught physics at St. Thomas from 1961 until his retirement in 1995. That summer, he and two other retiring professors were recognized in the St. Thomas’ Memorandum magazine for their combined 97 years of service. Leigh taught 34 years; Dr. Hubert Walczak, mathematics, taught 32 years; and Dr. Richard Goblirsch, also mathematics, taught 31 years.

In addition to physics, Leigh was interested in anthropology, mathematics, meteorology, astronomy, canoe camping, cooking, home brewing and the dogs of his children. He camped throughout the United States, and especially enjoyed canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dorothy, and children Christopher, Valerie and Stephanie. He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas, and his parents, Albert and Ella.

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We Are ‘All for the Common Good’

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:05pm

We are “All for the Common Good.”

Those are the words that will serve as the crux of a new branding effort to describe the University of St. Thomas.

Unveiled at noon Tuesday in James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall in St. Paul and in Opus Hall in Minneapolis, the brand is an essential component of the strategic plan priority on Enhanced Visibility and Profile and has as its foundation the St. Thomas mission statement:

“Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good.”

President Julie Sullivan led the Tuesday events, assisted by Tommie, the university’s mascot. A video was shown, singers from the Festival Choir premiered a new alma mater composed by Father Michael Joncas and the national champion St. Thomas Dance Team performed. Hundreds of participants donned new “Tommie for the Common Good” T-shirts and engaged in a social media extravaganza that spread the news across the world via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

“I am thrilled with how the new brand captures our spirit and the promise we make to the world to prepare students for a good life and a life of good,” Sullivan told the audience.

Sullivan said one of her favorite duties is to meet with alumni from around the world – a Tommie Network that exceeds 100,000 alumni in 98 countries and all 50 states. These alumni “are agents of change in their communities,” she said. “They have an entrepreneurial spirit that sees a problem, and they come up with solutions. So do our students. They are doers.”

In her “Up Front” column for the winter edition of St. Thomas magazine, which will arrive in mailboxes in mid-February, Sullivan said two things consistently amaze her during her encounters with St. Thomas alumni.

“First, they reflect a commitment, in whatever they do, to make things better,” she wrote. “Second, they frequently and consistently share how St. Thomas played an important role in transforming their lives and shaping who they are today, which inevitably is morally responsible leaders who advance the common good.”

Two students – Michael Gaytko, president of the Undergraduate Student Government, and Natacha Eguida, president of the Globally Minded Students Association – also spoke at the event.

Eguida said she is excited about the “boldness” of the new brand and the way it “challenges us to live up to this promise while we are here as students and after we graduate, as alumni.” Gaytko said it will be critical to live up to the promises inherent in “All for the Common Good.”

“How will we, as global citizens, embrace others with empathy and respect and make this world a better place?” he asked. “Through understanding of others and embracing our differences, we are called to be agents of change. What we do, we do for the common good.”

One of the larger snowstorms of the season was just getting started around noon Tuesday, but the weather didn’t seem to affect attendance at the event. A standing-room-only crowd of more than 1,000 students, staff and faculty attended the 25-minute program. It likely was the largest single crowd to assemble in Woulfe Alumni Hall since the opening of the Anderson Student Center in January 2012.

Defining the common good

Sullivan explained that a “common good education” is germane today, even in a society where employers emphasize the necessity of thorough training in a discipline, expertise in technology and strong communication skills. A common good education also is an essential piece of the university’s identity, first articulated by founder Archbishop John Ireland and then nurtured over 131 years by generations of leaders.

“A common good education seeks to cultivate respect, understanding and empathy for others,” she wrote, while also equipping students “to understand and appreciate the common good of society and to encourage a lifelong commitment to protect and enhance the common good at every opportunity.”

The St. Thomas brand statement clearly defines the common good:

“At the University of St. Thomas, we believe in hard work, human dignity and the transformative power of purple. We stand up for faith, hope and the power of individuals, working together, to achieve uncommon feats. And every day, we commit ourselves to being agents of change: to thinking critically, acting wisely and working skillfully, all for the common good.”

A brand strategy

The strategic plan task force has embraced the themes of “Think. Act. Work.” and the way they will guide the education that St. Thomas provides while also increasing public awareness, enhancing reputation, recruiting students and raising funds.

Sullivan established a 21-person task force representing all stakeholder groups, led by Kim Motes, senior vice president for institutional advancement, to guide a process and develop a brand strategy. St. Thomas retained two agencies: Barrie D’Rozario DiLorenzo of Minneapolis conducted market research and Mindpower of Atlanta conducted additional research and held focus groups with 500 people.

“All for the Common Good” emerged from the brand strategy discussions, and will be used in publications, on websites, in advertising and on electronic billboards throughout the Twin Cities area in describing undergraduate and graduate – as well as liberal arts and professional – programs.

The Woulfe Hall audience applauded images of the electronic billboards … and especially images of Metro light rail train cars decorated with “All for the Common Good” … that were shown on the hall’s large video screens.

The brand strategy, Sullivan wrote, is “powerful enough to unite us. The bold move that we are making is for ALL to come together as ONE. And what we agree on and feel within our hearts and what resonates in our minds, bodies and spirits is our mission.

“We are ‘All for the Common Good.’”

Many Twists and Turns on the Path to Today’s New Logo

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:00pm

The University of St. Thomas logo unveiled today is the latest in an evolutionary series of symbols and typefaces that go back more than half a century.

St. Thomas lacked a consistent symbol or logo until 1958. That’s when The Aquin, the college’s student newspaper, published an image of the new “coat of arms” under the headline “New College Seal Symbolizes Patron, Past, Stature, Colors.”

The seal was designed by a priest from the New York-based Academie Internationale d’Heraldique. Still used for formal purposes, such as on university diplomas, the seal was the closest thing to a St. Thomas logo at the time and started appearing on everything from the mastheads of publications to bathroom soap dispensers. A version of it in tile was installed in the foyer of Murray Hall, which opened in 1958 as the student center.

A less formal version of the seal was also created in the 1950s, and was used, for example, on the front cover of Memorandum, the forerunner of today’s St. Thomas magazine.

In the 1970s, a task force on communications decided that St. Thomas needed a new symbol or “logotype.” In a November 1975 memo, then-president Monsignor Terrence Murphy explained that “the college now uses a minimum of 28 different styles of letterhead” and that “the Task Force recommended that a single logotype be adopted in order to assure some element of cohesiveness in our printed communications.”

The “flaming chalice” or “cup of learning” was introduced in 1975.

The task force settled on what some call the “flaming chalice” but others called the “cup of learning.” It first appeared on the cover of the December 1975 issue of Memorandum and a short time later was used for the masthead of The Aquin newspaper. A notice in the February 1976 Memorandum explained that the new symbol “incorporates the elements of the chalice and the flame which, together, exemplify the college’s Catholic commitment.”

In his memo about the new symbol, Murphy tried to rein in the many letterhead designs in use and said the college printing shop would only print stationery with the new symbol and the Purchasing Department would not pay for any outside printing that didn’t use the flaming chalice.

Apparently no one at St. Thomas paid much attention to the memo. By the early 1980s, Diane Disse, then director of advertising and publications, counted more than 75 different letterheads, logos and symbols in use across the campus. Her job was to come up with a new look and make sure, somehow, that it be used by everyone.

The 1982 logo first appeared on the cover of the college’s first full-color viewbook.

About this time, the college designed and published its first high-quality, four-color, photo-rich viewbook, a publication used to attract undergraduates. The logo used on its cover was not the flaming chalice, but instead the words “St. Thomas.” To the left of the words was a bright red “slash,” or diagonal bar, with the words “College of.”

The new look proved popular and became, essentially, the new logo. A few years later the design was tweaked and instead of a diagonal slash, the red bar became horizontal and was placed directly over the “St. Thomas.” The change made the new version easier to use in ads and letterheads.

The 1987 version had no “Tommie purple” and was considered too corporate by some.

There were a few problems with the new logo. Some said it looked too corporate. Also, it used red instead of the traditional St. Thomas purple. Worst of all, it lacked symbolism that reflected St. Thomas’ Catholic and educational mission.

Then-president Father Dennis Dease announced in spring 1992 that he asked the Department of University Relations to develop a new graphic identity and that Bill Kirchgessner, associate director of the department, would oversee the project.

Introduced in the Bulletin in 1993.

When the new graphic identity was unveiled on the front page of the St. Thomas Bulletin in January 1993, Dease said it “better reflects the university’s mission, its Catholicity, and its liberal arts, values-based education.”

When the new logo was unveiled, Dease asked various offices and departments not to “personalize it.”

“Please do not change or embellish this with little creatures, flowers and smiley faces,” was how he put it.

Introduced in 1999, the word Minnesota was added to this logo in 2001.

That logo returned to the traditional “St. Thomas purple” and instead of a slash or a flaming chalice, used a less complex version of the inner, shield portion of the official seal. While the logo was tweaked about 15 years ago to make the word “University” the same size as St. Thomas, it retained the shield and basic look of the 1993 logo.

Those design elements, introduced 24 years ago, have withstood the test of time. While the new logo introduced today uses a different typeface, it has kept the shield and of course, “Tommie purple.”

The refreshed logo is a more modern take on the original seal or crest and is designed to be legible at small sizes and in all forms of media. A wavy band was added to the seal to represent the university’s location on the Mississippi River. It retains the “rayonnant sun,” symbolic of St. Thomas Aquinas, and the open book, symbolic of wisdom and knowledge.

The words “University of St. Thomas” in the logo are now in a sans-serif font called Akzidenz-Grotesk Bold. Serifs are the small, projecting features at the edges of letters, so “sans” serif means the typeface does not use those projections. While Akzidenz-Grotesk Bold has a modern look, it dates to 1896 and was originally released by the Berlin-based Berthold Type Foundry in 1896.

 

Up Front: All For the Common Good

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 11:55am

When I was chosen president of St. Thomas three years ago, I shared how attracted I was to the university’s compelling mission statement and its emphasis on educating students “to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good.”

That spring, when I conducted a planning survey of faculty, staff and students, a collective sentiment emerged on how much the mission statement resonated with them. They, too, embraced it and said it inspired them.

As I have met thousands of alumni in our 100,000+ Tommie Network, two things consistently have amazed me. First, they reflect a commitment, in whatever they do, to make things better. Second, they frequently and consistently share how St. Thomas played an important role in transforming their lives and shaping who they are today, which inevitably is morally responsible leaders who advance the common good.

Two years ago, as our community began work on a new strategic plan, the mission statement never was far from mind. It became fundamental to our five strategic themes and our eight strategic priorities, and now its key words – “to advance the common good” – are the crux of a new branding effort to describe your University of St. Thomas. We are:

“All for the Common Good.”

We are for the common good in our classrooms and laboratories. In our scholarship and research. In our community service. And in the work of alumni in businesses, schools, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

People ask me what it means to provide a “common good education,” especially at a time when employers require thorough training in a discipline, expertise in technology and strong communication skills. How germane is a common good education in our efforts to prepare students for careers and for roles as community leaders?

It not only is very germane, but it also is an essential piece of our identity – first articulated by founder Archbishop John Ireland and then nurtured over 131 years by generations of leaders who left us a legacy which is our privilege to maintain and enhance.

What does “common good” really mean?

The concept of the common good, while long a tenet of our faith, has had a bright spotlight in the three years that Pope Francis has led the Catholic Church. His words and actions symbolize the common good – a concept that rejects individualism and focuses on the interdependence of humanity and our planet.

In the Catholic tradition, the classic definition of the common good is a set of conditions that allows each and every member of a community to flourish. This, in turn, depends on an understanding of the nature and dignity of the person, and in the Catholic view each person is an image of God with the capacity to reason, choose freely, love and live in community.

Thus, a “common good education” seeks to cultivate respect, understanding and empathy for others. Such an education also seeks to equip students to understand and appreciate the common good of society and to encourage a lifelong commitment to protect and enhance the common good at every opportunity.

In my view, our community and our Tommie Network has that understanding, that appreciation and, perhaps most importantly, that commitment.

St. Thomas brand statement

At the University of St. Thomas, we believe in hard work, human dignity and the transformative power of purple. We stand up for faith, hope and the power of individuals, working together, to achieve uncommon feats. We build bridges, create solutions and power ideas that move the world forward. And every day, we commit ourselves to being agents of change: to thinking critically, acting wisely and working skillfully, all for the common good.

This is evident in the strategic plan work of our Educating for the Future Task Force, which states that in light of our mission statement we must provide an education that allows people to:

  • Think critically (integrated knowledge) by reasoning and critical thinking, integration and interdisciplinarity, and curiosity and creativity.
  • Act wisely (ethical values) through an ethical and moral compass, meaningful engagement, and global and diverse perspectives.
  • Work skillfully (broad and deep skills) as a result of content knowledge, communication, preparation, adaptability and leadership.

Each of those elements is a necessary skill and competency for the pursuit of the common good.

A brand strategy

Another strategic plan task force, on Enhanced Visibility and Profile, embraces the same themes in its work to develop a new brand strategy that will help to increase public awareness, enhance our reputation, recruit students and raise funds.

As successful as efforts have been in our evolution into a comprehensive university, we also have seen too much fragmentation and inconsistency in our communications and our visual identity. We knew that we needed to do a better job answering the fundamental question asked by every constituent:

Why St. Thomas?

We established a 21-person task force representing every stakeholder group to guide a process to understand perceptions and develop a brand strategy. We retained two agencies: Barrie D’Rozario DiLorenzo of Minneapolis conducted market research and Mindpower of Atlanta conducted additional research and developed a strategy after holding focus groups with 500 people.

Mindpower affirmed that our community “is thoroughly connected and committed” to our mission. To determine how to compellingly express our brand, we compared our existing messages and visual identity with those of our competitors and found too much commonality. Mindpower concluded that to “break out,” we cannot emulate. “Be bold. Clear. Loud. Consistent. And unmistakably you.”

Out of that examination emerged “All for the Common Good,” a brand strategy in our publications, including this magazine, on our websites, in newspaper and magazine advertising, and on electronic billboards throughout the Twin Cities area. The response on campus and among our stakeholders has been enthusiastic and contagious.

We believe this brand strategy is relevant and flexible enough to work for undergraduate and graduate – as well as liberal arts and professional – programs and powerful enough to unite us. The bold move we are making is for ALL to come together as ONE. And what we agree on, feel within our hearts and resonates in our minds, bodies and spirits is our mission.

We are “All for the Common Good.”

Read more from St. Thomas magazine.

Weather-related cancellations and closings

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 10:59pm

Updated Feb. 2, 2016 at 12:55 p.m.

Here are weather-related announcements for Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016:

  • All Saint Mary’s University Schools of Graduate and Professional Program (SGPP) classes beginning after 4 p.m. are canceled, including at our Twin Cities Campus in Minneapolis, Apple Valley Center, Oakdale Center, and other locations throughout the Twin Cities; SGPP business offices will maintain normal hours.
  • Saint Mary’s University Winona Campus will close at 1 p.m. University offices and business operations will close; all events for the day and evening are canceled; classes were already canceled (see below). Food service for campus residents will continue to be available in the dining hall during normal hours. The decision to close the Winona Campus was made by university leaders after careful consideration. The safety of our students, employees, and guests is a primary concern.
  • An open house/information session at Saint Mary’s University Oakdale Center, scheduled for 5-7 p.m. this evening, has been canceled. Contact our Office of Admission to schedule your personalized session (tcadmission@smumn.edu, call 612-238-4550 or 612-728-5100).
  • Classes are canceled at Saint Mary’s University Winona Campus.
  • Classes are also canceled at Saint Mary’s University Rochester Center as RCTC closed the Heintz Center facility for the day (and evening). Saint Mary’s University Rochester Center offices will be closed, but staff will be responding to emails.

When traveling, students, faculty, and staff are advised to please take necessary safety precautions.

Severe weather emergency closure information for Saint Mary’s University students attending classes through the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs is online at www.smumn.edu/graduate-home/about-smu/student-services/safety-security/severe-weather-information. Campus Safety for the Winona Campus is online at www.smumn.edu/undergraduate-home/student-life/campus-safety.

Student-faculty research teams nab another 100 percent acceptance to NCUR

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