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Hamline University Campus News - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 12:00am
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University of St. Thomas Campus News - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 6:00pm
Ann Kenne, head of Special Collections and Archives at the University of St. Thomas, runs her fingers across the cover of what is clearly a very old book.
“Feel the top of it. You can feel where the hairs were pulled out,” she said, referring to the old-world vellum book cover made of stretched, translucent calf-skin. The only decipherable word on the title page, at least for non-Latin speakers, is “Diana.” Kenne easily translates the publication year MDCLXVII: 1667.
To visit the Department of Special Collections at the University of St. Thomas is to travel back in time, long before our fixation on Kindles, texting and instant messaging. A rare book is more than just its content; its physical presence is a portal to the past, offering readers an opportunity to experience the culture and society of the time in which it was made.
Tucked away off a tunnel beneath O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, St. Thomas’ rare book depository-portal, if you will, is more mole den than Flux Capacitor, but housed within the nondescript walls are treasures that date back centuries. The collections are stored in two sub-level rooms connected to a separate HVAC system from the rest of the university to keep the temperature at a constant 65 degrees Fahrenheit and a relative humidity of 35 to 40 percent year round.
Anyone who has the foresight to make an appointment – and a willingness to let Kenne personally relieve him/her of bag, purse and pen – may view the collection.
Below is a show-and-tell of a handful of notables from the 23,000-volume collection of artifacts owned by St. Thomas’ Special Collections.
Book of Kells reproduction
Though Kenne doesn’t keep a tally of the most popular piece in the collection, she guessed it’s the facsimile of the Book of Kells. Considered one of the greatest masterpieces of Irish and early Christian art, the book is an “illuminated,” or elaborately hand-painted, manuscript of the four Gospels of the New Testament. The original is on display in the Old Library at Trinity College in Dublin and attracts more than 500,000 visitors a year.
“Every time we have a St. Patrick’s Day open house or something like that we always get questions about pulling it out for people to see,” she said.
Despite being a reproduction, the book is a work of art in its own right. Each page was photographed, and other efforts were employed to reproduce the circa 800 A.D. book exactly. Wormholes were precisely cut into the pages. The miniscule cracks of paint, wayward scribbles and discolorations even were replicated. Ragged edges were crafted into the parchment-like paper to mimic the wear and age of the original, which was fashioned from traditional vellum (prepared lamb or calf skin), the most durable material at the time.
John O’Shaughnessy, grandson of Father I.A. O’Shaughnessy, donated the $15,000 tome to St. Thomas around 1990, the year Swiss publisher Faksimile-Verlag Luzern released the 1,480-copy limited edition of the book.
De Legibus (On the Law) by Marcus Tullius Cicero
The oldest book in the collection, De Legibus, or On the Law, by the great Roman thinker and politician most commonly known by his surname, Cicero, dates to 1496, a mere 50 or so years after the invention of the printing press. Kept in a vault because of its preciousness, this particular copy was rebound in the last 10 years.
If you judged the book by its flawless, hardback leather-bound cover, you’d think it was brand new. Its venerable place in time is revealed only when it is opened.
Kenne said St. Thomas used to have a book conservator on staff who would restore extremely distressed books, like De Legibus, in house, but those services are now hired out.
The pages are brighter than one would imagine for a book more than 500 years old. “Paper was very high quality and durable back then because they reused linen or cotton to make paper by churning the material in water until it was a spreadable mush. They were among the first to recycle, you could say,” Kenne noted. The mush was then spread onto a screen to dry, which is evident in the faint lines that run down each page in tight columns.
“If you’re lucky, in some of these old books … made before the late 19th century when book-making became industrialized and they started using more wood pulp, you might find a design within the lines that shows who the papermaker was,” Kenne said.
The book once was the property of Peter O’Connor, a prominent grocery store magnate who died in 1916. His daughters, Sisters Mary Agnes and Mary Fidelis O’Connor of the Visitation Convent of St. Paul, donated this and many of the books now in the Celtic Collection to St. Thomas in 1936. Nothing is known of De Legibus‘ previous owners, but judging from the copious, faded notes written in quill pen in the book’s margins and blank pages, he (or she) was fluent in Latin.
Correspondence between Christopher Dawson and C.S. Lewis/T.S. Eliot
The letters written to Christopher Dawson (1889-1970) by literary giants T.S. Eliot and, separately, C.S. Lewis, capture the sentiment of an era before “snail” preceded “mail:” Letter writing was a common practice – even craft – over which scribes lavished hours of personal time and care.
Dawson, an Englishman and a leading Roman Catholic historian and intellectual of the 20th century, was the chair of Roman Catholic Studies at Harvard Divinity School as well as a great influence of Eliot. Included in the collection are a number of original, typewritten and personally signed letters, written by Eliot, all on Faber and Faber Ltd. Publishers (London) stationary. The correspondence shows the budding friendship between the two men, as Eliot begins a note, dated Aug. 16, 1929, with “Dear Sir,” then segues later that year to “My Dear Mr. Dawson,” then “My dear Dawson” in 1937, then, in 1953, to, simply, “Dear Dawson.”
Also among the Dawson collection is a handwritten letter, dated Sept. 27, 1942, by Clive Staples, aka C.S., Lewis, famed academic and author of The Chronicles of Narnia series and Mere Christianity, in thanks for sending a copy of his (Dawson’s) Giffords Lectures. In Lewis’ note – written in disjointed cursive but in enviably straight lines despite the unlined paper – Lewis apologizes first for “greedily reading it at lunch and splashing it with gravy,” then offers humble praise of Dawson’s thoughts on natural theology: “It was exactly what I wanted, going, of course, far beyond my knowledge, but often linking up with what little I do know — always the most exciting kind of reading.”
A True Account of the Siege of London-Derry
Written by the Rev. George Walker, a celebrated Anglican priest from Ireland who fought for England, A True Account may no longer be widely known or coveted, but the 1689 publication nonetheless reveals a time long before reading was mostly done on screens and when book-making was an art form.
Like De Legibus, the paper, though heavier, is made of recycled cloth and, therefore, relatively bright, especially if it were to be held up to, say, a James Bond paperback circa 1953. The tattered, smudged edges make you wonder how many fingers have turned the pages in the more than 300 years since it was released.
The publication (rebound now as a book, it was originally published as a pamphlet) seemingly was commissioned “By the command of the Right Honourable the Earl of Shrewsbury, Principal Secretary of the State” on Sept. 13, 1689. Kenne said it was customary in that time for anyone wishing to write a book to seek the blessing, or permission, of a royal. Once granted, it would have been incumbent upon the would-be author to include a sycophantic introduction, praising the royal member’s character and expressing the author’s eternal gratitude and allegiance.
Saint John’s Bible
The Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible, a rare though relatively new work, is possibly the most valuable piece in the university’s collections. Commissioned by the monks of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota, the bible is a stunning, fine art reproduction – one of 299 copies that ever will be produced. The first was presented publicly to Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican in 2008. The original, which is partially on display at Saint John’s, is the world’s first handwritten – all by Donald Jackson, official scribe of England’s Queen Elizabeth II – hand-illuminated bible in more than 500 years.
Each book of the seven-volume, Italian-leather-bound bible weighs around 40 pounds and eclipses the size of many standard end tables. The Saint John’s Bible was presented to Father Dennis Dease as a gift to St. Thomas in 2009 and made possible by Robert Ulrich (on behalf of Target Corp.), a member of St. Thomas’ Board of Trustees.
Kenne’s wish list
On Kenne’s wish list to add to St. Thomas’ Special Collections? A 1914 first-edition copy of James Joyce’s Dubliners, with the book jacket. Which makes sense, as the department’s largest collection is the 7,400-title, 9,600-volume Celtic Collection, of which approximately 85 percent focuses on Ireland.
“They don’t go up for auction often, and the last time one did (in 2012), it sold for around $150,000. I don’t think we’ll be getting a copy anytime soon,” she said.
No matter. Until that day, there are plenty more awe-inspiring, timeworn works in the university’s possession to lure the bibliophile in all of us from our screens. (Perhaps, even, this screen.)
St. Kate's Campus News - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 1:31pm
The Choral Society begins its 23rd season performing works from Handel, Brahms and Pierce. More »
Carleton College Campus News - Wed, 11/04/2015 - 12:18pm
Carleton students use coding skills to solve real-world problems in hour-long career preview event.
Saint Mary's University Campus News - Tue, 11/03/2015 - 4:42pm
WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts music and theatre divisions invite the community to a fall concert, Monday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall at the Valéncia Arts Center (home of MCA).
The concert will showcase the students of the “Broadway Bound” class, and a variety of private lesson students who study music at MCA. Students, ranging from 5-years-old through adults, will be performing classical, Broadway, and contemporary music and scenes.
Admission is free-will donation. All donations will support future programming and the MCA scholarship fund. MCA is committed to making the arts accessible to all community members.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University, a nonprofit organization, offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for youth ages 18 months and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at the corner of 10th and Vila streets. For more information, go online to www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, email email@example.com, or call 507-453-5500.
University of St. Thomas Campus News - Tue, 11/03/2015 - 12:46pm
“I was always afraid of being a leader,” wrote one student in his or her review of the R.E.A.C.H. Summit. “It was always something I used to say, ‘No, I am not a leader.’ But today, I am saying proudly, ‘I am a leader,’ because now I know the world needs a leader.”
Feedback can’t get much better than that for a summit aimed at strengthening leadership skills.
As part of the inaugural R.E.A.C.H. (Realizing Equity and Cultivating Hope) Summit, 31 students from 15 high schools across the Twin Cities metro gathered at St. Thomas on Sept. 12 to engage in dialogue. The students discussed hotly contested issues, learned how they can participate in social justice, and networked with the St. Thomas community and one another.
“I thought it essential to help frame St. Thomas as a place where these conversations are not only possible, but encouraged,” wrote Teron Buford, assistant director of admissions and coordinator of multicultural recruitment, in an email about the summit.
Topics that matter and many perspectives
Buford, who spearheaded the organization of the summit, emphasized that the event was intended as a way for St. Thomas to be present locally, particularly to communities of color. He said the organizers made sure students had a voice in what the summit focused on.
Buford reached out to counselors in schools across St. Paul and Minneapolis to recommend students who are advocates or allies to social justice issues. As part of the application process, students were asked what sort of topics they wanted to discuss. In addition to two panels on policing in communities of color (the most heavily requested topic), R.E.A.C.H. also included panels on race, equity and economics; immigration; LGBTQ+ and gender equity; and a group activity on intersectionality.
“I think the topics of race and equity trouble the world today,” said Malcolm Lawson, a senior at Park Center Senior High School. “I see and experience it on an everyday basis. It was important to me to meet my peers – those who do and don’t feel the same way I do – and come up with ideas on what can be done and what is being done.”
Lena Gardner, a Black Lives Matter Minneapolis organizer, served as the keynote speaker.
“We wanted someone who was an activist in the community who did social justice work, who would relate to the students, who the students could relate to,” said English professor Kanishka Chowdhury, who served on the planning committee and was part of the Race, Equity and Economics panel. “That activist work is not easy, but there are ways to do it and she offered some very practical ways for people to get involved.”
Networking with peers also was a focal point for the summit.
“You get to meet other students who you really wouldn’t know or interact with,” said Melisa Robles-Olivar, a junior at Southwest High School. “You have more networking with students your age.”
Ruweida Sheikh-Mohamed, a senior at Harding Senior High School, said meeting new people pushed her outside her comfort zone but, as a result, she met “some beautiful people.”
Chowdhury said that sense of connection is important.
“You’re not alone. There are a lot of other people out there doing the same kind of things,” Chowdhury said.
Interacting with people who come from different backgrounds also emphasized how vital it is to consider different perspectives.
“You just can’t judge what you think you see,” Lawson said of what he learned at the summit. “You have to understand everyone’s side and situation before you come to a conclusion.”
Collin Robinson, a sophomore at Southwest High School, said hearing perspectives he normally didn’t have access to was “eye-opening.”
“When (Tanya Gladney) talked about police and being an African-American, it kind of enlightened me,” Robinson said of the St. Thomas Sociology and Criminal Justice Department professor, who has done work with local law enforcement and the FBI. “When I watch videos about police, it’s always white men or men. … Her perspectives, her life on policing, (was) one of the biggest things I got out of the summit. It was astounding the way she spoke about it and the way her life played out.”
Impact and success
One of the hopes of the R.E.A.C.H. planning committee was that the students would take these lessons and skills back to their communities – which certainly seems to be the case so far.
“Specifically, I can take the new perspectives of people back,” said Robinson who is a leader of Dare 2 Be Real, a group that focuses on racial equality and leadership, part of Student Union and plays football. “With that knowledge and information, I can be a more positive leader.”
Buford said he’s already heard from schools asking him to come to their schools. Robles-Olivar said other students at her school are wondering when the next R.E.A.C.H. Summit will be.
The excitement and energy the students brought to campus was noted by the St. Thomas community members who attended the summit.
“They were so excited to know they were a part of something bigger than themselves and that this was only the beginning,” said Dr. Artika Tyner, interim officer for diversity and inclusion, who was part of the planning committee. “To think about, ‘How do I not only say I’m from a diverse background, but how do I leverage my diversity to serve marginal populations? To the lift the voice of the voiceless?’ In a practical way it was very empowering for the students.”
That level of enthusiasm also served as a measurement of success for the summit: Panels ran long, and students stayed on campus long after the summit ended, watching a St. Thomas football game. The main “complaint” on the evaluations? They wanted more: longer sessions, more topics and more students to discuss with.
“The more opinions and options and topics you have that people care about, the more learning you will get from it,” Robles-Olivar said.
Tyner described the R.E.A.C.H. Summit as a “resounding success” and said she couldn’t wait for the next one.
“(Opportunities like this) make St. Thomas not just an academic institution, but a place where (community members) can come, think, strategize and build bridges. We’re making St. Thomas a home away from home,” Tyner said. “I think the summit really did that.”
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University News - Tue, 11/03/2015 - 12:00pm
William Wycherley’s 340-year-old script contains sexual innuendo and flirting, and will be staged Nov. 12-15 and Nov. 19-21 at the Gorecki Theater, Benedicta Arts Center, CSB.
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University News - Tue, 11/03/2015 - 12:00pm
Zeki Saritoprak will examine the place of Jesus in Islam from different classical and contemporary Muslim theological perspectives.
Carleton College Campus News - Tue, 11/03/2015 - 11:52am
Research is at the heart of a Carleton education. It all comes together at the annual Student Research Symposium and Celebration. First up: Nayely Martinez '16 and the Internet of Things.
University of St. Thomas Campus News - Mon, 11/02/2015 - 6:00pm
My hunch is that, like me, many of you have fond childhood memories that involve playing recreational pickup games and sports. Over time, youth sports have become more organized, more structured, more costly, more time consuming, and include more parental involvement. How did we get here and how do we right the youth sports ship?
Tens of millions of children participate in youth sports, and tens of millions of parents are involved in their practices, games and travel. In my new book, Why Less is More for WOSPs (Well-Intentioned, Overinvolved Sports Parents): How to be the Best Sports Parent You Can Be, I examine how youth sports have gone from a tool for learning values while keeping kids out of trouble to a subculture that consumes extraordinary amounts of time and money while exacerbating stress and frustration.
Several years ago, I was at a dinner honoring Dennis Denning, the legendary Cretin-Derham Hall and St. Thomas baseball coach. I bumped into a friend I hadn’t seen in years and mentioned I was writing a book about youth sports, parents and motivation. I listened intently as he told me story after story that demonstrated how youth sports were out of control.
He told me about a family that woke up their son at 4:30 a.m. on Saturdays during the summer. After a quick breakfast, they drove an hour to hockey practice from 5:30-7:30. Next, they were off to baseball practice from 8:30-10. Finally, soccer practice ran from 10:30-noon. He was only 8 years old!
At this moment – after three decades of involvement, first as a participant and then as a coach and father – I became aware of just how severely I had underestimated the bizarre world of youth sports.
My second a-ha moment occurred at the basketball camp that I have run at St. Thomas for 21 years. One afternoon, I explained to the campers that they would not have a referee but would make their own calls like many of us used to do. The announcement was met with protests.
“We’ll disagree about foul calls!”
“We’ll lose track of the score.”
“We won’t know how much time is left.”
“We’ll fight about who wins.”
“We’ll forget to substitute players.”
“We’ll argue about the rules.”
Six kids, six different responses.
I asked the campers how many would rather sit out than play without a referee. An astounding 80 percent of all campers said they’d rather not play without a referee.
In WOSPs, I highlight the challenge of balancing two important social goals: to excel and to feel good. Some parents err on the side of pushing their child to be the next prodigious athlete while other parents coddle their children, never wanting them to feel pain. This fits well in this era where everyone seems to get a trophy at every tournament.
What has gone wrong in the world of youth sports?
Quite simply, WOSPs are micromanaging youth sports to the degree that it is sapping the fun, motivation and learning that children should experience.
Parenting is a daily challenge, but as parents we must accept that many life lessons are only learned if parents step back and provide kids the space to learn, grow, fail and succeed – all with the long-range vision of helping them develop into healthy, well-adjusted adults who one day will watch their own children enjoy the wonderful world of sports.
Tauer is men’s basketball coach and a psychology professor at St. Thomas.
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Saint Mary's University Campus News - Fri, 10/30/2015 - 3:31pm
WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is home to three jazz combos: the Duke, Dizzy and Miles Combos. These combos, comprised of students ages 11-17, will be bringing the sweet sounds of jazz music to life in two free performances.
The public is invited to hear these talented young musicians at Figliulo Recital Hall, in the Saint Mary’s University Performance Center, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, and at the Acoustic Café, 77 Lafayette St., at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2.
The jazz combo program, which began in September 2012 under the direction of Dave Gudmastad, has grown quickly. Each jazz combo rehearses for one hour each week beginning in September and continuing through March. The combos help students learn the art of jazz in a small ensemble setting. The rehearsal sessions provide basic instruction in jazz-related rhythm, tone, style, concept, listening skills, and improvisation. Performances throughout the community provide performance experience to the musicians and free entertainment open to the public. A new session starts in January for young musicians interested in joining a combo.
MCA offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre, year-round. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for children ages 18 months and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 1164 West 10th St. For a brochure or more information, visit www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, “like” them on Facebook, or call 507-453-5500.
MCA programs are made possible by the Slaggie Family Foundation and by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Saint Mary's University Campus News - Fri, 10/30/2015 - 3:08pm
Grammy-nominated band features alumnus Greg Cahill
Winona, Minn. — 1968 Saint Mary’s University alumnus Greg Cahill is returning to Winona with his Grammy-nominated bluegrass band The Special Consensus for a special performance Thursday, Nov. 12, at Saint Mary’s Page Theatre.
Formed in the Chicago area in 1975, The Special Consensus is a four-person acoustic bluegrass band with a repertoire that features traditional bluegrass standards, original compositions by band members and professional songwriters, and songs from other musical genres performed in the bluegrass format.
The band has released 17 recordings and has appeared on numerous National Public Radio programs and cable television shows, including The Nashville Network and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. International tours have brought the band to Australia, Canada, Europe, Ireland, South America, and the United Kingdom. The Special C has appeared in concert with many symphony orchestras nationwide and the 2012 band release Scratch Gravel Road (Compass Records) was Grammy nominated for Best Bluegrass Album. Two songs on the 2014 band release “Country Boy – A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” received awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for Recorded Event of the Year and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year.
Cahill, the bandleader and banjo player, was selected as one of 100 alumni of Saint Mary’s to be recognized in honor of the university’s centennial celebration for “living the mission.” Alumni were selected for living the Saint Mary’s mission of service and leadership and for transforming others’ lives and making a positive difference in their communities and beyond.
The Special Consensus will also offer a free workshop at 12:15 p.m. on Nov. 12 in the Page Theatre. The Traditional American Music Program is a narrated concert that will introduce students, teachers, and community members to bluegrass music. The program explores the roots of traditional music that became the cornerstone of bluegrass music, our own American-born form of traditional music. Presenters will combine musical performance with an informative explanation of how bluegrass music originated, how each instrument used in a bluegrass band is constructed and played and its role in the band, and how songs are written and sung.
Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. Off-the-Page concert are $15 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit pagetheatre.org, call 507-457-1715, or visit the Performance Center Box Office from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays.
Saint Mary's University Campus News - Fri, 10/30/2015 - 2:55pm
WINONA, Minn. — The premiere performance of “playthis”—a suite for flute choir will receive its premiere performance at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 2015 New Music Festival. The regional group Flutistry, led by Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, will present the five-movement suite at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the Annett Recital Hall on the UW-L campus.
In the summer of 2015, composer A. Eric Heukeshoven was one of 14 students selected for study at the Workshop for Algorithmic Computer Music (WACM) at the University of California in Santa Cruz. The two-week workshop, led by noted composer, author, and programmer David Cope, features intensive classes on the basic techniques of algorithmic composition and algorithmic music analysis, learning and using the computer programming language LISP.
For his final project, Heukeshoven created a program that generates musical ideas based on a 12-tone row. Parameters the composer can control in the program include: order of notes in row, number of permutations, shortest/longest rhythmic value, highest/lowest note (range), and number of staves to be created.
The 12-tone row used for developing the project was originally created by Heukeshoven in 1979 for a set of flute duets. The row begins with the composer’s initials “A,” “E,” and “H.” (“H” is “B” natural in German notation)
The five movements of “playthis” depict scenes from the composer’s time in Santa Cruz – “Morning Fog,” “Squirrels,” “Lone Songbird,” “Evening Session,” and “Davenport Beach.” The title “playthis” is taken from the generic filename created by Heukeshoven’s program each time new output was created.
In composing this suite for flute choir Heukeshoven explores how his software can be employed to vary both texture (multiple instruments) and melody (solo movements).
Dr. Janet and A. Eric Heukeshoven are faculty members in Saint Mary’s University’s Department of Music.
The La Crosse New Music Festival is open to the public and there is no admission charge.
For more information, contact A. Eric Heukeshoven at 507-457-7292 or email@example.com.
Saint Mary's University Campus News - Fri, 10/30/2015 - 2:50pm
WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University’s Page Series continues Tuesday, Nov. 10, with Enchantment Theatre Company’s production of “Peter Rabbit Tales.” The family-friendly production begins at 6:30 p.m. and lasts approximately one hour.
Based on three of Beatrix Potter’s rabbit tales: “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” “The Tale of Benjamin Bunny” and “The Tale of Mr. Tod.” The production picks up with Peter Rabbit, his sister Flopsy and his cousin Benjamin, who are all grown up. Flopsy and Benjamin are married with baby bunnies of their own. When the nasty badger, Tommy Brock, decides to steal the babies, Peter and Benjamin set off on an adventure to rescue the bunnies. Along the way, they have flashbacks to their childhood misadventures and encounter new friends.
To celebrate this new production, which incorporates masks, music, and puppetry, the Page Series will offer a free gathering at the Winona Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 12:30 p.m. Children are invited to attend a read-aloud of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” and then create a mask of their favorite character, with help from artist and teacher Brianna Haupt. The masks will be featured in the Saint Mary’s Performance Center lobby along with murals created by students at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts and an educational display provided by Enchantment Theatre Company. Snacks will be provided, and those attending may enter to win tickets to the Nov. 10 performance.
Tickets and information about the Nov. 10 performance and Nov. 7 gathering are available at pagetheatre.org or by calling 507-457-1715 (noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday). These events are made possible by Winona National Bank and the Xcel Energy Foundation.
Saint Mary's University Campus News - Fri, 10/30/2015 - 7:00am
A college education is an investment that pays lifelong dividends. Saint Mary’s University is committed to making that investment accessible and affordable. In this series, read testimonials from students and parents about financial aid.
“College was a questionable endeavor for me, until I found Saint Mary’s. No other university would work with me quite like they did. My admissions counselor understood where I was at in my financial situation, and we were able to work from there. Starting with the FAFSA, Saint Mary’s walked me through the tedious process of getting the information I needed, and then getting the most benefit from it as possible. I then realized it would not cover what I needed and I contacted my admissions counselor for help. She was able to talk to the financial aid office and find me an extra $11,000 on top of the $12,000 scholarship. With that, along with the numerous opportunities for work study on campus, college was now in my grasp.
“This would not have been possible without my amazing admissions counselor. She was always available whenever my mother or I had a question about the financial aid process. She was compassionate and patient with us as we tried to understand everything involved in getting me to school. On top of that, “no” was never an answer. Instead it was always, “Yes, we can work something out” or at the very least, “Let me see what I can do for you.” She wanted me there and it made me feel valued as a student even before I stepped on campus.
“I cannot thank Saint Mary’s enough for giving me this opportunity. They are investing in me and I in them, an investment I know will pay off in the future. True to the Lasallian heritage, they made a quality education available to someone who may not have had it otherwise. I know Saint Mary’s cares about me, and they show it through their dedication to an affordable education for all.”
Concordia University Campus News - Fri, 08/14/2015 - 10:52am
Tom Rubbelke has announced that the 2015-16 academic year, his 12th as director of athletics, will be his last at Concordia. Rubbelke will retire at the conclusion of the athletics season having spent parts of four decades in the department.
Rubbelke was named to the post on December 27, 2004 after serving as assistant athletic director and compliance coordinator since May 1, 2002. He came to Concordia in 1983 as an assistant softball coach until he was named head softball coach in 1998, leading the team for seven years before his appointment to the AD post.
"We are so pleased to be able to celebrate over the next academic year the dedicated service which Tom has brought to Concordia, first as a softball coach and as the athletic director," said Dr. Eric LaMott, Concordia Senior Vice President and Chief Operator Officer. "The university has undergone significant and substantial changes and the marvelous leadership Tom has brought to the athletic program has been a blessing and an integral part of Concordia's strategy."
In his time leading Concordia athletics, the Golden Bears captured an NCAA (all divisions) record seven volleyball national championships, earned 12 appearances at the Division II championships (Elite Eight or comparable), 19 Sweet Sixteen appearances, 34 NCAA Tournaments and 26 Northern Sun championships (regular season & tournament).
"I really appreciate the confidence that President Holst, Dr. Eric LaMott and President Ries have had in me. I've been privileged to be part of CSP since 1983, but especially in my roles here in the last 10 to 15 years," said Rubbelke. "I want to recognize the great coaches and administrative staff I've had, without them we would not have had the success we've had. At this time my main focus is on the 2015-16 season, the student-athletes here really mean a lot to me and I appreciate the relationships I've been able to build through the years with graduates and alumni."
The 2011-12 NACDA Under Armour Region Athletics Director the Year also secured the largest donation in Concordia's history, a $5 million donation for the construction of Sea Foam Stadium, along with another large private donation for the construction of Carlander Softball Field that came with naming rights to the Sea Foam Stadium concourse.
"The championships have been great, and will live on for years to come, and the awards and recognition from my peers have been special. But to me, the biggest accomplishment we've had is the addition of Sea Foam Stadium. Being able to bring our football, soccer and track & field student-athletes a permanent home on campus is really special, and it's something that truly has benefited all of our student-athletes."
Under Rubbelke's leadership, Concordia athletics served as host for seven NCAA regional championships on campus, numerous NSIC Tournaments but the crowning achievement was when the NCAA accepted Rubbelke's bid to host the Division II Championships in volleyball in 2008 and 2009, with the Golden Bears winning the title on their home court in front of the CSP students, staff, alumni and families.
Aside from the tremendous athletics success, the Golden Bears have earned high honors academically consistently throughout Rubbelke's tenure as athletics director. Concordia's teams have earned 46 team academic awards by their respective coaches association, had 11 teams ranked in the top-10 in the country for team grade point average while producing six teams who had the highest ranked GPA in Division II in their sport.
He's become an influential member of the Northern Sun, the NCAA, an active member of NACDA and also serves on the Division II Athletic Director's Board of Directors.
His career as an athletic director has been defined by a commitment to the student-athlete experience as reflected by his popularity among Concordia student-athletes and alumni. He has gone above and beyond to increase student-athlete scholarship funding while improving facilities across the board for training, competition and studying.
He has overseen and planned special events for breast cancer awareness as well as the award-winning Military Appreciation Day event. The 2009 event drew a Mayoral Proclamation from St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, and the 2012 Day of Heroes event captured the NCAA Game Environment Award that included a pre-game speech from Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.
Concordia's dignitaries extended beyond the Military Appreciation Day events, as Minnesota's U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar assisted the 2012 volleyball team in unveiling its sixth NCAA championship banner.
Rubbelke spent his first 15 years at Concordia as an assistant softball coach before being named head softball coach of the Comets in 1998. Under Rubbelke, the softball team transitioned to NCAA Division II play as the Golden Bears and quickly won NSIC regular season and tournament championships in 2001 in just the second year of league and DII membership. In seven years as head softball coach, Rubbelke's Golden Bear clubs combined for a 220-124 overall record including a 56-24 mark in NSIC play. The team had five 30-plus win seasons and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the Sweet Sixteen each time including a regional championship (Elite Eight).
Tom and his wife, Barb have two children, Bryan and Teresa as well as four grandchildren.
Concordia University Campus News - Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:44am
Concordia University, St. Paul head women's lacrosse coach Mo Gaitan has had a productive summer, serving as assistant coach for the U19 Colombian Women's National Team at the FIL Rathbones Women's 2015 U19 Lacrosse World Championships at the University of Edinburgh.
While Gaitan will be breaking new ground as Concordia starts a women's lacrosse program (the first offering scholarships in Minnesota), she's also helping break ground in the sport on a larger scale. Colombia's U19 Team is the first women's lacrosse team in Latin America and Gaitan helped the team to its first-ever win against the Republic of Korea on Friday, July 24.
The team continued its run as an emerging lacrosse player at the World Championships by picking up a 15-8 win on Wednesday over Israel before falling in a competitive contest to the Czech Republic today. Colombia will square off with Finland in the 11th place game tomorrow (Friday) to conclude its World Championships tour.
"To be an emerging country and play for 11th place (of 14) is amazing for us!" explained Gaitan. "Our team's spirit and passion to be here has transformed Colombia into the darling team that many here at the championships who were not already affiliated with us are now cheering for Team Colombia!"
Read the entire story at cugoldenbears.com.