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Edward Gelhaus’ LinkedIn profile describes him as “A nice guy.”
The 2006 alumnus and successful Hollywood actor wants to remind people of his true persona, because his latest roles portray him as just the opposite.
“I seem to be only playing mean villains,” Gelhaus said. “After you shave your head and get a few muscles, you become the mean guy. My mom hopes I get a role where she can say, ‘Yay, there’s NICE Eddie.’ I have promised Mom that I will find a nice role.”
Gelhaus’ “mean streak” began with FX’s American Horror Story “Freakshow” in 2014 in which he portrayed the younger version of Dell Toledo, the strongman of the carnival (played by Michael Chiklis).
Gelhaus described Toledo as “sadistic,” “evil,” and “everything wrong with society.”
Next came a stint on CBS’s Under the Dome in which Gelhaus played a white supremacist prison gang leader who stabs one of the main characters, played by Eddie Cahill. Sadly, because the show was cancelled, Gelhaus’ recurring role also ended.
On AMC’s TURN: Washington’s Spies, Gelhaus portrayed David Williams, one of the key people who captures a spy (JJ Field who portrays Major John André) in the Queen’s guard and turned around the entire war. “It sounds like I would be a good guy but rumors are these three guys (the notorious “Skinner Gang,”) were just bandits and were robbing a bunch of people, and when they found out who they were capturing, they turn him in.”
Gelhaus said he was grateful for the opportunity to work with Emmy Award-nominated director Jeremy Webb (of Downton Abbey), among others. “It was amazing being able to act alongside some major talents,” he said.
For his next character on Rizzoli and Isles on TNT, Gelhaus played Leo, an unsavory character who funneled weapons to the Albanians and met with an untimely demise. Angie Harmon directed the episode, the show’s 100th, which required Gelhaus to spend 4½ hours in a makeup chair getting full-arm tattoos.
“Angie Harmon was one of the most amazing people,” he said. “I got so much positive reinforcement. As an actress, she knows how to get best footage from her actors.”
Gelhaus also filmed a small part for AMC’s Better Call Saul but discovered his part was cut, even after he made the previews. “As an actor you learn to never get excited about an audition, never get excited about a callback, never get excited when you get the part, and never get excited when you see the previews, because your scene could still be cut,” he said. Still, Gelhaus is grateful for the experience.
This past year, he also did some short indie films, a Fitbit commercial, and portrayed the main warrior for a commercial for the popular videogame Far Cry Primal.
In real life, Gelhaus is engaged to a Tessa Marie, a professional Latin ballroom dancer.
And the excitement continues to build. Gelhaus just finished filming a show that he isn’t able to talk about—a show he considers his biggest role yet. “I got to work with some amazing actors on a very big network show that anybody and everybody will be able to watch,” he said.
This character isn’t going to win any points with his mother. Gelhaus describes this role as “really, really bad.”
So how does the smiley actor from Owen, Wis., transform into his bad guy persona? Gelhaus credits his theatre training at Saint Mary’s University.
“The hardest thing for me is to embody these characters and make it feel believable,” he said. “Saint Mary’s helps you find out who you are. If I didn’t realize who I was, especially because I’ve been playing killers and murderers and drug dealers … I need to be able to turn the on and off switch.”
Gelhaus also said that acting in London as part of the university’s Stefannié Valéncia Kierlin London Theatre Program, and subsequently studying at Dublin’s renowned Gaiety School of Acting, helped build an impressive résumé.
“Those are things that capture someone’s attention,” he said.
And, in his business, standing out is key.
That’s why Gelhaus has acquired skills ranging from ballet to ballroom dancing to bartending and from miming to motorcycling. He can ride a horse, wield a sword, or use a pogo stick.
He also advises student actors to learn how to use a camera, how to edit film, and how to use Photoshop. “If you know how to take your own headshots, it will set yourself apart,” he said. “I can film my own auditions in my house. You will want to act and be in shows as well, but you also need to get these skills. Out here it’s truly about marketing yourself.”
It’s also about who you know. Again, Gelhaus is thankful for his experiences at Saint Mary’s.
“I talk to Gary (Diomandes from the Theatre Department) once or twice every month. I think the thing about Saint Mary’s is that this is even a possibility. Gary is one of the first people who I talk to when I get a role. That doesn’t happen normally. These connections that I have with Gary and Judy (Myers, also of the Theatre Department) are so valuable. Out here you get 5 million doors slammed in your face. You can’t take that personally, and you can’t get discouraged. Having that support system is something no one should ever take for granted. Gary hooked me up with my acting coach out here, Howard Fine, who also coaches Will Smith and Chris Pine.”
Ironically, Gelhaus said his college roommate, Andy Greene ’06, is also doing well as an actor in Hollywood and lives just two blocks away. The two support each other and network whenever possible.
“At the end of the day, you can take acting classes anywhere, but to have people who are genuine and build that kind of a support system is unbelievable,” he said.
You can follow his career through www.imdb.me/edwardgelhaus.
Professional photos taken and edited by Edward Gelhaus.
WINONA, Minn. — Modern dance company Shapiro & Smith Dance will open the 2016-2017 Page Series 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Saint Mary’s University Page Theatre.
The company is known for performing tales of beauty and biting wit that run the gamut from searingly provocative to absurdly hilarious. Dancing with breathtaking physicality and emotional depth, the company has earned an international reputation for virtuosity, substance, craft, and pure abandonment. Founded by Joanie Smith and Danial Shapiro in 1987 in New York City, Shapiro & Smith developed a collaborative method through which they created their work, taking turns developing material and directing the choreographic process. Danial Shapiro died in the Fall of 2006 and now Joanie Smith serves as sole choreographer and is honing that process in new ways with the members of Shapiro & Smith Dance.
Shapiro & Smith’s choreography has been commissioned by companies as diverse as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; Phoenix Dance Company of Leeds, UK; and the PACT Dance Company of Pretoria, South Africa. The company has toured throughout the U.S. and abroad, including four times at the Joyce Theater in New York City and a sold-out performance in Winona in 2000. Over 600 dancers in professional and university dance companies have performed their work “To Have And To Hold,” aka “Bench,” and S & S’s production of “ANYTOWN” has had more than 40 performances across the U.S., including at the Joyce and the Guthrie Theaters.
In their Page Series performance, the company will present audience favorites such as “To Have and To Hold,” and “Dance with Two Army Blankets,” as well as the playful “JACK” and “Pat A Cake,” pieces set for two male and two female dancers, respectively. The performance concludes with “Flappers and Suffragettes,” a piece featuring an all-ages, all-female cast, which draws from the popular “tableau vivant” theatrical form of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
In “Flappers…,” the company will be joined by 10 area dancers from Janet Lang Dance Studio, Marilyn School of Dance, Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, Nicole’s School of Dance, and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Their participation is a culmination of the company’s residency work, which began with master classes and rehearsals in June.
Shapiro & Smith Dance will also offer modern dance master classes Friday, Sept. 2, at 4 p.m. at Valéncia Arts Center, hosted by the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts. Classes are free to attend for dancers ages 9 and older, but dancers are asked to register in advance at pagetheatre.org.
Tickets for Shapiro & Smith Dance’s performance are $24 for adults and $21 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased online at pagetheatre.org or by calling the Performance Center Box Office at 507-457-1715 (Noon to 6 p.m., weekdays).
Shapiro & Smith Dance’s Winona activities are made possible in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Page Series activities are 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. Additional support comes from the Xcel Energy Foundation.
Visit Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in the education building on the east side of the State Fair grounds between 9 a.m.–9 p.m. to speak with knowledgeable staff about undergraduate, bachelor’s completion, and graduate programs and to meet with academic deans on select dates.
Each of Saint Mary’s academic deans will visit the State Fair booth to speak with prospective students about their school’s programs. Visit on one of the following dates to speak with a dean about new things happening in their areas:
- Michael Charron, M.F.A., School of Arts and Humanities: Saturday, Aug. 27, 2–4 p.m.
- Tom Marpe, Ed.D., School of Business and Technology: Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2–4 p.m.
- Rebecca Hopkins, Ed.D., School of Education: Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2–4 p.m.
- Todd Reinhart, Sc.D., School of Sciences and Health Professions: Saturday, Sept. 3, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
iPads will be available for visitors to browse Saint Mary’s programs, extracurricular activities, financial-aid packages, and more. The booth will be staffed daily from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. with Saint Mary’s employees from both Winona and Twin Cities campuses eagerly waiting to answer questions.
Prospective students for all programs are invited to stop by the booth to register in a drawing for a Saint Mary’s sweatshirt. Alumni wearing Saint Mary’s gear can pick up window clings and tablet stands.
Minnesota had an obesity rate of 27.6% in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Gregory Dodd ’15 aims to improve that statistic in Saint Paul.
As the health and fitness coordinator for Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, Dodd develops and manages fitness programs that collaborate with local businesses and aim to be accessible for the entire community.
“I work with a lot of health maintenance organizations, like Blue Cross Blue Shield and Health Partners, developing strategies to directly hit areas that most suffer from the obesity epidemic,” said Dodd, who completed his B.S. in Healthcare and Human Services Management at Saint Mary’s University.
The fitness programs offered by Saint Paul Parks and Recreation are held in a large number of locations and are low-cost, often free. The convenience and affordability of the programs make them accessible to all population segments.
Dodd’s most popular program, Fitness in the Parks, offers a wide variety of free fitness classes in 18 parks throughout the summer and early fall. Community members can try something once or attend every week, with opportunities to learn everything from yoga, to running and biking, to kickboxing. Every age and skill level can find a class suitable to their unique needs. The program generates over 1,000 hours of free fitness and sees large participation numbers—between 15,000 and 20,000 people in 2015. Dodd is currently working on a proposal to expand the program into Minneapolis parks.
A new program being implemented this October will bring low-cost fitness classes to businesses throughout Saint Paul. According to Dodd, Fitness on the Go will partner with local fitness and exercise organizations, such as Tula Yoga and the Saint Paul Athletic Club, to bring classes and wellness plans to businesses that want to offer their employees an opportunity to stay active during the work day. The organizations will work with each individual to determine their unique health and fitness needs.
Dodd values the real-life lessons he learned in class from professors and peers as a bachelor’s degree student at Saint Mary’s University.
“Listening to other people’s real-life experiences has helped me make decisions about my programs,” Dodd explained.
Saint Mary’s professors work in the field and teach classes concurrently, so they understand the struggles and responsibilities of adult learners.
“The professors don’t separate school from the real world,” Dodd said. “They realize you have a job as well as being a student and understand your responsibilities in the real world. There is a good blend of education and life outside school. That’s why I’m going straight through and continuing classes.”
After completing his bachelor’s degree, Dodd enrolled in the M.A. in Organizational Leadership program. His motivation to make a difference as a good leader inspired him to learn more about the subject and hone his own leadership skills.
“I’m learning about leadership from new perspectives and looking at it in different ways,” Dodd said. “I manage several businesses and organizations for each of my fitness programs, so I’m applying what I learn in class to my work every day.”
WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University Volunteer Mentors are encouraging individuals, organizations, and churches in Winona to submit requests for service for the New Student Volunteer Day event.
New Student Volunteer Day is an annual fall event where new students volunteer and engage with the Winona community. Volunteers will be available from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10, to help with fall cleaning, rake leaves, paint, or assist with other chores. The students are ready to work if you supply the materials needed (paint, brushes, rakes, tools, etc.).
Requests must be made by Friday, Sept. 2, to the Office of Campus Ministry at Saint Mary’s University at email@example.com. In the email request, please include contact information, a description of the work you need students to do, your address, and the estimated amount of time the work will take to complete with three students.
WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will hold auditions Saturday, Sept. 3, for its holiday production of The Nutcracker, to be performed at Saint Mary’s University Nov. 30 through Dec. 4. Auditions will begin at 1 p.m. at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 West 10th St.
The Nutcracker tells the timeless tale of Clara as she is taken into a magical world filled with dancing candy, daring sword fights, and beautiful fairies.
There are numerous opportunities to become involved in this production, from performing in the spotlight to assisting behind the scenes. Roles are available for actors, dancers, and community members ages 5 and older (including adults) at all levels of experience.
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is a nonprofit arts organization, which offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre, year-round. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for youth ages 3 and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center.
MCA’s 9th biennial production of The Nutcracker will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 3, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. A special abridged performance geared towards families with young children will be on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m. with all tickets set at $5.
For more information, visit www.smumn.edu/MCA, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 507-453-5500. Auditions are free and open to the public.
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.
CAPTION: MCA student Megan Lynch as Clara in a former production of The Nutcracker.
Danielle E. Miller ’11 didn’t set out to be an artist. Instead, art found her at a time in her life when she needed it most.
And now her art is inspiring others. Miller, joined by 22 international artists, is currently exhibiting at The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition in New York City. The show, which runs through Aug. 23, is on display in Agora Gallery, located in the heart of the famous Chelsea Art District.
“It’s always been one of my dreams to show in New York,” Miller said. “It’s a big stepping stone in my career.” At the opening reception, Miller was told that thousands of artists applied to be in the show.
Miller is showing a series of mixed-media sculptures—called the “Cat Eye Marble Series”—made from chicken wire, soft organic paper from books, and organza fabric.
According to the gallery website, Miller’s “mixed-media sculptures are works of exquisite balance. Miller creates small-scale pieces that are compact yet airy and graceful in composition. She manipulates her materials to create new and thought-provoking textures. All the while her editor’s eye allows for beautifully clear lines.”
The Inver Grove Heights native has shown her sculptures at a number of galleries since graduating from Saint Mary’s with an art studio major. She was part of a Saint Mary’s alumni show in 2013 in Winona and has exhibited in St. Paul, California, and North Dakota.
Her dream is to one day give up her day job and become a full-time artist.
“People may say you are crazy for being an artist,” she said. “It may not pay the bills but it’s worthwhile and if it makes you happy, that’s what you should be doing.”
Once considering a career as a veterinarian, Miller changed her major course of study after taking a drawing class her sophomore year—as well as receiving ongoing support from the faculty in the Department of Art and Design. She’d always been interested in art, but when she took a sculpture class her junior year, she especially found her niche.
“All artists love being creative and finding new avenues to work with, and I like texture and color and shapes and that’s what brought me to sculpture,” she said. “This book art I’ve been doing actually started at Saint Mary’s. My professor handed me a book, said to just carve into it; it was an open assignment.
“I like reusing different materials,” she added. “That’s why I kept up with using book pages. I like the texture, and each book I’ve found has a different color and tint to the pages. The fabric idea I got from my mom who taught me how to sew.”
Faculty and staff at Saint Mary’s who taught and worked with Miller call her a Lasallian success story.
Miller is quiet when she hears the label. She admittedly shies away from praise, but it’s a title she has proudly earned. “I had a hard time my freshman and sophomore year in college,” she explains.
A Cardinal track and field athlete, Miller found herself going through some difficult family changes, all the while working hard to excel, despite a learning disability.
Diagnosed with ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) and PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorders), Miller says she learns a little bit slower than other people. Though articulate, she pauses, choosing her words carefully.
“It was a dark time,” she said. “But then I found art. That lifted me up out of the darkness, and my professors helped me out. My favorite year at Saint Mary’s was my senior year; I got more into my Art Studio Major classes and was spending more and more time in the art building—more than most, I confess. I skipped out on a lot of sleep and skipped a lot of meals to work on art. I thought at that time it was all for my senior show, but now I think it was because I loved working on new art pieces and discovering new ideas.”
Miller said professors like Rob McColl and Preston Lawing had an open-door policy, and she frequently went to them to ask questions. And they always found time to answer them all.
Additionally, the Student Success Center, she said, helped her overcome learning obstacles, and she is grateful to them and to all her cheerleaders at home and at Saint Mary’s.
McColl has followed Miller’s career with interest. “Since graduating, Danielle has kept all of us in the art department updated on her art work, so, as exciting as it was, it was no real surprise when the postcard for her New York show arrived in the mail this summer. The art faculty is so pleased that Danielle’s creative work is getting such notable recognition.”
Miller is eager now to focus on creating new art. “I have hundreds of ideas of taking this series to a different level,” she said. She lists her next goals as: work on more art, show more art, get her own studio, show in a different country, show at the Walker Art Center, have a solo show, have an art piece in a major art collection and an art museum, and give back to the Saint Mary’s Department of Art and Design.
She tells other young artists to follow their dreams. “Do not listen to anyone who may detour you from reaching them,” she said. “Life is tough sometimes; you just have to remember who you are and remember your dreams.”
Karen Hemker, director of Saint Mary’s Disability Services, said that Miller serves as an inspiration to others who face challenges in life. “Danielle was not afraid to seek support, and therefore, was able to find her passion,” she said. “Pursuing her dream, which has led to a career, is a testament to her strength and resilience.”
Compassionate Physician, Supporter of Community Issues
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
After 50 years practicing medicine in the Chicago area, Dr. Robert Dolehide has gained legendary status. In 2014, the native South Side Chicagoan received a Presidential Award for Outstanding Merit from Saint Mary’s for his positive and long-lasting impact on generations of families, for his remarkable life as a physician and family man, and for enthusiastically supporting a variety of causes, many rooted in Catholic teachings. A member of Saint Mary’s Navy V-12 Program, Dolehide left DeLaSalle Institute early to serve in the Navy in World War II before returning to Saint Mary’s to study pre-med. He later earned a degree from Loyola University Medical School and practiced medicine for five decades in Chicago’s Beverly/Morgan Park community. He also served as medical director of pulmonary medicine at several area hospitals, and he served as a mentor to medical residents and third-and fourth-year medical students from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dolehide credits his career longevity to his wife, Eileen, and to Mother Teresa, who said: “We must be sincere and treat people one on one.”
By Michael Ratajczyk ’03
Assistant Professor of Business
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
As a teacher, data scientist, and closet game engine developer, I’m excited about what I believe is a new level and trend of mobile gaming.
I initially downloaded PokémonGO to understand the latest game that my students would be playing this coming school year. Since its launch, I’ve been observing some of the activity from both a business and cultural perspective. (As an added bonus, I’ve made more than 15,000 steps a day while conducting my field research.)
The game itself is groundbreaking in terms of its use of mapping technology, and there’s no doubt its success will lead other developers to make games like it.
For many of us, imagine collecting baseball cards, excited to get Mickey Mantle or Ken Griffey Jr. Does anyone remember the Beanie Baby craze in the early 2000s? I remember droves of people waiting at Hallmark stores for the next shipment of the beanie animals. This game has that same energy and is breaking records.
For most mobile apps, there’s a significant uninstall rate in the first five days of the game’s entrance in the market. PokémonGO is beating all those records and is still being used on a large number of devices. In fact, according to US Android App data, the average game session in PokémonGO is over 40 minutes. This beats WhatsApp, Instagram, Snapchat, and Messenger, and over 60 percent of people that downloaded the app are using it daily. There’s over 75 million downloads and on a recent trip to Finland, I learned that there are droves waiting to play there too.
Years ago, we imagined our gaming society to be basement dwellers, dungeon and dragons dice wielders, and Super Mario aficionados. You were a nerd if you were a gamer. With the advent of the smart phone and mobile devices in general, it’s hip to play games on your mobile device now. It’s assumed most everyone has a game on their phone. As the gaming industry audience has changed, companies like Nintendo and Sony have responded—not to mention Microsoft and Sega who is now a game publisher instead of a console developer.
The motive for businesses to get on the PokemonGO wagon is clear.
Businesses can tap into this game to bring in customers in a variety of ways. If a business has a PokéStop, they can add lures to attract Pokémon spawns, which in turn attracts players. In Winona, El Patron Mexican Restaurant, for example, has a PokéStop at its indoor fountain. This means that anyone in the restaurant can enjoy the prizes from the game while dining. A business like El Patron could add lure to their site, for a small fee, that spawns Pokémon for its customers. Other businesses can and are attracting customers through coupons that ask customers to bring in their phone to show their game. Contests could include showing rare Pokémon, or having timed events where customers show their journal to count the number of Pokémon caught in their business within a time frame. There’s news that McDonalds has partnered their stores in Japan with the game.
With all of this activity comes a significant amount of data for folks like me to be excited about.
As data scientists, my colleagues and I study every row of data about a person, their behaviors, their purchasing pattern, and other tidbits of information we call variables. We use this to predict behavior. In some cases, we predict crime and healthcare concerns. In others, we predict demand for products and services to help determine when and where to place them during your daily lives.
With so much interest and player time in this game, there’s a wealth of geo data that can be used like: how often and when you play the game, what you use for tools in the game, and the distance you travel when you play the game. Companies can often purchase this data, combine it with other sources and build a better picture of their customer base. This can lead to better products, attractive specials, and lower prices.
There’s no predicting how long this craze will continue, but we can safely predict that PokémonGO will spawn the next big technological craze, providing further opportunities to study big data, ultimately changing the climate of business and culture today.
It is my hope that developers will be sensitive about where they plot game courses and in designing an ethical game environment. But we as a society also must play an active role. We must continue to educate and be educated. Our children need to understand the dangers of these types of interactions. They also need be taught about proper etiquette and how to show respect during their gaming interactions. This isn’t new. PokémonGO didn’t cause this. I believe it was rooted in our society before it was downloadable.
There’s no predicting how long this craze will continue, but we can safely predict that PokémonGO will spawn the next big technological craze, providing further opportunities to study big data, ultimately changing the climate of business and culture today.
WINONA, Minn. — For the 28th consecutive year, the Initial Teaching Alphabet Foundation has financially supported the i.t.a. Literacy Clinic at Saint Mary’s University. This year’s generous grant of $75,172 will enable the clinic to continue to provide one-on-one reading, spelling, and writing intervention for area K-12 students who are struggling in literacy development.
The i.t.a. clinic served 56 Winona-area students during the past academic year and an additional 40 young readers last summer.
A major benefit of this grant, according to Dr. Jane Anderson, director of the i.t.a. Literacy Project and the clinic’s founder, is that it helps not only these young readers, but also Saint Mary’s University education students at the undergraduate and graduate levels who gain valuable skills and experience through working at the clinic.
Last year 46 tutors served in the i.t.a. Literacy Clinic. These included primarily pre-service teachers in Saint Mary’s Elementary Education program and teachers in the Saint Mary’s Master of Arts in Literacy Education.
Anderson started the clinic in 1988 and has seen tremendous success. Students who can’t read easily use the “initial teaching alphabet” as a phonetic alphabet, designed to make the early reading process much easier. There are only 26 letters in our traditional alphabet, but there are 44 sounds. The i.t.a. alphabet has 44 symbols, so children can more easily write any word in their speaking vocabulary and can learn to sound out words much quicker.
The clinic is offered at Saint Mary’s Winona Campus four days a week through the school year and four weeks during the summer. The free clinic is possible, in large part, due to the ongoing generosity of the Initial Teaching Alphabet Foundation.
Initial Teaching Alphabet Foundation President Keith Bub said the foundation has been a proud supporter of the Saint Mary’s i.t.a. Literacy Clinic largely because of Dr. Jane Anderson. “Saint Mary’s wouldn’t have the wonderful program they have without her tireless efforts,” he said. “We have many successful programs, including Saint Mary’s. The people who teach in our programs are very passionate about their love of children and their desire to help them succeed.”
Photo caption: Cindy Nava, a 2013 Saint Mary’s graduate who is now teaching at San Miguel Middle School in Chicago, works with Broden Conrad, an i.t.a. Literacy Clinic student.
The Line, 2011 alumnus Mike Berg’s first children’s book, follows a simple black line through life as it encounters the joys and sorrows of color, sound, vision, and feeling.
Once upon a time, I made a line.
It was simple, straight, and fine.
There were others like it,
But this one was mine.
The book began as a poem that Berg penned in 2010 while traveling between Saint Mary’s University and his hometown of Owatonna, Minn., and depicts a simplified, yet universal, concept of life.
“I created The Line to be something that everybody can relate to,” Berg explained. “It’s meant to be universal, yet personal to each reader.”
Berg’s mother is a librarian, so he grew up around children’s classics, such as Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are and Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree. Berg was particularly drawn to Silverstein’s simple, yet powerful illustrations, and this inspiration is apparent in his own book.
“The writing was easier than the drawings,” Berg said. “It took a long time to establish the illustration style, but I was attached to the story and thought it was a good idea.”
While Berg’s line does not travel to Saint Mary’s in the story, his experiences on the Winona Campus are very much a part of the book. A graphic design major, he praises the program and its instructors, who actively practice what they teach. Berg appreciated the challenges presented throughout the program.
“You can’t just be taught how to design; you have to sit down and do it,” Berg said. “The lab was always open, so I spent a lot of time there on the computer learning the software.”
Berg gave several copies of an early version of The Line to his mother, who read it to grade school students. The children enjoyed creating their own lines, which is one of Berg’s goals for the book.
“The book has an open ending with extra blank pages for readers to draw, add on to the line, and make up their own,” Berg said. “I would love to have people submit their drawings online and create a sequel with their creations.”
Berg has surpassed his fundraising goal on Kickstarter to cover the expense of printing costs, but says his goal isn’t to make money.
“It’s a passion project,” Berg explained. “I’m hoping this will launch my illustration career so I can go into it full time.”
Like The Giving Tree, Berg hopes The Line will become a timeless book that people of any age can take off the shelf to read and interact with, year after year.
To learn more about The Line or to support the project, visit Berg’s Kickstarter page.
WINONA, Minn. — Galleria Valéncia at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is featuring an exhibit by portrait artist Mary Singer beginning Wednesday, Aug. 17, and continuing throughout the month of September.
A well-known Winona artist, Singer has worked with a wide variety of visual arts throughout her life. Singer has taught drawing, cartooning, and painting. Her work is comprised of oils, watercolors, graphite, mixed media, and pen and ink. Several of her portraits are on display at Pet Medical Center on Third Street in downtown Winona.
An opening reception with the artist is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at the Valéncia Arts Center. It will run simultaneously with River Arts Alliance’s August Art Schmooze which includes a free talk titled “The Art of Online Marketing”.
The galleria will also be open during regular office hours: Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (as well as while evening and weekend classes are in session).
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, is a nonprofit organization, offering programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for youth ages 3 and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at the corner of 10th and Vila streets. For more information, go to smumn.edu/mca, email email@example.com, or call 507-453-5500.
Successful Businessman, Lawyer, Generous Financial Supporter
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Paul Meyer’s successful career in law and business can’t easily be summarized. Upon graduation from the University of Notre Dame in 1967, where he served as editor-in-chief of The Law Review, he served as a law clerk to Justice Walter V. Schaefer of the Supreme Court of Illinois. A year later, he served as the senior law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren of the U.S. Supreme Court. For more than 20 years he served as managing partner of the Meyer, Hendricks & Bivens law firm, in Phoenix, Ariz. Meyer also served as executive vice president and general counsel of Eller Media from 1996 to March 1999 and for more than 10 years as president and CEO of the Americas Division of Clear Channel Outdoor, the largest outdoor advertising company in the U.S. During four of those years, he also served as Clear Channel Outdoor’s Global President, with the added responsibility of directing its European and Asia/Pacific businesses, which together with the Americas Division generated annual global revenues in excess of $3 billion. During his tenure with Clear Channel, Meyer pioneered the development of innovative digital billboard networks in more than 30 U.S. markets. He is now serving as president of Digital Sign Services of JCDecaux North America and lives in Phoenix. Sharing his time and talent, Meyer serves on several boards, including the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees. In 2002, Saint Mary’s bestowed an honorary doctorate on Meyer, and the Meyer Conference Suite in Saint Mary’s Hall is named in his honor and in recognition and appreciation of a lifetime of generous financial support. He was given the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2014.
Lindsay (Dickson) Henning ’08 is combining her passions for cross country skiing and fundraising in her role as the director of advancement at the Loppet Foundation, where she is working to raise funding and approval for a winter sports and bike center in Wirth Park of Minneapolis.
The Loppet Foundation has partnered with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board to construct this 14,000-square-foot building that will contain a ski and bike shop, cafe, locker rooms, and more.
“This will be a year-round community center that will act as a launching point to get people outdoors and active,” Henning said.
The project also plans to improve the park’s existing trail system. An approval by the Park Board committee on Wednesday, Aug. 3 has added momentum to the project’s fundraising and brought it one step closer to the final approval, which is expected within the next few weeks.
According to Henning, the Loppet Foundation hopes to hold a groundbreaking ceremony in September and begin construction, opening the center in late winter or early spring of 2017.
“I’m really excited to see this project happen,” said the Brooklyn Park, Minn., native. “When I took the role, this project was something I could see leaving a legacy in Minneapolis. Someday I can bring my kids or friends to the center to see something I helped create.”
Henning has worked as the director of advancement at the Loppet Foundation for nearly one year, but has been involved with the foundation through volunteer roles for nearly seven. In her position, she manages a $10 million capital campaign, as well as the annual fund; writes grants for programs; and handles membership. Previously, she worked with the Minnesota State Fair Foundation as the annual giving manager for three years and as the development manager for two years. Henning also managed major campaigns at Minnesota Public Radio for one year.
A passionate skier, Henning recalls using the ski trails on the Saint Mary’s University Winona Campus with friends and roommates and participating in the annual SMUMN 10K race. She attributes her career in fundraising to the connections she made and her experiences as an undergraduate social science major at Saint Mary’s.
“I never dreamed that I would be a fundraiser, but when I returned from my semester of study abroad and was looking for a job, Bob Fisher (director of alumni relations) recruited me to be in Phonathon,” Henning said. “I also had an internship in the alumni relations office and these experiences launched my fundraising career.”
Henning’s communications and journalism courses provided her with a foundation of interviewing and storytelling skills, which she uses daily when interacting with prospective donors. She also has fond memories of spending class time outside kayaking on the Mississippi or hiking in the bluffs.
“At the Loppet Foundation, we believe that good things happen when people get outdoors and become active—and I often think about how happy, connected, and inspired my classmates and I felt when we were out on the trails together. It makes me feel really good that, in a different way, I can help share this with others,” Henning said.
The Loppet Foundation started in 2002 and is based in Minneapolis. Its mission is to create a shared passion for year-round outdoor adventure in the Minneapolis area, focusing on underserved youth and families. The foundation frequently partners with the Parks Board and Minneapolis Public Schools for outreach programs.
Before heading off to medical school, Saint Mary’s University recent graduate Alexandra Thiel ’16 was selected to present her senior thesis cancer research at the Beta Beta Beta Biennial National Convention. A Biology Pre-medicine major, Thiel will continue her medical school training this fall at the Saint James School of Medicine on the island of Saint Vincent in the Caribbean.
Thiel began researching her thesis topic, titled “The Effect of TBX2 or Epiregulin on Signal Transduction Pathways in the MCF10A Human Breast Epithelial Cell Line,” while completing a Summer 2015 R&D Systems Cytokine Research Internship at Saint Mary’s under Assistant Professor Dr. Matthew Rowley’s supervision. The internship was co-funded by R&D Systems and a Beta Beta Beta National Honor Society grant.
“Internship and research opportunities like this are invaluable components of our curricula in the sciences at Saint Mary’s,” said Dr. Todd Reinhart, dean of the school of sciences and health professions. “Learning how to ‘do’ science and explore questions at the bench is an important part of preparing the next generation of scientists and health professionals who need strong problem-solving skills.”
Thiel was one of six Saint Mary’s biology student grant recipients. The goal of their summer research was to determine which cell pathways might be involved in breast cancer. Learning more about the mechanism of breast cancer at the cellular level can reveal new therapeutic targets in the hopes of finding a cure for breast cancer, according to Thiel. Specifically, Thiel studied the gene TBX2.
“Forty percent of people with breast cancer have an overexpressed TBX2 gene,” Thiel explained.
Findings by Thiel and two other students—Bridget Trio ’13 and Minh Nguyen ’15—suggest that TBX2, when overexpressed, binds to the promoter of epiregulin, a potential target of TBX2. Epiregulin is then secreted and may bind to cell surface receptors, EGFR and HER3.
Thiel’s research specifically points to the activation and deactivation of four cellular pathways in the MCF10A cell that result in rapid growth of cells and the inability of cells to shut themselves down through apoptosis and cell cycle arrest. Thus, the cancer cells essentially become immortal and breast cancer tumors form through this process.
“If we know more about what is happening in the pathways, researchers can potentially design new drugs to target specific proteins and increase or decrease their level of activation,” Thiel said.
Thiel presented her research during the 2016 Winchell Symposium at the University of Minnesota and was awarded Top Oral Presentation by the Minnesota Academy of Science. This earned her a place at the national convention in June, where she joined students from across the country who were chosen to give oral presentations and display posters on their research.
“It was cool to present but even cooler to see what everybody else is doing in their programs,” Thiel said.
“Research projects and internships have long-term benefits for the students, helping them hone their skills, exposing them to areas of inquiry through immersion, and helping them gain entry into graduate or professional school, or find the right job,” Reinhart said.
This fall, Thiel will use the skills and knowledge she gained at Saint Mary’s (including during her summer internship) as she studies internal medicine at the Saint James School of Medicine. As she begins her further studies in the area of long-term care, general diseases, and infections, Thiel is excited to do so at Saint James because it is an accredited school that boasts a nearly 85 percent residency match rate. Residency yields real-world experience that is essential to beginning a medical practice.
“Attending medical school in the Caribbean will give me a broader range of understanding and clinical practice,” Thiel said. “Experiencing people with different backgrounds will be better than always treating the same type of population.”
Thiel became interested in cardiology after interning in the University of Chicago Medicine Cardiology Department and may return to school to earn this specialization after completing her residency and gaining additional experience in the field.
“The type of research I was involved in at Saint Mary’s through internships with the Mayo Clinic and R&D Systems is intrinsic to medical practice because this is how we learn more about the etiology of human disease and potential cures for it,” Thiel said. “I feel prepared for the research I will do at Saint James because I have the experience of working with others to analyze complex ideas in science.”
WINONA, Minn. — Experienced area musicians who love band music are invited to attend this season’s first rehearsal of the Saint Mary’s University Concert Band on Monday, Aug. 29, between 6:45 and 8 p.m. The Concert Band is a college-community partnership and is directed by Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, professor of music and music education. The ensemble meets on Monday and Wednesday evenings from late August until graduation in early May. Rehearsals are held in Saint Yon’s Hall (rehearsal room 158) on the Winona Campus.
Interested musicians are invited to attend the first sight-reading informational rehearsal of the season. Dedicated high school students looking for an additional challenge and adult community players are welcome to join the collegiate band members for an exciting new season. The band performs four times during the academic year; complete details will be provided at the first rehearsal.
Placement auditions will be individually scheduled starting Sept. 1; membership requirements and audition repertoire will be provided on Aug. 29. (Auditions include excerpts from the fall semester music selections and scales.) If you are interested in joining the ensemble but cannot attend the first rehearsal, please contact the director at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 507-457-1675 to make alternate arrangements.
The Saint Mary’s Concert Band rehearses 6:45 to 8 p.m. Mondays, and 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.
There’s a place for you in the band! Call 457-1675 or email email@example.com reserve a spot for you at the first rehearsal on Aug. 29. Please include what instrument you play as well as your full name and preferred contact information.
WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) will conduct an open house 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 1164 W. Howard St.
The open house is an excellent opportunity for parents and students to meet instructors and administration, ask questions about classes or attire, tour the facility, get fitted for dance shoes, register for classes, and enter prize drawings.
Not only will families have the opportunity to win MCA swag, but lucky families could also win: a gift certificate to Rochester’s premier dance attire store, Blades to Ballet, or passes to The Playground in the Winona Mall or to the Children’s Museum of La Crosse. Other prizes include an online subscription to the new digital magazine “A Ballet Education;” tickets to a Page Series family show; Irish dance coasters by artist Angela Foster; and framed print of a male dancer created by LOFP.
Back by popular demand is the Second Chance Dance Sale. Each year MCA families donate a significant amount of dance shoes and attire that are just waiting for a good home. Dance items will be available for students of all ages and sizes at a significantly reduced price. All funds raised will be used to support the MCA scholarship fund and other programs. If any MCA families have attire that their dancers have outgrown or has fallen out of use, you may request a table to sell or swap your items as well. There is no charge for families to set up a table; just let contact Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-453-5500.
Additionally, the open house this year will also feature a variety of info sessions and demonstrations that are free and open to the public. The public is invited to come and learn about the Suzuki guitar program for preschoolers, the beginning guitar class, and the ballet program. Anyone 5 years and older who is interested in auditioning for The Nutcracker can also attend a pre-audition workshop for only $10. Pre-registration is required for the pre-audition workshops.
Open house schedule:
- 4 to 7 p.m. — Second Chance Dance Sale, shoe fittings, tours, class registration, 8-foot floor piano, prize signups, faculty meet and greet, and treats
- 4 p.m. — Preschool Suzuki guitar program information
- 4 to 6:30 p.m. — Nutcracker Pre-Audition Workshops (must pre-register, $10 fee)
- 5:30 p.m. — Guitar class demonstration
- 6:15 p.m. — Ballet 101: demonstration and Q&A.
by Dennis L. Conroy, Ph.D.
Trauma doesn’t happen in a vacuum. When one person is impacted by a major life event, all of their relationships are impacted. If we loosely define trauma as an event that turns an individual’s world upside down, the same thing can be said about those in close relationships with that person.
For example, the father of a child who was involved in a serious car accident might blame himself for the accident, even though he was not involved in any way. His world will change, even though he had no direct traumatic experience. It happened to someone he loved, therefore, it happened to him. We might see this impact by this father placing greater restrictions on his other children who are either driving or riding with friends. If a woman is robbed and beaten she may be afraid to go out of the house for fear of a reoccurrence. She may not let her children go out of the house, thus their world is impacted.
For the father of the child injured in the accident and the children of the woman who was robbed and beaten the trauma was not a firsthand experience, yet both have been significantly impacted. These were not the primary “victims” of the trauma but their lives have certainly been turned upside down. If we describe a victim as someone who has had something done to them without their consent, both of these scenarios apply.
We have seen a number of positive changes come from this unwanted experience. Organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and other organizations working to find and protect missing or exploited children, such as the Jacob Wetterling Foundation.
In our culture, “victim” is a social construct with a distinct set of parameters, a given role. We offer strong social support to anyone who has been authorized this role in society. Their desire for vengeance or justice becomes understandable and we often acknowledge the individual’s right to feel anger, sadness, or whatever intense emotion they respond with. Yet, secondary victims are often denied this status and told they have no right to their feelings and they should focus their efforts on supporting the primary victim. They are not afforded the sympathy and compassion we might offer the primary victim.
Trauma can lead to damaged or broken relationships. As the primary and secondary victims are impacted by a traumatic event, so are their relationships. Frequently, a marriage is impacted by a traumatic event that is experienced by one of the partners in that marriage. One or the other may experience a loss of desire for intimacy or even a fear of intimacy, which can cripple a marriage. So as we consider the impact of trauma on individuals, we must also consider the impact on all of their personal relationships.
It is important that we as clinicians note that the impact of trauma extends far beyond those initially involved in the event. In providing help to the often forgotten victims, the following steps might be helpful.
- Acknowledge all who might be impacted.
- Accept that each impacted person will have a unique perspective of the event.
- Accept that each is likely to be impacted differently.
- Provide resources for each individual based upon the unique impact (i.e. age-appropriate resources for children).
- Provide resources to heal damaged or broken relationships.
By being more inclusive in our support and therapy networks we will help to minimize the impact of trauma.
Dr. Conroy has 30 years of clinical experience in psychology. He has worked with adults, children, and adolescents with concerns such as stress management, relationship counseling, and trauma. He worked as a sworn police officer for 30 years and is the author of several books, including the most recent, Surviving a Law Enforcement Career: A Guide for Cops and Those Who Love Them. Dr. Conroy volunteers his expertise to several several national organizations that provide support and counseling to victims of trauma. He has 30 years of teaching experience at several colleges and universities and currently teaches in the Marriage and Family Therapy program and the Police Science program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Radio Syndicator, Host
Hometown: Munster, Ind.
Major: English Literature and Media
Matt Bubala’s love for radio started in college. Shortly after his graduation from Saint Mary’s in 1994, Bubala started a career in radio. Bubala’s name is recognizable to many longtime WGN-AM fans in Chicago. For 10 years (1997-2007), he was a producer at WGN Radio, most famously for John Williams’ popular show, where he was often heard on the air. Prior to his time in Chicago radio, he was a producer at a radio station in Los Angeles, and again in Detroit. There he worked with former Chicago radio star Danny Bonaduce. After leaving “The John Williams Show” and WGN-AM in 2007, he formed Black Dog Radio Productions, Inc., an independent Chicago-based radio syndication company that creates and distributes quality niche radio programming. He serves as president of the company, which syndicates three radio shows including “Good Parenting Radio,” which is hosted by Bubala himself. As a father of four (including triplets), Bubala knows a bit about parenting. He currently can be heard on WGN-AM’s aptly named “The Matt Bubala Show.”
WINONA, Minn. — Winona-area youth in grades two through eight have the unique opportunity to attend a songwriting camp Aug. 15-19 at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts with local singer/songwriter Amanda Grace. Grace hails from St. Paul but has called Winona home for many years. She writes and performs acoustic rock, children’s music, and gospel music on the piano and guitar. She has released three albums and is working on a new children’s CD called “Music Makes It Right.”
During the weeklong Summer Songwriting Showcase, campers will have the opportunity to work side by side with Grace to create their very own new musical work. Young writers will accompany the new compositions with music, movement, and visual displays—with support from additional local artists. Campers will enjoy showcasing their song with a live performance for friends and family at the end of the camp.
The Summer Songwriting Showcase will run Aug. 15-19 from 9 a.m. to noon. Registration is required; the camp fee is $135 and includes a camp T-shirt and all supplies. Students can register online or in person.
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University and 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 10th and Vila streets in Winona. For more information, go online to www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org, email email@example.com, or call 507-453-5500.