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First semester Dean’s List announced at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 9:29am

 

 

WINONA, Minn. — The following students were named to the first semester, 2015-16 Dean’s List at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. The list includes 336 undergraduate students who earned a grade point average of 3.60 or better on a 4.0 scale.

Student name, parent name/s, hometown

Neal Abbott, Mr. and Mrs. Brian Abbott, Stewartville, Minn.

Emily Ahart, Jon and Mari Beth Ahart, Stewartville, Minn.

Tyler Aliperto, Tammy Aliperto, Maplewood, Minn.

Fabian Alvarez, Enrique and Sandra Alvarez, Chicago, Ill.

Brenden Amiotte, Richard and Jane Amiotte, Rapid City, S.D.

Kimberly Ammerman, Steven and Ute Ammerman, Meppen

Jack Anderholm, Eric and Beth Anderholm, Holmen, Wis.

Ashley Anderson, Bryan and Julia Anderson, Owatonna, Minn.

Maria Angell, Richard and Susan Angell, Faribault, Minn.

Zackary Ansell, David and Janelle Ansell, Rushford, Minn.

Austin Arnold, Mike and Lisa Arnold, Anchorage, Ala.

Elizabeth Atneosen, Jeffery and Monica Atneosen, Woodbury, Minn.

Besufekad Azage, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia

Leah Baechle, Todd and Judy Baechle, Fort Collins, Colo.

Amanda Baker, Scott and Kathleen Baker, Elysian, Minn.

Brian Bansley, Mary Bansley, Chicago, Ill.

Christopher Bartosz, Chris and Jeannette Bartosz, Woodridge, Ill.

Nicole Bartosz, Chris and Jeannette Bartosz, Woodridge, Ill.

Jessica Bauer, Rich and Dawn Bauer, Nerstrand, Minn.

Sheyenne Bauer, Justin and Sheryl Bauer, Cannon Falls, Minn.,

Marissa Bay, Frank and Cheryl Bay, Holmen, Wis.

Carter Bernier, Dr. Jeffrey and Jennifer Bernier, Downers Grove, Ill.

Regina Bettag, Mark and Teresa Bettag, Sheboygan, Wis.

Laura Beyer, Terry and Kathy Beyer, Coon Rapids, Minn.

Lindsay Beyer, Terry and Kathy Beyer, Coon Rapids, Minn.

Luke Bing, Doug and JoDean Bing, Gallatin Gateway, Mont.

Brittney Birkhauser, Mark and LuAnne Birkhauser, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

Jessica Bjick, Jeff and Michelle Bjick, Jordan, Minn.

Caroline Blackwood, Eric and Ann Blackwood, Norwalk, Ohio

Emily Blaser, Michael and Sara Sauber Blaser, Sycamore, Ill.

Brandi Blattner, Michael and Kristi Blattner, Eyota, Minn.

Kyle Blondin, Matt Blondin and Patti Thomas, Kent, Wash.

Julia Boeve, Keith Boeve, St. James, Minn.

Emily Bonner, Richard and Becky Bonner, Centennial, Colo.

Allison Borawski, Richard and Cynthia Borawski, Stickney, Ill.

Kathleen Bowlin, Pat and Laurie Bowlin, Winona, Minn.

Cameron Brown, Pamela Dietlein-Brown, Arena, Wis.

Matthew Brumfield, Gregory and Gayle Brumfield, Farmington, Minn.

Emily Brumm, Tony and Candi Brumm, Mabel, Minn.

Jessica Buckbee, Steven and Joyce Buckbee, Lewiston, Minn.

Michaela Budach, Greg and Michelle Budach, Janesville, Minn.

Ben Buerkle, Scott and Julie Buerkle, Roseville, Minn.

Sean Butcher, John and Jeanne Butcher, Cave Creek, Ariz.

Maximillian Bzdula, Witold and Barbara Bzdula, Elmwood Park, Ill.

Chad Cagle, Brian and Mary Cagle, Washington, Ill.

Lucas Campbell, Michael and Sue Packard Campbell, Stillwater, Minn.

Meagan Campbell, Peter and Kristen Campbell, Mayer, Minn.

Evelin Cardenas, Alberto Vergara and Elvia Zuniga, Burnsville, Minn.

Melissa Carlson, Bernard and Jaqueline Carlson, Rochester, Minn.

Cinthya Cazares, Antonio and Josefina Cazares, Waukegan, Ill.

Kathleen Chamberland, Thomas and Sheila Chamberland, Roseville, Minn.

Maxwell Champa, William and MaryKaye Champa, Bloomington, Minn.

Madeline Champa, William and MaryKaye Champa, Bloomington, Minn.

Ryan Charko, Gregory and Kathleen Charko, Warren, N.J.

Allison Christensen, Paul and Renee Christensen, Lester Prairie, Minn.

Phaik Tzhi Chua, Chee Ann and Tan Ah Im Chua, Ipoh, Perak

Michael Churchill, Steven Winston and Marie Churchill, La Crosse, Wis.

Michael Cimba, John and Tracy Cimba, Wilmette, Ill.

Leanne Cleveland, Gregg and Kay Cleveland, La Crosse, Wis.

Wyatt Coghill, London

Anne Colling, Thomas and Suzanne Colling, Jordan, Minn.

McKayla Collins, Michael and Annette Collins, Cottage Grove, Minn.

Megan Collins, Michael and Annette Collins, Cottage Grove, Minn.

Marais Culp, Ernest J. Culp, Winona, Minn.

Jessica Cwik, Susan Zwick, Chicago, Ill.

Ailie Davidson, Ron Davidson and Mary Davidson, Duluth, Minn.

Sara Dethloff, Robert and Ellen Dethloff, Rolling Meadows, Ill.

Catherine Deysach, Michelle Deysach, Eagan, Minn.

Emily Diercks, Greggory and Jean Diercks, Red Wing, Minn.

Eric Doyle, Tom and Cindi Doyle, Hudson, Wis.

Erin Doyle, Michael F. Dyle and Sara J. Doyle, Albany, Minn.

Nyakume Dup, Simon Dup and Mary Puk, Albert Lea, Minn.

Madaline Eichers, Patrick and Kristin Eichers, Independence, Minn.

Nicholas Esposito, Patrick and Sherri Esposito, Saint Charles, Ill.

Reed Evers, Gregory Evers and Mary Lou Evers, Appleton, Wis.

Sarah Fanning, Alan and Sheri Fanning, Sparta, Wis.

Landon Farrell, Joseph Farrell and Terri Farrell, Rochester, Minn.

Jared Ferk, Robert and Barbara Ferk, Plainview, Minn.

Lauren Finley, Gerald and Elizabeth Finley, Minneapolis, Minn.

Stephen Fishbune, Richard and Carol Fishbune, Rochester, Minn.

Jose Flores-Ugalde, Jose Flores and Margarita Ugalde, Madison, Wis.

Rowan Flynn, John Flynn and Shereen Siewert, Wausau, Wis.

Alyssa Fox, William T. Fox, Batavia, Ill.

Shauna Frahm, David and JoAnn Frahm, Arcadia, Wis.

Brittany Friedrich, Jeff and June Friedrich, Rice, Minn.

Carina Friend, Lawrence and Maribeth Friend, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Kathryn Frye, Michael and Mary Frye, Minneapolis, Minn.

Carrie Gabrielson, Nels and Mary Gabrielson, Orr, Minn.

Sarah Garrison, Richard James and Christine Garrison, Rosemount, Minn.

Thomas Garside, Thomas and Allison Garside, Vadnais Heights, Minn.

Brendan Garvey, Ted and Kelley Garvey, Pewaukee, Wis.

Crystal Gehring, Scott and Carleen Gehring, Waseca, Minn.

Gabrielle Geissler, Kurt and Christine Geissler, Stamford, Conn.

Amber Geyer, Tamara Geyer, New Prague, Minn.

Brett Giesen, Tom and Candic Giesen, Cato, Wis.

Shawn Gilbert, Shawn and Rachel Gilbert, Rice Lake, Wis.

Cecilia Glass, Peter and Theresa Glass, Maplewood, Minn.

Kevin Gleason, Jay and Pegeen Gleason, Minneapolis, Minn.

Thomas Graner, Paul Graner, Winona, Minn.

Taylor Greco, Robert and Kathy Greco, Hillside, Ill.

Cecilia Greenheck, Edward and Jolene Greenheck, Wabasha, Minn.

William Grillo, William and Heather Grillo, Hermantown, Minn.

Chelsea Gritz, Michael and Katrina Conner, Portland, Ore.

Carly Guerra, Mark Guerra and Andrea Lukacs, Bloomington, Minn.

Aldontae Guess, William Guess and Latesa Guess, Chicago, Ill.

Megan Hafner, Michelle Hafner, La Crescent, Minn.

William Hahn, William and Stacy Hahn, Bayfield, Colo.

Daniel Hammer, William and Teresa Hammer, Baxter, Minn.

Brittney Hanson, Robert and Deborah Hanson, Janesville, Iowa

Misty Hanson, Brad and Carol Hanson, White Bear Lake, Minn.

Tabitha Hanson, Dennis and Mary Hanson, Grand Rapids, Minn.

Sarah Hanus, Dale and Arlene Hanus, Wittenberg, Wis.

Andrew Hanzelka, Chrisotpher and Clara Hanzelka, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Justin Hartert, Edward and Mary Hartert, Wabasha, Minn.

Kassidy Hauschild, Paul and Kristi Hauschild, Hayfield, Minn.

Bradley Hauser, Carl and Anne Hauser, Gurnee, Ill.

Diana Haynes, Veronica Haynes, Las Vegas, Nev.

Alex Hefel, Jeffrey and Angela Hefel, Winona, Minn.

Peter Hegland, James David Hegland, Utica, Minn.

Jeremy Heinle, Carleen Myers, York, Pa.

Jamie Henderson, Steve and Amy Henderson, Madison, Wis.

Grace Hendrickson, Burton and Rosemary Hendrickson, Madison, Minn.

Victoria Herrmann, Mark and Penny Herrmann, Elk River, Minn.

Madelaine Hess, Theodore and Beth Hess, Lewiston, Minn.

Max Heukeshoven, Eric and Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, Winona, Minn.

Bradley Hill, David and Lisa Hill, Matteson, Ill.

Ellen Hinck, David and Patricia Hinck, Lake City, Minn.

Patrick Hoeft, Bill and Nancy Hoeft, New London, Minn.

Kirsten Hoffmann, Bruce and Marie Hoffmann, Apple Valley, Minn.

Alexander Holm, Kevin and Dee Holm, Red Wing, Minn.

Kathryn Homan, Douglas and Mary Homan, Mankato, Minn.

Molly Homeyer, Ken and Amy Homeyer, Arlington, Texas

Callum Hubka, David and Janela Hubka, Rochester, Minn.

Evan Huebl, Steven and Lori Huehl, Jordan, Minn.

Jennifer Huth, Richard and Jana Huth, Winona, Minn.

Courteney Jacob, Kevin and Sheila Jacob, Lewiston, Minn.

Shane Jacobson, Ryan and Leah Mensink Jacobson, Peterson, Minn.

Hanchen Jiang, Qinchuan Jiang, Xi’an Shaanxi

Nicole Johnsen, Thomas and MaryDawn Johnsen, Maplewood, Minn.

Benjamin Johnson, Keith and Melinda Johnson, Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Jacob Johnson, Paul and Mary Johnson, Le Center, Minn.

Jared Johnson, Jim and Lisa Johnson, Hartland, Wis.

Alyssa Johnson, Jeffrey and Amy Johnson, Paola, Kan.

Vivian Johnson, Daniel and Angela Johnson, Omaha, Neb.

Samantha Johnston, Gary and Kimberly Johnston, Cottage Grove, Minn.

Haley Jorgensen, Stewart and Linda Jorgensen, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Connor Kaiser, Joe and Deb Kaiser, Rockland, Wis.

Kirsten Keefe, Daniel and Suzanne Keefe, Chatfield, Minn.

Brady Keller, Jerry and Cheryl Keller, Nashua, Minn.

Allison Kempinger, Patricia Kempinger, Rochester, Minn.

Ruba Kenyi, Scopas Kenyi and Emelda Demark, Rochester, Minn.

Abigail Killian, Brian and Jacquelyn Killian, Fountain City, Wis.

Karina Kim, Andrea Kim, Chicago, Ill.

Amanda Kintzi, Ron and Audrey Kintzi, Rosemount, Minn.

Robert Kinyon, James and Lisa Lambrecht Kinyon, Rapid City, S.D.

Marissa Kinzer, Steven and Jennifer Kinzer, Aitkin, Minn.

Dorothy Kirsch, Susan Kirsch, Wesley, Iowa

Gloria Kitange, Gasper and Maureen Kitange, Rochester, Minn.

Zechariah Kitzhaber, Daniel and Christine Kitzhaber, Marshfield, Wis.

Carolyn Klaesges, Andrew and Christine Klaesges, St. Anthony, Minn.

Rebekah Klemp, Alyssa Klemp, Winona, Minn.

Alexander Kleve, Sheila Kleve, Roseville, Minn.

Tyler Kline, Thomas and Roberta Kline, North Saint Paul, Minn

Kayleigh Kloncz, Tim and Sunday Kloncz, Zimmerman, Minn.

Margaret Klonowski, Robert and Sarah Klonowski, Rice Lake, Wis.

Matthew Kornegay, Robert and LuAnn Kornegay, Glendale, Ariz.

Peter Kostecka, Chrysa Kostecka, Pequot Lakes, Minn.

Jakub Koziuk, Wojciech and Katarzyna Koziuk, Cary, Ill.

Jacob Kramlinger, Charles and Tracey Kramlinger, Saint Paul, Minn.

Samuel Kreutzfeldt, Kathy and Paul Tomala, Winona, Minn.

Alexa Krogstad, David and Andrea Krogstad, Chicago, Ill.

Matthew Kryzer, Mark and Barb Kryzer, Cottage Grove, Minn.

Jordan Kubista, Tomas and Jane Kubista, Owatonna, Minn.

Cecelia Kuka, Rick and Cindy Kuka, Delano, Minn.

Danielle Laferriere, Albert and Tammy Laferriere, Franktown, Colo.

Abby Lafko, Christopher and Brenda Lafko, Gilbert, Ariz.

Emily Lais, Brian and Natalie Lais, Osseo, Minn.

Isaac Landsteiner, Fairmont, Minn.

Jenna Lange, Kenneth and Shelley Lange, Rollingstone, Minn.

Summer Lardy, Mark and Diane Lardy, Richmond, Minn.

Sydney Larson, Michael and Anne Larson, Winona, Minn.

Warren Lawrenz, John and Linda Lawrenz, Rochester, Minn.

Katie LeTourneau, Dennis and Shannon LeTourneau, White Bear Lake, Minn.

Zachary Lee, Cynthia Lee, Bloomington, Minn.

Taylor Lehmann, Krin Abraham, Houston, Minn.

Jordan Lehr, Kevin and Nancy Lehr, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Mark Leonard, Philip and Susan Leonard, Anoka, Minn.

Binglin Li, Zhen Yong Li and Hai Xia Han, Shanghai

Peter Liavas, Peter and Jean Liavas, Niles, Ill.

Sara Lind, Daniel and Erika Lind, Peterson, Minn.

Ezra Lippert, Tim and Dixie Lippert, Easton, Minn.

Mitchell Logeais, Steven and Mary Jo Logeais, Annandale, Minn.

Emily Loof, Ronald and Lisa Loof, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Karly Lunda, David and Ruth Lunda, White Bear Lake, Minn.

Tayler MacVey, Tom and Barb MacVey, Dodge Center, Minn.

Eric Mashak, Jeff and Sonia Mashak, Ridgeland, Wis.

Nathan Mathwig, Rick and Kim Mathwig, Woodbury, Minn.

Blake Matuska, Michael and Cindy Matuska, Mankato, Minn.

Kalleigh May, Terese Bownik, Hugo, Minn.

Shauna Mayer, Charles and Bonita Mayer, Winona, Minn.

Amanda McCormick, William McCormick and Jamie Becker, Saint Charles, Minn.

Erin McCoy, Patrick and Teresa McCoy, Carpentersville, Ill.

Conor McGillivary, Mrs. M. E. Hanley McGillivary, Minneapolis, Minn.

Bailey Melz, Brandon and Wendy Melz, Excelsior, Minn.

Jacob Mencacci, Warren and Shelly Mencacci, Terrell, Texas

Shania Merchlewitz, Lori Scanlan-Hanson, Wabasha, Minn.

Angela Messer, Bryan and Mary Messer, Saint Paul, Minn.

Michael Mezzano, William and Kay Mezzano, Woodbury, Minn.

Mary Miller, Karen Miller, Kellogg, Minn.

Maria Missurelli, Mark and Katherine Missurelli, Franklin, Wis.

Ena Moats, Steven Moats and Julie Baldus-Moats, Roland, Iowa

Rachel Mohs, Wally and Lori Mohs, Albany, Minn.

John Morales, Frank and Jodie Morales, Torrance, Calif.

Elias Morison, Bradley Morison and Janet Jones, Minneapolis, Minn.

Chloe Morrison, Dan and Pam Morrison, Ashkum, Ill.

Jeradine Mukamurakoze, Elie Nitunga and Nzeyimana Karitas, Sioux Falls, S.D.

Marissa Naab, Dwayne Naab and Kristin Sparks, Fairmont, Minn.

Tara Nagy, Richard and Suzanne Nagy, Oak Lawn, Ill.

Paige Nelles, Francis and Kandy Nelles, Saint Michael, Minn.

Nicholas Nelson, Todd and Mary Nelson, Lakeville, Minn.

Erik Ness, Keith and Marge Ness, Winona, Minn.

Megan Neuberger, Bob and Cindy Neuberger, Plymouth, Minn.

Vianney Nguyen, Francois and Trang Nguyen, Rochester, Minn.

Thao Nguyen, Da Nang, Vietnam

Katharine Nicoson, Robert Nicoson and Janeen Nicoson, Fairmont, Minn.

Michael Nome, Godwin and Celestina Nome, Emene, Nigeria

Anna Novak, Gregory and Susan Novak, Delano, Minn.

Taylor Novak, Mark and Sandy Novak, West Salem, Wis.

Celeste Nygren, George and Sheila Nygren, Seattle, Wash.

Sarah O’Connell, Bryan and Kathy O’Connell, Spring Valley, Minn.

Austin O’Hare, Tim and Brenda O’Hare, Rushford, Minn.

Katie O’Leary, Michael and Penny O’Leary, Chicago, Ill.

Daniel Olajonlu, Mr. and Mrs. John Oluwafemi, Rogers, Minn.

Emily Ortiz, Miguel and Aletha Ortiz, Albert Lea, Minn.

Olivia Osterbauer, John and Rose Osterbauer, Minneapolis, Minn.

Molly Palecek, Scott and Monica Palecek, Chippewa Falls, Wis.

Kendra Palkowski, Ron and Sandy Palkowski, Arcadia, Wis.

McKenna Parent, Brian and Wendy Parent, Blaine, Minn.

Monikaben Patel, Daxaben Patel, Caledonia, Minn.

Benjamin Peters, Daniel and Theresa Peters, Kasson, Minn.

Thomas Peterson, Mark Peterson and Tonya Peterson, Eagan, Minn.

Bridget Pethke, Lydell and Sheryl Pethke, Larsen, Wis.

Kalee Petron, Mark and Cynthia Petron, Royalton, Minn.

Kelsey Petron, Mark and Cynthia Petron, Royalton, Minn.

Alejandra Pina, Alejandro and Laura Pina, Chicago, Ill.

Katarzyna Plawiak, Minneapolis, Minn.

Taylor Portner, Cal and Penny Portner, Andover, Minn.

Hanna Potter, Cynthia Steinfeldt, Winona, Minn.

Paula Preo, Sherry Kauti Preo, Ramsey, Minn.

Benjamin Preusser, Martin and Karen Preusser, Henderson, Minn.

Rachel Putnam, John and Angela Putnam, Dodge Center, Minn.

Luke Range, Donald Range, Houston, Minn.

Nicholas Reding, Mark and Constance Reding, St. Paul, Minn.

Gabrielle Regnier, Mark and Kelly Regnier, Saint Paul, Minn.

Timothy Reither, Gary and Kathy Reither, Elk Mound, Wis.

Cassandra Ricker, Joseph and Pollyanna Ricker, Oakdale, Minn.

Shannon Rinehart, Lewiston, Minn.

Luke Ringhand, Thomas and Tamera Ringhand, Winona, Minn.

Megan Ringsred, Jeff and Kathy Ringsred, Bloomington, Minn.

Thomas Ripplinger, Matthew and Rhonda Ripplinger, Freeport, Minn.

Erica Ristow, Brian and Terri Ristow, Lindstrom, Minn.

Chazz Robinson, Leesa Robinson, Milwaukee, Wis.

Alec Rolain, Appleton, Wis.

Aaron Romportl, Alan and Frances Romportl, Stillwater, Minn.

Christian Ruf, Russell and Sarah Ruf, Chippewa Falls, Wis.

Nolan Russell, Curt and Margaret Russell, Oakdale, Minn.

Marcin Sak, Lobez, Poland

Emma Schaefer, Daniel and Maryanna Schaefer, Falcon Heights, Minn.

Chad Schlosser, Michael Schlosser and Deborah Frericks, Stillwater, Minn.

Elizabeth Schmidt, Jerome and Kathy Schmidt, Plainview, Minn.

Stephanie Schmidt, Jerome and Kathy Schmidt, Plainview, Minn.

Cassandra Schultz, Lawrence and Vicki Schultz, Chisago City, Minn.

Mark Schumacher, Alan and Mary Schumacher, Perham, Minn.

Mary Scott, William and Catherine Scott, Rochester, Minn.

Joseph Seegers, Patrick and Bridget Seegers, Oconomowoc, Wis.

Thomas Skaja, Mike and Kim Skaja, Rice, Minn.

Zachary Slowiak, Greg and Tami Slowiak, Chippewa Falls, Wis.

Matthew Smaron, Frank and Julie Smaron, Maple Plain, Minn.

Kynzie Smedsrud, Steve and Pat Smedsrud, Luverne, Minn.

Nathan Soltau, Scott and Jeannie Soltau, Big Lake, Minn.

Angela Soto, Theresa Walker, Saint Paul, Minn.

Andrea Speltz, Peter and Maureen Speltz, Rollingstone, Minn.

Brynn Spitzer, Jami A. Spitzer, Winona, Minn.

Alexandra Spurlin, Robert and Barbara Spurlin, Hastings, Minn.

Rachel Steiner, James and Mary Steiner, Oshkosh, Wis.

Bailey Steinke, George Steinke and Cheryl Steinke, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Brittany Stenzel, Larry and Marsha Stenzel, Wabasha, Minn.

Kelsey Stenzel, Larry and Marsha Stenzel, Wabasha, Minn.

Lillian Sterling, Ann Elliott, Chatfield, Minn.

Paul Stewart, Dr. and Mrs. Michael Stewart, Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Caitlyn Strusz, Todd and Shelly Strusz, Goodhue, Minn.

Erika Stumo, Kevin and Maria Stumo, Andover, Minn.

Corrie Swenson, Kenneth and Barbara Swenson, Houston, Minn.

Ashley Syed, Ali and Christine Syed, Lewisville, Texas

Michael Tabar, Emilia Tabar, Elgin, Ill.

Erika Thiel, Michael and Rita Thiel, Willowbrook, Ill.

Alexandra Thiel, Michael and Rita Thiel, Burr Ridge, Ill.

Colton Thomas, David and Joanie Thomas, Greenfield, Minn.

Lance Thomas, Wayne and Tennille Thomas, Granton, Wis.

Colleen Thul, Pete and Lori Thul, Hutchinson, Minn.

Erika Torres, Camilo and Cheryl Torres, Moline, Ill.

Haley Trom, Dennis and Michelle Trom, Hampton, Minn.

Savannah Uding, Bryon and Giselle Uding, Orangeville, Ill.

Molly Urban, David and Catherine Urban, Roseville, Minn.

Lillian Vagasky, Mark and Teresa Vagasky, Red Wing, Minn.

Megan Vandenberg, Thomas and Amy Vandenberg, De Pere, Wis.

Megan Vander Lugt, Alan and JoLynn Vander Lugt, Edgerton, Minn.

Gabriel Verges, Constantine and Nancy Verges, Littleton, Colo.

Margaret Vetch, David and Sara Vetch, Rapid City, S.D.

Samuel Vetch, David and Sara Vetch, Rapid City, S.D.

Luis Antonio Villadolid, Juan Antonio T. Villadolid, Palatine, Ill.

Kiya Virgin, Thomas and Kristina Virgin, Rochester, Minn.

Rachel Waletzko, David and Patricia Waletzko, Albany, Minn.

Kelvin Walz, Wes and Kerry-Anne Walz, Woodbury, Minn.

Cindy Wang, Andrew and Helen Wang, Houston, Texas

Allison Warmka, Scott and Sharon Warmka, Burnsville, Minn.

Anna Washburn, Kirk Washburn and Teresa Lenz, Kenyon, Minn.

Amber Wasmund, David and Amy Wasmund, McHenry, Ill.

Kelsi Watters, Casey Watters, Rice Lake, Wis.

Quinlyn Waulters, Jody Etzler, Minneapolis, Minn.

Emily Weber, Lawrence and Anne Weber, Houlton, Wis.

Michelle Wegrzyn, Robert and Mary Ann Wegrzyn, Chicago Heights, Ill.

Christina Weldai, London

Rebecca West, Walter and Constance West, Chicago, Ill.

Zachary Wiechman, Stephen and Cheryl Wiechman, Freeport, Minn.

Nicolas Wilson, Richard and Lori Wilson, Dunlap, Ill.

Kortney Wobbe, Dawn Wobbe, Wabasha, Minn.

Paige Wolniakowski, Winona, Minn.

Saron Yifru, St. Louis, Mo.

Jiajing Yin, Beijing, China

Aleaha Zabel, Kurt and Laura Zabel, Hastings, Minn.

Megan Zembrycki, Edward and Sharann Zembrycki, Excelsior, Minn.

Abigail Zinke, Brad and Jenifer Zinke, Woodbury, Minn.

Katherine Zinke, Brad and Jenifer Zinke, Saint Paul, Minn.

Alexander Zuzek, Mark and Janet Zuzek, Hastings, Minn.

Abigail Zuzek, Mark and Janet Zuzek, Hastings, Minn.

John Zweber, Duane and Mary Zweber, Menomonie, Wis.

 

 

Alumni in Action: John A. Nett ’42†

Thu, 02/11/2016 - 8:00am

John A. Nett ’42†

Coach, athlete
Hometown: Winona, Minn.
Major: Economics

John Nett’s collegiate athletic skills earned him attention and accolades, as well as a career he loved coaching at a high school. Nett played the end position on the Saint Mary’s football team for four years, and he was named all-conference his sophomore, junior and senior years. In 1943, he was signed by the New York Giants, but was unable to complete his career due to military enlistment. A multi-sport athlete, Nett also played basketball for four years, lettering three times, and was a member of the Saint Mary’s team which won the state title in 1940. He began his coaching career at Winona Cotter High School in 1946 coaching football, basketball and baseball. In 1951, his coaching career was interrupted during the Korean conflict. In 1977, Nett coached the Cotter Ramblers to a Minnesota state championship. He was inducted into the Saint Mary’s University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977.

Read more Alumni in Action stories.

Where are they now? Andrew Yori

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 2:40pm

Former Saint Mary’s men’s soccer player Andrew “Roo” Yori graduated with a degree in biology in 1999. He was selected as the Outstanding Male Senior during his time at Saint Mary’s. Yori has worked with homeless dogs for more than a decade, even going as far as to create his own foundation, Wallace the Pit Bull Foundation, where he is the founder and CEO. He has been featured in local, national, and international media outlets for his work and accomplishments with adopted dogs. He and his dog, Wallace the Pit Bull, became national and international Frisbee dog team champions, which led to a bestselling novel “Wallace” by New York Times Best Selling author Jim Gorant.

Yori currently resides in Rochester, Minn., and is a clinical lab technologist in the Next Generation Sequencing lab at the Mayo Clinic.

Q: You started the Wallace the Pit Bull Foundation.Tell me about Wallace’s story and what led you to start the foundation?

AY: Wallace was a shelter dog that was being targeted for euthanasia. Clara and I adopted him and discovered he really liked to catch Frisbees. We found out there were competitions for the activity, so we started to compete. Within a few years, Wallace was a national and world champion. Wallace was often the only pit bull at the competition back then, so it was cool to show people he was a dog just like all the rest of them. Wallace passed away in 2013, but gathered a lot of fans over the years. Considering there are still millions of dogs living in shelters across the country, I wanted to leverage Wallace’s audience to continue to help those in need. We started the Wallace the Pit Bull Foundation to continue to promote adoption and responsible dog ownership as well as to keep Wallace’s name and story going for years to come.

Q: What were the steps you took to start the foundation?

AY: The big thing to starting the foundation was getting through the paperwork. Fortunately, I had some friends that had been through the process before and were able to help me out. We recently launched a new website, and now we’re starting to build a volunteer base to help deal with all the daily activities. I’m excited, and really looking forward to growing the organization.

Q: I see you currently are involved in CrossFit and Hammer Race. What is Hammer Race and what made you get involved in that type of fitness?

AY: The Hammer Race is an obstacle race where each racer needs to carry a minimum 8-pound sledgehammer throughout the course. And yes, you do get used to it. My friend, Joshua Grenell, came up with the idea. Adam Waters, Josh Weigel, and myself joined him in the business venture to help make it happen. It’s a pretty awesome race that takes some people by surprise, but they also surprise themselves when they cross the finish line and can hold their hammers high with a sense of accomplishment. Whether it’s CrossFit, the Hammer Race or whatever, I think it’s good to challenge yourself. The more things you can expose yourself to, the better you become and the better you can handle other challenges that come into your life. It empowers people and tends to carry over into other aspects of their lives, so I love being able to offer that opportunity to those interested.

Q: Any advice for current student-athletes at Saint Mary’s?

AY: If you expect to perform on game day, put in the work off the field. This applies to everything, not just sports. We’re exposed to so much today through social media. We see people posting all of their successes, and it often seems like it all happens so easily. What we don’t see typically is the minimum 5-10 years of work they put in before becoming an “overnight success.” What we don’t see are the failures that occur which teach them how to capitalize on the opportunities when they present themselves. So don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Train, experiment, fail, learn—so when your “game days” come, you’ll be ready.
For more information about Wallace the Pit Bull and the Hammer Race, visit:

www.wallacethepitbull.com
www.hammerrace.com

MCA’s Music Division students plan free public performances

Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:33am

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is home to more than 50 private music lesson students and three youth jazz combos: the Duke, Dizzy, and Miles Combos. A number of MCA private music students and combos will entertain audiences at two upcoming performances that are both free and open to the public.

The first performance will feature The Duke Jazz Combo and a variety of private music lesson musicians 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at Figliulo Recital Hall, located in the Saint Mary’s Performance Center.

Jazz enthusiasts will not want to miss the last opportunity of the school year to hear all three jazz combos play 4 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Jefferson Pub & Grill. This event is sure to be a packed house.

MCA Music Division programs are made possible by the Slaggie Family Foundation, the Hiawatha Education 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. For more information about MCA visit: www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org or call 507-453-5500.

Chamber Singers to perform in New York and New England

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:20pm

 

WINONA, Minn. — The Chamber Singers of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will perform in New England and New York City as part of their 2016 Concert Tour. The 28-voice select ensemble is directed by Dr. Patrick M. O’Shea, associate professor of music.

Tour performances will include the following liturgies and concerts:

  • St. Francis Xavier Parish, La Grange, Ill., Saturday, Feb. 21, Mass at 5 p.m.
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York City, Tuesday, Feb. 23, Concert at 4 p.m.
  • De La Salle Christian Brothers Center, Narragansett, R.I., Wednesday, Feb. 24, Concert at 7 p.m.
  • Ponaganset High School, North Scituate, R.I., Friday, Feb. 26, Concert at 7 p.m.
  • Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass., Saturday, Feb. 27, Concert jointly with Three Rivers Chorus, 7:30 p.m.
  • Cathedral of St. Paul, Worcester, Mass., Sunday, Feb. 28, Mass at 10:15 a.m. (Live television broadcast)

All concerts are free and open to the public, and guests are, of course, welcome at the various liturgies. Repertoire will include a cappella works by Palestrina, Russell Woollen, René Clausen, Herbert Howells, David Mooney, and Salamone Rossi.

Upon their return, the Chamber Singers will present a free “Homecoming Concert” at the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, 7th and Vila streets in Winona, on Thursday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call 507-457-1598.

Art from Riverway students now on display at Valéncia Arts Center

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 3:41pm

 

WINONA, Minn. — Galleria Valéncia at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, located at 10th and Vila streets, is filled with a variety of vibrant and unique pieces of artwork created by students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade who are attending the Riverway Learning Community in Winona.

“Our artists in focus were Georgia O’Keefe and Paul Klee, and students used multiple materials to create work inspired by them,” art instructor Brianna Haupt said. “Students learn about art in their individual classrooms but also have the opportunity to take “Open Art Studio” after school on Tuesdays for an hour. In “Open Art Studio,” students have structured lessons along with free-choice work where they can choose the materials that they want to explore.”

This gallery exhibit is free and open to the public through Feb. 29 during regular office hours and while classes are in session. Visitors are encouraged to sign the guestbook, so that the young artists know who attended the show. For more information about Riverway Learning Community, visit www.riverwaylearningcommunity.org/home or for more information about Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts visit: www.mnconservatoryforthearts.org.

The next exhibit in Galleria Valéncia will feature the National PTA Reflections Art Program contestants. This year’s theme is “Let your Imaginations Soar.”

Alumnus shares keys to happiness

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 1:08pm

Executive leadership coach Chuck Bolton ’80 returned to his alma mater and shared keys to success and happiness with students, staff, and faculty as part of the university’s 2015-16 leadership series.

As Saint Mary’s community members, mostly student-athletes and coaches, gathered to hear Bolton speak on Feb. 4-5, many were curious about this former student-athlete and how he was going to teach attendees how to be happy and successful. Bolton, who grew up in the Chicago area, is a longtime executive in the healthcare industry, a sought-after leadership coach, and best-selling author.

Bolton shared life lessons and tips from his new book, “The Reinvented Me: Five Steps to Happiness in a Crazy Busy World.” Insights from his personal journey, he says, helped him achieve success and happiness. And, as Bolton shared through storytelling during his talks, life wasn’t always easy. As a young boy the left-handed pitcher loved playing catch with his father … until his father died suddenly of a heart attack. After his father’s death, Bolton felt hopeless, until his mother began playing catch with him. “That game of catch healed the holes in our hearts,” Bolton said. He explained that this simple act of his mother inspired him to feel hope again.

Bolton developed a great love for baseball in his youth and he carried that love to the pitcher’s mound for the Saint Mary’s baseball team. From there, he had a successful career as a medical sales representative, human resource executive, and eventually became a best-selling author, CEO coach, and speaker at places such as Harvard Business School.

His message was clear: the majority of Americans are not very happy. In order to work toward feeling happiness, we must consciously work on different things every day, such as our mindset, our energy level, and being attentive to our various relationships. Bolton stressed that with the growing use of technology in our daily lives, it is becoming harder to avoid distractions and get meaningful work done. In order to avoid distractions, Bolton suggested setting aside things like social media and email for an hour a day to get more work done. He also suggested that we write down five things we are grateful for each day, which would allow us to reflect on what we have to be thankful for.

Bolton’s message resonated with many. “In the busyness of daily college life, it can be easy to focus on everything that isn’t going right instead of what I have to be thankful for,” sophomore Hannah Emeott said. “This presentation made me realize that I needed to be more grateful for all the opportunities college has given me.”

His message also changed some perspectives. “I really enjoyed Bolton’s talk today,” junior Kassie Lien said. “I am a pessimist, but it was nice to hear different strategies on how to find happiness, which made me think about how I could work on changing my mindset.”

During an interactive session for Saint Mary’s student-athletes, Bolton spoke about the importance of happiness and how it can help student-athletes develop leadership skills and experience more success in their sport, their academics, and their lives. Students were instructed to write down things like the reasons why they get out of bed, their “one true sentence” about themselves, and their values.

“Being a student-athlete means trying to find a balance between school, sports, and friends, which can be difficult at times,” junior hockey player Mike Mezzano said. “Chuck Bolton gave a lot of great tips on things we can do every day to find that balance.”

“I really enjoyed the steps Bolton gave on how to be a better and happier leader for our teams,” said junior swimmer Grace Van Beest. “His presentation reminded me that happiness is one of the most important aspects of our lives.”

Many people felt the same way. Bolton’s presentations gave people the chance to reflect on what they can do to feel happiness in their everyday lives. After all, as Chuck Bolton said, “Happiness is not something you earn, it is your birthright.”

Bolton’s two-day visit to his alma mater in Winona was sponsored by Saint Mary’s Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership.

Chloe Morrison, a senior international business major, contributed to this story.

Saint Mary’s Page Series to present folk band Solas

Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:24am

 

WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University’s Page Series welcomes Irish-American folk band Solas Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Page Theatre.

Hailed by National Public Radio’s The Thistle and Shamrock as “Irish America’s most influential band,” Solas has been entertaining audiences since 1996. Through fresh and unexpected arrangements of age-old tunes, compelling and topical originals and covers, and unparalleled musicianship, Solas continues to define the path for the Celtic music world and drive the genre forward. Their 20th anniversary “All These Years” tour celebrates their remarkable past while demonstrating why the group continues to be one of the most popular and exciting Celtic groups of the past two decades.

The New York Times has lauded Solas for their “unbridled vitality,” and the Boston Globe declared them to be “the finest Celtic ensemble this country has ever produced.” Founding members Seamus Eagan (flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, whistles, guitars, bodhran) and Winifred Horan (violins, vocals) anchor the tour. They are joined by Eamon McElholm (guitars, keyboards, vocals), Mick McAuley (button accordion, vocals), and their newest member, Moira Smiley (vocals, banjo).

In addition to the concert, Horan will also lead a workshop with the Winona Fiddlers during Solas’ time in Winona. The classically trained Horan has previously performed with Cherish the Ladies and has taught violin and fiddle extensively, most recently at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Tickets for the Page Series performance are $27 for adults, and $24 for students and senior citizens. For more information or to order, visit pagetheatre.org, call 507-457-1715, or visit the Performance Center Box Office (noon-6 p.m., weekdays).

Horan’s fiddle workshop is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Additional support for Page Series education and outreach activities comes from the Xcel Energy Foundation.

There’s no limit on love for trails

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 2:16pm

There’s nothing like making fresh tracks in the new-fallen snow,  gliding through the woods, and navigating down slopes on your skis.

During the winter months, you can easily do that at the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona Campus before or after classes, during lunchtime, or when you need a late-night study break. Students can literally walk—or ski—out of their residence halls and onto the university’s trails.

Saint Mary’s scenic trails stretch 16.5K and are used for cross-country skiing and shoeshoing, walking, running, and disc golfing. The university’s trail system, surrounded by the beauty and tranquility of the wooded bluffs, is a great spot to gather your thoughts, mentally prep for a test or performance, or contemplate the meaning of life.

“My favorite part about the trails is just being able to escape into the bluffs whenever I need time to myself for solitude and reflection,” said Shea Tandberg, a senior at Saint Mary’s. “I love exploring the ever-changing bluffs during each of the seasons with vibrant greens in the summer and spring; and th bluffs look like they are on fire from the changing leaves in the fall..”

Tandberg uses the trails almost every day, both for exercise and for exploring. In the winter, Tandberg enjoys cross country skiing and snowshoeing. When the weather is warm, she likes to run the hills and hike the trails with friends.

“The trails in the bluffs have benefitted me physically and mentally,” she said. “They allow me to clear the noises in my head and work through my thoughts. Being able to escape into the bluffs helped me work through some of the losses that I have experienced during my time at Saint Mary’s,” Tandberg said. “The trails keep me active, adventurous, and always curious.”

Dr. Janet Heukeshoven of the Music Department uses the trails quite often as well. “The trails give me physical activity, photo opportunities of nature, and a break from a busy day right outside my office,” Heukeshoven said. “I can get back to nature and get some exercise, which is good for both the body and soul.”

Saint Mary’s cross-country team also uses the challenging trails to train and compete in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). Jase Pater, a senior cross-country runner at Saint Mary’s, says the trails have helped members of the team prepare and train. “We are able to replicate other courses or hills in upcoming races on the Saint Mary’s trails so that we will be more prepared to what those other courses offer,” Pater said.

The trails are also used by members of the recently formed Saint Mary’s Nordic Ski Club. But athletes and non athletes enjoy the trails. Students like junior Abbie Fangman  enjoy the trails as they learn to cross country ski as part of the university’s physical education offerings.

“My mom and I attempted to ski once last year and we didn’t know what we were doing at all,” she said. “We fell a lot but had a lot of fun. This year has gone much smoother, and I really enjoy skiing now. It’s a good way to exercise and experience the outdoors and beauty of nature in the winter.”

The public is also invited to use Saint Mary’s Winona Campus trails. Winona Senior High School’s varsity ski team practices on the Saint Mary’s trails. The trails can accommodate varying skill levels, from novice skiers to training competitors. The Saint Mary’s 10K, both a 10K classic-style and a 10K state-style event, draws between 50 and 100 participants each year for competitive or recreational classes.

Due to a partnership with the Winona Ski Club, snow-making equipment and trail lights enhance the area. Several generous community members have helped develop the trail system for the benefit of the entire community.

The trails began in 1976 with a few diligent Saint Mary’s employees, including Brother Jerome Rademacher, FSC ’58;  Brother John Grover, FSC ’65; and Dick Jarvinen, who began clearing the paths so that the bluffs could be enjoyed.

On Feb. 4, 2016, the university’s Nordic ski center was dedicated in honor of the late Brother Jerome Rademacher, who painstakingly cared for the trails until his health failed. Located in the basement of Brother Leopold Hall, the Brother Jerome Rademacher Nordic Ski Center contains a warming house, waxing room, utility room, storage space, and restroom/changing areas.

PHOTO CAPTION: Abbie Fangman learned to cross country ski on the Saint Mary’s trails.

Scholarships open doors, change futures

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 1:56pm
Maurice Joseph Sullivan Memorial Scholarship

Isabella “Bella” Garcia keeps a photo from the early 1970s in her room of two men she barely knows. In the photograph, two young and handsome brothers pose for the camera outside of Saint Mary’s Hall during a Parents’ Weekend nearly 50 years ago.

Tom Sullivan ’72 recalls the day that picture was taken like it was yesterday. “It was October 1968 in front of Dr. Crozier’s office and my mom and dad brought Morrie over there because he was being sent over to Vietnam in 10 days. They didn’t know whether I’d see him again.”

Thankfully, Morrie did survive Vietnam and went on to have a successful life as a tradesman, with a loving family that included two children, a son and daughter.

When Morrie died of a sudden heart attack in 1993, at only 48 years of age, his family was overcome by shock and sadness.

“He was not just my brother, he was my best friend,” Tom said.

As one way to overcome his grief, Tom founded the Maurice Joseph Sullivan Memorial Scholarship at Saint Mary’s. The scholarship goes to a Winona Campus full-time undergraduate history student with demonstrated financial need.

Garcia, a junior history/social studies major, is the scholarship’s ninth recipient.

The Chicago native hopes to become a secondary school history and social studies teacher and return to her hometown. For her, the scholarship helps open doors to her future.

“It means a lot to me,” she said. “It makes me want to be successful, get good grades. It motivates me.”

The two met last month. In fact, Tom makes it a point to meet all of the scholarship recipients, and stay in contact with them as they advance in their careers.

Garcia said she enjoyed meeting Tom and hearing about the namesake of her scholarship. “Tom is a really nice guy and very welcoming. He has such a positive energy. He told me about his brother and I thought that was really sweet. He gave me photographs to put a face to the story.”

“This scholarship was a way for Morrie to live on in perpetuity, and it gave me satisfaction, giving something back to Saint Mary’s,” Tom said. “And it lets students know that they are important and they mean a lot to people they’ve never even met before. It’s a special person who goes to Saint Mary’s to begin with. It was an honor to graduate from Saint Mary’s; it was the best thing to ever happen to me in my life.”

Jerome W. Clark Memorial Scholarship

Bill Clark ’70 describes his father as kind and generous. As a salesman who worked on commission by selling products to hardware stores and home centers, Jerome W. Clark was outgoing and extroverted by nature.

“He wanted to help people,” Bill said. Whether someone was trying to find a product, a job … or even love, Jerome was ready to help. “When he worked in sales, he met a fellow who he lined up with Mom’s sister, and the two have been married for 60 years. If you were ever trying to find a job, he’d help try to find an opening.”

For Bill that’s what the Jerome W. Clark Memorial Scholarship is all about, serving other people.

The memorial scholarship was started by Jerome’s wife Lorraine along with Bill and his wife, Susan. It is given to a Winona Campus full-time undergraduate student with demonstrated financial need.

The Clarks call donating to the scholarship “fulfilling.” “There’s a little less pressure for students about the finances of being educated,” he said. “Hopefully they can focus on their degree and how they want to chart the future of their lives.”

Bill, a history major himself, said he still keeps in contact with friends he made at Saint Mary’s. “The friendships were a prime ingredient I’ve carried on in my life,” he said. And as for his degree, “I think it taught me how to write and speak and reason better, and those are qualities that you need to survive in society today, people skills.”

This year’s recipient, Kelsey Petron, a senior public relations and electronic publishing major from Royalton, Minn., dreams of working for a professional sports team.

She sums up what this scholarship support means to her in two words: the world. “Without this help, I would not be able to receive a private school education,” she said. “I cannot thank them enough. It means so much that people go out of their way to help those who need a little extra help.

“I think it’s important for people to give back because odds are someone who receives help will most likely give back in their lifetime as well. It creates a chain reaction and overall helps you become a better person.”

Saint Jude Alumni Scholarship

When friends and alumni from the 1970s decided to create a scholarship for upperclassmen, they tossed around some ideas of what to call it, including a name from a Grateful Dead song. They were, after all, graduates from the ’70s.

Robert “Bo” Rettig ’77 said the group, under the inspiration of “idea guys” Paul Trunk ’76 and Brian Montgomery ’79, began to collect funds soon after his mother’s passing. At one point, they had considered naming the scholarship in her honor.

“As I was far from a perfect child, my mother had reason to pray to Saint Jude when I had my struggles,” Rettig said. “Many in our group struggled to pay their tuition, particularly during their last two years at Saint Mary’s, so the patron saint of lost causes seemed like a fitting name and theme for the scholarship.”

Hence the Saint Jude Alumni Scholarship began in 1989, with the first awarded in 1992.

The benefactors are all a bunch of GOOFs. The acronym (Get-together Of Old Friends) is accurate in more ways than one. About 15 to 25 families from this era have reconnected on the Winona Campus each summer for more than 30 years.

“My irreplaceable best friends are from Saint Mary’s,” Rettig said. “We’ve shared tremendous experiences over the years. We lost our friend Phil Cochran ’77 this year and we lost one of our founders, Brian Montgomery, 10 years ago. We still feel those losses today. As my wife said, ‘You can’t replace friendships of 40+ years, but you can revel in them.’ ”

With several classmates and spouses donating, the scholarship fund started with $10,000 and has now grown to more than $300,000.

“The longevity of our GOOF reunion and being able to grow the scholarship says a great deal about the generosity of this group and our love of Saint Mary’s,” Rettig said. “More than that, it shows our desire to help students enjoy a great experience and build the kinds of friendships we have.”

Rettig said they also look for students who are active outside of the classroom.

“This year we reviewed 60 applications, and the wide range of ways students help each other and help others is truly astounding,” he said. “Whether involved with Big Brothers/Sisters, S.O.U.L. trips, helping the disadvantaged, or other campus ministry activities, students are really reaching outside themselves which, given the Lasallian tradition, is really the goal of a Saint Mary’s education.”

This year three students are blessed to be recipients of the Saint Jude Alumni Scholarship.

Darvell Jones, a junior music industry major, quickly fell in love with Saint Mary’s Lasallian foundation and found numerous music outlets in which to perform and grow.

His dream is to become a singer-songwriter and producer and own his own production company—to impact the world through music.

“This scholarship means so much to me and I am grateful to have been fortunate enough to receive it,” he said. “Last August my father passed away and since then my financial circumstances have worsened. Without this help, I may have not been able to register next semester.

“No matter how big or small it is, giving back to others could literally be the thing that saves someone from losing all hope in the future,” he said.

Chazz Robinson, a senior psychology major from Milwaukee, Wis., believes in giving back.

“I was raised in poverty, so this scholarship is a major help and blessing. I want to thank the scholarship benefactors for investing in my future. I will always remember this gift, and I don’t take it for granted by any means. I remember every last one of their names.”

Robinson plans to study industrial and organizational psychology in graduate school. He also plans to give back in his community by helping disadvantaged youth.

“It’s important for us to invest in one another because we begin to form bonds of understanding,” he said. “Giving back allows us to grow together and inspire others to give back as well.”

Thao Nguyen, a senior philosophy student from Danang, Vietnam, aspires to be a college professor and inspire the love of learning in undergraduate students.

“I promised the scholarship benefactors that I’d pray the Saint Jude’s prayer at least every day,” she said. “When I found out that he was a patron saint for difficult causes, that was so overwhelmingly meaningful to me.

“Hopefully a good Catholic would say it’s our duty and obligation to share the love of God to his people,” she said. “I also believe humans are not alone in this world, and at one point or another, we need one another’s help. The most outstanding human achievements in history were achieved through collaborative efforts. The act of giving also inspires new acts of giving, and so the flame of love spreads.”

Alumnus named associate general secretary of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 9:16am

WASHINGTON—The Rev. Monsignor Jeffrey D. Burrill, S.T.L., ’94 was appointed associate general secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Feb. 3, where he will serve as administrator of the USCCB’s pastoral offices and a member of the executive staff. He is a priest of the Diocese of La Crosse, Wis., where he is pastor of Saint Bronislava Church. The appointment takes effect March 1.

“Monsignor Burrill brings a unique combination of pastoral skills and leadership experience to complement and strengthen our service to each bishop and to the Conference as a whole,” said USCCB General Secretary Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield, who made the appointment.

Serving as pastor at Saint Bronislava since 2013, Monsignor Burrill served at the Pontifical North American College in Rome from 2009-2013, first as director of apostolic formation and then as the Carl J. Peter chair of homiletics, formation adviser, and director of media relations. He was pastor of the tri-parishes of Saint Mary’s, Durand; Holy Rosary, Lima; and Sacred Heart of Jesus in Mondovi, Wis., 2001-2009. He taught and served as chaplain at Regis High School and Middle School in Eau Claire, Wis., 1999-2001.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and graduated from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in 1994, earned a bachelor of sacred theology from the Gregorian University in Rome in 1997, and obtained a licentiate in ecumenical theology from the Angelicum University, also in Rome, in 1999. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1998 in the Diocese of La Crosse. He served in several leadership positions for the diocese, including six years as a regional vicar and two terms on the Diocesan Presbyteral Council. Monsignor Burrill also served as the ecumenical officer and as a member of the seminary admissions board.

Dubsmash video dubbed a hit by 3 million viewers

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 8:45am

Eric Bruce M’12 can’t help but be a little overwhelmed thinking about how many computer monitors, laptops, iPads, and cell phones across the world are currently watching him lip-sync.

In just two weeks, the mild-mannered Minneapolis dad and his adorable 14-month-old son and sidekick, Jack, became the latest Internet sensation. Their humorous musical Dubsmash compilation went viral, garnering close to 3 1/2 million views, as well as the attention of “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “Inside Edition,” and “Buzzfeed” … just for starters.

“It’s weird,” he said. “It’s gotten away from us. I’ve had to shut off my notifications so I can focus.”

Eric said he never would have predicted the response but admitted it had all the right ingredients.

“They say the secret to social media is babies and animals, and ours has both of those,” he said. “I personally think it’s just because Jack is so cute.”

It started as a project for his wife, Priscilla. Eric explains that he works days as a the head of visitor experience at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Priscilla works a lot of nights and weekends as a hair and makeup artist.

Like any new mother, Priscilla was anxious about leaving her young child to return to work. Her feelings, Eric said, were compounded because she had a difficult birth process and Jack underwent a minor surgery as a newborn.

“Whenever she was away, we tried to make a video,” Eric explained as a way to make her feel like she wasn’t missing out on a moment of Jack’s life. Over the course of a year, Eric chronicled a variety of humorous parodies, using music and one-liners from a stone-faced Adele to an animated Aladdin and from an adrenaline-fueled Steve Irwin to the monotone Severus Snape.

Eric found inspiration in everything. A teething ring inspired a Dubsmash from “The Lord of the Rings,” and a wet noodle and a dog naturally inspired a remake of the restaurant scene from “Lady and the Tramp.”

When Priscilla posted only one short clip of her husband’s antics to Facebook and hinted that there were more, her friends encouraged them to compile the videos.

Eric loved that the end result documented the growth of his son. “When we pressed play, we watched him grow for a year, and it was really cool to see him go from a little potato to someone really responsive with hair.”

Eric calls Jack, with his expressive eyebrows and cheeky grins, “the perfect partner in the comedy duo. He plays a straight man, and his reactions are golden.”

Once it was posted on YouTube and Facebook, just for fun Priscilla sent it to the popular blog, “Scary Mommy,” and they picked up the story, soon followed by attention from “The Today Show.”

Eric calls this the “rocketing moment” to Internet stardom.

“It was never our intention, and I had no idea something like this would happen,” he said. “I’ve watched viral videos, but I’ve never thought the experience would happen to me.”

Eric said that the M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota was filled with creative people who were always encouraging students to have an artistic outlet. “They conveyed it was very important, even if working full time, to take time to appreciate the arts, even if it’s just being a goofball with your kid.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Eric M’12 and Priscilla Bruce and their son Jack

3 busy Cardinals… on and off the field

Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:58pm

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

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

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

A SUMMER IN KALISPELL

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

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

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

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

A SEMESTER WITH THE ST. PAUL POLICE DEPARTMENT

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

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

FINANCING FOR THE FUTURE

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

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

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

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

Ski center named for trailblazer

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 5:44pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We pray the sun will rise in glory,

As sharp waxed skis prepare for flight.

Our faces are turning upward first,

To pray our legs will find us light.

As words are formed on chapsticked lips,

The thanks we feel will sound like this:

If all we have should tail today,

If family, health, or wealth expire,

Let first-run memories stay with us,

On snow-covered trails that inspire.

 

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

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

 

 

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

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 5:40pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 4:19pm

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

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

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

MCA’s 2016 Summer Dance Intensive Auditions Tour

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

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

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

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

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

Alumni in Action: Robert Paradise ’66

Thu, 02/04/2016 - 8:00am

Robert Paradise ’66

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

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

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One memorable year

Wed, 02/03/2016 - 12:19pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Weather-related cancellations and closings

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 10:59pm

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

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

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

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

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

Information session Feb. 16 in Apple Valley

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:56pm

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will host an information session from 5–7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at its Apple Valley Center.

All are invited to attend the event but especially individuals who are interested in pursuing bachelor’s degree completion or advanced degrees offered in Apple Valley. Click here to register.

Saint Mary’s began offering graduate school courses in Apple Valley during the summer and fall of 2003. Since then, Saint Mary’s Apple Valley Center has expanded to include bachelor-completion and master’s degree programs in business and police science as well as advanced degrees in education. Nearly 5,000 students have benefited from Saint Mary’s presence at the Apple Valley location.

Programs offered through the Apple Valley Center include:

For more information on the open house or courses offered in Apple Valley, call 612-238-4551, email Cheryl Cox or visit smumn.edu/applevalley. The Apple Valley Center is located at 14200 Cedar Ave., Apple Valley, MN 55124.