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Alumni in Action: Brother Jerome Rademacher, FSC ’58, Ph.D.†

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 8:00am

Brother Jerome Rademacher, FSC ’58, Ph.D.†

Educator, outdoorsman, physicist, trail caretaker
Hometown: Minneapolis
Major: Religious Education, Physics, Math

Brother Jerome Rademacher dedicated his career to education in many forms. He first joined Saint Mary’s faculty from 1965-69 and worked consecutively at the university from 1974 to 2008. One of the first people to teach computer science at Saint Mary’s, 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. For 25 years, he took science students on a trip to national labs — opting to camp during the excursion instead of staying in hotels. Brother Jerome greatly enjoyed sharing his two passions — science and the outdoors — with his students, as well as with the public. Brother Jerome could most often be found on the Saint Mary’s trails that he loved so dearly. In the ’70s he, joined by Brother John Grover, FSC ’65, began the university’s trail system that is enjoyed by so many for running, hiking, skiing and disc golfing. Brother Jerome happily spent immeasurable hours on Bobcats, golf carts and trail groomers and was legendary for tinkering with his innovative homemade grooming machinery. He painstakingly cared for the trails until his health would no longer permit.

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Saint Mary’s Concert Band to perform Kaplan Commission world premiere

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 11:53am


WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University Concert Band will unveil a new composition for concert band and baritone voice on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. in the Page Theatre.

“Ayshet Chayil” (A Woman of Valor), composed this year by Steven Rosenhaus, was inspired by the text from Proverbs 31. It will be the centerpiece of the concert, complemented by seasonal music from around the world.

The work—expressive and lyrical, sung in Hebrew—is composed for baritone voice and concert band; the featured vocal soloist is Alan Dunbar. The composer wrote in his preface to the composition: “Proverb 31 praises ‘the good wife’—the ‘ideal woman’—in Judaism. Many Jewish (and Christian) scholars believe that Proverb 31 was written by King Solomon. Unlike the ‘Song of Songs,’ the focus is on a woman’s intelligence, wisdom, work ethic, and more; it is these attributes, not those of grace or beauty that last and are deserving of praise. In many Jewish homes husbands recite this proverb to their wives before the Sabbath dinner, in acknowledgement and praise of all their spouses do.”

Rosenhaus will be in residency at Saint Mary’s beginning Dec. 2, and he will conduct the premiere performance.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the box office, 457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at Tickets at the door are available by cash or check only.

About the Kaplan Commission Project:

This marks the eighth Kaplan Commission presented by the Saint Mary’s Concert Band, directed by Dr. Janet Heukeshoven. Previous commissions were awarded to Steve Barnett, Lee Kesselman, Philip Rothman, Judith Zaimont, Marc Bernstein, Paul Richards, and Larry Bitensky. In 1998, the Helen and Sam Kaplan Foundation provided Saint Mary’s University with a gift to create an ongoing Jewish cultural exchange. Since then, approximately every two years since 2000, the Saint Mary’s Concert Band has commissioned a work by a Jewish composer based on Jewish thematic materials. The selected composer spends four to six days in residency working with the ensemble, presenting in classes, and meeting individually with students interested in music composition during the week of the premiere.

Applications will begin in early 2016 for the next commission; details will be posted on the Saint Mary’s Music Department website, the American Composer’s Forum website, and related Jewish cultural/musical websites.

About the Composer:

Steven L. Rosenhaus is a composer, lyricist, arranger, conductor, author, educator, and performer. Dr. Rosenhaus holds a Ph.D. from New York University-Steinhardt where he serves as adjunct assistant professor of composition. He currently teaches music composition, writing for musical theatre, and popular songwriting. He has also taught music theory and an Introduction to Music Publishing and Printing course for the NYU Music Business program.

He has more than 150 original works and arrangements in print with LudwigMasters Music Publications, Theodore Presser, Music-Print Productions, Hal Leonard, and others. Recordings of his music can be found on the Musical Tapestries, Richardson, Capstone, and MPP labels. His concert music has been called “clever, deftly constructed and likable” by The New York Times. More information can be found on his website:

Alumnus takes new approach to Marriage & Family Therapy

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 3:41pm

Lucas Volini ’10, M’12 knows his priorities. When penning acknowledgements for his new book, “The National Licensing Exam for Marriage & Family Therapy: An Independent Study Guide,” he first credited his wife, Lauren (Mazzuca) ’10.

Then, he credited the Psychology Department at Saint Mary’s University.

Smart move for a marriage and family therapist—as well as dedicated husband and father.

When Volini first came to Saint Mary’s, he had a strong desire to play soccer and a broad curiosity about people and the world. But, coming from a large public high school in Chicago, he struggled at adapting to college life and developing good study habits; suddenly good grades didn’t come as easily as they had in high school.

The Marriage & Family Therapy doctoral-candidate, soon-to-be graduate school Marriage & Family Therapy instructor, and successful practicing therapist tells people he got a C- in general psychology. “People really get a kick out of that,” he said.

It was faculty at Saint Mary’s who changed his academic path, instilling in him a correlation between his goals, his passion, and his need for improving his GPA. “Saint Mary’s is where I fell in love with learning,” he said. “The Psychology Department helped me to get excited about my studies. They have such enthusiasm, and enthusiasm is so contagious. It was really a great experience.”

Volini went on to get his master’s degree from Saint Mary’s in 2012 and is currently in the early stages of his dissertation process to obtain his Doctor of Marriage & Family Therapy degree from Argosy University.

His dissertation, about taking an existential approach to therapy, is based on Terror-Management Theory and the concept that our fear of death is the primary anxiety that drives our behavior and motivations.

He calls it “Global Family Therapy” and said the practice is not only beneficial within the field but also lends itself to examining conflicts between cultures, particularly important considering recent world events.

More than a year ago, through Carver County Social Services, Volini was able to co-develop an adolescent day treatment program in Chanhassen, and results have been positive.

Volini works with youth in grades 7-12 with significant trauma, major depression, and severe anxiety. He integrates principles from interpersonal neurobiology, Buddhist and existential philosophy, developmental theories, and general systems theory and calls it “The Anicca Program.” He’s taken immense satisfaction in watching his clients engage in the therapeutic process and improve during their stay.

Volini is now in a position to pass along that enthusiasm for psychology with new learners. He established a master’s-level practicum experience at the day treatment program, through which he only takes graduate student interns from Saint Mary’s. “We do co-therapy in the groups, and family therapy with our clients’ families, and I provide individual supervision while overseeing their professional development,” he said.

This summer, he will also begin inviting bachelor’s-level students from Saint Mary’s to intern with him as well.

Volini interned at Family & Children’s Center in Winona while he was an undergraduate and he appreciated that real-life learning opportunity. It’s his goal to share those kinds of experiences with Saint Mary’s undergraduates.

It was his desire to help others taking the National Licensing Exam for Marriage & Family Therapy that ignited his desire to write a how-to book, published in September. “When I was taking the exam, I was frustrated that there weren’t accessible and affordable options to prepare,” he said. “The National Licensing Exam for Marriage & Family Therapy: An Independent Study Guide,” has already sold to marriage and family therapy students in 26 different states with growing demand.

This January, he will begin teaching in Saint Mary’s Marriage & Family Therapy master’s program. “I had opportunities to teach at other universities, but when an opportunity arose at Saint Mary’s, I was quick to jump on that,” he said.

Volini also enjoys his part-time private practice. It’s a lot to juggle, but Volini is passionate about his profession.

“None of it has really felt like work. That makes it easy,” he said.

Saint Mary’s Chamber Orchestra performance is Dec. 6

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 2:29pm

The Saint Mary’s Chamber Orchestra will be performing a concert titled “Northern Lights: Happy 150th birthday to Jean Sibelius” Sunday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Dr. David Leung, the orchestra will perform in Figliulo Recital Hall, located in the Saint Mary’s Performance Center. The concert features beautiful music for strings and percussion celebrating the life of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, who was born 150 years ago. The orchestra will perform some of his less known folk-based pieces: “Romance in C,” “Rakastava” (The Lover), “Valse Triste,” along with familiar tunes from Peer Gynt by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.

The concert will also feature the last concerto of the Four Seasons saga, the “Spring Concerto” by Antonio Vivaldi. It will feature Dr. David Leung as the soloist and Dr. Kyle Black from Saint Mary’s Department of Modern Languages narrating Italian sonnets. Special guest Dr. Jimmy Bickerstaff from Saint Mary’s Department of Theatre and Dance will be narrating Scandinavian poems for Sibelius’ “Rakastava.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the Saint Mary’s Box Office, 507-457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at Tickets at the door are available by cash or check only.

WACS student art on display at Valéncia Arts Center

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 6:10pm


WINONA, Minn. — Galleria Valéncia at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, 10th and Vila streets, is filled with 50 unique pieces of artwork created by Jody Berhow’s art students from Winona Area Catholic Schools (WACS).

The exhibit features a selection of children’s artwork in grades 1-5. The art on display shows how these young artists express their ideas by trying new things and experimenting with changing materials each year in the art room. As they draw, paint, and make collages, they are learning about the world (color, shape and size of objects).

This gallery exhibit is free and open to the public through Dec. 15 during 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.

The next exhibit in Galleria Valéncia will feature artwork of the Winona Area Homeschoolers.

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts hosts two Winter Dance Showcases

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 5:54pm

WINONA, Minn. — Experience the talents of emerging Dance Repertory Company II (DRC II) members as they perform in the dance genres of ballet, jazz, tap, ballet, modern, and hip hop Friday, Dec. 4, and Saturday, Dec. 5.

DRC II is the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ junior performance company, featuring beginning and intermediate students ages 6-13. Audience members will enjoy a trip down memory lane as tap dancers place money in a jukebox and experience the passion power of dance to express a message through the modern piece “Fight Song” by popular artist Rachel Platten. This showcase will also feature original choreographic works of advanced students who are learning the fundamentals through a choreography class.

The concert will feature: Kathleen Bowey, Carter Briggs, Lilia Civettini, Megan Costello, Lilianna Herber, Jolie Hill, Zoe Hill, Elizbeth Hinz, Mattie Kreisel, Heidi Langowski, Ryann Leibfried, Rachel Lepper, Isabell Livingston, Nolan Livingston, Isaac Meinke, Preston Meinke, Carmelle Meyer, Keeli Meyer, Carol Miller, Olivia Nelson, Makarah Olcott, Amy Remoticado, Elina Skranka, Ella Skranka, Isa Uribe, and Max Uribe.

The Dec. 4 performance will be held at 6 p.m. and the Dec. 5 performance is at 3 p.m. in the Academy Theatre of the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 W. 10th St.

Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults (cash or check only) and will be available at the door one hour prior to the performance.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University, a nonprofit organization, offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for youth ages 18 months and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center. For more information, go online to, email, or call 507-453-5500.


Dancer Ella Skranka  is featured.

Saint Mary’s ‘Lessons and Carols’ Christmas service is Dec. 5

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 5:37pm

WINONA, Minn. — The joyous and uplifting Christmas service of “Lessons and Carols” will be presented by the Saint Mary’s University Department of Music at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

The beautiful service, held in the majestic Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, features the Saint Mary’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Patrick O’Shea.

“Lessons and Carols” reflects on the Christmas story through several short readings, hymns and Christmas carols sung by the choirs and audience. Music includes familiar carols and selections by composers from the Renaissance to the present.

The Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels is located at Wabasha and Vila streets in Winona.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the Saint Mary’s Box Office, (507) 457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at Tickets at the door are available by cash or check only.

Saint Mary’s University to host interactive sound experience Laatikko/Box Dec. 1

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 5:16pm


WINONA, Minn. — History, storytelling, and music meaningfully combine in the next Saint Mary’s University “Off the Page” series event. Laatikko/Box will be presented 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. The free event features Minnesota-based musician Sara Pajunen, who explores cultural identity and the immigrant experience in a one-hour multimedia piece.

Laatikko/Box incorporates the reading of archival material, recorded audio interviews with recent immigrants, live violin, voice, and electronic technology to create a poignant interactive sound piece. Laatikko/Box is a search for commonalities: between distant immigrant stories, and between the immigrant journey and our own journeys of change.

Inspired by Pajunen’s research in the Finnish-American archives, Laatikko/Box is a work in stages that follows the personal and musical migration of the artist. Rather than an expected response to the archival material, Pajunen found the immigrant stories mimicked her personal journey of leaving a place of familiarity. Immigration became a metaphor of transition into an unknown world—a quest for a new home. The work was commissioned in 2014 by the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. Learn more at

Pajunen will also lead a conversation on community during a Page in History event at the Winona County History Center at noon on Dec. 1. This free conversation will focus on cultural identity and the power of history to influence the future.

Both events are free to attend, but space for the 7:30 p.m. concert is limited. To reserve your seat, RSVP to or call 507-457-1715 from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays.

Pajunen is a Fiscal Year 2015 recipient of an Artists Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Saint Mary’s asks for support to buy groceries for those less fortunate

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 5:10pm


WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University is continuing its tradition of supplying groceries to our neighbors in need this holiday season.

Partnering with the Toys for Kids program—and with your generosity—Saint Mary’s hopes to provide families attending the annual toy store distribution with grocery gift cards so they are also able to purchase food for their holiday tables. Additionally, Saint Mary’s partners with the Winona Senior Center to provide gifts for seniors, many of whom only request groceries.

Donations of money or grocery gift cards can be made to Saint Mary’s University, designated for Groceries for Winona, and sent to Saint Mary’s University, 700 Terrace Heights #8, Winona, MN 55987.

Grocery gift cards can also be purchased by Dec. 9 at HyVee or Midtown Foods and then left there for university volunteers. Any donation amount is appreciated. Trees will go up before Thanksgiving.

Alumni in Action: Jon J. Kabara, Ph.D. ’48

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 8:00am

Jon J. Kabara, Ph.D. ’48

Medical researcher, entrepreneur, professor
Hometown: Galena, Ill.
Major: Chemistry

After graduating from Saint Mary’s, Jon Kabara earned an M.S. in Organic Chemistry at the University of Miami, and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of Chicago. He dedicated his life to medical research. He served as a professor at the University of Detroit and later Michigan State University, where in 1969 he helped establish the first school of osteopathic medicine affiliated with a major university. An expert in the field of dietary fats and oils, Dr. Kabara and his innovative company, Med-Chem Labs, Inc. were awarded 16 U.S. and foreign patents. He is credited with more than 200 publications, including eight books.

In 2005, Jon and Betty Kabara made a transformational gift to establish the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at Saint Mary’s University. In 1970, Saint Mary’s honored Dr. Kabara with the Heffron Service Award; in 1998 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award; and in 2008 he received an honorary Doctorate of Ethical Leadership. In 2012 the university recognized Betty and the late Jon Kabara with the Heritage Award for exceptional philanthropy.

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Swing in the holidays with Saint Mary’s jazz Dec. 4

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 2:00pm


WINONA, Minn. — Start your holiday season with big band favorites, combo carols, and a quartet of crooners at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, in Page Theatre. Saint Mary’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo 1 will be joined by vocalists Shauna Frahm, Liam Hahn, Darvell Jones, and Kelsey Thurston to celebrate the season in swingin’ style. From the music of “Peanuts” to “Jingle Bells” on the tuba, it’s an evening of music you won’t want to miss!

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the box office, 507-457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at

For more information, contact A. Eric Heukeshoven at 507-457-7292 or

Saint Mary’s Cardinals host Teddy Bear Toss Saturday

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 10:28am

WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota men’s hockey team will hold the sixth annual Teddy Bear Toss Saturday, Nov. 21, during the Cardinals’ 7 p.m. home game against St. Olaf at the Saint Mary’s Ice Arena.

Fans attending are encouraged to bring a teddy bear or stuffed animal—preferably new, but those in good used condition will also be accepted and appreciated. Teddy bears will also be available at the arena for a donation of $1.

After the first Saint Mary’s goal in the first period—or at the end of the first period if no goals have been scored—fans will have an opportunity to throw their teddy bears and/or stuffed animals onto the ice. They will then be collected and distributed to children in the Winona area through the Toys for Kids program.

2014 alum casts light on theatre career

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 3:03pm

Katie Sapper speaks in a melodious voice, talking a mile a minute, and slipping into various dialects. She’s a character.

In fact, since graduating from Saint Mary’s University with a theatre degree in 2014, she’s been portraying characters non-stop on stages around San Diego, Calif.

Her longest break from the spotlight has been three weeks.

With a lengthy résumé and several world premieres under her belt at places like Lambs Players, Scripps Ranch Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse, Sapper says she’s been incredibly fortunate. “Saint Mary’s did a great job of preparing me for going out into the real world,” she said.

Sapper described a current acting world where she is constantly reviewing new work, staying up late, realizing the next day that lines have changed, and then hunkering down and doing some quick memorization.

“Saint Mary’s gave the skills to do that,” she said. “The sole reason why I am able to memorize as quickly as I do is because of the two-week intensive I did at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin that was part of our London Study-Abroad Program.”

She’s currently involved in a world premiere musical of “Oz,” portraying Glinda, and when that curtain falls, she’ll move right into a period piece titled, “American Christmas.”

She’s also guest teaching Shakespeare and Greek theatre to high-schoolers at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego. Again, she credits her experience assisting with a theatre class at Saint Mary’s for helping to prepare her for this role.

If she has any advice for upcoming thespians, she answers, “My advice, literally, is go to Saint Mary’s, say yes to everything, and observe everything.”

Sapper said she stumbled on Saint Mary’s after auditioning at the International Thespian Festival in Nebraska. After hearing professor Gary Diomandes talk about the beauty of the campus and the opportunity to travel to London as part of the program, she was sold.

“The top five things I wanted was to go to school away from California to experience something different (I had never seen a silo before.); to find a theatre program that would not prevent me from auditioning for shows when I was a freshman; to study abroad, particularly in London; to go to a co-ed college; and to find a place where people were friendly. I just fell in love with how supportive everyone was but at same time how strong the program was.”

Sapper immediately immersed herself in shows including her favorites: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” which taught her about audience participation and how to improvise; “Playboy of the Western World,” which gave her an opportunity to work with an Irish dialect; and “Spitfire Grill,” and “Necessary Targets,” in which she played rich characters including an ex-prison inmate and an elderly Bosnian refugee—roles that were radically different from her usual roles as a musical theatre student.

She was also involved in the Second Page Comedy Troupe, sang in choirs, and was involved with nearly every extracurricular opportunity college life provided. Saint Mary’s, she said, taught her the importance of constantly learning and taking advantages of opportunities to hone her skills.

“Every day I’m constantly working, checking local auditions, taking voice lessons,” she said. “It doesn’t just happen that you sit in a coffee shop and get discovered.”

Sapper says it’s important to network and make connections and, most importantly, to be grateful.

“I just tell myself, ‘You’re meant to get the jobs you’re meant to get. God has a plan for me.’ Constantly remind yourself to have an attitude of gratitude.”


*Photo credit: Ken Jacques from “The Lion in Winter” at Moonlight State Productions



Saint Mary’s again takes home third place honors in ‘Give to the Max’

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 1:13pm

WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University was once again one of the top three higher education institutions to receive donations Nov. 12 through Give to the Max Day, a statewide giving blitz designed to increase giving to Minnesota-based nonprofits.

In just 24 hours, Saint Mary’s raised $39,709 in donations with $1,000 in matching gifts. Additionally, the university was awarded a $1,000 Golden Ticket boost early in the day. Because of its third-place finish on the Minnesota Colleges and Universities Leaderboard, it secured an additional $5,000 Leadership Bonus.

That brings Saint Mary’s total funds raised yesterday through Give to the Max  to $46,709.

Here are some more fun statistics:

• The average gift was $171.

• $27.59 was raised every minute

• There were 233 total donors

A huge thanks go to everyone who helped promote the day. There were gifts from 30 states; more than 6,000 impressions on Facebook; and 17,000 email interactions. A special thanks to the more than 40 students who participated in the Give to the Max Rock Madness event Thursday. This event raises awareness of philanthropic leadership among our students—and students have fun in the process.

“It was a great day for Saint Mary’s yesterday,” said Andrea Pengra, director of the Saint Mary’s Fund. “Our results speak to the number of people in our community who support our mission and believe in the work we are doing. And these funds will help extend our mission through scholarships, program enhancements, and other opportunities made available through the general fund. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters. Thank you to everyone who helped make Give to the Max 2015 successful for Saint Mary’s.”


Watch construction cam of Science and Learning Center

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 12:34pm

WINONA, Minn. — As Saint Mary’s University embarks on a new vision for science education excellence, you are invited to take a front-row seat. Live video streaming allows everyone to watch the progress being made on the construction of the Science and Learning Center at the Winona Campus.

Watch the progress at

Ground was broken in October on the $19 million, 50,000 square-foot contemporary building, which attaches to the existing Adducci Science Center. Wight & Company of Chicago is the architect and general contractor. The building is estimated to be completed by June 2017.

Highlights of the building will include:

        • State-of-the-art classrooms and labs that will serve as optimal learning environments and provide a platform for increased research opportunities.
        • A layout specially designed to promote hands-on learning opportunities.
        • An interior atrium that will visually connect all three floors and welcome sunlight from the building’s skylights, creating ideal spaces for study and student interactions outside of the classroom.
        • A 120-seat tiered auditorium that will accommodate multi-purpose events for the campus and community.

Saint Mary’s University to host Ecumenical Vespers Nov. 23

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 10:49am

WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University invites the public to an ecumenical celebration of scripture and song, prayer, and praise, commemorating the Thanksgiving holiday.

Join with the university community and local Christian ministers and musicians from many different denominations for an Ecumenical Vespers service at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, in Saint Thomas More Chapel, located on Saint Mary’s Winona Campus.

The Rev. Mark Munoz, proistamenos (priest) of Saints Kosmas and Damianos Greek Orthodox Church in Rochester, Minn., will guest preach. A light reception will follow.

What is Ecumenical Vespers for Thanksgiving?

Ecumenical or “Οικουμένη” is a dialogue between Christian communities aimed at promoting the restoration of unity and practical works of service and justice through comprehensive, far-reaching relationships.

Vespers or “εσπερινός” is a prayer service to be celebrated near the time of sunset, understood by the ancient Hebrews as the beginning of the new day.

Thanksgiving or “ευχαριστία” is the Christian response to God’s grace, interchangeable with Eucharist.

For more information, contact the Saint Mary’s Office of Campus Ministry at or at 507-457-1643.

Affording Saint Mary’s: Amanda Baker

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 8:00am

A college education is an investment that pays lifelong dividends. Saint Mary’s University is committed to making that investment accessible and affordable. In this series, read testimonials from students and parents about financial aid.

“Choosing a college is one of the most challenging choices a person will ever make. One has to look at location, size, quality, and many other factors. For most students, one key factor (and sometimes mistakenly the only factor) to making a college decision is the price. When I first started looking at schools, I thought I would never be able to afford a private school education. My parents encouraged me to look at all my options even if the sticker price seemed out of this world. I made a visit to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and fell in love! By putting aside my worries about the cost, I was able to see that Saint Mary’s helps make attending college affordable with the many scholarships it offers.

“One reason I am proud to attend Saint Mary’s is because of the people who are faithful to the university and its mission. Saint Mary’s financially recognizes students who have shown leadership qualities. I am honored to attend a university that would put such an effort to show that leadership qualities matter in this world. The money I receive is provided by generous benefactors of Saint Mary’s University, who want to show others how important character is. At Saint Mary’s, I have flourished because of others who want me to succeed.”

Read what other students and parents say about financial aid at Saint Mary’s.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota to host information session Nov. 19 in Apple Valley

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 7:00pm

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will host an information session from 5–7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, 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.

“Serving learners in a variety of locations fits Saint Mary’s mission, and we’re proud to have provided education south of the river for more than 10 years,” said Brother Robert Smith, FSC, vice president of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs at Saint Mary’s University. “There are so many great stories of people in that area who have reached their goals with the help of Saint Mary’s.”

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 The Apple Valley Center is located at 14200 Cedar Ave., Apple Valley, MN 55124.


Give to the Max today and support Saint Mary’s!

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 3:06pm

Each year, generous supporters like you celebrate Give to the Max Day by making your online donation on Your generosity to Saint Mary’s University on this day makes a difference far beyond the 24-hour giving event.

Please join us today, Nov. 12, 2015, for Give to the Max Day and help us show our Cardinal Pride on the colleges and universities leaderboard.

Your donation on Give to the Max Day also may help us receive an additional donation of $1,000. How?

Today, every gift made on will be entered into an hourly drawing for a $1,000 GiveMN Golden Ticket to be awarded to a nonprofit organization.

That adds up to 24 opportunities for you to help us receive an extra $1,000! We’ve already have won one golden ticket!

Here’s the really exciting part: One donation made on will be randomly selected at the end of Give to the Max Day to receive a $10,000 Super-Sized GiveMN Golden Ticket!

The more gifts we generate on today, Nov. 12, the more our chances increase to receive that additional $20,000 donation.

Imagine what we could do with $20,000+! Our goal is to raise $60,000, and you can help us reach it!

Alumni in Action: Brother George Pahl, FSC ’36†

Thu, 11/12/2015 - 8:00am

Brother George Pahl, FSC ’36†

Educator, scientist, mentor, former Saint Mary’s president
Hometown: Minneapolis
Major: Biology

Brother George Pahl joined the biology faculty of Saint Mary’s in 1942. Students remember him as being a great teacher and innovator, working closely with students as he instilled in them a love of biology. Outside of his work at Saint Mary’s, Brother George was nationally noted and a much-published researcher on river biology and of radiation and cancer. From 1969 to 1976, he was called upon to serve as Saint Mary’s 10th president. On-campus housing improved during his tenure with the addition of the Ek Family Village and the New Village (now known as Residencia Santiago Miller), and the Advanced Institutional Development Program federal grant was awarded to help improve the college. At the end of his tenure as president, Brother George received the Bishop Heffron Award, acknowledging his dedication to the development of Saint Mary’s.

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