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Studying effects of collaboration on philanthropy

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 4:22pm

Cathy Mann listened as a panel of accomplished fundraisers answered questions from the audience. Someone asked, “Why were you drawn to fundraising?” And one by one, each panelist answered, “Because we get to make a difference.”

Mann nodded in agreement. It was her own desire to change peoples’ lives that drew her to a career in development more than 20 years ago.

“It became clear: that’s what drew all of us to fundraising,” said Mann, a student in the M.A. in Philanthropy and Development program at Saint Mary’s. “The opportunity to see the kind of difference that we can make through our work is really gratifying.”

Mann runs a consulting firm, Cathy Mann & Associates Inc., out of Toronto that works almost exclusively with nonprofit groups. Its goal is to help clients focus on the fundamentals of fundraising in order to develop sustainable programs that will help change lives.

One of the philanthropy concepts that Mann is heavily interested in is “collective impact”—a model where an identified problem is addressed through collaboration. It’s become the central topic of her capstone research.

“Collective impact is an organic model that has emerged in the last 10 to 15 years,” Mann explained. “My research is looking at collective impact and the role it plays within philanthropy. The charitable sector was designed on a model where grids operate in isolation of each other; we need to come together to work collaboratively to address problems.”

Acknowledging that collective impact isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for every organization, Mann says that when applied appropriately, it can be a very powerful model. She’s finding that organizations are much more successful together than when they work on their own.

Canadian magazine The Philanthropist published an article of hers last summer. In it, she lays out how East Scarborough Storefront, a Cathy Mann & Associates client and a self-described “community backbone organization,” brings 35 Toronto agencies together to offer services from employment support to after-school programming to a multiple sclerosis support group.

“As a one-stop shop, The Storefront connects community members to the resources they need, either directly or through referrals to other agencies,” Mann wrote. “After a decade of working in the community … The Storefront had gained the trust of the residents, credibility with funders and politicians, and had demonstrated its ability to facilitate collaboration.”

Writing the article was a direct result of her work within the Philanthropy and Development program. With her professional passion for collective impact now doubling as a graduate research topic, she’s been writing more than ever.

Mann heard about Saint Mary’s through word of mouth. “Some colleagues who I really respect have gone through the program, and that meant a lot,” she said. “The big thing that stands out is its cohort model. Meeting this group of classmates has really made the program really special. I look forward to going to school in July each summer and seeing my classmates.

“The program has given me an opportunity to take a step back and think about the charitable sector in a different way,” Mann said. “When I’m done with classes and research, I will do some more writing. I’ve been networking with great instructors and classmates whom I wouldn’t have met otherwise. I’m thankful for what the program has given me; it has helped me start a conversation about collective impact in the world of philanthropy.”

And as the conversations continue, Mann will keep making a difference. As long as that persists, she’ll stay in philanthropy for years to come.

Entrepreneurs dream together at Kabara event

Mon, 04/20/2015 - 11:46am

In an age of smart phones for the masses and ever-increasing connectivity, the Internet of Things (IOT) is a timely topic. The Saint Mary’s University Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies celebrated this rising technology and discussed its entrepreneurial aspects before a crowd of 140 people at “The Internet of Things: A Profile of Minnesota Entrepreneurs, Devices, and Their Impact,” held April 16 on the university’s Twin Cities Campus in Minneapolis.

The definition of IOT can get extremely technical, but a panel of Minnesota IOT experts and entrepreneurs boiled it down to a very simple phrase: “making dumb items smart.” The potential for connectivity between devices goes far beyond phones and computers to exercise equipment, washing machines, thermostats, agriculture equipment, healthcare applications, and more.

Business opportunities aren’t limited to large corporations, according to the panel that included:
-Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President and CEO, Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)
-Lois Josefson, Principal, Greater Minnesota Development Services, LLC, and Executive Director, TiE Minnesota
-Rodney Landers, Inventor, Serial Entrepreneur, and IOT Veteran
-Scott Schwalbe, CEO, NimbeLink
-and moderator Rick Brimacomb, Founder, Brimacomb and Associates

The entrepreneurial spirit of the Kabara Institute was present as the panel discussed their ideas and advice to a public audience that ranged from colleagues, educators, and business hopefuls, including a number of current Saint Mary’s University undergraduate and graduate students.

“You don’t need to be a ‘techie’ or a ‘geek’ to have a dream or an idea and make it happen,” said a panelist. “You only need an idea and perhaps some business savvy. Big companies are providing resources in the IOT industry, but so can smaller companies.”

The panel also addressed how to maximize the return on investment in IOT and adviced all to learn, network with entrepreneurial organizations, and attend entrepreneurial and IOT organizational events. Imagination, the panelists stressed, is a crucial skill for many successful entrepreneurs in IOT and beyond.

In addition to the panel discussion and question-and-answer session, the Saint Mary’s IOT event included an exhibition where Minnesota-based companies like Club Entrepreneur, Exosite, Lab Call, NimbeLink, and Verizon demonstrated their IOT technology and networked with attendees.

Chamber Orchestra to perform April 26

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 6:20pm

Winona, Minn. – The Saint Mary’s Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. David Leung, will perform “A Tribute to Arvo Pärt” 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26. The event will feature guest cellist Dr. Ka-Wai Yu from Indiana Wesleyan University and will be held in Figliulo Recital Hall.

The mystical Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is loved by many around the world for his hallmark of great beauty, meditative quality, and simplicity. Performances will include his “Fratres for Strings and Percussion,” as well as “Concerto in G minor for Cello and Strings” by Antonio Vivaldi; “Rumanian Folk Dances” by Béla Bartok; and “Keyboard Concerto in G minor” by J.S. Bach. Also featured will be the talents of two Saint Mary’s piano students, Destiny Dux and Hongdou Ge.

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

Saint Mary’s welcomes guest cellist Ka-Wai Yu April 22

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 6:13pm

Winona, Minn. – Saint Mary’s University welcomes guest artist and cellist Ka-Wai Yu for a special performance Wednesday, April 22, in Saint Mary’s Figliulo Recital Hall.

Originally from Hong Kong, Yu is active as a recitalist, chamber musician, and music educator. He has given solo and chamber performances at major concert halls in Canada, China, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. He is the cellist of the Ensemble Finesse with clarinetist Darren Ho and pianist Mischa Ngan. He also plays baroque cello and viola da gamba in the period-instrument ensemble La Réunion Musicale, and has played in Concerto Urbano and the Viol Consort of Champaign-Urbana.

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

Using research to help put students on right career path

Thu, 04/16/2015 - 12:12pm

When Sean Olson was in college, he switched his major three times by the end of his sophomore year. Now, as interim director of admissions and outreach at North Hennepin Community College, his goal is to save future students from going through similar experiences.

As he nears the end of his studies in the M.A. in Educational Leadership program at Saint Mary’s, he will focus his capstone research on how the timing and effectiveness of providing career information might affect students who are trying to narrow down their majors.

“I wish somebody had helped me decide the major I wanted,” Olson said. “I started as a pre-engineering major and then switched to a secondary math education major. I switched again to a management and marketing double-major in my sophomore year. I was all over the map.”

Now, Olson is doing his best to try and set up North Hennepin students to complete their studies as efficiently as possible.

“A lot of the students at North Hennepin come in undecided,” Olson said. “The college is trying to figure out more efficient ways to share outcomes. Which majors do what? Which ones are easily transferrable? There are ways to share that information that are easier to digest.”

Olson is looking at the barriers and gaps in how career information gets to students, and the potential anxiety and nervousness students experience during the career-choosing process. He’s focused on preventing students from hastily selecting a major that isn’t right for them and, as a result, completing a bachelor’s degree several years behind schedule.

“My literature research confirmed a lot of things about student needs and career information,” Olson said. “Are we trying to force students to go down a career path when they’re not ready? Were they underprepared or anxious, and did that result in picking the wrong major? Or do they just need more time to learn who they are? If they start down the wrong path, they’re going to make inefficient choices with the courses they select.”

As Olson makes progress in his capstone research, he’s already using his findings to work with his colleagues at North Hennepin in determining how to respond to student needs.

“Even before my research is completed, I’m starting to see progress in finding out what students are truly interested in,” Olson said. “We’re working with our academic departments to listen to what is in demand, and then consider developing a new program. For example, if a large group of students are interested in social work, that would indicate that we need to offer that sort of program.”

Olson has also discovered gaps in high school counseling options across Minnesota. Many high schools have just one counselor available, and many are overworked. There’s a general lack of counselors across the state, resulting in many students slipping through the cracks and not receiving proper one-on-one advice.

“High school counselors are sometimes so overwhelmed that they don’t get time to appropriately guide students,” Olson said. “A lot of students start college guessing what they want to study. We need to help make up for whatever they may have missed in high school.”

As most of Olson’s peers in community college administration have already acquired a master’s degree, he’s happy that he waited until now to pursue one. He values the work experience that he gained from working both at four-year and two-year institutions, and he sees this new degree as another qualification to keep climbing the higher education ladder.

“I thought about enrolling in the M.A. in Educational Leadership for a couple years, but I wanted to wait until I had real-world experience to bring to the program,” Olson said. “My leadership experiences are now supplemented by best-practice training and knowledge from my graduate coursework.

“I hope that my master’s degree can help me advance as a director of admission and eventually a dean of enrollment,” Olson said. “I want to help students make the right academic decisions for a long time.”

Students team up to study ant behavior

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 8:13pm

Mae Yang ’15 and Aleah Bingham ’15 learned a lot about the common, western thatching ant after six months of intensive study—including that they bite.

Bingham, a Biology major and Chemistry and Environmental Biology minor from Eden Prairie, and Yang, an Environmental Biology major and Zoology minor from Minneapolis, paired up on a multidisciplinary thesis this past year.

The pair decided to study this particular species of ant for a variety of reasons, including that it gave them a reason to combine their knowledge of biology and chemistry; it gave them a reason to continue working closely with Dr. Moni Berg-Binder of the Biology Department and Dr. Jaime Mueller of the Chemistry Department; and simply because ants are cool.

“I chose to work with ants because it’s very unique how their community is structured,” Yang said. “They are so complex even though they are so little.” Bingham added, “With their interesting social structures, each individual has a role to play in their colony.”

Last fall, the two collected their specimens at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, where Dr. Berg-Binder knew of active mounds as she used the same species for her doctoral research. But that’s where the similarities of their studies ended.

Ants use chemical communication extensively, including to help them determine “friend” or “foe” or (nestmate vs. non-nestmate). Bingham and Yang investigated the role that diet plays on the external chemical signature of the ants. They geared their research based on a paper they found detailing a study on a different species of ants. The results found that different diets changed the ants’ cuticle (or covering) and, in turn, changed how they interacted with different ant colonies.

The pair chose to feed their ants crickets, which have their own unique chemical signatures. Yang fed different ant colonies one diet to determine whether they would recognize each other more as friends. Bingham split up one colony of ants and fed them different diets (crickets vs. eggs) to see if they would become more aggressive toward each other.

Bingham’s work was more about nestmate recognition, and Yang’s was more about changing chemical signatures.

Although they still have much data to analyze, the two say they did not find a highly significant change in the behavioral tendencies of their subjects. In fact, they say with a laugh, they found the ants far more aggressive toward their researchers than each other.

But both Bingham and Yang say they found a lot of satisfaction in the process of their research. That, and they found a lot more respect for ants. “

“I really think that it’s great that we have opportunities to do research with our professors,” Bingham said. “It’s a lot of work, but by the end of the project, you really feel like you’ve done something worthwhile.”

“Saint Mary’s has been great experience for me,” Yang added. “Working on this thesis has really helped me understand and appreciate the value of research. The trials I have overcome this year have really enabled me to become a better critical thinker. Also, being able to do research with Dr. Berg-Binder and Dr. Mueller has been really inspiring. I have gained so much from their guidance and patience. It’s these interactions with the professors on campus that make the difference.”

CAPTION: Aleah Bingham and Mae Yang work on the GC-MS while researching western thatching ants.

Marek leads ‘Web Series 101′ workshop with theatre students

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 8:53am

Sarah Jane Marek ’04, M’07 didn’t want to sit around waiting for her big break.

The aspiring New York City actress harnessed the humor of going to low-budget basement auditions, attending bizarre and eccentric acting classes, and meeting a cast of slightly crazy characters into a successful web video series titled, “Off Awful.”

After completing a season of shows, garnering some awards, and making plans to move the series to Los Angeles, she returned to Winona April 11-12 to impart her wisdom and lead a workshop with Saint Mary’s theatre students, titled “Web Series 101.”

As part of the workshop, participating theatre students read the textbook “Byte-Sized: Create Your Own TV Series for the Internet” by Ross Brown. Marek, once a theatre student at Saint Mary’s herself, reviewed the basics of what it takes to make a web series from concept to creation. Students were asked to come up with a pitch for a web series topic, and the winning concept was fleshed out in class.

“The best way to learn is hands-on,” Marek said. “I wanted the workshop to be really interactive.” Marek also arranged for Brown and other web series creators to Skype with students.

Her key advice: “Whether you want to be an actor or a journalist or in the business world today, you have to chase it. Things aren’t going to fall in your lap. You have to make your own opportunities, and that’s a huge reason why we made the web series.”

Marek, who continues to divide her time between Naples, Fla., and New York, had been doing some off-off-Broadway plays, doing improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade, going to auditions, and taking acting classes, when she found herself in some surreal situations.

“I began encountering odd characters and people, things that made me sit back and say, ‘Is this really happening? Do these people exist in real life?’ I met a girl in my first acting class in New York; we were in this awful class together. We said, ‘Let’s write a web series about this stuff.’ The whole web series concept was not as explosive then as it is now.”

Quickly growing in popularity and scope, web series are vastly different but no less valuable than the communication vehicle used by her father, fellow alum Patrick Marek ’79, publisher of the Winona Post newspaper.

After some starts and stops, and a lot of learning on the job, Sarah Jane Marek said “Off Awful” picked up momentum in 2013 with a director and an official budget. Throughout the process, Marek has served as producer, actress, and co-writer.

“We took our common experiences—loosely based on some of the things we experienced or our friends experienced—and decided to show what being a beginning actor in New York looks like,” she said.

“Off Awful” was part of the LA Web Festival 2014 and took home two acting awards. This past fall the series was one of 154 web series accepted into the Miami Web Festival, where “Off Awful” was one of five web series nominated for best comedy. Additionally, one of the actors was nominated for best supporting actress, and the series took home an award for best director.

These successes have opened additional doors and opportunities for Marek and garnered more attention for the series, which will relocate to L.A. for next season, and will begin depicting the experiences of new actors.

“Have we arrived? No, I’m still not making any money from this,” Marek says with a laugh. “But it was a launching pad and we have next-level opportunities because of it.”

To learn more about “Off-Awful” visit or follow “Off-Awful” on Twitter at the handle @offawful.

Education and partnerships can prevent cyber wars

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 1:44pm

Cyber security is an issue that affects us all, yet it is not being discussed often enough nor being addressed systematically, according to Admiral James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO. Stavridis was the keynote speaker for the Saint Mary’s University 2015 Hendrickson Forum on April 9.

How do we keep our personal and professional information safe? How does the government protect confidential files from hackers? How can our communities keep key services intact, such as power grids, despite attempts to compromise them?

During his talk on the Twin Cities Campus in Minneapolis that was also streamed live to the Winona Campus, Adm. Stavridis offered solutions to prevent cyber attacks and “cyber war.”

Developing a cyber security force, forming public and private partnerships, holding training sessions, and working collaboratively were some of the solutions Stavridis posed to the audience of nearly 400 people.

The retired U.S. Navy officer and NATO leader said the U.S. ought not wait for a debilitating event to occur before acting. He noted that 82 other nations fund and operate cyber security teams.

A public citizenry that’s aware is also an ethical move forward in the prevention and action against cyber security breaches, Stavridis said, urging all audience members and university members at Saint Mary’s and elsewhere to become educated on the issue.

Just yesterday, some non-classified White House files were hacked and a major French TV station was hacked by an Islamic terrorist group that broadcast a message across all viewers’ screens, Stavridis said. There’s also the “Deep Web,” a sub-Internet network that quietly engages in activity such as drug trading, computer hacking, and human trafficking without detection. High-profile leaks of personal information and media have been in the news in the last year, and the general public has rightfully raised concern about their own chances of being digitally compromised.

Stavridis conveyed a personal example as well, saying his own teenage daughter’s Facebook account was hacked a few years ago.

So what’s the solution? What can we do, and what can our government do to protect our security online?

“We should put reliance on international networks,” Stavridis suggested. “When we’re in an alliance, sharing among neighbors and collaborating is a powerful way to increase the ability to resist challenges. Not only should we have alliances, but we should also have collaborations. It’s a very powerful approach.”

Stavridis addressed the quandary through an ethical lens. Where do we settle on the spectrum of security, keeping privacy and civil rights in mind?

“Should we live in a world where there’s total privacy? Or one where everything is revealed?” Stavridis questioned. “Too often the debate tends to be like an on-and-off switch, where everything is completely private or everything is going to be revealed. In reality, ethical behavior is often about finding the point of balance. What’s the government role and what’s the free market role? We have to stay in balance with these enormous ethical questions that we live with.”

He went on to assure the audience that, despite concerns and anxiety stemming from online crises, technology is incredible and has brought the world so many opportunities. It just has to be approached ethically.

“It feels a little rocky right now, but we have to understand and celebrate the extraordinary gift that the cyber world gives,” Stavridis said. “It allows us to move forward in education, it allows us to connect around the world. We just have to keep in mind the values that we talked about today, the same ones moved forward by Saint Mary’s University. Those are values of compassion, caring, listening, and reflecting. If we do that, I think we’ll be in a better place.”

In addition to Stavridis’ address, Saint Mary’s Hendrickson Institute awarded HealthPartners President and CEO Mary Brainerd the Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership. Brainerd was honored for ethical leadership in the healthcare industry and in the community.She was previously named Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2007 Executive of the Year, and twice named one of the Business Journal’s Most Influential Women in Business, in 2002 and 1999.

The Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership at Saint Mary’s University serves as an educational and transformational resource to the community. The Hendrickson Forum is an annual event that has brought national speakers to Minnesota since 2008 to discuss ethical issues. The institute honors Bill Hendrickson, a native of Plainview, Minn., who received a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s in 1939 and earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hendrickson worked as a chemist and senior executive of American Home Products Corporation, and later became chair of St. Jude Medical Inc.



Saint Mary’s jazz groups present ‘Further South: Jazz from Brazil’

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 3:27pm

Winona, Minn. – On the heels of last spring’s exciting exploration of Cuban jazz, Saint Mary’s University’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo 1 will venture further south with a concert of music inspired by sounds of Brazilian jazz. Come to the hottest spot in Winona 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Saint Mary’s Page Theatre.

Joined by guest soloist Dan Driesen on guitar, the ensembles will journey into music ranging from the lush harmonies of the bossa nova to the scintillating sounds of the samba—a symbol of the Brazilian Carnival.

Add in contemporary jazz inspired by Afro-Brazilian styles, and this will be a voyage that can’t be missed!

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available at the Saint Mary’s 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


Heukeshoven receives Faith Partners residency

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:29pm

Winona, Minn. – A. Eric Heukeshoven, assistant professor of music at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, has been selected as one of two composers for the American Composers Forum’s “Faith Partners” 2015 residency program.

Through Faith Partners residencies, composers collaborate with consortia of different faith-based communities in the creation of new sacred music. Heukeshoven will be working with English Lutheran Church and First Congregational Church (UCC) in La Crosse, Wis.

Each composer creates several new works, some for individual congregations and some that are shared by the entire consortium. The program seeks to reinvigorate sacred music and to reintroduce composers into religious settings where they have historically flourished.

Faith Partners is a national program that has created opportunities for churches and composers in cities across the United States including Atlanta, San Francisco, Boston, and New York, as well as many locations in the upper Midwest. Now in its 16th year, previous Faith Partners recipients include Marty Haugen (2006) and Jake Runestad (2012).

Faith Partners is funded by the Otto Bremer Foundation. More information can be found on the American Composers Forum website:

WAPS student artwork on display in April at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:24pm

WINONA, Minn. — Galleria Valéncia at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts—located at 10th and Vila streets—is filled with 22 unique pieces of artwork created by Jeff Morgan’s art students at Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS). Contributing artists are first- through fourth-graders and attend Jefferson STEM Elementary, Goodview Elementary, and Rollingstone Community School.

Visitors to the gallery will enjoy colorful artwork that was created using a variety of mediums and elements of design. Subject matter and technique includes American artists, Theodore Rousseau’s landscapes, cave drawings, perspective drawings, and elements of art. The galleria is open 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.

Next month Galleria Valéncia will feature artists from Madison Elementary and the Alternative Learning Center.

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.

David Leung to present violin recital April 11

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 1:02pm

WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University music faculty member Dr. David Leung will present a free public violin recital “From Bach to Bartok,” 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at Figliulo Recital Hall, located in the Saint Mary’s Performance Center.

Leung will collaborate with cellist Derek Clark and Saint Mary’s Theater & Dance Department chair Dr. Jimmy Bickerstaff (who will serve as narrator). The program includes “Partita in D minor” by J.S. Bach, “Solo Sonata” by Bela Bartok, “Kodaly Duo” for violin and cello, and “Ferdinand the Bull” by Alan Ridout.

MCA’s Dance Repertory Company to present ‘abunDANCE’ April 17-18

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 5:37pm

WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts Dance Repertory Company (DRC) will present “abundance: a Woman’s Influence,” on Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, at Saint Mary’s University’s Page Theatre.

One highlight of the evening of premieres and historical works is the restaging of Bronislava Nijinska’s contemporary ballet, “Le Train Bleu.” Set on a beach in the 1920s, this ballet is a lighthearted look at open-air life, humor, and sport. Nijinska is well known as the first female ballet choreographer in history.

DRC’s tap and Irish fusion piece will have the audience tappin’ their toes to the music of award-winning Celtic fiddler, Eileen Ivers. See how these two amazing and historical art forms compare, intersect, and gel into an explosion of visual and aural artistry.

A modern piece by MCA alumna and former instructor Heidi Draskoci-Johnson explores the journey of pregnancy and motherhood. Using testimony from new and seasoned mothers, the piece is a hard-hitting look at what it truly means to be a mother.

Hip Hop has long been a genre dominated by gender roles. The show’s choreographer Jess Dienger has broken down those barriers to show our audience that anyone can move.

Finally, a high-energy jazz piece illustrates the struggle with what society views as beautiful for a woman. In three sections, this piece demonstrates the tumultuous adventure of becoming comfortable in one’s own skin.

Everyone is invited to both survey and celebrate women’s influences in dance.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults and may be ordered online at or at the Saint Mary’s Box Office, 507-457-1715 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. For more information about MCA or the DRC, visit, e-mail, “like” them on Facebook, or call 507-453-5500.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts offers programming in dance music, visual art, and theatre, year-round. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for children ages 3 and older through adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 1164 West 10th St.

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 is an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

The Internet of Things: Exhibition and Discussion

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 1:35pm

Interested in innovation and future technology? If so, plan on attending “The Internet of Things (IOT): A Profile of Minnesota Entrepreneurs, Devices, and Their Impact” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16 at the Saint Mary’s University Twin Cities Campus in the Saint Mary’s University Center, 2540 Park Avenue, Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested at

All are invited to this evening exploration of IOT. The event will include a moderated panel discussion, along with an exhibit fair featuring IOT devices, technology, and information from Minnesota entrepreneurs and IOT-related organizations.

A networking of objects through the use of embedded sensors, this technology is predicted to have a vast impact on the economy and affect a variety of industries. In fact, IOT is already changing the way we connect, live, work, and play.

Additional event details:
5:30 p.m.: Registration, Networking, Exhibit Fair, and Refreshments
6:30-8:30 p.m.: Welcome, Moderated Panel, and Q&A

Rick Brimacomb, Founder, Brimacomb and Associates

Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President and CEO, Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)
Lois Josefson, Principal, Greater Minnesota Development Services, LLC, and Executive Director, TiE Minnesota
Rodney Landers, Inventor, Serial Entrepreneur, and IOT Veteran
Scott Schwalbe, CEO, NimbeLink

A variety of IOT technologies, devices, and information will be showcased. Exhibitors include Verizon, NimbeLink, Exosite, Club Entrepreneur, and others.

This event is sponsored by the Saint Mary’s University Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies. The Kabara Institute aims to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the importance of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in our society; to incite a passion for an entrepreneurial spirit in students across the university, regardless of their major field of study; and to enhance the entrepreneurship program offerings at Saint Mary’s by providing opportunities for students to interact with entrepreneurs and experience entrepreneurship first-hand. The institute is named for the late Dr. Jon Kabara ’48, a forward-thinking man who was a scholar, professor, philanthropist, and innovator.

Community invited to submit ‘Spruce Up Winona’ requests

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 3:41pm
WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University Volunteer Mentors are encouraging individuals, organizations, and churches in Winona to submit requests for service for the ninth annual Spruce Up Winona event. This year university organizers are happy to extend the event’s reach into the Winona community by working in collaboration with Winona State University. Spruce Up [&hellip

Saint Mary’s benefit raises $11,000 for Buffalo City teen

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 1:25pm
WINONA, Minn. — More than 500 people attended Saint Mary’s University’s 15th annual Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance on March 21. Proceeds from the dance—and a silent auction held on campus—raised about $11,000 for this year’s beneficiary Conner Turnbell, 17, of Buffalo City, Wis. This past summer Turnbell was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, a disease that [&hellip

Five awards presented at Saint Mary’s Founders’ Day

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 2:31pm
Saint Mary’s presented awards to His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, a College faculty member, a staff member, and two outstanding seniors at its Founders’ Day celebration March 24. An honorary doctorate in pastoral ministry was presented to His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York. Cardinal Dolan has, since his ordination 40 years ago, [&hellip

Hegland’s start-up business opens window of opportunities

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 8:54am
Peter Hegland had no idea when he began a window-washing business two years ago how much it would open a window into the world of entrepreneurship. By talking about his start-up business, the finance and entrepreneurship major from St. Charles earned an opportunity to compete in the national Global Student Entrepreneur Award (GSEA) competition in [&hellip