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WINONA, Minn. — The following Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota students completed requirements for bachelor of arts degrees in December 2019.
Carley Cronen, daughter of Michael and Debra Cronen, Kandiyohi, Minn.
Mariah D’Souza, daughter of Roger and Meggin D’Souza, Burnsville, Minn.
Samuel Eggebrecht, son of Roger and Ann Eggebrecht, Rochester, Minn.
Lily Figel, daughter of William Figel, Chicago, Ill.
Max Heukeshoven, son of Eric and Janet Heukeshoven, Winona, Minn.
Ashley Hill, daughter of Kevin and Nancy Hill, Champlin, Minn.
Trenton Jancze, son of Mark and Krystal Jancze, Woodbury, Minn.
Jack Knoblauch, son of Rainer and Cristin Knoblauch, Coon Rapids, Minn.
Nicholas Marshall, son of Thomas Marshall, Minneapolis, Minn.
Casey McCarraher, daughter of Keith and Deanne McCarraher, New Vienna, Iowa
Hailey Nisbit, daughter of Sherry Nisbit, Utica, Minn.
Mara Novakovic, daughter of Alex and Marianne Novakovic, Mokena, Ill.
Mia Ojczyk, daughter of Joe and Cindy Ojczyk, White Bear Lake, Minn.
Emily Seykora, daughter of Joseph and Ann Seykora, Eaton Rapids, Mich.
Nicholas Shelquist, son of Peter and Kelly Shelquist, Minnetonka, Minn.
Andrea Speltz, daughter of Peter and Maureen Speltz, Rollingstone, Minn.
Lillian Sterling, daughter of Ann Elliott, Minneapolis, Minn.
Cameron Taylor, daughter of Michael Taylor and Karen Terhaar, Minneapolis, Minn.
Caitlin Wallerus, daughter of Paul and Dawn Wallerus, Osseo, Minn.
Emily Wallrich, daughter of James and Jane Wallrich, Saint Paul, Minn.
Kierra Walske, daughter of Lori Walske, Rochester, Minn.
Charles Westholm, son of Fred and Rebecca Westholm, Kellogg, Minn.
Quinncy Zupko, daughter of Craig and Kerry Zupko, Wyoming, Minn.
It was a home run in a doubleheader. Saint Mary’s University athletics unveiled and blessed a new locker room facility for Cardinal women’s fastpitch softball Monday, Jan. 20 — one year after unveiling its new clubhouse for men’s baseball.
“We know that key components of a winning team are spirit, strength, skills, teamwork, character, and the right facilities and tools,” said Tim Gossen, vice president for Student Affairs and Student Life. “This new space is just one example of how Saint Mary’s is dedicated to helping our student-athletes succeed.”
The new 1,200 square-foot space, located beneath the Saint Mary’s gymnasium, includes 29 lockers, a separate study and lounge space and team meeting space, and several large screen TVs. Additionally, private showers and bathroom facilities were constructed.
Brian Sisson, Saint Mary’s athletic director, said that all Cardinal athletic teams now have their own year-round space to call home.
“This facility is one of the spaces where we develop today’s student leaders and tomorrow’s community, business, and organizational leaders,” Sisson told the athletes at the unveiling. “We hope you use this as a space to grow — as a team, and as an individual.”
Saint Mary’s women’s fastpitch softball has played a large and continuous role in Cardinal history; 20 years ago this spring the women’s softball team brought home the national championship.
Audrey Kintzi, vice president for Advancement and Communication, thanked the benefactors who have so far stepped up to the plate to support the addition of the new facility. Six of the 29 lockers have already been sponsored.
“Our alumni tell us their time as athletes here was transformational. Here is where they made lifelong friends, where memories on the field were made, and where they learned how to time manage. Here is where they learned to both lead and be led, both of which are very valuable skills that you’ll need throughout your lifetime. It’s because of these deep and heartfelt memories that our alumni give back; they want you all to have those same experiences … and some even better ones.”
To sponsor a locker, or support women’s softball, contact Kintzi at email@example.com or 507-457-1486.
Saint Mary’s University’s Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance, celebrating its 20th year of helping those in need, is scheduled for 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, March 14.
For the first time, two beneficiaries will split the proceeds from this year’s event: Gianna Samountry, the younger sister of Saint Mary’s student Logan Samountry, of Richfield, Minn.; and Winonan Sue Schroetke, who has worked in the university’s Maintenance Department for the past nine years.
Samountry, now 11, was treated with chemotherapy for neuroblastoma when she was eight months old and developed a rare autoimmune disorder called paraneoplastic syndrome. As she is paralyzed, on a ventilator, fed through a tube, and has a seizure disorder, she requires 24-hour nursing care. Samountry also has special transportation needs, and the family hopes to use their portion of the proceeds to purchase a handicapped accessible van to take her places she has never previously been able to visit.
Schroetke has battled liver disease for the past 20 years. Although last winter she received a successful transplant, she is hoping to use funding from the benefit to help her with ongoing and mounting medical bills. She also could use a dependable vehicle for her many trips to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, and help to repair the leaking roof of her home.
The theme of the evening will be “Igniting Hope for 20 Years.” The Hall of Fame Room in the Toner Student Center will be decorated, complete with a photo booth, and refreshments will be served.
The dance, featuring music by the Johnny Holm Band, will be held in the gymnasium. Ticket prices are $15 for students, $20 for faculty and staff, and $25 for the general public and are available at smumn.universitytickets.com. Dance tickets will also be available at the door.
A silent auction will be held on campus from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 12-13. A variety of homemade goods, gift baskets, and specialty items will be on display in the Common Room, located on the third floor of Saint Mary’s Hall. The public is welcome to bid. Donations are needed.
The benefit has become an annual student tradition since its start in 2001 in honor of Taylor Richmond, son of former Saint Mary’s staff member Nikki Richmond. Each year, this event benefits someone in need who has ties to the university community.
What is the value of a liberal arts education?
This question has been asked for years within circles of higher education — especially in light of an uptick in students seeking undergraduate degrees with a seemingly straight path to the job market.
Such trends have put liberal arts colleges under siege, forcing several institutions to slash or reduce programs in traditional fields and replace them with more direct job-focused majors.
According to a newly published report from Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, though, the median return on investment (ROI) 40 years after enrollment from liberal arts colleges is comparable to that at four-year engineering and technology-related schools, as well as business and management schools.
The median ROI from liberal arts colleges is $918,000, more than 25% above the median ROI of all colleges and universities, which is $723,000. The median at engineering or technology schools is $917,000; business and management schools is $913,000.
For the purposes of the report, the ROI was directly determined by a dollar figure known as net present value (NPV), which was calculated through a methodology that the center developed in a previous study of ROI at more than 4,500 colleges.
The ROI at liberal arts colleges is the third highest among the 14 different types of four-year institutions, as defined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning.
Furthermore, the study found that ROI is higher for liberal arts colleges that have a high share of STEM majors (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Liberal arts institutions in the top third, in terms of the share of students who have STEM majors, have a 40-year ROI of $992,000. To compare, this is $179,000 more than colleges in the bottom third.
Doctoral counseling psychology student explores Hmong roots, creates large regional following with videos
Before the keynote speaking engagements, the social media following, and the website, there was a video filmed on the cell phone of Calvin Yang M’17.
In August 2017, he had just finished one of his first classes on the Twin Cities Campus and was en route to his Doctorate in Psychology of Counseling Psychology.
The class centered on integrating culture into therapy to make it more sensitive to those intricacies, given that most of the commonly accepted therapeutic interventions were developed by white psychologists.
Yang, who is Hmong, immediately envisioned talking to an older Hmong individual from his community. He also thought about some of the Hmong proverbs shared with him by his family members — and how many of them were cloaked with confusion in his mind. He imagined others in the local Hmong community must have the same lack of clarity, especially within the context of trying to assimilate to modern-day life in the U.S.
“I was thinking, ‘This is something I have struggled with my whole life. And if I’m a practitioner and I don’t understand this, how am I going to be able to work with my own population?,’” said Yang, who is projected to finish his doctorate in 2021. “I thought, ‘Why don’t I share this with the people who I know in my community, so that if they’re struggling with similar issues, they can also use this to help them understand their culture and language better?’”
Yang sat down his car, hit record on his cell phone, and began talking about the first of what would become many proverbs. He posted the video to Facebook for family and friends, only to see an explosion of notifications. Immediately, his followers requested that he change the videos from private to public, so that they could share with others. They left a long line of reactions and comments.
Shortly after his Facebook account took off, Yang established a YouTube channel under the name of “dictum dose,” as another avenue to spread his videos (in December, he launched a website of the same name, which includes all of his video content and merchandise). On the wings of his videos’ popularity, Yang received an invitation to speak at an event called Culture Core at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in March 2019.
Later in October, he served as the keynote speaker at the 5th Hmong Studies Consortium International Conference at St. Catherine’s University. His speech for both occasions focused on the challenges that come with navigating two different cultures, particularly as Hmong children born in the U.S. He points out that according to a 2017 study, Minnesota has the second largest Hmong community next to California. Wisconsin is third.
Although Yang had not done a lot of speeches in front of large audiences, nerves did not get to him.
“I felt comfortable because the content that I’m sharing comes from a place that I’ve wrestled with my entire life,” he said. “The things I share with people also help them find answers to the questions they’ve been having about juggling these two identities.”
When not talking at conferences, Yang can be found at local schools in the Twin Cities area talking to Hmong students about mental health issues as a committee member of a grassroots movement known as “Project Sunshine.” It formed as a means to spread awareness about mental health after a Hmong student committed suicide this past summer in Brooklyn Park, Minn. Yang said, in general, mental health has never been culturally or socially accepted by the Hmong community.
‘People are not tight’
Yang moved to Saint Paul in 1996 as a response to growing gang violence in his native Fresno, Calif. His family — including his father, mother, and six siblings — would move into a duplex shared with several of his uncles and their families, creating upwards of 20 people under one roof for about two years. Such an arrangement conjured up one famous Hmong proverb that when translated to English says: “The house is tight, but people are not tight.”
“The underlying message with that is that the house may be filled with 20, 30, 40 people, and we may be shoulder to shoulder. But we, as people, have a very open heart,” Yang says. “We’re welcoming and it never feels tight to us.”
After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in psychology, Yang wanted to pursue the field in greater depth, but those plans were halted after he and his wife married and began having children. They have two boys and two girls. “She was actually my very first best friend,” Yang said of his wife, whom he met in sixth grade at Hazel Park Academy in Saint Paul.
To provide for his family, Yang took a job as an insurance adjudicator, a position he held for five years. In that job, part of his responsibilities was working on mental health-related claims, allowing him to see firsthand the issues that he had studied as an undergraduate.
“I looked at Saint Mary’s and it was affordable and it was very flexible,” Yang said of starting the master’s program in 2014. “It was catered toward young, working adults. And so I thought, ‘Hey, why not? If I can do this and still be a parent, I’ll do it.’”
A seminal moment
The decision to pursue his Psy.D. was solidified in large part by one conversation that he had in 2016 with his oldest child, who was in kindergarten at the time: A fellow student told her that she could not play with them on that day “because brown people can’t play with us.” His daughter wanted to know what that meant.
“I wasn’t sure how to explain it to her,” Yang said. “So of course, I just told her, ‘Kids will be kids, and they just don’t want to play with you and that’s OK. No big deal.’ But inside something was boiling up like, ‘What does this mean to me? What am I going to do about this?’”
Yang realized that he did not possess the language to articulate what he wanted to say to his daughter in a way that both she could completely understand and that would satisfy him.
“I think the program at Saint Mary’s really gave me that language. I think the biggest piece I learned was to be OK with feeling upset that I was discriminated against. I’m able to have a voice.”
— Calvin Yang
“I think the program at Saint Mary’s really gave me that language,” Yang said, by helping him step outside of his comfort zone and develop greater self-awareness and understanding. He points in particular to conversations he has had at the monthly university-affiliated Student of Color Consultation meetings held at the Twin Cities Campus.
“I think the biggest piece I learned was to be OK with feeling upset that I was discriminated against. Before, I’d think, ‘OK, it’s not a big deal. Move on,’ but now, it’s ‘No, that’s not OK. And what happened there is also not OK.’ I’m able to have a voice,” Yang said when reflecting upon his own experiences that he had swept under the rug, so to speak, while growing up.
“I think the faculty of Saint Mary’s has helped me to understand more about the impact that I have on my kids and how my culture in itself impacts my life overall.”
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — More than 370 adult learners will graduate from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs on Saturday, Jan. 25, where two commencement convocations will honor the graduates.
The ceremonies, to be held at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Saint Mary’s University Center on Park Avenue in Minneapolis, will feature four graduates who have been invited to provide reflections as part of the ceremonies. Another three graduating students will be honored with Saint Mary’s Outstanding Final Paper Awards.
Graduating students providing reflections are:
- Isse Abdi, B.S. in Information Technology
- Justin David Bloch, B.S. in Business Administration
- Diana-Christine Teodorescu, Ed.D. in Leadership
Graduating students being honored with Outstanding Final Paper Awards are:
- DeVonne Rita Ollila-Sheak, B.S. in Marketing
- Shruti Jalota, M.A. in Management
Graduating student being honored with Outstanding Dissertation Awards are:
- Abdiqani Farah, Ed.D. in Leadership
Due to weather conditions, Saint Mary’s University’s Twin Cities Campus and Apple Valley location will close, beginning at 5 p.m. today, Friday, Jan. 17, and will remain closed Saturday, Jan. 18. No classes will be held in these two locations during this time, and offices will also be closed.
If you ask him, Aldontae Guess ’19 will tell you that he’s a city guy at his core, having been raised on the West Side of Chicago.
So when it came to living and serving in New York City as part of the Lasallian Volunteers program, the transition was pretty smooth.
“I’m used to the car horns and people and everything else,” he said.
Guess has called the much smaller town of Winona home for portions of the year, beginning in 2011 — first as a recently graduated eighth-grader taking part in the Countdown to College summer college preparation program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and later as a Saint Mary’s First Generation Initiative (FGI) student. He is one of 137 graduates of Countdown to College and one of about 50 graduates of FGI since the programs formed in 2010.
In late October, Guess made his first trip back to Minnesota since graduating with his B.A. in Psychology in May to take part in the 14th annual “LVs Run,” in which volunteers raise money for their organization by having patrons sponsor their participation in a race. The goal this year was to raise $65,000.
The featured race for the fundraiser changes locales every year. As luck would have it, this year’s event took place around the Minneapolis Halloween Half Marathon on Oct. 26. Along with his fellow volunteers, Guess took part in the 5K portion of the event — raising more than $3,000 in pledges, placing him as the second-most sponsored runner.
“I pushed through, but I was glad to be done,” said Guess, who had members from the Saint Mary’s community cheering him on throughout the race.
Visiting old friends
Following his time in Minneapolis, Guess headed to Winona to meet up with professors, staff, students, and others he had formed relationships with through various student activities and affiliations, including the Student Activities Committee, the FGI office, and Serving Others United in Love (S.O.U.L) Council. Last spring, he was presented with the Student Service Award.
“Aldontae earned the nickname of ‘The Mayor’ of campus while he was a student,” said Alisa Macksey, dean of Student Success and FGI. “Aldontae was the student who always said hello to everyone and went out of his way to make everyone in the community and visitors feel welcome.”
Besides catching up with familiar faces, Guess joined with other Saint Mary’s alumni who are serving as Lasallian Volunteers in giving presentations on the Winona Campus. Their hope was to spark interest with students who may also be interested serving others by becoming a Lasallian Volunteer, a program celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Guess is serving as a volunteer at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn, an assignment that will last until the end of the school year. He is one of two first-year volunteers who are graduates of Saint Mary’s, the other being Jessica Bauer ’19 at the De La Salle Blackfeet School in Browning, Mont. In addition, there are four second-year volunteers who graduated from Saint Mary’s: Sheyenne Bauer ’18, San Miguel School, Chicago; Regina Bettag ’18 , De La Salle Blackfeet School, Browning, Mont.; Chris Lackey ’18 La Salle School, Albany, N.Y.; and Benjamin Peters ’18, Cristo Rey De La Salle High School, Oakland, Calif.
Guess felt a call to serve since his sophomore year when he went he co-lead a S.O.U.L. (Serving Others United in Love) immersion trip to the San Miguel School of Tulsa, Okla., during spring break of 2016, when he and his fellow volunteers helped supervise the school’s students, as well as helped with homework and provided afterschool assistance.
Guess said this trip was one of his primary reasons for applying to the program. “It was really being with the Christian Brothers and the volunteers, spending that week, and really seeing De La Salle’s mission being done right before my very eyes that inspired me to continue serving,” Guess said.
‘The sense of community’
In his role at the Brooklyn high school, Guess’ official title is a volunteer for student life. His responsibilities include assisting with Mass, prayer services, retreats, and social events that take place during school hours. In addition, Guess also assists with day-to-day operations in the school’s library, development office, and campus ministry office.
Given his experiences thus far, Guess would like to come back for a second year of volunteering at Bishop Loughlin before applying for graduate school for a to-be-determined area of study.
Of course, he welcomes fellow Saint Mary’s alumni to join him in the program, which has a priority deadline of Saturday, Feb. 15.
What does he think is the organization’s biggest selling points?
“Just the network that you’re a part of,” he said. “I think the sense of community you get from it — and the chance to be of service.”
Featured image: Aldontae Guess ’19 strikes a pose after finishing the 5K race at the Minneapolis Halloween Half Marathon in October.
Senior Danielle Franke was able to uniquely blend her biology and Spanish majors through an eight-week internship in Spain last summer. At the Centro Medico Estación, Franke received an invaluable clinical experience before she prepares to apply to medical school. It also allowed her to have a fully immersive experience as the only staff person who was a native English speaker.
Throughout her time at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, the Mounds View, Minn., native looked for the right study abroad opportunity to best suit her double majors in biology and Spanish. Heading into her senior year, she found it.
“It was a really good way to blend two interests together,” Franke said. “I was able to learn about the medical system in Spanish, which I don’t know how I’d be able to do any other way.”
A new level of translations
Franke fully embraced the atmosphere at the private clinic, located in the coastal town of Alicante, Spain. At times, she would translate for both doctors and patients. One of the biggest challenges was learning the words in Spanish for various types of medical terminology and equipment, which had never been covered in any Spanish classes she had taken in the U.S.
“Half of the Spanish language cannot be taught in the classroom, and you have to just learn by talking to people and making mistakes, which I did all the time,” Franke said. To help improve her conversational abilities, Franke enrolled in a class called “Spanish in the Working Environment” at the University of Alicante.
Two days each week, Franke worked in the clinic’s laboratory, where she collaborated with doctors and technicians to analyze blood and urine samples. On the other three days, she would observe and administer patient tests, such as lactose, sucrose, and fructose tolerance tests.
Approximately 30 specialists would come into the clinic during the course of the week. In addition to her regular responsibilities, Franke was also able to sit in on some of those specialist appointments. This included time with the staff gynecologist — an opportunity she appreciated, given that she hopes to focus in obstetrics in medical school. She also had the opportunity to scrub in at the nearby public hospital and observe cancerous portions of a larynx being removed from a patient.
Franke initially learned of the internship opportunity from her Spanish adviser John Reed, Ph.D., associate professor of English and World Languages. Dr. Reed knew that several Saint Mary’s students had had successful study abroad experiences in Spain and Latin America over the years through Spanish Studies Abroad.
Given the rare opportunity to work in a medical clinic as a study abroad student, the application process to the program involved completing several materials, including a cover letter, résumé, and interview in Spanish. In addition to gaining approval by the organization running the program, she also had to get the green light directly from the clinic.
To allow for some tourism time, Franke arrived in Madrid six days before her internship began. She also tacked on more time after its conclusion to visit other Spanish cities. Out of all the places she traveled to, the cobblestone-street charm of Granada was her favorite. Still, she very much enjoyed her time in Alicante. Her most memorable activities included taking in the views from the top of the Santa Barbara Castle, which towers above the city on Mount Benacantil, and dining on the potato omelet concoctions that her host would make (known in Spain as “tortilla de patatas”).
“It’s a very Mediterranean beach town in lots of ways, but it has few of the traditional aspects of Spain. It’s different than the rest of Spain I traveled to,” Franke said. “Alicante has a specific vibe because it’s close to the beach and more laid back.”
Franke is currently preparing to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in January as she prepares to apply to medical schools in June.
As her career progresses, she hopes to continue to use her Spanish skills when working with bilingual patients in the U.S. to make the medical system more accessible.
Featured image: Senior Danielle Franke with co-workers in the laboratory at Centro Medico Estación in Alicante, Spain. Franke became the clinic’s third intern in its history.
WINONA, Minn. — The following undergraduate students were named to the first semester, 2019 Dean’s List at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Winona Campus. The list includes 354 undergraduate students who earned a grade point average of 3.60 or better on a 4.0 scale.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has about 5,600 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs in Winona, the Twin Cities, Rochester, greater Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Jamaica. At Saint Mary’s residential campus in Winona, the undergraduate curriculum combines traditional liberal arts and sciences with career preparation in a student-centered environment.
Shamat Abraha, Saint Paul, Minn.
Mandukhai Alimaa, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Juan Altamirano Herrera, Appleton, Wis.
Elise Amerongen, Saint Paul, Minn.
Kendall Archer, Draper, Utah
Adrianna Baab, Wabasha, Minn.
Allysa Barlow, Appleton, Wis.
Cassandra Barr, Eau Claire, Wis.
Abigail Bastian, Davenport, Iowa
Clare Bath, West Fargo, N.D.
Michael Bauer, Brainerd, Minn.
Rylan Bearden, Rochester, Minn.
Riley Becher, Rochester, Minn.
Alice Bettag, Maple Park, Ill.
Gabriel Bickerstaff, Rollingstone, Minn.
Felicity Bieker, De Pere, Wis.
Britney Blacker, Castle Rock, Colo.
Ellen Blackmer, Forest Lake, Minn.
Annika Blesener, Saint Paul, Minn.
Debra Blissenbach, Hastings, Minn.
Kathleen Blissenbach, Hastings, Minn.
Preston Bluhm, Farmington, Minn.
Aimee Boggs, Browning, Mont.
Madalyn Bollig, St. Croix Falls, Wis.
Ben Borash, Bowlus, Minn.
Josephine Borchert, Saint Paul, Minn.
Zachary Bracken, Osseo, Minn.
Jack Broaders, Chicago, Ill.
Daniel Buchal, Wilson, Wis.
Nathan Budde, De Pere, Wis.
Erin Budin, Le Center, Minn.
Thomas Budin, Le Center, Minn.
Konrad Bueckers, Pine River, Minn.
Kayla Burck, Algonquin, Ill.
Kristin Burke, Byron, Minn.
Djeneba Camara, Chicago, Ill.
Mackenzie Carey, Prescott, Wis.
Cheyenne Carlsen, Big Lake, Minn.
Molly Cary, Minneapolis, Minn.
Samantha Chaffee, Delavan, Minn.
Grace Chalmers, Albert Lea, Minn.
Augusta Chirbas, Kenosha, Wis.
Erin Ciconte, Melrose Park, Ill.
Elizabeth Ciukaj, Alsip, Ill.
Larkin Clem, Elk River, Minn.
Jacob Clements, Holmen, Wis.
Daniel Collette, Stillwater, Minn.
Kaitlin Conniff, Caledonia, Minn.
Colleen Costello, Delano, Minn.
James Craiger, Des Moines, Iowa
Emily Crandall, Stillwater, Minn.
Carley Cronen, Kandiyohi, Minn.
Jimmy Cumbe Paucar, Minneapolis, Minn.
Sean Curran, Appleton, Wis.
Ian Currie, Franklin, Tenn.
Grace Cushman, Cologne, Minn.
Anna Dale, Cottage Grove, Minn.
Jordan Danielson, Dover, Minn.
Katrina Danzinger, Alma, Wis.
Axel Daood, Saint Charles, Minn.
Elizabeth Davis, Big Lake, Minn.
Natalie Degener, Rochester, Minn.
Oran Dornelly, Micoud,
Isaac Dotzler, Anoka, Minn.
Kayla Dwire, Marshall, Minn.
Samuel Eggebrecht, Rochester, Minn.
Jordan Elwood, Hannon, Ontario
Jake Emeott, Chisago City, Minn.
Lillyann Engstler, Fountain City, Wis.
Jae Faber, Mountain Lake, Minn.
Tabitha Fabin, Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Nolan Farnam, Rogers, Minn.
Maxwell Faust, Stillwater, Minn.
Niying Feng, Foshan, China
Kelly Ferguson, Minneapolis, Minn.
Alexander Ferrier, La Crescent, Minn.
Angelyssa Figueroa, Tucson, Ariz.
Bridget Finley, Estherville, Iowa
Olivia Fleming, Hugo, Minn.
Claire Fletcher, Saint Paul, Minn.
Zavior Franck, Aitkin, Minn.
Danielle Franke, Saint Paul, Minn.
Bailey Frattalone, Forest Lake, Minn.
McKenna Gaalswyk, Rochester, Minn.
Brady Gagne, West Bend, Wis.
Laura Gagnon, New Richmond, Wis.
Isaac Galle, Ellsworth, Wis.
Nicholas Gawarecki, Stewartville, Minn.
Isabelle Gile, Peterson, Minn.
Grace Gilles, Saint Paul, Minn.
Kevin Gleason, Minneapolis, Minn.
Haley Graham, Maiden Rock, Wis.
Erin Grams, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Peyton Grant, Albertville, Minn.
James Green, Bethel, Minn.
Paige Gudmundson, Plainview, Minn.
Madison Gueningsman, Winsted, Minn.
Cole Gunneson, Rochester, Minn.
Corinna Hafner, Saint Paul, Minn.
Cole Hagen, Shakopee, Minn.
Christina Haile, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Jacob Halper, Algonquin, Ill.
Sarah Halverson, New Hope, Minn.
Elizabeth Hammond, Stoughton, Wis.
Sarah Hannan, Bangor, Wis.
Amanda Hansen, Brooklyn Park, Minn.
Rachel Hansen, Wykoff, Minn.
Samuel Hanson, Eleva, Wis.
Sarah Hardy, Hastings, Minn.
Taliya Harris, Chicago, Ill.
John Hatton, Naperville, Ill.
Ian Hebeisen, Plymouth, Minn.
Bridgette Hegarty, Chicago, Ill.
Anthony Heier, Winona, Minn.
Megan Hendrickson, Harmony, Minn.
Samantha Henning, Lake City, Minn.
Erin Hettinger, Lake Villa, Ill.
Maggie Heuer, Chaska, Minn.
Rachel Hewitt, Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Jared Hippman, Bolingbrook, Ill.
Nathan Hoglund, Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Grace Howard, Saint Paul, Minn.
Nathan Huberty, Elkhorn, Wis.
John Nickole Huevos, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
Ivy Hunt, St. Paul, Minn.
Vincent Hurley, Maplewood, Minn.
Tyler Hyatt, Waseca, Minn.
Christa Ingabire, City Of Kigali, Rwanda
Brianna Jacobson, Sycamore, Ill.
La ‘Caisha James, Hopkins, Minn.
Trenton Jancze, Woodbury, Minn.
Joshua Johnson, Moorhead, Minn.
Kailee Johnson, Rochester, Minn.
Spencer Johnston, Brooklyn Park, Minn.
Daynalyn Jostock, Millville, Minn.
Dara Kaiser, Bozeman, Mont.
Wade Katula, Fountain City, Wis.
John Paul Keane, Dakota Dunes, S.D.
Jordan Keeley, Saint Peter, Minn.
Katelyn Keller, Green Bay, Wis.
Mackenzie Kelly, Brookings, S.D.
Breanna Kenney, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Madeline Keroff, Saint Paul, Minn.
Annabeth Kerr, Damascus, Ore.
Aaron Kibirige, Lino Lakes, Minn.
Claire King, Red Wing, Minn.
Elizabeth King, Green Bay, Wis.
Isaiah King, Mora, Minn.
Julia Kirk, Jackson, Miss.
Katherine Kitchen, Metairie, La.
Sydney, Klausler, Lakeville, Minn.
Jack Knoblauch, Coon Rapids, Minn.
Mackayla Knutson, Ellendale, Minn.
Philip Kostecka, Pequot Lakes, Minn.
Emily Krautkremer, Montgomery, Minn.
Ryan Krewer, Wheeling, Ill.
Kamila Kuchta, Woodbury, Minn.
Ethan Lacey, Henry, Ill.
Rachel Lang, Saint James, Minn.
Allyson Lenz, Owatonna, Minn.
Ashley LeRoux, Stacy, Minn.
Alexander Leschisin, Eden, S.D.
Joshua Lester, Cottage Grove, Minn.
Jacob Lewis, Rochester, Minn.
Ahnika Lexvold, South Haven, Minn.
Solomon Liebl, Fertile, Minn.
Terra Lieser, Andover, Minn.
Isabelle Lindahl, Cottage Grove, Minn.
Brady Lindauer, Cary, Ill.
Isaiah Lippert, Easton, Minn.
Colleen Lois, Green Bay, Wis.
Danielle LoMastro, Wauconda, Ill.
Maddelyn Long, Andover, Minn.
Graham Lorsung, Clear Lake, Minn.
Jonathan Lutz, Fairmont, Minn.
Qi Kai Ma, Baotou, Mongolia
Jordan Malikowski, Royalton, Minn.
Anna Marinc, Carol Stream, Ill.
Michael Marlin, Sauk Rapids, Minn.
Andreq Martin, Shell Lake, Wis.
Jacob Mayer, Mokena, Ill.
Elizabeth McAtee, Woodbury, Minn.
Abbie McCarthy, Portland, Ore.
Brennen McClay, Shakopee, Minn.
Madysen McCormick, Black River Falls, Wis.
James McDermott, Dubuque, Iowa
Reid McKeown, Saint Paul, Minn.
Elliot McLarty, Sioux City, Iowa
Jonathan Meaden, Rosemount, Minn.
Edgar Medina-Ortiz, Bloomington, Minn.
Kristjan Meitz, Waukesha, Wis.
Rachael Menke, Winona, Minn.
Brandon Merfeld, La Crosse, Wis.
Arielle Miagkov, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Trevor Miklya, Eagan, Minn.
Jordan Modjeski, South Lyon, Mich.
Mackenzie Moller, Cave Creek, Ariz.
Mary Moritz, Saint Michael, Minn.
Victoria Mota, Melrose Park, Ill.
Johanna Mott, LaCrosse, Wis.
Anna Muccio, Saint Paul, Minn.
Andrew Mullaney, Volga, S.D.
Natalie Munich, Hayward, Wis.
Anna Muntifering, Saint Paul, Minn.
Lindsey Nelson, La Crescent, Minn.
Mark Nosbush, Paynesville, Minn.
Katherine Novak, Saint Paul, Minn.
Mara Novakovic, Mokena, Ill.
Shunta Nozawa, Fuchu, Tokyo
Isaiah Olsem, Dundee, Minn.
Luke Olson, Moline, Ill.
Westen Olson, Cambridge, Minn.
Isabelle Ostrem, Cochrane, Wis.
Delgermaa Otgontugs, Plymouth, Minn.
Emma Paquette, Faribault, Minn.
Trevor Paradise, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Joseph Parenteau, Minneapolis, Minn.
Claire Patterson, Marine on St. Croix, Minn.
Brooklyn Paulson, Holmen, Wis.
Gabriella Pederson, Chaska, Minn.
Joshua Perry, La Crosse, Wis.
Colby Peterson, Menomonie, Wis.
Sarah Phipps, Hurst, Texas
Catherine Pierpont, Holt, Mich.
Corey Piper, Winona, Minn.
Alexis Pogatchnik, Rice, Minn.
Amanda Pohlman, Omaha, Neb.
Jeffrey Pokuta, Johnsburg, Ill.
Dalton Prenot, Winona, Minn.
Caitlin Preusser, Henderson, Minn.
Morgan Prokosch, Belle Plaine, Minn.
Luke Puffer, Duluth, Minn.
Joseph Pyka, Independence, Wis.
Hannah Queen, Spokane Valley, Wash.
Haylee Queen, Spokane Valley, Wash.
Denise Quizhpi, Minneapolis, Minn.
Brianna Raabolle, Andover, Minn.
Griffin Rades, Shawano, Wis.
Karson Rades, Shawano, Wis.
Olivia Rawlyk, Duluth, Minn.
John Regnier, Prescott, Wis.
Noah Reinhardt, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Michele Remer, Grand Forks, N.D.
Brandi Remold, West Concord, Minn.
Luis Reyes, Madison, Wis.
Danielle Rhodes, Pewaukee, Wis.
Akela Rimstad, Richfield, Minn.
Liddi Rinden, Rochester, Minn.
Emma Ririe, Darien, Ill.
Noah Roe, Superior, Wis.
Lauren Rogers, Barrington, Ill.
Kaitlyn Rollinger, Minnesota City, Minn.
Robert Roslund, Vanersborg, Sweden
Sawyer Rosner, Phelps, Wis.
Jonathan Rothering, Kronenwetter, Wis.
Natalie Ruegsegger, Billings, Mont.
Ryan Ruhle, Madison, Wis.
Paul Rupert, Peoria, Ill.
Celeste Russell, Las Vegas, Nev.
Gabriel Rysavy, Owatonna, Minn.
Ana Paula Saldana Cisneros, Fracc. Villas Del Meson, Mexico
Crystal Salgado, Richfield, Minn.
Trae Sander, Boscobel, Wis.
Andrew Sandoz, Menasha, Wis.
Emily Schaffer, Hampton, Minn.
Joseph Schauf, Deforest, Wis.
Hallie Schmeling, Onalaska, Wis.
Mandy Schmidt, Mitchell, S.D.
Benjamin Schmitt, Somerset, Wis.
Benjamin Schoonmaker, Moline, Ill.
Justine Schultz, Minnesota City, Minn.
Marcella Schumacher, Edina, Minn.
Brendan Scott, Rochester, Minn.
Ashlyn Seifert, Austin, Texas
Catherine Seifert, Stillwater, Minn.
Cassandra Sepp, Duluth, Minn.
William Sepsis, Elmhurst, Ill.
Benjamin Serb, Wales, Wis.
Emily Seykora, Eaton Rapids, Mich.
Deborah Shefa, Saint Paul, Minn.
Kristopher Shepard, Crystal Lake, Ill.
Alexandria Shibilski, Plover, Wis.
Tangang Ashley Shikei, Lillington, N.C.
Gabrielle Shupe, Preston, Minn.
Savannah Slafter, Spring Grove, Minn.
Robert Sobczak, Cloquet, Minn.
Angela Spors, Rochester, Minn.
Emilie Steingraeber, La Crosse, Wis.
Lillian Sterling, Minneapolis, Minn.
Heidi Stewart, Burnsville, Minn.
Signey Stoesz, Mountain Lake, Minn.
Ryan Stoynich, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Montana Streit, Oronoco, Minn.
Ashley Streveler, Colby, Wis.
Emily Strezishar, East Grand Forks, Minn.
Francis Strong, Fairbury, Ill.
Jac, Strotbeck, Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Coleton Strupp, Holmen, Wis.
Avery Sutton, Minneapolis, Minn.
Jonathan Swoik, Pekin, Ill.
Elijah Szymanski, La Crosse, Wis.
Makenzie Tafralian, Las Vegas, Nev.
Alyssa Thiel, Berlin, Wis.
Jack Thomas, Minneapolis, Minn.
Nicole Thompson, Riverside, Calif.
April Thornberg, Shakopee, Minn.
Anthony Thorsell, Fountain City, Wis.
Joseph Tobias, Cross Plains, Wis.
Emma Toellner, Bonduel, Wis.
Maciej Tomczak, Luban, Minn.
Abrianna Utgaard, Star Prairie, Wis.
Lillian Vagasky, Red Wing, Minn.
Clarissa Van Dale, New Brighton, Minn.
Cole Van Houten, Pine Island, Minn.
Celeste Van Klein, Lake City, Minn.
Alexis Van Ornum, Lindstrom, Minn.
Collin van Waardenburg, San Pierre, Ind.
Jose Velarde, Tucson, Ariz.
Maxwell Vetch, Aberdeen, S.D.
Akyra Virgous, Romeoville, Ill.
Morgan Von Feldt, Chisago City, Minn.
Caitlin Wallerus, Osseo, Minn.
Linnaea Wallis, Dresser, Wis.
Emily Wallrich, Saint Paul, Minn.
Hailey Warmka, Bricelyn, Minn.
Simon Warmkagathje, Saint Charles, Minn.
Mackenzie Waters, Olathe, Kan.
Madison Weis, South Haven, Minn.
Jackson Wells, Glenview, Ill.
Joseph White, Fountain City, Wis.
Olivia White, Montevideo, Minn.
Ethan Wilcox, Quinnesec, Mich.
Trevor Wilhelm, St. Louis, Mo.
Abigail Williams, Westchester, Ill.
Elijah Williams, Beloit, Wis.
Haley Williams, Littleton, Colo.
Briana Williquett, Roberts, Wis.
Gina Wilson, Anoka, Minn.
Grace Wilson, Portage, Wis.
Michelle Wing, Verona, Wis.
Lawrence Wirries, Moorhead, Minn.
Jacob Wittman, Marshfield, Wis.
Kathryn Wohlberg, Saint Paul, Minn.
Delaney Wolf, Bismarck, N.D.
Caroline Woodle, Knoxville, Iowa
Teresa Wroblewski, Mayer, Minn.
Zhenyu Xing, Saint Paul, Minn.
Gaojoshia Yang-Nicks, La Crosse, Wis.
Daniela Zavala, Loudon, Tenn.
Sophia Zebro, Anoka, Minn.
Jidong Zhang, Xinyi City, China
Tianbo Zhang, Beijing, China
Sarah Zimmermann, Munich, Germany
Quinncy Zupko, Wyoming, Minn.
WINONA, Minn. — Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) is featuring “The Beauty Around Us,” an exhibit by artist Heidi Bacon, throughout January at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 W. Howard St. Community members are invited to the show’s opening reception with the artist on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Visitors can enjoy paintings of the Mississippi River, the falls in Mantorville, Minn., a swan family, a coyote pouncing in the snow, and a scene from Frontenac State Park.
Guests can visit at no cost during regular business hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.
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.
About the artist
Heidi Bacon has been a freelance artist from an early age. She is self-taught and works with oils, acrylics, watercolor, pen and ink, and clay to create portraits, landscapes, murals, furniture, fiber arts, jewelry, and illustrations. She was featured in the 2014 edition of the Artist’s Catalog and has illustrated for Country Living Magazine. Recent illustrations can also be found in the children’s books My Grandma Makes Lefse and How to Make Grandma Skarstad’s Lefse. Bacon’s work is also on display at the Red Wing Art Association at the train station and at Hobgoblin Music. Recently, Bacon founded The Artist Sanctuary in Red Wing, a nonprofit to help artists. For more information, visit heidibacon.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA), an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, is a nonprofit community arts school offering programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for students age 3 and older through older adults at the Valéncia Arts Center. For more information about MCA or Galleria Valéncia, visit mca.smumn.edu, email email@example.com, or call 507-453-5500.
Photo caption: Family of swans painting by Heidi Bacon
Since the Passing of Title IX, there have been many improvements in accessibility for girls and women in sports. This trend has not been as strong for some sports, like competitive cycling.
“We know that when we look at numbers for licensed riders in the U.S., 15% are women, and that means 85% of competitive cyclists are men,” said Erin Ayala, Ph.D. “Because races are generally run by private organizations, they don’t fall under the Title IX umbrella. It looks very different. They can say that because only 15% of women are in the field, they think they don’t need to add more races so women can participate. This then creates concerns regarding skill development and safety while racing.”
As a cyclist who races nationally, Dr. Ayala can attest that women cyclists are treated very differently than men.
“I did a large national investigation on the experiences to find out what the factors are that affect participation for women in competitive cycling. A lot of women spoke of importance of creating an encouraging and supportive atmosphere. They’d say, ‘If I have people on sidelines cheering me on, that means the world to me.’
“Another piece was that race promoters and directors sometimes combine women with master’s men, 50-60-year-old men, to help with field sizes, but that can create a toxic environment because women are racing with older men who may not want them to be there. Women are also paired with younger junior cyclists, which can feel condescending and patronizing because it results in shorter or easier races.
“In a lot of races, women race shorter distances or durations than the men, which can feel insulting. There’s no Tour de France for Women. It’s a tough atmosphere. Then there are the podium girls, women in high heels and makeup whose job it is to stand next to the male racers to give them their prizes and a kiss on the cheek. The underlying assumption is those women are there to accessorize the male racers. It speaks to the gender dynamics in those sports.
“Things that decrease participation are unsupportive environments where women feel they do not belong, inequitable fields, and unequal prize pools; sometimes men are paid more money to win the same race as women. We have good hard data to talk about it. We need to do better, and one of biggest themes that came out of it was ‘Build it and we will come. Invest in us, and we will start to show up more often.’ We are hoping to create some change in communities and nationally to make more room for women in a sport that does not have many women.
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Erin Ayala, Ph.D.
Core Faculty, Doctor of Psychology Program
Expertise: Women’s health and sports psychology
Life doesn’t stop when you’re in a doctoral program.
Erin Ayala, Ph.D., has done extensive research into self-care, stress, and quality of life of students, particularly those in human service doctoral programs (like medical students and those in nurse anesthesiology, psychology, and counseling).
She knows the recipe for stress and burnout:
- These stressful programs tend to attract high achievers. It’s already in their nature to balance several commitments and responsibilities.
- These programs and professions have a high level of responsibility.
- Students in these programs are frequently at an age where they are also going through significant developmental milestones (marriage, children, purchasing homes).
“When you bring all of that together, it can be really difficult to prioritize time for self-care,” she said. “Prevention and health promotion are really important, and it’s not just about mental health. It’s not just about being reactive and addressing distress or burnout when it hits. The question is what can we do on the front end to help prevent negative consequences down the road.”
What is self-care?
Often, Dr. Ayala said, media romanticizes and glamorizes self-care with advertisements for fizzy bath bombs and manicures.
“What we have found is that it is completely personalized,” Dr. Ayala said. “For women, social support is really important. Ultimately, there needs to be time to disconnect, whether it’s doing nothing, or just taking a break from your dissertation. You’ve got to give yourself permission to do that.
“Nutrition, exercise, hydration, spiritual life, different people have a different recipe for what their self-care looks like. It ebbs and flows just like any exercise or meditation or spiritual practice. Some weeks we’re doing great and other times we’re not, and that’s part of the process.”
Dr. Ayala’s most recent research involves analyzing qualitative data, coming from over 200 students throughout the U.S. in clinical counseling and school psychology, all high achievers in the middle of doctoral programs.
She’s investigating what faculty are doing to model or not model the importance of physical and psychological wellness.
“Students might know that self-care is important, but it can be hard to act on it if they’re in an environment that doesn’t support it,” she said. “The biggest supportive theme that came up was faculty simply encouraging them to do it, asking their students, ‘What did you do this weekend for self-care?’ They take the time to check in with their students and give them permission to take time for themselves. That takes zero effort.”
“What can we do to make sure faculty are also able to model self-care for their students? The behaviors students are picking up now pave the foundation for the rest of their career. If faculty are working themselves to the bone, it sets an expectation for their students that they are supposed to do the same. If faculty model self-care and talk about its importance, students may be more likely to do it themselves.”
Dr. Ayala said when her team asked students what programs can do to support self-care, answers ranged from formal programming and talking about it in the classroom, to referrals for therapists, discounts for gym memberships, or places to meditate on campus — ways to make self-care easier to access.
When students are asked what the biggest barrier to self-care is, the answer wasn’t surprising. The majority of students responded that time was an issue. “That’s a tough one because there’s only so much programs can do to minimize the amount of work required,” Dr. Ayala said. “Students have to balance all these professional responsibilities and don’t know what to give up.”
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Erin Ayala, Ph.D.
Core Faculty, Doctor of Psychology Program
Expertise: Women’s health and sports psychology
WINONA, Minn. — Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) will hold open auditions for Dance Repertory Company’s 47th annual spring dance concert, “Change in Color.” Auditions for this pre-professional dance company are free and open to all intermediate and advanced dancers ages 13 and up and will be held at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 W. Howard St., on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m.
This year’s concert will include “With Flying Colors,” a contemporary ballet piece set to Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Other hip-hop, contemporary, and modern pieces will be performed utilizing the work of MCA faculty members Tammy Schmidt, Jessica Dienger, and Raina Racki.
Rehearsal dates will be determined by the schedules of the dancers who are selected. Performances will take place Friday through Sunday, April 17-19, in Saint Mary’s University’s Page Theatre. For more information about the Dance Repertory Company, visit mca.smumn.edu.
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA), an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, is a nonprofit community arts school offering programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for students of all ages from birth through older adults at the Valéncia Arts Center. For more information about MCA or Galleria Valéncia, visit mca.smumn.edu, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 507-453-5500.
WINONA/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The Rev. Stephen Joseph Fichter, Ph.D., research associate for the Center for Applied Research at Apostolate, Georgetown University, will present “Church Leadership in the Third Millennium: Recent Research on Catholic Bishops in the U.S.” for the next Cardinal Virtues presentation at Saint Mary’s University.
The Rev. Fichter co-authored the book, Same Call, Different Men: The Evolution of the Priesthood since Vatican II, published by Liturgical Press in 2012. His newest book, Catholic Bishops in the United States: Church Leadership in the Third Millennium, was published by Oxford University Press in 2019. Based on his research, the Rev. Fichter will provide an overview of how the bishops are leading the Church in the United States in the era of Pope Francis.
The public is invited to his two presentations:
- Wednesday, Jan. 15, 4 p.m., Saint Mary’s University Center, 2540 Park Ave., Minneapolis
- Thursday, Jan. 16, noon, Saint Mary’s Science and Learning Center, 700 Terrace Heights, Winona
A reception will follow both presentations.
The Rev. Fichter also serves as an adjunct professor of systematic theology at Seton Hall University. He obtained a Ph.L. and an S.T.B. from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome, an M.S.W. from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University.
In coordination with the National Organization for Continuing Education for Roman Catholic Clergy, he has worked on many Cultivating Unity projects for dioceses throughout the U.S.
In addition, he was the parochial vicar at St. Gabriel the Archangel in Saddle River, N.J., from 2000 to 2008. He then became the pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Haworth, N.J., until he assumed the role of pastor at Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Wyckoff, N.J., in July 2017.
Cardinal Virtues speakers and topics are chosen to create thought-provoking dialogue. Saint Mary’s University cultivates in its learners virtues to guide them throughout their educational journeys and beyond.
RSVP by Wednesday, Jan. 8, at smumn.edu/cvrsvp. For more information, call 507-457-1597.