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Invite your family to visit Winona during Family Weekend, Sept. 28-30. Family Weekend includes a full slate of activities for families of students and the Saint Mary’s community. In previous years, as many as 1,000 visitors have come onto campus for music events, sporting events, the Fall Frolic, and other games and activities. Find a full schedule of events at smumn.edu/familyweekend.
You’re invited to join these upcoming events in celebration of International Lasallian Days for Peace.SUNDAY, SEPT. 30
10:30 a.m. — Mass
Saint Thomas More Chapel
8:15 to 10:15 a.m. — Coffee and Donuts
Come talk with Kathleen Swain, director of Lasallian Volunteers
12:10 p.m. — Mass
Saint Thomas More Chapel
7 p.m. — Sanctuary Church: “Creating Peace in our Community”
Presentation by Fr. Jim Callahan, pastor at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (in collaboration with the English Department, Lasallian Honors, and Winona Interfaith Council)
Originally from Boston, Mass., Fr. Jim has been a pastor at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Worthington, Minn., since 2010, but has been in ministry for 35 years. Fr. Jim spent 17 years in Africa, Haiti, El Salvador, and in south central Los Angeles, working on refugee resettlement with Doctors without Borders and the United Nations. He has master’s degrees in theology and African/black studies, works with alcoholics and addicts, and also teaches spirituality at a treatment center for priests.TUESDAY, OCT. 2
8:15 a.m. – Pancakes and Morning Prayer for Peace
12:10 p.m. — Mass
Saint Thomas More Chapel
12:40 p.m. — Prayer
Noon — “Work for Justice”
Presentation by Justin Van Dalen, attorney at Van Dalen Law Firm (in collaboration with the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies)
Figliulo Recital Hall, Performance Center
Justin is a solo-practitioner attorney from Rochester, Minn. Before graduating magna cum laude from Mitchell Hamline School of Law, he spent 10 years as a supply chain analyst and sourcing executive in the electronics manufacturing and health care industries. Justin spent 16 months in Gulu, Uganda, serving as a Legal Fellow with International Justice Mission (IJM) where he defended widows and orphans who were victims of violent land theft. His experience with IJM brought into focus what it means to pursue peace by working for justice. Justin and his wife, Rebekah, live in Rochester with their three young children.THURSDAY, OCT. 4
12:10 p.m. — Mass
Saint Thomas More Chapel
7:30 p.m. — “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word”
Documentary and Discussion
Salvi Lecture Hall
A rare co-production with the Vatican, the pope’s ideas and his message are central to this documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today’s global questions of death, social justice, immigration, ecology, wealth inequality, materialism, and the role of the family. “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” documents a personal journey with Pope Francis and was written and directed by Oscar-nominated German filmmaker Wim Wenders.FRIDAY, OCT. 5
7:45 to 10 a.m. — Coffee and Donuts
You’re invited to “Beyond the Classroom Walls: Podcasting, Public History, and Pop Culture” on Wednesday, Oct. 3, in Room 200 of the Science and Learning Center at 4 p.m. The presentation will be delivered by Melissa Brzycki, visiting professor of History at Saint Mary’s, and her podcast partner Stephanie Montgomery, assistant professor of History and Asian Studies at St. Olaf College.
About 20 members of the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Public Relations/Business Club recently visited WinCraft, a Winona company that is a nationwide leader in the manufacturing of licensed and promotional products that specializes in sports-related merchandise. The students learned about WinCraft’s communication, marketing, and sales strategies, and then toured WinCraft’s state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution facilities. The club’s visit was made possible in part by Robert Gas ’12, a Saint Mary’s Business and Public Relations alumnus who is now a national account manager at WinCraft. Saint Mary’s Public Relations/Business Club faculty advisers Dean Beckman and Dr. Shelly McCallum-Ferguson accompanied the students on the visit.
Photo caption: From left, Amber Collins, team sales manger at WinCraft, Liz Sagar, inside sales/collegiate sales at WinCraft, and Robert Gas ’12, Saint Mary’s alumnus and national account manager at WinCraft, address the Saint Mary’s Public Relations/Business Club during its visit to WinCraft.
WINONA, Minn. — Two public student performances — a jazz concert and a choir and band performance — enhance Saint Mary’s University’s upcoming Family Weekend Sept. 28-30.
- Saint Mary’s University’s Jazz Ensemble launches another great season 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in Page Theatre. Under the direction of A. Eric Heukeshoven, students will preview this season’s Red Bird Club show Christmas in New Orleans, A drawing for up to four complimentary tickets to the Dec. 7 performance will be held at this event. For more information, email email@example.com.
- Saint Mary’s choirs and concert band will also join forces alongside the Jazz Ensemble for the 2 p.m. show. Saturday, Sept. 29, in Page Theatre. The 64-member concert choir and the 25-member Chamber Singers are directed by Dr. Patrick O’Shea. The band is directed by Dr. Janet Heukeshoven and is open to Saint Mary’s students from all majors as well as advanced high school players and qualified community member. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Tickets to both performances are $10 for adults, $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. weekdays or online at smumn.edu/tickets. Tickets are also available at the door.
In previous years, as many as 1,000 visitors have come onto campus for Family Weekend, which includes a full slate of activities for families of students and the Saint Mary’s community.
The seventh Cardinal Conversation event took place at Saint Mary’s Cascade Meadow facility in Rochester last week on Sept. 13. Saint Mary’s faculty members and academic administrators gathered for a presentation by John Vitek, Saint Mary’s Press president and CEO, and Dr. Bob McCarty, national pastoral ministry and mission consultant, called “Going, Going, Gone! The Dynamics of Disaffiliation in Young Catholics.” Created in 2001, Cardinal Conversation provides a space where conversations about the values, meaning, and understanding of our Catholic identity can be nurtured. The conversations are intended for members of the Cardinal community to discuss topics related to our identity as a Catholic university in hopes of strengthening comprehension of who we are.
To Saint Mary’s University women’s soccer coach Neil Cassidy, the student-athletes in his program are more than just collegiate soccer players — they are family. A family whose roots span from coast-to-coast and beyond. From Chula Vista, Calif., to New York City, N.Y., to Copenhagen, Denmark, Cassidy has brought together players from 14 different states and one foreign country to form this year’s “family” — a group that has kicked off the season with wins in four of its first six games. Experiences like those of a student-athlete are an important part of a Saint Mary’s education that help us create a vibrant campus and transformational life at the College.
Saint Mary’s awarded Dr. Debra Castner, Master of Arts in Special Education assistant professor and Grandview Middle School special education teacher, with the Brother Julius Winkler Adjunct Faculty Recognition Award on Sept. 14. The award acknowledges excellence in teaching in the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs at the university. Brother Julius Winkler was known at Saint Mary’s for his teaching excellence and for being a superb model of Lasallian values. Dedicated in his memory, the award is presented annually to one faculty member. Castner has been a faculty member at Saint Mary’s since 2011, teaching the last two classes in the master’s program: Research Methods and Action Research. She’s been teaching in the Westonka School District for 17 years, providing emotional and behavioral support for middle school students. Castner holds licenses in Elementary Education, Emotional Behavior Disorders, Learning Disabilities and Mild to Moderate Mentally Handicapped.
Mike Mezzano ’17 admits there was only one, very small negative aspect to having a job lined up early in his college career.
During his senior year, when Mezzano found himself with a little extra free time, his friends were busy sending out résumés and lining up interviews.
A double major in finance and business intelligence and analytics, Mezzano began working full-time for Piper Jaffray Companies—a leading investment bank and asset management firm in Minneapolis—right after graduation.
As an investment banking analyst for the healthcare medical technology team within Piper Jaffray, Mezzano works in mergers and acquisitions to help their client companies grow.
But Mezzano had a foot in the door at Piper Jaffrey, starting the summer after his sophomore year.
“I applied for a summer internship, out on a limb, knowing that as a sophomore, it would be tougher to get a position,” he said. Not only did Piper Jaffrey hire him for the summer internship position, they asked him to stay on and work remotely for them while attending school the following year.
“My junior year, I decided I wanted to try something different and harder,” he said. “I applied for the 10-week investment banking program at Piper Jaffrey to work as a summer analyst, and I ended up getting that too. I worked there until I switched to banking with the healthcare medical team. In August of last year, I was fortunate to receive a full-time offer to come back this year and start working for them again. I lucked out and had everything worked out my senior year.”
In addition to double majoring, and working for Piper Jaffray, Mezzano—a Woodbury, Minn., native—was also a two-sport Cardinal athlete.
It was Saint Mary’s hockey program that first drew Mezzano to Saint Mary’s, but it was the strength of the university’s science and business programs, as well as its friendly atmosphere, that convinced him to stay.
“It felt like home,” he said. “I just felt like it was the place I wanted to be.”
Mezzano played hockey all four years, and golf his junior and senior years. He said many of the skills he learned as an athlete translate well to the corporate world.
“It was demanding, but it taught me to manage my time,” he said. “Being in two sports and taking school pretty seriously, it taught me I had to get my priorities straight, take things more seriously, and get things done more efficiently. I think that playing sports teaches you how to fail in the sense that you’re not going to win every game or play well every game. It teaches you that no matter what happens, you have to flip the page and come back and start fresh the next day, and that translates well into the real or corporate world.”
Mezzano added, “It’s also about being part of a team and pushing each other to succeed, and Saint Mary’s does an amazing job of that. I’ve never been in a place where so many people want to see you succeed.”
One of Mezzano’s favorite memories is of playing hockey in the MIAC championship his sophomore year.
“The Saint Mary’s community was behind us 100 percent,” he said. “It was during spring break, but a lot of students and professors made their way back early just to go to the game. We didn’t know what to expect, and when we came out for warmups, the rink was sold out. It was the coolest experience for us because we felt like everyone was behind us.”
Mezzano found that same support in the Business Department.
“(Faculty members) were very personable,” he said. “There wasn’t a single person in that department who didn’t prepare me for the real world. They deserve a lot of credit for my success.
“Theresa Speck, Derek Jackson, and Andrew Scott really gave me the skills to be successful in the career I’m in,” he added. “And the entire department taught me how to be personable. You can have a 4.0 grade point average and if you can’t be personable, it’s very difficult to succeed in the business world.”
The annual Cardinal ‘M’ Club Weekend has proven to be a great way to look at the past, present, and future of Cardinal athletics. On Friday, the university honored student-athletes and alumni for their accomplishments in competition and in the classroom during the Sports Hall of Fame and Awards Ceremony. Receiving Outstanding Male and Female Athlete awards were Griffin Rades (men’s swimming and diving) and Becca Dup (soccer, track and field). Jay Heinle (men’s hockey) and Emily Loof (women’s soccer) were honored as Outstanding Male and Female Scholar Athletes. In addition, two new members were inducted into the Saint Mary’s Sports Hall of Fame. The Cardinal ‘M’ Club, in association with the Saint Mary’s Alumni Office, welcomed Roger Pytlewski ’66 (men’s basketball) and Angie Wright ’00 (fastpitch softball). The weekend also featured a golf outing, alumni games, and varsity athletic contents. Check out the photo gallery from the ‘M’ Club ceremony.
This week, Saint Mary’s welcomed 10 participants to its Lasallian Mission Days, a formation program that provides an opportunity to learn more about many aspects of our Lasallian mission. Participants met for four hours each day on the Twin Cities Campus from Sept. 10-13 to discuss topics such as the life and times of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, the development of the international Lasallian educational mission, service to the poor, Lasallian spirituality, the De La Salle Christian Brothers worldwide and at Saint Mary’s, as well as the history of Saint Mary’s. Various colleagues from the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs also gave presentations. The program is particularly geared toward new members of the university community as well as those who would like to know more about our Lasallian mission today. Find more information about Mission Education and Formation Opportunities.
You’re invited to the Inauguration of Father James P. Burns on Friday, Oct. 5.
Come be part of history as we recognize our 14th president, Father James P. Burns, during a very special day to remember. As we showcase our campus, network and connect with leaders in business, government, and education. Enjoy a special community luncheon and sample a variety of tasty hors d’oeuvres during the reception.
Watch for more details of how to get involved and for special student events tied to the celebration weekend including:
- Service opportunities on campus.
- A Saturday afternoon soccer tailgate party with games, inflatables, and giveaways.
- A Saturday artisan fair on the plaza with music, food and artisan vendors, farmer’s market tables and more, sponsored by the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies.
- Additional photo shoots for the “I am Saint Mary’s” photo display.
Oct. 5 inauguration schedule
10:15 to 11:30 a.m. — Inauguration Mass
Saint Thomas More Chapel
11:45 to 1 p.m. — Lunch
This is a community lunch for our faculty, staff, and students.
2 to 4 p.m. — Inauguration Convocation
Gymnasium, Toner Student Center
The choir and concert band will perform; students will display the flags of their native countries; flowers and displays will decorate the campus.
4 to 5 p.m. — Inauguration Reception
For more information, go to smumn.edu/inauguration.
Students RSVP here: mysmumn.org/inaugurationstudent
Faculty RSVP here: mysmumn.org/inaugurationfaculty
Staff RSVP here: mysmumn.org/inaugurationstaff
Saint Mary’s alumna Dr. Holly Schuh ’08 is on campus today, Friday, Sept. 14, to give a presentation titled “Painting, Piano, People, and Public Health: exploring career pathways with intentionality and adaptability” at 2:30 p.m. in the Science and Learning Center auditorium. All are in invited to attend.
Dr. Schuh completed an individualized major in visual arts with a concentration in business, plus minors in biology and music, here at Saint Mary’s in 2008. Since then, she completed a Masters in Public Health at Loma Linda University, and a Ph.D. in International Health and Health Systems at Johns Hopkins University. She will trace and detail the career pathway that has allowed her to travel around the world studying complex adaptive systems and the factors that can change their behavior as they relate to public health.
Sustain Winona and the Izaak Walton League of America have partnered together to put on the very first Winona Water Day, Saturday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All are invited to this free event where participants can learn all about the ways we are connected to water and the variety of ways to help protect it.
Transportation will be provided. Vans will circle between Levee Park, Saint Mary’s University, and Gilmore Creek. Attendees can learn about water quality and Winona’s conservation history during short educational presentations at Saint Mary’s University. Join in the fun at Gilmore Creek by jumping in or spending time with the Izaak Walton League for stream monitoring demonstrations. Levee Park will feature a variety of organizations including Whitewater State Park and their LEGO watershed model, Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District, Healthy Lake Winona, Izaak Walton League – Upper Mississippi River Initiative, the City of Winona, National Trout Center, Water Bar & Public Studio, and much, much more!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a presentation on Adverse Childhood Experiences on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Science and Learning Center. Presenter Victor Vieth is the founder of and a consultant with the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center; president of the Academy on Violence & Abuse; and director of education and research at the Zero Abuse Project. He will give an overview of research regarding Adverse Childhood Experiences and provide concrete suggestions for recognizing and responding to trauma.
This event is being sponsored by Hope Harbor and Saint Mary’s University’s School of Education. Free will donations will be accepted to benefit Hope Harbor.
Dr. Larry Dieterman passed away peacefully at his home in Winona on Sept. 12. A wake/visitation is planned for Friday, Sept. 21, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Fawcett Junker Funeral Home and a funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at St. Mary’s Parish.
Dr. Dieterman taught in the Chemistry Department at Saint Mary’s from 1963-1999. His wife, the late Shirley Dieterman, was the daughter of former baseball coach, Max Molock. Shirley preceded Larry in death and worked as a lab tech in the Chemistry Department at Saint Mary’s from 1989-2004. The couple has many ties to Saint Mary’s. Survivors with ties to Saint Mary’s include sons Daniel Dieterman ’83, Douglas Dieterman ’92 and Scott Dieterman ’84; two grandchildren, Felicia Dieterman ’15 (daughter of Doug), and Tyler Dieterman ’08 (son of Scott); and a daughter-in-law Eve (Kendrick) Dieterman ’85, (spouse of Dan).
His obituary can be found here. Saint Mary’s extends its sympathy to the Dieterman family.
Saint Mary’s University science interns spent the summer researching area bat habitats, testing local waters, and removing invasive species.
Not only did they gain valuable research techniques and knowledge (like how to distinguish the call of a brown bat from a red bat, how to avoid wild parsnip, and what effects nutrient pollution has on water quality), they also learned how their work can contribute to helping issues on local, regional, and even potentially national levels.
Dr. Ben Pauli and Ben Borash ’20, an environmental biology major from Bowlus, Minn., are hoping their contributions can eventually help end a bat epidemic.
“The reason why studying bats is so important is that bats are at this conservation crisis crossroads,” Dr. Pauli said. “They’re suffering from white-nose syndrome, a fungus that infects them during hibernation. It started in New York state 12 years ago and is moving westward. It’s only been in Minnesota a couple of years.”
Dr. Pauli explained that the syndrome causes bats to wake up too much during hibernation, which causes them to burn too much reserve energy for them to be able to survive.
“When a cave gets infected with this disease, 95 percent die. Over the past 12 years, we’re talking 7 million dead bats in U.S. It’s a crisis,” he said. “Because each female typically only has one pup, populations don’t bounce back quickly.”
Their ongoing research goal is to make sure bats have the best circumstances possible when they come out of hibernation, beginning with studying their summer habitats.
As part of his 400-hour internship, Borash recorded bat calls with special equipment he attached to the top of a van. Slowly traveling about 30 miles a night, Borash covered several routes and eight survey sites. “We started our routes a half hour after sunset,” he said. “If it was raining or windy, we couldn’t do it because bats won’t come out in these conditions.
“Studying bats was never something I had thought of doing before, especially echolocation monitoring,” he added. “Now I definitely have a heightened appreciation for them. There are seven species of bats just in this area.”
Bats, Dr. Pauli said, are constantly making noise and sending out signals, but because their calls are so high pitched, humans can’t hear them.
“I had no idea that each species of bat has a very distinct call,” Borash said. “We can identify them solely based on their calls. Also, we can determine where they are living. They like to live in trees, but they also like the open spaces because that’s where the bugs are. That’s where we tended to get more calls.”
At this point Borash said he can only pick out a couple of species’ calls, but he’ll be working more on that in coming weeks as listens to the recorded calls. Then he’ll use Geographic Information System-related software to calculate which environmental factors are important to the bats’ habitat.
“What about the landscape attracts bats to those spots? Is it wooded, near water, near agriculture? He’ll identify the features of the environment,” Dr. Pauli said. “Then we can start answering questions about what bats like. And then we can apply that knowledge to the conservation crisis.”
In addition to his own research, Borash also contributed to a statewide DNR bat monitoring program in Wisconsin.
“It’s almost humbling knowing that this could have an impact, no matter how small,” Borash said. “Especially since it’s not something we know a lot about at this point, we’re on the front line of that research.”
Borash, who hopes one day to get a job as a park ranger, appreciates the opportunity to work outdoors, do cutting edge research on bat habitat selection, and work so closely with one of his professors. “It’s a lot different seeing professors in a classroom, as opposed to out doing research,” he said. “Oftentimes this is why they got into teaching, because they live for this research. It’s great to see how passionate they are about their work.”
Water quality research
Josh Balsiger ’20 and Michele Remer ’20, both environmental biology majors, spent the majority of their summers on boats or in the lab as they studied the health of the watershed around Lake Winona.
The students, led by Dr. Josh Lallaman, went to nine sites around Winona and its watershed to take dissolved oxygen and temperature measurements and to collect water samples, which they analyzed in the lab for nutrients, phosphates and nitrogen levels, conductivity, pH levels and chlorophyll.
“This data is going directly to the county, which is going to use data to make decisions about how to manage and improve water quality in Lake Winona,” Dr. Lallaman said. “So it’s a great opportunity for students to collect real data and a good collaborative building experience between the university and local government.”
At issue, he said, is the fact that Lake Winona is too green, a result of algae that is a direct result of having elevated amounts of nutrients, nitrogen, and phosphorous that are coming in from locations like Gilmore Creek. “From our preliminary results, we’ve confirmed previous studies that say Gilmore Creek contributes some of those nutrients. Some still comes out of Boller Lake and enters Lake Winona. It’s still coming from lots of different places. It’s good preliminary data to address this problem.”
“It’s cool that we are helping inform decisions that need to be made at a policy level and a personal level in order to take the watershed to a new area,” said Balsiger, a Camas, Wash., native.
Balsiger said increased phosphorus allows for more plant growth and this increase comes from both agricultural runoff from pesticides, as well as urban runoff. “Storm sewers don’t have drainage systems, and that leads to an abundance of algae in Lake Winona,” he said.
The students also completed a soil workshop with Dr. Lallaman where area farmers learned about soil health and how to analyze soil samples, and they also assisted Dr. Lallaman with other research by weighing and tagging sturgeon, paddlefish, and carp on the Mississippi.
“This summer internship is a great experience to get to know students better, get to know what their career interests are, get to know them on a personal level, and work on their strengths and weaknesses,” Dr. Lallaman said. “We can make helpful suggestions on further career development while they are here or after they leave Saint Mary’s.”
Both Balsiger and Remer know they’d like to continue working in science research. Remer would like to work outside of the U.S.; Balsiger wants to eventually get his master’s degree.
“We’re getting field experience and that’s something that not a lot of undergraduates get to have,” Remer said. “We’re also working one-on-one with professors. We get to know them pretty well and help build relationships,” the Grand Forks, N.D., native added.
These students know that getting letters of recommendation from professors who know them well and know their capabilities is invaluable. And the time they’ve spent learning proper lab techniques will help them throughout their educational journey and beyond.
“We talk about that we would do this every summer if we could,” Balsiger added. “Next summer, some new lucky person gets to learn all the things we learned. We spend half the time exploring the world and half the time feel like a scientist doing these amazing things.”
Erin Hettinger ’20 and Cole Van Houten ’21, both environmental biology majors, spent the majority of their summer internships at Saint Mary’s Cascade Meadow facility in Rochester, where they learned about plant identification and helped with invasive species management and other prairie restoration efforts.
“We go around cutting and pulling species that shouldn’t be there,” Hettinger said. “I like the idea of conservation in general, so this was a great experience. There is so much work that goes into restoration, the planning, and seeing what techniques work and what doesn’t.”
The Lindenhurst, Ill., native hopes to go to grad school but is not sure what area she wants to pursue. “I love environmental biology, and I love being outside but wasn’t sure about career options,” she said. “I liked the idea of restoration and this was a perfect way to get my foot in the door to see if it’s something I’m interested in.”
Earlier in the year garlic mustard was a primary target; later in summer they focused on eliminating wild parsnip. “If you touch it, it burns your skin,” Hettinger said. “Because it tends to grow right along the trails, it’s not good if visitors get exposed to that.”
The two are collecting data on where parsnip is located and determined there was no correlation between density and the height of the plants. Their goal is to build a model to predict in the future locations that the invasive species will flourish. “So we can predict where to put management efforts in the future,” Hettinger said.
Van Houten of Pine Island, Minn., enjoys being outdoors, so he knew the summer internship would be a great experience, as well as a resume builder. He hopes one day to study wildlife biology, particularly mountain lions.
“Cascade Meadow was formerly farm land so we’re helping bring it back to its native prairie by taking out invasive plants like parsnip, and garlic mustard, and other various invasives,” he said. It’s nice to see how Saint Mary’s is using that property and taking care of it. It felt nice to be part of something, to better the land stewards there and keep it a prairie.”
As part of their summer research, the two also had an opportunity to do water sampling on the lake at Cascade Meadow with Dr. Lallaman.
“There’s nothing quite like being able to experience a whole growth season for a plant community,” said Dr. Moni Berg-Binder. “That’s really key for those students interested in this area, to get them connected to the land in a different way than before.
“With our entire internship program, the idea is that our students are able to gain hands-on, in-the-field experience that supplements what they gain in the classroom,” she added. What they can gain from the internship experience is they are not just learning about management of some of these species, they’re actually out there managing the invasive species and getting the real-world experience.”
In the beginning, she said, students are mentored, but as the summer progresses, they gain more independence. She said she and Kathy Kilkus Allen from GeoSpatial Services are able to back off intentionally so students “gain that ability to problem solve independently and work through different scenarios on their own, knowing that we’re a phone call away if they need us.”
Work at Cascade Meadow integrates research in invasion ecology with restoration management. By focusing on wild parsnip, she said, they can learn about target management and see the value of their research in an applied way.
On a personal level, Dr. Berg-Binder said, summer science internships is in keeping with Saint Mary’s Lasallian mission. “Part of our Lasallian heritage is to be kind of that big brother or big sister role model,” she said. “Students can see how we balance work and life. That’s important for those who are looking at career paths like we’ve chosen.”
All the students had opportunities to crisscross in their research, getting a taste of all three research areas. And, in November, each student will be making poster presentations at conferences.
“With all of our internships, the goal is to produce an outcome that they can share in some way — to take research a little further,” Dr. Berg-Binder said.
Photo caption: Cole Van Houten ’21 and Erin Hettinger ’20 helped with invasive species management and other prairie restoration efforts at Saint Mary’s Cascade Meadow facility in Rochester, Minn.
WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Department of Theatre and Dance will present the poignant drama Proof Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 26-30, in the studio theatre of the university’s Performance Center.
Proof, written by David Auburn and directed by Jimmy Bickerstaff, is the intelligent, witty, and compassionate story of Catherine on the weekend of her 25th birthday, following the death of her famous mathematician father. Set on the back porch of her father’s Hyde Park, Chicago house, the plans of her returning New York sister and a sudden romance with one of her father’s former grad students lead to a mysterious notebook and the most difficult problem of all: Has she inherited her father’s genius — or his madness?
With its remarkable portrayal of the nature of genius, power of love, and value of trust, Proof was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play.
Watch the simple and elegant story unfold. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Sept. 26-29; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the Performance Center box office at 507-457-1715 from noon to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at pagetheatre.org.
Photo caption: Chemistry majors Allison Miller ’19 and David Kemper ’19 use the new Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer.
As senior chemistry majors at Saint Mary’s, David Kemper and Allison Miller spend quite a bit of time working in a lab.
But now, with a new ThermoFischer Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer, they will spend less valuable time waiting to analyze compounds. Answers are literally at their fingertips within a minute or two.
By using this new gas chromatograph (GC), coupled to a mass spectrometer (MS), Saint Mary’s students are now able to separate, identify, and quantify complex mixtures of chemicals at a whole new level.
Kemper will be using the equipment this fall in his quantitative analysis class. “We’ll be using the machine to run multiple samples at the same time to determine what their composition is,” he said. “This is a very important piece of equipment because it’s what students would be out using in the real world. Having a machine that they can practice on and get use to is an invaluable experience.”
Miller said she knows many of her classmates will benefit from the new technology; she may also be able to utilize the equipment to characterize ligands synthesized during her senior research project.
Far more advanced than the university’s previous GC-MS Capability, this new equipment will be highly utilized by students in the teaching labs for organic chemistry, quantitative chemical analysis, environmental toxicology, and instrumental analysis. It is also the main instrument of analysis for senior chemistry and biology research projects.
Dr. Nathan Lien, associate professor of chemistry, said he is overwhelmed with the possibilities that this new instrument — made possible by a generous gift from RTP Company of Winona — offers the university and its students.
“The new instrument has higher sensitivity, meaning that it can detect much smaller amounts of compounds than the older instrument,” he said. “This will greatly assist the students who are analyzing for trace quantities of compounds in water and biological samples.”
Only small amounts of material are required, the analysis is quick, and the wealth of molecular instruction available is astounding.
Kemper is amazed that the instrument can be used remotely. “The ability to collaborate on projects and share information with people over great distances is pretty great,” he said.
Another huge benefit, Dr. Lien added, is the robotic auto-sampler. “It has the ability to perform three types of sampling: liquid, headspace (the air above liquid in a vial), and solid phase microextraction (SPME), which is a method of concentrating small amounts of analyte onto a fiber),” he said.
“In addition to being able to run unassisted, day or night, the auto-sampler is able to seamlessly switch between sampling types,” he added. “For example, our organic chemistry lab students could place their liquid samples in a sampling tray and set the instrument to run. Shortly after, a research student could add their samples to another sampling tray to perform SPME analysis. The system will run unassisted during the evening (or overnight) and switch between liquid and SPME; both the lab and research students will have their data available to them in the morning.”
Additionally, Dr. Lien said, users can set the instrument to analyze a wide variety of samples using one of many published methods or devise a new one if there isn’t one.
“This equipment is way cool,” Miller said. “It has a really neat read-out monitor on the front of the column oven now! The software with it is also really great, it displays both sets of spectra (gas chromatograph and mass spec) in real time. The equipment is very beneficial.”
By using this new equipment, grateful students will have more precise measurements, in less time, leaving them with more time to do research — and less time waiting for results.
“RTP Company is grateful to have such an outstanding university as Saint Mary’s within our community,” said Steve Maki, vice president of technology at RTP. “We hope that the equipment will contribute to the critical research that is being carried out by the university and will enhance the educational experience of the students and professors that use it for years to come.”
WINONA, Minn. — It was a weekend of celebrating athletics at Saint Mary’s University. During Cardinal ‘M’ Club Weekend Sept. 7-9, current and former athletes came together to reminisce about teammates, coaches, and competitions — and to congratulate current Cardinal athletes on their impressive accomplishments.
Attendees were reminded Sept. 7, during the Cardinal ‘M’ Club awards ceremony, that the only place success comes before hard work is in the dictionary.
A highlight of the weekend included honoring two alumni-athletes for their many accomplishments. This year’s Saint Mary’s Sports Hall of Fame inductees were: Roger Pytlewski ’66 and Angie Wright ’00.
ROGER PYTLEWSKI ’66 • MEN’S BASKETBALL
A four-year letterwinner, Pytlewski was a rebounding machine during his time at Saint Mary’s, ranking second all-time with 598 defensive rebounds, while his 825 career boards are No. 3 in program history. Pytlewski, who closed out his collegiate career at Saint Mary’s as a member of the program’s 1,000-point club — finishing with 1,003 career points — averaged 10.0 points-per-game and 8.3 rebounds-per-game in 100 games. Pytlewski put together his best season at Saint Mary’s as a senior, when he averaged a double-double of 12.0 ppg and 13.0 rpg. His 326 total rebounds during that campaign rank No. 2 in single-season program history. The team captain as a senior, Pytlewski also closed out his collegiate career ranking in the top 10 in program history with 100 games played (8th) and 227 offensive rebounds (9th).
ANGIE WRIGHT ’00 • FASTPITCH SOFTBALL
A four-year letterwinner, Wright was a key cog in the Cardinals’ run to the program’s (and the school’s) first-ever national championship in 2000. Wright — who played in a program-record 169 career games, including starts in all 135 contests during her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons — closed out her Cardinal career hitting .392, while ranking in the top five in program history in 13 career offensive categories. An honorable-mention All-MIAC pick in 1997, Wright enjoyed her most productive season as a Cardinal in 1998 — hitting .430, with career-highs in runs (43), hits (52), doubles (15), triples (5), home runs (5), and RBIs (34) — earning the then-sophomore outfielder First-Team All-MIAC and Second-Team NFCA All-Region accolades. Wright, who would go on to earn NFCA Third-Team All-Region honors in 1999, as well as being an honorable-mention All-MIAC pick in 2000 as well as a 2000 CoSIDA Second-Team Academic All-American — is making her second appearance as a Saint Mary’s Sports Hall of Famer, having also been recognized when the 2000 national championship team was inducted in 2005.
During the awards ceremony, Saint Mary’s also recognized its 2017-18 postseason award-winners, as well as unveiled the 2017-18 Outstanding Male and Female Athletes, Griffin Rades (Shawano, Wis.) and Becca Dup (Albert Lea, Minn.), and Outstanding Male and Female Scholar Athletes, Jay Heinle (York, Pa.) and Emily Loof (Colorado Springs, Colo.).
Dup, a standout on the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota track and field team, hauled in her first collegiate All-American honor in her final meet of the season — placing ninth at the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships.
Rades, meanwhile, made his collegiate debut at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships, breaking six school records and earning a pair of B Final titles.
Loof and Heinle were selected Saint Mary’s Outstanding Female and Male Scholar Athletes for the third year in a row.
SAINT MARY’S OUTSTANDING FEMALE ATHLETE: BECCA DUP
Dup put together one of the greatest track and field seasons in Cardinal program history, culminated by three 2018 NCAA Division III National Championship appearances — including a ninth-place, All-American performance in the triple jump at the outdoor national championships. Dup —the MIAC triple jump champion both indoors and out and the MIAC champion in the indoor long jump — earned the MIAC Outstanding Field Athlete of the MIAC title and Outstanding Performance of the Meet honors at the conference indoor championships. She also added All-Region honors in both jump events to her post-season résumé. On the soccer field, Dup led the team in both assists and points, while finishing second in goals.
SAINT MARY’S OUTSTANDING MALE ATHLETE: GRIFFIN RADES
Rades made the most of his first MIAC Championships as a member of the Cardinal men’s swimming and diving team, breaking six school records —including the 19-year-old 200 freestyle mark. Rades earned a spot in the A Final in the 400 IM, whittling more than 8 seconds off the previous school mark, to place fourth overall. Rades also won the B Final in the 200 breaststroke, while also finishing first in the 200 IM B Final. Leading off the Cardinals’ 800 freestyle relay, Rades posted yet another school record, swimming the first 200 yards in 1:46.96 — besting the 19-year-old record held by Saint Mary’s Hall of Famer Rick Loeffelholz.
SAINT MARY’S OUTSTANDING FEMALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE: EMILY LOOF
A Literature/Public Relations major with a 3.97 grade-point-average, Loof has been a mainstay on the Saint Mary’s women’s soccer team. She appeared in 18 games for the Cardinals in 2017, leading the team lead in goals with seven, while finishing second on the team with 16 points. Loof, a three-time Academic All-MIAC selection, has now been named the Outstanding Female Scholar Athlete each of the past three years.
SAINT MARY’S OUTSTANDING MALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE: JAY HEINLE
A Biology major with a 3.91 GPA, Heinle enjoyed a stellar senior campaign as a member of the Saint Mary’s men’s hockey team in 2017-18, recording five goals and adding nine assists for 14 points. The two-time team captain also earned Academic All-MIAC accolades for the third straight season, while also earning his second AHCA All-American Scholar honor.
Check out the photo gallery from the ‘M’ Club ceremony.
Photo caption: From left, Father James Burns, Saint Mary’s president; Jay Heinle, Outstanding Male Scholar Athlete; Griffin Rades, Outstanding Male Athlete; and Becca Dup, Outstanding Female Athlete. Not pictured: Emily Loof, Outstanding Female Scholar Athlete.