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Karina (Rajtar) Wiatros ’10 admits she had no idea what she wanted to do when she grew up.
“With some kids, you can when they’re little that they’re meant to be a teacher or a doctor,” she said. “I was not one of those kids because everything was so interesting to me.”
Even as she chose her undergraduate major of journalism at Saint Mary’s University, she was always questioning her decision, always open to other areas of study. “Every class had me thinking, ‘Maybe I should have majored in that,’ ” she said.
Her interest in so many different topics has served her well in her current position as a senior account executive at Maccabee Public Relations in Minneapolis and will surely help in her future position as account supervisor for Inprela Communications, also in Minneapolis.
“I tell people going into public relations is the best way to continue to get to learn things,” she said. With clients who specialize in everything from health savings accounts to technical services to residential real estate, Wiatros says there are always new things to learn. “I love the variety, getting to learn about completely different industries.
“I don’t have the patience to sit and do a puzzle, but it feels like a puzzle coming up with a strategy for each client — deciding when it makes sense to pitch a story or do a video versus writing blog posts and determining how we can use content across channels. There’s a lot of strategizing, coming up with PR campaigns and determining what the best tactics are for any given goal, whether it’s white papers or media relations,” she added. “I do a lot of research.”
Wiatros returned to her alma mater this spring to share advice with communication students.
“It’s important to get involved in activities, right from your freshman year,” she said. “I still think it was one of the best things for me. I learned responsibility and how to collaborate and work with different groups. Working with people in so many different clubs is a lot like working with different clients.”
Additionally, she credits serving as the editor of “The Cardinal,” Saint Mary’s student newspaper, for preparing her the most for her career. “I learned how to be a leader and do all that writing and design, while putting out fires,” she said. “I’ll never forget the time the paper didn’t save and I had to put it all back together in one day. The fact I was able to pull that off still amazes me.”
She also admits she may have overdone it just a bit with her involvement in: Student Senate, Student Activities Committee, the PR/Business Club, Together Encountering Christ (TEC) retreats, Volunteer Mentors, Habitat for Humanity, lacrosse, phonathon, Senior Class Gift Committee, Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance committee, and more. Regardless, she did learn about time management and how to juggle multiple projects. These days, she also multitasks as a wife to Jordan Wiatros and mother to 9-month-old son, Isaac.
After graduating from Saint Mary’s, Wiatros earned a Master of Business Communication degree from the University of Saint Thomas.
She arrived at Maccabee after serving as account manager for the Minneapolis agency Tad Ware & Company. Before that, she was marketing manager for children’s book publisher ABDO, a marketing communications assistant with the non-profit Nacel Open Door, and a marketing communications specialist for the Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota.
Wiatros said she’s grateful she never wavered from her journalism degree. “It helps me be more direct in my communications and gives me insight into what the media is looking for, which makes me stronger at writing successful pitches,” she said. “The things I learned in classes definitely apply because my classes were so heavily based on writing, and I use that every day. When I was in school, social media wasn’t the powerhouse it is now. And analytics is now huge and so necessary in this business. I am also impressed with how the department has adjusted the classes since I graduated and kept up with the times.”
WINONA, Minn. — Join us for the public grand opening of the newly constructed Saint Mary’s University baseball clubhouse, Pudge’s Place, on Saturday, April 27.
The Cardinals baseball team will be taking on Bethel University in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. Pudge’s Place will be open for tours between games from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on the Winona Campus. Additionally, a ceremony recognizing the incredible generosity of those who supported the project will take place on the field immediately following the first game.
Pudge’s Place officially opened Jan. 14 as Saint Mary’s unveiled the new $704,000 baseball clubhouse to the team for the first time. The 2,500-square-foot facility was initiated by a generous lead gift from alumnus Marc Weisenburger ’75, who made the gift in honor of his experiences at Saint Mary’s, both in school and on the field. The clubhouse was named Pudge’s Place after Weisenburger’s nickname from his playing days as a catcher with the Saint Mary’s baseball team from 1971 to 1975.
The new locker room and players’ lounge includes big-screen TVs, couches, a coaches’ space, bathrooms/shower facilities, and laundry and storage areas. A large mural at the main entryway off Gostomski Fieldhouse reads, “Respect the Past, Represent the Future.” The theme is particularly fitting as it’s because of the generosity of past baseball players that the facility — which so visibly supports the future of Cardinal athletics — was able to be constructed.
Weisenburger’s generosity inspired more than 60 additional alumni, friends, and businesses to make gifts to the space. Of that, 46 locker sponsorships of $2,000 each have been supported by friends and alumni athletes, many of whom graduated within the past 10 years.
“The response has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Coach Nick Winecke ’07. “The clubhouse is part of a bigger plan for enhancing Saint Mary’s athletics and another welcomed and visible example of what is possible on campus when generous benefactors contribute to athletic facilities and programs.”
WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University Department of Music will present the “Spring Sings with Strings” choir concert on Saturday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, 1155 W. Wabasha St. The spring concert will feature performances by the Saint Mary’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, conducted by Dr. Patrick O’Shea, music professor at Saint Mary’s.
The concert will also feature guest artists, including The Meadowlark String Quartet, Bacco Liu on violin, and Janet Heukeshoven on flute. Music will consist of works by Handel, Hovland, Esnvalds, Gjeilo, O’Shea, A. Eric Heukeshoven, and more.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors and can be purchased by calling the Performance Center box office at 507-457-1715 (noon to 6 p.m., weekdays) or online at pagetheatre.org.
WINONA, Minn. — Dr. Eleonore Stump of Saint Louis University will discuss “Temperance: Gifts/Fruits of the Holy Spirit” as the fourth presenter in Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Cardinal Virtue Series on Thursday, April 25.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Science and Learning Center (Room 200) on the university’s Winona Campus, 700 Terrace Heights. A reception will follow.
Speakers and topics selected for the Cardinal Virtue presentations have been chosen to create thought-provoking dialogue. Dr. Stump is the Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University, where she has taught since 1992. She is also Honorary Professor at Wuhan University and at the Logos Institute, St. Andrews, and she is a Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University. She has published extensively in philosophy of religion, contemporary metaphysics, and medieval philosophy. Her books include her major study Aquinas (Routledge, 2003), her extensive treatment of the problem of evil, Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (Oxford, 2010), and her far-reaching examination of human redemption, Atonement (Oxford, 2018). She has given the Gifford Lectures (Aberdeen, 2003), the Wilde lectures (Oxford, 2006), the Stewart lectures (Princeton, 2009) and the Stanton lectures (Cambridge, 2018). She is past president of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and the American Philosophical Association, Central Division; and she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Cardinal Virtue presentations are thematically centered around the virtues of courage (fortitude), justice, prudence (practical wisdom), and temperance.
Visit smumn.edu/cvrsvp to RSVP. Questions about this or any of the Cardinal Virtues presentations may be directed to Saint Mary’s University’s Office of Mission at 507-457-1646.
The Cardinal Virtues
Courage (Fortitude) moderates those desires that prevent us from undertaking more daunting, difficult tasks — even allowing us to endure pain and discomfort when necessary in pursuit of truth and good.
Justice is a sustained or constant willingness to extend to each person what he or she deserves in relation to what is truly good for that individual and having both community and individual elements related to it.
Prudence (Practical Wisdom) is an intellectual aptitude that enables us to make judgments that are consonant with our proper end as human beings.
Temperance, in a general sense, denotes a kind of moderation common to every moral virtue and is directed to the good.
You’re invited to the 12th annual Student Life Awards on Monday, April 15, in the Toner Student Center Lounge at 4 p.m. Celebrate as we recognize individuals who have exhibited outstanding leadership and service through co-curricular activities at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
On April 8, the School of Education hosted “Future Teacher Day,” a day to encourage area high school students to consider a career in education. Fourteen students from Chatfield, Cochrane Fountain-City, and St. Charles high schools attended. Students participated in a class, a “walk and talk” and lunch with junior education students and a student teaching panel made up of seven senior education students. Students involved in the panel were Sam Hyberger, Brady Weber, Amanda Kintzi, Jessica Bauer, Anna Washburn, Marissa Kinzer, and Brynn Spitzer. Chatfield students were escorted by their math teacher, Kiya Virgin, a 2016 Saint Mary’s graduate.
On April 7, two School of Education organizations, Kappa Delta Pi and ASCD, hosted a teacher panel made up of eight first-year teachers who graduated last year. The panel described rewards and challenges in the first year of teaching, advice for aspiring teachers, and funny moments from the classroom. They also discussed how their professional practice forwards Saint Mary’s traditions of excellence in education, leadership, and our shared Lasallian heritage of relationship and community in the classroom. Members of the panel included Sr. Marie Faustina, Abbey Killian, Katie Homan, Aleaha Zabel, Austin O’Hare, Alex Zuzek, Zach Slowiak, and John Morales. About 40 School of Education students and six School of Education faculty attended the event.
James Loken, a senior computer data science: GIS major, demonstrated his programming project at the 2019 Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium (MICS) held April 5 and 6 on the campus of North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D. The project involved developing software to wirelessly control an old scoreboard through a web interface. The scoreboard had been updated to include a Raspberry Pi computer and LED lighting.
Other students attending were Brendan Scott and Griffn Rades. Dr. Donald Heier, professor of computer science, shared his recent program development experience by presenting a paper titled, “Developing Cybersecurity Degree Programs to Meet Workforce Needs.” Dr. Heier was invited to join the MICS steering committee and will assist with planning next year’s conference that is scheduled to be in Milwaukee, Wis.
The MICS is a regional conference dedicated to providing higher education participants an educational experience focused on the teaching of computing and its use in learning processes of all disciplines and the incorporation of the study of this technology in the curriculum. The conference features student competitions in robotics, cybersecurity, and programming along with paper presentations, posters, and software demonstrations. Approximately 300 computer science students from more than 25 regional colleges and universities attended.
Photo caption: James Loken demonstrates his project to a group of students.
You’re invited to join Saint Mary’s inaugural Light up the Night 3K and Concert on Friday, April 26 — a fun way to end the semester before the stress of finals begins. The 3K race will kick off at 8 p.m. and be followed by a two-hour DJ Charko concert in the Saint Mary’s Gymnasium starting at 9 p.m.
The 3K race will loop around the Winona Campus as runners will be given an assortment of glowing items to truly light up the night. The first three finishers from each gender will get to choose from a variety of prizes for their victory.
The concert portion is brought to you by KSMR, Student Activities Committee, and Residence Life who have partnered together to create a special night for students and spread awareness during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The concert is not simply for the runners of the 3K, but for every student on campus. We hope to see you there!
You can follow the event’s Twitter (@Light3K) for more information as the date draws closer. Also look for updates on Instagram, Snapchat, and around campus. Make sure to check out the event created on the Student Activities Committee Facebook page as well to stay in the loop with updates and details about this event.
Registration takes place up to the event on April 26 through Ticket Central. The event is FREE for Saint Mary’s students, but there is an optional $10 event T-shirt available for purchase that must be purchased by April 12.
Bring all of your friends for a great night. It is a great opportunity to support your Saint Mary’s classmates and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. We will also be giving out glow sticks and other fun light up souvenirs throughout the night (while supplies last), so get there first!
When you’ve hunted all the Easter eggs and eaten your fill of ham, why not join the H3O Jazz Trio at Island City Brewing Company on Easter evening? This month’s Jazz Jam will take place on Sunday, April 21, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Now in its second year, the Island City Jazz Jam is an open mic night for jazz. Whether you play an instrument or sing, the Jazz Jam is a chance for anyone to sit in with a professional rhythm section. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to perform some of their favorite jazz standards.
Interested jammers can choose from a wide selection of jazz tunes. Players can choose music from Hal Leonard’s Real Books, bring their own, or ask the trio if they can play their favorite. Simply sign up on the clipboard and get ready to jam.
Island City Jazz Jam is the place to be on the third Sunday of each month. The event is free and open to all ages. And if you’re not quite ready to sit in, come and enjoy a great evening of jazz.
Contact the Island City Events Coordinator at email@example.com for more information.
About the H3O Jazz Trio
The father and son jazz trio H3O began performing together when bassist Max Heukeshoven was only 14 years old. Along with older brother Hans on drums and vibes and dad Eric on the piano, the group was asked to play for a private pool party and haven’t stopped since!
A. Eric Heukeshoven is an assistant professor of music and director of Jazz Studies at Saint Mary’s. Hans Heukeshoven is a 2015 graduate of Saint Mary’s with degrees in Music Performance and Computer Science and works as a software engineer. Max Heukeshoven is completing a degree in Music Industry at Saint Mary’s.
H3O Jazz Trio performs a wide variety of jazz styles including original music. They have worked as the rhythm section for numerous area professionals including Minnesota Music Hall of Fame’s Les Fields and Dr. John Paulson. Recent appearances include Midwest Music Fest, Great River Shakespeare Festival, HBC25’s Artwork Winona, Free Family Concert Series, Winona County Historical Society, Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Grace Presbyterian Church, Faith Lutheran Church, and numerous other venues. The trio hosts the monthly Jazz Jam at Island City Brewing Company in Winona on the third Sunday of every month from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
More information about the H3O Jazz Trio can be found at H3OJazz.com.
Photo caption: Singer John Carrier gets in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit at last month’s Jazz Jam.
WINONA, Minn. — The year 1969 not only saw the first moon landing, it was also a time of great transition in jazz. On Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m., Jazz at Saint Mary’s will present “One Small Step” — an exploration of this important turning point in history — on the Page Theatre stage.
From the end of the bossa nova era to the intersection of jazz and pop music, listeners will be transported 50 years back in time on a musical journey. Featured student soloists will include Ben Albus on guitar and Sam French on alto sax with vocalists Erin McCoy and Liam Hahn.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and can be purchased at pagetheatre.org or by calling the Page Theatre box office at 507-457-1715 (noon to 6 p.m., weekdays). Contact Director of Jazz Studies A. Eric Heukeshoven at 507-457-7292 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Photo caption: Guitarist Ben Albus.
WINONA, Minn. — Artwork created by local students is now on display in Galleria Valéncia at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA), 1164 W. Howard St. The artwork was created by students of Jeff Morgan, K-12 art educator and artist who has taught all levels of public school and post-secondary students since 1998 for Winona Area Public Schools.
This April exhibit is an extension of Youth Art Month, featuring the work of students in grades kindergarten grade 4 at Jefferson Elementary and Goodview Elementary.
The art on display is the culmination of applied learning of art skills and knowledge, based on Minnesota Academic standards in the visual arts. Morgan has seen incredible growth in his art classes, offering evidence that art engages and makes connections within the participant’s whole brain as well as developing hand-eye skills, extended vocabulary, task management skills, perceptual awareness and synthesis, as well as an increased appreciation for the expressive contributions of other human beings.
Students enjoy a wide variety of 2D and 3D art experiences in Morgan’s classes, and he is proud to offer a small sample of their accomplishments in this exhibit. Feel free to leave a comment or offer further lesson ideas with Morgan at email@example.com.
The public is invited to visit Galleria Valéncia at no cost during regular business hours: Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. to noon.
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 theater. 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 mnconservatoryforthearts.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 507-453-5500.
Photo caption: Artwork from Sophia Gricis, third grade student from Goodview Elementary.
Seniors Parker Kaeding (Stage Management) and Rebecca West (Acting) and junior Cole McElwain (Acting) each received Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nominations. The three students were nominated by our Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) respondent and Judy Myers, Theatre and Dance department chair, for their performances in “She Loves Me.” The students are now eligible to audition for the scholarship at the KCACTF in January 2020.
From the KCACTF website:
The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships provide recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education. The Irene Ryan Foundation awards 16 regional and two national scholarships annually. One nominee and partner from every region will be invited to the national festival, and the nominee will receive a $500 scholarship. The runner-up in each region will receive a $500 scholarship, but will not attend the national festival to audition for the national scholarship. Students and coaches are encouraged to consult their regional chair or regional Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions Coordinator for information on other regional awards. The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships are, indeed, scholarships; so the Foundation disburses the award through a school designated by the winner, to pay tuition and fees for further education, not necessarily limited to theatre arts.
During the first week of April, Andy Robertson, director of GeoSpatial Services, attended and presented at the national conference of the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) in Leesburg, Va. Conference attendees included representatives from federal, state, and tribal agencies, as well as non-profit groups. Robertson gave a presentation titled “Integrated Mapping and Functional Assessment of Riverine and Coastal Floodplains and Wetlands: Data Gaps and Challenges.” He was also elected to the ASWM board on the first day of the conference. ASWM is a non-profit professional organization that supports the integrated application of sound science, law, and policy in development and implementation of state and tribal wetland programs.
On behalf of the Office of Admission, thank you to the following student workers, faculty, and staff for helping to make the Celebration of the Class of 2023 event a success. The Admitted Student Day event had 100% attendance.
Student Tour Guides:
Business: Tom Marpe, Dennis Pedrick, and Andrew Scott
Education: Rebecca Hopkins, Karen Sorvaag, and Elizabeth Donahue
Science: Todd Reinhart, Ben Pauli, and Josh Lallaman
Arts and Humanities: Michael Charron and Jimmy Bickerstaff
Event Services and Camps:
Marketing and Communications:
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Rochester Center at Cascade Meadow will close at 4 p.m. today, Wednesday April 10, due to extreme weather conditions; there will be no evening classes in Rochester.
All other Saint Mary’s locations remain open. Students are advised to check their email before driving to class, should anything change for specific class sessions. When traveling, please take necessary safety precautions.
Saint Mary’s University honors outstanding alumni each summer during Reunion Weekend who have made outstanding achievements in their professional careers, who best exemplify the Lasallian charism Saint Mary’s was founded upon, and who have generously contributed time and talent to the goals and objectives of their alma mater. This year, four alumni will be honored during a reception and ceremony Saturday, June 22, on the Winona Campus.
This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are Jerome “Jerry” Colletti ’69 of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Michael Morsberger M’97 of Orlando, Fla.; the Alumni Appreciation Award recipient is John Domanico ’77 of La Grange, Ill.; and the Lasallian Service Award recipient is Alan Peters ’74 of Minneapolis.
Distinguished Alumnus Award: Jerome “Jerry” Colletti ’69
Jerry Colletti ’69 has made it his business to be successful — and to help others find success in business. After earning his M.B.A., he returned to Saint Mary’s from 1970-72 to teach marketing and management. After subsequent positions with Lake Center Industries in Winona and Manpower, Inc., in Milwaukee, Wis., he joined Sibson & Company in Princeton, N.Y., and rose to the rank of chief operating officer, overseeing the firm’s day-to-day management of eight locations (domestic and international). In 1985, Colletti and two colleagues founded The Alexander Group, a management consulting firm specializing in sales management which served Fortune 500 clients. For his leadership, he was recognized as an Entrepreneur of the Year nominee/finalist by Ernst & Young, LLP. In 1999 after the sale of The Alexander Group, he and his wife Mary Fiss (CST’71) founded Colletti-Fiss, LLC, a management-consulting specializing in sales compensation and performance management. The firm, headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., helped top executives design programs that increase sales results and focus on three areas of sales effectiveness. Now retired, he is the also author or co-author of over 200 articles and four books, and he currently serves on Saint Mary’s Business Advisory Council.
Distinguished Alumnus Award: Mike Morsberger M’97
Mike Morsberger M’97 is an accomplished advancement professional with 30 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising and development. Most recently, in June of 2015, he joined the University of Central Florida as the vice president for advancement and CEO of the UCF Foundation, and he has guided their $500 million IGNITE Campaign through two back-to-back record breaking years to an expected completion in June of 2019. Morsberger started his career in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, with several smaller charitable institutions. In 1995, he joined the major gifts team at Johns Hopkins Medicine, and worked his way up to executive director of oncology development. In 2001, he was involved with securing the largest (then) gift in Johns Hopkins’ history, $150 million. Following his tenure at Johns Hopkins Medicine, he worked in development administration for number of organizations including: the University of Virginia Health System and the UVA Health Foundation; Duke Medicine; and George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he oversaw the planning and launch of their $1 billion Making History Campaign, and helped to secure the two biggest gifts in university history ($50 million and $30 million). Morsberger also serves on two dozen nonprofit boards and is a frequent guest speaker at national and international conferences.
Alumni Appreciation Award: John Domanico ’77
John Domanico has continued to support his alma mater by sharing his time, talents, and treasures since he graduated in 1977. While a student, he was active with Phi Mu Alpha and assisted with many musical acts including Blue Angel and Gaslight; he also served as the College Center Concert Committee chair. As his professional career as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon grew, he returned to Saint Mary’s to talk to students about potential careers in dentistry. In more recent years, he was a member of the alumni board from 2005-2010 (serving as president in 2008-2010). He has also served as a Saint Mary’s trustee since 2013 and on the First Generation Initiative Advisory Board since 2011. He also co-chaired the Celebration of Excellence event in Chicago in 2015. In recognition of his dedication to Saint Mary’s, he received the Presidential Award for Outstanding Merit in 2010. John and his wife, Joanie CST’79, are familiar faces at university functions, and they have generously supported many initiatives that further Saint Mary’s mission. The idea to start Lasallian Day of Service originated with John during his time at the alumni board. In the past 10 years, due to his vision, hundreds of alumni from throughout the United States have gathered together on this fall day in service to their communities to honor their Lasallian heritage.
Lasallian Service Award: Alan Peters ’74
Alan Peters founded Can Do Canines in 1987 and serves as executive director of the organization. Under his leadership, the organization has grown from an interesting idea to an industry-leading organization with 35 staff and a 25,000 square foot training facility. Can Do Canines has placed more than 650 fully trained assistance dogs into the community, all at no cost to their clients with disabilities. Under his direction, Can Do Canines has become a fully accredited member of Assistance Dogs International and has received awards from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, the Minnesota State Council on Disability, the Minnesota Corrections Association, The Arc of Minnesota, and the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans. Peters was personally given the Minneapolis Award for his contribution to the community. Three of the Lasallian Core Principles are: Respect for All Persons, Concern for the Poor and Social Justice; and Inclusive Community. In his work Peters also abides by these principles. Can Do Canines is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs. The work of his organization brings freedom, independence, and peace of mind to people with disabilities — free of charge.
Join us to celebrate Palm Sunday with Father James P. Burns, IVD, Ph.D., and the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota community as we usher in Holy Week with a special 10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday, April 14, in Saint Thomas More Chapel.
“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the king of Israel.” John 12:13
The Science Department is excited to welcome Mayo Clinic physician Dr. Joseph A. Murray to speak at one of our weekly seminars on Wednesday, April 10. Dr. Murray, a Gastroenterology specialist, will be presenting “What happens in the gut does not stay in the gut.” All are welcome to attend the seminar which will be held in the Science and Learning Center Room 200 at noon.
Minnesota Campus Compact announced the winners of the 2019 Presidents’ Awards, which include three members of the Saint Mary’s community.
The Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards provide an opportunities for member presidents and chancellors to give statewide recognition to effective leaders in the development of campus-community partnerships.
This year, 88 awardees were selected from 27 colleges and universities across the state. Awards will be presented at the annual summit and awards luncheon on Wednesday, April 10, at St. Catherine University.
Presidents’ Student Leadership Award
Goly Yang will be honored with the Presidents’ Student Leadership Award. This award is for an individual student or a student organization that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative, and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience. Yang is actively engaged in community youth advocacy work in Saint Paul. She has developed and implemented youth literacy courses and coordinated a variety of community events, including hands-on opportunities for teacher education candidates, at the Conway Community Center.
Presidents’ Civic Engagement Steward Award
Dr. Christine Beech will be honored with the Presidents’ Civic Engagement Steward Award. This award is for a member of the faculty, administration, or staff or for a group (e.g., advisory committee, task force, project team) that has significantly advanced their campus’ distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others’ civic engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement. Dr. Beech serves as the executive director of the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at Saint Mary’s. In that role, she has advanced the university’s distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships in Winona and Rochester that have allowed students to foster their entrepreneurial spirits.
Presidents’ Community Partner Award
The Sanneh Foundation (Tony Sanneh) will be honored with the Presidents’ Community Partner Award. This award is for a community-based organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and has engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with the college or university, thus enriching educational as well as community outcomes. The Sanneh Foundation serves the holistic youth development needs of the increasingly diverse Twin Cities metro area. It seeks to unite communities by advancing diversity and equity. Saint Mary’s joins those efforts by partnering with the foundation to prepare high-quality educators who reflect the diverse communities in which they work.
Founded in 1994, Minnesota Campus Compact aims to integrate civic work and learning into the curriculum and operations of its diverse network of colleges and universities, so students graduate with the determination and capacity to contribute to the public good throughout their lives — and higher education institutions are fully engaged with their communities, working together to educate citizens, solve problems, and build a strong democracy. Minnesota Campus Compact is the only organization in the state that works with public and private, two and four-year institutions on the democratic purposes of higher education. Learn more at mncampuscompact.org.