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Faculty and staff honored for dedication

Faculty and staff honored for dedication

Saint Mary’s recognized faculty and staff at the annual Employee Service Awards Ceremony April 17. The ceremony recognizes the dedication and service of our faculty and staff who uphold the Lasallian mission by creating meaningful and lasting relationships with our students.

Awards included:

  • Five years: Niels Anderson, Stacey Bakke, Amanda Bauer, Virginia Copeman, John Currie, Jodie Heim, Jackie Kiecker, Michael Ratajczyk, Jamison Rusthoven
  • 10 years: Dr. Patricia Calton, Audrey Kintzi, Brother William Mann, William Moore, Dr. Jaime Mueller, Lawrence Price, Tammy Schmidt, Kevin Stark, Dr. Robyn Wangberg, Nancy Wiltgen
  • 15 years: Jan Dimmitt-Olson, Dr. Rebecca Hopkins, Jeffrey Knopf, Dr. Melissa Luedtke, Dr. Ruth Mathews, Deborah Nahrgang, Lori Pesik, John Reszka
  • 20 years: Steven Butler, Jeffery Halberg, Clarence Hemmelman, Dr. Shelly McCallum-Ferguson, Robert McColl, Tracy McRae, Joseph Wener
  • 25 years: Betty Kube, Tracy Lehnertz, Dr. Debra Martin
  • 30 years: Dr. Gary Diomandes, JoAnn Frahm, A. Eric Heukeshoven
  • 35 years: James Bedtke, Nicolette Richmond
  • Retirees (and years of service): Jean Auman (21), Mary Becker (23), Robert Conover (33), Peggy Ebert (31), Dr. Mary Fox (28), Christopher Kendall (31), Robert Mueller (26), Dr. Roger Peckover (28), Dr. John Poling (18), Dr. Richard Tristano (27), Joseph Wener (20)

Photo caption: Some of the Saint Mary’s retirees with Brother William Mann, who is completing his term as president at the end of May, include, from left: Robert Conover, Peggy Ebert, Dr. John Poling, Christopher Kendall, Brother William Mann, Joseph Wener, and Dr. Richard Tristano. 

Let’s do Lunch fundraiser is successful

The Saint Mary’s Volunteer Committee would like to thank Athletics and Chartwells for sponsoring the Let’s do Lunch fundraiser held on April 19 in the ice arena. The tailgate event raised $290 for the Athletics Initiative, $48 of which came from the chuck a puck competition. Congrats to Brother Frank Carr, our chuck a puck champion! Thank you to everyone who attended and donated!

Alumni speakers for Department of Communication

Alumni speakers for Department of Communication

The Department of Communication hosted two alumni guest speakers April 12-13. Journalism alumnus Michael Flicek ’17 spoke to Dean Beckman’s Beginning Newswriting class on April 12 about his role as editor of the Plainview News. Flicek addressed the challenges of being editor at a small newspaper and shared some of his favorite news stories with the students.

On April 13, Public Relations alumnus Rick Palermo ’16 provided advice to the Public Relations/Business Club about what it takes to make it in the sports media business. Palermo is a production assistant with Fox Sports North, a freelance broadcaster in the Twin Cities, and the co-host of a podcast on the Minnesota Sports Podcast Network. Read more about Palermo and his work.

Photo caption: Michael Flicek ’17 (front, center) with students from Beginning Newswriting class.

April 15 undergraduate admission report for fall 2018

We’re now at the critical last two weeks prior to the Candidates’ Reply Deadline on May 1, when admitted students make their final college choice. Having looked at the April 15–May 1 confirmed numbers over the past five recruitment cycles, we’ve experienced a low of 46 additional confirmations and a high of 114 in this two-week period. The only conclusion I can draw is that the Office of Admission will continue to work hard on recruiting the class. My sense is that, somewhere between these two figures is where you’ll find the number of new deposits we will add. Prayers are welcome in pursuit of our desired enrollment objectives.

The next meaningful update from this office will occur on May 15, when the dust settles a bit and we have a firmer handle on where the class stands. Regardless of the outcome, know that we will continue to recruit both new first-year and transfers right up until move-in day.

I want you to be aware that our final Admitted Student Day is this Friday, April 20, with 30 students pre-registered for this event. It’s one of our primary goals to have 70-80 percent of these students commit on Friday. As always, we appreciate all that you do to assist our recruitment efforts!

— Daniel Meyer, vice president for enrollment

Upcoming events:

Admitted Student Day
Friday, April 20
30 students, 42 guests

Spring Preview Day
Saturday, April 28
34 students, 68 guests

Saint Mary’s hosts Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium April 21

On Saturday, April 21, Saint Mary’s University’s Department of History will host the 5th annual Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium. Students from Bethel University, Bethany Lutheran College, University of Northwestern – St. Paul, Martin Luther College, and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will present an array of research papers and projects in history. After three sessions of concurrent student panels, the day will conclude with a plenary session on “Students’ Religious Literacy in a Pluralistic Society,” featuring Dr. Amy Poppinga (Bethel) and Dr. Erich Lippman (Saint Mary’s). The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Science and Learning Center. Registration begins at 8 am. Please contact Tycho de Boer ( for more information.

Theology senior’s research is recognized

Caleb Kormann, a senior Theology major, had his research accepted to present at the Upper Midwest American Academy of Religion conference, April 14 in St. Paul (which was canceled due to a blizzard). His research, “The Word of Our Lives: Nouvelle Theologie and Dei Verbum,” was prepared through coursework in Contemporary Catholic Thought with Dr. Greg Sobolewski.

Saint Mary’s offers summer activities

WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University will offer a wide variety of camps and community programs for youth and adults this summer.

Activities include:

  • Three sessions of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) enrichment classes where students ages 8–14 can make their own video games, mobile apps, or create virtual reality worlds. These classes are offered June 18–22, June 25–29, and July 23–27.
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes Youth Sports Camp for grades 2–8, June 26–28.
  • Cross Country Camp for grades 7–12, June 26–30.
  • Hockey Camp for Bantam, Midget, and high school players of all ages, July 4–18.
  • Team Volleyball Camp for grades 9–12, July 22–25.
  • Individual Volleyball Camp for grades 7–12, July 26–28.
  • Men’s Soccer ID Camp for grades 9-post-high school, Aug. 4.
  • Ceramics class for ages 12 and up, June 11, 18, 25, and July 2, 9, 16.

For more information or to register for these events, visit or call the Saint Mary’s University Office of Event Services at 507-457-6921.

Local student artwork on display throughout April at MCA

Local student artwork on display throughout April at MCA

WINONA, Minn. — Nearly 50 unique and colorful pieces of artwork created by local students are 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 Jeffrey Morgan, who teaches K–4 at Washington-Kosciusko, Goodview and Rollingstone elementary schools.

Throughout April, visitors can view creative works that represent lessons on famous artists and their styles, including Modigliani-style self-portraits, Rousseau stylized landscapes, and pieces inspired by the classic book “Harold and the Purple Crayon.” Other projects explore color relationships and a variety of art materials and techniques such as string painting, still life, and collage.

The public is invited to visit Galleria Valéncia during regular office hours and during any programming. To check scheduling, call 507-453-5500.

MCA is in the process of setting up art shows for the 2018-19 school year. If schools, groups, or professional artists are interested in displaying their work, contact Megan at

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 Campus Notes

“Campus Notes” is published for the faculty and staff of Saint Mary’s University during the academic year.

Deadline for news items for Friday publication is noon Wednesday. The newsletter’s office is Room 45 Heffron.

Articles from past issues are available by request only.

On-campus phone: Ext. 6966. Off-campus phone: 507-457-6966. Editor: Deb Nahrgang

Mailing address: Saint Mary’s University, 700 Terrace Heights #36, Winona, MN 55987-1399