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Saint Mary’s to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Saint Mary’s to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

This year, we will be honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy during the last two weeks of January with several events sponsored by Student Life and Academics.

Monday, Jan. 21
7:30 p.m. in Page Theatre
“A Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.” presentation by Barry Scott

A native of Nashville, Tenn., Scott graduated from Tennessee State University with a degree in Speech Communications and Theatre. Scott is the founder and artistic director of The American Negro Playwright Theatre in Nashville and is an authority on the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He has recreated Dr. King’s speeches at such venues as The Beacon Theatre in New York, the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, and the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Ala.

Wednesday, Jan. 23
Noon in Vlazny Lounge
Discussion at Diversity Cafe on identity and language

Monday, Jan. 28
7:30 p.m. in SLC 200
Faculty/staff panel discussion on Patrick Parr’s The Seminarian: Martin Luther King Jr. Comes of Age

Thursday, Jan. 31
7:30 p.m. in Salvi Lecture Hall
Movies That Make You Think: Selma

Art and Design assistant professor to present ‘Designing Readable Research Posters’

Saint Mary’s Art and Design assistant professor David Herwaldt will give a presentation about designing readable research posters on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at noon in the SLC auditorium. Herwaldt will highlight important design principles to keep in mind, including contrast, repetition, alignment, and proximity. All are welcome to attend. The event is presented by the Saint Mary’s Biology/Science Seminar.

Actuarial Science Program is approved for UCAP-IC status

In December 2018, the Saint Mary’s actuarial program was approved by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) for UCAP-IC status (Universities & Colleges with Actuarial Programs-Introductory Curriculum). For UCAP-IC status, the program must have courses covering at least two SOA preliminary exams and approved courses for at least one VEE topic area. Right now we cover Exam P – Probability and Exam FM – Financial Mathematics and have VEE courses approved in four areas: Accounting and Finance, Corporate Finance, Economics, and Mathematical Statistics.
Most importantly, this means our program is now one of only six Minnesota actuarial programs (Mankato, Moorhead, UM-Twin Cities, UM-Duluth, St. Thomas) listed on the SOA website.

Check out our university profile.

Fallon-Korb speaks to Cardinal student-athletes

Fallon-Korb speaks to Cardinal student-athletes

Guest speaker Andrea Fallon-Korb, L.M.S.W, M.Ed., presented to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota coaches and student-athletes on Jan. 15 in Page Theatre.

Fallon-Korb touched on maximizing performance throughout the season, managing pressure and anxiety, and improving mental toughness. There was also a question-and-answer period following her presentation.

Fallon-Korb encouraged students to change their view on stress, and rather than avoiding stress, embrace it. Those in attendance were given four ways to embrace and turn stress into a positive trait that can be used in sport performance — including identifying the source of stress and rethinking the signs associated with it as positive.

During the second half of her presentation, Fallon-Korb focused on “bouncing back” and mental toughness.

“Everyone experiences adversity,” she said. “A quick recovery sets the elite apart.”

Student-athletes were encouraged to discuss what sets resilient athletes apart from non-resilient athletes and ways to define success. Fallon-Korb stressed effective goal setting and goal mapping to facilitate changes student-athletes want to make personally or team-wise within their sport.

Fallon-Korb’s appearance at Saint Mary’s was made possible through the NCAA Division III Strategic Initiatives Grant Program.

GSS kicks off western fieldwork

GSS kicks off western fieldwork

During early December, GeoSpacial Services (GSS) staff members Kevin Stark and Eric Lindquist traveled to southeast New Mexico to begin wetland field verification for a Bureau of Land Management project that will eventually include eight western states. They visited selected wetland sites, including some in the Permian Basin, an area where oil and gas production is booming, which has the potential to threaten valuable wetlands. The team verified and confirmed preliminary mapping done by GSS and worked to learn more about a newly created key for inland wetlands of the western U.S. To learn more about this fieldwork and the new wetland key, visit

Art and Design associate professor receives 2019 arts board grant

Art and Design associate professor receives 2019 arts board grant

Lisa Truax, Saint Mary’s Art and Design associate professor, has received a Minnesota State Arts Board Visual Arts Initiative Grant for 2019. Work from the grant period will be exhibited at Paradise Center for the Arts in Faribault, Minn., in a two-person exhibition, at a solo exhibition at Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont, Minn., and at an open studio.

Page Series to present two productions from acclaimed dance company ODC

Page Series to present two productions from acclaimed dance company ODC

WINONA, Minn. — The Page Series at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is bringing two productions from San Francisco’s leading contemporary dance company, ODC/Dance to Winona this month. The company will perform:

  • Path of Miracles, a site-specific dance and music piece, at Wesley United Methodist Church (114 W. Broadway) on Friday, Jan. 25, at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Velveteen Rabbit at the Page Theatre (Saint Mary’s Winona Campus) on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m. School groups from around the area will also attend a performance on Monday, Jan. 28.

ODC/Dance was founded in 1971 by Artistic Director Brenda Way. It was one of the first American companies to incorporate a post-modern sensibility (an appreciation for pedestrian movement) into a virtuosic contemporary dance technique and to commit major resources to interdisciplinary collaboration and musical commissions for the repertory.

About Path of Miracles

KT Nelson, ODC choreographer and co-artistic director.

KT Nelson, ODC choreographer and co-artistic director, created Path of Miracles after being inspired by British composer Joby Talbot’s choral work of the same name. Inspired by the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage route across Northern Spain to the shrine of Saint James, Path of Miracles utilizes four different locations within Wesley United Methodist to represent four major stops along the Camino.

In 2016, Nelson walked the Camino to inform her artistic process, and the resulting work is an immersive dance and music experience that engages audience members throughout. For audience members, Path of Miracles takes dance out of the formal theatre setting and provides an up-close and personal way to watch and be a part of movement and music. The performance will feature live music performed by a choir of Minnesota’s leading vocal talent (alums of Minnesota Opera, the Picnic Operetta, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and more) conducted by Dr. Kristina Boerger, John N. Schwartz professor of Choral Leadership and Conducting at Augsburg University.

About The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit, which Nelson originally created for her son, has become one of ODC’s iconic works. Performed for more than 30 years across the world, the 70-minute production shares Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Along with narration and the music of Benjamin Britten, the whimsical production features vivid costumes, memorable characters, and even a magical fairy.

Eight local children have been cast to dance alongside the professional company for this performance: Erica Beckman, Erin Burke, Ruth Civettini, Emmie Dammen, Isaac Meinke, Preston Meinke, Elina Skranka, and Iris Smith. These local dancers have rehearsed with area instructor Raina Racki throughout January and will join the company for a week of rehearsals before taking the stage. The production is appropriate for audiences ages 3 and older and includes an intermission. Children are encouraged to bring along their favorite stuffed animals for comfort and enjoyment during the performance.

Other coordinating events

The Page Series, along with its community partners, will also offer several free opportunities to engage with the company and learn more about the two productions:

  • Thursday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 p.m. — the Page Series will present a Community Conversation at Wesley United Methodist Church. Discussing Path of Miracles as well as the work’s themes of connection and community will be Nelson, musician Sidney Chen, and members of the Winona community.
  • Friday, Jan. 25, at 12:05 p.m. — Nelson will give a “Page in History” talk at the Winona County History Center (160 Johnson St.). The talk will explore Nelson’s experience walking the Camino de Santiago and how it informed her creative process for Path of Miracles.
  • Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. — Nelson will offer a composition class for intermediate and advanced dancers ages 13 and older. The class will be held at the Valéncia Arts Center (1164 W. Howard St.), in partnership with Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts. Registration is required at
  • Saturday, Jan. 26, at noon — the Page Series and the Winona Public Library will collaborate for a “Gathering at the Library” story time event featuring The Velveteen Rabbit as well as crafts inspired by the story.

To learn more about each production, watch video previews, or order tickets, visit Tickets and information are also available by calling the Performance Center box office at 507-457-1715 (noon to 6 p.m., weekdays).

About ODC/Dance

ODC/Dance Company’s 10 outstanding dancers perform its imaginative repertory for more than 50,000 people annually. In addition to two annual home seasons in San Francisco (Dance Downtown and the beloved holiday production, The Velveteen Rabbit), past highlights include numerous appearances at the Joyce Theater in New York, sold out performances at the Kennedy Center, standing room only engagements in Europe and Russia, and two USIA tours to Asia. In 46 years, ODC/Dance has performed for more than a million people in 32 states and 11 countries, with support from the NEA, the U.S. State Department, and many state and city arts agencies. The company has been widely recognized for its rigorous technique and its numerous groundbreaking collaborations with, among others, composers Marcelo Zarvos, Bobby McFerrin, Zoë Keating, Zap Mama, Pamela Z, Jay Cloidt, and Paul Dresher; writer/singer Rinde Eckert; actors Bill Irwin, Geoff Hoyle, and Robin Williams; visual artists Andy Goldsworthy, Wayne Thiebaud, Jim Campbell, and Eleanor Coppola; and welder/bike designer Max Chen.

About the Page Series

Now in its 32nd annual season, the Page Series connects professional performing artists from around the globe with thousands of Winonans each year. With events at the Joseph Page Theatre on the Winona Campus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, as well as at locations across the Winona community, the Page Series offers dance, music, and theatre performances, workshops, classes, and more that inspire, uplift, educate, and invite community members to discover the relevance of the arts in their daily lives.

Path of Miracles is presented in partnership with Wesley United Methodist Church and in collaboration with the Charles Wesley Center of Sacred Music and Arts.

The presentation of Path of Miracles was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Crane Group.

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.

Page Series community programs are made possible, in part, through grants from the Elizabeth Callender King Foundation and the Xcel Energy Foundation.

Saint Mary’s dedicates new baseball clubhouse

Saint Mary’s dedicates new baseball clubhouse

As the Cardinal men’s baseball team entered their new clubhouse for the first time, selfies were taken; high-fives were given; and exclamations of excitement filled the air.

A special ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Jan. 14, as Saint Mary’s unveiled its new $704,000 baseball clubhouse to the team for the first time. The 2,500-square-foot facility was made possible by a generous lead gift from alumnus Marc Weisenburger ’75.

The clubhouse locker room.

The players walked around their new locker room and players’ lounge with big-screen TVs and couches — as well as the coaches’ space, bathrooms/shower facilities, and laundry and storage areas — all impressively branded with Cardinal Pride.

A large mural at the main entryway off Gostomski Fieldhouse reads, “Respect the Past, Represent the Future.” Black and white photos in the mural depict some of the familiar faces in Saint Mary’s baseball, and current action photos highlight the growth of the program. 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.

Father James P. Burns, IVD, president of Saint Mary’s, told the team, “The recipe for success starts with great people and great facilities, and we celebrate both this evening.”

Weisenburger, of Plymouth, Minn., made the lead gift in honor of his experiences at Saint Mary’s, both in school and on the field — particularly under the guidance of Hall of Fame Coach Max Molock. The clubhouse will be 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.

Weisenburger said he was inspired by the way benefactors have supported previous Saint Mary’s initiatives. “In thinking about how I could help define success for Saint Mary’s baseball, I wanted to try and determine what I could do to make a difference,” he said. “I am honored that my nickname is on this clubhouse, and I am proud to be forever connected to Saint Mary’s baseball … and all that it stands for.”

Players get their first excited look at the facilities.

Coach Nick Winecke ’07 said that Weisenburger’s generosity inspired many other alumni players to give back. Of the 46 lockers to be located in Pudge’s Place, 39 have already been sponsored. The cost to sponsor a locker was set at $2,000, but several alumni, Winecke said, have made gifts over the requested sponsorship amount — further proof that Saint Mary’s alumni cherish their experiences and want to help future student-athletes have the same great experience.

“I want all of you to know that it is because of all of those that came before you that you are able to have these benefits today,” Winecke told his team. “When you leave this place after four years, I want you to remember it’s because of generous alumni that we have been able to do special projects like this.”

Saint Mary’s athletic director Brian Sisson echoed Winecke’s assessment. “This facility will have the most profound impact on current, past, and future Cardinal student-athletes for generations to come,” he said. “We want to thank each and every student-athlete and coach from the start of Saint Mary’s baseball to current day — this place is for all of you. We are not here today without you laying the foundation.”

Senior pitcher John Heim also expressed his gratitude. “This is a great day for Cardinal baseball. This is a day where our program, coaches, and players get rewarded for all their hard work and dedication. Every single one of the players is beyond appreciative of this wonderful clubhouse.”

A public open house for the clubhouse will be held April 27, and more details will be announced soon.

View photos from the dedication ceremony at

View photos of the clubhouse at

Photo caption: The lead benefactor of Saint Mary’s University’s new baseball clubhouse Marc Weisenburger ’75 (center) poses with head coach Nick Winecke (right) and current baseball player John Heim, a senior at Saint Mary’s.

Mark your calendars for Snow Daze

Mark your calendars for Snow Daze

Mark your calendars for Saint Mary’s Snow Daze (formally known as Cardinal Bash). This 10-day event is filled with lots of great activities and home athletics games. Saint Mary’s Snow Daze is meant to welcome you back for the spring semester and build athletic pride on campus to Protect the Nest! Here is the full schedule of events:


  • Men’s Hockey v. University of Wisconsin-Stout, 7:30 p.m. – Ice Arena
  • Disney Trivia, 7 p.m. – Cardinal Club
    Free pizza to the first 10 teams and prizes to the winning team
  • Concert: Icarus Account, 9 p.m. – Toner Game Room
  • Open Mic Night, 10 p.m. – Toner Game Room
  • Mall of America Trip hosted by Student Activities Committee, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Bus tickets cost $5 and can be purchased at
  • Women’s Hockey v. St. Kate’s, 4 p.m. – Ice Arena
  • Swing Social Dance hosted by the Ballroom Dance Club, 7 to 10 p.m. – Common Room
    Cost is $5
  • Jingle Bingo, 10 p.m. – Toner Student Center Cafeteria
MONDAY, JAN. 21 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Barry Scott: Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 7:30 p.m. – Page Theatre
  • Wine and Canvas, 7 p.m. – Hall of Fame Room
  • Intramural Weightlifting Competition, 7 p.m. – Weight Room
    Bench press, back squat, and deadlift
  • Women’s Basketball v. College of Saint Benedict, 7 p.m. – Main Gym
    2nd annual pie eating contest at halftime!
  • Hypnotist: Sailesh, 7 p.m. – Toner Student Center Cafeteria
    2x Campus Entertainer of the Year
    Named “the Best Hypnotist on the Planet” by MTV Europe
  • Men’s and Women’s Tennis v. Martin Luther, 5 p.m. – Winona Tennis Center
  • Men’s Hockey v. Gustavus, 7 p.m. – Ice Arena
  • Mario Kart Tournament hosted by the Video Game Club, 9:30 p.m. – Toner Game Room
  • Men’s Tennis v. Augsburg, Noon – Winona Tennis Center
  • Men’s and Women’s Swim/Dive v. Augsburg/Hamline, Noon – Jul Gernes Pool
  • Women’s Basketball v. Gustavus, 1 p.m. – Main Gym
  • Men’s Basketball v. Gustavus, 3 p.m. – Main Gym
  • Women’s Hockey v. Gustavus, 4 p.m. – Ice Arena

Baseball clubhouse dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony

A special dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Monday, Jan. 14, for the new baseball clubhouse. This special private unveiling is being held at the request of the lead alumni benefactor who wanted our Cardinal baseball team to get the first exciting look at the new facility. Faculty, staff, students, and the broader community are invited to an open house for the clubhouse on April 27, so mark your calendars and watch for further details.

MCA to hold auditions for spring dance production

MCA to hold auditions for spring dance production

WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) will hold auditions Saturday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. for the Dance Repertory Company’s (DRC) 46th annual spring production, “Classically Speaking.” Auditions are free and open to the public and will be held at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 W. Howard St.

The DRC is MCA’s preprofessional dance troupe composed of intermediate and advanced dancers ages 13 and older. “Classically Speaking” will be an evening of classical music and contemporary dance. Suitable and engaging for all ages, works will range from contemporary ballet to hip hop and tap to modern dance. The performance will encompass restaged works as well as new choreography created by MCA faculty and regional guest artists Jessica Dienger, Christine Martin, Bryan Moore, Raina Racki, and Tammy Schmidt.

For the audition, dancers should be prepared to learn a series of dance combinations in different genres, including hip hop, tap, jazz, contemporary ballet, and modern. They should bring dance shoes specific to their genre.

Those cast will be required to pay a $75 performance fee to cover costumes and will need to be enrolled in at least one dance class at MCA during the winter session. College students at any university who are enrolled in any dance class on a campus are exempt from the class requirement. The Saint Mary’s University student fee is included in Saint Mary’s tuition as MCA is an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s.

The final performances will be April 11-13 at the Page Theatre on the Saint Mary’s Winona Campus. The rehearsal schedule will be devised around dancer availability, but mandatory rehearsals and performance dates will be posted at the auditions or can be made available by calling 507-453-5500.

About MCA

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA), an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, is a nonprofit organization 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, go to, email, or call 507-453-5500.

In case you missed it

Dr. Catherine Pakaluk, assistant professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., visited the Saint Mary’s University Twin Cities Campus on Dec. 12, 2018, to deliver the first presentation of the Cardinal Virtue series. She offered a thought-provoking lecture on economic justice, in which she challenged listeners to realize the great abundance we have been blessed with in both the natural and supernatural. Watch Dr. Pakaluk’s presentation and get information about upcoming speakers at

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