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The Rev. James P. Burns, IVD, Ph.D., dean of the Woods College of Advancing Studies and Summer Session at Boston College, has been named the 14th president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Mary Ann Remick, chair of the university’s board of trustees, announced the board’s selection on Tuesday, May 1, adding that Father Burns will officially begin his presidency Monday, July 9.
“I am honored to have been chosen to lead this wonderful Lasallian and Catholic university, to help it fulfill its considerable potential, and to bring it to higher prominence by focusing on academic excellence, innovation, and community,” Father Burns said. “It is especially fitting that the announcement of my presidency is occurring in May, which we celebrate as the Month of Mary.”
Saint Mary’s broke ground May 1 on a new $704,000 baseball clubhouse, and excitement was in full swing.
Assistant athletic director and Cardinal head baseball coach Nick Winecke ’07 told the audience, “Having a facility that sets us apart from the competition will help us with recruitment, and it will also help us ultimately on the playing field. Our athletes will be able to use this facility year-round to study in, to learn from each other in, and to further bond as a team off the field.”
The project was made possible through the generosity of a lead gift from Marc Weisenburger ’75, and more than 50 other young alumni have stepped up to bat to join Weisenburger in this dream by sponsoring lockers at $2,000 or more.
On Saturday, May 12, the Winona Campus will host a joint commencement ceremony for Winona undergraduate and graduate students, beginning at 11 a.m. in the gymnasium.
Undergraduate student reflections will be offered by this year’s Outstanding Male and Female Seniors Daniel Olajonlu — son of John Oluwafemi, Roseline Olajonlu, and Sandra Ajugba — who was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, and currently resides in Rogers, Minn.; and Regina Bettag — daughter of Drs. Mark and Teresa Bettag of Sheboygan, Wis. Bettag is an education major and Olajonlu is an accounting major.
Representing Saint Mary’s Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, Dzenan Berberovic, a Master of Arts in Philanthropy and Development student, will also give a reflection. Berberovic is from Sioux Falls, S.D. Caitlin Hagar, a Master of Science in Geographic Information Science student, will be presented with the Outstanding Graduate Final Paper Award.
A reception on the plaza will follow the ceremony. In case of inclement weather, the reception will be held in Gostomski Fieldhouse.
Prior to the ceremony, a Baccalaureate Mass will take place in Saint Thomas More Chapel at 8:30 a.m.
Limited parking will be available. More information is posted at smumn.edu/commencement.
Saint Mary’s recognized outstanding senior students April 27 at the annual Honors Convocation. Highlights of the evening included the announcement of graduate and professional school acceptances, grants and fellowships, and the awarding of the following special honors:
Lasallian Honors Program Outstanding Lasallian Honors Student Award — Regina Bettag, daughter of Mark and Teresa Bettag of Sheyboygan, Wis.
Creative Spark Award (art and design award) — Grace Homer, daughter of Phil and Cathy Homer of Litchfield, Minn.
Biology Academic Achievement Award — Elizabeth Atneosen, daughter of Jeffery and Monica Atneosen of Woodbury, Minn; Regina Bettag daughter of Mark and Teresa Bettag of Sheyboygan, Wis.; Michael Cimba, son of John and Tracy Cimba of Chicago, Ill.; Carina Friend, daughter of Lawrence and Maribeth Friend of Colorado Springs, Colo.; William Grillo, son of William and Heather Grillo of Hermantown, Minn.; Jeremy Heinle, son of Carleen Myers of York, Penn.; and Angela Messer, daughter of Bryan and Mary Messer of St. Paul, Minn.
Bios Award — Chelsea Hiltner, daughter of Brian and Jackie Hiltner of Coon Rapids, Minn.
Kevin Martineau Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Outstanding International Business Major (business award) — Emily Lais, daughter of Brian Lais of Osseo, Minn.
Outstanding Accounting Major (business award) — Daniel Olajonlu, son of John Oluwafemi and Sandra Ajugba of Rogers, Minn.
Outstanding Business Intelligence and Analytics Major (business award) — Shawn Gilbert, son of Shawn and Rachel Gilbert of Rice Lake, Wis.
Outstanding Entrepreneurship Major (business award) — Sean Butcher, son of John and Jeanne Butcher of Cave Creek, Ariz.
Outstanding Finance Major (business award) — Jared Johnson, son of Jim and Lisa Johnson of Hartland, Wis.
Outstanding International Business Major (business award) — Emily Lais, daughter of Brian Lais of Osseo, Minn.
Outstanding Management Major (business award) — Sarah Hanus, daughter of Dale and Arlene Hanus of Wittenberg, Wis.
Outstanding Marketing Major (business award) — Sara Lind, daughter of Daniel and Erika Lind of Peterson, Minn.
Outstanding Sport Management Major (business award) — Allison Borawski, daughter of Richard and Cynthia Borawski of Stickney, Ill.
American Institute of Chemists Awards (chemistry award) — Meaghan Campbell, daughter of Peter and Kris Campbell of Mayer, Minn.; Carina Friend, daughter of Lawrence and Maribeth Friend of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Brenden Amiotte, son of Richard and Jane Amiotte of Rapid City, S.D.
Outstanding Senior Award (communications award) — Emily Loof, daughter of Ron and Lisa Loof of Colorado Springs, Colo.
De La Salle Outstanding Pre-service Teaching Awards (education award) — Regina Bettag, daughter of Mark and Teresa Bettag of Sheyboygan, Wis.; and Sr. Marie Faustina
History Department Distinction Award — Stephen Fishbune, son of son of Richard and Carol Fishbune of Rochester, Minn.
The Brother J. Robert Lane Historical Essay Prize — Stephen Fishbune, son of son of Richard and Carol Fishbune of Rochester, Minn.
Brother Leo Northam Awards (math award) — Stephen Fishbune, son of son of Richard and Carol Fishbune of Rochester, Minn.
Brother Laurence Walther Founder’s Award (music award) — Chad Cagle, son of Brian and Mary Cagle of Washington, Ill.
Performance Award (music award) — Rachel Prince, daughter of Rhonda Fisher of Chippewa Falls, Wis.
Saint Thomas Aquinas Award for Excellence (philosophy award) — Luke Range, son of Donald Range of Houston, Minn.
Father Andrew Fabian Scholarship (philosophy award) — John Zweber, son of Duane and Mary Zweber of Menomonie, Wis.
Psychology Department Distinction Awards — Jessica Cwik, daughter of Susan Zwick of Chicago, Ill.; Brett Giesen, son of Tom and Candice Giesen of Cato, Wis.; Jamie Henderson, daughter of Steve and Amy Henderson of Madison, Wis.; Alyssa Johnson, daughter of Jeffrey and Amy Johnson of McKinney, Texas; Ruba Kenyi, daughter of Scopas Kenyi and Emela Demark of Rochester, Minn.; Gloria Kranenburg, daughter of David and Gina Kranenburg of Woodstock, Ill.; Summer Lardy, daughter of Mark and Diane Lardy of Richmond, Minn.; Hanna Potter, daughter of Cynthia Potter of Winona, Minn.; Mandy Sailor, daughter of Jeff and Bridget Sailor of Ramsey, Minn.; and Bailey Windsperger, daughter of Michael and Julie Windsperger of Delano, Minn.
Marilyn Frost Awards (psychology award) — Ruba Kenyi, daughter of Scopas Kenyi and Emela Demark of Rochester, Minn.; and Summer Lardy, daughter of Mark and Diane Lardy of Richmond, Minn.
Larry Luttmers Awards (psychology award) — Hanna Potter, daughter of Cynthia Potter of Winona, Minn.; and Mandy Sailor, daughter of Jeff and Bridget Sailor of Ramsey, Minn.
Millie Harrison Spirit Award (theatre award) — Courtney Govan, daughter of Brook and Ana Govan of San Diego, Calif.
The Michael G. Flanagan Ghost Light Award (theatre award) — Taylor Novak, daughter of Mark and Sandy Novak of West Salem, Wis.
Gerald Sullivan Outstanding Theatre Major Award (theatre award) — Celeste Nygren, daughter of George and Sheila Nygren of Seattle, Wash.
Grove Bree Holman Award (theatre award to a non-major who participated in musicals) — Owen Blakely, son of William and Nancy Blakely of Elmhurst, Ill.
Saint Mary’s theatre and dance students will perform in “Kaleidoscope” Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. in the Page Theatre. The free performance will feature students from Tammy Schmidt’s Dance Composition class performing original choreographed pieces, students from Jen TeBeest’s Musical Theatre Dance class performing final assignments from the musical “Legally Blonde,” and students from Judy Myers’ Musical Theatre II class performing scenes from a variety of musicals.
Choreographers: Kate Alley, Liam Hahn, Tabitha Hanson, Karly Lunda, Taylor Novak, Anna Nungester, and Abigayle Wishy
Performers: Leah Baechle, Darren Cajipo, Courtney Govan, Liam Hahn, Margo Hanson, Stefan Kahlstorf, Victoria Madigan, Taylor Novak, Anna Nungester, and Rebecca West
Additional dancers: Mavel Buczko, Kyleigh Chandler, Anna Dale, Hanna Hagberg, Annabeth Kerr, Nadia Lane, Maggie McGee, Amanda Pohlman, Marlee Ressa, Danielle Schleich, and Alyssa Sloneker
Stage manager: Parker Kaeding
Lighting designer: Shania Merchlewitz
Cotter High School students from Katie Halvorson’s Environmental Science class joined Saint Mary’s students from Dr. Lallaman’s Limnology class on May 2 to survey fish in Gilmore Creek. Students from both schools formed teams to capture fish, count their numbers, and measure their size. More than 50 brown trout were collected, along with three other fish species. This survey is part of an annual spring survey of Gilmore Creek that has been conducted for more than 20 years, but this was the first time students from the local high school teamed up with Saint Mary’s students.
At the end of April, GeoSpatial Services (GSS) staff Andy Robertson and John Anderson conducted pre-mapping wetland field work in central and western New Mexico, along with two staff members from the New Mexico Environment Department and one from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The goal of the trip was to validate preliminary wetland boundaries mapped based on aerial imagery. When completed, the two-year project will result in the first comprehensive wetland map for this five-million-acre area of the state.
Last week, GeoSpatial Services (GSS) staff Kevin Stark and Eric Lindquist traveled to the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona to conduct wetland training for White Mountain Apache tribal staff. Topics included how to use wetland and riparian GIS data recently created by GSS, an introduction to the wetland classifications used in the GIS data, and suggestions on how the tribe might use these data in conjunction with their ongoing spring inventory and water quality data monitoring efforts.
They also discussed using the data to predict wetland functions and to help determine where the tribe might engage in wetland protection, enhancement, and restoration on tribal lands. The group took field trips to several locations on tribal lands including spring-fed wetlands, streams, floodplains, and restoration sites where wetland classifications, mapping, and wetland functions were discussed.
Dr. Richard Tristano, History Department, has published a book titled, “John Baptist de La Salle and the Brothers of the Christian Schools: a Contextual Approach, France 1525-1725,” Digital Journal of Lasallian Research, Opening Perspectives Collection, No. 1, April 2018.
The book is available on the Digital Journal website.
Dr. John D. Poling, chair of the Philosophy Department, has been appointed a Senior Research Fellow at the Howard and Edna Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. Future projects include final editing for publication of “Stewards of Mysteries,” a book of sermonic essays by Dr. Paul L. Holmer, former Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School.
Dr. Poling is retiring this spring after more than 23 years of teaching, including 18 years at Saint Mary’s, five years at St. Olaf College, and six months at the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico, a Christian Brothers institution where he began his teaching career.