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GeoSpatial Services director presents at national meeting

GeoSpatial Services director presents at national meeting

In early April, GeoSpatial Services (GSS) Director Andy Robertson facilitated a workshop on wetland and floodplain functional assessments at the annual meeting of the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) in Washington, D.C. The one-day conference was attended by 70 wetland professionals from federal and state agencies. The focus of Robertson’s workshop was on developing inventory approaches for assessing the ecological functions of wetlands and floodplains.

Last ‘Campus Notes’ of the academic year

This is the last “Campus Notes” issue of the academic year. Continue to notify the Office of Marketing and Communications of story ideas, photo opportunities, events, and other news throughout the summer! “Campus Notes” will resume in August when the 2018-19 school year begins.

Saint Mary’s president receives farewell musical gift May 12

Saint Mary’s president receives farewell musical gift May 12

WINONA, Minn. — As Saint Mary’s University President Brother William Mann, FSC, departs the stage for his final commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12, he’ll be accompanied by the same music that welcomed him at his inauguration.

Eric Heukeshoven of the Music Department has created a new recessional edition of his composition based on “Honneur à Toi.” The original composition was commissioned for the Saint Mary’s Concert Band to serve as the processional for Brother William’s inauguration in 2008.

“Honneur à Toi” (Honor to You), first published in 1889, is the hymn traditionally sung by De La Salle Christian Brothers and others to honor Saint John Baptist de La Salle on celebratory occasions. It was one of two hymns composed to mark the beatification of John Baptist de La Salle in 1888.

The Saint Mary’s Concert Band and Director Dr. Janet Heukeshoven will present Brother William with a copy of the music signed by all ensemble members in gratitude for his support over the past 10 years.

For more information, contact Eric Heukeshoven at 507-457-7292 or

Photo caption: Saint Mary’s Concert Band members sign a copy of “Honneur à Toi” for Brother William’s final commencement, from left: Sam French, Lucas Campbell, Jenna Phelps, Gabby Reinartz, Tiffany Alequin, Stephanie Schmidt, Max Heukeshoven, Shannon Rinehart, Dan Nolte, and Cameron Taylor.

Student Life Awards honor students, faculty, staff

Winona, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University recognized outstanding students, faculty, and staff April 17 at the Student Life Awards Ceremony. Individuals who have exhibited outstanding leadership and service through cocurricular activities at Saint Mary’s were recognized.

Awards included:

Brother Finbar McMullen Award (presented to a Saint Mary’s community member who unselfishly meets the needs of the undergraduate students of Saint Mary’s) — Nazeer Zerka of Minnesota City, Minn., counselor in the Wellness Center

Charlene “Char” Tjaden Outstanding Resident Assistant Award Mathew Vasilj ’18, son of Lisa Vasilj of Holdingford, Minn.

Intramural Official of the Year Anthony Pasquesi ’21

Cardinal Pride Award — Clare Tack ’18, daughter of Paul and Michelle Tack of Saint Charles, Ill.

Student-Athlete Champion Award — Brett Bodsgard of Winona, associate chemistry professor

Environmental Awareness Award — Ben Borash ’20, son of Ronald and Ann Borash of Bowlus, Minn.

Club/Organization of the YearStudent Activities Committee, accepted by Brian Bansley ’18, president, son of Mary Bansley of Chicago, Ill.

Outstanding Student Senator of the Year AwardJessica Cwik ’18, daughter of Susan Zwick of Chicago, Ill.

Club and Organization Adviser of the YearMike Ostman of Winona, director of Student Activities

Winona Community Service AwardGloria Kranenburg ’18, daughter of David and Gina Kranenburg of Woodstock, Ill.

Brother James Miller Award (presented to a student who has dedicated his/her college experience to promoting the legacy of Brother James Miller, spreading the compassion of God, and continually serving the community) — Chris Lackey ’18, son of Dawn Lackey of Union Grove, Wis.

Brother Charlie Burke Award (presented to a faculty or staff member who has made significant contributions to the Student Life Office. This individual has promoted the growth of the whole student through ethical service, dedication to creating developmental relationships, and desire to promote lifelong learning) — Dr. Elizabeth Seebach of Winona, associate professor and psychology department chair

Student Service AwardJake Mencacci ’18, son of Warren and Shelly Mencacci of Terrell, Texas

See photos from the Student Life Awards Ceremony.

RSVP for campus place-based workshop May 2 or 3

The Priority 3 Planning Group and the Place-Based Learning Community invite all faculty and staff to engage in a place-based working session Wednesday, May 2, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., or Thursday, May 3, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Toner Student Center President’s Room.

A total of 48 campus community members participated in the campus conversations events in March. These upcoming working sessions will build on what we learned during the March conversations to begin making the concept of place concrete — working from objectives to classroom applications in this mini-workshop. All community members are welcome, and no prior experience with place-based learning is required.



Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium gathers students

Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium gathers students

The Saint Mary’s History Department hosted the 5th annual Minnesota Undergraduate History Symposium on April 21. Throughout the day, more than 30 students from Bethel University, the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, Martin Luther College, Bethany Lutheran College, and Saint Mary’s presented their research projects and attended panels in the Science and Learning Center. A closing plenary session on “Students’ Religious Literacy in a Pluralistic Society” featured Dr. Amy Poppinga of Bethel University and Dr. Erich Lippman of Saint Mary’s.

Photo caption: Zach Slowiak, social studies education major.

PR senior student wins PRSA award

Congratulations to senior Maria Missurelli, a public relations major, on winning the Public Relations Society of America Minnesota Chapter Student Classics Award in the “Campaigns” category on April 19 in Minneapolis. Missurelli’s winning entry was on a series of pole vault clinics she conducted for the Saint Mary’s track and field team in 2017.

History, mathematics student has article featured in research journal

History, mathematics student has article featured in research journal

The 2018 issue of the Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research (Monmouth College) will feature the article “‘Competent, Capable, and Practically Dressed’: The Representation of Women in the Assassin’s Creed Series,” written by history and mathematics major Stephen J. Fishbune. Fishbune wrote the essay (which also garnered him the History Department’s Brother J. Robert Lane Historical Essay Award) as his senior thesis, and submitted it for publication while enrolled in H472: The History Professional.

Note: The website has not yet been updated to include the 2018 issue.

H3O performs at Mid West Music Fest in Winona April 28

H3O Jazz Trio performing at Café Congo. Photo by Janet Heukeshoven.

As part of the 2018 Mid West Music Fest (MWMF), the father and son jazz trio known as H3O, featuring Eric Heukeshoven (piano), Hans Heukeshoven (vibraphone), and Max Heukeshoven (bass), will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday April 28, in Hardt’s Music, 115 E. 3rd St.

The hour-long set will feature a wide range of selections by Chick Corea, Horace Silver, Thelonius Monk, and other jazz giants. “Almost Spring” — written by Eric Heukeshoven exclusively for H3O’s first MWMF appearance — will also be premiered.

Tickets for MWMF can be purchased online at or at The Root Note, Deaf Ear Records, and People’s Food Co-op in La Crosse and at Midtown Foods in Winona. Tickets must be redeemed for a wristband at the ticketing hub located at the Tent Stage on the corner of 2nd and Center Streets.

About the H3O Jazz Trio

The father and son trio H3O began performing great jazz tunes together when bassist Max Heukeshoven was only 14 years old. With older brother Hans on drums and dad Eric on the piano, they were asked to play for a private pool party and haven’t stopped since!

Eric Heukeshoven is an assistant professor of music at Saint Mary’s. Hans Heukeshoven is a 2015 graduate of Saint Mary’s with degrees in music performance and computer science. Max Heukeshoven is pursuing a degree in music industry at Saint Mary’s and plans to attend law school in 2019.

H3O performs a wide variety of jazz styles. They have worked as the rhythm section for numerous area professionals including Minnesota Music Hall of Fame’s Les Fields and Dr. John Paulson.

For more information on booking H3O for an event, contact Eric Heukeshoven at 507-450-5622 or

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. 5119. Off-campus phone: 612-728-5119. Editor: Carissa Hahn

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