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Saint Mary’s to host public grand opening of baseball clubhouse

Saint Mary’s to host public grand opening of baseball clubhouse

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.”

Saint Mary’s Department of Music to present spring choir concert April 27

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

Saint Mary’s University invites public to Cardinal Virtue lecture event April 25

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 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.

Don’t miss the Student Life Awards

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.

‘Future Teacher Day’ connects area high school students

‘Future Teacher Day’ connects area high school students

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.

School of Education hosts teacher panel

School of Education hosts teacher panel

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.

Students and faculty attend computing symposium

Students and faculty attend computing symposium

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.

Join the Light up the Night 3K and Concert event

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!

April Jazz Jam caps Easter weekend

April Jazz Jam caps Easter weekend

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 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

Photo caption: Singer John Carrier gets in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit at last month’s Jazz Jam. 

Jazz at Saint Mary’s to present ‘One Small Step’ April 28

Jazz at Saint Mary’s to present ‘One Small Step’ April 28

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 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 for more information.

Photo caption: Guitarist Ben Albus. 

MCA hosts local student art exhibit throughout April

MCA hosts local student art exhibit throughout April

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

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.

About MCA

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, email, or call 507-453-5500.

Photo caption: Artwork from Sophia Gricis, third grade student from Goodview Elementary.

Three students receive Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship nominations

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. 

Robertson presents at national conference, is elected to board

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.

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