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An invitation to the Cardinal Virtue lecture event on Dec. 12

You’re invited to the first of our Cardinal Virtues presentations, scheduled throughout the 2018-19 academic year. These speakers and topics have been chosen to create thought-provoking dialogue as Saint Mary’s University cultivates virtues that will guide learners throughout their educational journeys and as they enter the world as leaders in their professions and communities.

Economic Justice

“Justice, Dynamism, and Social Order”
Catherine Pakaluk, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, The Catholic University of America

Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 4 p.m. with a reception following.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Events Center
2540 Park Ave.
Minneapolis, Minn. 55404

A bus for faculty, staff, and students will depart Winona from the Toner Student Center at 1:30 p.m. Pizza will be served on the return trip to Winona.

Questions? Contact the Office of Mission at 507-457-1646.

Catherine Ruth Pakaluk (Ph.D, 2010) joined the faculty of The Catholic University at the Busch School in the summer of 2016 and is the founder of the Social Research academic area, where she is an assistant professor of Social Research and Economic Thought. Formerly, she was assistant professor and chair of the Economics Department at Ave Maria University. Her primary areas of research include economics of education and religion, family studies and demography, Catholic social thought, and political economy.


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.

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.

Saint Mary’s ‘Jazz Final’ to be performed during Island City’s December Jazz Jam

Saint Mary’s ‘Jazz Final’ to be performed during Island City’s December Jazz Jam

WINONA, Minn. — Jazz at Saint Mary’s and the H3O Jazz Trio will join forces during Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s twice-yearly “Jazz Final” on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. during Island City Brewing Company’s monthly Jazz Jam.

Saint Mary’s two jazz combos and the entire big band will kick off the first hour with a recap of their favorite selections from the fall semester. H3O Jazz Trio will lead for the rest of the evening.

Now in its fourth month, the Jazz Jam at Island City Brewing Company, 65 E. Front St. in Winona, is an open mic night for jazz. Whether you play an instrument or sing, the Jazz Jam is your chance 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. Performers can choose music from Hal Leonard Real Books, bring their own, or ask the trio if they can play their favorite. It’s as simple as signing up on a clipboard.

Island City Jazz Jams are the third Sunday of each month from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the tap room. The event is free and open to all ages. If you’re not quite ready to sit in, you are welcome to come and enjoy a great evening of jazz

For more information about this event, please contact Ashley Haig, Island City events coordinator, at 507-961-9743 or

About the H3O Jazz Trio

The father and son’s 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 University of Minnesota. Hans Heukeshoven is a 2015 graduate of Saint Mary’s. 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, Free Family Concert Series, and many other venues. The trio hosts a 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: Jamal Mayfield of La Crosse, Wis., amazes the crowd with his trumpet.

Saint Mary’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter asks for book donations

It’s that time of year again! The Saint Mary’s English Honor Society is hosting its annual Sigma Tau Delta Book Drive in affiliation with Better World Books. We are seeking donations of any books, especially those used in classrooms and preferably newer than 10 years old. Better World Books then sells, donates, and recycles your donated books around the world, with profits going to a variety of causes. Our chapter has designated literacy efforts as the cause our drive supports. Additionally, a small percentage comes back to the Saint Mary’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter.

To donate, place books in the green collection boxes located in Saint Mary’s Hall, Science and Learning Center, and Toner Student Center or contact Dr. Carolyn Ayers at Let us know if your books are too heavy to cart, and we can pick them up for you. Donations will be accepted through Tuesday, Dec. 18, the end of final exams.

Students participate in Lasallian retreat

Students participate in Lasallian retreat

Last weekend, 38 students participated in the LIFT Retreat (Lasallians in Faith Together), formerly known as TEC (Together Encountering Christ). Students spent the weekend building community, reflecting on the Paschal mystery, and participating in faith-centered activities and discussion.

This retreat takes place each semester as an opportunity to further engage students in our Lasallian Catholic identity and give the space needed for reflection and growth. Among talks from several students, the retreat also started with a presentation by Brother Guillaume Yame, FSC, on Lasallian pillars and the work of Saint John Baptist de La Salle. At the core of La Salle’s work in catechesis is the spirit of evangelization through an authentic lived faith and a free and welcoming spirit of community.

Next semester’s retreat will take place the weekend of March 29-31.

An elevator pitch for the arts

An elevator pitch for the arts

Sophomores Anna Dale and Sarah Hardy share more than a passion for music. They also share a residence hall room at Saint Mary’s University and now the title of Elevator Pitch Competition winners.

Beating out 26 other elevator pitches, Dale and Hardy also share the ability to professionally present an entrepreneurial passion in less than 90 seconds.

As both students are pursuing leadership minors, they share a few classes. It was in their persuasion and advocacy class where they came up with the idea of “Ensemble,” a nonprofit organization which would provide children and young adults with a venue to learn and enjoy music.

“We realized that a lot of music programs are losing funding or being eliminated completely, even at the elementary level. Kids aren’t getting the opportunity to pursue music,” explained Hardy.

Dale and Hardy went through the steps of forming a nonprofit, including creating a mission statement, writing a grant letter of inquiry, and even creating a board of directors.

“Ensemble would be an after-school program that would allow students, primarily in the Twin Cities metro area, to come and learn different instruments and styles of music taught by volunteers,” Hardy said. “The instruments would come from donations, as we would find people who maybe don’t play their instruments anymore or have them laying around and would be willing to donate them to our nonprofit.”

“School is so focused on math and science,” said Dale. “Having a place for them to go and be creative would be a good opportunity for kids.”

Anna Dale presents during the Elevator Pitch Competition.

Dale and Hardy pitched their Ensemble idea in the largest Saint Mary’s Elevator Pitch Competition ever. Hosted by the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, the semi-annual Elevator Pitch Competition gives students an opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges and win cash prizes.

“One of the questions the judges asked us was what the next step would be, and we said it would be applying for a grant that would help us secure a building, start the donation process for youth instruments, and find volunteers in the community,” Dale said.

The judges panel was comprised of several professors from different disciplines, including communications, education, business, and psychology. As they listened to students give their pitches, they looked for things like knowledge of what they’re pitching, overall enthusiasm and excitement about the product or idea, public speaking skills, and memorization.

“As someone who memorizes things for a living, I felt pretty prepared,” said Dale, a musical theatre major from Cottage Grove, Minn. “The two of us were really behind our nonprofit idea.”

It’s no surprise Dale and Hardy, who are also in choir together, were successful at pitching their idea to the judges panel. Before competing, they looked at who was judging and how they could appeal to them. Hardy explained, for example, that they mentioned how music can help with brain development to appeal to the psychology professor judges.

Dale said the skills she applied to the competition will be beneficial in her future musical theatre career, which hopefully includes a position at the Children’s Theatre Company or Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

“Looking at my future, it’s going to be a lot of auditioning,” said Dale. “Something I can take away from this is to research casting directors to select which monologue or song to pick.”

Hardy, a psychology major from Hastings, Minn., is also pursuing a criminal justice minor. She hopes to someday work in a juvenile rehabilitation center and bring music into that setting.

“This was something neither Anna or I had done before,” Hardy said. “We’re both very passionate about music, and now we’re like, ‘Oh, wow. This is something we could actually do in the future.’ It helped us realize where our hearts are and how we want to make a difference for other people.”

The two students both plan to put at least some of their $250 winnings from the competition toward Christmas gifts.

And although they were already close, the competition no doubt brought them closer together. Hardy said the experience just “confirmed our friendship even more.”

Sarah Hardy (left) and Anna Dale

Top: Sarah Hardy presents during the Elevator Pitch Competition. 

Business professor earns outstanding paper award

Andrew Scott, assistant professor of finance, recently won an award at the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE) annual symposium. Scott was the lead author on a paper that won the Outstanding Symposium (Doctoral) Student Paper Award.

The paper focused on a study that tested the effectiveness of peer-based financial counseling in changing subjective and objective financial knowledge. The authors examined mean differences in financial knowledge scores from a financial counseling intake survey to a two-month follow-up survey and found that financial counseling had positive effects on financial knowledge. Read more about the paper.

Scott is pursuing his Ph.D. at Kansas State University. He’s studying at the Institute of Personal Financial Planning.

Admission update for Dec. 1, 2018

Admission update for Dec. 1, 2018

The fall semester is quickly winding down with a flurry of finals and busy schedules with an abundance of year-end meetings. Both the Office of Admission and Office of Financial Aid are hard at work focusing on different aspects of the recruitment process. Admissions is busy reviewing files to get out new admits prior to the end of the year; Financial Aid is gearing up for Dec. 15 when our first batch of financial awards are mailed to admitted students. Dec. 1 statistics are relatively constant with figures from last year with the exception of a healthy 28 percent increase in confirmations — we all hope this trend continues!

Here is a quick summary of the upcoming events and the number of individuals registered for each event:

  • Admitted Student Day – Dec. 8
    21 students, 18 guests
  • Admitted Student Day – Jan. 25
    11 student, 11 guests

Total visits for the 2019 recruitment cycle stand at 763 through Dec. 1 (up 3.4 percent compared to 738 in 2018 and 749 in 2017). I appreciate you making our guests feel welcome and part of the Saint Mary’s community when they visit campus.

On behalf of the enrollment staff, we wish you a most blessed holiday season spent with family and friends!

— Daniel Meyer, vice president for enrollment 

Save the date for annual Christmas Light Service and Pre-Finals Breakfast

Save the date for annual Christmas Light Service and Pre-Finals Breakfast

The annual Christmas Light Service is set for 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in Saint Thomas More Chapel, followed by the traditional Pre-Finals Breakfast in the dining room.

A wonderful Saint Mary’s tradition, the service consists of a community speaker, lessons, carols, and simple theatrical portraits of the Christmas Story.

The service will end with a procession and the lighting of the campus Christmas tree and nativity scene.

After the lighting, typically more than 700 students attend the Pre-Finals Breakfast, which is hosted by the Office of Academic Affairs and Chartwells Food Service. The breakfast is served by faculty and staff from 10 to 11:30 p.m. Aside from the delicious breakfast, Santa will make an appearance, and Christmas caroling is planned.

Celebrate 300 years of Lasallian vocation with Mass on Dec. 2

On Sunday, Dec. 2, the worldwide Lasallian network opens a year dedicated to Lasallian vocations. The 2018-19 liturgical year marks 300 years since the death of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the De La Salle Christian Brothers and patron saint of Christian teachers. To help begin the celebration of this important year, join the Saint Mary’s community for Mass at 10:30 a.m. or 9 p.m. on Sunday, Dec 2, in the Saint Thomas More Chapel.

With the intent to celebrate the impact of the mission founded by Saint John Baptist de La Salle, this year will bring attention to all who work, “together and by association, to further the mission of education in the spirit of the Lasallian Catholic mission.” Goals of the year include:

  • Celebrate and give thanks for our common heritage and our vitality through our association for the transformative human and Christian education of the young, especially the poor.
  • Renew our commitment to respond to the reality and needs of today through promoting our mission, charism, and founding story.
  • Share our hope for the future within the unity and diversity of Lasallian vocations by witnessing the movement of the spirit in our lives and ministry.

Both as a local community and a worldwide network, we will be participating throughout the next year in highlighting the Lasallian vocation of the De La Salle Christian Brothers who serve our campuses and community, our work as partners in the mission, and our hope for the future. We will also have students participating in the worldwide young Lasallian celebration, taking place in Panama in January in conjunction with World Youth Day.

Learn more about this celebration of 300 years. 

Celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception with Mass on Dec. 7

All community members are invited to join in celebrating the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception with Mass on Friday, Dec. 7, at 4 p.m. in the Saint Thomas More Chapel. This special day celebrates our history and tradition as a community guided by our patroness Mary, the mother of God. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is also a Holy Day of Obligation, reminding us this day is an extraordinary day in the church calendar giving special attention to one of the most important events in salvation history. This Vigil Mass, celebrated by Father Burns, will fulfill the obligation for Saturday, Dec. 8. A social will be offered in the atrium of the Science and Learning Center after Mass.

Learn more about the Immaculate Conception of Mary.

Enjoy sounds of the season with Saint Mary’s Concert Band Dec. 9

Enjoy sounds of the season with Saint Mary’s Concert Band Dec. 9

WINONA, Minn. — Come celebrate Christmas with the Saint Mary’s University Concert Band on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m. in Page Theatre.

The performance will feature both meditative and joyous selections composed for the holiday season, including a delightful setting of the “Ukrainian Bell Carol,” a unique medley of familiar holiday tunes titled, “Minor Alterations: Through the Looking Glass.” Audiences will enjoy beautiful settings of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your head,” and two sleigh rides will round out the performance.

Following the concert, a festive cookie reception will be held in the Ben Miller Lobby. Delight in home-baked holiday treats while enjoying the sounds of small ensembles, including a woodwind quintet as well as flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, and trombone musicians, performing from the balcony.

Under the direction of Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, the Saint Mary’s Concert Band welcomes musicians from campus and from the community who enjoy performing in both large and small ensembles. Second semester rehearsals will begin on Jan. 14 and are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings during the academic year. For membership information, contact Heukeshoven at

Tickets for this performance are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the Saint Mary’s Box Office at 507-457-1715 from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or by purchasing online at

The Concert Band is one of 11 ensembles at Saint Mary’s University. The Music Department offers degrees in music education, music industry, and music performance designed for today’s musicians. Generous performance-based music scholarships are available to student musicians of any major. Visit for information.

Speaker presents on living the values of respect, unity, and diversity

Sister Victoria Battell, RSM will present Radical Hospitality: Living the Values of Respect, Unity, and Diversity on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in SLC 200. All students, faculty, and staff are invited.

Sister Victoria is a Sister of Mercy from the United Kingdom currently ministering in Albany, N.Y., as vice president for Mission at Maria College. She also chairs the Mission Officers Council for the Conference for Mercy Higher Education. An experienced educator, Sister Victoria teaches social justice ethics, cosmology, and spirituality. She is a speaker and published spiritual writer. Sister Victoria has more than 12 years of experience in spiritual formation and working for mission and institutions led by values.

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