Winona Campus Faculty and Staff Newsletter

March 15 undergraduate admission report for fall 2018

March 15 is an important milestone in recruitment efforts for any incoming class. We’re now down to that critical eight-week stretch that will determine the success of our recruitment efforts. March and April are the cruelest months in any recruitment cycle. While bright-eyed faces and wide smiles greet admission reps throughout the fall travel season, March and April are the times when students and parents up their evaluation of every college and university for which they have received acceptance letters. This is crunch time, when students need to make their final college selection in advance of the May 1 Candidates’ Reply Deadline.

We have a number of important events in the coming weeks that provide an opportunity for prospective students to visit Saint Mary’s one more time before determining their final college choice. On Monday, March 26, 32 admitted students will be on campus for our first Admitted Student Day, with a second Admitted Student Day on Friday, April 20, for which 11 students are currently registered to participate. This is an adjustment from only having one Admitted Student Day last year. Please greet the prospective students and their families on campus and spend a few minutes making them feel part of the Saint Mary’s community.

March 15 admission report:

Upcoming events:

Admitted Student Days
Monday, March 26
Friday, April 20

New Student Orientation and Registration
Saturday, April 14

Spring Preview Day
Saturday, April 28

Saint Mary’s invites public to free performance by Meadowlark Quartet

Saint Mary’s University’s Department of Music invites the public to a free performance by the Meadowlark String Quartet Saturday, March 24, in the Performance Center’s Figliulo Recital Hall.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. and will feature “String Trio No. 3 in G major, Op. 9 No. 1” by Ludwig van Beethoven; “Three Idylls, H. 67” by Frank Bridge; selections of three Chinese folk pieces: “Tuberosa,” “Butterfly,” and “Chinese New Year Overture”; and “Four, for Tango” by Astor Piazzola. The first half of the evening will feature the string trio; the second half will feature the entire quartet.

For more information about the group, visit

Students inducted into international business honor society

Business students inducted into the honor society include, from left: Daniel Olajonlu, Fabian Alvarez, Nick Nelson, Sara Lind, Molly Homeyer, Nicole Bartosz, Jesse Barron, and Max Champa.

Eight Saint Mary’s students were recently inducted into the Eta Beta Chapter of Delta Mu Delta (DMD) international honor society in business.

DMD promotes higher scholarship in business education and recognizes and rewards scholastic attainment in business subjects. To be eligible for membership, students must be a junior or senior business major, be ranked in the top 20 percent of their class, and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Congratulations to these stellar business students for their scholarship and dedication to their business studies.

RSVP for Campus Conversation March 27 and 28

The Priority 3 Planning Group and the Place-Based Learning Community invite all faculty and staff to come explore our connections to place at Saint Mary’s. These conversations will allow campus members to:

  • enjoy food and drink while learning from one another
  • converse about concepts of place, place-based, and place-conscious education
  • connect Saint Mary’s faculty and staff who are working with community partners
  • coordinate our efforts to make projects sustainable

RSVP here to help us plan for food and give us a sense of your goals. The events are Tuesday, March 27, 3 to 4 p.m. and Wednesday, March 28, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Toner Student Center lounge.

Saint Mary’s accepting service requests to Spruce Up Winona

Saint Mary’s University is encouraging individuals, organizations, and churches in Winona to submit requests for service for the 12th annual Spruce Up Winona event.

Spruce Up Winona is a spring event where students from Saint Mary’s and Winona State volunteer and engage with the Winona community. Volunteers will be available from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 7, to help with spring cleaning, raking leaves, painting, or other chores. The students are ready to work if you supply the materials needed (paint, brushes, rakes, tools, etc.).

Requests must be made by Tuesday, April 3, to Campus Ministry at Saint Mary’s University by emailing or calling 507-457-7329. In the request, please include a description of the work, address of the location, a phone number, and the estimated time it will take to complete with two to three students. 

MCA offers art workshops for older adults

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA), in collaboration with the Winona Friendship Center, will offer three eight-week workshops for adults ages 55+. The workshops are free, thanks to a generous grant from Aroha Philanthropies, and will be focused on painting, dance, and a special intergenerational program in multimedia art.

Stories that Move will run Wednesdays, April 4-May 23, noon to 1:30 p.m. at MCA, located at 1164 W. Howard (10th) St. This movement-based workshop will guide participants through the choreographic process. Sessions will consist of a warmup, community-building exercises, dance composition basics, and a cooldown. All are welcome, regardless of dance background and experience.

Multi-Generational Collage will run Wednesdays, June 6-Aug. 1 (no July 4), noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Winona Friendship Center, 251 Main St. This intergenerational workshop invites older adults and youth ages 7-12 to explore a variety of collage techniques through group and individual instruction. Participants will experience artistic decision-making and gain understanding of the creative process.

The Ways of Watercolor will run Wednesdays, Sept. 5-Nov. 7 (no Oct. 30), 4:30 to 6 p.m. at MCA. Participants will engage with peers through artistic expression and observation, while immersing themselves in watercolor painting and color mixing. Through group and individual instruction, they’ll learn terms and techniques to create final pieces based on themes of their choice.

Vitality arts programs inspire and enable older adults to learn, make, and share the arts in ways that are novel, complex, and socially engaging. The work is driven by teaching artists whose creative process and understanding of older adults bring joy, connection, improved health and well-being, and a renewed sense of purpose to older adults in community and residential settings.

MCA was selected as one of only 15 nonprofit organizations throughout Minnesota to receive a grant from Aroha Philanthropies through its new statewide initiative, Seeding Vitality Arts MN. Find more information about this initiative at

To learn more about these workshops and other programs, visit

Dorothy Day’s granddaughter Kate Hennessy to visit April 16

Kate Hennessy, granddaughter of Dorothy Day, will visit both the Winona and Twin Cities campuses on Monday, April 16 for a presentation and book signing. Her book, titled “Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty,” is about the life of her grandmother, a social activist and key player in the Catholic Worker movement.

The presentation and book signing will be at 7 p.m. on the Winona Campus and is sponsored by the Honors Program, Theology Department, and Campus Ministry. There will also be a presentation and book signing on the Twin Cities Campus earlier that day. More details coming soon!

Learn more about Hennessy’s book here. Contact Colleen Dunne or Dr. Chris Michener for more information or with questions.

Jazz at Saint Mary’s plays it forward

Saint Mary’s Jazz Combo 1 members “playing it forward” at Café Congo include, from left: Eric Heukeshoven, piano; Ben Albus and Sam Price, guitar; Gabby Reinartz, trumpet; Cray Alvarez, drums; Noah French, tenor sax; Sam French, alto sax; and Max Heukeshoven, bass. Photo by Janet Heukeshoven.

Saint Mary’s University jazz students “played it forward” to help raise more than $1,000 in two recent events as part of the Café Congo series at First Congregational Church in Winona.

The jazz students played on March 13 and raised more than $400 that will be donated to help children with ataxia-telangiectasia (A-T). A-T is a rare, incurable, genetic disease that affects children, causing progressive loss of muscle control, immune system and other health problems. This cause was chosen in honor of the Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance, a Saint Mary’s tradition now in its 18th year, that was first created to help a Saint Mary’s staff member’s son who had A-T.

In November 2017, the student musicians and their director donated their time and talents at another Café Congo event, where more than $600 was collected to assist victims of the hurricane in Puerto Rico.

For more information about these events contact Director of Jazz Studies Eric Heukeshoven at 507-457-7292 or

Saint Mary’s hosts music contest workshop

Workshop Coordinator Dr. Janet Heukeshoven of the Saint Mary’s Music Department talks with student performers.

Saint Mary’s University hosted a music contest workshop for regional high school musicians March 17. The event was presented in a master class format, with students performing for each other and receiving feedback from Saint Mary’s music faculty members.

This new event helped student musicians prepare for upcoming spring solo and ensemble contests in Minnesota and Wisconsin, where they’ll be critiqued and scored while competing for outstanding musical performance awards. Participants learned valuable musicianship skills through their own performances and were able to observe, collaborate, and reflect on other student performances.

The event was sponsored by the Saint Mary’s Music Department and will be offered again next year. Contact Dr. Janet Heukeshoven, workshop coordinator, for more details at