Saint Mary's Campus News
WINONA, Minn. — Come and listen to three Saint Mary’s University student groups perform their “jazz final” concert on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Cardinal Club, located in the Toner Student Center. The public is invited to this free semi-annual event, which includes an afternoon of great music in a relaxed setting.
For more information, contact Director of Jazz Studies A. Eric Heukeshoven at 507-457-7292 or email@example.com.
WINONA, Minn. — Come “Celebrate Christmas” with the Saint Mary’s University Concert Band on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. in the beautiful Page Theatre. The performance will feature diverse music of the season from Medieval times to jazzy big band sounds.
Following the stage performance, small ensembles will perform traditional carols at a cookie reception in the Ben Miller lobby.
The concert opens with a brass fanfare (Pachelbel’s “Magnificat” for trumpets and trombones), followed by an arrangement by Philip Sparke of two Medieval carols (“Coventry Carol” and “Gaudate”) and a setting of the old English Sussex carol “On Christmas Night” for small wind ensemble. The centerpiece of the performance is Alfred Reed’s powerful “Russian Christmas Music,” followed by Verne Reynolds’ masterful transcription of “O Magnum Mysterium.” The concert concludes with a medley of familiar holiday tunes by Robert Sheldon in a 1940s big band style, and Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride.”
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.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the Saint Mary’s Box Office, 507-457-1715, from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.pagetheatre.org.
WINONA, Minn. — The joyous and uplifting Christmas service of “Lessons and Carols” will be presented by the Saint Mary’s University Department of Music at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9.
The beautiful service, held in the majestic Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels, features the Saint Mary’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, directed by Dr. Patrick O’Shea.
“Lessons and Carols” reflects on the Christmas story through several short readings, hymns, and Christmas carols sung by the choirs and audience. Music includes familiar carols and selections by composers from the Renaissance to the present.
The Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels is located at Wabasha and Vila streets in Winona.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available by calling the Saint Mary’s Box Office, (507) 457-1715, from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.pagetheatre.org. Tickets at the door are available by cash or check only.
WINONA, Minn. — A. Eric Heukeshoven has been invited to conduct and perform on euphonium at the annual Tuba Christmas in Austin. The performance will take place in Austin’s historic Paramount Theatre at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.
According to TubaChristmas.com, “2017 is the 44th anniversary for TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events which are presented throughout the world. TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 by Harvey Phillips as a tribute to his teacher and mentor William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902.”
For more information, go to www.austinareaarts.org/events/2017/12/2/tuba-christmas
The event is free and open to the public. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.
For more information, contact Saint Mary’s University Assistant Professor of Music A. Eric Heukeshoven at 507-457-7292 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WINONA, Minn. — Jazz students at Saint Mary University continue their semester-long celebration of music by four legendary jazz musicians, all born in 1917, with a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. Swing into the holidays on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. as the jazz groups and guest vocalists bring Ella’s holiday classics to Page Theatre.
Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas was released in 1960 and featured the “first lady of song” on many holiday favorites. Swinging With Ella will also highlight the singer’s work with the Duke Ellington and Count Basie bands. And the three “birthday boys” — Dizzy Gillespie, Mongo Santamaria, and Thelonius Monk — are sure to make a return visit as well. Honoring the “first lady of song” with their vocal talents will be Saint Mary’s students Courtney McGovan, Darren Cajipo, Erin McCoy, and Shauna Frahm
For more information, contact Director of Jazz Studies A. Eric Heukeshoven at 507-457-7292 or email@example.com. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available at www.pagetheatre.org or by calling the Page Theatre Box Office at 507-457-1715.
WINONA, Minn. — Enjoy intense athleticism, gravity-defying acrobatics, and soulful artistry as the Page Series at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota presents PUSH Physical Theatre, Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Page Theatre.
PUSH Physical Theatre are genre-defining masters of physical storytelling. These award-winning performers express what it means to be human: the joy and sorrow, humor and tragedy, the big questions and the simple things. Their repeated sold-out performances have led to creative collaborations with the National Institute for the Deaf and Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as choreography for the Pulitzer-nominated cantata “Comala,” which resulted in a Mexico and U.S. tour. The company was a finalist in TruTV’s national series, Fake Off, where judge and Glee star Harry Shum Jr. proclaimed, “You guys are superhuman!”
PUSH’s performances bring the narratives of our lives to the stage with hope and optimism. Through vignettes ranging from the comedic “Red Ball,” which employs iPad technology, to the emotional “The Soldier,” PUSH Physical Theatre conveys the strength of the human soul expressed by the power of the human body.
On Friday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m. in the Page Theatre, the company will present a free lecture-demonstration, “The Science Behind the Story.” In this one-hour presentation, PUSH will explore the science of fulcrums, human physiology, and more to reveal the structure and mechanics behind their unique brand of physical storytelling. This artist talk includes opportunities for audience participation and a preview of their Saturday evening performance.
Tickets to the Dec. 2 performance are $27 for adults and $24 for students and senior citizens. Tickets and additional information are available at pagetheatre.org or by calling 507-457-1715 (Noon to 6 p.m., weekdays).
About Saint Mary’s Performance Center
Serving over 25,000 visitors per year, the goal of the Performance Center at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is to be Southeastern Minnesota’s premiere performing arts center, bringing artists and community together through imaginative programming, unique collaborations, a welcoming atmosphere, and exceptional service. The Performance Center strives to be the venue through which artists and community connect, where audiences can experience a variety of cultures through quality performances of music, theatre and dance, and discover the relevance of the arts in their daily lives.
After pitching an invention to one of the executives on TV’s Shark Tank, presenting to Saint Mary’s faculty was a piece of cake.
Stephany Beck ’21 might only be a freshman, but the Entrepreneurship and Marketing double major is already finding ways to enhance her pitching skills, network with area professionals, and learn how one day she could put her name on an innovative product that could help others.
Beck first got her entrepreneurial feet wet while she was a junior in high school in Oshkosh, Wis. The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh sponsored a business pitch competition, and the grand prize was an opportunity to present for Damond John (of Shark Tank) at the Oshkosh Area Women’s Foundation banquet.
Beck and her two high school friends pitched the Klick-a-Kane.
Beck came up with the concept after volunteering at a hospice in her hometown. One of the other hospice volunteers, Ruby, told Beck that finding a spot to store her walking cane in her vehicle was often a hassle, so Beck devised a safe and convenient holder. Klick-a-Kane is a C-shaped device that attaches securely to the center console with Velcro and firmly holds a cane close by, yet out of the way. “I worked with Ruby to develop the idea, and I had her test it to be sure it worked,” Beck said.
Beck’s student group, voted “most likely to succeed” in the OshKosh competition, earned the honor of meeting with Damond John, who Beck described as friendly and encouraging. “He’s a personable guy,” she said. “He came in jeans and a blazer. He started as a small business owner. He said my friends and I did a great job presenting and he encouraged us to keep pursuing our dreams.”
Carrying her idea forward in Saint Mary’s annual Elevator Pitch Competition — sponsored by the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies last week — Beck again did well, placing first overall, as well as winning in the “social impact” category.
Earlier in the fall, Beck was also one of three students who participated in Start Up Weekend, a national program sponsored by Saint Mary’s Kabara Institute and Collider Core of Rochester. Beck was part of a team of entrepreneurs who collaborated on a business plan for 54 hours.
“We were in the midst of high school students, young professionals, pre-med students at Mayo Clinic, and other professionals,” Beck said. Olivia Osterbauer ’18 and Beck worked on Farm to Kitchen, a company that brings farm-fresh products to your table. They presented their idea of a to-go box to a panel of judges and received second-place honors.
“We distributed surveys at the farmer’s market and interacted with different people to do market research,” she said. “I did the marketing and layout and design of our presentation, and they said our layout was the best because it was clear and concise.”
Beck has also attended presentations by various campus speakers the Kabara Institute has hosted, and she believes these experiences are invaluable to a young entrepreneur.
“I like the culture here,” she said. “The connections I’ve made through the Kabara Institute have been valuable and the opportunities have opened my eyes,” she said.
Her dream is to one day own her own business like a clothing boutique and/or to work in marketing for the Green Bay Packers.
Until then, she plans to complete the 4+1 B.A./M.B.A. program, which was one of the main reasons she chose Saint Mary’s.
And she won’t give up on her dream of one day marketing a product, like Klick-a-Kane.
“Entrepreneurship is about letting your creativity flow and seeing what you come up with,” she said. “Entrepreneurship is about finding your passion. And your ideas can also benefit others.”
There’s no question what inspires Deb Henton M’95, C’96, D’99, superintendent of North Branch Area Public Schools.
Actually, there are approximately 3,000 inspirations. Her students.
“Whenever I can raise student achievement, that’s No. 1,” Dr. Henton said. “That’s why I come to work every day. I want to create an environment where kids have the best opportunities possible to achieve their dreams. Our vision statement is to inspire dreams, build integrity, and instill hope in our students, our staff, our families, and our communities.”
It’s because of this commitment, passion, and “outstanding leadership and innovative spirit” that the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA) recently named Dr. Henton as the 2018 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year.
A proud alumnus, Dr. Henton attributes much of her success to the education she received from Saint Mary’s.
“I will always have allegiance and loyalty to Saint Mary’s,” she said. “It has helped me become the person and the leader that I am today.”
A press release announcing her honor touts a lengthy list of accomplishments — during her 11 years at North Branch and throughout her career.
During her tenure Dr. Henton developed and implemented two five-year strategic plans which resulted in: new course offerings; updated buildings; the establishment of an education foundation; greater efficiency of systems; better support of students, staff, and families; a 1:1 digital device initiative for grades 5-12; all-day kindergarten; Spanish K-12; and early childhood programming, beginning at age 3.
In 2014, Dr. Henton implemented new literacy methodologies in NBAPS’ primary and intermediate grades, which greatly improved test results. She’s also improved the district’s overall community engagement and was lauded for the innovative actions she’s taken to reduce the budget, most notably the enactment of a four-day school week.
Originally a stay-at-home mom, Dr. Henton was encouraged to go back for her bachelor’s degree in education by one of her friends. “She told me I should think about going to college because once my two sons were in school, I’d probably want to do something,” she said. “I started teaching Sunday school to see if I liked teaching, and I did. And one of my parents asked me, ‘Are you a teacher; you’re a natural.’ ” After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in 1989, she was further encouraged by colleagues to get her master’s degree and go into education administration.
It was then she was introduced to Saint Mary’s and enjoyed her studies from the very first class.
“No matter the class or location, I found Saint Mary’s to be flexible in meeting the needs of its adult learners,” she said. “They provided relevant content that increased my own tool kit, and I found the university’s values to match my ethical beliefs. I came out of Saint Mary’s with a deep understanding of the educational trends and topics and with the keys to what it means to be a good leader.”
Dr. Henton earned a master’s degree in education from Saint Mary’s in 1995, followed by education administration licensure in 1996, and then her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in the university’s very first cohort in 1999.
“Saint Mary’s has been the foundation for my success,” she said. “It’s helped me every day feel grounded and feel like I have the knowledge and the skills to do my job.”
As the Minnesota honoree, Dr. Henton is a candidate among other state recipients for National Superintendent of the Year, to be announced during the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) convention held on Feb. 15-17, 2018 in Nashville, Tenn.
Photo provided by Isanti-Chisago County Star