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WINONA, Minn. — Local businesswomen will address the challenges and opportunities of being an entrepreneur in a panel discussion Wednesday, March 29, hosted by the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at Saint Mary’s University.
Women own more than 10.6 million businesses in the U.S., and their businesses account for $2.5 trillion in sales. In the past two decades, the number of women-owned businesses has grown 68 percent.
Lynita Docken-Delaney and Laura Delaney Roessler of Elmaro Vineyard of Trempealeau, Wis., along with Mary, Sara, and Jess Ecker of Ecker’s Apple Farm near Centerville, will talk about unique challenges for women in business. These women will share personal stories of triumph and tribulations, what they’ve learned, and highlights of their successful family business ventures.Mary Ecker and her daughters, Jess and Sara, have run the orchard since Mary’s husband Peter, who had managed the land since 1970, died in 2009. The apple orchards boast 15 varieties of apples with an expansive range of tastes, textures, and subtle flavors. The crop is Tru Earth Certified, grown with conscious thought to people and the environment. Visitors to the farm can pick their own apples in the apple orchards, then stop in to the retail store for locally produced specialty products, Wisconsin apples, caramel, and baked goods made right at Ecker’s
The mother-daughter winemaking team of Lynita Docken-Delaney and Laura Delaney Roessler, along with their husbands, opened Elmaro Vineyard in 2011. The Delaney’s were first inspired to grow grapes and make wine while on a trip to northern Italy in 2003 to watch Laura compete in a curling tournament. Lynita fell in love with the vineyards and wanted to plant grapes back in Wisconsin. Today, the vineyard has grown to 9 1/2 acres of grapes, a medium-sized vineyard for Wisconsin. Wines from Elmaro are made from grapes grown by more than 10 different vineyards in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and one in Arkansas. Juice from the Finger Lakes region of New York is brought in to craft a wine as well. Elmaro has been recognized with 10 gold medals and is a sweepstakes winner at national and international competitions for their wines.
The Women’s Entrepreneurship Panel—free and open to the public—begins at 7 p.m. in Figliulo Recital Hall, located in the Saint Mary’s Performance Center.
About the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial StudiesThe Kabara Institute aims to incite a passion for entrepreneurial spirit in students across Saint Mary’s University, regardless of their major field of study, by providing opportunities for students to interact with entrepreneurs and experience entrepreneurship first-hand, and to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the importance of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in our society.
Photo captions: Lynita Docken-Delaney and Laura Delaney Roessler of Elmaro Vineyard will share their experiences during the Women’s Entrepreneurship Panel discussion Wednesday, March 29, at Saint Mary’s University.
Eckers Apple Farm is family run by Mary Ecker (back left) and her daughters Sarah, left, and Jess, right, along with Jess’s husband, Simon DeGabriele. The Ecker women will also join the Women’s Entrepreneurship Panel discussion Wednesday, March 29, at Saint Mary’s University.
WINONA, Minn. — The 30th annual Page Series at Saint Mary’s University concludes with a three-day residency by Ragamala Dance Company, culminating in a 7:30 p.m. performance Saturday, April 8, at the Page Theatre.
Now in its 23rd season, Ragamala has been hailed by The New York Times as “soulful, imaginative and rhythmically contagious … [Ragamala] showed how Indian forms can provide some of the most transcendent experiences that dance has to offer.” Under the direction of Ranee Ramaswamy and Aparna Ramaswamy, Ragamala Dance Company’s work explores the dynamic tension between the ancestral and the personal. As choreographers and performers, Ranee and Aparna create dance landscapes that dwell in opposition—secular and spiritual life, inner and outer worlds, human and natural concerns, rhythm and stillness—to find the transcendence that lies in between. As mother and daughter, each brings her generational experience to the work—the rich traditions, deep philosophical roots, and ancestral wisdom of India meeting and merging with their hybridic perspective as Indian-American artists.
For their Page Series performance, Ragamala will perform their signature work, Sacred Earth. Sacred Earth explores the interconnectedness between human emotions and the environment that shapes them. Performed with live music, the dancers create a sacred space to honor the divinity in the natural world and the sustenance we derive from it. Inspired by the philosophies behind the ephemeral arts of kolam and Warli painting and the Tamil Sangam literature of India, Sacred Earth is the company’s singular vision of the beautiful, fragile relationship between nature and man.
The Page Series will offer several free events April 6 and 7, which will give community members the opportunity to learn more about Ragamala Dance Company and their work. Events include:
- Introduction to Bharatanatyam: Thursday, April 6, at 12:15 p.m., Page Theatre. This event will offer an introduction to the South Indian dance form that inspires Ragamala’s work.
- A Page in History: Friday, April 7, at 12:05 p.m., Winona County History Center. This event will give attendees insight into company members and how they develop their work, including a demonstration.
- Indian Dance Master Class: Friday, April 7, at 4 p.m., Vaéncia Arts Center. This class is recommended for those ages 7 and older. No experience is necessary, but community members wishing to participate are asked to register in advance at pagetheatre.org.
- Discussion of Sustainability in Life and Art: Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m., Figliulo Recital Hall. This discussion provides an introduction to the folk art forms featured prominently in Sacred Earth.
Tickets to the April 8 performance are $24 for adults and $21 for students and senior citizens. For additional information or to order tickets, visit pagetheatre.org or call 507-457-1715 (noon-6 p.m., weekdays).
Activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, as well as an Arts Tour grant, funded through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Xcel Energy Foundation and the Elizabeth Callender King Foundation.
Katie (Leisen) Spring ’15 knows it’s all about finding ways to set yourself apart.
As an undergraduate biology student, Spring applied for a summer undergraduate research opportunity, which enabled her to work at Mayo Clinic.
That foot in the door led to another. She inquired with a doctor at the Mayo Clinic about volunteering in a lab in the Anesthesia Department where Alzheimer’s research was being done. This inquiry developed into an internship her senior year.
Now working for the Mayo Clinic full time, Spring has returned to Saint Mary’s to earn a master’s in Business Administration because she knows it will give her an edge as her career advances.
“There is such a demand, from my perspective, for students to have the combination of business and science,” she said. “The combination is so rare. I think it would definitely set students apart.”
Spring hopes to continue working in the science community, but is planning for a future that could someday include an administrative role such as an operations manager of a research department.
Finding Saint Mary’s fully online M.B.A. program was a perfect fit for her hectic schedule.
“I am really enjoying the different way of thinking,” she said. “The principles can be applied directly to life: how to manage finances, how to set up spreadsheets. It’s all very useful information. The courses are very condensed, so there’s a lot of information but it’s totally doable. I’m a fan of lifelong learning.”
Spring said it’s been an adjustment for her; she’s had to change her way of thinking because science and business are often complete opposites. Yet, she knows that they are frequently connected.
“When I started my current job at the Mayo Clinic, I was the very first hire in this position,” she said. “We are targeting genes in a genome to make them resistant to HIV. I am a research technologist, so I am responsible for many experiments in the labs but I also do quite a bit of laboratory management, like ordering supplies and doing inventory management. I manage finances, making sure we aren’t over-spending. That’s what got me interested in business.”
In March, Spring was able to share her experience and advice with students during a job fair in the Twin Cities area.
She stressed that students need to find ways to set themselves apart. “I really believe my internship helped me get my position,” she said. “Getting your foot in the door helps so much. All research investigators are willing to take on people they don’t have to pay. Mainly it’s about getting your name out there. Networking is the biggest thing I pushed.”
Spring also encourages students at Saint Mary’s to talk to Mike Hagarty from the Career Services and Internships Office. “He is so helpful and genuinely cares, and that’s awesome. I really think he can do a lot to help students. When I was doing my internship at the Mayo Clinic, he visited me and made time to see how it was going. I like the community feeling I got from Saint Mary’s, which is why I chose to do my master’s through Saint Mary’s too.”
Regardless of where her career path takes her, Spring plans to continue working in science.
“There are so many options out there, and I’m learning what those are,” she said. “But I really enjoy science, the ever-changing environment and the fact that no two days are ever the same. I love the dynamic atmosphere. I like the collaboration. I fell in love with science when I was really little, and at Saint Mary’s, with the uncommon emphasis on laboratory work, I fell in love with research.”
And, she still hopes her efforts are part of a collaboration that can one day find a cure and save lives.
“That’s everybody’s hope,” she said. “Everything you do is contributing in some way. I am very passionate about helping people and I believe that I’m doing so through research.”
WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is inviting current sophomore and junior undergraduate students from throughout the three-state region who are majoring in the sciences to apply for a two-week workshop on Advancing Regenerative Medicine. The workshop will be held May 29-June 9, 2017 at Saint Mary’s Winona Campus. Students selected to take part in this state-of-the-art educational experience—focused on advancing clinically relevant scientific discovery in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering—will receive $1,000 and obtain complimentary room and board for the two-week workshop.
Focused on an evolving area of science, this workshop will feature innovative learning and hands-on activities on the Saint Mary’s Winona Campus, including in modern classrooms and labs in the university’s new Science and Learning Center. The workshop will also include a tour of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in nearby Rochester, Minn., and guest speakers. A speaker from Karolinska Institute from Stockholm, Sweden, is being solidified.
The transitional and groundbreaking discipline of regenerative medicine has tremendous potential to impact the treatment of diseases affecting different organ systems—from tissue growth for burn victims to growing new vital organs, like hearts and kidneys.
The application deadline is April 14, 2017. To apply, or for more information, visit smumn.edu/arm. Due to the hands-on nature of this workshop, the number of participants is limited. Specific questions may be directed to Professor of Biology Debra Martin, Ph.D., at Saint Mary’s by calling 507-457-1628.
This workshop is supported by a nearly $100,000 grant, from the Regenerative Medicine Minnesota Program.
WINONA, Minn. — Jazz at Café Congo (First Congregational Church of Winona) returns with groups from Saint Mary’s University and Wabasha-Kellogg High School combining forces for a memorable evening of music. Saint Mary’s Jazz Combo I and WK’s Vocal Jazz group will be the featured artists on Tuesday, March 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. The groups will perform separately and soloists from Wabasha-Kellogg will also join with Jazz Combo 1 on several jazz standards.
The performance is open to the public at no charge. Café Congo will provide a variety of treats for concertgoers to enjoy while listening to an evening of great jazz. Donations are always gratefully accepted. For more information, contact A. Eric Heukeshoven, Saint Mary’s Music Department, at 507-457-7292 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo Caption: Eric Heukeshoven with Saint Mary’s jazz students.
An exciting new bachelor’s completion program fills the nationwide need for skilled public health workers and offers a flexible degree path for working adults.
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health begins fall 2017 at the Twin Cities Campus.
There is demand for workers to meet community health needs. The aging population, the rise of chronic health challenges, worldwide viral epidemics, and a focus on preventive health are all factors calling for more professionals in the field.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 21% growth in the number of community health workers between 2012 and 2022, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports more public health experts are needed to prevent and treat diseases, identify threats, and facilitate collaboration with communities. Careers include public health care services, governmental public health agencies, the private sector, nonprofits, hospitals, and other settings.
At the bachelor’s degree level, public health is now one of the fastest growing majors in the U.S.
Our unique bachelor’s completion program fills a gap in local education for working adults who have previously earned at least 30 transferable college credits — including community health workers, those with health- or human services-focused two-year degrees, and anyone interested in working in the field of public health.
The series of eight-week courses are designed for working adults who need flexible options to complete a bachelor’s degree. Working students can take advantage of evening classes offered one night a week.
The values-added program will thread the themes of social justice, service, and social determinants of health throughout the curriculum and student experiences.
Applications are being accepted for the Bachelor of Science in Public Health. For details about the program or the schedule of information sessions, contact Laurie Roy at 866-437-2788, Ext. 8606.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is launching a new Bachelor of Science in Public Health program in Minneapolis, beginning fall 2017.
Saint Mary’s new program is in response to the nationwide demand for workers to meet community health needs. The aging population, the rise of chronic health challenges, worldwide viral epidemics, and a focus on preventive health are all factors calling for more professionals in the field.
This unique bachelor’s completion program fills a gap in local education for working adults who have previously earned at least 30 transferable college credit—including community health workers, those with health- or human services-focused two-year degrees, and anyone interested in working in the field of public health.
The series of eight-week courses are designed for working adults who need flexible options to complete a bachelor’s degree. Working students can take advantage of evening classes offered one night a week.
At the bachelor’s degree level, public health is now one of the fastest growing majors in the U.S., according to the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH).
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 21% growth in the number of community health workers between 2012 and 2022, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ report “Healthy People 2020” identifies the need for more public health experts to prevent and treat diseases, identify threats, and facilitate collaboration with communities.
Careers in this field include public health care services, governmental public health agencies, the private sector, nonprofits, hospitals, and other settings. Saint Mary’s exciting new program will thread the themes of social justice, service, and social determinants of health throughout the curriculum and student experiences.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has a long history of preparing students in a number of health-related occupations, including pre-professional tracks in medicine, mental health practice, psychology, human services, healthcare management and administration, and advance practice nursing.
Applications are being accepted now for the Bachelor of Science in Public Health. For details about the program or the schedule of information sessions, contact Laurie Roy at 866-437-2788, Ext. 8606. Learn more at smumn.edu/publichealth.
WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University Department of Theatre and Dance will present the Shakespearean comedy Much Ado About Nothing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 30-April 1, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at the Academy Theatre in the Valéncia Arts Center.
The war is over. Don John, the rebellious brother of Don Carlos, has been returned to his proper subservient relationship, defeated, but not subdued. Count Claudio has proven himself valiant in battle and has fallen head over heels in love with Leonato’s daughter, Hero. And two of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters, Benedick and Beatrice, are at it again, their wits as sharp as swords, continuing their longstanding bantering battle of the sexes. Though so clearly meant for each other, their past failed relationship causes them to swear off any future romantic exploits. Can the others contrive to bring them at last together, even as jealousy and envy drive Don John to try to ruin everything?
For those unfamiliar with the witty Shakespearean classic, director Walter Elder sums up Much Ado as “a merry war between the sexes.” Throughout the play, audiences will enjoy the dance that frequently goes on during courtship as men and women both repel and attract one another. “It’s about pride and swallowing your pride,” Elder said. “It’s about vulnerability and having one’s heart broken. It’s ultimately about love.”
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens and are available by calling the box office, 507-457-1715, from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.pagetheatre.org.
Stacey Purvis-Buchwald can’t wait to share the results of her dissertation research.
The former counselor and social worker, current assistant principal, and Ed.D. candidate at Saint Mary’s University was interested to see how students perceive their classroom engagements—within the categories of behavioral, emotional, cognitive, and agentic engagement. Using photo-elicitation, she compared student responses from a STEM magnet school and a traditional public middle school.
She presented her findings this past weekend at the 13th Annual Doctoral Research Symposium at Saint Mary’s Twin Cities Campus.
The timing and the topic coincided perfectly with her work. “I’ve always wanted to continue my education and get a doctorate,” she said. “The timing was perfect because my school at the time was transitioning from a traditional middle school to a STEM magnet middle school. This was an opportunity to do research and apply my learning to the work I would be doing at my site for my community and my students. I was able to find a program at Saint Mary’s that allowed me to choose focus areas within the curriculum that I wanted to learn more about and could apply to my practice.”
Using a sample of students at the traditional middle school and the STEM magnet school, Purvis-Buchwald completed in-classroom lessons around engagement. After studying the four different areas, she then asked students to provide examples of their lived experiences of their engagement in the classroom in each of these areas, using photos taken on iPads. After choosing the best photos and categorizing them, the students submitted their findings to Purvis-Buchwald.
The photos were then published and used in a focus group interview.
Purvis-Buchwald said she found that students at both sites perceived their engagement very similarly. “What I also found was there is a definitely a multi-dimensionality to engagement. For example, when students are talking about emotional engagement, they pair similar perceptions to other categories, behavioral or cognitive. They aren’t isolated.”
And, most interestingly, she discovered that students at the STEM site perceived their engagement as highly collaborative. “In all four areas of engagement, students regularly talked about engagement in relationship to other students or the teacher in the class,” she said. “They always referred to how they were interacting with other students, which is really interesting. Students at the STEM site were thinking, ‘I need to check my thinking with someone else.’ That didn’t happen at the traditional site.”
Purvis-Buchwald can see areas where further research could be developed. “The STEM site had a heavy concentration of inquiry-based instruction, and I would like to do more research on that connection,” she said. “Does inquiry-based instruction lead to a higher-level collaborative engagement? This would help educators to guide their own instructional practices.
“As a principal, I’d like to work with teachers in professional development and evaluation and explain the four categories and help them understand how to look for these categories in their classroom. It would help them determine if students are fully engaged,” she added. “Too often we monitor if students are compliant, on time, have good attendance, and are completing homework. Rarely are there studies looking at all four categories and how students perceive their own engagement. This is very useful for teachers to understand and use in their classrooms.”
Purvis-Buchwald said the experience was fun as well as practical. As an assistant principal for District 196 (located in Rosemount and covering the south suburban Twin Cities), she will be sharing her research with her district, the fourth-largest in Minnesota.
Looking back at her time at Saint Mary’s, Purvis-Buchwald said it was the convenience of Saint Mary’s Ed.D. program that she appreciates most. “The combination of the online format and summer seminar couldn’t be more ideal for an educator,” she said. “Meeting members of my cohort and building relationships was also very valuable. When we got to the online portion, I truly felt like I knew these individuals because we’d spent time together over the summer. I have made amazing connections.”
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Longtime supporters Jack and Mary Ann Remick of Rochester recently pledged $5 million to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota as part of a Mayo Clinic collaboration to initiate a physician assistant program in Southeast Minnesota. The Remicks’ generous gift will be used to expand the university’s Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center in Rochester and to support academic programming.
The $4.4 million two-story addition to Cascade Meadow—expected to begin in late spring—includes a nearly 10,000 square-foot expansion that will support delivery of a 3+2 Physician Assistant program, a collaborative effort between Mayo’s School of Health Sciences and Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. The facility’s classrooms and meeting spaces also will be used by Saint Mary’s adult students in other university graduate-degree programs offered in Rochester and will support future allied health offerings. The Remicks’ donation includes an additional $600,000 to be used for program development.
As residents of Rochester, the Remicks are dedicated to supporting growth in programming beneficial to the area, which is transforming into a global destination for health and wellness. Their gift will attract talented young students to this area, while helping to fulfill a need in the medical community. Mary Ann is chair of the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Board of Trustees, having joined the board in 2004. Jack previously served on the board from 1999 to 2004. The Remicks established Cascade Meadow in 2011 and transferred ownership to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2015.
“The Remicks have always shared Saint Mary’s mission to make education accessible to students,” said Brother William Mann, president of Saint Mary’s. “We are most grateful for their continued partnership and progressive vision. Through our Rochester presence, we will build a pipeline of educational opportunities for students enrolling in programs at our many locations—in Rochester, Winona, Minneapolis, and online.”
“This building addition and collaboration with Mayo Clinic should put Cascade Meadow and Saint Mary’s on the map in Rochester,” Jack Remick said. “I’m pleased to see how Saint Mary’s is developing programming at Cascade Meadow to fully utilize the facility and build this valuable collaboration.”
To read more about the collaborative effort with Mayo Clinic for a physician assistant program, visit here.
Photo caption: Brother William Mann, president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, with Jack and Mary Ann Remick.
Collaboration includes expansion of Saint Mary’s University Cascade Meadow facility in Rochester
ROCHESTER, Minn.—The Mayo Clinic board of governors recently approved a proposal to initiate development of a new physician assistant master’s degree program through Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences; the proposal is a collaborative effort between Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and Mayo’s School of Health Sciences to create a comprehensive 3+2 Physician Assistant program to meet future patient needs in the area. The proposed program also includes a collaborative pathway for University of Minnesota Rochester students to participate in the program.
“Innovative educational collaborations will play an essential role in creating the highest quality, patient-centered care,” says Fredric Meyer, M.D., Juanita Kious Waugh Executive Dean for Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. “We are committed to developing educational pathways for students that empower them to meet the needs of area patients.”
The 3+2 Physician Assistant program will start the first 24-student cohort at the collaborating universities in fall 2019. A new cohort will be jointly selected for freshman admission each year. Students can become a physician assistant in as little as five years—spending three years studying at the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Winona Campus or at the University of Minnesota Rochester campus, followed by two years of graduate study in Rochester. The graduate portion of the program will include courses and labs held at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s expanding Cascade Meadow facility in Rochester and hands-on clinical experiences at Mayo Clinic. Students successfully completing the program will earn a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota or the University of Minnesota Rochester, and a master of health sciences degree in physician assistant studies from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.
Physician assistants may become a growing part of the medical workforce. By 2025, a shortage of 124,000 primary care physicians is anticipated, with a high percentage in rural areas. Physician assistants are expected to play a pivotal role in primary patient care as health care evolves. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reflects this data, as their predictive models expect 30 percent job growth for physician assistants by 2024, the second-fastest-growing health care profession in the next decade.
“Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences plans new programs to meet the evolving needs of our patients,” says Michael Silber, M.B, Ch.B, Dean, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. “We look forward to collaborating with Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Rochester in developing this comprehensive physician assistant program.”
“This collaboration continues the Saint Mary’s University tradition of excellence in preparing students to lead and serve in the health and sciences professions,” says Brother William Mann, FSC, president, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, which has been based in Winona, Minn., since 1912. “Many alumni already work at Mayo Clinic.”
By offering an option for physician assistant students to focus in rural health care settings, the program seeks to ease the lack of available medical care in rural environments. While 20 percent of the American population lives in rural areas, only 10 percent of doctors practice in these areas. Only 4 percent of family medicine training occurs in these areas, further exacerbating the rural health care issue. Physician assistants can help alleviate this issue by performing examinations, and diagnosing and treating patients as part of a closely coordinated care team with physicians.
“This collaborative effort between local institutions of higher education is a shining example of how to work together for the greater good of the community,” says Lori Carrell, Ph.D., vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Student Development, University of Minnesota Rochester. “Creating pathways for students in high-demand, high-growth fields is critical to ensure healthy, vibrant communities.”
To house the physician assistant program, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will expand its facilities. In addition to a new Science and Learning Center scheduled to open in spring 2017 on the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota campus in Winona, the university will expand its Cascade Meadow facility in Rochester.
The Cascade Meadow addition—expected to begin in late spring 2017—includes a nearly 10,000-square-foot space estimated to cost $4.4 million, which has been provided by Jack and Mary Ann Remick of Rochester. The Remicks’ donation includes an additional $600,000 to be used for program development.
The Cascade Meadow expansion will support delivery of the physician assistant program and future allied health offerings. The classrooms and meeting spaces also will be used by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota adult students in other university graduate degree programs offered in Rochester.
According to Brother William, the Remicks are inspirational champions of education and longtime supporters of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. As residents of Rochester, the Remicks say they are dedicated to supporting growth in programming beneficial to the area, including gifts to Mayo Clinic, which is transforming into a global destination for health and wellness. Their gift will attract talented young students to this area, while helping to fulfill a need in the medical community. Mary Ann is chair of the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota board of trustees, having started her work on the board in 2004. Jack previously served on the board from 1999 to 2004. The Remicks established Cascade Meadow in 2011 and transferred ownership to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in 2015.
About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research, providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. For more information, visit mayoclinic.org/about-mayo-clinic or newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org.
About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures and empowers learners to ethical lives of leadership and service. At Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, students find in every classroom — whether in person or online — a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls 5,800 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, based in Minneapolis but extending worldwide. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as certificates and specialist designations. Learn more at smumn.edu.
About University of Minnesota Rochester
The University of Minnesota Rochester promotes learning and development through personalized education in a technology-enhanced environment. The University of Minnesota Rochester empowers undergraduate and graduate students to be responsible for their own learning and provides appropriate support to prepare them to succeed in a global and multicultural society. The University of Minnesota Rochester serves as a conduit and catalyst for leveraging intellectual and economic resources in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota through its signature academic, research and public engagement programs in collaboration with other campuses of the University of Minnesota, other higher education institutions throughout the state and nation, governmental and nonprofit organizations, and private enterprise.
About Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
Each year, nearly 1,700 students enroll in more than 130 Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences allied health programs representing 55 health sciences careers. With a low student-to-faculty ratio, every student benefits from world-class instructors, innovative educational methodologies and extensive individualized state-of-the-art training at Mayo Clinic, a premiere academic medical organization. Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is one of five premiere schools of medical education within Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.
WINONA, Minn. — The highly acclaimed Artaria String Quartet will perform a free 50-minute musical concert for individuals and families on Thursday, March 23, at 4:15 p.m. in the Recital Hall at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ (MCA) home, the Valéncia Arts Center.
Founded in Boston, Mass., Artaria has been based in Minnesota since 2001. The concert, titled Song & Dance, is perfect for community members of all ages. Movements ranging from hymnals to lullabies include works by Ives, Mendelssohn, and Gershwin. Beethoven and Haydn will offer spirited interpretations of dance that will leave audience members wanting to dance.
Rob Hubbard of the St. Paul Pioneer Press describes the Artaria String Quartet as an “exceptional ensemble with impressive confidence in its interpretations” and “Minnesota’s foremost teaching and performing string quartet.” Winners of the 2004 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, and named 2013-14 Minnesota Public Radio Artists-in-Residence, Artaria was also featured on Twin Cities Public Television as part of the “Minnesota Originals” series.
Artaria’s refined and thoughtful playing has brought them to major venues throughout the United States and Europe, on national television and public radio stations, and at top summer festivals throughout the world.
Artaria has earned numerous awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and the Minnesota State Arts Board for excellence in performance and educational outreach.
This activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Learning Grant provided to Artaria, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Space is limited and seating is first come, first serve.
WINONA, Minn. — The Saint Mary’s University Volunteer Mentors are encouraging individuals, organizations, and churches in Winona to submit requests for service for the eleventh annual Spruce Up Winona event.
Spruce Up Winona is an annual spring event where students volunteer and engage with the Winona community. Volunteers will be available from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 1, 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 Friday, March 24, to the Office of Campus Ministry at Saint Mary’s University by emailing email@example.com or calling 507-457-1679. In the request, please include a description of the work, address of the location, and the estimated time it will take to complete with three students.
WINONA, Minn. — During the Month of March, which also happens to be Youth Art Month, the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is featuring the Minnesota state winners of the visual arts division from the 2017 PTA Reflections program.
Since 1969, the National PTA Reflections program has encouraged students across the nation to explore their artistic talents. The PTA Reflections program is designed to promote cultural arts in schools, encouraging students to create works of art in visual arts, photography, literature, music, dance, film, and special artist categories.
This year’s theme was “What’s Your Story?” and the artwork displayed is from students in grades kindergarten through grade 12. Out hundreds of entries, 50 winners were selected between the different divisions. Outstanding level entries have advanced to the National PTA competition in Washington, D.C.; winners will be announced in April.
Award-winning pieces are displayed at Galleria Valéncia including nine Winona-area students: Bluffview Montessori student: Julia Windley Daoust (third place, photography, middle school); Washington-Kosciusko Elementary students: Salome Tovaisas (third place, literature, intermediate), Mya Brand (second place, photography, intermediate), Sawyer Lopsch (third place, photography, intermediate), and Pippa Serleth (third place, visual arts, intermediate); Goodview Elementary students: Harper Klug (first place, visual arts, primary) and Delainee Gilligan (third place, visual arts, primary); and Winona Senior High students: Grace Going (first place, visual arts, high school), and Irene Guillen (second place, visual arts, high school). Additionally, other entries from Winona-area students in both the visual arts and photography divisions are on display for all to enjoy.
This gallery exhibit is free and open to the public through March 31 during office hours and while classes are in session. A special reception for area Reflection artists and their families will be held Thursday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the MCA Recital Hall. MCA is located inside the Valéncia Arts Center at 1164 W. Howard St. Visitors are encouraged to sign the guestbook, so that the young artists know who attended the show. For more information, visit: www.mnpta.org. For more information about MCA, visit smumn.edu/mca.
Photo caption: This piece of art is by the first-place visual arts winner Grace Going, a 12th-grader at Winona Senior High School. The 2017 PTA Reflections state winners are on display throughout March at the Valéncia Arts Center.
WINONA, Minn. — The Page Series at Saint Mary’s University will present I Have a Dream Monday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. in the Page Theatre.
A production of Virginia Repertory Theatre, this one-hour play chronicles the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a compelling dramatization of the life and times of one of the most influential and charismatic leaders of the “American Century.” Inspired by the arrest of Rosa Parks, Dr. King gains national recognition and becomes the dominant force in the Civil Rights Movement during its decade of greatest achievement. I Have a Dream tells the inspirational story of this great leader’s struggle and his dream of lifting “our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.”
Virginia Repertory Theatre is a nonprofit, professional theatre company based in Richmond, Va. The company, whose production of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea entertained Winona audiences last season, has received international acclaim for excellence as a theatre for young audiences and performs live for over half a million students, parents, and teachers each year throughout 33 states and the District of Columbia.
In anticipation of the March 20 performance, the Page Series will also host a Gathering at the Winona Public Library Saturday, March 18, at noon. Recommended for children in grades 3-12, this free gathering will explore the Civil Rights Movement through poetry. Poet and Saint Mary’s student Nicholle Ramsey will perform an original work, introduce the basics of writing poetry and spoken word, and guide attendees in using notable quotations from leaders of the Civil Rights Movement to create their own written works. Attendees will also have the opportunity to win free tickets to the show.
Tickets to I Have a Dream are $14 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. For more information or to order tickets, visit pagetheatre.org or call 507-457-1715 (noon to 6 p.m., weekdays).
Page Series activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Additional support comes from the Xcel Energy Foundation and the Elizabeth Callender King Foundation.
WINONA, Minn. — The Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir will perform 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at Saint Mary’s University. The performance, titled “Love, Unity, and Praise,” is free and open to the public and will be held in the university’s Saint Thomas More Chapel.
The Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir, through its soulful interpretation of the African-American gospel music tradition, moves audiences spiritually and creates community across racial, cultural, and economic boundaries.
While celebrating a love of gospel music, the choir seeks to model community and reconciliation.
The event is hosted by Saint Mary’s Office of Campus Ministry.
As a Cardinal hockey player, Andrew Ketterer ’14 scored some game-winning goals and made some amazing assists.
Now that he’s netted a position with USA Hockey, Ketterer’s goal hasn’t changed all that much. As coordinator of social media and digital content, Ketterer is still assisting with promoting the sport of hockey.
Only now, it’s on a national scale.
Ketterer double-majored in marketing and sport management and minored in public relations at Saint Mary’s. He’d always known marketing was a route he wanted to take. Adding sport management seemed natural to the four-year varsity hockey player.
While in college, he started his own hockey blog, Ketts’ Corner, covering a variety of topics, mostly revolving around the National Hockey League. The blog’s success led him to approach Jeff Hefel from the Business Department and Dean Beckman from the Communication Department about adding a public relations minor. Ketterer could foresee that these skills would help further his career.
After graduation, Ketterer worked for Simantel, a global marketing and communications firm in Peoria, Ill., but he never lost sight of his dream to work in sports.
“I knew that I wanted to work in hockey,” he said. “It was just a matter of how I was going to get there.” When he was alerted to the USA Hockey position, he recognized immediately it was a dream job.
In December 2015, two weeks after interviewing, Ketterer moved to Colorado Springs, Colo.
USA Hockey’s focus is on the support and development of grassroots hockey programs. It connects the game at every level while promoting a lifelong love of the sport.
In his position, Ketterer handles the day-to-day responsibilities of all of the social media platforms, which can mean some crazy hours.
“If we have international games or tournaments, it can mean an early morning or late night,” he said. “We always have things going on like youth hockey clinics or adult league tournaments. Our team is constantly on call.
“Another large part of my job is more strategic; we don’t want to just pump out content. Instead, we want to take a look at what goals we are trying to achieve, explore new channels, create new accounts under our channels—all of that falls into my daily responsibilities. A typical day is anything but typical.”
Ketterer said his job also includes opportunities to travel. Most recently he covered the 2017 IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship, which was held in Zlin, Czech Republic. “I was doing everything from live tweeting to cutting up post-game comments, doing some side interviews on camera, basically everything we had on the web and on social, I had a hand in,” he said.
“Our goal is to grow the game at the grassroots level, whether that’s youth hockey, disabled hockey, or adult league hockey,” Ketterer said. “The other side, which is more known, includes the international tournaments. Those are a big deal to us because of the exposure they give the game of hockey in the U.S., which helps us grow at the youth level.”
Ketterer said he will play a role in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games but doesn’t know if he’ll be covering the U.S. men’s and women’s teams from home base or from Pyeongchang, South Korea.
“It’s crazy to think that it’s just a year out; there’s a heck of a lot to do, but I’m excited for the opportunity it presents” he said.
Ketterer said he is grateful for many of his Saint Mary’s professors, including Hefel and Beckman, who helped him hone the critical-thinking skills necessary in his position. “They made me work through real-world situations and really think outside the box,” he said.
He advises students to be patient, and to stay aggressive in finding the right position. He said there are a lot of opportunities to get experience. “My blog made me realize there was a possibility of working in hockey,” he said. “Some pieces were linked to by Yahoo Sports, or people would link to something in one my articles. The blog was free, but it eventually helped me because I included it during my interview process. You may not get paid, but the payoff will be worth it,” he said. “I found my dream job.”
WINONA, Minn. — The following students received bachelor of arts degrees in December 2016 from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona:
Connor Bonfe, St. Paul, Minn., son of Joe and Jill Bonfe
William Boser, Little Falls, Minn.
Benjamin Coleman, Rochester, son of Brian and Melissa Coleman
Marzena Drozd, Poland
Destiny Dux, Minnesota City, Minn., daughter of David and Chris Dux
Katie Ehlenfeldt, Beaver Dam, Wis., daughter of Mark and Patricia Ehlenfeldt
Ryan Fejt, Westchester, Ill., son of George Fejt and Gail Quilty-Fejt
Peter Hegland, Utica, Minn., son of James Hegland
Zachary Loechler, Winona, son of Dr. Kathy Ryan
Mohanned Naquib, Saudi Arabia
Katharine Nicoson, Fairmont, Minn., daughter of Robert Nicoson and Janeen Nicoson
Elaine Ocampo, Chicago, Ill., daughter of Felipe Ocampo and Veronica Fuerte
Kalee Petron, Royalton, Minn., daughter of Mark and Cynthia Petron
Carly Radke-Vangen, Winona, daughter of Betty Radke
Luke Ringhand, Winona, son of Thomas and Tamara Ringhand
Megan Ringsred, Bloomington, Minn., daughter of Jeff and Kathy Ringsred
Chazz Robinson, Milwaukee, Wis., son of Leesa Robinson
Brian Ruether, Shoreview, Minn., son of Michael and Julie Ruether
Chloe Stauffer, Holmen, Wis., daughter of Chris Stauffer
Cynthia Tamia, Winona, daughter of Robert Tamunkoh and Agnes Azeh
Kevin Valverde, Minneapolis, son of Angelia Valverde
Nathin Voeller, East Grand Forks, Minn., son of Roger and Jamie Voeller
Christina Weldai, London, United Kingdom
Andrew Wright, Esko, Minn., son of Allen Wright and Terri Port Wright
Matthew Wubben, Ankeny, Iowa, son of Terri Wubben
WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University will present the 17th annual Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance from 8:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, March 18.
This year’s beneficiary is Jean Auman, who has worked in the university’s Business Office for the past 20 years. Auman was diagnosed with an aggressive and rare form of cancer and has recently finished her radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Proceeds from the dance and silent auction will help Auman and her family with travel and medical expenses.
The benefit has become an annual student tradition since its start in 2001 in honor of Taylor Richmond, son of Saint Mary’s staff member Nikki Richmond. Each year this event benefits someone in need who has ties to the Saint Mary’s community. Although Taylor passed away in 2014, his memory lives on at Saint Mary’s.
The dance, featuring music by the Johnny Holm Band, will be held in the gymnasium. Ticket prices are $15 per person. To purchase tickets or make a donation, go to TRBD17.eventbrite.com. Dance tickets will also be available at the door. T-shirts and hoodies are also available.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center in Rochester has launched a monthly speaker series, which features presentations on environmental topics impacting the Southeastern Minnesota region. The series will be held the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the lower level of Cascade Meadow, located at 2900 19th St. NW. The events are free and open to the public, and no RSVP is needed.
The next speaker, Moni Berg-Binder, Ph.D., an assistant biology professor at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, will present “Why are these ants in my plants? A brief exploration of ant-plant interactions” on Thursday, March 16. Interactions between ants and plants are abundant in nature. What are the outcomes of these interactions? Who are the “winners” and “losers”? This presentation will explore several different common types of interactions between ants and plants, including several interactions happening in Southeastern Minnesota.