Starting May 1, the Saint Mary’s University School of Education and School of Business and Technology graduate-level (master’s and doctoral) courses currently offered at the Heintz Center, 1926 College View Road East, in Rochester will move to Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center, 2900 19th Street N.W., in Rochester. Saint Mary’s bachelor-completion courses will continue to be offered at RCTC/Heintz Center, and the Graduate School of Health and Human Services programs will transition to Cascade Meadow at a future date yet to be determined. While Saint Mary’s will retain a presence at RCTC, its Rochester Center location and staff will transition to Cascade Meadow during the coming months. Saint Mary’s plans to continue to serve students in this growing region with its person-centered education. University officials believe these changes will help the university to continue to provide an excellent and affordable education as well as to better utilize its resources.
Cascade Meadow is located just north of Hwy 14 and west of Hwy 52. The facility includes free and ample parking, as well as a stellar environmental setting where students can enjoy nature and walking trails before and after class as well as during breaks. The classrooms will be equipped with technology and flexible furniture options to meet the needs of adult learners.
SMU Student Award
Saint Mary’s University senior education student Kiya Virgin of Rochester, Minn., was selected to receive the Hooper Award, sponsored by the Minnesota ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development). This award, which honors an exceptional student in the field of education, is given to only one teaching candidate from all participating teacher preparation programs in Minnesota each year. This award is inspired by and named for Stan Hooper, a powerful force in Minnesota education for more than 30 years. His rich background includes experience as a teacher, curriculum director, and assistant superintendent, and at the college level as a supervisor of student teachers. Virgin was recognized for her scholarship, leadership, integrity, and enthusiasm for teaching and learning. As a Hooper Award winner, she will also receive a one-year membership in Minnesota ASCD.
Photo caption: Hooper Award winner Kiya Virgin is pictured with her nominators Melissa Luedtke, Scott Sorvaag, and Karen Sorvaag of the Saint Mary’s University Education Department
4-H Clover College
4-H Clover College, that engaged youth and adults on April 10 at the Buffalo County Courthouse in Alma, is a hands-on educational workshop for youth and adults. The workshops were taught by 4-H members and alumni, including local successful artists. The experiential learning workshops included Kids and Canvas instructed by Laurie Bauer and Tracee Wilkerson; Hand-Built Pottery taught by Ella Rippley of Milk House Pottery; and Blueprints and Buildings and Putting the Art in Science both facilitated by Dana Erickson and Annie Lisowski of University of Wisconsin - Extension. The concept of 4-H Clover College is to participate in a hands-on exploratory class for a short while to gain 4-H project skills and be social with others. Many of the sessions incorporated Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) inquiry methods to engage young people in critical thinking and problem solving skills, much like secondary education general education courses.
PICTURED: Finley Noll and Maddie Wick of Clover 4-H followed blueprints to create pipe designs.
WMS 8th Grade Band
Members of the Winona Middle School 8th grade band and director Mr. Andy Marsolek traveled to the Wisconsin Dells for the 9th annual Kalahari Band Festival on April 21.
Photo 1: WMS 8th Grade Band
On April 23, Saint Mary’s recognized its philanthropic partners at the university’s annual Benefactor Recognition Reception and Dinner. This event is an opportunity to publicly thank the university’s benefactors for their partnership and to celebrate the generosity they have shown to Saint Mary’s.
About 90 guests, including friends, alumni, members of the Board of Trustees, Alumni Board, and advisory boards, faculty, staff, and students attended the event on the Winona Campus.
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Saint Mary’s University Heritage Award for Transformational Philanthropy to George P. and Mary Ann Kendall of Glenview, Ill.
The Kendalls are inspirational champions of education and long-time benefactors of Saint Mary’s. They, along with their associated family foundations—the George P. and Mary Ann Kendall Charitable Foundation and the George R. Kendall Foundation—have generously supported the university since their oldest son, Chris, enrolled as a freshman in 1975.
Photo caption: Brother William Mann, Saint Mary’s University president, presents George P. and Mary Ann Kendall with the Saint Mary’s University Heritage Award for Transformational Philanthropy.