WINONA, Minn. — In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Saint Mary’s University is hosting a variety of events throughout the week. The public is invited to attend these free events

Dr. H. Yvonne Cheek is making a return visit to Saint Mary’s Monday, Jan. 16, to speak about inclusivity, respect, and solidarity. Dr. Cheek will present “Stuck on Hope” from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. in Page Theatre. The president of the Millennium Consulting Group, Dr. Cheek is a strategic change consultant, master trainer, and facilitator. Committed to civic involvement, Dr. Cheek is currently a member of National Center for Black Philanthropy and is a trustee with the Blandin Foundation and the Sundance Family Foundation. One of the highlights of her career was co-designing and facilitating a White House Conference on Women and Leadership.


Tall Paul

Tall Paul, an Anishinaabe and Oneida hip-hop artist enrolled on the Leech Lake reservation in Minnesota, will perform 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, in the Performance Center’s Figliulo Recital Hall. Born and raised in Minneapolis, his music strongly reflects his inner-city upbringing. From personal expressions of self, to thought-provoking commentary on issues affecting indigenous and diverse communities as a whole, Tall Paul’s music evokes a variety of substance and soul.

Author and motivational speaker Dr. Tommy Watson M’05, D’14 will present “Got Hope? Moving Forward Together!” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, in Salvi Lecture Hall, located on the third floor of Saint Mary’s Hall. Dr. Watson grew up with parents who were drug addicts and professional shoplifters. In fact, his mother was arrested 11 times during his first year of life while his father was incarcerated. By the time he was a senior in high school, he was homeless and had lived in nearly 30 different locations. Despite the many transitions and challenges, he was one of the top football players in the nation and went on to obtain four college degrees.

Dr. Watson inspires audiences to new ways of thinking and helps them to access their untapped potential. He has been featured on many news media outlets including Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC, and the Big Ten Network. His latest book, The Resilience of Champions™: Secret Habits of Highly Resilient Individuals and Organizations, chronicles his personal experiences. The book also reveals the secrets of success contained in the journeys of peak performers such as Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, McDonald’s, and Mary Kay Cosmetics. The Resilience of Champions describes how readers can use key habits of resilience to make their individual and organizational dreams come true. He is also the author of the award-winning book A Face of Courage.

The full schedule (subject to change) includes:

Monday, Jan. 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

7:30 a.m. — Donuts and coffee, Saint Mary’s Hall

12:45-1:45 p.m. — Dr. H. Yvonne Cheek, “Stuck on Hope,” Page Theatre

7 p.m. — Tall Paul music performance, Figliulo Recital Hall

Tuesday, Jan. 17

7 p.m. — Dr. Tommy Watson M’05, D’14, “Got HOPE? Moving Forward Together!”, Salvi Lecture Hall, third floor of Saint Mary’s Hall

Wednesday, Jan. 18

4:15 p.m. — Conversations with Minnesota author, William D. Green, Degrees of Freedom: Civil Rights in Minnesota 1865-1912, President’s Room, Toner Student Center

7 p.m. — Collection for Winona Food Shelf at men’s basketball game

8 p.m. — Movie: Selma, Common Room, third floor of Saint Mary’s Hall

Thursday, Jan. 19

7:30 p.m.  — Drum & Dance from Guinea West Africa, Common Room, third floor of Saint Mary’s Hall

Friday, Jan. 20

7:30 a.m. — Fair Trade Friday with donuts, Saint Mary’s Hall

7 p.m. — Collection for Winona Food Shelf at men’s hockey game

Times and locations are subject to change. Check back to for the most recent schedule.


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