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An entrepreneur in training

An entrepreneur in training

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.

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Alumna Dr. Deb Henton named Superintendent of the Year

Alumna Dr. Deb Henton named Superintendent of the Year

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.” 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.

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Heukeshoven to attend Music Makers Summit in Berlin

WINONA, Minn. — A. Eric Heukeshoven of the Saint Mary’s University Music Department has been accepted to attend Loop 2017 in Berlin, Germany from Nov. 10-12. According to the event’s website, “Loop is three days of discussions, performances, presentations, studio...

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Saint Mary’s wind ensembles to perform fall recitals

Saint Mary’s wind ensembles to perform fall recitals

WINONA, Minn. — Two Saint Mary’s University music ensembles, the Flute Choir and the Clarinet Quintet, will perform two fall recitals, one at the Old Main Theatre in Galesville, Wis., and another in Figliulo Recital Hall. The groups are part of the university’s...

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Business background aids HR supervisor at Hormel

Business background aids HR supervisor at Hormel

Angie (Pieper) Bissen ’07 describes herself as “practical.” When she was choosing a major, she thought about the type of career she could envision herself in, as well as what job opportunities would be available. At the time, accounting jobs were in high demand. As she loved numbers, an accounting major seemed … practical. Her sophomore year, she added a second major in human resources, thinking the unique pairing could be beneficial. Currently the HR programs supervisor at Hormel Foods Corporation, Bissen’s instincts were spot-on. “Businesses need to make a profit, so being able to understand the numbers and have a grasp on general business practices is extremely important, no matter what aspect of business you’re interested in,” she said.

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Graduate School of Education partners with Sanneh Foundation

Graduate School of Education partners with Sanneh Foundation

After a successful professional soccer career, Tony Sanneh parlayed his passion, resources, and name recognition into creating a Twin Cities-based foundation that offers youth in-school and after-school support, provides programs that strengthen physical health and...

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Testing medical devices, saving lives

Testing medical devices, saving lives

As a test engineer with Medtronic, Nick Nagel ’14 is saving lives by testing medical devices before they ever come in contact with patients. For Nagel, every test, every data point, is crucial. “Testing helps us better understand why something performs as it was intended to, or may fail or stop working,” he said. “My job has a direct affect on patients, so the device needs to work the way it’s supposed to work every time.” For example, the Andover, Minn., native is currently testing ablation catheters, which doctors use on patients to interrupt unwanted electrical pathways in the heart.

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Page Series to present Ballet Memphis Nov. 18

Page Series to present Ballet Memphis Nov. 18

WINONA, Minn. — The Page Series at Saint Mary’s presents Ballet Memphis, Saturday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Page Theatre. A pre-performance talk will be offered at 6:45 p.m. Ballet Memphis has been recognized for its close ties to the region’s rich musical and...

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