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MCA hosts jazz combo performances

WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) jazz combos will present two community concerts, free and open to the public, on: Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at MCA’s Academy Theatre at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 W. 10th St. Wednesday, March 21 at...

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Winona Campus closed until 10:30 a.m.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has closed the Winona Campus until 10:30 a.m. today (Feb. 20, 2018), due to extreme weather conditions. Morning classes before 10:30 a.m. have been cancelled. University employees should not report to work until 10:30 a.m. as well....

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Inspiring others to find their life’s mission

Inspiring others to find their life’s mission

From skydiving with the Navy SEALs, to sharing dinner and Mass with the Franciscan nuns, to hopping on a private jet with the owner of the Minnesota Wild, to temporarily living as a homeless man in Detroit, Joe Sweeney ’80 has done it all. Sweeney shares some of his...

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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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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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Building a game-changing career in business intelligence

Rowan Flynn remembers the moment when he could first picture his future. One fall afternoon, after listening to an energetic lecture from Michael Ratajczyk, Flynn changed from an “undecided” major to a finance and business intelligence and analytics double major. Since then, he’s been honing his skills to be a game-changer in the healthcare business sector after graduating this spring.

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Degrees of success

To Trhas Berhane ’13, C’14, M’17 earning her degrees from Saint Mary’s means just a little more. Berhane, a native of Ethiopia, completed her bachelor’s degree—and now her master’s degree—all while working full-time, raising a family (including having two babies), dealing with a difficult pregnancy, and helping her mother overcome cancer. Berhane said that, through it all, she was determined to complete her studies, and to create a brighter future for her family.

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Hauser helps the Wild increase revenue goals

Brad Hauser ’17 spent his college hockey career analyzing how to increase the percentage of goals kept out of the Cardinals’ net; now he’s helping the Minnesota Wild analyze how to increase their revenue and grow the game of hockey across the state. The business intelligence and data analytics major from Gurnee, Ill., landed the ideal start to his dream career as a marketing intelligence intern for the Minnesota Wild at the beginning of September.

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Going places with a GIS degree

As a geographer and cartographer, Caroline “Siffy” (Erickson) Torkildson M’10 not only creates maps of the world, she is also trekking around the world using maps. And her M.S. in Geographic Information Science from Saint Mary’s is helping her go places.

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