Summer Chautauqua 2011: Speaker Bios

Albert Biales

Albert Biales is a musician who has composed for a variety of media – vocal music, orchestral music, opera, concertos, chamber music. He received his Ph.D. in historical musicology from UCLA and taught at St. Catherine for 35 years, retiring in 1997. He plays the trumpet and has played with such performers as Lena Horne, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Frank Sinatra. Session: C17, Jazz: America’s Musical Treasure, Tuesday, August 9, 1-3 p.m.

Michael Bjornberg

Michael Bjornberg is a historical architect and project manager with HGA Architects and Engineers. He has been involved in numerous notable historic building restorations including: University of Minnesota Coffman Union, Minnesota State Capitol Restoration, Historic Fort Snelling Restoration, and American Swedish Institute Restoration and Expansion. Session: C12, An Insider’s Look into the St. Paul Union Depot Restoration Project, Sunday, August 7, 7-9 p.m.

David Browning

David Browning teaches salsa and ballroom dance at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in St. Paul. He's been helping people find joy and expression through movement for the past 10 years through both social and competitive dancing. Session: C11, Club Salsa, Sunday, August 7, 2-3:15 p.m.

Sister Vera Chester, CSJ is a 1952 graduate of St. Catherine. She received her Ph.D. in Theology from Marquette University and taught theology at St. Catherine, inspiring her students to explore the depths of the subject. Session: C25, Asian Wisdom for Aging Minnesotans, Friday, August 12, 1-3 p.m.

Cass Dalglish

Cass Dalglish is a professor of English at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, and a former journalist. Her books include Humming the Blues, Nin and Sweetgrass (finalist for a Minnesota Book Award). She is a 1966 alumna of St. Catherine, and holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a Ph.D. from The Union Institute. She was recently inducted into the St. Catherine University Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Session: E5, Poetry in the Parlor, Thursday, August 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Kathleen Daniels

Kathleen Daniels is director of the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at St. Catherine University. Daniels is a 1973 studio arts major from St. Catherine, and has a master’s degree in art history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She spent nearly 20 years teaching, running an art gallery and working in marketing before coming back to St. Catherine to oversee the University’s fine arts collection. Session: C5, The Artwork of St. Catherine University, Friday, August 5, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Mary DesJarlais

Mary DesJarlais graduated from St. Catherine in 1981. She works for the MN AFL-CIO promoting diversity in the construction trades through teenage and adult training programs. She was a recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant and recently published her first novel, Dorie LaValle through North Star Press, Inc. Mary has enjoyed classes at the Loft and the University of Iowa’s Summer Writing Program and belongs to the Blue Moon Writing Group. Session: C7, I Got My Book Published; You Can Too, Friday, August 5, 1-3 p.m.

Mary Esch

Mary Esch has been a popular instructor in the Alumnae Relations Office’s Lifelong Learning art classes over the years. She is a professional fine artist focused on providing adult education. Her personal art practice includes landscape painting and drawing in open air, serial drawings that re-interpret well known classic fairy tales, portrait painting and drawing. Session: C9, Basic Sketching with Your Pencil, Saturday, August 6, 8:30-11 a.m.

Hugo Garrido

Hugo Garrido is a licensed Zumba® Instructor originally from the city of Arica in northern Chile. From an early age he participated in various folkloric dance groups, an activity he maintained after immigrating to the United States in 2005. Garrido is the most representative Latin dancer and fitness instructor in the Twin Cities, and as a Zumba® Jammer™, one of few authorized to teach other instructors. His extensive background allows him to modify routines, steps and choreographies based on the type of public or student. Sessions: E6 and E7 Zumba Fitness®, Monday, August 8, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, August 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Teresa Hajduga Martin

Teresa Hajduga Martin is a 1966 graduate of St. Catherine University who has spent over 15 years as a color image and wardrobe consultant for clients in the Twin Cities, in addition to years in business and sales. She is a frequent adult education instructor on color analysis and skin (one's basic accessory) care. Session: C14, Dress & Accessorize with Confidence: Creating the Look You Want, Monday, August 8, 7-9 p.m.

Nicole Harrison

Nicole Harrison is the founder and principal of SocialNicole, LLC, a virtual interactive communications agency. She received a master’s in education in 2002 from St. Catherine and taught for six years in an alternative high school before following a new path first in the nonprofit sector and then with social media. Session: C8, Staying Sane with Social Media, Saturday, August 6, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Rebecca Hawthorne

Rebecca Hawthorne is an assistant professor and program director of the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) at St. Catherine University. She holds a B.A. in English from Wellesley College, an M.A.T. in English from Brown University and a Ph.D. in education from Stanford University. She is a member of the Greater Twin of the Cities Women's Leadership Council. Session: C21, Women’s Leadership Development: Insights from the MN Census of Women in Corporate Leadership, Wednesday, August 10, 7-9 p.m.

Nancy Heitzeg

Nancy Heitzeg is professor of sociology and program director of Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity at St. Catherine University. She received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Her upcoming publication "The High Cost of Profit: Racism, Classism and Interests Against Prison Privatization” in Prison Privatization: The State of Theory and Practice, will be published later this year. Session: C2, Racism in Minnesota, Wednesday, August 3, 1-3 p.m.

Wendy Hendricks Degler

Wendy Hendricks Degler is a 1991 graduate of St. Catherine with an accounting and fashion merchandising double major. Her passion is helping women dress with confidence, from creating just the right outfit and accessories for a wedding in Paris to helping women change the perception of their abilities by making subtle changes in their appearance. Wendy and her partners Stephanie Cole and Dr. Sue Hendricks have represented the Carlisle and Per Se Collections clothing line since 2009. Session: C14, Dress & Accessorize with Confidence: Creating the Look You Want, Monday, August 8, 7-9 p.m.

Jacquelyn Huebsch SP'62, PhD, RN,CNP, is a senior research fellow for HealthPartners Research Foundation. She retired from HealthPartners Cardiology at Regions Hospital, where she served as an adult nurse practitioner and as associate director of the Heart Failure and Lipid Clinics. Course: C20, Women’s Health in the 21st Century, Wednesday, August 10, 1-3 p.m.

Daron Janzen

Daron Janzen received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota in inorganic chemistry and teaches in the Chemistry Department at St. Catherine. He and his colleagues in the Department secured a grant from the National Science Foundation to purchase a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer that enables faculty and student research on molecular structure. Session: C15, Molecular Structure and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Tuesday, August 9, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Ellen Kennedy

Ellen Kennedy, Ph.D. is executive director of the World without Genocide. Dr. Kennedy earned master's degrees in English and education from Northern Michigan University, a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Minnesota, and two doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota in marketing and sociology. She has taught at numerous overseas universities, and is the 2009 recipient of the “Outstanding Citizen” award from the Anne Frank Center in New York. Session: C6, Genocide and Our Response, Friday, August 5, 1-3 p.m.

Deborah Kloiber

Deborah Kloiber is University archivist and head of special collections at St. Catherine University. Kloiber has her M.S. in Information Science from the University of Tennessee. In 2009 she received grant funding to process and catalogue key series in the Ade Bethune Collection and contribute Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids to the Catholic Research Resources Alliance portal. Session: C3, Ade Bethune: Beyond the Catholic Worker, Thursday, August 4, 1-3 p.m.

Cecilia Konchar Farr

Cecilia Konchar Farr is professor of English and women’s studies at St. Catherine University. She earned her Ph.D. at Michigan State University and her B.A. at Slippery Rock State College in Pennsylvania. Her study of Oprah’s Book Club, Reading Oprah: How Oprah’s Book Club Changed the Way America Reads, was published by SUNY in 2004 followed by a collection, The Oprah Affect: Critical Essays on Oprah’s Book Club with co-editor Jaime Harker, in 2008. Session: C22, The Future of the Book, Thursday, August 11, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Eric Li

Eric Li's first exposure to Argentine tango challenged all the ideas he had about what's possible in a dance between two people. A background in engineering gave him a deep and immediate desire to understand how bodies could elegantly move together through space, improvising, as they do in this dance. Six years of intensive study later, he left his engineering job and traveled to Buenos Aires. He returned home determined to teach tango as a career and contribute to its growth in the Twin Cities. Session: C10, Argentine Tango, Saturday, August 6, 2-4 p.m.

Sister Mary Virginia Micka

Mary Virginia Micka, CSJ: Sister Mary Virginia Micka is a prolific poet and visual artist. Several of her poems have been set to music. Sister Mary Virginia is a 1943 graduate from St. Catherine. She is professor emerita from St. Catherine, having taught English here for 42 years. Session: E4, Poetry in the Parlor, Tuesday, August 9, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Julie Miller Jones

Julie Miller Jones, Ph.D., professor emerita of nutrition, was awarded the Fellowship of the ICC Academy by the International Association for Cereal Chemistry at its Latin American conference in April. At St. Kate's, she was the 3M Endowed Chair in Science Adjunct Professor and was twice honored with the University's Teaching and Advising Awards as well as the Alumnae Association's Myser Award for outstanding faculty. Session: C13, Eating Healthy and Well: Fiber, Whole Grains and more, Monday, August 8, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Sister Joan Mitchell

Sister Joan Mitchell, CSJ, is publisher of Good Ground Press, editor of the lectionary-based programs Sunday by Sunday for adults and general editor for the past 30 years of the Pflaum Gospel Weeklies for children. She is the author of Beyond Fear and Silence: A Feminist Reading of Mark and holds a doctorate in theology from Luther Seminary in St. Paul. She currently serves on the Leadership Team of Sisters of St. Joseph community and is on the Board of Trustees of St. Catherine University. Sister Joan is a 1962 graduate of St. Catherine. Session: C18, Women of the Bible, Tuesday, August 9, 7-9p.m.

Patricia Klas Montalbano

Patricia Klas Montalbano is assistant professor of English at St. Catherine University. She received her undergraduate degree from Creighton University and her doctorate from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Session: C19, F. Scott Fitzgerald: His Life and Work, Wednesday, August 10, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Patricia Olson
Patricia Olson, Richard Fleischman

Patricia Olson is associate professor of art and art history at St. Catherine. She received an MFA in visual studies from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Olson spent 25 years as an artist and graphic designer, and was a founding member of the influential art collective WARM (Women's Art Registry of Minnesota). Last winter, the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery unveiled "The Catherine Portrait," a solo show which Olson completed in her role as the Sister Mona Riley Endowed Professor in the Humanities. Session: C24, Women’s Visual Art Education: Past, Present and Future, Thursday, August 11, 7-9 p.m.

Pauline Oo

Pauline Oo is staff writer and editor in St. Kate's Marketing and Communications Office. She started studying tango in 2005 and became her teacher's assistant a year later. She now helps local and visiting teachers on call. Session: C10, Argentine Tango, Saturday, August 6, 2-4 p.m.

Nancy Parlin

Nancy Parlin served with the American Peace Corps as a volunteer and staff member in Pakistan working in rural community development in the early 1960s. She has returned to Pakistan numerous times for research, and more recently with a teacher training program. Dr. Parlin is a former professor of sociology and Vice Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. She is a 1956 graduate of St. Catherine and received her doctorate from the University of Minnesota. Session: C23, Pakistan: A 50-Year Perspective and Observations of the Current Situation, Thursday, August 11, 1-3 p.m.

Coralie Pederson, MSN, RN, WHNP is a 1995 graduate of the bachelor of science in nursing program at St. Catherine. She has worked largely in community health with an emphasis on women's health. Pederson is a certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and has a Master's degree in Nursing from Metropolitan State University. She currently has a part-time clinical practice at the Family Tree clinic in St. Paul and is an assistant professor of nursing at St. Catherine University. Session: C20, Women’s Health in the 21st Century, Wednesday, August 10, 1-3 p.m.

Kelly Povo

Kelly Povo, a 2009 St. Catherine graduate in women’s studies and art history, is the chapter manager for the St. Catherine University Alumnae Relations Office. Povo is an award-winning photographer whose hand-colored images of women have appeared on cards and posters, in galleries and museums, and in her books. She has her own greeting card line, Kelly Cards, which features pictures of her friends. Session: C1, Work Magic with Your Digital Camera, Wednesday, August 3, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Paul Schnell
Paul Schnell,

Paul Schnell is Hastings police chief and a 2002 graduate of the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program at St. Catherine. Before becoming Hastings’ police chief last year, Schnell was a deputy sheriff with Carver County and spent more than a decade with the St. Paul Police Department. Session: C4, Youth Bullying: How to Help Our Children, Thursday, August 4, 7-9 p.m.

John Shimpach has been a PGA Professional for over 24 years. He is currently the Head Golf Professional at Highland National Golf Course. Course: C16, Short Golf Game Clinic, Tuesday, August 9, 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Elaine Weimar Wagner

Elaine Weimar Wagner is a 1961 graduate of St. Catherine. Her memoir, Feeling The Distance (2010), was written in St. Paul’s Highland Park as well as Los Angeles’ Lincoln Heights. Her professional career included 37 years as a librarian at the St. Paul Public Library. Wagner’s first book, A Case Of Bottled Murder, was published by Doubleday in 1973. Session: C7, I Got My Book Published; You Can Too, Friday, August 5, 1-3 p.m.