Author: University of Mary

Student Political Group’s First-Year Success Earns Invite to Presidential Inauguration

Bismarck, ND — If you were to ask this group of University of Mary students who won some of the local, state and national elections, they would probably be quick to tell you their names. But that wouldn’t be what they’re most proud of during this past election cycle. “I am really proud of our organization and its efforts in voter information and getting the word out to vote,” said Gage Sitte, a University of Mary senior from Lisbon, ND, majoring in history education. “There was much confusion during this election, and given our great team, we worked really...

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University of Mary Opens New Multimillion-Dollar Fieldhouse and Wellness Center

BISMARCK, ND — The University of Mary held its grand opening and blessing ceremony at the new multimillion-dollar fieldhouse and wellness center today, Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Faculty, staff, students and honored guests celebrated the opening of the $10-million facility with a campus-wide Mass held inside the 80,000 square foot structure. “This is truly a result of a community effort, a statewide effort, where groups and friends of the University of Mary came together from start to finish realizing the need for a state-of-the-art facility that will be beneficial for all our students,” explained Jerome Richter, vice president for...

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Educating Students in Poverty

A Systemic Approach to Building a Culture of Success By Brenda Werner, PhD | Graduate Education Chair, University of Mary We have long known the profound impact that socioeconomic conditions have on academic performance. A half-century of research shows that children living in poverty make up the largest portion of underachieving students at all grade levels. Family income and structure are still the top predictors of academic outcomes. Test scores and high-school graduation rates are significantly lower for children of the poor. As well, post-secondary performance is negatively affected—and this trend usually repeats in succeeding generations. Changes in family...

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Internationally Acclaimed Artists Headline 44th Annual University of Mary Jazz Festival Concerts

BISMARCK, ND — Continuing its esteemed tradition of hosting top jazz artists and educators, the 44th annual University of Mary Jazz Festival concerts are sure to excite and inspire audiences. This year’s Jazz Festival is unique in that it will present two headlining groups: The New York Voices and Dave Douglas & High Risk. The concerts will be held Sunday, January 22 and Monday, January 23, 7:30 p.m., at the Belle Mehus Auditorium in downtown Bismarck. The New York Voices, a four-member vocal group, is known for its close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend. Their chameleon-like musicianship allows...

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360 Review and National Syndicated Writer Mark Mills Earns 2016 Energy Writer of the Year

BISMARCK, ND — The American Energy Society (AES) announced today the selection of Mark Mills, a contributing writer for the University of Mary’s 360 Review and a nationally syndicated columnist, as the “Energy Writer of the Year.” This is regarded as the premier literary award for the energy sector. In their announcement, AES noted first taking notice of Mills in 2015 with his essay, “Shale 2.0,” a compelling discussion about the cause and context of the shale oil and gas revolution. In 2016, Mills wrote a series of thought-provoking articles, including his favorite—and that of the AES— titled, “Drone ‘Coincidenzas:’...

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