Author: University of Mary

Pope Francis and University of Mary Student Exchange Zucchettos

For Immediate Release Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 Media Contact: (701) 355-8002 ROME, ITALY — If he’s not the envy of the entire world, millions of people would at the very least love to have the same experience that Andrew Meyer had with Pope Francis. The University of Mary student from Wahpeton, ND, traveled to the school’s Rome campus in early January with his classmates to study for a four-month semester — knowing his life will be forever changed. But he didn’t know just how life-changing it would be. On Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, just three weeks into his stay, he and two-dozen of his classmates were at a papal audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall. Typically held in St. Peter’s Square, this would be one of the few audiences for Pope Francis in the hall. But Meyer knew this would potentially put him just a handshake away from the Holy Father. Pope Francis, flanked by security guards and people’s outstretched arms hoping for a touch, a smile or even a selfie, walked down the aisle on the opposite side towards Meyer. Then, at just the right moment Pope Francis switched sides. Nervous and excited all at the same time, Meyer realized this was the perfect time and perhaps the only chance he’ll ever get to put his plan into action. “My goal for the semester was to trade...

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University of Mary announces third doctorate

For Immediate Release Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 Media Contact: Tom Ackerman (701) 355-8002 New Doctor of Education helps answer the critical need for trained leadership at all levels of education BISMARCK, ND — The University of Mary’s Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences is proud to announce that the university has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission to offer its third doctoral degree — the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.). As a terminal degree it’s the highest in its field and helps address the leadership challenges emerging today through K-12 and higher education, not only in North Dakota but also across the region and the United States. According to a state finding, projected enrollment growth in western North Dakota ranges from 23% to 153%. Bismarck Public Schools, which has seen student enrollment increases every year for the past 11 years, experienced a spike of 632 students between 2012 and 2014. School district leaders are not only faced with managing and planning for increasing school enrollments, but also providing these growing groups of students with well-trained teachers, up to date technology, and a safe and effective learning environment — often within their existing infrastructure, said Dr. Rod Jonas, dean of the Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Science at Mary. “The population of leading administrators in K-12 is aging in our school communities,” added Jonas. “That, along...

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Pioneering Higher Education: Offering Year-Round Campus

For Immediate Release Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Ackerman (701) 355-8002 University of Mary Offers Solution to National Concern Over Time and Cost of College Education BISMARCK, ND, Nov. 13, 2014 — Starting in Fall 2015, University of Mary students will have the option of completing a bachelor’s degree in 2.6 years and a master’s degree in four. Hailed as Year-Round Campus, this first-of-its-kind option provides a new and radical pathway for completing traditional undergraduate and graduate degrees in less time and at a lower cost, with normal course loads and a full college experience. Based on the University’s analysis, the incremental savings, increased earnings, and reduced student loan balances would result in lifetime financial benefits of at least $322,000. According to University of Mary President Monsignor James P. Shea, the Year-Round Campus reflects an innovative and student-centered response to the changing dynamics of today’s higher education market. “The growing sentiment nationwide is that a college education is too costly, takes too long to complete and no longer provides a healthy return on investment,” Shea said. “Mary’s Year-Round Campus addresses those concerns by empowering students to complete a bachelor’s degree in 2.6 years and a master’s in four. It also dramatically increases the student’s long-term earnings and savings potential while meeting the growing demand for an educated, and work-ready employees.” Unlike accelerated degrees, Year-Round Campus offers the...

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University of Mary Offers Nurses Senior Year Free

CHI Partnership Addresses Healthcare Workforce Demands BISMARCK, ND, October 30, 2014 — The University of Mary rolled out three new scholarships as part of its partnership with Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI). The CHI Scholarship Program offers a tuition-free senior year option to students majoring in nursing, and generous incentives to a variety of healthcare industry related programs such as accounting, business administration, counseling and marketing. University of Mary President Monsignor James P. Shea believes the scholarships are a “game-changer” for North Dakota and the region. “This is an incredible opportunity,” stated Shea. “It turns college dreams into reality, expands the pool of well-trained healthcare professionals and raises the standard of living for the good people of the Northern Plains.” According to University officials, students can earn scholarships ranging from $3,000 up to a tuition-free senior year. To qualify, applicants need to be accepted and complete courses on the Bismarck campus. Dr. Jodi Roller, Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Mary, said the CHI Scholarship Program is a timely one as the need for healthcare workers continues to grow. “The demand for healthcare professionals is already high and as baby boomers retire, it is only going to rise. As a recent study from Georgetown University demonstrates, the market for healthcare workers is expected to grow at twice the rate of...

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Catholic Health Initiatives Donates $10 million to the University of Mary

Gift from national health system will fund scholarships, help strengthen and improve healthcare across the region BISMARCK, ND, October 24, 2014 — Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the nation’s largest health systems, will donate $10 million to the University of Mary to fund endowed scholarships supporting students enrolled in nursing and other healthcare focused academic programs in response to the ever changing healthcare environment. The gift from CHI, which is joining with St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck to form a regional health network, is the largest gift ever for the University. Monsignor James Shea, President of the University of Mary, said, “This generous gift demonstrates CHI’s commitment to health and wellness in our communities, deepens the long and fruitful relationship between St. Alexius and the University of Mary, and dramatically increases educational opportunities for so many students who will come to us from our region and beyond to prepare for careers in some of our strongest academic programs, such as nursing and healthcare administration.” “CHI’s generosity, and more importantly the sense of partnership, is critical to our ability to continue to serve our students and our state,” Shea added. “I would like to thank our founding sisters, St. Alexius Medical Center, and our new partners.” “CHI has long served the communities of North Dakota through our hospitals and medical centers across the state,” said Jeffrey Drop, senior vice...

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