Author: University of Mary

Marauders Fans, ‘Paint the Town’ for Homecoming

BISMARCK, N.D. – It’s time to “Paint the Town” blue & orange so to speak, or at the very least, show your Marauders spirit by wearing any and all clothing with the school colors. Homecoming 2015 for the University of Mary features a cornucopia of athletic events and social activities for all alumni, family and friends of the Marauders. Sponsored by US Bank and Cloverdale, weekend activities are highlighted by the Marauders football game against the Wildcats of Wayne State College at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26, at the MDU Resources Bowl. US Bank is providing complimentary tickets to the Marauders-Wildcats homecoming football game at its branches throughout the area. Cloverdale Meats is providing complimentary food to the first 300 fans to tailgating on game day. Homecoming week begins when U-Mary men’s soccer hosts Simon Fraser in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the MDU Resources Bowl. The weekend kicks into high gear on Friday, Sept. 25, with the Marauders Coaches Luncheon, to be held on the U-Mary campus at Chick’s Place. Open to all Marauders fans, lunch is served at 11:45 a.m. with the program beginning at noon. KFYR-TV sports director Lee Timmerman will host the event and football coach Josh Kotelnicki, volleyball coach Thais Franca and men’s soccer coach Dave Cook are the featured speakers. Cost for the lunch is $7. Marauders volleyball opens...

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World-Renowned Korean Children’s Choir Comes to Mary

BISMARCK, ND — Little did he know at the age of 16, when being barraged by bullets and bombs during the Korean War, that it would lead to a brotherhood with an American GI. His encounter started with an ordinary walk from his home looking for firewood. It quickly and unintentionally became an entrepreneurial expedition as he stumbled upon a U.S. Army compound in need of the same fuel. Peeking through the fenced in barracks, the boy bargained the soldiers into buying the commodity. After several encounters the Korean teenager quickly found himself inside — hired on as houseboy. He attracted the attention and interest of a GI from Virginia named Carl Powers who began teaching him English. That encounter begins the story of Billy Kim and a relationship that would lead him from a country home in South Korea to eight years of free higher education at Bob Jones University in South Carolina. He then returned to Korea with his Michigan bride in 1959 where they have ministered for over 50 years and began the world-renowned Korean Children’s Choir. On Thursday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m., western North Dakota is invited to hear Kim’s creation as his Korean Children’s Choir performs a free concert in Arno Gustin Hall sponsored by University Ministry, the Department of Music at Mary and the Christian Leadership Center.  The Children’s Choir was organized as...

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Legendary Marauders Coach, AD Al Bortke Passes Away at Age 78

BISMARCK, N.D. – The world said goodbye to a great man, mentor and motivator over the weekend. Al Bortke, the legendary former University of Mary athletic director and men’s basketball coach passed away on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the age of 78. He left behind innumerable people whose lives he has touched as a coach, mentor and friend. The first athletic director at the University of Mary and the second head men’s basketball coach, Bortke served the university for 36 years. He oversaw the growth of an athletic department that went from one team to as many as 19 and also coached the Marauders to over 300 victories on the hard court. “While Al’s place as a history maker at the University of Mary in over 36 years of service is acknowledged in Bortke Court in the McDowell Activity Center, the place he holds deep in the hearts of those who knew him is one of deep esteem and loving friendship,” stated University of Mary President Monsignor James Shea. “Al Bortke exemplified the meaning and spirit of developing the potential of others and administering with integrity. Providing strong role modeling through his own involvement in Special Olympics, Al Bortke promoted a continuing expectation that student athletes respond to community needs as volunteer. His was a lifetime of ‘pursuing victory with honor’ as an extraordinary, trustworthy, and greatly respected...

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Mary Adds New Engineering Program to Help Meet High Demand in ND

BISMARCK, ND — The need for qualified engineers has reached a crisis situation at firms across North Dakota. The state’s recent energy boom and subsequent economic prosperity have firms in dire need of educated and skilled engineers to meet the extremely high demand for work.   Being true to its mission of serving the people of this region and beyond, the University of Mary and its founders, the Benedictine Sister’s of Annunciation Monastery, are once again answering the call from employers. Starting fall semester 2016, students will be able receive a concurrent accredited engineering science degree on-site from Mary and a second ABET accredited degree online from the University of North Dakota in a specialized discipline of either chemical, civil, mechanical, electrical or petroleum engineering. The only travel commitment will be for shortened summer labs in Grand Forks. “Students who attend our Mary campus in Bismarck for an engineering degree can do so without having to relocate,” commented Monsignor James Shea, president of the University of Mary. “This benefit cannot go understated because this provides our students an enormous opportunity to work closely with local and regional engineering firms from start to finish. They receive continuous hands-on learning experience, internships and also network with companies along the way that could potentially hire them into the job market.” Despite current oil prices, the demand for engineers in western and central...

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