Author: University of Mary

Start Off the New Year with the Chamber of Commerce Mixer

BISMARCK, ND –– The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce is kicking off the New Year with an evening filled with fun, food, and fellowship. Join the Chamber on Thursday, January 21, 2016, at the University of Mary Butler Center on 505 South 7th Street in Bismarck from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., for refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, and fun. The event is free for Chamber members, so bring your friends and family and join us on Thursday. Please RSVP online at or call Amanda Schwieters at 701-223-5660....

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University of Mary Receives $750,000 from The Tom and Frances Leach Foundation

BISMARCK, ND — The Tom and Frances Leach Foundation has gifted three-quarters of a million dollars to the Vision 2030 Capital Campaign at the University of Mary. “We are extremely grateful to the foundation and feel very blessed by their continued partnership and support,” remarked Monsignor James Shea, president of the University of Mary. “We are humbled that over the course of our relationship, the University of Mary has been the largest single recipient of gifts from the foundation. How providential and appropriate that the Leach Foundation, which has spent decades building community in our midst, is helping the University of...

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University of Mary Welcomes Minnesota Twins Caravan to Campus

BISMARCK, ND — The University of Mary is rolling out the red carpet for Minnesota Twins great Tony Oliva, players Trevor May and Tyler Duffy, “The Voice of the Minnesota Twins” Cory Provus, and T.C. Bear. Bring your whole family and friends for this free event to meet and greet the Twins Caravan Monday, January 18, 2016, at the McDowell Activity Center (MAC) on campus from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Spring training is just around the corner — so come and hear from current players and the legend himself – Tony O. Find out the...

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Fire and Ice: The Poetics and Politics of the Bakken in Documentary Films

Marek R. Dojs | Assistant Professor of Communications, University of Mary >> Click here to view a PDF version of this article The 2015 Oscar nominations included one film about the North Dakota oil boom and surprisingly ignored another. In many aspects, “White Earth” deserved to be nominated in the Documentary Short Subject category even if the film didn’t win an Academy Award. Surprisingly, “The Overnighters” was left out of Documentary Feature consideration. Both movies steer clear of overtly political and environmental issues involved in fracking in the Bakken to present humanistic stories about people at the shale revolution’s ground zero. Since documentary films often carry...

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Grammy Nominee Matt Wilson Headlines University of Mary Festival

The popularity, prestige and tradition of annual Jazz Festival rooted by generations of dedicated music alumni BISMARCK, ND — Katie and Eric Rooke knew each other back in middle school. They weren’t childhood sweethearts, but in love with music. If music is what introduced the Rookes to each other, then it’s attending the annual University of Mary Jazz Festival over the past decades in various capacities that has helped bond them ­— first as classmates at Bismarck High School, then as Mary students and now as alumni. “We both ended up going to the University of Mary to major in...

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