Author: University of Mary

U.S. Veterans’ Stories Told on Stage in North Dakota’s Theaters

GRAND FORKS, ND — History comes alive on stage across the state when the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre performs the words of U.S. veterans this November, called “Warrior Words.” The program began as a writing workshop in five cities in North Dakota, held between 2014-2015. Veterans from different generations representing World War II up through the current war in Afghanistan bravely shared their stories on paper. The workshop, funded by the North Dakota Humanities Council, featured 44 veterans, ran two years and was facilitated by the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre. The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre then commissioned North Dakota writers to adapt their essays into stage monologues. Nine of those veterans’ works will be performed and tour in three North Dakota cities in November. Tour places and dates: Minot, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., in the Aleshire Theater, Hartnett Hall; Bismarck, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., in Arno Gustin Hall on the University of Mary campus; Nov. 8, Dickinson, 2 p.m., in the Beck Auditorium on the Dickinson State University campus. The event is free and open to the public and sponsored in part by the N.D. Humanities Council. “The pieces are testaments to the individual experiences of war,” said Kathy Coudle-King, executive director of the theatre. “These are stories that you won’t find in your high school history books. They’re personal and insightful and come directly from the...

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Mary Rome Campus Students and Faculty Have Another Encounter with Pope Francis

BISMARCK, ND — Exciting times continue for students and faculty at the University of Mary’s Rome campus. This morning, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, they had front row seats to Pope Francis’ weekly general audience. The Holy Father not only stopped in front of the group of Mary students to bless their rosaries, but they also kissed baby Therese Schulzetenberg. She is the daughter of Thomas Schulzetenberg, director of the university’s Rome campus. The Catholic News Agency (CNA) provided these photos and video. http://news.umary.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Pope-in-Pope-Mobile-Blessing-and-Kiising-Thomas-Schulzetenburgs-Baby.mp4 “It was a special moment,” commented an excited Schulzetenberg through email. It was an appropriate setting as Pope Francis talked about the innocence of the child. “Woe to they who betray the trust of children,” he said. “We should never injure a child’s ‘spontaneous trust’ in God. A child is ready at birth to feel God’s love.” The students are in Rome for the entire fall semester. The popular program began in 2010 and continues to be a life-changing experience that provides numerous opportunities for students who go to Mary from all over the United States and the world. Last year, Mary student Andrew Meyer, studying at the Rome campus during the spring semester, exchanged zucchettos, or the skullcap, with Pope Francis. The zucchetto is now on display at Meyer’s hometown church in Wahpeton, ND. Later that spring, Schulzetenberg was asked by the Pope to provide a...

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Top High School Musicians Converge on Mary for Honor Band Weekend

BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota’s most talented high school band musicians are set to take center stage with one of the world’s legends in Calypso music at the 3rd annual University of Mary High School Honor Band Weekend. This two-day event takes place Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24, capped off by concerts that are free and open to the public at the historic Belle Mehus Auditorium in Bismarck. On Friday, October 23, the university will welcome 45 of the top high school instrumentalists from around the state for rehearsals and clinics starting at noon. Students will work with conductor Dennis Gowen, who serves as professor of music and director of Bands & High Brass at the University of Mary. “These high school musicians are representative of the best in our state,” said Gowen, a 28-year professor of music at the University of Mary and veteran musician and conductor. “They’ll have an opportunity to work closely with our esteemed music faculty, share a concert with our own University of Mary Concert Band, and sit side-by-side to perform our closing musical selection.” On the evening of Oct. 23, the students move in town to the Belle Mehus Auditorium for a 7:30 p.m. performance by Mary’s outstanding jazz and steel band ensembles, with special guest artist Liam Teague, world-renowned steel pan artist. Teague, known as the “Paganini of the Steelpan,” has...

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Sweetness and light

“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth: and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.” -Pope Saint John Paul II, Fides et Ratio In 1704, the great Irish satirist Jonathan Swift poured his formidable intellect into a defense of classical learning in an essay titled “The Battle of the Books.” “The Battle of the Books” was Swift’s response...

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University of Mary Honors Alumni at 2015 Homecoming

BISMARCK, N.D. — The University of Mary recognized three outstanding alumni at its annual Alumni Recognition and Hall of Fame Induction over the weekend.   Bob Martinson ’72 – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration University of Mary Presidential Leadership Award: This award is conferred on individual alumni for distinguished achievements as servant leaders regionally, nationally, or internationally. As a respected government leader, Martinson has faithfully served the people of North Dakota since 1972 in his long and distinguished role in the North Dakota House of Representatives. Those roles have included serving as past Majority Leader and past Chairman of the State and Federal Government Committee. Currently, he is a member of the House Appropriations Committee. Many groups have shown their appreciation for Martinson’s dedication to public service by honoring him with a Legislator of the Year designation — the North Dakota Bar Association, the Family Medical Association, the Children’s Caucus and the State Library Association. His past career also includes an appointment by Gov. Ed Shafer to be the North Dakota State Tourism Director. He served his state and country as a member of the North Dakota National Guard for 26 years, retiring at the rank of Lt. Colonel. Currently, Bob is the national chairman of the Center for Legislative Education Energy and Research. Martinson earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Mary...

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