Author: University of Mary

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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University of Mary 2015 Homecoming royalty announced

BISMARCK — The University of Mary has announced the selection of its 2015 Homecoming King and Queen and their court. Homecoming King is Peter Foley, a junior and native of West St. Paul, Minn. He is majoring in Mathematics Education and is the son of Patrick Foley and Sandra Foley. His activities at the university include serving as a Student Ambassador, in the Knights of Virtue and a member of the Emerging Leaders Academy. Homecoming Queen is Brittney Dietz, — a native of Beach and the daughter of Angie Dietz. A senior, Dietz is majoring in both Health Care Administration and Business Administration. She is a four-year member of the university’s women’s basketball team. Her honors included being named All-Conference, All Freshman, a 1,000-point scorer, and being the leading scorer for the team, and an appearance in NCAA basketball tournament. Other student nominees for King and Queen included: Michael Berger — Berger is from Bismarck, the son of John Berger and Robynn Berger. He is majoring in Athletic Training and Pre-physical Therapy. He is a member of UMATSA and Knights of Virtue. Berger is involved in intramurals, the Physical Therapy Club, and FOCUS Bible study. He has been a continuous member of the Dean’s List and the Honor Roll. John Dinkel — Dinkel is a native of Long Prairie, Minn., and is the son of Charlie Dinkel and Linda...

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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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