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William and Jane Marcil Give $1.5 Million to University of Mary’s Vision 2030 Capital Campaign

BISMARCK, ND—North Dakota media mogul and philanthropist, William C. Marcil, and his wife, Jane, have gifted $1.5 million to the University of Mary’s record-setting Vision 2030 Capital Campaign. Bill Marcil Sr. is chairman of Forum Communications Company and the former publisher and CEO of The Forum—a multimedia news company headquartered in Fargo, ND, with over 1,700 employees in locations across North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Marcil Sr. served as publisher for 41 years before stepping aside and turning over the reins to his son, Bill Marcil Jr., in 2010. Bill and Jane are lead donors to Founders...

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University of Mary to Memorialize Gift Hill and the Original Erected Cross

The story of Gift Hill BISMARCK, ND — In 1957, it appeared to be a forgone conclusion that the Benedictine Sisters of the Annunciation, living in their Bismarck “motherhouse,” would be moving to a new site just eight miles east of Dickinson, on the Green River—where there’s rolling terrain, trees along the banks and typical range country. After all, that’s where the Sisters had purchased the property in 1954 with the intent of building a new home, high school and junior college, thanks to gift money and sales made from rosaries and crafts. This 160-acre parcel of land was chosen...

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Public Invited to University of Mary Faculty Presentation and Open House, Saturday, September 9 — Free food will be served

Free food will be served BISMARCK, ND — The University of Mary is inviting the community to the open house of its new Lumen Vitae University Center, Saturday, September 9, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Visitors will be able to see and tour the new Lumen Vitae University Center, the Marian Grotto and the Gift Hill Memorial—free food will be served. The new state-of-the-art 80,000-square-foot Lumen Vitae University Center is packed with amenities for students, faculty, staff and the general public to take advantage of every day: a 600 seat stateroom, a bank, convenience store, bookstore, coffee shop, a restaurant...

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Steve and Eileen Scheel Give a Major Gift to Name University of Mary’s New Restaurant

BISMARCK, ND — Steve and Eileen Scheel of Moorhead, MN, have made an impactful contribution that will go towards the naming of the University of Mary’s new restaurant inside the soon to be open Lumen Vitae University Center. This landmark gift is part of what has already become a record-setting Vision 2030 Capital Campaign at the University of Mary in Bismarck. Steve and Eileen have carried on the leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and vision that started as a Sabin, MN, hardware store in 1902 and has today become one of the largest sporting goods retailers in America. Steve and Eileen...

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NCAA Opens University of Mary’s Year-Round Campus to Student Athletes

Favorable YRC ruling is first of its kind by highest governing body in college sports BISMARCK, ND — The NCAA had never seen anything like it before at any level, something so unprecedented—a paradigm shift in higher education. After deliberation, the NCAA has given its stamp of approval to the University of Mary’s one-of-a-kind Year-Round Campus (YRC) initiative. This decision now allows Mary student-athletes the option of completing their degree in 2.6 years or getting their master’s degree in four years without negatively impacting any athletic eligibility. According to the NCAA and University of Mary, the biggest winner in this...

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