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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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University of Mary to Create Region’s Most Cutting-Edge SynDaver™ Lab

BISMARCK, ND — One of the nation’s most respected health care programs in higher learning, the University of Mary in Bismarck, is creating a one-of-a kind anatomy lab that will bring hands-on learning to a new level. Dr. Jodi Roller, dean of the University of Mary’s School of Health Sciences, announced today the University of Mary is purchasing and hosting six new synthetic humans that will be part of “one of the most complete state-of-the-art synthetic anatomy learning facilities in the nation.” This SynDaver™ Labs technology, made possible in part through a $500,000 grant from the Margaret A. Cargill...

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BEK Communications Announces the New BEK Broadcasting Network

STEELE, ND — BEK Communications is launching the new BEK Broadcasting Network, in partnership with the University of Mary, to lead the region in production and distribution of prime North Dakota entertainment and content. The new network is a byproduct of the recently announced and nearly constructed broadcasting studios headquartered on the University of Mary campus. The BEK Broadcasting Network, with the help of Mary communications students working with state-of-the-art high definition television equipment, will deliver two new content channels from the studios at the University of Mary — BEK Prime and BEK 247. “We’re excited for our current communication students and those that will be attending Mary in the future to experience this innovative technology as they bring the new BEK Broadcasting Network programing into the homes of thousands of North Dakota residents,” said Marek Dojs (Doyce) assistant professor of communications in the School of Arts and Sciences at Mary. “Our students will start getting their hands-on experience in the coming weeks as the studios come to a completion.” BEK Prime content will be available statewide in western North Dakota on the Heroes and Icons network KNDB Ch-26/KNDM Ch-24 and in eastern North Dakota on CoziTV KRDK Ch-4. The BEK 247 channel (previously BEK Sports channel) will be available throughout North Dakota on cable affiliates and over-the-air on KNDB Ch-26.2 in Bismarck and KNDM Ch-24.2 in Minot and KRDK...

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University of Mary’s Will Beachey Named Educator of the Year by National Organization

BISMARCK, ND — Will Beachey, PhD, RRT, FAARC, current University of Mary respiratory therapy professor and former director of CHI St. Alexius Health and University of Mary’s Respiratory Therapy Program, was selected from a group of national educators to receive the 2015 American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Educator of the Year Award. A special selection committee gives this prestigious award to a deserving faculty member nominated by his or her peers and chosen from the AARC Education Section. He received his award recently at the national AARC Meeting in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Beachey joined CHI St. Alexius Health in 1990. He recently retired as director but remains a professor for the Respiratory Therapy Program. He wrote the textbook the students currently use for the program, Respiratory Care Anatomy and Physiology: Foundations for Clinical Practice. The first edition was published in 1998 and he is currently working on the fourth edition. Dr. Beachey received several other prestigious awards throughout his career. In 2008, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care (FAARC) in recognition of his significant and sustained contributions to the profession of respiratory care. In 2009, Dr. Beachey was the recipient of the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) award because of his dedicated service as a member and secretary of the CoARC. As a Christian, Catholic, Benedictine institution, the University of...

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Public Invited to “Christmas at Mary” Concert

BISMARCK, ND — The University of Mary welcomes people from all over for the area for the much-anticipated annual “Christmas at Mary” concert. “Christmas at Mary” is a celebration of the beauty and wonder of the season of Christmas including such familiar selections as “Good Christian Men, Rejoice,” “Grown Up Christmas List,” and “Silent Night.” Featured performers, with students from 19 states, include the 100-voice Concert Choir, Gabrieli Brass, and Vocal Jazz, which will perform its own version of the Pentatonix arrangement of “Mary, Did You Know.” Additional performers include the University of Mary Saxophone Quartet, Oboe Trio, String Ensemble, and the university’s first-ever student harp duet directed by Gayla Sherman. The concerts are Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 6, at 3 p.m. They are all free and open to the public. The concert begins with a rousing African “Noel,” complete with call-and-response and multiple percussion and moves to “Stars” by Estonian composer Eriks Esenvalds, which uses tuned water glasses to produce a soothing landscape of sound. In addition to full choir selections, the women and the men of the choir will be featured on selections from Latin motets to contemporary songs, including a Jamaican-style number by the men’s choir, “The King Is Born.” Gabrieli Brass, directed by Professor Dennis Gowen, includes 30 performers, both current students and music alumni, playing in...

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