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St. Gregory’s University Surprises Monsignor Shea with Honorary Degree

SHAWNEE, OK — University of Mary President Monsignor James Shea’s talents and contributions to the world of Catholic education were recently recognized on the grandest stage of higher education. Before having the honor of giving his commencement speech to St. Gregory’s University graduates, Shea was unexpectedly presented with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the Catholic college. This degree is usually conferred by an institution to recognize a significant accomplishment or contribution in a specific field or to society. St. Gregory’s conferred the honorary doctorate upon Shea by stating “in recognition of his commitment and service to...

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University of Mary Alumnus Josh Kramer Named Executive Vice President for NDAREC

Mandan, N.D. — Josh Kramer, Bismarck, has been named executive vice president and general manager of the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC). “Kramer brings a wealth of experience to this position,” says Robert Grant, president of NDAREC. “He is uniquely qualified to lead the electric cooperative movement in an ever-changing utility environment. His experience, enthusiasm, values and philosophy matched perfectly with the leadership skills NDAREC was looking for in our next leader.” Kramer, who previously served as the deputy state director for USDA Rural Development, will start July 1 at the Mandan-based trade association for the...

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Bioethics Seminar to Bring Hot Topics to the Forefront

BISMARCK, ND — Leading experts in the field of bioethics will gather in Bismarck August 12-13, 2016 as the University of Mary, in partnership with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), hosts a two-day bioethics seminar. Reproductive technologies, end of life care, sexual assault protocols, and stem cell research are among the ethical dilemmas to be discussed. “After the seminar, attendees will be able to articulate the Catholic Church’s understanding of the inherent dignity of the human person and effectively apply these principles to practical ethical dilemmas,” explained Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. Pacholczyk, a leading authority in bioethics who serves as...

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University of Mary Nursing Student Graduates with Life’s Highest Recognition

BISMARCK, ND — Elizabeth Blankenfeld just earned her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Mary. Her daily job as a nurse at Altru in Grand Forks and 15 months of online courses finally paid off. The Aurora, SD, native took part in the hooding ceremony and happily accepted the iconic wooden commencement plaque in recognition of her achievements. Alone, it’s a tremendous accomplishment for anyone. But that is not what overwhelmed her with emotion and tears of joy on graduation day. There was another reason to celebrate. Not only did her immediate family come to graduation and take part...

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University of Mary Faculty Earns Chamber’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year

BISMARCK, ND — The Business Education Partnership Committee of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that University of Mary Exercise Science Chair and Associate Professor, Dr. Jill Nustad, is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Higher Education award. The Chamber’s commitment to excellence in education can be clearly identified through its ongoing effort to identify and honor educators from the Bismarck-Mandan education institutions. Nustad founded the Exercise Science program at the University of Mary in 2000, and continues to serve as program director, chair and director of the Exercise Physiology program. She majored in Biology...

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