Category: News Release

New Undergraduate Scholarship to Benefit Military Across the U.S. and Stationed Abroad

BISMARCK, ND — Having her loving husband and three young children, two deployments to the Middle East, and a full time job as captain in the North Dakota Army National Guard (NDARNG) is a lot of responsibility for any person – but typical for many in the military. It’s a busy life, but it didn’t keep Nicolette Daschendorf from earning her degree at the University of Mary. Not just one degree, but now she is getting her second. “Once I started the University of Mary admissions process, I knew it was the right fit,” said Daschendorf, who currently serves in the...

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Devan Douglas is the National State Farm Slam Dunk Champion

BISMARCK, ND — Devan Douglas boarded the plane for the State Farm College Slam Dunk Championships in Houston dressed in black sweats and Kevin Durant shoes, his signature goatee and a blue Marauders backpack filled with just the basics: “Clothes, dunking shoes, my orange Mary jersey, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, skin cream and Excedrin for the pain in my knees, that’s all I brought,” said Douglas, a senior guard for the University of Mary basketball team. “And an attitude.” Before leaving Bismarck, he knew a good showing would help draw attention to small school athletes, the University of Mary, Bismarck,...

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Students Take Lead in 5K Event to Raise Money for School in Arequipa, Peru

BISMARCK, ND — It didn’t matter that three University of Mary Harold Schafer Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) students in the Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences had never been to Peru. Once their classmate, Bismarck’s Jackie Ortega, a criminal justice major, returned from University of Mary’s study abroad semester in Arequipa, Peru, to share what she had learned, it was as if they personally knew each of the young children that lived there and the challenges they faced. “Jackie spoke to our ELA class and showed us pictures — I didn’t realize that so many people in this area...

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Two University of Mary Students Earn Prestigious Bioethics Scholarship

Their heroic work in America and throughout the world is saving lives BISMARCK, ND — Respecting and valuing all human life as God intended are the core of what Arina Grossu and Kelly Suter do each day in their careers. While one is helping shape public policy on Capitol Hill, the other is helping mankind on the frontlines of crises around the world. Grossu’s and Suter’s daily witness to what Pope Saint John Paul II called the “culture of death” not only helped provide a firsthand account of current bioethics issues, but also the extraordinary essay content needed for this...

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Monastery Elects University of Mary Chemistry Professor, Kunze, New Prioress

Bismarck, ND: Following a period of prayer and discernment, the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, Bismarck, have elected a new prioress, Sister Nicole Kunze, OSB. Sister Nicole succeeds Sister Nancy Miller, who has served eight years as prioress. The new prioress will be formally installed on Friday, May 20, in the presence of the Benedictine community and the Federation president. A public celebration will be held Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. in Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel, Benedictine Center for Servant Leadership. The sisters spent sacred time together, and individually, to discern and hold conversations about the...

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