Category: News Release

Marauder Devan Douglas Selected for 2016 NCAA Slam Dunk Championships

  BISMARCK, ND — University of Mary’s Devan Douglas is used to having been labeled “the underdog” his entire life, from the time he put down his first dunk on a playground in his hometown of Clinton, IA, as a 5’7” high school kid, to his college career as a 6’3”guard for the sometimes taken-for-granted Marauders basketball team, to now, as the unheard of and perhaps smallest contestant in the 2016 State Farm College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships live Thursday, March 31, at 8 p.m. (CT) on ESPN. “I love it, I love it,” said Douglas in a television...

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The Purpose of a University

By Ryan Hanning, PhD What is the purpose of higher education? The multitude of universities and colleges competing for a finite number of students answer this question in various ways. Slogans and high-gloss materials abound, but few offer compelling answers. Historically, a university education was meant to impart universal knowledge, to give students a vision of the world that brought together ideas from various disciplines into a unity; one that converged into a meaningful whole capable of answering the fundamental questions of life. It was in this setting that the productive sciences (mathematics, engineering etc.) that produce the technological...

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Conductor’s Musical Composition Debuts at Annual University of Mary Spring Concert

BISMARCK, ND — Dennis Gowen remembers going on walks and hikes as a kid in his beautiful home state of Maine. The stunning vistas provided a canvas for the tunes and melodies that he would hear in his head. “When I reached the view or pinnacle, I would hear sounds that have color and depth,” said Gowen, during an interview with a television reporter. Today, decades later, Gowen has taken a similar path towards composing a musical masterpiece for band. Only this time his inspiration has come from his experiences hiking the buttes and rolling hills of the Badlands, Yellowstone and...

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Dance Allows Students and Public to ‘Raise the Roof’ and Raise Money for Charity

BISMARCK, ND — It’s time to kick up the heels and have an evening of fun as the University of Mary Music Student Organization (MSO) presents an evening of live music with a Big Band Dance. For admission, students and the public are invited to bring one non-perishable item or $3, with proceeds going to Ministry on the Margins charity in Bismarck. This New York-themed Big Band Dance is Friday, March 18, from 7 to 11 p.m. in the Leach Field House on campus. The event features live music from the University of Mary jazz combo of David Cicha, Hannah Heinze...

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Bishop Robert Barron Coming to Mary

BISMARCK, ND – One of Pope Francis’ newly appointed bishops seeks to inspire North Dakota Catholics at a March 30 visit to the University of Mary. Some have characterized him as part Cardinal George, part Fulton Sheen. He’s the newly ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, Robert Barron — a unique, modern-day combination of two late, but popular icons of Catholicism in America. Widely known throughout the world for his “Sheen-esque” Word on Fire Ministries, or “e-preaching,” Barron is regarded as a social media star. He resonates with people of all ages through all mediums with his very popular online...

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