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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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Be a Nurse for a Day on March 24

BISMARCK, ND — High school students looking for a rewarding career caring for other people can do so by entering the nursing profession. Now, the University of Mary and CHI St. Alexius Health are offering high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore first-hand what it would be like to be a nurse. Juniors and seniors should mark their calendar for the free CHI St. Alexius Health/University of Mary Nursing Career Day on Thursday, March 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees will spend time at both Mary and CHI St. Alexius Health. Get real-life practical nursing...

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