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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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University of Mary’s Alexis Zeis Wins NCAA Cross Country Title

JOPLIN, Mo. – In one of the closest finishes in NCAA history, University of Mary sophomore Alexis Zeis claimed the 2015 NCAA women’s cross country championship in a blink of an eye. With a sprint to the finish line, the Bismarck N.D., native captured the title by .3 seconds. Making their first NCAA championship appearance as a team since 2012, the Marauders placed 12th in the nation. Ranked 13th in the national rankings entering the race, University of Mary only finished behind eighth place University of Minnesota Duluth among Northern Sun teams and Central Region competition. Adams State won the team title with Grand Valley State in second. Running towards the front of the pack for the full 6,000 meters, Zeis and Kendra Foley of Grand Valley State University battled for the top slot down the chute. Zeis broke in front and kept Foley on her back shoulder across the finish line. Despite overnight rain and mid-30 degree temperatures that was colder than anticipated, Zeis posted one of the faster times at the Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course on the campus of host Missouri Southern State University with a near-course clocking of 20:03.4. Foley was right behind at 20:03.7. Zeis, who placed 21st last season as a freshman at the national championships, is the second University of Mary NCAA cross country champion in three years. Jennifer Agnew won the 2013 title but...

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Man Who Has Impacted Thousands of Catholic Youth is 2016 Prayer Day Keynote

FOCUS founder, Curtis Martin, to share message of evangelization with people of all ages at popular University of Mary event   BISMARCK, ND — What type of person has the vision to bring together hundreds of college students across America? ­What type of person inspires those same students to rally thousands more at campuses across the country so they’re fired up about their faith? What type of person can sustain that momentum, that energy, that synergy, for nearly 18 years and counting, to make this evangelization with today’s youth the fastest growing national Catholic outreach today? He’s Curtis Martin — a man who has first-hand experience of losing his Catholic faith as a child only to start finding it again in college. Through an involvement with an interdenominational evangelical Christian group during his years at Louisiana State University, he discovered that there was no such organization for young Catholics like him who had fallen away from their faith. Later in life, that realization inspired him and his wife Michaelann, to create a crusade of young people, fresh out of Catholic colleges and universities, that go back to school — mostly secular campuses — and meet those Catholic peers where they are and help them rediscover or search for a deeper understanding of their faith. That’s the genesis of their evangelization missionaries called FOCUS — Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Martin, FOCUS founder...

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