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Jerry Anderson is the Art Director at the University of Mary. He earned a Bachelor of University Studies from North Dakota State University and a BS in Design from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Anderson has published photos in numerous publications, including the New York Times, US News & World Report and Newsweek. He has also published photos in numerous books, including Every Place with a Name (State Historical Society of North Dakota, 1976) and America 24/7 (Penguin Random House, 2003).

Michael Curry is the Assistant Director of Marketing and teaches economics at the University of Mary. He earned a BA in Liberal Studies from Grand Valley State University and an MA in Economics from Walsh College. From 1991 to 1994, Curry continued interdisciplinary studies in economics, politics, history and philosophy under American political theorist, historian and social critic Russell Kirk. Previously, Curry served as the Director of Public Relations and Communications for Northwood University. He was also a speechwriter for Dick Posthumus, the former Lieutenant Governor and Senate majority leader in Michigan.

Marek R. Dojs is an Assistant Professor of Communications at the University of Mary. Dojs earned a BA in History and Communications from the University of St. Thomas and an MFA in Radio, Television and Film (focusing on Documentary Production) from the University of North Texas. He is a documentary filmmaker whose work has been screened at national and international venues. In 2008, Dojs won a grant from the Southwest Alternative Media Project’s Emerging Filmmaker Fellowship Program and completed a documentary titled, “Return to Stolowicze,” which was screened at Encuentro Bicultural De Cine Migracion in Mexico City and broadcast on PBS.

Samuel G. Freedman is the author of seven books, a columnist on religion for The New York Times and a professor of journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Freedman’s most recent book, Breaking The Line: The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Sport and Changed the Course of Civil Rights, was published in 2013 to remarkable critical acclaim. Freedman’s first book, Small Victories: The Real World of a Teacher, Her Students, and Their High School, was a National Book Award finalist, and The Inheritance: How Three Families and the American Political Majority Moved from Left to Right was a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

James R. Gaston is an Associate Professor of History at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He earned an MA in History from the State University of New York at Cortland. Professor Gaston created and teaches the core courses in the Humanities and Catholic Culture Program at Steubenville. Previously, he served as the Lecture Program Director for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. His honors and awards include a Fellowship Research Grant from the Earhart Foundation and Faculty Teacher of the Year.

Leroy Huizenga, PhD, is the Administrative Chair of Human and Divine Sciences at the University of Mary. Dr. Huizenga earned a BA in Religion from Jamestown College, an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and a PhD in New Testament from Duke University. During doctoral studies, he received a Fulbright Grant to study and teach at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt, Germany. Previously, Dr. Huizenga taught for five years at Wheaton College. He is the author of The New Isaac: Tradition and Intertextuality in the Gospel of Matthew (Brill Academic Publications, 2012) and co-editor of Reading the Bible Intertextually (Baylor University Press, 2009).

Thomas Marple is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Communications at Bismarck State College. Marple earned a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) from North Dakota State University. Previously, Professor Marple worked as a Conservation Engineering Technician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Patrick J. McCloskey is the Director of Research and Publications at the University of Mary and serves as the editor-in-chief of 360 Review. He earned a BA in Philosophy and English from Carleton University and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University. McCloskey has written for many publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and City Journal. He also served as the press secretary for the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. In 2009, the University of California (Berkeley) Press published McCloskey’s non-fiction narrative book, The Street Stops Here: A Year at a Catholic High School in Harlem, to enormous critical acclaim.

Mark Mills is a Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow, a Faculty Fellow in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University and CEO of the Digital Power Group. He writes a tech column for Forbes and co-authored a book titled, The Bottomless Well (Basic Books, 2006). Mills has written for numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal and New York Times Magazine. Early in Mills’ career, he was an experimental physicist and development engineer in the fields of microprocessors, fiber optics and missile guidance. Mills was also a partner at a boutique venture fund and co-authored a tech investment newsletter. Mills served in the White House Science Office under President Ronald Reagan.

Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, PhD, serves as the Director of Education at The National Catholic BioethicsCenter and is an Adjunct Professor of Bioethics at the University of Mary. Fr. Pacholczysk earned a doctorate in neuroscience from Yale University and did post-doctoral research at Harvard University. He often does media commentaries for major media venues, including CNN International, ABC World News Tonight, the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.

Jesse Russell, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Mary and co-chairs the campus URead program, the yearly campus-wide book discussion at the University of Mary. Dr. Russell earned a BA in English and Philosophy from Franciscan University of Steubenville, an MA in Philosophy also from Franciscan, an MA in English in Renaissance Literature from Catholic University of America and a PhD in Comparative Literature from Louisiana State University.

Josh Schonwald is an award-winning Chicago food writer and author of The Taste of Tomorrow: Dispatches from the Future of Food (Harper, 2012), which received significant critical acclaim. He earned an MS in Journalism from Columbia University. Schonwald’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate and the Wall Street Journal. He writes regularly about the future of food and agriculture for

Jared Staudt, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Theology and Catholic Studies at the University of Mary. He earned a BA and an MA in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas, and a PhD in Systematic Theology from Ave Maria University. Dr. Staudt served as Director of Religious Education in two parishes and taught at the Augustine Institute in Denver for five years. He served as co-editor of the theological journal Nova et Vetera. Dr. Staudt has written articles in many academic journals, mostly about the relationship of faith and culture, and the theology of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Joseph Stuart, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of History and Catholic Studies at the University of Mary. He earned a BA in Humanities from Franciscan University of Steubenville, an AAS in Surveying Technology from Ferris State University, an MLitt in Modern History from the University of St. Andrews and a PhD in Modern Intellectual History from the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Stuart has published articles in numerous academic publications, including “From Gaudiem et spes to the New Evangelization” in The Newman Rambler and “Christopher Dawson and the Idea of Progress” in Logos.

Slavisa Tasic, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Mary. He has taught economics at universities in the Ukraine, Russia and Lithuania, and has worked as a consultant for several government and international organizations. Dr. Tasic earned a BA in Economics from the University of Belgrade and a PhD in Economics from the University of Turin, Italy. He has authored numerous articles in international academic journals and a book titled, The World Financial Crisis: Dilemmas and Solutions (Sluzbeni Glasnik, 2012).

Brenda Werner, PhD, is the Director of the Graduate Education Program at the University of Mary. She earned a BS in Secondary English Education and K-12 Health/Physical Education from Minot State University, an MS in Teaching from Fort Hays State University, and a PhD in Secondary Education and Administration from the University of North Dakota. After 11 years teaching English at Bismarck High School, Dr. Werner was named the 2012 North Dakota Teacher of the Year. In 2014, Dr. Werner traveled to China as a member of the National Education Association’s Global Fellowship Program.

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360 Review magazine covers energy, agriculture, finance, culture and faith on the Northern Great Plains. 360 Review presents in-depth inquiry, analysis and reflection on important issues, trends and events happening in and affecting this region. There is a special focus on North Dakota, where we are located. More stories about surrounding states will be published in future issues.