Author: University of Mary

Legendary Marauders Coach, AD Al Bortke Passes Away at Age 78

BISMARCK, N.D. – The world said goodbye to a great man, mentor and motivator over the weekend. Al Bortke, the legendary former University of Mary athletic director and men’s basketball coach passed away on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, at the age of 78. He left behind innumerable people whose lives he has touched as a coach, mentor and friend. The first athletic director at the University of Mary and the second head men’s basketball coach, Bortke served the university for 36 years. He oversaw the growth of an athletic department that went from one team to as many as 19 and also coached the Marauders to over 300 victories on the hard court. “While Al’s place as a history maker at the University of Mary in over 36 years of service is acknowledged in Bortke Court in the McDowell Activity Center, the place he holds deep in the hearts of those who knew him is one of deep esteem and loving friendship,” stated University of Mary President Monsignor James Shea. “Al Bortke exemplified the meaning and spirit of developing the potential of others and administering with integrity. Providing strong role modeling through his own involvement in Special Olympics, Al Bortke promoted a continuing expectation that student athletes respond to community needs as volunteer. His was a lifetime of ‘pursuing victory with honor’ as an extraordinary, trustworthy, and greatly respected...

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Mary Adds New Engineering Program to Help Meet High Demand in ND

BISMARCK, ND — The need for qualified engineers has reached a crisis situation at firms across North Dakota. The state’s recent energy boom and subsequent economic prosperity have firms in dire need of educated and skilled engineers to meet the extremely high demand for work.   Being true to its mission of serving the people of this region and beyond, the University of Mary and its founders, the Benedictine Sister’s of Annunciation Monastery, are once again answering the call from employers. Starting fall semester 2016, students will be able receive a concurrent accredited engineering science degree on-site from Mary and a second ABET accredited degree online from the University of North Dakota in a specialized discipline of either chemical, civil, mechanical, electrical or petroleum engineering. The only travel commitment will be for shortened summer labs in Grand Forks. “Students who attend our Mary campus in Bismarck for an engineering degree can do so without having to relocate,” commented Monsignor James Shea, president of the University of Mary. “This benefit cannot go understated because this provides our students an enormous opportunity to work closely with local and regional engineering firms from start to finish. They receive continuous hands-on learning experience, internships and also network with companies along the way that could potentially hire them into the job market.” Despite current oil prices, the demand for engineers in western and central...

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The University of Mary Sets New Recruitment Record

Mary Continues to Thrive and Grow as the New School Year Begins Today   BISMARCK, ND — The University of Mary in Bismarck reached a milestone for new freshmen and transfers by eclipsing the 600 mark for the first time in school history. That news comes as the 2015-2016 school year begins today with students from 31 states and five foreign countries. Of those, over 52-percent are from out of state. Michael McMahon, assistant vice president for Enrollment Services, attributes the growth increase to several reasons. “Our new incoming students and their parents tell us we are one of the most affordable Catholic universities in the country, which is something we’ve known for some time. But it goes deeper than that. As a Christian, Catholic and Benedictine school we pride ourselves in being welcoming to people of all faiths and prepare them for the whole of life. Our faculty, and curriculum they adhere to, are some of the best in the world. Students enjoy the small class sizes and our placement rate when they graduate is one of the best.” Also, a draw for new incoming students and appealing to their parents’ is the new and innovative Year-Round Campus option that begins this school year. It’s a revolutionary degree path making it even more affordable for students to obtain a high-quality, private education. Leaving the four-year degree option intact for...

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