Author: University of Mary

University of Mary Hosts Bismarck’s First Ever TEDx Talks

For immediate release Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Media contact: Tom Ackerman, (701) 355-8002 BISMARCK, ND¬¬¬¬¬¬ — The University of Mary has partnered with TEDx as TEDxUMary to bring their first live event to campus and the Bismarck-Mandan area. The event takes place in Mary’s Butler Auditorium at the Gary Tharaldson School of Business on Thursday, April 9, 2015, at 5 p.m. A variety of speakers will present on the theme “reinventing ideas” in the areas of health, service, education, technology in the community, and the workplace. Speakers for the event include Melanie Carvell, Joe Berger, Amy Broadie, Matt Sagaser and Joel Honeyman, Justin Walsh, and Morgan Forness. University of Mary junior, Liv Stromme, a marketing major from Bismarck and a member of the TEDxUMary team, said, “The TEDxUMary team is excited to bring TEDx to the Bismarck-Mandan community and present to the public people who are reinventing ideas on a wider platform.” There have been over 10,500 TEDx events around the world operated on licenses from TED. TEDxUMary is organized completely by Mary students. Their mission from the website is to, “engage individuals to share stories and collaborate on a multitidude of ideas.” The event is open to the public, however seating is limited to the first 100 people. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at; $25 for students and $50 for general admission....

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New York City Actor and HBO Co-Star Makes Directing Debut at Mary with Classic Agatha Christie Whodunit

For Immediate Release Wednesday, March 11, 2015 MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Ackerman (701) 355-8002 BISMARCK, ND — “Dark, devious and delightfully droll,” that’s how University of Mary’s new Visiting Professor of Theater, Dan Bielinski, describes his unique interpretation of the longest-running play in history — Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap.” The Mousetrap, which has run continuously for 63 years on the West End in London, totaling over 25,000 performances, will come to Mary on Thursday, April 16, and Friday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., followed by a double feature Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., inside Arno Gustin Hall on the University of Mary campus. For a sneak peek check out this thrilling trailer created by Bielinksi and Marek Dojs (Doyce), associate professor of communication at Mary: Using a pun that fits here, for Bielinski, there’s nothing like starting his new role with a “bang.” After all, this is Agatha Christie, so there’s plenty of room in this two-hour theater performance for simultaneously wielding prop pistols and candid comedy. “The Mousetrap” features the perfect setting for a suspenseful murder mystery. While a blizzard rages outside, eight strangers trapped in a boarding house listen to a radio announcement that a murder has been committed in a nearby village. Then the lights go out, and a murder happens right in their midst. They realize that the murderer must in fact...

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“Business as a force for Good”

For Immediate Release Monday, March 9, 2015 MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Ackerman (701) 355-8002 University of Mary Welcomes Notre Dame Dean of Business and Catholic Relief Services President Dr. Carolyn Woo BISMARCK, ND — The long-serving Dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and the current President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services Dr. Carolyn Woo will address the topic, “Business as a Force for Good,” on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 11 AM in the University of Mary’s McDowell Activity Center. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Recognized by “Foreign Policy” magazine in 2013 as one of the 500 Most Powerful people on the planet, and only one of 33 in the category of “a force for good,” Dr. Carolyn Woo joined Catholic Relief Services (CRS) following a distinguished academic career, including serving as dean of Notre Dame’s College of Business from 1997 to 2011. According to University of Mary President Monsignor James P. Shea, Woo’s visit to the Peace Garden State is both welcome and timely. “Despite its capacity to lift populations out of poverty and into long-term economic stability, the role of business in society is hotly contested everywhere, especially now, from the Bakken to the world over,” said Shea. “Dr. Woo’s understanding and insight will remind us that business is a force for achieving much more than...

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Former Imprisoned Journalist Roxana Saberi Discusses Her Journey and Current Hot Spots Around the World

For Immediate Release Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2014 MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Ackerman (701) 355-8002 BISMARCK, ND — Roxana Saberi can relate to all the turmoil that is happening in the Middle East. She was once the center of the world’s attention in 2009 when she was taken prisoner in Iran. Today, Saberi will speak about current events from a human rights perspective at the very popular Lunch and Learn Series at 12 p.m., in Butler Hall at the Gary Tharldson School of Business on campus. The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and the University of Mary sponsor this popular monthly series. Saberi will have a media availability following her presentation between 12:45 and 1 p.m. Saberi moved to Iran in 2003 to work as the Iran correspondent for the U.S.-based Feature Story News. She filed reports for organizations such as NPR, BBC, ABC Radio and Fox News and was working on a book about Iran when she was arrested on January 31, 2009. Saberi was later sentenced to eight years in prison on a trumped-up charge of espionage. In May 2009, an Iranian court overturned the sentence, and she was released. After returning to the United States, Saberi wrote Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran, which was published by HarperCollins and has been translated into several languages. She also worked as a freelance journalist, with articles published in...

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Pope Francis and University of Mary Student Exchange Zucchettos

For Immediate Release Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 Media Contact: (701) 355-8002 ROME, ITALY — If he’s not the envy of the entire world, millions of people would at the very least love to have the same experience that Andrew Meyer had with Pope Francis. The University of Mary student from Wahpeton, ND, traveled to the school’s Rome campus in early January with his classmates to study for a four-month semester — knowing his life will be forever changed. But he didn’t know just how life-changing it would be. On Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, just three weeks into his stay, he and two-dozen of his classmates were at a papal audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall. Typically held in St. Peter’s Square, this would be one of the few audiences for Pope Francis in the hall. But Meyer knew this would potentially put him just a handshake away from the Holy Father. Pope Francis, flanked by security guards and people’s outstretched arms hoping for a touch, a smile or even a selfie, walked down the aisle on the opposite side towards Meyer. Then, at just the right moment Pope Francis switched sides. Nervous and excited all at the same time, Meyer realized this was the perfect time and perhaps the only chance he’ll ever get to put his plan into action. “My goal for the semester was to trade...

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