Author: University of Mary

Mary Rome Campus Students and Faculty Have Another Encounter with Pope Francis

BISMARCK, ND — Exciting times continue for students and faculty at the University of Mary’s Rome campus. This morning, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, they had front row seats to Pope Francis’ weekly general audience. The Holy Father not only stopped in front of the group of Mary students to bless their rosaries, but they also kissed baby Therese Schulzetenberg. She is the daughter of Thomas Schulzetenberg, director of the university’s Rome campus. The Catholic News Agency (CNA) provided these photos and video. “It was a special moment,” commented an excited Schulzetenberg through email. It was an appropriate setting as Pope Francis talked about the innocence of the child. “Woe to they who betray the trust of children,” he said. “We should never injure a child’s ‘spontaneous trust’ in God. A child is ready at birth to feel God’s love.” The students are in Rome for the entire fall semester. The popular program began in 2010 and continues to be a life-changing experience that provides numerous opportunities for students who go to Mary from all over the United States and the world. Last year, Mary student Andrew Meyer, studying at the Rome campus during the spring semester, exchanged zucchettos, or the skullcap, with Pope Francis. The zucchetto is now on display at Meyer’s hometown church in Wahpeton, ND. Later that spring, Schulzetenberg was asked by the Pope to provide a...

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Top High School Musicians Converge on Mary for Honor Band Weekend

BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota’s most talented high school band musicians are set to take center stage with one of the world’s legends in Calypso music at the 3rd annual University of Mary High School Honor Band Weekend. This two-day event takes place Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24, capped off by concerts that are free and open to the public at the historic Belle Mehus Auditorium in Bismarck. On Friday, October 23, the university will welcome 45 of the top high school instrumentalists from around the state for rehearsals and clinics starting at noon. Students will work with conductor Dennis Gowen, who serves as professor of music and director of Bands & High Brass at the University of Mary. “These high school musicians are representative of the best in our state,” said Gowen, a 28-year professor of music at the University of Mary and veteran musician and conductor. “They’ll have an opportunity to work closely with our esteemed music faculty, share a concert with our own University of Mary Concert Band, and sit side-by-side to perform our closing musical selection.” On the evening of Oct. 23, the students move in town to the Belle Mehus Auditorium for a 7:30 p.m. performance by Mary’s outstanding jazz and steel band ensembles, with special guest artist Liam Teague, world-renowned steel pan artist. Teague, known as the “Paganini of the Steelpan,” has...

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Sweetness and light

“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth: and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.” -Pope Saint John Paul II, Fides et Ratio In 1704, the great Irish satirist Jonathan Swift poured his formidable intellect into a defense of classical learning in an essay titled “The Battle of the Books.” “The Battle of the Books” was Swift’s response...

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University of Mary Honors Alumni at 2015 Homecoming

BISMARCK, N.D. — The University of Mary recognized three outstanding alumni at its annual Alumni Recognition and Hall of Fame Induction over the weekend.   Bob Martinson ’72 – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration University of Mary Presidential Leadership Award: This award is conferred on individual alumni for distinguished achievements as servant leaders regionally, nationally, or internationally. As a respected government leader, Martinson has faithfully served the people of North Dakota since 1972 in his long and distinguished role in the North Dakota House of Representatives. Those roles have included serving as past Majority Leader and past Chairman of the State and Federal Government Committee. Currently, he is a member of the House Appropriations Committee. Many groups have shown their appreciation for Martinson’s dedication to public service by honoring him with a Legislator of the Year designation — the North Dakota Bar Association, the Family Medical Association, the Children’s Caucus and the State Library Association. His past career also includes an appointment by Gov. Ed Shafer to be the North Dakota State Tourism Director. He served his state and country as a member of the North Dakota National Guard for 26 years, retiring at the rank of Lt. Colonel. Currently, Bob is the national chairman of the Center for Legislative Education Energy and Research. Martinson earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Mary...

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University of Mary 2015 Homecoming royalty announced

BISMARCK — The University of Mary has announced the selection of its 2015 Homecoming King and Queen and their court. Homecoming King is Peter Foley, a junior and native of West St. Paul, Minn. He is majoring in Mathematics Education and is the son of Patrick Foley and Sandra Foley. His activities at the university include serving as a Student Ambassador, in the Knights of Virtue and a member of the Emerging Leaders Academy. Homecoming Queen is Brittney Dietz, — a native of Beach and the daughter of Angie Dietz. A senior, Dietz is majoring in both Health Care Administration and Business Administration. She is a four-year member of the university’s women’s basketball team. Her honors included being named All-Conference, All Freshman, a 1,000-point scorer, and being the leading scorer for the team, and an appearance in NCAA basketball tournament. Other student nominees for King and Queen included: Michael Berger — Berger is from Bismarck, the son of John Berger and Robynn Berger. He is majoring in Athletic Training and Pre-physical Therapy. He is a member of UMATSA and Knights of Virtue. Berger is involved in intramurals, the Physical Therapy Club, and FOCUS Bible study. He has been a continuous member of the Dean’s List and the Honor Roll. John Dinkel — Dinkel is a native of Long Prairie, Minn., and is the son of Charlie Dinkel and Linda...

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