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University of Mary Presents ‘Amahl and the Night Visitors’

BISMARCK, ND — Since its first performance on Christmas Eve, 1951, Gian–Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors has taken its place with A Christmas Carol as a holiday classic. The University of Mary follows this tradition with its performance of the one-act opera on Sunday, November 22, 2 p.m., in Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel in the Benedictine Center for Servant Leadership building on the campus of the University of Mary. The story tells of the night the Three Kings, following the star to Bethlehem, stop for shelter at the home of Amahl, a poor, crippled shepherd boy. When Amahl offers his own simple gift to the Christ Child, a miracle happens. According to Katherine Henjum, associate professor of voice and director of the production, “The performance of Amahl has become a tradition at the University of Mary. It was the first opera commissioned especially for television and is a dear, touching story, highlighting the importance and power of generosity. It is truly a deeply meaningful way to start the Thanksgiving and Advent season. It is always a joy to work with the students and my colleagues on this production.” The performance, which is approximately 50 minutes long, is free and open to the...

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A Unique Audience Experience Brings a New Level of Suspense to Drama at Mary

BISMARCK, ND — We’ve all thought it. Who wouldn’t want to be a “fly on the wall,” so to speak, as a jury deliberates the fate of the accused during a high-profile court case? Now theatergoers get their chance as the University of Mary “summons” one and all to its jury-room for the production of “Twelve Angry Jurors,” Thursday, November 19, through Saturday, November 21 in Arno Gustin Hall on campus. The production, with showings Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., is based on the classic and gripping 1957 film “12 Angry Men.” This compelling and provocative story surrounds a teenage boy who is on trial for killing his father. His fate, in what appears to be an open-and-shut murder trial that would send the boy to the electric chair with a guilty verdict, is in the hands of 12 jurors deliberating in a small jury-room on a hot summer day. However, unlike most theater productions, the University of Mary version, directed by Professor of Theater, Dan Bielinski, has a twist unique to members of the audience. “‘12 Angry Jurors’ will be presented as ‘theater-in-the-round,’ which is meant to be an immersive experience for the audience, making them ‘part of the action’ rather than just spectators,” said Bielinski. “I wanted to do a stripped-down, minimalist, immersive...

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North Dakota’s New Thought-Provoking Magazine on the Northern Great Plains

The University of Mary Press debuts its new publication, 360 Review magazine, a high-quality coffee table read for people of all interests   BISMARCK, ND — Don’t let his eastern background, his Irish name, or, even that hint of a Canadian accent fool you. More than anything, being an “outsider” should probably be regarded as a prerequisite, rather than a barrier, to being the editor-in-chief of a magazine that presents in-depth content about the Northern Great Plains. Patrick McCloskey is that person behind the new 360 Review magazine released today by the University of Mary Press, in Bismarck. “But Canada lies just...

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University of Mary Offers a New Cyber Security Program

New concentration will help provide highly trained and sought-after graduates for the largest growing job sector in America – computer networking and programming   BISMARCK, ND — Some would compare them to mad scientists. They enter the laboratory at dusk and leave under the cover of darkness. Surprisingly, they have no textbooks, no calculators and no manuals of any sort. They come to their computer lab armed with only the clothing on their back, a geeky knowledge of the techie language, or code, that not many people can comprehend, and — a growing passion to stop cybercrime in its tracks. They’re seniors Andrew Dubiel, Colorado Springs, CO; Lance Pfliger, Hazen, ND; and Bryan Zastoupil, Bismarck, ND; — three computer wiz kids at the University of Mary who continually hunger for knowledge in security. In 2013, during the days of the Target credit card breach and the largest retail hack in U.S. history, these three took it upon one another to teach themselves programming and cyber security before the university even had an instructor for a class. “The Sony hack really opened our eyes to the seriousness of cyber security,” commented Dubiel. “When Target was hacked it really motivated us to think and implement security.” Their patience and persistence began to pay off a short time later as Jennifer Fennewald, a former manager for IBM’s security team with over 14 years experience,...

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University of Mary Launches Master of Public Administration Program

New Degree Offering Targeted at Growing Need for Public Sector Employees Bismarck, ND — With an eye squarely on the changing demographic of public sector employment in North Dakota and throughout the nation the University of Mary announced that starting January 2016, it is offering a new Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. According to University of Mary President, Monsignor James Shea the Master of Public Administration program could not be better timed. “Public service is a hallmark of northern plains states and the United States as a whole. At the center of our rich and growing heritage, from the earliest confederation of native American tribes to the assemblies of immigrants who gave rise to the United States, are leaders who dedicated their lives and careers to the service of the common good,” stated Shea. “With large numbers of public sector employees set to retire in the next five to seven years it’s imperative we educate and prepare the next generation of leaders to serve and guide us in the public square in the decades to come.” Offered through the Gary Tharaldson School of Business, the University of Mary’s Master of Public Administration program not only reflects changing employment trends but is also modeled to fit the most pressing leadership needs and wants in the public sector today—including optional concentrations in a variety of fields such as Project Management,...

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