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Public Invited to “Christmas at Mary” Concert

BISMARCK, ND — The University of Mary welcomes people from all over for the area for the much-anticipated annual “Christmas at Mary” concert. “Christmas at Mary” is a celebration of the beauty and wonder of the season of Christmas including such familiar selections as “Good Christian Men, Rejoice,” “Grown Up Christmas List,” and “Silent Night.” Featured performers, with students from 19 states, include the 100-voice Concert Choir, Gabrieli Brass, and Vocal Jazz, which will perform its own version of the Pentatonix arrangement of “Mary, Did You Know.” Additional performers include the University of Mary Saxophone Quartet, Oboe Trio, String Ensemble, and the university’s first-ever student harp duet directed by Gayla Sherman. The concerts are Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 6, at 3 p.m. They are all free and open to the public. The concert begins with a rousing African “Noel,” complete with call-and-response and multiple percussion and moves to “Stars” by Estonian composer Eriks Esenvalds, which uses tuned water glasses to produce a soothing landscape of sound. In addition to full choir selections, the women and the men of the choir will be featured on selections from Latin motets to contemporary songs, including a Jamaican-style number by the men’s choir, “The King Is Born.” Gabrieli Brass, directed by Professor Dennis Gowen, includes 30 performers, both current students and music alumni, playing in...

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University of Mary’s Alexis Zeis Wins NCAA Cross Country Title

JOPLIN, Mo. – In one of the closest finishes in NCAA history, University of Mary sophomore Alexis Zeis claimed the 2015 NCAA women’s cross country championship in a blink of an eye. With a sprint to the finish line, the Bismarck N.D., native captured the title by .3 seconds. Making their first NCAA championship appearance as a team since 2012, the Marauders placed 12th in the nation. Ranked 13th in the national rankings entering the race, University of Mary only finished behind eighth place University of Minnesota Duluth among Northern Sun teams and Central Region competition. Adams State won the team title with Grand Valley State in second. Running towards the front of the pack for the full 6,000 meters, Zeis and Kendra Foley of Grand Valley State University battled for the top slot down the chute. Zeis broke in front and kept Foley on her back shoulder across the finish line. Despite overnight rain and mid-30 degree temperatures that was colder than anticipated, Zeis posted one of the faster times at the Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course on the campus of host Missouri Southern State University with a near-course clocking of 20:03.4. Foley was right behind at 20:03.7. Zeis, who placed 21st last season as a freshman at the national championships, is the second University of Mary NCAA cross country champion in three years. Jennifer Agnew won the 2013 title but...

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Man Who Has Impacted Thousands of Catholic Youth is 2016 Prayer Day Keynote

FOCUS founder, Curtis Martin, to share message of evangelization with people of all ages at popular University of Mary event   BISMARCK, ND — What type of person has the vision to bring together hundreds of college students across America? ­What type of person inspires those same students to rally thousands more at campuses across the country so they’re fired up about their faith? What type of person can sustain that momentum, that energy, that synergy, for nearly 18 years and counting, to make this evangelization with today’s youth the fastest growing national Catholic outreach today? He’s Curtis Martin — a man who has first-hand experience of losing his Catholic faith as a child only to start finding it again in college. Through an involvement with an interdenominational evangelical Christian group during his years at Louisiana State University, he discovered that there was no such organization for young Catholics like him who had fallen away from their faith. Later in life, that realization inspired him and his wife Michaelann, to create a crusade of young people, fresh out of Catholic colleges and universities, that go back to school — mostly secular campuses — and meet those Catholic peers where they are and help them rediscover or search for a deeper understanding of their faith. That’s the genesis of their evangelization missionaries called FOCUS — Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Martin, FOCUS founder...

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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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