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University of Mary Presidents Earn Highest Honor from Two Colleges

At 31 years, Sister Thomas Welder, OSB, served the longest tenure as female president at any college or university in America at the time she retired in 2009. Days later, at age 34, Monsignor James Shea succeeded Welder and became the youngest serving college president in the United States, and still is today. On Saturday, May 16, 2015, both Welder and Shea will receive honorary doctorate degrees – the highest honor bestowed by any college or university -from Belmont Abbey College (Charlotte, NC) and Thomas More College, (Merrimack, NH), respectively. Active in community, state and national professional, civic and religious organizations, Welder has promoted and modeled the Benedictine values. Under her leadership, Mary College expanded to university status in 1986 and added undergraduate and graduate degree programs at locations throughout the state and region. During her presidency, enrollment grew from 925 students to nearly 3,000 in 2004. As president emerita, Welder most recently earned the Caritas Award from Catholic Charities North Dakota. In 2004, she received the prestigious Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award – the highest state award presented to select individuals who have achieved national recognition, reflecting credit and honor upon North Dakota and its citizens. The award states, “Sister Thomas is recognized as a woman who lives, serves and leads by example. Envisioning the University of Mary as the nation’s premier institution for the preparation of servant...

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NSIC honors Mary’s Thorson, Stewart with end of year awards

Titles generally equal accolades and the four-time conference champion University of Mary women’s track and field team earned two major honors today. No stranger to these awards, Mike Thorson was named the Northern Sun Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Coach of the Year for the fourth straight year and Kathryn Stewart is a repeat choice as the NSIC Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year. The award recipients are selected by the NSIC coaches. Another spectacular performance at the conference championships earned Stewart the Northern Sun Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year honors for the second straight season. The senior from Kingston, Jamaica, won four events at the 2015 outdoor championships. She captured the 200 meter dash for third straight year and also won the 100 meter dash. Stewart separated from the field on the final leg on the Marauders winning 4×100 meter relay and ran on the victorious and NSIC record-setting 4×400 meter relay team. In her four outdoor seasons, Stewart has been a part of a conference championship team each year and won a combined 11 individual and relay team titles. A seven-time All-American and the 2015 NSIC Indoor Women’s Track Athlete of the Year, Stewart was selected to compete in the 200 meter dash and the 4×100 and the 4×400 meter relays at the 2015 NCAA Division II national track and field championships. Stewart is...

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Mary Nursing Program Recognizes Student, Faculty & Healthcare Leader

As the University of Mary continues to meet the local, regional and national demands for highly educated and prepared nurses at all levels it strives to recognize those who go above and beyond in the classroom and service to others as current and future healthcare professionals. The University of Mary graduate nursing program recently honored three individuals, one student, one healthcare professional and one faculty member, for their commitment to excellence in nursing. The Excellence in Instruction for Healthcare Leader and Nursing Faculty Awards recognizes individuals who elevate graduate nursing students’ educational experiences by inspiring, encouraging, and challenging them to reach their full potential. The Future of Nursing Award recognizes a graduate nursing student who, during their academic program, has demonstrated the growth in professional aptitudes necessary to lead change and ensure high quality, safe patient care. Graduate nursing education at the University of Mary fosters responsibility, creativity, self-direction, and leadership that characterize a professional commitment and the continued desire to learn and grow. Faculty members and healthcare leaders, who interact with students during academic experiences, share the responsibility of students’ educational and professional formation. They also play a central role in students’ achievements of attaining core skills and attributes that are essential to becoming a competent advanced nursing professional. Sara Dvorak, clinical learning coordinator at Altru Health System in Grand Forks, was recognized with the 2015 Healthcare Leader...

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University of Mary Alumni Association Names – Jonathan Hofer Outstanding Senior

For Immediate Release Saturday, May 2, 2015 Media Contact: Tom Ackerman, 701-355-8002 BISMARCK, ND — Jonathan Hofer of Rapid City, S.D., was recognized with the University of Mary Alumni Association’s Outstanding Senior Award for 2015 at the university’s annual President’s Recognition Breakfast Saturday, May 2. Hofer is a biology major at the university and is the son of Lonny and Linda Hofer. Each year, the teaching faculty at the University of Mary nominates members of the graduating class for this prestigious award, based on their academic achievement, service to the university and to the community. The Alumni Council Board then selects the recipient from these nominees. Hofer has a 4.0 grade point average and has been named to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. He has served as a Student Senator at Mary, a member of the Knights of Virtue and as president of the university’s Outdoor Club, which he created. In campus life, he has taken part in theater performances, intramural sports, and volunteers in numerous student organizations, including the Math and Science Association, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Ministry Liturgy and many more. The other nominees for 2015 Outstanding Senior were: – Candace Ankenbauer, Washburn, athletic training, (parents, Kim and Brenda Ankenbauer). – Jamie Bushaw, Grand Forks, social work (parents, James and Lori Bushaw). – Benjamin Gehrig, Shreveport, La.,...

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Students and North Dakota Communities to be Impacted Greatly by Half-Million Dollar Grant

For immediate release Monday, April 13, 2015 Media contact: Tom Ackerman, 355-8002 University of Mary receives National Science Foundation money BISMARCK, ND — The University of Mary will receive an S-STEM grant from the National Science Foundation in support of the Biology Department’s ECOWEB (Expanding Career Opportunities in Wildlife and Environmental Biology) program. The S-STEM (Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) grant will provide scholarships and other higher education opportunities to low-income students interested in wildlife conservation or environmental science. Recruiting Native American students will be a particular focus. The grant amount of $510,250 will provide scholarships of $8,000-$10,000 per year for five years to S-STEM scholars. Starting this fall, five students will be awarded the scholarships, then another seven students beginning fall 2016. All 12 students will receive the scholarships for four consecutive years provided they meet and maintain standard academic requirements. “In the end, this tremendous gift is about the students and the major impact this scholarship will have on them and subsequently on North Dakota communities they’ll end up serving in the future,” said Dr. Nordlie. “This opportunity will provide the scholars with a number of activities to assist them in succeeding in college and to stimulate their interest in and enthusiasm for science, which we hope will culminate in their desire to attend graduate school.” Students interested in the scholarships can apply online at...

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