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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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University of Mary and BEK Communications Partner to Provide Country’s First Student-Run Remote TV Studio

For Immediate Release Thursday, April 23, 2015 MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Ackerman (701) 355-8002 BISMARCK, ND — It’s a college student’s dream come true. Thanks to a seven-figure investment by BEK Communications Cooperative they’ll have the opportunity to do things no other college student in the country has ever done before. Starting this fall, all University of Mary communications students will have the chance to work with state-of-the-art high definition television equipment to broadcast live events remotely from the new BEK Broadcast Studios on campus. This partnership between the University of Mary and BEK Communications Cooperative is the first of its kind in the nation and goes beyond what is being done on a national level at sports networks and colleges. “Nobody else is doing this — it’s the future of live broadcasting,” stated Derrick Bulawa, general manager at BEK Communications. “We are revolutionizing how live sports coverage is being produced. Some FBS Division I conferences are using similar technology, but we are taking it one step further with students operating our remote broadcasts, on-screen graphics and creating instant replay, on-air play-by-play and color commentary. The students will be completely immersed into all roles of live television production.” “We are offering something different, something greater for our students,” added Monsignor James Shea, president of the University of Mary. “In 2013, the Board of Trustees at the University of Mary embarked...

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Vatican Invites Director of University of Mary’s Rome Campus to Read at Pope Francis’ Easter Mass

For Immediate Release Thursday, April 2, 2015 MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Ackerman (701) 355-8002 ROME, ITALY — Don’t let the last name fool you — that’s if you can pronounce it. Even though Thomas Schulzetenberg — pronounced Schull-tzen-berg — comes from great German heritage and is a native Minnesotan, he has a masterful understanding of the English language and especially the Catholic faith. These are two important prerequisites for the honor that has been bestowed upon him by Pope Francis. The Vatican has asked Schulzetenberg to lector in English during Pope Francis’ Easter Mass, Sunday, April 5, 2015, at St. Peter’s Basilica. The mass itself is attended by thousands of people and watched on TV by millions more around the world. “I hope to be doing very little thinking during the actual moment,” said Schulzetenberg through email from his home on the University of Mary Rome campus where he is director and administrator of 25 students that are studying there this semester. “I don’t want to stumble upon a word or make any mistakes! I think I just want people to hear the word of God, and not concentrate on the guy who is speaking it.” Schulzetenberg, who has attended many masses of Pope Benedict and Francis in his three year tenure as director of the University of Mary Rome campus, believes the opportunity for an American to be reading...

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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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