Category: News Release

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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New York City Actor and HBO Co-Star Makes Directing Debut at Mary with Classic Agatha Christie Whodunit

For Immediate Release Wednesday, March 11, 2015 MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Ackerman (701) 355-8002 BISMARCK, ND — “Dark, devious and delightfully droll,” that’s how University of Mary’s new Visiting Professor of Theater, Dan Bielinski, describes his unique interpretation of the longest-running play in history — Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap.” The Mousetrap, which has run continuously for 63 years on the West End in London, totaling over 25,000 performances, will come to Mary on Thursday, April 16, and Friday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., followed by a double feature Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., inside Arno Gustin Hall on the University of Mary campus. For a sneak peek check out this thrilling trailer created by Bielinksi and Marek Dojs (Doyce), associate professor of communication at Mary: Using a pun that fits here, for Bielinski, there’s nothing like starting his new role with a “bang.” After all, this is Agatha Christie, so there’s plenty of room in this two-hour theater performance for simultaneously wielding prop pistols and candid comedy. “The Mousetrap” features the perfect setting for a suspenseful murder mystery. While a blizzard rages outside, eight strangers trapped in a boarding house listen to a radio announcement that a murder has been committed in a nearby village. Then the lights go out, and a murder happens right in their midst. They realize that the murderer must in fact...

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“Business as a force for Good”

For Immediate Release Monday, March 9, 2015 MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Ackerman (701) 355-8002 University of Mary Welcomes Notre Dame Dean of Business and Catholic Relief Services President Dr. Carolyn Woo BISMARCK, ND — The long-serving Dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and the current President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services Dr. Carolyn Woo will address the topic, “Business as a Force for Good,” on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 11 AM in the University of Mary’s McDowell Activity Center. The event is open to the public and free of charge. Recognized by “Foreign Policy” magazine in 2013 as one of the 500 Most Powerful people on the planet, and only one of 33 in the category of “a force for good,” Dr. Carolyn Woo joined Catholic Relief Services (CRS) following a distinguished academic career, including serving as dean of Notre Dame’s College of Business from 1997 to 2011. According to University of Mary President Monsignor James P. Shea, Woo’s visit to the Peace Garden State is both welcome and timely. “Despite its capacity to lift populations out of poverty and into long-term economic stability, the role of business in society is hotly contested everywhere, especially now, from the Bakken to the world over,” said Shea. “Dr. Woo’s understanding and insight will remind us that business is a force for achieving much more than...

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