Category: News Release

Former Imprisoned Journalist Roxana Saberi Discusses Her Journey and Current Hot Spots Around the World

For Immediate Release Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2014 MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Ackerman (701) 355-8002 BISMARCK, ND — Roxana Saberi can relate to all the turmoil that is happening in the Middle East. She was once the center of the world’s attention in 2009 when she was taken prisoner in Iran. Today, Saberi will speak about current events from a human rights perspective at the very popular Lunch and Learn Series at 12 p.m., in Butler Hall at the Gary Tharldson School of Business on campus. The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and the University of Mary sponsor this popular monthly series. Saberi will have a media availability following her presentation between 12:45 and 1 p.m. Saberi moved to Iran in 2003 to work as the Iran correspondent for the U.S.-based Feature Story News. She filed reports for organizations such as NPR, BBC, ABC Radio and Fox News and was working on a book about Iran when she was arrested on January 31, 2009. Saberi was later sentenced to eight years in prison on a trumped-up charge of espionage. In May 2009, an Iranian court overturned the sentence, and she was released. After returning to the United States, Saberi wrote Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran, which was published by HarperCollins and has been translated into several languages. She also worked as a freelance journalist, with articles published in...

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Pope Francis and University of Mary Student Exchange Zucchettos

For Immediate Release Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 Media Contact: (701) 355-8002 ROME, ITALY — If he’s not the envy of the entire world, millions of people would at the very least love to have the same experience that Andrew Meyer had with Pope Francis. The University of Mary student from Wahpeton, ND, traveled to the school’s Rome campus in early January with his classmates to study for a four-month semester — knowing his life will be forever changed. But he didn’t know just how life-changing it would be. On Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, just three weeks into his stay, he and two-dozen of his classmates were at a papal audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall. Typically held in St. Peter’s Square, this would be one of the few audiences for Pope Francis in the hall. But Meyer knew this would potentially put him just a handshake away from the Holy Father. Pope Francis, flanked by security guards and people’s outstretched arms hoping for a touch, a smile or even a selfie, walked down the aisle on the opposite side towards Meyer. Then, at just the right moment Pope Francis switched sides. Nervous and excited all at the same time, Meyer realized this was the perfect time and perhaps the only chance he’ll ever get to put his plan into action. “My goal for the semester was to trade...

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University of Mary announces third doctorate

For Immediate Release Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 Media Contact: Tom Ackerman (701) 355-8002 New Doctor of Education helps answer the critical need for trained leadership at all levels of education BISMARCK, ND — The University of Mary’s Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences is proud to announce that the university has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission to offer its third doctoral degree — the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.). As a terminal degree it’s the highest in its field and helps address the leadership challenges emerging today through K-12 and higher education, not only in North Dakota but also across the region and the United States. According to a state finding, projected enrollment growth in western North Dakota ranges from 23% to 153%. Bismarck Public Schools, which has seen student enrollment increases every year for the past 11 years, experienced a spike of 632 students between 2012 and 2014. School district leaders are not only faced with managing and planning for increasing school enrollments, but also providing these growing groups of students with well-trained teachers, up to date technology, and a safe and effective learning environment — often within their existing infrastructure, said Dr. Rod Jonas, dean of the Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Science at Mary. “The population of leading administrators in K-12 is aging in our school communities,” added Jonas. “That, along...

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Pioneering Higher Education: Offering Year-Round Campus

For Immediate Release Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Ackerman (701) 355-8002 University of Mary Offers Solution to National Concern Over Time and Cost of College Education BISMARCK, ND, Nov. 13, 2014 — Starting in Fall 2015, University of Mary students will have the option of completing a bachelor’s degree in 2.6 years and a master’s degree in four. Hailed as Year-Round Campus, this first-of-its-kind option provides a new and radical pathway for completing traditional undergraduate and graduate degrees in less time and at a lower cost, with normal course loads and a full college experience. Based on the University’s analysis, the incremental savings, increased earnings, and reduced student loan balances would result in lifetime financial benefits of at least $322,000. According to University of Mary President Monsignor James P. Shea, the Year-Round Campus reflects an innovative and student-centered response to the changing dynamics of today’s higher education market. “The growing sentiment nationwide is that a college education is too costly, takes too long to complete and no longer provides a healthy return on investment,” Shea said. “Mary’s Year-Round Campus addresses those concerns by empowering students to complete a bachelor’s degree in 2.6 years and a master’s in four. It also dramatically increases the student’s long-term earnings and savings potential while meeting the growing demand for an educated, and work-ready employees.” Unlike accelerated degrees, Year-Round Campus offers the...

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University of Mary Offers Nurses Senior Year Free

CHI Partnership Addresses Healthcare Workforce Demands BISMARCK, ND, October 30, 2014 — The University of Mary rolled out three new scholarships as part of its partnership with Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI). The CHI Scholarship Program offers a tuition-free senior year option to students majoring in nursing, and generous incentives to a variety of healthcare industry related programs such as accounting, business administration, counseling and marketing. University of Mary President Monsignor James P. Shea believes the scholarships are a “game-changer” for North Dakota and the region. “This is an incredible opportunity,” stated Shea. “It turns college dreams into reality, expands the pool of well-trained healthcare professionals and raises the standard of living for the good people of the Northern Plains.” According to University officials, students can earn scholarships ranging from $3,000 up to a tuition-free senior year. To qualify, applicants need to be accepted and complete courses on the Bismarck campus. Dr. Jodi Roller, Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Mary, said the CHI Scholarship Program is a timely one as the need for healthcare workers continues to grow. “The demand for healthcare professionals is already high and as baby boomers retire, it is only going to rise. As a recent study from Georgetown University demonstrates, the market for healthcare workers is expected to grow at twice the rate of...

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