Close to 1,000 students participating, nearly doubling last year’s number


BISMARCK, ND — As part of the new Vision 2030 Campaign, University of Mary’s student body recommitted itself to becoming servant leaders of moral courage, providing a culture grounded in service, fostering a great capacity to pour themselves out in loving service to others. The new, campus wide Day of Service campaign that began in 2014 answers that pledge.

Serving others is a big part of the University of Mary’s mission since being founded in 1959 by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery. Mary’s students take part in hundreds of service projects every year — from helping with homeless shelters in North Dakota to providing medical assistance in Guatemala. By all accounts last year’s inaugural event was a huge success and the second annual expects to be bigger than ever.

University of Mary Logo“I witnessed first-hand the impact this wonderful event had last year, not only on the people we served, but also on my classmates,” commented University of Mary Student Body President Liv Stromme and coordinator for the event. “The joy of giving is a lifelong lesson that we live outside the classroom. The most significant opportunity is for these experiences to create a deep sense of community while assisting students in developing their hearts and life skills so it becomes a lifestyle of service.”

Nearly 1,000 Mary students are volunteering their time compared to 600 last year. The students are involved in 45 to 50 service projects ranging from planting trees at Ft. Lincoln to teaching seniors to use technology at the Burleigh County Senior Adult Program.

At 9 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, in the McDowell Activity Center (MAC), University of Mary President Emerita Sister Thomas Welder will welcome students participating in the second annual Day of Service. At 9:45 a.m., students will gather outside the MAC and disperse to their service locations. Please click on this Bismarck-Mandan volunteer website link to see all the locations and projects.

Wed. Oct. 21, 2015 Day of Service Schedule:

8:30 a.m.: Ecumenical Prayer Service in the MAC

9 a.m.: Convocation in the MAC featuring Keynote Speaker Sister Thomas Welder and University of Mary Vocal Jazz

9:45 a.m. – 10 a.m.: First shift of buses leaving campus

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Buses driving students to projects all across Bismarck and Mandan

6 p.m.: Mass in Our Lady of the Annunciation Chapel

7 p.m.: Celebration Social in Chick’s Place