Bismarck, ND — The University of Mary recently eclipsed the 4,100-gift mark for its three-phased $272 million Vision 2030 Capital Campaign. The watershed mark is significant as Mary exceeds $63 million towards its Phase I $96 million goal.

Jerome Richter
Vice President for Public Affairs

“We’re practically two-thirds of the way there for reaching our successful Phase I goal,” explained the Vice President for the Office of Public Affairs, Jerome Richter. “In less than a year we have doubled our amount of gifts, which is quite remarkable and increased our total dollars by nearly $20 million. The donation that put us at the 4,100 mark was a gift of $5,000 from California. That gracious gift is the epitome of this whole campaign. Donations continue to come from friends and alumni, near and far, coast-to-coast, supporters who believe in our mission to enhance the quality of education for our current and future students. We are truly blessed and so deeply appreciate the gifts of our benefactors.”

Phase I already includes two completed projects: the new 276-bed Roers Hall for women that opened this past August, and the new 80,000-square–foot fieldhouse that opened in January 2017.

An aerial rendering looking at the new Lumen Vitae University Center from the southwest

Also part of this first phase, the new Lumen Vitae University Center that is nearing completion and on schedule for a grand opening Friday, September 8, 2017.  This two-story facility is made possible through the repurposing of the old fieldhouse and will connect to the McDowell Activity Center (MAC) that is also under renovation. The Lumen Vitae University Center will be at the heart of campus intersecting students coming and going from all directions, not only providing services to them, but also hosting big university events and venue accommodations for the general public. This 80,000-square-foot structure features a new stateroom with one of the grandest views in all of North Dakota overlooking the Missouri River Valley seating over 600 dinner guests for banquets or up to 1,100 for conferences or corporate and private meetings. Students cross “Main Street” from the stateroom into one of the country’s only 24/7 dining centers. Other amenities include an American Bank Center branch, book and retail store, convenience store, individual conference rooms, student lounges, coffee shop, clinic, Hall of Fame concourse and much more.

Looking to the southwest from inside the construction site of the Lumen Vitae University Center

Once that project is completed, Phase I continues with the highly anticipated School of Engineering to be located on north campus occupying two levels of the current University Hall building. Mary’s first engineering class just completed its first year of courses and already presented an unprecedented number of projects to engineers from across the state.

Founded in 1959 by the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, Mary offers nearly 60 undergraduate and 16 master’s degrees, and four doctoral programs in Physical Therapy, Nursing Practice, Education and Occupational Therapy to over 3,200 students from around the world and has campus locations in North Dakota; Minnesota; Montana; Kansas; Arizona; Rome, Italy and Arequipa, Peru as well as vibrant online offerings.