Issue No. 66 - Friday, February 11, 2011

University of Mary Welcomes New Director Of Alumni

     Erin Hill-Oban, '04, has come back to U-Mary as director of alumni. A former math-teaching major and business administration minor, she has a strong history of service and leadership. Most recently state scheduler and office manager for former Congressman Earl Pomeroy and prior to that, a teacher at Cathedral School, she brings proven organizational and planning skills, energy and commitment to the position.
     Having joined the U-Mary Alumni Council in 2007, and served as its secretary for 2010, Erin is excited about the prospect of building on the solid foundation established by previous Director of Alumni Sister Denise Ressler, OSB. "We're eager to explore new ways to grow the Alumni Association by engaging alum, current students and the community, and taking an expanded, team approach to our traditional activities," she says. "We're also hoping to develop some exciting new initiatives that will bring us together while helping us carry forward U-Mary's Benedictine values in other arenas.
     "The University of Mary and its alumni have a lot to be proud of. And we're hoping that looking at some of the things other college alumni organizations are doing and exploring the options afforded by today's technology will enable us to strengthen our connection to each other and our alma mater and make an even more meaningful contribution to the future of the university." Believing "the more input, the better," Erin welcomes your ideas and comments at [email protected]

U-Mary Announces 2011 Alumni Council Officers And Members
The University of Mary Alumni Council elected its 2011 officers and welcomed five new members  at its Jan. 8, 2011, meeting.  The new officers are: Blaze Culliton, '09, president; Nicolette Borlaug, '09, vice president; Hayley Jiras, '10, secretary. More>>

Feb. 16 Job Fair 2011 Is Win-Win Chance For U-Mary Alums, Students & Businesses To Connect
The University of Mary encourages invites students, alumni and the general public to take part in the 2011 Spring Career and Internship Fair, Wednesday, Feb. 16, from noon to 4 p.m., in the Leach Field House. This event is an opportunity for local and regional businesses and people in the community— whether looking for a job or not to become acquainted with each other and build relationships. Job seekers are encouraged to bring copies of their resume and dress appropriately. More>>

U-Mary Readers Theater to Present 'Tales from Ireland: Shamrocks, Fairies & Princes' 
With St. Patrick's Day close at hand, U-Mary has chosen an Irish theme for its 2011 readers theater presentation. Oral interpretation students will perform adaptations of Irish poetry, short stories, and old Irish tales on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m., and on Friday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m., in Arno Gustin Hall on the U-Mary campus. All are welcome, and admission is free! More>>

Get Involved! Alumni Association Hosting 'The Banquet' On Feb. 24
The University of Mary Alumni Association is excited to again be serving The Banquet on Thursday, Feb. 24. The Banquet is a warm, free meal served each Thursday evening to anyone in need in the Bismarck-Mandan community and surrounding area. Hosting it requires covering the costs, preparing the meal, and providing volunteers to serve the approximately 350 folks who attend. Thirty to 35 volunteers are needed to help in various capacities. There are several time slots ( 1 p.m. - 8 p.m., 4:15 p.m.-8 p.m., and 5 p.m.-8 p.m.), and all alum and their friends and family, as well as members of the U-Mary community, are welcome to participate. This is not only a great cause, but a wonderful way for our alum to live out the Benedictine Values while seeing some old friends and classmates. To volunteer or see how you can help, e-mail [email protected] To learn more about "The Banquet", visit

Join U-Mary's Business Students for an Evening of Mystery, Dinner and Theater!
Thursday, Feb. 24; Friday, Feb. 25, and Saturday, Feb. 26, the Mysteria Theater in Mandan, ND, will host "Murder Me Always," a mystery dinner theater fundraiser for the University of Mary chapter of Collegiate DECA. Come watch our students; have dinner if you wish (optional) and see if you can guess the culprit.  More>>

GiANT Impact Announces Blockbuster Speaker Lineup for 2011 Chick-fil-A Leadercast at U-Mary
From entrepreneur and author, to sports anchor and college coach, each of the 11 presenters headlining this year's Chick-fil-A Leadercast has a story that will help foster the leader in each of us. The 2011 Chick-fil-A Leadercast will be held in Atlanta, on Friday, May 6, 2011, and broadcast live at the University of Mary, America's Leadership University, in Arno Gustin Hall, beginning at 8 a.m.
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Forty Years Of U-Mary Men's Basketball Celebration Part Of Feb. 11-12 Weekend Home Set; Complimentary Game Tickets Available at Dakota Community Bank More>>

NBC North Dakota Sports Network To Televise Marauders-Vikings Men's & Women's Basketball Games Feb. 12  More >>

Climb In NCAA Div. II Central Region Rankings Continues For Marauders  More>>

Dynamic Duo, Eric Erdmann & Anthony Moody, Lead Marauders Men's Basketball To Win, Playoff Berth More>>

Votes Rising For Marauders Men In National Association Of Basketball Coaches/Division II Men's Poll ... More>>

Women's Indoor Track & Field 18th In Nation, Women & Men Remain Regionally Ranked In USTFCCCA Regional Poll More>>

Marauders Football Gains 34 Commitments For 2011. More>>

Desiree Smith, Ashley Watson Named NSIC Players To Watch, Marauders Softball Team Picked Eighth In Preseason NSIC Coaches Poll


U-Mary's In Rome!
Find out more about the new campus in Italy and opportunities to study there. More>>

Need To Advance Your Career?
Earn your master's degree and be an alum again. Check out our accelerated graduate programs at

Alums! Remember, There's A New E-mail Address For The Alumni Office: Contact us at [email protected]

Keep The Memories Coming! Visit Our Online Photo Gallery Often And Share Your Favorite U-Mary Photos!
Did you take photos at the 50th anniversary reunion? How about on the day you graduated from U-Mary? Or general campus life pictures from the time you attended? U-Mary's Alumni Office wants to see and share your collection in our Alumni Photo Gallery. Send us your photographs with a brief description (including the year taken) for each. Our goal is to have an online gallery with photos representing every year in the university's history
bringing U-Mary's past and present to life for current and future alums. Send photos to: [email protected]

Check Out U-Mary On YouTube
Videos feature athletic events; the impact of U-Mary on the community; highlights, testimonials, and more. More>>

U-Mary Alumni Groups On Both LinkedIn & Facebook Networks 
Alumni and friends of the University of Mary are encouraged to join these groups. Join us! LinkedIn>> Facebook>> 

It's Easy To Give Back With U-Mary Online Giving! 
Supporting U-Mary is easier than ever with the university's online giving option. Just go to and follow the simple prompts to contribute by credit card or pledge a gift by check. All it takes is a few quick clicks to give forward to generations of students to come.

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