Issue No. 69 - Friday, May 20, 2011

University Of Mary Presents More Than 1,000 Degrees To Largest-Ever Graduating Class At 51st Commencement

On Saturday, April 30, the University of Mary recognized 990 graduates with a total of 1,001 degrees, at its 2011 commencement. The ceremony at the Bismarck Civic Center celebrated the largest graduating class in the university's history and the first time that the number of degrees awarded in a given year has reached the 1,000 mark. Degrees were awarded at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels, in 39 undergraduate majors and 22 post-graduate areas. And an honorary doctoral degree was conferred on Martin White, a leader in the world of commerce, known internationally for his commitment to and exemplification of ethical business practices. More, including video highlights /
Full commencement video

Mary President, Father James Shea, is a Guest on the Upcoming EWTN International TV Program
Impressed with the direction in which the University of Mary is headed, Father Benedict Groeschel, host of Sunday Night Prime on EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network), recently invited President Father James Shea to appear on his 60-minute program to discuss Catholic higher education and other related topics. More >>

U-Mary OT Professor Recognized As Chamber's Outstanding Higher Education Teacher
The Outstanding Teacher of the Year Committee of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce presented Dr. Janeene Sibla, associate professor and occupational therapy program director, with the 2011 Outstanding Teacher of the Year for Higher Education Award. More>>

Jevin Budde Named Marauders Head Men's Basketball Coach
A major cog in the resurgence of the nationally ranked University of Mary men's basketball program is now the driving force. Jevin Budde has been promoted to head coach, becoming the seventh to hold the position in U-Mary history. More>>

Alumni Association Names Kelle D. Bacon 2011 Outstanding Senior
Kelle D. Bacon, Edgeley, ND, was recognized with the University of Mary Alumni Association's Outstanding Senior Award for 2011 at America's Leadership University's annual President's Recognition Breakfast, Saturday, April 30. More>>

Marauders Golf Tournament Set For July 29
The 17th Annual Marauders Golf Tournament benefiting Marauders Athletics will be held Friday, July 29, at Hawktree Golf Club. Tourney will feature four-person scramble format. For more information, contact Eric Aldinger at (701) 221-4790 or Alex Aldinger at (701) 471-4644.

Jim Zalesky's Northern Plains Elite Wrestling Camp Set For June 19-23 At U-Mary

The University of Mary wrestling program will host Jim Zalesky's Northern Plains Elite Camp June 19-23. More>>

High School Students To Explore 'The Heart of Christ' At U-Mary Summer Institute
With the heart of Christ as their model, high school students will strive to find Christ within their own hearts and in others, and help bring Jesus into the world at the University of Mary' s second annual Cor Christi Institute July 25-30, 2011. More>>

May 5 Fargo Event Fun For All
On Thursday, May 5, 35 University of Mary alumni and friends gathered at The Winery in Fargo. A special thank-you to everyone who took part! We had a wonderful time and hope to see many more faces at our future gatherings! Visit the University of Mary Alumni Association on Facebook for photos.

Are You An Alum With A Business? Let Us Help Get The Word Out!
If you're an alum who owns a business, send us its name, business and location(s) along with your name, and a link to your business's Web site. A new feature of the Alumni & Friends page of will showcase alumni-owned businesses, but we need to hear from you if you want to be included! E-mail: [email protected], subject line: "Alumni-Owned Businesses."

Marauders Men's Team To Share Winning Ways In Boys Basketball Camps
Boys in grades K-8 will have the opportunity to learn from the best when the University of Mary Men's Basketball Team hosts an Individual Skills Camp May 31-June 2 and an Offensive Improvement Camp Aug. 1-3, for boys basketball players on the U-Mary campus.

June & July Marauders Girls Basketball Camps Will Give Junior High & High School Athletes A Chance To Learn From The Best
A trio of upcoming University of Mary basketball camps will provide girls in grades seven through 12 a unique opportunity to improve individual and team skills. In the June Shooters Camp and the July Marauders Jamboree Team Camp and Competition Camp (with residential option), teen athletes will learn Marauders "winning ways" from U-Mary's acclaimed coaching staff. More>>


Sister Kathleen Atkinson, OSB, '77, Honored
Elementary education graduate recognized for humanitarian efforts. Link to newspaper story.

Justin Binek,'00, Works With Former Students, Now Teachers, Eric and Katie Rooke, '05, As Guest Artist
Vocal and instrumental music/secondary education graduate and former U-Mary prof returns to ND to teach, inspire in Williston High School visit. Link to newspaper story.

Mark Andresen,'02, Earns ND High School Principal Of The Year Honors
U-Mary educational leadership grad is tapped for 2011 award. Link to newspaper story.

Erica (Zundel) Hager, '04 & '07, Is Mother, Entrepreneur
Motherhood sparks business communication and Master of Management alum to start business. Link to newspaper story. / Link to newspaper story (2).

Kevin Cavanagh, '07, Teaches Project Management Through 'Pizza Wars'
U-Mary Master of Management grad-Bismarck State College assistant prof uses food favorite to engage students, businesses in learning. Link to newspaper story.

If you're an alum who has been in the news recently, send the Alumni Office a link to the story so we can share the good word! E-mail: [email protected]


Johnson, Walker Claim Titles As U-Mary Women Finish Second, Men Eighth In NSIC Outdoor Track And Field Championships More>>

Pletan Earns NSIC Baseball All-Conferece Team Honor More>>

Button Named to NSIC All-Tournament Team More>>

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>> "Like Us" at 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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