September 2, 2011
Bismarck, ND - From the study of the city recognized as a cornerstone of Western civilization and the center of Christianity, to an introduction to the ancient language that influenced many modern Western tongues, the classics have come to the University of Mary. Beginning this fall, students at America's Leadership University will have the opportunity to study The Grandeur of Rome and Beginning Latin. Carrying forward this legacy and preparing students for study on Mary's Rome campus, a course in conversational Italian also may be offered, if there is sufficient interest.
"In a year that saw the closing of more than 35 classics programs in colleges and universities around the country, including that of Cardinal Muench Seminary and its associated classics program at North Dakota State University, I'm proud to say that the University of Mary is the only place I know of where classics are being brought on board," notes President Father James Shea.
"These courses are an important addition to the liberal arts and the university's curriculum as a whole," notes Dr. David Fleischacker, dean, School of Arts and Sciences. "The study of Latin provides tools for better understanding our own language, especially legal and medical terminology. Latin opens doors to the rich legacy of Western literature, philosophy, and science. And the study of Rome teaches us about the roots of Western civilization and thought. The classics are vital to understanding and appreciating our intellectual and cultural heritage. They sharpen our minds. They strengthen our sense of purpose. They give us a direction for the future. They provide students with a perspective that transcends and integrates individual disciplines and enriches studies in any major."
The new classics courses will be taught by Dr. Carol Andreini, who taught Greek, Latin, and related subjects at the Cardinal Muench Seminary in Fargo, ND, for 34 years. (See accompanying bio.)
"The migration of Cardinal Muench's outstanding legacy to our campus is a fitting addition to our founding Benedictine Sisters' unfolding vision of a strong liberal arts base for the professions," states Shea. "It will deeply enrich all that's happening on our new campus in Rome. We are proud to welcome this dedicated teacher, who has kindled and nurtured the desire to learn in so many students, and we are excited to bring the classics to Mary."
Those interested in U-Mary's classics courses and/or studying conversational Italian may call (701) 355-8322.
Dr. Carol Andreini
Dr. Carol Andreini was born and raised in Ansonia, CT. She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and went on to the College of New Rochelle, studying for a semester at Loyola University's Rome Center, and earning a Bachelor of Arts in classics. She then entered graduate studies at the University of Minnesota, where she studied archeology, participating in digs in Egypt and Israel, while earning a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in classics, as well as a Master of Science in Library Science. In 1977, she came to Cardinal Muench Seminary in Fargo as an assistant professor, carrying forward the program begun by Father Leo Stelten, a pioneer in the teaching of the classics in North Dakota.
For the next 34 years, Andreini brought Greek and Latin culture, history and language to life for students at CMS and its associated classics program at North Dakota State University while sharing her talents as an adjunct professor of religion at Concordia College and the Communiversity program in Fargo-Moorhead. In 2004, she was named to the position of academic dean at CMS.
Pursuant to the spring 2011 closing of the seminary and the NDSU classics program, Dr. Andreini joins the University of Mary faculty this fall as a professor in the School of Arts and Sciences.