Baseball team examines relationships with God, self and others on retreat

Baseball team examines relationships with God, self and others on retreat

The baseball team and coaches spent Jan. 17-19 on retreat in Watters Hall. For three days, the athletes examined more deeply their relationship with their God, self and others. The retreat was coordinated and facilitated by the Christian Brothers on campus, as well as Brother Armand Alcazar, a theologian from Lewis University near Chicago. The theme of the retreat revolved around relationships and was based on the two commandments from Matthew 22: 37–40,  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” The retreat included three presentations by Brother Armand, large- and small-group discussions, morning and evening prayer and reflections, journaling, meals in Watters Hall (and one at the Brothers’ residence), a film, a two-hour service project at the YMCA, a block of free time on Saturday afternoon, and an affirmation service. These types of experiences set Saint Mary’s apart as the only Lasallian Catholic university in the state of...
Theatre students enjoy adventures in London

Theatre students enjoy adventures in London

Every year our theatre majors have the opportunity to study for an entire semester in London. It’s an experience our students, and faculty, never forget! Last August, our theatre major students spent their first weekend in London getting settled in their flats, buying groceries, walking around their neighborhood and buying their bus and Underground passes (mind the gap!). In October they performed The Triangle Factory Fire Project at the Tara Theatre. During their time in London, they toured places such as the Royal Drury Lane Theatre, Blenheim Palace, Shakespeare’s Globe, Canterbury, Westminster Hall, and too many others to list. Not only did they get to visit famous places, they also met famous people: Rupurt Grint, Brendan Coyle,  John C. Reilley, Jimmy Page and more! They also enjoyed attending performances: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Mousetrap, The Book of Mormon and War Horse to name a few. Visit A Semester in London for more experiences and photos from the SMU theatre study abroad group’s semester in London. Read about how one of our alums toured with the National Theatre of Great Britian’s production of War Horse.    ...
Educators adapt to better teach all students through Culturally Responsive Teaching

Educators adapt to better teach all students through Culturally Responsive Teaching

Teaching is a profession where educators have the opportunity to help students reach their highest potential. The work is so personal, that teachers — consciously or not — carry their cultural values, attitudes and beliefs into every space they enter. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota offers a Culturally Responsive Teaching graduate certificate program to help teachers think more critically about personal culture in the classroom and adapt to better teach all students. This unique program teaches educators new strategies to help all students achieve high levels of success in the classroom. Learning to better teach a variety of people benefits the students and all teachers — whether first-time or longtime. “I enrolled in the program because I needed a voice and a place to figure out how to wrestle with the challenges of a changing student population and different demographics,” said Kerri Town, a level literacy intervention trainer/coach in District #196 (serving Eagan, Apple Valley and Rosemount, Minn.). “I knew that I had a lot to learn on how to best meet the needs of my students.” According to Rebecca Hopkins, dean of the Graduate School of Education, developing a teaching style that works for most students isn’t good enough. “This program is something that most principals and superintendents say is desperately needed in their schools,” Hopkins said. The program not only helps teachers within the classroom, but in other roles as well, such as in educational committees and with colleagues. Sarah Skahan, a speech language pathologist at Westview Elementary in Apple Valley, Minn., said Saint Mary’s CRT program made her feel more comfortable and confident as a member...

Alumni in action: Mary Lou Black Scheid ’76

With more than 42,000 alumni, you might be surprised where, and how often, you’ll run into a Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota graduate. Many of them the university calls “alumni in action” — alumni who are living the Saint Mary’s mission of service and leadership, transforming others’ lives and making a positive difference in their communities and beyond. Surgical nurse in Antigua, Guatemala Hometown: Hopkins, Minn. Major: Communication Arts Mary Lou Black Scheid and her husband, Stephen Scheid ’76 made plans to volunteer in a developing country after they retired. Unfortunately, due to Stephen’s sudden and untimely death, they were unable to realize their goal together. But Scheid decided to continue to pursue serving in a developing country. She studied Spanish with her 11-year-old son, and they departed for the central American country of Guatemala. Scheid served as a surgical nurse and Spanish interpreter for over three years in Antigua, Guatemala and worked with teams of doctors from the United States, Europe and Canada. She continues to make several trips to Guatemala each year with medical teams from the Twin Cities. Read more Alumni in Action...
First online students graduate with master’s degrees

First online students graduate with master’s degrees

A historic moment was realized at the Jan. 19 commencement ceremony at Saint Mary’s University and its Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis. Not only did more than 200 adult learners graduate, but the school also achieved a major milestone in further making education accessible. CAPTION: Brother William, president, with Brooke Anderson and Diana-Christine Teodorescu, director of M.A. in Organizational Leadership. Brooke Anderson, Krystle Glad and Andrew Sarata became the first students to graduate from Saint Mary’s fully online programs. They all enrolled in the M.A. in Organizational Leadership program in the summer of 2012 and finished, on track, 18 months later. Anderson was in attendance at the Sunday commencement ceremony, and to program director Diana-Christine Teodorescu, seeing Anderson walk across the stage was extremely exciting because it was a physical representation of more than a year of digital learning. “It was a really tangible way of experiencing the work that everybody has done to make the online platform that we deliver possible and accessible to students,” Teodorescu said. “These are real students, these are real people. To have someone commence, it brings what we’re doing virtually into clear focus. Students like Brooke are why we do online learning. It’s the culmination of years of hard work on everyone’s part.” Recognizing Saint Mary’s as an innovator in online graduate education, TheBestSchools.org recently ranked the university a 20 Best Online Master of Organizational Leadership Degree Program. The website, which ranks institutions at all levels and offerings, compliments No. 7-ranked Saint Mary’s on its flexibility, committed faculty and diverse student body. While the organizational leadership master’s program produced the school’s first three online...
Faculty display works in campus art gallery

Faculty display works in campus art gallery

Faculty members of the Department of Art and Design have joined talents for the current art exhibit in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries. The exhibit opened on Jan. 16 and will be on display through March 8. The show features new works — ranging from sculpture to photography — by Lisa Truax, Matt Winkler, Preston Lawing, Rob McColl, Rod Robertson and Tony Calabrese. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, and the show is free and open to the public. Visit the SMU Art and Design blog to view more photos from the opening...
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