Saturday, Oct. 10 was a beautiful day of celebration as more than 325 graduate and professional program students officially became alumni of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Among those commencing during a traditional fall ceremony on the Twin Cities Campus in Minneapolis were the university’s first Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (Psy.D.) graduates. The four Doctor of Psychology students to make Saint Mary’s history were Vivian Korpo Ballah-Swaray, Keyur Desai, Dasherline Cox Johnson, and Jessica Loraine Zelikman.
Advancing the common good through research was at the core of the 2015 International Lasallian Research Symposium that recently drew more than 130 people from 30 institutions and nine countries to the Saint Mary’s University Twin Cities Campus. The Sept. 27-29 event was Saint Mary’s fourth annual Lasallian research symposium. Researchers, educators, administrators, and social service professionals came from Mexico, Italy, France, Palestine, Brazil, Colombia, the Philippines, Indonesia, and the United States to be part of symposium featuring three high-caliber keynote addresses, 35 breakout sessions (in the areas of educational innovation, environmental sustainability, and health/nutrition), eight collaborative round tables, as well as informal networking opportunities. Numerous Saint Mary’s professors attended and presented their research at the conference.