Saint Mary’s faculty member to present at school nursing conference in Washington, D.C.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Dr. Tom Stinson, instructor in the B.S. in Nursing program on the Twin Cities Campus, is one of four speakers presenting at a conference about school nursing in Washington, D.C., on Friday, June 12. The event,  “Measuring and Assessing the Impact of School Nurse Practice on the Health and Education Outcomes of Students,” is hosted by The Albert Shanker Institute, the American Federation of Teachers, the American Public Health Association, and the National Association of School Nurses. The nation’s top researchers, practitioners, and policy professionals will discuss issues regarding the role and value of school nurses. Stinson, a graduate of Saint Mary’s Ed.D. in Leadership program and a licensed school nurse at Harding High School in St. Paul,  is just one of three males out of 130 school nurses serving the Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Anoka school... read more
Saint Mary’s University honors Brother Philip Rofrano with honorary degree

Saint Mary’s University honors Brother Philip Rofrano with honorary degree

Photo caption: Brother Philip Rofrano, founder of the Martin De Porres Group Homes in New York, receives an honorary Doctor of Psychology from Brother William Mann, president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, left; and Marilyn Frost, a member of the Saint Mary’s Board of Trustees, right. MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — In recognition of a lifetime of faith-filled service to marginalized youth, Brother Philip Rofrano, FSC, was presented with an honorary doctorate by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota at its commencement ceremony June 7 in Minneapolis. Brother Philip Rofrano, FSC, was awarded a Doctor of Psychology degree, honoris causa, for his inspirational leadership as founder and executive director of the Martin De Porres Group Homes in Springfield Gardens, N.Y. The award recognizes that Brother Philip has celebrated 50 years of service as a De La Salle Christian Brother and dedicated 40 years of service at Martin de Porres Group Homes, where he mentored men and women who cared for those often referred to as “the least, the last, and the lost.” The Catholic Church in 2015 celebrates the Year of Consecrated Life, recalling especially those Brothers and Sisters like Brother Philip Rofrano who have attempted by word and deed to bring compassion and the love of God to the sometimes forgotten and often marginalized members of society. And the Brothers of the Christian Schools, by the call of their recent 45th General Chapter, heightened their attention and recommitted their energies as Lasallians to serve humanity in distress, something Brother Philip has done for most of his life. At its three commencement convocations June 7, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and... read more

Saint Mary’s faculty member selected to participate in seminar on ancient Greece

WINONA, Minn. — Judy Myers, professor of theatre and dance at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Center for Hellenic Studies to participate in an Ancient Greece in the Modern Classroom seminar on “Song Culture of Athenian Drama.” CIC and the Center for Hellenic Studies recently selected 19 faculty members to participate in “Song Culture of Athenian Drama,” which will take place July 20–26, at the Center for Hellenic Studies campus in Washington, D.C. Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones Professor of Classical Greek Literature and professor of comparative literature at Harvard University, and Kenneth Scott Morrell, associate professor of Greek and Roman studies at Rhodes College, will lead the seminar. The seminar is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. “Strengthening the teaching of the classics at colleges and universities is of critical importance. This seminar series addresses the challenge of keeping alive in undergraduate education classical texts that a generation ago were read and understood by every college graduate,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. Designed for non-specialists, the seminar will focus on the work of Euripides, a playwright from the fifth century BCE. Participants will explore the performative aspects of his plays and the ways he drew upon, adapted, and transformed a range of lyric traditions. Participants also will compare the choral song making of Euripides to the approaches of other contemporary composers of tragedy (and comedy) and situate it within the parallel forms of song making that survive from sixth century Lesbos and elsewhere. For 10 years, CIC... read more
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