Twin Cities Campus open house on Feb. 10

Twin Cities Campus open house on Feb. 10

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will host an Open House from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at its Twin Cities Campus. All are invited to attend the event, but especially individuals who are interested in pursuing bachelor’s degree completion or advanced degrees offered in Minneapolis. Click here to register. “We have offered adult education opportunities in this area for more than 30 years,” said Brother Robert Smith, FSC, Vice President of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs. “Our degree and certificate programs are designed for dedicated learners, keeping flexible scheduling and quality programming in mind.” Programs currently offered at the Twin Cities Campus include: Undergraduate Certificate in Accounting B.S. in Accounting B.S. in Business Administration B.S. in Human Resource Management B.S. in Human Services B.S. in Information Technology B.S. in Marketing B.S. in Healthcare and Human Services Management B.S. in Nursing B.S. in Police Science B.S. in Psychology B.S. in Sales & Marketing Graduate Certificate in Addiction Studies Graduate Certificate in Culturally Responsive Teaching Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science Graduate Certificate in Gifted & Talented Instruction Graduate Certificate in Instruction Graduate Certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy Graduate Certificate in Project Management M.S. in Accountancy M.A. in Arts & Cultural Management M.A. in Counseling & Psychological Services M.A. in Education M.A. in Educational Leadership M.A. in English as a Second Language M.S. in Geographic Information Science M.A. in Health & Human Services Administration M.A. in Human Development M.A. in Human Resource Management M.S. in Information Technology Management M.A. in Instruction M.A. in International Business M.A. in Lasallian Leadership M.A. in Lasallian...
Teaching technology to teachers

Teaching technology to teachers

There’s no doubt about it: technology has entered the classroom, and it’s not leaving anytime soon. As more and more teachers implement “blended” learning—a “flipped” classroom style where students combine in-class discussions with home lessons delivered by a digital device—learners across the world are becoming more and more fluent with education technology tools. In addition, many schools are moving to 1 to 1 ratios of devices to students which means that all teachers are expected to integrate technology meaningfully into their daily instruction. Technology is no longer a stand-alone tool to learn, it’s now a learning tool. “Education technology is about more than the devices,” says Nancy Van Erp, director for the Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. “It’s about thinking differently and making instruction and learning better. It’s not just about the tools. The tools are pathways to engagement, creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking; in essence, pathways to teaching and learning in a more meaningful and real-world way.” Collaborative projects are being delivered through educational apps or pre-recorded lessons. Group members are now meeting on video chat at any time, any place. Students can shoot video projects on their mobile devices and edit them right in the classroom before streaming the finished product to an interactive whiteboard. The wave of technology hitting today’s classrooms can be intimidating for any educator. What if the devices don’t work? What if the students are more tech-savvy than the instructors? Luckily, strategies to make digital teaching more efficient for educators are being crafted just as quickly as the devices themselves. One idea that will help make educational technology more simple is a concept...
Open house at Apple Valley Center Feb. 3

Open house at Apple Valley Center Feb. 3

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will host an Open House from 5–7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at its Apple Valley Center. All are invited to attend the event but especially individuals who are interested in pursuing bachelor’s degree completion or advanced degrees offered in Apple Valley. Click here to register. Saint Mary’s began offering graduate school courses in Apple Valley during the summer and fall of 2003. Since then, Saint Mary’s Apple Valley Center has expanded to include bachelor-completion and master’s degree programs in business and police science as well as advanced degrees in education. Nearly 5,000 students have benefitted from Saint Mary’s presence at the Apple Valley location. “Serving learners in a variety of locations fits Saint Mary’s mission, and we’re proud to have provided education south of the river for more than 10 years,” said Brother Robert Smith, FSC, Vice President of the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs at Saint Mary’s University. “There are so many great stories of people in that area who have reached their goals with the help of Saint Mary’s.” Programs offered through the Apple Valley Center include: B.S. in Business Administration B.S. in Human Resource Management B.S. in Marketing B.S. in Police Science B.S. in Sales & Marketing Graduate Certificate in Project Management M.A. in Educational Leadership M.A. in Management M.S. in Project Management Master of Business Administration (MBA) Ed.S. in Educational Administration (Director of Special Education, K-12 Principal, Superintendent) For more information on the open house or courses offered in Apple Valley, call 612-238-4551, email Cheryl Cox or visit smumn.edu/applevalley. The Apple Valley Center is located at 14200 Cedar Ave., Apple Valley, MN 55124....
Saloka grateful for chance to earn advanced degree

Saloka grateful for chance to earn advanced degree

Onenee Gift Saloka D’14 was feeling grateful when he spoke at the Jan. 18 commencement ceremony for the Saint Mary’s University Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs. He emphasized the great opportunity that Saint Mary’s had granted him and how thankful he was for the chance to earn an Ed.D. in Leadership. “Education is a struggle in Nigeria,” Saloka said of his home country. “Elementary education is a struggle all the way up through secondary education. So the opportunity we get here is amazing, and I am very grateful for America, Saint Mary’s, and the teachers who guided me through.” In front of around 1,000 audience members, Saloka spoke of how difficult it can be for a young Nigerian to pursue education. There is no public education system, and in order to access a school, students must pay tuition and cover uniform costs by themselves. Chinwe Ngwu M’14, who is from the same region as Saloka, later described how she sold peanuts to afford her first school dress. Transportation issues further complicate things, and for many Nigerians, education is a luxury that is out of reach. Saloka worked tirelessly through the roadblocks and eventually made it to the United States for college in 1982. He was astounded at the public education system in America, and he marveled at the opportunities available to him. He currently works at Macalester in student affairs. “As a child in Nigeria, West Africa,” Saloka said, “I struggled as a student. It was hard for me to imagine the opportunity for postgraduate study. I never took my education for granted; we consciously, or in many cases...
Graduate education alumni receive year-end awards

Graduate education alumni receive year-end awards

The end of every year brings awards season. Movies, music and every other industry take time to recognize people who made a difference—and education is no different. As 2014 came to a close, many alumni of the Saint Mary’s Graduate School of Education (GSOE) were honored by various organizations and committees. The TIES 2014 Education Technology Conference gave out a host of honors to GSOE alumni at its Dec. 9 event. According to the TIES Award criteria, “individuals are chosen by their superintendents for the TIES Exceptional Teacher award, which recognizes teachers who model the best practices in their classroom and engage students in learning with technology.” Alumni who received TIES Awards included Bjorn Anderson M’11 (Burnsville-Eagan-Savage), Carrie Leisch M’99 (Centennial), Matt Townsend M’02 (Columbia Heights), Angela Gadtke M’07 (Edina), Joel Weingart M’11 (Fridley), Josh Colvin M’09 (Hastings), Rachel Studnicka M’14 (Minnetonka), Mike McDowell M’14 (Monticello), Aaron Soule M’14 (Randolph), Mary Gregor M’03 (Richfield), Deanna Enstad (Spring Lake Park), Ben Thell M’12 (St. Cloud), Yvette Herian M’02 (St. Michael-Albertville), and Julie Myran M’12 (St. Michael-Albertville). Current GSOE students receiving the award included Carol Meyerson (Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted), Cindy McGlasson (Minnetonka), and Allison Wyatt (Randolph). Kim Budde M’00, now in her eighth year as assistant principal at Rosemount High School, was named the Minnesota Assistant Principal of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Secondary School Principals. This comes after being named Hennepin Division Assistant Principal of the Year. After seven years of teaching at Valley View Middle School for the Edina Public Schools, Budde served in administrative roles at Edina High School and Lakeville Public Schools before joining the Rosemount...
Saint Mary’s online graduate programs recognized nationally

Saint Mary’s online graduate programs recognized nationally

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota offers students exceptional online graduate programs. The 2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Program rankings, released today, include Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota as a top school in its “Best Online Programs: Business (Graduate)” category. CAPTION: Brother William, president, with Brooke Anderson M’13 and Diana-Christine Teodorescu, director of M.A. in Organizational Leadership. Anderson was part of the first online cohort to graduate from Saint Mary’s. “As we strive to make education accessible to adult learners, we have increased our online educational offerings,” said Brother Robert Smith, FSC, Ph.D., vice president for the Saint Mary’s University Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs. “Our goal is to provide a quality, personalized experience that meets the needs of today’s learners, and being recognized by U.S. News is proof that we are successful in our efforts.” Saint Mary’s achieved a spot (74th) in U.S. News’ national rankings in the online graduate business category with favorable scores in student engagement, admission selectivity, peer reputation, faculty credentials and training, student services, and technology. Online graduate business programs offered at Saint Mary’s include the M.A. in Human Resource Management, the M.A. in Organizational Leadership, the M.S. in Project Management, and the new M.S. in Accountancy and the M.A. in International Development programs. Saint Mary’s also offers exceptional, person-centered online graduate programs in education and health and human services. They include the M.A. in Health and Human Services Administration, the M.A. in Educational Leadership, the M.A. in Special Education, and the M.Ed. in Learning Design and...
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