First Doctor of Psychology students graduate, join 40,000+ alumni network

First Doctor of Psychology students graduate, join 40,000+ alumni network

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.

Animals in the classroom provide hands-on experience

Animals in the classroom provide hands-on experience

Dogs, horses, and guinea pigs were part of the learning experience for students in the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus classrooms this summer. Animals have long been associated with helping people. For example, dogs have traditionally been called “man’s best friend.” But, today the use of therapy animals has become more integrated into mainstream healthcare. Recognizing this societal shift in the field of healthcare, Saint Mary’s has incorporated animal therapy into its psychology and counseling courses. Students recently enrolled in the B.S. in Psychology program in Minneapolis learned the benefits of animal therapy and held “mock” counseling sessions with certified therapy animals, including dogs, horses, and guinea pigs. Yes, animals were brought into urban classrooms. Image that–a miniature horse in a building on Park Avenue.

Saint Mary’s at the State Fair

Saint Mary’s at the State Fair

While you’re at the Minnesota State Fair, visit our Saint Mary’s University booth and connect with us — we’d love to get to know you better. From Aug. 27 through Sept. 7, we’ll be at the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” in the Education building on the Fair’s east side....
Making positive changes in the medical world

Making positive changes in the medical world

When Abdulahi Hashi was a child in Somalia, he had little access to medical care. “I know how life is when you don’t have quality healthcare,” Hashi said. “I was one of those kids who got sick easily and ended up in the hospital. It seemed like every month I was sick...
New and improved B.S. in Nursing program

New and improved B.S. in Nursing program

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, based in Minneapolis, is now even more relevant for today’s Registered Nurse seeking to complete the baccalaureate degree. “This...
Using education to make an impact

Using education to make an impact

Jamal Akubar wasn’t sure he’d be able to juggle everything if he went back to school. He was working two jobs and was newly married. But once he began pursuing his bachelor’s degree completion program in accounting at Saint Mary’s, he realized work and school could...
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