University president is delegate to global Lasallian General Chapter

University president is delegate to global Lasallian General Chapter

Brother William Mann, president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, is serving as a delegate for the 45th General Chapter of the Institute of Brothers of the Christian Schools from April 22 to June 8 in Rome. Held every seven years, the objectives of the 45th General Chapter include evaluating the life of the Institute, providing for continuing adaptation and renewal, setting main guidelines for future action, and electing the superior general, vicar general and the Brother councilors. Additionally, revision of the “Rule” — a set of statements that Brothers worldwide take as directives — will be considered and potentially implemented. The 88 Brothers attending the General Chapter as delegates form the highest level of governance in the Institute. Brother William is one of four representatives sent from the District of Eastern North America (DENA). This is his first General Chapter as president of Saint Mary’s University; he attended the 44th General Chapter as vicar general of the Christian Brothers, a position he held from 2000–2007. Brother Robert Smith, vice president of Saint Mary’s Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, traveled to Rome for the 45th General Chapter’s Preparatory Commission seven times over the last two years. He and six other Brothers met to establish rules and procedures for efficient and effective running of the General Chapter. Previous General Chapters will be evaluated as the Institute sets new goals for the future. The 42nd and 43rd General Chapters focused on association with Christian Brothers’ collaborators and service to the poor. The 44th General Chapter put emphasis on the vocation of the Brothers, especially in terms of an integrated spiritual...
Writing center director visits Ethiopia, gains perspective

Writing center director visits Ethiopia, gains perspective

After years of working closely with students from East Africa, Saint Mary’s University writing center director Cheryl Prentice decided that she wanted to visit and teach in the area where these students’ learning began. CAPTION: Prentice poses for a photo with English (left) and religion (right) teachers from Bisrate Gabrial Lasallian school in Dire Dawa. “The more I worked with these students, who’re just wonderful, I knew I needed to go and be immersed in their native setting,” Prentice said. “There’s only so much I could learn from them, I had to see their world. I realized that knowing their prior situations and learning experiences would give me insights about their academic and social needs here.” So off she went, embarking on a five-week visit to Dire Dawa, Ethiopia along with former student and psychotherapist Ahmed Hassan M’08. Hassan and Prentice became acquainted during his master’s studies in counseling and psychology at Saint Mary’s Twin Cities Campus in Minneapolis. Hassan has since opened clinics in St. Paul and Moorhead. Being from East Africa, Hassan was able to show Prentice around during her first visit to the African continent. “I don’t think I could have done it without him,” Prentice said of Hassan’s guidance. “Having been born and raised in East Africa, he knows the region and speaks three of the major languages spoken there. Also, because of our mutual interest in the education of African immigrants, we were able to visit schools, explore educational practices and discuss possible projects for the future.” While meeting and teaching elementary school-aged youth, Prentice noticed an immediate level of poverty. She didn’t see any...
Speaker to discuss history of Orthodox spirituality

Speaker to discuss history of Orthodox spirituality

Christopher Johnson, assistant professor of global Christianity at the University of North Dakota, presented “The Pilgrim and the Hermit: How one encounter helped bring Orthodox spirituality to the West” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3. The event was held in the Presidents’ Room. Sponsors include the Department of History, the Global Faith Living Learning Community, the Lasallian Core Traditions program and the School of Humanities and Sciences. For more information, contact Erich Lippman at elippman@smumn.edu or...
Six awards presented at Founders’ Day

Six awards presented at Founders’ Day

Saint Mary’s presented awards to three educators, a staff member, and two outstanding seniors at its Founders’ Day celebration April 1. CAPTION: The nominees for the 2014 Outstanding Senior awards were: (front row) Abigail Osborne, Marilyn Yennie,  Amy Spitzmiller, Lisa Obasi,  and Katherine Zuzek; (back row) Matthew Traxler, Dylan Ethen, Evan Shockley, Miles Dunna, and John Soucheray. Presidential Awards for Outstanding Merit were presented to two educators who are alumni of Saint Mary’s: Lillie Pang, principal of Hale School in Minneapolis; and Stephen Murray, assistant principal and dean of students at Aquinas High School in La Crosse, Wis. Pang, who received a certificate in education administration from Saint Mary’s in 1999, has worked as an elementary school teacher in Wisconsin, California, Illinois, Japan and Minnesota for 22 years. As a successful urban school administrator in Minneapolis for the past 14 years, she has worked tirelessly to support instructional excellence, build community and service connections for families, and promote inclusive and safe schools. She has served as a leading voice in Minnesota for equity and excellence in public schools. Murray, a 1971 alumnus, has demonstrated selfless service, faith-filled teaching and administrative leadership and has served as an extraordinary role model for his family. Murray first served the Diocese of Winona at Pacelli High School for 22 years as a teacher of English and religion, chair of the religion department and coordinator of student service projects. He then went on to work for the past 20 years in the Diocese of La Crosse at Aquinas High School as a religion teacher, dean of students and now assistant principal/dean of students. Dr....
De La Salle Week visitors

De La Salle Week visitors

Guest Presenter As part of De La Salle Week at Saint Mary’s, Brother Ernest Miller, FSC will be presenting “Experiencing the Reign of God: The Ecology of the Lasallian Spirituality and Doing Justice” Monday, March 31, at: Lasallian Luncheon for faculty and staff, President’s Room, Toner Student Center 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. RSVP to richmond@smumn.edu or Ext. 1643 Dine with the Divine for students at Saint Mary’s Press – 5:30 p.m. RSVP in Campus Ministry A native of New Orleans, Brother Ernest has been a Brother of the Christian Schools for 20 years. He is a doctorial student at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He recently completed three years as the associate director for Mission and Ministry in the District of Eastern North America, the geographic region for all Lasallian educational ministries in six states, Washington, D.C., and Ontario, Canada. He also served for two years as director of education and Lasallian mission formation in the Legacy District of Baltimore and served on the faculty of Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, La Salle College High School. While at Central Catholic, he served as founding director of the Brother David S. Baginski, FSC Scholars Program, and interdisciplinary studies endeavor for honors level students. He helped co-found the Central Catholic Human Rights Initiative for Societal Transformation, or C-CHRIST, a co-curricular student organization promoting human rights and social change. In April 2010, he was the convener of the Lasallian Convocation on the Rights of the Child at the United Nations in New York. Lasallian Volunteer Visits SMU Lasallian Volunteer Evan Saunders ’13, will be on campus March 30 – April 2...
De La Salle Week schedule announced

De La Salle Week schedule announced

Saint Mary’s has celebrated Founders’ Day for many years to commemorate its founding in 1912. It has been a time of celebration and recognition of individuals within the Lasallian community. With so much to celebrate about our Lasallian history and mission, the annual day of celebration has been expanded to become De La Salle Week. Students, staff and faculty members are invited to a week of participation in these opportunities for learning, reflection, discussion and connection with others. SUNDAY, MARCH 30 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. — Opening liturgy, Saint Thomas More Chapel, refreshments served after Mass 3 p.m. — SMU Concert Band, Page Theatre. The Concert Band and Wind Ensemble will present a concert in celebration of “Music in our Schools Month” MONDAY, MARCH 31 “Faith in the Presence of God” 7:30 a.m. — Donuts on the first floor of Saint Mary’s Hall 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Lasallian Luncheon for faculty and staff, President’s Room, Toner Student Center: “Experiencing the Reign of God: the Ecology of the Lasallian Spirituality and Doing Justice” with Brother Ernest Miller, FSC. RSVP to richmond@smumn.edu or Ext. 1643. 12:10 p.m. — Liturgy in Saint Thomas More Chapel 5:30 p.m. — Dine with the Divine for students at Saint Mary’s Press: “Experiencing the Reign of God: the Ecology of the Lasallian Spirituality and Doing Justice” with Brother Ernest Miller, FSC. RSVP in Campus Ministry TUESDAY, APRIL 1 – FOUNDERS’ DAY “Quality Education” 7:30 a.m. — Donuts on the first floor of Saint Mary’s Hall 10:45 a.m. — Founders’ Day Liturgy, Saint Thomas More Chapel with the Most Rev. John M. Quinn, Bishop of the Diocese of Winona, celebrant 1:15...
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