Adult learners to commence on October 12

Adult learners to commence on October 12

MINNEAPOLIS — More than 270 students will graduate from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs on Sunday, Oct. 12 during Commencement Convocation. Three separate ceremonies will be held, at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m., on the university’s Twin Cities Campus. The ceremonies, in the Saint Mary’s University Center (2540 Park Ave S, Minneapolis), will feature six graduates who have been invited to provide reflections. Two graduating students will also be honored with Saint Mary’s Outstanding Final Paper Awards. The following graduating students will provide reflections: Dele Otis Odiachi, B.S., Business (11:30 a.m. ceremony) Patricia Coleen Gerrits, B.S., Human Services (1:30 p.m. ceremony) Winter Duanna Cason, M.A., Education-Wisconsin (1:30 p.m. ceremony) Robert Joseph McElrath, Ed.D., Leadership (1:30 ceremony) Naomi Juliet Cohn, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy (3:30 p.m. ceremony) Sarah Ranae Wisdom, M.S., Nurse Anesthesia-Minneapolis School of Anesthesia (3:30 p.m. ceremony) The following graduates will be honored with Outstanding Final Paper Awards: Amy Stafford, Ed.S., Educational Administration/Graduate Certificate, Educational Administration-Director of Special Education Philisha L. Lockhart, M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership. Saint Mary’s offers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate programs. About 1,200 students are enrolled in the residential undergraduate college in Winona, established in 1912. Approximately 4,300 students are enrolled in the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, which offers master’s and doctoral degrees as well as bachelor’s degree completion, certificate, and specialist programs in the areas of business and technology, education, and healthcare and human services. The university delivers education to adults through campuses...
Seminar focuses on garment industry issues

Seminar focuses on garment industry issues

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will host the Under-Told Stories Project: Seminar 2014, “Is What You’re Wearing Enslaving or Liberating,” Nov. 11-12 as a panel of speakers discuss the garment industry. The Nov. 11 event is set for 6-7:30 p.m. at Saint Mary’s University Center on the Twin Cities Campus in Minneapolis and the Nov. 12 event will be held 7-8:30 p.m. at Saint Mary’s Winona Campus in the Page Theatre. Joe Bozich, CEO of Knights Apparel, will be the lead panelist. Bozich is convinced that his Alta Gracia collegiate sportswear brand can be competitive with Adidas and Nike while still providing 3.5 times the legal minimum wage for its Dominican workers. Along with the audience, the panel will discuss and debate many questions: Is Alta Gracia’s model sustainable? Why are working conditions in the garment industry in Bangladesh, where four million people work, unsafe and low paying? Can consumers help these situations by making informed purchases? This event is presented by Saint Mary’s Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership. The institute’s Fred de Sam Lazaro, director of the Under-Told Stories Project and also a correspondent for PBS NewsHour, will lead the conversations. Other panelists include Paul Christensen D’11, assistant dean in the Saint Mary’s University Graduate School of Business and Technology, Chandu Valluri M’06, assistant professor of marketing at Saint Mary’s, and Nikki See, producer and editor for the Under-Told Stories Project. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested and available...
Lasallian Research Symposium set for Sept. 28–30

Lasallian Research Symposium set for Sept. 28–30

MINNEAPOLIS—The third-annual Lasallian Research Symposium, hosted by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and its Institute for Lasallian Studies, will be held Sept. 28–30 on Saint Mary’s Twin Cities Campus, located on Park Avenue in Minneapolis. More than 100 participants from around the world will be in attendance. The symposium will look at key characteristics of Lasallian research today and for the future. The event will feature two keynote speakers: global health expert Thomas Clasen ’78, J.D., will present “The Global Water and Sanitation Challenge: The Role for Lasallian Universities” on Monday, Sept. 29. Rebecca Proehl, Ph.D., will present “The Transformative Nature of Lasallian Research” on Sunday, Sept. 28. Clasen is on the faculty in water, sanitation, and health at the University of London’s School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) as well as the Rose Salamone Gangarosa Chair of Sanitation and Safe Water at Emory University in Atlanta. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. After a successful law career as partner of Foley & Lardner and vice president and general counsel for Everett Smith Group, Ltd., Clasen has dedicated his time to researching waterborne diseases and water treatment technologies. He received master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of London in 2002 and 2006, respectively, and joined the LSHTM faculty in 2004. He has published more than 70 journal articles on sanitation and health. Proehl is a professor in the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program at Saint Mary’s College of California and has completed a number of research projects focused on Lasallian education. She was named the 2012–2013 Saint Mary’s College...
Alumnus named to NonProfit Times Top 50

Alumnus named to NonProfit Times Top 50

A year and a half after finishing his Master of Arts degree in Philanthropy and Development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, Michael Chatman M’12 has been recognized for his professional reputation by being named to The NonProfit Times (NPT) Power and Influence Top 50. Chatman is the senior vice president of philanthropy at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks in Springfield, Missouri. His main duties entail training board members how to fundraise and build community endowments, or in his words, “helping build more generous communities.” “I have a grassroots approach to cultivating generosity and innovative philanthropy,” Chatman said. “I represent the everyday philanthropist. Whether you have large or small amounts of dollars to contribute, you can be a philanthropist.” For three summers, Chatman spent three weeks on the Winona Campus studying in a residency program. This blended delivery method worked best for Chatman, who was living with his family in Florida at the time. He wanted to study at Saint Mary’s, but he couldn’t move his family. The online component paired with a summer residency made perfect sense. Then, between his second and third summers in the program, Chatman was selected for his position with the Community Foundation. After working out the details, his new employers agreed to let him finish his master’s degree with a third summer of residency. “The schedule made it very feasible and possible,” Chatman said. “That was very attractive. I wouldn’t be able to have done it otherwise.” Chatman’s most valuable takeaway from the Philanthropy and Development program was the identification of his own specialties within the field. “I thought a master’s in...
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. 21 through Sept. 1, we’ll be at the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” in the Education building on the Fair’s east side. Visitors look forward to stopping by the Saint Mary’s booth annually, and this year is no different; from 9 a.m.–9 p.m. each day we’ll be sharing information about our empowering education and handing out giveaways. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have about any of our undergraduate or graduate programs. From Winona to Minneapolis, and elsewhere, we have something that will fit your needs and lifestyle, helping you move forward. When you stop by our booth, we will have knowledgeable and friendly staff members along with iPad stations set up for you to browse our website and learn more. Ready for a transformational experience? Come and say hi whether you’re in high school or whether you’re an adult looking to take the next step with your education. Make sure to grab a Saint Mary’s ink pen and, if you’re a past graduate, an alumni window cling that will be perfect for your vehicle. For more information about the university, contact our admission office based in Winona (undergraduate) or Minneapolis (bachelor completion and graduate). During the same time period (Aug. 21–Sept. 1), check out our Twitter hashtag #TIYT for comments and stories from our students — present and...
New education technology master’s degree available online or on campus

New education technology master’s degree available online or on campus

With technology and education becoming more intertwined than ever, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has announced the addition of a Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology program, offered both online and on campus. Beginning this fall, the M.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology will help educators integrate content, technology and pedagogy. Graduates will be able to design instruction for individualized learning and go beyond theory to discover new ways to educate and inspire students. “Our new Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology program will engage teachers in re-examining the world of learning in today’s technology-rich contexts,” said Rebecca Hopkins ‘94, M’00, dean of the Graduate School of Education. “Knowing how to use technology as a mind tool will inspire both you and your learners as you partner to co-create dynamic results.” This master’s program was designed by a program development committee that identified the technological needs of current teachers. Comprised of administrators and educators from the K–12 area as well as higher education, the committee met with school district superintendents and other school leaders in order to gauge trends, needs and the evolving role of the teacher. “This program was designed in collaboration with educators as well as leaders in the educational technology industry,” said Nancy Van Erp, program director. “The content and delivery were crafted for teachers who want to know more about integrating learning with technology in meaningful, creative and transformative ways.” This program consists of 30 credits and typically takes no more than 20 months to complete. The online delivery method for this program includes an iPad with productivity apps and a...
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