Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is a university that prides itself on empowering individuals through education and a key to doing so is making that education accessible. Through First Generation Initiative (FGI), a Saint Mary’s education is made possible for some high school students who otherwise could not afford it. Also home to Countdown to College (C2C), Saint Mary’s brings high school students to the 400-acre Winona Campus for two weeks each year for four years to help them experience a college campus firsthand and receive college preparatory instruction. This fall, the Saint Mary’s FGI Scholars and C2C programs will be under new leadership. Alisa Macksey will serve as the director of programs for the First Generation Initiative at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is once again ranked in the top tier of the annual U.S. News & World Report ratings of best colleges and universities. Saint Mary’s is ranked 180th in the National Universities category of the U.S. News Best Colleges 2016 guidebook. The university is one of only three public or private schools in Minnesota ranked in this elite category. The annual rankings were released today, Sept. 9, and are available online at www.usnews.com.
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.