First-generation students will benefit from May 21 event

First-generation students will benefit from May 21 event

One year after a successful inaugural event, the second annual First Generation Initiative SOAR Breakfast at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is scheduled for Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the Saint Mary’s University Center in Minneapolis. The free, public event, which includes breakfast and a program, will be held from 7:30–8:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7 a.m. CAPTION: a group of college graduates from the First Generation Initiative celebrate their achievement. Last year’s event raised more than $186,000 for the First-Generation Initiative (FGI) that prepares and supports first-generation undergraduate students at the Winona campus. To date, there are 35 college students who have received FGI scholarships. In 2015, 25 first-generation students will receive scholarship assistance, including 16 new students who have been offered FGI scholarship aid. The university is proud to celebrate the graduation of the first nine full scholarship recipients on May 10. Speakers at this year’s breakfast include Vice President of Saint Mary’s Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs Brother Robert Smith, FSC, Chair of the FGI Advisory Board Mary Ann Remick CST ’64, Event Chair Dan Hunt ’78 and Director of First-Generation Initiative Jane Anderson CST ’62. “First generation students don’t have the support that comes from parents who know how to negotiate college,” Anderson said. “Access to college doesn’t do it; kids come in and need really extraordinary help. We need to invest in our young people, particularly our young people of color. They are the ones who are going to build the American dream.” FGI is part of the university’s strategic goal to grow philanthropic support for scholarships and other initiatives. Click here to...
New DBA program begins training Twin Cities leaders

New DBA program begins training Twin Cities leaders

  Business professionals can now become even better leaders through Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s new Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program. This fall the university launched its first DBA cohort of 18 students at the Twin Cities campus. DBA students will gain enhanced research, writing and problem-solving skills. Students will engage in coursework centered around research methodology and leading in diverse business environments. Participants will then choose between specialization coursework in business economics and finance or strategy and management before moving on to their dissertation. Other news this academic year from the School of Business and Technology: The MBA International Capstone class will travel to Manila, Philippines, in the fall to work with a number of firms and visit with MBA students, faculty and staff at De La Salle University Manila. (De La Salle, like Saint Mary’s, is part of the international network of Lasallian schools and universities.) An M.S. in Accountancy is in development, with a planned launch in 2014. In the Graduate School of Education, here’s what’s new this fall: A Graduate Certificate in English as a Second Language program will begin. This program prepares K-12 teachers to effectively serve those students in their classrooms for whom English is not their first language. The first two fully online graduate education programs are being launched: the M.A. in Special Education in October and the M.A. in Educational Leadership in January. (Note: Opportunities to gain licensure in special education will only be available for the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.) An M.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology is in development and will be launched in partnership with the...
Scholars SOAR breakfast benefits First-Generation Initiative

Scholars SOAR breakfast benefits First-Generation Initiative

  As part of the university’s strategic goal to grow philanthropic support for initiatives and scholarships, the first annual Scholars SOAR (Support-Opportunity-Accountability-Responsibility) breakfast was held May 22 at the University Center, Twin Cities campus, to benefit the First-Generation Initiative (FGI). More than 175 people attended, and $186,000 was raised for the programs that prepare and support first-generation undergraduate students at the Winona campus. The audience heard from Brother William, Mary Ann Remick (trustee and chair of the FGI advisory board), Brother Ed Siderewicz (assistant to the president for first-generation and Lasallian initiatives), and Dan Hunt ’78 (FGI advisory board). Highlights of the morning were the personal stories from current FGI students Evelin Vergara of Minneapolis, and Ibrahim Dickey, originally of Sierra Leone (shown at right with Brother William). They told of their backgrounds, their challenges, and how they are discovering their full potential and working hard to achieve their dreams of obtaining a college degree. Ibrahim is back in Africa this summer, doing an internship at the same orphanage where he began his education. This year Ibrahim, Evelin and 33 other students are benefiting from FGI scholarships and the college support...
Defining educational excellence in the Lasallian tradition

Defining educational excellence in the Lasallian tradition

  In this new age of education, the classroom is being redefined. The bold addition of online and blended courses on both the graduate and undergraduate levels at Saint Mary’s moves the classroom to the nearest laptop or even iPad. Through experimentation with classroom “flipping,” undergraduate and graduate students watch traditional lectures on their computers and mobile devices outside of the classroom through SMU’s Blackboard and Tegrity technology. In this new model of learning, classroom lecture videos or narrated presentations are watched as homework, so students have more time for hands-on discussions, activities or problem solving inside the classroom. SMU tested classroom flipping in a few courses this past fall, and is evaluating feedback. Another example is the addition of two new science majors at the College, where students study two years at Saint Mary’s, and another two years through the Mayo Clinic — a creative partnership that enhances the typical four-year undergraduate experience. In the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, students in the MBA and Public Safety Administration program travel abroad for their capstone to solve a real-world organizational problem — a departure from traditional research projects. These changes in teaching methodology mean that educators need to have an expanding perspective on how to best reach and prepare learners. Regardless of how or where students are learning, Saint Mary’s faculty members remain committed to an educational experience that is rigorous and relevant. “We want to make sure that Saint Mary’s students are getting the outcomes we want,” said Dr. Roger Peckover, director of the College’s CELT (Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching) and academic assessment. “The...
Reimagining 21st century science

Reimagining 21st century science

  Building on a longstanding legacy of excellent science education, Saint Mary’s University is making a bold commitment to a new vision of science excellence in its second century. “We are creating a vision for the university for the 21st century, a bold vision that responds to complex areas of global concern,” said Brother Ed Siderewicz, co-chair of the university’s science visioning task force. It’s been an aggressive agenda. This past fall an audit of the university’s sciences was assisted by Jeanne Narum, a nationally recognized advocate for STEM education and the founder of Project Kaleidoscope. The Science Visioning Task Force was appointed by Brother William at the start of the academic year to engage the SMU community, identify strengths and opportunities, and advance the future of the sciences in the coming decades. This past fall, Narum facilitated a visioning workshop entitled, “What Works: Shaping a Vision for the Sciences at Saint Mary’s University.” More than 80 members of the university community — including faculty, staff and students — convened for the two-day workshop in Winona. Narum was joined by Dr. Jim Gentile ’68, past president of Research Corporation for Science Advancement in Tucson, Ariz. “Reforming undergraduate science education is increasingly a national priority,” Dr. Gentile said. “Earlier this year the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued a report, ‘Engage to Excel,’ on the need to produce 1 million additional college graduates over the next decade with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. “These graduates are needed to fill a wide spectrum of science and technology jobs currently going unfilled in our nation. …...
Steven E. Titus named president of Iowa Wesleyan College

Steven E. Titus named president of Iowa Wesleyan College

Dr. Steven E. Titus, Senior Vice President, University Advancement at Saint Mary’s University, has been selected as the next President of Iowa Wesleyan College, a four-year liberal arts college in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Titus joined Saint Mary’s University in September 2010. During his tenure, he led the re-organization of the University Advancement division, which aligned the disciplines of development, alumni relations, marketing and external relations of both the undergraduate college and the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs. As senior vice president and co-chair of the Centennial Celebration, Titus led the planning and execution of the year-long campaign which connected an unprecedented number of alumni and friends of the university to the transforming heritage of Saint Mary’s. Also during his tenure, Titus contributed, as one of the university vice presidents, to the creation and adoption of Strategic Plan 2017 — the university’s first comprehensive strategic plan in over a decade — which boldly charts a direction for Saint Mary’s as it begins its second century. “Dr. Titus is a talented leader in higher education. It has been clear, since the time of his arrival, that he wanted to return to the presidency of a liberal arts college,” said Brother President William Mann. “To have members of our university leadership considered for presidential posts at other institutions also speaks to the strength of the Saint Mary’s leadership team. We are grateful that we’ve had him with us to guide a successful centennial celebration, and wish him much success as this new chapter in his life opens.” Titus will continue to serve Saint Mary’s through July...
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