Please identify and briefly describe officially recognized student clubs and activities at your institution that…
…foster spiritual development:
1) Knights of Columbus: The college council of the Knights of Columbus on the University of Mary campus strives to promote the moral, intellectual, and spiritual development of the future leaders of society, the Knights of Columbus, and the Catholic Church. The University’s Council received the “Outstanding College Council Award” in 2017 from the national KCs College Councils Program.
2) Knights of Virtue: Open to men of all faiths, participants strive to grow in holiness as men committed to leading a virtuous life, using Christ and His many saints as exemplars. The study of the virtuous life is based on Scripture and Tradition and incorporates the writings and teachings of experts in the field of masculine spirituality.
3) Vera Forma: Open to women of all faiths, participants contemplate Christ and His many saints as they strive to advance on the path to holiness. Study and conversation of Scripture, Tradition, and the writings of experts in the field of feminine spirituality reveal that which defines, sustains, and inspires the virtuous life of women.
4) Marauders for Christ (MFC): MFC stresses commitment and accountability in striving daily to emulate Christ, the true source of Victory. Students gather to reflect on Scripture and relevant issues facing emerging adults. MFC warmly welcomes students of every faith, and members of Varsity Catholic, a branch of FOCUS, are involved.
5) Collegians for Life (CFL): Through education and genuine love, CFL promotes the sanctity of human life in all stages of development. They meet to discuss pertinent life issues and host speakers who advocate protection for the most vulnerable among us: the unborn, the sick, the elderly.
6) Praise the Lord (PTL): Dedicated to praise and worship, PTL is a student-led activity sponsored by University Ministry. Meetings include Scripture readings, personal witness, moral challenge, praise through song.
7) Grounds for Belief: This is a monthly speaker series which covers topics related to faith, morals, prayer, discernment, and growth in the spiritual life.
…engage in corporal works of mercy:
1) Circle K: This service group sponsors blood drives, provides Christmas presents for needy children, visits nursing homes to play bingo with residents, and assists with repairs in the homes of elderly and disabled persons.
2) Lions Club: This service group serves various needs, including sponsorship of a successful fund drive to benefit homeless persons and victims of domestic abuse.
3) Optimist Club: This service group’s ACTIVITIES include the raising of funds for children in need.
4) SPURS: This service group has sponsored clothing drives for poor families at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
5) Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF): This very active service group coordinates a popular service trip during Spring Break.
In addition to student groups that engage in corporal works of mercy, many students at the University of Mary participate in opportunities to serve others. Some of these include the annual Day of Service, which is a day each fall when the entire student body participates in service projects in Bismarck-Mandan and around the region and the world, and Juvenile Detention visits to the Youth Correctional Center. Furthermore, the university’s Mission for Life Office works with students to find available volunteer opportunities and mission trips.
…address sexual issues (including birth control, abortion, homosexuality):
1) Collegians for Life (CFL): Through education and genuine love, CFL promotes the sanctity of human life in all stages of development. They meet to discuss pertinent life issues and host speakers who advocate protection for the most vulnerable among us: the unborn, the sick, the elderly.
2) Catholic Studies Convivium: Every Thursday night the Catholic Studies program sponsors a discussion night over dinner. Topics are drawn from books and readings of the Catholic intellectual tradition and address issues of acute interest to today’s emerging adults.
3) Grounds for Belief: This is a monthly speaker series which covers topics related to faith, morals, prayer, discernment, and growth in the spiritual life.
4) In addition to these specific student groups on campus, the university hosts Bioethics Seminars, which examine topics such as abortion, gene-edited babies, and end of life care.
…address issues of social concern:
1) Friends of the Poor
2) Environmental Coalition of Students (ECOS).
…address particular academic interests:
1) International Association of Business Communicators (IABC); 2) Marauders on Business (MOB); 3) Math/Science Association (MSA); 4) Music Education (CMENC); 5) Nursing Student Association (NSA); 6) PACS (Psychology/Pastoral Ministry, Addiction Counseling, Criminal Justice, Social Work/Social and Behavioral Sciences); 7) PI THETA EPSILON (Beta Pi Chapter) – National Honor Society for Occupational Therapy students; 8) Pre-Dental Club; 9) Pre-Law Club; 10) Respiratory Care Club; 11) Student Equity Club (Finance Club which manages $100,000 of the University’s endowment); 12) Student North Dakota Education Association (SNDEA); 13) Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA); 14) Student Physical Therapy Association; 15) Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE); 16) University of Mary Athletic Training Student Association (UMATSA); 17) University of Mary Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance (UMPHERD); 18) Beta Pi Theta Epsilon (PTE); 19) Creative Writing Club; 20) Engineering Club; 21) Exercise Physiology Club; 22) Music Student Organization (MSO); 23) National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSHLA); 24) Omicron Delta Kappa; 25) Science and Pre Professional Association (SPA).
…address particular cultural interests:
1) Spanish Club: The Spanish Club welcomes anyone who is currently enrolled in Spanish studies or students who have an interest in perfecting their Spanish conversational skills. Spanish Club offers an opportunity to become involved in Spanish activities as well as to meet Spanish speakers.
2) International Club: The purpose of the International Club is to foster an appreciation for the cultures of the world. All students are welcome to join, including those who come to the University from foreign countries, those who are members of various ethnic groups, and those interested in learning more about the world’s cultures. Activities include cultural nights, international cuisine, and occasional activities with the international club in the local community.
…provide opportunities for athletic pursuits:
1) Varsity sports: The University of Mary has 18 NCAA Division II varsity sports for men and women, where through our “Greatness Through Virtue” strategic plan, it is our mission to not only form excellent competitors in their sport, but to also be the preeminent intercollegiate athletic department for developing greatness within each human person through the practice of virtues and the formation of authentic friendships.
2) Marauders for Christ: In addition to spiritual activities detailed above, MFC sponsors various athletic events, including a 3-on-3 basketball tournament and powder puff football.
3) Student Recreation Program: Offers a wide variety of intramural and fitness programs to the student body.
…please list all student clubs not listed in the above categories:
Catholic Athletes for Christ, Catholic Medical Association, Marauders on Politics, History Society, Marauders on Media, Musical Theater Troupe, Outdoor Adventure Club, Performance Dance Troupe, Running Club, Social Dance Club, Students North Dakota United (SNDU), TEDxUMary, University of Mary Disability Advocacy Club
If applicable, in which athletic Division and Conference does your institution compete? (Please specify NCAA, NAIA, etc. as well as Division level.)
The University of Mary competes in NCAA Division II for all of its 17 varsity sports.
Additionally, the University has launched a men’s ice hockey team competing in the American Collegiate Hockey Association [ACHA].
What athletic teams are offered for men and women?
NCAA Women’s Sports:
Indoor Track and Field
Outdoor Track and Field
Swimming and Diving
NCAA Men’s Sports:
Indoor Track and Field
Outdoor Track and Field
ACHA: Men’s Ice Hockey
How do you help develop the mind, body, and soul of student-athletes?
The University of Mary aspires to be the preeminent intercollegiate athletic department for developing the greatness within each human person through the practice of virtue and the formation of authentic friendships. In August 2019, we launched our athletic strategic plan, Greatness through Virtue, which details how we will foster and pursue greatness through virtue in our athletic programs.
In January of 2019, the university welcomed a Catholic priest to serve as a full-time Chaplain for Marauders Athletics, serving in a particular way the spiritual needs of our scholar-athletes.
Our athletic coaches and staff are dedicated to the spiritual, academic, and athletic excellence of our scholar-athletes. Six virtues are the backbone of our work with scholar-athletes, informing all that we do and aspire to be: magnanimity, humility, prudence, courage, justice, and temperance.
Additionally, FOCUS’s Varsity Catholic program has two missionaries working with student-athletes and coaches to facilitate an encounter with Christ and His Church.
Does your institution require all student clubs and activities, including those listed above, to operate in accord with Catholic teaching? (Yes/No)
How does your institution address student clubs and activities that may conflict with Catholic teaching?
New student organizations must obtain official approval to form and the approval process requires each organization to submit an official constitution and bylaws that stipulate that the organization must function in compliance with the University of Mary’s mission and values. Organizations that are recognized go through an automatic review every three years. In the interim, any organization that functions in conflict with the University’s mission and values may have its status reviewed at the discretion of the University. The initial goal of such a review would be to educate the group about Catholic teaching and the group would be given an official notice of what steps it would have to take to comply with University expectations. Groups that refuse to comply with University expectations would be subject to sanctions up to loss of their charter.
Does your institution require student services like health care, counseling and guidance to conform to Catholic ethical and moral teaching and directives? (Yes/No)
How does your institution restrict student access to obscene and pornographic material, including computer and network access, the library, and the bookstore?
By formal request of the student body, the University of Mary server prohibits access to websites containing pornographic material, and the library and bookstore, in being required to uphold the mission and identity of the University of Mary, are prohibited from carrying such material, as well.
Additional Student Activities information, clarification, or description (optional):
Our student health clinic is conducted under the following directive: “All services are provided in a manner consistent with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.”
Our counseling services are provided by CHI St. Alexius Health in a manner consistent with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).