Alternative Break Inspires Ministry, Service

Chris Lytle

For many students, spring break is a vacation, a chance to step away from the stresses of daily life. But last year, Mary Carper and Kaylee Bluethmann (now sophomores) embarked on Marian University’s alternative spring break to Campton, Kentucky, and their experience wasn’t exactly a walk on the beach. Perhaps for the first time in their lives, the young women witnessed abject poverty - hungry people, living in a food desert, their lives oftentimes made even more complicated by a lack of education, drug addiction, and alcohol abuse.

Enter Sr. Susan Pleiss, OSF, pastoral associate at Good Shepherd Parish, the only Catholic Church in Campton, and all of Wolfe County. Both Mary and Kaylee were inspired by Sr. Susan’s outreach efforts...

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Marian University's School of Mathematics and Sciences' Hosts Chartering Ceremony for Students Induction into Sigma Zeta on November 27

by Robin | Nov 27, 2012
On Tuesday, November 27, the School of Mathematics and Sciences will have a Chartering Ceremony for the induction of Marian University students into the Gamma Eta Chapter of Sigma Zeta, a National Science and Mathematics Honor Society.   Posted by Robin
Marian University’s School of Mathematics and Sciences’ application for a chapter of Sigma Zeta, a National Science and Mathematics Honor Society was approved on Friday, October 19, 2012. Marian University is now the 62nd member of the society and will host the Gamma Eta Chapter of Sigma Zeta. This is the first time in the history of Marian University we’ve been a member of a National Science and Mathematics Honor Society. The reasons for applying to bring a chapter of Sigma Zeta to Marian University are threefold: first, it will provide a unique opportunity for our undergraduates to not only receive scholarships to fund research, but it will also provide a national venue for the presentation of their research; second, membership in a nationally recognized honor society will provide our students with a truly significant addition to their portfolios when applying to graduate and/or professional schools; and third, membership in Sigma Zeta will provide an opportunity for elevating the visibility of our students’ academic and extracurricular achievements.   On Tuesday, November 27, 2012, from 7-8 p.m. in the Marian University Theatre, Dr. Joe Burnell, Sigma Zeta’s national president, will be present to conduct the Chartering Ceremony for the induction of our students into the Gamma Eta Chapter. This is a one-time event and a true honor for our students. Dr. Loren Bertocci, dean of the School Mathematics and Sciences, will speak about the state of mathematics and sciences at Marian University and what the future holds for our graduates. President Daniel J. Elsener will also be in attendance to provide a welcome to our students’ friends and families. A reception will follow the Chartering Ceremony in the theater’s second-floor reception area. The students and faculty of the School of Mathematics and Sciences are looking forward to celebrating this momentous occasion.  

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