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Five days into our time in Assisi, the pilgrims from Marian University have all experienced in new ways what our Franciscan sponsorship values mean—for us as individuals and for the Marian community.

Prayer has been a constant for us. Daily Eucharist—whether in small chapels, large basilicas or our hotel--has become the centering experience of our journey. More than half of us are not Catholic, but this most significant of all Catholic rituals has embraced all and engaged us in the formation of a community of individuals renewed in our commitment to the mission of Marian University—to be a great Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

Reverence for the dignity of every individual stands out as the first, and perhaps most treasured, Franciscan value. Meeting Francis and Clare as we have done—intimately and in amazing detail—has shown us how different they were from each other and from us. But we have also witnessed how much they cared for each other and for others, especially the poor and the sick, the outcast and the vulnerable. Through their eyes we see that every man and woman is made in God’s image, a wonder to behold, no matter how different from us. Marian’s commitment to serve a diverse student body has been reaffirmed as an incredibly important feature of who we are and what we stand for as a Catholic Franciscan community...read more

Pilgrims - Susan Jennifer Ellen

Five days into our time in Assisi, the pilgrims from Marian University have all experienced in new ways what our Franciscan sponsorship values mean—for us as individuals and for the Marian community.

Prayer has been a constant for us. Daily Eucharist—whether in small chapels, large basilicas or our hotel--has become the centering experience of our journey. More than half of us are not Catholic, but this most significant of all Catholic rituals has embraced all and engaged us in the formation of a community of individuals renewed in our commitment to the mission of Marian University—to be a great Catholic university dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts tradition.

School of Mathematics and Sciences Hosts Spring Research and Internship Symposium

by Katie Bradley | May 29, 2014

On Wednesday, May 14, the School of Mathematics and Sciences hosted the first Spring Research and Internship Symposium, where more than 50 students presented research they are conducting at Marian University.

For quite some time, the school has hosted a research symposium in the fall, but, according to Loren Bertocci, Ph.D., dean of the School of Mathematics and Sciences, “the quantity and caliber of authentic research and experiential learning our students now conduct has outgrown one single annual event.”

With 56 students presenting 24 posters, the event was well attended by members of the Marian University and surrounding community.

“The students are so supportive of each other; it provides a positive energy I’ve never experienced before at an undergraduate symposium,” said Samantha Oliphant, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology.

Several awards were presented to students who displayed excellence in research. The Michael J. Eoff Award for Research Excellence was granted to biology majors Emma Laut, Allison Goetz, and Crystal Kalorgris for their project entitled “A Proposal to Study the Relationship of Planarian Regeneration, Caffeine, and Heat Shock.”

Gavyn Gerbofsky, Jack Hosty, Vance Fletcher, and Danny Gerow (biology majors) earned the Jerry L. Stumpf Award for Research Excellence for their project entitled, “Effects of Epidermal Growth Factor and Telomerase Activity on Growth in S. cerevisiae.” Anna Dudley, chemistry major, earned the Richard J. Minasz Award for Research Excellence for her work on “Photoinduced reaction between Eosin Y and DODC1: Flourescene Studies.”

“The students are genuinely excited to be here to showcase their hard work and to see other research taking place on campus,” said Kim Vogt, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology. 
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