Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota hosted the inaugural Summer Institute for students in the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) program June 24 and 25 on its Twin Cities Campus. The Summer Institute included a variety of presentations including an introduction to a virtue-based approach to professional ethics for educational leaders.
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Dr. Thierfelder, president of Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina, earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in sports psychology and human movement from Boston University. He is a licensed psychologist, a two-time NCAA Division I All-American, former NCAA Division I coach, and former member of the United States Olympic Committee’s Sports Psychology Registry.
Nearly every university claims to contribute to the intellectual and moral formation of students. The mission of Saint Mary’s states: “Enriched by the Lasallian Catholic heritage, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership.”
On February 3, 2021, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota’s Character and Virtue Education program hosted Dr. Tony Klemmer, founder and president of Wisdom for Good and the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education.
Dr. Klemmer, founder and president of Wisdom for Good and the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education, holds degrees from the Harvard Business School, the Wharton School, and Salve Regina University.
Character and Virtue Education at Saint Mary’s is not only about rigorous intellectual engagement. In the oft-cited words of Aristotle, “The aim of our studies is not just to know what virtue is, but to become good.”
On April 14, 2021, Dr. William Thierfelder, president of Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina, will present on “Sport, Virtue, and Excellence.” The event will be live streamed with a limited number of seats available to attend in person on the Winona campus.
Dr. Bostrom, president of the Center for Character-Based Initiatives, began his law enforcement career in 1982. He served with the Saint Paul Police Department as Police Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Commander, Senior Commander, Chief of Staff, and Assistant Chief of Operations, and retired as Ramsey County Sheriff in 2017.
On the third Monday of January each year, the United States observes a federal holiday to mark the birthday of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspired by his Christian faith, Martin Luther King is the nation’s most well-known civil rights leader and one of four representatives of the American people who Pope Francis named in his address to a joint session of Congress in September of 2015.
On March 9, 2021, Dr. Matt Bostrom, president of the Center for Values-Based Initiatives, will give a presentation for faculty, staff, and students of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota on “Character, Policing, and Community Trust.” The event will occur at the university center on the Twin Cities campus with a limited audience and also be livestreamed.