Saint Mary’s hosts Minnesota Character Awards

August 2nd, 2022|

Saint Mary’s in partnership with Synergy & Leadership Exchange hosted the Character Recognition Awards luncheon on May 17 on its Minneapolis campus. Six schools, leaders and community programs were honored in four different categories: Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award, Minnesota Promising Practices Award, Promising Principal Award, and Champion of Character.

Saint Mary’s University, Diocese of Winona-Rochester partner on new graduate program in Catholic school leadership

June 12th, 2022|

Beginning in fall 2022, Saint Mary’s University is launching a 15-credit graduate certificate in Catholic school leadership through its new Christ the Teacher program — a joint initiative between the university and the Diocese of Winona-Rochester to support Catholic school teachers in the diocese who are interested in furthering their education.

AXIS Journal Special Issue Focusses on Character Education in Universities

May 25th, 2022|

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has published a special issue of AXIS: Journal of Lasallian Higher Education dedicated to university character education. Edited by Dr. Michael Hahn, Assistant Dean of the School of Education, and Dr. Christopher A. Bobier, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, the special issue features contributions from numerous esteemed academics focused upon the topic of character.

School of education begins professional development series

March 21st, 2022|

\The school of education welcomed Dr. Julie Sperry to lead “A Day of SELf, Discovery:  Socio-Emotional Leadership Foundations” a full-day workshop as part of a new character-based professional development series for teachers and educational administrators. The workshop took place on March 8, 2022 on the Minneapolis campus.

Character Education in the University

November 21st, 2021|

Saint Mary’s welcomed Julie Nagashima, Ph.D. to present “Faculty Perceptions of University Character Education.” Based on recent research by Dr. Nagashima, this presentation is open to students, faculty, and staff of Saint Mary’s and will take place on November 10, 2021 at 3 pm on the Twin Cities campus.

University character education: purpose and strategies

October 23rd, 2021|

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.

Forming Character within the University

October 21st, 2021|

Saint Mary’s welcomed Michael Lamb, Ph.D. to present “Several Reasons why it is Good to form Character within the University.” This presentation was open to students, faculty, and staff of Saint Mary’s and took place on October 18, 2021 at 3 pm on the Twin Cities campus.

Inaugural Ed.S. Summer Institute draws 70 participants

July 16th, 2021|

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.

Inaugural Summer Institute

June 26th, 2021|

Saint Mary’s hosted the inaugural Summer Institute for students in the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) program, which continues to be one of the largest programs in the state. Building on its strong reputation among educators and educational administrators, Saint Mary’s is enhancing the curriculum of the Ed.S. program with a renewed emphasis on character, virtue, and ethics.

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Sport, Virtue, and Excellence Presented by William Thierfelder, Ed.D.

May 10th, 2021|

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.

Moral Goodness and the Wisdom Traditions

April 14th, 2021|

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.

Character in Action

April 4th, 2021|

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.”

Sport, Virtue, and Excellence

March 12th, 2021|

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.

The Goal of True Education

February 5th, 2021|

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.

Hire for character—train for competence:

January 5th, 2021|

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.

Wisdom for Good:

January 5th, 2021|

On February 3, 2021, Dr. Tony Klemmer, founder and president of Wisdom for Good and the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education, will facilitate a seminar for faculty and staff at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota on “Moral Goodness and the Wisdom Traditions.”

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Website Launch

October 9th, 2020|

A new microsite for Character and Virtue Education at Saint Mary’s launches this November as part of the larger university website.