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March, 2011

Mark Your Calendars
*Lincoln/Omaha Alumni: Come Join us for a Mount Marty Sunday brunch
April 10, 2011
10:00 a.m.
The Lodge Steakhouse at Mahoney State Park
RSVP by April 6th and brunch is on us (no cost)

*Make your plans now to attend Mount Marty Alumni Days July 15-17, 2011

Marian Auditorium

BE PART OF SOMETHING SPECIAL... Have you remembered to send in your donation to the Marian Auditorium Renovation Project? Today is the day!! 

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Yankton, SD 57078

New Members Inducted into Mount Marty Honor Society of Nursing

Mount Marty Colleges honor society of nursing, Upsilon Iota Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International recently inducted 13 undergraduate students and one community leader in a ceremony held at the Avera Sacred Heart Professionals Pavilion.


Membership to the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, and to nurse leaders who demonstrate exceptional achievement in nursing.

The selection for induction into this Honor Society is based on the recognition of the candidates for their excellence in nursing and commitment to wisdom and discernment, knowledge, service, professional endeavor and strength of leadership. The undergraduate student must have at least a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, be in the upper 35 percent of his/her graduating class, have completed at least one-half of the nursing curriculum to qualify for membership and meet the expectation of academic integrity.


The following Mount Marty nursing students were inducted into the Upsilon Iota chapter: Jacqueline Barritt, Norfolk, N.E.; Emily Bartunek, Avon, S.D.; Amanda Beehler, Delmont, S.D.; Kathryn Breuer, Madison, S.D.; Jennifer Duff, Clearwater, Neb.; James Fillaus, Yankton, S.D.; Rachel Frickel, Atkinson, Neb.; Jessica Jurgensen, Vermillion, S.D.; Titus Kosgei, Yankton, S.D.; Morgan Miralles, Hemet, Calif.; Meghan Nelson, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Alicia Pick, Sioux City, Iowa; and Jessica Weitgenant, Worthington, Minn.


Community leader Shelley Konfrst, Parkston, S.D., was also inducted. She was selected due to her leadership ability and role in the advancement of nursing practice.


As one of the most distinctive organizations in professional nursing, the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Tau International influences and changes the health of people by engaging the intellectual capital of nurses around the globe. Founded to advance the knowledge, learning and service of nurses, the honor society focuses on scholarship and leadership in its social and ethical commitment to excellence.

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Presidential Search Continues 
Sr. Jeanne Weber, Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, announced today that Mount Marty College continues its search for a President for the College.


She stated that while the Search Committee, the Campus Community and the Board of Trustees have interviewed several candidates over the past few months, the position remains open and the search continues. The search has taken longer than we initially expected, however we are not in any way discouraged that the position is still open, but are persevering in our efforts to find the best candidate to lead the college into the future.


In the meantime, Mount Marty is moving forward under a very capable faculty and administrative team, led by Dr. Carrol Krause, Interim President. The College continues to provide excellence in higher education and is taking strong steps forward in the areas of fundraising, enrollment, and the development of new academic programming.

Mount Marty Announces New Ambassadors
Mount Marty College is pleased to announce that eighteen students have been selected to represent the college as Ambassadors for the 2011-2012 academic year.


To be considered for the role of Ambassador, students must be of junior academic status with a 3.0 grade point average. They must also demonstrate good character and values, loyalty to Mount Marty, exceptional leadership in the college community, along with a willingness to serve.


The duties of Ambassadors include upholding the mission and striving to attain the ideals of Mount Marty College. These students represent the college on special occasions, serving as student hosts and hostesses, informing the publicnbsp;about Mount Marty College, and exemplifying qualities of leadership, Christian living and personal integrity.nbsp;Ambassadors represent Mount Marty at approximately 40 events throughout the school year.


This years Mount Marty College Ambassadors are Amanda Buschelman, Fordyce, Neb.; Holly Byrkeland, Algona, Iowa; Sarah Crosgrove, Ponca, Neb.; Jacob Dawson, Howard, S.D.; Traci Fejfar, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Daniel Filsinger, Clearwater, Neb.; Julie Girard, Kearney, Neb.; Kassandra Lewis, Eyota, Minn.; Haley Lind, Marathon, Iowa; Kate Lingscheit, Miller, S.D.; Hannah Miller, Norfolk, Neb.; Brittney Mikkelsen, Lennox, S.D.; Shelby Mushitz, Geddes, S.D.; Paige Nelson, Colman, S.D.; Peter Prostrollo, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Brett Springman, Adrian, Minn.; Tiffany Vandersnick, ONeill, Neb.; and Jessica Wolles, Dell Rapids, S.D.

Lancers Earn GPAC Honors

Women's Basketball

1st Team: Senior Guard Jenny Miller

2nd Team: Senior Forward Cassie Neth

Honorable Mention: Senior Tierney Schumacher and Kylie Gross.


Men's Basketball

2nd Team: Senior Forward Jared Wall

Honorable Mention: Senior Point Guard Weston Kusser

Sister Bennett Fasbender
S. Bennett Fasbender

S. Bennett Fasbender OSB, 82, died Sunday, March 20, 2011 at the Sacred Heart Monastery Care Center.

    A wake service was held Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. and the Funeral Mass was celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 in Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel.  Burial was in the Monastery cemetery.

   Wintz & Ray Funeral Home, Yankton, is in charge of arrangements.

   Alice Teresa Fasbender was born May 21, 1928 at Hendricks, MN to Ben and Florence (Davis) Fasbender.  She was the oldest of five children.  The family lived on a farm in a valley east of White, SD. In her autobiography, she says "this farm being the most precious place in my memories."  She attended a one-room rural school for eight years and then attended Good Counsel Academy, Mankato, MN for her first three years of high school.  Feeling a call to be a Benedictine Sister she transferred to Mount Marty High School for her senior year.  She and her three sisters were all students at Mount Marty that year. 

    On August 20, 1947, Alice entered Sacred Heart Monastery.  She credits her parents and Fr. Clarence Trautner as being influential in her decision.  She was invested as a novice the following year and received the name, Bennett.  She made first profession in 1949 and final profession in 1952.  Her ministry encompassed many years in elementary and higher education.  She taught in Nebraska, North and South Dakota and also served as principal in Constance and Omaha, NE.  She taught scripture at Mount Marty College for 30 years.  She also served on the formation team at the monastery and was sub-prioress from 1977-1981. She earned a BA degree from Mount Marty College and MA degree in religious studies from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN.  Two highlights of her life were a three-week study tour in Israel in 1981and later a sabbatical year at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.

Following her retirement from teaching, she ministered for two years at Avera St. Benedict Health Center, Parkston.

      S. Bennett was a gentle woman who loved nature and was known for her green thumb in growing violets. She also enjoyed baking, especially bread.

      S. Bennett is survived by her Benedictine community; three sisters, Veronica Reilly of Huron, S. Veronica Fasbender OSB and S. Ann Fasbender OSB, Yankton; one brother, James (Mary Ann) Fasbender, Paynesville, MN, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

     Memorials may be directed to the Mount Marty College Scholarship Fund, 1105 W. 8th St., Yankton, SD 57078.