‘Americans by Choice’ — Celebrate Kansas Immigration at USM
This fall, Saint Mary will play host to a fascinating traveling exhibit that delves into the history of immigrants in Kansas.
Americans by Choice: The Story of Immigration & Citizenship in Kansas explores the people who flocked to the state from the 19th century to today and the causes that pulled them here.
During its visit to USM, the exhibit will be on display in DePaul Library. As part of the exhibit, the university will also host several programs in Mabee Auditorium, including:
- 7 p.m. Oct. 22 - Exhibition opening featuring a talk from museum consultant Jean Svedlenak.
- 7 p.m. Nov. 14 - A presentation looking at Irish immigration to Kansas by Sister Mary Lenore Martin, SCL, C’48.
- 7 p.m. Nov. 27 - An exploration of Hispanic immigration to Kansas with Gary Brunk, executive director of the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri.
Saint Mary Music Major Makes its Return
Also this fall, welcome back the Saint Mary music major last offered by the university in 1995.
Since that time, students who came to Saint Mary to study music could only minor in it.
The re-launch of the major meets a growing student demand, says Dr. Bill Krusemark, chair of the USM department of fine arts.
“There’s been a resurgence in interest in the arts all over the country, especially in light of changes in the economy,” he said. “The major can be applicable to a lot of careers and fields for students."
Learn more at stmary.edu/music.
Say Hello to New Coaches
As Saint Mary Spires fall sports get underway again, look for a couple of new faces pacing the sidelines.
Coach Justin Seever, U’08, previously an assistant with USM’s soccer programs, takes over as full-time women’s soccer coach.
Previously, now-Head Men’s Soccer Coach Derek Mazeitis coached both the men’s and women’s squads.
Also new this year: Sarah Johnson, M’10, who worked as an assistant with the volleyball team in 2008 and 2009, takes over the Spires volleyball squad.