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September 2018

College of Saint Mary sophomore Elaundra Nichols reviews her class schedule and makes notes Aug. 22 in the school’s library. PHOTO BY MIKE MAY/STAFF

Colleges pursue affordability through reduced tuition

Increasing college affordability – in perception and reality.
That was the goal of a tuition reduction by all-women’s College of Saint Mary (CSM) last school year – a move that is yielding benefits for students and the Omaha school.

Juniors Alexandra Canto and Abby Smith, left, graduate student Anna Ferguson and sophomore Emily Reeson stand in front of Catholic Relief Services’ headquarters in Baltimore during a CRS conference in July. COURTESY PHOTO

CU student inspired by faith, service opportunities

Emily Reeson returned to Creighton University in Omaha this fall with a renewed desire to integrate her faith and love of science.  

Father Matthew Niggemeyer stands on the sidelines with Ethan Piper after a game at Memorial Field in Norfolk during Piper’s freshman year. COURTESY PHOTO

Ethan Piper laughs with Ethan Truex, now a freshman at Norfolk Public High School, during a “messy games” back-to-school kickoff two years ago. COURTESY PHOTO

Norfolk Catholic student brings faith to the football field

A 6-foot-4, 290-pound, all-state lineman, Ethan Piper prays the rosary on bus rides to out-of-town games. 
The Norfolk Catholic High School senior helps lead team prayer, regularly attends Mass and prays the Liturgy of the Hours through an app on his cell phone.

Kindergarteners Darell Benavides, left, and Santiago Silva chat on opening day of the Dual Language Academy in Omaha, with classmate Gabriel Davidson and his parents, Genesis Cortez and Victor Davidson, in the background. PHOTO BY JOE RUFF/STAFF

First-day excitement reigns at Dual Language Academy

New backpacks, school-color red shirts and even red tennis shoes were plentiful, along with smiles and laughter on opening day of the archdiocese’s Dual Language Academy in Omaha.
“He’s a little nervous, but he’s fine,” Genesis Cortez said as she and Victor Davidson helped their son, Gabriel, settle into his kindergarten classroom.

Archbishop George J. Lucas greets sixth-grader Conor Hospodka after an all-school Mass Aug. 29 celebrating the 100th anniversary of Holy Name School. PHOTO BY MIKE MAY/STAFF

Holy Name School survives ups and downs – celebrates 100 years

Through 100 years of challenges, growth and demographic change, Holy Name School in Omaha endures as an anchor of stability for its neighborhood and a place of faith and opportunity for underprivileged students. 

With St. Peter’s Basilica in the background, University of Mary President Msgr. James Shea gives a history lesson about the Eternal City to students at the university’s Rome campus last fall. The group gathered on the roof of the Pontifical North American College. COURTESY PHOTO

Catholic Studies awakens students to integrated world of faith

Editor's Note: A link to more information about the University of Mary Catholic Studies Program can be found at the bottom of this article.
A pre-med student at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., Kayla Keller decided to minor in Catholic Studies and got a lot more out of the program than she ever imagined.  


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