St. Gregory’s students were planning to attend March for Life in Denver, Colo. on January 14, but the threat of winter weather kept them from making the nearly 11 hour drive. The students didn’t let the cancelled trip stop them from participating in the pro-life efforts as they came together for a Holy Hour in union with the Denver March for Life on Saturday, January 14 at 1 p.m. in the Abbey Church.
As part of St. Gregory’s University’s Martin Luther King, Jr celebration, President Michael Scaperlanda will discuss the universal application and continued relevance of King’s momentous “Letter from Birmingham Jail” in which Dr. King wrote to eight white clergy who had criticized his nonviolent demonstrations, defending his actions while condemning segregation. The discussion will take place on Monday, January 16 at 6 p.m. in the Shawnee Community Room, located in the Rockwood Center.
The Department of Visual and Performing Arts at St. Gregory’s University will hold auditions for its spring performances this week.
Auditions for the Spring Dance Concert: The One and the Many and the Senior Dance Show will be held on Tuesday, January 10 from 6 to7 p.m. in the dance studio, located in Fine Arts 208.
St. Gregory’s University accepted donations this holiday season for the food pantry at St. Benedict’s Parish. The food gathered by the community was delivered on December 20 to the food pantry at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Shawnee.
Thirty-Four students from St. Gregory’s University took part in the Fourth Annual Scholars’ Day, hosted by St. Gregory’s Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Education.
Scholars’ Day was created to give students an opportunity to present their research projects to a wider academic community in poster format, which is required by local and regional conferences.
On Friday, December 2, students from the Shawnee area attended the 4th Annual Robotic EDge Program at St. Gregory’s University. The Robotic EDge program aims to bring together practicing teachers, teacher candidates, and high school students interested in pursuing an education degree to write inquiry based lesson plans using EV3 Lego robots. The teacher candidates and high school students then put their lesson plans to action by teaching middle level students their lesson plans.
St. Gregory’s University will host its annual Festival of Lessons and Carols on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in the St. Gregory's Abbey Church. Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen, will preside at the service, which is free and open to the public and will be followed by the blessing and lighting of the Christmas lights in front of historic Benedictine Hall.
St. Gregory’s University invites scholars, professionals, administrators, lay leaders, and religious to reflect upon the fundamental relationship between the liberal arts and job preparedness. In response to the overwhelming trend of secularization in American Catholic higher education which has led to colleges and universities largely abandoning their liberal arts heritage for a more ‘instrumentalist’ approach to education, this conference seeks to explore both the theoretical and practical causes, effects, and possible solutions to this educational identity crisis.
(Shawnee, Okla. – December 1, 2016) St. Gregory’s University is set to host a food and school supply drive for the local community in spirit of the Advent season. Food donations will be donated to the food pantry at St. Benedict’s Parish, while school supplies will be donated to Jefferson Elementary School.
Happy first week of Advent. As we lit our first purple candle at home yesterday, I reflected on St. Gregory’s University and our mission. Like Advent, college is a time of preparation.
While college prepares workers for their future labor, a St. Gregory’s education is so much more as we provide our students with a framework to lead joy filled lives in service to others.
Ultimately, Advent and a St. Gregory’s education both provide time and space for contemplating and preparing for life’s ultimate goal – communion with God.
- President Scaperlanda