Engaging the Mission Conversations

Engaging the Mission Conversations are monthly discussions hosted by the Center for Catholic Studies during which specific mission-related topics will be presented. Each session reflects upon a different characteristic of a Marianist university with faculty who engage the topic and have successfully connected it to principles of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the Marianist Educational Characteristics.

The Marianist Table

Setting the Marianist table is a metaphor for all things Marianist. This program takes place after Mass in the cafeteria and is an opportunity to discuss and build the Marianist spirituality our of campus community in a family spirit over food, discussion, and prayer.

Discussions will draw from the Characteristics of Marianist Universities (AMU), Living the Marianist Spirit ((NACMS) and The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Core Principles for the College or University (ACCU).

2020-2021

Conversation 1: Educate for Formation in Faith

Opening Prayer: 
Céline Jacquemin, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science and Marianist Educational Associate (MEA)

Facilitators:
Gerald (Jerry) Poyo, Ph.D., Professor of History and O’Connor Chair for the History of Hispanic Texas and the Southwest; and Jose Matos Auffant, Executive Director, University Ministry

Pre-reading(s):
Characteristics of Marianist Universities, pp. 11-13
The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Core Principles for the College or University, pp. 4-7 

Opening Prayer: 
Céline Jacquemin, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science and Marianist Educational Associate (MEA)

Facilitators:
Gerald (Jerry) Poyo, Ph.D., Professor of History and O’Connor Chair for the History of Hispanic Texas and the Southwest; and Jose Matos Auffant, Executive Director, University Ministry

Pre-reading(s):
Characteristics of Marianist Universities, pp. 11-13
The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Core Principles for the College or University, pp. 4-7 


Conversation 2: Provide an Integral, Quality Education

Opening Prayer: 
David Sommer, Ph.D., Professor of Risk Management and MEA

Facilitators:
Allison Gray, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology; and Sr. Grace Walle, Chaplain, School of Law

Pre-reading(s):
Characteristics of Marianist Universities, pp. 14-16
The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Core Principles for the College or University, pp. 3-4

Opening Prayer: 
David Sommer, Ph.D., Professor of Risk Management and MEA

Facilitators:
Allison Gray, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology; and Sr. Grace Walle, Chaplain, School of Law

Pre-reading(s):
Characteristics of Marianist Universities, pp. 14-16
The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Core Principles for the College or University, pp. 3-4


Conversation 3: Educate in Family Spirit

Opening Prayer: 
Gregory Zlotnick, J.D., Director of Pro Bono Programs, School of Law, and MEA

Facilitators:
Jessica Gonzalez Uhlig, Ph.D., Executive Director, MEA Program; and Rev. Timothy Eden, S.M., Ed.D., Vice President for Mission and Rector

Pre-reading(s):
Characteristics of Marianist Universities, pp. 17-18
The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Core Principles for the College or University, pp. 7-10

Opening Prayer: 
Gregory Zlotnick, J.D., Director of Pro Bono Programs, School of Law, and MEA

Facilitators:
Jessica Gonzalez Uhlig, Ph.D., Executive Director, MEA Program; and Rev. Timothy Eden, S.M., Ed.D., Vice President for Mission and Rector

Pre-reading(s):
Characteristics of Marianist Universities, pp. 17-18
The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Core Principles for the College or University, pp. 7-10


Conversation 4: Educate for Justice, Service and Peace, and Integrity of Creation

Opening Prayer: 
Larry Hufford, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science and MEA

Facilitators:
William Buhrman, Ph.D., Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, with 2020-2021 Speed Grant Recipients

Pre-reading(s):
Characteristics of Marianist Universities, pp. 19-21
Review of The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Core Principles for the College or University, pp. 7-10
Criteria for the Edward and Linda Speed and Catholic Studies Faculty Development and Research Fund

Opening Prayer: 
Larry Hufford, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science and MEA

Facilitators:
William Buhrman, Ph.D., Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, with 2020-2021 Speed Grant Recipients

Pre-reading(s):
Characteristics of Marianist Universities, pp. 19-21
Review of The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Core Principles for the College or University, pp. 7-10
Criteria for the Edward and Linda Speed and Catholic Studies Faculty Development and Research Fund


Conversation 5: Educate for Adaptation and Change

Opening Prayer: 
Christine Gray, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences

Facilitators:
Kathleen Gallagher, Ph.D., Associate Professor of International Relations; David Grenardo, J.D., Professor of Law; and Paul Uhlig, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of Mathematics, member of the Core Curriculum Committee and MEA

Pre-reading(s):
Characteristics of Marianist Universities, pp. 22-23
Review of The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Core Principles for the College or University, pp. 10

Opening Prayer: 
Christine Gray, Ph.D., Professor of Biological Sciences

Facilitators:
Kathleen Gallagher, Ph.D., Associate Professor of International Relations; David Grenardo, J.D., Professor of Law; and Paul Uhlig, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of Mathematics, member of the Core Curriculum Committee and MEA

Pre-reading(s):
Characteristics of Marianist Universities, pp. 22-23
Review of The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Core Principles for the College or University, pp. 10

Past Conversations

Upcoming Conversations

Welcome and Program Introduction
Friday, Sept. 3, 2021
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
University Center, Conference Room B

Marianist Educational Characteristic: Educate for Formation in Faith
Marianist Pillar: Marianist Charism and First Pillar – Faith

Hosts:

  • Reverend William J. Meyer, S.M., Rector
  • Alicia Cordoba Tait, Beirne Director, Center for Catholic Studies

Assisted by:

  • Jessica Uhlig, Associate Provost for Academic Administration and Mission Integration

Readings:

  • CMU (pp. 11-13)
  • LMS (Marianist Charism, Pillar 1-Faith)
  • CIT (pp. 4-7)
  • LMS Pillar
Welcome and Program Introduction – Sept. 3

Marianist Table
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021
1 to 2 p.m.
Diamondback Cafe

Marianist Pillar: Mission

Readings:

  • LMS 5
Marianist Table – Sept. 29

Engaging the Mission Conversation: Provide an Integral, Quality Education
Friday, Oct. 1, 2021
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
University Center, Conference Room B

Presenter:

  • Katherine Lehman-Meyer,Visiting Professor, Communication Studies

Readings:

  • CMU (pp. 14-16)
  • CIT (pp. 3-4)
Engaging the Mission Conversation: Provide an Integral, Quality Education – Oct. 1

Marianist Table
Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021
1 to 2 p.m.
Diamondback Cafe

Marianist Pillar: Family Spirit

Readings:

  • LMS 4
Marianist Table – Nov. 3

Engaging the Mission Conversation: Educate in Family Spirit
Friday, Nov. 5, 2021
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Assumption Chapel

Presenter:

  • David Sommer, Professor, Greehey School of Business

Readings:

  • CMU (pp. 17-18)
  • CIT (pp. 7-10)
Engaging the Mission Conversation: Educate in Family Spirit – Nov. 5

Marianist Table
Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022
1 to 2 p.m.
Diamondback Cafe

Marianist Pillar: Inclusive Community

Readings:

  • LMS 3
Marianist Table – Feb. 2

Engaging the Mission Conversation: Educate for Service, Justice and Peace, and Integrity of Creation
Friday, Feb. 4, 2022
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
University Center, Conference Room B

Presenter:

  • Greg Zlotnick, Director, Pro Bono Programs, School of Law – Center for Legal and Social Justice

Readings:

  • CMU (pp. 19-21)
  • Review CIT (pp. 7-10)
Engaging the Mission Conversation: Educate for Service, Justice and Peace, and Integrity of Creation – Feb. 4

Marianist Table
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
1 to 2 p.m.
Diamondback Cafe

Marianist Pillar: Mary

Readings:

  • LMS 2
Marianist Table – March 2

Engaging the Mission Conversation: Educate for Adaption and Change
Friday, March 4, 2022
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
University Center, Conference Room B

Presenter:

  • Ian Martines, Interim Dean and Professor of Mathematics

Readings:

  • CMU (pp. 22-23)
  • Review CIT (pp. 10)
Engaging the Mission Conversation: Educate for Adaption and Change – March 4
  • Presenter Reflective Questions:

    1. What do you believe in? What gives you joy? Life? (Gifts of the Spirit)
    2. How do you navigate your gifts (talents, teaching, profession, interactions) within a Marianist educational environment? (Marianist Educational Characteristics)
    3. How do you reflect upon and apply elements of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition to help students develop “just heart(s) and a sense of right relationships”? (Glodek, Marianist Praxis (2020), 19) (Catholic Intellectual Tradition)
  • Program Reflective Questions:

    • Who am I?
    • Why am I here?
    • What really matters?
    • What does the world need?
    • How ought we to live? (CIT cover)

Questions? Contact the Center for Catholic Studies at centerforcatholicstudies@stmarytx.edu or Susie Elias at selias@stmarytx.edu.

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