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Saint Mary’s named a Forbes top college

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 3:27pm

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is once again named an American top college.

The university is listed in the top 650 undergraduate colleges in the United States in the Forbes annual “America’s Top Colleges” ranking. The 2015 list, released this week, includes Saint Mary’s.

The Forbes “America’s Top Colleges” ranking is based on the following criteria:

  • Student satisfaction
  • Freshman retention rates
  • Post-graduate success
  • Student debt
  • Graduation rate
  • Academic success

Only 18 Minnesota institutions were named to the 2015 list.

“We’re proud to be included in this ranking because it is based on important measures such as student success and satisfaction,” says Brother William Mann, FSC, president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of leadership and service. At Saint Mary’s, students find in every classroom–whether in person or online–a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls 5,800 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs, based in Minneapolis but extending worldwide. Saint Mary’s offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor’s, bachelor’s completion, master’s, certificate, specialist, and doctoral degrees.

Alumni in action: Bill and Mia (Cacciabondo) Geheren

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 8:00am

Bill and Mia (Cacciabondo ’90) Geheren ’90

Caring parents and inspirational role models
Hometown: St. Paul, Minn., and Chicago, Ill.
Majors: Marketing/Management and Elementary Education

Bill and Mia (Cacciabondo) Geheren met as students at Saint Mary’s in 1986 and both graduated in 1990. Bill received a degree in marketing while Mia received a degree in management and elementary education.

Shortly after getting married in 1993, they moved back to Winona where Bill worked at Saint Mary’s Press and Mia was a hall director at the university. After moving to campus their first child Michael was born. He spent his first four years as a “Little Cardinal.” Upon leaving Winona, Bill and Mia embarked on a journey of adopting children. Their three youngest boys have special needs that range from moderate to severe. Their four boys are their life!

They say, “We have been blessed in this life – truly blessed. Although we have had our share of challenges, knowing God is looking out for us has carried us through this journey.”

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