This Is Your Time! #TIYT contest

This Is Your Time! #TIYT contest

Tell us your Saint Mary’s University experience!

Tell us about your most memorable or life-changing Saint Mary’s experience. Using Twitter, show us your favorite Saint Mary’s University location in a photograph and tell us why it’s so special. Share your success story on a video or in a blog article.

Link your story, photo, or video to a tweet, use the hashtag #TIYT, and mention us @smumn for your chance to win. The most creative entry for each day from Aug. 21 to Sept. 1 wins a Saint Mary’s T-shirt!

Official Rules:

  1. Contest runs from Aug. 21 to Sept. 1, 2014.
  2. Prizes: One Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota T-shirt will be given away each day of the contest (12 days).
  3. Entries must be in the form of a tweet, include the hashtag #TIYT and mention @smumn.
  4. Entries may include text, photos, videos, or links to blog posts that have been originally created for this contest.
  5. Entries that infringe on copyright will be disqualified.
  6. Entries received between 12:00 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. are eligible for that day’s contest.
  7. You may enter the contest every day the contest runs.
  8. Entries will be judged on creativity and adherence to the theme of the contest.
  9. Winners of each day’s prize will be notified via Twitter.
  10. Winning entries will be featured on Saint Mary’s social media sites with full credit going to the winner.
  11. All entries are subject to re-use by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in marketing or promotional materials and may be shared on university social media sites or elsewhere.
  12. A representative of Saint Mary’s may contact contestants after the contest to talk more in-depth about the story conveyed by the entry.
  13. Submissions only please from individuals who have some direct connection with Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (students, alumni, etc.)


  1. Now over 50 years since I left Saint Mary’s and having attended between 10 and 15 colleges and universities, I reflect on Saint Mary’s as the best higher education institution that I attended. What made Saint Mary’s the best? Within one year I learned how to study; I developed a
    real thirst for knowledge; I was introduced to great teachers; I never felt that I was just a number; I enjoyed the environment, sports, and guest speakers. Other schools have almost vanished from my memory, but the positive memories from Saint Mary’s will remain with me to the end.
    Thanks Saint Mary’s.

  2. James,
    Thank you for such a wonderful comment about Saint Mary’s. We are glad that you have such good memories of your time here. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    If you meant this comment to be an entry to our contest, it would be a great entry, however, according to the rules of the contest, all entries must be in the form of a tweet. We understand that a person can only say so much in 140 characters. That’s why we opened it up to allow people to link to photos, video or even blog articles to help tell their story.

    If you would like to enter the #TIYT contest with your comment on our blog post, today or any of the other remaining days of the contest, you may link to this blog post in a tweet. We would consider that an eligible entry.

  3. I can still hear laughter coming from the dorm rooms and classes. It is as if I moved back in time 30 some years. Those images trapped in my head brought me back to where I started. I still smell Father Taylor’s cigar and I wonder if Tom Etten is still asking questions in that other world. It is good to be back in the land of Redmen.

    I sense time changing as I see Otis working his way down the hall as I realize it is the other side of noon and, well, those TKE brothers preferred a different 12. Memories transcend time, my hair is no longer gray, my knees no longer ache and blood pressure medications are a long ways off yet, but for today being at the place where a young man started becoming a man is about as good as it gets.

    You could taste history here, with the brothers and bluffs and that car up the hill where toboggans flew. History repeats itself no matter how we try and polish and make something that had nothing wrong with it different. Maybe that’s just how time passes as substance is replaced by image. Brother Frank smiled and then as now you had to smile back.

    Here, big city met townie, and for many they were joined by music and those life stories that make us learn. We became brothers and sisters, and oh those toga parties led us through those times of our lives. At a small liberal arts college tucked away in a small corner of a state in a town that had seemingly seen better days we found friendship that is alive today. Our light was never quite as bright as then but today is pretty good.

    Some of us have probably left before our time and some thought some of us had entered a world we could not turn back from, but that soul that bonded is with us today. And while Redmen are now Cardinals and the office of Dr. Conroy is somebody different you can still sense the dedicated spirit of committed teachers. Father Fabian still lives and not just in the halls but in the hearts and minds of many of us. For that we are blessed and just want to say thanks.


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