Slaaten Learning Center dedicated Oct. 12
To meet rapid changes in business professions, Doris Slaaten, professor emeritus, has funded renovations of the Slaaten Learning Center for the third time. Minot State University and its College of Business hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 12 at the center on third floor of Old Main to commemorate the occasion.
"Through Dr. Slaaten’s generosity and foresight, we have been able to transform two classrooms into an amazing learning and study center. As a long-time faculty member and dear friend to the College of Business, she truly understands education and holds students’ learning close to her heart. We are extremely grateful for her thoughtfulness," said JoAnn Linrud, dean of the College of Business. "This renovated facility will enable us to better engage students with each other, with the faculty, and also with the community."
With this latest transformation, the Slaaten Learning Center features formal and informal learning spaces, including a trading lab with a stock ticker board, immediate access to financial data and reports, a board room with complete video conferencing, space for student organizations to meet and space for students to learn and team together in a casual environment.
The Charlson, N.D., native initiated the innovative Slaaten Office Learning Center in 1979, providing the inspiration, design and funding. As technology advanced into the 1990s and computers became the business tool of the future, the Slaaten Learning Center was transformed into a computer lab.
After teaching 27 years at Minot State, Slaaten retired in 1984. Retirement, however, did not slow her down. She immediately established two scholarships in her name. One is presented to an outstanding member of Phi Beta Lambda, a business organization that she advised for many years. The other is open to all College of Business majors.