Oct. 7, 2015
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MSO opens ‘From the New World’ season

The Minot Symphony Orchestra will open its 90th season, “From the New World," Saturday (Oct. 10) with a new music director at its helm. Efrain Amaya will direct MSO in “Scandinavian Celebration,” its first concert of a new era, in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, 7:30 p.m.

This concert celebrates the 150th anniversary of the births of Scandinavia’s most famous composers, Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius. Nielsen’s opera, “Maskarade (Masquerade),” is often denoted as the national opera of Denmark. Sibelius’ compositions inspired the Finnish people’s struggle for independence from the Russian Empire. Dianna Anderson, assistant professor of music, will also bring Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 to life.

Minot State University students, faculty and staff are admitted free with a current ID. Ticket prices for adults are $25 main floor and $30 balcony; senior citizen is $20 main floor and $25 balcony; students 12-18, $15; children, $10. Symphony patrons are invited to join Erik Anderson, associate music professor, for a 6:30 p.m. preconcert lecture for an inside look at the symphony program. For more information about MSO, visit www.minotstateu.edu/symphony/.

MACIV welcomes Swedish journalist

The Minot Area Council for International Visitors has developed local programming for Daniel Persson, an investigative reporter based in southern Sweden, as he visits the Minot region Oct. 5-8. Persson will investigate the Bakken oil patch and discuss media careers with vocational school and Minot State University students.

Currently a 2015 Transatlantic Media Fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., Persson is studying the influence of the American labor movement in the 21st century, and he also is investigating the role of consumerism in Americans’ daily lives. He is focusing part of his research on the role of labor in entrepreneurial companies.

When Persson returns to Sweden in January, he will start in a new position as a reporter for Swedish National Radio. For more than 16 years, he has reported for newspapers and the Swedish News Agency TT. He has covered everything from politics to crime, sports and economic issues.

MACIV members accompanied Persson into the oil patch Oct. 6 so that he could understand energy development and its social and economic effects. He met with emergency, health and human services officials in Stanley.

Wednesday (Oct. 7), the visitor will meet with personnel and students at Quentin Burdick Job Corps Center and Minot State University to discuss careers in journalism and other media avenues. He will also meet with representatives from various labor unions to learn about the American labor movement in the 21st century.

“MACIV welcomes visitors from all over the world who are interested in many aspects of rural life. Comprised of members from Minot State University and the wider Minot community, MACIV has received extensive accolades from visitors for its hospitality, generosity and professional programs,” said Joseph Jastrzembski, MACIV president. “An all-volunteer group, MACIV’s members show a broad range of local, state, national and international experience in the professions, government, education and the arts.”

MACIV has been headquartered at Minot State since 1992. For questions, contact Jastrzembski at joseph.jastrzembski@minotstateu.edu or 858-3322.

Assessment Day slated for Oct. 14
For Assessment Day on Oct. 14, classes prior to 3 p.m. are canceled. For information, contact Jean Francois Mondon, German assistant professor and foreign languages coordinator, at jeanfrancois.mondon@minotstateu.edu.

Interdisciplinary social highlights ‘Abolition of Shame’

To commemorate Disability Awareness Month, the Minot State University Diversity Committee, the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities and disability services are sponsoring an interdisciplinary social Oct. 19 in Memorial 114, 5-7 p.m.

The social will feature the documentary film, "Abolition of Shame: A North Dakota Homecoming," a look at the lawsuit by the ARC against the State of North Dakota for the historical warehousing of people with mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities in the San Haven State Hospital. Following the film, Brent Askvig, NDCPD executive director and special education professor, will lead discussion. The social is a free, casual event, with no registration necessary. It will benefit all disciplines and all majors. For questions, contact Evelyn Klimpel, disability services coordinator, at evelyn.klimpel@minotstateu.edu or 858-3371.

Etiquette Luncheon: Are students workplace ready?

Dining etiquette is something often taken for granted by many people, but if they are interviewing for a job, networking or conducting business over lunch or dinner, they cannot. Minot State University offers an Etiquette Luncheon to expose students, faculty and staff to the basic principles of traditional etiquette used during a business lunch or dinner through hands-on interaction. This year, the luncheon begins promptly at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 in the Conference Center (Student Center, third floor). The cost for students is $5 and for faculty and staff is $13. Professional dress is required. Please register by Oct. 12.

Individuals can register for the event at the following locations:  Student Success Center (Student Center, second floor), College of Business (Old Main 304), Division of Humanities (Hartnett 148W), Department of Teacher Education and Human Performance (Swain 218) and Dakota College at Bottineau (Administration 160). For questions, contact Ann Haider-Bougard, Student Success Center administrative secretary, at 858-3362 or ann.bougard@minotstateu.edu.

MSU Theatre Arts to present ‘A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream’

Minot State University’s Program of Theatre Arts presents William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” re-envisioned and directed by Aili Smith, associate professor and co-chair within the Division of Humanities, Oct. 22-24 in Aleshire Theater at 7:30 p.m. The doors will open at 7 p.m. A matinee performance will be held Oct. 24 at 2 p.m. with the doors opening at 1:30 p.m.

In this colorful tale, love, drama and mischief descend upon a magical world where anything is possible. Shakespeare’s classic comedy is about the misadventures of star-crossed lovers, fairies and a troupe of actors.

Set on a midsummer night, the story begins with the announcement of the nuptials of Theseus, duke of Athens (Jenny Castro), and Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons (Erin Kampen). Then Hermia’s father, Egeus (Casey Feldner), threatens to deprive Hermia (Madison Curtiss) of her true love, Lysander (J’Kobe Wallace). He forces her to choose between her true love and certain death or Demetrius (Jaryn Homiston), the man he would prefer she marry and who is loved by Helena, Hermia’s best friend (Maddie Thompson). The lovers, Hermia and Lysander, flee into an enchanted forest filled with fairies and are followed by Demetrius and Helena. When mischievous Puck (Jason Gaarder) mistakes one Athenian for the other, the misadventures begin. And that is just one of the plots. The cast includes many talented MSU students, faculty, staff and alumni cast in various roles.

Shakespeare artfully and imaginatively wove together mistaken identities, misunderstandings and misadventures with his trademark genius for words and wit. The result is a comedy that remains as engaging and exciting as it did when it first graced the stage in the late 1500’s.

For tickets, contact the MSU theater box office at 858-3172. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for seniors, students and children under 18. MSU students, faculty and staff are free with current MSU ID. There will be no intermission. Reservations are strongly recommended.

For questions, contact the Aleshire ticket box office at 858-3172, or Smith at aili.smith@minotstateu.edu.

NDCPD’S North Dakota Disability Health II Project funded

The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, a Center of Excellence at Minot State University, has been awarded a one-year continuation of its North Dakota Disability Health II Project. The continuation was granted through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The project, which received $300,000, will build on the previous three years of funding and continue to address health promotion, health care accessibility and emergency preparedness for people with disabilities across North Dakota,” said Kari Schmidt, project director.

Project activities have raised awareness of health disparities between people with and without disabilities, and the need for inclusive services in health care and emergency preparedness. Some of the activities provided by project staff include conducting accessibility assessment for clinics, informing health care professionals and emergency planners about inclusion of people with disabilities in services, workshops for adults with disabilities on living a healthy lifestyle, and collaboration with health and emergency groups across the state to include the disability aspect. For questions, contact Schmidt at kari.schmidt@minotstateu.edu.

New faculty and staff aboard

Minot State University welcomes new employees, Heather Halverson, Joshua Lilley and Joseph Zajdel.

Halverson, office manager for the Office of Enrollment Services, graduated from MSU with a bachelor’s degree in management, marketing and international business. Previously, she worked for Trinity Health in human resources. She and her husband, Scott, have a son. She enjoys playing on recreational volleyball and softball teams and watching racing and football and basketball games.

Lilley is a security guard with the Office of Facilities Management.

Zajdel, assistant professor of teacher education, previously taught at Tennessee State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Otterbein College and master’s and doctoral degrees from TSU. He grew up in Ohio and lived in Nashville for 18 years before moving to Minot.

In the galleries

Oct. 7-29 — "Americas 2014: All Media Best of Show,” photography by artist Edward Shmunes, Columbia, S.C., best-of-show winner from Americas 2014: All Media juried competition, Library Gallery.

Oct. 14-Nov. 13 — "What Comes Before Words," mixed media sculpture by artist Patrick Luber of Grand Forks, Hartnett Gallery. A public opening reception will be Oct. 14 in Hartnett Gallery, 6:30-8 p.m. 

Faculty and staff achievements

The Office of Public Information proudly shares the many accomplishments of faculty and staff with the campus community in every issue.

Don Burke, psychology professor, and Lori Willoughby, professor and chair within the Department of Business Information Technology, completed “Just-in-Time Training: Five-Steps to Successfully make your Online Course Accessible” Oct. 1 through the Office of Instructional Technology.

Lesley Magnus, communication disorders associate professor, presented “Feeding 101: The Cleft baby” Sept. 24-26 at the Kansas Speech-Language Hearing Association conference.

Brenda Munson, Disability Health II project coordinator at the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, recently presented in a didactic session at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks. The presentation was to physician assistant students and focused on health promotion and health care access for individuals with disabilities in North Dakota.

Tom Seymour, business information technology professor, was the Higher Learning Commission team chair Sept. 28 for an additional location confirmation visit for Williston State College at Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College  (formerly Berthold Community College), New Town.

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