Feb. 22, 2017
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Berthold High School wins Tech Day

Berthold High School, which received the most points for placements in all competitions, won the Sweepstakes Team Traveling Trophy during the Department of Business Information Technology’s 19th annual Technology Day. Other participating high schools included Bowbells, Burke Central, Des Lacs-Burlington, Kenmare, Max, Nedrose, Powers Lake, Stanley, Surrey, TGU Granville, TGU Towner, Tioga, Underwood and Westhope.

The high school students competed in accounting, business communication, business law, desktop publishing, document production, business principles, spreadsheet applications and webpage design. Every school was eligible to enter one student in each of the seven events.       

Alex Westman, Kaylee Rodman, Krista Savage, Kyla Grandy and Kaitlin Grandy, business education students, and Jan Repnow, business teacher education assistant professor, coordinated and supervised the competition.

Members of the winning Berthold team were Emily Neshem, Jasmin Johnson, Garrett Hanson, Emolee Lindahl, Abby Simons, Erika Neshem, Roman Knudsvig and Tristan Schettler. Their instructor was Dawn Eide.

A complete list of event winners is available online.

Theatre students present thought-provoking ‘Student Body’

The Minot State University Theatre Program will present “Student Body” by Frank Winters Wednesday through Saturday (Feb. 22-25) in Aleshire Theater at 7:30 p.m. The play follows a group of college students who discover a disturbing videotape of a sexual assault that occurred at a party they attended.

Director Kevin Neuharth chose to do the play after reading it last August.

“The subject matter really interested me,” Neuharth said. “I shared it with some of my students in my directing class, and they seemed to like it, so I decided to give it a go.”

The issue of rape is a central theme throughout the play as the college-age characters engage in a heated dialogue about the right way to deal with the situation. 

“I want the audience to think about themselves during the course of this play and think about what they would do in this situation,” Neuharth said.

The set design by Benjamin Weinert-Lishner, assistant professor of communication arts, allows audience members to sit in seats arranged on stage among the actors.

“I wanted to incorporate the audience as if they were part of the action,” Neuharth said.

The cast includes Annika Kraft, Kacey Donamaria, Hannah Davis, Maddie Thompson, Ariel Koh, Michaela Burns, Brenna Heupel, Jaryn Homiston, Branden Evans and Eric Fetske.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for children, seniors and students, and free admission to all MSU students, faculty and staff with a valid MSU ID. For tickets, call the box office at 858-3172. Parking is unrestricted for this event.

Pictured: Student actors Jaryn Homiston and Maddie Thompson rehearse for their performance in "Student Body."

Drag performance features Shangela

MSU Life and Pride Minot present Shangela, the debutantess of the deep South, Wednesday (Feb. 22) in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at 7 p.m. The drag performance features Shangela and local guest queens Harmony Diamond, Raven Knight and Kara Fiyera. This show is free and open to the public, but it may be most appropriate for audience members 13 years or older. Parking is unrestricted for this event. MSU Life’s Facebook page provides additional information.

Corbitt is ‘Affirming Campuses’

Darcy Jeda Corbitt, MSU Diversity Council's guest speaker, will present “Affirming Campuses: Making Classrooms Inclusive of LGBTQ+ Student” Thursday (Feb. 23) in the Multicultural Center at 1 and 3 p.m.

Corbitt, a doctoral student in health psychology at North Dakota State University and a prominent advocate for transgender rights in the upper Midwest, has been active in the equality movement since 2012. Her political advocacy work includes successfully having gender identity and expression added to Auburn University's anti-discrimination policy. Since moving to North Dakota in 2016, Corbitt has spoken at and consulted with eight of the region's colleges and universities and organized the region's first LGBTQ+ campus inclusion conference.

Corbitt currently serves on the NDSU Gender and Sexual Diversity Advisory Board and the N.D. Department of Health LGBTQ+ Advisory Board. In 2017, she founded a nonprofit organization which funds MyTransitionPartner.com, an online transition support project she began in 2013. For questions, contact Annette Mennem, MSU Diversity Council co-chair, at Annette.Mennem@minotstateu.edu or 858-3112.

Division gives community gift of music

Since its inception, the Division of Music has connected Minot State University and the community through its concerts.

Minot State University’s Concert Choir and Women's Choir, under the direction of Carlos Vieira, and the MSU Singers, under the direction of Jennifer McQuade, will perform Monday (Feb. 27) in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Percussion music will abound Tuesday (Feb. 28) in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at 7:30 p.m. The concert program will feature selections by the Percussion Ensemble, Marimba Ensemble and various soloists. Avis Veikley directs the students.

The concerts are free and open to the public, and parking is unrestricted. For questions, contact 858-3185.

Science Club hosts Teens Night Out

The Minot State University Science Club will host Teens Night Out, a social group for youth with developmental disabilities, Tuesday (Feb. 28), 5:30-7 p.m. These young people will experience various science-based activities and demonstrations on the Cyril Moore Science Center’s third floor. For questions, contact Naomi Winburn, chemistry instructor, at Naomi.Winburn@minotstateu.edu.

Poverty simulation to raise awareness

Community Action will host a poverty simulation experience March 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. in Minot State University’s Conference Center. It is a simulation, not a game, which is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people. This event is open to students, faculty and staff. No registration required. The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities sponsors this free cultural presentation as part of its cultural competence initiative. For questions, contact Becky Daigneault, NDCPD research associate, at Rebecca.Daigneault@minotstateu.edu or 858-3469.

Naslund and Furuseth present at upcoming Two-Minute Lectures
Melissa Naslund, instructor of psychology, will present “Expressive Art: A Therapeutic Medium” March 8 for The Two-Minute Lecture Series. She will be in the Beaver Creek Cafe by the curved wall at 12:30 p.m. On March 22, Eric Furuseth, associate professor of humanities, will discuss “The Broken Dandy: The Satirical Narrator of Byron’s ‘Don Juan.’” For questions, contact Robert Kibler, co-chair and professor within the Division of Humanities, at Robert.Kibler@minotstateu.edu.

Hutchins is inaugural High Five Award winner

Jennifer Hutchins, Student Health Center administrative secretary, was named Minot State University’s first High Five Award winner. Hutchins is pictured with MSU President Steven Shirley and Staff Senate President Mindy Rudnick.

Staff Senate prompted the creation of the MSU High Five Award to recognize staff members who serve Minot State University by exemplifying outstanding service through their work and exhibiting positive and supportive attitudes.

Each month, one staff member will be selected to receive the MSU High Five Award and be featured on the Staff Senate webpage. Recipients will receive a variety of goods sponsored by area merchants. Anyone may nominate a staff member for this recognition; however, each recipient may only be recognized once per calendar year. Nominations forms are due by the 15th of each month.

MSU graduates featured in CJ Club’s symposium

Minot State University’s Criminal Justice Club hosted several federal law enforcement professionals for a symposium Feb. 16. Alumni representing their agencies’ Minot offices were Scott Snyder ’91, Federal Bureau of Investigations special agent; Darrik Trudell ’03, Homeland Security Investigations special agent; Chris Poitra ’03, deputy United States marshal; Nick Larson ’13, United States federal probation officer.

Panelists discussed their career paths and emphasized the triumphs and obstacles they experienced within their chosen criminal justice field.

Chamber sponsors legislative forums

The Minot Area Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee hosts Saturday legislative forums at the North Dakota State Fair Center, with the next forum March 4 at 9 a.m.

The forums give attendees a chance to meet with Minot area legislators and ask questions. The format includes a moderator who asks questions submitted in writing by the audience. Each session runs from 9 to 11 a.m. at the NDSF Center. Other dates are March 18 and April 1. 

In the galleries

Feb. 8-23 — “Americas 2017: Paperworks," a national juried exhibition with guest juror Michael Strand, Hartnett Gallery.

March 2-30 — Print and drawing exhibit by Iowa artist John Kaericher, Library Gallery.

March 2-30 — “Spectacles, Top Hats and Ties: David Driesbach Prints,’ by Chicago printmaker David Driesbach, Hartnett Gallery and Flat Tail Gallery.

The Northwest Art Center will host a public reception for the Kaericher and Driesbach exhibits on March 9 in the three galleries from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. An interpretive lecture, “Lasting Influence: The Art of David Driesbach and John Kaericher,” will start in Aleshire Theater at 7 p.m. Admission is free and parking is unrestricted.

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.

Robert Kibler, chair of English, foreign languages and humanities, will facilitate a panel Feb. 24 and present his essay, “Presumed Dimensions and their Contribution to the Spiritual Character of the Poet Ezra Pound's Asian Sources, Early Theories, and Later Cantos,” at the Annual Conference for Post 1900 Literature, University of Louisville. The peer reviewed conference follows the Modern Language Association and the American Literature Association in its importance for international and national scholars of Modernist Literature.

Sayeed Sajal, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, co-authored with B. D. Braaten, T. Tolstedt, S. Asif and M. Schroeder, North Dakota State University professors and researchers, “Design of a Conformal Monopole Antenna on a Paper Substrate Using the Properties of Graphene-Based Conductors.” This research paper has been accepted for journal publication in the Microwave and Optical Technology Letters.

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