May 4, 2018
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MSU DECA has strong showing at international conference

decagroup2018.jpgFifteen Minot State University students traveled to the nation’s capital to compete in the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference from April 11 to 14.

Nicholas Trumbauer, Manheim, Pa., placed in the Top 10 and won two medals for his work in Accounting; Haokun Yang, Xi’An, China, won an exam medal in Fashion Merchandising; Kaitlin Fredrich, Minot, N.D., and Brenda Parks, Houston, Texas, were Top 12 finalists in Business to Business Marketing; Edel Mae Alvarez, Kaulapu’u, Hawaii, and Jordan Busch, Minot, N.D., were Top 12 finalists in Financial Statement Analysis; Paula Cabatingan and Levy Cabatingan, Manila, Philippines, placed in the Top 10 for Emerging Marketing Strategies; and Aaron Richard, Kasson, Minn., placed in the Top 10 for Professional Sales.

Awards of Excellence were awarded to Trumbauer in Accounting; Asia Pleasant, Fredericksburg, Va., in Human Resource Management; Fredrich and Parks in Business to Business Management; Tracey Slama, Hacienda Heights, Calif., and Marina Carrillo, Chihuahua, Mexico, in Business Ethics; Alvarez and Busch in Financial Statement Analysis; Queenie Lim, Manila, Philippines, and Brett Hlebechuk, Belfield, N.D., in International Marketing; Paula Cabatingan and Levy Cabatingan in Emerging Technology Strategies; and Richard in Professional Sales.

The MSU DECA Chapter received a Chapter Community Service Award, a Leadership Passport Diplomatic Award, and Outstanding Chapter Leadership Awards for Barbara Marques, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Brett Hlebechuk.

Additionally, MSU business instructor and DECA club advisor Tawnya Bernsdorf was recognized as Advisor of the Year.

MSU celebrates Northwest Arts Center grand opening

nw-arts-center---grand-opening26.jpgMinot State University commemorated the completion of the new Northwest Arts Center, the Walter Piehl Gallery, and the Native American Artifact Collection with a grand opening celebration April 19.

Mandan-Hidatsa storyteller/musician Keith Bear, New Town, N.D., and cowboy poet/singer-songwriter D.W. Groethe, Bainville, Mont., participated in the dedication and during the day at MSU.

Piehl, who recently retired from a 50-year career teaching art at MSU, is donating a major body of his work to the center’s permanent collection. The grand opening exhibit, “Retrospective: Covering 1962-2018,” is an overview of his work.

The 6,730 square-foot facility is transitioning to be the permanent home for the Northwest Arts Center, replacing the gallery located in MSU’s Hartnett Hall. The new gallery, display cases, and storage areas are climate controlled, providing protection for MSU’s permanent collections and artifacts. The center will also be the permanent display space for MSU’s premier Native American artifacts collection, including the Ralph Hubbard Collection, the Harold Robinson Collection, the Clarence Parker Collection, the Wilson Collection, and the Miller-Tibbs Collection, and as well as other MSU art collections.

Eckmanns release new book

terry-and-katie-eckmann.jpgTerry Eckmann and her daughter Katie released their new book, “101 Mindfulness and Meditation Practices,” in March.

Terry is a professor and chair of the teacher education and kinesiology department at Minot State University. Katie is an English education major at MSU and a trauma sensitive yoga specialist.

The research-based practices in the book give the reader the why, what, and how to live a more mindful, healthy life. The benefits of practicing mindfulness and meditation include stress reduction, lower blood pressure, lower anxiety, improvement in memory and focus, sleep enhancement, and chronic pain and substance abuse reduction.

“101 Mindfulness and Meditation Practices,” is already receiving positive reviews from health educators and wellness specialists from around the country.

MSU students, alumnae, faculty earn Sevareid Awards

Minot State University alumnae Alexus Arthur, students Leif Bakken, Kayle Borner, and Nolan Axten, and professor Neil Roberts all earned Eric Sevareid Awards at the Midwest Broadcast Journalist Association Conference March 31-April 1 in Bloomington, Minn.

Arthur, who graduated in December and currently works for KX News, captured a First-Place Award in Spot News award for her entry "Bomb Threat – Central Campus." Roberts, Bakken, and Borner teamed to earn a First-Place Award for the series "Purple Pillage Radio Series" on KZZJ in the Series category. Bakken and Roberts worked on the series, while Borner produced the open. Roberts also won a First-Place Award in Best Use of Audio in the Series category for "N.D. Pheasants Down but not Out." He also won Award of Merit with "N.D. Pheasants Down but not Out" in Soft Feature and Sports Reporting. He earned an additional Award of Merit for the series "Spring Fever Baseball – Season Opener!” Bakken, a senior broadcast major, earned an Award of Merit for Sports Play-by-Play Student Market TV for his coverage of Minot State Men’s Basketball vs. USF NSIC First Round Playoff Game from 2016. Axten, a senior broadcasting major who currently works for KX News, earned an award of Merit for Sports/Program with his entry "KX Sports 12-29-2017."

Minot State offers new degree for non-teacher licensure programs

Minot State is now offering a Bachelor’s of Science degree in early childhood education for educators in non-teacher licensure programs such as Head Start. The new degree is different from the BSED in early childhood education which is designed for teachers who want to teach in public schools. Currently in its first semester of being offered, the program has 18 enrolled students. The new program is taught by several MSU teacher education instructors who are teaching these classes on site in New Town or online.

Western Plains Children's Choir presents ‘A Harmony of Hearts’
The Western Plains Children's Choirs will present "A Harmony of Hearts" on May 6, at 3 p.m., in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. 2018 marks 27 years of Western Plains Children’s Choirs.  In the spring of 1991, the original 50-voice Western Plains Children’s Choir performed its debut concert here under the direction of Sandy Starr. Today, WPCC has grown to encompass three choirs of over 120 singers from area schools. The concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken to defray tour expenses and to support singers who need scholarships.

Employee Recognition Retirement Program

Minot State University faculty and staff are invited to the Minot State Employee Recognition and Retirement Program set for May 9 at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. Refreshments are served at 3 p.m. and the program will begin at 3:30 p.m. MSU will recognize the 2017-18 faculty and staff retirees, recipients of continuous years of service awards, Outstanding Academic Advising Awards, MSU Board of Regents Faculty and Staff Achievement Awards, and MSU High Five Awards.

In the Galleries

Minot State's Flat Tail Press Gallery will feature colored pencil drawings from highly-esteemed, long-time North Dakota artist Brian Paulsen.

The Walter Piehl Gallery is featuring "Art Instruction at MSU: Faculty Past and Present," now on display through June 8. 

Hartnett Hall Gallery presents Hannah Streccius' senior show featuring various prints, on display now through June 1 with an opening reception May 4 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.


Gary Rabe, Maria Buchholz-Kerzmann, Hasan Buker, Wojciech Cebulak, Melissa Spelchen, Michael Wardzinski, Bill Harbort, Christina Paxman, and Scott Kast participated in the Four-Year Periodic Review of online courses in their respective departments. Their participation in MSU's comprehensive yet necessary procedures ensure delivery of online courses that meets best practices standards and reflect the expertise and knowledge the department has to offer to our online student community.

Christina Paxman, assistant professor of broadcasting, is now serving as the editor for the Journal of Communication, Speech & Theatre Association of North Dakota.

Laurie Weber, Financial Aid Office, was named Minot State University’s March High Five Award winner, and Terry Wald, Facilities Management, was named MSU's April High Five Award winner. 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.

The following faculty and students gave peer reviewed presentations at the Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature, held in Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba. These works will be included in a two-year peer reviewed proceeding encompassing the conference papers from last year, held at Minot State, and this year at Brandon:

  • Christopher Brewer, student, English education — "Shakespeare's Othello Viewed through Military Eyes."
  • Eric Furuseth, faculty English and humanities — "Changing Into 'Something Rich and Strange': Nature's Transformative Powers in 'The Tempest,' versus those in 'The Twelfth Night,' 'As You Like It,' and 'Midsummer Night's Dream.'" 
  • Robert Kibler, faculty English and humanities — "Hang it All, Averroes, Whose Soul is it Anyway?: An Examination of Ibn Rushd's Long Commentary on Aristotle's de Anima and its Significant Place, Then and Now."
  • Amanda Watts, instructor — "Muse of Fire: The Essential Role of the Chorus in Shakespeare's Henry V in Modern Film."

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