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Minot State announces Fall 2018 President's List, VPAA and Engagement Honor Rolls

minot_state_presidents_vpaa_honor_roll_fall_2018_front.jpgMinot State University announced a total of 447 students were named to the Fall 2018 President’s List, a total of 308 students were named to the Vice President for Academic Affairs’ Honor Roll for fall 2018, and 10 students earned a spot on the Engagement Honor Roll.

Students who earned a term grade point average of 3.8 or higher while enrolled for 12 or more credits during the 2018 fall semester were named to the VPAA list. The honor will show on the student’s transcript for the semester it was earned.

“It is our privilege honoring the students who have earned the highest academic level at Minot State University — the President’s List. Each of these students represent the very best in academic achievement from the fall semester; they have put forth the time and effort necessary to achieve this accomplishment. Congratulations to all who earned this honor,” Minot State President Steven Shirley said.

Students who earned a term grade point average of 3.5-3.79 while enrolled for 12 or more credits during the 2018 fall semester were named to the VPAA list. The honor will show on the student’s transcript for the semester it was earned.

The Engagement Honor Roll is an opportunity for Minot State University undergraduate students to receive recognition for the engagement activities they participate in while a student at MSU, through inclusion of this distinction on their transcripts. Students must complete a minimum of 50 hours, verified by supervisors, in any combination of engagement activities in order to be recognized during any given term. (COMPLETE LIST/READ FULL STORY)


Minot State Alumni Association seeks speakers

The Minot State University Alumni Association begins its inaugural season of the Alumni Speaker Series. The Alumni Speaker Series will add value to students’ academic studies by providing real-world learning as shared by successful alumni. Submit prospective alumni speakers from your respective area to JANNA McKECHNIE. The Advancement and Alumni Offices will consider all nominations and work with departments/divisions to determine funding sources. See the Alumni Speaker Series WEBSITE for QUESTIONNAIRE, and FLIER.

Minot State to host Transfer-mation, Red & Green Day for prospective students

transformation_rgday_spring_2019_front.jpgMinot State University Enrollment Services will host two open house events for two different prospective student bases on Friday, Feb. 8 and Saturday, Feb. 9. Spring Transfer-mation, an event specifically designed for transfer students, will take place Friday, Feb. 8 both on campus and via video chat. Red & Green Day, an event for freshman students, will occur on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Transfer students often have specific questions about transferring credits, paying for college, and academic programs. Transfer-mation allows attendees to build the event to meet their needs, including campus tours, lunch, and appointments with admissions and faculty.

Red & Green Day allows prospective students the flexibility to plan their morning as fits them best. Individuals can attend the resource fair with financial aid, student life, and more; visit with admissions counselors; take a guided campus tour; and attend sessions about specific majors. (READ FULL STORY)

Art department to offer Ceramics Open Studio

open_ceramics_studio_inside.jpgThe Minot State University art department will offer Ceramics Open Studio for five weeks in February and March, offering classes for all levels of expertise in clay.

The sessions are from 6-8:30 p.m. in the ceramics studio in Pioneer Hall.

Sessions include: Basic Hand-building Techniques, Basic Throwing Techniques, Slip-casting Techniques, and Glazing Techniques. The classes are open to anyone interested in ceramics, but outside classes, depending on the individual’s needs, can be arranged with independent classes available. To better organize these sessions, instruction has been planned based on different areas of ceramic production and are limited to the first 15 registrants.

The per-session price is $20 (adults), $10 (with MSU ID), $10 (students), and $5 (children under 12). An adult must accompany children under 12. The proceeds from the Open Studio fund scholarships for ceramics students, and this semester, the students are earning scholarships to attend the National Council of Educators in the Ceramic Arts in Minneapolis. (READ FULL STORY)

Reception for the MSU Academic Hall of Fame

The MSU Academic Hall of Fame Committee would like to invite faculty, staff, students, and the general public to the inauguration of the Academic Hall of Fame venue at the Gordon B. Olson Library. Please join us and enjoy refreshments on this special reception on Friday, Feb. 8 from 4:30-6 p.m. when we honor past Academic Hall of Fame inductees with the official unveiling of commemorative plaques.

Induction into the Academic Hall of Fame honors meritorious service in an academic discipline and highlights the accomplishments of our most distinguished alumni. Nominations may be made by any individual or organization, either within Minot State University or from the community at large. Nominees must be MSU alumni who completed a significant portion of their education at Minot State, and who have gone on to complete an advanced degree and made a substantial contribution to the advancement of their field of study. The deadline for nominee submissions is early March. Please visit HERE for more information. See you on Friday, Feb. 8 at 4:30 p.m.

Alumni Association plans annual Arizona trip

Minot State University, along with the Minot State Alumni Association, will again make its annual spring trip to Arizona, with five events planned over three days for its Arizona Reunion Events 2019.

All events are open to all Minot State alumni and friends of MSU. Please RSVP and watch for updates at MinotStateU.edu/alumni, or call the alumni office at 701-858-3373. (READ FULL STORY)


Northwest Arts Center
The gallery is located on the lower level of the Gordon B. Olson Library, with its own entrance on the south side of the library. It is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by special arrangement. It is closed holidays.

  • Art Seminar: Presentation by Jenny Freestone, Aleshire Theater, Feb. 8, noon
  • Public Reception: Americas 2018: Paper Works Best of Show winner and artist Jenny Freestone, Feb. 8, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Americas 2019: Paper Works: An annual juried exhibition featuring works on or of paper, traditional or experimental, including photographs, on display Jan. 8-Feb. 15.
  • Jenny Freestone: Prints: Americas 2018: Paper Works Best of Show winner artist Jenny Freestone, on display Jan. 8-Feb. 15

Flat Tail Press
The gallery is located in the landing space on second and third floor of the Minot State Student Center, west entrance. It is open while the Student Center is open, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.

  • Reception: Friday, March 1, 12:30 p.m. in the Flat Tail Press Gallery
  • Calliope Arts and Flat Tail Press present Found Fiction: Exhibition by Susanna Crum and Rodolfo Salgado, on display Oct. 22-March 1.


Emerson Eads, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, will guest conduct the Arizona premiere of his “Mass of the Oppressed,” Opera Feb. 3 at the Anglican Cathedral, St. Philips in the Fields (EVENT WEBSITE). The event will feature a choir of 70 and full orchestra and soloists, including the tenor who sang the Count in the Western Plains Opera performance of "Barber of Seville," Carlos Feliciano. The performance will be to raise money and awareness for the Fairbanks Four, who were four native Alaskans who were wrongfully convicted of murder and spent 18 years in prison before recently being released due to innocence.

Troy Roness, instructor in teacher education and kinesiology, is hosting a book signing for his book, “Unbroken: Journaled Reflections of Recovery,” (available on AMAZON) on Feb. 21 from 4-7 p.m. in the second floor atrium in Swain Hall. In the book, Roness reveals his decade-long struggle with anorexia, including compulsive exercise and body dysmorphic disorder.

Sayeed Sajal, assistant professor of math & computer science, co-authored multiple publications. He co-authored with S I Latif and E. Spencer, “Circularly Polarized Small-Footprint Hybrid Ring-Patch Stacked Antenna For Pico-Satellites”, presented in the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation, Jul. 8 - 13, 2018, Boston, MA USA.

He co-authored with K. Q. Henderson, S I Latif, G. Lazarou, S. K. Sharma and A. Tabbal, “Dual-Stub Loaded Microstrip Line-Fed Multi-Slot Printed Antenna for LTE Band”, presented in the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation, Jul. 8 - 13, 2008, Boston, MA USA.

Sajal co-authored with S. I. Latif, " Hybrid Perturbation Technique Applied to Stacked Patches for Circular Polarization”, presented at the 17th Annual IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology (eit2018), May 3-5, 2018 Rochester MI, USA.

He co-authored with S. Salekin, I. Jahan and S. Agaian, " Image De-noising through Symmetric, Bell-shaped, and Centered Weighted Median Filters Based Sub-Band Decomposition”, presented at the 17th Annual IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology (eit2018), May 3-5, 2018 Rochester MI, USA.

Sajal co-authored with I. Jahan, " Stock Price Prediction using Recurrent Neural Network (RNN) Algorithm on Time-Series Data", presented at the Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium (MICS 2018), April 6-7, 2018 Duluth MN, USA.

He co-authored with I. Jahan, " Prediction on Oscar Winners Based on Twitter Sentiment Analysis Using R”, presented at the 2018 SDSU Data Science Symposium, February 11-12, 2018 Brookings SD, USA.

Sajal co-authored with S. Roy and B. D. Braaten, "A Phase Correction Technique based on Spatial Movements of Antennas in Real-Time (S.M.A.R.T.) for Designing Self-Adapting Conformal Array Antennas," Microwave and Optical Technology Letters, vol. 59, no. 12, Dec. 2017, pp. 3002-3010.

Tawnya Bernsdorf, instructor in the College of Business, was named to the annual Prairie Business 40 Under 40 list, featuring the top business professionals under the age of 40 in the Northern Plains.

Cindy Geyer, business office, was named Minot State University Staff Senate's December High Five Award winner. Geyer has worked at Minot State in the business office for 21 1/2 years. Cindy graduated from Tolley High School in 1975 and Minot State in 1994 with her BSW. She is a 10-year breast cancer survivor.

Sydney Clark was selected as the CETL Student of the Month for December. She has contributed to the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning’s programs as a new student orientation leader.

Daniel Daffinrud, Rebecca Damato, Clarissa Ramirez, and Sarah Robinson, a group of Minot State University athletic training students, finished in second place and earned the honor of being one of two teams to advance and represent the North Dakota Athletic Trainer’s Association (NDATA) in the Mid America Athletic Trainer’s Association (MAATA) Student Quiz Bowl in Tulsa, Okla., in March. One team from each of the 10 National Athletic Trainer’s Association Districts, (MAATA is District 5), will compete at the NATA Quiz Bowl at the National Convention in Las Vegas, Nev. in July.  The team that wins at the national convention will receive $1,000 towards the athletic training program or club, second place receives $500, and third place receives $250.

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