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AU-ABC approves fourth partnership with Minot State

Minot State University announced its fourth partnership with the Air University Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC), a program between the United States Air Force and civilian institutions to provide Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) graduates advanced education opportunities.

AU-ABC approved Minot State’s Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a Major in Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities as a Category I program. The major joins Minot State’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, which was approved in October 2018, and Bachelor of General Studies and Bachelor of Applied Business Information Technology, approved in July 2019.

“Minot State is committed to building collaborative partnerships as part of its strategic plan, and we are excited to have a fourth AU-ABC program approved,” said Laurie Geller, Minot State vice president for academic affairs. “Our partnership with the Air Force allows airmen to complete their bachelor’s degree online with Minot State from anywhere in the world.”

The degree in human services with a major in intellectual/developmental disabilities prepares students to become direct support professionals who provide quality support to individuals with developmental disabilities on the job and in their community. Climbing the career ladder to a bachelor's degree meets federal requirements for qualified intellectual disabilities professionals (QIDP), also referred to as program coordinators or case managers in many waivered services. Other career options include leadership and supervisory positions in private and public human service organizations and state agencies.

AU-ABC Category I programs guarantee a CCAF graduate can complete their bachelor’s degree with no more than 60 additional credits. Minot State is currently pursuing a Category II agreement for its Bachelor of Science in Management.

Minot State celebrates the arts with NOTSTOCK 2019

Minot State University’s NOTSTOCK 2019 continued to offer multiple hands-in, hands-on opportunities for the community to participate in the arts.

In its 13th year, Minot State’s annual live, signature arts event celebrated three days of printmaking, poetry, music, ceramics, theater, and broadcasting and featured two special art exhibits. The events took place mainly on the MSU campus Oct. 24-26.

This year’s festivities included six guest artists, as well as art, music, and other creative opportunities provided by Minot State students, faculty, and staff, and local artists and musicians. The six featured guest artists included Melissa Lozada-Oliva of New York, Lisa York of Savanna, Illinois, Daniel Bachman of Charlottesville, Virginia, New England-based Calvin Laituri, Paul Kreizenbeck of Sacramento, California, and Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. of Detroit.

Minot P.E.O. Chapter establishes Karen Olson Scholarship Endowment at Minot State

The Minot State University Advancement Office is proud to announce the Minot P.E.O. Chapter AG has established the Karen Olson Scholarship Endowment. The $10,000 gift will benefit Minot State female students majoring in medical laboratory science.

The P.E.O. International Sisterhood exists as a source of encouragement and support for women to realize their potential in whatever worthwhile endeavor they choose. Minot native Karen Olson was a longtime member of Minot P.E.O. Chapter AG. Olson passed away March 9, 2018, and it was her wish to support women in education.

The gift will be matched with funds from the North Dakota Higher Education Challenge Grant Fund, growing the endowment immediately.

Campus and Community Dialogues packs the Northwest Arts Center for ‘Ghosts and the Paranormal: Real or Fantasy?’

The popular Minot State University Campus and Community Dialogues series returned for its third year with an event titled, “Ghosts and the Paranormal: Real or Fantasy?” on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Minot State Northwest Arts Center, located in the lower level of the Gordon B. Olson Library.

The standing-room only event featured Wendy Kimble, lead investigator of Paranormal Investigators of North Dakota, and Jynette Larshus, Minot State associate professor of sociology, along with moderators Alex Deufel, Minot State professor of biology, and Katy Allers, administrative assistant in the MSU Humanities Division.

Facing Alzheimer's in AI/AN Communities: A Public Health Approach
Please join the NDSU School of American Indian Public Health and the Alzheimer's Association for the webinar Facing Alzheimer's in AI/AN Communities: A Public Health Approach from 3-4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7. The rise in Alzheimer's and other dementias is a challenge for all communities, including those in Indian Country. The webinar will cover what is Alzheimer's and other dementias, how dementia relates to diabetes and heart disease, and why dementia affects multiple generations. While responding to this growing health problem may seem daunting, there are ways to get started using your community's existing strengths and partners and a public health approach. Speakers will be Molly French, Alzheimer's Association director of public health, and Mike Splaine, Splaine Consulting owner and principal, and Gretchen Dobervich, NDSU American Indian Public Health Resource Center public health policy project manager. To register, visit HERE. For direct questions about webinar registrations contact GRETCHEN DOBERVICH.

Minot State Staff Senate food, hat, and glove drive

Minot State Staff Senate is hosting a food, hat, and glove drive Nov. 5-15. Donated items will go to the Minot State Food Pantry to supply items for our students. See FLIER for more information and where drop off locations will be. Attached is a list of suggested food pantry ITEMS for donation. New or gently used hats and gloves are appreciated. Let’s help keep our students warm and bellies full. For questions feel free to contact Lindsey Benson by EMAIL.

MSU Veterans Entrepreneurship Training Summit

Minot State University’s College of Business will host a Veterans Entrepreneurship Training Summit focusing on funding and sources of financing on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The event, for veterans, active duty military members and spouses, aspiring entrepreneurs, and college students, will provide developmental training sessions. The Summit is scheduled to run from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Old Main Room 402.

The event will include a panel discussion that will focus on business funding and sources of financing. Panelists include commercial loan officers, current business owner, and a SBA loan program director. For more information, contact Jonah Kramer by EMAIL or Tracey Mays by EMAIL.

MSU Broadcasting & Professional Communication Department hosts 21st annual KMSU Auction

The Minot State University’s Broadcasting Department will host the 21st annual KMSU Auction on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. The auction will be broadcast on local access KMSU Channel 19, accessible for SRT and MIDCO customers, and is streamed in real-time on Youtube Live. Viewers are able to purchase packages by calling in to place their bids — the highest bid wins the package. The KMSU Auction is a live auction event that is planned, organized, and executed by students in the Minot State Broadcasting and Professional Communications department. For more information, contact Janna McKechnie, director of alumni relations & annual giving, by EMAIL or by phone at 701-858-3373


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, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday 1-5 p.m., and by special arrangement. It is closed holidays.

  • Handshake: An exhibition by artist and painter Mollie Douthit. Working primarily wet on wet, Douthit’s paintings are meditations on personal situations that contain people and objects meaningful to her. Drawing inspiration from Van Gogh’s signature sign off, these “handshakes” allow her to better see, understand, and transcribe her life. The exhibit will be on display Nov. 1-29.

Hartnett Hall Gallery
The new gallery provides exhibition space for students, faculty, and community artists, and is located on the second floor on the west side of Hartnett Hall in Room 233.

  • Curated Works: Printmaking: A new display showcasing prints from the Minot State Permanent Collection as well as print paraphernalia from the Minot State printmaking studio. It will be on display Oct. 21 through Nov. 8 at the Hartnett Hall Gallery. The gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the exhibition.

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.

  • Subfusc: The Flat Tail Press Gallery presents Subfusc, an exhibition from artist Patti Jordan. The exhibition runs from Sept. 20 to Nov. 20. For more information, see attached FLIER.


Daniel Conn, teacher education and kinesiology, has teamed with Cumberland University's Joe Zajdel to publish an article in Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, the journal of the American Association of Teaching and Curriculum (AATC).

Daniel Conn, teacher education and kinesiology, serves on the executive council for the American Association for Teaching & Curriculum and was tasked with organizing an art show for the AATC conference that featured art from the following Birmingham City Schools: Avondale Elementary, Central Park Elementary, Hudson K-8, Minor Elementary, and Phillips Academy.

Terry Eckmann, professor and chair in teacher education and kinesiology, presented three sessions at the International Conference on Active Aging Convention at the Gaylord Palms Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Holly Pedersen, chair, special education, and Karen Anderson (Supporting Success for Kids with Hearing Loss) published a research study titled, "The Changing Role of the Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf: A Snapshot of Current Teacher Perceptions" in the Fall 2019 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals.

Johnny Guess, facilities management, was named Minot State University Staff Senate's September High Five Award winner.

Casey Daigle was awarded the prize for Best Undergraduate Student Paper at the Northern Great Plains History conference, held in Brandon, Manitoba on Sept. 25-28. Her paper, “Lavender Menace: Communism, Homosexuality, and the Nuclear Family” was a revised version of a paper that she wrote last spring for HIST 415: Twentieth Century America last semester.

Dylan Hennessy, a Senator of Education and Health Sciences for SGA and a junior at Minot State, was named the September SGA Student Senator of the Month. He is a local North Dakota resident with his major in History Education. Hennessy is also involved in SOMSU and SNDU on campus and likes to work on art and home renovating in his spare time.

Minot State faculty and graduate students presented research at the American Association for Teaching & Curriculum Annual Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, Oct. 3-5, and were represented in the following presentations:

  • "Karuna: Exploring the Om Curriculum," by Linda Conn and Daniel Conn
  • "The Long Blue Line: Appreciating Ecological Interactions in the United States Air Force Academy," by Madison Aiman
  • "Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in the Title 1 Setting," by McKenna Foley and Daniel Conn
  • "Still Dreaming BIG: The Red & Green School," by Daniel Conn, Nathan Anderson, Ian Clemente, Linda Conn, Blake McCullough, and Juria Wiechmann
  • "Teacher Mental Health," by Chelsie Hultz
  • "Disentangling the Assessment Industrial Complex: A Counternarrative of Change and Hope," by Michelle Tenam-Zemach, Daniel Conn, Paul Parkison, and Derek Gottlieb
  • "Meeting Eisner by Proxy," by Joseph Zajdel and Daniel Conn
  • "Creating a Culture of Contribution Through K-12 Education," by Nathan Anderson, Daniel Conn, Michelle Tenam-Zemach, Ian Clemente, Luke Schaefer, and Joel Zemach
  • "Songs of the Earth: Exploring the Lived Experience of Ceremony in Indigenous Communities," by Alex Decoteau, Annie Rappepor, Maxwell Yamane, Daniel Conn, and John Around Him

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