Jan. 6, 2020
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Minot State nursing students put learning into action

When Minot State nursing students learn about public health nursing, they put learning into action at the Adult Health Maintenance Promotion and Wellness Clinic, located at Henry Towers, a subsidized apartment building located in Minot.

“The clinic continues to offer services such as education on medications, nutrition, and immunizations as well as blood pressure screenings, foot assessment, and cares,” Danielle Reinisch, Minot State public health nursing instructor, said. “These interventions are implemented to empower this population to manage their own health in order to reduce hospital stays and hopefully remain in their home longer.”

The clinic is donation-based, offering an opportunity for all individuals to receive care. Many of the clients who seek services at the clinic have diabetes and are older than 55 years, making footcare essential in preventing medical complications. It is also the perfect place for students to see — firsthand — the importance of public health care settings.

“Instead of trying to care for each individual person, public health cares for the community. We look at the most prevailing health issues and try and find solutions for them,” Mosope Osiyale, a senior nursing student from Lagos, Nigeria said.  “And I find in taking care of the community, like in our foot clinic, we are able to care for individuals.”

Minot State presents 21st annual KMSU Auction

Minot State University’s Broadcasting and Professional Communication Department hosted its 21st annual KMSU Auction in December.

Two-hundred forty businesses contributed to the auction with advertising trades, cash sponsorships, and item donations that were auctioned off live on KMSU Channel 19. Items ranging from gift certificates and gym passes to hotel stays and fine jewelry were organized into packages.

Students enrolled in Events Planning, as well as other broadcasting students, plan the event. From donation gathering and event promotion to working as on-air talent the night of the KMSU Auction, the event is student run.

“It’s a completely student-run production,” said Janna McKechnie, MSU alumni and annual giving director and professor for the auction class. “The students gather donations and get the information together and we put the packages together and auction them off.”

Ninety percent of the proceeds from the auction go to the broadcasting and professional communication department to fund student scholarships, conference submissions, and equipment. Each year, students vote on a charity to donate the remaining 10%, with the Domestic Violence Crisis Center located in Minot selected this year.

SWIFT members excel in Hivestorm event

Minot State University’s newly formed cyber security club SWIFT — Students with Interest in Future Technology — finished in the top half of a national competition called Hivestorm in early November.

Team members Swapnil Talekar, Stephen Szwiec, Gary Griswold, and Nishan Adhikari made up the Minot State group for the 2019 competition, the first time a team from Minot State has entered Hivestorm. Through some trial and error, the team finished with 127 points, well ahead of multiple entries.

“There were over 130 teams and most of them didn’t get over 100 points,” Szwiec said. “We really only prepared the right way for about 30% of the competition and were able to get 127. We had a strong plan for operation level hardening, but we lacked a bit on application hardening. We didn’t quite know what they were running for the technical requirements. So, in addition to a system-level checklist, we would need to have application-level hardening.”

MSU instructor in business information technology Chad Fenner believes the work the current team and SWIFT is doing now will have lasting ramifications for future students at Minot State. The creation of SWIFT this semester and the selection of the words that make up the acronym were the first step towards that.

Fenner helped SWIFT look for competitions to enter, but once Hivestorm was picked, it became solely a project for the students. Szwiec, who was named the team’s captain, was contacted by the contest, putting everything into motion.

Hivestorm, created by the University of Texas San Antonio, is a collegiate-focused cyber defense competition where teams secure provided Windows and Linux based virtual machines, removing malware and other infections, correcting misconfigurations, mitigating vulnerabilities, and disabling vulnerable services, among other processes. Teams accumulate points during a timed event.

Campus Players present ‘The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon’

Minot State’s Campus Players combined 209 stories, from well-known classics like “Snow White” and “Hansel and Gretel” to obscure tales like “The Talking Fish” and “Crab Tree,” in their holiday production of “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon.”

The show was performed at the Aleshire Theater Dec. 12-15.

“This show is entirely run by MSU Campus Players. All aspects of the show such as directing, costuming, props, and publicity are all done by the students,” said Katy Allers, Minot State humanities administrative assistant and director for the show. “MSU art students are involved in the show by creating the images on the set and painting them. We started rehearsals in October and the students have been working hard building the set, finding and fitting costumes, working on the program, and many other duties that come with putting on such a production.”

Campus Players is the oldest Minot State student-run organization. Since 1923, Campus Players has promoted theater arts through performance and community engagement. In addition to being involved in the mainstage season, the Campus Players produce their own work throughout the year. This includes a Play in a Day production, play-reading sessions, and the annual holiday show.

Minot State Alumni Association to host social in Las Vegas

The Minot State University Alumni Association is hosting an Alumni & Friends Social in fabulous Las Vegas as the Minot State men’s hockey team plays in the UNLV Holiday Classic Jan. 11-12.

The Alumni & Friends Social will take place on Jan. 11 from 4-6 p.m. at MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill and Pub (1550 S. Pavilion Center Dr., Las Vegas). There will be free food and a cash bar. Register for the event at www.MinotStateU.edu/alumni.

“It’s our first alumni and friends social in the Las Vegas area and partnering with such a successful program like Minot State men’s hockey will be a great addition to our yearly events,” said Janna McKechnie, director of alumni and annual giving. “We’re excited to see new and familiar faces from the area and connect with our alumni and friends.”

The Beavers play Thursday, Jan. 9 against host UNLV at 7:30 p.m. at the City National Arena. The Beavers will play at 3 p.m. against Arizona State on Saturday, Jan. 11. MSU will finish its tournament schedule on Sunday, Jan. 12 with either the consolation game at 12:30 p.m. or the championship set for 3:30 p.m. While there aren’t specific hotel accommodations, many Minot State fans are staying at the New York, New York on the Las Vegas Boulevard. Contact the hotel for room details.

Minot State General Scholarship Application for 2020-2021: Feb. 15, 2020 deadline

The 2020-2021 MINOT STATE GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION is now available. The deadline to apply for scholarships is Feb. 15, 2020. Please review the scholarship terms and conditions listed on the Minot State Financial Aid scholarship application page. Minot State offers a variety of scholarships funded by gifts to the University. Scholarships are based on academic achievements, financial need, and other criteria defined by the donors. The scholarship amounts vary depending on student eligibility and the availability of funds. Some Minot State scholarships available for the 2020-2021 academic year require a separate application form from our general scholarship application. Visit the OTHER MSU SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS page to locate applications for these scholarships. For more information, contact the Minot State Financial Aid Office at 701-858-3375 or by EMAIL.

Service learning and cultural immersion in Costa Rica: Jan. 17 application deadline

There is still time to join Minot State’s faculty-led study abroad program to Costa Rica! The final application deadline is Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.  The 10-day interdisciplinary experience will focus on promoting women's issues through service learning activities and allow participants to engage with the local community.  Sign up soon to save your spot on this exciting program. Visit the PROGRAM WEBPAGE for more information and to download an application form.


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.

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. The Hartnett Hall Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

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.

  • Band Together: Women Make Their Mark on Gig Poster Scene: Band Together is a collection of original screen prints designed by women and is on loan from the Laurie Geller collection. It runs Nov. 25-Feb. 11, 2020.


Cathryn Halverson, Minot State assistant professor of English, published a book on women memoirists from the American West entitled "Faraway Women and the Atlantic Monthly," in the University of Massachusetts Press series, "Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book." More information is available HERE.

Chris Heth, Minot State assistant professor of chemistry, published a paper in the journal Substatia, an international journal of the history of chemistry, entitled “Energy on demand: A brief history of the development of the battery."  This invited contribution was published in one of six special editions of the journal commemorating 2019 as the international year of the periodic table.  The full text of the paper can be accessed at HERE and the full special edition set can be found HERE.

Christina Paxman, Minot State assistant professor in broadcasting and professional communication, delivered three presentations at the National Communication Association conference in Baltimore, Maryland in November. One of her co-authored studies was referenced in the US News and World Report ARTICLE, “How to handle being homesick at college.”  

Tricia Tessendorf, student accounts manager in the business office, was named Minot State University Staff Senate's November High Five Award winner. Tessendorf has worked in the business office for six years.

Felipe Arias II was selected as Minot State Student Government Association (SGA) November Senator of the Month. Arias is a freshman from Los Angeles studying marketing. He is a Freshman Senator in SGA.

Sarah Renee Boyle, a fourth semester graduate student, presented a poster on her thesis "Learning the Larynx: A Comparison of Two Student-Made Models on Learning and Retention" at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) national convention in Orlando, Florida.

Mykal Drosdal, broadcasting and professional communication, presented his senior recital at Aleshire Theater in Hartnett Hall. Drosdal discussed the skills he learned from the MSU Broadcasting Department and how he was able to use those skills to develop a community newsletter in his hometown.

Kendall Green was named the Academic Support Center Student of the Month for November. She contributed to the ACS’s programs as an access services graduate assistant. The ASC Student of the Month recognizes the outstanding contributions of the many student leaders working with ASC's programs.

Sabrina Possia, also a fourth semester graduate student, presented a poster on "What do Students Know? Criminal Justice Students’ Knowledge of Communication Disorders" at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) national convention in Orlando, Florida.

Hayley Watt, a first semester graduate student, applied for and was accepted to be a student volunteer at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) national convention in Orlando, Florida. Watt helped many of the nearly 15,000 registered attendees find their session rooms, hotels, and other areas of the conference.

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