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Veterans honored during Veterans Awareness Week

Minot State University’s Veterans Center will recognize veterans during Veterans Awareness Week (Nov. 4-10). There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house to celebrate the new MSU Veterans Center, and the center is bringing in speakers and representatives from veteran agencies and service organizations to share information with student-veterans.

“The Veterans Center is proud to increase awareness of, and appreciation for, current and past Armed Service members who at one time in their lives wrote a blank check payable to ‘The United States of America,’ for an amount of ‘up to and including their life,’” said Andy Heitkamp, Veterans Center director.

Activities, in the Westlie Room, second floor of the Student Center, unless designated otherwise, include:

  • Wednesday (Nov. 4), noon-2 p.m. — MSU Veterans Center open house, Dakota Hall
  • Wednesday (Nov. 4), 1 p.m. — Minot Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting with remarks by MSU President Steven Shirley, Dakota Hall
  • Thursday (Nov. 5), 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Jared Klempel, North Dakota National Guard suicide prevention coordinator
  • Friday (Nov. 6) 1:30-2:30 p.m. — Kirsten Hanson, Fargo VA Hospital certified rehabilitation counselor, will present “Combat Veterans and Higher Education: helping student veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Achieve Academic Success.”
  • Friday (Nov. 6), 7 pm. — Actors from the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre will perform “Warrior Words,” monologues written by veterans of U.S. wars in writing workshops held in Minot, Grand Forks, Bismarck and Dickinson. The event is free and open to the public. Parking on campus is unrestricted for this performance.  The workshops were funded in part by the North Dakota Humanities Council, a nonprofit, independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support comes from the MSU College of Arts and Sciences and the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre. For questions, contact Conrad Davidson, College of Arts and Sciences dean, at, or 858-3159.
  • Monday (Nov. 9), 8:45-9:15 a.m. — Native American Sunrise Ceremony in the MSU Quad.
  • Monday (Nov. 9), 11:30 a.m.-12:30 pm. — DiNell Polsfut, MSW, LCSW, social worker, Minot Vet Center, will present “Adjusting to civilian university education from a female veteran’s point of view.”
  • Tuesday (Nov. 10), 11:15-11:45 a.m. — Daniel Haff and Dakota Brekhus, MSU student veterans, will present “Adjusting to civilian university education from a male veteran’s point of view.”
  •  Tuesday (Nov. 10), 1:15-2:15 p.m. — Margo Norton, Susan Thompson, Jack Klugh, chief chaplain, all from the Fargo VA hospital, will present “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and available treatments.”
  • Tuesday (Nov. 10), 2:30-3:30 p.m. — Norton, Thompson and Klugh will present “Moral Injury and Military Sexual Trauma.”


For questions, contact Heitkamp at 858-4002 or

Published: 10/27/15

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