November: A month of diversity and awareness
The month of November was filled with diversity and awareness. It began with Minot State University’s Veterans Center recognizing veterans during Veterans Awareness Week (Nov. 3-10). The center brought speakers and representatives from veteran agencies and service organizations to share information with student-veterans. MiSU’s Native American Cultural Awareness Club sponsored the Native American Cultural Celebration in November. The commemoration also included speakers, presenters and exhibits of Native American success and culture. Finally, Nov. 16-22 marked MiSU’s first celebration of Geography Awareness Week with the theme of “Rediscovering Sacred Space.” Students, faculty and staff and the public were invited to attend four presentations highlighting the year’s festivities.
Swedish journalist discovers North Dakota
Therese Larsson Hultin, chief foreign analyst at Svenska Dagbladet, one of Sweden’s top daily newspapers, visited the Minot region Oct. 26-30. Currently a 2014 Transatlantic Media Fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., Hultin investigated the Bakken oil patch and discussed media careers with high school and Minot State University students. The Minot Area Council for International Visitors developed local programming for her.
Freezin’ for a Reason brings awareness of homelessness and hunger
The Minot State University Student Social Work Organization sponsored “Freezin’ for a Reason” Nov. 8. This marked the 12th annual Freezin’ for a Reason event in Minot, where participants stood in the cold and “froze” to experience homelessness firsthand. MSU SSWO holds the event to raise awareness of area homelessness and to collect non-perishable and monetary donations.