Minot State University campus successes

October 5, 2017

Alumni Association honors five

The Minot State University Alumni Association honored four individuals with the Golden Award and one with the Young Alumni Achievement Award at their 50th Anniversary Dinner during Homecoming 2017.

Dr. Joseph Hegstad (posthumously), Dr. Richard Jenkins, Roger Looyenga (’68) and Marv Semrau were chosen for the Golden Award, while Wade Regier (’08) received the Young Alumni Achievement Award.

The highest award bestowed by the Minot State University Alumni Association, the Golden Award selections are based on outstanding service to the university or alumni association and distinguished leadership in the recipient’s career or community. The Young Alumni Achievement Award recipient is between the ages of 21 to 39.


Walther earns Bakken U Scholarship

Minot State University student Nicole Walther is one of two individuals who was awarded the Bakken U Scholarship for 2017-18, the North Dakota University System announced.

The scholarship is given through donations from the North Dakota Petroleum Council. Dickinson State’s Owen Short was named as the second award winner.

Walther, a Williston native, is currently pursuing a degree in finance. She earned a degree in math in 2012 at MSU and worked for five years for Pilot Thomas Logistics until May 2017 to return to school. During her five years with the company her duties include working with inventory, logistics and customer service. She believes that getting a degree in finance will help her become a more efficient and valuable employee.


Minot State celebrates record year of giving

For the second straight year, the Minot State University Development Foundation has reported a record year in giving to the university during Fiscal Year 2017.

The foundation reported a total of $4.362 million in support from all donors. The total was up from $3.569 million in Fiscal Year 2016, marking the fourth time in five years the total increased over the previous year and the third time in four years the total reached more than $3 million.

Along with increased money raised, Minot State also showed an increase in the growth of endowed funds supporting scholarships and programs. MSU reached a total of 323 endowed scholarships providing $879,517 in support of the university, with 74 percent of these funds going directly to support student scholarships. In total, the Minot State Development Foundation gave $2.271 million to support academic programs, $1.049 million to scholarships, $560,308 to athletics and $168,480 to facilities at MSU.


NDCPD awarded Administration for Community Living Core Grant

The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD), a University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research and Service at Minot State University, was awarded a $2.735 million grant from the Administration for Community Living (ACL).

“NDCPD is recognized – because of this grant – as a university center of excellence, which is a federal designation,” said Brent Askvig, executive director for NDCPD. “This is the first of a five-year grant and we have developed a five-year plan around four key areas: Aging, health, employment, and high quality education. We can take this core grant and leverage it to find other monies to accomplish those key areas.”

Forty-two University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDDs) were awarded five-year grants. The UCEDDs will receive a total of $22,974,000 a year to address issues, find solutions, and advance research in order to improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families. ACL also awarded continuation grants to an additional 25 UCEDDs, to continue their five-year grant cycles.

NDCPD will be awarded $547,000 each year over the next five years.