Minot State University campus successes

May 25, 2018

Minot State holds 104th Commencement

Minot State University held its 104th Commencement Exercise for Master’s, Bachelors, and Associate degree candidates May 11 at the Minot State Dome.

Roger Looyenga, ’68, gave the alumni address, while students Juria (Bigelow) Wiechmann and Jordan Torgunrud were featured speakers.

Minot State Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. David Rolandson; MSU Concert Choir, with Dr. Kenneth Bowles serving as conductor and Dr. DeVera Bowles as pianist; and the Oakdale Singers from Mandaree, N.D. all performed at the event.

The university will award diplomas to 766 students in 2018.

Along with the main ceremony, MSU’s graduate school held its annual Hooding Ceremony in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall in Old Main.


DECA has strong showing at international conference

Fifteen Minot State University students traveled to the nation’s capital to compete in the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference.

Nicholas Trumbauer, Manheim, Pa., placed in the Top 10 and won two medals for his work in Accounting; Haokun Yang, Xi’An, China, won an exam medal in Fashion Merchandising; Kaitlin Fredrich, Minot, N.D., and Brenda Parks, Houston, Texas, were Top 12 finalists in Business to Business Marketing; Edel Mae Alvarez, Kaulapu’u, Hawaii, and Jordan Busch, Minot, N.D., were Top 12 finalists in Financial Statement Analysis; Paula Cabatingan and Levy Cabatingan, Manila, Philippines, placed in the Top 10 for Emerging Marketing Strategies; and Aaron Richard, Kasson, Minn., placed in the Top 10 for Professional Sales.

Awards of Excellence were awarded to Trumbauer in Accounting; Asia Pleasant, Fredericksburg, Va., in Human Resource Management; Fredrich and Parks in Business to Business Management; Tracey Slama, Hacienda Heights, Calif., and Marina Carrillo, Chihuahua, Mexico, in Business Ethics; Alvarez and Busch in Financial Statement Analysis; Queenie Lim, Manila, Philippines, and Brett Hlebechuk, Belfield, N.D., in International Marketing; Paula Cabatingan and Levy Cabatingan in Emerging Technology Strategies; and Richard in Professional Sales.

The MSU DECA Chapter received a Chapter Community Service Award, a Leadership Passport Diplomatic Award, and Outstanding Chapter Leadership Awards for Barbara Marques, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Brett Hlebechuk.


Eckmanns release new book

Terry Eckmann and her daughter Katie released their new book, “101 Mindfulness and Meditation Practices,” in March.

Terry is a professor and chair of the teacher education and kinesiology department at Minot State University. Katie is an English education major at MSU and a trauma sensitive yoga specialist.

The research-based practices in the book give the reader the why, what, and how to live a more mindful, healthy life. The benefits of practicing mindfulness and meditation include stress reduction, lower blood pressure, lower anxiety, improvement in memory and focus, sleep enhancement, and chronic pain and substance abuse reduction.