Minot State University campus successes

October 1, 2018

Alumni Association honors five with Golden Award, Young Alumni Achievement Award

The Minot State University Alumni Association will honor four individuals with the Golden Award and one with the Young Alumni Achievement Award at the 51st Anniversary Dinner.

Jay Altringer (‘75), Don Hummel (‘75), Howard Klug (‘80), and Chuck Kramer (‘76) have been chosen for the Golden Award, while Tawnya Bernsdorf (‘04/‘08) will receive the Young Alumni Achievement Award at a dinner planned for Thursday, Sept. 20 starting at 6 p.m. at the Student Center Conference Center. Tickets for the event are on sale and can be reserved by contacting the MSU Alumni Office at 701-858-3234. Cost of the event is $30 per person.

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 and 39.


Roness named NDSHAPE College and University Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Minot State University instructor Troy Roness was recently named the North Dakota Society for Health and Physical Educators (NDSHAPE) College and University Physical Education Teacher of the Year, the organization announced. Roness will be presented the award at the organization’s state conference Sept. 24 in Bismarck.

NDSHAPE was established in 1928 to encourage and provide professional development and support for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (HPERD) professionals. The group is made up of public and private school teachers, collegiate professors, and health professionals that believe in the importance of active living. The award was voted on by Roness’s peers.


Minot State opens cadaver lab

Minot State University students will have a unique opportunity to study the human body as the university officially opened a cadaver lab to enhance its Biology 220 and 221 Anatomy and Physiology I and II classes.

The cadaver lab – one of only two such labs at public institutions in North Dakota – has two stations for dissection and an observation room. The lab was built in response to a request from Minot State students for hands-on learning experiences.

“We would be in class and teaching a topic and I would say it would be really nice to show you this, but we just don’t have the facility. Instead we would use plastic models or dissected animals,” said Minot State biology instructor and cadaver lab supervisor Dr. Aaron Ament. “It was really frustrating at times; we could lecture, but not observe. The students came to me and said maybe we should write a letter to the president or express our concerns to student government. I told them I would support that, and it basically started from there.”

Minot State partnered with the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences to receive the cadavers. The lab will consist of one male and one female cadaver each academic year.