Minot State University campus successes

June 30, 2017

Xcel Energy donates to Minot State STEM program students   photo attached

Kathy Aas, Xcel Energy community relations manager, presented a $4,000 check to Rick Hedberg, Minot State University vice president for advancement. Xcel Energy’s donation will fund scholarships for students in MSU’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program.


Minot State University begins construction on RELOCATING Northwest Art Center   photo attached

Minot State University commenced work on relocating the privately-funded Northwest Art Center.

The Northwest Art Center, a $1.4 million project, will be a 6,700 square foot area and will feature a:

  • Venue for MSU students and faculty shows and exhibits
  • Venue for loans of artwork and touring exhibits
  • Climate-controlled exhibit and storage space – only one in Northwestern N.D.
  • Dedicated space to display works by MSU professor and nationally known expressionistic artist Walter Piehl
  • Ppermanent display space for MSU’s premier Native American collection and other MSU collections

MiSU robotics team earns top honors

Recently at the 50th Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium, Minot State University students earned first place honors in the Digi-Key Collegiate Computing Competition, a robotics competition. The robotics team included Ziad Kadry, Hayk Margaryan and Kenneth Kulling. Caitlyn Bachmeier received a drone for placing first place in the gaming competition.  Minot State competed against 22 schools from Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin.

“I applaud our mathematics faculty members for doing a great job,” said Scott Kast, chair and assistant professor within the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. “Many of our computer science classes prepare the students for the programming problems, and some of the professors use old Digi-Key problems as class assignments, which helps them become familiar with the types of questions.”

The symposium is a regional conference dedicated to providing higher education participants with an educational experience focused on the integration of computer-based technology in the teaching and learning processes of all disciplines and the incorporation of the study of this technology in the curriculum.