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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published April 11 2010

Higher Education Notebook: MSUM students work with city leaders

Students at Minnesota State University Moorhead are reaching out to city leaders.

This week, MSUM’s student senate is hosting a lunch with Mayor Mark Voxland.

The student senate also has issued invitations to every city council member to meet with student leaders.

Student senator Jake Gysland said about half of the city council members have attended MSUM student senate meetings.

“We’ve really begun to improve the relationships with the city,” Gysland said. “It’s good for everyone if we all communicate.”

The issues on students’ minds include parking, pedestrian safety on a busy street that runs through campus and rules about serving alcohol for private events on campus, Gysland said.

Voxland said he will be attending the lunch event this week to listen to students’ concerns.

“Students are citizens of our community,” Voxland said. “It’s important that they know that as citizens they can participate and they should participate in city government. So I always jump at these kinds of opportunities.”

City Councilman Mark Altenburg, whose ward includes MSUM, said working with students can be challenging because students move in and out of the community.

“But a lot of the concerns go from year to year,” said Altenburg, who was an adjunct professor at MSUM last fall.

NDSU grant

A North Dakota State University biology researcher has received a major national grant.

Kendra Greenlee, assistant professor of biology, has received a Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation.

The five-year, $800,000 award will help develop ways to effectively control insects and will bolster research opportunities for students to encourage careers in science.

Unity conference

MSUM and Concordia College will host the 14th annual Unity Conference on Thursday and Friday.

The theme is “Latinas Adelante: Breaking Barriers, Keeping Traditions.”

The Thursday sessions will be at MSUM in the Comstock Memorial Union. The Friday sessions will be at Concordia in the Knutson Campus Center.

The conference will include presentations, lectures and panels on Latinos and entertainment.

Students from Concordia, MSUM, NDSU and Minnesota State Community and Technical College may attend for free.

More information is available at www.mnstate.edu/cultural/unityconference2010.cfm.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590 or adalrymple@forumcomm.com