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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published April 18 2010

VCSU receives grant for water education, research

A grant will allow a Valley City (N.D.) State University center to serve as a statewide resource for water education, research and management.

The Prairie Waters Education and Research Center has been awarded a $732,000 grant from the North Dakota Department of Health.

The center will be housed in the Kathryn School, about 17 miles south of Valley City. It’s near a variety of aquatic resources, including the Sheyenne River, Clausen Springs, Little Yellowstone and several large wetlands.

The center will offer hands-on research and field experiences for students. It also will be a home for teacher and professional workshops and research on aquatic biological resources.

This five-year grant is the first major funding the center has received to begin operations. It is expected to open as soon as updates to the Kathryn School are complete.

Andre DeLorme, who teaches biology and zoology courses at Valley City State, will direct the center.

VP interviews in Iowa

NDSU’s vice president for equity and diversity interviewed last week for a job at the University of Iowa.

Evie Myers is one of five candidates for chief diversity officer. She’s been at NDSU since 2007.

Prior to coming to NDSU, Myers worked for Iowa State University as associate director of affirmative action/equal opportunity and diversity.

MSUM provost search

Sixteen people have applied to be Minnesota State University Moorhead’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Names of the applicants are not public record in Minnesota.

A search committee headed by Joan Justesen, vice president of the MSUM Alumni Foundation, has been reviewing applications since April 5. The start date of the position is July 1.

MSUM President Edna Szymanski announced in January she is reorganizing some administrative positions. A search for a new vice president of administration and facilities will likely begin this fall.

STEM loan forgiveness

College graduates employed in science, technology, engineering or math fields in North Dakota may be eligible for student loan forgiveness.

The program, coordinated by the North Dakota University System and the Bank of North Dakota, forgives up to $1,500 per year for a maximum of four years.

For more information, visit www.ndus.edu and click on Student and Parent Information/Financial Aid.

Concordia award

A Concordia College office manager has been recognized for distinguished service.

Karla Hornstein, who manages the math, computer science and physics departments, received the Ole and Lucy Flaat Distinguished Service Award this month.

The award recognizes excellence in long-term service to the college.

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