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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published May 02 2010

Higher Education notebook: NDSU group takes service learning trip to reservation

A group of 15 North Dakota State University students, faculty and staff took a service learning trip last weekend to the Fort Berthold Reservation.

The trip, organized by NDSU Memorial Union, Office of Multicultural Programs and the Tribal College Partnership was designed to engage and learn in a tribal community.

Students learned about the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation and spent one night in the tribe’s Earth Lodges.

The group volunteered 195 hours of service, participating in service learning projects such as cleaning the ditches along two miles of road leading up to a buffalo ranch and stripping tepee poles of bark for use by the tribe.

Cobbers graduate today

Concordia College will host its commencement ceremony at 2:30 p.m. today in Memorial Auditorium.

More than 480 students are set to receive bachelor’s degrees, and four students will receive master of education degrees.

The commencement speaker is George Halvorson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente, the country’s largest nonprofit health plan and health system.

Halvorson, a 1968 Concordia graduate, has worked for more than 30 years in health care management.

Professor recognized

A Minnesota State University Moorhead math professor has received a regional teaching honor.

Tim Peil was named the recipient of the 2010 distinguished teaching award of the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America.

The organization noted Peil’s “energy and enthusiasm” in the classroom. Peil has taught at MSUM since 1990.

The Mathematical Association of America is the main professional organization for college and university math educators in the U.S. and Canada.

The north central section covers Minnesota, North Dakota, more than half of South Dakota, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the corner of Ontario containing Thunder Bay.

MSUM group honored

Student wellness educators at MSUM’s Hendrix Health Center have received a regional award.

The BACCHUS Network, a network of more than 32,000 student leaders and advisers, recognized the MSUM students for outstanding program for their WALKtober event.

During the month of October, students, faculty and staff were challenged to walk 10,000 or more steps each week, and those who did were eligible for prizes.

The MSUM students were selected over more than 100 other entries in region 4, which consists of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Illinois.

The students are now eligible to attend the national conference in Indianapolis this November.

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