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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published November 28 2010

Higher Education Notebook: New partnership targets science, math proficiency

A new partnership aims to improve the math and science proficiency for Native American K-12 students in North Dakota.

Valley City (N.D.) State University and Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, N.D., will provide professional development to 40 K-12 teachers at Native American schools.

The training, funded by a $360,000 grant from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, will equip the K-12 teachers with the latest research and trends on science, technology, engineering and math education.

Faculty from VCSU and Sitting Bull College will deliver a 10-day professional development institute next summer and follow up with a series of one-day workshops.

Scientists from the North Dakota State University Electron Microscopy Lab and the North Dakota State College of Science nanoscience program also will participate.

Dr Pepper finalist

A student from Lake Region State College in Devils Lake has been selected out of thousands of entrants to compete for a $123,000 scholarship from Dr Pepper.

Kara Pappas-Guy, a Devils Lake native, submitted a video to DrPepper.com explaining why she deserved to win college tuition.

The 19-year-old says in the video that she wants to pursue her dream of becoming a forensic toxicologist and create a better life for her 16-month-old daughter. She is the first in her family to attend college and expects to complete her two-year degree from Lake Region next spring.

Her video can be viewed at http://bit.ly/bNLjgu.

Pappas-Guy was to compete on Saturday during the Big 12 Championship Game in Dallas. Participants will throw 10 footballs from 5 yards away into an oversized replica of a can of Dr Pepper. The participant who successfully completes the most throws in 30 seconds will win the grand prize, the $123,000 scholarship.

LaDuke speaks at NDSU

Winona LaDuke, a Native American activist, environmentalist and writer, will present at NDSU at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Memorial Union Century Theater.

Her presentation is sponsored by NDSU’s Office of Multicultural Programs and the Equity and Diversity Center.

LaDuke lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota and is a two-time vice presidential candidate with Ralph Nader for the Green Party.


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