When you think of the history of Minot State University, one of the first names that often comes to mind is Doris Slaaten. And for good reason.
Slaaten, 90, was honored this week for, essentially, a lifetime of support to the university. Through the years, Slaaten has been most generous financially to the university, although her impact certainly goes far beyond dollars and cents.
Slaaten's most recent financial donation will be used to update the Slaaten?Learning Center on campus. The enhancements include a board room with video conferencing equipment and a new laboratory.
Slaaten has had an impact on students and staff at the university for decades, both as an instructor and as a mentor. Slaaten was a business professor at Minot State until her retirement in 1984. She received her degree from Minot State and took her first position with the university in 1957. After retiring, she remained active in the university and served on MSU's Board of Regents.
Minot State University President David Fuller was absolutely correct when he said MSU would not be the successful and growing institution it is today without the influence of people like Slaaten. By giving of herself, Slaaten has been an influential role model for generations of students who have attended MSU, and she has had a positive impact on the entire Minot region.