On Feb. 1, Minot Mayor Curt Zimbelman signed a proclamation declaring Feb. 3 as Go Red Day for the City of Minot. Members of the Go Red for Women group are pictured with Zimbelman: Deanna Klein, left, and Melissa Larson, overseeing the signing of the proclamation.
New York photographer to present exhibit, lecture at MSU
New York-based photographer Marla Mossman will present "Peace Caravan: Journey Along the Silk Road," March 2 at 7 p.m. in the Aleshire Theater, Minot State University as a part of the Northwest Art Center Lecture Series.
Using stories and photos, Mossman will share her quest to retrace the historic Silk Road trade routes from Jerusalem, Israel to X'ian, China. In a series of trips from 1996 to 2010, traveling by car, foot, horse, mule and camel, Mossman photographed places of historical and religious significance mentioned in the Bible, the Torah, the Koran and the Vedas in the modern nations of Israel, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Afghanistan, India and China.
In conjunction with her lecture, an exhibit of Mossman's photographs will be on display in the Gordon B. Olson Library Gallery at Minot State University Monday through March 17.
"Some of the regions I've photographed -- Kabul, Herat, Kashmir, Kurdish Turkey, Northern and Eastern Syria, Xingiang Province, China -- are extremely dangerous and the utmost caution, precaution and diligence is taken for my safety," Mossman said. "However, the media today is focused on too many images of war. The Peace Caravan Project has a different mission -- illustrating the beauty of the landscapes, the dignity and diversity of the people, to illuminate the beauty of our differences, sharing in the knowledge of our one humanity."
The lecture and exhibit are free and open to the public. The public is invited to a reception with Mossman March 2 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Library Gallery, before and after her 7 p.m. lecture. Parking on the MSU campus is unrestricted after 5 p.m.
Parshall student heading to Europe
PARSHALL -- Tre Coffey, a junior at Parshall High School, has been accepted into the People to People Student Ambassador program, an educational travel program founded by President Eisenhower.
Coffey will explore Ireland, Wales, England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands for 19 days this summer as a member of the North Dakota delegation. By participating in the Traditions of Europe itinerary, Coffey can earn academic credit while getting to know the people, culture and history of the places visited. He will take part in a variety of activities such as gaining an insider's perspective on British government from a current or former Member of Parliament.
Coffey was selected for the program after submitting letters of recommendation and going through an interview process. Before departing, he will attend several orientation meetings with program leaders and fellow delegates to learn about the destination and prepare for the journey. The group will be met upon arrival by a local delegation manager who coordinates cultural and recreational excursions and is familiar with local customs.
Family and friends are in the process of fundraising for Coffey's tuition.
Summer program seeking sponsors
The Department of Public Instruction is now accepting applications from potential sponsors to operate the Summer Food Service Program in North Dakota. This program provides meals to eligible children during the summer when school is not in session.
Eligible potential sponsors include public or nonprofit private schools; residential summer camps; private nonprofit organizations; and local, municipal, county, tribal or state government units.
Eligibility rules require at least 50 percent of the children served meals or residing in the area must be eligible for free or reduced-price meals under National School Lunch Program guidelines.
Interested applicants may request further information by contacting Kaye Knudson, 328-2275, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, Child Nutrition and Food Distribution Programs.
Applicants sought for music program
Applications are being accepted for the 2011 Yamaha Young Performing Artist Program, which recognizes outstanding young musicians between the ages of 16 and 21 from the world of classical, jazz and contemporary music.
The application and information on the program can be found at (http://4wrd.it/YYPA2011). More information is also available by writing Yamaha Artist Services Indianapolis, Attn: Jennifer Vierling, 39 West Jackson Place, Suite 150, Indianapolis, Ind., 46225 or sending e-mail to email@example.com. The deadline for the application is March 15.
Finalists are invited to perform at the Music for All Summer Symposium held in late June. The winners receive a series of clinics and master classes with artists designed to help them launch their musical careers. The one overall winner, chosen at the Summer Symposium, will receive $5,000 in retail credit towards a professional model Yamaha instrument. Additionally, finalists will receive a professional recording of their performances and national press coverage.
Granville student places in contest
Wyatt Bachmeier, a senior at TGU-Granville High School, was a contestant at the State American Legion Oratorical Contest, held at the American Legion Winter Conference in Minot on Feb. 5, finishing in fourth place.
Bachmeier earned the state spot as the winner of the District 6 Contest in December and as a finalist at the West Region Contest held in Watford City in January.
Bachmeier represented TGU-Granville and the Granville American Legion in the Oratorical competition. He was elected as Lieutenant Governor of Boy's State last June, a program also sponsored by the American Legion.
Centennial year of historic Williston library observed
WILLISTON -- A centennial rededication ceremony is planned for the historic James Memorial Library on Feb. 27. The public is invited to attend an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. that day with a short program set to begin at 2:30 p.m.
The program will mimic, as closely as possible, the dedication program held in 1911. It will feature music and guest speakers with anniversary cake, lemonade and coffee served throughout the afternoon.
Now functioning as an art center, the historic James Memorial Library, is celebrating the original building's 100th year with special events each month during 2011. The building was originally dedicated Feb. 27, 1911 with an afternoon program and grand ball in the evening. During the centennial year, the grand ball will be the concluding event in November.
The James Memorial Library was built as a memorial to D. Willis James by his wife and son. James was an investor in James J. Hill's endeavors and is also Williston's namesake. The James family provided funds to build the library and furnish it. The Women's Civic League provided furnishings for the basement and landscaping. The building was completed in 1911 and opened with Bessie Baldwin as librarian with 5,000 new volumes plus 500 volumes from the Book and Thimble Club.
A two-story addition featuring a reading room plus a dedicated children's library space was completed in 1959. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. When the Williston Community Library was built in 1983, the building sat unused. It became the centennial headquarters for Williston in 1986-1987. In 1993, the James Memorial Preservation Society was formed to ensure the building's continued presence in Williston. Since then it functions as an art center with monthly exhibitions, classes and workshops, musical and historical performances. It also hosts events and is available to rent.
The James Memorial Art Center is located at 621 First Avenue West in Williston. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. This centennial event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 774-3601.
MSU president to join advisory panel
David Fuller, Minot State University president, has been invited to join the Association of American Colleges and Universities in advising the U.S. Department of Education on how to increase higher education's leadership in promoting civic learning and democratic engagement. Fuller will participate in a roundtable discussion Feb. 18 in the Department of Education offices in Washington, D.C.
"I am honored to be participating in a conversation that will have a nationwide impact on the education of our university and college students," Fuller said. "This is a great topic for higher education to discuss and one that aligns well with Minot State University's Vision 2013 and our commitment to civic engagement and community support."
The group plans to gain input from a variety of operations involved in higher education, and will present a national action plan to the Department of Education by late summer 2011.
Club, organization directories available
The 31st edition of the Clubs and Organizations Directory that is compiled annually by the Information and Referral Office in the Minot Public Library is now available for the public.
They can be purchased at the Minot Public Library for $3 each. For more information call Debbie at the Information and Referral office at 852-0333, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or visit the library.
The directory provides a listing of clubs and organizations, including human service agencies in the Minot area, and also provides names, phone numbers and addresses with contact information.
Registration open for ACT exam
Registration is now open for the April 9 ACT achievement test. Students who wish to take the college admission and placement exam must register before March 4.
The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam. It tests what students have actually learned in school, not their aptitude for learning. The ACT also measures what students need to know to be ready for first year credit-bearing college courses based on ACT College Readiness Standards. Every student's results can be tied directly to these consistent standards. The cost for the ACT test without writing is $33. When combined with the optional ACT Writing Test, the total cost is $48. Students who qualify may apply for a fee waiver through their high school counselor.
Most students register online at (www.actstudent.org). Students may also pick up registration forms from their high school counseling offices. Late registration is available until March 18 for an additional $21 fee.
Program lets kids help fight cancer
More than 350,000 students in approximately 780 schools across Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota will participate in The Leukemia and Lymphoma's 20th annual Pennies for Patients program this winter.
Pennies for Patients is a national program for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in which elementary and secondary school students donate their spare change to help fund lifesaving cancer research and services for patients. Pennies and other spare change is donated in honor of 39 local student blood cancer survivors, the 2011 Honored Heroes. Last year, students in 777 schools across the region raised more than $630,000.
Some two dozen area schools are taking part in the effort. The top fundraising classroom at each qualifying school receives a pizza party, and the top 10 fundraising schools in each state will be announced March 25.
Minot students place in debate
FARGO -- Sumaira Zaman and Krysta Young of Minot High School were quarter-finalists in Division 2 of the public forum debate category at the 98th Annual North Dakota High School Activities Association Debate Tournament in Fargo on Feb. 5-6. Zaman and Young were the only area students to place at the debate tournament.
Schools participating were Bismarck High, Bismarck Century, Central Cass, Fargo North, Fargo Shanley, Fargo South, Grand Forks Central, Grand Forks Red River, Mandan, Minot, Wahpeton, and West Fargo.
Fargo Shanley won first place overall, followed by Fargo South in second place, Wahpeton in third place, Grand Forks Central in fourth place and Bismarck Century in fifth place.