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Education Briefs: May 1, 2010

MW to host Fine Arts event Monday

WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota West Community and Technical College will host a Fine Arts Night (FAN) at 7 p.m. Monday on the Worthington campus in the Fine Arts Theater.

The FAN program will feature the music of Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and will also include the release of UnCover magazine and a chance to view the student and alumni art show concurrently running in the art gallery.

The event is free and open to the public.

Community Ed. Open House is May 12

WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Integration Collaborative and Community Education's Literacy Volunteers will host an open house to celebrate their Promise Fellow and VISTA AmeriCorps projects from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 12 in the large gymnasium at West Learning Center, 117 11th Ave.

Volunteers, students, staff and family members who have been involved in these projects, as well as members of the community are invited to attend to learn more about local AmeriCorps projects.

Organizers will be presenting student and volunteer awards, displaying student work from the year and honoring Worthington's AmeriCorps alumni. The event is a part of AmeriCorps Week, May 8-15.

Worthington Montessori accepting apps

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Montessori School is now accepting applications for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Call Sally Ann Benson at 683-2853 with questions.

Luverne man receives humanitarian award

MANKATO -- Gregg R. Gropel, trustee for the Dollars for Scholars program in Luverne, received the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award from Minnesota State University, Mankato during an April 23 dinner and ceremony hosted by the Minnesota State Mankato Alumni Association.

The Humanitarian Award goes to Minnesota State Mankato graduates whose lives exemplify service to humankind and who have demonstrated exceptional dedication to humanitarian causes.

After earning an undergraduate degree at Winona State University, Gropel moved to Luverne to teach. He also coordinated the community's summer recreation program and was asked to head Luverne's new Community Education program.

He took community education classes at Minnesota State Mankato and, under the tutelage of Robert Utermohlen, developed an economic development newsletter, receiving a grant from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. The newsletter encouraged Luverne graduates to consider the city as a location when starting or expanding a business, and it became a community touchstone.

In 1983, Gropel was instrumental in implementing Luverne's Dollars for Scholars program -- today its endowment is second in the nation among Dollars for Scholars organizations, and every Luverne graduate receives a scholarship.

NCC commencement is May 14

SHELDON, Iowa -- Commencement exercises at Northwest Iowa Community College will be May 14 in Building A.

The nursing graduation and Pinning Ceremony will be 10:30 a.m. The Student Keynote Speakers are Anita Schneider, Marcus, and Catelyn Kirkholm, Inwood, both Associate Degree Nursing graduates. The Faculty Speakers are Dawn Recher, R.N., M.S.N. and Melanie Wynja, R.N., B.S.N.

A second commencement ceremony will be 1:30 p.m. for the regularly scheduled Spring Commencement. The commencement address will be given by Gregory E. Christy, President of Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa. The Outstanding Faculty Award will be presented. The event is open to the public.

Home Educators' conference is May 7, 8

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Sioux Empire Christian Home Educators will host their Conference and Curriculum Fair on May 7 and 8 at First Evangelical Free Church, 2601 W. 69th St., Sioux Falls, S.D.

The two-day conference has keynote speakers and 40 workshops for home educators and those considering options other than public school.

Visit for more information or to register.