Education Briefs Aug. 15

U of M to dedicate Tribal Nations Plaza MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) will host a dedica-tion ceremony for TCF Bank Stadium's Minnesota Tribal Nations Plaza at 1 p.m. Monday. The ev...

U of M to dedicate Tribal Nations Plaza

MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) will host a dedica-tion ceremony for TCF Bank Stadium's Minnesota Tribal Nations Plaza at 1 p.m. Monday. The event is open to the public.

Made possible as part of a $12.5 million gift from the SMSC, Minnesota Tribal Nations Plaza encompasses the largest and most central west entrance of TCF Bank Stadium. The architecturally-innovative design includes a water feature and 11 18-foot-tall sky markers. Each sky marker incorporates information about one of the eleven Minnesota tribal nations. Tribal flags, images, and important facts are also displayed on the soaring glass structures.

The dedication ceremony will include remarks from dignitaries, including Stanley Crooks, Chairman of SMSC, University of Minnesota Board of Regents Chair Clyde Allen and President Robert Bruininks, a presentation by the Mazukute Drum Group and the formal blessing of the 11 tribal nation's sky markers.

The $12.5 million gift to the U includes $2.5 million that went to a matching fund to create a $5 million endowment for scholar-ships, with a preference given to American Indian students. Recipients of the student scholarships will also be acknowledged dur-ing the ceremony.


Area students enroll at MW-Jackson

JACKSON -- The following area students have enrolled at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Jackson, for the 2009-2010 school year.

Cosmetology program: Yazmin Martinez - Hernandez, Worthington; Ashley Larson, Rushmore; Monica Duchene, Rushmore; Electrician program: Stephen Gaskin, Worthington; Craig Correll, Brewster.

Two area students win Iowa scholarship

SHELDON, Iowa -- Kayla Allen, Sheldon, Iowa, and Jaime Parkinson, Rock Rapids, Iowa, are two of 12 students to receive a Robert D. Blue scholarship award from Gov. Chet Culver in Des Moines.

Awards are based on an application, letters of recommendation, scholastic achievement and an essay about the responsibility of a citizen toward his or her community.

Each student was awarded $1,000 to assist in covering expenses at an Iowa college.

Allen attends Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.


Parkinson will attend Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa.

NCC to offer course in kettlebell training

SHELDON, Iowa -- Northwest Iowa Community College will offer a four-session "Introductory Kettlebell Training" class begin-ning Sept. 9.

The class will meet weekly from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 510 of Building H.

For more information or to register, call 1-800-352-4907.

Students graduate from St. Thomas

ST. PAUL -- The following students graduated this spring from the University of St. Thomas.

Undergraduate degrees: Justin McCarty, Hartley, Iowa; Dee Kummerfeld, Sutherland, Iowa; Lance DeGroot, Worthington.


Graduate degrees: Michael Klitzke, Spirit Lake, Iowa; Seth DeGroot, Worthington.

Area students earn BVU scholarships

WORTHINGTON -- Two local students have received scholarships form Buena Vista University for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Cynthia Sauceda, Worthington, received the Arch Award and Sheffield Endowed, Bob and Mary Siefer and Westensee Scholar-ships. Sauceda is the daughter of Eddica Castaneda and plans to major in business management.

Jordan Schroeder, Worthington, received the Arch Award. He plans to major in pre-law.

Freeman accepted to study abroad

WORTHINGTON -- Justine Freeman has been accepted into the American Graduate School of International Relations and Di-plomacy in Paris and will begin a semester-long certificate program there in September.

Freeman will also intern for the Human Rights Watch Africa division. She is currently working on her Master's degree in inter-national relations at San Francisco State University.


Freeman is the granddaughter of Phyllis Wolff, Worthington.

Media staff train in new library system

WORTHINGTON -- District 518 will move to a Web-based library system, Destiny Library Manager, this fall.

The program should allow for better circulating, cataloging, searching and reporting and give students the ability to access li-brary resources at school and home.

The following media staff participated in or will participate in a two-day training session on the program this summer in St. Cloud: Apryl Meier, Shirly Wieme, Maggie Kraemer, Pat Ahlberg, Julie Steinle and Margaret Vyskocil.

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