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Academic News (June 26, 2013)

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Academic News (June 26, 2013)
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Students receive MSUM scholarships

Heather Brasel, West Fargo, has received a $500 Upper Class Scholarship from Minnesota State University Moorhead, while Amy Matzke, West Fargo, has received a $1000 Upper Class Scholarship from Minnesota State University Moorhead. Brasel is the child of Ron and Renee Brasel, and Matzke's parents are Marty and Debbie Matzke.


The Upper Class Academic Scholarship is available to students pursuing their first Bachelor's degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 and completion of at least 12 MSUM credits. The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement, leadership and contributions to campus and community organizations.

NDSU students honored for social media campaign

North Dakota State University advertising students received the Olson Award for outstanding social media campaign at the District 8 National Student Advertising Competition at the University of Minnesota April 12 and 13.

Each year, a corporate sponsor (this year, it was Glidden Paint) provides a case study outlining the history of its product and current advertising situation. The real world situation challenges students' critical thinking abilities and creativity researching the product and its competition, identifying potential problems and developing an integrated communications campaign for the client. Each student team "pitches" its campaign to a panel of judges with the NDSU students presenting "Connect Life Through Color."

Participating NDSU students included Maison Davis, from Eagan, Minn.; David William Denne of St. Cloud, Minn.; Elizabeth Ann Branson from Dickinson, N.D.; Josephine Breen, Evan Kjos and Myah Inskeep of Fargo; Damir Kolakovic of West Fargo; Tyler Dutenhoeffer from Aberdeen, S.D.; Chantae Busse of Appleton, Minn.; Evan Oby from Bismarck, N.D.; Neal Dittrich of Champlin, Minn.; Jordan Rae Stiefel from Marshall, Minn.; Amanda Lyn Ellingson of Spicer, Minn.; Shelby Deckert from Rugby, N.D.; Chad Jack Willson of Layton, Utah; Jordan Nelson of Hebron, N.D., Jae Eun Lee of South Korea; and Un Chae Chung of Seoul, Korea.

The students are taught and advised by Elizabeth Crawford, assistant professor of communication, and Julie Fudge, advertising club assistant coordinator and lecturer in the Department of Communication.

"I am very proud of my advertising students' hard work and dedication," said Crawford. "They did an excellent job presenting at the competition in spite of traveling all night on the train because of two major snow storms affecting the area. Winning the Olson Award for best integration of social media is an honor and we are thankful."

For information on the competition, which is sponsored by the American Advertising Federation, visit

Ag Country awards scholarships

AgCountry Farm Credit Services has awarded twenty-four $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors from northwest and west central Minnesota and eastern North Dakota. Criteria for selection included academic record, vocational promise, financial need, personal attributes and leadership/extra-curricular activities.

Recipients include: Riley Braaten, son of David and Teresa Braaten, Kindred. Riley graduated from Kindred High School and plans to attend North Dakota State University; Andrea Steinberger, daughter of Dan and Erin Steinberger, West Fargo. Andrea graduated from West Fargo High School and plans to attend Jamestown College.

Evin to attend NDSU

Heather Evin, daughter of Wanda Evin, West Fargo, and the late Jeff Evin, has been admitted to North Dakota State University "With Distinction." She will enter NDSU in the fall 2013 and plans to major in biology. Distinction means that NDSU is acknowledging Evin as an honor student.

In high school, Evin is active in National Honor Society and is a Philanthropy and Youth interschool committee member.

Brown, Miller on VCSU honor roll

Christine Brown and Tarra Miller have been named to the Valley City State University Dean's Honor Roll for spring semester 2013.

The honor roll recognizes students who completed 12 semester hours or more with a grade point average of at least 3.5.

Students graduate from Minot State

Several West Fargo students are among more than 760 undergraduate and graduate students who were recognized at Minot State University commencement exercises Friday, May 10.

They include: Nichole Brend, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Aida Jupic, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Brittany Schulz, Bachelor of Social Work; Patrick Steele, MS, Information Systems; Amber Thorstad, MEd, Elementary Education; Melisha Vannett, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and Nichole Wendt, Bachelor of Social Work.

Christensen, Warner receive scholarships

Brooke Christensen and Ashley Warner, both 2013 graduates of West Fargo High School, are the recipients of Concordia College, Moorhead, honors - Christensen the Faculty Scholarship and Warner the Presidential Distinction Scholarship.

Brooke is the daughter of Dr. Bryan and Victoria Christensen, West Fargo, while Ashley is the daughter of Todd and Deanne Warner, West Fargo.

High school activities Brooke has participated in include: tennis-most improved and hardest worker, French Club president (senior) and vice president (junior).

While in high school, Ashley was active in a number of areas including: National Honor Society, Honor Roll, Senior Class Vice President, Student Council, WFHS Student of the Month-Dec. 2011 and March 2013, Sunday School Teacher, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Organization, WF Exchange Club Student of the Month and Basketball.

WF students graduate from Concordia University, St. Paul

Several West Fargo students graduated from Concordia University, St. Paul during the graduate programs commencement ceremony in Concordia's Gangelhoff Center on Saturday, May 11. All earned Master of Arts in Education degrees.

They included: DeLori Baer, Bobbi Jo Cody, Jessica Hochgraber, Jill Hochgraber, Kimberly Jacobsen and Jennifer Wolden.

Concordia University, St. Paul is a comprehensive Christian liberal arts university, one of 10 operated under the auspices of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Concordia delivers an educational experience that is responsive to the needs of our students, relevant to the demands of the job market, and provides real preparation for thoughtful living and dedicated service, so that our students can achieve personal and career success.

Doll earns honor roll status

Amy Doll, West Fargo, has earned a spot on the Valley City State University President's Honor Roll for spring semester 2013.

The honor roll recognizes students who completed 12 semester hours or more with a grade point average of 4.0.

M State announces President's List

Several West Fargo students are among 760 students named to the President's List for the 2013 Spring Semester at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. To earn this award for scholastic achievement, a student must complete 12 or more college-level credits for the semester with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The highest attainable average is a 4.0.

Students named to the list include: Julie Anderson, Keith Beaver, Austin Birrenkott, Jennifer Bruns, Nick Cooper, Scott Daignault, Brooke Dukart, Craig Ericson, Brianna Fitzpatrick, Rob Glarum, Terry Grove, Melissa Herberholz, Brittney Housholder, Mohamed Ibrahim, :Paige Ludwig, Jeremy Lichtenberger, Nicole Maher, Khelsee Marty, Jennifer McKenney, Nicole Metcalf, Annet Nelima, Brady Paulson, Ethan Paulson, Benjamin Pearson, Thomas Pfliger, Joshua Ramberg, Mileena Rohlik, Ryan Salter, Gage Shoman, Michelle Soucy, Alexander Stremick, Amy Wagle, Jared Walz, Justin Watson, Robin Wendt, and Aaron Wohlenhaus.

Sloan to enter NDSU with distinction

Martha Sloan, daughter of Mark and Jocelyn Sloan, West Fargo, has been admitted to North Dakota State University "With Distinction." She will enter NDSU in fall 2013 and plans to major in architecture. Distinction means that NDSU is acknowledging Sloan as an honor student.

In high school, Sloan is active in National Honor Society.

Students achieve UND Dean's List

Several local students have earned placement on the University of North Dakota 2013 Spring Semester Dean's List comprised of students whose grade point averages are in the top 15 percent of the enrollment in each of the University's degree-granting colleges and schools. A student must have completed no fewer than 12 semester hours of academic work for the semester, of which eight or more hours must be graded work rather than "satisfactory/unsatisfactory."

Students named to the list include: Paige Slemmons, Davenport; Terese Boeder, Katherine Kvislen, and Dylan Torgerson, Kindred; Madison Anderson, Katelyn Aswege, Cameron Dutt, Beatrice Hill, Kristin Kautz, Kathryn Nekola, Bailey Odegaard, Melissa Pytlik, and Ashley Ryan, West Fargo.