Society news & notes

Ryder woman wins Mother of Year

Marcia Raizler of Ryder has been named the American Mothers Inc. North Dakota Mother of the Year for 2013. Raizler, along with her husband, Ernest, has three sons, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, according to a release provided to The Minot Daily News. Raizler has been very active in the community and had a day care for many years.

Kendi Chase of Bismarck was named the organization’s Young Mother of the Year.

Both will attend the AMI national conference in New York later this month.

Williston State hosting Welcome Wagon

The Williston State College Showcase, featuring a Welcome Wagon event and open house, will be held at the college from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13. Activities will span the campus, with the majority occurring in the school’s gyms, the Crighton Building, and the Western Star Career and Technology Center.

Area churches and providers of essential services and other organizations will hand out information. NZ Effects, a disc jockey service, will provide entertainment. Door prizes and give-aways will be handed out throughout the day.

Other activities include family activities such as face painting, Jump N Fun Inflatables, and kid’s Zumba offered in 15-minute sessions every hour on the hour. Desserts and beverages will be served throughout the day.

The open house will feature many of the college’s programs and facilities. People will be invited to visit instructors in their classrooms and laboratories.

The college’s ag program will be giving out pots and potting soil; massage students will do free hand massages from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and welding students will be giving out Williston State College logos cut in their shop. Other activities are also planned by different departments.

There will be a free barbecue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Williston State College brass ensemble will perform at 11:30 a.m., followed by the Williston State College choir at 1 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. People new to the area are particularly encouraged to attend.

It is sponsored by the college’s Diversity Committee, working with the college and community sponsors. Williston State College Diversity Committee Chair Kim Weinmann said groups or organizations who want to be part of the event can call 774-4503 to reserve a table.

Math conference taking place in Minot

Math teachers from across the state are in Minot to attend the North Dakota Council of Teachers of Mathematics spring conference today and Saturday.

Today’s activities will be at Model Hall at Minot State University; Saturday’s activities will be at Minot High School-Magic City Campus.

The conference theme is “The Times They Are A Changing.” Math teachers from across the state are being influenced by a number of factors such as implementation of the newly adopted Common Core Standards, a more diverse student population as a result of oil activity and economic growth, and advances in technology.

Today’s workshops are two hours in length and geared to specific grade levels, such as teachers of children in grades K-2; 3-5; 6-8 and 9-12. The sessions on Saturday are more brief and will last about an hour each. Teachers will also be able to visit exhibitors on Saturday. Sessions will focus on Common Core standards as well as geometry, algebra, interactive technologies, real life application and researched-based curricula.