Society news and notes

Harms elected North Dakota GOP state chairman

The North Dakota Republican Party elected Robert Harms as its new state chairman at its state committee meeting in Bismarck this month.

Harms had served as State Treasurer for the past four years. He is a lawyer and consultant based in Bismarck and formerly served as legal counsel for Govs. Ed Schafer and John Hoeven.

Also elected to leadership roles within the party were Carma Hanson, vice chairwoman; Jim Poolman, vice chairman; Kyle Handegard, secretary; and Shane Goettle, treasurer. Newly confirmed regional chairs include Ken Callahan of Williston, Paul Henderson of Calvin, Paul Owens of Fargo and Bob Christman of Bismarck.

Northwest Art Center receives gallery funding grant

A group supporting the Northwest Art Center recently garnered a grant of more than $7,300 for the organization.

The Art Friends of the Northwest Art Center were among 56 recipients of the most recent Institutional Support grants awarded by the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

The Institutional Support program is designed to benefit artists, arts organizations and the general public. The program provides general support for qualifying arts and cultural organizations that have proven they have strong management and leadership, quality artistic programming and services, and are an important part of the arts infrastructure in their communities, according to a press release. A total of $427,095 was awarded during this grant round.

The grant will help to provide funds for the center’s two galleries, the Hartnett Hall Gallery and Gordon B. Olson Library Gallery on the campus of Minot State University, as well as programming for the Northwest Art Center Lecture Series.

“The Northwest Art Center is a valuable educational and cultural resource for northwest North Dakota,” said Avis Veikley, director of the NAC, in the release. “School groups from throughout the area take field trips to our galleries, and our lecture series draws audiences from the community at large as well as from the university.”

MSU’s “Friend-raising Golf Tour’ in Bottineau Tuesday

Minot State University invites alumni and friends in the Bottineau area to play golf at the Bottineau Country Club on July 2 as part of the “Friend-raising Golf Tour.” This event will be a four-person, nine-hole scramble. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m., with a shotgun start at 5 p.m. A social to recognize area students receiving 2013-14 scholarships will immediately follow golf’s completion. Non-golfers are welcome to play.

“Every year, we create some great relationships with alumni and friends of Minot State in the communities where we golf,” said Janna McKechnie, director of alumni relations and annual giving. “Each community is so hospitable, and we look forward to another great golf tour!”

Golfers are responsible for their own green fees and cart rentals. Meals and refreshments will be provided by the course, and purchase is optional.

This visit in Bottineau is part of MSU’s eighth annual “Friend-raising Golf Tour.” The summer tour, which has the motto of “Golf One or Golf Them All,” started in Velva June 4 and ends in Kenmare Aug. 1.

New this year, a drawing for two $1,000 scholarships will be conducted Aug. 1 at Kenmare. Prizes and T-shirts will be awarded at each event. The Friend-raising Golf Tour is sponsored by MSU Alumni Association, Advancement Office, Athletic Department and the Marketing Office. Call the MSU Advancement Office with questions or to register at 858-3234 or 800-777-0750, ext. 3234, or visit the website,