Society news and notes

SJCHF?grants available for projects

The deadline for letters of intent for grants from St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation is set for Oct. 15.

St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) public charity community foundation formed in June of 1998. The foundation has awarded more than $4 million in grants to organizations for many worthwhile projects to assist with programs that address quality of life issues in their communities.

This year, $450,000 in grant funds are available to organizations for projects and initiatives that address the mental, physical, emotional and/or spiritual needs of residents in the counties of Bottineau, Burke, McHenry, McLean, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville, Rolette, Sheridan, Ward and Wells.

Forms are available online at (, by contacting Shelly Weppler, executive director, at St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation, 308-2nd Ave. SW, Minot, ND 58701, by calling 837-1726 or by emailing

Barbecue kickoff for United Way campaign

The Souris Valley United Way’s 2013 campaign will begin Tuesday with Enbridge hosting a barbecue at the Arrowhead Shopping Center parking lot from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The barbecue costs $5. Burgers, hot dogs, beans, chips and soda pop will be served. All of the money raised will go to Souris Valley United Way 2013 campaign.

The organization hopes to raise $775,000 with this year’s campaign. Souris Valley United Way seeks local partnerships which will help people in the community with school readiness and youth leadership, provide emergency assistance to those in need, promote physical and emotional wellness, and provide supplemental nutrition programs.

To learn more about the campaign and the Souris Valley United Way visit their website at


DC-B ranks among national leaders

Dakota College at Bottineau was ranked 27th out of 700 community colleges in Washington Monthly’s 2013 ranking of U.S. community colleges, according to a press release issued by the two-year college.

Among the factors used to calculate the rankings were active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interactions, support for learners, academic challenge, retention/graduation rates and ratio of degrees awarded. According to the Washington Monthly, the best community colleges have deeply ingrained cultures of academic achievement and make outstanding contributions to the public good.