Society news and notes

Minot’s Hauf receives honor

from Loyal Order of Moose

Michael Hauf, Minot, a member of Minot Moose Lodge No. 822, Loyal Order of Moose, was honored with the Pilgrim Degree of Merit, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Moose member.

A conferral was held in Mooseheart, Ill., on May 25.

Hauf will receive a ceremonial gold blazer on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 4 p.m. at the Minot Moose Lodge, 400-9th St. SW.

Eighth annual ‘Tip A Cop’ event set for Sept. 24-25

“Serve and Protect” takes on a new meaning as Law Enforcement Torch Run volunteers donate their time to serve delicious food at Applebee’s restaurants, all for a great cause.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will conduct the 8th annual statewide “Tip A Cop” event at all Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bars Sept. 24-25 from 5 to 9 p.m. Local law enforcement personnel in Bismarck, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Minot and Williston will be working dinner shifts collecting “tips” to help Special Olympics provide programs to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

“The partnership of Applebee’s, law enforcement and Special Olympics creates a dynamic trio of common attitudes and purposes. The end result will provide children and adults with intellectual disabilities a platform where they can exceed their personal bests, where they can participate with determination and pride and, feel the acceptance and respect of society in general,” says Kathleen Meagher, president and CEO of Special Olympics North Dakota.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run program is the largest grass-roots public awareness and fundraising program for Special Olympics throughout the world. The torch, which is “the Flame of Hope,” is a part of all Special Olympics ceremonies, symbolizing the unlimited potential of the human spirit.

Special Olympics North Dakota provides year-round programs of sports training, athletic competition and healthy athlete initiatives for 1,400 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in North Dakota.

Preliminary pageant to be held Oct. 19 in Williston

WILLISTON – A preliminary competition for the Miss North Dakota Scholarship Pageant will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Old Armory in Williston. Plans are to award the titles of Miss Williston, Miss Williams County and Miss Upper Missouri Valley. Winners will receive a $300 cash scholarship and other prizes and will compete for the title of Miss North Dakota in June of 2014. The winner of Miss ND will compete for the title of Miss America. The Miss America Pageant system is the largest provider of scholarships for women in the world.

All Miss titles are open so to be eligible, participants must live in or go to school anywhere in N.D. Miss contestants can be a senior in high school through age 24.

In addition to the Miss titles, plans are to award three Outstanding Teen titles for participants in Grades 7-11. Outstanding Teen winners receive prizes and scholarships and will compete for Miss ND’s Outstanding Teen in June of 2014. A Princess Program for Grades 1-3 and 4-6 will be introduced this year. Participants will perform talent and model sportswear and party dress. The number of participants in the Princess Program is limited and all participants receive a title. There is no judging on the Princess Program level.

For entry forms, email There is a $75 sponsor fee to participate on the Miss, Outstanding Teen and Princess Program levels. Deadline to register is Oct. 7. For more information, call Debbie at 770-2241 or Stephanie at 770-2459.

MSU Academic Hall of Fame honors Kim Baldridge

Minot State University announces the induction of Kim Baldridge, professor of theoretical chemistry at the University of Zurich, into its Academic Hall of Fame for 2013. The MSU Faculty Senate selects inductees from faculty and community nominations to represent a range of outstanding career achievements by MSU alumni.

Baldridge will be honored at a banquet Sept. 29, beginning with a social at 5 p.m. and dinner at 5:30 p.m. The banquet will be in the Conference Center, in the Student Center, third floor. Community members as well as MSU students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Faculty are encouraged to sponsor students from their departments so they may interact with accomplished professionals who began their careers at Minot State.

A Minot native, Baldridge attended Minot State, graduating with majors in chemistry and mathematics in 1982. She holds a master’s degree in mathematics and a doctorate in theoretical chemistry from North Dakota State University. She also completed post-doctoral work in theoretical chemistry at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn. In addition to being a faculty member, Baldridge is founder and director of the Grid Computing Competence Center, which fosters research, education, infrastructure and usage of distributed computing at UZM. She is a prolific scientist, who has authored or co-authored 161 peer-reviewed articles, two books and 17 book chapters, mostly in the field of computational chemistry. She will speak at the banquet about her start at MSU and the opportunities she has had along her career path.

Banquet tickets are $27 for adults and $20 for students. Tickets may be obtained by contacting Amy Woodbeck, professional and community education coordinator, at 858-3989 or Parking is available on the Student Center’s east side.