Society news and notes

Rostad re-elected to school association

Jim Rostad, president of the Minot Public School Board, was re-elected as vice president of the North Dakota School Boards Association.

Other officers are president Greg Allen, Jamestown; past president Angela Korsmo, West Fargo; Northwest Director Mike Lautenschlager, Lewis and Clark-Berthold; Northeast Director Jennifer Johnson, Larimore; Southwest Director Ben Auch, Mott; and Southeast Director Jim Johnson, Fargo.

Rostad served on the Minot school board from 1988 to 1992 and as president from 1990 to 1992; he returned to the board in 2004, served as vice president from 2011 to 2012 and was elected president in 2012. He served on the school board association’s governmental affairs committee for seven years and was elected to the board as Northwest Director in 2010.

The mission of the North Dakota School Boards Association includes stimulating interest of members in matters pertaining to public schools, keeping them informed of statewide and national trends, and advocating for excellence in public education through local school board governance.

Event participants ‘Freezin’ for a Reason’

The Minot State University Student Social Work Organization and Minot Area Homeless Coalition are sponsoring “Freezin’ for a Reason” at Minot’s Town & Country Center parking lot Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“SSWO is excited about this year’s event. This is a great opportunity for the community to help others who are in need,” said Lindsay Fleming, event chair, in a press release. “We look forward to seeing everyone bring monetary donations and nonperishable food items that will go to the Minot Area Homeless Coalition.”

During the event, the participants stand in the cold and “freeze” to experience homelessness firsthand. Individuals can participate by dropping off food or monetary contributions at the parking lot or by “freezing” with the MSU SSWO members. The Minot Homeless Coalition and MSU SSWO are holding the event as part of the National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, Nov. 17-23.

MACA?receives BNSF grant for jazz fest

The Minot Area Council of the Arts has received a $5,000 award from BNSF Railway Foundation in support of the seventh annual Integrity Jazz Festival, which will be held June 28, 2014.

The jazz festival brings live jazz performances to Minot by well-known performers. The 2014 concert will include the CabJivers as headliners. Past headliners have included the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Amanda Carr with the Everett Longstreth Orchestra, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

“We are truly grateful for this support that allows us to sustain programming that is so valuable to Minot,” said Terri Aldrich, executive director of MACA, in a press release. “Our Integrity Jazz Festival aligns with BNSF Railway Foundation’s goal to elevate the quality of life in railroad communities.”

Scholarships offered for ADHD students

Shire offers scholarships for students in the United States who have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and are enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college, university, trade school, technical school or vocational school.

The scholarship includes a $2,000 monetary award and offers a prepaid year of ADHD coaching services, provided by the Edge Foundation, and are intended to help students transition to higher education. Fifty-one scholarships will be awarded. The deadline to apply is March 19, 2014. For more information on the scholarship, log on to(