Society news and notes

MSU hosting hearing conference today

Minot State University’s chapter of the National Students Speech Language Hearing Association is holding its 2014 spring conference today in the Conference Center, Student Center, third floor, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The keynote speaker is Anne Whitney, a speech-language pathologist and educator at University of Colorado, Boulder.

“For more than 20 years, the MSU chapter of NSSLHA has held conferences. The students plan, organize and execute a nationally renowned conference, which is attended not only by MSU students, faculty and staff, but also by practicing speech-language pathologists from Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota, Saskatchewan and Manitoba,” said Lesley Magnus, associate professor of communication disorders.

This year, the emphasis is on language learning disabilities. Whitney will present “Last Minute, Right on Time! Addressing Adolescent Literacy Needs.”

On-site registration is $100. The conference is free to all MSU students, faculty and staff.

For questions, contact Jenna Singbeil at or Lesley Magnus, communication disorders associate professor, at

Area schools excel at science contest

Area schools won awards at the regional Science Olympiad held March 25 at Dakota College at Bottineau.

Science Olympiad is a program for American school-age children in which they compete in teams with the overall goal of increasing student interest in science. Along with stimulating student interest, the program also recognizes outstanding accomplishment and enhances the quality of science education.

There were two divisions with 15 events in each division. Events ranged from lab activities to construction events, which included robots, gliders, and helicopters. Langdon, Bottineau, Williston, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood, Rolla, and Turtle Mountain High School competed. Division C results were as follows: first place, Bottineau; second place, Rolla; third place, Langdon; and fourth place, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood. Division B results were as follows: first place, Bottineau; second place, Langdon; and third place, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood.

DCB director named to state committee

Jan Nahinurk, director of the Learning Center at Dakota College at Bottineau, has been appointed to serve as a member of the statewide Early Childhood Education Advisory Committee. Nahinurk was appointed by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction.

The Advisory Committee will help guide the Department’s efforts to design and implement various program initiatives based on the findings and recommendations from an early childhood care and education study. As a committee member, Nahinurk will be provided information on study recommendations for policy consideration and/or initiatives to implement to the department.

Dakota College’s Para-Professional Educator and Caregiver programs are under the direction of the college’s Learning Center. As such, Nahinurk has a working knowledge of the child care topic and is in a position to lend practical applications to the committee’s work.

Surveyors promoting with scholarship

The North Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors, an organization of licensed and registered professional land surveyors in the state of North Dakota, is promoting the profession of land surveying.

Land surveyors in the state are in high demand. The society wants to educate the public about land surveying and encourage young individuals to consider a career in land surveying.

For the past 19 years, its Education Assistance Program has been offering monetary awards to college and university students enrolled in a land surveying curriculum. This year, the group has decided to also offer a separate award for all North Dakota high school seniors in the range from $500 up to $1,000. The eligibility requirements for this award are as follows: 1) Applicant must be a North Dakota high school senior; 2) Applicant must be qualified for enrolment in a North Dakota land surveying curriculum approved by the NDSPLS-EAP Committee; 3) Upon receipt of notice of award, applicant must provide copy of registration from a North Dakota college or university.

Applications must be received in the NDSPLS Administrative Office no later than June 1. The application can be downloaded from the NDSPLS website at ( and selecting “scholarships,” then “EAP high school award form.”