Education briefly

Ondracek headed to Princeton

Chloe Ondracek, Minot State University mathematics major and member of an undergraduate research group advised by Narayan Thapa, assistant professor of mathematics, has been invited to participate in the 2014 Program for Women and Mathematics at the Institute for Advanced Study May 12-23 in Princeton, N.J. Since 1994, the institute and Princeton University have brought together mathematicians and students, at graduate and undergraduate levels, with the support of the National Science Foundation.

During her stay in Princeton, Ondracek will participate in a formal course for undergraduates, problem sessions and an interdisciplinary undergraduate seminar on women in science. She will also share her current research on inverse problem for projectiles funded by NASA through the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Fellowship.

Previously, Ondracek presented her research “Identification Problem in Parabolic Partial Differential Equation” at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Baltimore. This research was submitted for publication as a co-authored paper by Ondracek and Thapa.

Statoil pledges $150k to WSC

Statoil has pledged $150,000 over three years toward the construction of the new TrainND-Northwest Center in Williston.

TrainND has launched a capital campaign to raise $7.5 million to build a 19,750-square-foot regional workforce training and education center in Williston, according to a press release issued by Williston State College. The center will provide access to regional workforce training in fields such as the oil and gas industry, as well as nursing, management, information technology, manufacturing and child care.

“TrainND is extremely pleased to receive this pledge from Statoil. We are proud to have a contribution of this magnitude from a company that prioritizes our ‘safety first’ mantra and is very active in the community. It is our hope that others will follow suit and also make a pledge,” says Deanette Piesik, CEO of TrainND, in a press release.

Torstein Hole, head of Statoil’s US onshore group said in a press release, “As part of our commitment to safety, the community and responsible operations in the Williston Basin, Statoil is very excited and proud to be a part of helping to bring this new training facility to life. This center will enable current and future generations to gain skills in areas critical to the growth and diversification of North Dakota’s economy.”

Earth Day coming to DC-Bottineau

Dakota College at Bottineau’s Earth Day Observance will be held on April 23, 24 and 27.

On April 23, author Steven Hoffbeck will be on campus to discuss his book, “Haymakers,” which is the 2013-2014 selection for the Dakota College at Bottineau Campus Read Program. The book is a history of how family farmers struggle with nature and with their obligations to the land they tend. It’s a story of survival and perseverance. Hoffbeck’s presentations will be held at noon and at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Alumni Center in Thatcher Hall. They are repeat sessions with the evening session featuring a “Conversation with the Author” after the “Haymakers” discussion. There is no admission fee; the public is welcome.

On April 24, the DCB Conservation Award will be presented to Dennis Nelson. Nelson is a Rolette native and an alumnus of Dakota College at Bottineau. He is an internationally known water resource management and education expert and is the president and CEO of the Project WET Foundation. The presentation of the Conservation Award will take place at 10 a.m. in the Thatcher Hall Auditorium. Following the presentation, Nelson will deliver the Earth Day keynote address. At 11 a.m. Dakota College at Bottineau will host a reception for Nelson in the Centennial Alumni Center. All those in attendance are welcome. An Earth Day commemorative tree planting ceremony will be held at 11:45 a.m.

The afternoon of April 24 will be devoted to the “Make a Splash” water festival. Bottineau area fifth- and sixth-graders will be invited to campus where they will engage in hands-on water activities and investigations. For example, water olympics, water bugs, aquaculture, perch dissection and other exercises will occur.

Dakota College’s Earth Day Observance will conclude on Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. with a 5K walk/run event. The event will start at the Lumberjack baseball field, “The Lumberyard.” Registration forms for the walk/run are available at the Dakota College at Bottineau bookstore and on the school’s website.

Safety seminar coming to WSC

Williston State College will host a safety seminar for people working in the energy industry today at 2 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. in The Well on the college campus.

The main presenter is Billy Robbins.

According to a press release, the college previously hosted the “Hooked on Safety” seminar in December. It was so well-attended that the area oil companies asked for it to be held again.

All three sessions are free and open to the public with general admission seating.

WSC program offers scholarships

The Williston State College Foundation is offering a new college scholarship called the Teton Promise.

The scholarship, which will be awarded to 100 area students, will pay half a student’s tuition over the course of the next two years.

Students graduating with the class of 2014 in Williams, McKenzie, Mountrail, Burke and Richland counties with a 2.0 GPA or higher will qualify for the scholarship. Even though this group of students automatically qualifies, they will still need to apply to receive the award.

To get the process started, individuals must apply for admission to Williston State College. Once they have applied, those who fit the qualifying parameters will receive instructions on how to apply for the Teton Promise scholarship.

There are only so many spots available per county. A full list of scholarship criteria is available at