Learning briefs

Heitkamp interns include area students

Area students are among new interns for Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.

Jace Riggin, Devils Lake, is interning in Heitkamp’s Washington, D.C., office. He is starting his junior year at Gustavas Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minn., where he is studying political science and communications.

Megan Peterson, New Town, will be a senior at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., where she is working towards a degree in legal studies. She is interning in Heitkamp’s Bismarck office.

Heitkamp’s office offers student internships in her North Dakota and Washington, D.C., offices and is currently seeking fall interns. Students interested in politics, government and the legislative process are encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will be those who demonstrate leadership, thoughtfulness, creativity, a strong attention to detail and a sense of public service. Preference will be given to students who are from North Dakota.

Application details can be found at (heitkamp.senate.gov). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

MHS teacher receives Madison fellowship

Drew D. Hysjulien, a teacher at Minot High School-Magic City Campus, has received a James Madison Fellowship from the James Fellowship Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, Va. The fellowship will fund up to $24,000 of Hysjulien’s course of study towards a master’s degree. The course of study must include a concentration of courses on the history and principles of the U.S. Constitution.

A total of 51 fellowships were awarded in 2014. James Madison Fellowships support further study of American history by college graduates who aspire to become teachers of American history, American government and social studies in the nation’s secondary schools, as well as by experienced secondary school teachers of those subjects.

The fellowship is funded by income from a trust fund in the U.S. Treasury and from additional private gifts, corporate contributions and foundation grants. The award is intended to recognize promising and distinguished teachers, to strengthen their knowledge of the origins and development of American constitutional government, and to expose the nation’s secondary school students to accurate knowledge of the nation’s constitutional heritage.

Three WSC students win national awards

Three Williston State College students won awards at the 50th National SkillsUSA competition June 22-28.

Ryan Seidel placed first in the national competition for post-secondary job interview. Seidel also placed first in the category at the state level and is the vice president for SkillsUSA North Dakota.

Nathan Stangeland placed 12th in the computer maintenance category at the national competition. He placed first in the category at the state competition. He also received an A-plus certification in the CompTIA test in last week’s competition.

Jordan Cooley went as the North Dakota post-secondary reporter. She was a voting delegate for North Dakota at the national competition. At the state competition in April, she received second place in computer maintenance, behind Stangeland.

More than 6,000 career and technical students, all state contest winners, competed in 99 different trade, technical and leadership fields during the national competition.

MSU fall semester registration under way

Registration for the fall 2014 semester at Minot State University is in process. Current students are urged to enroll in classes on campus, at Minot Air Force Base, or for classes and degree programs in Bismarck and Fargo. Online classes and degree programs are available as well, and students are encouraged to review the schedule to evaluate all of the flexible course offerings. Current students may register at any time by visiting Campus Connection, located at (minotstateu.edu).

CONNECT orientation sessions and registration for transfer and first-year students is also under way. Students who have been accepted to MSU will be invited via email to register for a CONNECT session. Dates can be found at (minotstateu.edu/


Evening classes begin Aug. 25 and daytime classes begin Aug. 26. For more information, (Askmsu.com) or call 858-3350 or 1-800-777-0750.