Scholars arrive for class

Minot State was just what they were looking for, said new Minot State University students Gunner Flynn, from New York Mills, Minn., and Quinn Williams, from Farmington, N.M.

Flynn and Williams were among 25 students who moved onto the campus three days early to get a head start on campus life. They were among 25 students eligible for services from the university’s POWER Center. The 25 students are taking a pre-college enhancement course funded by the Bank of North Dakota’s College Planning Center. Through the course, students learned about the resources that Minot State and Minot have to offer. They also discussed financial planning and attended mock lectures.

Williams, a transfer student who had been attending a college in Albuquerque, N.M., plans to go into broadcasting and is excited about the opportunities he will have in MSU’s broadcasting program. He said he decided to come to MSU because the tuition is about $2,000 less than at his old university and because of the broadcast program.

Flynn said he first heard about Minot State at a college fair and liked what he heard about it. He wants to be an athletic trainer and heard that Minot State has a new facility with up-to-date equipment for that program. Minot State also has a good choir program, which further appealed to him and he also will be wrestling for Minot State.

Flynn and Williams said the POWER Center will give them a head start on college life. They have more people who will be there to support them and provide access to tutoring if they need it, advisers and information about scholarships or other programs that they might be eligible for. During their first day in the dorm, they met other new students and formed friendships already.

To be eligible for the POWER Center, students had to meet certain criteria, such as financial guidelines, being the first student in their family to go to college or having a documented disability.

“This experience, which is referred to as POWER Week, will promote engagement with the campus and community,” said Tiffany Fylling, POWER Center advising coordinator. “It will diminish students’ fears and anxieties that accompany their first weeks of university life.”

POWER Week students will have all expenses covered. They will also receive a backpack full of school supplies to help make their first semester successful.The POWER Center is funded by a TRiO-SSS grant from the U.S. Department of Education.On Aug. 20, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation establishing the federal TRiO under the War on Poverty initiative. This year marks the 50th anniversary of that legislation designed to assist low-income and first-generation college students.

Flynn, Williams and other POWER-eligible students were among those helping new students move into the dorms on Move-In Day on Thursday. It is a tradition on the campus for faculty, staff and certain students to help students move into the dorms to make them feel more welcome on campus.

Monday is the first day of classes at Minot State.