Campus notes for May 21

De Graaf is part of Dordt College’s concrete canoe team

Jonathan De Graaf of Marshall is part of Dordt College’s concrete canoe team that earned high honors in the annual Concrete Canoe Competition held by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The regional competition took place April 26, at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

De Graaf is a senior majoring in engineering.

The Concrete Canoe Competition gives students an opportunity to work on a real-world engineering project that provides opportunities for management, teamwork, design and construction.

The team took second place for its technical paper, third place for the presentation and third final product.

Nine teams competed in this year’s competition including Dordt College, Iowa State University, Minnesota State University-Mankato, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Dordt College will host next year’s Midwest Conference Canoe Competition.

Area students graduate from Northern State

Northern State University graduated one of its largest classes in recent years at its upcoming spring commencement.

On May 10, 304 students received degrees in the NSU Barnett Center. That total includes students graduating in spring and summer sessions, with both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Master of science in education

Alaina L. Benson, Balaton. (Teaching and Learning: health, physical education and coaching)

School of Business

bachelor of science

Matthew M. Anderson, Dawson, (finance)

Storlien among UND spring 2014 graduates

The University of North Dakota’s general spring commencement ceremony was May 17, at the Alerus Center. It is the largest commencement ceremony in the school’s history. The number of eligible candidates for the spring general commencement event this year is 1,915 students.

Dawson – Jess Storlien, bachelor of business administration, College of Business and Public Administration.

Area students among MSUM spring graduates

Minnesota State University Moorhead awarded degrees to 930 students during its spring commencement program May 16 in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse.

These area students graduated with the following degrees and honors:

Jacob Bothun, Dawson, bachelor of science, finance, cum laude; Renae Hansen, Marshall, bachelor of fine arts, bachelor of arts, art, studio art, magna cum laude; Marissa Johnson, Marshall, bachelor of social work; Peter Lonnquist, Dawson, bachelor of music, composition, cum laude; Katie Madsen, Ruthton, bachelor of science, speech/language/hearing science, cum laude; Ashley Schmitt, Dawson, bachelor of science, business administration; Sara Thooft, Russell, bachelor of nursing; Lauren Trudel, Granite Falls, bachelor of arts, biology, cum laude.

Deragisch graduates from University of Jamestown

University of Jamestown, Jamestown, N.D., presented degrees to 190 graduates during the school’s 108th commencement ceremony May 10 at the Jamestown Civic Center. Among the graduates was Kelsey Deragisch of Marshall, who received a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health and fitness administration.

Lynner to attend University of Minnesota, Morris

Lexine Lynner, of Marshall, has been accepted to and has chosen to attend the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Lynner, a 2014 graduate of Marshall High School will attend Morris beginning fall 2014. Lynner has received the Morris Scholars Award. Recipients of the Morris Scholars Award receive a significant scholarship package, disbursed evenly over four years, as well as a one-time scholarly stipend that may be used to engage in an eligible scholarly experience-to study abroad, to participate in research or artistic projects, or to travel to academic conferences-during their second, third, or fourth year at Morris.

Harmening participates in spring break service trip

Buena Vista University student Meghan Harmening of Marshall was one of 12 who spent their spring break volunteering time and service during an Alternative Week of Off-Site Learning trip. The BVU students traveled to Staten Island, N.Y., where they partnered with two organizations. Project Hospitality focuses on hunger, homelessness and outreach to individuals with HIV/AIDS, and Tunnels2Towers concentrates on Hurricane Sandy relief work. Students completed a remodeling project on a home affected by the storm and worked at a food pantry, stocking shelves and helping people shop. After a workshop for people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, students served and shared meals with people affected by the disease at the Positive Living Dinner event.

Harmening is a junior business with financial decision-making emphasis and accounting major at BVU.