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UMC graduation set for Saturday

The University of Minnesota-Crookston will host its largest graduating class at its commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Saturday in Lysaker Gymnasium.

UMC's 104th graduating class totals about 200 students, including 34 international students representing 14 countries and more than 20 online students.

A reception will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Sargeant Student Center. The public is welcome to both events; no tickets are required.

UMC alumna Jean (Fischer) Whalen will give the commencement address. She is an official court reporter with the 2nd Judicial District in St. Paul.

The ceremony may be heard live at

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Cankdeska Cikana to host art project

Cankdeska Cikana Community College will present the Native American Art Project 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday in the Student Union and Fine Arts and Technology Wing.

The free event showcases student artists and performers. Area artisans and performers have been invited to participate.

Events include:

- 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., art show featuring paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures, beading and regalia displays.

- 2:30 to 4 p.m., demonstrations of buffalo skull painting and regalia beading.

- 3 p.m., performance by the college's hand-game team.

- 4 p.m., artists demonstrate Dakota song and dance.

More info: Melody Volk, (701)766-1113 or

Expert to discuss military explosives

Keith Butler, chief chemist with Milan (Tenn.) Army Ammunition Plant, will speak on "Military Explosives" at 7 p.m. Thursday at UND's REAC 1 Center at North 42nd Street and DeMers Avenue.

He will talk about the chemistry and physics of the detonation process and the characteristics that make an explosive suitable for military use.

UND students win competition

Two UND students from Norway recently took home first prize in a national business plan competition for an idea to provide private, restful spaces to weary air travelers inside airports.

Tom Borvan and Anders Nervold, juniors majoring in entrepreneurship, along with more than 20 other student teams from nine universities across the United States and Canada, competed in the "Giants Entrepreneurship Challenge" held April 13-14 at UND.

Their venture, called "myQuub," is a cubicle consisting of a desk, chair and bed that requires a power outlet and about 50 square feet of space. When a traveler is delayed, he or she could rent the cube which would have Wi-Fi access, individual environmental control, entertainment system and sound isolation.

The students are working with a manufacturing firm in India on design ideas.

Other news

- A "Thank You Dean Rice" reception is set for 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday in the UND Education Building to honor Dan Rice for 12 years as dean of the College of Education and Human Development. He is stepping down June 30.

- Eric Flacksbarth, UND senior from Fargo, has been named State Student Employee of the Year.

- Members of Lake Region State College's Phi Beta Lambda chapter received awards at the chapter's state leadership conference in April 20 to 21 in Jamestown, N.D. PBL is a professional organization for students interested in pursuing business careers. First place winners: Rachel Kraft and Natasha Norton, business ethics; Laura Halle, sales presentation. Second place winners: Halle, human resource management; Hannah McInnes, word processing. Third place winners: Norton and McInnes, business presentation; Halle, job interview; Laurie Bachmeier, word processing. Susan Otto and Halle received Local Chapter Who's Who Award for Outstanding Leadership Achievement.

- Jorgen Berhow, a student in Northland Community and Technical College's welding program, placed third in stick welding in the "Behind the Mask" welding competition March 29 in Fargo.

- Pat Hanson has been named director of human resources and payroll services at UND. An associate director since 2010, she replaces Diane Nelson, who retired.