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Education notes: Inventor of Sound Bender to visit UMC

Rabbi Moshe Weiss, inventor of the Sound Bender, will present "Bait and Pitch: How a rabbi hooked a shark and how you can too" at noon Tuesday in the UMC Bede Ballroom as part of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies Speaker Series. Weiss,...




Rabbi Moshe Weiss, inventor of the Sound Bender, will present “Bait and Pitch: How a rabbi hooked a shark and how you can too” at noon Tuesday in the UMC Bede Ballroom as part of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies Speaker Series.

Weiss, who lives in St. Paul, appeared on ABC’s reality show “Shark Tank” in March 2013 with the Sound Bender, a magnetic, power-free iPad amplifier that he invented when he found it difficult to hear using his iPad. Panelist Daymond John backed the invention, and sales have been growing steadily since.


The first 100 attendees will receive a Sound Bender, and Weiss will be available to sign copies of his book “Shark Tank Jump Start Your Business: How to Launch and Grow a Business from Concept to Cash” after the presentation.

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  •   Fisher (Minn.) Public School will host Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan at 10 a.m. April 9. Lazan and her family escaped Nazi Germany only to be trapped in the Netherlands, which was soon occupied by the Nazis, and forced to live in refugee, transit and prison camps. Lazan has since written “Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story” and is the subject of the PBS documentary “Marion’s Triumph.”
  •   National health and wellness speaker Dr. Bob Pangrazi will speak at 6:30 p.m. March 25 at the Crookston High School Auditorium. Pangrazi will present “Physical Activity: Scientific evidence and practical strategies that motivate us to move.”
  •   The UND College of Education and Human Development has announced the next Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere Lecture will take place at 2 p.m. April 9 in the UND Education Building Room 7. Rick Melmer, a senior education advisor from South Dakota, will present “Earning an AAA Education: Distance Education in Rural America.”
  •   The Time-Out Wacipi is scheduled to take place April 11 to 13. Grand entries will take place April 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. and April 12 and 13 at 1 p.m. Admission is $12 for the weekend or $7 per day, while UND students with current student ID, seniors 60 and older and children five and younger enter free.
  •   The Northland Massage Therapy program will hold its spring Massage Therapy Clinic Wednesday through May 9 at the Thief River Falls campus. Massages are available at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdayand Thursday and at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday by appointment. Available massages include relaxation, deep tissue, hot stone massage, pregnancy, or a reflexology session on the feet and cost $21.38 for the general public or $10.69 for Northland students. To schedule an appointment call (218) 683-8734.
  •   Mayville (N.D.) State University is hosting a leadership summit March 27 featuring Dave Mitchell, founder of the Leadership Difference. Registration opens at noon in the MSU Campus Center foyer and is $10 per person or free for MSU faculty, staff and students. One hour breakout sessions on topics such as developing vision in leadership and leading athletic teams will begin at 1 p.m., followed by the keynote address at 2 p.m. Mitchell will speak about his second book “The Power of Understanding People.”
  •   The UND Dru Sjodin Memorial Scholarship is now accepting applications for the 2014 academic year. All current students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year are encouraged to apply for the scholarship, which provides funding toward tuition and fees for a full year. Applications are due March 31 and can be found online at  www.undalumni.org/sjodin .
  •   The Northeast Regional Science and Engineering Fair will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the UND Memorial Union Ballroom. The fair has 120 students in Grades 5 through 12 presenting research projects in biology, chemistry, engineering, behavioral sciences, mathematics and more. Winners will advance to the State Science and Engineering Fair April 3 to 4.
  •   Grand Forks Public Schools has announced kindergarten registration for the 2014-2015 school year will take place Thursday. Children who are 5 years old by Aug. 1, 2014, are eligible to enter kindergarten. Parents and guardians must bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate, current immunization records and proof of residence when registering their child. Registration will take place at Ben Franklin, Century, Kelly, Wilder and Winship from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Lake Agassiz at 1 p.m.; and Eielson, Lewis and Clark, Phoenix, Viking and West at 1:30 p.m.
  •   Northwood (N.D.) Education Day will take place from 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28 at the Northwood Public School. Students can learn about everything from money to nature to robots during a wide variety of classes and activities. Registration forms and more information can be found online at  bit.ly/1cYM8jm .
  •   Two online masters programs will soon be available through UND, said the university. The Department of Teaching and Learning will offer a Master of Education and Master of Science in Reading Education both on campus and online starting fall 2014.

To see more regional higher education news, visit the websites of  UNDUniversity of Minnesota-CrookstonNorthland Community and Technical CollegeMayville State University  and  Lake Region State College . To see more local K-12 education news, visit the websites of  Grand Forks Public Schools  and  East Grand Forks Public Schools .

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