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Published April 12, 2009, 12:00 AM

Local campuses to seek FEMA help

Fighting the flood has brought unanticipated expenses to local college campuses already experiencing strains on their budgets.

By: Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, INFORUM

Fighting the flood has brought unanticipated expenses to local college campuses already experiencing strains on their budgets.

Minnesota State University Moorhead estimates about $600,000 in costs related to the flood.

Business Manager Mark Rice said the largest expense was opening Holmquist Hall, which was mothballed last fall, to house National Guard members and law enforcement volunteers.

Another major expense was the call center MSUM set up and operated 24 hours a day to answer Clay County residents’ evacuation questions.

Officials are keeping track of all expenses related to the flood and plan to submit them to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for possible reimbursement.

MSUM President Edna Szymanski said the university’s budget concerns are related to ongoing operations, so this one-time expense will not have a major impact on the deficit.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College also plans to submit a claim to FEMA, but the costs the Moorhead campus incurred due the flood are still unknown.

The campus turned its parking lots into a sandbagging operation for a week, bringing heavy truck traffic to the lot designed for cars, Provost Jerry Migler said.

The extent of the damage may not immediately show, he said.

Campus officials also plan to get estimates for floors that were damaged when sandbags were brought inside to be stored.

Concordia College also had several unanticipated expenses, including housing students at the Language Villages when students were asked to evacuate.

Valley City (N.D.) State University President Steve Shirley said it's too early to know how much the campus will spend on protection from the Sheyenne River, which runs through campus. The university is keeping track of expenses to submit to FEMA.

Goldwater awards

Two MSUM students are among 278 students nationwide named Goldwater Scholars.

Heather Cegla, a junior from Dilworth, and Morgan Elfelt, a junior from Andover, each will receive the scholarship, which covers tuition, fees, books, room and board up to $7,500 for each of the next two years.

They are the eighth and ninth MSUM students to receive the award from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

White-collar crime will be the focus of an inaugural seminar hosted by the Concordia School of Business this week.

The event is at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Centrum, Knutson Campus Center.

Hank Shea, of the University of St. Thomas School of Law and a former federal prosecutor, will appear with Nick and Carolyn Ryberg, a Twin Cities couple who spent time in prison after their involvement in a $1 million false invoicing scheme.

They will share the causes and consequences of white-collar crime, from temptation and deceit to ruin and recovery.

To ensure adequate seating, groups planning to attend are asked to RSVP by calling (218) 299-4411.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590 or adalrymple@forumcomm.com