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Moorhead colleges get SEED money

Two Moorhead higher education institutions have received a grant to mentor the city's public schools and community organizations on diversity and equity issues.

Two Moorhead higher education institutions have received a grant to mentor the city's public schools and community organizations on diversity and equity issues.

The $7,500 grant will allow Minnesota State University Moorhead and Minnesota State Community and Technical College to launch the Seeking Education Equity and Diversity (SEED) Mentorship Program.

The program is designed to improve academic success and retention of traditionally under-represented students.

Lynn Kovash, assistant superintendent of Moorhead Public Schools, said the program will allow the school district to expand its own decade-old SEED program.

"It will let our teachers actually work with the higher ed (faculty) in looking at culturally relevant programs and diversity issues and helping to incorporate that into our curriculum and practices as a school district," she said.

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Minnesota State Colleges and Universities announced the grant this week.

The mentoring program is one of eight community-based projects participating in MnSCU's three-year Diversity and Anti-Racism Initiative. The Otto Bremer Foundation is funding the grants.

Pilot to share story

A retired Northwest Airlines pilot arrested in 1990 for drinking alcohol before a flight from Fargo to Minneapolis will share his story with aviation students for the first time at the University of North Dakota.

On the morning of March 8, 1990, following a night of heavy drinking in Moorhead, Norman "Lyle" Prouse and two crew members flew a Boeing 727 with 58 passengers from Fargo to the Twin Cities.

Authorities were tipped off, and the three men were arrested when the plane landed.

In August 1990, they became the first pilots convicted of flying a commercial jet while intoxicated. Northwest Airlines fired them, and the Federal Aviation Administration revoked their licenses.

Prouse eventually re-earned his licenses, received a pardon from President Clinton and was rehired by Northwest Airlines.

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He's now sharing his story with pilot groups in hopes that he can help others in the aviation industry with decisions regarding alcohol and flying.

Prouse's presentation is free and open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Chester Fritz Auditorium in Grand Forks, N.D.

Technology for girls

North Dakota State University has teamed up with the YWCA of Fargo-Moorhead to give fourth- to seventh-grade girls the opportunity to explore interactive technology.

TechGYRLS is a program offered through the YWCA's Empowerment of Girls Program and NDSU's industrial and manufacturing engineering department.

Participants will design things on computers, such as games and animated characters, and possibly dabble in robotics.

The 12-week after-school program runs from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays starting Sept. 25. Program space is limited. For more information, call the YWCA at (701) 232-2547.

DragonFest delayed

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Rainy weather Wednesday forced MSUM to postpone its DragonFest 2003 festivities until Oct. 14, during homecoming week.

The celebration of a new school year features potato sack races, parachutes, music and more.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528

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