Campus Notes for May 3

Local students receive Phi Beta Kappa honors

Two students will be inducted into the Theta of Minnesota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.

Alyssa Bossuyt, daughter of Jeff and Chanda Bossuyt of Ghent. Bossuyt is a senior biology major at CSB.

Adam McVey, son of Bruce and Laurie McVey of Marshall. McVey is a senior biochemistry and pre-pharmacy major at SJU.

These students are two of 65 students from CSB and SJU to be inducted.

The students were inducted into the chapter during a ceremony April 26,at Aluae Hall, CSB.

The basic criteria for selection are a grade-point average (3.85 for juniors, 3.65 for seniors) and a liberal arts major. The selection committee also looked at the breadth and depth of the student’s program and other achievements, such as a thesis or other research.

Minnesota West recognizes students at Academic Awards banquet

Minnesota West Community & Technical College Worthington Campus, recognized the following students for outstanding achievements and success at the Spring Academic Awards banquet. The following area students were recognized for the awards listed.

Heather Browning, Hendricks, spring dean’s list; Hannah Davis, Slayton, spring and fall dean’s list; Jon Hussong, Boyd, PTK VP of Leadership; Jesse Regalado, Tracy, PTK secretary/treasurer; Benjamin Kelly, Marshall, fall dean’s List/VA academic award; Jennifer Otto, Tracy, spring dean’s list. Tyler Patterson, Cottonwood, Academic Athlete. Kimberly Ruppert, Currie, fall dean’s list. Chelsea Self, Tracy, VA Academic Award. Christopher St. Aubin, Marshall, VA Academic Award. Nathan St.Aubin. Marshall, spring dean’s list/VA Academic Award. Ashlynn Wabeke, Ruthton, fall dean’s list. Katie Xiong, Tracy, spring dean’s list.

Wehde presents at BVU’s Scholars Day

Buena Vista University’s (BVU) 13th annual Scholars Day was Saturday, April 29. The event provided students from all disciplines an opportunity to present their best original research, academic posters, artistic creations and performances to their peers, professors and the public.

This year’s Scholars Day event featured 63 presentations from 120 students, exploring topics from literature and business to science and history.

Kilian Wehde, a senior computer science major from Hanley Falls, was one of the students who participated. Wehde’s presentation was titled “Chess Anywhere,” and the project’s abstract is as follows:

Chess Anywhere allows students and other patrons at BVU to play the traditional game of chess over a network using two remotely separated chessboard interfaces. Each station includes an 80-key programmable keyboard with dual-color LED back-lit keys that is controlled by a Raspberry Pi computer to facilitate game logic, visual responses, and network communication. The keyboard provides enough keys for an 8-by-8 chessboard as well as extra keys for additional functionality that includes an option to shows all available moves for a piece and a “danger zone” showing everywhere the opponent can move next. This project involves concepts such as human computer interaction, networking, and the use of high-level programing languages.

MSU, Mankato announces graduation

Minnesota State University, Mankato will have three graduation ceremonies on Saturday in Taylor Center’s Bresnan Arena.

Undergraduate students receiving recognition will include 121 students graduating summa cum laude (3.8 grade- point average and higher), 315 students graduating magna cum laude (grade- point averages of 3.5 to 3.79) and 314 students graduating cum laude (grade-point averages of 3.3 to 3.49).

Canby: Taylor Gorder, BS, marketing, cum laude; Laura Oftedahl, BS, nursing. Garvin: Heidi Bengtson, MS, counseling and student personnel. Marshall: Taylor Besse, BS, speech communication; Amber Brau, BS, food science technology; Chelsey Polfliet, BS, mass communications, magna cum laude; Derek Schultz, BS, biol: biomedical sciences. Minneota: Joshua VanOverbeke, BS, biol: ecology, cum laude. Porter: Jenna Miller, BS, accounting. Taunton: Cole Brusven, BS, economics, magna cum laude, Cole Brusven, BS, management, magna cum laude. Tracy: Lisa Vang, BS, corrections; Tina Vang, BS, sociology. Wood Lake: Alissa Ricke, MS, counseling and student personnel.