Nice news of the day – October 5, 2018

Long-time Wahpeton teacher Esther Gordon turns 100 (Wahpeton Daily News)

After graduating from Valley City State University, Esther Gordon took a job teaching at a small country school in 1938 – a decision that turned into a decades-long career educating hundreds of second-graders, adult learners, and ESL students.  Esther retired at 80 years old.  In the article above, the Wahpeton Daily News talks to Esther about her life growing up in Valley City, her life in Wahpeton, and lessons she has learned over the last century (hint: she thinks reading is the most important skill you can have).  You can send Esther a birthday card to 2400 St. Francis Drive, Breckenridge, MN 56520.

Jamestown one of 300 locations nationwide to host Manhattan Short Film Festival (Jamestown Sun)

If you have watched the Academy Awards, you know the Best Short Film category.  Nine of the nominated films for that award will be shown at the Jamestown Art Center on October 5 and 6, 2018 as a part of the Manhattan Short Film Festival.  The shorts span multiple genres and run anywhere from 2 to 15 minutes each.  This is Jamestown’s third year in a row hosting the festival, and attendees get to vote for Best Actor and Best Film.

Bismarck State College changes its mission to become North Dakota’s first polytechnic institution (KFYR TV)

Beginning in the fall of 2019, Bismarck State College will offer a four-year Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree in a number of engineering, technology, and applied science tracks, making it the first polytechnic institution in North Dakota.  BSC will launch three BAS degrees next year – Cybersecurity and Information Technology, Energy Management, and Geomatics – and will begin exploring BAS degrees in Manufacturing and Instrumentation & Control.

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