February: One way industry is giving back in a down marketFebruary 19, 2016
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR FEBRUARY 2016
CULTURE, CUISINE & A CAUSE
Dickinson API Gumbo Cookoff serves up Cajun and Creole cuisine for education and community
Mardi Gras and Carnival may be over, but the celebration of Louisiana culture will continue in Dickinson this Saturday when the Dickinson API Chapter hosts its 19th Annual Gumbo Cookoff.
Eighteen teams will don their best costumes and face off in this year’s cookoff themed “The Dark Secrets of the Bayou,” offering up their rendition of gumbo. Those attending will have the opportunity to vote to award their favorite teams the People’s Choice Award for Gumbo as well as Best Cajun Costume. The event will also include door prizes and a dance with music by the EZ Street Band. Proceeds for the event go toward API’s scholarship fund and to help Dickinson-area community outreach programs.
ENERGY GENERATION CONFERENCE GIVES STUDENTS GLIMPSE AT ENERGY CAREERS
High school and middle school students across the State applied and were selected to participate in this year’s EGC. Students got their hands on some tools and exposure to career opportunities in energy during the morning breakout sessions. Interactive activities included Coteau Freedom Mine’s heavy equipment & coal operations, diesel technology from Butler Machinery & General Equipment, and instructors from BSC’s welding, instrumentation & controls, lineworker, and mechanical maintenance programs.
MINOT STATE ANNOUNCES TWO BAKKEN U SCHOLARSHIP AWARDEES
Two Minot State University students, John Newcomb and Jennifer Hutchins, will receive Bakken U scholarships for spring semester.
The Bakken U scholarships were made available to recently displaced oil workers, current oil workers, or spouses of oil workers who wish to expand their knowledge and job marketability in North Dakota. The recipients were selected based on a review from a scholarship committee.
Newcomb is employed as a line technician by Minot Aero Center. He is currently a sophomore at MSU and eventually wants to become a petroleum engineer.
Hutchins, a spouse of an oilfield worker, is an administrative secretary in the university’s Student Health Center. A freshman, she is pursuing a nursing degree.
The Bakken U scholarship is a new initiative, spearheaded by North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott and NDUS, and was created last summer to assist in meeting the needs of energy workers, their families and employers in western North Dakota.
BAKKEN LANDOWNER ASSOCIATION FOSTERS COOPERATION BETWEEN LANDOWNERS, INDUSTRY
It seems from many reports that landowners and the petroleum industry are always at odds, but as Kevin Killough for the Tioga Tribune reported, both came together Feb. 2 during the Northwest Landowners Association (NWLA) Expo to foster better relationships and more cooperation.
“We’ve got tremendous support from the industry,” NWLA vice-president Tom Wheeler told Killough. Wheeler said they even had to turn away some companies hoping to snag a booth.
Landowner Jerry Engel told Killough that he is happy to see so much interest from the industry.
“I think they are here because they have to be more interested in what we’re doing, what we’re thinking,” he said.
NORTH DAKOTA COMPANIES AMONG FINALISTS IN REGIONAL AWARDS
The Oil & Gas Awards announced this year’s finalists for the Fourth Annual Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Awards, and among them are several companies that operate in North DAkota. The Awards recognize companies that work in the industry for their commitment to the key areas of Health & Safety, Operational Excellence, Innovation, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Stewardship. Congratulations to the following companies:
Energy of North Dakota Teacher Seminar Teachers are invited to attend a seminar to learn the ins and outs of the oil industry, tour a well site and other facilities, and take lesson plans back to their classrooms all while earning continuing educatoin credits.