Your March Madness Brackets – brought to you by petroleumMarch 21, 2016
MONTHLY NEWSLETTER FOR MARCH 2016
March Madness kicks off this week, and while each of the initial 64 teams will bring different skills, talents and players to the court, they all need one thing to make this tournament the anticipated event that it is: petroleum.Whether it’s the moisture-wicking uniforms, the sneakers or the basketball needed by the players, the foam fingers or towels waved by the fans, or the marker or computer needed to track your bracket progress, petroleum is there every step of the way as an ingredient making it all possible.
But, there’s more where that came from, and in case you missed it, Allyssa Dickert of KFYR in Bismarck has the report on the way petroleum helps make the more than 6,000 petroleum products we rely on almost every day:
As noted in the report, petroleum is used to manufacture many medical supplies that help doctors provide safe and effective treatment and care. But, this month, it wasn’t just the products that helped save lives – it was the employees themselves.
The North Dakota Petroleum Council completed its Battle of the Bakken Blood Drive on March 11. The Drive brought out 152 volunteers from 18 different companies to donate their blood for United Blood Services (UBS).
“This is such a huge deal for our area’s blood supply,” said Travis Dressler, spokesman for UBS. “We can’t thank the industry enough for their partnership.”
This is the second year that the NDPC has hosted the drive, which is a friendly competition that pits industry employees against one another. One company with 101 or more employees and one with fewer than 100 employees wins $1,000 each for the charity of choice. Whiting Petroleum won the battle and will donate half of its winnings to the Special Olympics of North Dakota and half to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Bismarck.
KINDER MORGAN TAKES MCKENZIE COUNTY HOSPITAL $300,000 CLOSER TO ITS FUNDING GOAL
Kinder Morgan recently contributed $300,000 to McKenzie County Healthcare Systems’ (MCHS) new healthcare facilities, helping bring the MCHS Benefit Fund closer to its total fundraising goal.
“This is an exciting part of the segue here as we move forward,” Lynn Welker, CEO of WelkerPR, told the McKenzie County Farmer. Welker is helping with the healthcare system’s fundraising efforts.
“Those sorts of efforts are made possible through donors like Kinder Morgan,” she said. “The donation you are providing today is exceptional. MCHS will be naming a courtyard in our new medical facility in honor of Kinder Morgan.”
MCHS broke ground on the new medical campus in the summer of 2014, and once completed, will be a state-of-the-art facility that can help meet the community’s primary and urgent care needs.
EDUCATION DAYS OFFER A GLIMPSE INTO ENERGY CAREERS
The ND Energy Education program (NDEEP) is teaming up with Marketplace For Kids to provide a new class track within their Education Days called T4: Tools, Trades, Torque, & Technology. A variety of hands-on classes will highlight some on-the-job experiences specific to the construction, mechanical, electrical, and energy industries’ high demand and high value careers.
According to NDEEP coordinator Carla Palczewski, students will have an opportunity to build their skills through hands-on exercises, and some will even get to take home a souvenir.
“The Power Plant Puzzle pairs students in a teambuilding exercise utilizing their mechanical skills. Students assemble nuts, bolts, linkage, and steel into a replica of an original puzzle,” she said. “In WIRED: Using Tools to Make Key Chains, students use tools that electricians and plumbers use every day to make themselves a cool key chain.”
Marketplace For Kids Education Days will be held in several cities across the state, including:
March 16: Devils Lake April 22: Grafton April 26: Williston April 29: Fargo May 3: Jamestown May 5: Bismarck May 9: Northwood May 17: Wahpeton July 27: Bright Ideas Showcase & Contest – ND State Fair, Minot
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 education credits.