Matt Skoy and Steve Winfrey will present two one-hour workshops on the campus of Mayville State University Wed., Jan. 30. They will share some exciting new concepts regarding students’ mindset on their own perceived intelligence and the impact it has on student engagement, self-confidence, intelligence, and retention. The concept of “fixed” versus “growth” mindsets, derived from research by noted Sanford researcher and psychologist Carol Dweck, will be explored.

A workshop for faculty and staff, “Redefining Our Intellectual Mindset” will take place from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The student version of the topic, “Changing Your Intelligence,” will be presented from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. the evening of Jan. 30. Both workshops will be held in the MSU Old Main Theatre and are open to the public. 

Skoy and Winfrey are offering individual appointments for students who are interested in pursuing the topic further. To set up an appointment, call 701-788-4697 or e-mail

Matthew J. Skoy received a Bachelor of Science degree in human resource management from North Dakota State University (NDSU) and a Master of Education in higher education with a concentration in student affairs from Iowa State University. He is currently working on his Ph.D. in institutional analysis at NDSU. He is certified in neuro-linguistics and professional DynaMetric training. He is currently teaching four leadership/service-learning courses at NDSU. He has developed and implemented classroom curriculum and multiple international service-learning trips. He is a strong advocate for service and giving back to the community by utilizing an individual’s time, talent, and treasure. His professional interests focus on leadership development through self-discovery and community engagement through service. Matt is currently Assistant Director for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement at NDSU, and oversees multiple civic engagement/leadership programs.

Steve Winfrey received his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Master of Arts degree in counseling and college student development from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. Steve is working on his Ph.D. in institutional analysis at NDSU, focusing on accelerated learning techniques and mindsets and their impacting on college student retention and persistence. Steve has worked in the field of higher education and leadership development for the past 18 years. He has developed and implemented multiple leadership development programs for various universities and has consulted for companies such as Best Buy, Target, and Medtronics. Steve is currently the director of the Memorial Union at NDSU, and oversees the Masters of Success Advanced Leadership Development Program. He is a certified hypnotist and master practitioner of neuro-linguistics.

For more information about the workshops by Winfrey and Skoy at Mayville State University, contact Mayville State Director of Student Life Richard Smith, or 701-788-4697.