MSU President's Column for Traill County Tribune

January 18, 2020 

Win-win solutions are a source of Comet pride

As we enter into a new year, many of us resolve to exercise more and be more physically fit. Walking is one of the ways in which this can be accomplished. Fortunately, we have indoor facilities at the university that lend themselves to this activity, since exercising outside in the winter months is nearly impossible.

These indoor facilities become pretty congested at this time of the year, since our men’s and women’s basketball programs are in season and need space for practicing and playing games. In addition, our Comets baseball and softball programs are preparing for their upcoming spring season games and their practice regimen is intense.

This demand for facilities makes it difficult for community members to find a time when they could use Mayville State facilities for walking. I’m happy to say that our Facilities Services Director Bob Kozojed has come up with a wonderful solution.

Bob has mapped out a new alternate walking trail that will lead walkers through the halls of Mayville State’s Lewy Lee Fieldhouse. We welcome Wellness Center members to campus where they can take advantage of this walking path that is marked by arrows on the walls and distance markers. Printed maps will be available at the Wellness Center reception area.

Many thanks to Bob for his creativity and work to find a win-win solution to an obstacle.

Speaking of wins, I couldn’t be more grateful for our anonymous donor who has pledged a $20,000 gift to match dollar-for-dollar gifts to the football program. Funds raised are to be used by the 2020 football staff as they work to recruit local and regional talent with good character. Gifts must be received in the MSU Foundation by January 31, 2020.

This generous donor came forward with the challenge to address what has been identified as the most critical need to keep the program moving in the right direction - scholarships. I am touched by the thoughtfulness and kindness of this Mayville State supporter. We have winning traditions in our sports programs and many of the coaches will say that scholarships are their most important need.

To learn more about the football scholarship challenge, go to, or contact the MSU Foundation at 701-788-4864 or

Finally, on behalf of the university and its students, I invite you to attend the Glitz & Glam Gala on Saturday, Jan. 25. The evening will feature a Las Vegas-style theme, including a buffet dinner, an auction of wonderful prize packages, and entertainment by the fabulous Midwest Dueling Pianos. The Dueling Pianos party is back by popular demand and promises to be great fun. I hope you’ll join us!

The Glitz & Glam Gala is another win-win. Those who attend will have a fantastic time, all for a good cause, Mayville State University and its students.

See more information at or contact the MSU Foundation at 701-788-4864 or

I am Comet Proud of the many ways in which our campus and community work together to make winning situations for one another. This kind of teamwork is what makes Mayville State and the Traill County community extra-special. It is heart-warming to see all the good that comes when people put their heads and hands together to help one another.