Two MSB Students and One Instructor Honored at YWCA ‘Women Of The Year’ Banquet

(Left To Right) Massage Therapy Instructor Amanda Erickson, Massage Student Kara Zigenhagen, and Veterinary Technology Student Rebecca Bossort were all nominees at the YWCA 'Women of the Year' Banquet.

Three members of the Minnesota School of Business in Moorhead were honored at the 39th Annual YWCA ‘Women of the Year’ banquet at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. Veterinary technology student Rebecca Bossort, massage therapy student Kara Ziegenhagen, and massage therapy instructor Amanda Erickson were all nominated for awards.

Bossort and Zigenhagen were up for ‘Young Woman of Today & Tomorrow’ award. This is for young women that have demonstrated exceptional leadership, scholastic ability, volunteer service, or special achievements (ages 15-22).

Bossort is the Vet Tech Club Vice-President, volunteers with the MinKota chapter of PAWWS (People Advocating Animal Welfare Services), and also serves as confirmation leader with her church.

Ziegenhagen is the Massage Club President, serves on the Student Academic Leadership Team, and volunteers as a dance instructor at ‘Just For Kix’.

Neither woman was selected for the award, but both were tremendous ambassadors of MSB-Moorhead and were cheered for loudly by the 500 people in attendance. Both continue to be excellent role models in their programs and on campus.

Instructor Amanda Erickson was nominated under the ‘Wellness’ category. Erickson teaches both massage therapy and medical assisting classes on campus. She holds her RN degree and is a licensed LMT. Erickson has embraced service & applied learning at MSB, often taking her students out of the classroom to places where they get hands-on experience. The list includes the Sanford Emergency Clinic, the F-M RedHawks Baseball Club, the Minnesota State University Moorhead athletic department, Eventide Senior Living Centers, and Xtreme Measures fitness club. Although she was not selected for the award, Erickson has shown her importance to the staff, faculty, and students on campus. Thanks to service-learning coordinator Kristi Leverson for nominating Amanda for this honor that she truly deserved.

Altogether, 14 members of the campus attended the event, with all proceeds benefitting the YWCA Cass-Clay Shelter. MSB-Moorhead also supports the organization through other service-learning and volunteer projects.

Dana Mogck and Kerstin Kealy of WDAY-TV 6 served as co-emcees of the event. It’s the 12th straight year the pair has served in this role.