Dickinson State University campus successes

December 5, 2017

DSU faculty member makes Prairie Business 40 under 40 list

Dr. Holly Gruhlke, business professor and chair of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship at Dickinson State, has been named to Prairie Business magazine’s 2017 40 under 40 list, featuring 40 of the top business professionals under the age of 40 in the northern Plains.


Schafer, Dragseth receive volunteer awards at National Philanthropy Day ceremony

To usher in the season of giving, the Northern Plains Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals hosts National Philanthropy Day each November where North Dakotans and northwest Minnesotans who engage in philanthropy and volunteerism are honored. Two members of the Dickinson State campus community received awards at the National Philanthropy Day ceremony.

Irene Schafer, a 1983 graduate of Dickinson State College, received the Outstanding Individual Volunteer Award. Irene volunteers for several organizations and is a wonder at selling raffle tickets for many causes. She founded the Power of 100 Women, a group that has now grown to over 200 women. This year, the group will donate more than $80,000 to four different charities.

Dr. Debora Dragseth and her Business Ethics class at Dickinson State University received the Outstanding Volunteer Group Award. For the past four years, the Business Ethics Class, taught by Dr. Dragseth, has collected items for the “Red Paper Clip Auction.” Each student receives one red paper clip and must make a minimum of eight exchanges to barter the paper clip for bigger and better items. In April the class holds an auction and the proceeds are donated to a charity or charities that the class chooses at the beginning of the semester.


Dickinson State celebrated Native American Heritage Month

Dickinson State University celebrated Native American Heritage Month with several events on campus in November. Students, staff, faculty and community members were able to participate in an array of entertainment suited for all ages.

Native American performer Jackie Bird’s performance included a hoop dance as well as traditional and contemporary Native American singing. The documentary “Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation,” which follows the Iroquois National Lacrosse Team as they compete in the 2015 World Box Lacrosse Championships, was shown. Scott Davis, executive director of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, visited campus to speak on Native American culture and the role of Native Americans in history and modern USA. And Dr. Carter Meland came to campus for a book reading and signing hosted by the Heart River Writers’ Circle.