Dickinson State University campus successes

February 23, 2018

Dickinson State has solid representation at 2018 ND Farm Bureau conference

Carlie Bowditch, a student at Dickinson State University (DSU) and member of the University’s Collegiate Farm Bureau Club, attended the North Dakota Farm Bureau’s (NDFB) Farm and Ranch Conference in Minot, Jan. 26 – 28. Bowditch, who is planning to graduate in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural studies, progressed through two preliminary rounds and placed in the top four in the conference’s discussion meet alongside DSU alumnus Jon Leadbetter. The topic for the final round was, “How can Farm Bureau help members with increasing legal and regulatory obstacles so they can focus on farming and ranching?”

Leadbetter, who graduated from Dickinson State in 2016 with an associate degree in agricultural sales and service, went on to win the discussion meet. Leadbetter currently works as a loan officer at Security State Bank in Wishek, where he lives with his wife, Mandi, and has a small herd of registered Simmental cattle. As the winner of the meet, he received a four-wheeler and will go on to compete in the national competition at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th annual convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.


DSU’s School of Business and Entrepreneurship receives 2018 LEAD awards

The distinguished recipients of the Leadership Excellence and Development (LEAD) Awards for 2018 were named for outstanding achievements in leadership development and programs in the areas of education, corporate, and individuals at the 2018 LEAD event held at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 7-8, 2018. Dickinson State is pleased to announce that the University’s School of Business and Entrepreneurship (SoBE) was among those recipients in several categories.

The SoBE at Dickinson State was nominated for awards in 3 academic categories, including: “Best Certificate with emphasis in HR” for the School’s Human Resource Management certificate, “Best Degree Program with emphasis on Leadership and Organizational Development” for the School’s Business Administration major, and “Best Degree Program with emphasis on HR” for the School’s Human Resource Management major.

Additionally, Dr. Holly Gruhlke, assistant professor of business and chair of the SoBE at Dickinson State, was nominated and advanced to the 2018 LEAD Awards’ winner circle in the category “Top Future Leader – 35 and Under.” Gruhlke attended the LEAD 2018 national conference in February on behalf of the University where she conducted three roundtables showcasing the School of Business and Entrepreneurship’s programs in human resources, administration and leadership.

“After a challenging two days of round tables, workshops and interviews, I’m thrilled to share we placed third in the HR certificate program and leadership degree program categories, fifth in the HR degree program category, and I received fourth place nationally in the top future leader category,” said Gruhlke. “Competition was fierce, as each category had anywhere from 100-250 nominees and there were many other notable universities nominated, including Harvard, UCLA and Vanderbilt. Not only were we in the top 10 percent, we were in the top 5 percent nationally across the board! This was truly a great day for DSU and the School of Business and Entrepreneurship.”


Dickinson State’s 2017 Impressions magazine wins first place in national contest

The 2017 edition of Dickinson State University’s (DSU) literary-art magazine Impressions won first place in the American Scholastic Press Association’s (ASPA) annual review and contest for scholastic yearbooks, magazines and newspapers. Impressions scored 945 out of 1000 points in the category of Scholastic Magazine Awards for Universities with enrollment of 1001-1700 students. Impressions has been published since 1989 by the Department of Language and Literature at Dickinson State. The 2017 edition was the first year that the magazine was created as a co-requisite of the Graphic Design III and the Literary Publications classes under the direction of Adjunct Faculty and Impressions Faculty Advisor Darla Hueske and Assistant Professor of English and Impressions Faculty Advisor Dr. Peter Grimes, respectively.

DSU students Jessica Grebner, Josh Reed and Megan Dailey were given full publishing liberty from soliciting magazine submissions and editing written work, to designing and submitting the final layout of the magazine. The collaborative experience provided the students with practical experience and a completed portfolio project, which will strengthen their marketability in the workplace.