Category Archives: Dickinson State University

Board selects new DSU president

The State Board of Higher Education today named Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D., as the next president of Dickinson State University, Dickinson, North Dakota. Mitzel currently serves as the dean of faculty and vice president of academic affairs, Trinity College, Connecticut. Originally from Aberdeen, South Dakota, and an alumnus of Northern State University, Mitzel said he… Read More »

Enrollment holding steady throughout state

BSC, LRSC, NDSCS, MaSU, UND, VCSU and WSC all show increases Seven colleges and universities throughout the North Dakota University System have shown growth for the fall 2015 semester. Bismarck State College, Lake Region State College, Mayville State University, North Dakota State College of Science, University of North Dakota, Valley City State University and Williston… Read More »

Dickinson State University campus successes – August 2015

Accreditation of Dickinson State University affirmed Dickinson State University received a formal notification Aug. 5 that the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission has continued its accreditation of the institution with the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2024-25. At its meeting July 27 the IAC took action to continue the accreditation of DSU with… Read More »

Presidential searches move forward

Committee narrows Dickinson State University presidential search to 10 candidates The Dickinson State University presidential search committee met in Dickinson recentlyto narrow the list of 47 candidates to 10. “The committee was able to look through a great group of qualified candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds,” DSU presidential search committee chair Kari Reichert… Read More »

State Board appoints Ozbun interim DSU president

The State Board of Higher Education, at a special meeting, voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Jim L. Ozbun as interim president of Dickinson State University. Current DSU President D.C. Coston recently informed North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott that he is stepping down on Aug. 15 due to health concerns ahead of his originally… Read More »

Dickinson State University Campus Successes

Sgt. Reckless – The Equine Hero of the Korean War: DSU Agriculture Building hosted Robin Hutton, New York Times Bestselling Author of “Sgt. Reckless America’s War Horse.’ In addition to Mr. Hutton, Art Sickler-Sgt. Reckless’s caretaker during the Korean War was also in attendance. This event detailed the heroic actions of this war horse that defended… Read More »

Dickinson State University Legislative Priorities

Dickinson State University (DSU) has submitted the following as high-level budget priorities: As a number one priority, $750,000 in base funding for the continued operation of the Theodore Roosevelt Center at DSU. The Theodore Roosevelt Center has been funded by one-time appropriations during the 2007-2009, 2009-2011, 2011-2013, and 2013-2015 biennia. $141,700 for one full-time mental… Read More »

Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library at DSU publishes 25,000th item

Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library publishes 25,000th item The Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library at DSU celebrated its third anniversary Nov. 14 by publishing its 25,000th item online at The most-recent published items include a thank-you letter to Minnesota Congressman Charles Lindbergh — father of the famous aviator — an endorsement of a Massachusetts law restricting the hunting… Read More »

DSU CPA Experience receives top educational award

CPA Experience receives top educational award The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)  bestowed one of its top curriculum awards to DSU’s CPA Experience. Recognizing the program’s innovative teaching practices, the CPA Experience received the 2014 George Krull/Grant Thornton Teaching Innovation Award — one of only three accounting curriculum awards bestowed annually by the… Read More »

DSU’s 9th Annual Theodore Roosevelt Symposium draws wide audience

9th Annual TR Symposium draws wide audience DSU’s 9th Annual Theodore Roosevelt Symposium Sept. 25-27 drew 536 guests, including visiting scholars and attendees from 21 states and five countries. The Theodore Roosevelt Center, which organizes the annual event, now has 24,194 digitized items, including eight new letters the former president wrote to his second son,… Read More »

DSU enrollment increases by 30 students for 2014-15

Enrollment increases by 30 students for 2014-15 Student enrollment rose from 1,449 to 1,479 for the 2014-15 academic year, including all eligible transfers, new and returning students and high school students receiving college credit. Of those 1,479 students, 207 are enrolled in classes at the university’s campus in Bismarck and 80 are full-time international students… Read More »

The Strom Center at DSU Facilitates New Childcare Website

Theodore Roosevelt Symposium addresses Roosevelt’s perspective on World War I Scholars from the around the world will discuss Theodore Roosevelt’s views and influence on World War I during the 9th Annual Theodore Roosevelt Symposium Sept. 25-27 at DSU and in Medora. The event features speakers, a presidential debate, musical performances, a trip to the Elk… Read More »

95 Percent of DSU Grads in ND Employed in Oil-Impacted Counties

Old Field Impact Located in the epicenter of North Dakota’s energy development, DSU alumni are continuing to anchor their communities through many contributions, including energy-related initiatives. According to DSU graduate exit survey information from consecutive academic years 2011 through the fall of 2013, nearly three quarters or 74 percent of DSU graduates are working in… Read More »

Theodore Roosevelt Center creating first comprehensive digital presidential library

“I have always said I would not have been President had it not been for my experience in North Dakota.” This quote by Theodore Roosevelt emphasizes just how fitting it is that his presidential library located right here in North Dakota. The Theodore Roosevelt Center (TRC), housed at Dickinson State University, is dedicated to the… Read More »

DSU students raise money for Trinity High School after tragic fire

2014 Celebration of Scholars DSU students presented their original scholarly work to an audience of fellow students, faculty members, community members, and professionals at the 2014 Celebration of Scholarship held on May 10. Presentations included scientific research, literature reviews, scholarly critique, humanities papers, creative writing, musical or dramatic performances, or visual outwork. Fifteen oral presentations… Read More »

Alumni Spotlight: Jessica (Henman) Wilhelm

By Debra Dragseth, Ph.D., and Holly Forsness | Edited for content and consistency. Popular wisdom tells us that all oil and gas related jobs require steel toed boots and the ability to withstand North Dakota’s legendary below zero wind chill. In reality, there are thousands of people working behind the scenes sitting at their desks… Read More »