Monthly Archives: September 2013

Kelsey (Aide) Stanley ‘11

Kelsey (Aide) Stanley, attended Dickinson State University from 2006-2011 and participated as a student athlete all five years of her academic career.

Kelsey Stanley with her dog on paddleboard on lakeShe is currently the DSU female pole vault record holder. In addition to holding the pole vault record, Stanley was named the 2011 Indoor DAC Conference Female Athlete of the Meet, a six time track and field All-American and four-time National Pole Vault Champion.  Stanley completed her athletic and academic career in 2011, when she was named the Dickinson State University Senior Female Athlete of the Year.

Stanley and husband, Keri, reside in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Stanley is the assistant volleyball coach and a Physical Education Instructor at North Idaho College.

What did you like most about Dickinson State?

Kelsey: There are so many things that I liked about DSU. The one thing that sticks out in my mind the most is the wonderful people that I met. It was amazing to see how supportive and caring the community is. Dickinson State was a place where I met my best of friends who I am still today very close to.

Was there a particular faculty member that influenced you?

Kelsey: Pete Stanton, who is currently the men’s and women’s head track coach. Coach Stanton is not only a wonderful coach but also a great role model. He showed me how a real coach should treat his/her athletes and being a coach myself today I thank him for that.

What would you like to tell others about your experience at DSU?

Kelsey: Embrace each day to its fullest because it goes by FAST! I was very blessed to have the opportunity to meet such wonderful people in the community and also at the college. Because of track I was able to travel and see more then I probably would have ever seen. Dickinson State is and always will be “Home” to me. “Once a HAWK, always a “HAWK”! GO HAWKS!

Board to Appoint Interim Chancellor

At its Sept. 25 meeting, the State Board of Higher Education will appoint an interim chancellor for the North Dakota University System. That chancellor’s contract will run through June 2015. Dr. Larry C. Skogen, current president of Bismarck State College, has been serving as acting chancellor since June.

With the assistance of the Association of Community College Trustees, the Board has conducted an extensive search to fill the position. Six candidates were interviewed via videoconference on Sept. 6, and the field was narrowed to three finalists. One withdrew his name from consideration. The two remaining finalists, Dr. Skogen and Shane Goettle, J.D., were interviewed in person on Sept. 16 in Bismarck.

Shane Goettle portraitGoettle, former Commissioner of the North Dakota Department of Commerce, said, “The goal of the North Dakota University System (NDUS) should be, in main, to graduate students prepared for 21st Century jobs, with an emphasis on the kinds of jobs produced within the North Dakota and regional economy. The modern workforce is also dynamic and in constant change. In that environment, we serve our students best when we impart to them not only knowledge, but also the ability to use that knowledge to critically evaluate their environments and innovate within them. Topping all this off by cultivating opportunities to appreciate and participate in culture and the arts should give our NDUS students the well-rounded and dynamic education they deserve and need to thrive.

Dr. Larry Skogen PortraitDr. Skogen pointed to collaboration, common definitions, data-driven decisions and measurable outcomes as four strategies to put in place to move the system forward in raising its level of excellence in education. He said the university system needs to maintain a stronger focus on students. “We sometimes lose sight of the fact that we are doing everything, making every decision for the sake of the students,” he said. “They are the most important stakeholder, and we have to keep that in focus.”