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VCSU’s Wirth named to Prairie Business ‘40 Under 40’ list

vcsu-jamie-wirthJamie Wirth, Ph.D., director of the Great Plains STEM Education Center at Valley City State University, has been named to Prairie Business magazine’s 2016 “40 Under 40” list, which recognizes 40 of the top business professionals under the age of 40 in the Dakotas and western Minnesota.

Also an assistant professor of mathematics at VCSU, Wirth is featured as one of the “40 Under 40” honorees in the December issue of Prairie Business magazine. The magazine recognizes young professionals who are making significant impacts in their chosen professions, industries and communities.

Wirth has directed the efforts of VCSU’s Great Plains STEM Education Center (GPSEC) since January 2015. GPSEC offers professional development workshops for teachers and STEM activities for K-12 students and parents, along with curriculum support for STEM educators.

“We’re excited to see Jamie Wirth’s talent and accomplishments recognized on the ‘40 Under 40’ list,” said VCSU President Tisa Mason. “The STEM Education Center’s program makes a huge difference in the education that K-12 students receive, and Jamie’s energy and enthusiasm for his work plays a big role in making that happen. We’re proud and privileged to have Jamie on the VCSU staff.”

Under Wirth’s leadership, GPSEC has secured multiple grants and contracts, including a competitive grant award of $298,288 from the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction through the U.S. Department of Education’s Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) program. That grant funded professional development sessions for 36 K-12 teachers in 8 North Dakota school districts: Edgeley, Ellendale, Enderlin, LaMoure, Lidgerwood, Litchville-Marion, Kensal and McClusky. GPSEC also conducted community STEM events, including Family Engineering Night and STEM Design Challenge, at each of the participating schools.

More information about the Great Plains STEM Education Center at VCSU can be found online at stem.vcsu.edu.

Wirth joined VCSU as a mathematics education instructor in 2008 and served as chair of the VCSU mathematics department from 2011–13. He was promoted to assistant professor in 2014. Wirth taught high school mathematics in Wyndmere, N.D., from 2004–08; he also served as the Wyndmere boys varsity basketball coach for three years. Wirth holds a doctorate in adult and occupational education from North Dakota State University, a master of arts in teaching degree in mathematics education from Minot State University, a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from Mayville State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of North Dakota.

The 2016 Prairie Business “40 Under 40” list can be found online at www.prairiebusinessmagazine.com/magazine/current-issue/4168655-prairie-business-announces-2016-40-under-40-list.

[Story by Greg Vanney, Director of Marketing and Communications, Valley City State University]

Media Coverage Summary – Nov. 18, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Nov. 18

 

Bismarck State College
BSC seeks nominations for outstanding alumni
The power of two: Degrees in Power Plant Technology and Business pay off
 

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB LumberActs Announces Theatre Production
 

Dickinson State University
DSU students present research, Ed Schafer speaks to attendees
Annual Student Nurse of the Year competition to be held Nov. 30
Love Your Melon Dickinson State University Crew to donate 14 hats to children with cancer
 

Lake Region State College
LRSC instructor assisting with documentary
 

Mayville State University
Author Kandy Noles Stevens to discuss her new book at Mayville State University
CORE Spring Break Trip to Winnipeg will provide invaluable experiences for MSU students
Mayville State makes coaching change
 

Minot State University
Dr. Jollie-Trottier discusses turtle medicine
Minot State Preview Day to offer engaging experience
Freezin’ for a Reason brings awareness of homelessness and hunger
 

North Dakota State College of Science
Commerce Awards Grant to North Dakota State College of Science for Workforce Training Program
 

North Dakota State University
NDSU to be host site for Public Health Associate Program
STEM-focused event for mothers, daughters Nov. 19 at NDSU
Psychology professor elected to national advisory committee
Student receives award at cereal chemists conference
Graduate student recognized at Canadian pulse crop event
NDSU EXPLORE awards announced
 

University of North Dakota
Coffee and connections
Warm-hearted greeter
UND’s rainmaker lands funding
Smells like science
A Trump effect?
 

Valley City State University
Glandt recognized with VCSU Foundation’s ‘Difference Maker Award’
 

Williston State College
WSC Gives Back [to Veterans]
Teton Ring Week
 

North Dakota University System
Fostering a unified system
Board renews NDSU President
System Highlight: Collaboration
NDUS awards mini-grants for training related to veterans’ education

Bismarck State College Campus Successes – November

BSC and DSU solidify student benefits with new MOU

DSU and BSC solidified the colleges’ longtime collaboration with a formal MOU that included use of tutoring, counseling and testing services. This fall, 167 DSU students are enrolled in 17 DSU programs on the BSC campus.

 

BSC dedicates Nacelle Tower

BSC’s Nacelle Tower, a replica of the top of a wind turbine, was dedicated Oct. 3. BSC students in the Energy Services & Renewable Technician program and industry partner employees will train in the tower.

 

BSC celebrates National American Indian Heritage Month

Visionary Hoop dancer, storyteller, and educator Kevin Locke took the stage on Nov. 8; and Cheryl Kary addressed the common problems experienced by service providers in American Indian interactions on Nov. 16.

Dakota College at Bottineau Campus Successes – November

Paramedic tech program accredited

Dakota College at Bottineau is proud to announce accreditation of the Paramedic Technology program. The Paramedic Technology program prepares students for a rewarding opportunity in the growing field of emergency medical services. It is for anyone who has a genuine desire to care for people in an out-of-hospital setting.  Students must be able to think critically and work on their own to provide patients the best possible care. Graduates in this program may be employed with fire departments, public and private ambulance services, rescue squads, emergency medical services, and hospitals.

 

DCB nursing site locates at Trinity Health in Minot

Dakota College at Bottineau Nursing Program held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House at their Trinity location. Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB), a partner in the Dakota Nursing Program, educates practical nursing students and associate degree nursing (ADN) students. When students graduate with their associate degree from DCB, they can articulate to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Minot State University and acquire a BSN within four semesters or less. The relationship between Trinity Health is only one of their four sites with the others located at Valley City State University, Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby and at Dakota College Campus in Bottineau.

 

International Peace Garden partnership created

DCB has partnered with the International Peace Gardens to give students practical experience through hands-on learning in floral and landscape design, greenhouse operations, forestry and horticulture crop science.  Students will have the opportunity to experience real life situations during their horticulture studies and throughout the summer at DCB and IPG.

Dickinson State University Campus Successes – November

Dickinson State holds “Courageous Conversations”

Dickinson State hosted the second “Courageous Conversation” in November. This series of conversations is part of a campus diversity programming initiative to raise awareness and increase understanding. The events, which vary in format, are open to the campus and the Dickinson community.

The latest event featured a panel discussion titled “Creating Spaces Where Differences are Valued” where panelists from DSU and the Dickinson community came together to talk about what diversity means to different people and how feelings of inclusion, or exclusion, may impact the campus community. The next conversation will be held in December.

 

Dickinson State to share services with NDUS and BSC

The North Dakota University System (NDUS) recently posted an open position for an Institutional Research Analyst. This person will be a member of an Institutional Research team that will serve the NDUS and Dickinson State and will be located in Bismarck, with an expectation that the individual will travel to Dickinson as needed.

 

DSU Heritage Foundation reaches fundraising goal

The DSU Heritage Foundation has raised close to $3 million in academic scholarships and endowments. The campaign, which began in March 2016, finished in time for the November deadline to receive consideration by the state for matching funds. Out of the combined $3 million, $1.5 million is endowed and the remainder is passed through to students as academic scholarships.

Lake Region State College Campus Successes – November

LRSC students earn Phi Theta Kappa honor

Tanya Kephart and Hannah Swartz of Lake Region State College were each awarded $1,000 after being selected Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars. Chosen from more than 1,100 applications worldwide, the scholars receive scholarships of $1,000 each to further their associate degree studies. Independent judges evaluated the applications based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential.

 

Adult Ed Center Director receives state award

April Duchscher, director of the Devils Lake Adult Learning Center at LRSC, received the North Dakota Association for Lifelong Learning (NDALL) Outstanding Leadership/Service Award during the NDALL Fall Conference Sept. 29. The Outstanding Leadership/Service Award is given to those who demonstrate exceptional leadership in his/her area of responsibility, exemplifies and supports the NDALL purpose of supporting lifelong learning, and encourages others.

Mayville State University Campus Successes – November

MaSU Child Development Programs continues to expand services

As of August, MaSU Child Development Programs had opened its Portland Childcare Center, serving about 32 children. This project is in partnership with Sanford Medical in Mayville and GST Special Education Cooperative. The MaSU Child Care Center is also partnering with May-Port CG School District to provide pre-k programming.

 

2014-15 a record year for MSU Foundation fund-raising

Fund-raising in the 2014-15 fiscal year was the biggest in the history of the MSU Foundation. Two million dollars was raised. Among the success stories is fund-raising for the the Military Honor Garden project, which exceeded its $40,000 goal by $25,000. This tribute to all who have served in our country’s Armed Forces will be dedicated during homecoming festivities.

 

MaSU ranked nationally

MaSU was recently named to the list of the top 5 Public, Regional Colleges on the U.S. and World News Report list of Best Colleges. In addition, MaSU was named “A Best in the Midwest College” by the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.

Minot State University Campus Successes – November

MiSU and Polish university partner

Minot State University and the University of Lodz, Poland, entered a cooperation between MSU’s Master of Science in management degree program and UL’s MBA program delivered by its Polish-American Management Center. The two universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding Sept. 23, forming the basis for the partnership between the universities.

 

North Dakota Navigator Project ready for open enrollment

The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, a center of excellence at Minot State University, was recently awarded $300,000 as a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to assist North Dakota consumers in accessing health insurance through the federal Marketplace with the North Dakota Navigator Project. This is the fourth year of funding and will support the efforts to bring awareness of the Affordable Care Act at the local level.

 

MiSU celebrates Native American culture

Minot State University’s Native American Cultural Awareness Club is sponsoring the Native American Cultural Celebration in November. The commemoration will include speakers, presenters and exhibits of Native American success and culture.

North Dakota State College of Science Campus Successes – November

Higher Learning Commission continues NDSCS Accredited Status

NDSCS has been notified that its accredited status by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has been continued. The Institutional Actions Council of the HLC notified the College of this action, which is the result of an ongoing accreditation process. This process included a comprehensive quality review campus visit that was conducted by five peer evaluators from different institutions in April 2016.

 

NDSCS Students earn awards at SkillsUSA Championships

Three NDSCS students earned top honors at the national SkillsUSA Championships. Precision Machining Technology student Ryan Iverson earned a gold medal in the CNC Milling Specialist category. Two students earned bronze medals: Ethan Fettig in the Diesel Equipment Technology category and Chantel Hamann in the Power Equipment Technology category.

 

 

NDSCS Nursing Programs achieve 100% first-time pass rates

The NDSCS 2015-2016 Practical Nursing program had a 100% first-time NCLEX-PN pass rate and the 2015-2016 Registered Nursing program had a 100% first-time NCLEX-RN pass rate.

North Dakota State University Campus Successes – November

NDSU receives record commitment for STEM scholarships

NDSU has received a record-setting gift for full-tuition scholarships for students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Alumnus Harry D. McGovern committed gifts and estate planning of more than $13.5 million to establish the scholarship. A portion is matched by a $1.2 million State of North Dakota Challenge Grant.

 

John Deere Electronic Solutions honored as NDSU partner

John Deere Electronic Solutions was recognized during a Campus Community Partnership flag raising Nov. 10. The company, a valued partner of NDSU and the Research and Technology Park, has more than 650 employees at its Fargo locations, one-quarter of whom are NDSU graduates. NDSU and John Deere also have a Master Research Agreement regarding innovative technology.

 

NDSU EXPLORE showcases student research

The annual NDSU EXPLORE event showcased the scholarly accomplishments of undergraduates in all majors. More than 100 student researchers gave oral or poster presentations, showing their work to the campus and community.

University of North Dakota Campus Successes – November

Two Championships

The University of North Dakota celebrated two athletics conference championships on Saturday, Nov. 12:  the UND Volleyball team won the 2016 Big Sky Conference, and the UND Football team earned a share of the Big Sky Football Conference title.

 

Prof featured in Nat Geo

UND’s Pablo de León, associate professor of space studies, is featured in the latest edition of National Geographic, now on newsstands. The November 2016 issue is titled “Race To The Red Planet.” The issue’s cover story: Mars: Inside the High-Risk, High-Stakes Race to the Red Plane – If the trip doesn’t kill you, living their might includes a centerspread photo of de León testing a prototype of his space suit in the “regolith bin” at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

 

OER Summit

The University of North Dakota and the North Dakota University System held an Open Education Resources (OER) Summit at UND Oc. 27.  UND has saved students between $1 million and $1.6 million by using OER this fiscal year, according to Brandon Beyer, UND Student Body President, and Stephanie Walker, Dean of Libraries.

Valley City State University Campus Successes – November

Russell, Bernardo present at OER summit

Julee Russell, professor and chair of the Language and Literature Department, and Al Bernardo, user services librarian, presented at the North Dakota University System’s Open Education Resources (OER) Summit 2016 hosted by the University of North Dakota Oct. 27. Russell and Bernardo spoke about VCSU’s efforts to incorporate OER into the curriculum. In two semesters, OER usage has saved VCSU students nearly $290,000 in textbooks costs. A video of the presentation is available online at vimeo.com/189999732.

 

Voice students participate in Minnesota NATS competition

Seven students from music instructor Robin Allebach’s applied voice class traveled to St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., Nov. 4–5, to sing in the Minnesota National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Auditions. The event provided an opportunity for VCSU singers to gain experience in auditioning and performing, as well as to hear and watch other collegiate singers perform in a competitive setting. Sophomore Rochelle Van Bruggen placed in the semifinals for sophomore women.

 

DeMuth speaks on neutrino experiment

David DeMuth, Jr., Ph.D., professor of mathematics and director of undergraduate research, spoke about the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) at the Barnes County Museum in Valley City on Nov. 17. DUNE, an international mega-science project, is being built in Lead, S.D., 4,850 feet below the surface at the Sanford Underground Research Laboratory. There a neutrino detector will record particles from a beam originating at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill. Scientists will use the neutrino research to study big questions including the origin of matter, unification of forces and black hole formation. DeMuth addressed the building of DUNE, including its engineering design and timeline, and research possibilities for North Dakota undergraduate students.

Williston State College Campus Successes – November

Williams County Graduate Scholarship Extended for Several Years

The Alva J. Field Trust committed an additional $800,000 to continue funding the Williams County Graduate (WCG) Scholarship.

Graduates of a Williams County high school, regardless of the year, are eligible for free tuition [up to 16 credits] and fees, thanks to a partnership between the Alva J. Field Trust, WSC Foundation, and the ND Higher Education Challenge Fund created in 2015.

 

Holocaust Survivor Presents at WSC

WSC was honored to welcome Holocaust survivor Eva Kor to campus on November 2nd to over 1,100 listeners.  Kor is a renowned forgiveness advocate and a revered public speaker.

In 1944, Eva and her family were forced into a cattle car packed with other Jewish prisoners and transported to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Eva and her twin sister Miriam were ten years old.

 

Regional County Scholarship Expands to Nine Counties for Fall 2017

The WSC Foundation is proud to announce an expansion to the Regional County Scholarship to include Daniels, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan, and Valley counties in northeastern Montana.
The Regional County Scholarship was established February 2016 with four counties in northwestern North Dakota: Burke, Divide, McKenzie, and Mountrail.

Fostering a unified system

Neset Bio 2016“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”

Those words were said by Andrew Carnegie, one of the most successful industrialists of American history, a man of great vision and philanthropy who valued teamwork and education. Those words are as meaningful today as when he said them.

In all aspects of life – through elementary and secondary school, through college, careers and beyond – we benefit from strong teams, even as our teams look different and reflect the environment in which they exist. A family. A group of students. Co-workers brought together to reach a common goal. They all have their own form and function, but the one I’d like to speak of today is the 11 public colleges and universities that make up our team – the North Dakota University System.

On every team, in every social or work setting that involves a group, each individual is tasked with specific responsibilities that best fit their local need. The group, though, is defined through the cumulative work of those individuals which moves them toward one singular goal. For the NDUS, we have different campuses with different programs and local needs, who are still working together to serve the greater goal of successful higher education in our state.

I think we’ve done pretty well in that undertaking. Our faculty and our staff has put time and effort into creating a better system for everyone. It’s something that’s been working efficiently since before I became a member of the State Board of Higher Education. It is my genuine hope that it’s something that continues long after my term is ended. And it’s something that takes continuous work. On the Board, we each bring unique perspectives and values, but we’re all here because we have shown an interest in furthering higher education. We may not agree on all the details for every decision, but that can bring up insightful discussion from which to shape this environment moving forward. None of us on the Board is more important than the Board itself, just as no singular academic or athletic program could be more important than the college or university that fosters it. The individual aspects of each group, each system, each family – they matter a great deal, but they must work together to help each team grow and prosper.

These are some of the reasons that we’ve aimed to foster a more unified system. Vice Chair Don Morton said at one of the Board’s strategic retreats, “The strength of the bison is the herd and the strength of the herd is the bison.” When he said that, the championship coach and my fellow Board member may have been referencing North Dakota State University’s Herd Song, but he was speaking of our system.

In the past decade alone, the system has seen incredible strides forward: for itself, the state, the campuses and the students. We aim for more progress daily, and at the strategic level have asked for more services to be shared and for more collaborative program options. These things together can be challenging to implement, but our campuses have risen to those challenges in the name of a unified goal: creating more opportunities for student success. Whether you’re a Bison, Mystic, Wildcat, Viking, Royal, Comet, Lumberjack, Teton, Beaver, Blue Hawk or Fighting Hawk, we are all stronger together. And when we work strongly together, great things will follow.

After all, the strength of each campus is the system, and the strength of the system is each campus. Those strengths, when put together, will allow us all to attain uncommon results.

Board renews NDSU President

Board renews contract, talks faculty sick leave, and hears NDSCS fundraising plan

 

Three substantial topics found detailed discussion when the State Board of Higher Education gathered at Bismarck State College this week for its regular meeting. One longstanding topic was resolved when a majority vote renewed the contract of North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani.

After extensive talks in executive session concluded, Board member Kevin Melicher moved to renew Bresciani’s contract, bringing its date in-line with the standard one-year extension timeframe. Board member Nick Hacker seconded. Faculty Advisor Ernst Pijning commented that given support of faculty, he urged the Board to approve the contract. Student member Nick Evans noted that NDSU students supported the contract renewal as well.

Board Chair Kathleen Neset commended the Board for working through the process with thoughtful comments and team work. She said the topic was serious and substantial, and the Board had handled it well through the exhaustive process. She felt it was the Board’s obligation to take on the task and review it fully, and thanked all who had offered perspective on the issue. Board Vice Chair Don Morton said he felt the process had moved forward respectfully. After discussion concluded, the Board voted to renew Bresciani’s contract.

Later, the Board discussed Faculty Sick Leave, under direction to become more consistent for the system due to legislative mandate to address data inconsistencies. Recently, Chancellor Mark Hagerott had recommended the topic be handled by a task force comprised of two representatives from each of the system’s 11 colleges and universities.

Hagerott said that Faculty Sick Leave was one of multiple data inconsistencies that the legislature had called on to clarify and correct. Since the process began in the summer of 2015, dozens of inconsistencies have been reviewed and resolved. Now, the task force was reviewing how this particular topic could move forward fairly and find a recommendation by the next Board meeting. Pijning noted that having the faculty involved was vital, considering that the task force was given the responsibility of reconciling policies from the 11 colleges and universities into one systemwide policy. He asked for clarification on what type of recommendation the Board was looking for, and if that recommendation could include multiple options.

Board member Mike Ness asked for clarification on the legislative intent related to the sick leave policy. Board member Kari Reichert stated that the legislative intent as she understood it was a need for a single, systemwide policy. NDUS Legal Counsel Nick Vaughn stated that his understanding was similar to Reichert’s, that the legislature, through House Bill 1003, was looking for one systemwide policy. No action was taken.

The Board also heard a plan from North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman on a proposed capital fundraising campaign to raise money to expand NDSCS’ Fargo campus. Board member Greg Stemen said that although guidance from the state had been to have no new buildings, Richman had been told that private fundraising and local community involvement could precipitate a way forward for any new construction.

Richman said the current facility was near-capacity for all population models that the college would serve. He said this new model would partner with multiple k-12 districts and private businesses in a long-term initiative to meet the needs of the next 20-30 years. He said it met the needs of the Board’s strategic plan, including providing programs when and where they were needed.

Discussion continued on the topic, touching on workforce needs and how the proposed fundraising plan could serve as a blueprint moving forward. The Board ultimately tabled any decision until its next meeting to allow for Board members to review the topic further.

The Board held first readings of Policy 608.2 (NDUS Employees – Non-renewal and Dismissals), Policy 611.10 (Employee Responsibility and Activities: Theft, Fraud, Abuse and Waste), and Policy HR 24 Reduction in Force), and the second readings of Policy 506.1 (Immunizations), Policy 508.1 (STEM Loan).

The Board approved the Budget, Finance, and Facilities Committee consent agenda, which included an authorization for NDSU to proceed with varied sundry projects funded from one-time deferred maintenance funding, an authorization transferring funds from NDSU’s maintenance pool to its capital assets, and authorization for NDSU to proceed with Dolve Hall partial renovation and HVAC update project. The Board also approved the Academic and Student Affairs Committee recommendations, which included a mission statement update for Mayville State University.

The next Board meeting is scheduled to be held Dec. 14.

System Highlight: Collaboration

Hundreds of collaborative agreements in place between, and among, campuses

 

Collaboration has long been a watchword in the world of higher education, from hearing extensive philosophies of thought to creating teams of diverse skillset. The past few years in the North Dakota University System have given new importance to it though, as collaboration has become an over-arching philosophy.

Currently, a wealth of articulation agreements exists throughout the system. Those agreements lay out formal arrangements between two or more institutions, giving students an opportunity to apply credits at one institution toward programs at another. Other arrangements, such as memos of understanding, program agreements and course equivalencies, allow students to move forward steadily in their academic career even if they switch majors.

This System Highlight serves to provide one example from each school (listed alphabetically) where a collaborative program has proven successful. A listing of the articulation agreements can be found at the NDUS page here.

 

Bismarck State College

Bismarck State College is helping to address a shortage of pharmacy techs thanks to a partnership with North Dakota State College of Science. This joint agreement will help the two schools deliver the NDSCS Pharmacy Technician program to central and western North Dakota with the first classes already underway. Students enroll through NDSCS, but can take coursework through either institution. According to program descriptions, general education classes will be provided by BSC, while the technical components of the program will be taught by Wahpeton-based NDSCS Pharmacy Technician faculty through Interactive Video Network and online classes. Students will be able to earn either a 2-year A.A.S. degree or 1-year Certificate from NDSCS.

 

Dakota College at Bottineau

Dakota College at Bottineau and Williston State College will being offering a medical assistant program next spring. Any students who are interested will be able to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in courses offered at either campus. The application must go through WSC, and through a collaborative model complete at least 15 credit through DCB, which will confer the degree. The program is built with flexibility in mind and will be delivered through online and IVN courses. The diploma option will take students one year, while the AAS will take about two years to complete.

 

Dickinson State University

A Memorandum of Understanding between Dickinson State University and Minot State University allows students in DSU’s Graduate Studies program to transfer 15 credits of their graduate coursework to MiSU in order to meet about half of the requirements for an M.Ed. degree. The rest of the degree requirements are completed through MiSU but delivered via distance education, allowing PreK-12 school teachers in this region to earn a master’s degree without having to travel. So the M.Ed. degree comes from MiSU but relies for about half of its coursework on the graduate courses currently offered by DSU.

 

Lake Region State College

LAUNCH! is a partnership between Lake Region State College and the University of North Dakota located on the UND campus in Grand Forks. The program is designed to serve students who are not yet eligible for admission to UND but meet eligibility requirements for LRSC.

Students who choose to participate in the LAUNCH! Program will enroll as full time LRSC students, but will also take a limited number of prescribed UND classes. Students who successfully complete 24 transferable credits and earn a 2.0 grade point average may be considered for admission as a degree-seeking transfer student to UND.

 

Mayville State University

Mayville State University collaborates with Dickinson State University through a Bachelor of Science – Education degree for the major of Early Childhood Education. The agreement also allows for BSC students with general education courses to transfer into MaSU’s Early Childhood Education program. This three-tiered approach to collaboration is common within the system, and ensures that students can begin their education closer to home before progressing through their coursework elsewhere in the university system.

 

Minot State University

Minot State University’s dual degree program with NDSU involves the student earning two degrees, a BA or BS degree in Human Development and Family Science and a BSW (Bachelor in Social Work) from MiSU in five years. Through collaborative work between the MiSU Social Work dept. and NDSU Human Development and Family Science dept., can earn the two degrees with only 133 credits.

 

North Dakota State College of Science

While NDSCS has many collaborative programs within the university system, it also has numerous program partners throughout North Dakota, especially the Red River Valley. Like a few other schools, NDSCS has taken great strides in partnering with private business to help deliver real-world training and other program needs such as academic correspondence, materials, supplies, personnel and equipment. Among the many partners are Trail King Industries, Bell State Bank & Trust, Butler, and Caterpillar.

 

North Dakota State University

North Dakota State University has been working with MiSU and Valley City State University through partnerships that advanced elementary education and social work. Through these partnerships, students receive an NDSU Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Human Development and Family Science major. They also receive a degree from the other respective institution. A collaborative registration process facilitates course registration.

 

North Dakota University System

Implemented in 2004 to meet the growing demand for highly-trained nurses, the Dakota Nursing Program is offered through a consortium of four colleges: Bismarck State College, Dakota College at Bottineau, Lake Region State College and Williston State College. The DNP delivers a practical nurse certificate program and associate degree nurse program. Delivery methods include hands-on practical lab and clinical experiences along with classroom instruction delivered over Interactive Video Network and online formats. Additional information can be found at the DNP site.

 

University of North Dakota

University of North Dakota partnered recently with the other research university in North Dakota, NDSU, to deliver joint graduate programs in biomedical engineering. The approval for the joint offering came during the State Board of Higher Education’s October meeting, and sets the stage for on-campus and distance delivery starting next fall. This interdisciplinary offering will provide graduate students with the opportunity to research modern challenges and goals of devices and electronic systems in the medical field. A two-year Master of Science and a four-year Doctor of Philosophy will be offered.

 

Valley City State University

Valley City State University’s agreement with BSC is allowing students to receive a degree in Professional Communication through work that furthers educational opportunities for students at both schools. BSC Students who’ve completed an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree can enroll in the online VCSU program and pursue30 hours of upper level classes

 

Williston State College

Williston State College and MaSU have partnered on at least six different programs regarding Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and General Ed coursework. Through these collaborative efforts, students at WSC can enroll in courses and earn credit in business or education while at WSC. Both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees are offered.

NDUS awards mini-grants for training related to veterans’ education

Andy Heitkamp, left, and Rebecca Ringham, right, pose for a photo with Lisa Johnson after receiving mini-grants from the NDUS. The financial awards helped provide training to faculty and staff on veterans’ issues relating to higher education.

Andy Heitkamp, left, and Rebecca Ringham, right, pose for a photo with Lisa Johnson after receiving mini-grants from the NDUS. The financial awards helped provide training to faculty and staff on veterans’ issues relating to higher education.

The North Dakota University System recently awarded mini-grants on behalf of the Midwest Higher Education Compact through the state’s participation in the Multistate Collaborative for Military Credit with funding from the Lumina Foundation and USA Funds.

Rebecca Ringham, Minot State University registrar, organized a statewide training event aimed at managing the educational benefits of veterans, service members and their families. The grant funds enabled Ringham to provide training on features and options available to the NDUS institutions. Nearly 40 individuals attended the training in Grand Forks Oct. 27.

Andy Heitkamp, MiSU Veterans Center director, coordinated training for faculty, administrators, and others involved in the evaluation of military training and experiences for the award of credit toward a degree. Small grant funds were used to bring in trainers to aid in the process of evaluating military training and experiences. More than 30 individuals representing public, private, and tribal colleges, as well as the National Guard and other organizations that support veterans and service members, participated in the training event at MiSU Nov. 3.

Lisa Johnson, NDUS liaison to the MCMC, said the mini-grants were something the steering committee wanted to explore.

“Originally, the mini-grants were intended to be small, campus-specific initiatives to better serve veterans, service members, and their families in their respective communities,” Johnson said. “However, when we saw the potential for statewide impact through the quality trainers that Rebecca and Andy were contacting, it was clear that the trainers’ expertise should be shared on a much broader scale. Both events were a tremendous success and well-received by participants.”

Media Coverage Summary – Nov. 10

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Thursday, Nov. 10

 

Bismarck State College
BSC Paramedic program ranked #6 in the nation
BSC presents chamber ensembles in concert
International student thrives at BSC
 

Dakota College at Bottineau
Math Track Meet
 

Dickinson State University
5th annual Opportunities in Agriculture event to take place Nov. 16
Dickinson Community Thanksgiving Dinner to be held at DSU Nov. 24
Band of Brothers
DSU Wrestlers for Reading
DSU Heritage Foundation reaches fundraising goal
 

Lake Region State College
Not all degrees are created equal
 

Mayville State University
Veterans Honor Scholarship Endowment established at Mayville State University
Midwest Dueling Pianos, Downtown Horns, and Santa will make appearances at Mayville State
Cleone Whelan named MSU Foundation outstanding volunteer
 

Minot State University
MSU students discuss presidential election
Competing for theater stardom
Minot State University Building Evacuated
 

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS-Fargo to hold Program Preview Event for prospective students
NDSCS brings ‘Twelve Angry Men’ to stage
 

North Dakota State University
Computer science faculty member to edit journal’s cybersecurity issue
NDSU students compete at national sales event
NDSU vocal students place at Minnesota auditions
NDSU to honor John Deere Electronic Solutions as Campus Community Partner
Director named for Center for Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise
 

University of North Dakota
Exercising Ethical Decision-Making
Boot Camp: Business Style
Relling elected vice president of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy
Medical students receive scholarships
Matter of National Security
 

Valley City State University
Encouragement fuels hope
 

Williston State College
Williston State College Foundation Hosts Open House
 

North Dakota University System
Professors talk programs

A Message from the Chancellor – Nov. 9, 2016

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Hello! I’m Chancellor Mark Hagerott with the North Dakota University System. Today I’d like to talk about an initiative that’s recently showing good progress, called Envision 2030.

I would like to take a second to explain this. Envision 2030 is a longer-term effort at looking at strategies that lead to higher education for children now entering pre-school and will be coming into the university system in 2030. We’re dealing today with urgent issues from a tightening budget to a changing economy to the Legislative Session about to start and a new governor coming in. There really is a lot of pressure to deal with it day-to-day. We’re doing that, and it’s important to every now and then take a long-term view. That’s what this is about.

This initiative began with a summit in May, where leaders from throughout our state gathered to discuss direction and goals for higher education. Among the many topics discussed were expanding shared services, offering more collaborative choices and creating more opportunities for student success. Nine breakout sessions included Agriculture, Diversity, Energy, Health Care, Liberal Arts & Humanities, Manufacturing, Technology, Tomorrow’s Student and The Whole Student. We will also have a panel looking at Law education. Stakeholders and constituent groups looked at the intersections of academia, workforce and student life and came away with some substantive recommendations.

That goal-review process continued this fall, and became the Pillars upon which the Envision 2030 initiative will grow. Over the past two months the second stage of these discussions was held in Pillar meetings at many of our campuses. These talks added to the inclusivity of the overall initiative, and gave interested faculty, staff and students the opportunity to engage on the topic or topics that were most important to them. Now, we’re reaching out to hear more ideas across all the themes, and will provide a more detailed report in late November.

Although the hours of discussion resulted in goals too numerous to mention in one video, I would like to touch on some to provide a better idea of our direction and the process so far. For instance, one goal suggested under the Diversity Pillar was to “Redefine the term traditional student, and the delivery methods based on available metrics,” which could aid student success. Under the Liberal Arts & Humanities Pillar, one sample goal suggested was to “Increase attention to the need for well-rounded, educated citizens,” which would allow our graduates to be more responsive to changing workforce needs and responsive to a changing world. Under Technology, one suggested goal is to “Increase tech-based programming at colleges and universities,” especially if you think about the technological transformation going on in the world, which is very important. This itself would heighten collaborative efforts and shared services. And under The Whole Student Pillar topic, one goal discussed was to “Invest in Student Affairs programs regarding mental health and substance abuse,” which could lead to healthier campuses and a more solid foundation on which students can build their own success.

Again, these are just a few of the goals that our diverse group of Envisioners has suggested. As time goes on, the State Board of Higher Education and the university system will determine exactly how to prioritize achieve these realistically beginning now and continuing in the long-term.

With the conclusion of our final scheduled meeting at Minot State University last week, we now enter into a review process that looks over the goals and determines cross-topic themes. The next Pillar topic conversations will include our legislators, who will be coming to Bismarck in the new year, for a chance to adjust, modify and move forward with goals with their input. Those conversations will again resume at some places across our campuses and bring in experts in their respective fields, to include business leaders to better inform the effort as we scope down to the recommendations. My hope is that they will be even more inclusive to the many perspectives that already exist on these topics within our state. Doing so will be a proactive step forward for higher education in North Dakota.

Professors talk programs

Three professors granted tenure reflect on their programs

 

Karen Clementich, Amy Phillips, and Robert Brueggeman might teach different topics at different campuses, but these three professors have a few similarities.

To start, they’re all working in career fields in which they’ve held long-time interest, so much so that they can all easily be considered experts in their respective fields. They all possess extensive academic credentials and industry knowledge. They’ve all recently entered the ranks of tenured professors in the North Dakota University System. And, they’re all doing what they love: passing along the knowledge they’ve gathered through work and study to a new generation of students.

Each year, the NDUS reviews tenure recommendations from throughout its 11 public colleges and universities. Earlier this year, 81 such recommendations came before the State Board of Higher Education after passing rigorous review by their respective campuses. The following information is from a Q & A conducted by NDUS with Clementich, Phillips and Brueggeman, whose recommendations were among those granted.

[Editor’s note: Q & A has been edited for clarity.]

 

karen2Karen Clementich, M.S., Assistant Professor of Career and Technical Education-Practical Nursing Program, Career and Technical Education-Associate Degree Nursing Program, Lake Region State College. Clementich has been with the Dakota Nursing Program at LRSC since 2007, and has served as the LRSC Nursing Program Director since 2011.

Clementich’s start in academia began nearly a decade ago with an entry into teaching of health assessment, nutrition, and clinical lab skills in the DNP. She also facilitated clinical experiences for practical nursing students in the long-term and acute care settings. She began overseeing leading the LRSC nursing program five years ago at LRSC and Mayville State University. Under her leadership, LRSC’s program expanded to Grand Forks with a practical nursing program offering. Clementich’s role within the program has inarguably added to its statewide success. Her role is a combination of administrative, leadership, management and teaching responsibilities.

Her academic background consists of a Master of Science – Nursing Education, from University of North Dakota, Career and Technical Credential from Valley City State University, Bachelor of Science – Nursing, from Minot State University, Associate of Arts from LRSC, and a Nursing Diploma from Grace Hospital School of Nursing Winnipeg, Manitoba.

North Dakota University System: Why did you first go into nursing?

Clementich: Since I was a child I knew that I wanted to be a NURSE! After I entered the profession as a registered nurse, I recognized that the career opportunities were endless. It was then that I chose to pursue my passions through schooling more education and experience in Geriatrics and Nursing Education.

NDUS: When did you make the shift from nursing to nursing education?

Clementich: My career in academia began in 2007. At that time, I decided to make a career change from the bedside to education. I began to pursue my goal in becoming a nurse educator and I started working at LRSC as an instructor in the Practical Nursing Program.

Upon my hiring at LRSC, I enrolled in the Nurse Faculty Intern Program (NFIP) through the North Dakota Board of Nursing. The NFIP was a mentorship program that helped ease the transition for new instructors that were working toward a qualifying degree, a Master of Science in Nursing. In accordance, I enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Educator track at the University of North Dakota.

NDUS: Do you only teach at LRSC, or do your duties include teaching elsewhere at those sites or through mediums like IVN?

Clementich: LRSC is part of the Dakota Nursing Program Consortium. The Consortium includes three additional partners: Bismarck State College, Dakota College at Bottineau and Williston State College. Each of the four campuses also has distant sites. Collaboratively, the four colleges deliver classes via interactive video networking (IVN).

My specialty content areas include Foundations of Nursing and Medical Surgical Nursing. I deliver instruction to approximately 160 practical nursing students across North Dakota through IVN.

NDUS: How important is the DNP for the state, and the regional health care industry?

Clementich: The philosophy of the DNP is designed to meet the needs of communities by enhancing professional advancement, utilizing technology, and integrating quality and safety competencies. Students are recognized as diverse and unique individuals who are encouraged to achieve their optimal potential. Faculty are committed to excellence in maintaining expertise and ensuring holistic patient-centered care through evidence-based quality nursing education.

 

The DNP’s successful nursing program is positively impacting workforce needs for nursing across the state, as the vast majority of the graduates find jobs in North Dakota, often in rural communities.
NDUS: Has nursing education changed over time, and if so, how (ex. new medical practices, expanded simulation opportunities, etc)?

Clementich: I have seen lots of change in nursing education since I began my career. One area that is most remarkable to me is the integtration of high-fidelity simulation in nursing education. In the past 10 years, the DNP has embraced this change and has embedded simulation throughout the curriculum.

The students get a realistic, hands-on experience during simulation and they are able to transfer what they are learning in the classroom into the simulated clinical environment. The goal of simulation is for the students to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms that the client is having, intervene appropriately, and evaluate their actions. It also provides the students an opportunity to work in teams and teaches them to collaborate within their respective roles. The hands-on experience allows the students to develop sound clinical judgement skills that will make them safe practitioners as they enter the workforce.

NDUS: Are there any moments in time that really stick out to you as an educator?

Clementich: My first year of teaching was extremely overwhelming, which is very typical for any instructor transitioning from industry to education. I had received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2006; however, my new position required that I was pursuing a master’s degree concurrently. Not only did I transition into a teaching role and start graduate studies, I was also juggling a set of three-year-old twins and a six-year-old going through chemotherapy treatment for Leukemia at home.

I spent many late nights and early mornings at my kitchen table studying and preparing for lab and lectures the next day. That year my family and friends sponsored a Relay for Life team in honor of my son, he was the ambassador of hope. When our team started to walk the introductory lap, my students showed up unannounced wearing t-shirts that stated, “you have been there for us and now we are here for you.”

The compassionate actions of these students created a moment I will never forget. It is the moments like these that make all of the late night and early morning preparations worth it!

 

phillipsAmy Phillips, M.S.S.W., Ph.D., Professor of Social Work, Minot State University. Phillips has been with MiSU’s Social Work Program on the NDSU campus since 2013.

Phillips’ academic background is extensive. She holds a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from UND, a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary (NYC), a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from Vanderbilt, and a Bachelor of Arts from DePauw University.

After receiving her MSSW from Columbia, Phillips worked in a private, non-profit family services agency based in Camden New Jersey. Starting as a family therapist in a home-based crisis intervention program, she then moved to supervisory and administrative oversite of seven home- and office-based programs designed to prevent or respond to child abuse and neglect and to assist with family reunification.  While at the agency, she began teaching as an adjunct social work instructor at Rutgers University. She later moved to Fargo and joined the social work department at Minnesota State University Moorhead where she was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor. A little more than a decade later, she moved to the social work department at UND where she taught undergraduate and graduate social work courses. Shortly after receiving tenure and promotion at UND, she accepted the position of Site Coordinator for the Minot State University social work program in the dual degree Social Work and Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) program at North Dakota State University. While a majority of her time is spent teaching, Phillips also has administrative, research, and service responsibilities.  Ove her academic career, her publications and presentations have focused on rural social work, the role of the post office in rural communities, anti-oppressive organizational practices, and social work instructional strategies

NDUS: What do your regular duties consist of?

Phillips: As the Site Coordinator of the Minot State Social Work program at NDSU, I teach undergraduate social work courses and coordinate the program. Administrative duties include providing information about the program to interested students, registering students for social work courses and supporting them through the program, recruiting and helping train adjunct instructors, and facilitating all other aspects of collaboration between NDSU and Minot State. As a tenured full professor I also engage in service and scholarly activities.

NDUS: Can you tell us what started you on a path toward social work, and then what took you down the path toward teaching future social work students?

Phillips: I can only guess that both paths had something to do with coming from a line of people who were concerned for the common good and chose professions accordingly.

NDUNS: How important is the social work program for the state, and the region?

Phillips: The people of North Dakota, like elsewhere around the country, often turn to a social worker if they need assistance with parenting skills, addiction treatment, resources for an elderly relative, social skill development, housing, mental health counseling, case management, advocacy, hospital discharge planning, or any of a long list of other needs and resources. In addition, social workers work as a group and in collaboration with others to promote systemic change through improving and creating services and dismantling forms of oppression. In other words, social workers work tirelessly to improve the lives of North Dakotans and their communities.  Social work education programs have the responsibility to ensure that when an individual, family, or group needs a social worker, that worker is non-judgmental, self-aware, confident, skilled, and committed.  It’s a tall order, but one that social work programs take very seriously, especially given the shortage of services in many fields of practice and geographic areas in North Dakota.

NDUS: Has social work education changed over time, and if so, how?

Phillips: In the time I’ve been teaching, the biggest change in social work education has been in the expansion of educational delivery methods.  Students may now take online and blended, as well as face-to-face courses.  The particular content of courses routinely changes since it is based on current research and practices, but the larger curricular framework maintains a firm grounding in the knowledge, values, and skills needed for professional social work with a variety of populations and in multiple fields of practice.

NDUS: Are there any moments in time that really stick out to you as an educator?

Phillips: The most significant moments for me are when I hear from current or former students who take the time to write, call, or email to say that they appreciated or used something they learned in one of my courses. It’s always a pleasure to hear how students have applied what they learned in their classes to their current social work practice.

 

brueggemanRobert Brueggeman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology, Department of Plant Pathology, North Dakota State University.

Brueggeman’s academic experience includes time as a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant at Washington State University, a Ph.D. and Master of Science in Crop Sciences from WSU, and a Bachelor of Science in Genetics and Cell Biology (minors in Microbiology and Molecular Cell Biology), also from WSU. He is currently the barley pathologist/geneticist in the Department of Plant Pathology at NDSU, which he joined in 2010.

NDUS: What do your regular duties consist of?

Brueggeman: My appointment in the department is 90 percent research and 10 percent teaching, and carries the responsibility to engage in applied and basic research focused on understanding and managing diseases affecting barley production in North Dakota and the world.

The cutting-edge instrumentation that I have acquired has expanded my research into fungal and bacterial genetics/genomics, a necessary leap to round my expertise and interest in host-parasite interactions. Having North Dakota’s first next generation sequencing instrument (which I acquired through a National Science Foundation CAREER award) in my lab allows for the real time and innovative development of methodologies for both host and pathogen genetic characterization, one of which was recently published in the journal Molecular Plant Pathology. The basic research discoveries coming from these technologies are being applied to the field through marker assisted and genomic selection strategies in close collaboration with the NDSU barley breeder and breeders from other public institutions and private companies. Thus, these molecular tools are aiding the NDSU barley-breeding program to utilize the most cutting edge technology in the pursuit of genetic resistance to a range of diseases and malting quality. As Harold Flor, North Dakota’s most famous plant pathologist determined with the gene-for-gene theory, it is imperative to understand the genetics governing these interactions from both the host and pathogen to affectively deploy genetic resistance in the field.

I share my enthusiasm for scientific discovery with students as reflected in my host-parasite genetics course. The material and teaching style emphasizes understanding the scientific process and development of critical thinking skills beyond the classroom.

I currently have six Ph.D. students in my lab, and I meet with them on an almost-daily basis. Thus, research is a constant teaching and learning process. I am constantly trying to teach my students critical thinking skills while still giving them the freedom to think outside the box which I think is important for nurturing their innate scientific curiosity. Through this mentoring process my students develop into my peers and I begin to learn as much from them as I can teach.

NDUS: What got you into agri-research in the first place?

Brueggeman: I began my career with the intent of working in human genetics and cancer research. However, I realized that to maintain my close connection with rural life and agriculture, medical research was not the best fit as it would point me towards the big city. It was then that I began working in the lab of my mentor, Dr. Andris Kleinhof, at Washington State University. I realized that crop and plant molecular genetics are fascinating and what we discover in plants can also cross disciplines. It was in his lab that the shortening of tolemeres over time was being characterized in barley, which is considered one of the main mechanisms of aging and slowing this process was considered by popular press as the fountain of youth for humans. As an undergrad, Andy gave me the freedom to do cutting-edge research and I cloned the first stem rust resistance gene in barley and was the first author on this manuscript published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

NDUS: Is your current role something you had always pursued, or did you find your interest in it somewhere on your academic path?

Brueggeman: Through working with Andy I realized that I wanted to have the freedom to conduct research that I found interesting so I could follow my basic research interests but also conduct research that could be translated to the field and be important to crop production. Thus, I became interested in joining academia as a university faculty/research principal investigator through my exposure to research as an undergraduate and graduate student.

NDUS: How important is ag research for the state and for the ag industry?

Brueggeman: Ag research is of the upmost importance in ND thus it is very important that we maintain our close connection to the field through applied research but also conduct cutting edge basic research that can be translated to the field through more efficient breeding practices focused on important issues like tolerance to biotic stresses (pathogens) and abiotic stresses (drought tolerance as well as water use efficiency).

NDUS: Are you researching anything now that you could tell us about?

Brueggeman: I received an NSF CAREER grant and with the funding we identified and characterized the only barley stem rust resistance gene that is effective against Ug99 a virulent race of wheat stem rust that is considered a threat to global food security.

Interestingly, the predicted function of this gene has allowed us to hypothesize that the rust pathogens have genes that encode effector proteins, which they inject into the plant stomates to trick the plant into opening the stomates during the night, when the pathogen infects the plants. They basically trick the barley plants into thinking it’s day time, by acting on proteins that trigger the stomatal aperture opening, then they infect the leaves through these natural openings without being detected by the plants immune system.

However, in this molecular arms race, plants evolved to attach the targeted gene to an immunity receptor gene. Thus, when the pathogen tries to deceive the plant by targeting these proteins to enter the plants at night the host immunity system uses the target protein as “bait” to trap the pathogen eliciting its defense responses and killing the pathogen. This new paradigm in plant immunity coined the “integrated decoy model” has recently been discovered and my lab has cloned and identified one of the genes that has given rise to this new paradigm in plant genetic resistance.

NDUS: Are there any moments in time that really stick out to you as an educator?

Brueggeman: I was very proud of the point when I realized that my student, Jon Richards, who started with me as an undergrad with no experience in plant molecular genetics, had far surpassed my bioinformatics ability. Bioinformatics is an important process of taking genome sequencing data and extracting biologically relevant data form these big data sets. Now he has the skills needed to move on and perform cutting edge research as a PI in his own lab as he aspires to be a professor as well.

 

[Note: A previous story on tenured professors ran last year and can be found here.]

Media Coverage Summary – Nov. 4

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Nov. 4

 

Bismarck State College
BSC professor engineers balance through music
BSC Music department kicks off November with three concerts
Kevin Locke performs at BSC for American Indian Heritage Month
 

Dakota College at Bottineau
Enjoy eBooks & Audiobooks Anytime, Anywhere
 

Dickinson State University
Trey Smollack crowned 2016 Miss(ter) Blue Hawk
The Seventh Fire: Native American gang documentary to be screened at Dickinson State
Hawk’s Perch – November 2016
Martel selected to participate in Leadership Bismarck-Mandan
 

Lake Region State College
LRSC students earn Phi Theta Kappa honor
Finding Futures
 

Mayville State University
Annual MSU Foundation Honor Society president’s dinner held October 27
Collegiate DECA provides valuable experiences for Mayville State students
Toys for Tickets drive underway
 

Minot State University
50 years of service to MSU
Minot native Josh Duhamel inducted into Minot State University Hall of Fame
Veteran Employers Summit to Provide Resources, Tools for Recruiting Service Members
 

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Performing Arts Department to Present Fall Play Nov. 8-10
NDSCS to recognize Service Members and Veterans Nov. 9
 

North Dakota State University
NDSU receives record $13.5 million gift for STEM scholarships
NDSU, UND to offer joint graduate programs in biomedical engineering
NDSU to offer minor in biomedical engineering
David Berg receives NDSU Harvest Bowl Agribusiness award
NDSU, UND students build satellite for space station experiments
Celebrating Halloween Early at NDSU
NDSU Extension Service warns landowners about invasive weed
Good crop yields ease pain in North Dakota
NDSU graduates team up to build successful architecture firm
NDSU scientist uses genetics to identify wood for high-end guitars
Faculty member to present Fulbright presentation
Ethics institute to host third panel discussion on behavioral health and care
 

University of North Dakota
NDSU, UND to offer joint graduate programs in biomedical engineering
Building human infrastructure
Matter of national security
Dinner with the Veep
Fantasy focus
Chili challenge a hit
 

Valley City State University
This week’s Hotline newsletter
 

Williston State College
TrainND-Northwest, Minot Office in New Location
 

North Dakota University System
Task Force to examine faculty annual and sick leave