Monthly Archives: January 2018

Media Coverage Summary – Jan. 19

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Jan. 19

 

Bismarck State College
BSC students awarded technical and energy scholarships
Energy Generation Conference set for Jan. 23-25
 

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Hires Academic Support Coordinators & Safety Security Officer
 

Dickinson State University
Wohletz to perform during Afternoon of Jazz with ND musicians
Blue Hawk Supporter – Edgewood Hawks Point
 

Lake Region State College
TRiO supports students
 

Mayville State University
Mayville State University reunion luncheon scheduled
 

Minot State University
Air-supported dome at Herb Parker Stadium now open
Hoff to coach at Paralympic Winter Games
Alumni Sean and Jason Neukom bring Beo String Quartet to North Dakota
Northwest Arts Center opens New Year with two exhibits
 

North Dakota State College of Science
Daily News: Rebalancing act for NDSCS a quarter into new biennium
 

North Dakota State University
Area woman from Kenya to receive human rights award
NDSU computer science to host top students for cybersecurity research experience
Life Beyond Breaking Even summit to focus on farm economics, stress
NDSU Hosts Annual Innovation Challenge Pitch Night
NDSU Holds Expo to Get Student Body Involved In Campus Organizations
NDSU Extension to host corn economics workshops
Fullerton farmer grows lettuce year-round with help of hydroponics
 

University of North Dakota
Banding together for a better campus
Raves for Chaves
Research suggests colonoscopy link to appendicitis
Video: MLK Day observed on campus
Dream in Action: MLK celebration at UND
 

Valley City State University
Key personnel changes in new year
 

Williston State College
Tetons come to Hagan
 

North Dakota University System
CTS Staff Profile – John Lindstrom

CTS Staff Profile – John Lindstrom

John Lindstrom has worked for the North Dakota University System/Core Technology Services for nearly 40 years. In all that time, a lot has changed, except for his role.

According to his team mates, the steadiness he brings to the job helps serve as a great foundation on which to build a team.

John, a programmer analyst with the CTS’ Financial and HRM Systems team, has been an application developer for his entire career, starting back in 1978 when he was hired to develop the software for an integrated legacy HR, Finance and Student system for all campuses.

“My responsibilities over the years have been basically developing and troubleshooting the software that automates the business processes for the campuses,” John said. “In our legacy system I worked on both the finance and HRMS applications. With the ERP [put in place in 2004] I now work exclusively on the HRMS module.”

While things can change regularly in higher education and in tech-related fields, John’s particular role – and the skills and experience he brings to it – haven’t gone out of style. While the 2004 transition from a legacy system to the ERP offered less need for programming, all systems retain a high need for troubleshooters like John and the Financial and HRMS Systems team, who continues to develop new functionality within the system.

While these types of technical details may be out-of-sight for most end-users, the functionality that they bring allows university system employees to maintain a proper level of interaction with their administrative needs. Most recently, that included the implementation of the Time Labor/Absence Management module in PeopleSoft, utilized by all the campuses.

Being part of any system for four decades can offer insight into change over time. John is certainly no different in that regard.

There have been many changes as you can imagine over nearly 40 years,” he said. “When I started all of the campuses had their own computer systems for doing their business and there wasn’t even a formal North Dakota University System, which was formed in approximately 1990. In the mid-1980s, three new campuses were brought under the umbrella of N.D. higher ed with Bismarck State, Lake Region and Williston State being added. Campuses were basically their own entity since – there was no technology available to help with the collaboration between them

According to John, the information technology-related changes have been dramatic

“When I started working for N.D. higher ed, personal computers were in their infancy and were not used for any administrative computing, and there was no internet, online processing or cell phones,” he noted. “Our legacy system went into production in 1978 and connected online to a mainframe computer used the old green screen terminals for data entry. That was a huge step forward from the punch cards and magnetic tape that was heavily used prior to the legacy system. The changes since that legacy system have been just as dramatic with the advent of the internet. Now we can do our work and students can take classes online from anywhere.”

John noted that he kept upbeat after 40 years on the job because he worked with “talented, dedicated co-workers, and it is fun to come to work every day.

“My job is still challenging and not a day goes by that I don’t learn something new,” he added. “Our teams work with the campus administrative users, and it is rewarding helping them solve issues that they have with our ERP software.

“I have been very fortunate to work with the people that I have over the years and have a job that was both rewarding and challenging,” John concluded. “I even met my wife Marie at work (we started the same day in 1978) and have worked in the same organization ever since. She just retired in December.”

“John is an amazing team member, friend and person,” noted supervisor Cory Schanzenbach. “He is the most humble, kind, hard-working individual I have met. John has an incredible amount of knowledge, which his team-members rely on for help every day.”

In addition to his long track record with NDUS/CTS, John finds time to serve as he treasurer of his church and his church foundation. I also help out in NDSU Athletics. During the football season he works on the game statistic crew and during the basketball season helps the multimedia crew with displaying game content on the videoboards in the SHAC. He is a longtime blood donor for United Blood Services, and was inducted into the N.D. Softball Hall of Fame in 1993 after playing for 31 years. These days, he’s traded in fast pitch softball for golfing and bowling, recording two 300 games and an 800 series.

Media Coverage Summary – Jan. 12

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Jan. 12

 

Bismarck State College
BSC announces President’s Honor Roll for Fall 2017
Blizzard Bluegrass concerts set for Jan. 12-13 at BSC
 

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Photo Grad starts internship with Disney Corp.
 

Dickinson State University
Gruhlke advances to LEAD 2018 Winner Circle
Lunde named DSU’s 2018 Nurse Educator of the Year
Travers Scholarships now available through DSU Heritage Foundation
CommUniversity 2018 features topics from QuickBooks to photograph
Blue Hawk Bulletin – January 2018
 

Lake Region State College
LRSC and CHS partner for ag education
Faculty and staff donate to SAAF
TRiO supports students
 

Mayville State University
TRAILL COUNTY/MAYVILLE STATE LUNCHEON IN MESA SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 13
KLOCKE WILL RETURN TO MAYVILLE STATE AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MSU FOUNDATION
 

Minot State University
President completes fall tour
Northwest Arts Center opens New Year with two exhibits
Minot State to host grand opening
 

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Announces Fall 2017 President’s Honor List
 

North Dakota State University
N Dakota St takes back FCS title, tops James Madison 17-13
NDSU students take leading role in research
NDSU Innovation Challenge to kick off next week
NDSU Lake Region Extension Roundup begins Tuesday
Projecting 2018 crop profits
Partner-twins bring ag concepts to life in their ND-based ‘Red E’ venture
FF grad Bernard receives NDSU computer science student honor
 

University of North Dakota
CVIC at home at UND
Student-athlete of the Month: Bailey Strand
Postdocs on lock
Out of this world opportunity
Ascending the online ranks
 

Valley City State University
VCSU online programs recognized in U.S. News rankings
 

Williston State College
Tetons women show much improvement despite short bench against Dawson
 

North Dakota University System

Media Coverage Summary – Jan. 5

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Dec. 29

 

Bismarck State College
Blizzard Bluegrass concerts set for Jan. 12-13 at BSC
From mice to millions
 

Dakota College at Bottineau
Farm & Cottage Food Safety Workshop
 

Dickinson State University
Hawk’s Perch – January 2018
McKenzie Reisenauer succeeds against the odds
 

Lake Region State College
Wind Power: Bane or Benefit?
Wind Energy: Mostly All Benefit
 

Mayville State University
It’s a great time to check out the Wellness Center
 

Minot State University
Leap of faith paying off for Kringen
Minot State earns Star Volunteers Award
Heilman performing at high level 
 

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Registered Nursing program to accept new students annually beginning in fall 2019
 

North Dakota State University
NDSU Feedlot School set for Jan. 23-24
West Fargo’s Snell working with NDSU students on NASA project
Visions of the future: Alexandria grad working on drones, driverless cars
Limitless creation: Printmaker shares Native American heritage through art
The Forum’s 2017 Area Person of the Year: Carson Wentz
Award-winning documentary aims to recruit, retain American Indian nurses
NDSU RECEIVER DANIEL POLANSKY WINS NCAA ELITE 90 AWARD
Bison Nation rallies around young NDSU fan in the fight of his life
 

University of North Dakota
Year in Review: oh what a year!
Happy Holidays from the UND Alumni Association and Foundation
 

Valley City State University
Highlights from 2017
 

Williston State College
WSC instructor chosen for solo exhibitions starting in 2019

North Dakota University System