Monthly Archives: June 2018

Media Coverage Summary – June 29

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

 

Bismarck State College
Informational session in Hettinger explains distance-learning nursing degree through a BSC collaboration
 

Dakota College at Bottineau
High Tunnel Workshops
 

Dickinson State University
A Minute with Mitzel 6.27.18
Dickinson State Hall of Fame induction set for October 12
 

Lake Region State College
Farm to Plate, We Educate
 

Mayville State University
Mayville State to host Shrine Bowl athletes and coaches in July
 

Minot State University
Minot State to offer Management Concepts Graduate Certificate at BSC
Roberts takes individualized approach to student learning 
 

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS dedicates Kosel Family Agriculture Land Lab
WDAY: NDSCS ag department gets land donation
KVRR: Kosel Family Agriculture Land Lab Benefits NDSCS Students
KFGO: NDSCS dedicates Kosel Family Agriculture Land Lab outside Wahpeton
Daily News: NDSCS dedicates land lab
RRFN: Ag Businesses Bring Knowledge to NDSCS Land Lab
 

North Dakota State University
NATURE student puts sleep science to the test
Some boosters want South Dakota’s Augustana on bigger stage
Suicides Have Increased. Is This an Existential Crisis?
SAAC Focuses on Giving Back to Our Community
Soon, ‘insulin pill’ may replace painful needle jabs
NDSU President Bresciani receives favorable review, renewed contract
Field research helps grad students get ready for careers
 

University of North Dakota
Monumental task
Maximum impact
‘Thrust you can trust’
iPIPE: Taking a bite out of leaks
Heard any good jokes lately?
 

Valley City State University
Construction begins on VCSU track renovation
 

Williston State College
WSC Student Selected to be a Northern Ambassador of Music
 

North Dakota University System
MiSU Staff Profile – Weber

MiSU Staff Profile – Weber

Navigating the world of financial aid can sometimes be one of those tasks students may find daunting. Fortunately, students throughout the North Dakota University System have people like Minot State University’s Financial Aid Director Laurie Weber to offer a knowledgeable and helping hand.

A veteran of all things financial aid, Weber got her start roughly two decades ago, taking on leadership role of the department five years ago. Her experience is rounded out by an additional two years at Bismarck State College in the Financial Aid Office as a work study student assistant. It was there, Weber said, that she was inspired to take on the work as her chosen career in 1997. And, according to Weber, it’s “definitely not the same every day.”

“Our work, like much of the work at the university, runs in cycles depending on the time of year,” she noted. “We spend a lot of time interacting with students and parents, helping them understand the financial aid process.

“My staff and I also award and disburse scholarships, grants and loans,” Weber continued. “We present financial aid information at various events on campus and at high schools. We work to ensure that MiSU meets compliance requirements for federal aid programs and oversee scholarships and the work study program.”

That compliance is an important responsibility, and helps ensure that the department not only keeps the students up on their financial responsibilities to the university, but also that the university keeps up on its responsibilities to the students. While that compliance is essential, the part of the job that Weber likes the most is helping students and their parents learn how the process works.

“My very favorite part of my job is interacting with students and potential students and their families, helping them understand the financial aid process and figuring out how they can make the finances work to achieve their goals,” Weber said. “It’s so exciting to be at commencement and to see the excitement of students that we have assisted as they cross the stage on that big day! I also really enjoy my interactions with staff and faculty across campus and with my financial aid colleagues at MiSU, around the state and the region.”

As with all careers over time, change inevitably happens. When it comes to finances and student privacy, one challenge appeared with the implementation of a new system.

“Initial implementation of the PeopleSoft system was a pretty big change for us since I started working here,” she noted. “We’ve learned so much and have really come in a long way in understanding the system’s capabilities since we started. Use of technology and social media to communicate with the public has also been a gradual change over the years. Many of our communications now are sent through various electronic and social media avenues rather than via the postal system. In a very positive way, students now have much better access to information about financial aid and finances in general online.

“Very recently, on a federal level, the Federal Perkins Loan has been discontinued, which negatively impacts students,” Weber added. “It’s been hard to lose access to this program with no replacement available and we are still working through how to best help students who might have qualified for this program in the past.”

In recognition for her efforts, Weber was selected last spring as a recipient of the MiSU High Five Award, as well as being elected as the Vice President-Elect for the Rocky Mountain Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

Outside of her role at the university, Weber enjoys volunteering with the Minot Backpack Buddies program, which provides food for elementary age students that may otherwise suffer from hunger over the weekends.

“It’s particularly enjoyable because the program started in Minot as a project that grew out of a Leadership class at MSU that a number of staff members participated in,” she said. “I also volunteer with our state and regional financial aid associations and I serve on a number of MiSU committees.”

She concluded that she had a great, supportive family and is proud to celebrate her 25th wedding anniversary with her husband, David, this fall, with who she has three sons.

“Being a parent to these young men has been my best and most enjoyable job of all,” Weber added.

Media Coverage Summary – June 22

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Jun 22

 

Bismarck State College
>Industry leaders step up to fill cybersecurity roles through support of BSC program
BSC announces President’s Honor Roll for Spring 2018
 

Dakota College at Bottineau
High Tunnel Workshops
 

Dickinson State University
Dickinson State ranks as one of the most affordable small colleges in the nation
DSU could become a polytechnic campus
 

Lake Region State College
Clementich receives rural health award
 

Mayville State University
Mayville State to host Shrine Bowl athletes and coaches in July
Excitement remains after “Un-Belizable” experience
 

Minot State University
Minot State earns National SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd® grant
Summer Theater ready to launch Season 53
Northwest Arts Center presents ‘Art from a Female Perspective’
 

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS and NDSU expand partnership for student success
InForum: NDSCS, NDSU reach agreement allowing students to ‘transfer seamlessly’ between schools
KVRR: Agreement Between NDSU and NDSCS Addresses ND Workforce Issues
 

North Dakota State University
New ND extension director a good fit
Study Finds Vaccinations Keep Communities Safe
Paul Berg to receive AMSA’s highest honor
Letter: NDSU football camp was life-changing
NDSCS, NDSU reach agreement allowing students to ‘transfer seamlessly’ between schools
Local students get hands on look at medical professions as part of camp
NDSU Extension Director named honorary 4-H State Ambassador
NDSU professor receives International Potato Award
Lardy named NDSU Extension interim director
Buying frozen meat, what does the “sell-by” date really mean?
NDSU student crowned Miss North Dakota
 

University of North Dakota
Time to ‘evolve’ Grand Forks
Representing with flying colors
Building a flock of healers
UND’s Grad Party Crashers
Widening the vision
 

Valley City State University
38 area teachers participate in STEM professional development
Spring 2018 honor rolls released
 

Williston State College
WSC Student Selected to be a Northern Ambassador of Music
 

North Dakota University System
Johnson named Interim Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs

Johnson named Interim Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs

A new interim vice chancellor of academic and student affairs has been named in North Dakota University System.

Lisa Johnson has now taken on responsibilities as the system’s top academic officer. The position will fill the need after former Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs Richard Rothaus accepted another position outside the system earlier this month.

Johnson previously served as the director of academic affairs, which included overseeing policies relating to transfer students, distance education and veterans.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott said Johnson would be an exemplary fit for the position.

“Ms. Johnson brings extensive expertise across the wealth of diverse topics that exist under the Academic and Student Affairs umbrellas,” Hagerott said. “Her willingness to assume yet more duties in service of our state and the larger NDUS speaks volumes about her passion for education and dedication to this role.

Media Coverage Summary – June 8

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Jun 8

 

Bismarck State College
BSC faculty and staff receive promotions and excellence awards
 

Dakota College at Bottineau
Dickinson State Visits Dakota College at Bottineau
 

Dickinson State University
“The How and the Why” to be performed at DSU’s Centennial Celebration
Remembering Winifred Stump-Delong and Roger Huffman, two influential members of the Dickinson State family
An interview with Dickinson State’s 2018 Outstanding Graduate Award winners
 

Lake Region State College
CNA classes scheduled
 

Mayville State University
Mayville State University Alumni Association’s Alumni Day planned
Alumni Association hosting outing at RedHawks game
Groundbreaking at Jerome Berg Field
 

Minot State University
Summer Theater ready to launch Season 53
Northwest Arts Center presents ‘Art from a Female Perspective’
 

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Registered Nursing programs receive Initial Accreditation from ACEN
NDSCS Practical Nursing cohort achieves 100% first-time pass rate on national exam
 

North Dakota State University
LIVE: Bike Sharing The Red’s Geology
NDSU students win NASA robotic mining awards
Opioid Overdose Drug Naloxone Has Been Recalled
NDSU professor breeding a hardy maple tree for North Dakota
 

University of North Dakota
On the right track
Ray Richards’ legacy endures
Kennedy: research universities key to staying ahead of unmanned curve
Like a surgeon
Back on their feet
 

Valley City State University
Memories of ghost buildings
 

Williston State College
WSC’s Thornton appointed to SBHE
 

North Dakota University System

Media Coverage Summary – June 1

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Jun 1

 

Bismarck State College
BSC faculty and staff receive promotions and excellence awards
 

Dakota College at Bottineau
Dickinson State Visits Dakota College at Bottineau
 

Dickinson State University
Dickinson State is making life a little easier for parents of young children
Dickinson State University makes ‘overdue’ improvements
 

Lake Region State College
CNA classes scheduled
Study abroad trip planned Spring 2019
 

Mayville State University
Mayville State will recognize distinguished alumni and friends at June 22 dinner
Students participate in “Un-Belizable” experience
Turf to be installed
 

Minot State University
Richard re-elected as SGA president
Friend-raising Summer Golf Tour kicks off in Velva
Minot State SGA names Professors, Advisors of the Year
 

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Registered Nursing programs receive Initial Accreditation from ACEN
NDSCS Practical Nursing cohort achieves 100% first-time pass rate on national exam
 

North Dakota State University
Businesses celebrate graduation from technology incubator
Kindergartners Learn from NDSU’s “Bug Man”
Student to compete in Food Technologists Global Challenge
Office of Research and Creative Activity announces funding recipients
NDSU historian serves as expert on TV show
City kids find good career fit in agriculture
Students at Fargo’s Bennett Elementary Plant Garden
 

University of North Dakota
Student-athlete of the Month: Kyley Foster
Top guns
UND forensic psychology program best in country
Go, car, go!
Telepsychiatry — making the connection
 

Valley City State University
This week’s Hotline
 

Williston State College
Permian comes to call on Bakken
 

North Dakota University System