Monthly Archives: October 2018

Dickinson State University campus successes

Third annual Harvest Festival and DSU Family Weekend continues to grow with 2,500 in attendance

Dickinson State University (DSU) and the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the third annual Harvest Festival in conjunction with DSU Family Weekend on Sept. 15, 2018. The event took place on campus at King Pavilion.


Lake Region State College

Professor earns high honors

Randy Olson, Associate Professor with Lake Region State College’s Automotive Technology Program, received high honors at the North Dakota Association of Career and Technical Educators (NDACTE) annual conference.

Olson was presented the NDACTE Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year award.  This award recognizes post-secondary educators who are providing excellent career and technical programs for youth and/or adults in the respective fields and communities.  He will compete in regional competition in April.

The TRiO Student Support Services team at Lake Region State College was recognized at the North Dakota Association of Career and Technical Educators (NDACTE) annual conference. They were presented with the NDACTE Special Populations award for their dedication and support of students.

Mayville State University campus successes

Mayville State records enrollment increase for fall semester

Mayville State University has recorded a four percent increase in the number of students enrolled for the fall semester of 2018, topping the university’s all-time enrollment record for the seventh-straight year. Headcount enrollment this fall is 1,184 students. This is the eighth enrollment record set in the last nine years.


Artificial turf installed at MaSU football field

A longtime dream has become a reality at Mayville State. Artificial turf has been installed at Jerome Berg Field. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Farmers Bowl, the first Comets football game played on the new turf. A win over College of St. Scholastica topped off a special day for the university and the community.


MaSU will host Denmark students

Mayville State University will host eight students from Skive College in Denmark for the month of October. During the “reverse study abroad” experience, the students and their faculty advisers will be staying stay in the MaSU residence halls and be immersed in classes from a variety of disciplines. The group will also visit several places around the state.

Minot State University campus successes

Alumni Association honors five with Golden Award, Young Alumni Achievement Award

The Minot State University Alumni Association will honor four individuals with the Golden Award and one with the Young Alumni Achievement Award at the 51st Anniversary Dinner.

Jay Altringer (‘75), Don Hummel (‘75), Howard Klug (‘80), and Chuck Kramer (‘76) have been chosen for the Golden Award, while Tawnya Bernsdorf (‘04/‘08) will receive the Young Alumni Achievement Award at a dinner planned for Thursday, Sept. 20 starting at 6 p.m. at the Student Center Conference Center. Tickets for the event are on sale and can be reserved by contacting the MSU Alumni Office at 701-858-3234. Cost of the event is $30 per person.

The highest award bestowed by the Minot State University Alumni Association, the Golden Award selections are based on outstanding service to the university or alumni association and distinguished leadership in the recipient’s career or community. The Young Alumni Achievement Award recipient is between the ages of 21 and 39.


Roness named NDSHAPE College and University Physical Education Teacher of the Year

Minot State University instructor Troy Roness was recently named the North Dakota Society for Health and Physical Educators (NDSHAPE) College and University Physical Education Teacher of the Year, the organization announced. Roness will be presented the award at the organization’s state conference Sept. 24 in Bismarck.

NDSHAPE was established in 1928 to encourage and provide professional development and support for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (HPERD) professionals. The group is made up of public and private school teachers, collegiate professors, and health professionals that believe in the importance of active living. The award was voted on by Roness’s peers.


Minot State opens cadaver lab

Minot State University students will have a unique opportunity to study the human body as the university officially opened a cadaver lab to enhance its Biology 220 and 221 Anatomy and Physiology I and II classes.

The cadaver lab – one of only two such labs at public institutions in North Dakota – has two stations for dissection and an observation room. The lab was built in response to a request from Minot State students for hands-on learning experiences.

“We would be in class and teaching a topic and I would say it would be really nice to show you this, but we just don’t have the facility. Instead we would use plastic models or dissected animals,” said Minot State biology instructor and cadaver lab supervisor Dr. Aaron Ament. “It was really frustrating at times; we could lecture, but not observe. The students came to me and said maybe we should write a letter to the president or express our concerns to student government. I told them I would support that, and it basically started from there.”

Minot State partnered with the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences to receive the cadavers. The lab will consist of one male and one female cadaver each academic year.

North Dakota State College of Science

NDSCS Fall Enrollment Remains Steady

Fall enrollment numbers have once again remained steady at the North Dakota State College of Science. Total student enrollment is 2,957, which includes Wahpeton, Fargo, online and early entry students. This is a decrease of less than 1% compared to fall 2017 enrollment, which totaled 2,985.


NDSCS recognized with National Rankings

NDSCS has received recognition from two publications that have ranked the College among the nation’s best. NDSCS was included at #14 on a list by Forbes that ranks the nation’s Top Two-Year Trade Schools. The College was also ranked #15 among public institutions in a report by the Chronicle of Higher Education in its 2018 Almanac of Higher Education titled “2-Year Colleges With the Best 3-Year Graduation Rates, 2016”.


NDSCS students earn awards at National Skills USA Championships

Three NDSCS students earned medals at the national SkillsUSA Championships. Powersports Technology student Tanner Klein earned a gold medal in the Power Equipment Technology category, Welding Technology student Chandler Rheault secured a silver medal in the Welding Sculpture category and Precision Machining Technology student John Heidt received a bronze medal in the CNC Turning Specialist category.

North Dakota State University campus successes

New endowed scholarship fund established for first-year students

Fargo native Bradford Freeman has established a $1.5 million scholarship endowment at NDSU. It will support North Dakota, Minnesota and international students who have solid academic credentials. Freeman scholarships will be available to first-year students and can be renewed for three years. The fund will help talented students complete their studies, establish careers and have a positive effect on the state, region and world.


Council broadens support for student health and wellness

The President’s Council for Campus Well-Being has broadened its mission to include a range of student health and wellness issues. The group includes faculty, staff and student leaders who work to holistically consider factors that lead to student well-being. It previously focused on alcohol and other drugs and steadily improved the campus environment over a decade. It has expanded its scope to further address student well-being, which contributes to academic success.


New mobile app helps students manage education

NDSU has a new mobile app to help students stay organized and connect with resources, such as tutoring and mental health services. It provides access to class schedules, faculty and adviser contact information, and appointment scheduling. It also offers individualized to-do lists, tips for success and reminders about important deadlines. The tool is designed to nudge students to take action on items that will lead to success in college and on-time graduation.

University of North Dakota campus successes

UND receives $20.3-million, five-year grant to help counter high cancer rates in North and South Dakota

The University of North Dakota was awarded a $20.3-million, five-year Clinical and Translational Research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to work with researchers and medical providers in the Dakotas, including North Dakota State University, the University of South Dakota, Sanford Health, and other hospital systems throughout the region to better understand cancer and its causes, and to develop effective treatments for the disease.  UND’s Dr. Marc Basson is the principal investigator.  Led by the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), the Dakota Cancer Collaborative on Translational Activity (DACCOTA) will use clinical research methods to study the link between cancer and the environment and pave the way to develop unique ways to combat cancer in the Dakotas.


Gershmans donate $3 million to renovate UND’s original president’s House

Thanks to a $3 million gift from Hal and Kathy Gershman, the original president’s home on the University od North Dakota campus will be renovated for use as an engagement center for graduate and international students. Kathy retired in 2015 as professor and former chair of the UND Department of Educational Foundations and Research. She had been a member of UND’s faculty since 1984. Hal Gershman, a 1966 UND graduate and 2006 Sioux Award recipient, is a successful Grand Forks business owner and former president of the Grand Forks City Council. Both have been active civic and philanthropic leaders in the community.


UND Alumni Association and Foundation honors five with Sioux Awards

During Homecoming 2018, the UND Alimni Association honored five distinguished alumni with its highest honor, the Sioux Award.  Among the honorees:  Phil Jackson, legendary NBA basketball coach and player; Jeanne (Heilman) Crain, CEO of Bremer Financial Corp.; Lauris Molbert former CEO of TMI Hospitality; Michael Lodoen, president and co-founder of L&D Construction; and Mary (Muehlen) Maring, former North Dakota Supreme Court justice.

Valley City State University campus successes

LaFave selected as next VCSU president

The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education has selected Alan LaFave, D.M.A., as the next president of Valley City State University. LaFave currently serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Northern State University (Aberdeen, S.D.). Also an undergraduate alumnus of Northern State, LaFave joined the faculty of the university in 1991 and previously served the institution as professor of music, music department chair, associate dean, dean of graduate and extended studies, and dean of the school of fine arts. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees from Arizona State University


VCSU sets enrollment record with 1,547 students

Valley City State University has set enrollment records with a total headcount of 1,547 students and an undergraduate headcount of 1,404 students, according to the official Fall Term 2018 figures released by the university. The total enrollment figure of 1,547 exceeds the previous record of 1,522 set in Fall 2017, while the undergraduate mark of 1,404 surpasses the previous record of 1,372, also set in Fall 2017.


VCSU ranked 3rd among Midwest public regional colleges by U.S. News

Valley City State University has been ranked third among Midwest public regional colleges in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. VCSU has now been named a U.S. News “Best College” for 21 consecutive years, and the university has been ranked in the top three Midwest public regional colleges each year since 2010.

Williston State College campus successes

Record Fall Enrollment at WSC

Record fall enrollment continues at Williston State College with 1,124 registered students according to census totals released Tuesday, September 18.

Of this fall’s enrollees, 893 students are from North Dakota while 124 are from Montana. The remaining 107 come from several other states, Canada, and other countries.

Headcount increased by 2.4% from Fall 2017 and the overall full-time equivalent (FTE), a calculation that shows how many students would attend if all were full-time, and total credit hours represent a WSC registration milestone. Both FTE and credit hour numbers increased 5.5%.


WSC Prioritizes Mental Health 

Since starting at Williston State College in 2014, Leah Hoffman, WSC’s Mental Health Counselor, continues to play an integral role in developing WSC’s mental health focus.

A Williston native, Hoffman has a BS and an MA in Addiction Studies and is working toward her PhD in Health Sciences from the University of South Dakota (USD).

Her goal is to transform her public health research – focused on access to rural substance abuse prevention and treatment – into effective programs and initiatives to improve individual, family, and community wellness.

This July, Hoffman was selected as one of USD’s Class of 2018 “30 Under 30” in recognition of her work in and outside of the classroom.


A High Note for WSC Music Program

This school year started on a high note for the Williston State College Music Program when it received a second annual donation from First National Bank and Trust in Williston.

The donation, totaling $1,568.64, will be used to purchase a new drum set. Last year, First National donated $1,608.99. The funds purchased a new mellophone for the music program.

“Students benefit from these donations because we are slowly building an inventory of instruments they can access,” explained Dr. Kyle Norris, Associate Professor of Music and the Director of the WSC Music Program. “The mellophone is used by the Teton Athletic Band and the drum set will be used by all the ensembles on campus: the Teton Athletic Band, Concert Choir, Williston State Community Orchestra, and WSC City Band.”