Williston State College – Campus Successes December

December 11, 2015

Associate Professor Published in Quarterly Magazine

Richard Stenberg, Associate Professor of History & Political Science at Williston State College co-authored an article with retired Fort Union Park Ranger Randy Kane that appeared in the Fall 2015 edition of Museum of the Fur Trade Quarterly.

For the past twenty-one years, Stenberg has been an active park ranger at Fort Union over the summer months. Stenberg researches and prepares scripts for volunteers to reenact The Last Bell Tour, an annual Living History event conducted by Fort Union. The article, “The Boldest Man that was ever on the Missouri: A Reassessment of Alexander Harvey and his Role in the Upper Missouri Fur Trade” was inspired by a reenactment.


Chemistry Department at WSC Receives Generous Donation

Williston State College’s (WSC) Math and Science department received a generous donation of chemistry glassware worth just over $6,000 from NDSU Williston Research Extension Center (WREC) November 5.

WREC Plant Pathologist Dr. Audrey Kalil contacted Derek VanderMolen, WSC Associate Professor of Chemistry, as the center was looking to clear out excess glassware.

“Instead of throwing the excess away, Dr. Kalil and the center wanted to help local chemistry labs, and we were lucky to have been contacted,” VanderMolen explained. “This donation will help us have extra glassware to cover the growing student population and to provide backups for when things break.”


TrainND-Northwest Receives Two Awards

The collaboration between Williston Economic Development STAR Fund and TrainND-Northwest to complete the new TrainND training facility located at 415 22nd Ave NE was recognized twice in October with local and national awards.

Internationally, Williston Economic Development received the Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) during their annual conference in Anchorage, Alaska, October 4-7.

Locally, Economic Development Association of North Dakota awarded the Williston STAR Fund and TrainND-Northwest for Project of the Year, October 25 in Watford City. Piesik nominated the collaboration between the STAR Fund and TrainND for this award.