Monthly Archives: April 2015

Bismarck State College Campus Successes – April

Bismarck State College logoBSC student named to All ND Academic Team: BSC student Dylan Horner of Mandan is one of seven ND students named to the All North Dakota Academic Team, which recognizes the achievements of community college students. The awards ceremony was held March 4 at BSC.

BSC announces two Jack Fellowship awards: For the first time, two Bismarck State College staff members received the Jack Fellowship from the BSC Foundation Board of Trustees. The $25,000 fellowship helps BSC faculty and staff further their education, conduct research or pursue other professional development. Janet Dixon, resource development manager, will complete a master’s degree in forensic psychology from the University of North Dakota. Karen Erickson, director of Admissions and Enrollment Services, is completing a doctorate in education from North Dakota State University.

BSC Concert to feature original student compositions for first time: For the first time, the BSC Spring Choral Concert included premier performances of original compositions by student composers Sarah Bauman and Andrew Wickenheiser, and faculty composer Michael Langer. The concert was held April 17.

Dickinson State University Campus Successes – April

Dickinson State University logoMatthew Perdue Named DSU’s First Truman Scholar: Matt Perdue is a junior at DSU originally from Ray, ND aspiring to attend law school to study energy and the environment. The Truman Scholarship Foundation, created by Congress in 1975, awards up to $30,000 to aid college students with graduate school. Matt is completing a double major in political science and secondary education in composite social science as well as being a Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Scholar. He intends to return to western North Dakota to continue to serve others and the communities he grew up in.

Six Business Students Qualify for the National Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Conference: For the first time since 1981, DSU attended the PBL State Leadership Conference in Bismarck, ND. Phi Beta Lambda is an organization that provides students with opportunities outside of the classroom to learn, travel, and develop their professional skills as future business leaders. The conference is composed of various skill competitions, seminars and a large fellowship of networking. To qualify for national PBL, students must be one of the top three placing competitors.

Two Dickinson State University Students Case in the 50th Anniversary of the Medora Musical: With more than 1000 performers auditioning for the 14 spots in the Medora Musical, Damon Fichter and Klayton Hinshaw managed to both secure spots in this year’s show. Damon is a senior at DSU returning for his second year with the musical. Klayton is a freshman at DSU who enjoyed attending the musical for five productions last summer. Very few shows are able to run successfully for 50 years, so this year’s musical is sure to be a big event.

Dakota College at Bottineau Campus Successes – April

Dakota College at Bottineau logoDCB AND DSU COLLABORATION: Dakota College at Bottineau and Dickinson State University have successfully collaborated on a $272,500 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture. The thrust of the grant is to add specialty crop production into DSU’s agriculture curriculum and also to allow DCB’s associate degree graduates to seamlessly transfer into DSU’s agriculture and technical studies program.

ANNUAL WATER FESTIVAL AND RECEPTION FOR DR. SHIRLEY: As an aspect of its Nature, Technology, and Beyond focus, Dakota College again sponsored a Water Festival. The date for this year’s “Splash” event was April 22 and over 250 area 5th and 6th graders participated. Events included “Soaking it Up,” “Water Olympics,” and “What Does Water Quality Mean to a Duck.”

IPC AND DCB COLLABORATION : A delegation from Dakota College visited with the new director of the International Peace Garden, Mr. Gary Enns, on April 16. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a collaboration between the Garden and DCB that would add a significant, mutually beneficial experiential learning component to DCB’s Nature, Technology, and Beyond focus.

Lake Region State College Campus Successes – April

Lake Region State College logoFive LRSC students in Collegiate DECA advanced to the international competition: DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in colleges around the globe. Two of the LRSC DECA members also received Leadership Awards from DECA.


Business students advance to national contest: LRSC’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter had three students place and qualify for national competition during the 45th annual North Dakota Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference is Bismarck. The LRSC Phi Beta Lambda chapter took home the Largest Percentage of Increase in Local Chapter Membership award. PBL’s mission is to bring business and education together.

Mayville State University Campus Successes – April

Mayville State University logoMayville State hosts celebration of people and cultures: MaSU faculty, staff, and students organized and hosted a multicultural festival April 8, incorporating music, art, dance, and more. The goal of the celebration was to promote cultural recognition and respect, to celebrate the diversity of the Mayville State campus and the Mayville community, and to honor the community’s heritage and diversity.

MaSU hosts Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature: MaSU hosted the 2015 Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature on April 10 and 11. Erin Lord Kunz, MSU assistant professor of English and writing program administrator, organized the two-day event, in which Dr. Lynn Arner of Brock University, St. Catharine’s, Ontario, gave the plenary address. Scholars from across the upper Midwest attended.

MaSU annual STEM Carnival is increasingly popular and successful: MaSU’s fifth annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Carnival gave hundreds of area children the opportunity to have fun and learn. Nineteen MaSU teacher education students, as well as volunteers from the UND Power ON Engineering Outreach and LRSC nursing programs, led interesting and exciting activities for those who attended.

Minot State University Campus Successes – April

Minot State University logoInauguration celebration of MiSU’s 11th president: On Friday, April 17, 2015, Minot State University formally installed the university’s 11th president, Steven W. Shirley, who took office July 1, 2014.  The inauguration celebrated the university’s honored past and history of service while advancing its future. The ceremony and celebrations throughout the week included many events open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, the entire community and friends from afar.  In his inauguration address, MiSU President Shirley promoted the theme: Create. Connect. Collaborate.

Alumnus mentors MiSU students: Jim McIntyre, Otter Tail Corporation chief executive officer, visited Minot State University to discuss his career journey with students, faculty and staff. The College of Business sponsored his presentation. Graduating from Minot State in 1973, McIntyre has 40 years of experience in the business field and has held both chief executive officer and chief financial officer positions. In the past, he worked for Xcel Energy and Northern States Power. His main areas of interest are business ethics, strategic planning, empowerment in leadership and corruption in international business.

NSSLHA spring conference held at MiSU: Minot State University’s chapter of the National Students Speech Language Hearing Association held its 22nd annual spring conference March 27. The conference is a chance for students, professionals and the public to hear from experts in the field of speech-language pathology. This year’s keynote speaker was Rona Alexander, a speech-language pathologist specializing in the assessment and treatment of neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems impairments in children. Goals and strategies for direct treatment of problems in pediatric feeding and swallowing function and those appropriate for carryover activities were discussed.



North Dakota State College of Science Campus Successes – April

NDSCS_Logo_NoScienceNDSCS and NDSU Partner for Student Success: NDSCS and NDSU have signed a Reverse Transfer Agreement that will give students an additional opportunity to use credits they have earned to complete a degree. The purpose of the agreement is to establish a process for students to transfer NDSU coursework back to NDSCS to obtain an associate degree.

NDSCS Registered Nursing Program Ranks No. 1 in Nation: The NDSCS Registered Nursing (RN) program received a No. 1 ranking out of 1,904 RN programs in the United States for the spring 2014 graduating class. This ranking, reported by Mountain Measurements, Inc., is determined by the yearly National Council of Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN) results.

NDSCS Student Named New Century Scholar: NDSCS student Sara Holcomb has been named a 2015 New Century Scholar. The New Century Scholars program recognizes outstanding community college students. Judges consider grades, leadership, activities and most importantly, how students extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom.

NDSCS John Deere Tech Students Excel at National PAS Competition: Three NDSCS John Deere Tech student teams recently placed, with one team taking first, at the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) conference for Agricultural Machinery Service Technicians.

North Dakota State University Campus Successes – April

North Dakota State University logoNDSU introduces safety service that uses smartphone application: NDSU released a new service that uses a smartphone application to help students, staff and faculty further enhance their personal safety. The app allows NDSU dispatchers to track a user any time a safety assist is initiated, such as before crossing campus alone at night. NDSU Police can only track a user if an assist is initiated through the app.

NDSCS and NDSU partner for student success: NDSCS and NDSU entered into a Reverse Transfer Agreement to provide a seamless system by which students can receive an associate degree. Students who transfer from NDSCS to NDSU will be able to apply credits from both institutions toward an associate degree. NDSU students will be able to transfer their coursework to NDSCS for the same purpose. The partnership is the first of its kind in North Dakota.

NDSU joins national engineering education initiative: NDSU is among institutions across the country that have committed to educating 20,000 Grand Challenge Engineers to face the changing societal issues of the 21st century. Gary Smith, dean of engineering, was a co-signer of the “U.S. Engineering School Deans’ Response to President Obama on Educating Engineers to Meet the Grand Challenges.”

University of North Dakota Campus Successes – April

University of North Dakota logoUND Engineering joins White House initiative: President Obama recently announced that UND College of Engineering and Mines is among a group of U.S. schools leading a new education initiative to prepare undergraduates to solve “Grand Challenges”—complex yet achievable goals to improve national and international health, security, sustainability and quality of life in the 21st century.

UND President, First Lady named to Mortar Board: UND President Robert Kelley and his wife, First Lady Marcia Kelley, recently were inducted into the school’s Quo Vadis Chapter of Mortar Board as honorary members at the 2015-2016 Initiation Ceremony. The first couple were chosen because they exemplify Mortar Board’s three pillars: scholarship, leadership and service.

UND Facilities is Employer of the Year: UND Facilities recently was awarded the Employer of the Year Award by the Lutheran Social Services New Americans program at Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota’s Building Bridges Conference in Fargo. The award was granted to individuals or organizations making outstanding contributions to refugee resettlement during the past year.

Valley City State University Campus Successes – April

Valley City State University logoVCSU online M.Ed in Elementary Education ranked 12th in nation: VCSU’s online M.Ed. in Elementary Education degree program has been ranked 12th in the nation by selected VCSU’s online program based on academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strength and reputation.

26 VCSU freshmen inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta national honor society: The VCSU chapter of Alpha Delta Lambda, the national honor society for first-year students, honored 26 freshmen at a ceremony held March 8 on campus. Alpha Lambda Delta recognizes students who have maintained a 3.5 or higher GPA and who rank in the top 20 percent of their class during their first year or term of higher education.

VCSU faculty and alumni attend ITEEA conference in Milwaukee: VCSU was well represented at the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) annual conference March 26–28 in Milwaukee. James Boe ’92, VCSU assistant professor and director of graduate studies and research, led the conference as ITEEA president. Faculty members Lana Fornes, M.Ed. ’09, and Peder Gjovik co-chaired the ITEEA Teacher Excellence Awards. VCSU alumnus Tom Weber ’87, who teaches in the Fargo public schools, was a recipient of this award. Program Excellence Award recipients included Daniel Hanson, holder of a VCSU major in technology education, recognized for his outstanding program at Edmore (N.D.) High School, and Cory Booth, M.Ed. ’10, VCSU alumnus and adjunct instructor, recognized for his program at Tucker (Ga.) High School.

Williston State College Campus Successes – April

Williston State College logoWorkforce Training Grants: WSC and TrainND received two grants in April. The ND Dept. of Commerce workforce enhancement grant for $300,000 will provide program enhancements and equipment funding for their oilfield training programs. And a $250,000 CTE Grant will allow TrainND to keep up with the demand of crane training in the Williston area.

Increased Enrollment: Thanks to the Williams County Scholarship (funded by the Alva J Field Trust, ND Challenge Fund and the WSC Foundation) Williams County graduates are able to attend WSC this fall at no cost.  And people are taking advantage of this amazing opportunity, our applications for fall have doubled, on April 21, 2014 we had 230 applications on April 21, 2015 we had 485 apps.

It’s on Us: WSC’s Student Life, Counseling and Marketing Departments collaborated to create a video for the national It’s on Us campaign as a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April).  The It’s on Us video features WSC students, faculty and staff pledging a personal commitment to keep women and men safe from sexual assault.  The video has been very popular on social media and TV and is building excitement for the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event on April 30.  The walk is a great community event for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes, effects and remediations to men’s sexualized violence against women.

Congratulations, Graduates, for Daring to be Great!

A column by Temporary Board Chair Terry Hjelmstad

A column by Temporary Board Chair Terry Hjelmstad

This is an exciting time for the State Board of Higher Education and the North Dakota University System. We are about to make the choice for the next Chancellor, who will help us lead our system. That person will be instrumental in helping our institutions fulfill our vision of unleashing the potential of higher education in our state and inspiring our future through the success of our students.

It’s also an exciting time because we’re about to celebrate 11 Commencements across our system. Members of the Board are looking forward to being at each of these ceremonies, and I thank each of them for volunteering to be there. I think we are as proud of those graduates as they walk across the stage as their families are.

This past year as the Board developed its 2015-2020 strategic plan, the NDUS Edge, we had many conversations about our focus on students. All of our goals were developed with the achievements of our students being front and center in our thought process. Whether it involved delivering degrees that are the best value in the nation, equipping students for success, providing programs they need and want or maximizing the strengths of our system, when we visualize our students with diplomas in hand, we know why we agreed to be on the Board.

In communicating our strategic plan, we used language about Daring to be Great – and we’re not talking about the Board – we’re talking about our students. While thinking about Commencement remarks, I was reminded of Theodore Roosevelt’s quote along those lines: “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena … who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Congratulations, graduates, for Daring to be Great! Your efforts are certainly for a worthy cause, and we look forward to seeing the great things you will accomplish next.

April 30 Board Meeting Agenda Highlights

Agenda highlights:

  1. Chancellor Search
  2. Elect Officers
  3. Approve Termination Process for Attorneys and Auditors

Chancellor semi-finalists will be interviewed at a Special Meeting of the Board, beginning at 8 am. The agenda for that meeting can be found here. The regular Board meeting will begin at approximately 2 pm. The agenda for that meeting can be found here. Both meetings take place at Bismarck State College and will be available via webcast:

Chancellor Search Hits Home Stretch

NDUS-300The State Board of Higher Education plans to hire a new chancellor for the North Dakota University System to be in place by July 1, 2015. The search has involved a rigorous process, including various resources including Listening Meetings, the assistance of a Search Advisory Team of key stakeholders and coordination by a professional higher education search firm.

The three semi-finalists are in North Dakota this week to meet a variety of constituents, stakeholders, faculty and staff. Their trips will culminate in an interview with the State Board of Higher Education and the Search Advisory Team on April 30. From there, the Board will either make a decision on a final candidate or advance two or three of the candidates to a final interview May 14.

“The Board looks forward to interviewing all three of these highly qualified applicants,” said Terry Hjelmstad, Board Chair. “Each of them brings something very important to the future of higher education in North Dakota, and we need to ensure that we match the right candidate with the needs of North Dakota’s higher education system. I am sure that through the input of all of those involved, we will be successful in this goal.”

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Donley has more than 30 years’ experience in public and private executive management, including 20 years in higher education executive management with the State University Systems in both Florida and Iowa. He has worked in state government and the private sector and is currently the state higher education executive officer in Iowa.

“My experience in state government, drafting bills, and working on compromises across party lines has given me the opportunity to do a very good job on the campus and in the vice chancellor positions. You need to be able to have the political savvy and the tools necessary to have that broad-based understanding,” he said.

Donley said the future focus in the chancellor position needs to be about longer term strategic planning and how that integrates with the Board’s vision.

“Decisions need to be made in close collaboration with institutional leadership. It’s all about listening to students, stakeholders and what they think is important. It’s really about compromise, and I have the skillset to forge those partnerships and those relationships. At the end of the day, this all needs to be about students,” he said.

Donley said that there are a number of similarities between the system in which he currently works and the North Dakota system.

“I commend you on your system. I think you’ve done a great deal in terms of support for higher education. The citizens of North Dakota, legislators, the governor and the Board’s plan talk about coordinated access and shared vision for the system. You do have some challenges ahead, and I look at those as opportunities,” he said.

Donley said the vision and the strategic plan is in place, so he would focus his efforts directly on “building partnerships with the institutional leadership and the legislature.”

Donley’s core leadership philosophy is “shared governance.” He said, “I don’t believe you can accomplish great things without shared governance. My definition is involvement, listening, communicating with all stakeholders to ensure that they have a voice in what is happening. Certainly we need to listen and be very inclusive – that’s the only way you can accomplish what the Board is looking for – from a strategic plan to a new initiative.”
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Hagerott has held several academic leadership positions over the past seven years at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he currently serves as the senior civilian and deputy director of the new Cyber Center and academic program. With a full career in the U.S. Navy, he has held leadership roles to include dean of humanities and social sciences, special assistant to the provost, chair of the admissions board, and leadership of senior faculty senate committees pertaining to assessment and accreditation.

Hagerott is originally from North Dakota and still has family connections to the area. “My background is fourth generation family farm in North Dakota. My great grandfather settled there, and it’s something I hold dear. My dad, at 80 years of age is still farming, and I come back from time to time to help him out.”

He said that in a time of significant if not unprecedented technological and social change, the selection of your next chancellor constitutes a critically important step in making North Dakota higher education even better than it is now. “A key feature of my success has been the communication of shared values between the leadership team and the larger community; a commitment to the transparency of the process; and inclusivity,” he said during the online interview.

He said that he has found approaching policy development in complex environments in this manner builds confidence and support for implementation of new strategies, and creates an increased capacity for patience with adjustments. “I would continue to use such a consultative and inclusive approach as NDUS and stakeholders implement the Board’s framework,” Hagerott said.

He spent the first part of his career in engineering and technology, and then 10 years ago switched to higher education. Hagerott has been studying and writing about the evolution of technology in that time. He said that his qualifications include several years of experience both in the military and civilian world and revolve around integration and collaboration.

“Communication flow and transparency will enhance the collaboration between the universities and stakeholders. I am personally committed to the students and other stakeholders of our beautiful state, committed to help each of the member colleges and universities achieve greater success. One of the great benefits of NDUS is its diversity – academically, geographically, and variable size of student body,” he said.

Hagerott believes that the NDUS needs to be positioned for a changing future. “It’s a time of wonderful opportunity. What I see is continuous demands, and we need to give our workforce a strong foundation of knowledge through higher education so that they can teach us in the future. We need to look at our education programs and give our faculty the resources to continue to advance technology as well as support the arts and humanities through adaptive education,” he said.

He said that North Dakota can be on the front of that change with energy, oil, natural gas and all of our resources. “We need to invest in these things and find out what programs we need to invest in to further these priorities. We need to articulate and tell the story of higher education within the already established framework to give it the attention that it deserves. We have to think – ‘What is our enduring asset?’ Our people, their knowledge and the land are our sustainable research that will ensure success in the years to come.”

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Turman’s previous experiences have been in both the educational and administrative fields within higher education. He currently works for the South Dakota Board of Regents as the vice president for academic affairs and has held previous positions on the Board of Regents in research and economic development as well academic assessment.

“My career path has taken me from South Dakota to Nebraska/Iowa and back home to Pierre as I have treasured our Midwest culture and the people that foster it. While each state has its own unique dynamics, I believe my background and knowledge of the people and issues in the area can be influential in making an immediate impact in a state like North Dakota,” he said.

Turman grew up in South Dakota with deep roots in higher education as his mother served as the assistant to the South Dakota Board of Regent’s executive director for 37 years. “Days would not go by where she didn’t mention the Board of Regents and the good it was doing for the state of South Dakota. That has resonated with me over time,” he said.

He said that what he’s enjoyed the most about his experience in higher education is the variety of experiences he has had working with the whole spectrum of stakeholders within his state to include legislators, the governor’s office and institutions.

“There are times when you want an institution to be independent and entrepreneurial to come up with their own ideas and activities that can allow that institution to flourish. The goal would be to bring those back and help other institutions in the state accomplish some of the same benefits. The ongoing ability to share best practices is one of those driving features that a system office can accomplish. We know that, by doing things collaboratively in the state, each institution can benefit,” Turman said.

This collaborative approach is something Turman believes should help tie institutions together from the system and Board level.

“As I looked at your mission statement, one of the things that really caught my eye is that you’re really striving to make sure that you’re meeting the needs for a better living for people who live in North Dakota. An individual’s ability to achieve a degree that can make them competitive in a workforce that is constantly changing is going to be one of those things that we can make more viable. The biggest challenge in meeting our degree attainment levels is that we’re not going to be able to do that without the resources.”

He said that as a result, coming up with new, more non-traditional delivery methods, such as competency-based programs could be key to building the system’s future. “We need to continually evolve the way we deliver programs, not only for students in our state, but students from other states who will come to get a degree here at a competitive price, and then are willing to stay here once they are done. As workforce demands change and evolve, we need to use the information that comes from our institutions to help spur that economic development activity,” Turman said.

Something he’s found throughout his years in higher education to be valuable is situational leadership and listening to other’s perspectives.

“I’ve found that by taking my vision and merging that to create a shared vision with the campuses and staff here, along with working with the Board that we can come to the process of mutually negotiating what we think that shared vision should be. The outcome certainly is going to be more vested in where we end up because they’ve been part of that process,” he said.

Create. Connect. Collaborate.

Shirley Inauguration 1On Friday, April 17, 2015, Minot State University formally installed the university’s 11th president, Steven W. Shirley, who took office July 1, 2014. In his inauguration address, Shirley promoted the theme: Create. Connect. Collaborate.

“These are three very simple, yet powerful words upon which I want our faculty, staff, students, alumni and supporters to act,” Shirley said about the theme, which he felt would enable the university to meet the future’s challenges.

During the ceremony, delegates, faculty, staff and students praised Shirley for his energy and positive inspiration, his involvement on and off campus, and his ability to connect with people.

“Since arriving to our campus, you have proven your sincere investment in getting to know us as individuals,” said DeVera Bowles, MSU Faculty Senate president. “We look forward to many productive years under your leadership. Your deep well of energy and positivity are inspirational, and I hope we can keep up with you!”

“I am excited for what’s ahead in years to come,” Alex Buchholz, MSU Student Government Association president, said, “because I know that President Shirley will be working hand in hand with students as Minot State continues to grow and change.”

Shirley emphasized the importance of MSU’s commitment to educating students and the fact that faculty, staff, students, alumni, supporters and elected officials have been key in making that happen.

Shirley Inauguration 2“As a state supported public university,” Shirley stressed, “I take seriously the role Minot State has in helping ensure North Dakota’s success. By creating, connecting and collaborating, I am confident we will meet society’s greatest challenges and build upon this great 100 plus year legacy at Minot State University.”

Throughout his comments, Shirley also reflected on the proud history of Minot State University and shared insights surrounding several important historical campus milestones. Shirley also spoke of his family’s Minot roots and his pride as a native North Dakotan serving the North Dakota University System.

The April 17 inauguration ceremony capped off a week of events celebrating Shirley as MSU’s 11th president and commemorating its honored past and history of service while advancing its future. As part of the celebration, Staff Senate donated proceeds from its charitable silent auction to the Minot Backpack Buddy Program in recognition of Shirley’s inauguration; the MSU Alumni Association honored President Shirley at a tree planting ceremony; students enjoyed numerous activities from Bingo Night with President Shirley to a Study Abroad Fair. MSU Student athletes visited area schools throughout the week, reading to elementary students, answering questions and sharing their experiences as university student athletes. MSU students, faculty, staff and groups participated in the creation of a tapestry, representing the diverse backgrounds, cultures, and other exceptional aspects of the campus community; and the entire community enjoyed “Celebration of Talents,” a showcase of faculty, staff and student talent. Shirley is also the president of Dakota College at Bottineau, and DCB hosted a public reception in Bottineau on April 21 in honor of Shirley’s inauguration.