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Media Coverage Summary – Oct. 30, 2015

Media Coverage Summary Colleges

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Oct. 23.


Bismarck State College

Grant helps BSC buy high-tech welding equipment
BSC ‘60s symposium available via Pay-Per-View
BSC Baroque concert scheduled Nov. 5
Concert Nov. 3 features BSC choirs and vocal ensembles


Dakota College at Bottineau

MSU and DCB partner to promote early childhood education
Dakota College, Minot State make agreement
‘LeaderJacks’ group formed at Dakota College at Bottineau


Dickinson State University
Dickinson State ranked among most affordable online accounting degree programs
Heart River Writers’ Circle to host GGFCT “Warrior Words” Nov. 8
Heart River Writers’ Circle welcomes travel writer W. Scott Olsen
Dickinson State ranked among most affordable online accounting degree programs


Lake Region State College

Nursing program seeks public comment


Mayville State University

Mayville State in the mix for conference title


Minot State University
Nearly $300K grant awarded to MSU in support of students with intellectual disabilities
Campus Players teams with Magic City Misfits for ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’
Veterans honored during Veterans Awareness Week
MSU and DCB partner to promote early childhood education
Cederstrom Named World Series Umpire Crew Chief
‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ to be presented at MSU
High School Students Tour MSU Campus
Stand Down Offers Resources to Veterans
Dakota College, Minot State make agreement
MSU men’s hockey assumes the nation’s No. 1 ranking


North Dakota State College of Science
Forum Editorial: Tri-College University great deal for students
NDSCS Fall Concert


North Dakota State University

NDSU faculty members named teachers of the year
‘Mommy, Me and SWE’ session scheduled
NDSU computer scientist researches big data
Sociologist, author shares father’s Holocaust survival story with NDSU students
NDSU to host BEST Robotics competition
Kids visit NDSU for trick or treating and games


University of North Dakota

Weather on Demand: Making It Rain Is Now a Global Business
Young scientists take part in UND Chemistry Club Event that is part of National Chemistry WeekDietetics Student Donates 438 Pounds of Produce To Food Pantry
UND announces option for additional runoff vote if needed
Next UND Party with the Stars is set for Friday, Oct. 30
University of North Dakota College of Business and Public Administration wins fifth annual GM-WSU School of Business Supply Chain Case Competition


Valley City State University

Smithhisler joins VCSU as interim VP for student affairs
VCSU’s STEM Education Center receives nearly $300,000 from DPI


Williston State College
Clothesline Project Thursday at WSC

Dakota Nursing Program surpasses national success rate

Total pass rate gives program bragging rights throughout the nation


Dakota Nursing Program

A nursing program that consists of a consortium of four of the five community colleges in the North Dakota University System recently hit a record that showcases the program’s excellence.

Three of the four campuses in the Dakota Nursing Program hit a 100 percent pass rate again earlier this year when testing commenced at Bismarck State College, Dakota College at Bottineau, Lake Region State College and Williston State College. Overall, the consortium scored better than the national average by at least 10 percent.

Two of the program’s leaders believe they know where that success can be attributed. Julie Traynor and Karen Clementich respectively serve as the director and a coordinator for the program at LRSC. Since 2004, the four campuses have been equal partners in the delivery of the program when they were approved to deliver the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program and the Certificate in Practical Nursing (PN) offerings. The N.D. Board of Nursing approved the certificate and program later that year and by 2005 the first group of practical nursing students had graduated. They were followed to program graduation one year later by the first group of ADN students.

As programs grew, from 2005 until now, so too has the attendance. The first group of graduates from the three-semester certificate program totaled about 65 students among the four campuses. For the ADN program, which provides nursing students a clear, but challenging, path toward becoming a Registered Nurse, the first year total was 41. Last year’s graduating classes respectively totaled 96 and 90, which translated into increases between 30 and 50 percent. While class sizes can fluctuate, last year LRSC had the largest of the groups in the PN program and Williston State had the largest for the ADN group. Altogether, the schools produced 1,621 graduates through the past decade who are well-trained and working in medical facilities throughout the state.

Once students complete the certificate program they can take the licensing exam to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). From there, they can move directly into the two-semester associate degree program.

The programs prepare the nursing students on their path toward the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX, a nationally-recognized standardized test that each state’s board of nursing uses to determine if a candidate is ready to enter into nursing practice. According to Traynor, graduate nurses may not practice as nurses until they pass the exam. According to Traynor and Clementich, admissions requirements kept the program competitive. Students must have a 2.75 GPA and take a benchmark entrance exam. Much like a job interview, candidates have to submit references and a written statement, and go through the interview process.

The program is helping to address ongoing needs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of RNs in the U.S. is currently 2.7 million and is expected to grow by 19 percent (512,000 additional nursing jobs) by 2022. To help fill that current and eventual need, the program has also partnered with two public and one private universities: Minot State University, Mayville State University, and the University of Mary.

According to Traynor, the DNP has articulation agreements that allow for the transition of qualified graduates from the community college AD program directly into RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs.

Karen Clementich, Dakota Nursing Program coordinator at Lake Region State College, showed Chancellor Mark Hagerott one of the program's simulators during a recent tour.

Karen Clementich, Dakota Nursing Program coordinator at Lake Region State College, showed Chancellor Mark Hagerott one of the program’s simulators during a recent tour.

“The students are able to complete the practical nursing certificate (42 credits), associate degree in nursing (31 credits), and baccalaureate degree in nursing (47-51 credits) in a total of 120-124 credits and four years,” Traynor stated. “Using this ladder approach allows the student to work as a nurse while going to school. Students are also able to stop out during the process, work as an LPN or RN and then come back in when they are ready.”

In order to educate nurse candidates who can go anywhere and practice nursing, the programs focus on safe and effective practice. Clementich noted that in the first semester, students spend many hours in a basic skills lab learning safe techniques and practicing therapeutic communication. Following that, students complete clinical practice to prepare them for the workplace.

“During the clinical practice hours students are evaluated on their student learning outcomes which includes teamwork and communication; professionalism and leadership; client-centered care; evidence based practice and nursing judgment; quality improvement and safety; and informatics,” Clementich said. “Students also have the opportunity to participate in simulation laboratories in which they practice high risk skills in a safe environment. The high fidelity simulators have heart attacks, strokes, traumatic injuries, and eventful childbirth. Students are required to manage these events as nurses. This practice increases their critical thinking skills and ability to manage in a stressful situation.”

According to a recent study by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, such simulations helped students prepare for the real world – those who used simulations had the same high level of outcomes as those who practiced in clinical areas. But to get there, they have to pass the test and DNP students are doing just that. Combined, the RN programs in North Dakota create an average higher than the national average. That didn’t come without great instruction from the faculty and staff, or without the will to succeed from the students.

“I would like to commend the faculty and students for their hard work and dedication to the profession of nursing,” Traynor added. “It takes many hours of study and clinical practice to graduate from a school of nursing. This latest 100 percent pass rate show our students not only survive, they thrive.”

“The LRSC faculty are excited about our ongoing excellent pass rates,” Clementich said. “Faculty invest great time and energy into the program. The students work hard in the classroom, labs, and clinical. The students’ commitment to being safe and effective nurses shows in the program outcomes. We are very proud of our students.”

FAFSA changes moving ahead

Students will be able to apply three months earlier than in the past

Myths about Federal Student Aid
(Information provided by the Department of Education)
Myth 1: My parents make too much money. There is no income cut-off to qualify for federal student aid. Many factors besides income—from the size of your family to the age of your older parent—are taken into account. Your eligibility is determined by a mathematical formula, not by your parents’ income alone. And remember: when you fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, you’re also automatically applying for funds from your state, and possibly from your school as well. In fact, some schools won’t even consider you for any of their scholarships (including academic scholarships) until you’ve submitted a FAFSA. Don’t make assumptions about what you’ll get— fill out the application and find out.Myth 2: Only students with good grades get financial aid. While a high grade point average will help a student get into a good school and may help with academic scholarships, most of the federal student aid programs do not take a student’s grades into consideration. Provided a student maintains satisfactory academic progress in his or her program of study, federal student aid will help a student with an average academic record complete his or her education.Myth 3: I’m too old to get financial aid. Funds from federal student aid programs are awarded on the basis of financial need, not on the basis of age. Adult students can get financial aid, so be sure to fill out the FAFSA.Myth 4: The form is too hard to fill out. The FAFSA is easier than ever, especially if you fill it out online at There are detailed instructions for every question, and the form walks you through step by step, asking only the questions that apply to you. If you need help, you can access real-time, private online chat with a customer service representative. If you’re filling out the paper FAFSA, you can get help from a high school counselor, from the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend, or from our toll-free number: 1-800-4-FED-AID. And remember, the FAFSA and all these sources of advice are FREE.


Changes have been made to the way students find out their financial aid options. Starting Oct. 1, 2016, students will be able to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA, for the following academic year three full months earlier than was previously allowed.

According to North Dakota University System Director of Financial Aid Brenda Zastoupil, applicants will use “prior-prior” tax year data, which reflects another change in the process.

“The applicants will use income information from two-year-old completed tax returns rather than the information from just the previous year, which was sometimes incomplete as of Jan. 1,” Zastoupil said. “It will give students and families access to financial aid information earlier for better college planning.”

To prepare for that change, NDUS Core Technology Services employees have begun working with individual campuses.

There was still much to learn about the 2017-2018 FAFSA change implementation. Zastoupil added that in the lead-up to the change, there would be clarification sought on other related topics, such as if the need-based ND State Student Incentive Grant will be available to award earlier.

All students will still be eligible to complete the application, and will be encouraged to fill out the paperwork as soon as the yearly cycle opens. Students are advised to complete the application as early as possible to ensure they are awarded the most aid possible, including institutional, state and federal aid, where applicable.

“We encourage all students to complete the FAFSA each year to take advantage of as many financial aid opportunities as possible,” Zastoupil said. “The FAFSA is used to determine the federal Pell Grant, federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work Study and federal student loans. In addition, the State of N.D. uses the FAFSA to determine eligibility for the N.D. State Student Incentive Grant.”

Zastoupil noted that in the past year, NDUS personnel collaborated with staff at the Bank of North Dakota in order to assist high school counselors in determining the number of FAFSA completions for their graduating seniors.

According to Zastoupil, this aggregate data the collaboration found indicated that about 50 percent of high school seniors graduating in 2015 had completed the FAFSA for the 2015-16 academic year. That compared to 50 percent in Minnesota, 55 percent in South Dakota, and 47 percent in Montana.

“Increasing FAFSA completion rates is a nation-wide goal,” Zastoupil added. “It is widely believed that if a student completes the FAFSA, they are more likely to matriculate into college and have a successful start.”

Those trends helped prompt a national effort called the FAFSA Completion Initiative, which would provide high school counselors with student-level data. Currently, NDUS has no formalized plans to participate, although discussion was ongoing on how and when to move forward with it.

Zastoupil noted it was a very positive effort that could greatly help school counselors, financial aid offices and ultimately the student as they will be prepared financially before they get to the campus for classes.

“By getting student-level data into the hands of high school counselors, those counselors can continue to support and encourage the students to complete the FAFSA,” she said. “I also believe that this grass-roots approach is less intimidating for the seniors as they transition into college.”

The FAFSA is free and can be accessed at

Educational leaders continue forward momentum

Dr. Richard Rothaus, NDUS, interim vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, presented on both admissions standards and Predictive Analytic Reporting.

Dr. Richard Rothaus, NDUS, interim vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, presented on both admissions standards and Predictive Analytic Reporting.

Leaders from the state’s education-focused agencies met last week to discuss challenges to their respective missions and goals and how they could help each other meet those challenges.

Members of the State Board of Higher Education, the Department of Public Instruction, the Department of Career and Technical Education and the Education and Standards Practices Board met last Friday to talk about ways forward. Presentations included remedial classes and admissions standards for students, recruiting and retention efforts for instructors, and how the respective agencies could work more closely together to provide quality education for all the citizens of the State.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler welcomed the diverse group of educators to the meeting at the Capitol. Dr. Shelby Maier, North Central Comprehensive Center at McREL International gave a presentation on a teacher recruiting and retention task force. Following that, Dr. Jon Martinson, the executive director for the North Dakota Schools Boards Association (SBA), spoke about marketing efforts that sought to address the teacher shortage. He noted that lack of educator advocacy and public knowledge on teaching professions had contributed to the overall perception and public attitude on addressing teacher retention.

The SBA is continuing efforts to change that perception through outreach in the state’s major daily newspapers. Martinson added that in addition to those efforts it would be necessary to examine why teachers left their jobs, and in what roles they were most needed.

“Teacher responsibility increases each year but respect for them and the work they do wanes,” Martinson said. He added that while it might be considered controversial for him to say, the state’s agencies might need to look into “rip[ping] up the salary schedule,”  which mandates pay increases based exclusively on how long someone has been in a position.  Martinson stressed that incentive pay for performance could be one option forward to alleviate the issue, noting that to solve the problem, something would have to change.

“We won’t change things by embracing the status quo,” he concluded.

Later, following presentations on dual credit classes, increased educational requirements for instructors, the state of standard assessments, and how industry deals with assessments and certifications, Dr. Richard Rothaus, vice chancellor of academic and student affairs at North Dakota University System, presented on admissions across the two-year, four-year and research universities.

He said while standards for admissions were on an upward trend, the three-tiered environment was able to fit the need for most, if not all, students.

“It’s rare that we have a situation where we have a student who wants to get in and we can’t accommodate them,” Rothaus said.  He added that the admission standards for NDSU and UND are designed to be similar to and competitive with other research universities.

Rothaus also spoke on Predictive Analytics Reporting, which has been tested at the University of North Dakota and Valley City State University and is on its way to full implementation across the NDUS. Rothaus stated that the analytic framework could help predict student success, or the challenges to it.

“This analytical tool is extremely powerful and provides anonymized student data that helps us figure out factors associated with success and those associated with failure,” Rothaus said. “This is taking data we already have and we can use it to look at trends to predict those situations.”

Paired with data from the State Longitudinal Data System, PAR could help increase student success over time, he noted.

His presentation transitioned into discussion led by SBHE member Mike Ness, a retired superintendent with 30 years of experience in K-12. Ness said that higher standards were good in theory, but could place strains on high school students focused on completing the “Core Courses” needed for their college or university of choice.

“If Core Courses are increased, what does that do to the K-12 electives, the arts, the CTE courses and dual credits?” Ness asked the educators. He added that it was a topic he’d brought up in higher ed environments, and was looking for input from other educational agencies.

Baesler noted that she’d be happy to work within K-12 and with other agencies, but any effort would need to be totally collaborative, starting with an agreed-upon definition for what should constitute the Core Courses.

“What I would like to see is a continued conversation about the definition of ‘core course,’” Baesler said. “Music is considered a core area in elementary school, and if music is core in our arena, why isn’t it core in yours?”

Some career and technical education classes also should be considered as core courses, she said. “I have seen, personally, how so much math, science and English is taught within career and technical courses very, very effectively,” she said. “Core courses, I think, should be more broadly inclusive in university system admissions.”

According to SBHE member Greg Stemen, the collaborative discussion throughout the day showed clarity of purpose from those present.

“Our Joint Board meeting produced positive and meaningful discussion,” Stemen said. “The dialogue amplified how interdependent each of the aspects of North Dakota’s educational system are on each other for future development and success. The willingness to act on what was discussed will eventually determine the overall effectiveness of the meeting.”

Media Coverage Summary – Oct. 23, 2015

Media Coverage Summary Colleges

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Oct. 23.


Bismarck State College

National entertainers perform at BSC ‘60s symposium
Haunted Theatre set at BSC
BSC symposium panelists speak on 1960s experience


Dakota College at Bottineau

DCB’s Keith receives Patriot Award


Dickinson State University
Elisa Monte Dance Company of NYC to hold residency at DSU
Community Conversation-Surviving & Thriving
Strom Center seeking Entrepreneurial Veterans Awards nominations
Lowe to leave the board room for the classroom
New foundation takes shape at Dickinson State
“Night Life” photography exhibit currently on display in Mind’s Eye Art Gallery
Senior TRiO SSS students attend Backpack to Briefcase Event
DSU biology student, Riley Moore, to present on first antibiotics invented


Lake Region State College

LRSC Foundation Key Event a success
Key Event sparkles
MSU and Lake Region Collaborate to Offer Degree in Sign Language


Mayville State University

Offerings in Nursing Education
Staff Spotlight: Jeffrey Powell
Alumni Tour
Heroes saluted during Homecoming 2015 festivities
Estate planning seminar planned at Mayville State University


Minot State University
Theatre Arts presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Minot State University gets nearly $290,000 to support students with intellectual disabilities
Hollywood’ comes to North Dakota
Students to attend financial seminar
Warrior Words brings history alive
MSU and Lake Region Collaborate to Offer Degree in Sign Language
Student Government Provides Platform


North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Performing Arts Department to Present Fall Concert


North Dakota State University

NDSU researchers trying to track bats hibernating in region
A sweet-sounding homecoming: NDSU grad returns with vocal group
Date set for North Dakota Cyber Security Conference
College of Business to host presentation by construction executive
NDSU Harvest Bowl Agribusiness Award recipient named
Golden Key Read for the Record event set


University of North Dakota

UND program receives major grant to support educational endeavors of American Indians in nursing
UND presidential search begins
Odegard, who led UND’s aerospace school into national prominence, receives Roughrider Award
Research on childhood obesity from down under
Regional flight contest held over Watertown
UND Forensics Science Club to host annual Haunted Lab
UND, Tokai University celebrate 10 years of partnership


Valley City State University

VCSU sets enrollment record in the fall


Williston State College
WSC Student Receives Highest North Dakota GED Score
Williston Economic Development Receives Prestigious Award

Media Coverage Summary – Oct. 16, 2015

Media Coverage Summary Colleges

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Oct. 16.


Bismarck State College

BSC’s Meland places in Iron Man race
Surgical Technology program wins awards
BSC Mystician Putting Together Old-Time Newspaper


Dakota College at Bottineau

LadyJack volleyball team visits Bottineau classroom


Dickinson State University

The Revenge of Reading Scared presented by the HRWC Oct. 29
TR Honors Leadership Program donates to Dickinson BackPack Program
Community Conversation – Surviving & Thriving


Lake Region State College

LRSC Key Event auction items pouring in


Mayville State University

Mahlen to be inducted into Mayville State Athletic Hall of Fame
Neighbors: Mayville State jazz band ‘sensational’ against national competition
Annual MSU Foundation Honor Society dinner held


Minot State University
New interpreting and sign language degree approved for MSU
Minot Symphony Orchestra Opens Season
Pros Talk Student Success at MSU
Final resilience hearing: Residents list flood protection as resilience priority
MSU to host state association’s meeting


North Dakota State College of Science

Higher ed officials tout workforce contribution
NDSCS to offer new Unmanned Aircraft Systems Course
Students immersed in a day of manufacturing


North Dakota State University

NDSU to host distinguished sociologist
NDSU researcher receives grant to pursue novel insulin delivery system for diabetes patients
NDSU Explore speaker to address importance of undergraduate research
NDSU students learn from ESPN broadcasters
NDSU receives major grant to transform STEM teaching and student learning


University of North Dakota

University Children’s Learning Center outdoor classrooms opened Thursday, Oct. 15
Welcome reception for UND’s new Dean of Libraries & Information Resources Stephanie Walker
Robin Hall ‘Topping Off’ event set
Nickname voting instructions to be distributed this week
Proving ground
Online communication degree ranked in Top 10
20th annual UND Clothesline Project display and Take Back the Night Rally set for this week
New UND Building Strengthens Grand Forks as UAS Research Leader


Valley City State University

Prospective students and families invited to Viking Visit Day


Williston State College

Norris Attends S.D. Symphony Orchestra
Nursing Perfect Pass Rates

Chancellor’s Message – October 2015

Through the past few months, the North Dakota University System has been hard at work in many areas. Our 11 public colleges and universities worked diligently to prepare campuses and programs of study, and are now well into learning mode.

I have been listening to the many perspectives of lawmakers, business leaders, faculty, staff and students to help shape the future goals of this system, and greatly appreciate your thoughts and ideas.

Thank you all for your hard work and dedicated study. Please take a few moments to watch my most recent video message, where I discuss my recent campus tours, studies we are undertaking to make the system more efficient, a new initiative called Bakken U, and ways that we can help enhance the intellectual development of our students.

NDUS goes mobile

The North Dakota University System moved forward with a recent development that gave students, faculty and staff more extensive access to the tools they need to succeed.

In the past few months, considerable enhancements have been made to the NDUS Mobile Portal, which serves as the mobile access point for both Campus Connection and the Human Resources Management System.

Implementation differed slightly, based on need. For the Campus Connection mobile site, students and faculty now have a much broader experience. Students are now capable of viewing and registering for classes, check class schedules, view grades, and more. Faculty can review their teaching and exam schedules, check on class and grade rosters, and view lists of advisees.
HRMS users are able to access payroll, benefits, holiday and employee information for those they supervise.

Thomas McNaughton, director of campus solutions for Core Technology Services, said that the implementation of PeopleSoft originated at Valley City State University and Mayville State University in 2003, with all campuses using the new software by 2005. Since that time Campus Connection had remained as a non-mobile site until recently. The decision to make PeopleSoft data accessible through a mobile application was done because of the advancement of technology and the ever changing world we live in, in addition to the amount of students and faculty using smartphones.

“Our student populations have been at the cutting edge for many years with most students carrying two or three mobile devices at one time, including laptops, phones and iPads,” McNaughton said. “Mobile Campus Connection complements the existing services by providing students, faculty, and staff with the ability to immediately obtain and process important student, faculty, and campus information through smart phones and mobile devices. We implemented a previous version about two-and-a-half years ago that allowed the student to see, but not fully interact with the mobile interface.

“During this last year we upgraded and added functionality to allow true interaction to the Campus Connection site,” he added. “Actions include everything from registering for classes to seeing their exam schedules. It also allows faculty to use their smart devices to view their students, e-mail them all at once or look through rosters.”

McNaughton said the main benefit of the mobile implementation would be in giving users the ability to accomplish tasks in a mobile device format.

“The application flexes to fit the device and can actually be used with standard browsers on desktop computers including IE, Firefox and Google among others,” he said. “The real power is that there is no application to download, but web-enabled pages. A simple book mark on the devices browser is the only user action necessary. The URL for Campus Connection is From there any of the institutional pages are available to view with plenty of information for the guest user including building location and school specific news if provided.”
So far, the site has seen user numbers in excess of 11,000 users in the fall semester of this year.

“The project would not have been such a success without all the CTS team members at and those institutions that provided feedback during testing,” McNaughton added.

Teri Thorsen is the director of financial and human resource management systems, the team that administers and maintains numerous business software products and provides support for campus users.

“The HRMS team administers and maintains Oracle’s PeopleSoft Human Capital Management software product,” Nielsen said. “The team also administers and maintains the Kronos, Windstar and OrgPlus softwares. We provide support for campus ‘centralized’ users, primarily in the Human Resource, Payroll and Budget offices. We also respond to requests for information from a variety of sources.”

Thorsen noted that the most crucial thing her department does is try to stay ahead of technology changes, and to stage implementations of new technology accordingly. The implementation of the mobile site for HRMS was a natural step in that process.

“We’re fortunate to work in the higher education industry; the students keep us on our toes technologically,” Thorsen said. “They’re demanding more mobile solutions. While that tends to put more pressure on the Campus Solutions team, we know that today’s students are tomorrow’s employees, so the wave is headed our way.”

The creation of the mobile site will expand access, something Thorsen said is a most welcome development.

“People want and expect access to information anytime, anywhere,” she said. “The vast majority of employees on campus don’t go into PeopleSoft HCM on a regular basis, so knowing where to navigate to find information can be a little overwhelming. The mobile app is much more simple and straightforward. That way, when they’re home around the kitchen table talking to their spouse or partner about how much vacation time they may have, or what insurance coverage they have, that information is at their fingertips.”

She added that for employees who supervise others, getting certain information through the mobile app is easier through the mobile application than from PeopleSoft.

“For example, if you want to see the employee information of a person you manage, but who is not your direct report, you can easily drill down through the chain of command to see the employee’s department, position title, … [contact information] and names of their direct reports all on one page,” she said. “You can also call or email any of the employees in your chain of command directly from within the app and your mobile device.”

The URL for mobile HCM is, which can be accessed through Chrome, Firefox, IE, or Safari browsers.

Media Coverage Summary – Friday Oct. 9

Media Coverage Summary Colleges

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Oct. 9.

Bismarck State College

Sudanese ‘lost boy’ John Dau speaks about the refugee experience at BSC
Bismarck Sings concert marks new choral event for area
AIM leader will speak at BSC symposium
The ’60s: Turmoil and Transformation


Dakota College at Bottineau

Sparking creativity
DCB’s Keith receives Patriot Award


Dickinson State University

Fine and Performing Arts Department presents “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change”
DSU reaches out to oil field workers through BakkenU
DSU and the Strom Center to host UAS Director
DSU to host booth at Manufacturing Day Fair and Expo Oct. 7
Fourth annual Boo Hawks event to be held at DSU Oct. 30


Lake Region State College
Golfers advance to nationals
Poised for Precision
LRSC, UND partner to bring UAS technology to classroom


Mayville State University

Military Honor Garden dedication brings highlights of homecoming
Great progress made in HPER facility replacement project
MaSU hosts HOSA fall conference
Foundation Honor Society holds annual president’s dinner
MaSU hosts college fair
HPER Facility project tour available
Chancellor visits MaSU
Mavyville State to host HOSA conference
MaSU enrollment hits record for fourth year
Mayville State holds homecoming week


Minot State University
Swedish journalist makes visit to Minot
Scandinavian Celebration kicks off orchestra’s season
Concepts welcomed: Residents embrace $180 million vision for Minot resilience
Navigator Program Awarded Funds
Minot State University Reacts to Oregon Shooting
Peace Pole Dedication at Minot State​
Peace Pole Dedicated at MSU
Disability Experts Mark Anniversary with some Laughs
MSU to increase security, prepare for crisis response


North Dakota State College of Science

NDSCS stadium grand opening set for Friday
OP/ED: Culinary center on track
Honors and officers
NDSCS celebrates Stadium reconstruction


North Dakota State University

ESPN’s ‘SportsCenter’ to broadcast from Fargo for first time
‘SportsCenter on the Road’ bus arrives on NDSU campus
NDSU president says he wants enrollment to reach 18,000
NDSU homecoming parade scheduled for Friday
NDSU Extension Service holds forums to help build ‘a vibrant North Dakota’
Valspar, NDSU announce program for students studying coatings, polymeric materials
NDSU Homecoming, set for Oct. 5-11, to be community celebration
Can Commercial Producers Afford to Sell 7-month-old Calves?
Music is Good for Your Health


University of North Dakota

University of North Dakota to Formally Dedicate Law School Building Addition
UND’s North Dakota Quarterly releases online issue archive
UND AH! Talks presents ‘The Human Being: Body and Mind,’ Tuesday, Oct. 20
Yoga for a good cause
‘Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere’ Lecture Series to host expert in Waldorf education
First Nations Day program set for Friday, Oct. 9
UND prepares to ‘Paint the Town Green’ during Homecoming 2015


Valley City State University

Professor Listopad receives Hefner First Amendment Award
Prospective students and families invited to Viking Visit Day


Williston State College

WSC’s Norris Performs With South Dakota Symphony Orchestra
WSC Nursing Perfect Pass Rates
East Meets West at Williston State College

Board selects new DSU president

The State Board of Higher Education named Thomas M. Mitzel, Ph.D., as the next president of Dickinson State University, Dickinson, North Dakota. Mitzel currently serves as the dean of faculty and vice president of academic affairs, Trinity College, Connecticut.

Originally from Aberdeen, South Dakota, and an alumnus of Northern State University, Mitzel said he is excited to get back to the Midwest. “In my time on campus, I have been impressed with the enthusiasm of the campus community and the passion for student success. I am honored to have been selected as the next president of DSU. I believe that together we can help DSU build upon its solid curriculum and financial platform while reaching toward a bright future,” said Mitzel.

“The Board is pleased to appoint a collaborative leader like Dr. Mitzel to serve as the president of DSU,” said Board Chair Kathleen Neset. “He has a dedication to students and the community of Dickinson. His past experiences and his outlook make him the right fit to lead the university now and into the future.”

Board member Kari Reichert chaired the presidential search committee that screened applicants, interviewed semifinalists, and forwarded its recommended finalist for the position to the Board.

“The President Search Committee worked hard and deserves recognition for its work, and I’d like to thank Dr. Ozbun for his work as interim president during this time of transition,” said Neset. “The committee was impressed by Dr. Mitzel’s commitment to higher education and I expect he will do an excellent job leading the university.”

Mitzel has served as the vice president for academic affairs at Trinity College since 2013.

Prior to his time at Trinity College, Mitzel spent nearly two years as dean of the School of Sciences and interim director of the Wild Basin Creative Research Center at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Before that, he served three years as an associate academic dean and chemistry professor at Trinity.

While at Northern State University, he participated on the track and field team and received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. Mitzel then earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Boston College and was a postdoctoral fellow at The Ohio State University

Mitzel will take over as the 12th president of DSU no later than Jan. 4, 2016. He will succeed Dr. D.C. Coston who retired in August. Dr. Jim Ozbun is currently serving as interim president.

Bismarck State College campus successes – September

Enrollment up at BSC

BSC again secured its place as the third largest college in the NDUS with 4,078 students enrolled this fall – a 2 percent increase over last year. Part-time enrollment rose 5 percent – a reflection of the strong job market in ND and the 27 percent increase in early entry/dual credit students.


Balloon launch with students

Students and faculty in BSC’s STEM club launched, tracked and retrieved a high-altitude balloon carrying data-gathering equipment. The balloon went up 107,062 feet (20.3 miles) above Bismarck. The effort leveraged elements of engineering, mathematics, chemistry, electronics, physics, geography, computer science, agriculture and biology.


Sudanese ‘lost boy’ John Dau to speak

A former lost boy from war-torn South Sudan speaks about his journey to create change Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at BSC. John Dau discusses the award-winning documentary, “God Grew Tired of Us,” which explores the story of three “lost boys of Sudan,” who fled civil war and settled in the United States.

Dakota College at Bottineau campus successes – September

Nursing grads post 100 percent pass rate

One of the final steps in becoming a licensed nurse is sitting for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s NCLEX licensing examination. This exam tests a nurse’s knowledge and aptitude in safe and effective care environments, health promotion and maintenance, psychosocial integrity, and physiological integrity. DCB nursing graduates, along with graduates from the other three campuses that comprise the Dakota Nursing Program, achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX RN exam.


Entrepreneurial center for horticulture selected for grant monies

The Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture, Dakota College at Bottineau, has recently been selected to receive a $196,145 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. This is a competitive grant program for researchers and educators involved in projects that explore and promote environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible food and/or fiber systems. Research and education projects include a strong outreach component and significant farmer/rancher or other end user involvement from inception of the idea through implementation of the project.


Community leadership

DCB athletes participate in community leadership by volunteering their time and talent at local events. Most recently the basketball and hockey teams helped a local church, Shepherds Hill at the Crossroads, cut wood in preparation for the winter months. The hockey team volunteers their time in a “Day of Caring” which provides assistance as needed to folks within the community. This annual event is a way to get the student-athletes immersed into community life. Areas of need included lake dock removal, and work at community events such as the Family Crisis Center, Trash to Treasure and the Evergreen banquet sponsored by the DCB Foundation.

Dickinson State University campus successes – September

Dickinson State hosted 10th annual TR Symposium

The 10th annual Theodore Roosevelt Symposium took place on the Dickinson State University campus Sept. 17 – 19 and included a special field trip to Killdeer. The theme of this year’s symposium was “Theodore Roosevelt and the Law” and featured keynote speaker Kermit Roosevelt III, a constitutional lawyer and a direct descendant of President Theodore Roosevelt. Kermit’s presentation explored TR’s vision of the U.S. Constitution and presidential power, and was followed by a cohort of speakers to discuss TR and his role as NYC police commissioner, his take on frontier justice and the Brownsville incident.


Strom Center’s Kilen becomes Certified Business Incubator Manager

Ray Ann Kilen, director of the Strom Center at Dickinson State University has been certified by the International Business Innovation Association as a Certified Business Incubator Manager. Because of this certification, the Strom Center is poised to expand services supporting local entrepreneurs to successfully start or grow their business. Business incubators help entrepreneurs reach their goals by providing customized support targeted toward their specific needs. Business incubator experiences feature one-on-one technical assistance and training that increases business knowledge and encourages skill development.


TR Digital Library chosen for review in Western Historical Quarterly

The Theodore Roosevelt Digital Library at Dickinson State University was selected for review in the autumn 2015 edition of Western Historical Quarterly, journal of the Western History Association (WHA) based out of Utah State University’s Department of History. The review will touch on the digital library’s easy navigation and accessibility, as well as its potential to grow into an extensive and detailed catalog. The journal also supports DSU’s venture to broaden its reach to anyone studying our 26th President, both on campus and through online resources.

Lake Region State College campus successes – September

Nurses post perfect pass rates

Lake Region State College Nursing students are leading the state in national licensing exam pass rates. In the second quarter testing period of April 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015, LRSC Associate Degree Nursing graduates (RNs) posted a perfect 100 percent pass rate.


Precision Ag Club wins contest

The Precision Ag Club at Lake Region State College has been awarded 1st prize in Land O’Lakes Answer Plot® Community Gardens Photo Contest. As the winner of this year’s contest, the Devil’s Lake Precision Ag Club is invited to attend The Land O’Lakes Annual Meeting

Mayville State University campus successes – September

MaSU Child Development Programs continues to expand services

As of August, MaSU Child Development Programs had opened its Portland Childcare Center, serving about 32 children. This project is in partnership with Sanford Medical in Mayville and GST Special Education Cooperative. The MaSU Child Care Center is also partnering with May-Port CG School District to provide pre-k programming.


2014-15 a record year for MSU Foundation fund-raising

Fund-raising in the 2014-15 fiscal year was the biggest in the history of the MSU Foundation. Two million dollars was raised. Among the success stories is fund-raising for the the Military Honor Garden project, which exceeded its $40,000 goal by $25,000. This tribute to all who have served in our country’s Armed Forces will be dedicated during homecoming festivities.


MaSU ranked nationally

MaSU was recently named to the list of the top 5 Public, Regional Colleges on the U.S. and World News Report list of Best Colleges. In addition, MaSU was named “A Best in the Midwest College” by the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.

Minot State University campus successes – September

MiSU partners with polish university counterpart

Minot State University and the University of Social Science and Humanities, Poland, are partnering to offer exchange programs, study abroad programs, dual diplomas and faculty exchanges. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed Sept. 16, forming the basis for the future cooperation between the universities.


NDCPD’s North Dakota navigator project funded

The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, a Center of Excellence at Minot State University, has been awarded a three-year cooperative agreement through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to assist North Dakotans in accessing health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Neil Scharpe, project director, indicated the project will build on the collaborative network of regional navigators and certified application counselors that was established in the first two years of the Navigator Project. The network will offer N.D. consumers regionally based certified navigators to assist them in accessing and re-enrolling in qualified health plans through the Marketplace and also assist with enrollment in Medicaid Expansion and Healthy Steps, the children’s health insurance program.


MiSU CD Vocal Lab benefits from community grant

The MSU Communication Disorders Department Vocal Function Laboratory is equipped with a new patient exam chair after receiving a $5000 community grant from Sertoma International in March 2015. With the grant the department completed renovations to the Voice Lab that began in 2013 after the Minot Sertoma Club donated $36,000 to the MSU Development Foundation for the purchase of new digital voice equipment for the lab.

The new exam chair is an integral part of the lab which is used primarily by MSU faculty and graduate students to conduct voice evaluations and treatment of individuals who have voice disorders.

North Dakota State College of Science campus successes – September

NDSCS celebrates completion of iconic Old Main renovation

The newly renovated Old Main, a well-known city and college landmark, recently re-opened its doors on the NDSCS Wahpeton campus. Thanks to state funding supported by the North Dakota 63rd legislative session, the $8.4 million Old Main remodel is now complete and students, faculty and staff are all utilizing a fully functional space.


NDSCS announces new Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems Course

NDSCS will kick off the brand new course Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems on October 20, 2015. This two credit hour course will be offered two hours per night from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays and run for eight weeks. This broad-based introductory course will apply to multiple disciplines.


New Advanced Emergency Medical Technician program added at NDSCS

The NDSCS Advanced Emergency Medical Technician program offers career training for mid-level positions in a pre-hospital emergency medical setting. Those students who successfully complete the AEMT coursework will be eligible to apply to take state or national certification exams. Registration for the Spring 2016 semester is now being accepted.

North Dakota State University campus successes – September

NDSU researchers receive major grant to study prostate cancer

Sanku Mallik and Bin Guo in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences are receiving a $1.2 million Research Project Grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. It is one of the National Institutes of Health’s most competitive grants and will be used to study a new way of fighting prostate cancer.


NDSU project supports rural STEM teachers

Faculty members Alan Kallmeyer and Bradley Bowen received a $587,500 National Science Foundation grant to help rural instructors better teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The project will bring teachers from small, rural schools to NDSU each summer where they will work on research projects to gain a better understanding of research methods in STEM fields.


Jim Falck endowment to fund student scholarships

NDSU alumnus Jim Falck gave NDSU an endowment and artwork totaling $3.6 million—one of the largest endowments in the university’s history. The gift will fund scholarships for visual art students, program development, faculty development and international programs. Falck was a successful architect, landscape architect and painter who died in 2013.

University of North Dakota campus successes – September

UND biologists study use of UAS in research

Team of University of North Dakota biologists recently joined forces with the American Museum of Natural History on research in the Canadian Arctic near Hudson Bay, where their initial tests suggest unmanned aircraft can be used noninvasively to study animal and plant ecological systems in the Canadian Arctic.


UND program will continue educating American Indian nurses

The University of North Dakota Recruitment-Retention of American Indians into Nursing (RAIN) program, in the College of Nursing & Professional Developments, was recently awarded $555,152 to support North Dakota tribal members with their endeavors to become nurses, an important collaboration in helping North Dakota meet its healthcare workforce needs.


UND student engineers place high at NASA robotics competition

A University of North Dakota student robotics team recently took fourth place against 50 other teams from universities across the nation in a NASA robotics and engineering competition at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida. UND also took first place in the public relations and outreach component.

Valley City State University campus successes – September

VCSU ranked No. 1 public regional college in Midwest by U.S. News

Valley City State University has been ranked the No. 1 public regional college in the Midwest in the 2016 U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings. VCSU has been ranked a U.S. News “Best College” for 18 consecutive years, and it has achieved the No. 1 or No. 2 ranking among public regional colleges in the Midwest each of the last seven years.


VCSU sets enrollment record

Valley City State University has set a record with its final Fall Semester 2015 enrollment figures, which show a total headcount of 1,422. That number surpasses the previous high of a 1,384 headcount in 2011. The record enrollment follows a record class of graduates in 2015, when VCSU awarded 302 degrees to 255 undergraduates and 47 graduate students.


Bjornson honored with Distinguished Service Award

President Tisa Mason presented Paige Bjornson with the VCSU Distinguished Service Award at Dacotah Bank in Valley City on Tuesday, Sept. 29. The university’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award is given at the discretion of the president in recognition of exceptional contribution to the university. A senior business banker, Bjornson serves on the VCSU Business Advisory Board and is president of the Valley Development Group Board of Directors.

Williston State College campus successes – September

Record high headcount

Total headcount at Williston State College is up 17.55 percent from Fall 2014 with 1,038 students enrolled. This is the second consecutive semester WSC broke its enrollment record.

While Spring 2014’s increase was due largely to WSC’s dual-credit program, Fall 2015 growth came from the 344 students that were rewarded Williams County Scholarships. Williams County Scholarship students compose 33% of WSC total enrollment.

“The Williston State College Foundation has made the dream of an education possible for a lot of people,” WSC President Raymond Nadolny remarked. “With the economic slowdown, we are also seeing a lot of people returning to college. Williston State’s on-campus environment is nothing less than exciting.”


Nursing Pass Rate

Williston State College’s pass rate for nursing boards is at 100% for 2015 for both nursing programs.

WSC offers a Practical Nursing and Associate degree Nursing program. There were a total of 41 WSC students that successfully completed the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) to achieve licensure to practice as a Licensed Practice Nurse or Registered Nurse.


Teaching Seminar in Hawaii

Williston State College sent two professors under a Title III grant to the 2015 Hawaii National Great Teachers Seminar in Volcano National Park, Hawaii

Designed specifically for community colleges, this seminar provided a means to collaborate with instructors from all over the United States in several disciplines with different approaches.

The seminar encouraged Professors Weismann and Furuseth to think outside the box. Weismann has already incorporated one approach of giving the students the ability to control more of the assignments and the curriculum this semester.