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Media Coverage Summary – Friday, Dec. 18

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, Dec. 18.

Bismarck State College

BSC BookTalk series announces selections

Dakota College at Bottineau

Dakota College at Bottineau will offer Principles of Masonry


Dickinson State University
DSU celebrates fifth annual fall commencement
Orton to serve as executive director for DSU Heritage Foundation

Lake Region State College

Student from South Korea leaves home to realize his dream as a pilot
Peace Officer program sets record
LRSC graduates record number of peace officers


Mayville State University
Mayville State online B.S. in Mathematics degree program named one of the five best
Travel to Norway with your Mayville State friends!
Opportunities to gather with your Mayville State friends planned


Minot State University
NDUS, N.D. Petroleum Council Announce Bakken U Scholarship
MSU Students to Perform Concert
Safe dating expert brings message to Minot students


North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Precision Machining Technology Student wins Oktoberfest Student Demo Contest


North Dakota State University
NDSU receives humanities grant
Nursing faculty member contributes to Native nursing textbook
NDSU names Student Nurse of the Year
NDSU student helps recover grandfather’s lost military award


University of North Dakota
UND fraternity members buy Christmas gifts for children
David Martin puts on the miles as he covers the state on an ambitious mission of outreach
UND made sustainability a part of its day-to-day culture long before historic global climate accord in Paris
UND Art Collections Presents “Museful Treasures: Selected Artworks from Antiquity to the Dawn of the 20th Century”
New levee systems after 1997 reduce future flood threats despite migrating waterway


Valley City State University
Valley City State University – Campus Successes December


Williston State College
Williams County Graduate Scholarship Profile: Beth LaDue
WSC Honor Society Gives Back to Community This Holiday Season


North Dakota University System
IVN Usage remains strong
Confidence in the New Year

IVN Usage remains strong

Effort helps increase shared services


The North Dakota Interactive Video Network started out with four sites and a few classes back in 1989. It didn’t take long before IVN grew to become an essential campus tool for the delivery of courses and degree programs to students geographically displaced from the host institution. And while other delivery tools and technologies have come and gone during these past 26 years, IVN continues to be one of the most popular and dependable academic technologies within the North Dakota University System.

The Fall 2015 semester recorded the highest student enrollment on record while the total number of courses were slightly down from last fall’s record numbers. Nearly 3,000 students enrolled in IVN courses this fall, which is about 250 more students than the Fall 2014 term. However, the total number of courses delivered dropped slightly, from 228 last year to 212 this year.

Overall, more than 100 instructors taught dual credit, undergraduate and graduate courses.

Jerry Rostad, Assistant CIO for Core Technology Services of the NDUS, points to a couple reasons why IVN’s staying power continues to be strong.

“First, IVN most closely replicates the traditional classroom,” Rostad said. “Essentially, we are extending the room boundaries using cameras, microphones and televisions. Second, the dependability of the technology has always been pretty good. The technology just works.”

For high school students looking to get a start on college courses, they could look to the five community colleges, Dickinson State University and Mayville State University for 100 and 200-level courses in topics ranging from English to Psychology. During fall 2015 semester, 592 students took those opportunities that allowed them to take advantage of classes offered elsewhere in the state without having to drive there.

At the undergraduate level, most NDUS colleges and universities offered some form of IVN courses, with DSU offering 34. Departments offering IVN classes included Business, Computer Technology/Computer Information Systems, Education/Elementary Education, Health Professions, Human Resources, Natural Resources, Math/Science, Social Sciences, Humanities, Nursing, Engineering, Criminal Justice and Social Work.

Consortiums like the Dakota Nursing Program rely on collaborative efforts through the participating colleges. Bismarck State College, Dakota College at Bottineau, Lake Region State College and Williston State College utilize IVN for their offerings of the Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing programs there. In total, 609 students were able to take courses offered under those programs, not only at the participating schools but in other NDUS institutions and one tribal college.

For graduate students, 29 courses were also offered for masters and doctoral levels, which 427 students took advantage of this past semester alone.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott said that the increase in IVN usage showed one clear path forward on how campuses could share services in the form of interactive class time.

“The Interactive Video Network is clearly a winner when applied to certain coursework throughout our university system,” Hagerott said. “I’m hopeful that as time goes on more faculty, staff, students and even taxpayers will experience the value in this conferencing service, whether it’s used for courses, programs, or meetings.”

Bismarck State College – Campus Successes December

Hess Corporation presents donation to BSC
Hess Corporation donated $30,000 to BSC to buy training equipment for the Mechanical Maintenance Technology and Instrumentation & Control programs. This donation brings the total financial support from Hess to $60,000 over the past two years. Representatives from Hess also serve on various advisory boards for BSC.


BSC nursing students earn 100 percent pass rate
Nursing students in the Registered Nurse program at BSC received a 100 percent pass rate for those who took the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.


Communications students receive national awards
BSC Mass Communications students received several awards from the College Media Association/Associated Collegiate Press. Mystic Media earned a Pinnacle award as Two-Year TV Station of the Year. Both the student newspaper, The Mystician, and a MystiCast episode won David L. Adams Apple Awards.

Dakota College at Bottineau – Campus Successes December

Honors Symposium a Success

The Fall 2015 DCB Honors Symposium was held this week. This event was started a number of years ago to focus and strengthen the educational experience students receive at DCB. The Honors Program is a component of the college’s focus that aspires students to go beyond normal expectations. This year’s program consisted of a variety of learning opportunities aimed at preparing students for a lifetime achievement. Presentations ranged from the caffeine experiences to soil moisture monitoring within the chemistry department.  Psychology, Chemistry, Anatomy and Psysiology honor students presented.


DCB Lumberjacks Shootout
The DCB Lumberjacks will host the Norther Plans Shootout December 12th.  This is for 5th and 6th grade boys and girls.  The tournament will be played in three courts located between BHS and DCB.  All participants receive a free t-shirt and admission to a Jacks home BB game.  There will be photo opportunities for the 5th & 6th grade players with their favorite Jack.  All proceeds to go to the DCB Ladyjacks, Lumberjacks and BHS basketball teams.


DCB Announces Performance
The LumberActs hosted a winter performance of Twelve Angry Jurors this month.  There were fourteen LumberAct members involved.  They presented their performance “in the round” at the Alumni Center in Thatcher Hall at DCB.


DCB Carolers spread good cheer

Carolers around Dakota College at Bottineau spread tidings of joy and good cheer​ during the first week of December. Faculty and students sang Christmas songs around campus as part of the annual tradition.

Dickinson State University – Campus Successes December

Dickinson State recognized as a top choice in online education

​DSU was ranked third in online education and first in affordability in North Dakota by considers accreditation, quality of education, student experience, and range of programs in its study of the best options for online education in North Dakota.


Dressler named DSU’s Student Nurse of the Year

Rebecca Dressler, a junior nursing student at Dickinson State University (DSU), was named Student Nurse of the Year (SNOY) at the annual competition Thursday, Nov. 19.  Dressler, from Halliday, received a degree in practical nursing from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. She has been an LPN for five years and is continuing her education at DSU. She expects to graduate in the fall of 2017 with a degree in registered nursing and minors in psychology and biology.


DSU student loan default rate is below national average

DSU was ranked third lowest in student loan default rates of institutes in North Dakota by the U.S. Department of Education for the 2012 fiscal year. At 6.1 percent, DSU is far below the national average of 11.8 percent. Only NDSU and the UND had lower rates in the state. To determine a school’s rate of student loan default for 2012, the Department of Education reviewed the number of students who began to repay their debt between Oct. 1, 2011, and Sept. 30, 2012, but defaulted before October 2014.

Lake Region State College – Campus Successes December

LRSC Student Receives NASA Space Fellowship

​​Lake Region State College student Carrie Nienhuis was recently awarded the NASA Space Fellowship recognizing her work in the field of science. The fellowship includes an award of $1,000 for completing 100 hours of work and assistance in the lab in the science department. Nienhuis also received a $1,500 NASA Space Scholarship in 2014 which helped to pay for tuition and an online science course.

A sophomore at Lake Region State College, Nienhuis discovered her interest in science while attending a chemistry class in high school. She started at Lake Region State College in 2014 wanting to pursue a career as a science teacher, but after taking several courses, she changed her focus, “having the opportunity to experience so many different science classes opened my eyes to other career options,” says Nienhuis.

Mayville State University – Campus Successes December

Dr. Anton Treuer visits MaSU to share information on Native American culture

Dr. Anton Treuer, professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji (Minn.) State University and the author of 14 books, was at MaSU Nov. 9 and 10 to share information on Native American culture. Treuer talked with MaSU students, faculty, and staff, as well as area elementary and high school teachers, during his visit.


MaSU education professor presents in Norway

Sarah K. Anderson, Ph.D., assistant professor of education at MaSU, was a presenter at the 40th annual conference of the American Studies Association of Norway (ASANOR) Oct. 23 in Stavanger, Norway. Her presentation and paper accepted for publication provided a look at how educators transform learning experiences and create personal learning networks.


Military Honor Garden dedicated at MaSU

A highlight of MaSU homecoming 2015 festivities was the dedication of the Military Honor Garden at the Edson and Margaret Larson Alumni and Leadership Center. The program was headlined by remarks from Military Honor Garden project co-chairs and MaSU graduates Lt. Gen. Emil “Buck” Bedard, USMC (Ret.), and Dr. Martin Johnson.

Minot State University – Campus Successes December

Freezin’ for a Reason brings awareness of homelessness and hunger

The Student Social Work Organization sponsored “Freezin’ for a Reason” Nov.14. This marked the 13th annual Freezin’ for a Reason event in Minot, where participants stood in the cold and “froze” to experience homelessness firsthand. SSWO holds the event to raise awareness of area homelessness and to collect non-perishable and monetary donations. Beneficiaries were the Minot Area Homeless Coalition and Community Action Partnership.


History students to give public presentations of research

Nine history majors will offer and comment on electronic presentations Dec. 17 of their local history projects. Topics researched are “History of the Old Main building,” “Development of women’s athletics,” “Movement of MSU’s athletic teams to NCAA Division II,” “V-12 programs at Valley City State Teachers College and Minot State Teachers College,” “Letters of an American soldier who served in World War I and died in France,” “History of the Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot,” “History of the Minot Eagles’ Club/Eagles Wings Christian Fellowship building” and “History of the Triangle Y Camp.”


Area students compete at Technology Day

Area high school students competed Dec. 3 in the Department of Business Information Technology’s 18th annual Technology Day. Students competed in accounting, business law, desktop publishing, document production, business principles, spreadsheet applications and presentation software. Participating high schools were Berthold, Bowbells, Burke Central, Des Lacs-Burlington, Kenmare, Powers Lake, Sawyer, Stanley, TGU Granville, TGU Towner, Underwood and Westhope. Underwood was the overall winner for the eighth year.

North Dakota State College of Science – Campus Successes December

NDSCS Student Wins Harley Davison for College

NDSCS recent graduate Austin Olin came in first at the National SkillsUSA Competition last June and won a Harley Davidson motorcycle for the College, which will be used for student training. Olin, who majored in Powersports Technology, graduated from NDSCS in May 2015.


NDSCS Agriculture Students Excel at North Dakota State PAS Competition

Ten NDSCS Agriculture students recently attended the North Dakota State Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) conference in Fargo, N.D. where the following students placed: Adam Sipp, Ashlyn Draovitch, Gabby Nordick, Colton Johnson and three NDSCS Teams.


NDSCS Alumni Foundation Announces Major Gifts Received Since July 1, 2015

The NDSCS Alumni Foundation recently announced that 20 major gifts have been received since July 1, 2015. These 20 gifts, or pledges, total $1,198,077. An additional $599,038 has been matched through the ND Challenge Grant, resulting in a grand total of $1,797,115. Approximately $1 million will go directly into Scholarship Endowments while the other gifts have been directed towards annual scholarships, specific programs or athletics.

North Dakota State University – Campus Successes December

NDSU’s STEM Classroom and Lab Building to open in January

NDSU’s new, state-funded STEM Building will open for classes in January. It is a student-focused structure made up entirely of classrooms, labs and study areas. It is designed for flexibility, interdisciplinary collaboration and teaching innovation. A building dedication was held Dec. 10.


Dalrymple states economic impact of new greenhouse

Gov. Jack Dalrymple called the N.D. Agricultural Experiment Station Research Greenhouse Complex the state building with the most economic impact at its Nov. 13 dedication. The $33 million complex features state-of-the-art growth chambers and a Biosafety Level 3 facility, and was funded with state and federal appropriations plus donations


New center focuses on immunization education

NDSU’s new Center for Immunization Research and Education addresses concerning trends in vaccine coverage through education and research and finds ways to improve vaccine acceptance and immunization rates in both children and adults. The center educates the general public, health providers and public health workers on all aspects of immunization.

University of North Dakota – Campus Successes December

UND Receives Nearly $750,000 Grant to Explore Recovering Rare Earth Elements

The University of North Dakota’s College of Engineering & Mines Institute for Energy Studies has been selected as one of 10 nationwide projects to receive federal support to bolster the university’s cutting edge coal energy development research.

Working in tandem with UND’s Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) and with the Barr Engineering and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, UND’s College of Engineering & Mines Institute for Energy Studies will receive nearly $750,000 in federal funding to boost the school’s efforts to recover rare earth elements from coal that are essential – and in high demand – across electronic, computer, transportation, health care, and national defense industries nationwide.


UND professor’s translation released in NYC

The release of University of North Dakota English Professor Elizabeth Harris’ translation of Antonio Tabucchi’s bestselling novel, Tristano Dies, from Italian, was celebrated recently in New York City. Harris also visited translation students at Columbia University and Barnard College. Tabucchi is considered the most important writers of postwar Italy.


UND student named University Innovation Fellow

University of North Dakota student Benjamin Olson was named a University Innovation Fellow by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation. He is the first Innovation Fellow from UND. The NSF-funded program is directed by Stanford University and VentureWell, and promotes engineering and entrepreneurship on college campuses.


UND students pile food for local backpack program

University of North Dakota’s Introduction to University Life students recently built a “mountain of giving,” comprising  weeks’ worth of nonperishable food collections around campus. Students encouraged the campus community to donate to the local Northlands Rescue Mission’s Kids+ Backpack Distribution Program, which distributes about 600 bags of food each week.


UND Mortar Board delivered food baskets for Thanksgiving

The University of North Dakota Quo Vadis Chapter of Mortar Board, a national senior honor society, played host to its 36th annual Turkey Basket Drive, distributing food baskets to the nearly 1,300 families from the Grand Forks area. Nearly 5,000 people were fed on Thanksgiving thanks to the turkey baskets.

Valley City State University – Campus Successes December

Sen. Heitkamp meets with New Voices supporters at Valley City State

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp met with supporters of the John Wall New Voices Act of North Dakota on the VCSU campus on Tuesday, Nov. 24. The John Wall New Voices Act protects high school and college student journalists from direct and indirect censorship. Organized by Steven Listopad, VCSU assistant professor and director of student media, the event brought Heitkamp together with a group of more than 20 New Voices supporters in the VCSU Student Center’s Norway Room and a dozen others via video conference


N.D poet laureate Woiwode reads at VCSU

Larry Woiwode, North Dakota poet laureate, read from his works in VCSU’s Theatre 320 in McFarland Hall on Dec. 3. Woiwode read one of his poems and a selection from a novel he’s working on; he then fielded questions from the audience and did a book-signing session. Gregory Brister, Ph.D., assistant professor of English; the Lecturers and Readers Committee; and the Department of Language and Literature hosted the event


VCSU group takes plunge for Special Olympics

Fourteen members of the Valley City State University community, including student, faculty and staff, took the Special Olympics Polar Plunge on Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Jamestown (N.D.) Reservoir. The VCSU contingent raised more than $3,000 for Special Olympics North Dakota.

Williston State College – Campus Successes December

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.

Media Coverage Summary – Dec. 11

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, Dec. 11.


Bismarck State College

Hess Corporation presents donation to BSC
BSC Holiday Concert set for Dec. 16


Dakota College at Bottineau

Dakota College at Bottineau – Campus Successes November


Dickinson State University
Dressler named DSU’s Student Nurse of the Year
Dickinson State student loan default rate ranks third lowest in state
Rural Leadership North Dakota course to be offered in Dickinson
Small Business Workshops Scheduled


Lake Region State College

LRSC Student Receives NASA Space Fellowship


Mayville State University

Students extract, study bean DNA
Dec. After Hours social planned
Hoops for Hospice set for Dec. 11
CORE spring break trip will provide invaluable experiences
Free application day
NDAD’s inaugural Fay Gibbens Memorial grant awarded


Minot State University
Students Raising Funds for MSU Football Player
Technology Day
Sensory Santa Party Celebrates Christmas
Minot Symphony Orchestra to Perform Holiday Concert


North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Agriculture students excel at North Dakota State PAS Competition
NDSCS Performing Arts Department to present Christmas Concert Dec. 10


North Dakota State University
NDSU’s new STEM Classroom and Lab Building to open in January
NDSU almost ready to open ‘stunning’ STEM building in January
President Bresciani joins NCAA subcommittee
It’s My Job: NDSU grad captures babies’ first day of life
Crafting vs. craft: Local makers explain the difference
Registration opens for Cyber Security Conference
NDSU alumni earn ’40 Under 40′ honors


University of North Dakota
University of North Dakota Holiday Greeting 2015
Social theater
Global reach
UND Earth System Science and Policy group to host Climate & Culture Festival
We’re No. 1
Ryan Heintz, ’11, Named Assistant Disciplinary Counsel
ND STAR receives grant from North Dakota Department of Health for EMS training
UND English professor Kim Donehower releases new book on ‘Appalachia’


Valley City State University
Online communication program at VCSU earns two national rankings
Distinctively VCSU!


Williston State College
Williams County Graduate Scholarship Profile: Landy Dossou
Students Get Glimpse into World of Computer Programming


North Dakota University System
At year’s end, Board discusses goals
Confidence in the New Year

Confidence in the New Year

Neset mugshot

State Board of Higher Education Chair Kathleen Neset talks about confidence in the system coming into the New Year.

When milestones arrive they can usually be considered a good time to reflect on how previous accomplishments and challenges led to them. As our students closed out another semester and we’re closing in on the end to another year, I find that it’s a good time to do just that.

In the past year there have been numerous topics that the State Board of Higher Education and the North Dakota University System have addressed, and there are more on the way. These topics have been brought to our attention from campus representatives, from legislators and from community members, and all have one singular goal in mind: to help continue shaping us into the best university system that we can be. The work will continue.

Already, work is underway in standardizing processes throughout the university system through about two dozen projects. Campus leadership is adding to that forward progress and the presidents have identified nearly 100 goals that all are working toward to create more efficiencies of process, maximize shared services, limit redundancies, refine governance models, contain costs, increase retention, and more.

As they move forward, each process toward standardization and each objective met will strengthen both the system and its 11 individual colleges and universities. That will help solidify the foundations for education that are being used by staff and faculty to create and shape the high-quality academic programs our students deserve.

Recently, the Board moved forward with some other actions that I think will be of benefit to the state and the university system next year and beyond. One of those items concerned a new offering that deals with teaching credentials. We’re hopeful that the new Master of Arts in Teaching offered at Dickinson State University, Mayville State University and Valley City State University will help offer another path forward to those education-minded individuals who would like to earn teaching credentials. We’re confident that it will be one step to help address the current teacher shortage facing the state.

The Board also appointed former N.D. Governor and former Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer as the interim president for the University of North Dakota. We’re confident in Schafer’s capability to lead and manage this world-class research university, and are hopeful in the things his interim service will bring to the campus.

Despite some criticisms that may exist, I feel that there is a common undercurrent of positivity that links all these topics, and that speaks to the confidence. That’s not just the confidence I have in the Board, but the confidence I have in the administration, staff and faculty to continue providing the highest-quality environment for our students. And I believe it’s reflective of the confidence that our students themselves have in the path they’ve picked for themselves, right here and now throughout our great system.

I believe that each person is always learning. It’s with confidence that I say the Board has heard you and is taking those perspectives as lessons to apply now and in 2016 to help bring success to all those involved in the university system.

Our mission here with the system and the Board is student success. If we accomplish that by fostering the different colleges and universities, and their faculty and staff, then we meet the mission. Our foremost aim is the success of our students.

Happy holidays, and have a happy New Year!

At year’s end, Board discusses goals

State Board of Higher Education talks about work ahead in the New Year

NDUS Meeting-80

State Board of Higher Education Chair Kathleen Neset led the meeting yesterday that focused on goals into the New Year. Photo by Justin Eiler, North Dakota State University.

Members of the State Board of Higher Education wasted no time this week getting into the details of how and why certain goals should be pursued in the coming year. At its regular meeting held this month in Fargo, the Board touched on multiple topics but spent considerable time discussing how it and the North Dakota University System would pave the way forward for higher education in 2017.

Board Chair Kathleen Neset opened the meeting by expressing her concern over student and campus safety in light of recent national headlines. She noted that it would be vital going forward to ensure that there were plans in place for safety and communication.

“We’re talking about student success and safety,” Neset said. “This Board does a lot of work outside of these meetings at committees and more. Our foremost aim is the success of our students.”

System updates

Chancellor Mark Hagerott gave an update from the university system, first introducing Craig Hashbarger, the NDUS performance auditor at the state auditor’s office. Other updates included a meeting with stakeholders, the presidential search at University of North Dakota that had moved forward the day before, and an update on the NDUS Foundation on which he deferred to Board Member Dr. Kevin Melicher for the details.

“Almost every one of the presidential goals involve building the foundations,” Melicher said in reference to the NDUS Foundation, which was receiving renewed interest. “In no way whatsoever do we want this foundation to supplant what those foundations are doing. However we have an opportunity to expand some of the initiatives throughout N.D. such as Bakken U, Cybersecurity, retention and graduation rates, etc. If we can build this foundation up we’ll have the potential to move some of these efforts forward.

“We’re starting with a balance of $66, so at least we’re not starting with zero,” he added. “Most foundations’ endowments are in the realm of $90-100 million. With the help of people around the state we can make ours grow.”

Next, Hagerott spoke about the NDUS technology initiatives on Cybersecurity, Unmanned Aircraft Systems and High Performance Computing. He noted that nearly every campus was doing something with computers and security, and he was looking forward to that expanding in the future. He said the initiative was just getting underway within the system, which could be poised to lead nationally on the subject. He added that the state’s work with UAS and High Performance Computing comprised two legs on a three-legged stool, with Cybersecurity rounding out that effort.

Hagerott then spoke about the recent visit by the Higher Learning Commission, who spoke to NDUS employees and leadership, as well as lawmakers and business leaders in mid-November. He said that HLC representatives noted there were positive changes put in place since the last visit and NDUS looked forward to seeing the final report.

In budget matters, Hagerott said that all campuses would have a proactive part in providing representatives to a working group on that subject in the near future. The working group was set to look at the change in the state’s budget forecast in light of lower oil and agricultural revenues.

Then the Chancellor moved on to discussing his and the presidents’ goals. He added that he sought Board member input.

Board Vice Chair Don Morton noted that from a high level perspective it would be good to have individual metrics to track certain issues, adding that they would be important to understand which strategies were working and why.

Board Member Greg Stemen said that he would find it valuable to review a simplified process so he and other Board members could help put all the metrics in perspective. Board Member Nick Hacker said that no matter what, goals needed to be measurable and benchmarked, referring to North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman’s goals as being well-done.

Faculty Advisor Eric Murphy said he felt there were numerous goals that were metric-driven, such as student success.

”What are the four little things that you’re going to do? Not a huge description, but some bullet points of how you’ll achieve it,” Murphy stated. “We’re in a good position, but not quite where we want to be. We want to have an ability to evaluate our leadership throughout the system and to do that we need metrics.”


The Board then heard research overviews from UND’s Dr. Grant McGimpsey and North Dakota State University’s Dr. Kelly Rusch.

McGimpsey spoke on the commercialization of strategies, working with N.D. companies and encouraging an entrepreneurial atmosphere at UND. He added that they wanted to be “business friendly at UND.” McGimpsey touched on human health, aerospace, energy, cybersecurity, high performance computing and data studies.

“The idea is to create a Skunkworks for undergraduate students and provide a place where they can create and own their intellectual property,” McGimpsey said in reference to UND’s plans. “We’re not just trying to improve the economy but improve the quality of life for those in North Dakota.”

Rusch offered similar comments from NDSU, speaking about how NDUS held long-standing partnerships with other colleges, EPSCOR, “knowledge transfers” that begin at the research labs and make their way to the state, nation and world, and research and scholarly activities. Some of those topics included big data, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and their use in Precision Agriculture, tackling wheat rust pathogens, new drug delivery systems for pancreatic cancer, and electric materials/nanotechnology. Rusch stated that NDSU’s Class 100 Clean Room was one-of-a-kind in this part of the Midwest, and ensured certain processes could move forward to industry and scientific standards. These programs were part of national research networks and had been integrated to ensure student success.

“NDSU is now tied into a national network of researchers around the country,” Rusch said. “They have access to come to our clean rooms. We’ve expanded our capabilities to reach out to the rest of the country for electrical materials research.”

Rusch also spoke about private sector partnerships, noting that there were currently 65 active partners. She added that they were actively seeking new partners to grow funding and expand research enterprise.

Stemen posed questions on the Center for Nanoscale Engineering, which served to open extensive discussion on the topic. Morton, Murphy and Hacker inquired through the discussion on responsibility and assets. Rusch explained the nature of the background of CNSE, which she said had initially been funded through earmarks that no longer existed. She added that most of the physical assets, intellectual property, personnel and expertise originally assigned to the center was still a part of NDSU. She concluded that it had not been formally closed.

Legislative input

Sen. Tim Flakoll spoke to the Board, stating that he appreciated the opportunities being given for input from legislators. He added that in doing so, the Board fostered an era of new relations among its members, the university system, and the Legislature. He added that it was vital that these types of meetings be attended, and invited SBHE members to legislative hearings. Attending these meetings could provide more nuanced perspective than could sometimes be provided for in written reports.

Flakoll provided the Board with an update to discussions he’d recently held with the outgoing and incoming U.S. Secretaries of Education, and national education legislation that could align with the state and system’s goals for scholarships, community colleges and more.

“When I go to national meetings I still feel that we’re the most fortunate state in the country despite our challenges,” he said, noting that the legislature had done much to try and prepare for those challenges. He added that there was progress on N.D. Legislature’s Senate Concurrent Resolution 4003, which higher education in the state would be interested in as it dealt with foundation aid and aid to school districts.

“There’s a lot of optimism among my colleagues about what the board is doing,” he added. “The trust is really starting to build. The best ideas don’t move forward unless people are comfortable relaying them forward.”

Other business

Neset presented UND President Robert Kelley with a recognition plaque at the last SBHE meeting of the year for his years of service.

Neset presented UND President Robert Kelley with a plaque at the last SBHE meeting of the year in recognition of his years of service.

The Board then voted to approve the Chancellor’s goals, which include an office reorganization, the implementation of strategies for excellence, affordability, accessibility, and system responsiveness.

Following the vote, Hagerott spoke about the NDUS office plan, which requests that the $1 million previously set aside by the Legislature be released to help reach the system’s goals. The plan would help create a more unified system, aid it in operating in a more efficient manner, and help students graduate faster and with less debt.

The Board then heard details on budget, finance, and facilities requests before calling for a vote, which found unanimous approval.

Next on the agenda were items relating to the academic and student affairs committee, the audit committee, and board policy readings. Unanimous votes were held for all, including the first readings of policies regarding appointments, pay policy, tuition waivers/tuition assistance, early retirement, and test of high school equivalency. Second readings were held on policies regarding state grant, North Dakota Academic and Career and Technical Education scholarships, and admissions policies.

The Board also formally thanked UND President Robert Kelley and his wife, Marcia, for their years of dedicated service.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 3 at NDSU when the Board will meet jointly with the Interim Higher Ed committee of the N.D. Legislature.

NDSU’s new STEM Classroom and Lab Building to open in January

NDSU’s new STEM Classroom and Lab Building will open for classes in January 2016.

Sen. Tim Flakoll, NDSU Pres. Dean Bresciani, Doosan Bobcat Pres./CEO Scott Park, Gov. Jack Dalrymple,  Doosan and Bobcat Co. Pres. Rich Goldsbury, NDSU Student Body President Eric McDaniel, and NDSU Provost Beth Ingram participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday at NDSU's STEM Building.

Sen. Tim Flakoll, NDSU Pres. Dean Bresciani, Doosan Bobcat Pres./CEO Scott Park, Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Doosan and Bobcat Co. Pres. Rich Goldsbury, NDSU Student Body President Eric McDaniel, and NDSU Provost Beth Ingram participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday at NDSU’s STEM Building.

The state of North Dakota provided $29.4 million to build the structure. It has been under construction for more than a year, and today NDSU held a dedication ceremony to celebrate its near-completion. NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani, Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Sen. Tim Flakoll, NDSU Provost Beth Ingram and NDSU Student Body President Eric McDaniel spoke at the event.

Members of the State Board of Higher Education were also present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Rich Goldsbury, president of Doosan and Bobcat Company, North America and Oceania, and Scott Park, president and CEO of Doosan Bobcat, also participated in the ceremony. Earlier this year, Doosan and Bobcat Company donated $3 million to fund a STEM-related scholarship program. The state of North Dakota matched the donation, adding $1.5 million—making the combined gift of $4.5 million the single largest gift to establish a scholarship endowment in NDSU history.

“The building is the first of its kind at NDSU and in North Dakota and signals a new era for teaching and learning at the university,” Bresciani said. “We greatly appreciate the state of North Dakota making the building possible. This investment will benefit generations of future leaders and innovators.”

The building concept breaks from the tradition of an academic building belonging to a particular discipline or department. It is a student-focused structure made up entirely of classrooms, labs and study areas, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses.

The 119,505 square-foot building has 23 labs, nine classrooms and 13 areas for students to work collaboratively or to study. Classroom capacity ranges from 24 to 300 students. It will serve approximately 4,000 to 5,000 students every day.

“This building will be a game changer for NDSU students,” said McDaniel. “Every space was designed in the best way to serve students, through the new study spaces, large laboratories and opportunities for learning and innovating in an environment that incorporates cutting-edge technology. Students are really looking forward to having classes there.”

The building is designed for flexibility, interdisciplinary collaboration and teaching innovation.

·Flexibility: Classrooms and labs can accommodate multiple uses, a variety of teaching approaches and changes in equipment and technology, allowing the space to be maximized now and in the future.

· Interdisciplinary collaboration: Faculty members from many disciplines will teach in the building and share preparation spaces. Likewise, classrooms, labs and student spaces are built for collaboration. Interdisciplinary collaboration has the potential to lead to even greater innovation by faculty members and students.

· Teaching innovation: Faculty members who teach in the building will use a set of student-centered teaching approaches called active learning. These teaching approaches promote discussion and problem-solving and often involve students working in small groups.

“Buildings that encourage innovation, offer instructional flexibility, and merge multiple fields of study are a great training ground for the real world work environment,” Dalrymple said. “The demand for professionals in the STEM fields continues to grow as a result of our strong economy, and this facility will help NDSU prepare students for great careers right here in North Dakota.”

One type of classroom that will support innovative teaching is called a student-centered active learning environment for undergraduate programs, or SCALE-UP. The largest classroom of this type will seat up to 135 students at nine-person round tables that promote small-group discussion and work.

The classroom’s technology makes it easy for groups to create and share content with the entire class. Each table has connectivity for three laptops, but can send a signal from one computer to a designated monitor. Faculty members will be able to project content from the instructor computer or select a student display and project it on a large screen for the whole class.

All classrooms are equipped with multimedia equipment, including:

· Ceiling mounted projector

· Windows computer, mouse and keyboard

· Wireless mouse

· Document camera for projecting transparencies and opaque documents

· Apple TV for wireless display mirroring of iOS devices

· Speakers

· Laptop computer connectivity

· Audiovisual control system for easy control and switching between devices

Other building features include:

· Student seating by windows for natural light

· Atrium that will provide natural light to interior labs

· Card access for building, floors and rooms

· Two gender-neutral restrooms

· Lactation room

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Challenge Grants awarded

Six of 11 public colleges and universities in North Dakota were recently awarded Challenge Grants for projects at their respective campuses ranging from scholarships and endowments to expanded educational opportunities.

Lake Region State College, Mayville State University, North Dakota State College of Science, North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota and Williston State College all received financial awards through the N.D. Higher Education Challenge Fund. The fund was created in 2013 by the state legislature and is overseen by a grant review committee.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott said the Challenge Fund was a significant way for the system to partner with the state to help reach goals at each campus.

“I’d like to thank the members of the legislature and the grant committee, both for their foresight in creating this fund in 2013, but also for awarding funding for these purposes,” Hagerott said. “The Challenge Fund continues to be an innovative way for the state and university system to partner to address ongoing needs within higher education, right here in North Dakota.”

As part of the most recent awards, the institutions received a total of $2,003,830.04 in grant funding out of more than $23.5 million set aside by the legislature for matching funds, where the State Board of Higher Education would award one dollar in matching grants for every two dollars of non-state, non-federal funding raised by the institutional foundations throughout the NDUS. Seven million dollars has been set aside each for NDSU and UND, with one million set aside for each of the other nine institutions in the NDUS.

The latest award breakdown is as follows:

  • Lake Region State College: $98,858 to expand learning opportunities for students preparing to become American Sign Language interpreters.
  • Mayville State University: $145,307.43 to go toward a scholarship endowment and a scholarship campaign.
  • North Dakota State College of Science: $234,879 for two scholarship endowments and one departmental endowed chair.
  • North Dakota State University: $866,814.21 to go toward thirteen scholarship endowments.
  • University of North Dakota: $600,641.40 to go toward eight scholarship endowments.
  • Williston State College: $57,330 to go toward a scholarship endowment and a scholarship program.

The grants, which were awarded just before the Thanksgiving holiday, were the third announced this year. Twelve awards totaling $628,375.64 were made in September through Bismarck State College, NDSCS, NDSU and UND for scholarships and endowments. In July, twelve awards were made totaling $774,373.50 throughout Minot State University, NDSCS, NDSU and UND.

Media Coverage Summary – Dec. 4

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, Dec. 4.


Bismarck State College

Team registrations sought for regional Science Olympiad at BSC
BSC professor’s essay accepted for journal
Communications students receive national awards


Dakota College at Bottineau

Dakota College at Bottineau – Campus Successes November


Dickinson State University
Dickinson State recognized as a top choice in online education
DSU presents a comic holiday adventure show for all ages
DSU to host holiday concert at Assumption Abbey
Yuletyme Gala planned to support student scholarships
Ozbun: Work still underway at Dickinson State


Lake Region State College

Multicultural marriage panel discussion
Actors receive honor
Precision Agriculture Day at LRSC Dakota Precision Ag Center
LRSC Science Professor Presents at Mouse River Loop Envirothon Competition
LRSC Hosts Clothesline Project
LRSC to host “Holiday Radio Hour” fundraiser for Fort Totten Historic Site


Mayville State University

Public invited to visit MSU Larson Center during the holidays
Tradition will usher in the holiday season
Approved to offer Master of Arts in Teaching degree
Dr. Ray Gerszewski retiring after 32 years
#10 on College Choice most affordable ranking
Allam thankful for years in Traill
DECA and Mayville VFW help one another
Dr. Treuer shares knowledge of Native American culture
Norway – from the prairies and plains to the fantastic fjords
Public invited to Dr. Gerszewski retirement reception


Minot State University
Eye on Education: Educational Gaming
MSU Celebrates Student Culture
Students from Pakistan Speak About Cultural Misunderstanding
Celebrating cultures at MSU: MSU marketing students learned from promoting event
Christmas in the Park Lights up Minot
Helping the helpers: Strengthen ND director creates resources for nonprofits
Five cans for free admission to MSU Beavers games Friday
Increasing opportunities: Trinity-MSU partnership increases number of nursing grads
Duluth community rallies around injured Minot football player


North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS student wins Harley Davidson for college
NDSCS student training with F-M Ambulance will go home as Ghana’s first paramedic
Ready to work: New programs offer workplace training for new Americans


North Dakota State University
NDSU competition inspires student to become an engineer
North Dakota eyes science for oilfield brine cleanup
How Spider Personalities Affect Pest Control
On My Desk: Band director’s office is a medley of family, musical notes
NDSU winter commencement ceremonies set
NDSU hosts BEST Robotics regional championship
Combating carbon: Five locals lead pragmatic fight against climate change
NDSU researchers studying sustainable method of land reclamation
Meat lab ‘hidden secret of NDSU’


University of North Dakota
Met comes to UND
Dakota Venture Group: Allowing students to completely run their own, real venture capital investment fund
UND English professor’s translation of Italian novel celebrated, launched
Senior Dietetic Students Attend FNCE Conference
Social Work Homecoming Celebration
A Bird Eye’s View
Two New Online Programs Launched
Gallagher Named to ACEND National Board
Not Your Ordinary Chemistry Class


Valley City State University

N.D. journalism law inspires other states
Sen. Heitkamp meets with Listopad, New Voices supporters on campus
N.D. poet laureate Woiwode to read at VCSU
VCSU group takes plunge for Special Olympics
Polar Plunge raises more than $5,700


Williston State College
Associate Professor Published in Quarterly Magazine
Faces Behind the Funds: Cody Stauffer
Enrollment Spikes at Williston State


North Dakota University System
Highly-accomplished faculty
Q & A with the new CFO, Tammy Dolan
Tegrity brings lectures to students

Tegrity brings lectures to students

A content capture system is making information more available than ever throughout the North Dakota University System.


Since its implementation throughout the NDUS, Tegrity has seen its usage and recording hours skyrocket.

Since its implementation throughout the NDUS, Tegrity has seen its usage and recording hours skyrocket.

The system, called Tegrity, is giving students throughout the 11 colleges and universities in the NDUS access to lectures and other recorded content, taking them well beyond the traditional classroom walls.

Patti Heisler, assistant director of Training and Academic Technologies, said Tegrity is a robust system that can be used in a wide variety of ways, ranging from traditional lecture recordings to student presentations, in both the traditional classroom and the online setting. The versatility of the application is one of the things that makes it appealing to users.

“As an instructor you can record your lectures for students to view later,” Heisler said. “If you don’t have enough time to cover an equation you can record it offline, on a break, at night or whenever and make it available to students.”

Finding lectures is as easy as a few clicks. Students can log in on any Internet-connected device and from there they can search to find recent recordings. According to Heisler, other opportunities have arisen for utilizing the content capture beyond lecture-recording.

“Fred Riggins at North Dakota State University teaches up to 168 students in a large lecture hall,” Heisler said. “They all had to give a final presentation in class, but doing so would take a long time. So, he had the students record their own presentations in Tegrity, which allowed for more in-class time to focus on learning.”

Riggins, associate professor of Management Information Systems, said he and Heisler began using the content capture system to teach MIS 320 during the 2012-2013 year. The required, lecture-format course seated as many as 180 students per class. Due to the size of those classes, Riggins and Heisler had to come up with a plan that allowed for the students to do group presentations that didn’t take away from lecture time. They found Tegrity.

“Having students get experience making presentations is critical, so we have students make their group project presentations on Tegrity, then we go in and grade their presentations,” Riggins said. “Students need to develop the slide presentation, coordinate the group to have each person make their part of the presentation, learn how to make Tegrity videos, and then actually make the professional-level presentation using this technology with the entire group present. When we grade the presentation we are able to see the video of the group presenters in one window and the slides advancing in another window. “

Riggins added that students had been receptive to that format, as it gave them the opportunity to utilize a new technology to meet all the needs of their coursework. After a brief, in-class orientation to the background and use of the software the students are provided a download and offered some class time to make their first videos. From there, most video work is done outside of the classroom, which allows for further education on the processes and scheduling of teamwork.

“One of the biggest challenges is for a team of say, five people, to find a time outside of class when they can all be physically present at the same time,” Riggins said. “I tell them early in the semester to plan for that during the last week of class when the project presentation comes due.”


Tegrity offers numerous opportunities for education to aid both faculty and students.

Tegrity offers numerous opportunities for education to aid both faculty and students.

or online students in the summer course, coordination comes a bit easier as it’s done nearly through the web. Each team member is responsible for a certain number of slides, which are required to be named a particular way. Tegrity’s alphanumeric listing allows them to be reviewed, in order, making it easy for professors like Riggins to review and grade.

As part of the summer course offering, Tegrity offers another opportunity – the ability to break up the 50-minute lectures into smaller modules. Doing so allows students to go to one module, then follow along with the slides and read the associated text. Riggins said that having multiple modules like that can ease the strain students would otherwise feel in having to watch an hour-long lecture on their computer or smartphone screen.

“For the most part I think students like the ability to go back and watch certain parts multiple times,” he added, noting that for online courses students could reference the modules during their conversations in the discussion boards to make up for the lack of in-person classroom interaction.

Recordings can be synchronous or asynchronous and last anywhere from 10 minutes to a few hours. Over time, as students and faculty have grown more accustomed to the software’s uses, there has been a sharp increase in usage. The company’s claims of keeping student learning as the primary focus is readily available in its accessibility, and increased usage since full implementation throughout NDUS in 2012.

“We’ve seen an increase in recording hours,” Heisler said. “Some campuses find more use for it than others, but overall there has been a sharp increase over time.”

But lecture capture isn’t its only focus. According to the software documentation, students are able to “search content, collaborate with instructors and classmates, take notes, set bookmarks and more.” Heisler added that the lecture capture software also allowed for the sharing of resources among campuses.