Monthly Archives: April 2016

Higher education summit approaching

A summit on education in North Dakota will take place this month at the Bismarck State Capitol building. Titled “Envision 2030,” this summit will be hosted by the State Board of Higher Education and North Dakota University System aimed at how and where future students and leaders will be asked to take charge.
Breakout sessions will be held on subjects relating to student and workforce needs. Student-focused sessions will include physical/mental health, counseling, advising, attainment, student expectations, the classroom of 2030, diversity, and liberal arts and humanities. Workforce-focused sessions will include agriculture, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, and technology.

The full schedule of speakers and discussions is as follows:

8:30 a.m. Welcome

Kathleen Neset, State Board of Higher Education Chair

8:35 a.m. Presentation

Mark Hagerott, NDUS Chancellor

9:15 Remarks

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp

9:30 Keynote

Gov. Jack Dalrymple

10:15 Break

10:30 Guest

Rep. Mark Sanford
Higher Ed and the Legislature: Building Relationships to benefit students and the State/Interim studies update

10:45 Panel on ND Demographics: Challenges and Opportunities

Moderator: Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley

Kevin Iverson, ND Demographics

Kirsten Baesler, K-12 Demographics

Larry Skogen, Campus Demographics & Current Missions, results of Mission Study survey

Andy Peterson, Workforce Needs, wrap-up

11:45 Lunch

Noon Working lunch – Charting the Course for 2030

Susan Heegaard, State Advisor, Lumina Foundation, What is Attainment? (30 minutes)

Brainstorming Panel/Table Input: Moderator: Susan Heegaard

Table Leader/Speakers: Legislators SBHE Board members, Presidents, Chamber members

1:00 Break

1:15 Goal-setting Breakout Sessions

  1. Energy
  2. Technology
  3. Healthcare
  4. Agriculture
  5. Manufacturing
  6. The Whole Student
  7. Tomorrow’s Student
  8. Liberal Arts/Humanities
  9. Diversity

3:15 Break

3:30 Report on Breakout Session Results

4:15 Wrap-up, Next Steps

Media Coverage Summary – Friday, April 29


The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, April 29.


Bismarck State College
BSC campus hosts community raku, arts crawl, and graphics show
This Sunday’s Conversations at BSC features the Dust Bowl years
BSC Student Named to the 2016 All-North Dakota Academic Team

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB students named community college scholars

Dickinson State University
DSU choirs to hold final performance of academic year
DSU Jazz Ensemble to make debut in downtown Dickinson
DSU Ranked Among Best Value Colleges for Bachelor of Finance Online
Form and Fusion Dance to perform May 7 & 8

Lake Region State College
LRSC Phi Beta Lambda chapter earns honors
LRSC students named to state all academic team
Peace officers graduate in Minot

Mayville State University
DECA students attend and compete at international conference in Washington
Finley-Sharon students sign with Mayville State
Students, faculty, and staff embark on project to support the legacy of Ann Nelson

Minot State University
Working for a common goal, Foisy, new HR director have a shared vision
Academy helps your entrepreneurs bring ideas to life
MSU Athletics Holds Lip Sync Battle for Injured Athlete
Keeping it simple
Three MSU students receive communication awards
University Celebrates Life, Works of Shakespeare
MSU Student Named Miss Teen N.D.

North Dakota State College of Science
Band director prepares to pass baton
NDSCS awards an additional 18 Scholarships to area Students

North Dakota State University
Carson Wentz mania reigns supreme in North Dakota
Carson Wentz picked 2nd overall by Philadelphia Eagles in NFL Draft
South Dakota’s Erbele hired as North Dakota’s state engineer
NDSU commencement set, alumnus to receive honorary degree
Students present at national research conference
NDSU graduates build careers at Gate City Bank
NDSU to host international symposium on materials from renewables
Tim O’Brien, author of ‘The Things They Carried,’ to give talk at NDSU

University of North Dakota
An American Indian tradition lives strong at UND with annual Wacipi
All-female international crew of UND master’s degree students spending 10 days in Lunar-Mars ‘habitat’ on campus
UND hosts North Dakota Science & Engineering Fair
UND School of Law commencement ceremony is May 7, at 10 a.m., at the Chester Fritz
May 2 UND Space Studies Colloquium features Ed Dwight, America’s first black astronaut candidate
UND alum and PGA weather guy headlines severe storm symposium May 2-3 on campus
UND student and Argusville, N.D., native Jed Hanson wins prestigious Truman Scholarship

Valley City State University
Athletic training program granted accreditation

Williston State College
College Readiness Day At WSC
Community Education Yoga Teacher Receives Certification

North Dakota University System
OER use to save students $$$

OER use to save students $$$

Students could begin saving money thanks to an initiative sponsored by the N.D. Legislature and actively fostered by the North Dakota University System.

The drive to implement more Open Educational Resources is progressing forward after receiving widespread support from state lawmakers and the university system’s network of 11 public colleges and universities. Partnered with the Open Textbook Network at the University of Minnesota, NDUS’ drive to increase awareness and implementation of OER throughout the system has already saved students money on textbook costs.

Grants have funded OER projects throughout the university system, with Mayville State University, University of North Dakota and Valley City State University all showing savings already.

According to Tanya, Spilovoy, the director of distance education and state authorization with NDUS, 10 courses at MaSU will have zero textbook costs estimated at $40,000 per semester. At UND, five high-enrollment courses have implemented OER, saving between $271,550 and $400,000 per year. At VCSU, 10 courses will have zero textbook costs amounting to more than $82,000 in student textbook savings for Spring 2016 semester.

Rep. Thomas Beadle, the primary bill sponsor of the OER legislation that was foundational to the initiative moving forward, stated that it was a success for the students.

“When I first planted the seeds for our Open Educational  resources in the 2013 legislative session, we knew that textbook costs where outrageous and severely hindering our students,” Beadle said. “The old ways of handling things weren’t working, and we were able to get the legislature to see the value in trying something new. Now, after a few years of hard work and collaboration between the legislature, the University system, our campuses and faculty, those seeds are starting to bear fruit! Our first round of projects will directly result in over $1 million in savings this year for our students at two of our 11 institutions. For a relatively small appropriation from the state, we have been able to generate a tremendous return on investment for our students and taxpayers. I am thrilled with the quick success of this project and am excited to see the future potential!”


OER Video Final from University of North Dakota CILT on Vimeo.


Student loan forgiveness available to college grads employed in STEM fields

College graduates employed in STEM-related occupations in North Dakota may be eligible for student loan forgiveness through the STEM Occupations Student Loan Program administered by the North Dakota University System and the Bank of North Dakota. STEM-related occupations include jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The program provides loan forgiveness of up to $1,500 per year for up to four years. In 2015, more than one million dollars was applied toward student loans for college graduates in STEM-related occupations. To qualify as an applicant for loan forgiveness, applicants must:

• Have completed an approved, technology-related program of study through a board-approved college;
• Have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 grading system;
• Hold a qualifying federal student loan or Bank of North Dakota DEAL Loan that is not in default;
• Have been employed on a full-time basis within North Dakota in an approved STEM occupation for 12 months following graduation, beginning at least by July 1, 2015.

Applicants who meet these qualifications will be considered based on the date their completed application is received by the North Dakota University System. Applications will be accepted from May 2 through June 16. Award recipients will be notified by July 31. Applicants must re-apply annually for funding consideration.

The STEM Occupations Student Loan Program was approved by the 2001 Legislative Assembly. The application materials and program information can be accessed online here.

Please contact the North Dakota University System at 701-328-2906 or with any questions.How to apply: Download the Teacher Shortage Loan Forgiveness application here. The program is authorized by N.D.C.C. 15-10-38 and is administered by the State Board of Higher Education through the NDUS. Awards are contingent upon continued legislative appropriations. For more information, please see program procedures here.

Media Coverage Summary – April 22, 2016


The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, April 22.


Bismarck State College
Transgender advocate shares her story of ‘Becoming Darcy’ April 27 at BSC
‘Walk Across North Dakota’ book starts week of BSC events
Student loan forgiveness available to college grads employed in STEM fields
BSC honors 2016 Alumni of the Year

Dakota College at Bottineau
Julie Traynor selected for an Outstanding Rural Health award

Dickinson State University
TR Center receives $9,750 NDHC grant for 2016 TR Symposium
Department of Fine and Performing Arts announces upcoming opportunities with the Dickinson Museum Center
Fine and Performing Arts Department to host annual Mugs for Mutts fundraising event
TRHLP at DSU to hold Hawk Walk Saturday

Lake Region State College
Faculty earns national honor
LRSC’s Kennedy Henningsgard named All American
LRSC President Darling recognized with national honor
LRSC promotes financial wellness

Mayville State University
Andinacion concert headlines MSU multicultural activities
12th Annual Tables du Jour event is April 23

Minot State University
N.D. Geographic Alliance Distributes Awards
MSU Arts and Entertainment
Social Worker Safety
MSU Tours
Passion for poetry
Campus Security Plan

North Dakota State College of Science
Scholarships and grants
Auto, diesel careers test driven by high school visitors

North Dakota State University
Learning how to sell
Nationally recognized scientist to discuss saving the bees at community lecture
High tunnel field day set for April 29
Have you heard? NDSU students developing smartphone speaker-sharing app
NDSU Students Celebrates the End of Tax Season With Lunch
Kids Become Doctors at NDSU’s “Great Health Care Adventure”
Engineering team excels at NASA rover challenge
NDSU to hold first Showcase of Student Writing
Showcase to highlight Lincoln Speech and Debate team
NDSU history student wins paper competition

University of North Dakota
Student Health Services continues accreditation excellence for ambulatory health care
Studio One wins numerous state, regional awards
Pasch attended NSF Arctic Social Science Planning Consortium
Spring 2016 Space Studies Colloquium Series hosts Wyle’s Science, Technology and Engineering Group presentation
Upcoming annual Time Out Week and Wacipi celebration set for April 18-24
UND Athletics announces Hall of Fame Class of 2016
Chester Fritz scholars gather for art exhibition opening

Valley City State University
Wellness Center named in honor of Gaukler family
Smithhisler named VP for student affairs

Williston State College
Teton Athletics Hosts Eighth Annual Casino Night
WSC Hosts First Diversity Week on Campus

North Dakota University System
Applications are being accepted for scholarships to the North Dakota University System’s Bakken U program

Interim Higher Education committee meetings held

The North Dakota Legislative Management Interim Higher Education Committee held its regular meeting last month, and in doing so heard numerous items affecting the North Dakota University System ranging from information technology to predictive analytics. Held over two days at Dakota College at Bottineau and Minot State University, the committee’s meetings also heard direct updates from the two respective hosting institutions.

The Interim Legislative Higher Education Committee met in _______ for its regular meeting, which heard updates on ___, _____, and ______.

The Interim Legislative Higher Education Committee met April 18 and 19, first at Dakota College at Bottineau and then Minot State University. The first day’s agenda included multiple topics revolving around information technology such as security policies, identity management, functional consolidation and data inconsistencies.


Reps. Mark Sanford and Roscoe Streyle listen intently to university system presentations during the most recent Interim Legislative Higher Education meeting.

Rep. Mark Sanford (center) and Rep. Roscoe Streyle (right) listen intently to university system presentations during the most recent Interim Legislative Higher Education meeting. During the second day the committee heard updates on Open Educational Resources, online course delivery methods, education pathways, predictive analytics and more.

Bakken U scholarship application now open

Applications are now open for more than $20,000 in scholarships that have been announced under the North Dakota University System’s Bakken U initiative.

The initiative was created during the last academic year to help encourage oil workers, recently displaced oil workers and their spouses to go back to school at one of the state’s public colleges and universities. Numerous awards were made for the 2015-16 academic year, including the inaugural $5,000 Bakken U scholarship that was awarded to former oil worker currently attending Dickinson State University.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott said the initiative was one way to help those directly affected by a decrease in oil activity learn new skills by going back to school.

“We were pleased at the number of applicants this past year who showed their own initiative in adding to their respective educations,” Hagerott said. “We’re happy to be able to bolster their skillsets through the many programs available at the western institutions in our state. These oil field veterans have proven they can work hard, so these scholarships will help jumpstart them to work on expanding their knowledge and job marketability.”

For Fall 2016 semester, the North Dakota Petroleum Council will again partner with the NDUS to offer one $5,000 scholarship. Additionally, DSU will offer one 4-year scholarship with a total value of more than $9,000. Minot State University will offer two $1,000 scholarships and Williston State College will offer five $1,000 scholarships.

For more information, go to Applications are due by June 15, 2016.

Media Coverage Summary – April 8, 2016


The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, April 1.


Bismarck State College
Fall Priority Registration for current BSC students is open
BSC ArtsQuest underway with concert and sculptor Steve Lillegard
BSC receives national nursing accreditation
Choral concert set for April 15 at BSC

Dakota College at Bottineau
Kotchman to receive conservation award

Dickinson State University
DSU to hold retention summit April 6

Lake Region State College
Nursing receives national accreditation

Mayville State University
LRSC Associate Degree nursing program granted initial national five-year accreditation
Multicultural activities headlined by Andinacion concert
Twelfth annual “Tables du Jour” event is April 23

Minot State University
Minot State getting $1M from state higher education fund
Hearing System for MSU
NSSLHA Speech Conference
Minot State Broadcast Students Nominated for Award
Pause for Paws

North Dakota State College of Science
‘I was on the floor, almost in tears I’m laughing so hard!’
Skilled Worker shortage costs Equipment Industry Billions each Year
NDSCS gears up for infrastructure improvement

North Dakota State University
Not just a floating brain: NDSU lab studies human body’s impact on visual perception
Three courses, 800 calories: NDSU student-run restaurant serves up healthful cuisine
World Famous Olympian, Billy Mills spoke with NDSU students on how to overcome trials
NSF grants prestigious fellowships to NDSU students
Associate dean of nursing receives statewide award
NDSU student research project receives VentureWell grant
Gerontology nursing conference set for April 8
Kids Become Doctors at NDSU’s “Great Health Care Adventure”
Nursing student receives statewide recognition with Rising Star Award
Student researcher pursues environmentally friendly paint

University of North Dakota
UND advances to title game with final-minute goal
UND graduates work at Frozen 4
UND students take part in North Dakota Intercollegiate Band event in Jamestown
Building Better Brains Symposium to be held April 11–12
Geiger elected president of Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology
Launch of Indigenous News Network
Public invited to attend Frank Low Research Day

Valley City State University
VCSU Scholarship Auction set for April 15

Williston State College
Solo Exhibition for WSC Art Instructor
Two WSC Students Receive Hess Petroleum Production Summer Internships

North Dakota University System
Commencement dates announced
Challenge Grants awarded
Launches Cloud-Based Strategic Planning Solution to Improve Institutional Effectiveness for State’s 11 Campuses

Commencement dates announced

Thousands of graduates will soon walk across the stage at commencement ceremonies throughout the state’s 11 public colleges and universities. The ceremonies will largely take place the weekend of May 13-14, although two will happen before and after.

The schedule for the ceremonies is below. All times are Central Standard Time, except as otherwise noted.

Bismarck State College Friday, May 13 2:30 p.m.
Dakota College at Bottineau – Thatcher Hall gymnasium Friday, May 13 3:00 p.m.
Dickinson State University Saturday, May 14 10:00 a.m. MT
Lake Region State College Friday, May 13 10:00 a.m.
Mayville State University – Lewy Lee Fieldhouse Saturday, May 14 2:00 p.m.
Minot State University Friday, May 13 10:00 a.m.
North Dakota State College of Science Friday, May 13 3:00 p.m.
North Dakota State University Saturday, May 14 10:00 a.m.

2:00 p.m.

University of North Dakota (Alerus Center) Saturday, May 14 1:30 p.m.
      School of Medicine (CFAuditorium) Sunday, May 15 2:30 p.m.
      Law School (CFAuditorium) Saturday, May 7 10:00 a.m.
Valley City State University Saturday, May 14 10:00 a.m.
Williston State College Friday, May 13 10:00 a.m.

Challenge Grants awarded

The North Dakota Higher Education Challenge Grant Committee has awarded more grants to some of the state’s public colleges and universities.

Dickinson State University, Lake Region State College, Minot State University, North Dakota State College of Science, North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota and Williston State College were all awarded grants last week through a process set up by the N.D. Legislature in 2013.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott said the Challenge Fund was once again proving to be policy of great foresight and purpose, and would continue to be well into the future.

“These awards are important to many of the long-term needs of our public institutions,” Hagerott said. “With them many departments are bolstered and scholarships can be given, which can help deserving students through their programs of choice.”

So far, three rounds of awards have been provided across four categories: education infrastructure, endowed chairs, scholarships and technology, with the majority of funding going to scholarships.

The most recent awards totaled more than $3.6 million, out of more than $22.6 million set aside for this purpose by the legislature as matching funds. Under the grant process, the Challenge Fund Grant Review Committee awards one dollar in matching grants for every two dollars of non-state, non-federal funding raised by the institutional foundations.

The latest round of awards was as follows:

  • Dickinson State University: $172,000.00 for endowments.
  • Lake Region State College: $136,818.81 for endowments, scholarships and program support.
  • Minot State University: $951,308.51 for the Severson Entrepreneurship Academy.
  • North Dakota State College of Science: $25,000.00 for endowments.
  • North Dakota State University: $1,666,574.81 for endowments and scholarships.
  • University of North Dakota: $702,365.65 for scholarship endowments under its colleges and schools.
  • Williston State College: $39,000.00 for an endowment.

Earlier this year, Bismarck State College, LRSC, Mayville State University, NDSCS, UND and WSC received financial awards through the Challenge Fund. For more information, check out the previous grants story posted here.

Media Coverage Summary – April 1, 2016


The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, April 1.


Bismarck State College
BSC-Dakota Nursing faculty selected as writer for national nursing exam

Dakota College at Bottineau
St. Joseph’s Community Health Foundation Awards

Dickinson State University
DSU bands to perform “Time Passages” spring concert
The 1930s: Desperation and Dedication
Strom Center at Dickinson State University to close

Lake Region State College
Ag students attend annual meeting
Sen. Heitkamp to spend much of day in Devils Lake

Mayville State University
Multicultural festival planned
Employee recognized for years of service, retirement
Staff Spotlight – Crystal Beggs
Not your average spring break
HPER facility replacement project reaches completion
Troubleshooting and tinkering
Join us for multicultural festival
A night of Women in Music set

Minot State University
Western Plains Opera Company Prepares for Musical
Local Groups Battle Alcohol Use
Minot Community Institutions Fight to Decrease Binge Drinking
Career Fair at Minot State University
Governor’s race, mental health appeal to Minot audience
Taube Features Gallery By Local Artist

North Dakota State College of Science
Daily News: Where to go after graduation?

North Dakota State University
NDSU Workshops For Gardeners Offered In April
Weekend Watch: Powwow keeps the beat at NDSU
NDSU class helps students develop big ideas that benefit society
Olympic gold medal winner to speak at NDSU
Inaugural American Indian event kicks off public health week at NDSU
Pan African Night set for April 2

University of North Dakota
Digital touch
2016 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four field set: 4 things to know
UND, researchers assisting NASA with testing unmanned aircraft software
Indigenous News Network Training Next Generation of Native Journalists
Public invited to attend Frank Low Research Day
Three’s Company for UND Innovation Fellows

Valley City State University
VCSU Viking Heroes Unite: The Story Behind the Scholarship Auction

Williston State College
Women’s Basketball Coach Axelson Announces retirement

North Dakota University System
Q&A with MARK HAGEROTT: ‘North Dakota should think big’