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Media Coverage Summary – May 27, 2016


The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, May 27.


Bismarck State College
BSC adds new staff and promotes employee
BSC changes program focus to cybersecurity
Bismarck State College named top team for the American Heart Walk
Promotions, appointments at BSC

Dakota College at Bottineau
Dakota College at Bottineau Announces Commencement Exercise
Dakota College Recognizes Excellence

Dickinson State University
DSU to offer two STEM summer camps
Perdue and Patterson named DSU’s 2016 Outstanding Graduates
BAC to show 3 family friendly feature films this summer

Lake Region State College
Women’s golfer competes at nationals
Eric Gullicks competes at NJCAA Golf Tournament
Celebrate with LRSC

Mayville State University
May After Hours social held at Sletten home
Envision 2030 brings together many perspectives for planning for the future of North Dakota
Alumni Day festivities planned for June 24

Minot State University
MSU honors graduates of 2016
Kimble Walks Across Stage for Degree
Baesler Delivers Commencement Address At Minot State
Family of Music Ed Majors Graduates from MSU
Minot State University Class of 2016 Graduates
Minot State Recognized for Health, Wellness Standards
Miles for Smiles
Minot State advisors recognized
Optimist Club honors Stanley resident
Check presented to Minot State University’s Veterans Center
Minot student wins national poster contest

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Named National Semifinalist in ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign
NDSCS graduation
NDSCS Announces Spring Semester 2016 President’s Honor List
College of Tomorrow
Faculty and Staff Awards
Auto Body Reaccreditation
Additional Scholarships

North Dakota State University
Graduate finds work and life he loves in Fargo-Moorhead
NDSU STEM Building to be renamed A. Glenn Hill Center
NDSU student from Shoreview reflects on studies in Kenya
Jessop wins NDSU writing contest
High-Flying Drone Makes 1st Flight to Test Farmland Photos
Chamber Music Festival to offer free concerts
NSF Day at NDSU to attract researchers from across region
NDSU offers new online RN to BSN program
NDSU Spring Commencement At The Fargodome
A New Herd of Bison will now enter the ‘real world’ after commencement Saturday
NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health
NDSU names award after 54-year-old British Ph.D. student with terminal cancer

University of North Dakota
Everyday memorial
Sky-high goals
Biomedical boost
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UND researchers get $10.7 million to study HIV, Lyme disease, other infections
FAA conducts drone detection tests at JFK
UND HOCKEY: Twins honor UND’s national championship team
UND professor, students to study Zika virus transmission
Space Students Test Crew Cohesion on Simulated Mars Mission
UND engineering attain scored top scores at the 2016 NASA robotics competition
UND DECA students do well at international competition

Valley City State University
Geisler wins national championship
Commencement 2016: A Day of Pure Joy

Williston State College
WSC President Announces Resignation June 2017
Business Incubator Opens on WSC Campus
Pump Jack Added To WSC Campus

North Dakota University System
Envisioning the future of higher ed in North Dakota
Safety and security, across the Board
Envision(ed) 2030 sets ambitious goals

Bismarck State College campus successes – May

BSC changes program focus to cybersecurity

Starting this fall, BSC’s Computer Support Specialist Program will focus on cybersecurity. Cybersecurity & Computer Networks will include four core classes: Principles of Information Security, Computer and Network Security, Digital Forensics, and Ethical Hacking and Network Defense


New role at BSC

Carla Hixson has been named Dean of Current & Emerging Technologies, a new role at BSC. The role accommodates emerging opportunities in Transportation & Construction, Computers, Medical Arts & Emergency Service and Career and Technology.


More than 1,000 graduate

BSC awarded diplomas to 1,081 graduates on May 13. Graduates represent 46 states and three foreign countries. Major General (Retired) David Sprynczynatyk, gave the graduation address and received an honorary degree.



Dakota College at Bottineau campus successes – May

Lumberacts present spring theatre

Dakota College at Bottineau’s LumberActs presented a dinner theatre production of My BFF at the Cobblestone Inn, Thursday, April 28.

My BFF is an original comedy written by Michelle Ceasar-Davis, a staff member at DCB.  “Our intention was to produce ‘Harvey’ this spring, but we didn’t have the required number of actors,” Davis said. “I liked the premise of that play and used it as inspiration for my play.”

In My BFF a young man has developed an odd relationship with a clock radio and his friends want him to seek help through addiction counseling. It is only when they visit him at the treatment center that they realize being normal isn’t for everyone.


DCB students selected for undergrad fellowships

The North Dakota Community College UndergraduateSummer University of North Dakota Research Fellowship (NDCC-USURF) program for North Dakota public community college students is funded by the North Dakota IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE).  The goal of the program is to enhance the North Dakota INBRE initiative to attract talented undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) to professional careers in the health sciences.  The program provides a 10-week summer research experience under the direction of selected faculty members at UND.  Opportunities exist for research in the basic and biomedical sciences.  Seminars will cover a range of basic science to community-based biomedical research program topics.

Four Dakota College at Bottineau students (Nikola Ves, Natasha Marama, Nathalie Marama, and Tyler Fahy) were selected to participate in this program.  All four students are majoring in health professions and will be pursuing careers in the medical field.


Excellence Awards presented

Dakota College at Bottineau held their annual faculty and staff recognition luncheon the end of April.  Excellence awards were presented to faculty, staff and advisors selected by their peers.

The Faculty, Staff and Advising Excellence awards are intended to recognize and reward efforts where job performance adds value to the college experience for students, colleagues, and the campus community.  Recipients demonstrate qualities that make it clear their contributions are exemplary and go beyond what is required for the routine discharge of their duties. Robyn Poitra, Student Services Department is the 2016 recipient of the Staff Award for Excellence.  Angie Bartholomay, Assistant Professor of Science, is the recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence.  Mike Porter, Arts and Communication Associate Professor, is the recipient of the Advising Award for Excellence.


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Dickinson State University campus successes – May

DSU awards graduates at 96th spring commencement ceremony

Dickinson State University held its 96th spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, in Scott Gymnasium. The school awarded 117 baccalaureate degrees, 34 associate degrees and one undergraduate certificate. Eighty-nine students celebrated their accomplishment by walking across the platform to receive their diplomas from the university’s 12th president, Dr. Thomas Mitzel.


Perdue and Patterson named DSU’s 2016 Outstanding Graduates

Matthew Perdue and Shannon Patterson were named Dickinson State University’s 2016 Outstanding Graduates at the Outstanding Graduate Luncheon held Friday, May 13, 2016, in the Student Center Ballroom. The Outstanding Graduate Award is the highest honor bestowed on two graduating seniors by the university. Perdue and Patterson were nominated along with 15 other students by faculty in their academic departments for exceptional performance in their fields of study.


DSU Alumna, Courtney Presthus, receives TRHLP Bully Pulpit Award

Dickinson State University’s Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Program held its Graduation Awards Ceremony Tuesday, May 3. During this event the program presented its second Annual Bully Pulpit Award. The Bully Pulpit Award is the program’s highest honor, given to an alumnus who has shown extraordinary career leadership and who is making a positive difference in the world. This year’s recipient, Courtney Presthus, attended Dickinson State University where she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Leadership Studies.



Lake Region State College campus successes – May

Faculty earns honor

Diane Karlsbraaten, associate professor of Business Education at Lake Region State College, received the National Business Education Postsecondary Teacher of the Year Award at the national convention which took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 22-26, 2016. She also was named the 2016 North Dakota Advisor of the Year for North Dakota Phi Beta Lambda at the 46th Annual State Leadership Conference which was held in Fargo April 15-16, 2016. She is the advisor to the Lake Region State College Phi Beta Lambda chapter and also a state advisor to the North Dakota Phi Beta Lambda.


LRSC Phi Beta Lambda awarded

Members of the Lake Region State College (LRSC) Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) chapter attended the 46th Annual State Leadership Conference for in Fargo April 15-16, 2016.  The LRSC Phi Beta Lambda took home the following chapter awards: Largest Percentage of Retention in Local Chapter Membership and Dime Wars Battle of the Chapters (2nd Place). The awards focus on the words surrounding the PBL Crest: Service, Education, and Progress. Students that placed first or second are eligible to compete in their event at the National PBL Conference held June 24-27, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.


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Mayville State University campus successes – May

First RN to BSN graduates participate in MaSU commencement

History was made when MaSU’s first RN to BSN nursing program graduates participated in and were pinned at the annual commencement exercises on May 14. Twenty-four students completed the program at the end of the fall and spring semesters. The program was established in 2014 in an effort to assist with the nursing shortage in the state.


MaSU Collegiate DECA students complete in Washington, D.C.

Eighteen MaSU Collegiate DECA students participated in the International Career Development Conference in Washington, D.C. April 15-20. The annual conference provides the opportunity for students to compete against others from all over the world in business-specific events. The MaSU contingent won several individual and chapter awards. Those attending had to qualify via state competitions.


MaSU students elected to North Dakota Student Association positions

Several MaSU students have been elected to leadership positions in the North Dakota Student Association for 2016-17. Taylor Benneweis is Administrative Assistant; Michael Moen, Director of Student Affairs; and Donte Stevens, Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. Dalton Erickson is one of five candidates who may be chosen by Governor Dalrymple for the SBHE position.


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Minot State University campus successes – May

MiSU commencement celebration

On May 13, Minot State University honored its 102nd graduating class. More than 835 undergraduate and graduate students were eligible to cross the stage during commencement exercises. Graduate student Nichole DeSautel, undergraduate student Jacques Stanley and alumna Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota superintendent of public instruction, addressed the Class of 2016.


MiSU assistant professor receives international award

Paul Loree, assistant professor of computer science, and Kendall Nygard, North Dakota State University professor of computer science, received a Best Paper Award for “Post Deployment Secure Key Management in Wireless Ad hoc Networks,” their paper on cybersecurity strategies, at the eighth International Conference on Future Computational Technologies and Applications in Rome.


Miles for Smiles walk success

Minot State University’s chapter of the National Students Speech Language Hearing Association raised $3,308.38 towards 13.78 cleft surgeries through Operation Smile at the fifth annual Miles for Smiles walk April 30. In five years, the students have raised monies for 186.87 surgeries (each surgery costs $240). Lesley Magnus, associate professor of communication disorders, advises NSSLHA.


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North Dakota State College of Science campus successes – May

NDSCS and BSC Announce Joint Pharmacy Technician Degree Delivery in Bismarck

NDSCS and BSC will deliver the NDSCS Pharmacy Technician program to the central and western portion of North Dakota beginning fall 2016. Students will enroll through NDSCS but may attend classes in Bismarck. General education classes will be provided by BSC, while the technical components of the program will be taught by Wahpeton-based NDSCS Pharmacy Technician faculty through interactive video and online classes.


NDSCS Holds Commencement Ceremony

NDSCS awarded degrees, diplomas and certificates to graduates from Wahpeton, Fargo and online programs on Friday, May 13 in the Ed Werre Arena located in the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center on the Wahpeton campus.


NDSCS Celebrates Hektner Student Center Dedication

The NDSCS Student Center has been renamed in honor of the late Vernon Hektner, a former faculty member and administrator who spent nearly four decades inspiring students at NDSCS. The building was officially dedicated on May 5 in Wahpeton, where NDSCS students, employees and special guests gathered to celebrate, along with Hektner’s wife and their children.


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North Dakota State University campus successes – May

National Science Foundation Day at NDSU attracts researchers from across the region

NDSU hosted North Dakota’s first National Science Foundation workshop for researchers throughout the region. The workshop’s purpose was to help researchers learn how to write successful proposals for science, engineering and education research funding. The funding brings money into the state and region and helps find solutions to the world’s biggest problems.


NDSU to offer new online nursing program

The NDSU School of Nursing will begin a new online registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing program in fall 2016. The part-time program provides flexibility for nurses to advance their careers. Nurses who have associate degrees will be able to earn bachelor’s degrees in a manner that fits their schedules.


NDSU students help preserve North Dakota history

NDSU public history students will help preserve the state’s history and gain hands-on experience through a summer field school. They will spend a week and a half working at the Emmons County Museum in Linton where they will digitize, clean, paint, label, catalog, preserve, and conduct outreach programs for the Linton community.


5/14/16 - Students waiting in the Fargodome for NDSU commencement ceremonies to begin.

5/14/16 – Students waiting in the Fargodome for NDSU commencement ceremonies to begin.

5/14/16 - The stage at NDSU commencement ceremonies.

5/14/16 – The stage at NDSU commencement ceremonies.

University of North Dakota campus successes – May

UND attracts another major COBRE grant

Chester Fritz Disguised Professor of Biomedicine Brij Singh, the lead scientist in a $10.7 million COBRE grant project to investigate questions surrounding infectious diseases, recently received the first $2-plus million installment of the grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


UND Space Studies crew spends 10 days in isolation in Lunar-Mars Habitat

An all-female international team of three graduate students boarded the University of North Dakota’s Inflatable Lunar-Mars Habitat in April for a sealed, 10-day mission inside. The crew successfully emerged from its isolation on May 6 after conducting a series of scientific tests that included monitoring their own health levels.


UND’s Denning takes top honors in international fashion merchandizing competition

Members of the University of North Dakota’s DECA won big at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Washington, D.C.  The biggest winner was marketing major Elizabeth Denning, who won first in fashion merchandizing against students from such schools as the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.


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General Spring Commencement at the Alerus Center, Grand Forks

General Spring Commencement at the Alerus Center, Grand Forks

UND Spring Commencement

UND Spring Commencement


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A son helps his mother try on his cap and gown after commencement ceremonies are over at the Alerus Center. His mother traveled from Nigeria to see her son graduate.

A son helps his mother try on his cap and gown after commencement ceremonies are over at the Alerus Center.
His mother traveled from Nigeria to see her son graduate.

UND Spring General Commencement

UND Spring General Commencement

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Valley City State University campus successes – May

Vangstad renovation celebrated with ribbon-cutting ceremony

VCSU held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for its newly renovated Vangstad Auditorium building on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 4. During the 2013 North Dakota legislative session, VCSU received an appropriation of $3.45 million for the Vangstad renovation. The project included a refresh of the auditorium; installation of a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system for the lower levels of the building; and renovation of the lower floors with new classrooms and offices for the Department of Business and updated facilities for the Learning Center and Student Academic Services. The building’s main entrance was also reworked to provide a more attractive and functional entryway.


Faculty excellence awards announced

President Tisa Mason has announced the 2015–16 VCSU Faculty Excellence Awards. Recipients are Andre DeLorme, Senior Faculty (associate or full professor) award; Kathryn Woehl, Junior Faculty (instructor or assistant professor) award; and Lee Grossman, Adjunct/Special Appointment award. Andre DeLorme, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Science, teaches courses in biology, limnology and aquatic entomology. Kathryn Woehl, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Social Science at VCSU, has taught psychology at the university since 2010. Lee Grossman, J.D., has taught criminal justice courses in the Department of Social Science at VCSU since 2013.


VCSU commencement held Saturday, May 14

VCSU held its 124th spring commencement exercises Saturday, May 14, in W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse. A total of 288 students—242 undergraduates and 46 graduate students—were eligible to participate in the commencement exercises. President Tisa Mason presided at the commencement ceremony. Representing the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) at VCSU’s commencement was Greg Stemen, a 1988 VCSU alumnus. Graduating senior Malik Jackson of Las Vegas, Nev., presented the undergraduate student reflection. Luis da Vinha—VCSU assistant professor of geography and political science, and 2015–16 VCSU Teacher of the Year—provided the faculty reflection. Video of the commencement ceremony is archived at


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Williston State College campus successes – May

WSC Forms President’s Advisory Council

In response to increasing community involvement at the College, Williston State College created a committee to help advise on WSC’s annual goals. WSC’s President Advisory Council (PAC) consists of prominent alumni, community leaders, and friends of higher education and the College. 

Terry Olson, Executive Director for the WSC Foundation, and Dr. Raymond Nadolny, President of WSC, led the inaugural meeting April 14, 2016. The council discussed WSC’s accomplishments as well as areas for improvement to help shape the College’s annual goals.


Pump Jack Added To WSC Campus

The retired pump behind the Western Star Building now has a second life as an ornamental piece on campus thanks to Petroleum Instructor Alberto Bellina’s TECH 299 class.

Donated by Whiting Oil & Gas Corporation in the fall semester of 2014 for educational use, six sophomore petroleum students spent the the spring semester in teams researching companies to assemble the sucker rod pumping unit, bid out jobs, and solicit donations.


Business Incubator Opens on WSC Campus

Located in the Crighton Building on Williston State College’s campus and led by WSC’s Continuing Education Division, Williston’s first Business Incubator is now taking applications. 

Williston’s Business Incubator provides access to professional workspace twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. High speed Internet, phone services, a conference room, on-site security, and a shared receptionist all set Williston’s Business Incubator apart from other rentals in the Williston area.

Six furnished offices, ranging from 96 to 234 square feet, and two classrooms are available for rent. 



Envisioning the future of higher ed in North Dakota

Mark Hagerott - North Dakota University System Chancellor

Mark Hagerott – North Dakota University System Chancellor

What parent or grandparent hasn’t at least once looked down at a toddler or preschooler and tried to envision their future many years hence—when they are adults, perhaps heading off to college or to a technical training program?

The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, the North Dakota University System and the faculty, staff and presidents of our state’s many colleges and universities want to hear your thoughts as we work to envision that future.

A major statewide higher education initiative kicked off in Bismarck this week. Envision 2030 took place in the Capitol, and we heard the insights of a wide array of North Dakotans and what they see as the future needs of higher education.

The state board and the North Dakota University System hosted and joined in the event, but the most important participants were the business leaders, community members, faculty and students of our great state.

We live streamed the morning’s talks and panel discussions to provide a live feed so that everyone could see many of the day’s proceedings.

These morning presentations were wide ranging, to include Gov. Jack Dalrymple’s keynote speech, U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s reflections, State Rep. and former Grand Forks Superintendent Mark Sanford’s legislative insights, Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley’s panel on demographics, national educational trends by the Lumina Foundation and multiple stakeholder breakout sessions.

Bringing together representatives from all stakeholder groups—students, staff, faculty, K-12 leaders, business leaders, legislators and more—was crucial to sketching out the broad outlines of higher education in 2030.

This summit was the initial kickoff event to a longer-term strategic effort. Several sessions focused on meeting the needs of the student, including physical and mental health, the classroom of 2030, assessment, affordability, diversity of gender and race, and what the university system can do to help educate the next generation of thoughtful and dedicated citizens of our state.

In addition, several sessions focused on the changing and anticipated needs of businesses and the workforce now and a half generation hence, to include panels on agriculture, health care, technology, manufacturing and energy.

Our goal in holding these discussions with so many stakeholders was to be collaborative while rethinking what higher education in North Dakota can and perhaps should look like in the year 2030. We discussed what challenges we must meet to serve student needs and expectations, and how they will continue to evolve in the next 14 years.

With the multitude of perspectives that we expected to hear during Monday’s event, we’re confident that this summit will help create a broad—and in some cases, detailed—vision for excellence well into the future. And to be sure, if some actions are identified as “urgent” to do now, in the near term, to make a later goal more achievable, North Dakotans’ state board, chancellor and college presidents are taking notes for upcoming budget and strategy discussions in June.

A last note: There has been a lot of news lately about tight budgets and the impact on higher education. To be sure, there are some tough times in the near future, and we recognize the impact on staff, faculty and students is real.

But as a long-serving sailor and naval educator and the son of a Cold War veteran, I have lived and been stationed in many parts of our country. I can say from the heart that North Dakota has the most promising of futures. Our university system of 11 colleges and universities is here to serve residents and our state in realizing that promise.

We are committed to partnering with our state’s many stakeholders to work together to educate the next generation and diversify our economy through research, all of which will help make a better life for your readers’ children and their children’s children today, in 2030 and beyond.

Safety and security, across the Board

SBHE Vice Chair Don Morton, Chair Kathleen Neset, and Chancellor Mark Hagerott sit and listen to presentations during this week's State Board of Higher Education meeting, which focused on security assessments, learning management systems, and capital projects.

SBHE Vice Chair Don Morton, Chair Kathleen Neset, and Chancellor Mark Hagerott sit and listen to presentations during this week’s State Board of Higher Education meeting, which focused on security assessments, learning management systems, and capital projects.

Security procedures, capital project needs detailed at May meeting


Keeping systemwide infrastructure and digital assets secure kept the attention of members of the State Board of Higher Education this month during the governing body’s monthly meeting.

In addition to hearing updates on how the system’s digital security needs were being met, the Board also heard how safety was being addressed through reports from the presidents on their respective campus capital project needs. There was significant improvement reported by assessors, good news overall for the security of the colleges’ and universities’ data systems.

A top priority of the day was to hear the results of a North Dakota University System Vulnerability Assessment and Draft Responses. Don Lefleur, of the State Auditor’s Office, said that this was the second time such an assessment had taken place, the first being for the 2013-2015 biennium. Eric Wallace, of Telecommunications Systems, provided the executive summary of the assessment, which came from his organization conducting “penetration testing” on the university system’s infrastructure. He noted that external vulnerabilities were down 29 percent, but internal vulnerabilities had slightly increased.

“We performed a penetration test – we tried to get access to systems and deface some web pages,” Wallace said. He added that the scope of work included testing all networked devices specified by each campus, scanning for known vulnerabilities and weaknesses in the network, as well as for attached hosts and appliances such as servers or printers.

Wallace listed the methods for the penetration test, including the tools used for the test. He then spoke about assessment findings such as unsupported operating systems, unsupported web servers, systems with well-known vulnerabilities, missing software patches and easily guessed credentials. Brad Miller, NDUS director of information security, listed the remedies for the assessment findings, noting that the largest amount of work was focused on applying patches and regular updates to close security holes.

Miller noted that the decrease in external vulnerabilities had come about due to the implementation of a scanning system. He added that in information technology there would always be vulnerabilities, but Core Technology Services personnel were working to reduce them as quickly as possible. Miller stated that for those systems which couldn’t be updated as easily as a desktop computer, such as specialized lab equipment, further security measures were put in place.

Board member Nick Hacker asked if two-layer authentication would be put into place systemwide at any time. Miller responded that multi-factored authentication was part of the long-term strategy. He said that more than a dozen multi-factored approaches were being tested now throughout the system. Miller added that while NDUS had a 90-day password policy, there were individual data systems throughout the campuses that had different, individualized needs, so not all passwords throughout the 11 public colleges and universities change every three months.

The security assessment presentation closed with recommendations that included user training, deploying Defense-In-Depth strategies, patching and updating systems regularly, and implementing a quarterly social engineering test to track user awareness and response.


Learning management

Chief of Staff Lisa Feldner, and Director of Information Security Brad Miller, presented on learning management systems and security assessments.

Chief of Staff Lisa Feldner, and Director of Information Security Brad Miller, presented on learning management systems and security assessments.

Chief of Staff and Vice Chancellor of Information Technology and Institutional Research Lisa Feldner spoke to the Board on another digital application – a learning management system that could have systemwide application. Feldner noted that Blackboard Connect was the likeliest software package to find such widespread use, and was already in place in certain areas.

Learning management systems would enhance the system’s goal of collaboration and shared services by serving as a singular portal for communication, instruction, and as a depository of research and other knowledge.

“We want one unified, single LMS across the NDUS,” Feldner said. “We’re hoping to take some dollars from Predictive Analytics Reporting implementation and perhaps roll those over into this.”

Feldner noted that different funding sources for the project were possible, and that with Board approval she would report back with more details on cost and implementation at a later meeting.

Faculty Advisor Eric Murphy said he’d had conversations about LMS, specifically how it could be useful for a new cybersecurity program – as with other programs that leant themselves to collaborative efforts through shared services, teachers from the University of North Dakota could teach students at North Dakota State University, for example, and vice versa.

“With a unified learning management system, that would be much easier to implement,” Murphy said. “For many faculty it’s a huge part of the instructional strategy.”

Chancellor Mark Hagerott said that a profound theme from the Technology breakout session at the Envision 2030 summit had touched on LMS. Board member Greg Stemen said that implementing LMS could create efficiencies in more than one area and potentially alleviate longer term budget concerns.

“It will be difficult, but that doesn’t mean that it’s wrong,” Stemen said. “We’re charged to operate as a system. I think we need to look at these types of things.”

Board Vice Chair Don Morton agreed, noting that the Board was committed to standardization, and implementation of an LMS like Blackboard would show that.

Staff Advisor Emma Tufte asked when the funding would need to be available. Feldner responded that it would be needed for the next biennium.

Board member Nick Hacker said he felt it was a great time to start talking about it, and that standardizations like that could lend themselves to further standardizations, and savings, later on. Hacker noted that he felt this was one of the subject areas best served by the system itself. Board member Kevin Melicher echoed the sentiment, noting that it was critical to look into these areas, especially with the possibility of decreased budgets and the need for more efficiency. Board member Mike Ness said he felt Blackboard would be great for all campuses and that he hoped it could be implemented soon.


Capital presentations

Chief Financial Officer Tammy Dolan provided a list to the Board of the top issues regarding critical, major capital project needs throughout the system’s 11 colleges and universities. Each campus president presented on their respective needs. The detailed priorities from each college and university are as follows:

Williston State College: Stevens Hall renovation with urgent need to upgrade mechanical systems and provide access to mobility impaired students, faculty, and staff.

Lake Region State College – No capital projects were listed as urgent priorities at the time of the meeting.

Dakota College at Bottineau – Nelson Science Center Phase II, which builds on Phase 1 with improved ventilation, replacement of ceiling grids and installation of sprinkler systems, and installation of a back-up boiler for the entire campus.

Bismarck State College – A new Allied Health Center that would serve as a replacement facility providing vital space to house the Dakota Nursing Program and other health care professions. The space formerly used by the DNP is no longer available for the much-needed program.

North Dakota State College of Science – Fargo Expansion project providing access to workforce development and training delivered by NDSCS in the Fargo metro area.

Mayville State University – Old Main renovation Phase 1, providing upgraded heating/cooling, plumbing, and sprinkler systems.

Valley City State University – Construction of the Communication & Fine Art Building which will also remove two existing buildings, one of which is currently within the Sheyenne River flood plain and must be demolished to facilitate flood control within Valley City.

Dickinson State University – May Hall replacement of obsolete mechanical systems which currently do not operate efficiently.

Minot State University – Replacement of windows for the Old Main building and development of a Gross Anatomy lab for cadaveric examinations required by various MSU programs.

University of North Dakota – Central heat plant boiler replacements and classroom upgrades to Merrifield Hall.

North Dakota State University – Replacement of Dunbar Hall to resolve life safety and deferred maintenance liabilities, renovation of Sudro Hall to meet accreditation requirements. Also presented were the construction of a new residence hall, and Phase 1 of the replacement of University Village, both using self-liquidating revenue bonds for financing.


Other business

Chancellor Mark Hagerott provided brief remarks on administrative overhauls, being responsive to changing needs through ongoing studies, moving forward with ideas learned at the previous day’s Envision 2030 event, and upcoming presidential evaluations.

The Board also held the first readings of 302.2 (Audit Committee), 802.8 (Internal Audit Charter), and 1202.1 (Information Security), and the second readings of Human Resources Policy 18 (Rest Periods), HR 6 (Annual Leave), and HR 7 (Sick Leave).

The Board held discussion over academic program review, approving organizational changes requested by NDSCS to rename the English and Humanities Department and Performing Arts Department to English, Communications, and Performing Arts Department, one change to rename the College Outreach Division to the Workforce Training Division; and approved a new program – Master of Science in Extension Education – at NDSU. It also approved program terminations at DSU, including Bachelor of Arts in Biology, BA in Chemistry, BA in Computer Science, BA in Mathematics, Minor in Biology Education, Minor in Chemistry Education, Minor in Earth Science Education, Minor in Elementary Science, Bachelor of Science in Education in Choral Music Education, BSE in Instrumental Music Education, and Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Writing.

The next Board meeting will be its annual strategic retreat, which will take place June 16 and 17 at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn.

Envision(ed) 2030 sets ambitious goals

Participants share perspectives in conversation to shape higher education’s future


A roomful of more than 170 participants listened to several speakers give remarks on the future of higher education during the May 23 Envision 2030 event.

A roomful of more than 170 participants listened to several speakers give remarks on the future of higher education during the May 23 Envision 2030 event.

The event designed to shape the vision of higher education to come brought nearly 200 people from diverse backgrounds to Bismarck this past week.

Participants from around the state took part in discussions that were held at Envision 2030 to shape student and the state’s needs as they intersect with higher education. From Agriculture to the Whole Student, attendees took the daylong educational summit in an optimistic direction.

State Board of Higher Education Chair Kathleen Neset said she received positive comments throughout the day from participants, and that the Board and university system would use the feedback to build on its long-range goals.

“We will now gather all the discussion and information we’ve received here and continue the discussion at our strategic planning retreat next month,” Neset said, referring to the annual meeting where the Board sets the direction for the North Dakota University System. “We’ll combine these perspectives with our five-year strategic plan and the studies currently underway to build the NDUS into a more comprehensive system for successful student outcomes.”

To focus on the future of students, Ayden Frohlich, a 10-year-old looking to go into aerospace engineering after high school, kicked off the day telling the gathered crowd, “It is important to learn from the past, but now is the time to focus on the future.” He was in attendance all day as he learned from the speakers as well as gave insight from his own perspective in the afternoon breakout sessions.

The morning’s speakers, led by Gov. Jack Dalrymple, helped set a foundational tone for the day, each sharing a vision of what higher education can aspire to be in North Dakota. Those talks fed into discussions on demographics and attainment, and ultimately, to nine breakout sessions where participants were able to share their expertise and opinions about the future.

Subject matter experts in rooms throughout the State Capitol, kicked off breakout sessions led by Board members and system presidents on the topics of Agriculture, Diversity, Energy, Health Care, Liberal Arts & Humanities, Manufacturing, Technology, Tomorrow’s Student, and the Whole Student. Legislators, business leaders, campus staff, faculty and students all got their chance to shape the vision of things to come by putting forward goals of what could be accomplished in three years, in five years, and by 2030.

Those in the Agriculture breakout session suggested that the priorities should be raising awareness on the need for increased food production, developing technologies and partnerships to meet demands, and extend models of teaching in the U.S., and from the U.S. to the world.

Energy breakout session participants said needs should include recruiting students to the state and conducting research across the entire energy sector, increasing collaboration incentives, and creating vibrant communities to attract people to live here.

Subject matter experts in the Health Care session urged goals to be shaped including a three-year goal of endorsement of full implementation of the Healthcare Workforce Initiative, as well as goals to help expand rural medicine and create a cross-functional, cross-institutional health care task force, put in place nursing faculty loan repayment, expand telehealth, and increase inter-professional training centers and teams throughout the state, particularly in rural areas.

Manufacturing session participants shaped their goals by noting that increased recruitment and enrollment to manufacturing careers would be vital, as well as the definition of clear pathways and curriculum, providing clearer perceptions of the manufacturing sector, expanding Career and Technical Education offerings into high schools, and offering programs where students want them.

Technology breakout participants noted that the drivers of technology would include diversity, technological advances, the interdependence of disciplines and changes in delivery methods. Disciplines that could see expansion within the state included cybersecurity, unmanned aerial systems and those revolving around “Big Data.”

Interim UND President Ed Schafer and 10-year old student Ayden Frohlich listened to several speakers throughout the morning of the Envision 2030 event.

Interim UND President Ed Schafer and 10-year old student Ayden Frohlich listened to several speakers throughout the morning of the Envision 2030 event.

In The Whole Student breakout, investments need to be made in mental health and substance abuse training, and connections and engagements furthered among faculty/staff and their students. Additional goals included increasing private fundraising and donations of professional time, and to remain adaptable to changing needs of students so as to provide all these services to distance and online learners.

Those participating in the Tomorrow’s Student session agreed that more diversity would be needed among first generation/low income students, affordability would be a continual need to be addressed, and communication/teaching methods would likely have to adjust for future students who would undoubtedly learn using different means.

The Liberal Arts & Humanities breakout session set priorities in critical thinking and discovery – which have long been considered a major benefit of well-rounded educations. The session also set the goals on the creation of lifelong learners who were civically engaged, educated citizens.

Participants in the Diversity session felt that redefining the term “traditional student” would need to take place as delivery methods and metrics changed. The participants also felt that higher education would need to recognize diversity fluidity as social policies change, that it would be vital to provide programming-intentional programming and delivery methods, and that all students would need to be prepared to work in a global environment and diverse society.

Earlier in the day, panelists helped provide a breakdown of demographics in the state through the lenses of overall population, K-12 population, campus populations and workforce needs.

Susan Heegaard and Scott Jenkins from the Lumina Foundation Strategy Labs and Lumina Foundation, respectively, noted during a lunchtime presentation that it would be vital for the system to “set an ambitious statewide attainment goal: quantifiable, challenging, long-term; something articulated in statute that addresses attainment gaps.”

Dalrymple said the event was vital for education.

“The state’s success would not be possible if you had not delivered the education needed,” he said. “North Dakota’s colleges and universities do an outstanding job of preparing students for a lifetime of success.”

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp built on the message of keeping things student-centric, noting “Let’s have our students ready for the future. Be student-centered and our future has to be global, and entrepreneurial. … The challenge is how to be cost conscious in delivering high quality product at lower cost.”

Rep. Mark Sanford, the Interim Legislative Higher Education Committee Chair, said education was the pathway to the future. He said that utilizing tools like Predictive Analytics Reporting and Open Educational Resources would help foster more student success in the years to come.

With the educational summit concluded, university system staff will now take the data they gathered from the event to the next Board meeting, which will coincide with the annual strategic retreat, June 16 and 17 at the Lewis and Clark Center in Washburn.

Full videos of the mornings proceedings and the breakout session results can be viewed here and here.

Media Coverage Summary – May 13, 2016


The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, May 13.


Bismarck State College
Faculty members earn tenure
BSC celebrates employee achievements
Commencement for BSC graduates is May 13

Dakota College at Bottineau
Dakota College Recognizes Excellence

Dickinson State University
Meyer receives Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award at staff and faculty ceremony
Nominees for the 2016 Outstanding Graduate Award announced
Ray native to address Dickinson State graduates at spring commencement

Lake Region State College
Baseball players named All Mon-Dak
LRSC graduation ceremonies May 13

Mayville State University
Alice Rice receives Orville Johnson Meritorious Service Award
Dr. Mark Skean wraps up 25-year tenure at Mayville State
Janice Jorgensen has enjoyed her 47-year association with Mayville State

Minot State University
Blue Lights Deter Crime at Minot State University
Graduates—enjoy your day

North Dakota State College of Science
Red River Cottage a unique partnership in Wahpeton
NDSCS receives The College of Tomorrow Award
City and college to show off Red River Cottage
NDSCS Auto Body Repair & Refinishing Technology program receives National Reaccreditation
Hektner Student Center dedicated
Agawasie Day at NDSCS
NDSCS Faculty and Staff receive annual College Awards
Colleges announce joint pharmacy tech degree

North Dakota State University
NDSU receives $2 million grant for cover crop research
Student wins international poster competition
Graduate student earns first dual pharmacy, public health degree from NDSU
NDSU to offer new online nursing program
NDSU developmental science program names award after student
Commencement speaker to urge teamwork, cooperation
NDSU is family tradition for commencement speaker
NDSU Opera Sails In With New Stage Design For Classic Show
NDSU fashion grads launch online women’s boutique
Getting Dirty for Dig Day at Cheney Middle School
Author Tim O’Brien talks about writing as a way to ‘unpack’ war, tragedies

University of North Dakota
Doing Work
Featured Scholar: Surojit Gupta
Steady diet of success
UND Aerospace earns high FAA ranking in safety
Ten UND staff members receive Meritorious Service Awards
Choosing old fashioned over technology
Funding for UND Writers Conference part of $82 Million awarded for National Endowment for the Arts projects nationwide

Valley City State University
Vangstad ribbon-cutting: People, purpose, place
VCSU to hold commencement Saturday, May 14

Williston State College
Pump Jack Added To WSC Campus
Business Incubator Opens on WSC Campus

North Dakota University System
OER Steering Committee named

Media Coverage Summary – May 6, 2016


The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, May 6.


Bismarck State College
Retirement begins for 13 BSC employees
Holocaust Remembrance Day Observance Event at BSC May 5
BSC’s Festival of Short Plays begins May 4
BSC campus hosts community raku, arts crawl, and graphics show

Dakota College at Bottineau
Dakota College Recognizes Excellence

Dickinson State University
Form and Fusion Dance to perform May 7 & 8
DSU Heritage Foundation to offer Energizing Education Scholarship

Lake Region State College
LRSC Fastpitch player earns Region MVP honor
Phi Theta Kappa chapter installs officers

Mayville State University
Nick Storhaug will deliver the commencement address May 14
‘I’m Thankful for MaSU’ Day is an overwhelming success
Alpha Phi Sigma Omicron holds new member induction

Minot State University
Celebration of print facilitates learning about printmaking
Alumni Association’s premier Gala event is May 6
Red & Green journalists earn Communicator Awards

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Auto Body Repair & Refinishing Technology program receives National Reaccreditation
NDSCS Celebrates Hektner Student Center Dedication
NDSCS Celebrates Agawasie Day on Thursday, May 5

North Dakota State University
Nisswa native to speak at NDSU graduation
Seeing double: Twin brothers to speak at commencement ceremonies at NDSU, Concordia
Woiwode going old school with newest book
NDSU Sport Management Program Gets Visit From Vikings
NDSU to receive nearly $2.2M to research crop productivity
NDSU grad landed key role, albeit off-screen, keeping ‘Revenant’ authentic

University of North Dakota
UND’s eligible spring graduates and degree recipients top 2,100
Brewing for Success
UND Art & Design holds open house May 6
UND School of Law commencement ceremony is May 7, at 10a.m., at the Chester Fritz
Hartenstein receives a 2016 Lillian Elsinga Outstanding Student Leader Award
MSAE Receives STEM Classification
Brij Singh and Jack Russell Weinstein named newest recipients of UND’s highest academic honor at surprise announcements

Valley City State University
VCSU athletic training program granted accreditation
VCSU to cut ribbon on Vangstad Auditorium

Williston State College
Puppy parade at WSC
WSC Students Honor Deceased Veterans
WSC Forms President’s Advisory Council

North Dakota University System
Envisioning a Path to Success
Board hears campus budget reports
Higher education summit approaching
OER Steering Committee named

OER Steering Committee named

A group has been named to set the direction for Open Educational Resources within the North Dakota University System.

Implementing OER has progressed forward significantly 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.

– See more at OER use to save students money.

Members of the new OER Steering Committee are listed below.


tbeadleRep. Thomas Beadle
N.D. Legislature

Thomas Beadle is an elected state legislator from North Dakota serving in the House of Representatives on behalf of District 27 in Fargo. Thomas graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead with a bachelors in Economics in 2009, and was elected to the state legislator in 2010. He serves on the Industry Business and Labor Committee, the Political Subdivisions Committee, and serves on the interim Higher Education Funding Committee and the Economic Impacts Committee. In addition to serving in the legislature, Thomas is a Commercial Realtor with KW Commercial.


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Michael J. Whitchurch, MLIS
Harold B. Lee Library
Brigham Young University

Michael J. Whitchurch is the Virtual Services Librarian at Brigham Young University where he manages the virtual services provided through the library website. In addition, he is the point-person for Open Education Resources. Formerly he has professional experience in mobile services and has a passion for instructional services.
He received his MLIS degree in 1999 from the LEEP program of the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Whitchurch has served locally and nationally on many committees and groups including as the founding member of the Information Commons Discussion group in ACRL and Awards Committee Chair for multiple years.
“Open education resources provide opportunities for students to graduate faster, with reduced financial stress and with less debt to be prepared for a less financially encumbered future,” Whitchurch said.



Matt KoppMatt Kopp
University of North Dakota

Matt Kopp serves as the Student Body President at University of North Dakota. He is a senior majoring in political science and economics and will attend the UND School of Law beginning in the fall of 2016. He is a proud member and former chapter president of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, and recently represented undergraduate students on the UND Presidential Search Committee.
He believes that with the increasing cost of attending college, open educational resources provide much-needed financial relief to current students and are critical to ensuring that future generations of North Dakotans have access to an affordable education.


Tanya GroszDr. Tanya Grosz
University of Northwestern – St. Paul

Dr. Tanya Grosz works for the University of Northwestern – St. Paul as the Dean of Graduate, Online, & Adult Learning. She began her career teaching English at a large, suburban high school and transitioned to Northwestern where she completed a doctorate in e-Learning and Teaching Online and continues to teach literature online.
Dr. Grosz is honored to serve on the NDUS OER Steering Committee because open resources remove cost barriers and increase accessibility to learning for students while providing them with the most current and robust learning resources. NDUS is to be commended for pioneering open resources and providing grants so early in the open movement.


VanHornDr. Shannon VanHorn
Valley City State University

A full professor and currently the Director of Distance Learning and Faculty Development, Dr. Shannon VanHorn works with faculty in developing courses using best pedagogical practices, as well as integrating technology. Previously, she was the Chair of the Communication Arts Department at VCSU.
VanHorn earned three degrees from North Dakota State University: A Bachelor of Science in English Education, a Master of Science in Organizational Communication and Public Relations, and a Doctorate in Communication.
Dr. VanHorn is a current member of the Educational Policies Board of the National Communication Association and has served that organization in several capacities, including Chair of the Donald P. Cushman award and of the Human Communication and Technology Division. She is also Chair of the Communication, Speech, and Theatre Association of North Dakota and is a past editor of the Journal of Communication, Speech, and Theatre of North Dakota.
“OERs provide freedom to students and faculty throughout the NDUS system as students are better able to afford their education and faculty are not tethered to one source in which to create their courses,” VanHorn said.


Nicole-AllenNicole Allen
Director of Open Education, SPARC

Nicole Allen is the Director of Open Education for SPARC. In this role she leads SPARC’s work on the issue area of Open Education, with a dual focus on public policy and engaging the library community to advance this issue on campus.
Allen is an internationally recognized expert and leading voice in the movement for open education. Starting during her own days as a student, she has worked tirelessly to elevate the issue of college textbook costs and access to education into the public spotlight and to advance openness as a solution in both policy and practice. Drawing on her unique perspective as both a Millenial—the same generation as today’s college students—and a professional with more than a decade of experience in this field, she has been widely cited in the media and has given hundreds of talks and trainings in more than a dozen countries on open education, open policy, and grassroots advocacy.
Her career began in 2006 with the Student Public Interest Research Groups, where she worked with college students across the United States to organize numerous large-scale grassroots campaigns on college affordability and related issues. In 2013, Nicole joined SPARC to develop and lead a new program on open education, which has since evolved into a national network of more than 100 academic librarians and a robust advocacy portfolio spanning state, national and international policy. She also continues to work with students through the Right to Research Coalition and as part of the organizing team for OpenCon.
Allen graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2006 with a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy. Currently she splits her time between her home in Providence, RI and SPARC’s headquarters in Washington, DC.


PaschkeGreta Paschke
Mayville State University

Greta Paschke is an Instructor of Music at Mayville State University and represents the ND Council of College Faculties (CCF).
She received her B.S. in Composite Music Education from Mayville State University in 1985 and taught K-12 Music in several ND schools. She also obtained a B.S. in Biology & Chemistry from Mayville State University and a M.S. in General Education Studies from the University of North Dakota.
Paschke has been an instructor at MSU for 17 years, teaching everything from Biology and Natural Sciences to Music and North Dakota Studies. She also directs musical theater at MSU and founded a theater group of women, known as the Drama Queens, that raise funds for the MSU Theatre. Paschke is a student in the Music Education program at UND. She lives in Mayville, with her husband Perry, and is active in church and community activities.


20160202_ND_HS_1088-EditDr. Tanya Spilovoy,
Director of Distance Education and State Authorization, NDUS

Dr. Spilovoy is Director of Distance Education and State Authorization for the North Dakota University System. She leads North Dakota’s 11 public institutions in distance and online education. She is also the regulator for post-secondary, degree-granting institutions. Tanya serves on the MHEC-SARA Steering Committee and the WICHE-WCET Steering Committee. Tanya is leading the Open Educational Resources Initiative for the NDUS. She is interested using technology to creating opportunities for student access and success in higher education.

Bismarck State College campus successes – April

BSC and NDSCS offer Pharm Tech in Bismarck

A shortage of pharmacy technicians inspired a partnership between NDSCS and BSC to deliver the NDSCS Pharmacy Technician program to the central and western ND beginning next Fall. Students enroll through NDSCS but may attend classes in Bismarck. General education classes will be provided by BSC, the technical components will be taught by the NDSCS Pharmacy Technician faculty through IVN and online options.


BSC honors alumni

Mike LaLonde, ’62, has been named Alumnus of the Year, and Shane Balkowitsch, ’98, the Rising Star. The BSC National Alumni Association also presents its first Legacy Family award to the Myron Atkinson family. LaLonde was selected for his dedication to BSC students and community involvement; Balkowitsch received his award for sharing his wet-plate photography talents. The Atkinsons were chosen for their their achievements, and continued role as BSC ambassadors.

BSC receives national nursing accreditation
BSC received initial five year accreditation from Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing in April. BSC is part of the Dakota Nursing Program – a partnership of four ND community college nursing programs with a shared curriculum. The partners include BSC, Dakota College at Bottineau, Lake Region State College (LRSC) and Williston State College. LRSC also received ACEN accreditation this spring.

Dakota College at Bottineau campus successes – April

Students Named to the 2016 All-North Dakota Academic Team

Five North Dakota community college students have been named to the 2016 All-North Dakota Academic Team, which recognizes the academic achievements of community college students. The students were honored at a dinner and awards ceremony on Thursday, April 21, at Lake Region State College. North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott was the keynote speaker for this year’s program.

Sara Schaefer and Mattie Schmitt, both attending Dakota College at Bottineau, were recognized as community college scholars.


DCB Students Chosen to Attend Summer Undergraduate Research Program at UND

The North Dakota Community College Undergraduate Summer University of North DakotaResearch Fellowship (NDCC-USURF) program for North Dakota public community college students is funded by the North Dakota IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE).  The goal of the program is to enhance the North Dakota INBRE initiative to attract talented undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) to professional careers in the health sciences.  The program provides a 10-week summer research experience under the direction of selected faculty members at UND.  Opportunities exist for research in the basic and biomedical sciences.  Seminars will cover a range of basic science to community-based biomedical research program topics.


Dakota College LumberActs Announces Dinner Theatre

Dakota College at Bottineau’s LumberActs presents a dinner theatre production of “My BFF” at the Cobblestone Inn, Thursday, April 28, at 6:30pm.

My BFF  is an original comedy written by Michelle Ceasar-Davis, a staff member at DCB.

“Our intention was to produce ‘Harvey’ this spring, but we didn’t have the required number of actors,” Davis said. “I liked the premise of that play and used it as inspiration for my play.”

In My BFF a young man has developed an odd relationship with a clock radio and his friends want him to seek help through addiction counseling. It is only when they visit him at the treatment center that they realize being normal isn’t for everyone.

The cast includes Jaquel Felder of Temple Hills, Maryland, Alexis Genareo of Sherwood, North Dakota, Paulo Ta’a of Kent, Washington, Tyler Sheffer of Victor, Montana, Taylor Hewson of New England, North Dakota, Sadie Hackman of Velva, North Dakota, and Dan Fyckes of Norwood, New York.

Dickinson State University campus successes – April

DSU Ranked Among Best Value Colleges for Bachelor of Finance Online

Dickinson State University has been ranked among the best value colleges for a bachelor of finance online by College Values Online. The ranking was published on the organization’s website in April. Dickinson State University was ranked seventh.

This ranking was created using the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator database. The top 10 best value schools were selected and ranked based on criteria including graduation rate and net price, a figure that incorporates annual tuition as well as average financial aid packages and miscellaneous expenses.


TR Center receives $9,750 NDHC grant for 2016 TR Symposium

The North Dakota Humanities Council has awarded the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University a $9,750 grant to support the 11th annual Theodore Roosevelt Symposium to be held Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2016, on the DSU campus.

The funds from this grant underwrite the stipends and travel costs to bring nationally renowned speakers to Dickinson. “The humanities council support really makes this possible,” says Sharon Kilzer, project manager for the TR Center. “This grant is the reason we are able to provide high quality humanities discussions and still keep the symposium moderately priced for our community.”

The 2016 election year has inspired the theme for the Theodore Roosevelt Symposium. This year’s theme “Theodore Roosevelt: Candidate in the Arena” will revolve around presidential elections, then and now. Campaign rhetoric and name-calling, the birth of presidential primaries and their impact on elections, and violence in American political campaigns will be considered. For more details, visit


Dickinson State University accepted into Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society

Dickinson State University (DSU) has been accepted into Alpha Sigma Lambda, an honor society devoted to the advancement of scholarship and the recognition of nontraditional students pursuing higher education.

Alpha Sigma Lambda and its member colleges and universities recognize adult learners who accomplish academic excellence while maintaining commitments to their families and careers. The honor society has made major contributions in the areas of recruitment and retention of nontraditional students across the U.S. It is the only chapter-based honor society for nontraditional learners.

Marie Moe, executive director for the Office of Communications & Public Affairs, said, “Alpha Sigma Lambda recognizes the unique circumstances of the nontraditional student and celebrates their accomplishments with a lifetime membership to the honor society. Inductees have demonstrated their ability, not only to succeed in reaching a goal, but to excel in the classroom while balancing the demands of life and family.”

DSU will invite eligible candidates to apply for membership in Alpha Sigma Lambda and will hold its first induction ceremony the last week of the spring semester.