Monthly Archives: May 2016

Lake Region State College campus successes – April

LRSC President earns honor

Lake Region State College President Doug Darling has been awarded Phi Theta Kappa’s prestigious Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction.
College presidents and campus chief executive officers, nominated by their Phi Theta Kappa chapter, are selected for this award, College presidents and campus CEOs are selected for this award on the basis of outstanding efforts given toward promoting the goals of Phi Theta Kappa. The Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction is named in honor of Phi Theta Kappa’s longest serving Board Chair and a founder and long-time President of Highline Community College in Washington.


Director of DNP receives state honor

Julie Traynor, Director of the Dakota Nursing Program, has been selected for an Outstanding Rural Health award.
Traynor will be recognized as the Outstanding Rural Educator/Mentor at the 2016 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health’s annual banquet on Tuesday, May 17, in the Alerus Center. This award recognizes a professional who has made outstanding contributions to the education, development, and placement of new health care professionals in rural North Dakota communities.
“Julie is an innovative, inspiring and compassionate mentor and leader who puts forth high expectations but provides the autonomy and support to allow staff, faculty and students to thrive and grow,” said Karen Clementich, LRSC Nursing Coordinator.


LRSC Peace Officer graduation

A group of 22 peace officers are prepared to join the North Dakota workforce.
Lake Region State College Peace Officer Training program will hold its 80th class graduation April 28th.  Graduation ceremonies begin at 4:00 pm Thursday in the Ann Nicole Nelson Auditorium in Old Main at Minot State University.
The program is a partnership between the Ward County Sheriff’s Office, Minot Police Department, Minot State University, and LRSC. This is fifth time Lake Region State College has delivered the 14-week academy in Minot, according to John Maritato, director of the LRSC Peace Officer Training Program.

Mayville State University campus successes – April

Larson Leadership Program sponsors April 7 leadership summit

Tammy Miller, CEO of Border States Electric, was keynote speaker at MaSU’s leadership summit sponsored by the Larson Leadership Program. Miller encouraged MaSU students and employees to be leaders that others want to follow. She shared experiences influencing her approach to leadership. Five other exemplary leaders led breakout sessions throughout the day.


Andinacion concert headlines week of multicultural activities at MaSU

A week-long schedule of multicultural and educational activities at MaSU began April 4 with an international food fair, followed by an Andinacion concert, featuring native South American music performed by Luis Muñoz and Josue Trelles. The musicians met with MaSU students in various classes throughout the week and also performed at Hillsboro (N.D.) Public School.


MaSU STEM Carnival features an outer space theme

More than 200 youth and adults attended MaSU’s annual STEM Carnival Saturday, April 9. Since MaSU student Hope Gutschmidt is a ND Space Grant Consortium STEM Ambassador, an outer space theme was chosen. MaSU’s STEM program and teacher center teamed up to sponsor the carnival. Other groups participating included the Dakota Nursing Program and the MaSU Science Club.

Minot State University campus successes – April

Major Challenge Fund Grant awarded to MiSU

On March 30, the North Dakota Higher Education Challenge Fund Grant Review Committee awarded nearly $1 million in matching grant funds to Minot State University on a $2 million gift from alumnus Clint Severson and Conni Ahart. Thanks to this collaborative effort, the Severson Entrepreneurship Academy will have guaranteed ongoing support for students in entrepreneurship training.

“We highly value the special skills necessary to be successful in business,” Severson said. “MSU has proven to be a worthwhile investment with the establishment of the Severson Entrepreneurship Academy. The Challenge Fund was the deciding factor in our decision to provide the funds to continue entrepreneurship training at Minot State long into the future.”


Grant allows LCM to expand its work with Minot State students

Lutheran Campus Ministry at Minot State University has received a grant of $100,000 to explore more deeply its role in helping university students reflect on faith and calling in their lives. Lilly Endowment Inc. awarded the grant as part of its national Campus Ministry Theological Exploration of Vocation Initiative to strengthen the work of campus ministries serving public university campuses.

Recently, LCM hired Rev. Robyn Eddy as its vocational internship director. Eddy will oversee LCM’s Vocational Internship Program, which will place MSU student interns within five ELCA congregations in Minot. The grant funds will also finance summer camp scholarships and LCM’s Spring Break vocation trips.

LCM has served MSU students for 75 years. LCM is a ministry of the Western North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


Red & Green journalists earn Communicator Awards

Student journalists from Minot State University took home awards April 15 from the 2016 North Dakota Professional Communicators College Communications Contest. NDPC gave 96 awards to students in 32 categories. Three MSU students nabbed awards.

Koh En Chze (Ariel), Subang Jaya, Malaysia, won awards for second place for single feature photo, second place for single sports photo and third place for single news photo. Frantz Jean-Pierre, Minot, earned second place in personal column. Krys Zorbaugh, San Diego, Calif., received third place in personality profile.

Communications professionals for each of the categories judged the students’ work. NDPC is devoted to the advancement of professional and student communicators through workshops, contests, mentoring and continuing education opportunities.

More than 100 entries from students at five North Dakota and Minnesota universities participated in this contest.

North Dakota State College of Science campus successes – April

NDSCS Awards Over 70 Scholarships to Area Students

NDSCS recently awarded academic scholarships to 78 incoming 2016 NDSCS freshmen from three states. The scholarships recognize and reward students for academic achievement, test scores and participation in extracurricular and other volunteer activities. The scholarships – awarded for $1,000 or $500 – are applicable during the 2016-2017 academic year.


NDSCS Water, Sewer and Infrastructure Replacement Project Underway

Thanks to a $13.298 million capital expenditure award from the North Dakota Legislature, the NDSCS Water, Sewer and Infrastructure Replacement Project will replace the campus’s aging water, sewer and storm sewer systems in Wahpeton. The project, which kicked off in April 2016, is slated to be finished by Fall 2017.


NDSCS Faculty and Staff Receive Annual College Awards

Eight NDSCS faculty and staff members have been chosen and named recipients of the College’s Excellence in Teaching Award (Rhonda Edwardson, E.B. Floersch, Jeff Hart and Kathy Marquette) and Excellence in Service Award (Kijia Homes, Kerri Kava, Lynnette Krack and Ryan Meisch) for the 2015-2016 academic year.

North Dakota State University campus successes – April

National Science Foundation grants prestigious fellowships to NDSU students

Four NDSU students have been awarded fellowships from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Through a competitive process, the program selects top students throughout the country who are pursuing research-based graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Many recipients become national leaders in research, teaching and innovation.


Engineering team excels at NASA rover challenge

A team of engineering students topped competition from around the world in NASA’s Rover Challenge, where they maneuvered a vehicle they designed through an obstacle course simulating terrain of other planets or moons. The team took third place in the University Division and won the division’s Most Improved and Technology Challenge awards.


NDSU student wins state nursing award

Tamsen Star O’Berry won the “Legendary Nurse: Rising Star” award from the North Dakota Center for Nursing for her contributions to the profession, including development of a nursing model from the cultural perspective. Her passion is serving diverse populations, including veterans with PTSD and Native American teenagers. She works as a nurse and is pursuing her doctor of nursing practice degree at NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health in Bismarck.

University of North Dakota campus successes – April

UND RAIN Program Turns 25

The University of North Dakota Recruitment and Retention of American Indians into Nursing (RAIN) celebrated its 25th anniversary suing the 46th Annual UND Time-Out and Wacipi, organized by the UND Indian Association.  The UND College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines program has graduated 203 American Indian nurses at a baccalaureate level, 53 at a master’s level and one doctor of nursing practice.


UND Students Spend 10 Days in a Lunar-Mars Habitat

An all-female international team of three graduate students boarded the University of North Dakota’s Inflatable Lunar-Mars Habitat (ILMH) for a sealed, 10-day mission to help NASA understand the impact of isolating individuals for long periods of time. The students are scheduled to exit the ILMH at 11 a.m. Friday, May 6.


UND Hosted North Dakota Stare Science Fair

The University of North Dakota recently played host to some of the top high school scientists around at the 66th Annual North Dakota Science & Engineering Fair.  The statewide event drew regional-winning whiz kids from across the state under one roof at the Memorial Union for a large and highly competitive science fair. Students competed at either a junior or senior-division level, with first-place winners at the senior level moving on to compete at the International Science Fair May 8-13 in Phoenix.

Valley City State University campus successes – April

Athletic training program granted accreditation

The VCSU athletic training program has been granted a five-year initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The accreditation is the capstone of a multiyear process which began at VCSU in the 2011–12 academic year with the application for an athletic training major with the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education.


Wellness Center named in honor of Gaukler family

The Valley City Park Board has named the Valley City Wellness Center in honor of the George and Audrey Gaukler family. The center, to open in fall 2016, will be named the Gaukler Family Wellness, Health and Physical Education Center. Valley City businessman and philanthropist George Gaukler—a 1962 VCSU graduate—serves on the VCSU Foundation Board of Directors. His wife, Audrey, is a 1967 VCSU graduate. The Wellness Center will serve as the home of the VCSU Health and Physical Education Department, with classrooms, offices and a physiology lab for students in the university’s athletic training, health education, physical education, and exercise science and leisure studies programs.


Software engineering student chosen for NBC internship in New York City

Jordan Bushaw, a VCSU software engineering major from Bismarck, N.D., has been chosen for a 10-week NBCUniversal media tech internship in New York City for the summer of 2016. Bushaw will work in the TV entertainment segment in content distribution, helping with the redesign of the customer relationship management (CRM) software system.

Williston State College campus successes – April

North Dakota Challenge Fund Contributes to WSC Successful Scholarship Programs

At its February meeting, the North Dakota Challenge Fund announced a $150,000 contribution to the Williston State College Foundation. Along with private matching donations of $300,000, $450,000 in scholarship endowment funds are available for WSC students.

The WSC Foundation and the North Dakota Challenge fund began their partnership July 1, 2015. For every two dollars donated to the WSC Foundation, the Challenge Fund will contribute one dollar. Through this partnership, the WSC Foundation is eligible to receive one million dollars from the North Dakota Challenge Fund through June 30, 2017.


WSC Diesel Technology Instructor Receives ASE Certifications

Clayton Sponable, WSC Diesel Technology Instructor, is now a Master Diesel Technician and Master Automotive Technician after passing sixteen Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exams March 3.

Because of Sponable’s certifications, WSC is now qualified to reinstate its Transportation Program accreditation through the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), which requires an ASE certified instructor on staff.


Two WSC Students Receive Hess Petroleum Production Summer Internships

Williston State College students Brian Ensrud and Dawson Liedle can now add Hess Corporation to their resumes when they begin their ten-week Reliability Operator Internships May 23.

Hess offered five internships in the Petroleum Production and Instrument and Electrical (I&E) areas. Thirty students from WSC, Bismarck State College, and North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) applied for Hess’s internship positions. Fifteen out of those thirty were WSC students.

Envisioning a Path to Success

Neset Bio 2016Spring 2016 is quickly moving forward, and as always there’s a charge in the air that speaks of excitement, success and change. Soon, thousands of graduates will walk across stages throughout North Dakota’s public colleges and universities, having earned their way through long hours of work and study. Those graduating seniors will be taking the final steps on a path they each envisioned for themselves years ago, with the available resources this state, our university system and the respective campuses envisioned – and made available – for them.

Soon after, those passionate about education will meet to discuss the future of it in North Dakota for a summit called Envision 2030. I will be joined by other members of the State Board of Higher Education, the Chancellor and representatives of the North Dakota University System, Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, Rep. Mark Sanford, many other legislators, students and educators, as well as business and community leaders, who will take the day to focus on what education will look like in the year 2030.

Many processes and procedures are in place now to provide as many pathways to success as possible for our current and incoming students. During our panel discussion and breakout sessions we will take what we know now, compare it to demographic, economic and programmatic trends, all in an effort to build an inclusive, stimulating environment for those who will be studying within it.

While the graduating high school senior class of 2030 is today only in Kindergarten, there’s no time like the present to put plans in motion. I’m confident that with the multitude of perspectives that will be present during the Envision 2030 workshop, we will become aware of not just how we should be doing things, but also, why.

As a member of the State Board of Higher Education, I believe the best representation that we have for our entire university system is people who work hard and then move on to success. It’s vital for us on the Board to shape that system for the betterment of our future and those students of today who will become the workers and leaders of tomorrow.

A panel on demographics will be led by Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley and take into account challenges and opportunities in our state. A working lunch to help chart the course for 2030 will focus on attainment and offer participants a chance at brainstorming with others on the topic.

During the Envision 2030 event, we’re aiming to take on many facets of how and where those future students and leaders will be asked to take charge. Breakout sessions will be held on subjects relating to student needs and workforce needs. On the student needs side of things, the sessions will cover such topics as physical/mental health, counseling, advising, attainment, student expectations, the classroom of 2030, diversity, and liberal arts and humanities. Workforce topics will include agriculture, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, and technology – cornerstones of our state’s economy and those industries likely to continue to have the most need well into the future.

Board hears campus budget reports

All proposed tuition increases within legislative allowances

The State Board of Higher Education employed technology this month to meet from five locations - Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot and Williston.

The State Board of Higher Education employed technology this month to meet from five locations – Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot and Williston.

Technology and budgets were the talk of the day when the State Board of Higher Education met this week to move business forward.

The regular meeting was held at Bismarck State College, with satellite locations dialing in via Skype for the first time. The multi-location meeting allows for more flexibility and less travel on behalf of board members and campus representatives, who used video teleconferencing to meet from Minot State University, North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota and Williston State College.

Board Chair Kathleen Neset noted that the technology offered a new opportunity for the Board and university system to conduct business in a more efficient manner.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott’s report brought forward discussion on budgets, presidential evaluations, and initiatives to include Bakken U and Nexus ND, and the upcoming educational summit titled Envision 2030.


Budget allotments

Chief Financial Officer Tammy Dolan said the governor would be announcing budget guidelines next week for the 2017-19 biennium. For this biennium, she noted that guidance had been offered to the campuses on how to meet the 4.05 percent allotment including the examination of travel policies/practices, accelerating ongoing efficiency efforts in administrative processes, considering shared service agreements, examining academic course delivery methods, and evaluating faculty course loads, among others. No matter what, Dolan said, guidance allowed for the discretion of respective campus leadership.

Board member Nick Hacker said this was one of the most important things the Board and the system could do, asking that further details be provided during the meeting. Dolan offered to create copies of the guidelines for those present. Hagerott noted that the guidelines were created through collaboration to identify needs and wants, always under the framework of keeping students as the highest priority. Most of the colleges and universities achieved some savings by reducing travel and offering early retirements.

Details on the individual budgets began with a presentation from MiSU.

Dr. Steven Shirley said the $2 million decrease at MiSU would come through freezing nine positions, reducing extraordinary repair expenditures, eliminating two staff positions, and putting a seven-percent across-the-board cut in place for operating budgets. The university reduced Fiscal Year 2017 salary increases for all positions that were above the MiSU median salary.

Dr. Ray Nadolny said the $531,331 decrease at WSC would come from deferred salary increases, reducing the workforce by adding responsibilities to each position, and some layoffs.

Dr. Larry Skogen said $1.5 million decrease at BSC would include savings from early retirements and some positions not being filled, one vice president position being eliminated and two divisions being consolidated. Travel and repair budgets had also been reduced.

Dr. Thomas Mitzel noted that the $1.1 million decrease at Dickinson State University would come through eliminating some positions and postponing certain searches, and reducing travel and non-essential maintenance.

Dr. Tisa Mason stated that the $1.6 million decrease at Valley City State University would come from engineering changes to the upgraded heating plant, reducing deferred maintenance expenditures, decreased tuition waivers, reducing or eliminating salary increases, and reducing travel.

Dr. John Richman said the $2.3 million decrease at NDSCS was in reducing administrative positions, identifying local funding for some deferred maintenance projects, and eliminating vacant positions.

Dr. Dean Bresciani said the $6.402 million decrease at NDSU would come through reduced research budgets, postponing job searches and combining some job responsibilities.

Dr. Gary Hagan said the $685,676 decrease at Mayville State University would translate to reducing extraordinary repair expenditures, eliminating some positions and reducing salaries in other positions.

Ed Schafer said the $12.6 million decrease at UND would come from eliminating 138 positions, and terminating some academic and athletic programs.

Dr. Jerry Migler said the $399,594 reduction at Dakota College at Bottineau would be achieved through the reduction in a capital project at the Nelson Science Center, and in delaying the hiring of two positions. Permanent changes in FTE positions would allow salary savings, and salary increases would be reduced.

Dr. Doug Darling said the $678,568 reduction at Lake Region State College would come through reducing capital projects for the biennium, reduced maintenance and travel, and reduced salary increases.

All colleges and universities that spoke about a tuition increase for next year were within the boundaries set by legislative mandate in the last session and were previously approved by the Board.

Some discussion was held during the budget talks by Board members interested in having more details presented on any financial decisions, especially if those decisions affected academic programs. Board members found consensus in having such program cuts brought before the Academic Affairs Committee, which was typically where program or department changes were deliberated. Due to the limited timeframe from the announcement of allotments to the final budget approval, Board members said they understood that this was an exceptional case.

Hagerott said preparation of the draft guidelines for the allotment began in the fall when commodity prices decreased.

Board member Kari Reichert said she was pleased to hear conversation regarding reorganization and consolidation of senior administrative staff duties. She noted that she would have liked to hear more details on subjects such as shared services or consolidation of functions that were duplicated across multiple campuses. She reiterated that things like program eliminations should be brought before the full committee to meet the responsibilities of those committees.

Hacker said the reports given by the presidents weren’t long, although they were precise and to the point. He said he would like more time in the future to review additional details of respective budgets, as he felt it was in the best interest of the Board and system.

“We are in a unique situation here, and a difficult one,” Neset said. “The timeline is short and the hurdles are huge. We don’t just want to see final proposals. I believe we want to see the work product rather than the final product, brought to the Board. That way we can have some input and do our fiduciary responsibility to the state and to the students of North Dakota.”

Board Vice Chair Don Morton said he liked the decision-making to be closer to the campus because that was where the impacts would be felt.

“What’s best for students at one institution is not what’s best for students at another,” Morton said. “It sounds like we’re moving toward a position where we want the board to make these decisions and if we do that why don’t we just eliminate the presidents and have the board run the campuses?”

Stemen said the Board hired presidents to make tough decisions, which included the shaping of the respective campus budgets.

Neset said that working forward, perhaps presidents could provide more summary information prior to board meetings, to allow for more informational and efficient board meetings on the budget. She asked Hagerott to look into it.


Master planning

Rick Tonder, NDUS director of facilities planning, spoke to the Board on institutional master plan summaries, which included space utilization data and recommendations. He noted that the systemwide master plan had been put in place a few years ago, with an update last year. Much of the discussion surrounded space utilization and program needs.

The master plan was to help guide strategic planning and to detail needs for space, deferred maintenance, and safety, as well as potential future programmatic changes. Tonder offered details of the current plan, which included how certain locations in NDUS facility inventory were aging and weren’t optimal for classrooms, how centralized scheduling was not in place across all institutions, and how an excess of classrooms and labs existed.

Recommendations from the plan were to require central scheduling of a minimum of 95 percent of classrooms and labs, to prioritize deferred maintenance projects to improve classrooms and labs currently underused due to existing conditions, and to remove facilities in lieu of repair where the estimated deferred maintenance cost was greater than 65 percent of the replacement value unless a significant value – historical or otherwise – existed in the building.

Hagerott said that with billions of dollars in infrastructure master plans were vital. The plan itself offered a “fidelity of data.” After brief discussion, Neset stated that in the future she would like to see the institutional master plans brought to the Chancellor. When brought to a vote, the Board unanimously approved the institutional master plans, including the three recommendations to improve space utilization rates and reduce deferred maintenance.


Other business

Valley City State University President Tisa Mason presented on the VCSU heating plant. Her presentation detailed how the carbon plant/steam plant integration would be beneficial to the campus, the community and feature work from UND students and the Energy and Environmental Research Center.

Morton discussed the Budget and Finance Committee recommendations, including authorization for a renovation at Dakota College at Bottineau’s Nelson Science Center, and renovations at UND’s O’Kelly Hall classrooms and Merrifield Hall IT CORE upgrade.

Reichert brought forward recommendations from the SBHE Academic and Student Affairs Committee, including organizational changes. Those approved by the Board included the renaming of a division, renaming a department, approval of new programs and termination of programs, and tenure recommendations.

In other business the Board approved State Board of Agricultural Research & Education nominations. Neset and Hacker both thanked them for their service. It also held the first reading of HR policy 18 (rest periods), and the second readings of policies 402 (delegation of admission authority), 402.11 (admission policies standardized test scores), 402.1.2 (admission policies placement into college courses), HR policy 6 (annual leave), and HR policy 7 (sick leave board business).

Before closing out the meeting the Board confirmed its upcoming meeting dates, which will be May 23 and 24 at the Bismarck State Capitol, and June 16 and 17 at in Washburn at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center.