Monthly Archives: July 2016

Media Coverage Summary – July 29, 2016

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


Bismarck State College
BSC announces recipients of the Carley Family Scholarship
Chesak Family Scholarships awarded to 2016-17 freshman
BSC Foundation awards academic scholarships for 2016-17 school year

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Announces New Athletic Director

Dickinson State University
Parsons hired as VPFA for Dickinson State
Nichols offering way to explore the world of performing arts
Professor of history at DSU to have contributions published

Lake Region State College
Duane Schwab inducted into NCJAA Hall of Fame
LRSC College for Kids a success – Photo
Four LRSC teams recognized by NJCAA

Mayville State University
2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the Sportsmen’s Raffle
Edson and Margaret Larson Alumni and Leadership Center provides home for numerous pieces of original artwork
July After Hours social held at Soholt home

Minot State University
Minot State University Training Students to Recognize Autism
North Dakota’s early hearing detection program gets federal grant
Autism Assessment Tool Shared at MSU
Rainy day parade

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS students earn awards at SkillsUSA Championships
Skills USA

North Dakota State University
Retired NDSU professor transforms church of field stones to home
Range Management School to be held at ND 4-H Camp near Washburn
NDSU Pharmacy students share life-changing experience
Oakes irrigation research site field day set
Nutrient Management Day set for Aug. 23
NDSU faculty member named ACS fellow
‘What is more sustainable than plants?’ NDSU researchers studying renewable plastics
NDSU Receives Grant To Help In The Fight Against Cancer
Immunization center receives cancer education grant
NDSU School of Nursing awarded grant for rural health care education
School of Nursing receives grant to advance care in rural areas
Engineering graduate oversees major construction projects
NDSU Sharing the Latest Research in Agriculture with Local Farmers
Inaugural Symposium on Materials from Renewables Held at NDSU
First International Symposium on Materials from Renewables Held at NDSU
Middle schoolers get hands on experience with science and technology at NDSU’s STEM Kids Camp
NDSU IPM program helps producers, gardeners manage pests
NDSU Field Day continues in Williston
An NDSU study shows that a babies birth weight may correlate with how close the mother lives to dangerous rising waters
Living near big flood can mean smaller baby, NDSU study shows
‘Something has to be done’: NDSU grad student from Brazil conducts Zika research

University of North Dakota
Goal oriented
Open for business
On the big stage
Throwing the wrong switch
UND Summer Commencement ceremony set for Friday, Aug. 5, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium
UND Space Studies students headed to Mexico for international conference
UND summer undergraduate students present research
Norwegian heritage records surpass 1,600 volumes at the UND’s Department of Special Collections
Legislative Attorney John Walstad, ’78, Set to Retire

Valley City State University
12 VCSU Viking athletic teams receive Scholar-Team Award
A Vision Realized

Williston State College
TrainND Provides Home For Williston Native Chef
WSC Hosts Relay for Life’s Paint Your World Purple Event
Karissa Kjos Joins WSC Staff

North Dakota University System
Challenge Funds distributed

Challenge Funds distributed

Five out of the 11 public colleges and universities in North Dakota were recently awarded funding by the North Dakota Higher Education Challenge Grant Committee.

Bismarck State College, Dickinson State University, University of North Dakota, Williston State College and Minot State University received a total of more than $2.6 million in funding through a process set up by the N.D. Legislature in 2013.

The announcement brings the total amount awarded to nearly $16.8 million, out of more than $22.6 million set aside for this purpose by the legislature as matching funds. Under the grant process, the Challenge Fund Grant Review Committee awards one dollar in matching grants for every two dollars of non-state, non-federal funding raised by the institutional foundations. The awards must meet needs within four categories: education infrastructure, endowed chairs, scholarships and technology.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott said the Challenge Grants continued to help support the private fundraising efforts of the North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities.

“These grants are vital to ongoing efforts throughout the system,” he said. “Without them, our institutions would have less scholarship offerings. With them, our students have even more opportunities to find success.”

The latest round of awards was as follows:

Bismarck State College: $40,833.00 for scholarships.

Dickinson State University: $102,738.75 for endowments and scholarships.

University of North Dakota: $1,446,622.34 for scholarship, educational infrastructure, and endowments.

Williston State College: $591,667.00 for scholarships.

Minot State University: $481,904.27 for scholarships, endowments and technology.

Earlier this year, Bismarck State College, Dickinson State University, Lake Region State College, Mayville State University, Minot State University, North Dakota State College of Science, North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota, Valley City State University and Williston State College received financial awards through the Challenge Fund. For more information, check out the previous grants story posted here.

Media Coverage Summary – July 15, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, July 15.


Bismarck State College
BSC offers Summer Ag Academy in July

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Hires Baseball Coach and Admission Counselors

Dickinson State University
DSU adds Tumblr to outreach efforts

Lake Region State College
Royals Athletes earn NJCAA academic distinction

Mayville State University
Prairie Fire performs admirably at Mayville State
Lessons stem from STEM College for Kids

Minot State University
Basketball Courts to be Dedicated to Dale Brown
MSU gets federal grant
Heitkamp Announces Federal Funding Supporting North Dakotans Young and Old
MSU adds new spark
More Budget Cuts for Colleges?
Minot State could see additional cuts with state shortfall
Minot State University Faces Budget Challenge
Strenghthen ND and MSU establish nonprofit certificate program
Success Saturday to feature Clint Severson

North Dakota State College of Science
Innovative CTE Program Award
Numerous NDSCS Graduate listings

North Dakota State University
Summit to address Native oral health
Organic ag tour set at Carrington center
NDSU Agronomy Seed Farm field tour set
NDSU to host first Materials for Renewables symposium
NDSU Project Seeks to Unpack History of Veterans and Their Families
Interior design students intern in China
NDSU to host international writing conference
Wikipedia project spurs research, service learning
Assessment director honored by national group
NDSU graduate student researches alternatives in gluten-free baking
Graduate achieves American dream in Fargo and pays it forward

University of North Dakota
Princess of the pipes
Master of her online domain
Football adds veteran duo to bolster depth
Science on ice — literally
UND, Grand Forks land big-time international conference on theoretical chemical physic
Norwegian heritage records surpass 1,600 volumes at the UND’s Department of Special Collections
UND exceeds North Dakota legislative requirement; offers K-12 teachers 15-hours of youth mental health professional development
Record keeper in chief

Valley City State University
VCSU offers Master of Arts in Teaching
VCSU to offer 3-year bachelor’s degree programs
President Mason receives Sigma Kappa’s Colby Award
12 VCSU Viking athletic teams receive Scholar-Team Award

Williston State College
Mental Health Pilot Begins at WSC For Fall

North Dakota University System
Q & A with CIO Darin King

Q & A with CIO Darin King

Chief Information Officer Darin King

Chief Information Officer Darin King

Darin King was recently named Chief Information Officer for the North Dakota University System. Previously, King served as the Deputy CIO since November of 2013.  In that role, he was responsible for the day-to-day operational leadership of the enterprise systems and services delivered to the 11 institutions of the NDUS.

King began his career in educational technology as a high school mathematics and computer science teacher in Minot and Grand Forks.  In 1995, he was hired as the first Network Services Coordinator for the Grand Forks Public Schools (GFPS) and led the effort to bring Internet access into the classrooms of the district. King became the GFPS district Technology Director in 1997 and led the district through a rapid expansion of educational technology resources and systems. In 2012, he became the Director of the North Dakota Educational Technology Council and provided leadership for all ND K12 educational technology, including EduTech and the ND Center for Distance Education.

He is a graduate of Valley City State University and the University of North Dakota. He is Valley City native and a 20+ year resident of Grand Forks with a wife and two children. His wife Deb is the Program Director of the Radiologic Technology program at Northland College in East Grand Forks. His son Sam coaches football at the UND, his daughter in law Chelsea is a teacher for the Grand Forks Public Schools,  and his daughter McKenna is a senior at UND.


How long have you been with IT and what brought you here to NDUS CTS?

I have been working in IT for over 20 years. I thought the opportunity to work for the NDUS would be fun and challenging.


How do you plan on approaching your responsibilities within the position?

After serving as the Deputy CIO for the past few years, I have had the opportunity to work daily with Dr. Feldner.  This has prepared me to understand the position, get to know the people and the processes involved with the CIO position.


Describe your leadership style.

It is impossible for a single person to know everything, so it is important to be collaborative and open to discussion and input.  I believe that good leaders need to use different leadership styles based on the situation. Collaborative, democratic, authoritarian, etc. are all styles that might be needed based on the situation.


What do you feel are some of your greatest accomplishments?

Staying married for 30 years (and counting) and raising my kids to be good adults. Professionally, I would have to say helping the Grand Forks Public Schools during the crazy 5 years of recovery after the Grand Forks flood of 1997.


What are the goals that you have while here?

We have many opportunities and challenges ahead based on the priorities of the SBHE and legislative mandates.  It is critical that we focus our energy and resources on the priorities that directly support the strategic objectives of the SBHE.


What do you feel are your greatest strengths and experiences that you bring to this role?

I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to work with many great people in both IT and executive leadership positions over the past 20+ years. These experiences and relationships help me every day both personally and professionally. I am a pretty good communicator and like working with people to solve problems and get things done.


What are you most excited about?

Everything! I am excited to continue working with the smart and capable people in CTS and NDUS institutions.


Are there any changes you aim to seek to implement?

Change is constant in IT.  We have made some changes in the past few years and it is likely that we will continue to make changes as new opportunities arise.

Fraud Risk Assessment Report

In April 2016, a Fraud Risk Assessment Survey was sent to all permanent benefited employees at each institution, the North Dakota University System Office and Core Technology Services.  The results of this survey are included in the attached report which has been submitted to the State Board of Higher Education Audit Committee, the Chancellor and each institution President.

The report can be found here: 2016_Fraud_Risk_Assesment_Survey_Report

Media Coverage Summary – July 1, 2016


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


Bismarck State College
BSC honors 2016 spring graduates
BSC announces President’s Honor Roll for Spring 2016

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Hires Baseball Coach and Admission Counselors

Dickinson State University
Dr. McWilliams commentates documentary film about Civil War soldier
Dickinson State professor tours East Coast

Lake Region State College
Ben Morris named LRSC softball coach
Royals Athletes earn NJCAA academic distinction

Mayville State University
Distinguished alumni honored as part of Mayville State’s annual Alumni Day celebration
Mayville State to host Shrine Bowl athletes and coaches
June After Hours social held at Peterson home

Minot State University
Minot State fall registration underway
‘Noises Off’ and ‘Oklahoma!’ hit Summer Theatre stage again
Professionals train to bridge gap in high-demand occupations

North Dakota State College of Science
Employers reach out to younger students to develop workforce

North Dakota State University
NDSU nursing student receives major scholarship
Central Grasslands Research Extension Center to hold field day
Williston Research Extension Center sets field days
NDSU study shows major flooding affects growth of unborn babies
Volunteers needed for veterans’ oral history project
NDSU graduate fills health care need as nurse practitioner
World of Wine: Mapleton’s 4e Winery impresses with quality wine, beautiful setting

University of North Dakota
Getting to know you
Fun in the mud
Floating fascination
Research N.D. awards funding requests
UND-NDSU project aims to build science interest among Native American students
Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2018 begins clinical studies
Science on ice — literally

Valley City State University
Stewart named Viking athletic director

Williston State College
Student Athletes Excel in Classroom
Tetons earn Academic Awards from NJCAA
Hunter Berg Joins Williston State College Foundation
Active Minds Active on WSC Campus
Dr. Nadolny’s Farewell
Dean and President’s List Released for Spring 2016

North Dakota University System
The right time for a system foundation
Board evaluates tiered process, contracts during special meeting
Board approves system budget request
SBHE holds strategic retreat