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Bakken U awards second round of scholarships

Two $5,000 Bakken U scholarship awards were announced today by the North Dakota University System and the NDUS Foundation. The scholarships were given through donations from the North Dakota Petroleum Council and the Hess Corporation.

The scholarships have been awarded to Chad Schoch, of New England, and Briley Crissler, of Belcourt. Schoch is a Process Plant Technology student at Bismarck State College. Crissler is a Business Management student at Minot State University.

Schoch has been in the oil industry since 2010.  The scholarship is helping him pay for two degrees from Bismarck State College – one in Petroleum Production Technology and another in Process Plant Technology. And he’s contemplating more education to ensure he has options moving forward.

“I wanted to expand my knowledge and experience so if push comes to shove, and I find myself looking for new job, I won’t be a one trick pony. These degrees help with that, and the scholarship really alleviates the financial burden,” he said. Schoch is employed full time with Whiting, and says working for good companies have helped him avoid the layoffs others have experienced, and allowed him to stay in the state he loves.

Crissler thanked the North Dakota Petroleum Council, North Dakota University System Foundation and Hess Corporation for supporting a generous scholarship. “North Dakota is at the forefront of America’s energy revolution, and it is very encouraging to see the university system taking steps to provide programs and resources that promote students in the energy industry. The Bakken U scholarship will substantially reduce the cost of my education and provide motivation as I work towards earning my degree.”

Dr. Kevin Melicher, a member of both the State Board of Higher Education and the NDUS Foundation, said the students each exemplified the type of candidate the Bakken U initiative aimed to support.

“Both Mr. Schoch and Mr. Crissler showed talent and ambition by enrolling in our campuses to add to their skillsets and education,” Melicher said. “We’re happy to award these scholarships to them through the NDUS Foundation, and to call them students in our system.”

The announcements were made Tuesday, Aug. 30 at BSC and MiSU.

Ron Ness, of the Petroleum Council, said, “We are glad to be part of this scholarship program, it’s a great way to encourage our workforce to continue advancing their skillset.”

Bakken U scholarship recipient Briley Crissler stands with Bakken U Coordinator Jerry Rostad (left), NDUS Foundation Member Jon Bakkes (center left), and Minot State University President Steve Shirley (right).

Bakken U scholarship recipient Briley Crissler stands with Bakken U Coordinator Jerry Rostad (left), NDUS Foundation Member Jon Backes (center left), and Minot State University President Steve Shirley (right).

 Bakken U scholarship recipient Chad Schoch stands with Bismarck State College President Larry Skogen (left) and North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott (right).

Bakken U scholarship recipient Chad Schoch stands with Bismarck State College President Larry Skogen (left) and North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott (right).

Media Coverage Summary – August 26, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, August 19


Bismarck State College
Welcome Message from Dr. Skogen

Dakota College at Bottineau
Trinity Health and Dakota College Create Nurse Ed Partnership

Dickinson State University
DSU welcomes UGRAD students from Pakistan & Tunisia
DSU and Roughrider Commission work to keep fireworks display on campus
Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program welcomes new Director

Lake Region State College
Student athletes pay it forward
LRSC helps Samaritans Feet International distribute 300 shoes

Mayville State University
Mayville State granted 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation, approval to offer Master of Arts in Teaching
Ogburn and Gonnella present their research at international meeting held near Barcelona
Join in the excitement of a near-space balloon launch at Mayville State

Minot State University
People with Disabilities Finding More Work
Day one enrollment down a fraction at MSU
Shipunov hosts excursion
Freshmen adjust to change of college life
Minot Teacher of the Year named
Minot honors distinguished native son
MSU plans to recycle temporary housing units
Dedicated to Dale
MSU biz college ranked among top 10 most affordable in U.S.
Make the dream a reality

North Dakota State College of Science
Early enrollment largely steady at F-M campuses
Grindberg named VP at Wahpeton college
Fargo City Commissioner named V-P of ND college
NDSCS Announces Summer 2016 Graduates
NDSCS Names Grindberg Vice President of Workforce Affairs
NDSCS Announces President’s Honor List
Officials said oval will be driveable

North Dakota State University
NDSU Homecoming events scheduled
NDSU study examines coaches’ first aid skills
Faculty member to publish research in finance journal
NDSU management faculty honored for research paper
Graduate student earns award at conference
New student excited to participate in NDSU gene expression and cancer research
NDSU researchers receive Venture Grant funding
Students earn entrepreneurial grant, featured in online article
NDSU researchers awarded NSF grant for research infrastructure
NDSU Extension agronomist shares skills with Ethiopian farmers
NDSU students ready for classes tomorrow
NDSU Class of 2020 lead through university gates as a welcome to campus Monday
Students Return To NDSU
NDSU move in day is upon us
NDSU Move-In-Day Marks New Chapter in Students Lives

University of North Dakota
Warm welcome
Overseas inspiration
It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a– UAS? In Gamble Hall?
NIH funds Basson’s study of treatment to alleviate effects from starvation or intestinal surgery
Grupo Medicos Dakota
Indigent Counsel Commission Welcomes Travis Finck, ’07, as Deputy Director
UND expects its most academically qualified first-year class this fall

Valley City State University
Valley City State University welcomes the new freshman class in its own unique way
Mayville State, Valley City State to offer master of arts in teaching degree
Where’s the CAVE?

Williston State College
Student Life Kicks Off School Year With Week of Welcome

North Dakota University System
HLC closes books on NDUS review started in 2013
Master’s Degree offers new path for classroom teachers

HLC closes books on NDUS review started in 2013

The North Dakota University System has officially met all requirements set forth by its accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, following an inquiry started in July 2013.

The announcement letter was sent to the system’s 11 public colleges and universities last week. The accrediting organization noted that the system of institutions had “substantially met its commitment to address concerns associated with Criterion Five, Core Component 5.D.” That particular component relates to institutions working systemically to improve their performance. Representatives from the HLC conducted a formal review of the NDUS, the State Board of Higher Education and its policies earlier this year before moving into a review phase that resulted in the formal notification sent Aug. 15. In September 2014, HLC had notified NDUS that it had met all the requirements of the other Criteria for Accreditation that were subject of the original inquiry.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott stated that the formal notification was a pleasing conclusion to the efforts the system and its institutions had put forth through the past two-and-a-half years to ensure that the HLC had all the information it needed to evaluate the performance of the system.

“This notification was made possible by the hard work of system staff and the staffs of our 11 campuses,” Hagerott said. “Without their dedication, this conclusive achievement would not have been possible.”

Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Richard Rothaus said the announcement was well-received by the campuses and system office.

“NDUS is pleased to have worked with the HLC to review and revise our policies and procedures to make sure we provide the best possible service to our state institutions of higher ed,” Rothaus said. “A thorough review of our governance has helped us make sure that the State Board of Higher Education is directly involved in the decisions that matter most to the students.”

Master’s Degree offers new path for classroom teachers

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is optimistic that a new degree program at Valley City and Mayville State universities will help ease North Dakota’s teacher shortage by encouraging mid-career professionals in other fields to go into the classroom.
Valley City State is taking enrollment applications for its Master of Arts in Teaching program, which the school will begin offering this fall. Mayville State has been awaiting permission to offer the program from the Higher Learning Commission, an accrediting agency based in Chicago. Mayville received the needed approval last Friday, said Dr. Keith Stenehjem, Mayville State’s vice president for academic affairs.
Dr. James Boe, director of graduate studies for Valley City State University, said 10 scholarships for $750 each are available to first-semester VCSU students from North Dakota who enroll in the program. Stenehjem said Mayville State is pursuing a way to begin offering scholarships in January 2017.
Classes for the MAT degree offer instruction on teaching techniques and education issues. The degree gives candidates the training they need to be certified as teachers in North Dakota. Both Valley City and Mayville will offer the courses online.
Students must have a bachelor’s degree before beginning the MAT program. An education degree is not required. Some additional undergraduate coursework may be necessary to complete the master’s degree, depending on the subject the candidate wants to teach.
Baesler said she was excited that the MAT provides an opportunity for many people to become teachers who chose a different path as their first career. Veterans coming out of military service, mid-career professionals or retired business people can have a chance to go into a classroom and make a difference in students’ lives, she said.
“This degree gives people who may have thought about going into teaching a chance to become licensed to teach. They have work and life experience that will be valuable to students in North Dakota’s classrooms,” Baesler said.
North Dakota’s Board of Higher Education has given Valley City, Mayville and Dickinson State University permission to offer the MAT degree. Dickinson State is applying to the Higher Learning Commission this fall for the required accreditation, said Dr. Carmen Wilson, Dickinson State provost and vice president for academic affairs.
The Mayville State degree requires 32 hours of graduate coursework. Valley City’s program requires 33 graduate hours.
Mark Hagerott, chancellor of North Dakota’s university system, said the Master of Arts in Teaching program “will fulfill our mission of providing programs people need, when and where they need them.”
“The MAT degree allows people who already have degrees in a variety of areas, including math and science, to complete the coursework necessary to become licensed teachers,” Hagerott said. “This is a great example of when K-12 and higher education work together, the future is brighter for our students.”
Additional information about the MAT programs at Valley City State and Mayville State may be found here:
Valley City State:
Mayville State:

Media Coverage Summary – August 19, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, August 19


Bismarck State College
Try outs next week for BSC’s fall production “Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)!”
BSC New Student Orientation

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Introduces New Assistant Boys Basketball Coach

Dickinson State University
DSU grad finds success in the music industry
Running the Distance
Superfan Dobitz honored by Blue Hawks volleyball team
DSU Alumni Compete in 2016 Olympic Games

Lake Region State College
Graduation ceremonies set for peace officer academies
Lake Region State College Peace Officer Trainees are ready for duty
LRSC helps Samaritans Feet International distribute 300 shoes

Mayville State University
Mayville State’s Berry to be inducted into baseball coaches Hall of Fame
August After Hours social hosted by members of the Goose River Masonic Lodge
Mayville State’s proud tradition in athletics takes center stage in Athletic Hall of Fame

Minot State University
Budget challenges will remain for MSU
Minot State faces budget challenges
Pre-orientation event
Community Spotlight: First Year Teachers
POWER Center plans in-depth, pre-university experience
Incoming MSU students volunteer with Habitat for Humanity
MSU POWER Week Gives Students a Head Start

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS cut staff – with more cuts coming due to budget reduction

North Dakota State University
Grad student’s research gives insight into experience of refugee women
NDSU program provides real-world training for couple
NDSU Research Foundation signs technology licensing agreement
NDSU receives $435,000 grant for colon cancer research
NDSU President Bresciani to welcome incoming students

University of North Dakota
Fighting Hawks Merchandise Rollout
Olympics around the world
Overseas inspiration
Nutrition & Dietetics Scholarships
It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a– UAS? In Gamble Hall?
UND medical school sees big increase in research funding
UND survey asks for input on the direction of the Chester Fritz Auditorium
UND’s annual bus tour aims to teach new faculty about North Dakota

Valley City State University
Introduction of New Faculty

Williston State College
Williston State sees 19 percent increase in enrollment

North Dakota University System
Demonstrations offer insight to digital toolbox

Media Coverage Summary – August 12, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, August 12


Bismarck State College
Gate City Bank Residence Hall dedicated and ready for students

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Introduces New Assistant Boys Basketball Coach

Dickinson State University
DSU hosting recital for food pantry
CommUniversity Seeks Course Proposals for February 2017
Strom Center building at DSU to become an early childhood learning center

Lake Region State College
Beware loan forgiveness scams
Lovin’ the air up there
Community and club fair for students

Mayville State University
Farmers Bowl 2016 festivities planned for September 17
Gathering of former kings and queens planned during homecoming festivities
Pre-service activities help faculty and staff gear up for a new academic year

Minot State University
Xcel Energy donates to MSU STEM program students
Renovations nearly complete
MSU Sports Bubble
Air-supported over Herb Parker Stadium
Fill the Bus
College Choice releases 2016 rankings for the most affordable business schools
Donating school supplies

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Fall Semester Classes Start August 22

North Dakota State University
Research Extension Centers to host cover crops workshops
NDSU education helps graduate start a new life
NDSU horticulture farm field day set for Aug. 17

University of North Dakota
Clearing life’s hurdles
UND lauds new federal law on Air Traffic Control hiring practices
Longtime coming ― but worth it

Valley City State University
Drive, Determination and Character

Williston State College
Third Annual Women in Leadership Expo Will be Held at WSC
Two WSC Students Complete Hess Petroleum Production Summer Internships

North Dakota University System
Demonstrations offer insight to digital toolbox

Demonstrations offer insight to digital toolbox

Sam Unruh, a research analyst with ITD, provides some details on the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) during series of demonstrations last week.

Sam Unruh, a research analyst with ITD, provided details on the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) during series of demonstrations last week.

Advances in the way information is gathered and shared among researchers and the public were put on display last week by the North Dakota University System, K-12 and workforce development.

The three agencies offered a daylong series of presentations in the Bismarck State Capitol’s Pioneer Room during the special legislative session. The event – Systems Working in Unison – was planned to offer insight into the data that was available to agency researchers, to legislators, and to the public.

About 10 different demonstrations were given on analytics through the North Dakota Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS). The collaborative efforts of the group helped showcase how the analytical and data frameworks could benefit students through their academic careers.

Sam Unruh, research analyst with ITD, said SLDS offered a variety of benefits. One such benefit was a substantial savings of time.

“Once this was implemented there was a large increase in the amount of time we could save because of this central repository of information,” Unruh said. “A researcher used to have to spend hours looking for the information. Now, that information is all right at our fingertips.”

Data can be input into SLDS from throughout the university system, K-12 and workforce development. Unruh said that the centralized system was something that was useful to everyone, ranging from “members of the public, principals, teachers, parents, and legislators.”

“In using this data we can find out if something is working somewhere, or if it isn’t,” Unruh said, referencing initiatives that could range from those local to school districts to those that could span the higher education system. “This is public research that enables researchers to see what works, and why it works. We can see what areas show positive or negative trends.”

SLDS itself has been in place for a few years, but the SLDS Data Explorer – the tool specifically available to the public – was opened up this past April. Unruh urged people to “check it out, give it a shot and see what’s there.”

Tracy Korsmo, ITD, said both the SLDS and Dashboards systems allowed agencies to provide information to legislators that hadn’t been available before.

“By using this data they can make informed decisions they weren’t able to make before,” Korsmo said of the 360-degree information that served as historical data. He noted that it allowed for the potential for less testing, monitoring progress and measuring results. “Administrators also have information that they’d not had before.”

He said the central repository for the information had given researchers more time with the data. Where they may have spent 80 percent of their time previously looking for the data and 20 percent of their time researching it, now they could spend 20 percent of their time seeking the data out and the remainder in researching the points and trends within it.

Media Coverage Summary – Friday, August 5

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, August 5


Bismarck State College
BSC announces recipients of the Carley Family Scholarship

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Announces New Athletic Director

Dickinson State University
NDCTE: Moberg attends, DSU alumnus wins Teacher of the Year Award
DSU leases Strom Center to local pre-school
Hawk’s Perch – August 2016

Lake Region State College
Financial planning seminar helps focus on budget planning

Mayville State University
Excitement surrounds the return of student athletes and all students as a new academic year begins
Mayville State icon, Stan “The Man” Dakken, is celebrating his 80th birthday!
2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the Sportsmen’s Raffle, an event instrumental in providing scholarship dollars for student athletes

Minot State University
Hackett aims to add transparency to local government
Minot State introduces Carter
Video games, real life combine in ‘Archetypes’

North Dakota State College of Science
Skills USA

North Dakota State University
Biological manufacturing company gets its start at NDSU
NDSU to receive $325,571 research grant
NDSU students use therapy dogs to relieve the stress of studying for finals
NDSU to host EarthScope speaker

University of North Dakota
All-American pride
Science and brimstone
UND University Children’s Learning Center Celebrates International Mud Day
CoBPA Student Lands Internship With CMT

Valley City State University
Zander researches N.D. dragonfly distribution

Williston State College
Gonzaga Students Complete WSC Internships
WSC’s Relay for Life Events a Success

North Dakota University System

Rothaus, Feldner named to NDUS leadership positions

Richard Rothaus, Ph.D.

Richard Rothaus, Ph.D.


Lisa Feldner, Ph.D.

Richard Rothaus, PhD, current interim vice chancellor of academic and student affairs, and Lisa Feldner, PhD, current interim chief of staff and vice chancellor of information technology and institutional research, have been appointed to fill these positions in the North Dakota University System for the long term, effective immediately. This move solidifies the NDUS leadership team while streamlining office operations.

“These two talented individuals have served NDUS tirelessly and with the utmost dedication in interim positions during the past year,” said NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott, who took over leadership of the system July 1, 2015. “They have been my trusted advisors while balancing oversight duties of each of their areas. I felt it was imperative that we remove the interim titles and demonstrate that the NDUS leadership team has now been finalized so that education, government, business and community leaders know who to contact as we work together to take our system to the next level. Consolidating our positions also helps stretch our limited dollars.”

Rothaus formerly served as NDUS director of academic programs, research and accreditation, before assuming interim duties as vice chancellor. With this move, the director position will not be filled, and Rothaus will absorb most of those duties. Feldner formerly served as NDUS vice chancellor of IT and IR. That position will also not be filled, but Feldner will still oversee those areas while serving as chief of staff. Darin King has been appointed NDUS chief information officer and will lead the day-to-day IT operations, reporting to Feldner.

Feldner came to the NDUS in 2013 after serving as CIO for the state of North Dakota’s Information Technology Department, where she led several major IT initiatives and reported to Gov. Jack Dalrymple. She also previously served as the technology director for Bismarck Public Schools. Rothaus served as a tenured full-professor of history and assistant vice president for research at St. Cloud State University. He founded Trefoil Cultural, a cultural resources management firm that focused on the history and archaeology of the Northern Plains, before joining NDUS in 2014.

Other members of the NDUS senior leadership team reporting to Hagerott include Linda Donlin, vice chancellor of strategic engagement; Tammy Dolan, chief financial officer; and Rebecca Wimer, executive assistant to the Chancellor.