Monthly Archives: October 2016

Media Coverage Summary – Oct. 28, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Oct. 28


Bismarck State College
Kevin Locke performs at BSC for American Indian Heritage Month
“Inspired by Shadow” exhibit runs through November
BSC haunted theater creates ‘Stage Fright’

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Horticulture Classes Return
Enjoy eBooks & Audiobooks Anytime, Anywhere

Dickinson State University
TRHLP hosts 9th annual Miss(ter) Blue Hawk beauty pageant
Wohletz invited to perform, instruct students at Casper College in WY
Veterans Day Ceremony to be held at Dickinson State University
DSU Bismarck students Larshus and Will present at DPI conference

Lake Region State College
Hannah Swartz named All Conference

Mayville State University
RN-to-BSN nursing program addressing statewide nursing shortage, applications now being accepted for spring
Workshop for elementary teachers planned
Les LaFountain to speak at Mayville State University

Minot State University
Joint Services Transcript Evaluation Training planned at MSU
MSU hosts Take Back the Night event

North Dakota State College of Science
Future of NDSCS shows drive to take care of its students
NDSCS honors employee efforts with 2016 LIFE and Steeple awards
John Deere technology students pay it forward in Wahpeton

North Dakota State University
Faculty member’s book addresses Christianity in internment camps
NDSU Libraries to host discussion on Fargo 1957 tornado
NDSU included in major medical research grant
Science Cafe to examine science of tree rings
Emerging Area Seed awardees announced
Project Unpack to host author presentation
British scholar of the Russian Steppes to give NDSU talk
Crop variety releases announced
Business faculty volunteer to help high school students succeed
Robotics Competition Takes Over NDSU Campus

University of North Dakota
Champagne and Panteah receive Alan Allery Awards
A Heart for Nonprofits
Larson named ND Occupational Therapy Association’s Student of the Year
Metzger honored with New Faculty Award for Professional Excellence from PAEA
Exploring New Frontiers with a UND MBA
Geiger selected for leadership team for Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network
Professor Anne Mullins to present at AALS Annual Conference
Dalrymple appoints Jason McCarthy, ’99, to NEC Judicial District Judgeship
SMHS among top five for family medicine physicians

Valley City State University
Community matters

Williston State College
Ethics Class Invites House of Representatives Candidate into Classroom
Regional County Scholarship Expands to Nine Counties for Fall 2017

North Dakota University System
“Finding our vision”
Board uses tech to talk tuition models

“Finding our vision”

Mark Hagerott - North Dakota University System Chancellor

Mark Hagerott – North Dakota University System Chancellor

Envision 2030 gathering different perspectives


Recently I had the opportunity to read a short essay that I felt was an appropriate analogy for our ongoing Envision 2030 initiative. The essay, titled “‘Find’ a vision. Not ‘have’ a vision” by Simon Sinek, touched on the importance of working with your team to ensure that you find a vision that fits your organization – it won’t do for any one person to just “have” that vision.

I believe that was analogous to the Envision 2030 effort, as this educational initiative has included many diverse perspectives from its beginnings earlier this year. Since then, the university system has heard from state leaders, legislators, agency heads, administrators, faculty, business owners, campus staffers, industry representatives, and students, who let us know what subjects they felt were most pressing for the vision of higher education in North Dakota.

“Envisioning” what will happen in the educational realm of our state out to the year 2030 couldn’t have been done by just one person. In his essay, Sinek noted that “I am more comfortable declaring that we should all find a vision” and I am inclined to agree. This is our shared future, where higher education goes, the workforce can go. Where the workforce goes, the students will follow. Where the students go, higher education needs to already be. The interconnectedness of those things – university system, workforce and student success – grow together, so it’s been imperative from the start that we share our visions with each other.

In May we gathered together to kick this effort off with a large undertaking in Bismarck in a meeting that was as inclusive as it could be. Our afternoon breakout sessions from that day continued forward recently with nine Pillar talks spread throughout our state to involve as many more people as possible in the goal-shaping and expectation-setting of higher education’s future. On the topics of agriculture, diversity, energy, health care, liberal arts & humanities, manufacturing, technology, tomorrow’s student and the whole student, the system was able to tap into conversations that felt like they had been going on for quite some time.

To be clear, those who involved themselves in the conversations had plenty of solid input that spoke to the breadth of their shared experiences and visions. Participants of these Pillars – or “Envisioners” – brought real world practicality, theoretical applications, legislative know-how, and exhaustive looks into changing program and student needs to this vision that one or two people couldn’t have done by themselves.

The hours of discussion resulted in a wealth of goals. They ranged from redefining what it means to be a traditional student to changing the course delivery methods to meet current needs to heightening collaboration and shared services and much, much more.

I’d like to thank you all for the hard work that you’ve provided so far, and encourage you all to keep Envisioning. This process is far from over, and we will continue the effort by engaging more stakeholders and legislators in the new year. Additionally, after the the legislative session concludes, we will have a firmer understanding into how the 65th Legislative Assembly will partner with us in shaping the direction of higher education. The myriad of goals could help strengthen our campuses, our programs, and the opportunities the students have for their own successful path through their public institution of choice.

We’re going to compile our findings so far, and it is our plan to assemble additional teams with expert knowledge to help develop more detailed reports from each Pillar topic.

Thanks for continuing Envision efforts to help develop a shared vision for 2030.

Board uses tech to talk tuition models

Video teleconference brings campuses together for October meeting


The State Board of Higher Education met digitally last week when its members gathered in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot and Williston to discuss ongoing business via video teleconference. The distance connection method was put in place to allow Board members to hold regular meetings while saving on travel expenses.

Chief Financial Officer Tammy Dolan spent considerable time briefing the Board on the topics of the tuition model, and waiver definitions and reporting, part of a study related to one of the Board’s strategic goals: “Deliver degrees that are the best value in the nation.”

Dolan noted that the topics had been briefed previously, and a task force had been dealing with tuition, fees and waivers for at least a year. She noted that some recommendations had come out of that task force.

Dolan said that, in order to put any recommendations in place, the task force would need more time to determine how to find a revenue-neutral solution to impact students less. The recommendations were to approve changes to five principles within the tuition study, but delay any implementations until Fall 2019. Earlier implementation of the model is allowed with SBHE approval.

  • Principle 1 calls for campuses to implement a per-credit-hour rate except at UND and NDSU, where a flat rate would be assessed.
  • Principle 2 allows for the blending together of tuition and non-mandatory fees.
  • Principle 3 calls for on-campus and online tuition rates to be the same and consistent with residency rates.
  • Principle 4 allows the Board to consider special rates for institutions or programs based on unique considerations for markets, locations, enrollments or variable costs of unique academic programs.
  • Principle 5 assesses tuition based on residency, such as N.D. residents, Minn. Reciprocity agreements, U.S. resident at out-of-state rates, and international residents (except Manitoba and Saskatchewan) at international rates.

The topics prompted considerable discussion among Board members and senior staff. Part of that discussion touched on whether or not any of the principles could be implemented under current, legislatively-capped tuition.

Board member Nick Hacker motioned for adoption of Principles 1-4 under delayed implementation by Fall 2019. Board member Mike Ness seconded and the motion passed.

Board member Kevin Melicher motioned to approve the tuition model of Principle 5 for Fall 2019. Board member Nick Evans seconded and the motion passed. An additional motion then approved the tuition waiver modification, noting that “all institutions to develop a model to support/attract quality undergraduate and graduate students.”

Vice Chancellor for Strategic Engagement Linda Donlin then reported on updates to the strategic plan, which according to Board policy, must be reviewed annually. At its June retreat, the Board made its initial review but had not approved a finalized, updated version of the strategic plan. Changes to the document included language changes similar to those mentioned in the tuition discussion. Other changes reflected the Board’s updated stance to increase attainment goals to 65 percent. Melicher moved to accept the plan as presented and Board vice chair Don Morton seconded. The motion passed.

Chancellor Hagerott spoke briefly about formally establishing a governance committee, which will help with governance studies, presidential evaluations and more. He noted that the current study committee could be served well with one more member from the Board. Currently the committee is made up of Bismarck State College President Larry C. Skogen, Valley City State University President Tisa Mason, and Board member Ness. Board member Hacker offered to serve on the committee.

Hagerott also spoke about the Nexus ND initiative, an effort to diversify tech-driven efforts in the university system to include cybersecurity, high performance computing and unmanned aerial systems. He stated that the Dept. of Defense, Dept. of Homeland Security and National Science Foundation had set new guidelines regarding the topics. Hagerott added that professors and staff at BSC, NDSU and UND had been diligently working toward program and grant opportunities across that tech-spectrum.

Board Chair Kathleen Neset spoke on media guidelines policies. In August, the SBHE Audit Committee had directed the NDUS System Office to contract with an independent auditor to determine if NDSU President Dean Bresciani had violated any Board policy during his handling of a media guidelines policy. As part of the formal inquiry, the investigator visited NDSU and spoke with several staff members, including Bresciani, then submitted the report to the audit committee. The report noted that Bresciani did not violate policy, but stated that “there could have been improvements in his decision making and communication.” Neset said that Bresciani’s contract would be revisited at next months’ meeting, and welcomed comment on it.

The Board held first readings of Policy 506.1 (Immunizations), Policy 508.1 (STEM Loan), and Policy HR 24 (Reduction in Force). Second readings were then held of Policy 302.3 (Budget and Finance Committee), Policy 1200.1 (Information Technology Consolidation Services), and Policy 1202.3 (Data Privacy Policy).

The Board consented to the SBHE Budget, Finance and Facilities committee agenda after a briefing by Board member Greg Stemen. Board Member Mike Ness then presented on the SBHE Academic and Student Affairs Committee recommendations, which were approved.

In other business the Board heard organizational changes, assessed future agenda items and set the next Board meeting for Nov. 16, again at Bismarck State College.

Media Coverage Summary – Oct. 21

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Oct. 21


Bismarck State College
Date rape, student safety expert Katie Koestner to share personal story at BSC

Dakota College at Bottineau
Discussion Panel Announced for October Book Read

Dickinson State University
Local artist donates feature item for TRHLP’s next silent auction
Campus community creates ceramic bowls for upcoming fundraiser
DSU invites public to attend fourth Reading Scared event
DSU art education student awarded NACS scholarship
TRHLP students present at NCHC conference in Seattle

Lake Region State College
Adult Ed Center director receives state award

Mayville State University
Celebrate the holidays in song at Mayville State University
Chiara String Quartet to perform at Mayville State

Minot State University
Reclaiming the night: Stand up and speak out
Community Spotlight: Keith Ailes
MSU Theater Department opens season with ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’
Kelly Buettner-Schmidt named nurse leader

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Fall Concert
Careers in Energy

North Dakota State University
Nursing faculty member to be honored by American Academy of Nursing
Faculty member to be inducted into Stanford Hall of Fame
NDSU alumnus named Native Nation Rebuilder
Native American Heritage Month events planned
Master’s degree helps West Fargo teacher grow in career
NDSU to host BEST Robotics competition
Goehring awards $2.3 million in specialty crop grants
NDSU hosts meeting Tuesday night to discuss underage drinking and drug abuse
NDSU holds conference for inclusion of LGBTQ students on college campuses
NDSU to host succession planning workshops
NDSU Faculty Senate gives vote of support for Bresciani

University of North Dakota
Diversity panel gets started
Out of this world
Wings of opportunity
Ahead of its time
Cancer’s swan songstress
Hail alma mater
Dedicated to health
Front door to collaboration

Valley City State University
Prospective students invited to visit VCSU

Williston State College
An Evening With Buffalo Bill Cody

North Dakota University System

UND dedicates new Collaborative Energy Center

[Article was written by Patrick C. Miller and originally published at The Bakken Magazine. It is being reprinted by author’s permission.]

The University of North Dakota last Thursday dedicated its new Collaborative Energy Center (CEC) before an estimated at 200 attendees made up of students, faculty, donors, state officials and oil and gas energy industry representatives.

The complex—which serves as the main entrance to the UND College of Engineering and Mines—connects the engineering school to the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering. A skyway also connects the facility to the recently renovated Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library across the street.

Bob Solberg, the CEC’s first donor who was hired by Texaco after graduating from UND as a civil engineer, said the dedication was important because it opens a modern education facility. “It makes strategic sense because it models the business organization style of today’s best and biggest oil companies,” he noted.

Mark Haggerott, North Dakota University System chancellor, said collaboration is crucial to moving the state’s university system forward. He told students, “What you are doing as engineers is literally remaking the planet with energy, with communications, with clean water and places to live.”

The 37,000-square-foot facility contains state-of-art labs for teaching and research, as well as customized spaces for students, faculty and industry. Hess Corp, which contributed to the project, sponsored an innovation lab, a 3D visualization and reservoir simulation lab and a drilling simulation lab.

Steve McNally, general manager for Hess in North Dakota, stressed the importance of collaboration to the company and its employees.

“Hess has been here for a long time—since 1951,” he said. “This state’s important to us, and the North Dakota way is the Hess way. We believe that through collaboration and cooperation, we will be able to make North Dakota an even better place.”

The CEC contains office space housing the UND Institute for Energy Studies, which will work with the university’s Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), the School of Law, the College of Business & Public Administration, Arts & Sciences and other academic disciplines.

CEC donor Steve Burian, a UND graduate and CEO of AE2S Inc.—a consulting engineering firm based in Grand Forks—said the company relies heavily on the university’s graduates.

“UND graduates are smart, they’re hard working, they’re well educated, they want to live here and they’re prepared to be successful,” he said. “The School of Engineering and Mines has a bright, bright future, and you’re going to see this facility play a critical role in that.”

The Big Ideas Gym provides a creative space for students to design and develop engineering concepts. The Collaborative Energy Complex also contains a 40-foot vertical high-bay lab equipped with a two-ton bridge crane.

The project was funded by donors and industry leaders whose contributions were matched by the North Dakota Higher Education Challenge Fund, which provided $1 for every $2 donated.

While reciting a list of firsts contained in the CEC, Hesham El-Rewini, dean of the engineering school, said, “I am grateful to everyone who believed in our vision, whose trust brought us here today.”

Media Coverage Summary – Oct. 14, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Oct. 14


Bismarck State College
BSC fall theater production opens Oct. 20
High school juniors and seniors invited to visit campus Oct. 21

Dakota College at Bottineau
Dakota College at Bottineau Horticulture coming to the International Peace Gardens in 2017

Dickinson State University
DSU Bismarck students help young learners create art
Real Men Sing: Vocal group to perform at Hawks Point Oct. 12
DSU KickstART event to highlight liberal arts education

Lake Region State College
Important voting information for students
Don’t miss Sweeney Todd

Mayville State University
Alumni and friends honored during Homecoming 2016 festivities
Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Cody Hunter
After Hours social planned for Oct. 24

Minot State University
Minot State students learn dining etiquette for future job interviews
Students shine: MSU student succeed at etiquette luncheon
MSU students weigh in on presidential election
A role model for Minot, young people
MSU theatre presents ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’

North Dakota State College of Science
National prevention month leads specialists to reflect on retention
NDSCS Performing Arts Department to Present Fall Concert October 17
NDSCS Electrical Technology Department to Recognize Careers in Energy
Students immersed in potential careers at Manufacturing Day

North Dakota State University
Registration opens for Mommy, Me and SWE!
Hurricane Matthew focus of ambitious study involving NDSU researcher
NDSU Researcher Awarded $3.7 Million Grant For Weight Loss Surgery Study
NDSU graduate makes a long-lasting difference at Special Olympics North Dakota
Date set for 2017 Cyber Security Conference

University of North Dakota
UND Flying Team captures regional title
Dean Margaret Williams and her husband, Larry Williams receive a prestigious alumnus award from their alma mater
Schmitz is new chair of Family and Community Medicine
Slippery when dry

Valley City State University
Coming Home
Prospective students invited to visit VCSU

Williston State College
Historic Baseball Game Returns to WSC

North Dakota University System

Media Coverage Summary – Oct. 7, 2016

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Oct. 7


Bismarck State College
BSC surgical tech program achieves 100% pass rate
Location change announced for energy conference
Nacelle training tower at BSC completed

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Grand Opening
DCB Nursing Program Expands

Dickinson State University
DSU KickstART event to highlight liberal arts education
Tucker co-authors piece in Leadership Exchange magazine
Harvest Festival raises $1,600 for local charities
Fifth annual Boo Hawks event to be held at Dickinson State Oct. 31

Lake Region State College
Meet the candidates
Shoe Drive for Samaritan’s Feet
Travel to Europe with LRSC

Mayville State University
Newly developed statements and plans will lead Mayville State down the path of endless possibilities
Campus tour, tours of HPER facility planned during homecoming festivities
Music Department Homecoming Concert is October 9

Minot State University
MSU and Polish university establish partnership
Ribbon cutting ceremony
Community Spotlight: MSU Soccer
Town and Country Credit Union schools high schoolers on financial literacy

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS to remove 40-year-old coal boiler
Justin Neppl selected as State Star Award winner

North Dakota State University
Criminal justice professor featured in WalletHub article
‘Boo! at NDSU,’ trick-or-treating planned for Oct. 27
College of Business passes study abroad milestone
Volunteers sought for NDSU poverty simulation
Moos, Ewes and More! set for Saturday
Poverty simulation helps shape future health care professionals
University System to hold Envision 2030 discussion at NDSU

University of North Dakota
UND alumnus receives prestigious nursing education award
 UND to celebrate new ‘Front Door’ to College of Engineering and Mines with dedication of Collaborative Energy Complex on Friday, Oct. 14
Federal grant supports UND and partners in work to improve services to Native American children
UND’s Nonprofit Leadership Program hosts second Nonprofit Opportunity Fair
UND to inaugurate 12th President, Mark R. Kennedy, on Monday, Oct. 10 at the Chester Fritz Auditorium
North Dakota stings Hornets in five

Valley City State University
Hotline Newsletter for the week of Oct. 3

Williston State College
Bank covering college application fees
Williston State College extending free tuition program

North Dakota University System