Monthly Archives: March 2017

Bismarck State College campus successes

BSC’s Huber takes reins of national military council

Lane Huber, BSC’s Chief Distance Learning and Military Affairs Officer, became president of the national Council of College and Military Educators (CCME). Huber will work with policy makers in the Department of Defense, military education officers, and his counterparts at colleges and universities throughout the U.S.


BSC students named to the 2017 All-North Dakota Academic Team

Two BSC students recently were named to the 2017 All-North Dakota Academic Team, which recognizes the academic achievements of community college students — Robyn Duttenhefner of Menoken and Ashton Wiederholt, Mobridge, S.D.


BSC creative team brings home silver in national competition

BSC brought home silver awards for the BSC Magazine, theBSC 2016 Community Report, BSC Doors television campaign and the BSC website in the 32nd Annual Educational Advertising Awards, a national contest sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report. BSC was one of 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools competing.

Dakota College at Bottineau campus successes

DCB holds regional Science Olympiad

The Northeast Regional Science Olympiad held March 23rd at Dakota College.  This event brought in 10 area schools who competed for the chance to advance to the North Dakota State Science Olympiad to be be held at NDSU in April.

The teams made up two divisions; junior high and senior high teams had over 300 students competing in events ranging from hovercraft, tower building, and wind power to diagnostic detectives, dynamic planets, chemistry lab and electric vehicles.  The top four teams in each division will advance to the state competition.

DCB announces LEAP program

Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) is proud to announce the addition of the LEAP (Leading to Education and Advanced Preparation) program to their fall curriculum.  Designed for high schools, LEAP allows high school students to earn a college certificate alongside their high school diploma, saving students time and money. Students will earn 24 general education college credits while in high school, by taking two dual credit offerings from DCB during each semester of their junior and senior year. This new program launches in the Fall 2017 semester.

LumberActs prepares for Spring production

DCB LumberActs announce their spring performance Game of Tiaras by Don Zolidis.  This comedy of beloved Disney characters in a “win or die” struggle for the Magic Kingdom crown has one showing; Thursday, April 6, at 6:30pm at the Cobblestone Inn, Bottineau, ND. The playwright describes the show as “a bloody, bloody tragic comedy in two acts with apologies to Shakespeare.”  Michelle Davis, director, calls it “King Lear turned upside down with a cast of Disney Princesses and a Game of Thrones tone.”

Dickinson State University campus successes

DSU’s Megan Klein named to NAIA All-American 3rd Team

Dickinson State University senior and Killdeer, ND native Megan Klein was named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics 2017 Division II All-American 3rd Team representing the women’s Blue Hawk basketball team.

In her senior season, Klein was named the North Star Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year, reached 1,000 total rebounds in her career and became the Dickinson State University career rebounder.

In three years at DSU, Klein played in 88 games, hauled in 1061 rebounds, 91 assists, 79 steals, 113 blocks and scored 898 points for the Blue Hawks. She was also recently accepted into the University of North Dakota’s Master of Occupational Therapy program. Starting in May 2017, Klein will be studying at the campus in Casper, Wyoming.


DSU students attend Self-Employment in the Arts Conference

Seven students studying in the departments of Fine and Performing Arts and Language and Literature at Dickinson State University had the opportunity to attend the Self-Employment in the Arts Conference outside Chicago, Illinois, Feb. 21 – 27.

The conference had a wide range of panels and presentations regarding how to be self-employed in the arts covering topics such as networking, marketing, using social media, paths to publication and roundtable discussions for faculty. The students were also able to visit Millennium Park, The Art Institute of Chicago and attend theatre productions in Chicago.


Dickinson State International Club will host Taste of Nations April 4

The International Club at Dickinson State University (DSU) is hosting Taste of Nations, an annual international food festival, Tuesday, April 4. During this event, international students attending Dickinson State will share their favorite recipes and engage others in their culture through food.

Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy dumplings from Mongolia and Nepal, tandoori chicken from India, fish and egusi stew from Nigeria, couscous from Tunisia, rice pasta from South Korea, and Honduran baleadas. Desserts served will represent Pakistan and India. This year’s highlight will be the famous AAM Ki Lassi from Southeast Asia, a mango flavored beverage popular across the globe.

Lake Region State College campus successes

Lake Region State College Associate Professor, Shaun Prince, and Terri Moser, kindergarten teacher for Devils Lake Public Schools, were accepted into the Science Coaches program for the 2016-17 school year, sponsored by the American Chemical Society. This opportunity will expose young minds to the joys of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and provide equipment to use in current and future classrooms

Mayville State University campus successes

MaSU organizes food drive for students

The MaSU Staff Senate organized a food drive to help students who stayed in Mayville during spring break. The campus cafeteria was closed during this time and with spring semester winding down, students’ financial aid funds are dwindling. Employees stepped up in a big way and many care packages of food were distributed to students.


MaSU hosts Fulbright Scholar

The MaSU Division of Education hosted Dr. Taina Maarit Wewer March 26-29, courtesy of the Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund. Wewer is a teacher trainer and teacher in bilingual instruction and English as a Foreign Language in the Teacher Training School of Turku University, Finland. She worked with the 2016 reform of the National Core Curriculum for Basic Education.


MaSU Collegiate DECA chapter does well at Career Development Conference

MaSU’s Collegiate DECA chapter made a strong impact at this year’s North Dakota Collegiate DECA Career Development Conference. Fourteen of 20 MaSU students qualified for the international competition that will take place in Anaheim, Clalif. The chapter was recognized with the Community Service Award and two additional individual awards were also received.

Minot State University campus successes

MiSU students and senior citizens learn from each other

Minot State University freshmen enrolled in Assistant Professor Leisa Harmon’s University Studies 110 class facilitated a book club, which read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House in the Big Woods.”  The university students led the group, which was attended by senior citizens. They met to discuss their memories of themes related to the book. The University 110 class is part of a First Year Learning Community cohort, which is three separate classes tied together by a common theme. The book club was the community-based service learning project that integrated the content of the classes.


Minot State University hosted Science Olympiad

The Division of Science hosted a regional Science Olympiad March 13. Middle school and high students participated. Minot State’s Science Olympiad is one of five regional events in North Dakota, and the winners advance to state competition in April. Eighteen sessions were planned for each group. Session titles included “Scrambler,” “Wright Stuff,” “Hovercraft,” “Science Crime Busters,” “Invasive Species” and “Hydrogeology.”
MSU students gave free hearing screenings on World Hearing Day

To commemorate World Hearing Day (March 3), Minot State University’s Department of Communication Disorders in conjunction with the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and CD 513 Assessment students provided free hearing screenings to MiSU students, staff and faculty and the public in the Communication Disorders Clinic.

World Hearing Day 2017’s theme of “Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment” drew attention to the economic impact of hearing loss. Unaddressed hearing loss poses a high cost for the economy globally and significantly impacts the lives of those affected. Interventions to combat hearing loss are available and are cost-effective. Strategies to mitigate hearing loss and its consequences include prevention, screening for early identification, rehabilitation through hearing devices, captioning and sign language education. World Hearing Day 2017 highlighted actions which can be undertaken by decision-makers to address hearing loss.


Career Center coordinated 2017 MSU Job Fair

The Minot State University Career Center sponsored the 2017 MSU Career Fair, which was open to all Minot State students in all majors, March 29. MiSU has held a career or job fair for 29 years.

Employers with full-time, part-time and summer employment opportunities, as well as internships, answered students’ questions, accepted resumes and conducted or set up interviews. Students brought their resumes, dressed professionally and used this opportunity to explore careers, network and apply for positions.

North Dakota State College of Science campus successes

NDSCS John Deere Tech program achieves Platinum ranking

The NDSCS John Deere Tech program has received​ The College of Tomorrow award from the John Deere Company and a Platinum ranking for the third consecutive year. The award serves as a ranking system for the 16 colleges in the United States that offer a John Deere Tech program.


Science of Leadership program fosters student leadership skills at NDSCS

Fifteen students at NDSCS are participating in the College’s Science of Leadership program during the Spring 2017 semester. The program, in its fourth year, engages students in existing leadership roles to further develop the skills necessary to become life-long leaders.​


NDSCS Students Barnes and Brown named to 2017 All-North Dakota Academic Team

NDSCS students Leah Barnes and Elizabeth Brown were named to the 2017 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 March 7.

North Dakota State University campus successes

NDSU student named North Dakota Student Nurse of the Year

Carlee Fleck, a senior in the NDSU School of Nursing at Sanford Health in Bismarck, was named the North Dakota Student Nurse of the Year by the Nursing Student Association of North Dakota. She plans to pursue a registered nurse position in Bismarck when she graduates.


Nursing, pharmacy graduate programs listed among nation’s top schools

Graduate programs at NDSU’s School of Nursing and School of Pharmacy were named among the nation’s top programs in a ranking released by U.S. News and World Report. The doctor of nursing practice program was ranked 38th out of 186 schools, and the doctor of pharmacy program was ranked 66th out of 125 schools.


NDSU doctoral student receives prestigious national fellowship

Rachel Salter, a doctoral student in biological sciences, was selected for a National Science Foundation fellowship. The award, which includes financial support and professional development, recognizes outstanding graduate students who are anticipated to make significant contributions to research and teaching in science and engineering. Darcy Corbitt-Hall, a doctoral student in psychology, received honorable mention.

University of North Dakota campus successes

Pulitzer Prize Winner a Highlight for UND Writers Conference

Among the authors featured at the 48th Annual University of North Dakota Writers Conference was Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Viet Thanh Nguyen.  The Vietnamese American author and cultural critic won the esteemed fiction prize in 2016 for the best-selling The Sympathizer.  Other writers included NoViolet Bulawayo, author of We Need New Names, and Jennine Capó Crucet, author of Make Your Home Among Strangers, Jeff Shotts, Executive Editor at Graywolf Press, a leading independent publisher of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, Layli Long Soldier, the recipient of the Whiting Award in 2016, the 2015 NACF National Artist Fellowship and a 2015 Lannan Literary Fellowship, Mai Der Vang, whose work has appeared in appeared in American Poets, The Cincinnati Review, Ninth Letter, The Journal, The Collagist, Radar, Fairy Tale Review, Asian American Literary Review, and elsewhere, and Mario Ybarra Jr., a Los Angeles-based artist and founder of the art collective Slanguage who creates artworks that he considers forms of portraiture and landscape.


UND’s Marcus Weaver-Hightower Honored for Innovative Teaching

University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy and Provost Tom DiLorenzo surprised UND Educational Foundations & Research professor Marcus Weaver-Hightower by presenting him the North Dakota University System Commendatory Faculty Award.  The award recognizes the innovative use of technology in teaching.  Weaver-Hightower uses a lightboard studio, which offers a “look-through” experience for the viewer. Its centerpiece is a large pane of tempered glass with LEDs (light-emitting diodes) embedded on the edges. The studio also includes lighting, microphones, video camera and computer.  Facing the video camera, an instructor stands behind the lightboard glass and can write directly on it with whiteboard “neon” markers. A black background behind the instructor makes the writing stand out.  When the lightboard’s LEDs interact with the writing, “it literally glows,” said Weaver-Hightower.  “It’s the first one on campus, and as far as I know, it’s the only one in North Dakota,”


UND Graduate Student and Team Takes First Place in NASPAA Competition

University of North Dakota Master of Public Administration student Nick Jensen and his team recently took first place at the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Student Simulation Competition at Columbia University in New York.  His team also took runner-up in the world competition where they competed against seven other universities across the globe. His subgroup of four, which he led, took MVP.

Valley City State University campus successes

Teacher candidates do practicum at Minnewaukan

Twelve VCSU teacher candidates participating in Education 352: Culturally Diverse Practicum spent March 6–8 working with students in the Minnewaukan Public Schools (MPS). The practicums are coordinated by VCSU education professors Gary Thompson and Kim Knodle, and the Minnewaukan field experience relies on the support of MPS principal Ron Carlson and his administrative team and instructors, who embrace the work of the VCSU students each semester. The practicums are designed to better prepare pre-service teachers to meet all students’ needs and develop a greater understanding of how to work with students from various backgrounds and socioeconomic levels. VCSU education students participating in the Minnewaukan practicum included Michael Bloch, Courtney Carlson, Billie Jo Czeck, Kelsey Gaukler, Hannah Gress, Avery Johnson, Mitchell Martinez, Tucker Meidinger, Patrick O’Brien, Kiana Pekarski, Jennifer Riemann and Rydel Samuelson.


VCSU hosts Regional Science Olympiad

More than 500 students on 19 high school teams and 14 middle school teams competed at the Regional Science Olympiad at VCSU on Thursday, March 30. Events were held in Rhoades Science Center, Graichen Gym and the gym at the Valley City Rec Center, with the awards ceremony taking place in Vangstad Auditorium. The Valley City event was one of five regional competitions throughout the state. Winning teams from each of the regionals advance to the state competition April 22 at North Dakota State University. Teather Sundstrom, Ph.D., VCSU assistant professor of chemistry, serves as coordinator for the Valley City Regional Science Olympiad.


Business Department offers credit through High School of Business program

The Department of Business at Valley City State University has finalized an articulation agreement with MBA Research and Curriculum to offer college credit options to students who complete the “High School of Business” program. According to VCSU business instructor Amber Aberle, who worked on the articulation agreement, students who have completed MBA Research’s high school business program may earn up to nine college credits from VCSU when they enroll. Credit may be earned for VCSU courses in macroeconomics, business ethics, and business communication.

Williston State College campus successes

Students Named to the 2017 All-North Dakota Academic Team

​Congratulations Taylor Nelson and Mikayla Whiteley on being named to the 2017 All-North Dakota Academic Team yesterday in Bismarck.
Nominations are based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community.
“Taylor and Mikayla are two great, well-rounded students who we felt represented WSC extremely well,” stated PTK Advisor, Maren Furuseth. “They are both incredibly active on campus and still maintain an outstanding GPA. They deserve this recognition.”


Halliburton Donates to College’s Petroleum Department

Five Halliburton tools worth an estimated $42,000 dollars were donated to WSC’s Petroleum Department late last semester. Welding students under the direction of Tim Delorme, WSC’s Welding Instructor have built a display for the tools.

Andrew Eis, Halliburton’s District Service Manager for Completion Tools, provided Gerald McGillivray, WSC’s Petroleum Technology Instructor, with the background of each tool donated.


Wanda Meyer, NDUS Award Recipient, Recognized at Legislative Showcase

Wanda Meyer, WSC’s Associate Professor of Mathematics and Title III Project Director, was honored at the state capital, Wednesday, March 29 as part of the Higher Education Legislative Showcase for her work demonstrating innovative use of technology in the delivery of classroom instruction.

Meyer, began teaching the fall of 1982 has been integral in incorporating ALEKS, an alternative learning technology tool, into WSC’s Mathematics program.

Media Coverage Summary – March 31

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, March 31


Bismarck State College
BSC ArtsQuest kicks off with exhibit fusing art and science
Financial aid opportunities available for students attending BSC this summer

Dakota College at Bottineau
Leap into College Early and Save Time & Money

Dickinson State University
TRHLP sponsors third annual texting and driving awareness campaign
Department of Natural Science to screen climate change film April 5
Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce – Business of the Week

Lake Region State College
Sizzling Summer School Lineup

Mayville State University
The halls and corridors at MSU are alive with the sound of music!

Minot State University
SkySkopes seeks Minot MAGIC Fund assistance for UAS operation
Theatre program explores objectivity and art in new production
24th NSSLHA spring conference focusing on school-age stuttering therapy

North Dakota State College of Science
They can handle the heat
‘Schoolhouse’ is in session at NDSCS
NDSCS-Fargo to hold Program Preview Event April 4
NDSCS Concert Band and Concert Choir to Perform April 6

North Dakota State University
‘Like winning the lottery’: MN teen gets tuition-free ride to NDSU’s pharmacy program
Fargo panel members warn of danger of fake news
NDSU team works to create cybersecurity systems for self-driving cars
North Dakota satellite takes slower route to orbit than anticipated
Dollars for Scholars: Meet Jordan Schneeberger
Nurses needed: NDSU plans new $28 million addition for nursing, MSUM considers restarting program
Students from Hettinger County learn about the business of rabbits
Learn how to commercialize your ideas
NDSU researchers eyeball new ways to grow better beef
Shirts designed by sexual assault survivors displayed in NDSU’s Memorial Union
NDSU’s “Teach-In” Talks Climate Change, Politics…and Fake News
NDSU doctoral student lands dream internship
Powwow to feature NDSU student as head male dancer
Faculty member helps address rural health disparities
Steel bridge-building competition highlights civil engineering conference at NDSU

University of North Dakota
‘Painful step’
New window on teaching
Sky’s the limit
Rising to the top
Transcending stereotypes

Valley City State University
Regional Science Olympiad to held at VCSU on Thursday, March 30

Williston State College
Wanda Meyer, NDUS Award Recipient, Recognized at Legislative Showcase

North Dakota University System
Board reviews “guns on campus” policy
Campuses showcased for legislature
Faculty recognized at showcase

Board reviews “guns on campus” policy

Legislative agendas high on SBHE discussion


Among the many topics discussed at the most recent State Board of Higher Education meeting were guns on campuses and a study on the reorganization of two-year campuses to gain efficiencies and provide a more seamless transition from K-12 to higher education.

Early in the meeting the Board reviewed Policy 916.1, relating to the possession of a firearm or dangerous weapon in a campus residence. Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs Richard Rothaus briefed the Board on the content of a bill by N.D. Legislature, which would go into effect immediately if passed. That bill would allow firearms to be stored in certain areas on campuses, but left discretion to authorize such activity to the Board. He noted that Policy 916.1 would name the Board as the only governing body that could allow an individual to store a firearm or dangerous weapon in a campus residence.

Discussion commenced on whether or not there was precedent or related policy, and if the Board could delegate its authority on the matter to campus presidents. The Board voted unanimously to hold the first reading and waive the second. Later in the meeting, the Board voted to amend the approved policy to add campus presidents to the decision-making process.


House Majority Leader Rep. Al Carlson spoke to the Board this week on an amendment that would call for and fund a study on two-year colleges.

House Majority Leader Rep. Al Carlson spoke to the Board about the relationship between it and the Legislature, noting that it had improved much from certain times in the past. Carlson noted that there were common goals the two governing bodies shared, and that it was important to discuss them more in the future.

He said the economic outlook was “tough.” He said that in the future it would be important to include more university economists in the budget forecast. The Legislature is still meeting to balance the 2017-19 budget given the new economic forecasts.

During his presentation, Carlson said he was a proponent of the three-tiered system but he felt the model of higher education was changing. Carlson spoke directly to an amendment that had been proposed for Senate Bill 2003. The amendment would insert new language into the bill that called for a Board study of the reorganization of two-year institutions, and provide $40,000 for that study.

He said that “a reorganization of the two-year institutions under the SBHE, moving them toward a consolidated two-year system,” could include a common course catalogue, K-12 partnerships and a career and technical education focus. Carlson added that the end result of the consolidation would be a stronger workforce and centralization of services. He said the state needs “efficiencies, consolidation, and results.”

Board Chair Kathy Neset echoed Carlson’s earlier statements on how N.D. produced the best workers, noting that it was because the system already had some of the best students in the nation. Members of the Board discussed the proposed amendment and its merits, ultimately moving to accept it.

Network assessment

Eric Wallace then presented the report as prepared by firms L.R. Kimball and ComTech. The report covered a timeframe from October to November of last year as the firms conducted assessments of vulnerability to networks associated with the university system, including active phishing attempts made by the companies toward employees. Wallace gave a detailed presentation on how the firms collected information and sought vulnerabilities with penetration testing.

He said the security over the past year had increased substantially, with vulnerabilities decreasing by more than 19 percent from the last assessment in 2015, although new vulnerabilities were found. Report findings included that certain systems needed patches or upgrades, a handful of unsupported operating systems were in use, and some credentials weren’t in line with NDUS password management requirement.

Ongoing board business

Rothaus presented two honorary degree proposals to the Board. He noted that the first came from Dakota College at Bottineau for an Honorary Associate of Arts degree to former Senator David O’Connell, who represented the district, and had been instrumental in aiding the college’s long-term needs for its mission. The second was from NDSU for an Honorary Doctorate of Agriculture for Dr. H. Roald Lund, who had a distinguished role in agriculture history throughout the state. Both honorary degrees found unanimous approval.

MiSU President Steve Shirley presented next on a proposed transfer of real property by MiSU to the N.D. Department of Transportation. Shirley said the transfer was due to a road-widening and straightening project in the area that affected a small piece of property that had been gifted to the university but had no strategic use for it. The Board voted to allow the transfer.

Board Member Greg Stemen then presented recommendations from the Budget and Finance Committee, which included a recommendation for NDSU to proceed with a fundraising campaign; a recommendation authorizing NDSU to proceed with the residence dining center phase 2; a recommendation authorizing NDSU to proceed with procurement of seed cleaning equipment; a recommendation authorizing DSU to proceed with May Hall mechanical recommendations; and a recommendation authorizing DSU to proceed with Wood’s Hall repairs. All recommendations were approved.

Chief Financial Officer Tammy Dolan then spoke to the Board on campus assessments regarding an economic impact study, the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, and annual accounting training. The economic impact study cost $17,613 and is conducted every other year to study the impact of institutions on their local economy. CUPA HR cost $16,461 and provides campuses with current salary market survey information used in salary administration. The accounting training cost $12,000 and provides annual face-to-face training to NDUS controllers and accountants. All assessment recommendations were approved.

Board Vice Chair Don Morton presented recommendations from the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, which included the creation of two certificates at BSC, for critical care/flight, and community paramedic; and one minor in electrical engineering from UND. All three recommendations were approved.

Board Member Mike Ness provided an update on the Governance Committee, including a proposed two-year campus study. Ness said that the committee had talked about Board training, including full Board or individual training. He said the committee also spoke about looking into changes in how and when the president and chancellor evaluations were conducted.

Rothaus and Ryan Jockers then continued presenting on the strategic plan and Dashboards, following up on a presentation that had been given to the Board at the previous month’s meeting. Rothaus spoke on the third of four SBHE goals, “Equip students for success.” The ongoing presentations allow the Board time to reflect on current definitions and metrics in the lead-up to its annual strategic retreat in June.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott provided a brief update to each of the cabinet studies being conducted, the overall progress of the Envision 2030 initiative and NexusND-related news. Laura Schratt spoke to the Board about enterprise risk management, a process that aids auditing. Chief of Staff Lisa Feldner provided an update on education-related bills being reviewed by the legislature. Council of College Faculty President Eric Murphy, N.D. Student Association NDSU Delegate Jacob Dailey, and Staff Senate Member Andy Wakeford all provided updates concerning their organizations.

The next meeting is scheduled for April 27 via Interactive Video Network.

Campuses showcased for legislature

Biennial event highlights campuses


All of the North Dakota University System’s public colleges and universities brought their best students, faculty and programs to Bismarck this week for the biennial NDUS Legislative Showcase. Joining the 11 campuses was UND’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Council of College Faculty, North Dakota Student Association and Staff Senate.

During the daylong event, campuses showcased programs that highlighted their current goals and long-term missions throughout the state. Among the many programs were cybersecurity, automation, horticulture, and nursing, although it was unmanned aerial systems that stole the show.

Nick Bittner, associate wind technology instructor at LRSC, gave an informal presentation on drones on the Senate Chamber floor.

Both Lake Region State College and University of North Dakota had drones on display and flying around – inside and out. Larger drones from UND could be seen on the mall in front of the Bismarck State Capitol, even as a smaller one was circling inside the Senate Chamber.

Nick Bittner, an instructor from LRSC who does work with wind energy and drones, was invited to give an informal presentation to the Senate after being sighted maneuvering his drone through Legislative Hall. Bittner spoke on the many applications of drones, highlighting how they could save money, and be used to increase safety.

“There are many different applications, from using them to monitor crops or inspect wind turbines, to using them for law enforcement,” Bittner said. “If police have to enter into a building that might be dangerous, they could use a small drone like this $40 model I have here to go in first and check to make sure it’s safe. That’s a small price tag to keep officers safe.”

After providing more details about the college’s work with unmanned aerial vehicles, Bittner answered a few questions posed by senators, then flew the drone twice around the chamber.

In addition to the impromptu presentation, legislators and members of the public were able to approach campus representatives for much of the day to inquire about programs and initiatives. During the noon hour, three choirs from Minot State University, University of North Dakota and Valley City State University each took turns singing to a packed Memorial Hall. They concluded their performance by combining choirs for the last few songs.

More photos from the day follow.

Faculty recognized at showcase

Biennial event offers a pedestal for campuses and professors


Some of the North Dakota University System’s most technologically-innovative faculty were recognized this week during the NDUS Legislative Showcase. The event offered legislators and members of the public a full day’s view into professors and programs highlighted by the system’s 11 public colleges and universities.

The State Board of Higher Education had formally recognized five faculty during its December 2016 meeting. Those honored were Jeff Boyer, professor of practice at North Dakota State University; David Peterson, associate professor at Bismarck State College; Doug King, professor at Dickinson State University; Toby Stroh, assistant professor at DSU; and Sheila Liming, assistant professor at University of North Dakota.

The recognition and awards were made possible due to House Bill 1201, which “established funding for commendatory grants to higher education faculty members.” Under the legislation, the university system is funded to provide four $500 awards to faculty members who use technology in new ways to help deliver education. The NDUS is presently compiling nominations for the 2017 faculty awards in June.

Other faculty recognized at the NDUS Legislative Showcase this week included Gary Albrightson, associate professor at Dakota College at Bottineau; Sarah Sletten, assistant professor at Mayville State University; Mary Huston, assistant professor at Minot State University; Missi Twidwell, associate professor at North Dakota State College of Science; Angela Williams, assistant professor at Valley City State University; and Wanda Meyer, associate professor at Williston State College.

Technologies ranged from those that improved classroom instruction via immediate feedback and the facilitation of individual and collaborative research through course blogs, archiving and a means to showcase student work to assignments that enable students to experience new technologies that will be expected of them in their respective field and the additional benefit of cost savings through the use open educational resources.

Media Coverage Summary – March 24

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, March 24


Bismarck State College
BSC Theatre presents Broadway’s longest running American show “Chicago”

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB to host Science Olympiad

Dickinson State University
DSU students’ artwork to be judged today during reception
DSU Blue Hawk concert band to perform spring concert
Dickinson State ranked among the nation’s best online colleges for 2017

Lake Region State College
Sizzling Summer School Lineup

Mayville State University
Public invited to presentation by Dr. Taina Maarit Wewer, Fulbright Scholar
The halls and corridors at MSU are alive with the sound of music!
Multicultural showcase planned at Mayville State

Minot State University
Career Center coordinates 2017 MSU Job Fair
Minot State hosting 2017 NDSTA/NDCTM STEAM Conference
MSU bake sale tomorrow to raise money for the Souris Valley Animal Shelter

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS John Deere Tech program achieves Platinum ranking
NDSCS Performing Arts Department to present School House Rock Live! Jr.
NDSCS Culinary Students Compete In National Cook-off

North Dakota State University
Juelke named Fargo School District’s 2017 Teacher of the Year
NDSU’s Bresciani named to NCAA Division I board of directors
NDSU Extension Develops Grazing Management Tools
5 questions with Todd Schnabel, loan officer and rancher in North Dakota
Nursing, pharmacy graduate programs listed among nation’s top schools
NDSU honored for United Way participation
Faculty member named Fulbright Scholar
Graduate students receive awards
NDSU students assist in free tax preparation for public
Graduate student competes at regional Three-Minute Thesis Competition
Architecture professor honored
NDSU equestrian teams take top regional honors

University of North Dakota
Keeping students top of mind in face of tough decisions
New ways of thinking
Volunteering together
Programmer pens second book in fantasy series
Decision points made easier

Valley City State University
Business Dept. offers credit through High School of Business program

Williston State College
Welding Students Raffle Off Smokers in May

North Dakota University System

Media Coverage Summary – March 17

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, March 17


Bismarck State College
BSC’s Huber takes reins of national military council
BSC to host open house for those interested in energy careers

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Announces Spring Performance

Dickinson State University
Barros, Fedor & Riesinger receive Above and Beyond awards
DSU students attend Self-Employment in the Arts Conference
Dickinson State International Club hosts Taste of Nations April 4

Lake Region State College
Precision Ag students tour

Mayville State University
Increased enrollment is good for the university and the community
‘Sounds of Sinatra!’ tribute show is March 30
Staff Senate organizes food drive for students

Minot State University
Minot State hosting 2017 NDSTA/NDCTM STEAM Conference
All is well at MSU

North Dakota State College of Science
Dreams Auction set for April 7 is 22nd at North Dakota State College of Science

North Dakota State University
NDSU Graduate Student Nears Landmark Publication Total
Clean Snowmobile Challenge winners
NDSU’s equestrian teams take top regional honors
NDSU holds Cyber Security Conference to help eliminate identity theft cases
NDSU Extension sets Spring Fever Garden Forums
NDSU professor nominated for Women of the Year awards

University of North Dakota
Quintessential ‘Q’
Write time, right place
Higher education: Path to brighter future
Oh, dear, oh deer
Ski by Candlelight

Valley City State University
President’s Corner

Williston State College
Halliburton Donates to College’s Petroleum Department

North Dakota University System

Media Coverage Summary – March 10

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, March 10


Bismarck State College
BSC students named to the 2017 All-North Dakota Academic Team
Mystics open their baseball season in Arizona honoring a lost teammate
BSC ‘Sing Appeal’ features Six Appeal and area vocalists

Dakota College at Bottineau
Students Named to the 2017 All-North Dakota Academic Team

Dickinson State University
Human Resource Management major renews alignment with SHRM
Walter’s art published in study of painting clouds
Mind’s Eye Gallery displays annual Student Art Show
Hawk’s Perch – March 2017

Lake Region State College
Royals earn honors

Mayville State University
Mayville State research team heading for Japan in May
Comets have success at U.S. Bank Stadium!

Minot State University
Minot State University hosting Science Olympiad
Minot State students on ‘Who’s Who’ list for 80 years
MSU students and senior citizens learn from each other

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Students Participate in North Dakota Intercollegiate Band Festival

North Dakota State University
Nursing faculty member named fellow in adolescent health
NDSU duo wins high honors in music competition
Alumnae named ‘Top Women in Business’
Financial assistance available to landowners for windbreak renovations
Spring Fever Garden Forums 2017 in Watford City
Soil health improvement workshop set
NDSU releases custom farm work rates survey
Emergency Management Researcher to Discuss Disasters
Raging Red Band Festival at NDSU

University of North Dakota
Tough decisions to position for the future
Campus on the move
Future focus: Intersection of medicine and engineering
Designing woman
UND takes its message to the House

Valley City State University
Hotline! Newsletter

Williston State College
2 WSC students named to 2017 All-North Dakota Academic Team

North Dakota University System
NDUS spring enrollment numbers out
Students Named to the 2017 All-North Dakota Academic Team

NDUS spring enrollment numbers out

Numbers comparable to spring 2016 term throughout system

Student body numbers have remained relatively consistent compared to last year at the same time throughout the North Dakota University System, a new report shows. While five-year trends are down by two percent overall, that number amounts to roughly 100 students from an overall student population of more than 40,000. Compared to 10 years ago, the student body has grown 11 percent from 39,968 to 44,342.


Bismarck State College remains the third largest institution in the system with a reported student head count of 3,653, a slight decrease from 3,751 last year.


Dakota College at Bottineau has seen a slight increase in its student head count since last year. According to the most recent numbers, the official count for spring 2017 semester is 789 students, up from 717 last year at the same time.


Dickinson State University indicated a spring 2017 enrollment that increased from last year at the same time, 1,295 then and 1,334 now.



Lake Region State College indicated a spring 2017 enrollment that had dropped slightly, from 1,843 last spring to 1,748 now


Mayville State University has shifted slightly down in student head count, from a total of 1,044 during spring 2016 to 1,016 now.


Minot State University saw a slight decrease in official head count numbers since last year, from 3,180 then to 3,126 now.


North Dakota State College of Science has decreased slightly from 2,951 last year to 2,851 at the time of this report.


North Dakota State University indicated slight decrease from last spring when the student head count was at 13,479. Spring 2017 numbers indicate a current head count of 13,323.


The University of North Dakota has decreased from last spring, from a reported head count of 14,277 to a current head county of 13,927.


Valley City State University’s student population increased from a recorded head count last spring of 1,345 to a current total of 1,407.


Williston State College increased its head count as well, from a total 1,028 last spring to 1,168 now.

Students Named to the 2017 All-North Dakota Academic Team

Twelve North Dakota community college students have been named to the 2017 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 Tuesday, March 7, at Bismarck State College. Monsignor James Shea, president of the University of Mary, was the keynote speaker for this year’s program.

Members of the 2017 All-North Dakota Academic Team, their hometowns and the colleges they attend are as follows:

Robyn Duttenhefner, Menoken, Bismarck State College

Ashton Wiederholt, Mobridge (S.D.), Bismarck State College

Karrie Green, Fort Totten, Cankdeska Cikana Community College

Ronald Walking Eagle Jr., Fort Totten, Cankdeska Cikana Community College

Megan Suhr, Ray, Dakota College at Bottineau

Morgan Kersten, Kramer, Dakota College at Bottineau

Paige Prekker, Elko New Market (Minn.), Lake Region State College

Hannah Swartz, Park River, Lake Region State College

Leah Barnes, Richfield (Minn.), North Dakota State College of Science

Elizabeth Brown, Wahpeton, North Dakota State College of Science

Taylor Nelson, Ray, Williston State College

Mikayla Whiteley, Watford City, Williston State College
“These students are outstanding examples of academic achievement and community involvement,” said North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott. “Being named to the All-North Dakota Academic Team is a significant accomplishment, one that reflects positively on both the students and their colleges. This is another example of how students who attend North Dakota’s community colleges are well prepared to meet the evolving demands of the workforce or continue on for additional education.”

In North Dakota, the community college awards are co-sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and the North Dakota University System College Technical Education Council. The academic team recognition program is active in 37 states. Students named to the state team also are nominated for the All-USA Academic Team.

Nominations are based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community. Each member of the N.D. team receives a certificate of congratulations from Governor Doug Burgum, an award certificate, a medallion and a monetary award. Team members are also eligible for scholarships from Dickinson State University, Mayville State University, Minot State University, Valley City State University, North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota. The University of Mary and University of Jamestown also offer awards to All-North Dakota Academic Team members.

Media Coverage Summary – March 3

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, March 3


Bismarck State College
BSC creative team brings home gold and silver in national competitions
BookTalk at BSC finishes up on March 5

Dakota College at Bottineau
Agriculture Author to Speak at DCB, March 8

Dickinson State University
Dr. Russ co-authors manuscript to be published in APA journal
TRHLP scholars tour Sacred Heart Monastery & Assumption Abbey
Academic Records staff combines 52 years of experience to serve DSU students

Lake Region State College
LRSC Playmakers present The Good Doctor
LRSC science professor teams with elementary teacher

Mayville State University
Jim Bisenius honored with Game Changer Award
MSU Division of Education will host Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Taina Maarit Wewer
Grammy Award nominee Tim Eriksen will be artist in residence March 8

Minot State University
MSU students give free hearing screenings on World Hearing Day
MSU students and senior citizens learn from each other
Minot State University Technology Day winners

North Dakota State College of Science
Namedroppers (Feb. 25)
Combined choir festival is Monday

North Dakota State University
NDSU program honored for tourism promotion
English major helps geology students improve writing 
Four things to do this weekend in Fargo-Moorhead
NDSU offers free tax preparation
NDSU Releases Custom Farm Work Rates Survey
NDSU Departments Go Head to Head for Fellow Student with Health Crisis
Forum editorial: Roses to NDSU students
Bismarck native named North Dakota Student Nurse of the Year

University of North Dakota
Enhanced learning in changing times
Athletics on the clock
Top of the ‘Pyramid’
Are we alone?
Budget forum reflections

Valley City State University
Viking Visit Day offered March 4
President’s Corner

Williston State College
WSC Relay Team is MODE’s Organization of the Week
College Professors Travel Abroad for 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation

North Dakota University System
Full days’ business for the Board during February meeting