Monthly Archives: March 2017

Bismarck State College campus successes

Delivery of CTE programs in Dickinson explored

In an effort to expand learning and career opportunities, and deepen the regional employment pipeline, BSC, DSU and Dickinson Public Schools are exploring collaborative delivery of for-credit CTE programs in Dickinson. Currently, CTE courses are offered to DHS students, but the courses don’t lead to college credit.


BSC students produce live Mystic basketball broadcast

On Feb. 6, BSC video production students televised the men’s and women’s basketball games against DCB on Dakota Media Access Ch. 12 and Ch. 612 (HD), streamed online and on Facebook. For the fifth year, students handle all roles — directing, camera and audio to play-by-play, color commentary and sideline reporting.


BSC theater students makes history at regional competition

BSC Theatre students earned high honors that included Best Sound Design, and the final round in the Stage Crew Showdown competition at the Region V competition of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Several students auditioned and received callbacks to professional summer theatres from around the country.

Dakota College at Bottineau campus successes

Ag author to speak at DCB

Lisa M. Hamilton, nationally known agriculture writer and photographer will speak to the DCB campus and community on March 8. Her book, Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness is the current selection for the college’s annual campus book read. Hamilton will speak about what she has learned about agriculture in her work interviewing and photographing unconventional farmers throughout the nation. She will also meet with DCB students from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm to discuss student questions about Deeply Rooted and to talk about writing as a working journalist and photographer.


DCB faculty receive ND Communicty College Consortium awards

The North Dakota Community College Consortium (NDCCC) announced two awards to Dakota College at Bottineau faculty.  The NDCCC faculty professional development awardees from Dakota College are Shubham Datta, PhD, Wildlife and Fisheries Assistant Professor, and Dawn Romfo, MSN, RN, Director of Nursing.  The funding allowed Dr. Datta the opportunity to participate in the ND Chapter of the Wildlife Society’s annual conference and Ms. Romfo has the opportunity to participate in the “Nuts & Bolts for Nurse Educators Conference.”


DCB aquaponics expands opportunities in agriculture

Dakota College at Bottineau’s aquaponics program offers opportunities to learn about another kind of agriculture. Funded in part by grants from USDA Rural Development, the program provides training and an associate degree or certificate for students who want to start their own indoor aquaponics operations. Aquaponics is a joining of the words “hydroponics” (growing plants indoors in water instead of soil) and aquaculture (farming fish). Under the guidance of  Keith Knudson, DCB’s Aquaponics instructor, students are learning to raise fish and plants together in a closed loop system.

Dickinson State University campus successes

DSU’s BS in HR Management wins 2017 LEAD award

Dickinson State University’s Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management was recently recognized as the number one degree program with emphasis on human resources by and received a 2017 LEAD award in the undergraduate programs category.

The LEAD Awards celebrate organizations globally that have the best use of or the best internally created leadership development programs, as well as colleges and universities who provide great leadership and human resource development programs at all levels.


Six DSU students selected to attend ND Intercollegiate Band Festival

Six Dickinson State University students have been chosen to attend the North Dakota Intercollegiate Band Festival in Fargo this month. Toby Kuhn, Julianne Skaff and Elizabeth Tibor on trumpets, Cole Beck on the tuba, Jacob Lawler on percussion, and Tanner Bush on the baritone saxophone will travel with Dr. Lorraine Fader, assistant professor of music at DSU.

These individuals, who were nominated by their instructors and invited to attend, will join students from 10 other colleges and universities from across the state to perform an audition, attend a number of rehearsals and other educational and social activities, and perform in the 16th annual North Dakota Intercollegiate Band Concert.


MOU with community organizations establishes a 5,500 sq. ft. multi-purpose facility at Dickinson State

Dickinson State University has partnered with Dickinson Parks and Recreation, the Dickinson Baseball Club, the Dickinson Mustang Baseball Babe Ruth League, Dickinson Girls Fastpitch Softball and the Dickinson Soccer Club to repurpose the “pool area” on the DSU campus into a multi-purposed 5,500 square foot, turfed area focusing on baseball, softball and soccer.

The collaborative efforts of these entities will provide recreational opportunities to various athletic organizations within the city that are not available elsewhere in the city of Dickinson. This renovation will also allow for DSU students to have access to an alternate recreational area on campus. The project was funded entirely through donations and donors will be honored at a grand opening celebration later this spring.

Lake Region State College campus successes

The 2017 Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival featured Lake Region State College students and faculty.  LRSC received commendation in three categories for work in the production Five Women Wearing the Same Dress:
Directing – Casey Paradies
Costume, Hair and Makeup – Hannah Hardcastle
Publicity and Poster Design – Paige Prekker
The American College Theatre Festival is an annual festival that celebrates theatre in different regions of the United States. It was held in Des Moines, Iowa Jan. 22-27.

Mayville State University campus successes

MaSU awarded grant for research project dealing with socio-economic change in rural Japan

MaSU has been awarded an “ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows” (SSF) grant. Faculty mentors Dr. Aaron Kingsbury and Professor Lonamalia Smith and six MaSU students will conduct research in Japan for their project, “The future of the back roads and little farm towns in an urbanizing Asia: A case study exploring cultural change in the rural communities of Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.”


MaSU named among ‘Most Affordable Online Colleges’

MaSU was named sixteenth in a listing of 50 of the “Most Affordable Online Colleges” by College Choice. The listing references only bachelor’s degrees and considers costs for undergraduate credit. It is limited to schools with regional accreditation and includes only institutions that have been recognized as offering quality learning experiences for their students.


Giving Hearts Day generates $14,000 for MaSU RN-to-BSN online nursing program

The MaSU RN-to-BSN online nursing program will receive $14,000 due to the generosity of Giving Hearts Day 2017 donors and sponsors. The exclusively online RN-to-BSN nursing program is addressing the critical shortage of nursing professionals in North Dakota. The program began in 2014 and the first students graduated in December of 2016.

Minot State University campus successes

Darwin Day focused on science and humanity

Darwin Day, a global celebration of science and reason which focuses on how living creatures evolve, returned to Minot State University Feb. 9-10.
Harry W. Greene, renowned naturalist and Cornell University professor emeritus, opened Darwin Day with his presentation, “Natural history, ethics, and aesthetics: Why should we care about nature?” Feb. 10, the Cyril Moore Science Center hosted a variety of biology activities about evolution, geared toward high school level students. Individuals toured the greenhouse and research labs. On the greenhouse tours, they learned about plant diversity. On the lab tours, they learned about ongoing Minot State research in the neurobiology of addiction, human anatomy and paleontology.


Mother Language Day celebrated

Minot State University hosted a community celebration of multilingualism, diversity and culture Feb. 21. Performances including live music, dance, talks and readings engaged the audience in the history and vibrancy of the multitude of languages and cultures represented in the Minot area and transformed the Multicultural Center into a global festival.


Joe Davis commemorates Black History Month

As part of Black History Month, Joe Davis, Minot State University alumnus, presented “The Future of Black History” Feb. 3. He also facilitated an open-mic session and workshop. Audience members shared their work onstage and received feedback from Davis. Davis is a multi-media spoken-word poet, teaching artist and community organizer. Currently an artist-in-residence at Luther Seminary, he is also pursuing a master’s degree.

North Dakota State College of Science campus successes

NDSCS Awarded Career Ready Internship Grant

North Dakota State College of Science has been awarded a two-year Career Ready Internship Grant of more than $150,000 from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates. NDSCS anticipates that more than 60 new paid internships will be created during the 2017-2018 academic year.


NDSCS Collegiate DECA members garner 13 awards

Thirty-seven Collegiate DECA members from the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton and Fargo competed at the State Conference in February in Fargo, and earned a total of 13 medals.


Commerce Awards Grant to NDSCS for Workforce Training Program

The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced a $183,653 workforce enhancement grant for North Dakota State College of Science. The grant will support NDSCS’s Advanced Metrology Training Initiative. Metrology is the scientific study of measurement. The grant will provide funding to NDSCS to purchase a variety of precision measurement instruments and incorporate national certifications into program curriculum.

North Dakota State University campus successes

Grant helps students overcome obstacles to graduation

NDSU has been awarded a $200,000 College Completion Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp. to help at-risk students overcome obstacles to graduation. The grant focuses on majors in high-demand fields, such computer science and accounting. About 200 students per semester are expected to benefit from the funding.


Grad student who researches cancer treatment wins Three Minute Thesis Competition

Tayebeh Anajafi Marzijarani won the Three Minute Thesis Competition on Feb. 1. She researches drug delivery systems for pancreatic cancer. “This represents four years of my research, and presenting all those years of work in just three minutes is really hard. But, this is really good practice . . . There are different audiences, different backgrounds, and we should be able to explain scientific research so everyone can understand it.”


Business students win state human resources competition

A team of NDSU business students won a human resources case study competition at the 2017 North Dakota Human Resources Games and Student Conference. They wrote an executive summary and presented their solutions to a real-world human resources case study. The team advances to a regional tournament this spring.

University of North Dakota campus successes

UND Honors Faculty, Staff at 134th Annual Founders Day

The University of North Dakota honored faculty and academic departments for achievements in teaching, research and service, and honored 100 retirees and 39 faculty and staff with 25 years of service at the 134th Annual Founders Day Feb. 23.


UND Saving Students Estimated $3 Million in Textbooks Through Open Educational Resources

The University of North Dakota has saved students an estimated more than $3 million dollars in textbook costs by embracing Open Educational Resources, thanks to legislative funding for North Dakota University System grants and UND Student Government, which in January allocated $75,000 as part of the matching program.  UND Dean of Libraries and Information Resources Stephanie Walker and UND Student Body President Brandon Beyer have helped focus the initiative.


UND Hosts 67 Chinese Music Students; UND Faculty, Students, Area High School Students Participate

​In February, the University of North Dakota hosted 67 students from China from the Peking University Affiliated High School Concert Band and Shenzhen Middle School Symphonic Band.  The students worked with UND faculty and students, as well as students from Grand Forks Central and Red River high schools, including giving public performances.

Valley City State College campus successes

N.D. teacher of the year records podcast on teacher recruitment/retention

A podcast recorded by alumna Amy (Ashley) Neal ’96, 2016 North Dakota Teacher of the Year, is featured on the NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) website at Neal, who teaches kindergarten at Lewis and Clark Elementary in Minot, N.D., speaks about teacher recruitment and retention, citing her return to VCSU for Homecoming 2016 and playing off the VCSU tagline “We All Row!” in her six-minute podcast.


Opera Ensemble tours Fargo, Kindred, Alexandria

The VCSU Opera Ensemble went on tour Jan. 30–31, taking “Winter Opera Night” on the road with performances at Fargo South High School, Kindred High School, and Alexandria (Minn.) High School. After their performance in the 1,000-seat concert hall in Alexandria, the ensemble participated in a workshop with Brad Lambrecht, Alexandria orchestra director and VCSU music alumnus.


Wellness Fair to be held in Student Center on March 1

VCSU Health Services, with support from Sanford Health and Essentia Health, will hold its annual Wellness Fair on Wednesday, March 1, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Student Center. Open to the public free of charge, the event will include more than 20 sponsors and vendors presenting information and services. Participants will be able to obtain free samples and literature, and do fitness testing, blood pressure monitoring and body composition analysis.

Williston State College campus successes

College Selected for Mentor-Connect Program

In an effort to improve WSC’s grant opportunities WSC’s Petroleum Automation and Control Program was recently accepted into the National Science Foundation (NSF) Mentor-Connect Program.

An outreach initiative, Mentor-Connect provides leadership development for the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education Program (ATE).


Record Breaking Enrollment Continues at WSC

Williston State College (WSC) has broken enrollment numbers for the fourth time since Spring 2015 with 1,168 students enrolled this spring according to fourth week census totals released Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

Headcount is up 13.62% compared to Spring 2016 while credit hours (11,153.50) and Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) (743.45) saw an 11.24% increase over last year.


Teton Hockey Heads to Nationals

Traveling to Nationals is not new for the Teton Hockey team, but this year is different. A new team, a new conference, a new challenge.

Since 2012, Teton Hockey has made five trips to Nationals as part of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), winning back-to-back national championships in 2013 and 2014.   

In its first year transitioning to the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), the Tetons are ranked first in Division II for the West Region and of the 250 colleges nationwide, the Tetons are in the top 10.