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Media Coverage Summary – April 28

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


Bismarck State College
BSC campus hosts community raku, arts crawl, and graphics show
BSC students reflect on career choice during National Medical Laboratory Professionals week
Students who start at a community college are more likely to complete a four-year degree

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Foundation Opportunities

Dickinson State University
DSU to host “Kwibuka23” in remembrance of the Rwandan genocide
Minimal debt for students at Dickinson State University
Department of Fine and Performing Arts features several spring events

Lake Region State College
Peace officer graduates prepare for workforce

Mayville State University
Commencement festivities planned for May 13
Thirteenth annual Tables du Jour held
Multicultural showcase is April 28

Minot State University
MSU Development Foundation announces completion of successful capital campaign
Peace officer training
Poster session at MSU showcases scholarly endeavors

North Dakota State College of Science
Facing budget cuts
AED Foundation Accredits North Dakota State College of Science Diesel Programs
PAS Awards

North Dakota State University
NDSU Engineering Students Showcase Senior Projects
Local student excels in NDSU Innovation Challenge
Salt in the earth
5 questions with … Austen Germolus, NDSU meat labs manager and fifth generation farmer
NDSU sorority goes cheesy to raise money for foster kids
Oakdale Resident Selected for NDSU McNair Scholars
NDSU hosts 16th annual fashion show
NDSU Graduate Student showcases value of local nurses during WWI

University of North Dakota
‘Mark’ of excellence
Q&A: Four from four
Vis-à-vis with UND’s visa pros
Funneling the UAS flock
UND’s resident entrepreneur Bruce Gjovig bids farewell

Valley City State University
Commencement to be held Saturday, May 13

Williston State College
WSC Foundation Hosts Alumni Week

North Dakota University System
Faculty leave among main topics for Board
Online Application for STEM student loan forgiveness opens May 1
CTS team awarded
ND ranks above national average in recent student metric

Faculty leave among main topics for Board

A major topic of discussion revolved around faculty leave when the State Board of Higher Education met for its regular April meeting.

The topic was one of a handful of first readings for newly proposed policy. Among those were policies 340.2 (foundations), 305.1 (college and university presidents’ authority and responsibilities for campus IT security), 505 (international student health insurance), and 607.5 (faculty leave). The latter had been the topic of considerable discussion since being initiated by legislative mandate for the 2015-17 biennium.

Compliance Officer Karol Riedman provided details of the updated policy to the Board, noting that numerous modifications had been made to it since the initial idea was brought forward as part of an initiative to reconcile data inconsistencies. She stated that starting in November, a task force had met regularly to consider details for the proposed policy change. Riedman stated that the new language called for a consistent non-accrual sick leave policy for faculty while preserving earned accrued leave. Additional terms included six weeks of paid dependent leave and up to 12 weeks per year of dependent leave.

Riedman said a few areas merited further discussion, including family and parental leave, as well as financial impacts. The task force was requesting direction from the Board so the policy could be adopted and implemented systemwide.

The following discussion touched on donating leave time, including definitions, and ensuring that faculty had basic minimum protections. After roughly an hour of discussion the Board approved the first reading.

System reports

Chancellor Mark Hagerott then provided the Board with an update on several ongoing topics of consideration from system office. First, he noted that no budget had been set by the time of the Board meeting, but was expected soon. Hagerott said that he’d met recently with faculty and staff groups throughout the system regarding several issues, including the budget.

As part of his report he provided some details on legislative news, progress under the Envision 2030 long-term strategy initiative, the Nexus ND technology initiative with emphasis on University of North Dakota’s new unmanned aerial center and how campuses would be taking part in that, and several cabinet studies on governance, research, and tuition policy.

Neset spoke on the campus study that had been created by the legislature. Neset detailed the guidelines for the study, which would begin at the June retreat and end one year later. She added that it would take shape with help from the Board members, the cabinet study findings, and perspectives from Envision 2030.

“We want to streamline efficiencies and shared services,” Neset said. “This is being done so that we can work to provide for the needs of the workforce in North Dakota. This is not unique to N.D,, other states are doing similar work. We’ll invite consulting experts into the state, and will be doing a launch of this study at our retreat in June in Bismarck.”

Next up for the Board was an updated lease between North Dakota State University and Sanford Health for the nursing program in Bismarck. After a brief explanation by NDUS legal counsel, the Board voted unanimously to approve it.

Hagerott and Strategic Planner Ryan Jockers then provided the Board with its third recent update regarding the strategic plan and the system office’s use of metric-tracking through the online Dashboards.

Director of Audit Services Laura Schratt provided an update next on enterprise risk management, which is meant to assess and prioritize risks to institutions within NDUS based on controls and resources. Schratt detailed the basic components of a continuous enterprise risk management cycle, including internal environment, objective setting, event identification, risk assessment, risk response, control activities, information and communication, and monitoring.

In other business the Board approved an SBARE nomination, approved recommendations from the Budget and Finance Committee relating to infrastructural needs at Lake Region State College and University of North Dakota, and recommendations from the Academic and Student Affairs Committee relating to new programs, organizational changes and program terminations. The Board also approved a list of faculty who were recommended for tenure throughout the system.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for May 15.

Online Application for STEM student loan forgiveness opens May 1

College graduates employed in STEM-related occupations in North Dakota may be eligible for student loan forgiveness through the STEM Occupations Student Loan Program administered by the North Dakota University System and the Bank of North Dakota. STEM-related occupations include jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Applications for the STEM Student Loan Forgiveness program open this Monday, May 1.

The program provides loan forgiveness of up to $1,500 per year for up to four years. Eligibility is limited to a cumulative lifetime award of $6,000. In 2016, more than one million dollars was applied toward student loans for college graduates in STEM-related occupations. To qualify as an applicant for loan forgiveness under this program, applicants must:

  • Have completed an approved, technology-related program of study through a board-approved college;
  • Have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 grading system;
  • Hold a qualifying federal student loan or Bank of North Dakota DEAL Loan or DEAL One Loan that is not in default;
  • Have been employed on a full-time basis within North Dakota in an approved STEM occupation for 12 months following graduation, beginning at least by July 1, 2016.

Applicants who meet these qualifications will be considered based on the date their completed application is received by the North Dakota University System. Applications will be accepted from May 1 through May 31. Award recipients will be notified by July 28. Applicants must re-apply annually for funding consideration.

The STEM Occupations Student Loan Program was approved by the 2001 Legislative Assembly. The application materials and program information can be accessed online at

Please contact the North Dakota University System at 701-328-2964 or with any questions.

CTS team awarded

Five Core Technology Services personnel were recently honored for their work across the North Dakota University System.

Janna Kruckenberg, Sara Narveson, Ericka Westphal, Erica White and Amanda Kuzel received the Inspire 2017 award at an annual conference held by Kofax in Nashville, Tennessee. The award came after the team was nominated for using Perceptive Content across the university system’s 11 public colleges and universities to unify data into one centralized system.

According to Kofax, recipients are selected for their innovative implementations of Kofax products and solutions resulting in enhanced customer engagement, improved service, reduced costs and competitive advantage. The CTS team was selected as one of three finalists on April 11 and was named the winner April 24.

Perceptive Content had been in use by about half the college and universities previously. Direction from the State Board of Higher Education to consolidate systems prompted the further implementation of the software at remaining campuses. According to documentation filed with the team’s nomination, the overall initiative undertaken by the team enabled a “faster, simpler exchange of student records, increasing data security and reducing costs.”

Kruckenberg, lead application analyst, had stated that the implementation was undertaken as a sort of phased rollout.

“For institutions that were using Perceptive Content for the first time, we didn’t want to overwhelm them by giving them too much too soon,“ Kruckenberg previously noted. “We started by focusing solely on storage: bringing their documents onto Perceptive Content, indexing them and establishing retention policies.”

Once that was accomplished and teams were comfortable with the software, then management capabilities were included.

Assistant CIO for Enterprise Solutions Jody French offered congratulations to all involved.

“We in CTS also want to recognize all of the NDUS institutions who worked to successfully implement document imaging at their campuses and Madhavi Marasinghe, former Enterprise Services Director, who provided initial leadership for this project,” French said.

Kruckenberg was interviewed by Kofax’s Russ Gould about the team’s achievement. That interview was posted here.

Category: CTS

ND Ranks Above National Average in Recent Student Metric

A report released last month shows North Dakota’s college students as being ahead of the curve nationally.

According to the report released by the National Student Clearinghouse, students in N.D. had a higher rate of bachelor degree completion after previous enrollment at a two-year school than much of the rest of the nation. That rate for the state, 54 percent, was higher than the national average of 49 percent, and above the rates for the three contiguous states: Minnesota (45 percent), Montana (31 percent), and South Dakota (25 percent).

That rate of completion means that students who first enrolled at a public two-year college before transferring to a four-year university were more likely to complete their 4-year programs than the national rate.

North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott noted that it was one metric indicating how well the system’s colleges and universities worked together.

“Our students are driven and that shows,” Hagerott said. “Cooperation and collaboration among our community colleges, four-year universities and research universities provides for a better transition for them. I have no doubt that will continue to show through.”

Texas showed the highest percentage, at 75 percent. Rhode Island was the lowest, with 24 percent. The report can be found at

Media Coverage Summary – April 21

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


Bismarck State College
Mobile Glassblowing Studio coming to BSC
BSC Spanish and nursing programs collaborate to simulate multi-cultural healthcare experiences
BSC energy students to compete in national and regional events
Great River Energy donates Stanton Station equipment to BSC programs
Clay available for BSC community raku

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Foundation Opportunities

Dickinson State University
DSU Ag students provided unique learning experience
DSU alum to premier original music based on text from best-selling memoir
Sanford Health Training Facility at DSU to be unveiled April 28

Lake Region State College
Student Senate to hold Spring Bash
Small colleges create environment of success
Fitness students sponsor Fittathlon

Mayville State University
As spring semester comes to a close, plans for summer school ramp up
Mayville State employees recognized for years of service, retirements
Mayville State students presented with teacher education awards

Minot State University
MSU broadcasting students win awards
MSU Student Social Work Organization’s Annual Symposium rakes in professionals
Students exposed to law enforcement and fire fighting careers
Student Social Work Organization symposium today
ASTEP graduation ceremony recognizes two

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS spring concert
NDSCS awards more than 60 Scholarships to area students
Special guests at DREAMS Auction
On Campus – April 9, 2017
NDSCS holds drill simulating campus shooting NDSCS Jazz Band and Wildcat Singers to perform April 24
John Deere Tech students from NDSCS excel at National Competition
Learning the Science of Leadership

North Dakota State University
Partner in artificial bone company praises his Willmar technical education
Students at NDSU work to give rescue pets a second chance at life
Students create early detection method for cancer
Doctoral students to present at transportation forum
NDSU Extension helps communities take charge of their future
West Fargo assistant principal named year’s best in ND
Dads and Daughters Do Science
Local student recognized at NDSU
Student gives presentations at international conference
Plant sciences students excel at competition

University of North Dakota
Event of the century
Home-grown health
Between a ‘Cannonball’ and a hard place
Broadway and screen actor Cariani coming to UND
1997 Flood Remembered: Returning to ruins

Valley City State University
Behind the scenes: Our own hidden figures

Williston State College
WSC Foundation Hosts Alumni Week
Four WSC Hockey Players Selected as Academic All-Americans

North Dakota University System
Picking up steam

Picking up steam

Mike Mann (left), Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Institute for Energy Studies executive director, and Steve Benson, EERC associate vice president for research, have combined forces to help Valley City State University develop technology for its new steam plant that would produce and sell activated carbon in partnership with the private sector. In an era of budget cuts, this technology could potentially make money and pay for the cost of heating and cooling the campus. Photo by Tyler Ingham.

UND teams with NDUS partner Valley City State on technology to power campus for the long term

By Jan Orvik, originally posted at UND Today


Instead of paying to heat and cool a campus, imagine that money instead pouring out of the steam plant.

That dream is close to reality for Valley City State University (VCSU).

The idea is to add technology developed by the UND Institute for Energy Studies (IES) at the College of Engineering and Mines and the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) to the new VCSU steam plant to produce and sell activated carbon in partnership with the private sector. In an era of budget cuts, this technology could potentially make money and pay for the cost of heating and cooling the campus.

The project, which was approved unanimously by both the North Dakota House and Senate, is now in conference committee at the Legislature.

Miracle product

If you’ve ever seen the black granules in a household water filter, you’ve seen activated carbon. “It’s a miracle product that grabs the ‘nasties,’” said Rick Tonder, director of facility planning for the North Dakota University System (NDUS).

“It can be used to clean up lakes, and water treatment plants use tons of it,” Tonder said. It’s also used to generate potable water in developing countries and is a key component for super capacitors, which store electricity from wind turbines.

“Just one gram of activated carbon has the surface area of a third of a football field,” said Tonder. Activated carbon captures contaminants permanently, and it’s a high-demand product with a growing market.

The need to replace aging university and hospital steam heating and cooling systems in North Dakota prompted a feasibility study by UND’s IES and EERC, NDUS and VCSU for the manufacture of activated carbon using steam. They also wanted to provide education and training opportunities for students and develop a testing platform. Results showed a strong potential to convert steam plants within the North Dakota University System from a cost liability to a revenue generator while reducing air pollutants and carbon footprint.

And VCSU is the test project.

Win-win-win project

The project is a win-win-win, said Tisa Mason, president of Valley City State University. VCSU, which is in the process of building a new steam plant to heat and cool campus, will use UND technology to capture, convert and sell byproducts from distilling North Dakota lignite coal and biomass. The long-term vision, Mason said, is to help the environment, produce a stream of revenue that can help replace aging heat plants and infrastructure, and provide opportunities for student research.

“The collaborative nature of this project is fabulous,” said Mason. “This project is so good for the state, country, students and the universities. I’m grateful to the Legislature for investing the time and energy to bring this to fruition.”

It costs about $750,000 per year to run the steam plant at VCSU. If it’s successful, the activated carbon project could instead generate $2.5 million in revenue for 10 years and $4.3 million per year after the debt is retired.

It could also generate jobs and revenue at VCSU. It could generate even more revenue if it was adopted by other universities in the system, said Mike Mann, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and IES executive director. “It will generate revenue and income for the state.”

Technology to endure

“This is technology for the long term,” said Steve Benson, EERC associate vice president for research. “The technology makes the best use of our precious lignite resources by producing steam and electricity for campus while generating other products such as activated carbon.” And lignite is precious, Benson said. It contains recoverable rare earth elements that are used in all types of modern electronic and green technologies.

Along the way, the project will provide opportunities for students at both Valley City State and UND. VCSU students in environmental sciences are working on reclaiming land with fly ash cover at coal mining sites, and UND engineering students are working on the technology development.

“Lignite can generate lots of products,” said Benson. “It can produce rare earth elements, activated carbon, be synthesized into a gas that can be used to make plastics, and it can even be used to make pharmaceuticals.”

“Instead of pouring money into steam plants, money could pour out,” said Tonder. “The revenue could be used to advance maintenance projects on campuses, repair and replace aging infrastructure, and refurbish classrooms.”

“This is a great way to move the ball forward for North Dakota,” said Tonder. “Every dollar we save is a dollar that can be used for education and research.”

U.S. Ambassador to Togo to discuss African policy, partnership

The North Dakota University System in partnership with the North Dakota National Guard hosted the U.S Ambassador to Togo this week for a discussion on African policy and why it matters. The topic was discussed with students, faculty and staff at Bismarck State College at 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, at the National Energy Center of Excellence.

U.S. Ambassador David Gilmour took his first trip to North Dakota as part of the NDNG’s State Partnership Program (SPP). He was appointed as U.S. Ambassador to Togo in December 2015. North Dakota currently is state partners with three West Africa Nations, Ghana (2004), Togo (2014) and Benin (2014).

Gilmour is a career member of the Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs at the Department of State, a position he held from 2011 until his appointment as ambassador to Togo. Prior to that, Mr. Gilmour served as the Director of the Office of Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of African Affairs from 2011 to 2013, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Panama City, Panama from 2008 to 2011, and Public Affairs Counselor at the U.S. Mission in Geneva, Switzerland from 2007 to 2008. He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi from 2004 to 2007 and as Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Sydney, Australia from 2000 to 2004.

The State Partnership Program (SPP) has been building relationships for more than 20 years that includes 73 unique security partnerships involving 79 nations around the globe. SPP links a unique component of the Department of Defense – a state’s National Guard – with the armed forces or equivalent of a partner country in a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship.

Media Coverage Summary – April 7

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


Bismarck State College
BSC team pedaling for a cause
BSC student nurses hold Kids Scrub Camp April 17
Visiting writer shares personal immigrant experience

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Earth Day Activities to Include Agriculture Topics

Dickinson State University
Violinist Gaelynn Lea to perform at DSU April 18
DSU Phi Beta Lambda students qualify for National Leadership Conference
Steffan and Larshus receive Outstanding Student in Teacher Education Award

Lake Region State College
Campus Preview Day

Mayville State University
‘Mayville State Mania’ extended through April, Golden Ticket winner announced
Thirteenth annual “Tables du Jour” event is April 22

Minot State University
Minot State returns to the mall after hiatus
Theatre program explores objectivity and art in new production
Minot artist’s works on exhibit at the Capitol

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Dreams Auction – finance scholarships
Local students attend North Dakota college program
Spring Concert
John Deere Tech Award

North Dakota State University
NDSU conference focuses on use of high tunnels
Equine-assisted Activities/Therapies Program coming to NDSU
Ag Week: Greenhouse Tours at NDSU
Scholars program challenges, prepares students for careers
NDSU steel bridge-building team advances to national competition
STEM Kids Camps registration open
Alumnus to present supply chain lecture
Students earn landscape association scholarships
Online tools to increase NDSU collaboration with researchers, businesses

University of North Dakota
Leading lady
In search of ‘intellectual souvenirs’
Three-minute mania
It’s on us
Best in state

Valley City State University
Wellness Center fulfills promise for City and University

Williston State College
Local Educator Receives $10,000 Scholarship
Honor Society to host Easter Egg Hunt
Walk a Mile [IN HER SHOES] event on WSC Campus

North Dakota University System
U.S. Ambassador to Togo to discuss African policy, partnership

Teacher shortage loan forgiveness program now accepting applications

The North Dakota University System began accepting applications for the 2016-17 teacher shortage loan forgiveness program today, Monday, April 3. The application process will close May 3.

This year, the university system has a streamlined online application for teachers to use and has this process in place to ensure that applications are reviewed in the timeliest manner possible. The link for the online application is available at
Also new this year is the inclusion of elementary education school teachers and school counselors who may also apply for the debt relief program.

“This program is a great incentive to both students and our workforce that is educating our young children. Those graduates who choose to stay in North Dakota after graduation will pave the way for our students to transition into successful careers,” NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott said. “It benefits our teachers and the students they teach, and we are grateful to the Legislative Assembly for providing the funding.”

In 2015, 425 applicants were awarded loan forgiveness through this program and, in 2016, that amount increased to 467 teachers. Over the past two years, teachers received nearly $890,000 to apply to their student loan debts.

The Department of Public Instruction determines teacher shortage areas in North Dakota, using calculations required by the National Center for Education Statistics. This year’s 14 shortage areas are economics and the free enterprise system; computer education; driver and traffic safety education; agriculture education; special education; family and consumer sciences; science; counselors; mathematics; English; music; physical education; social studies; and elementary teachers.

Applicants may be eligible if they held a full-time teaching contract in North Dakota for an entire academic year and are teaching in a teacher shortage area. The debt forgiveness program is available to teachers who teach at a public or private school in North Dakota in a grade level or content area identified as having a shortage by the Department of Public Instruction. In addition to teaching full-time, applicants must have a qualifying student loan, and be current on the payments to that loan.
Teachers who qualify may obtain up to $1,000 in loan forgiveness each year, with an individual maximum lifetime benefit of $5,000.

The program is authorized by N.D.C.C. 15-10-38 and is administered by the State Board of Higher Education through the NDUS. Awards are contingent upon continued legislative appropriations. For more information, please see program procedures at

Requests for applications also may be directed to the system’s office by phone (701-328-2964); by email (; or by regular mail (North Dakota University System, State Capitol Judicial Wing, Room 103, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 21, Bismarck, N.D., 58505-0602).