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Media Coverage Summary – May 19

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


Bismarck State College
High school juniors and seniors invited to campus June 9
Join BSC and Mystic ballplayers for BSC Night with the Larks

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Holds Rummage Sale to Give Back

Dickinson State University
Dickinson State recognized as safest college campus in North Dakota
Working his way up the ladder
Dr. Meier to serve as world history reader at annual AP Reading

Lake Region State College
Adult Ed Center holds graduation
Summer session slots available

Mayville State University
Ashlee Wooten wins April Golden Ticket
Enjoy an F-M RedHawks game with your Mayville State friends
Commencement is a wonderful celebration for Mayville State graduates and degree candidates

Minot State University
Minot State University students don cap and gown
Annual Recognition Awards for 2016-2017
MSU Development Foundation announces completion of successful capital campaign

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS earns CEO Cancer Gold Standard re-accreditation

North Dakota State University
NDSU hosts BBQ Boot Camp in one week
NDSU researchers receive North Dakota Beef Commission grants
North Dakota State University Senior Named to State Board
Printing solutions for patients: Fargo manufacturing facility creates 3-D printed prosthetics, orthotics
NDSU Students Optimistic for the Future After Graduation

University of North Dakota
Kennedy’s new book takes on ‘Shapeholders’
Crossing the finish lineThe ‘distinguished’ Dr. Combs
EERC on a mission for the Mission
ND Academy of Science at UND

Valley City State University
Student Senate president moving on

Williston State College
WSC Hosts Great Northwest Area Career and Tech Center’s last Hands-On Welding Day
WSC’s Commencement Reflects High Enrollment Records

North Dakota University System
Board talks budget guidelines, faculty leave
Study: University System Economic Contribution Rises to $5.7 Billion

Bismarck State College campus successes

Student-produced newscast aired live May 11

BSC’s Comm 292 class aired its TV show, MystiCast, live on May 11. MystiCast is a bimonthly video news broadcast program recorded and posted online. Every episode is entirely student driven. Past MystiCast episodes along with bonus interviews and other clips are available at


BSC honors alumni

Bismarck legislator Bob Martinson was named Alumnus of the Year, and Justin Reinicke was BSC’s Rising Star. The Frank and Barbara Gilchrist family was named this year’s Legacy Family award recipients. All recipients were honored May 11 by the BSC National Alumni Association.


BSC Carpentry House hits the market

Every year, students in the BSC Carpentry program learn all aspects of residential carpentry by building a single-family home. The year’s house is currently on the market and proceeds from the sale help to sustain the program. This year’s house was designed through a collaboration between BSC Carpentry and Plain View Design Co. of Bismarck.

Dakota College at Bottineau campus successes

Microsoft industry certification exam challenged
Six DCB students enrolled in Business Information Technology courses successfully challenged the Microsoft Industry Certification Exam. This exam validates students’ skills and assists in advancing their careers.  The students will receive a certificate from Microsoft, which allows them to cite this achievement on scholarship applications and resumes’.


Dakota College hosts business challenge competition

The annual area High School Business Competition was held at Dakota College at Bottineau on Wednesday, May 3rd.  Students competed in Accounting, General Computer Knowledge, Keyboarding and Personal Finance. Participating high school students were from Rugby, Bottineau, Wolford and Westhope competing for first, second, and third place awards.


Dakota College recognizes excellence
Dakota College at Bottineau held their annual faculty and staff recognition luncheon the end of April.  Excellence awards were presented to faculty, staff and advisors selected by their peers.

The Faculty, Staff and Advising Excellence awards are intended to recognize and reward efforts where job performance adds value to the college experience for students, colleagues, and the campus community.  Recipients demonstrate qualities that make it clear their contributions are exemplary and go beyond what is required for the routine discharge of their duties.


Dakota College recognizes excellence
The annual Dakota College at Bottineau “DCB Conservation Award” and tree planting were held on Thursday, April 20 during Earth Day celebration.  Dakota College at Bottineau has developed a Nature, Technology, and Beyond focus which grew from its founding mission in 1906 of providing educational programming for those choosing a career that promotes care and concern for the environment.  he DCB Conservation Award is presented by Dakota College to an individual who has demonstrated leadership and has made notable contributions to the conservation, preservation, and enhancement of our precious natural resources.  This year’s recipient was Ryan Taylor, towner, ND who has contributed exceptionally making a significant impact for the common good.

Dickinson State University campus successes

McGill and Caperton named DSU’s 2017 Outstanding Graduates

Jalyn McGill and Tesla Caperton were named Dickinson State University’s 2017 Outstanding Graduates at the Outstanding Graduate Luncheon held Friday, May 12, in the Student Center Ballroom. The Outstanding Graduate Award is the highest honor bestowed on two graduating seniors by the university. McGill and Caperton were nominated along with 16 other students by faculty in their academic departments for exceptional performance in their fields of study.


Blue Hawk Track & Field teams win NSAA outdoor conference titles

Both the men and women’s track and field teams at Dickinson State University won the 2017 North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) Outdoor Track & Field Conference Championships at Al Cassell Field Friday, May 12. This is the third consecutive title for the men’s team.


DSU awards graduates at 97th spring commencement ceremony

Dickinson State University held its 97th spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, in Scott Gymnasium. The university awarded 161 baccalaureate degrees and 37 associate degrees. One hundred twenty students celebrated their accomplishment by walking across the platform to receive their diplomas from the university’s 12th president, Dr. Thomas Mitzel.

Lake Region State College campus successes

Business programs open doors at LRSC

Business-related programs at Lake Region State College now have more options for students looking at advancing career options or transferring for higher degrees.

The State Board of Higher Education approved a change in the Associate in Arts Degree for Accounting & Business Administration to an Associate in Arts Degree in Business Administration with emphasis in one of three areas – Accounting, Marketing, or Management.

“This degree strengthens our entire business division,” said Dr. Doug Darling, LRSC President. “Our Accounting & Business Administration and Marketing/Management programs have always been strong, but now we are giving students an option to emphasize in one of these areas in an AA degree. It meets student and employer needs for a successful future in the workforce.”


LRSC receives grant to promote OER

Teresa Tande and Jessica Santini have received a $24,500 grant from DPI to promote OER usage among dual credit teachers. June 13 and 14 pre-registered dual credit instructors from any NDUS institution who teach ENG 110, ENG 120, COMM 110, or MATH 103 will attend a workshop to learn about OERs and work directly with some, creating resources for immediate use in the classroom.

All instructors of those classes are invited to attend, but dual credit instructors specifically will be awarded a $400 stipend to attend both days.  BSC also has its own grant, but the two institutions have collaborated on schedule and content; also, the math presenter will be from BSC. If you are interested, please contact

Mayville State University campus successes

MaSU students in Belize for study abroad experience

Nine MaSU students and their faculty advisor are in Belize from May 14-28 as part of the “International Perspectives in Health” course. The group is fully immersed in the culture and living with local families. They’re sharing their health education projects and providing health screenings and community service, helping to build nurseries and greenhouses.


Multicultural showcase held

The MaSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion coordinated a day-long multicultural showcase April 28. Activities included a study abroad showcase, swing dance lessons, a Japanese etiquette class, and an international dinner served in the cafeteria. The finale for the day was a performance by the Ballet Folklorico Mexico Azteca, along with MaSU students.


MaSU employees recognized for years of service, retirements

MaSU’s annual employee recognition banquet held April 6 was a tribute to the employees for their work and commitment to the university. Retirees Karen Amundson, Steve Bensen, and Craig Bye were honored, as were employees who had reached 40, 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 10, and 5 years of service milestones. A total of 555 years of service was celebrated.

Minot State University campus successes

MiSU Development Foundation completed successful capital campaign

In 2009, the Minot State University Development Foundation embarked on “Our Place, Our Time,” a $26 million capital campaign to raise significant funds to support students, university programs and facilities. The campaign concluded Dec. 31, 2016, exceeding its goal, raising $31.2 million from alumni and friends of the university, making it the most ambitious and successful fundraising campaign in Minot State history.

The campaign consisted of five initiatives: scholarships, academic programs, academic facilities, athletics and the annual fund. A major contributing factor to the campaign’s success was Minot State’s opportunity to utilize the North Dakota Higher Education Challenge Grant Fund, which was supported by the N.D. Legislature to advance academics at the state’s institutions of higher education.
Five at MiSU earn achievement awards

Three faculty members, Kristi Berg (teaching), Niki Roed (service) and ShaunAnne Tangney (scholarship), and two staff members, Andy Heitkamp and Gretchen Ingledue, received MiSU Board of Regents Achievement Awards May 10 during Minot State University’s annual Employee Recognition and Retirement Event. Also, retirees received recognition, and 69 employees were acknowledged for five-year increments of service at the annual recognition event.


MiSU Summer Theatre tradition continues with season 52

Minot State University Summer Theatre celebrates its 52nd season at the MSU Amphitheatre June 12 through July 16 with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Wizard of Oz” and “Rock of Ages,”

Nestled into the grassy hillside just north of the campus, the amphitheater has been home to Summer Theatre since 1971. Boasting exceptional views of the stage and Minot, it delivers the perfect spot for a night of theater under the stars.


24th NSSLHA spring conference focused on children

Minot State University’s chapter of the National Students Speech Language Hearing Association hosted its 2017 spring conference, which had the theme of “School-age Stuttering Therapy: What do we ALL need?” The keynote speaker was Nina Reeves, a speech-language pathologist, published author and presenter with expertise on child and adolescence stuttering.

Communication disorders students plan, organize and execute this nationally renowned conference, which is attended not only by MSU students, faculty and staff, but also by practicing speech-language pathologists from Montana, South Dakota, Minnesota, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Practitioners count on this conference as one of their continuing education opportunities for the year.

North Dakota State College of Science campus successes

NDSCS Honors Barb Bang and Max Reinke

NDSCS honored Barbara Bang as Dean Emerita and Max Reinke as Faculty Emeritus at the College’s Commencement ceremony on May 12. Bang was an associate professor and department chair for 25 years and served as the Dean of the Technologies and Services Division for 17 years. Reinke spent 42 years as an instructor and coach at the College, and twice served as Department Chair of the Mathematics and Science Department.


Leah Barnes Named a New Century Scholar

NDSCS student Leah Barnes has been named a 2017 New Century Scholar by achieving North Dakota’s highest score in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition. This is the third year in a row that an NDSCS student has been named a New Century Scholar.


NDSCS Holds Commencement Ceremony

NDSCS awarded degrees, diplomas and certificates to graduates from Wahpeton, Fargo and online programs on Friday, May 12 in the Ed Werre Arena located in the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center on the Wahpeton campus. Six hundred sixty four students were scheduled to graduate.

North Dakota State University campus successes

Students create early detection method for cancer

Graduate students Fataneh Karandish and James Froberg earned first place in the service category of NDSU’s annual innovation competition. Their innovation is a microchip that responds to the presence of pancreatic cancer cells in a single drop of blood when exposed to an electric current. It could become an at-home early diagnostic kit for pancreatic cancer.


NDSU team advances to national bridge-building competition

A team of NDSU engineering students has advanced to a national steel bridge-building competition. The team took second in the regional competition, coming in ahead of Iowa State University, South Dakota State University and the University of Manitoba. Each team built a 20-foot steel bridge, spanning a 7-foot river, as quickly and efficiently as possible. The competition provides design and management experience, opportunity to learn fabrication processes and networking with other colleges and universities.


New online tools to increase collaboration with researchers, businesses

A grant from the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce funded online databases of NDSU research equipment and experts. The databases will make it easier to foster collaborations with other NDUS institutions, North Dakota businesses and scientists from around the world.

Photograph created during the 10 a.m. commencement ceremony of North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Photograph by Ann Arbor Miller

University of North Dakota campus successes

UND Awarded First Part of $3.8 Million Program to Combat Addiction

The University of North Dakota was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Substance Abuse Treatment program for the first year of what is hoped to be a five-year, $3.8 million program to combat addiction.  Nearly $775, 000 for the first year of the program was announced May 12.  The funding will support UND’s new Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center with an emphasis on using technology to provide better access to rural areas. Professor Thomasine Heitkamp who will lead the program at UND said program is designed, “to advance best practices and to provide treatment services and recovery services for people struggling with addiction.”


UND’s Mark Trahant elected as member in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Mark Trahant, the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism at the University of North Dakota, has been named a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, joining notable members such as founder John Adams, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as more than 250 Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners.  Trahant was nominated by members of the Academy for his body of multimedia journalism focusing on American Indian issues.  His career has included writing and editing roles at newspapers, reporting for PBS’s “Frontline” series, and blog and social media commentary on policy and politics surrounding Native American matters.


Nearly 2,000 Were Eligible for UND Spring Commencement Ceremonies

Nearly 2,000 students were eligible to cross the stage during four spring commencement ceremonies at the University of North Dakota.  UND President Mark Kennedy presided over his first Spring Commencement ceremonies and delivered a message to the students about the value of embracing change.  UND added a ceremony for the more than 500 graduate students earning degrees this spring.  That ceremony preceded the ceremony for about 1,330 undergraduate students.  Both ceremonies were held at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. UND also held School of Law and School of Medicine and Health Sciences commencements.  More than 5,000 tuned in to watch the ceremonies through online streaming and Facebook Live.

Valley City State University campus successes

VCSU student Ernst presents research in D.C.

Niklas Ernst, a VCSU social science student, participated in the Council on Undergraduate Research’s 21st annual Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C. April 25–26. Ernst’s research project, “The Unfinished Presidencies: Why Incumbent Presidents Lose Their Reelection Campaigns,” was one of 60 projects nationwide selected for Posters on the Hill. Ernst looked at the failed reelection bids of Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush to determine why the incumbent’s typical election advantages did not play out for them. His research, mentored by Luis da Vinha, Ph.D., VCSU professor of social science, was part of VCSU’s Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR) program. The Posters on the Hill session, held in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill, was attended by members of Congress, congressional staff and representatives of multiple federal agencies and organizations. Ernst also met with North Dakota Senator John Hoeven and staff from Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s and Representative Kevin Cramer’s offices. Ernst was accompanied to D.C. by David DeMuth, Ph.D., VCSU director of undergraduate research and professor of mathematics.


VCSU master’s in elementary education ranked 8th of 25 best online programs

Valley City State University’s Master of Education (M.Ed.) program in elementary education has been ranked 8th on College Choice’s list of “25 Best Online Master’s in Elementary Education Degrees for 2017.” The College Choice ranking includes several factors that reflect both program quality and return on investment. A composite score is developed by weighing standard academic reputation rankings, program tuition rates, early career earnings of graduates and school acceptance rates. All programs on the list are accredited. VCSU’s M.Ed. program offers six concentrations, including the elementary education program recognized by College Choice. Other concentrations include English education, library and information technologies, teaching English language learners, teaching and technology, and technology education. The university also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree program, also fully online. The College Choice rankings can be found online at


VCSU commencement held Saturday, May 13

Valley City State University held its 125th spring commencement exercises Saturday morning, May 13, in W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse on the VCSU campus. A total of 254 students—221 undergraduates and 33 graduate students—were eligible to participate in the commencement exercises. VCSU students will be awarded the following degrees: Master of Education (M.Ed.), Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of University Studies (B.U.S.). Remarks were given by President Tisa Mason, Ed.D., CAE, who has led VCSU since December 2014;  Mark Hagerott, Ph.D., chancellor of the North Dakota University System; Morgan Nalley, a graduating senior from Pocatello, Idaho; and Jodi Shorma, assistant professor of language and literature, who was recently selected as Student Senate’s 2017 Teacher of the Year.


Williston State College campus successes

Local Educator Receives $10,000 Scholarship

Kim Weismann, WSC’s Arts and Human Sciences Chair and Associate Professor, has received The Catherine Nutterville Scholarship from The Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG) Society International, April 5, 2017.


WSC Foundation Hosts Alumni Week

Williston’s Community and WSC Alumni are encouraged to attend the WSC Foundation’s first annual Alumni week, April 24 through 28. Since joining the foundation in July, Hunter Berg, WSC Foundation’s Alumni and Athletic Development Director, has wanted to host an alumni event to re-establish the Alumni Association.


TrainND Welcomes UND Petroleum Interns

Between twenty and thirty UND Petroleum Engineering students will travel to Williston to immerse themselves in a five-day summer field session hosted by UND’s Petroleum Industry Advisory Committee this May.

Board talks budget guidelines, faculty leave


With the 65th Legislative Session adjourned, the regular May meeting of the State Board of Higher Education had a natural point of discussion: 2017-18 budget guidelines.

North Dakota University System Chief Financial Officer Tammy Dolan presented the topic, noting that the Board would need to approve the guidelines, and the individual institutions would submit their budgets to the system office next month. Dolan briefed the Board on the guidelines, which included components such as salary guidelines, strategic investments and more.

While the legislature had not allowed for general salary increases due to budget decreases, campuses held discretion to make salary adjustments in the case of restructured job requirements. Another component of the guidelines – strategic investments – would include how campuses carry out their missions to increase student success. Other budget components included deferred maintenance, and tuition increases, the latter being legislatively capped in most cases by four percent.

“That’s one of the biggest things that I’d like to explain,” Dolan said. “The legislature provided us with additional flexibility this year.”

Dolan noted that the campuses were taking steps to implement that flexibility in different ways, such as implementing different rate increases for resident tuition, non-resident undergraduate tuition, and professional and graduate tuition rates. Any changes to the fee structure due to implementation model would need Board approval at a future meeting. After brief discussion, the Board unanimously approved the guidelines.

During policy readings, the Board held the first reading of policy 410 (responsible conduct of research); and the second readings of policy 340.2 (foundations), 305.1 (college and university presidents’ authority and responsibilities), 505 (international student health insurance), and 607.5 (faculty leave).

Faculty leave again heard considerable discussion. Proposed SBHE Policy 607.5 is a non-accrual sick leave program for faculty, which also provides for family and parental sick leave. Compliance Officer Karol Riedman and Board Member Nick Hacker led discussion on the topic, which had generated a wealth of feedback from the campuses beginning in November. Four amendments were proposed by Hacker, and were approved by the Board. The amendments gave institutions authority to determine the distinction between short-term and long-term sick leave, to require medical certification for long-term sick leave, to expand the definition of family members for whose care faculty members may take sick leave, and, if two legal parents of a child are employed by an NDUS institution, the amount of paid parental leave is limited to 6 weeks for one parent and 2 weeks for the other. After additional discussion, the Board voted to table the proposed policy in order to gather additional information.

The Board then entered into executive session to discuss the Biesiot Activity Center litigation. After reconvening, the Board voted to authorize the system to sign the settlement agreement as proposed.

Chief of Staff Lisa Feldner provided a legislative update to the Board that included details on HB 1004, relating to auditors assigned to the system; HB 1030, relating to capital improvement request procedures; HB 1037, relating to course codes; HB 1221, relating to confidential informants; 1279, relating to firearms on campus; 1345, relating to open records; SB 2003, relating to Challenge Grants; 2152, relating to employment records; and more.

The Board heard and approved recommendations from the Academic and Student Affairs Committee. Those recommendations included the creation of the Institute for Unmanned and Autonomous Research at University of North Dakota; the creation of a minor in law and legal studies, a minor in offenders, risk assessment and corrections, and a minor in police management and investigations, all at Minot State University; and a minor in reliability engineering at North Dakota State University; graduate certificates in cybersecurity at MiSU, NDSU and UND. Additionally, the transportation and logistics department was created at NDSU, and multiple programs at Dickinson State University were terminated. They included art education minor, choral music minor, communication education minor, English education minor, instrumental music education minor, Spanish education minor, theatre education minor, mathematics education minor, and computer science education minor. Two NDSU programs – a minor in health communication and a BA/BS in health communication – were also terminated.

Additionally, the Board heard and approved budget requests including an authorization for Bismarck State College to use excess funds for a roofing replacement project; a recommendation to approve Mayville State University to proceed with renovations to Agassiz Hall; a recommendation for MaSU to move forward with other campus renovations; a recommendation approving the sale of NDSU housing and auxiliary facility revenue bonds; a recommendation authorizing NDSU to proceed with construction of the New Residence Hall; and a recommendation authorizing NDSU to move forward with a fundraising campaign for the Carrington Research Extension Center seed cleaning facility.

In other Board business, Don Morton was nominated and approved as Board Chair, Greg Stemen was nominated and approved as Vice Chair. The Board heard reports from North Dakota Student Association representative Kaleb Dschaak, Staff Senate representative Andy Wakeford and Council of College Faculty representative Eric Murphy. The Board also approved CFO Tammy Dolan as the system office designee to approve Theodore Roosevelt Library expenditures. Additionally, the Board reviewed the process for self-evaluation and assessments.

The next regular meeting of the Board is scheduled for June 27 at Bismarck State College.

Study: University System Economic Contribution Rises to $5.7 Billion

The economic contribution of the North Dakota University System and its students on the state is on the rise. It now stands at an estimated $5.7 billion for Fiscal Year 2015, compared to $4.8 billion in FY 2013, according to the most recent NDUS Economic Impact report.

The study evaluated in-state spending patterns for the NDUS colleges and enrolled students. Students and the NDUS had combined in-state expenditures of $2 billion in 2015. The $2 billion of in-state spending was estimated to generate $3.7 billion of additional economic activity. On a statewide level, the impact of NDUS resulted in $1.7 billion of retail trade activity and $1.9 billion in economy-wide personal income, generating $77 million in sales and use tax and $29 million in personal income tax revenues.

“These findings confirm the strategic connection between a strong university system and a strong economy,” said Kathleen Neset, chair of the State Board of Higher Education. “By investing in our students, the North Dakota taxpayers are also investing in our economy – boosting business activity, expanding research opportunities, and supporting job growth.”

NDUS receives funding through general fund appropriations, as well as other revenue sources like grants, contracts and donations. In 2015, non-general fund expenditures made up 66 percent of total spending. The NDUS spent an additional $1.95 in North Dakota for every $1 of general fund appropriations. The ability to leverage general fund revenues to secure funding from grants, contracts, and donations accounted for two-thirds of the economic activity generated by the NDUS.

According to the report, the NDUS directly employed 11,592 individuals in 2015, excluding student workers. With non-general funds supporting 60 percent all salaries in the NDUS, much of the direct jobs in the NDUS could be considered gains from leveraging general fund appropriations. The employment impacts of the NDUS grow if secondary employment is included, which was estimated at about one secondary job in the state’s economy for every one direct job in the NDUS.

“Business in North Dakota continues to grow in many areas, to include the technology area and we need to be able to answer the needs in our workplace as they continue to evolve,” said Chancellor Mark Hagerott of the North Dakota University System. “It is crucial that we seize this opportunity to adapt our system and educate our future workforce that will fill our employer’s needs. The success of our students will depend on skilled faculty and staff, and the programs to support their work even after graduation.”

In June, the State Board of Higher Education will meet to look at any changes to its 2015-2020 strategic plan – The NDUS Edge. “The plan outlines the path to fulfilling workforce needs and giving our students what they need to compete in the ever-changing business community,” said Neset. “Through partnerships with business and industry and government leaders, as well as increasing efficiencies throughout the system, we are able to be good stewards of our funds.”

Key measures of the NDUS economic impact in FY 2015 include:
• Direct economic impacts (expenditures) of $1.6 billion, of which $1.1 billion were expenditures from non-general fund sources. This direct impact created a gross business volume of $4.6 billion, which included $1.2 billion in retail trade activity and $1.7 billion in economy-wide personal income.
• Student living expenses were estimated at $427 million and were in addition to institution spending. Increased business activity generated by student spending was estimated at $1.1 billion, which included $480 million in retail trade activity and $258 million of economy-wide personal income and would support about 1,800 secondary jobs.

The FY 2015 report was conducted by North Dakota State University’s Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics and is similar to other studies done in 1999, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2013. Report authors Randall C. Coon, Dean A. Bangsund and Nancy M. Hodur used the North Dakota Input-Output Model to estimate economic impacts.

Click here to view the full report.

A message from the Chancellor – May 2017


Chancellor Mark Hagerott delivers a video message, offering a reflection on the 65th Legislative Session, the budget outlook and more.

Full transcript follows:

Greetings to staff, faculty, and students of the North Dakota University System! I’m Chancellor Mark Hagerott and today I’d like to talk about aspects of the 65th Legislative Session and reflect about the future of higher education in our state.
First and foremost, let us recognize that many people have lost their jobs. More than 400 positions have already been eliminated. We all are deeply pained by these actions, we are concerned for the individuals and families effected, and mindful of the campuses, which must continue to serve students after the loss of so many good people.
Secondly, I would like to thank the councils and task forces throughout the system that helped shape policy and provide feedback to the system office during the past five months. With the addition of your perspectives, system office staff were able to provide timely, in-depth testimony to the many legislative committees. This responsiveness helped us inform the work of the legislature and softened what in the past had been perceived as a somewhat adversarial relationship.
Our unique blend of cultures and missions from the 11 colleges and universities was on display during this session, and I witnessed presidents and staff regularly explain the situation at their respective campuses and departments. In order to limit how reduced revenues would impact student success, ongoing discussions at the capitol and campuses necessarily had to place all options on the table. Thankfully, some options that may have had radical consequences were not undertaken.
There was only so much funding to go around. All public service employees throughout the state watched as the budget projections shrank and nearly every agency was affected severely. I have already mentioned the difficult staff reductions. Other cuts impacted some student services, academic and athletic programs. All of these cuts were made to create the substantial savings had to be made in a distinctively short time frame, and I know the presidents have been pained by these decisions.
In the aftermath of the session, we know that campuses now will need to take steps to conform to the new budget. We have been consistently working on numerous fronts to aim to minimize the impact of these decreases. Your presidents are developing campus strategies that play to your respective strengths. My cabinet is conducting several studies to find systemwide improvements. The Envision 2030 effort is moving full-steam ahead with the help of Advisory Teams comprised of faculty, staff, and representatives from business, industry and other state agencies. As part of that effort we’re looking at what we’ve done, what we want to do, and what will be realistic in the future.
I’m confident that the projects and initiatives that we’ve undertaken, combined with local feedback and perspectives from the campuses, will help the university system move through this difficult financial stretch and continue the mission we all signed on for: equipping our students for success.
Thank you all for your continued hard work in helping to maintain the integrity of the North Dakota University System and its campuses. And, congratulations for helping this year’s seniors move toward their goal of graduating from one of our fine colleges and universities. The State Board of Higher Education and I can’t wait to join you during upcoming commencement ceremonies to celebrate that achievement with you.

Media Coverage Summary – May 5

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


Bismarck State College
Conversations at BSC explores the Protestant Reformation
BSC hosts tech camp for middle and high school students
I-94 road construction project includes BSC exit

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Foundation Opportunities

Dickinson State University
Hawk’s Perch – May 2017
DSU nursing students volunteer with God’s Child Project
Red Paperclip auction brings in $2,431, donates to local organizations

Lake Region State College
Successful change of scenery
LRSC online one of nation’s best

Mayville State University
Community members invited to participate in ‘Walk Around the World’ poster sessions May 5
Dawn Cruff will deliver MSU commencement address
Collegiate DECA members participate in International Career Development Conference

Minot State University
Graduates honored
MSU Development Foundation deserves credit
Miles for Smiles Walk

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Faculty and Staff receive annual College Awards
NDSCS to honor Bang and Reinke at Graduation Ceremony

North Dakota State University
To see the future of drones, look to student competitors
Gardeners invited to help test new varieties
Free soil treatment: Lime for soil treatment available, not always useful
NDSU to award honorary doctorate to ag visionary
NDSU Press to host debut poetry reading by faculty member
Army logistics expert, NDSU alumnus to give lecture
NDSU hosts 2017 Science Olympiad

University of North Dakota
Join President Kennedy for the Strategic Plan launch
Volunteers to ambassadors
Ol’ Chandler prepares to check out – but not before others
Wellness on top
May the Fourth be with U…ND

Valley City State University
VCSU student Ernst presents research in D.C.

Williston State College
Online Application for STEM student loan forgiveness opens May 1

North Dakota University System