Monthly Archives: June 2017

Bismarck State College campus successes

BSC names 611 to President’s Honor Roll

In Spring 2017, 611 BSC students were named to the President’s Honor Roll for maintaining at least a 3.50 grade point on a 4.00 scale while enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of classes.


Tech Camps focused on cybersecurity and more

BSC held a one-day Tech Camp for middle and high school students June 1. Students worked on technical projects and explored tech careers while doing hands-on work with cybersecurity, web development, computer programming, computer hardware, and geospatial technology.


Golf, hall of fame raise scholarship funds

Golfers raised money for BSC athletic scholarships at the BSC President’s Cup Golf Classic Friday, June 16. The event included the induction of Mike Montgomery into the BSC Hall of Fame. Montgomery played basketball for the Mystics from 1969-71, and still holds four Mystic basketball records.

Dakota College at Bottineau campus successes


In 16 seasons at the helm of Dakota College at Bottineau, Travis Rybchinski has led the Lumberjacks to seven national championships in 10 national tournament appearances as a coach. Rybchinski picked up his 200th career victory at the start of the 2016-2017 season. A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Rybchinski has been named NJCAA Coach of the Year seven times. Rybchinski served as the president of the NJCAA Coaches Association for 11 years and was vice president for four years.  Along with his coaching success, Rybchinski serves as an instructor at Dakota College at Bottineau and will continue to coach the Lumberjacks as they venture into the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA).



DCB presented David O’Connell an Honorary Associate of Arts Degree.  Former State Sen. David O’Connell was the featured speaker and honorary degree recipient for the event. O’Connell has supported the college through his tenure as a State Senator and Senate Minority Leader and as a Member of the House of Representatives.  In these official capacities, he advanced the interests of Dakota College by supporting education opportunities promoting higher education, and contributing to the success of students across the state.



Dakota College at Bottineau staff participated in ND State Staff Senate which serves the staff employees of the North Dakota University System (NDUS) colleges and universities. The ND State Staff Senate talked about issues within the university system, budgeting being one of the most important. They discussed opportunities for their campuses to promote a positive work place in spite of lack of a salary increase over the next biennium.  Remembering how much of a difference the staff can make on campus is indicative to moving forward.  There were seven campuses participating on site and three participated via Interactive Video Network (IVN).

Dickinson State University campus successes

Report shows $91.4 million, 450 job impact of Dickinson State University

Dickinson State University (DSU) brings $91.4 million and over 450 jobs to the region according to a recently compiled study of the economic impacts of the North Dakota University System. The study was conducted by Randal Coon, Dean Bangsund and Nancy Hodur of North Dakota State University’s Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics and Center for Social Research.

According to the study’s findings, DSU expenditures injected $30.1 million into the local economy in fiscal year 2015, reflecting a 102 percent increase over the past 16 years. In addition, those expenditures created a ripple effect, or series of indirect impacts, which brought DSU’s total economic impact within the region’s economy to $91.4 million.

Sectors receiving impacts from the university’s presence included household income, retail trade, construction, finance, insurance and real estate, and business and personal services. Researchers estimated that approximately 205 secondary jobs are supported within the community by the university’s expenditures and by the services required to sustain the increased population. These positions are in addition to the 249 persons employed by the university during fiscal year 2015.

Retail sales also benefited with a $21.7 million impact. That figure, too, represented a sizable increase over the $10.7 million reported in the 1999 study. Student expenditures play a key role in the retail market of the region. According to Christopher Meek, director of Financial Aid at DSU, the average student spends $3,400 on “personal items” during the nine months university classes are in session. Those expenditures include clothing, gasoline, entertainment and other miscellaneous expenses. Direct impact of student spending in the Dickinson area was $12.3 million in fiscal year 2015. Student spending was estimated to generate an additional $639,000 in sales and use tax revenue and $111,000 in personal income tax collections.

“Dickinson State University and the city of Dickinson have maintained a synergistic relationship for one hundred years,” said DSU President, Dr. Thomas Mitzel. “As this study reveals, the university does carry a positive impact on the region and we work hard to ensure this impact goes beyond just the financial. We are grateful for the support we receive from the community and are heartened to see the positive nature of the support that also flows from the campus community to the larger area.”

Statewide, the study estimates that the North Dakota University System has a $1.6 billion direct impact on the state’s economy. These expenditures resulted in increased total business activity of $4.6 billion.

The survey was conducted using an input-output methodology which examined the direct impact and expenditures of the university system within the state and host-campus communities.

Expenditures having no impact on the state’s economy – such as out-of-state purchases of equipment – were not included in the study. The resulting direct impact amounts were then multiplied by established coefficients or multipliers to arrive at the indirect impacts for each campus region and the university system as a whole.

The complete study can be accessed here:

Lake Region State College campus successes

Nurse assistant courses start in July

TrainND powered by Lake Region State College announces Nurse Assistant (CNA) training classes this summer.

The course dates are July 10th-14th, 17th, 19th-21st & 24th. There will be lectures and labs from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and clinicals from 6:30 AM to 3:00 PM. The classes will be held in the Bergstrom Technical Center on the LRSC campus in Devils Lake, ND.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) employment is expected to grow 21 percent nationally between 2012 and 2022, faster than the average for all positions.

With the growing elderly population, the US will have an increased demand for caregivers, particularly in home and community-based long term care centers, developmental disability care facilities and respite care services. In order to work as a CNA, you need to complete a state-approved training class and pass a certification exam.

Certified Nurse Assistant training and certification may also be required for some medical degree programs, including registered nursing.

The Certified Nurse Assistant training program offered by TrainND Northeast consists of 75 hours of training. Students complete a combination of classroom lessons, lab instruction, and hands-on clinical practice. Each course is designed to allow time for intensive, individualized instruction.

The course fee is $800 including textbooks & state test fee. You can register online at or call at 701.662.1578. More information can also be found at

Mayville State University campus successes

MaSU STEM Education programs impact area teachers and students

Twenty-seven area K-12 teachers participated in the Educational Engineering Institute at MaSU in June. In addition, STEM College for Kids brought several children, kindergarten through third grade to campus, giving MaSU teacher candidates an opportunity to fulfill their classroom experience requirements through the development of a fun, summer learning event for kids.


Distinguished MaSU alumni, friends honored

MaSU’s highest awards were presented to four distinguished alumni and friends during MaSU’s Alumni Day celebration June 23. Richard Balstad and Donald Cavalier each received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Mike Bakken received the Distinguished Service Award. Jeff Braaten was honored posthumously with the Distinguished Service Award.


Bensen retires, receives emeritus status

Steven Bensen was bestowed the distinction of Emeritus Vice President for Business Affairs upon his retirement, effective June 30, 2017. He began his 30-year career at MaSU in 1987 and has become one of the most treasured administrators MaSU has known. Steve’s work has been part of an unprecedented era of success at MaSU.

Minot State University campus successes

Xcel Energy donates to Minot State STEM program students   photo attached

Kathy Aas, Xcel Energy community relations manager, presented a $4,000 check to Rick Hedberg, Minot State University vice president for advancement. Xcel Energy’s donation will fund scholarships for students in MSU’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program.


Minot State University begins construction on RELOCATING Northwest Art Center   photo attached

Minot State University commenced work on relocating the privately-funded Northwest Art Center.

The Northwest Art Center, a $1.4 million project, will be a 6,700 square foot area and will feature a:

  • Venue for MSU students and faculty shows and exhibits
  • Venue for loans of artwork and touring exhibits
  • Climate-controlled exhibit and storage space – only one in Northwestern N.D.
  • Dedicated space to display works by MSU professor and nationally known expressionistic artist Walter Piehl
  • Ppermanent display space for MSU’s premier Native American collection and other MSU collections

MiSU robotics team earns top honors

Recently at the 50th Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium, Minot State University students earned first place honors in the Digi-Key Collegiate Computing Competition, a robotics competition. The robotics team included Ziad Kadry, Hayk Margaryan and Kenneth Kulling. Caitlyn Bachmeier received a drone for placing first place in the gaming competition.  Minot State competed against 22 schools from Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin.

“I applaud our mathematics faculty members for doing a great job,” said Scott Kast, chair and assistant professor within the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. “Many of our computer science classes prepare the students for the programming problems, and some of the professors use old Digi-Key problems as class assignments, which helps them become familiar with the types of questions.”

The symposium is a regional conference dedicated to providing higher education participants with an educational experience focused on the integration of computer-based technology in the teaching and learning processes of all disciplines and the incorporation of the study of this technology in the curriculum.

North Dakota State College of Science campus successes

NDSCS receives $742,567 grant from National Science Foundation

NDSCS has been awarded a $742,567 grant from the National Science Foundation to support the North Dakota Welds (NDWelds) Program: Advancing Welding Technician Skills for Students and Training for Educators. Through this project, NDSCS will increase the number of trained and certified welders possessing essential and advanced skills to meet the workforce needs of the region.


NDSCS announces spring 2017 President’s Honor List

The North Dakota State College of Science has named 389 students to its spring semester 2017 President’s Honor List. The Honor List recognizes students who have achieved grade point averages of 3.5 or higher while taking at least 12 credits with letter grades.


NDSCS earns CEO Cancer Gold Standard re-accreditation

North Dakota State College of Science has again been re-accredited as a CEO Cancer Gold StandardTM employer for 2017. NDSCS has maintained this standard since 2013. NDSCS is a tobacco-free campus and has an active employee-driven Wellness Team that oversees campus-wide initiatives, including health screenings, a flu shot blitz, a fruit/veggie challenge, healthy cooking classes, walking programs and more.

North Dakota State University campus successes

NDSU, Sanford provide only sonography education in North Dakota

NDSU radiologic sciences and Sanford Health have partnered to offer students the opportunity to specialize in sonography or echocardiography, without having to pursue more education outside the state. Students complete two or more years of courses at NDSU followed by a 21-month full-time internship at Sanford Health, Fargo. “There are just so many options, paths and areas for growth with sonography,” said Laramie Johnson, who will begin classes in fall 2017. “I was thrilled to hear that this program was starting here in Fargo so that I could pursue my passion for sonography close to home.”


Study shows NDSU has major impact on region’s economy

A new external analysis shows NDSU is a significant contributor to the region’s economy, creating a total impact of $927.3 million in added income for fiscal 2015-2016. That is equivalent to supporting 11,886 jobs. Ways NDSU affects the economy include attracting visitors and students, generating start-up companies and educating the workforce.


NDSU faculty, students volunteer 1,200 hours at Emmons County Museum

NDSU public history students completed a successful field experience at the Emmons County Museum in Linton, North Dakota. Undergraduate and graduate students gained hands-on experience in their field. The community received more than 1,200 hours of volunteer service from NDSU-educated public historians.

University of North Dakota campus successes

Rockwell-Collins Grant Funds UND Research in Cybersecurity

Rockwell-Collins, an aerospace tech company based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and an employer of more than 140 University of North Dakota alums, recently awarded UND electrical engineering faculty member Prakash Ranganathan a grant to open an exploratory UAS-related research initiative.  “This is a unique research project, and follows a key interest—cybersecurity—of North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott,” said Ranganathan, who is employing several students on the project.  The $25,000 grant, which Ranganathan received after following up one of the company’s annual Call for Proposals, will set up a geo-defense detection system for unmanned aircraft systems.


UND Building NASA-Funded Planetary Space Station

The University of North Dakota has assembled a series of “space” modules meant to simulate the closed environment of a planetary station.  In this case, Mars.  It’s part of an ongoing research project—the only one like in the nation—funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as part of its ambitious long-term plan to establish a human colony on Mars.  This UND-based project—the Inflatable Lunar-Mars Habitat, or ILMH—has been built and worked on by students.  The heavy-duty fabricating and welding of all aluminum infrastructure has been done locally by Grand Forks Welding, which delivered the final plastic-sheeting wrapped unit to the ILMH site earlier this week.  “There are now a total of five modules, configured like an actual Mars base—a living module; an extra-vehicular activity (EVA) and maintenance module; a plant production module; an exercise and human performance module; and a geology module,” said Pablo de León, who besides his UND Space Studies faculty appointment is director of the UND Human Spaceflight Laboratory.  There, he and his team work on designing and building the planetary exploration suits essential to survival in the thin atmosphere of Mars, which is 96 percent carbon dioxide.  The project also includes two vehicles—both designed and built by UND Space Studies students:  a crewed four-wheel electric powered rover and a four-wheel drive electric powered robotic rover.


Record-breaking year in the books for UND student-athletes

The University of North Dakota enjoyed its most successful season of competition at the Division I level in 2016-17, including four regular-season conference championships, one playoff championship and multiple national postseason appearances. UND’s student-athletes also managed to match that level of performance in the classroom, according to data released today by the UND Athletics Academic Services department.  UND’s 407 student-athletes combined for a 3.279 collective grade-point average during the Spring 2017 semester, the highest-recorded single-semester GPA in UND Athletics history. The previous high was 3.277 during the Fall 2014 semester. Additionally, UND’s collective GPA for the 2016-17 academic year was 3.24, matching the school record set in 2014-15.  UND’s student-athletes have now achieved a collective GPA or 3.0 or higher in every semester since the University transitioned to Division I in 2008-09.

Valley City State University campus successes

VCSU named most beautiful campus in North Dakota

The campus of Valley City State University was named the most beautiful college campus in North Dakota by Hannah Loewentheil, writing for BuzzFeed. In an article titled “Here’s the Most Beautiful College Campus in Every Single State” (, Lowentheil wrote: “Located in Valley City, which was named ‘Most Beautiful Town’ in the state by Expedia, VCSU is bordered by the Sheyenne River on one side and lush, forested hillside on the other.” The 55-acre campus features a blend of historic and modern buildings. The central campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District.


Chaffee receives AIR award

Ellen Chaffee, VCSU president emerita, received the John Stecklein Distinguished Member Award at the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Forum in Washington, D.C, on June 2. The John Stecklein Distinguished Member Award recognizes an individual whose professional career has significantly advanced the field of institutional research through extraordinary scholarship, leadership, and service. Chaffee, senior fellow for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB), is past president of AIR and also served the organization in a variety of additional capacities. Her award nominations cited her leadership and advocacy for improving the quality of higher education and its management through data-informed decision-making.


Nathan receives VCSU Distinguished Service Award

President Tisa Mason presented Jeff Nathan with the Valley City State University Distinguished Service Award at a meeting of the VCSU Foundation Board in the Student Center Skoal Room on June 12. A founding member of the VCSU Foundation Board, this fall will mark his 21st year of service with the board. Nathan currently serves the board as treasurer and a member of the finance committee. He has also served on VCSU’s V-500 Board. A North Dakota native, Nathan is owner of Oliver-Nathan Funeral Chapel in Valley City. The university’s highest honor, the VCSU Distinguished Service Award is given at the discretion of the president in recognition of exceptional contribution to the university’s vision. Since its 1975 inception, the award has been given to a total of 25 individuals and organizations, including Nathan.

Williston State College campus successes

Agriculture Business & Industry Degree Added at WSC

Williston State College is pleased to announce a new Associates degree in Agricultural Business and Industry beginning fall of 2017.

The program’s objective is to prepare students for a career in the variety of fields associated with Agriculture Business and Industry. Combining agriculture and business coursework, students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work in an agriculture-specific field, agriculture support field, or a related field associated with agriculture business and finance.


WSC’s Delorme Earns Welding Certifications

When Tim Delorme set out to become a Certified Welding Inspector and Certified Welding Educator, he knew it would take time and effort.

“I took a 60-hour online course,” said the Williston State College welding instructor. “Then I travelled to Minneapolis to attend a 40-hour seminar.”

The seminar started at noon on March 26 and ended on April 1.   As part of the online course, Delorme took a variety of classes, including fabrication math, metallurgy, and welding safety, to prepare himself for the three-part certification exam. The exam, which took place in Minneapolis, featured over 250 questions and required Delorme to demonstrate practical knowledge, as well as answer written questions about welding fundamentals and the welding codes.


Miller Appointed WSC President

Tuesday morning (June 27), Dr. John Miller, Williston State College’s acting president, was unanimously appointed as WSC’s fourth president by the State Board of Higher Education (SBHE).

Miller has served as acting president since the former president, Dr. Raymond Nadolny, stepped down in June 2016.

Media Coverage Summary – June 30, 2017

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, June 30


Bismarck State College
Scholarships awarded to incoming BSC freshman
Meet five BSC students ready for the workforce in the fastest growing industries

Dakota College at Bottineau
Bakken U Scholarship Application Now Open

Dickinson State University
Report shows $91.4 million, 450 job impact of Dickinson State University
Diplomas mailed this week!

Lake Region State College
Nurse assistant courses start in July

Mayville State University
Distinguished alumni and friends honored as part of annual Alumni Day celebration
Emeritus status bestowed on Steve Bensen
Mayville State to host Shrine Bowl athletes and coaches in July

Minot State University
Minot State University begins construction on relocating Northwest Art Center 
Xcel Energy donates to Minot State STEM program students
Spring 2017 Presiden’t List and Dean’s List

North Dakota State College of Science
Cass County workforce career academy gets OK to seek financial support
The Fargo area is short on workers. A new coordinated effort is trying to change that.

North Dakota State University
Destructive Japanese Beetles Likely in North Dakota to Stay
Carrington Research Extension Center offers weed ID resources
Dickinson Research Extension Center field day – July 12
Scoggins: Ex-Hopkins star in NFL hosts camp with focus on leadership
NDSU assistant professor studying spider silk in hopes of applying its properties to biomedical research

University of North Dakota
UND shapes ‘Leaders in Action’
Meet Janelle Kilgore
On the offensive against opioids
Writers Conference: Funds found, funds kept?
Perfect pairs

Valley City State University
Making connections with strategic partners for student success

Williston State College
WSC Enjoys Rummage Sale Success
WSC Reacts to Miller Appointment
Miller Appointed WSC President

North Dakota University System
State Board holds annual meeting
Envision 2030 enters new phase

State Board holds annual meeting

On the heels of its annual strategic retreat, the State Board of Higher Education held its annual meeting to discuss the way forward on many topics, including a few studies.

Chair Kathleen Neset said the time was well spent and allowed the Board to move forward on a number of topics. She thanked the Board for their continued dedication to the welfare and success of students throughout the system.

Rep. Rick Becker spoke to the Board to begin the meeting, noting that although his ideas about higher education could be different than what was generally accepted, the response from system staff was always professional and courteous. Becker spoke to his thoughts on the mission of the university system.

“What we’re looking at, in my opinion, is a watershed moment,” he stated. “We’re on the crux of what the future could hold for higher education. It all comes down to understanding the means, the mission and the money. When it comes to the means, I meant how higher education is delivered.”

Becker referenced a previous talk from Gov. Burgum, and the idea of having students in seats. He said there were certain disincentives to hybrid models, which had been referred to as the way of the future. Embracing that model, Becker noted, would be essential. He continued, offering analogies of hybrid models to Netflix/Redbox and more.

He continued, speaking to mission and money. The mission would most appropriately be a quality education for North Dakota students. He added that community colleges and technical educations may be more appropriate than four-year degrees for all. Becker later added that honest discussion needed to be had on repurposing certain campuses, that 11 was too many. Other concerns, he noted, included restricting the number of administrative positions within the system. He also made recommendations on marketing, reciprocity and retention, among other things

Becker concluded that the Board and system were in a unique place, and were in the right place at the right time to create meaningful impact.


Executive items

As it was the annual meeting, the Board entered executive session early to discuss presidential and chancellor contracts. After reconvening, the Board reappointed all presidents. Additionally, the Board chose to appoint John Miller from the interim president to the president position at Williston State College. Board members noted that the decision was made in lieu of a costly presidential search as Miller had been a finalist in the previous search and had high support from students, staff and faculty at WSC.

The Board also renewed the chancellor’s contract. Board members stated that due to severe budget limitations, no raises would be given to the chancellor, presidents or university system executives at this time.


NDSCS workforce

North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman spoke to the Board on a capital fundraising campaign for a proposed career pathways center in Fargo. The initiative so far involves a collaboration among three community colleges and several school districts. Richman said the next step in the process to create career pathways in K-14 would be to involve private sector organizations. He stated that the initiative would help address the economic downturn in the eastern portion of the state. If the Board authorized the initiative, he would be able to move forward through the summer. Several individuals representing career and tech education, K-12, and business and industry spoke after Richman on behalf of the center.

After extensive discussion between the Board and Richman, the Board moved forward with removing the tabled item from the agenda. Later in the discussion, the Board voted to allow Richman to move forward on fundraising.


Faculty Commendatory Awards

The Board issued the last of the Faculty Commendatory Awards for the biennium, as funded by the ND Legislature.  These awards recognize faculty for the innovative use of technology in the classroom and were made to Dr. Marcus Weaver-Hightower (UND); Dr. Florin Salajan (NDSU); Dr. Sarah Sletten (MaSU); and Dr. Gary Albrightson (DCB).

In other business, the Board held the second reading of Policy 410.0 (Responsible Conduct of Research), offered commendatory awards, appointed Board committees, and approved the recommendations made by the Budget, Finance, and Facilities Committee, as well as the recommendations from the Audit Committee. Presidents then gave their individual reports to the Board.

The Board also presented plaques to outgoing Board members, recognizing them for their service.

The next meeting is scheduled for Sept. 28 at Lake Region State College.

Envision 2030 enters new phase

An ongoing strategic initiative of the North Dakota University System has entered into a new phase.

Envision 2030 began as an educational summit in May of 2016. The summit brought education-minded individuals and leaders together during a daylong event that helped set the tone for higher education in North Dakota. Following a morning’s worth of talks by state leaders, attendees broke into breakout groups to discuss how higher education intersected with the needs of Agriculture, Diversity, Energy, Health Care, Liberal Arts & Humanities, Manufacturing, Technology, Tomorrow’s Students and The Whole Student. Later last year, more inclusive discussions were held throughout  the system on these topics, which brought further perspective and detail to bear.

Following those conversations, a new Pillar discussion of Law was held, and Advisory Teams were created. Comprised of subject matter experts from their respective fields, these faculty, staff and representatives from business and industry worked in the subsequent months to deliver reports to system office and the State Board of Higher Education on how the many goals could be reached.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott said that without the teams’ work, the process for envisioning higher ed’s future as it intersects with so many workforce and student needs would have taken much longer.

“Thanks to the feedback we’ve received, we think we’ve managed to build a good consensus through this effort,” Hagerott said. “Now, system office personnel will move forward in reviewing the goals from all the advisory teams, and work to prioritize them over the summer.”

The draft reports from the advisory teams, and further information relating to Envision 2030, can be found here.

WSC Reacts to Miller Appointment

On Tuesday morning, it seemed like business as usual at WSC, where employees assisted students with registration for the fall semester.

What was unusual were the occasional breaks employees took to watch a livestream of the State Board of High Education (SBHE) meeting, where the group of citizens appointed by the governor to set policy for public universities discussed WSC’s need for a new president, with Dr. John Miller, who has served as acting president since June 2016, in attendance.

When the SBHE unanimously appointed Miller as WSC’s fourth president, emails went out, staff and faculty raced through the halls to share the news, and a group of employees gathered to decorate Miller’s office with balloons and streamers in celebration.

Those present on campus were quick to voice their excitement at the decision.

“Dr. Miller is supportive and understanding of the unique roles that faculty members have,” Kim Weismann, Chair of the Department of Arts and Human Sciences, stated. “I am sure [he] will continue to lead WSC in a positive manner.”

Kaylyn Bondy, WSC’s Vice-President for Student Affairs, noted that she is pleased to work alongside Miller as he steps into his new role.

And Terry Olson, Executive Director of the WSC Foundation, a nonprofit agency that manages donations made by community members and alumni to the college, had nothing but praise for the decision.

“Dr. Miller is a great fit for WSC, the region, the community and the state of North Dakota.” Said Olson.

Olson also expressed his satisfaction with what Miller has already accomplished.

“I have found Dr. Miller to be a very student focused [acting] president,” he said. “[He] has the leadership skills to be very pragmatic in dealing with difficult decisions.”

In fact, according to many employees, Miller has already been a force for positive change at the college.

Kim Wray, WSC’s Director of Extended Learning, was quick to point out that under Miller’s tenure as acting president, the college saw growth in enrollment, as well as improvement in employee morale.

Meanwhile, Weismann, who serves as President of WSC’s Faculty Senate, noted that Miller has pushed faculty to develop a strong balance between work and home life.

“He has been an active listener when [faculty] express our thoughts and opinions,” she said.

Miller, a career educator with over thirty years of teaching and administrative experience spanning both K-12 and post-secondary education, joined WSC as Vice-President for Academic Affairs in 2015. Prior to this, he held a variety of positions, including Director of Operations for a 7,500 student K-12 school system and Instructional Dean for Extended Studies at the College of Southern Idaho.

Miller received his bachelor’s and doctorate from the University of Idaho and holds a Superintendent’s endorsement for K-12 education.

Staff and faculty at WSC look forward to seeing what Miller will bring to the future of the college.

“I am sure over the next several months Dr. Miller will continue to make WSC the place where the people make the difference,” said Wray.

Media Coverage Summary – June 23

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, June 23


Bismarck State College
True to her word(s)

Dakota College at Bottineau
Bakken U Scholarship Application Now Open

Dickinson State University
DSU’s Moberg invited to attend NexT retreat
Roughrider Days 2017: Fireworks Display Location Change

Lake Region State College
Athletes earn national academic honors

Mayville State University
We welcome Jami Hovet
MSU group studies in Belize May 14-28
Community members invited to participate in International Friends of Mayville group

Minot State University
Minot State University president concerned about ‘per credit hour’ tuition plan

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS holds 10th Career Awareness Seminar
NDSCS earns CEO Cancer Gold Standard re-accreditation 
Welding Grant, Land Lab

North Dakota State University
‘We didn’t know where to hide’: Mobile homes, slab-on-grade homes dangerously short on protection from storms
American Indian Public Health Resource Center recognized
Central Grasslands Research Extension Center Sets Field Day
Carrington Research Extension Center to Host Beef Production Tour
Organic Field Day Set at Carrington Research Extension Center

University of North Dakota
Do you know the way to Santa Fe?
Naming names
A strategic road map
Back to nature
There he is — Mr. Relay

Valley City State University
Economic impact strengthens community
Nathan receives VCSU Distinguished Service Award

Williston State College
Sounds of summer: Williston State College/City Band continues tradition of concerts in Harmon Park

North Dakota University System

Media Coverage Summary – June 16

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, June 16


Bismarck State College
BSC recognizes oustanding student achievements
BSC offers free Summer Ag Academy for high school students
Program pays energy students for job experience training

Dakota College at Bottineau
Bakken U Scholarship Application Now Open

Dickinson State University
Hawk’s Perch – June 2017
Roughrider Days 2017: Fireworks Display Location Change

Lake Region State College
TRiO champions celebrated
Peace officer students participate in Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

Mayville State University
A tribute to Steven P. Bensen
Distinguished alumni and friends to be honored during Alumni Day festivities
Spring Semester Dean’s List released

Minot State University
Minot State University makes top 25 in four-year college rankings

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS receives nearly $1M welding grant

North Dakota State University
NDSU, Sanford provide only sonography training option in North Dakota
NDSU field school links Emmons County to its past

North Dakota 4-H Camp to celebrate 50th anniversary
North Dakota State University Professor Named American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Fellow
FeedList connects livestock feed buyers, sellers
Dickinson Research Extension Center to host cereal disease workshop June 20
German collection to be at Kulm, Zeeland
Testing Livestock Water Quality Critical During Drought
Getting a grip on salinity
Local high school students got hands-on with engineering in Fargo
NDSU Assistant Professor Receives National Science Foundation CAREER Award

University of North Dakota
UND Hockey’s cup runneth over
The perfect UAS ecosystem
Shakespeare on the Red
From the earth, for the Earth
Mentors in the making

Valley City State University
Fisheries and wildlife students wade into deep learning

Williston State College
Gonzaga Interns Return to WSC
North Dakota Entities Partner for State’s First Skills Initiative

North Dakota University System

Media Coverage Summary – June 9

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, June 9


Bismarck State College
BSC announces President’s Honor Roll for Spring 2017
High school juniors and seniors invited to campus June 9
BSC recognizes students named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges

Dakota College at Bottineau
Bakken U Scholarship Application Now Open

Dickinson State University
BAC to show 3 outdoor family friendly films this summer

Lake Region State College
Student receives honor
Nursing graduate is always learning, sharing
Student awards presented

Mayville State University
Plans underway for a living and learning community at Birkelo Hall
STEM Education programs impact area teachers and students
Mayville State ranked among top public colleges for financial aid for freshmen

Minot State University
Linda Benson recognized as staff emeritus at Minot State

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Announces Strategic Plan
NDSCS gets $740,000 federal grant for welding program
Student awards from NDSCS

North Dakota State University
NDSU Professor brings his classroom to the bike trail
Nearly one-quarter of North Dakota in moderate drought conditions
Joel Ransom receives National Volunteer Service Award
Should drought-stressed alfalfa be clipped?
North Dakota Drought Forcing Herd Reductions
Penn State professor wins Young Professional Award in international agriculture
FCS involved in fellows program at NDSU
Study: NDSU has major impact on region’s economy
Students recognized for outstanding writing

University of North Dakota
Building One UND ‘dream teams’
Gift for language, connection to culture
‘Edfiniti’ and beyond
Ready for takeoff
Author, author!

Valley City State University
This week’s Hotline!

Williston State College
Stewart and Five Other WSC Student-athletes Earn NJCAA Honors
WSC to Host Relay Rummage Sale
WSC’s Delorme Earns Welding Certifications

North Dakota University System

Media Coverage Summary – June 2

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, June 2


Bismarck State College
Conversation focuses on education and assimilation of Native Americans

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB’s Mawby Receives FSMA Produce Rule Lead Trainer Status

Dickinson State University
BAC to show 3 outdoor family friendly films this summer
Memorial Day ceremony to be held at Dickinson State University
Dickinson State University to offer its first master’s degree

Lake Region State College
Professor teaches students of all ages
Travel with the President

Mayville State University
Lt. Gen Emil “Buck” Bedard recognized as Hometown Hero
Alumni Association will recognize distinguished alumni and friends at June 23 dinner
Class of 1977 and Friends Reunion planned as part of Alumni Day festivities

Minot State University
Minot State University marks Poppy Day
Retaining talent should be on the agenda

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS announces spring 2017 President’s Honor List
2017 Drone Focus Conference Wraps in Fargo
Students use technology to aid in placing flags at veterans’ graves
NDSCS Students Excel at North Dakota SkillsUSA Contest
NDSCS receives $742,567 grant from National Science Foundation

North Dakota State University
NATURE summer camp to be held at NDSU
Weigel receives NDSU honor scholarship
Area students awarded big scholarships
City seeking developers interested in affordable housing
Does flood insurance hurt home prices? NDSU economist says less and more than you think
North Dakota Manufacturers Ride Innovation to Rapid Growth
NDSU Research & Technology Park Leads Region in Job Creation

University of North Dakota
Turning soil on the Strategic Plan
A teaching evolution
Walking the walk
First to cross finish line
Breath of fresh air

Valley City State University
VCSU named most beautiful campus in North Dakota

Williston State College
Agriculture Business & Industry Degree Added at WSC

North Dakota University System
Bakken U scholarship application now open

Bakken U scholarship application now open

Applications are now open for more than $25,000 in scholarships that have been announced under the North Dakota University System’s BakkenU initiative.

Now entering its third year, the NDUS Foundation has awarded $15,000 in BakkenU scholarships while the five BakkenU institutions have made several additional awards.
Candidates for the scholarship include current or former workers for energy or energy-related companies, as well as their spouses.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott said the initiative had already proven successful in getting people with backgrounds related to the Bakken back to school.

“Our five westernmost schools have taken this initiative and really made it successful,” Hagerott said. “In doing so, they have been able to reach additional students who may not have had the opportunity to expand their educations with us.”

For the 2017-2018 academic year, the North Dakota Petroleum Council will again partner with the NDUS to offer two $2,500 scholarships. Additionally, Dickinson State University will offer one 4-year scholarship with a total value of more than $9,000. Minot State University will offer three $1,000 scholarships, Bismarck State College Foundation is offering three $1,000 scholarships, and Williston State College will offer five $1,000 scholarships.

For more information, go to Applications are due by June 30, 2017.