Monthly Archives: November 2017

Mayville State University presidential search launched

The search for a new president to lead Mayville State University was launched Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. Current president, Dr. Gary Hagen, has announced his plan to retire at the end of July in 2018, after more than four decades at the university.

The firm AGB Search ( is directing the search process, which began with listening sessions with various constituents, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, MSU Foundation representatives, legislators, and members of the public, early in November. Their feedback was related to the university’s strengths and challenges, as well as the kind of leadership that is a best fit for the four-year institution, and was used to create a unique leadership description for use in advertising the position of president of Mayville State University.

The first meeting of the search committee was held Tuesday, Nov. 7. Co-chairs of the search committee are Dr. Casey Ryan, member of the State Board of Higher Education, and Dr. Andrea Dulski-Bucholz, assistant professor of education and dean and chair of the Division of Education at Mayville State University. Representing the faculty of Mayville State University on the search committee is Rob Johnston, associate professor of business. Staff representatives are Beth Swenson, Director of Marketing and Public Relations and Director of Alumni Affairs, and Mindy O’Connor, admissions coordinator and veterans certifying official. Donte Stevens is representing the students, while Dr. Andrew Pflipsen, Vice President for Student Affairs, is representing the MSU vice presidents. Ernie Strube, MSU Foundation executive board member, is representing the university alumni/foundation constituents, and Mike Holmes, director and technical advisor with the Lignite Research Development and Marketing Program – North Dakota Industrial Commission and Mayville State graduate, represents MSU’s external constituents. Dr. Doug Darling, president of Lake Region State College, is an ex-officio, non-voting member of the committee and a senior North Dakota University System (NDUS) representative. NDUS Chancellor Dr. Mark Hagerott is also an ex-officio, non-voting member of the committee.

Dr. James McCormick and Janice Fitzgerald, consultants for AGB Search, are contracted to assist in this presidential search process. Terry Meyer, NDUS Chancellor’s executive assistant, is also assisting throughout the search process.

Search committee co-chair Dr. Dulski Bucholz said, “Dr. Ryan and I are looking for this search process to attract a highly qualified pool of candidates for the position of Mayville State University president.”

The next meeting of the search committee is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2018, when top candidates for the position will be identified for subsequent search committee interviews.

The committee has been charged with referring final candidates to Chancellor Mark Hagerott, who will then forward recommendations to the State Board of Higher Education (SBHE). The SBHE is scheduled to meet at Mayville State on March 27, 2018, when they will interview finalists and extend an offer to the successful candidate.

Nominations and applications for the position of president of Mayville State University should be sent electronically to (MS Word or PDF format). Additional university information may be found at and The AGB consultants may be contacted at 651-238-5188, or 717-580-0663,

BSC Staff Profile – Courtney Reiswig

Working at Bismarck State College allows Courtney Reiswig to do what she loves – help people. She does that in her role as administrative assistant to the Dean of the BSC National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE), and in any number of volunteer activities at the college and beyond.

At BSC, in addition to providing administrative support to the energy programs and activities the NECE covers, Courtney is the co-chair of the United Way Committee and coordinated both the Day of Giving and volunteers for the Summer Lunch Program the college participated in this past summer. “United Way is something I’m passionate about. It’s a great cause.”

She has a “heart for serving” she says. Outside of work, Courtney volunteers on several fronts at her church, and last January, she went on a mission trip to Tijuana, Mexico. Her group spent a week helping at an orphanage and doing community outreach. Tasks ranged from “garbage ministry” – where volunteers collect trash to supplement the lack of reliable garbage collection in the city – to preparing a community picnic, to shoveling rocks every morning to prepare for a new water system.

“I’d do it again,” she says.

Courtney is no stranger to hard work. A 2013 BSC graduate, Courtney is currently taking advantage of the NDUS tuition assistance to complete an AA degree and then pursue a four-year degree in business administration at DSU or Minot State on the BSC campus. She also plays flute in the BSC Concert Band and the West River Winds Community Band, recently purchased her first home, and joined the BSC National Alumni Board.

Working at BSC allows her to do all of this and more.

“I like to be of help to others. Being able to work and go to school is one reason I wanted to work here. I enjoy learning and I love my job.”

Media Coverage Summary – Nov. 17

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


Bismarck State College
BSC Communications students receive top national honors

Dakota College at Bottineau
A Wealth of Information – Accessible from Anywhere/Anytime

Dickinson State University
Blue Hawk Supporter
2017 Boo Hawks Coloring Contest Winners
DSU staff decorate for 2017 Festival of Trees

Lake Region State College
Opening opportunities for simulation technicians

Mayville State University
Weekly News

Minot State University
Enrollment Services plans 2017 Fall Preview Day

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Performing Arts department to present fall play November 16-18
North Dakota Today: Fundamental Knife Skills
‘Murder Mystery’ opens Thursday

North Dakota State University
Virtual victor: NDSU grad student a whiz in male-dominated field of cybersecurity
Car tech for stopping terror attacks by drivers already exists
Professor to present work with veterans, families
NDSU Extension Agronomist Provides Training to Farmers in Uganda
Study: Water use in N.D. Oil Patch increased almost 20-fold in seven years
NDSU to offer Introduction to Entrepreneurship course
New NDSU vet diagnostic facility opens
NDSU students help community members in stroke prevention program

University of North Dakota
‘Speed dating’ for research
Of fast cars and UND hoops
Building the better airport — UND’s Kenville knows
Catching up with friends
Riders on the storm

Valley City State University
Hotline Newsletter

Williston State College
It’s magic!

North Dakota University System

Media Coverage Summary – Nov. 9

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


Bismarck State College
BSC professor’s article accepted for publication
BSC student nurses hold Kids Scrub Camp Nov. 10
Professor to present on the war trauma veterans and their families face
BSC seeks nominations for outstanding alumni

Dakota College at Bottineau
Campus Read Hosts Elk Study Presentation

Dickinson State University
Sixth annual Opportunities in Agriculture event to take place Nov. 15
DSU faculty member named Miss(ter) Blue Hawk 2017
Celebrate the holidays with Dickinson State University
Meet Perzen Akolawala, Director of International Programs
Dept. of Natural Sciences presents “The Quest for Aqua Vitae: The Early History of Alcohol”
Hawk’s Perch – November 2017

Lake Region State College
Devils Lake, N.D., lays out plans for drone park

Mayville State University
Mayville State to launch search for new president Monday

Minot State University
Enrollment Services plans 2017 Fall Preview Day
Minot State co-sponsors Veterans Employer Summit

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Performing Arts department to present fall play November 16-18
NDSCS to begin search for new Head Football Coach
NDSCS announces partnership with SITECH Dakotas

North Dakota State University
NDSU researchers take new approach in cancer fight
Graduate student receives agronomy society scholarship
Graduate students earn awards at crop, soil meeting
NDSU students help community members in stroke prevention program
Horticulture student receives landscape association scholarship
Challey School of Music to present holiday events

University of North Dakota
Meet Matt Eidson: Marine and aspiring journalist
‘Good bones’ all part of master plan
‘Welcome back, Colonel Murphy’
Off to see the Wizard
Fake news, real talk

Valley City State University
President Mason selected for Fort Hays State University presidency

Williston State College
Paralympian tells crowd to keep getting back up

North Dakota University System
‘Reverse Transfer’ helping provide further credentials

‘Reverse Transfer’ helping provide further credentials

Current students within the North Dakota University System may be eligible for an additional degree under a recent initiative.

The “Reverse Transfer” initiative is designed for students to complete and transfer coursework back from the four-year to the two-year institution, essentially granting them credit via a degree for work already accomplished, said Lisa Johnson, NDUS director of academic affairs. The idea first came to the NDUS after two of its universities expressed interest in implementing a pilot program here following similar programs hitting the national spotlight elsewhere in 2012.

According to Johnson, reverse transfer had previously described students who withdrew from a four-year institution to pursue an associate degree at a two-year institution. The distinction today was that the new initiative actively encourages students to continue pursuing their baccalaureate degree at a four-year institution while also getting credit for their associate degree.

Johnson has noted that the outreach was to students who had made substantial progress toward an associate degree, but transferred to a four-year institution prior to being awarded it.

“Most notable about this initiative is that we aren’t asking students to physically return to the community college to complete the remaining coursework,” Johnson said. “Rather, our community colleges are working with students on an individual basis to determine remaining coursework that can be taken at the four-year institution and transferred back to the community college.”

The initiative is in place at all 11 public colleges and universities that make up the state’s university system. However, expectations differ among institutions. For instance, the four-year institutions are expected to be knowledgeable about the initiative, and to aid students in consulting the appropriate two-year college to discuss completion of the appropriate degree. Two-year colleges will be responsible for advising, course substitutions, and assisting students most likely to be enrolled at two NDUS institutions.

According to Johnson, current students who originally started with an associate degree and transferred to a four-year institution prior to completing the associate degree are good candidates for reverse transfer. Students should be in good academic standing, have at least 15 completed credits toward an associate degree, and be enrolled in a four-year institution.

The initiative would help students gain academic degrees for credits they’ve already earned but may not have applied at the time to an associate degree. Johnson noted that one ready example could be students who pursued a bachelor’s degree, but encountered some type of life scenario that prevented them from completing that program coursework. If a student had been far enough along, they would still be able to utilize that coursework already completed into a degree.

“Completion of an associate degree is a significant milestone and enables students to apply for a number of good jobs that are available in North Dakota with this credential,” said Chancellor Mark Hagerott. “Students are encouraged to concurrently pursue the baccalaureate degree at the four-year university with the understanding that completion of the associate degree is a noteworthy accomplishment and formally documented on the academic transcript.”

Since implementing the initiative, each semester the university system has contacted roughly 80 potential students who met the minimum criteria as participants in the program. Johnson noted that although the Reverse Transfer programs being new to the state, the number of students involved in them was steadily growing.

“The success of Reverse Transfer programs in the NDUS is highly dependent upon great faculty and staff at our colleges and universities who are committed to the success of the program, understand the unique needs of a returning student population, and are particularly skilled at advising and aiding students in navigating individualized educational pathways,” Johnson said.

She added that faculty and staff within the university system were continuing to work with returning students, whether they had been out of college for one, or 10, years.

Media Coverage Summary – Nov. 3

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


Bismarck State College
BSC Wind Ensemble performs Nov. 6
Public invited to Dr. Seuss Goes to War presentation Sunday

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Project Culminates in Poster Display

Dickinson State University
Dickinson State to celebrate International Education Week Nov. 13-17
Elder Hawk – 100
Wrestlers teach students the value of reading
Schafer, Dragseth to receive volunteer awards at National Philanthropy Day ceremony
“Blue Hawk Family” Softball Retriever
Dickinson State’s sixth annual Boo Hawks event attracts record crowd
Cuervo Prados to deliver academic conferences to university in Colombia
Dickinson State celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Lake Region State College
Devils Lake, N.D., lays out plans for drone park

Mayville State University
Dream Maker Campaign for academic scholarships underway

Minot State University
Minot State hosts the 37th Northwest International Festival of Music
Month-long Native American Cultural Celebration begins Wednesday

North Dakota State College of Science
Older than average students prove it’s never too late for an education
State of the College Address focused on retention, placement, partnerships
NDSCS Program Coordinator celebrated for work, as she enters retirement
NDSCS announces partnership with SITECH Dakotas
NDSCS honors employee efforts with 2017 LIFE and Steeple awards

North Dakota State University
Locals take part in early Halloween celebration at ‘Boo at NDSU’
NDSU’s wood burning kiln provides hands-on experience to students
NDSU offers drone photography class
Students help reduce hunger in Fargo-Moorhead
Nursing faculty member receives statewide award
Ceremony to honor veterans scheduled

University of North Dakota
UND welcomes Cheech Marin for Chicano art lecture
Northern exposure
Cultural connections through Accounting
On the forefront
Breaking the silence

Valley City State University
Passionate signer Montecuollo shares powerful message

Williston State College
Engineering the Future at WSC

North Dakota University System