Monthly Archives: January 2018

Media Coverage Summary – Jan. 26

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Jan. 26


Bismarck State College
BookTalk at BSC discussion features “The Round House”
BSC recognizes Fall 2017 graduates

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Recreation Management Program is Customized for Each Student

Dickinson State University
Skaff Thankful for the Opportunities Scholarships Bring
Dickinson State’s 2017 Impressions magazine wins first place in national contest
Special event in honor of Janae Moore to take place Saturday, Jan. 27

Lake Region State College
LRSC honors list released
Spotlight on transfer
Three-night UAV course

Mayville State University

Minot State University
Minot State University prepares for Gov. Burgum State of the State Address

North Dakota State College of Science
One year later
NDSCS Announces Fall 2017 Graduates
NDSCS to host International Work Ethic Speaker
NDSCS student musicians to perform with statewide collegiate groups
“Give Kids a Smile” event returns to NDSCS

North Dakota State University
What the Tech? Winter survival app
Students get ready for the workplace in high-tech labs
Registration open for cyber security conference
NDSU students to take part in snowplow competition
Career Expo to link students with career opportunities
Science Cafe presentation to discuss speech patterns
NDSU to host high school jazz festival
Fundraiser to help former student battling cancer

University of North Dakota
Pogatshnik takes anti-bullying stand to Miss USA stage
Fighting Hawks mascot in the works
A new day for Information Technology
Ascending the leadership ladder
Serving and learning – pro bono

Valley City State University
Key personnel changes in new year

Williston State College
WSC Art Show at the James Memorial Art Center

North Dakota University System
Improving attainment for all students and our workforce
Board talks guns
Password policy change on horizon

Improving attainment for all students and our workforce

With the New Year begun and the spring semester now fully underway, it’s always a great time to look toward the future and what it may bring for faculty, staff and students of the North Dakota University System.

Some of those forward-striving initiatives like Envision 2030 and the Senate Bill 2003 campus studies, are well underway. Plenty has been written so far of those consensus-building and fact-finding processes, so today I’d like to write about a third leg of our aspirational worldview: Attainment.

Attainment can be described in the realm of higher education as the point where some type of post-secondary program completion has successfully concluded. This can be anywhere from credentialing and certificate programs through graduate school.

Throughout the United States in the past few years, there’s been a push to increase attainment across the board. Many states such as Indiana and Tennessee have made it a focal point for their respective higher education systems. This is due to the fact that technology is changing our economy so quickly – faster than ever before – that the jobs which are still here or being created largely require some type of higher learning.

The rate of attainment among adults isn’t keeping up with the needs of workforce. According to the Lumina Foundation, as of 2015 the national average for adult attainment – those with some type of post-secondary degree – was 45.8 percent. In North Dakota, we can continue to say we’re above average, at around 48.8 percent. The private, non-profit foundation, which exists to further education, notes that by 2025 nearly 60 percent of all jobs will require some type of education beyond high school.

“Since 2011, the U.S. economy has added 11.5 million more jobs for workers with education beyond high school but only 80,000 more jobs for those with a high school diploma or less,” Lumina reported.

That means that higher education across the board has to work harder to help our citizens maintain qualifications to stay in the workforce, but also that allow them to stay engaged with a changing economy.

This past August, the university system was awarded a $100,000 grant by Lumina in order to begin finding ways to reach our own goal of 65 percent attainment by 2025. Earlier this month, we held the kickoff session at Bismarck State College that brought together representatives from the NDUS, the tribal schools, career and technical education, K-12 and workforce experts to begin ironing out how we can help North Dakotans achieve their own attainment and ensure that no worker is left out because they lack necessary industry credentials.

We’re hopeful as this process moves forward that we can find clear, affordable and accessible paths for everyone and anyone looking to expand their knowledge, skills and abilities. We are confident that in doing so we will increase our ability to hit the State Board of Higher Education’s main goal: the creating and maintaining opportunities for students to find success, right here at home.

Board talks guns

Details ironed out for campus firearms policy

The State Board of Higher Education talked a range of issues this week during its regular meeting, the first of the year held through the Interactive Video Network. Two of the top issues involved how campuses would handle firearms policies, and presidential searches.

During the first reading of Policy 916.1 (Possession of a Firearm or Dangerous Weapon in a Campus), Board members highlighted the importance of safety on campuses while also providing for students to exercise their Constitutional rights.

Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs Richard Rothaus led the discussion on the proposed firearms policy change.

There was a need to write a policy to deal with the repercussions of that law,” Rothaus said, which resulted in the policy being considered. “We’ve taken a great deal of care in revising the policy that achieves the goals of the Board but does not have unintended consequences.”

He said the substantive changes would prevent any person from giving permission to store a firearm to themselves. This would affect presidents only, as they – and the chancellor – were the only individuals who could grant permission. Another change included preventing firearms being stored in any residence that housed undergraduates or graduate students, such as dorms.

Board Faculty Advisor Birgit Pruess asked for clarification on the language “dangerous weapon.” Rothaus responded that the phrase was used due to it being defined already in state law. Board Student Member Jacob Dailey asked for clarification on how long the permission would last. Rothaus noted that once permission was granted for an individual it would last as long as the individual lived in the State Board owned building. After further discussion, the Board unanimously approved the policy.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott provided his report, which touched on the Mayville State University presidential search that was now underway, the governor’s task force on higher education governance, a grant from the Lumina Foundation, and the work proceeding on the campus study task forces as mandated by Senate Bill 2003.

Board member Mike Ness then brought forward the Academic and Student Affairs Committee recommendations for several new programs, and several program terminations. Among the new programs were a Bachelor of Applied Science in Cybersecurity and Information Technology at Bismarck State College;  a Bachelor of Science in Information Analytics from Dickinson State University; a BS in Early Childhood Education from Minot State University; a Master of Arts in Communications from North Dakota State University; a BS and Master of Science in Data Science at University of North Dakota; undergraduate certificates at UND for Behavioral Health, Chinese, Classical Languages, French, German, Norwegian, Spanish, Cyberpsychology, and Forensic Psychology; graduate certificates in Applied Economics, Behavioral Data Analytics, Cybersecurity and Behavior, Learning Analytics, Quantitative Research Methods, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Engineering (including M.S. and M.Engr. options); and minors at UND in Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Cybersecurity (including B.S. and M.S. options). All those recommended were approved.

Programs recommended for termination included undergraduate certificates in Animal Health Management, Equine Science and Therapeutic Riding, all at NDSU; a minor in Vaccinology at NDSU; an M.S. in Botany at NDSU; a B.S. in Occupational Safety and Environmental Health at UND; and a Ph.D. in Communications Sciences and Disorders at UND. All recommendations were approved.

Board member Nick Hacker brought forward recommendations from the Budget and Finance committee. Those included the transfer of $152,000 from NDSCS’ operations line to its capital assets line for repair projects; a $350,000 elevator replacement project at NDSU; an authorization for BSC to transfer $124,374 from operating line to capital in accordance with Senate Bill 2003; and the approval of 2018-2019 Room, Board and Fees guidelines.

Board member Kathleen Neset then provided an update on the current governance committee tasks.

Other reports included those from North Dakota Student Association President Kaleb Dschaak, Council of College Faculty President Debora Dragseth, and Staff Senate Vice President Cole Kruger.

In other business, the Board authorized the presidential search begin to move forward for Valley City State University, with Board Vice Chair Greg Stemen as the Board’s representative on the search committee. The motion passed unanimously.

The next Board meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 22.

Password policy change on horizon

North Dakota University System staff and studentswill soon no longer have to worry about coming up with a new password every 90 days. That is, unless they want to.

A new policy is set to go into effect Feb. 5 that will give system employees and students the opportunity to change their password for the last time. The policy was prompted by discussion among the campus chief information officers and security personnel, who reached consensus that it was a good time for the change.

“Primarily, the changes to the requirements are being made due to significant improvements in NDUS security controls, such as the addition of Duo multi-factor authentication on many critical systems and applications,” said NDUS Director of Information Security Brad Miller. He also stated that “the new requirements are aligned with recently released guidance from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which outlines best practices for secure passwords.”

Over the next 90 days, in accordance with the existing expiration schedule, users will receive an email notification asking them to change their password one last time. The new requirement will require users to choose a password between 12 and 16 characters. Miller also said change in character length was done because, basically, “the more characters, the better.

“We like to encourage people to use a ‘passphrase’, which is a sequence of words or a sentence, primarily because it makes a longer password easier to remember,” Miller said. “Although not required, adding special characters, numbers, or upper case letters will make your password even more resistant to attack.”

Checks will be in place to not allow individuals to choose passwords that are commonly used and therefore could be easily guessed by an attacker. Finally, instead of the typical security questions that are attached to forgotten password prompts, users will be prompted to add a secondary email address or enable Google Authenticator for password resets.

Although the policy is changing, the process to change your password isn’t. As always, to change your NDUS account password, go to the university system helpdesk website at Click on “Your NDUS Account” and then on the next page click “Change My NDUS Account Password” and follow the on-screen instructions.

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact your local campus help desk.

Media Coverage Summary – Jan. 19

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


Bismarck State College
BSC students awarded technical and energy scholarships
Energy Generation Conference set for Jan. 23-25

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Hires Academic Support Coordinators & Safety Security Officer

Dickinson State University
Wohletz to perform during Afternoon of Jazz with ND musicians
Blue Hawk Supporter – Edgewood Hawks Point

Lake Region State College
TRiO supports students

Mayville State University
Mayville State University reunion luncheon scheduled

Minot State University
Air-supported dome at Herb Parker Stadium now open
Hoff to coach at Paralympic Winter Games
Alumni Sean and Jason Neukom bring Beo String Quartet to North Dakota
Northwest Arts Center opens New Year with two exhibits

North Dakota State College of Science
Daily News: Rebalancing act for NDSCS a quarter into new biennium

North Dakota State University
Area woman from Kenya to receive human rights award
NDSU computer science to host top students for cybersecurity research experience
Life Beyond Breaking Even summit to focus on farm economics, stress
NDSU Hosts Annual Innovation Challenge Pitch Night
NDSU Holds Expo to Get Student Body Involved In Campus Organizations
NDSU Extension to host corn economics workshops
Fullerton farmer grows lettuce year-round with help of hydroponics

University of North Dakota
Banding together for a better campus
Raves for Chaves
Research suggests colonoscopy link to appendicitis
Video: MLK Day observed on campus
Dream in Action: MLK celebration at UND

Valley City State University
Key personnel changes in new year

Williston State College
Tetons come to Hagan

North Dakota University System
CTS Staff Profile – John Lindstrom

CTS Staff Profile – John Lindstrom

John Lindstrom has worked for the North Dakota University System/Core Technology Services for nearly 40 years. In all that time, a lot has changed, except for his role.

According to his team mates, the steadiness he brings to the job helps serve as a great foundation on which to build a team.

John, a programmer analyst with the CTS’ Financial and HRM Systems team, has been an application developer for his entire career, starting back in 1978 when he was hired to develop the software for an integrated legacy HR, Finance and Student system for all campuses.

“My responsibilities over the years have been basically developing and troubleshooting the software that automates the business processes for the campuses,” John said. “In our legacy system I worked on both the finance and HRMS applications. With the ERP [put in place in 2004] I now work exclusively on the HRMS module.”

While things can change regularly in higher education and in tech-related fields, John’s particular role – and the skills and experience he brings to it – haven’t gone out of style. While the 2004 transition from a legacy system to the ERP offered less need for programming, all systems retain a high need for troubleshooters like John and the Financial and HRMS Systems team, who continues to develop new functionality within the system.

While these types of technical details may be out-of-sight for most end-users, the functionality that they bring allows university system employees to maintain a proper level of interaction with their administrative needs. Most recently, that included the implementation of the Time Labor/Absence Management module in PeopleSoft, utilized by all the campuses.

Being part of any system for four decades can offer insight into change over time. John is certainly no different in that regard.

There have been many changes as you can imagine over nearly 40 years,” he said. “When I started all of the campuses had their own computer systems for doing their business and there wasn’t even a formal North Dakota University System, which was formed in approximately 1990. In the mid-1980s, three new campuses were brought under the umbrella of N.D. higher ed with Bismarck State, Lake Region and Williston State being added. Campuses were basically their own entity since – there was no technology available to help with the collaboration between them

According to John, the information technology-related changes have been dramatic

“When I started working for N.D. higher ed, personal computers were in their infancy and were not used for any administrative computing, and there was no internet, online processing or cell phones,” he noted. “Our legacy system went into production in 1978 and connected online to a mainframe computer used the old green screen terminals for data entry. That was a huge step forward from the punch cards and magnetic tape that was heavily used prior to the legacy system. The changes since that legacy system have been just as dramatic with the advent of the internet. Now we can do our work and students can take classes online from anywhere.”

John noted that he kept upbeat after 40 years on the job because he worked with “talented, dedicated co-workers, and it is fun to come to work every day.

“My job is still challenging and not a day goes by that I don’t learn something new,” he added. “Our teams work with the campus administrative users, and it is rewarding helping them solve issues that they have with our ERP software.

“I have been very fortunate to work with the people that I have over the years and have a job that was both rewarding and challenging,” John concluded. “I even met my wife Marie at work (we started the same day in 1978) and have worked in the same organization ever since. She just retired in December.”

“John is an amazing team member, friend and person,” noted supervisor Cory Schanzenbach. “He is the most humble, kind, hard-working individual I have met. John has an incredible amount of knowledge, which his team-members rely on for help every day.”

In addition to his long track record with NDUS/CTS, John finds time to serve as he treasurer of his church and his church foundation. I also help out in NDSU Athletics. During the football season he works on the game statistic crew and during the basketball season helps the multimedia crew with displaying game content on the videoboards in the SHAC. He is a longtime blood donor for United Blood Services, and was inducted into the N.D. Softball Hall of Fame in 1993 after playing for 31 years. These days, he’s traded in fast pitch softball for golfing and bowling, recording two 300 games and an 800 series.

Media Coverage Summary – Jan. 12

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Jan. 12


Bismarck State College
BSC announces President’s Honor Roll for Fall 2017
Blizzard Bluegrass concerts set for Jan. 12-13 at BSC

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Photo Grad starts internship with Disney Corp.

Dickinson State University
Gruhlke advances to LEAD 2018 Winner Circle
Lunde named DSU’s 2018 Nurse Educator of the Year
Travers Scholarships now available through DSU Heritage Foundation
CommUniversity 2018 features topics from QuickBooks to photograph
Blue Hawk Bulletin – January 2018

Lake Region State College
LRSC and CHS partner for ag education
Faculty and staff donate to SAAF
TRiO supports students

Mayville State University

Minot State University
President completes fall tour
Northwest Arts Center opens New Year with two exhibits
Minot State to host grand opening

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Announces Fall 2017 President’s Honor List

North Dakota State University
N Dakota St takes back FCS title, tops James Madison 17-13
NDSU students take leading role in research
NDSU Innovation Challenge to kick off next week
NDSU Lake Region Extension Roundup begins Tuesday
Projecting 2018 crop profits
Partner-twins bring ag concepts to life in their ND-based ‘Red E’ venture
FF grad Bernard receives NDSU computer science student honor

University of North Dakota
CVIC at home at UND
Student-athlete of the Month: Bailey Strand
Postdocs on lock
Out of this world opportunity
Ascending the online ranks

Valley City State University
VCSU online programs recognized in U.S. News rankings

Williston State College
Tetons women show much improvement despite short bench against Dawson

North Dakota University System

Media Coverage Summary – Jan. 5

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Dec. 29


Bismarck State College
Blizzard Bluegrass concerts set for Jan. 12-13 at BSC
From mice to millions

Dakota College at Bottineau
Farm & Cottage Food Safety Workshop

Dickinson State University
Hawk’s Perch – January 2018
McKenzie Reisenauer succeeds against the odds

Lake Region State College
Wind Power: Bane or Benefit?
Wind Energy: Mostly All Benefit

Mayville State University
It’s a great time to check out the Wellness Center

Minot State University
Leap of faith paying off for Kringen
Minot State earns Star Volunteers Award
Heilman performing at high level 

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Registered Nursing program to accept new students annually beginning in fall 2019

North Dakota State University
NDSU Feedlot School set for Jan. 23-24
West Fargo’s Snell working with NDSU students on NASA project
Visions of the future: Alexandria grad working on drones, driverless cars
Limitless creation: Printmaker shares Native American heritage through art
The Forum’s 2017 Area Person of the Year: Carson Wentz
Award-winning documentary aims to recruit, retain American Indian nurses
Bison Nation rallies around young NDSU fan in the fight of his life

University of North Dakota
Year in Review: oh what a year!
Happy Holidays from the UND Alumni Association and Foundation

Valley City State University
Highlights from 2017

Williston State College
WSC instructor chosen for solo exhibitions starting in 2019

North Dakota University System