Monthly Archives: March 2018

Hagerott: Closing in on the (en)Vision

I am choosing a quote to start this month’s perspective because it reminds me of the hard work of the people of North Dakota; the members of the SBHE; students, faculty, staff of the 11 campuses; and our system staff. Louis Pasteur once said, “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.”  Perseverance, diligence and tenacity in the undertaking of long-term projects are what it takes to make those projects succeed.

Thanks goes out to the SBHE, many students, staff, faculty, legislators, business leaders, and our Advisory Teams for their perseverance, diligence, and tenacity in supporting Envision 2030 effort.

Since Governor Dalrymple and past Board President Neset kicked off the SBHE’s Envision 2030, we’ve held countless informal discussions, dozens of listening sessions, numerous luncheons and formal summits. Legislative input has provided us with an idea of important priorities for our communities. A recent student summit, coordinated brilliantly by the North Dakota Student Association, offered candid feedback from members of our student body on their views toward vital topics now and in the future. The upcoming faculty and staff summit will provide further insight from those on the front lines, diligently engaging in the university system’s sacred public trust: educating current and future generations of students.

From the many sessions the feedback we’ve received, both formally and informally, has shown quite a bit of overlap across our different constituent groups and stakeholders. While nearly all the comments, recommendations and suggestions encourage more opportunities for student success, they sometimes strive to do so in different ways. For instance, some aim at increasing ACCESS to programs across geographical divides, others strive to foster programming that is more responsive to our changing economy and changing technology and the resulting changes in workforce needs. Other input encourages us to endeavor to strengthen our faculty and staff to ensure that we can recruit and retain needed talent.

Over the next two months we will synthesize and solidify recommendations, and determine what new things we must do, and if there are things we might need to do differently. Concurrent task forces created by the Senate Bill 2003 study will be making recommendations this spring, and it’s likely that some of those findings will pair up and be integrated with those of the Envision process.

To close, I want to thank everyone who has provided feedback and for your work supporting a highly complex initiative that stretches across our state, among all 11 colleges and universities, and out to the year 2030. There’s work yet to be done, but the process has already yielded benefits.  Lastly, let me wish you a Happy Easter holiday.

Media Coverage Summary – March 29

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


Bismarck State College
Learn about healthcare careers and eduation at informational session

Dakota College at Bottineau
Otter Tail Power Company Donates To DCB’s Scholarship Fund

Dickinson State University
Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University to celebrate impressive milestone
Career and Internship Fair scheduled for April 17
DSU to host “Kwibuka24” in remembrance of the Rwandan genocide
Project-based learning program helping student teachers
Bramhall, Dolechek, Evenson receive Above and Beyond Awards
A Minute with Mitzel 3.26.18

Lake Region State College
Library Week 2018
Pedal for Peds

Mayville State University
New president named at Mayville State University in ND
MSU Education and Innovation Center offers opportunities for lifelong learning

Minot State University
Rumney earns North Dakota String Teachers Association Distinguished Service Award
MSU offers new graduate certificate in cybersecurity management
Hard work paying off for Leraas

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Performing Arts Department to present Charlotte’s Web

North Dakota State University
NDSU earns Arbor Day Foundation recognition
NDSU Press book named Book of the Year Awards finalist
Faculty member named Transformative Teacher Education Fellow
NDSU engineering students designing, building community center in Guatemala
Toolkit assists pharmacists to increase adult immunization rates in North Dakota
Science Cafe to look at environmental changes on the prairie
NDSU gets OK to build addition to Sudro Hall that will expand nursing, health programs

University of North Dakota
Business & Public Administration dean finalists’ visits set
Power to the pedal
Leading by example
Alum couple says ‘thanks a million’
Truly literary – no lie

Valley City State University
Online teacher-preparation programs ranked 2nd by Best College Reviews

Williston State College
Walk a Mile [IN HER SHOES] event on WSC Campus

North Dakota University System
Board conducts policy review
Multi-agency health “tabletop”
DSU Staff Profile – Annika G. Plummer

Board conducts policy review

The State Board of Higher Education met this week for some basic housekeeping items after closing out a presidential search at Mayville State University.

After taking much of the morning and early afternoon in open interviews and executive session deliberations, the Board named Dr. Brian Van Horn as the new MaSU president. He will serve in the leadership position currently held by President Gary Hagen, who has served the university nearly four decades and announced his retirement last year.

After closing out the presidential search, the Board dug into policy readings for numerous issues. First on the agenda was a second reading of Policy 607.5 (faculty leave). The change had first been proposed after legislative guidance had called for reconciliation of numerous data inconsistencies throughout the university system, prompting review of individual policies and the creation of a systemwide, standardized plan. The policy reading had been tabled at the previous Board meeting pending further review by the Chancellor’s Cabinet. Due to limited time for additional faculty feedback, the Board opted to revisit the policy at a later meeting.

Additionally, the Board held several first readings, including for Policies 330 (policy introduction), 1202.2 (NDUS incident response), 804 (equipment and personal property leases), 803.4 (purchasing cards), 805.1 (tuition), 805.1.4 (negotiated course or program fees), 805.2 (Student activity fees), 805.3.1 (distance learning courses), 820 (waivers and tuition assistance), and 830.2 (refunds). All first readings found unanimous approval.

In other Board business, Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Richard Rothaus presented on two topics: honorary degrees and out-of-state authorizations. Three honorary degrees had been requested, one by North Dakota State University to award a Doctor of Humane Letters to John R. Clay II, and two from University of North Dakota for Si and Betty Robin. All three were approved. Rothaus then presented on state authorizations for Embry Riddle Aeronautical and Park University, both which catered to servicemembers stationed at air bases in the state. The third authorization was from Western University of Health Sciences to offer a doctor of nurse practitioner program, with delivery both online and at University of Jamestown.

Board member Nick Hacker brought forward recommendations from the Budget and Finance Committee. In addition to touching on the annual budget guidelines, the agenda included requests from North Dakota State University to proceed with a softball complex, to proceed with Sudro Hall additions and to proceed with a partial underground steam tunnel replacement. One other request from University of North Dakota sought authorization for the adoption of a resolution seeking refinancing for bonds and for a lease agreement between UND and its School of Medicine Family Practice in Minot. All requests were approved.

Board member Kathleen Neset then brought forward a recommendation from the Board’s Governance Committee, which entailed Board development.

The Board then heard brief reports from Chief Information Officer Darin King, Council of College Faculty President Debora Dragseth, and Staff Senate President Retha Mattern. King provided an update regarding the systemwide implementation of Blackboard learning management system. Dragseth noted that her group was looking forward to a staff and faculty summit next month in Bismarck, among other things. Mattern touched on a staff letter that had been recently sent, which addressed the need for the system to be mindful toward staff salaries and how negatively they would be affected by having to pay their own insurance.

Rep. Marvin Nelson spoke to the Board during public comment, touching on concerns he had with an educational agreement that Bismarck State College had entered into with Saudi Arabia. Nelson said he had an issue with how an institution of North Dakota’s higher education system was apparently entering into an agreement that would be discriminatory toward women. Bismarck State College President Larry Skogen responded by noting that the agreement constituted a rare opportunity to deliver education to people in that country, and would benefit both them and BSC. Skogen noted that BSC’s involvement had begun after responding to an international request for program, and the agreement was not yet finalized. He added that both the Board and attorney general’s office had been involved along the way to ensure the strictest standards were kept.

The next SBHE meeting is scheduled for April 26 and will be held via Interactive Video Network.

New Mayville State University president named

Mayville State University made a major step forward this week when the State Board of Higher Education and presidential search committee named Dr. Brian Van Horn as the new president. Presidential Search Co-Chair and SBHE Member Casey Ryan helped lead the last round of questions, which took much of the morning. All Board members had a chance to weigh in with different questions.

Presidential Search Co-Chair Dr. Andrew Pflipsen noted that the search process had been ongoing since last November when AGB had started to craft presidential position and campus profiles. After refining the process and publicizing the search, nearly 50 candidates expressed their interest in the position. Questions posed to the candidates delved into strategic planning, leading during challenging circumstances, collaborating with other campuses, and more.

After a morning of in-depth public interviews, Dr. Brian Van Horn was unanimously named to be the new president of the four-year university. Van Horn will follow the leadership of President Gary Hagen, whose career has spanned nearly four decades at the campus. Hagan announced his retirement last year.

After the morning’s interviews, the Board entered executive session to privately deliberate on the proceedings and individual qualities among the candidates. Following nearly two hours of deliberative session, the Board emerged to name Van Horn as the new president.

“Without question, the characteristics this institution has, and the community it serves, are exactly those I want to live in and work with,” Van Horn said. “I will be a leader that will work with the people, and we will do it together. I look very forward to this opportunity.”

Multi-agency health “tabletop”

A recent tabletop exercise allowed planners at the North Dakota Department of Health and North Dakota University System to look into challenges and solutions to a hypothetical disease outbreak.

According to NDUS Student Affairs Director Katie Fitzsimmons, the exercise allowed representatives from both organizations to put their heads together.

“The N.D. Department of Health discovered that they had a credit with one of their vaccine suppliers and it was expiring soon,” Fitzsimmons said. “They had been looking for another opportunity to partner with the university system, so creating and executing a disease outbreak vaccination exercise seemed like a great fit.”

In addition to both organizations, all local public health units had a place at the exercise. That provided all officials who might find themselves responding to such a real life situation to go over standard operating procedures well before reality struck.

“Should any campus or area experience a disease outbreak, local public health units, along with the North Dakota Department of Health and the CDC, would be at the front of the line, working and providing solutions,” Fitzsimmons said about the exercise, which lasted three hours and included nearly 80 staff members from the involved agencies.

Through the course of the meeting, participants moved steadily through several possible scenarios, and discussed what reactions would be likely at the campus level.

“I sat in with the Bismarck State College staff and throughout the meeting, we discussed protocols that they currently have in place and ones they would like to put into place, to make a reaction smooth and seamless,” Fitzsimmons noted. “Every campus has different variables and considerations to take into account. For example, BSC has the Career Academy on campus and hundreds of local high school students drive and bus onto their campus every day for classes.

“If a BSC student, or students, were to present with a disease symptom that would warrant action, BSC would need to work with BPS, local public health, and the NDDoH to pose an appropriate response and course of action,” she continued. “We discussed different thresholds- such as: would the campus cancel classes? Would administration shut down residence halls? Would a particular vaccination become mandatory? Everything would depend on what exactly occurred, how it was contained, and what information they have. We also discussed how the campus would communicate with the community and to the media, especially in light of private health information rising to the surface.”

With so many considerations to make, it was an important step to getting all organizations on the same page. Fitzsimmons said she felt the tabletop exercise was helpful in getting “the wheels turning and getting all campuses thinking about worst case scenarios and anything that falls below that measure.” She added that although many, if not most, campuses already have pandemic or outbreak protocols in place, the exercise created a better bridge between public health, the health department and the university system, as well as fortifying the shared services and cooperation that we see across the system.

DSU Staff Profile – Annika G. Plummer

It was as a student that Annika G. Plummer first got to know Dickinson State University. And it’s been working with and helping the students that’s kept her coming back.

Plummer works as the Administrative Secretary of the Dickinson State University Department of Agriculture and Technical Studies, a role she’s held since August 17, 2011. Well before she had taken on the role, she was a student at DSU, graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration with minors in Marketing, Management, and Leadership in 2004.

As part of her day-to-day responsibilities, Plummer noted that the bulk of her work was getting “to work with some great students!” Primarily, that meant working for Dr. Woodrow W. “Chip” Poland, Jr., the chair of the department. In this capacity, Plummer takes care of a wealth of tasks.

“If the students need paperwork completed, like Course Substitution forms, Pre-requisite Approval forms, Excess Load forms, and other similar forms, I take care of getting all of that paperwork started,” she said. “I manage Dr. Poland’s schedule and help schedule appointments for other professors in the department, too. I also give tours of the Ag Building to any prospective students. I can give a tour of all of main campus in 50 minutes and spend 20 minutes minimum just on my own building!

Plummer said the best part of the job was helping the students.

“I love working with the students. We have the best ones on campus!” she said. “They are all so respectful and considerate of me. Perhaps this is because I bake treats! J”

Plummer noted that her connection to the university and community was strengthened in part by the support she’s received through challenging times.

“The biggest change/challenge that happened in my life was when my husband passed away on January 25, 2012,” she said. “He was only 33 years old and I wasn’t yet 30. At that age, you never think such a thing could happen. I had only been working for DSU for five months, but my boss, Dr. Poland, was one of the first to show up at my house that morning to offer his support. The people in this department – the faculty and students – helped get me through a very rough time in my life. I couldn’t have done it without their support. Since he passed away, I have a better appreciation for life and how short life is. I am more apt today to ‘stop and smell the roses,’ so to speak, and let little things be little things. Focus on your family. Tell them you love them. Appreciate every moment!”

Outside of her role at DSU, Plummer is an active member of Sons of Norway and has visited the country twice. She also actively enjoys quilting as a member of the Loose Threads Quilt Guild out of Hebron, spends most of her summer weekends traveling to rodeos taking photos. Additionally, Plummer is a self-published author, releasing The Apple Story in 2016 and The Felt Heart last year. Both are illustrated by Scott Nelson of Solen. Plummer also had the distinction of being selected to the Rural Leadership North Dakota. She noted it would provide her with the opportunity to learn more about agriculture from North Dakota and beyond.

“This is a phenomenal opportunity for both me personally and for Dickinson State University,” she said. “I am in RLND Class VIII. Out of the previous seven classes, there have only been a handful of others involved with higher education in North Dakota and no representatives from Dickinson State University.”

Plummer noted that she was hopeful the RLND experience would be beneficial for herself and the university, adding that it continued to be a pleasure to work in her department.

“Every day is different as every student is different,” she said. “I am able to help people each and every day and love coming in to work. Life is great! Enjoy every moment.”

Media Coverage Summary – March 23

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


Bismarck State College
BSC student nurses to hold Kids Scrub Camp April 2

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Director Appointed to State Advisory Committee

Dickinson State University
Senior art exhibition “Faceted Passions” on display in April at Dickinson State
Dickinson State’s Rogers to be published in prestigious ACDA journal
Pierce co-presents at largest literary conference in North America
DSU Rodeo Council to hold membership drive Friday
Roosevelt Library coming to Dickinson, Museum going to Medora

Lake Region State College
Students nominated for festival

Mayville State University
Wheat bran to plastics
Come and celebrate with us!
Public invited to attend screening

Minot State University
Spark of creativity spawns new company
Minot State to offer free meningococcal B vaccine
‘Three Women Who Made History’ presented at Minot State

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Performing Arts Department to present Charlotte’s Web

North Dakota State University
NDSU named Military Spouse Friendly School
NDSU interior design students mentor local students
Choice Award winners selected at Innovation Challenge showcase event
Student named Lifesavers Traffic Safety Scholar
NDSU to host sheep ultrasound certification school
NDSU Extension Releases Pulse Crop Insect Diagnostic Series
Dickinson 4-H and FFA chapters continue to prepare students
NDSU Choir Brings their Talent Back Home
NDSU Students Showcase Business Skills at Annual Innovation Challenge

University of North Dakota
Elite company
Making connections
Squashing the superbugs
Catch and decrease
Admitted and appreciated

Valley City State University
Online teacher-preparation programs ranked 2nd by Best College Reviews

Williston State College
Welding Department Raffle Off Smokers
WSC Instructor Woodworking Skills on Display at James Memorial Art Center

North Dakota University System
Knudson: Shining light on Aquaponics
DCB Staff Profile – Howard Prouty

Knudson: Shining light on Aquaponics

Few industries have remained completely static through the years. More productive operations, stricter regulations and an increased reliance on technology have ways of changing things.

As industries change, the faculty tasked with educating students on their related programs have to keep up. Keith Knudson, Dakota College at Bottineau’s Horticulture Department Head and Instructor, is a prime example of one of those faculty.

Knudson has been working at DCB since 2011, when he started as a farm business management and sustainable vegetable production instructor. Three years later, his focus shifted to Aquaponics, developing a program at the two-year campus that provides a wide range of active learning experiences and selection of lectures – a good mix for those students who will end up going into the hands-on field. Two years later, students are able to achieve at different levels: with both a certificate and Associate of Applied Science degree available.

According to Knudson, the Aquaponics Program provides an overview of the field and its history. Included in the program are five different plant growth subsystems, fish and plant species, fish and plant health, and environment control methods. Aquaponics itself, as defined by Knudson, is the combination of growing aquatic life (aquaculture) and plants (hydroponics) in a system that requires no soil.

The reason for bringing aquaponics to DCB? Basically, because the agricultural practice is done completely in controlled environments, it can be done anywhere in the world. Due to production levels that have the possibility of exceeding 10 times that of current land production, it was a no-brainer for Knudson to get the program going here – especially since he had some experience with it.

The practicality of aquaponics and need for controllable, sustained agricultural operations also makes it useful for retooling otherwise unused facilities. Knudson noted that agriculture businesses are transforming older warehouses into aquaponics operations to help feed high density populations in other parts of world.

“DCB is one of only a handful of colleges and universities in the world that has an aquaponics program,” he said. “DCB’s program is unique in that it applies research to cold climate conditions. The program develops practices based on temperature and natural sunlight conditions in northern climates.”

Knudson said as an instructor in career technical education, it gave him great enjoyment to watch students apply their newfound knowledge.

“Our students are given the opportunity to demonstrate those abilities and skills in our practicums offered on-campus,” he said. “It makes them better prepared for their future and that is very important to me.”

Outside of the classroom, Knudson has a farm where he maintains an aquaponics program. Fish from his operation are stocked in private ponds and lakes throughout the state. He is a founding member of the Turtle Mountain Kiwanis that began in 2011, serving children in Bottineau and the surrounding area. Knudson is the president of FARRMS, a nonprofit organization that enhances the sustainability of farms and ranches in rural and urban North Dakota. He grew up on a diversified farm near Bottineau, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Extension and Agricultural Education with emphasis on plant science and horticulture from North Dakota State University.

His own aquaculture project began in 2000 with walleye, rainbow trout, blue gills, and perch. Approximately 10 percent – or 100 gallons – of the water was replaced daily with this aquaculture project. A couple years later, the aquaculture project transformed to an aquaponics project, reducing both water and energy usage that also lowered its overall cost.

DCB Staff Profile – Howard Prouty

Howard Prouty has been working at the physical plant at Dakota College at Bottineau since 1984, or to be more precise, since Dec. 10, 1984, “at 7 a.m.”

That kind of precision seems to come naturally to the longtime staff member, who joked that he “stumbled upon an opening” at the school after working for a construction company. His prior job meant a multitude of tasks, but the role at DCB was more specific to boiler heating and plumbing.

Nearly 34 years later, he’s still at it. Prouty’s main focus and primary attention is with the boiler system, although he also manages work orders for the entire campus’s plumbing and heating needs.

“I just like coming to work every day,” Prouty noted. “The job is enjoyable. I appreciate the opportunity to work.”

Throughout that time, he stated one major change has been updating the heating system to include more of the campus.

“The heating system operated all of the campus except for the greenhouse and Molberg building until 2010,” Prouty noted. “The new heating system installed that year was a challenge because [of] learning a new system, and adding two buildings to one system.”

Denise Schroeter, DCB’s physical plant administrative assistant, said Prouty was a great person to work with.

“I have worked with Howard Prouty at DCB for many years. Howard is a conscientious, dependable worker, who is always on time,” Schroeter said. “As the boiler plant operator and plumber, he has been called back after hours literally hundreds of times. He is always willing to come in and take care of the problem. Howard assists with snow removal and is often at work clearing snow long before staff arrives for work. Congratulations to Howard on this recognition of his steadfast work for DCB.”

Outside of being a longtime member of the DCB staff, Prouty has been involved with maintaining the fairgrounds at Bottineau County Fair for 16 years. He also maintains a few apartments in town. Prouty said he likes to keep busy, and enjoys hunting and fishing.

Media Coverage Summary – March 16

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


Bismarck State College
BSC ag students to hold activities celebrating National Ag Day

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Director Appointed to State Advisory Committee

Dickinson State University
TRHLP scholars to “Brave the Shave” for children battling cancer
Hawk’s Perch – March 2018
Dragseth re-elected as CCF president
Marketplace for Kids returns to Dickinson

Lake Region State College
Students nominated for festival

Mayville State University
Staff Senate organizes food drive
Fourteenth annual “Tables du Jour” event is April 21

Minot State University
Kibler, Conn represent MSU at National Writing Project
Johnson lifts Beavers to semifinals
Bakken calls 300th game with Red Vision Productions

North Dakota State College of Science
OTA Students Host CarFit Event

North Dakota State University
NDSU researchers examine bullying behavior by high school coaches
Trade, weather will have big consequences for pricesNorth Dakota marching band proves a hit in Derry
A tech pioneer talks: Satellite imagery’s role in ag

University of North Dakota
Full steam ahead … almost
A Marine and his sword
Center for Innovation finalist to visit March 19
Three set to interview for VPFO
Business of sport

Valley City State University
VCSU to host North Dakota science and math teachers

Williston State College
WSC Enrollment Numbers Released

North Dakota University System

Media Coverage Summary – March 9, 2018

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


Bismarck State College
BSC negotiating to deliver energy training in Saudi Arabia

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Director Appointed to State Advisory Committee

Dickinson State University
DSU students participate in adjudicated jazz festival
North Dakota to Arizona: Connecting with Alumni
2017 Fall Commencement Photos
Marie Moe devotes life to community, family and opportunities
Athletes for Jesus: DSU students headed to Uganda

Lake Region State College
Students nominated for festival
Young writer conference

Mayville State University
Open forums scheduled adjusted
Candidates make public presentations
Concert featuring music by female composers planned in honor of Women’s History Month

Minot State University
Bakken calls 300th game with Red Vision Productions
Minot State to offer free meningococcal B vaccine
Miller’s work, time showcased at national conference

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS wins Region XIII basketball titles

North Dakota State University
Robot helps professors keep student teachers on track
NDSU presents Mid Winter Choral Concert
N.D. kindergarten vaccination rates increase
NDSU students take advantage of snow day
Workshop will help farmers with transition decisions
“Netflix and Brevs” turns laughs into love
College of Business to host financial markets conference
Alumnae listed as top women in business
Child stress authority to address impact of military deployments

University of North Dakota
By the numbers
Graduate student gravitas
Thinking globally, acting locally
The oldest ice on earth?
Celebrating service

Valley City State University
This week’s Hotline!

Williston State College
Williston digs out from storm

North Dakota University System
Finalists move forward to interview for Mayville State University Presidency

Finalists move forward to interview for Mayville State University Presidency

The Mayville State University hosted five presidential candidates on campus this week to recommend three candidates for final interviews with the State Board of Higher Education. The final interviews will take place on Wednesday, March 28, on the Mayville State University campus. The SBHE is the hiring authority for university presidents, and is scheduled to make a decision that day.

“It has been an exciting process and now that we have identified those that are going to the Board for the final decision, I know that the committee’s efforts have been thorough and that our candidates each offer something that would build upon the strong foundations here at Mayville State University,” Mayville State Presidential Search Committee Co-Chair Andrew Pflipsen said. “We are looking forward to the next steps in the process and to see who will be chosen as our next president.”

The finalists who will be interviewed by the SBHE include:

  • Bernell Hirning, interim associate vice president and associate regional dean; National University, Fresno, California.
  • Keith Stenehjem, vice president for academic affairs at Mayville State University; Mayville, North Dakota
  • Brian Van Horn, associate provost; Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky

The search committee will recommend a group of finalists to the State Board of Higher Education, which will conduct final interviews on the Mayville State campus March 28, with the selection of the next Mayville State University president announced thereafter.

Media Coverage Summary – March 2

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


Bismarck State College
BSC negotiating to deliver energy training in Saudi Arabia

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Director Appointed to State Advisory Committee

Dickinson State University
Collegiate Farm Bureau helps students stay up to date on ag issues
How Dickinson became the ‘Queen City’
Dickinson State University features student musical talent
Dickinson State theatre receives KCACTF award
DSU’s Whippo to moderate event discussing good government in North Dakota
Meier’s contribution to CHOICE to appear in March 2018
Japanese Taiko drummers to perform at Dickinson State March 8
Chancellor Hagerott to visit Dickinson State

Lake Region State College
Lake Region State College to present live theater production: ‘Dearly Departed’

Mayville State University
MSU president semifinalist visits scheduled
Candidates to make public presentations
Concert featuring music by female composers planned in honor of Women’s History Month
Comets are 2017-18 NSAA Champs!

Minot State University
Homecoming 2018 reunions, events announced
Minot State Foundation reports another record year

North Dakota State College of Science
Career Fair

North Dakota State University
NDSU certificate student looks to impact health care for Native Americans
NDSU to host Public Health Week events
Researchers warn ranchers against overgrazing come spring
Competition to showcase student innovation
NDSU potato varieties are popular garden choices
2018 Spring Fever Garden Forums Offered
Gems in the attic: Fargo-Moorhead area museums, archives hold hidden historic treasures
NDSU Theater kicks off spring semester shows
Students Celebrating their Home Countries During International Week
NDSU Student Government wins national honor

University of North Dakota
Degree: planned
Immigration on the mind
Growing the STEM
Take this job — and love it!
UND online: a welcome port in a storm

Valley City State University
This week’s Hotline Newsletter

Williston State College
‘Listening session’ focuses on future of Williston State College

North Dakota University System
Baesler Seeks Applicants for ND Board of Higher Education
New digital dashboards to prove insightful
Miller: Helping expand Precision Ag education

Baesler Seeks Applicants for ND Board of Higher Education

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler is inviting North Dakotans to apply for two openings on the Board of Higher Education, which sets policy for the state’s 11 public colleges and universities.

A seat on the Board of Higher Education is considered one of the state’s most prestigious appointments. The two open positions carry four-year terms, which begin July 1. The board meets each month, and its meetings are typically held on one of the system’s campuses.

“We look for the same attributes and qualities in our higher ed board members as any corporation, business or agency would look for as they look for people to lead, and govern, and provide direction for a system,” Baesler said. “We look for people with vision, we look for people with leadership skills, collaboration skills, communication skills.”

“I would encourage everyone who has an idea or a belief that they can make a difference in shaping our higher education system to apply,” Baesler said.

Board of Higher Education hopefuls must complete an application form and include a resume and letters of recommendation. Application materials are due at 5 p.m. Monday, April 2.

Completed forms should be emailed to Baesler’s executive assistant, Patty Carmichael, at, or mailed to the State Superintendent, Department of Public Instruction, 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 201, Bismarck, N.D., 58505.

Baesler is chairwoman of a state committee that nominates Board of Higher Education applicants.  The committee’s choices will be forwarded to Gov. Doug Burgum, who will appoint the two members. The governor’s choices are subject to confirmation by the North Dakota Senate.

Aside from Baesler, the nominating committee’s members are state Rep. Larry Bellew, R-Minot, the speaker of the North Dakota House; state Sen. Dave Oehlke, R-Devils Lake, the president pro tempore of the North Dakota Senate; North Dakota Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle; and Nick Archuleta, president of North Dakota United, which represents public employees and public school teachers. The committee’s makeup is specified in the North Dakota Constitution (Article 8, Section 6(2)(a)).

The Board of Higher Education has eight voting members. Seven are appointed by the governor for four-year terms. The eighth is a North Dakota University System student, who is appointed for one year. In addition, the board has nonvoting members that represent university system faculty and staff, both of whom serve one-year terms.

The two board seats that are coming open in June are held by Kevin Melicher of Fargo and Mike Ness of Hazen. Both men are eligible to be reappointed to a second four-year term on the board.

The North Dakota University System includes the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Dickinson State University, Mayville State University, Minot State University, Valley City State University, Bismarck State College, Dakota College at Bottineau, Lake Region State College at Devils Lake, the North Dakota State College of Science at Wahpeton, and Williston State College.