Monthly Archives: April 2018

Media Coverage Summary – April 27

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, April 27


Bismarck State College
BSC Holocaust remembrance event shines light on a North Dakotan’s heroism
BSC honors Alumnus of the Year

Dakota College at Bottineau
Vandal Inducted Into Honor Society

Dickinson State University
Former DSU coach Roger Huffman leaves legacy behind
DSU department recognized with two national awards
Hauf appointed to National Business Education Association Board
Blue Hawk Supporter
Hawk’s Perch – April 2018
DSU music students attend National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, two plac
Meier presents research at university in Northern Ireland

Lake Region State College
Lake Region State College students put critical thinking to the test with Harry Potter-esque Escape Room
LRSC Peace Officer graduation

Mayville State University
Commencement festivities planned for May 12
Misti Wuori receives Orville Johnson Meritorious Service Award
Mayville State University employee recognized

Minot State University
MSU students, alumnae, faculty earn Sevareid Awards
C Moore Science Day to celebrate 100 anniversary of Cyril Moore’s birth
Shakespeare Festival at Minot State

North Dakota State College of Science
Spring Concert

North Dakota State University
Visionary architect John Klai to receive NDSU honorary doctorate
NDSU students practice plant therapy techniques at local retirement community
NDSU fraternity plans event, donating proceeds to Children’s Miracle Network
How spider research at NDSU is gaining national attention
Creative Culture: Wanzek Construction’s FistBump
NDSU fraternity take part in campaign surrounding violence against women
Game changer: Bison soccer players help train deaf middle school student
Combating fake news: Panel of Fargo media experts discuss the landscape of today’s media
People line up for bone marrow screenings to Be the Match

University of North Dakota
Hungry to learn
Kubátová named Chester Fritz professor
Hawks on the highway
Wake-up call to poor eating
Flit and fury of the flute

Valley City State University
Gjovik named ACTE Region V Teacher Educator of the Year
NDUS launches search for next VCSU president

Williston State College
Sexual Violence Awareness Month Marked with Denim Day

North Dakota University System
Faculty leave remains untouched
LRSC Staff profile – Eback
Gruhlke: Bringing the entrepreneurial spirit to business school
Students Named to the 2018 All-North Dakota Academic Team

Bismarck State College campus successes

Kat Perkins to speak at BSC Commencement

National recording artist Kat Perkins will be the guest speaker at BSC’s 78thCommencement on Friday, May 11. Perkins grew up in Scranton, N.D., and is best known for her success on season 6 of NBC’s The Voice, and her performances across the country since then. Perkins promises to leave graduates with an inspiring message about finding their passion, taking leadership opportunities, working with others, developing a positive attitude and working toward their dreams.


BSC honors several alumni

The BSC National Alumni Association Board of Directors has chosen Mike Bullinger (’70) as Alumnus of the Year, and Jon Hunke (’94) as BSC’s Rising Star. The association chose the Harley and Margaret Swenson family as this year’s Legacy Family award recipients. Recipients will be honored at a campus dinner May 10 at 6 p.m.


Holocaust event shines light on ND hero

BSC is working with The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), the North Dakota National Guard and the Video Arts Studios to host Bismarck’s Holocaust Remembrance Day observance events on Thursday, April 26. This event is in observance of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and will be marked by the showing of the documentary “The Mission of Herman Stern” followed by a three-person discussion panel.

Dakota College at Bottineau campus successes

Students named to All-Academic team

Fourteen North Dakota community college students have been named to the 2018 All-North Dakota Academic Team, which recognizes the academic achievements of community college students. The students were honored at a dinner and awards ceremony on Thursday, April 12, at Dakota College at Bottineau. ND State Board of Higher Education board member Kathleen Neset was the keynote speaker for this year’s program. Nominations are based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community. These are the top performing fourteen students out of 10,000 plus students in all the two-year schools.


Eart Day activities a success

The annual Dakota Collage at Bottineau “DCB Conservation Award” and tree planting was held on DCB campus gathering to celebrate Earth Week.  Glenda Fauske, an Information and Education Coordinator for the NDSU-North Dakota Forest Service since 1989 was named the 2018 recipient of the DCB Conservation Award. Dr. Shubham Datta spoke on how our everyday actions consume energy and produce carbon emissions, identifying our carbon footprint in the environment.  In addition, DCB hosted a Water Festival to over 500 area 5th and 6th grade students.


Vandal inducted into Honor Society

On April 17, 2018, at a ceremony held at Minot State University, DCB Nursing Instructor Joanne Vandal was inducted into MSU’s Omicron Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Joanne is a nursing instructor at Dakota College at Bottineau’s Nursing Program and was inducted as one of three Outstanding Community Nurses.  The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) is to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.

Dickinson State University campus successes

Celebration of Scholars event highlights student research

Dickinson State held the annual Celebration of Scholars event Saturday, April 21, on the University’s campus. Celebration of Scholars is a conference where DSU students are encouraged to showcase and present their original, scholarly work either as a poster presentation, oral presentation, fine arts performance or fine arts display. Proposals for research are submitted by students throughout the year.

The 2018 first place winners by category are:

  • Best Oral Presentation – Agriculture & Natural Science: Levi Bassett
    • “Land Management Changes and its Effects on Soil Nutrients”
  • Best Oral Presentation – Nursing: Kelsey Deichert, Tammy Burke and Helen Anukwu
    • “Post-Operative Cognitive Dysfunction”
  • Best Oral Presentation – Communication, Political Science, Language & Literature: Suzanna Moberg
    • “Engaging Secondary English Students: Implementing Elementary Engagement Techniques to Benefit High School Students in the English Classroom”
  • Best Poster Presentation – Education: Logan Caulk
    • “Caring for the Uncared-For”
  • Best Poster Presentation – Agriculture & Natural Science: Jonathan Aman
    • “The Diversity of Microbial Communities in the Gastrointestinal Tract”
  • Best Poster Presentation – Nursing: Jennilyn Adkins, Christina Culver, Kayley Bogue and Kimberly Nollmeyer
    • “Nursing Bedside Shift Report”
  • Best Poster Presentation – Psychology: Michaela Gorman
    • “Measuring Stress in Students after Equine and Art Therapies”
  • Best Visual Arts Presentation: Eden Jackson
    • “Vanitas”


VPAA leads initiatives to increase retention, improve student programming

The office of academic and student affairs, led by provost and vice president for academic and student affairs Dr. Carmen Wilson, has been striving diligently to revise student programming, to implement retention strategies and to collaborate with the finance and administration division to create student-centered learning commons that will provide opportunity for higher levels of engagement and community building. Plans are underway to renovate the student cafeteria into a “living room area” that students may utilize 24 hours a day 7 days a week as both a cafeteria and a place to gather with classmates, play games, and utilize modernize computer lab and study areas.

Another initiative underway to increase retention has been under planning since last summer. Leading this important campus initiative, Dr. Wilson has been effective in implementing a mobile app for students that will help them understand better their pathway toward graduation with planning tools at their fingertips on their mobile device. This new application, called “Guide”, will be introduced at all new student orientations beginning in April, and is scheduled to be available to the entire student body in the 2018 Academic Year.


Division of Finance & Administration heading campus improvement projects


The Blue Hawk campus remains busy as the vice president for finance and administration Marty Parsons leads the way in addressing deferred maintenance and safety issues. Construction began over spring break and will continue throughout the summer to address needs in HVAC, student life, and safety issues such as fire suppression and security enhancements. It is wonderful to have Marty leading the charge, setting the tone for his staff as they strive to build a campus for which we can all be proud and enjoy safely together well into the future.

Lake Region State College campus successes

LRSC Peace Officer graduation

A group of 10 peace officers are prepared to join the North Dakota workforce. Lake Region State College Peace Officer Training program held its 89th class graduation April 26th at Minot State University. Lake Region State College and the Criminal Justice Department at Minot State University created a partnership so Criminal Justice majors at the university have the opportunity to complete the peace officer training as part of their bachelor degree plan.


Honor Society runs escape room

An escape room has been created by members of the Lake Region State College Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The Harry Potter-esque Escape Room ran from April 9-29. “We wanted to do something to raise awareness on campus for Phi Theta Kappa and also get people to use their minds for critical thinking,” said PTK President Harvey Barr.


LRSC students earn honors

Three Lake Region State College students have been named to the 2018 All-North Dakota Academic Team, which recognizes the academic achievements of community college students. The students were honored at a dinner and awards ceremony on Thursday, April 12, at Dakota College at Bottineau. Members of the 2018 All-North Dakota Academic Team from LRSC are Harvey Barr, Nic Fassos, and Evan Stack.

Mayville State University

Multicultural Showcase held at Mayville State

The MaSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a week-long schedule of activities that facilitated a celebration of diversity for the MaSU campus and community April 15 to 20. Events included presentations by international students, art projects, and more.


MaSU hosts memorable STEM Carnival

MaSU hosted a very successful STEM carnival for area children and families on April 14. More than 300 people enjoyed activities facilitated by MaSU pre-service teachers, as well as representatives from Dakota Science Center, UND SWE, the Dakota Nursing program, and the MaSU Science Club. Participants enjoyed flubber, slime, bouncy balls, and many STEM-related activities.


MaSU Collegiate DECA members attend International Career Development Conference

MaSU Collegiate DECA students participated in the International Career Development Conference in Washington, D.C. April 11 to 14. The annual conference provides the opportunity for students to compete against others from all over the world in business-specific events. They qualified in state competitions earlier to earn the right to advance to the international level competition.

Minot State University campus successes

MSU students, alumnae, faculty earn Sevareid Awards

Minot State University alumnae Alexus Arthur, students Leif Bakken, Kayle Borner, and Nolan Axten, and professor Neil Roberts all earned Eric Sevareid Awards at the Midwest Broadcast Journalist Association Conference March 31-April 1 in Bloomington, Minn.

Arthur, who graduated in December and currently works for KX News, captured a First-Place Award in Spot News award for her entry Bomb Threat – Central Campus.

Roberts, Bakken, and Borner teamed to earn a First-Place Award for the series Purple Pillage Radio Series on KZZJ in the Series category. Bakken and Roberts worked on the series, while Borner produced the open. Roberts also won a First-Place Award in Best Use of Audio in the Series category for ND Pheasants Down but not Out. He also won Award of Merit with ND Pheasants Down but not Out in Soft Feature and Sports Reporting. He earned an additional Award of Merit for the series Spring Fever Baseball – Season Opener!”

Bakken, a senior broadcast major, earned an Award of Merit for Sports Play-by-Play Student Market TV for his coverage of Minot State Men’s Basketball vs. USF NSIC First Round Playoff Game from 2016. Axten, a senior broadcasting major who currently works for KX News, earned an award of Merit for Sports/Program with his entry KX Sports 12-29-2017.


MSU celebrates Northwest Arts Center Grand Opening

Minot State University celebrated the opening of the Northwest Arts Center, the Walter Piehl Gallery, and the Native American Artifact Collection Thursday, April 19.
The exhibition is slated to run until June 8.
Piehl, who recently retired from a 50-year career teaching art at MSU, is donating a major body of his work to the center’s permanent collection. The grand opening exhibit, “Retrospective: Covering 1962-2018,” is an overview of his work.
“For our region to have a facility like this one that passes the muster of being a major museum with the kind of climate controls to receive first-class exhibitions was very important to me,” Piehl said. “That is the real importance of a project like this.”
Mandan-Hidatsa storyteller/musician Keith Bear, New Town, N.D., and cowboy poet/singer-songwriter D.W. Groethe, Bainville, Mont., participated in the dedication. Bear and Groethe also gave presentations at MSU’s Aleshire Theatre during the day.
The 6,730 square-foot facility is transitioning to be the permanent home for the Northwest Arts Center, replacing the gallery located in MSU’s Hartnett Hall. The new gallery, display cases, and storage areas are climate controlled, providing protection for MSU’s permanent collections and artifacts. The center is also the permanent display space for MSU’s premier Native American artifacts collection, including the Ralph Hubbard Collection, the Harold Robinson Collection, the Clarence Parker Collection, the Wilson Collection, and the Miller-Tibbs Collection, and as well as other MSU art collections.
C Moore Science Day to celebrate 100 anniversary of Cyril Moore’s birth

Minot State University will celebrate and honor the 100th anniversary of Cyril Moore’s birthday with a C Moore Science Day Saturday, April 28, at the Cyril Moore Science Center.

Moore was an associate professor of chemistry at Minot State from 1943- 1962 and was the chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics from 1959-1962. Moore passed away in 1964 and Minot State named its science building after the long-time educator in 1976.

The event is scheduled to run from 2 to 5 p.m. with an open house at the Cyril Moore Science Center. Tours of the building with current Minot State faculty and students are scheduled to fun from 2 to 3:30 p.m. MSU professor Chris Heth will give a presentation about Moore at 3:30 p.m., and various science demonstrations will run from 4 to 5 p.m. The presentations will take place in Hoffman Auditorium.

Refreshments will be served at 2 p.m.

North Dakota State College of Science campus successes

NDSCS Students Excel at North Dakota SkillsUSA Contest

Students from NDSCS received a number of awards at the North Dakota SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference in April. By achieving gold medals at the state level, 14 of these students qualified to compete in their respective categories at the national SkillsUSA Championships in June.


Kaitlyn Wurst Named a New Century Scholar

NDSCS student Kaitlyn Wurst has been named the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar for North Dakota. This is the fourth year in a row that an NDSCS student has been named a New Century Scholar.


Four NDSCS Students named to 2018 All-North Dakota Academic Team

NDSCS students Brayden Lampe, Logan Meyer, Rebecca Weir and Kaitlyn Wurst were named to the 2018 All-North Dakota Academic Team, which recognizes the academic achievements of community college students. The studentswere honored at a dinner and awards ceremony on April 12.

North Dakota State University campus successes

NDSU student earns prestigious national scholarship

Jared Melville, a senior majoring in business administration and political science, has been selected as a 2018 Truman Scholar. The award is considered one of the most prestigious scholarships in the U.S. “Receiving the Truman Scholarship validates my desire to commit my life to a career of public service,” Melville said. “After graduating from NDSU, I hope to work in North Dakota for a couple of years and then pursue a graduate education specializing in energy policy. I am incredibly thankful for all the wonderful faculty and students who provided support throughout my application process.”


Student innovation competition announces winners

NDSU’s annual student innovation competition culminated with a final round of judging and an awards ceremony. The competition starts with a pitch event in the fall and helps students develop ideas throughout the academic year. Teams compete for cash prizes in three categories: products, services and social impact projects. Most of this year’s winning ideas centered around biomedical technologies and included an antibacterial coating to prevent the spread of disease, a genetically unique vaccine for cancer and a cloud-based data platform for asthma patients.


Sudro Hall addition to help meet need for health care professionals

NDSU held a ceremonial groundbreaking for an addition to Sudro Hall, home of the university’s College of Health Professions. The addition is expected to be ready for spring semester 2020. It will accommodate collaborative learning, expand research capabilities and help meet the region’s need for health care professionals.

University of North Dakota campus successes

UND hosts Governor Burgum for visit

Governor Doug Burgum visited the campus of the University of North Dakota on April 6th for a full day of presentations. Topics ranged from the progress of the One UND Strategic Plan, research Grand Challenges, and future infrastructure projects for the campus. UND students, staff, and faculty participated in the Governor’s visit, displaying the initiatives that the University is driving forward and their potential benefits to the state of North Dakota.


UND hosts 48th Annual UNDIA Time Out Wacipi

The University of North Dakota hosted its annual Time Out Week from April 16-20th. The week featured an agenda full of panels, speakers, and events centered around the promotion of cultural awareness to the UND and Grand Forks communities. The week culminated with the annual Wacipi Powwow event, a celebration that exhibits dancing, singing, and traditions. Time Out Week and the Wacipi Powwow has grown into one of the region’s largest cultural events, attracting thousands of participants each year to the UND campus.


Jed Shivers named as UND’s next Vice President for Finance and Operations

Jed Shivers is joining UND as the next VP for Finance and Operations. Shivers will begin at UND in mid-May, and is currently serving as the Associate Dean at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. Shivers will succeed Alice Brekke, who is phasing into retirement after nearly 40 years of service at UND. Shivers is a native of Madison, Wisconsin and grew up near the campus of the University of Connecticut. In his position at UND, he will provide leadership in the University’s administrative, financial, and operational areas

Valley City State University campus successes

VCSU presidential search begins

On April 23, the North Dakota University System launched its search for the next president of Valley City State University. The new VCSU president will succeed Tisa Mason, who departed Valley City in December 2017 to assume the presidency of Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. Margaret Dahlberg, VCSU vice president for academic affairs, has been serving as interim president since Dec. 16, 2017, by appointment of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. Co-chairing the VCSU Presidential Search Committee are Greg Stemen, SBHE member and VCSU alumnus, and Wesley Wintch, VCSU vice president for business affairs. More information about the search can be found at


Heat plant ribbon-cutting held April 3

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new VCSU heat plant was held Tuesday, April 3. Margaret Dahlberg, VCSU interim president, emceed the event, and Phil Wisecup, NDUS vice chancellor of strategy and strategic engagement, gave remarks, along with Wesley Wintch, VCSU vice president for business affairs, and Larry Robinson, VCSU executive director for university advancement. The $13.9 million facility, funded by an appropriation from the North Dakota Legislature, replaced an outdated structure dating back to 1909 with boilers more than 50 years old. With expanded capacity to accommodate future campus growth, the new plant requires less maintenance and labor, and operates significantly more efficiently, than its predecessor. The heat plant was also designed with the potential for the addition of an environmentally friendly activated carbon plant, which would generate revenue and also provide for student/faculty research opportunities.


Klingenberg receives public health service award

Erin Klingenberg, VCSU director for counseling services and assistant professor, received the 2017 Public Health Outstanding Service Award from the City-County Health District (CCHD) at a town hall discussion on “The Opioid Epidemic: Seeking Solutions in North Dakota” held at the Hi-Liner Activity Center in Valley City on April 5. Klingenberg was cited for “…providing thoughtful input and assistance in filling the gaps for behavioral health services, …serving on the core group which does the leg work between our quarterly behavioral health coalition meetings, serving on the advisory group for the State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis grant, [and] helping to dig deeper into the issues of substance use and determine local solutions.”

Williston State College campus successes

WSC Student Recognized as an International Scholar Laureate

Selected based off his excellent academic standing, sophomore Brandon Kayter has a rare opportunity to represent Williston State College in the International Scholar Laureate Program (ISLP) in Australia this May.

Nominated by Maren Furuseth, WSC’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Advisor, to the All North Dakota Academic Team, Kayter’s name was then added to a pool of students for academic achievements and was selected by the ISLP.


WSC’s Bondy Named to NDWHEN Board

Kaylyn Bondy, WSC’s Vice President for Student Affairs, was named to the North Dakota Women in Higher Education Network (NDWHEN) board in February 2018.

Asked to join the board by existing board members, Bondy graciously accepted.

“It is an honor to be invited to serve as a part of the board,” stated Bondy. “It is a pleasure to serve alongside instrumental women educators specific to higher education in North Dakota. I look forward to enhancing facets of my career as well as encouraging other women to aspire to leadership roles.”


WSC Students Students Named to the 2018 All-North Dakota Academic Team

Fourteen North Dakota community college students have been named to the 2018 All-North Dakota Academic Team, which recognizes the academic achievements of community college students. The students were honored at a dinner and awards ceremony on Thursday, April 12, at Dakota College at Bottineau. ND State Board of Higher Education board member Kathleen Neset was the keynote speaker for this year’s program.

Faculty leave remains untouched

State Board of Higher Education votes to exempt faculty leave from reconciliation of ‘data inconsistencies’


Among numerous topics handled by North Dakota’s higher education board this month were a final discussion on the contentious topic of faculty sick leave, as well as a review of tuition policies going into the budget planning cycle.

Policy 607.5, concerning faculty leave, was up for second reading after months of being a top agenda item for the State Board of Higher Education. After having been previously tabled to allow both members of the faculty and the Board to review it in more detail, the topic was due for a decision. Chief Compliance Officer Karol Riedman once again provided a synopsis of the rule change regarding faculty leave, which had been proposed after a legislative mandate calling for reconciliation of data inconsistencies throughout the university system. One such inconsistency was in the way leave was handled from campus-to-campus. After considerable discussion, the Board moved to table 607.5 indefinitely, which would require additional Board action to ever bring the topic back to a future agenda. The motion to table ultimately failed, unanimously.

A second motion to defeat the policy change was made. During discussion, Board member Mike Ness said that since the change had been prompted by legislative action, that it would be prudent for the Board to instead wait to take action to confer with legislators on the topic. Board member Casey Ryan asked how the Board could go forward with legislative intent to reconcile this perceived data inconsistency and find a policy that worked for all 11 public colleges and universities. He added that there should possibly be a statement allowing for the separate institutions to have flexibility on the subject. Board Chair Don Morton agreed that flexibility and autonomy was highly beneficial to the individual campuses, who could have different situations that prompted differing local need. Board Vice Chair Greg Stemen said legislative intent did exist to reconcile data inconsistencies, many of which he felt had been addressed by the system office staff. He added that tabling the issue further could allow the Board to communicate with the legislature on how this particular issue was one that could be exempted from the data inconsistencies mandate, noting that exhaustive research, work and discussion had prompted the decision. The second motion was then rescinded.

A final motion was then made for the Board to take no action on Policy 607.5, which found a quick second. Brief discussion relating to procedural rules was followed by a Board vote, and the motion passed with unanimous approval.

The Board heard guidelines and revisions during the second readings of Policy 805.1 (tuition), 805.1.4 (negotiated course or program fees), 805.2 (student activity fees), 805.3 (fees), 805.3.1 (distance learning courses), 820 (waivers and tuition assistance) and 830.2 (refunds). Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs / Chief Financial Officer Tammy Dolan briefed the Board on potential changes to the policies, which among other things called for a restructuring of fees.  All policy changes were approved unanimously.

The Board held first readings for Policies HR 6, 7 and 12, as well as Policy 1202.1 (acceptable use of information technology resources), and second readings of Policies 1202.2 (NDUS incident response policy), and 804 (equipment and personal property leases).   These policy changes were approved unanimously.

Dolan and Rick Tonder brought forward the recommendations from the Budget and Finance Committee. Those included tuition implementation plans at Dakota College at Bottineau, Dickinson State University, Lake Region State College, Mayville State University, Minot State University, North Dakota State College of Science, Valley City State University and Williston State College. Additionally, the committee recommended approval for NDSCS to modify its 2016 master plan section on deferred maintenance; for Program and Enrollment Driven needs for Bismarck State College, LRSC, and North Dakota State University; for University of North Dakota to proceed with paving and reconstruction projects regarding parking lots; for UND to proceed with an O’Kelly Hall remodel; and for NDSU to proceed with fundraising for a greenhouse facility through the NDSU Foundation. All were approved.

Ness brought forward recommendations from the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, including the granting of tenure to 61 faculty members. Ness also noted that the committee had discussed a formal reaffirmation of tenure, particularly due to previous years’ budget cuts and how staff and faculty had gone without raises due to decreased budgets. Ness noted that tenure was an inexpensive, yet highly positive benefit to offer, and should be protected.

Additionally, the recommendations called for the creation of several new programs, including a Graduate Certificate in Online Digital Teaching at MaSU; a Certificate and Minor in Entrepreneurship at NDSU; a B.A.S in Management from VCSU; a Minor in Fitness and Wellness Specialist at MiSU; a Master of Landscape Architecture at NDSU; and a Graduate Certificate in Counseling with a K-12 Emphasis at UND. Organizational changes were brought forward to separate the current Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs position to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Vice President for Student Affairs; and change the reporting structure for the Office of College Relations from the Associate Vice President for Finance and Operations to the President. To conclude the recommendations, one program termination was recommended for NDSU’s Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. All were approved.

Board member Kathy Neset provided an update on the Governance Committee, noting that progress was being made with Blackboard, as well as working being undertaken by S.B. 2003 and possibility of strengthening the Board’s mentorship process.

Stemen provided an update on the Audit Committee, stating that the committee heard a report on NDSU’s emergency preparedness plan.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott’s report included a brief on the 2019-21 Governor’s Budget Guidelines, an update on the work being undertaken by task forces in accordance with Senate Bill 2003, and an informational update on Blackboard.

Among other topics, the Board members spoke on the recommendation from the Governor’s Office of cuts as high as 13 percent. Ness noted that those cuts when combined with the previous years’ decreases weren’t something the Board could just accept. He stated that with cuts leading to frozen salaries, dropped academic and athletic programs and other major changes, the Board should support the system in maintaining the budget it had. Faculty Advisor to the Board Birgit Pruess noted that the system was worth fighting for, and the Board would need to look at what was acceptable and realistic. Ryan noted that it would be vital to get the Board’s message out as quickly as possible, and that the Governor’s budget recommendation was still only a recommendation. He added that the Board needed to have a strong message on behalf of the best of what the colleges and universities had to offer. Board member Kevin Melicher stated that it would also be important to find ways to help stabilize funding in the future. Morton said that recommendations for 90 or 95 percent budgets weren’t unheard of in the past, and that there were reasons to be cautiously optimistic given the current economic outlook. Dolan said that university system was going to work closely with the presidents to ensure that local needs could be addressed as realistically as possible.

Council of College Faculty President Debora Dragseth. Dragseth noted that the Faculty/Staff summit was very successful and represented by all campuses. She noted it was a positive, upbeat and forward-looking meeting. Dragseth noted that CCF had discussed other issues elsewhere that were affecting the system, such as a new UND partnership and proposed BSC business contract with Saudi Arabia.

State Staff Senate President Retha Mattern noted that staff elections would be taking place, the senate was planning its summer retreat at MaSU, the Faculty/Staff Envision 2030 Summit was a great opportunity for staff to work together with faculty on behalf of students. She highlighted some details that participants had focused on, including introducing more language about skilled trades, expanding the topic of “Law” to “Legal Systems,” and expanding the Health Care pillar to include more focus on careers outside of nursing.

In other business, the Board granted President Emeritus status and bestowed the title of First Lady Emerita to Pres. and Mrs. Gary Hagen. Additionally, the Board approved UND’s new mission Statement, and recommended appointments to SBARE and the N.D. AG Coalition.

The Board then heard public comment from an alumnus of UND. Andrew Alexis Varvel asked the Board to rescind permission for a demolition project of Corwin-Larimore Hall and Robertson-Sayre Hall, which were formerly part of Wesley College. He also asked that the Board adopt a policy that all further demolitions be held during legislative session. He added that the former Wesley College site held significance across numerous cultural and historical areas.

The next scheduled Board meeting is set for May 23 at BSC.

LRSC Staff profile – Eback

The end of an era is looming at Lake Region State College: the retirement of one of the college’s longtime staffers who has been a fixture of the school for decades.

And also, the likely end of her creation: the McJan.

Janice Eback has worked at LRSC’s Dining Services Department for nearly four decades. Just last year, Eback was honored by the school for 35 years of service, and she’s got plans to retire at the end of the school year.

During her time at the college, Eback has done a wealth of work – sometimes in the public eye serving the never-ending hunger of college students, and sometimes behind-the-scenes doing housekeeping work to ensure everything gets back to normal between semesters.

According to Eback, she got her start at LRSC pretty simply: “I needed a job and applied.”

Thanks to that straightforward approach, the college found an individual who added a bit of long-term stability to the workforce.

“Jan is always dependable, she’s always here to get stuff done and make life easier,” said Dining Services Supervisor Rose Siebel. “She has fun with the faculty and the staff and helps things run smoother.”

Some of that fun came about in the creation of the “McJan,” a breakfast sandwich made-to-order that helped add a signature style amid the 70 meals served each morning out of the nearly 200 served each day. Over the course of more than 35 years, that added up. Eback, Siebel and others agreed that it easily added up to millions of meals served – service that amounted to the industrial efficiency of major fast food franchises, except with more home-cooked style and plenty of personal touch.

In her role in the kitchen, Eback makes sure everything was lined up and ready to go by 7 a.m. every morning – well in advance of the first students coming through before class. What kept her getting up early all these years? The people.

“I love all the students, faculty and staff. They all treat me so well. My boss does too, once in a while,” Eback joked. “It’s been good here.”

Quick with praise for colleagues and students alike, Eback only had one issue over the years at LRSC.

“My biggest problem was when they changed everything over to computer,” she said, noting that the change in systems was a lot to get used to, at first. “But I got it down, and it’s easy now!”

Outside of the college, Eback enjoys spending time with her family, including those who live locally and those who come to visit. Upon retiring this summer, she plans on “living the simple life,” and only work part-time.

“I’d like to thank the faculty, staff, and President Doug Darling – plus all the past presidents,” Eback concluded, also thanking her former boss and co-worker, Myrna Unger, who retired five years ago. “And, most of all, all the students. It’s nice to see them when they come back to visit and I’m still here.”

Gruhlke: Bringing the entrepreneurial spirit to business school

Young Americans are increasingly interested in starting their own business, according to recent surveys. Call it a desire to be one’s own boss, a need to strike out on their own, or fulfillment of one component of the American Dream, but no matter what, more than 60 percent of young adults are interested in starting their own business.

And Dr. Holly Gruhlke, assistant professor of business and Chair of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship (SoBE), is interested in helping them get there.

Gruhkle has been with Dickinson State University for a decade, having first arrived as a professional tutor in TRIO (formerly Student Support Services). After a couple years’ service tutoring and working as an administrative assistant, she moved into a new role in student support. Her responsibilities there in advising and teaching introductory classes were a natural springboard for her later entrance to SoBE in 2012 as a business instructor. Since then, she’s been living the dream.

“I was elated to have received an offer because teaching as a career was something I always wanted to do; it is my dream job,” she noted about her teaching role. “My interests lie within how people influence the outcomes of organizations.”

Her specialty, encompassing management, leadership and strategy, certainly helps. According to Gruhlke, SoBE faculty recognizing that providing students with a clear academic goal can serve to accomplish two goals.

“First, we ensure that our students have the additional field-specific skills employers’ desire, allowing them to launch their careers early,” she said. “Second, we want to add more focus on the role of entrepreneurship in all fields. We have discovered that employers, regardless of field, are starting to seek candidates with the entrepreneurial spirit, meaning our graduates should have the ability to think innovatively within what are often tight constraints.

“This goes beyond problem solving, but is really a blend of critical and creative decision-making, a focus in SoBE,” she continued. “It has changed the way I teach my courses, as I work harder now to challenge my students to really dig in to what they are learning, and put themselves into the shoes of the chief strategist role.”

Gruhlke stated that business students, or any student looking to start a business of their own, wants the tools to succeed as an entrepreneur. To achieve that end, faculty had to provide an education consisting of both traditional and practical elements.

“Students are exposed to business fundamentals within the classroom, but we go well beyond that by encouraging them to engage in internships,” she added. “We also encourage our students who are interested in starting their own businesses to work in our SoBE-affiliated Small Business Development Center (SBDC).”

“In my courses, we discuss how relationships are everything,” Gruhlke said. “Students enjoy learning how to utilize emotional intelligence to build trust and further the strategic potential of organizations.

“Teaching in business requires faculty to stay on their toes, constantly reading and keeping up-to-date with what is going on industry,” she continued. “I utilize real-world scenarios, and bring them into my classroom.”

Along the way, she’s received numerous accolades, including being named DSU Educator of the Year in 2017, chairing her department and being named to Prairie Business’ 40 Under 40 list, and advancing to the winner’s circle of the 2018 Leadership Excellence and Development Awards. She’s also earned the respect of colleagues.

Dr. Debora Dragseth, professor of business and president of Council of College Faculties, noted that Gruhlke was a tremendous asset for the school and an motivating influence on her students.

“Dr. Gruhlke is a leader is who draws followers to her. Her energy, creativity and commitment to Dickinson State University are contagious.  She has been the recipient of multiple regional and local awards for her leadership at the university as well as her outstanding skills in the classroom.”

“The students are what I like most about my role. I try my best to give them tools to succeed in the business world. It makes me incredibly proud to be a small part of their journey,” Gruhlke concluded. “Every day, I feel fortunate to be able to educate and lead in a growing and dynamic environment. I hope to continue to make a positive impact at Dickinson State University and serve my students and community.”

Outside of the classroom, she aims to be just as effective. Gruhlke sits on several boards, including the Patient Advisory Board for CHI St. Alexius Hospital of Dickinson, the regional Quality Advisory Board for CHI’s Fargo division, and also serves with the Dickinson Power of 100 Women Who Care, a charity organization that provides financial support to non-profit organizations in the Dickinson area.

NDUS launches search for next VCSU president

The North Dakota University System has launched a search for the next president of Valley City State University.

The new VCSU president will succeed Tisa Mason, who departed Valley City in December 2017 to assume the presidency of Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas.

Margaret Dahlberg, VCSU vice president for academic affairs, has been serving as interim president since Dec. 16, 2017, by appointment of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education.

Co-chairing the VCSU Presidential Search Committee are Greg Stemen, SBHE member and VCSU alumnus, and Wesley Wintch, VCSU vice president for business affairs. Other committee members include:

  • Anthony Dutton, associate professor of history, VCSU
  • Jody Henjum, administrative assistant, academic affairs, VCSU
  • Paige Meyer, undergraduate student, VCSU
  • Jerry Migler, dean, Dakota College of Bottineau (NDUS representative)
  • Phil Mueller, member, VCSU Foundation Board; former North Dakota state representative
  • Mike Nix, director for technology service desk, VCSU
  • Steve Rindfleisch, graduate student and assistant volleyball coach, VCSU
  • Larry Robinson, executive director of advancement, VCSU Foundation; North Dakota state senator
  • Charlene Stenson, director for enrollment services, VCSU
  • Jamie Wirth, assistant professor and director of Great Plains STEM Education Center, VCSU

VCSU and NDUS have retained AGB Search, a national higher education leadership search firm, to assist in the process.

More information about the search can be found at

Nominations and applications for the VCSU presidency should be sent electronically (in Word or PDF format) to  To assure best consideration, nominations and applications should be received by July 12, 2018.

Media Coverage Summary – April 20

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, April 20


Bismarck State College
BSC honors Alumnus of the Year
Designers battle it out on stage for supreme creative titles
BSC Holocaust remembrance event shines light on a North Dakotan’s heroism
Clay available for BSC community raku


Dakota College at Bottineau
Students Named to the 2018 All-North Dakota Academic Team

Dickinson State University
DSU’s Dr. Wohletz: Leading through learning
DSU’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs receives national award
Holder named Vice President of ND Percussive Arts Society
Blue Hawk Stampede Rodeo to be held May 5 & 6 at Stark County Fairgrounds
Dickinson State University Leadership Forum to focus on institution’s centennial leaders
TRHLP raises over $3,000 during Brave the Shave event
Leading the City in More Ways Than One

Lake Region State College
LRSC students earn honors
Athletes earn academic honors< Honor society runs escape room

Mayville State University
Children’s swimming lessons, lifeguard lessons offered
Theatre Department to present Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Public invited to AD candidate presentations

Minot State University
MSU hosts 29th Annual Spring Honor Dance and Powwow Celebration
Sunday Funday to raise awareness for elementary students in need
MSU celebrates Northwest Arts Center Grand Opening

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Students Excel at North Dakota SkillsUSA Contest

North Dakota State University
North Dakota State University Proves the Sky is the Limit in 3M Disruptive Design Challenge
NDSU Students Line Up to Pie Their Professors in the Face
NDSU Student Is 2018 Truman Scholar
Fargo woman finishes Boston Marathon
North Dakota State extends football coach Chris Klieman’s contract through 2023
Construction soon to begin on Sudro Hall expansion

University of North Dakota
Marvin touts business for purpose, not profit
Seven-generation solutions
Student-athlete of the Month: Kaylin VanDomelen
Daumier on display
Brittany’s story

Valley City State University
This week’s Hotline

Williston State College
Students Named to the 2018 All-North Dakota Academic Team
WSC Student Receives Achievement Certificate from ALEKS

North Dakota University System

Students Named to the 2018 All-North Dakota Academic Team

Fourteen North Dakota community college students have been named to the 2018 All-North Dakota Academic Team, which recognizes the academic achievements of community college students. The students were honored at a dinner and awards ceremony on Thursday, April 12, at Dakota College at Bottineau.

State Board of Higher Education member Kathleen Neset was present and congratulated each of the students. “You represent the best of the best at your two-year institution. As such, you embody excellence, achievement, and an exemplification of what hard work can do to meet and exceed higher education goals. You are each a representation of your campuses success, but even more importantly, your success,” she said.

Members of the 2018 All-North Dakota Academic Team and the colleges they attend are as follows:

Jenna Duttenhefner, Menoken, Bismarck State College

Jessica Duttenhefner, Menoken, Bismarck State College

Bailey Schlosser, Mandan, Bismarck State College

Victoria Gullett, Bottineau, Dakota College at Bottineau

Alaynna Morin, Dunseith, Dakota College at Bottineau

Harvey Barr, South Hampton (Great Britain), Lake Region State College

Nicholas Fassos, Malvern (Australia), Lake Region State College

Evan Stack, Asquith (Canada), Lake Region State College

Brayden Lampe, Wheaton (MN), North Dakota State College of Science

Logan Meyer, Wahpeton, North Dakota State College of Science

Rebecca Weir, Villard (MN), North Dakota State College of Science

Kaitlyn Wurst, Frazee (MN), North Dakota State College Science

Brandon Kayter, Williston, Williston State College

Kate Long, Williston, Williston State College

“These students are outstanding examples of academic achievement and community involvement,” said North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott. “Being named to the All-North Dakota Academic Team is a significant accomplishment, one that reflects positively on both the students and their colleges. This is another example of how students who attend North Dakota’s community colleges are well prepared to meet the evolving demands of the workforce or continue on for additional education.”

In North Dakota, the community college awards are co-sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and the North Dakota University System College Technical Education Council. The academic team recognition program is active in 37 states. Students named to the state team also are nominated for the All-USA Academic Team.

Nominations are based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community. Each member of the North Dakota team receives a certificate of congratulations from Governor Doug Burgum, an award certificate, a medallion and a monetary award. Team members are also eligible for scholarships from Dickinson State University, Mayville State University, Minot State University, Valley City State University, North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota. The University of Mary and University of Jamestown also offer awards to All-North Dakota Academic Team members.

Media Coverage Summary – April 6

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, April 6


Bismarck State College
North Dakota IT experts prepare students
BSC brings director and documentary to raise awareness of gender-based violence through arts-therapy solutions
Singer/songwriter featured during BSC ArtsQuest 2018
BSC concerts feature music, art and poetry

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

Dickinson State University
Dickinson State International Club hosts Taste of Nations April 20
DSU invites community to attend 2018 Celebration of Scholars
Digital library celebrates 50,000 scanned Teddy Roosevelt documents
‘A representation of myself’: Student art exhibit showcases passion, creativity
DSU Ag Club presents 26th annual Kids Day on the Farm April 19
Award winning actress Qurrat Ann Kadwani returns to DSU for performance April 12

Lake Region State College
Library Week 2018

Mayville State University
Van Horn selected as new president
MaSU to host annual STEM carnival
Backpacks for Nepal comes full circle
The halls and corridors at MSU are alive with the sound of music!

Minot State University
MSU, First District Health sponsoring Community Wellness Fair
Bear, Grothe presentations a part of Northwest Arts Center Grand Opening
Students travel to Harvey over Spring Break to assist taxpayers

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Incorporates Advanced Metrology Training into Curriculum

North Dakota State University
NDSU’s new tuition model hopes to make school fees more transparent
Help wanted: what’s behind the nation’s nursing shortage
Pharmacists get tool kits to help vaccinate more patients
NDSU students, faculty visit Ag Research and Extension in Ecuador
‘Ethical hackers’ expose businesses’ security problems
Local Students Take Part In National Engineering Week
Lamb Value Discovery Workshop set at NDSU

University of North Dakota
Strategic Plan for North Dakota
Igniting opportunity
Smart investments for the future
University Avenue: Grand Forks’ New Main Street
VP for University Relations finalists’ visits set

Valley City State University
This week’s Hotline!

Williston State College
WSC Student’s Art Featured in Exhibit
Inspirational Speaker, Odell Bizzell kicks off WSC’s Diversity Week
WSC Fall Schedule Released

North Dakota University System
Hagerott: Closing in on the (en)Vision

Bismarck State College campus successes

BSC partners with Frontier Precision to equip surveying lab

Starting in the fall of 2018 Bismarck State College Engineering Technology students will be trained using only the most up-to-date equipment thanks to a new partnership with a leading regional sales company of surveying technology and equipment. Read more here.

BSC student chosen for D.C. reporting fellowship

Hunter Andes, a native of Makoti, N.D., and a current Bismarck State College student, has been selected by the North Dakota Newspaper Association to attend a reporting fellowship program in Washington, D.C. Read more here.

Dakota College at Bottineau campus successes

Spring enrollment finalized

Enrollment is up for the spring semester at Dakota College at Bottineau, based on data for the 20th day of classes, which is the official census date for all North Dakota University System colleges.  The official enrollment this spring is 882 students, which compares to 789 a year ago and equates to an 11.8% increase in the student headcount.  This is a record headcount enrollment for the spring semester, surpassing the previous high of 868 students in the spring of 2011.


Space grant recipients announced

The North Dakota Space Grant Consortium, under the direction of the University of North Dakota, made available $7,000 in scholarship funds to students at Dakota College at Bottineau.  These funds were awarded to four students who show promise in the areas of science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).  The goal behind the North Dakota Space Grant Scholarship program is to identify, recruit and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics; to encourage women and underrepresented students to enter these fields of study; and to increase NASA activities and awareness in North Dakota.  To qualify for the Space Grant Scholarship, students must show academic excellence, have a sophomore standing, and have education and career interests relevant to STEM.


DCB director appointed to advisory committee

Gov. Doug Burgum announced the creation of a 15-member Innovative Education Task Force last fall.  The Task Force, which is comprised of education, youth development, business and community leaders, is charged with creating a system of identification and support for schools and districts implementing innovative practices. In addition to the Taskforce, Gov. Burgum has created an Advisory Committee of individuals who work directly in the field to provide real-life, hands-on feedback to the Task Force.  Dakota College at Bottineau’s Distance Education Director, Kayla O’Toole, has accepted an invitation to be a member of the Advisory Committee.