Monthly Archives: April 2018

Dickinson State University campus successes

Award winning actress Qurrat Ann Kadwani returns to DSU for performance April 12

Dickinson State University (DSU) is bringing award winning actress, Qurrat Ann Kadwani, to the DSU campus for a performance of the play “Intrusion,” and invites the campus and community to attend. This play, which helps raise sexual assault awareness on campuses and discusses the history of Title IX, will take place Thursday, April 12, at 7 p.m. in Beck Auditorium. Read more here.


Career and Internship Fair scheduled for April 17

The Office of Career Development at Dickinson State University will host a Career and Internship Fair Tuesday, April 17, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Biesiot Activities Center (398 State Ave).

“This event is an excellent opportunity for individuals to speak with local employers concerning part-time and full time employment as well as available internships,” said Ashley Tillman, career development and disability services specialist at Dickinson State.

Applicants are encouraged to arrive with several copies of their resume along with copies of any licenses or certificates for specialty areas. Professional dress is strongly recommended. On-site interviews and contingent job offers of employment may be offered. Recruiters will be on hand to share employment facts and information about individual job opportunities and to guide interested candidates in the application process.

Lake Region State College campus successes

Students selected for theater festival


Two Lake Region State College students have been nominated to participate in a regional theater festival. Heather Brown and Kaitlyn Halvorson were nominated to compete in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition. The two will represent LRSC at the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival in January 2019. Started in 1969, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities.

Mayville State University campus successes

Dina Zavala-Petherbridge participates in “Women in Education Leadership” program at Harvard

Dr. Dina Zavala-Petherbridge, director of the MaSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion, recently took part in a leadership program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. The program included about 84 female education leaders from around the world and facilitated self-reflection and peer networking, with focus on strategic thinking, advanced leadership, effective negotiation, and communication techniques.


MaSU faculty, staff, and students collaborate with Voices of the Valley

MaSU faculty, staff, and students have collaborated with Voices of the Valley, a local community nonprofit social justice writing project, since it began in 2013. They have produced published essays, edited the collection, and presented their work at the University of North Dakota Writers Conference.


MaSU Comets win NSAA championship, advance to national tournament

The MaSU men’s basketball team defeated Bellevue to win the North Star Athletic Association conference championship in February, which punched their ticket to the national tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Minot State University campus successes

Northwest Arts Center Grand Opening set for April 19

Minot State University will commemorate completion of the new Northwest Arts Center, the Walter Piehl Gallery, and the Native American Artifact Collection with a grand opening celebration from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, April 19, in the lower level of Gordon B. Olson Library. The dedication program will start at 6:15 p.m.

Read more here.


First-ever MSU Giving Day slated for April 11

The Minot State University Development Foundation announces its first MSU Giving Day April 11.

MSU Giving Day is a 24-hour, online day of giving back to the university. The goal is simple: to inspire people everywhere to come together, demonstrate pride for Minot State by making a gift of any size while providing essential resources for generations of MSU students. Read more here.

North Dakota State College of Science campus successes

NDSCS Incorporates Advanced Metrology Training into Curriculum

NDSCS students now have the opportunity to receive advanced metrology training as part of their education, thanks to the installation of $1.5 million in equipment, and national training certification earned by Manufacturing department faculty. The metrology equipment allows for automated measurement and inspection of manufactured products, as well as equipment for manual measurement training.


NDSCS Allied Dental Program participates in Give Kids a Smile® Day

The NDSCS Allied Dental Education Clinic participated in the annual American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile Day in February. This nationwide event designates a day of free dental care for children who may have difficulty accessing dental care or families with limited financial resources. The clinic provided $16,351 in donated services to 40 individuals ranging in age from three to 18.


NDSCS Announces Fall 2017 Graduates

North Dakota State College of Science awarded degrees, diplomas and certificates to 106 Wahpeton, Fargo and online fall semester graduates.

North Dakota State University campus successes

NDSU blended online nursing program named one of the best in the nation

NDSU’s blended online bachelor of science in nursing program has been recognized as one of the best accredited online BSN programs in the country. The 2018 ranking by highlights accredited, not-for-profit institutions that have developed exceptional academic online programs for students looking to advance their knowledge and skills in nursing. NDSU’s program, which is a blend of online and on-site education, ranked No. 4. Rankings were determined by academic quality, admissions, retention and graduation rates.


Students present innovative projects to the community

Semi-finalists in this year’s Innovation Challenge presented their ideas to the campus and to the public at a project showcase on March 21. Student teams used prototypes, mock-ups, videos, screen shots, working demos and posters to explain their products, services and social impact projects. The final round of competition and the awards ceremony are scheduled for April.


Doctoral student wins Three Minute Thesis Competition

Farnaz Fouladi, a doctoral student in pharmaceutical sciences, won the annual Three Minute Thesis Competition. The event asks graduate students to communicate complex research clearly and concisely in everyday language in preparation for job interviews and the workforce. Fouladi researches the role of gut bacteria in weight loss surgery. She will compete in the regional competition of the Western Association of Graduate Schools in Las Vegas.

University of North Dakota campus successes

UND Business & Public Administration Dean finalists’ visits set

Three finalists will visit campus April 4- 9 to interview for the position of Dean of the College of Business & Public Administration.

Open forums have been set for each candidate.

Amy B. Henley, executive director of MBA Programs and associate professor in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Ga., 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, Room 7 Gamble Hall
Dave Harris, dean of the Herberger Business School at St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minn., 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, Room 7 Gamble Hall
Darrell Radson, former dean at the Foster College of Business at Bradley University, Peoria, Ill., 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, Room 7 Gamble Hall


Alum couple says “Thanks a million”

Not too long after they were married, Suezette Bieri and Mike Jacobs went to lunch with Earl Strinden, longtime leader of what is now the UND Alumni Association and Foundation.

There Strinden gave them “the pitch” to give back to their alma mater.

At first they weren’t sure Strinden had reached his target audience

“We were as poor as church mice,” Bieri recalled. “Mike said that we didn’t have any money.”

“I know you don’t have it now, but you will someday,” replied Strinden, also a veteran politician and long-serving leader in the North Dakota State House of Representatives. “And you should think of us.”

Recently, the couple made the contribution to which Strinden alluded long ago.

A gift of land owned by the couple in western North Dakota will generate more than $1 million in direct support to students in the College of Arts & Sciences.

For more of the story, read here.

Valley City State University campus successes

Health Services hosts Wellness Fair

VCSU Health Services, with support from Essentia Health, Sanford Health and CHI Mercy Health, hosted its annual Wellness Fair on March 7 in the Student Center. Community members received resources and services for healthier living, including free samples, health screening, fitness testing, body-composition analysis and more. VCSU’s Health Services, Athletic Training Program, Counseling Services, Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription Class, and Human Services and Psychology Club all exhibited at the fair, along with the Dakota College at Bottineau Nursing Program at VCSU. A number of local service providers and vendors also exhibited.


Enrollment Services offers campus tours via Skype

Enrollment Services has begun using Skype as an option for giving personalized campus tours. Instead of the traditional walking tour given to visitors, prospective students can now check out the VCSU campus from miles away. In a recent tour, VCSU students Emma Maguire, a Viking Ambassador, and Isaac Yturralde, a Viking football player from El Paso, Texas, gave a Skype tour via cell phone to a prospective student and football player, also from El Paso. The enrollment staff is excited to provide this opportunity to those who would otherwise need to travel a great distance for a tour. They’ve given a handful of Skype tours thus far and look forward to doing more.


Tyre moderates Women in Ag panel at Winter Show

Brenda Tyre, assistant professor in the VCSU Business Department, served as moderator for the Women in Ag panel discussion at the North Dakota Winter Show on March 7. The panel consisted of Val Wagner, Common Ground; Marie Hvidsten, Rural Leadership North Dakota–NDSU Extension Service; Marcy Svenningsen, former member of North Dakota Farm Service Agency State Committee and formerly with the Farmers Union; and Alecia Nord, Farm Bureau and member of the executive board of American Ag Women, North Dakota Chapter. The panel encouraged women to look at leadership roles in their communities and organizations, and discussed the busyness of people’s lives and how to balance work, community, and family obligations.

Williston State College campus successes

Welding Department Raffle Off Smokers

In a continued effort to raise funds for the Welding department, WSC student welders have again built two 64″x20″smoker/grills that will be raffled off May 14, 2018.
After successfully auctioning off two trailers in January 2017 and two smoker/grills again in May 2017, WSC’s Welding Instructor, Tim Delorme, thought creating more auction items would continue the students’ on-the-job experience and help raise further funds for the department.


WSC Instructor Co-Authors Article

Kim Weismann, WSC Arts and Human Sciences Department Chair, Associate Professor of Communication, Speech Language Pathology Paraprofessional Program Coordinator has co-authored an article that will be published in the Volume 1 of Journal of Communication Pedagogy entitled Best Practices for Retaining Public Speaking Students. Coauthors are Dr. Shannon Van Horn from VCSU and Dr. Christina Paxman from Minot State.


Walk a Mile [In Her Shoes]

To kick-off April as sexual assault awareness month, WSC Counseling Services and WSC Student Life have partnered with CHI St. Alexius Health Williston, Williston Family Crisis Shelter and the Central Dakota Forensic Nurse Examiners to host Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, on the front drive April 7 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

A free-will donation BBQ will also be available as walkers take their laps and DJ Kenny G entertains. Free Jump-N-Fun Inflatables will be available for kids. All proceeds will go to Central Dakota Forensic Nurse Examiners. New this year, attendees are asked to donate if able, toiletries, new or gently-used clothes and school supplies to go to the Williston Family Crisis Shelter.