Monthly Archives: July 2018

Media Coverage Summary – July 27

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


Bismarck State College
BSC alum Nathan Kurtti – prepared for every stage of life
Colleges Celebrate Successful Completion of Energy Grant

Dakota College at Bottineau
Johnson Named to ND Department of Public Instruction Committee

Dickinson State University

Lake Region State College
College for Kids

Mayville State University
These are exciting times for athletics at Mayville State
Comet Athletic Club sponsoring 12th annual Sportsmen’s Raffle
Tailgating with the Comets

Minot State University
Minot State announces Spring 2018 President’s, VPAA, and Engagement Lists
From Minot State to the United Nations and back
Dokken enjoys return to Summer Theatre
Late Minot State grad donates $4.6 million to school

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS dedicates Kosel Family Agriculture Land Lab

North Dakota State University
NDSU tests new ‘spray drone’
Two companies graduate from NDSU Incubator
NDSU Tailgate Tour bringing fans closer to Bison coaches
Under the Microscope: New research takes aim at pancreatic cancer tumors
Navy Personnel Visit NDSU

University of North Dakota
Linder named VP for Marketing & Communications
Leaders at Work: Flying the Falcon
Survey says — campus climate safe, welcoming
Wired and local
High-flying heroics

Valley City State University
Graichen Gym, McCarthy Hall named for key women on campus

Williston State College
WSC Student Selected to be a Northern Ambassador of Music

North Dakota University System

Four colleges celebrate completion of an energy grant training more than 4,500 students

Four western North Dakota colleges celebrated the completion of a six-year-long $24 million grant that resulted in thousands of trained individuals ready to fill crucial workforce needs in North Dakota.

In 2012 Bismarck State College (BSC), Sitting Bull College (SBC), Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC) and Williston State College (WSC) partnered to form the TREND Consortium, or Training for Regional Energy in North Dakota. The four shared in two rounds of grants from the U.S. Department of Labor, $14.6 million in 2012 and $9.9 million in 2014. These grants, provided under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program, aimed to assist institutions in improving their delivery of education and career training programs that could be completed in two years or less.

BSC was the lead institution for the grant, which President Larry C. Skogen said allowed schools to purchase equipment and upgrade facilities that will continue to benefit future students for years to come.

“With this, we were able to expand programs,” Skogen said. “We educated and trained a lot individuals who are out in the workforce now.”

More than 2,300 students received training in the 2012-2016 round of grant funding, and more than 2,200 students benefited from the 2014-2018 round. TMCC was able to begin a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) training program, with more than 100 people obtaining their CDL through the program.

“They’re probably all over the country driving now,” said Dr. Jim Davis, president of TMCC. He also emphasized the importance of the collaboration between tribal colleges and colleges in the North Dakota University System. “If they hadn’t opened their doors, we wouldn’t be standing here,” he said.

Dr. John Miller, president of WSC, agreed. “They provided the critical mass and leadership for us to bring this project home,” he said. Miller says the grant enabled WSC to double the enrollments in the college’s technical programs and provided funding necessary for the development of expensive new technical labs. “The grant for Williston State College was transformational,” he said. He added the grant also helped the school transform numerous internal processes and connections with students resulting in an updated advising system for all students at WSC.

SBC Vice President Dr. Koreen Ressler said the grant enabled them to recruit more males into programs, increasing male enrollment at the school to 40% of students, up from 30% before the grants. Ressler says grant-funded programs at SBC focused on construction and trades and the school plans to continue those programs into the future.

“This really assisted us.  We’re proud to be able to sustain these programs,” she said.

All four campus presidents spoke about the desire to continue their collaboration into the future.

Media Coverage Summary – July 13

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, July 13


Bismarck State College
Making sparks for industry and art
Burgum highlights cybersecurity education collaboration between BSC and Palo Alto Networks

Dakota College at Bottineau
High Tunnel Workshops

Dickinson State University
Wohletz invited to teach at International Music Camp
Dragseth appointed to Governor’s task force for higher education governance
Blue Hawk Supporter – July 2018

Lake Region State College
LRSC Honors List

Mayville State University
Campus and community partnerships are important
Donut Dash Wednesday, Aug. 22
After Hours social

Minot State University
Dokken enjoys return to Summer Theatre

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS dedicates Kosel Family Agriculture Land Lab

North Dakota State University
Letter: ‘The Bug Man’ has been sparking kids’ curiosity for years
NDSU Extension initiates Citizen Advisory Council
Eight Trustees Appointed to NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association
Red River Zoo opening new ag exhibit
NDSU student from Northfield battles asthma with international research fellowship
New developments in diabetes treatments
Minnesota DNR, NDSU Tracking Bats to Prevent Extinction
Wahpeton teen attends first GenCyber camp

University of North Dakota
On Target with UND
Year’s worth of thriving – not just surviving
Living the oath on national stageRemembering Arne Brekke
Freshmen get early start

Valley City State University
The Auditorium and the Vangstad Twins

Williston State College
WSC Student Selected to be a Northern Ambassador of Music

North Dakota University System

Media Coverage Summary – July 6

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


Bismarck State College
Burgum highlights cybersecurity education collaboration between BSC and Palo Alto Networks
BSC distance-learning nursing degree available in Hettinger
BSC recognizes Spring 2018 graduates

Dakota College at Bottineau
High Tunnel Workshops

Dickinson State University
100 Years of Excellence in Education: Dickinson State celebrates its Centennial
Alumni Spotlight: U.S. Navy Trumpet Instrumentalist Alyssa (Spratta) John ’12
PHOTOS: All-Class Reunion June 2018
‘Blue Hawk forever’

Lake Region State College
Farm to Plate, We Educate

Mayville State University
Social planned for July 17
Harvey McMullen Memorial Golf Tournament scheduled July 13
We are excited to be here!

Minot State University
Hintz committed to helping students accomplish goals
Minot State to offer Management Concepts Graduate Certificate at BSC

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS dedicates Kosel Family Agriculture Land Lab

North Dakota State University
Amy Olson returning to Fargo with LPGA career at an all-time high
Alumna accepted into elite thoroughbred horse program
Two students who have worked on CSMS research receive prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
 Sheyenne student taking college classes product of long, tough road from foreign lands
Playing for his native country gave NDSU’s Geu an experience in seeing the world
NDSU golfers named All-American Scholars

University of North Dakota
Monumental task
Maximum impact
‘Thrust you can trust’
iPIPE: Taking a bite out of leaks
Heard any good jokes lately?

Valley City State University
Construction begins on VCSU track renovation

Williston State College
WSC Student Selected to be a Northern Ambassador of Music

North Dakota University System
Contracts renewed at SBHE

Bismarck State College campus successes

BSC Info session explains distance-learning nursing degree through a BSC collaboration

As part of an outreach effort to train nurses on site in rural communities, Bismarck State College is holding a free informational session Wednesday, July 11 for those interested in learning more about a Practical Nursing certificate beginning Fall 2019 in Hettinger. Residents will be able to earn a nursing degree without having to leave their community. Courses are delivered in a combination of face-to-face labs and clinical courses with the theory courses delivered over Interactive Video Network (IVN) and are offered in partnership with the Dakota Nursing Program and West River Health Services.


Industry leaders step up to fill cybersecurity roles through support of BSC program

Great River Energy, Midco and National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) donated a combined total of $200,000 to the Bismarck State College (BSC) Foundation, to grow the college’s Cybersecurity and Computer Science program.

The Midco gift of $100,000 combined with Great River Energy and NISC gifts of $50,000 each will help BSC provide the talent desperately needed in our nation’s hospitals, refineries, technology companies, power plants and more.


BSC President’s Run set for July 13

Bismarck State College holds its 11th annual President’s Run Friday, July 13, to raise money for the BSC scholarships in memory of friend to the college, Frank Bavendick. Motorcycle and car enthusiasts will run to Lemmon, S.D. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. (CST) with departure at 9 a.m. from the BSC Jack Science Center parking lot. A $110 registration per vehicle is requested.

Dakota College at Bottineau campus successes

Brooks recognized by Chamber

This spring marks the 59th Annual Scholastic Award Program. Hosted by the Bottineau Area Chamber of Commerce, recognition is given to area students for their academic success along with recognition of a Distinguished Service individual from the community. The Distinguished Service Award goes to a community member who has been an outstanding role model, or made significant contributions to area students, schools and community. Larry Brooks, Dean for Academic and Student Affairs received the Distinguished Service award on April 30th


DCB Announcs First Leap Graduates

Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) is proud to announce the first LEAP (Leading to Education and Advanced Preparation) program graduates. Designed for high schools, LEAP allows high school students to earn a Certificate of College Studies alongside their high school diploma. This spring DCB graduates seven students from this program; one from Midkota High School and six from Mohall High School.  Each graduate was acknowledged as a high school and college graduate at their high school commencement exercise.



DCB Graduates 28 AAS Nursing students

The Dakota Nursing program at Dakota College at Bottineau pinned twenty-eight Associate in Applied Science Nurse graduates on Friday, May 11, 2018.  Dakota College at Bottineau’s practicum is a member of the Dakota Nursing Program, a consortium of four community college nursing departments which work together to offer a common curriculum for a Practical Nursing Certificate and for an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing.

Dickinson State University campus successes

DSU Centennial Celebration unites campus and community

Excitement is building as the community of Dickinson gears up for the Dickinson State University (DSU) Centennial Celebration. Alumni are returning to their alma mater and are finding DSU pride everywhere. Downtown Dickinson is turning blue and gray as businesses decorate their windows for the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce’s DSU Pride Window Display Contest. Fluffy Fields Vineyard and Winery has created a “Buster Berry Wine,” a commemorative semi sweet red with a limited production of only 2000 bottles, and will be donating a portion of the wine’s sales to DSU agriculture scholarships. As alumni shop and eat in Dickinson, they are also finding discounts offered by Downtown Dickinson Association and Chamber member businesses. The Centennial Celebration is shaping up to be a fun, memorable weekend for everyone.


Dickinson State ranks as one of the most affordable small colleges in the nation

Dickinson State University has recently been ranked as one of the most affordable small colleges in the nation. In a survey conducted by, DSU ranked No. 16 as one of the cheapest small colleges in the U.S. Students on average pay a little more than $5,000 in tuition and fees annually.

Even though DSU is small, school officials said they offer students the same opportunities bigger schools do with degrees ranging from nursing to a masters in teaching. “When students are able to graduate DSU with a low amount of student loan debt, they are able to pursue their degrees and have more success after college when they leave,” said Chris Meek, Director of Financial Aid at DSU.


Dickinson State’s AASPN program granted continuing accreditation

The Dickinson State University Department of Nursing learned in April that the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) has granted continuing accreditation to the Associate in Applied Science in Practical Nursing (AASPN) program. Thus, both the AASPN and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs at Dickinson State University (DSU) remain fully accredited by ACEN.

In addition to its being nationally accredited, DSU’s nursing programs prepare students to be successful after graduation. What they learn and experience as students makes DSU’s nursing graduates highly sought after by employers. One reason is that the AASPN program enables graduates to simultaneously complete intravenous (IV) therapy certification (which is not available in shorter certificate practical nurse programs). Having IV certification is a distinct advantage to our graduates. Another reason is their experience in working environments. The majority of students who continue their education by taking the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Completion Program also choose to work as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) simultaneously. When they graduate with the BSN degree, they have two or more years of nursing experience already. This characteristic makes the DSU BSN graduates even more-highly sought after by employers, as they have previous nursing experience as well as a BSN degree. These graduates are prepared to care for both stable and unstable patients, lead and manage, are experts in community health and participate in research.

Lake Region State College campus successes

Nursing Director earns honor

Karen Clementich received the Outstanding Rural HealthEducator/Mentor award at the 2018 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health June 14 in Grand Forks. The award recognizes a professional who has made outstanding contributions to the education, development, and placement of new healthcare professionals in rural North Dakota communities.
Clementich is the nursing director and an associate professor of nursing at Lake Region State College. Through her leadership and instruction, she has played a significant role in the success of Lake Region’s nursing programs.

Mayville State University campus successes

Artificial turf will be installed at MaSU’s football field

Artificial turf will be installed at MaSU’s Jerome Berg Field this summer. A groundbreaking ceremony was held June 5. The project is scheduled for completion in time for the first home football game next fall. With their financial contributions, more than 275 private individuals and businesses helped to make the project possible.


MaSU students study in Belize for two weeks

In May, seven MaSU students and two faculty members spent two weeks in Belize completing health education projects, various health clinics, community service, and culture and adventure activities. Students found the study abroad opportunity to be eye-opening and life-changing. Among the group’s activities was educating local school students on nutrition and healthy food choices, and hand hygiene.


MaSU Distinguished Alumni and Distinguished Service awards presented

Keven Dockter and Ray Dusek received the MaSU Distinguished Alumni Award during the Alumni Day festivities on June 22. In addition, Doug Anderson, Debbie Hagen, and Beth Swenson received the MaSU Distinguished Service Award. These awards are presented on an annual basis by the MaSU Alumni Association.

Minot State University campus successes

Students fundraise for smiles, offer important services

In the past seven years Minot State students in the Communication Disorders Department have raised thousands of dollars to provide over 200 life-changing surgeries to individuals born with cleft lips and cleft palates.

The Minot State chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association organizes the Miles for Smiles fundraiser every year with proceeds going to Operation Smiles, a volunteer-based international medical charity that provides free surgeries to children and young adults with facial conditions.

The NSSLHA at Minot State has approximately 75 student members and raises additional funds for Operation Smiles through bake sales and silent auctions.


Biology students search for answers to meth addiction in genetics research

Methamphetamine use continues to devastate communities and the lives of individuals across the nation leaving many scrambling for solutions to the problem. Biology students at Minot State hope to contribute to those solutions by conducting in-depth research to find a genetic link that explains why some people become severely addicted to the drug.

These efforts come at a time when North Dakota has seen a rise in meth addiction, and meth-related crime. According to a 2017 article in the Bismarck Tribune, methamphetamine remains the most commonly used hard drug in the region, and meth incidents have risen each year since 2012.

Recognizing the scourge of meth addiction, Minot State biology professor Zeni Shabani and a group of science students have turned to inbred mice for answers.

Minot State is working in association with Oregon Health and Science University on this study. Oregon Health and Science University carries out the breeding schemes of the mice, while Minot State researchers focus on the behavioral pharmacological component of the study.

Student lab assistant, and Minot State graduate, Sydney Houlton, who will be attending the graduate neuroscience program at the University of Iowa in fall 2018, and fellow lab assistant Bikalpa Ghimire, a senior double major in biology and mathematics, work under the direction of Shabani. Much of their work involves administering a two-bottle choice, a bottle of water and a bottle of methamphetamine, to mice and then observing and documenting their behavior.

The aim of the research is to locate a gene or genes that cause methamphetamine addiction. So far research has pinpointed a region of genes in Chromosome 10 that explain certain addictive behavioral traits.


Minot State earns National SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd® grant

Minot State University was named as a recipient of the National SPEAK OUT!® and LOUD Crowd® Grant Program honoring Daniel R. Boone, PhD, CCC-SLP, by the National Parkinson Voice Project – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

MSU assistant professor and Communication Disorders Clinic coordinator Lisa Roteliuk was notified the university was awarded the grant in April. Members of the MSU team will attend the Lead With Intent Symposium in Richardson, Texas, June 20-23, which includes an impressive list of speakers, including Laura Bush, former First Lady of the United States (2001-09).

The grant recipients represent hospital rehabilitation clinics, nonprofit Parkinson’s organizations, and university speech therapy clinics like Minot State’s which are being awarded $650,000 in training, therapy supplies, and funding from Parkinson Voice Project. Minot State is committed to replicating Parkinson Voice Project’s unique two-part speech therapy program that combines individual and group speech therapy to help people living with Parkinson’s across America restore their speaking abilities.

North Dakota State College of Science campus successes

NDSCS dedicates Kosel Family Agriculture Land Lab

NDSCS dedicated its new Kosel Family Agriculture Land Lab, and recognized local businesses who are providing educational opportunities through their involvement with the land lab. The land lab, located along Richland County Road 10, enables NDSCS Agriculture students to receive hands-on experience in the field to prepare them with skills needed for a career in agriculture.


NDSCS and NDSU expand partnership for student success

NDSCS and NDSU have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to better serve the research, service, educational and workforce needs of North Dakota. The two institutions share a unique combined presence in eastern North Dakota, and a cooperative spirit through which the educational interests of the state and local area are served.


NDSCS Announces Spring 2018 President’s Honor List

The North Dakota State College of Science has named 411 students to its spring semester 2018 President’s Honor List. The Honor List recognizes students who have achieved grade point averages of 3.5 or higher while taking at least 12 credits with letter grades.

North Dakota State University campus successes

NDSU, NDSCS expand partnership for student success

NDSCS and NDSU have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to better serve the research, service, educational and workforce needs of North Dakota. The institutions will develop transfer guides and processes to facilitate seamless transfers from NDSCS to NDSU, as well as collaborate to identify new and modify existing career and technical programming. The new agreement also creates a path to explore collaboration for operational efficiencies and shared services.


NDSU adds Master of Landscape Architecture program

NDSU’s landscape architecture program will offer a five-year master’s degree, starting this fall. The program includes a range of coursework that prepares students for the landscape architecture field and leads to professional licensure. It is the only landscape architecture program in the state and one of the best values for a professional program.


NDSU summer programs help prepare North Dakota students for the future

NDSU hosts many summer programs that give the state’s students access to hands-on learning experiences that enhance education. Many of the programs focus on STEM disciplines and expose students to career options. Examples include North Dakota Governor’s Schools, Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education, STEM Kids Camps and Camp HOPE, which provides a way for high school students to explore health care careers.

University of North Dakota campus successes

UND Aerospace, United Airlines ink new student career pathway agreement

A new agreement signed between United Airlines and the University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School for Aerospace Sciences provides defined steps for students to get waiting jobs at the major airline and its regional partners. The agreement, called UND Career Pathway Program (CPP) with United, was announced at an event attended by 350 prospective UND aviation students visiting the campus. Slated to begin this fall, the agreement will allow student who meet its criteria to be offered conditional employment with one of the world’s largest airline companies.



UND launches mobile-friendly website

The University of North Dakota has a new look online. The first phase of the UND website’s transition to a mobile-friendly platform was made in late May. The new site was designed to be the digital front door of the university, creating a welcoming format to prospective students and visitors that is accessible on a multitude of devices. The transition also includes a compressing of the number of pages on UND’s website, allowing for information to be more navigable and easily accessible.



UND awarded $2.4 million in research project grants from DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the University of North Dakota two grants totaling over $2.4 million to research solar desalination technologies and ecosystem and climate modeling. The first grant, in the amount of $2 million from the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Rewardable Energy, will focus on reducing the cost of solar-thermal desalination and helping the technology reach new markets, including areas not connected to the electronic grid. The second grant, in the amount of over $400,000, will focus on ecosystem and climate modeling research to improve the power of Earth system models to predict weather and climate, and to help maintain a strong infrastructure and reliable energy supplies.

Valley City State University campus successes

38 area teachers participate in STEM professional development

VCSU’s Great Plains STEM Education Center (GPSEC) provided five days of professional development for area K–12 teachers June 4–8 as part of its Implementing Integrative STEM Education in the Classroom grant project. Thirty-eight teachers from 12 area school districts participated in the project, primarily funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Math and Science Partnership and facilitated by the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. Participating districts included Barnes County North, Central Cass, Edgeley, Enderlin, Ellendale, Fort Ransom, Griggs County Central, Kensal, Litchville-Marion, Lisbon, Maple Valley and McClusky. The professional development sessions included a wide variety of integrative STEM curriculum training and experiences, including: Engineering Design Process, Scientific Inquiry, Family Engineering, Engineering is Elementary, Picture Perfect Science/STEM Lessons, Building Math, Breakout EDU, LEGO Robotics, Biomimicry, Coding apps and gadgets (e.g., Scratch,, Sphero, Ozobot, 3-D pens) and Green Screen Technology.


Dual-credit instructors come to VCSU for content alignment

Nine dual-credit instructors from Barnes County North (Wimbledon), Central Cass High School (Casselton), Oak Grove Lutheran School (Fargo) and Valley City High School met on campus Wednesday, May 30. The instructors met with six VCSU faculty members who serve as content specialists to align course content and syllabi. Dual-credit instructors participating included Maureen Svihovec, Mariah Westerhausen, Deb Beilke, Beth Undem, Kristi Shanenko, Troy Roesler, Kathleen Horner, Katherine Oster and Abbi Wittner. VCSU faculty working with them included Jamie Wirth, Andre DeLorme, Preston Bush, Jodi Shorma, Jeff Moser and Jim Boe. Through the dual-credit program, sophomore through senior students in select high schools are able to take courses from qualified instructors in their high schools and receive both high school and college credit for their work.


5 VCSU Viking student-athletes compete at NAIA Track & Field Championships

Seven VCSU student-athletes qualified for the NAIA National Championships, and five competed at the meet held in Gulf Shores, Ala., May 24–26. Earning All-American honors by placing seventh in their events were Vikings Megan Johnson (Enderlin, N.D.), who competed in the women’s triple jump, and Kyle Odegard (Lisbon, N.D.), who competed in men’s javelin. Odegard set a school record with his javelin throw of 61.45 meters (201 feet, 7 inches) at nationals. Johnson also placed 19th in the long jump. In women’s discus, Sayge McKrill (Show Low, Ariz.) took 11th, and Mackenzie Huber (Clark, S.D.) placed 19th. Garret Roemmich (Linton, N.D.) took 16th in men’s javelin.

Williston State College campus successes

Rasmussen named the Regional Director for Technical Programs and Training at TrainND

WSC is pleased to announce that Pam Rasmussen has been named the Regional Director for Technical Programs and Training at TrainND starting July 1.

Rasmussen took over as director of the TREND (Training for Regional Energy in North Dakota) Grant at WSC in late 2015. Since that time Pam has worked closely with the WSC’s Career and Technical (CTE) Education programs including Petroleum, Diesel, Welding, IT and Business programs. In addition to grant administration, Rasmussen has worked with industry advisory boards, curriculum development and student advisement, and in general supported whatever is necessary to move programs forward. Recently, Rasmussen helped to secure a National Science Foundation grant for the Petroleum program.


WSC Student Selected to be a Northern Ambassador of Music

WSC Freshman, Shawn Postovit, received an acceptance letter in April not only to be a member of the Northern Ambassadors of Music, but to participate in a music performance tour of Europe during the summer of 2019.

From July 9, 2019 until July 24, 2019, Postovit and his fellow ambassadors will visit seven counties including England, France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Italy, and Germany.

The tour includes a concert band, concert choir, and a jazz ensemble.


WSC Student Completes Government Senate Internship in Washington D.C.

Joseph Mathews recently completed a spring internship in Senator John Hoeven’s office in Washington D.C.
Born and raised in Texas, Mathews relocated to North Dakota in 2014. Mathews has been interested in the governmental process since he was young so, when he heard about the internship in Associate Professor Richard Stenberg’s Government class, his interest was piqued.
Mathews says that being selected for the internship in January 2018 was a dream come true. Living in Washington D.C. turned out to be a very memorable experience for him. He enjoyed working in the heart of the Capitol building, “watching and witnessing political movements unfold in front of him,” not through the TV screen, but in real life. “Bumping into protestors, dodging camera men and interactions with Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz, ND State Legislator Kim Koppelman and Mark Zuckerberg had suddenly become the norm.”
He valued the experience seeing how Hoeven’s office really puts the people first. Looking back, Mathews says that he excelled in “being a voice for the people” by documenting and conveying concerns to the Senator.

Contracts renewed at SBHE

The State Board of Higher Education last week reviewed its leadership contracts, including the chancellor and presidents, in addition to hearing details on several budget requests for the 2019-2021 biennium.

The Board opened the meeting and entered executive session twice, initially to discuss a construction company’s claim concerning North Dakota State University’s A. Glenn Hill Center, and later to discuss appointment, re-appointment and new contract terms for NDUS leadership.

Following the first session, the Board moved to authorize North Dakota State University to move forward with mediations with a construction company for the A. Glenn Hill Center. Following the extensive second session, the Board reconvened to talk about contract renewals.

Immediately prior to the second executive session, the Board spoke about the chancellor’s contract. Board member Mike Ness stated that he held concerns regarding the Chancellor’s evaluation, noting it could be appropriate to delay his contract by six months. Ness touched on topics regarding system office surveys and ongoing administration process against NDUS by a former employee. Board member Kevin Melicher moved to approve the contract as proposed. Discussion commenced with Board member Nick Hacker asking if any further complaints had been made, or how long these types of complaints took to reach conclusion. Legal Counsel Nick Vaughn noted that as of the time of the meeting, no further complaints had reached his office. He added that to his knowledge, complaints with the EEOC could take anywhere from a few months to a few years to resolve, and it depended entirely on the EEOC’s handling of the respective complaint. Past Board Chair Kathleen Neset spoke strongly in favor of renewing the chancellor’s contract.

“I will say, of all the people I have worked with, I find Chancellor Hagerott to be one of the most coachable and responsive people towards constructive criticism,” Neset said. “We did take a year to go through a lot of changes with the Board and the Chancellor. I think progress was made, and it’s displayed in the recent evaluation.”

After discussion concluded, the Board voted 7-1 to approve Hagerott’s contract, with Ness the lone dissenting vote.

Following that discussion and the second executive session, the Board reconvened to publicly address the presidents’ contracts. As Dakota College at Bottineau Dean Jerry Migler is evaluated by Minot State University, Mayville State University President Brian Van Horn just started his initial contract and the permanent president has not yet been selected for Valley City State University, those institutions were not considered. Presidential contracts for Bismarck State College, Dickinson State University, Lake Region State College, Minot State University, North Dakota State University, Williston State College presidents were all renewed without public discussion. University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy received a contract extension with a “mid-year” review that will become standard for new contract’s initial renewals. North Dakota State College of Science President John Richman’s contract renewal was tabled until September.

Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs/Chief Financial Officer Tammy Dolan gave the most substantial update of the annual meeting in which she provided in-depth details concerning the proposed 2019-2021 biennial budget requests. Presenting on those details for the better part of two hours, Dolan answered questions concerning the ins-and-outs of, and differences among, the 2019-2021 NDUS biennial budget; and the System Office, campus, Forest Service and capital projects’ budgets. Budgets for the NDSU Agricultural Research Station, Extension Service, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, and Northern Crops Institute were also heard. Major considerations among the proposals was authorization for staff and faculty salary increases by a systemwide average of four percent. The Board voted to approve the needs-based budget.

Board member Nick Hacker brought up the Board’s Budget, Finance and Facilities Committee report, which included recommendations for Fiscal Year 2019 SBHE and NDUSO Annual Budgets; as well as recommended authorizations for Lake Region State College to transfer funding operations to capital assets for building repairs and the purchase of a storage shed; authorization for University of North Dakota to proceed with construction of High Performance Center’s seating and storage project; authorization for UND to proceed with repurposing of the J. Lloyd Stone House; authorization for UND to proceed with development toward a new central heating plant; authorization for an adjustment to the UND Tuition Model Plan; authorization for North Dakota State University to proceed with a mechanical improvements project; and authorization for NDSU to enter into a purchase and sales contract with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company for land near its campus. All found approval.

Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Lisa Johnson reported to the Board on the Midwest Higher Education Cooperative’s Midwest Student Exchange Program. After Johnson provided a few details on the program, the Board unanimously voted to approve North Dakota University System’s renewal of the program. The Board also reviewed the annual recommendations for Tenure, and one new program recommendation for a graduation certificate in Computer Science Education at NDSU.

Neset provided the Board’s Governance Committee report, which included an update of the Board self-evaluation report.

Board Vice Chair Greg Stemen presented the Board’s Audit Committee report, which provided details on the Fiscal Year 2019 Audit Plan, and the Compliance Activity Report.

Chancellor Hagerott’s regular report touched on the ongoing Envision 2030 initiative, an update on the legislatively-mandated task force work prompted by Senate Bill 2003, and staffing plans for NDUS. The Board also heard reports from North Dakota Student Association President Jared Melville, Council of College Faculty President Debora Dragseth, and North Dakota State Staff Senate Cole Krueger.

In other business, the Board held the first readings of Policies 302.2 (audit committee) and 806.3 (moving expenses), appointed members to Board committees, appointed a new member to the NDUS Foundation, and presented recognition plaques to outgoing Board members Melicher and Ness, and Nick Vaughn, the outgoing legal counsel.

The next regular Board meeting is scheduled for August 23, and is scheduled to take place over Interactive Video Network.