Monthly Archives: October 2018

NDUS cited as positive example of financial reporting

North Dakota University System has been cited as a superior example of clear financial reporting and monitoring by a national organization focused on governance in higher education.

In its recent recommendations report titled “Monitoring and Assessing the Financial Health and Risk of Colleges and Universities,” the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) has named NDUS and the Ohio Department of Higher Education as its two examples of best practices to follow for how state systems should monitor the financial health and risk of institutions of higher education.

The recommendations issued by SHEEO are made after review of an educational system’s finances using five metrics to determine a score, as detailed by the Strategic Financial Analysis for Higher Education. These metrics help SHEEO determine an institution’s financial health, and whether or not it may be facing financial risk. Those measures include primary reserve ratio, net operating revenues ratio, return on net assets ratio, viability ratio and liquidity ratio.

In its most recent recommendations document, SHEEO used NDUS’s latest annual financial review report as a prime example of positive financial reporting. NDUS staff had spent considerable time developing and updating the contents and format of the report in recent years, ensuring that it was both user friendly and understandable. Vice Chancellor of Administrative Affairs/Chief Financial Officer Tammy Dolan said it was an honor for NDUS to be included.

“Inclusion as an example in this national-level report on higher education finances shows that we’ve not only met standards, we’ve exceeded them,” Dolan said. “This transparency in financial reporting couldn’t have happened without tremendous due diligence from the State Board of Higher Education, our system office staff and the campuses.”

The SHEEO recommendations cited the NDUS financial report for its clarity, and going above and beyond reporting requirements.

According to SHEEO, “Five years’ worth of data are presented to identify trends, and they are presented in easy to understand charts and tables. Likewise, for each ratio and metric, a benchmark has been established and explanations are provided.”

Media Coverage Summary – Oct. 26

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


Bismarck State College
No. 2 Mystics host MCC Pioneers in first-round regional volleyball action, Oct. 24

Dakota College at Bottineau
Farm Business Management Instructor Hired for Minot Area

Dickinson State University
A Minute with Mitzel 10.24.18
DSU student Loveland featured in Z Publishing’s Emerging Writers
DSU’s Student Social Work Organization will be Freezin’ for a Reason

Lake Region State College
Online program costs ranked among lowest in the nation
LRSC ranked nationally for completion rates

Mayville State University
Alumni, veterans honored during the MSU Alumni Association’s 2018 homecoming

Minot State University
Minot State to honor veterans with 5th annual Veterans Week

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Performing Arts Department to present Fall Concert October 23

North Dakota State University
NDSU fans find unique ways to display support while tailgating
Will a robot do your job one day? The Forum talks to experts about careers safe from shift to robotics, artificial intelligence
2018 NDSU Harvest Bowl Agribusiness Award recipient named
More ND soldiers died in WWI than previously thought
NDSU publications help land managers ID weeds
Thriving Through Technology: Students Compete in Bison BEST Robotics Competition
USDA labs renamed for Schafer

University of North Dakota
Powering the future
Go big or go home
New ‘Sun’ rises
Down to Earth
Showdown in the desert

Valley City State University
VCSU Foundation provides record $1.623 million scholarship allocation

Williston State College
Planning for the future: WSC and UND help students apply for college
WSC Spring & Summer 2019 Schedules on the Way

North Dakota University System
State Board tables new tenure policy
NDSCS Staff Spotlight – Bajumpaa
Bernsdorf: In the Business of Business at MiSU
Light bulbs over candles in higher education

Bismarck State College campus successes

BSC pursuing polytechnic mission

BSC has permission from the SBHE to pursue a new mission as a polytechnic institution. As a polytechnic institution, BSC will be able to offer additional highly affordable advanced bachelor of applied science (BAS) technical degrees to students on campus and online, while maintaining the college’s current certificate, diploma, and associate degree offerings.


BSC volleyball ranked nationally

Currently ranked number 2 in the Mon-Dak Conference, the BSC Mystics volleyball team heads was ranked as high as 13th in the NJCAA Div. II rankings earlier in the season, which is believed to be the highest in program history. The Mystics won 10 of 12 conference matches this fall.


BSC nursing students again achieve 100% pass rates

Students in the associate degree Registered Nurse program at BSC received a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). The national pass rate is 87.8%. BSC is the only nursing program in the state to achieve 100% pass rate.

Dakota College at Bottineau campus successes


Dakota College at Bottineau recently rated 2019 most affordable online colleges offering associate degrees. With annual tuition rates under $5,000, DCB is in the top 15 colleges that offer the most affordable online associate degrees based on SR Education Group’s 2018 research. DCB ranked #12, offers 13 online associate degrees at a low tuition rate. Students at DCB can study a range of subjects including Information Management, Photography as well as Paraprofessional Education, Recreation Management and Medical Assistant. To be considered for this list, schools must offer at least 10 fully online associate degrees.



Affordable Colleges (ACO) is a leader in higher education information, resources and rankings and has recognized Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) for offering one of the best online learning environments for health students in the county. DCB is rated within the top 25 Best Online Medical Assisting Programs and Best Online Health Administration Programs.  Though licensure requirements vary by state, those pursuing a degree in medical assisting can take advantage of the flexibility of an online degree. The healthcare administration industry continues to grow, so do the degree programs offered online by both colleges and universities.



Dakota College at Bottineau is one of the recipients administered by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service for community development, training and technical assistance.  The award of $297,325.00 will be to enhance consumer marketing strategies of ND farmers markets and market producers.  Dakota College at Bottineau will increase the capacity of North Dakota Farmers Markets. The state’s changing demographics and increased interest in local foods present great opportunity for farmers market vendors. However, North Dakota’s rural volunteer-

run farmers markets lack the time, resources, and training to effectively meet increased consumer demand. The project will benefit 50 farmers markets and 500 farmers market vendors.

Dickinson State University campus successes


DSU ranks in the top three along with the University of Jamestown and Valley City State University. From major public research universities to small regional colleges, liberal arts colleges and more, College Consensus honors the best colleges in North Dakota for their commitment to excellence. Consensus rankings are based on a comprehensive aggregate of published rankings and verified student reviews. The College Consensus method allows every institution, from the richest and best-known university to the smallest and hardest-working regional college, to demonstrate what they do best.




Each year, the Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship program awards over 20 fellowships, ranging from $1,000 – $1,500, to qualifying members for use in their academic studies. Each local chapter nominates one new qualifying Sigma Beta Delta (SBD) member for the awards each academic year. This year, Allisha Dworshak, a senior at Dickinson State University (DSU) was chosen to receive the prestigious award. SBD is an international honor society for students in business, administration, and management that seeks to recognize scholarship among students while promoting personal and professional improvement and encouraging service to others. Dworshak embodies the principles of academic excellence and service to others. As Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership program participant, she has volunteered more than 90 hours for local charities and organizations, has tutored at the local high school, and assisted in community service projects. After graduation from DSU, Dworshak plans to pursue a graduate degree in law.



Margaret Barnhart, longtime Lecturer of English for the Department of Language & Literature at Dickinson State University (DSU), was recently notified that she has been named the 2018 Creative Artist of the Year by the Communication, Speech, and Theatre Association of North Dakota (CSTAND). The award recognizes an individual’s creative achievements in the fields of communication, speech and theatre. Introduced by Don Ehli—friend, DSU colleague, and former Creative Artist of the Year award recipient—Barnhart accepted the distinction at the CSTAND conference banquet Sept. 14, 2018.



On Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2018 Hall of Fame inductees. Among those selected were two former Blue Hawks athletes Paul Chapman (’89) and Rory Farstveet (’92). Their selection marked the first time Blue Hawk football has been recognized in the NAIA Hall of Fame (HOF). The NAIA HOF induction ceremony will take place at the 2019 American Football Coaches Association’s Annual Convention in San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 6-9, 2019.

Lake Region State College campus successes

LRSC ranked top 20 nationally for completion

Lake Region State College was ranked #20 in a report of 762 two-year colleges published by the Chronicle of Higher Education in its 2018 Almanac of Higher Education.

Institutions were ranked according to the number of first time, full-time students who entered in a cohort that started the fall of 2013 and completed either a degree or certificate within a three-year time period.

According to the 2018 Almanac Report, the average completion rate for two-year colleges nationwide is 23 percent. LRSC boasts double that with 47 percent of students completing their program with a degree or certificate within three years of enrollment.


Student nurses ship books to Africa

Nursing students at LRSC recently shipped boxes of books to Africa.

Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to Africa. Last year alone, BFA shipped over three million books, 93 computers and e-readers containing 223,000 digital books and 10 new law and human rights libraries to 18 African countries.

Mayville State University campus successes

MaSU awarded grant

Officials at Mayville State University have been notified that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded the university a $2,249,009 Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) grant. The grant will be distributed over five years and was available as of Oct. 1, 2018. The purpose of the SIP program is to help institutions of higher education to become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.


Alumni, veterans honored

Mayville State University alumni and friends, as well as veterans and all U.S. military personnel, were honored during the MSU Alumni Association’s 2018 homecoming festivities held Sept. 28-30. The weekend was highlighted by good times and good friends, all with a common thread of Mayville State University, “the school of personal service.”

The annual homecoming activities, sponsored by the Mayville State University Alumni Association, began with the Athletic Hall of Fame and Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame Awards Dinner held Friday evening, Sept. 28. About 200 folks enjoyed the evening, which included the induction of several to the MSU Athletic Hall of Fame and the MSU Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame. Mayville State graduate (1965) and 2008 MSU Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Lt. Gen. Emil R. “Buck” Bedard, USMC (ret.) served as honorary emcee of the program. MSU Athletic Director Ryan Hall presented each of the honorees for induction.

Minot State University campus successes

Minot State adds Medicinal Plant Chemistry to chemistry options

Minot State University will offer a third option in its chemistry major starting in the Spring 2019 semester focusing on extraction, purification, and analysis of compounds from plants.

The option, called Medicinal Plant Chemistry, will enter the academic catalog in Fall 2019, but students can begin work within the chemistry department starting next semester. Medicinal Plant Chemistry joins Professional Chemistry and General Chemistry as a third option for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

“Minot State University has a strong history of excellence in the sciences,” Minot State President Steven Shirley said. “This new rigorous academic option in chemistry further solidifies that tradition by ensuring the next generation of graduates entering new and emerging fields have the knowledge and skills required to succeed.”

The unique chemistry option is the first of its kind in the state of North Dakota and the upper Midwest region, and just the second such program at a four-year university in the United States.


Minot State, Eads release new Alma Mater

Minot State University director of choral activities Emerson Eads has released an updated version of the University’s Alma Mater, with lyrics from a poem by one of Minot State’s original 12 faculty members, Huldah Lucile Winsted.

The Minot State University Alma Mater made its debut at the Board of Regents Fall meeting in September.

Winsted was one of the original 12 instructors hired at the Normal School at Minot, Minot State’s first name. She became the first librarian after donating much of her collection to form the first library, taught geography, served as the registrar, class adviser, and dean of women.

But it was her penchant for writing, including four books – one on geography and three poetry collections – that earned her the title of poet laureate. Her “North Dakota Land of Sky and Other Poems” was published in 1927 and includes 82 poems devoted to subjects ranging from North Dakota landscapes to the progress of women in the arts. Winsted is also credited with choosing the university’s red and green colors based off the beautiful red geraniums blooming outside her office window.

North Dakota State College of Science campus successes

NDSCS Dedicates William F. Rothwell Center for Science

The area used for science education at NDSCS has been named in honor of NDSCS alumnus William F. (Bill) Rothwell. It features new computers and software in its chemistry lab, and new equipment and curriculum to teach anatomy. More than 200 students will take classes at the NDSCS William F. Rothwell Center for Science each year.


NDSCS Electrical Technology Department Celebrates 95 Years

The NDSCS Electrical Technology Department celebrated its 95-year history during the College’s Homecoming week. NDSCS Electrical Technology classes began in 1923, and the program continues to be designed to give students the skills necessary for successful employment in the electrical industry.


NDSCS OTA Program Hosts CarFit Event

The NDSCS Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program hosted a CarFit event on the NDSCS campus in October. CarFit is a national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association, and is designed to give a quick, yet comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together.

North Dakota State University campus successes

Project supports students living with mental illness

NDSU faculty members Amy Werremeyer, Elizabeth Skoy and Meghan Kirkwood are working to de-stigmatize mental illness. Their engagement project called Snap the Stigma invites people to share their experiences with mental illness through photography and personal reflections. The goal is to support people living with mental illness and educate the public.


NDSU nursing student earns first Sanford Health military and veteran scholarship

Nursing student Ashley Laine received the first Sanford Health Military and Veteran Scholarship. She earned $5,000 for her education because of her military service, volunteerism and academic excellence. Carla Gross of the NDSU School of Nursing, Fargo, said Laine “is a stellar, highly intelligent student who is on an amazing journey to become an exceptional nurse.”


NDSU grad student researches how to keep leafy greens safe

Doctoral student Manoj Shah is working on making the food supply safer. He researches how Salmonella moves from soil to leafy greens like spinach and lettuce. Finding the answer to this question is key to preventing outbreaks of foodborne illness. He works with NDSU researcher Teresa Bergholz and microbiologist Manan Sharma from the USDA.

University of North Dakota campus successes

New federal grant, with state match, establishes University Center for Autonomous Systems Innovation at UND

UND’s Center for Innovation announced creation of the University Center for Autonomous Systems Innovation, established through a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). The grant covers the first year of a five-year program, with the potential to renew each year. The grant bolsters an already-growing UAS industry sector in North Dakota, giving UND more tools to make statewide economic impacts. UND was among 20 universities in 13 states selected by the EDA for the University Center funding. The storied program focuses efforts on assisting the implementation of regional economic development strategies and projects.


Long Time UND Center for Rural Health Scholar recognized for ever-growing    contributions in field of addition.

Jacque Gray, UND research profession in the Department of Population Health and associate director of the Center for Rural Health for indigenous programs at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences received the “Dr. Duane Mackey Lectureship and Award” from the Great Plains Behavior Health Conference in recognition for her ever-growing contributions in the field of addition.


College of Education & Human Development secures $1.4 million grant from U.S. Dept. of Education

The UND College of Education & Human Development recently secured a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to train teachers in the Lakota language so that they can teach elementary and secondary learners at tribal and reservation schools in North Dakota and South Dakota.

Valley City State University campus successes

LaFave selected as next VCSU president

The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education has selected Alan LaFave, D.M.A., as the next president of Valley City State University. LaFave currently serves as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Northern State University (Aberdeen, S.D.). Also an undergraduate alumnus of Northern State, LaFave joined the faculty of the university in 1991 and previously served the institution as professor of music, music department chair, associate dean, dean of graduate and extended studies, and dean of the school of fine arts. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees from Arizona State University.


VCSU sets enrollment record with 1,547 students

Valley City State University has set enrollment records with a total headcount of 1,547 students and an undergraduate headcount of 1,404 students, according to the official Fall Term 2018 figures released by the university. The total enrollment figure of 1,547 exceeds the previous record of 1,522 set in Fall 2017, while the undergraduate mark of 1,404 surpasses the previous record of 1,372, also set in Fall 2017.


VCSU ranked 3rd among Midwest public regional colleges by U.S. News

Valley City State University has been ranked third among Midwest public regional colleges in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. VCSU has now been named a U.S. News “Best College” for 21 consecutive years, and the university has been ranked in the top three Midwest public regional colleges each year since 2010.

Williston State College campus successes

TrainND Hosts Disaster Symposium

TrainND – Northwest will host its second annual Disaster & Emergency Preparedness Symposium from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23 at TrainND.

The event brings industries, public emergency response officials, and interested parties in the Bakken Region together to learn about potential disasters and how to prepare for and respond to them.

This year’s presenters will focus on various topics including industry-related emergency preparedness, public service, and medical facilities’ roles in emergency response, counter terrorism, and the opioid crisis.


Supporting Education through Art

Local artist Jamie Azevedo continues to use her artistic talent to support educational opportunities for future female students at Williston State College.

From October 2 through 28, the James Memorial Art Center will display Azevedo’s work, “The Female Gaze” and “Preserving History” with an opening reception on Friday, October 5 from 7-9 p.m.

For each piece sold from “The Female Gaze”, $50 will be contributed to an educational scholarship through the WSC Foundation to assist in funding a woman’s studies at WSC.


Teton Trail [of Treats]: 3 Years of Spooky Fun

Williston State College once again welcomes Williston’s trick-or-treaters to walk its halls for the popular Halloween event: Teton Trail [of Treats].

The family-friendly event – now in its 3rd year – is free and open to the public and is on Wednesday, October 31 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

WSC will host 15 spooky stops for children and their families to play games, watch movies, and receive candy or prizes from WSC employees, clubs, and departments.

State Board tables new tenure policy

Further action surrounding a policy up for its second reading by the State Board of Higher Education has been postponed following an in-depth discussion this week.

The second reading of Policy 605.1 (administrative tenure) had garnered discussion among Board members and faculty members throughout the North Dakota University System since being brought up earlier this year. Conversation commenced at the October Board meeting on who the policy would affect, with members noting that it would be for administrators who had previously been granted tenure.

Faculty Advisor to the Board Birgit Pruess noted that faculty held concerns over the financial impact the policy would have given the current budget outlook. She added that the policy could also negatively impact future faculty recruiting. Council of College Faculty President Debora Dragseth stated that current faculty members could be negatively affected due to potential financial burdens that would be put into place by the policy. Dragseth noted that the policy could result in an administrative position such as a former president being granted tenure, which could then be funded by money that would be better suited elsewhere such as for current faculty and programs. She added that tenure shouldn’t be thought of as a perk, as it was earned by faculty typically over seven years. The policy was ultimately tabled pending further Board review.

Discussion was also held on the Ray Richards Golf Course at University of North Dakota. Previously, the university had looked into the option of selling the property, which had been donated in the 1960s. After review by UND, the Board moved to table the discussion until the December meeting.

Director of Student Affairs Katie Fitzsimmons brought forward a program termination request from North Dakota State University for New Media and Web Design. As with all program termination requests, the recommendation was brought through the Academic Affairs Council. Fitzsimmons also brought forward Policy 403.1 that replaced former policies on program approval, termination and inactivation. According to Fitzsimmons, the recommendation as to collapse three policies into one to streamline future research and action. Both recommendations were unanimously approved.

In other business, the Board selected Nick Hacker as the new Board Vice Chair, heard updates from the two-year colleges, were provided with reports from Vice Chancellor of Strategy and Strategic Engagement James “Phil” Wisecup on system initiatives, and heard from Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs/Chief Financial Officer Tammy Dolan on preparations that system office was making in advance of the coming legislative session.

North Dakota Student Association President Jared Melville provided a report on his organization’s recent activities, including a resolution in support of NDUS’s multi-factor authentication initiative, the creation of a voting guide created for college students, and that NDSA would be meeting soon to set its strategic plan. Next, Dragseth provided a report on CCF activities and the council’s outlook. Staff Advisor to the Board Andy Wakeford then provided a report on behalf of the N.D. State Staff Senate, which included a task force that had been formed to survey staff members, and that staff was thankful for the half-day that would be provided off Christmas Eve.

The next Board meeting is scheduled to take place Thursday, Dec. 6 at Bismarck State College.

NDSCS Staff Spotlight – Bajumpaa

Karen Bajumpaa

There is one undeniable fact that anyone who’s interacted with young adults can attest to: A college student is always hungry.

So sometimes, it takes major planning and a significant effort to ensure that thousands of them have enough nutrition to go about their day.

Karen Bajumpaa at North Dakota State College of Science is one of those people.

Currently the Assistant Director in Dining Services at NDSCS, Bajumpaa first got started at the college more than 20 years ago. After relocating to Wahpeton in 1997, she saw an opportunity for employment as the Dining Services Supervisor. The rest is history.

“I supervise the daily operations within the Flickertail Dining Room, Wild Grounds Café, and Catering,” Bajumpaa said, noting that day-to-day operations call for a dynamic staff. “We have a great department; it takes everyone to start and finish the day. We also have great student employees.”

Through the years, what’s kept her at it is a can-do attitude, a great team, and the daily interaction with the students. Given the numbers (125-150 for breakfast, 500-600 for lunch, 450-550 for dinner), that’s a lot to keep track of.

“Each year we have new students and the returning students that remember us,” she said. “It is great when you are not at work and students say ’Hi!’ or when past students come back to visit and check how we are doing.”

Through the years, Bajumpaa said that there have been some big changes, and some lasting ones.

Working through the Flickertail Dining Room remodel while continuing to provide services for summer events was one such major change she noted. Another? “Specialty diets for students have increased. The Dining Services employees do a great job to make sure that they are taken care of. We work with Partnership for Health to encourage healthy selections for our students.”

“NDSCS provides so much for our students and employees,” she added. “We work together to provide for our customers.”

Outside of her role at the College, Bajumpaa said she loves just spending time with her family.v

Bernsdorf: In the Business of Business at MiSU

Tawnya Bernsdorf has made business her business, and it shows. A recent recipient of the distinguished “Professor of the Year” award at the Minot State University College of Business, she noted that it was made possible by her passion for all things business-related, and her love of teaching.

That’s not surprising. By the time she won the award during the 2016-17 academic year, she’d only been instructing for a relatively short while. Now in her third year, she’s as excited as ever.

“I chose Minot State to study business, in particular marketing, because it was affordable and provided a great program that would hopefully lead me to future opportunities, which it did,” she said about her alma mater, adding that it was a bit of serendipity that brought her back after graduation.

“I got started here teaching in an adjunct role due to my work in the logistics industry,” she said. “The university had an opportunity for a full-time instructor in marketing a couple months later and the rest, as they say, is history. I have found my passion and truly enjoy teaching!”

Prior to teaching, Bernsdorf worked as the university’s alumni director for six years before serving a two-year role in the nonprofit industry during the flood recovery, and later, with public relations at a logistics firm. That background provided her with a wealth of insight regarding her passion: marketing. That passion also provided her a research topic for her current doctoral studies in pursuit of a Ph.D. in marketing.

“Marketing is constantly changing with the changing technology and such making it a consistent opportunity to continue learning!” Bernsdorf exclaimed.

Although she enjoyed the research, there was one aspect of her current work outlook that stood out the most.

“Hands down, working with the students,” she said. “It is a joy to see them achieve success, to help them attain internships and to see them become passionate and prideful about a project they are in. They make this job not a job at all, they make it fun!”

Outside of the classroom, Bernsdorf has served as co-chair of the Community Links Committee with the Young Professionals group. She currently sits on the MiSU Academic Visioning Committee, the MiSU Marketing Committee, and the MiSU Online Studies committee.

Additionally, she is the advisor for the MiSU Collegiate DECA Chapter, receiving the honor of DECA Advisor of the year for 2017-18. Beyond that, she advises the Roger Looyenga Leadership Program at MiSU. She is involved in her community, sitting on the Souris Valley United Way board, the MiSU Beaver Hockey Board of Directors, the Sertoma Club of Minot and Delta Kappa Gamma Teachers Society.

“Being involved in the community is a very important part of my life and something that I truly enjoy,” she concluded.

Media Coverage Summary – Oct. 19

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


Bismarck State College
BSC Theatre production sets the stage for Halloween with “Dracula,” Oct. 18-21

Dakota College at Bottineau
Farm Business Management Instructor Hired for Minot Area

Dickinson State University
DSU to perform Shakespeare’s comedy “As You Like It”
DSU’s Nursing Student Association raises awareness with Break the Cycle event
Dickinson State brings “What were you wearing?” exhibit to campus

Lake Region State College
2018 Key Event
Changing students lives
New clay target team

Mayville State University
Alumni, veterans honored during the MSU Alumni Association’s 2018 homecoming

Minot State University
Campus and Community Dialogue: Legalizing marijuana in North Dakota
Bintz an entrepreneur in ecommerce 
Minot State, Eads release new Alma Mater

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Performing Arts Department to present Fall Concert October 23

North Dakota State University
NDSU to host blockchain conference Oct. 27
NDSU researchers study start-ups in Fargo
NDSU remembering Matthew Shepard with concert
NDSU Nutrition Specialist Shares Tips for Using Pumpkin in Fall Baking
NDSU Nursing Student and Veteran Receives Scholarship from Sanford

University of North Dakota
‘Protesting on Bended Knee’
Patents pending aplenty
Alum couple has campus-wide impact
Gray again honored for work with Native peoples
All in the UND family

Valley City State University
VCSU Foundation provides record $1.623 million scholarship allocation

Williston State College
Teton Trail [of Treats]: 3 Years of Spooky Fun

North Dakota University System

Media Coverage Summary – Oct. 12

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


Bismarck State College
Job fair scheduled on BSC campus
Red Lodge Clay Center residents hold workshops at BSC, Oct. 15-16
BSC Visiting Writers Series features Minnesota author

Dakota College at Bottineau
Farm Business Management Instructor Hired for Minot Area

Dickinson State University
DSU’s Human Resources degree program earns recognition from
Alumni Spotlight: Optometrist John Hanstad ’13
DSU’s Fine and Performing Arts department holds 2018 fall social

Lake Region State College
Peace officer graduation

Mayville State University
Alumni, veterans honored during the MSU Alumni Association’s 2018 homecoming

Minot State University
Minot State, Eads release new Alma Mater
Minot State to host Parent & Family Weekend
Minot State adds Medicinal Plant Chemistry to chemistry options

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS Performing Arts Department to present Fall Concert October 23

North Dakota State University
Theatre NDSU explores self-fulfillment in ‘Late, a Cowboy Song’
Are you sure your Facebook account’s been cloned?
Back with the Bison, Cyr’s new role

University of North Dakota
Taste of Saudi Arabia
Family affair
Flying farther in business innovation
Mission to ‘Mars’
CoBPA dean loves academics and football

Valley City State University
VCSU named a ‘Hidden Gem of Midwest’
Governor, Lt. Governor visit campus
VCSU Alumni Association to honor alumni at Homecoming

Williston State College
Supporting Education through Art
TrainND Hosts Disaster Symposium

North Dakota University System

Media Coverage Summary – Oct. 5

The following is a roundup of news on North Dakota University System’s 11 public colleges and universities for the week ending Friday, Oct. 5


Bismarck State College
BSC to become North Dakota’s first polytechnic institution

Dakota College at Bottineau
DCB Allied Health Programs Recognized

Dickinson State University
Alumni Spotlight: Psychiatric nurse practitioner Tamar (Wright) Rodney ’08
Dickinson State University’s Mind’s Eye Art Gallery to present alumni exhibit
DSU’s pilot Bridge Program proving to be a success

Lake Region State College
Peace officer graduation

Mayville State University
Alumni, veterans honored during the MSU Alumni Association’s 2018 homecoming
Getting fired up for the basketball season
MaSU awarded $2,249,009 Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) grant

Minot State University
Gideon Amponsah: From advocate to social entrepreneur
Minot State to host Connect Suicide Prevention Training

North Dakota State College of Science
NDSCS OTA Program to host CarFit event
NDSCS Electrical Technology Department to Celebrate 95 Years
Heyerman and Larson crowned 2018 NDSCS Homecoming Royalty

North Dakota State University
The Future Takes Flight: Historical Drone Flight Glides over NDSU Tailgaters
Leveraging oil and soil for the future
Kids Put On Dancing Shoes for NDSU Dance Team Clinic
North Dakota State University proposes $60M research center
UND, NDSU president make pitch for $100 million in western North Dakota

University of North Dakota
‘LEAP’ forward for Lakota languageSetting the expectation
Shifting paradigm on physical abuse
Robots with a good beat
Learning from the best

Valley City State University
This week’s Hotline

Williston State College
Supporting Education through Art
TrainND Hosts Disaster Symposium

North Dakota University System

Bismarck State College campus successes

BSC freshman enrollment up 6 percent

BSC remains the third largest college in the NDUS with 3,778 students enrolled this fall – a 1 percent increase over last year. Freshman numbers are up 6 percent. North Dakotans make up 82 percent of the student population at BSC, up almost 2 percent from last year. Part-time enrollment rose 3 percent.


BSC gets grant for mobile nursing simulation lab

A $100,000 grant from the USDA allowed BSC to purchase a roving simulation lab for students training to be nurses in medical centers in Hazen, Harvey, Ashley, Garrison and, starting next fall, Hettinger eliminating travel to Bismarck to work with the simulators. According to the U.S. Bureau Labors Statistics, there will be more than one million nursing vacancies by 2024.


Mass Comm student launches BSC’s first sports talk show

Sports Fyx is BSC’s first sports talk show and the brainchild of BSC Mass Communications student Levi Holzer. New episodes air every three weeks and include Mystic highlights, interviews, wrap-ups and more. The 15-minute segment airs on Dakota Media Access, is shared via social media, highlighted on the BSC website and will be shown during Mystic live-streamed athletic events.

Dakota College at Bottineau campus successes


Platinum Educational Group launched its inaugural scholarships program geared at EMS students. The scholarship is awarded to a hardworking and dedicated student in the healthcare field. The 2018 EMS scholarship was awarded to student Mumtaaz “Taaz” Allen. Mrs. Allen is enrolled in Dakota College’s Paramedic program. Taaz dutifully supported her husband’s military career while raising their son. When the opportunity to be involved in emergency medical services, she jumped at it.  “I grew up in a medical household.  I’ve always had an interest in and a love for helping heal people.” stated Mrs. Allen. After graduating, Taaz is excited about pursuing her next level of education as a Critical Care/Flight Paramedic.



Dakota College at Bottineau recorded a record enrollment for fall 2018.  The official fall enrollment is 996 students.  This compares to 909 students in the fall of 2017, 811 in fall 2016 and 692 during the fall of 2015.  Headcount enrollment includes all students who are taking at least one course from the college.  The previous record headcount enrollments were 909 in the fall of 2017 and 863 in the fall of 2010.



Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) is proud to announce their Director of TRiO will represent the State at the ASPIRE Leadership Institute this fall. Nathan Biggerstaff, DCB TRiO Director was nominated by the ND State ASPIRE president, along with one other North Dakota TRiO member to represent the State at this year’s Leadership Institute.  ASPIRE is a professional organization that serves to represent Region 8 TRiO programs, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah.  ASPIRE helps provide a communication channel to the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), the TRiO governing body that reports to the Department of Education.