NDSU to host BEST Robotics competition

The NDSU College of Engineering is scheduled to host the Bison BEST Robotics Competition Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Shelly Ellig Indoor Track and Field Facility on the NDSU campus. This is the eighth year NDSU has hosted the event.

BEST, which stands for Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology, offers hands-on, real-world, engineering-based experience to middle and high school students. The mission of BEST Robotics is to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, known as STEM, through participation in a sports-like science and engineering-based robotics competition.

A total of 20 schools are competing this year. Six weeks ago, each school received an identical kit of equipment and parts and a set of game rules. Their challenge is to design a vehicle capable of transporting and maneuvering wind turbines of extreme length and weight to an assembly site without negatively affecting America’s transportation system. The vehicle will construct the wind turbines once it delivers the components to an assembly site.

A live stream of the event will be available at clrobotics.com by clicking on the button labeled “Click Here to Watch the Competition Live.”

Each team has designed and built their robot, and will try to outperform other teams’ robots. The event consists of two parallel competitions. The first is a robotics game in which four teams compete at once in a series of three-minute matches. The robotics portion of the competition takes place on Saturday.

The other competition is for the BEST Award, which includes the delivery of a marketing presentation, design of a team exhibit and a spirit and sportsmanship component. The majority of the BEST Award categories are judged on Friday.

Engineers and other technical professionals from local industries served as mentors for the teams.

NDSU, for the third year, also is scheduled to host the Northern Plains BEST Robotics regional championship Dec. 4-6 at the Fargo Civic Center. It is one of four regional championship event sites in the country and will feature the 36 top teams from seven BEST Robotics competition hub events in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

For more information about the competition, contact Nancy Rossland at 701-231-7994 or nancy.rossland@ndsu.edu or visit www.ndsu.edu/coe/k_12_outreach/best_robotics.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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NDSU art gallery exhibit explores oil, water issues

A group printmaking exhibition exploring the use or misuse of natural resources is on display at the NDSU Memorial Union Gallery. “Oil and Water” is scheduled to be on view through Nov. 20.

The exhibition used the medium of printmaking to tackle challenging issues ranging from flooding and the diversion in the Red River Valley to oil development and fracking in the Bakken oil formation. Participants include students and faculty from NDSU, Concordia College, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minot State University, University of Manitoba, University of North Dakota and Valley City State University.

A reception featuring talks from project coordinators and participants is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 30, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibition is sponsored by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association with support from the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

The portfolio first was exhibited at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo. The project was coordinated by Kent Kapplinger, associate professor of visual arts at NDSU; Heidi Goldberg of Concordia College and John Volk.

The Memorial Union Gallery is on the second floor of the NDSU Memorial Union at 1401 Administrative Ave. Visitor parking is available in the South Union Lot. Free parking is available all day on weekends and after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. including being open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

For more information, visit www.ndsu.edu/mu/programs/gallery.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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NDSU math department starts new program for high school students

NDSU’s Department of Mathematics launches a new program called Math Circle on Monday, Oct. 27. The program is for high school students who want to be challenged in math.

NDSU math professors will lead weekly sessions where they will introduce topics students would not typically encounter in a high school math curriculum. Students will learn to think through problems like seasoned mathematicians.

The program is scheduled for Mondays, Oct. 27 to Dec. 8, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in Minard 404, 1210 Albrecht Blvd., Fargo. The program will resume in January 2015.

Fall Math Circle topics
Oct. 27: Random Fibonacci Sequences
Nov. 3: Parking Sequences
Nov. 10: Cellular Automata
Nov. 17: Ramsey Theory
Nov. 24: Ouroboros
Dec. 1: Games with Othello Pieces
Dec. 8: Euclidean Algorithm

More information about the program is available at http://math.ndsu.nodak.edu/math-circle/about.html or contact Trevor McGuire at trevor.mcguire@ndsu.edu.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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NDSU Libraries to hold Dust Bowl events

The NDSU Libraries have been selected as a host site for “Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry,” a traveling exhibit and programs about the Dust Bowl. The exhibit is on display on the Main Library’s first floor through mid-December.

Other related events also are scheduled:

  • A screening of Ken Burns’ “The Dust Bowl” is set for Oct. 27 and 29 at 2:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Century Theater. The four-hour documentary will be shown in two parts, each followed with a discussion led by Tom DeSutter, associate professor in the School of Natural Resource Sciences.
  • Christina Weber, associate professor of sociology, is set to present “Women in the Dust Bowl” Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. in the Main Library’s Weber Reading Room. She will use the photography of Dorothea Lange as well as oral histories from Oklahoma State University to tie the experiences of women in Oklahoma with those who lived through the Dust Bowl in North Dakota.
  • A panel discussion, titled “Causes and Effects of the Dust Bowl and the Current Impact of Soil Erosion,” is set for Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. in the Main Library’s Weber Reading Room. The panel featuring Tom DeSutter, Larry Cihacek, Adnan Akyuz, John Enz and David Granzen will be moderated by Don Schwert.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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Hundreds attend NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health ceremony

Hundreds of Bismarck-Mandan community members attended the inaugural White Coat Ceremony for NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health in Bismarck held on Oct. 19.

A white coat ceremony officially welcomes students into the nursing program. They receive white coats symbolizing their duty to patients and colleagues. In addition, students recite the Florence Nightingale pledge, which is intended to instill a culture of respect, dignity and compassion for both patients and medical professionals.

“The ceremony was a wonderful occasion,” said Karen Latham, chair of NDSU Nursing at Sanford Heath and associate professor of practice. “It offered us the opportunity to share with our students and their families and friends a glimpse of what is to come; a time for us to encourage the support of families as students progress through the program. The white coat symbolizes their intent to be ethical and honorable in their behavior as a nurse.”

One hundred and two students were hooded with their white coats. An estimated 550 to 600 people attended, creating a standing room only event.

The ceremony featured welcoming remarks from NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani and Charles Peterson, NDSU dean of pharmacy, nursing and allied sciences.

“The inaugural event was a great opportunity to celebrate the introduction of NDSU Nursing at Sanford Health with the Bismarck-Mandan community,” said Carla Gross, associate dean, chair and associate professor of practice.

For more information, contact Sara Wald, director of development, at 701-231-6461 or sara.wald@ndsu.edu.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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NDSU council to hold town hall meeting

North Dakota State University President’s Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs will hold a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center, 1241 N. University Drive, Fargo. Members of the community are encouraged to attend.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the issue of high-risk drinking and related consequences with community stakeholders, campus leaders and elected officials. The facilitated discussion will include an overview of the problems associated with high-risk drinking in North Dakota and discussion of possible solutions to curb this problem.

The council also will share milestones and gather feedback on its strategic plan. “The Town Hall Meeting is a chance for us to reconnect with our community stakeholders – both on and off campus – to talk about the council’s initiatives and possible solutions to the problem of high-risk alcohol use,” said Laura Oster-Aaland, chair of the council.

The meeting is sponsored by NDSU with funding provided by the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Visit www.ndsu.edu/alcoholinfo  for more information about NDSU’s Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Programs.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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Science Café to feature green fuel presentation

Dmitri Kilin, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of South Dakota, is scheduled to present “Green Fuel from Water and Sunlight,” for the next Science Café on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. in Stoker’s Basement of the Hotel Donaldson.

According to Kilin’s abstract, producing environmentally friendly and renewable fuel such as hydrogen gas by using water and the sun’s energy is an efficient solution to meet energy needs. However, many challenges in photo-driven hydrogen production are not resolved, including high cost, quality materials and energy conversion efficiency.

During the talk, participants will be introduced to hydrogen generation and the water splitting reaction. The role of theory and computations in providing guidelines for promoting systematic improvements in photo-catalyst activity also will be discussed.

The Science Café is free and open to the public. Attendees must be 21 or older, or accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Science Café presentations are sponsored by the North Dakota State University College of Science and Mathematics.

For more information, contact Diane Goede at diane.goede@ndsu.edu or 701- 231-7412.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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NDSU to unveil renovated food production lab

A project that turned a portion of the third floor of the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Family Life Center into a cutting-edge food production laboratory is complete. And officials, students and supporters of the NDSU College of Human Development and Education are ready to unveil the finished product.

An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony have been scheduled to celebrate the renovated food production laboratory and adjoining classroom/restaurant space. The open house is set for Friday, Oct. 10, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Family Life Center rooms 310 and 312. The ribbon cutting is slated for 2:30 p.m. The events are part of Homecoming week at NDSU.

Major components of the project include the renovation of six individual learning stations; the addition of a commercial food production laboratory; and converting existing space to a foodservice area complete with tables and chairs, a service station and the flexibility to function as a dining, service and lecture classroom.

Key features include energy efficient LED lighting and a built-in sound system that allows students to customize the entire dining atmosphere.

The renovated space is essentially two separate but interconnected rooms designed to provide flexibility of use. The space also hosts the 800 Café, a student-managed restaurant that is open to the public during the spring semester.

The project benefits approximately 200 students in NDSU’s dietetics and hospitality and tourism management programs. Both programs are nationally accredited. Students cannot become a registered dietitian without a degree from an accredited program.

The $750,000 project was funded in part by a matching grant program established during the 2013 North Dakota legislative session. The state awarded $1 in matching funds for every $2 raised since the project is dedicated exclusively to the advancement of academics. A commission appointed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple awarded $203,000 to the project.

Many of the college’s faculty and staff made personal donations to help fund the project. Student organizations also supported the renovation.

A Food Production Laboratory Endowment also was created to provide funding for lab upkeep.

“Alumni and friends of the college were supportive of the project from the beginning and have been supportive of the endowment,” said Virginia Clark Johnson, dean of the College of Human Development and Education. “We are proud to be able to share the finished project with them.”

Interior design students also will use the renovation as a case study, said senior lecturer Ann Ragan, who served as an interior design consultant for the space.

Renovation of the space began in May 2014. The dining room can serve up to 44 customers at a time. The kitchen is designed to host 18 food preparers at one time.

“Having the updated space will make a huge difference in the quality of our classes,” said Sherri Nordstrom Stastny, associate professor in health, nutrition and exercise sciences. “Student learning will be greatly enhanced by thoughtful design and layout of state-of-the-art food production, service and cleaning/sanitation equipment, not to mention student safety.”

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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President Bresciani: NDSU serves citizens

NDSU serves the citizens of North Dakota – that thought was the theme of President Dean L. Bresciani’s annual State of the University Address Oct. 9.

Before a packed audience in Festival Concert Hall, Bresciani noted the extensive media coverage of North Dakota’s robust economy and NDSU’s contributions to the state’s success.

“We have invested our hearts and minds to ensure and expand the quality of life of all North Dakotans. We do what our state needs from us – we attract new young people better than any other aspect of our state and give them the educational base they need to be the next generation of leaders. We conduct research that improves North Dakota’s growing technology base, business environment, historic agricultural sector and more, which leads to economic growth and diversification. Bottom line: We serve our citizens.”

Bresciani described higher education as a magnet for North Dakota. A growing number of NDSU graduates stay in the state to work, which is vital in a state where vacant jobs are expected to rise from 22,000 positions today to 76,000 by 2020.

NDSU had an outstanding past year, with continuing academic and research success, student achievement and a nationally visible athletic program. Among his cited highlights were:

• Research expenditures as audited by the National Science Foundation topped $150 million per year.

• Students received a Truman scholarship, Fulbright teaching assistantship and National Science Foundation fellowship.

• Nine of 14 Bison athletics teams won their leagues, while achieving exceptional academic success. Student athletes earned the highest grade-point average in NDSU’s Division I era.

• NDSU’s master of public health program began the only American Indian specialization in the country.

• A chemistry faculty member received the prestigious Sloan Fellowship, and the visual arts department chair is a Bush Fellow.

• The largest class of National Merit Scholars in NDSU history enrolled in classes this fall.

• Construction of the new STEM education building is under way, and the food production lab for the College of Human Development and Education will be dedicated this week.

NDSU will soon be home to the National Agricultural Genotyping Center. “That North Dakota and NDSU were named for this major federal laboratory facility over existing national labs and Association of American Universities research universities, speaks volumes about our national visibility and reputation,” Bresciani said. “The Genotyping Center will be the kind of tremendous asset never before possible for North Dakota to secure, with immeasurable potentials for partnerships with NDSU scientists on the priority food science challenges facing the world.”

In other areas, NDSU researchers are focused on topics ranging from cancer prevention or treatment and understanding asthma, to preparing teachers for 21st century classrooms. NDSU researchers are working on a variety of issues related to the state’s oil patch, including population projections, school enrollments, law enforcement needs, soil conservation, transportation logistics and road dust.

“At NDSU, we are educating the future leaders and entrepreneurs of our state. We are serving the state and improving the lives of all through research solutions at levels never before imagined much less achieved — which are now bringing a new level of positive national attention to our state in a way North Dakota has never before experienced.”

But, Bresciani said NDSU has more work to do, including a new emphasis on graduate student enrollment growth “to bolster the scholarly environment at our university and in response to needs expressed by state business leaders, who also need more people with master’s and doctoral preparation.”

A top legislative priority will be the first building of a comprehensive renovation and replacement of NDSU’s engineering complex. Other important capital projects are Dunbar Hall, Sudro Hall and a new veterinary diagnostic lab.

The state legislature’s new higher education funding formula will allow the university to hire numerous new faculty during the next several years. “This will be one of the most significant additions to our faculty ranks in NDSU history,” he explained.

In closing, Bresciani said the recent return of ESPN’s “College GameDay” to Fargo and NDSU is a significant reflection of the university’s growing status.

“We have so risen in national visibility that one of the most watched shows in the nation chose, for the second year in a row, to come here,” he said. “When a university and its athletic programs reach the national level of visibility and success never before achieved in our state, it repositions the nation’s perception of the entire state of North Dakota.”

That national stage “allows us, as never before, to serve our citizens.”

The speech is available as a script and webcast at www.ndsu.edu/president/speeches.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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NDSU Homecoming to be community celebration

NDSU invites the community to participate in Homecoming 2014 activities, many of which are scheduled Oct. 9-11.

The Homecoming parade and party are set for Friday, Oct. 10. Scheduled for 5:30 p.m., the parade will return to the downtown area, where it was held from 1922 to 1982. More than 120 floats are scheduled to participate.

In addition, live music from the band Brat Pack Radio will follow the completion of the parade until 10 p.m.

The parade route starts at the corner of NP Avenue and Broadway and moves along Broadway to 4th Avenue North. The parade will then go east to 4th Street North before turning south to 1st Avenue North.

The party is scheduled to be held on 2nd Avenue North between Broadway and 5th Street North at 7 p.m.

Bus transportation and downtown parking
Free MATBUS transportation to and from downtown will be provided, starting at 3 p.m. The buses will run to and from:

  • NDSU main campus
  • Cash Wise
  • K-Mart
  • West Acres’ Roger Maris Wing

Downtown parking will open at 3 p.m. at the:

  • Island Park Ramp
  • 3rd Street Lot

Downtown parking will open at 4 p.m. at the:

  • Civic Center Lot
  • 2nd Avenue North Lot
  • 2nd Avenue South Lot
  • Third Avenue Lot
  • Radisson Ramp
  • 4th Street Lot
  • Main Avenue Lot

Parking in these lots will be free of charge.

Parking restrictions and road closures
There will be no parking in the parade staging area and along the parade route on Friday, Oct. 10, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. This includes:

  • NP Avenue from Roberts Street to 5th Street North
  • Broadway from Main Avenue to 4th Avenue North
  • 4th Avenue from Broadway to 4th Street North
  • 4th Street North from 4th Avenue to 1st Avenue North.

No parking will be allowed on 2nd Avenue North from Broadway to 5th Street North from 10 a.m. to noon. The street will be closed from noon until midnight.

No parking signs will be posted on Thursday, Oct. 9, at approximately 7 p.m.

NP Avenue will be closed from Roberts Street to 5th Street beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10. Broadway also will be closed from Maine Avenue to 1st Avenue North.

The parking lot by Old Broadway and Renaissance Hall will close at 3:30 p.m.

At 4:30 p.m., the remaining barricades will be set up. The detour routes will be Roberts Street North and 2nd Street North. Fifth Street North will remain open for individuals needing to exist the parking lots in the downtown area.

Other Homecoming events
Other important Homecoming activities include:

Thursday, Oct. 9

NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani’s State of the University Address
Time: 11 a.m.
Place: Festival Concert Hall, NDSU
Live streaming video of the event will begin at 10:55 a.m. at www.ndsu.edu/president/speeches/.

Homecoming Show and Coronation
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Place: Festival Concert Hall, NDSU
The show is sponsored by Blue Key Honor Society and Campus Attractions.

Friday, Oct. 10

Athletic Hall of Fame luncheon
Time: 11 a.m.
Place: Fargo Holiday Inn

Saturday, Oct. 11

5K run through NDSU campus
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Place: Wallman Wellness Center
Registration is available at www.bit.ly/NDSU5K.

Mathew Living Learning Center dedication
Time: 9 a.m.
Place: lobby of Living Learning Center West
A special ceremony renaming the Living/Learning Centers will honor recently retired vice president for student affairs Prakash Mathew.

Tailgating for the Homecoming football game
Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Place: Fargodome

NDSU Bison vs. Southern Illinois Salukis football game
Time: 1 p.m.
Place: Fargodome

For more information, a map of downtown activities and a complete schedule of events, visit www.ndsu.edu/homecoming.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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