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

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  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 or 701- 231-7412.

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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

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

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

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

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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21st Homeland Tour to Germany scheduled

The NDSU Libraries’ Germans from Russia Heritage Collection is set to sponsor the 21st Journey to the Homeland tour to Germany, scheduled for May 17-27, 2015. The tour includes visits to Berlin, Regensburg, Munich and Stuttgart, Germany and Alsace, France. Joining the tour will be Michael M. Miller, collection director, and Jeremy Kopp, special collections associate.

Tour members will hear well-known speakers present the story of ethnic Germans who emigrated from the former Soviet Union to Germany since the early 1990s. The Germans from Russia museum and archives in Stuttgart and historic sites will be visited in Germany.

“It was a great opportunity to join last year’s 20th anniversary Journey to the Homeland Tour and to meet many wonderful tour members,” said Kopp. “It is always exciting to meet people who are passionate about their ancestral heritage and history; it makes the mission of the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection so much more important when people are involved.”

According to Ann Braaten, curator of the NDSU Emily P. Reynolds Historic Costume Collection, a highlight of the tour is connecting with other Germans from Russia families. “Each person had his or her own story to share about how governments impacted their lives,” she said. “It was both fascinating and horrifying to hear their stories.”

Additional information, including the tour schedule, costs and registrations can be viewed at

For 2015 tour registration information and questions, contact Jeremy Kopp at 701-231-6596 or

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Living/Learning Center name change to honor retired NDSU vice president

A special ceremony is scheduled during NDSU Homecoming Week to honor a longtime university vice president. The Living/Learning Centers will be renamed to honor Prakash Mathew, recently retired vice president for student affairs.

The event is set for Saturday, Oct. 11, at 9 a.m. in the lobby of Living Learning Center West.

Scheduled speakers include NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani; Sarah Russell and Hilary Haugeberg, student body president and vice president; Robert Lauf, Erik Diederich and Jack Burns, former student body president, former student body vice president and past Residence Hall Association president; and Mathew, vice president for student affairs emeritus.

Rian Nostrum, Residence Life director, will give welcoming and closing remarks.

Mathew served the university for 34 years, including more than eight years as vice president for student affairs.

According to Nostrum, the recognition is a fitting way to acknowledge Mathew’s many contributions. “Prakash began his career in the residence halls providing direct service to NDSU students. He maintained that focus throughout his career,” he said. “His leadership and vision shaped the concept of the Living/Learning Centers. After his long, distinguished service to NDSU, his presence will remain through the renaming of these residence halls.”

Mathew led the Division of Student Affairs in providing services to students in 23 departments and programs with 370 benefitted employees and more than 850 student employees. During his career, Mathew played a key role in bringing student issues and concerns to the forefront – students remained central to his work.

Through Mathew’s leadership, academically focused learning communities were developed, and the Living/Learning Centers were designed to bridge living environments with learning opportunities. Living Learning Center East opened in fall 2003 and Living Learning Center West opened in fall 2008. Each building includes four floors, with a total capacity of 332 beds in 140 studio apartments and 48 four-bedroom apartments.

The proposal to rename the buildings to honor Mathew was a student-driven effort. The NDSU Student Senate and the Residence Hall Association passed resolutions calling for the change, and the State Board of Higher Education gave formal approval in May.

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 becomes a National Writing Project site

NDSU hosts a nationally-recognized program that provides professional development for local teachers. The program focuses on helping teachers in North Dakota and Minnesota increase writing skills of students in elementary school through college.

The National Writing Project transformed the way Karen Taylor teaches.

The teacher-focused classroom is out. Workshops that focus on writing as a process and on students as active, diverse learners are in.

“No other professional development has changed what my students experience in my classroom more,” said Taylor, an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Horizon Middle School in Moorhead, Minnesota.

The National Writing Project started at the University of California-Berkley as a grassroots effort to share best practices for teaching writing. Sites popped up at universities around the country to provide professional development for local teachers. Today there are 184 National Writing Project sites.

The Red River Valley Writing Project is the site that serves eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. NDSU’s Kelly Sassi took the reins as director in March. Sassi is a former high school English teacher who has co-authored three books about writing. She is an associate professor with a joint appointment in English and education at NDSU.

The Red River Valley Writing Project serves teachers at all grade levels, elementary through college.

A summer institute held at NDSU provides tools that help produce better writers. It also aims to improve exam scores, such as the written portion of the ACT, one of the nation’s most popular tests to determine college readiness. The Common Core Standards, which North Dakota implemented this fall, also increase emphasis on strong writing instruction.

The interactive and lively summer National Writing Project Institutes can run from two weeks to a month. The 2014 summer institute wrapped up in July.

The teachers listen, coach, suggest ideas and support each other throughout the summer program. They also are required to develop three writing pieces to reconnect them with their own writing process and style.

“The writing expert who swoops in, drops some knowledge and swoops out is not a good way of developing teacher capacity,” Sassi said. “This is about getting groups of teachers together to share their best practices and then having those teachers go out and spread it further.”

Such is the case with Taylor.

She attended the summer institute in 2010. Her experience showed her that she needed to take a more active approach to teaching writing.

She now uses a workshop approach where students go through the writing process from getting an idea to producing a polished final version. During the process, Taylor meets with students individually to give them feedback. Students also give and receive feedback from their peers.

Taylor was named Moorhead teacher of the year in 2012.

“I absolutely think the changes I made contributed to the teacher of the year award,” she said. “I have had opportunities to demonstrate best teaching practices, provide staff development and encourage my colleagues using what began that summer and has continued to grow and evolve since then.”

The National Writing Project in 2010 released the results of 16 studies conducted in seven states on the effectiveness of the program’s professional development and ability to improve student writing.

The research showed students in classrooms taught by teachers who participated in National Writing Project programs improved at a higher rate than students whose teachers were not participants.

The Red River Valley Writing Project’s outreach will spread even further during the upcoming academic year.

NDSU recently received a $20,000 Supporting Effective Educator Development grant to partner with Circle of Nation’s School in Wahpeton, North Dakota. The Red River Valley Writing Project will provide instruction for every teacher at the school.

“We spread what we know about teaching and learning about writing by sending people out to help others do the same,” said Pam Fisher, the Red River Valley Writing Project outreach coordinator and a Spanish instructor at Grand Forks Central High School in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

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Improv event set for Memorial Union Gallery

The NDSU Division of Performing Arts and Memorial Union Gallery are scheduled to present “Art and Improv: NDSU Performing Arts Students Respond to the Permanent Collection,” Saturday, Oct. 4, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Memorial Union Gallery. The improv event will be based on selected work from the NDSU Permanent Collection.

The experience, in conjunction with the exhibition “Composition: Selections from the NDSU Permanent Collection,” will reaffirm music and visual art as inseparable forms of expression.

The hanging exhibition is on display Sept. 19-Oct. 11. It explores the concept of composition as it relates to visual art and musical performance. Merging improvisational performance with visual compositions, the art and improv event is intended to deepen the comparative relationship between musical and visual compositions.

The Memorial Union Gallery is located on the second floor of the NDSU Memorial Union, at 1401 Administrative Ave. Visitor parking is available in the South Union Lot; free parking available on weekends and after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Regular gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. More information is available at

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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