NDSU receives $1 million endowment for adult learners returning to college

NDSU has received a $1 million endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation to support scholarships for adult learners who are beginning college or returning to college to finish an undergraduate degree.

“The Bernard Osher Foundation endowment will allow NDSU to sustain efforts to attract adult learners and help them achieve their educational goals,” said Laura Oster-Aaland, dean of enrollment management. “NDSU is fortunate to have been chosen by the foundation to be stewards of these funds.”

The Bernard Osher Foundation has each year since 2012 provided NDSU with a $50,000 grant to assist adult learners.

Scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 have been awarded to 21 re-entry students and adult learners studying several disciplines the last two academic years. NDSU awarded 15 Osher scholarships this academic year.

The Osher Foundation defines re-entry students as individuals who have experienced an interruption in their education of five or more years, and who want to resume their education at the undergraduate level. The scholarship is intended to benefit students age 25-50.

The average age of a student who receives the Bernard Osher Foundation Scholarship at NDSU is 34.

NDSU will continue through the Osher endowment to award at least 10 scholarships of up to $5,000 each year.

The Bernard Osher Foundation was founded in 1977 to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts. It awards yearly institutional grants of up to $50,000 to several universities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Grants can be awarded for up to three years.

The foundation considers permanent $1 million support for Osher Re-entry Scholarships when institutions demonstrate a successful outcome with yearly institutional grants.

“The Osher scholarship helped me find the balance I needed to excel in my studies and still manage my other obligations,” said Kevin Doran, a 35-year-old civil engineering major from Stanley, North Dakota. “I have now managed to make the dean’s list four semesters in a row, and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.933. The Osher scholarship helped make that possible.”

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, F-M community to take part in Take Back the Night

The fourth annual Take Back the Night event is scheduled on the NDSU campus. A rally, march through campus and a candlelight vigil are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. beginning in the Memorial Union Century Theater.

All NDSU students, faculty and staff are invited to participate.

The NDSU event is sponsored by the Office of Student Life – Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy, Residence Life, Women and Gender Studies, Student Activities Office and Equity and Diversity Center.

For more information, contact Sarah Dodd at sarah.dodd@ndsu.edu.

The NDSU event is part of communitywide plans to mark Take Back the Night.

The Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead is sponsoring a communitywide march and rally Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. at Fargo’s Island Park. The purpose of the event is to celebrate those who have survived domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, and to remember those who have lost their lives to an abuser. The event also promotes the prevention of domestic and sexual violence.

The community event includes a downtown march, rally and moment of silence. For more information, visit www.raccfm.com.

Minnesota State University Moorhead also is holding similar events.

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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Naturalization ceremony scheduled at NDSU

NDSU is scheduled to host a naturalization ceremony for individuals becoming United States citizens on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Plains room. The event is in honor of Constitution Day.

During the ceremony, about 60 individuals from more than 30 countries will take the Oath of Citizenship and become citizens of the United States. In addition, members of the NDSU Army and Air Force ROTC units will present the colors, students will sing the national anthem and NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani will give a brief message.

“On this day, we honor not only the Constitution, but also our guaranteed rights and freedoms as a citizen of the United States,” explained Hailey Goplen, assistant director for service-learning and civic engagement.

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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One-act play highlights Latino Heritage Month

North Dakota State University will host a popular one-act play to celebrate Latino Heritage Month.

The play “Help Wanted” is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Beckwith Recital Hall in the Reineke Fine Arts Center on the NDSU campus. The performance is free and open to the public.

Based on true events, the satirical play tells the story of impoverished Mexican immigrants who came to Minnesota to find a better life and to help their family. The play is produced by “Teatro del Pueblo,” a nonprofit theater company based in St. Paul, Minnesota, whose mission is to promote cultural pride in the Latino community, to develop and support Latino talent, to educate the community at large about Latino culture and to promote cultural diversity in the arts.

The event is sponsored by the NDSU Office of Multicultural Programs and Campus Attractions Issues and Ideas.

The Office of International Student and Study Abroad Services Fall World iView series features a presentation related to Latino Heritage Month. “Discover Mexico: Perception, Passion, Purpose” will be presented on Thursday, Sept. 18, by Deb Maertens, assistant director of faculty immigration, and Bradley Benton, assistant professor of history. Several students will join them to discuss the 2014 spring break course that combined a historical and cultural survey of Puebla and Mexico City with a three-day home stay where students took part in service-learning projects in a rural community. The presentation is scheduled for noon in the Memorial Union Room of Nations.

Latino Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The celebration honors the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. More information on Latino Heritage Month is available at www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov.

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, set for Oct. 6-11, to be community celebration

NDSU invites the campus and Fargo-Moorhead community to participate in Homecoming 2014 activities during the week of Oct. 6-11.

The schedule of key events is shifting to better connect with traditions of the past and strengthen connections for the future.

Major events include the President’s State of the University Address scheduled Thursday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. in the Festival Concert Hall. The Blue Key Homecoming show is set for Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Festival Concert Hall.

The Homecoming parade is scheduled to begin Friday, Oct. 10, at 5:30 p.m. It will once again be on Broadway in downtown Fargo, where it was held from 1922 to 1982. Live music from the band Brat Pack Radio will follow the parade on 2nd Avenue between Broadway and 5th Street.

The Bison football game against Southern Illinois University Saturday, Oct. 11, is sold out, although a limited number of standing room only tickets may become available at 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 10. Multiple locations are being organized to watch the football game and planning continues for ways to greater showcase NDSU’s educational and research capabilities.

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

Organizations sponsoring an open house, reception or other special event during Homecoming week are encouraged to submit information online at www.ndsu.edu/homecoming.

In 2012, President Dean L. Bresciani assembled a committee to expand participation in Homecoming and celebrate NDSU as a top 100 research university, in addition to enjoying successful Bison athletics in the Fargo-Moorhead community.

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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Scheels recognized as NDSU Campus Community Partner

NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani, left, and Scheels CEO Steve D. Scheel recognize Scheels as a Campus Community Partner.

NDSU recognized Scheels as a Campus Community Partner during flag raising ceremonies Sept. 12.

“We realize that although we are a top 100 research university, we are also part of something much bigger, which is our Fargo-Moorhead community,” said NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani. “What makes that particularly exciting is the firms and organizations that partner with NDSU to make the Fargo-Moorhead area one of the most vibrant, successful, prospering communities in the nation.

“One of the exemplars of that is the Scheels organization, now literally one of the most successful sporting goods retail firms in the nation. Scheels is an exemplar of giving back to the community of which they are a part,” Bresciani continued. “Our success and their success are intimately tied.”

In 2012, Bresciani established the Campus Community Partner program to recognize private sector collaborations with the university that benefit the community.

Scheels, a strong supporter of NDSU, is an employee-owned, privately held business with stores in 11 states. The business has more than 5,000 associates.

“We are just proud to be a Bison partner,” said Steve D. Scheel, Scheels CEO, noting his father led the fund drive for NDSU’s Askanase Hall, the company participated in the downtown Barry Hall project and the firm has signed on as a partner for the Scheels Center for Bison basketball. “Our philosophy is: When we do well in the community, we do well in business and we can do good in the community.”

The Scheels corporate flag will fly with the NDSU flag for the next several months at the NDSU Flag Plaza located in the southwest corner of campus at 12th Avenue North and 18th Street.

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 congratulates 2014 summer graduates

Area students from Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin were among the 412 North Dakota State University students to graduate from North Dakota State University in Summer 2014

Students are listed by hometown. The list includes their major and degree received. The asterisks indicate students who graduated with honors. Please include all area students in your news publications.

Thank you for taking time to recognize these students.

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

Minnesota Graduation List Summer 2014

Montana Graduation List Summer 2014

North Dakota Graduation List Summer 2014

South Dakota Graduation List Summer 2014

Wisconsin Graduation List Summer 2014

Degree abbreviations:

BA Bachelor of Arts
BFA Bachelor of Fine Arts
BS Bachelor of Science
BSCE Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
BSCONSM Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
BSEE Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
BSIEMGT Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Management
BSMFE Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering
BSN Bachelor of Science in Nursing
BUS Bachelor of University Studies
MA Master of Arts
MACC Master of Accountancy
MARCH Master of Architecture
MBA Master of Business Administration
MEDUCAT Master of Education
MM Master of Music
MML Master of Managerial Logistics
MS Master of Science
PHARMD Doctor of Pharmacy
Other Abbreviations
Merch. Merchandising
Mgmt. Management
Sci. Science(s)
App. Apparel
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NDSU Career fairs help students jumpstart their careers

NDSU holds five career fairs each year to bring employers and students together. More than 270 employers are scheduled to attend the upcoming Agriculture Career Expo and Engineering and Tech Expo. The Ag Expo has grown so rapidly it will be held at the Fargodome for the first time.

NDSU’s annual fall career fairs will be held together at the Fargodome to accommodate rapid growth of interest from employers and students.

Students will have more chances than ever to jumpstart their careers at the Agriculture Career Expo on Sept. 23, and the Engineering and Tech Expo on Sept. 24. The Agriculture Expo is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and the Engineering and Tech Expo is slated for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both events are on pace for a record number of participants, said Jill Wilkey, NDSU Career Center director. The expos are open only to students.

“This is a great opportunity for students to come in contact with those employers who can potentially hire them,” Wilkey said. “This is their chance to come face-to-face with someone and to make an impression.”

Interest in the Agriculture Career Expo has exploded, forcing it to shift from the Memorial Union Ballroom to the Fargodome this year. Registered employers have tripled over the last three years to more than 70. About 470 students attended last year’s event. Wilkey expects that number to spike again this year.

The expo is for students searching for jobs in agriculture-related fields. However, Wilkey urges students studying other diciplines to attend the event.

“The agriculture industry is hiring agriculture majors, but they also are hiring people with agriculture backgrounds,” Wilkey said. “You may be able to make a connection at the expo as a business major, natural resources management or food science major. It’s not just the traditional agriculture careers.” 

The Engineering and Tech Expo is for NDSU students and students from Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Industrial Technology program.

Kim Teske, NDSU Career Center technology and events coordinator, said she expects NDSU student attendance to be similar to last year’s 1,600. More than 200 employers from across the country are registered for this year’s Engineering and Tech Expo.

Wilkey said employers are primarily using university career fairs to secure students for internships, which can often lead to full-time employment.

According to CareerBuilder.com, students and employers benefit from internships. Interns get a foot in the door of a career and develop job skills, while companies can evaluate students in a real-world working environment.

“Internship interviews have exceeded full-time interviews during the last three years,” Wilkey said. “About 65 percent of employers view career fairs as the optimum arena to hire interns.”

Students are required to wear professional attire and bring a resume to both career expos.

A smartphone and tablet application has been created this year to help navigate each expo. One of the features of the app is an interactive map to locate each company’s booth on the Fargodome floor. The app will include a brief summary of each company.

The app is available for download on all platforms in the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store under the search term NDSU Career Fair+. Students can download the application in a designated location at the Fargodome.

Wilkey encourages students to attend the expo early in their academic career to make connections that could turn into future employment or internship opportunities.

“Employers come to NDSU because we have really great students. And our students are prepared and ready to work,” Wilkey said.

More information about the Agriculture Career Expo and Engineering and Tech Expo is available atwww.ndsu.edu/career.

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Area students named to NDSU dean’s list

Area students from Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin were among the 142 North Dakota State University students to be placed on the summer 2014 dean’s list.

A student must earn a 3.50 grade point average or higher and be enrolled in at least nine class credits to qualify.

For a complete listing of all dean’s list students by academic college, visit www.ndsu.edu/registrar/deanslist. Thank you for taking time to recognize these students.

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

Minnesota Dean’s List Summer 2014

Montana Dean’s List Summer 2014

North Dakota Dean’s List Summer 2014

South Dakota Dean’s List Summer 2014

Wisconsin Dean’s List Summer 2014

Edu.               Education
Sci.                Science(s)

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Frisco, Texas, mayor to attend NDSU football game

NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani has invited Maher Maso, mayor of Frisco, Texas, to attend festivities surrounding the Bison football home opener Saturday, Sept. 13. Frisco’s Toyota Stadium is the site of the annual NCAA Division I Football Championship Game, which NDSU has won the past three years.

NDSU plays the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, at 2:30 p.m. in the Fargodome.

Plans call for Maso to participate in a corporate sponsor flag-raising event with President Bresciani and members of the Scheels team. The ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m. at the NDSU Flag Plaza, located on 12th Avenue North near the overpass.

Maso’s itinerary also includes a tour of the Fargodome.

On game day, Maso is expected to enter the Fargodome through the field helmet, conduct the coin toss before kickoff and address the crowd.

Maso was elected mayor in 2008 and reelected in 2011. His term expires in 2017. He previously was a member of the Frisco City Council from 2000-07.

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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