A ceremony to celebrate the renaming of NDSU’s Industrial Agriculture and Communications Center as the Quentin Burdick Building is scheduled for Friday, May 2, from 1-2 p.m. in the building’s main level atrium.
A program will begin at 1:15 p.m. to honor the memory of Quentin N. Burdick, the long-serving U.S. senator from North Dakota, who was a strong advocate for agriculture, the state and NDSU. Speakers will include NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani; Judge Myron H. Bright, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; Birch Burdick, Sen. Burdick’s son; Jan Mary Hill, Sen. Burdick’s daughter; and Marc Wallman, NDSU interim vice president for information technology.
Burdick was born and raised in North Dakota and represented the state in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. During his more than 30 years on Capitol Hill, he pursued funds to support agriculture research and education, including federal research stations and facilities at NDSU. Burdick served as senator at the time federal funds were secured for the multi-function computer center at NDSU, and he helped move the project forward.
The Quentin Burdick Building, located at 1320 Albrecht Boulevard, houses NDSU’s main computer center as well as several departments and offices. Construction on the building began in April 1991, and it was dedicated in 1993. The State Board of Higher Education approved the name change in September 2013.
NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.