December, 2013

Wahpeton Daily News: NDSCS Old Main renovation

December 27, 2013

By Matthew Liedke, Wahpeton Daily News

The iconic building on the North Dakota State College of Science campus, Old Main, is getting a makeover that will balance history with modern technology.

Dallas Fossum, executive director of facilities management at NDSCS, explained that Old Main will have a complete renovation with demolition and redesign of the interior. The renovations will include upgrades to the heating and cooling systems as well as new classrooms and faculty and administrative offices.

“The renovation will be a blend,” Fossum said. “We want to restore and preserve the historical aspect as much as we can, while at the same time add updated technology so students will have what they need in today’s classroom.”

The project will also work to reopen the fourth floor of the building, a section of that building contained classrooms, dorms, faculty offices and a dining hall.

“Everything was in the building,” Fossum said. “It was the building on campus.”

The moving out process has already started and will continue throughout the holiday season. Beginning in February, Fossum said, an asbestos abatement will allow contractors to move forward.

The project, together with the demolition of Hektner and Burch Hall, are being funded through the North Dakota State Legislature. The funding came in just over $8 million.

Fossum said NDSCS requested the funding as its capital project during the last session, to demolish Hektner and Burch Halls. The funding was for the demolition and to make the area into green space. The college will make another request for funding to the state legislature for new buildings in those two locations.

In regards to Old Main, Fossum said officials expect the renovations to be finished, allowing people to move in during the summer of 2015.

“It’s the icon of the campus, it’s something everybody recognizes,” Fossum said. “The people on campus are very excited about this and I’m very excited to restore it to its original appearance while at the same time including that advance in technology.”

View the full article online here.

NDSCS Earns CEO Cancer Gold Standard Accreditation

December 05, 2013

North Dakota State College of Science is leading by example when it comes to promoting workplace wellness and encouraging healthier behavior. The CEO Roundtable on Cancer has awarded the North Dakota State College of Science with CEO Cancer Gold StandardTM accreditation for its efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for its employees and covered family members by promoting healthy lifestyle choices, encouraging early detection through cancer screenings, and ensuring access to quality treatment.

“We are pleased to recognize the efforts of North Dakota State College of Science. I hope the leadership and commitment of Dr. John Richman will encourage other employers across all industries to become Gold Standard accredited.” said Christopher A. Viehbacher, chief executive officer of Sanofi and chairman of the CEO Roundtable on Cancer.

The CEO Roundtable on Cancer, a nonprofit organization of CEOs founded by former President George H.W. Bush, created the CEO Cancer Gold Standard in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, many of its designated cancer centers, and leading nonprofit, health organizations. The Gold Standard calls for companies to evaluate their health benefits and corporate culture and take extensive, concrete actions in five key areas of health and wellness to reduce the risk of cancer in the workplace.

North Dakota State College of Science is a tobacco-free campus, and has an active employee-driven Wellness Team that oversees campus-wide initiatives, including health screenings, flu shot blitz, fruit/veggie challenge, healthy cooking classes, and walking programs, to name just a few. Beyond its borders, NDSCS provides wellness services through community outreach programs offered by its own Allied Health students.

“We are honored to be recognized for the work we do to encourage our faculty and staff to lead a healthy lifestyle,” said Richman. “Any steps we can take to reduce the cancer risk for our employees and campus community will have a long-term impact on the workforce in North Dakota.”  

To earn Gold Standard accreditation, a company must establish programs to reduce cancer risk by discouraging tobacco use; encouraging physical activity; promoting healthy diet and nutrition; detecting cancer at its earliest stages; and providing access to quality care, including participation in clinical trials. Today, over four million employees and family members are benefiting from the vision and leadership of the over 150 employers who have chosen to become Gold Standard accredited.

In addition to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fifteen NCI-designated cancer centers and over forty other hospitals and medical centers have earned Gold Standard accreditation. CEOs from across industries are keenly aware of the tremendous impact they can have in improving health, controlling health care costs and making a difference beyond their organization’s walls in the effort to address cancer and other chronic diseases. Other Gold Standard employers include insurers like Aetna, Cigna, State Farm and several Blue Cross affiliates; law firms, such as Hogan Lovells and Jenner + Block; technology companies such as Dell and SAS Institute; and a range of leading employers including American Century Investments, Johnson & Johnson and Lowe’s.

Performing Arts Department to Present Christmas Concert December 12

December 04, 2013

The North Dakota State College of Science Concert Band and Concert Choir will hold their annual Christmas Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2013 in the Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton.

The Concert Band, under the direction of Laurie Lekang, and the Concert Choir, under the direction of Michael Rockne, will perform a variety of well-known Christmas songs. The concert is free and open to the public. Free-will donations will be accepted at a reception following the performance in the lobby of the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center.


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