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October, 2014

Daily News: Looking to the future

October 30, 2014

By Matthew Liedke

North Dakota State College of Science is on the right track, according to President Dr. John Richman, who discussed a list of accomplishments during his annual address to faculty and alumni Wednesday.

During his speech, Richman listed the following accomplishments:

  • NDSCS LPN and RN nursing students achieved a 100 percent pass rate on their NCLEX exam.
  • The John Deere Tech program has been recognized as the number 1 program in the country
  • More than $4.6 million has been awarded to various departments in grants and awards
  • Almost $10 million in capital improvement projects are currently in progress
  • For the third consecutive year, NDSCS has been recognized as one of the best two-year colleges in the nation, this year it was from the Chronicle of Higher Ed.

During the address, Richman also brought up and discussed strategic goals that the college started in 2013 and looks to continue through 2016. Those goals include:

  • Enhancing student learning success
  • Meeting the workforce and educational needs of Fargo/West Fargo
  • Utilizing technology to enhance the student’s collegiate experience
  • Develop stronger relationships with K-12 partners with a focus on the southeast region
  • Secure external resources.

Also speaking during the event was North Dakota University System President Dr. Larry Skogen.

In his speech, Skogen discussed the current population growth in North Dakota and how the state is becoming younger. Skogen said that these factors will have a heavy impact on the future of higher education in North Dakota.

At the end of the ceremony, Richman thanked the faculty and staff of NDSCS for making the success at the school possible.

“I thank our great faculty and staff. It is because of your efforts that more and more people have an ever-increasing awareness, better understanding and appreciation of the role that NDSCS plays in enriching people’s lives as well as the role that the college plays in the economic vitality of North Dakota,” Richman said.

Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News

Photo courtesy of the Wahpeton Daily News

NDSCS honors employee efforts with 2014 LIFE and Steeple awards

October 30, 2014

North Dakota State College of Science recently honored a number of employees with the annual LIFE and Steeple awards on October 29, 2014. The presentations were made in Wahpeton, N.D., to those involved with the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grant (TAACCCT), the Frosty Games and the Academic Advising Shared Drive.

The LIFE Award stands for “Bringing LIFE to NDSCS” and is presented to an individual, employee group or committee. Criteria for the award includes developing and implementing an action plan to meet the College’s Strategic Planning and/or Academic Quality Improvement Project goals. This year’s LIFE Award was presented to those involved with the procurement of the TAACCCT Grant. The recipients included: Jodi Ost, Steve Johnson, Clint Gilbertson, Joel Johnson, Joe Schreiner, Ivan Mass, Slade Fitzgerald, Barb Bang and Shane Suko.

Through the TAACCCT Grant, the North Dakota Advanced Manufacturing Skills Training Initiative (NDAMSTI) project, led by NDSCS, will be in a position to assist TAA-impacted workers to benefit the local community, North Dakota and neighboring states. This project will utilize NDSCS’s success with online programs and expand the following online activities:

  • Develop online modules for the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) and fabrication stackable courses,
  • Enhance automation curriculum by incorporating online modules designed by Fanuc robotics,
  • Utilize existing relationship with Pearson to assist with online content design and delivery.

The Steeple Award stands for “Climbing New Heights” and is presented to an individual, employee group or committee for using new and innovative methods to accomplish the recipient’s role on campus. This year’s Steeple awards were presented to those involved with the creation of both the Frosty Games (Bethany Mauch, Elizabeth Phares-Oren and Kerri Kava) and the Academic Advising Shared Drive (Heather Goroski, Kijia Homes, Michelle Griffin, Dennis Broderick, Mindy Tayer, Lisa Wixo, Marissa Eben and Samantha Pauly).

The Frosty Games was developed last winter as a new programming event to collectively involve the entire campus. A competition that was appropriately titled from the popular movie sensation, The Hunger Games, the Frosty Games provided an opportunity for engagement and competition. Students, faculty and staff alike had the opportunity to use their creative skills to name their teams and duel in a variety of fun and challenging competitions.

The Academic Advising Shared Drive was conceptualized last spring and launched during Opening Week in August 2014. It provides academic advisors instant access to essential information about their advisees through a cross shared drive, which instantly populates when they login through Active Directory.

Chancellor Larry Skogen to speak during NDSCS State of the College Address

October 27, 2014

NDSCS President Richman to deliver State of the College Address on Wednesday, Oct. 29

North Dakota State College of Science President Dr. John Richman is scheduled to present the annual State of the College Address on Wednesday, October 29 at 3:30 p.m. in the Bremer Bank Theatre of the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on the Wahpeton, N.D. campus. The College’s annual LIFE and Steeple awards will also be presented during this time.

Kicking off the State of the College Address, Interim Chancellor Dr. Larry Skogen will provide an update on the State of the North Dakota University System (NDUS). He will share about the latest system news, population trends and how they will impact higher education, and the new NDUS Strategic Plan.

NDSCS employees as well as members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend. For those unable to join in person, the session will stream live beginning at 3:20 p.m. at http://youtu.be/Yb7ui2PSMBE.

Daily News: Students observe manufacturers

October 24, 2014

By Matthew Liedke

Wahpeton High School upperclassmen connect with skilled labor producers

Steve Johnson, chair of precision machining technology, and Lincoln Thompson, an associate professor at North Dakota State College of Science, were just a few of many area industry leaders who spoke to students during the local Manufacturing Day held Wednesday at NDSCS.

The event was a joint project including the Wahpeton Economic Development Office, Bobcat, Comdel Innovation, Heartland Precision, WCCO Belting and NDSCS.

According to information provided by college staff, the entire junior and senior classes from Wahpeton High School toured the local manufacturers’ facilities as well as the NDSCS campus to see manufacturing programs.

The day is part of a nationwide effort to address common misconceptions about manufacturing by giving producers an opportunity to open their doors, states the program’s website.

Manufacturers address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity for the whole industry.

Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News

Photo courtesy of the Wahpeton Daily News

NDSCS to host Educational Speaker and Fuel Expert Hoon Ge

October 23, 2014

Hoon is a chemical engineer with 25 years of experience in the petroleum industry.

The North Dakota State College of Science will welcome renowned educational speaker and fuel expert Hoon Ge to the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on Monday, October 27 from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Bremer Bank Theatre. Sponsored by the North Dakota Soybean Council, this presentation will educate diesel and biodiesel mechanics on how to properly diagnose and recommend appropriate remedies.

Hoon will speak about the history of diesel and discuss general information on biodiesel including: emissions, OEM positions, 2007 engines, supply and demand, BQ 9000 fuel quality, and the benefits and compatibility of ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) and biodiesel. He will also present on good fuel housekeeping, recommend filter plugging sources and provide useful informational resources.

Hoon, a chemical engineer with 25 years of experience in the petroleum industry—including refining, additive formulation and alternative fuels—has conducted over 200 educational seminars on topics of diesel, biodiesel, fuel additives, the refinery process and ethanol.

Hoon started his own company, MEG Corp, in 2005 to provide consulting services to a wide variety of customers including fuel distributors, biodiesel marketers and fleet managers. Prior to MEG Corp, he worked for several well-known companies, including Koch Refining and Schaeffer Manufacturing.

NDSCS Performing Arts Department to Present Fall Concert October 21

October 17, 2014

North Dakota State College of Science Concert Choir, Concert Band, Wildcat Singers and Wildcat Stage Band will hold their annual fall concert on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at the Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m.

The Concert Choir is set to perform six numbers under the direction of Michael Rockne, including “Voices of the Night,” by Donna G. Schultz, “The Seal Lullaby,” by Eric Whitacre, and “The Circle of Life,” by Elton John arranged by Keith Christopher.

Under the director of Laurie Lekang, the Concert Band will be performing several pieces, including: the medley Alan Silvestri: A Night at the Movies, featuring “The Avengers,” “Night at the Museum,” and “Back to the Future,” arranged by Michael Brown, and “Storm Warning!,” by Robert Sheldon.

The Wildcat Singers will also sing a few popular pieces, such as “Stand By Me,” arranged by Mac Huff, and “Mirrors,” also arranged by Mac Huff.

Also taking the stage, the Wildcat Stage Band will be performing a variety of pieces, including “Cardinal Shuffle,” By Bob Washut, “Engine No. 9,” by Les Hooper, and “Sticks,” by Julian Adderley arranged by Mike Kamuf.

The concert is free and open to the public. Free-will donations will be accepted at a reception following the performance in the lobby.

NDSCS awarded Lt. Governor’s Worksite Wellness Award

October 16, 2014

The North Dakota State College of Science has been awarded with the Bronze level of the Healthy North Dakota Worksite Wellness Lt. Governor’s Award.

Created to recognize NDPERS agencies that demonstrate a commitment to creating a healthy worksite, this is the first year of the award’s existence. Award levels (Gold, Silver or Bronze) were granted based on meeting minimal baseline requirements. Applications were received from 34 agencies: 17 received a bronze level, six a silver level and one a gold level.

“We are honored to receive this designation,” said NDSCS President Dr. John Richman. “The College strongly believes in fostering a healthy environment for all students, staff and faculty.”

Award winners were recognized at the Healthy North Dakota Worksite Wellness Summit in early October.

North Dakota State College of Science deemed Military Friendly

October 14, 2014

NDSCS awarded Military Friendly Schools® Designation

North Dakota State College of Science announced today that the College was recently named to the 2015 Military Friendly Schools® list by Victory Media.

The Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students, and ensure their success on campus.

NDSCS offers a variety of online courses and programs to provide an educational opportunity to those who are placebound or timebound and cannot attend traditional classes. These courses and programs also provide an opportunity for current and former members of the military to enhance their education or seek new skills. NDSCS also has a membership with the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and the SOC Degree Network System.

To find out more about specific military programs that may provide educational information and financial support visit www.ndscs.edu/military.

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. Their data-driven Military Friendly® lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Bloomberg BW and are frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others. Further information about the Military Friendly Schools® list can be found at www.victorymedia.com.

Daily News: NDSCS/WCCO funding request approved

October 13, 2014

By Matthew Liedke

Action was taken by the Wahpeton City Council Monday to move forward on multiple Economic Development Commission requests.

In her report to the council, Economic Development Director Jane Priebe presented five recommendations made by the EDC to assist in funding projects.

The largest request was for a manufacturing training initiative for North Dakota State College of Science. The EDC met with NDSCS president, Dr. John Richman, to learn about the four year private/public partnership recruitment effort being planned that is specifically designed to increase careers in manufacturing.

The consensus from the EDC was the initiative will help local companies find and train existing and future employees. Therefore, the commission recommended the council approve $50,000 from the Sales Tax for Economic Development Fund, with $12,500 paid out each year for the next four years, starting in 2015. A motion was made and carried to approve the recommendation.

Next was a recommendation to approve a PACE interest buydown application from WCCO Belting for $34,535. The funds will be used for a $1 million project to purchase an additional vulcanizing press that will create 10 new jobs at WCCO and expand sales capabilities.
The EDC recommended the council approve the buydown amount of $34,535. The council approved the motion.

Justin Neppl, a consultant for the Wahpeton Small Business Development Center, spoke with the EDC recently to request an increase in city funding from $10,000 annually to $12,500. Other contributors to the SBDC include the Richland County JDA, Wahpeton CDC, NDSCS and the Enderlin CDC.
A recommendation was made to the council by the EDC to approve the increase, which would provide $12,500 in 2015 and also approve the disbursement of $10,000 to meet the 2014 need. The approval would be contingent upon all other groups matching the new adjusted level of funding. A motion was carried to approve the request.

Also meeting with the EDC recently was Ron Rowland of the Wahpeton Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce for the upcoming Chamber Holiday Promotion. Rowland made a request to the EDC for $10,000 to assist with a 45 day holiday promotion, with expenses about $17,000. Rowland said the Chamber will approach the Breckenridge Port Authority next week as well, requesting $2,000. The money requested by the chamber will be used for advertising and promoting its shop local campaign, holiday contests and more. A recommendation was made to support the Chamber efforts by approving the $10,000. The council approved the recommendation.

The final recommendation was in regards to the Bois De Sioux Golf Course for a loan to be converted to a grant, which would cost $25,000. Also considered was $35,000 to cover end-of-year expenses for the golf course. After hearing the EDC recommendation, the council decided to table the request and bring it to the next Finance Committee meeting for further discussion. Following the recommendation, Councilman Martin Schmidt spoke about needing more data from the EDC before voting on the recommendations.

“I would like to have more of an opportunity to look at these,” Schmidt said. “I would like more information in making my decision.”

In response, city staff will continue to send out summary sheets to the council, and additionally, will send out draft minutes of EDC meetings. Staff will also provide EDC meeting agendas to the council, so members can attend a meeting if they see a subject that interests them.

In other council news, Wahpeton Mayor Meryl Hansey gave recognition to multiple groups and individuals in the city for accomplishments in 2014.

For the groups, Hansey congratulated the Wahpeton American Legion Post 20 Baseball Team on their dedication in winning the North Dakota State Championship and also the Celebrate, Educate, Energize Richland County Committee for its work and perseverance shown in planning their project.

Hansey then congratulated Wahpeton School Teacher Dean Aamodt on winning North Dakota Educator of the Year and also congratulated and thanked Wahpeton Finance Director Darcie Huwe, who won North Dakota Municipal Finance Officer of the Year.

“She is dedicated in her job and gives 120 percent. I can’t say enough good things about her,” Hansey said about Huwe.

A number of announcements were also made during the meeting, including:

Fall cleanup will take place from Oct. 12-18

Chocolate Chocolate Day at the Leach Public Library will take place from 12:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16.

Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News

Daily News: Dr. Richman explains college expansion to commission

October 10, 2014

North Dakota State College of Science President Dr. John Richman spoke to the Richland County Commission Monday morning in an attempt to explain the school’s plans for the future.

The main focus of Richman’s presentation was the planned expansion project at NDSCS’ Fargo site and what it will mean for both the Fargo area and Wahpeton.

“Our mission is to train and educate the workforce of North Dakota. This Fargo expansion project is to enhance the college’s ability to do that,” Richman said

The expansion project does not create competition between North Dakota State University and NDSCS, he said. Additionally, the development does not mean NDSCS will move administration to Fargo.

Richman described how NDSCS officials are speaking with area leaders to ensure the public understands what the project could mean for the Wahpeton community. The Fargo expansion will not change how students are educated on the Wahpeton campus.

In other commission news, Richland County Emergency Manager Brett Lambrecht gave his report on recent activity by his department.

A semi hydraulic oil truck leak near Mooreton, North Dakota, Saturday afternoon was the first item Lambrecht discussed. In response to the incident, the North Dakota Department of Transportation put sand on the highway and cleanup was done by the truck owner.

Lambrecht also described a trailer house south of Kindred that was destroyed by a storm Thursday, Sept. 4. Lambrecht said his department worked with the American Red Cross, Richland County Social Services and the Veterans Service Officer to aid those affected.

In her report to the commission, Richland County Treasurer Leslie Hage discussed the amount of taxes collected so far in 2014. According to her report, the county has collected 96.56 percent of 2013 taxes as of Sept. 30. The number is slightly ahead of last year’s number of 96.37 percent recorded on the same date.

Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News

NDSCS reports malware activity found on Wahpeton and Fargo computers

October 09, 2014

North Dakota State College of Science Information Technology Services department has been alerted to malware activity on a number of NDSCS-owned computers in Wahpeton and Fargo and has taken immediate steps to ramp up security on its systems.

Personal information such as names, Social Security numbers and mailing addresses of more than 15,000 current and former students and employees were contained on some of the affected computers. Those whose information was found are in the process of being notified.

“We have found no evidence that any unauthorized individual accessed or is using the personal data,” said Cloy Tobola, NDSCS Chief Information Officer. “However we encourage all those affected to remain diligent in monitoring their personal information and to notify local law enforcement if they suspect any inappropriate or suspicious activity.”

The malware was discovered on September 1, 2014 and immediate action was taken to secure NDSCS systems. This included conducting a thorough internal investigation by NDSCS and North Dakota University System Information Technology experts. Law enforcement has been contacted, and key systems have been sent to a national forensic organization to confirm the analysis.

A toll-free hotline has been set up to answer questions and can be reached by calling 1-877-615-3755. The Call Center will open on Friday, October 10, 2014 at 8 a.m., CST, and will operate between the hours of 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., CST, Monday through Saturday for the foreseeable future.

As an added precaution, NDSCS has arranged to provide 12 months of identity protection to those affected at no cost to them. The College has also established a web page that provides more details about the incident. It can be accessed at www.ndscs.edu/data.

“We are committed to the privacy of student and employee information,” said NDSCS President John Richman, Ph.D. “We are continually reviewing our practices and processes to enhance the security of sensitive information. This incident serves as a reminder that we need to be even more vigilant in those efforts.”

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