February, 2015

NDSCS Band Concert to be directed by Guest Conductor

February 25, 2015

NDSCS Concert Band will perform with Wahpeton and Breckenridge high school bands

The North Dakota State College of Science Concert Band is set to perform together with both the Wahpeton and Breckenridge high school bands under the direction of guest conductor Terry Beckler. The concert will be held on Monday, March 2, 2015 at Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton at 7:30 p.m.

The combined bands will perform a total of five pieces including “Hosts of Freedom March,” by Karl L. King and edited by John P. Paynter, “Visigoths,” by Sean O’Loughlin, “Ave Verum Corpus, K. 618,” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and transcribed by Joseph Kreines, “Disney at the Movies,” arranged by John Higgins, and “America Exultant,” by Henry Fillmore and arranged by Andrew Glover.

Terry Beckler currently serves as a percussion professor and assistant director of bands at Northern State University (NSU) in Aberdeen, S.D. He has been a member of the 147th Army Band based in Mitchell, S.D., for more than 28 years. Beckler enlisted in 1986 as a percussionist and, since 1998, has been commander/conductor of this group and holds the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4. He is also an active clinician/adjudicator in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

The NSU Percussion Ensemble will also perform during the concert. They are set to play a variety of pieces, including “Tribal Beat Sound System,” by Kevin Tuck, “Sabre Dance” by Aram Khachaturian and arranged by James L. Moore, “A Beatles Medley,” arranged by Jeff Moore, and “Cissy Strut,” arranged by Diane Downs and Rick Mattingly.

The concert is free and open to the public. Free-will donations will be accepted following the performance in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center lobby.

North Dakota State College of Science receives The College of Tomorrow Award

February 19, 2015

NDSCS John Deere Tech program obtains a Platinum ranking from John Deere Company

North Dakota State College of Science has received The College of Tomorrow award from the John Deere Company. The award, which was presented during the College’s John Deere Tech Advisory Committee Meeting, serves as a ranking system for the 16 colleges in the United States that offer a John Deere Tech program.

NDSCS received the highest ranking of Platinum – the first program to ever receive such a ranking in the two years that this award has been presented. In 2014, the College received the second highest ranking of Gold. The ranking system consists of four levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.

“To achieve the Platinum level College of Tomorrow Award it takes a commitment to excellence from everyone involved,” said Justin Scammey, John Deere Manager of College Partnerships. “The entire NDSCS John Deere Tech department and administration have continually shown a commitment to the success of the program and the graduates.”

Among other criteria, rankings are based upon a college’s program image and professionalism, students, instructor development, facility, safety and most importantly, student learning.

“We are very pleased to have received a Platinum ranking from John Deere,” said Larry Ascheman, NDSCS John Deere Tech Program Coordinator. “It truly is an honor for the John Deere Tech program to be recognized in this way. We continue to strive to produce some of today’s best graduates – fully equipped to meet the workforce needs of the region and state of North Dakota.”

The NDSCS John Deere Tech program is designed to develop technically competent, professional ag equipment service technicians. The John Deere Company sponsors the program and NDSCS administers and operates the program.

“We are honored to receive such a rare designation,” said Dr. John Richman, NDSCS President. “The success of the John Deere Tech program continues to grow due to our dedicated and focused faculty and staff, students, and business and industry partners making it one of the most well-known and high demand programs in the country.”

This unique and innovative program combines state-of-the-art, on-campus learning experiences with supervised occupational experiences at sponsoring John Deere dealerships. Students receive technical training on John Deere equipment and related products through a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on laboratory experiences. Classroom and laboratory instruction at NDSCS covers the basics of each subject plus the latest developments in John Deere’s agricultural equipment. Work experience at the dealership reinforces on-campus training and exposes the student to real life failures and repairs as they occur on the equipment.

The John Deere Tech program is taught in the John Deere Tech Center and Bisek Hall located in Wahpeton, N.D. Graduates of the program earn an Associate in Applied Science degree (A.A.S.).

Prospective students can learn more about the John Deere Tech program by visiting or by contacting the John Deere Tech department (701-671-2213), Diesel Technology department (701-671-2330) or Enrollment Services in Wahpeton (1-800-342-4325).

Local choirs join NDSCS for Spring Choral Festival

February 19, 2015

NDSCS Concert Choir will perform with Wahpeton and Breckenridge high school choirs

The North Dakota State College of Science Choral Festival will be held on Monday, February 23, 2015 at the Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton at 7:30 p.m.

In addition to the NDSCS Concert Choir, directed by Michael Rockne, both the Wahpeton High School Choir, directed by Dean Aamodt, and the Breckenridge High School Concert Choir, directed by Joyce Manning, are set to perform.

The final portion of the festival will feature all three choirs under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Michael Culloton. The combined choirs will be performing a total of four pieces including “Glory to God,” edited/arranged by Patrick M. Liebergen, “Muié Rendêra,” by C. A. Pinto Fonseca, “Legacy,” by Z. Randall Stroope, and “Come Travel with Me,” by Scott Farthing.

Dr. Michael Culloton serves as an Assistant Professor of Music at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., where he conducts the Concordia Chapel Choir, Männerchor and Cantabile, teaches choral literature to vocal music education students and advises the student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. He received his Ph.D. in Musical Arts from North Dakota State University, his Master’s degree from the University of Arizona and his Bachelor’s degree from Concordia College. In 2006, Culloton was recognized as the Minnesota ACDA Young Conductor of the Year and also received the ACDA/VocalEssence Creative Programming Award for his work with Choral Arts Ensemble. He has served as a guest conductor, clinician and lecturer throughout the region and currently serves as the Artistic Director and conductor of the Fargo-Moorhead Chamber Chorale.

The concert is free and open to the public. Free-will donations will be accepted following the performance in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center lobby.

NDSCS graduates 82 students

February 11, 2015

The North Dakota State College of Science awarded degrees, diplomas and certificates to 82 graduates from the Wahpeton and Fargo locations at the conclusion of the 2014 fall semester. The graduates include:

Marquette: Aereauna Houle, A.A., Liberal Arts

Ada: Lauren Birkemeyer, A.A., Liberal Arts; Megan Kolness, A.A., Liberal Arts
Alexandria: Trisha Underdahl, A.A.S., Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Annandale: Breanna Hanan, A.A.S., Practical Nursing
Anoka: Austin Cermak, A.A.S., Culinary Arts
Bagley: Angela Ronning, A.A.S., Practical Nursing
Breckenridge: Natasha Achter, A.A.S., Practical Nursing; Dacie Essig, A.A., Liberal Arts; Erika Koppelman, A.A., Liberal Arts; Dylan Summerville, A.A.S., Business Management: Business Technology Management
Brooklyn Park: Joseph Tarwai, A.A., Liberal Arts
Browns Valley: Aaron Toelle, A.A.S., Agriculture: Farm Management
Crookston: Mitchell Kraft, A.A.S., Information and Communications Technology: Information Systems Administrator
East Grand Forks: Jessie Joubert, A.A.S., Business Management: Marketing Management
Elbow Lake: Melissa Epperson, A.A.S., Pharmacy Technician
Erskine: John Morrison, Certificate, Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Fergus Falls: Chase Johansen, A.A.S., Automotive Technology
Forest Lake: Garrett Neuman, A.A.S., Automotive and Diesel Master Technician
Graceville: Ashley Gilsdorf, A.A.S., Practical Nursing; Hannah Lupkes, A.A.S., Practical Nursing
Hector: Joshua Mellies, A.A.S., Diesel Technology
Hutchinson: Morgan Julius, A.A., Liberal Arts
International Falls: Lisa Hanover, A.A.S., Paramedic (EMT) Technology; Cara Taschuk, Certificate, Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Moorhead: Michael Monson, Certificate, Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Otsego: Jennifer Olejar, A.S., Liberal Arts
Ottertail: Katie Carr, A.A.S., Practical Nursing
Perham: Laine Miller, A.A.S., Dental Assisting
St. Joseph: Spencer Gebhardt, Certificate, Paramedic (EMT) Technology
St. Paul: Andre Schowalter-Perry, A.A.S., Business Management: Marketing Management
Two Harbors: Brooke Fletcher, A.A.S., Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Waconia: Alexander Willems, A.A., Liberal Arts

Miles City: Nathan Hoff, A.A.S., Electrical Technology: Industrial

Abercrombie: Shawn Paczkowski, A.A.S., Agriculture: Crop Production Sales and Technology
Ashley: Michael Wolf, A.A.S., Diesel Technology
Barney: Paige Bladow, A.A., Liberal Arts
Beulah: Kale Steffenson, A.A.S., Electrical Technology: Industrial
Bismarck: Heather Mihulka, A.A.S., Occupational Therapy Assistant
Crosby: Jenna Brady, A.A.S., Agriculture: Crop Production Sales and Technology; Tyler Brady, A.A.S., Electrical Technology: Construction
Devils Lake: Joshua Bierman, Certificate, Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Elgin: James Joyce, A.A.S., Diesel Technology
Enderlin: Stephanie Stensgard, A.A.S., Agriculture: Crop Production Sales and Technology
Fargo: Heather Anderson, A.A., Liberal Arts; Meghan Raedel, A.A.S., Practical Nursing; Katina Rorvig, A.S., Liberal Arts; Miles Solberg, Diploma, Automotive Technology
Finley: Richard Campbell, Certificate, Pharmacy Technician
Grafton: Jason Mell, A.A.S., Practical Nursing
Grandin: Curtis Weible, Certificate, Paramedic (EMT) Technology
Hatton: Briannah Pierce, A.A.S., Practical Nursing
Horace: Courtney Cullen, A.A., Liberal Arts: Business Administration
Jamestown: Daniel Lusby, Jr., A.A.S., Mechanical Systems; Matthew Sharp, A.A.S., Building Construction Technology; Kylie Tripp, A.A.S., Practical Nursing
Kindred: Sean Cose, A.A.S., Agriculture: Crop Production Sales and Technology
Lisbon: Megan Prante, A.A.S., Business Management: Marketing Management
Mandan: Brock Wynstra, A.A.S., Diesel Technology
Mantador: Ashley Haus, A.A.S., Practical Nursing
Mapleton: Tiffany January, A.A., Liberal Arts: Social Work
Minot: Jonathan DeJesus, Diploma, Automotive Technology
Oakes: April Hayenga, A.A.S., Practical Nursing
Reeder: Dalton Mellmer, A.A.S., Diesel Technology
Rugby: Erik Wangler, A.A.S., Electrical Technology: Construction
Sawyer: Kalissa Syverson, A.A.S., Agriculture: Crop Production Sales and Technology
St. John: Bailey Stewart, A.A.S., Practical Nursing
Wahpeton: Jonathan Daeuber, A.A.S., Paramedic (EMT) Technology; Chelsie Habiger, A.A., Liberal Arts; Cooper Krause, A.A., Liberal Arts; Brandi Matejcek, A.A.S., Practical Nursing; Alexander Smedberg, A.S., Liberal Arts; Shannon Thompson, A.S., Liberal Arts; Theresa Vaagen, A.A., Liberal Arts; Tayler Ward, A.A., Liberal Arts; Samuel Weisz, A.A., Liberal Arts
West Fargo: Ryan Johnson, A.A.S., Practical Nursing; Anthony Kelley, A.A., Liberal Arts
Willow City: Everett Lervik, A.A.S., Agriculture: Crop Production Sales and Technology

Watertown: Ashley Keiser, A.A., Liberal Arts

Basye: Jarad Kriz, A.A.S., Technical Studies
Chesapeake: Deana Aissaoui, A.A.S., Practical Nursing

Daily News: Potential Employees

February 06, 2015

By Carrie McDermott

Career fair brings employers to students

North Dakota State College of Science held its annual Career Fair Tuesday morning, in which nearly 200 vendors participated.

NDSCS students visited with employers, colleges and universities and military representatives.

Industries taking part included transportation, electrical, construction, manufacturing, business management, information and communications, agriculture, engineering, culinary arts and liberal arts. Many employers held mini-interviews with students, who also were given the opportunity to have professional portraits taken at no cost.

Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News

“Give Kids a Smile” event returns to NDSCS

February 04, 2015

Individuals age 3-18 welcome to register for free dental services on February 20, 2015

The NDSCS Allied Dental Education Clinic will be participating in the annual American Dental Association’s Give Kids a Smile® Day on February 20 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mayme Green Allied Health Center at NDSCS in Wahpeton, N.D.

All patients must have appointments in advance. A parent or legal guardian must accompany patients younger than 18 years. To schedule an appointment, please contact the NDSCS Allied Dental Education Clinic at 1-800-342-4325 ext. 3-2333 or 701-671-2333.

This nationwide event designates a day of free dental care for children who may have difficulty accessing dental care or families with limited financial resources. The clinic will be providing dental care to individuals ranging in age from three to 18.

Services provided may include basic restorative procedures, simple extractions and patient exams. NDSCS Allied Dental students will perform cleanings, radiographs, sealants, fluoride applications and oral health education. Approximately $12,200 worth of donated services was provided to local children in 2014 with the help of volunteers, local and regional dentists, hygienists, assistants and the NDSCS Allied Dental Education Department staff and students.

“This year, we are excited to work with Dr. Brent Holman and Dr. Carl Trout – pediatric dentists from Fargo, N.D. who have provided many children with dental care in past dental mission work,” said NDSCS Give Kids a Smile Program Coordinator Chanel Johnson. “We are fortunate to receive support and/or contributions from the North Dakota Dental Foundation, the American Dental Association, and local and regional dental community volunteers.”

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