May, 2015

Tri-College University: Tri-College University expands partnership

May 29, 2015

The Board of Directors of Tri-College University (TCU) has voted to expand to add two area two-year campuses to the partnership. The partnership has included Concordia College of Moorhead, Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) and North Dakota State University (NDSU). To that partnership Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State) and the North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) have been added by a unanimous vote of the Tri-College board of directors.

“I join with all on the Tri-College University Board in welcoming M State and NDSCS into partnership with us. We see great benefits for the students from all five of our institutions, and we see great advantages for the economy, culture, and civic strength of the Fargo-Moorhead community, now 35,000 college and university students strong” according to Dr. William Craft the Chair of the Tri-College University Board and President of Concordia College.  

Tri-College University dates back 45 years and is one of the nation’s premier, most recognized and longest serving partnerships. It has been comprised of both public and private campuses located in Minnesota and North Dakota and now with the expanded partnership will include two-year campuses as part of the consortium. 

Included in the expansion agreement will be the course exchange program which allows undergraduate students to take courses outside of their home campus at any one of the partner campuses without paying any additional fees/tuition.

“This expansion agreement gives the TCU partnership the equivalent size of a Big 10 campus in our area, and one that will be of vital importance as we continue to focus on a diverse knowledge based economy” according to TCU Provost Tim Flakoll. “Numerous benefits have been identified for this expanded membership including: increased academic options for students resulting in improved student retention/graduation rates, satisfying workforce needs, potential for exploration resulting in more traditional transfer and reverse transfer opportunities, and provides enhanced professional development opportunities. This is a historic step forward as we continue to strive to be visionary and focused on providing high quality programs to meet the needs of our stakeholders.”

The board of Tri-College is comprised of Dr. William Craft of Concordia, Dr. Anne Blackhurst of MSUM, Dr. Dean Bresciani of NDSU which serve as Presidents of the original partners as well as community board members: Paul Marquart, Pam Astrup, Debra Knutson, Mark Nisbet and Paul Richard.


  • Between the 2008-2009 and 2012-2013 academic years, 770 NDSCS students and 752 M State students transferred to Tri-College campuses. Of those, 203 from M State and 399 from NDSCS transferred in 2012-2013 alone.
  • M State has campuses in Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls and Wadena but the partnership will focus largely on students at their Moorhead campus. Overall they have more than 6,000 students, including its campus in Moorhead.
  • NDSCS has a main campus in Wahpeton and a smaller campus in Fargo. Overall they have more than 3,000 students and 80 academic options.
  • The name Tri-College University will remain the same.

NDSCS-Fargo to hold Open House session for prospective Students

May 26, 2015

The North Dakota State College of Science will be holding an Open House session on Thursday, May 28 from 2 – 6 p.m. at NDSCS-Fargo, located at 1305 19th Avenue North, for students interested in taking classes at the Fargo location.

This free come-and-go session is open to the public and will focus on NDSCS-Fargo and Online program options, curriculum and class schedules, tuition costs and financial aid, the application process and any questions. Current NDSCS-Fargo faculty and Enrollment Services representatives will also be present to answer questions. No pre-registration is required to attend the open house.

A sample of courses being offered includes: General Business Management, Web Design/Web Developer, Information Systems Administrator and Welding Technology (second year option).

For more information please contact a Fargo Programs Representative at or 701-231-6935 or visit

NDSCS announces new Practical Nursing option for fall 2015

May 21, 2015

Earn an A.A.S. degree in Practical Nursing in southeast North Dakota

Thanks to a new practical nursing option added at the North Dakota State College of Science, students looking to complete a practical nursing degree in southeast North Dakota, need look no further.

The NDSCS North Dakota Southeast Practical Nursing option will be delivered over a three-year period in the Oakes, N.D. area to allow students to continue with current employment and maintain other responsibilities.

“We are very pleased to be adding this unique and innovative nursing option available through NDSCS,” said Dr. John Richman, NDSCS President. “This is a great time for healthcare in the state of North Dakota and the need for well-educated nurses is incredibly high-demand.”

Students will benefit from evening classes designed specifically for adults, clinicals that will take place in southeast North Dakota, and convenient classes, including online, interactive TV network and face-to-face options.

Program graduates will earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Practical Nursing. Curriculum will include a focused study in clinical affiliations in adult, maternal-child, psychiatric, long-term care, home health and clinical nursing.

Prospective students can learn more about the NDSCS North Dakota Southeast Practical Nursing option by visiting or by calling the Mayme Green Allied Health Center at 701-671-2333.

Daily News: N.D. pharmacy techs earn a high grade

May 21, 2015

By Matthew Liedke

An initiative to increase laws and certification of pharmacy technicians has recently graded all 50 states on their training and requirements and North Dakota received a perfect score.

The grading process was started by the Emily Jerry Foundation, an organization named after a young girl from Ohio who died while receiving cancer treatment.

According to the foundation’s website, Emily Jerry was diagnosed with a yolk sac tumor when she was just a year and a half old. Medical personnel said the cancer was curable and with chemotherapy and surgeries, the outcome should be successful.

While the tumor had disappeared, Emily Jerry was still scheduled for a final treatment to ensure there were no remaining traces of cancer in her body. At the hospital, a pharmacy technician decided not to use a standard prepared bag of sodium chloride with less than 1 percent of sodium chloride solution and instead filled a bag with a concentrated solution of 23.4 percent.

The solution in the bag resulted in Emily Jerry’s death. Chris Jerry, Emily’s father, soon learned that at the time of Emily’s death, Ohio didn’t register technicians and didn’t have any sort of training or licensing requirements, either.

Since then, Chris Jerry and his family have worked to change the trend around the country and ask for better pharmacy technician requirements. They succeeded in the state of Ohio, where voters passed legislation, referred to as Emily’s Law, in 2009. The law requires pharmacy technicians to be at least 18 years old or older, possess a high school diploma and pass a competency exam approved by the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy.

The state with the strongest laws and what has become an example for the foundation, though, is North Dakota.

“We hope to highlight states such as North Dakota, which received a sparkling perfect score based on our grading criteria,” said the foundation’s website. “States like North Dakota, that are doing a tremendous job of protecting their patients through strict controls and educational requirements for pharmacy technicians, will serve as a model moving forward for states with failing grades and most importantly, for the six states that have zero regulations regarding pharmacy technicians.”

Barb Lacher, an assistant professor at North Dakota State College of Science, explained how the rating reflects on the Wahpeton institution.

“One hundred percent, we’re proud of that. We need to celebrate the success that North Dakota has in pharmacy,” Lacher said. “And while we celebrate the pharmacists who go to North Dakota State University, we still need to celebrate the technicians here, too.

“We at NDSCS have one of the only accredited programs in the state. Almost all the time we are training about 140 technicians in the state,” Lacher continued. “So I think it (the Emily Jerry Foundation rating) affects the college very positively. We’re not having many critical errors and we’re seeing our students all pass the final exam.”

In the future, that trend should reach around the country, too.

“We are slowly reaching that point,” Lacher said. “We are getting close to having a national standard.”

Lacher credited the strong score to the state’s higher education programs. The North Dakota Legislature passed a law in 1995 that ensured pharmacists had to complete an accredited program and be nationally certified.

Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News

Daily News: 2015 NDSCS Commencement

May 20, 2015

By Matthew Liedke

It was the end to a journey that started many months ago for the graduating students at North Dakota State College of Science’s commencement ceremony Friday afternoon.

Speakers at the event included Janice Hoffarth, North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, Nikolas Kukert, president of the NDSCS Student Senate and NDSCS President Dr. John Richman.

Accompanying the speakers was a pair of musical selections performed by the NDSCS Wildcat Singers.

The commencement ceremony was made particularly special due to the honorary associate degrees that were given to former representatives Clark Williams and the late John Wall, two legislators well known for their dedication to education.

John Wall’s honorary degree was accepted by his widow, Margaret Wall, and both she and Williams talked about the benefits NDSCS provides to the community.

Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News

Daily News: Williams honored for years of service to District 25

May 15, 2015

By Matthew Liedke

A pair of ceremonies will be held this weekend to honor Clark Williams who spent 18 years representing North Dakota’s 25th District in Bismarck on top of his lengthy education career.

The first will take place Friday during North Dakota State College of Science’s commencement where Williams and the late John Wall, also a Representative for District 25, will be named honorary associate degree recipients.

The honorary degree program, according to a release from NDSCS, recognizes worthy candidates recommended by either the North Dakota University System Chancellor or the president of the nominating institution.

The second ceremony for Clark will be a social, dinner and honorary program starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at the Wahpeton Eagles Club to celebrate Williams’ public service.

Williams is a graduate of Valley City State University and received his master’s degree in education from North Dakota State University. He first ran for office and was elected as a Democrat in 1982. Williams served for six years until 1988 when he decided not to seek re-election.

During that same time, Williams continued his career in education. He started in Turtle Lake, North Dakota, and later worked for the Sargent Central School District in Forman, North Dakota. He began working for the Wahpeton School District in the fall of 1970.

Williams taught both English and social studies until 1987 when he became principal of Wahpeton High School.

After retiring in 2002, Williams sought to continue his political career and was elected in November of that same year. He served an additional 12 years in the North Dakota House of Representatives until 2014 when he retired from politics. During his time in office, Williams maintained education as his top priority.

“Proper funding, the big thing for me was proper funding for education,” Williams said. “The majority of cost for education is now funded by the state of North Dakota. It makes educational funding on a much fairer basis, rather than depending on local revenue and resources.

“Also, we are doing a better job of funding higher education,” Williams continued. “One area that I’m disappointed with, though, is we cannot cut the cost for students attending higher ed institutions. College costs are a burden for too many families.”

Williams said he was happy both he and Rep. Wall, a Republican during his time in office, will be recognized.

“I’m very pleased with the honor from NDSCS. I’m most pleased that both John Wall and I are sharing it,” Williams said. “Simply because we both worked together on major issues. Neither of us were strong partisans. We tried to represent our constituency.

“The best years I had in the legislature were the last 10 because John and I served together,” Williams continued. “We were the only Democrat and Republican who sat together at the legislature. We both respected each other’s right to be different on issues without being personal.

“I was fortunate to serve 18 years as a Democrat,” Williams concluded. “I am pleased they are honoring me Saturday for my years in the House. It will be a joyous celebration for me, along with my family.”

“I don’t think you would ever find someone more dedicated to the well-being of students than Clark,” said former Richland County Commissioner Perry Miller. “He was always a tireless advocate for education in Bismarck. Not only for public schools but also NDSCS and higher education.”

Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News

NDSCS Business Students compete in International DECA Competition

May 12, 2015

Seven North Dakota State College of Science Business Administration and Management students recently wrapped up competition at the 54th Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando, Fla.

NDSCS’s Kyle Armitage competed in the Entrepreneurship: Starting Your Business event and was declared the overall 2nd place finisher. The event required him to develop a proposal to start a business. As the entrepreneur seeking start-up capital, Armitage presented his proposal to judges who were acting as potential investors or financial institution representatives. He is the seventh NDSCS Collegiate DECA member to earn an overall 1st, 2nd or 3rd place at the international level of competition since 1999.

Other NDSCS students attending this year competed in either business simulations or were required to present case study analysis and direction for judges. They included: Dana Anderson, Sara Holcomb, Michael Jirak, Justin Lupkes, Shelby Moe and Katelyn Pueppke.

Approximately 2,000 students from both two and four-year colleges and universities from across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and for the first time, China, competed in this event.     

Collegiate DECA at NDSCS is a student-centered organization whose program of leadership and personal development is designed specifically for students enrolled in business administration and management related programs. NDSCS Collegiate DECA also prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Nationwide, Collegiate DECA includes over 15,000 members at 275 colleges and universities.

Daily News: ‘It’s On Us’ Take the pledge

May 12, 2015

By Matthew Liedke

NDSCS joins national movement to stand against sexual assault

Students at North Dakota State College of Science have joined a national campaign to take sexual assault awareness and prevention into their own hands.

A video recently, produced by the NDSCS Student Life Department, featured students taking a pledge to not just be a bystander when they see something happening and take action and explained that “It’s On Us.”

The It’s On Us campaign was launched by President Barack Obama. Multiple other institutions, from Stanford University to the University of Pittsburgh, along with NDSCS, have joined the cause.

“In a way, it works in with our larger Red Flag Campaign we have here at NDSCS,” said Kerri Kava, assistant director of Student Life. “The It’s On Us campaign and the Red Flag effort both talk about bystander intervention and being a responsible citizen and sticking up for those people who need help.”

At the end of April, NDSCS held a number of activities to promote the Red Flag campaign.

“It educates them on what consent is, how to be a good citizen and to do something to take action,” said Elizabeth Phares-Oren, community development assistant director of Residential Life.

Kava explained that she found out about the It’s On Us videos and campaign and decided to create one for NDSCS with the help of the campus Media Squad.

The Media Squad is a newer campus group that has been operating for two years. They brought in students and asked if they wanted to be part of it.

“There were a lot of students who felt very strongly about it,” Kava said. “After the video came out, I started to see a lot of instructors and staff members interact with the effort, too. They’ve used the It’s On Us logo as their profile pictures and share the video. They’ve taken their own stance.”

“I think they like to see the students be part of that and students like to see their peers as part of that,” Phares-Oren said. “Our Student Senate talked very positively about it after it was released.”

Kava said she would like to see more videos come out in the future and be made part of the overall campus initiative that will continue next fall.

“This is the first year of the Red Flag campaign and because of its success, we do plan to have it again next year,” Phares-Oren said. “And in the fall we will provide information to the students at the residential halls about these topics and we will have the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, too.”

For more information on the It’s On Us campaign visit The YouTube video can be seen at

Full article from the Wahpeton Daily News

Grand Forks Herald: NDSCS brings biomedical training to Grand Forks high schools

May 11, 2015

By Jennifer Johnson

With gloves on, seven high school students each picked up a cow eyeball, grasped a scissors and started cutting.

"Ew," exclaimed one.

"Ew ... slash cool," their instructor responded.

Several snips later, the eyeballs lay cleanly dissected on the table—the glossy vitreous humors, the small marble-like lens and the thin, slick black irises.

As the students worked in a UND lab Wednesday, visiting instructor Kristi Jean, who works for the Center for Nanoscience Technology Training at the North Dakota State College of Science, explained how retinal implants can improve vision.

"They can currently help cure 50 percent of the world's blindness, as long as the optic nerve functions and the brain functions," she said.

The group has nearly completed a biomedical technology class offered through the Grand Forks Area Career and Technology Center and NDSCS in Wahpeton.

For the first time, the dual-credit class is being offered to high school students. It will be offered again for one semester based on how it best fits with interested schools, she said.

Students didn't squirm too much during the eye dissection, at least not as much as a Herald reporter. This all-female class has their eyes set on medical or science careers, and what they learn now can only help, they said.

Learning by doing

Students have been exposed to a broad range of careers and applications, said Jean.

At heart, it teaches nanoscience—the study of extremely small things that can be applied to everything from electronics to medicine—but with a biomedical focus, she said.

"We just need to make sure the high schools' students are prepared for the math and chemistry," she said.

So far, students have learned how prosthetics can be controlled by the mind, the way targeted cancer treatment works and what DNA looks like after it's been extracted from their cheek cells, they said. Several girls wore the DNA in vials around their neck.

In one activity, students discovered how non-Newtonian fluid can be used for joint replacement. To understand the concept, they found plastic bags filled with water and cornstarch were fluid when squeezed gently, but formed as hard as rock when suddenly struck. When they dropped eggs from great heights onto the bags, the eggs didn't break.

Students do the vast majority of the work online. The goal is to make sure there's "rich learning" and the distance experiments are meaningful," said Jean. Students use an app to record home experiments and create short videos that show their progress.

"This (class) isn't just for females, either," she said. "The workforce just needs more dynamic individuals, men and women."

Students have been skittish when it comes to jobs blending science and manufacturing, often considering them as separate, she said.

"There's interest in medical fields and there's a comfort level in that, but those traditional manufacturing careers are not getting enrollment," she said. "We want to use this biomedical platform to bridge that gap."

For years, NDSCS has been offering nanoscience classes and recently considered a high school-level one. Grand Forks was suggested because of its progressive programs and "willingness to work for what will benefit students," she said.

Broader perspective

The class has broadened students' view of potential careers, they said.

Several said they were surprised by the amount of chemistry in the class, expecting a more medical focus. Erryn Egeland, a senior in Thompson, N.D., said the class has expanded her knowledge as she readies to enter a nursing program at UND this fall.

She's taking away a different perspective of how the medical field can be applied beyond hospital settings, she said.

"With prosthetics, you think you go to the doctor and they give it to you," she said. "But actually, some person has to sit down, make that and think if they want to make it electronic, or move, and all of the different things that go into that."

Full article from the Grand Forks Herald

NDSCS schedules Commencement Ceremony for Friday, May 15

May 08, 2015

Students from 19 states and 3 international countries are set to graduate

North Dakota State College of Science will be holding commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 15 at 3 p.m. in the Ed Werre Arena located in the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center in Wahpeton, N.D. Seven hundred and twenty students from the Wahpeton campus, NDSCS-Fargo location and online are scheduled to graduate.

Students from 19 states and three international countries, Azerbaijan, Canada and Ghana, will be graduating with Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.) and Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees, as well as Certificates and Diplomas in 34 areas of discipline. One hundred and ninety two of these graduates will be recognized with a Scholastic Achievement Award for earning a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above.

Max Reinke, mathematics and science associate professor, will serve as the Grand Marshal, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Harvey Link will preside as the Master of Ceremonies and NDSCS President John Richman will give the Remarks and Recognitions as well as the Presentation of Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. Honorary Associate Degree recipients, Clark Williams and the late John Wall, will also be honored. Student Ashlie Challner will lead the Invocation and Nikolas Kukert, Student Senate President, will share his remarks. The Wildcat Singers and Stage Band will also perform.

Williams and Wall named NDSCS Honorary Associate Degree Recipients

May 05, 2015

Clark Williams and the late John Wall to be honored at Commencement Ceremony on May 15

The North Dakota State College of Science has named Clark Williams, former State Representative, and the late John Wall, former State Representative, as Honorary Associate Degree recipients. Both recipients will be honored on Friday, May 15 in Wahpeton during the College’s commencement ceremony.

The Honorary Associate Degree recognizes worthy candidates recommended by the North Dakota University System Chancellor or President of the nominating institution. Factors in considering a candidate for the Honorary Associate Degree may include, but are not limited to: association with the state of North Dakota, and level of distinction and recognition in the candidate’s profession or area of excellence.

Williams, a former State Representative, represented the 25th district from 1983-1987 and again from 2003-2014 as a Democrat. An alumnus of North Dakota State University (NDSU) and Valley City State University (VCSU), he is a retired educator with 38 years under his belt (32 years at Wahpeton Senior High). A former co-chair of the 25th District NPL Party, Williams is also involved with the Wahpeton Eagles.

An Enderlin, N.D. native, Wall, who passed away on July 18, 2014, was a State Representative, representing the 25th district since 2005 as a Republican. An alumnus of NDSU and VCSU, he began his teaching career in 1970 and retired 34 years later. Wall served as past President for both the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education (NDCTE) and Northern Interscholastic Press Association and was also a member of the Bagg Bonanza Farm Historic Preservation Society.

NDSCS Celebrates Agawasie Day on Thursday, May 7

May 04, 2015

NDSCS Celebrates Agawasie Day on Thursday, May 7

North Dakota State College of Science students, faculty and staff will celebrate Agawasie Day on Thursday, May 7 on the Wahpeton campus.

Events begin on The Oval at noon and include free food, competitions (car show, volleyball, tug-o-war and the Burnout), inflatables, numerous attractions and an evening street dance set to begin at 9 p.m.

In 1914, the College published its first yearbook called the Agawasie. While the origin of the name is obscure, an earlier issue of the annual explained it as an Indian word for “Ascience.” The arrival of the annual became a day for celebration, hence the start of the annual Agawasie Day Picnic. While publishing an annual yearbook was discontinued in 2004, the day for celebration still lives on as Agawasie Day and is celebrated every year right before the start of finals.

For more information about Agawasie Day, including a complete listing of events and details, go to

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