February, 2017

Daily News: Combined choir festival is Monday

February 27, 2017

By Frank Stanko

On Monday, Feb. 27, the concert choirs of Breckenridge High School, North Dakota State College of Science and Wahpeton High School will hold a festival together.

Beginning at 7 p.m. that evening, the three groups will sing at NDSCS’ Bremer Bank Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

“It’s one of our highlights of the year, when our kids can sing with other students,” said Wahpeton choir director Dean Aamodt.

In addition to directing his students, Aamodt wrote one of their songs. “Cry Out!,” according to Aamodt, is a fanfare, exclamation-type piece.

“We also have an Erik Whitacre piece, ‘A Boy and a Girl,” which is very slow and gushy, with warm chords. It’s really about remembering that first kiss experience,” he said.

Joyce Manning, Breckenridge, said her choir’s pieces recognize February as Black History Month. They include “Noel Todd Smith,” a song from the African Congo, and the pop song “Africa” by Toto.

“We enjoy coming to sing on the stage at NDSCS,” she said. “It’s nice to have a unity event for our students. … My group is excited to do two songs a cappella. First ‘Noel’ and then ‘Little Wheel a-Turnin’.”

NDSCS’ pieces include “Isle of Hopes, Isle of Tears,” which the choir will sing during their April tour of New York City. The song, from the perspective of immigrants to America, will be performed at the Statue of Liberty, said director Bryan Poyzer.

The festival’s grand finale will include all three choirs singing pieces ranging from the Spanish “Oye!” to the gospel-influenced “I Sing Because I’m Happy.” These pieces will be directed by Poyzer.

For Poyzer, the high school students make the choir festival important.

“It’s about them. It’s totally about them,” he said. “If you look at their activity schedule, all they do is compete against other schools. There are hundreds of events on are their calendar where their goal is to get together with another school, compete and tear them down. … (This is) about getting them together, saying we can build each other up and contribute to something positive.”

The Bremer Bank Theatre is located in NDSCS’ Stern Cultural Center, along the campus’ south oval entrance.

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The Forum: NDSCS wins marketing award

February 27, 2017

Business Digest - Forum staff reports
February 18, 2017

The North Dakota State College of Science received a gold award at the Central Minnesota American Advertising Awards on Feb. 11 in St. Cloud.

The award was for the college's fall 2016 print ad campaign, done jointly with marketing agency Adventure Advertising.

Winning entries will move on to a district competition to be judged in March. District winners advance to the national competition in June.

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NDSCS Collegiate DECA members garner 13 awards at state Career Development Conference

February 21, 2017

Thirty-seven Collegiate DECA members from the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton and Fargo competed at the State Conference in February in Fargo, and earned a total of 13 medals. One-hundred-twenty students from eight different campuses competed against one another in a variety of simulations, case studies, and prepared events.

Finalists from NDSCS included:

Business Simulations:
Joe Keavny – Accounting (Finalist)
KaTina Thompson – Fashion Merchandising (Finalist)
Tayler Rusch – Banking and Financial Services (1st Place)
Emily Koenig – Fashion Merchandising (1st Place)
Jourdan Harty – Hotel and Lodging (Finalist)
Ben Gemar – Restaurant and Food Service Management (1st Place)
Carin Kassa – Travel and Tourism (3rd Place)

Case Study Events:
Joe Keaveny & Blake Pietron – Business Ethics (1st Place)
Carin Kassa & Taylor Rusch – Event Planning (1st Place)
Jonathan Wilson & Ben Gemar – Event Planning (2nd Place)
Carin Kassa – Human Resource Management (1st Place)
KaTina Thompson – Human Resource Management (2nd Place)
Jake Legato – Marketing Management (3rd Place)
Ian Uhrich – Sales Manager Meeting (2nd Place)

Prepared Events:
Joe Keaveny & Blake Pietron – Entrepreneurship Growing Your Business (2nd Place)
Jonathan Wilson – Professional Sales (3rd Place)

In addition, Heather Heyerman was elected to serve as the 2017-2018 State Association President.

NDSCS will send a delegation to the International Career Development Conference, which will be held in Anaheim, Calif. in April.

NDSCS Collegiate DECA’s mission is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Nationwide, Collegiate DECA includes over 15,000 members in 275 colleges and universities.

Local music ensembles to join NDSCS for Choir Festival

February 17, 2017

The NDSCS Concert Choir will be joined by the choirs from Wahpeton High School and Breckenridge High School for a Choir Festival on Monday, February 27, 2017, at the Bremer Bank Theatre in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Cultural Center on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton at 7:00 p.m. The festival is free and open to the public.

Each choir will perform separately, then the choirs will join together in a mass choir performance directed by NDSCS Choir Director Bryan Poyzer.

“It’s quite an enjoyable experience to see these high school and college musicians working together,” said Poyzer. “The public will love the variety of songs selected by Joyce Manning and Dean Aamodt. There is something for everyone.”

This annual concert event will rotate annually with the concert bands. NDSCS Band Director Dr. Adam Hollingsworth is excited to begin collaborating with local high schools for the band festival, which is scheduled for 2018.

NDSCS Awarded $154,067 Career Ready Internship Grant

February 16, 2017

North Dakota State College of Science has been awarded a two-year Career Ready Internship Grant of more than $150,000 from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates. NDSCS anticipates that more than 60 new paid internships will be created during the 2017-2018 academic year.

NDSCS is one of 16 two-year institutions across Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin that received a combined $2.1 million to create over 1,000 internships. NDSCS will collaborate with businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide the greatest number of current and future students with an educational opportunity they might not otherwise have.

“Paid internships benefit students, colleges and employers,” said Richard D. George, Great Lakes President and Chief Executive Officer. “Students gain meaningful workplace skills and are more likely to earn degrees and use their internship experiences to help secure good jobs upon graduation. Colleges will see increased completion and job placement rates, and employers gain a pipeline to fresh talent. It’s a win-win-win.”

“With this two-year Career Ready Internship grant, NDSCS will help more than 60 students pay for college while gaining hands-on experience through an internship, which can also provide them with additional potential for long-term employment after graduation,” said Lisa Wixo, NDSCS Director of Student Success & Career Services. “This grant will also allow employers to offer internships that they might not have been able to fund without the grant dollars.”

NDSCS will spend the spring and summer of 2017 on administrative planning, employer outreach and student recruitment, as well as placing up to four students in paid internships. The remaining internships will take place in the 2017-18 academic year. The Great Lakes grant period continues through May 2018.

Daily News: NDSCS to ‘Give Kids a Smile’ Friday

February 08, 2017

By Frank Stanko

North Dakota State College of Science’s Allied Dental Education Clinic wants to “Give Kids a Smile.”

From 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, free dental care for children and youth age 3-18 will be provided at the campus’ Mayme Green Allied Health Center, just off Fourth Street in Wahpeton.

“I think my best memories are just seeing the smile on someone’s face,” said Chanel Malone, the Give Kids a Smile program coordinator for NDSCS. “Especially if you took them out of pain, or there’s something they’re really excited about. (It could be) their first time at the dentist and they enjoyed the experience.”

Dental hygiene and dental assistant students will perform cleanings, radiographs, sealants, fluoride applications and oral health education.

“The procedures the students are doing are things they typically do daily and have been trained to do already in the clinic. The second year hygiene students have had lots of experiences cleaning teeth on their patients. The assistants, they have been preparing with assisting dentists, with doing sealants, polishing and flossing. They’ve had clinical experience already,” Malone explained.

Four dentists will also be on hand to provide restorative procedures, such as fillings and extractions, or to give patient exams.

“We schedule each patient as a hygiene appointment,” Malone said. “After the cleaning, they receive an exam and are sent to a restorative dentist as needed. It’s a good thing to know — patients do not need to know what their exact needs are.”

All patients must make their appointments in advance. There is no deadline for registering.

“Even if somebody called the day before and wanted to make an appointment, they could. I think we have about two-thirds of the schedule filled right now,” Malone said.

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

Give Kids a Smile, a national event, provides free dental care for children who may have difficulty accessing it or families with limited financial resources.

This is Malone’s third year participating in Give Kids a Smile. NDSCS has been participating in it since 2009.

“We like the things that we can do for the community,” she said. “We like helping out. It’s a really good experience for the students and patients. It makes everybody feel good and we like to help out when we can.”

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Jamestown Sun: NDSCS project benefits Service Dogs for America

February 08, 2017

By Tom LaVenture

A nonprofit service dog facility has four new doghouses that were built by high school and college students.

Eight students in the Building Construction Technology Program of North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D., were in Jud to present the doghouses that high school students helped build in November. The gift went to Service Dogs for America, a nonprofit organization that trains assistance dogs to help individuals mitigate any limitations from physical and mental disabilities including seizure response, diabetes alert and post-traumatic stress.

“Everything here at our organization is based on donation,” said Jen Brodkorb, executive director of Service Dogs for America. “It’s lovely and we are just really pleased to be part of that gift from them.”

The remote Jud location is a perfect environment to build bonds between dogs and humans, he said. The dogs train constantly and get few precious hours to just be dogs in the outdoor playpens, and without the doghouses there wouldn’t be any protection from the elements, she said.

“We are very grateful and the dogs are very grateful,” Brodkorb said.

Some people say that doghouses are not exactly college level design and build projects, said Michael Douglas, coordinator of the NDSCS Building Construction Technology Program. He said he tells them it is much more than that.

A few hundred high school students were bused in from around the state for Imagine It, Design It, Build It Day on Nov. 23, he said. The students were introduced to programs in architectural drafting, estimating, land surveying, civil engineering, construction management and technology.

Some of those high school students stopped to work on the doghouses under the supervision of the college students using NDSCS building materials, he said. They learned to use tools, do measurements and other trade skills.

“Our students assisted the high school students in building the doghouses,” Douglas said. “A lot of these students had never even picked up any tools or worked with any types of project like this.”

The project helps high school students go from just observing to an activity that gets them to open up and communicate with the college students, he said. The interaction better exposes the students to career choices or vocations they didn’t think about or know existed.

In turn, he said the college students develop valuable leadership and communications skills. Developing effective interpersonal skills are important to be successful at work and in life, he said.

“The doghouses exemplify the heart of the program,” Douglas said. “It is not just about teaching skills but about teaching how to be leaders, managers and good communicators — and then using the skills that you have to give back to the community.”

Braeden Mathern, a second-year student in the Building Construction Technology Program, grew up near Jud in Edgeley, and said he remembers visiting Service Dogs for America as a child. He said the doghouse idea just clicked as a great opportunity to give back.

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Daily News: Quartet to Perform at Convention

February 03, 2017

By Frank Stanko

Bryan Poyzer knew he had to have a balanced quartet.

The choir director at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, Poyzer is also a member of the American Choral Directors Association. Each year, the North Dakota members hold a convention. This year’s convention begins Friday, Feb. 3 in Fargo, including a performance by the North Dakota All-Collegiate Men’s Choir, made up of male singers from around the state.

Poyzer turned to his students Jeremiah Heupel of Medina, North Dakota; Madison Nelson-Gira of Wahpeton; Daniel Paluck of Dickinson, North Dakota, and Dakota Kleinsasser of Jamestown, North Dakota. The quartet will perform in a 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 concert held by the men’s choir at the campus of North Dakota State University, Fargo.

“It’s really nice to sing with some of the top voices from around the state,” said Paluck, a second year student.

The four NDSCS men have sung together before, most recently at the school’s Christmas concert.

“I think we all get along and that’s a pretty good reason to sing together,” said Nelson-Gira, a first year.

Both Paluck and Nelson-Gira look forward to the concert.

“Everyone brings their own thing to the table. It’s going to be really cool, having everyone together,” Nelson-Gira said.

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