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5 Goodwill Games
6-7 Spring Break in Sibera
8-9 All things tR
10-11 the Next Step
12-13 the Long Way to Stickney Hall
14-15 Renaissance Woman
16 DSU Granted Confucius Institute
on the 17 Planting More than trees
cover 18 Blue Hawks Earn 12 All-American Honors
(From left to right)
19 DSU Athletics Launches a New Website
Nate Lebsock and Matt Lee
with Head Coach Ty Orton
20-21 If You Will It...It’s Not a Dream
4 From the President
22 Campus News
27 Class Notes
6 8 32 From the Archives
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BY RICHARD J. MCCALLUM, PH.D.
PRESIDENt, DICkINSON StAtE UNIVERSIt Y
DSU’S NE W ER A OF
Dear Alumni and Friends: Third, our Theodore Roosevelt Center has evolved
As the snow melts and we await the arrival of meadow significantly during the last two years, and it has become
larks and wrens, I am pleased to provide you with a a true gem within our University’s crown of educational
spring semester update. In a few months, DSU will assets. Four major lines of program effort have been
celebrate its 93rd birthday. While we anticipate the developing simultaneously:
excitement of completing another year of history, we • The creation of a comprehensive TR digital library
are moving forward in a deliberate manner to forge • Annual Symposia and publications
new boundaries that will establish an innovative
“DSU CONtINUES era of opportunity. Three major forces are presently • Advancing new avenues of TR scholarship
converging to create this unique window of opportunity • Public Outreach and Interactive Kiosks
tO BE AN for Dickinson State. These efforts, individually, involve
DSU is dedicated to the development of a comprehensive,
significant chapters within the life of our institutional
digital TR Library. This presidential collection will
ExCEPtIONAL history. Collectively, they represent an accelerated shift
integrate documents and artifacts from multiple partners
in our momentum. This synergy will establish many
PLACE WHERE and provide unprecedented Internet access to TR archives
exceptional learning opportunities for our students.
that heretofore have been geographically dispersed across
First, after more than nine decades of effort focused the United States. The development of this remarkable
upon the baccalaureate degree, we are launching database already has been recognized as an incredible local
ASSEMBLE tO graduate classes! The State Board of Higher Education resource. Moreover, it is quickly emerging as a state and
approved during their January 27, 2011, meeting our national treasure.
ENGAGE IN tHE request to begin offering limited graduate credit classes.
We presently stand on the threshold of making a
This is a landmark decision by the Board. We are
quantum leap forward as we obtain access to Harvard
ExCItING WORk connecting our past as a State Normal School with our
College Library’s collection and launch a new web
future as we begin to offer graduate classes through our
site that offers a modern, integrated catalog and index
OF HIGHER Teacher Education Department. We are demonstrating
system. When this progress occurs, the TR Center’s
a sustained commitment to be responsive to the
comprehensive digital library will move onto the
EDUCAtION. educational needs of our area school teachers. Our
world stage and become a global treasure chest for all
rationale is anchored upon the planning cornerstones
future TR research and studies. In fact, I predict this
WE ARE that foster public access and geographic proximity.
international recognition will become a reality because
Second, our application was approved on April 7, 2011 the amazing power of the Internet makes our database
MOVING to become the host for a new Confucius Institute. just as accessible from London or Paris as it is from
With this authorization, DSU joins a very elite group Dickinson, North Dakota.
FORWARD IN of 73 universities across the United States endorsed by
DSU continues to be an exceptional place where great
the Confucius Institute Headquarters of China. We
A DELIBERAtE anticipate new and exciting educational opportunities
people assemble to engage in the exciting work of higher
education. We are fostering the intellectual energy that
will begin to unfold as we work with our educational
MANNER tO will solve the problems of today and tomorrow. In a
partner Tuiyuan University of Technology.
few weeks we will celebrate our 91st commencement
FORGE NEW This new institute will bring visiting faculty from China ceremony. Most certainly, our graduates reflect our most
to teach Chinese language classes at DSU. Many other important credential. They will advance the quality of life
BOUNDARIES cultural exchanges will be developed to share the art, that will be experienced by our children, grandchildren
music, and history of China with citizens throughout and generations beyond. Our graduates are on a career
tHAt WILL our area. The Confucius Institute not only raises our trajectory to become the next generation of business and
national profile, but this accomplishment places DSU community leaders. Please join me as I extend my sincere
EStABLISH within a worldwide network of approximately 295 best wishes to our graduating class of 2011!
premier universities who are dedicated to an educational
AN INNOVAtIVE Finally, I want to thank each of you for your continued
process that fosters multicultural understanding. I
support, friendship and commitment to Dickinson
believe the establishment of this Institute will enhance
ERA OF learning opportunities across our curriculum while
State University. As we move into the summer season,
I wish you and your family the best of success and
enriching the quality of life for the community
OPPORtUNItY.” of Dickinson, the state of North Dakota and our
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BY DAN CHELStROM
The Dickinson State University men’s basketball team
traveled to Yang ling, China and played two games
against China’s Northwest Agriculture and Forestry
University; the first by a score of 82-67 on April 3 in
front of a packed house of 4,000 fans. DSU’s Matthew
Lee was named Most Valuable Player of the game after
scoring 15 points and collecting 10 rebounds.
The second game, played on April 4, was a more relaxed
outdoor contest in front of 2,000 fans in which the Blue
Hawks once again prevailed by a score of 75-52. In
addition to the game, a number of side competitions
were held including a halftime slam dunk contest won
by DSU’s Tevin Hurd, whose dunk was performed while
simultaneously jumping over DSU center, Destry Sterkel.
DSU men’s basketball team in Tiananmen Square. Behind them is the entrance to the Forbidden City.
Men’s basketball team plays a lot
and learns more during China trip
“The games and trip were a tremendous success,” said Ty Orton, DSU’s
head basketball coach. “They were great learning experiences for all involved
and our student-athletes really took advantage of everything China has to
offer. They represented Dickinson State very well and it was a tremendous
opportunity for our program and for DSU. What a great adventure!”
After the games, DSU players were immersed in the authentic culture of
Chinese higher education. They attended classes, ate meals in the dining
hall and toured the campus. In this “learn-by-doing” atmosphere, the
Blue Hawk basketball players gained a genuine understanding of Chinese
college life. The students also participated in educational sightseeing.
Ultimately, the trip facilitated the establishment of relationships between
students, faculty, and coaches of Northwest A & F and DSU.
“With this trip we gave our students the opportunity to understand
the world through experience,” said Coach Orton. “Through this cross
cultural effort, our student-athletes grew and came to understand that
the college experience is not just in Dickinson, but is an active experience
in which they are learning about things all over. This group of guys
will remember DSU for having given them the opportunity to scan the
horizons and see the world.” n
DSU’s Tevin Hurd performs one of the halftime
dunks that won him the April 4 slam dunk contest.
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S P R I N G B R E Ak
Ten below zero wind chill; “Whose crazy idea was this?”
It all began when Dickinson State University’s interim vice-
president of academic affairs popped out of his office one day
and stopped me on my way to class.
By the way, “popped” is an accurate description because Jon
BY DEBORAH DRAGSEtH Brudvig has a lot of “Tigger bounce” in him, which is a good
thing since he is currently holding two, three or maybe four
different jobs….I’m not really sure. I’m only sure that I have
one job and that’s enough for me.
According to Dr. Brudvig, I was the perfect candidate to
spend my nine days off; not on some tropical island soaking
up the sun and letting salty warm sea water wash the cares of
a long semester off me. But instead I would represent DSU
at the Siberian State Aerospace University (SibSAU) at its
Siberia…….the name itself brings up many interesting
associations including Tsarist’s penal colonies and Stalin’s
GULAGs. But Si-brrrrrr-ia, as the natives laughingly call it;
even in March is still really, really cold.
Not wanting to go to Siberia alone, I contacted
communications professor Margaret Marcusen and asked
if she’d like to go to lunch with me? An immediate “yes”
was followed by a salad at the DSU cafeteria and a second
question: Would she like to go to Siberia with me? This was
followed by another immediate “yes” and I can easily see why
DSU students adore this adventurous woman.
Just so you know, I am an associate professor of business at
DSU. My research interests include studying the motives of
North Dakota college students with high grade point averages
who are also risk takers.
High achievers and risk takers are more likely to do two
things: become entrepreneurs and leave North Dakota after
they finish their degree. Ms. Marcusen studies and teaches
intercultural communication. We began combining our
research into a conference paper and a presentation that we
thought would engage our hosts and began to plan our 2011
We then looked at a map, consulted a guidebook and
promptly called a travel agent. It turns out that getting to
Siberia not only involves a 20-hour flight with complicated
routes involving two airlines, but also includes a lot of red
tape to enter and exit the Russian Federation and we needed
the kind of expert help that Travelocity just doesn’t offer.
DSU instructor Deborah Dragseth visits sites in St. Petersburg
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Siberia, at 5.2 million square miles, covers about one-third of northern build a partnership between our two
Asia, makes up an astounding one-twelfth of the land mass of the entire Universities. SibSAU would like to send
earth and boasts nine different time zones. However, it is not a country highly qualified business and humanities
(though it’s shocking how many people think it is) and it is not a state students to North Dakota for one or two-
or province. It has no formal boundaries and can best be described year experiences. They would subsequently
as a region, something like the “Midwest” or the “corn belt.” In fact, earn a degree from SibSAU as well as
when the Russian czars started developing this area in the fifteenth and DSU.
sixteenth centuries, they called it “the wild east.” Professor Marcusen and I met with
There are many links that can be drawn between North Dakota and SibSAU business and communications
Siberia with cold weather being the most obvious. Although the students and faculty during our five
northern tier of Siberia is permafrost at SibSAU University, which is day visit. We found the students to be
located in the charming 400-year-old city of Krasnoyarsk, the weather is engaging, interesting and excited to come
similar to North Dakota: frigid winters and blasting hot summers. to the United States to study. Many have
Siberia has four main rivers, and the largest of them is the Yenisei River already traveled the world extensively and
which flows through the center of Krasnoyarsk. All four rivers flow from are very career oriented. Since SibSAU is a
south to north, causing problematic flooding as they thaw in the south prestigious school and, we were told, one
while remaining frozen at their mouths. This will sound familiar to those of the most expensive in Siberia, students
people filling sandbags this spring along North Dakota’s Red River. must be academically qualified as well as
financially able to become students there.
Like North Dakotans, the people of Siberia hope to keep their bright,
entrepreneurial young people home. College graduates, however, tend to It sounds like a clique, but it is a small
want to go to bigger more cosmopolitan places which again, echoes of world. One of the members of the SibSAU
North Dakota. faculty that we met, Anna Vladiko, had
been a high school exchange student in
Siberia is rural like North Dakota with only thirty-nine million people
Hettinger, North Dakota.
inhabiting the area, making it one of the most under populated
places on earth. A reliance on commodity exports makes both regions Ms. Marcusen and I are excited about the
vulnerable to boom and bust cycles that follow highly volatile swings possibilities that lie ahead for both DSU
in global commodity prices. And both regions face the long-term and SibSAU. We think that we made
challenges of a shrinking workforce. some valuable connections and hope
that the SibSAU faculty, students and
The city of Krasnoyarsk lies on the border between western and eastern
administration feel the same way.
Siberia and is home to 950,000 people. The name of the city comes
from krasnyi (red) and yar (cliff), honoring the red cliffs behind the city So, where will Spring Break 2012 find us?
that give the landscape a bit of an eastern Wyoming “feel.” The buildings It’s difficult to imagine anywhere more
are brightly colored in yellows, reds, greens, and pinks and the pride of sensational and full of exotic memories
the city is SibSAU University which was founded fifty years ago during than Russia’s Siberian Region. n
the age of Russian “scientific romanticism,” just before the first flight of a
human being into space, thus it’s history is directly connected to that of
Today SibSAU is a contemporary, multi-disciplinary “higher school”
where specialists in the areas of rockets and space production as well
as economics, finance, management and humanities are trained. One
of the highest goals of SibSAU is to provide training consistent with
international standards and this is where DSU comes in. Professor
Marcusen and I carried agreements to the leaders of SibSAU that will
DSU lecturer of communication, Margaret Marcusen,
accompanied Deborah Dragseth to Siberia
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ALL t HIN G S
TR Visiting Fellow,
Dr. Stacy Cordery, is welcomed
TR BY AMY MAGStADt
awarded a $500,000 Challenge Grant to DSU and the
Theodore Roosevelt Center to fund an Endowed Chair in
Theodore Roosevelt Studies.
The Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State
University has eagerly welcomed the appointment of “The Theodore Roosevelt Center is doing such incredible
Dr. Stacy A. Cordery as the Theodore Roosevelt Visiting work that I knew it would be exciting and challenging
Fellow. Cordery began her work with DSU in February to be involved,” Cordery said. “I am looking forward
and will be at the University through July. to diving in to the many projects underway at the TR
Cordery is the author of “Alice: Alice Roosevelt Center and to taking advantage of as many aspects of life
Longworth, from White House Princess to Washington at Dickinson State University as I possibly can.”
Power Broker,” and a professor of history who is currently The Foundation currently is in its second year of its
on sabbatical from Monmouth College in Monmouth, TR Center fundraising efforts. The challenge grant is
Illinois. Her earlier works include “Theodore Roosevelt: maximized each year if the DSU Foundation raises
In the Vanguard of the Modern” and “Historic Photos of $351,000 in cash and additional pledges prior to July 31.
Theodore Roosevelt.” Thus far in 2011 the Foundation has received gifts and
“Stacy Cordery has been enthusiastic about our work pledges totaling approximately $270,000. The NEH will
since she first visited DSU to speak at our 2009 Theodore match $1 for every $3 in private gifts and pledges given.
Roosevelt Symposium,” said Sharon Kilzer, project To provide flexibility and maximize donor support,
manager of the Theodore Roosevelt Center. “We welcome pledges can be made over a four year period.
her ideas, energy and expertise, and we hope her time here For any questions about DSU’s fundraising goals,
benefits her own scholarship as well.” or how you can participate in the work of the
Cordery was brought to Dickinson State University Theodore Roosevelt Center, contact project manager
through a Challenge Grant awarded by the (NEH) Sharon Kilzer at 701-483-2814, or go to www.
National Endowment for the Humanities. The NEH theodorerooseveltcenter.org. n
2011 Theodore Roosevelt Symposium
DSU will host its Sixth Annual Theodore Roosevelt Symposium entitled, “Theodore Roosevelt: In the Arena of the West,” along
with the 92nd Annual Meeting of the (TRA) Theodore Roosevelt Association, on October 27-30 in Dickinson and Medora,
ND. Speakers include:
• Edmund Morris, whose third installment of the Theodore Roosevelt biography, “Colonel Roosevelt,” was published in
• Patricia Nelson Limerick, MacArthur grant recipient and author of the groundbreaking “Legacy of Conquest,” will lecture
about TR’s magnum opus, “The Winning of the West.”
• Elliott West of the University of Arkansas and author of many important books, including “The Contested Plains,” will give
a lecture entitled “Roosevelt’s West.”
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• Tweed Roosevelt, the great grandson of TR, who is the family historian.
• Douglas Brinkley, author of the renowned study of TR and conservation, “Wilderness
Warrior.” Brinkley will be hosting a reprise of his famous “Majic Bus Tour,” this time to
“...A DEDICAtED remote TR places in the Dakota badlands.
• G. Edward White, of the University of Virginia, School of Law, author of “The Eastern
AND Establishment” and “The Western Experience: The West of Frederic Remington,
Theodore Roosevelt, and Owen Wister.”
ADVENtUROUS The Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA) was founded in 1919 and chartered by Congress
in 1920. It is a national historical society and public service organization that has perpetuated
PRESIDENt WHO the memory and legacy of our nation’s 26th President through an array of historical and
cultural activities. Its members come from every state and background and share a keen
BROOkED NO interest in history and in furthering the legacy of one of America’s first modern presidents.
NONSENSE...” For additional information or to register for about the Theodore Roosevelt Symposium call
Sharon Kilzer at 701-483-2814, or go to www.theodorerooseveltcenter.org. Information
about the (TRA) Theodore Roosevelt Association can be obtained by visiting www.
Armstrong Theodore Roosevelt the collection include all of the signed limited editions and
such rare volumes as “Why America Should Join the Allies,”
Rare Book Collection published in England in 1915, of which I only know of two
The Mike and Connie Armstrong Theodore Roosevelt rare other copies in private collections. It is a tremendous resource
book collection features more than 125 first, limited and and an important collection.”
special edition books about Theodore Roosevelt and his life. Mike Armstrong ’75 earned his bachelor’s degree in business
A number of the books are signed by TR himself. administration from DSU in 1975. He was a member of
The collection was assembled over a 30 year period by New York the DSU wrestling team from 1971-1974 and was inducted
native and current Arizona resident H. Norden van Horne. into the North Dakota Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1999.
“I realize that I was first drawn to TR because of his broad Armstrong is currently the president and sole stockholder of
appeal as a dedicated and adventurous President who brooked The Armstrong Corporation and Armstrong Operating, Inc. is
no nonsense and whose writings about the outdoors kept an active member in numerous energy industry organizations,
me engrossed,” H. Norden van Horne said. “Knowing that he owns several thousand acres of farm and ranch land
my collection can be appreciated in the Dickinson State throughout southwestern North Dakota and was honored as a
University venue has made me very proud and grateful for the DSU Alumni Fellow in 2008.
opportunity. Sharing these wonderful books with the public; Connie Armstrong ’97 received a bachelor’s degree in
having them used for research by the University’s staff and education, with a concentration on kindergarten education
faculty, and serving as testimony to Theodore Roosevelt and from DSU. She was a volunteer in the Dickinson Public
his memory has fulfilled my vision as a collector.” School System, a substitute teacher and became a kindergarten
A objective testimonial, regarding the collection, was also offered teacher in both the
by Gregory Wynn, executive committee member and trustee of Dickinson Public and
the Theodore Roosevelt Association. Catholic School systems.
Armstrong serves on the
“I have been collecting TR for over 25 years and can say with Dickinson Area Concert
confidence that the Norden van Horne Theodore Roosevelt Association Board, the
library is one of only 3 or 4 nearly comprehensive collections DSU Foundation Board
of TR’s writing built by a private collector in the country,” and the Best Friends
Wynn said.. “It provides a tangible, valuable, and antiquarian Mentoring Board of
foundation to the TR Center’s digital initiative --- TR’s Directors. n
writings in first edition form! Some significant rarities in
Dr. Stacy Cordery (right) joins Mike and Connie Armstrong at the DSU Foundation house to
enthusiastically review the Armstrong Theodore Roosevelt rare book collection.
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State Board Approves
Graduate Classes at DSU
than two years
Dickinson State University worked on
a proposal that would allow the university to offer graduate
classes in education. In January the State Board of Higher Education unanimously
approved the proposal and classes could be offered as early as fall 2011.
“I sincerely appreciate this landmark decision by the board,” said Dr. Richard McCallum, president of DSU. “This is an
incredible moment in the life of our great university. We are connecting our past as a State Normal School to our future as
we launch graduate-level courses through our Department of Teacher Education.”
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BY CONStANCE WALtER
To document the need for graduate classes in the region,
DSU sent a survey to teachers and administrators of
19 area school districts who comprise the Roughrider “OUR DSU tEAM AND
Education Services Program (RESP). Of the more than
150 who responded, 86 percent indicated they were “very AREA SCHOOL LEADERS
likely” or “most likely” to take graduate credits in Teacher
Education if offered through DSU. WORkED DILIGENtLY
“This survey demonstrated the need for accessibility and
tO HELP MAkE tHIS
access to quality professional development that Dickinson
State University can offer area teachers,” said Dr. Jon
Brudvig, interim vice president for academic affairs. DREAM
Offering limited graduate classes will give area teachers a
start toward a graduate degree, said Dan Conner, chair of
COME TRUE .”
the Department of Teacher Education. “Teachers will have
the opportunity to take graduate classes that can be used to
help them move up the pay scale and count toward license
DSU will collaborate with other North Dakota universities
to ensure that the limited graduate credit offerings transfer
into existing graduate programs whenever feasible.
The next step in the process involves getting approval from
the University’s accreditation body, the Higher Learning
Commission to offer limited graduate classes in education.
DSU will seek approval for the following proposed courses:
• Educational Foundations will look at the historical, legal, and intellectual development of education in
the United States, including the traditional and contemporary philosophical thoughts and their educational
implications. It also will examine the current issues and trends influencing educational practice.
• Educational Research will provide an examination of the research techniques most commonly used in
education, and an evaluation of the strengths, weaknesses and applications of each framework.
• Cultural Diversity in a Complex World will examine curriculum and pedagogy from the perspective
that all students, regardless of the group to which they belong, such as those related to gender, social class,
ethnicity, race, culture, religion, or exceptionality, should be ensured educational equity in school.
• Integrating Technology into the Learning Environment will assist in the preparation of
instructional systems in support of a variety of teaching techniques and alternative media approaches.
• Curriculum Design, Delivery and Assessment will include an examination of current trends in
curriculum design theory and assessment strategies and their application in teaching and learning.
The proposed classes also must go through the DSU curriculum approval process.
McCallum praised the many people who were involved in moving forward the effort to offer graduate classes at
DSU. “Our DSU team and area school leaders worked diligently to help make this dream come true. We owe
them a great deal of thanks.” n
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t HE LONG WAY tO
Stickney Hall DSU’s
BY DR. CARL F. W. LARSON
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hen the citizens for North Dakota amendment to establish the Dickinson Normal School.
approved the constitutional His speech was entitled “The Fight we Made.” Other
amendment in November 1916 to representatives also attended.
establish a normal school in Dickinson, After McBride’s speech, Dr. Stickney spoke of the
the long, hard task of making it a reality began. Before honor of having the building bear the Stickney name.
Stickney Hall or any other building could be built, Then he spread the mortar and lowered the cornerstone
much had to happen. in place. It contained numerous items, including coins.
In January 1917, the North Dakota Legislature As nice a building as Stickney Hall was, its distance
promptly got to work by recommending an from classes downtown at the Elks Buliding made it
appropriation of $24,000 for new buildings for hard to attract students during the winter months.
the Dickinson Normal School, an increase over the President May reported to the board, “It has been
$185,000 which had been requested. Such largess did difficult for us to secure a number of boarders. For this
not last: by March, Dickinson’s appropriation was cut reason, our overhead expense is large in comparison
to $181,000. Of that sum, $430,000 was to be used with the number of boarders we have.” This problem
for securing land, laying sewer and water pipes, and was solved when the main classroom (now May Hall)
preparing the selected grounds for buildings, all of opened in March 1924.
which was to begin in 1918.
In President May’s annual report to the board
Paying for the land however, took almost two years. for 1924-1925, he stated that Stickney Hall cost
By February 1919, the money was finally secured. approximately $100,000 equipped. In that report, he
The City of Dickinson and Stark County each paid also stated that the school needed dormitory space for
half of the purchase price, and the warranty deed was the 150 girls and also needed a boys’ dorm. All that lay
delivered in early March. But much more remained to in the future.
be done before any building could be constructed on
Stickney Hall served as a girls’ dormitory for many
the new property.
years, though for a few years it was a boys’ dorm. In
Meanwhile, other developments were occurring which 1973, Stickney Hall ceased to be a dormitory and
made 1920 the year that the new dormitory started became an office building for faculty, a role in which it
to finally become a reality. In late December 1919, still remains.
landscape architect Arthur R. Nichols of Minneapolis
During the summer of 2010, major remodeling
visited the campus and immediately spotted a problem.
occurred, mainly in the basement on the first floor of
The three eastern-most blocks of the present campus
Stickney Hall. New windows were also installed and
were not include in the original purchase. They needed
the brickwork was repaired. Stickney Hall now stands
to be, in order to give the campus a proper layout and
ready for many more years of service to Dickinson
approach. Consequently, the city authorities had to
State University. n
purchase those three additional blocks. The purchase was
completed by early June 1920, and the board accepted
the deed on Jan. 31, 1921.
The main public event of 1921 was the laying of the
cornerstone, which occurred on June 27 at 11 a.m.
Classes were adjourned for the event and the public
was invited. Several hundred townspeople attended.
Attorney W.F. Burnett presided at the ceremony,
which opened with the singing of “America.” The
first speaker was ex-senator M.L. McBride, who had
introduced Senate Bill No. 259 in the 1913 Legislature
which began the process for the state constitutional
Stickney Hall (left) and May Hall 1924
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woman Junior Leah Walters’ ‘big voice’
hits a high note at MET auditions
BY JESSIE SCOFIELD
There’s a big voice at
Dickinson State University.
A big, beautiful soprano voice
that comes from a woman
whose aspirations, drive and
potential are just as remarkable
as the songs she sings.
eah Walters, a 21-year-old junior from rural Captivated by the way opera singers have the ability
Gladstone, is a young renaissance woman to sing over an entire orchestra, Walters set her sights
of a different era. The music performance on becoming a classically trained vocalist. At age 14,
major, opera singer, flutist, pianist and Mozart she began taking voice lessons from Laurae Dykema
enthusiast demonstrates maturity beyond her years and at DSU. Under Dykema’s guidance, Walters entered
has already celebrated success in a competitive industry the North Dakota Marketplace Talent Search. Walters
full of seasoned vocalists competing for the same stage. was a winner that day, but more importantly learned
Homeschooled on a farm alongside her two brothers, that vocal performance was something she wanted to
Walters credits farm life with providing her the space pursue.
and time to devote to music and the work ethic it takes So she enrolled in DSU’s music program and
to succeed in a competitive field. began working with voice coach and mentor, Bruce
It is also where Walters discovered her voice. Southard, assistant professor of music education and
director of choral activities.
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“Leah not only has potential, but she has drive as well,” Southard said. “She keeps
me on my toes, asking me questions. She makes me a better teacher.”
Walters’ relationship with Southard speaks to her focus; her lifestyle proves she
has the determination to do whatever it takes to succeed.
“I am careful about what I eat and follow a routine so nothing throws me a
curveball,” Walters said. “I believe if I’ve prepared myself I can only do my best
and my teachers are there to help me learn how to become better.”
In her free time, Walters watches old movies and reads classic novels and books
about music. Mostly, when she is not studying, Walters is practicing.
And even with all of her preparation, success continues to surprise this modest
young woman. When she won a chance, as a freshman, to study for two weeks
at the Johanna Meyer Opera Theatre Institute in Spearfish, S.D., Walters was
“I entered to learn how to audition, and then it was like, ‘oops,’ I won,” Walters
In November 2010, Walters was presented with another surprising opportunity
when she was asked to compete in the District Metropolitan Opera (MET)
auditions in Grand Forks, N.D. YOUNGER
With only one week to prepare, Walters seized the chance, and, as one of the
youngest competitors among performers from the United States and Canada, StUDENtS.”
won the Encouragement Award—the most prestigious award a young singer can
win at a competition of this caliber, proving that she has what it takes to be a
strong force in the world of opera.
“The auditorium had great acoustics, I had an extremely good accompanist,
my mom made me a gorgeous gown and I felt confident,” Walters said of the
Walters looks forward to auditioning again next year. In the meantime, she plans
on participating in a vocal performance program in Salzburg, Austria, through
the University of Miami. Upon graduating from DSU, Walters plans to pursue a
master’s degree in vocal performance.
Her hope is to one day sing with the Metropolitan Opera, a goal Dr. Tim Justus,
chair of the music department, is certain Walters is capable of accomplishing.
“There is no doubt in my mind that Leah will be on the Metropolitan stage one
day,” Justus said. “We are looking at the early stages in the career of a star. “
While Walters works toward her future, her positive attitude and ambitions will
leave a lasting impression on DSU.
“Leah has given the music department great exposure and has become a role
model for the younger students,” Southard said.
So with a support system and roots grounded in her upbringing, Walters
continues to work hard while her voice grows bigger and pushes open the doors
to her dreams.
“I plan on using what God gave me to the best of my ability.”n
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BY CONStANCE WALtER
D S U G R ANt ED
n April 7, Dickinson State University joined an elite group of 73 United States
universities when the Confucius Institute Headquarters (the Hanban) in Beijing
announced that DSU will receive a Confucius Institute.
“This is a great honor for us to be selected to receive this new Confucius Institute,” said Dr.
Richard McCallum, president of DSU. “Without question, this is a significant moment within the life of
DSU. We are moving into a new level of educational opportunities that will be available for our students.”
In 2009, DSU developed a strategic plan for 2015 designed to help DSU achieve the goal of becoming a
premiere university in the upper Great Plains, educating a diverse and international student population.
Housing a Confucius Institute is a tremendous step in that direction as it provides a framework for the
teaching and learning of the Chinese Language and creates a vehicle to better understand the diversity of
Chinese culture and history.
DSU’s educational connection to China began more than 20 years ago. Also, on April 7, DSU signed a new
academic agreement with Beijing Jiaotong University, bringing to 18 the number of Chinese Universities
with whom DSU has partnerships. More than 150 Chinese students attend DSU yearly. It was this strong
connection to Chinese education that prompted McCallum and others at DSU to develop a proposal for a
“Our global initiatives continue to be a major pillar of effort as we pursue our vision for the future,”
McCallum said. “This new institute places DSU within a worldwide network of premiere universities who
are dedicated to educational and cultural exchanges that promote multicultural understanding.”
DSU’s commitment The process to establish a Confucius Institute began last March when Taiyuan University of Technology,
to Global Awareness, DSU’s proposed partner, issued a formal request to Shanxi Education Department in Beijing. From there,
one of DSU President the request then went to the Hanban for review. DSU submitted its proposal in October 2010. It was
Richard McCallum’s reviewed and approved by the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C., then forwarded to the Hanban.
five pillars of effort, To be chosen by the Hanban, a university must have a partner institution in China. DSU’s proposed partner
brought more than 300 is Taiyuan University of Technology (TUT), which also has partnerships in Kabul, Afghanistan, and the
international students University of the West Indies. TUT has an enrollment of more than 25,000 and is designated as both a
to DSU this spring, Project 211 institution by the Central Government of China. Project 211 Status recognizes Taiyuan as one of
which benefits not only the nation’s top universities for the 21st century with priority funding by the ministry of education in China.
students from overseas, “TUT is an exceptional partner university recognized as one of the elite universities in all of China” said Hal
but domestic students Haynes, vice president for student development. “We are most fortunate to have this unique partnership and
as well. “We need Confucius Institute established in Dickinson.”
to educate all of our “This program will complement our curriculum and provide greater academic opportunities for citizens
students to be successful throughout the state of North Dakota,” said Dr. Jon Brudvig, interim vice president for academic affairs.
within a complex Dickinson State University will begin to plan the implementation of this new Confucius Institute.
environment that will Included in that plan is an inaugural event that will be developed collaboratively with Taiyuan University of
shift constantly as we Technology.
become increasingly Approval of the Confucius Institute is the culmination of an exciting week for DSU in China. On April 3
interconnected and and 4, the DSU men’s varsity basketball team competed in exhibition basketball games with another Chinese
inextricably linked partner, Northwest A & F University, which is located in Yangling. The Blue Hawks prevailed 82 – 67 on
by global trends,” April 3 in the very first goodwill game played between universities in China and North Dakota and 75-52 in
McCallum said. the second game on April 4. Then, today, DSU signed the agreement with Beijing Jiaotong University. n
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planting MORE tHAN tREES BY AMY MAGStADt
When I was a girl, I received an apple tree from my aunt. My parents and I planted that tree right by my
bedroom window in our backyard so I could watch it grow. I waited years before it finally started to mature
and bear fruit. It was not until my recent visit with Dr. Richard McCallum, president of Dickinson State
University, that I realized more than a tree was planted all those years ago.
Nearly one hundred years ago, Dickinson Normal “Centennial Walkway,” they can be planted almost
School was little more than an idea. From that seed anywhere on campus. McCallum has gotten an early
grew the Dickinson State University we know today. In start. In the backyard of the president’s residence, a tree
celebration of Dickinson State University’s Centennial, can be found in remembrance of his father, the man who
many thoughts, ideas, and dreams have been discussed. most inspired him. This spring, a bronze plaque will be
This milestone event in the history of DSU will take placed next to it.
place in the year 2018. However, one dream will soon In 1918, Dickinson State University was a small teaching
become a reality. Over the course of the next few years, college on a hill. As years passed, it grew to be a college
McCallum would like to see 100 trees planted on the that represents students from the state, the region and
DSU campus to celebrate its 100 years of history. “It is more than 30 countries. Today, DSU has 11academic
a remarkable opportunity and a great honor to think departments and numerous athletic programs. In 2011,
about the importance of a centennial celebration, and to it is possible for a student to obtain a two- year or a four-
simultaneously aspire to plan a bright future beyond the year degree. It is possible for students at DSU to grow and
one hundred year benchmark,” McCallum said. to bear fruit today, tomorrow; and for the next hundred
A special pathway is being planned for the planting of years.
these trees, as well as for the beautification of the campus. If interested, friends, family and alumni of Dickinson
This path will be affectionately named, “Centennial State University may plant a tree in celebration of the
Walkway.” As the Centennial celebration draws closer, upcoming centennial. For more information regarding
a ribbon cutting ceremony is planned to christen the the planting of trees, please contact the Dickinson State
walkway and the planted trees. “Trees are beautiful and University Alumni Foundation at 701-483-2004, or visit
enduring,” said McCallum. “It is a way to create living www.dsufamily.com. Upcoming centennial events and
commemoration of an event or a person.” the history of Dickinson State University are also available
Trees do not need to be planted solely on the future at www.dickinsonstate.edu. n
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Top row (l to r) Ismael Arzola, Bodie Tobin, Derion Williams, Derek Pauley, and Kurt McCormack
Bottom row (l to r) Tury Escobedo, Matt Lee, Cameron Schrempp, Steven Urquizo and Nathan Lebsock.
BLUE HAW k S E A R N
Top Dickinson State student-athletes have had productive
fall and winter seasons on the field of competition. Ten
DSU athletes earned a total of twelve athletic All-American
honors so far during the 2010-2011 sports season.
BY DAN CHELStROM
SPORtS INFORMAtION DIREC tOR
PEI) jumped to NAIA Indoor Track & Field All-American
honors in the Long and Triple Jumps. Ismael Arzola (Sr.,
Bakersfield, Calif.) ran towards NAIA Indoor Track &
Field All-American status in the 1000 meter run.
During the fall, four football players garnered five All- Men’s basketball players Nathan Lebsock (Sr., Frenchtown,
American honors. Derek Pauley (Sr., Bowman, N.D.) was Mont.) and Matthew Lee (So., Odgen, UT) were named
named to the AFCA NAIA All-American Team. Derion All-Americans as well. Lebsock earned a spot on the NAIA
Williams (Sr., Las Vegas, Nev.) was named a Victory Sports DII All-American Second Team, while Lee grabbed a place
Network (VSN) NAIA 1st Team All-American. Pauley, on the NAIA DII All-American Honorable Mention squad.
Bodie Tobin (Sr., Gardiner. Mont.), and Tury Escobedo (Jr., Wrestlers Steven Urquizo (Sr., Merced, Calif.) and
Union City, Calif.) were named to the VSN NAIA All- Cameron Schrempp (Jr., Eagle Butte, S.D.) each
American Honorable Mention Team. grappled their way to All-American honors at the NAIA
In the winter season, six athletes in three sports earned Wrestling Championships, in the 184 lb. and 174 lb.
seven All-American honors. Kurt McCormack (Sr., Souris, weight classes, respectively. n
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DSU At H L E t I C S
LAUN C H E S A
BY NICk NICAStRO
DSU INtERN - SPORtS INFORMAtION DIREC tOR
ickinson State University Athletics entered a
new multimedia frontier recently. The Blue
Hawk Sports Information Department is proud
to announce the unveiling of its new website,
dsubluehawks.com, which went live on March 22nd.
Additionally, DSU Athletics launched a pair of sports
oriented social media sites on Facebook and Twitter.
“As a sports information department, we want to maintain
and build positive linkages between DSU athletics and
present and future fans,” said Dan Chelstrom, DSU Sports
Information Director. “Our new website and social media
pages are the instruments that assist us in creating those
The dsubluehawks.com website, which is geared towards
the overall fan experience, was built specifically with
student-athletes and fans in mind. The page is active,
featuring moving scores, pictures, and sponsor ad zones.
Upcoming events are easily accessible and the website links
direct visitors to a wide variety of information.
“Ultimately, our goal was to promote DSU Athletics,
the University, and the Dickinson community with a
relevant, progressive, and impactful media experience,”
WWW. said Chelstrom. “I think we accomplished that with
dsubluehawks.com, and did so with a platform that is on
DSUBLUEHAWKS the cutting edge, yet easy to use.”
Visit the new DSU Athletics website at http://www.
.COM dsubluehawks.com. Also be sure to check out the Official
DSU Athletic Department Facebook (http://www.facebook.
com/dsubluehawks) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/
dsubluehawks) pages. Please “Like” the Facebook page and
“Follow” the Twitter site. n
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BY DAN CHELStROM
SPORtS INFORMAtION DIREC tOR
I F YOU WILL I t...
It’s not a dream.
hen asked if he ever knew that he was ranked 14th out of 22 competitors heading into the National
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Indoor National Track & Field Championships 1000 meter
run, Ismael Arzola’s reply was simple and brief.
“I didn’t,” said the Dickinson State University senior track athlete and exercise science major. “I qualified
for nationals; that was all that mattered to me. My focus was on making the final and becoming an All-American. I was
confident after my last speed workout, I knew I was ready and I thought
that if others can do it, I can do it too. I just needed to finish in the
top three of the prelims.”
Passing through the 700 meter mark amongst the race leaders,
Arzola was bumped and fell from second into last place.
“It was then that I recalled my summer training and the races
before nationals,” Arzola said. “I thought of what my old
roommate and mentor told me about being mentally tough
and not letting things stop you. I had to make it happen; I
told myself that the work had been already been done and
now I have to go.”
After rebounding and moving up in position over the next
180 meters, Arzola pulled around his competitors and broke
into a sprint with 110 meters to go.
“The bump got my adrenaline going,” he said. “I felt like a mad
bull. Coming off the final curve, I wanted it bad; I was hungry
for it. I could not even feel my legs; all I remember was
His electrifying final stretch earned
him the spot in the final that he so
coveted. Not only did he finish
second in the heat with a time of
2:25.67, but Arzola’s time was
the second fastest time of the
prelims, a new DSU school
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record, and would end up being the third fastest time in DSU,” said Arzola. “I didn’t know where it was and I
the NAIA during the season. had a couple of other options, but couldn’t afford them.
“I was unaware of what place I had finished,” Arzola said. At the end of the summer, I only had a week left to
“I didn’t know it was that fast until Coach Chelstrom sign and decided to come to Dickinson State. It’s been
told me I broke the school record. I immediately great. I think I made the right choice and would do it
thought of Sergio.” over again if I had the chance. Plus I’ll be the first in my
family to graduate from college and the people at DSU
Sergio Jimenez is the roommate and mentor Arzola
helped make that happen.”
referred to, the person Arzola attributes to helping
sharpen his mental toughness. It’s noteworthy that After two seasons at DSU, Arzola approached his final
Arzola’s prelim time broke Jimenez’s school record of year of racing with high hopes and a committed focus
2:26.34. towards his summer training.
“Sergio grew up in a similar situation to me,” Arzola “Last summer and this fall were good,” he said. “I put in
said. “He was from Pasadena and his family didn’t have the miles and work knowing that this was my last chance
a lot of money. Plus he was like an older brother, he was to become and All-American and hit my goals. Ever since
always there for me and he taught me a lot about mental the summer, qualifying for nationals was my focus.”
toughness. And as a racer, Sergio saw himself in such a Entering the national championship final, others no
tough way. He knew that no matter what, he’d take his longer perceived him as the 14th seed, and he had a lot
competitors down. I learned that from him; he really on his mind.
helped me.” “I was nervous,” Arzola said. “I did not want to be there
“...A HUMBLE GUY AND tOUGH RUNNER
WHO WORKED TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN.”
The fabric of Arzola’s accomplishment was woven as a for nothing. I knew it would be a kicker’s race and I’d
youngster, where he learned the value of hard work at an have to leave my heart out there. I told myself that I had
early age. to be mentally tough and do it.”
“I grew up in a tough neighborhood,” Arzola said, “with Arzola and the field came through the first 850 meters of
a big family. I remembered working with my father and the final in a pedestrian pace in comparison to the fury
uncles at the farm or at the tree service. I started with of the preliminaries. Heading into the final straightaway,
little things and eventually did more.” Arzola was in eighth place, two spots from All-American
After playing football, soccer, and basketball for most honors.
of his high school career, Arzola turned to track as a “Coming off the curve, I just wanted to pass another
senior. He competed primarily in the 200 and 400 meter one,” he said. “I sprinted…..doing anything to get to
sprints. the finish. I passed a guy just past the curve and another
“I wanted to compete and saw running as a means of near the line, but was not sure how I placed.”
getting an education,” he said. “When I found out I finished sixth and made All-
Following graduation from Golden Valley High School, American, I felt great! I accomplished my goal. I wanted
Arzola enrolled at Bakersfield College. There he to do it for the people who have been there for me that
moved up in distance, adding the 800 meter run to his have helped me in my life and my career. Without them
repertoire. After narrowly missing the California Junior and my teammates it would have been tough.”
College State Meet in his two years at BC, he came to When asked how he would like to be remembered at
Dickinson State. DSU, Arzola said, “As a humble guy and tough runner
“The coach called and asked if I wanted to come to who worked to make things happen.” n
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A new frontier: Heart River Writers’ Circle
Blue Hawks are invited presents Dr. David Solheim
to join Frontier Conference Dr. David Solheim, professor of English,
Dickinson State University athletics entered a new was featured during the Heart River
frontier when it was invited to join the Frontier Writers’ Circle, Feb. 8, 2011. Solheim read
Conference after DSU’s invitation officials made from three of his full-length books: “The
a presentation in Billings, Mont., to conference Landscape Listens,” “West River,” and
members in early February 2011. The Blue Hawks “Green Jade and Road Men: Translations,
will compete in the Frontier as a member in all Commentary, and Poems of China.”
sports starting with the 2012-2013 school year. A native of Bismarck, Solheim has
“We are very pleased to have been invited to taught English at DSU since 1983 and had previously received his
become a member of the Frontier Conference,” master’s degree and Ph.D. in creative writing, poetry and American
said Dr. Richard McCallum, president of DSU. literature from Stanford University and from the University of
Denver. His poems have been published in such noted journals as
The Frontier Athletic Conference, which began the “Chariton Review,” “Minnesota English Journal,” “Sequoia,”
competition in 1935, now includes 11 schools “Southern Poetry Review,” and “Dakota Arts Quarterly.”
from Montana, Oregon, North Dakota, Idaho,
and Utah. Encompassing college institutions from His latest book, “Green Jade and Road Men,” was a collaborative
the Siskiyou Mountains of Oregon (SOU) all the effort with a DSU student from China. A sixth book, “Seasons
way to the Northern Badlands of Western North Greetings: 1970-2000,” will soon be published by Buffalo
Dakota (DSU), the Frontier Conference stretches Commons Press.
across roughly 1,400 miles. Meanwhile, the size
of Frontier Conference schools range from 6,400 DSU students attend
students to 916 students.
conference in Washington, D.C.
DSU began inquiring into the Frontier
Dickinson State University sent IDeA Networks of Biomedical
Conference when the Dakota Athletic Conference
Research Excellence (INBRE) program students to the
dropped to only four teams: DSU, Jamestown
Undergraduate Education Program at the Society of Toxicology in
College, Mayville State University, and Valley City
Washington, D.C. March 5-10, 2011.
State University this past summer.
Maggie McCoy and April Robinson, two INBRE program
“For 11 years, DSU has been part of the Dakota
students, were awarded flight and hotel expenses. They were two
Athletic Conference, so it is with real regret that
out of 40 students in the entire that were awarded country flight
we leave the DAC,” McCallum said. “But we
and hotel accommodations. This is the second year DSU has had
are looking forward to
students awarded admittance to the conference with three DSU
becoming a part of the
students having been selected last year.
Frontier Conference; a
great conference that In addition, Jenifer Murray, Patti Schaefer, Michael Cooper and
will allow our athletes Tafadzwa Bhobho attended the Society of Toxicology meeting
to remain competitive portion of the conference. These students were under the direction
long into the future.” of Dr. Lynn Burgess, DSU associate professor of biology, who was
asked to serve as an academic mentor for the education program.
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Women’s Voices conference
continues at Dickinson State University
To help celebrate Women’s History Month, DSU and the American Association of University
Women hosted a multi-event conference entitled “Women’s Voices.” The series of lectures,
programs and presentations focused on women’s leadership in celebration of Women’s History
Month throughout the month of March. The featured topic of this year’s multi-event conference
was “Mothers and Daughters.”
Women’s Voices opened March 1, with author, poet, teacher and painter Natalie Goldberg
speaking in Beck Auditorium at Klinefelter Hall. A book signing and reception followed
Natalie Goldberg addresses the
Goldberg is the author of eleven books and has taught writing seminars for the last 30 years. Her Women’s Voices conference crowd on March 1.
books focus on a combination of Zen wisdom and down-to-earth advice about writing. One of
her books, entitled “Wild Mind,” contains exercises that teach writers how to overcome procrastination and writer’s block.
Goldberg, who is a resident of Sante Fe, N.M., is also a painter with her works currently on display at the Ernesto Mayans
Gallery in Sante Fe where they have drawn considerable attention.
A special panel of speakers from Domestic Violence and the Rape Crisis Center also explained the intricacies of various types
of domestic violence, the dynamics of domestic violence and what friends and family can do to help victims break the cycle.
The Women’s Voices event is sponsored by Dickinson State University, Heart River Writers Circle, Quality Quick Print,
Clinic Pharmacy, Inc., and the American Association of University Women.
Expanding Partnerships by Clay Kraby
In fall 2010, the Strom Center teamed up with the Bush program falls into the latter category.
foundation to facilitate a series of listening sessions titled During these sessions attendees voted on the top concern in
‘Prospects & Possibilities.’ The purpose of these discussions was the state of North Dakota. While the impact of increased oil
to give community members the opportunity to voice opinions production on the local infrastructure and economy was a
about their top concerns, stimulate discussion, and generate common topic, demographic change was the No. 1 or No. 2
ideas on how to solve problems in the state. Sessions were also issue. Forty-two percent of participants rated it as the state’s
designed to share information about the trends affecting the biggest problem to solve. This concern covered many areas,
future of North Dakota and allow community members to including an aging population, outmigration, and a rural to
connect with others through conversation. urban population shift.
The meetings were structured to enable participants to learn After establishing top concerns, the conversation shifted
about the future of and challenges to North Dakota, connect to discussing potential solutions to address these issues.
with others through conversations, generate ideas to address Collectively, North Dakota participants generated several
tough problems and influence decisions in the state and in ideas. Marketing the benefits of small town living, focusing on
communities. state-wide job creation, providing tuition reimbursement and
The Strom Center conducted five meetings in Dickinson, tax incentives to stem the flow of outmigration, and ensuring a
Killdeer, Medora, and Beach using Bush Foundation material positive entrepreneurial climate were all discussed at length.
and guidelines. Established by 3M executive Archibald Bush The Bush Foundation will take the input from these sessions
and his wife, Edyth, the Bush Foundation strives to be a catalyst into consideration when engaging policymakers, academic
to help leadership solve tough public problems and to improve institutions, and community leaders. It will also help guide
the well-being of communities in Minnesota, North Dakota, the philanthropic objectives of the Foundation. To read the
South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same complete notes from the individual sessions or to weigh in with
geography. In doing so, the Foundation is pursuing three your ideas and opinions, go to www.CitiZing.org/projects/
major goals: increasing educational achievement, supporting northdakota. If you would like to receive a copy of the final
the self-determination of Native nations and shaping the next report from the Prospects & Possibilities sessions, please email
generation of public services. The Prospects and Possibilities email@example.com.
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FACIL It Y & S tA F F
DSU professor of
Dr. Andrew R. McGarva, a
professor of psychology at DSU,
was recently published in the
textbook produced by Nova
Science Publishers entitled “Traffic
Psychology: An International
Perspective.” A first edition, this
textbook also includes a chapter
devoted to research done at DSU Church presents at AAC&U
over several years. conference; representing
This DSU research elaborates on the different types of distractions DSU and NDUS at LEAP
that occur while a person is driving, particularly cellular phone use.
In addition, controlled experiments were conducted and evaluated to
measure the aggression of drivers on the road during difficult situations. Dr. Alan Church, Chair of the Department
of Language and Literature, recently
collaborated with colleagues from the
NDUS’s General Education Council during
Brudvig appointed to the Association of American Colleges
national committee and Universities’ LEAP States Summit in
Chicago, March 2-3, 2011. LEAP, or Liberal
Dr. Jon Brudvig, interim vice
Education and America’s Promise, promotes
president for academic affairs and
a common set of essential learning outcomes
director of the Theodore Roosevelt
throughout the nation.
Honors Leadership Program,
was appointed by Dr. Bonnie The presentation demonstrated how
Irwin, president of the National instructors can intentionally foster an
Collegiate Honors Council, to serve effective learning environment using LEAP
on two committees: the NCHC and institutional outcomes in all aspects
International Education Committee of their class pedagogy and assessment
and the Honors Advising Standing material. In addition, the presentation
Committee. highlighted how administrators can produce
evidence throughout many of their routine
The purpose of the International Education Standing Committee is
administrative processes. And that those
to invite honors students, faculty and directors to explore, discover
outcomes are a deliberate part of their
and experience other peoples, languages and cultures worldwide as an
essential part of an honors curriculum.
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DSU Alumni and
Ford presents paper at Foundation Announce
Hawaii International Conference on Education Homecoming Awards
Dr. Deborah Ford, associate professor of English, presented the paper “Cutting and 2011 ALUMNI FELLOWS
Pasting: Using Student Behaviors to Your Advantage in Undergraduate Research Paper Department of
Assignments,” at the 9th Annual Conference, “Hawaii International Conference on Agriculture and technical Studies
Education” in Honolulu, Hawaii January 4-7, 2011. Roger Meyers ‘60
Ford’s paper documents her attempts to teach students how to achieve and value originality
Department of Business
in their college writing and overcome any learned habits of plagiarism. In an age where and Management
information literacy is of the utmost importance, students have widespread access to Alvin Jaeger ‘66
information that they consider to be “free” to anyone who needs it. Ford’s approach Bismarck, ND
emphasizes how they can acquire skills of finding, evaluating, and effectively using the Department of Fine and
information in a manner that is responsible and creative. Performing Arts-Art
James Mische ‘79
Meier appointed to North Dakota Advisory Committee Department of Fine and
Dr. David Meier, Chair of the Department of Social Sciences, was appointed, along with Jonathan Cole ‘96
13 other individuals, to the North Dakota Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission Salem, OR
on Civil Rights for a period of two years. The Commissioners approved the appointments Department of Health
March 11, 2011. and Physical Education
Vicki Schneider ‘72
Congress has directed the Commission to establish advisory committees in all states Bismarck, ND
and the District of Columbia to assist in its fact-finding function. These committees Department of Language
receive reports, suggestions, and recommendations from individuals, public and private and Literature
organizations, and public officials, and forward advice and recommendations to the David Braun ‘99
Commission. Members of State Advisory Committees serve without compensation. Walla Walla, WA
Department of Mathematics
and Computer Science
Coyle keynote speaker at Dakota Zoo golden anniversary Arthur Aortvedt ‘72
Manley Hot Springs, AK
Dr. Anne Marguerite Coyle, assistant professor of biology, was the keynote speaker for Department of Music
Dakota Zoo’s 50th golden anniversary, which was celebrated during the Dakota Zoological Deanna Muro ‘78
Society’s Annual Meeting March 10, in Bismarck, N.D. During the meeting, Coyle was Saint James, NY
presented with the Dakota Zoo Golden Eagle Award. Department of Natural Sciences
Brian Jesperson ‘74
DSU Professor Power Point published in textbook Department of Nursing
James Dykes ‘05
Fernado Quijano, assistant professor of economics at Kingsville, TX
Dickinson State University, and Shelly Tefft, a technical Department of Social Science
writer, created a set of PowerPoint presentations for the Jeffery Transtrom ‘94
latest edition of the widely distributed “Principles Alexandria, VA
of Economics” textbook published by Pearson Department of teacher Education
Education. It will be released this year. Deborah Milne
Quijano is the master illustrator for the
latest editions of “Economics by Hubbard” 2011 ALUMNI AWARDS
and O’Brien” and also produces PowerPoint Golden Hawk Award
presentations for textbooks in international Rod Kleinjan ‘75
economics, micro and macroeconomics, and money Dickinson, ND
and banking as well as finance. Blue Feather
Gail and Paul Ebeltoft
Young Hawk Award
Shaun Stroh ‘06
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MAkI N G A
Giving to the Dickinson State University Foundation can be easy and accomplished in a variety of methods.
Donations can support the Foundation’s annual fund, a new or established academic or athletic scholarship, cultural
and artistic events on campus or be directed towards a specific department or fund. Visit us at www.dsufamily.com
today or call (701) 483.2004 to learn more about how you can make a difference.
Foundation facts by the numbers
* Numbers in the graphs below are affected by the Badlands Activities Center Capital Campaign
Total Assets *
Total Assets *
NEH Grant Goals and Total Funds Raised
NEH GrantGoals and Total Funds Raised
$800,000.00 $350,000.00 2012
Total Income Total Income Received $400,000.00 $350,000.00
$8,000,000 $250,000.00 $250,000.00
NEH Goal Actual Dollars Raised
$1,000,000 2009-10 Expenditures and Disbursements
2009-10 Expenditures and Disbursements 0.07%
Operating Expenses we use your funds
03-04 04-05 05-06 06-07 07-08* 08-09 * 09-10
2010-11 Phonathon Results Alumni Activities 5.97% 5.71%
2010-2011 Phonathon Results Fund Raising Activities
Number of Donors: 2011
Number of Pledges: 2018 Capital Campaign *
$9,087.00 Scholarships and Awards
Annual Fund Donations
Other Fund Donations
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Robert Horner ‘87, Bismarck, ND, has been hired as the
Internal Auditor for MDU Resources Group Inc.
Kathy Jorgenson ‘89, Bismarck, ND, was appointed by Gov.
John Hoven to serve on the North Dakota State Soil Conservation
Calvin Lundberg ‘54, Dickinson, ND, has been awarded Daniel Weber ‘90, Casselton, ND, was recently named a
the Builders Award by the Kiwanis Club for his 36 years National Director for the Professional Insurance Agents of
of continous service to building the club. North Dakota.
Melanie (Miller) Oltmanns ’92, Dickinson, ND, and Nate
1960 Shilman have moved Eyewear Concepts in Dickinson to a new
Larry ‘63 and Cindy ‘78 Kostelecky, Dickinson, ND, location on the north side of town.
have decided to sell Vintage Liquors after 30 years of Todd M. Hall ‘92, Killdeer, ND, was selected as the first
ownership. alumni recipient of the Arras of Diversity by the University and
Doris (Ott) Hirning ’64, Bismarck, ND, has been Alumni Association.
honored with the 2010 Librarian of the Year Award. Fernand Moser ‘93, Dickinson, ND, was promoted in January
Dennis Johnson, friend, Bismarck, ND, has been named from Civil Deputy to the rank of Chief Deputy (Captain) for the
the 2010 North Dakota League of Cities Elected Official Stark County Sheriff Office. Fern has been with the Stark County
of the Year at the NDLC annual conference this year. Sheriff Office for over eleven years.
Clarence Corneil ‘69, Dickinson, ND, has been named Ronald Schmidt ‘93, (pictured right), Dickinson,
as an Executive Council Member of AARP in North ND, was named the Investment Centers of
Dakota. America’s Top Representative.
Tami Emter ‘93, Mandan, ND, recently
1970 accepted the position of Compensation and
Faye (Koenig) Morrison ‘72, Baker, MT, is retiring as the Payroll Analyst with St. Alexius Medical
Fallon County Treasurer after 37 years. Center.
Kenneth Maher ‘73, Indio, CA, recently became a school Rhonda (Diede) Fitterer ‘94, New England,
counselor with the Coachella Valley School District and ND, received The 2010 Prestigious Eagle
started the first Men’s and Women’s Golf Team at West Award at Consolidated Telcom.
Shores High School at Saltin City. Jeffery Transtrom ‘94, Alexandria, VA, is a
Robert Karn ‘73, Dickinson, ND, recently became a Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) in the Navy
realtor with The Real Estate Company in Dickinson. JAGC and will be moving to Tampa, Florida Ronald Schmidt
to take a job with Special Operations Command
Clyde Bauman ‘76, Bismarck, ND, released his CD Central (SOCCENT).
“Prairie Memories; Songs of Home, Life and Faith.”
Kay Werremeyer ‘94, Dickinson, ND, has been awarded the
Tina (Schulte) Kuntz ‘79, Dickinson, ND, has been Builders Award from the Kiwanis Club in Dickinson for her
named to the North Dakota Library Association. local and international volunteer services.
1980 Kerry Ann (Sayler) Thompson ‘94, Bismarck, ND, was named
the 2010 Affiliate of the Year by the Bis-Man Board of Realtors.
Wayne Herman ‘84, Halliday, ND, who is a Professional
Rodeo Cowboy Association Bareback Riding World Kelly Braun ‘95, Dickinson, ND, was one of the top five
Champion, was on hand February 25-27 for the annual producers of new auto insurance sales for December 2010 for
bronc riding school at Dickinson State University. North Dakota Farmers Union.
Joe Rothschiller ‘85, Dickinson, ND, has been elected Tanya (Luff) Skager ‘97, Taylor, ND, became the newest doctor
as the Chairman-Elect of the North Dakota Chamber of to join the Medcenter One Dickinson Clinic.
Brad Gjermundson ‘86, Marshall, ND, who is a four- 2000
time World Saddle Bronc Riding Champion, was on Wayde Atkinson ‘01, Lemmon, SD, started a new company
hand February 25-27 for the annual bronc riding school called ACE Solutions.
at Dickinson State University. Becky Schafer ‘03, Dickinson, ND, has been hired as the
Mary Massad, ‘86, Dickinson, ND, received the Customer Service Representative for Southwest Water
“Outstanding Water Works Employee” award at the Authority.
North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association Expo Dallas Carlson ‘03, Bismarck, ND, is an officer with the ND
held in Bismarck, February 1-3, 2011. Bureau of Criminal Investigation and is being promoted as the
agency’s new Director.
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Kristina Akers ‘03, Lodgepole, SD, became the Program
Technician at the Adams County Farm Service Agency in January 2010
2011. Emily Dalzell ‘10, (pictured left)
Bismarck, ND, has been hired by
Annika (Nelson) Plummer ‘04, Dickinson, ND, has been hired NDSA as its Special Projects Director.
by Southwest Water Authority as an Administrative Assistant.
Jessica Versen ‘10, Dickinson, ND,
Jocelyn (Kilzer) Wiesinger ‘04, New Leipzig, ND, was hired as was hired as the Sales and Catering
insurance representative for Farm Credit Services for the Mott Coordinator at the Ramada Grand
branch. Dakota Lodge and Conference Center
Aaron Johansen ‘05, Dickinson, ND, has been hired as an in December 2010.
insurance agent in Dickinson with North Dakota Farmers Union Ramon Miller ‘10, Nassau,
Insurance. Emily Dalzell Bahamas, finished with a bronze
Rachelle (Christenson) Weiler ‘05, Dickinson, ND, is now an medal in the 400-meter finals at the
Accountant at Southwest Water Authority. Commonwealth Games in India. He
ran a time of 45.55.
Autumn Petersen ‘06, Wishel, ND, has been hired as a Special
Education Teacher at Napoleon Public School District. Seth Kendall ‘10, Bowbells, ND,
was hired at the Bowbells School in
Joel Klein ‘06, Dickinson, ND, has been hired as an Agricultural
Bowbells, ND. He is busy teaching
Banking Officer at American Bank Center in Dickinson.
K-12 physical education, 7th & 8th
Calvin Rehbein ‘07, Dickinson, ND, has been promoted to grade geography, 9th & 10th grade
Manager with Brady Martz and Associates P.C. world history, 11th & 12th grade US
Cedric Halvorson ‘08, Sidney, MT, was hired as the new K-12 History and is the Honkers football
music teacher and 8th grade advisor for the Bowbells School in team Assistant Coach.
Bowbells, ND. Nathan Lebsock ‘11, (pictured left)
Jason Wenko ‘08, Dickinson, ND, has been hired as an associate Dickinson, ND, has passed Bob
with Brady, Martz & Associates. Waldal as the second all-time leading
scorer for DSU. Nate finished his
Valerie M. Jundt ‘08, Bismarck, ND, has been selected to lead its career with 1600 total points.
National Consulting and Advisory Services group as its National
1 Melissa (Bertelsen) ‘99 and Randy Schmidt ‘98, Sparta, MI, Dana (Strommen) ‘05 and Daniel ‘01 Glasser, Dickinson,
ND, are pleased to announce the birth of a baby boy born on
welcomed Camden Allen Schmidt on October 5, 2010.
December 17, 2010.
2 Shannon (Osmon) ‘00 and Justin Griffin, Los Alamos, NM,
welcomed Maison Riley Griffin on September 24, 2010 who 4 Kristin (Kovar) ‘05 and Brock Schoch, Bismarck, ND,
joins older brother Maclain Grayson (3). announced the birth of Boston Curtis Schoch on February 22,
3 Leah (Eike) ‘03 and Spencer Frederick, Billings, MT,
announce the birth of Preston Frederick on October 22, 2010. 5 Veronica (Roberts) ‘05 and Kory Study, Gillette, WY,
announce the birth of their daughter Aspen Renae Study on
Justin ‘04 and Kari Slayer, Dickinson, ND, are proud to November 11, 2010. She joins big brother Tyler.
announce the birth of a baby girl Autumn Laura, born on
December 17, 2010. 6 Nicole ‘06 and Patrick Darrington, Decorah, IA, welcomed
new addition Gracyn Lynn on July 2nd, 2010 she weighed 5 lbs.
5 ounces and was 19.5 inches long.
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1 Pete ‘89 and Candace (Hanel) ‘91 Stanton, Dickinson, ND, were 4 Tina (Hirsch) ‘06 and Derik Pierce, Miles City, MT, were
married and hosted their wedding reception on December 31, 2010. married on December 11, 2010 at the Grace Bible Church in Miles
Theresa Bjorness ‘00 and Brad Windle, Coarrollton, TX, are City. Tina is employed by Northwest Farm Credit Services, and
engaged to be married. Theresa is an employee at Southwest Derik is employed as a ranch hand south of Miles City.
University in Dallas, Texas and Brad is a data architect at The Beal 5 Jordan ‘09 and (Lisa Rask) ‘08 Sundquist, Great Falls, MT,
Bank of Dallas. exchanged wedding vows on August 21, 2010. Jordan is employed
Laken (Smith) ‘07 and Jay Sunwall, Mandan, ND, were married by American Music Co. Lisa is a K-12 music teacher in Power Public
on December 18, 2010 in Dickinson. Laken is employed at Billings Schools.
Health and Rehabilitation in Billings, Mont. Jay is pursuing a Jordan ‘09 and Kari (Nelson) Anderson, Bismarck, ND, were
process plant technology degree from MSU-Billings. united in marriage on September 4, 2010. Kari is currently
Jessica Baker ‘07 and Chris Leintz, Columbus, MT, exchanged employed as a radiology technologist at St. Alexius Medical Center
wedding vows on August 28, 2010. Jessica is a physical therapist in Bismarck. Jordan is employed with L. Nagel Construction.
and Chris is an elementary school teacher. Andrea Lannen ‘09 and Michael Frovarp ‘09, Bismarck, ND, are
Matt Weakland ‘07 and Allison Determan, Camp Cook, SD, engaged to be married on May 28, 2011 in Bismarck, ND. Andrea
exchanged wedding vows on October 9, 2010. Matt is a forester for is employed with Wing Public School and Michael is employed with
the U.S. Forest Service and Allison is an Assistant Engine Captain Coventry Health Care.
for the Bureau of Land Management. Jessi Lee (Stecher) ‘10 and Tory Louis Polensky, Belfield, ND,
exchanged wedding vows on October 22, 2010. Jessi is the owner
2 Tyler Ferderer ‘07 and Elizabeth Schafer, Bismarck, ND, were of Motivation$ by JLee and Tory is employed by McJunkin Redman
married on July 17, 2010 in Bismarck. Elizabeth is a Job Coach
for Fraser, Ltd in Fargo. Tyler is a software Developer for Xtreme (MRC) in Belfield.
Consulting Group in Fargo, North Dakota. 6 Courtney (Rapp) ‘10 and Chris Evoniuk, Dickinson, ND,
Erin Hanson ‘08 and Jess Wammen, Buffalo, ND, announce exchanged wedding vows on August 7,2010 in Dickinson.
their engagement. They are planning a May 2011 wedding. Erin Courtney is working at St. Benedict’s Health Center as a nurse and
is employed with Farmers Service Agency in Buffalo, SD. Jess is Chris is employed with James Oilwell Service.
employed with Continental Resource in Buffalo, SD. Brittney Ridl ‘10 and James Mills, Dickinson, ND, are engaged
to be married on June 11, 2011 in Dickinson, ND. Brittney and
3 Becky (Herauf) ‘08 and Kelly Mrachek, Omaha, NE, were James are both working toward their Ph.Ds in Chemistry at the
married on June 26, 2010, at St. John Lutheran Church in
Dickinson. The bride is working as a Registered Nurse at Immanuel University of Kansas.
Medical Center and the groom is in his 3rd year of Medical School
at Creighton University.
Gene Allen, Minot, ND, is currently an attorney at McGee, Hankla, Andy Emard, Dickinson, ND, was hired as the Dickinson State
Backes & Dobrovolny, PC in Minot. University Men’s Baseball Interim Head Coach for the 2011 season.
Brooks Bollinger, Eagan, MN, has accepted a job coaching the Brian Fisher, Dickinson, ND, has been promoted to Senior
football team at Hill-Murray High School in Maplewood, MN after Manager with Brady Martz and Associates P.C.
retiring from the UFL. Dave and Jane Hoerner, Bismarck, ND, celebrated their 40th
Teddie Brannin, Dickinson, ND, and her restaurant Stix n’ Twigs wedding anniversary.
were named the No. 5 best restaurant to eat at in the Midwest Rick Thompson, Dickinson, ND, received the Professional Rodeo
according to Midwest Living Magazine. Cowboys Association 2010 Media Award on December 1, 2010 in
Jon Brudvig, Dickinson, ND, interim Vice President for Academic Las Vegas, Nevada for his show “Talk Rodeo”.
Affairs, has been appointed to serve on the National Collegiate
Honors Council International Education and the Honors Advising
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Emma (Brueni) Bock ’31, Dickinson,
ND, passed away March 4, 2011.
Earle Schafer ’46, The Dalles, OR,
passed away December 6, 2010.
Ruth (Swenson) Tschaekofska ’80,
Minneapolis, MN, passed away
November 13, 2010.
Arthur Hedge ’36, Post Falls, ID, passed Lloyd Smith ’47, Cancouver, WA,
away December 14, 2010. passed away March 28, 2011. Wanda (Heinrich) Diede ’81, Lambert,
MT, passed away February 2, 2011.
Raymond Zander ’37, Dickinson, ND, Charles Volesky ’47, Dickinson, ND,
passed away March 10, 2011. passed away January 25, 2011. Joseph Wetzstein ’86, Dickinson, ND,
passed away December 15, 2010.
Luella (Hoolenbeck) May ’38, Issaquah, Harold Krank ’49, Albany, OR, passed
WA, passed away August 10, 2010. away February 6, 2011. David Pittsley ’89, Killdeer, ND, passed
away February 17, 2011.
Gordon Fisher, Attendee ’41, Polson, Richard Dolezal, Attendee ’49,
MT, passed away February 7, 2011. Dickinson, ND, passed away October Tami Fougner-Lobo ’90, Glasgow, MT,
28, 2010. passed away January 21, 2011.
Mary (Meulemans) Hardy ’41, Everett,
WA passed away January 12, 2011. Leslie Collins ’52, Venice, FL, passed Pat Olien ’90, Mott, ND, passed away
away March 7, 2011. March 25, 2011.
Paul Brown ’42, Los Gatos, CA, passed
away December 19, 2010. Joseph Schweitzer ’56, Halliday, ND, Ann Falkenhagen ’91, Fairview, MT,
passed away January 3, 2011. January 15, 2011.
Adeline (Svihovec) Carvell ’42, Most,
ND, passed away November 6, 2010. Pauline Sadler ’57, Baker, MT, passed Mary Burmester, “Mrs. B”, Former
away March 8, 2011. Staff Member, Franklin, MI, passed
Betty (Bruvold) Linney ’43, Boise, ID, away October 31, 2010.
passed away January 26, 2011. Donald Flemmer ’59, Bismarck, ND,
passed away March 26, 2011. Vernon Enge, Friend, Royersford, PA,
Frances (Weber) Krank ’44, Albany, passed away January 7, 2011.
OR, passed away March 2, 2011. Sharon (Cowdin) Haskin ’80, Buffalo,
WY, passed away October 4, 2010. Fred Meyer, Friend, Dickinson, ND,
Carol (Paulson) Hovet ’46, Antelope, passed away November 27, 2010.
MT, passed away February 14, 2011. Jeff Jessen ’80, Parker, CO, passed away
February 14, 2011. Frank Roll, Friend, Dickinson, ND,
Evelyn (Semerad) Krebs ’46, Dickinson, passed away October 24, 2010.
ND, passed away March 19, 2011. Florence Kostelnak ’80, Dickinson,
ND, passed away January 31, 2011. Mary Thompson, Friend, Dickinson,
ND, passed away February 8, 2011.
Have you established
Lindsey Arnold is a DSU senior majoring in Business Administration, a
DSU Student Ambassador, a theodore Roosevelt Honors and Leadership Recruit a new
scholar, a member of the DSU student senate, president of the
Homecoming committee and the 2010 DSU Homecoming Queen. DSU Student today;
Her parents are Marie and Dr. tom Arnold of Dickinson, both of whom family or friend
attended DSU, all of her 5 siblings attended DSU and some member of and establish
her overall family has been involved with DSU in one capacity or another
for 58 consecutive years. that’s what we call establishing a legacy. YOUR legacy.
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Thursday, October 6
All day Alumni Fellows in the Classroom, Various Campus Locations
5:30 pm Alumni Fellows Social & Banquet, Elks Lodge
Friday, October 7
All day Alumni Fellows in the Classroom, Various Campus Locations
9:30 am-10:30am Campus tours for Alumni Fellows & Reunion Guests, Alumni & Foundation House
10:00 am Alumni Golf Scramble, Heart River Golf Course
11:30 am-1:00 pm Retired Employees Luncheon, Elks-Sodbuster
5:30 pm Alumni Honors & Athletic Hall of Fame Social & Banquet, Elks Lodge
8:30 pm 2000-2011 Class Reunion, Liquid Assets
Saturday, October 8
8:00 am Sigl 5k Fun Run/Walk, Badlands Activities Center
8:30 am Alumni & Friends Coffee, Alumni & Foundation House
9:00 am DSU Alumni and Foundation Football tailgate, Badlands Activities Center
10:00 am Homecoming Parade, Start at Student Center
1:30 pm Homecoming Football Game vs. Carroll College, Badlands Activities Center
Post-game Blue Hawk Booster Social, Elks Lodge
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As we approach the 100th anniversary of Dickinson State University it is interesting
to look at the enclosed brochure which provides the class schedule for the Dickinson
Normal School inaugural year, 1918 – 1919.
The copy on the back of the brochure reads as follows:
“tHERE ARE PLENtY OF CONVENIENtLY LOCAtED HOMES IN
DICkINSON WHERE ROOM OR ROOMS AND BOARD OF ExCELLENt
QUALItY ARE OBtAINABLE At REASONABLE PRICES.”
The Normal school occupies splendid quarters, with fine rooms for instructional and
reading purposes: and the auditorium is one of the most beautiful in North Dakota.
This being our first year and the present time being the very beginning of the year,
there are many matters that have not been worked out and other things that it will
take time to develop. We have an elegant building , a good course of study, an
efficient corps of teachers, a fine city in which to work and a great work to do. We
want students. We want young people to come to the Dickinson State Normal School
to prepare themselves to teach in our rural, consolidated and graded schools, to do the
most important work that people are ever called upon to do - the work of teaching. n