What a fantastic plan!! We held a Registration Day in the Bavendick Stateroom and all sorts of offices showed up to participate: advisors, records, financial aid, bookstore, Sykes Student Success Center, National Guard, and many more. New students were scheduled to come in to the “One Stop Shop” registration. The students and parents I talked to really enjoyed the experience. Here’s some photos:
The registration table to get started:
The “nerve center”:
The “Resources Fair”:
There are sixteen such days scheduled, and Sandy Fried tells me that we may need to add additional days. Karen Erickson shared with me that we have more admissions applications filled out and on file than ever in the history of BSC. That doesn’t mean they will all translate into enrollments, but it certainly means that our recruiting efforts are paying off.
This is all good news: great ideas plus great hard work have resulted in a wonderfully, productive registration day. Great recruiting ideas and great hard work by Admissions have resulted in wonderful application numbers. Great work by records, financial aid, advisors, and many more are driving us toward a wonderful year ahead.
I appreciate all that everyone is doing to continue to drive us towards excellence. Great ideas plus hard work equals BSC excellence!!
Posted in Uncategorized.
– May 23, 2013
You will all remember that at Commencement two of our students had to leave early to catch an airplane. They were heading to Texas to compete. To give everyone the background first and then the competition results, here’s two reports from Kyren Miller. First is the announcement that they were going to compete:
“I am pleased to announce that our student team has qualified for the National Process Troubleshooting Competition in Longview, TX. The team of Courtney Hausauer, Jared Reinisch and Jon Reis competed against other Process Technology colleges (PTEC) to win 1 of 8 spots. They will complete again on May 11th. Please congratulate them on their hard work and wish them luck. This is the 2nd year in a row that BSC Process Technology students have qualified and will complete for the national championship.”
Then here’s the result of the competition:
“The team placed 3rd! Only the top 3 placed and received trophies. We completed against the top 7 colleges in the country and we got caught in Dallas traffic for an 1 hour and then drove 2 more hours to Longview that night. We made it to the hotel at 2 am and had to be up by 6 am and at the college by 7:15. The other teams got to “practice” on Friday night while we were flying down there also. It displays the great students we have here at BSC.”
Congratulations to Kyren and the students. What a great institution we have!!
Posted in Academics, Announcements, Campus Activities.
– May 19, 2013
Well, it’s an understatement to say that we’ve had a busy week. Friday we had commencement….an unbelievably wonderful event. Thank you to everyone who made this happen. As Debbie reminded me, some of us just have to show up….but there’s a ton of work that goes into planning the event, and then executing it. The Provost is ultimately responsible for commencement, and thus much of it falls on to Sue Lippert–and a great job she did. But the committee is overwhelmingly Student Records and those folk work really hard at planning and execution. And then the facilities people are all over the place moving material from campus to the Civic Center, and so forth. So the bottom line is that many, many people get involved in making it all happen. Thanks to them all!!
And then there’s so much going on around campus. Any list I could put together is going to miss many, many things. So this is just a representative sampling of the kinds of things going on:
Know Your State contest: Perry Hornbacher and Sue Lippert (again) did a great job of hosting this event. Over 400 students statewide took the test; roughly 40 came to BSC for the final; and Perry graded the essays. That evening we had a wonderful meal prepared by our great food service folk, and eight students won places. It was a very good event and the sponsors (Masonic Foundation) really appreciated BSC’s involvement.
Water workshops for 3rd graders: Bismarck Public Schools took over Jack Science for a water workshop with 800 3rd graders. It was great going into Jack Science and seeing all the “little people” all over the place.
Track Meet: The Bowl hosted a track meet and all sorts of folk showed up:
And check out the construction they got to see:
The spectator area is really coming along. This will be a fantastic improvement for our community.
And speaking of community improvements, the new Kuntz Building certainly has improved how we store stuff. In the past we stored these goods in the Armory or in that old, leaky white building behind the Armory. Isn’t this much better:
Today I attended Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Program graduation. Deb Larson was among the graduates. I know that she had a great educational time over the past year. With our own Excellence Through Leadership program and the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan one, there are excellent opportunities for professional development for our folk. Please take advantage of them!!
There were many, many more things happening on our campus as of late. I’m constantly impressed by the number of groups that use our campus for a variety of programs. We are certainly Engaging and Connecting with all these folk. Thanks for all of you who make all this possible.
Posted in Campus Activities, Uncategorized.
– May 15, 2013
We’re proud of the opportunities a partnership with Hess provides to our students. Read more about it here.
Posted in Academics, Institutional Partnerships.
– May 10, 2013
I’m attaching this article for your reading pleasure. As you read it I think you’ll agree with me that we are already very good at the new non-traditional delivery of a college education. Prior Learning Assessment, online education, dual credit, and those others mentioned in the article have become our strengths, along with the delivery of traditional education on our campus. The questions that come to my mind are related to the new students that are obtaining (or hope to) their post-secondary educations using these new methods.
My questions is whether we have sufficiently targeted this group of students. I’m not sure we have. So I’m thinking that our strategic and budgetary initiatives of marketing, recruiting, and retention need not to focus just on traditional students, but we need to very deliberately address the interests and needs of these new students. Just passing this all along for all you smart people to think about……and develop innovative ways to address.
Posted in Campus Activities, Higher Education, Innovation, Strategic Plan.
– May 9, 2013
Wow, what a gathering of high school students was held at the Civic Center today!! I was told that about 1,400 students were registered and expected today. Karen Erickson and Leigh Nygaard ran a BSC booth and interacted with hundreds of students. Here’s a couple of photos of the wonderful activities.
Posted in Uncategorized.
– May 9, 2013
Eric Schmidt is the CEO of Google. Here he’s talking about disruptive technologies, a topic worthy of our consideration. http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/high_tech_telecoms_internet/disruptive_technologies
Posted in Innovation.
– May 3, 2013
After the celebration I was asked where to get the video of Carnegie Mellon’s Celebrating the Humanities video. So here it is: http://www.cmu.edu/homepage/society/2013/winter/celebrating-humanities.shtml
Posted in Uncategorized.
– May 1, 2013
As the school year rushes towards us, there are two events that I know you’ll not want to miss. The first is the BSC Alumni Association Alumni Awards dinner. It will be held on Thursday, May 9 in the Bavendick Stateroom (BSC National Energy Center of Excellence). Reservations are due Friday, May 3. Dinner tickets are $25, including the social, a wonderful dinner and an opportunity to honor our award recipients!
The 2013 Alumnus of the Year Awardee is William Goetz (’64), Retired, Former NDUS Chancellor, ND State Senator and Representative, Chief of Staff for Governors Ed Schafer and John Hoeven. I first met Bill when I walked into an economics class at Dickinson State in 1970. Talk about going full circle!! In 2007 he became my boss as Chancellor, and this year BSC honors him as the Alumnus of the Year!!
The 2013 Rising Star Awardee is Sam Coleman (’99) Director of Youth Ministries at Charity Lutheran Church, Bismarck and Artist.
If you have memorabilia, photos or stories to share about either of these award recipients, please contact the alumni office.
For more information about tickets or the dinner, contact Rita Nodland in the Alumni office, 224-5692.
The other event you won’t want to miss is, of course, commencement. It will be held Friday, May 10, at 2:30 in the Civic Center. What a great celebration it is of the wonderful connection BSC has made and the tremendous impact we’ve had on our students heading into their Beyond…….And this year you’ll want to come to hear our commencement speaker Masai Ujiri, BSC alumnus and general manager of the Denver Nuggets. What an exciting day this will be!!
Posted in BSC Alums, Campus Activities.
– April 30, 2013
This afternoon we had a wonderful celebration of BSC during what we titled “Celebrating the Humanities.” The wonderful student performances demonstrated the skills and talents of our students and the wonderful faculty who lead them. Congratulations to the faculty and staff excellence awardees who received recognition presented by the BSC Foundation. What a great event this was!! Thanks to everyone who helped put it on and made the day so enjoyable.
Posted in Campus Activities.
– April 29, 2013