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President McCallum predicts greatness for DSU

An enthralled audience looks on as President McCallum gives his State of the University address Wednesday.

Dickinson State University President Dr. Richard McCallum said his vision of transforming DSU from good to great will happen through grants, access to Harvard University's digital library, and the new administrative council, he said during his State of the University address Wednesday at Beck Auditorium.

DSU is helping its students reach their fullest potential by presenting them with as many opportunities as financially possible, he said.

"I would like to point out that DSU is financially sound," McCallum added.

Dr. Anne Coyle, assistant professor of biology, agreed, "We are lucky, I have heard a lot of other universitys' employees have had to take pay cuts or have even been laid off."

DSU has a projected surplus of more than $1.1 million for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, according to information presented to attendees.

McCallum told the crowd that they should be proud of the figures he presented because they represent years of good stewardship.

DSU is in turn committed to student success by using the funds conscientiously.

This year's other projects include a new faculty sick leave policy, developing an institutional code of conduct and obtaining permission from the State Board of Higher Education to offer limited graduate credit classes for area teachers.

DSU will also begin filling four positions; dean of the college of arts and sciences, vice president for academic affairs, athletic director and director of extended learning at the West River Teacher Center.

McCallum also spoke about new developments for two of the university's public outreach centers.

The Theodore Roosevelt Center, which provides research tools and interpretive programs, is working to reach an agreement to obtain access to Harvard's entire digital library. The partnership will hopefully be finalized in the fall, providing public access to the library via the DSU website.

The Strom Center, which serves as a hub for entrepreneurs in southwest North Dakota, received two new grants, the Economic Development Administration grant in the amount of $175,000 over the next three years and the Tech Based Entrepreneurial grant from the Department of Commerce in the amount of $50,000. Within the next nine months it will be applying for three more rounds of Tech Based Entrepreneurial grants.

"I think we are headed in a positive direction this year, we have a good mission, and we are in good shape compared to a lot of other universities around the country," said Dr. Rich Brauhn, director of special projects and reports and professor of history.

McCallum thanked the community for its continued support.