DSU's State of the University address was held Tuesday, Aug. 15. Senator Rich Wardner led the festivities with an inspiring presentation regarding the role of the entire university community in student education. What a wonderful way to welcome the faculty and staff to the beginning of the new academic year! The fall semester officially began Aug. 21, and was marked by a historic convocation ceremony. Not only is this year's entering cohort part of the Blue Hawk Centennial Class, but the students were also able to witness an 85 percent eclipse of the sun during their annual picnic!
This academic year marks the beginning of Dickinson State University’s centennial celebration. After 100 years of providing a wonderful education for its students, the one constant we have learned at DSU is that education is endlessly in motion and ever changing. Dickinson State is committed to providing education that equips students for success in a dynamic world and enriches the community through programming, service, and outreach.
After growing up listening to rock ‘n’ roll and heavy metal, my wife began converting my musical tastes to country upon our first meeting just under 30 years ago. I still enjoy multiple genres of music, but have succumbed to my wife’s good taste. One of the songs to which I recently listened was “Famous in a Small Town” by Miranda Lambert. The theme of this song is that you do not need to chase the “bright lights” of a major metropolis, or leave your family and friends to become well known.
This month we stand at the cusp of Dickinson State University’s Centennial Celebration year – 100 years of excellence in education. For the past century, students have been choosing DSU for learning and preparation, using their time as Blue Hawk students as a platform for service and success.
Theodore Roosevelt is known to have stated: "The government is us; we are the government, you and I." The 2017 North Dakota legislative session was my first true interaction with the North Dakota political system. I may easily state that I know my way to the Capitol Building in Bismarck quite well at this point. I remain impressed with the deliberate and dedicated manner with which our legislators seek to understand and meet the needs of the state. It is truly, from my perspective, a unique and positive process.
Entrepreneur Henry Ford once said that, "If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." We continue the process of planning and working toward changes that will strengthen and build our campus. Students are paramount at DSU. We make every decision asking first, "How will this enhance the student experience?" In light of this principle, we have been in discussions since January 2016 about how to utilize space on campus to enhance the student experience.
Theodore Roosevelt once stated, "This country will not permanently be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a reasonably good place for all of us to live in." This sentiment reflects my goal surrounding the collaborations between Dickinson State and the community of Dickinson. We are actively engaging in opportunities and partnerships that will strengthen our community for today, and for future generations.
Dickinson State University President Thomas Mitzel gives a quick budget update and describes several upcoming initiatives as Dickinson State continues to plan for the future.
One year ago, Rhonda and I moved to Dickinson. Our return to the Midwest has been richer than we could have imagined. We have been truly humbled at the collegiality and support of the Dickinson community. In my first year I have met with many of you and I have enjoyed the rich discussions and planning we have undertaken to ensure that DSU and our region continues along its positive pathway.
November is a month associated with Thanksgiving. It is a time when we pause within our regular schedules and gather to remember that for which we are thankful. Personally, one of the items for which I am thankful is the service of the men and women in our U.S. Military. Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, U.S. Marine Corps, once stated, "It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.