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.
I recently attended a Title IX training in Grand Forks. For many, the meaning of Title IX is tied to equity in athletics. The full definition of Title IX, however, reads as the following: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
Since 1918, Dickinson State faculty and staff have worked to provide high quality, accessible educational opportunities to prepare and equip students for success. Over time, subject matter, teaching methods and delivery modes have evolved to meet the changing needs of society. The needs of students are also changing.
On Wednesday, Gov. Dalrymple called for a special session of the Legislature to discuss pathways to meet the financial obligations of the state of North Dakota. After more than a...