As the number of students enrolling at Dickinson State University is projected to increase, more and more students who enroll at the university are staying there. Carmen Wilson, provost and vice president of academic and student affairs, addressed DSU faculty and staff at a forum last week regarding the university's enrollment projections.
Southwest District Health Unit had the cleanest oranges in Dickinson, Wednesday, joked Sherry Adams, executive officer at the health unit. Michelle Wilhelm, immunizations nurse at SWDHU, was teaching students from Dickinson High School's health sciences class how to vaccinate a patient. These 'patients' were oranges, and the students practiced injecting them with water after wiping them down with an alcohol swab.
Dec. 2, 2018, Johnny Olson was driving his brother Jayden Olson and friend Adrian Hauck back from feeding horses when their old Dodge pickup hit a steep shoulder and flipped, throwing Jayden from the vehicle. Jayden sustained a traumatic brain injury and lacerated spleen, for which he needed immediate care. He was transported via Sanford Health's AirMed service to Bismarck for surgery.
Dickinson Public Schools will spend around $5.1 million on maintenance projects this summer using existing funds. Assistant Superintendent of DPS Keith Harris told the school board the plan is to utilize most of the district's $1.2 million building levy budget for maintenance work.
The speakers at Dickinson State University's spring commencement, Saturday, urged graduates to be open to opportunities in their future careers. Carmen Wilson, provost and vice president of academic and student affairs, told graduates about the journey to her current position.
I am 1,838 miles, two time zones and 28 hours away from home. "Home is where your mom is" reads a simple wooden sign in my favorite flea market in West Virginia, where I grew up. My mom loves that sign. This is the first Mother's Day I'll spend away from home (a fact my mother told me before I realized.) I had realized it was my first Thanksgiving, my first Christmas away from home, but not Mother's Day. I am not a mother. It's someone else's day, a spectator day—but it shouldn't be.
Youth in Dickinson currently have to travel hours out of town to receive psychiatric services. Southwestern District Health Unit (SWDHU) is piloting a program with the Center for Psychiatric Health to bring those services here. The pilot project will begin at Dickinson Middle School this fall. If it is successful, SWDHU will partner with the school district to expand the program to other schools.
Dickinson State University faces a 16% reduction in total funding for the 2019-21 biennium, but it's less of a cut than it faced last biennium. Thomas Mitzel, president of DSU, addressed the budget with university staff in a forum Tuesday. DSU's total funding has been reduced $3.8 million from last biennium, from $23,941,469 to $20,143,063. $2 million of last biennium's funding came from the university's reserve funds. Just over $4 million came from one-time funding.
After months of contentious debate, voters in Dickinson voted on the $115 million bond to fund a new high school and help fund a new elementary school. The unofficial vote count is Yes: 2,076; No: 2,703. "That's unofficial. We have some ballots going to canvassing. Their board will do that. That will have to be done next week, no sooner than Monday," said Stark County Auditor Kay Haag.
Dickinson State University is getting a new mini athletics department — for esports. Players of esports at the varsity level are divided into teams based on the online game they play competitively. The school will have at least four teams — Fortnite, Apex Legends, Rainbow Six Siege and Rocket League. The size of the teams are determined by the game and typically range from one to six players.