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Donations Awarded from Rummage Proceeds

July 10, 2018


Left to Right: Denise Schroeter, Sandy Hageness (Friends of DCB), Terri Hauge (Turtle Mountain Cancer Society & Just for the Love of It) and Janeen Pollman

Dakota College at Bottineau held their fifteenth annual rummage and bake sale on Saturday, April 7, 2018.  DCB employees hold this event each year to support local community charities and service groups. DCB has reached $21,725.37 in giving since establishing this event in 2003. 

The 2018 proceeds of $909.50 were distributed to three community groups.  Recipients included Just for the Love of It at Metigoshe Lutheran Church, the Turtle Mountain Cancer Support Group, and Friends of DCB (tribute fund).

The purpose of Friends of DCB is to provide a positive campus atmosphere that acknowledges significant life events of faculty and staff and to provide sincere support as needed.  DCB employees fund this endeavor.

Just for the Love of It is sponsored by the Metigoshe Lutheran Church.  The purpose of this group is to help people in need.  It may set a needy family up in an apartment, pay for gas required for travel to medical treatments, or even pay utility bills.  Bottineau County Social Services referrals often result in action by Just for the Love of It.  The request is received by Pastor Cole Bentley and a plea goes out to congregation members, who do what they can to provide the help needed.

The Turtle Mountain Cancer Support Group is another group dedicated to helping people in need; specifically those effected by cancer.  They may pay for gas for medical treatment, purchase a wig, or provide whatever support is needed.  This support group fund raises throughout the year.

Funds from previous sales were earmarked for upkeep of the DCB Little Free Libraries.  The Little Free Library project was started with proceeds from DCB’s 2016 rummage sale.  The libraries are located by the playgrounds at Tommy Turtle Park and Forestry Park.  The premise of the Little Free Libraries is to “take a book, leave a book.”  Users are also welcome to return books after reading them to continue growing the library.  Books may be donated by putting them in a Little Free Library or taking them to the Dakota College at Bottineau bookstore (Monday through Friday 8:00-3:30).  We are especially in need of books for children.  Stewards for the libraries are DCB employees Darrell Waters, Janeen Pollman, and Denise Schroeter.   


High Tunnel Workshops

June 12, 2018

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The Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture (ECH) at Dakota College at Bottineau, in conjunction with the North Dakota Natural Resources Conservation Service will be holding six High Tunnel Workshops in locations around the state. 

These workshops will assist those wishing to begin or expand production of vegetables, fruits, and specialty crops in high tunnels with construction and production techniques.  Two types of training sessions will be held.  The beginning workshop will cover purchasing, locating, construction, basic production and scheduling as well as the conservation practices with which NRCS can provide assistance.  The advanced workshops will cover soil management, water quality and quantity, irrigation, varietal selection and special production considerations.  Mainly geared for those that grow and sell produce, the training will also have value for those growing fruits and other specialty crops in high tunnels.  The workshops are free and open to the public.

Holly Mawby, ECH Director, and Keith Knudson, Dakota College at Bottineau Specialty Crop Production Faculty, will be presenting.  Each workshop will include a tour of a local producer high tunnel location and plenty of time for questions. 

The first three workshops are the beginning level sessions, the first of which will be held in Mandan on June 27th from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Farm Credit Services offices.  Following beginning level workshops will be held from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM in Watford City on July 11th and Bottineau on July 18th.  The Advanced level workshops will be held between July 23rd and August 10th in Bottineau, Minot, and a location to be determined. Please call for exact locations and dates for the advanced workshops.   Refreshments will be provided but each participant will be responsible for their own lunch.  Participants must RSVP their attendance to ensure enough resource materials for everyone.

For more information or to RSVP for one of these free workshops, contact Holly Mawby at 701-681-0252 or email hollyrose.mawby@dakotacollege.edu


Dickinson State Visits Dakota College at Bottineau

May 22, 2018


Faculty and Students from Dickinson State University traveled to Dakota College at Bottineau to take a look at agriculture in a different way than is normally thought of in western North Dakota.  DCB provides skills and knowledge in controlled environmental agriculture. Such environments include greenhouse technology, floral design, aquaponics, hydroponics and vegetable production in high tunnels.

Dakota College at Bottineau’s Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture (ECH) and Dickinson State University’s (DSU) Agriculture and Technical Studies program received an USDA National Institute of Agriculture grant to expand the agriculture industry in North Dakota through programs in higher education.

The project will increase education and outreach opportunities in specialty crop production through a collaboration between DCB and DSU.  DCB has an established program that prepares students and clients to run successful specialty crop enterprises and offers a Certification and Associates degree in Specialty Crop Production; the only program of this kind on the Northern Great Plains. DSU’s Agriculture and Technical studies program is a traditionally focused four-year agriculture program. Collaboration between the schools capitalizes on each program’s strengths to increase the quality of agriculture education in both institutions. 


The project enhances agricultural education by deepening student awareness and understanding of the diversity and complexity of modern agriculture and food systems. This project takes principles of specialty crop production developed for Dakota College’s two-year vocational-training focused program and integrates them across many disciplines within Dickinson State University’s agricultural curriculum.

This collaboration provides an innovative solution to the lack of specialty crop agricultural education and both broadens the scope and makes agricultural education accessible to a greater number of students. Building a partnership that capitalizes on Dickinson State University’s strong agricultural program and Dakota College’s existing curriculum in specialty crop production is a more effective and efficient way of increasing specialty crop educational opportunities than if either institution of higher education were to attempt to develop a new and separate sustainable agriculture program.


Wildlife of ND Featuring Pollinators Workshop

May 11, 2018 

Wildlife of North Dakota Featuring Pollinators is an education workshop for teachers, environmental educators, or anyone that works with youth. This workshop features all new materials. Educators will learn about the different types of Wildlife found throughout North Dakota and the habitats in which they are found. Students will examine different animal species, both alive and specimens to get an up-close look. Participants will also receive the new Urban Pollinator Curriculum and explore the three distinct sections of this curriculum leading them from information to positive actions in their community.  They will explore the urban pollinator gardens on site with inspiration to develop their own pollinator garden in their community or at their school.  Different instructional methods will be used to teach across the curriculum integrating subject areas. 

The North Dakota Habitats curriculum will be used as textbooks for this course. The course is suitable for both elementary and secondary teachers. The workshop will be fun and fast paced with many hands-on activities educators can use in their classrooms, discussion of classroom and curriculum integration, and walking field trips, weather permitting.  All supplies are provided.

Preregistration is required through the North Dakota Game & Fish Department. To register contact:  Sherry Niesar, 701-527-3714 or sniesar@nd.gov.  Mail registration deposit checks to Melissa Long, Attn:  Bottineau Habitats Workshop, NDGFD, 100 N Bismarck Expy., Bismarck, ND 58501

To register for graduate credit, visit UND’s website at:  https://register.und.edu/learning/jsp/course.jsp?categoryId=10034&courseId=TL.WND


DCB Recognizes the First LEAP Graduates

May 9, 2018

Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) is proud to announce the first LEAP (Leading to Education and Advanced Preparation) program graduates. Designed for high schools, LEAP allows high school students to earn a Certificate of College Studies alongside their high school diploma. This spring DCB graduates seven students from this program; one from Midkota High School and six from Mohall High School.  Each graduate will be acknowledged as a high school and college graduate at their high school commencement exercise.

Lauren Ashley Topp, Midkota High School will be walking across the stage at DCB as one of the first high school students to receive their Certificate in College Studies while attending high school.  DCB is the only college in North Dakota that offers this program.  The commencement exercise will be held on the Dakota College at Bottineau Campus Friday, May 11th at 3:00 pm in the gym located in Thatcher Hall.

Students earn 24 general education college credits while in high school, by taking two dual credit offerings from DCB during each semester of their junior and senior year. This program launched in the Fall 2017 semester and offers great benefits for students including time and cost savings, flexible deliver either online or via Interactive Video Network (IVN) and transferability.  General education courses transfer to any campus in the North Dakota University System (NDUS). This allows students to take quality courses from DCB at an affordable rate and then either continue their education at DCB or transfer their courses/credits to any campus in the NDUS.

LEAP Graduates:   *Honors, **High Honors

Midkota High School

  • Lauren Ashley Topp* Grace City, ND

Mohall High School

  • Mikaylee Bahl* Sherwood, ND
  • Stephen Isaac Ellingson** Sherwood, ND
  • Levi James Feland** Antler, ND
  • Chase Lloyd Gates* Mohall, ND
  • Trevor J. Savelkoul** Mohall, ND
  • Cole Robert Southam* Sherwood, ND


Dakota College at Bottineau Graduates 28 AAS Nurse Students

May 9, 2018


Back Row Left to Right: Tyrel LaRocque-Belcourt, ND; Audrey Hardcastle-Missoula, MT; Cailee Sanchez-Kramer, ND; Torrie Bruce-Belcourt, ND; Nikola Ves-Belgrade, Serbia;
Front Row Left to Right: Natasha Marama-Big Island, HI; Nathalie Marama-Big Island, HI; Kassandra Azure-Belcourt, ND; Sheena Ellingson-Bottineau, ND


Back Row Left to Right: Chad Geisinger-Minot, ND; Tina Plunk- Minot, ND; Tyerra Ray-Minot, ND; Danielle Pualau-American Samoa; Paige Brossart-Rugby, ND; Ashley Peterson-Minot, ND; Mandie Suchor-Rugby, ND; Anna Petz-Minot, ND; Front Row Left to Right: Jacy Geer-Minot, ND; Ashleigh Owens- Minot, ND; Crystal Snow-Stanley, ND; Bridget Sheets-Minot, ND


Front to Back: Rachel Williams-.Kulm, ND; Megan Karlowsky- Cleveland, ND; Erika Villella-Jamestown, ND; Joshua Rall-Valley City, ND; Kari Entzi-Wisher, ND; Tonya VanDyke-Valley City, ND; Tansey Hosford-Forman, ND

The Dakota Nursing program at Dakota College at Bottineau will pin twenty-eight Associate in Applied Science Nurse graduates on Friday, May 11, 2018.  Dakota College at Bottineau’s practicum is a member of the Dakota Nursing Program, a consortium of four community college nursing departments which work together to offer a common curriculum for a Practical Nursing Certificate and for an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing. 

The program works to meet North Dakota’s growing need for nurses by providing these degree programs on the campuses of four two-year colleges and numerous satellite sites across the state. This spring’s Dakota College at Bottineau graduates are from the Minot, Valley City and Bottineau campuses.  There were nine enrolled in the Bottineau class, 12 in the Minot class and seven in the Valley City class.  The program collaborates with medical centers across the state at which students gain practical experience. The nursing program has proven successful, as graduates consistently score higher than the national average on exit exams.

The photo attached is a picture of the 2018 Associate of Applied Science Nurse graduating class. Students will be taking their National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) exam to become licensed to begin their career as a Registered Nurse.


Two Retire from Dakota College at Bottineau

May 9, 2018

Two of the Dakota College at Bottineau faculty have earned retirement after several dedicated years of cultivating growth through the mission of a quality education in a caring environment. 


After 34 years of exceptional service to Dakota College at Bottineau and its students, Dr. Chuck Lura has decided to resign from his faculty position.  After receiving his master’s degree in biology from South Dakota State University, Lura started his career at DCB in 1984.  The following year he earned a Ph.D. in botany from North Dakota State University.  In addition to his role as a college professor, Dr. Lura served on numerous committees and held the post of Faculty Senate president (1985-1987) and academic division director (1988-1990).  He has been a member of several professional organizations, conducted research on rangeland in North Dakota, and has authored numerous publications and articles.  For his accomplishments, Lura has received several awards including the DCB Excellence in Teaching award in 1990. 


After 39 years at Dakota College at Bottineau, Diann Beckman has resigned her position as an instructor in the Horticulture department.  The good news is that she will still continue to teach courses for DCB as an adjunct instructor.  A graduate of Dakota College, Beckman came to DCB (then NDSU-Bottineau) in 1978 and has been an instructor and advisor for the Horticulture programs since that time.  In addition to providing excellent instruction to her many students over the years, she has provided many community education classes such as wreath making, floral design and gardening.  She has judged the floral exhibits at the State Fair, provided many activity programs for MarketPlace for Kids, and she and her students have been key supporters of the Rotary Roses Annual Fundraiser project in Minot. Ms. Beckman was recognized by the Bottineau County Farm Bureau as their 2002 Educator of the Year.  Her artistic touch has been on display at DCB many, many times with the floral arrangements that she and her students provided for such events as Evergreen, the Student Recognition Banquet, the Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon, and numerous others.  Ms. Beckman a certified florist and is a member of the NDFlorist Association, the ND Horticulture Society and several other professional organizations.  In addition to the lasting impact she has had on students and the profession, she has played a key role in the permanent landscaping and designs for the summer flower plantings, which she has overseen every summer since 1978. 


Dakota College Recognizes Excellence

May 7, 2018

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Left to Right – Laura Halvorson, Joanne Vandal and Sandy Hageness

The Faculty, Staff and Advising Excellence awards are intended to recognize and reward efforts where job performance adds value to the college experience for students, colleagues, and the campus community.  Recipients demonstrate qualities that make it clear their contributions are exemplary and go beyond what is required for the routine discharge of their duties. Sandy Hageness, Administrative Assistant to the Campus Dean, is the 2018 recipient of the Staff Award for Excellence.  Joanne Vandal, Nursing Instructor is the recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence.  Laura Halvorson, Career Counselor, is the recipient of the Advising Award for Excellence.

Sandy Hageness has been at the college since 2015. She is the Assistant to the Campus Dean.  Although Sandy does not work with directly with students, she cares about their success and works on many committees to support them. One nominator’s comment stated that Sandy takes pride in her work at the college as she personally promotes college events, and is very professional to work with whether you work with the college or from a community standpoint.

“She is genuine and caring, professional at all times, and willing to help with whatever needs a student, faculty or staff presents.”.  This skill facilitates greater progress in making and obtaining goals that improve our delivery of education to our students.

Joanne Vandal has been at the college since 2011.  She teaches in the nursing programs at the Bottineau and Minot campuses. Joanne puts her students first.  She always puts in the extra effort to assure the students’ needs are met.  “She makes herself available to help us succeed in academics and always answers our questions in a timely manner.”  Student comments state that they feel she treats everyone fairly, does not judge and has a very professional, positive attitude with a smile on her face. She is not only a teacher to her students, but a mentor.

Finally, the Excellence in Advising Award honors student-advising efforts on campus. The recipients exemplify qualities that make it clear their contributions go beyond what is required.  They have an impact on advising students on their career, academic, and personal goals.  This award recognizes the positive effect advising has on student retention and persistence to graduation.  DCB’s 2018 recipient, Laura Halvorson has been at DCB since 2015 and works in the TRiO department as a Career Counselor.  A colleague who submitted Laura’s name for this award commented that Laura is very involved with students throughout the semester.  “She deeply cares about all areas of success.”  Through utilization of progress reports, personally reaching out to professors and students, Laura inspires student success.  She helps students achieve goals in and outside the classroom, and does not limit her role to selected classes.  She is an example of an advisor who is committed to assure student success.


DCB Announces 2018 Commencement

April 26, 2018

Dakota College at Bottineau is proud to announce its annual graduation ceremony to be held on Friday, May 11th at 3:00 pm in Thatcher Hall. The college opened in 1906 as the North Dakota School of Forestry. This year marks the 112th graduation ceremony.

A total of 168 students are candidates for associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. DCB graduates students in fields of health care, web design, information technology, and wildlife. Along with a strong liberal arts curriculum, DCB is also known for a robust distance-learning program through on-line courses and dual credit offerings at area high schools.


Guest speakers were selected for their commitment, support and academic success at Dakota College at Bottineau.  Zach Garrett, a sophomore from Creighton, SK graduating with his Applied Associate of Science in Advertising and Marketing, will deliver comments on behalf of the student body. His plans after graduation are to transfer to the University of Mary to continue his education and play hockey for the Marauders. Zach has been involved on DCB’s campus as a student ambassador, a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, a participant in LeaderJacks, a Resident Assistant, as well as a hockey captain and standout with the Lumberjacks. Zach takes pride in his academics as he has been on the Dean’s List every semester at DCB.

MarvinNelson.jpgThis year Dakota College is proud to have Marvin Nelson as the Commencement Speaker. Representative Marvin Nelson grew up on a small, diversified farm near Rugby, ND raising beef, dairy, hogs, chickens and mink, and a variety of crops. He attended Dakota College at Bottineau for two years graduating with an AS in Agriculture. Transferring to North Dakota State University where he graduated with a BS in Entomology and attended graduate school. During his college years he had the joy of traveling the state being an apiary inspector for the ND Dept. of Ag. After college, he has been a professional crop consultant in North Central North Dakota. He and his wife, Susan, with help from many, built a store on Main Street in Rolla, the Clothing Connection, and there they raised their two children, Jessica and Carl. They have been blessed with two granddaughters, Olivia and Jocelyn Dryer.

Marvin has been happy to serve in a variety of organizations, mostly agriculturally related but has also gotten to serve on the Church of the Lutheran Brethren’s synod’s Board of Directors. Marvin has served two terms in the ND House of Representatives for District 9, and he was the Democratic Nonpartisan League’s nominee for Governor in 2016 which let him once again travel and see his beloved state. 


Vandal Inducted Into Honor Society

April 23, 2018

Joanne200x250.jpgOn April 17, 2018, at a ceremony held at Minot State University, DCB Nursing Instructor Joanne Vandal was inducted into MSU’s Omicron Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Joanne was inducted as one of three Outstanding Community Nurses, there were also 7 MSU graduates inducted at the ceremony.
It is an honor to be a member of STTI. Each year the nursing department invites May graduate students from their BSN program, who meet the criteria of being leaders and are in the top 10% of their graduating class to become members.
There is also a category for current BSN or higher-level nurses who are invited to join. These nurses need to be leaders in nursing practice. This is the criteria and category that Joanne met to become part of this prestigious group.
The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) is to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.


Students Named to the 2018 All-North Dakota Academic Team

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Compliments of Dakota College at Bottineau Photography Program
Pictured from left, Back Row: Victoria Gullett (DCB), Jessica Duttenhefner (BSC), Kate Long (LRSC), Nicholas Fassos (LRSC), Harvey Barr (LRSC), Becca Weir (NDSCS), Evan Stack (LRSC), Brayden Lampe (NDSCS).
Front Row: Brandon Kayter (WSC), Jenna Duttenhefner (BSC), Logan Meyer (NDSCS), Alaynna Morin (DCB), Kaitlyn Wurst (NDSCS)

Fourteen North Dakota community college students have been named to the 2018 All-North Dakota Academic Team, which recognizes the academic achievements of community college students. The students were honored at a dinner and awards ceremony on Thursday, April 12, at Dakota College at Bottineau. ND State Board of Higher Education board member Kathleen Neset was the keynote speaker for this year’s program.

Members of the 2018 All-North Dakota Academic Team, their hometowns and the colleges they attend are as follow:

Bismarck State College

Jenna Duttenhefner, Menoken, ND - Transfer

Jessica Duttenhefner, Menoken, ND - Transfer

Bailey Schlosser, Mandan, ND - Workforce

Dakota College at Bottineau

Victoria Gullett, Bottineau, ND - Transfer

Alaynna Morin, Dunseith, ND -  Transfer

Lake Region State College/Devils Lake Campus

Harvey Barr, Southampton, England - Transfer

Nicholas Fassos, Adelaide, Australia - Transfer

Evan Stack, Saskatchewan, Canada – Workforce

North Dakota State College of Science/Wahpeton Campus

Brayden Lampe, Wheaton, MN - Workforce

Logan Meyer, Wahpeton, ND - Transfer

Rebecca Weir, Sauk Centre, MN - Transfer

Kaitlyn Wurst, Frazee, MN - Workforce

Williston State College

Brandon Kayter. Kelliher, Saskatchewan, Canada - Transfer

Kate Long, Watford City, ND - Transfer

Additionally, Jenna Dutenhefner received the New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar for North Dakota. Kaitlyn Wurst received the New Century Workforce Pathway Scholar for North Dakota.

Nominations are based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community. These are the top performing fourteen students out of 10,000 plus students in all the two-year schools. Team members are also eligible for scholarships from Dickinson State University, Mayville State University, Minot State University, Valley City State University, North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota. The University of Mary and University of Jamestown also offer awards to All-North Dakota Academic Team members.


Nominations Being Accepted

April 16, 2018

Since 1982 Dakota College at Bottineau Alumni Association has hosted an Awards Recognition banquet which honors students, supportive community members and alumni.  The DCB Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the following awards:

Golden Service
Must have attended Dakota College at Bottineau, is at or approaching traditional retirement age after a successful career or exceptional achievement, and his/her work has been beneficial to his/her community or society.

Friend of Dakota College at Bottineau
Does not have to be an alumnus, but has been very supportive of Dakota College at Bottineau, donating time, money, and/or resources that have made a significant difference for Dakota College at Bottineau.

Young Alumnus
Attended Dakota College at Bottineau within the last 15 years, has been successful and has shown growth and promise in a chosen career, has contributed in a beneficial way to community and/or society in general, and has set a good example in his/her community.

Questions may be directed to Kayla Wolfe, DCB Event Coordinator at 701-228-5435. Nominations should be submitted by June 1, 2018 and can be submitted online at http://www.dakotacollege.edu/alumni-foundat…/awards-program/.


DCB Awarded Otto Bremer Trust Funds

April 16, 2018

Dakota College at Bottineau was awarded grant funds from the Otto Bremer Trust for the purchase of nursing training equipment. The grant will fund the purchase of three simulation  manikins to train students at the Trinity Health Center satellite location of the Dakota Nursing Program. The computerized manikins exhibit life-like symptoms and respond to treatment, allowing nursing students to practice hands-on skills in a low-stress environment.

The enhanced training equipment will expand the Dakota Nursing Program’s capacity to train nurses, helping to address North Dakota’s nursing workforce shortage. Dakota College at Bottineau’s (DCB) Dakota Nursing Program (DNP) site at Minot-Trinity Health adds skilled nurses to the workforce each year and will soon graduate 48 skilled nurses into the workforce annually, filling a significant need for health professionals in northwestern and northcentral North Dakota. The two-year Associate Degree in Nursing and 11-month Practical Nursing Certificate programs offered by DNP provide an avenue to quickly deliver nurses to the medical profession, and are vital to helping meet the region’s shortage of medical personnel.

High quality simulation training equipment is crucial to the program’s success in graduating skilled nurses. Since DCB took on the DNP location at Minot Trinity Health in 2015, the college has been working to purchase all of the simulation training equipment needed to fully outfit the site. Computerized manikins known as “high fidelity simulation” training tools, are recognized as the most effective tools in nursing education. These tools provide opportunities for nursing students to extensively practice a wide range of skills and scenarios in a controlled environment long before they begin practicum training in hospital settings with live patients. This is especially beneficial in our rural area where students may not encounter as many different situations during practicum as they might if they were doing their practicum in a busy hospital in a metropolitan area.


DCB Earth Day Activities Announced

April 9, 2018

Dakota College at Bottineau will celebrate Earth Day with activities throughout the week, including the Annual DCB Conservation Award Presentation, Tree Planting Ceremony and carbon footprint presentation along with two exciting days hosting the Water Festival.

glendaf.jpgThe annual Dakota Collage at Bottineau “DCB Conservation Award” and tree planting will be held on Wednesday, April 25 at 10:00 am, gathering in the Alumni Center - Thatcher Hall.  Glenda Fauske, an Information and Education Coordinator for the NDSU-North Dakota Forest Service since 1989 has been named the 2018 recipient of the DCB Conservation Award. Fauske’s dedication to statewide public information and education practices as well as her partnerships with various agencies throughout the State to enhance educational resources were key considerations in her selection for this award.  As a coordinator of instructional events such as Project Learning Tree (PLT), Fauske advances environmental literacy through lifelong learning opportunities that raise public awareness about natural resource values, help support informed decision-making and foster individual responsibility in stewards of all ages.  Serving on local and statewide advisory boards and leadership teams confirms Fauske’s commitment her engagement in improving student learning. 

At noon and 7:00 pm in Thatcher Hall, DCB’s Wildlife and Fisheries Professor Dr. Shubham Datta will teach audiences how to Find Your Carbon Footprint. This topic allows us to calculate the part of our lifestyle that directly and indirectly generates carbon dioxide. Please bring an internet accessible device for this presentation. Our everyday actions, at home and at work, consume energy and produce carbon emissions, such as driving and heating buildings. Carbon offsetting is used to balance out these emissions by helping to pay for emission savings in other parts of our environment. 

The Water Festival has over 500 area 5th and 6th grade students registered to be on the DCB Campus April 25 and 26th.  Students and teachers participate in a half-day session focused on hands-on activities related to water. 

The week’s events are open to the public. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Otter Tail Power Company Donates To DCB's Scholarship Fund

March 27, 2018


Scholarship funds are generated by contributions made to Dakota College at Bottineau Foundation.  There are many different scholarships available to qualify for, including:  wildlife, medical fields, agriculture related fields and biology or science related fields.  Students are matched up with the appropriate scholarships and amounts vary depending on qualifications. 

Dakota College at Bottineau received a donation this week in the amount of $1,000.00 from Otter Tail Power Company.  This donation will fund an annual scholarship in the Environmental Technology Program.  For eligibility, students must be enrolled as a full time student on DCB campus in the Environment Technology Program.  Attached you will find a photo of Jeremy Rham, Otter Tail Area Manager, Dr. Jerry Migler DCB Campus Dean and John Derr from Otter Tail, Bottineau ND.


Chancellor Mark Hagerott Visits DCB

March 27, 2018


Chancellor Mark Hagerott hosting a discussion for DCB Faculty, Staff, and Students

Dakota College at Bottineau recently hosted a listening tour with Chancellor Mark Hagerott and Interim Vice Chancellor Phil Wisecup from the ND University System.  Although Chancellor Hagerott has been on campus twice since he was hired in 2015, he has not been able to spend much time on campus during those visits. 

During his visit to DCB on Wednesday, February 28th he was able to spend time with faculty, staff and students in an open forum meeting, which lasted about an hour and attended by about 40 people.  He and Vice Chancellor Wisecup also were able to visit with 15 community leaders during a noon luncheon in which there was good discussion about state and local program needs as well as the future of higher education in North Dakota.  Similarly, the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor had a very productive meeting with District 6 Representative Craig Johnson regarding legislative issues related to higher education.  We definitely appreciated Chancellor Hagerott’s time at DCB and the opportunity for everyone to learn about the work being done to chart the future of higher education in the state.


DCB Hires a New Farm & Ranch Business Management Instructor for the Rugby Site

March 26, 2018

sheila-braaten.jpgDakota College at Bottineau is pleased to announce that Sheila Braaten has accepted the Farm and Ranch Business Management (FBM) instructor position with DCB in Rugby.  She began work in the Rugby office, located at Rugby High School on March 19th. 

Sheila brings over 20 years of solid experience in agriculture to her new role.  She has extensive knowledge of agronomy through her previous positions as an agronomist, agricultural production specialist, and agronomy consultant.  Additionally, she and her husband operated their own farm for a number of years.  Most of her previous employment has been in the Rugby area and the north central region of North Dakota.

Sheila will be working with BillieJo Shae and Rodney Armstrong, the Farm Business Management instructors from Dakota College’s FBM programs in Minot and Bottineau, as she transitions to her new role.  One of Sheila’s first goals will be to meet all of the producers in the Rugby program.

Ms. Braaten has been actively involved in the community.  She is currently an advisory board member of the Rugby High School Agricultural Education program and serves as the secretary/treasurer of the Rugby FFA Alumni chapter.


Dakota College at Bottineau welcomes intern Chaleigh McCann

March 8, 2018

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Dakota College at Bottineau welcomes intern Chaleigh McCann.  McCann is currently working at Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood (MLS) schools in Pre-K through 12 as the School Counselor.  She and her husband live outside of Kenmare with their two children. 

McCann completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Idaho, receiving her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology.  She is a member of the American Psychological Association, The American Counseling Association.  In addition she is a member of the International Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society through Walden University; Chi Sigma lota Omega Zeta Chapter.  

As McCann completes her Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling Masters through Walden University, she is participating in an internship at Dakota College at Bottineau.  This internship will provide her with experiences in both school and community mental health. McCann shares that she is very excited for the opportunity and pleasure to intern at DCB.  She is looking forward to many learning experiences along the way.  You will see McCann on the DCB campus one day a week for the next 33 weeks.