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Bakken U Scholarship Application Now Open

June 1, 2017

Applications are now open for more than $25,000 in scholarships that have been announced under the North Dakota University System's BakkenU initiative.

Now entering its third year, the NDUS Foundation has awarded $15,000 in BakkenU scholarships while the five BakkenU institutions have made several additional awards.  

Candidates for the scholarship include current or former workers for energy or energy-related companies, as well as their spouses.

Chancellor Mark Hagerott said the initiative had already proven successful in getting people with backgrounds related to the Bakken back to school.

"Our five westernmost schools have taken this initiative and really made it successful," Hagerott said. "In doing so, they have been able to reach additional students who may not have had the opportunity to expand their educations with us."

For the 2017-2018 academic year, the North Dakota Petroleum Council will again partner with the NDUS to offer two $2,500 scholarships. Additionally, Dickinson State University will offer one 4-year scholarship with a total value of more than $9,000. Minot State University will offer three $1,000 scholarships, Bismarck State College Foundation is offering three $1,000 scholarships, and Williston State College will offer five $1,000 scholarships.

For more information, go to BakkenU.NDUS.edu. Applications are due by June 30, 2017. 

DCB's Mawby Receives FSMA Produce Rule Lead Trainer Status

May 30, 2017

MawbyHollysrgb190x238.jpgOn May 25th, 2017, Dakota College at Bottineau’s Holly Rose Mawby was granted Federal Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule Lead Trainer status.

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the first major overhaul of our nation's food safety practices since 1938, and it includes new regulations for farms that grow fresh produce (fruits and vegetables) and for facilities that process food for people to eat.  The new regulations contain guidance and oversight for Preventative Controls for Human and Animal Food as well as Produce.

To become a lead trainer for the FSMA Produce Rule, Mrs. Mawby attended extensive training, followed by testing and interview assessment to ensure her ability to fully understand the federal rules and relate compliance with those rules to produce growers.

Mrs. Mawby is the only lead trainer for the FSMA Produce Rule in North Dakota.  Each FSMA training must have a lead trainer on site during training. 

If you or anyone you know is interested in training or more information regarding the FSMA Produce Rule and would like assistance, please have them contact the ECH Director at Dakota College at Bottineau, 701-681-0252 or hollyrose.mawby@dakotacollege.edu

DCB Undergoes Summer Renovations

May 23, 2017

When you visit Dakota College at Bottineau this summer, you will see a few renovations in progress. Thanks to one-time legislative funding during the 2015-2017 biennium, funds are available to complete some much-needed updates to the campus. 

Contractors have been on campus this spring to replace the roofs on the central heating plant, greenhouse, and north end of Thatcher Hall. New entrance doors will be installed at the Molberg, Nelson Science Center and the greenhouse buildings.  Nelson Science Center (NSC) is receiving an update to the restrooms and to the fume hood in the chemistry lab. In addition, due to a very generous donation from a community member, NSC will also see an update to the student lounge area with new seating, carpet, and décor.  

The Molberg building, located next to the greenhouses, is receiving a makeover in one of the classrooms. Removal of the paneling and outdated shelving in this room will create a much more contemporary atmosphere. The update will include replacing the heating and cooling unit in the classroom.  Thatcher Hall will receive new carpet on the second floor hall along with new coverings on the main stairways.  

In addition to the previously listed projects, almost all of the parking lots and main driving areas on the campus are scheduled to be resealed. 

The goal is to have all of these projects complete by the end of June, 2017. However, specific dates have not been scheduled due to contractor’s schedules.  Signage will be posted to minimize any inconveniences for staff and campus visitors.

Dakota College's Economic Contribution to the Local Community

May 23, 2017

Each of the state’s college campuses is an important component of that area’s local economy. This brief analysis will provide highlights of an economic contribution analysis of Dakota College at Bottineau in the Bottineau area. Key economic indicators estimated in the analysis include direct impacts, total level of economic activity, personal income, retail trade, tax revenues, and employment. All dollar values are presented in terms of current year dollars, i.e., the effects of inflation have not been removed. The Consumer Price Index indicates that inflation during the 16-year period from 1999-2015 was 42 percent.

Expenditures by Dakota College at Bottineau comprise the direct impacts, or “first round effects”. Expenditures by Dakota College at Bottineau were $4.6 million in FY1999, $5.4 million in FY2004, $6.0 million in FY2006, $6.7 million in FY2008, $7.4 million in FY2009, $9.5 million in FY2011, $9.0

million in FY2012, $9.6 million in FY2013, $11.0 million in FY20014, and $11.4 million in FY2015 (Appendix Table B6). Expenditures increased over the 16-year period by $6.9 million or by 150 percent.

Total impacts associated with Dakota College at Bottineau were estimated by applying the North Dakota Input-Output Model coefficients to total direct expenditures. Total economic contribution was estimated at $13.5 million in FY1999, $15.9 million in FY2004, $17.6 million in FY2006, $19.8 million in FY2008, $21.9 million in FY2009, $28.1 million in FY2011, $27.1 million in FY2012, $28.7 million in FY2013, $32.7 million in FY2014, and $33.7 million in FY2015. The sector with the largest impact was the Households Sector (i.e., personal income of area residents) for each year presented. Personal income increased from $5.4 million in FY1999 to $13.0 million in FY2015 or by 139.2 percent. Other sectors receiving major contributions included Retail Trade, Construction, Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate, and Business and Personal Services. Increased retail trade activity was estimated to be $3.3 million in FY1999, $3.9 million in FY2004, $4.2 million in FY2006, $4.9 million in FY2008, $5.3 million in FY2009, $6.6 million in FY2011, $6.6 million in FY2012, $6.8 million in FY2013, $8.0 million in FY2014, and $7.9 million in FY2015. This represents a $4.6 million (139.2 percent) increase for the 16-year period. Increased levels of retail trade activity would generate $365,000 in sales and use tax collections in FY2015, compared to $153,000 in FY1999 and $248,000 in FY2009. Personal income tax collections were estimated to be $81,000 in FY1999, $97,000 in FY2004, $105,000 in FY2006,

$120,000 in FY2008, $132,000 in FY2009, $169,000 in FY2011, $166,000 in FY2012, $172,000 in FY2013, $194,000 in FY2014, and $195,000 in FY2015 as the result of increased economic activity in the Households Sector.

Levels of business activity resulting from Dakota College at Bottineau expenditures would support 70 secondary (indirect and induced) jobs in 2015. These jobs are in addition to the 169 positions (excluding student jobs) at Dakota College at Bottineau in 2015. In the Fall Semester of 2014, 518 full- time equivalent students were enrolled at Dakota College at Bottineau.

In addition to the economic contribution resulting from the institution’s expenditures, spending by students also contributes to the local economy. Direct impacts of student spending in the Bottineau area were $5.3 million in FY2015. The total economic contribution was $13.1 million. Student spending was estimated to generate an additional $274,000 in sales and use tax collections and $48,000 in personal income tax collections. This level of student spending would create enough business activity to support

24 secondary (indirect and induced) jobs. A detailed analysis of the economic impact resulting from student expenditures is presented in Appendix Table A24. Click here to view the table


DCB Holds Rummage Sale to Give Back

May 17, 2017


Darrell Waters, DCB, Keith Knutson representing the Kiwanis, Amber Bowers representing Independence, Inc., Denise Schroeter, DCB

Dakota College at Bottineau held their fourteenth annual rummage and bake sale on Saturday, April 1, 2017.  DCB employees hold this each year to support local community charities. DCB has reached $20,668.87 in giving since establishing this event in 2003. 

The 2017 proceeds of $1,125.00 were distributed equally to community groups.  Recipients included the Turtle Mt. Kiwanis to help rebuild and promote the Frisbee golf course at Forestry Park, the Independence, Inc. Bottineau office for their garden project, and the Little Free Libraries to purchase children’s books.

Independence, Inc. is a resource center to help those with disabilities achieve independent living.  This non-profit disability rights organization helps disabled individuals live independently by removing barriers.  One way they do this is by building and maintaining a vegetable garden for client use and education.

The Little Free Library project was started with proceeds from DCB’s 2016 rummage sale.  The libraries are located 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 Stephanie Blumhagen.   

In addition to the rummage proceeds, the bake sale raised $200.00 for the Turtle Mountain Cancer Support Group.

DCB to Host Watershed Institute

May 16, 2017

Dakota College at Bottineau is excited to announce they are hosting the Annual Souris River Watershed Institute, July 9-14, 2017. This opportunity allows formal and informal educators to experience current watershed management and water resource issues. While exploring the issues and identifying solutions, participants will receive real world, user friendly and classroom ready instruction from specially trained Project WET facilitators, resource professionals and scientists.

Project WET is a nonprofit water education program through the State Water Commission that facilitates and promotes awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids. 

The institute includes hands-on activities with a tour of major watershed sites: J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge, Minot Flood Protection Projection and the International Peace Garden. Participants will complete several environmental investigations to understand methods for determining overall watershed quality: conduct biological, chemical and physical assessments, and live stream habitat assessments. Discover institute curriculum materials and receive a completely revised Project WET K-12 Curriculum and Activity Generation 2 Guide along with access to many more online resources and classroom ready materials.

This four-semester graduate credits institute is open and registration may be completed on-line at www.swc.nd.gov/info_edu/water_education/education/.  The Course fee is $200, which covers room, board, materials, instructors, and resources. Your local water resource district, school staff-development funds, or local soil conservation district may offer full scholarships.

To receive credits for the class there is an additional fee of $50 per credit.

There is a limited number of spots available.  For more information and registration, go on-line to www.swc.nd.gov.

Students Challenge Microsoft Industry Certification

May 11, 2017

DCB students enrolled in Business Information Technology courses successfully challenged the Microsoft Industry Certification Exam. This exam validates students’ skills and assists in advancing their careers.  Microsoft Office is used throughout the business industry, and employers look for individuals proficient in the Office Suite.

Please join DCB in congratulating Derek Valdez, Avondale, AZ; Stephanie Brendan, Dunseith; and Hayden Holtzclaw, Peyton, CO on passing the Microsoft Excel exam.  In addition, please congratulate Derek Valdez, Avondale, AZ; Tascha Livingstone, Cartwright, Manitoba; and Darren Jahner, Bottineau on passing the Microsoft Word exam with scores well above the passing requirement. The students will receive a certificate from Microsoft, which allows them to cite this achievement on scholarship applications and resumes’.

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Derek Valdez, Tascha Livingstone, and Darren Jahner. - Word Certification

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Hayden Holtzclaw, Stephanie Brendan, and Derek Valdez- Excel Certification

DCB Hosts Area High School Business Challenge

May 11, 2017

The annual area High School Business Competition was held at Dakota College at Bottineau on Wednesday, May 3rd.  Students competed in Accounting, General Computer Knowledge, Keyboarding and Personal Finance.

Professors Colette Schimetz and Diane Keller, hosted the participants while they completed challenging exams and exercises. Participating high school students from Rugby, Bottineau, Wolford and Westhope competed for first, second, and third place plaques and trophies.


Accounting Challenge (L to R); First - Kyle Yoder, Wolford; Second - Seth Canales, Bottineau; Third - Kaitlyn Wilmont, Bottineau

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General Business Challenge (L to R); First - Justin Yoder, Wolford; Second - Dillon Slaubaugh, Wolford; Third - Cody Jundt, Rugby

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Keyboarding Challenge (L to R); First - Carlie Milang, Bottineau; Second - Even Brudwick, Bottineau; Third - Kiara Larson, Rugby

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Keyboarding Team Challenge (L to R); First - Bottineau (Even B. & Carlie M.); Second - Rugby (Kiara L. & Mika G.); Third - Wolford (Emmy T. & Jazmine S.)

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Computer Knowledge Competition (L to R); First - Hunter Ruttan, Westhope; Second - Koby Marchus, Wolford; Third - Cole Wentz, Rugby

Dakota College Recognizes Excellence

May 10, 2017

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Left to right: Jalee Lynnes, Gary Albrightson, Ashley Pedie

Dakota College at Bottineau held their annual faculty and staff recognition luncheon the end of April.  Excellence awards were presented to faculty, staff and advisors selected by their peers. 

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. JaLee Lynnes, Student Services Department, is the 2017 recipient of the Staff Award for Excellence.  Gary Albrightson, Arts and Communication, Associate Professor is the recipient of the Faculty Award for Excellence.  Ashley Pedie, Allied Health Advisor, is the recipient of the Advising Award for Excellence.

JaLee Lynnes has been at the college since 2013. She is the Financial Aid Assistant in Student Services where she has daily contact with students. One nominator’s comment stated that JaLee genuinely understands each student has a unique situation.  “She takes pride in her work.  While not every process can work on our campus, she knows which ideas can be fine-tuned to fit our students’ situations.”

Gary Albrightson has been at the college since 2003.  He teaches a variety of English, and Communication classes including college composition, literature and advises students in the Liberal Arts program.  Albrightson puts his students first.  He is always putting in the extra work whether it is during the summer or after class time. DCB has received several compliments from high school principals that have students participating in the dual credit classes.  

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 2017 recipient, Ashley Pedie, has worked in an Administrative Assistant role in the nursing program since 2011.  A colleague who submitted Pedie’s name for this award commented that Ashley is dedicated to help all nursing and allied health students stay on-track for degree completion as well as their career goals. She is an example of an advisor who is committed to assure student success.

DCB Foundation Opportunities

April 17, 2017

As some of you may know, the DCB Foundation office wears a few different hats depending on the event or time of year. For those of you that don’t, I want to lay it out so that you can better understand which fundraisers are done for each association and what each association does with the money raised.

The DCB Foundation’s priority is to raise money to award scholarships to new students each year based upon academic achievement. There are a couple different ways that this goal is reached. First, we have about 50 endowment funds where the principal stays intact and the interest generated is used for scholarships. We also host Evergreen, Wine Walk, Oktoberfest and Annual Drive to help us reach our target of $35,000. The Foundation also has the Berge Scholarship Fund that awards about $80,000 each academic year to Bottineau County residents. Other direct scholarships available through the Foundation include; three different nursing scholarships, an Environmental Technology Program scholarship, and one for a second year student in the Wildlife Program.

The Alumni Association is one of the other organizations ran through DCB’s Foundation office. The group works hard each year to raise funds for returning students based upon academic achievement. Through Alumni Dues, Phonathon, working the gates at the Bottineau County Fair, Knight for a Princess – Father Daughter Dance, and selling coupon books we are able to award around $10,000 to second-year students each academic year.

The Logrollers Association is the third group organized through the DCB Foundation office.  Their primary purpose is to raise money to award around $60,000 in athletic scholarships each year. Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Volleyball and Baseball are the eligible sports on campus that can accept scholarships. The Logrollers organize the Calendar Raffle, Trip Raffle Event, Metigoshe Turtle Trot, Wayne Gorder Memorial Golf Tournament, and Membership Drive to reach the goal of helping keep the sporting teams play at a competitive level.

If you are interested in donating or have any questions, please feel free to give Foundation Director, Courtney Vandal a call at 701-228-5613.


Taylor to Receive DCB Conservation Award

April 11, 2017

The annual Dakota College at Bottineau “DCB Conservation Award” and tree planting will be held on Thursday, April 20 at noon, gathering in the Alumni Center - Thatcher Hall.  This award is being given during the school’s annual Earth Day Celebration.

Dakota College at Bottineau has developed a Nature, Technology, and Beyond focus which grew from its founding mission in 1906 of providing educational programming for those choosing a career that promotes care and concern for the environment.  This focus and mission is uniquely expressed in the college’s original mission statements that prescribe practical and efficient training in forestry, horticulture, agriculture, and nursery and greenhouse practice; and, advocates for a trained eye to observe and a skilled hand to execute. Dakota College at Bottineau is rooted in the past and grows towards the future emphasizing a knowledge and appreciation of Nature, implementing rapidly changing Technology, and preparing students to go Beyond and improve the quality of life.

The DCB Conservation Award is presented by Dakota College to an individual who has demonstrated leadership and has made notable contributions to the conservation, preservation, and enhancement of our precious natural resources.  This person will have contributed in an exceptional way that has had a significant impact for the common good.

Criteria used for selecting the DCB Conservation Award recipient are as follows:

  • Wide recognition for expertise, vision, and problem solving;
  • Demonstration of enduring commitment;
  • Development of partnerships;
  • Generation and stimulation of community support;
  • Promotion to new audiences through educational efforts;
  • Catalyst for positive change.

The 2017 recipient of the DCB Conservation award is Mr. Ryan Taylor.Taylor pasture.jpg

Ryan Taylor is the immediate past state director for USDA Rural Development, a three term state senator for his rural district, and now continues his lifelong vocation as a fourth generation cattle rancher, writer and speaker. In his time at Rural Development he worked with his team of 44 employees to deliver $590 million of loans, grants and loan guarantees to rural North Dakota to fulfill the mission of improving the quality of life and increasing economic opportunities in rural America. Taylor was appointed to that position by President Obama in August, 2015, and he served through the end of that administration on January 20, 2017.  At Rural Development, he spearheaded the first ever 'Green Economics: Agreeing on Efficiency' conference, convening diverse statewide interests from energy to environment, utilities to consumers, on the topic of saving energy and money. He began caring about rural places on the day he was born in the local Rugby hospital in 1970, and was wrapped up and returned to his family ranch southeast of Towner where he now raises his own family." 

Taylor graduated with honors in agricultural economics and mass communications from North Dakota State University in 1992. He was elected to the state senate for his rural district in 2002, reelected twice, and ended his service in 2012 as the senate minority leader. Three of his sessions were spent on the agriculture committee, and four sessions were on the education committee. As a state senator and a Bush Foundation fellow, he has also completed executive programs at the University of Wisconsin LaFollette School, the University of Virginia Darden School, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

In the arena of conservation, he has been a steadfast steward and defender of the land as a family rancher; as a state senator and statewide candidate for office; and as a speaker and a columnist publishing ‘Cowboy Logic’ for more than 200,000 readers in agricultural newspapers across the western U.S. and Canada. His public policy perspective hearkens back to the careful multi use, with reclamation and respect for the land, which was summarized in former Governor Art Link’s speech, “When the landscape is quiet again.” Ryan has used his platform as an elected leader and a widely published columnist and author to keep land and the generations to come who will depend on how we treat it in our collective conversation on the prairie. As a Bush Foundation leadership fellow, Taylor travelled to Norway and studied that oil producing nation’s respected public policy and management to glean best practices and examples for North Dakota’s ‘one time harvest’ of oil and gas.

On the ranch, Taylor has cared for the land with numerous innovative grazing and management practices in cooperation with the Natural Resource Conservation Service. Several miles of fresh water pipeline, additional water wells and tanks, and many miles of cross fencing for rotational grazing have been added with assistance from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). A green grass calving season, beneficial herd rotations, nutrient management, and other enhancements to promote wildlife and conserve energy have been recognized by the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The Taylor Ranch is welcoming to scientists and researchers studying the benefits of working pastures and hay lands for plants and animals, and provides access to hunters through the Private Land Open to Sportsmen (PLOTS) program.

Ryan and his wife, Nikki, will be back to raising their three young children on the family ranch south of Towner after nearly two years living in Bismarck during Ryan’s tenure at USDA.


DCB Earch Day Activities to Include Agriculture Topics

April 1, 2017


ND State Director Ryan Taylor

Dakota College at Bottineau will celebrate Earth Day with activities throughout the week including an exciting day of agriculture based presentations on April 19 and a Water Festival on April 20.

At noon and 7:00 pm in Thatcher Hall, Dakota College at Bottineau will host a panel discussion entitled Farming: Conventional and Unconventional. This topic expands upon the yearlong reading and discussions of the book Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness by Lisa Hamilton. Everyone is welcome to attend whether or not you have read the book. Panel members will be farmers from the region, conventional and unconventional, and will discuss the differences, similarities, challenges, and opportunities for both in our current agricultural climate.

At 3:00 pm, DCB will host a presentation by CommonGround North Dakota focusing on starting a conversation between women who grow food and the women who buy it. It is a conversation based on personal experience as farmers along with their experiences with science and research. North Dakota farm women have volunteered to be part of this grassroots program to share their personal stories and demonstrate the commonalities between the values and experiences of real farm families and consumers who benefit from all that farmers grow – to show there is, in fact, Common Ground.

The Water Festival, Conservation Award and tree planting will be held on Thursday, April 20th. The Water Festival invites over 250 area 5th and 6th grade students onto the DCB Campus. The annual Dakota Collage at Bottineau “DCB Conservation Award” and tree planting will be held on Thursday, April 20 at noon, gathering in the Alumni Center - Thatcher Hall. Ryan Taylor, a fourth generation rancher in Towner, North Dakota has been named the recipient of the 2017 DCB Conservation Award. Taylor’s conservation practices on his ranch as well as his service as State Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development were key considerations in his selection for this award. Taylor graduated from North Dakota State University with bachelor's degrees in agricultural economics and mass communications. He previously served as a state senator, where he served on the Agriculture Committee, and also as Senate Minority Leader. Mr Taylor will also provide comments at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Water Festival. Tree planting, award presentation.

The events are open to the public.