No matter what stage in life you are, whether it is high school, college, or in the armed forces, there is always something new to be learned. This proves to be true for Dustin Gilseth, who is a Horticulture student at Dakota College at Bottineau. Dustin is from Langdon, ND, and is anticipated to graduate with his AAS in Horticulture with a concentration in Greenhouse Technology this spring.
Dakota College at Bottineau is pleased to share that Dr. Zahra M. Moss was accepted to present at the Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Conference held at UND this week. In addition to her Social Science instructor role, Moss advises students in diversity at Dakota College.
Harvest season is upon the Bottineau community and it is no different at the Dakota College at Bottineau greenhouse. During harvest season, the greenhouse has various gardens and high tunnels producing fruits and vegetables to be harvested. This year the harvest included apples, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, radishes, beets, squash, cantaloupe, green beans, zucchini, garlic, cucumbers, lettuce, and kohlrabi. After harvest, everything is for sale to the college staff and faculty, community members, and to the campus dining center, Sodexo.
On September 22nd the Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture held its second annual interactive field day on the Dakota College at Bottineau campus. This field day started getting planned last year after the first one had commenced, which was initially postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants awarded to Dakota College at Bottineau were used to assist in funding the event. Just under 40 individuals participated in this event which was almost triple compared to last year’s event.
Dakota College at Bottineau welcomes several new employees to their campuses this fall. In addition, a few of the current employees have transferred to new roles.
Since 1982 Dakota College at Bottineau Alumni Association has hosted an Awards Recognition banquet that honors athletes, students, supportive community members, and alumni. The DCB Alumni Association accepts nominations for the Golden Service, Friend of the College, and Young Alumnus awarded annually. The Alumni Association and Lumberjack Athletic Hall of Fame recipients will be acknowledged at the Awards Recognition Banquet, Saturday, October 8, 2022, in a semi-private event at the Cobblestone Inn, Bottineau. The award recipients and guests have been contacted by special invite.
Enrollment at Dakota College at Bottineau is holding steady this fall following record numbers set just last year. The North Dakota University System calculates official fall enrollment for all 11 colleges and universities on the 20th instructional day of the semester. That day was earlier this week, September 19, 2022.
The Dakota College at Bottineau campus library extends an invitation to visit the library and check out the banned books display. The American Library Association proclaims September 18-24, 2022 as Banned Books Week. An annual event celebrating the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinions allowing the freedom to read.
Dakota College is excited about repurposing space for students. Student Life Director, Bridget Gustafson saw an opportunity after the dining hall moved out of Mead Hall. Gustafson said, “I knew we had a large space that could be repurposed. The TV room upstairs seemed to be getting a lot of use by the Mead Hall residents, so I thought it would be nice to have a larger area for students to utilize”. After the dining hall addition and Student Center renovation were completed, there wasn’t enough room for one of the pool tables. This started a scheme of plans for repurposing the former dining center in Mead Hall.
Dr. Carmen M. Simone was named Campus Dean and Chief Executive Officer for Dakota College at Bottineau in August 2022. Dakota College is one of five comprehensive community colleges in North Dakota and it is an affiliate campus of Minot State University. Prior to her return to North Dakota, Simone served as President of Western Nebraska Community College. She guided the institution through the worldwide pandemic with a commitment to serving students. During her tenure, the institution also successfully completed virtual and verification accreditation visits, launched a new technical program, and focused on strategic enrollment management.