Minot State University announced Vision 2013 Award recipients. Award winners, who are faculty and staff members, demonstrated a strong commitment to advancing the university toward its Vision 2013 goals and specific objectives.
The recipients are: Andy Bertsch, business administration; Mikhail Bobylev, chemistry; Lisa Borden-King, teacher education; Deborah Brothers, social science; Kelly Buettner-Schmidt, nursing; Melanie DeBoer-Brunsdon, athletics; Andrea Donovan, humanities; Warren Gamas, teacher education; Donna Harvey, Gordon B. Olson Library; Joseph Jastrzembski, history; Evelyn Klimpel, student development, Mary Mercer, North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities; Linda Olson, humanities; Ernst Pijning, history; Dan Ringrose, history; Lisa Roteliuk, communication disorders; Rebecca Ruzicka, Rural Crime and Justice Center; Jessica Smestad, Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning; Sarah Walker, Job Corps executive management program; and Darla Weigel, student affairs.
Bertsch, associate professor of management, contributes notably to the university achieving a distinctive national reputation by publishing articles and a book and securing funding for two grant proposals with an international focus. He has students deliver formal oral presentations in competitive events.
Bobylev, associate professor of chemistry, mentored several students, who presented their research at national conferences. Thoughtful of effective learning styles, he teaches his second-semester organic chemistry lab as a full research class, which encourages a rigorous learning experience rooted in real-life chemical laboratory experiences. Bobylev, International Faculty Association president, sits on the International Advisory Committee. He was also instrumental in developing and teaching the Countries and Cultures course.
Borden-King, associate professor of education and CETL associate director for engagement, initiated the Diagnostic Reading Clinic, which hires MSU preservice teachers to diagnose and work with struggling readers in elementary schools. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction selected her to serve on the State Literacy Team. In her CETL position, she helped revamp the new-student orientation and encouraged First Year Experience faculty to integrate community engagement activities into their classrooms. Over many years, Borden-King has voluntarily worked with individuals with reading issues when others have given up.
Brothers, secretary for the Division of Social Science, demonstrated exceptional patience, dedication and organizational prowess during the division's move from the Administration Building to Old Main. She devotes careful attention to fiscal matters and serves as a steward who looks out for the university's interests. Her direct contact with students and sensitivity to their diverse needs are essential to create an inclusive campus.
Buettner-Schmidt, new executive director of MSU's Tobacco Policy and Environ- mental Change Collaborative, is respected across the state. Recently, Rep. Matt Klein approached her to assist him with legislation to combat the nursing shortage. In the past, nursing colleagues enlisted Buettner-Schmidt to lobby the state legislature when the use of tobacco settlement dollars and support for simulation funding were being reviewed. As nursing department chair, she also led a team of nursing faculty in revamping MSU's nursing program to produce more Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates.
DeBoer-Brunsdon, assistant athletic director for compliance and student life, developed MSU's National Collegiate Athletics Association compliance manual. Her leadership in engaging the entire campus in the compliance process, by creating a compliance Web site and athletic compliance Facebook page and other methods, has earned praise from the association and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Donovan, assistant professor of humanities, is involved in teaching, developing curriculum, improving class adaptations, promoting multicultural awareness, mentoring and advising students, leading study-abroad tours and presenting papers at national and international conferences. She is engaged in community and campus activities, research and scholarship and Minot State committee work.
Gamas, chair and associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Human Performance, was instrumental as a member of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Steering Committee. His technological expertise was essential in writing the institutional report and rejoinders and the NCATE team visit, which resulted in a seven-year national accreditation. He serves as president of the Magic City Lions Club and assisted with a New Year's activity for children. He maintains a strong relationship with Minot Public Schools, helping MSU prepare students for teaching in local schools.
Harvey, access service associate, is a strong MSU supporter who shares information about the university. Working with student staff daily, she helps them navigate what is often their first job. She also mentored a student athlete, two freshmen and two Canadian students. She volunteered at Minot's 2nd Story Club, campus Earth Day clean up and sat on the NDPERS Recommendation Subcommittee. Her ranch has hosted bee colonies for an MSU science project, Minot Area Council for International Visitors tours, international students and NorthStar CriticAir crash survival training.
Jastrzembski, professor of history, teaches Native American history and culture and serves on the Native American Advisory Council and Diversity Committee. He recently published "The Apache," a high school textbook, which re-evaluates and corrects stereotypes on Native American culture. He played a central role in the successful NCATE review. He served on the College of Education Program and Policy Committee, wrote the history and social science NCATE reports and answered reviewers' questions. He also secured a community partnership grant from the U.S. Department of State to fund the MACIV program.
Klimpel, coordinator of disability services, served as a learning coach, in support of inclusive early childhood service, for 11 tribal Head Start programs for 12 years. She provides residential hall staff with diversity training and current issues affecting students with disabilities. She also teaches study skills. She wrote a vocational rehabilitation grant proposal to provide e-text capability for tribal colleges for future transfer students' use prior to their arrival at MSU.
Mercer, North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities community training core coordinator, advocates for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan, including participation in higher education. She developed "Universal Designs for Learning," an online course, that provides college and university faculty with strategies and instructional methods designed to enhance student engagement while maintaining MSU's academic rigor.
Olson, professor of art and chair in the Division of Humanities, excels in teaching, advising, scholarly and artistic activity, community outreach and administration. She maintains an ambitious teaching load. As a chair, she administers with conscientious attention in addressing concerns and challenges. A national rock art expert, Olson's work is important as Native American rock art faces the prospect of deterioration or disappearance. She involves students in documenting and researching rock art.
Pijning, professor of history, is dedicated to cultural diversity and multiculturalism and provides students with a sense of belonging in a wider academic community. He invited a visiting professor to MSU, secured funding for the visit and arranged for her to present in several classes and a public lecture. Influential in the course's approval, he taught a Netherlands segment in Countries and Cultures. When the need unexpectedly arose, he willingly taught an additional class. This year, he revived the regional competition for National History Day in North Dakota.
Ringrose, professor of history and chair in the Division of Social Science, taught FYE courses, helped design "centennial curriculum," one of the new general education models, and chaired the General Education Ad Hoc Committee, which advocates for the institutionalization of FYE learning communities for all freshmen. All students must also complete three engagement experiences, a university-community experience, a community volunteer project and a senior capstone/internship experience.
Roteliuk, instructor of communication disorders, mentored three students in their theses research and presentations at a national conference. To effectively teach the evaluation process in the vocal pathology course, she participated in "Videostroboscopy with Interpretation," a nationally recognized voice conference. She developed assign- ments to engage graduate students in researching vocal pathologies and evidence-based vocal-therapy techniques.
Ruzicka, Rural Crime and Justice Center research associate, was pivotal to the development of the Victim Assist- ance Academy for North Dakota. She has hired graduate and undergraduate students, ranging from criminal justice to graphic design majors, for RCJC research projects. Currently, she is working to reduce sexual assault and violence and stalking on North Dakota campuses.
Smestad, Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning mentoring and tutoring coordinator, oversees the Peer Tutoring and Peer Mentoring programs. She belongs to the University Diversity Committee and is assisting with CONNECTIONS, Orientation Part II, which will have a civic engagement component, and the revitalization of Greek life at MSU.
Walker, the Job Corps executive management program administrative assistant, professionally communicates with the national Job Corps director, regional officers, corporate presidents and vice presidents, and she assists in the development of the program's national marketing plan.
Weigel, administrative assistant to the vice president for student affairs, supports the Student Welfare and University Affairs Committee, the Native American Center director and the Finance Committee. She assisted in the hiring of four POWER Center staff members, a Veterans Center director, a Native American Center director and a vice president for administration and finance.
The selection committee, made up of four vice presidents, the athletic director and Student Government Association, Faculty Senate and Staff Senate presidents, reviewed more than 40 nominations. Supervisors nominated employees based on criteria directly related to MSU's Vision 2013.