Prakash Mathew, Dr. Thomas Riley, and Dr. James Jorgenson each served — in varying faculty and administrative roles — as diligent and compassionate facilitators of the student experience at North Dakota State University. Collectively, their careers at NDSU span from 1960 to 2015, and today they each embrace an ongoing commitment to student success through philanthropy.
In October 1957, Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite, began orbiting Earth. As it raced overhead, Americans listened to radio broadcasts of its steady beeps — shrill and hollow. Mechanical —the sound a hospital monitor makes when it must alert the doctor that something is wrong.
Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) retaining walls are so integrated into the design of the ordinary world that, when working properly, they most likely go unnoticed. But if you begin to look around, you’ll find them hiding everywhere — as natural reinforcements for dikes, bridge abutments, and seawalls, and as temporary structures for highway projects. These MSE retaining walls are an essential part of upholding and stabilizing the framework of our daily lives.
For Keith ’75 and Cathy ’77 Peltier, establishing a planned gift with the North Dakota State University Foundation was the natural next step in their philanthropic giving. Cathy’s mom graduated from NDSU; Keith’s NDSU lineage goes back to his great-grandmother, Jessamine Burgum, who was the first female student at NDSU (then North Dakota Agricultural College); and all three of the Peltier children are also NDSU graduates.
North Dakota State University is at the heart of the Aldevron’s origin story. The Fargo-based biotechnology company focused on gene therapy research — a field that is transforming the entire health care sector — got its start at NDSU in the late ’90s, and all of its co-founders, Michael Chambers ’97, John Ballantyne ’97, Victoria (Knudson) Chambers ’98, and Matt Chambers ’00 are NDSU graduates.
Dr. Kwangsoo Park, associate professor in the College of Human Sciences and Education, has been appointed to the newly-established Anne Stegner Endowed Professorship and first endowed professorship in the College of Human Sciences and Education. Park, head of the apparel, merchandising, interior design, and hospitality management department, is the inaugural holder of the endowed professorship.