Former Bison fullback Chad Stark shares how NDSU set him up for success on and off the field.
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For NDSU student-athletes, the clock never stops. Jalen Bussey ’23, a Bison running back, spent his summer on campus. Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, he met his teammates in the weight room, at the Fargodome, or on the turf for strength and conditioning practice.
North Dakota State University’s Nice Center, founded in Jan. 2019 and funded by philanthropy through the In Our Hands Campaign, supports students’ ideas and helps them advance those ideas in the marketplace. For Dieumerci Christel ’21, the Nice Center opened up a world of possibilities as he completed his degree and advanced his business.
The NDSU Foundation strives to recognize excellence through award opportunities and programs. Meet the 2021 Award Recipients: Alex Gore and Lance Cayko, Sandra Strand, Alex Tröster, John Wold, Gate City Bank, and Mike and Barb Jones.
In mid-July, I found myself riding south on Highway 18 with the NDSU Foundation creative team near Kindred, North Dakota, scouting out the window for the rare and endangered western prairie fringed orchid. I was told ditches were the place to look, but directions to turn east down a gravel road beside a cattle corral yielded nothing but cattails and tall grass for miles.
In 1997, a photograph emerged of one extraordinary mouse sitting inside a petri dish on a white laboratory table. Like most mice, it had four legs, one tail, and two eyes; unlike most mice, it had three ears.
If asked to envision a potato, what do you see? A side of fries next to a burger? A mound of mashed spuds accompanying meatloaf? Maybe you’d see boiled baby Red River Valley Reds sprinkled with parsley next to grilled chicken? If breakfast is your jam, the word might inspire visions of hash or a skillet packed with cubed potatoes, peppers, and onions topped with an over easy egg.
Robert (Bob) ’64, ’70 and Suzanne ’64 Lervick have always felt a special connection to Bison Athletics. Bob, a Life Trustee at the NDSU Foundation, played baseball and freshman basketball as a student, and he and Suzanne both remember the important role athletics played in the campus culture — even before Bison football gained prominence as a national powerhouse.
Beginning in fall 2021, all incoming first-generation students enrolled in the College of Business at North Dakota State University will be awarded a one-time scholarship thanks to a new scholarship program funded through philanthropy. The program is supported by the Ronald and Kaye Olson Deanship fund and the Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth.
In April 2021, the NDSU Foundation announced it had surpassed the $400 million fundraising goal for In Our Hands: The Campaign for North Dakota State University. As of today, more than $430 million has been raised to support scholarships, faculty, facilities, and programs.