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In Our Hands Campaign Surpasses Goal 20 Months Ahead of Schedule

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.

Playing Through the Fourth Quarter

Steve Stephens’ (’69, ’71) NDSU experience helped prepare him for a lifetime of accomplishments and adventure. The qualities he gained as a student-athlete helped enhance his career in human resources leadership.

NDSU Field Trip: The Babbling Brook

In mid-June, I crossed University Drive from the Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center and walked, for the first time, to the Babbling Brook on the North Dakota State University campus. I planned my visit in the morning to avoid the heat, but the sun was unshrouded by clouds and light baked into the yellow bricks on campus even at that early hour.

Better Together

Shane ’92 and Mary ’94 Wendel met as student-athletes competing in track and field at North Dakota State University. Shane ran the 400 meters (m) as well as some relay events, and Mary competed in the pentathlon, which includes the 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, and 800m run…

A Privilege to Play

Edie Boyer ’89 hardly remembers a time in her life without sports. Growing up, she and her three brothers and two sisters played them all — baseball, basketball, softball, soccer, wiffle ball in the backyard, and street hockey in the driveway. Her love of sports is part of the reason Edie was inspired to give back to NDSU Athletics.

A Way Forward Through Philanthropy

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.

From NDSU to the Moon

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.

Common Ground

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.

Leveraging Their Legacy

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.