This month: Menard family makes multi-million-dollar gift to NDSU, Aldevron Tower Virtual Dedication on 10/2, Bison Bidders Bowl is going virtual | Auction opens 9/28/2020, Team Makers make an impact | Trey Lance, 'From Flock to Fabric' project to raise NDSU scholarship funds, Stay Connected with NDSU Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
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Menard family makes multi-million-dollar gift to NDSU

The gift to the Challey Institute establishes directorship and national speaker series

Major thought leader Arthur C. Brooks will help launch the Menard Family Distinguished Speakers Series during a virtual event on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. The Menard Family Distinguished Speaker Series is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Menard family, who made a $5.5 million gift to the Challey Institute at NDSU. The family's investment will support a directorship, several new professorships, visiting scholars programs, and graduate and undergraduate fellowships that will allow NDSU students to gain an appreciation for the larger global environment within which business and innovation occur.

"Students, faculty, and the community will be able to engage and interact with world-class experts in these areas, generating additional ideas, thought, and research that will further our mission," John Bitzan, Menard Family Director of the Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth, said.

The Menard family's gift, in combination with gifts from other donors to the Challey Institute, will enable faculty and students to tackle big questions while exploring ways to improve the human condition and create economic opportunity.

Read the family's open letter to the NDSU community and find out more about the gift on the NDSU Foundation's website.

Save the date | Aldevron Tower Virtual Dedication

Join President Dean L. Bresciani and special guests for a look inside NDSU's home of the College of Health Professions

You're invited to the virtual dedication of Aldevron Tower Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. CT. Watch the event on the university's Facebook page. You'll learn how unique features enhance the way health care professionals are taught at NDSU. From simulation suites to the Pharmacy Practice Instructional Laboratory with both sterile and non-sterile compounding labs, Aldevron Tower changes the educational landscape at NDSU. We hope you'll join us to celebrate this tremendous success and its impact on the university, its students, and the region. Find out more about Aldevron Tower on the dedication event page.

Bison Bidders Bowl is going virtual

The 39th annual auction opens Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

Bison Bidders Bowl, NDSU's largest fundraising event, directly impacts students through scholarship support, academic research, and student-focused programs. Registration is free. Go to to get access to bidding. The auction will be open from Monday, Sept. 28, at 12 p.m. CT to Monday, Oct. 5, at 9 p.m. CT. Don't miss the exciting live program on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. CT. Tune into the livestream at the Bison Bidders Bowl website.

Philanthropy in action

Team Makers make an impact

When Trey Lance was making his college decision, everything about Fargo — from the university to the people and community support — drew him to NDSU. He says fans care about student-athletes on and off the field, which makes this community special. Scholarships also played an important role in his decision to become a Bison. Financial support from Team Makers and named athletic scholarships lessen financial burdens for student-athletes. These scholarships allow them to perform at their best in the classroom and on the field.

"Receiving a scholarship from North Dakota State is a lifelong blessing. Not only does it make a difference for me and my family financially, but it also allows me to form lifelong relationships with current and former NDSU student-athletes. The financial support from Team Makers also allowed me to realize how special the Fargo community is, as well as create long-lasting relationships with community members that go so much deeper than athletics."
- Trey Lance, Team Makers and named scholarship recipient, Strategic Communications, class of 2022

To find out more about scholarship support and In Our Hands: The Campaign for North Dakota State University, go to

Campus news

'From Flock to Fabric' project to raise NDSU scholarship funds

NDSU will soon unveil a product that is a must for all Bison fans. The new NDSU Tartan blankets are warm, soft and uniquely NDSU through and through. Available exclusively at the NDSU Bookstore, the wool blankets are the finished product of the "From Flock to Fabric: Weaving Scholarship Into The Fabric of Student Success" project organized by NDSU's College of Human Sciences and Education and College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources. Proceeds will support student scholarships in NDSU's Department of Animal Sciences and Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Interior Design, and Hospitality Management. Read more.

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