This month: Aldevron Tower officially dedicated, National Estate Planning week is Oct. 19-25, NDSU's fifth annual Giving Day scheduled for Dec. 1, 2020, Bison Bidders Bowl virtual auction raises more than $172,347 for NDSU | Scholarship recipient, Erica Cotter, shares her story | NDSU breaks ground for new Grandmother Earth's Gift of Life Garden | Stay Connected with NDSU Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Aldevron Tower officially dedicated

Go inside this entirely donor funded, state-of-the-art facility to see how it is changing the landscape of education at North Dakota State University

Aldevron Tower, the $28 million home to NDSU's College of Health Professions, was officially dedicated via a virtual event earlier this month. This facility changes the way future health care professionals are educated at NDSU. Unique features include a Simulation Suite with a home health studio apartment, trauma bay and birthing suite, and hospital rooms. The building also includes a Pharmacy Practice Instructional Laboratory with both sterile and non-sterile compounding labs. Visit the Aldevron Tower Dedication page to watch the dedication, view impact stories from NDSU students, faculty, and benefactors, and take a virtual tour of the building.

National Estate Planning week is Oct. 19-25

Together, we can make a difference for the future of NDSU and its students

Next week is National Estate Planning week. There's never been a better time to name North Dakota State University in your estate plan. Earlier this year, the NDSU Foundation launched the In Our Hands Legacy Challenge, which allows benefactors to leverage their legacies through matching funds made available thanks to the generosity of Robert '67 and Sheila Challey. Eligible planned gifts include bequest language in a will or trust, beneficiary on retirement plans, charitable gift annuities, or charitable remainder unitrust. Call 701.231.6800 to ensure your gift qualifies for this limited opportunity. We hold a vision of access, opportunity, and innovation for the next generation; making it a reality is in your hands. The In Our Hands Legacy Challenge will expire June 30, 2021, or when all matching funds are distributed.

NDSU’s fifth annual Giving Day scheduled for Dec. 1, 2020

Become an ambassador today

The NDSU Foundation will host Giving Day, an online, grassroots fundraising campaign, on Dec. 1, 2020. This will be the fifth annual Giving Day for the university. In 2019, benefactors helped raise more than $939,000 to support NDSU and its students and faculty. You can help spread the word about Giving Day 2020 by becoming a Giving Day ambassador at By signing up, you'll gain access to a virtual training session, exclusive graphics, and Giving Day contests. Help lift up tomorrow's leaders by getting involved today.

39th annual Bison Bidders Bowl

The virtual auction raises more than $172,347 for NDSU

Dollars raised from this auction have a direct, positive impact on the lives of NDSU students through scholarships, academic research, and student-focused programs. Thank you to the alumni and friends who made cash gifts and placed winning bids. You can watch the live virtual event on the NDSU Foundation’s YouTube channel. Save the date for Bison Bidders Bowl 40 on Oct. 9, 2021.

Philanthropy in action

Scholarship recipient shares her story

Erica Cotter has received multiple scholarships throughout her education at North Dakota State University. The support from generous benefactors have made an impact on her education and her life. Learn what inspired her to seek a career as a child advocate and how scholarship support is making her dream of an NDSU education a reality in her video.

"Scholarship funds are an amazing way to give back to your community. I don't think people realize that even the smallest amount can make such a huge difference in some people's lives."
- Erica Cotter, scholarship recipient, Human Development and Family Science and Social Work, class of 2023

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

Campus news

NDSU breaks ground for new Grandmother Earth's Gift of Life Garden

NDSU hosted the annual Indigenous Peoples' Day opening ceremony Oct. 12 at the future home of the campus' new Grandmother Earth's Gift of Life Garden.

"The Grandmother Earth's Gift of Life Garden is meant to honor and connect NDSU to Indigenous cultures and lifeways," President Dean L. Bresciani said. "NDSU is focused on diversity and inclusion, with the Grandmother Earth's Gift of Life Garden being one of the public spaces dedicated to improving our community."

The garden is open and available to Indigenous Peoples and the campus community as a whole. It encourages learning about the Native American people in our region.

"The earth plays an integral role in Native American culture. There is great importance placed on taking care of the earth. Having NDSU provide a space for this garden shows the university's respect toward the Native American culture," Jaclynn Wallette, director of Multicultural Programs at NDSU, said.

The Indigenous Peoples' Day opening ceremony included a welcome, opening prayer and blessing, drum performance, reading of the resolution, presentations from area mayors, Gladys Ray Award presentation, words of support, garden groundbreaking and overview of the day's events.

"This annual celebration enhances understanding and promotes harmony, healing, and reconciliation," Lenore King, Native American Commission chairwoman, said.

Plans are in progress for the development of the new Grandmother Earth's Gift of Life Garden. An official dedication ceremony will take place once the garden is completed.

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