This month: NDSU alumni award submissions close Aug. 23 | Register now for Bison Bidders Bowl 40! | Update on APDC and NCI | Check out the NDSU Foundation Magazine's summer digital issue | Philanthropy in Action | Campus News | Stay Connected with NDSU Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

Last chance to submit your nomination!
NDSU alumni award submissions close Aug. 23, 2021

The NDSU Foundation annually recognizes excellence among NDSU alumni, volunteers, and corporate partners. Award recipients are selected by NDSU Foundation Trustees and recognized at Evening of Distinction, traditionally held in the spring. The Foundation is now accepting nominations for 2022. Visit the NDSU Foundation website for submission details and to view past honorees.

Register now!
Bison Bidders Bowl 40

You're invited to the 40th Annual Bison Bidders Bowl, presented by Gate City Bank, on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Fargo. Join us for an elegant evening of philanthropy to support academic scholarships for North Dakota State University students. The evening begins with cocktails and a silent auction at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and the live auction at 6:30 p.m. Registration is open now through Sept. 29, 2021.

Tickets are $175 each or $1,750 for a table of ten. All proceeds from Bison Bidders Bowl fund scholarships that lift up tomorrow's leaders. By supporting scholarship funds, you help make a student's dream of an NDSU education come true. To make a cash or item donation, please contact Melissa Harms by email or call 701.231.6844.

APDC and NCI update
North Dakota Legislature approves additional funding

The North Dakota Legislature approved additional funding for North Dakota State University's Agricultural Products Development Center (APDC) in its 2021 session, bringing the total state funding for the joint APDC and Northern Crops Institute (NCI) facility to $70 million. The Northern Crops Institute is a state agency operating within NDSU — its mission is to support regional agriculture and value-added processing by conducting educational and technical programs that expand and maintain domestic and international markets for northern grown crops.

The Legislature also authorized up to $15 million of private funding for the project should it materialize, which will be needed to equip and enhance lab spaces and complete the classroom spaces throughout the building. Philanthropic support will help NDSU students learn in state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms where they will pursue their dreams of careers in the food industry. In addition, gifts to this project will help transform the facility so that NDSU scientists are able to work in 21st-century environments to maximize their research for the benefit of farmers, ranchers, and processors in our region and beyond.

Learn more about APDC/NCI in the recent update from Greg Lardy, NDSU Vice President for Agricultural Affairs.

NDSU Foundation Magazine
The summer digital issue is online now

Get more stories about NDSU students, alumni, faculty, and staff at your fingertips. The digital magazine offers opportunities to tell more stories in different ways to keep you engaged with and up-to-date on Bison Nation. The digital magazine provides a platform for longer, more detailed stories showcasing philanthropy in action and highlighting notable alumni. The summer 2021 issue includes the first NDSU Foundation Field Trip. These lighthearted features spotlight a special location and give you a glimpse behind the scenes of places you may have seen every day on campus or introduce you to someplace new. Discover more about the Babbling Brook today.

Philanthropy in action
Doosan Bobcat continues to demonstrate its commitment to STEM programs at North Dakota State University

Doosan Bobcat North America (Doosan Bobcat) recently donated a new robotic cobot and two previously used robotic arms to help outfit a state-of-the-art robotics lab at the university; the gift in kind is valued at $60,000. Doosan Bobcat is committed to investing in STEM-related areas to help fuel innovation and inspire students in engineering and other innovation-related fields.

"We are proud to partner with NDSU to provide its students with innovative resources and equipment for hands-on learning opportunities and foster the next generation of robotics and engineering professionals," Nicol Winkelman, vice president of human resources at Doosan Bobcat North America, said. "As a company built on decades of engineering advancements, Doosan Bobcat is committed to investing in and developing the talent pool that will shape the next century of innovation."

Read more about robotics at NDSU in the digital summer issue of the NDSU Foundation Magazine.

Campus News
Welcome back: Finish your degree at NDSU

Returning to NDSU to finish your degree doesn't have to be a hassle. Tyre Leapaldt, a finance student, decided to complete his higher education at NDSU after leaving the University of North Dakota in 2010.

"The two reasons why I left higher education were that I wasn't prepared and I didn't feel passionate about my studies at the time," Leapaldt said.

After leaving UND, Leapaldt worked in retail, sales and management while he continued developing a passion for business. "I realized that I was interested in the way that businesses operated, but I was becoming aware that my lack of a degree was holding me back and closing some doors for me," he said.

Leapaldt chose to continue his degree at NDSU because of the accredited business program.

Learn more about NDSU's Degree Completion Program on the University's news page.

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