This month: Homecoming 2021 highlights | President Dean L. Bresciani delivers his final State of the University | Register now for 47th annual Harvest Bowl | NDSU Giving Day on Nov. 30 | NDSU's APDC to be named Peltier Complex | Philanthropy in Action | NDSU Scholarship Support | Join a Bison Football Watch Site | 2021 NDSU Presidential Search | Stay Connected with NDSU Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.
Photo: From left -- John Glover, Robert Challey, Sheila Challey, Mary Ann Swiontek, Steve Swiontek, President Dean Bresciani at the In Our Hands Campaign Celebration

Homecoming 2021 highlights
NDSU Foundation Trustees gather to celebrate NDSU

What a week was had for alumni and friends who gathered for NDSU Homecoming!

Among the many highlights, the In Our Hands Campaign reached the $440 million milestone and now has just a few weeks remaining before its conclusion on Dec. 31, 2021; let’s keep running up the score! Many NDSU benefactors gathered to celebrate the campaign success in the new Louise S. Barry Auditorium, inside the walls of Richard H. Barry Hall. This campaign is already fast at work, making a difference for students, faculty, and programs.

The Evening of Distinction event recognized outstanding achievement of NDSU alumni, friends, and donors. You can read more about their accomplishments in the NDSU Foundation Digital Magazine.

The week wrapped with the 40th Bison Bidders Bowl, and it was a celebration for the ages, with more than $690,000 raised for student scholarships! This record-setting event surpassed the previous mark of $472,000 set in 2017. Thank you to all of you who participated in the week's events and activities!

Campus news
President Dean L. Bresciani delivers his final State of the University

On Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani gave his final State of the University Address. He reminisced about his tenure at NDSU and proclaimed his confidence in the University's future. Former Student Body President, Matthew Friedmann '20, made the introduction, and NDSU Provost Margaret Fitzgerald outlined NDSU's strategic plan. In the conclusion of his address, President Bresciani announced he will leave his entire estate to NDSU.

"I have enormous faith in the future of North Dakota State University, and I thank you for letting me be a part of its past, present, and future — that we contribute — to the people we serve," President Bresciani said.

You can watch the entire address here .

Celebrate agriculture and athletics with the 47th annual Harvest Bowl
Nov. 19-20

Since 1973, NDSU has celebrated the relationship between agriculture, education, and Bison Athletics excellence with the Harvest Bowl banquet and football game. You can register now for the banquet, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at Delta Hotels by Marriot in Fargo. The 2021 Harvest Bowl Agribusiness Award Recipient, Eddie Bernhardson, will be recognized during the banquet along with leading agriculturalists from all of North Dakota's 53 counties and 10 western Minnesota counties.

Save the date for NDSU's Giving Day
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021

Giving Day is an annual, grassroots fundraising event to benefit all of NDSU. You can help promote this one-day event by becoming a Giving Day ambassador. All the tools you need to encourage your friends and family to support NDSU are available now at Don't forget to make your gift in support of the NDSU fund of your choice on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.

NDSU's APDC to be named Peltier Complex
One of North Dakota State University's most iconic family names will soon be memorialized on a new campus building

"The Peltier family has been an integral part of the history of NDSU and agriculture in the state," NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani said. "From farming, to the seed business, to grain elevators, to serving on commodities boards in the state, the family is uniquely aware of the critical role NDSU's College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources plays in our state, the nation, and the world."

The Peltier family made leadership philanthropic gifts to support the private fundraising portion of the project, which partnered with the North Dakota Legislature to complete the overall financing package.

"We believe this is a showcase building for agriculture in North Dakota and for marketing our products to the world," Keith Peltier '75, president and general manager of Proseed, said. "My dad, who's not living anymore, was a great promoter of ag products. We thought it would be a great place to be able to honor him."

Read more about the Peltier family, whose NDSU legacy goes all the way back to the University's early days.

Philanthropy in action
A gift of land becomes a spectacular 1,600-acre preserve

The NDSU Foundation Magazine invites you on a field trip to the Albert K. Ekre Grassland Preserve, which Albert Ekre gifted to NDSU in 1987 for educational and research purposes. Albert recognized the ecological significance of the plants, pollinators, trees, and wildlife that were so abundant on his property. He also shared in the joy of helping young people study agriculture and welcomed 4-H and FFA club members to conduct livestock judging trials at his ranch. After successfully owning and operating the ranch for nearly 50 years, Albert made plans to gift his land to the NDSU Foundation for the use of NDSU students, faculty, and staff.

Visit the preserve and discover what Albert loved about this land in the NDSU Foundation Digital Magazine.

NDSU scholarship support
Make your gift to support students today!

Every fall, the temperature slowly cools, and students return to North Dakota State University. As the seasons change, NDSU alumni and friends also return to campus to cheer on the Bison and reflect on days gone by. This fall, while you reflect on your time at NDSU, we're asking you to pay it forward by making a gift to support NDSU students today.

We believe our future leaders shouldn't be obstructed by the burdens of today, and incoming students say a scholarship difference of as little as $2,500 can mean choosing NDSU instead of another college or university.

Learn more about scholarship support and make your gift on the NDSU Scholarship Support webpage.

Join a Bison Football Watch Site
Watch Site locations are updated weekly

There are Bison Football Watch Sites located across the U.S. Check out the Watch Sites webpage for sites near you and join fellow fans to cheer for the green and yellow!

2021 NDSU presidential search
North Dakota State University, Fargo, welcomes applications and nominations for the position of president

The North Dakota University System State Board of Higher Education has opened a search for the 15th president of North Dakota State University. The State Board of Higher Education and the NDSU Search Committee seek an inspiring, goals-oriented leader to set the University's direction for the future. They wish to attract a unifier to the position and one who is politically astute and entrepreneurial. This individual must be a visible, congenial leader.

Co-chairing the NDSU Presidential Search Committee are Jill Louters, Ed.D., State Board of Higher Education vice chair, and Greg Lardy, Ph.D., NDSU's vice president for agricultural affairs.

After listening sessions involving the NDSU community, staff, students and faculty, Lardy said, "It is clear that the new president is expected to be a committed advocate, positively representing all aspects of the NDSU campus community. The new president will continue to strengthen partnerships and collaborate effectively for the well-being of the University, the University System, the State Board of Higher Education, the greater Fargo community, and the state of North Dakota."

Dr. Louters added, "Another key aspect for the new president will be to manage diverse relationships, build consensus, and practice unquestionable integrity to maintain NDSU's traditions and environment."

More information about the search process can be found on the NDSU Presidential Search webpage.

For best consideration, applications and nominations should be received by November 22, 2021. The successful candidate will succeed Dr. Dean L. Bresciani, who has served the University since 2010.