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Mark your calendars and plan to join NDSU alumni and friends at special events and gatherings throughout 2022! The upcoming events calendar is now available on the NDSU Foundation website. We look forward to seeing you next year!

Alumni and friends gift more than $1.7 million on NDSU's sixth annual Giving Day
Thank you for making this another record-breaking year!

NDSU's sixth annual Giving Day raised more than $1.7 million and secured more than 1,950 unique gifts, a record total. Ahead of the event, benefactors committed more than $1 million in matches and challenges to help amplify the impact of each gift across campus.

"What our alumni, friends, faculty, and staff have done on Giving Day is a true testament to the strong future ahead for North Dakota's land-grant University," NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani said. "Their confidence in NDSU and the investments they've made is truly extraordinary."

Read more about NDSU's Giving Day success on the NDSU Foundation's news page.

NDSU breaks ground on new agriculture building for the future
Watch the groundbreaking program online now

State leaders, agriculturalists, and the North Dakota State University campus community gathered for the Peltier Complex groundbreaking and naming ceremony on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. This state-of-the-art facility will be a hub for agricultural innovation, product development, and advancing research and education that will provide new economic opportunities for North Dakota, the region, and the world.

Hear from NDSU leadership, Governor Burgum, Senator Hoeven, state senators Rich Wardner and Ronald Sorvaag, the Peltier family, and others about what this facility will mean for the region in the groundbreaking program.

Potato researchers at NDSU address potato yield globally
Dr. Julie Pasche leads the team investigating how growers can produce safe food sustainably

In 2014, more than 40 donors across 15 states funded the Neil C. Gudmestad Endowed Chair of Potato Pathology at NDSU. Dr. Julie Pasche now holds that position. She leads a team of researchers who ask critical questions about where to take risks while evaluating what they're seeing in the field to protect yield.

"My role is managing the research unit. The lab scientists and field scientists are doing the boots-on-the-ground work, and I'm bringing it all together from what the growers need to funding and distributing the results of the research," Julie said.

The research being conducted by Julie's team is critical to potato yield globally, and investigating how growers can produce safe food sustainably while continuing to feed the world guides their processes. Read more about Julie and the investments made in potato pathology at NDSU in the digital issue of the NDSU Foundation Digital Magazine.

Campus news
NDSU alumnus puts degree to work

NDSU alumnus John Olhoft is at the epicenter of the 3D printing universe. As president of Fargo's LulzBot and its parent company, FAME 3D, his NDSU degree has been indispensable.

"The engineering degrees at NDSU prepare you to be a professional problem-solver," John, a BS '17 agricultural and biosystems engineering major, said. "It doesn't matter what the issue is, you're able to take all of the given information, assess what you're trying to find out, and then develop a solution."

In November 2019, John and two partners, Cooper Bierscheid and Ron Bergan, formed FAME 3D to purchase the LulzBot brand's assets. They packed the company's equipment on 28 semis in Loveland, Colorado, and moved everything to Fargo, opening in the new location Jan. 1, 2020. The new company built its first 3D printer two weeks later. Among LulzBot's clients are universities, schools, the military, hobbyists, hospitals, and large manufacturers, such as Tesla, John Deere, and Ford.

Read more about John's work and how it all started at NDSU at NDSU's news page .

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