This month: North Dakota State University alumni and friends establish fund in honor of President Dean L. Bresciani | Agribusiness Award: Submit your nomination today! | Join the Herd at Target Field: NDSU night scheduled for June 9 | Meet Us in Bismarck: Join fellow NDSU alumni and friends at Site360 on June 1 | Philanthropy in action: The NDSU experiment | 2022 Spring Commencement

North Dakota State University alumni and friends establish fund in honor of President Dean L. Bresciani
The President Dean L. Bresciani Endowed Chair in Leadership

In recognition of President Dean L. Bresciani's 12 years of leadership at North Dakota State University, alumni and friends have made gifts totaling more than $3 million to establish a first of its kind endowed chair in leadership. The President Dean L. Bresciani Endowed Chair in Leadership will honor and support outstanding campus leaders who are advancing NDSU's mission.

Dr. Bresciani was named NDSU's 14th president in 2010. His leadership duties during a 35-year career have been broad, covering academic, administrative, and political aspects of public higher education. In addition to his service as NDSU's president, he has held numerous national leadership positions, including the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the NCAA. He concludes his NDSU presidency on May 16, 2022.

The President Bresciani Leadership Chair will be an appointment made by a selection committee that will include NDSU's president, provost, faculty and staff senate leaders, student government leaders, and Foundation leadership. The appointed position will rotate every three years. Faculty and staff members, program or center directors, department heads, coaches, and others with a track record of leadership success will be eligible to hold the chair.

The NDSU Foundation is still accepting gifts to support the endowment. At the time of the announcement, more than $3 million had been gifted to the fund.

Agribusiness Award
Submit your nomination today!

The Harvest Bowl Agribusiness Award is an annual award that recognizes an individual who has distinguished himself or herself in the field of agriculture and business in the state of North Dakota and beyond. Nominations may be completed through the Harvest Bowl event webpage and are due by June 15, 2022. Harvest Bowl is a proud annual NDSU tradition celebrating NDSU students, alumni, and friends as they help advance agriculture in the state, region, and beyond.

Join the Herd at Target Field
NDSU night scheduled for June 9

Cheer on the Minnesota Twins with fellow NDSU alumni and friends as they face the Yankees during NDSU Night at Target Field, presented by Alerus. Score an exclusive co-branded NDSU/Twins cap with your ticket purchase through the Major League ticket sales site.

Meet Us in Bismarck
Join fellow NDSU alumni and friends at Site360 on June 1

Help welcome NDSU's 15th president, Dr. David Cook, and learn how philanthropy is helping students from the Bismarck-Mandan area access an NDSU education. Gather from 5-7:30 p.m. at Site360 (the rooftop at First Western Bank & Trust) in Bismarck, North Dakota, on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. This event is free but you must register by May 23, 2022, through the NDSU Foundation event page.

Philanthropy in action
The NDSU experiment

When it came time for Brianna Maddock '22, a biotechnology major with minors in microbiology and chemistry, to choose a college to attend, she had every reason to pick NDSU. Her parents, Robert '95, '98 and Tamra '99, are NDSU grads, and both her dad and aunt, Kasey Maddock Carlin '99, teach in NDSU's animal sciences department, but Brianna had reservations. NDSU and the city of Fargo were almost too familiar, too comfortable. She felt she should go further outside of her comfort zone as she pursued a degree — until NDSU's research opportunities and scholarship support changed her mind.

"It was really easy for me be like, 'Oh, it's just NDSU,' but when I really started to look into some of the programs and research opportunities for undergraduates, that's when I got excited; that's when I was like, 'OK, I can come to NDSU, I can get an awesome experience here, and with scholarships, I can do it debt-free,'" Brianna said. "That made me recognize that NDSU was home — not because Fargo was home — but because of those opportunities."

Brianna's research experiences helped open doors beyond NDSU. Learn how she became involved with Aldevron, the Fargo-based biotechnology company founded by NDSU graduates Michael Chambers '97 and John Ballantyne '97, and how that experience led to the start of her career in the spring issue of the NDSU Foundation Magazine.

Campus news
2022 Spring Commencement

NDSU will celebrate Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at the Fargodome. Commencement is a symbol of individual student success, family and community pride, and faculty and staff support. Learn more about the ceremonies and read stories from spring graduates about their memorable moments on the NDSU website. Congratulations to all the graduates, and welcome to the NDSU Alumni Family!

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