This month: NDSU's next big move | Register now for the 48th Annual Harvest Bowl Banquet | NDSU Giving Day is Nov. 29th | Bison Bidders Bowl raises funding for student scholarships | Philanthropy in action | President Cook's inauguration ceremony held

NDSU's next big move
In 2021, NDSU earned recognition as one of the top research institutions in the country

Odalis Garcia '26 is a graduate student in NDSU's psychology program. She researches dreams in the Personality and Trajectories to Health and Sleep (PATHS) Lab led by psychology professor Katherine Duggan.

"From what I'm gathering in my own thoughts and observations so far, I think dreams could have a potentially good function, but that for some reason, like maybe after a certain amount of stress, they become maladaptive — these dreams are now disturbing," Odalis said. "I hope to be able to pinpoint different factors that lead to that, and hopefully that can be addressed for people in clinical settings so they can finally have a good night's sleep."

Research opportunities like Odalis's are a foundational part of the student experience, and in 2021, NDSU was one of only four universities in the six-state upper Midwest region to earn recognition from the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education as an R1 research institution, the highest achievable status for research universities in the U.S.

"To reach this top status, a university must excel at both research and graduate education in multiple disciplines, not just one area," Susan Sell, dean of the College of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies, said. "At NDSU, we have 77 different areas of emphasis available for master- and/or doctoral-level training. This extraordinary depth and breadth provide a foundation for a diverse tapestry of research."

Learn more about NDSU's R1 classification and how philanthropy can help advance the University's mission in the fall issue of the NDSU Foundation Magazine.

48th Annual Harvest Bowl Banquet
Registration is open

Registration is open for the 48th annual Harvest Bowl Banquet! Join us Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Fargo to celebrate NDSU student-athletes and those who help advance agriculture in the state, region, and beyond, including county agriculturalists and the Agribusiness Award recipient, Ken Grafton. Registration and social begin at 5 p.m. with the awards dinner at 6 p.m. Bison Bingo will follow the banquet.

NDSU Giving Day
Nov. 29, 2022

Save the date for NDSU Giving Day on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. Giving Day is one day of giving that unites all of Bison Nation in support of North Dakota State University. Make your gift to your passion area at on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022!

Banner: Bison Bidders Bowl, Presented by First Western Bank and Trust

Bison Bidders Bowl
Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 41st annual Bison Bidders Bowl, presented by First Western Bank & Trust, a success! Benefactors raised $616,515 for student scholarships, making many dreams of an NDSU education come true.

Philanthropy in action
Painting is breathing

During her time at NDSU, Jessica Wachter '09 discovered abstract expressionism. Today she's an accomplished artist with clients across the country, including fellow NDSU alumni. Jessica values her connections within Bison Nation and wants to pay it forward. She is the current president of NDSU's School of Design, Architecture, and Art alumni advisory board and funds a visual arts scholarship to support future artists.

"What you have to create, only you can create and put out there," she tells current students.

See some of Jessica's artwork and learn her artist's approach in the fall issue of the NDSU Foundation Magazine.

Campus news
Inauguration ceremony held, President Cook gives first State of the University Address

Dave Cook was officially installed as NDSU's 15th president during inauguration ceremonies on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Festival Concert Hall. The event, held as part of NDSU's Homecoming Week activities, was merged with the president's first presentation of the annual State of the University Address. The "Charge to the President" was presented by Casey Ryan, State Board of Higher Education chair, and the investiture was conducted by Chancellor Mark Hagerott of the North Dakota University System.

During his address, President Cook said he has spent much of the time since he took office on May 17, 2022, "listening and learning" from faculty, staff, alumni, students, and various stakeholders across the state.

"You're already seeing my type of leadership. It's going to be big on listening and learning — to me, that's how you build relationships, that's how you build trust," he said, noting he took part in a two-week tour around North Dakota. "I've learned a lot. Every time I had one of these meetings, I learned something different."

Learn more about President Cook's vision for NDSU and his five key areas of focus on the NDSU news page.

Watch President Cook's inauguration on the NDSU Performing Arts Vimeo page.

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