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Training Held: The Master's Thesis Process

The thesis is the culmination of the master's degree and it is important that students know about what needs to be in a thesis proposal, how the thesis development process works, how to choose an advisor, what the student's responsibilities include, etc. Yet, it is rare that special attention is given to addressing these issues within graduate programs. The Department of Emergency Management has decided that its master's program will communicate this information to students early in their program of study; thus, Jessica Jensen, Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator, held a "training session" related to the thesis process Friday, September 5th over a brown bag lunch in the Center for Disaster Studies and Emergency Management. The next training session for graduate students will be September 12 and address the master's comprehensive exam. This training too will be over a brown bag lunch on a Friday and brown bag lunches with graduate students and the graduate coordinator will continue every Friday in the Center for the duration of the semester.



Cwiak Publishes Articles

Carol Cwiak's article entitled, "Understanding where policies and decisions can go wrong: Utilising a 360 analysis model as a proactive reputation management strategy", published in the Journal of Business Continuity and Emergency Planning, Volume Seven, Number Four (pages 324-334). Cwiak also has an article entitled, "Increasing access and support for emergency management higher education programs" forthcoming in Journal of Emergency Management. Cwiak is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Management.

Department of Emergency Management Holds Graduate Orientation

On Monday, August 25 the Department of Emergency Management held its annual graduate orientation. All faculty and new graduate students were in attendance as were a number of students who have been in the program more than a year. The orientation included introductions of students, faculty, and staff, a review of expectations associated with the graduate program at NDSU, milestones in the program, departmental and Graduate School policies and more. The Department views the orientation as one of the most important things it can do to support student success in the program.

Cwiak Participates in Energy Tour

Carol Cwiak, Assistant Professor, participated in the North Dakota Energy Tour for Educators August 5-6, 14. The group of 20 educators and administrators from colleges and universities across North Dakota toured the Milon R. Young Station in Center, ND, the BNI Coal, Ltd. Center Mine, the Whiting Belfield Gas Plant in Belfield, the Dakota Prarie Refinery, and the Target Logisitics Dunn County Lodge (a crew camp). Over the two days the group also heard presentations on mining and reclamation, power plant regulations, research and development partnerships with the state, Dickinson's recent development, and more. The tour was organized by the Lignite Energy Council.

Cwiak Releases EM HI ED Survey Report

Carol Cwiak, Assistant Professor, has conducted an annual survey of the emergecy management higher education community on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Higher Education Program for the past 7 years. This summer she released her report regarding the 2014 survey entitled, "Emergency Management Higher Education Today: The 2014 FEMA HigherEducation Program Survey". View this year's report  and/or those from previous years at the FEMA Higher Education Program's website.

Ge Presents at Disaster Researchers Meeting

Yue "Gurt" Ge, Assistant Professor, presented Vulnerability and Hurricane Evacuation Expectations in the Lower Rio Grande Valley with colleagues at the International Research Committee on Disasters Researchers Meeting. The Meeting is a cooperative effort of the International Sociological Association's International Research Committee on Disasters and the Natural Hazards Center at Boulder, CO.

Faculty Present at Natural Hazards Workshop

Daniel J. Klenow, Department Head, moderated a session entitled, "Educational Options for Passing Along Disaster Knowledge", at the 39th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop. Jessica Jensen, Assistant Professor, presented in this session as well as another entitled, The Changing Emergency Management Profession. While Department faculty have previously attended the Workshop, this year is the first that faculty have presented. The Workshop is one of the most respected, enduring conferences for disaster researchers and practitioners in the United States.

Faculty Heavily Engaged in FEMA HiEd Symposium

Department of Emergency Management faculty, Carol Cwiak, Jessica Jensen, and Daniel J. Klenow, were heavily engaged in the 2014 FEMA Higher Education Symposium. The faculty participated in a combined total of 15 presentations as moderators or presenters (i.e., Cwiak (3), Jensen (7), Klenow (5). Presentations were related to developing undergraduate and graduate degree programs in emergency management, reporting results of recent survey efforts, skills critical to undergraduate student development in emergency management, and more. The annual Hi Ed Symposium is the main national conference for emergency management higher education faculty.

Jensen Organizes First Emergency Management Research Conference

Most established academic disciplines have research conferences wherein advances in theory development and new research findings or data from research underway are shared. This sharing creates the opportunity for researchers to receive feedback on their work; new knowledge to be disseminated amongst scholars; and, for the scholars to in turn build on this new knowledge through their own research and/or share the new knowledge with students in higher education programs. This sharing also provides the opportunity for those conducting research to receive peer feedback on their work, offer presentations that are meaningful for achieving tenure, and develop synergies that will enhance scholarship in the field.

As of this year, emergency management has such a research conference.

Jensen, Assistant Professor, coordinated the development and implementation of a one day research conference the day before the Annual Emergency Management Higher Education Symposium at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Self-identified emergency management scholars presented in the areas of advances in theory, analysis based on a literature review, results of basic research, and results of applied research.

The conference was so well received that Jensen has been asked to coordinate the second such conference for 2015.


Cwiak Speaks to Fargo Moorhead Area Association of Realtors

Carol Cwiak, Assistant Professor, spoke May 20, 2014 to the Fargo Moorhead Area Association of Realtors at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo, ND. The title of her presentation was "The Practical Application of Emergency Management: The TopTen Things Realtors Should Know and Do". 

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Classes Begin—August 25

ICS 300 Training—Two and a half day ICS 300 training course beginning on August 26 at the Ramsey County Courthouse in Devils Lake. Learn more and register.

Labor Day—No classes, September 1

Key Date—September 3 is the last day to add classes on Campus Connection, last day for no record drop of classes and a 100% refund, and the day when credits are calculated for financial aid.

Financial Aid Applied—September 9

Basic Public Information Officer Training—2 day course in Bismarck beginning on September 9. Learn more and register.

Critical Incident Stress Management Training—Two day course in Fargo beginning on September 9. Students who participate get to volunteer with the state CISM team for 3 years following the training. Learn more about this great opportunity and register.

EOC Operations and Planning for All Hazards Training—2 day course in Grand Forks beginning on September 9. Learn more and register.

NDSU Payments Due—September 10

AMEM Annual Training Conference—September 14-17 in Breezy Point, MN. Learn more and register.

Disaster Behavioral Health Training--Wednesday, September 17, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Fargo Public Safety Building, 4630 15th Ave. NW. To register for this training go to

Hazard Mitigation Planning Training—Two day course in Bismarck beginning September 17. Learn more and register.

Effective Communications Training—One day course in Stanley on September 24. Learn more and register.

Emergency Planning Training—Three day course in Bismarck beginning on September 30. Learn more and register.

Key Date—October 3 is the last day to withdraw to zero credits for a 75% refund.

Disaster Recovery in Rural Communities Training—Two day training conference in Bismarck beginning on October 6. Learn more and register.

NDEMA Annual Conference—October 6-9 in Bismarck. Learn more and register.

ICS 400 Training—Two day course in Devils Lake beginning on October 15. Learn more and registerr.

Mental Health First Aid Certification Training--October 21 and 22 from 8am to noon in the NDSU Memorial Union. For more information or to register for the training, call the NDSU Counseling Center at 701-231-7671.  For more information on Mental Health First Aid, please visit

2014 Hazardous Materials Conference—October 29-31 in Bismarck. Learn more and register.

Key Date—November 2 is the last day to withdraw to zero credits for a 50% refund.

Veterans Day—No classes, November 11

Key Date—November 14 is the last day to withdraw to zero credits for fall and the last day to drop classes with a “W”

Key Date—November 21 is the graduate student deadline for initial disquisition submission to the Graduate School for December graduation

Thanksgiving—No classes, November 27-28

Dead Week—December 8-12

Final Exams—December 15-19

Commencement—December 19

Classes Begin—January 12 at 4pm 

EMGT Student Newsletter

EMGT Student is a student-written newsletter published by the Emergency Management Program. Links to the current and past editions of the newsletter are posted below.

Volume One

Volume Two

Volume Three

Volume Four

Volume Five

Volume Six

Volume Seven

Volume Eight

Student Focused. Land Grant. Research University.

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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 10, 2014 9:16:08 AM