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Mari Borr, Associate Professor, School of Education, has been named Associate Editor for Family and Consumer Sciences Education Research Journal (FCSRJ).  For over 35 years, the FCSRJ has been the periodical of choice for specialists in every segment of the FCS field. A major vehicle for the dissemination of new research, the FCSRJ covers the richness, diversity, and interdisciplinarity that characterize family and consumer sciences today. Each refereed article in the FCSRJ includes cutting-edge relevant research as well as practical information for family and consumer sciences professionals and practitioners. 

Jill Nelson, Associate Dean and Associate Professor in the School of Education and doctoral students in her Professional Issues class worked on a problem-based-learning assignment in which they engaged in a consultation project for our NDSU Community Counseling Services.  As part of their consultation work with our clinic, they crafted a grant proposal to the Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation and were awarded $10,000 for a project called the “Counseling Services Enhancement” initiative.  This group of doctoral students used their diverse set of strengths and assets for this project, something that led to this application being successful.  They are: Amy Nathe, Benjamin Erie, Kadie-Ann Caballero-Dennis, Irene Rettig, Julie Smith, and Jessica Brown.  

Julie Garden-Robinson, Professor, Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences and Extension Food and Nutrition Specialist, was awarded $35,000 from Dakota Medical Foundation to continue the FaithCommunitiesAlive! initiative in the Fargo-Moorhead area. To date, 20 faith communities have been engaged in education and policy/environmental changes to promote better health. More information is available on this website: Julie also obtained funding from the Northern Pulse Growers Association to develop a variety of materials related to pulse foods. North Dakota is a leading producer of pulse crops, including lentils, split peas and chickpeas. The NDSU Extension Service has launched a pulse foods website ( with research summaries, fact sheets and recipe demonstrations about pulses, chickpeas and lentils. Dietetic students and graduate students have been involved in testing recipes and creating content, and Stacy Wang, Extension Associate, compiled the website. 

In July, Joel Hektner, Professor, Human Development and Family Science, presented two papers at the biennial congress of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development in Shanghai, China. One, co-authored with former student Catherine Rogers and based on her thesis, was titled Identity and daily experience in lesbian, gay, or bisexual emerging adults. The other, co-authored with student Su Lee, was titled Direct and indirect effects of the Early Risers Conduct Problems Prevention Program on parenting outcomes.

All 14 of the Physical Education majors who completed the Physical Best certification exam passed with an average score of 90%. Physical Best is the complete package teachers need to help students gain the knowledge, skills, appreciation, and confidence to lead physically active, healthy lives.   Physical Best is a program of resources and training for K-12 physical educators.  This health-related fitness education program was developed by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and is now offered through the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE).

Graduates of the Master of Athletic Training Program had 100% pass rate on the Board of Certification (BOC), Inc. Exam.  Certification is the entry-level credential and is required by most employers.  The Master of Athletic Training degree is a professional program for becoming an athletic trainer.  NDSU's program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.  This is the fourth year that NDSU's Master of Athletic Training graduates have had a 100% pass rate!  


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