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Kwangsoo Park, Assistant Professor in Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management, had a paper titled “Which restaurant should I chose?: Herd behavior in the restaurant industry” accepted for publication in Journal of Foodservice Business Research. The accepted paper was coauthored by Jooyeon Ha, previous faculty at NDSU and now at San Jose State University and a faculty at University of Central Florida.

Jill Nelson, Associate Dean, Human Development and Education, and Christina Weber, Associate Dean. Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, recently presented a poster at the Pepperdine University  Women in Leadership: Work-Life Balance conference in Los Angeles, CA.  Their poster "Mid-Career Peer Mentoring:  Integrating Connection and Compassion for Better Work-Life Balance" was based on their collaborative mentoring project between the College of Human Development and Education and Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.  

Elizabeth Blodgett Salafia, Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Science, and Maegan Jones, Doctoral student in Development Science had the following presentations:

·      Jones, M.E., & Blodgett Salafia, E.H. (March 2015). Girls' drive for thinness: The effects of differing levels of parental warmth and pressure to be thin. Poster presented at the 2015 biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

·      Jones, M.E., & Blodgett Salafia, E.H. (March 2015). The need for better eating disorder education in early-childhood schools. Poster presented at the 2015 biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.

Kwangsoo Park, Assistant Professor in Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management, authored an extended abstract titled “Local marathoners' quality of life and satisfaction and its determinants: Exploring mediating role of perceived impact and community satisfaction”. It has been accepted to be presented at the Annual Korea America Hospitality and Tourism Educators Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. This abstract was co-authored with a colleague from Kansas State University.

Jenny Linker, Assistant Professor in Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, was recently awarded a Student Technology Fee Grant.  The grant will provide funds to install a Pedagogy Laboratory for students in Health and Physical Education that compares to the K-12 classrooms where the students are doing their field experiences. 

The Counselor Education Program had several presentations and received awards at the North Dakota Counseling Association Midwinter Conference: Professional sessions were presented by Masters’ students Shane Ringdahl and Jessica Hotchkiss and PhD student, Kadie-Ann Caballero Dennis, presented a poster session.  Carol Buchholz Holland, Associate Professor, presented three professional sessions, Todd Lewis, Associate Professor, presented two, and James Korcuska, Associate Professor, and Bob Nielsen, Professor, had one presentation.

The Red River Valley Writing Project at NDSU, under the direction of Kelly Sassi, Associate Professor in Education and English, partnered with the Plains Art Museum to serve as the state affiliate for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. The affiliate publicized the competition, increasing participation in North Dakota from 20 to 120 submissions of art and writing from students in grades 7-12 around the state. The affiliate also judged the entries and held an awards ceremony for state award winners on February 17th at the Plains Art Museum. On March 16, national winners were announced, and there were two national winners from the state of North Dakota. Zach Howatt, a 10th grader at Northern Cass High School, won a gold medal in art for his drawing “Daughter of Man,” and Sophie Glessner, an 11th grader at Sheyenne High School in West Fargo, who won a silver medal in writing for her short story “That’s How Summer Passed.” More than 300,000 works of art and writing were submitted for adjudication at the regional level in the Awards’ 28 categories, which include poetry, painting, architecture, short story, fashion design and more. All national Award-winning high school seniors gain access to a special scholarship pool of more than $10 million through Alliance partnerships with esteemed colleges and universities across the U.S.

The College of Human Development and Education and School of Education provided support for Caitlin Johnson who is a doctoral student in the Education Doctoral Program and also a graduate assistant in the Office of Multicultural Student Services, to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative University.  While she was at the meeting in Miami, her project was chosen for special recognition – she is receiving international recognition for her Autism Parent Outreach:

Kwangsoo Park, Assistant Professor in Hospitality Management, recently had two paper presentations at the Korea America Hospitality & Tourism Educators Association (KAHTEA) Annual Conference.  His papers were titled:  "The impact of smoke-free policies on casino gambling revenues" and "Thematic coding of event management research:  Intercoder reliability indicies".  He received the best paper award for his research on gambling, and served as a moderator for an academic session.  Kwangsoo is a board member of KAHTEA and will begin a term as treasurer of the organization in August. 

NDSU Dietetics Program received a number of special recognitions and awards at the 2015 North Dakota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NDAND) Annual Conference:

Meredith Wagner, a student in the dietetics program, had an abstract, "Social Influences on Nutrition Choices", accepted for presentation at the Conference.  This abstract originated from a team project she completed in her Community Nutrition class earlier this year. Kerrie Horrath, a recent graduate of the Dietetics program was recognized as the North Dakota Outstanding Young Dietitian. Allison Dhuyvetter, a student in dietetics, was recognized as the Outstanding Student of the Year. Ardith Brunt, Associate Professor, and Elizabeth Hilliard, Assistant Professor of Practice, Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences were recognized as the outstanding educators in the programs they coordinate.  Ardith coordinates the didactic program and Elizabeth coordinates the dietetic education program.

Ann Miller, a graduate of the doctoral program in Counselor Education and Supervision, was recently selected as the Kansas 2015 Counselor Educator of the Year AND the Counselor of the Year (two awards).   Ann is an Associate Professor in Counseling and Community Services Clinic Director at Emporia State University.  She also was selected for the 2015 Dr. Mary F. Hendrick Award at Emporia State.

Several NDSU faculty attended the Annual Great Plains meeting in Omaha. Greg Sanders, Associate Dean, currently serves as Chair of the Great Plains IDEA Cabinet. Virginia Clark Johnson, Dean, was recognized with the 2015 Friend of Great Plains IDEA award. This award was created in 2006 to honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the development and/or operation of the Great Plains IDEA.

Featured Research Project


External Developmental Assets and Rural Adolescent Mental Health by Alison Brennan, B.A., Brandy A. Randall, Ph.D., Molly Secor-Turner, Ph.D., R.N., NDSU

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