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Congratulations on your inaugural issue.

I enjoyed it thoroughly and wish you continued success with this venture. I especially enjoyed the photo and quotes from Catherine, my mentor and teacher.
Mike Morrissey


Great job on the inaugural issue of NDSU magazine. Good articles, cool layout.

I look forward to the next issue. I really like what I see happening at NDSU.
Sarah Kaspari Baker
Class of ’84


Just finished perusing the inaugural issue of NDSU magazine. Looks great, and was an interesting read. The content was lighter in tone than I had imagined (I liked that). Plus, on the cover, the bison looks like it’s on fire. Combusting Bison. Or, it was suggested, “Buffalo Flambeau.” But, as we both know, buffalo and bison are different creatures.

Buffalo, the horns come out of the top of the head. Bison, the horns come out of the sides of the head. An important distinction to make. Helps avoid needless species issues.
Eric Carlson


I found an interesting piece of mail in my box this afternoon—the new NDSU magazine. Very nice! I especially liked the article David Danbom wrote. He was one of my favorite professors.

I just wanted to add something to your Editor’s Note. I am a proud graduate of the first official winter commencement that was held in December 1998. Besides the Saturday mornings in May, there are those memory filled days in December. I just wanted to share that.

Thanks. I am looking forward to the next issue.
Melanie Rosencrans


I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much I enjoyed the inaugural issue of NDSU magazine. I especially appreciated the article about the pioneering women of chemistry.

I am a 1980 graduate from NDSU with a B.S. in civil engineering. I work in the natural gas utility industry and fully understand being a pioneer in gas field operations.
Maureen Williams


Congratulations on a stunning magazine—I read it and was proud of having been a part of NDSU when it was “The Agricultural College.”

I was there in 1935 and 1936 and graduated from the U of Minn, but have always considered NDSU my college.

I was “Peter Pan” for Mr. Arvold before Mary Martin even thought of flying—and my Kappa friends are still my best friends.

I was at a Kappa convention in Palm Desert in June—1,000 from around the country—and was delighted to note that the foundation president who deals in millions of dollars was a graduate of NDSU and member of my Gamma Tau chapter, so there is no limitation to how far these graduates go.

I am 83 years old and am grateful for the good memories of my college days in Fargo.
Frances Cooper Thompson

p.s. I audited Catherine Cater’s classes wherever she was—the most brilliant teacher it has been my privilege to know.


I enjoyed reviewing the inaugural issue of NDSU magazine. I graduated from NDSU in 1989 with a B.A. in history and political science. I certainly identified with several of the articles. I guess I must be in the target group of alumni.

I lived down the hall from Dennis Smith my freshman year at Johnson Hall. I haven’t heard “Stu Who?” for years. I do recall that the phrase was written in some unauthorized areas such as classroom desks and bathroom stalls. Dennis was a pretty funny guy‹and the oldest person I knew with an interest in BMX biking. He also ate raw potatoes.

David Danbom was one of my history professors.

Mama Bison served the food at the RDC when I lived in the dorms.

I enjoyed the story of the tiles in the Alumni Center. My father, C. James Raaum, has a tile dedicated to him by the Bank of Casselton, where he worked. Unfortunately, he is not with us to view it. He died of a brain aneurysm in Fargo in December 1997.

My three brothers all graduated from NDSU. Bryan (’87), Brad (’91) and Jason (’98) all received B.S. degrees in electrical engineering. Our Dad was an avid supporter of NDSU and really enjoyed the university. I really appreciate the information on NDSU and the Alumni Center and believe the Tiles in the Center were a wonderful addition and probably all have personal stories.
Bruce R. Raaum


The excerpts from Catherine Cater brought me right back to freshman English. The first time Dr. Cater physically showed “quotes,” I thought she was trying to fly…I quickly realized she was doing something else, because her mind did fly and she challenged us lowly freshmen to come along for the ride.

Two other faculty members—Verne Nees and Russell Snyder—also come quickly to mind as mentors who influenced my life.

Dr. Snyder was my academic adviser and on reviewing my entrance scores (fresh week), he said, “You’ll only have trouble with the war of 1812.” He continued to be supportive during my time at SU.

Verne Nees is extra special. He was an adviser (The Spectrum), mentor (skill development) and friend. I caught many bass and pike at his retirement place in Minnesota.

I recently retired (June 30) from Douglas College (New Westminster). Tonight is the retirement dinner honoring those of us who have completed their time…if they allow me to say a few words, I will likely quote from “Teaching is a Privilege.”
Lynn R. Leavens

p.s. Please ask your softball coach to send me information on recruitment (course calendar too), as we play the game in British Columbia. My youngest—Robyn—hits well and is a smart pitcher. To go full circle and have a daughter attend NDSU would be really neat.


I loved the inaugural issue. I was one of Dr. Cater’s students years ago and regard her as one of my finest professors. The rest of the magazine was great too.
Beth Anderson
Class of ’83


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