Content | Navigation |

Class Notes


  • Sara Widdel Beaudrie, BS '95 agricultural economics, has released her first book, "Words of Wisdom from the Wise Old Owls of North Dakota." It is a collection of short stories, poetry, advice and sayings from senior citizens across the state. More information is available at 
  • Earl Mindell, BS '63 pharmacy, received his 50-year certificate for being a registered pharmacist for five decades. In addition, his 59th book, "The Happiness Effect: The Positive Benefits of Negative Ions," was recently published. He is president and CEO of Adanac Management Inc., Beverly Hills, California.
  • Rick Lutovsky, BS'66, MS '69 agricultural economics, and Janna (McCoy) Lutovsky, BA '66, speech, were honored as the 2015 Outstanding Philanthropists by the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Western North Carolina. They were nominated by the Literacy Council of Buncombe County with letters of support from United Way of Asheville-Buncombe County and the YMCA of Western North Carolina. Together, they donated to 20 nonprofit organizations during 2015, 13 of which are in the Asheville, North Carolina, region. He is the former president and CEO of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. 
  • Russell P. Wischow, 85, BS '51, MS '52 chemistry, was the retired president and chief executive officer of Pacific Gas and Electric Operating Services. He earned a doctorate from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, and wrote the book, "A Photoelectric Method for Alpha Amylase Determination." A loyal supporter of NDSU, he established a scholarship endowment in 2007 in memory of his late wife, Doris, BS ’50, home economics, to benefit students in the NDSU College of Human Development and Education. He lived in San Rafael, California.
  • Norma (Thorstad) Knapp, Diploma '63 Bismarck Hospital School of Nursing, has published her second book, titled "Scoria Roads: 20 Houses in 21 Years." The book is a memoir of the retired nurse, educator and bereavement facilitator. More information is available at
  • Shafa Wala, BS '08 mechanical engineering, is the CEO of Tarsier Inc., Shoreview, Minnesota. He recently was awarded a patent for "MoveEye Glass," a device that resembles a pair of 3-D glasses that allows interaction with smart TVs using gestures. It is considered the first device of its kind.
  • Andrew John Bjur, BArch '99 architecture, accepted a position as an Architect 1 for the National Guard at Camp Ripley, Little Falls, Minnesota.
  • Kari (Bitz) Tews, BS '04 mass communication, was named to Prairie Business Magazine's annual "40 Under 40" list, featuring the top business professionals under the age of 40 in the northern Plains. She is the training and development specialist for Gate City Bank, Fargo.
  • Brandon Bieber, BS '15 electrical engineering, joined DISTek of Cedar Falls, Iowa, as an electrical engineer.
  • Larry Hagen, BS '83 leisure studies, was named manager of Turtle River State Park. He first started working for the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department as a seasonal employee in 1978.


Student Focused. Land Grant. Research University.

Follow NDSU
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • RSS
  • Google Maps

Vice President for University Relations
North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-6101 - Fax: (701) 231-1989
Campus address: Library 16
Mailing address: Dept 6020 PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Steve Bergeson

Last Updated: Friday, October 01, 2021 2:22:07 PM
Privacy Statement