Education students use robots to better their teaching


Bailey Hawbaker is in western North Dakota, student teaching in Tioga. But new technology keeps her connected to campus 352 miles away.

Hawbaker, a senior majoring in agricultural education and economics, plans to teach in a North Dakota high school after graduating from NDSU this spring. First, she’s getting hands-on experience while using a robot to hone her teaching methods.

Our School of Education uses Swivl robots to help prepare students for their teaching careers. The robots record students as they teach lessons and follow their movements around the classroom.

Check out the video above to learn more.

This is one of the many new and exciting aspects of our college. As we prepare for another spring commencement in a few short weeks, I want to thank our students, faculty and staff for helping us succeed.

Thank you for your ongoing support and engagement with the college. Please feel free to contact me with your news and updates.



Margaret Fitzgerald, Dean


College of Human Development and Education

NDSU Dept. 5230 PO Box 6050

Fargo, ND 58108-6050


2018 Distinguished Alumni Award


Brooke Schommer is a 2002 apparel, retail merchandising and design graduate and received the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Human Development and Education. She is a senior strategic sourcing manager for Asurion in Nashville, Tennessee. Schommer is responsible for strategy and negotiation of contracts for the marketing, finance, legal and human resources departments. She leads teams in the U.S. and Philippines.

Earlier in her career, she was recruited to work at Target in Minneapolis as an operations manager and later promoted to a strategic sourcing lead. She formed an alumni group at Target and worked with the human resources department to recruit NDSU students. She currently serves on the college’s Board of Visitors alumni group.

Schommer visited campus February 2018 to accept the award and speak with current students about her career path and NDSU experience.

What is one of the most exciting things about your work?

The constant change and challenge. Every day is something new, from a different purchase I have not done before, to changes in the marketplace. It’s always exciting and never boring.

How did NDSU prepare you for your career?

I received foundational knowledge about buying. How to work with my clients, what to think about when making purchases, but also professional writing. I communicate a lot on a daily basis.

What accomplishments are you most proud of in your career?

I think being recruited is always a big accomplishment and it has happened to me a few times. I like that my expertise and skills are developed enough for companies to seek me out instead of me always having to find them.  I also think that delivering more than $28 million dollars in savings to Target was a big accomplishment.

What advice do you have for current NDSU students?

Don't pigeon-hole yourself into the obvious jobs. Allow yourself the opportunity to try something that, on the surface, may not be exactly what you thought you'd want to do or be interested in. I thought I was going to be a fashion designer and the path to strategic sourcing opened up for me and has been as fulfilling as I dreamed my life would be as a fashion designer. I'm glad I took this path.

What does the Distinguished Alumni Award mean to you?

Wow.  A lot.  It is a great honor to be 18 years into my career and receive this recognition. I hope to continue to do NDSU proud.

Interior design students mentor local students


NDSU’s interior design students participated in Northern Cass Middle School’s STEM Day in February. The group provided sessions about interior design as middle school students created a design solution for a new commons space for their school.

“We assisted the students in understanding construction documents and collaborated with them on their ideas for the space, and how they could incorporate a cool space that was also going to be implemented for learning,” said Myranda Ingram, a junior in the interior design program.

The middle school students developed a computer-aided drafting drawing for their team’s design solution, along with a model. They will present the plan to the Northern Cass school board in April.

“Watching them bring ideas to the table and finding a fun way to incorporate them was the best part,” said Ingram. “I think it was important for the students to understand what interior design actually is, and all aspects that make up our major, such as space planning and how the space would be used.”

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