Pacella addresses graduates

An estimated 267 students from the College of Human Development and Education participated in commencement on May 11. Three doctoral students were hooded, with 41 Masters and 223 Bachelor’s degree recipients crossing the stage. One of our graduates, Marissa Pacella, represented the student body as the commencement speaker at the morning ceremony. Marisa is a West Fargo native who earned a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management. During her time at NDSU, she was active on campus, including serving as student body vice president, a student senator, and a member of Blue Key Honor Society. Marisa has accepted a position as a resource development associate with the United Way of Cass-Clay.

NACUFS Scholarship

The excitement in the Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) Program continues! HTM senior Laura Jennen was selected as one of three NACUFS Clark E. DeHaven Scholarship winners for 2019. This $5,000 scholarship is awarded from the National Association of College and University Food Services. Laura is the second NDSU student to receive this award. The first one was in 1999. Laura is serving her second term as secretary/treasurer for the NDSU Hospitality Student Association. She is currently doing an internship in Florida.

Tenure and Promotion

Woodrow Wilson said “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” It is with pride and pleasure that I announce the promotions in the College of HDE — the vision, hope and achievements of these faculty members inspire us all!

Promotion to Professor

School of Education

Justin Wageman

Promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure

Department of Apparel, Design and Hospitality Management

Kwangsoo Park 

Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences

Shannon David Misialek

Kyle Hackney

Jenny Linker Zarak 

Department of Human Development and Family Science

Carrie Johnson 

School of Education

Brent Hill 

Promotion to Associate Professor of Practice

Department of Apparel, Design and Hospitality Management

Ann Braaten 

Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences

Marty Douglas

Nicole German Knodel

College Awards


May 6, 2019 was our annual HD&E Celebration of Excellence to recognize the outstanding work of faculty and staff in the college. Many thanks to the HDE Recognition and Awards Committee: Greg Sanders, Brad Strand, Brenda Hall, Susan Ray-Degges and Leigh Ann Skurupey for organizing the event and to Leigh Ann for being the emcee.

Award Recipients

Hendrickson Faculty Development Award: Amelia Asperin and Linda Manikowske, Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management    

James Lebedeff Endowed Professorship Award: Brenda Hall, School of Education and Beth Blodgett-Salafia, Human Development and Family Science       

Outstanding Contribution, School of Education: Jodi Tangen, School of Education    

HDE Unit Award, Research Excellence:  Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences Department

HDE Unit Award, Grant Excellence: Human Development and Family Science Department        

Exceptional Contributions to Research: Brent Hill, School of Education

Exceptional Contributions as an Emerging Researcher:  Meagan Scott, Human Development and Family Science Extension      

Exceptional Contributions to Faculty and Student Mentoring: Sue Quamme, Extension 4-H Youth Development        

Exceptional Contributions as an Emerging Teacher: Erika Beseler Thompson, School of Education  

Exceptional Contributions to Learning: Shannon David, Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences

Exceptional Contributions for Collaborative Efforts:  Florin Salajan, School of Education

Staff Distinguished Achievement Award: Theresa Anderson, Human Development and Family Science          

ADHM – Apparel, Design and Hospitality Management

SOE – School of Education

HDFS – Human Development and Family Science

HNES – Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences

Outstanding Volunteer Award

Justin Pieterick, a lecturer in Health and Physical Education, recently received the Outstanding Volunteerism Award from the Fargo Public Schools (FPS) Development Foundation. The award recognizes Justin’s outstanding contributions to the Adopt-a-School Program. It’s a wonderful acknowledgement of his contributions!

Faculty retirements

Two HDE faculty members are retiring this year.

Dr. Ardith Brunt has been at NDSU for 17 years in the Dietetics Program. She coordinated the Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) and was of tremendous assistance in maintaining high pass-rates on the RDN exam and accreditation of both the DPD and Dietitian Education Program.

Dr. Greg Sanders has served NDSU for over 36 years in a variety of roles including Faculty Member, Department Head (for both HDFS and HNES) and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education. Greg was active nationally on the Board on Human Sciences Board of Directors, and held several leadership positions for the Human Sciences Board and Cabinet of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA).

HDE student wins Gunkleman Award

Meghan Yerhot, a doctoral student in Developmental Science (HDFS) won the prestigious Mary McCannel Gunkelman Award on campus this spring. The award recognizes an individual who makes the most significant and unselfish contributions to creating a happy environment for the enjoyment of NDSU students.

Margaret Fitzgerald, Dean



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