Dean’s message

It’s exciting to be on the NDSU campus in the spring! People are getting ready for commencement, warm weather and several awards are announced. Individuals in the College of Human Development and Education are being honored for their outstanding work.

Our annual college Faculty and Staff Awards Breakfast is coming up in May – I look forward to seeing who the winners will be!




Faculty win awards

Dr. Julie Garden-Robinson is a Professor and Food and Nutrition Specialist for NDSU Extension in the Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences. Julie will be receiving the prestigious Chamber of Commerce NDSU Distinguished Faculty Service Award at a Chamber luncheon. Julie has “rock star” status in the state! Many people are familiar with her Prairie Fare and Healthy Hints columns, work with “On the Move to Better Health” programs, and numerous other extension efforts. Many of us are eating better and living healthier lives thanks to Julie! 

Dena Wyum, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Human Development and Family Science and Adjunct Instructor for the Women and the Gender Studies program will be honored with the NDSU Odney Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2018-19 Academic Year in May. Dena is a favorite professor among many students on campus. She is a leader in teaching innovation and participates in the Gateways ND National Science Foundation Instructional Faculty Development program. In 2018, Dena received both the Mortar Board Preferred Professor Award and the Exceptional Contributions to Learning Award in HDE.

Staff recognized


Two HDE staff members were recognized at the 31st Annual Employee Recognition Social on campus. Academic Advisor Robert Dirk has been with NDSU for 15 years. He is grateful for the many relationships he forms with colleagues across campus each year. Academic Advising is a collaborative effort and without the shared insight, passion, and dedication of his friends from all corners of the University, Robert feels his connections to students would suffer. He would like to share a heartfelt thank you to all those who have helped him on this journey.

Theresa Anderson, Academic Assistant in the Department of Human Development and Family Science has 30 years of service to NDSU. I had the pleasure of sitting with Theresa at the event. She said that working with the Parents as Teachers Program was one of the most memorable experiences she’shad on campus. She also enjoys working with graduate students.

Online partnership celebrates milestone


A couple of weeks ago we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) with our partner institutions in Kansas City. This alliance was on the cutting-edge of online education and continues to serve working professionals, students in geographically isolated areas, and enables students to take courses from the best faculty in the region. HDE participates in seven graduate programs in Human Sciences, and the College of Agriculture, Food Systems and Natural Resources is active in the Ag IDEA. 

The meeting was particularly exciting this year because Mari Borr, an Associate Professor in the School of Education at NDSU and a leader in the online Family and Consumer Sciences Education program received a Faculty Excellence Award from the Great Plains IDEA.You may also know Gary Goreham from the Sociology Department at NDSU. He teaches in the Community Development program and also received a Faculty Excellence Award. It was very special having two NDSU faculty recognized! 

Alba Bales House exhibition a success

We did a soft-opening of an exhibition at the NDSU Alba Bales House as the last snow storm of the year (we hope!!) moved into Fargo. 

“In the Spirit of the Land Grant Mission” features the work of H. L. Bolley and the History of the NDAC Demonstration Home. Dr. Angela Smith from the History Department at NDSU is the curator of the project. She wrote this wonderful description of the exhibition: 

“NDSU’s history is filled with stories of places, spaces, and unsung heroes. The Alba Bales House Exhibition profiles two such stories. The first story is about Henry L. Bolley, long time dean and botanist whose research of flax, wheat, and potato diseases increased farmers’ returns by millions of dollars over the first half of the twentieth center and made a significant contribution to plant pathology worldwide. The second story profiles the history of the NDAC Demonstration Home in the 1950s, and it shows the students’ broad contributions not just to home management, but also to community development, consumer economics, and the empowerment of women.”

Stay tuned for more information about visiting the exhibition and opportunities to participate in an oral history project about all facets of university life.

Margaret Fitzgerald, Dean



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