Letter from the Vice President for Information Technology

The past year has been one of transition. Despite change, our division continues to provide the support, service and partnership we have a reputation for to support the mission of North Dakota State University (NDSU) as a student-focused, land grant, research university.

Perhaps the most noticeable change to the campus community, we have transitioned off of our own instance of Blackboard and have integrated with the North Dakota University System's Blackboard. Our staff worked hard to support faculty and staff in transitioning course materials to the new environment.

We also completed an RFP for a personal response system (aka Clickers) in partnership with campus faculty, providing a campus-wide license to our students for these classroom tools, ultimately saving them money.

We continued our focus on security, convening our group of 15 staff regularly to discuss and look for opportunities to increase our security in existing and new systems and processes. We also completed rolling out Multi-factor Authentication to our faculty and staff for all NDSU services.  We planned a sold-out North Dakota Cyber Security Conference in March, however a blizzard forced us to cancel the event.

In the coming year, we look forward to working with our partners across the University to continue providing service and security to our students, faculty and staff.

Marc Wallman
Vice President for Information Technology
North Dakota State University


FY19 - Sources of IT Salary and Operating Budgets

*Total Tech Fee Revenue less Expenditures - $112,788
Total Tech Fee Award Expenditures for FY19 = $50,000
**Telecom Capitol projects: None

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Technology for Teaching and Learning

Tegrity Lecture

Tegrity lecture capture enables instructors to record their on-screen display and audio from the classroom and produce an integrated audio-video product. It has indexing and other features allowing students quicker access to lectures. Beginning summer semester, NDSU switched to YuJa as our lecture capture solution.

*NDSU only has access to Tegrity statistics through the end of April 2019.
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Classroom and Computer Labs

1,006 supported classroom and lab computers
108 unique software apps
279 total supported spaces:

  • 31 computer labs
  • 167 interactive classrooms
  • 32 interactive study space
  • 37 agriculture extension video conferencing sites
  • 35 conference rooms/seminar classrooms

55 student printers
3,094,972 sheets of paper compared to 3,526,411 last year

Blackboard Learn

Blackboard Learn is an online learning management system that allows faculty to interact with students, post grades and facilitate assignments. At the beginning of the summer semester, NDSU transitioned to the North Dakota University System's shared Blackboard instance.

Technology Learning and Media Center

The TLMC provides a variety of support, consulting and multimedia services for the campus, including video and audio recording studios, multimedia software and specialized equipment, editing and consultative services, classroom project support, multimedia coursework assistance and technology workshops. Workshop topics included MS Office and Adobe software, audio, video, photography, Google Apps and others.

Network Engineering and Operations (NEO)

NEO Operations Team Supports Network, Wireless, CableTV, Card Access, Emergency Blue Phones and Video Surveillance for 112 NDSU building network locations on and off campus, all on campus parking lots and walkways around campus.

2018-2019 Significant Activities and Projects

  • Completed $375k, upgrade to 612 wireless on-campus access points with 3 year support agreement
  • Developing 2020 wireless upgrade plan for residence halls
  • Implemented upgraded wireless network system controllers
  • Expanded Wi-Fi services to fill all identified campus coverage gaps
  • Completed StageNet on-campus network connectivity presence to 100Gig, to allow future NDSU connectivity up to 100Gig
  • Expanded fiber network communications between Research Park buildings R1 and R2 to support growth needs for CCAST
  • Completed wired and wireless network, card access and video surveillance implementation for the new Cater Hall, West Dining Center remodel and card access and video surveillance for 1701 apartments
  • Filled 2 open FTE positions
  • Initiated analysis for the potential addition of NDSU based AT&T “Micro Cell” towers in 2020

Voice and Collaboration Services

Customer Support

Desktop Support


Cyber Security Group

This special-interest group of technical professionals, communication liaisons and data stewards gather to share strategies and best practices for securing systems and protecting data.

Faculty Senate Technology and Instructional Services Committee

Technology and Instructional Services is a standing committee on NDSU’s Faculty Senate, serving as a liaison between the Faculty Senate and administration in the IT Division.

More information is available at: https://www.ndsu.edu/facultysenate/committees/

Information Technology Communication Liaisons

IT Communication Liaisons members are appointed by their home departments to serve as conduits for information and feedback regarding campus information technology. The group meets monthly to learn about and discuss a variety of technology plans, projects and issues.

Information Technology Council

The IT Council serves in a consultative capacity to the vice president for IT regarding IT strategic planning, policy development and service review for the university.

Information Technology Technical Professionals

The IT Technical Professionals is a special-interest group that provides the opportunity for technical discussions and exchange of information between distributed technical staff and the IT Division.

Instructional Designers

Instructional Designers play a key role in supporting pedagogical use of technology on campus. The group meets periodically with staff in the IT Division to discuss plans, changes and issues related to classroom technology and instructional services.

Learning Spaces Executive Committee

The Learning Spaces Executive Committee provides advice to the Provost concerning the scheduling, use, renovation and creation of learning spaces on campus. Learning spaces include classrooms, laboratories, study areas, computer labs and other rooms where students learn and study. The committee is chaired by the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and members include representatives from the Office of the Registrar, Facilities Management, the IT Division, the Office of Teaching and Learning, and the Libraries. 

Records Management Advisory Committee

The Records Management Advisory Committee serves as the overarching governance of NDSU’s Records Management program, providing oversight, guidance and direction.

Research Data Working Group

The Research Data Working Group includes representatives from Research and Creative Activity, the NDSU Libraries and the IT Division who provide assistance with grant proposal development in the areas of data management planning and IT needs.

More information is available at: https://www.ndsu.edu/research_data/about_us/

Residence Hall Association Campus Services Representatives

Student members of the Residence Hall Association meet monthly with IT Division staff to learn about trends and upcoming changes to campus technologies and to share feedback from their peers in the residence halls regarding student experiences with campus technology services and resources.

Software Contacts

Software Contacts are appointed to serve as liaison between their respective departments and the IT Software Licensing Coordinator regarding software licensing questions, software orders and other software assets and licensing issues.

Staff Senate Information Technology Committee

The Staff Senate Information Technology Committee disseminates information and updates regarding information technology to Staff Senate and carries concerns from Staff Senate to the IT Division.

More information is available at: https://www.ndsu.edu/staff_senate/committees/

Student Government Office of Technology

The Student Government Office of Technology represents the technology needs of NDSU students and works with the IT Division to ensure proper usage of the student technology fee.

More information is available at: https://www.ndsu.edu/sg/tech/


Student Technology Services

Student Technology Services is a long-standing, work-based learning program that provides opportunities for NDSU students to obtain jobs in the IT field. A student manager oversees the student hiring process, maintains records, assists full-time staff with summer orientation and encourages other IT students to be part of this activity. The IT Division relies on student employees to help communicate and provide an overview of IT services to incoming students during campus visits. We value the work students do and appreciate their willingness to share knowledge and expertise as part of our organization’s outreach activities.

Technology Fee Advisory Committee

The Technology Fee Advisory Committee formulates recommendations to the Vice President for Information Technology about supporting projects that improve the information technology capabilities on campus by the appropriate use of the student technology fee.

More information is available at: www.ndsu.edu/tfac

Telephone Administrators

Telephone administrators provide direct services to NDSU departments for all telecommunication needs. They are the first point of contact for any new requests, changes and issues related to telecommunication services.

Unit Records Coordinators

Unit Records Coordinators serve as liaisons between their respective units and NDSU’s records management leadership, contributing to NDSU’s records management program.

About Our Organization

The Information Technology Division is committed to “Delivering Core Solutions and Propelling Innovation” by sustaining reliable infrastructure systems designed to maintain a robust and dynamic core network foundation. The organization’s culture and strength is also expressed by its passionate desire to serve the needs of the campus community through relationships and partner collaboration. In tandem with our campus partners and colleagues, we engage in discussions of discovery, evaluation and implementation regarding new technology tools or state-of-the-art innovations envisioned to enrich teaching, learning or research outcomes.

Staff Achievements

At the 31st Annual NDSU Staff Recognition Social, held on 4/5/19, IT staff were acknowledged for specific outstanding performance:

Tran Brunsberg, Office Coordinator, Recognition Award for Office Support

Organization and Staff Changes

Organizational Changes
  • The Center for Computationally Assisted Science and Technology was placed in the IT Division on a one-year trial basis effective 7/1/18
  • The Telecommunications and Emergency Technologies department was restructured in January, 2019, with Cindy Kozojed, Susan McDaniel and Jayme Pfeifer moved to Information Technology Services, and Linda Krogen-Brandt, Brian Miller and Nate Robideau moving to Network Engineering and Operations
New Staff Hires
  • Kevin Dittemore, Network Infrastructure Technician, 4/29/19
  • Sharley Kurtz, Learning Technologies Specialist, 7/16/18
  • Pete Lambertz, Network Engineering and Operations Director, 1/14/19
  • Ethan Smith, Classroom Technologies Specialist, 10/29/18
  • Kristi Steinmann, Communication and Strategic Partnerships Lead, 7/16/18
Staff Resignations/Retirements
  • Lincoln Bathie, Desktop Services Manager, 12/3/18
  • Linda Krogen-Brandt, Telecmmunications Analyst, 6/3/19
  • Matt Reimer, Network Infrastructure Technician, 12/26/2018
  • Jim Ross, Enterprise Application Development Team Lead, 9/4/18
  • Kelly Summers, Network Infrastructure Technician, 7/25/18
  • Carla Wells, Network Infrastructure Technician, 10/15/18

Employee List

 Following, is a list of employees in each IT Division department as of June 30, 2019 60 employees, 3 Indirect Reports (Business Unit), 61 student employees.

Office of the Vice President for Information Technology

Marc Wallman, Vice President for Information Technology
Tran Brunsberg, Office Coordinator
Curt Doetkott, Consulting Statistician
Enrique Garcia, Chief Information Security Officer
Jeff Gimbel, Senior Security Analyst
Diane Harrison, NDSU Card Center staff
Wendy McCrory, Program Manager, NDSU Card Center and Software Services
Kim Owen, Program Manager, Research and Education Network Resources
CeCe Rohwedder, Assistant to the Vice President for Information Technology
Kristi Steinmann, Communication and Strategic Partnerships Lead

Business Operations, Policy and Strategic Services (all indirect reports)

Sharon Brinker, Senior Account Technician
Kim Lammers, Business Manager
Rhonda Nilles, Information Technology Budget and Cost Accounting Manager

Center for Computationally Assisted Science and Technology (temporary placement)

Dane Skow, Executive Director
Nick Dusek, HPC System Administrator
Khang Hoang, Research Facilitator
Oluwasijibomi (Siji) Saula, HPC System Administrator

Enterprise Computing and Infrastructure

Steve Sobiech, Assistant Vice President for Enterprise Computing and Infrastructure
Jon Bronken, Assistant Manager and System Administrator
Eric Christeson, Database Applications Developer
Diane Clark, Network Infrastructure Technician (part-time)
Bruce Curtis, Senior Network Engineer
David Dahl, Senior Network Infrastructure Engineer
Kevin Dittemore, Network Infrastructure Technician
Jason Eide, Manager, Enterprise Systems
Chad Foster, Network Infrastructure Technician
Richard Frovarp, Senior Software Engineer
Brian Kennedy, System Administrator
Cindy Kozojed, Telecommunications Analyst
Pete Lambertz, Network Engineering and Operations Director
Susan McDaniel, Telecommunications Analyst
Brian Miller, Telecommunications Analyst
Tim Mooney, Senior System Administrator
Val Nordsletten, Network Engineer
Jill Peterson, Database Applications Developer
Jayme Pfeifer, Telecommunications Analyst
Nathan Robideau, Telecommunications Analyst
Verlyn Sandhurst, System Administrator
Suhan Vethanayagam, System Administrator
Bob Viou, Senior Network Engineer
Carla Wells, Network Infrastructure Technician
Greg Wettstein, Information Technology Principal Engineer
Gary Whaley, System Administrator

Information Technology Services

Jason Blosser, Assistant Vice President for Information Technology Services
Michael Aho, Help Desk Assistant Manager
Vince Anderson, Desktop Support Specialist
Steve Beckermann, Learning and Applied Innovation Assistant Manager
Neil Brock, Help Desk Consultant
Chad Coleman, Interim Desktop Engineering Team Lead
Tammy Cummings, Instructional Services Consultant
Daniel Erichsen, Interactive Media Specialist
Nathan Gonser, Help Desk Manager
Francisco Hidalgo, Desktop Support Technician 
Cole Jackson, Desktop Engineer I
Daniel Koiner, Help Desk Consultant
Sharley Kurtz, Learning Technologies Specialist
Micah McGowen, Classroom Technology Manager
Trevor McNeil, Classroom Technologies Specialist
Lorna Olsen, Instructional Services Consultant
Jim Sellner, Desktop Support Specialist
Jim Senechal, Computer Systems Specialist
Ethan Smith, Classroom Technologies Specialist
Melissa Stotz, Learning and Applied Innovation Manager
Josh Teegarden, Senior Help Desk Consultant, NDSU Downtown Campus
Michael Wolf, Desktop Engineer

Student Employees and Major

Kelvin Abambora, Electrical Engineering
Abdelaziz Alsubie, Statistics
Logan Balvik, Sociology
Scobie Bathie, Theatre Arts
Bat-Od Bat-Otgon, Software Engineering
Jade Berg, Psychology
Natalie Bloodgood, Electrical Engineering
Ian Burnham, Management Information Systems
Jacob Carter, Mechanical Engineering
Gurmeet Chaudhary, Software Engineering
Sara Cramer, Business Administration
Quang Dang, Electrical Engineering
Navneet Deosi, Software Engineering
Dylan Ditlevson, Electrical Engineering
Evan Eggers, Computer Science
Michael Footitt, Computer Science
Jack Frazzini, Computer Science
George Garrison, Finance
Brandon Gehrls, Construction Management
Elijah Gjerdingen, Computer Science
Daniel Gottwalt, Architecture
Joshua Grosz, Mechanical Engineering
Oveis Hassanijalilian, Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering
Andrew Hershberger, Computer Science
Chase Hinderks, Management Information Systems
Huan Ho, Computer Science
Rahmanul Hoque, Computer Science
Tim Hunter, Computer Science
Ismael Kamara, Business Analytics
Krishna Kambhampaty, Business Administration
Steven Karschnia, Computer Science
Rupinder Kaur, Software Engineering
Trevor Knutson, Computer Science
Shubit Kumar, Computer Science
John Langaas, Mechanical Engineering
Gavin Mallott, Electrical Engineering
Ranjan Maskey, Biotechnology
Marisa Mathews, Sociology
Chantel Mertz,  Crop and Weed Sciences
Pranjal Misal, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Enjila Mishra, Computer Science
Samuel Morrison, Mechanical Engineering
Ryley Mullins, Computer Science
Seth Oppong, Applied Statistics
Cassandra Pennings, English
Kyle Pilger, Management Information Systems
Zachary Pocquette, Computer Science
Mason Pugh, Computer Engineering
Victor Rauta, Computer Science
Michael Russell, Strategic Communication
Rashmi Satyal, Computer Science
Noah Schottler, Computer Science
Matthew Seefeldt, Electrical Engineering
Ibrahim Soumare,  Applied Statistics
Devan Thompson, BUS, University Studies
Darris Thoreson, Mechanical Engineering
Dibyashu Tibrewal, Computer Science
Minh Tran, Mechanical Engineering
Nickolas Turnquist, Electrical Engineering
Eric Welle, Management Information Systems
Qian Wen, Statistics

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