in the news
NDSU, Fargo and North Dakota are getting a lot of attention from around the country these days. A few examples:
In a column on Forbes.com about demographic, social and economic trends, the author extols the virtues of North Dakota and Fargo, noting that in Fargo, more than half the population has baccalaureate degrees, well above the national average of 40 percent.
Business Insider listed Fargo as No. 1 on its list of the best cities for brand-new college graduates, citing the low unemployment, and a high percentage of young adults in the population.
USA Today also ran a story about towns attractive to recent college graduates, putting Fargo on the list of what they called "millennial magnets."
Vox.com, a new site for explanatory journalism, ran a story about North Dakota's enviable education rate. The lead paragraph: "If you want to find the best-educated young adults, head to Massachusetts - or North Dakota."
NDSU pops up as the most desirable college in North Dakota, in a survey by eCollegeFinder based on the number of applications received. North Dakota State University received 5,812 applications and accepted 84 percent.
More specifically, NDSU's nursing program was noted as one of the top in the country based on affordability, quality, accessibility and board pass rates.
NDSU also recently was listed as one of the top 10 pre-veterinary programs in the country by vettechcolleges.com.
Student innovation honored
A new cancer therapy, a service to prevent children around the world from drowning, and hummus made from North Dakota products won awards in North Dakota State University's third annual student innovation competition.
The competition began in October with 34 teams in products, services, and corn-based innovations. Winners were announced at an awards ceremony on March 6.
First place in the product category went to Shuang Zhou, a graduate student in pharmaceutical sciences from China, for developing a new therapeutic agent for neuroblastoma, a form of cancer that most commonly affects children and infants and needs more effective treatment. The new therapy targets cancer stem cells.
First place in the service category was awarded to Aqua Motion International, which provides free swimming lessons to children in high-risk drowning areas around the world.
In the corn innovation category, the winners were Hum-HealthyPlus for developing a recipe for a more nutritious and cost-effective hummus that is gluten-free. The hummus is made from corn flour and lentils, both produced in North Dakota.
- Encourages students to be innovative thinkers
- Enhances student awareness for innovation as a precursor to entrepreneurship
- Empowers students to pursue entrepreneurship as a career choice
- Expands student access to resources available for innovators and entrepreneurs
- Engages the current entrepreneur and business communities with students
A fond farewell
Prakash Mathew came to NDSU in 1971 as a graduate student and really never left. He did move to southern Minnesota for a few years to try a different job, but returned and continued to contribute to the university he loves. He became vice president for student affairs in 2006. He's the first one in and the last one out, a workaholic, a news junkie, and the kind uncle to thousands of students. It is not an exaggeration to describe him as the heart and soul of NDSU. He is retiring at the end of June.
Narayana Kocherlakota, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
President of Federal Reserve Bank speaks
NDSU students had the uncommon opportunity to hear directly from the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis in April, when Narayana Kocherlakota spoke at NDSU. About 150 students and people from the private sector attended his evening presentation.
"The long haul in the United States is a very positive one. The key to taking advantage of positive things over the economy's long haul is not viewing this commencement as your last commencement. There is going to be more opportunity to get more education, and people should be availing themselves to that,"Kocherlakota said. "The key to being successful as the economy continues to evolve is going to be the willingness to keep oneself re-educated through relearning."
"Finance is the cornerstone of the U.S. and global economy. Having the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis president here provides a wonderful opportunity for students to listen firsthand to a major financial leader, and ask questions that may guide their careers and aspirations,"said William Nganje, chair and professor of agribusiness and applied economics.
The Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank serves the Ninth Federal Reserve District, which includes Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, 26 counties in northwestern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.