Sept. 26, 2023

College of Engineering honors staff members


Two staff members have been recognized for their contributions to the success of the NDSU College of Engineering.

Jacalyn Benson was named the Outstanding Staff Award winner for a staff member at the paraprofessional or office support level. Benson joined the civil, construction and environmental engineering department in 2021 and serves as the business coordinator. She has a wide variety of responsibilities and played a key role during the merger of civil engineering and construction management and engineering.

Benson received several nomination letters from faculty in her department, all of them praising her dedication and service to the department and her willingness to help faculty, staff and students even when a task isn’t part of her assigned duties.

“Since the first day she is with us, she has demonstrated excellent skills and is on top of all things in her position,” said associate professor Mijia Yang.

The wellbeing of the department is always in her mind,” said professor and interim chair Achintya Bezbaruah. “She contributed tremendously to making the department welcoming and even more collegial.”

The College of Engineering’s other Outstanding Staff Award, for a staff member at the professional level, went to Kyle Bosch.

Bosch joined the College in 2018 as the communications and marketing director. In his time at NDSU he has worked hard to enhance the visibility and increase the awareness of the College of Engineering and its academic departments with both external and internal audiences.

Bosch led the redesign of the college and department websites, built the college’s brand on social media, created an annual alumni magazine and bi-weekly internal newsletter, produced dozens of videos and wrote hundreds of stories highlighting students and faculty, and worked closely with the leadership team to develop new strategies for recruiting and retaining students.

“Kyle is a team player. He is collaborative and has become a resource and sounding board for a lot of people both inside and outside of the college,” said Nancy Rossland, director of advancement for the College of Engineering. “Kyle can be counted on to help, regardless of the task. He is reliable and always willing to contribute in any way that he can, even if it involves tasks that would ordinarily fall outside the scope of his normal job duties.”

Benson and Bosch will be honored at the College of Engineering’s Scholarship and Awards Reception on Sept. 28.

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