The NDSU campus will be an active, busy place this summer with a total of 59 events planned.
According to Deanne Sperling, conference coordinator, the activities range from athletic camps to a livestock judging camp to the NDSU 4-H Extension Youth Conference.
“For those who work with summer events and conferences, summer can be just as busy, or busier, than the academic year,” Sperling said. “The first week in June starts off intensely with the arrival of the North Dakota Governor's School, the North Dakota State FFA Association Convention, NATURE program and athletic camps. All summer events support our educational and land-grant missions. Most of the events are for youth, and our goal is to introduce them to higher education and what being on a college campus is like.”
The 25th annual North Dakota Governor’s Schools are scheduled from June 1 to July 12. The schools, which attract outstanding high school students from across the state, offer programs in such areas as engineering, agriculture, architecture, English, mathematics and performing arts.
Formerly known as Future Farmers of America, the FFA state event returns to NDSU for its 85th year June 2-6. Dozens of FFA students will take part in contests, sessions and elect officers.
NATURE is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) summer camp for American Indian tribal college students, faculty and reservation high school teachers. The annual camp, scheduled for June 1-13, is a component of the Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education project to attract American Indian youth to STEM careers.
“We'd like for these youth to imagine that NDSU would be a place where they ‘fit’ and feel comfortable as a student,” Sperling said. “I deeply appreciate the many NDSU employees who warmly greet our visitors to campus, give directions and make people feel welcome at NDSU.”
In addition to the traditional summer camps, Sperling said there are 14 orientation sessions included among the planned events.
For a schedule of summer activities, click on the “Event Calendar” on NDSU’s homepage.
NDSU is recognized as one of the nation's top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.