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NDSU staff member honored by Great Plains IDEA alliance

Karen Murie, Great Plains IDEA and Expand Your Horizons coordinator in the NDSU Office of Teaching and Learning, received the 2018 Friends of Great Plains IDEA Awardat the alliance’s annual meeting April 10, in Kansas City, Missouri.

Great Plains IDEA, short for Interactive Distance Education Alliance, helps institutions work together and share resources to field quality graduate programs that they could not offer on their own. It also offers workshops, recommends standards and sharing practices and policies to faculty and institution administrators.

Paul Kelter, professor and director of the NDSU Office of Teaching and Learning; Jill Motschenbacher, associate director of the office; and Margaret Fitzgerald, professor and dean of the NDSU College of Human Development and Education nominated Murie for the award.

“Karen is deeply committed to student success,” they said, noting she is responsible for 95 students in 10 programs this academic year, and scheduled 248 student enrollments. “Over time, she has worked with 2,931 student enrollments and scheduled 1,522 courses for the Great Plains IDEA. Karen exemplifies what it means to be a competent and professional front-line person.”

Murie has worked on campus since 2003. Expanding Your Horizons is a national organization that holds regional conferences for young women in grades 7-9 to encourage career interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

“She is truly a fine friend of the Great Plains IDEA,” the nominators said.

The award was established in 2006 to honor persons who make significant contributions to the Great Plains IDEA alliance.

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