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Ongoing Events

Monthly Meetings

  • Monthly meetings of the Staff Senate are open to all staff.
  • The agenda generally includes a guest speaker, committee reports, and discussion of current issues.
  • Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. Refer to the meeting information page for location and agenda.

Campus Kudos

  • An ongoing awards program recognizing students, staff and faculty for contributing to NDSU success.
  • Award recipients are recognized in the Messenger newsletter; in a picture display hanging in the FLC/Memorial Union tunnel; and the Campus Kudos Recipients page.
  • To submit a nomination, go to the Campus Kudos page.

Messenger Newsletter

  • The Messenger newsletter serves to inform the NDSU community about staff activities and awards.
  • Published three times each academic year (September, December and March), the Messenger is available both in print and on the Messenger page of this site.
  • For more information or to contribute a story, contact the Public Relations Committee chair.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

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Equine Guided Learning

Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, 1 - 4 PM
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, 1 - 4 PM

$20 per attendee

Click here to Register
Registration confirmed upon receipt of payment.

Payment options: credit card, electronic check, IDB, and personal check.
Please send IDBs and personal checks to:
Tina Exner
Chemistry and Biochemistry
334 QBB
or call 231-7678 mornings
231-8291 afternoons

Deadline for refunds is Aug. 21.

To request a refund, contact Tina Exner before deadline. No refunds will be given out day of the event.

Individuals with disabilities are invited to request reasonable accommodations to participate in NDSU-sponsored programs and events. To request accommodations, please contact Erika Berg at (701) 231-9611 by Aug. 21, to make arrangements.

View full details here.

Equine Guided Learning

Why Horses?

You can learn a lot about being human from a horse!

Equine Guided Education (EGE), an approach for personal growth and professional development by bringing horses and humans together, has been gaining momentum in recent years, world-wide. Its value lies within the scope of experiential learning, environmental learning, and social intelligence, to name just three.

The old adage of “you learn best from experience” is true indeed, and with good reason. There is distinct advantage in using experiential methods, it is the engagement of all of the senses – being in an environment with different sights, sounds, smells, and sensations.  Add to the physical sensations the emotional aspects of relating to the horses and the intellectual learning, the impact of what is learned can be greater. There can be more clarity in the recall of learning.

Social (or Emotional) Intelligence refers to skill in the areas of self and social awareness and management, and has been shown to be a critical component of success in the workplace and in life.  Horses are experts at this.

Learning with horses is a unique learning experience in the natural environment with sentient beings whose very survival depends on their social intelligence; and there’s more…

  • Horses and humans share a similar societal structure --- both have their herds, they can relate.
  • Horses rely on their senses, humans do as well when not relying so much on verbal communication.
  • Horses are curious, intuitive and responsive to humans.
  • Horses often mirror what they sense in humans – providing an opportunity for humans to self-examine.
  • Horses respond to authenticity – it’s hard to fool a horse.
  • Horses don’t judge, they just are – humans learn best when there is no judgment attached, it allows for powerful self-discovery.
  • Horses, by virtue of their size and power, command respect, humans can’t help but pay attention.

Here’s a bonus. This experience, bringing horses and humans together, is successful because of its defining feature of self-discovery.

The focus for the Staff Senate experience with HorseSong Coaching will be teambuilding.  You can come away with something you can use in any team or group setting, at work or in your personal life.

There will be two sessions on Thursday, May 21, 2015.  One from 9 AM - noon and one for 1 - 4 PM.  Transportion to the Equine Center will be provided. Visit the Market Place link to register for one of the sessions.

Relay for Life

NDSU Staff Senate has created a Relay for Life team.  If you are interested in joining the team, dedicating a luminaria, or making a donation, please visit our team page.

The event will be held from 6 PM on April 18, 2015 to 6 AM on April 19, 2015 at the Wallman Wellness Center.

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

Click here to view and download the application or go straight to MarketPlace to register.

University System Attorney Discusses Measure 3

To view the video of the Measure 3 information session below, visit

Published: 12 September 2014

North Dakota University System General Counsel Murray G. Sagsveen is scheduled to present “Facts about the State Board of Higher Education, Constitutional Measure 3, and Accreditation” on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in NDSU’s Festival Concert Hall.

Measure 3 is a proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot to replace the current citizen-led, eight-member State Board of Higher Education with a three-member paid commission, restructuring the governance of the university system.

Sagsveen, who also holds titles of chief of staff and ethics officer for the system, is a graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, and the University of North Dakota School of Law in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He is a Certified Association Executive, as well as a graduate of the Minnesota Executive Program at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Sagsveen’s presentation is sponsored by the NDSU Faculty Senate and the NDSU Office of Accreditation, Assessment and Academic Advising.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation's top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

Staff Welcome Back Event

In the spirit of a new school year, NDSU Staff Senate invites NDSU staff and families to join them for an evening with the RedHawks.

What: FM RedHawks Baseball Game
Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Picnic: 6:00 PM
Game: 7:02 PM

Cost: $7.00 / ticket (includes meal of 2 hotdogs/ chips & soda)
$7.50/ ticket (includes meal of hamburger/ chips & soda)
(limit 4 per staff member)

Ticket Availability: A block of 175 tickets has been reserved for the August 27th Redhawks game vs. the Kansas City T-bones.  There will be a picnic area set up (location in stadium TBD) prior to the game.  To purchase your tickets go to: After purchasing your ticket/s (a maximum of 4 tickets may be purchased per staff member) please print out your receipt.  Tickets are non-refundable.  A contact table will be set up in the Union during the week of July 23-27 from 10 am -2 pm to pick up your tickets with your vouchers for the meal, you will need to show your receipt in order to pick up your tickets and meal voucher.

If you have any questions, contact Angela Bachman, Staff Senate Public Relations Committee Chair,

NDSU Day of Honor

NDSU Staff, Faculty, and Students,

Please plan to attend the memorial service, NDSU Day of Honor, that will be conducted in the Great Room of the Memorial Union, Monday, January 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM.  This will be a time of reflection on the memories of students, faculty, and staff that have passed in recent years. 

The service will last approximately thirty minutes. All students, faculty, staff, and friends and family of the honorees are encouraged to attend.

Blood Drive

NDSU Staff Senate, in conjunction with United Blood Services, is coordinating a blood drive on Monday, Dec. 2, 10:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

The Bloodmobile will be located on Administration Avenue along the west side of the Memorial Union.

Appointments may be made online at, using the sponsor code ndsustaffsenate, or by calling Paula Schneider at 701-231-8127. A photo ID must be brought to the appointment; if you already have a donor card, please bring it with you. Donors will receive a free cholesterol testing.

United Blood Services offers a recognition program for volunteer blood donors. The “Hero in Me” Donor Rewards Program uses Gold, Silver and Bronze recognition levels to offer benefits to donors who give regularly during the calendar year. The program also offers reward points for specific activities; these reward points can be redeemed for thank-you gifts.

Holiday Vendor Market

NDSU Alumni Center
November 26, 2013
4:00 - 7:00 PM

View the flyer here.

Rollie Johnson: Becoming a Better U

Discover U Fall Event


Becoming a better NDSU community means that, as individuals, we must first become the best possible versions of ourselves. Join us on Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM for a half-day professional development session hosted by NDSU Staff Senate. Our presenter, Rollie Johnson, is a local expert in overcoming adversity and understands that a positive attitude is self-empowering.

This interactive workshop is intended to provoke deeper thought on what it takes to become a better person. Please come prepared to participate.

Click here to view a video of Rollie walking the talk.

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Check-in/On-site Registration from 7:30 AM - 8:15 AM)
Memorial Union, Plains Ballroom

Cost: $20.00 per attendee

See the flyer for schedule and registration information. You can also register online at:

State Employee Recognition Week Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Celebrate State Employee Recognition Week and test your knowledge of NDSU. During State Employee Recognition Week we'll be holding a Virtual Scavenger Hunt where you'll find two new clues with pictures and sounds for mystery locations around campus every day. To find out exactly what these mystery locations are, simply check back the following day for the answers.

The Oz Principle by Craig Hickman

Staff Senate invites you to attend a professional development opportunity on May 20, 2013. Don Tanner will be discussing accountability, team building and alignment, and personal development.  He is the co-author of Partners in Leadership’s classic New York Times bestselling book, The Oz Principle. He brings with him more than 30 years’ experience in management and consulting.

Even though this is s free event, we ask that you please register to secure a spot as seating is limited.

See flyer for details.

Staff Appreciation Event on March 27

The NDSU Staff Senate 2013 Staff Appreciation Day is scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, from 8:00 to 10:30 AM, in the Plains Room of the Memorial Union.  An Open House format will be utilized with an opportunity for refreshments, entertainment, and networking between 8:00-9:00, followed by a short program at 9:00.  The event will recognize the many contributions NDSU staff make to the university community.  In addition, staff will be able to meet their senators, and there will be an opportunity to learn about the nomination process for Staff Senate.  All NDSU staff are invited to attend, so mark your calendars and plan for a wonderful morning!

2013 Valentine's Ball

Saturday, February 23
7:30 PM to midnight
Great Plains Ballroom, Memorial Union

Sponsored by NDSU Staff Senate

For event information and ticket prices, please click here.

Discover U Spring Event

Managing & Balancing Your Finances and Stress Management

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
7:15 AM - 1 PM
Memorial Union, Great Room

See the flyer for schedule and registration information.

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

NDSU Harry McGovern Alumni Center
1241 North University Drive, Fargo, ND 58102
Sponsored by NDSU Staff Senate

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

You are invited to attend this unique shopping experience with over twenty area vendors.

Click here to view the flyer.

Discover U Seminar - November 14, 2012

The HoopWoman's Guide to Living Freely & Fully

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Memorial Union, Plains Room

Click here to view pictures from the event.

The HoopWoman's introduction video.

Theresa Rose Biography

Theresa Rose is a national motivational humorist and award-winning author whose mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire people to become aware of their unlimited power. As a member of the prestigious National Speakers Association, Theresa delivers outstanding programs on personal empowerment, stress management and overcoming adversity for organizations across the country. She was one of the top five finalists in the “So You Think You Can Speak?” competition at the National Speakers Association’s 2012 Annual Convention. She has been interviewed by NBC, Glamour,, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, and Fitness, and her articles have been published in dozens of publications including Personal Excellence, Health News Digest, Smart People, and many more. Her first book, Opening the Kimono: A Woman’s Intimate Journey Through Life’s Biggest Challenges, won the Royal Palm Literary Award from Florida Writers Association and the Living Now Book Award from Independent Publisher. For more information on Theresa’s work, please visit or

Staff Appreciation Event - Ice Cream Social


Staff Senate would like to once again invite you to an event to show a token of our appreciation for all that the staff at NDSU do.

The weather is warming up and it’s always a great time for a little ice cream so we are having an Ice Cream Social this Thursday in the Prairie Rose room from 3-4 PM or until the ice cream runs out!

Event details:
Ice Cream Social
March 15th, 2012 (this Thursday)
3 PM – 4 PM or until the ice cream runs out
Prairie Rose room, Memorial Union

Spring Discover U Scheduled for February 15, 2012

The spring Discover U is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 15, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Plains Ballroom. All NDSU staff are invited and encouraged to attend this staff development workshop organized by NDSU’s Staff Senate.

This is the second of two Discover U events offered this year, each lasting half a day, in an effort to provide opportunities for more staff to participate without being away from their work for an entire day.

The Feb. 15 program, “Desire to Grow from Head to Soul,” will be presented by Chris Linnares, author of several books and newspaper articles on health and empowerment, including the award-winning book and social project, Beautiful Women of North Dakota. Chris will encourage body-mind-soul connection by combining positive emotions with movement to energize and empower one’s life. There will be minimal movement, so comfortable clothing is suggested.

Registration forms have also been sent to all staff. The deadline to register is Monday, Feb. 13. Staff can register via the hard copy registration form or online. The cost is $20, which includes coffee and tea in the morning and a lunch of pasta bar, salad and cookies.

Get on the Bus!

Staff Senate and Human Resources/Payroll are joining forces to provide staff members (newly hired or not) an opportunity to tour the campus and learn more about NDSU. This is a fun and informative tour that gives some of the lesser known facts about NDSU and her history. 

Please, join us for an hour to mingle with other staff members and to see our surroundings in a new way.

Date: December 13, 2011
Times: 10 a.m. OR 2 p.m.
Starting point: Memorial Union, south entrance
Bus loading begins 30 minutes prior to each tour.

Please, contact Sheila Boyda at or call her at 231-5657 to make your reservation as soon as possible.

Staff Senate Blood Drive

Staff Senate organization is sponsoring a blood drive. Please click on the link below and make an appointment to Save A Life!

There is always a need for blood and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Click here to make an appointment.

Discover U Scheduled for November 30th

The fall Discover U is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Great Plains Ballroom. All NDSU staff are invited and encouraged to attend this staff development workshop organized by Staff Senate. 

This year, two half-day Discover U events will be offered, one in the fall and one in the spring, to provide a better opportunity for more staff to participate without being away from work for an entire day.

The Nov. 30 program will feature five NDSU Community of Respect trainers. Adapted from a nationally recognized program at Texas A & M University, Community of Respect is a program designed to prepare people with greater cultural awareness and competence. The objective is to teach participants about cultural differences--both global and intra-American--and to encourage them to think critically about the impact of their cultural values in their relationships with others.

The Community of Respect curriculum that will be offered through Discover U on Nov. 30 consists of the three following modules that will keep participants actively engaged:

  • learning about culture;
  • identifying their own cultures and cultural values; and
  • developing skills to recognize and manage situations in which cultural values are impacting our interactions with one another.

Registration forms have been sent to all staff. 
The form also is available on-line.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, Nov. 23. The cost is $15, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch.

The Community of Respect presenters have allowed the sharing of the PowerPoint slides presented at this event.  They are provided here in PDF version and the original PowerPoint version.

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In an effort to assist members of the Minot community in recovery of their tragic flooding, Staff Senate is beginning a Rebuild Minot Campaign starting Sept. 14, 2011.

Items are being collected to be delivered by NDSU students volunteering to assist in cleanup of  the city.

Suggested items are attached and also located on the Staff Senate home page.  The drop-off site is between Student Activities and Student Government in the Memorial Union.

Staff Appreciation Event - First Annual Staff Senate Ice Cream Social

Hot and sticky weather getting you down and making you feel unappreciated?  Here is a cold, delicious solution.  Staff Senate will be holding its First Annual Ice Cream Social on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 2:00 p.m. in Thundar's Den, located in the lower level of the Memorial Union.

In a recent poll of Staff Senate members, 42.3% indicated they would like to be acknowledged through a Staff Appreciation event, and what is more fitting during the hot summer than cold and creamy ice cream with all the fixings.  Ice cream will be served while supplies last.

Come share the sugar rush in Thundar's Den at 2:00 p.m. on August 18th.

Staff Senate to present 'Annual Salary Process Discussion' Aug. 11

The NDSU Staff Senate Development Committee will present "Annual Salary Process Discussion" on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union Century Theater as part of Staff Senate's Discover U mini-sessions. Bruce Bollinger, vice president for finance and administration, will have an open discussion regarding the annual salary process at NDSU. A brief overview of the role the North Dakota University System has in the process will be provided. A question and answer session will follow.

Discover U - Do You Have Your Ducks in a Row?

Preparing for the Potential Impact of the Spring Flood at Home and at Work

Thursday, March 17, 2011
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Century Theater
Memorial Union

Carol Cwiak, J.D., Ph.D.,
Emergency Management Department

Click here to see more details about the presentation.


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Discover U - Spend the Day with us... See what You can DISCOVER about U!

Wednesday, February 9, 2010
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Great Plains Ballroom

R-E-L-A-X, Stress Isn’t a 4-Letter word.  Quick.  What’s the first word that comes to mind when you hear the word stress?  Like most things, stress is good and bad.  Stress can propel you to peak performance or it can drain your brain.  You can choose to react or choose to RELAX.  Laugh and learn as professional speaker, trainer and humorist, Robin Getman shares stories and ideas guaranteed to help you harness the best of stress and tame the rest.

Can U Hear Me Now?  Which do you prefer:  High-speed link? Or, real-time connection:  If you’re like most people, you’re linked, hooked, wired and longing for connection.  Turn off your phone and tune into laughter as we practice the art of outcome-focused communication and affirm the value of authentic connection.

Defusing Difficult People & Situations – Sometimes it’s the person that is difficult; sometimes it’s the situation.  Sometimes it’s both.  Increase your effectiveness by recognizing the difference and learn to respond with grace, confidence and ease.

To register, print the registration form and send it to Jan Lofberg, C&IE 201 by Wednesday, February 2, 2011.

Valentine's Ball 2011

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Nutrition Wellness - Discover U Mini Session

January 12, 2011
8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

Century Theater
Memorial Union

Janet Brown, LRD, CDE
Licensed Registered Dietitian at Wallman Wellness Center

Janet will be discussing good nutrition, diets, weight-loss and personal wellness.

See the flyer for details.

Veteran Students - Discover U Mini-Session

November 17, 2010
10:00-10:45 a.m.

Century Theater
Memorial Union

Bruce Steele
Veterans Upward Bound Project Director

Bruce will be presenting on veteran student support initiatives on campuses and how it has changed from decade to decade.  The staff development session will provide an overview of veteran student support on North Dakota college campuses in terms of historical trends and current efforts.  Myths about veterans as students will be explored as an important aspect of current support efforts.

Click here to see the flyer.

Discover U Mini Session - Extreme Home Makeover Review!

Thursday, October 28, 2010
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Century Theater, Memorial Union

Carol Cwiak, J.D., Ph.D.
Emergency Management Department

View the flyer to see more information.

Automotive Maintenance - Discover U Mini-Session

March 10, 2010
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Motor Pool Garage
Thorson Maintenance Center

Jeff Marcy
NDSU Automotive Mechanic

Learn the basics of automotive maintenance from Jeff Marcy, NDSU Automotive Mechanic.  Jeff will teach you how to save money by keeping your car in top shape. Learn how to check the fluids, tires, belts, and hoses in your car to prevent major repair bills.  Bring your car questions as Jeff will be taking questions from participants.  Click here to see the flyer.

Valentine Ball

February 20, 2010
7:30 p.m. - midnight

Great Plains Ballroom
Memorial Union

Tickets will be available 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m weekdays beginning February 8th through February 19th, 2010 at the Memorial Union contact table.  Tickets will also be available in the Student Government Office, Alumni Center or from committee members.

Students: $5/single student; $8/couple

Non-students: $10/person

View the poster for more information.

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Discover U 2010 Workshop Registration/Schedule

Click here to view and print the schedule of the Discover U workshop and registration form to be held on February 17th, 2010.  

Hope to see you there!

Staff Senate 20th Anniversary

Mark your calendars to attend the Staff Senate 20th Anniversary.

Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of Staff Senate over the past twenty years.

10-11 a.m.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Great Room, Upper Level Memorial Union

Remodeling, What's New, What's Next? - Discover U Mini-Session

January 20, 2010
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Century Theater
Memorial Union

Susan Ray-Degges
NDSU Department of Apparel, Design, Facility and Hospitality Management

View the flyer for more information.


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Do Genealogy: Research Your Family History - Discover U Mini-Session

December 8, 2009
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Century Theater
Memorial Union

John E. Bye
Institute for Regional Studies & University Archives

View for the flyer for more information.

Annual NDSU Staff Senate Blood Drive

The annual NDSU Staff Senate Blood Drive is scheduled for 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM December 1, 2, 3 this year. The Bloodmobile will be parked on the west side of the Memorial Union. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Bring some form of I.D.

According to organizers, every 2 seconds someone needs blood in our area. Studies indicate up to 90 percent of the population will use blood before the age of 72 but only 5% of the U.S population provides 100% of the blood needs.

To register go to and enter a Fargo zip or the sponsor code: ndsustaffsenate (lower case, no spaces) to find the event, or e-mail Ron Fingarson or, to get signed up.

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You Are What You Eat - Discover U Mini-Session

November 18, 2009
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Century Theater
Memorial Union

Janet Brown, LRD, CDE
NDSU Licensed Registered Dietitian

View the flyer for more information.

Benefits at NDSU - What's In It For Me? Discover U Mini-Session

October 14, 2009
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Century Theater
Memorial Union

Brittney Steckler, PHR
Benefits Coordinator
Office of Human Resources and Payroll

View the flyer and more information.

United Way 18th Annual Day of Caring

Thursday, October 8, 2009
12:15 - 5 p.m.

  • October 8, 2009 is United Way of Cass-Clay's 18th Annual Day of Caring.  Last year 1,400 volunteers helped over 430 senior citizens in Cass and Clay counties.  These volunteers represented 90 businesses in our communities! 
  • In the past the Staff Senate PR Committee has participated by volunteering to be active in helping the community with indoor and/or outdoor tasks for area residents who have a developmental or physical disability or are senior citizens of Cass and Clay counties. 
  • Teams should be organized in groups of 3-5 people.  Tasks that may be assigned include but are not limited to:  washing windows, installing storm windows, preparing yard/gardens for winter, general cleaning or small repair projects, interior or exterior painting. 
  • Registration is required and is due by Friday, October 2, 2009.  
  • If you are interested in participating please contact La Donna De Geldere or call 231-8380.

Staff Senate Float Wins Award

Congratulations, Staff Senate!

The Staff Senate float in the 2009 NDSU Homecoming Parade has won the Business/Community Division award and received a framed certificate.  Campus Attractions stated, "Your float looked amazing!" 

Thank you to everyone who helped with the planning and assembly of the float.


Get Active! Discover U Mini-Session

September 15, 2009
10:00-11:00 a.m.

Century Theater
Memorial Union

Brent Parmer, M.S.
Associate Director of Fitness Programs
NDSU Wallman Wellness Center

View the flyer and more information.

Staff Senate Cookbooks on sale while supplies last!

Staff Senate has created a cookbook and we want you to have one!  The cookbook is a collection of recipes donated by NDSU staff.  There are 428 recipes in a 242-page spiral bound book.

If you are interested in buying a cookbook but cannot make it to the Union, call or e-mail Laura Dallmann or anyone else on Staff Senate and we will help you.

It is only $10 a book and the proceeds are going to a local food pantry. Thanks to everyone that helped with this great project!

If you are off NDSU campus and are interested in having one sent to you, please, send a check made out to "NDSU Staff Senate" for $13 (to include shipping and handling) per book to:

Laura Dallmann
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dept # 2480, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Basic Tips for Home Landscaping

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Century Theater – Memorial Union
Martin Shervey and Will Ferguson
NDSU Landscape Department

Successful home landscaping doesn’t just involve sticking plants into areas around your home and hoping it looks right. When designing and landscaping your own home, you need to invest time and creativity. You’ll feel great when you look out your window and you see the landscaped lawn which you designed yourself!

During this “mini” workshop Will and Martin will discuss site preparation, designing a plan, plant selection, edging, planting and mulching. Let’s get those lawns in shape -- please join us at the Union next Wednesday!


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Get on the Bus with President Chapman

Thursday, April 2, 2009
10:20 - 11:30 a.m.

If you have not had a chance to tour our growing NDSU campus, now is your chance.  Join President Chapman on Thursday, April 2 as he provides a narrated tour of our beautiful campus!

The campus bus tour is sponsored by NDSU Staff Senate and is intended for all broad-banded staff. This bus tour is open to employees who have not taken it during their New Employee Orientation.  Due to the popularity of this tour and limited seating available, reservations are required and are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your space, contact Jean Hagen at 1-8186 or

Nationally Known Motivation Speaker Hightlights Discover U 2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Guest speaker: Tom Champoux
Ballroom, Memorial Union

Tom Champoux, a nationally known motivational speaker and author, will be the highlight of this year's "Discover U 2009: Moving Forward Together!" scheduled for Wednesday, February 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union ballroom. Cost for staff to attend is $20 and includes breakfast and lunch.

Champoux will offer two presentations that will uncover why you find "some" customers or co-workers so difficult to work with. He will lead you to discover why using your head, heart and backbone leads to a better work - life balance.

How to Make Work less Work or People Skills: A Strategy for Achieving Results or Four Easy Steps to Maximum Frustration

Why are "some" co-workers or customers so irritating to work with?  Or more importantly, why would anyone think of YOU as a difficult person? For example, isn't it frustrating when the person across the desk or on the phone can't seem to ever make a decision-or makes a snap decision only to change it a day later?

Champoux will show participants the four key dynamics that cause most of our workplace friction.  You'll discover why "different" does not have to mean "difficult."  Then you'll learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to CLICK with co-workers and customers.

Each person in the audience will roll with laughter as they identify themselves in the behavior styles, as well as those with whom they work.  While they are laughing, they are also learning that people are different, and that "intent" doesn't always equal "impact."

In short, you will realize how to make work...less work.

Head, Heart and Backbone: Making Decisions to balance your Life and Career

" handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.  Anger is only one letter short of danger..."
--Eleanor Roosevelt

We all want to do the right things.  Sometimes, however, things get in the way:  time pressures, deadlines, over commitment, conflicting obligations, periodic emergencies, ego demands and guilt trips.  All these and more combine to undercut our ability to balance the demands of career and life beyond work.

Join Champoux as he offers an approach for work life balance; how to balance your "head" to make rational decisions, your "heart" - to embrace emotions to discern what means the most to you, and your "backbone" to be strong when pressures pull you to either head or heart only decisions.

Champoux is President of The Effectiveness Institute and author of People Skills: A Strategy for Achieving Results, Quality Customer Service, and Supervising to Achieve Results. Find out more information about Tom Champoux by visiting his website at

Discover U is an annual staff development focused workshop organized by Staff Senate at North Dakota State University. An official Discover U registration form and schedule will be mailed to all NDSU staff.

For more information regarding Discover U: Moving Forward Together! contact Pam Hommen at, 1-7014 or Connie Jadrny at, 1-9738. Registration deadline is February 13th.


Get On the Bus! - Campus Tour with President Chapman

Thursday, April 2, 2009
10:20 - 11:30 a.m.

If you haven't had a chance to tour our growing NDSU campus, now's your chance.  Join President Chapman Thursday, April 2 as he provides a narrated tour of our beautiful campus!

The campus bus tour is sponsored by NDSU Staff Senate and is intended for all broad-banded staff. This bus tour is open to employees who have not taken it during their New Employee Orientation.  Due to the popularity of this tour and limited seating available, reservations are required and are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your space, contact Jean Hagen at 1-8186 or

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Discover U "Mini" Workshop: Basic Tips for Home Landscaping

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
10 - 11:00 a.m.
Century Theater, Memorial Union
Presented by: Martin Shervey and Will Ferguson, NDSU Landscape Department

Successful home landscaping doesn't just involve sticking plants into areas around your home and hoping it looks right. When designing and landscaping your own home, you need to invest time and creativity.  You will feel great when you look out your window, and you see the landscaped lawn which you designed yourself.

Shervey and Ferguson will discuss site preparation, designing a plan, plant selection, edging, planting, and mulching.

Valentine's Ball


Discover U Mini Workshop: Gift Wrapping That WOWS!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

10:00 a.m.
Century Theater

Char Maas,
NDSU Information Technology Services

See flyer for details.

Discover U - Digital Photography Tips

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Bruce Sundeen,
Electronic Media Specialist,
NDSU Extension Ag. Communications

See flyer for details.

Discover U - "Benefits at NDSU - What's In It For Me?"

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Brittnee Steckler,
Benefits Coordinator,
Office of Human Resources & Payroll

See flyer for details.

Discover U - Blackboard Organizations: How Can We (I) Use Them?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Lorna Olsen
Instructional Services Consultant and Blackboard Support
Information Technology Services

Blackboard - it's not just for classes anymore!

See the flyer for more information.

2008-2009 Staff Senate Scholarships Available

The NDSU Staff Senate offers scholarships to eligible NDSU broad banded staff, and to children of broad banded staff. The application deadline for ether of these scholarships is Friday, April 4, 2008.

To be eligible, broad banded staff applicants must be NDSU employees and have been employed for at least one year as of the application deadline, be properly enrolled, with a minimum of three undergraduate or two graduate credits at the time of application and at the time of the award disbursement. Applicants must have earned a minimum of 9 undergraduate and 6 graduate credits at NDSU with a 2.5 or higher cumulative grade point average. Broad banded staff scholarships awards are $200.

Eligible children must be a child of broad banded staff members presently employed by NDSU for a minimum of one year as of the application deadline, be properly enrolled at least half-time with a minimum of 6 credits per semester at NDSU with a 2.5 or higher cumulative grade point average and be enrolled as an undergraduate student. Applicants may not have earned a bachelor's degree. The maximum scholarship amount is $300.

The scholarship committee will select the recipients prior to the 2008 fall semester. Dispersal of funds for children of broad banded staff will be in equal installments at the beginning of fall and spring semesters. Dispersal for broad banded staff will be at the beginning of the fall semester.

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Discover U - Great Photography Tips

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

10 - 11 AM Century Theater - Memorial Union

See flyer for details.

Valentine's Ball

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Ballroom, Memorial Union

Discover U - See what YOU can DISCOVER about U

All-day seminar being held on February 6, 2008 in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

View Agenda and Registration form.

Discover U - Great Photography Tips

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

2 - 3 PM at Century Theater, Memorial Union

See flyer for details.

Discover U - Encouraging Children's Growth

Thursday, November 14, 2007

2-3 PM at Century Theater, Memorial Union

See flyer for details.

Discover U - Benefits? ... We Have Benefits

Thursday, November 1, 2007

10 - 11 AM at Century Theater, Memorial Union

See flyer for details.

Guided Campus Tour with President Chapman

Staff Senate sponsored a campus bus tour guided by President Chapman for broad-banded staff on Friday, October 26, 2007 from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m.  Here’s a fun way to get “re-acquainted” with our ever-changing and growing NDSU campus!

Discover U - The WDAY Honor Flight Program

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

10 - 11 AM at Century Theater, Memorial Union

See flyer for details.

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