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Dakota College has Record Enrollment

September 19, 2018

Dakota College at Bottineau recorded a record enrollment for
fall 2018.  The official fall enrollment is 996 students.  This compares to 909 students in the fall of 2017, 811 in fall 2016 and 692 during the fall of 2015.  Headcount enrollment includes all students who are taking at least one course from the college.  The previous record headcount enrollments were 909 in the fall of 2017 and 863 in the fall of 2010.

The college’s full-time equivalent enrollment (FTE) is also a record for DCB.  This fall DCB has an FTE enrollment of 590 students.  This compares to 527 FTE in 2017, 490 FTE in 2016 and 459 FTE in 2015.  The college’s previous record FTE enrollment was 539 in the fall of
2010.  Full-time equivalent enrollment is calculated by dividing the total number of credits taken by all students by 15.  Fifteen credits is considered to be a full-time student load by the North Dakota University System.

From a percentage point of view, fall headcount enrollment is up 9.5% compared to last year and FTE enrollment is up 11.9%.  Enrollment numbers are up in almost all categories; on-campus students, students at MSU and VCSU (especially in the nursing programs), online students and dual credit students. The largest programs at the college continue to be Liberal Arts, Nursing and


Grant Writer hired at DCB

September 18, 2018


Dakota College at Bottineau has recently hired Dr. Indrani Sasmal to lead the college’s grant development and grant writing efforts. She bring strong expertise in the fields of natural resources and wildlife, in addition to her writing and project management skills. Indrani earned a PhD from South Dakota State University in Wildlife Biology. She has worked for South Dakota State University and North Carolina State University as a post-doctoral fellow with research in carnivore genetics and ecology.

Her experience in developing grant and research proposals, managing projects, and managing teams of natural resource researchers make her uniquely qualified for the position. Indrani has also taught graduate and undergraduate classes. She is the mother to two daughters, three and seven and her husband is also an ecologist. In her spare time, she loves to read and travel.


DCB Hires Biology Instructor

September 18, 2018


Taija Hahka was recently hired by Dakota College at Bottineau as a biology instructor. During summer 2018, Hahka completed her master's degree in molecular and cellular biology from Michigan Technological University. Hahka has four publications; one in Physiological Reports, two in Frontiers Physiology and one in ACTA Physiology. She is also working on two primary publications.

Along with teaching biology, Hahka is serving as a math tutor. She is in process of starting the DCB Science Club and will be assisting with the honors anatomy class. In her spare time, she enjoys sports and will be assisting Head Coach Mike Smith with the Ladyjacks volleyball team.

With an offer from the University of Fairbanks, Alaska, Hahka accepted a position as a fully supported research assistant and plans to start working on her PhD in neuroscience and biochemistry following the conclusion of fall 2018.


Student Scholarship Opportunity

September 11, 2018

Every year, the North Dakota Space Grant Program (NDSGP) provides North Dakota’s public, two-year and four-year colleges and universities with scholarship funding to award to undergraduate students. The amount of funding available for scholarships varies by institution and the number of awards is typically determined by the Office of Financial Aid at each institution.

Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) has $7,000 available for scholarships during the 2018-2019 academic year. Students who are US citizens, enrolled fulltime at DCB, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and are pursuing a degree in program in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

To apply for the scholarships available through DCB, students must submit a 1) completed application form, available from the Office of Financial Aid or online at http://ndspacegrant.und.edu , 2) a letter of recommendation from at least one faculty member, and 3) a one-page essay outlining the student’s current and future educational goals and how they are related to this scholarship.

Application materials should be submitted to Angie Bartholomay at angela.bartholomay@dakotacollege.edu before noon on Friday, November 16, 2018.


Boone Hired as DCB Social Science Instructor

September 10, 2018



With the resignation of Steve Sathre, DCB hired Paul Boone, PhD to teach the social Science courses at DCB. Boone grew up on a horse ranch in Northern California near Santa Rosa. He has lived in San Diego, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Oakland, Romania (Cluj), Prague, and Reno. Boone taught in K-12 schools for 16 years in Oakland and Santa Rosa and worked 8 years in special education as an assistant and a computer teacher and 8 years as a long-term substitute teacher in public middle and high schools. After caring for his father for 3 years, Boone decided to go to graduate school where he earned a M.S. in Education in May 2010 and a Ph.D. in History in May 2017 from the University of Nevada, Reno.

At the University of Nevada, Reno, Boone served the Graduate Student Representative for History and co-founded the History Graduate Student Association. As a student leader, he mentored new students, led a dissertation/thesis support group, and organized professional development workshops. Boone chaired the College of Liberal Arts Graduate Student Symposium for four years. The event grew from a one-day symposium for UNR students to a three-day interdisciplinary conference open to the public that included over 100 graduate students in 35 disciplines from 40 universities and featured prominent keynote speakers. He also engaged in oral and public history work as a graduate student on the 4th Street-Prater Way History Project.

Boone’s research and teaching specialties include U.S. cultural/intellectual history focused on the sociocultural constructions of collective identities, 20th Century U.S. history focused on popular culture, public education, and cultural politics in the Cold War era, U.S. history of education focused on the cultural, political, and social processes of professionalization for K-12 teachers, and history pedagogy focused on active and collaborative learning opportunities.

His teaching philosophy is empowering students to take charge of their education, develop a desire to become lifelong learners, and acquire skills to be engaged citizens. As a foundational pedagogical principle, he emphasizes developing critical thinking and historical analysis though active learning opportunities. He states that his role as a teacher is to mentor students in the processes of constructing historical knowledge and to facilitate their critical engagement in the work of historians. As a result, his pedagogy and curriculum revolve around creating opportunities for students to do history. Boone’s ultimate aim is for students to be able to think like historians.

Boone’s scholarship has informed his educational practices by helping craft courses that highlight the interconnectivity between the personal lives of historical actors, structural factors, human agency, and major events. He focuses on the interrelationships among class, gender, politics, race, and sexuality with the constructions of subcultural and professional identities. In his dissertation, he illustrated how the American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association used representations of “hero” teachers and Cold War discourses of Americanism, consumerism, democracy, and world leadership to lay claim to and gain affirmation of teacher professionalism between 1946 and 1965. Given the continued dominance of women in teaching, the persistence of racial segregation in schools, and the consistent focus on Americanization in the K-12 curriculum, the histories of civil rights, ethnicity, gender, public policy, law, race, sexuality, and women are central to his research. He presented papers on how the “feminization” of teaching from 1880 to 1925 affected teachers’ personal and professional identities in the West, how Cold War gender and sexuality norms intersected with popular representations about and personal identities among the Beats, and how the performance and commodification of Indian mascots’ primitive masculinity complicated and continue to complicate the constructions of Native American personhood. This research helps Boone to craft courses that allow students to build cognitive empathy for themselves, and each other.


DCB TRiO Director to Represent State at ASPIRE Institute

August 20, 2018

BiggerstaffNathan190x190.pngDakota College at Bottineau (DCB) is proud to announce their Director of TRiO will represent the State at the ASPIRE Leadership Institute this fall. Nathan Biggerstaff, DCB TRiO Director was nominated by the ND State ASPIRE president, along with one other North Dakota TRiO member to represent the State at this year’s Leadership Institute.

Biggerstaff then completed an application for consideration and was subsequently chosen as one of the representatives. He will be attending a one day-intensive workshop that will allow him to grow professionally to ensure the best services are granted to students to assure that TRiO works beyond just his daily work.

ASPIRE is a professional organization that serves to represent Region 8 TRiO programs, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah. ASPIRE helps provide a communication channel to the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), the TRiO governing body that reports to the Department of Education. Each year ASPIRE holds both a Co-state (North and South Dakota) and Regional conference. This year, ASPIRE is offering a Leadership Institute designed to get selected individuals more engaged in the state, regional, and national levels of TRiO through an opportunity to interact with and learn from seasoned TRIO professionals.


DCB EMS Student Awarded National Scholarship

August 14, 2018

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The staff at Platinum Educational Group understands the struggles and obstacles that are presented to students obtaining higher education in the healthcare industries. In 2015, Platinum Educational Group launched its inaugural scholarships program geared at EMS students. In 2016, the company expanded its product line to include the Nursing and Allied Health fields. It only seemed fitting to expand its scholarships program to include the hardworking and dedicated students in those fields as well.

The 2018 EMS scholarship was awarded to student Mumtaaz “Taaz” Allen. Mrs. Allen is enrolled in Dakota College’s Paramedic program located in Bottineau, ND. Taaz dutifully supported her husband’s military career while raising their son. When the opportunity to be involved in emergency medical services, she jumped at it.  “I grew up in a medical household.  I’ve always had an interest in and a love for helping heal people.” stated Mrs. Allen. After graduating, Taaz is excited about pursuing her next level of education as a Critical Care/Flight Paramedic.

Platinum’s goal is to provide students entering the EMS, Nursing, and Allied Health fields with assistance in funding their education. Former high school teacher, paramedic, and now Platinum CEO Doug Smith states “With the rising costs of tuition and program fees, it’s an honor to assist others in embarking on the dream of providing needed healthcare services to our communities.”

For full details of Platinum Educational Group’s Scholarships Program contact Director of Marketing, Jeremy M. Johnson, at marketing@platinumed.com.


DCB Hires Academic Specialist

August 8, 2018

sidhunter.jpgDakota College at Bottineau welcomes Sid Hunter, TRiO Academic Specialist to campus. This position is important to the academic success of students.  Assessment data is used to identify areas needing improvement allowing coordination to implement guidance accordingly.

Sid Hunter, originally from Miami, Florida is an Associate of Science Alumnus of Dakota College at Bottineau.  He played football, basketball and baseball before transferring to Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU) where he obtained his bachelor’s in biology with a minor in chemistry.  His experience from Burdick Job Corp brings admission counselor experience working with students to address their higher education goals.  Sid says he appreciates the opportunity to get back, “this place (DCB) gave me the opportunity to play sports and go to school” he says, now he can give back to the school and the community.

In addition, to guiding students academically, Sid will be assistant baseball coach and wide receiver/tight end football coach.  When Sid is not working at DCB he enjoys music, sports and hanging out with his two boys; Daxton (3 ½) and Drayke (8 months). 


Johnson Named to ND Department of Public Instruction Committee

July 23, 2018


The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI) has named Scott Johnson, Mathematics Professor at Dakota College at Bottineau to serve as a committee member on the North Dakota ACT Standards Setting 2017-18 review panel.  NDDPI was fortunate to receive a large number of interested and well qualified applicants.  Selections were based on past experiences in standards writing/setting, knowledge of ND Math and English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) standards, grades taught, previous related experience, number of applicants in content areas, as well as school/district demographics.   

Larry Brooks, Dean for Academic and Student Affairs shares; “I am confident Scott will be a fine addition to the committee and will do an excellent job representing higher education interests.”


Donations Awarded from Rummage Proceeds

July 10, 2018


Left to Right: Denise Schroeter, Sandy Hageness (Friends of DCB), Terri Hauge (Turtle Mountain Cancer Society & Just for the Love of It) and Janeen Pollman

Dakota College at Bottineau held their fifteenth annual rummage and bake sale on Saturday, April 7, 2018.  DCB employees hold this event each year to support local community charities and service groups. DCB has reached $21,725.37 in giving since establishing this event in 2003. 

The 2018 proceeds of $909.50 were distributed to three community groups.  Recipients included Just for the Love of It at Metigoshe Lutheran Church, the Turtle Mountain Cancer Support Group, and Friends of DCB (tribute fund).

The purpose of Friends of DCB is to provide a positive campus atmosphere that acknowledges significant life events of faculty and staff and to provide sincere support as needed.  DCB employees fund this endeavor.

Just for the Love of It is sponsored by the Metigoshe Lutheran Church.  The purpose of this group is to help people in need.  It may set a needy family up in an apartment, pay for gas required for travel to medical treatments, or even pay utility bills.  Bottineau County Social Services referrals often result in action by Just for the Love of It.  The request is received by Pastor Cole Bentley and a plea goes out to congregation members, who do what they can to provide the help needed.

The Turtle Mountain Cancer Support Group is another group dedicated to helping people in need; specifically those effected by cancer.  They may pay for gas for medical treatment, purchase a wig, or provide whatever support is needed.  This support group fund raises throughout the year.

Funds from previous sales were earmarked for upkeep of the DCB Little Free Libraries.  The Little Free Library project was started with proceeds from DCB’s 2016 rummage sale.  The libraries are located by the playgrounds at Tommy Turtle Park and Forestry Park.  The premise of the Little Free Libraries is to “take a book, leave a book.”  Users are also welcome to return books after reading them to continue growing the library.  Books may be donated by putting them in a Little Free Library or taking them to the Dakota College at Bottineau bookstore (Monday through Friday 8:00-3:30).  We are especially in need of books for children.  Stewards for the libraries are DCB employees Darrell Waters, Janeen Pollman, and Denise Schroeter.   


High Tunnel Workshops

June 12, 2018

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The Entrepreneurial Center for Horticulture (ECH) at Dakota College at Bottineau, in conjunction with the North Dakota Natural Resources Conservation Service will be holding six High Tunnel Workshops in locations around the state. 

These workshops will assist those wishing to begin or expand production of vegetables, fruits, and specialty crops in high tunnels with construction and production techniques.  Two types of training sessions will be held.  The beginning workshop will cover purchasing, locating, construction, basic production and scheduling as well as the conservation practices with which NRCS can provide assistance.  The advanced workshops will cover soil management, water quality and quantity, irrigation, varietal selection and special production considerations.  Mainly geared for those that grow and sell produce, the training will also have value for those growing fruits and other specialty crops in high tunnels.  The workshops are free and open to the public.

Holly Mawby, ECH Director, and Keith Knudson, Dakota College at Bottineau Specialty Crop Production Faculty, will be presenting.  Each workshop will include a tour of a local producer high tunnel location and plenty of time for questions. 

The first three workshops are the beginning level sessions, the first of which will be held in Mandan on June 27th from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Farm Credit Services offices.  Following beginning level workshops will be held from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM in Watford City on July 11th and Bottineau on July 18th.  The Advanced level workshops will be held between July 23rd and August 10th in Bottineau, Minot, and a location to be determined. Please call for exact locations and dates for the advanced workshops.   Refreshments will be provided but each participant will be responsible for their own lunch.  Participants must RSVP their attendance to ensure enough resource materials for everyone.

For more information or to RSVP for one of these free workshops, contact Holly Mawby at 701-681-0252 or email hollyrose.mawby@dakotacollege.edu