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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published February 07 2010

Higher Education Notebook: NDSU president to meet with lawmakers

North Dakota State University’s interim president will travel around the state this month to connect with legislators.

Dick Hanson said he wants to give lawmakers a chance to ask questions about the president’s house, tuition waivers or “any of the other issues that have been sort of on our back.”

Hanson invited every legislator in the state to participate in the meetings.

“It’s really about our credibility in the state,” Hanson said. “I just felt the need to get out there well before the session kicks in next year and just let them ask questions and have a conversation about the place.”

Starting Feb. 16, Hanson will visit Bismarck, Dickinson, Minot, Williston, Wahpeton, Jamestown, Grand Forks and Devils Lake.

Members of his Cabinet also will attend the meetings.

Farm life exhibit

The Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College is hosting a major exhibit on the social and cultural changes experienced by farm families in the 20th century.

The college applied nearly two years ago to host the exhibit titled “Farm Life, a Century of Change for Farm Families and Their Neighbors.”

It focuses on the social, economic and cultural aspects of farms and their surrounding communities through a 1950-era farmstead in Chippewa Valley, Wis.

It’s on display in the college library through March 10.

National teach-in

NDSU will join a national event Thursday to address the latest climate change research and policies.

The National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions involves colleges, high schools, faith groups, civic organizations and businesses across the country.

The event features lectures and poster presentations by NDSU faculty and area experts, and a Clean and Green Expo organized by Repower America.

MnSCU awards

MSCTC and Minnesota State University Moorhead received recognition last week from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system for excellence in financial and facilities management.

Patrick Nordick, MSCTC chief finance officer, received the chancellor’s award for his leadership and outstanding service.

MSCTC also was recognized for excellence in financial management.

Jean Hollaar, MSUM budget director, received an outstanding service award. MSUM also was recognized for excellence in facilities management.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590 or adalrymple@forumcomm.com