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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published February 28 2010

Higher Education Notebook: ND higher ed board seeking new members

North Dakota’s Board of Higher Education is accepting applications for new members.

The terms of Sue Andrews of Mapleton and Duaine Espegard of Grand Forks expire June 30.

Andrews, the board’s only woman of the seven citizen members, has served since 2002 and is not eligible for another term.

Espegard said he intends to apply for a second term.

The four-year terms begin July 1. The board governs the 11 colleges and universities in the North Dakota University System.

Wayne Sanstead, superintendent of the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, is chairman of the nominating committee.

Other members are the president pro tempore of the Senate, president of the House of Representatives, president of the North Dakota Education Association, and the chief justice of the North Dakota Supreme Court.

The committee meets April 5 and will forward three names for each vacancy to Gov. John Hoeven, who makes the appointments.

Board members must be confirmed by the 2011 North Dakota Senate.

To obtain an application, contact Wayne Sanstead, Department of Public Instruction, 600 East Boulevard Ave., Bismarck, ND 58505-0440, or call (701) 328-4572. Applications, including a resume and supporting references, are due by 5 p.m. March 25.

Smoke-free NDSU

North Dakota State University becomes smoke-free Monday.

Open forums featuring an expert on helping campuses transition to smoke-free environments are scheduled this week.

Ty Patterson, director of the Center of Excellence for Tobacco-Free Campus Policy at Ozarks Technical Community College in Missouri, has helped more than 250 campuses with the transition.

The forums are at 8:30 a.m. Monday and 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Memorial Union Century Theatre.

Helping Haiti

Dental hygiene students at Minnesota State Community Technical College in Moorhead have purchased more than 2,000 toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste for residents of Haiti.

The students raise money each year to help pay for the cost of their dental hygiene board exams.

This year, the students voted to spend a large portion of the money they raised to help the earthquake victims.

NDSU pharmacy

NDSU’s College of Pharmacy ranked ninth in the nation in 2009 for the percentage of doctoral faculty with National Institutes of Health funding.

NDSU has 45.5 percent of full-time doctoral pharmacy faculty receiving competitive funding from the NIH. In 2008, NDSU ranked 13th in the nation with 41.7 percent.

“This is a great acknowledgment of the quality and competitiveness of our research programs at NDSU and within our college,” Dean Charles Peterson said.

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