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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published February 06 2011

Higher education notebook: NDSU offers students new Advising Resource Center

A new resource for North Dakota State University students aims to improve student success.

NDSU recently opened an Advising Resource Center in the Memorial Union to supplement the advising students receive from faculty within their disciplines.

The new center will be staffed with professional advisers who can help students with questions about general education requirements, academic policies or changing majors.

The center also will help students connect with a faculty adviser in their major.

The idea for the advising center came from NDSU’s student government.

“Advising is one of the most important things for student success at NDSU,” said Kevin Black, student body president.

Students will continue working with their faculty advisers, but the new center will give them an additional resource, Black said.

“Our goal is to create a convenient spot for students,” he said.

The center is in the Gunkelman Room adjacent to the Student Activities Office.

College Goal Sunday

College-bound students can get help with the financial aid process in an event Feb. 13 called College Goal Sunday.

Financial aid experts and volunteers will work from 11 sites in North Dakota to help families fill out paperwork to apply for financial aid.

The Fargo event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Skills and Technology Training Center, 1301 19th Ave. N.

The sessions also will be offered in Belcourt, Bismarck, Dickinson, Fort Totten, Fort Yates, Grafton, Grand Forks, Minot, New Town and Williston.

Each site will have drawings to win a $500 scholarship or a laptop computer.

Interested students and parents are asked to bring their Social Security numbers, 2010 federal tax return, W-2, other income records, driver’s license and other valid ID to the session.

For more information, visit www.collegegoalnd.

org or call (866) 454-3308.

Private colleges site

A new website gives prospective college students easy access to information about Minnesota’s private colleges.

The site, www.mnprivatecolleges.org, by the Minnesota Private College Council, features profiles of the 17 member colleges.

It also features a College Finder, a tool that lets students search for majors as well as sports and other activities and information about affordability of private higher education.

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