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Forum staff reports , Published July 19 2013

Honors and officers - 07/20/13

Donna Grandbois named Hampton Faculty Fellow

Donna Grandbois, assistant professor of nursing at North Dakota State University, has been named a Hampton Faculty Fellow through the American Indian/Alaska Native Initiative on Cancer.

The program is a National Cancer Institute Community Networks Program with a research base within Mayo Clinic’s Comprehensive Cancer Program and establishes intervention studies in Native populations, provides support for students in medicine or biological sciences training and advocates for improved cancer prevention and control in American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

Grandbois is a member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Nation in Belcourt, N.D. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in clinical nurse specialization in psychiatric mental health nursing from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and a doctorate in gerontology from NDSU. She is one of only two American Indian gerontologists in the country.

Marco receives Cisco partner of year award

Marco has received the 2013 Break Away Partner of the Year Award from Cisco.

Marco earned the award for their commitment to planned and well-executed growth and for their investment in several specializations.

Engineering firm earns GIS achievement award

Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services has received the Special Achievement in Geographic Information System Technology award from the Environmental Science Research Institute.

Advanced Engineering’s work on the North Dakota western area water supply project played a significant role in earning the award.

AFSP/ND names board members, advocates

Tammy Monsebroten, Kristi Imsdahl and Marcene Malusky have joined the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention/North Dakota chapter board of directors in Fargo.

Monsebroten is the suicide prevention coordinator at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fargo. Imsdahl is the North Dakota chapter events coordinator. Malusky is a ninth-grade health teacher with Fargo Public Schools.

Dr. Wanda McSparron has been elected chapter president. Newly designated North Dakota field advocates for the AFSP/Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network are Kursten Dienert, DJ Arnold, Janeen Norland, Shelle Michaels and Rick Townsend.

Barb Swegarden, the Rev. Ray Branstiter, Clayton Nelson and Dr. Terry Barrett completed their terms and have been honored with the Lifesaver Award for their many years of service on the board.

Gate City branch opens at Hornbacher’s

Gate City Bank’s branch inside Hornbacher’s at Village West at 4101 13th Ave. S., Fargo, has opened.

There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new office Tuesday.

Walen named to Dollars for Scholars board

Becky Walen, vice president and relationship manager for U.S. Bank’s Institutional Trust and Custody division at the bank at 505 2nd Ave. N., Fargo, has been named to the North Dakota Dollars for Scholars board of directors.

The board provides oversight to all the Dollars for Scholars chapters in the state.

Prudential Premier awarded for 1st quarter

Prudential Premier Real Estate in Fargo has been awarded second place in the “Top 3 Offices in U.S. Midwest for Commercial GCI” for the first quarter of 2013.

Individual sales professional award winners include John Knosalla, first place in North Dakota for residential units and third place in North Dakota for residential GCI, and Rod Searls, first place in North Dakota for commercial GCI.

Ivesdal earns McKenzie award for achievement

Troy Ivesdal of the Edward Jones financial services firm in Fargo has won the firm’s Jim McKenzie Award for his achievement in building client relationships.

The award is named after Jim McKenzie, who, following in his father’s footsteps, joined Edward Jones in 1962 and opened a branch in Kearney, Neb.

Nodak Mutual one of nation’s top insurers

Nodak Mutual Insurance Co., Fargo, has been named to the 2013 Ward’s Top 50 Property/Casualty Insurance Companies.

Ward’s annually recognizes the top 50 performing insurance companies out of more than 3,000 doing business in the United States. This is the second time in three years Nodak Mutual has earned the honor.

Nodak Mutual has also upgraded its financial strength rating to “A” from A.M. Best earlier this year.