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Forum staff reports, Published December 13 2013

‘Smartphone Universe’ to help NDSU students

FARGO – A North Dakota State University professor’s collection of travel images inspired a calendar that explores how people use smartphones worldwide.

Communications professor Ross Collins took pictures of people using smartphones during his travels and shared the images on Facebook. Noticing the response from friends, Collins saw an opportunity to create a calendar and raise funds for student scholarships.

The calendar – “Smartphone Universe” – features 12 full-color photographs of smartphone use throughout the world.

Collins decided the proceeds from the calendar will go to the Dorothy Collins Endowment Fund in honor of his mother. The endowment supports scholarships for NDSU communication students who work at the Spectrum, the campus newspaper.

Dorothy Collins was a longtime supporter of student journalism and a journalist for more than 50 years who got her start at the University of Washington’s University Daily. Collins was also the first female reporter to work in general news at The Forum and served as the paper’s Minnesota editor for several years.

To order a calendar, contact Collins at ross.collins@ndsu.edu. Calendars are $11.95.