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Vision 2013

Vision 2013 Merit Award Recipients for 2011

Minot State University announced Vision 2013 Award recipients. Award winners, who are faculty and staff members, demonstrated a strong commitment to advancing the university toward its Vision 2013 goals and specific objectives.

The recipients are: Andy Bertsch, business administration; Mikhail Bobylev, chemistry; Lisa Borden-King, teacher education; Deborah Brothers, social science; Kelly Buettner-Schmidt, nursing; Melanie DeBoer-Brunsdon, athletics; Andrea Donovan, humanities; Warren Gamas, teacher education; Donna Harvey, Gordon B. Olson Library; Joseph Jastrzembski, history; Evelyn Klimpel, student development, Mary Mercer, North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities; Linda Olson, humanities; Ernst Pijning, history; Dan Ringrose, history; Lisa Roteliuk, communication disorders; Rebecca Ruzicka, Rural Crime and Justice Center; Jessica Smestad, Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning; Sarah Walker, Job Corps Executive Management Program; and Darla Weigel, student affairs.

Bertsch, associate professor of management, contributes notably to the university achieving a distinctive national reputation by publishing articles and a book and securing funding for two grant proposals with an international focus. He has students deliver formal oral presentations in competitive events. Involved in many community service organizations, he serves as an exemplary role model to students for community engagement.

Bobylev, associate professor of chemistry, mentored several students, who presented their research at national conferences. Thoughtful of effective learning styles, he teaches his second-semester organic chemistry lab as a full research class, which encourages a rigorous learning experience rooted in real-life chemical laboratory experiences. Bobylev, International Faculty Association president, sits on the International Advisory Committee. He was also instrumental in developing and teaching the Countries and Cultures course.

Borden-King, associate professor of education and CETL associate director for engagement, initiated the Diagnostic Reading Clinic, which hires MSU preservice teachers to diagnose and work with struggling readers in elementary schools. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction selected her to serve on the State Literacy Team. In her CETL position, she helped revamp the new-student orientation and encouraged First Year Experience faculty to integrate community engagement activities into their classrooms. Over many years, Borden-King has voluntarily worked with individuals with reading issues when others gave up.

Brothers, secretary for the Division of Social Science, demonstrated exceptional patience, dedication and organizational prowess during the divisionís move from the Administration Building to Old Main. She devotes careful attention to fiscal matters and serves as a steward who looks out for the universityís interests. Her direct contact with students and sensitivity to their diverse needs are essential to create an inclusive campus.

Buettner-Schmidt, new executive director of MSUís Tobacco Policy and Environmental Change Collaborative, is respected across the state. Recently, Rep. Matt Klein approached her to assist him with legislation to combat the nursing shortage. In the past, nursing colleagues enlisted Buettner-Schmidt to lobby the state legislature when the use of tobacco settlement dollars and support for simulation funding were being reviewed. As nursing department chair, she also led a team of nursing faculty in revamping MSUís nursing program to produce more Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates.

DeBoer-Brunsdon, assistant athletic director for compliance and student life, painstakingly developed MSUís NCAA compliance manual. Her leadership in engaging the entire campus in the compliance process, by creating a compliance website and athletic compliance Facebook page and other methods, has been applauded by the NCAA and the NSIC. As a facet of mentoring student athletes, she advises the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. SAAC was engaged in the angel tree holiday drive, a city-wide clean-up project and Coaches for Cancer fundraisers.

Donovan, assistant professor of humanities, is involved in teaching, developing curriculum, improving class adaptations, promoting multicultural awareness, mentoring and advising students, leading study-abroad tours and presenting papers at national and international conferences. She is engaged in community and campus activities, research and scholarship and Minot State committee work. She participates in local and regional art exhibits, the American Association of Colleges and Universities and the National Writing Project through the Northern Plains Writing Project.

Gamas, chair and associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Human Performance, was instrumental as a member of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Steering Committee. His technological expertise was essential in writing the institutional report and rejoinders and the NCATE team visit, which resulted in a seven-year national accreditation. He serves as president of the Magic City Lions Club and assisted with a New Yearís activity for children. He maintains a strong relationship with Minot Public Schools, helping MSU prepare students for teaching in local schools.

Harvey, access service associate, is a strong MSU supporter who shares information about the university. Working with student staff daily, she helps them navigate what is often their first job. She also mentored a student athlete, two freshmen and two Canadian students. She volunteered at Minotís 2nd Story Club, campus Earth Day clean up and sat on the NDPERS Recommendation Subcommittee. Her ranch has hosted bee colonies for an MSU science project, Minot Area Council for International Visitors tours, international students and NorthStar CriticAir crash survival training.

Jastrzembski, professor of history, teaches Native American history and culture and serves on the Native American Advisory Council and Diversity Committee. He recently published "The Apache," a high school textbook, which re-evaluates and corrects stereotypes on Native American culture. He played a central role in the successful NCATE review. He served on the College of Education Program and Policy Committee, wrote the history and social science NCATE reports and answered reviewersí questions. He also secured a community partnership grant from the U.S. Department of State to fund the MACIV program.

Klimpel, coordinator of disability services, served as a learning coach, in support of inclusive early childhood service, for 11 tribal Head Start programs for 12 years. She provides residential hall staff with diversity training and current issues affecting students with disabilities. She also teaches study skills. She wrote a vocational rehabilitation grant proposal to provide e-text capability for tribal colleges for future transfer studentsí use prior to their arrival at MSU. She coordinates the Interdisciplinary Social for the human service disciplines and is a member of several community boards and service organizations.

Mercer, NDCPD community training core coordinator, advocates for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan, including participation in higher education. She developed "Universal Designs for Learning," an online course, that provides college and university faculty with strategies and instructional methods designed to enhance student engagement while maintaining MSUís academic rigor. Mercer works closely with students in the special education department to build their skills in providing direct support to adults with intellectual disabilities. Her Community Staff Training Project continually employs MSU students to assist in project activities and data reporting. She serves on the national board for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and belongs to the Optimist Club of Minot.

Olson, professor of art and chair in the Division of Humanities, excels in teaching, advising, scholarly and artistic activity, community outreach and administration. She maintains an ambitious teaching load. As a chair, she administers with conscientious attention in addressing concerns and challenges. A national rock art expert, Olsonís work is important as Native American rock art faces the prospect of deterioration or disappearance. She involves students in documenting and researching rock art. Much of her community service on numerous boards is art related. She also serves on many campus committees, such as the MSU Sustainability Committee.

Pijning, professor of history, is dedicated to cultural diversity and multiculturalism and provides students with a sense of belonging in a wider academic community. He invited a visiting professor to MSU, secured funding for the visit and arranged for her to present in several classes and a public lecture. Influential in the courseís approval, he taught a Netherlands segment in Countries and Cultures. When the need unexpectedly arose, he willingly taught an additional class. This year, he revived the regional competition for National History Day in North Dakota. Students from area high schools presented historical posters, media projects and performances with meritorious entries recommended for statewide competition. Pijning led discussion of substantive issues in Faculty Senate. He also presented papers at national and international conferences.

Ringrose, professor of history and chair in the Division of Social Science, taught FYE courses, helped design "centennial curriculum," one of the new general education models, and chaired the General Education Ad Hoc Committee, which advocates for the institutionalization of FYE learning communities for all freshmen. All students must also complete three engagement experiences, a university-community experience, a community volunteer project and a senior capstone/internship experience. As a faculty member, he delivers quality instruction, and as a chair, he is committed to MSU students and strives to be accessible.

Roteliuk, instructor of communication disorders, mentored three students in their theses research and presentations at a national conference. To effectively teach the evaluation process in the vocal pathology course, she participated in "Videostroboscopy with Interpretation," a nationally recognized voice conference. She developed assignments to engage graduate students in researching vocal pathologies and evidence-based vocal-therapy techniques. She incorporated the assignments into a final resource binder project for use as a future reference. She developed a vocal hygiene presentation project, which graduate students may use for awareness presentations. Roteliuk consulted with two school-based speech-language pathologists to help them carry out therapy for their voice-disorders clients. She also supervised students completing voice and language assessments as a community service effort.

Ruzicka, RCJC research associate, was paramount behind the development of the Victim Assistance Academy for North Dakota. VAAND is part of the U.S. Department of Justiceís vision to establish an academy in each state. She has hired graduate and undergraduate students, ranging from criminal justice to graphic design majors, for RCJC research projects. Currently, she is working to reduce sexual assault and violence and stalking on North Dakota campuses. She is actively involved in MSU Staff Senate and Beaver Boosters and within the community as a PTA member. At the state level, she belongs to the Services Training Officers Prosecutors Committee, which provides training to many local victim services agencies.

Smestad, CETL mentoring and tutoring coordinator, oversees the Peer Tutoring and Peer Mentoring programs, both key elements in the FYE learning communities. She belongs to the University Diversity Committee and is assisting with CONNECTIONS, Orientation Part II, which will have a civic engagement component, and the revitalization of Greek life at MSU. She initiated the FYE Advocate and Peer Mentor of the Year awards.

Walker, the JCEMP administrative assistant, professionally communicates with the national Job Corps director, regional officers, corporate presidents and vice presidents, and she assists in the development of the programís national marketing plan. A graduate student, she encourages other College of Business students to achieve their full potential and provides suggestions and plans for success. As a Staff Senate member, she chaired the MSU Fall Kickoff Food Committee and co-chaired the Homecoming Parade Committee. She participates with the Parking Committee and Lutheran Campus Ministry.

Weigel, administrative assistant to the vice president for student affairs, supports the Student Welfare and University Affairs Committee, the Native American Center director and the Finance Committee. She assisted in the hiring of four POWER Center staff members, a Veterans Center director, a Native American Center director and a vice president for administration and finance. She serves on Staff Senate and the Employee Recognition Committee. She organizes the Whoís Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges selection process and luncheon, mentors new staff and monitors student affairs budgets.

The selection committee, made up of four vice presidents, the athletic director and Student Government Association, Faculty Senate and Staff Senate presidents, reviewed more than 40 nominations. Supervisors nominated employees based on criteria directly related to MSU's Vision 2013.