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Bobbi Jo Zueger: Coordinating Bismarck student services

In Bismarck, students wanting to complete a bachelor's degree at Minot State University only have to travel as far as the Horizon building on the Bismarck State College campus and visit with Bobbi Jo Zueger, student services coordinator. The rest, they discover, will be a breeze.

Zueger has been a fixture at MSU at BSC since August 2007, and is somewhat of an expert at outreach education. She completed her bachelor's degree through Dickinson State on the BSC campus before obtaining a Master of Management from the University of Mary.

Zueger is humble when describing her many duties at MSU. Upon closer inspection, it becomes apparent that her responsibilities include student nurturer, transfer consultant, schedule and classroom coordinator, liaison, administrative guru, webmaster, event planner, recruiter, marketing champion and faculty resource. She is MSU's one-stop shop in Bismarck.

"I just basically work to ensure that the transfer process is seamless for BSC students coming to our MSU programs. I also try to be a go-to for faculty and make sure their questions get answered as well," Zueger said.

Students, whether BSC graduates or adult learners wanting to complete their bachelor's degree, can earn degrees in addiction studies, criminal justice, management, marketing, psychology or social work on the BSC campus. Students can combine coursework available on the BSC campus and through Minot State's online program to complete their desired degree. MSU has enjoyed a cooperative agreement with BSC on the Bismarck campus for 30 years.

Each fall and spring semesters, Zueger arranges an MSU at BSC student feedback session with Kris Warmoth, Center for Extended Learning dean, and other college deans, chairs and directors. The casual atmosphere, supplemented with student food (pizza), is an opportunity for MSU administration to gather comments about how to better serve its students at a distant location.

"It (the fall feedback session) was really well attended and is a way to connect with our students to help make them feel like they are a part of the university." Zueger said.

Zueger enjoys higher education and attributes the variety of tasks to keeping things interesting on a daily level.

"I absolutely love my job," she said. "We are here to serve students and it's rewarding to see students reach their goals and complete their degree."

For more information on MSU at BSC, contact Zueger at 701-224-5496 or bobbijo.zueger@minotstateu.edu.