Theodore Roosevelt once stated, “This country will not permanently be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a reasonably good place for all of us to live in.”
BY TIM MITZEL
This sentiment reflects my goal surrounding the collaborations between Dickinson State and the community of Dickinson. We are actively engaging in opportunities and partnerships that will strengthen our community for today, and for future generations.
One of these partnerships into which we have recently entered is a versatile recreational facility in DSU’s student center. We were approached in the fall by members of the community with an idea to utilize the “pool” area as a 5,500 square foot multipurpose, turfed recreational field with a focus for use of baseball, softball and soccer. The pool has not been in use for several years and this community funded project, scheduled to be completed before April 2017, will provide varied opportunities to multiple athletic organizations that are not available elsewhere in the city of Dickinson. This renovation will also allow for DSU students to have access to an alternate recreational area on campus.
A second initiative is a joint effort between Dickinson State, Bismarck State and Dickinson Public Schools to explore ways for expanding career and technical education opportunities in the Dickinson area, thus deepening the employment pipeline for regional business and industry. While still early in discussion and exploration, the goals of this initiative include the delivery of programs that could potentially result in college credit, associate degrees, professional certification, or professional licensure for enrolled students.
Another effort underway is the expansion of teacher education offerings. One hundred years ago, in March 1917, discussions took place to secure use of the Historic Elks Building to serve as the physical location for the newly approved Dickinson Normal School. In the past century, Dickinson State has trained generations of teachers who engage students, challenging young hearts and minds in learning. The University has often evolved to meet the changing needs of the region. Now, as new necessities in education have emerged, DSU is seeking approval from the Higher Learning Commission accrediting body to expand our teacher preparation program by offering an online Master of Arts in Teaching program. This program will allow teachers, working on emergency licensure, to continue teaching while earning the correct credentials.
At its core, Dickinson State has always had a commitment to serve. A commitment to serve students, to serve the region, and ultimately to enrich the community by offering access to high quality programs. By understanding the changing needs of our community, and by seeking to meet those needs, we are committed to making Dickinson a community that is a wonderful place for us all to live and grow.
Over the past 100-years, we have grown and strengthened together. We have helped each other through positive times, and through difficult circumstances. As DSU enters its second century of existence, we are extremely proud of the relationship between DSU and the city in which it is proud to call its home. We look forward to continue working toward an ever brighter future for our students, and all of those who call the Dickinson region their home.
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