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NDSCS honors employee efforts with 2012 LIFE and Steeple awards

Posted on 10/30/2012

North Dakota State College of Science recently honored a number of employees with the annual LIFE and Steeple awards on October 25, 2012. The presentations were made in Wahpeton, N.D., to the Allied Dental Education faculty and staff and Jim Johnson, a college recruiter.

The LIFE award stands for "Bringing LIFE to NDSCS." Criteria for the award includes developing and implementing an action plan to meet the college's Strategic Planning and/or Academic Quality Improvement Project goals. The award was presented to the Allied Dental Education faculty and staff. The recipients included: Rhonda Edwardson, Videll Ahrens, Jean Freden, Lucinda Johnson, Stacy Owens, Judy Peterson, Kathy Bodensteiner, Bob Gette, Dr. Rod Casad, Dr. Sue Swanson, Dave Meyer, Jodi Ost, Brad Barth and Barb Uhlich.

The Allied Dental Education department developed a plan to create a fundraising campaign to secure the needed funding to purchase new chairs, digital radiology equipment and a computerized medical record system for the program. During the department's 11-month campaign, the Allied Dental Education faculty, staff and students raised over $300,000. The impact of this project will not only benefit the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting students, but also patients from both campus and community.

The Steeple award stands for "Climbing New Heights." It is awarded for using new and innovative methods to accomplish the recipient's role on campus. The award was presented to Jim Johnson, Enrollment Services Specialist located in the Twin Cities area.

Johnson's efforts to bring the public schools of the 916 Consortium to NDSCS resulted in over 30 counselors and administrators, from 11 schools in the Twin Cities metro area, who visited during the early summer of 2012. This type of relationship building assists NDSCS in reaching more students and provides information and education to the 916 Consortium to help deliver options to students who are looking for a comprehensive program or career track.

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