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Dalrymple, NDSU Officials Dedicate New Stem Building
Post Date: Dec 14 2015

By ND Governor's Office
Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined North Dakota State University officials in celebrating the completion of a state-of-the-art instruction building dedicated to student advancement in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The three-story STEM Classroom and Lab Building includes 23 labs, nine classrooms, an auditorium and collaborative study areas which will serve as many as 5,000 students a day.
 
“This state-of-the-art instruction building will help the university build on its strong STEM education programs and support greater collaboration across disciplines,” Dalrymple said. “All that we have come to understand about effective teaching is incorporated into this building to enhance student readiness for the great job opportunities of the future.
 
“Buildings that encourage innovation, offer instructional flexibility, and merge multiple fields of study are a great training ground for the real world work environment,” Dalrymple said. “The demand for professionals in the STEM fields continues to grow as a result of our strong economy, and this facility will help NDSU prepare students for great careers right here in North Dakota.”
 
Following Dalrymple’s recommendation, the 63rd Legislative Assembly appropriated $29.4 million for the STEM building’s construction on the NDSU campus. It will be open for classes in January. The 119,000-square-foot building is a departure from traditional academic construction that supports a particular discipline or department.  Instead, the STEM building is student focused and encourages student and faculty collaboration between multiple areas of study.
 
“The building is the first of its kind at NDSU and in North Dakota and signals a new era for teaching and learning at the university,” NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani said. “We greatly appreciate the state of North Dakota making the building possible. This investment will benefit generations of future leaders and innovators.”
 
Dalrymple also led the establishment of the North Dakota Higher Education Challenge Fund which has supported a major NDSU scholarship endowment for students in the STEM fields. North Dakota-based Doosan and Bobcat Co. contributed $3 million toward the permanent scholarship fund and the state’s Challenge Fund provided $1.5 million in matching funds.
 
For the past 10 years, North Dakota has led the nation in the growth of STEM jobs, adding 37 percent to its STEM workforce of engineers, technicians, and scientists, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce study shows.
 
Among those joining Dalrymple for the STEM building’s dedication were Bresciani, Sen. Tim Flakoll, Doosan, Bobcat Co. North America President Rich Goldsbury, Doosan, Bobcat President and CEO Scott Park, NDSU Student Body President Eric McDaniel and NDSU Provost Beth Ingram.
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