It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s a DRONE!

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NDSCS to offer new Unmanned Aircraft Systems Course

NDSCS will kick off its brand new course Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems on October 20, 2015.

  • Course: TECH 192 Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Class Number: 23761 | 2 Credits
  • 2nd 8-weeks Class (begins Tuesday, October 20, 2015)
  • Tuesdays/Thursdays, 4-5:50 p.m. in Horton Hall 115
  • Prerequisite: none

Course Description
TECH 192 Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems will focus on an introduction to the fundamentals of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including history and their developing role in the modern aviation industry. Topics include structural elements, avionics, flight control and guidance systems, navigation, remote sensing and human factors. The course will also cover UAS integration into commercial applications as well as FAA regulations and sanctions. An emphasis will be placed on future employment in the field with a focus on commercial airspace.

Course Content

  • UAS History
  • Role in Modern Aviation: Commercial and Military Airspace
  • Purpose-Driven Sensors and Missions in Commercial Applications
  • Components and Supporting Equipment
  • Aviation Regulatory System: FAA Regulations and Sanctions
  • Certificate of Authorization (COA)
  • UAS Operations: Avionics, Guidance and Navigation
  • Collection of Geospatial Data
  • Automation and Autonomy
  • Safety


For more information, visit or contact Rick Hendrickson at 701-231-6923 or

Reboot The Bute: Stadium Grand Opening!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

In just one week NDSCS will be celebrating the additions/renovations to the Earl “Skip” Bute Alumni Stadium during the Stadium Grand Opening. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for this fun event on Friday, October 2 at 1:30 p.m.

Event Details

  • An outdoor news conference will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Stadium facility followed by a ribbon cutting.
  • Following the news conference, self guided tours of the new complex will take place until 3 p.m.
  • Numerous NDSCS students will be in attendance, including NDSCS Football players and members of the Wildcat Pep Band, who are set to perform preceding the event.
  • Look for NDSCS mascot Wildcat Willie to make an exciting appearance!

The Earl “Skip” Bute Alumni Stadium was named in recognition of over 50,000 alumni as well as Earl “Skip” Bute, the College’s first football coach, basketball coach and director of athletics.

The $1.5 million Stadium renovation began in 2007. Improvements include a new retail outlet for the Bookstore, new locker rooms, renovated public restrooms, a renovated concession area, new cement and an updated water and sewer system.


Visit the Student Success Center at NDSCS!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

We all know that going to college and getting an education can be challenging at times. That’s why we’ve created countless resources to support our students as they work to achieve their academic goals. Now in one convenient location, the Student Success Center is your family member’s one-stop location for assistance or concerns. We want your student to succeed and we’ll support them all the way!

Located in the newly renovated Old Main, the Student Success Center is open Sunday-Thursday 7:45 a.m.-10 p.m. and Friday 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m.

Student Success Center faculty and staff are prepared to help students with the following:

  • Academic Help & Questions
  • Tutoring
  • Class Schedule Changes
  • Academic Program Changes
  • Career Planning & Job Search Assistance
  • Test Center
  • Accessibility Services
  • Quiet & Group Study Spaces
  • Student Concerns & Complaints
  • Veterans (VA) Benefit Assistance
  • And more!

Contact Information


Celebrating the New Old Main!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Join NDSCS faculty and staff in celebrating the New Old Main on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 10 a.m.

Event Details

  • A news conference will begin at 10 a.m. outside of Old Main on The Oval followed by a ribbon cutting.
  • Following the news conference, self guided tours and an Old Main video tribute will take place inside Old Main until 3 p.m.
  • Special refreshments prepared by the NDSCS Culinary Arts students will also be provided after the news conference inside Old Main.
  • Numerous NDSCS students will be in attendance, including Wildcat Stage Band members who are set to perform preceding the event.
  • Look for NDSCS mascot Wildcat Willie to make an exciting appearance!

Old Main History

  • In 1891, construction began on the building now known as Old Main to house the Red River Valley University. The building opened in 1902; classes started at the North Dakota Academy of Science in September of 1903.
  • After first renting space from the Red River Valley University, in 1908 an agreement was reached for the purchase of Old Main and 10 acres of land.
  • For many years, Old Main served as the sole building for the College, housing classrooms, offices, a library, dormitory and even cafeteria. The second floor functioned as a gymnasium and later an auditorium.
  • Old Main continues to stand as an iconic fixture on the NDSCS campus more than a century after its humble beginning. And perched atop the building, the infamous Old Main S’s will continue to cast their warm glow and light up the evening skyline for many years to come.


Students + Involvement @ NDSCS = Success

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With the first few days of classes at NDSCS under our belts (whew!), now is the time to remind your family member about all that NDSCS has to offer. We want all of our students to be excited about this new chapter in their lives!

When it’s time to close the books and take a break, we encourage students to get involved—to do something, be active and have fun! There’s something for everyone at NDSCS, no matter what your family member’s interests or hobbies may be. From cars and choir, to cupcakes and comedians…we’ve got everyone covered!

Opportunities at NDSCS

5 Reasons to Get Involved

  1. Meet new people!
  2. Build your resume.
  3. Learn new things while discovering your passions and strengths.
  4. Learn time management skills.
  5. Become better connected to NDSCS.

Orientation & Welcome Week begin August 22 at NDSCS!

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In just one day both New Student Orientation and Welcome Week will kick-off at NDSCS!

We’re excited to welcome your student to campus and want to encourage friends and family to be a part of this exciting time as well. That’s why we’ve included numerous events on both Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23 for families to take part in.

Below is a general snapshot of what will be taking place this weekend:

Saturday, August 22 (Wahpeton)

  • Residence Halls open for Move-In: 10 a.m.
  • Various Campus Offices Open: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • BBQ Lunch, Flickertail Dining Room: 12-5 p.m.
  • Root Beer Floats on The Oval: 2-4 p.m.
  • Wildcat Willie Photos on The Oval: 2-5 p.m.
  • Double Decker Bus Tours: 2-5 p.m.
  • Bean Bag Toss on The Oval: 2-7 p.m.
  • Free Picnic on The Oval: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Kettle Corn on The Oval: 7-10 p.m.
  • Outdoor Movie: 9 p.m. – Furious 7

Sunday, August 23 (Wahpeton)

  • Residence Halls open for Move-In: 10 a.m.
  • President’s Brunch, Flickertail Dining Room: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Various Campus Offices Open: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • First-Year Student Orientation: 1 p.m.
  • Street Dance in Lot 14: 9 p.m.-midnight

Monday, August 24 (Wahpeton)

  • Business Expo on The Oval: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Lunch with Wildcat Welcome Teams: 11:15 a.m. or 11:45 a.m.
  • New Student Department Orientation: 12:30-2 p.m.
  • Classes Begin: 4 p.m.
  • Pizza with the Ministerial Association on The Oval: 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Volleyball vs. M-State Fergus Falls, BAC: 7 p.m.
  • Outdoor Glow Volleyball on The Oval: 9 p.m.

Wednesday, August 26 (Fargo)

  • NDSCS-Fargo Student Open House: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more detailed information about Wahpeton Welcome Week & New Student Orientation events and activities click here.

See you this weekend! Go Wildcats!

The Inside Scoop: Living on Campus

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Let the countdown begin!

With summer speeding to an end, and fall just around the corner, your student will be starting college before you know it!

New student move-in on the NDSCS Wahpeton campus will take place on Saturday, August 22. Check-in begins at 10 a.m. in the residence hall that your family member will be living in.

To help you and your student get a jump-start on the organization and packing process, we’ve created the following list of necessities no college student should leave home without.

  1. Linens: Stock up on a mattress pad and sheets, blankets, comforters or quilts. Don’t forget the pillows!
  2. Towels: Bring several sets of towels in an assortment of sizes. Chances are the laundry room won’t get visited too often.
  3. Toiletries: Shampoo, conditioner, soap, shaving cream… Don’t forget a toothbrush/toothpaste!
  4. Laundry Essentials: All residence halls are equipped with laundry machines for when your family member doesn’t actually bring their laundry home for you to do. Just be sure to remember HE detergent and/or PODS.
  5. Fan: Bring a small fan. Not only will it help with airflow, it will also come in handy for blocking out noise.
  6. Microwave: When time is short and appetites are high, this little machine can work wonders. A microwave with 800 watts or less is acceptable in all dorm rooms and a serious necessity.
  7. Computer: All residence halls have wireless Internet access for students who bring computers, laptops, tablets, etc.
  8. Refrigerator: A great appliance to keep water and soda cool. Plus, a way to keep leftovers fresh for when you visit and treat your student to a meal that doesn’t consist of Ramen noodles. Bring one that’s no larger than 4 cubic feet.
  9. Pictures/Picture Frame: While this item isn’t on the official list, what better way for your family member to remember you and their home then with a family photo? It will almost be like you’re right there with them.

Well, there you have it. The top 9 items to bring to college. NDSCS classes start Monday, August 24, so you still have time. Bring on the shopping!


Money-Saving Meals at NDSCS

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Whether your student will be living on or off campus at NDSCS this year, signing up for a dining plan is the way to go. Why mess with buying groceries or doing dishes when meals are available right on campus? It’s easy and affordable and will save your family member the time and trouble of making their own meals.

Student Center Dining Options

  • Flickertail Dining Room: Serving traditional, cafeteria-style breakfast, lunch and dinner. Now open 7 days a week!
  • Campus Connection: Quick-service restaurant and convenience store offering Wildcat pizza, burgers, grab-and-go salads and sandwiches, beverages and more.

 Paying For Meals 

  • Choose from 4 dining plans, ranging from $766-$1,945 per semester.
  • Wildcat Bucks or Dining Dollars.
  • Cash, check or credit.

Other Dining Services

  • Eat in or call ahead to take out a freshly baked Wildcat pizza.
  • Go online to view the weekly menu.
  • Order a care package for your student (sign me up for the Survival Package!).

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for a dining plan and leave those frozen food dinners in the freezer. Eating on campus can be surprisingly affordable, plus it’s a great way to catch up with friends.


Take the Tour at NDSCS!

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Is your student ready to experience the full collegiate experience close to home on a two-year campus that’s unlike any other in the upper Midwest?

Not only does NDSCS provide an affordable way to earn an education, we cater to our student’s needs and wants, offering almost everything you would find at a 4-year college. This is what sets NDSCS apart from the typical two-year college. Plus, we truly care about our students’ success—both in and out of the classroom.

Discover the Possibilities at NDSCS

  • Participate in a Campus Tour and check out our Residence Halls, Student Success Center, Academic Buildings and more!
  • Set-up a time to chat with specific departments and get the inside scoop on programs that interest your family member.
  • Visit with program staff about admission information.
  • Learn about partnerships and programs offered through industry partners.

So what are you waiting for? Check out our website today, request more information or schedule a visit to tour our Wahpeton campus or NDSCS-Fargo location. Questions? Contact the Enrollment Services office at 800-342-4325.

If your student is ready to get in, get out and make their success the Wildcat way, they belong at NDSCS!

NDSCS Classes Start August 24!

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Let the countdown begin! In just over one month classes will once again be kicking off at NDSCS!

While summer is regrettably speeding to an end, there’s still plenty of time for your college-aged student to enroll for the Fall 2015 semester.

Click here to check out our complete listing of academic options. We’ve got something for everyone! And don’t forget to view our career videos on the NDSCSWildcats YouTube channel.

Worried about getting your family member’s application in on time? Don’t be! We make the application process seamless – so sit back, relax and let us take care of your student. We’ll be pulling for their success – all they have to do is go after it!

Apply Today!