About

The Nice Center at North Dakota State University is an entrepreneurship center. Our mission is entrepreneurship for all.

We pursue this goal by teaching, training, and supporting students, faculty and community members. As a land-grant institution, our role is to serve the entire state of North Dakota, which is why we are here to serve North Dakotan entrepreneurs, no matter their age.

At the Nice Center, we believe the most successful entrepreneurs are those who learn and lead with empathy. By understanding the problems and pain-points of others they can create world-changing solutions, which all begins by being nice.

Team Nice

  • Scott Meyer
    Scott Meyer is the Ozbun Executive Director of Entrepreneurship at North Dakota State University. He founded The Nice Center, an entrepreneurship center for innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
  • Dane Johnson
    As Programs Manager at The Nice Center, Dane's mission is to increase the participation and depth of entrepreneurial activity on campus and across the great state of North Dakota.
  • Kodee Furst
    Kodee Furst is a Programs Manager at The Nice Center with a focus on Greater North Dakota and underrepresented entrepreneurs. She heads up our Nice Center @ Dickinson location.
  • Tayt Rinehardt
    Tayt serves as The Nice Center’s Business Coordinator. With a background in academic advising, and more than a decade-long career in higher education, his experience provides the operational support we need to be successful.

Nice Faculty Fellows

Entrepreneurship is not owned by the College of Business; it should be across campus and the community. It also should not be limited to the idea of launching a business and making money. It can include innovation and creativity, as well. That’s why we rallied together the Nice Faculty Fellows: to integrate innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship into courses and research.

  • Meghan Duda
    Meghan Duda is an Assistant Professor of Visual Arts, with a focus on Photography and Design. This summer, she has been working on two photography projects involving experimental landscape photography and ecological impacts of the anthropocene. When she's not behind a camera or in a classroom, you'll find her working on home improvement projects with help from her two girls aged 4 and 7.
  • Adam Elznic - Libraries
    Adam Elznic is the Emerging Technologies Coordinator at the NDSU Libraries. He integrates new technology into the Library, including the Digital Fabrication Lab on the main floor of the library where he teaches students to use 3D printers, CNC milling machines, the Laser Engraver, and other various tools. You'll find him using his background in sculpture and industrial design to build new things at home and at the office - including the mask he is wearing in his photo!
  • Ganapathy Mahalingam - Architecture
    Ganapathy Mahalingam is a Professor of Architecture and has been teaching at NDSU for the past almost 27 years. He founded his own software company in 2009 and is building an innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in his department. You'll find him introducing students to global entrepreneurship through product and software design for developing economies.
  • Jill Nelson - Counselor Education and HSE Dean’s Office
    Jill Nelson is a professor in the counseling program and also serves as the Associate Dean for Professional Development and Leadership in the college of Human Sciences and Education. This calendar year she is also filling in as co-Dean. When she's not busy at NDSU, she enjoys spending time with friends or on her patio enjoying Fargo summers. 
  • Sherri Stastny - Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences
    Dr. Stastny is a professor in Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences. She serves as a dietitian on NDSU research teams and is also a licensed bone densitometry technician. In addition to her work at NDSU, she is an outdoor enthusiast. Normally, one might look for her biking, gardening, hiking, running or water skiing in the summer, but right now she is tied to elevating her broken leg.
  • Sara Sunderlin - Apparel, Merchandising, Interior Design & Hospitality Management
    Sara Sunderlin is a senior lecturer in the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Interior Design & Hospitality Management.  She helps students create thoughtful designs in textiles, apparel construction and product development.  She also serves as the caretaker of the NDSU Tartan project on campus.  When she has free time, look for her sewing and designing bags and apparel as a part of her side business.
  • Jessica Vold - Engineering
    Jessica Vold is an Assistant Professor of Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation, encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation across the College of Engineering at NDSU. When not helping students on materials engineering, you'll find her in the garden with her two girls, ages 2 and 4 years old, and her two Vizsla hunting dogs.

Nice Community Fellows

Fargo-Moorhead is a place where entrepreneurship thrives because dozens of community members make it their mission to build out the ecosystem and mentor new entrepreneurs. These Nice Community Fellows support entrepreneurial initiatives, create events, and are dedicated to our mission of making entrepreneurship for all.

  • Ole Rygg
    Founder at skildU & CO.STARTERS Facilitator
  • Greg Tehven
    Executive Director at Emerging Prairie
  • Ryan Keel
    Founder at CollegeSmart
  • Christy Tehven
    Founder at Love Always Floral
  • Joe Burgum
    Founder at Folkways
  • Danyel Moe
    Founder at LadyBoss FM
  • Than Baardson
    Executive Director at Unseen
  • Jake Joraanstad
    CEO at Bushel
  • Simone Wai
    Founder at Folkways

Previous Faculty Fellows

2019 Inaugural Nice Student Fellows

Our inaugural Nice Student Fellows hailed from a variety of education backgrounds and had distinct visions for their futures, but all shared a belief in the power of entrepreneurship to make positive change in our world.

  • Andrea Erlandson
    Psychology & Sociology with a minor in Music
  • Negin Zamani
    Master of Business Administration
  • Nadia Mitchell
    Business Administration with a minor in Entrepreneurship
  • Danica McDonald
    Music & Economics with a minor in Computer Science
  • James Slagle
    Business Administration Major
  • Bryce Bakkegard
    Business Administration Major
  • Hunter Pogatchnik
    Marketing Major