Announcing Nice Faculty and Student Fellows

Every year The Nice Center welcomes a cohort of innovators, creators, and believers who are helping create bridges across campus and the community. Meet our 2020 Fellows!

How The Nice Center Financially Supports Faculty and Students

Every year, The Nice Center provides over $100,000 in scholarship and financial support to students and faculty at NDSU. This includes stipends for Nice Faculty Fellows who are working to bring entrepreneurship into their classrooms and research, Nice Passport scholarships for students who are participating in entrepreneurial events on campus, and student scholarships for North Dakota students who show an active interest in entrepreneurship.

This year, we are excited to introduce you to all of our scholarship and fellows. We will work with them throughout the year to provide training, network, and resources to build their big ideas.

Nice Faculty Fellows:

The second cohort of Nice Faculty Fellows expands our work of entrepreneurship across campus. These creative individuals will work together to build new ideas on campus and in the community while integrating entrepreneurship into their own courses and research. They also join Nice Faculty Fellow alumni in attending faculty-only events on campus. We are thrilled to introduce our 2020 Nice Faculty Fellows.

2020 Fellows

  • Meghan Duda - Visual Arts
    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. With diverse interests that range from philosophy, architectural design, computational modeling, Poetry, Music and Art, to culinary delights and travel, he has that strong curiosity to learn about the world around him, and to wonder about all the things that remain to be discovered and done.
  • 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 Passport Scholarship Recipients:

The Nice Center also encourages students to be entrepreneurial. One way to do that is with The Nice Passport, which encourages attendance at events on and off campus related to creativity, entrepreneurship, learning and leadership, and community.

The following individuals attended an event in each of the four categories last year, and are recognized as Nice Passport Scholarship Recipients:

  • Walker Bruns
  • Bryce Bakkegard
  • Benjamin Beyer
  • Jordan Elliott
  • James Slagle
  • Nathan Marcotte
  • Hunter Pogatchnik
  • Keaton Smith
  • Nicholas Broden
  • Johnny Mann
  • Bailey Pawlicki
  • Hannah Lange
  • Tim Kaufhold
  • Eve Hanson
  • Grace Lange
  • Brianna Connor
  • Jordan Thielman
  • Wesley Green
  • Caleb Springfield
  • Nik Snyder
  • C. Dominque Speer
  • Yang Lan
  • Katelyn Carlson
  • Lauryn Schneider
  • Briana Nupdal
  • Isaac Lingl
  • Dieumerci Christel
  • Jacob Viou
  • Jenna Geier
  • Jenna Kent

Nice Center Student Fellows:

The Nice Center is pleased to announce that the following students have been selected as this year’s Nice Center Student Fellows. These students have demonstrated a commitment to further developing their entrepreneurial skills through their work on campus and in the community.
Leading with empathy and innovation, they are instrumental in fulfilling the mission of our center, making entrepreneurship for all.
  • Nathan Marcotte
  • Bryce Bakkegard
  • James Slagle
  • Baleigh Ripplinger
  • Sydney Sanford
  • Rachael Sayler
  • Brandi Niemann
  • Derek Phelps
  • Allison Giesler
  • Ian Manock
  • Mohamed Abdinasir
  • Bikram Bhandari
  • Annastasia Glaeske
  • Rachel Burkman
  • Logan Ryan
  • Emilio Lamba
  • Marissa Tuhy
  • Erik Milender
  • Sadie Maruskie
  • Sean Nichols
  • Elizabeth Frohlich
  • Kaylee Weninger
  • Keaton Nelsen
  • Trey Rosenau
  • Iris Dukart
  • Evan Dramko
  • Jordan Jorde
  • Kade Leier
  • Josephine Mohror
  • Chloe Watterud
  • Heidi Deplazes
  • Caleb Myhra
  • Jorgen Deitz
  • Eric Brown

Innovation in 2020

This year, more than any previously, demands creativity and innovation. These faculty members and students will be working wtih The Nice Center to explore new ways of working, researching, studying, and creating an impact in their communities.

You are welcomed to join them. Subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of the page and check out our upcoming events and programs. Entrepreneurship truly is for all. We look forward to supporting your big ideas this year and well into the future.

Posted on August 11th, 2020 by Scott in News and Stories