DSU receives awards for security and housing

Shanna Shervheim, interim associate director of communications, (701) 483-2595

Four million dollars in Higher Education Impact grants were awarded by the Land Board on Dec.18, 2013.   These one-time funds were allocated during the 2013 North Dakota legislative session for use by public institutions of higher education impacted by oil and gas development.  

Dickinson State University received two grant awards totaling $981,492.  The first award of $181,492 is designated for security and the second award of $800,000 is designated for housing.

“The safety of our students and campus community is a top priority,” said DSU President Dr. D.C. Coston.  

DSU will purchase and implement a comprehensive campus access control system.  Card readers will be installed on exterior doors to ensure that individuals entering campus buildings have proper credentials and hand-held card readers will be used at University sponsored events to authenticate that individuals presenting University ID cards are current students, faculty or staff.   The project specifically addresses the public safety component of the ND Department of Trust and Lands guidelines.

The grant award also allows for $800,000 to be used toward the renovation of an existing residence hall. DSU will seek approval for bonding to fund the remaining cost of the renovation. This project is aligned with Land Board’s objective to support affordable student housing in oil impacted areas.

DSU is currently working with an architectural firm to develop conceptual drawings for the renovation which will provide modern housing for approximately 140 students.