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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending July 14

SDSU announces 2017 Eminent Farmers, Ranchers and Homemakers

BROOKINGS, S.D. — South Dakota State University Colleges of Agriculture and Biological Sciences and Education and Human Sciences will recognize four individuals with the Eminent Farmer, Rancher and Eminent Homemaker Honor during a banquet September 15, 2017 at the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center, Brookings.

The 2017 Eminent Farmers, Ranchers honored are John Moes of Florence and Tom Varilek of Geddes. The 2017 Eminent Homemakers honored are June L. James of Hazel and Gwenn Vallery of Nisland.

Madsen hired as NDFB Administrative Specialist

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Farm Bureau has hired Amy Madsen for the new position of Administrative Specialist in the Bismarck office.

Madsen’s primary focus will be supporting NDFB’s policy development process and public policy department along with and assisting NDFB’s communications department.

Madsen has almost 20 years of administrative experience, previously working at Quality Title, Starion Bank and Mandan Public Schools.

Marotz named director of McCrory Gardens

BROOKINGS, S.D. — David L. Wright, who leads South Dakota State University’s Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science, has announced Lisa Marotz ’89 as director of McCrory Gardens effective July 1.

Marotz will oversee the McCrory Gardens Education and Visitor Center and the botanical gardens. She will manage its strategic business, marketing and staffing functions to ensure McCrory Gardens remains a highly valued asset to South Dakota State University and the city of Brookings. Marotz served as McCrory Gardens’ interim director this past academic year and in that role documented record attendance and sales at the center. More than 42,000 people visited and attended events at McCrory Gardens in 2016 under Marotz’s leadership.

Nygard named NDSU’s founding director at Institute for Cyber Security Education and Research

Fargo — Kendall E. Nygard has been recently named Computer Science Department chairman and the founding director of the North Dakota State University’s new Institute for Cyber Security Education and Research.

Nygard joined NDSU in 1977 and has served previously as department chair from 1996 to 2005.  He is a U.S. State Department Jefferson Science Fellow and served as a senior science adviser for the U. S. Agency for International Development. He recently was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Service Award by the Fargo-Moorhead Chamber of Commerce.  He also served as a summer research fellow for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Air Vehicles Directorate, conducting research in mission planning and control for formations of unmanned air systems.

Nygard was asked by North Dakota University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott to lead cyber security efforts within the state.  He and NDSU Computer Science Assistant Professor Jeremy Straub, who serves as the Associate Director for the institute, have been working to stand up the institute’s initial educational programs and outreach efforts.

Nygard received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics in 1969 from Moorhead State University.  He completed a master’s degree in mathematics in 1973 from Mankato State University and a Ph.D. in operations research at Virginia Tech. While at NDSU, Nygard has advised over 160 masters students and 22 Ph.D. graduates. He has been awarded approximately 4.5 million dollars in research grants and contacts and published 29 journal articles, one book, seven book chapters and 128 refereed conference papers.