|UND announces Ben and Ruth Gustafson Continuing Education Scholarship winners|
The UND Division of Continuing Education announced the winners of the Ben and Ruth Gustafson Continuing Education Scholarship, as follows:
* Julie Fleck, Mandan, N.D., $500 — Fleck is in UND’s online program for a Master’s Degree in instructional design and technology.
* Marsha Stanford, Newnan, Georgia, $350 — Stanford is a non-credit Continuing Education student taking UND’s online Advanced Hospital Coding & Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) prep course. She is completing her coursework this semester.
Ben and Ruth Gustafson dedicated their lives to higher education and left behind a legacy of learning. Ben, a native of Foxholm, N.D., served as superintendent of schools in several North Dakota communities before becoming a professor of chemistry at UND in 1941. From 1957 to 1964, Ben served as director of the General Extension Division on Continuing Education. After retiring as dean, Ben was coordinator of research and development until 1974.
Ben was named North Dakota Adult Educator of the Year and received the Julius M. Nolte Award for outstanding leadership from the National University Continuing Education Association. In May 1980, Gustafson Hall, which houses Continuing Education offices, was named in his honor. Ben died in 1982.
Ruth’s dedication to education, the University, music and the arts was apparent throughout her life. In addition to a 23-year career working in the UND Registrar’s Office and Alumni Office, Ruth played the violin with many musical groups, including 45 years with the Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra. At the age of 95, she continued to show an interest in students and often asked, “How are things going at the Division of Continuing Education?”
Ruth died in June 2000, three months after officially signing the papers for the Ben and Ruth Gustafson Continuing Education Endowment for distance learners.
-- Division of Continuing Education