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BSC professor receives $25,000 fellowship

Posted on 3/3/2014

Anita Wirtz, assistant professor of psychology at Bismarck State College, is recipient of the 2014 Jack Fellowship Award from the Bismarck State College Foundation.

The fellowship, valued at $25,000, helps BSC faculty and staff further their education, conduct research or pursue other professional development.

Wirtz plans to apply the fellowship toward completion of a doctorate in psychology from Capella University in Minneapolis. She will use the funds for tuition and expenses related to her degree.

Hired in 2010, Wirtz teaches a variety of psychology courses and some education classes. Her background includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in health and physical education and sports psychology plus national-level athletic participation and coaching experience. With this background, she recently developed a three-credit Intro to Sports Psychology class. She plans to add a research design class for BSC in 2015. She also works as a volunteer with BSC athletic teams.

A native of Williston, N.D., Wirtz serves on the BSC Assessment Committee and has presented this information at faculty development workshops. She also helped plan BSC's "September 11 - Ten Years Later: Impact on the Heartland" symposium.

"I am so grateful to be selected for this fellowship," Wirtz said. "I hope to give back to BSC with my innovation in the classroom, expansion of the psychology lab, contributions to BSC's four-year psychology articulation with Minot State University, assistance to BSC athletic programs, and the committees I serve on here."

The late Tom and Peg Jack, lead contributors to BSC's Jack Science Center, endowed the Jack Fellowship in 1999. A committee appointed by the BSC Foundation selects the recipients.

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