University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Studio One features Portraits in Courage recipient and student investors

Cliff Monroe, Master Sargent in the United States Air Force, is a structural craftsman who repairs bridges and helps build schools and has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. In his most recent deployment, combat skills saved his and fellow comrades’ lives and he earned the rare Portraits In Courage award. “Life is precious. Take advantage of it,” says Monroe. Learn how he was one of just 18 soldiers to receive this honor in the history of the Air Force.

Many hope to strike it rich by investing in the market. One group of university students is learning the venture trade by deciding which new businesses would be profitable. This group then uses their own cash to invest. “Companies don’t treat us differently because we are students. We are investing real money we are treated with the same level of respect, I think, because of that reason,” says Alex Naastad, President of the Dakota Venture Group. This is the first completely student run venture capital fund in the United States. “There are very few groups where students get to make the decisions from beginning to end like we do at DVG,” she adds. Naastad will share how this unique team works to turn a profit.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen by viewers in Bismarck-Mandan, Dickinson, Fargo, Jamestown, Minot and Ray, N.D.; Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minn.; Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo.; Winnipeg and Brandon, Manitoba; and online at

-- Suzanne Irwin, Maddy Magner, Ashley Trdan, Studio One, 777-4346,

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