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Dakota Nursing Program faculty and students unveil new logo

By   Dakota Nursing Program
05 /08/2013

The Dakota Nursing Program faculty and students officially revealed their new logo. The logo was created by first year Bismarck State College Graphic Design and Communications student Blaze Sommer of Hazen, N.D.

Julie Traynor, director of the Dakota Nursing Program says the program will begin using the new logo immediately with all written and electronic communications. 

“I am pleased with the opportunity we had to work with the faculty in the Graphic Design and Communications department. They listened to the concepts we suggested and then gave guidance to the students so they could create something for us,” Traynor said. 

Annie Paulson, BSC Assistant Professor of Nursing noted that 18 logos were presented. “It was very difficult to narrow the field to just three for the final vote. The students and faculty were instrumental in selecting the final logo.”

Sean Thorenson, BSC Associate Professor of Graphic Design and Communications commended the process. 

“Annie was very helpful and cooperative in completing the creative brief that helped provide direction for our students,” he said.  “I’m proud to say that they really stepped up and delivered on a challenging project. I didn’t envy the Nursing Program in having to choose a winner. There were a lot of contenders.”

The Dakota Nursing Program is a consortium of five colleges, Bismarck State College, Dakota College at Bottineau, Fort Berthold Community College, Lake Region State College and Williston State College. 

The logo represents the concepts of nursing, collaboration and the program’s dedication to provide nursing education in North Dakota. The blue on the top of the logo represents the big open skies of North Dakota, the green at the lower half represents the wide expansive prairies of North Dakota and the white river running through the center in the shape of a heart rhythm represents the vital flow of communication and collaboration among the colleges in providing nursing education.

More information about the Dakota Nursing Program can be found at