Faculty

JEAN ROLANDELLI
  • Associate Professor of Biology (August 1998);
  • Adjunct Instructor of Biology, BSC (Aug 1996)
  • B.A., St. Cloud State University
  • M.S., North Dakota State University
  • Telephone: 701-224-5401
  • Fax Number: 701-224-5680
  • Email Address: Jean.Rolandelli@bismarckstate.edu
About Jean: "Biologist rate amongst the people most satisfied with their careers. That statement certainly fits our biology faculty at BSC. I love learning about all aspects of living things. As I age, my interests expand. I was trained as an ornithologist (birds) but have recently focused on corals. I have a 180 gallon coral reef in the student study lounge on the biology floor in the Jack Science Center. It is a beautiful example of living art. On a personal note, I have 3 sons that have offered me many great examples of growth and development to share with my classes, much to their dismay. I am an avid gardener. I enjoy being outside in all seasons. I am an active member of the Bismarck/Mandan bird club and I spend a lot of time sewing and listening to music."

DR. RONALD JYRING
  • Associate Professor of Biology (August 1996)
  • B.A., University of Minnesota
  • Ph.D., University of North Dakota
  • Telephone: 701-224-5459
  • Fax Number: 701-224-5680
  • Email Address: Ronald.Jyring@bismarckstate.edu
Courses Taught:
General Biology II (BIOL 151)
Anatomy & Physiology I & II (BIOL 220 & 221)
Anatomy & Physiology I & II Labs (BIOL 220L & 221L)
Community Ecology Lecture & Lab (BIOL 251 & 251L)

About Ron: I have had the privilege of a very diverse academic background.  My B.A. was from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, where I majored in Biology and Anthropology.  I earned my Ph.D. in Anatomy at the University of North Dakota, and then did a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of South Carolina.  My research involved cancer biology, and cardiac development and disease.

YVETTE MATTHEWS
  • Associate Professor of Science (August 1994)
  • B.S., University of Minnesota
  • M.S., University of North Dakota
  • Telephone: 701-224-5586
  • Fax Number: 701-224-5680
  • Email Address: Yvette.Matthews@bismarckstate.edu
About Yvette: Yvette teaches Physical Science and Biology. She developed and teaches Biology 296 Survey of Tropical Biology. Biology 296 is a course designed to provide students with a solid foundation in tropical biological concepts and field census techniques as applied to tropical rainforest ecosystems. The students travel to Costa Rica to experience a tropical ecosystem.

ERIC BLESS
  • Associate Professor of Biology
  • B.S., University of North Dakota
  • M.S., University of North Dakota
  • Office: Jack Science Center, Room 201G
  • Telephone: 224-5411
  • Fax Number: 224-5680
  • Email Address: Eric.Bless@bismarckstate.edu
Courses Taught:
General Biology I & II (BIOL 150 & 151)
General Biology I & II Labs (BIOL 150L & 151L)
Concepts of Biology (BIOL 111)
Concepts of Biology Lab (BIOL 111L)

About Eric: I enjoy all aspects of biology especially when related to fish. During graduate school, I had the opportunity to look at energetic relationships between trematodes and fish hosts. Currently at BSC, I take care of a 125 gallon freshwater tank that houses fishes of North Dakota. Species have included largemouth bass, walleye, yellow perch, and white suckers. The tank has been a wonderful learning experience for me and many students.

SHAWN IVERSON
  • Associate Professor of Anatomy & Physiology/Biology
  • B.S., Valley City State University
  • M.S., Eastern Michigan University
  • Office: Jack Science Center, Room 201F
  • Telephone: 224-5733
  • Fax Number: 224-5680
  • Email Address: Shawn.T.Iverson@bismarckstate.edu
DEB SHIPMAN
  • Associate Professor of Microbiology
  • B.S., North Dakota State University
  • M.S., University of North Dakota
  • Telephone: 224-2458
  • Fax Number: 224-5680
  • Email Address: Deborah.Shipman@bismarckstate.edu
Courses taught:
Introductory Microbiology (MICR 202)
Introductory Microbiology Labs (MICR 202L)
General Biology I (BIOL 150)
Human Biology Lab (BIOL 126L)

About Deb: I have a twenty plus year background in medical microbiology.  I worked as a Medical Technologist in the microbiology department at a hospital for nearly twenty years.  After the events of 9-11, an opportunity to work in bioterrorism presented itself and I was hired as the North Dakota Laboratory Response Network Bioterrorism Education Coordinator.  I was able to receive training by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  It was a life changing experience for me.  I have a passion for microbiology and I bring my personal experiences from my past careers to enhance the classroom experience.  There are always emerging infectious diseases so my excitement to share this information with my students never wanes!

DEANNA SOLHJEM
  • Assistant Professor of Biology
  • B.S., University of North Dakota
  • M.S., University of North Dakota
  • Office: JSC, Room 201D
  • Telephone: 224-5493
  • Fax Number: 224-5680
  • Email Address: deanna.solhjem@bismarckstate.edu
Courses taught:
Human Structure & Function Lecture & Lab (BIOL 115 & 115L)
Anatomy & Physiology I Lecture & Lab (BIOL 220 & BIOL 220L)
Plant Form & Diversity Lecutre & Lab (BOT 170 & BOT 170L)
General Biology Lab (150L)