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Les Bossert

November 24, 1958 – September 23, 2020

Les Bossert, Corporate Records Manager for Montana Dakota Utilities (MDU), Bismarck, North Dakota, passed away unexpectedly on September 23, 2020. He had been with MDU, headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota, for 38 years where he educated and trained three generations of employees on the basics of RIM, and how they fit into the larger scheme of that function.

Les is survived by his sons Trent and Evan (wife Lindsey), grandchildren Aubrey and Dylan, his mother, Rauha, and many other family members.

Les received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of North Dakota, majoring in Business Management and Records & Information Management. He studied under the direction of Mark Langemo, CRM, FAI.

Les has been a group or team member/player his entire life – from being a Future Farmers of America (FFA) member in high school to a fraternity member (Lambda Chi Alpha) in college and to a member of ARMA International and AIIM throughout his professional career. He served as a Deacon and Elder on his Church Consistory and as President and Board Member of the MDU Genie Watt Credit Union.

Les was a founding member of the ND-Bismarck/Mandan Chapter of ARMA International and served in many leadership positions. Les has been involved with the ARMA Midwest Rocky Mountain Region over the years serving as host coordinator for two leadership conferences in Bismarck including the infamous ‘hail storm” and “pitchfork fondue” events.

He recognized the need for professional certification and received his Certified Records Manager (CRM) designation from the Institute of Certified Records Managers (ICRM). At his passing, he was the ICRM Regent, Legislation and Appeals, and had served previously as a mentor, proctor, grader, and as chair of the website review committee.

Les greatly supported his utility RIM colleagues starting in 1985 by leading and actively participating in ARMA’s industry action committees, industry specific groups and roundtable sessions. Since 2007, he has been a valued member of the Utilities Records information Management (URIM) group and was currently Moderator of its monthly conference calls. He was also instrumental in coordinating its three mid-year educational seminars.

Les was highly regarded in the records management profession and was extremely generous with both his time and knowledge. For those lucky to have known him, you would agree he was very much a man of family, faith and fellowship, and will be sorely missed. Friends and associates have established the Les Bossert Memorial as our way to recognize his many contributions.

Quotes from Les:

“My work and life experiences have taught me to do what you can, with the resources available.  We all would like to have “super star” team members and unlimited resources, but that’s not always possible.  Lead by example and conduct yourself in a professional manner, even when the situation seems nearly impossible.  Learn from others and pass on what you can to those willing to benefit from your knowledge and experiences.  Communication is key to any successful encounter, and make sure to provide work teams with both the soft and hard tools, and skills they need to be successful.  Always strive for “win-win” situations, and to build good lasting relationships.”

“If life has taught me anything, it’s to appreciate and respect other people’s skills, abilities and perspective on issues.  Never take anything for granted.  All of us bring specific skills and experiences to the table and bringing this mix together to create “win-win” strategies is more of an “art” rather than a science – in most situations, it’s very tricky – but can be very rewarding.  Let the subject matter experts contribute their expertise, and get past the stumbling blocks that egos, pride and emotional conflict can throw at you.  Be mature enough to recognize obstacles, and enough of a leader to side-step or stifle them or work through them.  I have graduated from the “school of hard knocks” several times…”

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2020 LA ARMA NOSTRA CERTIFICATION REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM

Palmyra, NJ (2 September 2020) – The Foundation (ARMA International Educational Foundation, AIEF) is extending the deadline for those submitting applications for La ARMA Nostra’s 2020 Reimbursement Grant Program. The new deadline is midnight (US CDT) Sunday, 20 September 2020.

LaARMA Nostra program provides reimbursement for information management* practitioners working toward, or having recently completed, certifications related to information management, including, but not limited to, the Certified Records Manager (CRM) and Information Governance Professional (IGP) certifications.

This year the Foundation anticipates awarding six (6) $500 grants, generously funded through La ARMA Nostra.

Deadline for applications has been extended to September 20, 2020, at midnight CDT.

Scholarship criteria and applications are now available on the Foundation website:

http://armaedfoundation.org/scholarship-program/currently-available-scholarships/

* The Foundation’s current focus is the field information management (IM) which we define as: including the responsibility for establishing and implementing policies, systems, and procedures to capture, create, access, distribute, use, store, secure, retrieve, and ensure disposition of an organization’s records and information assets. IM is an essential component for information governance, which holds organizations and individuals accountable for the proper handling of information assets. IM enables awareness to both business and technology changes enabling any organization to respond, with confidence, to changing needs.

The Foundation is a leading organization that embraces the practical and scholarly knowledge of information management by funding and promoting research, scholarship, and educational opportunities for information management professionals. The Foundation is a non-profit corporation with 501(c) 3 tax exempt status in the US. For additional information, please visit: http://armaedfoundation.org/

We welcome all information management professionals to join us on social media.


PRESS RELEASE: 2020 FOUNDATION EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS ANNOUNCED

Palmyra, NJ (July 22, 2020)   –   The Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Foundation Education Scholarship Awards.   

Alyssa Jeffrey is working toward her Master of Information Studies (bilingual) degree at the University of Ottawa; She received a $1,500 scholarship sponsored by the National Capital Region (Ottawa) ARMA Chapter.

Angela Maggiacomo is pursuing a Masters of Information degree with a concentration in Archives and Records Management at the University of Toronto; she received a $1,500 scholarship.

Melissa Kemp is working on a Masters in Archives and Records Administration degree at San Jose State University; was awarded a $500 scholarship.

Mandy Choie is pursuing a Masters degree in Library and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia; she received a $500 scholarship.

Trbusic Zeljko is a candidate for a Ph.D. in field of Information and Communication Sciences at the University of Zagreb; he received a $500 scholarship.    

2020 again brought numerous strong applications from a diverse and international field of candidates, competing for a limited amount of funding. The Foundation is encouraged by the applicants as an illustration that the future of information management is indeed in good hands and will be led by brilliant scholars and professionals.

If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring a future educational scholarship or award, please contact the Foundation at scholarships@armaedfoundation.org.  There are many candidates who could benefit from financial support to further their education in the field of information management.

The Foundation is a leading organization that embraces the practical and scholarly knowledge of information management by funding and promoting research, scholarship, and educational opportunities for information management professionals. The Foundation is a non-profit corporation with 501(c) 3 tax exempt status in the US. For additional information, please visit: http://armaedfoundation.org/

We welcome all information management professionals to join us on social media.