IACC Renamed the QBB
Quentin Burdick Building honors former North Dakota politician
Published: Monday, December 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, December 9, 2013 14:12
Incoming freshmen, transfer students and seasoned Bison all have a new name to remember while attempting to locate NDSU places.
Quentin Burdick is of an esteemed collection of NDSU lore that includes the likes of Archibald Ellsworth Minard, John Klai and Ceres, the goddess of wheat. Burdick’s name now graces the former Industrial Agriculture and Communication Center or IACC.
The State Board of Higher Education approved the name change last September, according to an NDSU Listserv. The building was rededicated in honor of the North Dakota public servant who helped secure funds for the state and NDSU.
“Sen. Quentin Burdick’s extensive service to the state of North Dakota is well known, and he was instrumental in securing funding for the (IACC),” said NDSU President Dean Bresciani in the email. “It’s fitting to rename the building for him as a way to recognize and honor his place in the rich history of our state and campus.”
Burdick served North Dakota as a politician for decades. After six early, unsuccessful attempts at running for public office, Burdick produced his first successful campaign in 1958 and became North Dakota’s first democrat in the House of Representatives.
The politician from Munich, N.D., later won a special election in 1960 for a vacant U.S. Senate spot, and Burdick remained a Senator until his death in 1992. Critics knew him as the “King of Pork” due to his support for pork-barrel projects that he felt would benefit North Dakota.
“I’ll get everything North Dakota is entitled to, now,” Burdick once said.
The Quentin Burdick Building name change may not be an easy one for students who know it as the IACC. Although he has no issue with the name change, Alex Hatzenbuhl, a junior studying computer science, said it will be difficult for him to get used to.
Hatzenbuhl works for NDSU’s Student Technology Services, a program offered through the IT division. He likens the change to that of the Gate City Bank Auditorium, formerly known as Stevens Hall Auditorium. The older students, he said, still call it by the former moniker.
The building’s sign has been erected on the corner of Albrecht Boulevard and Centennial Avenue and facility has been asked to update their nametags so they read Quentin Burdick Building.
A wide number of NDSU buildings have changed names in the past. Few and far between are the people who still call Minard Hall by its original name, Science Hall, before the building was rededicated in 1951. This is the case with Sheppard Arena, which was formerly known as the Livestock Pavilion.
An event is being planned to celebrate the name change, according to the Listserv.