University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Update provided on Graduate Studies and Program Development Dean search

March 31, 2015 • Category: Lead Story

The following is a brief update on the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Program Development selection process. Proceedings are off to a productive start with the committee having conducted its second meeting last Friday. Several matters were discussed including committee charge, meeting logistics and the overall search process. As stated in previous [...]

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March 31 retirement reception honors Dennis Pazderic

Dennis Pazderic, Facilities Maintenance Coordinator at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), will retire at the end of March after 27 years of employment. A retirement reception and open house will be held in the EERC’s Discovery Hall on Tuesday, March 31, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. A short program will begin at 3:15 [...]

Deans for Wellness Walk March 31 offers free tennis shoes for one lucky walker

Please join Dean Wynne for a healthy walk outside or down the halls of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences indoor paths on Tuesday, March 31, 12:15-12:45 p.m. The group will depart from the Vennes Atrium. All walkers can enter into a drawing for prizes: Expedition water bottle package and a new pair of [...]

April 1 Roundtable focuses on international rights

Exploring “International Human Rights on the Local and Global Stage,” a roundtable discussion and the third event of the Spring 2015 series focusing on Grand Forks as an international community, will take place Wednesday, April 1, 7-8 p.m. at the Backstage Project of the Empire Arts Center.  A 6:30 p.m. reception precedes the event. The roundtable discussion will feature speakers who work with immigrants and New [...]

Spring Graduation Expo to be held April 1

The Spring Graduation Expo will be held Wednesday, April 1, from 11 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the Loading Dock located on first floor of the Memorial Union. A visit to the Expo will be a one-stop information source for students graduating May 16. The Registrar’s Office will be on hand for students to check the spelling [...]


Policy revisions posted

Minor changes were made to the following UND policies. To view these policy documents in their entirety (including procedures), visit the Division of Finance and Operations’ policy website: New and Revised Policy Updates. Policy 3.8 Long-Term Medical and Family Leave At the request of Human Resources, the policy was revised to: 1. Clarify definition of [...]

UND offers first online Chinese courses in North Dakota

The Program in Chinese Studies is partnering with UND Online & Distance Education to offer two 4-credit online Chinese language courses for the summer semester: •             CHIN 101: First Year Chinese I (May 18 – June 26) •             CHIN 102: First Year Chinese II (June 29 – August 7) “Chinese is one of the oldest languages [...]

Voting open April 1-15 for Staff Senators

Please vote for your 2015-16 University Staff Senators. Voting opens April 1, and the deadline for submitting ballots is April 15. An email will be sent to all eligible staff with a link to vote. If you missed the nomination deadline and are interested in serving on Staff Senate, there are write-in openings for all [...]

Emergency tornado procedures detailed

A tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when tornadoes are possible in the area. A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar in the area. Indoors Move to lower floors in multistory buildings and away from windows or other objects that could fall. The [...]


Students invited to apply for EPSCoR undergraduate research program by March 5

Applications are invited for the ND EPSCoR Advanced Undergraduate Research (AURA) program at UND. The program provides undergraduate students with opportunities to experience research in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines normally supported by NSF at a point in their college careers when they need to make important decisions about their future. Student applications [...]

ND EPSCoR small award opportunities available

A reminder to all tenured and tenure-track STEM faculty: ND EPSCoR has funds available for small research and equipment awards up to $2,500. To apply for ND EPSCoR small awards, please email Mark Hoffmann or mail a request letter to the ND EPSCoR office stating the nature of your request and the amount that you [...]

NASA Center Faculty Research Fellowship applications due Feb. 23

Applications are now being accepted from full-time, qualified STEM faculty in accredited U.S. colleges and universities inclusive of Minority Serving Institutions, for the summer 2015 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program (NGFFP). The ten-week Fellowship will begin on Monday, June 1, and end on Friday, Aug. 7. The Fellowship is open to U.S. citizens. Under-represented and [...]

Pre-proposals due Jan. 13 for NSF program on scalable nanomanufacturing

The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcement which allows UND to submit only a limited number of submissions. Thus, if you are interested in submitting a proposal to NSF for the program, please let us know as soon as possible at or 777.4280. Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) #15-507 The National Science Foundation [...]

In the News»

Rights to UND alum’s invention picked up by private-sector firm

While working in a hardware store in 2008, UND alumnus Michael Lupelow knew there had to be an easier way to seal paint cans. As part of a class project and with the assistance of a UND professor, Lupelow eventually turned his dream into reality. And now that invention could start paying off thanks to some [...]

Medical students entrust futures to computer matching

Match Day for 55 senior UND medical students is one of the most important milestones of their careers. Members of the Doctor of Medicine Class of 2015 at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences opened envelopes to discover where in the United States they will hone their skills as resident physicians. On Match Day, [...]

College of Engineering and Mines is part of national initiative announced at White House

The University of North Dakota College of Engineering and Mines (CEM) is among more than 120 U.S. engineering schools leading a transformative movement in engineering education announced at the White House March 23. In a letter presented to President Barack Obama , UND College of Engineering and Mines and peer institutions committed to establish special educational programs designed to prepare undergraduates [...]

Jim Rudd inducted to Hall of Fame of Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association

The Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association held their 22nd Annual Honor and Awards Banquet Friday, March 20, in Omaha, Nebraska. The evening event was held in conjunction with the Association’s 36th Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposium. This year’s Hall of Fame Inductees included Jim Rudd, elected posthumously. Rudd received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education [...]

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Special Denim Day is Thursday, April 2

A special Denim Day on Thursday, April 2, will benefit the American Cancer Society. Your donation will go to help Team COSE (Council of State Employees) raise funds for the Relay for Life. Give what you can to your Denim Day site coordinator. Checks should be made out to “Denim Day.” UND’s Relay for Life [...]

April 8 session will cover the basics of essential oils

Everyone seems to be talking about essential oils. What are they? How do they work? Why do they work? Is this just a fad, or is there medical research behind them? This session will cover the basics of essential oils, including general uses for basic oils. Come to the session on April 8, 2015, 10-10:45 [...]

Alzheimer’s Support Group meets April 4

The Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet from  10 to 11:30 a.m. April 4 in the cafeteria of Nursing Research Building (NPCBR), behind the Nursing Building.  If anyone has questions, please call Sandy Wells, Clinical Assistant Professor, Nursing and Professional Disciplines, 777.4520    

Chester Fritz Library posts hours for the spring holiday

Chester Fritz Library hours for the 2015 spring holiday follow. Thursday, April 2, 4:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 3 – Sunday, April 5, closed Monday, April 6, regular semester hours resume, 7:45 a.m. – miidnight

In Remembrance»

Remembering Neil Price

Neil Price, former head of the Library Science Department, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah, after a brief illness. Neil was born to Vernon W. Price and Relva Richie Price on Sept. 4, 1947 in Provo, Utah. He graduated from Wasatch High School, and then served a [...]

Remembering Nadine Kotowicz

Nadine Fay (Peters) Kotowicz, retired computer operations manager, East Grand Forks, passed away peacefully on March 23, 2015 at the Good Samaritan in Warren, Minn., following a long battle with cancer. She was 67. Nadine was born in Windom, Minn., on Nov. 27, 1947 to the late Henry and Leora (Lepp) Peters. She grew up [...]

Remembering Mabel Curry

Mabel Curry, retired Associate Professor and Chair of Home Economics, died in January 2015 in Apple Valley, Minn. She was born Jan. 29, 1920, in Woodbine, Iowa. She earned an A.A. degree from Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa, in 1939; a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in 1941; and a master’s degree from the University [...]

Remembering Wayne Carl

Wayne A. Carl, retired flooring installer, 71, of Grand Forks passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Altru Hospital, Grand. Wayne A. Carl was born on Dec. 23, 1943 in Grand Forks, the son of Jess and Carrie (Frye) Carl. He graduated from Sacred Heart School in East Grand Forks. He married Susan Gerszewski. [...]