University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

President Kelley invites UND employees to State Employee Recognition Week events

August 27, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

It is my pleasure to encourage all UND employees to participate in the events that have been scheduled for State Employee Recognition Week, Sept 8-12. A committee of Council of State Employees (COSE) and Staff Senate representatives has been hard at work arranging a few events that will allow us to pause briefly to share [...]

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Energy Research Day is Sept. 4

The College of Engineering and Mines (CEM) and the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) present Energy Research Day on Thursday, Sept. 4. This is an opportunity for all UND students, faculty, and staff to learn about current projects and explore the potential for collaborative activities regarding energy-related research. The Energy Research Day will feature [...]

Diabetes Lunch and Learn is Sept. 4

Eric Johnson, associate professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine, will present “American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions 2014: New and Notable,” featuring the latest in diabetes technology, transplant, medications and other treatments. Students, faculty and staff are invited to join Johnson at noon Thursday, Sept. 4, in the Clifford Haugen Auditorium at the [...]

University Senate agenda items listed for Sept. 4 meeting

The September meeting of the University Senate will be held at 4:05 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, in Education, Room 113. Agenda 1. Announcements 2. Minutes of the previous meeting (5/1/14) and business arising from the minutes. These minutes may be viewed at 3. Question period Consent calendar: 4. Annual report of the Faculty Instructional [...]

Campus community invited to Sept. 5 Essential Studies luncheon

You are invited to UND’s second annual “State of Essential Studies” Luncheon at noon Friday, Sept. 5, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. We will give a briefing on the recent work of the ES Committee, and we will share the results of the May, 2014, assessment of ES student learning in quantitative reasoning. This year, [...]


Update on student organization re-registration process

The Student Involvement & Leadership Office has changed the student organization recognition and re-registration process beginning in fall 2014. The goal, in part, is to improve student learning and streamline the process for students and advisors. The new process should shorten the length of time it takes a new student organization to receive “recognized” status [...]

Housing still available on campus

UND Housing and Dining understands that unforeseen housing situations occur which may result in students attempting to find housing accommodations at the start of the semester. Students who find themselves in these circumstances are encouraged to contact the Housing Office as soon as possible for more information about how they can take advantage of the [...]

Staff Senate and Work Well encourage tennis shoes and walking on Denim Days

In keeping with UND’s Exceptional-UND strategic vision, UND Staff Senate Denim Days will incorporate two strategic priorities, Facilitate Collaboration and Enhance Quality of Life, this fall. UND Staff Senate, in conjunction with UND Work Well, encourages you to wear tennis shoes on Denim Days and take walks on your breaks for YOUR health and wellness [...]

PHS announces Conflict of Interest training sessions for fall semester

Public Health Service (PHS) has recently revised its policy for requiring all PHS grantees or those considering submitting to PHS complete a mandatory education class. According to the new policy, all grantees must be trained in Conflict of Interest every four years. The division of Research & Economic Development will be conducting a training session [...]


NSF pre-proposals due Sept. 12 for ESNO and Oct. 1 for Integrative Partnerships

The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcements which allow 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. EarthScope National Office (ESNO) #14-553 This solicitation [...]

Applications for NASA EPSCoR funding due Sept. 5

The North Dakota NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) solicits research proposals from faculty at the University of North Dakota (UND) and North Dakota State University (NDSU) to conduct NASA relevant research in one or more RFAs that are designed to promote and expand particular NASA research sub disciplines in North Dakota. The [...]

Research ND grant applications due Aug. 22

The Division of Research & Economic Development wishes to remind research faculty that the Research North Dakota (RND) program has a deadline of Aug. 22, 2014 for its fourth cycle of applications.  There are subsequent deadlines, for example, Nov. 21, 2014.  Applicants are also reminded that they must have a binding agreement concerning the disposition [...]

NSF program pre-proposals for CSBR and S-STEM due July 31

The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcements which allow 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 ( or 777.4280). Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) ― #14-564 The [...]

In the News»

UND scientist receives grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation

Professor Colin Combs, Department of Basic Sciences at the School of Medicine & Health Sciences, has been awarded $88,200 from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. The Rapid Response Innovation grant is for a project titled “Defining the Contribution of Neuroinflammation to Parkinson’s Disease in Humanized Immune System Mice.” Inflammation is a defensive [...]

University of Sao Paulo sponsors talk by UND professor

The University of Sao Paulo sponsored professor George Bibel, Mechanical Engineering Department, to talk about his book “Beyond the Black Box: The Forensics of Airplane Crashes” at their Aeronautical Engineering Week. The two-and-half hour talk took place on Thursday, Aug. 21, in Sao Carlos, Brazil. Versions of this talk have also been separately sponsored repeatedly [...]

Rand, Light update book on Indian gaming law and policy

Kathryn Rand and Steven Light recently completed an update to their book on Indian gaming law and policy. Rand, dean and professor at the UND School of Law; and Light, UND associate vice president for academic affairs and a professor in the College of Business and Public Administration; are both co-directors of the UND Institute [...]

CDC recognizes North Dakota Statewide Cancer Registry

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized the North Dakota Statewide Cancer Registry as a CDC National Program of Cancer Registries Registry of Excellence. “Of the 48 cancer registries supported by the CDC, your state is one of 15 who achieved this designation for the most recent data submission, indicating the high-quality data [...]

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Sept. 1, Labor Day, is a holiday

Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1, will be observed as a holiday by the University. Only those employees designated by their supervisors are required to work on this holiday.

USDA seeks volunteers for research studies

The Breathe Light Study We are seeking volunteers to participate in a research study looking at how the amount of calories we eat affect the composition of our breath. We invite you to be in a study to develop a novel, non-invasive method that will provide personalized feedback during dietary interventions as a marker for [...]

Chester Fritz Library posts Labor Day weekend hours

Chester Fritz Library hours for the Labor Day Weekend will be: Friday, Aug. 29 ― 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 ― closed Sunday, Aug. 31 ― closed Monday, Sept. 1 (Labor Day) ― 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 (regular fall semester hours resume) ― 7:45 a.m. to midnight – Laura Eider, Chester Fritz Library, 777.2189,

HealthyBlue sessions set for Aug. 28, 29

Don’t miss the chance to learn about HealthyBlue (your $250 wellness benefit) with an expert this week. Upcoming in-person sessions: Thursday, Aug. 28, 4-4:45 p.m., 102 Carnegie Hall Thursday, Aug. 28, 5-5:45 p.m., 102 Carnegie Hall Friday, Aug. 29, 7:30-8:15 a.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator — Kim Ruliffson, coordinator of Workwell, Health & Wellness, 777.0210,

In Remembrance»

Remembering James Rudd

James D. Rudd, faculty member in Sports Medicine and a certified athletic trainer, of  Hillsboro, died Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Altru Hospital after a brief illness. He was 63. Jim was born July 10, 1951 in Cranford, N.J., to James W. and Margaret F. Rudd. He graduated from Cranford High School in 1969 and [...]

Remembering Robert Fischer

Robert G. Fischer, (Bob), retired professor of microbiology, passed away on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 4000 Valley Square – Woodside Village, Grand Forks. He was 93.  Robert George Fischer was born on Oct. 17, 1920 in St Paul, Minn., to Frederick and Agnes (Cooney) Fischer. He graduated from Mechanic Arts High School, where he [...]

Remembering Wayne Parkin

Wayne C. Parkin, retired cabinet maker, East Grand Forks, passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was 65. Wayne Charles Parkin was born June 29, 1949 in Crookston, Minn., to of Loren and Gertrude (Malha) Parkin. He grew up and attended school in Crookston, [...]

Remembering Robert “Bob” Bode

Robert (Bob) Allen Bode, who formerly taught in the Communication Program, passed away July 3, 2014, at age 65, in Bellingham, Wash., where he had resided for several years. Bob was born Aug. 31, 1948, to George Arthur and Eda Mae (Schmidt) Bode in Chamberlain, S.D. He graduated from Chamberlain High School in 1966 and [...]