University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Wilkerson Commons Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is Oct. 2

September 18, 2015 • Category: Lead Story

Housing and Dining Services is pleased to welcome the campus community to the grand opening of Wilkerson Commons on Friday, Oct. 2. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on the second floor. Building tours and a reception will be held immediately following the program. The new Wilkerson Commons will feature student [...]

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Oct. 15 welcome reception will honor Library Dean Stephanie Walker

Provost Thomas DiLorenzo cordially invites you to a welcome reception for Stephanie and John Walker. Stephanie Walker began her position as UND’s Dean of Libraries and Information Resources on Sept. 16. The reception, which is open to the campus community, is on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 3-5 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Library Reading Room.

‘The Aliens’ plays at Burtness through Oct. 3

The Department of Theatre Arts presents The Aliens by Annie Baker, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29 – Oct. 3 at the Burtness Lab Theater.  Annie Baker’s Obie Award winning play, which premiered in 2010, takes place behind a Vermont coffee shop, where two young men spend their days discussing music and Bukowski. When a lonely high [...]

Museum hosts Autumn Art Auction Oct. 2

The North Dakota Museum of Art will hold its annual Autumn Art Auction Friday, Oct. 2, with beverages and hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. The live auction begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Call 701.777.4195 or stop by the Museum for tickets. For more information, please visit [...]

Oct. 2 talk will focus on ‘Happiness Beyond Conditions’

The Lotus Meditation Center will host a talk at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, on “Happiness Beyond Conditions.” Joy Fox of the Wattle Hollow Retreat Center is leading a non-residential meditation retreat this weekend. The Friday evening program is free and open to the public. Saturday and Sunday’s sessions are for registered attendees. Registration and [...]


Communication Sciences and Disorders solicits public comment as part of reaccreditation process

This fall, Communication Sciences and Disorders is undergoing reaccreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). CSD will host a site visit Oct. 19 and 20. As part of the reaccreditation process, CSD is required to solicit public comments regarding the program. Individuals who [...]

Schedule an SGID in your classroom

Arrangements for SGIDs (small group instructional diagnosis, a process for soliciting student feedback at midterm) can be made now. SGIDs are done by trained faculty who work as facilitators for the process in colleagues’ classrooms. A facilitator will collect information from your students, write it up into a report for you, and provide you with [...]

Policies posted for campus comment

Two policies have been posted to the Finance and Operations Policy Office website (see New & Revised Policy Updates) for campus comment. Policies Open for Comment: Sept. 29 – Oct. 12, 2015 Policies open to comment may be reviewed and commented on by going directly to the New & Revised Policy Updates website or by [...]

Nominations for Civic Engagement Awards due Oct. 23

Nominations for awards recognizing outstanding academic partnerships between community members and University of North Dakota faculty and students are now being accepted. The Civic Engagement Awards will be presented by the UND Center for Community Engagement at the annual Stone Soup Awards Program Wednesday, Nov. 18, at noon at the Center for Innovation Idea Lab [...]


Preproposals for NSF programs to improve STEM education and build innovation capacity due Oct. 16

The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcements which allow UND to submit only a limited number of submissions. If you are interested in submitting a proposal to NSF for the program, please let us know as soon as possible by contacting or calling 777.4280. IUSE / Professional Formation of Engineers: REvolutionizing [...]

Grant writing workshop for faculty and staff is Oct. 3

A grant writing workshop for faculty and staff is set for 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Grant Writing Basics Learn the basics of grant proposal writing for public and private agencies and foundations. Topics to be covered in a general session include the elements of a successful proposal, [...]

Applications due Oct. 18 for pilot grants in medical informatics

The University of North Dakota component of the ND INBRE program announces a pilot grant opportunity for UND faculty members for applications in the area of medical informatics. ND INBRE (pronounced “in-BRAY”), is the North Dakota IDeA [Institutional Development Award] Network of Biomedical Research Excellence. The IDeA program is the National Institutes of Health’s effort to expand [...]

Pre-proposals for NSF programs ADVANCE and ADBC due Sept. 21

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 by contacting or 777.4280. ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of [...]

In the News»

RAIN Program receives major grant

The Recruitment-Retention of American Indians into Nursing (RAIN) program at the UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines was recently awarded $555,152 in funding. This money will go toward supporting tribal members in their educational endeavors and will assist in a collaboration with the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara) to address educational and employment [...]

Biologists integrate unmanned aircraft technology in longstanding Canadian wildlife study

In a portion of Manitoba, Canada, so remote you have to fly in by helicopter, a research team led by the University of North Dakota and the American Museum of Natural History spent the summer in the polar bear capital of the world deploying the latest tool – Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) — in a nearly five-decade-old ecological study. [...]

International health and fitness scholar joins College of Education and Human Development

Formerly on the faculty at University of South Australia, Grant Tomkinson arrived in Grand Forks with his wife and three children in August to begin work as an associate professor in the Kinesiology & Public Health Education program. He brings with him a vast body of knowledge about the benefits of exercise among young people. [...]

EERC receives Department of Commerce grant to develop renewable fluids used in petroleum production

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) has been awarded $250,000 from the North Dakota Department of Commerce Research North Dakota Program to develop and commercialize new technology for the production of fully renewable, low-toxicity, biodegradable biolubricants, solvents, and drilling and fracking fluids used in petroleum production. The project will be conducted in partnership with [...]

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Flu vaccination clinics take place through Oct. 8

Flu vaccination clinics will be open to all UND students, faculty and staff starting Sept. 28.   The cost of the flu shot is $40, and you must present your UND ID.  Insurance may be filed on site for those with Sanford Health Plan coverage who present their UND ID and insurance card.  Students may pay [...]

Health Sciences Library offers extended hours through Oct. 3

The Library of the Health Sciences will be open extended hours as follows: Friday, Oct. 2, 7:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Donated leave sought for Raelynn Abernathey

Voluntary annual leave donations are sought for Raelynn Abernathey, Account Tech at Student Health Services. Please return completed donation of leave forms to Linda Palmiscno, Student Health Services, Stop 9038. Forms can be found at All donations are kept confidential. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

UND will take part in Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge through Oct. 17

UND is participating in the Outdoor Nation (ON) Campus Challenge, an effort by the Outdoor Foundation and 59 schools throughout the country to try and get the most people outside and active. The school that gets the most people outdoors and documents those experiences on during the six-week period (Sept. 6-Oct. 17) will win [...]

In Remembrance»

Remembering Myrna Haga

Myrna Pearl Haga, retired Professor of Social Work, passed away peacefully on Sept. 7 in Blairgowrie, Scotland. She was born on Aug. 23, 1940, in Dunrae, Manitoba, the daughter of Robert George Dunlop and Reta Mary Dunlop. She attended UND and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work, which would become her lifelong profession [...]

Remembering Paul Kannowski

Paul B. Kannowski, professor emeritus of biology, age 88 died Sept. 3, 2015 at his home in Grand Forks. Paul Brunno Kannowski was born Aug. 11, 1927, in Grand Forks to Max Bruno and Frances Burdick Kannowski. His father was the Superintendent of Parks, a position his mother also occupied after his father’s death in [...]

Remembering Thomas Martzall

Thomas M. “Marty” Martzall, Jr., former transportation employee, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at home in Grand Forks. He was 79. “Marty” or Tom, was born June 15, 1936 in Lancaster, Pa. to Thomas M. Martzall Sr. and Esther Rintz. He grew up and attended schools in Manheim Pa., and  graduated from Manheim Central High [...]

Remembering Steve Rendahl

Stephen Earl Rendahl, Professor of Communication, died in Altru Hospital July 5. He was 71. Services There will be a visitation at Amundson Funeral Home, 2975 S 42nd St., Grand Forks, on Thursday, July 16, from 5-7 p.m. Immediately following the visitation, there will be a prayer ceremony starting at 7 p.m. His wife, Robbin Rendahl, [...]