University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Dec. 2 farewell reception honors President Kelley and First Lady Marcia Kelley

November 19, 2015 • Category: Lead Story

Please join us for a farewell reception in honor of retiring President Robert Kelley and First Lady Marcia Kelley, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Gorecki Alumni Center, 3501 University Ave.

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Wind Ensemble plays concert Nov. 30

The UND Wind Ensemble, under the direction of James Popejoy, will present a concert on Monday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Tickets, available at the door, are $7 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, or $14 per family. Their program will feature two works by acclaimed film composer [...]

Nov. 30 meeting will focus on big data regional innovation hubs

The Office of Research invites all campus researchers to attend the Nov. 30 informational meeting concerning NSF RFP 16510: Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Establishing Spokes to Advance Big Data Applications (BD Spokes). It is set for noon to 1:30 p.m. in the River Valley Room of the Memorial Union. For more information about this [...]

UND Bookstore holds faculty and staff appreciation event through Dec. 4

You are invited to the UND Bookstore Faculty and Staff Appreciation Event which takes place Nov. 30 to Dec. 4. You will receive 20 percent off clothing, gifts, general reading books and much, much more. Refreshments will be served and you have the chance to win a UND hockey jersey as well as other prizes.

Dec. 1 On Teaching seminar focuses on teaching with performance tasks

Sign up for the next On Teaching Seminar, “Teaching With Performance Tasks: Opportunities with the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) Academy,” 12:20 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the Badlands Room, Memorial Union. The CLA Academy will be at UND Feb. 4 and 5 to provide a faculty development workshop on the use of “Performance [...]


Student Account Services will close at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 3

Student Account Services will close at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, for a team building event. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. — Student Account Services

UND ranked top choice for online education in North Dakota

The University has been recognized by as the top choice for online education in North Dakota. Rankings were determined using data from the National Center for Education Statistics, and every school that was ranked has programs that can be completed entirely online.  According to the site, 22.9 percent of students enrolled in Title IV [...]

Faculty sought to use new teaching assessment form

As most faculty are aware, the SETIC (Student Evaluation of Teaching Implementation Committee) has been working diligently to develop a new form for student evaluation of teaching.  The committee would like to invite faculty to participate in using the new form this fall as a way for the SETIC committee to collect data for additional [...]

All Things Considered: November/December parking update

Greetings UND Campus Here are a couple bits of UND Parking Information that you may or may not know: 1. Expectant mother parking program: Parking Services is now offering reasonably close parking spaces for our expecting mothers; please see information at 2. Have a new vehicle? Update your vehicle information by emailing Parking Services [...]


Pre-proposals due Nov. 23 and Dec. 1 for NSF programs

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 calling 777.4280. National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) [...]

IRB welcomes new administrative secretary

There’s a new face in the Institutional Review Board office. Steffanie Brewer joined the office on Oct. 19, replacing the now-retired Janet Elshaug. Brewer provides administrative support to the IRB Coordinator and serves as the first point of contact in the IRB. She also works closely with the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) and the Institutional [...]

Nominations invited for UND Award for Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Research or Creative Work

This award will recognize outstanding interdisciplinary, collaborative work in the past three years by two or more UND faculty investigators.  There are no limitations on disciplines that may be recognized.  Scholarly creative work can be demonstrated in many forms:  peer-reviewed publications, books, art, music, multimedia, and other forms.  Each investigator must have made a substantial [...]

Nominations invited for Founders Day Faculty Research Award

 Nominations are invited for The UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research.  The winner of this award will receive a plaque and $2,000 at the Founders Day Banquet on Thursday, Feb. 25.  Tenured faculty who have been at UND for at least five years are eligible to receive this award. The [...]

In the News»

Student is first from UND to be named an Innovation Fellow

Benjamin Olson doesn’t sit on an idea long before acting on it. In fact, it’s hard to find Olson doing much sitting at all. He’s one of the more active students on and off campus, with one foot in the classroom and the other firmly planted in the local business community. Olson’s ambitious knack for [...]

Mortar Board Turkey Basket Drive feeds 5,000 people

A group of UND students made a big difference — one turkey at a time. The Quo Vadis Chapter of Mortar Board, a national senior honor society, played host to its 36th annual Turkey Basket Drive, providing a Thanksgiving meal to local families in need. Mortar Board members distributed food baskets to the nearly 1,300 families [...]

ND Metropolitan Opera winners named

Fourteen young opera singers from Oregon to New Brunswick, Canada, performed Saturday, Nov. 21, on the 52nd Annual North Dakota District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions held in Grand Forks. Metropolitan Opera judges Richard Bado, Mark Graf and Carol Kirkpatrick chose two singers as district winners, who will advance to the Regional Finals held in [...]

Cornucopia of giving: Intro to University Life students collect food for backpack distribution

Members of the Introduction to University Life (U-Life) classes built their very own mountain in on the second floor of the Memorial Union. It was a mountain of giving, representing weeks of nonperishable food collections around campus in October and November. U-Life students encouraged the campus community to donate to the local Northlands Rescue Mission’s [...]

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Chester Fritz Library posts extended hours for fall semester

The Chester Fritz Library will offer the following extended hours through Dec. 17. Sunday, Dec. 6 and 13, 1 p.m. – 2 a.m. Monday – Thursday, Dec. 7- 10 and 14 – 17, 7:30 a.m. – 2 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11 (Reading and Review Day), 7:30 a.m. – midnight Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. – [...]

Denim Day is Wednesday, Dec. 2

Denim Day is Wednesday, Dec. 2. Pay $1 to your Denim Day site coordinator (or to the Denim Day Committee Chair if your building does not have a site coordinator) and enjoy going casual for local non-profit organizations. If your office allows you to wear denim all the time, consider still giving $1 on Denim [...]

Sanford bWell points need to be redeemed by Dec. 31

If you are using Sanford’s on-line portal bWell, all points need to be redeemed by Dec. 31, 2015. It is a use-it-or-lose-it system. As a reminder, each benefited employee and their covered spouse is eligible to redeem a total of $250 from the programs over the year (BCBS online HealthyBlue program, BCBS Health Club Credit, [...]

Donated leave sought for Kurt Eylands

Voluntary annual leave and sick leave donations are sought for Kurt Eylands, Research Scientist at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC). Please return completed donation of leave forms to Sue White, EERC, Stop 9018. Forms can be found at All donations are kept confidential. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

In Remembrance»

Remembering William Young

Dr. William Anthony Young, retired Associate Director of International Programs, passed away in Fargo on Nov. 5, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. William was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, on April 6, 1957 to Kenneth and Marilyn (Wekwejt) Young of Nekoosa, Wisconsin. He was raised in Nekoosa and Adams-Friendship, Wisconsin and graduated from Adams-Friendship [...]

Remembering Jay Nickson

James Bridges (“Jay”) Nickson, Programmer for UND Aerospace, passed on July 1, 2015 in Grand Forks. A memorial reception to honor Jay will be held at the North Dakota Museum of Art on Friday, Nov. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. Donations in Jay’s memory may be made to the UND Institute for Philosophy in [...]

Remembering Richard Gunville

It is with regret that we announce the death of Richard Gunville, Facilities Housing Maintenance Crew, on Sunday, Oct. 25. He was 60. A native of Dunseith, N.D., Richard was a long-time employee with Facilities Management. Richard James Gunville was born Sept. 5, 1955 to John and Helen (DuBois) Gunville in Belcourt, N.D. He was [...]

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 [...]