University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Commencement ceremony is Friday, Aug. 8

July 17, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

The summer commencement ceremony will take place Friday, Aug. 8, at 3 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The commencement will be broadcast live on Grand Forks Cable Channel 3, also at 3 p.m. A rebroadcast is scheduled Aug. 12-15 at noon and 8 p.m., on Grand Forks Cable Channel 3. President Robert Kelley will [...]

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BFA exhibition for Sarah Heitkamp is July 31

The BFA exhibition for Sarah Heitkamp is set for July 31 at the Col. Eugene E. Myers Art Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with an artist’s reception will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

SUNRISE undergraduates showcase research at July 31 poster session

  The public is invited to attend the 12th annual SUNRISE Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program Poster Session from 11 a.m-1 p.m., on Thursday, July 31, on the second floor of Harrington Hall. Light snacks and beverages will be served.   Through this National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded program, SUNRISE faculty in the UND [...]

Retirement reception for Janet Spaeth set for July 31

Janet Spaeth is retiring from UND after nearly 20 years at the Chester Fritz Library as the head of On-Campus Instruction. Prior to that, she taught for 15 years in Library Science, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and English. Dr. Spaeth received her doctoral degree in English at UND, with a specialty in children’s [...]

Linguistics Colloquium features Dan Eberle July 31

Dan Eberle will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 31, in Gamble Hall 3, to answer the question, “Is Language Really Arbitrary?” Ferdinand de Saussure, one of the founders of modern linguistics, asserted that the relationships between “signs” and “signified” (words, and the concepts those words represent) are totally arbitrary, and that this arbitrariness is [...]


Conflict of Interest forms due Sept. 15

The University Senate and President have approved a Conflict of Interest (COI) policy for the University. The policy and forms for reporting can be found on the Research Development and Compliance website at: Click on the Compliance Forms tab then go to Conflict of Interest forms. The policy outlines a process for addressing situations [...]

All areas advised to develop Continuity of Operations Plan

All UND colleges, departments and other units are strongly advised (FEMA Federal Continuity Directive 1) to develop a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) to describe how your unit will operate during an emergency and recover afterwards to be fully operational.  The intent is to help you plan not only for major disasters (e.g., total loss [...]

Safety is updating laboratory caution signs

Safety would like to update the laboratory caution signs around campus. Please fill out this form with the appropriate information for your lab(s) and send them to the Office of Safety by Aug. 15 to ensure lab information is updated by the start of the fall semester. Contact us at 777.3341 if you have any [...]

Dean of Students office, Disability Services will move July 28

We are on the move! In an effort to better serve students, the Dean of Students Office and the Disability Services for Students Office will trade office spaces on Monday, July 28. While both offices will be closed on that day to facilitate office moves, the main office phone numbers will continued to be answered [...]


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 [...]

Neuroscience COBRE Pilot Grant Program seeks second round of proposals

UND Neuroscience COBRE Pilot Grant Program Second Round of Commercialization Proposals As part of our COBRE Phase III grant on neurodegenerative diseases, we are again inviting single- and multi-PI pilot grant proposals. The purpose of this pilot grant program is very specific: to encourage and facilitate neuroscience research leading to commercialization of research discoveries. The [...]

NSF issues program announcement for IRNC

The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcement. International Research Network Connections (IRNC) NSF 14-554 The International Research Network Connections (IRNC) program supports high performance network connectivity required by international science and engineering research and education collaborations involving the NSF research community. NSF expects to make a set of awards to: (1) [...]

ND EPSCoR seeks new faculty startup requests for proposals

Department chairs and deans recruiting department chair positions are invited to submit proposals requesting start-up funds for tenure-track research faculty to be hired during FY2016. Electronic Letters of Intent are due July 3, with proposals due Aug. 7. The RFP is posted on the ND EPSCoR website ( or contact Mark R. Hoffmann, ND EPSCoR [...]

In the News»

Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2016 begins clinical studies at SMHS

Fifty-two physical therapy students, members of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Class of 2016, started the clinical studies portion of their journey to become doctors of physical therapy this week at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The students received white coats at the Entrance Into Professional Service Ceremony held at the Alerus [...]

Pasch to review proposals for Department of Education in Washington D.C.

The U.S. Department of Education has selected UND Communication faculty member Timothy Pasch to serve as reviewer for the IFLE Fiscal Year 2014 National Resource Centers Competition Peer Review in Washington D.C. The NRC/FLAS awards fall under the jurisdiction of the Fulbright-Hays Title VI Program Office of International and Foreign Language Education. These discretionary/competitive [...]

Doctoral student featured in “40 under 40″ feature`

Josef Kolosky, doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Director of West River Head Start in Mandan, was featured in the Bismarck Tribune’s “Forty Under Forty” publication, which features North Dakota’s top 40 professionals under age 40.

Ralph Renger publishes article on program evaluation

Ralph Renger, Professor at the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has published an article in the latest issue of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation. The article examines the different purposes of evaluation and research. In the article, Dr. Renger uses a case study [...]

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Reminder: Scantron scanning to be sent to CILT

As of April 2014, the Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies (CILT) began handling the Scantron scanning processes. Please send exams, evaluations and USAT forms to: Shae Samuelson – Stop 7098, 370 Oxford Street, Robertson Sayre 101 Or, place in the drop box located outside Robertson/Sayre Hall Rm. 101 Forms can be dropped off and [...]

Denim Day is July 30

Pay $1 to your site coordinator and enjoy going casual for local charities. If your office allows you to wear denim all the time, consider still giving $1 on Denim Days. Donations go to very good causes. Checks, if any, must be made out to “Denim Day.” All proceeds collected during 2014 will go to [...]

Donated leave sought for Dan Samson

Voluntary donations of leave are sought for Dan Samson, Academic Maintenance, Facilities Management.  Please return completed Donation of Leave forms to the Facilities HR office, Stop 9032.  Forms can be found at: All donations are kept confidential.  Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity. –  Tyler Clauson, Facilities Management Human Resources/Office Assistant, [...]

Volunteers needed for USDA research studies

Lifestyle Weight Control and Potato Consumption We invite you to join a study to evaluate the role of potato consumption in a lifestyle weight control program: Blood Cell Responses to Exercise We invite you to join a study to determine how platelets (blood cells that form clots) respond when a person performs an initial period [...]

In Remembrance»

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 [...]

Remembering Shannon Gullickson

Shannon M. (Berent) Gullickson, retired academic advisor for the Communication Program, died on July 21, 2014 at the age of 71 from pancreatic cancer. Gullickson was born in Minneapolis, Minn. on May 8, 1943.  Her parents were Muriel (Shannon) Berent and Donald S. Berent.  She lived in Grand Forks all her life, after moving there [...]

Remembering Vincent Andriello

I am greatly saddened to inform the University of North Dakota community of the death of Air Traffic Control Lecturer, Vincent Andriello, who passed away July 18 after a lengthy battle with cancer. We extend our sympathy and heartfelt condolences to Vincent’s  family, friends, colleagues and students. I recognize that we all handle loss in [...]