University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Presidential search committee named

August 24, 2015 • Category: Lead Story

The North Dakota University System (NDUS) has announced the members of a Presidential Search Committee to identify candidates for the position of president of the University of North Dakota. Dr. Robert Kelley, who has been the president at UND since July 1, 2008, will be retiring in January. The Committee is co-chaired by Hesham El-Rewini, [...]

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Speaker presents on nano drug delivery for oil field applications Aug. 28

On Friday, Aug. 28, the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering’s Leading Edge in Earth and Planetary Science lecture series (LEEPS) presents Professor Jenn-Tai Liang, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University, who will speak on “ ‘Think Outside of the Box’ Nano Drug Delivery Technologies for Oil Field Applications” at noon in [...]

Doctoral examination is Aug. 31 for Raphael Afonja, Engineering

The doctoral examination for Raphael Afonja, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Engineering, is set for noon Aug. 31 in 261 Upson II Hall. The dissertation title is: Preventing or Mitigating Irreversible RO Membrane Fouling Caused by Dissolved Organic Matter and Colloidal Materials During Surface Water Treatment. Harvey Gullicks (Engineering) is [...]

Doctoral examination is Aug. 31 for Yoshitaro Oba, Counseling Psychology

The doctoral examination for Yoshitaro Oba, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Counseling Psychology, is set for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 31 in room 11, Education Building. The dissertation title is: High/Low Context Communication and Therapeutic Working Alliance Among Asian Americans. Cindy Juntunen (Counseling Psychology) is the committee chair. The public is [...]

Patents and Trademarks 101 training set for Sept. 1

Chester Fritz Library, the Small Business Development Center, and the Center for Innovation are hosting a free workshop on the basics of patents and trademarks. Students, staff, faculty and the business community are encouraged to attend. The workshop is set for Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon in the IdeaLab, Center for Innovation, [...]


Cheryl Grew-Gillen named Executive Director of Memorial Union

The Division of Student Affairs is pleased to welcome Cheryl Grew-Gillen as the new Executive Director of the Memorial Union. Grew-Gillen joins the University of North Dakota having previously served as the Director of Student Centers at the University of Houston. The Executive Director will provide visionary leadership in the administration, management, and strategic planning [...]

Institutional Review Board meets Sept. 4; proposals due Aug. 18

The Institutional Review Board will meet Friday, Sept. 4, in 305 Twamley Hall at 2 p.m. to consider all Full Board Review research proposals that are submitted to the IRB Office before Tuesday, Aug. 18. Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the Clinical Medical Subcommittee before being brought to the Full Board. Proposals for [...]

Deadlines and curriculum changes announced for the 2016-17 Academic Catalog

To be sure the appropriate curriculum approval is obtained before the 2016-2017 Online Academic Catalog is published, please note the following dates for submission to the University Curriculum Committee (UCC). These deadlines are for submission to the UCC. You may want to include earlier deadlines for submission to school/college committees and/or to the Graduate Committee [...]

Deadline for SSAC travel applications is Sept. 11

Friday, Sept. 11, is the deadline for submission of Senate Scholarly Activities Committee Travel Grant Applications. This deadline is for travel occurring between Sept. 16, 2015, and Jan. 15, 2016. Late applications will not be accepted. The Committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. Although [...]


Preproposals for NSF programs NHERI and LSAMP due Sept. 2

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. Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) #15-598 [...]

Pre-proposals due Aug. 7 for NSF program in undergraduate geoscience

The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcement which allows 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 Barry Milavetz, or 777.6737. Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into [...]

Pre-proposals due Aug. 5 for Collections in Support of Biological Research, an NSF program

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. Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) #15-577 [...]

Research North Dakota Program funded; first proposal deadline is Aug. 22

The Division of Research & Economic Development is pleased to announce to research faculty that the Research North Dakota (RND) program has received appropriations from the North Dakota legislature and is again accepting applications for all of its programs, including Venture Grants for the 2015-2017 biennium. The first deadline for proposal submission is Aug. 22, [...]

In the News»

Jerath completes Senior Fulbright Scholar assignment in India

Sukhvarsh Jerath, the graduate program director in the College of Engineering & Mines’ Civil Engineering Department, recently completed a teaching and research assignment as a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), in Powai, Mumbai, India. Jerath was one of only 15 senior Fulbright Scholars out of a total of 110 [...]

Gupta named 2016 Global Young Investigator

Surojit Gupta, Assistant Professor, Advanced Materials Research Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been selected to receive the 2016 Engineering Ceramics Division Global Young Investigator Award. The award consists of a certificate, an honorarium, and registration for the 40th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composite next year. He will also deliver an [...]

Ranganathan, Kaabouch receive NSF grant to improve power grid reliability

The National Science Foundation has granted $215,622 to Assistant Professor Prakash Ranganathan and Associate Professor Naima Kaabouch, both in the Electrical Engineering Department of the College of Engineering & Mines, to research how to improve the reliability of the nation’s power grid and decrease costly blackouts. “When a malfunction occurs in an electricity-provisioning system, it is important [...]

Lund named Pancratz Career Development Center director

Kathy Lund has been named the Center Director for the Pancratz Career Development Center at the College of Business and Public Administration. In her previous role, Lund worked as a career and academic advisor at the UND College of Business and Public Administration. As the career advisor for the Pancratz Career Development Center Lund successfully [...]

Bulletin Board»

Denim Day is Friday, Aug. 28

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 Days. Donations go to very good [...]

Zen in Ten continues through Sept. 3

Re-focus with 10 minutes of movement and relaxation with “Zen in 10.” Participation is free and open to campus. Times follow for the following dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays: Aug. 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, Sept. 1 and 3. • 9-9:10 a.m., lawn outside the Northeast entry of Twamley (or the building lobby as a [...]

Leave donations sought for Devona Janousek

Voluntary leave donations are sought for Devona Janousek, Administrative Project Specialist at the Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies. Please forward completed donation leave forms to Diane Lundeen, Associate Director, Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies, Stop 7098. Leave forms can be found at Your generosity in supporting Devona is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Leave donations sought for Janna Swanson

Voluntary annual and sick leave donations are sought for Janna Swanson, administrative assistant in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean’s Office. Please return completed donation of leave forms to Lori Sannes, SMHS Dean’s Office, Stop 9037. Forms can be found at All donations are kept confidential. Your generosity in supporting Janna is [...]

In Remembrance»

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, [...]

Remembering Teckla Jacobson

Teckla F. Jacobson, retired Building Services Technician in the Housing Maintenance area, died May 28, 2015 unexpectedly at home in Grand Forks of natural causes, with her husband at her side. She was 69. Teckla Freda Van Eyk was born on Sept. 29, 1945, to John and Vivian (Lock) Van Eyk in Mandan, N.D. She [...]

Remembering Regina Blass

Regina Blass, adjunct lecturer with the Summer Institute of Linguistics at UND, died May 1, 2015, while undergoing treatment at Nairobi Hospital. Regina Blass was born in Wuppertal, Germany, in 1943. She did vocational training in business, and started her career as a business manager’s assistant at Kolb and Company screw factory at Wuppertal in [...]