University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

President Kelley will accept Presidential Excellence Award

October 24, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

President Robert Kelley is being recognized as one of the best higher education leaders in a large region of the United States, according to one organization. Kelley, in his sixth year at UND, will be awarded the Presidential Excellence Award at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) IV-West Conference Nov. 11-13, in Albuquerque, [...]

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Oct. 23 event celebrates Brekke Bygdebok Collection

The Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections has announced that its Arne G. Brekke Bygdebok Collection soon will surpass 1,500 volumes. That milestone includes several books currently on the way to UND from the Helgeland region of Nordland in Norway. To celebrate this milestone, an open house will be held in Special Collections, fourth [...]

Sixth Annual ND INBRE Undergraduate Research Symposium is Oct. 23

The sixth annual North Dakota INBRE Undergraduate Research Symposium is Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. ND INBRE is the North Dakota IDeA (Institutional Development Award) Network of Biomedical Research Excellence. The goal of ND INBRE is to build biomedical research capacity by serving research universities, baccalaureate institutions, and tribal colleges [...]

American Indian Health Research Conference is Oct. 23

The 12th Annual American Indian Health Research Conference (AIHRC) takes place from 8:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Alerus Center. Keynote Speaker is Dave Baldridge, board member and executive director for the International Association for Indigenous Aging from Albuquerque, N.M. Registration is free: The AIHRC is funded by North Dakota INBRE, [...]

Nonprofit Opportunity Fair set for Oct. 23

The Nonprofit Leadership Program (NLP) invites Grand Forks area nonprofit organizations and UND faculty and students to attend its first Nonprofit Opportunity Fair on Thursday, Oct. 23. The fair, which will take place from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom,  will provide an opportunity for nonprofits to share their volunteer, internship and career [...]


Telling Our Story: Live UNiteD Campaign is under way

The United Way campaign us under way. Here is one story abokut UND, United Way, and the Salvation Army: A woman dropping off items for the local “Coats 4 Kids” drive was recently overhead saying she didn’t know where she would be if it hadn’t been for the Salvation Army. Her husband was deployed, she [...]

Financial aid information provided for advisors

Verifying student participation for failed or dropped courses, official withdrawals and unofficial withdrawals: Students who drop courses, officially withdraw, or unofficially withdraw will have their financial aid eligibility reviewed due to their change in enrollment. Federal regulations require that students who receive federal financial aid must attend or academically participate in the number of credits [...]

UND, CVIC agree to put confidential advocate/advisor on campus for victims of sexual violence

The University and the Grand Forks Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) have agreed to partner in an effort to place a CVIC employee on campus to act as a confidential advocate/advisor for student, staff and faculty victims of sexual violence. The announcement was made after UND and CVIC officials completed a memorandum of understanding, spelling [...]

NDPERS annual insurance open enrollment is through Nov. 7

The NDPERS annual open enrollment is Oct. 20 through Nov. 7.  A Perspectives newsletter with enrollment information was mailed to all eligible employees from NDPERS. Annual enrollment gives employees the opportunity to enroll for insurance coverage in plans for which they are not currently participating, add dependents and increase or decrease coverage levels. State Life [...]


ND Water Resources Research Institute seeks fellowship applicants

The North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute invites applications for its 2015 Graduate Research Fellowship program. NDSU and University of North Dakota graduate students who are conducting or planning research in water resources may apply for fellowships of varying duration, ranging from three months to one year. Fellowship award typically range from $800 to $1,000 [...]

Research ND grant applications due Nov. 21

The Division of Research & Economic Development wishes to remind research faculty that the Research North Dakota (RND) program has a deadline of Nov. 21, 2014 for its fifth cycle of applications.  There are subsequent deadlines, for example, Feb. 20, 2015. Applicants are also reminded that they must have a binding agreement concerning the disposition of intellectual [...]

Pre-proposals due Oct. 6 for NSF programs PIRE and ADBC

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 Barry Milavetz ( or 777.4280). Partnerships for International Research and [...]

Preproposals for NSF programs LSAMP and NHERI due Sept. 24

The National Science Foundation (NSF) 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). Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) #12-564 [...]

In the News»

Don Piper named to International Who’s Who

Don Piper, Associate Vice President Emeritus of Student and Outreach Services and Professor Emeritus of Educational Leadership, has been named to the International Who’s Who listing by Bristol in New York City at .

UND, Alerus Financial pioneer new professional practice program

The UND Center for Innovation Foundation, UND School of Entrepreneurship, and Alerus Financial are pleased to announce the launch of the “UND Entrepreneur Professional Practice Program sponsored by Alerus Financial.” Alerus Financial’s $50,000 gift to the UND Center for Innovation Foundation provides startups and ventures with the opportunity to receive full or partial reimbursement of [...]

Students, faculty from Denmark wrap up month-long visit

The University has been overrun by Danes– well, at least twelve of them. For nearly a month, UND has been playing the role of host to a Danish dozen — students and two faculty members, from the Skive Tekniske Skole in Denmark — providing them with a glimpse into American technology and entrepreneurship. The students [...]

UND’s Digital Press debuts with new work

The University of North Dakota Digital Press, the high-tech heir to the long defunct UND Press, is up and running. The Digital Press is an imaginative reinvention of the University press, bringing together the spirit of entrepreneurship and digital and new media savvy inherent in the humanities, according to Associate Professor of History William Caraher,  [...]

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Oct. 23 Taco in a bag fundraiser benefits Chris Larson, EERC

A taco in a bag free-will lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at EERC Discovery Hall will benefit Chris Larson, EERC Technology Development Operator, who was diagnosed with a serious illness. The North Dakota Association for the Disabled (NDAD) is serving as the fund custodian; for more information, please see [...]

Hurry . . . Join and/or support the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes on Oct. 25

Dr. Eric Johnson from the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, along with his wife Lisa, will match up to $1,000 of funds raised for Team UND at the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes on Saturday, Oct. 25. This is open to staff, faculty, students, friends of UND, families, and alumni. The Step [...]

2015 Denim Day funding applications available

Application forms for local non-profit organizations seeking 2015 Denim Day funding are now available on the Staff Senate Denim Day website at or by calling Cheri Williams, 777.2121. The application deadline is Nov. 15.  Please encourage your favorite local non-profit to apply now. — Cheri Williams, Staff Senate, Denim Day Committee Chair,, 777.2121.

Museum Cafe lists specials and TASTE: A dinner in the galleries with Chef Justin Welsh

Specials at the North Dakota Museum of Art for Oct. 21-24 follow. Tuesday: Biscuits and Gravy Wednesday: Lemon Chicken with artichoke mash Thursday: Beef Bourguignon Friday: Taco Salad Join us for TASTE: An evening in the galleries with Chef Justin Welsh, with the theme of “A Night with Julia.” Cost is $45 per person; call [...]

In Remembrance»

Remembering Elaine Metcalfe, TRIO Programs

Elaine Annette Metcalfe, former Director of TRIO Programs, passed away Sept. 16, 2014, in Grand Forks. Elaine was born in Seattle, Washington, to Emil and Ann [Oswell] Metcalfe. Her early years were spent there, until the family returned to the Turtle Mountain area of North Dakota to live on a farm north of Dunseith. She [...]

Remembering Peter Coe, retired Chief of Police

Peter A. Coe, retired Chief of Police and United States Army (retired) of Grand Forks, died Sept. 12, 2014,  at Valley Eldercare Center, Grand Forks. He was 83. Peter Ashbrook Coe was born Nov. 4, 1930, to Letcher Coe and Jean (Kelley) Marsh in Bronxville, N.Y.  After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. [...]

Remembering Lu Dudgeon

Lu Ann Mahrer –Dudgeon was born Oct. 15, 1956, in Park River, N.D., to Lorenz and Verna (Martinson) Mahrer. She grew up in Park  River and graduated from Park River high school. She graduated from UND in 1979 majoring in Home Economics. She married Mark Dudgeon in East Grand Forks on Oct. 27, 1980. She [...]

Remembering Elmer Schmiess

Elmer Gottfried Schmiess, 91, of Grand Forks passed away Sept. 11, 2014. Elmer was born March 1, 1923 in Munich, N.D., to Gottfried and Mary (Steinley) Schmiess. He married Dorothy Meyer on July 11, 1951. They celebrated 62 blessed years of marriage until Dorothy passed away six months ago. Elmer was devoted to his family [...]