University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Task Force announced for UND nickname and logo consideration process

September 19, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

The University of North Dakota has announced the formation of a Task Force to participate in the development of a process for the potential adoption of a new nickname and logo. The University announced its intent to form such a group in July of this year.  North Dakota law provides that the earliest UND could [...]

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Murder mystery theatre production runs through Oct. 4

Gun shots ring out.  An actor lies dead.  Who done it?  Why, it just might be you. When the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre opens its 67th season, there’s murder afoot. The local community theatre is producing You Have the Right to Remain Dead by Pat Cook at the Fire Hall Theatre in downtown Grand [...]

Researcher presents “Physical Inactivity: The Biggest Public Health Problem,” Sept. 18

Steven N. Blair will present at SMHS Dean’s Hour. “Physical Inactivity: The  Biggest Public Health Problem of the 21st Century,” is at noon Thursday, Sept. 18, at the School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Reed Keller Auditorium. Lunch provided for all attendees. Dr. Blair has done extensive research using the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study on [...]

Annual lighting tour set for Sept. 18

The University of North Dakota Police Department and University Housing will conduct the annual Campus Lighting Tour, starting at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18.  The purpose of the tour is to assess the lighting on campus for the nighttime safety of UND faculty, staff, students, and visitors.  All members of the campus community are invited [...]

Childcare public information meeting set for Sept. 18

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Social Infrastructure will be holding a second public input meeting to discuss childcare on Thursday, Sept, 18, 6:30 – 8 p.m., at the Altru Family YMCA, 215 North 7th Street in Grand Forks. “The Commission is looking at various aspects of the social infrastructure–beyond roads and pipes–that affect us all [...]


Assessment reports due Oct. 15; assistance is available

Department chairs and unit directors received information from Carmen Williams, Office of Institutional Research, in August about changes to the process for assessment reporting. The deadline for assessment reports has not changed, and Oct. 15 remains the due date. Reports will be submitted through the same system as last year, and the link to the [...]

Parking Services provides overview of parking information for faculty and staff

Welcome back!  Parking Services is excited for the start of another great academic year.  The following contains important parking information to assist you throughout the year. Additional Service Vehicle Spaces The five parking spaces on Cornell Street, located outside the southwest corner of the Parking Ramp, have been converted to Service Vehicle Parking to serve [...]

Faculty invited to join study seminars

Faculty Study Seminars allow faculty with common interests to learn more about a teaching-related topic. This fall, the Office of Instructional Development will offer three. Each group meets four times a semester, at times mutually agreed to by participants, to read and discuss a teaching-related book (books provided by OID). Your only obligation is to [...]

New episode of Why? radio is now online

The newest episode of Why? Radio is now available online. “How to Think About Antisemitism” with Daniel Jonah Goldhagen can be found at Almost two decades ago, Daniel Goldhagen wrote a book about the holocaust that changed the entire discussion. For the first time, people were forced to consider how everyday Germans influenced the [...]


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 [...]

ND NASA Space Grant research proposals due Oct. 1

The North Dakota Space Grant Consortium (NDSGC) is now accepting proposals from faculty members at UND, NDSU, and all North Dakota affiliate institutions for research focus area (RFA) funding in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) field that is also NASA-relevant. UND and NDSU proposals must include collaboration and active participation with faculty and [...]

NSF pre-proposals due Sept. 12 for ESNO and Oct. 1 for Integrative Partnerships

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 at or 777.4280. EarthScope National Office (ESNO) #14-553 This solicitation [...]

Applications for NASA EPSCoR funding due Sept. 5

The North Dakota NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) solicits research proposals from faculty at the University of North Dakota (UND) and North Dakota State University (NDSU) to conduct NASA relevant research in one or more RFAs that are designed to promote and expand particular NASA research sub disciplines in North Dakota. The [...]

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Slavka Antonova publishes on ‘digital divide’

Professor of Communication Slavka Antonova recently published an article in the Journal of Power, Politics & Governance, an international publication of the American Research Institution for Policy Development. In the article, titled “Digital divide in global Internet governance: The ‘access’ issue area,” Antonova critically examines the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) – a venue supported by [...]

ND EPSCoR graduate assistant awardees named

The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) is pleased to announce the 2014 – 2015 Graduate Student Research Assistantship (GSRA) awards at the University of North Dakota. The goal of the GSRA program is to increase educational research opportunities for graduating seniors from the four North Dakota University System baccalaureate universities [...]

John Schneider named Interim Director of N.D. Small Business Development Center

Dean Margaret L. Williams is pleased to announce the appointment of John Schneider as Interim Director of the N,D, Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Schneider currently serves as Executive Director of the Agricultural Products Utilization Commission with the Department of Commerce. Schneider, who was raised on a farm near Knox, N.D., attended NDSU and received [...]

James Faircloth named MBA Program director

Dean Margaret L. Williams is pleased to announce the appointment of James Faircloth, Associate Professor of Marketing, as the MBA Program Director College of Business and Public Administration. “Our program and our students will benefit tremendously by having someone in this role with Dr. Faircloth’s depth and breadth of experience,” said Williams. “Not only is [...]

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Altru offers website with screening recommendations

Altru has a website with screening recommendations where you can move a colorful bar to your age. For Females:–visitors/wellness/tools/health-lifelines/womens-screenings For Males:–visitors/wellness/tools/health-lifelines/mens-screenings Check it out and make your appointments. You might be saving your own life. — Kim Ruliffson, coordinator of Workwell, Health & Wellness, 777.0210,

Instructors sought for OLLI@UND winter semester

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is UND’s lifelong learning program of courses, events, creative workshops, lectures and trips for adults 50 years and better. OLLI brings together a diverse, lively community of teachers and learners who together explore new areas of knowledge and traditional disciplines, challenging and fascinating subjects. There are no tests or [...]

Wear tennis shoes on Denim Days for your health and wellness

In keeping with UND’s Exceptional-UND strategic vision, UND Staff Senate Denim Days will incorporate two strategic priorities, Facilitate Collaboration and Enhance Quality of Life, this fall. UND Staff Senate, in conjunction with UND Work Well, encourages you to wear tennis shoes on Denim Days and take walks on your breaks for your health and wellness [...]

Global Friends Coalition informational meeting set for Sept. 24

Are you interested in learning more about the New American (refugees) community in the Greater Grand Forks area? Would  you like to know how Global Friends Coalition, a nonprofit organization, is serving almost 200 New Americans?  Global Friends Coalition will be on campus on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Memorial Room in the Memorial Union [...]

In Remembrance»

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 [...]

Remembering Mary Jane Schneider

Mary Jane Schneider, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Emerita of Indian Studies, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at the age of 73. Born June 10, 1941, in Manchester, N.H., she was the daughter of Alfred George Graves and Elizabeth Conboy Harris. She was reared in New Hampshire and a graduate of Laconia High School. She received [...]