University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

UND Nickname Committee Announced

March 3, 2015 • Category: Lead Story

The University of North Dakota has announced the formation of a new Nickname Committee to facilitate the selection of a permanent nickname. This is the continuation of the work begun by the Nickname and Logo Process Recommendation Task Force that met during the fall of 2014. Using that Task Force’s recommendations as a starting point, [...]

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March 6 Chemistry Seminar discusses chiral lithium amides

The Chemistry Department will hold a seminar March 6 from noon to 1 p.m. in 138 Abbott Hall. Armen Zakarian from University of California Santa Barbara will discuss “Methods and Applications of Chiral Lithium Amides.” All are welcome.

Bookstore holds Dr. Seuss Event with special guest The Cat in the Hat March 7

The UND Bookstore will hold a Dr. Seuss Event with special guest The Cat in the Hat on Saturday March 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Come One! Come All! To the UND Bookstore for a Dr. Seuss Read Across American Day with special guest the Cat in the Hat! Come for FUN, come [...]

Wind Ensemble, University Band perform concert March 8

The University of North Dakota Wind Ensemble and University Band, conducted by James Popejoy, will present a concert Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Tickets, available at the door, are $6 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, or $12 per family. The Wind Ensemble will open their portion [...]

March 8 Writers Conference 101 features work by Gish Jen

The next University of North Dakota Writers Conference 101 is set for March 8, at Ferguson Books and Media. The focus of this session will be on “In American Society” from Who’s Irish? and an excerpt from “Art, Culture, and Self,” by Gish Jen. The session will be led by Sheila Liming, assistant professor in [...]


Faculty can receive feedback on teaching

It’s not too late to make plans to use the SGID (Small Group Instructional Diagnosis) method for receiving midterm feedback from students in your classes. The SGID process, facilitated by a trained faculty colleague, is a method of soliciting student perceptions about the progress of their learning. Since it is conducted by an outsider to [...]

Nominations due March 20 for Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Awards

Nominations are being sought for the Charles E. Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Awards. The awards recognize the achievements of an individual and an organization who have worked to improve health and wellness through lowered rates of disease and disability by developing and delivering effective health promotion and prevention initiatives. Named for former UND President [...]

North Dakota Quarterly seeks micro-fiction submissions

North Dakota Quarterly is accepting submissions for a special pocket-sized issue that will feature fiction and poetry from writers throughout the state. The focus of this “mobile” issue will be micro-fiction (stories of 150 words or less) and short poetry. We are looking for fresh, fun, and fast literature that can tell a story in [...]

Complimentary ticket website available for benefited faculty and staff

Human Resources has created a page on their website for announcing complimentary tickets that are available to UND benefited faculty and staff.  This page can be accessed at  or go to the Human Resources webpage, click Employees in the orange section, then click on Complimentary Ticket Giveaway. When complimentary tickets are available (usually one [...]


Students invited to apply for EPSCoR undergraduate research program by March 5

Applications are invited for the ND EPSCoR Advanced Undergraduate Research (AURA) program at UND. The program provides undergraduate students with opportunities to experience research in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines normally supported by NSF at a point in their college careers when they need to make important decisions about their future. Student applications [...]

ND EPSCoR small award opportunities available

A reminder to all tenured and tenure-track STEM faculty: ND EPSCoR has funds available for small research and equipment awards up to $2,500. To apply for ND EPSCoR small awards, please email Mark Hoffmann or mail a request letter to the ND EPSCoR office stating the nature of your request and the amount that you [...]

NASA Center Faculty Research Fellowship applications due Feb. 23

Applications are now being accepted from full-time, qualified STEM faculty in accredited U.S. colleges and universities inclusive of Minority Serving Institutions, for the summer 2015 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program (NGFFP). The ten-week Fellowship will begin on Monday, June 1, and end on Friday, Aug. 7. The Fellowship is open to U.S. citizens. Under-represented and [...]

Pre-proposals due Jan. 13 for NSF program on scalable nanomanufacturing

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. Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) #15-507 The National Science Foundation [...]

In the News»

Student Success Center makes improvements for veterans

In an effort to better serve the University of North Dakota’s veteran and nontraditional* student populations, the UND Student Success Center welcomes Jessica Rosencrans, the new veteran & nontraditional student services coordinator. The Student Success Center is located on the second floor of the UND Memorial Union. In addition, with support from Lori Reesor, vice [...]

Yvonne Jonk published in Medical Care Journal

Yvonne Jonk, Assistant Professor at the Center for Rural Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, co-authored an article that was published in the February issue of  Medical Care Journal. The article discusses the effectiveness of health coaching to reduce health service expenditures. Dr. Jonk, a health economist whose research interests include insurance and [...]

UND Aerospace Dean Bruce Smith announces 2016 retirement

Bruce Smith, dean of the University of North Dakota’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, has announced that he will retire next year. Smith has indicated his willingness to remain in his position to assist with the search for a new dean through June 30, 2016, unless the new dean assumes the position before that [...]

Dale Morrison re-elected Chair of the Center for Innovation Foundation

The Trustees of the UND Center for Innovation Foundation elected Dale Morrison of New York and Naples, Fla. as their chairman for another three year term.  Morrison is co-founder of TriPointe Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm based in New York City. He was CEO and President of McCain Foods LTD of Toronto, [...]

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Health Sciences Library offers extended hours March 6, 7

The Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences will be open extended hours this weekend. Hours are: Friday, March 6, 7:30 a.m.  to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Chester Fritz Library posts hours for Spring Break

Chester Fritz Library hours for Spring Break follow. Friday, March 13, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, closed Sunday, March 15, closed Monday, March 16 – Friday, March 20, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, closed Sunday, March 22, 1 p.m. to midnight (regular semester hours resume)

Dust off your violin or cello and play with the UND Community Orchestra; register by March 9

The UND Community Orchestra, an adult amateur string orchestra, will start Thursday, March 12. This program from UND Community Music invites adult string players of all levels to gain ensemble experience with our new string orchestra program. Additional details and program registration is available on the Community Music website . Contact Kara Hartten at 203.449.9799 [...]

USDA seeks volunteers for research studies

The USDA Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center seeks volunteers for the following studies. Fat burning after a meal We are seeking volunteers to participate in a research study looking at how the addition of a sugary drink with your meal will change the rate in which your stomach empties and how your body uses [...]

In Remembrance»

Remembering Mabel Curry

Mabel Curry, retired Associate Professor and Chair of Home Economics, died in January 2015 in Apple Valley, Minn. She was born Jan. 29, 1920, in Woodbine, Iowa. She earned an A.A. degree from Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa, in 1939; a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in 1941; and a master’s degree from the University [...]

Remembering Wayne Carl

Wayne A. Carl, retired flooring installer, 71, of Grand Forks passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Altru Hospital, Grand. Wayne A. Carl was born on Dec. 23, 1943 in Grand Forks, the son of Jess and Carrie (Frye) Carl. He graduated from Sacred Heart School in East Grand Forks. He married Susan Gerszewski. [...]

Remembering Manuchair “Mike” Ebadi

Dr. Manuchair “Mike” Ebadi, retired Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, associate vice president for health affairs at UND, associate dean for research and program development, and director of the Center for Excellence in Neurosciences at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, passed away Jan. 19, 2015, at his residence in Laguna Niguel, Calif., at age [...]

Remembering Agnes Shurr

Agnes G. Shurr, retired Professor of Nursing, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in Valley Memorial Home Eldercare, Grand Forks. Agnes Shurr was born on Oct. 18, 1915, to Fredrick and Helen Shurr, on a farm in Elmo Township, Bottineau County, N.D. She graduated from high school in Glenburn, N.D. After graduating from Glenburn High School [...]