University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

One-Stop Student Services grand opening is Oct. 7

September 30, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

One-Stop Student Services (One-Stop) will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its grand opening on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 12:30 p.m., with an open house to follow. The event will take place in One-Stop’s new office on the main floor of the Memorial Union, where the University Federal Credit Union was formerly located. [...]

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Let the celebración begin! Hispanic Heritage month takes place through Oct. 15

The Multicultural Student Services Program and the UND chapter of Organization of Latin Americans (OLA) is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, with a series of events on campus. OLA is an organization that encompasses diversity within the UND Latino American Community while also welcoming people of all races and ethnicities to celebrate [...]

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 [...]

Alum, graffiti artist returns to alma mater to unveil new art; reception is Sept. 30

The Humanities & Integrated Studies departments welcome artist, educator and alumnus Rich Patterson to campus, Friday, Sept. 26-Friday Oct. 3, to create a new graffiti art installation in the Integrated Studies Office and a visit with students. A public reception will be held to unveil Patterson’s new installation on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 4-6 p.m. [...]

‘Waiting for Godot’ opens UND Theatre season Sept. 30

UND Theatre opens its 2014-15 season with Samuel Beckett’s modern classic, Waiting for Godot.  Two charming bums wait for the mysterious Godot on a roadside by a tree in the hope that he will explain the meaning of their lives.  They fill the time with well-worn comic routines, poetic word play, and complaints abut their [...]


Departments are responsible for determining whether to purchase maintenance agreements

UND departments are responsible for deciding whether or not to purchase a maintenance agreement based on the cost/benefit. Beginning immediately, preventive maintenance agreements costing less than $5,000 are no longer required to be reviewed by the Purchasing Office.   These agreements will still need to be reviewed by General Counsel and have the appropriate approval per [...]

ICPSR’s “Bring Data to the Classroom” webinar focuses on using data for instruction

Bringing data into the classroom early (undergraduate) and often in support of quantitative literacy and just plain fun is the goal of these sessions. ICPSR hosts a wide variety of resources for instructors as well as several data tools that can be used to get students interested in data and data analysis without the intimidation [...]

There’s still time to take the EarthCycle Challenge

The University of North Dakota prides itself on sustainability. From institutions to people, efforts across campus showcase this commitment to a greener philosophy of life and healthier people. For Jaakko Putkonen, a faculty member in  the Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering, and about 70 other faculty members and students across campus, that [...]

Student Success Center offers Quick Tip Seminars and Workshops

The Student Success Center offers a variety of Quick Tip Seminars and longer workshops on time management and other study skills, such as notetaking, reading a college textbook, learning styles, studying for and taking tests, working in groups, and the five-day study plan. SSC staff will also visit your class, resident hall, fraternity/sorority, and or/student [...]


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 [...]

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 [...]

In the News»

David Whalen pens work on history of satellite communications

The new iPhone 6 is the latest buzz, jam packed with novel digital wizardry. You could say the genesis of this technology—imaginable but not doable 20 years ago—evolved from the beep-beep-beep of Sputnik. That was the world’s first artificial satellite, launched Oct. 4, 1957, by the Soviet Union. That launch triggered the “Space Race” and [...]

Mary Amundson receives national leadership award

The Fred Moskol Leadership Award was recently presented to Mary Amundson, assistant professor of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, at the National Rural Recruitment & Retention Network (3RNet) annual meeting in Denver. The award is given to a person who possesses outstanding leadership abilities, supports the mission of 3RNet and [...]

Intro to University Life classes team up with Red River Valley Community Action

Introduction to University Life classes are teaming up with Red River Valley Community Action (RRVCA) in a humanitarian effort to assist with the local Commodity Supplemental Food Program from Oct. 8-18. Ten sections of the class will be going to RRVCA to help package about 37,000 pounds of food.  Students may possibly deliver the food boxes [...]

Jane Croeker honored for excellence in public service

Jane Croeker, director of health and wellness promotion at the University of North Dakota, recently was among a handful of state employees to receive the North Dakota Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service in recognition of their dedication and contributions to the people of North Dakota. The awards were presented on behalf of Gov. [...]

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Alzheimer’s Support Group meets Oct. 4

The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at University Lutheran Church, 2122 University Ave. Please park on the street and enter in the side door; we meet in the room immediately to the left upon entering. — Sandra Wells, Clinical Assistant Professor, Nursing & Professional Disciplines    

Nonprofit Leadership Program flamingos ready to fly the coop

The University of North Dakota Nonprofit Leadership Student Association (NLSA) will  host a Flamingo Fundraiser through Oct. 22. Proceeds from this will benefit the Global Friends Coalition a local nonprofit that brings together individuals and organizations to foster refugee (New American) integration through work with New Americans and the Greater Grand Forks community. The event [...]

UND Community Music offers piano, string, and voice instruction

The Community Music Program offers piano, string, and voice instruction. Group and Private String Instruction We are pleased to announce the start of a group string lesson program. Students from age 6 through adult are invited to register for a 10-week course on either beginning violin or cello. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings [...]

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,

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 [...]