University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Welcome Weekend schedule is online; all invited to Aug. 25 Convocation

August 18, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

Thank you to all staff and faculty who will help make Welcome Weekend a successful experience for new students and their families. The complete Welcome Weekend schedule is available at Please consider attending Convocation on Monday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Just as Commencement marks the culmination of each [...]

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Welcome event for new graduate students is Aug. 21

The School of Graduate Studies will also host an event open to all new students between 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21. We will have an information fair staffed by a number of key university offices and services, bus tour for those new to Grand Forks, and a social event. For more information visit [...]

Dong, candidate for Bioinformatics faculty position, presents seminar Aug. 21

Qunfeng Dong, Assistant Professor, University of North Texas, will present a seminar titled “From bioinformatics infrastructure to biological discovery,” on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Reed Keller Lecture Hall at the School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks. Dr. Dong is a candidate for the bioinformatics faculty position in the [...]

Doctoral examination for Jasi O’Connor is Aug. 21

The doctoral examination for Jasi O’Connor, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Educational Leadership, is set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, in room 347, Education Building. The dissertation title is In the Doorway Between Students and the Institution: Role Complexity in the Senior Student Affairs Officer Position. Margaret Healy (Educational Leadership) [...]

Doctoral examination for Brianna Crawford is Aug. 25

The doctoral examination for Brianna Crawford, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Clinical Psychology, is set for 2 p.m. Aug. 25 in 210 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is: Affect Dysregulation as a Mediator of the Relationship between Childhood Trauma and Comorbid Substance Use Disorder and Bulimia Nervosa. F. R. Ferraro [...]


Expect parking, street changes for Aug. 23 residence hall move-in

Parking Services and the Housing Office request your cooperation as students return to campus and move into the residence halls on opening weekend.  Parking will be temporarily restricted in the lots and streets noted below to alleviate some of the traffic congestion as a result of residence hall move-in. “A” Zone closures Friday, Aug. 22 [...]

Deadlines listed for 2015-16 online catalog

Following is information on 2015-2016 online catalog deadlines: To be sure the appropriate approval is obtained before the 2015-2016 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 [...]

Applications sought for staff mentoring program

Learning & Development is now accepting applications for the Staff Mentoring Program, kicking off Sept. 30. The Mentoring Program is a single cohort, nine-month program, which will run September through May each year. The minimum time requirement for participants is to attend an orientation session, a mid-point check-in session, a recognition event, and to meet [...]

Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies posts August, September workshops

The Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies has scheduled its monthly workshops for August and September. To learn about these and all other scheduled workshops, please go to . If you have a time conflict, are off campus, or cannot attend one of these sessions, contact the Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies for [...]


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 [...]

Research ND grant applications due Aug. 22

The Division of Research & Economic Development wishes to remind research faculty that the Research North Dakota (RND) program has a deadline of Aug. 22, 2014 for its fourth cycle of applications.  There are subsequent deadlines, for example, Nov. 21, 2014.  Applicants are also reminded that they must have a binding agreement concerning the disposition [...]

NSF program pre-proposals for CSBR and S-STEM due July 31

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 ( or 777.4280). Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) ― #14-564 The [...]

Neuroscience COBRE Pilot Grant Program proposals due July 18

UND Neuroscience COBRE Pilot Grant Program Second Round of Commercialization Proposals As part of our COBRE Phase III grant on neurodegenerative diseases, we are again inviting single- and multi-PI pilot grant proposals. The purpose of this pilot grant program is very specific: to encourage and facilitate neuroscience research leading to commercialization of research discoveries. The [...]

In the News»

Six football games, three volleyball matches featured on fall MidcoSN schedule

All University of North Dakota home football games, as well multiple key Big Sky Conference volleyball matches, will be broadcast live regionally as part of Midco Sports Network’s Fall 2014 schedule. MidcoSN’s fall schedule will feature six UND  football games, while the reigning Big Sky Conference volleyball champions will be featured three times. MidcoSN will [...]

Researchers publish article on UAS regulation

The attention of the national unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) community is regularly turning to UND’s  UAS efforts. Among the topics of greatest interest is the regulation of the research, deployment and use of UAS. Computer Science Ph.D. candidate Jeremy Straub and two colleagues — Joe Vacek, an attorney and associate professor of aviation at UND, [...]

‘Paw’ and order: First K-9 officer sworn in

University of North Dakota K-9 Police Officer “Ben,” a two-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, raised his right paw and wondered what all the hubbub was about. Cloaked in a specially modified bullet-proof vest, the dog, flanked by about a dozen of his fellow University Police Department (UPD) officer, took an oath of service to upload the [...]

Stofferahn awarded certificate for Outstanding Service by the Rural Sociological Society

Curtis Stofferahn, Professor of Sociology, was presented with a certificate and a plaque for Outstanding Service to the Rural Sociological Society at the honors and awards banquet of the Society held Saturday, Aug. 2, in New Orleans. Stofferahn served as secretary to the Society 2010-2013. Previously he had served for two years as elected council [...]

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Jewel and Randolph Education Technology Foundation donates computers and software

A Grand Forks-based foundation is ready to bolster educational opportunities in North Dakota and Jamaica by providing donated computers and software to schools and organizations lacking in technology. Since 2013, the foundation has donated 245 computers to areas in the state and abroad. The Jewel and Randolph Education Technology Foundation will make its next round [...]

Eric Johnson will share diabetes information Aug. 20

Learn the latest and greatest about insulin pumps and other news in diabetes. One of the most down-to-earth doctors in Grand Forks, Dr. Eric Johnson (Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine and Health Sciences) will share information at the 3rd Annual Stop Diabetes Educational Seminar and Kick Off Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 6:30 to [...]

Chester Fritz Library posts hours for summer intersession

Chester Fritz Library Hours for summer intersession, Aug. 9 – 24, follow: Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-10 and 16-17, closed Monday – Friday, Aug. 11 -15 and 18-22, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23 – 24, 1 – 5 p.m.

Health Sciences Library lists August hours

Hours for the Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences follow. Orientation week, Aug. 4-10: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Fall semester, Aug. 11-28 Monday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – midnight Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 [...]

In Remembrance»

Remembering James Rudd

James D. Rudd, faculty member in Sports Medicine and a certified athletic trainer, of  Hillsboro, died Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Altru Hospital after a brief illness. He was 63. Jim was born July 10, 1951 in Cranford, N.J., to James W. and Margaret F. Rudd. He graduated from Cranford High School in 1969 and [...]

Remembering Robert Fischer

Robert G. Fischer, (Bob), retired professor of microbiology, passed away on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 4000 Valley Square – Woodside Village, Grand Forks. He was 93.  Robert George Fischer was born on Oct. 17, 1920 in St Paul, Minn., to Frederick and Agnes (Cooney) Fischer. He graduated from Mechanic Arts High School, where he [...]

Remembering Wayne Parkin

Wayne C. Parkin, retired cabinet maker, East Grand Forks, passed away on Friday, July 25, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was 65. Wayne Charles Parkin was born June 29, 1949 in Crookston, Minn., to of Loren and Gertrude (Malha) Parkin. He grew up and attended school in Crookston, [...]

Remembering Robert “Bob” Bode

Robert (Bob) Allen Bode, who formerly taught in the Communication Program, passed away July 3, 2014, at age 65, in Bellingham, Wash., where he had resided for several years. Bob was born Aug. 31, 1948, to George Arthur and Eda Mae (Schmidt) Bode in Chamberlain, S.D. He graduated from Chamberlain High School in 1966 and [...]