University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

UND is key player in federally mandated UAS testing program

April 23, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Monday, April 21, that North Dakota is the first of the six test sites chosen to perform unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research to go live. The announcement of the Certificate of Authorization (COA) to the N.D. Department of Commerce was made by FAA Administrator Michael [...]

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‘The Last of the Boys’ runs through May 3

The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre has a truly immersive theatre event coming up.. Steven Dietz’s play The Last of the Boys begins, running Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 20, at 2 p.m. through May 3. The play revolves around the 30-year friendship of two Vietnam veterans and the estrangement of a father [...]

Register by April 28 for On Teaching: Assessing and Improving Your Own Teaching

The next On Teaching Seminar, “Assessing and Improving Your Own Teaching,” takes place Wednesday, April 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Badlands Room of the Memorial Union.  Breakfast is provided. Each semester faculty members in higher education take on teaching duties. For most, this is a recurring task. For the majority, it [...]

Speaker will discuss black female mobility and authority April 22

The Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Speaker Series and Department of English present Gary Totten, professor of English, North Dakota State University, giving a talk titled “Bodies of Knowledge: Black Female Mobility and Authority in Zora Neale Hurston’s Tell My Horse,” on April 22 at 4 .p.m in the East Asia Room, Chester Fritz Library. In [...]

Global Visions Film Series continues Tuesday with ‘A Hijacking’

The Global Visions Film Series continues Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. with A Hijacking in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The Series this spring explores a variety of themes that include the richness of human connection and relationships, the wonder and inspiration to be found in the natural world, the compassion and complexity of [...]


Cheryl Kingsbury is April U-Shine winner

Staff Senate is pleased to announce that the April U-Shine Award recipient is Cheryl Kingsbury, Instructor/Coordinator and Program Assistant, TRIO Programs. She was nominated by Kris Pavlish. The U-Shine Award is presented monthly to a UND staff member who went out of his or her way to make UND a better place. All U-Shine Award [...]

Pre-proposals for NSF programs HPCSA and IRNC due May 1, 16

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 emailing or calling 777.4280. High Performance Computing System Acquisition: Continuing [...]

Faculty member seeks geosciences participants for classroom observation project

Matt Gilmore, a faculty member in the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences Department of Atmospheric Sciences, seeks UND faculty participants willing to be observed for the Classroom Observation Project (COP). Recently certified as a COP observer, Gilmore joins a team of 35 faculty from around the country who are conducting a study of [...]

May 5 webinar will focus on Building Restricted-Use Data Support Services

Join us for a webinar  on Building Restricted-Use Data Support Services at 11 a.m. May 5, or look for this webinar by title on YouTube following the webinar date. Space is limited. Reserve your webinar seat now at The purpose of this webinar is to provide an introduction to developing restricted-use data support services. [...]


Info provided for faculty with summer grant, cooperative agreement or contract funding

The following is being provided for faculty with nine-month appointments and being paid on a grant, cooperative agreement or contract during the summer. • Faculty with nine-month contracts may be employed for up to three full months’ salary on research grants or other sponsored program activities provided the sponsoring agency’s rules do not prohibit such [...]

Pre-proposals due May 1, 16 for NSF programs HPCSA and IRNC

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 emailing or calling 777.4280. High Performance Computing System Acquisition: Continuing [...]

Research North Dakota grant applications due May 23

The Division of Research & Economic Development wishes to remind research faculty that the Research North Dakota (RND) program has a deadline of May 23, 2014 for its third cycle of applications.  There are subsequent deadlines, for example, August 22, 2014. Applicants are also reminded that they must have a binding agreement concerning the disposition [...]

UND researchers invited to submit posters to NDSU Bio-Industry Action Summit

Members of the UND bioscience research community are invited to report on or promote your work by displaying a poster at the Future of the Bio-Industry Action Summit – Feed, Fuel, Heal and Build the World being held at NDSU on May 21. The focus is broad including bio-energy, bio-products, bio-materials, bio-chemicals, bio-technology, bio-medical and [...]

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Finalists unveiled for 2013-14 UND Athletics awards

On May 3, the University will announce its 2013-14 all-sports award recipients at the annual Athletics Spring Awards Program. This afternoon, UND Athletics unveiled the finalists for each of the awards. Glenn “Red” Jarrett Male Athlete of the Year Greg Hardin, Football (Senior, Wide Receiver) Troy Huff, Basketball (Senior, Guard) Shawn Johnson, Track & Field [...]

Studio One interns receive regional awards

Every year, journalists from across the Midwest gather for two days of training, awards ceremonies, and networking in Bloomington, Minn. This year, Studio One had 10 interns attend the Midwest Journalism Conference. While at the conference, students were able to attend workshops and network with potential employers. In addition to attending the conference, interns also [...]

Jodi Bergland Holen receives Danley Professorship

The College of Education & Human Development (EHD) is pleased to announce that Jodi Bergland Holen has been selected as the second recipient of the Elnora Danley Endowment Award. Dr. Bergland Holen, an associate professor in secondary education in the Teaching & Learning Department, will be establishing a participatory action research with teachers in several [...]

Frank Low Research Day award winners named

We want to thank all of you who participated in making the 34th Annual Frank Low Research Day a success. We appreciate the high level of participation by students, faculty, and staff at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Special thanks to UND Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of [...]

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Free swimming lessons offered to UND community April 25

The UND Swimming and Diving teams will offer a free 30 minute swimming lesson to interested university employees and their families and/or children. The lessons will take place on Friday April 25, from  4 to 8 p.m.  A University ID or parking pass is required for verification. RSVP to is preferred. — Christopher Maiello, Head Coach, [...]

Wellness survey will be e-mailed to all benefited staff and faculty

The University of North Dakota is emailing a survey, “Campus climate, health status, and wellness needs” to all benefited staff and faculty in the next few days. You may also take the survey at . This is done every two to three years and helps tailor health and wellness initiatives for UND. The survey takes [...]

Museum Cafe offers $5 menu

Stop by the North Dakota Museum of Art Museum Cafe for one of the cheapest, and yummiest lunches in town. Located across from Twamley Hall and next to the ROTC building, the Museum Cafe has a mix and match $5 menu now available. Sandwiches, salads, soups, and other sides are available. We also have small [...]

Registration open for summer soccer camps

Registration is now open for two camps that will be hosted by the North Dakota soccer team this summer, a co-ed day camp running June 9-12 and a high school girls individual camp running July 8-11. The co-ed day camp, June 9-12, is for boys and girls in grades K-8. The camp will run from [...]

In Remembrance»

Remembering Cynthia Kordecki

Cynthia Gail Kordecki, 64, of Grand Forks, died February 21, 2014. Born May 2, 1949, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, she was  the daughter of Ferne (Clough) and Frank Kordecki. She received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and theology from Marquette University in 1971, and a master’s in geography from UND in 1992. She worked for Anthropology [...]

Remembering Joanne Baglien

Joanne Laree Baglien, 81, Strongsville, Ohio, and formerly of Grand Forks, died Jan. 9, 2014 at Southwest General Hospice in Strongsville, Ohio.  Joanne Tobiason was born Jan. 1, 1933, at Crookston, Minn., to Adolph and Georgia (Trump) Tobiason. She lived in Gilby, Hatton, and moved to Grand Forks in 1944. She graduated from Central High [...]

Remembering Robert Beck

The School of Law shares the saw news of the passing of former faculty member Robert E. Beck, who died Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis,  at the age of 76.  Professor Beck last visited Grand Forks this past fall during UND’s Homecoming to celebrate UND School of Law alumnus Owen [...]

Remembering Donald Naismith

Donald P. Naismith, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Grand Forks, died Jan. 16 in Northwood Deaconess Health Center.  He was 82. Donald Porter Naismith was born on April 22, 1931 to Sylvia (Porter) and Merle R. Naismith in Lakota, North Dakota. Donald and wife, Shirley (Drake) were married on January 28, 1953 would have celebrated [...]