University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

President Kelley will give State of the University address Feb. 4

January 27, 2015 • Category: Lead Story

President Robert O. Kelley will give his annual State of the University Address at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. All are welcome.

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Events continue for Love Your Body Week

The Women’s Center, along with Health and Wellness Hub, Housing, and Multicultural Student Services, will host a week of events to celebrate Love Your Body Week. Remaining events follow. Thursday, Jan. 29: “Fabulous Fondue,” 11 .a.m – 1 p.m. Indulge in chocolate fondue at the Memorial Union. Thursday, Jan. 29: Glow in the Dark Zumba, [...]

Jan. 29 panel discussion to focus on recent Paris shootings

The UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies (CHARGES) will hold panel discussion on human rights, free speech and religion, occasioned by the recent shootings in Paris, from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, in the Grand Forks Herald Community Room, in the Herald building in downtown Grand Forks. Charlie Hebdo is a [...]

African Arts Festival will be held Jan. 30

Amoussa Koriko, Ph.D. student, Educational Foundations & Research, is the organizer of  organizer of  “Africa in Our Own Words and Colors,” an African Arts Festival hosted by African Arts Arena, 6:30 p.m.,Friday, Jan. 30, at the Empire Arts Center, downtown Grand Forks. Koriko, a Grand Forks-based playwright winner of one of this year’s UND Civic Engagement [...]

Jan. 30 retirement reception honors Cheryl Brooks

Cheryl Brooks, Disability Specialist at Disability Services for Students, will retire Feb. 2 after nearly 23 years of service with the University. Please join us for a retirement reception in her honor on Friday, Jan. 30, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Fireside Lounge.


Abstracts due Jan. 30 for Scholarly Forum

The School of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the call for abstracts for the 2015 Scholarly Forum, to be held at the Memorial Union, March 10 & 11, 2015. Abstracts are due Jan. 30. We encourage submissions from graduate students and faculty that include collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. We will also plan to accommodate [...]

Student Success Center hosts ‘Staying on Track’ series

The Student Success Center will be hosting a ​”Staying on Track” series,focusing on improving student study skills. These sessions will be held in the Memorial Union during the spring semester. The series is designed to teach students helpful study tips that they can use in their collegiate careers. There will be four opportunities to attend: Jan. 26, Feb. 24, [...]

Wilkerson Dining Center closes March 13; meal service transitions to Smith Hall March 23

The new Wilkerson Hall is quickly progressing and will take its place this fall as another fresh face along University Avenue. Thank you to our residents who have positively managed the change in their dining center to make room for a bigger and brighter student gathering space. Contractors will soon reach the stage where they [...]

New forms should be used for keys and electronic door access

The forms for requesting keys and electronic door access have been revised and combined.  A new form has also been created for notification of lost or stolen keys and electronic door access devices.  The new forms are available on the Facilities Management Forms page at and on the Electronic Door Access page at [...]


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 [...]

Pre-proposals due Feb. 9 for NSF programs in ethical STEM and research experiences for teachers

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 or 777.4280. Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) [...]

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 [...]

Pre-proposals due Jan. 15 for ND NASA EPSCoR program

ND NASA EPSCor (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) is calling for preliminary proposals for the latest NASA EPSCoR CAN solicitation which can be found here. Proposals should be limited to three pages and sent to coordinator Caitlin Nolby no later than Jan. 15. Please contact her or Santhosh Seelan if you have any questions.

In the News»

Medical students receive scholarships for 2014–2015

A total of $371,705 in scholarships has been awarded to 135 medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences for the 2014–2015 academic year. Funds for the scholarships come from various private sources, endowments and scholarship funds. Scholarships for 2014–2015 (Listed alphabetically by hometown then last name) Fourth-year student [...]

UND lands 51 student-athletes on Big Sky Fall All-Academic Team

Fifty-one UND  student-athletes were named to the Big Sky Conference 2014 Fall All-Academic Team released this afternoon by the conference. UND’s honorees were highlighted by a league-leading nine from the women’s cross country team, as well as nine from the men’s conference team, which tied for the most in the conference. UND also had 16 [...]

Why? Radio featured in Chronicle of Higher Education

Why? Radio is currently featured in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Chronicle is The New York Times of higher education – the most important trade publication in the business. It is read by virtually every administrator and the vast majority of faculty. The article can be found at the Chronicle website [...]

UND’s online programs stand out in affordable college rankings

The University of North Dakota is sporting high marks when it comes to extended learning and online-education delivery., a prominent repository for online education news and information, in its most recent rankings, lists UND  14th in “Best Online Psychology Degree,” 23rd in “Best Colleges Online,” and 23rd in “Best Online Communications Degrees.” The rankings [...]

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Denim Day is Friday, Jan. 30

Denim Day is Friday, Jan. 30. Pay $1 to your site coordinator and enjoy going casual for local non-profit organizations. If your office allows you to wear denim all the time, consider still giving $1 on Denim Days. Donations go to very good causes. Checks, if any, must be made out to “Denim Day.” All [...]

Feb. 10 health screening open to staff, faculty and spouses/partners

A health screening is open to staff, faculty and spouses/partners on Feb. 10 at the EERC (east end of campus). Appointments last about 40 minutes and are from 7 to 10 a.m. You or your spouse/partner can make an appointment by clicking this link . Sanford Clinic and the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines [...]

Theatre Workshops for grades 1-8 will be held at Fire Hall Theatre

Play Days are a great way for children, grades 1-8, to enjoy theatre games and create a live stage play they will perform for parents and friends that very day. Play Days go from 1-5 p.m. when the Grand Forks schools are out of session. Children have the chance to explore an American Indian story [...]

UND Community Music offers violin and cello lessons

Community Music at UND is pleased to announce the upcoming start of a Class 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 at the Hughes Fine Art Center, and students will be grouped by age and [...]

In Remembrance»

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 [...]

Remembering Robert Nordlie

Robert Nordlie, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, died Jan. 8, 2015. Robert C. Nordlie was born June 11, 1930, in Willmar, Minn., to Peter and Myrtle (Spindler) Nordlie, and grew up in New London, Minn. He earned a B.S. in Education from St. Cloud Teachers College in 1952, served two years [...]

Remembering John Oberpriller

John Oberpriller, retired Professor of Anatomy, died Jan. 4, 2015 in Eagan, Minn., with his family by his side. He was 79. He was born in St. Croix Falls, Wisc., and raised in Newport, Minn. He received his BA in biology from St. John’s University, his master’s degree in zoology from the University of Illinois, [...]