University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Community engagement awards presented

Community engagement awards were presented recently to the local United Way, the community of Buffalo, N.D., and the Department of Art and Design at a ceremony hosted by the Center for Community Engagement.

Other awards were presented to UND faculty and students at the annual Stone Soup Awards Program, which recognizes outstanding community and UND partnerships.  Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown and UND Vice President for University and Public Affairs Susan Walton helped Center Director Lana Rakow and Associate Provost Steven Light present the awards.

  • Bret Weber, Social Work, received the “Public Scholar Award” for his research on issues in Grand Forks, resulting in such initiatives as the Grand Forks Energy Alliance and the Community Land Trust, as well as for his current work understanding the social impact of the oil boom in western North Dakota.
  • Doris Wang, Nutrition and Dietetics, received the “Faculty Service-Learning Award.” Wang has been instrumental in incorporating service learning throughout the nutrition and dietetics program, which now requires all majors to complete a minimum of 60 hours a year of service learning.
  • Beatrice Hill, a UND senior with majors in secondary English education and Honors, received the “Undergraduate Student Civic Engagement Award.”  Hill has helped develop tutoring and mentoring programs for New American high school students.
  • Lori Young, Geography, received the “Graduate Student Civic Engagement Award” for her assistance with outreach programming for the Dakota Science Center and the UND Geography Department, while promoting service learning among other students.
  • The United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks, and Area received the “2012 Community Partner Award” for its work mobilizing community partners and involving UND faculty to support and address community needs.
  • Art and Design received the “Engaged Department Award.”  The department has taken the University’s Presidential Art Collections to the public, formalized a community partnership program with local organizations and businesses and brought faculty and graduate students to rural communities.
  • Hidemaru Shibata, a graduate student in business administration, received the “Paul V. Boswell Community Scholar Award” for his work as a student leader through the Pay It Forward Tour; Students Today, Leaders Forever; and peer mentoring and advising.  Paul Boswell had served as director of the UND Native Media Center until his death in 2006.
  • Bill Marcks and Liane Stout of Buffalo, N.D., accepted the “Community Connect Partner Award” for their community’s partnership with the Center’s “Community Connect” project, hosting a community-university forum in April for nearly 200 people, including 60 UND faculty, staff and students.

-- David L. Dodds, media relations/writer and editor, University Relations, 777.5529,

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