University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

SPEC awards mini-grants to seven programs

The Summer Programs and Events Council (SPEC) recently awarded $23,325.00 in mini-grants to seven camps and programs to aid in the expansion, redesign, and creation of their summer courses and programs. The Start-Up Mini-Grant Program funding is used to support faculty and staff in the development, marketing and start-up costs of summer on-campus programming.

The Summer 2013 awarded projects are:

Ceramics Course
Arts and Sciences – 1st year funding
Wesley Smith, assistant professor, Art and Design

ENTR 395 Cultural Entrepreneurship
Business and Public Administration – 1st year funding
La Royce Batchelor, instructor, Entrepreneurship

Plant Science and Gardening for Elementary Teachers
Education and Human Development – 1st year funding
Lars Helgeson, professor, Teaching and Learning

Processing Programming Camp
Computer Science Department – 1st year funding
Tom Stokke, assistant professor, Computer Science

North Dakota Flickertail Girls State
Political Science Department – 2nd year funding
Dana Harsell, director of Government, Political Science

Conflict Transformation Certificate
Conflict Resolution Center and Department of Psychology – 3rd year funding
Kristine Paranica, director, Conflict Resolution Center

UND Rural Collaborative Opportunities for Occupational Learning in Health (R-COOL-Health) Scrubs Academy, Center for Rural Health – 3rd year funding
Lynette Dickson, director, State Office of Rural Health

The Summer Programs and Events Council’s mission is to promote all summer events, programs, and courses to the greater Grand Forks community and beyond while providing leadership and logistical support for summer programming.

For more information about the Summer Programs and Events Council, visit

-- Brenda Dufault, summer programs and events coordinator, Extended Learning, 777.0841,

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