University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Winners announced for Exceptional UND photo contest

“Smile UND!”

That’s likely what bunch of exceptionally inspired photographers might have been uttering over the past few weeks as they trekked campus hoping to snatch that perfect shot.  At the same time, others scoured through personal photo archives on a similar mission – to find images that encapsulated the spirit of the University of North Dakota and to “Show the HLC what makes UND exceptional.”

Their photos – 79 in all – were submitted as part of UND’s “Exceptional UND photo contest,” in celebration of the school’s 100th anniversary of continuous accreditation by the Higher Learnin

g Commission (HLC).  The campus community voted by “liking” on Facebook their favorites in five categories that mirror the five tenets of UND President Robert Kelley’s “Exceptional UND” strategic vision: Experience, Gather, Collaborate, Expand, and Enhance. Voting wrapped up last Friday.

There were 3,265 votes recorded and the winners were announced in Tuesday morning’s edition of The Dakota Student newspaper. Each winner received a $50 gift card to the UND Bookstore and all submitters received an Exceptional UND t-shirt.

  • The UND Office of International Programs submitted the winning photo in the “Gathering” category. The photo depicts performers at an Indian culture night. It received 57 likes.
  • UND Student Stephanie Britton won in the “Enhance” category. Britton’s photo of The UND Pride of the North marching band received 52 likes on Facebook.
  • UND faculty member Sam Gereszek won in the “Expand” category with a photo of UND’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps program. The photo received 207 Facebook likes.
  • UND student Emily Ramage’s photo of the UND Hockey Cheer Team won in the “Collaboration” category with 99 likes on Facebook.
  • Abhilasha Bhatia won in the “Experience” category of the photo contest with an image of a family at a culture night. It garnered 292 Facebook likes.

As part of ongoing preparation for the HLC site visit later this month, UND campus community was encouraged to take part in the photo contest. Their different perspectives will serve as a collective portrait of the University and will play a key role in the HLC reaccreditation process. The contest also has raised student awareness of the importance of the HLC visit.

In addition to having their photo featured in The Dakota Student, contest winners can expect to see their photos displayed across campus as a welcome to the HLC as they conduct their site visit on Oct. 28-30.

The Exceptional UND photo contest is sponsored in part by the UND Bookstore and The Dakota Student.