University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Founders Day banquet tonight honors faculty, staff

February 12, 2015 • Category: Lead Story

The University will honor 1,621.48 years of service to the University and the state of North Dakota, as well as outstanding faculty and departments at the 132nd Founders Day celebration Feb. 26 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The annual event celebrates the legislation that established UND in Grand Forks by the territorial government in 1883, [...]

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Essential Studies Assessment Week runs through Feb. 27

This year we will hold Essential Studies Assessment Week February 23-27. The assessments will be in Information Literacy and Quantitative Reasoning. Senior students who are enrolled in ES Capstone courses will be asked to participate. Capstone instructors, with support from the ES Office, will sign up students for time slots that will fit their schedules. [...]

UND Theatre presents ‘The Glory of Living’ through Feb. 28

UND Theatre presents Rebecca Gilman’s provocative drama, The Glory of Living, in the Burtness Lab Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Feb. 24-28. Set in the rural south, the play focuses on Lisa, a young woman wooed away from her unhappy home life by Clint, a charismatic car thief.  Their bad romance takes a dark [...]

Feb. 26 seminar focuses on improving epilepsy associated memory deficits

On Thursday, Feb. 26, Farah D. Lubin, Assistant Professor in the Neurobiology Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will present “Targeting Chromatin to Improve Epilepsy Associated Memory Deficits” at 4 p.m. in Clifford Haugen Lecture Bowl at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Lubin and her laboratory are investigating the molecular [...]

Feb. 26 panel will focus on ‘Post-Ferguson: The Community, Race, and Policing’

The Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies (CHRGS) will hold a panel discussion on race, policing and community response, occasioned by recent events in Ferguson, Mo., at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the East Asia Room of the Chester Fritz Library. Panelists include Michael Meyer, professor of criminal justice; Natasha Thomas, clinical assistant [...]


Meal Passes for Business Use policy announced

President Kelley signed UND policy 2.32, Meal Passes for Business Use, on Feb. 9. This is a new policy. Policy Statement: University of North Dakota (UND) departments may purchase meal plans and passes to University dining centers for use by employees for business purposes. Departments are required to document and track the business purpose of [...]

Scantron Scanning Software updated

The Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies (CILT) is pleased to announce that the test scoring (Scantron) software has been updated, and is now available. Many of you have already received reports and spreadsheets in the new format. The transmittal form has been updated with the new report options and is available on our website [...]

Staff Senate nominations due March 16

Staff Senate is the voice of staff at UND and we need you! Nominations are open March 2-16 for Staff Senate. Please consider nominating someone you think would be a good voice for staff. Self-nominations are encouraged and you may submit multiple nominations. Please contact Diane Hillebrand, 777.2808, or any Senator ( with any [...]

Science Day is Saturday, May 2

All students in Grades Five and Six are invited to “Science Day” on Saturday, May 2, at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks. The free event features hands-on learning experiences organized by medical students. Science Day is designed to stimulate children’s interest in science. Children will conduct [...]


Pre-proposals due Feb. 27 for NSF research traineeship program

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 by contacting or 777.4280. National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program [...]

Students invited to apply for EPSCoR undergraduate research program by March 5

Applications are invited for the ND EPSCoR Advanced Undergraduate Research (AURA) program at UND. The program provides undergraduate students with opportunities to experience research in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines normally supported by NSF at a point in their college careers when they need to make important decisions about their future. Student applications [...]

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 [...]

NASA Center Faculty Research Fellowship applications due Feb. 23

Applications are now being accepted from full-time, qualified STEM faculty in accredited U.S. colleges and universities inclusive of Minority Serving Institutions, for the summer 2015 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program (NGFFP). The ten-week Fellowship will begin on Monday, June 1, and end on Friday, Aug. 7. The Fellowship is open to U.S. citizens. Under-represented and [...]

In the News»

Yvonne Jonk published in Medical Care Journal

Yvonne Jonk, Assistant Professor at the Center for Rural Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, co-authored an article that was published in the February issue of  Medical Care Journal. The article discusses the effectiveness of health coaching to reduce health service expenditures. Dr. Jonk, a health economist whose research interests include insurance and [...]

Dale Morrison re-elected Chair of the Center for Innovation Foundation

The Trustees of the UND Center for Innovation Foundation elected Dale Morrison of New York and Naples, Fla. as their chairman for another three year term.  Morrison is co-founder of TriPointe Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm based in New York City. He was CEO and President of McCain Foods LTD of Toronto, [...]

Lego Tournament winners named

The University hosted this year’s North Dakota FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) robotics competition Feb. 7, and  the Barnes County North LEGO® robotics team, the “Bison Bots,” took top honors at this year’s competition. The Bison Bots are from North High School in Wimbledon, N.D. The win qualifies them to compete at one of the FIRST® [...]

Students named to North Dakota Intercollegiate Band

Eleven students from the University of North Dakota Wind Ensemble were named to the 14th annual North Dakota Intercollegiate Band, which performed Feb. 20 and 21 in Jamestown. Donald DeRoche, retired Director of Bands at DePaul University, served as this year’s guest conductor and clinician. Students participating from UND were Kassie Beaumont, bassoon (Janesville, Wisc.); [...]

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Denim Day is Friday, Feb. 27

Denim Day is Friday, Feb. 27. 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 [...]

AISES holds Indian taco sale March 4

UND AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) is having an Indian Taco Sale Wednesday, March 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until sold out), at American Indian Student Services, 315 Princeton. Please stop in! The price is $6 per taco; deliveries will not be available. — Hannah M. Balderas, UND AISES President

Leave donations sought for Megan Goulet

Voluntary donations of annual leave are sought for Megan Goulet, Snack Bar Attendant, Wilkerson Dining Center.  Please return completed donation of leave forms to Lola Conley, Dining Services, Stop 9033. Forms can be found at All donations are kept confidential. Thank you in advance for your generosity. — Dining Services.

Theatre programs offered for children age preschool through grade 8

The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre has hired Leah Page to direct the new after school theatre programs at the Fire Hall Theatre. Brooke Pesch will assist. The program will begin March 23, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. (snack time 3:30 – 3:45) for grades 6-8 and Wednesday, March 25, 3:15-5:15 p.m. for grades 3-5. During [...]

In Remembrance»

Remembering Mabel Curry

Mabel Curry, retired Associate Professor and Chair of Home Economics, died in January 2015 in Apple Valley, Minn. She was born Jan. 29, 1920, in Woodbine, Iowa. She earned an A.A. degree from Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa, in 1939; a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in 1941; and a master’s degree from the University [...]

Remembering Wayne Carl

Wayne A. Carl, retired flooring installer, 71, of Grand Forks passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Altru Hospital, Grand. Wayne A. Carl was born on Dec. 23, 1943 in Grand Forks, the son of Jess and Carrie (Frye) Carl. He graduated from Sacred Heart School in East Grand Forks. He married Susan Gerszewski. [...]

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 [...]