University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

From Sandra Mitchell, AVP for Diversity and Inclusion: A Friendly Reminder about Halloween

October 14, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

Halloween can be a time to have fun as we dress up as characters very different from ourselves.  As you think about your costume this year, please be thoughtful about the impact your costume choice may have on others in our community. Sometimes costumes, including those sold by major retailers, may be offensive in their [...]

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Fall Graduation Expo scheduled for Oct. 22

The UND Fall Grad Expo will be held Wednesday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Loading Dock, Memorial Union. A visit to the Expo will be a one-stop information source for students graduating Dec. 22. The Registrar’s Office will be on hand with a list of students eligible to graduate. The UND Bookstore and [...]

Boren Scholarship presentation set for Oct. 22

Michael Saffle, a representative of the Boren Scholar program, will be at UND during the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 22, in an effort to recruit qualified UND students as candidates for Boren awards. The Boren program funds international study in countries where the language spoken is less commonly taught in the U.S. and yet critical [...]

Oct. 23 event celebrates Brekke Bygdebok Collection

The Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections has announced that its Arne G. Brekke Bygdebok Collection soon will surpass 1,500 volumes. That milestone includes several books currently on the way to UND from the Helgeland region of Nordland in Norway. To celebrate this milestone, an open house will be held in Special Collections, fourth [...]

Sixth Annual ND INBRE Undergraduate Research Symposium is Oct. 23

The sixth annual North Dakota INBRE Undergraduate Research Symposium is Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. ND INBRE is the North Dakota IDeA (Institutional Development Award) Network of Biomedical Research Excellence. The goal of ND INBRE is to build biomedical research capacity by serving research universities, baccalaureate institutions, and tribal colleges [...]


Financial aid information provided for advisors

Verifying student participation for failed or dropped courses, official withdrawals and unofficial withdrawals: Students who drop courses, officially withdraw, or unofficially withdraw will have their financial aid eligibility reviewed due to their change in enrollment. Federal regulations require that students who receive federal financial aid must attend or academically participate in the number of credits [...]

The United Way 2014 campaign runs through Nov. 7

UND’s 2014 United Way Campaign, “Telling Our Story: Live UNiteD,” kicked off Wednesday, Oct. 15. Last year, members of the UND family contributed just over $100,000 to support our local United Way and their partner agencies. This year’s campaign goal for the United Way of Grand Forks/East Grand Forks is to raise $1,075,000. In past [...]

NDPERS annual insurance open enrollment is through Nov. 7

The NDPERS annual open enrollment is Oct. 20 through Nov. 7.  A Perspectives newsletter with enrollment information was mailed to all eligible employees from NDPERS. Annual enrollment gives employees the opportunity to enroll for insurance coverage in plans for which they are not currently participating, add dependents and increase or decrease coverage levels. State Life [...]

Darin Lee named October U Shine recipient

Staff Senate is pleased to announce that the October U-Shine Award recipient is Darin Lee, Mailing Services Supervisor. He was nominated by Heidi Gerszewski. Here is what was said about Darin: “In the morning, I put a letter/bill into the stamped outgoing mail box in Twamley Hall, and later realized I had not stamped it. [...]


ND Water Resources Research Institute seeks fellowship applicants

The North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute invites applications for its 2015 Graduate Research Fellowship program. NDSU and University of North Dakota graduate students who are conducting or planning research in water resources may apply for fellowships of varying duration, ranging from three months to one year. Fellowship award typically range from $800 to $1,000 [...]

Research ND grant applications due Nov. 21

The Division of Research & Economic Development wishes to remind research faculty that the Research North Dakota (RND) program has a deadline of Nov. 21, 2014 for its fifth cycle of applications.  There are subsequent deadlines, for example, Feb. 20, 2015. Applicants are also reminded that they must have a binding agreement concerning the disposition of intellectual [...]

Pre-proposals due Oct. 6 for NSF programs PIRE and ADBC

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 Barry Milavetz ( or 777.4280). Partnerships for International Research and [...]

Preproposals for NSF programs LSAMP and NHERI due Sept. 24

The National Science Foundation (NSF) 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 ( or 777.4280). Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) #12-564 [...]

In the News»

UND, Alerus Financial pioneer new professional practice program

The UND Center for Innovation Foundation, UND School of Entrepreneurship, and Alerus Financial are pleased to announce the launch of the “UND Entrepreneur Professional Practice Program sponsored by Alerus Financial.” Alerus Financial’s $50,000 gift to the UND Center for Innovation Foundation provides startups and ventures with the opportunity to receive full or partial reimbursement of [...]

Students, faculty from Denmark wrap up month-long visit

The University has been overrun by Danes– well, at least twelve of them. For nearly a month, UND has been playing the role of host to a Danish dozen — students and two faculty members, from the Skive Tekniske Skole in Denmark — providing them with a glimpse into American technology and entrepreneurship. The students [...]

College of Engineering and Mines honors distinguished alumni

Three new members were inducted into the College of Engineering and Mines (CEM) Alumni Academy on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. The ceremony took place at a luncheon held in their honor at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks attended by more than 80 guests including Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley, UND President Robert Kelley, current Alumni [...]

UND Foundation eclipses $42.4 million in annual fundraising

DeAnna Carlson Zink, the CEO of the University of North Dakota Alumni Association and Foundation, announced another banner year for fundraising for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014. The Foundation and University had new gifts, pledges, grants and bequests that totaled $42.4 million, the fourth consecutive year that new business eclipsed $40 million. [...]

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Oct. 23 Taco in a bag fundraiser benefits Chris Larson, EERC

A taco in a bag free-will lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, at EERC Discovery Hall will benefit Chris Larson, EERC Technology Development Operator, who was diagnosed with a serious illness. The North Dakota Association for the Disabled (NDAD) is serving as the fund custodian; for more information, please see [...]

Museum Cafe lists specials and TASTE: A dinner in the galleries with Chef Justin Welsh

Specials at the North Dakota Museum of Art for Oct. 21-24 follow. Tuesday: Biscuits and Gravy Wednesday: Lemon Chicken with artichoke mash Thursday: Beef Bourguignon Friday: Taco Salad Join us for TASTE: An evening in the galleries with Chef Justin Welsh, with the theme of “A Night with Julia.” Cost is $45 per person; call [...]

Special Denim Day for annual Mortar Board Turkey Basket Drive is Oct. 23

There will be a Special Denim Day on Thursday, Oct. 23, to benefit the Quo Vadis Chapter of Mortar Board at UND with its 35th annual turkey basket drive. They plan to provide over 1,200 turkey baskets to families in the Greater Grand Forks area. Give what you can to your Denim Day site coordinator. [...]

USDA seeks volunteers for research studies

The USDA Human Nutrition Lab seeks volunteers for the following studies. Lifestyle Weight Control and Potato Consumption We invite you to join a study to evaluate the role of potato consumption in a lifestyle weight control program. The Breathe Light Study We are seeking volunteers to participate in a research study looking at how the [...]

In Remembrance»

Remembering Elaine Metcalfe, TRIO Programs

Elaine Annette Metcalfe, former Director of TRIO Programs, passed away Sept. 16, 2014, in Grand Forks. Elaine was born in Seattle, Washington, to Emil and Ann [Oswell] Metcalfe. Her early years were spent there, until the family returned to the Turtle Mountain area of North Dakota to live on a farm north of Dunseith. She [...]

Remembering Peter Coe, retired Chief of Police

Peter A. Coe, retired Chief of Police and United States Army (retired) of Grand Forks, died Sept. 12, 2014,  at Valley Eldercare Center, Grand Forks. He was 83. Peter Ashbrook Coe was born Nov. 4, 1930, to Letcher Coe and Jean (Kelley) Marsh in Bronxville, N.Y.  After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. [...]

Remembering Lu Dudgeon

Lu Ann Mahrer –Dudgeon was born Oct. 15, 1956, in Park River, N.D., to Lorenz and Verna (Martinson) Mahrer. She grew up in Park  River and graduated from Park River high school. She graduated from UND in 1979 majoring in Home Economics. She married Mark Dudgeon in East Grand Forks on Oct. 27, 1980. She [...]

Remembering Elmer Schmiess

Elmer Gottfried Schmiess, 91, of Grand Forks passed away Sept. 11, 2014. Elmer was born March 1, 1923 in Munich, N.D., to Gottfried and Mary (Steinley) Schmiess. He married Dorothy Meyer on July 11, 1951. They celebrated 62 blessed years of marriage until Dorothy passed away six months ago. Elmer was devoted to his family [...]