University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

UND is key player in federally mandated UAS testing program

April 23, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced Monday, April 21, that North Dakota is the first of the six test sites chosen to perform unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research to go live. The announcement of the Certificate of Authorization (COA) to the N.D. Department of Commerce was made by FAA Administrator Michael [...]

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‘The Last of the Boys’ runs through May 3

The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre has a truly immersive theatre event coming up.. Steven Dietz’s play The Last of the Boys begins, running Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 20, at 2 p.m. through May 3. The play revolves around the 30-year friendship of two Vietnam veterans and the estrangement of a father [...]

Register by April 28 for On Teaching: Assessing and Improving Your Own Teaching

The next On Teaching Seminar, “Assessing and Improving Your Own Teaching,” takes place Wednesday, April 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Badlands Room of the Memorial Union.  Breakfast is provided. Each semester faculty members in higher education take on teaching duties. For most, this is a recurring task. For the majority, it [...]

Students take part in April 24 Honors Program undergraduate research conference

The Honors Program will present its 15th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference on Thursday, April 24, in the Memorial Union from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public. At this year’s conference, 25 students will present the results of multi-semester independent research projects. Each student works closely with a faculty [...]

MFA reception for Lisa York is April 24

The MFA lecture by student Lisa York is set for 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 22. The artist reception will be at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Hughes Fine Art building gallery.


Faculty and administrative staff invited to participate in Commencement May 17

Faculty and administrative staff are encouraged to march in the General Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 17. The ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Alerus Center. Faculty and administrative staff are asked to wear academic regalia, report to the Robin Room at the Alerus Center, and then assemble in the Ballroom no later [...]

Tickets available for May 13 Staff Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon

Human Resources and Payroll Services are proud to announce the 2014 Staff Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon, which will take place on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Tickets, $5 per person, will be available for purchase at Human Resources, 313 Twamley Hall, beginning Wednesday, April 23. [...]

Facilities supply room to be closed April 24

The Facilities Central Warehouse Supply Room will be closed all day for our annual inventory on Thursday, April 24.

Cheryl Kingsbury is April U-Shine winner

Staff Senate is pleased to announce that the April U-Shine Award recipient is Cheryl Kingsbury, Instructor/Coordinator and Program Assistant, TRIO Programs. She was nominated by Kris Pavlish. The U-Shine Award is presented monthly to a UND staff member who went out of his or her way to make UND a better place. All U-Shine Award [...]


Info provided for faculty with summer grant, cooperative agreement or contract funding

The following is being provided for faculty with nine-month appointments and being paid on a grant, cooperative agreement or contract during the summer. • Faculty with nine-month contracts may be employed for up to three full months’ salary on research grants or other sponsored program activities provided the sponsoring agency’s rules do not prohibit such [...]

Pre-proposals due May 1, 16 for NSF programs HPCSA and IRNC

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 emailing or calling 777.4280. High Performance Computing System Acquisition: Continuing [...]

Research North Dakota grant applications due May 23

The Division of Research & Economic Development wishes to remind research faculty that the Research North Dakota (RND) program has a deadline of May 23, 2014 for its third cycle of applications.  There are subsequent deadlines, for example, August 22, 2014. Applicants are also reminded that they must have a binding agreement concerning the disposition [...]

UND researchers invited to submit posters to NDSU Bio-Industry Action Summit

Members of the UND bioscience research community are invited to report on or promote your work by displaying a poster at the Future of the Bio-Industry Action Summit – Feed, Fuel, Heal and Build the World being held at NDSU on May 21. The focus is broad including bio-energy, bio-products, bio-materials, bio-chemicals, bio-technology, bio-medical and [...]

In the News»

UND again named a ‘Green College’ by Princeton Review

The University of North Dakota is one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review ( The education services company known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings and guidebooks once again is profiling UND, this time, it the fifth annual edition of its [...]

Caraher, Weber to excavate legendary Atari ‘burial ground’

Archeology: digging up the ancient past, right? “Not always,” said University of North Dakota historian and archeologist Bill Caraher. With Bret Weber, Social Work, Caraher heads to New Mexico next week as part of a team that’s going to dig up a site that’s a lot less than 50 years old. “According to legend, in [...]

Karina Wittmann and Anne Bodensteiner receive awards

The Health & Wellness Unit is pleased to announce two of their outstanding employees have been recognized by the North Dakota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NDAND). Karina Wittmann, Assistant Director of Nutrition & Wellness Programs at the UND Wellness Center, was chosen as the 2014 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year, and Anne Bodensteiner, [...]

Finalists unveiled for 2013-14 UND Athletics awards

On May 3, the University will announce its 2013-14 all-sports award recipients at the annual Athletics Spring Awards Program. This afternoon, UND Athletics unveiled the finalists for each of the awards. Glenn “Red” Jarrett Male Athlete of the Year Greg Hardin, Football (Senior, Wide Receiver) Troy Huff, Basketball (Senior, Guard) Shawn Johnson, Track & Field [...]

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Free swimming lessons offered to UND community April 25

The UND Swimming and Diving teams will offer a free 30 minute swimming lesson to interested university employees and their families and/or children. The lessons will take place on Friday April 25, from  4 to 8 p.m.  A University ID or parking pass is required for verification. RSVP to is preferred. — Christopher Maiello, Head Coach, [...]

Altru dietitian presents “Maximize Your Metabolism and Lose Weight” April 29

There are lots of things you can do to turn your body into an efficient weight management machine, and they don’t include depriving yourself of foods you enjoy or resorting to unhealthy methods. Join registered dietitian Jennifer Haugen from Altru to learn how to avoid a few common mistakes and learn some simple ways to [...]

Wellness survey will be e-mailed to all benefited staff and faculty

The University of North Dakota is emailing a survey, “Campus climate, health status, and wellness needs” to all benefited staff and faculty in the next few days. You may also take the survey at . This is done every two to three years and helps tailor health and wellness initiatives for UND. The survey takes [...]

USDA seeks research subjects

The USDA Human Nutrition Center seeks research subjects for the following projects. The Breathe Light Study We are seeking volunteers to participate in a research study looking at how the amount of calories we eat affect the composition of our breath. We invite you to be in a study to develop a novel, non-invasive method [...]

In Remembrance»

Remembering Cynthia Kordecki

Cynthia Gail Kordecki, 64, of Grand Forks, died February 21, 2014. Born May 2, 1949, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, she was  the daughter of Ferne (Clough) and Frank Kordecki. She received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and theology from Marquette University in 1971, and a master’s in geography from UND in 1992. She worked for Anthropology [...]

Remembering Joanne Baglien

Joanne Laree Baglien, 81, Strongsville, Ohio, and formerly of Grand Forks, died Jan. 9, 2014 at Southwest General Hospice in Strongsville, Ohio.  Joanne Tobiason was born Jan. 1, 1933, at Crookston, Minn., to Adolph and Georgia (Trump) Tobiason. She lived in Gilby, Hatton, and moved to Grand Forks in 1944. She graduated from Central High [...]

Remembering Robert Beck

The School of Law shares the saw news of the passing of former faculty member Robert E. Beck, who died Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis,  at the age of 76.  Professor Beck last visited Grand Forks this past fall during UND’s Homecoming to celebrate UND School of Law alumnus Owen [...]

Remembering Donald Naismith

Donald P. Naismith, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Grand Forks, died Jan. 16 in Northwood Deaconess Health Center.  He was 82. Donald Porter Naismith was born on April 22, 1931 to Sylvia (Porter) and Merle R. Naismith in Lakota, North Dakota. Donald and wife, Shirley (Drake) were married on January 28, 1953 would have celebrated [...]