University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

President Kelley will accept Presidential Excellence Award

October 24, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

President Robert Kelley is being recognized as one of the best higher education leaders in a large region of the United States, according to one organization. Kelley, in his sixth year at UND, will be awarded the Presidential Excellence Award at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) IV-West Conference Nov. 11-13, in Albuquerque, [...]

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The Haunted Lab provides scares galore through Nov. 1

Come howl and shriek with the members of the UND Forensic Science Club! The scary Haunted Lab returns for its 12th year, ready to entertain those ages about 10 and above on the spooky fourth floor of O’Kelly Hall. Take the elevator up on Oct. 30, 31, and Nov. 1, from 6 p.m. to midnight. [...]

Student Athletic Trainer Organization hosts bake sale through Oct. 30

The Student Athletic Trainer Organization is hosting a bake sale Thursday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the east foyer, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Oct. 30 Atmosperic Sciences seminar focuses on aircraft-induced contrails

Andy Heymsfield, Head of the Physical Meteorology Section, Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division at NCAR in Boulder, Colo., will present a seminar titled “Aircraft-induced Contrails: Formation, Microphysical Properties and Climate Effects” on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m. in 106 Streibel Hall. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend. Abstract This seminar will review the [...]

“Wit,” a play about cancer, set for Oct. 30

Theatre B joins forces with Sanford Health’s Embrace Cancer Survivorship Program and the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences for its 2014–2015 season opener, Wit, a Pulitzer Prize winning play by Margaret Edson. The play will have two special performances at 3  and 7 p.m. in Grand Forks on Thursday, Oct. 30, in the [...]


Safety lists workers comp/designated medical provider procedures

UND participates in the Workforce Safety and Insurance (WSI) Risk Management Program.  This allows the Risk Management Workers Compensation Program (RMWCP) to designate health care providers to treat your workplace injuries and illnesses.  If you need to seek medical attention due to a work-related injury, you must see a designated medical provider (DMP).  The attached [...]

Procedures detailed for renting vehicles in state

State agencies must use State Fleet vehicles for travel within state or originating within the state. Agencies must obtain express permission from the State Fleet Director to use rental vehicles for in-state travel (reference NDCC § 24-02-03.3). Approval for renting a vehicle in-state for state business must have prior approval by the State Fleet Director. [...]

Extended Learning office has temporarily moved to Carnegie Hall

The Office of Extended Learning has temporarily moved to the basement of Carnegie Hall. For assistance, please stop at the main reception area on first floor (through the front door) or call us at 777.3000. –   Justin R. Fraase, Marketing Manager, Office of Extended Learning

Driver ID required to fuel State Fleet vehicles

Operators of State Fleet vehicles are required to have a unique driver ID assigned to them to fuel vehicles. Order driver IDs for employees who may be traveling in the future on state business. Refer to the Transportation website to complete requests for driver ID’s. If an employee will no longer be working for UND [...]


Pre-proposals due Nov. 14 for NSF programs in research instrumentation and scalable nanomanufacturing

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 at or 777.4280. Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) #15-504 The Major [...]

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 [...]

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UND receives best practice award for paperless accounts payable

The University recently received the Central Association of College and Business Officers (CACUBO) “Best Practice Award” along with $2,500 for successfully implementing paperless accounts payable. The implementation has resulted in faster, more accurate bill payment, cost efficiencies and more satisfied departments and vendors, officials say. The implementation was launched in the spring 2011 and was [...]

Student is second in two years to win national music therapy writing award

UND’s own Christy Gerer is this year’s recipient of the E. Thayer Gaston student writing award from the American Music Therapy Association. Gerer is the second UND student in two years to win the award, which is considered the most prestigious student award given by the association. Gerer, a native of Denton, Mont., will be [...]

School of Law names Kirsten Dauphinais director of Bar Passage and Academic Success

Professor Kirsten Dauphinais is the new director of Bar Passage and Academic Success at the School of Law. Her appointment to this new role is part of a number of new academic support initiatives at the law school designed to help students succeed in law school, on the bar exam, and in practice. “I’m eager [...]

Three Aerospace students receive national scholarships

Three UND students have received prestigious scholarships from the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) at the NBAA National Convention in Orlando, Fla. The students who received the Lawrence Ginocchio Aviation Scholarship are: Dana Atkins- is a junior majoring in aviation management.  Atkins’s career goal is to work abroad for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) [...]

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Health screenings offered Nov. 5

Additional openings for free health screenings are available for times as early as 7:10 a.m. Health screenings are scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 5, Vennes Atrium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. If you have questions and want to make or change an appointment, contact Work Well at 777.0210. Updates We will have a personal trainer [...]

Accounting 494 seeks winter coat donations

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota is reaching out and asking for coats in preparation for the winter. As a class, we elected to organize a service project collecting winter coats that are clean and in good condition to donate to the reservation. The average household income within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation [...]

ND Ballet Company & Academy accepting registrations for Adult Modern Dance

The North Dakota Ballet Company will be hosting a six-week Adult Modern Dance series beginning Thursday, Nov. 6. The class will teach you the basic elements of modern dance while learning to release and move in a creative environment. No experience necessary. Thursdays, 5 to 6 p.m., Nov. 6 – Dec. 18 (no class on Nov. [...]

2015 Denim Day funding applications available

Application forms for local non-profit organizations seeking 2015 Denim Day funding are now available on the Staff Senate Denim Day website at or by calling Cheri Williams, 777.2121. The application deadline is Nov. 15.  Please encourage your favorite local non-profit to apply now. — Cheri Williams, Staff Senate, Denim Day Committee Chair,, 777.2121.

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 [...]