University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Dean of Libraries and Information Resources finalist visits campus; open forum is July 28

July 28, 2015 • Category: Lead Story

Karl Bridges, Dean University Librarian at Idaho State University’s Eli M. Oboler Library, and one of three finalists for the position of Dean of Libraries and Information Resources, will visit UND July 27 – 29. Karl will share his vision for the academic library of the twenty-first century at an open forum on Tuesday, July [...]

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College of Engineering & Mines collaborates with the Bakken Conference & Expo July 27-29

For the second year in a row, the College of Engineering & Mines will collaborate with The Bakken Magazine at The Bakken Conference & Expo to be held at the Alerus Center on July 27-29 in Grand Forks. From regulators to completion engineers to E&P CEOs, The Bakken Conference & Expo will feature operator updates, investor perspectives [...]

Farewell reception for Julie Evans is July 29

A farewell reception for Julie Evans, UND and NDUS General Counsel, will be held on Wednesday, July 29, from 3-5 p.m. at the Gorecki Alumni Center. Please join us as we thank her for her many years of service to the University and the North Dakota University System.

Visiting scholar presents ‘Experiences in an Open Distance Learning Environment’ July 29

Mncedisi Maphalala, a visiting scholar from the University of South Africa, will present a public lecture titled “Experiences in an Open Distance Learning Environment,” followed by a reception.  The event will be at 1 p.m. in Education 112 on Wednesday, July 29.  All are welcome. It is hosted by the Department of Educational Foundations and [...]

Higher ed law expert speaks July 30

Peter Lake, an internationally-recognized expert on higher education law and policy, will present “A Visit with Peter Lake” at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 30, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Lake will discuss the distinctions between client interests in the criminal and civil justice systems and student/client rights and responsibilities in the university conduct process. [...]


Faculty invited to take part in Summer Commencement

Faculty are invited to participate in the University’s 2015 Summer Commencement Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 7. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Your participation in this important university event will provide a very strong message of support for your students and their families. Faculty members will be quite visible [...]

Sign up your department by Aug. 3 for the Campus & Community Expo

The Student Involvement & Leadership Office will coordinate the Campus & Community Involvement Expo on Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s a fun event to help kick off the first week of school at UND. The Campus & Community Expo provides a unique setting to promote campus departments, local businesses, and [...]

Pre-proposals due Aug. 15 for NSF’s Collections in Biological Research 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 at or 777.4280. Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) #15-577 [...]

Special Collections unveils collection of hockey trading cards and memorabilia

University of North Dakota hockey fans can now visit the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections in the Chester Fritz Library and look at UND hockey history via the recently acquired Paul E. Rohde Hockey Card Collection, which has been processed and is now open to research. Rohde, who earned degrees in Commerce and [...]


Pre-proposals due Aug. 15 for Collections in Support of Biological Research, an NSF 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 at or 777.4280. Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) #15-577 [...]

Research North Dakota Program funded; first proposal deadline is Aug. 22

The Division of Research & Economic Development is pleased to announce to research faculty that the Research North Dakota (RND) program has received appropriations from the North Dakota legislature and is again accepting applications for all of its programs, including Venture Grants for the 2015-2017 biennium. The first deadline for proposal submission is Aug. 22, [...]

COBRE pilot grant commercialization proposals due July 17

UND Neuroscience COBRE Pilot Grant Program: Third Round of Commercialization Proposals As part of our COBRE Phase III grant on neurodegenerative diseases, we are again inviting single- and multi-PI pilot grant proposals. The purpose of this ‘first-in-the-nation’ commercialization pilot grant program is very specific. We want to encourage and facilitate neuroscience research leading to commercialization [...]

Pre-proposals for NSF programs I-Corps Sites and Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Foresights due May 26

The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcements which allow UND 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 calling 777.4280. Innovation Corps Sites Program (I-Corps Sites) #14-547 The National [...]

In the News»

Kristi Okerlund receives excellence in advising award

Kristi Okerlund is well known for her generosity. When good things happen to her, she’s quick to deflect credit to others. That’s why her response to being named a recipient of The Excellence in Advising Award by the National Mortar Board is so fitting. “I really don’t see myself as extraordinary,” Okerlund said. “I see [...]

Summer undergraduate students present research

Fifty-four undergraduates present the results of their labors this summer at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Experience poster session on Thursday, Aug. 6, in the Vennes Atrium of the school. For the past 10 weeks, students from UND, as well as from rural and tribal colleges in Minnesota, North Dakota, [...]

Saleh Faruque publishes radio frequency source coding book

Saleh Faruque, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, has authored Radio Frequency Source Coding Made Easy, published by Springer in July 2015. A fingertip reference for engineers and students in wireless communications, the book introduces radio frequency source coding to a broad audience. Dr. Faruque blends theory and practice to update readers on key concepts, underlying [...]

Larry Williams wins Academy of Management award

Larry Williams, a faculty member in the University of North Dakota Department of Psychology, delivers good karma – or CARMA. In the context of his career as a psychologist, methodologist and management theorist, Williams founded and heads the Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis (CARMA). The Academy of Management (AOM) recently bestowed [...]

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Denim Day is Friday, July 31

Denim Day is Friday, July 31. 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 [...]

Sanford wellness benefits information sessions set for July 28

Come learn about Sanford’s wellness benefits, including the new on-line portal bWell (previously HealthyBlue) and the Fitness Center Reimbursement (previously Health Club Credit). Sessions will be held July 28 at the following locations and times: • Memorial Union– Lecture Bowl, 10 a.m. • Memorial Union – Lecture Bowl, noon • Odegard – Atmospherium, 2 p.m. [...]

New sites offered for Zen in 10

Re-focus with 10 minutes of movement and relaxation with “Zen in 10.” Participation is free and open to campus. There are two options listed below. For the following dates: Tuesday, June 23; Thursday, June 25; Tuesday, July 7; Monday, July 27; and Thursday, July 30; here are the rotations: • 9:30-9:40 a.m., south lawn outside [...]

Leave donations sought for Tammy Batzer

Voluntary annual and sick leave donations are sought for Tammy Batzer, administrative secretary at the Department of Nursing. Please forward completed donation leave forms to Darla Adams, Associate Dean College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines, Stop 9025. Leave forms can be found at Your generosity in supporting Tammy is greatly appreciated. Thank you. –Department [...]

In Remembrance»

Remembering Thomas Martzall

Thomas M. “Marty” Martzall, Jr., former transportation employee, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at home in Grand Forks. He was 79. “Marty” or Tom, was born June 15, 1936 in Lancaster, Pa. to Thomas M. Martzall Sr. and Esther Rintz. He grew up and attended schools in Manheim Pa., and  graduated from Manheim Central High [...]

Remembering Steve Rendahl

Stephen Earl Rendahl, Professor of Communication, died in Altru Hospital July 5. He was 71. Services There will be a visitation at Amundson Funeral Home, 2975 S 42nd St., Grand Forks, on Thursday, July 16, from 5-7 p.m. Immediately following the visitation, there will be a prayer ceremony starting at 7 p.m. His wife, Robbin Rendahl, [...]

Remembering Teckla Jacobson

Teckla F. Jacobson, retired Building Services Technician in the Housing Maintenance area, died May 28, 2015 unexpectedly at home in Grand Forks of natural causes, with her husband at her side. She was 69. Teckla Freda Van Eyk was born on Sept. 29, 1945, to John and Vivian (Lock) Van Eyk in Mandan, N.D. She [...]

Remembering Regina Blass

Regina Blass, adjunct lecturer with the Summer Institute of Linguistics at UND, died May 1, 2015, while undergoing treatment at Nairobi Hospital. Regina Blass was born in Wuppertal, Germany, in 1943. She did vocational training in business, and started her career as a business manager’s assistant at Kolb and Company screw factory at Wuppertal in [...]