University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

One-Stop Student Services grand opening is Oct. 7

September 30, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

One-Stop Student Services (One-Stop) will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate its grand opening on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 12:30 p.m., with an open house to follow. The event will take place in One-Stop’s new office on the main floor of the Memorial Union, where the University Federal Credit Union was formerly located. [...]

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Norwegian Ambassador visits Grand Forks Oct. 1, 2

As part of his first visit to North Dakota, Kåre Aas, Norway’s ambassador to the U.S., will visit the Nordic Initiative and the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks Oct 1-2. Ambassador Aas will meet with Nordic Initiative members to discuss the various educational, business, trade, cultural, and heritage programs fostered by the 40 [...]

Dorothy Jerik retirement reception set for Oct. 1

A retirement reception for Dorothy Jerik will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Memorial Union Dakota Lounge. Dorothy joined the UND family in January 1981 working in the Housing Department before moving on to Aerospace, EERC, and the Department of Sociology. For the last 11 years, Dorothy has been [...]

Veterans invited to gather and share stories; campus workshops begin Oct. 1

Combat.  Rations.  Everlasting friendships.  The things they left behind, the things they cannot shake.  North Dakota veterans are gathering once again to write and share their stories.  Thanks to the North Dakota Humanities Council, through a grant made possible from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre is again facilitating [...]

Visiting artist Tom Bartel will give demonstrations, talk Oct. 1, 2

Visiting artist Tom Bartel will be on campus Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 1 and 2. Demonstrations, which are free and open to all, are set for 9:30 to noon both days, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday. He will give a public talk at 5 p.m. on Wednesday in the [...]


Employees can receive up to $4,000 for cost-saving ideas

The 2013 State Legislature increased the amount a ND state employee can receive for making suggestions that cut costs of state government.  The amount increased from $2,000 to $4,000.  If an employee’s suggestion is approved, the employee will receive 20 percent of the savings, up to $4,000.  For more information regarding the State Employee Suggestion [...]

Submissions sought for Big Sky Journal

Submissions are sought for Skyline: The Big Sky Undergraduate Journal. The Big Sky Conference is an NCAA Division I athletic conference with 14 member institutions located in California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and North Dakota, and two institutions located in New York and Connecticut. The Big Sky Conference is continually looking for [...]

Due to move, Credit Union closed Oct. 2, 3

University Federal Credit Union’s Memorial Union office will be closed on Oct. 2 and 3 to facilitate our final move. Our new permanent office will be located next to the U Card office in the lower level of the Memorial Union. Our Branch office will remain open during this time. The Branch office is located [...]

Departments are responsible for determining whether to purchase maintenance agreements

UND departments are responsible for deciding whether or not to purchase a maintenance agreement based on the cost/benefit. Beginning immediately, preventive maintenance agreements costing less than $5,000 are no longer required to be reviewed by the Purchasing Office.   These agreements will still need to be reviewed by General Counsel and have the appropriate approval per [...]


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 [...]

ND NASA Space Grant research proposals due Oct. 1

The North Dakota Space Grant Consortium (NDSGC) is now accepting proposals from faculty members at UND, NDSU, and all North Dakota affiliate institutions for research focus area (RFA) funding in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) field that is also NASA-relevant. UND and NDSU proposals must include collaboration and active participation with faculty and [...]

NSF pre-proposals due Sept. 12 for ESNO and Oct. 1 for Integrative Partnerships

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. EarthScope National Office (ESNO) #14-553 This solicitation [...]

In the News»

Dean’s Challenge raised $20,000 for Writers Conference

The College of Arts & Sciences’ alumni, friends, faculty, and staff successfully raised more than $10,000 for the UND Writers Conference to meet Dean Debbie Storrs’ challenge. The Dean’s challenge was made possible by a generous $10,000 matching gift from two longtime supporters of the UND Writers Conference.  These donors challenged the dean to raise [...]

Engelstad Arena announces new features for hockey season

— As the men’s hockey team begins another season, Ralph Engelstad Arena announced today some of the new features, amenities, and policies for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. GameDay App- A first-of-its-kind in-venue entertainment mobile application was designed specifically for North Dakota men’s hockey games at Ralph Engelstad Arena in partnership with UND Athletics and Emotion [...]

David Whalen pens work on history of satellite communications

The new iPhone 6 is the latest buzz, jam packed with novel digital wizardry. You could say the genesis of this technology—imaginable but not doable 20 years ago—evolved from the beep-beep-beep of Sputnik. That was the world’s first artificial satellite, launched Oct. 4, 1957, by the Soviet Union. That launch triggered the “Space Race” and [...]

Mary Amundson receives national leadership award

The Fred Moskol Leadership Award was recently presented to Mary Amundson, assistant professor of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, at the National Rural Recruitment & Retention Network (3RNet) annual meeting in Denver. The award is given to a person who possesses outstanding leadership abilities, supports the mission of 3RNet and [...]

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Denim Day is Oct. 3

Pay $1 to your site coordinator and enjoy going casual for local charities. 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 proceeds collected during 2014 will go to [...]

Alzheimer’s Support Group meets Oct. 4

The Alzheimer’s Support Group meets from 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at University Lutheran Church, 2122 University Ave. Please park on the street and enter in the side door; we meet in the room immediately to the left upon entering. — Sandra Wells, Clinical Assistant Professor, Nursing & Professional Disciplines    

NDPERS and Healthy Blue benefits webinar set for Oct. 20

There will be a webinar focusing on NDPERS and Healthy Blue benefits at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20. Join WebEx meeting: Click Here Meeting number: 799 358 515 Join by phone: Toll-free dial-in number (U.S. and Canada): 877.899.3892 ― Conference code: 1205274684 – Kim Ruliffson, coordinator of Workwell, Health & Wellness, 777.0210,

USDA research subjects needed

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 that will provide personalized feedback during dietary interventions as a marker for [...]

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 [...]