University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Interdisciplinary team selected for innovation program

January 22, 2015 • Category: Lead Story

A team of faculty and administrators from the University of North Dakota was selected as one of 25 U.S. university teams to take part in the second cohort of the National Center for Engineering’s (Epicenter) Pathways to Innovation Program. This program helps institutions incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship into undergraduate engineering education by leading teams of [...]

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Faculty candidate in Spanish presents research talk Jan. 27

Adriana Martinez-Fernandez, candidate for a Spanish faculty position in the Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures, will present a research talk, “A reason to live:” Cinematic narratives of the “good migrant” from a gender-based perspective,” on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. in 210 Merrifield Hall. Dr. Martinez-Fernandez received both her Ph.D. in [...]

Events listed for Love Your Body Week, which begins Jan. 26

The Women’s Center, along with Health and Wellness Hub, Housing, and Multicultural Student Services, will host a week of events to celebrate Love Your Body Week. Monday, Jan. 26: “I’m Fabulous Because,” 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Memorial Union. Tell us why you’re fabulous!! Tuesday, Jan. 27: Love your Body Expo, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., [...]

‘Integrating Native Perspectives in History’ set for Jan. 28

The first History Workshop of 2015 will be held at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 28, in 228 O’Kelly Hall. Sebastian Braun,  Department of American Indian Studies, will speak about and lead a discussion of “Integrating Native Perspectives in History.” The public is invited. Free pizza and soft drinks will be available to all participants, courtesy [...]

Meet, Eat and Learn on Jan. 28 celebrates Love Your Body Week

Meet, Eat, and Learn will be held at noon Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the International Centre. Join us for a panel discussion on the cultural and personal influences that shape the way we see ourselves and our body image. Challenge yourself to think about your own self image and learn to love your body. Meet, [...]


Essential Studies Assessment Week is Feb. 23-27

This year we will hold Essential Studies Assessment Week February 23-27. The assessments will be in Information Literacy and Quantitative Reasoning. Senior students who are enrolled in ES Capstone courses will be asked to participate. Capstone instructors, with support from the ES Office, will sign up students for time slots that will fit their schedules. [...]

Abstracts due Jan. 30 for Scholarly Forum

The School of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the call for abstracts for the 2015 Scholarly Forum, to be held at the Memorial Union, March 10 & 11, 2015. Abstracts are due Jan. 30. We encourage submissions from graduate students and faculty that include collaborative and interdisciplinary projects. We will also plan to accommodate [...]

Student Success Center hosts ‘Staying on Track’ series

The Student Success Center will be hosting a ​”Staying on Track” series,focusing on improving student study skills. These sessions will be held in the Memorial Union during the spring semester. The series is designed to teach students helpful study tips that they can use in their collegiate careers. There will be four opportunities to attend: Jan. 26, Feb. 24, [...]

Wilkerson Dining Center closes March 13; meal service transitions to Smith Hall March 23

The new Wilkerson Hall is quickly progressing and will take its place this fall as another fresh face along University Avenue. Thank you to our residents who have positively managed the change in their dining center to make room for a bigger and brighter student gathering space. Contractors will soon reach the stage where they [...]


ND EPSCoR small award opportunities available

A reminder to all tenured and tenure-track STEM faculty: ND EPSCoR has funds available for small research and equipment awards up to $2,500. To apply for ND EPSCoR small awards, please email Mark Hoffmann or mail a request letter to the ND EPSCoR office stating the nature of your request and the amount that you [...]

Pre-proposals due Feb. 9 for NSF programs in ethical STEM and research experiences for teachers

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 or 777.4280. Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) [...]

Pre-proposals due Jan. 13 for NSF program on scalable nanomanufacturing

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. Scalable Nanomanufacturing (SNM) #15-507 The National Science Foundation [...]

Pre-proposals due Jan. 15 for ND NASA EPSCoR program

ND NASA EPSCor (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) is calling for preliminary proposals for the latest NASA EPSCoR CAN solicitation which can be found here. Proposals should be limited to three pages and sent to coordinator Caitlin Nolby no later than Jan. 15. Please contact her or Santhosh Seelan if you have any questions.

In the News»

UND’s online programs stand out in affordable college rankings

The University of North Dakota is sporting high marks when it comes to extended learning and online-education delivery., a prominent repository for online education news and information, in its most recent rankings, lists UND  14th in “Best Online Psychology Degree,” 23rd in “Best Colleges Online,” and 23rd in “Best Online Communications Degrees.” The rankings [...]

Student-athletes combine for record 3.277 GPA

Director of Athletics Brian Faison has announced that UND’s 455 student-athletes combined for a 3.277 grade-point average during the Fall 2014 semester, the highest single-semester GPA in UND Athletics history. Eighteen of 21 teams had a GPA of 3.0 or greater during the fall semester. The women’s teams combined for a 3.370 GPA while the [...]

Two men’s hockey players are candidates for national Senior CLASS Award

A pair of North Dakota seniors – forward Mark MacMillan and defenseman Nick Mattson – were among the 20 national candidates announced today for the 2014-15 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate hockey. North Dakota was the only school in the nation with multiple candidates among the 20. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete [...]

Spring first-day enrollment is highest ever

The University posted its highest first-day enrollment in school history this week, according to Suzanne Anderson, registrar. The tally of 13,816 students marks four-straight years of increases when it comes to first-day spring enrollment. The enrollment figures indicate the number of undergraduates was 110 more than last year’s spring number on the first day of classes. [...]

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Feb. 10 health screening open to staff, faculty and spouses/partners

A health screening is open to staff, faculty and spouses/partners on Feb. 10 at the EERC (east end of campus). Appointments last about 40 minutes and are from 7 to 10 a.m. You or your spouse/partner can make an appointment by clicking this link . Sanford Clinic and the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines [...]

UND Community Music offers violin and cello lessons

Community Music at UND is pleased to announce the upcoming start of a Class String Lesson program. Students from age 6 through adult are invited to register for a 10-week course on either beginning violin or cello. Classes will be held at the Hughes Fine Art Center, and students will be grouped by age and [...]

Family Day is Jan. 24 at the North Dakota Museum of Art

Family Day at the Museum will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. to noon, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. The event is free and no registration is necessary. Family Day is a day where children of all ages and adults come together to work on projects that help us understand the Museum [...]

UND blood drive set for Jan. 28

The UND Medical Laboratory Science Club and Undergraduate Medical Association will host a blood drive on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from noon to 6 p.m. in the River Valley Room in the Memorial Union. Bring photo I.D.; no appointment needed. Free T-shirts for National Blood Donor Month will be given away to all donors. To check [...]

In Remembrance»

Remembering Manuchair “Mike” Ebadi

Dr. Manuchair “Mike” Ebadi, retired Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, associate vice president for health affairs at UND, associate dean for research and program development, and director of the Center for Excellence in Neurosciences at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, passed away Jan. 19, 2015, at his residence in Laguna Niguel, Calif., at age [...]

Remembering Agnes Shurr

Agnes G. Shurr, retired Professor of Nursing, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, in Valley Memorial Home Eldercare, Grand Forks. Agnes Shurr was born on Oct. 18, 1915, to Fredrick and Helen Shurr, on a farm in Elmo Township, Bottineau County, N.D. She graduated from high school in Glenburn, N.D. After graduating from Glenburn High School [...]

Remembering Robert Nordlie

Robert Nordlie, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, died Jan. 8, 2015. Robert C. Nordlie was born June 11, 1930, in Willmar, Minn., to Peter and Myrtle (Spindler) Nordlie, and grew up in New London, Minn. He earned a B.S. in Education from St. Cloud Teachers College in 1952, served two years [...]

Remembering John Oberpriller

John Oberpriller, retired Professor of Anatomy, died Jan. 4, 2015 in Eagan, Minn., with his family by his side. He was 79. He was born in St. Croix Falls, Wisc., and raised in Newport, Minn. He received his BA in biology from St. John’s University, his master’s degree in zoology from the University of Illinois, [...]