University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

From President Kelley: You’re invited to celebration of Healthy UND Coalition Sept. 24

September 11, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

Greetings, I, along with First Lady Marcia Kelley, invite you to join us in the annual celebration of the Healthy UND Coalition.  The event will take place on Wednesday, Sept.24, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom.  We will recognize the numerous health and wellness accomplishments achieved by the coalition over the [...]

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Meet the companies recruiting our students through Oct. 8

Mark your calendar, tell your students and plan to join us for these great networking opportunities with companies that want to hire students from UND! Sept. 11 Hess Corporation, 6-7 p.m., Harrington Hall, Room 324 (Engineering Majors) Sept. 16 Marine Corps Officer Opportunities, 5 p.m., McCannel Hall, Room 280 (All Majors) Sept. 23 Continental Resources, [...]

Composer Matthew Peterson will be guest of Music Department through Sept. 19

Composer Matthew Peterson will spend the week of Sept. 15-19 as a guest of the Music Department, offering a series of lectures, discussions, and class visits, culminating in a recital of his chamber music performed by UND students and faculty. Peterson, a Grand Forks native and graduate of Central High School, lives in Stockholm, Sweden, [...]

Forum on constitutional amendment, Measure 1, set for Sept. 16

An informational forum about the proposed North Dakota constitutional amendment, Measure One, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 4 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union. Steven Morrison from the UND School of Law and Eric Johnson from the UND Medical School as well as Pastor Lynn Ronsberg from Sharon Lutheran Church [...]

Sept. 17 retirement reception honors Linda Holdman

A retirement reception for Linda Holdman, who served as the field placement director for the College of Education & Human Development from August 1997 through June 2014 is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the lobby of the Education Building. Please join us as we wish her well.


Faculty invited to join study seminars

Faculty Study Seminars allow faculty with common interests to learn more about a teaching-related topic. This fall, the Office of Instructional Development will offer three. Each group meets four times a semester, at times mutually agreed to by participants, to read and discuss a teaching-related book (books provided by OID). Your only obligation is to [...]

Certified tutoring offered by Student Success Center

The Student Success Center Tutoring Program offers walk-in tutoring for select 100 and 200 level courses. This service is at no extra cost to all students at UND during the regular academic year when classes are in session (August through May) and is provided in small group sessions. This program offers valuable academic assistance through [...]

Nominations sought for the Dr. Alan J. Allery American Indian Health Research Award

The American Indian Health Research Conference Awards Committee requests nominations of promising American Indian student health researchers. The award will be presented to one awardee on research done at the graduate level and one awardee on research done at the undergraduate level. The award is presented at the 2014 American Indian Health Research Conference, taking [...]

Career Services offers workshops as an alternative to canceling classes

You don’t need to cancel class! Career Services seeks to be your partner in the education of our students. If a situation occurs in which you need to cancel class, know that our professional staff is available to provide workshops on a variety of topics: ― Top ten reasons to visit Career Services ― Effective resume writing [...]


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 [...]

Applications for NASA EPSCoR funding due Sept. 5

The North Dakota NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) solicits research proposals from faculty at the University of North Dakota (UND) and North Dakota State University (NDSU) to conduct NASA relevant research in one or more RFAs that are designed to promote and expand particular NASA research sub disciplines in North Dakota. The [...]

In the News»

James Faircloth named MBA Program director

Dean Margaret L. Williams is pleased to announce the appointment of James Faircloth, Associate Professor of Marketing, as the MBA Program Director College of Business and Public Administration. “Our program and our students will benefit tremendously by having someone in this role with Dr. Faircloth’s depth and breadth of experience,” said Williams. “Not only is [...]

National Science Foundation grant of $200,000 awarded to establish nanotechnology program for STEM students

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $200,000 to support a project by Naima Kaabouch (PI), Julia Xiaojun Zhao, Brian Tande, Matthew Cavalli, Gaya K. Marasinghe, and David Pierce. The project, titled “NUE: Exposing Engineering Students to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the University of North Dakota,” will help the collaborators establish a nanotechnology [...]

Naima Kaabouch receives National Science Foundation grant of $291,599

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $291,599 to Naima Kaabouch, associate professor, Electrical Engineering, to support a three-year project titled “Enhancement of Spectrum Decision through Probabilistic Graphical Models.” This grant will allow the principal investigator to develop probabilistic techniques that will improve the access to the radio spectrum.

ND EPSCoR Announces UND doctoral dissertation assistantship awards

The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) has announced the 2014 – 2015 Doctoral Dissertation Assistantship (DDA) awards at the University of North Dakota. ND EPSCoR’s DDA awards are designed to increase the completion rate of Ph.D. students enrolled in the science, engineering, and mathematics disciplines at North Dakota’s research-intensive universities. [...]

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Wear tennis shoes on Denim Days for your health and wellness

In keeping with UND’s Exceptional-UND strategic vision, UND Staff Senate Denim Days will incorporate two strategic priorities, Facilitate Collaboration and Enhance Quality of Life, this fall. UND Staff Senate, in conjunction with UND Work Well, encourages you to wear tennis shoes on Denim Days and take walks on your breaks for your health and wellness [...]

Special Denim Day is Thursday, Sept. 18

The Staff Senate Denim Day committee will hold its annual special Denim Day to provide support and assistance to international countries affected by natural disasters. All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross’s international disaster relief efforts. Give what you can to your Denim Day site coordinator. Checks should be made out to “Denim [...]

Sept. 27 book sale will fund scholarships

The Annual American Association of University Women Used Book Sale will be held at the Grand Cities Mall in Grand Forks on Friday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds help fund scholarships. — Dennis Stangl, TRIO Programs

Weight Watchers open house set for Sept. 17

Have you ever thought about Weight Watchers? Come to the open house meeting on Sept. 17 at 12:15 p.m. to see if you want to join. The meeting is at the EERC – Lewis and Clark Room. There will be guest speakers, a free gift bag for visiting, a free success journal for anyone that [...]

In Remembrance»

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 [...]

Remembering Mary Jane Schneider

Mary Jane Schneider, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Emerita of Indian Studies, died Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at the age of 73. Born June 10, 1941, in Manchester, N.H., she was the daughter of Alfred George Graves and Elizabeth Conboy Harris. She was reared in New Hampshire and a graduate of Laconia High School. She received [...]

Remembering James Rudd

James D. Rudd, faculty member in Sports Medicine and a certified athletic trainer, of  Hillsboro, died Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Altru Hospital after a brief illness. He was 63. Jim was born July 10, 1951 in Cranford, N.J., to James W. and Margaret F. Rudd. He graduated from Cranford High School in 1969 and [...]