University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Interim Leaders announced for Chester Fritz Library

June 25, 2015 • Category: Lead Story

Two interim leaders have been named for the Chester Fritz Library.  They will be in place following the departure of Acting Director Julie Anderson from the University of North Dakota. Dr. Anderson, Associate Provost and Professor of Nursing, has accepted a position as Dean of the School of Nursing at St. Scholastica College in Duluth, [...]

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Summer Orientation continues through July 16

Summer Orientation sessions will continue through July 16. We invite the campus community to join us in welcoming UND’s newest students, the Class of 2019. The one-day Orientation sessions are based on a student’s academic major with the exception of certain majors in the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, which offer students a two-day [...]

Doctoral presentation and defense is June 30 for Bettina Thompson, Nursing Practice

The doctoral presentation and defense for Bettina Thompson, a candidate for the Doctor of Nursing Practice, is set for 9 a.m. June 30 in 214 Nursing Building. The title is: Preparing Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists for Rural Practice with a Simulated Module of Local Anesthetic Systemic Toxicity Utilizing an American Society of Regional Anesthesia Checklist. [...]

July 1 live webinar focuses on financial planning for the LGBT community

Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality that was announced on Friday, TIAA-CREF will be hosting a live webinar on July 1, titled: Equally Prepared – Financial Planning for the LGBT Community. You have a responsibility to yourself – and those you love – to prepare for the future, and protect [...]

July 6 retirement reception honors Rowann Larson

Please join us at a retirement reception honoring Rowann Larson, Front Desk Specialist in Human Resources, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, July 6, in 305 Twamley Hall. Rowann started working for UND Human Resources in 2004. She first started in a temporary position during the implementation of PeopleSoft and was hired into a regular [...]


Faculty invited to take part in Summer Commencement; regalia rental available at no charge

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 [...]

Emergency notification system will be tested Wednesday, July 1

Effective July 1, 2015, the NotiFind emergency notification system is being replaced/updated with Assurance Notification Manager by Sungard.   A test of the new Assurance system is scheduled for Wednesday, July 1, at 2:30 p.m.  Messages sent at that time will be clearly identified as “test only.”  Please report any problems that you may experience with [...]

Burgers on the Boulevard will not be held July 1

Due to the holiday week, the outdoor grill Burgers on the Boulevard will not be open.  Join us next week, Wednesday, July 8, and every Wednesday through Aug. 12.

UND will compete in the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

The University will compete in the 2015 Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge this fall. A total of 59 schools representing 30 states will participate in the 2015 event.  Combined, these colleges comprise about 850,000 students, faculty, alumni and local community members – demonstrating the extraordinary reach and potential impact of the Challenge. The Challenge is a [...]


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 [...]

Research Enhancement Award Program, a new joint funding initiative, is available

The College of Arts& Sciences, College of Engineering & Mines, School of Medicine & Health Sciences, and the Division of Research & Economic Development would like to announce a new joint internal funding program called the “Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP).” REAP funding is specifically designed to help faculty members who have submitted proposals to [...]

Pre-proposals due May 1 for NSF program, Software Infrustructure for Sustained Innovation

The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcement which allows UND to submit only a limited number of submissions. If you are interested in submitting a proposal to NSF for the program, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing or calling 777.4280. Software Infrastructure for Sustained Innovation Software Infrastructure [...]

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Knutson named assistant dean for the Northwest (Minot) Campus at School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Scott E. Knutson has been named assistant dean for the Northwest (Minot) Campus at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Knutson is a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at UND and an emergency medicine physician for Trinity Health in Minot, serving as chief of medical staff since December of [...]

Electrical Engineering grants will help combat cyber-attacks for UAS and banking industries

Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Prakash Ranganathan has been awarded a grant to research cyber-security for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and to prepare students for careers in the industry. Rockwell Collins is funding the project in the amount of $20,000.  Ranganathan’s strong proposal successfully competed against those from 39 other universities for consideration as part of the [...]

Ferraro named to editorial board for Journal of Aging Science

Richard Ferraro, Professor of Psychology, has accepted an invitation to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Aging Science. The journal is a scholarly open access publication which publishes aging associated articles in the form of research articles, review articles, case reports, and short communications. It focuses on physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, studies [...]

Children’s Center breaks ground on outdoor classroom/playgrounds

The University Children’s Learning Center (UCLC) officially broke ground and began construction on its new outdoor learning play space at an event at June 17.  The event also recognized the years of service that current UCLC Director Jo-Anne Yearwood has provided. She will be stepping down from her directorship on June 26 to assume an [...]

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July 3 is holiday

Friday, July 3, will be observed as a holiday by the University. Only those employees designated by their supervisors are required to work on this holiday.

Chester Fritz Library posts holiday hours

Chester Fritz Library hours for the Fourth of July holiday will be: Thursday, July 2, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 3 and 4, closed Sunday, July 5, regular summer hours resume, 5 p.m. – 9 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 Robert J. Barron, Jr.

Voluntary leave donations are sought for Robert J. Barron, Jr., laboratory technician at the Center for Biomedical Research. Please forward completed donation leave forms to Theresa Wasylow, laboratory technician/supervisor, Center for Biomedical Research, STOP 9001. Leave forms can be found at Your generosity in supporting Robert is greatly appreciated. Thank you. – Center for Biomedical [...]

In Remembrance»

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 [...]

Remembering Regina Blass

It is with regret that we announce the death of Regina Blass, a professor in the Summer Institute of Linguistics Program since 2010 and an adjunct graduate faculty member. She passed away May 1 in Kenya. An obituary will be published when it is available.

April 24 memorial service will remember Alex Davis

All students and faculty are invited to attend a memorial service in remembrance of Alex Davis, a UND student who passed away on April 4.  The service is set for 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, at Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center, 3012 University Ave. Please join us in celebrating the life of Alex, and be sure to [...]