University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Chester Fritz Library open forums are April 29, 30

April 16, 2015 • Category: Lead Story

The Chester Fritz Library is beginning a master planning process to learn from our many constituents what library programs, services, technology, and spaces are needed and desired by the campus community. In this process we are exploring the possibility of re-organizing the interior with the intent of increasing the facility’s capacity, functionality, and efficiency to [...]

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Space Studies Colloquium Series ends April 27 with talk on NASA missions

The Spring 2015 Space Studies Colloquium Series focuses on the NASA Discovery Program–the development of a planetary science mission– and will feature several leading experts in the field. The final presentation will feature Matthew Golombek, Senior Research Scientist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif., who will present “Science, Operations and Management [...]

April 27 talk and telescope observing session focuses on STEM in astronomy

The Department of Physics and Astrophysics public talk and telescope observing session will take place Monday, April 27, at 8 p.m. in 116 Witmer Hall. The talk, “STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in Astronomy” will be presented by  Tim Young, Department of Physics and Astrophysics.  Following the talk, attendees will be given the opportunity [...]

Expressive Figure Drawing begins April 27

The North Dakota Museum of Art will offer Expressive Figure Drawing on Mondays, April 27 and May 4, 11 and 18 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Cost is $100. No experience is necessary, and art materials are provided. Throughout the history of art, figure drawing has been regarded as the very foundation of an artist’s [...]

Doctoral examination is April 28 for Elizabeth Barnum, English

The doctoral examination for Elizabeth Barnum, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in English, is set for 12:30 p.m. April 28 in 20 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is: Non-Reified Space: Henry James’s Critique of Capitalism Through Abstractness and Ambiguity. Eric Wolfe (English) is the committee chair. The public is invited to [...]


Tim O’Keefe, candidate for director of the School of Entrepreneurship, presents May 4

On behalf of the Director of the School of Entrepreneurship search committee, we invite you to attend the candidate presentation for Tim O’Keefe on May 4, 8 to 9 a.m. in Room 3, Gamble Hall.

Director of Essential Studies finalists announced; public forums set for April 27, 28

Two candidates for the Director of Essential Studies position have been selected to participate in campus interviews. A search committee comprised of faculty, staff, and students is pleased to announce finalists Lori Robison, Associate Professor of English and Interim Chair for the Department of Philosophy and Religion at UND, and Ryan Zerr, Associate Chair and Professor [...]

Wilkerson Hall will be renamed Wilkerson Commons

The University will rename Wilkerson Hall, which is currently undergoing remodeling and expansion, to Wilkerson Commons, following approval of the name change by the State Board of Higher Education. Remodeling of the longtime student service center is progressing on schedule, and the building is expected to re-open this fall. The building is located in heart of campus [...]

Overview of online and distance education provided

Several campus entities hosted the first annual State of Online & Distance Education; Trends, Challenges and Opportunities luncheon on April 1, 2015. The purpose of the event was to give an overview of online and distance education at the University, as well as nationwide trends. “We wanted to inform the University community of online and [...]


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 [...]

Research North Dakota Grant Applications due May 22

The Division of Research & Economic Development wishes to remind research faculty that the Research North Dakota (RND) program has a deadline of May 22 for its seventh cycle of applications. Applicants are also reminded that they must have a binding agreement concerning the disposition of intellectual property that may be created or used in the [...]

SMHS scientists publish epigenetic research on breast cancer metastasis

The research of assistant professors Archana Dhasarathy and Sergei Y. Nechaev in the Department of Basic Sciences at the School of Medicine & Health Sciences has been published in Nucleic Acids Research. Each cell in the body has the same genome or complete set of DNA and all of its genes. And according to its [...]

Students invited to apply for EPSCoR undergraduate research program by March 5

Applications are invited for the ND EPSCoR Advanced Undergraduate Research (AURA) program at UND. The program provides undergraduate students with opportunities to experience research in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines normally supported by NSF at a point in their college careers when they need to make important decisions about their future. Student applications [...]

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Advanced Undergraduate Research Award winners named

The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) announces the 2015 Advanced Undergraduate Research Award (AURA) winners at the University of North Dakota. The goal of AURA is to encourage undergraduate students to consider a career that involves research in science, engineering, or mathematics. AURA provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to [...]

MPH student Jessica Orth garners scholarship to national health meeting

Jessica Orth, a student in the University of North Dakota Master of Public Health (MPH) program, was recently selected for a scholarship to the AcademyHealth Annual Meeting, which will be held in June. Orth, a native of Sleepy Eye, Minn., who also holds a master’s degree in statistics, was chosen for this award by the [...]

ND Water Resources Research Institute graduate research fellowships awarded

The North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute (ND WRRI) announced its Graduate Research Fellowship recipients for the year 2015-16. Fellowships ranging from $1000 to $12,000 were awarded to sixteen graduate students, five Ph.D. and eleven MS, conducting research in water resources topics at NDSU and UND. A panel of state water resource professionals reviewed the [...]

UND Aerospace student receives first-ever UAS training scholarship

At a ceremony guaranteed to please more than 100 scholarship recipients last weekend, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences student Kristopher Chachula was presented with the first-ever UAS training scholarship. The event took place in the Memorial Union Ballroom—packed to capacity with alums, faculty, parents, students and guests—during the spring UND Aviation Parent’s Weekend. This [...]

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Chester Fritz Library posts extended hours for remainder of spring semester

Chester Fritz Library will be open extended hours for the remainder of the spring semester.  Hours follow. Open 7:45 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday, April 27 -30; May 4-7; and May 11-14. Open 7:45 a.m. to midnight Fridays, May 1 and May 8 (Reading & Review Day). Open 10 a.m. to midnight Saturdays, [...]

Start the summer with a focus on healthy living

Attend the Weight Watchers open house meeting on April 29 from 12:15-12:45 p.m. at the EERC. Members will share healthy summer recipes, their favorite kitchen tools, and general tips for success. You can also receive a starter kit with a cookbook, coupons, and two portion plates. The UND cost is cheaper than in town at [...]

Leave donations sought for Curt Lealos, Laura Curtis, and Mike Miller

Voluntary donations of leave are sought for Curt Lealos, Carpenter; Laura Curtis, BST; and Mike Miller, BST. all with Facilities Management. Please return completed donation of leave forms to Beth Brouillard, HR Manager of Facilities Management, Stop 9032. Forms can be found at All donations are kept confidential. Thank you in advance for your [...]

Young Professionals partner with Sunshine Memorial Foundation for April 23 performance

Imagine that a loved one needs urgent medical care in a community that is miles away from your home. Where would you stay? The Sunshine Memorial Foundation in conjunction with The Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals (GGFYP) will be holding a one-night event designed to raise awareness for the need of a hospitality home in [...]

In Remembrance»

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 [...]

Remembering Gordy Moen

Gordon “Gordy” Moen, retired diesel mechanic, of Grand Forks and formerly of Reynolds, N.D. passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015 in Bagdad, Ariz. He was 70. Gordon Carter Moen was born June 13, 1944 in Grand Forks to George and Catherine (Poppler) Moen. He was raised on the family farm near Reynolds and graduated from [...]

Remembering Neil Price

Neil Price, former head of the Library Science Department, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo, Utah, after a brief illness. Neil was born to Vernon W. Price and Relva Richie Price on Sept. 4, 1947 in Provo, Utah. He graduated from Wasatch High School, and then served a [...]

Remembering Nadine Kotowicz

Nadine Fay (Peters) Kotowicz, retired computer operations manager, East Grand Forks, passed away peacefully on March 23, 2015 at the Good Samaritan in Warren, Minn., following a long battle with cancer. She was 67. Nadine was born in Windom, Minn., on Nov. 27, 1947 to the late Henry and Leora (Lepp) Peters. She grew up [...]