University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Student loan forgiveness available to college grads employed in STEM fields

April 17, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

College graduates employed in STEM-related occupations in North Dakota may be eligible for student loan forgiveness through the STEM Occupations Student Loan Program coordinated by the North Dakota University System and the Bank of North Dakota. STEM-related occupations include jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program provides loan forgiveness of [...]

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Register by April 28 for On Teaching: Assessing and Improving Your Own Teaching

The next On Teaching Seminar, “Assessing and Improving Your Own Teaching,” takes place Wednesday, April 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Badlands Room of the Memorial Union.  Breakfast is provided. Each semester faculty members in higher education take on teaching duties. For most, this is a recurring task. For the majority, it [...]

‘The Last of the Boys’ runs April 17-May 3

The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre has a truly immersive theatre event coming up.. On Thursday, April 17, a three-week run of Steven Dietz’s play The Last of the Boys begins, running Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 20, at 2 p.m. The play revolves around the 30-year friendship of two Vietnam veterans and [...]

Doctoral examination for Dustin G. Williams is April 17

The doctoral examination for Dustin G. Williams, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Counseling Psychology, is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, in 104 Education. The dissertation title is Ageism and Experience Bias In Employment Interviews. Cindy Juntunen (Counseling Psychology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend. — Wayne [...]

‘The Bakken Goes Boom’ set for April 17

“The Bakken Goes Boom: Oil and the changing Geographies of Western North Dakota,” a spring Communication graduate colloquium, will be presented by Kyle Conway and his Comm. 565, Communication and the Rural Community graduate students on Thursday, April 17, from 2 to 3:30 pm. in 300 Merrifield Hall. Everyone is welcome.


University Senate agenda items due April 17 for May 1 meeting

A meeting of the University Senate will be held at 4:05 Thursday, May 1, in 113 Education. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon, Thursday, April 17. They may be submitted electronically to It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted [...]

Faculty member seeks geosciences participants for classroom observation project

Matt Gilmore, a faculty member in the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences Department of Atmospheric Sciences, seeks UND faculty participants willing to be observed for the Classroom Observation Project (COP). Recently certified as a COP observer, Gilmore joins a team of 35 faculty from around the country who are conducting a study of [...]

May 5 webinar will focus on Building Restricted-Use Data Support Services

Join us for a webinar  on Building Restricted-Use Data Support Services, at 11 a.m. May 5 or look for this webinar by title on YouTube following the webinar date. Space is limited. Reserve your webinar seat now at The purpose of this webinar is to provide an introduction to developing restricted-use data support services. [...]

CILT workshops listed for rest of semester

The Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies has scheduled its monthly workshops for the remainder of the spring semester. To learn about these and all other scheduled workshops, please go to . If you have a time conflict or are off campus and cannot attend one of these sessions, contact the Center for Instructional [...]


UND researchers invited to submit posters to NDSU Bio-Industry Action Summit

Members of the UND bioscience research community are invited to report on or promote your work by displaying a poster at the Future of the Bio-Industry Action Summit – Feed, Fuel, Heal and Build the World being held at NDSU on May 21. The focus is broad including bio-energy, bio-products, bio-materials, bio-chemicals, bio-technology, bio-medical and [...]

Proposals due April 29 for NSF Sustainability Research Networks

The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcement. Sustainability Research Networks Competition (SRN) 2014 Focus: Urban Sustainability NSF 14-534 The goal of the Sustainability Research Networks competition is to bring together multidisciplinary teams of researchers, educators, managers, policymakers and other stakeholders to conduct collaborative research that addresses fundamental challenges in sustainability. The [...]

Pre-Proposals due April 21 for NSF Research Traineeship Program

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 contact Barry Milavetz as soon as possible at or 777.4280. National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program #14-548 [...]

Pre-Proposals due April 2, 16 for NSF programs I-Corps Node and SNM

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 at or 777.4280. Innovation Corps – Regional [...]

In the News»

Social Work receives federal Child Welfare Scholars Award

The Department of Social Work—part of the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines—recently received $735,000 from the U.S. Children’s Bureau to help ameliorate the child welfare workforce shortage in North Dakota communities affected by the oil boom. The Children’s Bureau is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and [...]

Faculty, students present at education conference

Graduate students and faculty from the College of Education and Human Development attended and presented at the annual American Education Research Association meeting in Philadelphia, Penn., earlier this month. Themeeting is the largest gathering of scholars in the field of education research.  It is a showcase for groundbreaking, innovative studies in several fields such as early [...]

Sagini Keengwe’s books indexed by Thomson Reuters

Sagini Keengwe, associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development, was recently notified that the Thomson Reuters Book Citation Index has listed two of his latest books, Research Perspectives and Best Practices in Educational Technology Integration and Virtual Mentoring for Teachers: Online Professional Development Practices. The Thomson Reuters Book Citation Index, a resource [...]

Award winners named for State Science and Engineering Fair

The 64th  Annual North Dakota State Science and Engineering Fair (NDSSEF) was hosted last week by the University of North Dakota. The two day event included more than 200 middle and high school students and their families and more than 100 judges and teachers involved in science, technology, engineering and math. This year’s NDSSEF featured [...]

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Good Friday, April 18, is holiday

April 18, Good Friday, will be observed as a holiday by the University. Only employees who are required by their supervisors must work on the holiday.  There are no classes on Monday, April 21, but the University is open and employees are to report to work.

Health Sciences Library lists holiday hours

The Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences hours for April 17 to April 21 follow. Thursday, April 17, 7:30 a.m. to 5.p.m. Friday – Sunday, April 18-20, closed Monday, April 21, 8 a.m. to midnight

Chester Fritz Library lists spring holiday hours

Thursday, April 17 ― 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 18 ― closed Saturday, April 19 ― 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 20 ― closed Regular spring semester hours resume Monday, April 21, 7:45 a.m. to midnight. – Carol Herman, Chester Fritz Library, 777.2618,

Law Library posts holiday hours

The Law Library will have the following holiday schedule: Friday, April 18, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, April 20, closed. Monday, April 21, 7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.

In Remembrance»

Remembering Cynthia Kordecki

Cynthia Gail Kordecki, 64, of Grand Forks, died February 21, 2014. Born May 2, 1949, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, she was  the daughter of Ferne (Clough) and Frank Kordecki. She received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and theology from Marquette University in 1971, and a master’s in geography from UND in 1992. She worked for Anthropology [...]

Remembering Joanne Baglien

Joanne Laree Baglien, 81, Strongsville, Ohio, and formerly of Grand Forks, died Jan. 9, 2014 at Southwest General Hospice in Strongsville, Ohio.  Joanne Tobiason was born Jan. 1, 1933, at Crookston, Minn., to Adolph and Georgia (Trump) Tobiason. She lived in Gilby, Hatton, and moved to Grand Forks in 1944. She graduated from Central High [...]

Remembering Robert Beck

The School of Law shares the saw news of the passing of former faculty member Robert E. Beck, who died Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis,  at the age of 76.  Professor Beck last visited Grand Forks this past fall during UND’s Homecoming to celebrate UND School of Law alumnus Owen [...]

Remembering Donald Naismith

Donald P. Naismith, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering, Grand Forks, died Jan. 16 in Northwood Deaconess Health Center.  He was 82. Donald Porter Naismith was born on April 22, 1931 to Sylvia (Porter) and Merle R. Naismith in Lakota, North Dakota. Donald and wife, Shirley (Drake) were married on January 28, 1953 would have celebrated [...]