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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Jan. 22 seminar will discuss development of valuable intellectual property at UND

An Intellectual Property (IP) Seminar is set for Thursday Jan. 22, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl, second floor of the Memorial Union. Development of Valuable IP at UND will be moderated by Michael F. Moore, Associate VP, Intellectual Property Commercialization and Economic Development (IPCED). Speakers are Jason Jenkins, NDUS Associate General [...]

“Effort Certification and How it Affects Me” set for Jan. 22

Diane Hillebrand, SMHS Grants Management and Michelle Meyer, CNPD Sponsored Projects, will conduct a Brown Bag Grants Management Education session titled “Effort Certification and How it Affects Me,” from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 22 in the Badlands Room, Memorial Union. If you work on a sponsored project (grant), you should have heard the term [...]

Doctoral examination is Jan. 22 for Lalitha Kurada in Pharmacology, Physiology, and Therapeutics

The doctoral examination for Lalitha Kurada, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Pharmacology, Physiology, & Therapeutics, is set for 10 a.m., Jan. 22 in room 3933, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The dissertation title is: Corticotropin-releasing Factor Facilitates Epileptiform Activity via CRF2 Signaling Mechanisms. Saobo Lei (Pharmacology, Physiology, & Therapeutics) [...]

Faculty candidate in Spanish to present research talk Jan. 23

Susana Castillo-Rodriguez, candidate for a Spanish faculty position in the Department of Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures, will present a research talk, “Transatlantic loanwords. Africa and the Americas,” on Friday, Jan. 23, from 11 a.m. to noon in 303 Merrifield Hall. Dr. Castillo-Rodriguez earned Ph.D. degrees from Complutense University, Madrid, Spain and CUNY. She [...]


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, [...]

New forms should be used for keys and electronic door access

The forms for requesting keys and electronic door access have been revised and combined.  A new form has also been created for notification of lost or stolen keys and electronic door access devices.  The new forms are available on the Facilities Management Forms page at and on the Electronic Door Access page at [...]

Nominations for Outstanding Academic Advisor due Jan. 23

The Student Success Center is currently accepting nominations for two Outstanding Academic Advisor Awards. The University is in a position to be able to identify one faculty academic advisor and one professional academic advisor who exemplify great student service in the area of undergraduate academic advising. The two $2,000 awards will be presented at the [...]

University Children’s Center is now University Children’s Learning Center

Effective spring semester 2015, University Children’s Center has changed its name to University Children’s Learning Center (UCLC) following approval from the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. Along with the new name is a new logo. The name change emphasizes the hands on teaching and learning approaches that the teaching staff at the Center [...]


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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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 [...]

Theatre Workshops for grades 1-8 will be held at Fire Hall Theatre

Play Days are a great way for children, grades 1-8, to enjoy theatre games and create a live stage play they will perform for parents and friends that very day. Play Days go from 1-5 p.m. when the Grand Forks schools are out of session. Children have the chance to explore an American Indian story [...]

In Remembrance»

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, [...]

Remembering Jean Oberpriller

Jean Colville Oberpriller, retired Professor of Anatomy at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, passed away Dec. 23, 2014 in Eagan, Minn., with her family at her side. She was 72. She was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., and was the first in her family to attend college. She received her undergraduate degree from Mount [...]