University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Commencement ceremony is Friday, Aug. 8

July 17, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

The summer commencement ceremony will take place Friday, Aug. 8, at 3 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The commencement will be broadcast live on Grand Forks Cable Channel 3, also at 3 p.m. A rebroadcast is scheduled Aug. 12-15 at noon and 8 p.m., on Grand Forks Cable Channel 3. President Robert Kelley will [...]

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Barrentine presents “Much Ado About Mothing” at July 22 STEM Cafe

Grand Forks Public Library STEM café is set for July 22 at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room. Carl Barrentine, retired faculty member, will present “Much Ado About Mothing.” You’ve heard about Dark Matter and Dark Energy, but have you heard about Dark Biology?  Come to the Dark Side and discover the wildly wonderful [...]

Standing Committee on Faculty Rights meets Wednesday

The Standing Committee on Faculty Rights (SCoFR) will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, in the Office of the General Counsel, 104 O’Kelly Hall.  The agenda will focus on revisions to the SCoFR website and Faculty Handbook. — John B. Bridewell, Professor of Aviation

Doctoral examination for Nicole Haese is July 24

The doctoral examination for Nicole Haese, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Microbiology, is set for 9 a.m. Thursday, July 24, in room 5510, School of Medicine & Health Sciences. The dissertation title is Therapeutic lgY: Safe, Diverse, and Effective for Use Against Viral Targets. David Bradley (Microbiology) is the committee chair. The [...]

SIL colloquium will feature Adam Baker July 24

Adam Baker will speak at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in Gamble Hall 3, on the question, “What If There Are No Segments?” In this colloquium, Baker will attempt a serious answer to a silly question. What if speech is not, after all, a sequence of phonetic segments? What if, rather, words are indivisible articulations? [...]


Dean of Students office, Disability Services will move July 28

We are on the move! In an effort to better serve students, the Dean of Students Office and the Disability Services for Students Office will trade office spaces on Monday, July 28. While both offices will be closed on that day to facilitate office moves, the main office phone numbers will continued to be answered [...]

NSF program pre-proposals for CSBR and S-STEM due July 31

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 ( or 777.4280). Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) ― #14-564 The Collections [...]

Photo highlights of the High Altitude Conference available online

UND hosted the 5th Annual Academic High Altitude Conference June 23-27. Thank you to all who participated and assisted in making this year’s conference a success. More information and pictures from the conference, see About the Academic High Altitude Conference The focus of the national conference was on the technical aspects, research possibilities, and educational benefits [...]

ND State Fleet activates Driver ID PIN program

The ND State Fleet has been directed by the State Auditors to create an individual Driver ID PIN program. The program is already active and a large number of individuals from UND have already been assigned and issued their personal Driver ID PIN. You will not be able to fuel a State Fleet vehicle without [...]


NSF program pre-proposals for CSBR and S-STEM due July 31

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 ( or 777.4280). Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR) ― #14-564 The [...]

Neuroscience COBRE Pilot Grant Program seeks second round of proposals

UND Neuroscience COBRE Pilot Grant Program Second 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 pilot grant program is very specific: to encourage and facilitate neuroscience research leading to commercialization of research discoveries. The [...]

NSF issues program announcement for IRNC

The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcement. International Research Network Connections (IRNC) NSF 14-554 The International Research Network Connections (IRNC) program supports high performance network connectivity required by international science and engineering research and education collaborations involving the NSF research community. NSF expects to make a set of awards to: (1) [...]

ND EPSCoR seeks new faculty startup requests for proposals

Department chairs and deans recruiting department chair positions are invited to submit proposals requesting start-up funds for tenure-track research faculty to be hired during FY2016. Electronic Letters of Intent are due July 3, with proposals due Aug. 7. The RFP is posted on the ND EPSCoR website ( or contact Mark R. Hoffmann, ND EPSCoR [...]

In the News»

Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2016 begins clinical studies at SMHS

Fifty-two physical therapy students, members of the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Class of 2016, started the clinical studies portion of their journey to become doctors of physical therapy this week at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The students received white coats at the Entrance Into Professional Service Ceremony held at the Alerus [...]

Pasch to review proposals for Department of Education in Washington D.C.

The U.S. Department of Education has selected UND Communication faculty member Timothy Pasch to serve as reviewer for the IFLE Fiscal Year 2014 National Resource Centers Competition Peer Review in Washington D.C. The NRC/FLAS awards fall under the jurisdiction of the Fulbright-Hays Title VI Program Office of International and Foreign Language Education. These discretionary/competitive [...]

Doctoral student featured in “40 under 40″ feature`

Josef Kolosky, doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Director of West River Head Start in Mandan, was featured in the Bismarck Tribune’s “Forty Under Forty” publication, which features North Dakota’s top 40 professionals under age 40.

Student wins top honor at leadership conference

As they called Kate Menzies on stage as one of the top 10 finalists at the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) National Leadership Conference, before an estimated crowd of more than 2,000 people, she was ecstatic.  A top 10 finish is an accomplishment in itself. She never dreamed she would get first place, even when it [...]

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Donated leave sought for Dan Samson

Voluntary donations of leave are sought for Dan Samson, Academic Maintenance, Facilities Management.  Please return completed Donation of Leave forms to the Facilities HR office, Stop 9032.  Forms can be found at: All donations are kept confidential.  Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity. –  Tyler Clauson, Facilities Management Human Resources/Office Assistant, [...]

Denim Day is July 25

Pay $1 to your site coordinator and enjoy going casual for local charities. If your office allows you to wear denim all the time, consider still giving $1 on Denim Days. Donations go to very good causes. Checks, if any, must be made out to “Denim Day.” All proceeds collected during 2014 will go to [...]

Volunteers needed for USDA research studies

Lifestyle Weight Control and Potato Consumption We invite you to join a study to evaluate the role of potato consumption in a lifestyle weight control program: Blood Cell Responses to Exercise We invite you to join a study to determine how platelets (blood cells that form clots) respond when a person performs an initial period [...]

NDPERS vouchers due to Work Well by Aug. 15

Finish your four annual wellness activities by June 30 (listed on page 2 of the voucher) and submit your NDPERS voucher to Work Well at Mail Stop 8365 by Aug. 15. It is downloadable from under the Quick Links: 2013-2014 Voucher. Why do this? You will earn 6,000 points, or the equivalent of $60 [...]

In Remembrance»

Remembering Vincent Andriello

I am greatly saddened to inform the University of North Dakota community of the death of Air Traffic Control Lecturer, Vincent Andriello, who passed away July 18 after a lengthy battle with cancer. We extend our sympathy and heartfelt condolences to Vincent’s  family, friends, colleagues and students. I recognize that we all handle loss in [...]

Remembering Paul Ray

Paul D. Ray, Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry, age 79, died July 15, 2014, after a brief battle with cancer. Paul Ray was born December 7, 1934, in Monmouth, Ill, to Elmer and Dorothy Ray. He grew up on the family farm south of Monmouth, and graduated from Monmouth High School in 1952 and Monmouth College [...]

Remembering Hanying Xu

Hanying Xu, Director of the Environmental Analytical Research Laboratory in the College of Engineering & Mines from 2004 until early this year, passed away July 16, 2014 at his Grand Forks home after a courageous three-year battle with brain cancer. He was surrounded by his beloved wife, Julia Zhao, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and his [...]

Remembering Harry Holloway Jr.

Harry L. Holloway, Jr., retired professor of biology, Grand Forks, ND, Saturday, June 7, 2014 in Altru Hospital of Grand Forks, ND. He was 88. Born May 22, 1926 in York County, Va. to Harry Lee Holloway Sr. and Beatrice Ensley Holloway, he graduated from Poquoson High School in 1943 and entered Randolph Macon College. [...]