University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Ombuds finalist open forums are March 9, 10 and 12

March 2, 2015 • Category: Lead Story

The University Ombuds search committee reviewed 22 applications for the position, conducted six video conference interviews, and has invited three finalists to campus during the week of March 9. The UND Ombuds will be a neutral resource for members of the entire University community and will provide timely and informal assistance to members of the [...]

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March 5 session discusses summer Writing Across the Curriculum program

The Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program will offer two summer workshops: Teaching with Writing (for individual faculty members) and Building a Writing Enriched Program (for cohorts of three faculty members). If you would like to learn more about either program, please attend one of our two information sessions on March 2 or 5 at [...]

Philippines Culture Night is March 5

Filipino and Filipino-American students at the University have partnered with the Office of  International Programs to host a Philippine Culture Night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Loading Dock in the Memorial Union. The event is free and will include a brief presentation about the Philippines, as well as free Filipino cuisine.  The [...]

TIAA-CREF offers financial counseling March 3-5, 24-26

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus March 3, 4, 5, 24, 25 and 26 for individual financial counseling sessions. Discuss your personal financial situation with an experienced TIAA-CREF financial consultant on a confidential basis. The consultant is available to discuss how to help you achieve your financial goals by investing in financial solutions such [...]

International Speaker Series continues March 4 with “Busting Out: The Role of U.S. Companies in Promoting Women’s Rights in the Developing World”

In keeping with the strategic vision of an Exceptional UND, the International Studies Speaker Series provides opportunities for students, faculty, and the community to gather and collaborate. During the Spring 2015 semester, International Studies will present four sessions on “Exploring International Human Rights: Activism, Experiences, and Limitations on the Local and Global Stage.” As one [...]


Faculty can receive feedback on teaching

It’s not too late to make plans to use the SGID (Small Group Instructional Diagnosis) method for receiving midterm feedback from students in your classes. The SGID process, facilitated by a trained faculty colleague, is a method of soliciting student perceptions about the progress of their learning. Since it is conducted by an outsider to [...]

Nominations due March 20 for Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Awards

Nominations are being sought for the Charles E. Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Awards. The awards recognize the achievements of an individual and an organization who have worked to improve health and wellness through lowered rates of disease and disability by developing and delivering effective health promotion and prevention initiatives. Named for former UND President [...]

North Dakota Quarterly seeks micro-fiction submissions

North Dakota Quarterly is accepting submissions for a special pocket-sized issue that will feature fiction and poetry from writers throughout the state. The focus of this “mobile” issue will be micro-fiction (stories of 150 words or less) and short poetry. We are looking for fresh, fun, and fast literature that can tell a story in [...]

Complimentary ticket website available for benefited faculty and staff

Human Resources has created a page on their website for announcing complimentary tickets that are available to UND benefited faculty and staff.  This page can be accessed at  or go to the Human Resources webpage, click Employees in the orange section, then click on Complimentary Ticket Giveaway. When complimentary tickets are available (usually one [...]


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 [...]

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 [...]

NASA Center Faculty Research Fellowship applications due Feb. 23

Applications are now being accepted from full-time, qualified STEM faculty in accredited U.S. colleges and universities inclusive of Minority Serving Institutions, for the summer 2015 NASA Glenn Faculty Fellowship Program (NGFFP). The ten-week Fellowship will begin on Monday, June 1, and end on Friday, Aug. 7. The Fellowship is open to U.S. citizens. Under-represented and [...]

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 [...]

In the News»

Yvonne Jonk published in Medical Care Journal

Yvonne Jonk, Assistant Professor at the Center for Rural Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, co-authored an article that was published in the February issue of  Medical Care Journal. The article discusses the effectiveness of health coaching to reduce health service expenditures. Dr. Jonk, a health economist whose research interests include insurance and [...]

Dale Morrison re-elected Chair of the Center for Innovation Foundation

The Trustees of the UND Center for Innovation Foundation elected Dale Morrison of New York and Naples, Fla. as their chairman for another three year term.  Morrison is co-founder of TriPointe Capital Partners, a middle market private equity firm based in New York City. He was CEO and President of McCain Foods LTD of Toronto, [...]

Lego Tournament winners named

The University hosted this year’s North Dakota FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) robotics competition Feb. 7, and  the Barnes County North LEGO® robotics team, the “Bison Bots,” took top honors at this year’s competition. The Bison Bots are from North High School in Wimbledon, N.D. The win qualifies them to compete at one of the FIRST® [...]

Students named to North Dakota Intercollegiate Band

Eleven students from the University of North Dakota Wind Ensemble were named to the 14th annual North Dakota Intercollegiate Band, which performed Feb. 20 and 21 in Jamestown. Donald DeRoche, retired Director of Bands at DePaul University, served as this year’s guest conductor and clinician. Students participating from UND were Kassie Beaumont, bassoon (Janesville, Wisc.); [...]

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Health Sciences Library offers extended hours March 6, 7

The Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences will be open extended hours this weekend. Hours are: Friday, March 6, 7:30 a.m.  to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

AISES holds Indian taco sale March 4

UND AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) is having an Indian Taco Sale Wednesday, March 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until sold out), at American Indian Student Services, 315 Princeton. Please stop in! The price is $6 per taco; deliveries will not be available. — Hannah M. Balderas, UND AISES President

USDA seeks volunteers for research studies

The USDA Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center seeks volunteers for the following studies. Fat burning after a meal We are seeking volunteers to participate in a research study looking at how the addition of a sugary drink with your meal will change the rate in which your stomach empties and how your body uses [...]

Leave donations sought for Megan Goulet

Voluntary donations of annual leave are sought for Megan Goulet, Snack Bar Attendant, Wilkerson Dining Center.  Please return completed donation of leave forms to Lola Conley, Dining Services, Stop 9033. Forms can be found at All donations are kept confidential. Thank you in advance for your generosity. — Dining Services.

In Remembrance»

Remembering Mabel Curry

Mabel Curry, retired Associate Professor and Chair of Home Economics, died in January 2015 in Apple Valley, Minn. She was born Jan. 29, 1920, in Woodbine, Iowa. She earned an A.A. degree from Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa, in 1939; a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in 1941; and a master’s degree from the University [...]

Remembering Wayne Carl

Wayne A. Carl, retired flooring installer, 71, of Grand Forks passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Altru Hospital, Grand. Wayne A. Carl was born on Dec. 23, 1943 in Grand Forks, the son of Jess and Carrie (Frye) Carl. He graduated from Sacred Heart School in East Grand Forks. He married Susan Gerszewski. [...]

Remembering Manuchair “Mike” Ebadi

Dr. Manuchair “Mike” Ebadi, retired Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, associate vice president for health affairs at UND, associate dean for research and program development, and director of the Center for Excellence in Neurosciences at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, passed away Jan. 19, 2015, at his residence in Laguna Niguel, Calif., at age [...]

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 [...]