University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Message from academic deans at end of academic year; fall open forum planned

May 18, 2015 • Category: Lead Story

As the academic year comes to a close, all of the academic deans want to thank our faculty and staff for their important contributions and good work. We are privileged to work with all of you in making our University exceptional. Thank you! The academic deans have been and continue to be committed to effective [...]

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Strategic Optimization & Alignment Review (SOAR) office hours continue May 26 and 27

The Strategic Optimization & Alignment Review (SOAR) team has completed 12 Author training sessions to date, with 283 participants.  We’ve also added nearly 200 new users to iDashboards, increasing data transparency and familiarity for faculty and staff throughout campus. If you’re an Author, the team is continuing to offer informal “office hours,” and has added [...]

Doctoral examination is May 27 for Yan Ye, Biochemistry

The doctoral examination for Yan Ye, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Biochemistry, is set for 10 a.m. May 27 in room 5510, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The dissertation title is: The Role of Atg7 in the Host Defense Against Bacterial Infection. Min Wu (Biochemistry) is the committee chair. [...]

Doctoral examination is May 27 for Gehendra Kharel, Earth System Science and Policy

The doctoral examination for Gehendra Kharel, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Earth System Science and Policy, is set for 1 p.m. May 27 in 111 Ryan Hall. The dissertation title is: The Impacts of Climate, Land Use, Economics, and Conservation Policies on the Hydrology of the Devils Lake Basin. Andrei [...]

Title IX training will be held May 28

The Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action office announces training on employees’ obligations under Title IX in responding to sexual violence and sexual harassment on campus. The first training session will be held on May 28 at 9 a.m.   The session will be repeated monthly through the summer and fall.  Registration is available through Learning & Development [...]


Vice President for Research and Economic Development finalist feedback survey due May 20

If you have had the opportunity to meet and/or attend the Open Forums for our Vice President for Research and Economic Development finalists, please complete the finalist feedback survey. Your thoughts and impressions are important to the search committee. The online survey can be found at . The deadline for submitting feedback is May [...]

Office of Safety receives Outstanding Safety Instructor Award

UND Office of Safety has been awarded the North Dakota Safety Council’s Outstanding Safety Instructor Award for its accomplishments in teaching Defensive Driving. The award is given to a safety instructor or company which has taught a significant number of courses or students and who has shown true dedication to improving safety in North Dakota, [...]

Brad Berry named men’s hockey coach

Director of Athletics Brian Faison has announced that longtime assistant coach and former UND letterwinner Brad Berry has been hired as head coach of the men’s hockey program. Berry was introduced as the 16th head coach in the program’s history – and the sixth former UND player to take over the program — at a [...]

Michael Rood is April U Shine winner

Staff Senate is pleased to announce that Michael Rood, Mailing Clerk, is the April U Shine winner. He was nominated by Jessica Dunphy, who said, “I would like to nominate Michael Rood for the U Shine Award because of his exceptional service and helpfulness. One day, I was working with Michael at the Memorial Union, [...]


Pre-proposals for NSF programs I-Corps Sites and Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Foresights due May 26

The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcements which allow UND 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 calling 777.4280. Innovation Corps Sites Program (I-Corps Sites) #14-547 The National [...]

Research Enhancement Award Program, a new joint funding initiative, is available

The College of Arts& Sciences, College of Engineering & Mines, School of Medicine & Health Sciences, and the Division of Research & Economic Development would like to announce a new joint internal funding program called the “Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP).” REAP funding is specifically designed to help faculty members who have submitted proposals to [...]

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 [...]

In the News»

School of Medicine and Health Sciences announces Sophomore Award winners

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ 2015 Sophomore Awards lunch and presentation of awards took place May 14 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. North Dakota Medical Association Awards Awarded to second-year students nominated by their peers, the Class of 2017, and recognized for outstanding performance in the following three curricular areas: Group Leadership and [...]

League-best five UND teams earn NCAA Public Recognition Awards

A Big Sky Conference-leading five teams from the University of North Dakota have received NCAA Public Recognition Awards for their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates (APR). UND’s sports recognized included men’s cross country, men’s tennis, men’s indoor track & field, men’s outdoor track & field and women’s basketball. The Public Recognition Awards are given [...]

Department of Physician Assistant Studies announces Scholarly Project Awards

The winners have been announced for the Scholarly Project Poster Display hosted May 7 by the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The winners were announced at the Department’s Hooding Ceremony for the Class of 2015 on May 15. Jody Bauer, Master of Physician Assistant Studies ’15, of Bismarck, N.D., had [...]

‘Studio One’ wins 10 awards in state contest

The University’s  live television show, Studio One, received 10 awards from the North Dakota Professional Communicators (NDPC) College Communications Contest.  These awards represent the best work done by university broadcast news operations and journalists in North Dakota and Moorhead, Minn. “The NDPC College Communications Contest is a great way to see how Studio One’s work [...]

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HealthyBlue and voucher reminders: redeem points by June 30

The voucher points earned by participating in UND wellness/personal wellness activities will be deposited in your HealthyBlue accounts by June 1. Please remember that you need to redeem all HealthyBlue points by June 30 at Try not to wait until the last minute as the system likely will be overloaded. There is no other [...]

Chester Fritz Library posts hours through Summer Session

Chester Fritz Library hours for Summer Session follow. Mondays through Thursdays, May 18 – Aug. 7, 7:45 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fridays, 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, closed Sunday, 5 – 9 p.m.

Denim Day is Friday, May 29

Denim Day is Friday, May 29. Pay $1 to your site coordinator and enjoy going casual for local non-profit organizations. 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 [...]

Memorial Union lists summer hours

Following are hours for the Memorial Union service areas. Info Center, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. t0 5 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday Sign & Design Studio Area (this includes the space formerly known as Union Services), Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday.

In Remembrance»

Remembering Regina Blass

Regina Blass, adjunct lecturer with the Summer Institute of Linguistics at UND, died May 1, 2015, while undergoing treatment at Nairobi Hospital. Regina Blass was born in Wuppertal, Germany, in 1943. She did vocational training in business, and started her career as a business manager’s assistant at Kolb and Company screw factory at Wuppertal in [...]

Remembering Regina Blass

It is with regret that we announce the death of Regina Blass, a professor in the Summer Institute of Linguistics Program since 2010 and an adjunct graduate faculty member. She passed away May 1 in Kenya. An obituary will be published when it is available.

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 [...]