University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Interim Leaders announced for Chester Fritz Library

June 25, 2015 • Category: Lead Story

Two interim leaders have been named for the Chester Fritz Library.  They will be in place following the departure of Acting Director Julie Anderson from the University of North Dakota. Dr. Anderson, Associate Provost and Professor of Nursing, has accepted a position as Dean of the School of Nursing at St. Scholastica College in Duluth, [...]

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Summer Orientation continues through July 16

Summer Orientation sessions will continue through July 16. We invite the campus community to join us in welcoming UND’s newest students, the Class of 2019. The one-day Orientation sessions are based on a student’s academic major with the exception of certain majors in the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, which offer students a two-day [...]

TIAA-CREF offers individual financial counseling July 7-9, 21-23

A TIAA-CREF representative will be on campus July 7, 8, 9, 21, 22 and 23 for individual 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 as [...]

July 6 retirement reception honors Rowann Larson

Please join us at a retirement reception honoring Rowann Larson, Front Desk Specialist in Human Resources, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, July 6, in 305 Twamley Hall. Rowann started working for UND Human Resources in 2004. She first started in a temporary position during the implementation of PeopleSoft and was hired into a regular [...]

Doctoral examination is July 7 for Karin Becker, Communication and Public Discourse

The doctoral examination for Karin Becker, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Communication and Public Discourse, is set for 10 a.m. July 7 in 219 Merrifield Hall. The dissertation title is: Developing a Chronic Pain Vocabulary: Communication Preferences Among Individuals with Chronic Pain. Dr. Timothy Pasch (Communication) is the committee chair. [...]


National Resource Center on Native American Aging receives funding for work with American Indian communities

The National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA) has received funding from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging in the amount of $1,674,455 over five years. The NRCNAA helps American Indian communities identify evolving Native elder health and social issues through a national needs assessment, and assists them in developing [...]

Staff Senate seeks input on Parking System Operational Assessment Report

Staff Senate is looking for your feedback regarding parking on campus. As many of you may recall, in October 2014, the University contracted with SP+ University Services to conduct a comprehensive operational review of its parking program. Consultants were asked to evaluate and make recommendations of the following operational areas: parking allocation system and permitting [...]

Visitor paylot temporarily changing to an A lot July 6

Due to the construction of the new Collaborative Energy Complex and the expansion of the William M. Laird Core and Sample Library the Visitor Paylot located next to Carnegie Hall will be converted to an A lot to accommodate the loss of employee parking in the lot to the south of the Upson complex. Please [...]

Campus comments sought by Sept. 14 for remote site (flexplace) work locations policy

Establishing a flexplace work location is sometimes necessary to meet university goals, meet customer needs, and balance personal and professional responsibilities. When the need presents itself, the University of North Dakota (UND) may allow flexibility in a location of where work is performed by staff and faculty in exempt and nonexempt positions. The decision to [...]


COBRE pilot grant commercialization proposals due July 17

UND Neuroscience COBRE Pilot Grant Program: Third 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 ‘first-in-the-nation’ commercialization pilot grant program is very specific. We want to encourage and facilitate neuroscience research leading to commercialization [...]

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 [...]

In the News»

Knutson named assistant dean for the Northwest (Minot) Campus at School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Scott E. Knutson has been named assistant dean for the Northwest (Minot) Campus at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Knutson is a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at UND and an emergency medicine physician for Trinity Health in Minot, serving as chief of medical staff since December of [...]

Electrical Engineering grants will help combat cyber-attacks for UAS and banking industries

Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Prakash Ranganathan has been awarded a grant to research cyber-security for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and to prepare students for careers in the industry. Rockwell Collins is funding the project in the amount of $20,000.  Ranganathan’s strong proposal successfully competed against those from 39 other universities for consideration as part of the [...]

Ferraro named to editorial board for Journal of Aging Science

Richard Ferraro, Professor of Psychology, has accepted an invitation to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Aging Science. The journal is a scholarly open access publication which publishes aging associated articles in the form of research articles, review articles, case reports, and short communications. It focuses on physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, studies [...]

Children’s Center breaks ground on outdoor classroom/playgrounds

The University Children’s Learning Center (UCLC) officially broke ground and began construction on its new outdoor learning play space at an event at June 17.  The event also recognized the years of service that current UCLC Director Jo-Anne Yearwood has provided. She will be stepping down from her directorship on June 26 to assume an [...]

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New sites offered for Zen in 10

Re-focus with 10 minutes of movement and relaxation with “Zen in 10.” Participation is free and open to campus. There are two options listed below. For the following dates: Tuesday, June 23; Thursday, June 25; Tuesday, July 7; Monday, July 27; and Thursday, July 30; here are the rotations: • 9:30-9:40 a.m., south lawn outside [...]

Leave donations sought for Robert J. Barron, Jr.

Voluntary leave donations are sought for Robert J. Barron, Jr., laboratory technician at the Center for Biomedical Research. Please forward completed donation leave forms to Theresa Wasylow, laboratory technician/supervisor, Center for Biomedical Research, STOP 9001. Leave forms can be found at Your generosity in supporting Robert is greatly appreciated. Thank you. – Center for Biomedical [...]

Leave donations sought for Michael Miller and Laura Curtis

Voluntary leave donations are sought for Michael Miller and Laura Curtis, both building service technicians in Facilities Management. Please return completed donation of leave forms to Beth Brouillard, Facilities Management, Stop 9032. Forms can be found at All donations are kept confidential. Thank you in advance for your generosity. — Facilities Management.

Burgers on the Boulevard runs through Aug. 12

UND Dining Services “Burgers on the Boulevard” outdoor grill will open on Wednesday, June 3, at University Place Patio, weather permitting. Join us every Wednesday through Aug. 12 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (closed July 1). The menu includes made–to-order hamburgers, brats, chicken, and veggie burgers outside of Stomping Grounds University Place. You may [...]

In Remembrance»

Remembering Stephen Rendahl

It is with an expression of the deepest regret that we announce the passing of Dr. Stephen Rendahl, Professor of Communication, on July 5. Dr. Rendahl was a faculty member in Communication at UND since 1974. The Communication Program will be organizing a tribute to him in the fall. He will be sorely missed. An [...]

Remembering Teckla Jacobson

Teckla F. Jacobson, retired Building Services Technician in the Housing Maintenance area, died May 28, 2015 unexpectedly at home in Grand Forks of natural causes, with her husband at her side. She was 69. Teckla Freda Van Eyk was born on Sept. 29, 1945, to John and Vivian (Lock) Van Eyk in Mandan, N.D. She [...]

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.