University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Faculty members invited to participate in Winter Commencement Dec. 19

November 14, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

I invite members of the faculty to participate in UND’s Winter Commencement ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 19. Two ceremonies will be held and faculty members are encouraged to march in academic regalia in one or both events. If you have questions about academic regalia, please contact Jennifer Jensik at the University Bookstore by calling 777.2109. [...]

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UND, Quebec government host international conference today

The University of North Dakota Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures is hosting the Building Community-to-Community International Relationships Conference Wednesday, Nov. 19 and Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Memorial Union. The conference, which is free and open to the public, is subtitled “Middle West (U.S.) and Quebec (Canada): a Case Study. The conference [...]

Celebrate International Education Week through Nov. 21

International Education Week celebrates the diversity that international education brings to our university through international initiatives, an internationalized curriculum, the presence of international students and faculty, and the multitude of study abroad opportunities our students have and are currently engaged in. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of [...]

Nov. 20 Atmospheric Sciences seminar focuses on community science

Raj Pandya, Program Director for the Thriving Earth Exchange, American Geophysical Union, will present a seminar titled “Community Science: Designing Discovery for Impact” at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in 106 Streibel Hall. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend. Abstract There is a gap between science and society. This gap shows up in declining [...]

Stone Soup Awards Program set for Nov. 20

The University  of North Dakota will recognize several individuals, a UND department and the city of Emerado, N.D., for civic engagement during its annual Stone Soup Awards Program and Reception, which will run 11 a.m. – noon, Thursday, Nov. 20 at the Gorecki Alumni Center. A dessert reception to follow. This event is free to [...]


Thank You! 2014 Live UNiteD Campaign concludes – return pledge forms now

Thank you to faculty, staff, and students for providing strong support to this year’s UND United Way campaign. The 2014 UND campaign officially ended on Nov. 7. If you still have pledge forms or campaign packets that have not been returned, please send them to United Way at UND Stop 7086. United Way of Grand [...]

Remember to keep windows and doors closed

During the cold weather, it is critical that windows and doors are securely closed. Please report any windows or doors in your area that will not shut properly to the Operation Center at 777.2591. To prevent freeze ups, it would be very helpful if staff would check their area for open windows before leaving for [...]

Introducing the ‘Philosophy is Everywhere’ project

When we teach philosophy, we teach the great books and the complicated arguments. But there is so much more philosophy than what we see in college. The Philosophy is Everywhere project aims at highlighting the little bits of philosophy that we encounter every day. The quotes from celebrities, the passages in books, the comments from [...]

Student Body Profile available online

The 2014-2015 Student Body Profile, which contains statistics on enrollment, levels of study, degrees awarded, ethnicity, age, and more, is now available at If you would like a paper copy, please call 777.2314.


Researchers sought for prospective Honeywell partnership

There is an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) and Honeywell Corporation wants to seek a share of the $19.4 million dollars with UND. Murray Cooper from Honeywell wants to develop what he calls “Tiger Teams” to discuss our respective strengths, weaknesses, and areas of interest, to see if there is enough [...]

Pre-proposals due Nov. 26 for NSF programs in building innovation capacity, integrative partnerships, and biological field stations

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 at or 777.4280. Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) #14-610 [...]

Pre-proposals due Nov. 14 for NSF programs in research instrumentation and scalable nanomanufacturing

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 at or 777.4280. Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) #15-504 The Major [...]

ND Water Resources Research Institute fellowship applications due Nov. 26

The North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute invites applications for its 2015 Graduate Research Fellowship program. NDSU and University of North Dakota graduate students who are conducting or planning research in water resources may apply for fellowships of varying duration, ranging from three months to one year. Fellowship award typically range from $800 to $1,000 [...]

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Birgit Hans receives award

Danke schön, or “thank you,” is the gesture behind the University of North Dakota’s Birgit Hans recently being honored with the “Friends of the German American Partnership Program (GAPP)” award from a local high school. This award is presented by Grand Forks Central High School’s GAPP and is a testament to Hans’ work with the local German exchange [...]

Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. holds annual shareholders meeting at EERC

Midwest Energy Emissions Corp (OTCQB: MEEC), a market leader in mercury control systems for the coal-fired power industry, held an Annual Meeting of Shareholders Nov. 18 at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota. During the meeting, shareholders gathered to vote to reelect board members and other measures that [...]

Forensic Team brings home multiple wins

The Forensic Team is bringing home multiple wins. With the season only a third complete, the team has already competed in four tournaments and won top prizes in three of those tournaments. At the first two tournaments earlier in the year, Natasha Puetz, Wyndmere, N.D.;  Benjamin Olson, Fargo; and Thomas Muscha, Harvey, N.D.; won prizes [...]

UND joins partnership to offer better choices for students

UND will join the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) in a three-year commitment to make its campus healthier by adopting guidelines around food and nutrition, physical activity and programming. PHA works with the private sector and PHA honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama to make healthier choices easier. This initiative will impact nearly 15,000 [...]

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Staff Senate sponsors Tubs of Love

Each year, the University of North Dakota’s Staff Senate hosts the annual Tubs of Love donation drive. Senators disburse and monitor tubs throughout the campus community during the months of November and December. This year the Salvation Army of Grand Forks was chosen as Tubs of Love recipients. Staff Senate will collect donations for the [...]

Staff Senate seeks Exceptional U Award nominations

In Honor of World Kindness Day on Nov. 13, Staff Senate encourages everyone to put forth special effort in making UND a better place. This Exceptional U Award will recognize and celebrate a UND faculty member, staff member and student who have gone out of their way to demonstrate kindness to others. The recipient from each [...]

Nonprofit Leadership Association seeks coat donations Dec. 1-3

The University of North Dakota’s Nonprofit Leadership Student Association (NLSA) and Global Friends Coalition are teaming up to provide coats for new Americans in Greater Grand Forks. They are accepting gently used coats in all sizes, as well as hats and gloves. NLSA students will be collecting donations in the UND Memorial Union from 11 [...]

Toys for Tots Program seeks donations

This year marks the 67th anniversary of the National Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, which United Way coordinates locally. The goal of the program is to receive donations of new, unwrapped toys to distribute to children in need ranging from infants to age 12 in the Grand Forks community. In 2013, 290+ families [...]

In Remembrance»

Remembering Elaine Metcalfe, TRIO Programs

Elaine Annette Metcalfe, former Director of TRIO Programs, passed away Sept. 16, 2014, in Grand Forks. Elaine was born in Seattle, Washington, to Emil and Ann [Oswell] Metcalfe. Her early years were spent there, until the family returned to the Turtle Mountain area of North Dakota to live on a farm north of Dunseith. She [...]

Remembering Peter Coe, retired Chief of Police

Peter A. Coe, retired Chief of Police and United States Army (retired) of Grand Forks, died Sept. 12, 2014,  at Valley Eldercare Center, Grand Forks. He was 83. Peter Ashbrook Coe was born Nov. 4, 1930, to Letcher Coe and Jean (Kelley) Marsh in Bronxville, N.Y.  After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. [...]

Remembering Lu Dudgeon

Lu Ann Mahrer –Dudgeon was born Oct. 15, 1956, in Park River, N.D., to Lorenz and Verna (Martinson) Mahrer. She grew up in Park  River and graduated from Park River high school. She graduated from UND in 1979 majoring in Home Economics. She married Mark Dudgeon in East Grand Forks on Oct. 27, 1980. She [...]

Remembering Elmer Schmiess

Elmer Gottfried Schmiess, 91, of Grand Forks passed away Sept. 11, 2014. Elmer was born March 1, 1923 in Munich, N.D., to Gottfried and Mary (Steinley) Schmiess. He married Dorothy Meyer on July 11, 1951. They celebrated 62 blessed years of marriage until Dorothy passed away six months ago. Elmer was devoted to his family [...]