University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

From Sandra Mitchell, AVP for Diversity and Inclusion: A Friendly Reminder about Halloween

October 14, 2014 • Category: Lead Story

Halloween can be a time to have fun as we dress up as characters very different from ourselves.  As you think about your costume this year, please be thoughtful about the impact your costume choice may have on others in our community. Sometimes costumes, including those sold by major retailers, may be offensive in their [...]

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Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night rally go through Oct. 17

The Women’s Center will host the 19th annual display of the North Dakota Clothesline Project Oct. 13-16, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Oct. 17, from 8 a.m. to noon, in the UND Memorial Union Ballroom. In addition, the “Take Back the Night Rally” will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., [...]

Oct. 16 Atmospheric Sciences seminar focuses on tropical cyclone weather prediction

Mike Fiorino, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colo., will present a seminar titled “Tropical Cyclone Numerical Weather Prediction – the single greatest NWP success story? ” on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 3 p.m. in 106 Streibel Hall. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend. Abstract The ‘models’ are everywhere and assimilate everything – [...]

Visiting Danish students to host Denmark Night on Oct. 16

Danish students on a one-month visit to UND to learn about American entrepreneurship will host Denmark Night on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the Loading Dock, Memorial Union. The event will be hosted by 10 students and two faculty members from Demark. These students and their teachers will get a chance Thursday night [...]

Fall academic advisor workshop is Oct. 16

The fall semester academic advisor workshop is set for Thursday, Oct. 16, from 10 to 11 a.m. and repeated from 3 to 4 the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. With early registration approaching for the spring semester, it is time to update campus academic advisors on topics that relate to advisees. Campus partners will share [...]


The United Way 2014 campaign runs through Nov. 7

UND’s 2014 United Way Campaign, “Telling Our Story: Live UNiteD,” kicked off Wednesday, Oct. 15. Last year, members of the UND family contributed just over $100,000 to support our local United Way and their partner agencies. This year’s campaign goal for the United Way of Grand Forks/East Grand Forks is to raise $1,075,000. In past [...]

Agenda items due Oct. 23 for Nov. 6 University Senate meeting

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Nov. 6, at 4:05 p.m. in Education, Room 113. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Thursday, Oct. 23. They may be submitted electronically to It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted. — Suzanne [...]

AED policy revised

Minor changes were made to UND’s AED policy. Revisions: • Changed UND Safety to Office of Safety throughout document; and • Clarified training requirements for lay rescuers in Procedures: Certification and Training Requirements. To view this policy document in its entirety (including procedures), visit the Division of Finance and Operations’ policy website: • Contact [...]

New episode of Why? Radio focuses on performance architecture

The newest episode of Why? Radio is now available online.  “What is performance architecture?” with Alex Schweder can be found at Alex Schweder spent a week living with six other people in a 24-inch wide apartment to see what that experience would tell him about living spaces. And he did it in a gallery [...]


ND Water Resources Research Institute seeks fellowship applicants

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 [...]

Research ND grant applications due Nov. 21

The Division of Research & Economic Development wishes to remind research faculty that the Research North Dakota (RND) program has a deadline of Nov. 21, 2014 for its fifth cycle of applications.  There are subsequent deadlines, for example, Feb. 20, 2015. Applicants are also reminded that they must have a binding agreement concerning the disposition of intellectual [...]

Pre-proposals due Oct. 6 for NSF programs PIRE and ADBC

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 by contacting Barry Milavetz ( or 777.4280). Partnerships for International Research and [...]

Preproposals for NSF programs LSAMP and NHERI due Sept. 24

The National Science Foundation (NSF) 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). Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) #12-564 [...]

In the News»

American Bar Association quotes Law Dean Kathryn Rand on cover

“In rural America, lawyers are few and far between.” That’s the quote on the cover of the current (Oct. 2014) issue of the American Bar Association’s ABA Journal, which reaches just about every legal professional in the country. The magazine looks at several rural states—including North Dakota—with rural law service challenges and local programs designed [...]

Dean’s Challenge raised $20,000 for Writers Conference

The College of Arts & Sciences’ alumni, friends, faculty, and staff successfully raised more than $10,000 for the UND Writers Conference to meet Dean Debbie Storrs’ challenge. The Dean’s challenge was made possible by a generous $10,000 matching gift from two longtime supporters of the UND Writers Conference.  These donors challenged the dean to raise [...]

Engelstad Arena announces new features for hockey season

— As the men’s hockey team begins another season, Ralph Engelstad Arena announced today some of the new features, amenities, and policies for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. GameDay App- A first-of-its-kind in-venue entertainment mobile application was designed specifically for North Dakota men’s hockey games at Ralph Engelstad Arena in partnership with UND Athletics and Emotion [...]

Master of Public Health Program will expand to Wyoming

The University of North Dakota Master of Public Health Program will soon offer the MPH Program to students in Wyoming. The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), starting with the spring semester 2015, will offer the MPH Program at a distance to classes based at Casper College in Casper, Wyo. The UND MPH [...]

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More health screenings offered Oct. 21, 28, and Nov. 5

Additional openings for free health screenings are available starting Oct. 16 for times as early as 7:10 a.m. Health Screenings are scheduled for: Tuesday, Oct. 21, Memorial Union second floor Tuesday, Oct. 28, 211 Skalicky Wednesday, Nov. 5, Vennes Atrium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. If you have questions and want to make or [...]

Join Team UND for Diabetes Walk on Oct. 25

Staff, faculty, family, friends, students and alumni are invited to join Team UND for the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Alerus Center. The first 50 people to register (and have at least $25 in donations on the day of the event) by 9 a.m. will get a Team [...]

Culinary Corner puts a spin on a seasonal favorite with pumpkin turkey chili Oct. 17

Can’t figure out what to make on Friday night? Looking to try a new recipe? Attend “Crock Pot Cooking” from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in the Culinary Corner for pumpkin turkey chili. This recipe takes a seasonal (and tasty) spin on chili. Price: $15. Register at A Wellness Center membership is note [...]

Surplus lists items for sale

The Purchasing Office has the following surplus items out for sale by bid: Bid #26-2015 FEMA Travel Trailer – Due: 2:00 pm, October 21, 2014 Bid #33-2015 Beckman Coulter Freestanding Ultra Centrifuge – Due: 2:30 pm, October 22, 2014 Bid #63-2015 Blademaster SPB854 Skate Sharpener – Mini Traveler – Due: 2:00 pm, October 22, 2014 [...]

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 [...]