University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Kelleys invite all to attend Healthy UND annual meeting Oct. 19

September 30, 2015 • Category: Lead Story

First Lady Marcia Kelley and I, as well as Vice President for Student Affairs Lori Reesor and Associate Vice President for Health & Wellness Laurie Betting, invite you to join them in the 15th Anniversary celebration of the Healthy UND Coalition. The Healthy UND Annual Meeting will take place on Monday, Oct. 19, from 3 [...]

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Oct. 15 welcome reception will honor Library Dean Stephanie Walker

Provost Thomas DiLorenzo cordially invites you to a welcome reception for Stephanie and John Walker. Stephanie Walker began her position as UND’s Dean of Libraries and Information Resources on Sept. 16. The reception, which is open to the campus community, is on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 3-5 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Library Reading Room.

20th annual Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night Rally are this week

The University is hosting a solemn yet stunning visual display of how violence affects the people of North Dakota this week. The Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night Rally are scheduled to take place Oct. 12-16 on the second floor of the Memorial Union. The Clothesline Project hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday; and [...]

Pianist Keith Teepen presents lecture on collaboration Oct. 13

The Department of Music is pleased to invite the campus community to a free lecture by Instructor Keith Teepen, who will discuss approaches to performing successfully with singers and instrumentalists. The lecture, “Collaborating with Piano, Voice, Trumpet and Cello: A Pianist’s Perspective,” will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, in Room 164 [...]

Oct. 14 Geography Forum will focus on China Study Abroad

Karl Bauer, a senior Geography major, will speak during the Department of Geography’s Forum for Contemporary Geographic Issues at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, in O’Kelly 157. He will discuss his experiences in China during Summer 2015 in “Adventures in the Old and New: My Study Abroad Journeys in the People’s Republic.” All are [...]


Institutional Review Board meets Nov. 6, proposals due Oct. 13 and 20

The Institutional Review Board will meet at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, in 305 Twamley Hall to consider all Full Board Review research proposals that are submitted to the IRB Office before Tuesday, Oct. 20. Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the Clinical Medical Subcommittee before being brought to the Full Board. Proposals for [...]

One-Stop celebrates first anniversary

It’s our one-year anniversary! One year ago, One-Stop Student Services opened its doors with a focus on providing exceptional service for students. From the beginning, One-Stop was designed to provide answers to questions in one coordinated location to help students positively navigate through their educational experiences without having to move from office to office to [...]

University Registrar search committee named

The search for the next University Registrar is under way. The Spellman and Johnson Group has been selected as the search firm and a search committee has been named. The search consultant, Peter Rosenberg, will be working with the search committee and interview stakeholders on Oct. 13. The members of the search committee are: Christina [...]

How well do you know UND? Institutional Research Briefs now available

The latest issue of the Institutional Research Office newsletter is available at . Highlighted in the September 2015 issue: • Facts 4 U! • UND Featured by NSSE • Dashboard News • Website redesign • How well do you know UND — Carmen Williams, Director, Office of Institutional Research


ND EPSCoR announces doctoral dissertation assistantship awards

The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) has announced the 2015 – 2016 Doctoral Dissertation Assistantship (DDA) awards at the University of North Dakota. ND EPSCoR’s DDA awards are designed to increase the completion rate of Ph.D. students enrolled in the science, engineering, and mathematics disciplines at North Dakota’s research-intensive universities. [...]

Deadline for research/creative activity and publication awards is Oct. 9

The second Senate Scholarly Activities Committee deadline for submission of applications is Friday, Oct. 9. Only research/creative activity or publication applications will be considered; no other applications will be considered at that time. The third deadline for submission of applications is Friday, Jan. 15. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel [...]

Preproposals for NSF programs to improve STEM education and build innovation capacity due Oct. 16

The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcements which allow 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 contacting or calling 777.4280. IUSE / Professional Formation of Engineers: REvolutionizing [...]

Grant writing workshop for faculty and staff is Oct. 3

A grant writing workshop for faculty and staff is set for 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Grant Writing Basics Learn the basics of grant proposal writing for public and private agencies and foundations. Topics to be covered in a general session include the elements of a successful proposal, [...]

In the News»

Online communication degree ranked in Top 10

UND has been ranked one of the top online bachelor’s degree programs for communication on “Super Scholar’s 2016 Smart Choice Best Online Bachelor’s Communication Degrees.” UND is ranked No. 10 out of 50 ranked schools. Ranking for the list was based on online schools that have received regional accreditation and are listed by the National [...]

RAIN Program receives major grant

The Recruitment-Retention of American Indians into Nursing (RAIN) program at the UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines was recently awarded $555,152 in funding. This money will go toward supporting tribal members in their educational endeavors and will assist in a collaboration with the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara) to address educational and employment [...]

Biologists integrate unmanned aircraft technology in longstanding Canadian wildlife study

In a portion of Manitoba, Canada, so remote you have to fly in by helicopter, a research team led by the University of North Dakota and the American Museum of Natural History spent the summer in the polar bear capital of the world deploying the latest tool – Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) — in a nearly five-decade-old ecological study. [...]

International health and fitness scholar joins College of Education and Human Development

Formerly on the faculty at University of South Australia, Grant Tomkinson arrived in Grand Forks with his wife and three children in August to begin work as an associate professor in the Kinesiology & Public Health Education program. He brings with him a vast body of knowledge about the benefits of exercise among young people. [...]

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Zen in Ten continues through Nov. 5

Zen in 10 will continue Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 5. The focus of the program is stretching, breathing and having fun with co-workers, and to go back to work with less stress, more energy and better body function. Deans El-Rewini, Hill, and Rand will hosting their respective colleges and anyone else who is interested. [...]

Honors will rake leaves through Oct. 31 to benefit Global Friends Coalition

UND Honors students are raking leaves this month to raise money for the Global Friends Coalition, which brings together individuals and organizations to foster refugee (New American) integration through work with New Americans and the Greater Grand Forks community. For nine years, the UND Honors Program has been partnering with Global Friends Coalition on service-learning [...]

Donated leave sought for Richard Gunville

Voluntary annual leave and sick leave donations are sought for Richard Gunville, Facilities Management Housing Maintenance. Please return completed donation of leave forms to Sarah Quanrud, Facilities Management, Stop 9032. Forms can be found at All donations are kept confidential. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

2016 Denim Day funding applications due Nov. 15

Application forms for local non-profit organizations seeking 2016 Denim Day funding are now available on the Staff Senate Denim Day website at or by calling Cheri Williams, 777.2121. The deadline for applying is Nov. 15. Please encourage your favorite local non-profit to apply. — Cheri Williams, Staff Senate, Denim Day Committee Chair,, 777.2121.

In Remembrance»

Remembering Myrna Haga

Myrna Pearl Haga, retired Professor of Social Work, passed away peacefully on Sept. 7 in Blairgowrie, Scotland. She was born on Aug. 23, 1940, in Dunrae, Manitoba, the daughter of Robert George Dunlop and Reta Mary Dunlop. She attended UND and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social work, which would become her lifelong profession [...]

Remembering Paul Kannowski

Paul B. Kannowski, professor emeritus of biology, age 88 died Sept. 3, 2015 at his home in Grand Forks. Paul Brunno Kannowski was born Aug. 11, 1927, in Grand Forks to Max Bruno and Frances Burdick Kannowski. His father was the Superintendent of Parks, a position his mother also occupied after his father’s death in [...]

Remembering Thomas Martzall

Thomas M. “Marty” Martzall, Jr., former transportation employee, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at home in Grand Forks. He was 79. “Marty” or Tom, was born June 15, 1936 in Lancaster, Pa. to Thomas M. Martzall Sr. and Esther Rintz. He grew up and attended schools in Manheim Pa., and  graduated from Manheim Central High [...]

Remembering Steve Rendahl

Stephen Earl Rendahl, Professor of Communication, died in Altru Hospital July 5. He was 71. Services There will be a visitation at Amundson Funeral Home, 2975 S 42nd St., Grand Forks, on Thursday, July 16, from 5-7 p.m. Immediately following the visitation, there will be a prayer ceremony starting at 7 p.m. His wife, Robbin Rendahl, [...]