Elizabeth Smart brings her story to the UND on Monday, March 30

Elizabeth Smart

Elizabeth Smart

The abduction of Elizabeth Smart was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. She was taken from her home and family and held captive for nine terrible months.

In this captivating message, on Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m., in the Chester Fritz auditorium, Smart will share her incredible story of perseverance in the face of a unimaginable situation. Her speech is titled “Overcoming Adversity: The Elizabeth Smart Story.”

At the age of 14, Smart went to sleep in her family home, no different than any other night. Awakened hours later to a cold knife held roughly against her throat. Her speech not only tells her personal story, but also discusses topics such as overcoming adversity, the importance and process of recovery and not allowing one’s past to dictate life’s future.

Smart will emphasize the importance of having hope in a difficult situation. She encourages and offers great insight to all.

Hosting the event is the Delta Gamma Foundation/Everson Family Lectureship in Values and Ethics. This event is free to the public.

Delta Gamma Chapter:

In 2011, the UND Alpha Theta chapter of Delta Gamma established the Delta Gamma Foundation/Everson Family Lectureship in Values and Ethics. The chapter is one of only 20 Delta Gamma collegiate chapters in the United States to sponsor this Lectureship. A lead gift to establish this lecture series was given by Jacque Geving Everson, of Houston, a 1966 graduate of UND. Numerous other alumnae have contributed to the Lectureship endowment as well. This chapter strives to host events like this and to annually bring together students, faculty, alumnae and the Grand Forks community to engage in conversation about leadership, diversity, and the power of human relationships.

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David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University & Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

701.777.5529 | 701.740.4834 cell | 701.777.4616 fax
david.dodds@UND.edu
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UND Student String Quartet presents Spring Recital March 29

(From left to right) Carlos Breña, first chair violin; Kara Hartten, cello;  Vinicius Sant'Ana, second violin; Lihue Czackis, viola.

(From left to right) Carlos Breña, first chair violin; Kara Hartten, cello; Vinicius Sant’Ana, second violin; Lihue Czackis, viola.

What: University of North Dakota Student String Quartet Spring Recital

When: 7 p.m., Sunday, March 29

Where: Hopper Danley Spiritual Center on the UND campus

Background:

The UND Student String Quartet will perform for the public March 29 at its annual Spring Recital held in the Hopper Danley Spiritual Center. This event concludes the fifth season for the String Quartet, with the Spring Recital performance presenting a sample of its best work during the year.

“This year the quartet moved on to a new phase, with the addition of two new members, and the first West North Dakota tour,” says Alejandro Drago, the UND Student String Quartet Director. “These students form a uniquely congenial group, and it has been a pleasure to witness and nurture their growth these last two semesters.”

The Spring Recital is an opportunity for the UND Student String Quartet to showcase their work to the Grand Forks community. The public is invited to enjoy the free performance at the Hopper Danley Spiritual Center, on the UND Campus

“Music-making in small ensembles, also called chamber music, is regarded as the most subtle and educational music practice for a professional or aspiring professional, and within chamber music, string quartet playing is unanimously considered its most challenging and deepest form,” says Drago.

This year’s performance will include Johannes Brahms’ String Quartet No. 1 in C minor op. 51, and one of Mozart’s most famous quartets, String Quartet No.19 in C major, K.465, nicknamed Dissonance. Both pieces are a challenge, even for accomplished players like those in the string quartet.

“From the string quartet repertoire, the UND Student String Quartet will be tackling two of its most accomplished pieces, composed by two of the geniuses who shaped our perception and understanding of Western Music,” says Drago. “Talk about a challenge! Countless hours of individual preparation, group rehearsal and coaching go into a project like this. I’m glad the UND community will get to appreciate and enjoy the results of such a tour-de-force!”

Members of the UND Student String Quartet (2014-2015) include: Carlos Breña, first chair violin;  Vinicius Sant’Ana, second violin; Lihue Czackis, viola; and Kara Hartten, cello.  Founded in 2009, the University of North Dakota Student String Quartet is the flagship ensemble of the Strings Division of the UND Department of Music. The students with the UND Student String Quartet are supported through a special scholarship program funded by the UND Department of Music, the School of Graduate Studies, the College of Arts & Sciences and generous donors.

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Contact:

Alejandro Drago
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Chamber Orchestra
701.777.2509
alejandro.drago@UND.edu

David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University & Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

701.777.5529 | 701.740.4834 cell | 701.777.4616 fax
david.dodds@UND.edu
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UND Undergraduate Chemistry Club to host Chemistry Fun Day March 28

The University of North Dakota Undergraduate Chemistry Club will, once again, be hosting Chemistry Fun Day for children in grades 5-8.

This afternoon of fun and learning will be from 2-4 p.m., Saturday, March 28, in Abbott Hall, room 101. This free event includes a number of hands-on activities designed to engage and educate young people.

Children interested in attending are asked to have a parent or guardian register them before March 23, as space is limited and all participants are to receive chemistry prizes.

The theme for this year’s experiments is “The Sweet Side of Chemistry: Candy,” and will focus on a few of everyone’s favorite sugary treats.

Members of the Undergraduate Chemistry Club will present their favorite chemistry demonstrations and talk to the participants about what they call “the sweet side of chemistry.”

“Chemistry Fun Day brings students to campus to do some experiments they can’t do at home, and others they can do at home,” said Julie Abrahamson, UND chemistry professor and advisor for the Undergraduate Chemistry Club. “The undergraduates are eager to share the fun and excitement of chemistry with the young students.”

Abbott Hall is located at the corner of second avenue north and Cornell street.

Support for the event is provided in part by the Red River Valley Section of the American Chemical Society and by the UND Chemistry Department.

Parking information:

Guests without University parking permits for these or any on-campus event may use the “pay-as-you-go” option in the parking Ramp, the UND visitor pay lot or a parking meter. Parking in other parking lots on campus requires a parking permit.

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Contact:

Julie Abrahamson
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Advisor to the UND Undergraduate Chemistry Club
701.777.3043
julie.abrahamson@UND.edu

David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University & Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

701.777.5529 | 701.740.4834 cell | 701.777.4616 fax
david.dodds@UND.edu
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UND’s Nonprofit Leadership Student Association invites teams to sign up for Dodge Ball tournament

All proceeds from the event will benefit the local Global Friends Coalition

The UND Nonprofit Leadership Student Association (NLSA) will be holding a Dodge Ball Tournament on Saturday, March 28, starting at 10 a.m., at UND’s Wellness Center.

Do you have what it takes? Teams are encouraged to sign up now!  Cash Prizes and Trophy’s for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place.

To sign up for the tournament you can find the sign-up sheet at www.facebook.com/UNDNLSA. Teams must comprise six players, but are limited to 10 players per team. The registration fee for the tourney is $5 per player. Please contact an NLSA representative at nlsa.und@gmail.com, or call 701.777.3741 for registration questions and to submit payment.

The Global Friends Coalition brings together individuals and organizations to foster refugee (New American) integration through work with New Americans and the Greater Grand Forks community. In 2008, Global Friends Coalition received its 501(c)(3) status. Since then, it has built a strong board of directors, created a successful mentoring program, hosted numerous community events each year, built partnerships with many local agencies, and became a strong, professional organization to which the city looks to foster immigrant integration as the community becomes more and more diverse.

The NLSA is an affiliate of the UND Arts & Sciences’ Nonprofit Leadership Program. The program prepares students to work in the nonprofit sector through a 21-credit minor or 18-credit certificate.

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Contacts:
Heather Helgeson, Program Coordinator
UND Nonprofit Leadership Program
701.777.3741
heather.helgeson@UND.edu

Laura Roach
Executive Chair of the NLSA
laura.roach@my.und.edu

David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University & Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

701.777.5529 | 701.740.4834 cell | 701.777.4616 fax
david.dodds@UND.edu
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UND Delta Gamma Lectureship announces Elizabeth Smart media availability

Who: Elizabeth Smart

What: Media availability prior to Delta Gamma Lectureship Event

Where: Gorecki Alumni Center at the University of North Dakota
3501 University Avenue
Grand Forks, North Dakota

When: Monday, March 30, 2015, 4:45 to 5 p.m.

Why: Elizabeth Smart will answer media questions before speaking at Chester Fritz Auditorium

About the Delta Gamma Foundation/Everson Family Lectureship in Values and Ethics

The UND Alpha Theta chapter of Delta Gamma established the Delta Gamma Foundation/Everson Family Lectureship in Values and Ethics in 2011. The UND chapter is one of only 20 Delta Gamma collegiate chapters in the coutry to sponsor this lectureship. A lead gift to establish this lecture series was given by Jacque Geving Everson of Houston, a 1966 graduate of UND. Numerous other alumnae have contributed to the lectureship endowment, which is managed through the UND Alumni Association & Foundation.

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Contact:
Sonja Collin
701-214-0111
sonja.collin@outlook.com

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Rights to UND alum’s invention picked up by private-sector firm

UND’s IPCED instrumental in helping former students secure deal with Progressive Paint Solutions, Inc.

By David Dodds, University & Public Affairs writer

While working in a hardware store in 2008, University of North Dakota alumnus Michael Lupelow knew there had to be an easier way to seal paint cans.

As part of a class project and with the assistance of a UND professor, Lupelow eventually turned his dream into reality. And now that invention could start paying off thanks to some assistance from the UND Intellectual Property Commercialization & Economic Development Office (IPCED).

IPCED was able to help Lupelow in his dealings Progressive Paint Solutions, Inc., which licensed the rights to market and sell the UND-developed technology under the name “One-Punch & No-Mess Pain Can Sealer.”

Lupelow initially dubbed his invention simply “The Paint Can Sealer,” a cone-shaped design that fits within the lip of both quart and gallon-sized can lids. The simple design allows the impact from a hammer or a rubber mallet to be distributed evenly around the entire edge of the lid, allowing for a quick and secure seal. On the top of the cone is a storage space for a generic paint can lid opener. A magnet at the base keeps the opener inside when it is carried or stored.

Lupelow said, at first, he didn’t know much about UND’s IPCED office, but after one visit, he was excited about what he learned.

“To my surprise they handle more than just patents, they also deal with commercialization and licensing,” Lupelow said. “It was an obvious choice from there, not only did the IPCED file a patent application on my behalf, they also secured a licensing deal with Progressive Paint Solutions to bring my invention to market.

“The paint can sealer is a neat story,” said Michael Moore, UND associate vice president of IPCED, “Mike discussed the invention with us and even though UND doesn’t own most student IP, he agreed that we would be a good commercialization partner for his invention.

“Tara Kopplin, our licensing associate in Physical Sciences did a terrific job of finding a partner who saw the same opportunity we did. The team at Progressive Paint Solutions has been nothing but an enthusiastic partner and we look forward to a long relationship with them.”

Jason Pottinger, CEO of Progressive Paint Solutions Inc., was surprised to learn that this product is the first of its kind. The company estimates that there are more than 100 million paint cans sold by 27,000 retail paint distributors across the country each year.

“We’re looking forward to seeing it carried in paint departments at hardware stores across the country,” Pottinger said. “It’s a product that will receive a lot of attention when paint customers watch it in action at the counters.”

In the spring 2012, Lupelow enrolled in the Machine Component Design Laboratory, part of the UND College of Engineering’s mechanical engineering program. There he created a prototype of the novel paint-can sealer under the guidance of Professor Ralph Johnson, who led the course.

Lupelow graduated from UND in the spring of 2013. He currently works at Arctic Cat, as an ATV design engineer in Thief River Falls, Minn.

Corey Park, strategy advisor for Progressive Paint Solutions, Inc., said he’s impressed by the wide-spread attention the product is gaining from paint distributors and hardware stores.

“After launching this product, we immediately started receiving order requests from large companies in the paint industry,” Park said. “We knew we had a unique product but the buzz it has created has exceeded our expectations.”

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David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University & Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

701.777.5529 | 701.740.4834 cell | 701.777.4616 fax
david.dodds@UND.edu
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State superstars of science and engineering will vie for honors at UND

The next generation of North Dakota scientists and engineers will compete in the 65th Annual North Dakota State Science and Engineering Fair (ND SSEF) on March 26-27, 2015, in the Wellness Center at University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

Students arrive on campus Thursday, March 26. Thursday’s events begin with hands-on activities on campus in Aerospace, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Engineering, Math, Medicine, Nursing, Physics, Teaching & Learning. The competition begins Friday at 8 a.m.

Students will compete in either the junior or senior division. First-place winners in the senior division will compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair in May in Pittsburgh: http://www.societyforscience.org/isef/. National, regional and state organizations will recognize the efforts of the students with awards and scholarships.

The exhibits will be open to the public from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27, UND Wellness Center.

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David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University & Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

701.777.5529 | 701.740.4834 cell | 701.777.4616 fax
david.dodds@UND.edu
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UND introduces online Chinese 101 and 102 courses

These are the first online Chinese language offerings in North Dakota

The University of North Dakota Program in Chinese Studies is partnering with UND Online & Distance Education to offer two 4-credit online Chinese language courses for the summer semester, as follows:

  • CHIN 101: First Year Chinese I (May 18 – June 26)
  • CHIN 102: First Year Chinese II (June 29 – Aug. 7)

“Chinese is one of the oldest languages with more than 1 billion native speakers; understanding Chinese language and culture is becoming increasingly important in today’s global world,” said Min Wang, instructor of Chinese at UND. “Our department’s goal is to promote different languages to the greatest extent possible, and by offering these courses online, it allows us to reach students outside our on-campus community.”

Enrollment begins April 6, and each course has room for 25 students.

“These are the first online Chinese language courses offered in North Dakota,” said Heidi Flaten, assistant director, UND Office of Extended Learning. “We’re excited to introduce these courses and to continue growing our online offerings at UND.”

Online courses, with the exception of distance engineering, are subject to North Dakota resident tuition rates ($322.54/credit, plus any applicable fees), regardless of a student’s residency.

Other online language courses are offered by UND this summer or fall, as follows:

  • French 101 & 102
  • German 101 & 102
  • Norwegian 101 & 102
  • Spanish 101 & 102

For more information, visit UND.edu/online or contact the UND Office of Extended Learning at 1.800.CALL.UND.

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Contact:
Justin R. Fraase, marketing manager
Office of Extended Learning
University of North Dakota
701.777.6076
justin.r.fraase@UND.edu
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UND Vice President for Student Affairs Lori Reesor receives national award for outstanding service from National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA)

University of North Dakota Vice President for Student Affairs Lori Reesor is the 2015 recipient of the Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Reesor and other NASPA national award winners will be honored this week (March 22-25) at the 2015 NASPA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

The Fred Turner Award for Outstanding Service, a national award, is given annually to a student affairs administrator who has serves NASPA in a leadership role for more than 10  years and who has done outstanding work in the student affairs profession.

“I was very honored and touched to receive this national award,” Reesor said. “I’ve been involved with NASPA since I was a graduate student. It’s an organization that has given a lot to me, so it’s really easy for me to give back to it. I am proud to represent UND, along with the talented colleagues and wonderful students we serve, at the national level.”

About Lori Reesor:

Dr. Lori Reesor has served the profession through NASPA for almost her entire 25-year career. Early in her career, she was instrumental in initiating NASPA’s efforts on behalf of new professionals. Over the years, she has continued her dedication to new professionals through various NASPA activities, such as writing NASPA’s book for new professionals, Beginning Your Journey, which is releasing its fourth edition this spring, with co-editor Marilyn Amey, Reesor’s former doctoral adviser.

Reesor also served as NASPA Region IV-W Vice President for three years and has held numerous other roles in NASPA IV-W and NASPA. At NASPA’s 2014 Annual Meeting, Reesor was recognized as a Pillar of the Profession. Today, she is serving as a member of the NASPA Foundation Board.

Reesor has held positions of increasing responsibility at the University of Kansas, Wichita State University, University of Missouri Kansas City and now at UND.

At UND, Reesor is a respected member of the University president’s leadership team, on which she and her colleagues set policy and practice that leads the University to meet its goals.

She also has influenced the profession through her scholarship and her role as a mentor.  Reesor has numerous presentations at regional and national conferences and has several publications, including books and book chapters.

Her colleagues say she is forward thinker and committed to positioning student affairs and the University to achieve its vision.

“She is a mentor, colleague and a friend to many,” said Margaret Healy, UND professor of educational leadership. “She is an extremely capable manager and an extraordinary leader.”

About the NASPA:

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession. Its work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy and research for 13,000 members in all 50 states, 8 U.S. territories and 25 countries.

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Contact:

Kristal Griffith
Director of Communications and Marketing
NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
202.719.1177
kgriffith@naspa.org

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March 24 reception at UND honors Norwegian author Torill Stokkan

Torill Stokkan, director of Litteraturuka i Sarpsborg (the Sarpsborg, Norway Literary Festival) will visit Grand Forks through March 29 for the University of North Dakota Writers Conference. Sarpsborg, Norway, is Grand Fork’s sister city. A reception in her honor is set for Tuesday, March 24, 4-6 p.m. in the lobby of the Education Building. Everyone is welcome.

Stokkan is the author of Tante Karen and Anene, kvinnene & livet: Edvard Munchs liv og aner i Østfold. She served as a consultant on the docudrama Munchs Mødre (The Mothers of Munch). Her latest work Women at War—a two part documentary on Norwegian women who fought during World War II—will be shown on NRK, Norway’s national television station. She is also writes a regular column on culture for her local newspaper.

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Contact:
Sandra L. Mitchell
Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
University of North Dakota
Carnegie Hall, Room 5
264 Centennial Drive, STOP 8375
Grand Forks, ND  58202
(701) 777-2167
sandra.mitchell@UND.edu

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