UND faculty members to speak on ‘Scientific Thinking and Integrative Reasoning’ Tuesday, March 10

University of North Dakota’s Tami Carmichael (Humanities & Integrated Studies) and Ryan Zerr (Mathematics) will present research on improving undergraduates’ abilities to solve problems and make decisions through scientific thinking and integrative reasoning.

They will present as part of the UND College of Arts & Sciences “AH! Talks” Series at 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, in the East Asia Room of the Chester Fritz Library. The talk is titled “STIRS (Scientific Thinking and Integrative Reasoning Skills),” a new initiative of the Associate of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U).

Zerr and Carmichael were selected as STIRS Scholars and have separately developed case studies in support of this national AAC&U initiative. Carmichael’s case allows students to consider the impact of oil transmission from economic, environmental and social perspectives. Zerr’s case examines the idea of fairness, touching on history, politics and just a very small bit of mathematics.

“AH! Talks” (Arts and Humanities Talks) is the new name of the Interdisciplinary Studies Speaker series. These presentations are designed to engage interdisciplinary thinking broadly and to be accessible to the larger community, bringing listeners to their own “AH!” moments as intellectual connections are made and our understanding of one another expands.

For any questions regarding the event, contact Rebecca Weaver-Hightower at rwh@UND.edu.


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Two UND hockey goalies nominated for their sports biggest individual awards while excelling in the classroom

Zane McIntyre, left, and Shelby Amsley-Benzie. Photo by Shawna Noel Schill.

Zane McIntyre, left, and Shelby Amsley-Benzie. Photo by Shawna Noel Schill.

Zane McIntyre and Shelby Amsley-Benzie are used to extremely high GPAs and ultra-low GAAs.

McIntyre, University of North Dakota men’s hockey net minder, and Amsley-Benzie, UND women’s team goalie, are excelling academically at the same time they are two of the hottest puck stoppers in all of NCAA Division I collegiate hockey. They’re so good that both were nominated for their sports’ most coveted individual awards – the Hobey Baker Memorial Award and the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award.

Both of goalies will lead their teams into important series this weekend with playoff implications on the line. The UND women will host the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s (WCHA) Final Face Off at Ralph Engelstad Arena. If they win this weekend’s conference tournament, they would make the cut for the NCAA tournament.  The UND men’s squad heads to Oxford, Ohio, to face off against the Miami of Ohio RedHawks in the last regular season series before the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) tournament cranks up. The UND men need at least one point this weekend to secure its first NCHC title and the No. 1 seed in next week’s the conference tourney.

McIntyre and Amsley-Benzie are considered key pieces in each team’s playoff prospects.

Grandma’s influence

For McIntyre, his success on the ice and in the classroom is all a part of a legacy.

“My Grandma Susie worked at UND in the occupational therapy department while I was growing up and she helped my sister and me,”  McIntyre said. “She inspired us to commit to education because it really opens up your opportunities in life.

McIntyre’s academic achievement at UND is a continuation of his success at Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls, Minn., only 45 miles northeast of the UND campus. In high school, his pursuit of excellence landed him on the National Honor Society.

McIntire said growing up he would often spend weekends with his grandma at UND Hyslop Sports Center. He says Grandma Susie was a big reason why he ended up at UND. He wanted to follow in her footsteps by going into occupational therapy, but the demands of the major wouldn’t allow it, at least, right away. So, McIntyre chose psychology, a discipline that had similar academic requirements but that would allow him to continue playing hockey at UND.

“I chose it because you can get a lot of the pre-requisites out of the way and that would be pretty beneficial for when I do apply to the occupational therapy program,” he said.

Not only is McIntyre busy protecting his goal on the ice, he’s also achieving his goals in school.  His main classroom goal is to be a 4.0 GPA (Grade Point Average) student and to understand and relate to what he’s taught instead of just memorizing and forgetting it once the test is done.

McIntyre usually dedicates his Mondays and Tuesdays to homework and constantly plans ahead when it comes to exams and deadlines for upcoming assignments.

“And for the rest of the week, I try to focus in on hockey,” said McIntyre.  “The most important thing I’ve learned is that everything is correlated whether you’re doing well in the rink or in academics. If you’re doing well in one, you’re probably going to do well in the other.”

McIntyre has lead an impressive hockey career, so far, including being a National Hockey League draft pick by the Boston Bruins prior to college.  He is UND’s all-time leader with a .924 career save percentage, and is currently tied with former UND goalie Aaron Dell (2009-12) for third all-time in the program with a 2.15 career GAA (Goals Against Average). This season, he’s carrying a stellar 1.93 GAA.

Being nominated for the Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s most outstanding men’s ice hockey player is a testament to McIntyre’s hard work and his Grandma Susie’s influence on him.

“I think it would be pretty special if I were to win the award,” said McIntyre.

‘Best I can be’

Amsley-Benzie, a fellow northern Minnesotan from Warroad, also believes in aligning her life in the rink with her work in school. She lives by a creed when it comes to academics.

“Do the best I can and be the best I can be,” said Amsley-Benzie.  “I have the same mentality on the ice; I just want to be the best out there.”

She’s well on her way, and the women’s hockey world has taken notice, too, by nominating her for its most prestigious honor. Though, Amsley-Benzie did not make the short list of finalists announced Thursday, she was thrilled to be recognized among the best women’s players for accomplishments both on and off the ice. Only three goaltenders have ever won the award in its 18-year history.  Only a junior, Amsley-Benzie likely will be a leading contender on the “Katz Watch” next year when she returns for her final year at UND.

“It was a huge accomplishment for me.”  Amsley-Benzie said. “It made me really proud just to be thought of and nominated.”

Amsley-Benzie has led an impressive hockey career.  As her high school team’s captain at Warroad High School, she led her team to two back-to-back Minnesota State High School Class A championships, and since then, she has received numerous awards acknowledging her success in both athletics and academics.

Just this week, Amsley-Benzie was named the WCHA’s Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year, earning All-WCHA First Team honors and winning the WCHA’s Goaltending Champion award with a 1.17 GAA. She currently leads the country with a .954 save percentage, and throughout this season, set new season and career shutout records with 9 and 14, respectively. She held teams scoreless for an amazing six straight games (297 minutes and 13 seconds) at one point this season — yet another program goaltending record.

Amsley-Benzie, a chemical engineering major, says she is meticulous when it comes to her time-management skills.

“The longer you’re here, the better you learn to manage your time,” said Amsley-Benzie.

She spends four to five hours a day at the rink and the rest of the day she dedicates to school work.

Amsley-Benzie said support from classmates, who help her catch up when she has to miss classes for away games, has been a key factor in helping her maintain her sterling 4.0 GPA in such a demanding academic discipline like chemical engineering. She also has learned to make the most of the time she does have for academics and communicates better with her professors.

“I knew I wanted to go into a science field but I didn’t want to be a doctor,”  Amsley-Benzie said. “I really liked chemistry and math so I thought I’d give chemical engineering a try.”

After she graduates, Amsley-Benzie hopes to one day work with pharmaceutical industry.

Amy Halvorson
University & Public Affairs student writer

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UND Student Success Center makes improvements for veterans

In an effort to better serve the University of North Dakota’s veteran and nontraditional* student populations, the UND Student Success Center welcomes Jessica Rosencrans, the new veteran & nontraditional student services coordinator.

The Student Success Center is located on the second floor of the UND Memorial Union.

In addition, with support from Lori Reesor, vice president for student affairs, a new veterans student lounge is set to open spring 2015.

Rosencrans has been serving in her coordinator capacity since August. She provides advocacy for UND’s veteran and nontraditional student populations when it comes to dealings with other current students, faculty and staff. Within the past six months, work has been done to streamline the process for students that are using education benefits and to update the website.

Rosencrans formerly served as the adult re-entry coordinator at UND.

Carol Anson continues her role as UND’s Certifying Official to process education benefits for veteran/military students, spouses and their dependents. She is an award-winning resource for all questions relating to veterans affairs certification of courses and about GI Bill benefits.

Veteran & nontraditional student services is housed within the UND’s Student Success Center, a subunit of student academic services within the UND Division of Student Affairs.

*A nontraditional student is defined as any individual that is working on his/her undergraduate degree and is 25+ years of age or a member of the military.


Jessica Rosencrans
Veteran & Nontraditional Student Services Coordinator
701.777.2117 | jessica.rosencrans@UND.edu


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UND Philippines Culture Night set for Thursday, March 5 at the Memorial Union

Filipino and Filipino-American students at the University of North Dakota have partnered up with the office of international programs to host a Philippine Culture Night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at the Loading Dock in the Memorial Union on the UND campus.

The event is free to attend and will include a brief presentation about the Philippines, as well as free Filipino cuisine.

The traditional Tiniklig (bamboo) Dance will be featured with a variety of other dances.

The spring 2015 Culture Night Series schedule is as follows.

  • March 5 – Philippines Night
  • April 9 – Germany Night
  • April 30 – Japan Night



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UND’s International Speaker Series continues March 4 with ‘Busting Out: The Role of U.S. Companies in Promoting Women’s Rights in the Developing World’

In keeping with the strategic vision of an Exceptional UND, the University of North Dakota’s International Studies Speaker Series provides opportunities for students, faculty, and the community to gather and collaborate. During the Spring 2015 semester, International Studies will present sessions on “Exploring International Human Rights: Activism, Experiences, and Limitations on the Local and Global Stage.” As one of the most celebrated and controversial ideas in our world today, human rights evokes strong reactions and invites discussion. Why do some people believe that human rights is the best way to bring about positive change throughout the world while others reject it as a new form of cultural imperialism?

The sessions will be held downtown at the Backstage Project of the Empire Arts Center from 7 to 8 p.m. to bring these University events directly into the Grand Forks community. A catered reception will precede talks beginning at 6:30. By providing time to meet and mingle in a public space before and after the lectures, we hope to encourage prolonged discussions and avenues for future collaborations between and within the University and the community. Talks are free and open to all.

The series has been made possible through the generous support of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, the Department of History, and the Women and Gender Studies Program.

The complete schedule follows:

March 4: Women’s Rights as Human Rights: Recognizing International Women’s Day (March 8), “Busting Out: The Role of U.S. Companies in Promoting Women’s Rights in the Developing World,” CJ Vachon (UND Law School).

In the United States and other countries around the world, the corporation has become a highly influential player. U.S. corporations have become a “locale” for a variety of human rights violations and evasion of enforcement. On the flip side, U.S. corporations have the potential, with their strong influence, to have a positive impact on human rights. If properly engaged, U.S. corporations can provide a highly influential enforcement vehicle for women’s rights and welfare issues around the world.

April 1: “Grand Forks as a Global Community: The Experiences of Being an Immigrant and New American in North Dakota,” a roundtable discussion with Darcie Asche (Grand Forks Refugee Resettlement, Lutheran Social Services), Cynthia Shabb (Director, Global Friends Coalition), Reggie Tarr (Case Worker, Grand Forks Refugee Resettlement), and Sabrina Balgamwalla (UND Law School).

April 29: “Human Rights Limitations and Neoliberalism: Unresolvable Tensions?” UND student projects.

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UND nickname committee announced

The University of North Dakota has announced the formation of a new Nickname Committee to facilitate the selection of a permanent nickname. This is the continuation of the work begun by the Nickname and Logo Process Recommendation Task Force that met during the fall of 2014.

Using that Task Force’s recommendations as a starting point, the new Nickname Committee will be charged with reviewing a list of potential names, submitted via a public process soon to be announced, and developing and submitting a short list of those names for a final public vote. The University anticipates that the Nickname Committee will submit the short list of names for the vote by early May.

The following individuals comprise the new UND Nickname Committee:

  • Karl Goehring, UND alumnus and former men’s hockey goal tender, Investment Consultant, Alerus Securities, Committee chair (Goehring also served on the previous Task Force, which recommended that the Task Force be represented on the new Committee)
  • Jazmyn Friesz, UND Health Sciences student, Student Body Chief of Staff, Committee vice chair
  • Landon Bahl, UND Entrepreneurship and Marketing student
  • John Bridewell, UND Professor of Aviation
  • Carla Christofferson, UND alumna, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at AECOM, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Diane Hillebrand, CRA (Certified Research Administrator), UND alumna, Grant and Contract Officer for UND’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences,  current Past President of Staff Senate and Chair of the Bylaws/Elections Committee
  • Dayo Idowu, UND Chemical Engineering student and current men’s football student athlete
  • Leander “Russ” McDonald, three-time UND alumnus and President, United Tribes Technical College
  • Chelsea Moser, UND Accountancy student and current women’s volleyball student athlete
  • Lowell Schweigert, UND alumnus and football letter winner, long-time Champions Club member, current UND Booster Chair, Financial Consultant and Business Owner, Northern Plains Financial
  • Dave St. Peter, UND alumnus and President, Minnesota Twins

Susan Walton, UND’s Vice President for University and Public Affairs, will once again serve as project manager for the Committee. Communications support will be provided by University and Public Affairs Division personnel.

The Nickname Committee will not engage a professional facilitator. However, based on recommendations from the previous task force, collegiate branding expert Kelly O’Keefe, who provided branding counsel to that group, will join the Nickname Committee’s meetings by phone to provide counsel and discuss best practices.

The first meeting of the Nickname Committee is expected to take place the week of March 9.


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UND Wind Ensemble and Band performance set for March 8 at the Fritz

The University of North Dakota Wind Ensemble and University Band, conducted by UND Professor of Music James Popejoy, will showcase a concert Sunday, March 8, at 3 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

The Wind Ensemble will open their portion of the program with a unique set of pieces: John Philip Sousa’s “The Thunderer,” followed immediately by Ira Hearshen’s tribute work to “The Thunderer” from his Pulitzer Prize-nominated Symphony on Themes of John Philip Sousa.

UND senior trumpet performance majors Dillon Parker and Nathan Stoerzinger will be the featured soloists with the Wind Ensemble on “Concerto for Two Trumpets,” a new work by Erik Morales.

Percy Grainger’s delightful “Handel in the Strand,” and “Epinicion,” John Paulson’s intense aleatoric composition from the 1970s, are also on the program. Robert Brooks, associate director of bands at UND and the Wind Ensemble will close its portion of the concert with a performance of “Tempered Steel.”

The University Band will open its part of the concert with “Cenotaph” by Jack Stamp, and the “Masque” by Francis McBeth. Also on their program will be an arrangement of J.S. Bach’s “Prelude and Fugue in G Minor,” as well as two contemporary works: Christopher Tucker’s award-winning “Twilight in the Wilderness” and “Fusion” by Brian Balmages.

Tickets are available at the door: $6 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, or $12 per family.

For more information, please contact the Band Department at 777.2815.


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Next generation of broadcast meteorologists often get their start at UND, and now they have new state-of-the-art equipment to keep an eye on the sky

UND student Mackenzie Cochran works carefully while making a thermometer. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

UND student Mackenzie Cochran works carefully while making a thermometer. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

Weather in these parts isn’t just pleasant conversation.

With wild temperature swings, fast-moving storm systems, lethal wind chills and unpredictable floods, prairie citizens need dependable weather forecasts to stay informed and prepare for the worst.

The University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is a key player in the state’s forecast game, with an Atmospheric Sciences Department that includes a broadcast weather training program.

“We are preparing the next generation of broadcast meteorologists,” said Fred Remer, an atmospheric sciences faculty member and former TV weatherperson who runs the broadcast program. “I’m happy to report that we just acquired a Baron Omni weather broadcast system, the same kind that is used by the big TV stations in markets such as the Twin Cities, New York and Los Angeles.”

The Baron Omni replaces the previous system, acquired in 2005 and by now thoroughly outdated, according to Remer.

“We applied four years in a row for a student tech fee to fund this $29,000 acquisition,” said Remer, who’s also a pilot and who knows the vital value of a reliable weather forecast.

“We were awarded that grant this year,” Remer said.

“We’re enthusiastic about this new system because it puts our students on track to learn with equipment that’s exactly what’s being used by the professionals,” Remer said. “The equipment is so sophisticated at most TV stations now that we need to emulate that in our education and training program for new meteorologists.”

Basically, Remer explained, it was time to get updated.

“The previous system was 9-years old, sluggish and the software was out of date,” he said. “So much had changed in this field since we acquired (the older system) in 2005.”

Remer works with 15 students per semester in the broadcast meteorology program — the students are organized into daily three-person teams: one team to produce a weather forecast for each day of the week, Monday-Friday. UND’s student-produced weather forecast now is in its 18th season (each semester counts as a “season”).

The teams comprise a director, a producer and an intern that produce a UND Weather Update program for  the UND Atmospheric Sciences Department. They play the show with the help of the UND Television Center on Grand Forks local cable channel 3 and the UND residence halls cable channels by 8:30 a.m., Monday-Friday. The show is also posted to the UND Weather Update YouTube site and on Facebook.

“All this is possible through our collaboration with the Aerospace Network, which lets us use their studio and blue screen,” Remer said. A weather team of student reporters and atmospheric science students also use the system for the UND’s TV show, Studio One . The program has had a weather segment since its debut in 1987.

The new weather broadcast computer has a lot of power, able to produce multiple displays on air and also on the Internet.

“It also has a severe weather capability and it has the ability to look at radar imagery in three dimensions; it shows what a storm looks like in 3-D,” Remer said. “You can also see what’s going on at street level, such as ‘it’s raining at your house right now.’”

Helping UND to acquire the system — and facilitate student training with the new computers — was Matthew Saari, a 2011 magna cum laude alumnus of the UND Atmospheric Science program, now a meteorologist and support services technician at Huntsville, Ala.-based Baron.

With the Baron system in place, students keen on becoming broadcast meteorologists have a leg up.

“When students think about going into meteorology, one of the first places they get interested is by watching TV,” Remer said. “We get a lot of people through our program who tell us that they were Weather Channel nerds from grade school on. They watched it all the time. TV is a key area of employment for meteorologists, and we educate meteorologists here. We want to make sure that they have all the skills that they require to be successful when they graduate.”

By Juan Miguel Pedraza
UND University & Public Affairs writer

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UND to celebrate 132nd anniversary of its founding Thursday, Feb. 26, with employee recognitions

The University of North Dakota will be honoring 1,621.48 years of service to the University and the state of North Dakota among special employee and faculty recognitions and awards on Thursday, Feb. 26, during its 132nd Founders Day celebration in the Memorial Union. The annual event celebrates the enabling legislation that established UND in Grand Forks by the territorial government in 1883, several years before North Dakota achieved statehood.

A reception will begin at 5:15 p.m., with the banquet at 6 p.m. UND Opera and Music student also will be performing at 5:15 p.m., as part of the reception.

The University will honor employees for 25 years of service as well as retiring or retired employees, and pay tribute to excellence in education by presenting a number of departmental and faculty awards.

To attend this event, tickets must be purchased by noon, Friday, Feb. 20. Tickets may be picked up at the Office of Ceremonies & University Events in Twamley Hall, room 407.  Tickets are $25 each.

For more information, contact the Office of Ceremonies & University Events at 701.777. 2731 or katrina.kriewall@UND.edu

The first Founders Day celebration was held in 1904, with the observance lasting the whole day. It marks day the official birthday of UND.

Recognition for 25 Years of Service

Mary Anderson, Student Account Services; Marvin Asp, Telecommunications; Brian Berg, Minot Center for Family Medicine; Wayne Carl (posthumous recognition), Facilities; Graeme Dewar, Physics and Astrophysics; David Diseth, Facilities; Cindy Fetsch, Budget Office; Beverly Fetter, Space Studies; Tracy Fetter, Dining Support Services; Larry Fisk, Telecommunications; Kristin Fulgium, Dining Residence; JoAnn Galow, Flight Support Services; Becky Greer, Alumni Association.

LoAnn Hirsch, Nursing; Kristi Hofer,  School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) Southeast Campus, Fargo; Katherine Hoffman, Medical Laboratory Science; Roxanne Hurley, Nursing; Dale Jacobson, English; Joann Johnson, Research Affairs; Mary Johnson, Continuing Medical Education; Patricia Kleven, Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC); Lynn Lee, Career Services/Career Fair Assistant, Career Services; Byron David Levenseller, Center for Instructional & Learning Technology.

Francie Linneman, Counseling; Ronald Matheney, Geology & Geological Engineering; Richard Millspaugh, Mathematics; Mary Morley, English; Erin O’Leary, EERC; Jan Orvik, University and Public Affairs; Barry Pederson, Rural Health; John Richter, EERC; David Rieder, Facilities; Joyce Riske, EERC; Doreen Rolshoven, Human Nutrition Center; Lucia Romuld, EERC; Catherine Jane Russell, EERC; Susan Schostag, Student Financial Aid; Myron Scott, Facilities.

Kathleen Spencer, Rural Health; Lisa Spencer, Student Success Center; Thomas Stokke, Computer Science; Morgan Stroh, Flight Support Services; Richard Suggs, Chester Fritz Library; Thomas Swangler, Chester Fritz Auditorium; Barbara Swann, Internal Medicine; Greg Tingelstad, Student Affairs Technology Services; Paul Todhunter, Geography; Marsha Tonder, Grant & Contract Administration; Benjamin Trapnell, Aviation; Peter Tunseth, Children and Family Services; Jim Tverberg, Facilities.

Retired and retiring faculty and staff

Sandra Ahonen, Clinical Neuroscience; Eugene Balek, EERC; Wayne Blegen, EERC; Cheryl Brooks, Disability Student Services; Wayne Carl (posthumous recognition), Facilities; David Carlson, Clinical Neuroscience; David Dauscavage, Facilities; Arlene Davidson, Facilities; Gale Delude, Facilities-Housing Maintenance; David Driscoll, Facilities; Gene DuBois, Languages; Maria DuBois, Languages; Linda Duckstad, Dean’s Office College of Business and Public Administration (CoBPA).

Bonnie Espelien, Sociology; Kathleen Gershman, Education Foundation & Research; Thomas Gilsdorf, Mathmatics; Ruth Grzadzielski, Family & Community Science; Dianne Hamre, Library Health Sciences; Kenneth Hansen, Accountancy; Judy Heit, Family & Community Medicine; Linda Holdman, Dean’s Office Education; Cynthia Iverson, Library Health Sciences; Dorothy Jerik, Criminal Justice; Shelly Kain, Facilities; Judith Kamrowski, Surgery; Deborah Kirby, Philosophy and Religion; Mark Kobe, EERC.

Nancy Krom, Institutional Research; Marietta Kvistad, Public Relations Group; Mary Loyland, CoBPA; Janet Lucht, EERC; Madeleine (Peggy) Lucke, Associate Vice President for Finance & Operations; Wayne McCormick, Dining Residence; John McLaughlin, Facilities; Charlotte Minier, Counseling Center; Linda Morken, Facilities-Housing Maintenance; Margeret Myers, Finance & Operations; Eileen Tronnes Nelson, Law School; Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union; Nicholas Neumann, Medicine & Health Sciences, Bismarck Southwest Campus.

Kathleen Newman, Children & Family Services; Gloria Olson, Registrar’s Office; Dennis Pazderic, EERC; Tom Rand, Arts and Sciences; Avis Reynolds, Physician Assistant Program; Annette Rieder, Electrical Engineering; Linda Rohde, Environmental Training; Vonnie Sandland, Clinical Neuroscience; Roger Schauer, Family & Community Medicine; Susan Schostag, Student Financial Aid; Janet Spaeth, Chester Fritz Library; Karen Speaker, Rural Health; Thomas Steen, Kinesiology & Public Health Education; Terry Thompson, Facilities-Housing Maintenance.

Anthony Trimarco, Memorial Union; Donna Turner, English; Jill Untersseher, Medicine & Health Sciences, Bismarck Center for Family Medicine; Phyllis Vold, Dean’s Office of College of Nursing; Cheryl Widman, Human Resources & Payroll; Harold Wilde, Accountancy; Kathryn Williams, Office of Medical Education; Patricia Wride, Facilities-Housing Maintenance.

Teaching, Research and Service Award (Faculty Scholar)

The UND Foundation/B.C. Gamble Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research or Creative Activity, and Service – Alana Kubatova, Chemistry.

Undergraduate Teaching Awards

The UND Foundation/McDermott Faculty Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching- Brian Darby, Biology.

The UND Foundation/Lydia and Arthur Saiki Faculty Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching – Cheryl Terrance, Psychology.

Graduate or Professional Teaching Award

The UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Award for Graduate or Professional Teaching Excellence – Dana Harsell, Political Science and Public Administration.

Academic Advising Award

The UND Foundation/Karleen Home Rosaaen Award for Excellence in Academic Advising- Kimberly Cowden, Communication Program.

The UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford for Outstanding Professional Academic Advising- Chelsea Mellenthin, Psychology.

Individual Award for Faculty Development or Service

The UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Faculty Development and Service – Curtis Stofferahn, Sociology.

Research Awards

The UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research – Jonathan Geiger, SMHS.

Collaboration Awards

The UND Award for Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Research or Creative Work – F. Richard (Ric) Ferraro, Psychology; Glenda Lindseth, Nursing; Paul Lindseth, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences; Thomas Petros, Psychology; William Semke, Mechanical Engineering; Benjamin Trapnell, Aviation.

Department Teaching Award

The UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching – Biology.

Department Research Award

The UND Award for Departmental Excellence in Research – Sociology.

Department Service Award

The UND Award for Departmental Excellence in Service – Political Science and Public Administration.


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UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies to host panel “Post-Ferguson: The Community, Race, and Policing” Thursday, Feb. 26 in the East Asia Room of the Chester Fritz Library

What: University of North Dakota Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies (CHRGS) panel discussion on race, policing and community response, occasioned by recent events in Ferguson, Mo.

Who: Michael Meyer, professor of criminal justice; Natasha Thomas, clinical assistant professor of music therapy and co-founder of North Dakotans Against Brutality; and Sabrina Balgamwalla, professor of law and head of the Immigrant Rights Section of the UND Law Clinic.  The panel will be moderated by Zachariah Oluwa Bankole, a student at the UND School of Law.

When: 7-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 26

Where: East Asia Room of the UND Chester Fritz Library

Details: CHRGS will host a community panel to address the manner in which race, policing and community responses to conflict have changed the manner in which we approach relationships between law enforcement, the community that law enforcement officers are charged with protecting and obligations to the law following the events in Ferguson, Mo., late last year.

“I look forward to being part of this panel because I believe these kinds of conversations are how society progresses,” said Thomas. “It’s never just one person’s job to call all the shots in a bubble. It’s everyday people, all experts in their own rights, coming together as communities that say ‘we all have to work together so we all can succeed’ that enables positive change. So I look forward to vital conversation, because our world needs more of them.”

About the Center:

The Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies (CHRGS) seeks to increase the understanding of the history and issues relating to genocide and other violations of human rights with the intent of preventing such atrocities in the future and advancing human rights on all levels. CHRGS is active in promoting campus and community involvement in this endeavor by hosting semester fellows, supporting research in human rights related fields, and by sponsoring events that respond to current and ongoing human rights violations.


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264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

701.777.5529 | 701.740.4834 cell | 701.777.4616 fax

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