UND received CACUBO ‘Best Practice Award’ for paperless accounts payable

The University of North Dakota recently received the Central Association of College and Business Officers (CACUBO) “Best Practice Award” along with $2,500 for successfully implementing paperless accounts payable.

The implementation has resulted in faster, more accurate bill payment, cost efficiencies and more satisfied departments and vendors, officials say.

The implementation was launched in the spring 2011 and was completed about a year later.

The project was headed by Sharon Loiland, UND controller; Allison Peyton, UND director of accounting services; Eileen Johnson, UND accounts payable manager; and Madhavi Marasinghe, former director of enterprise services at UND. Marasinghe is now director of enterprise services at the North Dakota University System’s Central Technology Services department.

Loiland, Peyton and Johnson accepted the award at the CACUBO annual meeting in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 7, and presented their project at the conference.

UND also has used the success of this implementation to launch other successful paperless processes in the offices of Student Account Services, Parking, Transportation, and Student Financial Aid.

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For more information, contact:

Sharon Loiland, controller
University of North Dakota
701.777.3178 | sharon.loiland@UND.edu

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UND student becomes second in two years to win national music therapy writing award

UND’s own Christy Gerer is this year’s recipient of the E. Thayer Gaston student writing award from the American Music Therapy Association. Gerer is the second UND student in two years to win the award, which is considered the most prestigious student award given by the association.

Gerer, a native of Denton, Mont., will be recognized at the national conference in November in Louisville, K.Y. Her paper also will be reviewed for possible inclusion in Music Therapy Perspectives.

Last year, Carly Flaagan became the first Gaston Award winner from UND. She was awarded a certificate, a $500 stipend and the opportunity to have her paper reviewed by the Journal of Music Therapy.

Music therapy is defined as the use of music to address emotional, cognitive, physical and social needs to an individual or a group, according to AMTA. A music therapist treats clients through singing, creating and listening to music. Music therapy also can help those who find it difficult to express themselves.

North Dakota became one of the first states with a music therapy licensing program in 2011, and includes music therapy under its Board of Integrative Health.

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Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

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UND and Alerus collaborate and pioneer new professional practice program

Program provides local ventures with paid interns to drive local economy

The UND Center for Innovation Foundation, UND School of Entrepreneurship, and Alerus Financial are pleased to announce the launch of the “UND Entrepreneur Professional Practice Program sponsored by Alerus Financial.” Alerus Financial’s $50,000 gift to the UND Center for Innovation Foundation provides startups and ventures with the opportunity to receive full or partial reimbursement of student salary expenses during the professional practice program.

Leading the nation, the UND Entrepreneur Professional Practice Program is the first of its kind. Although many universities are moving towards professional practice programs, no other program connects students with entrepreneurs to cover some or all of their salary expenses while simultaneously fostering economic growth.

“The UND Entrepreneur Professional Practice Program sponsored by Alerus Financial is a game changer not only for UND and its students, but also for our community,” said UND Center for Innovation Foundation CEO Bruce Gjovig. “Students and entrepreneurs will directly benefit from this program’s experiential learning environment. Students will have opportunity to complete meaningful initiatives or projects for the business at the same time the business receives guidance from the UND School of Entrepreneurship. Our long-term vision is to foster and grow local entrepreneurs which, in turn will create more jobs and economic growth in our community.”

All students currently enrolled at UND are eligible to participate in the program, with favorable consideration given to students who have demonstrated the necessary work ethic, initiative, creativity, and desire to be a successful entrepreneur. Because entrepreneurial minded students are a natural fit for the program, the UND School of Entrepreneurship will work closely with UND’s six other major colleges to attract students from all majors for the professional practice program.

“As an employer and advisor to local businesses, we see firsthand the workforce challenges within our community,” commented Chris Wolf, Grand Forks market president for Alerus Financial. “We need to not only groom our future talent, but also provide entrepreneurs with the necessary resources to grow their business. Our goal with donating the funds is to connect an entrepreneur with a UND student to further enhance an idea and ultimately, grow the community. We invite other businesses in the community to join us in supporting this effort.”

Startups and ventures of all revenue stages with a unique offering and the potential to generate future employee growth are encouraged to apply for the UND Entrepreneurship Processional Practice Program. Interested ventures must apply at the UND Center for Innovation Foundation for consideration.

Contact:

For more information about the program, visit www.innovators.net, or contact LaRoyce Batchelor at laroyce@innovators.net or 701.777.6220.

About UND Center for Innovation:

The Center for Innovation at UND was among the first entrepreneur outreach centers in the nation when formed in 1984.  The Center provides assistance to innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers to launch new ventures, commercialize new technologies, and secure access to capital from private and public sources.

The Center has fostered more than 670 startups, which employ more than 6,000 people and have attracted $140 million in investment.  The Center, along with its Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center, was named the state’s first Center for Excellence in Economic Development in 2003.

About UND School of Entrepreneurship:

The practical and experienced School of Entrepreneurship faculty members have developed a program designed to equip students with a comprehensive set of entrepreneurial skills, along with a strong business foundation provided by the UND College of Business & Public Administration core courses. The School focuses on reasoning, creativity, testing, and critical thinking skills valued by the most successful entrepreneurs and companies in business today. These skills make it possible to not only start a business, but make significant contributions to existing companies. The School’s courses are taught by entrepreneurial instructors with more than 50 years of combined business experience in service, retail, international, manufacturing and social enterprises.

About Alerus Financial Corporation:

About Alerus Financial Corporation: Alerus Financial Corporation is a diversified financial services company providing commercial and consumer banking, residential mortgage, insurance, trust, securities brokerage, investment advisory, and retirement plan administration, recordkeeping and advisory products and services, through its wholly owned subsidiary bank, Alerus Financial, N.A., and its affiliates Alerus Investment Advisors Corporation and Alerus Securities Corporation.  Alerus’ banking offices are located in North Dakota’s Red River Valley, Minnesota’s Twin Cities, and Scottsdale, Arizona.

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Bill Gross, UND alum and Founder of Farm Rescue, to speak on campus Wednesday Nov. 5

What: University of North Dakota College of Arts & Sciences presents “Creating Avenues of Goodness in a World of Detours” with special guest Bill Gross

Who: Bill Gross, UND alumnus, North Dakota native and founder and president of Farm Rescue, a leading nonprofit that helps farmers in need

When:  7:30 p.m., presentation followed by a reception

Where: Gransberg Room of the Gorecki Alumni Center on the UND campus

Background:

Bill Gross is a man who’s made a living soaring through the clouds, but he’s always done it with his feet rooted firmly in the ground.

Born and raised in North Dakota, Gross grew up on the family farm near Cleveland in Stutsman County. There he learned all about the risk, the adversity and the struggles that come with making a living off the land.

With a dream to fly, Gross eventually enrolled in the UND Aerospace program, and also became very active in the campus community. A skilled pilot while still a student, he often was chosen to fly the UND president at the time back and forth from important meetings in Bismarck. The shuttle flights doubled as approved training runs for Gross.

After graduating from UND’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, Gross started flying professionally in Seattle. While in the Pacific Northwest, he never forgot about his North Dakota farming roots. In 2005, those fond memories spawned an idea that would allow Gross to help farmers who suffered unexpected challenges in their lives and that prevented them from earning a living. That’s when the idea took hold to form Farm Rescue, a nationwide nonprofit organization that assists farmers in need.

Farm Rescue helps farm families who experience illnesses, injuries or natural disasters that keep them from planting, haying or harvesting their crops in a timely manner.

Gross, the founder and president of Farm Rescue, will be coming back to his alma mater on Wednesday, Nov. 5, to talk about this life, his career and his desire to help others. His presentation, titled “Creating Avenues of Goodness in a World of Detours, is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Gransberg  Room of the Gorecki Alumni Center on the UND campus. This event, hosted by the UND College of Arts & Sciences, is free and open to the public.

A reception will follow Gross’s presentation in the Kratt Lobby of the Gorecki Alumni Center.

In his presentation, Gross also will talk about his background and up-bringing in North Dakota, and how “the detours of his life” led him to become the founder of Farm Rescue. The lecture also will address nonprofit organizations, their importance and how he gives back through his own organization.

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Public Relations Group
Division of University and Public Affairs
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Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

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UND Online & Distance forensic psychology degree ranks No. 2

The University of North Dakota’s Master of Arts (M.A.) in forensic psychology degree ranks second in bestpsychologydegrees.com’s most innovative graduate psychology degrees. The site’s top 20 degrees were determined by the American Psychological Association’s three fastest growing areas: neuropsychology, industrial-organizational psychology and geropsychology. In addition, the site’s editors highlighted these types of programs:

  • Those whose faculty is among the most highly cited in the field
  • Those that have shown exceptional progress in the area of diversity
  • Those with at least some online offerings

The list was then sorted high to low by cost, where UND’s tuition was listed as $6,626.

The M.A. in Forensic Psychology from UND is a 34-credit degree that offers online courses in a recorded lecture format. The degree requires a two-week, on-campus visit during the last summer semester of the program.

Learn more about UND’s online and distance Forensic Psychology degree.

UND offers more than 45 online degrees and graduate certificates, 200 online college credit courses and more than 600 online non-credit courses.

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Contact:
Justin R. Fraase
Marketing Manager
Office of Extended Learning
University of North Dakota
3264 Campus Road Stop 9021
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9021

701.777.6076
justin.r.fraase@UND.edu
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UND School of Law appoints Kirsten Dauphinais director of bar passage and academic success

Kirsten Dauphinais

Kirsten Dauphinais

Professor Kirsten Dauphinais is the new director of bar passage and academic success at the University of North Dakota School of Law. Her appointment to this new role is part of a number of new academic support initiatives at the law school designed to help students succeed in law school, on the bar exam, and in practice.

“I’m eager to help our law students reach their highest potential and fulfill their academic and professional goals,” said Dauphinais. “The academic success and bar passage initiatives help the students who need it most, and complement our high-quality educational program at the law school.”

“We began taking a serious look at the connection between academic success and professional success in 2009,” said Dean Kathryn Rand. “Students who do well in law school are more likely to pass the bar exam. That’s true both at UND and across the nation.”

With Dauphinais’ leadership, the School of Law is undertaking a number of new initiatives related to student retention and student success, including a new bar preparation course to be offered in Spring 2015 and enhancement of the school’s current academic support programs.

“We look to a number of places to help us make the best decisions for our students—national best practices among law schools, graduates’ feedback, input from the state’s judges and lawyers, and passage rates on bar licensure exams,” explained Rand.

Dauphinais is a graduate of Columbia University School of Law. She joined the UND law faculty in 2005 as the director of lawyering skills. She has presented on legal education and preparation for the legal profession at numerous national and international conferences.

“I’m delighted that Professor Dauphinais is bringing her talents and skills to this new role,” said Rand. “We’re excited to make these meaningful changes in our curriculum and in the support we provide to our students.”

About the University of North Dakota School of Law
As the state’s only law school, the University of North Dakota School of Law produces well-rounded legal professionals with the necessary skill set to serve as effective, innovative, and ethical leaders in North Dakota, our region and our nation.

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Contact:
Rob Carolin
Director, Alumni and Public Relations
E-mail: carolin@law.und.edu

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The UND Forensic Science Club’s ‘Haunted Lab’ provides scares galore through Nov. 1

Come howl and shriek with the members of the UND Forensic Science Club! The scary Haunted Lab returns for its 12th year, ready to entertain those ages about 10 and older on the spooky fourth floor of O’Kelly Hall.

Take the elevator up on Oct. 30, 31, and Nov. 1, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Cost for your scares is $5/person at the door. Please wear closed-toe shoes.

Proceeds from this event support student travel to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences annual conference.

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English Coulee cleanup set for Saturday morning on UND campus

On Saturday, Oct. 25, University of North Dakota students, faculty, and staff  will work together with community members and workers from the City of Grand Forks to clean up English Coulee.

Interested individuals from UND are asked to meet at the Wellness Center at 9 a.m. to sign up and form groups for working on the University portions of the coulee from 9 a.m. to noon.

Interested community members will meet at Sertoma Park at 1 p.m. and work until 4 p.m. on that section of the Coulee. This is a demonstration project of the Sustainable Cities Initiative  and the initial activity of Transforming English Coulee, a multi-year program to improve the aesthetics, health and recreational functionality of English Coulee.

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Public Relations Group
Division of University & Public Affairs
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Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

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UND, CVIC agree to put confidential advocate/advisor on campus for victims of sexual violence

Arrangement will put CVIC employee at UND about 20 hours a week

The University of North Dakota and the Grand Forks Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) have agreed to partner in an effort to place a CVIC employee on campus to act as a confidential advocate/advisor for student, staff and faculty victims of sexual violence.

The announcement was made today after UND and CVIC officials completed a memorandum of understanding, spelling out the arrangement. The addition of a confidential advocate/advisor on campus helps UND meet its obligations under Title IX to address sexual discrimination and sexual violence.

“UND is committed to providing a safe environment for its students, faculty, staff and visitors,” said Donna Smith, UND’s Title IX Coordinator and Director of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action. “Placing a confidential CVIC advisor on-campus will help UND in its efforts to eliminate, prevent and remedy sexual violence in our campus community.  We are excited to work with CVIC to provide this very important resource.”

Under the plan, a CVIC employee would serve on a half-time basis, about 20 hours per week. The individual would hold a professional license, requiring them to be a confidential advocate for victims.  The cost of the service would be about $20,000 per year, including benefits, payable by UND. There will be no charge to campus members who use the service.

Smith would act as the liaison between UND and CVIC, helping the new CVIC advisor to become familiar with UND policies and procedures regarding sexual violence. The CVIC advisor will also be able to arrange for interim safety measures, such as changes in class or work schedules, changes in housing and no-contact directives without triggering UND’s obligation to investigate under Title IX if the individual does not want a disciplinary proceeding or adjudication.

“We are excited to enhance our partnership with UND to provide on-campus, confidential services to students, faculty, and staff who have been victims of sexual violence,” stated CVIC Executive Director Kristi Hall-Jiran.

While the advisor would be on campus about 20 hours  per week, they would also be available to provide services outside of those hours without additional cost to UND, according to UND’s Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Office. For example, if a student, staff member or faculty member initially meets with the advisor during campus hours, the advisor still could accompany the victim to a hearing or to provide counselling outside campus hours.

The CVIC advisor will be on-campus in mid-November.  A decision on office location and office hours will be made shortly.

The announcement about adding a CVIC confidential advocate/advisor on campus coincides with UND’s annual Clothesline Project display and Take Back the Night rally, which, for 19 years, have been solemn reminders that physical and verbal violence against women, children and men still prevail in society.

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

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UND’s Digital Press debuts with new work

Inaugural issue of ‘Punk Archaeology’ is first publication to roll out of New Media effort

The University of North Dakota Digital Press, the high-tech heir to the long defunct UND Press, is up and running.

The Digital Press is an imaginative reinvention of the University press, bringing together the spirit of entrepreneurship and digital and new media savvy inherent in the humanities, according to Associate Professor of History William Caraher,  a member of UND’s Working Group in Digital and New Media.

“Our strategy is one part stone soup, one part entrepreneurship and one part commitment to the enduring value of long form arguments, important conversations, and books in any form.” says Caraher.

Recognizing a need at UND, the working group – including Caraher, the late Joel Jonientz, assistant professor art & design; Kyle Conway, assistant professor of English and communication; and Brett Ommen, former UND assistant professor of English and communication, sketched out a plan for a university press that would be something different, disruptive and digital.

The Digital Press at UND has already published its first publication, an inaugural volume of Punk Archaeology (also available at Amazon), edited by Caraher, Franklin and Marshall College Professor Kostis Kourelis and Andrew Reinhard, a member of Punk Archaeology without Borders.

Efficient and dynamic

The Digital Press aims to publish books in both paper and digital formats that will benefit from an efficient and dynamic editorial and production process. For instance, a book on the Bakken oil boom that takes three years to come together might miss out on an opportunity to make an impact on the boom or speak to pressing issues and events.

Conway, co-founder of the press, emphasized, “we see the Digital Press as yet another way for UND to make good on its responsibility to North Dakota and North Dakotans. Although we’re interested in a range of topics, we’re really keen to publish books that address the concerns North Dakotans have right now.”

The Digital Press has several volumes in various stages of production including a book on the Bakken Boom and a translation of a Norwegian study of the Dakota Wars. These books will appear in digital form, paperback, and for various e-readers.

“Because we’re approaching this press from a sensitivity developed from our experience in new media like blogs, we think we can find ways to simplify the publication process without sacrificing quality or academic value.” Caraher says.

“The small size of the press allows us to work closely with authors and to create collaborative relationships that can be hard to establish in traditional academic publishing. This press won’t be for everyone or every project, but we feel like we can publish good books that matter.”

Ommen says, “I truly think the thing that makes Punk Archeology important is that it illustrates its deep commitment to the field in the act of disrupting it.”

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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

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