UND Hultberg Lectureship Series features successful College of Business & Public Administration alumnae; set for 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3

The University of North Dakota’s 2015 Hultberg Lectureship Series will feature another stellar group of successful alumnae of the College of Business & Public Administration.

The event is set for 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Gorecki Alumni Center’s Gransberg Community Room on campus.

All of the women play a vital role in the business world as well as leading philanthropic lifestyles through volunteer work and commitment to bettering their communities and society. The Hultberg Lectureship Series has hosted more than 100 successful UND female alumni. This event highlights the University’s commitment to diversity and the promotion of women in the workplace.

This year’s event will include classroom visitations during the day and a panel discussion, titled “Passion for Life: Balancing Work, Family and Fun.”

Guest speakers include:

  • Megan Houser, a UND graduate with a master’s degree in business administration and the human resource manager for Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services (AE2S).  Houser resides in Grand Forks.
  • Barb Aasen, a UND graduate with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and the chief practice officer at Eide Bailly. She lives in Bismarck.
  • Sarah Horak, a UND graduate with a bachelor’s degree in financial management and a master’s degree in business administration. She is the co-owner/operator of Brick & Barley, O’Really’s Irish Pub and Level 10 Martini Lounge. Aasen resides in Grand Forks.
  • Melba Thompson, a UND graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in accountancy. She is the director of accounting for Allina Health System. Thompson lives in Vadnais Heights, Minn.

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UND International Studies 2015 Speaker Series to kick off Wednesday, Feb. 4

In keeping with the strategic vision of an Exceptional UND, the University of North Dakota 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 four 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 7-8 p.m., to bring these University events directly into the Grand Forks community. A catered reception will precede talks beginning at 6:30 p.m. By providing time to meet and mingle in a public space before and after the lectures, organizers hope to encourage prolonged discussions and avenues for future collaborations between and within the University and the community.

The first talk, Feb. 4, will be given by Paul Sum, professor and chair of the UND Political Science Department; and Brian Urlacher, UND associate professor of political science. It is titled “Exploring the Focus of Transnational Human Rights Groups,” and examines the relationship between local organizing, transnational groups, and international organizations.

Background:

Human rights organizations have become increasingly active over the last 40 years, both at the transnational and grass roots level. Evidence shows that these organizations can have a positive impact on the human rights situation of a country when they apply resources. What is less clear, however, is — what motivates the decision for an organization to direct attention and resources to a particular situation? Using event data (1992-2004), event organizers explore this question. They will consider a number of correlates to the decision, including the severity of human rights abuses and the level of international attention a country receives from international actors such as the United Nations. Event organizers have found that grass roots organizations play a pivotal role in drawing transnational organizations into a situation. They also find an interactive between transnational organizations and United Nations Security Council resolutions condemning a situation. Their findings support the assertion that transnational organizations are sensitive to local organizing efforts and help pull the UN toward increased involvement.

Additional speaker series events will take place:

  • March 4  - “Women’s Rights as Human Rights: Recognizing International Women’s Day (March 8),”  and “Busting Out: The Role of U.S. Companies in Promoting Women’s Rights in the Developing World,” CJ Vachon, UND law professor.
  • 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 of the Global Friends Coalition; Reggie Tarr, case worker at Grand Forks Refugee Resettlement; and Sabrina Balgamwalla, UND law professor.
  • April 29 – “Human Rights Limitations and Neoliberalism: Unresolvable Tensions?” This event centers on UND student projects.

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

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Contact:

Claudia Routon, director of UND International Studies, at claudia.routon@email.und.edu; or Caroline Campbell, chair of the speaker series committee, at caroline.campbell@email.und.edu.

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UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies to host community panel on recent Paris shootings Thursday, Jan. 29 in the Grand Forks Herald Community Room

What:  University of North Dakota Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies (CHARGES) panel discussion on human rights, free speech and religion, occasioned by the recent shootings in Paris

Who:  Mike Jacobs, former editor/publisher of the Grand Forks Herald;  Caroline Campbell, UND History Department; and Mosab Bajaber, UND English doctoral student and former Grand Forks Islamic Center board member.

When:  7-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29

Where:  Grand Forks Herald Community Room, in the Herald building in downtown Grand Forks

Details:

CHARGES will host a community panel from 7-8 p.m., on Jan. 29, in the Grand Forks Herald Community Room to discuss human rights, religion and freedom of speech and press issues in light of shootings at the Charlie Hedbo offices and a Jewish market in Paris earlier this month.

Charlie Hebdo is a French publication, recognized for its social and political satire and criticism, and for its controversial portrayals of the prophet Muhammad. On Jan. 7, two gunmen entered the magazine’s offices and opened fire, killing 12 and wounding others.

Panelists Mike Jacobs, former editor and publisher of the Grand Forks Herald; Caroline Campbell, an assistant professor of history at UND, specializing in French and human rights history; and Mosab Bajaber, an English doctoral student at UND and former board member of the Grand Forks Islamic Center; will discuss the press, French history and culture, as well as the response of the Islamic community to the attacks.

Brian Urlacher, UND associate professor of political science, will serve as moderator.

About the Center:

Since its founding in 2007, the mission of CHARGES has been to increase 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. CHARGES works toward this goal by engaging in multidisciplinary projects that facilitate research, teaching and learning, and human rights-related service across disciplines.

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Contacts:
Rebecca Weaver-Hightower
rwh@UND.edu

Brian Urlacher
brian.urlacher@UND.edu

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New UND Art Collections exhibition ‘From Rembrandt to Picasso and Beyond’ kicks off Feb. 5 with reception at the Empire Arts Center

The University of North Dakota Art Collections at the Empire will hold a free public reception on Thursday, Feb. 5, for its newest exhibition: From Rembrandt to Picasso and Beyond.

The reception runs from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and is free and open to the public.  Free refreshments will be served.

This exhibition, which will run until April 2 in the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks, is wide in scope and showcases artworks recently accessioned by the UND Art Collections. Objects in the show range from original old master prints to pieces by prominent modern and contemporary artists, such as Rembrandt van Rijn and Pablo Picasso. Other featured artists in the exhibition include Albrecht Dürer, Pieter Bruegel, Théodore Géricault, Eugéne Delacroix, John James Audubon, Louise Nevelson, Faith Ringgold and many others.

Also on display will be examples of American Indian, African and Oceanic art, as well as works by American folk and outsider artists.

Gallery hours run Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-5 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Gallery admission is free and open to the public.

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UND’s online programs stand out in affordable colleges rankings

The University of North Dakota is sporting high marks when it comes to extended learning and online-education delivery.

Affordablecollegesonline.org, a prominent repository for online education news and information, in its most recent rankings, lists UND  14th in “Best Online Psychology Degree,” 23rd in “Best Colleges Online,” and 23rd in “Best Online Communications Degrees.”

The rankings were determined by the following:

General criteria:

  • Must offer a bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Must be a public or private not-for-profit institution
  • Must offer at least one fully online bachelor’s degree program

Scoring metrics:

  • Online tuition rate
  • Count of online bachelor’s degrees available in field
  • Student-faculty ratio (undergraduate)
  • 6-year graduation rate
  • Percent of students receiving financial aid
  • Academic and career counseling services
  • Job placement for graduates
  • Acceptance rate
  • Loan default rate
  • Affordable Colleges Online Peer-Based Value, which determines the overall value of the online degree

“The fact that students from everywhere pay North Dakota in-state tuition and have access to a wide variety of course offerings, taught by UND faculty, is what makes UND’s online programs stand out,” said Heidi Flaten, UND assistant director of extended learning.

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

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UND Ph.D. student and playwright Amoussa Koriko organizing festival to celebrate art and culture of homeland

Amoussa Koriko. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

Amoussa Koriko. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

UND Ph.D. student and playwright Amoussa Koriko organizing festival to celebrate art and culture of homeland

Who: Amoussa Koriko, Ph.D. student, University of North Dakota College of Education & Human Development , Department of Educational Foundations & Research, organizer; hosted by African Arts Arena

What: “Africa in Our Own Words and Colors” ? African Arts Festival

When: 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 30

Where: Empire Arts Center, downtown Grand Forks

Details:

Amoussa Koriko, a Grand Forks-based playwright and Ph.D. student in the UND Department of Educational Foundations & Research and winner of one of this year’s UND Civic Engagement Awards, wanted to showcase the vibrant African arts community that has grown in Grand Forks over the last few years.

“I’ve been doing a lot of work regarding the growing population of Africans, for example, doing drumming and dancing at a local development home,” said Koriko, who has written and performed in several plays. “So I wanted to develop a program that would show the community and raise awareness about the African arts experience ? so, through the African Arts Arena and with the generous help of the Empire Arts Center, we’re having our first African Arts Festival.”

Koriko presented an audiovisual recording that featured him reading his play, Night Shadow, a piece about the connection a pair makes amid war and violence in Africa, at the 2011 UND Writers Conference. He has performed numerous other presentations around the region.

“I’ve been doing a lot of work regarding the awareness of the growing population of Africans in the Greater Grand Forks area, for example, doing drumming and dancing at a local development home,” said Koriko, who has written and performed in several plays. “So I wanted to develop a program or an event that would bring the community together and show the diversity in our community and raise awareness about the African’s experience in Grand Forks through arts and festivals ? That is what African Arts Arena has been created to do and with the help of the Empire Arts Center, we’re having our first African Arts Festival.”

This project is supported, in part, by a grant from the North Valley Arts Council. Several other community organizations and private foundations provided support, as well.

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Interdisciplinary UND team selected for innovation program

University officials striving to instill a unique undergraduate experience in engineering and entrepreneurship

A team of faculty and administrators from the University of North Dakota was selected as one of 25 U.S. university teams to take part in the second cohort of the National Center for Engineering’s (Epicenter) Pathways to Innovation Program.

This program helps institutions incorporate innovation and entrepreneurship into undergraduate engineering education by leading teams of faculty and administrators through a two-year process to design and implement unique plans for each institution.

The UND Pathways’ team co-leaders are Tim O’Keefe, interim director of the UND School of Entrepreneurship, and Brian Tande, associate professor and chair of the UND Chemical Engineering Department. They will be supported by UND President Robert Kelley, Margaret Williams, dean of the UND College of Business and Public Administration, and Hesham El-Rewini, dean of the College of Engineering and Mines. “The Pathways to Innovation program will provide valuable resources to our University and help us reach our shared goals of innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Kelley.

Program teams receive access to models for integrating entrepreneurship into engineering curriculum, custom online resources, and guidance from a community of engineering and entrepreneurship faculty, and membership in a national network of schools with similar goals.

Some of the other universities chosen to participate in this program include, New York Institute of Technology, James Madison University, University of Alabama in Birmingham, Washington State University and the University of Texas at Arlington.

Ongoing innovation is required to maintain America’s global competitiveness and address pressing problems.  Engineering is the foundation of much of that innovation. Faculty and administrators participating in Epicenter’s Pathways program are taking on this challenge and leading their universities into a new era of engineering education that prepares students to tackle big problems and thrive in an ever-changing economy.

“There are 500,000 students in the U.S. majoring in engineering and computer science fields,” said Tom Byers, director and co-principal investigator of Epicenter and a professor at Stanford University. “These students are expected to enter industry with technical knowledge as well as a diverse set of skills and attitudes that help them to innovate, collaborate and create value. As educators, we need to better prepare this generation of students for the workforce and position them for success in their careers.”

The team leader’s first meeting was held at Stanford University on Jan. 14.  A second meeting will be held next month (Feb. 16-18) in Phoenix, where participants will analyze the opportunities at their schools and develop plans for transforming the undergraduate engineering experience.

About Epicenter:

The Epicenter is funded by the National Science Foundation and directed by Stanford University and VentureWell (formerly NCIIA).  Epicenter’s mission is to empower U.S. undergraduate engineering students to bring their ideas to life for the benefit of our economy and society.  To do this, Epicenter helps students combine their technical skills, their ability to develop innovative technologies that solve important problems, and an entrepreneurial mindset and skillset.  Epicenter’s three core initiatives are the University Innovation Fellows program for undergraduate engineering students and their peers, the Pathways to Innovation Program for institutional teams of faculty and university leaders, and the Fostering Innovative Generations Studies research program, which contributes to national knowledge of entrepreneurship and engineering education.

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UND spring first-day enrollment is highest ever, retention strong

The University of North Dakota posted its highest first-day enrollment in school history this week, according to Suzanne Anderson, UND registrar.

The tally of 13,816 students marks four-straight years of increases when it comes to first-day spring enrollment. The enrollment figures indicate the number of undergraduates was 110 more than last year’s spring number on the first day of classes. Much of the increase is the result of students choosing to transfer to UND and strong retention rates.

UND’s first-day spring numbers show that 432 students decided to transfer to UND, a nearly 12-percent increase compared to last year.

The retention rate for new freshmen continuing at UND, from last fall to the spring semester, also is higher than last year at the same time. This spring, for the first day, numbers show that UND has retained more than 93 percent of the new freshmen who enrolled in the fall (up from 92 percent, last year).

UND also is seeing increased retention rates for new transfer students who enrolled in the fall and are continuing at UND this spring. That rate is nearly 91 percent, so far, this spring, compared to 88 percent last year at the same time.

School officials are anticipating that rate might go even higher by the time the final spring enrollment is tallied in February, during the fourth week of classes.

UND’s first-day enrollments (fall and spring) traditionally grow by several hundred students by the time the final count is taken during the fourth week.

The following are grand totals from UND’s first-day comparative enrollment report:

2015—13,816
2014—13,781
2013—13,682
2012—13,234
2011—12,877

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Three UND Master of Public Health students awarded field research stipends

Three University of North Dakota Master of Public Health students have received stipends awards from the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center for projects they will be completing this spring. The MPH program is part of the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Each of the three students will receive a stipend of $1,500 that supports field placements and collaborative learning projects. The UND students, among 20 from several other colleges in the region, were selected because they proposed projects in rural areas, work with underserved populations, or work to support tribal health on a reservation or Urban Indian Health. Students receive $1,000 this month and the remaining $500 in July, following the submission of a brief final report describing their field placement.

The UND recipients are as follows:

Michael Dulitz will organize and help with cooperative learning and sharing sessions to assist with the implementation of electronic health records in the eight local public health units comprising the Northeast Public Health Collaboration.

Gaurav Mehta, a physician, will be performing clinical outcomes research with Native American data with regards to vascular surgery and amputation rates.

Kalee Werner will be implementing an exercise and diet intervention among pregnant women in Grand Forks.

About the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center:

The Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center (RM-PHTC) is one of 10 regional Public Health Training Centers funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The purpose of the Regional PHTC Program is to improve the nation’s health system by strengthening the technical, scientific and managerial and leadership competencies of the current and public health workforce. The RM-PHTC serves the six states of HHS Region VIII: Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The four legislative requirements of the PHTCs are to:

  • Establish or strengthen field placements for students.
  • Facilitate faculty and student collaborative projects
  • Designate a geographic area to be served.
  • Assess health personnel needs of the area to be served and develop trainings to meet such needs.

About the UND Master of Public Health program:

The MPH Program at UND welcomes applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds including the social and behavioral sciences; the basic sciences including biology, chemistry, and physics; mathematics and computer science; and the humanities. In addition, the MPH is an excellent partner for all clinical degrees including medicine, nursing, laboratory science, physician assistant, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, as it expands professional opportunities in these fields. Also those who wish to apply for a clinical program find that the MPH degree can enhance their application as well as their preparation for clinical career. Because of the diversity of our students, the program is designed for full and part-time study. Distance education is offered through live broadcast of all classes.

The MPH Program at UND has two specializations — Population Health Analytics and Health Management & Policy. Both prepare students for the work of population health improvement in the diverse communities of the Northern Plains and similar regions. Understanding the multiple determinants of population health — medical care, public health interventions, the social environment, the physical environment, and individual behavior — and learning how to optimize population health in the region are complex, fascinating, and important undertakings.

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UND joins area colleges for celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Grand Forks-based events highlighted by service projects and evening program at Chester Fritz Auditorium

Join in the 2015 Red River Valley Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, Jan. 19, in Grand Forks and in Crookston, Minn., with students, faculty and staff from the University of North Dakota, University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) and Northland Community and Technical College. The events are free and open to the public.

The day’s events will begin in Crookston at 10:30 a.m., with a Unity Walk. Attendees may park at Kiehle Auditorium and ride the shuttle to the Candlewood Suites in Crookston. The walk will begin at Candlewood Suites and head north to UMC’s Kiehle Building via the existing walking/bike path.

Clubs and organizations are encouraged to create banners for the Unity Walk. International students will be carrying flags to represent their countries. The Unity Walk is contingent upon favorable weather conditions, which may result in an alternate route or cancellation.

Following the Unity Walk, a program will begin in Kiehle Auditorium at 11 a.m.  The Crookston events will be capped off a by a free lunch social.

Free transportation

UND’s Multicultural Student Services and the University Police Department will provide complimentary round-trip travel accommodations for Grand Forks area community members to the celebration in Crookston. Shuttle service begins loading at 9:30 a.m. and departs 9:50 a.m.

UND events

At 2 p.m., UND and Grand Forks community members are invited to partake in two service projects in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day: A trans-generational conversation about civil rights with the residents of Parkwood Senior Living and cleaning and painting at The Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks.

The day concludes with a special Martin Luther King Jr. Day program beginning at 4 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The program will be followed by a free meal in the Chester Fritz Auditorium lobby.

Questions regarding the UMC & Crookston-based events can be directed to Lorna Hollowell, director of UMC’s Diversity & Multicultural Programs at lhollowe@umn.edu, or at 218.281.8580.

For information regarding the Grand Forks and UND-based events or to secure free transportation to UMC, contact Malika Carter, director of UND Multicultural Student Services, at malika.carter@UND.edu, or at 701.777.4259.

These events are co-sponsored by UND, UMC, and Northland Community and Technical College.

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