UND’s Jane Croeker honored for excellence in public service by North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple

Jane Croeker (right), UND director of health and wellness promotion, accepts a Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service from North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley at the State Capitol in Bismarck.

Jane Croeker (right), UND director of health and wellness promotion, accepts a Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service from North Dakota Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley at the State Capitol in Bismarck.

Jane Croeker, director of health and wellness promotion at the University of North Dakota, recently was among a handful of state employees to receive the North Dakota Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service in recognition of their dedication and contributions to the people of North Dakota.

The awards were presented on behalf of Gov. Jack Dalrymple by Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley during a luncheon at the Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., kicking off State Employee Recognition Week.

The award recipients were nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of judges who reviewed and scored the nominations. Nominees were rated on their overall job performance, contributions to their department, commitment to customer service, working relationship with fellow workers and involvement in their community.

When One of Croeker’s colleagues, UND Associate Vice President of Health and Wellness Laurie Betting, thinks of why Croeker is so deserving of the honor, she is reminded of a Malcom Gladwell book called Tipping Point in which the author describes someone who ignites social change as having a clear vision, is patient yet persistent, asks tough questions, is knowledgeable, leads by example and builds strong relationships with those they serve.

“By this very definition, Jane is change agent, Betting said. “Her work is grounded in best practices and driven by data.  Jane’s efforts have not only improved the quality of life for the University of North Dakota campus, her work has also impacted the lives of those in the Grand Forks community as well as the State of North Dakota.  Jane is truly deserving of this recognition.”    

Croeker, a leader in health and wellness at UND, was recognized in the Professional category for state employees.

“I feel privileged to be part of UND, the Healthy UND coalition, with its 200 plus volunteers, and the Health & Wellness Unit.”  Croeker said, “I am also thankful to live in a community where people band together to advocate for tobacco free environments, recreational and commuter trails, low risk alcohol use, year-round outdoor activities, and other opportunities to enhance well-being and quality of life.”

“We both greatly admired Mahatma Gandhi, so I would like to share this quote from him: ‘Where there is love there is life.  Live as if you were to die tomorrow.  Learn as if you were to live forever,’” Croeker said. “Knowledge and love, including love for community, are very powerful. I also love North Dakota and I hope we will be good stewards of the treasures we have here in this great state.”

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Norwegian Ambassador Kåre R. Aas to Visit Grand Forks Oct. 1-2

Norwegian Ambassador Kåre R. Aas

Norwegian Ambassador Kåre R. Aas

As part of his first visit to North Dakota, Kåre Aas, Norway’s ambassador to the U.S., will visit the Nordic Initiative and the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks Oct 1-2.

Ambassador Aas will meet with Nordic Initiative members to discuss the various educational, business, trade, cultural, and heritage programs fostered by the 40 member group. The UND Center for Innovation-based Nordic Initiative focuses on student-exchange programs in medicine,  business, entrepreneurship, petroleum engineering, communication and other fields of study.

There has been a 22 year association with the American College of Norway in Moss, Østfold, Norway, where about 1,300 Norwegian and UND students have studied together with more than 30 UND faculty who have taught at ACN. This fall more than 60 Norwegian students are on the UND campus, making UND one of the top destinations in the United States for Norwegian students. UND has been a top destination for Norwegian students for about 20 years.

“Nordic Initiative has hosted 120 dignitaries from Norway since 1997 including six Ambassadors and several Ministers of the Cabinet and Members of Parliament,” said Bruce Gjovig, Center for Innovation director and chair of the Nordic Initiative. “We are delighted that Ambassador Aas has accepted out invite to visit Grand Forks.”

While on the UND campus, Aas will tour the UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, where Norwegian air traffic control students are trained under contract with Avinor, which operates 46 airports in Norway as well as the three air traffic control centers. The UND Aerospace Foundation and Avinor renewed the training contract last year. A new class of 28 Norwegian students arrived on campus this last week for air traffic control training.

“North Dakota has been fertile ground for the extensive bonds between Norway and the United States — between families, friends, universities and businesses,” Aas said. “These wonderfully strong relationships have proven to be a solid pillar in what is Norway’s most important relationship with another country.”

About Ambassador Kåre Aas:

Kåre Aas’s distinguished career with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs began in 1983. He was appointed Norway’s Ambassador to the United States, presented his credentials to President Barack Obama at the White House a year ago. He previously served as Norway’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Much of his work there involved seeing that Norway’s funding for school construction was put to good use. From 2003 to 2008, Aas served as Director General, Department for Security Policy and the High North. In that capacity he had the bilateral relationships between Norway and the U.S., the Russian Federation and the Central Asian Republics in his portfolio, and chaired and/or was a member of several international groups, working on nuclear disarmament and international peacekeeping operations. Aas is from Oslo, the son of a construction worker. He was initially slated for vocational school, but talked his way into a more academic setting. He has three daughters and one son.

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David L. Dodds
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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 again named a ‘Military Friendly School’

The University of North Dakota has once again been listed by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, on its coveted Military Friendly Schools list.

The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

This year’s Military Friendly Schools list criteria also incorporate a survey of more than 4,000 actual student veterans. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at particular institutions based on peer reviews from current students.

The 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a free, data driven, survey of more than 10,000 Veterans Affairs-approved schools nationwide.

Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) comprising educators from schools across the country.

For the first time ever, prospective military students can see comprehensive information about schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding, as well as which schools have volunteered to be objectively measured through the Military Friendly Schools survey process.

“Our goal is to get all 8,000 schools approved for taxpayer-backed Post-9/11 GI Bill funding into the Schools Matchmaker in 2015, and to have them participate in our free survey assessment,” said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The more transparent schools are in what they offer, the better decisions military students can make with their hard-earned benefits—and the more we can share leading practices among schools.”

About ‘Victory Media’

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business founded in 2001. Victory’s free, data-driven, Military Friendly lists can be found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com. Victory’s lists are also published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur magazines, republished in national and local periodicals and are frequently cited on national and local TV stations.

UND has been honored as a “Military Friendly School” by Victoria Media in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University and 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 Mary Haslerud Opp named CSTAND teacher of the year

Mary Haslerud Opp

Mary Haslerud Opp

University of North Dakota instructor Mary Haslerud Opp recently was named the Communication, Speech, Theatre Association of North Dakota (CSTAND) Teacher of the Year for 2014.

Haslerud Opp is the director of public speaking and interpersonal communication courses for the UND Communication Program where she has taught since 1980.

In 2004, Haslerud Opp was awarded the Bertin C. Gamble Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching by UND. She has also won the outstanding teaching award from the Communication Program and has been named a “Faculty Star” at the Star Banquet, where Presidential Scholars invite their favorite teachers.

For Haslerud Opp, teaching is who she is. She often says she was born to be a teacher and feels most invigorated when she can make a difference in a student’s life. She cherishes thank-you notes received from past and current students.

Upon hearing that she received this award, she asked if it was for real. Being recognized by her colleagues means the world to her and she is extremely grateful, she said.

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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’s Introduction to University Life classes team up with Red River Valley Community Action for food donation effort Oct. 8-18

The University of North Dakota’s Introduction to University Life classes are teaming up with Red River Valley Community Action (RRVCA) in a humanitarian effort to assist with the local Commodity Supplemental Food Program from Oct. 8-18.

Ten sections of the class will be going to RRVCA to help package about 37,000 pounds of food.  Students may possibly deliver the food boxes to residents in the Grand Forks area, if time allows.

This will be the second year of incorporating a service learning project as a part of the Introduction to University Life curriculum.  The class tries to incorporate a service project based on the designated book they are reading for the semester.  This semester’s book, The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens, touches on the importance of community service.

The students will be learning valuable everyday skills as well and riding the city bus to and from their community service locations during this endeavor.

“They are required to get their free CAT Card and use the transit system here in Grand Forks,” said Stacey Borboa-Peterson, UND Success Courses Coordinator. “This gives the students experience in getting around the community on their own and helps them to feel more comfortable with it.”

In addition to volunteering with RRVCA, two focus sections of the class – one for education majors and one for aviation majors – will take part in other community service efforts in the region. The education students served brunch and cleaned up at the Northlands Rescue Mission this past weekend.  Aviation students plan to donate their time at an upcoming aviation competition in Thief River Falls, Minn., where they will serve food and assist with set-up for the event.

Opportunities of this nature are important for education majors because teacher education candidates are required to complete at least 30 hours of service experience, Borboa-Peterson said.

About RRVCA

Red River Valley Community Action (RRVCA) is a private, nonprofit human service organization serving Nelson, Pembina, Walsh and Grand Forks counties. Like community action agencies across the nation, RRVCA works to focus private and public resources on the goal of helping low-income people improve their lives. This includes helping people obtain the education, skills, knowledge, and motivation they need to achieve economic independence for the rest of their lives.

Eligibility for most programs is based on either federal or state income guidelines. These guidelines vary from program to program and intake forms are used to determine client eligibility. The programs serve low-income individuals and families, consumers, senior citizens, and others in crisis situations.

About the Commodity Supplemental Food Program

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods.  Food packages include a variety of items, such as:  Nonfat dry and ultra-high temperature fluid milk, juice, farina, oats, ready-to-eat cereal, rice, pasta, peanut butter, dry beans, canned meat, poultry, fish and canned fruits and vegetables.

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Contact:
Stacey Borboa-Peterson
Success Courses Coordinator
Stacey.borboa.peterson@UND.edu
701.777.2117

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UND Center for Community Engagement names Alvin E. Austin Legacy Award recipients

Four accomplished students of former UND professor Alvin Austin will receive awards honoring his legacy at a program and reception during UND’s homecoming Oct. 10

The University of North Dakota Center for Community Engagement announced that the 2014 Alvin E. Austin Legacy Award recipients are Fabrice Moussus, Carol (Christianson) Oukrop, Lynn Melby and Matt Gerszewski.  The awards are presented each year to former students or colleagues of the late UND professor in recognition of their professional accomplishments for community benefit.

This is the fifth year that the awards have been given in honor of Austin’s memory.  The awards will be presented during a reception for family and friends of Austin from 2 – 4 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 10 (UND’s Homecoming week), at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center (also known as the Oxford House).

Award Recipients

  • Fabrice Moussus came to UND to study from his homeland in France where he still lives today. He is an internationally known photojournalist who worked for 30 years at ABC News after graduating from UND in 1973.  His career led him to work closely with icons of journalism at ABC News, such as Peter Jennings and Barbra Walters.  He has traveled all around the world and covered major war news and the Olympics. He’s also met world leaders and U.S. presidents while working for ABC News.
  • Carol (Christianson) Oukrop is perhaps best known for her pioneering work on the status of women in journalism and mass communications education.  She was a faculty member at Kansas State for 33 years and served as director of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication for 11 years.  Oukrop developed one of the first courses on gender issues in the mass media and co-edited Seeking Equity for Women in Journalism and Mass Communication Education: A 30-Year Update (Erlbaum, 2004). Originally from Watford City, N.D., Oukrop graduated from UND in 1956.
  • Lynn Melby is a 1968 UND graduate originally from Montana. He now lives in Mukilteo, Wash., and serves as chairman of Melby, Cameron & Anderson, an association management and consulting firm. He has served as chief executive officer for about a dozen trade associations and professional societies over forty years. Melby has earned Certified Association Executive (CAE) credentials from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). A former newspaper and radio reporter, Melby is the author of two books, a producer of commercial motion pictures, and former host of a weekly public affairs television program.
  • Matt Gerszewski, who lives in Minot, N.D., graduated from Oslo, Minn., High School in 1972 and began newspaper work as a sportswriter for the Warren, Minn., Sheaf. After attending UND, he worked as a sports reporter for the Jamestown Sun and then for the Minot Daily News in 1980. He also served as city editor in Minot from 1991 until 2000. Under Gerszewski’s leadership, the Minot Daily News won many statewide awards in the annual North Dakota Newspaper Association (NDNA) contest, including general excellence and a first-place award for news editing in 1994.  Gerzewski won the NDNA best editorial writing award two years in a row, and was named State Sportswriter of the Year twice.

About Alvin E. Austin

Austin, taught journalism at UND for 34 years and served as a chair of the department for more than 20 of those years.  Austin was also a night editor and columnist for the Grand Forks Herald and an active public servant.  He received many honors and awards, including UND’s most prestigious for alumni, the Sioux Award.  He also was named a national Distinguished Teacher of Journalism by Sigma Delta Chi.

Austin retired in 1980 and died in 1999.

More information about the Austin awards, including previous award recipients, can be found at www.communityengagement.und.edu.

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David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University and 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 to host Norwegian Ambassador to the U.S. via Skype broadcast on Friday, Sept. 26

Norwegian Ambassador Kåre Aas

Norwegian Ambassador Kåre Aas

Kåre Aas will discuss The Arctic and the challenges it poses for Norway and the global community during a Virtual Ambassador Program

Norwegian Ambassador Kåre Aas will discuss the Arctic and the challenges it poses for Norway with University of North Dakota students via Skype broadcast, on Friday, at 1 p.m., Sept. 26, in the UND Center for Innovation Idea Lab.

The event is free to attend but space is limited.  Attendees are expected to pre-register at http://goo.gl/kNP3i1.  The event also will be livestreamed via Adobe Connect.

According to Royal Norwegian Embassy, changes taking place in the Arctic pose unprecedented challenges and emerging opportunities. Arctic ecosystems and human societies will be the most affected, but the environmental changes in the Arctic have global implications as well. Some of the questions that will be discussed are: How should these challenges be handled? Is managing the Arctic a global task or is it solely the responsibility of the Arctic coastal states?

In this discussion with Ambassador Aas, students will have the chance to address these questions, learn why the Arctic is Norway’s most important foreign policy priority, and debate how the United States should use its chairmanship of the Arctic Council next year.

At the end of Ambassador Aas’s presentation, there will be a Twitter-based question and answer session, in which the Ambassador will answer selected questions with the hashtag #VirtualAmbassador.  There will also be an opportunity beforehand and/or during the lecture for a student representative or professor to post questions on your behalf.

About the Virtual Ambassador Program

The Virtual Ambassador Program is a new initiative developed by the Royal Norwegian Embassy, intended to reach as many U.S. students as possible.  Ambassador Aas will give a brief presentation via Skype on a topic central to Norwegian politics and the remaining time is spent in a question and answer session.  UND will be one of the first universities to host this program.

About Ambassador Aas

Ambassador Aas’s distinguished career with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs began in 1983. He left his position in Oslo as Political Director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to become the Norwegian Ambassador to the United States. He presented his credentials to President Obama at the White House on Sept. 17, 2013.

Prior to his assignment as Political Director, Ambassador Aas served as the Norwegian Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan from 2008-10.

From 2003 to 2008, Ambassador Aas served as Director General, Department for Security Policy and the High North. In that capacity he had the bilateral relationships between Norway and the U.S., the Russian Federation and the Central Asian Republics in his portfolio, and chaired and/or was a member of several international groups working on nuclear disarmament and international peacekeeping operations.

From 2005-07 he also served as Norwegian Governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors.

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Contact:
Timothy J. Pasch, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Communication Program/Department of English
University of North Dakota
Merrifield Hall Room 218
276 Centennial Drive Stop 7209
Grand Forks, ND  58202-8380
timothy.pasch@UND.edu
701-740-1548 cellular
701-777-2128 office/fax

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Tribute to longtime UND scholar, Robert Lewis, focus of current issue of ‘North Dakota Quarterly’

Robert Lewis

Robert Lewis

In August 2013, Robert Lewis, editor of the North Dakota Quarterly (NDQ) for 31 years, passed away. In honor of his years of dedication to the Quarterly and the lives he touched, NDQ is pleased to offer a special tribute issue. The issue is split into two halves, each edited by different guest editor teams. The first focuses on Bob’s lifelong work related to Ernest Hemingway. The second half focuses on Bob’s lifelong passions, including his teaching at UND, American Indian studies, the natural world, and his daily haiku writing.

Through the words of those who knew him best, those whose lives he influenced, and even his own, the issue paints a portrait of Bob for those who never had the pleasure of meeting him and deepens the knowledge of those who did. We hope that this issue brings laughs, tears, and an inspiration to never stop exploring. As Bob said himself, “For no matter how well read one is, if one’s journal is of some breadth in what it undertakes to publish, one is constantly learning, and often in areas where one otherwise would not go. So the many dialogs not only with authors around the country and the world, but also with one’s family of helpers, often over new materials, are gratifying and enlarging, perhaps the strongest pleasure of all.”

The tribute issue of NDQ, Vol. 79.3&4, is available on campus at the North Dakota Museum of Art, the UND Bookstore, and at the NDQ office, Merrifield Room 15. The cost is $16. Subscriptions are $25.

Kate Sweney, NDQ Managing Editor, 701.777.3322 or ndq@und.edu

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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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Task Force Announced for UND Nickname and Logo Consideration Process

The University of North Dakota has announced the formation of a Task Force to participate in the development of a process for the potential adoption of a new nickname and logo. The University announced its intent to form such a group in July of this year.  North Dakota law provides that the earliest UND could adopt or implement a new nickname and logo is January 2015.

Over the next few months, the group will participate in a facilitated process designed to map out and gather input for the potential selection of a new nickname and logo for UND. The team anticipates submitting its recommendations to UND President Robert Kelley by the end of 2014. While the Task Force is not charged with making a final nickname and logo selection, President Kelley welcomes all final outcomes and recommendations from the Task Force’s work.

Members of the Recommendation Process Task Force include:

  • Sheri Kleinsasser Stockmoe, UND alumna, co-chair
  • Tanner Franklin, Student Body President, UND, co-chair
  • Matt Bakke, UND alumnus
  • Jesse Fenstermacher, UND student athlete, Men’s Track & Field
  • Karl Goehring, UND alumnus
  • Chuck Horter, UND alumnus
  • Nikki Husfeldt, UND student athlete, Women’s Volleyball
  • Sue Jeno, UND faculty and athletic faculty advisor
  • Sharley Kurtz, UND Staff Senate President
  • Sandra Mitchell, UND Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Jim Mochoruk, UND Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor
  • R. J. Morin, UND student
  • Margaret Myers, UND Associate Vice President for Finance & Operations

Susan Walton, UND’s Vice President for University & Public Affairs, will serve as the liaison to the UND leadership team and communications coordinator for the Task Force.

The work of the Task Force will be guided by two professional facilitators, Marie Miyashiro and Kelly O’Keefe.

Miyashiro is president and chief facilitation officer at Elucity Network, an internationally-based consulting and training firm. She has over 30 years of experience in training and facilitation. Her team of master facilitators designs facilitation processes for universities, nonprofits, unions and Fortune 500 clients worldwide. Her proprietary process is featured in “The Change Handbook — The Definitive Resource On Today’s Best Methods for Engaging Whole Systems.”

O’Keefe is a professor of advertising at the Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter in Richmond, Va., and also serves as chief creative strategy officer at marketing communications firm Padilla CRT. He has served as strategic brand advisor to numerous national and international firms and is currently a board member of the Future of Advertising Project at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. He is a frequent keynote speaker and media commentator on the subjects of digital marketing, corporate and higher education brand strategy, and creativity.

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Contact:
Peter B. Johnson
Executive Associate Vice President
Media Relations Coordinator/Community Relations Officer
Public Relations Group
Division of University and Public Affairs
264 Centennial Drive Stop 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7144

701.777.4317 | 701.740.5398 cell | 701.777.4616 fax
Peter.johnson@UND.edu
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UND College of Engineering & Mines to be honored at upcoming 2014 World Oil Awards

The University of North Dakota College of Engineering & Mines has been chosen as a beneficiary of the 2014 World Oil Awards.

The annual awards program highlights the best and brightest in the upstream oil and gas industry. World Oil Awards recipients are chosen from deserving universities with established petroleum departments.

Award winners will be announced at a black-tie gala dinner on Oct. 16 in Houston, Texas. CEM geology alumnus Tom Hamilton and his wife, Carolyn, have graciously agreed to accept the award on behalf of the College.

The vision of the UND College of Engineering & Mines Petroleum Engineering program is to educate future generations of petroleum engineers who can contribute to building a better world through professional service and research for safe, reliable and affordable energy production and environmental protection. In two shorts years, the program has grown from four students to an estimated enrollment of more than 300 students. The Petroleum Engineering program at UND is focused on educating petroleum engineers to meet the growing demands in North Dakota, the nation and the world.

For more information, contact Deb Austreng at the College of Engineering & Mines at 701.777.4249.

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David L. Dodds
Media Relations Coordinator/Writer/Editor
Public Relations Group
Division of University and 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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