UND student Kathryn Fink’s fine arts exhibit, ‘The Dress,’ to delve into topics such as grief, death, sex and gender

What: University of North Dakota student fine arts exhibit –“The Dress”

Who: Kathryn Fink, UND fine arts student

When: 5-8 p.m., Thursday, July 30

Where: HB Sound & Light, 101 N. Eighth St., in Grand Forks

Background: ‘”The Dress” is a UND student-produced exhibit that serves as a platform for individuals to share their stories, artifacts and memories through a common object—the dress. Each dress in the exhibit will be paired with a digital video to help tell the story behind the dress, covering topics such as grief, death, sex and gender, racial discrimination and sexual assault. The intent of the project is to explore diversity among people, share their stories, as well as aid the viewer in empathizing with the human experiences.

The exhibit will be free and open to the public.

Contact:

Kathryn Fink, kathrynfinkartist@gmail.com, 218.779.0879

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UND joins 59 colleges and universities across the U.S. to compete in the 2015 Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

The University of North Dakota will be competing in the 2015 Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge this fall.

A total of 59 schools representing 30 states will participate in the 2015 event. Combined, these colleges comprise about 850,000 students, faculty, alumni and local community members – demonstrating the extraordinary reach and potential impact of the Challenge.

The Challenge is a six-week Mother-Nature-meets-March-Madness-style competition to determine the National Outdoor Champion.

“We are very excited for this opportunity to show the nation and Grand Forks in general the many outdoor activities we have,” Said Patrick Marcoe, UND assistant director of wellness program. “We are looking for sponsors and local groups to help promote and support this event as we look to become the National Outdoor Champion.”

The competition aims to engage young people in outdoor recreation by rewarding the schools with the most outdoor activities logged by the most people in their campus network – including students, faculty, alumni and the local community. The school with the most participants and outdoor activities will be named the National Outdoor Champion, and the top individual will be crowned Outsider of the Year.

“Outdoor Nation believes in empowering young people to motivate and mobilize their peers to get into the great outdoors,” said Chris Fanning, executive director of the Outdoor Foundation, the organization that founded the Outdoor Nation initiative. “We are thrilled to welcome 59 schools — 49 more than last year — into the 2015 Campus Challenge for a little friendly competition with an ultimate goal of activating a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts.”

More about the Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge:

The Challenge was launched in 2014 and aims to combat the inactivity crisis prevalent among youth and young adults in America. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average young person spends eight hours in front of a screen and only eight minutes outside and active.

Last year, in its pilot program, the Campus Challenge engaged ten colleges and universities. In just eight weeks, 8,390 participants logged almost 44,000 outdoor activities, with many schools reporting a major surge in campus-wide interest in outdoor recreation. Many outdoor programs and outing club members served as organizers for the Challenge — planning school-wide activities, promoting individual participation and introducing new outdoor activities to spark interest.

The winner of the 2014 competition was the College of Saint Benedict & Saint John’s University, (CSB/SJU,) in Collegeville, Minn. The winner received a gear bank, sponsored by The North Face, which included technical packs, tents, sleeping bags and more. The school also held a campus-wide celebration to honor their accomplishment.

By 2020, the Outdoor Nation Campus Initiative plans to have a presence on 500 college and university campuses across the country.

The 2015 Challenge is presented by The North Face and The REI Foundation. Other sponsors include Adidas, Osprey and CamelBak and Backpacker.

About the Outdoor Foundation & Outdoor Nation

The Outdoor Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. Through groundbreaking research, action-oriented outreach and education programs, the Foundation works with partners to mobilize a major cultural shift that leads all Americans to the great outdoors.

In 2010, the Foundation launched Outdoor Nation, a pioneering initiative that aims to empower young leaders to champion the outdoors on campuses and in communities across the United States.

For more information, visit the Outdoor Foundation online.

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Contact:
Patrick J. Marcoe  Assistant Director of Wellness Programs
Health & Wellness | The University of North Dakota
801 Princeton Street Stop 8365  | Grand Forks, ND 58201-8365
P 701.777.3256 | F 701.777.6030
patrick.marcoe@UND.edu
UND.edu/health-wellness

Lacey Erickson
Health & Wellness Marketing Manager
The University of North Dakota
801 Princeton Street Stop 8365
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8365
P 701.777.0232 | F 701.777.6030
Lacey.Erickson@UND.edu | UND.edu/health-wellness

Stasia Raines
The Outdoor Foundation
sraines@outdoorfoundation.org
619.957.9891

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UND online early education master’s program ranked among the best

The University of North Dakota’s online early childhood education master’s program has been ranked 27th  in the nation by SuperScholar.org.

SuperScholar.org only considered regionally accredited colleges and universities listed in the National Center for Education Statistics database and offer a master’s degree program in early childhood education. Qualifying schools were evaluated and ranked based on publicly available data in the areas of affordability, starting salaries of recent grads, market reputation, awards and recognition and flexibility.

Some of the universities ranked alongside UND included Texas A&M University, University of North Carolina, University of Alabama and the University of Missouri.

About UND:

The UND College of Education & Human Development offers an NCATE-accredited online Master of Science (MS) in Early Childhood Education (ECE). This 32-credit hour program is offered entirely online and usually takes two years to complete. The MS in ECE prepares certified teachers to work with children ages three through eight in way that takes into account family, gender, culture and community. The ultimate goal of the program is to prepare teachers for working in public and private schools, Head Start programs and child development centers. Online students take the same courses as resident students, and interact with one another in a virtual environment.

For more information, go to Online MS in Early Childhood Education.

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UND all-female Air Race Classic team returning to Grand Forks today after second-place finish

(from left to right) Jennifer Pinkowski, Carly Namihira, Lydia Wiff and Christina Druskin.

(from left to right) Jennifer Pinkowski, Carly Namihira, Lydia Wiff and Christina Druskin.

WHO: University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences all-women Air Race Classic Team—dubbed “Frozen Force”—comprising UND Aviation students Jennifer Pinkowski, pilot;  Carly Namihira, co-pilot; and Christina Druskins, navigator. Team member Lydia Wiff, was involved with planning and social media coverage.

WHAT: The UND Air Race Classic Team (Frozen Force) competed and won second place overall in the all-women’s cross-country Air Race Classic.

The team successfully completed the 2,100 mile, four-day race (from Fredericksburg, Virginia, to Fairhope, Alabama) Friday and learned of their second place win at Saturday’s awards banquet.

WHEN: The Frozen Force team is expected to arrive back in Grand Forks TODAY between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Contact team coach Erin Schoenrock eschoenrock@aero.und.edu, or at 218.230.9132, for more exact arrival time updates.

WHERE: UND Flight Operations, north end of the Grand Forks Airport—check in at the dispatch desk. Media must be escorted onto the ramp area by a UND Flight Ops person with a TSA ramp badge at all times.

For more info, see Frozen Force team blog: http://undairracer.blogspot.com/

Contact:
Erin M. Schoenrock
Team coach
University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
eschoenrock@aero.und.edu
Office: 701.777.7876
Mobile: 218.230.9132

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UND ranks high for lowest student-loan default rates

The University of North Dakota has been ranked No. 14 out of 700 public universities around the country by BestColleges.com for having the lowest student loan default rates.

“Student loans are in the news. They’re the new normal for most students seeking a college degree. And as we’ve seen, too many schools graduate students who cannot afford to repay these loans,” said Madeline Cruz, associate director of communications for BestColleges.com. “The University of North Dakota is a welcome exception. You’ve demonstrated that your students are able to find employment after graduation sufficient enough to cover the cost of their education.”

BestColleges.com collects data from institutional websites, collegiate rankings and the Institute of Education Sciences to help determine their rankings. They also factor in the student-loan default rate with graduation, retention and acceptance rates.

BestColleges.com’s Top 15 Lowest Student Default Rate Colleges:

  1. George Mason University (Fairfax, Va.)
  2. James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.)
  3. Clemson University (Clemson, S.C.)
  4. University of Illinois at Urbana (Champaign, Ill.)
  5. University of Connecticut (Storrs, Conn.)
  6. Christopher Newport University (Newport News, Va.)
  7. University of Florida (Gainesville, Fla.)
  8. University of Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  9. University of Georgia (Athens, Ga.)
  10. Illinois State University (Normal, Ill.)
  11. University of Delaware (Newark, Del.)
  12. University of Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa)
  13. Truman State University (Kirksville, Mo.)
  14. University of North Dakota (Grand Forks)
  15. Appalachian State University (Boone, N.C.)

For a complete list of rankings, go to http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/lowest-student-loan-default-rates/.

About BestColleges.com:

BestColleges.com is a resource for any prospective college student and strives to help students make an educated choice about their future. Through the use of student surveys, faculty surveys, independent research, ranking systems and the input of highly credible and authoritative sources, they have created a database of schools to help students and their families learn more about their best options for higher education.

About UND

UND is home to more than 15,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students taking advantage of 225 programs of study. With a student to faculty ratio of 19:1, the university enjoys a high retention rate.

A strong emphasis is placed on preparing graduates to be successful upon graduation: 98 percent of recent graduates are employed or in further education programs. Those joining the workforce earn an average salary of $45,275 in their first jobs, with 85 percent employed in positions relating to their degrees.

Students clearly enjoy their time at UND: nine out of ten reporting they would attend the institution again if given the chance.

Potential enrollees worried about the cost of their education can rest easy, as tuition and fees for the school are 13.4 percent less than similar institutions within the 11-state region.

The current class of students represents every state and over 60 countries.

Approximately 88 percent of all attendees receive financial aid in some form, with 65 percent being awarded scholarships or grants averaging $3,908.

63 percent of students take out a loan to finance their education, with the average amount being $8,314.

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Riders on the storm — The hunt was on again this year as UND students trekked the Midwest from North Dakota to New Mexico in search of nature’s wondrous fury

By Amy Halvorson, University & Public Affairs writer

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean hunting season is over — not for the students enrolled in the Thunderstorm Experience Lab at the University of North Dakota.

Five students, two teaching assistants and an atmospheric sciences professor recently took their classroom on the road to stalk storms.

“It’s a lot like hunting,” says Matthew Gilmore, UND associate professor in atmospheric sciences, “except in this case we are in pursuit of violent storms with the potential to form tornados. But just like hunting, we have a strategy. There are rules about safety. And we do a lot of waiting. What we hope to bring home after the hunt are photos, compelling storm video and a hands-on learning experience for students.”

The students who embarked on this year’s adventure were Mitch Kern, New Richmond, Wis.; Shawn Wagner, Bottineau, N.D.; Josh Eckl, South Saint Paul, Minn.; Jack Parkin, Aberdeen, S.D.; and Alan Horzewski, Princeton, Wis.

Teaching assistants David Agee, Naperville, Ill. and Kevin Mahoney, Cannon Falls, Minn., pulled double duty as storm chasers and drivers for this year’s hunt May 21-30.

For the second year in a row, the hunt was led by Gilmore, a storm-chasing veteran.

This year, the mobile classroom logged more than 6,000 miles through Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Texas and New Mexico.

“We know statistically speaking where tornado alley is so we head that direction and then we follow the storms in real time. We go wherever the weather takes us,” said Gilmore.

UND storm chasers in Texas -- Alan Horzewski, (Princeton, Wis.); Josh Eckl, (South Saint Paul, Minn.); David Agee, (Naperville, Ill.); Kevin Mahoney, (Cannon Falls, Minn.); Mitch Kern, (New Richmond, Wis.); Jack Parkin, (Aberdeen, S.D.); Shawn Wagner, (Bottineau, N.D.).

UND storm chasers in Texas — Alan Horzewski, (Princeton, Wis.); Josh Eckl, (South Saint Paul, Minn.); David Agee, (Naperville, Ill.); Kevin Mahoney, (Cannon Falls, Minn.); Mitch Kern, (New Richmond, Wis.); Jack Parkin, (Aberdeen, S.D.); Shawn Wagner, (Bottineau, N.D.).

The mobile classroom, complete with a mounted monitor, computer, printer, Wi-Fi and a public-address system (funded in part by the UND Office of Instructional Development) allows real-time mapping of the storm’s position, using satellite and radar imagery. Students also use the on-board printer for analyzing weather maps before storms form.

The field work is enhanced by a sister class back at UND that is led by Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Leon Osborne, who fed the storm chasers an even more detailed weather forecast to help guide them toward the biggest storms — or as Gilmore puts it — “the healthiest storms.”

More ‘thrilling than scary’

The ultimate goal of seeing a tornado was first achieved on May 27, near Canadian, Texas.

“The feeling one gets when following a developing tornado is kind of like a roller coaster ride — more thrilling than scary since we know what we’re doing,” Gilmore said.

Gilmore classified the storm in Canadian as almost the perfect storm to observe as it remained mostly stationery, allowing the class to easily drive around it and inspect it from multiple angles.

“When we saw our first tornado, everyone was so happy and excited,” Gilmore said. “They were high fiving each other; it was like we had just won a football game and we were a team that had never won before.”

“Exhilaration, excitement and pride were all feelings that poured out as we watched that tornado,” Parkin said. “It felt great to get paid with a tornado after working so hard to find one all week.”

“The only thing that really kicks in at that time is the adrenaline of knowing you are currently having a successful chase and knowing that you want to take in every second of what you are seeing,” Wagner added.

“It was quite a sight, seeing the tornado that lasted for around eight minutes, watching it go from new tornado to expanding to .7-miles wide all the way back down to its death,” Horzewski said. “It is certainly one of the most amazing sights in nature.”

According to Gilmore, creator of the storm-chasing course, “the adventure is designed to advance student’s forecasting skills and storm-safety knowledge through experiential learning.”

It is open to non-atmospheric science majors, but participants are required to be CPR and First Aid certified in case they are the first responders to an emergency.

UND storm chasers in New Mexico -- back row: Agee, Eckl, Mahoney; front Row: Horzewski, Wagner, Kern, Parkin.

UND storm chasers in New Mexico — back row: Agee, Eckl, Mahoney; front Row: Horzewski, Wagner, Kern, Parkin.

Through this trip, students not only practice forecasting and safety but they get to learn how to make tactical decisions such as quickly figuring out which road will allow a safe navigation around the storm while avoiding dangerous and life-threating conditions. Safety always comes first, according to Gilmore. “The two main rules are: stay calm and don’t distract the driver.”

“The road networks are just as important as the storms,” Horzewski said. “The more paved roads in the area, the better for chasing.”

After returning, students submit their field notes and report on their learning experience.

“This truly hands-on experience was like nothing else I’ve taken at UND,” Parkin said. “Going out into the country and being an actual storm chaser taught me more than anything in a classroom could.”

“I hope more students will learn about this unique summer class so that they can experience it with us next year,” Gilmore said.

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UND Electrical Engineering awarded research grants to help private industry partners combat cyber-attacks for UAS and banking industries

Students could start working on the projects as early as this fall

University of North Dakota Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Prakash Ranganathan has been awarded a grant to research cyber-security for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and to prepare students for careers in the industry.

Rockwell Collins is funding the project in the amount of $20,000. Ranganathan’s strong proposal successfully competed against those from 39 other universities for consideration as part of the Rockwell Collins University Grant Allocation Program.

“We believe Ranganathan’s proposal thoroughly addressed the criteria, and that this project will further the educational excellence of students while preparing them for rewarding engineering careers at Rockwell Collins,” said Elise Loan, university relations liaison with Rockwell Collins.

Loan also said that Rockwell Collins looks forward to receiving feedback on the progress and success of the project from Roger French, a UND electrical engineering alumnus and principal engineering manager in commercial systems at Rockwell Collins.

“We are very excited about the proposed project and appreciate the effort extended by the University of North Dakota to align the project to Rockwell Collins criteria,” Loan added.

In a separate development, Ranganathan also has received a $2,500 award from the Wells Fargo Foundation to focus on security attacks on banking data sets.

Both projects are expected to start in fall 2015 with undergraduate and graduate students working together to build a software-based simulator that will model cyber threats.

Contact:
Prakash Ranganathan
701.777.4431 | prakash.ranganathan@UND.edu

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UND Music student reaches semifinals in international marimba competition

University of North Dakota music student Paul Millette was recently named one of only 13 undergraduate students to reach the semifinals for the Great Plains International Marimba Competition (GPIMC), which is taking place now in Oklahoma City.

“As percussionists, the marimba provides for creative solo expression,” said Millette, a native of Carson City, Nev., who practices up to five hours each day on the instrument. “The marimba is the best voice we have, as a soloist, to perform on our own.”

The marimba is a percussion instrument, similar in appearance to a xylophone, with wooden bars and metal resonators to produce a myriad tones. Performers use two or four mallet grips, the latter allowing them to play harmonized chords.

“Playing the marimba has taught me a number of things,” said Millette who has been playing since the beginning of high school. “It has taught me discipline, the value and rewards of hard work, time management, how to effectively communicate musically to an audience and many more.”

The GPIMC, which kicked off today at the University of Oklahoma and runs through Saturday, is judged by some of the most prestigious marimbists in the United States and receives entries worldwide. The winner of the GPIMC receives $1,500 prize, a finalist plaque, a recording of their final performance and merchandise from the competition’s sponsors.

Regardless of how competitors place, all will receive feedback from judges.

“It’s a great way to improve, and a great way to meet others who are as passionate about this niche art form,” said Millette.

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UND mechanical engineering professor part of energies conference in Vancouver, B.C.

University of North Dakota Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Surojit Gupta is helping to organize the 11th International Conference on Ceramic Materials and Components for Energy and Environmental Applications (CMCEE).

The conference is ongoing through June 19 in Vancouver , B.C., Canada. There, UND’s Gupta is specializing in the Advanced Materials Research Group.  The conference’s focus is on developing innovative thinking and sustainable technology when it comes to offset the increasing demands for energy, clean water and infrastructure.

As part of the conference, Gupta will organize and chair symposiums on “Ceramics in Conventional Energy, Oil, and Gas Exploration” and “Novel, Green, and Strategic Processing and Manufacturing Technologies.”

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UND Center for Innovation awarded National Cluster Grant for Seed Capital Funds

The University of North Dakota Center for Innovation is among the first 26 recipients of the national 2015 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program grants, and has received $250,000 under the “Cluster Grant for Seed Capital Funds” project from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA).

“This award from EDA confirms that our entrepreneur center is among the nation’s leaders in fostering entrepreneurship and angel capital networks,” said Bruce Gjovig, director and entrepreneur coach at the Center for Innovation.“ This grant will expand and enhance our pioneering work helping entrepreneurs, students and angel investors,”  he added, “especially helping strengthen our angel funds network throughout the state which is critical to the entrepreneur ecosystem.”

Of the more than 240 applications that EDA received for RIS Program funds, only 26 awards were made nationwide to advance innovation and capacity-building through three different funding opportunities totaling $15 million. This includes $2 million in nine cluster grants for seed capital funds, i6 Challenge grants totaling $8 million, and another $5 million in science and research park development grants.

North Dakotans historically have had few options for equity capital as is true with other rural states. However, as the state’s economy has begun to transition to innovative technology sectors such as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), bioscience, and data warehousing, the Center for Innovation has focused on developing private equity funds to support those innovation sectors.

In order to support emerging entrepreneurs in these technology clusters, the Center will use EDA’s $250,000 investment over two years plus one-to-one match, to coordinate  with existing  angel funds and establish new angel funds to provide entrepreneurs better access to private equity capital. The match funds come from the UND Center for Innovation provided by donations from successful entrepreneurs.

“North Dakota is a rapidly growing state, and it’s important that we facilitate private investments to help our economy continue to grow,” U.S. Sen. John Hoeven said. “This EDA funding will lay the groundwork we need to extend the angel fund network statewide, which will encourage investment and help businesses in our state succeed.”

Early access to capital is crucial for startups but can be difficult to obtain outside traditional startup hubs. The grant allows the Center to provide angel fund development assistance to support the feasibility, planning, formation or launch of new angel capital funds, which will help improve access to capital for entrepreneurs across the region. American innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit along with private investment has long provided a foundation for our strong economy. This is no less true in rural regions like North Dakota.

“As America’s Innovation Agency, the Commerce Department has a key role to play in supporting the innovators and job creators of tomorrow,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “We want to ensure that all entrepreneurs have access to the tools they need to move their ideas from idea to market. The Regional Innovation Strategies Program competition is designed to advance this mission across the United States, strengthening our economy and our global competitiveness.”

“We are very grateful to the U.S. Economic Development Administration for recognizing our good work and our deep commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship and access to entrepreneur capital,” Gjovig said. “This grant allows us to support innovators and entrepreneurs in order to scale up their ventures by improving and expanding access to capital, which aligns perfectly with our growing entrepreneur ecosystem.”

Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds

Early access to capital is crucial for startups, but can be difficult to obtain outside traditional startup hubs. Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds provide technical assistance funding to support the feasibility, planning, formation or launch of cluster-based seed capital funds, which will help improve access to capital for entrepreneurs across the United States. The total amount of funding for the U.S. Cluster Grant for Seed Capital Funds under RIS is nearly $2 million.

The nine grantees under the U.S. Cluster Grant for Seed Capital Funds awards for this round of RIS are:

UND Center for Innovation:

The UND Center for Innovation was started in 1984 and was among the first entrepreneur outreach centers in the nation. In 1996, the Center opened the first tech incubator in the Upper Great Plains, and the Center for Innovation Foundation built the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center in 2005.

The UND Center for Innovation is known as one of the premier venture development organizations in the United States, profiled as one of just six venture development organizations for best practices nationwide by SSTI Regional Innovation Acceleration Network, The Center has received 15 national and international awards for excellence in entrepreneurship and innovation by such entities as NBIA, SSTI, EDA and SBA. The Center’s mission is to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and access to entrepreneur capital as well as provide vital entrepreneur infrastructure such as the Ina May Rude Entrepreneur Center and the Skalicky Tech Incubator. The Center is a “Soft Landing International Incubator,” one of the first six so designated in 2006, and one of just 27 incubators worldwide designated for being well suited for international entrepreneurs.

U.S. Economic Development Administration:

The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.

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Contact:
Bruce Gjovig
Director & Entrepreneur Coach
UND Center for Innovation
Office: 701.777.3134
Mobile: 701.739.3132
bruce@innovators.net

David L. Dodds
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