UND Nursing College Receives $100,000 Testamentary Gift From Former Dean

Lois Merrill, a former dean of the College of Nursing at the University of North Dakota, has left the College $100,000 as a testamentary gift.

The funds are meant to be used for priority needs within the College.

“There was a lot of growth at the College during Dean Merrill’s time including new master’s (degree) specializations, the short-term LPN (Licensed Practical Nursing) to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program, the RAIN (Recruitment-Retention of American Indians into Nursing) program, the Nursing Center and distance education using the Interactive Video Network, among others,” said Liz Tyree, who served as a faculty member under Merrill.  “Her unrealized wish for the College was for a student center built on the southeast side of the building. I’m sure she would approve of recent renovations, which demonstrate that we are student-centered.”

“As the current dean of the College, I am extremely appreciative of this gift left by former dean Merrill,” states Julie Anderson.  “Dr. Merrill was an effective leader at the College of Nursing and this gift will allow us to continue her legacy and provide an enhanced learning environment that will impact students for years to come.”

Merrill was dean of the College of Nursing from 1986-1995.  She passed away in December 2009.


The UND College of Nursing offers both undergraduate and graduate programs of study in nursing, including RN-BSN and RN-MS distance delivered degrees, and undergraduate programs in dietetics and community nutrition.

The master’s program, leading to a Master of Science (M.S.) degree with a major in nursing, boasts six specializations: psychiatric & mental health, family nurse practitioner, advanced public health nursing, nurse anesthesia, nursing education, and gerontological nursing. The master’s program is targeted to prepare clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, nurse educators, and nurse administrators. The focus of the masters nursing program is based on scientific knowledge of nursing practice and education through research. The College also offers a PhD program to prepare nurses for roles as nurse scientists and faculty.

For more information, contact Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Coordinator, (701) 777-4526, (701) 777-4096 FAX

Email: beckycournia@mail.und.edu or online: www.nursing.und.edu