The Chamber will host the eighth annual “Wake Up to UND” featuring President Kelley and his Executive Council, who will present “Exceptional UND: Realizing the Vision” at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the UND Wellness Center.
Examples of how UND is enriching the student experience, encouraging gathering, facilitating collaboration, expanding its presence in the community and beyond, and enhancing the quality of life will be the focus of this year’s Wake up to UND event at the UND Wellness Center.
The local and regional business community is invited to come see and hear for themselves how UND students are reaping a variety of benefits from this new campus-wide Exceptional UND vision.
“We want the world to know that UND is an engaged institution with a unique mission and responsibilities to our students, alumni and other stakeholders,” said UND President Robert Kelley. “UND has a single goal in mind: to provide the best possible educational environment and opportunities for our students.”
In addition to Orientation and Welcome Weekend improvements, UND has developed the First Year Seminar (FYS) Program to help students make a successful transition to academic life. The completion of the Scale-up (Student-Centered Active Learning Environment for Undergraduate Programs) classroom reaffirmed the University’s commitment to progress.
Along with the improvements to academic life, students have plenty of areas to gather and have access to one of the best wellness facilities around. UND’s presence is continuing to expand at home and throughout the region, too.
As North Dakota’s job market booms, UND continues to evolve to meet the need for young professionals. The activity in the oil patch led to the development of the Petroleum Engineering program and a new building to house it. The University also is in the planning stages for new building projects for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the School of Law, which are needed as UND educates even more health care practitioners and the legal experts needed to help support North Dakota’s booming economy.
“It’s important for any institution to evolve with society. That’s especially true with education, and that’s what we’re trying to do with Exceptional UND,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas DiLorenzo. “UND is maneuvering into a new era of education, and that’s pretty exciting.”
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