UND’s Annual Founders Day Banquet Honors Faculty And Staff For Teaching, Research And Service

University System Chancellor Mark Hagerott presents the UND Foundation/B.C. Gamble Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research or Creative Activity, and Service to Daphne Pedersen (Sociology) at the 2018 Founders Day celebration on Feb. 22. Photo by Jackie Lorentz/UND Today.

It began 135 years ago, six years before North Dakota became a state.

That was courageous and fearless, said Provost Thomas DiLorenzo as he opened the annual Founders Day banquet Thursday evening.The Dakota Territorial Legislature established the University of North Dakota in 1883, marking the first time “North Dakota” officially appeared in print.

“Since that time, the University of North Dakota has educated generations of students,” DiLorenzo said. “Our dedicated faculty and staff make that possible as we celebrate the founding of our University.”

Founders Day, held annually since 1904, celebrates faculty and staff with 25 years of service as well as new retirees, and awards faculty and departments for teaching, research and service.

More than 100 retirees were honored, along with 29 faculty and staff members who have served UND for 25 years. A highlight of the program was the annual presentation of faculty and departmental awards.

To read more about the night’s events and awards, click here.