Former UND Space Studies Administrator Suezette Bieri And Legendary State Journalist Mike Jacobs Add To Legacy Of Giving

Former Grand Forks Herald editor and publisher Mike Jacobs and wife, Suezette Bieri, a former longtime administrator at the UND Space Studies Department, stand at the front entrance of UND’s Columbia Hall, headquarters of the College of Arts & Sciences, to which the couple recently contributed $1 million in direct support to students. Photo by Connor Murphy/UND Today.

Not too long after they were married, Suezette Bieri and Mike Jacobs went to lunch with Earl Strinden, longtime leader of what is now the UND Alumni Association and Foundation.

There Strinden gave them “the pitch” to give back to their alma mater.

At first they weren’t sure Strinden had reached his target audience

“We were as poor as church mice,” Bieri recalled. “Mike said that we didn’t have any money.”

“I know you don’t have it now, but you will someday,” replied Strinden, also a veteran politician and long-serving leader in the North Dakota State House of Representatives. “And you should think of us.”

Recently, the couple made the contribution to which Strinden alluded long ago.

A gift of land owned by the couple in western North Dakota will generate more than $1 million in direct support to students in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Read more about their gift and how it will support students here.