“There is a way to do it better – find it.” — Thomas Edison
At the University of North Dakota, we are all leaders, constantly seeking out innovation on campus, across the United States, and worldwide. Whether we are in collaboration with Australian company BeeDar and the state to research pollination-dependent crops, or working toward a better transportation system on campus, we are striving to find, do, and be better.
University Avenue and Beyond
For some time, University Avenue has been functional, but in need of revitalization. This summer it is undergoing reconstruction to improve the transportation and overall aesthetic of UND’s central roadway. It not only will improve the look and feel of campus but will provide an updated and cohesive link to downtown Grand Forks, where city leaders are working to reinvigorate the landscape.
Brian Larson and Mike Pieper showed me the progress firsthand on June 24th. It was astounding to see the north side of University Avenue between Princeton and Harvard Street completed and exciting to hear plans regarding University Avenue’s completion. Additionally, sidewalks will also be widened to allow people walking or biking to commute with more safety and ease.
Innovation with Software Integration
Ease of traffic is not the only thing at UND receiving an upgrade. Within the Registrar’s Office, College Scheduler is undergoing integration with Campus Connection to let students plan their schedules around work, practice, and other commitments, seamlessly within one screen rather than multiple.
EERC Leadership Changes
Tom Erickson will be transitioning from his position as EERC CEO to lead the new State Energy Research Center of North Dakota. As CEO, Tom has done a phenomenal job, helping secure millions of dollars in funding for research, and innovating EERC during his tenure in ways that include helping North Dakota become a front-runner in carbon capture.
After many meetings and much discussion, Charles Gorecki was selected as the next CEO of EERC. For the past twelve years, Charlie has worked at EERC, and in the last four years, he has been the Director of Subsurface Research and Development. Tom and Charlie will take on their new roles on August 1.
As we progress through the summer, UND continues to drive forward into the future to work toward providing the best experience and opportunities for our students, staff, and faculty.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs