Articles by: David Dodds

Bethany Springs ,who plays Percy, is on the left, and Gina Uhlir, who plays Shelby, is on the right. Photo Credit Brad Reissig, UND Theatre Arts.

Theatre Arts serves up musical in ‘Spitfire Grill’

February 18, 2019 at

Each night, limited number of audience members will enjoy desert while they watch the show

Creating our own wave of opportunity

Creating our own wave of opportunity

February 12, 2019 at

UND looks inward to muster resources to invest in future amid sea of uncertainty

The Provost will begin accepting applications immediately, with interviews for potential candidates beginning as early as next week.
After interviews, DiLorenzo plans to meet with the Law School faculty before an announcement is made. UND archival photo.

Provost accepting nominations for Law School deanship

February 5, 2019 at

Provost: Looking forward to working with new Dean on cementing law school strengths, exploring ideas to magnify impact

A collaboration between the UAS Operations division at UND Aerospace and Australian-based ag technology company Bee Innovative focuses on the machine-vision-capabilities of Bee Innovative’s current drone platform, “BeeDar,” which tracks bee movements and pollination patterns in real-time and has delivered 20-percent increases in crop yields and returns for Australian farmers season to season. Image courtesy of Bee Innovative.

What’s all the buzz?

February 5, 2019 at

Bee Innovative, UND sign pact to enhance autonomous capability in complex honey bee environments


Road to ‘R1’: Broadening Research Impact

January 23, 2019 at

Quest for highest-research-activity classification helps students, communities and economy

Kennedy said UND supports the State Board of Higher Education proposed budget, which advocates stable funding and merit pay increases. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, however, has recommended a 5 percent budget decrease for higher education, despite major cuts to the University System in the current biennium.
“We do believe that UND and the State of North Dakota are at an inflection point between sinking and swimming,” Kennedy told legislators.
But, by continuing to focus on strategic investments in student success, campus renewal and discovery research, UND is positioning itself to stay above water. Image courtesy of Peter Johnson.

‘Swimming’ into a New Economy

January 17, 2019 at

UND touts student success, campus renewal and research as keys to smooth currents over ‘growing waters’

The SHARPER SHAPE SHR1 Hexa-coper-6 rotar flown by SkySkopes pilot Andrew Schill sitting under a tent during a Northerns Plains UAS field test.

UND makes UAS history

December 27, 2018 at

University of North Dakota, UAS research partners achieve major milestone with first successful ‘beyond visual line of sight’ tests using multi-use, broad-purpose network for commercial drone activity

Big day for ‘Big Data’

Big day for ‘Big Data’

December 18, 2018 at

Friday signing ceremony announces $10 million UND investment in Big Data, hiring of six new computational scientists


Diana Kostrzewski named interim dean

December 11, 2018 at

Provost taps nursing professional with more than 40 years experience in healthcare delivery/education to lead College

John Mihelich will serve as Interim Vice President until a replacement is found.

UND names Interim Research VP, launches search

December 4, 2018 at

John Mihelich to serve until permanent successor found for current VP Grant McGimpsey

The University of North Dakota has decided to reopen the long-time nine-hole course and driving range, immediately south of the main campus, as a multiuse activity area that will host public recreational golf, some UND Athletics events and a bold new proposal for autonomous systems research, education and training, as early as the fall of 2019.

Ray Richards Golf Course to reopen in 2019

November 27, 2018 at

Vast green space set for comeback as multiuse recreational and drone-activity hub

Askelson, working with colleagues like Paul Snyder, a leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) education and training at UND, has an ambitious proposal to make the UND campus and nearby Ray Richard’s Golf Course an autonomous urban test bed and education/training range, respectively.
The former would turn the UND campus into a “please fly zone,” an island where UAS and other autonomous systems are free to integrate with society in a quasi-urban setting.

Big step for UND, giant leap for UAS in society

November 27, 2018 at

UND looks to set up test zones to integrate unmanned systems on main campus, Ray Richards Golf Course

Since that time, UND’s administration has received a number of queries from faculty and staff members about a new VSIP at UND. Today’s announcement serves as UND’s intention to provide that opportunity to tenured faculty and staff members, effective Monday, ¬Dec. 3, 2018. The application period will end at 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time, on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. UND archival photo.

UND to offer renewed faculty and staff voluntary separation incentives

November 20, 2018 at

New program is a response to employee requests and not tied to budgetary concerns

The North Dakota National Guard's Camp Grafton Training Center is an ideal venue for UND UAS operators to conduct workshops, conferences and training exercises. The camp's unique capability to seamlessly move from conference room to a 10,000-acre field environment is possible thanks, in part, to agreements to conduct UAS research and testing with the North Plains UAS Test Site near Grand Forks.  Photo by Shawna Schill/UND Today.

Space to fly

November 9, 2018 at

UND representatives attend DHS’s Future UAS Threat Workshop at Camp Grafton Training Center

Provost Tom DiLorenzo, implementation captain for Goal No. 6 (to meet the educational needs of active-duty and veteran students), presents a Lucite memento to Lt. Col. Jason Murphy, head of the Army Reserve Officer Training Battalion at UND and member of the Goal No. 6 committee for the One UND Strategic Plan. Photo by Shawna Schill/UND Today.

Celebration time

November 8, 2018 at

University honors ‘One UND’ strategic planners one year after successful launch and implementation