Articles by: David Dodds

Tucker Poolman, now a pro with the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL, excelled on the ice and in the classroom at UND. The Within a matter of weeks last spring, the All-American defensemen from East Grand Forks signed his pro contract and graduated with a degree in business administration after only three years at UND. Photo by Jonathan Kozub.

Pipeline to a degree

October 12, 2017

UND Hockey may be an NHL factory but its academic culture is producing more than just pro prospects

UND alumnus and former baseball player Andrew Gudmunson, 30, reportedly was one of 500-plus people who were seriously wounded early Monday morning by a lone gunman, who assailed country music concertgoers with a shower of bullets from high above in the Mandalay Bay Casino on the Vegas Strip.

Prayers for ‘Goody’

October 3, 2017

Former coaches react to tragic news of injury to UND dual-sport alum in Las Vegas shooting

UND Pride of the North Marching Band sousaphonist Seth Skjervheim stands with his dad, Don, and mom, Kathy, recently during a UND Fighting Hawks fooball game. Seth recently donated bone marrow to an anonymous man stricken with leukemia.  He then returned to UND to perform with the band only days after the donation. Image courtesy of the Pride of the North Marching Band.

Hero’s march

September 28, 2017

Pride of the North Band’s Seth Skjervheim runs the field mere days after donating bone marrow to anonymous recipient

Colin Combs, a UND Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Sciences, had the honor of giving the first talk of the 2017-18 season. The topic was on his research efforts to understand various aspects of Alzheimer’s disease. Photo by Susan Caraher.

Faculty Lecture Series makes a bold comeback

September 28, 2017

Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Colin Combs delivers first presentation since 2012 to full house

Mark Askelson, a UND alumnus, brings a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience to his new position as interim executive director of the Research Institute for Autonomous Systems. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

Askelson named interim executive director of RIAS

September 14, 2017

UND alumnus and atmospheric Sciences faculty member specializes in UAS integration research

UND President Mark Kennedy and First Lady Debbie Kennedy played the role of good hosts to members of their former school's volleyball squad on Friday, Sept. 8. After the UND Fighting Hawks defeated the George Washington University Colonials 3-0, the First Couple took time for a photo with coaches and players from both teams. Debbie Kennedy wore a Colonials jacket over her UND green shirt to signify her and her husbanc's connection to both schools. The Kennedy's came to UND from GW in Washington, D.C.  Photo by Russ Hons, UND Athletics.

School(s) spirit

September 12, 2017

President and First Lady sport dueling colors in show of support for current and former favorite universities

Delzer, in her Mapleton, N.D. third-grade classroom, graduated from UND with a double major in elementary education and early childhood education in 2008. She also earned her master’s degree in elementary education from UND in 2014. Photo produced and featured in the New York Times, Sept. 2 edition.

Top teacher alum featured in New York Times to speak at UND

September 7, 2017

Kayla Delzer, whose classroom philosophies have become standard worldwide, holds two degrees from the College of Education & Human Development

The first Potato Bowl USA football game took place on Sept. 24, 1966 between UND and Idaho State. It was billed as a battle between two of the largest potato-growing regions in the United States: Idaho and the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota. UND stomped Idaho State 41-0 in that first meeting. UND holds an impressive 39-12 Potato Bowl record, dating back to that first game.

All hail the mighty spud

September 5, 2017

It’s fun, food, football and more this week as the UND joins the community for the 52nd Annual Potato Bowl USA celebration

During a Tuesday address to the University Council, UND President Mark Kennedy reviewed a long list of University successes of the past year and plans for the future, using the seven goals of the new One UND Strategic Plan as a framework. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

A year of good things, with more to come

August 31, 2017

In latest University Council address, Kennedy lauds resiliency and spirit of campus in face of challenges

UND All-America running back John Santiago interacts with young fan at a recent UND Fighting Hawks Football Fanfest at Memorial Stadium on the UND campus. On Thursday night, Santiago will be one of the UND stars leading the charge against FBS powerhouse Utah in Salt Lake City. Photo by Shawna Schill.

Touchdown titans

August 29, 2017

UND Fighting Hawks and FBS Pac-12 powerhouse Utah Utes set to clash in football

President Mark Kennedy speaks at the 11th Annual UAS Summit & Expo held at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, August 22, 2017.

Rising above the autonomous world

August 24, 2017

President Kennedy: new institute aims to make UND a global leader in ‘unmanned’ research

Allissa Siekkinen (left), incoming freshman from Hibbing, Minn., guides her new college roommate, Bailey Fish (right), International Falls, Minn., and Bailey's mom, Danielle Sobkowicz (middle), into the freshmen's new home away from home at UND in Walsh Hall. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

Welcome, Class of 2021!

August 21, 2017

It’s all hands on deck as thousands get settled on campus in preparation for new academic year

Colonel Benjamin Spencer (right) from the Grand Forks Air Force Base flies a small UAS in the UAS Flight Testing Lab in Robin Hall as Associate Dean of UND Aerospace Beth Bjerke (middle) and Assistant Professor of Aviation Philip Brandt (left) watch. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

Friends in flight

August 8, 2017

Odegard School, GFAFB leaders hope to build on existing legacy of collaboration

UND coach and Athletic Department staff members gathered on May 1 for a special dinner at the home of President Mark Kennedy and First Lady Debbie Kennedy (pictured center) to celebrate a previous academic year filled with conference championships and two national tournament appearances on the heels of a national championship in men’s hockey in 2015-16. Among the coaches present that night: Chris Logan, soccer; Kevin Galbraith, track& field; Dick Clay, cross country; Katie Martinson, women’s golf, Mark Pryor, volleyball, Travis Brewster, women’s basketball; Brian Jones, men’s basketball; Jordan Stevens, softball and Brad Berry, hockey. Head Football Coach Kyle “Bubba” Schweigert, who was interviewed for this story, was not present because he was on a recruiting trip. Photo courtesy of the Office of the UND President.

Moving forward together

August 1, 2017

Fighting Hawks coaches embrace higher expectations as champion culture re-emerges on campus

The Strinden Center, former home of the Alumni Association, is one of seven buildings being demolished on the UND campus this summer to reduce costs. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

Making way for the future

July 25, 2017

Aging buildings fall to wrecking ball in effort to spruce up campus core, knock down costs