Articles by: David Dodds

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


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

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

UND President Mark Kennedy presents his special assistant and "chief of staff" Angelique Foster with a President's Medal, one of the highest honors the president can bestow. Foster, who will be leaving the University in May, was instrumental in the successful implementation of the One UND Strategic Plan. Photo by Shawna Schill/UND Today.

Foster–ing success

November 8, 2018 at

Special assistant to the President turned ‘chief of staff’ Angelique Foster rewarded with President’s Medal

IMLH No. 6 crew members exit module on Oct. 24.

Down to Earth

October 25, 2018 at

UND ‘astronauts’ emerge from 14-day simulated mission to Mars in good spirits

UND officials have asked that the matter be pulled from this week’s agenda while it reconsiders a number of factors related to the potential land sale, including making sure that the original wishes of the donor of the land, UND alumnus Ray Richards, are being honored. UND archival photo.

UND reconsiders future of golf course land

October 23, 2018 at

University committed to honoring donor Ray Richards’ original gift intent

In high demand

In high demand

October 16, 2018 at

UND student-nurses, grads highly sought after by nation’s elite medical centers

Family Weekend

Family affair

October 11, 2018 at

Family Weekend serves up huge Fighting Hawks sports contests, fun on-campus activities for students and love ones

A team of SEECS students, many undergrads, from Ranganathan’s research group recently published 15 peer-reviewed papers and articles on a wide range of topics, including cyber security, social engineering attacks and impacts, GPS spoofing and exploitation, demand-forecasting for electricity pricing, and smart-home vulnerabilities. Image courtesy of Prakash Ranganathan.

On the leading edge

October 9, 2018 at

UND School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science students burst into research early

UND Provost Thomas DiLorenzo (second from left) along with Vice President of Research, Grant McGimpsey, (left) formalize the plans for their new structure and move to the Tech Accelerator in a meeting in Twamley Hall, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2018.

Jackie Lorentz photo/ UND TODAY

Research on the move

October 9, 2018 at

Provost announces plans for Vice President for Research & Economic Development to occupy Tech Accelerator building