Articles by: Jan Orvik

Denise Buckner (left) leads the high altitude balloon  test launch as Anamika, Lance Wilson and Peter Henson prepare equipment. They will send live video and still feeds from Idaho during the Aug. 21 eclipse. The North Dakota Space Grant Consortium is participating in the National Eclipse Ballooning Project.

Total eclipse of the sun

August 15, 2017

UND’s high-altitude balloons set to capture live video of Aug. 21 solar eclipse

Driven to learn

Driven to learn

August 15, 2017

Christopher Walden earns Ph.D., starts medical school three days later

Maureen Atake is hooded on August 4 after earning her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP). Atake was was born in Nigeria and came to the U.S. in 1998. Photo by Tyler Ingham.

Parting ‘shots’

August 8, 2017

UND Doctor of Nursing Practice grad researches vaccination rates in urban Somali communities

Law professor and higher education policy expert  Peter Lake visited UND on July 31 to speak on higher education, free speech and academic freedom.  He said the rise of the advocacy and consumer culture has shifted student beliefs. Photo by Tyler Ingham.

Disruptive times

August 1, 2017

Higher ed futurist focuses on navigating change while hitting on hot-button issues of the day

UND Assistant Professor of Sociology Frank White teaches "Drugs and Society" to a packed classroom each semester. The class size has grown through topic interest and Frank's signature teaching style.  Photo by Shawna Schill.

Master of engagement

August 1, 2017

Frank White, known for teaching prowess, making a difference on campus, in the region and across nation

UND Dean of Libraries Stephanie Walker looks on as UND President Mark Kennedy signs a copy of his book, "Shapeholders: Business Success in the Age of Activism," for the library's Special Collections. Photo courtesy of Brian Baier.

Presidential pages

August 1, 2017

UND leader hands over signed copy of new book to Special Collections Department

Manager of Sustainability and Energy in UND Facilities Management, Michael Nord, works to boost campus recycling awareness and save energy by focusing on building automation, energy efficiency, and getting the most from heating and cooling dollars. Photo by Tyler Ingham.

New recycling guru talks trash

July 25, 2017

Michael Nord: Choosing sustainability strategies over the garbage can makes cents

Creating a fantastic Fighting Hawks football game-day experience is the goal of a newly launched 31-person committee of alumni from across the nation.

Fan-tastic experience

July 18, 2017

Group focuses on forming ‘awesome atmosphere’ for Fighting Hawks football

It was fond farewells all around for Leigh Jeanotte, longtime UND director of American Indian Student Services, on Monday, June 26. Jeanotte said good-bye to colleagues and other friends as he prepared for retirement after 43 years at UND. Photo by Shawna Schill.

Decades of dedication

July 11, 2017

Leigh Jeanotte and dozens of others leave UND a better place as they retire or participate in buyouts

EERC programmer Saurabh Chimote was recently recognized as the UND, state and regional Student Employee Supervisor of the Year. Photo courtesy of EERC.

Superior supervisor

July 4, 2017

EERC programmer named UND, State and Midwest student employee supervisor of the year

The UND Department of Computer Science made the move back to its original academic home, the College of Engineering and Mines, on July 1.  Despite the move, the department will remain in its current space, using classrooms and labs as currently assigned, however, all administrative aspects of running the department were transferred to tje College of Engineering on July 1. There will be no disruption of teaching or research activities that are currently planned.

Computer science makes its move

July 4, 2017

UND Department returns to traditional home in the College of Engineering and Mines

Janelle Kilgore, director of financial aid, has been named interim executive director of financial aid and admissions. She assumed the duties of Sol Jenson, former assistant vice president for enrollment services, who left UND recently for a position at Northern Illinois University. In her new role, Kilgore will oversee financial aid and admissions. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

Meet Janelle Kilgore

June 27, 2017

Financial aid director adds to her busy portfolio, taking admissions responsibilities on an interim basis

Margot McGimpsey, special projects assist to the UND Provost; and Lisa Burger, assistant vice president for student academic services, show off their handiwork when it comes to process mapping for the One UND Strategic Plan. Both McGimpsey and Burger have been trained and have experience with process mapping. Photo by Tyler Ingham.

A strategic road map

June 20, 2017

Process mapping provides the way forward in implementing the One UND Strategic Plan

From astronomy and aviation textbooks to nursing and health care and everything in between, UND faculty had a productive year in 2016-17.

Author, author!

June 6, 2017

Faculty find balance between work, pleasure with new books that intersect personal interests and academics

UND senior Curtis Longtime Sleeping has been awarded a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship to study in Korea. Photo by Shawna Schill.

Gift for language, connection to culture

June 6, 2017

UND undergrad parlays love of words into prestigious communication scholarship