Articles by: Jan Orvik

When UND Provost Tom DiLorenzo set out to set up a new team in his office to spearhead implementation of the new One UND Strategic plan, instead of going after a bunch of new hires, he asked two deans, Hesham El-Rewini of the College of Engineering & Mines, and Debbie Storrs, College of Arts & Sciences, to join his office as quarter-time senior vice provosts. Then he invited applications for six more faculty fellows to work on special projects that connect to the strategic plan. That team (above comprises Grant McGimpsey, vice president of research & economic Development; El Rewini; DiLorenzo; Storrs; John Mihelich, professor of anthropology; Rebecca Rozelle-Stone;  
More than 20 faculty members applied for the six spots in the program.

Forward facing

September 5, 2017 at

Faculty fellows, vice provosts key players in Academic Affairs’ efforts to enact One UND strategic plan

UND students take a tour of the new Honors space within Columbia Hall, formerly the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Photo by Shawna Schill.

UND on the move

August 24, 2017 at

Now who’s where? Department and office shuffling aimed at improving the overall student experience

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 at

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

Driven to learn

Driven to learn

August 15, 2017 at

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 at

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 at

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 at

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 at

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 at

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 at

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 at

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 at

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 at

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 at

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 at

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