Articles by: Jan Orvik

Ali Haider (left), a UND Ph.D. student in electrical engineering, adjusts a sophisticated headpiece on Ben Johnson, a recent UND electrical engineering grad, for a Brain Computer Interface project.  UND Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Reza Fazel-Rezai (far right) monitors the experiment. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

Future focus: Intersection of medicine and engineering

March 10, 2017 at

Innovative new program combines strengths of North Dakota’s big research universities

Diego Rodriguez (second from right), a master's student in cello from Venezuela, receives his award at the first-ever UND Grad Research Achievement Day. Rodriguez is joined by Grant McGimpsey,(left)  vice president for research & economic development; UND President Mark Kennedy and UND Provost Tom DiLorenzo. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

Grand day for grads

March 7, 2017 at

First-ever Graduate Research Achievement Day showcases wide variety of student scholarship

Justin Germann, a senior geology major, holds a slice from the "Colgate" meteorite.  The meteorite, found in October 1999 near Colgate, N.D., by Tod Erickson, is thought to be the largest ever to land in the state.  It weighed 84-86 pounds. Photo by Richard Larson.

Mega meteorite

February 28, 2017 at

UND geology faculty students get another first-hand glimpse of largest space rock ever found in state

Emily Taylor shows off her "lace" collar that she made out of a bicycle tire inner tube. Taylor, a UND Theatre Arts master's degree student, used her "trash to treasure" style to win a prestigious scholarship to a stagecraft school in Las Vegas. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

Trash to treasure garners prestigious theatre scholarship

February 21, 2017 at

Emily Taylor’s innovative designs on display starting tonight for opening of ‘The Nether’ at Burtness Lab Theater

Ciciley Littlewolf, a second-year medical student  at UND's School of Medicine & Health Sciences, is part of the Indians Into Medicine program, which assists American Indian students from middle school through medical school.
Littlewolf is from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeastern Montana. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

Set to succeed

February 16, 2017 at

UND’s INMED students bask in support from middle school to medical school

Jeff Gendreau, an electrical engineering senior from Bismarck, is part of  a UND College of Engineering & Mines Team that will compete in a global Grand Challenges event next month in Washington, D.C. Gendreau will be joined by fellow team members Eric Horton from Andover, Minn.; Joseph Aymond, Grand Forks; and Tyler Kast, Minot.  Photo by Shawna Schill.

Up to the challenge

February 16, 2017 at

UND Engineering team’s healthy-food app one of only a dozen destined for national competition next month in Washington, D.C.

UND Professor of Music James Popejoy (left) and Guanlu Guan. director of Peking University Affiliated High School Concert Band of China, share a moment with joint ensemble of UND and Chinese students. The visiting Chinese students performed in a join concert with Grand Forks High School Students on Saturday, Feb. 11. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

Harmonizing across language barriers

February 14, 2017 at

UND visit makes it possible for local musicians to finds similarities and bridge difference with Chinese counterparts through music

Emily Holth is the owner and founder of Sustainable Solution Services, a professional conflict resolution firm based in Grand Forks. The firm was chosen by an advisory committee after the ombuds position was vacated. Photo by Tyler Ingham.

Positive results

February 2, 2017 at

UND contracts with local service to get ahead of interpersonal differences before they become conflicts

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.

‘In it together’ — UND responds to opioid crisis

January 26, 2017 at

In the classroom and across state, University experts have issued clarion call about rising drug epidemic

President Kennedy and College of Engineering and Mines Dean Hesham El-Rewini welcome students to the Big Ideas Gymnasium kickoff in the new Collaborative Engineering Complex.

What’s the B.I.G. idea?

January 17, 2017 at

The sky’s the limit for new ‘idea factory’ at the College of Engineering & Mines

UND President Mark Kennedy says UND can play a key role in helping to produce skilled employees for occupations and industries that are experiencing critical workforce shortages. Photo by Shawna Schill.

UND: Talent pool generator for North Dakota

January 12, 2017 at

University in prime position to reverse workforce shortages and help state’s economy grow

UND President Mark Kennedy presides over his first commencement ceremony for the University on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Photo by Shawna Schill.

Reach for the stars

January 10, 2017 at

UND President Mark Kennedy goes a bit ‘rogue’ in first commencement address with inspirational and intergalactic twists

With 38 doctoral hoodings in 38 years, UND Education Professor Kathy Gershman (left) capped her career by hooding Stacey Borboa-Peterson, UND’s current director of Multicultural Student Services, during the University of North Dakota’s winter commencement in December. Gershman now looks forward to retirement from UND. Photo by Richard Larson.

Capping a career

January 10, 2017 at

UND Education & Human Development Professor Kathy Gershman set to retire after hooding 38th doctoral student in 38 years at 2016 winter commencement

(left to right) Patricia Reed, an acquisitions specialist at the Chester Fritz Library and chair of the UND Staff Senate Community Relations Committee, works with Pam Henderson, Staff Senate chair, and representatives from the local Community Violence Intervention Center and Grand Forks Public Health’s Social Detox Center to sort through tubs of household goods and personal products that were donated by the UND community over several weeks. Photo by Tyler Ingham.

‘Tubs’ effort going strong in seventh year

December 15, 2016 at

Carloads of household supplies and other personal products delivered Wednesday to local CVIC, thanks to UND Staff Senate drive and generosity throughout campus

Cassie Gerhardt, UND associate dean of students and alumna, recently received a national distinguished service award from the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors at a conference in Boston. Photo by Shawna Schill.

Always Homecoming for Cassie Gerhardt

December 9, 2016 at

Recognized nationally, UND’s associate dean of students boasts passion for UND ‘round the clock