Articles by: Jan Orvik

The Blackboard system used at UND is cloud-based, is scalable and requires less maintenance and downtime. It also allows faculty at different universities within the North Daktota University System to collaborate, and students taking classes from multiple institutions to access all their courses in one system. Photo by Shawna Schill.

Growing Pains for Blackboard

September 21, 2017

Cloud-based learning management system slowly improving with more features – and a few hiccups

Can a differences in finger length predict athletic ability? UND Professor Grant Tomkinson (above middle) recently set out to find out. He conducted separate research studies with his master’s degree student, Makailah Dyer (right), former UND Fighting Hawks women’s basketball standout, and his son, Jordan, a senior and basketball player at Sacred Heart School in East Grand Forks. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

It’s all in the hands

September 19, 2017

World-renowned UND kinisiologist Grant Tomkinson joins grad student and own son in published studies linking finger length to strength, athleticism

Caitlin Nolby, an alum of UND's Space Studies Department and deputy director of the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium, along with head coordinator Marissa Saad, spent nearly a year planning a recent UND-based conference that attracted representatives from every Space Grant Consortium in the nation. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

UND hosts national space showcase

September 19, 2017

About 200 delegates converge on UND for NASA Space Grant Consortium conference

Dan Laudal (left) holds Cerium Oxide and Steve Benson (right) hold a sample of Neodymium Oxide. Both samples are rare earth elements that are  extracting from Lignite Coal. Lignite coal can produce 14 rare earth elements that can be used for defense and other technology.  (Jackie Lorentz photo/ UND Today)

Technological gold

September 14, 2017

UND receives federal grant to extract rare earth elements from North Dakota lignite coal

(Left to right) Seth Pederson, Meloney Linder and Derek Hall are the three finalists for UND Vice President for University Relations position.

VP for University Relations Finalists visit campus Sept. 20-28

September 12, 2017

Students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to take part in scheduled fora and provide feedback on each candidate

Mat Cox, who earns top grades in the classroom and is a leaders in the football field, will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in May. By May 2019, he plans to earn his master’s degree in civil engineering from UND. Photo by Shawna Schill.

UND Student-Athlete of the Month: Mat Cox

September 7, 2017

Olympia, Wash., native, and Fighting Hawks offensive lineman engineering two degrees in six years

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

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

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

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