Articles by: Jan Orvik

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UND medical student Mylan Panteah, from Navajo Nation in New Mexico, was recently awarded the Alan Allery Graduate Research Award from the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Photo by Shawna Schill.

Exception to the rule

December 9, 2016

UND medical student Mylan Panteah excels at his studies and research at the same time

The UND Energy and Environmental Sustainability Grand Challenge team plans to issue 12 awards of $2,500 each for new research concepts, and at least one award is anticipated in each of the following areas: law and regulation, policy issues, social impacts, health and well-being, public awareness and education, and environmental sustainability.

EERC secures $10M in grants

December 7, 2016

UND center to investigate feasibility of storing carbon dioxide capture and underground storage

The College of Engineering & Mines, led by Dean Hesham El Rewini, has seen unparalleled success over the last 10 years, nearly doubling enrollment. Of the 2,000 additional UND students in the last 10 years, 1,200 of those have enrolled in engineering programs. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

Growth in the face of cuts

December 1, 2016

Engineering & Mines generating more revenue, programs through strategic planning and engaging external sources

The UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences, which has been working successfully for years to boost the number of family medicine practitioners in North Dakota, was recently named third in the nation for educating family physicians. Photo illustration by Jackie Lorentz.

Staying power

November 29, 2016

UND SMHS’ tops-in-nation ranking for producing family medicine physicians helps meet North Dakota healthcare initiatives by keeping medical students in state

UND President Mark Kennedy takes a moment to help members of UND’s Mortar Board prepare thousands of Thanksgiving dinner baskets for delivery to local families in need on Saturday, Nov. 19, at the UND Transportation Building. Photo by Shawna Schill.

Fixing for a feast

November 22, 2016

For the past 37 years, UND’s Mortar Board has been providing thousands of Thanksgiving meals for local families in need

Reggie Tarr, a UND social work alumnus who is the resettlement services site supervisor for New Americans at Lutheran Social Services in Grand Forks, was recently honored at a White House Cermoney for his efforts to refugees resettle in Grand Forks and the surrounding area. Tarr is a former refugee who came to the United States from Liberia. Photo by Shawna Schill.

Warm-hearted greeter

November 17, 2016

UND Social Work alumnus and former refugee Reggie Tarr recognized by White House for resettlement work in region

UND Mechanical Engineering Professor George Bibel was recently consulted by the Government Accountability Office, an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for the U.S. Congress, as a subject matter expert in a report on new rules mandating electronic brakes on crude-oil trains. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

Of planes, trains and things that fall down

November 15, 2016

UND’s Master of Disaster, George Bibel, tapped by GAO to be subject matter expert on new rules for oil train brakes

Will Gosnold takes the first reading on the gravity meter

Hands-on history

November 10, 2016

Geophysics class might be on to something when it comes to rumored Prohibition-era bootlegger tunnels in East Grand Forks