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MEDIA ADVISORY: UND to celebrate a century of Department of Communication

Centennial event will feature Hagerty Lecture, scholarship ceremony and more, with evening party to follow

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Group photo of the 2023 Communication Appreciation Day participants. Photo by Tieler Friedline, sophomore, Communication major.

A century old? You hardly look it!

On Thursday, April 25, in the Memorial Union Ballroom, UND will celebrate 100 years of history for the Department of Communication, with an afternoon series of events followed by dinner and a reception.

Communication Appreciation Day: A Century of Communication, will begin at 2 p.m. with welcoming remarks from UND President Andrew Armacost, followed by Provost Eric Link, Brad Rundquist, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Sarah Prout, from the UND Alumni Association & Foundation and Soojung Kim, chair of the Department of Communication.

Following introductory remarks will be the Hagerty Lecture, “Just the Facts: Observations from the ‘dark side’ on the demise of objectivity in journalism,”  given by Mike Nowatzki, communications director for the Office of North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum. Nowatzki earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism with a minor in Psychology from UND.

The Jack Hagerty Lecture/Grand Forks Herald Endowment was established in 1984 by the Hagerty family and the Grand Forks community to honor Jack Hagerty upon his retirement after 25 years with the Grand Forks Herald.

The lecture will be livestreamed, and the link can be found on the Communication Appreciation Day website.

Running throughout the afternoon will be the Communication Class Showcase and Photo Exhibition, which will feature student poster presentations, along with current and historic department photos, which will be displayed in the ballroom.

Beginning at 4 p.m. will be a Networking Social and Scholarship Ceremony. The Department of Communication will award more than $43,000 in 28 scholarships to 38 Communication majors. The Scholarship Ceremony also will be livestreamed, at the same link provided for the Hagerty Lecture.

The 6 p.m. dinner reception is fully booked, but people are encouraged to attend the evening party, which begins at 7 p.m. The party will feature music from the Greater Grand Forks String Quartet and a cash bar, along with various display tables.

The full schedule of events can be found online, on the Communication Appreciation Day website.


Contact: Soojung Kim,