University Letter

UND's faculty and staff newsletter

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Jan Orvik

Remembering Richard Vari

Categories: In Remembrance

Richard Charles Vari, former faculty member at the School of Medicine & Health Sciences, died at his home in Botetourt County, Virginia on June 12, 2022, after being diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) one year before. He was 68. Rick lived a large life and was generous with his love and talent. He was […]

Paul Olson named assistant dean of SMHS Northwest Campus in Minot

Categories: Announcements

Dr. Paul D. Olson, a critical care and family physician in Minot, N.D., and clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences, has been named assistant dean for the School’s Northwest Campus. In taking the new position, Olson is assuming the role of Dr. Scott Knutson, who was […]

UND departments asked to leave COVID-19 protective equipment in place

Categories: Announcements

While the rate of COVID-19 activity may be relatively low in Grand Forks County and across the state, the University of North Dakota would like to remind departments and units to refrain from dismantling Plexiglas and other protective equipment that was installed in shared public spaces as part of the University’s pandemic response for the […]

New online master’s degree in Communication available

Categories: Announcements

A new online master’s program in Communication has been created for professionals seeking to advance in their career. You’ll learn the specific communication methods industries are looking for and the theory behind them. In addition, you’ll continue to hone your skills in areas such as social analytics, communicating science, international communication practices, data mining, and […]

UND offers new health & wellness coaching certificate

Categories: Announcements

What is the most important thing in your life? What do you want your life to look like in three years? How does your wellness contribute to that? Those are just a few questions that holders of UND’s new certificate in health and wellness coaching will ask clients as they work with them to achieve […]

Upgrades to UND’s infrastructure at airport will improve safety for decades

Categories: Campus News

A construction project to rebuild a large portion of critical infrastructure at UND Flight Operations is under way at Grand Forks International Airport (GFK). Efforts began in mid-May to tear down and rebuild parts of Bravo apron, on the north side of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences’ Flight Operations building. The existing […]

Discovering UND’s future: UND’s strategic plan will be driven by University community

Categories: Spotlight

Jim Mochoruk and Lynette Krenelka encountered a “delightful problem” when they agreed to co-chair UND’s strategic plan committee.They had more volunteers than they could accommodate.“The response has been truly overwhelming,” said Mochoruk, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of History, about the number of people who wanted to be involved in crafting UND’s new strategic plan. “We […]

June 14 video from President Armacost

Categories: Featured, Spotlight

Summer greetings President Armacost offers summer greetings, and hopes the peace of summer has settled in as the campus takes a breather and prepares for the fall semester. He notes that today, Tuesday, June 14, is Primary Day in North Dakota and hopes everyone has expressed their voice at the ballot box. He offers a […]

Sougata Roy receives $600,000 to study advanced manufacturing processes

Categories: Featured, Research

Sougata Roy, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has received a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Naval Research to study advanced manufacturing processes. The award, which will provide funding over three years, comes as part of the DoD’s Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) program. Roy has been named […]

New episode available on Why? Radio

Categories: Announcements

A new episode is available on Why? Radio. “What Are Community Colleges For?” with guest Brian Huschle is available here. Community colleges don’t seem to get the respect they deserve. They’re perceived as second-rate institutions or places for people who need extra help. Is this true? Is this fair? Are they fundamentally different than four-year […]

Museum of Art holds Concerts in the Garden

Categories: Announcements

The North Dakota Museum of Art will host its 14th annual Concerts in the Garden series. The first concert in the series will feature Tré Burt at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 5. The schedule is here. Tickets go on sale June 20, 2022 at or in person at the Museum. Online ticket sales are subject to fees. […]