PHOTO FEATURE: On the road with UND’s new faculty and administrators
More than 20 campus newbies enjoy 31st annual bus tour of North Dakota
Several of UND’s newest faculty and administrators trekked to the western edge of North Dakota and back recently on a three-day bus tour Aug. 14-16 to learn firsthand about their new state.
This year’s New Faculty & Administrators Bus Tour, the 31st of its kind, mostly straddled U.S. Highway 2, with stops in Devils Lake, Dunseith, Belcourt, Minot, Tioga, Watford City, Grafton and rural Gilby, before heading home to Grand Forks to kick off the new academic year. More than 20 touring participants were treated to stops at the North Dakota Peace Garden, Turtle Mountain Community College in Belcourt, the Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot, an oil drilling site near Tioga, the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Minot State University, the UND Center for Family Medicine in Minot, a tour of the Marvin Windows manufacturing plant in Grafton and a down-home farm picnic at the Jack Scott family farm about a mile east of Gilby.
Along the way, bus riders also heard from North Dakota residents and experts in a variety of fields, including state agricultural leader Chris Griffin, a former North Dakota legislator; Turtle Mountain Community College President and UND alumna Donna Brown; oil and gas industry expert Kathy Neset of Neset Consulting in Tioga; conservationists Lillian Crook and Shannon Straight; Kae Watson, of the Scandinavian Heritage Museum; Minot State University President and three-time UND graduate Steve Shirley; Suzie Kenner, head of the Chamber and Tourism in the Devils Lake region; and many more.
The new faculty also enjoyed breakfast with high-achieving, UND-bound freshmen and their parents in Minot on the final day of the bus tour.
UND Provost Eric Link and Vice President for Student Affairs Art Malloy co-hosted this year’s bus tour.
The tour, free for participants and supported by the UND Alumni Association & Foundation, alternates between northern and southern routes of the state each year. It was introduced in 1990, when Tom Clifford was president of the University.
Check out the sights and sounds of this year’s bus trip across North Dakota through the video and photo tour below.
Weixin Huang, assistant professor of Chemistry, and Hairui Liu, assistant professor in Education, Health & Behavior Studies, inspect photos taken of the Riverbend Overlook area of the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Ahmed Abdelhadi, assistant professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, is in the background sporting a baseball cap. Photo by David Dodds.