NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS UND president and faculty make stop at NDSU
A bus-tour for new faculty members at UND made a stop at the NDSU president's house on Aug. 18 for a meet and greet with NDSU officials. UND President Robert Kelley, NDSU President Dean Bresciani and ... Posted on 8/19/10 at 3:20 PM
Issues include keeping logo copyright, honoring history and, in time, adopting new nickname The retirement was largely completed before a statewide petition forced the university to stop. Now, with the support of voters Tuesday, it can finish what it started.
UND President Robert Kelley has appointed a committee to search for candidates for the university’s No. 2 position. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Paul LeBel has said he will step down June 30, 2013.
In tournament, Fighting Sioux balance state law, NCAA rules As UND’s Fighting Sioux hockey team heads back to St. Paul for the NCAA tournament this weekend, two extra “referees” will be watching: the NCAA itself, which has banned the beleaguered nickname and logo from tournament play, and the state of North Dakota, which by law requires that the team be known as the Fighting Sioux.
UND President Robert Kelley's memorandum, which recounts recent legislative action allowing the transition to proceed, states that he has “directed the Athletics Department and the Office of University Relations to initiate transition processes with the goal of substantially completing them by the end of December,” as directed on Aug. 15 by the State Board of Higher Education.
State rep who opposes dropping Fighting Sioux name sought estimate UND officials have estimated the cost of retiring the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo at nearly $750,000, not counting the cost of changes that may occur at the privately-held Ralph Engelstad Arena.
“The university was founded on the principle that an outstanding liberal arts education leads to successful citizenship. This foundation is still in place. … UND enjoys an international reputation for its academic and scholarly work. The university benefits from a world-class faculty; expert, knowledgeable staff; bright creative students, and a strong commitment to the entrepreneurial spirit of our community and state."
'It is my sincere hope that the law will be rescinded during the special session of the Legislature in November' UND President Robert Kelley used his fourth annual “Wake up to UND” breakfast address to urge the North Dakota Legislature to overturn its mandate that the university retain its Fighting Sioux nickname.
The economic benefit to the community and to the region — something Ralph cited as one of the reasons he and Betty wanted to give back to the university and the community in this way — must be calculated in the millions. The benefit to UND is priceless.
Rep. Al Carlson, R-Fargo, has written to UND President Robert Kelley and the president of the State Board of Higher Education, objecting to the board’s action Aug. 15 directing Kelley to have the anticipated transition from the Fighting Sioux nickname “substantially complete” by the end of the year.
The House majority leader got UND into this fix. Now, he should show the way out. Pulling the goalie at the end of a hockey game usually doesn’t work, either. And in the end, that’s what the North Dakota law commanding UND to keep the Fighting Sioux nickname amounted to. It was a last-ditch effort against long odds to get the NCAA to change its mind. But it failed. Now, state leaders should turn toward repealing the law. And House Majority Leader Al Carlson, R-Fargo, should take the lead.
Simply put, never before have North Dakota’s two research universities been more successful, contributed more to the state’s economy and brought more and better attention and resources to North Dakota than they are today.
Robert Kelley and Dean Bresciani
, July 29, 2011
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