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UND nickname task force hands plan in for final edits

The UND Nickname and Logo Process Recommendation Task Force has handed its plan over to the university's marketing and public relations department for final copy editing.

The Division of University and Public Affairs will have about one week to work on the document, and the task force will then approve it during the last week of January when it will subsequently be handed in to President Robert Kelley.

"I think conceptually what I'm hearing is everybody is good with where we're at, so hopefully it's just a thumbs up, stamp it and go," task force member and UND alumnus Karl Goehring said at a meeting Friday.

While it isn't official yet, the task force plans to recommend appointing a new 15-person committee that would begin work as soon as possible.

That committee would gather input and nickname suggestions from the general public that would then be narrowed down based on qualifications the public voted for in a November survey, including that a permanent name should be inspiring, unforgettable, honorable and representative of the region.

Depending on the number of nickname suggestions the group ultimately ends up dealing with, a series of public polls and votes would narrow down options until the task force could choose a permanent name from a small number of possibilities.

The plan recommends keeping the school's current title, "UND/North Dakota," as a permanent nickname option. The school has been using the name since the controversial Fighting Sioux name was retired in December 2012 after a drawn out legal battle and the NCAA threatened sanctions.

"Rather than saying 'new' nickname, we want to finalize a name," task force co-chair and UND alumna Sheri Kleinsasser Stockmoe said.

The plan is being written on a document sharing website available for the public to view. It can be accessed at

Anna Burleson

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