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Seven options are in the running to become UND's permanent nickname, including the possibility of continuing to play as "UND/North Dakota." Also remaining are "Fighting Hawks," "Green Hawks," "Nodaks," "North Stars," "Roughriders" and "Sundogs." UND's nickname committee awarded -1, 0 or 1 point for criteria such as uniqueness, linguistic ease and whether the name was a rallying symbol and representative of the region, with a total of nine criteria areas. "Roughriders" scored the most points with 48.
A North Dakota Board of Higher Education committee approved giving presidents at the 11 institutions the board oversees each a 3 percent pay increase. At a meeting Monday, Budget and Finance Committee Chairman Don Morton acknowledged controversy surrounding annual evaluations for presidents.
Even though it has been discussed widely by faculty groups across the state for more than a year, new university hires still have to sign an oath stating they support the state constitution and, therefore, the traditional heterosexual definition of marriage. Most recently, the Council of College Faculties passed two resolutions in April.
Construction on UND's new Collaborative Energy Complex will commence in less than a month. The 30,000-square-foot building will bridge Upson Hall I, Upson Hall II, Harrington Hall and the Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library, creating a large complex on the southeast part of campus. Construction will begin July 6 and a groundbreaking ceremony will be held soon after, though UND spokesman Peter Johnson said those details haven't been solidified. The CEC will house the rapidly growing engineering departments within UND's College of Engineering and Mines.
During his seven-year tenure as president of UND, Robert Kelley appointed and fostered a support team of five vice presidents. Since taking the position in 2008, Kelley has gone through two provosts, created a vice president position for public relations and appointed four other high-ranking administrators with vice president titles, one on a temporary basis. As he prepares to retire next January, Kelley said one of his biggest accomplishments was assembling the aforementioned team of administrators, even though some have been criticized for lacking in transparency and openness.
The former director of UND's Energy and Environmental Research Center has filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against outgoing university President Robert Kelley and the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. The suit, filed Thursday by Gerald Groenewold, claims he experienced employment discrimination and emotional distress when he was put on administrative leave in May 2014 and subsequently let go about a month later after leading the center for more than 25 years. Groenewold, who declined to comment himself, is demanding $2.9 million in damages from Kelley as both an individual and univers
UND Provost Thomas DiLorenzo has responded to criticisms from the campus community alleging his office isn't communicative. A survey compiled by a group of faculty and officially released Monday found of the 359 faculty members who completed it that 75 percent of respondents thought DiLorenzo was "not at all" or "not very" transparent. Four pages of anonymous negative comments followed that one question in the raw survey results, calling Dilorenzo untrustworthy, a liar and suggesting he be fired. "The provost is hiding behind smoke and mirrors and consultants," one comment said. DiLorenzo
In the face of criticism from faculty and students, UND President Robert Kelley received a glowing performance review the day he announced his intent to retire. The June 8 review by outgoing Interim Chancellor Larry Skogen obtained by the Herald states Kelley met many aspects of four goals set forth in the North Dakota University System's new strategic plan, including providing valuable degrees, improving student retention and completion rates, and increasing collaboration. Skogen also addressed controversy Kelley faced during his tenure, specifically the issue of retiring and moving from th
A State Board of Higher Education committee has given approval for UND to offer doctorate degrees in several areas of engineering. The Academic and Student Affairs Committee discussed the issue at length during a meeting Thursday before passing a motion in favor of presenting the degree offerings to the full board at its next meeting. If SBHE grants approval, UND would offer doctorates in civil, electrical, energy, environmental, geological and mechanical engineering. "It doesn't require any substantial or new changes to faculty or infrastructure," said Richard Rothaus, director of Academi
The Grand Forks County Commission has found John Schmisek's replacement. David Engen, an attorney in Northwood, N.D., will be sworn in Tuesday and serve the 18-month remainder of Schmisek's term, commissioners decided Tuesday during their meeting. Engen has worked as an attorney in Grand Forks and served in the military at Grand Forks Air Force Base before moving to Northwood.