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UND fliers advance to national event The UND Flying Team recently won top honors in the Region V National Intercollegiate Flying Association's Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference in Crookston. UND's score of 672 points earned the team first p...

UND fliers advance to national event

The UND Flying Team recently won top honors in the Region V National Intercollegiate Flying Association's Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference in Crookston.

UND's score of 672 points earned the team first place in flight events and first place in ground events.

The team will advance to the National SAFECON competition May 16 in Columbus, Ohio. Thirty teams from 11 regions around the country will compete in the national event.

UND joins K-12 for snow study


UND student researchers will join K-12 students from Nov. 15 to Dec. 6 to study snowfall in the Red River Valley.

The project will be led and by UND graduate and undergraduate students with participation from local schools and guidance from university faculty.

More than 20 area primary and secondary schools have been invited to measure snow at their schools using the same technique used by official weather observers.

By measuring the snow depth that has fallen on a flat "snowboard," UND student researchers will be able to correlate the data with radar and aircraft sensor observations of falling snow.

This will allow better snowfall estimates in regions where only radar data is available.

Additionally, middle and high school students will melt the snow to calculate snow density.

The following schools will be involved: Sacred Heart High School, East Grand Forks; Riverside Christian School, East Grand Forks; Ben Franklin Elementary, Grand Forks; St. Michaels Elementary, Grand Forks; Holy Family Elementary, Grand Forks; Valley Middle School, Grand Forks; Devils Lake Middle School; Emerado (N.D.) High School; Stephen-Argyle (Minn.) Central High School; and Red River High School, Grand Forks.

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UND students collect food

The Nonprofit Leadership Student Association of UND, along with Great Plains Food Bank and Northlands Rescue Mission, will collect food for the "BackPack" program today through Nov. 20.

The program aims to provide food for Grand Forks schoolchildren.

Thirty-five percent of all Grand Forks schoolchildren qualify for free or reduced school lunches.

The BackPack program will allow children who are receiving reduced or free lunches to have food at home over weekends and holidays.

The goal is to help 100 area students by sending weekly bags of food -- enough for six meals, plus snacks -- that they can discreetly take home on weekends during the school year.

Donations are being accepted at all local Hugo's locations in the form of $5 and $10 prepackaged bags.

Or, people can donate any of the following items:


- Pudding, fruit and applesauce cups.

- Canned soup.

- Microwavable meals.

- Plastic jars of peanut butter.

- Jelly or jam (nonglass containers).

- Pop Tarts.

- Cereal.

- Assorted crackers.


- Bags peanuts or trail mix.

- Boxes of macaroni and cheese.

- Boxes of Rice-A-Roni or microwavable rice packets.

- Granola or breakfast bars.

- Juice boxes.

- Hot cocoa in individual packets.

'Empty Bowls' dinner at UMC

An "Empty Bowls" dinner, a combination service learning and community service project that aims to shed light on world hunger, is set for 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Bede Ballroom on the University of Minnesota-Crookston campus.


Tickets for the event are $15 and available at the Krazy Kiln in Crookston, in the Sargeant Student Center on UMC campus or at the door.

Bowls were created by students in a UMC pottery class, Crookston High School students and community members.

Dinner attendees will be able to take home their bowl.

UND students win award

UND students Santana Royer and Hannah Halvorson recently won an art contest organized by the UND Conflict Resolution Center in celebration of International Conflict Resolution Day.

The theme was "Bullying." Royer's winning poem, "The Best Novel is the One You Write Yourself," told her story of being bullied as an adolescent and how that experience shaped the person she is today.

Halvorson created a series of three photographs, each depicting a different aspect or type of bullying: social exclusion, cyber-bullying by texting and the pain bullying causes.

Heart Association recognizes UND


UND recently was recognized as a Start! Fit-Friendly Company by the American Heart Association.

The school will receive a plaque at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday outside Twamley Hall.

After the presentation, a one-mile campus walk will be led by President Robert Kelley.

The Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Recognition Program recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity in the workplace.

Law school looks at tribe economies

A Tuesday event at the UND School of Law will focus on tribal economic development.

The event, set for 12:10 to 1:10 p.m. at the Baker Courtroom, is open to the public and is sponsored by UND's Native American Law Students Association.

Lance Morgan, president and chief executive officer of Ho-Chunk Inc., will discuss tribal economic development during Tuesday's event.

Ho-Chunk, an award-winning economic development corporation owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, employs more than 1,100 people in eight states and three foreign countries.

Morgan also is a partner in the Fredericks, Peebles and Morgan law firm, which has offices in California, Colorado and Nebraska and specializes in American Indian law and economic development issues.

Psi Chi inducts new members

Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, will induct new members into its UND chapter Tuesday.

This year's UND Psi Chi inductees are: Billea Ahigrim, Joseph Asturias, Molly Bishop, Abby Boschee, Brittany Bohrer, Jamie Bowers, Cassandra Bradley, Jennifer Britz, Zane Hensel, Jacqueline Hermann, Heidi Hiatt, Beth Kliethermes, Brooke Kranzler, Sarah Martner, Ken McGurran, Alexis Nims, Sarah Scholler, Kimberly Schweitzer, Rachel Smerer, Joshua Snyder, Allison Steffl and Ryan Strid.

Student group backs Measure 1

The North Dakota Student Association has passed a resolution supporting Measure 1, which would establish an oil legacy fund where oil revenue will be saved for future use.

"I feel that by supporting Measure 1, it will allow our state to plan more responsibly for the future of North Dakota" said Mary Christian, NDSA lobbyist, in a statement distributed to students. "However, I feel that there is still some ambiguity that will need to be worked out regarding details of the measure."

The student group represents students in the 11 North Dakota University System campuses.

NDSU students 'walk the talk'

North Dakota State University student leaders will soon launch a campaign to discourage harassment and bullying.

The "Walk the Talk" campaign aims to empower students, faculty and staff to take action against bullying that has been a growing problem nationally.

Student leaders initiated the campaign after they grew concerned about anti-gay chants that were occasionally coming from the student section at NDSU football games, said Ken Story, student government's executive commissioner for public relations.

Students will be encouraged to sign pledge cards that include a statement saying they will educate themselves on diversity, confront inappropriate language and stereotypes, work to create a welcoming community and put a stop to bullying and harassment.

Pledge cards will be displayed in the student government office and students will receive green unity wrist bands that say "I walk the talk."

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