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ON CAMPUS: UND research VP to also lead graduate school

A UND administrator will serve in a dual role in light of budget cuts.

Vice President for Research and Economic Development Grant McGimpsey has been named vice president and graduate dean, according to a post on the school's online newsletter confirmed by UND spokesman Peter Johnson.

Interim President Ed Schafer announced in early February all hiring would cease pending approval to ensure any new hires align with the university's priorities because $9.5 million must be trimmed from the 2015-17 budget.

An external search for a dean of the UND School of Graduate Studies ceased as Associate Dean Wayne Swisher continued to serve in the interim.

In an email, Johnson said McGimpsey's salary will remain at $250,000 annually, excluding benefits.

McGimpsey has worked at UND for less than a year, and according to UND's website, he came to the school from Kent State University in Ohio, where he also worked as a research administrator.

McGimpsey holds a master's degree in chemistry and a doctorate degree in physical chemistry.

The university is also moving ahead with an internal search for an Honors Program director.

Other news

• UND's Trumpet Studio went to the semifinals for the National Trumpet Competition March 10-12 at Columbus State University in Georgia. The studio, led by UND Associate Professor Ronnie Ingle, comprises of seven members: Alex Tally, Ojai, Calif.; Christiena Taralson, Fargo; Mark Van Camp, Grand Forks; Michael Morrissey, Des Moines, Iowa; Alaynee Van Ornum, Plaza, N.D.; Evan Ouderkirk, Fargo; and Kyle Matthees, Rochester, Minn.

• The University of Minnesota-Crookston will host a wellness program, "Cultivating wellbeing in our lives and communities," March 23-24 presented by professor Mary Jo Kreitzer, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality and Healing. A dinner will be held at 5:15 p.m., followed by a presentation and discussion at 6 p.m. March 23. Dinner will be served in the Brown Dining Room for $5.50. The dinner and presentation are open to the public. A workshop for health care practitioners will be held 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. March 24.

• UMC will host Sarah and Gabriel Chrisman on March 29 in the Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. The Chrismans will present "The Past is a Foreign Country: Understanding Historical Diversity through Cultural Studies Techniques" and "Victorian Ventures: Flip Your Paradigm" at noon and "This Victorian Life: Historical Living in the Modern World" at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Rutherford Johnson at (218) 281-8191 or visit

• The UND College of Education and Human Development will host Nancy Fichtman Dana, a leading expert in the professional development of teachers, as part of its AAA Lecture Series. Dana will present "The Role of Teacher Inquiry in Teacher Education" at 4 p.m. March 30. in the UND Education Building, Room 7. The AAA Lectures are free and open to the public.

• The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences will host Science Day, a free event featuring hands-on learning experiences for students in grades five and six. Science Day is designed to stimulate children's interest in science. There will be two sessions offered 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. April 23. To register students, view or call (701) 777-4305.

• UMC has earned additional accolades for online programs. The online bachelor's degree program was ranked among the top 60 "Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans" by U.S. News. The online bachelor's degree majors in communication and in health management were ranked in the "Best Online Degree Programs 2016" list from The online bachelor's degree in marketing has earned a top 15 national ranking among "2016 Most Affordable Marketing Degrees Online" from ranked UMC at No. 6 among the top 10 "Best Online Schools in Minnesota for 2015-16."

• UND is seeking nominations who have contributed to disease prevention and healthful living for the Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness awards. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. April 8 to the Office of the Dean, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The awards, named for former UND President Charles E. Kupchella, will be presented at 10:30 a.m. May 15. For more information, contact (701) 777-2516 or view

• A new version of UND's online newsletter, the University Letter, will be premiered Tuesday. It will be sent out Tuesday and Thursday mornings while the site is updated online throughout the week.

• Lake Region State College students were recently nominated for awards in acting and costume design for the March performances of "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress." The awards will be given out at the American College Theatre Festival in January.

• Dani Weinreis, a Northland Community and Technical College Physical Therapist Assistant student, recently presented a research poster at the American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meeting, which is the nation's largest physical therapy conference.

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To see more regional higher education news, visit the websites of UND, University of Minnesota-Crookston, Northland Community and Technical College, Mayville State University and Lake Region State College.

Anna Burleson

Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact her with story ideas or tips by phone, email or Twitter, all of which are listed below. Examples of her work can be accessed here.