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ON CAMPUS: UND to host bar association meeting and acclaimed guest speakers

UND will be hosting the State Bar Association of North Dakota's Annual Meeting and hosting two accomplished leaders in the legal community.

Paulette Brown, the first African American woman to be elected President of the American Bar Association, and Alan Page, the first African American to be elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court, will speak at the UND Chester Fritz Auditorium June 16. Brown will participate in a 10:15 a.m. panel discussion on diversity and bias and Page will speak at 8:30 a.m. about ethics and the elimination of bias in the law.

UND School of Law spokesman Rob Carolin said this is the first time the public has been invited to the presentation, free of charge.

"And it's a great (opportunity) for students, obviously," he said.

Brown has received several awards and served as president of the National Bar Association from 1993 to 1994, according to her online biography. She received the bar's highest honor, the C. Francis Stradford Award, in 2015.

Page played for the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears throughout the 1960s into the early '80s. He sought election to the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1992 was re-elected continuously until retiring at the age of 70 in 2015.

Other news

• The Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Metropolitan Planning Organization and Cities Area Transit will hold an open house Friday seeking feedback on the transit development plan. Two meetings will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hugo's in East Grand Forks and the Metro Transit Center. A third meeting will be held 4 to 7 p.m. at the Grand Cities Mall.

• The United Tribes Technical College will hold a media and press showing of the Batmobile at 1:30 p.m. Friday. The Batmobile also will be on display at the Buggies and Blues car show Sunday in Mandan, N.D.

• UND hosted the opening ceremony of the annual Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research Education June 6. American Indian traditional drum players performs during the blessing ceremony.

• Mayville State University will host STEM College for Kids 9 a.m. to noon June 20 to 23 for students entering kindergarten through third grade. This event aims to increase children's interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For more information or to register, contact Donalee Strand at or (701) 788-4718.

• Two student advisers have been hired in the UND Office of International Programs. Amy Vein will begin work May 31 and Anna Kinney on June 17.

• The UND Wellness Center is offering outdoor personal training services to the campus community through July 31 without the additional cost of membership. For more information contact Stephanie Hoffman at

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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.