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UND to graduate 430 on Friday More than 430 UND students are eligible to graduate during the summer commencement ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, a UND faculty member and associate professor of ...

UND to graduate 430 on Friday

More than 430 UND students are eligible to graduate during the summer commencement ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday in the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, a UND faculty member and associate professor of English, will deliver the main address to graduates.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on Grand Forks cable channel 3 and re-broadcast Aug. 9-12 at 12:30 a.m., noon and 8 p.m.; it also will be streamed online at www.und.edu/dept/webcast .

During commencement, the family of longtime computer industry businessman Kenneth Mellem will accept an honorary Doctorate of Letters degree on his behalf. Mellem, who earned a bachelor's from the UND College of Business and Public Administration in 1966 and a master's in 1968, passed away last summer.


Roxanne Vaughan, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, will be named a UND Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor during the ceremony. It's the university's highest academic title.

Undergrads to showcase research at UND

Undergraduate students from across the country will soon showcase their summer research work on sustainable energy on the UND campus.

Each summer, UND chemistry and chemical engineering faculty mentor students in their labs through the Sustainable Energy Research Initiative and Supporting Education, or SUNRISE, summer research experience for undergraduates.

This year's participants come from UND and several other universities across the country: California State Polytechnic University; Manchester College in Indiana; San Juan College in Farmington, N.M.; Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania; Southern Wesleyan University in Central, S.C.; and the University of Dayton in Ohio.

Students worked for 10 weeks with a UND faculty mentor on research related to sustainable energy and reducing the environmental impact of energy production. They also took part in activities designed to introduce them to graduate school, research methods, safety and ethical conduct and attended the CleanTech 2011 Workshop and Action Summit in June.

The SUNRISE program is funded by the National Science Foundation and received supplemental funding from the UND Graduate School.

UND to dedicate bronze bust of Walsh


UND will soon officially dedicate an almost 1,500-pound pedestal and bronze bust of George Walsh, the man credited with writing legislation to put the university in Grand Forks.

A dedication ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday outside Twamley Hall's northeast door on the campus quad. Refreshments will be served in Twamley Hall Room 305 following the event.

The ceremony was originally scheduled for November to coincide with Walsh's birthday, but was postponed because of inclement weather.

Walsh submitted to the Dakota Territorial Legislature "A Bill for an Act Locating the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks," six years before statehood was reached for North Dakota. UND was founded in 1883.

Walsh was editor and owner of the Plaindealer, the Red River Valley's first newspaper that was later bought out by the Herald. He also was a land developer.

UND program celebrates 60 years

UND's Summer Institute of Linguistics is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.

The program, which is run independently but is affiliated with the university's College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School, has 117 students this year. Members of the institute work worldwide to do language description and basic linguistic research.


UND's program has about 20 different courses organized into several packages.

SIL International, a faith-based nonprofit organization, now has a staff of more than 5,500 from 60 countries. The institute's linguistic work investigates about 2,590 languages spoken by more than 1.7 billion people in 100 countries.

UND-Twins event tickets on sale

UND is teaming up with the Minnesota Twins in September for the university's third-annual "UND on Target with the Twins" day at Target Field in Minneapolis.

UND alumni and friends are invited to attend the Sept. 17 game between the Twins and Cleveland Indians at 12:10 p.m.

A pre-game gathering begins at 9:30 a.m., at a cost of $10 that includes a T-shirt, food and family friendly activities.

Game tickets are $19 plus a handling fee and can only be purchased with credit cards; they will not be sold online. To order, call (800) 338-9467, press "0" to speak to an attendant and reference "UND Day."

For more information and updates, visit www.und.edu/ontarget .

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