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ON CAMPUS: Bjerke promoted to aviation chair

Elizabeth Bjerke was named UND's Department of Aviation Chair Tuesday. Bjerke, formerly an associate chair and professor, will be running the department within the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences that has about 1,500 majors and about...

Elizabeth Bjerke was named UND’s Department of Aviation Chair Tuesday.

Bjerke, formerly an associate chair and professor, will be running the department within the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences that has about 1,500 majors and about 50 faculty members.

“It’s very exciting, we have a great group of faculty and students, and our department and I look forward to moving us into the future,” Bjerke said.

She will be replacing Kent Lovelace, chair for the past 20 years, who announced earlier this year that he was stepping down.

Bjerke is involved with the Aviation Accreditation Board International, the University Aviation Association and UND’s chapter of Women in Aviation. She is also a lead representative for FAASTeam, an aviations safety group, for the North Dakota region.


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  • Mayville State University is holding a coffee and conversation event at 10 a.m. July 16 at the MSU Larson Alumni and Leadership Center. The event will focus on MSU’s new online nursing program, which will begin this fall.
  • Four NDSU Extension Service educators received honors from the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals earlier this month, according to NDSU, including Helen Volk-Schill from Pembina County, who received her award as part of a three-state team that placed first in the excellence in teamwork category for the Marketing Hometown America program.

More info: Share higher education news at  news@gfherald.com ; include “Higher ed notebook” in the subject heading.  To see more regional higher education news, visit the websites of  UNDUniversity of Minnesota-Crookston , Northland Community and Technical CollegeMayville State University  and  Lake Region State College . Herald Staff Writer Dani Meyer contributed to this column.

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