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UND's College of Education to honor alumni Friday

A violence intervention advocate, two tribal college presidents, a teacher, a principal, a health and human services consultant and a professor will receive alumni achievement awards from the UND College of Education and Human Development on Friday.

A violence intervention advocate, two tribal college presidents, a teacher, a principal, a health and human services consultant and a professor will receive alumni achievement awards from the UND College of Education and Human Development on Friday.

The recipients are:

- Verna Fowler, founding president of the College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wis., on the Menominee Reservation. The college is chartered by the Menominee People and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Fowler earned a master's degree in 1986 and a doctorate in 1992, both in education administration from UND. In 1999, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities and was reappointed by President George W. Bush in 2006.

- Cindy Gruman, a senior consultant with the Lewin Group, a national health care and human services policy research and consulting firm. She received a bachelor's degree in social work from UND in 1989.

- Kristi Hall-Jiran, executive director for the Community Violence Intervention Center, Grand Forks. She received a master's degree in counseling in 1990 from UND. Hall-Jiran is a past chairwoman of the Chamber of Commerce of Grand Forks-East Grand Forks.

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- Jack Harper spent the past 24 years as professor and associate dean at the University of Manitoba, where he taught courses in parks and recreation facility planning and community development. He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from UND in 1969 and a master's degree in 1970.

- John Horpedahl retired after spending more than 30 years working in schools. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1971 and a master's degree in 1985, both in physical education from UND. Horpedahl coached girls and boys basketball at the varsity level, along with football and track and field. He taught at South Junior High in Grand Forks for 19 years. Horpedahl served as an associate principal at Red River High School and principal at Schroeder Middle School.

- Jennifer Sinsel teaches gifted elementary students in Wichita, Kan. She received a bachelor's degree in earth science education in 1997 and a master's degree in space studies in 2000, both from UND. She's used space-related fellowships, including a National Space Biomedical Research Institute Teacher Academy Fellowship and a NASA Ames Airspace Systems Educator Fellowship, to integrate aerospace activities into reading, writing and mathematics.

- Laurel Vermillion, a recognized member of the Hunkpapa-Lakota tribe of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, is president of Sitting Bull College. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1980, a master's degree in education administration in 1992 and a doctorate in teaching and learning in 2005, all from UND.

The award ceremony begins with a 6 p.m. social at Touch of Magic in East Grand Forks. Tickets are $15 each. To register or send a note of congratulations, call (701) 777-0844 or e-mail jena.pierce@und.edu .

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