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UND to hold memorial for Poochigian

File photo of UND philosophy professor Donald Poochigian. (Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald)

UND is holding a memorial service Monday for professor emeritus Don Poochigian, who died in late December in his native state of California. He was 74.

Poochigian, who was educated in California, started work as a professor of philosophy at UND in the early 1970s. Known by his university peers as a "crusader" in his educational advocacy, Poochigian was vocal during his tenure about his concerns that UND was turning away from its foundation as a liberal arts institution to become a "business-technical institution."

In early 2017, he applied for, and was granted, a voluntary separation package offered by the university in the midst of campus-wide budget cuts. At the time, Poochigian said his choice to apply for the separation based in part by university indications that low-enrollment courses would be cut as part of a push for efficiencies. Such a move, Poochigian said, would have eliminated high-level philosophy courses.

The memorial for Poochigian is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., Feb. 12, in rooms 10/12 and 16/18 in Swanson Hall, which is connected by tunnel to the Memorial Union.

Dolan appointed to NDUS vice chancellorship

The North Dakota University System's head of finance has been named vice chancellor for administrative affairs.

Tammy Dolan, the current chief financial officer for the system office, began serving in the vice chancellor position at the start of 2018, according to an NDUS press release. As part of her appointment, she also has retained her duties as CFO.

The release stated Dolan has been working in state government for more than 25 years. As CFO, Dolan has been on point for higher education funding questions and, in that, has played a role in building out the sector's funding formula.

Before signing on with the NDUS, the release stated, Dolan worked as a management and fiscal analyst at the state Office of Management and Budget.

NCTC honoring instructors

Northland Community and Technical College is honoring some of its instructors and staff this spring for going the distance—by sending them a little farther yet.

NCTC has selected five of its own for honors at the annual Excellence Awards of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development, a membership organization based in Austin, Texas, that promotes "excellence in teaching, learning and leadership at community and technical colleges."

The NCTC employees heading down to the NISOD event this May in Austin are: Jennifer Dahlen, an English instructor; Brian Suckow, a welding instructor; Bobbie Taylor, associate registrar; and ADawn Nelson, an agriculture instructor.

Andrew Haffner

Andrew Haffner covers higher education and general assignment stories for the Grand Forks Herald. He attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he studied journalism, political science and international studies. He previously worked at the Dickinson Press.

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