UND to celebrate 131st Founders Day on Thursday, Feb. 27
The University of North Dakota will celebrate its 131st birthday with special employee and faculty recognitions and awards on Thursday, Feb. 27, during the annual Founders Day celebration in the Memorial Union.
A reception will begin at 5:15 p.m., with the banquet at 6 p.m.
The University will honor employees for 25 years of service as well as retiring or retired employees; and pay tribute to excellence in education by presenting a number of departmental and faculty awards.
The first Founders Day celebration was held in 1904, with the observance lasting the whole day and marking the anniversary of the signing of the territorial legislative act to place the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. This marked the day as the official birthday of UND.
Recognition for 25 Years of Service
Thelma Abbott, Athletics; Mary Amundson, Family & Community Medicine; Gene Berglund, Facilities; Peggy Biberdorf, Communication Sciences & Disorders; Denise Bischoff, Affirmative Action Office; David Brekke, Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC); John Czapiewski, Human Nutrition Research Center (HNRC); Nile Davidson, Facilities; Vicki Dawes, Health & Wellness.
Eugene DeLorme, Indians Into Medicine, Internal Medicine; Katherine Duray, Earth System Science & Policy; Donna Ellertson, Disability Services; Thomas Erickson, EERC; Teresa Evanson, Nursing & Professional Disciplines; Kurt Eylands, EERC; Cordell Fontaine, Business & Public Administration; Lucy Ganje, Art & Design; Philip Gerla, Geology & Geological Engineering.
Bonni Gourneau, Teaching & Learning; Janice Hallin, Facilities; Dianne Hamre, Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences; Debra Hanson, Occupational Therapy; Matthew Heher, Facilities; Ann Henderson, EERC; Sharon Hensrud, Communication Program; Mark Hoffmann, North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR)
Gail Ingwalson, Teaching & Learning; Kathleen Jones, Management; Marilyn Klug, Rural Health; Edwin Koble, Facilities; Debra Kroese, School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS); Barbara Kueber, HNRC; Debora Landeis, Support Services, Paul Lindseth, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences; Laurie Mager, Information Officer; Vikki McCleary, SMHS; Rhonda McDaniel, SMHS; John McLaughlin, Facilities.
Debbie Merrill, Facilities; Jane Monson, Anthropology; Jacqueline Nelson, HNRC; Carolyn Nyberg, EERC; Charles Robertson, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences; Rhonda Schwartz, Olaf Thormodsgard Law Library; Ramesh Sharma, EERC; Heidi Smart, Student Account Services; Cindy Stromme, SMHC; Terry Thompson, Facilities; Eric Thorell, Facilities.
Diane Thureen, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences; Scott Tolbert, EERC; Richard Tonder, Finance & Operations; Gary Towne, Music; Phyllis Vold, Nursing & Professional Disciplines; Francis White, Sociology; James Whitehead, Kinesiology & Public Health Education; David Yearwood, Technology; Lowell Zolondek, Facilities.
Retired and Retiring Faculty and Staff
Daniel Anderson, Facilities; David Anderson, Facilities; Tim Anderson, Printing Center; Carl Barrentine, Occupational Therapy; Lowell Brandner, Printing Center; Louise Clayton, Dining Support Services; Sandra Elshaug, Student Affairs & Admissions; Larry Evenson, Facilities; Dominga Fernandez, Facilities; Sharon Hensrud, Communication Program.
Patricia Hoeper, Indians Into Medicine; Beverly Hopman, Athletics; Jerome Humble, Facilities; Susan Lee Hunter, Nursing; Jacque Jones, Occupational Therapy; Cynthia Knudson, Memorial Union; Ralph Koprince, Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures; Arlinda Kristjanson, Clinical Neuroscience; Michael Krotz, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences; Barbara Kueber, HNRC.
Ronald Kulas, Energy & Environmental Research Center; Terri Lang, Center for Rural Health; Dennis Laudal, Energy & Environmental Research Center; Paula Lee, Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures; Gary Lovejoy, Facilities; Marilyn Martin, Student Affairs & Admissions; Linda Maszk, Mechanical Engineering; James McKay, Facilities; Mary McLaughlin, Energy & Environmental Research Center.
Elaine Metcalfe, TRIO Programs; Arthur Miles, Electrical Engineering; Anita Monsebroten, Art & Design; William Moore, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences; Theresa Mutcher, Dining Support Services; Karen Myerchin, Facilities; Bonnie Nerby, Accounting Services; Lacey Niceswanger, Energy & Environmental Research Center; Gerald Nies, Disability Services.
Patricia Nies, Admissions; Bonnie Odermann, Nursing; Glenn Olsen, Teaching & Learning; Richard Olson, Lecturer, Finance; Gayle Olufson, HNRC; Jaesun Park, Management; Jerry Petersburg, Energy & Environmental Research Center; Mary Jo Schill, Communication Sciences & Disorders; Carol Schimetz, Energy & Environmental Research Center.
Edmond "Butch" Schuler, Maintenance Supervisor, Facilities & Ralph Engelstad Arena; Rodney Scilley, Facilities; Sue Sherette, HNRC; Elizabeth Tyree, Nursing & Professional Disciplines; Marlene Zimmerman, SMHS.
Faculty and Departmental Awards:
The ceremony will pay tribute to excellence in education by presenting departmental and faculty awards.
Here is a list of awards and this year's winners:
Teaching, Research and Service Award (Faculty Scholar)
The UND Foundation/B.C. Gamble Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research or Creative Activity, and Service- Paul Sum, Political Science and Public Administration.
Undergraduate Teaching Awards
The UND Foundation/McDermott Faculty Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching- Christopher Felege, Biology.
The UND Foundation/Lydia and Arthur Saiki Faculty Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching- Wesley Lawrence, Music.
Graduate or Professional Teaching Award
The UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Award for Graduate or Professional Teaching Excellence- Anne Haskins, Occupational Therapy.
Academic Advising Award
The UND Foundation/Karleen Home Rosaaen Award for Excellence in Academic Advising- Rebecca Simmons, Biology.
Individual Award for Faculty Development or Service
The UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Faculty Development and Service- Thomasine Heitkamp, Social Work.
The UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research
Alena Kubatova, Chemistry
Jefferson Vaughan, Biology.
The UND Award for Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Research or Creative Work
William Gosnold, Geology and Geological Engineering
Richard LeFever, Geology and Geological Engineering
Michael Mann, Chemical Engineering
Hossein Salehfar, Electrical Engineering.
Department Teaching Award
The UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching- Space Studies.
Department Research Award
The UND Award for Departmental Excellence in Research- Atmospheric Sciences.
Department Research Award
The UND Award for Departmental Excellence in Service- English.
By Chen Wu, University & Public Affairs student writer
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