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Division of University & Public Affairs
The Division of University & Public Affairs (U&PA) is the strategic communication arm of the University of North Dakota. We work with UND schools, colleges, and administrative units to provide creative and strategic communications that support UND's mission. Working with the University community, U&PA seeks to build public understanding of, and support for, UND.
U&PA has three separate, yet integral groups: Public Relations, Ceremonies & University Events and the Television Center. We also work closely with UND Licensing.
As the strategic public relations unit for UND, we bring public relations perspectives and strategies into university decision-making and planning.
We provide strategic oversight of media relations and production of mission-critical messages through news releases and video; executive, administrative and crisis communication and support; and engage in and manage community relations activities.
Ceremonies & University Events
As proactive planning partners, we work closely with the UND president, other administrators, faculty members, staff and students to create and plan a variety of major ceremonies and university events. Events range from Commencement ceremonies to the annual Bus Tour for New Faculty and Administrators to a variety of building groundbreaking and dedication ceremonies.
We help bring people together to tell UND’s story!
The Television Center provides video production services to UND departments and organizations. It works closely with the office of Ceremonies and University Events to produce large scale events such as Commencement, Convocation and Wake Up to UND. It operates Grand Forks Cable Channel 3 on the Midco Cable system.
The Television Center is closely connected to UND’s academic mission. It provides internships to students and laboratory space for a course offered through the Communication Program. Some staff members have held adjunct status in the Communication Program.
UND Radio: UND is the license holder for two public radio stations, KFJM-FM and KUND-FM. KFJM operates from a campus studio and KUND is based in Fargo. The stations are managed for UND by Prairie Public Broadcasting. The expenses associated with the stations are delegated to Prairie Public through a biennial contract between UND and Prairie Public Broadcasting.