University of North Dakota campus successes

May 17, 2017

UND Awarded First Part of $3.8 Million Program to Combat Addiction

The University of North Dakota was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Substance Abuse Treatment program for the first year of what is hoped to be a five-year, $3.8 million program to combat addiction.  Nearly $775, 000 for the first year of the program was announced May 12.  The funding will support UND’s new Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center with an emphasis on using technology to provide better access to rural areas. Professor Thomasine Heitkamp who will lead the program at UND said program is designed, “to advance best practices and to provide treatment services and recovery services for people struggling with addiction.”


UND’s Mark Trahant elected as member in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Mark Trahant, the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism at the University of North Dakota, has been named a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, joining notable members such as founder John Adams, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as more than 250 Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners.  Trahant was nominated by members of the Academy for his body of multimedia journalism focusing on American Indian issues.  His career has included writing and editing roles at newspapers, reporting for PBS’s “Frontline” series, and blog and social media commentary on policy and politics surrounding Native American matters.


Nearly 2,000 Were Eligible for UND Spring Commencement Ceremonies

Nearly 2,000 students were eligible to cross the stage during four spring commencement ceremonies at the University of North Dakota.  UND President Mark Kennedy presided over his first Spring Commencement ceremonies and delivered a message to the students about the value of embracing change.  UND added a ceremony for the more than 500 graduate students earning degrees this spring.  That ceremony preceded the ceremony for about 1,330 undergraduate students.  Both ceremonies were held at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. UND also held School of Law and School of Medicine and Health Sciences commencements.  More than 5,000 tuned in to watch the ceremonies through online streaming and Facebook Live.