University of North Dakota campus successes

October 1, 2018

UND receives $20.3-million, five-year grant to help counter high cancer rates in North and South Dakota

The University of North Dakota was awarded a $20.3-million, five-year Clinical and Translational Research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to work with researchers and medical providers in the Dakotas, including North Dakota State University, the University of South Dakota, Sanford Health, and other hospital systems throughout the region to better understand cancer and its causes, and to develop effective treatments for the disease.  UND’s Dr. Marc Basson is the principal investigator.  Led by the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), the Dakota Cancer Collaborative on Translational Activity (DACCOTA) will use clinical research methods to study the link between cancer and the environment and pave the way to develop unique ways to combat cancer in the Dakotas.


Gershmans donate $3 million to renovate UND’s original president’s House

Thanks to a $3 million gift from Hal and Kathy Gershman, the original president’s home on the University od North Dakota campus will be renovated for use as an engagement center for graduate and international students. Kathy retired in 2015 as professor and former chair of the UND Department of Educational Foundations and Research. She had been a member of UND’s faculty since 1984. Hal Gershman, a 1966 UND graduate and 2006 Sioux Award recipient, is a successful Grand Forks business owner and former president of the Grand Forks City Council. Both have been active civic and philanthropic leaders in the community.


UND Alumni Association and Foundation honors five with Sioux Awards

During Homecoming 2018, the UND Alimni Association honored five distinguished alumni with its highest honor, the Sioux Award.  Among the honorees:  Phil Jackson, legendary NBA basketball coach and player; Jeanne (Heilman) Crain, CEO of Bremer Financial Corp.; Lauris Molbert former CEO of TMI Hospitality; Michael Lodoen, president and co-founder of L&D Construction; and Mary (Muehlen) Maring, former North Dakota Supreme Court justice.