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As UND prepares to re-open its campus, students coming or returning to campus this fall will see some changes, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

UND Vice President for Finance and Operations Jed Shivers said the goal is to have a “less dense environment,” to prevent the spread of the virus.

"We're going to have classrooms that have a normal capacity of 100 people be limited to 30 or so, to maintain six feet of social distancing," Shivers said.

At the same time, Shivers said UND wants to make sure faculty will be confident in teaching in the classroom.

Norway Royal Couple

Jun 8, 2020

North Dakota is no stranger to visiting dignitaries. In addition to presidents and first ladies, foreign and royal officials have visited the Peace Garden State over the years. The Deuce of August celebration in Mountain, North Dakota, has drawn Icelandic officials, including the prime minister.

Former UND interim President Joshua Wynne believes it will be safe to bring students back to campus this fall.

After spring break in March, all classes became online, because of the coronavirus. All North Dakota public campuses did the same.

The Board of Higher Education has voted to allow the campuses to reopen for fall semester.

But Wynne said it won’t be the same as it was. He said it will involve mitigation strategies, as the campus prepares.

Richard Beck

Mar 23, 2020


Richard Beck was a teacher, scholar, writer, poet, and honorary North Dakotan. Beck was born on June 9, 1897, in Iceland. Unfortunately, his father passed away in 1907 when Richard was only ten, leaving his mother to raise him. He attended school in Reykjavik and graduated high school in 1920. He married that same year on October 10 to Olöf Daníelsdóttir. Their life together proved tragically short when around this date in 1921 his bride died.

Dr. Andrew Armacost hired as UND's president

Dec 4, 2019
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Dr. Andrew Armacost has been hired as UND’s new president.

He was chosen by the state Board of Higher Education.

Armacost is the dean of faculty at the Air Force Academy. The Air Force brigadier general served more than 30 years on active duty and spent 20 years as a professor and administrator at the Air Force Academy.

Armacost said he has spent a considerable amount of time on the campus, talking to students, faculty and staff – and he saids he finds there’s a lot of love for North Dakota and for UND.

UND Student Union rebuild going forward

Jul 11, 2019

The state Board of Higher Education has given UND permission to issue up to $80 million in bonds for a new Student Union.

But the actual cost may be less than that.

UND students voted to approve the project, with the bond payoff to come from increased student fees.

Interim UND President Josh Wynne had asked the staff to take another look at the proposal – because he was concerned about increased student debt load. But he told the Board he supports the project.

In the near future, the campus at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks will have a different look – and a different feel.

The University has been tearing down some buildings and repurposing others – and will build a new student union. UND vice president for finance and operations Jed Shivers said the University is really trying to consolidate its real estate.

"In my mind, the whole goal is to bring students -- and really, our community -- back on to the campus," Shivers said.

Shivers said the plan is to create a densser, urban-style campus.

The interim President of the University of North Dakota says he understands the need to build a new student union on campus.

But Dr. Joshua Wynne said he has a few issues he wants to look at – and that’s why the project is on hold for a short time.

Wynne said the current student union is outmoded, and has a lot of maintenance needs.

"The case for a new building was advanced most impressively by the students," Wynne said.

UND presidential search begins

Jun 28, 2019

An 11-member committee has been named as the search committee for a new UND president.

Board of Higher Education member Casey Ryan will chair the committee. Ryan said a Request for Proposals will be drafted for a consultant to help in the process, and the committee will be working on a job description for the president.

"We will have a line that says, 'Preference will be given to UND-or-North Dakota relationships," Ryan told the Board. "We feel that's very important to what UND and the Grand Forks and overall UND community need."

A delay in the UND Memorial Union project?

Jun 19, 2019
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The wrecking ball will have to wait.

The chancellor of the North Dakota University System has asked for a delay in the Student Union replacement project at UND. That’s because of President Mark Kennedy’s departure.