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Maggie O'Leary is this year's recipient of the Dru Sjodin Memorial Scholarship.
"There's so much esteem for the scholarship and so much weight behind it. Exiting my undergrad degree with a loan debt that will be more than my annual salary is daunting. The award is incredible; it really lifts a huge burden off you," said O'Leary, a junior majoring in English with minors in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies. 

You can benefit students like Maggie by giving a planned gift to the University of North Dakota through the UND Alumni Association & Foundation. 

If you have questions or to learn more about how planned giving can benefit the University of North Dakota, click here, email, or call the UND Foundation at 1.800.543.8764.

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Annual Meeting
The boards of directors of the UND Alumni Association and the UND Foundation have agreed to a plan to merge the two organizations. 

Despite operating as one organization for many years, the two have been separate legal entities. The plan still has to be approved at the annual meeting of the organization on June 13, which also marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Alumni Association. 

What follows is the legal notice of the annual meeting: 

The UND Alumni Association & Foundation cordially invites you to attend the UND Alumni Association &  Foundation Annual Meeting and celebrate its 125th anniversary.

Friday, June 13, 2014
11:00 Meeting
11:30 Light Lunch

Gorecki Alumni Center
3501 University Ave
Grand Forks, N.D.

The agenda will include: 

  • Review and approval of a plan to merge the UND Alumni Association and the UND Foundation. 
      • The Alumni Association and the Foundation currently operate as two separate legal organizations, but have integrated more of their governance functions and operations over time. The organizations share a vision and mission to keep alumni and friends of UND engaged and connected to their alma mater.
      • Merging the two organizations will provide synergies and efficiencies, and will more accurately reflect the close working relationship of the two organizations.
      • The merger was approved by the boards of directors of both organizations in May, with a vote of the Alumni Association membership required to finalize the approval.
  • A report on the past year along with the election of new directors. All alumni* are voting members of the Association.

*Proxies are not permitted

Please RSVP to Brooke Conlin.


Athletic Training Alumni and Friends Reception
June 26, 2014
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Champions Sports Bar, Indianapolis
In conjunction with the NATA Annual Clinical Symposia
More info 

Refer a Future UND Student

Alumni, do you know someone who should consider attending UND? Complete this short online form so we can send him or her information about becoming a future UND student.

Alumni travel
Polynesian Paradise | March 15 - 25, 2015 | Papeete to Papeete 
Cruise the South Pacific on one of the finest vessels afloat, Oceania Cruises’ elegant Marina, where every port of call is a Polynesian paradise. Savor the tropical island splendor of Moorea, Bora Bora, Rangiroa, and more on this unforgettable voyage. Visit for all UND alumni & friend travel opportunities.

UND Visa Card
The UND Champions Golf Tours are in full swing. Make sure to show off your UND Visa on and off the course this summer.  Don’t have the UND Visa? Apply today! Every purchase made with the UND Visa goes back to support UND.

Shop at AmazonSmile, benefit UND
In honor of Dad, shop at AmazonSmile through 6/15/14 and Amazon will donate an extra $5 to University Of North Dakota Foundation. Click here to get started: Support UND's students and faculty!

The O’Keefe trust
Last month, Tim O'Keefe retired after 11 years as Executive Vice President & CEO of the UND Alumni Association & Foundation. Before he left, he knew one thing for certain: he, along with his wife, Becky, wanted to leave a lasting legacy with the University of North Dakota. One way the O'Keefes did that was to establish a charitable trust, which is providing them with income, tax benefits, and best of all, fulfillment of their philanthropic intentions to UND.

To learn more about Tim and Becky's charitable trust, click here.

To learn more about planned giving, click here, email, or call the UND Foundation at 1.800.543.8764.

 UND breaks ground for new SMHS building Thursday

Aviation students in Air Race Classic
Three students from UND will take part next week in the Air Race Classic, an internationally-famous women-only event.

Read more on the story.
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SMHS construction update
View a time-lapse video of the construction of the new School of Medicine and Health Sciences building. 
UND ranks in top 10 Best Online Graduate Business Programs for Veterans

UND student draws on personal tragedy to inspire others in new book

UND Ranks #1 in the Top 15 Most Affordable Online Social Science Degree Programs
The University of North Dakota ranks #1 in the top 15 most affordable online social science degree programs by According to the website, social science disciplines include anthropology, sociology, psychology, economics, history, political science and more. The site’s rankings were determined by affordability, however priority was given to schools recognized for excellence in online education by the higher education rankings of U.S. News and World Report. To view the complete rankings, visit

UND offers more than 45 online degrees and graduate certificates, 250 online college credit courses and more than 800 online non-credit courses. To learn more about UND Online & Distance education, visit

2014 Champions Golf Tour
Our golf tour has kicked off!  Thanks to all our alumni and friends who joined us last week in Park River, N.D. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. Check out the fun here.

Teams are filling fast for our future outings, make sure to  register today! All teams are five-person teams. Don’t have five? Let us know and we can fill your team with one of our UND coaches. We can’t guarantee they will be great golfers, but we can guarantee that you’ll have a great time!

Oxbow/Fargo - June 16

Detroit Lakes - July 17
Bismarck - Aug. 12
Grand Forks (Country Club) - Aug. 25

Interested in sponsoring a hole or a tournament? Contact Brooke Conlin at or at 701.777.3493.

Crews begin work on High Performance Center

Construction crews have begun work on the University of North Dakota High Performance Center over the last few weeks, preparing the footings for the building that will be a game-changer for UND athletics. Early work has focused on the ground, digging down 10 feet to prepare for the 100-yard artificial turf and 8-lane, 300-meter track. In the coming weeks, steel framing and cranes will move into the area to construct the building.

You can watch a video about the early construction here.

Donate to phase two of the project, which will house academic, sports medicine and additional areas, by giving online or contacting Steve Brekke at or 701.777.6426.

Save the Date! 40 Years of Women's Athletics
This year, the University of North Dakota will proudly mark 40 Years of Women's Athletics. In celebration of North Dakota’s rich athletic history, events have been planned to commemorate our 40 years of distinction in intercollegiate athletics. We invite you and your family to join us to honor the past, present and future of North Dakota women's athletics this September.

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 26-27, 2014
University of North Dakota Campus
Keynote Speaker: UND alumna and former co-owner of the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks Carla Christofferson. Event schedule and registration to follow.

Contact Brooke Conlin or call 701.777.3493.

Save the Date
UND Champions Ball

Dinner, Dance & Auction
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Alerus Center Arena

*Details to follow

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Click here to see if the UND Alumni Association & Foundation is hosting any upcoming events in your area!

2015 Champions Ball

Board Meetings

Click here for more information.

student alumni ambassador

Name: Steevie Frankl, Grand Forks, ND
Major: B.S. of Psychology ’14; M.A. in Counseling ’16 (emphasis on mental health)
Read more about Steevie here.


Jules Kotrba, '07: Right on Target

Alumni Travel

Travel Opportunities

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