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UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation to Merge on June 30

Grand Forks, N.D. (6.13.14) — The University of North Dakota Alumni Association will officially merge with its sister organization, the UND Foundation. The merger was approved today during the annual membership meeting of the Alumni Association in Grand Forks.

The two nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations will become one legal entity at the end of the month. The vote today is the culmination of a merger plan that has been in the works for several months.

“It comes down to being efficient with our time and resources,” said DeAnna Carlson Zink, CEO of the UND Alumni Association & Foundation. “The two have worked closely together for decades, and it just makes sense to remove some of the inefficiencies of operating them as separate nonprofits.”

Until now, the organizations were required to have separate governance, committee meetings and records. Although the same people served on both boards of directors, it was inconvenient and cumbersome to maintain the formalities of governing the intertwined organizations as separate entities.

The merger will also offer cost and time savings in the areas of tax preparation, human resources, strategic planning and marketing.

The move was approved by the Boards of Directors of both organizations in May. “A lot of time was spent working out the details and considering the benefits of the merger before giving the proposal our unanimous approval,” said Al Royse, outgoing chair of the UND Foundation. “We are one team working toward a common goal of serving our alumni and our university, and this merger will enhance our ability to do that. A merged organization will be a more efficient organization.”

“Alumni will not notice any changes following the merger,” Zink said. “We’ll continue to work to connect alumni to campus and each other while supporting UND and its students. We will remain proactive in pursuing private financial support for the University of North Dakota’s strategic initiatives and priorities.”

Friday, June 13, 2014 3:15:00 PM

2014 Dru Sjodin Memorial Scholarship awarded to UND junior, campus activist

University of North Dakota Junior Maggie O’Leary has earned the honor of being named the winner of the 2014 Dru Sjodin Memorial Scholarship.

Maggie O'LearyO’Leary, a Billings, Mont., native, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English through the College of Arts & Sciences with minors in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies. She serves on the Presidential Advisory Council on Women’s Issues, is active within the UND Women’s Center, and helped establish a new student organization called the Third Wave, which recognizes social inequalities based on gender, sexual identity, socioeconomic background, and physical ability.

She was presented with the award at the UND Leadership Awards ceremony. As recipient of this honor, O’Leary is asked to honor Sjodin’s memory by promoting women’s safety and violence prevention over the next year.

 “I hope to preserve Dru’s memory by doing everything in my power to ensure that this is so, and by contributing even individually to the conversation, it will incrementally broaden to include the campus and by extension the greater Grand Forks community,” O’Leary wrote in her scholarship application.

The Dru Sjodin Memorial Scholarship provides funding toward tuition and fees for a full academic year.

“You hear about what a lively, talented woman Dru was and how her death affected the community,” O’Leary said. “There’s so much esteem for the scholarship and so much weight behind it; I feel really blessed.”

Background information:
Dru Sjodin was abducted in 2003 in Grand Forks. More than 2,000 friends, students, family, community members, and even strangers from across the nation gathered to search for Dru, and on April 17, 2004, volunteers and law enforcement finally brought Dru home to her family. One week later, more than 1,500 people paid their respects as Dru was laid to rest in Minnesota.

As a UND student, Dru’s warm and vibrant personality showed itself through her creativity and campus involvement. She pursued a bachelor’s degree in visual art all the while active in The Clothesline Project. Dru was also a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. The Dru Sjodin Memorial Scholarship was established through the UND Foundation in loving memory of Dru’s vibrant spirit with the intention of turning grief into triumph.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 4:20:00 PM

State of UND Alumni Association & Foundation is Strong

Grand Forks (2-26-2014) — The University of North Dakota's primary fundraising arm is in excellent financial and organizational shape coming off a record-breaking campaign in support of UND and its students.

That was the message from DeAnna Carlson Zink, new CEO/Executive Vice President of the UND Alumni Association & Foundation (UND AA & F), during the State of the Alumni Association & Foundation Address on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. 

During Homecoming 2013, it was announced that North Dakota Spirit | The Campaign for UND had raised $324 million in gifts and pledges for UND and its students. Carlson Zink said, although completed, the Campaign will impact the University well into the future.

“A really wonderful achievement of the campaign came with the new relationships set in place with our University partners across the board,” said Carlson Zink. “That collaboration was perhaps nowhere more evident than during our most recent Board meetings, when we had cross-campus administrative representation meeting with our Board for the first time on a strategic level. Great things were discussed, and I’m looking forward to seeing where those great minds take us.”

President Robert O. Kelley said the work of the Alumni Association & Foundation is a critical component in the overall mission to give students the best experience possible.

“The relationship that the University enjoys because of the fiscal support of the Alumni Association & Foundation is the driving force behind our success here at UND,” said Kelley. “There are so many things in this complex equation that require financial support, moral support and human support, and we get all of those from our alumni organization.”

Dan Muus, who was recently promoted to Chief Development Officer, highlighted a number of new initiatives to build upon the success of the North Dakota Spirit Campaign. For one, he pointed out that that organization is confident it can secure $20 million in donations to attain a $10 million match from the new North Dakota Education Challenge Fund approved by the 2013 Legislature. The UND AA & F has already received approval for $3.2 million in state match funds. Muus also talked about the UND AA & F’s efforts going forward.  

“As we’ve transitioned out of North Dakota Spirit  |  The Campaign for UND, it doesn’t mean our job is done,” said Muus. “On more and more materials from the UND Alumni Association & Foundation, you’ll see a new tagline: Be the Impact. It’s a call to action as we shape UND’s future. We’re calling on all alumni and friends to be the impact our students need for a great UND experience. Together, we can be the impact that takes UND to the future.”

To learn more about the financial impact of the UND Alumni Association and Foundation, visit spirit.und.edu

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 5:10:00 PM

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