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Solbergs make another significant gift to CEC

UND alumni Kristine (Aarthun), '69, and Robert Solberg, '69, have utilized match dollars from the North Dakota Higher Education Challenge Fund to contribute $1 million toward the Collaborative Energy Complex. 

This new gift marks the second time the Solbergs have given their support to this project. Kristine and Bob were the first to support the CEC project with an initial lead gift of $1 million.

"Kristine and I are supporting the Collaborative Energy Complex to ensure that UND Engineering graduates excel in the competitive global energy industry," said Robert Solberg.

Find out more about the gift and the CEC



Denver-area alumni invited to Nickname and Logo Process Task Force Town Hall tomorrow 
The UND Nickname and Logo Process Recommendation Task Force invites you to a Town Hall meeting  from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11 at The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center, 200 Inverness Drive W. in Englewood, Colo. Join meeting host and Task Force members Karl Goehring, a UND alum who helped lead UND to a national hockey championship in 2000, and Sandra Mitchell, UND Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. Karl and Sandra will facilitate a conversation about a process for the potential selection of a new nickname and logo, and will gather feedback from attendees. The public is invited to attend.

The Task Force wants to make sure you have an opportunity to be heard. While the Task Force is not charged with the final selection of a new nickname and logo, they anticipate submitting recommendations for a potential logo selection process to UND President Robert Kelley by the end of this year.

Legacy cords available for winter commencement
Winter commencement is Dec. 19, and graduating students can get their legacy cords at the ready room at commencement or at the Winter Commencement Social. The UND Alumni Association & Foundation gifts graduates with parents or grandparents who have graduated from UND with legacy cords to wear at graduation to acknowledge their family ties to the University. 

Winter Commencement Social
To welcome 2014 graduates to the UND alumni family, all graduates and their families are invited to the 2014 Winter Commencement Social at the Gorecki Alumni Center for refreshments, photo ops and fellowship!

Friday, Dec. 19
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Gorecki Alumni Center

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We may change APRs, fees, and other Account terms in the future based on your experience with U.S. Bank National Association and its affiliates as provided under the Cardmember Agreement and applicable law.

Refer a future UND student
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 UND student.

You shop, Amazon gives
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are just a few days away! When you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of your purchase price to the UND Foundation. Shop here and support students, faculty, and programs at the University of North Dakota.

Making a year-end gift?
The 2014 tax year ends at midnight on December 31, and timing your gift can be crucial. We recommend that calendar year-end gifts be made on our secure UND Alumni Association & Foundation website to assure tax deductible credit for the donation for the current year. For more information, click here.

Baby, It's Cold Outside ...
So warm up with the UND Alumni Association & Foundation at the Gorecki Alumni Center. Join us for holiday merriment and refreshments and delight in the holiday sounds of Jazz on Tap!

Holiday Cheers Gathering
Tuesday, Dec. 16
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Gorecki Alumni Center

Angel Tree @ the Gorecki
The Gorecki Alumni Center is an official host site for the Grand Forks Salvation Army’s Angel tree. Through the Angel Tree program, gifts are provided to children in need who would otherwise be left out on Christmas.

Angels are still available! All gifts need to be turned in for distribution by Dec. 15 to the Grand Forks Salvation Army or can be dropped off at the Gorecki Alumni Center with Amy Sansaver.

UND community celebrates opening of new Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center location
UND's Multicultural Center and Multicultural Student Services have officially relocated to a new home on the third floor of the Memorial Union.

Elizabeth Smart to appear at Everson Family Lectureship in Values & Ethics
Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her family home in 2002 at the age of 14. She was found nine months later being held by a man and woman who were later convicted of her kidnapping.

Following this traumatic experience, Smart has become an advocate for recovery programs and changes related to child abduction laws.

Smart will be the featured speaker at the Delta Gamma Foundation/Everson Family Lectureship in Values and Ethics on Feb. 23 in the Chester Fritz Auditorium at 7 p.m. 

Evers named co-Big Sky Player of the Week
For the third straight week, a University of North Dakota athlete has been honored as the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week as senior Emily Evers shares this week's honor with Montana State's Jasmine Hommes.

UND remains atop polls as first half winds down
University of North Dakota will enter its final series before the Christmas break as the No. 1 team in NCAA Division I men’s hockey, according to both national polls released on Monday.

UND players garner NCHC weekly honors
Three North Dakota skaters have been recognized by the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) in the wake of top-ranked UND’s non-conference sweep of Lake Superior State.

Diver sets new school record
Clayton Metcalf etched a new UND record in the platform dive and also punched his ticket to the NCAA Zone meet in that event with his 304.20 effort at the Jean Freeman Invite at the University of Minnesota.

Upcoming Events

UND Alumni Association & Foundation Holiday Cheers Gathering
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Gorecki Alumni Center
Gransberg Community Room

Winter Commencement Social
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Gorecki Alumni Center
Gransberg Community Room

Click here for more information.

ND Champions Ball
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Alerus Center Arena

Check out our full calendar of events

Alumni Travel

A Toast to Provence & Burgundy | May 1 – May 9, 2015
From sun-drenched vineyards to charming villages, experience the classic sights of Southern France on a serene Saône and Rhône River cruise aboard the intimate A-ROSA Stella. Travel through the heart of Burgundy and Provence—stopping in Lyon, Arles, Avignon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Mâcon, and more. 

Grand Danube Passage | August 31 – September 15, 2015 | Sofia to Prague
Join DeAnna Carlson Zink as she hosts UND Alumni & Friends on the Grand Danube Passage! Experience Eastern European culture, marvelous old-world capitals, ornate cathedrals and picturesque villages as you cruise the celebrated Grand Danube Passage for eight nights aboard the exclusively chartered MS Amadeus Silver. Discover enthralling scenery in eight countries and 13 cities and towns on the “king of Europe’s rivers.” Program features include excursions, lectures by local experts to enhance your insight into the region, luxury hotel accommodations, an extensive meal plan, wine with dinner and time for independent exploration.

Visit for all UND alumni & friend travel opportunities.

AA & F Job Openings

We work hard. We have fun. We love UND. If you have a passion for the University, you might be a good fit. 

We have the following job openings with our organization: 
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Associate Director of Development

Sports Pregame Parties

Men’s Basketball
Blarney Stone in West Fargo
Saturday, Dec. 13
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Prior to UND @ NDSU game

Men's Hockey
Saturday, Dec. 13
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Courtyard by Marriott Denver/Cherry Creek
Room: Colorado A & B

Men's Hockey
Jan. 31
4:30- 6:30 p.m.
The Old Mattress Factory
501 N 13th St.
Omaha, Neb
402) 346-9116

Game Schedule

WBB vs. Minnesota 
Betty Engelstad Sioux Center
7:00 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 12 
2:05 p.m. 

MHKY at Denver 
8:37 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 13
2:05 p.m. 

WBB at Clemson 
6:00 p.m. 

MBB at North Dakota State 
7:00 p.m.

MHKY at Denver 
8:07 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16
WBB vs Mayville State 
Betty Engelstad Sioux Center
7:00 p.m. 

Friday, Dec. 19 
MBB vs Dickinson State 
Betty Engelstad Sioux Center
7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 21 
WBB at South Dakota 
2:00 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 22 
MBB at Marquette 
8:00 p.m.

To find out where to watch or listen to select games, visit