|UND to hold Showcase in Fargo today|
It will be "show and tell" higher education-style when it the University takes its show on the road Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6-9 p.m. in the Ballroom at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. The program will start at 7:30 p.m.
The "show" is the University of North Dakota Fargo Showcase, featuring exhibits from 16 of UND's best-known campus units. On display, for example, will be the Mars spacesuit, designed by a five-college North Dakota Space Grant Consortium integrated team led by UND's Department of Space Studies. Other UND departments and units showing their stuff include the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Engineering and Mines, College of Nursing, College of Business and Public Administration, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Development, School of Law, Division of Continuing Education, Enrollment Services, Office of the Vice President for Research, Center for Innovation, and more.
The "tell" is UND President Charles Kupchella, Athletic Director Tom Buning, and others who will talk about the UND of today and tomorrow.
The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP by Sept. 20, go on-line at www.undalumni.org or contact Nancy Nelson at (800) 543-8764.
"We're being proactive in telling our UND story to our many stakeholders in the Fargo area," said Kupchella. "We have great things going on and we wanted to share that -- to bring a little bit of the UND experience to our many alumni and friends in Fargo-Moorhead and beyond. We want them to know where we are, and where we're going."
Kupchella said UND is in the second year of its second five-year strategic plan. He credited the plan, as well as UND's faculty, staff and supporters, for much of the growth that the University has achieved in the past six years. UND, for example, now has an annual economic impact of nearly $1 billion dollars. That includes a doubling in the past five years of the research and supported program dollars to nearly $100 million in 2005-06, said Kupchella.
"With the UND alumni family spread throughout the nation, the largest concentration is right in our own backyard in the greater Fargo metropolitan region," said Tim O'Keefe, executive director of the UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation. "The Fargo Showcase is a great opportunity for University of North Dakota alumni and friends throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area to connect with one another and their university. We look forward to showing off all the cutting-edge work being done on campus, as well as spending a great evening with everyone who supports UND."
The evening will include heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and an opportunity for old friends to reconnect and to meet new friends, said Don Kojich, UND executive associate vice president for university relations.