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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published November 07 2010

Higher education notebook: UND aims to ‘ignite the spirit’

The University of North Dakota aims to ignite the spirit on Tuesday in Fargo.

The university is holding an event for Fargo-area alumni and supporters to kick off the public phase of a $300 million fundraising campaign.

The North Dakota Spirit Campaign, UND’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, seeks to raise:

  • $100 million for student scholarships.

  • $100 million for endowment funds to support faculty.

  • $50 million to enhance programs that respond to state and global needs.

  • $50 million to improve existing facilities or add new buildings and technology.

    Fundraising for the campaign during the “silent phase” began in 2005. More than $201 million has been raised in cash gifts, pledges, bequests and other commitments.

    The public phase is set to conclude in 2013.

    The launch event is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Commons Building

    of Microsoft, 4550 42nd St. S., Fargo. To RSVP, call (800) 543-8764 or e-mail paml@undalumni.net.

    For more information, visit www.spirit.und.edu.

    MSCTC opens new lab

    Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead will celebrate the completion of its new Mechanical Trades Lab this week.

    The 5,200-square-foot lab is home to the refrigeration and air conditioning program. The $1.55 million project also included the renovation of two classrooms. A dedication ceremony will be at

    3:30 p.m. Monday.

    Internal auditor policy

    A policy on internal auditors received final approval last week from members of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education at their meeting at UND.

    Under the new guidelines, internal auditors at campuses in the university system will work with the board’s Budget, Audit and Finance Committee.

    However, the auditors will continue to report to campus presidents. The Office of the State Auditor has recommended that internal auditors report to the committee rather than presidents to ensure their independence. Board President Jon Backes said the new policy finds middle ground.

    Concordia search

    The job opening for the Concordia College presidency is now being advertised in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

    The listing states that the next president must have

    a doctorate degree or “evidence of extraordinary intellectual engagement” and will be a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

    It also says the Board

    of Regents “seeks an exceptional individual with the vision, commitment and capacity to lead and challenge this nationally regarded liberal arts college.”

    To see the presidential profile and follow updates on the search, visit www.cord.edu/about/president/search1.php.

    A tentative timeline for the search committee calls for interviews to be held in February, although the committee has said there is no deadline for the search.

    Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590

    or adalrymple@forumcomm.com