April 12, 2021

Dear Alumni & Friends,

Women for Philanthropy has been a passion project for me as CEO of the UND Alumni Association & Foundation. We will continue the annual spring get-together as a virtual event again this year.

Our keynote speakers are Katie Itterman, '03, Executive Director of the Burgum Foundation, and Lu Jiang, '12, attorney and former Program Manager for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They’ll share their outlook on philanthropy and how they maintain optimism through challenges.

The online event takes place over the noon hour next Tuesday, April 20. You can register at UNDalumni.org/WFP.

Beyond the Pages
We launched a new program last week that I hope you’ve had a chance to check out. Beyond the Pages is a new virtual conversation series in which our staff revisits alumni featured in previous issues of the UND Alumni Magazine.

In this episode, we’re looking back to Spring 2020. Hear from Minnesota District Judge Jade Rosenfeldt, Park River (N.D.) Elementary School Principal Mary Martin, and Kate Long, a Spring 2020 graduate whose world has turned rightside-up.

Beam Ceremony
What a thrill to get a chance earlier this month to thank construction workers for the amazing progress they’ve made on the Nistler College of Business & Public Administration building. I shared the stage with UND President Andrew Armacost and NCoBPA Dean Amy Henley as we spoke at a beam raising ceremony on Thursday, April 1.

Following the lunch for construction workers, the final structural beam was raised into place and a flag was affixed to the highest point on the building project to signal the “topping off” milestone.

If you haven’t been able to drive by the site next to the Chester Fritz Library, you can check out a live feed of the construction site here.

I want to welcome Brian Burkett to our team. Brian is our new Associate Director of Information Technology. He comes to the UNDAAF from Insight Technologies, Inc., in Grand Forks and brings with him a strong history in Information Technology and Cybersecurity.

Champions Tour
After taking the summer off in 2020, the North Dakota Champions Golf Tour will return in June with the first event in Park River, North Dakota. You're invited to grab your clubs and spend the day with many other loyal UND fans for a friendly golf scramble. Check out the schedule at NDchampionsclub.com/golf.

Thank you for all that you do for the University of North Dakota and its outstanding students.