September 13, 2021

Dear Alumni and Friends,

We will be honoring a very special alumnus this Friday when we hold the Frederick “Fritz” Pollard Jr. Athletic Center Dedication Ceremony. Fritz was not only one of UND’s greatest student-athletes, but also a lifelong supporter of his alma mater.

Members of Fritz’s family will be in attendance this Friday at 2 p.m. on the mezzanine level of the Athletic Center (formerly known as the High Performance Center). I hope you can join us for the dedication. Please RSVP at

Honor for B. John Barry
In my last Insider News column, I noted that distinguished alumnus B. John Barry, ’63, had been surprised by President Armacost with a President’s Medal. UND Today has followed up with a story about the presentation and you can read it here. John has been an incredible supporter of the University of North Dakota and its students and I am so happy to see him recognized with this special honor!

Potato Bowl/Homecoming
It’s Potato Bowl USA Week in Grand Forks. There are events all week leading up to the home opener for UND Football.

The Potato Bowl game is always a signal that Homecoming is not far away. This year’s Homecoming will be Oct. 18-23. Start making plans now to attend!

UNDAAF Additions
We have added three employees to our staff recently. Ana Wilebski, Summer Solseng and Ally Foster all started on August 30.

Wilebski, ’19, is the Associate Director of Campaign Writing. In the role, she will develop and produce gift proposals for individuals, corporations, and foundations.

Solseng, ’20, and Foster are Associate Directors of Development with the Digital team. They are charged with using a suite of technological tools to develop personalized engagement with alumni and friends that results in renewed or increased giving to the University.

Welcome Ana, Summer and Ally!

Thank you for all that you do for the University of North Dakota and its outstanding students. I hope to see you on campus this fall.