January 11, 2021

Dear Alumni and Friends,

It is always a welcome sign when students return for the spring semester following the quiet of holiday break on campus. This year it gives me great hope that we will soon see the end of this pandemic.

UND will continue to provide online, hybrid and on-campus classes for the spring semester. Students, faculty and staff can take a rapid COVID-19 test most every weekday in January. Standard PCR tests are still being administered one to three times a week at the High Performance Center. The HPC testing clinic is also open to the public. You can find more info on the COVID-19 testing page.

Upcoming Town Halls
President Armacost and UND leadership will host Zoom Town Halls this Thursday to address questions from faculty, staff, students and their families.

The Faculty and Staff Town Hall will be Thursday at noon, while the Student and Family Town Hall will take place at 6 p.m. that day. You can find links to the Zoom town halls here.

Feeling Loss
We lost two women this month who meant so much to this University: Gayle Clifford, ’65, wife of the late President Tom Clifford, and Iris Westman, ’28, North Dakota’s oldest resident.

Iris Westman

Gayle was a ray of sunshine who raised the bar of what it meant to be a First Lady at the University of North Dakota. Long after Tom retired, the two welcomed alumni to their Grand Forks home for visits.

Iris was beloved by her family and all who encountered her. She was featured in the winter 2019 UND Alumni Magazine and happily posed with a mortar board and diploma!

Both these women will be greatly missed.

Giving Hearts Day
I want to remind you that Giving Hearts Day is coming up one month from today on February 11.

Giving Hearts Day is the largest regional giving day for the upper Midwest. 450+ non-profits in the region participate to raise funds and awareness for their specific causes and to promote philanthropy education.

The University of North Dakota is participating in Giving Hearts Day 2021 with a focus on student scholarships. February 11, 2021, is your chance to support students at UND and take advantage of over $50,000 in matching funds from the Dakota Medical Foundation.

In 2020, over $150,000 was given and 31 scholarships awarded to UND students.

Finally, in case you haven't seen them, I want to share two videos released this month that showcase UND students showing their gratitude for the scholarships they've received. The first features Nistler College of Business & Public Administration students while the other includes a host of student-athletes thanking their donors.

Let me add to their sentiments of gratitude by thanking you for all that you do for the University of North Dakota and its outstanding students.