Eternal Flame Society
Years ago, the UND Alumni Association & Foundation created the Eternal Flame Society to recognize our generous donors.
The name was carefully chosen as a reminder of the forward-thinkers who have passed the torch of knowledge to the next generation through their financial contributions. The Society is made up of six Giving Circles named after people or figures of significant importance at the University of North Dakota.
Eternal Flame Society History
In the academic hub of campus, where Old Main once stood, is a beacon of light that symbolizes the University of North Dakota: Old Main Memorial Sphere and its eternal flame.
Between Twamley and Merrifield Hall, the globe-shaped metal monument was raised in 1963. Stanley O. Johnson, then Assistant Professor of Art, created the piece. The small figures that make up the sphere symbolize educational development – how far we’ve come since the birth of our state’s flagship research institution, and our vision for the future.
The burning flame is a steadfast reminder of UND’s motto, “Lux et Lex,” translated to “Light and Law,” and has since been inserted into UND’s logo – one of the most recognizable images associated with our University.
Giving Circle Recognition
A UND alumnus or friend is welcomed into a Giving Circle once their total lifetime giving reaches the levels listed in the menu to the left. Select a circle to learn more about its significance and to view the names of the donors who make up its membership.
William Budge Circle ($1,000,000-$499,999,999)
Dr. Cora Smith Circle ($500,000-$999,999)
Thomas Clifford Circle ($100,000-$499,999)
President's Circle ($10,000-$99,000)