Alumni in Action Archive
The Man, The Myth, The Legacy
Chester Frtiz's name is everywhere on campus, but few know his story. Read about his legacy.
Then and now, under foot or in my mind, always a special place.
On the Hill
Michele Johnson, ’88, ’91, a respected lobbyist, leans on legal education in D.C.
Top Secret "War Work"
Physicist was one of few female scientists to work on the Manhattan Project, the focus of the summer blockbuster film, ‘Oppenheimer.’
Tested UND grad fights for Armenian refugees.
UND School of Law grad doesn't let Alaskan travel challenges stop justice.
The Techiest Teacher
UND grad chosen as Amazon ‘Ambassador,' challenged to increase access to technology.
Bush Fellows Have Ties to UND
Three 2023 Bush Fellows with UND connections will receive grants to develop their leadership skills.
The Purr-fect Pose
Angela Disrud, '94, has combined her passion for photography with her love for cats to create Boudoir Kitty-Cat Photography in Nashville, Tennessee.
Clinical psychologist integrates culture, faith, art and storytelling to help bring healing to her Native people.
All He Does Is Win
After experiencing championship glory at UND and with the Florida Everblades, Cam Johnson sees similarities in each title run.
Demonstrating the Spirit of UND
Dr. Joshua Wynne Receives UND Spirit Award for going above and beyond, and providing vision, tenacity and service to help shape UND.
A Dynamic Duo
Alumnae Katrina Brekke, ’11, and Moire (Dunn) Layden, ’17, ’19, team up at a Las Vegas elementary school as school counselor and safe schools professional.
Never Mellow Musician Provides Term for #1 Hit
Robyn Lee, '70, and his band made lasting memories touring with Olivia Newton-John in the 70s.
Ropes, Roses and a Whole Lot of Love
UND grad Karol Santistevan, ’17, ’18, founded Ropes and Roses Therapy Clinic. Her team, which includes horses, provides occupational therapy services with a focus on mental health.
Sports Medicine Award Shines Light on Mental Health
Dr. Erin Haugen, '01, '03, '06, is the first mental health professional to receive the Jack Weakly Award for Lifetime Distinguished Service.
Life with the Lions
Lauren (Vad) Smith, '13, rescues big cats at a South African animal sanctuary that's home to 14 lions and a tiger.
2023 Alumni Honors: Dr. Robert Boyd
‘Mr. UND’ spent a long career as Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at the University of North Dakota hyper-focused on what was best for student success.
2023 Alumni Honors: Marilyn Vetter
A lifelong love of the outdoors has culminated in Marilyn Vetter becoming the first woman to lead the nation's top conservation organization.
2023 Young Alumni: Sally Miskavige
Vice president of Grand Forks-based construction company mixes love of accounting, art, and asphalt to jumpstart community-wide philanthropy.
2023 Alumni Honors: Don Schmid
Former director of North Dakota Children and Family Services serves as “conductor,” bringing specialties together to improve opportunities for families across the state, region and nation.
2023 Alumni Honors: Arlen Nordhagen
Arlen Nordhagen, a 1978 UND grad, experienced a series of chance encounters that led to a life of giving back.
2023 Young Alumni: Josh Brandsted
Young Alumni Award winner leans on UND experiences in the classroom and on the field to excel as CEO of Greco LLC.
2023 Alumni Honors: Monica Musich
Sioux Award recipient Monica Musich, ’82, former Valley Dairy CEO, credits her UND foundation, and her team, family and faith to her success in a male-dominated convenience store industry.
No Such Thing As Too Many Trips
UND grads Jared Kamrowski, '09, and Nick Serati, '09, co-founded Thrifty Traveler, a web resource for travel deals.
The Evidence is Clear
UND houses one of just two 4-year forensic science programs in the Upper Midwest. Its hands-on curriculum creates real-life experiences for students.
In Good Company West River
UND Alumni Magazine contributing writer shares a first-person account of how UND alumni in rural South Dakota impacted her health journey.
'Leave UND Better Than You Found It.'
UND’s first student-body president, Audrey Jaeger, reflects on her time at her alma mater.
Building Memory at Micron
UND grad leads U.S. site selection for memory chip manufacturing sites.
Women in aviation! Karen Ruth, 82, serves as mentor to recent grad Sophia Jensen.
A Force for Good
Tip Enebak, ’63, wanted to be a football coach. Instead, he took over the family business and not only created a highly successful operation – one that counts charity as one of its guiding principles.
The Minuteman Education Program
Fred Bartz, ’71, reflects on his time at the University of North Dakota and how his education allowed him to serve his country through the Minuteman Education Program.
From UND to the NHL
Peter Bottini, ’15, is a social media marketing manager for the National Hockey League after honing his professional communication skills at UND.
And the Beat Goes On
Former marching band director, Mike Blake, ’74, ’76, is happy to see the Pride of the North Marching Band's success.
The Pride Hits Their Stride
Homecoming Week 2022 was a busy one for the 150 members of UND’s Pride of the North Marching Band as they celebrated the band's 25th anniversary.
She Faced the Music and Turned on the Juice
Launching a successful juice startup helped Nashville singer/songwriter Celeste Krenz, ’90, leave the music road behind.
2022 Alumni Honors: Jody Feragen
Jody Feragen, '78, an accounting graduate, built a finance career taking a seat at the table to give others the same opportunity.
2022 Alumni Honors: Mark Sanford
North Dakota legislator, Mark Sanford, ’66 ’76, reflects on a lifetime of service to his community and impact on K-12 education.
2022 Alumni Honors: Jack Marcil
Jack Marcil, ’63, ’68, is an anchor for the UND School of Law, faithfully supporting the school and its students for the past 41 years.
2022 Alumni Honors: Sarah Vogel
Attorney, activist, politician, writer: UND grad says her liberal arts degree was the basis for her many accomplishments.
2022 Young Alumni Achievement Awards: Paul Sallach
UND graduate Paul Sallach, '03, found success in developing All-In Aviation, a full-service aviation company in Las Vegas.
2022 Young Alumni Award Recipient | Meghan Compton
Alumna makes an impact in good company while showcasing the value of hard work. Young Alumni Achievement Award recipient Meghan Compton had a gut feeling her local hospital was where she belonged.
Paisley & Dash
Sara Lien, ’05, had a successful 15-year career in investment banking. However, her creative spark was never fully fulfilled, so, she set out to discover how she could turn her creativity into a cupcake business.
With roots in Paris, France, Warren Sai, ’20, is determined to give the Grand Forks community a little taste of his home country.
Anne Spaeth, ’93, ’98, owner of The Lynhall, never considered herself an expert in the kitchen. But a five-year stint in Europe opened her eyes to what food can do to build a community and culture.
Ben Murphy, ’02, ’05, is a fourth-generation rancher who’s built Dunn Burgers, a direct-to-consumer beef business. But Ben’s path back home to Killdeer, ND, was not direct.
Chasing the Dream
Carol Chase, '69, has spent the past 25 years as a backup singer for legendary southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Carter Razink, ’22 has always been an entrepreneur. Yet, it wasn’t until one fateful bag of pretzels was tossed at him during a career fair that he gained the opportunity to transform his entrepreneurial interests into a career.
The Drone Universe
With its founder’s wisdom as a guiding principle, UND’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is at the forefront of the rapidly growing commercial UAS industry.
Bully! for Medora
Randy Hatzenbuhler, ’85, has spent more than three decades guiding the direction of North Dakota’s biggest tourist attraction, Medora.