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The Order of Exercises 2011 Summer Commencement Ceremony

3:00 p.m., Friday, August 5, 2011, Chester Fritz Auditorium

President Robert O. Kelley, Presiding Alma Mater Hail to thee, O Alma Mater! Hail to thee with heart and tongue! Pride we feel and love yet greater While we raise our grateful song. Home of lofty thought and learning, Beacon o’er our western land, Shrine whence still the ever- burning Torch is passed from hand to hand.

Prelude Music.......................................................... Brent Hermans Processional........................................... “Pomp and Circumstance”

Brent Hermans

Please stand during the Processional.

“America the Beautiful”......................................................... Mary Salveson Greetings.......................................................................................... President Kelley Presentation of Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor

President Robert O. Kelley

Conferring of Honorary Degree

Kenneth L. Mellem, Doctor of Letters Family escorted and presented by Dean Dennis Elbert

Commencement Address...............................Rebecca Weaver-Hightower Conferring of Academic Degrees. ................................ President Robert O. Kelley Mark Brickson, Proctor

(Order of degrees begins on Page 4)

Alumni Greetings........................................................ Laura Block UND Alumni Association and Foundation

“Alma Mater”............................................The Assemblage

Mary Salveson, Song Leader

Recessional...............................................................Brent Hermans


Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors The Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorships were established with an endowment gift from the late UND benefactor Chester Fritz, 1892-1983. Revenue from the endowment provides for cash stipends to one or more fulltime UND faculty members, who thereafter may use the title “Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor.” Nominations are solicited from members of the Council of Deans and the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors; these are evaluated by a committee chaired by the graduate dean and composed of three Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors and faculty representatives from each academic college not represented by a Fritz Professor. The recommendations are reviewed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and forwarded to the President for final decision.

Mary Ann Sens, Pathology William F. Sheridan, Biology Kathleen A. Tiemann, Sociology Sharon C. Wilsnack, Neuroscience Stephen A. Wonderlich, Clinical Neuroscience Roxanne Vaughan, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Former faculty members who were honored with Fritz Professorships include: Michael A. Anderegg, English Robert Beck, Law Richard Beringer, History William V. Borden (deceased), English William E. Cornatzer (deceased), Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Richard D. Crawford, Biology Kenneth J. Dawes, Social Work Manuchair Ebadi, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics, and Clinical Neuroscience Ronald C. Engle, Theatre Arts Albert J. Fivizzani, Biology Mary Lou S. Fuller, Elementary Education Elizabeth Hampsten, English David Hein, Pharmacology and Toxicology Carla Wulff Hess, Communication Disorders Richard L. Hill, Educational Administration Harvey Knull, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology David O. Lambeth, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Richard G. Landry, Educational Measurements and Statistics Diane K. Langemo, Nursing Practice and Development Donald K. Lemon, Educational Leadership Robert W. Lewis, English Frank Low (deceased), Anatomy Richard L. Ludtke, Sociology Roger Melvold, Microbiology and Immunology Robert C. Nordlie, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Lewis K. Oring, Biology Surendra S. Parmar, Physiology Brian O. Paulsen, Art Russell Peterson (deceased), Education Lewis J. Radonovich, Chemistry Paul D. Ray, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology John L. Rowe (deceased), Business and Vocational Education Mary Jane Schneider, Indian Studies Donald E. Severson, Chemical Engineering Virgil Stenberg, Chemistry Jeffrey L. Stith, Atmospheric Sciences D. Jerome Tweton, History Stephen K. Wikel, Microbiology and Immunology Charles A. Wood, Space Studies Kevin D. Young, Microbiology and Immunology

Chester Fritz attended UND from 1908 to 1910. He became an international trader in precious metals and lived most of his life in China and Europe. In establishing the endowment for the professorships — just one of his many gifts to UND — as an “investment in the future of my Alma Mater and of the people who make the future what it shall be.” He added, “I am especially indebted to the fine teachers who, in the end, have determined in large measure, how well I was able to learn and to use the knowledge that the University of North Dakota could provide.” Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors currently serving on the faculty include: James Antes, Psychology Michael C. Beard, English Holly Brown-Borg, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics Edward C. Carlson, Anatomy and Cell Biology Sandra Donaldson, English F. Richard Ferraro, Psychology Michael J. Gaffey, Space Studies Jonathan Geiger, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics William D. Gosnold Jr., Geology & Geological Engineering Birgit Hans, Indian Studies Joseph Hartman, Geology and Geological Engineering Mark R. Hoffmann, Chemistry Gordon Iseminger, History Michael Mann, Chemical Engineering James E. Mitchell, Neuroscience Thomas Mohr, Physical Therapy Myrna R. Olson, Teaching and Learning Leon F. Osborne, Atmospheric Sciences Thomas V. Petros, Psychology Michael Poellot, Atmospheric Sciences Isaac Schlosser, Biology Wayne Seames, Chemical Engineering


The 2011 Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor A University of North Dakota scholar has been selected to receive the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorship, UND’s highest academic accolade. Roxanne Vaughan (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) was nominated and supported for this coveted honor by her colleagues and academic dean. An endowment established by the late UND benefactor Chester Fritz provides for a cash stipend and a medallion to be worn on ceremonial occasions. This award recognizes “demonstrated achievement across research, teaching, and service with significant national or regional recognition in any of these missions.” The award also recognizes outstanding professional contributions throughout an academic career. The first Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor was named in 1973. Just 65 individuals — including this year’s selectee — have been designated Fritz Professors.


lum. Her extensive record of professional activities includes serving as associate editor of the Journal of Neurochemistry.

A professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, Roxanne Vaughan has been instrumental in building an internationally recognized research program and is known for her collaborative efforts. She is an expert in the biochemistry of the dopamine transporter, DAT, and its role in drug addiction.

“Dr. Vaughan teaches her students the way she researches in her lab,” wrote another nominator. “Exploration is encouraged, but good things do not come without a lot of hard work and effort … Her students often receive exceptionally impressive national awards and publish their manuscripts in notable peerreviewed journals.”

Since joining the UND faculty, Vaughan has authored or co-authored 28 research publications and 11 invited articles or book chapters. She has published articles in such highly respected journals as The Journal of Biological Chemistry, Neuroscience, and the Journal of Neuroscience.

A colleague concurred: “Roxanne is an outstanding mentor for graduate students. Her veteran research group provides an ideal learning environment. Great science is done, and great science gets published … Students from Roxanne’s lab have set the bar high for others in our graduate program.”

“Dr. Vaughan’s success at obtaining and renewing extramural funding is exceptional,” noted one nominator. “She is one of a very few investigators in the SMHS (School of Medicine and Health Sciences) who have consistently been funded with NIH (National Institutes of Health) RO1s in the past 12 years, and currently she holds two awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Vaughan’s successes in the laboratory have led to invitations to speak at prestigious national conferences.”

Vaughan received her B.S. in biology from Colorado State University in 1976, her M.A. in zoology from the University of California at Davis in 1980, and her Ph.D. in zoology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1985. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biological Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine from 1985 to 1989, and a Staff Fellow/Senior Staff Fellow from 1990 to 1998 with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Intramural Research Program, Neuroscience and Molecular Neurobiology Branches. She joined the faculty of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 1998.

Vaughan carries a full teaching load, with both undergraduate and graduate course responsibilities. She has been recognized for excellence in both teaching and service efforts, including mentoring of junior faculty and the design of the medical school curricu-


Graduate School Jayne Winifred Hardy, Bismarck

Wayne S. Swisher, Dean

Major: Teaching & Learning Dissertation: It’s Not About Me: College Women and Unplanned Pregnancy

Doctor of Philosophy

Advisor: Dr. Myrna Olson

Colleen A. Johnson, Campbell, California

Sandra Lynne Arnau-Dewar, East Grand Forks, Minnesota

Major: Counseling Psychology

Major: Teaching & Learning

Dissertation: Critical Components of Suicide Prevention Programs for Colleges and Universities: A Delphi Study

Dissertation: Exploring the Paths to Homelessness: An Ethnographic Study of How Disability, Educational Achievement, Gender, Foster Care and Poverty Impacted the Lives of Two Towns’ Homeless Shelter Residents

Advisor: Dr. E. Janie Pinterits

Aaron David Kennedy, Rockford, Illinois Major: Atmospheric Sciences

Advisor: Dr. Marcus Weaver-Hightower

Dissertation: Evaluation of a Single Column Model at the Southern Great Plains Climate Research Facility

Jeri Ann Azure, Belcourt Major: Clinical Psychology

Advisor: Dr. Xiquan Dong

Dissertation: Depressed Native Americans and Suicidal Ideation Contagion

Ryan Zebadiah Knutson, Grand Forks

Advisor: Dr. Alan King

Major: Engineering

Joseph Lawrence Corbine, Ashland, Wisconsin

Dissertation: CFD Modeling of Hydrogen Production From Coal Via Ultra- Superheated Steam (USS) Fluidized Bed Gasification

Major: Counseling Psychology Dissertation: Stress and Coping Styles: Differences Between Native Americans and White Americans

Advisor: Dr. Michael Mann

Kathy Lee Korell-Rach, Riverton, Wyoming

Advisor: Dr. David Whitcomb

Major: Clinical Psychology

Margaret Lesley Cowles, Minocquawi, Wisconsin

Dissertation: Alleviating Equines: Investigating the Hypothesized Mechanisms of Change in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Major: Clinical Psychology Dissertation: The Relationship Between Physical Fitness and Executive Control Functioning in Young Adults

Advisor: Dr. J. Douglas McDonald

Nathaniel Dane Lambert, Superior, Wisconsin

Advisors: Dr. Jeffrey Holm & Dr. Nancy Vogeltanz-Holm

Major: Microbiology

lore m. dickey, Grand Forks

Dissertation: Comparative Analysis of Yersinia Pestis Infection in Resistant and Susceptible Mice

Major: Counseling Psychology Dissertation: Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in the Transgender Community

Advisor: Dr. David Bradley

Advisor: Dr. Cindy Juntunen

Jessica Mugge, Dike, Iowa

Troy William Ertelt, West Fargo

Major: Clinical Psychology

Major: Clinical Psychology

Dissertation: Executive Functioning and Childhood Abuse Predictors on Laboratory Induced Aggression

Dissertation: Neuropsychological, Academic Achievement, and Behavioral Differences Between the Child Behavior Checklist Pediatric Bipolar Disorder Profile, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and Emotionally Normal Controls

Advisor: Dr. Alan King

Christine Marie Peat, Phoenix, Arizona Major: Clinical Psychology

Advisor: Dr. Thomas Petros

Dissertation: Binge Eating After Bariatric Surgery: The Role of Treatment Groups

Christine Elaine Even, Columbia, Missouri

Advisor: Dr. Alan King

Major: Counseling Psychology

Lisa Ann Peterson, Bismarck

Dissertation: Successful Career Attainment in Women Survivors of Domestic Abuse: A Qualitative Study

Major: Clinical Psychology

Advisor: Dr. Cindy Juntunen

Dissertation: Attitudes Toward Singlehood and Life Role Preferences Among Heterosexual and Gay and Lesbian Adults

Bibha Gautam, Kathmandu, Nepal

Advisor: Dr. Cheryl Terrance

Major: Nursing

Jay Phillippi, Moorhead, Minnesota

Dissertation: Factors Predicting Exercise Behavior of Graduate Students

Major: Counseling Psychology

Advisor: Dr. Bette Ide

Dissertation: Examination of Male Batterer Typology in an Upper Midwest Sample

Carrie Ann Giebel, Manitowoc, Wisconsin Major: Counseling Psychology

Advisor: Dr. Kara Wettersten

Dissertation: Spirituality as a Factor Influencing Body Image and Romantic Relationship Satisfaction

Jennifer Mary Teiken, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota Major: Anatomy

Advisor: Dr. Cindy Juntunen

Dissertation: Production of a Transgenic Mouse that Specifically Overexpresses the Antioxidant Metallothionein in Endothelial Cells

Sandra Marie Grissom, East Grand Forks, Minnesota Major: Counseling Psychology

Advisor: Dr. Edward Carlson

Dissertation: Incorporation of Religious and Spiritual Diversity in Multicultural Counseling for Counseling Psychologists

Melody Toosky, Mission Viejo, California Major: Microbiology

Advisor: Dr. Kara Wettersten

Dissertation: Characterization of YscF: Innate Immune and Proinflammatory Responsiveness

Erandi Svetlana Gunapala, Colombo, Sri Lanka Major: Physics

Advisor: Dr. Matthew Nilles

Dissertation: A Study of the Atomic Structure of Bitreous Rare Earth Phosphates Using High Energy X-Ray Diffraction Technique Advisor: Dr. Gaya Kanishka Marasinghe


Graduate School Adrienne Harvey, Wilmington, North Carolina

Doctor of Education

Major: Forensic Psychology

Sarah Marie Heit, Grand Forks

Jeffry Scott Johnson, West Fargo

Major: Forensic Psychology

Major: Educational Leadership

Heidi Nicole Hiatt, Olympia, Washington

Dissertation: The Effect of the Boys Town Education Model on One Elementary School in North Dakota

Major: Forensic Psychology

Callixta Innocent-Manley, Marshall, Texas

Advisor: Dr. Sherryl Houdek

Major: Forensic Psychology

Katherine Mary Neumann-Cieslak, Fargo

Won Ho Kim, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Major: Educational Leadership

Major: Linguistics

Dissertation: Special Education Teachers’ Perceptions of PK-12 Principals as Institutional Leaders

Sophia Candace Garvin Leigh, Lithonia, Georgia Major: Forensic Psychology

Advisor: Dr. Gary Schnellert

Dalton Ray Little, Grand Forks Major: History

Master of Accountancy

Sara Jade McIntee, Bottineau

Jonathan Brice Gehrke, Herington, Kansas

Katie Beth Miller, Grand Forks

Major: History Major: Psychology

Major: Accountancy

Danielle Lenna Lerner Moore, Holt, Michigan, Major: Forensic Psychology

Chanel Laura Myers, Crookston, Minnesota Major: Communication

Eric Luke Netterlund, Wannaska, Minnesota

Master of Arts

Major: Communication

Ashley Marie Olson, Aberdeen, South Dakota

Kelly Genise Adams, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Major: Forensic Psychology

Major: Forensic Psychology

Krystyna L. Peka, Champlin, Minnesota

Kayla Alkire, Hazen

Major: Forensic Psychology

Major: English

Lorenzo Daniel Serna, Grand Forks

Thomas Kenneth Backerud, Blaine, Minnesota

Major: English

Major: History

Jennifer Anne Mayumi Sobol, Honolulu, Hawaii

Brooke Marie Bjornberg, Oro Valley, Arizona

Major: Forensic Psychology

Major: Forensic Psychology

Peter David Stordahl, Menomonie, Wisconsin

Tara Marie Bjornson, Minot

Major: History

Major: Forensic Psychology

Timothy Nicholas Tefft, Bellevue, Nebraska

Grace BolaĂąos, Austin, Texas

Major: Forensic Psychology

Major: Forensic Psychology

Angelette A. Ten Hoven, Lima, Ohio

Tracy E. Bradford, Piketon, Ohio

Major: Forensic Psychology

Major: Forensic Psychology

Stephanie Jean Webb, Pottsville, Pennsylvania

Kristin D. Ceppaluni, Naples, Florida

Major: Forensic Psychology

Major: Forensic Psychology

Sue Whitman, Antigo, Wisconsin

Courtney Ann Doll, New Salem

Major: History

Major: Forensic Psychology

Shelly J. Wooldridge, Batesville, Arkansas

Carla Ann Douglass, Westland, Michigan

Major: Forensic Psychology

Major: Forensic Psychology

Aaron Wozmak, Manchester, New Hampshire

Lauren Elizabeth Fuller, Ft. Worth, Texas

Major: Forensic Psychology

Major: Counseling

Brendon Eugene Yoder, Meyersdale, Pennsylvania

Paola Giannetakis, Torgiano Perugia, Italy

Major: Linguistics

Major: Forensic Psychology


Graduate School Master of Education

Master of Public Administration

Candace M. Block, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Eric M. Brenneman, West Des Moines, Iowa

Major: Special Education

Major: Public Administration

Kelli Louise Dahle, Bemidji, Minnesota

Shelly Salena Davis, Belcourt

Major: Elementary Education

Major: Public Administration

Julianne Rose Greening, Devils Lake

Meredith Ann Gilroy, Burnsville, Minnesota

Major: Elementary Education

Major: Public Administration

Rhandi Jo Knutson, Devils Lake

Elizabeth Ann Jones, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Major: Special Education / Strategist

Major: Public Administration

Katrina Danielle Leier, Harvey

Ronald James Kunda, Bismarck

Major: Elementary Education

Major: Public Administration

Courtney May Markham, Pequot Lakes, Minnesota Major: Elementary Education

Amber Marie Podoll, Linton

Master of Science

Major: Elementary Education

Jeffrey P. Rerick, Grafton

Nancy Jean Bauer, Grand Forks

Major: Educational Leadership

Major: Industrial Technology

Leslie Ann Riggs, Fairview, Montana

Beverly G. Bearor, Middlebury, Vermont

Major: Educational Leadership

Major: Special Education / Emotional Disturbances

Julie Marie Steffens, Fargo

Sara Anne Beck, Williston

Major: Special Education / Strategist

Major: Special Education / Emotional Disturbances

Roman Christian Brier, Hazen Major: Kinesiology

Master of Music

Matthew Grant Brorby, Thompson

Joshua Bruce Gunderson, Bemidji, Minnesota

Jenny Lynn Canine, Forest Lake, Minnesota

Major: Physics

Major: Biochemistry

Major: Music

Sophine Alexia Clachar, Kingston, Jamaica

Yoonjeong Kim, Seoul, South Korea

Major: Computer Science

Major: Music

Kristina Rose Crowley, St. Ansgar, Iowa Major: Special Education

Master of Occupational Therapy

John Charles Degenstein, The Woodlands, Texas

Ashley Susan Chan, Glenwood, Minnesota

Mohit Dhawan, New Delhi, India

Major: Chemical Engineering Major: Electrical Engineering

Major: Occupational Therapy

Alisha Marie DiCosimo, Fairbanks, Alaska

Micah Joseph Davids, Evansville, Minnesota

Major: Special Education / Strategist

Major: Occupational Therapy

Sumathi Divakar, Lewisville, Texas

Rebecca Ann McOmie, Casper, Wyoming

Major: Special Education / Early Childhood

Major: Occupational Therapy

Kelley Nicole Eickenbrock, Sierra Vista, Arizona

Gwendalyn Ann Mollerud, Berthold

Major: Education / General Studies

Major: Occupational Therapy

Allison Laurenn Erdel, Indianapolis, Indiana Major: Special Education


Graduate School Karyn Christine Ovre, Devils Lake

Master of Science, continued

Major: Elementary Education

Sandeep Pothuganti, Nalgonda, India Elicia Anne Flom, Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Major: Electrical Engineering

Major: Instructional Design & Technology

Brittany Kristine Quam, Fargo

Matthew James Flom, Grand Forks

Major: Speech / Language Pathology

Major: Biology

Idris Quresh Rampurwala, Lonavala, India

Tyrone David Garro II, Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Major: Chemical Engineering

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Nirosha Kumudini Ranawaka, Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

Stephanie Anne Haaby, Warroad, Minnesota

Major: Biology

Major: Special Education / Learning Disabilities

Natalie Rebecca Royal, Crookston, Minnesota

Charles Franklin Hammond, Chicopee, Massachusetts

Major: Nursing

Major: Space Studies

Dustin Michael Salentiny, Euclid, Minnesota

Lindsey Marie Hausauer, Velva

Major: Computer Science

Major: Education / General Studies

Megan Marie Solberg, Grand Forks

Candie Hellwig, Grand Forks

Major: Early Childhood Education

Major: Early Childhood Education

Constance Jean Sommer, Cavalier

Shelly J. Hoerer, Bottineau

Major: Special Education / Learning Disabilities

Major: Early Childhood Education

Tammy Lynn Steckler-Cucca, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Megan Lee Hultgren, Warwick

Major: Special Education / Early Childhood

Major: Special Education / Strategist

Jennifer Ellen Steele, Grand Forks

Amber Jean James, Bismarck

Major: Education / General Studies

Major: Special Education / Strategist

Stacie LeAnn Stensrud, Alden, Minnesota

Hae Woo Jeong, Chungbuk, South Korea

Major: Special Education

Major: Chemistry

Rachel Elizabeth Stoltman, Moorhead, Minnesota

Jordan Paul Karlstad, Mayville

Major: Speech / Language Pathology

Major: Biochemistry

Troy Michael Thorson, Fargo

Micah Kary, Minot

Major: Special Education

Major: Computer Science

Edward Hunt Townsend Jr., Mexico, New York

Shari Lynn Kasprowicz, Karlstad, Minnesota

Major: Atmospheric Sciences

Major: Special Education / Early Childhood

Carmen Marie Tubbs, Henricks, Minnesota

Kelly Jean Kopp, Fargo

Major: Special Education / Strategist

Major: Special Education / Strategist

Susan Lynn Tyler, Milnor

Kimberly Marie Krile, Hitterdal, Minnesota

Major: Special Education / Strategist

Major: Speech / Language Pathology

Jennifer Elizabeth Untener, Maple Grove, Minnesota

Mason Albert Kuhn, Waverly, Iowa

Major: Space Studies

Major: Special Education

Matthew Ryan Voigt, Rochester, Minnesota

Krystle Lagein, Devils Lake

Major: Space Studies

Major: Special Education / Strategist

Valerie Ruth Wahl, Hannaford

Shankar Bhausaheb Lande, Sonai, India

Major: Early Childhood Education

Major: Chemical Engineering

Leah Kirsten Wickenheiser, Fargo

Shana Marie Lindeman, Grand Forks

Major: Special Education

Major: Education / General Studies

Alecia Rae Winkleman, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Nevin Luke Lubarski, Argyle, Minnesota

Major: Special Education / Early Childhood

Major: Education / General Studies

Hannah Rae Yexley, West Fargo

Eric Robert O’Dea, Quincy, Massachusetts

Major: Special Education / Strategist

Major: Space Studies

Behnjamin Joseph Zib, St. Louis, Missouri

Amy Jo Olauson, Bismarck

Major: Atmospheric Sciences

Major: Special Education / Strategist


Graduate School Bethany Ann Hankel, Mapleton

Master of Science in Applied Economics

Major: Social Work

Kali Mae Lettenmaier-Laack, Sanborn Major: Social Work

Tymothy Ryan Boyle, International Falls, Minnesota Major: Applied Economics

Stephanie Joy Mestery, Moorhead, Minnesota Major: Social Work

Gloria Ann Odden, Hague Major: Social Work

Master of Social Work

Annie Jo Olson, Warren, Minnesota Major: Social Work

Kimberly Joy Anderson, Kennedy, Minnesota

Jasmine Marie Ottmar, Fargo

Major: Social Work

Major: Social Work

Jennifer Marie Barrett, East Grand Forks, Minnesota

Cheryl Ellen Smith, Fargo

Major: Social Work

Major: Social Work

Suk Yin Caroline Cheng, Grand Forks

Tatum Renee Trautman, Frazee, Minnesota

Major: Social Work

Major: Social Work

Jessica Mary Field, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Camille Marie Woolever, Montpelier

Major: Social Work

Major: Social Work

Kelly James Fox, New Town Major: Social Work


College of Nursing Denise Korniewicz, Dean

Kelsey Marie Rassatt

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Nisswa, Minnesota Major: Community Nutrition

Bachelor of Science in Community Nutrition

Ruth Elizabeth Eckstrom Hines, Minnesota Major: Nursing

Brittany Leigh Koenig †† Grand Forks Major: Nursing

Jean Waldo †

Grand Forks Major: Nursing

Amy Jo Young

Fargo Major: Nursing

Jason Ron Champagne

Baldwin, Kansas Major: Community Nutrition

School of Medicine & Health Sciences Joshua Wynne, Dean Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science

Maryam Ahmed Eltayeb

Bachelor of Science in Cytotechnology

Rochester, Minnesota Major: Clinical Laboratory Science

Donna J. Rath

Grand Junction, Colorado Major: Clinical Laboratory Science

Chloe Ann Danielson †† Fertile, Minnesota Major: Cytotechnology

Susan Marie Batt †††

Rochester, Minnesota Major: Clinical Laboratory Science

College of Education & Human Development Daniel R. Rice, Dean Bachelor of Science in Education

Jocelyn Louise Fratzke

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, Exercise Science and Wellness

Winona, Minnesota Major: Early Childhood Education

Kelly Jean Kielb †

Eden Prairie, Minnesota Major: Early Childhood Education

Callie Jean Schneider † Ashley Rae Amundson

East Grand Forks, Minnesota Major: Early Childhood Education

Tess Marie Erickson †††

Pelican Rapids, Minnesota Major: Early Childhood Education

Suzanne Elizabeth Forde Eden Prairie, Minnesota Major: Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation and Human Services Kylene J. Harff

Grand Forks Major: Early Childhood Education

Amanda Fayth Reed

Annandale, Minnesota Major: Physical Education, Exercise Science & Wellness

Julie Pitman Smith

White Bear Lake, Minnesota Major: Early Childhood Education Major: Elementary Education

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota Major: Rehabilitation & Human Services

Christopher Anthony Roach Hampton, Virginia Major: Physical Education, Exercise Science & Wellness

Shea Tvrdik

Angela Nicole Walsh

Alexandria, Minnesota Major: Early Childhood Education

New Ulm, Minnesota Major: Physical Education, Exercise Science & Wellness

Amy Lynn Wolf


Sauk Centre, Minnesota Major: Physical Education, Exercise Science & Wellness

† Denotes cum laude †† Denotes magna cum laude ††† Denotes summa cum laude (See description on page 14)

College of Education & Human Development Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Tourism Studies

Bridgit Renae Nagel

Darcy Diane Watts †

Chelsea Ann Page

Erin McGlynn Wavra †††

Angela Lee Bergeron

Cassie Dale Schultze

Ashley Elizabeth Williams

Rhonda Waage Callahan †

Tiffany Nicole Severson

Holly Ann Williams

Brittany Emons

Susan Ruth Strauss

Shawna Allana Hall

Heidi Ann Tupa ††

Winonah Camille Monette

Jacquelyn Rachel Van Hout

Bachelor of Science in Social Work

Grand Forks Major: Social Work

Red Lake Falls, Minnesota Major: Social Work

Grand Forks Major: Social Work

Frazee, Minnesota Major: Social Work

Andrew Daryl Arola

Grand Rapids, Minnesota Major: Recreation & Tourism Studies

Grafton Major: Social Work

Manvel Major: Social Work

Brock J. Olson

Buhl, Minnesota Major: Recreation & Tourism Studies

Crystal Major: Recreation & Tourism Studies

Casselton Major: Social Work

Grand Forks Major: Social Work

Grand Forks Major: Social Work

Anna Christine Whelan

Burlington, Kentucky Major: Social Work

Hazen Major: Social Work

Killarney, Manitoba, Canada Major: Social Work

Grand Forks Major: Recreation & Tourism Studies

Red Lake Falls, Minnesota Major: Social Work

Larimore Major: Social Work

Alexandria, Minnesota Major: Social Work

Erik Sjursen †††

Grand Forks Major: Social Work

School of Engineering & Mines Hesham El-Rewini, Dean Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Timothy C. Murphy

Jason Warren Cotton

Rosalie, Nebraska Major: Civil Engineering

Minot Major: Electrical Engineering

Jeffrey Isaac Stumbo †††

Dawn M. Rohrs

Forest Hills, Kentucky Major: Electrical Engineering

Ponca City, Oklahoma Major: Chemical Engineering

Jason David Williamson †

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Greg R. Ellis

Houston, Texas Major: Mechanical Engineering

Raymond Dale Hubble

Cebdo, Texas Major: Mechanical Engineering

Joseph Strider Markey †††

New York, New York Major: Chemical Engineering

Centerville, Georgia Major: Mechanical Engineering

Nelson Gilden Multer ††

Plainwell, Michigan Major: Mechanical Engineering

Brock Setness

Neche Major: Mechanical Engineering

Jordan S. Timbs-Amanlou ††

Chicago, Illinois Major: Mechanical Engineering

Pari S. Timbs-Amanlou

Chicago, Illinois Major: Mechanical Engineering

† Denotes cum laude †† Denotes magna cum laude ††† Denotes summa cum laude (See description on page 14)


College of Business & Public Administration Michael Ryan Demuth

Jeremy Jeffrey Neppl

Bachelor of Accountancy

Brianna Lyn Dolejs

Timothy Patrick Paul

Skye Alexander Olsen

Jack Bryant Eastes †††

Michael Craig Piepkorn

Deanna Rae Osowski

Mykel Pete Erickson

Rodney Allen Rothenberger

Eric Espelien

Shae Marie Samuelson

Dennis J. Elbert, Dean

Grand Forks Major: Accountancy Grafton Major: Accountancy

International Falls, Minnesota Major: Business Economics

Grand Forks Major: Management

Lakeville, Minnesota Major: Managerial Finance & Accounting

Duluth, Minnesota Major: Banking & Financial Economics

Vancouver, Washington Major: Aviation Management

Mound, Minnesota Major: Management

Bottineau Major: Management

Grand Forks Major: Management

Grand Forks Major: Marketing

Bachelor of Business Administration Brady DuRand Bjornson Alexandria, Minnesota Major: Marketing

Elliot Andrew Bowman †††

Seattle, Washington Major: Aviation Management

Brett M. Bruneteau ††

Omaha, Nebraska Major: Entrepreneurship

Marissa Elizabeth Bukowski Alexandria, Minnesota Major: Marketing

Benjamin Thomas Winston Crow West Chester, Pennsylvania Major: Aviation Management

Brian Connor Danahey †

Lakewood, Colorado Major: Airport Management

Adams Major: Management Major: Marketing

Robert William Field

Bachelor of Science in Occupational safety & Environmental Health

Derek David Gosselin

Grand Forks Major: Occupational Safety & Environmental Health

Neal Fredrick Grandlienard

Stillwater, Minnesota Major: Occupational Safety & Environmental Health

Ryan A. Senn

Bismarck Major: Banking & Financial Economics

Rapid City, South Dakota Major: Entrepreneurship

Justin Fontana Tononi Flones

Jaroslaw Serwanski

Timothy Lee Gleason

Joshua Lester Sowada

Savannah Heiser

Daliborka Sran

Cole Jordan Larson

Brandon Scott Uehran

Karl Burton Leenders

Alex Lee Weikleenget

Jonathan Donald McGrath

Anthony John Zechmann

Patrick J. McLaughlin

Sampson David Zikmund †

Renton, Washington Major: Marketing

Przemysl, Poland Major: Airport Management

Eagan, Minnesota Major: Management

Cottage Grove, Minnesota Major: Aviation Management

Fargo Major: Marketing

Grand Forks Major: Marketing

Adams Major: Business Economics

Brookings, South Dakota Major: Management

Edina, Minnesota Major: Investments

Leonard, Minnesota Major: Aviation Management

Grand Forks Major: Entrepreneurship

Minnetonka, Minnesota Major: Marketing

Maple Grove, Minnesota Major: Aviation Management

Pisek Major: Investments

† Denotes cum laude †† Denotes magna cum laude ††† Denotes summa cum laude (See description on page 14)


College of Arts & Sciences Kathleen Tiemann, Dean

Michael Craig Piepkorn Nickolas Christopher Quinn Stuttgart, Germany Major: International Studies Major: German

Bachelor of Arts

Kristi Michelle Anderson

Grafton Major: Communication Sciences & Disorders

Bridget Stacy Gellerman-Pederson Rosemount, Minnesota Major: Social Science

Rebecca Hope Hanson

Minneapolis, Minnesota Major: Anthropology

Daniel William Innis

Crete, Illinois Major: Social Science

Andrea Johnson

Bismarck Major: Psychology

Kyle Patrick Kelly

Apple Valley, Minnesota Major: English

Alyssa Megan Loflin Commerce, Texas Major: Psychology

Lisa Dorothy Lone Fight Mandaree Major: Indian Studies

Erin Lynn Lowder

Grand Forks Major: Visual Arts

Karen Michelle McMahon Lakeville, Minnesota Major: Political Science

Aaron Scott Monette

Devils Lake Major: Social Science

Ashley Michelle Peterson

Thief River Falls, Minnesota Major: Communication Sciences & Disorders

Bachelor of Science

Minot Major: Sociology

Christine Lee Wangler Bismarck Major: Sociology

Lydia Banat

Lakeville, Minnesota Major: Psychology

Jacob Lee Westlin

Ely, Minnesota Major: Political Science

Minot Major: Biology

Julianna Lynn Thiemann Dodge Center, Minnesota Major: Psychology

Adam Michael Wieland † Casselton Major: Psychology

Belcourt Major: Sociology Pisek Major: Economics

Brianne Dorothy Meier

Sara Jean Bush

Kimberly Marie Santangelo †

Dickinson Major: Biology

Sampson David Zikmund †

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Studies

Veronica Lynn Brummett

Shevlin, Minnesota Major: Biology / Pre-Health

Ross Evans Zaste

Samual E. Freudenburg

Kalispell, Montana Major: International Studies Major: Honors Program Major: Communication

Faulkton, South Dakota Major: Music Therapy

Seinquis Albershea Slater

Nichole Dawn Freeman Minot Major: Psychology

Theodore R. Stensby

Hibbing, Minnesota Major: Political Science

Cami Lynn Cochran †† Grand Forks Major: Spanish

Lakeville, Minnesota Major: Psychology

Nikki Lee Kritz †††

Joseph James Schulte

Kari Anne Brownson St. Cloud, Minnesota Major: Psychology

Fertile, Minnesota Major: Music Therapy

Holdingford, Minnesota Major: English

Nicole Lurae Bredahl

Fargo Major: Political Science

Travis Scott Schultz

Lysa Marree Berhow †

Joseph Michael Ronyak

Kelly Bonner

Grand Forks Major: Economics

Bachelor of Music

Mound, Minnesota Major: Chinese Studies

Northwood Major: Criminal Justice Studies Grand Forks Major: Criminal Justice Studies

Ryan Matthew Dressler

Bismarck Major: Biology / Pre-Health

Rachael Lynn Fashant

Bachelor of General Studies

Eagan, Minnesota Major: Psychology

Stephanie Alana Fletcher

Maple Grove, Minnesota Major: Psychology

Amy Annabel Driscoll

Enoch Hankerson

East Grand Forks, Minnesota Major: General Studies

Indianapolis, Indiana Major: Interdisciplinary Studies: Social Justice, Multi-Cultural Studies, Peace Studies

Christopher Dunshee

Grand Forks, Minnesota Major: General Studies

Bachelor of Science in Geology Richard Bachand

Rimouski, Quebec, Canada Major: Geology

Shannon Marie Hopkins

Bryan Frederick Feurer

Aurora, Minnesota Major: Psychology

Scotia, New York Major: General Studies

Brock Matthew Kobriger

Thore Fossum

Detroit Lakes, Minnesota Major: Biology

Poulsbo, Washington Major: General Studies

Kellie Kay Lindberg †

Christopher M. Lepucki

Jamestown Major: Biology

Arlington Heights, Illinois Major: General Studies

Lindsey Dawn Lipp

Jeffrey Ryan Meek

Lisbon Major: Biology

Wilmette, Illinois Major: General Studies

Peter Leslie Manstrom

Trenton John Mizinski

Bismarck Major: Psychology

Hudson, Wisconsin Major: General Studies

Elizabeth Mary McQuiston

Uta Ann Nelson Thompson

Plymouth, Minnesota Major: Psychology

Williston Major: General Studies

Nicholas Anthony Murphy

Eric Paul VandenLangenberg

Grand Forks, Minnesota Major: Psychology

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Major: General Studies

Molly Theresa Nygord

Phillip Wesley Witthauer

Grand Forks Major: Psychology

Jamestown Major: General Studies


† Denotes cum laude †† Denotes magna cum laude ††† Denotes summa cum laude (See description on page 14)

John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences Bruce A. Smith, Dean

Philip Matthew Deloria

Kristie Leinecke

Logan Brice Robertsdahl †

Nathaniel D’Arcy Fox-Brenton

Timothy Joseph Lutgen

Erin Mae Schoenrock

Benjamin Edwin McPherson

Ryan Anthony Stradone

Louisa Marie Millar †

Darrell Christopher Villas

Christopher James Olsen

Michael Kenneth Williams

Patrick Michael Olson

Tyler Jay Youngren

Eveleth, Minnesota Major: Commercial Aviation

Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics

Grand Forks Major: Commercial Aviation

Chanhassen, Minnesota Major: Commercial Aviation

Naperville, Illinois Major: Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations

Justine Noël Houtman

Orono, Minnesota Major: Commercial Aviation

Christopher Jon Aaberg

Mapleton, Maine Major: Commercial Aviation

Andrew M. Kassan

Albany, Oregon Major: Commercial Aviation

Woodbury, Minnesota Major: Commercial Aviation

William Francis Bratton

Wenatchee, Washington Major: Flight Education

Alexander James Kerr

Centennial, Colorado Major: Commercial Aviation

Grand Forks Major: Commercial Aviation

Matthew Anthony Brown

Portola, California Major: Commercial Aviation

Anthony Charles Lang

St. Cloud, Minnesota Major: Commercial Aviation

Drummond, Wisconsin Major: Commercial Aviation

Wai Long Wallace Chan

Prior Lake, Minnesota Major: Air Traffic Control

Donald Harmon Lawrence

Kowloon, Hong Kong Major: Air Traffic Control

Christine Major: Commercial Aviation New London, Wisconsin Major: Commercial Aviation Major: Flight Education Edmond, Oklahoma Major: Air Traffic Control Henderson, Nevada Major: Commercial Aviation Hudson, Wisconsin Major: Commercial Aviation Sammamish, Washington Major: Commercial Aviation

Minneapolis, Minnesota Major: Air Traffic Control

Scholar in the Honors Program Sally Pyle, Honors Director The following student has met the objectives of the University of North

Dakota’s SCHOLAR IN THE HONORS PROGRAM, a program designed to broaden and enrich the undergraduate curriculum. He has passed sophomore and senior comprehensive examinations,

and has been certified for graduation by the Honors Committee of the University. A substantial segment of his University training has been pursued in honor courses, tutorials and colloquia, and

he has done independent research. Samual E. Freudenburg

Kalispell, Montana Communication / International Studies / Honors Program

Senior Departmental Honors Sally Pyle, Honors Director The following student of high ability, having

completed independent research in his major field of study and successfully defended his research papers in comprehensive oral examinations, is being graduated WITH HONORS

in his major field. Jason Ron Champagne Baldwin, Kansas Community Nutrition

Candidates for Commission Lt. Col. Josh Sauls, Professor of Military Science Commission as Second Lieutenant United States Army

Matthew Anthony Brown

Jeffrey Ryan Meek

St. Cloud, Minnesota Commercial Aviation Active Duty, Aviation

Wilmette, Illinois General Studies Active Duty, Field Artillery

Bryan Frederick Feurer Scotia, New York General Studies Reserve Forces Duty, Field Artillery

† Denotes cum laude †† Denotes magna cum laude ††† Denotes summa cum laude (See description on page 14)


The University Marshals A tradition since the early years of the University of North Dakota, the University Marshals serve as the honorary marshals and ushers for commencement exercises. They are selected primarily from the junior class on the basis of academic excellence.

Honorary Faculty Flag Marshal

Veronica Munkeby Grand Marshal

Mark Hoffmann

Manhattan Peters Charter Marshal

Amanda Ackerson Abby Alberda Phillip Bakken Jack Brus Stephanie Gefroh Kayla Hardy Kirstiane Holgate Steven Morinville Erin Traynor

A UND faculty member, chosen from the ranks of the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors, carries the University flag and leads the commencement procession. The Faculty Flag Marshal at today’s ceremony is Mark Hoffmann, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. Hoffmann has been a UND faculty member since 1988, and was named a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor in 2006. He served as chair of the Chemistry Department from 2003 to 2010, during which time the Department received the Founders Day Award for Excellence in Research. He has served as EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) Co-Project Director since 2008, and currently is the Associate Vice President of Research Capacity Building. His expertise is in the development of new theoretical methods to describe quantum effects in molecular electronic structure, and the computational implementation and use of those methods for describing reactive and unusually bonded molecules. Of specific interest are molecules relevant to combustion and atmospheric chemistry, and the elucidation of the behaviors of catalysts of energy relevance. He has authored more than 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and is a frequent invited speaker at national and international meetings.

Student Honor Medallions Honor Medallions are worn by candidates for the bachelor’s degree who have at least 50 graded hours from the University of North Dakota and achieve a scholastic average of 3.50 (cum laude), 3.70 (magna cum laude), and 3.90 (summa cum laude) in courses completed at the University of North Dakota. For the purpose of the commencement program and publication, honors are based on the UND grade point average at the end of the previously completed term. Once final semester grades are recorded and the degree has been cleared by the college, grade point averages are recalculated and final graduation honors are recorded to the transcript and diploma.


Commencement Speaker Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, Associate Professor of English specializing in Postcolonial Studies, examines and compares literatures of former British colonies. She teaches a range of courses on postcolonial and British literatures and film, as well as science fiction and popular culture. She has given over 40 presentations and published over 20 articles and reviews on a range of postcolonial literatures and films, everything from little-read 19th-century Australian novels to popular, blockbuster films like Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider, and District 9 — all in the aim of better understanding the mindset of colonizers and how literature and film influenced that process for good or ill. For example, one of her book publications, Empire Islands: Castaways, Cannibals and Fantasies of Conquest in Post/Colonial Island Narratives (Minnesota, 2007), examines a range of island castaway tales (like Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson) in order to better understand how those stories helped colonizing cultures make sense of   and perhaps even feel better about   claiming land already inhabited by others. Weaver-Hightower is currently writing a book, titled Frontier Fictions: Writing Remorse in the Settler Colony, which compares South African, Canadian, Australian, and American 19th century literatures about settlers in order to better understand the settler experience. It focuses particularly on how stories may have helped new immigrants deal with the difficult feelings inherent in colonial contact, such as anxiety over failure and guilt over displacing indigenous peoples. She hopes to spend part of 2012-2013 in South Africa finishing this book. One of the joys of Weaver-Hightower’s work is that it requires international travel to dig through stacks of old books in libraries and archives and simply learn about the cultures she studies. As well as working in South Africa, Canada, and Australia multiple times, she has traveled throughout Europe and most recently in China. Her goal is to have travelled to all of the world’s continents. South America is next; Antarctica will be the most challenging! Weaver-Hightower has been recognized for her work and service both locally and nationally. She was chosen as this year’s recipient of the UND Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Award for Graduate Teaching Excellence, served as one of North Dakota State University’s Summer Scholars (an honor reserved for nationally recognized scholars), and was the recipient of the Elmer and Min West Faculty Award (2010). She came to North Dakota from South Carolina but has come to adapt to   if not embrace   the climate and loves the people of North Dakota. She is partner to Marcus Weaver-Hightower, Associate Professor of Educational Foundations and Research and mother to a 4-year-old son, Harrison with an as-yet-unnamed daughter on the way, and another daughter, Matilda, lost on this day (Aug 5) five years ago.

Special Notices Today’s UND Commencement Ceremony is being shown live on Grand Forks Cable Channel 3 and will be rebroadcast on August 10, 11, 12 and 13 at 12:30 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 8:00 p.m. DVD copies of the ceremony can be purchased for $15.50 plus tax and shipping through the University of North Dakota Bookstore. To purchase a copy, contact the Bookstore at 701-777-4980. A professional photographer will take a picture of graduates as they receive their degrees. This photograph will be made available for purchase by a mail contact in the days following commencement. Whether the individual is the first or last to receive a degree in the graduation ceremony, the conferring of that degree is a very special event for every graduate and family. To this end, it is requested that everyone remain seated until the conclusion of the commencement ceremony.


Honorary Degrees Awarded Honorary degrees have long been awarded by institutions of higher learning to recognize lives of achievement. In 1909, UND presented its first honorary degree, a Doctor of Laws, to Webster Merrifield, who served the University for 25 years, including 18 as its third president. Honorary degrees from UND particularly recognize those with an association with the University or with the state and region; they also have been presented to such notables as philosopher Mortimer Adler, heart surgeon Michael DeBakey and President John F. Kennedy. 1909, 1913, 1914, 1916, 1918, 1922, 1925, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1938, 1938, 1939, 1939, 1941, 1941, 1943, 1943, 1943, 1944, 1944, 1944, 1945, 1945, 1946, 1946, 1946, 1947, 1947, 1947, 1948, 1948, 1948, 1948, 1948, 1948, 1949, 1949, 1949, 1949, 1950, 1950, 1951, 1951, 1951, 1951, 1951, 1952, 1952, 1952, 1953, 1953, 1954,

Webster Merrifield, Doctor of Laws Roger W. Cooley, Master of Laws E.M. Babcock, Doctor of Science Homer B. Sprague, Doctor of Laws Joseph P. Kennedy, Doctor of Laws John Lee Coulter, Doctor of Laws F.P. Robertson, Doctor of Laws Howard Huston, Master of Arts Thomas D. Campbell, Doctor of Laws Guy C.H. Corliss, Doctor of Laws Vilhjalmur Stefanssen, Doctor of Laws Maxwell Upson, Doctor of Engineering John M. Hancock, Doctor of Laws Thomas F. Kane, Doctor of Laws John F. Douglas, Doctor of Laws J.F.T. O’Connor, Doctor of Laws Frederick Koch, Doctor of Letters John Burke, Doctor of Laws Sveinbjorn Johnson, Doctor of Laws A.G. Burr, Doctor of Laws Vincent J. Ryan, Doctor of Laws C.J. Hambro, Doctor of Laws Gudmundur Grimson, Doctor of Laws Crown Prince Olav of Norway, Doctor of Laws John W. Dafoe, Doctor of Laws Clarence Daniel O’Connor, Doctor of Humanities John O. Christianson, Doctor of Science Walter L. Stockwell, Doctor of Laws John Alister Hutcheson, Doctor of Science Sigureir Sigurdsson, Doctor of Humanities Boyd Milne Begg, Doctor of Science George Addison Talbert, Doctor of Science Edward Francis Flynn, Doctor of Laws Barend Herman Kroeze, Doctor of Humanities Elwyn Francis Chandler, Doctor of Science David Rhys Jenkins, Doctor of Science Elmer Ellis, Doctor of Laws Melvin A. Brannon, Doctor of Science Raymond A. Heising, Doctor of Science George Albert Selke, Doctor of Laws Adolph Marcus Christianson, Doctor of Laws John S. Lundy, Doctor of Science William L. Nuessle, Doctor of Laws Ezra Thayer Towne, Doctor of Humanities Luther Earle Birdzell, Doctor of Laws Harley F. French, Doctor of Science Franklin Jerome Lunding, Doctor of Laws John Morris Gillette, Doctor of Humanities Charles John Breitwieser, Doctor of Science Lawrence Vold, Doctor of Laws Alfred G. Arvold, Doctor of Humanities Charles J. Murphy, Doctor of Laws M. Beatrice Johnstone, Doctor of Humanities Chester E. Fritz, Doctor of Laws Edward H. McDermott, Doctor of Laws George A. Abbott, Doctor of Laws Juan Mendoza Rodriquez, Doctor of Laws Homer N. Wallin, Doctor of Science Daniel F. Bull, Doctor of Communication Sciences Edmund O. Belsheim, Doctor of Laws A. Hoyt Taylor, Doctor of Science Fred J. Traynor, Doctor of Laws Theodore H. Fenske, Doctor of Science

1954, 1954, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1956, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1958, 1958, 1958, 1958, 1958, 1958, 1958, 1958, 1958, 1958, 1958, 1958, 1958, 1958, 1958, 1958, 1958, 1958, 1958, 1958, 1958, 1959, 1959, 1959, 1960, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1962, 1962, 1962, 1963, 1963, 1963, 1965, 1965, 1965, 1965, 1966, 1966, 1966, 1967, 1967, 1967, 1968, 1968, 1969, 1969, 1969, 1970, 1970, 1970, 1970, 1970, 1971, 1971, 1973, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1981, 1982, 1982, 1983, 1983,

Arno Carl Fieldner, Doctor of Science Alfred Jacobsen, Doctor of Science Luther W. Youngdahl, Doctor of Laws John C. Baker, Doctor of Laws Robert D. Campbell, Doctor of Laws Harlan Henthorns Hatcher, Doctor of Laws John Chester West, Doctor of Humanities Richard Simpson Watson, Doctor of Laws Richard Blackburn Black, Doctor of Science Olger B. Burtness, Doctor of Laws Min Hin Li, Doctor of Humanities Russell Reid, Doctor of Humanities James Duane Squires, Doctor of Laws Henry G. Lykken, Doctor of Engineering Hermann Hegedorn, Doctor of Humanities Jerome Hall, Doctor of Laws J. Maxwell Anderson, Doctor of Humanities Edgar Dale, Doctor of Humanities Rudolph J. Gielsness, Doctor of Laws Cushman D. Haagensen, Doctor of Science Grover Holt, Doctor of Engineering Grayson L. Kirk, Doctor of Humanities George A. Lundberg, Doctor of Laws Herbert G. Nilles, Doctor of Laws Edward K. Thompson, Doctor of Humanities Neal A. Weber, Doctor of Science J. Frederick Weltzin, Doctor of Humanities Philip W. West, Doctor of Science Waldemar Westergaard, Doctor of Laws Paul Yoder, Doctor of Music Alexander Grow Budge, Doctor of Laws Thomas E. Whelan, Doctor of Laws Charles E. Scott, Doctor of Humanities Elmo B. Roper, Doctor of Humanities James H. Douglas, Doctor of Laws Ronald N. Davies, Doctor of Laws Fred George Aandahl, Doctor of Laws Thomas Joseph Burke, Doctor of Laws O.H. Thormodsgard, Doctor of Laws James Morris, Doctor of Laws Harold D. Shaft, Doctor of Laws Owen Meredith Wilson, Doctor of Laws John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Doctor of Laws Edward J. Devitt, Doctor of Laws Bertin C. Gamble, Doctor of Laws Orin Alva Stevens, Doctor of Science Thomas C. Barger, Doctor of Laws Robert E. Bradley, Doctor of Engineering Herbert Victor Prochnow, Doctor of Laws Robert E. Slaughter, Doctor of Laws David E. Bell, Doctor of Laws Leonard W. Larson, Doctor of Laws Joseph C. Allen, Doctor of Engineering Robert H. Bahmer, Doctor of Laws Malcolm Moos, Doctor of Laws Era Bell Thompson, Doctor of Humane Letters Arthur Naftalin, Doctor of Laws Richard Beck, Doctor of Literature Eric Sevareid, Doctor of Laws James L. Elder, Doctor of Engineering Harry H. Ransom, Doctor of Literature Warren J. Hanna, Doctor of Laws George C. Wheeler, Doctor of Laws B. Fred Davidson, Doctor of Laws William A. Franta, Doctor of Engineering Christopher J. Hamre, Doctor of Science Frank Edward Stinchfield, Doctor of Science George W. Starcher, Doctor of Laws Thomas S. Kleppe, Doctor of Laws E.A. Haunz, Doctor of Science Carlton A. Pederson, Doctor of Laws W.E. Koenker, Doctor of Laws Mary Jean Mannes, Bachelor of Laws Thomas McGrath, Doctor of Literature Anne H. Carlsen, Doctor of Humanities Warren Christopher, Doctor of Laws Mortimer J. Adler, Doctor of Humane Letters Frank N. Low, Doctor of Science


1983, 1984, 1986, 1986, 1986, 1987, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1989, 1989, 1989, 1990, 1990, 1990, 1990, 1991, 1991, 1991, 1991, 1991, 1992, 1992, 1992, 1992, 1992, 1992, 1993, 1993, 1993, 1993, 1993, 1994, 1994, 1996, 1996, 1996, 1997, 1997, 1998, 1998, 1998, 1998, 1999, 1999, 1999, 2000, 2000, 2000, 2001, 2001, 2001, 2001, 2002, 2002, 2002, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2005, 2006, 2006, 2006, 2007, 2007, 2008, 2008, 2008, 2008, 2008, 2009, 2009, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2011,

Fred L. Snyder, Doctor of Science Wilson M. Laird, Doctor of Science James E. Olson, Doctor of Laws James F. Seifert, Doctor of Laws Owen W. Webster, Doctor of Science Duane B. Haagenson, Doctor of Engineering Lois Phillips Hudson, Doctor of Letters Merlin E. Dewing, Doctor of Laws Weston R. Christopherson, Doctor of Laws Agnes Geelan, Doctor of Humane Letters Arley Bjella, Doctor of Laws Bernard P. Randolph, Doctor of Engineering Michael E. DeBakey, Doctor of Science Robert E. Mautz, Doctor of Laws Bruce McArthur, Doctor of Engineering Frank A. Wenstrom, Doctor of Laws Andrew Freeman, Doctor of Engineering Lee Gerdine, Doctor of Music Donald Grangaard, Doctor of Laws Lowell Swenson, Doctor of Laws Harold Schafer, Doctor of Laws William E. Cornatzer, Doctor of Science Margaret Heyse Cory, Doctor of Science Richard J. Lee, Doctor of Science Vivian Hanson Meehan, Doctor of Science Harold Resinger, Doctor of Science Louis W. Sullivan, Doctor of Science Thomas M. Hamilton, Doctor of Engineering Bill Martin Jr., Doctor of Letters Stanley A. Moe, Doctor of Engineering Everette L. Webb, Doctor of Engineering Gilmore Schjeldahl, Doctor of Engineering James F. Buchli, Doctor of Science Jon Hassler, Doctor of Letters Roland H. Flint, Doctor of Letters George A. Sinner, Doctor of Laws John W. Vennes, Doctor of Science Jim R. Carrigan, Doctor of Laws Clara A. Pederson, Doctor of Humane Letters Theodore V. Galambos, Doctor of Engineering Patricia Wallace Ingraham, Doctor of Laws Arthur A. Link, Doctor of Laws Vito Perrone, Doctor of Humanities Eugene R. Dahl, Doctor of Laws John C. MacFarlane, Doctor of Engineering Dale F. Morrison, Doctor of Laws Thomas J. Clifford, Doctor of Laws Bernard O’Kelly, Doctor of Letters Dwight Baumann, Doctor of Laws Richard A. Olafson, Doctor of Letters Patricia A. Owens, Doctor of Letters Raymond Rude, Doctor of Letters Peter Schickele, Doctor of Letters Calvin K. Fercho, Doctor of Letters Lloyd Omdahl, Doctor of Letters Noel Watson, Doctor of Letters Byron L. Dorgan, Doctor of Letters Robert Kyle, Doctor of Letters Kurt H. Mueller, Doctor of Letters H.F. “Sparky” Gierke, Doctor of Letters Charles “Chuck” Johnson, Doctor of Letters A. Bart Holaday, Doctor of Letters Lance W. Lord, Doctor of Letters Rodney J. Rohrich, Doctor of Letters Laurel Reuter, Doctor of Letters Russell Lefevre, Doctor of Letters Jean Kiesau, Doctor of Letters Edward T. Schafer, Doctor of Letters Steinar Opstad, Doctor of Letters Phil Jackson, Doctor of Letters William Marcil, Doctor of Letters Edwin Benson, Doctor of Letters LaVonne Russell Hootman, Doctor of Letters James C. Ray, Doctor of Letters Howard A. Dahl, Doctor of Letters Earl Pomeroy, Doctor of Letters Kenneth L. Mellem, Doctor of Letters

The 2011 Honorary Degree Recipient The University of North Dakota held its first commencement on June 14, 1889, the same year North Dakota became a state. Six women and two men received diplomas during a ceremony filled with oratory and reflection on the University’s beginnings. In 1909, UND presented its first honorary degree, a Doctor of Laws, to Webster Merrifield, who served the University for 25 years, including 18 as its third President.

UND would host a project called the “E Government Initiative.” The goal of this project was to help citizens gain online access to government services and ensure the future security of transactions through Smart Card technology. Over time, the project would be renamed the Government Rural Outreach program and the Rural Service delivery program.

Honorary degrees have long been awarded by institutions of higher learning to recognize lives of achievement. Honorary degrees from UND particularly recognize those with an association with the University or with the state and region.

In 2002, Mellem was invited to join the College’s Advisory Council and would serve three three-year terms. He proposed the creation of the Government and Business Symposium, a highly successful project blending input from business and public administration and giving students firsthand exposure to government operations.

At the summer commencement, the University will confer an honorary Doctor of Letters degree upon Kenneth L. Mellem. KENNETH L. MELLEM

With his broad international background, Mellem made vital contributions to achieving a global perspective for the College of Business and Public Administration. He began teaching a range of courses at UND’s partner institution in China, the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST), beginning in 2002. This has grown to become a true exchange program, with UND business students going to China each summer.

Kenneth Louis Mellem had an extensive career in the computer industry and a long record of service to the University of North Dakota and its College of Business and Public Administration. He passed away in Edina, Minn., on June 26, 2010, at the age of 66. A native of Grand Forks, Mellem attended UND, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1966 and a Master of Science in marketing in 1968. He also attended Stanford University’s marketing program and studied international finance at Insead, France.

Mellem was instrumental in establishing the Marketing Department’s highly successful Executive Seminar Series. He served the College of Business and Public Administration in other capacities and on the UND Alumni Foundation Board.

Between 1980 and 1986, Mellem held several positions with the Cybernet Company, including vice president for marketing and sales and corporate vice president. He was responsible for the performance of 1,000 employees in Canada, Mexico, Brazil and South Africa.

In 2006, J.R. Kirkland proposed to honor Mellem and his wife, JoAnn, by establishing the annual Mellem Business Symposium. Supported by private gifts and sponsorships from J.R. Kirkland and State Farm Insurance, the event hosts speakers on a variety of business topics, including telecommunications, banking, energy and branding.

In 1986 Mellem joined the renowned computer firm Control Data. He established a European headquarters and a sales force extending eventually into the Eastern Bloc and the Middle East. From 1988 to 1992 he was vice president and general manager of Control Data’s Computer Products Group, both North and South American divisions. In 1990 he was presented the prestigious Chairman’s Black Diamond Award in recognition of outstanding performance.

In 1985, Mellem was inducted into UND’s Athletic Hall of Fame, recognizing his remarkable record as a golfer. As a sophomore, he was the low scorer in all team events. As a junior, he was the low man in three of 10 matches, and in his senior year he was the low scorer in eight of 10 matches. He won three straight North Central Conference golf championships from 1964 to 1966. Mellem was a longtime member of the Edina, Minn., Country Club and the Bayou Club in Florida, where he was club champion. He was also an avid skier and hunter.

From 1992 to 2001, Mellem led a series of corporate restructuring efforts across the high-tech industry. He served as vice president and general manager of International Computers Ltd., with offices in the United Kingdom and Virginia, and then as executive vice president of Secure Computing Corporation, Roseville, Minn.

Kenneth Louis Mellem, a resident of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Largo, Fla., died June 26, 2010, after a short illness following complications from leukemia therapy. He was survived by his wife, JoAnn; son, Steven; daughter, Suzanne (Drew) Bergstrom; grandson, Evan; and brother, Jim (Kendall) Mellem.

As president and CEO of GEONIX, a St. Petersburg, Fla., firm dedicated to geo-mapping services, he took the company out of bankruptcy to allow purchase by a competitor in 1999. He then oversaw the growth of Tritheim, a firm developing “Smart Card” technology that was then purchased by a supply chain partner. Later, he was the senior vice president and COO of the Reader Solution Group, a division of Infineer. A longtime supporter of his alma mater, Mellem contacted the College of Business and Public Administration in 2000 to inquire if


Academic Pageantry The pageantry of American colleges and universities, including such ceremonies as commencement, has been inherited from the medieval universities of the 11th and 12th centuries. Academic life as it is known today began in the Middle Ages, first in the church and then in the guilds. The teaching guild was the Guild of the Master of Arts, in which the Bachelor was the apprentice of the Master and the dress was the outward sign of privilege and responsibility.

traditions have been continued. To maintain continuity with the past, University of North Dakota faculty, the stage officials and the degree candidates will wear academic dress. Principal features of academic garb are the gown, cap and hood. Early it became necessary for universities to set rules to preserve the dignity and meaning of academic dress. Both Cambridge and Oxford since the 15th century have made academic dress a matter of university control even to its minor details, and have repeatedly published revised regulations. American universities agreed on a definite system in 1895.

The ceremony you will witness today will be less formal than would have been the case even two decades ago. Still, many

Academic Dress THE GOWN. The flowing gown comes from the 12th century. While it originally may have been worn as protection against the chill of unheated buildings, it has today become symbolic of the democracy of scholarship, for it covers any trappings of rank or social standing underneath. It is black for all degrees, with pointed sleeves for the bachelor’s degree recipient, long closed sleeves with a slit at the arm or wrist for the master’s degree, or full bell double sleeves for the doctoral degree. Bachelor’s and master’s degree gowns have no trimming. For the doctoral degree, the gown is faced down the front with velvet and has three bars of velvet across the sleeves in the color distinctive of the faculty or discipline to which the degree pertains.

College of Business and Public Administration; black and white, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences; blue and white, College of Education and Human Development; orange, School of Engineering and Mines; purple, School of Law; green, School of Medicine; apricot, College of Nursing; black, Graduate School. For undergraduate students, the tassels hang on the right side of the cap until they receive their degrees, at which time the tassel is moved to the left. For master’s students, the tassel hangs on the left side of the cap and is not moved. THE HOOD. The hood is trimmed with one or more chevrons of a secondary color on the ground of the primary color of the college. The color of the facing of the hood denotes the discipline represented by the degree; the color of the lining designates the university or college which granted the degree. The official colors of the University of North Dakota, selected by the student body in preparation for the institution’s first commencement in 1889, are the pink and green of the prairie rose.

THE CAP. Under Roman law, a slave that had been set free received the privilege of wearing a cap. The academic cap is a sign of freedom of scholarship, and of the responsibility and dignity with which scholarship endows the wearer. Ancient poetry records the cap of scholarship as square to symbolize the book. The color of the tassel denotes the discipline. At the University of North Dakota, the tassel colors associated with academic divisions are: white, College of Arts and Sciences; drab (subdued orange),

Ceremonial Objects THE MACE. The mace was initially modeled after a 12th century implement of war. In earlier days, the mace, or heavy staff, was borne by or carried before a magistrate or other dignitary as an ensign of authority. A mace is placed as the symbol of royal authority on the treasury table in the British House of Commons at the opening of each session and is removed at its close. In the U.S. House of Representatives, it is a rather plain staff mounted in a marble pedestal at the right hand of the Speaker. The mace of the University of North Dakota symbolizes authority to carry out its mission, especially the granting of degrees. Made from the oak of the University’s first building, “Old Main,” the mace is carried by a marshal during academic processions and is placed at a prominent spot on the stage during commencement.

of the seal eventually became a symbol of authority. One side of the medallion worn by the president bears an engraving of the University’s official seal and the names of all former presidents are included on the chain of office. THE CHARTER. The University of North Dakota was founded six years before North Dakota became a state. The original, handwritten charter, enacted in 1883 by the Dakota Territorial Assembly, is preserved in UND’s archives. One facsimile is displayed in the President’s Office and another is used at commencements and other special occasions. THE UNIVERSITY FLAG. The University flag features the UND flame logo set on a white background. The flag is used at ceremonial events and is carried by the honorary faculty flag marshal to lead the commencement procession. The flag is displayed on the stage during the commencement ceremony along with the mace and charter.

THE MEDALLION. A medallion or seal of office worn by the head of an educational institution is a practice that also dates to the Middle Ages. In those times, a seal was used to mark documents as official. Possession of the seal was so important that it was usually worn around the neck for safekeeping. The wearing


THE AWARDING OF DEGREES and academic distinctions listed in this program is contingent upon successful completion of the various requirements. Commencement ceremonies at UND are planned through the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. The University of North Dakota is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution. For more information on equal opportunity policies and procedures, see UND catalogs and other major printed pieces. BELOW: Water cascades down the sides of the granite fountain located near the Hopper-Danley Chapel.


Summer Commencement 2011 Program  

The University of North Dakota Summer Commencment Program 2011

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