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UND Ignites the Spirit

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Before a capacity audience at the Chester Fritz Auditorium, UND and its Alumni and Foundation officially launched the $300m capital campaign. The money will be raised to support students ($100m) for scholarships; faculty ($100m) for research and support; $50m towards programs and the remaining $50m towards improving and building facilities. To date, just over $200m has already been raised.

The program included speeches from officials including the Dr Robert Kelley, University President as well as performances by the Varsity Bards and the UND marching band. But the most -edge-of-the-seat performance came from a recent UND graduate who gave a spectacular fire dancing show.

A video entitled “Ignite the Spirit” demonstrated the impact of giving on students, faculty, donors and the university as a whole. It was great to see the enthusiasm by the university community and the appreciation of the philanthropic gifts. LA Lakers Coach and UND alum, Phil Jackson, offered support among other members of the Capital Campaign Steering Committee, Deans, Students and Foundation staff. Scholarship recipient and graduate student Mei-Lan Lo described the impact working with inspirational educator, Dr Mark Guy. There was also a warm tribute to the late Dr Richard Shultz that was acknowledged by the full house with a lengthy applause.

It was wonderful to see that the $10k donation given by Hal and Kathy Gershman was awarded to an academic program – Clinical Laboratory Science. Congratulations and a special thank you to the Gershmans.

Here are a few pics from the afternoon’s events.


Chester Fritz Auditorium was full to the brim



The Pride of the North Marching Band




The Varsity Bards showing some Spirit



The Varsity Bards hamming it up

Written by School of Graduate Studies

October 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Posted in around campus, Events

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