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Refections on a very busy Homecoming week

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The month of October, hard to believe, has almost gone. The University of North Dakota’s campus has been fully booked for the past several weeks with events large and small filling our calendar. Homecoming weekend was cause for many events last week, to highlight some of the great faces and places around campus.

Wednesday evening, former UND history professor and archivist Dan Rylance gave an entertaining presentation to honor the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the Chester Fritz Library. Rylance is co-author of Ever Westward to the Far-East: The story of Chester Fritz. Fritz was one of UND’s most prominent donors for his contributions for the library, and the auditorium named for him. It was fascinating to learn of Fritz’s adventures in China, in business and in life, and to learn about the man from Buxton, ND with very humble roots who became a very successful businessman and philanthropist.

On Friday afternoon, The Chester Fritz Library again cleared out the huge Reading Room to make way for an all-campus reception to celebrate not only Fritz’s legacy, but the critical place our library holds in our community. The CFL has been core to research and scholarship for countless students and faculty for the past 50 years – a golden anniversary worthy of a campus-wide party and a big cake.

Our History Department drove the Fritz@50 project

The Reading Room was transformed, if only for a little while.

Lots of treats!

A golden anniversary deserves a big cake.

Friday also saw the dedication of the newly renovated and greatly expanded Education Building in the middle of campus. The building was completed just in time for the Fall 2011 semester and the dedication ceremony gave us all the opportunity to celebrate. The renovations were the first since the Education Building opened in 1953. Now, the classrooms are stocked with cutting-edge technology, and the building is LEED certified for its energy efficiency. (We’re definitely a “green” university!)

Most importantly, as the College of Education & Human Development’s Dean Rice mentioned, the Education Building is a great learning environment for our faculty and students. Many of our graduate students and graduate programs call the Education Building home. From Early Childhood Education to Educational Leadership, UND’s CEHD has provided leaders and leadership to the state’s education system. At the ceremony, State Representative Mark Sanford, spoke of the College’s efforts to advocate and transition North Dakota’s education system.

The Graduate School is proud to work with the Education faculty, staff and students. We know that the strength of our programs is the strength of our people, and we’re happy that the Education Building matches the excellence of the people who work and study inside.

Many scissors were used to cut the ribbon, which symbolized the many partnerships between State, Federal and University leaders who worked together to realize the new Education Building

And one of the most fun adventures TGS participated in last week was the search for a 40 year old photograph on special request by an alum. I don’t want spill ALL the beans on the fabulous Storify story that our Director of Admissions, Evan Nelson, created, so I’ll let you check out the journey here:  http://storify.com/evannelsonund/finding-a-photograph-a-homecoming-story

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October 27, 2011 at 7:44 am

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