Monthly Archives: September 2014

UND to host Norwegian Ambassador to the U.S. via Skype broadcast on Friday, Sept. 26

Norwegian Ambassador Kåre Aas will discuss the Arctic and the challenges it poses for Norway with University of North Dakota students via Skype broadcast, on Friday, at 1:30 p.m., Sept. 26, in the UND Center for Innovation Idea Lab.

The event is free to attend but space is limited. Attendees are expected to pre-register at The event also will be livestreamed via Adobe Connect.
According to Royal Norwegian Embassy, changes taking place in the Arctic pose unprecedented challenges and emerging opportunities. Arctic ecosystems and human societies will be the most affected, but the environmental changes in the Arctic have global implications as well. Some of the questions that will be discussed are: How should these challenges be handled? Is managing the Arctic a global task or is it solely the responsibility of the Arctic coastal states?

In this discussion with Ambassador Aas, students will have the chance to address these questions, learn why the Arctic is Norway’s most important foreign policy priority, and debate how the United States should use its chairmanship of the Arctic Council next year.
At the end of Ambassador Aas’s presentation, there will be a Twitter-based question and answer session, in which the Ambassador will answer selected questions with the hashtag #VirtualAmbassador. There will also be an opportunity beforehand and/or during the lecture for a student representative or professor to post questions on your behalf.

About the Virtual Ambassador Program

The Virtual Ambassador Program is a new initiative developed by the Royal Norwegian Embassy, intended to reach as many U.S. students as possible. Ambassador Aas will give a brief presentation via Skype on a topic central to Norwegian politics and the remaining time is spent in a question and answer session. UND will be one of the first universities to host this program.
About Ambassador Aas

Ambassador Aas’s distinguished career with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs began in 1983. He left his position in Oslo as Political Director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to become the Norwegian Ambassador to the United States. He presented his credentials to President Obama at the White House on Sept. 17, 2013.
Prior to his assignment as Political Director, Ambassador Aas served as the Norwegian Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan from 2008-10.

From 2003 to 2008, Ambassador Aas served as Director General, Department for Security Policy and the High North. In that capacity he had the bilateral relationships between Norway and the U.S., the Russian Federation and the Central Asian Republics in his portfolio, and chaired and/or was a member of several international groups working on nuclear disarmament and international peacekeeping operations.

From 2005-07 he also served as Norwegian Governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors.

Timothy J. Pasch, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Communication Program/Department of English
University of North Dakota
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Shafer/Aregood Publish on Taylor & Francis Online

Proessors Richard Shafer and Richard Aregood, Communication Program at University of North Dakota, along with Eric Freedman of Michigan State University are co-authors of an article, American Isolationism and The Political Evolution of Journalist-Turned-US Senator Gerald P. Nye, recently published in Taylor & Francis Online.

This article allowed the three researchers to bring to international attention a North Dakota newspaper editor and publisher who progressed from writing incisive editorials from the edge of the Badlands beginning in 1916, to leadership in the U.S. Senate of the isolationist movement against American involvement in the Second World War.

A link to the article can be found at

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Mary Haslerud Opp Named CSTAND Teacher of the Year

mary with awardThis month the Communication, Speech, Theatre Association of North Dakota (CSTAND) recognized Mary Haslerud Opp as CSTAND Teacher of the Year for 2014. Mary is the Director of Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communication courses for the University of North Dakota Communication Program where she has taught since 1980.

In 2004 Mary was awarded the Bertin C. Gamble Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching. She has also won the outstanding teaching award from the Communication Program and very dear to her heart is being named a ‘Faculty Star’, when Presidential Scholars invite their favorite teacher to the Faculty Star Banquet which she has attended several times.

For Mary, teaching is who she is. She often says she was born to be a teacher and feels most invigorated when she can make a difference in a student’s life. She cherishes the thank you notes received from students from all walks of life, the older than average student, the student who is scared to death and ends up being the best speaker in class, the student who needs support, the students new to this country, and so many more that have just warmed her heart.

When hearing that she received this award, she asked if it was for real. Being recognized by her colleagues means the world to her and she is extremely grateful. We are so proud to have such an active, exciting person at UND. Congratulations, Mary.

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