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NDSU faculty offer F/M Communiversity courses

Published: 05 March 2013




 Faculty members Ronald Ramsay, Donald Schwert and Matthew Patnode are each offering courses during the winter season of F/M Communiversity, a lifelong learning program for people of all ages and educational backgrounds. 

Ramsay, associate professor of architecture and landscape architecture, offers “Jewels of Europe: Showcasing the Beauty and Culture of Its Cities” on Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16 and 23, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. He will offer an overview of a number of European cultural capitols, focusing on art and architectural heritage. The history and special character of each place will be explored, with special emphasis on unique architecture and urbanisms. 

Schwert, professor of geosciences, presents “The Geology and Geography of Surface Waters in North Dakota” on Sunday, March 24, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Ice Age left a profound landform imprint that controls the distribution and characteristics of rivers and lakes in North Dakota. The presentation will provide a broad view of the state’s surface water distribution and a focus on factors that are a challenge to scientists, engineers and the general public. 

Patnode, associate professor of music, presents “Miles Davis – Kind of Blue” on Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Patnode is joined by fellow musicians and music faculty Alan Carter, David Ferreira, Tom Strait (Minnesota State University Moorhead), Doug Neill and Russell Peterson (Concordia College) for an evening of lecture and performance on the epic 1959 Miles Davis recording that has sold more than 5 million copies. The course is held at the Speak Easy Restaurant and includes dinner. Preregistration is required and only phone registrations are accepted. 

To register or for more information, including course fees and locations, call 218-299-3438, email at or go to

F/M Communiversity is a program of Concordia College in cooperation with NDSU and Minnesota State University Moorhead. Taught by college faculty and other experts, there are no tests, grades or papers; just the joy of learning and the opportunity to engage in thoughtful discussion. 

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