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Mary McCannel Gunkelman Award Ceremony

The honor recognizes a student or employee of NDSU who has made the most significant and unselfish contributions to creating a happy environment for the enjoyment of NDSU students. The award was established in 1987 by the late John L. Gunkelman and his family in memory of Mrs. Gunkelman, a 1942 graduate of the NDSU College of Home Economics.  Mary McCannel Gunkelman was dedicated to the principle that a student would be more apt to attain his or her full potential if they were working and living in an enjoyable environment.  She believed the more enjoyable the campus and programs, the better NDSU would be in the future.

The 2016 recipient of this award was announced during a reception on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 3 PM in the NDSU Alumni Center.  Please Congratulate Suzan Wolter on receiving the award this year and for a job well done!

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Staff Senate Relay for Life Team

Many of us have personal stories about someone we know that has been dealing with cancer.  Staff Senate has supported cancer patients for several years by having a Relay for Life team participate in the Relay for Life walk and raising money for research and cancer patients.  If you would like to donate to our team, please visit our Staff Senate Team Page

On the team page you can donate money, donate a luminaria, and/or join our team to be part of the Relay for Life walk on April 30-May 1, 2016 from 6pm-6am.  We will also have luminaries available for you to personally decorate which will be part of the Relay for Life walking path the night of the walk.

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Staff Senate Vendor Show and Silent Auction

The 4th annual Staff Senate Vendor Show and Silent Auction was Tuesday, November 17, 2015. 

It was held from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center.

Yoga - Walking Wednesdays

Follow along the walking route  link here for Walking Wednesdays.

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Staff Welcome Back Event

Staff Welcome Back Event

In the spirit of a new school year, NDSU Staff Senate invites NDSU staff and families to join them for an evening with the RedHawks.



What: FM RedHawks Baseball Game
Date: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Game: 7:02 PM If you have any questions, contact Angela Bachman, Staff Senate Public Relations Committee Chair


Relay for Life

NDSU Staff Senate has created a Relay for Life team.  If you are interested in joining the team, dedicating a luminaria, or making a donation, please visit our team page.

The event will be held from 6 PM on April 18, 2015 to 6 AM on April 19, 2015 at the Wallman Wellness Center.

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

Click to view and download the application

University System Attorney Discusses Measure 3

To view the video of the Measure 3 information session below, visit

Published: 12 September 2014

North Dakota University System General Counsel Murray G. Sagsveen is scheduled to present “Facts about the State Board of Higher Education, Constitutional Measure 3, and Accreditation” on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in NDSU’s Festival Concert Hall.

Measure 3 is a proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot to replace the current citizen-led, eight-member State Board of Higher Education with a three-member paid commission, restructuring the governance of the university system.

Sagsveen, who also holds titles of chief of staff and ethics officer for the system, is a graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, and the University of North Dakota School of Law in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He is a Certified Association Executive, as well as a graduate of the Minnesota Executive Program at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Sagsveen’s presentation is sponsored by the NDSU Faculty Senate and the NDSU Office of Accreditation, Assessment and Academic Advising.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation's top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

Staff Welcome Back Event

In the spirit of a new school year, NDSU Staff Senate invites NDSU staff and families to join them for an evening with the RedHawks.

What: FM RedHawks Baseball Game
Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Picnic: 6:00 PM
Game: 7:02 PM

Cost: $7.00 / ticket (includes meal of 2 hotdogs/ chips & soda)
$7.50/ ticket (includes meal of hamburger/ chips & soda)
(limit 4 per staff member)

Ticket Availability: A block of 175 tickets has been reserved for the August 27th Redhawks game vs. the Kansas City T-bones.  There will be a picnic area set up (location in stadium TBD) prior to the game. 

If you have any questions, contact Angela Bachman, Staff Senate Public Relations Committee Chair,

NDSU Day of Honor

NDSU Staff, Faculty, and Students,

Please plan to attend the memorial service, NDSU Day of Honor, that will be conducted in the Great Room of the Memorial Union, Monday, January 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM.  This will be a time of reflection on the memories of students, faculty, and staff that have passed in recent years. 

The service will last approximately thirty minutes. All students, faculty, staff, and friends and family of the honorees are encouraged to attend.

Blood Drive

NDSU Staff Senate, in conjunction with United Blood Services, is coordinating a blood drive on Monday, Dec. 2, 10:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

The Bloodmobile will be located on Administration Avenue along the west side of the Memorial Union.

Appointments may be made online at, using the sponsor code ndsustaffsenate, or by calling Paula Schneider at 701-231-8127. A photo ID must be brought to the appointment; if you already have a donor card, please bring it with you. Donors will receive a free cholesterol testing.

United Blood Services offers a recognition program for volunteer blood donors. The “Hero in Me” Donor Rewards Program uses Gold, Silver and Bronze recognition levels to offer benefits to donors who give regularly during the calendar year. The program also offers reward points for specific activities; these reward points can be redeemed for thank-you gifts.

Holiday Vendor Market

NDSU Alumni Center
November 26, 2013
4:00 - 7:00 PM

View the flyer here.

The Oz Principle by Craig Hickman

Staff Senate invites you to attend a professional development opportunity on May 20, 2013. Don Tanner will be discussing accountability, team building and alignment, and personal development.  He is the co-author of Partners in Leadership’s classic New York Times bestselling book, The Oz Principle. He brings with him more than 30 years’ experience in management and consulting.

See flyer for details.

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

NDSU Harry McGovern Alumni Center
1241 North University Drive, Fargo, ND 58102
Sponsored by NDSU Staff Senate

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM

You are invited to attend this unique shopping experience with over twenty area vendors.

Click here to view the flyer.

Staff Senate Blood Drive

Staff Senate organization is sponsoring a blood drive. Please click on the link below and make an appointment to Save A Life!

There is always a need for blood and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Click here to make an appointment.

Get on the Bus!

Staff Senate and Human Resources/Payroll are joining forces to provide staff members (newly hired or not) an opportunity to tour the campus and learn more about NDSU. This is a fun and informative tour that gives some of the lesser known facts about NDSU and her history. 

Please, join us for an hour to mingle with other staff members and to see our surroundings in a new way.

Date: December 13, 2011
Times: 10 a.m. OR 2 p.m.
Starting point: Memorial Union, south entrance
Bus loading begins 30 minutes prior to each tour.

Please, contact Sheila Boyda at or call her at 231-5657 to make your reservation as soon as possible.

Annual NDSU Staff Senate Blood Drive

The annual NDSU Staff Senate Blood Drive is scheduled for 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM December 1, 2, 3 this year. The Bloodmobile will be parked on the west side of the Memorial Union. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Bring some form of I.D.

According to organizers, every 2 seconds someone needs blood in our area. Studies indicate up to 90 percent of the population will use blood before the age of 72 but only 5% of the U.S population provides 100% of the blood needs.

To register go to and enter a Fargo zip or the sponsor code: ndsustaffsenate (lower case, no spaces) to find the event, or e-mail Ron Fingarson or, to get signed up.

-Thank You

In an effort to assist members of the Minot community in recovery of their tragic flooding, Staff Senate is beginning a Rebuild Minot Campaign starting Sept. 14, 2011.

Items are being collected to be delivered by NDSU students volunteering to assist in cleanup of  the city.

Suggested items are attached and also located on the Staff Senate home page.  The drop-off site is between Student Activities and Student Government in the Memorial Union.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing

On Thursday, December 10, 2009 staff senators and students rang the Salvation Army bell in front of the Memorial Union to raise money this holiday season.  Here are a few of the pictures of some of the participants.


United Way 18th Annual Day of Caring

Thursday, October 8, 2009
12:15 - 5 p.m.

  • October 8, 2009 is United Way of Cass-Clay's 18th Annual Day of Caring.  Last year 1,400 volunteers helped over 430 senior citizens in Cass and Clay counties.  These volunteers represented 90 businesses in our communities! 
  • In the past the Staff Senate PR Committee has participated by volunteering to be active in helping the community with indoor and/or outdoor tasks for area residents who have a developmental or physical disability or are senior citizens of Cass and Clay counties. 
  • Teams should be organized in groups of 3-5 people.  Tasks that may be assigned include but are not limited to:  washing windows, installing storm windows, preparing yard/gardens for winter, general cleaning or small repair projects, interior or exterior painting. 
  • Registration is required and is due by Friday, October 2, 2009.  
  • If you are interested in participating please contact La Donna De Geldere or call 231-8380.

Get On the Bus! - Campus Tour with President Chapman

Thursday, April 2, 2009
10:20 - 11:30 a.m.

If you haven't had a chance to tour our growing NDSU campus, now's your chance.  Join President Chapman Thursday, April 2 as he provides a narrated tour of our beautiful campus!

The campus bus tour is sponsored by NDSU Staff Senate and is intended for all broad-banded staff. This bus tour is open to employees who have not taken it during their New Employee Orientation.  Due to the popularity of this tour and limited seating available, reservations are required and are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve your space, contact Jean Hagen at 1-8186 or

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Guided Campus Tour with President Chapman

Staff Senate sponsored a campus bus tour guided by President Chapman for broad-banded staff on Friday, October 26, 2007 from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m.  Here’s a fun way to get “re-acquainted” with our ever-changing and growing NDSU campus!

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