New UND staff set to tour North Dakota
New University of North Dakota faculty and administrators will tour southern North Dakota beginning Monday. The tour will finish Wednesday.
“It gives newcomers to the state and campus a glimpse into the state,” said Fred Wittmann, the tour coordinator and director of ceremonies and university events.
This year, the three-day tour will be making stops in Hillsboro, Jamestown, Edgeley, Bismarck, Medora, Washburn, Cooperstown and Mayville. The stop in Edgeley includes a wind energy briefing by Eric Costello with NextAir Energy Resources on Monday, and faculty and administrators will visit Frontier Village on Wednesday.
The three-day tour was introduced as a way to raise awareness about the importance of higher education, as well as to acquaint the new faculty with their new state of employment. It also allows new faculty to get a better understanding of where many of their students are from.
Each year, the tour alternates between northern and southern routes across the state.
Throughout the tour, participants will get the chance to learn more about North Dakota agriculture, education, tourism, energy development, government and business from experts in the field.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp’s family will host a picnic at their cabin on Lake Elsie southwest of Fargo near Hankinson, N.D.
Some other highlights of the tour will be visiting Frontier Village in Jamestown, North Dakota’s newly expanded Heritage Center in Bismarck, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Falkirk Mining Co. near Underwood, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn and the former Oscar-Zero Missile Alert Facility near Cooperstown.