From The Dean

  • Friday, December 08, 2017
  • From The Dean

Ho! Ho! Ho! Tis the season to be jolly! Earlier this week the School held four very successful holiday receptions—three evening holiday parties at our Northwest (Minot) campus on Tuesday, our Southwest (Bismarck) campus on Wednesday, and our Southeast (Fargo) campus yesterday; and our Annual Holiday Luncheon for people in our new building and at UND, also yesterday. And next Tuesday we will complete our regional campus holiday celebration schedule with a holiday party for the Northeast (Grand Forks) campus. It’s scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gorecki Alumni Center. Please stop by if you can; RSVP here. We’ve had wonderful turn-out so far, with around 50 faculty, students, residents, and staff at the Minot and Bismarck receptions, around one hundred in Fargo, and over 500 at the luncheon yesterday. We were very pleased to welcome President Mark and First Lady Debbie Kennedy to yesterday’s festivities. It also was a pleasure to have lunch with Interim Vice President for University and Public Affairs Peter Johnson.

These various events are a nice way to help celebrate the holiday season, but more importantly, they are a way for the School to recognize and thank the many people who contribute to the success of the School and UND. Most obvious in this regard are our faculty, staff, and students; but also critical are what President Kennedy has termed “shapeholders”—the various individuals, typically external to the organization, who help to shape and expand an institution’s opportunities. In the case of the School, this involves most importantly our clinical (voluntary) faculty members, who don’t work for the School but nevertheless help to educate our students and residents. We really couldn’t do it without them. So thanks to all of you who give so generously of your time, expertise, and enthusiasm for the healing arts.

And thanks also to the members from the North Dakota Legislature who showed up. As a public community-based school, we greatly appreciate the strong support (financial and otherwise) we’ve received from the Legislature, and it was a pleasure to welcome some of North Dakota’s legislators to the events and thank them in person.

Susan and I wish all of you a wonderful holiday season!

Joshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH
UND Vice President for Health Affairs

Dean, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences