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Published September 20, 2010, 05:28 PM

UND Holds Nickname Transition Forum

A campus meeting Monday gave faculty and students a chance to ask questions about how the transition will happen.

August 15th, 2011 is the date the University of North Dakota will be retiring the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo.

A campus meeting held on Monday gave faculty and students a chance to ask questions about how the transition will happen.

This meeting was to keep communication open between the University and the public. New task groups to start the transition process have been formed and the university wants people to know about the process of retiring "Fighting Sioux."

"We need to start thinking about what it is will replace the Fighting Sioux name and logo," UND president Robert Kelley said.

As the University of North Dakota is getting ready to retire a logo they have had for 80 years, school officials want feedback.

"There wasn't a lot of new information today but it was an opportunity to bring everyone up to speed at the same place so that was the intent to be as open and transparent as possible," Peter Johnson, of UND media relations said.

A meeting on campus today gave some students peace of mind.

"You come to a greater acceptance and you kind of come to a point of let's just move on. Let's all get along, let's end this divide," senior Kyle Wikstrom said.

And other students would rather keep things the way they are.

"I've been a Sioux fan my whole life. I'm from North Dakota so have been the whole time. I guess I really like the logo and I don't see it as a bad thing," freshman Nigel Schmitz said.

Officials say they want to keep the lines of communication open and with several task force groups they hope to make the transition a little easier.

"A transition that's smooth, that's inclusive and listen to what everybody has to say, take that into account and make some positive decisions moving forward." Johnson said.

The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education has set August 15th, 2011 as the deadline for the change. After that, athletic teams will be known only as North Dakota until a new nickname is chosen.

"We are at the stage of trying to decide how do we take 80 years of history and how do we maintain those traditions, how do we honor those traditions," Johnson said.

UND President Robert Kelley says there will be more informational meetings like this over the next year to keep everyone updated on the transition.

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