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Published December 30, 2010, 08:47 PM

YEAR IN REVIEW: Top UND Stories

With a new athletic conference and the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo being retired, it's been an historical year at the University of North Dakota.

With a new athletic conference and the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo being retired, it's been an historical year at the University of North Dakota.

2010 started off great for the University of North Dakota, posting its largest ever spring semester enrollment, with 12,733 students.


In April, there was shock and disappointment among Fighting Sioux supporters when the State Board of Higher Education voted to retire UND's Fighting Sioux Nickname and Logo.

"This is going to be a new set of challenges and a lot of hard work for everyone," UND President Robert Kelley said.


In May, the Secretary of Homeland Security used her commencement address to lay out a different challenge for UND graduates:

"When you do that, when you think ahead, anticipate change and prepare for challenges and come to resolve to get up when knocked down, then the sky is the limit," Janet Napolitano said.


In October, UND officials tried to build some anticipation:

"In my 22 years with UND this is one of the biggest if not the biggest announcements we've made at the University of North Dakota. That's a long period of time!" UND Media Relations director Peter Johnson.

The big announcement was a $300 million fundraising campaign. An even bigger announcement came a few weeks later:

"I'm very pleased to tell you today that the university has accepted an invitation to join the Big Sky athletic conference," President Kelley announced.

November 1st was called one of the biggest days in UND athletic history. The school joined the Big Sky conference.


And Back to the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo. November 30th was the deadline for UND to get tribal approval. The Spirit Lake Tribe approved it, but efforts to get approval from the Standing Rock Tribe failed. The nickname and logo will be retired August 15th of next year.

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