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The Dons' Conference Room
In Honor of Drs. Don Lemon and Don Piper
Conference Room 300 Education Building
The Education Building was recently remodeled and an addition was attached. The Building opened in August 2011, with a dedication on October 21, 2011. For more information on the Building Project, please visit www.edbuilding.und.edu.
A student and friend remembers
Dr. Sherry and Bernie Houdek have given a leadership gift to name the 3rd floor conference room after two of Sherry’s mentors; Drs. Don Lemon and Don Piper. A total of $35,000 must be raised to allow for this naming opportunity. So far, $27,930 has been committed. Will you donate and help to ensure their names and legacies remain with the Education Building? Donate now and designate your gift for Education Building and in the comments box write Dons' Conference Room. Or send your gift to the College of Education and Human Development, attn: Jena Pierce, 231 Centennial Drive Stop 7189, Grand Forks, ND 58202-7189, or call (701) 777-0844.
Standing on shoulders of giants
The first question many of our Educational Leadership alumni ask the Dean about UND is, How are Dr. Lemon and Dr. Piper doing? Are they still on campus? They have touched hundreds of students throughout their time on campus, many who have gone on to become successful professionals in the state and nation. This is a chance to thank Drs. Piper and Lemon for all of their work, forethought and dedication.
Don Lemon came to the UND in 1968 where he was an administrator and professor for 36 years. Until his retirement in 2004, Don served as a professor of educational leadership and a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor. He was elected chair of the department for eight years and then again a second time for four additional years. Throughout his history at UND, Don worked extensively with the American Indian communities in the state. This is a part of his experience from which he learned more than he taught. Don was honored with numerous awards through his long tenure. The department also won three departmental awards for teaching and service, twice while he was chair. In 1984 Don was personally recognized with a Fellows Award for Excellence in Public Service.
Don Piper came to UND in 1973, when he joined the faculty as associate professor of Educational Administration and served over 28 years. He was promoted to full professor in 1976 and chaired the department for 12 years. He has graduated more than 100 masters, specialists, and doctoral advisees, throughout his tenure at UND. He founded the UND Graduate Center at Bismarck in 1979 and was named Director of Summer Sessions in 1994. Under his direction, that program achieved record enrollments. He served as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Southwest Texas State University in 1982, as President of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration from 1983 to 1984, and has been active with the North Dakota LEAD Center Board of Directors and Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce.