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Offline Sal Atticum

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Ask Dr. Kelley!
« on: May 10, 2008, 11:25:18 am »
Dr. Robert Kelley will begin work soon (if he hasn't already) as President of the University of North Dakota.  As students, what would you like to ask him?  What do you think it is important that he know about UND and the student body?  I'd like to compile a list of questions and hopefully get a chance to discuss some of them with him.  Let's find out about the new President!
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Re: Ask Dr. Kelley!
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2008, 01:32:50 pm »
How does he intend to deal with the declining enrollment numbers?
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Re: Ask Dr. Kelley!
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2008, 12:13:42 pm »
what does he want to do about the fighting sioux

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Re: Ask Dr. Kelley!
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2008, 12:07:06 am »
I think he should be aware of how much the whole UNDPride card fiasco sucks. I also think that he should know about how inefficiently the parking ramp is being run. For example, I paid almost $300 for a reserved parking pass last year, and then they end up letting anyone park on the top floors of the ramp for free (or just the cost of their regular permit). In addition, there was a week long period at the beginning of this summer where they were repairing the road in front of the entrance to the ramp, so the ramp was closed. I attended a seminar that week, so I still had to come to campus and park. I asked the parking office if they were going to pro-rate my pass for next year since I would lose a weeks worth or parking ramp privileges, or at least let me park in the visitor lot for free and they said no, that I would just have to park in the regular lots.
Also, why is the exit(s) on only one side of the building. The is a space close to the North/West side of the ramp, near University Avenue, that could also be an exit and alleviate the traffic at peak times. Basically what happens is that since I have a reserved spot I park right at the first floor. During peak times there is so much traffic coming from the top floors of the ramp that I will literally have to sit in my car for 10 minutes before I can even get out. So people who didnt pay $300 are able to get out of the ramp faster than me? WTF!

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Re: Ask Dr. Kelley!
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2008, 02:17:44 pm »
What does Dr. Kelley think his legacy will be from the time he will spend at UND?

Where does he see himself in 5 years?

Also, what is his favorite color?
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Re: Ask Dr. Kelley!
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2008, 10:03:24 am »
Looks like the Herald beat us to it, but I'm still looking for questions.

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Face to face with Robert Kelley
Tu-Uyen Tran
Grand Forks Herald - 08/24/2008

This past week, UND President Robert Kelley toured the state of North Dakota. We talked to him about that tour, and we learned a little more about what he enjoys about Grand Forks, whoís inspired him and whether heís got a voice that says heíll make offers you just canít refuse.

Q. What was your impression of the Badlands?

A. You know, I grew up in New Mexico, and I have to tell you, I felt very much at home in the Badlands. The part just north of Albuquerque and toward Espinola, and then beyond Espinola, New Mexico looks very much like that.

I felt like I had gone home. The air was dry; it was a nice, warm day. And boy, it reminded me of being down in New Mexico when I was a boy.

Q. Have you had a chance to see much of Grand Forks?

A. Yes, weíve gotten over Grand Forks quite a bit. Marsha and I have ridden our bicycles down along the Greenway; itís a beautiful way to see the edges of the river. Weíre kind of interested in birding, so we pay attention to the birds that weíre seeing. Weíve had a chance to talk to people who are down there exercising and riding their bikes.

Weíve gotten down to the big Kingís Walk Golf course, gotten down to the country club, started to get to know the downtown area, the restaurants, some of the museums down there.

Weíre getting to .?.?. know the business leaders in town, which is very nice for us to do.

Q. What do you think is your favorite haunt, your favorite place to go, in Grand Forks?

A. Weíve been to the Toasted Frog more than weíve been to any other place, I think, just with groups, meeting people there for a quick dinner after work. So, I guess I wouldnít say itís my favorite place, but itís a place Iíve gotten to know.

Q. Whatís your favorite drink?

A. Boy, Iíve got several. Iím very fond of hot chocolate in the wintertime. And in the summertime, I kind of like a slightly sweetened green tea, an iced tea. I buy that stuff by the carton, stick it in the refrigerator, and when Iím going somewhere, Iíll grab a bottle of that and take that with me.

Q. Whatís your favorite part of campus?

A. You know, the new Presidentís house is right on the Coulee, and I walk to work every morning. I just enjoy that walk immensely.

The bridge going up over the English Coulee, you know I saw a beaver there the other day. It was the biggest beaver I have ever seen.

It was just kind of feeding along the edge of the Coulee. How good is this? I mean life canít get any better ó a wonderful walk, beautiful flowers, a little wildlife. I just think this campus is exceptionally lovely.

Q. What kind of music do you like to play?

A. Iím a band guy. I like to play the trombone. Iíve been able to sit with the community band a time or two and play some marches and some swing tunes.

I just like to sit in the back with my trombone, in the trombone section and join a group of musicians to play John Philip Sousa and Copeland, whatever we can play together. Thatís a lot of fun for me.

When it comes to listening, Iím kind of universal in my tastes. Iíll go from Mozart to just about anything contemporary; it just kind of depends on my mood. I like country western, I like classical, I like swing, I like the big band era from the í30s and í40s. I listen to any music thatís interesting, and for me, just about all of it is.

Q. Who do you admire the most?

A. Well, of people that Iíve known, I have to say my dad.

There are two men that have influenced me tremendously in my life: my father, David Kelley, and my major professor, Richard Eakin, when I was a graduate student at Berkeley. He was one of the finest professors Iíve ever known, and it was a tremendous privilege to not only have grown up with my father but to have studied with Richard Eakin at Berkeley. So, those are two men that I admire and respect tremendously.

Iím fascinated by the lives of great leaders ó Gandhi, Roosevelt, Truman ó I enjoy reading biographies of people who have made major impacts on the history of our civilization. So, there are a lot of people I have tremendous admiration for, but closer to home, it would be my major professor and my father.

Q. So, do you hear any Godfather jokes? Do people compare your voice to a character in the Godfather movie?

A. People do comment about my voice, but not in the Godfather sense. Some people say it has a peculiar bell-like quality; other people say they feel like maybe they keep clearing their throats when they listen to me. Ryan Bakken at the Herald said I had a frog in my throat.

This is my fatherís voice. I inherited his vocal cords; if you had listened to my father when he spoke, you would have said, ďgee, Bob sounds just like his dad.Ē Itís what Iíve got. In some ways, itís one of my most characteristic features.

Iím rather amused by the Godfather remark; I donít usually make offers that people canít refuse (laughter).

Reach Tran at (701) 780-1248; (800) 477-6572, ext. 248; or send e-mail to ttran@gfherald.com.
http://www.grandforksherald.com/articles/index.cfm?id=84981&section=homepage
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Re: Ask Dr. Kelley!
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2008, 10:00:08 am »
Does he really sound like the Godfather?
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Re: Ask Dr. Kelley!
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2008, 11:12:47 am »
Does he really sound like the Godfather?

Does he look like the Godfather?
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