University Relations, Office of
411 Twamley Hall
Phone (701) 777-2731
As the institution’s central communication and public relations department, the Office of University Relations (OUR) generates awareness, understanding and support among the University’s many constituencies. Reporting directly to the President, OUR also maintains liaison with other units performing communications-related tasks, including affiliated but legally independent organizations such as the UND Alumni Association. University Relations has been given responsibility for encouraging an integrated marketing communication approach across the campus. The office also manages UND’s main website, www.und.edu.
The work of the Office of University Relations falls within two broad areas:
- Projects initiated, funded and carried out directly by OUR, and
- projects involving partnerships with other UND departments or individuals in which University Relations serves as a central source of communications, creative and/or organizational expertise.
In conducting projects and campaigns, OUR utilizes a variety of communication and action tools to reach the general public and special constituencies such as faculty, staff, students, alumni, the local community, educators, government officials, and business leaders. Among these tools are mass media publicity, advertising, OUR-produced periodicals such as “UND Discovery,” brochures and other printed materials, speeches and presentations, special events, direct mail, and personal contact.
Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contact University Relations on matters that appear to come within the OUR mission. When help cannot be provided for reasons of time, budget or policy, a referral is generally made to another source of assistance.