Thirty new, UND faculty members and department heads from all over the Country, loaded into a bus in the Chester Fritz parking lot.
Fred Wittmann, UND Faculty: "Most of them are new to the State as well, so we introduce them to the State and introduce the State to them."
Faculty members like Debbie Storres from Idaho, the new Dean of Arts and Sciences… will learn about North Dakota and share what she says is the importance of a liberal arts education.
Debbie Storres, Dean of Art & Sciences: "If you think about that's happening in North Dakota… lots of different people coming in, lots of potential conflicts. You need people who are problem solvers. Those are people who graduate from my College."
The first stop on the tour was Fordville, northwest of Grand Forks where the group heard about small town life and agriculture.
Man: "We probably have 500 members of our Coop."
This 3 day tour will include a look at the western North Dakota oil patch, with stops in Rugby, Minot, Velva and Tioga."
UND President Robert Kelley takes nothing away from all those new, high paying jobs in the oil patch. But, he says high paying jobs will never replace higher education.
Robert Kelley, UND President: "Problem solving, communication, getting along with each other, understanding different cultures, languages, all the complexities of our lives today, all of that is embodied in higher education."
But, for the next couple of days, folks who've spent their lives in education, will get a different kind of education from farmers, oil workers and business owners across North Dakota.