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Update: UND Gets A Major Gift

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  UND received a 7-point-five million dollar gift today, to enhance energy research across the region.

  The Hess Corporation, an oil and gas exploration company in North Dakota donated 5-million dollars, the State of North Dakota kicked in another 2-point-five million.

  The money will fund a new, Collaborative Energy Complex. The new, 15-million dollar Collaborative Energy Complex will be built where the parking lot now sits, across the street from UND's power plant.

  It will contain labs where students work with corporations to solve all kinds of problems surrounding the energy industry.

 Hesham El-Rewine, UND Engineering and Mines: “Social impact angle, health and environment angel, so the Institute for Energy Studies should be able to bring these people together and solve these challenges.”

  The Hess Corporation, which donated 5-million dollars for the project is the oldest oil and gas exploration company in North Dakota.

Steve McNally, Hess Corporation: “We drilled the first well way back in 1951. We have many generations of North Dakot staff or people who’ve worked for Hess.”

  The State of North Dakota also kicked in 2.5-million dollars for the project.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple: “It’s a perfect example of how I think the attitudes in North Dakota have changed over the past few years. Our whole concept of what’s possible has really changed.”

Robert Kelley, UND President: “And this campus also values taking the knowledge and learning we have out into our State, so does Hess. And they want to improve the value of our lives, the quality of our lives, just like we do at the University of North Dakota.”

  UND still needs to raise 4-million dollars before construction of the new, Collaborative Energy Complex will begin.

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