The Uniiversity of North Dakota
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9/28/00 -- UND to dedicate Barnes & Noble University Bookstore building Monday, Oct. 2; Bookstore is first structure in University Village

The University of North Dakota will hold ceremonies Monday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. to dedicate one of the newest buildings on campus, the home of the Barnes & Noble University Bookstore. It is the first Barnes & Noble community/college bookstore in the United States.UND President Charles Kupchella will preside over the ceremonies. Other speakers will include Max Roberts, president and chief operating officer of Barnes & Noble College Division; Bev Clayburgh, member of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education; Berly Nelson, UND student body president; and Dr. Michael Brown, mayor of Grand Forks.The ceremonies will take place inside the building near the pillars from Old Science Hall, the recently demolished facility that helped grow the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences and also public radio in North Dakota. The pillars represent many of the architectural features of the new building, which was designed to evoke the character of the classical buildings found at the heart of UNDs campus. The external structure also reflects the "University Village" theme.The Barnes & Noble University Bookstore is the first "anchor" in the "University Village" development of the North Campus, also known as the Bronson Property. The quarter section of land came to UND in 1946 in the will of Harrison Bronson. A prominent judge who was the first recipient of a masters degree from UND in 1895, Bronson desired that the land – his fathers homestead – should eventually contribute to living and learning at his alma mater. For half a century, the land was used mostly for intramural athletic fields, a small trailer court and a maize genetics research field. In the wake of the flood of 1997, University officials decided that the time had come to develop the property in ways that would enhance opportunities for students, community citizens and visitors alike.The University Village concept was blessed by the State Board of Higher Education and the North Dakota Legislature. Both have encouraged the states universities to become more creative and entrepreneurial in seeking new sources of funding. The City of Grand Forks awarded a $1.6 million grant for infrastructure development, contingent upon the University securing at least one major "anchor" business for the project. That anchor came when UND signed an agreement with the well-known Barnes & Noble company to operate a "superstore" on the site.The Barnes & Noble University Bookstore is the first completed structure in what is anticipated to be an attractive and vibrant "University Village." Negotiations are nearly complete to contract with a private developer for the project. In accordance with specifications and quality standards set by UND, the University Village is expected to host retail stores, restaurants and other service outlets, recreational facilities and ample green spaces. Its architecture will be distinctive while capturing the look and spirit of UND. Soon, the Barnes & Noble Bookstore will have neighbors. Construction is proceeding rapidly on the new Ralph Engelstad Arena, destined to be the finest collegiate ice hockey facility in the nation. To the south of the Bookstore, ground has been broken for the new Family Practice Center for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.Founded in 1873, Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, Inc., is part of the nations largest bookselling enterprise. The company has established a reputation for operating the finest service-oriented campus bookstores in the nation. Barnes & Noble operates more than 400 campus bookstores for many of the nations top academic institutions, medical schools, law schools, and community colleges. These are customized to meet the specific needs of their communities and feature professional staff, top-quality merchandise, computerized book ordering, and innovative store design. Barnes & Noble Superstores, Inc., now operates more than 450 "superstores" throughout the nation. Len Riggio is chairman of the board of Barnes & Noble.What will you find in the new Barnes & Noble Bookstore? Heres a quick look:* 80,000 trade titles* Tower Café, featuring Starbucks coffee, fresh baked goods, light lunch menu* Expanded textbook area* Supplies and technology area* Official UND imprinted clothing and giftware area, adult and childrens* Convenience, health and beauty section* Childrens trade area* World news and periodicals sectionThe bookstore is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.–30--

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Peter Johnson
Associate Director & UND Media Relations Coordinator
P.O. Box 7144
Grand Forks, ND 58202
Tel: (701)777-4317
Email: peter.johnson@mail.und.nodak.edu