Dr. Hardersen Receives EXCEPTIONAL U Award
Dr. Paul Hardersen is shown here with Kim Keeley of the UND Staff Senate after he was given the EXCEPTIONAL U Award in January 2013.
The EXCEPTIONAL U Award is given by the UND Staff Senate to recognize and celebrate a UND faculty member, staff member or student who has gone out of their way to demonstrate kindness to others. Dr. Paul Hardersen was given that award for the month of November 2012.
The nomination form read: “This past Thursday Paul Hardersen, a gourmet cook, prepared and served a complete Thanksgiving dinner to 15 graduate students from Space Studies who were unable to go home for the holiday or who were from the area and did not want to cook. He did not send out invitations to specific individuals but instead sent out an announcement that everyone in the Department of Space Studies (yes, everyone!) was invited. The students were domestic and foreign. They were vegetarians and meat eaters. Paul cooked for two days to prepare dishes that provide culinary delights for all. In addition he drove about town picking up and returning students who did not have transportation. His actions can only be described as gracious.”