UND’s Mary Haslerud Opp named CSTAND teacher of the year


Jordan Cespedes

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University of North Dakota instructor Mary Haslerud Opp recently was named the Communication, Speech, Theatre Association of North Dakota (CSTAND) Teacher of the Year for 2014.

Haslerud Opp is the director of public speaking and interpersonal communication courses for the UND Communication Program where she has taught since 1980.

In 2004, Haslerud Opp was awarded the Bertin C. Gamble Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching by UND. She has also won the outstanding teaching award from the Communication Program and has been named a "Faculty Star" at the Star Banquet, where Presidential Scholars invite their favorite teachers.

For Haslerud Opp, teaching is who she is. She often says she was born to be a teacher and feels most invigorated when she can make a difference in a student's life. She cherishes thank-you notes received from past and current students.

Upon hearing that she received this award, she asked if it was for real. Being recognized by her colleagues means the world to her and she is extremely grateful, she said.