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ISSUE: Volume 47, Number 19: December 30, 2009

Events to Note
Old Main Marketplace will host Sbarro pizza buffet
Emerald and Ice Gala is Feb. 6
Retirement reception will honor Diane Brenno
Faculty sought to teach summer K-12 educator workshops
Patients sought for medical student training
New Year's Day is holiday
ITSS lists holiday hours
University Within the University (U2) lists new classes
Microsoft Office available to UND employees for $9.95
Staff Senate 31 Days of Glory winners named
Ray Richards lists golf specials and 2010 season pass information
Internal job openings listed
Preproposals sought for some NSF programs
In the News
Mary Amundson appointed to national boards
In Remembrance
Remembering Gene A. Homandberg
Remembering Lucy Schwartz
Old Main Marketplace will host Sbarro pizza buffet

Sbarro Pizzeria in the Old Main Marketplace Food Court in the Memorial Union has organized another pizza buffet over the holiday break. Faculty and staff are invited to enjoy the pizza buffet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Thursday, Dec. 31. Everyone is welcome to all-you-care-to-eat pizza and salad for only $4.99.
-- Jason Gallagher, general manager, Dining Memorial Union,, 777-3823

Emerald and Ice Gala is Feb. 6

All benefited UND and related foundation employees and a guest are invited to the Emerald and Ice Gala from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Alerus Center Ballroom.

There will be a social hour from 7 to 8 p.m. featuring free appetizers and a cash bar. Downtown Horns will play live music from 8 p.m. to midnight, and guests may participate in a Mock Casino night provided by the Grand Forks Jaycees. Participants can use their casino winnings to bid on prizes at the end of the evening! The event will also feature a silent auction, with auction proceeds used to fund scholarships given by the Staff Senate.

Admission is $20 per person. Tickets may be purchased from any UND Staff Senator or at the following locations:
Aerospace Human Resources, Sheri Sponsler; Ralph Englestad Arena, Main Office; Twamley Hall, Human Resources Office; Alumni Center, Stone House 2nd floor, Sigrid Letcher; Memorial Union Information Desk; EERC Human Resources Office; and the School of Medicine and Health Affairs, Office of Public Affairs.

For more information, contact any UND Staff Senator, Gala Chairperson Janice Hoffarth at 777-2646, or Staff Senate President Loren Liepold 777-2865 .

This event is sponsored by the UND Staff Senate.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Assistant to the Director of Communications, Public Affairs,, 777-4305

Retirement reception will honor Diane Brenno

Join us for a retirement party for campus catering manager, Diane Brenno from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, in the Terrace Dining Center. She has served UND and Dining Services for over 29 years. Stop by and wish her well in her retirement.
-- Jeffrey St. Michel, assistant director, Dining Services,, 777-3823

Faculty sought to teach summer K-12 educator workshops

Do you have a workshop idea for K-12 teachers or administrators? If so, we are looking for you. Each summer, the Continuing Education office of Professional Development for Educators (PDE) sponsors a variety of local workshops for K-12 educators to assist in their professional development requirements and needs. PDE is currently soliciting interest from UND faculty to develop workshops for the summer of 2010.

If you want to share your research, expertise, or have specific interests, content areas, or teaching strategies that you are passionate about and want to share, consider putting together a short-term, 15 instructional hour, site-based workshop to be offered this summer. PDE provides continuing education/professional development credit to educators for these graduate level workshops.

To keep costs down for participants, we encourage you to visit with your department chairs and deans for financial support of your idea. When providing workshops without departmental or grant support, stipends for facilitators can be arranged through facilitation agreements with PDE. Assistance is provided through PDE for classroom scheduling, audio visual equipment arrangements, and handout duplication.

If interested, please contact Kim Jones at 777-4225 for submission forms and guidelines. Tentative syllabi and forms should be submitted by Feb. 1, 2010. Are you thinking about it, but would like some ideas for workshop topics that teachers have identified as areas of interest? Please call Kim and visit about the possibilities.
-- Kim Jones, coordinator, Professional Development for Educators,, 777-4225

Patients sought for medical student training

The Office of Medical Education is looking for people to hire as patients for our medical students. We are looking for people to help students learn and practice history taking and physical exam skills. Payment will be $12 per hour for your afternoon of participation. The students learn a lot from this experience, and your willingness to help out would be greatly appreciated.

We need a diverse group of healthy men and women (ages 18 to 80) with the following:
• a flexible schedule
• transportation to and from the University
• limited number of medications and health problems

We would need you from 12:45 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. for one of the following Tuesday afternoons (sorry, you can’t come more than once). The afternoons are Jan. 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2. During this time, you would be interviewed and examined by three different student physicians. The experience will be similar to a visit to your own doctor’s office. You will be asked to share your personal medical history and allow the student to do a physical exam (this does not require shots, blood tests or other invasive procedures). Students are observed by physicians and all information is confidential (If there is medical or personal information you do not wish to share, you don’t have to).

If you are interested, please contact Dawn at 777-4028 in the Office of Medical Education as soon as possible. Please feel free to pass this information along to others you know who may be interested.
-- Dawn Drake, standardized patient coordinatior, Office of Medical Education,, 777-4028

New Year's Day is holiday

Friday, Dec. 1, New Year's Day, will be observed as a holiday by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

ITSS lists holiday hours

ITSS will close for the New Years Day holiday at 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 2.
-- David Levenseller, Help Desk Leader, ITSS,, 777-2222

University Within the University (U2) lists new classes

Employee Self-Service Training
Jan. 6, 9 to 10 a.m., or Jan. 13, 3 to 4 p.m., or Jan. 20, 9 to 10 a.m., Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl
Attend one of these sessions to learn about the wealth of information that is available with Employee Self-Service and how you access, review and make changes to your employee information. Presenter: Pat Hanson

Microsoft Office Word 2007 Level 1
Jan. 4, 6 and 7, 1:30 to 4 p.m., Upson II, Room 361
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers, mouse, and file saving and retrieving skills.
Upon successful completion of this session, you will be able to create a basic document by using Microsoft Word, edit documents by locating and modifying text, format text, format paragraphs, add tables to a document, add graphic elements to a document, control a document's page setup and its overall appearance, and proof documents to make them more accurate. Presenter: Heidi Strande

Be Well: New Wellness Program and You!
Jan. 12, 9 to 10 a.m., Upson II, Room 361
I keep hearing about this $250 from BCBS for exercising or tracking nutrition. How do I start? Join Kim Ruliffson, Coordinator of Work Well at a computer and activate this program to earn big bucks for caring about your health! Presenter: Kim Ruliffson

Radiation Safety
Jan. 12, 1 to 4 p.m., School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Room 5006
This session will cover basic principles of radiation protection. Attendance is required for all individuals working with radioactive materials at the University. Topics include, but are not limited to, types of radiation, methods of protection, exposure monitoring, handling techniques, decontamination, security, and waste disposal. Presenter: Eric Pearson

How to Inspire and Motivate Employees
Jan.13, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl
Managers and supervisors are expected to inspire and motivate the workforce. This can be especially important during difficult times when organizations or businesses make adjustments to meet the demands of the changing world. Workers may worry how the changes will affect their work and their job security. Sometimes work can become routine and tedious, resulting in bored and unmotivated workers. This can affect the morale and performance in the workforce. This presentation will address how managers and supervisors can inspire and motivate workers during ordinary times as well as difficult times. Presenter: Chuck Motis, St Alexis Employee Assistance Program

GroupWise 8.0: Beginning
Jan. 13, 9 a.m. to Noon, Upson II, Room 361
You will navigate through the GroupWise environment, create and send messages, reply to and forward messages, use the Address Book, create a personal address book, create a mail group, work with the calendar, schedule posted appointments and recurring events, and work with the junk mail folder and other mail-handling features. Presenter: Heidi Strande

20 Ways to Manage Frustration
Jan. 13, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl
Life is full of frustration. On those bad days when everything seems to go wrong and we need to blow off steam, we must be careful to do it in a way that will not create more problems. This presentation will identify common causes of frustration and discuss both ineffective and ways of dealing with frustration. Presenter: Chuck Motis, St Alexis Employee Assistance Program

Laboratory Safety
Jan. 13, 1 to 3 p.m., Abbott Hall, Room 115
Learn general lab-safety principles for the use of chemicals in laboratories. This session covers potential health hazards in the laboratory, protective measures, and response to incidents and emergencies. This training is required for all University employees working in a laboratory. Presenter: Eric Pearson

Data Protection & Privacy
Jan. 14, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Upson II, Room 361
Learn secure practices for handling and storing sensitive University and personal data. Topics will include a discussion of the types of information to protect and why it needs to be protected; practices and configurations for securing your operating system, Web browser, e-mail, and other software applications; protecting your personal information online; must-have security software for your computer; and encrypting sensitive data. Presenter: Brad Miller

Performance Management*
Jan. 14, 9 to 11 a.m., Twamley Hall, Room 305
Supervisors will learn the fundamentals of conducting honest, fair, and consistent evaluations. Presenters: Desi Sporbert and Joy Johnson
* Required training for all Finance and Operations supervisors, (future supervisors encouraged to sign up)

Running, Reading, & Reconciling Key Finance Reports in PeopleSoft
Jan. 14, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Gamble Hall, Lanterman Center, Room 9
Prerequisite: Must have previously attended either a “Budgets Overview Inquiry” or “Budget vs. Cash Inquiry” U2 session and must have a PeopleSoft user ID and password for Finance Module.
This training provides the tools necessary to navigate through PeopleSoft in order to run, read, and understand PeopleSoft financial reports. Important tips will be provided to help you recognize why, when, and how to reconcile revenue and expense transactions posted to your funds. Troubleshooting tips and tools to help you resolve budgeting errors will also be provided. This session includes hands-on practice activities. Presenter: Tom Swangler
-- Patricia Young, U2 Coordinator, Continuing Education,, 777-0720

Microsoft Office available to UND employees for $9.95

UND employees are now eligible to participate in Microsoft's Software Assurance Home Use Program (HUP). This program enables UND employees to get a licensed copy of the current Microsoft Office applications to install and use on your home computer for $9.95 (other costs may apply depending on the options you choose). To qualify for participation in this program, you must be an active UND employee.

Under the Home Use Program, UND employees may acquire a licensed copy of Office 2007 Enterprise (e.g. Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.) or Mac Office 2008 (e.g. Word, Excel, Power Point) to install and use on a home computer. You may continue using Microsoft Office while you are under UND employment and as long as UND continues to participate in the Microsoft Campus Agreement program.

This transaction is between the UND employee (you) and Microsoft. To review all terms and conditions, please go to the following URL: To use the Microsoft Home Use Program, you need a campus U-Mail e-mail account ( and instructions that will be provided by your department software coordinator. If you do not have a U-Mail account, you can activate/claim your account by going to our web site,, and clicking on the “Claim your Account” link. Follow the instructions to claim your U-mail account.

System requirements for Office 2007 Enterprise can be found at: System requirements for Office 2008 can be found at:
-- Craig Cerkowniak, associate director, ITSS,, 777-2385

Staff Senate 31 Days of Glory winners named

Congratulations to the following 31 Days of Glory Winners!

Dec. 22: Paulette Lindquist - $100
Dec. 23: Kristy Peterson - $100
Dec. 24: Guodong Du - $100
Dec. 25: Sue Rundquist - $100
Dec. 26: Connie Borboa - $100
Dec. 27: Diana Knain - $500
Dec. 28: Judy Sargent - $100
-- Shari Nelson, Asst. Director of Learning Services, Student Success Center,, 777-2117

Ray Richards lists golf specials and 2010 season pass information

Ray Richards is offering a Christmas golf special. Buy a punch card for five rounds of golf for $45 ($50-$63 value) or 10 rounds of golf for $90 ($100-$126 value). Added bonus: The buyer will receive a free round of golf for buying the 10-round punch card.

Also this year, you may buy a cart seat for each punch card. Five rounds of golf with a cart seat will cost $70 ($85-$98 value) or 10 rounds of golf with a cart seat for $140 ($170-$196 value). A free round is included with 10-round purchase. Christmas golf special punch cards may be bought by stopping at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Box Office or by calling 777-4090. Box office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Payroll deductions are accepted.

The 2010 golf season passes for faculty and staff are now available for $200. With your purchase, you will receive a free season pass for the driving range ($150 value). This price is only good through Dec. 31 ($250 starting Jan. 1). UND faculty and staff family season passes are $480. With your purchase, you will receive a free season pass for the driving range ($150 value). This price is only good through Dec. 31 ($600 starting Jan. 1) Only children living at home under age 20 are eligible. Stop at the Chester Fritz box office or call 777-4090. Box office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Remember that passes may be paid through payroll deduction over six pay period.
-- Dustin Hetletved, Manager, Ray Richards Golf Course,, 777-3500

Internal job openings listed

The following position vacancies are available only to regular UND staff employees who have successfully completed their six-month probation period, earn annual and sick leave, receive BC/BS health insurance and TIAA-CREF or ND PERS retirement benefits. Current UND faculty, please contact Human Resources for eligibility.

To apply: Please complete UND Application/Control Card form. Send letter of application and resume, referencing position name and number, to: Human Resources, University of North Dakota, Twamley Hall, Room 313, 264 Centennial Drive Stop 8010 Grand Forks, ND 58202-8010. Applications must be received by the deadline date.

Research Engineering Technician
Posting Number: #10-166
Closing Date: 12/30/2009
Minimum Salary: $30,000 plus/year
Position Status: Full-Time
Hours per week: 40
Benefits Eligibility: Benefitted
Department: Chemical Engineering

Account Technician
Posting Number: #10-167
Closing Date: 12/30/2009
Minimum Salary: $28,000 plus/year
Position Status: Full-Time
Hours per week: 40
Benefits Eligibility: Benefitted
Department: Admin Support Services

Building Services Technician
Posting Number: #10-170
Closing Date: (I) 1/4/2010
Minimum Salary: $20,000.00 plus/year
Position Status: Full-Time
Hours per week: 40
Benefits Eligibility: Benefitted
Department: Facilities - Housing Maintenance

PC Analyst
Posting Number: #10-169
Closing Date: (I) 1/4/2010
Minimum Salary: $34,000.00 plus/year
Position Status: Full-Time
Hours per week: 40
Benefits Eligibility: Benefitted
Department: Academic Support Services

Building Services Supervisor
Posting Number: #10-171
Closing Date: 1/7/2010
Minimum Salary: $29,000.00 plus/year
Position Status: Full-Time
Hours per week: 40
Benefits Eligibility: Benefitted
Department: Facilities - Housing Maintenance

Preproposals sought for some NSF programs

The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcements which allow UND to submit only a limited number of submissions. Thus, if you are interested in submitting a proposal to NSF for any of the programs, please let us know by January 14,2010 ( or or phone 777-4278.

Geoscience Educations (GeoEd), Program Solicitation #10-512,

Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, Program Solicitation #10-514,

As a result of the limited number of proposals that can be submitted, UND will conduct an internal review of preproposals. Preproposals should consist of the following sections:

 Cover page listing the project name, collaborators, contact person, total budget amount
 Instrument(s) to be purchased or developed and its(their) function(s)
 Impact on the research program of the collaborators, department(s), and college(s)
 Impact on the university’s mission as a whole
 Detailed budget.

Preproposals should be no more than three pages in length using a reasonable format (1 inch margins, font size 11, single-spaced). Preproposals are due in Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010. Criteria used for reviewing preproposals will include appropriateness to the goal of the program; probability for funding by NSF; reasonableness of budgetary requests; and impact of the request on the university and the academic units involved. Investigators will be notified of the review results as soon as possible in order to provide as much time as possible to prepare a final proposal for submission.


Research on Gender in Science and Engineering, (GSE),Program Solicitation #10-516,
-- Barry Milavetz, associate vice president for Research, Research Development & Compliance,, 777-4278

Mary Amundson appointed to national boards

Mary Amundson, an assistant professor at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, was recently elected to serve as a member of the Program Directors Constituency Group for the National Area Health Education Center (NAO). NAO is the national organization that supports and advances the Area Health Education Center network that works to improve the health of individuals and communities by transforming health care through education.

Amundson also has been appointed to serve on the board of director’s for the new Essentia Institute of Rural Health, which will begin work on Jan. 1, 2010. Headquartered in Duluth, Minn., the institute is affiliated with SMDC Health System, Innovis Health, and Essentia Community Hospitals and Clinics and is a multi-state, not-for-profit health care system. Essentia Health is a leader in the development and advancement of business and clinical models for regional health care delivery.

In addition to her recent board appointments, as a board member of the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network, Amundson has developed a series of national recruitment and retention workshops for the National Health Service Corps. The training is for community-based site administrators, Area Health Education Center administrators, and Primary Care Office and Primary Care Association directors. Created in 1972, the National Health Service Corps collaborates with underserved rural areas and inner-city neighborhoods alike to develop and expand health care for underserved populations. The NHSC recruits and retains caring and culturally competent health care professionals through a combination of programs, including educational loan repayment and scholarships.

Remembering Gene A. Homandberg

Gene A. Homandberg, chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, passed away in Grand Forks Monday, Dec. 21, at the age of 59.

Homandberg held the respected William Cornatzer Chair in Biochemistry at UND since his appointment as professor and chair in 2002. He was a highly recognized researcher in osteoarthritis and cartilage physiology. In recognition of his work, he was bestowed the Dr. Ralph and Marian C. Falk Professor of Biochemistry endowed chair for six years at Rush Medical College in Chicago before his appointment at UND.

In 1999, Homandberg was awarded permanent membership in the Frontiers in Bioscience Society of Scientists, based on his work in the regulation of cartilage metabolism in osteoarthritis.

An Iowa native, Homandberg pursued his undergraduate education at the University of South Dakota, where he earned a PhD in Biochemistry. He served as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Chemistry, Division of Biochemistry, at Purdue University, and later took advanced training as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health Laboratory of Chemical Biology in the National Institute of Arthritis, Metabolic and Digestive Disorders, Bethesda, Md.

Homandberg was a member of of the American Society of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Biology, the Orthopedic Research Society, the Osteoarthritis Research Society and the American Cancer Society among others. He has written more than 75 research journal articles in addition to invited reviews and book chapters; reviewed manuscripts for prestigious journals and applications to a variety of federal and private funding organizations; and mentored six PhD students and numerous undergraduate students and medical students.

His favorite hobbies were hiking, biking, rock climbing, photography, camping and all things outdoors. He also enjoyed technology and applying it to everything that he did.

Dr. Homandberg is survived by his mother, Darleen Homandberg of Sioux Falls, S.D.; four sisters, Becky Richeal (Ron) of Oregon, Wis.; Vicky Gannon of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Connie Homandberg of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Mary Summey (Todd) of Lennox, S.D. He is also survived by one brother, Al Homandberg (Beth) of Four Seasons, Mo.

Online guest registry available at
-- Denis F. MacLeod, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health,, 701-777-3300

Remembering Lucy Schwartz

Lucy McCallum Schwartz, 65, of Lake View, New York, died Dec. 19 in Houston, Texas, at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, following a long, heroic struggle against complications related to leukemia.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Aug. 14, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Q. and Mary Frances McCallum of Raleigh, N.C. Lucy received her bachelor's degree from Salem College in Winston-Salem, and her master's degree and doctorate from Harvard University. She had a long and successful career as a professor of French and college administrator primarily at the University of North Dakota, where she taught French and directed the Office of Instructional Development between 1972 and 1989, and at Buffalo State College, where she held the rank of Professor, and chaired the Department of Modern and Classical Languages from 1995 to 2004. She also taught at Penn State University and Bucknell University, and served as Director of Special Programs at Lafayette College. She taught French language and literature at all levels. She published widely in the fields of French and Francophone literature, and was internationally recognized as a George Sand Scholar, with two published books and numerous articles. She retired from Buffalo State College in 2008.

She was a former board member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hamburg, and active in several Western New York organizations dedicated to the promotion of foreign language study.

She is survived by her husband, Paul, and by her sons, Andrew Schwartz and his wife Lindsay Taylor of Denver, Colo., and Judson Schwartz and his wife Amanda Steerman of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Lucy loved her family, and took great pride in the character and accomplishments of her two sons and their wives. She loved Buffalo State College and its students; she brought to her teaching a profound interest in their development, as well as a love for the subjects she taught.

A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, 695 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY, on Tuesday, January 5, at 3 p.m.

Contributions in Lucy’s honor can be made to the Lucy McCallum Schwartz Scholarship Fund at Salem College, 601 South Church Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27101.

Arrangements by John E. Roberts Funeral Home, Buffalo, NY. -- Courtesy Grand Forks Herald.