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ISSUE: Volume 45, Number 23: January 30, 2008

Top Stories
UND Presidential Search Committee forwards Dr. Kelley as president of UND
UND graduate Ed Schafer confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
President Kupchella issues statement on deaths of Bob Brooks, Jean Kiesau
Events to Note
Spring Career Fair set for Feb. 13
Global Visions film series begins Tuesday
Study Abroad Fair is Feb. 6
Dule Hill will speak at Tabula Tuesday
UND Student Investment Team to present 2007 stock performance results
University Senate meets Feb. 7; lists agenda
French faculty candidate gives talk Wednesday
Memorial Union Spring Leadership Series
Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn meets Jan. 30
Note Love Your Body Week events
Music department presents faculty concert
"Women communicating wisdom" panel discussion is Jan. 31
Somalia Night is Jan. 31 in new location
Physics colloquium is Feb. 8
NDSU professor presents LEEPS lectures Feb. 1
Job Christenson presents Friday Night Cabaret
Campus encouraged to participate in Wear Red Day
Burtness Theatre hosts historical modern dance production
Museum holds Benefit Dinner, Silent Art Auction
Burnt Toast classes offered at Wellness Center
Benefit organized for Fritz Opp
Successful UND Women Graduates to Speak at 21st Annual Hultberg Lectureship Feb. 5
Pinnaduwa Kulatilake presents next LEEPS lectures
"Trees" will support local breast cancer programs
Workshops focus on Essential Studies course design
Note course design considerations for online delivery
Annual key meeting is Feb. 13
Founders Day banquet tickets should be purchased by Feb. 19
"A Taste of UND" will be held in Minneapolis
Summer programs and events council names mini-grant recipients
SSAC issues call for application for New Faculty Scholar Awards
Summer Instructional Development Professorship proposals due Feb. 1
Changes sought for Code of Student Life
Departments asked to return "years of service" lists
Note parking ramp revised fees and operational plan
U2 lists workshops
Student newspapers on campus being abused
Wednesday, Jan. 30, is Denim Day
Drive-thru coffee available at Stomping Grounds University Place
Flexible benefits grace period reminder
Sign up for Know Your Numbers and win daily prizes
Expectant Family Program seeks volunteers
Internal job openings listed
In the News
UND nursing professor only advanced oncology certified nurse practitioner in North Dakota
Medical students learn about rural health care
UND women's basketball garners six WBCA Superlative awards
UND Presidential Search Committee forwards Dr. Kelley as president of UND

The UND Presidential Search Committee met Jan. 28 and voted to forward to the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education the name of one candidate, Dr. Robert Kelley, for the presidency of the University of North Dakota. Kelley was the only candidate to receive at least 12 votes, the minimum threshold established by the committee at its Jan. 7 meeting. The State Board meets at UND next Monday, Feb. 4.

Robert Otis Kelley, dean of the College of Health Sciences and professor of medical education and public health at the University of Wyoming, visited the UND campus Jan. 9-12.

Dr. Kelley earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, in 1965, and his master’s degree in 1966 and doctorate in 1969, both in cell and developmental biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

He has been in his present position since 1999. Prior to that, he was associate vice chancellor for research and executive associate dean of the graduate college at the University of Illinois at Chicago, professor of biological sciences at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of anatomy and cell biology at the College of Medicine, both at the University of Illinois at Chicago. At the University of New Mexico, he served as chair of anatomy and senior executive associate dean, as well as other faculty capacities. He has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley.

Kelley has served as chair of the Assembly for the Association of American Medical Colleges, chaired the Council of Academic Societies for the AAMC, and was a member of the executive board of the National Board of Medical Examiners, which is responsible for the U.S. medical licensure examination. In addition, he has served the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on several study sections, served on the director’s advisory board for NIH strategic planning, and chaired the Minority Biomedical Research Support Program advisory committee in the NIH Division of Research Resources. That program helped support research for historically black universities, tribal colleges, and "minority-majority" institutions. He is currently the principal investigator for the University of Wyoming/Northern Rockies INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence), an NIH program which promotes biomedical research and connects the state’s community colleges with the University of Wyoming.

He and his wife, Marcia Jean, have four children.

UND graduate Ed Schafer confirmed as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

University of North Dakota graduate and former North Dakota Governor Ed Schafer has been confirmed as the next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Schafer's nomination by President George W. Bush was ratified by the U.S. Senate Jan. 28.

"Our congratulations to Ed and Nancy! This is an historic day for all North Dakotans and especially the University of North Dakota," said President Charles Kupchella. "We are obviously extremely pleased to have a UND graduate serve on the President’s Cabinet and to head an agency which has such a direct relevance and importance for the people of North Dakota. Ed served with distinction as Governor of North Dakota, and he served UND very effectively and substantively as a member of our Foundation Board for many years. We know he will carry out the duties of Secretary of Agriculture with distinction and continue to make all of us very proud."

President George Bush said, "I appreciate that the Senate today unanimously confirmed Ed Schafer to be our next Secretary of Agriculture. As a two-term governor and business leader, Ed has distinguished himself as an executive with a proven record of results.

"Ed will lead a department that oversees our food, agriculture, natural resources, food safety, and health and nutrition programs. He will be an advocate for farmers, ranchers, and consumers as he works to open new markets for their products. And he will work with the Congress to pass a responsible farm bill that will provide a safety net for farmers and protect our lands and the environment, while at the same time ensuring federal tax dollars are spent wisely.

"I look forward to seeing Ed take his seat along with the rest of my Cabinet at this evening’s State of the Union." Shafer, who has been invited to be the main commencement speaker at UND's spring 2008 graduation ceremonies, is a 1969 UND graduate with a degree in business administration.

Schafer was elected governor of North Dakota in 1992 and 1996. During those years he was a staunch supporter of higher education, and was particularly helpful to UND, the city of Grand Forks, and the Red River Valley during the Flood of 1997.

President Kupchella issues statement on deaths of Bob Brooks, Jean Kiesau

"We are saddened by the recent deaths of two great friends and servants of the Greater Grand Forks community. Bob Brooks was a model of civic responsibility in his work as a city council member in Grand Forks and as the city administrator in East Grand Forks. He was a dedicated and tireless champion of the community, as well as a stalwart friend of the University. You always knew where you stood with Bob. His intelligent, reasonable and calming voice played a significant role in helping Grand Forks set a progressive direction after the flood of 1997.

"We are also saddened by the death of Jean Kiesau, a longtime pillar in the Greater Grand Forks area. She was highly regarded for her business acumen and her service to the region, as well as the state, serving as the first woman president of the Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce and the North Dakota retailers association. She was a staunch supporter of the University and a devoted fan of UND athletics. A testament to her achievements and the high regard in which she was held is the fact she had just been nominated to receive an honorary degree from UND."

Spring Career Fair set for Feb. 13

The Spring Career Fair will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Hyslop Multipurpose Gym.

The Career Fair is presented by Career Services and is designed to help students learn more about professional career options. The Career Fair will include hundreds of businesses from across the country looking for future employees. Students should dress professionally and bring copies of their resume. Students and employers can register at Career Services in 280 McCannel Hall, or online at
-- Kim Krueger, Events Coordinator, Career Services,, 701.777.4100

Study Abroad Fair is Feb. 6

The Spring Study Abroad Fair is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave.

Each semester the Office of International Programs sponsors a Study Abroad Fair. This event showcases the study abroad programs available for our students, both UND programs and those by affiliated providers. Students can explore their study abroad options and talk with program representatives, past students, and Education Abroad staff.

Please encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity to explore their options by attending the Study Abroad Fair at the International Centre, across from the Memorial Union. Your support and encouragement is extremely important.

In addition, any faculty members who are directing programs abroad are encouraged to advertise by reserving a table at the fair. Please RSVP to Neva ( 7-3301 or James ( 777-4756 to reserve a space if you haven’t done so already. Experienced student representatives from your program are welcome and tables can be left unattended.
-- Neva Hendrickson, Education Abroad Advisor, Office of Interantional Programs,, 7-3301

Global Visions film series begins Tuesday

The Department of Anthropology's popular Global Visions Film Series will bring an exciting array of films to the community of Grand Forks for the fifth consecutive year. The Global Visions Film Series presents two films per month in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The series is currently the only venue in Grand Forks to view award-winning, nationally recognized independent films from a wide variety of contemporary filmmakers around the world.

This spring, the series will bring seven foreign films to UND, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 29, with the award-winning "De la Calle" from Mexico. Directed by Gerardo Tort, the film presents a powerful drama about street kids in Mexico City. All films will be at 7 p.m. on various Tuesday evenings between now until the end of April at the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The series, free and open to the public, is partially funded by the Multicultural Awareness Committee. Filmgoers are encouraged to come early to ensure a seat.

Other movies will be: Feb. 12, "Distant" (Turkey); Feb. 25, "Duck Season" (Mexico); March 11, "The Fast Runner" (Canadian/Inuit); March 18, "The Weeping Meadow" (Greece); April 8, "The Clay Bird" (Bangladesh); April 22, "The Wind Will Carry Us" (Iran).

This series is funded by the Multicultural Awareness Committee, and the Department of Anthropology and the Anthropology Club.

Dule Hill will speak at Tabula Tuesday

Dulé Hill, star of "The West Wing," "Psych," and "She's All That," will be speaking about the upcoming caucuses on Feb. 5 and discussing why he supports Barack Obama. Please join us at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Tabula Coffee House, 3012 University Ave. -- Shane Zahrt, UND campus organizer, Obama for America.

UND Student Investment Team to present 2007 stock performance results

The Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) in the College of Business and Public Administration at UND will present their investment results from 2007 and their outlook for 2008 at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Lanterman Investment Center, Room 9, Gamble Hall.

The SMIF earned a return on investments of 8.3 percent for all of 2007, beating the S&P 500, a widely used investment benchmark, by 2.8 percent. Although the start of 2008 has been volatile and most funds are down, year-to-date results show the Student Managed Investment Fund is again beating the 2008 market by about 2.2 percent. This presentation provides an opportunity for the public and University community to engage in discussion with the students about their experience managing the fund and the process used to make team investment decisions. The Greater Grand Forks and University community are invited to attend.

Interested attendees are asked to pre-register with Pam Burkes at 777-0879.
-- CK Schultz, Director, External Relations, College of Business & Public Administration,, 777-6937

University Senate meets Feb. 7; lists agenda

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Feb. 7, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.

1. Announcements:
a. Parking Ramp update and overall parking plans, Jason
Uhlir and Tim Lee
b. Change in March Senate meeting date, Tom Petros
c. Branding, Don Kojich
2. Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes
3. Question period

4. Annual report of the Senate Summer Sessions Committee, Diane Hadden, chair

5. Honorary degree nominations, Gary Towne, chair
6. Maternity Benefit Task Force, Chandice Covington
7. Discussion, demonstration and request for support on clicker standard, Lynn Kubeck, chief information officer
-- Lori Hofland, Administrative Assistant, Registrars Office,, 777-3892

French faculty candidate gives talk Wednesday

"Teaching for the World," at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in 313 Merrifield Hall, will examine how gender, alterity, soclarité, language, and space are expressed in the postcolonial era through the work of filmmakers from Africa, the Caribbean, and former French Indochina. This talk by Serah Mosher, University of Arizona, candidate for a position in the French section of the Languages Department will also speak to the significance of autobiographical expression from the Mediterranean Arab world and the work of francophone artists including Maryse Condé, Assia Djebar, Fatima Mernissi, and Yamina Benguigui, key figures to understanding major world themes of the 21st century. Everyone is welcome.

Memorial Union Spring Leadership Series

Kim Kenville, professor of aviation, will present "The Leadership Pill: Finding the Missing Ingredient to Motivating People" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Badlands Room, second level, Memorial Union, as part of the Spring Leadership Series. The series is sponsored by the Memorial Union and is held every Wednesday at 3 p.m. through Feb. 27. It is free and open to the entire University community. Faculty, please announce this to students.

Next week, Marcia Mikulak, professor of anthropology, will present "Human Rights in Leadership: A Look at the Xukuru Tribe of Pernambuco, Brazil."
-- Kaleigh Lindholm, Project Coordinator for Leadership Development, Memorial Union Center for Student Involvement & Leadership,, 777-3665

Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn meets Jan. 30

Take in a panel discussion featuring different perspectives on health and body size from experts in the field from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. Panelists Cindy Juntunen (counseling), Michael Loewy (counseling), James Mitchell (clinical neuroscience), and Julie Zikmund (nutrition and dietetics) will discuss "Is There Health at Every Size?" The discussion is part of the Love Your Body Week Jan. 28 through Feb. 1.
Enjoy a free lunch and enter to win door prizes.
-- Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Womens Center,, 777-4300

Note Love Your Body Week events

Join us for the following events during Love Your Body Week.

The Women’s Center Meet, Eat, and Learn is Wednesday, Jan. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. at the International Centre. There will be a panel of speakers answering the question, “Is There Health at Every Size?” Come hear different perspectives on health and body size from experts in the medical, nutrition and dietetics, and psychological fields. Panelists are Cindy Juntunen, Michael Loewy, James Mitchell, and Julie Zikmund. Lunch will be provided.

To wrap up Love Your Body Week, encourage your students to join us for Night Life at the Wellness Center Friday, Feb. 1. The evening will start at 9 p.m. with ballroom dancing. Celebrate your body and enjoy a fun way to exercise! All are welcome, from beginners to experts, and you don’t need to bring a partner. Head to the Burnt Toast kitchen for a delicious demo at 10 p.m., when you will learn how to nourish your body before and after working out!

These events are free and open to all. Be sure to register for door prize drawings at all events. See you there!

Also, do models really look like that? Check out the following links to see how images are altered before they grace your magazine cover.
-- Darcie Sell, Graduate Service Assistant, Student Health Promotions,, 777-2097

Music department presents faculty concert

Pro Musica will present the Department of Music faculty concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the First Presbyterian Church, 5555 S. Washington St. Featured artists will be Jeff Anvinson, guitar; Royce Blackburn, lyric baritone; Shari Boschee, flute; Anne Christopherson, coloratura soprano; Ronnie Ingle, trumpet; Naomi Niskala, piano; Louise Pinkerton, lyric soprano; James Popejoy, vibraphone; and Elizabeth Rheude, clarinet.

Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. -- Department of Music.

"Women communicating wisdom" panel discussion is Jan. 31

The Association for Women in Communication presents a panel discussion, “Women Communicating Wisdom,” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Eight women with diverse backgrounds and experiences will explore the concept of wisdom. Representing local and international cultures, their interests and experiences include medicine, education, mothering, writing, and others.

The panelists are: Amanda Danielson, Nicole Derenne, Ida Downwind, Karin Dosch, Donna Iszler, Jenny Lammers, Alma Numic, and Doreen Yellow Bird.

Learn what the panelists have to say about wisdom and share your own perspectives. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. The panel presentation starts at 7 p.m.; a question and answer session follows the panel.
-- Yuliya Kartoshkina, President of the Association for Women in Communications, UND Student Chapter, Communication,, 701-777-2804

Physics colloquium is Feb. 8

A physics colloquium is set for 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in 211 Witmer Hall. Coffee and cookies will be served at 3:30 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall. It will focus on galaxy clusters.
-- Connie Cicha, Secretary, Physics,, 701-777-2911

Somalia Night is Jan. 31 in new location

The spring semester Thursday night cultural series begins with Somalia night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at our new location, the Loading Dock in the Memorial Union. The program is free, and food will be available to try for $1. A full Thursday night schedule is available at:
-- Shannon Jolly, International Student Advisor, Office of International Programs,, 777-4118

NDSU professor presents LEEPS lectures Feb. 1

Bernhardt Saini-Eidukat from North Dakota State University, Fargo, will present the next LEEPS lectures Friday, Feb. 1. At noon in 100 Leonard Hall, Saini-Eidukat will discuss "Ore Deposit Geology, Germanium-Rich Zinc Deposit of Tres Marias, Mexico.” At 3 p.m. in 109 Leonard Hall, he will present “Whence Gondwanan Patagonia?”

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science lecture program (LEEPS) brings nationally and internationally known scientists and others to UND to give talks on cutting edge science and engineering. Lectures cover a wide range of topics, including academic science, applied engineering, and environmental issues of current significance.

For more information, contact Dexter Perkins at 777-2991.
-- Connie Larson, Administrative Secretary, Geology & Gelogical Engineering,, 7-2248

Job Christenson presents Friday Night Cabaret

Acclaimed vocalist Job Christenson will present a Friday Night Cabaret at the Fire Hall Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. Christenson and accompanist Marlys Murphy will present some of their favorite selections, and Job will have copies of his brand new CD, "Each Day," available for purchase.

Admission is $15 at the door. Proceeds from the Friday Night Cabaret series benefit the artist and the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre. Wine and hors douvres will be served.

The Fire Hall Theatre is located at 412 2nd Ave N., nestled between City Hall and Central High School Auditorium, in downtown Grand Forks.
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre,, 7-0857

Campus encouraged to participate in Wear Red Day

“One day a year, what you wear is a matter of life and death.”

This American Heart Association slogan states the emphasis of National Wear Red Day as an important part of the “Go Red for Women” movement, a program that builds awareness, urges women to take action to reduce their risk of heart disease, and supports lifesaving education and research for women’s heart health. The UND Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, along with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, encourages everyone on our UND campus to wear red Friday, Feb. 1. Supporting National Wear Red Day proclaims the intent to love your heart by doing everything possible to reduce heart health risk factors. Heart disease is the number one killer of United States women. Recognizing this as an important health issue for women by wearing red on Feb. 1 will open avenues for new advances in prevention, treatment, and research. “Heartfelt Thanks” for your support from the American Heart Association and the Center of Excellence.
-- Susan Splichal, Coordinator, Center of Excellence in Womens Health , Family & Community Medicine,, 777-3274

Burtness Theatre hosts historical modern dance production

Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m., the Minnesota Dance Ensemble will present a historically influenced modern dance performance at the Burtness Theatre.

The Minnesota Dance Ensemble was founded by Grand Forks native Laura Dvorak-Berry and is directed by her and Catie Hill.

This performance will be a reflection of history with pieces inspired by World War II, the hiding of Anne Frank, the eras of the 1950s and 1960s, and the novel "1984."

The company is based out of St. Cloud, Minn., and is a resident dance company of the Paramount Theater in St. Cloud. It includes 12 male and female dancers, and has been created by eight upcoming choreographers in the Twin Cities area. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets go on sale Monday, Jan. 28, at the Burtness Theatre Box Office. For further information on the company go to
-- Laura Dvorak-Berry, Co-director , Minnesota Dance Ensemble,, 320-493-3550

Museum holds Benefit Dinner, Silent Art Auction

The 17th annual North Dakota Museum of Art Gala Benefit Dinner and Silent Art Auction will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The Benefit Dinner, which is both a prominent social event and successful fundraiser for the Museum, will be held in the elegant galleries of the North Dakota Museum of Art. Justin Welsh of the Museum Café is the master chef for the gourmet meal. Dress is black tie optional, and valet service is provided. Reservations are $95 per person. The tables seat eight and arrangements can be made for parties to be seated together.

Lowell Schweigert and Becky Hulett are chairing this year’s planning committee. A dedicated volunteer committee, along with numerous sponsors, make this evening possible. Once again, this year’s underwriting sponsor is Merrill Lynch. In addition, over 40 private and corporate sponsors are committed to supporting the Benefit Dinner this year.

As with each of the previous benefits, a silent art auction will be held throughout the evening. Matthew Wallace of the North Dakota Museum of Art curated this year's Silent Art Auction. Over 50 pieces from regional, national, and international artists are for sale. The auction includes work by emerging artists as well as contemporary artisans. The pieces will be circulated throughout the dinner by walking-easels. All artists’ reserve bids begin at $100. This year’s auction includes work by Zhimin Guan, Mark Anthony, Mary Jo Titus, Michelle Brusegaard, Walter Piehl, Jon Olson, Kathryn Lipke, Adam Kemp, Jennifer Nelson, Ingrid Lincoln, Carol Jones, Guillermo Guardia, Lena McGrath Welker, Morgan Owens, Daniel Sharbono, Ryan Frates, John Postovit, Charlotte Lewis, Cyrus Swann, Patrick Luber, Jeff Amann, Dan Jones, Jessica Christy, Ross Rolshoven and many others. Several artists have donated all proceeds from the sale of their work to the Museum as they have in the past. The artwork on the mezzanine is ready for preview, and will be open to viewing until the night of the auction.

A major fundraising component for the auction will be a raffle for a sculpture by Guillermo Guardia. One hundred chances will be sold for this piece at $25 a ticket. The raffle drawing will be held at the end of the evening.

The gourmet meal will be supervised by Chef Justin Welsh of the Museum Café and prepared and served in cooperation with Dining Services. It includes such dishes as pork loin medallions smothered in garlic, parsley and cognac cream sauce, chive and yam mashed potato and gyoza with chili sauce. Welsh has been at the Museum since January 2006 after graduating from Le Cordon Bleus Western Culinary Institute in Portland, Ore., and also participating in a 14-month program learning classical French cuisine. Vegetarian meals will be provided with prior request. Fine wines chosen by wine connoisseur Michael McCullough will accompany the meal. Jan Heitmann of All Seasons and artist Adam Kemp will design the centerpieces at each of the tables, and also special gallery decorations.

Proceeds from the dinner reservations, art and raffle sales are used for programming and exhibitions at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Exhibitions would not be possible without funds collected at this and other fundraising events, and generous contributions from sponsors, both corporate and individual.

For information about making a reservation or volunteering, call 777-4195.

The Museum is located on Centennial Drive in Grand Forks. The Museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The Museum café in open weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

Burnt Toast classes offered at Wellness Center

Check out the upcoming Burnt Toast classes at the Wellness Center.

Healthy Lunch Break
Monday, Feb. 4, noon to 1 p.m. Cost is $8.
Is it the time of the day where your stomach is growling, and you are hungry for lunch, but need something more than just that plain sandwich or some greasy fast food? We have the solution for you! Stop by the Burnt Toast Kitchen for a healthy lunch break and try our roasted veggie quesadillas. Munch on some chips and salsa while you watch this quick, easy, and nutritious recipe being prepared.

Romance Salsa
Tuesday, Feb. 5, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $6.
Come taste the hottest salsa North Dakota can grow, while Pastor Bruce Fischer and his wife discuss romance. Bruce and Cilla have 26 years of marriage, decades of wedding ceremonies and thousands of jars of salsa in their pantry of experience to share. The question of the evening: What can romance accomplish? As an added bonus, the Fischers will reveal how to take a zesty salsa and convert it into a quick, healthy, mouthwatering chili lunch, and you will be able to take home your own jar of salsa!

Indian Cooking
Thursday, Feb. 7, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is $14.
This course will help you learn about spices and herbs used for genuine Indian dishes. All class participants will enjoy a serving of the savory dish and take a copy of the recipe home.

Sign up for classes at the welcome desk in the Wellness Center 24 hours prior to class. For more information contact me.
-- Leah Wagner, Coordinator of Wellness Programs, Wellness Center,, 777-0842

Benefit organized for Fritz Opp

A benefit fund has been set up for 13-year-old Fritz Opp, nephew of Mary Haslerud Opp (communication), who has a serious medical condition. A benefit spaghetti dinner has been organized by Schroeder Middle School, where Fritz is a student, Monday, Feb. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. They will raffle gift baskets and are seeking donations of baskets for the raffle.

If you would like to contribute to the fund, you may mail your donation to the NDAD/Fritz Opp Fund, 2660 South Columbia Road, Grand Forks, ND, 58201. Thanks so much for your consideration.

The benefit is sponsored by Schroeder Middle School, NDAD, and we have applied for matching funds from Thrivent. -- Mary Haslerud Opp, Director of Public Speaking, School of Communication.

Successful UND Women Graduates to Speak at 21st Annual Hultberg Lectureship Feb. 5

“Channeling Life’s Energy: Work, Home, Relationships” is the theme of the 21st Annual Hultberg Lectureship Series presented by the College of Business and Public Administration. The lecture will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, second floor, Memorial Union.

This year’s lecture features four successful women graduates from the University of North Dakota:
• Laurie Furuseth, CPA, Rustad and Furuseth, Williston, N.D.
• Sherri McDaniel, vice president, Worldwide Temperature, Emerson Process Management, Rosemount Division, Minneapolis, Minn.
• Susan J. Crockett, vice president, senior technology officer of health and nutrition, General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition, Minneapolis, Minn.
• Jennifer Lukach, human resource representative, Ecolab, Grand Forks

Each year, prominent women alumni from UND bring their leadership and experiences to the University community through this event. “The Hultberg Lectureship has been one of the most successful programs that we offer,” said Dennis Elbert, dean of the College of Business and Public Administration. “It provides the opportunity to showcase our graduates, who have proven to be outstanding role models for our current students.”

Hans and Susanna Hultberg immigrated to the United States in the late 1800s, and all four of their children attended UND. The lectureship was established by their daughter, Clara E. Anderson, who graduated from the College of Business and Public Administration in 1928.
-- Lynda Kenney, Assistant Professor, Technology,, 777-2197

Pinnaduwa Kulatilake presents next LEEPS lectures

Pinnaduwa Kulatilake from the University of Arizona, Tucson, will present the next LEEPS lectures Friday, Feb. 8.

At noon, Kulatilake will address “Rock Slope Stability Analyses -- A Case Study,” in 100 Leonard Hall. At 3 p.m., in 109 Leonard Hall, he will discuss “Three Dimensional Rock Mass Fracture Geometry and Fluid Flow Modeling for a Tunnel Site in California.”

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science lecture program (LEEPS) brings nationally and internationally known scientists and others to UND to give talks on cutting edge science and engineering. Lectures cover a wide range of topics, including academic science, applied engineering, and environmental issues of current significance.

For more information, contact Zhengwen Zeng at 777-3027.
-- Connie Larson, Administrative Secretary, Geology & Gelogical Engineering,, 7-2248

"Trees" will support local breast cancer programs

"Trees" is a new play being performed at the Fire Hall Theatre in Grand Forks Feb. 14-17 and Feb. 21-23. All profits will benefit two local breast cancer support programs: Filling the Gap and the North Dakota Breast Cancer Coalition.

If you enjoyed "Beaches" and "Step-Mom," we believe you will be equally moved by "Trees."

Tickets are $15, and $10 with a student I.D. (Not appropriate for people under 18.) However, consider booking a row of 10 seats for the performance. This would make a wonderful community building event for you and your department. The coffee shop, Porpoura, is giving a coupon for a free cup of coffee after the show so that you can also take in the Oncology on Canvas exhibit. If you would like to reserve tickets for a group of 10 or more, we are able to give you a $2 discount per ticket. Group reservations are a necessity and can be made by calling 701-795-9113.

"Trees" is directed by communications Ph.D. candidate Adonica Schultz Aune; stage-managed by Naomi Bender, grad student in communications; written by Kathy Coudle-King, senior lecturer, English and women studies; and includes Pat Jordheim, graduate student in communications; Deb Todhunter, R.N.; Miriam Clapp Erin and Audra Hendrickson, and David Henry.
-- Kathleen Coudle-King, Sr. Lecturer , English & Women Studies,, 777-2787

Workshops focus on Essential Studies course design

Special emphasis course design workshops are set for Friday, Feb. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Following a general introduction to Outcome Based Curriculum Design and the ES Program, focused workshops will be offered. Sign up for one of the following:

o Workshop on Quantitative Reasoning
o Workshop on US Diversity and Global Diversity
o Workshop on Advanced Communication
o Workshop on the ES Capstone

To participate in one of the workshops, please RSVP by Jan. 31 via e-mail to OID at (and indicate which workshop you will attend).

The new Essential Studies Program will be implemented for entering first-year students in fall 2008. It emphasizes a stronger focus on specific learning goals and advocates practices that will help students better understand the value of general education. To help faculty, departments and programs provide adequate course offerings for students in the new program, the Essential Studies Transition Team is offering these Course Design Workshops. Four workshops will take place Friday, Feb. 8, from 1 to 4 p.m., and each will focus on ES Special Emphasis course requirements: quantitative reasoning (Q); US diversity (U) and global diversity (G); advanced communication (A); and the ES capstone. Participants in the workshop will receive help in designing courses to be offered to meet the requirements, in articulating student learning outcomes and assessment methods for the course/s and in preparing to validate those courses. Further information on the new Essential Studies (ES) program is available online at
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 777-4233

Note course design considerations for online delivery

Distance learning is clearly an important growth area in higher education. At UND, many on-campus courses utilize online delivery for some aspects of the curriculum while Continuing Education offers students both semester and independent study formats for completing courses completely online. Many teachers are concerned about the implications of distance delivery for their classes and student learning, and are working hard to measure and assess how students learn in these online delivery formats, employing a variety of techniques for engaging and motivating students and assessing their learning.

Jane Sims (Continuing Education), Katherine Anderson (Teaching and Learning), Victoria Beard (associate provost), and Joshua Reidy (dean, Outreach Programs) will present this On Teaching session titled "Course Design Considerations for Online Delivery." The lunch is Wednesday, Feb. 13, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Red River Valley Room, Memorial Union. We will share some of these techniques for enhancing student learning in distance delivery formats. We will also discuss how Continuing Education courses are evolving to mainstream into the UND campus community.

To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 by noon Monday, Feb. 11. Please indicate if you require a vegetarian meal.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 777-4233

Annual key meeting is Feb. 13

The campus-wide key meeting will be held Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The key inventory packets will be ready for pick-up prior to the meeting, starting at 8:30 a.m. The informational meeting will start at 9 a.m. All departmental personnel responsible for issuing keys should attend to pick up their packet and receive information on completing the inventory.
-- Larry Zitzow, Chair, Building/Facility Access Administrative Committee, Facilities,, 777-2591

Founders Day banquet tickets should be purchased by Feb. 19

Tickets for the 2008 UND Founders Day banquet are now on sale. This year's event will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Alerus Center Ballroom. The pre-banquet social with musical entertainment will begin at 5:45 p.m. with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m.

The annual Founders Day banquet commemorates the founding of UND in 1883, and this year's theme, “From Tradition to Tomorrow,” will focus on the 125th Anniversary of the university. Displays, historic artifacts, and posters will provide an interesting walk through UND’s history. Faculty and staff with 25 years of service to UND will be honored along with retired and retiring faculty and staff with 15 or more years of service to the University. Awards for outstanding teaching, research, service, and advising will be presented to faculty members and departments.

Tickets for the banquet can be purchased through the campus mail until Feb. 19. UND employees have received a flyer describing the Founders Day celebration and the ticket purchase procedure. This information is also available under the Founders Day link at Please use the order form from that flyer to purchase your tickets. Departments may reserve tables by using the order form or by calling the number listed on the flyer. Tables seat 10 guests. Tickets are $20 each, and should be purchased by Tuesday, Feb. 19.

Please call Terri Machart in the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services Office at 777-2724 if you have questions.
-- Dawn Botsford, Events Coordinator, Office of Ceremonies and Special Events,, 777-6393

"A Taste of UND" will be held in Minneapolis

The University will hold an outreach program for alumni, "A Taste of UND," from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at the Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis. President Kupchella and other guests will speak, and 15 to 20 campus units will have displays. Twin Cities alumni have been invited, and members of the University community are welcome to attend and/or notify friends in the area of the event. It will be an excellent opportunity to visit with alumni in that area and to showcase UND while enjoying art at the Walker. There is a $10 charge per person for the event, which will have hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Pre-registration is required; call Meghan Hopps at the Alumni Association, 777-2611 or register online at ( ) . -- Don Kojich, executive associate vice president for University Relations.

Summer programs and events council names mini-grant recipients

For the third year, the Summer Programs and Events Council is awarding funding to new, expanded, or redesigned programs through their mini-grant program. These funds give UND faculty and staff the opportunity to gain support for development, marketing, and start-up costs for programs and courses held on campus during the summer months.

"I am excited about the quality and diversity of mini-grant projects that are being funded by the UND Summer Programs and Events Council", said Kerry Kerber, associate dean of Continuing Education and co-chair of SPEC. "We have several new programs that mix well with some second- and third-year projects that are all contributing to our increase in programming that is occurring on the UND campus in the summer."

For summer 2008 the projects awarded are:
· Summer Language Processing Camp
Sarah Robinson, clinical assistant professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
· Seven Dimensions of Leadership Camp
Kayla Effertz, assistant director of First Impressions, Wellness Center
· Advanced Lego Robotics Camp
Tom Stokke, instructor, Computer Science
· UND Summer Institute for School Counselors
Dorlene Walker, associate professor, Counseling
· Red River Music Festival
Chung Park, assistant professor, Music
· UND Movie Making Camp
Kathy King, senior lecturer, English
· Young Scientists and Engineers Academy
Cheryl Osowski, outreach coordinator, School of Engineering and Mines
· Buzz on Biz
Sandra Braathen, associate professor, Information Systems and Business Education

Diane Hadden, director of Summer Sessions and co-chair of SPEC adds, "Once again these funded projects will provide learning opportunities for participants of many different ages with a variety of interests and needs. We are fortunate to have dedicated professionals at UND who are willing to take the lead in creating more activity on campus in the summer."

For more information about summer at UND, visit

SSAC issues call for application for New Faculty Scholar Awards

Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC) “New Faculty Scholar Awards” are intended to provide extra support for initiation of research and creative activity programs of assistant professors who have been at UND three years or less (e.g., date of appointment at UND should be January 2005 or later). The SSAC anticipates that many New Faculty Scholar Awards will lead to the development of projects that will ultimately be funded by external agencies. Up to three awards of $5,000 each will be made per year. Only outstanding applications will be funded. One competition is held for Faculty Scholar Awards each year.

Friday, Feb. 15, is the deadline for submission of New Faculty Scholar Award applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee. The committee will consider requests from faculty members to conduct pure and applied research, support writing projects, or to support other creative and scholarly endeavors (e.g., performances, art projects, compositions). All costs normally incurred in the conduct of the research or creative activity are eligible budget items. Travel costs which are essential to the conduct of the project may be requested; however, travel to present papers or attend conferences is not allowable under this program.

The committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. All applications for New Faculty Scholar Awards must include the completed application form, letter of support from the departmental chair, the applicant’s resume, and a description of the project. The properly signed original application and 11 copies must be submitted to RD&C prior to the published deadline. The application form is available at RD&C (105 Twamley Hall or call 777-4278) and on RD&C's home page at (or under “Research” on UND’s home page).
-- Patrick A. Carr , chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, Anatomy and Cell Biology,, 701/777-2576

Summer Instructional Development Professorship proposals due Feb. 1

Each year the Senate Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) awards a number of Summer Instructional Development Professorships to faculty working on innovative instructional projects. Designed to allow faculty to work full time on instructional development for four weeks during the summer, the professorships provide a stipend of $3,000 and are funded by the Alumni Foundation.

The FIDC evaluates SIDP proposals according to the following criteria:
◦ rationale (for new course or course revision) is well-established in terms of significance to the curriculum and potential to enhance student learning
◦ proposed pedagogy is consistent with best practices in higher education (i.e. active learning and engagement strategies and a variety of assessments, graded and ungraded, of student learning)
◦ plans to conduct, document and assess work are clear and reasonable, meaning:
- the work is doable in the time allotted
- the final products are outlined
- the plans to assess work make sense
◦ in addition, special consideration will be given to proposals that:
- have potential to serve as a model to others
- are particularly innovative
- will likely have especially high impact on student learning

All faculty are eligible to apply (GTAs and visiting professors are not eligible) and must commit to spending four weeks of full-time summer work on their projects, typically focusing on a course or courses to be offered the following academic year. Applicants who have held Summer Instructional Development Professorships in the past may apply again, but priority will be given to those who have not had recent support.

Full information is available on the OID Web site at
To discuss ideas and draft proposals before submitting a final proposal, e-mail or call 777-4233.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 777-4233

Changes sought for Code of Student Life

The Code of Student Life includes information and protocols from various departments on campus. If your department has recommendations for changes to the Code of Student Life, please submit these changes before Friday, Feb. 8, to Thank you.
-- Jeffrey Powell, Student Services Officer, Dean of Student Office,, 777-2664

Departments asked to return "years of service" lists

Please return the list of employees sent to you Jan. 14, which identifies those scheduled to receive a Years of Services certificate at this year's annual Staff Recognition Luncheon. We are asking that you carefully verify each date so our information is correct. After your review, it is important to return this list to our office, Stop 8010, with your note of approval by March 5, whether or not you have changes. -- Joy Johnson, Human Resources.

Note parking ramp revised fees and operational plan

Changes have been made to the overall parking operation plan and fee structure for the UND parking ramp. The changes were made based upon feedback by user groups. Additionally, parking is in the process of implementing some “Preferred Parking” options on campus, and will be testing some specific lots this spring. We are pleased to announce the following parking will be available.

The parking ramp will consist of:
* 298 reserved access parking passes available to students, faculty, and staff. Reserved access parking passes are not over‐sold, guaranteeing the purchaser a parking spot in the facility. The student pass can be purchased for $250 and the staff and faculty pass will be $285.
* The option to purchase a reserved access parking pass on a monthly basis will be provided. Students will be able to purchase a monthly pass for $25 and staff and faculty for $30.
* 163 spaces will be available for pay‐as‐you‐go hourly parking, which will start with $1.50 the first hour. Each additional hour will be $1 with a maximum charge of $7 per day. It will operate very much like the UND Visitor Lot.
* Please note: Once you have pulled a ticket and entered the ramp, you have 15 minutes to exit the ramp at no charge. After the 15 minute time period has elapsed, payment will be required to exit the ramp. This option should always be used rather than backing from an entry lane to Second Avenue.
* The remaining 278 spaces will be available to faculty, staff, and students with a valid UND parking permit on a first come/first served basis. Simply scan the barcode on your valid UND parking permit to park in these spaces if spaces are available. If spaces are not available, a message will be displayed on the Columbia Road reader board.
* After normal business hours (5 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Monday through Friday and on weekends, the parking ramp converts to a “G” zone. Individuals with a valid UND parking permit will be able to park in the ramp. Those that do not have a valid UND parking permit will still be able to utilize the parking ramp by paying for parking on an hourly basis. Please note: the only vehicles allowed to remain in the ramp after midnight are those displaying a ramp pass or vehicles with a pulled ticket displayed on the dash. All other vehicles may be ticketed or “booted.”

UND Parking will introduce the option of preferred parking in the fall of 2008. We will be testing for workability on some preferred parking this spring.
* The following lots will be available for preferred parking this spring:
* Faculty and staff lots: lot between Burtness Theatre and Chandler Hall and Twamley.
* Student lots: Women’s Center, behind Christus Rex, and next to the Newman Center.
* The reserved preferred parking spaces can be purchased by students for $225 and by staff and faculty for $260. The option to purchase a preferred parking space on a monthly basis will be provided at the rate of $25 for students and $30 for faculty and staff.

If you are interested in either a reserved access ramp pass, or a preferred parking pass for any of the lots mentioned, please contact UND Parking at 777‐3551. Availability is limited, so guarantee your space today -- UND Parking office.

U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for Feb. 1-8. Visit our web site for more.

Access XP: Intermediate**
Prerequisite: Access Beginning
Feb. 4, 6 and 7, 9 a.m. to noon* (nine hours total), 361 Upson II
Manage databases and data, import and export data entry. Use advanced tables, queries, forms and reports; make your data available on the web. Presenter Heidi Strande, ITSS.

Budgets Overview Inquiry (NEW SESSION)
Feb. 4, 1 to 3 p.m., Lanterman Center, 9 Gamble Hall
Requirements: PeopleSoft User ID and password for Finance Module, a local fund number, and/or appropriated fund number. This is for new PeopleSoft users or those PeopleSoft users needing a refresher. This training provides the tools necessary to navigate through PeopleSoft to find your department's budget and cash balance; utilize PeopleSoft to track your department's budget, cash, revenue, and expenditures; and complete a budget journal. The session also includes hands-on practice activities. Presenter: Shannon Smidt, CoBPA.

Defensive Driving
Feb. 6, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Room 10-12, Swanson Hall
This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member (spouse and/or dependents). This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Jason Uhlir, Safety and Environmental Health.

Managing a Generational Workforce
Feb. 5, 9 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall
Learn the differences between the generation and how they impact the workforce. Presenters: Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert, Human Resources.

Records Retention and E-Mail
Feb. 5, 1 to 2 p.m., Medora Room, Memorial Union
Learn what role e-mail plays in an organization, UND policy, and best practices for retaining e-mail messages. Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.

Hiring Procedures and the Termination Process
Feb. 7, 9 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall
Learn what constitutes a legal hire as well as a legal termination of an employee. Presenter: Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert, Human Resources

* Please attend all sessions in the series
** Limited seating – register early

Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by: phone, 777-2128, e-mail, or online Please include: (1) workshop title/date, (2) name, (3) department, (4) position, (5) stop number, (6) phone number, (7) e-mail, and (8) how you first learned about this workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.
-- Kathy Williams, U2 coordinator, University within the University, ,777-4266.
-- Kathy Williams, Coordinator, U2 Program,, 777-2128

Student newspapers on campus being abused

The Collegiate Student Readership program that provides newspapers on campus has been abused for some time by faculty and staff. This program is paid for by student fees and is for student use only. Please remind your employees, fellow faculty members and fellow staff members that this is a student program that costs thousands of dollars each year. As an alternate, faculty and staff may purchase the Grand Forks Herald at the Information Desk in the Memorial Union for a small fee.
-- Jason Lothspeich, Student Body Treasurer, Student Government,, 7-3307

Wednesday, Jan. 30, is Denim Day

You know the drill ... pay your dollar to your Denim Day coordinator, enjoy wearing your denim, and know all funds go to charity. Need more Denim Day buttons? Call me and I'll be happy to send them out to you.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 777-3791

Drive-thru coffee available at Stomping Grounds University Place

Did you know Stomping Grounds Coffee Shop has a second location on the first floor of University Place? Get your morning coffee by using the easily accessible drive-thru off Stanford Road. Find the same great specialty coffee drinks, Big Trains, gourmet hot chocolate, cider, and Seattle’s Best coffee. Muffins, cookies, bagels and a wide variety of snacks, including take-and bake-cookie dough and pizza, are also available.

The drive-thru opens at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. on weekends. Short-term parking is available on Stanford Road.
-- Jeff St. Michel, Assistant Director of Retail Dining, Dining Services,, 777-3823

Flexible benefits grace period reminder

Any amounts that you have allocated to either medical or dependent care spending accounts that are unused at the end of the Plan Year may be used to reimburse expenses incurred during the grace period.
The grace period began on January 1 and will end on March 15.
Eligible expenses incurred the grace period and approved for reimbursement will be paid first from any balances remaining at the end of the previous Plan Year and then from amounts available in the current Plan Year.

Claims will be paid in the order in which they are received. Previous claims will not be reprocessed so as to change the order in which they were received.

Any unused amounts that are not used to reimburse eligible expenses incurred during the Plan Year or during the grace period will be forfeited if not submitted for reimbursement by March 31, 2008.

Please call Cheryl Arntz, FlexComp Specialist, at 777-4423 if you have any questions.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Sign up for Know Your Numbers and win daily prizes

Know Your Numbers is the program that helps you focus on those numbers in your life that really count, in addition to helping you take those important first steps toward better health. Is one of your goals to stop smoking? We have a Freedom from Smoking class that's free of charge. Or is your number one goal to lose weight? We will have a weight management class for you.

How do you sign up? Go to and click on "Login/Register" in the upper right hand corner. Fill out the registration form and you will soon receive your Work Well folder and long-sleeve shirt in the mail. Plus, each day all new participants will have a chance to win some great prizes, and a shot at the big money at the end. So don't waste any more time, sign up for Know Your Numbers.
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Assistant Director for Work Well, Wellness Center,, 701.777.0210

Expectant Family Program seeks volunteers

The Expectant Family Program in the Nursing Center has been in existence for 40 years, providing service to approximately 100 families per year. The purpose of the program is to provide pregnancy educational support to expectant families through nursing student visits. Students may make home visits and provide services or education such as: listening to the baby’s heartbeat, addressing concerns related to labor and delivery, help in preparing a sibling for a new family member, etc.

Call 777-4540 today for a brochure and/or to participate in this informative program.
-- Patty Vari, Clinical Associate Professor, Nursing,, 701-777-4540

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.



POSITION: Inventory Technician (variable schedule), Aerospace Sciences, #08-205
DEADLINE: (I) 1/30/2008
SALARY: $24,000+/year


POSITION: Office Assistant, Student Financial Aid #08-206
DEADLINE: (I) 2/01/2008
SALARY: $23,000+/year

-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

UND nursing professor only advanced oncology certified nurse practitioner in North Dakota

Jackie Roberts, co-director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the College of Nursing, has been certified as an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP) by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC). This is in addition to Roberts’ certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Roberts is one of 409 certified AOCNP nurses internationally and is the only one in North Dakota.

Nursing certification is the process by which a nongovernmental agency validates, based upon predetermined standards, an individual registered nurse's qualification and knowledge of practice in a defined functional or clinical area of nursing.

“Jackie is on the ground floor of advancing cancer care and it is wonderful to have her on our faculty at UND,” said Liz Tyree, Roberts’ co-director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. “Our students are given a tremendous opportunity to learn from Jackie.”

The purposes of nursing certification are to assure the public that the certified nurse has completed all eligibility criteria to earn a specific credential, and to promote the development of specialty areas of nursing by establishing minimal competency standards and recognizing those who have met those standards.

The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) is a non-profit organization that develops, administers, and evaluates programs for certification in oncology nursing. ONCC was incorporated in 1984 and is governed by a Board of Directors, who represent various levels of certification in oncology nursing and the public at large.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is the largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization in the United States. ANCC's Certification Program validates nurses' skills, knowledge, and abilities. ANCC board certification empowers nurses within their professional sphere of activity and contributes to better patient outcome. More than a quarter million nurses have been certified by ANCC since 1990. More than 75,000 advanced practice nurses are currently certified by ANCC.

The UND College of Nursing offers undergraduate and graduate programs, from a baccalaureate nursing program that is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education to master's education with six specializations and a doctoral program that prepares nurses for roles as nurse scientists and faculty. The Department of Nutrition and
Dietetics prepares students for roles in community nutrition or dietetics and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association.

Medical students learn about rural health care

For the first time, medical students from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences will study and train with practicing physicians in Dickinson through the Rural Opportunities in Medical Education (ROME) program beginning next month.

The ROME program is an interdisciplinary experience in a rural primary care setting that allows students to live and train under the supervision of physician-instructors in communities throughout North Dakota. Generally, the ROME program places two students in each community. Other communities involved in the ROME program are Devils Lake, Hettinger, Jamestown and Williston.

Third-year medical students Shaina Dockter and Mark Longmuir will be taking their training in Dickinson under the supervision of Dr. Kamille Sherman at the Dickinson Clinic and Dr. Heather Hughes at the Great Plains Clinic. Sherman and Hughes are clinical assistant professors of family and community medicine at the UND medical school and graduates of the school.

The students, whose experience begins Feb. 4 and continues through June 18, will learn about problems commonly encountered in primary care, from routine health maintenance to medical emergencies and rare or unusual diagnoses, according to Dr. Roger Schauer, ROME program director and associate professor of family and community medicine at the UND medical school. Teaching physicians are board-certified in family medicine, surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics-gynecology, as well as subspecialists who serve that community.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Admin Secretary, Public Affairs,, 701-777-4305

UND women's basketball garners six WBCA Superlative awards

The Womens Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) has announced that the University of North Dakota womens basketball team is the recipient of a Division II-leading six 2008 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Superlatives. UND's six awards are tied with the University of Tennessee for the most of any program in the country, Division I or II.

UND was lauded for having the Best Tradition, Best Community Support and Best Pep Band and was also recognized as the Most Fun to Watch (coach or school). Additionally, head coach Gene Roebuck was cited as the Most Competitive Coach in Division II women's basketball. The Sioux have won three NCAA Division II women's basketball championships (1999, 1998 and 1997), 11 North Central Conference regular season championships and the last seven NCC playoff tournaments. UND has also qualified for 21 NCAA postseason tournaments, including the last 18 in a row.

In 2006-07, UND led Division II women's basketball in total attendance (38,912) and averaged an NCC-leading 2,048 fans per game. UND captured 2007 WBCA Superlatives for Best Fans and Best Facility.

The Pride of the North Basketball Band, under the direction of Robert Brooks, is UND's largest University-supported group and has created a tradition of excellence that dates back to the late 19th century. Last season the Pride of the North accompanied the Fighting Sioux to the Division II Elite Eight in Kearney, Neb.

Roebuck, in his 21st season as Sioux head coach, owns the highest career winning percentage (.859) in NCAA Division II women's basketball history. A 10-time NCC Coach of the Year, Roebuck has guided the Sioux to all three of their national titles, 19 NCAA postseason appearances and 18 consecutive 20-win seasons. Roebuck is 547-90 in his 21-plus seasons at UND and has coached 17 All-Americans, four WBCA Players of the Year and seven NCC Most Valuable Players.