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ISSUE: Volume 45, Number 21: January 16, 2008

Top Stories
James Petell named associate vice president; department name changed
Marketplace for Entrepreneurs 2008 continues
Potvin elected to Council of College Arts and Sciences board
Five UND presidential candidates visit campus
Kelley focuses on educational mission, philosophy
Candidate Kathleen Long discusses impressions of campus
Events to Note
Music department presents Meet the Artist Recital Jan. 25
Enrollment Services hosts spring open house Saturday, Feb. 2
George Seielstad presents "The World of Education/Education of the World"
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week events listed
Memorial Union spring leadership series continues
Northwestern University scientist presents LEEPS lectures
Blue Cross, Blue Shield presents benefits of strength training
Library offers drop-in sessions for students, faculty
Christus Rex plans talks on Salman Rushdie's works
Students can network with CEOs and entrepreneurs
Volunteer Recruitment Day is Jan. 17
UND "Broadway Bound" participants to present cabaret
UND to host Honor Band, Choir, and Orchestra Festival
Indian taco sale Jan. 23 benefits Colleen Clauthier
Box lunch session focuses on creating tests
Engelstad Arena hosts community skate
Benefit organized for Fritz Opp
UND women graduates to speak at Hultberg Lectureship
University Senate meets; agenda items due
UND offers instructional leadership academy to K-12 educators
Save the date: "Happy Birthday UND" party
Historical displays requested for 2008 Founders Day
Students skydive for awareness about violence against students
Please complete University committee preference forms
Nominations sought for Outstanding Faculty Academic Adviser Award
Water institute graduate research fellowships announced
Note faculty study seminar offerings for spring 2008
Students responsible for contacting faculty on most absences
Help sought to build Founders Day sets, big birthday cake
Music Department offers children's music classes
Note new University policy on holding diplomas
Student Account Services no longer accepts Canadian currency
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is holiday
Chester Fritz Library lists Martin Luther King Day hours
Law Library posts Martin Luther King Day hours
ITSS lists holiday hours
Donated annual leave requested for Jane Grega
CanadInn offers discount for UND guests
Clinical depression: there is hope
Med students bring lessons on dangers of tobacco use to area elementary schools
Volunteers sought for sleep study
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Young named interim chair of microbiology and immunology
Lagasse selected to chair NAFSA Region IV
EERC's Ken Grohs receives patriotic employer award
UND student investment team out performs the S&P 500 in fund return
James Petell named associate vice president; department name changed

James Petell has been named associate vice president for intellectual property commercialization and economic development in the Division of Research. The new title coincides with a new name for the unit he directs, which is now called the Office of Intellectual Property Commercialization and Economic Development.

"This is a new title for Jim, who has played a significant role as part of the Office of Vice President for Research since he came on board in June 2004. Jim was originally hired as our first director of the Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization, and as such he has done an excellent job in helping us assess our intellectual property. He has served as the leader as we’ve pursued patents and trademarks, and I'm pleased to say there has been a significant increase in this activity in the past three years. This has occurred at the same time that we’ve seen increases in our entire research enterprise, which now sees more than $100 million a year in sponsored programs,” said UND President Charles Kupchella.

The name change recognizes the strong connection that this work has to economic development, not only in terms of increasing patents and trademarks, but also in terms of work Petell has done to make a reality the UND’s Research Enterprise and Commercialization Park and the $14 million Center of Excellence in Life Sciences and Advanced Technology facility within the park, said Gary Johnson, interim vice president for research.

The Center of Excellence in Life Sciences and Advanced Technology, which opens this summer, will house several private companies: Avianax, NovaDigm, Laserlith, Prologic, Alion, Inc., and Ideal Aerosmith, representing four life sciences and advanced technologies clusters. Most of the companies are coming from out of state to work with UND faculty on research projects or develop relationships for student intern programs. The facility will also house about 35,000 square feet of specialized laboratories for UND students and scholars. The setup is intended to provide synergy and natural links between intellectual capital developed by UND scientists and the companies, all of which are active in the field of science and technology.

“The research enterprise at UND has grown tremendously and the climate for continued growth is bright. In recognition of the need for a continuing emphasis on commercialization of the institutions intellectual property and a focus on our University as a driver of economic development, I am pleased to note the heightened visibility we are bringing to these vital research components,” said Johnson.

UND’s research enterprise had a state and regional economic impact of just over $174 million in FY2007, an increase of $11 million over last year, said Johnson. The $174.17 million economic impact figure includes close to $40 million in Grand Forks County and $10 million elsewhere in North Dakota. The remainder of the economic impact is $86 million attributed directly to UND and $38 million to the five-state North Central Region.

The University’s research activity in fiscal year 2007 also funded 1,649 jobs, including 728 at UND and an additional 530 jobs in Grand Forks County, 70 in North Dakota, and 321 elsewhere. All of this UND research-related activity also generated about $33 million in federal, state, and local tax revenue.

Jim Petell is a proteomics expert and registered patent agent with seven U.S. and several foreign patents of his own, as well as a background in corporate and academic biochemistry research, biotech business start-ups, and planning for and protecting intellectual property rights. Petell also has experience drafting U.S. and foreign patents, negotiating licensing agreements, and directing intellectual property strategy.

Petell’s 14 years in corporate research includes co-founding his own company, FemtoLink Biotechnologies; serving as manager of intellectual property and regulatory for ProfiGen; and serving as global R&D leader, among other positions, at Dow AgroServices. Petell also served as research assistant professor and director of the Colucci Memorial Liver Research Facility at Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y.

Originally from Vermont and upstate New York, Petell holds the B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Iowa, the Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at San Diego, and did a post-doctoral fellowship at Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo, N.Y. He has more than 30 publications in refereed journals and invited book chapters.

Marketplace for Entrepreneurs 2008 continues

As you may know, Marketplace for Entrepreneurs 2008 will be in the Alerus Center in Grand Forks through Jan. 16. U.S. Senator Kent Conrad and Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson are the organizing sponsors of this 19-year-old annual economic development conference, the largest and longest running event of its kind in North Dakota. These upcoming events connected with this year’s Marketplace may be of particular interest to you:

-- The Marketplace keynote address, “Community First, Company Second,” by Kent Thiry, chair and CEO of DaVita, Inc., who is known for his engaging and motivational speaking style. This Marketplace noon event Wednesday, Jan. 16, is free, with a free box lunch served to the first 1,000 attendees at the Alerus Center. DaVita provides integrated dialysis services for patients with chronic kidney failure. With 29,000 teammates working in 1,300 centers around the country, the company cares for 100,000 patients every week. The company’s annual revenues are over $5 billion. This event will also include welcomes from the Marketplace organizing sponsors, Sen. Conrad and Commissioner Johnson, and announcement of the 2008 entrepreneurial awards. For further information, see: <>

We hope to see you soon at the Marketplace events, and at the day-long Marketplace for Entrepreneurs conference Jan. 16! Find out more at <>.
-- Jan Orvik, editor, for , State Representative for U.S. Senator Kent Conrad, Office of Senator Conrad,, 701-775-9601

Potvin elected to Council of College Arts and Sciences board

Martha Potvin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was recently elected to a three-year term on the Board of the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences (CCAS).

Founded in 1965, CCAS is a national association of colleges and universities designed to nurture and sustain the arts and sciences as the leading influence in American higher education. Accredited, baccalaureate degree-granting intuitionist are eligible for membership in the council.

Potvin has been the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2001. The college offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs and certificates in a variety of traditional and emerging disciplines in the arts, sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Students are challenged to work alongside faculty and within the community to explore and expand the boundaries of knowledge and their own creativity. The research, scholarship, and creative activities of the nationally and internationally recognized faculty enhance teaching and learning as well as contribute to the expansion of the world's knowledge base.

Five UND presidential candidates visit campus

Five candidates for the University of North Dakota presidency will visit campus for interviews this month. After the interviews are complete, the presidential search committee will recommend finalists to the State Board of Higher Education. Board members will interview those finalists Feb. 4-5.

President Charles Kupchella, who has served as UND’s 10th president since July 1999, will retire June 30, 2008.

Each of the five candidates will participate in a 3:30 p.m. "Meet and Greet," for students, faculty and staff in the Dakota Lounge, Memorial Union; a 4:05 p.m. public presentation with Q&A in the Memorial Union Ballroom, and a 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. post forum reception in the Dakota Lounge, Memorial Union. The public is welcome:

* Thursday, Jan. 17 -- Phyllis E. Johnson, Beltsville area director, USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS).
* Tuesday, Jan. 22 -- Bruce Smith, dean, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, University of North Dakota, and president/CEO of the UND Aerospace Foundation.
* Thursday, Jan. 24 -- Dennis J. Elbert, dean, College of Business and Public Administration, University of North Dakota.

The candidates:
* Robert Kelley, dean, College of Health Sciences and professor of medical education and public health at the University of Wyoming, visited 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 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.

* Kathleen Long, dean and professor, College of Nursing, University of Florida, Gainesville, visited campus through Jan. 13-16.

Dr. Long earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1968; her master’s from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1970, where she specialized in child psychiatric nursing and nursing education; and her doctorate in behavioral sciences at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

She has held her current position since 1995. At UF, she served on the board of directors of the comprehensive Shands Healthcare System, and chaired the College of Medicine dean search. She also chairs the Development (fund-raising) Oversight Committee and was named the deans’ representative on the Faculty Senate Shared Governance Task Force. At Montana State University in Bozeman, she rose through the ranks to become dean and professor of psychiatric nursing, and was actively involved in the development of a university-wide honors program. She has also held faculty or administrative positions at Husson College/Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine; University of Maryland in Baltimore; and Johns Hopkins. She worked as a nurse specialist in New York and Maryland.

Long has served on national advisory boards to the U.S. Office of Rural Health Policy and was an invited member of the Advisory Group of Deans of Schools of Nursing, providing input to President Clinton’s Task Force on National Health Care Reform. She has been active in the development of health policy and legislation at the state and national levels, and represented nursing at President Bush’s Oval Office signing of the Nurse Reinvestment Act. She served several terms on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and was president of that association from 2002 to 2004.
She and her husband, David Solomon, have one daughter.

* Phyllis E. Johnson, Beltsville Area Director, USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), interviews Jan. 16-19.

Dr. Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UND in 1971, her doctorate in physical chemistry from UND in 1976, and did postdoctoral work at the USDA ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center (HNRC).

She has been in her present position since 1997, when she was promoted from associate director. As director, she is responsible for a $130 million budget and staff of 1,200, including 300 doctoral-level scientists. The flagship Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC), which includes the U.S. National Arboretum, is the largest and most comprehensive agricultural research center in the world. She has also served as acting area director and associate director, Pacific West Area, USDA, ARS; research leader for nutrition, biochemistry and metabolism, Grand Forks HNRC; clinical instructor in internal medicine at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences; research chemist and Research Leader, Grand Forks HNRC; and a lab instructor at the University of Mary, Bismarck.

She has led the USDA in biofuel and biobased product utilization since 1999, and has received three White House awards for these activities. Under her leadership, BARC has won multiple awards. She is co-chair of a federal interagency working group developing science policy related to scientific collections as critical national research infrastructure. She represents the U.S. government on this topic internationally and will chair an international workshop on scientific collections for the Global Science Forum of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in May. She is active in community and national organizations, and was the first woman to be named president of a Sons of Norway district.

Johnson’s late husband, Robert S. T. Johnson, was also a UND alum. She has two children and six grandchildren.

* Bruce Smith, dean, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, University of North Dakota, and president/CEO of the UND Aerospace Foundation, interviews Jan. 21-24.

Dr. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and education from UND in 1970, his master’s in secondary education from Arizona State University in 1975, and his doctorate in instructional design and development from Florida State University in 1984.

He was named to his current position in 1999. Prior to that, he served as director of training for Delta Airlines, director of training systems and senior scientist for Hughes Training Inc., director of training systems for Singer Corporation, program manager for Seville Training Inc., staff scientist for Canyon Research Group, instructor and assistant professor for the U.S. Air Force Academy, research instructor pilot of the U.S. Air Force Human Resources Laboratory, and an instructor pilot and academic instructor for the U.S. Air Force.
Smith’s career has covered a variety of educational and training roles, including development and implementation of large scale education and training programs for pilots, flight crews, college students, Air Force Academy and U.S. Military Academy cadets; hands-on operational training for mechanics at a major airline; and factory workers in General Motors manufacturing settings. He has held positions in industry and higher education that cover the entire spectrum from instructor to executive, while remaining active in research and publication. His roots in North Dakota go back four generations to the 1880s when his maternal great grandparents immigrated to Grafton and later moved to Leeds, N.D.

Ann, his wife of 38 years, holds a master’s degree from Arizona State University. She worked 30 years as a career educator, and spent the last eight as a supervising teacher in UND’s College of Education and Human Development. They have two sons, who earned advanced degrees in business and engineering, and three grandchildren.

* Dennis J. Elbert, dean, College of Business and Public Administration, University of North Dakota, will interview Jan. 23-26.

A native of Grafton, N.D., Dr. Elbert earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1968 and a master’s degree in marketing in 1972, both from UND, and a doctorate in vocational education from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1976. An armor officer, Elbert is a decorated Vietnam combat veteran with a military career spanning 28 years of service in the U.S. Army Reserve. He was wounded in Cambodia, awarded a Purple Heart, and retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1996.
He returned to UND in 1980 as a marketing faculty member, and has established himself as a leader in the University, community, and state. He was named full professor in 1986 and has served as associate dean and MBA director for the College of Business and Public Administration, as well as director of the Small Business Institute. He was named dean of the college in 1997. During his tenure, Elbert has led the college through a $20 million capital campaign and nationally recognized curriculum improvements, including entrepreneurship education. He has served as a lead reviewer for AACSB International, the accrediting body for schools of business. He was instrumental in the Government Rural Outreach project, a multi-million dollar grant which united UND units, tribal communities and federal agencies to deliver government services to rural areas in North and South Dakota. In 2005 he was selected to participate in an elite, international conclave on ethics in Oxford, England.

He has served on boards that include Altru Health System, Cirrus Design, Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND (Noridian), Gate City Bank, Boy Scouts of America Northern Lights Executive Council, Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Bank, and ROTARY. He is married to Dora Lea (Riopelle) and they have three children, Jason, Christina, and Danielle, all UND graduates.

Kelley focuses on educational mission, philosophy

Dr. Robert Kelley, the first of five presidential candidates to visit campus, focused on his vision of the educational mission and philosophy in his public talk Jan. 11.

He began by discussing his background, which includes degrees from Abilene Christian University and University of California, Berkeley, where he focused on cellular biology. He spent 28 years at the University of New Mexico medical school, then moved to University of Illinois-Chicago. In 1999 he was named dean of the medical college at the University of Wyoming.

Kelley said he believes the core mission of a university is the advancement of knowledge. “Students learn from and with us,” he said. “And as we educate students, we serve the state.” Kelley believes that the liberal arts are the core of a research university, and the critical thinking they teach connects with all schools and colleges across the university.

Regarding his vision of UND, Kelley said that as an outsider, it would be pretentious to say he understands the University well enough to offer a vision. Rather, he said, he would discuss his vision of a research university. He would take a hard look at that university’s centers of excellence – not necessarily legislatively defined centers – but the strongest areas, and would look at connecting disciplines to create synergy. For example, he would bring together points of strength such as engineering and medicine or law and philosophy.

The university must continue working for economic development, he said, and address enrollment and other competitive pressures. As we do this, he said, we must engage the community with a shared vision.

“I think all activities have to be linked to that shared vision to move forward together,” he said.

Regarding planning, Kelley said that President Kupchella has positioned UND extremely well. “This is a remarkable campus,” he said, and he hasn’t seen its like anywhere else. He commended facilities planning and said that the next step would be to refine the plan, build a vision, and move forward.

Kelley described his leadership style as flexible, ranging from legislative to executive. He likes working with groups to build a consensus and said that diversity builds strength into decision-making. He said he easily moves into the executive role and can make decisions, then move on.

He said that he’s approachable, likes meeting people, and sometimes has trouble “closing his office door.” He finds it an enjoyable challenge to work with legislators and the chancellor. Because he would often be away from campus doing development and working with members of the NDUS, he would need a trusted, experienced leadership team on campus.

“I like building things,” Kelley said, including academic programs, colleges, and complex systems. “That’s why cell biology is so fascinating. I still have that curiosity.” Kelley said he would find things that the university does best, and devote resources to those niches.

“It would be challenging and enjoyable to be president of UND,” Kelley said. He finds UND a beautiful place and said one of the things that interest him most are the people of North Dakota.

He then responded to questions from the audience, summarized below.

Regarding North Dakota’s declining high school student numbers, Kelley said North Dakota and Wyoming have a lot in common, including agriculture, energy, and their economies. At the University of Wyoming, they’ve developed an aggressive, creative, and successful marketing campaign. The “good neighbor strategy” reaches students in Colorado, which has a burgeoning population, and brings them to Wyoming with marketing, incentives, and tuition breaks. Kelley said that even though Wyoming’s high school population has declined, the University has not seen a corresponding decline in enrollment, which is approaching 13,000 students. He said such a program could have potential in North Dakota. Enrollment is one of the critical issues UND must face, Kelley said. “It impacts revenues, quality, and relationships.”

Kelley said that although he’s a dean who has not been a vice president, the University community should look at his career from the beginning, and that he’s dealt with breadth and complexity across the academe. He said he believes one of the most difficult jobs is that of department head, and that helps one see the bigger picture. As he rose through the ranks, he served on most university committees and has a broad understanding of complex organizations. At Illinois, he said, he worked with the NIH and learned more about research. As dean at Wyoming, he built up the college, built a new health sciences center, and worked across the university. “I’ve served in many ways across the university,” he said, “and my experience isn’t lacking.” It will take time to learn a new institution and avoid making mistakes in his first few months, but he hopes to hit the ground running.

In answer to a question on campus climate, Kelley said Wyoming has an ombudsperson who performs mediation and dispute resolution. It’s very effective, he said, and can often save time and money, as well as salvage relationships between valued faculty members. He said it’s an informal process, and he would favor such a position here. Regarding campus climate, he observed, “we use a lot of code words, don’t we?” At Wyoming he sat on UND’s equivalent of PAC-W (President’s Advisory Council on Women), where they addressed many of the issues UND faces, including finding ways to increase opportunities for underrepresented groups. At New Mexico, which is more culturally rich, he learned a great deal when he taught courses at a Navajo college and worked to find different ways to help people learn. “There’s richness in diversity,” he said. In the 1980s, he chaired an NIH committee which helped support research for minority institutions, and visited most of the historically black colleges to help develop a research infrastructure. A diverse environment, he said, equals better solutions to issues.

Regarding possible outsourcing of some services, Kelley said he has the deepest respect for longevity, and that loyalty is important. When his father retired from the University of New Mexico, he said it was almost like a divorce for him. However, he said, we also need to look at efficiency and cost control, and take a business approach to the university. “We can’t continue to increase costs,” he said. “The price of education is moving away from students’ ability to pay.” He said he would look carefully at ways to contain costs, and would hope to do so without enormous human cost, such as by not filling open positions. “I would hope not to outsource at the expense of loyal staff,” he said.

About the role of student leaders, Kelley said that students have served on most committees of which he’s been part. “Students are why we’re here,” he said. “They’re the integral core of the university, the catalysts that advance learning.” He said that as the focus of learning and as part of our mission, students should have access to us.

His fundraising and building experience include finding money to build a new health sciences center at Wyoming. When he was hired in 1999, the college was only 20 years old, with offices all over town. He was hired to build the center, and with another person conducted a capital campaign and worked with the legislature to obtain funding. “We failed the first time and succeeded the next year,” he said. They raised $20 million for a building that now holds the entire college. “I learned a great deal, and it was a lot of fun,” he said.

Regarding the relationship between business and education, Kelley said that some business methods are appropriate for higher education, especially those regarding fiscal responsibility. “It’s important to use sound fiscal management,” he said. “But I bridle at the notion of students as customers. Students are students, and they’re here to learn.” He said he’s a traditionalist who adheres to classic student/faculty language.

Kelley said he doesn’t think there is an artificial tension between the humanities and sciences. “Liberal arts are the core of an undergraduate university,” he said. That’s where students learn history, how to think and express themselves, as well as enrich their lives. He said that funding of humanities can be achieved by underwriting them and finding other ways to support and resource them. In response to a specific question, he said he would love to see a university symphony, which would become another point of excellence and enrich the community. “I would love to explore it and find the resources,” he said.

About the changing role of libraries, Kelley said his father directed the library at New Mexico. “Libraries have evolved tremendously,” he said. “The web has changed the way we learn.” However, costs have increased, and library budgets are stressed. He said that Wyoming has worked to develop a consortium to buy bandwidth, and he assumed there are similar issues here. We need to be creative in addressing stressors on libraries. Options such as consortiums, web, and outreach can help. He said at Wyoming, faculty are spread all over the state, and the university charges a fee for library access. He said they work to negotiate goodwill and explain why they charge, but they can’t afford to provide free services. “I like libraries,” Kelley said. “I’m concerned about them.”

Regarding flex-time and other considerations for overloaded faculty, Kelley said it’s an issue to study. It’s important to understand the metrics of faculty size, he said, and to realize that faculty work hard and need relief. At Wyoming, they compensate for overload teaching, but also face faculty burnout. He’d like to explore other options such as outreach, using libraries differently, and thinking creatively to provide course opportunities. Learning is different today, he said. We need to address faculty development and growth. “There is no silver bullet.”

About working within the University System, Kelley said that Wyoming is the only four-year institution in the state. “We’re the flagship and most of the fleet,” he said. At New Mexico, multiple institutions and branches gave him system experience. “The success of UND leadership will be based on the relationship with the chancellor, State Board of Higher Education, and the system,” he said. “There has to be a good relationship.” He said he has met with Chancellor Goetz and thinks they could have a good relationship. Regarding the state budget and economy, he said now is the time to receive a share of increased revenues. “The system and board recognize that and will fairly represent the universities,” he said.

In response to a question about non-academic support services, Kelley said that mental health, physical health, and wellness are central to the university. It’s important to fund these areas, he said, which are vital to the health and well-being of the university community.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Candidate Kathleen Long discusses impressions of campus

Dr. Kathleen Long, dean and professor, College of Nursing, University of Florida, Gainesville, the second of five presidential candidates to visit campus, discussed her impressions of UND and focused on partnerships during her public talk Jan. 14.

Long was nominated for the provost position at UND several years ago, and said the enthusiasm of the students, the involvement, shared governance, the commitment of deans and vice presidents, the unique and stellar programs, American Indian programs, rural health, energy and environment -- all anchored in the liberal arts -- resulted in a positive impression.

“What attracted me most was the people,” she said. “I found them genuine, straightforward, open, and energetic.” She said she was encouraged to apply for the presidency and is interested in the position because UND is a terrific place with warm people and world-changing ideas, well-positioned to take on new challenges. She feels her strengths are a good fit with the University, and can offer a demonstrated ability to work effectively via shared governance.

“I have made hard decisions in concert with the governmental structure,” she said, adding that nursing faculty at the University of Florida have demonstrated the highest morale on campus for the last two surveys.

She said she has a thorough understanding of health sciences, medical schools, and health systems, a proven ability to work across disciplines, and has led initiatives in multi-disciplinary education.

She said she can bring entrepreneurship and budget management beyond college boundaries, and helped build the Faculty Practice Association, the first incorporated in Florida and one of just a few in the country, which supports nine faculty positions. She has also led in the development of five institutional cooperative doctoral programs, which has allowed the university to pool resources and maintain quality. She has chaired a committee for the University of Florida Foundation, which is currently engaged in a $1.5 billion campaign.

Upon coming to Florida, she said, she was mentored and schooled in fundraising. The nursing college is in its second year of a $14 million campaign, of which half has been raised. “If you know about nursing campaigns,” she said, “you know that’s pretty successful.”

She said she’s directly involved with diversity efforts and support for under-represented groups, including health care, advising, and research on American Indian reservations.

She spent 14 years at Montana State, which is similar to UND, and 13 years at Florida, one of the largest universities in the country, and she said the combination allows her to understand issues and bring new ideas to UND.

Her vision of UND, she said, is a shared vision with the UND community. She said the current UND strategic plan is comprehensive, lofty, inclusive, and challenging. She would set priorities and build bridges and partnerships within UND and North Dakota to maximize resources.

What if, said Long, innovative marketing and results spread enthusiasm around UND? What if the Chronicle of Higher Education wrote about how UND rose above the logo controversy to build stronger programs? What if the UND Senate was empowered to partner and develop new academic programs? What if we could convince EPSCoR that we could address challenges and develop solutions to increase research and develop a new state model? What if entrepreneurial efforts across UND could benefit the University and world?

She said that she realizes some people wonder whether an “outsider” can understand UND and build relationships with the chancellor, legislature, and state. She said she’s demonstrated a history of adapting quickly and well, and can build positive relationships with wide constituencies.

In 1980, Long left Johns Hopkins University for Montana State and adapted quickly, making significant contributions, including increased federal grants, developing a network of state support, and advanced nursing and honors.

In 1995, she was named nursing dean at Florida, and worked hard to establish networks at an institution with 50,000 students and 10,000 faculty and staff. She said she again adapted quickly, with help from others, and made significant contributions at the university and national level. In fact, she was one of two nurses invited to the Oval Office to witness President Bush sign a bill she helped develop. She also secured increased funding, and she and her faculty helped develop a clinic for underserved communities.

To both jobs, she said, she brought energy and passion. “I am confident I can bring that to UND,” she said. “With your help I will learn quickly and well, and represent UND with pride and grace.” Being an insider has more to do with commitment, passion, and energy, she said. “And I think green can quickly become my favorite color.”

She then responded to questions from the audience, summarized below.

When it comes to football plays, Long joked, she knows them well enough to write them. Hiring an athletic director is critically important, she said, and we need someone with expertise in Division I who can improve athletics and balance the academic mission. Both UND and Florida have been successful at that. “If you’re asking if the athletic director should report to the president, my answer is yes,” she said to applause.

One person asked if we need another person with health experience when we have strong leaders in medicine and nursing. Long said that the president does not perform the jobs of vice presidents or deans. The value, she said, is having someone who understands the complexity of health care. “What people want in a president,” she said, is someone who is thoughtful, who understands the value of a liberal arts education.” She said she earned her doctorate in sociology, anthropology, and psychology because she wanted to work outside nursing, and added that she has done extensive work with honors programs. She understands the breadth of the university, entrepreneurship, budgeting, and can develop creative partnerships that will help increase research and resources. “I can bring that,” she said. “I can reach out to the people of the University and the state, make friends, and develop partnerships with the legislature and the state.”

Regarding improving the faculty recruitment and tenure/promotion process, Long said she doesn’t know the UND process, but assumes that, like elsewhere, the process belongs to faculty. The president’s job, she said, is to ensure that the faculty have an active voice. She believes that mentoring junior faculty is critically important. “There’s nothing sadder than not being able to help them achieve tenure and promotion,” she said. She would work with deans to improve recruitment and mentoring.

When it comes to increasing enrollment, Long said that if she were a junior or senior anywhere in the country who knew about UND, she’d sign up. Her goal, she said, would be that every potential student who is a good fit, both within North Dakota and without, be targeted. She said she’d like to increase recruitment money and send student leaders to meet prospective students. “I think the UND experience speaks for itself,” she said, focusing on programs and student leadership.

Support programs are critically important, Long said, and good investments. “The college experience isn’t just academic.” Social and emotional help are important, and graduates should feel good about UND.

One person asked Long to discuss both a negative and positive trend in higher education. She said that the public is losing confidence in higher education, and wondering if the cost is worthwhile. Accountability is important, she said, and UND has a head start in avoiding that problem. She said she’s encouraged by the Legislative Roundtable and other efforts within the state. One positive trend, she said, is that increasing numbers of people recognize that a college education is not just preparation for a job, but for a career. Education is a lifelong process, and UND is well on its way to offering that.

Outsourcing jobs is a delicate balancing act, Long said. Managing resources is important, but we need to take human equations into account. Outsourcing, she said, is often not the panacea that it’s thought to be, may not save money, and you can lose devoted employees. She said that there is no easy answer, and that one of the things that attracts her most to UND is its people.

The three most important things she would try to accomplish in the first year are:
* Become a credible, positive, respected spokesperson for UND and the state, and maintain and strengthen relationships with the Board of Higher Education, chancellor, and legislature. With help and good advice, she said, she believes she can achieve this goal.
* Encourage more cross-disciplinary initiatives, including starting entrepreneurial partnerships within UND and the state.
* Set priorities within the strategic plan, find resources and devote them to this goal. “Not all money can come from state appropriations,” she said.

When asked how she would enhance UND as its spokesperson, she said that there is no silver bullet. People are often candid with newcomers, she said. She would listen to opinions, discuss them with people on campus, and work to understand nuances to determine if this was a real or perceived negative, then address them. She would engage faculty and staff. “The president can’t fix it alone,” she said, adding she would work to turn negative opinions into positive ones.

She would further develop marketing and branding of UND, and recruit students in North Dakota and beyond. “There are a lot of reasons students would want to come, and we need to get that message out.” Responding to a subsequent question about “feeder” programs, such as developing an undergraduate cell biology degree that would offer an opportunity for more graduate programs, Long said that she would certainly look at new programs that fit within the strategic plan.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Enrollment Services hosts spring open house Saturday, Feb. 2

On Saturday, Feb. 2, the Office of Enrollment Services will host an open house for prospective UND students. Departments have been invited to participate and we're anticipating a good group of incoming students and their families. We appreciate the involvement of all those who partner with us in these events. Check-in begins for families and students at 8:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union and all events conclude at 1 p.m. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Jennifer Provolt at or 777.4463.
-- Kenton Pauls, Director, Enrollment Services,, 777.4463

Music department presents Meet the Artist Recital Jan. 25

The Music Department presents a Meet the Artist Recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in the Josepine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. Tickets are available at the door. Adults, $15, students and senior citizens, $10. Proceeds will benefit the UND piano students.

Ralph Votapek's early triumphs as winner of the prestigious Naumburg Award and Gold Medalist in the first Van Cliburn International Piano Competition were an auspicious prelude to an even more remarkable career. Featured 16 times as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s guest soloist, Votapek has frequently played with the Boston Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony, and leading orchestras in St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Louisville, and elsewhere. With concerto and recital appearances abroad ranging through London, Monte Carlo, Lisbon, St. Petersburg, and into the Far East, Votapek has made a special commitment to Latin America, where he has toured every other year for three decades. His guest appearances with the Juilliard, Fine Arts, New World, and Chester String Quartets are highlights of his extensive chamber music experience. The PBS network and other educational stations draw frequently on his video series of 40 recitals for broadcast throughout the U.S.

Votapek began his musical education at age 9, when he enrolled in the Wisconsin Conservatory. He continued his studies at Northwestern University and subsequently attended the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School. He presently serves as Artist-in-Residence at Michigan State University in East Lansing. He has recorded for numerous recording labels and was the soloist on Arthur Fiedler’s last Boston Pops recording, a Gershwin program re-released on CD by Pickwick.
-- Tammy Mulske, Technology and Marketing Supervisor, Music,, 777-3271

George Seielstad presents "The World of Education/Education of the World"

George Seielstad, director of UND's Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment, will present "The World of Education/Education of the World" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. It is open to all. It will simultaneously be webcast ( Refreshments will be served beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Seielstad observes that humanity has arrived at a major inflection point in the history of civilization. Humans collectively are changing the planet at an unprecedented pace and with a magnitude greater than natural changes. The path we are on is unsustainable. A finite Earth cannot meet the unlimited expectations of a burgeoning population.

Changes to get humankind onto a sustainable path will be transformational, not incremental, and no sectors of society will escape the need to transform. The institutions best equipped to provide the leadership needed for a social transformation, Seielstad believes, are universities. For them to meet challenges of the future, they, too, must be the change they wish to inspire. And their change must be equal in magnitude to that of the challenge society faces.

Dr. Seielstad will describe a vision for integrating existing programs at the University of North Dakota into a new College of Earth Systems in which could be educated tomorrow's leaders. Those faculty, students, and members of the greater community who wish to contribute to the college's creation, or to encourage its formation, are especially invited to attend.
-- Karen Katrinak, Science Analyst, Center for People and Environment,, 777-2482

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week events listed

We invite you to attend one or more functions during the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week, Jan. 21-26. For those of you who are professors, we hope you will encourage your students to attend. Please see the programming for the week listed below or go to the Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center (EBTMC) web site.

Tickets for the luncheon were to have been purchased by Friday, Jan. 18. Thank you for your support.

The following activities are free and open to the public:

Wednesday, Jan. 23
* 11 a.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, panel discussion, War & Morality;
* 1 p.m., Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center, July in January: food and games;
* 6 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom, concert, Gospel Outreach Choir;

Thursday, Jan. 24
* 11 a.m., American Indian Student Services, the Indian Studies Association will show the documentary, "Little Rock Nine," in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Week. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the event;
* 2 p.m., Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center, Martin Luther King Jr. documentary;
* 7 p.m., Burtness Theatre, comedian Preacher Moss;

Friday, Jan. 25
* 11:30 a.m., Memorial Union Ballroom, Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Luncheon;
* 7 p.m., Burtness Theatre, performer: Michael Fosberg's "Incognito";

Saturday, Jan. 26
* 8 p.m., The Loading Dock, Memorial Union, Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dance.
-- Dianne Stam, Adm Sec, MLK Celebration Committee,, 777-4406

Memorial Union spring leadership series continues

Jon Green, executive cirector of the Altru Health Foundation, will present "Effective Leadership: What You Won't Learn in a Textbook" Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 3 p.m. in the Badlands Room, second level, Memorial Union, as part of the Spring Leadership Series held each Wednesday through Feb. 27. The series is sponsored by the Memorial Union Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. All presentations are free and open to the entire University community. Faculty, please announce this event to students.

Next week, Janet Moen (sociology) will present "Community Leadership."
-- Kaleigh Lindholm, Project Coordinator for Leadership Development, Memorial Union Center for Student Involvement & Leadership,, 777-3665

Northwestern University scientist presents LEEPS lectures

Steven D. Jacobsen, Mineralogical Society of America's Distinguished Lecturer from Northwestern University, will present the next LEEPS lectures Wednesday, Jan. 23. Jacobsen will speak at noon Wednesday, Jan. 23, on “Water Cycling in the Deep Earth: Are the Oceans Just the Tip of the Iceberg?” in 100 Leonard Hall. At 3 p.m. he will discuss “Unfamiliar Landscape in the Deep Mantle: Properties of Earth Materials at Very High Pressures and Temperatures,” in 109 Leonard Hall.

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,, 777-2248

Blue Cross, Blue Shield presents benefits of strength training

Blue Cross, Blue Shield will be back on campus from noon to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at the River Valley Room, Memorial Union, to present the benefits of strength training. All in attendance will receive a free resistance tube; door prizes will be awarded.

Library offers drop-in sessions for students, faculty

As the new semester gets under way, the librarians at the Chester Fritz Library offer library support for your classes. The Library offers sessions which will teach your students to select and use the databases most suited for their research needs. Please contact Janet Spaeth, on-campus educational services librarian (, 777-4642) or call the reference desk at 777-4629 to schedule a session.

Chester Fritz Library is also offering 'drop in' sessions for students and faculty who would like to know how to conduct searches, find books and articles in the library, set up an RSS or e-mail alert system with online databases, download citations from database searches, and more. Drop-in sessions will be held in the Reference Area and are currently available on these dates/times:

Drop-in instruction times:
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 17, 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 18, 9 and 10 a.m., 1 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 21, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 25, 9 and 10 a.m., 1 p.m.
-- Wilbur Stolt, Director of Libraries, Chester Fritz Library,, 777-2189

Christus Rex plans talks on Salman Rushdie's works

Internationally-known author, Salman Rushdie, will visit UND in March.
In preparation for his time here, we will have conversations about his works, writing style, and the political context surrounding his work on Wednesdays at noon in January. Join us for a conversation.
* Wednesday, Jan. 16, noon, “An Overview of Salman Rushdie and His Work,” Rebecca Weaver-Hightower
* Wednesday, Jan. 23, noon, “Satanic Verses: The Political Context,” Paul Sum
* Wednesday, Jan. 30, noon, ”Salman Rushdie: A Psychological View.”

Students can network with CEOs and entrepreneurs

Students can satisfy their entrepreneurial appetite by visiting with top CEOs and entrepreneurs as they share their recipe for success.

The CEO and Entrepreneur Student Exchange at Marketplace for Entrepreneurs provides a roundtable forum for college students and business leaders to share experience and ask questions during a networking luncheon. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Alerus Center (main stage). Immediately following lunch, students will have the opportunity to network with CEOs and entrepreneurs to talk about careers, goal setting and first steps to take after graduation. Executives will discuss their career path and how they took advantage of opportunities along the way. The most significant portion of this event gives students a chance to be part of Q&A in small groups.

Space is limited to the first 250 registrations. All UND students are invited to register at There is no cost for this event.

Faculty are encouraged to announce this in classes, if applicable. Again, this event is open to all UND students.

Additional questions can be directed to CK Braun-Schultz ( or Matt Maurer ( in the College of Business and Public Administration or by calling 888-384-8410.
-- CK Schultz, Director, External Relations, College of Business & Public Administration,, 777-6937

Volunteer Recruitment Day is Jan. 17

Volunteer Recruitment Day will be held Thursday, Jan. 17, in the Loading Dock at the Memorial Union from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Agencies will be on campus to recruit volunteers for the spring semester. Everyone is invited to visit with agency representatives about available opportunities. Faculty and staff, in addition to students, are encouraged to attend. Those programs and departments that require service hours are asked to inform students about Volunteer Recruitment Day. For further information, contact Linda Rains, coordinator of Civic Leadership, 777-4076 or
-- Linda Rains, Coordinator of Civic Leadership, Memorial Union,, 701-777-4076

UND "Broadway Bound" participants to present cabaret

Twelve UND students and faculty members will present the Fire Hall Theatre's January Friday Night Cabaret Friday, Jan. 18, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The Cabaret is held at the Fire Hall Theatre, 412 Second Ave. N.

Members of the UND "North Dakota - New York Showcase" will present Broadway songs and scenes in a relaxed, informal Cabaret environment.

In early March, the Showcase will perform in Minneapolis and then in New York City, placing the best and brightest of North Dakota talent in front of Broadway casting agents. UND alumni events are being planned in association with this performance (and to help celebrate the University's 125th Birthday) in both Minneapolis and New York.

Performers include Debra Berger, Chris Harder, Misti Koop, Jesi Mullins, Jared Fladeland, Daniel Dutot, Anne Christopherson, Sam Ivory, Margaret McDonald, Ellery Tofte, Joe Bussey and Louise Pinkerton. The showcase is directed by Gaye Burgess and Job Christenson.

Admission is $15 at the door, and a free will donation to help the Showcase travel to New York will be accepted.

As always, wine (21+) and light hors d'œuvres will be served.

Proceeds benefit the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre and the North Dakota - New York Showcase. Don't miss this opportunity to experience North Dakota's talent.
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre,, 7-0857

UND to host Honor Band, Choir, and Orchestra Festival

The Department of Music will host their 23rd annual Honor Band, Choir and Orchestra Festival Jan. 18-20. This festival will feature 315 high school students from throughout North Dakota, Minnesota and Montana. These musicians were selected from the more than 650 students who auditioned in the fall. While these students are on campus, they will participate in rehearsals and master classes, as well as present a concert.

As part of the festival, two concerts will be presented that are open to the public. The first concert will be held Friday, Jan. 18, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. This will be a Showcase Concert of many of the ensembles from the UND music department. The 12:00 Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Ronnie Ingle, will perform in the lobby at 3:15 p.m. prior to the concert which begins at 3:30 p.m. Featured on the concert will be the UND Varsity Bards Men’s Choir and Concert Choir, both conducted by Joshua Bronfman; the Allegro Women’s Choir, conducted by Shelley Bares; the Chamber Orchestra, led by Chung Park; and the Wind Ensemble, James Popejoy, conductor. The Steel Drum Band, directed by Mike Blake, will perform in the lobby immediately following the concert. There is no admission charge for this Friday concert.

On Sunday, Jan. 20, the UND Honor Band, Choir, and Orchestra will present their concert at 2:30 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The ensembles will be conducted by UND music professors Joshua Bronfman, Chung Park and James Popejoy. In addition to performing a wide variety of outstanding literature, including works by P.I.
Tchaikovsky, Josef Rheinberger, and Clifton Williams, the three ensembles will combine to present a performance of the America, The Beautiful. Tickets for this event are $6 for adults, $3 for students/senior citizens, or $12 per family (two adults, two children), and are available at the door.

For additional information concerning these performances, please contact the UND Music Department at 777-2644.
-- Tammy Mulske, Technology and Marketing Supervisor, Music,, 7-3271

Indian taco sale Jan. 23 benefits Colleen Clauthier

An Indian Taco Sale will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the American Indian Center. This is a fund raiser to benefit Colleen Clauthier, administrative secretary for INMED, to help offset medical expenses. The University is invited. Advance orders will be taken beginning at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 23; please call Barb Anderson at (701) 213-3955 or Deb Wilson at (218) 779-4091. Limited delivery will be available to locations with five or more orders. Thank you for your support.

For additional information please call Barb Anderson, RAIN Progam, 777-4323.

Box lunch session focuses on creating tests

Creating tests is a very real challenge faculty face. Deciding what material should be included in an exam is just one step. Faculty also have to determine the purpose of the exam and what sorts of student learning they want demonstrated on the exam. Then there are the nuts and bolts issues to tackle: How many questions should be on the exam? In what form should those questions be posed? And of course there’s the issue of grading the exams once they’ve been completed; it’s not easy to put together an exam that helps students demonstrate their knowledge and can also be efficiently and fairly graded by the instructor.

Anne Kelsch (OID and history), Ken Ruit (medicine) and Kim Crowley (University Writing Program) will present this On Teaching session, titled "Creating Tests that Measure a) critical thinking skills; b) student learning; c) writing skills; or d) all of the above." The lunch is Thursday, Jan. 24, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Room 10/12, Swanson Hall. We’ll discuss some best practices for creating exams, including identifying teacher goals for tests, ideas about multiple choice and short answer questions, tips on writing essay questions, and some thoughts on grading exams once they’ve been turned in.

To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 by noon Tuesday, Jan. 22. Please indicate if you require a vegetarian meal.
-- Kimberly Crowley, Coordinator, University Writing Program,, 777-6381

Engelstad Arena hosts community skate

Hit the ice from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, for Ralph’s Community Skate 2008. Bring your family and friends and enjoy free skating. This year’s theme is Disney’s High School Musical! Skate to your favorite tunes in the Ralph’s main arena. Bring your own skates or rent some from Hockey World. It’s all fun and all free. You don’t want to miss it. -- Ralph Engelstad Arena.

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.

UND women graduates to speak at Hultberg Lectureship

“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 Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, second floor, Memorial Union.

This year’s lecture features four successful female 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 female 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.”

Here’s a look at the 2008 featured speakers:
Laurie Furuseth is a partner in the Williston, N.D. accounting firm of Rustad and Furuseth, CPAs. The practice is largely income tax based with much of her time spent assisting business clients and their owners with a variety of accounting and tax issues. Working in a small firm in a rural community provides the opportunity for developing quality, long-term relationships with her clients.

Originally from Mayville, N.D., Furuseth graduated with a bachelor of accountancy in 1981. She received her CPA certificate in 1982. In 1983, after receiving her master of accountancy from UND, she taught in the UND Department of Accounting and Business Law for one semester. She then began practicing with an accounting firm in Williston.

Community involvement is a priority for Furuseth. She currently serves on the board of directors for Mercy Medical Center, American State Bank & Trust Co., Williston Area Development Foundation and the Fort Union Association. She has served as chairman of the Mercy Medical Foundation and the Williston Star Fund (the local economic development board) and has served on the boards of the Chamber of Commerce in Williston and Tioga.

Furuseth lives in Williston with her husband, Peter. They have two daughters.

Sherri Bonacci McDaniel graduated with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from UND in May 1989 after spending most of her childhood in Jamestown, N.D. While attending UND, she was a co-op student with 3M Company in St. Paul, Minn., and Camarillo, Calif. Upon graduation, McDaniel accepted a position with Rosemount Inc in their Eden Prairie, Minn. factory. Eighteen years later, Sherri is still with the Rosemount Division of Emerson Process Management, a wholly owned business unit of the St. Louis, Missouri-based Emerson.

Sherri started her engineering career in a non-traditional role as an applications engineer where she worked directly with process industry customers on pre- and post-sale support of flow measurement products. Sherri quickly found her passion in utilizing her technical skill set to work with customers to meet their business needs. This observation prompted her to return to the classroom in the evenings, this time at the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management where she received her MBA with emphasis in finance and marketing in June 1994.

Armed with her engineering and business skill sets, Sherri made a number of position changes within Rosemount. She spent several years in various product management roles before working on two acquisitions that broadened Rosemount’s product portfolio. Upon completion of the acquisitions, she was asked to move into an internal role where she was responsible for integrating the operations of the three organizations.

With the acquisition integration complete, Sherri added the operations for the entire America's organization to her responsibility where she managed $1M/day in sales and shipments while also launching an average of 10 major new products through the global supply chain each year. In February 2006, Sherri moved into her current role as vice president and general manager of the $150M temperature product group. With factories in Singapore, Russia, Germany, and Minnesota, and sales organizations in nearly every country, she has tremendous opportunities to experience the sights and sounds of the world while operating a global business unit encompassing design engineering, operations, product marketing and sales.

Sherri lives in a suburb of Minneapolis with her husband, John, and their three children, Madison (12), Kendall (9) and Caden (4).

Susan J. Crockett, Ph.D., R.D., FADA is vice president and senior technology officer, health and nutrition at General Mills where she directs the Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition. Since 1999, she has been responsible for health and nutrition strategy and programs for General Mills’ businesses, health and nutrition regulatory affairs and issues management, nutrition science and research including dietary intake research, health professional communication, and health pipeline development.

With support of a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship, she completed a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota in 1987. She has B.S. from the University of North Dakota and M.S. degrees in nutrition and dietetics, is a registered dietitian, and a Fellow of the American Dietetic Association. Crockett was dean of the College for Human Development at Syracuse University from 1990 to 1999 and prior to that was a department chair and faculty member in nutrition.

She has published research about nutrition education in schools, effectiveness of nutrition interventions in rural medical clinics and communities. She writes about the influence of environments on the eating behavior of children. In 1987, Crockett received an award from the Secretary of Health and Human Services for Innovation in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for her proposal, “Parent Health Education: Maximizing Impact.” Her research has been funded by the Retirement Research Foundation and the National Institutes of Health (NHLBI and NCI) and she has consulted for the Centers for Disease Control, Division of Nutrition and Division of Adolescent and School Health.

Crockett is treasurer of the Board of Directors of the International Food Information Council, a member of the Food Forum that advises the Food and Drug Administration and active in the International Life Science Institute. She received a Sioux Award from UND in 2002 and an Alumni Achievement Award from NDSU in 1999. Crockett is on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Opera and a trustee of United Theological Seminary.

Jennifer (Carpentier) Lukach graduated from UND in 1998 with a bachelor of arts in psychology and in 1999 with a master of business administration. While attending UND, she had internships in the affirmative action office on campus and in the human resource department at Valleyfair. Her primary focus for her electives was on human resource management.

After graduation, Jen responded to a job advertisement for a position as a human resource assistant with locally-owned Acme Electric in Grand Forks. She was hired, and at the time of the job offer it was revealed to her that she’d be working for a company called that had recently acquired Acme Electric. Great surprise! In the midst of this acquisition and growth period for the company, Jen’s role was primarily interviewing and on-boarding new associates. The staff grew from approximately 150 to 500 in the first year and a half. Promoted to an HR generalist in 2000, Jen’s responsibilities expanded to include manager training, employee relations, payroll and benefits administration, rewards and recognition, and performance management. is where she got her first exposure to Six Sigma and became Greenbelt certified.

Jen accepted her current position as a human resource generalist for the Ecolab Pest Elimination division in Grand Forks in June 2006. With $5 billion in global sales, Ecolab is the world's leading provider of cleaning, food safety and health protection products and services for the hospitality, foodservice, healthcare and industrial markets. The Pest Elimination Division provides service and technology for the detection, identification, elimination and prevention of pests in commercial facilities, as well as food safety auditing and training services.

As an HR generalist, Jen’s role is managing employee relations for six of Ecolab’s 14 regions in the United States, which includes the area from Maine to Florida and west to Wisconsin. She is also the HR generalist for the 165 associates at the National Support Center located in Grand Forks. Her responsibilities include manager training, performance management, disability claim case management, and employee relations. Working with associates located remotely across the United States has allowed Jen to travel extensively. Jen has also participated in Ecolab’s Lean Six Sigma program.

Lukach is PHR certified and is the certification director for the local SHRM chapter. She lives in Grand Forks with her husband, Matt, and their one-year-old daughter, Sophia.

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.

University Senate meets; agenda items due

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Feb. 7, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Thursday, Jan. 24. They may be submitted electronically to: It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted –- Suzanne Anderson (University registrar), secretary, University Senate.

UND offers instructional leadership academy to K-12 educators

The College of Education and Human Development and the UND Professional Development for Educators will sponsor an Instructional Leadership Academy Friday, Feb. 15, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. It will provide area school administrators, lead teachers, and University master's and doctoral students information on how to create and sustain long-term, sustainable professional development strategies for their school district.

The sessions of this premiere Instructional Leadership Academy will focus on collaboration among educators, the development of a Professional Learning Community (PLC), and leadership within school districts. Academy speakers are nationally-known experts on PLC and accurate assessment who bring passion, knowledge, and credibility to the teaching profession.

Eric Twadell is an award-winning practitioner and an accessible and articulate authority on PLC concepts. Using his hands-on experience, Dr. Twadell consults with schools and districts nationwide to advance the successful implementation of the PLC model.

Janel Keating gives educators the practical advice they need to create their own PLC. She also shares effective strategies for utilizing assessment data and methods for analyzing student work, detailing how to make timely instructional changes to meet the learning needs of all students.

Dennis King specializes in the power of PLC and assessment for learning from a district perspective. Dr. King connects with educators as a fellow practitioner, inviting them to explore PLC strategies and develop a plan that meets their unique needs.

Participants may register as an individual or part of a school team. Deadline for early bird registration is Friday, Jan. 18, with a fee of $199 for individuals and $179 for each member of a school team (includes conference materials, continental breakfast and lunch). The academy is coordinated by the UND Office of Conference Services.

For a registration form, complete academy schedule and more information, visit; call UND Office of Conferences Services at 777-2663 or 866-579-2663 (toll free); e-mail (ATTN: ILA).

Save the date: "Happy Birthday UND" party

Save the date: Wednesday, Feb. 27, the University of North Dakota will kick-off its 125th birthday celebration with the "Happy Birthday UND" party in the Memorial Ballroom.

Join us between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. and enjoy cake and ice cream as well as music, entertainment, and moments in UND's history throughout the afternoon.

Be sure to set this date aside in your calendar and help us kick off the University of North Dakota 125th Birthday! Happy Birthday, UND!

For more information on this event, and other UND 125th events, visit the UND 125th web site at
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Marketing Coordinator, 125th Anniversary - Office of Ceremonies and Special Events,, 7-0857

Historical displays requested for 2008 Founders Day

The 2008 Founders Day Banquet marks the beginning of the celebration year for UND’s 125th anniversary. Plans are under way to create a theme for the Feb. 28 event using “From Tradition to Tomorrow.” Since the banquet will be held in the Alerus Center this year, it offers a great deal of room for exhibits. We invite any UND department or organization with a significant anniversary to join in by setting up a display. Our hope is that your display will be interactive and allow attendees an opportunity to walk through, listen, or see the difference you’ve made on campus in 125 years or since the inception of your department. Table top displays are not encouraged; however, posters, photographs, artifacts, floor panels and props are welcomed. Think about the size of space you’ll need and what you might include in your exhibit. Please contact Dawn Botsford, events coordinator, at 777-6393 or e-mail her at if you’d like to participate.
-- Dawn Botsford, Events Coordinator, Office of Ceremonies and Special Events,, 701-777-6393

Students skydive for awareness about violence against students

University students from across North Dakota are coming together during the spring of 2008 in a unified effort to raise awareness about violence against students. Dru Sjodin (UND) was raped and murdered in November 2003. Her killer is currently on death row. Mindy Morgenstern (Valley City State University) was killed in September 2006; her killer received life without parole. During the summer of 2007, yet another student, Anita Knutson (Minot State University) was murdered in her apartment. This case remains unsolved, although DNA is available for testing.

Students in the UND School of Communication taking the Public Relations Practicum under the instruction of Shelle Michaels are leading the efforts with a campaign called "Dru's Dive." This campaign entails the courage of others to "free fall" or better known as sky dive, for awareness. Students across North Dakota will be taking a "Two-Mile High Stand" for violence against students as a part of Operation Freefall, the boldest, highest-altitude and most daring event in the state to showcase prevention and awareness.

The campaign "Kick Off" will be Saturday, April 26, at SkyDive Fargo from noon to 4 p.m. Special highlights of this kick off (weather permitting) will be Linda Walker (Dru's Sjodin's mother) taking the first freefall, as well as food and entertainment.

The students are currently recruiting others to come on board with them to go skydiving. The jump costs $600; this includes the cost of the dive with a tandem master; any additional money raised through jump sponsors will go to the three anti-violence organizations, Operation FreeFall, SOAR and North Dakota Council on Abused Women's Services (NDCAWS).

The funds that are directed to NDCAWS will go toward the Women's Opportunity Scholarship Fund in the names of Dru Sjodin, Mindy Morgenstern and Anita Knutson. This fund's purpose is to provide higher education opportunities to low-income women who wish to enter, or are currently attending a North Dakota college, university, or trade school. The fund assists scholarship recipients in a number of ways. It helps them to break the bonds of poverty and enhance their lives and the lives of their families intellectually, culturally, and environmentally.

You don't need to be an experienced skydiver to participate. In fact, most people are first-timers. No advance training is required. You will make a "tandem" skydive attached to a United States Parachute Association licensed tandem master. Your participation fee includes everything needed for a tandem jump: instruction and/or training, tandem skydive, plus a souvenir video to give you a permanent memento of this exciting experience.

The following people have been designated as dive leaders in their campus communities.

Laura Palmer (UND), Janelle Sjodin and Betsy Budge Joyce (Minneapolis area), Christine Ozirny-Lillemon and Tyler Schmaltz (Minot), and Tiffany Christiansen and Tonia Christiansen (Valley City). If you are interested in joining the efforts please contact or direct further questions to Laura Palmer at

Please complete University committee preference forms

All members of the University Council are reminded to submit the University committee preference form by Friday, Jan. 25. There are two ways to do this. You may complete the University committee preferences form you received in early January, or go to to submit an electronic version of the form.

University service and faculty governance go hand-in-hand. There is a broad range of opportunities here at the University of North Dakota for faculty to get involved and put their interests and expertise to use in serving the University community. Information regarding Senate committees can be found on the University Senate web page at: Please consider how you might contribute to this facet of UND.
-- Michele Iiams, Committee on Committees, Chair, Mathematics,, 777-4612

Nominations sought for Outstanding Faculty Academic Adviser Award

The Academic Advising Committee is accepting nominations for the Outstanding Faculty Academic Adviser Award to be presented at Founders Day 2008. To access the nomination form online, go to Paper nomination forms are available at the following locations: Memorial Union Information Center, Student Success Center, deans' offices, and the student government office. All students, faculty, staff, and alumni are eligible to nominate an undergraduate faculty academic adviser for this award. Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 18. For more information please contact the Student Success Center, 201 Memorial Union, 777-2117.
-- Lisa Burger, Director, Student Success Center,, 777-4706

Water institute graduate research fellowships announced

The North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute has announced its Graduate Research Fellowship recipients for 2008-09. Fellowships ranging from $5,000 to $15,800 were awarded to seven graduate students from the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University conducting research in water resources areas.

The UND fellow, their advisor and fellowship research projects is:

• UND graduate student Yuhui Jin in chemistry; Julia Zhao, assistant professor of analytical chemistry; “Rapid and Sensitive Determination of Bacteria in Water Using Nanoparticles.”
-- Steve Bergeson, Senior Writer, NDSU University Relations,, 701 231-6101

Note faculty study seminar offerings for spring 2008

Three faculty study seminars will be offered during spring 2008. The seminars provide a means for faculty with common interests to learn more about a teaching-related topic. Each group meets four times a semester, at times mutually agreed to by participants, to read and discuss a teaching-related book (books provided by the Office of Instructional Development). The participant’s only obligation is to read and to show up for discussion. This semester’s offerings are:

"Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die" by Chip Heath and Dan Heath (Random House 2007). Many faculty struggle with how to communicate ideas effectively and how to get those ideas to make a difference: an (unnamed) history professor spends 50 minutes explaining social construction, and a week later only six students remember it. Based on a class at Stanford taught by one of the authors, this book profiles how some ideas “stick” in our minds while the majority fall by the wayside. Ever wondered why urban legends, conspiracy theories, and compelling advertising have intrinsic “stickiness” and how can that help us better communicate with classes and colleagues? Drawing on the work of psychologists, education researchers, and political scientists, the Heaths identify six traits they think all great ideas -- from urban legends to public policy to product design -- have in common. If you are interested in reading this book as part of a faculty study seminar, contact Anne Kelsch at or 777-4233

"Enhancing Learning Through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning" by Kathleen McKinney (Anker 2007) with a foreword by K. Patricia Cross. This book is written for a wide audience. Faculty members, as well as administrators and academic staff, will find the practical advice McKinney offers useful. According to a review by Nancy Chick of University of Wisconsin-Barron County, “its structure is logical and user-friendly, its prose easy and accessible, and (perhaps most strikingly) its general points consistently grounded in specifics and examples.” POD, the Professional and Organizational Network in Higher Education lists this book as one of the two best overall sources on SoTL. If you are a newcomer to the SoTL field, this book is a great primer. It is also, however, a very useful resource for those who have done work in the area. McKinney offers some background on SoTL and its role in higher education, how to use SoTL for your professional goals, and, perhaps most importantly, how to use SoTL in the classroom. If you are interested in reading this book as part of a faculty study seminar, contact Kim Crowley at or 777-6381.

"Student Success in College" by George D. Kuh et al (Jossey-Bass, 2005). Many colleges (UND included) claim to provide high-quality learning environments. But do we? Recent data from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), widely viewed as the most credible measure of student engagement, shows that UND students participate in fewer “high impact” learning practices than do students at similar institutions elsewhere. For example, UND students have lower rates of involvement in learning communities, they do less research with faculty, they study abroad with less frequency, and they are less likely to participate in a “culminating senior experience” of some sort. Why is that? What is “student engagement,” really, and how does it relate to learning? What control do faculty and staff have over student engagement? Given budget constraints, are there ways of improving student engagement and improving the quality of the learning environment at UND? In this FSS group, we’ll look at UND through the lens of student engagement, examining data from UND’s own students and faculty, and reading Student Success in College, a book by the team of faculty who conducted the research behind the NSSE. If you are interested in reading this book as part of a faculty study seminar, contact Joan Hawthorne at or 777-4684.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 777-4233

Students responsible for contacting faculty on most absences

Students are responsible for contacting each of their faculty members regarding their absence from class. However, the Dean of Students office will notify faculty regarding a student's absence due to hospitalization, death in the family or other uncontrollable emergencies. This notification serves as a courtesy notice and not a verification of their absence. If a faculty member requires justification, it is their prerogative to request that from the student. The student will be advised to contact faculty regarding missed classes and course expectations.

-- Cara Goodin, Associate Dean of Student Life and Director of Judicial Affairs and Crisis Programs.

Help sought to build Founders Day sets, big birthday cake

Be part of the big celebration of the 125th anniversary of UND. We’re getting ready for Founders Day and help is needed with the set, props and displays. If you can hold a paint brush, draw a little, or work with a hammer, we’d appreciate your help. Loren Liepold in the Burtness Theatre will supervise the paint and construction on these dates from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You don’t have to be there the entire time but any time will help. Fifteen to 20 volunteers are needed each Saturday.

* Saturday, Jan. 12 – paint all flats for the sets, begin cake construction, begin tracing cartoon flats (this is just following the lines), take picture of the volunteers to include in the set
* Saturday, Jan. 19 – paint images on flats, finish cake construction and add texture (this is the fun part), install lights onto 10-foot columns
* Saturday, Jan. 26 – paint and decorate cake, prepare scenery to move

If you’re able and willing to help, call Dawn Botsford at 777-6393 or e-mail her to sign up for a time and date. All help is welcome.
-- Dawn Botsford, Events Coordinator, Office of Ceremonies and Special Events,, 777-6393

Note new University policy on holding diplomas

A new University policy, “Holding Diplomas,” was issued Jan. 1. Please visit Student Account Services’ web site to view the policy in its entirety,

Policy statement: “The University of North Dakota reserves the right to deny the release of a student’s diploma if that student has an outstanding accounts receivable balance in excess of $100.”

For questions relating to the policy, please stop by Student Account Services in 202 Twamley Hall, or call 777-3911.
-- Marisa Haggy, Spec. Projects/Assistant to VP, VP for Finance & Operations Office/Policy Office,, 701.777.4392

Music Department offers children's music classes

The UND Community Music Program is again offering Musiktanz classes for children ages 15 months through kindergarten. Musiktanz is a curriculum developed by Lorna Lutz Heyge, an internationally recognized author and early childhood music educator. She is the founder of Kindermusik and author of the early childhood curriculum, "Cycle of Seasons." In the Musiktanz program the teacher acts as a role model to assist the parents/care givers in working musically with their children. The parents/care givers attend the children's lessons and participate with them in classes which are comprised of a variety of developmentally appropriate musical activities involving singing, moving, playing, creating, and listening. Emphasis in these classes is on having fun while building musical skills and developing a love of music. Moreover, research has shown that participation in such programs may improve skills tied to academic success as well.

Level I (ages 15 months to 3 years) meets at 6 p.m. Monday nights.
Level II (ages 3 years to kindergarten) meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday nights.

Both classes meet for a half hour 10 times during the semester in Room 258, Hughes Fine Arts Center, starting Jan. 28. They are taught by an experienced music teacher. Cost for each level is $65 per semester. For more information call 777-2830 and ask for KariJo.

Student Account Services no longer accepts Canadian currency

Effective Jan. 1, Student Account Services (formerly Business Office) will no longer accept Canadian currency. Departments accepting money should discontinue accepting Canadian currency from students, vendors, and any other customers. Signage should be displayed within the department notifying students and customers of this change.

Departments accepting payment by check written from a Canadian financial institution should inform the vendor or student to write "Payable in U.S. Dollars" on the check. This will ensure that the funds will be processed at the bank in U.S. dollars and not in Canadian currency.

If you have any questions regarding this change, please contact Sandi Brelie at 777-3080 or e-mail -- Student Account Services.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is holiday

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Jan. 21, will be observed as Martin Luther King Jr. Day by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday. -- Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources.

Chester Fritz Library lists Martin Luther King Day hours

The Chester Fritz Library will observe the following hours of operation for Martin Luther King Day: Saturday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 20, closed; Monday, Jan. 21, 1 p.m. to midnight (Martin Luther King Day).
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library,, 7-2618

Law Library posts Martin Luther King Day hours

The Law Library will be open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. for Martin Luther King Day.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Law Library,, 7-3482

ITSS lists holiday hours

Information Technology Systems and Services will close for the Martin Luther King Day holiday at midnight Sunday, Jan. 20, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. -- ITSS.

Donated annual leave requested for Jane Grega

Donations of annual leave only are sought for Jane Grega, serials manager at the law library due to a family medical condition. She and her family thank you for your generosity. Donated leave forms are available at, then click on forms. Please send the completed forms for annual leave to Sherry Zeman, Stop 9004. -- Kaaren Pupino, Head of Technical Services, UND Thormodsgard Law Library,, 777-2486.

CanadInn offers discount for UND guests

As of Jan. 1, UND and the CanadInn of Grand Forks have negotiated an exclusive rate for UND invitees. The rate is $55 per night (not including taxes), for stays Sunday through Thursday. The rate can be used for conferences, individuals traveling to UND on business, UND job interview candidates, and athletic teams, just to name a few. The rate is only for those visiting UND for official business at the invitation of University personnel.

UND invitees may access this rate individually or the rate can be direct-billed to a UND department, in accordance with established UND policies and procedures (see the non-employee direct billing of lodging policy at Billing ).

The CanadInn will require a reference code number at the time of booking or check-in. Please contact Bonnie Nerby, acounting services, 777-2966, to obtain the code. -- Phil Harmeson, vice president for general administration.

Clinical depression: there is hope

We’ve all felt sad or blue at times, but clinical depression is different. It’s not a passing, temporary sadness -– the kind you might feel after a bad day at work or an argument with a friend. Clinical depression is a medical condition that affects your thoughts and feelings and ability to manage your life and relationships.

People who are clinically depressed tend to feel down almost all day for two weeks in a row or longer. They often feel sad, down, hopeless, or irritable most of the day, almost every day. They may also lose interest in their usual activities or feel as though they just don’t enjoy things anymore.

Other symptoms of depression can include:
• Feeling tired or lacking energy;
• Having difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions;
• Feeling agitated or moving more slowly than normal;
• Having a significant increase or decrease in appetite, or losing or gaining weight without trying to;
• Having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, or oversleeping;
• Feeling worthless or guilty, or having low self-esteem; or
• Having thoughts of death or suicide.

Treatment options for clinical depression
If you have clinical depression, you may be convinced that you will never feel better again. You may even blame yourself for your condition. But know this: depression is a biological condition, not a character flaw, and it can be successfully treated. What’s more, you have a choice about whether to be treated and what kind of treatment to have.

People with milder symptoms sometimes try to manage their depression using self-help techniques, such as exercise and relaxation, while also checking in regularly with their doctor. Those who want active treatment can choose:
• Prescription antidepressant medications,
• The herbal medication St. John’s Wort,
• Depression counseling, or
• Combination therapy, which combines antidepressants with depression counseling.

The approaches to treating depression differ in their availability, cost, and side effects, and not all of them work for all types of depression. Depending on how severe your symptoms are and how long you’ve had them, some choices are more likely than others to help you feel better.

A health coach can help
If you have clinical depression and are trying to choose between the different treatment options, help is just a phone call away. A health coach can help you work with your doctor to understand your specific circumstances and find the treatment that is best for you.

Health coaches are specially trained healthcare professionals, such as nurses, dietitians, and respiratory therapists. They are available by phone, anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no charge to you.

To talk to a health coach, call 1-800-658-2750. You can also get information online at
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Assistant Director for Work Well, Wellness Center,, 701.777.0210

Med students bring lessons on dangers of tobacco use to area elementary schools

More than 75 medical students at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences will present interactive talks about the dangers of tobacco use to fourth- and fifth-grade students in the Grand Forks area beginning this month.

The hour-long "Tar Wars" presentations include learning activities designed to increase students' knowledge about the adverse side-effects of tobacco use.

Grade-school students "will learn to identify reasons why people might start using tobacco products, and to think critically about tobacco advertising," said Rachel Sullivan, medical student and member of UND's Doctors Ought to Care (DOC). "They will learn various ways to say 'no' to peers when pressured into using tobacco."

The goal of "Tar Wars" is to educate students about being and staying tobacco-free and, more importantly, Sullivan said, "to provide students with the tools needed to make positive decisions about their future health and well-being."

Presentations include various media advertisements and movies that portray tobacco use as "cool" or the "the norm," she added. Interactive quizzes teach students about the main ingredients found in tobacco and their use in everyday life, such as cyanide, a component of battery acid.

Physical activity is also part of the learning experience, she said. Students participate in one-minute jumping-jacks and then breathe through a straw to demonstrate how it feels to breathe through obstructed and damaged airways, caused by tobacco use.

"Kids get a big kick out of this activity," Sullivan said. "Most agree that not being able to breathe is scary. They wonder how they'd be able to play sports and participate in other favorite activities."

"Doctors Ought to Care-Tar Wars," which is owned and operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians, is implemented in classrooms throughout the U.S. and abroad. The program reaches about 500,000 students annually. Since its inception in 1988, Tar Wars has touched the lives of more than 7 million children worldwide.

The UND medical students also sponsor a Tar Wars poster contest, aimed at children, that emphasizes the positive effects of not smoking. A local winner will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., in July to participate with other poster contest winners in national Tar Wars programming, meet their congressional leaders, and visit historical sites.

"As future physicians, we understand that we can positively influence our communities," Sullivan said. "Tar Wars gives us the opportunity to reach out and interact with people who need tobacco education the most: kids."
-- Shelley Pohlman, Administrative Secretary, Public Affairs,, 701-777-4305

Volunteers sought for sleep study

The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is seeking men and women age 51 and older to be part of the magnesium nutrition and sleep behavior study. Participants can earn up to $300 for participating.

This study will determine if the amount of magnesium in diet and body is associated with sleep patterns, and to identify factors (gender, health, diet, body composition, physical activity, depression) that may affect the relationship between magnesium nutrition and sleep.

To be eligible, participants should have sleep complaints but not taking sleep medications. They must not be morbidly obese and currently not taking high amounts of magnesium through supplements (100 milligrams a day or more). This study is open to non-smokers and smokers.

Participants will take a supplement (placebo or 300 milligrams of magnesium) every day for seven weeks; visit the Nutrition Center 13 times over eight weeks; wear a small physical activity monitor attached to wrist band or small belt for five consecutive days three times during study (total 15 days); complete questionnaires; and have blood drawn four times.

You can go online to apply to be in the study by going to If you have any questions, please call Dorothy Olson at (701) 795-8396.
-- Brenda Ling , Information Officer, USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center,, 795-8300

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: Adult Re-entry Coordinator, Student Success Center, #08-191
DEADLINE: (I) 1/23/2008
SALARY: $32,000+/year

POSITION: Technology Support Specialist, Nursing, #08-190
DEADLINE: (I) 1/23/2008
SALARY: $40,000+/year

POSITION: Project Manager, Intellectual Property Management, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #08-184
DEADLINE: (I) 1/17/2008
SALARY: $45,000+/year

POSITION: Systems Administrator (re-advertised salary change), Scientific Computing Center, #08-112
DEADLINE: (I) 1/18/2008
SALARY: $38,000+/year



POSITION: Program Assistant Distance Degrees Programs, Continuing Education, #08-189
DEADLINE: (I) 1/18/2008
SALARY: $20,000+/year


POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Facilities, #08-186
DEADLINE: (I) 1/18/2008
SALARY: $17,680+/year

POSITION: Building Services Technician - ROVER (Custodial, Sunday - Friday, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), Facilities, #08-183
DEADLINE: (I) 1/16/2008
SALARY: $17,680+/year
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Young named interim chair of microbiology and immunology

Kevin Young has been named interim chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Young, professor of microbiology and immunology, takes over from Roger Melvold, who retired as chair Dec. 31. Melvold, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Microbiology, plans to continue to assist with teaching, as needed, for the UND medical school. He has served as chair and professor of microbiology and immunology since 1997.

Young joined the UND medical school in 1985. He completed his doctoral degree at the University of Oklahoma and took postdoctoral training at Texas A&M University and at the University of California at Berkeley. He conducts research aimed at increasing scientists' understanding of the process of bacterial cell division, which has implications for antibiotic resistance. His investigations have been supported by the American Cancer Society.

In May 2007, he was recognized by the University, which presented him with the William Crozier and Edith Magwood Fawcett Faculty Enhancement Award for excellence in teaching, research and service. He also received the UND Foundation McDermott Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research or Creative Activity and Service in 2002 and the Sigma Xi Faculty Award for Outstanding Scientific Research in 1994.

His research has been funded with grants totaling more than $3 million from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and other agencies. He has written numerous articles for research journals and book chapters, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Bacteriology and as a peer reviewer for several scientific journals.

Young's appointment was effective Jan. 1. He also served as interim chair in 1997, prior to the appointment of Melvold as chair.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Assistant to the Director, Public Affairs,, 701-777-4305

Lagasse selected to chair NAFSA Region IV

Raymond Lagasse, director of international programs, has been selected to serve a three-year term as chair for Region IV for the Association of International Educators (NAFSA). Region IV consists of North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, and South Dakota. The three-year appointment includes one year as chair-elect, the second year as chair, and the third year as past-chair. The position involves serving on the Region IV executive committee, presiding at all regional and team meetings, coordinating and overseeing plans and activities of regional team members, and advocating the region at national meetings. Overall, NAFSA serves international educators and their institutions and organizations by setting standards of good practice, making available training and professional development opportunities, providing networking opportunities, and advocating for international education.

Raymond Lagasse, a resident of Crookston, Minn., has been the director of international programs since 2004.
-- William Young, Associate Director, International Programs,, 777.3935

EERC's Ken Grohs receives patriotic employer award

Ken Grohs, facility and safety coordinator at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), has been presented a Patriotic Employer Award from the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The award is given to an employer who supports employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.

Master Sergeant Jess Hernandez, a facilities and safety assistant at the EERC and a senior occupational safety and environmental health major at UND, has been a member of the North Dakota Air National Guard since 1989. Hernandez was deployed to Iraq in February 2007.

“When I heard Jess was going to be deployed, I simply told him his job will be here waiting for him when he comes home,” said Grohs, Hernandez’s supervisor. “It is so important for employers to support troops who have spent so much time away from home and give them an opportunity to continue their work when they return.”

Hernandez served as a munitions specialist during his deployment and was based at Balad Air Base, Iraq. He says his being deployed affects a lot of people, and he wanted to say thank you.

“When I got back, I thought, how can I thank Ken and the EERC for supporting me and allowing me to go? This award was my solution,” Hernandez said. “All the other troops in the field need the same support from work and family so they have something to look forward to when they come home.”

Hernandez anticipates graduating from UND at the end of 2008 and is working on transitioning from the military to a civilian career.

“The EERC is very supportive of any of its employees who are members of the U.S. military,” said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. “We are very proud of the award that Ken has received for his exceptional commitment to his colleagues and this country.”

UND student investment team out performs the S&P 500 in fund return

In a year of stock market volatility, an investment portfolio managed by students in the College of Business and Public Administration beat the S&P 500 by 2.81 percent in 2007. The UND business students, who make up the investment group called the Student Managed Investment Fund, had a return on investments of 8.30 percent at year-end, versus the S&P 500s return of 5.49 percent. On average, only 20 percent of funds beat the S&P 500 in any given year and this puts UND's Student Management Investment Group in approximately the top 15 percent of all professionally managed mutual funds in the country. The Student Managed Investment Fund consists of an $800,000 portfolio, which was established by the generous donations of College of Business and Public Administration alumni. Donors contribute to the fund and then have the portfolio managed by the students, guided by a faculty member and an investment council.

Beginning in the fall of 2005, the College of Business and Public Administration at UND joined a growing number of business schools by providing students the opportunity to manage and administer an investment portfolio. Aided by a state-of-the-art trading room, the A. Kirk Lanterman Investment Center, the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF) allows students to experience the field of finance first hand. Instead of doing simulations, students actively learn every step in the intricate decision making process regarding the management of an $800,000 portfolio; and it is all done in “real-time.” This includes research, investment presentations and management, as well as administration. Twenty-nine business students are part of the investment team, who work in small groups to analyze nine sectors of the stock market about which stocks to buy, sell or hold.

“We are training students to manage money in a professional setting, and this is the essence of what it means to create ‘hands-on’ learning,” Steve Dennis explained. Dennis is the Aarestad Endowed Chair of Banking in the College of Business and Public Administration and also serves as the faculty advisor to the Student Managed Investment Fund. “The Lanterman Center and the Student Managed Investment Fund give UND students a unique experience, an experience that is a distinct advantage in the job market.”

The students’ performance as an investment team and the fund they manage will compete at the national RISE (Redefining Investment Strategy Education) Competition in Dayton, Ohio, in March 2008. RISE is the largest student investment conference in the world. Considering the impressive performance of UND’s investment fund versus the S&P 500, the UND student team has a serious shot at winning a top spot in the undergraduate student category.

“I believe others across the country will take note of UND when they review our fund’s performance. These students should be very proud. Their efforts are impressive,” Dennis concluded.

The College of Business and Public Administration at UND recently completed a $20 million capital campaign, by which the Lanterman Investment Center and the Student Managed Investment Fund were created. The college is home to eight academic departments and four outreach divisions, enrolling an average 1,750 undergraduate and 150 graduate students each semester.
-- CK Schultz, Director, External Relations, College of Business & Public Administration,, 777-6937