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ISSUE: Volume 45, Number 15: November 28, 2007

Top Stories
UND issues statement related to settlement with NCAA
Comments sought for athletic director qualifications
Volunteers sought for winter commencement ceremonies Dec. 14
Newly formed company establishes corporate headquarters at EERC
Events to Note
De-Stress Fest: "Stress and the City" is Dec. 6
St. Nicholas Celebration is Dec. 6
Lighting of the Green moved indoors tonight
Linda Neurerburg speaks at last fall leadership series
Forget your flu shot?
Doctoral examination set for Peter Schmutzer
Physics lecture is Nov. 30
Nationally recognized engineer speaks about engineering service learning projects
Barnes & Noble at UND hosts holiday open house
Book discussion continues Nov. 28
Job Christenson presents Cabaret at Fire Hall Theatre
Madrigal Dinner is Nov. 30-Dec. 1
Art Students Collective presents ASC Art Expo
Transportation available for Jay Meek memorial in Minneapolis
Thursday Music Club Christmas Musicale set for Dec. 2
Kim Donehower to speak on rural literacy Dec. 4
ND Space Grant Consortium hosts open house for spacecraft simulator facility
Global Visions film series presents "Quinceanera"
Check out classes at Burnt Toast Demo Kitchen
Women's Center discusses de-stressing for the holidays
University Senate meets Dec. 6; agenda listed
Doctoral examination set for Inna Eduardovna Popova Tyapochkin
Green and white weekend is Dec. 7-8
Master Chorale presents "A Scandinavian Christmas"
Note final examination schedule
Law Library posts extended exam hours
Graduate School Scholarly Forum calls for abstracts
Applications invited for research fellowships
Please help collect data on the use of technology in education
Note holiday giving opportunities
PRSSA seeks support for Boundless Playground
2008 Founders Day honorees sought
Please return University Student Assessment of Teaching forms
Note final grade instructions
UND Operation Campus Friends seeks donations
Chester Fritz Library lists fall semester final exam hours
Business Office changes name
Sign up for 2008 flexible benefits by Nov. 30
Studio One features Midwest identity theft, international swimmers
Air China sends additional 57 students to UND Aerospace
Staff Senate brings you UND's 125th anniversary cookbook, "A Taste of UND Tradition"
Wednesday, Nov. 28, is Denim Day
Work Well: Win $1,000
Note winter storm water prevention
Ray Richards lists Christmas golf specials
Observe holiday safety
Are you ready for winter driving?
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Medical School dean begins term as chair of AAMC Council of Deans
Tracy Evanson re-elected vice president for international nursing organization
In Remembrance
Remembering Lucille Bren
UND issues statement related to settlement with NCAA

Pursuant to the terms of the settlement agreement with the NCAA signed on Oct. 26, 2007, regarding the use of the University’s nickname and logo, the University of North Dakota issues the following statement: “The Athletic Department will transition to a new nickname and logo which do not violate the policy or render UND subject to the policy, if (i) it is unable to secure namesake approval as set forth in [the] agreement prior to the expiration of the approval period, or (ii) namesake approval, once provided, is withdrawn.” See Agreement § 2(d).

Also pursuant to the terms of the Settlement Agreement, the National Collegiate Athletic Association posted a statement on its web site Monday, Nov. 19. The NCAA statement can be found at:

Comments sought for athletic director qualifications

The Athletic Director Search Committee met for the first time last week. As a committee, we felt it would be beneficial for all
stakeholder groups to have the opportunity to provide input to the committee regarding the position announcement.

We invite all members of the University community to submit their comments and ideas regarding qualifications or desired characteristics for the position. Feel free to contact any member of the search committee; the list is available at .

Though the time frame for comments is not extensive, we would very much like to hear from you. I have presented this material to the Senate Executive Committee, the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee, and at the Dec. 6 Senate meeting I will provide any additional information gathered by the committee. The next search committee meeting is scheduled for Dec. 4. It is the hope of the committee that the announcement can be publicized at the beginning of January so that applications can submitted in January and early February. We anticipate having phone interviews and on campus interviews after UND's new president is named by the Board in early February to allow our new President ample opportunity to speak with the potential candidates. Due to the ongoing functions within the Athletic Department, it is essential that the search for the new AD begins at this time. -- Sue Jeno (physical therapy), faculty representative on the athletic director search committee.

Volunteers sought for winter commencement ceremonies Dec. 14

Please consider serving as a "Green Vest Volunteer" at one or both of the 2007 winter commencement ceremonies which will be held Friday, Dec. 14, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Volunteers assist by seating guests, helping organize graduates, and greeting visitors attending the ceremonies.

This year, UND will hold two commencement ceremonies. One ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. for graduate degrees and a second at 2 p.m. for undergraduate degrees. Volunteers are asked to report to the lower level of the Chester Fritz Auditorium 90 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony. We anticipate the ceremonies to be 1 and one-half hour in length.

If you are able to volunteer for one or both ceremonies, please contact the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events in the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services Office at 777-2724 or e-mail by Wednesday, Dec. 5. Please feel free to call if you have any questions.
-- Dawn Botsford, Events Coordinator, Office of Ceremonies and Special Events,, 777-6393

Newly formed company establishes corporate headquarters at EERC

Energy-Efficient Combustion Technology (EECT), Inc., a new start-up company, has established its office headquarters within the Energy & Environmental Research Center. This effort is part of the EERC’s continual focus to serve as a major regional hub for technology commercialization.

EECT, which rented office space at the EERC, commercializes technology that improves combustion efficiency, operation, and the environmental signature of large utility boilers. The company will be working with EERC researchers to further enhance and demonstrate the technology.

Rick Mac Pherson, president of EECT, is excited about the opportunities provided by working with the EERC. “This is a perfect opportunity to improve and commercialize our core technology by teaming with the EERC’s world-class energy technology capabilities,” Mac Pherson said.

“At this point, we have entered into the next phase of a business relationship with EECT,” said Carsten Heide, EERC associate director for Intellectual Property Management and Technology Commercialization. “The ultimate goal for us is to see EECT succeed in commercializing its product.”

A critical pillar of the EERC’s business model is to continually build partnerships with national and international corporations to promote economic development within the region. To meet the growing needs of the EERC and its partners, the EERC is looking to build additional specialized facilities to engage in cutting-edge research, development, demonstration, and commercialization in the energy sector.

“EECT’s corporate office is just a first step,” said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. “Our long-term plan is to build a Technology Commercialization Center on the east end of our current facilities, which would allow numerous corporate partners the opportunity to collocate an office in Grand Forks. This provides greatly enhanced opportunities for economic growth, while at the same time facilitating spin-off opportunities in our region.”

Having built a portfolio of internationally recognized programs over the last several years, corporate partners are inquiring about opening office space alongside the EERC.

“We do not build buildings at the EERC in hopes that clients will come to fill them. If they come, we will build it, and this year they have arrived,” Groenewold said.

The EERC is currently in negotiations with several other major international corporate partners regarding office space at the EERC. -- EERC.

De-Stress Fest: "Stress and the City" is Dec. 6

Please help us spread the word to students. Feeling a little “Stress and the City?” Come to De-Stress Fest Thursday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Loading Dock. There will be tons of fun ways to decompress and relax during this hectic season. Free chair massages, cookie decorating, door prizes, and resources around campus and the community to release stress, and so much more. Don’t let the busy streets and bright lights of the season stop you from coming out. Hail a taxi and come to De-Stress Fest and have a real slick time.

The event is sponsored by Student Health Services, ADAPT Peer Educators, College of Nursing, Lotus Meditation Center, SHAC, University Counseling Center, Student Success Center, University Program Council, Volunteer Bridge, Wellness Center, and Women’s Center.

For more information:
-- Carrie Ann Giebel, Counseling, Student Health Promotion Office,, 701-777-2097

St. Nicholas Celebration is Dec. 6

You are invited to celebrate the holiday season in the spirit of Saint Nicholas Thursday, Dec. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center. Join us for a free lunch buffet and holiday music. Ask a friend to join you. Please bring a non-perishable food item for donation to a local food pantry. The event is hosted by the Campus Ministry Association: St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel, Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center, and United Campus Ministry.
-- Lisa Burger, Director, Student Success Center,, 777-4706

Lighting of the Green moved indoors tonight

The Lighting of the Green ceremony has been moved indoors. Students, faculty, staff, and Greater Grand Forks community members are invited to attend the sixth annual Lighting of the Green Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 5 p.m. inside the Memorial Union, near the glass wall. The Lighting of the Green is the University's annual kick-off to the holiday season. In addition to holiday greetings and songs, the program will feature the lighting of the large fir tree on the north lawn of the Memorial Union and the raising of the 125th Anniversary Flag. Refreshments will be provided and the event is free and open to the public.

Following Lighting of the Green, the fraternity and sorority community will host a Parade of Homes from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The names of participating chapters and maps to the houses will be provided at Lighting of the Green. There is no cost for the Parade of Homes, though canned food items will be collected at the participating chapters to be donated to local charities. -- Cassie Gerhardt, Coordinator of Greek Life, Memorial Union,, 777-3667.

Linda Neurerburg speaks at last fall leadership series

Linda Neuerburg from American Indian Student Services will present "Cultural Competency and Leadership" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Badlands Room, second level, Memorial Union. This is the last presentation in the Memorial Union fall leadership series. Faculty, please announce this to your students. The series is open to the entire University community.
-- Kaleigh Lindholm, Project Coordinator for Leadership Development, Memorial Union Center for Student Involvement & Leadership,, 777-3665

Forget your flu shot?

Students, faculty and staff are invited to take advantage of the final on-campus flu vaccination clinic of the season to be held Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Health Promotion Office, main floor, Memorial Union. Vaccinations will be provided while supplies last.

Who should get vaccinated? Everyone, especially those at high risk of complications from the flu, their caregivers, and those who live with them.

The cost is $20. No insurance will be filed. Pay by check, cash or students may charge to their UND accounts. Sponsored by Student Health Services. For more information call 777-4500.
-- Jane Croeker, Health Promotion Advisor, Student Health Services,, 777-2097

Doctoral examination set for Peter Schmutzer

The final examination for Peter Schmutzer, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in clinical psychology, is set for 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in 210 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is "Effect of Motivation on Superlative Responding Among Aviation and Psychology Students on the MMPI-2." Tom Petros (psychology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Physics lecture is Nov. 30

Clayton Gearhart, Department of Physics, St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn., will present "The Rotational Specific Heat of Molecular Hydrogen in the Old Quantum Theory," at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in 211 Witmer Hall. Coffee and cookies will be served at 3:30 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall.

“Astonishing successes” and “bitter disappointment”: Thus did the German physicist Fritz Reiche portray the state of quantum theory in his 1921 textbook. As Reiche’s words suggest, the “old quantum theory” — that is, quantum theory up to Heisenberg’s breakthrough in 1925 — was a mélange of inspired guesses and arbitrary assumptions, with many successes, and as many frustrating failures. It was sophisticated and wide-ranging—the impression given by the treatment of the Bohr model in modern physics texts today is thoroughly misleading.

Reiche’s words apply in miniature to the attempts to describe the decrease in the specific heat of hydrogen gas at low temperatures—among the first systems studied in the old quantum theory, and one to which Reiche made important contributions. The first measurements were published early in 1912 by Arnold Eucken in Walther Nemst’s laboratory in Berlin. The theory should have been simple — the rigid rotator, the model for a diatomic molecule, was a standard textbook problem, as it still is today.

Nernst applied a quantum theory of rotators to diatomic gases even before Eucken’s measurements were completed, and that theory figured in the discussions at the first Solvay conference — the meeting that introduced quantum theory to European physicists — late in 1911. Albert Einstein, Paul Ehrenfest, Max Planck, Edwin C. Kemble, Niels Bohr, Erwin Schrodinger, and John Van Vleck, among others, attempted theoretical descriptions of the rotational specific heat, as did Reiche himself in a widely cited 1919 paper.

But for over 15 years, despite persistent and energetic efforts, the problem proved intractable — its solution involves identical particles in ways unsuspected before modern quantum mechanics. By contrast, the old quantum theory worked fairly well to describe infrared spectra of diatomic molecules such as HCI—and in the process, made the specific heat measurements even more puzzling. Later in the 1920s, increasingly detailed measurements of electronic transitions in the spectrum of molecular hydrogen further complicated matters. But those same measurements also helped David Dennison, an American theorist, to come up with a successful theory in 1927 — and in the process, to find persuasive evidence for proton spin! Gearhart will sketch the history of this intriguing problem in early quantum theory.
-- Connie Cicha, Secretary, Physics,, 7-2911

Nationally recognized engineer speaks about engineering service learning projects

The School of Engineering and Mines has invited William Oakes, director of the Engineering Projects In Community Service (EPICS) Program and an associate professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Purdue University, to speak about engineering service learning projects. A presentation open to the public is set for Friday, Nov. 30, from noon to 1 p.m. in 324 Harrington Hall.

Matching the needs of engineering education and opportunities for service to our local communities may seem challenging at first. Once connections are made and we realize the multitude of opportunities, the fun begins. This presentation will highlight successes from the EPICS Program that bring engineering expertise to address compelling community needs. Attributes of the EPICS model that engages communities and universities in long-term partnerships will be discussed, as well as lessons learned over the 12 years of the program. Participants will have opportunities for discussion about similar programs or approaches that could be implemented locally.

In addition to the noon presentation, Dr. Oakes will speak to the School of Engineering and Mines faculty and students about the EPICS program at Purdue.

Oakes holds courtesy appointments in mechanical engineering and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. He earned his B.S.M.E. and M.S.M.E. from Michigan State University, worked as a design engineer for GE Aircraft Engines and earned the Ph.D. at Purdue. He was a recipient of the 2004 National Society of Professional Engineers Educational Excellence Award and Purdue’s Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, among other teaching awards. He was an Indiana Campus Compact Fellow; Fellow of Purdue’s Teaching Academy and a founding member of the Purdue Community of Service-Learning Fellows. Dr. Oakes was a co-recipient of the National Academy of Engineering’s 2005 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education and was the first engineer to receive the Campus Compact Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning (2006).

Barnes & Noble at UND hosts holiday open house

Mark your calendar for Friday, Nov. 30, to attend the annual holiday open house at Barnes and Noble at UND, one day only! The doors are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For best selection, come early for store-wide savings.

Join our local and regional authors for a book signing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. we already have 25-plus authors confirmed to be on hand.

* 25 percent off selected adult and youth clothing.
* 25 percent off our large assortment of board games.
* 20 percent off holiday boxed cards.
* 25 percent off calendars and bookmarks.
* Discounts on selected general teading titles.

Don't forget to register to win a $500 shopping spree.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

Book discussion continues Nov. 28

The spirituality subcommittee of the Healthy UND Coalition invites the UND community to join in a discussion of the book, “Encouraging Authenticity and Spirituality in Higher Education” by Arthur Chickering, Jon Dalton and Liesa Stamm from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Memorial Union’s Leadership Room, Room 115. The reading schedule is as follows: Nov. 28, Chapter 4 and 5; Dec. 12, Chapters 6 and 7; Jan. 9, Chapters 8 and 9; Jan. 23, Chapter 10 and 11. It is not too late to join this discussion. Everyone is welcome to attend any or all of the discussion sessions. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Linda Rains at 777-4076 or by e-mail at
-- Linda Rains, Coordinator of Civic Leadership, Memorial Union,, 701-777-4076

Job Christenson presents Cabaret at Fire Hall Theatre

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

Admission is $10 at the door. Proceeds from the Friday Night Cabaret series benefit the artist and the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre. Wine and hors douvres will be served.

The Fire Hall Theatre is located at 412 2nd Ave N, nestled between City Hall and Central High School Auditorium, in downtown Grand Forks.
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, GGF Community Theatre,, 7-0875

Madrigal Dinner is Nov. 30-Dec. 1

Madrigal Dinner: Ye Olde English Christmasse Feaste is Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. each night, at the UND Memorial Union. Enjoy an evening of lively music and great food. The event features the UND Concert Choir, with additional performances by Varsity Bards, Allegro, Chamber Orchestra, Faculty Brass Quintet, Student Brass Quintet, and the Trumpet Ensemble.

"Each ticket includeth a spectacular five-course feaste. We beseech ye to select fowle, beaste, or shrubs & roots for ye meal." Tickets are $39.95/$44.95; call the Chester Fritz Box office at 777-4090.

Art Students Collective presents ASC Art Expo

The Art Students Collective presents "The ASC Art Expo" Friday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Edmond A. Hughes Fine Arts Center.

The ASC Art Expo is a display of original artworks in a variety of media, including ceramics, sculpture, painting, photography, printmaking, fiber art, jewelry and metalsmithing, and digital media art. This biannual event, which is free and open to the public, highlights recent creative achievements of UND students and faculty. Art students, who are among the exhibiting artists, will be available to discuss their artworks with visitors to the expo. Works will also be available for purchase.

Transportation available for Jay Meek memorial in Minneapolis

Transportation is available for people who wish to attend the memorial service for Jay Meek, professor emeritus of English, in Minneapolis Sunday, Dec. 2. A van will leave that morning and return after the service. If you are interested, please call Ursula Hovet at 777-3984 or e-mail her at .

Jay Meek was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., and graduated from Central High School in Traverse City, Mich. He earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and a M.A. from Syracuse University in 1965. Before coming to UND in January 1985, he was a visiting writer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Sarah Lawrence College. He was the poetry editor for the North Dakota Quarterly for many years, and published six books of poems with Carnegie Mellon University Press. He gave numerous readings of his work at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Providence College, Trinity College, Yale University, and Poets House in New York, among other places. Meek retired from UND in 2004 as professor emeritus of English.

Meek received grants from the Bush Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1996, as a partipant in the artists' exchange program, sponsored jointly by Canada, Mexico, and the United States, he was writer-in-residence at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Thursday Music Club Christmas Musicale set for Dec. 2

The Thursday Music Club presents their 84th annual Christmas Musicale at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at United Lutheran Church, 324 Chestnut St. A free will offering wil be taken for student scholarships to the International Music Camp and UND. For further information, call Darlene Holien, Christmas Musicale chair, at 746-7673.

Kim Donehower to speak on rural literacy Dec. 4

The College of Arts and Sciences' Humanities Speaker Series and the College of Education and Human Development's Center for Rural Education and Communities are pleased to announce that Kim Donehower, associate professor of English, will give a talk, "The Mis-Measure of Rural Literacy: Assessing Literacy as a Community Resource," at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the Red River Valley Room, Memorial Union. The talk will come from her recently published book, "Rural Literacies" 2007, Southern Illinois University Press. Refreshments will follow the talk.
-- Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, Assistant Professor, English,, 777-6391

ND Space Grant Consortium hosts open house for spacecraft simulator facility

The North Dakota Space Grant Consortium (NDSGC) has installed a spacecraft simulator at UND and is hosting an open house Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 162 Ryan Hall. The public is invited to attend.

The spacecraft simulator was designed and constructed by UND students in the Departments of Space Studies, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Funds were provided through a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Pablo de Leon, research associate in the Department to Space Studies, is the principal investigator for the project.

The spacecraft simulator will simulate launch, orbital operations and landings of Vostok, Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Soyuz and Orion, NASA’s newly designed Crew Exploration Vehicle. The simulator will be used for academic and research purposes by students enrolled in life science, aviation, orbital mechanics and engineering classes. It will be available on a limited basis for visitors to the UND campus.

The simulator is the approximate size of the original Apollo Command Module that took American astronauts to the Moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It can accommodate three people at a time. A second spacecraft simulator is currently being designed at UND which will simulate horizontal launches such as that of Spaceship One which was the first privately built spacecraft to reach space in 2004.
-- Karen Ryba, director of communications, aerospace,, 777-4761

Global Visions film series presents "Quinceanera"

The film, "Quinceanera" (USA) will be shown Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union.

Magdalena is the daughter of a Mexican-American family who runs a storefront church in Echo Park, Los Angeles. With her 15th birthday approaching, all she can think about is her boyfriend, her Quinceanera dress, and the Hummer limo she hopes will carry her on her special day. But a few months before the celebration, Magdalena finds she is pregnant. As the elaborate preparations for her Quinceanera proceed, it is only a matter of time before her religious father finds out and rejects her. Forced out of her home, Magdalena moves in with her great-great uncle, Tomas, an old man who makes his living by selling champurrado -- a Mexican hot drink -- in the street. Already living with him is Carlos, Magdalena's cousin, a tough cholo who was thrown out by his parents. Carlos does not disguise his disapproval of Magdalena's arrival. The back house rental where Tomas has lived happily for many years is on a property that was recently purchased by an affluent white gay couple -- pioneers of gentrification in the neighborhood. Inevitably, worlds collide when they become entangled in the lives of their tenants. As Magdalena's pregnancy grows more visible, she, Carlos, and Tomas pull together as a family of outsiders. But the economics of the neighborhood are turning against them. Ultimately, this precipitates a crisis that threatens their way of life.

Running Time: 1 hr. 30 min.
MPAA Rating: R for language, some sexual content and drug use.

The Global Vision Film Series, sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Anthropology Club, is a forum that promotes diversity at UND and within the community of Grand Forks at large through the venue of internationally acclaimed award winning independent films. The series is directed and organized by Marcia Mikulak, assistant professor in the anthropology department.

Film is a rich medium for the exploration of cultural diversity, the effects of globalization, human rights abuses, and the broad spectrum of human experiences that constitutes the nature of culture and the human condition. Every other Tuesday the Global Visions Film Series shows a movie at the Memorial Union in the Lecture Bowl. This year, we are joined by the UND Law School’s International Human Rights Center, who will present two films under the umbrella of the Global Visions Film Series. All films in the series are award winning films, recognized for their artistic scope and social impact. All films are open and free to UND students, faculty and Grand Forks community members. Several departments on the UND campus offer the films shown in the Global Visions Film Series as extra credit opportunities for students, who must write reviews and critiques of the issues presented in each of the outstanding films shown each semester.
-- Marcia Mikulak, Assistant Professor, Anthropology,, 777-4718

Check out classes at Burnt Toast Demo Kitchen

The Burnt Toast Demo Kitchen at the Wellness Center offers the following classes.

"Home Cookin' with Emilia," 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4. Cost is $6. "Home Cookin’ with Emilia" is designed to introduce you to delicious home cooked meals just like your mom used to make. These recipes are simple to prepare and easy on your budget. Come alone or bring along a friend for a different campus dining experience. Get a "hands on" cooking demonstration, and then sit down to enjoy the dishes you've helped prepare. The session will feature Christmas cookies. Sign up at the Wellness Center welcome desk by Monday, Dec. 3.

"Winter Paradise," 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 5. Cost is $5. Are you sick of the cold North Dakota winter? Do you just wish you could take off to a warm paradise? Well, here is your chance without ever leaving your home. Come join us for dinner in a "Winter Paradise." Enjoy some warm tropical foods, learn basic cooking techniques, and take the recipes home to create your own unique paradise. Sign up at the Wellness Center welcome desk by Tuesday, Dec. 4.

"Home Cookin' with Emilia," 6 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12. Cost is $6. This session will feature holiday baking. Sign up at the Wellness Center welcome desk by Tuesday, Dec. 11.

The Classes are located in the Wellness Center Burnt Toast Demo Kitchen.
-- Leah Wagner, Coordinator of Burnt Toast, Wellness Center,, 777-0842

Women's Center discusses de-stressing for the holidays

Berrylin Martin and Jane Hull from the Counseling Center will present “De-Stress for the Holidays” at Women’s Center’s Meet, Eat, and Learn Wednesday, Dec. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. Berrylin will introduce the StressEraser and Jane will do a guided imagery exercise.

The StressEraser is a handheld biofeedback device that is used to train individuals in proper relaxation breathing to counter the body's stress response. Guided Imagery is a relaxation technique used to reduce stress. Participants will get a chance to participate in both exercises. Everyone is welcome and lunch is provided.
-- Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Womens Center,, 777-4300

University Senate meets Dec. 6; agenda listed

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Dec. 6, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.

1. Announcements:
a. Athletic drector sarch, Sue Jeno
b. Update on Council of College Faculties activities, Jon Jackson

2. Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes

3. Question period

4. Annual report of the Senate Standing Committee on faculty rights, David Marshall, chair

5. Athletic and Academic Funding Resolution, Dexter Perkins
6. Fall break resolution, Jay Fisher, Student Body president
7. Candidates for degrees in December 2007, Suzanne Anderson, University Registrar
8. Curriculum Committee report, Matthew Cavalli, chair
9. Request for a distribution of indirect cost fnds report, Martha Potvin, dean, College of Arts and Sciences
-- Lori Hofland, Administrative Assistant, Registrars Office,, 777-3892

Doctoral examination set for Inna Eduardovna Popova Tyapochkin

The final examination for Inna Eduardovna Popova Tyapochkin, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in chemistry, is set for noon Friday, Dec. 7, in 138 Abbott Hall. The dissertation title is "Two Approaches to the Removal of Heating Fuel Oil Trapped in Wood and Concrete: Bio- and Photoremediation. Characterization of Lignans in Flaxseed by HPLC/DAD/ESI TOF MS and GC/MS." Evguenii Kozliak (chemistry) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Green and white weekend is Dec. 7-8

Sioux fans: gear up for the Gophers! Don’t miss Green and White Weekend Dec. 7-8. Show your Fighting Sioux pride by wearing all green Friday, Dec. 7 and all white Saturday, Dec. 8. Help cheer on the Fighting Sioux men’s hockey team as they battle Minnesota. -- Athletics.

Master Chorale presents "A Scandinavian Christmas"

The Grand Forks Master Chorale will present two concerts. "A Scandinavian Christmas" will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, East Grand Forks, and Sunday, Dec. 16, at 8 p.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Grand Forks. The concerts will feature Christmas music from Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

Advance tickets of $25 for a family, $12 for general admission, $8 for senior citizens, and $5 for students are available at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Box Office at 777-4090. At the door, tickets are $35 for a family, $15 general admission, $10 for senior citizens, and $7 for students.

Law Library posts extended exam hours

The Law Library's extended exam hours follow.
* Friday, Nov. 30, 7:30 a.m. to midnight
* Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, 10 a.m. to midnight
* Monday through Friday, Dec. 3-7, 7:30 a.m. to midnight
* Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9, 10 a.m. to midnight
* Monday through Thursday, Dec. 10-13, 7:30 a.m. to midnight
* Friday, Dec. 14, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Law Library,, 7-3482

Please help collect data on the use of technology in education

Dear faculty members and students,
I am collecting data about the use of technology (electronic interaction) in education. The survey takes 10 minutes max to complete and will help determine the use of the latest online and electronic communication tools in educational settings. Students can access the survey at:
and faculty members can access the survey at:
IRB permission is hyperlinked to each of the surveys and a certificate of appreciation is available upon completion. If you are interested in the results from the survey, please let me know and I will gladly share(early spring, 2008). Your participation will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking the survey.
-- Plamen Miltenoff, Graduate Student, Ed Leadership,, 320 308 3072

Applications invited for research fellowships

Applications are invited from UND faculty for research fellowships ($1,000 each) to facilitate writing proposals for external funding of their research and scholarly activities. Offered through Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) and the University Writing Program, a limited number of faculty in teams of two (faculty proposal writer and mentor) will engage in a 10-session (one hour each) writing seminar beginning Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 4 p.m. and continuing on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. through April 22. The goal of the seminar will be for each faculty writer to complete a research proposal, with the assistance of a mentor, that will be suitable for submission to an external sponsor.

To apply:
• Submit an application as a faculty team (writer and mentor) to RD&C of no more than two pages describing your research/scholarly activity idea.
• Identify the organization you will target for funding.
• List your last three examples of creative activity (e.g. publications, performances) and indicate whether they were peer reviewed and when they occurred.
• Describe your experience with submitting external proposals, including agencies and critiques. Also include a short list of recent proposals submitted by your mentor and indicate which have been successful.
• Discuss the significance of your research/scholarly activity.
• Indicate your availability and commitment to attend at least nine of the 10 seminar sessions.
• Be sure to include the name and the expected contribution of the faculty member who has agreed to serve as your mentor for this fellowship. (Mentors must agree to attend at least five sessions and be available to assist you in writing and developing your proposal outside the seminar. Mentors also will receive $1,000 stipends.) If you need help locating a mentor, contact Barry Milavetz at RD&C (777-4280 or

Selection Criteria:
• Potential for completing a draft proposal by May 15.
• Significance and impact of proposed research/scholarly activity.
• Potential for funding by proposed sponsor.
• Evidence of commitment by writer and mentor.
• Participant must be the P.I. on the external proposal.

Deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 15. Submit application to RD&C, 105 Twamley Hall or e-mail .
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance,, 701/777-4278

Graduate School Scholarly Forum calls for abstracts

The Graduate School is again sponsoring the campus-wide Scholarly Forum which will be held Feb. 11-12. The purpose of the forum is to allow the University of North Dakota to highlight scholarly activities and to provide a venue to share our research with our students and colleagues.

Faculty and students are invited to participate in the forum with presentations, exhibits, posters or performances. The forum also provides an opportunity for recruiting new students into our graduate programs.

The Graduate School is calling for abstracts for presentations and expressions of interest for exhibit space. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, Jan. 4.

For submission forms and guidelines, visit and look under “Graduate School News.” For further information, please contact the Graduate School.
-- Susan Caraher, Marketing & External Relations, The Graduate School,, 777-2524

Note holiday giving opportunities

Volunteer Bridge is the UND site for “Stuff the Bus” donations for the Salvation Army gift drive. New toys and gifts for children 0-18 years of age may be left at the Volunteer Bridge office in the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership between Nov. 28 and Dec. 12. Gifts should have a value of at least $10 and be unwrapped. Please, no stuffed animals. There is a particular need for gifts for youth age 12–18, such as CD players, radios, bath and body products, DVDs (PG rated), watches, jewelry, etc. Please bring gifts during working hours.

Volunteer Bridge is also sponsoring the University Senate and National Society of Collegiate Scholars Giving Trees located in the Memorial Union. The University Senate is seeking donations, money or instruments, to help the Northwood Music program. The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is seeking donations for the Community Violence Intervention Center. Gift tags can be picked up from the tree located next to the ATM machine on the main level of the Memorial Union. These gifts should be wrapped with the tag and left at the Volunteer Bridge office. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Rains at 777-4076.
-- Linda Rains, Coordinator of Civic Leadership, Memorial Union,, 701-777-4076

Note final examination schedule

The final examination schedule for the 2007 fall semester may be found on the Office of the Registrar Web site under Schedule of Courses – 2007 Fall Semester at: -- Registrar's office.

PRSSA seeks support for Boundless Playground

The UND Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) has teamed up with the ARC Upper Valley, Grand Forks Park District, Grand Forks Sertoma Club, Grand Forks Public Health and many other community-based organizations in the effort to build a dream playground in the Grand Forks community for children and families with disabilities.

It's Ali Karpenko's dream to have a community playground that is accessible to children with disabilities. With the support of her friends, family and various community organizations, she is working to raise $200,000 for a new Boundless Playground to be constructed in Grand Forks in 2008. Boundless Playgrounds are tailor-made for the way children are naturally drawn to play. They are universally accessible so everyone can play side by side at his or her own highest level of ability.

Ali, an eighth grader at Schroeder Middle School in Grand Forks, was born with spina fifida. "I am very blessed, as I have a very mild case of it. Many of the problems I face are hidden to most, as I am very physically able. I did not begin the playground project for myself. I'm doing it for the kids like me who have a disability, but aren't as lucky as I am."

The Grand Forks Park District has donated land in Sertoma Park and will assist in the construction and on-going maintenance of the playground. Two local organizations, Grand Forks Sertoma Club and The Arc, Upper Valley have teamed up to assist Ali in her marketing and fundraising efforts, which will include soliciting donations from local residents and businesses. The project also has the support of Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown.

"I think every kid should be able to have fun and feel like they belong," says Ali. "It would be nice to have a place where kids with disabilities and their siblings could have fun together."

PRSSA will be the point of contact for the University to get involved with the fundraising and building of this playground. A community Jean's Day has been established for Dec. 14.

PRSSA chapter mission is to prepare our members for successful integration into the public relations industry through hands-on experience; to provide access to our national organization, internships, scholarships, contacts and other professional opportunities.

To review the information about the playground visit If you would like to get involved, please contact Shelle Michaels, PRSSA advisor or Courtney Olson, PRSSA president at or (701) 777-4116.

2008 Founders Day honorees sought

The 2008 Founders Day banquet and recognition ceremony will be held Thursday, Feb. 28. The celebration in 2008 will mark the 125th anniversary of the founding of the University of North Dakota and will serve as the kick-off event for UND’s Quasquicentennial celebration year.

Employees with 25 years of service and retiring faculty and staff employees will be honored at the banquet as guests of the University. We request the assistance of all administrators, vice presidents, deans, department chairs, office heads and other supervisors in identifying eligible employees.

To prepare for Founders Day 2008, we request the following information:

1. Names of faculty and staff members who have completed 25 years of service to UND. To be honored, individuals must have completed 25 years of service since July 1, 2007, or will complete it by June 30, 2008. (In most cases, these people would have begun their employment at UND between July 1, 1982, and June 30, 1983.)

Please note that individuals eligible for 25-year recognition whose service at UND has not been continuous may have begun their employment prior to July 1, 1982. In those cases, documentation of cumulative years of service is requested.

Recognition for 25 years of service is given to all benefited employees, even though they may not be employed on a full-time basis. Please include names of benefited, part-time employees who will complete 25 years of service between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008.

2. Names of retired and retiring faculty and staff. To be honored, individuals must:
a. have retired since July 1, 2007 or will retire by June 30, 2008;
b. have a minimum of fifteen (15) years of service to the university;
c. be (or have been) full-time employees or in a benefited, part-time position at the time of retirement (or be completing an approved "phased" retirement); and
d. be making application for or receiving benefits through a UND-related retirement plan.

It is important that your list of eligible employees includes the following information:
 name of the employee
 position/faculty rank currently held
 department or unit
 initial appointment date
 mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address for the employee
 dates of any breaks in service (please identify whether these breaks in service were compensated such as a developmental leave or a leave of absence without compensation)
 date of retirement (if applicable)

Please submit the names of eligible individuals and supporting information to Terri Machart in the Office of the Vice President, Student and Outreach Services, 264 Centennial Dr., Stop 7140, ( . Please call 777-2724 with any questions about employee eligibility or about the Founders Day banquet.
-- Fred Wittmann, Director, Ceremonies and Special Events,, 7-4267

Please return University Student Assessment of Teaching forms

This is a reminder that the UND Student Assessment of Teaching (USAT) forms are due at the end of the semester. The forms are available for your faculty at your college dean’s office. Please estimate the number of forms you need and request them from that office. Please call Institutional Research at 777-4358 if you have any questions regarding these procedures.
-- Carmen Williams, Director, Institutional Research,, 7-4358

Note final grade instructions

Final grade rosters will be created in PeopleSoft Wednesday, Dec. 5, and will be available for grade entry starting Dec. 6.

Please be sure to select the final grade roster (not the midterm roster) for entering grades.

Grading Instructions are available at: under Faculty Final Grading in PeopleSoft.

Please note: Grades are due no later than noon Tuesday, Dec. 18 (final grades entered and saved, and final grade roster status updated to “approved” and saved, for each class with enrollment). -- Registrar's office.

UND Operation Campus Friends seeks donations

Operation Campus Friends is a joint venture started by Adele Kupchella and Student Government. Each semester, Operation Campus Friends sends hundreds of items in care packages to UND students and staff who are deployed for military service. Members of the campus community are being asked to donate items for the care packages that are sent to the soldiers. Items sought include movies, computer games, beef jerky, sunflower seeds, hard candy, instant drink mixes (individual packets for on the go), gum, and quick meal packets like Easy Mac, ramen, instant oatmeal, etc. Donations can be dropped off at the Student Government Office, first level, Memorial Union, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday until Monday, Dec. 3. If you have any questions please call the Student Government Office at 777-4377.

Thank you and feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. -- Tara Mertz, public relations coordinator, student government.

Chester Fritz Library lists fall semester final exam hours

The fall semester final exam hours for the Chester Fritz Library follow.
* Friday, Dec. 7 (Reading and Review Day), 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
* Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
* Sunday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m. to midnight
* Monday through Thursday, Dec. 10-13, 8 a.m. to midnight
* Friday, Dec. 14, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library,, 7-2618

Business Office changes name

The Business Office has changed its name to Student Account Services. The name Student Account Services correlates with the terminology used in Campus Connection and is better aligned with our goal of providing excellent customer service. Please visit the Student Account Services web site at for more information.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Sign up for 2008 flexible benefits by Nov. 30

This is the last week to enroll in flexible benefits for 2008. Enrollment agreements MUST be returned to the Payroll Office by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. No exceptions will be made for mail delays. Call Cheryl Arntz at 777-4423 if you have any questions. -- Payroll.

Studio One features Midwest identity theft, international swimmers

Learn why the Midwest is becoming a target for identity theft on the next edition of Studio One. According to the Better Business Bureau, identity theft is America’s fastest growing crime. Recently this felony has become more prevalent in the Midwest. Unlike many crimes committed, identity thieves do not have to come in contact with or even live in the same country as their victims.

“We don’t have this local community problem anymore, we’ve got suspects in England [and] we’ve got a ton of suspects in Nigeria,” says Grand Forks Police Detective Mike Flannery. Find out why the Midwest is targeted by these thieves on the next episode of Studio One.

Also on the show this week, see how international students are joining together on the University of North Dakota’s swim team. Coach Maviael Sampaio from Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, says most international students are attracted by UND’s winning reputation. Over seven countries now represent this year’s team.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen by viewers in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
-- Meghan Flaagan, Director of Marketing, Television Center,, 777-3818

Air China sends additional 57 students to UND Aerospace

The John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences announces the signing of an agreement between the UND Aerospace Foundation and Air China (Beijing) to educate student pilots. UND Aerospace currently has 17 Air China students in their program. The new agreement signed in Beijing by Bruce Smith, president of the UND Aerospace Foundation/dean of the Odegard School and Captain Jin, Air China director of flight technology management, will bring an additional 57 student pilots to UND in early January 2008.

In addition to academics, Air China students will each complete a 250 hour ab initio flight training program which includes 20 hours of flight in a King Air 200 turbo-prop aircraft. Upon completion of the 12-month program, the students return to the Air China Training Facility in Beijing for advanced simulator training.

-- Karen Ryba, director of communications, aerospace,, 777-4761

Staff Senate brings you UND's 125th anniversary cookbook, "A Taste of UND Tradition"

Our 125th anniversary edition cookbook is now available. This is a great gift idea. The cookbooks sell for $15 and are composed of a hardback, three-ring binder (7” x 9”) with over 700 recipes from faculty, staff, students and alumni. If you wish to purchase a cookbook, contact Joneen Iverson, Education and Human Development, 777-3718, or

Order forms are available on the Staff Senate web site ( Proceeds from the cookbook sales will be used to fund scholarships and other Staff Senate programs.
-- Joneen Iverson, President, Staff Senate,, 777-3718

Wednesday, Nov. 28, is Denim Day

The last Wednesday of the month means it's Denim Day. So Wednesday, Nov. 28, pay your coordinator your dollar, dig out your button, and proudly wear your denim. All proceeds to to the selected Denim Day charities, as always. Need a button or more information? Call me.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 701-777-3791

Work Well: Win $1,000

Who wouldn't want the chance to win $500? How about $1,000? Your first step is to sign up for Know Your Numbers. Go to to register and find out what you need to do next. Know Your Numbers will provide you with the tools you need to get healthier, not to mention prizes and the chance at the big money. Sign up today and get a free Work Well shirt.
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Assistant Director for Work Well, Wellness Center,, 701.777.0210

Note winter storm water prevention

As winter approaches, and rain turns to snow, it is still important to consider storm water pollution. Pollutants such as soaps, fertilizers, automotive fluids, and pet waste can collect in the snow pack, accumulating until a thaw suddenly dumps them into the storm water system. Contaminants that end up in the storm drains are carried off, untreated, to streams and larger bodies of water that are used for drinking, swimming, or fishing.

Here are a few helpful habits to reduce the amount of harmful pollutants entering storm drains this winter season:

• Winterizing vehicles. Check that your car is not leaking oil or other fluids. It takes only a small amount of motor oil to pollute thousands of gallons of water. Also dispose of drained fluids properly. Many service stations will collect used motor oil and recycle it. There is also a drop-off site at the Public Works Facility at 724 N. 47th St. Please do not dump these items down the storm drains.
• Washing vehicles. On a warm winter day, you may be tempted to break out the hose and bucket to get some of the road grime off of your car. Take a moment to see where that runoff is going. Does it wash down the driveway and into the storm drain? If so, all that salt and dirt will enter a stream or pond. Using a car wash facility may cost a few dollars more, but the water will be treated before being released into the watershed.
• De-icing driveways and sidewalks. While it may be habit to stock up on salt for the winter, many people would not consider dumping a bucket of salt on their lawn in the summer. But the results are similar. Salt runs off of your sidewalk and onto the surrounding soil. Consider more environmentally-friendly deicing products like Rain-Ex, Enviro-MLT, or Easy Melt found at most auto parts and home improvement stores.

If you have any questions, please contact Paul Clark at 777-3005. Thank you.
-- Debbie Merrill, Administrative Asst./ Recycling Coordinator, Facilities,, 777-4878

Ray Richards lists Christmas golf specials

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

Also this year, you may buy a cart seat for each punch card. Five rounds of golf with a cart seat will cost $70 ($85-$98 value) or 10 rounds of golf with a cart seat for $140 ($170-$196 value). A free round is included with 10-round purchase.

Christmas golf special punch cards may be bought by stopping at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Box Office or by calling 777-4090. Box office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Payroll deductions are accepted.
-- Dustin Hetletved, Manager, Ray Richards Golf Course,, 777-3500

Observe holiday safety

Everyone enjoys the dazzling beauty of holiday decorations. The beauty need not be spoiled by an accident that could have been prevented. Before you begin decorating inside and out this season, keep in mind these safety tips:

* Don’t use strings of lights that have damaged or frayed wires. Throw away these lights so nobody else will plug them in.

* Lights on campus must bear the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) seal of approval and must be of miniature size. Do not run wiring through doorways, under carpeting, or through holes in a wall. The use of extension cords should be avoided; rather, a multiple-outlet power strip with an internal circuit breaker is recommended. Always turn the holiday lights off when you leave the building.

* Candles, incense, or other devices with open flames are prohibited in dormitories and in campus buildings with the exception of apartment/family housing and for supervised special events.

* Decorations should not disguise, cover, or interfere with any safety device, including fire safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, exit signs, sprinkler heads and piping, and fire alarm pull stations.

* Live cut trees on campus must have prior permission from Safety and Environmental Health and have a tag showing that they have been flame-retardant treated. The tag must include the name and registration number of the chemical used, the name of the applicator, and the date of treatment. Keep natural trees in water at all times to slow the natural drying process.

* Live trees are not permitted in the residence halls. Artificial trees (with flame retardant rating) are allowed when placement, lighting, decorations, and monitoring rules are adhered to. They must be kept out of corridors and away from doorways and heat sources.

* Not all artificial trees are flame-retardant rated. A tag that notes the tree has been flocked and treated should be attached to the tree. Don’t risk using a cheaper tree that is not fire resistant.

* Do not place the tree so that it blocks a doorway, corridor, or exit.

* After the holidays, the sooner you get rid of your Christmas tree and decorations the better. The longer they stay up, the more of a problem they become.

Decorating guidelines for apartment housing can be referenced in the UND Apartment Policy Handbook. If you would like any further information on holiday safety, please contact the UND Safety and Environmental Health Office at 777-3341. Happy Holidays! -- UND Safety and Environmental Health.

Are you ready for winter driving?

With the arrival of winter to the area, the hazards of winter driving must be taken seriously. There are many simple things that you can do to keep yourself safe and alive.

* Keep your gas tank at least half full. It will prevent moisture condensation and extend your run time should you get stranded.
* Clean all snow and ice off your vehicle before you leave your parking spot. Keep a window scraper and brush in your vehicle.
* Be sure that your vehicle is in good repair. Your brakes, battery, tire tread and inflation, windshield wipers/fluid, exhaust system and cooling system should all be checked.
* Drive defensively and slow down. Rain, snow and ice can decrease traction and cause you to skid.
* If you get stranded, remember that it is usually best to stay with your vehicle until help arrives.
* Have winter equipment available in your vehicle, especially if you will be driving out of town. Things to consider include: Boots, gloves, hat and warm clothes, flashlight, battery booster cables, lightweight shovel, candles or heating cans, high energy /non-perishable food, blanket, matches or lighter, flares or bright cloth to signal help, rope, and cellular phone.

Survival kits are available at transportation for state vehicles checked out for out-of-town travel.

Most importantly, if driving conditions are poor, stay off the roads if at all possible. -- Safety and Environmental Health.

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: Cyclotron Specialist, Cyclotron and Positron Operations, #08-150
DEADLINE: (I) 12/03/2007
SALARY: $35,000+/year

POSITION: Accounting Specialist, Dining Services, #08-149
DEADLINE: (I) 11/29/2007
SALARY: $26,520+/year

POSITION: Assistant Archivist, Chester Fritz Library, #08-104
DEADLINE: Oct. 31 or until filled. (Applications received by October 31, 2007 will receive first consideration) Internal applicants will be considered along with the external applicants.
SALARY: $37,000+/year


POSITION: Laboratory Technician, Pharmacology, Physiology, and Therapeutics, #08-145
DEADLINE: (I) 11/29/2007
SALARY: $25,000+/year


POSITION: Licensing Coordinator/Purchasing Assistant, Purchasing, #08-148
DEADLINE: (I) 11/29/2007
SALARY: $25,000+/year

POSITION: Information Coordinator, Enrollment Services, #08-147
DEADLINE: (I) 11/29/2007
SALARY: $25,000+/year

POSITION: Tour Guide Coordinator, Enrollment Services, #08-146
DEADLINE: (I) 11/29/2007
SALARY: $21,000+/year

POSITION: Dean’s/Grants Assistant, College of Nursing, #08-144
DEADLINE: (I) 11/29/2007
SALARY: $24,000+/year


POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, Saturday - Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.), Facilities, #08-143
DEADLINE: (I) 11/28/2007
SALARY: $17,680+/year

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, Friday - Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.), Facilities, #08-142
DEADLINE: (I) 11/28/2007
SALARY: $17,680+/year


Executive Director Academic, Research and Learning Technology (ARLT)

Medical School dean begins term as chair of AAMC Council of Deans

H. David Wilson, dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has begun a one-year term as chair of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). He officially assumed the position during the AAMC annual meeting held recently in Washington, D.C. Wilson has been serving as chair-elect of the Council of Deans for the past year.

The first North Dakota dean to serve in this position, Wilson presides over meetings of the council, which includes 126 medical school deans; chairs the administrative board, the council's governing body, and represents the deans on the AAMC executive council and its 10-member executive committee.

"I feel gratified that my colleagues chose me to represent this extremely talented group," he said. "It is an honor for me, the medical school, the University and the state."

Several issues, including health care reform, are important for the council to address, he said. "There are 45 million Americans without health insurance. The AAMC is a player in looking at the health care system and how it should be paid for and delivered."

Wilson served as chair of the AAMC section on community-based medical schools from 2002 to 2007 and was elected to the AAMC Executive Council in 2004. He was elected to the 12-member Council of Deans Administrative Board by his peers in 2004.

The AAMC is a non-profit association representing 143 accredited U.S. and Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 teaching hospitals, 98 affiliated health systems, 68 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers, and 94 academic and scientific societies.

Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 109,000 faculty members, 67,000 medical students, and 104,000 resident physicians.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Asst. to the Director, Public Affairs,, 701-777-4305

Tracy Evanson re-elected vice president for international nursing organization

Tracy Evanson, assistant professor of nursing, has been re-elected to a second term of vice president at the most recent Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International (NNVAWI) conference, held in London, Ontario, Canada, in October 2007.

The abuse and exploitation of women is a social problem of epidemic proportions which adversely affects the health of millions of women each year. NNVAWI's ethic fosters the ideal of nursing practice designed to provide assistance and support to women in the process of achieving their own personal empowerment.

“As vice president I am pleased to be able to provide leadership in advancing nursing education, research and practice in violence against women,” said Dr. Evanson.

International conferences, held approximately every 18 months, bring together academicians and practitioners from all over the world to share cutting-edge research, as well as hopeful and successful prevention and intervention programs. Their elected officers and board members now include representatives from the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Evanson's research focuses on the role of home-visiting nurses in intimate partner violence prevention and intervention. “My goal in this leadership role is to help unite nurses, regardless of location or practice setting, to understand violence as a health care issue and to become skilled and committed to providing intimate partner violence screening and intervention as a routine part of nursing practice.”

Statistics on violence against women in the United States are staggering. According to the National Organization for Women:
• Every year approximately 132,000 women report that they have been victims of rape or attempted rape, and more than half of them knew their attackers.
• Every year 1.2 million women are forcibly raped by their current or former male partners, some more than once.
• Every day four women die in this country as a result of domestic violence, the euphemism for murders and assaults by husbands and boyfriends. That's approximately 1,400 women a year, according to the FBI. The number of women who have been murdered by their intimate partners is greater than the number of soldiers killed in the Vietnam War.

The Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International (NNVAWI) was formed to encourage the development of a nursing practice that focuses on health issues relating to the effects of violence on women's lives. The ultimate goal of NNVAWI is to provide a nursing presence in the struggle to end violence in women's lives. NNVAWI includes membership of nurses and others from countries throughout the world, who are committed to research, education, and practice that will end violence against women around the globe. For more information on NNVAWI, visit
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Officer, Nursing,, 777-4526

Remembering Lucille Bren

Lucille Bren, retired nurse's aide at the former UND Rehabilitation Hospital, died Nov. 19 at Altru Hospital, Grand Forks. She was 82.

Bren, the daughter of Gust and Tina (Jorgenson) Johnson, was born Aug. 11, 1925 in rural Warren, Minn. She grew up in rural Warren and attended school in Alma township. She worked on the family farm and worked at the Warren Hospital for two years.

She married Robert Bren on Sept. 23, 1945 in Warren, Minn. Along with raising her family, she assisted her husband in the farming operation. She worked at the Warren Hospital as an X-ray technician and then at the UND Rehabilitation Hospital for 15 years as an aide. After retirement, she and Robert traveled extensively in Europe and Wouth America. She also worked at Sam's Club in Grand Forks as a food demonstrator beginning in 2005 until six weeks ago.

She is survived by her two sons: Richard Bren of Eden Prairie, Minn., Steven (Ginnie) Bren of East Grand Forks, seven grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.

Bren was preceded in death by her husband Robert, parents, daughter Linda Gustafson, one sister and two brothers.

Memorials were preferred to Altru Hospice.