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ISSUE: Volume 45, Number 9: October 17, 2007

Top Stories
President will give State of the University address Oct. 23
President Kupchella to start University Faculty Lecture Series Oct. 18
ND EPSCoR announces $6522,900 in new faculty start-up monies
UND ranks No. 9 among nation's top entrepreneurship programs
Events to Note
Greg Weisenstein presents leadership talk Wednesday
Keynote address on community-university partnerships is Oct. 17
Reception honors Elaine Metcalfe Oct. 17
Theology for Lunch concludes Oct. 24
Humanities Speaker Series holds events meditating on revolution
Free cholesterol screenings available
Lake Agassiz: Trigger man for the Younger Dryas or an innocent bystander?
UND's Mortar Board chapter hosts art auction
Retired faculty to meet Oct. 18
Adam Lewis from NDSU presents next LEEPS lectures
General Education Transition Summit is Oct. 19
Webinar offered on campus free speech issues
Anne Christopherson, Pluckstruck present Cabaret
Psychology colloquium talk is Oct. 19
"Transcending Borders" from Internet to international
Distinguished scientist on intelligence is conference keynote speaker
Museum inaugurates fund drive for major acquisition
Art & Wine Walk is Oct. 20
North Dakota STRIPE students set for public rocket launch
Keep Going program is Oct. 22-26
Silent auction, benefit dinner for Nicolette Cariveau is Oct. 21
Doctoral examination set for Jeanine Gangeness
Astronomy talk, telescope observing is Oct. 23
Women's Health Week begins Oct. 23
UND Fall Graduation Expo set for Oct. 23
PR Tips Workshop is Oct. 24
Barnes & Noble Bookstore holds clearance sale
AAUW used book sale is Oct. 26-27
Master Chorale opens season Oct. 28
Faculty asked to visit with Bush grant evaluators
Box Lunch session focuses on quantitative reasoning
Technology Trends Forum: Social Networking is Oct. 31
IRB meets Nov. 2
Spring 2008 course schedule available online
Mini-grants available for summer courses, programs
Do you teach courses in leadership?
Join a Faculty Study Seminar
Faculty sought for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Faculty can receive feedback on teaching
Phi Beta Kappa seeks members
Studio One features 911 calls, public speaking
Note change in Facilities building 24-hour entrance
Get ready, get set, shoot those pictures
Staff Senate "31 Days of Glory" raffle tickets on sale now
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- what to know about mammograms
Bookstore offers Sunday-Monday morning discounts
Women issues therapy group meets Thursdays
Research opportunity for smokers
Halloween is Denim Day
Research participants sought
Note Work Well updates, coming events
Free mental health screenings available
Internal job openings listed
In the News
2007 Nobel Peace Prize connects with UND climate scientist
Grants encourage use of technology to improve rural health care delivery
Bradley Myers appointed to national committee
President will give State of the University address Oct. 23

The University Council will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The agenda follows:

1. University Senate status report, Tom Petros, University Senate chair
2. State of the University address by President Kupchella
3. Matters arising, Tom Petros, University Senate chair

The University Council consists of the following who are employed primarily on the Grand Forks campus: the president, vice presidents, registrar, director of libraries, all deans, department chairs, full-time faculty of the rank of instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor; program directors, coordinators, assistant and associate deans who concurrently hold faculty rank; director of the Counseling Center; professional librarians, and such other academic personnel and administrative officers as the Council may designate. The quorum of the Council necessary for the transaction of business is 25 percent of the Council membership (or 154 of the current 616 members). Council meetings are normally co-chaired by the chair of the Senate and the president of the University. The registrar is ex officio secretary. Council meetings are open to the public, and students, staff and the general public are invited to attend. -- Suzanne Anderson, University Registrar.

President Kupchella to start University Faculty Lecture Series Oct. 18

"Chickens" -- that's the title of the first talk in the 2007-08 University Faculty Lecture Series. President Charles Kupchella will give the opening lecture Thursday, Oct. 18, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A reception starts at 4 p.m. and the lecture begins at 4:30 p.m. Kupchella's talk focuses on the path and interconnections of his career, from his early days as a researcher through his co-directorship of a cancer research lab and culminating with the presidency of the University of North Dakota. What does "Chickens" have to do with all of that? You'll have to show up to find out. In honor of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the University and the 10th anniversary of the re-establishment of the lecture series at UND, the committee of Chester Fritz Professors coordinating the University Faculty Lecture Series invited the deans of colleges to speak on their research. This occasion will allow the deans to reflect on the important role that their scholarly work plays not only in their career paths but in their work on campus today. And, again to break precedent a little, the committee is commemorating President Kupchella’s tenure at UND by inviting him to give the opening lecture. Chandice Covington, dean of the College of Nursing, will present the second lecture in the series Thursday, Nov. 8. Her topic is "Interdisciplinary Research: A Modern Paradigm for Nursing Science." Subsequent lectures will be given in the spring and next fall, starting on Jan. 17 with Paul LeBel, dean of the School of Law. Please save the dates of Feb. 14, March 13 and April 10.

ND EPSCoR announces $6522,900 in new faculty start-up monies

The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) has announced that four academic units at the University of North Dakota will share in $652,900 designated for seven new faculty start-up opportunities. These funds are made available on a competitive basis and are designed to enhance the start-up packages offered to prospective research faculty during the hiring process.

Awards, which are of two years duration and begin in August 2008, were made to the College of Nursing, Department of Chemistry, Department of Electrical Engineering, and the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering.

According to Gary Johnson, interim vice president for research at UND and co-chair of the ND EPSCoR steering committee, “The new faculty start-up awards constitute one of the most important components of the multi-faceted EPSCoR program.” He went on to express appreciation to the National Science Foundation and the State of North Dakota for their support of research through this innovative program in which North Dakota’s public research universities, UND and NDSU, have been a partner since 1986. In announcing the awards, Johnson added, “The overall goal of ND EPSCoR is to increase the competitiveness of North Dakota for merit-based grants and contracts in support of science and technology research from federal funding agencies. New faculty start-up awards move UND in the proper direction toward meeting this objective.”

Funded through federal, state and private sector partnerships, ND EPSCoR manages a comprehensive research development plan that involves infrastructure improvement programs, science outreach and recruitment programs, and technology transfer and commercialization programs.

ND EPSCoR's federal research partners include the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Energy (DOE), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Department of Defense (DOD).

UND ranks No. 9 among nation's top entrepreneurship programs

"Entrepreneur" magazine and "The Princeton Review" released the fifth annual ranking of the top 50 graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the nation, and the University of North Dakota ranks number nine on the top undergraduate programs list. A complete listing of the schools ranked, along with the analysis, appear in the November issue of "Entrepreneur" magazine, which hits newsstands Oct. 23.

All 900 schools surveyed were evaluated based on key criteria in the areas of academics and requirements, students and faculty, and outside-the-classroom support and experiences. A total of 50 schools, 25 undergraduate and 25 graduate schools, made the list, with several others receiving honorable mentions. A nearly 30 percent increase in participating schools with this year's ranking underscores the growing number of entrepreneurial courses nationwide and the established mainstream appeal of business ownership.

This is the third consecutive year UND has been ranked nationally for its entrepreneurial offerings, and the second time the undergraduate program in entrepreneurship has been rated in the top 10.

“We are thrilled to be ranked, yet again, with this group of prestigious schools,” said Dennis Elbert, dean of the College of Business and Public Administration at UND. “This continued recognition is a testament to the excellent program we have at UND and our comprehensive effort to support entrepreneurs at all levels –– from students to business start-ups to venture capitalists.”

“I am not surprised that we continue to be in the top 10 schools in the country in undergraduate entrepreneurship education,” said President Charles Kupchella. “There is a very real entrepreneurial spirit that permeates this campus. There many excellent examples here, including, of course, the College of Business and Public Administration, which -- thanks to the generous help of alumni as well as the leadership of Dennis Elbert and his faculty and staff -- has truly embraced that entrepreneurial spirit to create a state-of-the-art school. The creation of the major in entrepreneurship is, itself, entrepreneurial.”

The University has long been a leader in entrepreneurship, starting in 1984 with the Center for Innovation and later establishing the undergraduate program in 1999. The entrepreneur program at UND, housed in the College of Business and Public Administration, is now one of the fastest growing programs on campus. It includes one of the nation’s solely student-run venture capital invest fund, the Dakota Venture Group.

"For years now schools have been responding to student demand for competitive entrepreneurial programs," says Rieva Lesonsky, senior vice president and editorial director of "Entrepreneur" magazine. "The newly emerging trends are in programs that focus on women-owned as well as environmentally and socially conscious businesses. Strong alumni networks, emphasis on feasibility studies and activities for engaging in the local business community continue to be key points among entrepreneurs looking for programs that fit their needs."

The survey questions for the annual top colleges ranking are revisited each year to ensure that clear, concise and appropriate data are collected. Robert Franek of "The Princeton Review" says this year, "New questions allowed for more program-specific elements to come to the surface." This gives prospective students more of the essential information they need to start exploring programs that can prepare them for greater success in their business ventures. A complete listing of undergraduate schools ranked in this year’s results is posted below.

Best Schools for Entrepreneurs: Top 25 Undergraduate Programs
1. Babson College, 2. University of Houston, 3. Drexel University, 4. The University of Arizona, 5. University of Dayton, 6. Chapman University, 7. DePaul University, 8. Temple University, 9. University of North Dakota, 10. Loyola Marymount University, 11. Wichita State University, 12. Syracuse University, 13. University of Notre Dame, 14. University of Maryland, 15. University of Oklahoma, 16. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 17. Xavier University, 18. The University of Alabama, 19. University of Southern California, 20. Ball State University, 21. The University of Iowa, 22. Brigham Young University, 23. Baylor University, 24. Northeastern University, 25. The Ohio State University.

Greg Weisenstein presents leadership talk Wednesday

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Greg Weisenstein will present "The People Part of Leadership" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Badlands Room, second level, Memorial Union, as part of the Fall Leadership Series held Wednesdays. Faculty please announce this event to students. The series is free and open to the entire University community. The series is sponsored by the Memorial Union Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.

Next Wednesday, Oct. 24, Vice President of Student and Outreach Services Bob Boyd will present "Lessons of Leadership."

Keynote address on community-university partnerships is Oct. 17

A national expert on community development will give a keynote address on community-university partnerships and lead a community building workshop Wednesday, Oct. 17, on campus.

The UND Center for Community Engagement is hosting the visit of John Kretzmann, co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University. Kretzmann is co-author with John McKnight of "Building Communities from the Inside Out" (1993), a book that helped launch the community research technique called asset mapping.

Kretzmann will give a keynote address on community-university partnerships at the Center’s annual awards luncheon and program, where four awards will be given to recognize exemplary community and University efforts by community organizations, students, faculty, and departments. The luncheon begins at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the North Ballroom, Memorial Union.

Kretzmann’s workshop, “Building Community Assets,” will be held after the awards program from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. The cost for the luncheon is $15 ($10 for students with a UND ID), while the workshop is $10 (free to students, with ID). The workshop is available for .3 CEU credits for an additional charge of $10.

Registration is available by calling the Center at 777-0675 or by visiting the Center’s web site at -- Fayme Stringer, Americorps*VISTA, Center for Community Engagement,, 777-2706.

Reception honors Elaine Metcalfe Oct. 17

Please join in recognizing Elaine Metcalfe as the recipient of the Council for Opportunity in Education Walter O. Mason Award. This prestigious award is the Council’s highest national recognition and honors outstanding educational opportunity professionals for distinguished service and leadership. The recognition will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A short program will begin at 3 p.m., including remarks by President Kupchella and Vice President Boyd.
-- Joan Jorde, Assistant Director, TRIO Programs/Student Support Services,, 701-777-3426

Theology for Lunch concludes Oct. 24

Join Campus Ministry Association, representing Christus Rex, Newman Center, United Campus Ministry, and Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel, for the fall Theology for Lunch series. The topic for the last fall series is:

4 Faiths 4 Stories
Oct. 24 – Islam

The presentation will take place at noon at Christus Rex. A light lunch will be served, so bring your appetite, a friend, and an interest in exploring these faith traditions.
-- Lisa Burger, Director, Student Success Center,, 777-4706

Humanities Speaker Series holds events meditating on revolution

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 4 to 5 p.m. in 312 Merrifield Hall, the Department of Languages presents “Revolutions in Language Learning.” This panel discussion will feature Colleen Berry talking about revolutionary techniques in teaching Chinese, Amanda Boyd discussing play writing, and Sherrie Fleshman discussing language learning and technology. A reception will follow the event.

On Thursday, Oct. 18, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, Phi Beta Kappa welcomes T.H. Breen, director of the Center for Historical Studies at Northwestern University, who will present “It Rained Dead Cats and Dogs the Day the Revolution Began: Ideology and Popular Resistance to Empire, 1775,” a study of popular political resistance to imperial authority between 1774 and 1776. The talk will explore the relation between political action and rhetorical justifications of violence by reconstructing the history of the most popular, most widely published work before “Common Sense.” The “Crisis” dominated the public conversation during the middle months of 1775, spreading an ideological message that one will not encounter in the works of familiar intellectual historians. A reception in the Fireside Lounge will follow Breen’s talk.
-- Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, Assistant Professor, English,, 777-6391

Free cholesterol screenings available

Work Well will begin offering free cholesterol screenings starting Wednesday, Oct. 17. Times will be 8 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. at each location. You do not need to set up a time in advance. Plan for about 15-20 minutes.
Oct. 17: Memorial Union, Prairie Room
Oct. 24: School of Medicine, Room 1917
Oct. 31: 303 Twamley Hall

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Eickhoff at 777-0210 or
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Lake Agassiz: Trigger man for the Younger Dryas or an innocent bystander?

Sigma Gamma Epsilon's "Third Thursday Lecture" Series is hosting Ken Lepper from NDSU. Dr. Lepper will discuss Lake Agassiz in relationship to the Younger Dryas, an abrupt climate change 12,900 to 11,500 years ago. This lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in 100 Leonard Hall. Refreshments are provided.

The Beta Zeta Chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon is an Earth Science honorary. For more details about this lecture or Sigma Gamma Epsilon, please contact Matthew Belobraydic at
-- Matthew Belobraydic, President of the Beta Zeta chapter of Sigma Gamma Epsilon, Geology and Geological Engineering,, 71-777-0199

UND's Mortar Board chapter hosts art auction

The University of North Dakota Mortar Board chapter will hold an art auction at Porpoura Coffee House in downtown Grand Forks across from the Waterwheel at 8 South Third St. Thursday, Oct. 18, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. A large number of pieces for auction will be on exhibit at Porpoura one week prior to the event.

Mortar Board announces their 28th annual turkey basket drive providing all items needed to prepare a Thanksgiving meal to over 700 families in the Greater Grand Forks community. All proceeds from the art auction will be used for the turkey basket drive. Works of artists follow: Marjorie Schafer (blue iris bowl and grapevine goblets), Theodore Schindler (rural scene sculpture), Ann Piersol (leave motif), Robin and Lorrie Foster (zinc crystalline platter), Barbara Seeger (hand sculpted roses), Florian Ranft (print), and Elizabeth Bradshaw (jewelry) will be part of the silent auction and coffee sampling event. Nationally recognized artists Susan Warner (hand painted porcelain pitcher) and Richard Bresnahan (two-piece rice bowl) will have coveted pieces on the silent auction as well.

Please e-mail or call (701)269-9862 with questions, or if you would like to donate a piece of art.
-- Kristi Nelson, Special Projects Coordinator, Enrollment Services,, 777.6468

Retired faculty to meet Oct. 18

The UND retired faculty in the Grand Forks area will meet at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Christus Rex Fireside Room. UND Program Specialist Connie Hodgson will discuss the first year's experience with the University's lifelong learning program and opportunities for 2008. The retired faculty meets regularly at 7:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month. -- Professor Emeritus Lloyd Omdahl, convener.

Adam Lewis from NDSU presents next LEEPS lectures

Adam Lewis from North Dakota State University presents the next LEEPS lecture Friday, Oct. 19. 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. Lewis will discuss “An Ongoing Geomorphic Problem in Antarctica – Are Subglacial Megafloods Real?,” at noon Friday, Oct. 19, in 100 Leonard Hall. At 3 p.m. in 100 Leonard Hall, he will address “A Terrestrial Record of Neogene Antarctic Climate From Glacier Thermal Regimes and Extinction of a Tundra Biota.”

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

General Education Transition Summit is Oct. 19

All are invited to come for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in 16-18 Swanson Hall, and an afternoon of activities and discussion focusing on UND’s transition to the new Essential Studies Program. Contact Jana Hollands at 777-3600 for reservation information.

Come enjoy a buffet lunch and conversation about the new Essential Studies Program which will be implemented for incoming freshman in fall 2008.

1 to 2 p.m., disciplinary discussion groups presentation.
Late this summer, groups of faculty from across campus began to draft criteria for the disciplinary distribution, establishing guidelines the Senate General Education Requirements Committee will use to determine where to place courses when they are validated — in math/science/technology, social sciences, arts and humanities or communications. Come join these groups for a review and discussion of their work.

2 to 3 p.m. in 17 Swanson Hall, model projects and transition update. In 2007, OID granted summer professorships to faculty members who choose to focus on new features of the Essential Studies Program in their curriculum development projects. Come learn about these model projects which focus on quantitative reasoning, diversity, thinking and reasoning, advanced communication and the capstone. We will also get an update on the transition work to be accomplished this year.

3 to 4 p.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union, Q&A on revalidation. Members of the General Education Requirements Committee will offer a Q&A on revalidation for departments due for general education revalidation this year.

Check the OID web page at for further details.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development for the Essential Studies Transition Team,, 701-777-4233

Webinar offered on campus free speech issues

The Memorial Union is pleased to host a webinar from NCHERM (National Center for Higher Education Risk Management) from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The webinar is titled “You Can’t Say That... Can You? A Practical Guide to Campus Free Speech Issues." Presenters are Lee Bird, Mary Beth Mackin, Saundra K. Schuster, and Brett A. Sokolow. The webinar is co-sponsored by the University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA). The goal of this webinar is to make the complexity of the First Amendment accessible to college administrators. Topics to be addressed include Rights of the First Amendment, Limits of the First Amendment, and Authority of Administrators under the First Amendment. A complete description is available at

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Bonnie Solberg by phone or e-mail.
-- Bonnie Solberg, Associate Director, Memorial Union,, 777-2898

Anne Christopherson, Pluckstruck present Cabaret

Join acclaimed soprano Anne Christopherson and guitar and vibes duo Pluckstruck at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the Fire Hall Theatre, downtown Grand Forks, for an evening of cabaret-style jazz.

"Friday Night Cabaret" costs only $10 at the door. Wine and light hor's dourves will be served. Friday Night Cabarets are an informal celebration of musical and art.

Upcoming Friday Night Cabarets are Nov. 30 featuring Job Christenson and Marlys Murphy.

Friday Night Cabarets are a fundraiser for the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre. Experience live music, experience excellence, experience life.

Anne Christopherson, soprano, enjoys a varied and rewarding performing career in North America and Europe. Her sensitive musicianship reveals itself in the genres of art song, opera, operetta, musical theatre and oratorio.

She has been a guest artist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, Chiara String Quartet, Boulder Philharmonic, Boulder Chorale, Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, Idaho Falls Opera Theatre, Crimson Creek Players, Grand Forks Master Chorale, and the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Christopherson received her bachelor's and master's degrees of music in voice performance from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Her Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance was awarded by Ohio State University.

Pluckstruck is a unique chamber music ensemble featuring classical guitarist Jeff Anvinson and vibraphonist James Popejoy. Performing an eclectic selection of jazz and classical music, the duo explores the sound palate of the guitar and vibraphone in a variety of settings. They have performed together at various events and settings the past six years, including the 2002 and 2004 North Dakota Arts and Humanities Summits, 2003 and 2006 North Dakota Music Educators Association Conference, Department of Music faculty recitals, Town Square Farmers Market, Grand Cities ArtFest, First Night Greater Grand Forks, the "Summer Concert Series" of the North Dakota Museum of Art, as well as at numerous receptions, local coffee houses and restaurants. Anvinson is a lecturer in music at UND, where he teaches music theory, aural skills, applied guitar, classroom guitar, guitar pedagogy, and directs a guitar ensemble. Popejoy is director of bands and associate professor of music at UND, where he conducts the Wind Ensemble and University Band, and instructs courses in graduate and undergraduate conducting, instrumental literature, instrumental rehearsal techniques, and jazz techniques.
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, GGF Community Theatre,, 701-321-2359

Psychology colloquium talk is Oct. 19

The Psychology Department is pleased to announce a colloquium presentation from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in 342 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The department’s 2007 outstanding alumni award recipient, Greg Lamberty, clinical neuropsychologist, will present some of his clinical research and application to treatment in a talk titled, “Understanding Somatization in Clinical Practice.” Refreshments will be served and all are invited.
-- Douglas Peters, Professor, Psychology,, 701-777-3648

"Transcending Borders" from Internet to international

"Transcending Borders" is the theme for the School of Communication third annual Communicators Days. This event will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, at the Best Western Townhouse, Grand Forks. Representatives from the government, media, academe, and alumni will be on hand to discuss varied views about border issues (loosely defined).

President Charles Kupchella will host the reception at 6 p.m. Friday, which will be followed immediately by "Border Crossings" with international panel participants at 7:30 p.m. Confirmed participants in the discussion include Dave Thompson, news director, Prairie Public; Jack Zaleski, opinion page editor, The Forum; Al Friesen, program director, Golden West Radio in Winnipeg; Mary Jo Hotzler, deputy editor, The Forum; Mike Jacobs, publisher and editor, Grand Forks Herald; Ken Johnston, managing editor, Rainy River Record; and Phyllis Mensing, AP.

Friday's discussion is free and open to the public. There is a $30 registration fee for Saturday's events, which include a continental breakfast, lunch, panel discussions and a chance to network. Registration is from 7 to 8 a.m. Students who pre-register will have the opportunity to assist with the event and attend the sessions free of charge.

Four panels will mark Saturday's conference, starting with the 8 a.m. panel, "Internet Crime: To Catch a Stalker," featuring Wayne Stenehjem, North Dakota Attorney General, along with a special agent and a computer forensic agent from the North Dakota BCI.

"Everything I Ever Wanted to Know I Learned from a Public Information Officer" at 9:15 a.m. will be moderated by Peter Johnson, associate director and media relations coordinator, UND Office of University Relations, with panelists MSGT Rob Keller, PIO ND Army National Guard; Don Larson, reelection campaign manager and former PIO for Gov. John Hoeven; Susan Mickelson, managing partner, SimmonsFlint; and Tricia Traynor, manager, Devils Lake Airport, former PIO, USAF.

At 10:30 a.m., moderator Jack McDonald, NDBA and NDNA legal counsel, will lead panelists David Crothers, executive vice president and general manager, North Dakota Association of Telecommunications; and Linda Johnson Wurtz, associate state director for Advocacy for AARP, in discussing "Advocacy/Lobbying: Making Sure That Every Voice Is Heard."

Recent UND School of Communication alumni include: Lindsay Corbo, season ticket sales representative, Minnesota Timberwolves; Chris Gessele, editor, Hazen Star; Dave Griswold, sales manager, Turtle Mountain Star; Tessa Sandstrom, communications director, John Hoeven reelection campaign; Alyssa Shirek, copy editor, Grand Forks Herald; and Emily Wright, civic engagement coordinator, Grand Forks Housing; will be led by Jill Denning Gackle, general manager, BHG, Inc.; and Cassie Walder, news director, WDAZ; in discussing "Matchmaking: Finding the Perfect Person for the Perfect Job".

Jacquelyn Lowman, coordinator of Communicators Days and faculty member of the School of Communication, mentions that the event is meant to begin ongoing conversations among various publics on the state of the media in North Dakota and across the country. "The media will only be one segment of voices in these panel discussions. We want other voices, particularly those of the public and students, to be heard as well," Lowman said.

Major sponsors, North Dakota Broadcast Association and the North Dakota Newspapers Association, will have table displays, as will communication student clubs. For information, please contact Jacqui Lowman at 777-2581, To register, please contact Jacqui Lowman or Anita Herold,

Distinguished scientist on intelligence is conference keynote speaker

The 2007 Northern Lights Psychology Conference will be held at the Memorial Union from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. The schedule and description of talks and posters can be found online at

James Flynn, professor emeritus at the University of Otago, named 2007 distinguished scientist of the year by the International Society for Intelligence Research, will present the keynote address, “Intelligence: Four Paradoxes Resolved” based on his recent book, "What Is Intelligence?" at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome.
-- Douglas Peters, Professor, Psychology,, 701-777-3648

Museum inaugurates fund drive for major acquisition

Actor Larry Hagman, star of television’s "I Dream of Jeannie" and "Dallas," will be at the North Dakota Museum of Art Saturday, Oct. 20, to entertain and celebrate a major gift to North Dakota. The artist, Barton Lidice Benes, is giving the contents of his New York apartment to the Museum, which includes over $1 million in African, Egyptian, and contemporary art, plus much more as touted in the New York Times when it announced Barton’s gift to North Dakota (2/6/05). When Benes gives up the apartment, the Museum will dismantle the collection and reassemble it as the Museum’s first period room: a Twenty-First Century Artist’s Studio.

To kick off the fund drive for the acquisition, Benes’ friend Hagman will present his hour-long comedy monologue, "A Night with Larry Hagman," at the North Dakota Museum of Art Saturday evening at 8 p.m. Tickets are $100. Those wishing to attend a more intimate affair are invited to a cocktail buffet at 5 p.m. at the home of North Dakota Museum of Art Director Laurel Reuter. Tickets are $500 and include both events.

The Saturday evening event grows out of Benes’ long-term friendship with Reuter, which resulted in plans for the acquisition of the apartment collection. Larry Hagman and his wife Maj (pronounced my) came to know Barton through Hagman’s mother, the actress Mary Martin.

"A Night With Larry Hagman" is an amazing evening of heartwarming and hilarious storytelling by one of the world’s legendary actors. He shares anecdotes of his life and career as the son of a famous actress, the discovery of a “Jeannie” in a bottle, and who shot J.R., a puzzle that 350 million Dallas fans worldwide wanted to solve. He will narrate a multi-media, hour-long presentation that includes slides, clips, and out-takes.

Reuter and Benes were introduced in 1987 by Harvey Hoshour, the architect who planned the original design for the renovation of the “Old Women’s Gym” on the campus of the University of North Dakota into the home of the North Dakota Museum of Art. Hoshour died before the renovation was complete so Reuter turned to artists to complete the building. Barton Benes designed the Museum Shop and later the Museum’s Donor Wall. The new building opened in 1989 with a survey exhibition of Benes’ art.

Other exhibitions followed in 1995 and 2004. In 1997 the Museum commissioned Benes to create a “flood museum” of metaphor-laden, flood-damaged objects contributed by the people of Grand Forks. The work, 24 feet long and five feet high, is divided into eighty pigeonholes, each containing a reliquary object such as the “favorite toy of flood kitten Iris who drowned but not before moving several kittens to safety in a vent.”

The Museum’s goal is to raise $2 million to fund the project to dismantle Benes’ apartment in New York and recreate it in North Dakota in a reconfigured Museum space. The second million is to build an endowment for exhibitions and programming.

Larry and Maj Hagman are leaving their collection of art made by Barton Benes to the Museum. It is a significant collection.

For more information and ticket purchases, call the Museum at 777-4195. Visit for more information on Barton Benes and his relationship with the Museum.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-3846

Art & Wine Walk is Oct. 20

The final Art & Wine Walk of 2007 will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Join us on Saturday and stroll through downtown and view work by local artists at galleries, bars, restaurants, and other businesses that will serve wine or other non-alcoholic refreshment. Most artwork is available for sale, and artists will be available to discuss their work.

The Art & Wine Walk begins at the Empire Arts Center, where maps can be purchased for $10. All ages are welcome to attend, and those over 21 will receive a wristband, allowing participation in wine tasting. At each participating business, the map will be stamped (wine consumption is not required to receive a stamp). Turn in the map at the end of the walk to enter a drawing for one of two gift baskets of prizes donated by participating businesses.

The Art & Wine Walk is organized by the North Valley Arts Council and the Downtown Leadership Group, and is sponsored by the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau, Clear Channel Radio, and Gilly’s Bar & Grill.

For more information, or to participate as a hosting business or an exhibiting artist, please contact the North Valley Arts Council at (701) 777-6120 or
-- Nicole Derenne, Executive Director, North Valley Arts Council,, 701-777-6120

North Dakota STRIPE students set for public rocket launch

The North Dakota Student Rocket Initiative Project (ND STRIPE) will launch a 75-pound rocket in the next couple of weeks from a farm field near Harwood, N.D. If you’ve never seen a big rocket fired or if you’re an aficionado, this is the place to be. The action is fast, loud, and exciting as this big rocket soars about two miles straight up and floats back to Earth suspended below a large parachute.

Team coordinator and UND astrophysicist Tim Young says that based on the two- to three-week weather outlook, the rocket will be fired on the weekend of Oct. 20 and 21; if conditions don’t cooperate on the weekend of Oct. 20-21, then the launch will take place the following weekend, Oct. 27 or 28, from the same site.

“Yes, this is just like any big rocket or Space Shuttle launch — we depend on good, clear weather and low winds,” says Young, who with UND computer scientist Ron Marsh, also is widely known for his Webcasts of solar and lunar eclipses from places around the world. “We do not want to jeopardize the mission or risk any other kind of problems or damage by launching in bad weather. Like the big boys at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), we’re very safety conscious.”

The team has already launched successfully twice; this time, the educational rocket is expected to climb to about 9,000 feet, or about 1.7 miles up. The flight aims to try out the rocket’s onboard global positioning system (GPS) equipment and its capability to transmit data back to the ground station.

The student-built rocket also will carry student- and faculty-designed payload video camera systems, including one designed to feed a video downlink. Both camera systems will be used in future flights by other experiments to investigate conditions both in and outside the rocket and on the terrain below. For more details about these payloads and the ongoing student rocket payload contest, see ( ).

“We encourage students from North Dakota and western Minnesota universities to form teams and participate in this exciting contest,” says Young. The deadline for submitting a payload proposal idea is Nov. 16 so teams that want to participate should get going soon, he says.

For more information, contact Tim Young, UND Physics, 777-4709,

Keep Going program is Oct. 22-26

Monday through Friday, Oct. 22-26, the Student Success Center will hold the Keep Going program, an information session on the advisement and registration process designed to prepare freshmen, current and transfer students for spring registration.

Topics covered during each session will include: navigating Campus Connection, understanding the general education requirements, exploring the UND academic catalog, and identifying roles of the advisor and student.

This event is at the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl at the following times:
* Monday, Oct. 22, 3 to 3:50 p.m. and 6 to 6:50 p.m.
* Tuesday, Oct. 23, 10 to 10:50 a.m., noon to 12:50 p.m., and 2 to 2:50 p.m.
* Wednesday, Oct. 24, 10 to 10:50 a.m. and 3 to 3:50 p.m.
* Thursday, Oct. 25, 9 to 9:50 a.m. and 2 to 2:50 p.m.
* Friday, Oct. 26, 10 to 10:50 a.m.

If you would like more details about the program, please call 777-2117.
-- Dean Dienslake, Coordinator Adult Re-Entry Program, Student Success Center,, 777-3228

Silent auction, benefit dinner for Nicolette Cariveau is Oct. 21

Please join us for a silent auction and benefit dinner to assist with medical expenses for a 12-year-old Grand Forks resident, Nicolette Cariveau, who is battling a brain tumor. The event will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at United Lutheran Church, 324 Chestnut Street, Grand Forks.
-- Kristi Nelson, Special Projects Coordinator, Enrollment Services,, 777.6468

Doctoral examination set for Jeanine Gangeness

The final examination for Jeanine Gangeness, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in nursing, is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Room 201, Nursing Building. The dissertation title is "Built Environment and Rural Women: A Case Study Approach." Eleanor Yurkovich (Nursing) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School,, 777-4005

Astronomy talk, telescope observing is Oct. 23

The Physics Department will hold a free astronomy public talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in 116 Witmer Hall. Following the talk, several telescopes will be available for public viewing of the night sky (weather permitting). The title of the talk is "Nuclear Fusion: Source of Energy in the Cosmos" by William Schwalm (Physics). For further information, please see ""
-- Wayne Barkhouse, Professor, Physics,, 777-3520

Women's Health Week begins Oct. 23

Have you ever wondered if the Nuvaring is a new ring tone? Why your period is more complicated than a dot? If you have ever met a human papilloma?

For answers to these and other women’s health questions, join us at the Women's Health Fair Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Wellness Center Atrium, and Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union.

Check out the information booths provided by Student Health Services, University Counseling Center, Women's Center, Wellness Center, and North Dakota Women's Health CORE. Help yourself to healthy treats and don't forget to register for door prizes provided by Salon Seva, Element Massage, and hairstylist Charlene Skjerven.

A special Q&A session titled, “Need Expert Advice from a Doctor Who Specializes in You?,” will be presented by Beth Burns Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Wellness Center Classroom.

For information, call the Student Health Promotion Office at 777-2097.
-- Amy Knutson, Health Promotion GSA, Student Health Services,, 701-777-2097

UND Fall Graduation Expo set for Oct. 23

The UND Fall Graduation Expo will be held Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Loading Dock, first floor, Memorial Union. A visit to the Expo will be a one-stop information source for students graduating Dec. 14. The Registrar's Office will be on hand with a list of students eligible to graduate and is able to verify addresses for mailing of diplomas. The UND Bookstore and Herff Jones will have regalia, diploma covers, frames, and class rings for purchase and viewing. Financial Aid can answer questions about student loan payments. Career Services will assist with any job search. The Alumni Association will explain services to new graduates. Plus additional information about UND's Graduate School, photographers, and catering will also be available. Faculty are invited to attend and check out custom regalia that can be ordered through the Barnes & Noble UND Bookstore. If you have any questions about the Expo, contact the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events at 777-6393 or e-mail For more information about December’s commencement, visit this web page at
-- Dawn Botsford, events coordinator, Office of Ceremonies and Special Events,, 777-6393.

PR Tips Workshop is Oct. 24

A PR Tips Workshop for student organizations is planned from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Room 10-12 Swanson Hall. Shelle Michaels will moderate the workshop with the assistance of the PRSSA members. There will be a packet of handy tips and advice to help student organizations with promotions and event planning. Effective public relations campaigns require time, effort, and planning. Various tips, articles and experience will point you in the right direction, providing ideas for a plan of action to increase the profile and promote the unique qualities of your organization. This is a workshop that members will not want to miss.

This is a free workshop, but registration is required at A registration form will be e-mailed to you in response. Students interested in pursuing public relations or needing more information about PR for a successful student organization campaign are encouraged to sign up for the Public Relations Student Society of America's E-PR.

What is E-PR? It is weekly public relations tips sent to your e-mail. Send an e-mail to PRSSA at with the subject line- E-PR and we will add you to the database.

For more information- contact Courtney or Scotty- A full-day PR workshop is being planned for the end of January. More information will be available before the winter break. The workshop is sponsored by the UND Public Relations Society of America (PRSSA).
-- Courtney Olson, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) President, School of Communication,, 701-777-4116

Barnes & Noble Bookstore holds clearance sale

Shop our clearance items now through Thursday, Oct. 25, and receive an additional 25 percent off the already low price. This is a great time to stock up on UND and Fighting Sioux clothing and gift items. Stop by Barnes and Noble at UND early for best selection.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

AAUW used book sale is Oct. 26-27

The American Association of University Women is holding its 2007 annual used book and media materials sale in the Grand Cities Mall, Grand Forks, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds fund scholarships. Thank you for your continued support.
-- Dianne Stam, Admistrative Secretary, Student Success Center,, 777-4406

Master Chorale opens season Oct. 28

The Master Chorale will officially open its 25th season with an internationally themed concert, "Passport to Choral Music," at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in East Grand Forks.

Other upcoming Master Chorale concerts:

14 — 8 p.m., A Scandinavian Christmas, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, East Grand Forks, Minn.
16 — 8 p.m., A Scandinavian Christmas, St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Grand Forks.

Tickets are available at the Chester Fritz Auditorium box office, 777-4090, or

Faculty asked to visit with Bush grant evaluators

On Monday, Oct. 29, two external program evaluators from other colleges will be on campus for their final visit to gather more information on UND’s Bush Foundation-funded faculty development grant programs. They are particularly eager, as they have been in the past, to talk with those faculty who have participated in one or more of the activities sponsored by the grant. Remember, the original grant began in 2000 and was renewed in 2004, so this final review includes significant long-standing work including the following:
◦ Reflecting on Teaching Colloquia (2003, 2005)
◦ Bush Teaching Scholars (BTS)
◦ General Education Longitudinal Study
◦ Student Faculty Reading Groups
◦ Program Assessment workshops (for departmental teams with Philip Way & Barbara Walvoord)
◦ Program assessment consulting (through the campus-wide PART team)
◦ New Faculty Teaching Seminar
◦ Libby Rankin Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Lecture Series
◦ Closing the Loop on Assessment Workshops and Retreat Grants

We know that some of these took place a few years ago now, and if you need help recalling your specific involvement, contact Jana Hollands (777-3600 or She will be able to help.

If you are a participant involved with at least one of these activities at some point, we would really appreciate you taking the time to attend the open session. We have scheduled for the evaluators’ conversation with faculty on Monday, Oct. 29, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Badlands Room, Memorial Union. Come for an hour at a time that fits your schedule. Lunch will be provided if you RSVP to Jana Hollands (777-3600) by noon Thursday, Oct. 25. We would very much appreciate your feedback. The evaluators’ last report is likely to have a strong influence on any future funding that might be available from the Bush Foundation.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 777-4233

Box Lunch session focuses on quantitative reasoning

The On Teaching Box Lunch discussion series continues Wednesday, Oct. 31, with a session on “Quantitative Reasoning Across the Curriculum” from noon to 1 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union.

In the fall of 2008, UND will implement general education reform by putting the “Essential Studies” Program in place. One fresh component of the program is a Quantitative Reasoning (QR) goal. QR (also referred to as Quantitative Literacy, Numeracy and Mathematical Literacy) is commonly assumed to be synonymous with mathematics; however, it is not mathematics per se. In the context of QR, mathematics provides the foundational understanding of principles, concepts, processes and connections needed by everyone in their personal and professional life.

The well-educated citizen applies QR skills to daily contexts: for instance, understanding the power of compound interest or the uses and abuses of percentages; using fundamental statistical analysis to gauge the accuracy of a statistical study; or applying the principles of logic and analysis to real world arguments. The QR overlay requirement is designed to engage students in the analysis and interpretation of data in a scientific or social context and therefore by intent and design, QR overlay courses will be offered in the fine arts and humanities, the social sciences, and the physical sciences.

Come join this box lunch for discussion concerning QR and course ideas for the new goal. We will hear from Ryan Zerr (Mathematics), chair of the Senate General Education Requirements Committee, about what QR could look like across the curriculum, and from Pat O’Neill (Economics) about his model-project which developed a course for majors in his department into a model for the QR overlay.

To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 by noon Monday, Oct. 29. Please indicate if you require a vegetarian meal.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 777-4233

Technology Trends Forum: Social Networking is Oct. 31

On Oct. 31, the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies/Information Technology Systems and Services will host a Technology Trends Forum. John Osborne, marketing director of Meridian Environmental Technology, and Lori Swinney, Chad Bushy and Elizabeth Becker from CILT/ITSS will present information on Myspace, Facebook and Blackboard Expo.

This forum will cover:
* What are social networking sites?
* How are students using Social networking sites?
* How can social networking sites be utilized in higher education?
* What is Blackboard Expo?

The event will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. This forum is open to faculty, staff and students. To register, please call Diane Lundeen at 777-2129 or send an e-mail to
-- Diane Lundeen, Administrative Assistant, Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies/ITSS,, 777-2129

IRB meets Nov. 2

The next meeting of the Institutional Review Board will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in 305 Twamley Hall. All research proposals submitted to the Office of Research Development and Compliance before Tuesday, Oct. 23, will be reviewed.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the clinical medical subcommittee before being brought to the full board. Proposals for these projects are due in the Office of Research Development and Compliance before Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Minutes from the meeting will be available in the RD&C approximately one week after the meeting.
-- Kristie Reynolds, Administrative Secretary, Institutional Review Board,, 777-4279

Spring 2008 course schedule available online

The spring 2008 schedule of courses is now available on Campus Connection and the UND web site at
-- Bonnie Egeland, Administrative Secretary, Office of the Registrar,, 7-2694

Mini-grants available for summer courses, programs

Are you planning an event at UND next summer but lack funding? Do you plan to develop a new summer course but need financial resources? Consider applying for a mini-grant through the Summer Programs and Events Council (SPEC).

SPEC’s Start-Up Mini-Grant Program will fund deserving proposals for:
1. The expansion of existing 2008 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.
2. Or the redesign of existing 2008 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.
3. Or the development of new 2008 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.

Through the Mini-Grant Program, the Council wants to create positive learning experiences for the citizens of the Red River Valley Region and beyond by extending the resources of the University. The mini-grant funds will help cover the development, marketing and start-up costs for courses and programs held at UND during the summer months. Examples include camps for kids, academic classes that can be completed in the summer months, or any special event designed for the community. Quality, creativity and “out of the box” ideas are encouraged when developing new programs.

All interested UND faculty and staff are encouraged to submit proposals. Information can be found at The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, 2007. Recipients will be announced Dec. 19.

For more information on the mini-grant program, contact Diane Hadden, director of Summer Sessions (credit activities), 777-6284, or Kerry Kerber, associate dean of Continuing Education (non-credit activities), 777-4264, For operational questions, contact the Summer Events Office at 777-0841.
-- Jolene Marsh, Summer Events Assistant, Continuing Education,, 777-0841

Do you teach courses in leadership?

A group of faculty, students, and staff are working to develop an academic minor in leadership. The interdisciplinary minor will have both theoretical and experiential components, provide in-depth instruction on desired qualities of leaders and on the application of such qualities, and provide students with the courses and experiences necessary to serve as leaders in their community and professions.
We expect that many UND courses already exist that have significant leadership components. If you teach a course that has 50 percent or more of its content dealing with leadership, please send a copy of the course syllabus to The committee will consider existing courses for inclusion in the minor as required or elective courses and as possible components of tracks within the minor. Comments on the development of an academic minor at UND are also welcome. -- Martha Potvin for the Leadership Minor Team.

Join a Faculty Study Seminar

There is still room in one of the Faculty Study Seminars (FSS groups) that is being offered during fall 2007. The FSS program provides a means for faculty with common interests to learn more about a teaching-related topic. Each FSS group meets four times during a single 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 only obligation of participants is to read and come ready to discuss.

FSS openings available for:
Knowledge Factory: Dismantling the Corporate University and Creating True Higher Learning
(2000) by Stanley Aronowitz. Facilitated by Kim Crowley. In this book, Aronowitz, a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, argues that what he sees as the corporate view of higher education means that college graduates are not getting a well-rounded education. Aronowitz is writing “not to reform the existing system,” but hopes to appeal to “those who would do something different,” and offer inspiration to those who seek to innovate.

To participate in this Faculty Study Seminar, contact Kim Crowley (
-- Kimberly Crowley, Coordinator, University Writing Program,, 777-6381

Faculty sought for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and the Division of Continuing Education seek faculty to teach various courses for individuals ages 55 and older. These courses are meant to be fun and informal classes that can be taken on the UND campus or perhaps other venues, depending upon the subject matter. Courses typically last two hours per session and run six sessions in length. The winter session runs from Jan. 28 through March 10.

OLLI is a membership-based community of mature adults who share a love of learning. There are a variety of courses ranging from arts and humanities, literature, computers, and wellness. OLLI is not about grades, tests or credits. OLLI is about exploring new topics, indulging in and sharing personal interests, and making new friends. The University launched OLLI in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota to extend lifelong learning opportunities to our mature community members.

OLLI is funded in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation, which was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected community leader in San Francisco. The philanthropic organization improves the quality of life for mature residents through post-secondary student scholarships, as well as art, cultural, and educational grants. At present, the Foundation is supporting 115 Osher Institutes on university and college campuses in 48 states. UND is the only campus in the state of North Dakota awarded an OLLI grant.

If you would like to become involved or are interested in teaching an OLLI course, please contact Connie Hodgson at 777-4840 or
-- Connie Hodgson, Program Specialist, DEC,, 701-777-4840

Faculty can receive feedback on teaching

It’s not too late to make plans to use the SGID (Small Group Instructional Diagnosis) method for receiving midterm feedback from students in your classes. The SGID process, facilitated by a trained faculty colleague, is a method of soliciting student perceptions about the progress of their learning. Since it is conducted by an outsider to your class, students are free to be direct, but since it is normally done around mid-semester, you receive the feedback at a time when there is still ample opportunity for you to consider any changes that might improve student learning. The SGID process is flexible enough to be used with both large and small classes, and yields information likely to be useful to both beginning and experienced faculty.

For more information about the SGID processor, or if you would like to request an SGID, contact Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 777-4233

Phi Beta Kappa seeks members

Members of the UND faculty and staff who, while students here or elsewhere, were elected to membership in and were initiated into Phi Beta Kappa are asked to identify themselves to the UND chapter so they may participate in its affairs. Please inform me by phone at 777-4085 or by e-mail at The UND chapter of Phi Beta Kappa soon will begin its activities for the year. Initiations will again occur in early December and April. This year’s Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar will be Roger S. Bagnall, director of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. During 1974-2007, he was professor of classics and history at Columbia, where he is now professor emeritus; he also served as curator of the papyrus collection in the Columbia University Libraries. His principal areas of research are in the field of papyrology, and the social, economic, and administrative history of Egypt in late antiquity. Publications include Egypt in Late Antiquity, Demography of Roman Egypt, and Reading Papyri, Writing Ancient History. Dr. Bagnall will be on campus Monday and Tuesday, April 21 and 22, 2008. Please watch for further announcements. -- Ellen Erickson, assistant provost for budget and administration, secretary-treasurer, UND chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Studio One features 911 calls, public speaking

Learn why some responses to 911 calls are becoming slower on the next edition of Studio One. Some police dispatchers are finding their job more difficult due to new technology. Because more people use cell phones, operators can receive multiple calls for the same incident and can have trouble locating these callers. Find out how police departments are dealing with these problems on the next edition of Studio One.

Also on the show this week, many people are afraid of talking in front of a large audience. See how people are learning to enjoy public speaking in a club known as Toastmasters.

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

Note change in Facilities building 24-hour entrance

Effective immediately, the 24-hour access to the Faciltiies building has been changed to the north side of the building. This is the same door (main front entrance) that is used during regular office hours. Persons needing access to pick up keys or conduct business may park in the circular driveway in front of the building. This should make for easier access and make it more convenient to find a spot to park. -- Larry Zitzow, director of Facilities.

Get ready, get set, shoot those pictures

UND's Graphics and Photography Society (GaPS) and Student Health Services are once again sponsoring the popular UND 24/7 photography contest. This year the theme is “A Community of Diverse People.” Photographs that reflect this theme must be taken on the University of North Dakota campus anytime during the 2007 year.

Prizes will be awarded in three categories: digital, black and white film, and color film, with first, second, and third places plus an overall grand prize. In addition to the winners receiving prizes, their photographs will be displayed on the GaPS web site, in various newsletters, at a Memorial Union exhibit, and then permanently in McCannel Hall at Student Health Services. There is no limit to the number of images you may submit. However, photographs may not have been previously published.

The UND 24/7 contest is open to everyone. Photographs must be submitted as 8x10 inch prints and may not be framed or mounted. Photographs will be judged based on content expression, composition elements, and technical quality.

The UND 24/7 photography contest deadline is Dec. 15, 2007.

Submit images to Dr. Lynda Kenney, advisor to GaPS, in the Department of Technology, 235B Starcher Hall. For a complete set of official rules go to
-- Lynda Kenney, Assistant Professor, Technology,, 777-2197

Staff Senate "31 Days of Glory" raffle tickets on sale now

The Staff Senate is selling raffle tickets for "31 Days of Glory" for $20 each. Winning tickets are drawn for each of the 31 days in December. Drawings are held daily with cash prizes awarded as follows: $100 (Monday-Saturday) and $500 (Sunday). If your name is drawn it will be put back in so you can win more than once. Proceeds go to the Staff Senate scholarship fund to support staff and their children. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, contact any UND staff senator; a list is located online at www.und.ed/org/undss/. Good Luck.
-- Dianne Stam, Fundraising Chair, UND Staff Senate,, 777-4406

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month -- what to know about mammograms

Mammograms are X-rays of the breast that can help doctors find cancer early, when the cancer is small and easier to treat. That’s useful because early treatment can sometimes lower the chances that breast cancer will return or spread to other parts of the body.

Many organizations recommend that women have mammograms every one to two years starting at age 40. There is good evidence that women age 50 and older can lower their chance of dying from breast cancer by having regular mammograms. Still, having regular mammograms can have some downsides, too.

If your doctor recommends a mammogram, learn what the test can and cannot do. Remember, too, that you have a choice about whether to have a mammogram.

Mammograms are not perfect
You may be surprised to learn that mammograms are not perfect. The tests can give “false positives,” meaning that they show something that looks abnormal but turns out not to be cancer. They sometimes also give “false negatives,” meaning that they miss cancer that is there.

What happens after a positive mammogram? Women who have a positive mammogram usually have a biopsy or other additional tests, and sometimes even surgery, before they find out whether they have cancer. Most women who have a positive mammogram do not have cancer.

If an abnormal mammogram turns out to be a false positive, the additional tests and procedures that followed were unnecessary. Also, waiting for the results of additional tests after a suspicious mammogram may have caused unnecessary worry and anxiety.

Age matters
False positives and false negatives are both more common among younger women than they are among older women. The breasts of younger women tend to be denser than the breasts of older women, and that can make mammograms harder to read. Breast cancer is also less common among younger women than it is among older women, and the risk gradually increases as a woman gets older.

At a certain age, the benefits of regular mammograms begin to balance out their possible downsides. That age is probably different for each woman. That’s why some organizations say that each woman and her doctor should decide when to start regular mammograms based on her risk of breast cancer and how she feels about the benefits and harms of the tests.

If you are younger than 50, talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of having regular mammograms. If you have a family history of breast cancer, you may be at increased risk, and you may prefer to start having regular mammograms sooner rather than later. On the other hand, if you have no risk factors for breast cancer, you may feel you’d rather wait until you turn 50.

A health coach can help
If you have questions about breast cancer screening, call a health coach. 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

Bookstore offers Sunday-Monday morning discounts

If our team wins, so do you! A new promotion at Barnes & Noble at UND is called Monday Morning Money-Back Program any time our football team wins a home game. Our bookstore will offer a discount equal to the point spread of the game the following Sunday and Monday. This discount (up to 25 percent) applies to all school logo and emblematic clothing sold at the Bookstore, including T-shirts, hoodies, and sweats. For example, if our team wins with a final score of 26-14, that Sunday and Monday the Bookstore will offer a 12 percent discount (26-14=12).

Every Sunday and Monday following a home win, the Bookstore will display the game's final score and that day's percentage discount. The discount will apply only on the first Sunday and Monday following the win and cannot be combined with any other discounts and promotions. This great program helps keep the enthusiasm of the victory going strong and lets everyone share in the win.

For more information on the Monday Morning money-back program, call or visit your campus bookstore, Barnes & Noble at UND!
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

Women issues therapy group meets Thursdays

Encourage students to join us for discussion and support related to body image, self-esteem, and other issues important to women. We meet for group therapy Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the University Counseling Center. Students are welcome to attend. All services are free and confidential. For more information, call 777-2127.
-- Darcie Sell, GSA, Student Health Promotions,, 777-2097

Research opportunity for smokers

The Center for Health Promotion at the University of North Dakota is looking for smokers between 18 and 45 who are willing to participate in a one-day study examining gender differences on measures of cigarette craving, nicotine withdrawal, mood, cognitive functioning and physiological measures (blood pressure, heart rate, and electrodermal activity) after receiving a nicotine patch of one of several standard doses available over the counter. All volunteers will be compensated for their time in the amount of $80. Additionally, women will earn an extra $45 for completing a diary. For further details, please contact Dr. Dmitri Poltavski either by phone at 777-3077 or via e-mail at
-- Dmitri Poltavski, Ph.D, Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research,, 777-3077

Halloween is Denim Day

Time to get creative with your denim because this year Halloween is Denim Day for October (last Wednesday of the month). Pay your dollar, be sure to wear your button, and enjoy going casual. All proceeds go to charity. If you need buttons or want to set your area up with posters, etc. call me.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 701-775-5066

Research participants sought

We are currently seeking children ages 3 to 7 to participate in a child interviewing study. Children will attend a story time and be interviewed about it twice: one week after the story time and two to three weeks following the first interview. If interested please contact April Bradley or Kristin Lowell at 777-3790.
-- Kristin Lowell, Graduate Student, Psychology,, 777-3241

Free mental health screenings available

Do you ever feel like you are wearing a mask? Roughly 18.8 million Americans age 18 and older have a depressive disorder. Learn to recognize and respond to the warning signs. Take a free, private online mental health screening at

Screening options include: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD). Help yourself. Help a friend.

For information or assistance, contact the University Counseling Center at 777-2127. It is sponsored by the University Counseling Center and the Student Health Promotion Office.
-- Carrie Giebel, Student Health Promotion GSA, Student Health Services,, 701-777-2097

Note Work Well updates, coming events

Following are Work Well updates and coming events.
• Oct. 19: The physical therapy students will be at the Wellness Center to share useful information on cardiovascular workouts and how you can benefit from regular physical activity. Presentation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Door prizes will be given away.

• Free cholesterol screenings will be offered starting Wednesday, Oct. 17. Times will be 8 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. at each location. You do not need to set up a time in advance. Plan for about 15-20 minutes.
* Oct. 17, Memorial Union Prairie Room
* Oct. 24, School of Medicine, Room 1917
* Oct. 31, 303 Twamley Hall

• Stay tuned for the new Work Well program to launch early November. Research continues to support the need for workplace wellness, which is why Work Well cares so much about providing fun incentives and programming to help UND employees continue on the road to wellness.
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Assistant Director for Work Well, Wellness Center,, 701.777.0210

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: Information Specialist/Counselor, INMED Program, #08-114
DEADLINE: (I) 10/22/2007
SALARY: $34,000+/yr

POSITION: Systems Administrator, Scientific Computing Center, #08-112
DEADLINE: (I) 10/18/2007
SALARY: $35,000+/year

POSITION: Assistant Archivist, Chester Fritz Library, #08-104
DEADLINE: October 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


OFFICE SUPPORT: No vacancies.


POSITION: Lead Dining Room Attendant (variable schedule), Dining Services, #08-113
DEADLINE: (I) 10/19/2007
SALARY: $8.31+/hr

2007 Nobel Peace Prize connects with UND climate scientist

University professor Andrei Kirilenko was touched Friday by Nobel glory as the Swedish Academy awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize jointly to former Vice President Al Gore and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Gore and the UN panel won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to spread awareness about, and stimulate counteraction to, human impacts on global climate and the environment.

For Kirilenko, a key author of this year’s widely watched IPCC report on climate change, today's Nobel announcement is a particularly significant recognition of his lifelong scientific interest and research.

“I never expected that the 19 years of the IPCC efforts in documenting the evidence of climate change would be acknowledged with the Nobel prize,” says Kirilenko, who is regularly consulted about climate change and its impacts on the environment. “I feel very proud to be a part of the activities that led to the award.”

Kirilenko notes that several thousand scientists like himself over the years have volunteered time, talent, and energy to review, integrate, and disseminate the entire spectrum of existing scientific literature on climate change, the impacts of these changes on humans and environment, and the ways of adaptation to the changed climate and mitigation of negative effects.

“Yet the scientific knowledge means little without of public awareness,” says Kirilenko, who is a professor in the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences Department of Earth System Science and Policy. “I admire Al Gore’s efforts in bringing the science to a global audience. And I hope that my grandchildren will not blame my generation for our stupidity of spending nature's capital while leaving the payments to them.”

The IPCC groups 2,500 researchers from more than 130 nations and issued reports this year blaming human activities for climate changes ranging from more heat waves to floods. It was set up in 1988 by the United Nations to help guide governments in crafting policies to combat climate change.
For more information contact Andrei Kirilenko, associate professor, Earth System Science and Policy, 777-6761, (765) 430-1095 (cell),

Grants encourage use of technology to improve rural health care delivery

Nine grants have been awarded to facilities that have shown the initiative to utilize information and communication technology to improve health care delivery in rural communities.

Nearly $425,000 was awarded through the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota’s (BCBSND) Rural Health Grant Program, which is administered by the Center for Rural Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

"We appreciate the diligent work done this year by all the provider organizations on many innovative and worthwhile projects,” said Mike Unhjem, president and CEO of BCBSND. “I wish we could fund them all. The competition for available funds continues to be excellent and that shows us providers are achieving a high level of creativity in addressing cost-quality-access issues in rural areas. We're pleased to have supported this effort over the past six years."

Coal Country Community Health Center of Beulah will use the grant funds to purchase a digital radiology imaging system that will improve the quality of patient care, reduce errors, lower healthcare costs and boost productivity with rapid image availability.

Jacobson Memorial Hospital Care Center of Elgin will use the grant to purchase computed radiography equipment that will optimize patient care, reduce exam times, lower health care costs and boost productivity with rapid image availability.

Sakakawea Medical Center of Hazen will use the grant to implement an electronic medical records system that will include a picture archiving and communication system.

Hillsboro Medical Center and the Hillsboro Medical Center Foundation of Hillsboro will use the grant to implement an electronic medical records system that will be shared with other health care facilities, providers and patients by purchasing a picture archiving and communication system.

Kenmare Community Hospital will use the grant to implement a computerized radiography system that will coordinate with Trinity Health in Minot to network with the Web-based picture archiving and communications system.

Linton Hospital will use the grant to purchase digital radiography equipment to enhance networking for the hospital and associated clinics, optimizing patient care, reducing exam times and reducing health care costs.

Northwood Deaconess Health Center will use the grant to build a centralized data center to be shared between hospitals that will provide a cost-effective method to support implementation of telemedicine, telepharmacy and a picture archiving and communications system.

Turtle Lake Community Memorial Hospital will use the grant to purchase digital radiography equipment that will optimize patient care and boost productivity with rapid image availability.

Wishek Community Hospitals & Clinics will use the grant to purchase digital radiography equipment that will optimize patient care, increase health information between facilities, lower health care costs and boost productivity.

"Many rural health care facilities are in the process of developing a plan to eventually implement electronic health records (EHR), per President Bush's vision that most Americans will have electronic health records by 2014,” said Lynette Dickson, the program’s director at the Center for Rural Health. “However, at $600,000 or more per facility, it is more realistic to build their systems one component at a time. The funding that BCBSND provides through this grant program affords rural health care facilities the ability to get one step closer to a complete electronic system."

In an effort to strengthen the rural health delivery system in North Dakota, BCBSND initiated a new rural health grant program in 2001. Developed and administered by the Center for Rural Health, the purpose of the grant program is to support communities who demonstrate an effective plan to successfully transition to new models of rural health care delivery.

For more information about the BCBSND Rural Health Grand Program visit:
-- Wendy Opsahl, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health,, 777-0871

Bradley Myers appointed to national committee

UND School of Law Associate Professor Bradley Myers was recently appointed to the National Commission on Uniform State Laws by North Dakota Governor John Hoeven.

“I am grateful to Gov. Hoeven for granting me this opportunity to serve the people of North Dakota,” said Myers. “I look forward to representing them at the National Commission as it continues its important work.”

Myers, the Randy H. Lee Associate Professor of Law, began his term on the Commission Sept. 17, 2007, and will serve through Aug. 31, 2009. Myers joined the Law School faculty in 2001 and teaches trusts and estates, income taxation, intellectual property, international law, and estate planning. He also assists with the Norwegian Exchange Program for the School of Law. Myers received both a B.S. and M.S. from the University of California, Los Angeles, a J.D. from the University of Oregon, and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University.

The Uniform Law Commission (ULC), now in its 116th year, comprises more than 350 practicing lawyers, governmental lawyers, judges, law professors, and lawyer-legislators from every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Myers is one of only 10 commissioners from the state of North Dakota.

The uniform law commissioners are appointed by their states to draft and promote enactment of uniform laws that are designed to solve problems common to all the states. After receiving the ULC’s seal of approval, a uniform act is officially promulgated for consideration by the states, and legislatures are urged to adopt it. Since its inception in 1892, the ULC has promulgated more than 200 uniform acts, among them such bulwarks of state statutory law as the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, the Uniform Probate Code, the Uniform Partnership Act, Uniform Securities Act, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.
-- Rob Carolin, Director of Alumni and Public Relations, Law School,, 7-2856