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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 82: July 18, 2007

Top Stories
Volunteers sought for summer commencement Aug. 3
Events to Note
Doctoral examination set for Matthew Myrvik
Barnes & Noble throws Midnight Magic Party to celebrate new Harry Potter book
Art & Wine Walk begins July 21
Detroit Lakes Pavilion party is July 27
Wellness Camp Adventure offered July 30 - Aug. 10
Chiara Quartet returns to Grand Forks
Inaugural 5K race to celebrate life of Dru Sjodin
Aviation fall safety meeting focuses on radio communication
ND EPSCoR announces UND doctoral dissertation awards
Anne Kelsch appointed director of OID
Note policies, procedures for purchases over $5,000
University badges now available online
Judy Rosinski named mass transit coordinator
Clarification listed for paper contract with Cole Papers
Landfill costs increase
Wednesday, July 25, is Denim Day
Promote your UND summer event for free
AAUW collecting books, media materials through mid-October
Wellness Center annual shutdown is July 30 to Aug. 3
Internal job openings listed
In the News
UND business guru invited to teach at entrepreneurship "bootcamp"
Commonwealth Fund Visits North Dakota
In Remembrance
Remembering Alan Allery
Remembering Alan Meldrum
Volunteers sought for summer commencement Aug. 3

We invite you to serve as a "Green Vest Volunteer" at summer commencement 2007 Friday, Aug. 3, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Volunteers seat guests, help organize graduates in the assembly room, and greet visitors who attend the ceremony. Commencement begins at 3 p.m. and all volunteers are asked to report to the Chester Fritz Auditorium by 1:15 p.m. Most volunteers will be able to leave shortly after the ceremony begins. We anticipate that commencement will conclude by approximately 4:15 p.m. Please contact the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events in the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services Office at 777-2724 or send an e-mail message to Terri Machart at to let us know if you will be able to participate. Please feel free to call Terri if you have any questions.

Thanks in advance for your help.
-- Dawn Botsford, Coordinator, Office of Ceremonies and Special Events,, 777-6393

Doctoral examination set for Matthew Myrvik

The final examination for Matthew Myrvik, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Clinical Psychology, is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19, in Room 1917, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The dissertation title is "A Behavioral Intervention Targeting a Reduction in Child Distress During a Routine Immunization." Thomas Petros (Psychology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School,, 777-4005

Barnes & Noble throws Midnight Magic Party to celebrate new Harry Potter book

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is finally here, and you're invited to a party! The Barnes & Noble Bookstore is proud to celebrate the release of the final book in J.K. Rowlings beloved series about young wizard Harry Potter with a Midnight Magic Party from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, July 20.

Rowling' series of seven fantasy novels follows Harry Potter and his friends as they struggle against the evil of Lord Voldemort, an evil wizard who killed Harry' parents. The books have met with critical and commercial success worldwide, collectively selling more than 325 million copies. They have also been translated into 63 languages. After 10 years, the saga of Harry Potter will finally reach its conclusion with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

The book, to be released on July 21, is scheduled to receiving a record-breaking print run of 12 million copies. This follows hard on the heels of the premiere of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, fifth in the series of phenomenally successful film adaptations of the novels.

Beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, July 20, for one night only, the Bookstore will be transfigured, becoming Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Guests will be able to enjoy a butterbeer or polyjuice potion in the Great Hall, make their own wand, read tea leaves with Professor Trelawney, or find the Golden Snitch. Fans of the series will enjoy being sorted by the Sorting Hat, taking a photo at Colin Creeveys photo booth, testing their knowledge in the Tri-Wizard Tournament, and leaving their favorite memories of the Harry Potter series in the Pensieve. Visit Moaning Myrtle, the Chamber of Secrets, and maybe even meet someone from the books!

The evening promises to be filled with fun and excitement as we count down the minutes to the witching hour. The final book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, will go on sale at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 21, bringing an end to both the Midnight Magic Party and Harry's adventures. Dont miss your chance to be part of this fun-filled event at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore.

If you'd like more information, please call Marie Mack at 777-4980 or e-mail Marie at - Barnes & Noble University Bookstore.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Art & Wine Walk begins July 21

Looking for something to do Saturday afternoons this summer? Enjoy the Art & Wine Walk Saturday, July 21, from 2 to 5 p.m. in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Stroll through downtown and visit galleries, businesses, bars and restaurants to view art produced by regional artists, and sample wine. Artwork will be available for purchase, and artists will be on hand 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 a gift basket of prizes donated by participating businesses.

Art & Wine Walk schedule, 2 to 5 p.m.: July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20.

For more information, or to participate as a hosting business or an exhibiting artist, contact the North Valley Arts Council at 777-6120 or

The Art & Wine Walk is sponsored, in part, by the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Gilly’s Bar and Grill, and Clear Channel Radio.
-- Nicole Derenne, Executive Director, North Valley Arts Council,, 777-6120

Detroit Lakes Pavilion party is July 27

UND alumni, staff and friends, are invited to join us Friday, July 27, at the Detroit Lakes Pavilion Party. Take a step back in time and remember the evenings spent at the Pavilion — dancing, hanging out with friends, and making connections that have lasted a lifetime. Even if you didn’t spend summers in the area, we’d love to have you join us to meet and make new UND friends. The band Past Due will perform that night. It will be an evening full of fun! Detroit Lakes Pavilion is located at 1361 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes, Minn. The social/picnic is at 6:30 p.m., with the dance at 8 p.m. Cost is $25 per person and $15 for kids 12 and under. Please share this with other UND alumni, family and friends – you’re all invited! There are two easy ways to register: either online at or call Barb Merrill at (701) 777-2611 or (800) 543-8764. We’ll see you at the Pavilion! -- Nancy Nelson, off-campus event coordinator, UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation, (701) 777-3678 or (800) 543-8764, fax, (701) 777-4859,, or

Swing into summer with Sioux-Per Swing golf tournaments and support UND student-athletes!

Wellness Camp Adventure offered July 30 - Aug. 10

The Wellness Center is hosting Wellness Camp Adventure from July 30 to Aug. 10. The camp will teach health and wellness to participants ages 9 to 12 and help young people discover and explore their talents, interests and values as they relate to personal well-being.

Youth participants will learn concepts of wellness and ways to promote these concepts through a variety of activities, such as:
• diabetes awareness and prevention
• fitness and nutrition
• music
• a fun cooking class
• arts and crafts
• creative games

Through these recreational and educational activities, participants will learn problem-solving, critical thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills. Children also will be encouraged to relate to others and build their confidence by promoting all seven dimensions of wellness, which include physical, social, emotional, environmental, occupational, spiritual, and intellectual health.

The program is brought to you in part by the College of Nursing, Summer Programs and Events Council, Wellness Center, the Dakota Medical Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Donor-Advised fund and Wal-Mart. Nuananong Seal, assistant professor of the College of Nursing, and Sandi Luck, substance abuse prevention specialist of the Counseling Center/Wellness Center, will co-direct the program. Several UND students will also help facilitate the camp.

The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The registration fee is $195 through July 20. A limited number of scholarships are also available, please inquire when registering. To register, call the UND Summer Events Office at 777-0841 or visit the web site at for the program brochure and registration form.
-- Julie Bean, Summer Events Program Specialist, Division of Continuing Education,, 701-777-0441

Chiara Quartet returns to Grand Forks

The Chiara String Quartet (Rebecca Fischer and Julie Yoon, violin; Jonah Sirota, viola; Gregory Beaver, cello) return to Grand Forks Aug. 7-14 as performers and artists-in-residence at the Red River Chamber Music Festival. This annual event, now in its third year, includes intensive coaching in chamber music for 16 advanced strings musicians, as well as public chamber music performances in different locations throughout the city. The festival is sponsored by the Greater Grand Forks Symphony with major support from the North Dakota Eye Clinic.

This year’s public performances include a concert by the Chiara Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Evangelical Free Church, 2315 Library Circle; a faculty concert with Eric Lawson, Chiara Quartet, and other local musicians at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Hughes Fine Arts Center; and a recital by festival students at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Tickets for all events may be ordered in advance from the symphony office by calling 777-3359, or may be purchased at the door beginning one hour before performance time.

The Chiara Quartet has been praised for a range that encompasses “glowing warmth to hard-edged acerbity” (The New York Times), and for possessing a “potent collective force” (Strings Magazine).

The quartet was recently named the Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University, a post they will begin in the fall of 2008, in addition to their ongoing artist residency at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Recently awarded the Guarneri Quartet Residency Award for artistic excellence by Chamber Music America, the quartet’s other honors include a top prize at the Paolo Borciani International Competition, winning the Astral Artistic Services National Audition, and winning first prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

Quartet members have become well known to Grand Forks audiences since completing a two-year residency with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony between 2000 and 2002. In the summer of 2005, the quartet and symphony founded the Red River Chamber Music Festival as an annual event to support and develop chamber music audiences and musicians in the Red River Valley.
-- Jennifer Tarlin, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Symphony,, 7-3359

Inaugural 5K race to celebrate life of Dru Sjodin

A life will be commemorated and a cause supported at the first annual Dru Sjodin Purple Elephant 5K Run/Walk Saturday, Aug. 18, in Pequot Lakes, Minn. The race is intended as a fun, healthy way for the community to recognize, raise awareness, and uphold intolerance for sexual violence against women and children in honor of Dru Sjodin's life. Sponsored in part by Clif Bar, Inc.'s LUNA Bar, all race proceeds will benefit the Gamma Phi Beta Scholarship Fund at the University of North Dakota, where Sjodin attended school. The race entry fee is $20 before race day and $25 on the day of the event. More information and race pre-registration is available at -- Shelle Michaels, Communication.

Aviation fall safety meeting focuses on radio communication

UND aviation alumnus David Wright will be the featured guest speaker for the aviation fall safety meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Wright's presentation, "Say it Right! Radio Communication in Today's Airspace" is free and open to the public. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

Ever heard a radio call that made you scratch your head -- or worse yet, cringe? Most of us, at one point or another, have struggled to find the right words on the radio. Attend this free seminar and increase your communication know-how with practical tips on communicating in today's airspace. You'll also get straightforward advice on common pitfalls for VFR and IFR operations, communicating in an emergency, and coping with challenges at both towered and nontowered airports.

Plus, don't miss a rare opportunity to take part in a Q and A session with a local air traffic controller: be sure to bring the questions you have always wanted to ask!

You'll also learn:
*The three magic words every pilot should know.
*Some things you should check before squawking 7600 for lost communication.
*The popular phrase the 2007 AIM says should NOT be used under any circumstances.

-- UND Aerospace, 777-2615.

ND EPSCoR announces UND doctoral dissertation awards

The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) has announced the 2007 UND doctoral dissertation assistantship awards.

The awards are designed to increase the completion rate of Ph.D. students enrolled in the science, engineering, and mathematics disciplines at North Dakota’s research-intensive universities; and to increase the number of competitive proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation. Gary Johnson, ND EPSCoR co-chair and interim vice president for research noted that “the overall goal of ND EPSCoR is to increase the competitiveness of North Dakota researchers for merit-based grants and contracts in support of science and technology research from federal funding agencies.”

DDA support is available for up to 24 months to enable doctoral students to dedicate their time exclusively to dissertation research. Applications are made by the students with supplemental information provided by their advisors, along with endorsement from their graduate program director and department chair.

The five awards made at UND were competitively selected from a total of 13 applications. Johnson noted that “this is the largest number of DDA applications in the history of the program at UND. The review committee was very impressed by the overall quality of the proposals.”

The 2007 DDA students, their departments and faculty mentors, and the topic of their approved research proposals are as follows:

Nilesh Dale, chemical engineering, advisor Michael Mann, “Study Limiting Factors and Optimum Parameters of Electrochemical Hydrogen Compression Technology Using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy”;

Balachandra Kumar Gorentla, biochemistry and molecular biology, advisor Roxanne Vaughan, “Phosphroylation and Regulation of DAT by ERK”;

Wanyi Jiang, chemistry, advisor Mark Hoffmann, “Relativistic Corrections to Generalized Van Vleck Perturbation Theory”;

Chris Jurgens, pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics, advisor Dr. Van Doze, “Alpha-2 Adrenergic Receptors Inhibit Hippocampal Epileptiform Activity”; and

Peter Reis, physics, advisor Juana Moreno, “Computational Studies of Layered Metal-Organic Magnets.”

For additional information concerning ND EPSCoR or the DDA program, please contact Gary Johnson, co-project director, ND EPSCoR, 415 Twamley Hall, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58201-7093, 701-777-2492.
-- Gary Johnson, Interim Vice President for Research, Office of the Vice President for Research,, 701-777-6736

Anne Kelsch appointed director of OID

After a search, Anne Kelsch has been appointed as the new director of the Office of Instructional Development. Dr. Kelsch, associate professor of history, has been at the University since 1994. Her term as OID director will begin Aug. 1.
-- Greg Weisenstein, Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Academic Affairs,, 7-2167

Note policies, procedures for purchases over $5,000

The purchasing department is required to be involved in any purchase greater than $5,000. This pertains to the entire cost of purchasing the item(s) including freight. Orders can not be artificially divided to fall under the $5,000 threshold.

Printing is the exception to this requirement. Purchasing must be involved in all printing that is produced off-campus regardless of the cost.

Contact us once you have identified your item(s) and determined the approximate cost of the purchase. Purchasing is required to submit all requests to the vendors if the purchase is expected to be over $5,000.

Contact our office with questions at 777-2681.
-- Scott Schreiner, Director of Purchasing, Purchasing,, 7-2681

University badges now available online

Departments requesting badge identification for employees or students from the U Card office may now utilize an online process. Visit for the online request and approval notification. If you have any questions, please contact Teresa Blilie, U Card systems administrator at 777-3490.
-- Teresa Blilie, U Card System Administrator, U Card,, 7-2071

Judy Rosinski named mass transit coordinator

Effective July 1, the transportation department implemented an organizational change regarding motor coach and shuttle bus contacts. Judy Rosinski has been appointed as the mass transit coordinator for all the buses at UND. Bruce Henkel will remain as the lead motor coach driver to plan and organize the over-the-road trips.

Any bus requests, shuttle or motor coach, should now be done through Judy Rosinski at 777-4030. She will be the main point of contact for all bus travel and will work closely with Bruce Henkel to provide the best motor coach and shuttle bus service available to UND.
-- Mary L. Metcalf, Manager, Transportation,, 777-4123

Clarification listed for paper contract with Cole Papers

The contract is written so there are no delivery charges. For those departments that can receive deliveries directly from vendors, Cole will deliver to your desk or desired location for no additional charge.

The clarification is required for Tier 2 pricing (10 or more unbroken case orders). Cole will only deliver these orders to one site (location within a building). Tier 2 orders are to be delivered to one site, and not broken out into smaller orders to be delivered throughout the building. Departments should be utilizing Tier 1 pricing if they require this type of service.
-- Scott Schreiner, Director of Purchasing, Purchasing,, 7-2681

Landfill costs increase

Did you know increasing our recycling could save money? The UND recycling contract is based on a fixed monthly fee. We could double what we put in the recycling stream and not increase our costs one penny!

Landfill costs have increased steadily over the past years. In 2006, UND paid $66,095 in refuse fees at the city landfill, or $33.50 per ton. In 2008, this fee could increase to $60 per ton or higher. If we continue to landfill at our current rate, our costs could increase to approximately $121,000.

UND recycles all grades of paper, cardboard, metal cans, glass plastic, scrap metal, batteries, oil, fluorescent lamps, ballasts, and printer cartridges. Yard waste is composted at the Grand Forks landfill. We have steadily expanded so that every building on campus has access to recycling. The ability to recycle is out there if students, staff, and faculty choose to do so. If you aren’t recycling now, would you please consider recycling to save money and our natural resources?

Thank you for supporting our recycling efforts. If you have any questions on recycling, please contact me at 777-4878.
-- Debbie Merrill, Recycling Coordinator, Facilities,, 777-4878

Wednesday, July 25, is Denim Day

It's the last Wednesday of the month, so Wednesday, July 25, is Denim Day. Pay your dollar to your building coordinator, go casual, wear your button, and enjoy knowing that all proceeds go to charity. If you need buttons or posters, just let me know.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 777-3791

Promote your UND summer event for free

If you would like more publicity for your UND summer event, post your information on the UND summer events calendar by going to the online form at or by calling 777-0841.

We are presently marketing the Summer at UND web site to the Greater Grand Forks Community and beyond, so submit your information now to take part in the prime marketing time.

More reasons to submit your information:
• Post your event brochure
• Link your event web site
• Potential to reach a larger audience
• Free publicity!

The Summer at UND marketing campaign is sponsored by the UND Summer Programs and Events Council.

If you have any questions, please visit or call the wummer events office at 777-0841.
-- Jolene Marsh, Summer Events Office Assistant, Continuing Education,, 777-0841

AAUW collecting books, media materials through mid-October

The AAUW (American Association of University Women) is collecting books and working media materials, now through mid-October. For drop off, call 775-5121, 772-0247, 772-1622, 795-9808, or Dianne at 777-4406.
-- Dianne Stam, Adm Secretary, University Learning Center,, 777-4406

Wellness Center annual shutdown is July 30 to Aug. 3

The Wellness Center will be closed July 30 to Aug. 3. In order to provide a first rate facility, our annual shutdown will occur for routine maintenance and cleaning. It is an opportunity to:
* Move equipment
* Make major repairs
* Attend to regular maintenance
* Clean areas that we are unable to get to during operation

We appreciate your cooperation and your commitment to cleanliness and a well-maintained facility. To keep you motivated during the week, here are some alternative options:
Monday: noon 30 for 30; preview of College of Cardio at 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday: Lunchtime Ride/Walk at 12:15 p.m.; Forever Fit at 6 p.m.
Wednesday: noon 30 for 30; preview of College of Cardio at 5:15pm
Thursday: Lunchtime Ride/Walk at 12:15 p.m.; Forever Fit at 6 p.m.
Friday: 6:30 a.m. Nature Yoga; noon 30 for 30

All classes will be held in front of the Wellness Center. Please visit for complete class descriptions

As a reminder, the Wellness Center summer hours are:
• Monday-Friday: 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
• Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Sunday: noon to 6 p.m.
-- Yvette Halverson, Associate Director of Wellness Facilities, Wellness Center,, 777-0729

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: Project Coordinator, (50% part time benefitted) Center for Rural Health, #08-013
DEADLINE: (I) 7/24/2007
SALARY: $14.42+/hr

POSITION: Learning Specialist, Student Success Center, #08-009
DEADLINE: (I) 7/18/2007
SALARY: $28,000 - $31,000

POSITION: Research Scientist, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #08-006
DEADLINE: (I) 7/18/2007
SALARY: $50,000 - $100,000

POSITION: Head, Special Collections, #07-326
DEADLINE: 7/16/2007 or until filled. (Applications received by July 16 will be given first consideration.)
SALARY: $58,000 - $60,000



POSITION: Administrative Secretary, Dean of Students, #08-015
DEADLINE: (I) 7/24/2007
SALARY: $25,500+/year

POSITION: Administrative Secretary, Indian Studies, #08-012
DEADLINE: (I) 7/24/2007
SALARY: $22,000+ /year

POSITION: Administrative Secretary, Pathology, #08-014
DEADLINE: (I) 7/20/2007
SALARY: $22,000+/year

POSITION: Administrative Secretary, Marketing, #08-008
DEADLINE: (I) 7/18/2007
SALARY: $20,000+/year

POSITION: Administrative Secretary, Teaching & Learning, #08-007
DEADLINE: (I) 7/18/2007
SALARY: $22,000+/year


POSITION: Lead Cook (variable schedule, flexible weekends), Dining Services, #08-011
DEADLINE: (I) 7/20//2007
SALARY: $10.22+/hr


Junior Applications Analyst
Office Accountant
Junior Programmer

UND business guru invited to teach at entrepreneurship "bootcamp"

Jeffrey Stamp, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the College of Business and Public Administration, will be one of a team of specialized business faculty at an intensive entrepreneurship "bootcamp" this summer for veterans with disabilities resulting from the post-9/11 war against terror and the war in Iraq.

"It’s a great privilege to be invited to be part of this committed effort to helping veterans get back into the economic mainstream," notes Stamp. "We’re finding that many injured veterans, after having served our country, are faced with new physical challenges that may make it considerably more difficult to take on the jobs they had before service, so many of them are looking for ways to launch a new business. This is part of their desire to contribute at the same level they were at before their injuries."

Stamp, who chairs UND’s entrepreneurship program, was invited to participate in the nine-day residency portion of entrepreneurship bootcamp for veterans (EBV), which will take place Aug. 11-19 at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y.

The goal of the entrepreneurship training program, Stamp explains, is to open the door to business opportunities to disabled veterans as a way of overcoming some the obstacles to more traditional employment.
The entrepreneurship bootcamp is free to eligible Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Service Connected Disabled Veterans. The program covers all costs (including travel, lodging, and meals) of accepted EBV participants. More information about this program, including eligibility requirements and application procedures, can be found at

Commonwealth Fund Visits North Dakota

Members of the Commonwealth Fund’s Commission on High Performance Health System visited Bismarck, N. D. on July 18 to learn about innovative approaches to delivering high quality, efficient care in a rural setting. The Center for Rural Health hosted the group of about 15 Commission members and senior staff of the Commonwealth Fund, including its president, Karen Davis. The site visit was held in conjunction with the Commission’s meeting in Minneapolis, Minn. While in Bismarck, Commission members learned about high-performance health care in North Dakota, focusing specifically on innovative applications of telemedicine and networks that provide economical, efficient, and high-quality health care. The group heard from providers from across the state and witnessed demonstrations of mental health and pharmacy services delivered via telemedicine technology. For more info visit:
-- Amanda Scurry, Communication Coordinator, UND Center for Rural Health,, 701-777-0871

Remembering Alan Allery

Alan Joseph Allery, director of UND's Student Health Services and director of the National Resource Center on Native American Aging, died July 14 in Bemidji, Minn. He was 59.

Allery, the son of Louis E. and Ermaline (Krebsbach) Allery was born in Cando, N.D., and was a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. He spent his early years on a farm near Calio, N.D., and attended part of his first grade in a rural country school near Calio. The family moved to St. John, N.D., and he then attended school in Rolla and St. John. He was a Boy Scout, served as an altar boy at the St. John Catholic Church for several years, and was active in sports in high school.

He graduated from St. John High School in 1965 and went on to attend college earning a B.S. degree in health/business/physical education from Mayville State University; a M.Ed. in educational administration from Northern State University in Aberdeen, S.D.; a M.H.A. in hospital and health care administration from the University of Minnesota; and a doctoral degree in research and statistics from the University of North Dakota in 1994.

Allery married Margaret DeMers Aug. 2, 1969, in St. John. From 1970 to 1972, he taught business and history and coached basketball in Lansford, N.D., where his son Chris was born. In 1972 and 1973 he worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Belcourt, N.D., where his son Aaron was born. He became assistant area director of the Aberdeen Area Office of the Indian Health service in Aberdeen, S.D., from 1973 to 1984, during which time his daughter Gina was born. He transferred to Bemidji, Minn., and served as area director of the Bemidji area office of the Indian Health Service until 1989. During that time he started the Kentucky Fried Chicken baseball and Bemidji Bomber basketball teams and coached the Bemidji Lions and Northwoods Lumber baseball teams. He worked for Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians where he was the director of the Self-Governance Program from 1990 to 1991.

Allery moved to Grand Forks in 1991 and worked for Native American Programs and Student Health at the University of North Dakota. He married Kathryn Broden Sept. 22, 1995.

He served as the director for the National Resource Center on Native American Aging located in the Center for Rural Health at UND, and the director for student health at UND until his death.

Allery began his career at UND as a grant writer in 1992. Colleagues said he continued to donate his time to assist in grant writing across the University throughout his career.

Since 1998, Allery had overseen the Student Health Service clinic, which provides medical services to students as well as other programs that focus on preventive medicine and responding to student needs.

He also was a leader of the HealthyUND coalition, which brings together University health workers and advocates from across seven designated elements of health, ranging from physical and emotional health so social and spiritual health.

Colleagues credited Allery with bringing diverse coalitions together to serve students' health needs and for his focus on preventive medicine.

"Alan was very good at saying 'we need to get ahead of this, we can't just provide health care in the old way,'" said Lillian Elsinga, associate vice president for student services.

For the past three years, Allery had been working to gain accreditation for Student Health Services, Elsinga said. She said word just arrived last week that the clinic won a three-year accreditation from the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. "That was a real accomplishment and a crowning achievement on his part," Elsinga said.

Half of Allery's working time at UND was devoted to the National Resource Center on Native Resource Center on Native American Aging, located in UND's Center for Rural Health. The center performs research and outreach for American Indian elderly in tribes across the country.

The center's research and outreach incorporated more than 200 American Indian tribes and was used in many Congressional hearings, said Center for Rural Health Director Mary Wakefield.

"What Alan was interested in was really research in action," Wakefield said, "not research that would sit on a shelf. He wasn't just committed to good research, but to doing research that informed public policy, both on the federal level and by helping local tribes."

American Indian Student Services Director Leigh Jeanotte was a longtime friend of Allery's and worked with him on grants and programs that benefit American Indians. Jeanotte described Allery as a tireless worker on behalf of American Indian issues, through grant writing and other support.

"It's really through his efforts that a lot of American Indian programs got started at UND," Jeanotte said. "His No. 1 goal in life was to make things a whole lot better for American Indian people and he really made a mark on campus."

He was active in many organizations, including the YMCA, where he coordinated the YBL program and played racquetball and noon basketball. He was a board member of the North Central Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation.

He loved all sports. Throughout his life he coached kids' basketball and baseball teams and umpired baseball. He faithfully attended UND women's and men's basketball games and many nephews' and nieces' sporting events. He was a diehard Packers fan.

Allery enjoyed spending time with his wife and family, friends and co-workers, especially enjoying schooners at Bonzer's with his friends and Bruce and Trish; telling stories and jokes, playing practical jokes, walking his dogs, Brittney and Kola, spending time at the lake fishing, biking at Itasca, hanging out at the lake on the pontoon, camp fires, and grilling great food on his new "Big green egg."

He is survived by his wife, Kathryn; sons, Chris (Chrissy) Allery, Bemidji, Minn., and Aaron (Amber) Allery, Phoenix, Ariz.; daughter Gina Allery, Washington, D.C.; sisters Paul (Mike) Parisien, St. John, N.D., Marla Boyer, St. John, N.D., and Barb (Wayne) Sande, St. John, N.D.; his mother, Ermaline Allery, St. John, N.D.; grandchildren, Alice and Adam Allery, Phoenix, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father Louis E. Allery; grandparents, Joseph and Gertrude Krebsbach and Eugene and Virginia Allery and Kola his faithful walking partner.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 20, at the Hope Evangelical Covenant Church, 1601 17th Ave. S., Grand Forks. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. at Amundson Funeral Home, 2975 S. 42nd St. Interment will be in St. John's Cemetery, St. John, N.D. An online guest book may be signed at

Remembering Alan Meldrum

Alan H. Meldrum, retired professor emeritus of industrial engineering, died July 14 at Valley Square - Woodside Village, Grand Forks. He was 95. He was known as "The Balloon Man."

Meldrum, the son of William and Phyllis (Hayward) Meldrum, was born May 24, 1912 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. He attended the University of Alberta, where he received his a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. He was employed with Algoma Steel Corporation and the British American Oil Refining Co. in Canada. He received a bachelor's and master's degree at the University of Oklahoma in petroleum engineering. He was appointed as a research associate at Pennsylvania State University and later completed work on his doctorate in petroleum and natural gas engineering.

He came to the University of North Dakota in 1954 as an associate professor, promoted to professor in 1959, and was appointed to the industrial engineering department.

Meldrum married Erma Goodwin of Miami, Okla.

He continued to expand his engineering knowledge working during the summers at Amerada Petroleum Co., in Tulsa, Okla., and the Pan American Petroleum Co. in Cody, Wyo. He spent five summers in Huntsville, Ala., with the George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, and had an assignment with the Corps of Engineers on the Ballistic Missile Defense System at Langdon, N.D. He retierd from UND after 25 years.

Meldrum was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers, having served as its president. He was an honorary registered Professional Engineer. Other professional distinctions include: member of the American Institute of Industrial Engineers, honorary membership in the American Society of Engineering Education and the North Dakota Academy of Science. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the Midwest, the Dictionary of International Biography, and American Men and Women of Science.

Dr. Meldrum was involved in many fraternal organizations including: Acacia Masonic Lodge, Kem Temple Shrine, Grand Forks Lions Club, formerly a Grand Forks Elks Club member, and past president and past area governor of the Grand Forks Toastmasters Club.

His hobbies included amateur radio, piano, and organ. He received the Sertomans Service to Mankind Award in 1977.

Some of his many contributions include: helping people of all ages to develop good communication skills through his work with the Toastmasters; bringing joy to many people through his gift of music via the piano and song, as he did when he went to Tufte Manor to entertain the guests. A member of the Kem Temple, he could frequently be seen leading their members in song on their float in the annual Potato Bowl parade. His many unselfish volunteer hours with the Kem Temple ultimately went to help the less fortunate at the 19 childrens' hospitals and the three burn institutes. Who wouldn't recognize his smile (or that of the recipient) as he created an animal for them from a simple balloon? And as a member of the Retired Teachers Association, he continued to teach by example, by helping to collect cash donations for the grand Forks Food Cupboard.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, two sisters, and one brother.

Survivors are two sisters-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the First Presbyterian Church, 5555 S. Washington St. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriner Children's Hospitals and Burn Institute or the First Presbyterian Church Organ Fund.