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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 78: June 20, 2007

Top Stories
President Kupchella addresses Division I transition
Presidential search consultant visits UND June 20
Events to Note
Doctoral examination set for Joseph Richard Hill
Evening course begins June 22 in women studies
Ferraro speaks on radio talkshow June 22
Note free family events at Turtle River State Park
Doctoral examination set for Grace Kim
Farewell reception for Donna Brown is June 27
Doctoral examination set for Timothy Beecher
Doctoral examination set for Robert L. Reis II
Retirement ceremony for Master Sgt. David P. Miller is June 29
Doctoral examination set for Maureen MacDonald
Buzz on Biz Camp offered July 23-27
Children's Summer Arts Camp registration still open
Nursing appoints interim associate dean
National Science Foundation program announcement revised
Division of Research awards $51,519 to faculty
Note changes to general education course listings
Note departmental charge account change at Bookstore
Purchasing office now reviews, approves use of trademarks
Library of the Health Sciences lists holiday hours
Open enrollment for EPO health insurance is May 23 to June 25
Host families sought for international students
Reduce the price of textbooks today
Check out city events
Summer camp for youth: Wellness Camp Adventure
Check the sun and your skin
Research participants sought
Nursing students seek donations for Rescue Mission
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Med students study, train through ROME program
College of Nursing receives $15,000 match grant
President Kupchella addresses Division I transition

June 18, 2007

TO: All members of the UND Campus Community:

As you are well aware, the University of North Dakota will be entering its “official” exploratory year for its transition to Division I on July 1, 2007. This upcoming year will be the last year we will be able to compete for Division II championships in all of our sports other than men's and women's hockey; the first year of competing for NCAA championships at Division I fully, in all sports will be the 2012-13 academic year.

This is an exciting time for the University and its athletics department. We have had a long history and tradition of excellence here at UND in our 20 sport program. Our student athletes have excelled in both the classroom and in their respective competitive arenas. Every semester for the past five years, UND student athletes have had a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. As a matter of fact, this past spring semester 34% -- 146 of 433 -- of our UND student-athletes had grade point averages of 3.5 or above. We also had 14 of 20 teams qualify for post-season championship competition in their respective sports. We finished fifth in the nation in the Division II Directors Cup competition this year.

Last fall I appointed a Commission to assist with the transition to Division I and this group forwarded its report to me. It had many component recommendations on just how the campus should engage the transition process. We will be naming a transition team and campus advisory group to assist with navigating the challenging move over the next five years.

The pro-forma outlined by Carr Sports Associates, a firm we hired to assist us in this process, recommended to increase the institution's commitment to the athletics department. We determined that to maintain our competitiveness in the program we must increase funding for this move from three sources: student fees, institutional sources, and external fund-raising/new streams of revenue.

Student fees will be raised by $35/semester for academic year 2007-08 and by a currently projected $37/semester for 2008-09. Because tuition will increase 5% next year, and because certain other fees and costs will not increase at all, the total increase for tuition, room, board and mandatory fees will increase only 4.2% this upcoming academic year, even with the increased student fee for athletics. The revenue derived from the student fee (an estimated $850,500 next year) will be matched by an equal amount from other University sources. We are projecting an additional $2,025,000 in new annual external support by the 2012-13 academic year. We already have received new commitments of $5 million toward our endowment supporting athletics. Raising an athletic endowment to the level of at least $25 million will be one of the objectives of the University's overall campaign to raise our total endowment to the level of $500 million.

We are making a huge investment in our athletic enterprise, but it is a critical one. The move to Division I will give the University of North Dakota a platform to help raise the visibility of the campus. With the dwindling demographics of the high school population in the state, we need to continue to recruit outside our borders. Division I athletics will provide the campus a great showcase and some valuable leverage by which to illuminate the entire UND story nationwide and globally.

We will need the continued support of all our stakeholders as we solidify our top 100 ranking for UND in all aspects, including athletics.


Charles Kupchella
University of North Dakota

Presidential search consultant visits UND June 20

James Appleberry of the Academic Search, Inc., the firm engaged by the State Board of Higher Education to assist UND in its search for our next president, will visit the UND campus Wednesday, June 20. The consultant's role in working with the search committee is to ensure that the search and selection process is managed effectively and that we achieve our goal of securing the best possible president for the University of North Dakota.

Dr. Appleberry is eager to have your insights into the present status and needs of the president’s position and your views of the kind of leadership we should be seeking, and for that purpose Dr. Appleberry is available to meet with anyone interested in speaking with him on Wednesday, June 20, in the Alumni Room of the Memorial Union from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Your comments and those of other individuals interested in our University will be summarized in a report to the Presidential Search Committee. It will also be shared with constituents and with serious prospects for the presidency. Views expressed in the report will not be attributed to any individual, so I hope you will be candid.

Academic Search, Inc. has worked with more than 600 colleges, universities, and systems in searches for leaders. Dr. Appleberry has more than 30 years of experience in higher education as an administrator and as a consultant to colleges and universities. He is also president-emeritus of Northern Michigan University and of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Thank you for helping us by talking with Dr. Appleberry. -- Paul LeBel, chair of the UND Presidential Search Committee.

Doctoral examination set for Joseph Richard Hill

The final examination for Joseph Richard Hill, a candidate for the Ed.D. degree with a major in Educational Leadership, is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Servant Leadership Characteristics of Educational Leaders, Organizational Culture, and Student Performance: A Correlational Study." Gary Schnellert (Educational Leadership) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School,, 777-4005

Evening course begins June 22 in women studies

Staff are encouraged to use their tuition waiver this summer and take a thought-provoking six-week class in women studies. A&S 225: Intro to the Study of Women begins June 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and runs for six weeks; 3 credits.
-- Kathy King, Sr. Lecturer, English,, 777-6395

Ferraro speaks on radio talkshow June 22

Experts say Native people are living longer, but more and more elders are showing symptoms of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. And Ric Ferraro, professor of psychology, believes that some health professionals are rushing to diagnose Alzheimer's instead of first ruling out other causes such as a vitamin deficiency in the elderly. Ferraro, who is credited with creating the first assessment test for elderly Native Americans, says more studies need to be done to help serve the Native community. What are your risk factors for developing Alzheimer's?

Ferraro will speak about Native Americans and Alzheimer's on Native America Calling radio show from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, June 22. For more information, visit

Note free family events at Turtle River State Park

Saturday, June 23, is Turtle Fest 2007 at Turtle River State Park. Located 20 miles west of Grand Forks on Hwy. 2, Turtle River State Park features trees, hills, and water. Enjoy free family events this Saturday at the Park. A live amphibians and reptiles presentation is at 2 p.m. The kids' self-guided scavenger hunt runs between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.; fishing seminars for kids are from 9 a.m. to noon; and crafts for kids are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The geocaching seminar is at 11 a.m. A guided mountain bike ride goes at 10 a.m., and a guided ride on the park roads happens at 4 p.m. Prairie Day concurrent presentations (preregister by noon) occur at 1 p.m. Campers and bikes will be on display all day. There will be live bluegrass music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. by "Too Old to Die Young." A pig roast fundraiser dinner will be served from noon until gone. Park admission is free this Saturday. Turtle Fest 2007 is sponsored by Friends of Turtle River State Park.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 777-3791

Doctoral examination set for Grace Kim

The final examination for Grace Kim, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Counseling Psychology, is set for 3 p.m. Monday, June 25, in 318 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is "Consequences of Normative Body Image Dissatisfaction: Validation of Two Scales." Cindy Juntunen (Counseling Psychology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School,, 777-4005

Farewell reception for Donna Brown is June 27

A farewell reception is planned for Donna Brown, program coordinator for American Indian Student Services, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the American Indian Center, 315 Princeton St. Please join us in wishing Donna well. -- American Indian Student Services.

Doctoral examination set for Timothy Beecher

The final examination for Timothy Beecher, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Counseling Psychology, is set for 11 a.m. Thursday, June 28, in 318 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is "Questioning the Consumer Culture: A Qualitative Study on Voluntary Simplicity." Cindy Juntunen (Counseling Psychology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Doctoral examination set for Robert L. Reis II

The final examination for Robert L. Reis II, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Counseling Psychology, is set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 28, in 318 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is "Men and Therapy: Comparisons of College Men Who Have Sought Therapy and Have Not Sought Therapy." David Whitcomb (Counseling Psychology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Retirement ceremony for Master Sgt. David P. Miller is June 29

A retirement ceremony will be held for Master Sgt. David Miller, Air Force ROTC instructor at Detachment 610, University of North Dakota, will be held in the UND Armory Friday, June 29, at 1 p.m. We would appreciate your attendance as the United States Air Force honors and thanks him for over 21 years of dedicated service to the United States.
-- Diane Fugleberg, Admin Asst, Air Force ROTC,, 777-0437

Doctoral examination set for Maureen MacDonald

The final examination for Maureen MacDonald, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Educational Leadership, is set for 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 6, in Room 207, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Instructional Quality of Part-time Continuing Education Instructors: Factors That Contribute to Positive Student Evaluation." Jason Lane (Educational Leadership) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School,, 777-4005

Buzz on Biz Camp offered July 23-27

Attention parents with children entering grades 6-8: Does your child have an interest in owning and operating a business someday? Or get a “jump start” on learning what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? Consider the eighth annual Buzz on Biz Camp.

It is presented by the College of Business and Public Administration July 23-27. Dates and times are Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 a.m. to noon; Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (graduation, noon to 1:30 p.m.).

The featured project will be pizza with Rhombus Guys Pizza. The cost is $50, which includes access to the Buzz on Biz guide, snacks, graduation ceremony/luncheon, and a Buzz on Biz T-shirt. Registration deadline is June 30; space is limited so register early. For more information, visit or call Kathy at 777-2517.

To register, print the registration form from the web site.
-- Kathy Klemisch, Secretary, Information Systems & Business Education,, 777-2517

Children's Summer Arts Camp registration still open

Registration for Children's Summer Arts Day Camp at the North Dakota Museum of Art for children ages 6-13 is still taking place.

Camps are filling quickly so don't miss out by registering soon. Children do not need any experience, only enthusiasm. Materials are supplied. Cost is $100 per week for members or those opening a family membership at the time of registration. Non-members' cost is $125 per week.

The camp of Aug. 6, Art City with artist Jennie O'Keefe from Winnipeg, promises to be an exciting camp featuring optics, puppets, music, making kaleidoscopes, 3-D glasses, shadow puppets and more.

Other camps include building imaginary miniature and lifesize wonderlands,and "visiting" and emulating art and artists from other countries and cultures. Visit for detailed camp information or call 777-4195. You can register by phone with a credit card or by dropping by the Museum.
-- Sue Fink, Director of Art Education, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

Nursing appoints interim associate dean

The College of Nursing is pleased to announce that Julie Anderson has been appointed to serve as interim associate dean of graduate studies and director of the Ph.D. program. Dr. Anderson will replace Ginny Guido, who has taken a position with Washington State University in Vancouver, Wash.

Dr. Anderson is currently an associate professor of nursing, has chaired and served on several graduate committees, and is a strong advocate for the college’s graduate initiatives. Several letters of commendation were received from graduate students regarding Dr. Anderson's mentorship quality and support for their programs of study.

Dr. Anderson received her B.S.N. in 1979 and M.S.N. in 1996, both from the UND College of Nursing. In 2000 she received her Ph.D. in research methodologies from the UND College of Education and Human Development. She is a practicing nurse at Altru and is a published and noted researcher on issues of wound management and technology.

A search committee will be formed in August to conduct a national search for the permanent associate dean position.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Coordinator, College of Nursing,, 777-4526

National Science Foundation program announcement revised

The National Science Foundation has recently released a revised program announcement for the Instrument Development for Biological Research Program (IDBR) (NSF 07-568).

Clarifications and updates include the following: (1) research to demonstrate the utility of an instrument is no longer permitted; (2) iterative improvements to prototype or commercial instruments are discouraged; renewals are not encouraged; (3) there is a limit on the number of proposals that may be submitted by an investigator; (4) institutional eligibility has been updated to be consistent with DBI's other programs.

The IDBR Program supports development of novel instrumentation or instrumentation that has been improved by an order of magnitude or more in some aspects. Supported instruments are anticipated to have a significant impact on the study of biological systems at any level. The IDBR Program also supports development or major improvement of software for operation of instruments or primary analysis of instrument data where these software developments have the effect of improving instrument performance by at least an order of magnitude in some aspects.

Proposals are encouraged for: (1) proof-of-concept development for entirely novel instrumentation; (2) instrument developments that are expected to meet a broad need in the biological community in areas supported by NSF Biology programs; (3) instrumentation that does not currently exist in the form of a working prototype. The program emphasizes development of biological instrumentation that is not clinical or biomedical instrumentation.

NSF estimates that 15 awards will be made (standard grant or continuing grant). Approximately $3,000,000 will be available for new IDBR awards in FY 2008, pending availability of funds. The full proposal target dates are Sept. 12, 2007, Aug. 29, 2008, and the last Friday in August, annually thereafter. The complete program announcement can be found at the

Cognizant program officer(s): Helen G. Hansma, IDBR program director, Directorate for Biological Sciences, Division of Biological Infrastructure, 615 N, telephone: (703) 292-8470, fax: (703) 292-9063, email:
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance,, 701/777-4278

Division of Research awards $51,519 to faculty

The Division of Research has awarded 12 grants to faculty members in the arts, humanities and social sciences -- units on campus that have less opportunity to vie for funding from federal and other sources, according to interim vice president for research Gary E. Johnson. In order to support new initiatives in these traditionally underfunded disciplines, the Division of Research made available $51,519 to be awarded on a competitive basis to faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The awards are to be used to fund research and creative activity which will result in some benefit to the University and community. Grant recipients are required to submit a request for funding to an external agency before they will be eligible another award from the program.

The Division of Research received 15 proposals requesting a total of $112,476 and made 12 awards for a total of $51,519. Proposals were judged by a committee of faculty members from departments in the arts, humanities, and social sciences chaired by Barry Milavetz, associate vice president for research, on the basis of the significance of the project, the quality of the work, the likelihood of the project being completed, and the likely benefit to the University. The committee consisted of Royce Blackburn (music), Sandra Donaldson (English), Gordon Iseminger (history), John La Duke (arts and sciences), Michael Meyer (criminal justice), Barry Milavetz, Charles Miller (philosophy and religion), Richard Shafer (communication), and Phoebe Stubblefield (anthropology).

Following is a list of the recipients, their departments, and the amounts awarded:

* Gaye Burgess (Theatre Arts), "2008 New York Showcase, "$2,500
* Eric Burin (history), "Abd Rahman Ibrahima and the McDonogh Freedpersons: How Slaves' Emigration to Liberia Shaped the Politics of Slavery in the Atlantic World," $3,361
* William Caraher (history), "Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project," $5,055
* Frank Cuozzo (anthropology), "An Ethnoprimatological Approach to Assessing Predation Pressure on Endangered Wild Lemurs and Domestic Animals at Beza Mahafaly, Madagascar," $4,620
* Ronnie Ingle (music), "Implementarion of MIDI Wind Controller Technology," $5,160
* Adam Kitzes (English), "The Breath of Every Fool: Conspiracies and Intimacy in the Early Modern English Nation," $3,500
* James Mochoruk (history), "Women in Inter-War Winnipeg: Gendered Discourses and Economic Realities," $3,813.35
* Kimberly Porter (history), "B'nai Israel Synagogue: An Oral History via Experiential Education," $5,313.58
* Ann Reed (anthropology), "At the Crossroads of Economy and Culture: Cape Coast, Ghana After Fifty Years of Independence," $2,500
* Rebecca Weaver-Hightower (English), "Sorry Dreams, Guilty Deeds: Writing, Remorse and Reparation in the Post-Settler Colony," $6,517.65
* Jack Weinstein (philosophy and religion), "Development of a Manuscript Titled "Liberal Sympathies: Contemporary Pluralism, Rationality and the Moral Sentiments," $6,678
* Michael Wittgraf (music), "Composition and Presentation of Interactive Computer Music Employing Audible-Mobiles," $2,500.
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance,, 701/777-4278

Note changes to general education course listings

As announced at the April meeting of the University Senate by the General Education Requirements Committee, starting with the 2007-2009 Academic Catalog, specific general education courses will not be listed in the hard copy. The general education section of the catalog retains a discussion of the purpose for general education at UND as well as the link to the web page (within the registrar's web site) where the current list of approved courses can be found ( This information is located on Page 32 of the 2007-2009 catalog.

The change has been made to allow for yearly updates to the list of approved courses, consistent with the ongoing work of the GERC. The change also allows more flexibility in the implementation of any changes to the general education program at UND through work of groups such as the GERC or General Education Task Force. Advisors are encouraged to bookmark the above web site and to bring it to the attention of their advisees.
-- Matthew Cavalli, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering,, 777-4389

Note departmental charge account change at Bookstore

Departments are no longer permitted to charge purchases at Barnes & Noble University Bookstore using a departmental charge account with Barnes & Noble. Purchases at the bookstore will need to be made on the purchasing card.

Departments are provided the original invoice at the time of sale. This invoice will need to be attached to the purchasing card record form that is sent to accounting services. The bookstore will not have a copy of the invoice so if the original is lost, the bookstore will not be able to provide you with a copy.

If your department does not have a purchasing card, you may apply for one. The purchasing card application form is available on the purchasing web site at
-- Janelle McGarry, purchasing.

Purchasing office now reviews, approves use of trademarks

Effective June 11, the responsibility for reviewing and approving the use of the University's name and trademarks has moved from the athletic department to the purchasing department. Lani Caraway is the new licensing coordinator (777-2132, Stop 8381, Please submit all trademarks use request forms to Lani. Contact her with any questions pertaining to the logo approval process.
-- Scott Schreiner, Director of Purchasing, Purchasing,, 701-777-2681

Library of the Health Sciences lists holiday hours

The Library of the Health Sciences will close Tuesday, July 3, at 5 p.m., and remain closed Wednesday, July 4, for Independence Day.
-- April Byars, Administrative Assistant, Library of the Health Sciences,, 777-3893

Open enrollment for EPO health insurance is May 23 to June 25

Health insurance EPO open enrollment is May 23 to June 25. During this time employees may change their health coverage to EPO or cancel their EPO coverage. If you do not know what plan you are currently on contact Blue Cross at 1-800-223-1704. If you choose EPO health coverage, you must choose Altru Clinic or MeritCare Clinic in East Grand Forks.

No paperwork is necessary if you are not making changes to your health coverage. If you want to make a change, the form is available online at or in the Payroll Office. Changes go into effect July 1. All forms must be returned to the Payroll Office by 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 25. -- Payroll Office.

Host families sought for international students

ELS Language Centers is seeking families in the community interested in opening their homes to host international students. These students are studying in an intensive English language program on the UND campus and would like an American family experience. Host families provide transportation to and from school and provide two meals a day. Remuneration is provided to cover basic costs. For more information, please contact Kristin Pauls at 746-1013 or the center at 777-6785.
-- Jill Shafer, Center Director, ELS Language Centers,, 777-6755

Reduce the price of textbooks today

We need your book order requests prior to the end of this term. Time is running out to help students save money on textbooks. Students will be bringing back unwanted titles at the end of the term. By submitting your book order request prior to this, students can save money. Students in your class this term win if you are using the same book, as we can buy them from your students and pay them up to 50 percent for their current text. Students in your class next term win because we not only buy books from our current students, but we can also get an early start of sourcing books nationally to get the most used text inventory possible. Used books are 25 percent off the new book price.

Are you ready to give us your book request? Give our textbook department a call and we would be happy to take your book information over the phone. Contact Tina Monette at 777-2103, Casey Johnson or Darin Kerr at 777-2748.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

Check out city events

Visit to learn more about these and other
events in Greater Grand Forks.
* Town Square Farmers Market, Saturdays, through Sept. 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Grand Forks Town Square, corner of DeMers Ave. and Third St.
* Looking for something to do Saturday afternoons this summer? Join the North Valley Arts Council and the Downtown Leadership Group for an Art & Wine Walk 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 takes place on the third Saturday of
the month, from 2 to 5 p.m. Start at the Empire Arts Center. Cost is $10 for map and wristband. Call 777-6120 for more information.

Summer camp for youth: Wellness Camp Adventure

If you are looking for a summer camp for your child, Wellness Camp Adventure is a place to consider. Wellness Camp Adventure is a two-week day camp, focused on the health and wellness of children. The primary goal of the Wellness Camp Adventure is to promote all seven dimensions of wellness (physical, social, emotional, environmental, occupational, spiritual, and intellectual wellness) in children ages 9 to 12 through a variety of activities such as fun healthy cooking class, music, arts and crafts, physical activity, games. The camp is located at the Wellness Center. For more information about the Wellness Camp Adventure or for registration, please call UND Summer Events Office at 777-0841 or visit the web site at

Space is limited, so be sure to register your child early. The camp will provide your child one lunch and one snack each day.
-- Lek Seal, Assistant Professor, Family & Community Nursing,, 777-4544

Check the sun and your skin

Each year in the United States more than a million people are diagnosed with skin cancer. Although it’s not usually deadly, skin cancer can cause serious problems. What’s more, once people develop skin cancer, they are at high risk of developing another, new skin cancer later. Luckily, there are things you can do to protect yourself from the disease.

Most forms of skin cancer can be prevented by limiting your exposure to the sun and other sources of ultraviolet light. That doesn’t mean that you have to hide from the sun, but you should:

• Stay away from tanning booths and sunlamps;
• Limit the time you spend outdoors, particularly at midday;
• Wear protective clothing, such as long sleeves and wide-brimmed hats;
• Wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet light;
• Use sunscreen every day, and make sure it has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.

Scan your skin
Another important step toward protecting yourself from skin cancer involves getting to know your skin and checking regularly for changes. To examine your skin, go into a well-lit room with a full-length mirror and take off all your clothes. Look at the skin everywhere on your body, including areas that never see the sun, such as the space between your toes. If there are places you cannot see well, such as your back, ask someone you trust to look for you. Be on the lookout for any unusual skin markings. Note any moles that have changed in size, texture, color, or shape; or any moles or scabs that continue to bleed or won’t heal.

The most common sites for skin cancer are the areas that get the most sun, namely the head, neck, back, chest, or shoulders. Still, skin cancer can strike anywhere, so don’t ignore the rest of your body.

The ABCs of Melanoma
When trying to spot melanoma, it’s useful to look for the “A,B,C’s of melanoma:”

A is for asymmetry, meaning that one half of the mole or skin growth doesn't match the other half.
B is for border irregularity. Moles or spots with ragged, notched, or blurred edges are more likely to be cancerous than moles or spots with even edges.
C is for color. Moles with a mix of tan, brown, or black are more likely to be cancerous than ones that are all one shade. Dashes of red, white, or blue are also cause for concern.
D is for diameter. Moles or skin growths larger than a pencil eraser are more likely to be cancerous than smaller ones.

Different cancers look different
There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common of the skin cancers, but melanoma is the most dangerous. These cancers tend to look different. Melanomas, for example, are usually brown or black and sometimes look like or start out as moles (see box, “The ABCs of Melanoma”).

Non-melanoma skin cancer may be a little more difficult to spot than melanoma. These types of cancer can look like firm, pearly or red bumps (sometimes with a depressed center). They can also cause red or scaly spots that bleed easily. The key is to beware of any skin changes that don’t heal.

If you spot a mole or skin change that you think could be cancerous, have your doctor look at it.

A health dialog health coach can help
To learn more about skin cancer, 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 or visit
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Assistant Director for Work Well, Wellness Center,, 701-777-0210

Research participants sought

A master's student in clinical psychology is currently recruiting children ages 3 to 5 for her thesis on child interviewing techniques. For more information, please contact Kristin Lowell at (701)330-6435 or
-- Kristin Lowell, B.S., Psychology,, 701.330.6435

Nursing students seek donations for Rescue Mission

Students from the College of Nursing will conduct a health fair for residents of the Northlands Rescue Mission in July. They are seeking donations of toothpaste, toothbrushes, sunblock and hygiene products such as shampoo, soap, and deodorant. Items can be dropped in the donation box at the Memorial Union by the Center for Student Involvement or at the College of Nursing. If your department wants to collect items, please call Lois Ustanko at 739-4562 to pick them up. Items will be collected through June 30.
-- Lois Ustanko, Clinical Instructor, Nursing,, 701-739-4562

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: Assistant Director of Housing, #07-343
DEADLINE: (I) 6/25/2007
SALARY: $36,000-$39,500

POSITION: Assistant Director/Advisor, TRIO, #07-339
DEADLINE: (I) 6/20/2007
SALARY: $36,900-$40,500

POSITION: Assistant to the Executive Associate Dean, Medical School, #07-338
DEADLINE: (I) 6/20/2007
SALARY: $35,000-$40,000

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: Documentation/Training Specialist, NDUS ODIN, #07-324
DEADLINE: (I) 6/22/2007
SALARY: $35,000 - $45,000


POSITION: Student Account Representative (re-advertised) #07-342
DEADLINE: (I) 6/22/2007
SALARY: $23,500 - $25,000

POSITION: Technology Development Operator, Energy and Environmental Research Center, #07-340
DEADLINE: (I) 6/20/2007
SALARY: $31,200-$41,600

OFFICE SUPPORT: No current vacancies.


POSITION: Lead Dining Room Attendant (variable schedule), Dining Services #07-341
DEADLINE: (I) 6/20/2007
SALARY: $9.03-$9.75

Junior Applications Analyst
NDUS Office Accountant

Med students study, train through ROME program

Ten medical students from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences will study and train with practicing physicians in communities throughout North Dakota through the Rural Opportunities in Medical Education (ROME) program during the 2007-08 academic year.

"This is the largest number of medical students to participate in the ROME program since its inception in 1998," said Roger Schauer, program director and associate professor of family and community medicine. He attributes the popularity of the program to "former ROME students who recruit other students by sharing their excitement and positive experiences, as well as how much they learned and enjoyed the program. The program really sells itself."

On July 9, third-year medical students will begin seven months of training in Hettinger, Jamestown and Williston, learning about rural health care firsthand through the ROME program.

The ROME program is an interdisciplinary experience in a rural primary care setting which allows students to live and train under the supervision of physician-instructors in communities throughout North Dakota. Generally, the ROME program places two students in each community. Later in the academic year, other students will begin in Dickinson and Devils Lake.

Students learn about problems commonly encountered in primary care, from routine health maintenance to medical emergencies and rare or unusual diagnoses, according to Schauer. Teaching physicians are board-certified in family medicine, surgery, internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics-gynecology, as well as subspecialists who serve that community.

"ROME is an exceptional educational opportunity for the motivated student who wants to experience and learn the practice of medicine in a small-town setting," said Robert Beattie, chair of family and community medicine at the UND medical school. "It is a truly exciting educational environment with more opportunities to learn than there is time to take advantage of them.

One of the many objectives of the ROME program is to allow students to learn about patients in the context of continuous care over seven months, which is proving a popular aspect among students. Another benefit of staying with one organization for seven months is that students become members of the health care team. They also experience the scope of care provided in a rural setting.

"There are two students at the site and the experience is longitudinal," Beattie said. "This allows the students to know the hospital, clinics and community, and the people who work and live there. The community also gets to know them."

The ROME program "is good for the communities where students are placed too," explained Schauer. "The students become part of the community. They may teach Sunday school, assist coaches, become members of musical groups or play on sports teams.

"One of the great advantages for the communities," he said, "is that they have the opportunity to begin the process of recruiting the students to come back and establish their practices once they have finished their medical training."

The students, who will complete their studies through the ROME program in February 2008, are members of the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Class of 2009. After earning the M.D. degree, it is expected they will go on for residency training in the specialty of their choice; such training takes three to five years.

Funding for ROME is made possible through the Office of the Dean at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
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College of Nursing receives $15,000 match grant

The College of Nursing has received a match grant in the amount of $15,000 from Dakota Medical Foundation to provide scholarships for nursing students.

The grant award is contingent on the college raising matching dollars. Dakota Medical Foundation will provide a direct match, up to $15,000, for all scholarship dollars donated by alumni and friends. This unique opportunity allows one donor’s gift to have double the impact.

“Producing one nurse will, over a lifetime, directly affect nearly 1,000 people through the care they provide,” said Chandice Covington, dean of nursing. “Supporting nursing students really is an everlasting scholarship; Dakota Medical Foundation understands this. They are strong supporters of nursing both on the UND campus and across the region.”

Rising tuition and fees make funding a college degree difficult. Students often take part-time jobs to finance college, all the while losing valuable study time. If you would like to support this scholarship opportunity, contact Becky Cournia at the College of Nursing for more information, 777-4526.

Dakota Medical Foundation, based in Fargo, N.D., focuses its efforts on improving access to medical and dental care in the region, with a special emphasis on children. Since 1996, the foundation has invested more than $28 million in over 275 nonprofit organizations in the region. For more information, see
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni and Development Officer, College of Nursing,, 777-4526