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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 75: May 30, 2007

Top Stories
Letter from President Kupchella: Centers of Excellence applications
Presidential search committee appointed
Lynn Kubeck named CIO
Events to Note
The Leadership Edge to be presented by Fargo EHD students
Alumni hosts Detroit Lakes Pavilion party
Intro to nanoscience, nanotechnology workshop is June 6-8
Public lecture focuses on moving from nanoworld to real world
Mini-society summer camp offered at Center for Innovation
Doctoral examination set for Gustav Arnold
Open enrollment for EPO health insurance is May 23 to June 25
Center for Community Engagement funds research projects
New products available for personal software purchases
Senate Scholarly Activities Committee announces May travel awards
June 18 is last day to order software for this fiscal year
Sign & Design Studio lists summer hours
Summer at UND program offers activities, courses
Merrifield Competition winner selected
Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (tdap) vaccine information provided
North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists specials
AAUW seeks used books, media
In the News
"North Dakota, Heal Thyself" receives national award
Stofferahn elected to Rural Sociological Society Council
Letter from President Kupchella: Centers of Excellence applications

Dear All,

The Centers of Excellence Application was released by the Department of Commerce on May 16 and calls for submission of proposals on July 27 and submission of final proposals on August 31. Application forms and material were sent to some of you earlier. The application form is also available at . Please note that it will open as a Word document file.

I have asked Gary Johnson to coordinate and to track all submissions from UND. Please advise the Office of the Interim Vice President for Research, as soon as possible if you intend to submit a proposal in response to the current announcement. This will let us gauge the number of proposals expected from the UND campus.

Please note that "The approval and recommendation by the President of the University is required to insure that the funding request is consistent with the mission and development plans of the institution." Please route proposals through the Office of the Interim Vice President for Research by July 24, for review and for my signature.

Please make this announcement known to all faculty and professional staff in your areas of responsibility.

Note that the questions about the application process or the Centers of Excellence program may be directed to:
Justin Dever, Manager
Office of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives
North Dakota Department of Commerce
701-328-7258 (office)
701-202-6767 (cell)

-- Charles E. Kupchella, Ph.D., President.

Presidential search committee appointed

The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education has appointed a search committee to help find a replacement for UND President Charles Kupchella, who has announced his retirement on Jan. 25, 2008 (although President Kupchella said he was willing to stay on longer — up to June 30, 2008 — if necessary). The UND Presidential Search Committee members and the constituencies they represent include:

* Paul LeBel, Dean of Law School, chair of the search committee, (Administrators)
* Alice Brekke, Budget Director, (Staff)
* Rick Burgum, President/CEO Arthur Companies (and a UND alum), Arthur, N.D. (Public)
* Bev Clayburgh, Vice President, State Board of Higher Education, (SBHE Member)
* Duaine Espegard, State Board of Higher Education Member, (SBHE Member)
* Jay Fisher, UND Student Body President, (Students)
* Glenda Lindseth, Professor and Associate Dean, College of Nursing (Faculty)
* Doug Munski, Faculty Senate President, Geography Professor, (Faculty)
* Tim O’Keefe, Executive VP Alumni Association and Foundation, (Alumni)
* Myrna Olson, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Education, (Faculty)
* Judi Paukert, Community Relations Manager, Xcel Energy, Grand Forks (Public)
* John Q. Paulsen, President, State Board of Higher Education (SBHE Member)
* Dr. Bruce Pitts, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Associate Dean and MeritCare physician, Fargo (Medical Community)
* John Stewart, Owner, Fisher Motors (and a UND alum), Minot (Public)
* David Yearwood, Associate Professor, Industrial Technology (Faculty)
* Eddie Dunn, Chancellor (Incoming Chancellor William Goetz) (Ex officio)

Lynn Kubeck named CIO

Lynn Kubeck has accepted the position of chief information officer at the University of North Dakota. She will begin her new duties Aug. 6.

Prior to this appointment, Kubeck was a higher education information technology consultant. From 2001 to 2004, she was a senior IT executive with CampusWorks in Sarasota, Fla.; she served as CIO and associate provost at University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., from 1998 to 2001. Before that, she served as assistant vice president and CIO at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., from 1996 to 1998. She has also served as director of computing and IT services at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, manager of computing and telecommunications services at Purdue University's Calumet Campus in Hammond, Ind., and worked as a consultant in Chicago. She has taught courses in information systems, systems analysis and design, information engineering, and computer science at Purdue University Calumet, Old Dominion, University of the Pacific, and California State University.

She holds an MBA from Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, and a bachelor of science in computer science, also from Purdue.

Kubeck will be the first full-time chief information officer at UND, and will be responsible for all aspects of technology at the University. - Greg Weisenstein, provost.

Alumni hosts Detroit Lakes Pavilion party

UND alumni, faculty, 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 will last you 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, 1361 Washington Ave., Detroit Lakes, Minn. Social/picnic at 6:30 p.m.; dance at 8 p.m. Cost is $25 per person or $15 for kids 12 and under. There are two easy ways to register: online at or call Barb Merrill at (701) 777-2611 or (800) 543-8764.

Help us spread the word about this fun event! Not everyone will receive an invitation, as we don’t have addresses for everyone who summers or spends weekends in that area. So share this invite with other UND alumni, family and friends– you’re all invited! This will be a “rockin’ night!” Please help us spread the word. We’ll see you at the Pavilion! -- UND Alumni Association and Foundation.

The Leadership Edge to be presented by Fargo EHD students

The UND Educational Leadership Fargo Cohort presents The Leadership Edge, an interactive symposium that will challenge leaders to integrate the “leadership edge” to increase student performance. It will be held Monday, June 4, at the Skills & Technology Training Center, 1305 19th Avenue North, Fargo.

The schedule follows.
8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 9:30 Journey to the Edge – Awakening Leadership to Live, Lead, and Serve
9:30 – 9:40 Break
9:40-11:00 A Framework for Teacher Evaluation: Beyond the
Edge - Implications: PK-16 Implications
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15-12:30 P – PhD: Preparing Students for the Journey

We invite you to attend this interactive leadership symposium and join in discussing those critical issues affecting student learning in a PK-16 environment. Professional administrators and educators in the Fargo Doctoral Educational Leadership Program will present researched leadership and teaching strategies with the potential to impact lifetime student learning.
-- Pauline Stonehouse, Graduate Assistant, Educational Leadership,, 701-777-4255

Intro to nanoscience, nanotechnology workshop is June 6-8

The second Nanoscience and Nanotechnology workshop for science teachers in middle and high schools is scheduled for June 6-8 at the Physics Department. By 2015, the U.S. government estimates, there will be a need for 2 million nanotech workers. Yet, no nanoscience curriculum exists in the middle or high schools of North Dakota. PHYS 900, Our Nanoworld: Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, will provide an overview of the new field of nanoscience for science teachers in all disciplines who want to introduce this field into their classes.

The program will include a public lecture on nanoscience by Leigh Smith, University of Cincinnati, an expert on imaging techniques at the nanoscale. This public lecture will take place Thursday, June 7, at 8 p.m., 138 Abbott Hall. This is a great opportunity to learn about this new field of science that the U.S. government has identified as the third-highest national funding priority.

The two-credit workshop is offered through the Professional Development for Educators Program of the UND Division of Continuing Education. Tuition, due June 6, is $100 and includes a nanoscience experiment kit that will go with teachers back to their schools. A National Science Foundation award will cover the cost of tuition, and lodging (UND housing) to eligible participants. For more information about how to become eligible, please contact Juana Moreno ( To pre-register, contact the Department of Continuing Education at 777-4225 or toll-free at 1-866-261-3677. More information is also available at
-- Juana Moreno, Assistant Professor, Physics,, 777-3517

Public lecture focuses on moving from nanoworld to real world

Leigh Smith, an active researcher in nanoscience for over a decade, will give a public lecture Thursday, June 7, at 8 p.m., 138 Abbott Hall. The title is "From the Nanoworld to the Real World: Using Nanoscience to Teach." Dr. Smith has received the Distinguished Teaching award from the University of Cincinnati and is currently funded by the National Science Foundation to develop methods to teach nanoscience to undergraduate students.

The very new, and very interdisciplinary field of nanoscience attempts to synthesize new structures on the scale of a nanometer (1/100,000 the width of a human hair). For the first time humans are building man-made structures on the same size scale as the internal workings of cells or viruses. At such length scales, the properties of everyday materials can become excitingly different, opening vast new opportunities for scientists and engineers to create new technologies which could better the human condition. The emergence of this new field has been compared to the major paradigm shifts which occurred in the past during scientific revolutions. For the teacher, examples from current nanoscale research and technologies provide many opportunities for teaching students and the public about the nature of quantum mechanics, light, materials and the natural progression of scientific revolutions.
-- Juana Moreno, Assistant Professor, Physics,, 777-3517

Mini-society summer camp offered at Center for Innovation

The Center for Innovation is hosting the second annual Mini-Society Summer Camp June 11-15. The camp is designed to bring youth, ages 9-13, together with teachers, pre-professionals, 4-H leaders, Scout leaders, and other youth program facilitators to provide hands-on learning experiences in entrepreneurship, citizenship, and civic leadership.

The camp will provide participants with the skills and attitudes that define entrepreneurial thinking, including:
• the ability to recognize opportunities overlooked by others,
• the insight and creativity to organize the resources necessary to act on those opportunities, and
• the self-confidence and drive to initiate those ventures in the face of personal risks.

To foster entrepreneurial thinking, youth and adult participants will work together to establish a new mini-society in which they name and design a flag, create a currency and organize a government. As members of this new mini-society, youth participants will learn to recognize opportunities and then open individual businesses to supply the goods and services to potential citizens. On-campus field experiences may include visiting UND’s Student Government and other on-campus sites related to entrepreneurship.

Participating adults will gain certification in Mini-Society Training and acquire the tools to integrate more entrepreneurial thinking into classroom or club activities. Adults also can earn professional development graduate credits for an extra $50 per credit.

The program is brought in part to you by the Department of Teaching and Learning, Center for Innovation, Summer Program and Events Council, NDSU Extension Service, NDSU Center for Community Vitality, and the Grand Forks County Extension 4-H Youth Development. The camp will be facilitated by Barry Striegel, UND doctoral student and certified entrepreneurship instructor.

Youth participants will meet from 8 a.m. to noon each day, while the adults will meet from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The registration fee is $50 to attend. The registration deadline is June 4. 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

Doctoral examination set for Gustav Arnold

The final examination for Gustav Arnold, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in English, is set for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, in 20 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is, "Toward a New Perspective in Literary Criticism: Transgenerational Psychoanalysis and Anasemic Procedures." Michael Beard (English) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School,, 777-4005

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.

Center for Community Engagement funds research projects

The Center for Community Engagement has announced that five new faculty and community research collaborations have been funded that will benefit Grand Forks and the region.

This is the third year the Center has funded research partnerships through its Public Scholarship Program, notes Center director Lana Rakow. The selected projects had to involve a community partner and produce public benefits. Funding for these projects was provided by the office of the vice president for research.

The newly funded projects will explore alternative schooling options in rural North Dakota, evaluate a high school mentoring program in Grand Forks to reduce risky behavior, design a space learning curriculum for young people, create a community-based research journal, and study the possible role of radon and other factors in the development of multiple sclerosis.

This year’s projects include the following:
(1) Educational Opportunities for At-Risk Students in Rural Communities — $1,000 for a project with the Grand Forks Public Schools, United Way, Grand Forks Sheriff’s Department, local rural communities, and UND faculty members Brenda Kallio, associate professor of educational leadership, and Katherine Anderson, assistant professor of teaching and learning.

(2) Student Mentoring Program: Building Character and Health Protection for Children — $1,000 for a project with the Grand Forks Public School System and Nuananong (Lek) Seal, assistant professor of family and community nursing; Sandy Geddes, counselor in the UND Counseling Center; and Chandice Covington, dean of the College of Nursing, to research the effectiveness of a student mentoring program between nursing students and local area youth.

(3) Beyond Earth — $6,000 for a project with the Dakota Science Center and UND faculty Tim Young, physics, and Mark Guy, teaching and learning, to develop a UND-based summer youth space learning program.

(4) Developing Innovative Avenues for Community-Based Research — $6,000 for a project with the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition, People’s Diversity Forum, Cultural Diversity Resources, and the Immigrant Development Center, and the following UND faculty and staff —Greg Gagnon, associate professor of Indian Studies; Monique Vondall Rieke, director of the Native Media Center; and Diana Nastasia, graduate teaching assistant in the School of Communication, to research and produce the area’s first university/community-based research journal.

(5) Multiple Sclerosis, Vitamin D, Metal and Radon — $6,000 for a project with the Grand Forks Red River Valley Multiple Sclerosis Education and Support Group and UND faculty Glenn Lykken, physics; David Marshall, English; and Berislav Momcilovic, physics, to collect information from area subjects with multiple sclerosis.
-- Lana Rakow, Director, Center for Community Engagement.

New products available for personal software purchases

Now available for faculty, staff and student personal computers:
* Microsoft Office 2007 Professional Plus
* Microsoft Office 2004 Professional for Mac
For further details go to our web site:
-- Patti Campoverde, Software Licensing Specialist, UND Software Licensing Program,, 777-3245

Senate Scholarly Activities Committee announces May travel awards

The Senate Scholarly Activities Committee received 34 travel grant applications, requesting a total of $43,799.36 in response to the May call for proposals. The following awards were made at the committee meeting of May 10:

Alaska, Hawaii, and foreign travel awards
* Sebastian Braun (Indian Studies), $1,143.90
* William Caraher (history), $900
* Brett Goodwin (biology), $1,146.60
* Joseph Hartman (geology and geological engineering), $1,159.88
* Mark Hoffmann (chemistry), $1,446.48
* Eunjin Kim (computer science), $482.40
* Timothy O’Keefe (information systems and business education), $1,152
* Donald Poochigian (philosophy and religion), $1,471.95
* Richard Shafer (communication), $1,440
* Jeffrey Stamp (entrepreneurship/marketing), $675
* Vasyl Tkach (biology), $1,112.40
* Hanying Xu (geology and geological engineering), $495
* Xiaodong Zhang (Earth system science and policy), $1,677.60
* Julia Zhao (physics), $495
* Yanjun Zuo (information systems and business education), $360

Domestic and Canadian travel awards
* Abdallah Badahdah (sociology), $437.95
* John Crawford (English), $432
* Jane Dunlevy, (anatomy and cell biology), $392.40
* Saleh Faruque (electrical engineering), 499.50
* Wen-Chen Hu (computer science), $531.90
* Sukhvarsh Jerath (civil engineering), $413.19
* Richard Josephs (geology and geological engineering), $459
* Cindy Juntunen (counseling), $439.74
* Barbara Lewis (music), $681.98
* Yeo Lim (civil engineering), $495
* Michael Loewy (counseling), $439.74
* Iraj Mamaghani (civil engineering), $885.60
* Ronald Marsh (computer science), $387
* Patricia Moulton (Center for Rural Health), $406.80
* Jennifer Muehlenkamp (psychology), $510.77
* Alexei Novikov (chemistry), $297.90
* William Semke (mechanical engineering), $430.20
* Sandra Short (physical education, exercise science and wellness), $445.15
* Timothy Young (physics), $378
-- Patrick A. Carr, Vice Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee,, 701/777-2576

June 18 is last day to order software for this fiscal year

The last day to order software for the 2007 fiscal year is Monday, June 18.

New Microsoft products available:
• Office Enterprise 2007
• OneNote 2007
• Project 2007
• Project Professional 2007
• Visio Professional 2007
• Visio Standard 2007

Pricing is available on our web site at
-- Patti Campoverde, Software Licensing Specialist, UND Software Licensing Program,, 777-3245

Sign & Design Studio lists summer hours

Summer hours for the Sign & Design Studio, main level, Memorial Union, are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
-- Rebecca Slade, Marketing Coordinator, Memorial Union,, 777-3938

Summer at UND program offers activities, courses

The Summer at UND program offers a wide range of courses and activities for the community. There are hundreds of academic courses to choose from during the day or in the evenings. Classes start again in June.

An array of summer events and activities are also held on UND’s campus, such as athletic or cultural events, youth camps or specialized workshops. Events are typically open to the public. Here are many of those events happening at UND from June 1 - 15, 2007:

• June 1-Aug. 9, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Physics, Witmer Hall
• June 3-8, North Dakota Swim Clinic 2007, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hyslop Sports Center
• June 3-8, Girls State, Gamble Hall
• June 3-16, INPSYDE Summer Institute, Corwin-Larimore Hall
• June 4-6, Asbestos Inspector Initial Course, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Old Ralph Engelstad Arena
• June 4-6, Girls Elementary Basketball Camp, 9 a.m. to noon, Betty Engelstad Sioux Center
• June 4-8, UND Talent Search Summer Program, McCannel Hall
• June 4-15, Summer Moviemaking Camp for Teens, Merrifield Hall
• June 4-13, Freshman Getting Started 2007, Memorial Union
• June 5-July 10, Teaching Human Geography for AP and Non-AP Students, 6 to 9 p.m., Abbott Hall*
• June 6-8, Our Nanoworld: Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Witmer Hall*
• June 7-8, Asbestos Management Planner Initial Course, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Old Ralph Engelstad Arena
• June 7-10, From Fossils to Fur Traders to Today: Northeast North Dakota's Rendezvous Region, Abbott Hall*
• June 8, Girls State Inauguration & Commencement, Chester Fritz Auditorium
• June 8, UND Observatory Summer Star Party, At Dusk, UND Observatory
• June 10-14, Girls Basketball Camp, Betty Engelstad Sioux Center
• June 10-14, Boys Basketball Offensive Improvement Camp, Betty Engelstad Sioux Center
• June 10-14, North Dakota Diving Camp 2007, Hyslop Sports Center
• June 10-15, North Dakota Swim Clinic 2007, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hyslop Sports Center
• June 10-20, Indians into Medicine Summer Institute, School of Medicine and Health Science
• June 10-July 20, Indians into Medicine Med Prep MCAT & PCL Programs, School of Medicine and Health Science
• June 10-July 20, Indians into Medicine Pathway Program, School of Medicine and Health Science
• June 11-12, Domestic Violence Workshop for Education Professionals, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Location TBA*
• June 11-15, Mini-Society Summer Camp, 8 a.m. to noon, Center for Innovation
• June 11-15, Asbestos Supervisor Initial Course, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Old Ralph Engelstad Arena
• June 11-20, Creative Writing, 10 a.m. to noon, Wilkerson Hall**
• June 11-20, Introduction to Bird Identification and Birding, 7 to 9 a.m., Gustafson Hall**
• June 11-20, The Night Sky, 10 p.m. to Midnight, UND Observatory**
• June 11-20, Getting Serious About Digital Photography, 10 a.m. to noon, Skalicky Technology Incubator**
• June 11-20, Landscape Drawing Using Color Materials, Hughes Fine Arts Center**
• June 11-21, Summer Strings - Chamber Music Day Camps, Hughes Fine Arts Center
• June 12, Families Talk Workshop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Skalicky Technology Incubator
• June 12-14, Aircraft Accident Investigation Course, 7:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Grand Forks International Airport
• June 12-21, What’s New About New Age Spirituality?, 2 to 4 p.m., Swanson Hall**
• June 12-21, Breathe, Stretch, Relax: The Benefits of Yoga, 10 a.m. to noon, Swanson Hall**
• June 12-21, The Civil War, 2 to 4 p.m., Wilkerson Hall**
• June 12-21, Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain, 10 a.m. to noon, Wilkerson Hall**
• June 13-14, Teaching with Love and Logic, 8 to 5 p.m., Location TBA*
• June 13-16, Sweet Charity Musical Theatre by Crimson Creek Players, 7:30 p.m., Burtness Theatre
• June 15, UND Observatory Summer Star Party, At Dusk, UND Observatory

*Designed for K-12 Educators
**Designed for Ages 55+, courses meet two times per week

For more information about the "Summer at UND" program, to register for UND's Summer Sessions, or to view a calendar of events from June 1 - Aug. 31 visit If you have additional questions on summer credit courses, call the Summer Sessions Office at (701) 777-6284. Or if you have questions on events/activities, contact the Summer Events Office at (701) 777-0841.
-- Jolene Marsh, Summer Events Office Assistant, Continuing Education,, 777-0841

Merrifield Competition winner selected

Graduate student Barry Striegel is the winner of the 2007 Chester Fritz Library Merrifield Competition scholarship award for his paper titled "Vito Perrone: Educational Entrepreneur on the Prairie." The annual award includes a $1,500 scholarship and recognizes outstanding scholarly research that utilizes primary resource materials housed within the library's Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.

The Merrifield Competition is named in honor of Webster Merrifield, UND's first University librarian of record and president of the University from 1891 to 1909. A grant from the UND Alumni Association and Foundation enables the Library to hold this annual competition.

A five-member jury reviewed the research papers submitted for the 2007 Competition. Members included Sandy Slater, head, Department of Special Collections; Carl Barrentine, Humanities and Integrated Studies; David Flynn, Economics; Anne Kelsch, History; and Yvette Koepke-Nelson, English. The papers were judged on quality of research, clarity and writing skill, and the extent to which the author utilized primary source materials housed in Special Collections.

Barry Striegel is a doctoral student in the Department of Teaching and Learning, working toward an Ed.D in teacher education. He graduated from UND's Center for Teaching and Learning in 1975 and earned his master's degree from Minot State University in 1985. He has been a K-8 classroom teacher for more than 25 years, specializing in the education of gifted and talented learners and in facilitating classroom enrichment activities for all students.

Striegel was one of Dr. Perrone's students in the New School and credits Vito with instilling in him a passion for the educational philosophy of John Dewey, experience-based learning and teaching, greater campus-wide, interdisciplinary collaboration in teacher education, and more autonomy for teachers and learners in the classroom. Vito's philosophy that "teachers teach as they're taught" underlies his whole approach to teacher education.

During his classroom career, Striegel also served as education coordinator for the Devils Lake/Red River Basin Water Management Research Project involving the collaboration of middle school science students from several school districts, was instrumental in the introduction of the Odyssey of the Mind Program to North Dakota schools, the organization of the Marketplace for Kids Program, and in the creation of the Mini-Society Entrepreneurship Summer Camps.
-- Sandy Slater, Head, Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library,, 777-4625

Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (tdap) vaccine information provided

For full article and vaccine information, go to

Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) vaccine can protect adolescents and adults against three serious diseases. Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis are all caused by bacteria. Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to person. Tetanus enters the body through cuts, scratches, or wounds.

TETANUS (Lockjaw) causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to “locking” of the jaw so the victim cannot open his mouth or swallow. Tetanus leads to death in up to 2 cases out of 10.

DIPHTHERIA causes a thick covering in the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death.

PERTUSSIS (Whooping Cough) causes severe coughing spells, vomiting, and disturbed sleep. It can lead to weight loss, incontinence, rib fractures and passing out from violent coughing, pneumonia, and hospitalization due to complications. In 2004 there were more than 25,000 cases of pertussis in the U.S. More than 8,000 of these cases were among adolescents and more than 7,000 were among adults. Up to 2 in 100 adolescents and 5 in 100 adults with pertussis are hospitalized or have complications.

Vaccines for Adolescents and Adults
• Tdap was licensed in 2005. It is the first vaccine for adolescents and adults that protects against all three diseases.
• Td (tetanus and diphtheria) vaccine has been used for many years as booster doses for adolescents and adults. It does not contain pertussis vaccine.

Vaccines for Children Younger than 7 Years
• DTaP vaccine is given to children to protect them from these three diseases. Immunity can fade over time, and periodic “booster” doses are needed by adolescents and adults to keep immunity strong. (DTP is an older version of DTaP. It is no longer used in the United States.)
• DT contains diphtheria and tetanus vaccines. It is used for children younger than 7 who should not get pertussis vaccine.

Who should get Tdap vaccine and when?
Adolescents 11 through 18 years of age should get one booster dose of Tdap. A dose of Tdap is recommended for adolescents who got DTaP or DTP as children but have not yet gotten a dose of Td. The preferred age is 11-12. Adolescents who have already gotten a booster dose of Td are encouraged to get a dose of Tdap as well, for protection against pertussis. Adolescents who did not get all their scheduled doses of DTaP or DTP as children should complete the series using a combination of Td and Tdap.

Adults 19 through 64 years of age should substitute Tdap for one booster dose of Td. Td should be used for later booster doses. Adults who expect to have close contact with an infant younger than 12 months of age should get a dose of Tdap. Waiting at least 2 years since the last dose of Td is suggested, but not required. Healthcare workers who have direct patient contact in hospitals or clinics should get a dose of Tdap. A 2-year interval since the last Td is suggested, but not required.

If vaccination is needed during pregnancy, ask your doctor. New mothers who have never received a dose of Tdap should get a dose as soon as possible after delivery.

Some people should not get Tdap vaccine or should wait.
Anyone who has had a life-threatening allergic reaction after a dose of DTP, DTaP, DT, or Td vaccine should not get Tdap. Anyone who has a severe allergy to any component of the vaccine should not get Tdap. Some Tdap vaccines should not be given to people with a severe latex allergy. Anyone who went into a coma or had a long seizure within 7 days after a dose of DTP or DTaP should not get Tdap, unless a cause other than the vaccine was found.

What are the risks from Tdap vaccine?
A vaccine, like any medicine, could possibly cause serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. However, the risk of a vaccine causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small. If rare reactions occur with any new product, they may not be identified until many thousands, or even millions, of people have used the product. Like all vaccines, Tdap is being closely monitored for unusual or severe problems.

What if there is a severe reaction?
What should I look for?
Any unusual condition, such as a high fever or behavior changes. Signs of a serious allergic reaction can include difficulty breathing, hoarseness or wheezing, hives, paleness, weakness, a fast heart beat or dizziness.

How can I learn more?
• Ask your immunization provider.
• Call your local or state health department.
• Contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Call 1-800-232-4636 or visit
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Coordinator of Wellness, Wellness Center,, 777-0210

North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists specials

May 30 – Entrée: Vegetable Lasagna; Soup: Tomato Basil
May 31 – Entrée: Italian Chicken Dinner; Soup: Corn & Potato Chowder
June 1 – Entrée: Sushi; Soup: Corn & Potato Chowder

The Museum Café and Coffee Shop, located in the lower level of the Museum, serves a full luncheon menu from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Coffee is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Take-out available, UND billing accepted, conference room available for luncheons. We also cater weekend and evening events, 777-4195.

Visit the Museum Cafe online at
-- Justin Welsh, Cafe Manager, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

AAUW seeks used books, media

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) seeks used, donated books, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, and records. Please drop off at 1130 North Fifth St., Grand Forks, during business hours (call 775-5121) or call one of the following numbers: 772-0247, 772-1622, 795-9808, or Dianne at 777-4406.
-- Dianne Stam, Administrative Secretary, University Learning Center,, 777-4406

"North Dakota, Heal Thyself" receives national award

In October, Dr. John Vennes accepted an award from the North Dakota Library Association for the book he co-authored with Patrick McGuire, "North Dakota, Heal Thyself." This history of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences was selected by North Dakota librarians as the most notable government publication by the state in 2006.

The book was then submitted to the American Library Association (ALA) as a nomination for the national Notable Documents list. ALA has just announced the 2006 Notable Documents awards. "North Dakota, Heal Thyself" is one of just 12 publications in the state and local documents category.

The dust jacket describes the book as “the dramatic story of how a tiny school of medicine that opened its doors one hundred years ago among the wheat fields of the fledgling University of North Dakota grew into a modern institution that has become a national model of community-based medical training.” Especially intriguing are the accounts of its precarious existence during the depression years, and the school’s rocky transition from a two-year to a full four-year medical school when support of the state legislature had to be won.

Dr. Vennes, a native of Zahl, N.D., has had a long history with the UND medical school, having joined the faculty in 1952. In the ensuing years, he served as chair of the microbiology department, as interim dean of the medical school, and as associate dean. He has worked under 10 of the 12 deans of the medical school, including Harley E. French.

The book may be purchased online at or by contacting Wendy Opsahl in the medical school’s development office (701-777-2003 or
-- Lila Pedersen, Director, Library of the Health Sciences,, 701-777-2580

Stofferahn elected to Rural Sociological Society Council

Curt Stofferahn, professor of sociology and former director of the Social Science Research Institute, has been elected a council member of the Rural Sociological Society through 2009. He is also serving as co-chair of the Society's 75th anniversary committee.

Founded in 1937, the Rural Sociological Society is a professional social science association that promotes the generation, application and dissemination of sociological knowledge. The Society seeks to enhance the quality of rural life, communities and the environment. The RSS has members in North America, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. It publishes "Rural Sociology" and "The Rural Sociologist" as well as "Rural Realities."