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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 71: May 03, 2007

Top Stories
University Council meets May 9
Faculty, administrative staff encouraged to participate in commencement
Volunteers sought for spring commencement May 12
Events to Note
Master Chorale, UND Concert Choir present "An Evening of Romanticism"
Doctoral examination set for Vanessa Rempel
PPT/COBRE seminar is May 4
Staff Spring Fling free luncheon is May 4
Museum of Art features Antique to Chic jewelry sale
Student, faculty pottery sale is May 7, 8
Reading, book signing for Rebecca Weaver-Hightower May 8
Pandemic influenza is topic of Dean's Hour address
Doctoral examination set for Michael Ransom
Farewell reception for Pastor Megorden is May 10
Doctoral examination set for Kendra Ellenbecker
Ethiopia Reads director speaks May 13
Mark your calendars for Aug. 20: "Photo on the Green"
Gen ed model projects proposals due May 4
GER committee, Student Senate approve general education proposal
Note final grading information
Final examination schedule set
University Senate representatives elected
Faculty sought for Lifelong Learning Institute
Second round of retreat grants available
State fleet lists rental rates effective May 1
Library of the Health Sciences lists extended hours
U2 lists workshops
Bookstore: time is running out
Petros bobblehead dolls on sale
Museum invites registration for children's summer arts camps
Join faculty/staff golf league
Submissions needed for student welcome binders
Internal job openings listed
In the News
UND medical school ranks fourth in nation
Engineering professor named Fellow by ASCE
Munski receives National Excellence in Teaching Award
UND student awarded Ruvelson RAINmaker Fellowship
University Council meets May 9

The University Council will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The agenda follows:
1. Presentation by President Kupchella
2. University Senate 2006-07 end-of-year report, Doug Munski, chair
3. Matters arising, Doug Munski, University Senate chair

The University Council consists of the following who are employed primarily on the Grand Forks campus: president, vice presidents, registrar, director of libraries, all deans, department chairs, all full‑time faculty of the rank of instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor; program directors, coordinators, assistant and associate deans who concurrently hold faculty rank; the director of the Counseling Center; professional librarians, and such other academic personnel and administrative officers as the Council may designate. The quorum of the Council necessary for the transaction of business is 25 percent of the Council membership (or 152 of the current 608 members). Council meetings are normally co-chaired by the chair of the Senate and the president of the University. The registrar is ex officio secretary. Council meetings are open to the public, and students, staff and the general public are invited to attend.

Faculty, administrative staff encouraged to participate in commencement

Faculty and administrative staff who serve as unit heads are encouraged to march in the University of North Dakota's general commencement ceremony Saturday, May 12. The ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Alerus Center. Faculty and administrative staff are asked to wear academic regalia, report to the Hawk Room at the Alerus Center, and then assemble in the Ballroom no later than 1 p.m. For easiest access to the Hawk Room, enter the Alerus Center through door #6 on the east side of the building. Staff volunteers and student marshals will be on hand to help all faculty and administrative staff participants.

Faculty members recently received an invitation from Vice President for Academic Affairs Greg Weisenstein inviting them to participate in the ceremony. As outlined in that invitation, faculty members are asked to contact their dean's office by May 9 to confirm their plans to participate in the ceremony.

Administrative staff members serving as unit heads are also cordially invited to march in the commencement processional in academic regalia. During the ceremony, administrative staff will be seated with the faculty of the college representing the discipline of their highest academic degree. Those planning to participate should contact Terri Machart in the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2724 by May 9 to confirm their plans.

Please contact the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events at 777-2724 with any questions. -- Charles Kupchella, president.
-- Charles E. Kupchella, President, Office of the President,, 777-2121

Volunteers sought for spring commencement May 12

We invite you to serve as a “Green Vest Volunteer" at UND’s 2007 spring commencement Saturday, May 12, at the Alerus Center. Volunteers assist by seating guests, helping organize graduates in the assembly room, and by greeting visitors who will be attending the ceremony.

Commencement begins at 1:30 p.m. and all volunteers are asked to report to the Alerus Center Ballroom by noon. Most volunteers will be able to leave shortly after the ceremony begins, by approximately 2 p.m. We anticipate that commencement will conclude by about 4 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.
-- Fred Wittmann, Director, Office of Ceremonies & Special Events,, 777-2724

Master Chorale, UND Concert Choir present "An Evening of Romanticism"

The Grand Forks Master Chorale and the UND Concert Choir will team up for “An Evening of Romanticism” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in East Grand Forks. Sponsored in large part by the North Dakota Council on the Arts, the Grand Forks City Regranting Program administered by the North Valley Arts Council, and the Myra Foundation, the Masterworks Concert features works by Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst, and Morten Lauridsen.

Advance tickets are $25 for a family, $12 for general admission, $8 for senior citizens, and $5 for students. They are available at the Chester Fritz Auditorium or by calling 777-4090. Tickets at the door are $35 for a family, $15 for general admission, $10 for senior citizens, and $7 for students.

Doctoral examination set for Vanessa Rempel

The final examination for Vanessa Rempel, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Counseling Psychology, is set for 1 p.m. Friday, May 4, in 318 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is "Predicting Career Success in Classically Trained Musicians." Cindy Juntunen (Counseling) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School,, 777-4005

PPT/COBRE seminar is May 4

Thomas Seyfried, professor in the Department of Biology, Boston College, will present a seminar, "Cancer Metastasis as a Macrophage Disease: Evidence from a New Spontaneous Mouse Brain Tumor Model,” Friday, May 4, at 4 p.m. in Clifford Haugen Lecture Hall, Room 1360, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Dr. Seyfried was invited through the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) and the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics.

Any questions regarding this seminar can be addressed to Thad Rosenberger at 777-0591. Everyone is welcome to attend.
-- Dawn Halvorson, Administrative Clerk, Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics,, 777-4293

Staff Spring Fling free luncheon is May 4

The Staff Senate Spring Fling free luncheon for staff is Friday, May 4, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hyslop Sports Center. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the East Grand Forks Food Shelf (not a requirement to attend the luncheon). Lunch will include sloppy joes, salad, beans, chips, beverage, and a dessert.

This event is sponsored by UND Staff Senate and co-sponsored by UND Facilities, Dining Services, Finance and Operations, Continuing Education, CILT/ITSS, U2, Food Service of America, Barrel O'Fun, Dean Foods, Pan-O-Gold, Premium Water, and Coca-Cola. Thanks on behalf of the staff recognition committee of Staff Senate.

Museum of Art features Antique to Chic jewelry sale

The North Dakota Museum of Art will hold its second annual Antique to Chic jewelry sale and raffle Sunday, May 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Make a date at the Museum to browse through a unique collection of costume and vintage jewelry, accessories, and more. This event is free and all proceeds benefit children’s educational programs at the Museum.

This year’s raffle item donated by Kimberly Jacobson of Classic Jewelers is a 14 karat gold, one-fourth carat diamond pendant, valued at $1,000. Raffle tickets may be purchased prior to or during the event at the North Dakota Museum of Art. The drawing will be held at 5 p.m. May 6. You do not need to be present to win.

You can also help by donating any jewelry that you no longer need or want. We plan to have a huge array of jewelry for sale and are receiving hundreds of donations. Please ask your friends and organizations to which you belong to buy raffle tickets or donate items for the sale.

For a fun family event or a great girls day out, visit the Antique to Chic jewel sale and raffle Sunday, May 6, 3 to 5 p.m. Music and refreshments will add to this Sunday afternoon celebration. We look forward to seeing you at the event and thank you, in advance, for your help.

The Museum is located on Centennial Drive in Grand Forks. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. Call 777-4195 for information on current exhibitions, the Museum Café, or the Museum Gift Shop.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 701 777-4195

Student, faculty pottery sale is May 7, 8

The Ceramic Arts Organization will sponsor a student and faculty pottery sale Monday and Tuesday, May 7-8, on the main floor, Memorial Union. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact Michael Arnold at (218) 779-9560 for more information.

Reading, book signing for Rebecca Weaver-Hightower May 8

Regional author Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, assistant professor of English and postcolonial studies, will read from her new book, "Empire Islands: Castaways, Cannibals, and Fantasies of Conquest," Tuesday, May 8, at 4 p.m. in the galleries of the North Dakota Museum of Art. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Weaver-Hightower exposes the castaway story’s place in the support of colonialism. Through a detailed unpacking of the castaway genre’s appeal in English literature, "Empire Islands" forwards our understanding of the sociopsychology of British Empire. Rebecca Weaver-Hightower argues convincingly that by helping generations of readers to make sense of — and perhaps feel better about — imperial aggression, the castaway story in effect enabled the expansion and maintenance of European empire.

Empire Islands asks why so many colonial authors chose islands as the setting for their stories of imperial adventure and why so many postcolonial writers “write back” to those island castaway narratives. Drawing on insightful readings of works from Thomas More’s "Utopia" to Caribbean novels like George Lamming’s "Water with Berries," from canonical works such as "Robinson Crusoe" and "The Tempest" to the lesser-known "A Narrative of the Life and Astonishing Adventures of John Daniel" by Ralph Morris, Weaver-Hightower examines themes of cannibalism, piracy, monstrosity, imperial aggression, and the concept of going native.

Ending with analysis of contemporary film and the role of the United States in global neoimperialism, Weaver-Hightower exposes how island narratives continue not only to describe but to justify colonialism.

This event is free and open to the public. Call 777-4195 for more information. The Museum is located on Centennial Drive in Grand Forks.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 701 777-4195

Pandemic influenza is topic of Dean's Hour address

"Pandemic Influenza: Understanding an Emerging Infectious Disease" is the title of the Dean's Hour at noon Wednesday, May 9, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The event is free and open to the public.

Jeffery Ryan, instructor at the Institute for Emergency Preparedness at Jacksonville (Ala.) State University, will speak in the Reed Keller Auditorium at the medical school's Wold Center, 501 N. Columbia Road.

Ryan, a certified instructor for the Center of Domestic Preparedness, United States Homeland Security, served in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps and the Medical Service Corps as a medical entomologist. He was also a diagnostics developer at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He retired as a lieutenant colonel after almost 23 years of service.

Ryan earned a bachelor's degree in entomology and forestry from Syracuse (N.Y.) University and master's degree in biomedical sciences from Hood College in Frederick, Md. He completed the doctoral degree at North Carolina State University.

The presentation will be broadcast at the following UND medical school video-conference sites: Southwest Campus conference room B, Southeast Campus room 225 and the Northwest Campus office. It can also be viewed at: and through Internet video-conferencing on desktop computers through the medical school's CRISTAL Recorder (call 701-777-2329 for details).

The Dean's Hour lecture series is a forum for the discussion of health care, medicine, research, education and related issues of the day.

For more information, please contact the office of the dean at 777-2514.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Asst. to the Director, Public Affairs,, 701-777-4305

Doctoral examination set for Michael Ransom

The final examination for Michael Ransom, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Counseling Psychology, is set for 2 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in 318 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is "Executive Function Differences in Medicated Depressed, Non-Medicated Depressed, and Non-Medicated Non-Depressed Individuals." Kara Wettersten (Counseling) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School,, 777-4005

Farewell reception for Pastor Megorden is May 10

Please join us to say thanks and farewell to Pastor Tim Megorden Thursday, May 10, from 4 to 6 p.m., with a brief program at 4:30 p.m. at Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Ministry, 3012 University Ave., Grand Forks, ND 58203. Tim has accepted the call to serve as campus pastor of Concordia College, Moorhead Minn. We celebrate his ministry of nearly 17 years here at UND, and wish him well. If you are unable to attend and would like to send a note, you may do so at the above address or by e-mail at

Doctoral examination set for Kendra Ellenbecker

The final examination for Kendra Ellenbecker, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Counseling Psychology, is set for 10 a.m. Friday, May 11, in 253 O'Kelly-Ireland Hall. The dissertation title is "The Impact of Interdisciplinary Education on College Student Development." Kara Wettersten (Counseling) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School,, 777-4005

Ethiopia Reads director speaks May 13

Those Who Read...BLOOM! Gebregeorgis Yohannes, executive director of Ethiopia Reads, will speak Sunday, May 13, at the 9 and 11 a.m. services at First Presybterian Church, 5555 S. Washington St. You are invited to join Grand Forks Friends of Ethiopia Reads to hear him share all that is happening for the children of Ethiopia and meet him at a breakfast between services. Ethiopia Reads is a non-profit organization founded by Gebregeorgis Yohannes and Jane Kurtz. It is dedicated to connecting Ethiopian children with books. Ethiopia Reads opened the first free library for children in Addis Ababa and published the first-ever children's book in English and Amharic. For more information, visit or call Ann Porter at (701)330-0602 or (701)772-5295.
-- Dawn Botsford, Events Coordinator, Office of Ceremonies and Special Events,, 777-6393

Mark your calendars for Aug. 20: "Photo on the Green"

The Quasquicentennial, UND’s 125th Anniversary, will be celebrated in 2008! In preparation for this upcoming celebration, a “Photo on the Green” event will take place Monday, Aug. 20, on the Carnegie Hall north lawn. The event will begin at 1 p.m. and the picture will be taken at 1:25 p.m. The first 5,000 people to come will receive a free commemorative 125th anniversary T-shirt.

The group photo will be taken of the UND family to include thousands of students, staff, faculty, alumni and other members of the campus community. The goal is to have enough participants to form a large UND flame logo on the campus lawn. This will be the first event of many that will help the community honor the University’s long history and growing future.

Chuck Kimmerle, UND photographer, has agreed to take the photograph, and Robert Brooks, UND marching band director, will assist with coordinating the participants in the picture. The process of taking this group photo will be videotaped by the Television Center, and the resulting video will be used as a video spot to promote the 125th anniversary year.

Mark your calendars now for Aug. 20. The ‘Q’ is coming. . . be a part of history, be a part of the fun, be a part of the celebration!
-- Jennifer Swangler, Committee Member, UND 125th Anniversary Communications/Marketing Sub-Committee,, 777.6374

Gen ed model projects proposals due May 4

The Office of Instructional Development has a pool of funds set aside for development of "model projects" regarding general education at UND. Stipends available range from $1,500 (two-week project) to $3,000 (four-week project). Please see the Instructional Development web page for complete program information. The deadline for proposals has been extended to Friday, May 4. Please contact Joan Hawthorne at 777-4684 or <> if you intend to submit a proposal.
-- Joan Hawthorne, Assistant Provost, Provost Office,, 7-4684

GER committee, Student Senate approve general education proposal

On April 27 and 29, the Senate General Education Requirements Committee and Student Senate both voted to support a proposed new general education program for UND. The University Senate will discuss and vote on the proposal Thursday, May 3. The proposal, along with supporting documents, is available at:

If the proposal is approved, a special implementation committee will be named to prepare for the transition to the new program. The Senate General Education Task Force will help in this transition process. The new general education program will go into effect fall 2008 at the earliest.
-- Anne Walker, Associate Professor, Teaching & Learning,, 7-3162

Note final grading information

Final grade information follows.
* Final grade rosters were created in PeopleSoft Wednesday, May 2, and are available for grade entry starting Thursday, May 3.
* Please be sure to select the final grade roster (not the midterm roster) for entering grades.
* Grading instructions are available at under faculty final grading in PeopleSoft.
* Please note that grades are due no later than noon Tuesday, May 15.

Final examination schedule set

The final examination schedule for the 2007 spring semester may be found on the office of the registrar web site under schedule of courses - 2007 spring semester at

University Senate representatives elected

Council members who have been elected to serve one-year terms on the 2007-2008 University Senate as college representatives follow:

* John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences: Emanuel Grant and Hassan Reza
* College of Arts and Sciences: April Bradley, Hans Broedel, Mohammad Khavanin, Charles Miller, Janet Kelly Moen, Thomas Richards, Donovan Widmer and Michael Wittgraf
* College of Business and Public Administration: Nancy Beneda and Susan Nelson
* College of Education and Human Development: Gary Schnellert and Kara Wettersten
* School of Engineering and Mines: Saleh Faraque and Iraj Poulimamaghani
* School of Law: Gregory Gordon and Margaret Moore Jackson
* School of Medicine and Health Sciences: Othman Ghribi and Thad Rosenberger
* College of Nursing: Susan Hunter and Helen Melland
* Libraries: Judy Rieke and Rhonda Schwartz
-- Lori Hofland, Administrative Assistant, Registrars Office,, 777-3892

Faculty sought for Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and the Division of Continuing Education are seeking faculty to teach various courses for individuals ages 55 and better. These are fun and informal classes that can be taken on the UND campus. Courses will typically last two hours per session and run four to five sessions in length.

OLLI is a membership-based community of mature adults who love learning and enjoy spending time with like-minded individuals. OLLI’s mission is to foster accessible lifelong learning and individual growth for mature learners by creating intellectually stimulating learning opportunities that will enrich their lives. The University of North Dakota launched OLLI in North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota to extend lifelong learning opportunities to our mature community members.

OLLI is funded in part by the Bernard Osher Foundation, which was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected community leader in San Francisco. The philanthropic organization improves the quality of life for mature residents through post-secondary student scholarships, as well as art, cultural, and educational grants. At present, the Foundation is supporting 101 Osher Institutes on university and college campuses in 46 states.

OLLI provides courses and other opportunities for mature individuals who want to continue learning in a relaxed atmosphere. There are a variety of courses ranging from arts and humanities, literature, computers, and wellness. OLLI is not about grades or tests; it is about exploring new topics, indulging in personal interests, and making new friends.

If you would like to become involved or are interested in teaching a course, please contact Jennifer Aamodt at 777-4204.
-- Jennifer Aamodt, Certificate Programs Coordinator, Continuing Education/Outreach Support,, 777-4204

Second round of retreat grants available

A second round of “closing the assessment loop” retreat grants will be awarded to academic departments to fund retreats to be held no later than November 2007. Departments may apply to receive Bush-funded grants of up to $500, which can be used for food (consistent with University guidelines), duplicating, and/or faculty stipends for pre-retreat organization, retreat facilitation, or data analysis.

The purpose of the retreats is to improve student learning by spending concentrated time in conversation with departmental colleagues. Retreat time can be used to share information collected during previous months of assessment work, figure out what meaning the information has for the department, and make plans for future curriculum or assessment work.

To apply for a retreat grant: Please submit a one-two page proposal that includes a proposed retreat agenda and budget, as well as a narrative description of both. Also include a letter of support from the chair (unless the chair is submitting the proposal). Send to Joan Hawthorne, Stop 8176 or <>. Proposals should be received by May 11.
-- Joan Hawthorne, Assistant Provost, Provost Office,, 7-4684

State fleet lists rental rates effective May 1

As of May 1, the North Dakota State Fleet has adjusted their rates. Please use the following rates when calculating a trip using a motor pool vehicle. Users of state fleet vehicles are required to utilize state fleet refueling sites in the State of North Dakota when they are in a city with those facilities. If there is any questions where these are located please contact our office prior to travel.

Sedan, $0.260
Minivan - seven passenger, $0.420
Van, 15 passenger, $0.530
Compact 4x4/Jeep, $0.480
Suburban, five passenger, $0.460
Suburban, nine passenger, $0.530
Compact 4x4 Pickup, $0.460
Cargo van-full size, $0.530
Mini cargo van, $0.460
Handicapped van-six seats, $34.000/hr - one wheelchair
-- Mary L. Metcalf, Manager, Transportation,, 701-777-4123

Library of the Health Sciences lists extended hours

The Library of Health Sciences will have extended hours Friday, May 4, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
-- April Byars, Administrative Assistant, Library of the Health Sciences,, 777-3893

U2 lists workshops

Below are the U2 workshops for May 3-10. Visit our web site for additional workshops.

Budget Inquiry and Ledger Cash Balance
May 3, 9 to 10:30 a.m., 361 Upson II
How do I know what I have left in my budget and how do I know whether I need to do a Budget Journal so that my payments will be processed? Presenters: Lisa Heher and Allison Peyton.

Pre-Retirement Seminar: NDPERS - Health, Life and Retirement
May 7, 1 to 4:30 p.m., Room 10-12, Swanson Hall
This session is divided into two parts. The first, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., will discuss health and life insurance at retirement. All benefited employees nearing retirement can benefit from this session, whether you are a participant of TIAA-CREF or NDPERS. The second part of this session is intended for those employees on NDPERS with questions regarding retirement. This part will go from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m.

Coffee, Cookies and Catered Events, Oh My! (UND Catering: Not Just Doughnuts!)
May 8, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union
• Learn to plan an event from start to finish
• Discover what’s new in catered events
• Learn how to successfully complete the forms to request catering services
• Learn menu planning from the catering experts
• Learn how to take your catered event to the next level
Presenter: Diane Brenno.

Train the Trainer in Ergonomics
May 8, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Auxiliary Services Conference Room
This is a mandatory class for all supervisors or those who supervise others for the University of North Dakota. This is a new requirement by the State Risk Management Division in Bismarck. The new UND ergonomic program will be reviewed. In addition, an introductory explanation of ergonomics which is to be shared with your staff members will be presented. UND administration supports this effort. Part of our Workers Compensation discount depends on participation in this class. Certificates will be presented and attendance monitored. We look forward to as many as possible attending. Presenter: Claire Moen.

Hiring Procedures and the Termination Process
May 10, 9 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall
Learn what constitutes a legal hire as well as a legal termination of an employee. Presenters: Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert.

Records Disposal Procedures
May 10, 1 to 2 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator
Learn more about the process for destroying or transferring records that have passed their retention time limits. We’ll review the system used, discuss why it’s necessary to document, and take part in a hands-on run-through of the entire process. It’s fun to clean out, it’s easier to do than you think, and now’s the time to do it! Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.

Working in Confined Spaces
May 10, 1 to 2 p.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union
Confined spaces can be deadly. Reinforce understanding of the risks associated with working in confined spaces such as manholes, trenches, cable vaults and attics. The following topics are included in the workshop: identification of a confined space and its conditions; toxic, flammable, and oxygen-deficient atmospheres; hazards and proper personal protective equipment; and roles and responsibilities.
Presenter: Jason Uhlir, Safety and Environmental Health.
-- Sara Satter, U2 Program Assistant, Continuing Education,, 777-2128

Bookstore: time is running out

If you are using the same textbooks as this term, Barnes & Noble Bookstore needs to hear from you today! By letting us know we are able to buy books back from your students, and give them half the selling price of the book! The more books we buy at the end of this term, the more students save next term. Used books are 25 percent off the new book price! Call Tina Monette at 777-2106, or Casey Johnson at 777-2748, and they can take your order over the phone or submit your adoptions online at: Thank you for your contuined support!
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

Petros bobblehead dolls on sale

The psychology department is having a graduation sale on Petros bobblehead dolls. Get one for $7.50 or two for $12. Every dollar goes to the student research and travel fund. Please share this information with anyone who might be interested, especially graduating seniors. Purchases can be made through Dr. Weatherly, Room 205, or the main psychology office at 251 Corwin-Larimore Hall.

Museum invites registration for children's summer arts camps

The North Dakota Museum of Art continues to take registrations for the Children's Summer Arts Day Camps. Six week-long camps for children ages 6 through 13 feature a different artist and project each week.

The cost of the camp is $100 a week for those holding Museum family memberships, or who will open a $50 family membership at the time of registration. Non-members' cost is $125. Scholarships are available based upon need. A family membershop allows you to register all children in the family for $100 each. In addition you will receive discounts on children's programs throughout the year, discounts at the Museum Gift Shop, the Museum Concert Series, auctions, and you will be notified about upcoming Museum programs, exhibits and events. A new member will also receive a copy of the book "Under the Whelming Tide" that features stunning photography of the 1997 flood.

To register, stop by the Museum beween 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Or you can register by phone using a credit card. For more information about the camps or scholarships, contact me.
-- Sue Fink, Director of Education, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

Join faculty/staff golf league

This league is available to all UND employees and their spouses. This is an individual league, there are no teams. It is for fun, and anyone is welcome to play. The day will be Monday; tee time is 6:30 p.m.; nine holes a day. It will last for 12 weeks, starting May 21 and ending Aug. 6.

There would be a nine- or 18-hole tourney Sunday, Aug. 12, beginning at 1 p.m.
- men vs. men
- women vs. women
- handicap established during league
- must play at least seven weeks to qualify for tourney
Rain days will not be made up.
Other contest:
- closest to the pin on #4
- Longest drive on #6
** One for the men
** One for the ladies
- The cost is $1 for each event
- Winner takes all at the end of the day
- You pay at the tee box before you hit
The Cost:
- $10 per round
- Season pass is $220 plus free use of the driving range
- League fees will be $20
** This will be used for tournament prizes at the end of the year
** The payout will be 100 percent (prize payout is just an example, percentage could change)
*** 60 percent first place
*** 25 percent second place
*** 15 percent third place
- The amount of the payout will depend on the number of participants
- The men and ladies entrance will be separated
Sign up now!
-- Dustin Hetletved, Manager, Ray Richards Golf Course,, 777-3500

Submissions needed for student welcome binders

Do you have information that you’d like new students to know? If so, we are again seeking information from departments and organizations to add to our Welcome Weekend student binder. This binder is given to all new students in the fall and is full of flyers, information sheets and welcome letters from various departments and organizations. We encourage you to use this binder as a means of communicating with the newest members of UND’s community.

If you are interested in submitting a flyer, e-mail your document (PDF document is preferred) to Please include your UND fund and department number and contact information. Upon receiving your request, we will contact you to verify your submission and the color for your copies. Starting in July, we will then send your original to Duplicating Services and 2,000 three-hole punched copies will be billed to your account.

For more information, please contact me.

-- Heather Kasowski, Special Projects Coordinator, Enrollment Services,, 777-6468

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: Database Programmer, Housing Residence, #07-294
DEADLINE: (I) 5/04/2007
SALARY: $30,000 - $36,000

POSITION: Project Coordinator, Family and Community Medicine, #07-293
DEADLINE: (I) 5/04/2007
SALARY: $38,800 - $40,000

POSITION: Server Administrator/Database Administrator, Energy and Environmental Research Center, #07-291
DEADLINE: (I) 5/3/2007
SALARY: $40,000 - $68,000


POSITION: Research Instrumentation Technician, Energy and Environmental Research Center, #07-292
DEADLINE: (I) 5/3/2007
SALARY: $29,120 - $45,760


POSITION: Administrative Assistant, College of Education & Human Development, #07-296
DEADLINE: (I) 5/07/2007
SALARY: $23,500 - $24,526

CRAFTS/TRADES/SERVICE: No current vacancies.

UND medical school ranks fourth in nation

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences is one of the best medical schools in the country for producing family medicine physicians, according to rankings released by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Ranking fourth out of 125 medical schools in the country, UND earned an Achievement Award from the AAFP, which recognizes outstanding efforts to foster student interest in family medicine and produce graduates who enter the specialty.

Based on a three-year average, for the period ending October 2006, 17.4 percent of UND's graduates have entered an accredited family medicine residency program. This spring, 20 percent of the 55 graduating medical students are planning to pursue training in family medicine; the national average is about 8 percent, according to the AAFP.

"We are very pleased to be recognized among the nation's most effective medical schools in encouraging students to pursue the specialty of family medicine," said H. David Wilson, dean of the UND medical school. "This honor reaffirms that our school is doing an exemplary job - better than nearly all other U.S. medical schools - of preparing students who make family medicine their career choice."

"For the past nine consecutive years, the number of students going into family medicine nationally has dropped, yet we continue to succeed at UND," Wilson added.

According to Robert Beattie, chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine, "The AAFP Achievement Award recognizes the results of the quality education and training our students receive from exceptionally talented family physicians throughout the state.

"This honor recognizes the efforts of UND and our practicing physician-faculty members to present family medicine as a fulfilling career. It's particularly important because family physicians are critical to the provision of quality health care services, especially in the rural areas of North Dakota," said Beattie, who accepted the award at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine conference in Chicago.

The UND medical school has several unique programs designed to educate students about the benefits of family medicine. The nationally recognized Rural Opportunities in Medical Education (ROME) program places medical students in one of five rural communities in North Dakota for a seven-month rotation. Over 60 percent of ROME students select primary care residency training after earning their medical degree, compared to only 36 percent of students in the traditional program.

For more than 15 years, the Student-resident Experiences and Rotations in Community Health (SEARCH) program has provided health profession students an opportunity to spend a month working in interdisciplinary teams in rural North Dakota communities.

Other medical schools that received the AAFP Achievement Award are (in descending order, from first): University of Kansas School of Medicine (21.7 percent), University of Missouri School of Medicine (18.2 percent), and the University of Arkansas College of Medicine (17.9 percent).
-- Shelley Pohlman, Asst. to the Director, Public Affairs,, 701-777-4305

Engineering professor named Fellow by ASCE

Sukhvarsh Jerath, professor of civil engineering, was recently elevated to the membership level of “Fellow” within the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The Fellow designation is considered one of the most esteemed honors that civil engineers can receive from their peers. Fewer than 6 percent of ASCE members hold the title of Fellow.

Jerath is recognized for his extensive teaching, research and publications in the areas of concrete material properties, durability of concrete pavements, stability of cylindrical shells, and structural analysis and design. He has taught nearly 20 different engineering courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels during his 36-year tenure at universities in India and the United States.

Jerath has advised and supervised dissertations and theses for 18 students. He is dedicated to his scholarly research and has successfully involved students in his projects, preparing the next generation of engineers to meet future challenges. Jerath has transferred his scholarly work to industry application as a consultant specializing in design and construction of concrete chimneys for coal-fired power plants, and on projects focusing on earth sheltered homes, transfer towers for coal and lime stone conveyors for taconite plants, pre-engineered buildings and gasoline storage tanks, as well as providing design work on the Fargo Dome in North Dakota.

Jerath has been active in his service to ASCE at many levels since 1972. He has been past president of the North Dakota section of ASCE, chair of ASCE District 8 Council, and was faculty advisor to the UND student chapter for seven years, in addition to participating on several technical committees.

Founded in 1852, ASCE represents more than 140,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society.

Munski receives National Excellence in Teaching Award

Douglas Munski, professor of geography, was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award at the 92nd annual University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) national conference held April 11-14 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

"Dr. Munski's concern for students, his professional competence, and his commitment to making education accessible make him a natural for this award and he serves as a model for the rest of us," said Robert Boyd, vice president of student and outreach services. "This award brings honor to him, the University, and all of the distance education initiatives administered by UND's outreach services."

Originally from Chicago’s North Shore and northern Missouri, Munski is well-known throughout North Dakota for his commitment to students and the state he has called home for 29 years. Each summer, he serves as a volunteer faculty advisor to help new students register and prepare for University life. As a cultural geographer specializing in historical and geographic education, Munski also acts as a North Dakota tour guide during the summer months to UND faculty and administrators.

In addition to on-campus classes, Munski teaches distance education courses on human geography and the geography of North America to students at Mayville State University, NDSU, Lake Region State College, Dickinson State University, and United Tribes Technical College. Every couple of weeks, he travels to one of these campuses to teach face-to-face to help keep his classes as interactive as possible.

“It is wonderful to honor a faculty member who so generously shares his time and talents with students and colleagues,” said Martha Potvin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “Through his work with the Division of Continuing Education, Dr. Munski is able to teach students at other colleges and universities across the state. Having students flock to his courses indicates the respect students hold for him.”

The National Excellence in Teaching Award is presented to educators who have shown exceptional innovation in the areas of teaching, course development, mentoring, and service to continuing education. The award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to credit or non-credit programs and have provided inspirational teaching to continuing education students. Candidates from all regions of the nation, as well as from international based institutions, are nominated for the award. Munski received the regional Excellence in Teaching Award at the UCEA Great Plains Conference on Oct. 20, 2006, and was believed to be a great candidate to nominate for the national award.

"It is a terrific honor for Doug Munski to receive this very competitive national award,” said Kerry Kerber, associate dean of outreach programs. “It reflects positively on the University of North Dakota and the academic quality of our distance education programs.”

“Dr. Munski invests a great deal in his students,” said Greg Weisenstein, vice president of academic affairs. “He somehow finds the time to provide exceptional leadership to the University of North Dakota while investing personally in each and every student that he teaches.”
-- Kathy Schill, Marketing Intern, Division of Continuing Education,, 701-777-0484

UND student awarded Ruvelson RAINmaker Fellowship

RAIN Source Capital has selected UND student Matt Maurer as the 2007 recipient of its Ruvelson RAINmaker Fellowship. Maurer, a junior, is from Hutchinson, Minn.

The Ruvelson Fellowship was established in 2006 as an education al endowment of RAIN Source Capital, a Minnesota non-profit organization. The fellowship honors 91-year-old Alan K. “Bud” Ruvelson, a business pioneer who is considered the “grandfather of the modern venture capital industry” in the United States. The goal of the fellowship is to help develop the next generation of ethical equity investors and community-minded business leaders.

As the 2007 Ruvelson Fellow, Maurer will work side-by-side with venture capital professionals and members of the organization’s network of RAINâ funds, angel investment groups that are currently located in the Upper Midwest and Northwest.

Maurer was selected from a pool of applicants from five states. He will begin his fellowship in June 2007, working full time with RAIN Source Capital and its network of RAIN funds. During the school year, he will work 10 to 12 hours a week and be housed at the UND Center for Innovation, which supports one of RAIN Source Capital’s RAIN funds and works closely with entrepreneurs to launch new products and ventures. Maurer will also work with the Center for Innovation’s affiliated student-run venture fund, Dakota Venture Group,

In addition to achieving outstanding academic performance, Maurer is helping to build a company called ARMXX that will produce protective wear for hockey and other sports using a new type of fabric. He also is president of UND’s chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). His community activities include mentoring high school and sixth grade students, working with youth hockey clubs and participating in a church praise band. He also is one of the organizers of project Linus, which sells rubber bracelets to fund the purchase of blankets for children in trauma.

Trained as a pilot and initially pursuing an aerospace degree, Maurer learned that he had limited commercial flying opportunities due to his color blindness. He said, “I am looking forward to the Ruvelson Fellowship because my switch to a business education made me appreciate the idea-driven creative process of venture development. Now I am glad to be color-blind.”