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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 63: April 05, 2007

Top Stories
UND to become tobacco-free campus Oct. 5
Nominations sought for vice president for research
Events to Note
Grand Forks Public Health holds "Freedom from Smoking" classes
Mile of Quarters campaign is April 10-12
General education revalidation workshop is April 13
Fourth annual Northern Plains Biological Symposium is April 14
Hands-On Learning Fair is April 14
Free airplane rides available at EAA's Young Eagles fly-in
"Women and Mathematics" lecture is April 16
Forum brings together American Indian researchers
Dinosaur guru Jack Horner to present two talks
Pediatrics department hosts genetics conference
Museum of Art seeks jewelry donations
ND NASA EPSCoR travel funds available for faculty
Institutional Research briefs now available online
Two new continuing education certificate courses added
Friday, April 6, is holiday
Chester Fritz Library lists Easter weekend hours of operation
Library of the Health Sciences lists Easter break hours
Easter weekend hours listed for Law Library
International Centre lists Easter hours
ITSS lists holiday hours
Faculty may benchmark with Barnes & Noble's network
Homestay families needed for international students
U2 lists workshops
Studio One features dropping CD sales, Budweiser Clydesdales
Wellness Camp adventure: a summer camp for children
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Darrin Muggli awarded NSF research grant
Physicians selected to receive Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Award
SUNRISE researchers receive FAA grant
UND Television Center recognized at Midwest Journalism Conference
UND to become tobacco-free campus Oct. 5

The University of North Dakota will develop a tobacco-free campus policy to become effective Oct. 5, 2007, President Charles Kupchella announced at a news conference Wednesday, April 4. The policy will cover all portions of campus except for those areas leased by other entities, such as the Hilton Garden Inn, the Ralph Engelstad Arena complex, and other tenants on the Bronson Property.

UND’s Student Senate, University Senate, and Staff Senate have gone on record as supporting the development of a tobacco-free policy.

The details of the policy will be developed by a task group co-chaired by Laurie Betting, assistant vice president for wellness, Jane Croeker, student health services health promotion advisor, and Nate Martindale, immediate past president of Student Government. Members of the task group are drawn from UND’s Healthy UND Committee and from the leadership of University Senate, Student Government, and Staff Senate. Kupchella said the task group would consult with other campus groups as it works to create the policy.

The task group will present the policy details by the end of the third week of the fall semester, said Kupchella. The campus will be invited to comment on the policy before the final version goes into effect on Oct. 5.

"The policy will obviously depend on voluntary compliance and respect for the wishes of the great majority of UND faculty, staff and students to make the campus tobacco-free," said Kupchella. "Wellness and healthful living have – particularly with the construction of the Student Wellness Center – become a UND theme. Our wellness programs are now well recognized both on campus and off. We want the campus to serve as a support system for those wishing to live healthful lives and to model healthful living as an organization. We want a campus climate supportive of healthy choices. We see the implementation of a tobacco-free policy as part of our general charge to prepare our graduates for full, productive lives as professionals and as civic leaders."

Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable early death in the United States, claiming more than 440,000 lives each year, and more than 50,000 more deaths are caused by exposure to second-hand smoke, said Kupchella. "The impact in terms of disease and disability is even greater. Smoking-related diseases are a major contributing factor to the rapidly rising health-care costs and health insurance premiums," said Kupchella.

A past president of the American Association for Cancer Education, Kupchella is a former associate director of the University of Louisville Cancer Research Center. He has served as a grant reviewer for the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and other agencies. He is a collaborating partner in the National Dialogue on Cancer (now known as "C-Change").

"We are moving forward because it makes sense to protect the health of those you care about," said Croeker. "We provide comprehensive services for those who want to quit tobacco because we care about the health of our community. A tobacco-free UND will further reduce exposure to secondhand smoke and will support those who are trying to quit."

Betting said UND launched a comprehensive work site wellness program in January, using the results of a survey of UND employees as a starting point. The campus needs and interest survey was conducted "to gain a better understanding of the issues concerning our employees," said Betting. "That information allowed us to identify seven modifiable health risks, one of those being tobacco use. We learned that 84 percent of survey respondents supported a tobacco free campus. And for those that smoke, 64 percent indicated they would like to quit."

As a result, said Betting, UND has partnered with the Grand Forks Public Health Department to offer, at no charge, Freedom from Smoking classes and nicotine replacement therapies for the campus.

"We know that environmental strategies, such as a tobacco free policy, have the greatest ability to produce lasting change," said Betting. "Our ultimate goal is to create a healthy campus community where healthy choices are easy choices."

"UND is recognized as a national leader in health and wellness because we are committed to creating a campus culture that makes it easier for people to make healthy choices, not just with tobacco, but in other areas of our lives as well," said Croeker.

Nominations sought for vice president for research

The University is conducting an open search for the position of vice president for research. Letters of nomination, applications (letter of application, complete curriculum vitae, a statement of the applicant’s philosophy of university-based research and names and addresses of three references), or expressions of interest should be submitted to:

Dr. H. David Wilson
Chair, Vice President for Research Search Committee
University of North Dakota
501 N. Columbia Road Stop 9037
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037
Phone: (701)777-3021

Review of the materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated date of appointment is July 1, 2007.

Additional information regarding the University, the position description and required qualifications may be obtained at

The University of North Dakota is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Grand Forks Public Health holds "Freedom from Smoking" classes

Interested in quitting smoking? Grand Forks Public Health invites you to attend the "Freedom from Smoking" program. Classes will begin at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 9, on the third floor, Grand Forks County Office building, 151 S. 4th St. These classes are free for all UND employees and students, including up to $100 in Nicotine Replacement Therapy. For more information or to register for the program, contact Theresa Knox at or 701-787-8140.
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Coordinator of Wellness, Wellness Center,, 777-0210

Mile of Quarters campaign is April 10-12

The University's police department, along with the Criminal Justice Association, seeks supporters for its Mile of Quarters campaign. A booth will be set-up in the Memorial Union April 10–12 for people to purchase a foot of quarters ($3) or a yard of quarters ($9). Money raised will be donated through the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) program for Special Olympics North Dakota (SOND). The goal is to raise one mile of quarters which equals 63,360 quarters and to beat NDSU in achieving this goal.

Please inform the students in each of your classes and join them in supporting SOND by stopping by the booth any time from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Every quarter counts! This is the first time this event is being held in North Dakota and the first time with Special Olympics ND LETR. UND Chief Czapiewski says, “Our department is responsible for the safety of the students and staff. This event is a good way to foster a relationship that heightens awareness of the goals of the campus law enforcement and at the same time raise money and awareness to showcase the abilities and talents of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.”

For more information, contact UND Chief Czapiewski at 777-3491.

General education revalidation workshop is April 13

The General Education Requirements Committee will host a workshop on the revalidation process for all interested departments Friday, April 13, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Departments scheduled for revalidation next year are especially encouraged to attend. The goal of the workshop is to answer questions about direct and indirect assessment of Gen Ed courses as well as the revalidation process. Examples of assessment rubrics and successful revalidation proposals will be presented.

Please RSVP to Matt Cavalli (, 777-4389) by noon Monday, April 9, to plan for copies and refreshments.
-- Matthew Cavalli, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering,, 777-4389

Fourth annual Northern Plains Biological Symposium is April 14

The Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA) will host the fourth annual Northern Plains Biological Symposium Saturday, April 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The NPBS is an annual conference that provides an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students as well as faculty from regional colleges and universities to be exposed to current biological research. The goals of the NPBS are to facilitate an open discourse on relevant topics in the field of biology, provide an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students in the upper Midwest to present their research in a professional setting, and expose students to current research trends.

This year’s symposium will feature Dan Brooks from the University of Toronto as the keynote speaker. Dr. Brooks is a pioneer in the study of systematics and evolution. He has authored over 300 peer reviewed publications and several books, and in 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Much of his current work is aimed toward the conservation of biodiversity worldwide, beginning with accurate documentation of biodiversity.

Registration for the NPBS is free and includes a catered lunch. Attendees can register by clicking on the Northern Plains Biological Symposium link on the UND Biology web page: (

Funding for The Northern Plains Biological Symposium is provided by North Dakota EPSCoR, Graduate School, College of Arts and Sciences, President's office, biology department, and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs office.
-- James Maskey, PhD Candidate, Biology,, 7-3674

Hands-On Learning Fair is April 14

The 16th annual Hands-On Learning Fair, a community celebration featuring exciting learning activities for children birth through age seven and informational exhibits for parents, will take place at the Purpur Arena Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A city proclamation at 9:45 a.m. starts the event, which is centered on the theme, "Building Better Futures for All Children." Approximately 2,500 parents, children, and volunteers participated in last year’s Learning Fair.

Creative art, language, science, math, sensory exploration, dramatic play, music, games, and stories are among the many choices of age-appropriate activities for children attending the Hands-On Learning Fair. There is also a parent/infant interaction area designed for the very young. Emphasis is on active involvement in the learning process, rather than entertainment, with learning as its own reward. Adults guide children in their explorations, allowing the youngsters to experience the joy of discovery.

The Hands-On Learning Fair is a free family event to mark April as the Month of the Young Child and Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. Young children and their families will have the opportunity to engage in the learning experiences together. The Hands-On Learning Fair is sponsored by the Northeast Chapter of the North Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children (NENDAEYC) and Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota.

Local early childhood programs and many other entities involved in early education and development provide the learning activities. These professionals plan and carry out the educational experiences on a voluntary basis, applying the same commitment and expertise with which they engage in their regular early care and education responsibilities. The 2007 Hands-On Learning Fair will again be complemented by Dakota Science Center’s Super Science Saturday, to be held concurrently at the Gambucci Arena for families of elementary and middle school children. In addition, Boy Scouts of America will be holding their annual Scout Show in conjunction with Super Science Saturday and the Hands-On Learning Fair.

Community partners in planning this year’s Hands-On Learning Fair are Grand Forks County Social Services, Tri-Valley Child Care Resource and Referral, Healthy Families, Northland Community and Technical College Early Childhood Program, Safe Kids Grand Forks, Parent Information Center, Lakes and Prairies Child Care Resource and Referral, Dakota Science Center, and Boy Scouts of America. Many area businesses, institutions, and individuals donate goods and services for the celebration. These include the Grand Forks Park District, UND, retail businesses, and service clubs. Their support, added to the hundreds of hours contributed by early childhood educators, has helped to realize 15 years of success for this family event and to keep it free of charge.

For further information contact: Judy Milavetz, Hands-On Learning Fair coordinator, 775-4473 (H) or Dawnita Nilles, president NENDAEYC, 780-8408 (W) or
-- Jo-Anne Yearwood, Director, University Childrens Center,, 701-777-3947

Free airplane rides available at EAA's Young Eagles fly-in

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1342 is inviting the community to participate in the eighth annual Young Eagles Fly-In Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crookston Municipal Airport, Crookston, Minn. Free airplane rides will be available for children between the ages of 8 and 17 (children must be accompanied by a legal guardian to fly).

The whole family may partake in other activities, including a barbecue with refreshments, display aircraft, PC flight simulator, and a paper glider contest.

For more information, contact Joe Schneider (EAA President) at 218-230-4272. For more information about this event, visit For more information on EAA’s Young Eagles program, visit

Note: in case of rain, the fly-in will be held on Sunday, April 15.

"Women and Mathematics" lecture is April 16

Did you see the movie "Proof"? Think about how its impact would change if the roles had been sex-reversed: if the daughter of the crazy mathematician were a son, the post-doc a woman. The subject of women in mathematics is both above and below the public awareness; it helped bring down Larry Summers, the president of Harvard, and it brought out lots of comments from non-scientists who think scientific research shows women are innately less able in many aspects of mathematics. Learn some new research.

Jean E. Taylor, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, will deliver a lecture, "Women and Mathematics," at 8 p.m. Monday, April 16, in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Taylor began teaching in the Department of Mathematics at Rugers in 1973, became professor emerita in 2002, and is currently a visitor at New York University's Courant Institute. She has also been a visiting professor at Princeton and Stanford Universities. Her research interests lie primarily in the field of geometric measure theory applied to soap bubble clusters and problems of equilibrium and growth shapes of crystals. She also lectures and writes on issues concerning women in mathematics.

Past president of the Association for Women in Mathematics, she is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association for Women in Science, and the AAAS. Taylor has served the American Mathematical Society as vice president and is currently chair of its board of trustees; she was a plenary speaker at the AMS Mathematical Challenges meeting in 2000. In 1998 she gave the Hedrick Lectures for the Mathematical Association of America. -- Mathematics.

Forum brings together American Indian researchers

The fifth annual American Indian Research Forum will take place Thursday, April 19, at the Memorial Union.

Sponsored by the Center for Rural Health, this free event will feature nationally known speakers in the area of American Indian health research, oral and poster presentations featuring American Indian populations by students and researchers, and discussions of new ways to develop American Indian research opportunities.

Keynote speakers for the day-long event include:
* Darryl Tonemah currently works with the National Institutes of Health on diabetes prevention and lifestyle change research among Indian populations, and is the director of Health Promotion Programs at the University of Oklahoma. He also works with Native groups across the United States and Canada promoting health and wellness. He is an enrolled member of the Kiowa, Comanche and Tuscarora Nations.

* Carole Anne Heart is the executive director of the Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board where she administers programs to serve the health needs of tribal people residing in the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa representing 17 reservations and two urban health clinics, serving approximately, 200,000 Indian people. She is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Sicangu Lakota) /Yankton Sioux (Ihanktowan Dakota) Nations.

For a complete schedule and to register online, visit:

“The forum provides a venue to share current research activities concerning health risk and health promotion among Native American communities,” said Jacque Gray, assistant professor at the Center for Rural Health, and chair of the planning committee. “This will also give us an excellent opportunity to develop possible research collaborations for future projects.”

The American Indian Research Forum is sponsored by the Center for Rural Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences in coordination with the UND Indian Association Annual Time-Out Week.

The following UND organizations and departments have provided additional financial contributions: Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), Center for Rural Health, National Resource Center for Native American Aging, Research Development and Compliance, School of Medicine and Health Sciences Research and Program Development, Center of Excellence in Women’s Health and School of Medicine and Health Sciences Office of the Dean.
-- Amanda Scurry, public information specialist, UND Center for Rural Health,, 701-777-0871

Dinosaur guru Jack Horner to present two talks

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering is proud to present dinosaur paleontologist extraordinaire Jack Horner (Museum of the Rockies, Montana State University). Dr. Horner will give two talks on Friday, April 20, one at 3 p.m. in 100 Leonard Hall, and the other in the evening at the EERC. The first talk, "Digging Dinosaurs Around the World," is open seating. The second at the EERC is a geology banquet to which students, faculty, and the public are invited. Tickets cost is $15. They can be reserved through the GGE office, 101 Leonard Hall, 777-2248, by April 7. Social hour begins at 5 p.m. The evening talk is "Why Dinosaurs Changed Their Stripes: How Skull Shape Changes Dictate Behavior." GGE LEEPS (Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science) lectures are sponsored by GGE alumni and office of the vice president for research for the educational development of our students, faculty, and others wishing to attend. Please visit for GGE seminars presented this year.
-- Joseph Hartman, Associate Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering,, 701-777-5055

Pediatrics department hosts genetics conference

The Department of Pediatrics School of Medicine and Health Sciences will host a conference on genetic disorders in children April 23-24 at the Fargo Ramada Inn. The conference, "Hearing Hoofbeats and Thinking Zebras: Screening, Testing and Management of Children with Genetic Disorders," will focus on North Dakota's newborn screening program as well as the diagnosis, treatment and management of infants who have been identified as having Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome (SLOS) or other metabolic disorders.

The program is intended for primary health care providers, especially family physicians, pediatricians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, but parents and the general public also are welcome. One of the highlights will be a panel of parents who will describe how they have dealt with the health care system. Discussions also will focus on legislative impacts and diagnostic approaches.

Invited speakers are Cathy Breedon, clinical nutrition specialist at MeritCare Health System, Fargo; Cheryl Greenberg, head of the department of pediatrics and child health, and a clinical geneticist at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg; Bryan Hall, former chief of genetics and dysmorphology at the University of Kentucky, Lexington; John Martsolf, professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Medical Genetics at the UND medical school; and Susan Sparks, pediatrician and clinical biochemical geneticist at the Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C. By law, every infant born in North Dakota is screened for 37 disorders, some of which "are difficult to treat or must be treated quickly" to avoid sickness, death or potentially serious, lifelong consequences, according to Martsolf. "It is important that front-line, primary care health providers know what to do if they have a patient who's been detected with a disorder from the newborn screen," he said. "Proper emergency management of children with metabolic disorders is critical."

Martsolf, North Dakota's only clinical geneticist, says conference participants will also explore how the state's newborn screening program and methods of follow-up are working. The event also will provide a forum for discussing the resources available in North Dakota for these children.

The title of the conference, "Hearing Hoofbeats and Thinking Zebras," refers to the need for health care providers, when presented with common signs and symptoms, to think of the unusual or uncommon possibilities in forming a diagnosis, Martsolf said.

The event is supported by significant grants from the Dakota Medical Foundation of Fargo and the Cullen Children's Foundation of West Fargo.

Physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and social workers may earn continuing education credits.

For more information or to register, contact Jayne Brown in the Department of Pediatrics at 777-4276 or or visit: and click on the zebra in the lower left corner.

The Dakota Medical Foundation, based in Fargo, focuses its efforts on improving access to medical and dental care. Since its inception in 1995, the Foundation has invested over $26.5 million in more than 270 non-profit organizations to help them measurably improve health and access to health care. For more information, see .
-- Shelley Pohlman, Assistant to the Director, Public Affairs,, 701-777-4305

Museum of Art seeks jewelry donations

The North Dakota Museum of Art announces its second annual Antique to Chic costume jewelry sale and raffle drawing Sunday, May 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. This year's raffle prize is a diamond pendant donated by Classic Jewelers. All sales and raffle proceeds will benefit the Museum's Children's Art Programs. Admission to the event is free and refreshments will be served.

If you have inexpensive to fine jewelry and handbags to donate, they can be dropped off at the Museum or you can call to arrange for items to be picked up.

For information about donations, purchasing raffle tickets or about the event, please contact the Museum at 777-4195.
-- Sue Fink, Director of Education, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

ND NASA EPSCoR travel funds available for faculty

Travel funds are available for faculty in the physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics through ND NASA EPSCoR. Applications are due noon Friday, April 13.

Requests should facilitate one of the following interactions with NASA: 1) foster direct collaborative research with personnel at one or more NASA field centers, 2) conduct preliminary research in support of a future non-NASA EPSCoR research proposal, 3) to attend a NASA-related conference, and 4) to also find graduate student participation in one of the above three activities.

ND NASA EPSCoR’s travel opportunities is on the web at
-- Paul Hardersen, Director, ND NASA EPSCoR,, 701 777-4896

Institutional Research briefs now available online

The latest issue of the Institutional Research Office newsletter is available online at

Highlighted in this issue:
* The 2006 Employer Satisfaction Survey
* Availability of core data
* Some projects currently under way
* Instructions for filling in (class number) on the USAT form
-- Carmen Williams, director, Institutional Research.

Two new continuing education certificate courses added

The Division of Continuing Education has added two new online certificate courses through Gatlin Education Services, the world’s largest provider of Web-based, instructor-supported professional development training to community colleges and universities.

Wedding Planner Online Course
This 350-hour comprehensive course covers everything from contracts to etiquette, flowers, music, marketing, budgeting, and vendors, as well as wedding customs and traditions from more than 15 different cultures. Because the work is ideal for a start-up business, much of the material focuses on the crucial day-to-day duties involved in running an operation.

The Wedding Planning program prepares students for real life scenarios by utilizing role-playing activities, vignettes and other practical applications. The course includes textbooks with contract and service package examples and more than 50 client templates in the online library. The course also examines the latest fashion trends and hottest designers.

Students will have direct access to instructors during the entire course and will be able to discuss topics with fellow students through online message boards, providing an additional resource for support and networking.

Search Engine Marketing Online Course
This 250-hour course combines Gatlin’s Search Engine Optimizing and Pay Per Click Marketing programs into one extensive course. Search Engine Marketing prepares students for one of today’s most up-and-coming and profitable careers. Search engine marketers improve their company’s search engine page rankings, driving more users to their Web site.

The course bundles Search Engine Optimization, Pay Per Click Marketing, and Web Site Copywriting courses all into one. This approach will provide students with a solid introduction to the most important aspects of the fast-growing search industry. The lessons are self-paced and tutor-supervised, with a tutor assigned to guide students through the material and grade assignments. Successful completion of the program indicates a graduate’s proficiency in the very latest search engine algorithms, guidelines and marketing techniques.

For more detailed course descriptions for either of these courses, go to For enrollment information, contact UND Continuing Education Certificate Programs at 877-450-1841 or
-- Kathy Schill, Marketing Intern, Division of Continuing Education,, 7-0484

Friday, April 6, is holiday

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Friday, April 6, will be observed as Good Friday by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday. -- Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provist, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources.

Chester Fritz Library lists Easter weekend hours of operation

The Chester Fritz Library will observe the following hours of operation for Easter weekend: Thursday, April 5, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, April 6 (Good Friday), library closed; Saturday, April 7, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 8 (Easter Sunday), closed.
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library,, 7-2618

Library of the Health Sciences lists Easter break hours

The Library of Health Sciences hours for the Easter break follow: Thursday, April 5, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, April 6, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, April 7, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 8, closed; Monday, April 9, 8 a.m. to midnight.
-- April Byars, Administrative Assistant, Library of the Health Sciences,, 777-3893

Easter weekend hours listed for Law Library

Easter weekend hours for the Law Library follow: Friday, April 6, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 8, closed; Monday, April 9, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Law Library,, 7-3482

International Centre lists Easter hours

The International Centre hours during Easter holiday follow: Friday, April 6, 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, April 7,1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 8, Centre is closed; Monday, April 9, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
-- Tatjyana Richards, Administrative Secretary, Office of International Programs,, 777-6438

ITSS lists holiday hours

Information Technology Systems and Services will close for the Good Friday holiday at midnight Thursday, April 5, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Saturday, April 7.

ITSS will close for the Easter Sunday holiday at midnight Saturday, April 7, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, April 9. -- Craig Cerkowniak, associate director, ITSS.

Faculty may benchmark with Barnes & Noble's network

Need help in choosing a next text for your class? Benchmark with faculty across the United States with Barnes & Noble's Faculty Center Network.
* See what texts other faculty in colleges and universities around the country are using to teach a similar curriculum.
* Find out which books are the most popular choices and what your colleagues have to say about them.
* Get more information to help you choose the best text for you and your students.

Go to and click on Faculty Services, where you'll see a link for Faculty Center Network.

Once you have made a choice, please submit your adoptions online at: - click on the Faculty Services Tab. By having this information early we can source more used textbooks for your students next semester which is a savings of 25 percent off the new book price!

Thank you for your continued support!
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

Homestay families needed for international students

ELS Language Centers has opportunities available for individuals and families to host international students for a period of four weeks to one year. Host families provide the student with a private room, meals, transportation to and from classes on UND campus, and the opportunity to practice English in a home setting. Families receive a monthly remuneration for hosting students. Please contact Kristin Pauls at 746-1013 or Jill Shafer at 777-6785.
-- Jill Shafer, Center Director, ELS Language Centers,, 777-6755

U2 lists workshops

Below are the U2 workshops for April 11-17. Visit our web site for more.

Records Disposal Procedures
April 11, 10 to 11 a.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union
During this workshop you will 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 you will 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.

Budget Inquiry and Ledger Cash Balance
April 12, 9 to 10:30 a.m., 361 Upson II, Room 361
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.

Non-Employee/Student Travel and Moving Expenses
April 17, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Room 16-18 Swanson Hall
Brush up on the procedures to follow for employee ticket authorizations, direct billing of airline tickets and employee travel expense vouchers; as well as on the travel procedures to follow for non-employees, students and nonresident aliens. Review of food purchases. Presenter: Allison Peyton.

Fall Protection Policy
April 17, 11 a.m. to noon, Auxiliary Services Conference Room
This workshop provides requirements for conventional fall protection systems. It also provides requirements necessary to safeguard against falls for work activities that make conventional fall protection systems infeasible or when the use of such systems would create a greater hazard. Presenter: Mike Holmes.

Blue Cross, Blue Shield: Strength Bands
April 17-18
Time and locations are varied; they will be posted on and University Letter
Strength training is an important component to a balanced exercise program. The equation you want to remember is: Aerobic Training + Strength Training = Better Health. This presentation will cover the advantages of strength training such as a more toned body, weight loss and maintenance, and a healthier heart and state of mind. Everyone in attendance will receive a free strength resistance band. Presenter: Milissa Van Eps, member education representative. Free presentation.
Registration: onsite through U2.
-- Sara Satter, U2 Program Assistant, Continuing Education,, 777-2128

Studio One features dropping CD sales, Budweiser Clydesdales

Learn why new technology may make compact discs a thing of the past on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. The compact disc (CD) has been a popular portable music source for more than 15 years. However, new technology allows music fans to purchase only one or two songs from an album. Learn why this is causing concern for some in the music industry.

Also on the show this week, the 2,000-pound Budweiser Clydesdale horses have made appearances at professional sporting events and festivals worldwide. Hear from one of the animal’s caregivers as he explains what it’s like to work with this super sized group.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen by viewers in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
-- Meghan Flaagan, Director of Marketing, Television Center,, 777-3818

Wellness Camp adventure: a summer camp for children

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 aged 9 to 12 through a variety of activities such as fun-cooking class, music, arts and craft, 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.
-- Lek Seal, Assistant Professor, Family & Community Nursing,, 777-4544

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 Cardform. 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: Lead Instructor/Flight Manager, Aerospace, #07-263
DEADLINE: (I) 4/9/2007
SALARY: $24,000 - $30,000

POSITION: Assistant to the Executive Associate Dean, Academic Affairs/Medical School, #07-260
DEADLINE: (I) 4/5/2007
SALARY: $42,000-$47,000


POSITION: Communication Specialist (shift work), Facilities, #07-265
DEADLINE: (I) 4/12/2007
SALARY: $19,500 - $22,000

POSITION: Flight Line Manager (variable schedule), Aviation, #07-262
DEADLINE: (I) 4/09/2007
SALARY: $32,000 - $34,500


POSITION: Administrative Secretary (benefitted, 20hrs/week, M-F), International Programs, #07-264
DEADLINE: (I) 4/9/2007
SALARY: $10.58 - $11.54

POSITION: Administrative Assistant, Vice President for Research, #07-261
DEADLINE: (I) 4/11/2007 Extended
SALARY: $28,000 - $32,000


POSITION: Cook (variable hours, flexible weekends), Dining Services, #07-267
DEADLINE: (I) 4/12/2007
SALARY: $9.58 - $10.50
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Darrin Muggli awarded NSF research grant

Darrin Muggli (chemical engineering) has been awarded a three-year, $300,000 National Science Foundation research grant to design TiO2 nanotubes for the photocatalytic destruction of organophosphorous compounds. These hazardous pollutants are present in chemical warfare agents, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and detergents. Recent developments and rapid advances in TiO2 nanotube technology now allow for the production of an active photocatalyst that has significantly improved activity and adsorption capacity compared to current photocatalysts. Dr. Muggli’s research group has already synthesized a TiO2 nanotube photocatalyst that is four times as active as the current industry standard photocatalyst.

Dr. Muggli’s method is particularly effective in destroying gas- and liquid-phase pollutants because it operates at ambient conditions and requires only oxygen (air), a non-toxic catalyst (TiO2), and a UV source (sunlight). The TiO2 catalyst can be coated readily on many surfaces (metal, glass, clothing, plastics, etc.) and used in air purification devices for vehicles and buildings.
-- Wayne Seames, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering,, 701-777-2958

Physicians selected to receive Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Award

Two physicians have been selected to receive the Charles E. Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Award which will be presented by the School of Medicine and Health Sciences during commencement activities in May for the Doctor of Medicine Class of 2007.

James Mitchell, chair and Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at the medical school and president of the Neuroscience Research Institute, Fargo, and Donald Hensrud, a 1982 graduate of the UND medical school and chair of the division of preventive and occupational medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., will receive the award, given this year for the second time.

Named for the current president of UND, the Kupchella Award recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations who have worked to improve health and wellness through lowered rates of disease and disability by developing and delivering effective health promotion and prevention initiatives.

Mitchell, who holds the NRI/Lee Christoferson, M.D., Chair in Neuroscience, is an internationally recognized authority in eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa and obesity. He is the author of numerous books in his field of study and has written extensively for publication in scientific journals.

The recipient of many awards and honors, he was named in 2003 as a McCann Scholar, a prestigious honor given to a select few outstanding mentors in medicine in the United States.

Hensud, associate professor of preventive medicine and nutrition at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, serves as chair of the health promotion committee and medical director of the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center at Mayo Clinic.

Originally from Grand Forks, he is the author of numerous articles, papers and book chapters on topics related to nutrition and obesity for publication in scientific journals and served as assistant editor of the second edition of the Mayo Clinic Family Health Book.

The award has been made possible by a gift to the UND Foundation from Manuchair Ebadi, senior advisor to the president and associate vice president for health affairs and medical research at UND and associate dean for research and program development at the UND medical school.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Asst. to the Director, Public Affairs,, 701-777-4305

SUNRISE researchers receive FAA grant

PI Wayne Seames and co-PI Darrin Muggli of chemical engineering will lead a team of researchers from the Sustainable Energy Research and Supporting Education (SUNRISE) initiative in studying the feasibility of producing organic liquids that can serve as octane enhancers for low lead high octane aviation gasoline. Graduate students in the chemical engineering and chemistry departments will evaluate the technical feasibility of producing these new products from soybean and canola oil. This 18-month, $380,952 grant was awarded through the Center for General Aviation Research. Other SUNRISE faculty participants include Alena Kubatova and Evguenii Kozliak of chemistry, plus Michael Mann and Mo Sadrameli of chemical engineering.
-- Wayne Seames, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering,, 701-777-2958

UND Television Center recognized at Midwest Journalism Conference

The Television Center was recently recognized at the Midwest Journalism Conference in Bloomington, Minn. They were awarded first place by the Northwest Broadcast News Association in the documentary/special category for its work on the documentary, “UND Clay: The Cable Years.”

“I think it is in recognition of everyone who was involved in producing the program,” says documentary producer Aaron Quanbeck. “Don Miller's (art professor) assistance was crucial, our photographer Scott Lima did a fantastic job, and everyone else who had a part in it made the award possible.”

“UND Clay: The Cable Years”, describes the history and tradition of the University of North Dakota Ceramics Department, specifically the involvement of Margaret Kelly Cable.

“Margaret Kelly Cable was a remarkable woman who overcame a lot of adversity to create the ceramics department. I'm glad we were able to tell her amazing story,” says Quanbeck. “I hope that the documentary does her justice and that through it more people will learn of her tremendous contributions.”

The Television Center competed against six other states in the contest including Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

For more information on the UND Television Center or “UND Clay: The Cable Years” please call 777-4346 or e-mail
-- Meghan Flaagan, Director of Marketing, Television Center,, 777-3818