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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 61: March 29, 2007

Top Stories
First African-American woman to earn doctorate in electrical engineering speaks at UND
Campus invited to public talk by CIO candidate Carl Powell Thursday
Events to Note
Wellness Center offers adult CPR, AED class
BFA art exhibit opening reception is April 2
National Public Health Week is through April 8
"Understanding White Privilege" discussion is April 3
Global Visions film series continues
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute holds open house April 4
Kick Butts Day is April 4
University Senate lists agenda for April 5 meeting
Box lunch session focuses on service learning
Student Employment Appreciation Week is April 8-14
Faculty-directed study abroad workshop is April 13
General education revalidation workshop is April 13
Note events at Lotus Meditation Center April 13-15
Theatre Arts presents Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors"
Save April 23 for researchers online registration
Nominate students for Memorial Union Leadership Awards
April IRB meeting canceled; next meeting is May 4
Friday, April 6, is holiday
Instructional development director sought
Submit Meritorious, UND Proud award nominations by April 13
ND NASA EPSCoR travel funds available for faculty
Up to 20 "retreat grants" available
Two new continuing education certificate courses added
AURA 2007 gives students opportunities in research
Chester Fritz Library lists Easter weekend hours of operation
Employees may enroll in courses at low cost
Conflict Resolution Center celebrates anniversary of Conversation Cafe
Studio One features school censorship, physical therapy
Faculty may benchmark with Barnes & Noble's network
Barnes & Noble Bookstores seeks published authors
Campus invited to place events in online calendar
Wellness Camp adventure: a summer camp for children
Museum of Art Cafe lists specials
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Medical School faculty members receive awards
NDWRRI proposal funded by national competitive program
Studio One interns receive awards at Midwest journalism conference
In Remembrance
Death noted of Ivan Dahl
First African-American woman to earn doctorate in electrical engineering speaks at UND

Sandra Johnson, the first African-American woman to earn an electrical engineering doctorate degree in the United States, will be the keynote speaker at the Phenomenal Women Awards Reception in the International Centre, 2908 University Ave., at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 29. The reception recognizes women for significant and extraordinary contributions to society.

The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Johnson is currently a research division master inventor at IBM, where she holds 10 patents with another three pending. She enjoys investigating ways to increase computer speed and was a part of the design team that developed the prototype for IBM’s “Deep Blue,” which beat world chess champion, Garry Kasparov.

Campus invited to public talk by CIO candidate Carl Powell Thursday

Carl Powell, a candidate for the chief information officer position, will visit campus Thursday and Friday, March 29 and 30. He will give a public presentation at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in 305 Twamley Hall. Everyone is welcome.

Dr. Powell is currently a senior consultant with Cynergies Solutions, an IT consulting company. He served as vice president and chief information officer at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio, from 2000 to 2006, where he supported technology for 55,000 students at six locations. He served as an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University from 2005-2005. He has also served as IT manager for a variety of corporations, including The Progressive Corp., Medical Mutual of Ohio, KeyBank, and IBM.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a master’s degree in computer science from Kent State University, and a doctorate in education from Cleveland State University. His resume is available online at .
-- Victoria Beard, Associate Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs,, 777-2167

Wellness Center offers adult CPR, AED class

A great opportunity to become certified in CPR and AED is happening right here on campus. On Monday, April 2, the UND Wellness Center will offer a single course covering the basics in Adult CPR and AED skills.

The class meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in the Wellness Center classroom. Cost is $18 for the general public.

Learn the basics in CPR and AED. It is never a bad idea to be prepared and it may even save a life.
-- Andrew Laventure, CPR & AED Advisor, Wellness,, 777-well

BFA art exhibit opening reception is April 2

The opening reception for Michael Haley, bachelor of fine arts exhibition painting, is set for Monday, April 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Col. Eugene E. Myers Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center. The exhibition runs through Thursday, April 12. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

National Public Health Week is through April 8

“Take the First Step! Preparedness and Public Health Threats: Addressing the Unique Needs of the Nation’s Vulnerable Populations” is the theme for this year’s National Public Health Week, which runs through April 8.

Despite growing health risks and a host of awareness campaigns, studies show Americans remain largely unprepared for public health emergencies. To meet the health needs of the Greater Grand Forks community, the Department of Family and Community Nursing has planned several projects.

In Grand Forks, community health students, led by instructor Amy Knutson, are working with the Public Health Department to organize outreach events during National Public Health Week. These students focus efforts toward helping the elderly population evaluate their level of preparedness in the event of a disaster. Students will provide education as to how to become better prepared in case of such an event.

The outreach events are scheduled to take place at the local Senior Citizens Center as well as an assisted living facility. In addition to education, attendees will have the opportunity to register for a door prize; students have gathered supplies donated by community businesses to put together a "Disaster Preparedness Kit."

“All nursing students have the opportunity to assess a community, or special population within a community, for their assets and needs related to various health issues” shares Liz Tyree, chair of the Family and Community Nursing department.

Public health efforts also extend to the rural communities. Senior community health students, working with Tyree, have studied the response of the Northwood community in assisting evacuees from Grand Forks during the 1997 flood. In addition, these students have assessed the Northwood community's capacity to handle a similar "surge" of individuals needing assistance during a disaster today.

In the coming weeks these 10 students will drill a bomb threat and a decontamination at the Northwood Deaconess Health Center, a combined hospital and nursing home facility with an adjoining Community Health Center.

In 1995, former President Bill Clinton proclaimed the first full week of April as National Public Health Week. Each year since then, the public health community has focused on issues that are important to improving the public’s health. Every year, the American Public Health Association serves as the organizer of this week, and develops a national campaign to educate the public, policy makers and practitioners about issues related to the theme. For additional information, please visit their web site at
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Coordinator, College of Nursing,, 777-4526

"Understanding White Privilege" discussion is April 3

The UND diversity sub-committee and the Higher Education Learning Program (HELP) to Promote Diversity invite you to attend a discussion between UND and the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque) about diversity issues. Participation from all faculty, staff, and students is encouraged and will help foster understanding and learning of the forms of diversity that exist within society.

"Understanding White Privilege" will be discussed from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the River Valley Room, Memorial Union.
Facilitators are Clifford Staples, professor of sociology, and Steven Verney, assistant professor of psychology, University of New Mexico.
• Learn about the persistence of white privilege
• Discuss the need to strive for racial justice
• Discover and discuss different perspectives on white privilege.
-- Kerry Kerber, Associate Dean, Outreach Programs, Division of Continuing Education,, 777-4264

Global Visions film series continues

The sixth film of this season's Global Visions film series, "Take My Eyes" will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. It is free and open to the public.

"Take My Eyes" is the award-willing film by Spanish film director Iciar Bollain, an exceptional, multi-award-winning Spanish drama that tackles a difficult subject — abusive marriage. Granted, some husbands are victims, but marriages like the one between Pilar (Laia Marull) and Antonio (Luis Tosar) are statistically far more common. After nine years of riding a marital roller-coaster of mutual devotion punctuated by manipulative threats and sudden beatings, Pilar escapes into the night with her 7-year-old son, seeking sanctuary in the home of her sister. Within seconds, Antonio is outside, begging forgiveness and promising to change while huffing and puffing like a Big Bad Wolf.

But where "Raging Bull" showed us a primitive brute beating his wife out of Neanderthal impulse, director Iciar Bollain (working from a screenplay she co-wrote with Alicia Luna) takes her extraordinary actors into a more universal realm of marital erosion, almost unfathomable in its emotional complexity. In charting this treacherous territory, Bollain maintains pitch-perfect focus on developments that can't be predicted. Family, friends, work and even physical location (the walled city of Toledo) emphasize a sense of entrapment in a perpetual cycle of abuse and apology.

"Take My Eyes" won the 2004 Goya (Spain's Oscar) for best film, director, actor, actress and screenplay. Tosar and Marull received best actor and first-runner-up best actress at the 2004 Seattle International Film Festival.

The Global Visions Film Series is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Anthropology Club, and is organized by Marcia Mikulak. The series is funded by the Multicultural Awareness Committee.
-- Marcia Mikulak, Assistant Professor, Anthropology,, 777-4718

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute holds open house April 4

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the Division of Continuing Education will offer a free open house Wednesday, April 4, from 4 to 6 p.m., for individuals aged 55 and better who are interested in fun, informal classes that will be offered on the UND campus. The open house will take place at the Skalicky Tech Incubator on the UND campus with a presentation beginning at 5 p.m.

Attendees will learn about new UND courses designed for mature, lifelong learners as well as preview digital photography, wellness, and art courses. Participants will be able to make new friends in a learning community of their peers, receive priority registration for free spring courses, and enjoy complimentary refreshments.

If you or someone you know loves learning, growing, and making new friends; please stop by and visit with us at the open house. Call 777-4269 to RSVP before March 30 and have a chance to win a free course registration.
-- Jennifer Aamodt, Certificate Programs Coord., Continuing Education,, 777-4204

Kick Butts Day is April 4

Wednesday, April 4 is Kick Butts Day! Join Student Health Promotion for this annual event of leadership and activism in the fight against tobacco. It is also a day for individual tobacco users to choose to quit using tobacco and for those who choose not to use tobacco to support friends and family members in quitting and kicking butts!

On Tuesday, April 3, in order to help you prepare for Kick Butts Day, Student Health Promotion will have displays and free items, including free Quit Kits, at the Memorial Union from 8 a.m. to noon; at Wilkerson Hall, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and the Wellness Center, 4 to 8 p.m. There will also be opportunities to enter a drawing for movie passes and food court gift certificates.

You are also invited to a press conference at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, at the UND Wellness Center, 801 Princeton St. President Kupchella will make an announcement on the UND tobacco-free campus initiative.
-- Cheryl Stolz, GSA, Student Health Promotion,, 7-2097

University Senate lists agenda for April 5 meeting

The University Senate will meet Thursday, April 5, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.


1) Announcements
2) Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes
3) Question period


4) Annual report of the Senate standing committee on faculty rights, David Marshall, chair
5) Annual report of the Senate general education requirements committee, Anne Walker, chair


6) Senate committee elections, Kathy Smart, chair, Senate committee on committees
7) Report from the curriculum committee, David Relling, chair
-- Lori Hofland, Administrative Assistant, Registrars Office,, 777-3892

Box lunch session focuses on service learning

The President’s Strategic Plan encourages us to engage students in service learning, but how can we best incorporate this component into our classes?

The April 5 On Teaching session, "Service Learning: Methods, Mishaps, and Miracles" will discuss ways service is like an extra “text” to study along with the more traditional class material. It can allow students to see first-hand the concepts they’re learning about in class, or it can complicate those concepts in interesting ways. But for being so educationally valuable, service is also a highly unpredictable text. How are the logistics arranged? What happens when plans fall through? What if a service experience does not produce the expected opportunities? How do you help students make the connection between what they’re studying in class and what they’re observing through their service?

Students from Hon 292: Coming to America have been working with the local refugee population all semester as they’ve been studying the immigration experience. We’ll use our experiences to explore ways to effectively work service into the curriculum to create meaningful educational opportunities.

To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 by noon Tuesday, April 3.
-- Joan Hawthorne, Assistant Provost of Assessment, Academic Affairs,, 777-6381

Student Employment Appreciation Week is April 8-14

The week of April 8–14 has been designated as Student Employment Week. The observance of this week provides an opportunity for employers, as educators, to recognize the many valuable contributions student employees make to our campus, and to emphasize the benefits of the student employment program to our students. Please say "thank you" to your student employees (a special treat or lunch is nice).
-- Deanna Melby, Administrative Federal Work Study Clerk, Student Financial Aid,, 777-4411

Faculty-directed study abroad workshop is April 13

The Office of International Programs is presenting a faculty-directed study abroad workshop on Friday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave.
This workshop is for you if you:
- Have considered offering a course in an international context.
- Have a topic in mind that you think students will enjoy.
- Know just the location in which it could be best taught.
- Don’t know what to do next.
- Want to know what procedures and regulations to follow.
- Want to find out who can help you make it happen.

Topics to be discussed:
- Logistics: when, where, who, what, and how
- Advertising and recruiting
- University regulations (insurance, registration, credit)
- Financing
- The role/support of the Office of International Programs

A registration form is available at:
-- Ray Lagasse, Director, International Programs,, 701.777.2938

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

Note events at Lotus Meditation Center April 13-15

The following events will be held at the Lotus Meditation Center.
Dharma Talk: Friday, April 13, at 7 p.m., Susan Stone, an ordained Zen lay priest and Vipassana teacher from Charlottesville, Va., will present, "The Meeting of Vipassana and Zen -- Embracing the Wisdom of Both Traditions," at 7 p.m. Friday, April 13, at the Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave. This will also be the beginning of the nonresidential weekend retreat at the Lotus Meditation Center. The talk is free of charge and open to all.

The nonresidential weekend retreat is set for Friday evening, April 13, through Sunday afternoon, April 15, with Susan Stone at the Lotus Meditation Center. This retreat will include both Zen and Vipassana (insight meditation) practices. Fees for the retreat cover expenses, and scholarships are available. Please contact Lora at 787-8839 or if you are interested in attending the retreat.

For more information about Susan Stone visit -- Lotus Meditation Center.

Theatre Arts presents Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors"

The Department of Theatre Arts will present William Shakespeare’s "The Comedy of Errors" for the department’s final season production. Its the first comic play that Shakespeare wrote, and revolves around mistaken identities. In comparison to Shakespeare’s later comedies, "The Comedy of Errors" is more farcical and raucous in laughs and sight gags.

The story follows a young man, Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant, Dromio, searching for their long-lost identical twins in the city of Ephesus. Unbeknownst to Antipholus and Dromio, their twins happen to currently reside in Ephesus and are well known throughout the town. Both Antipholus and Dromio believe the town is “enchanted” because everyone seems to know them. Moreover, Dromio’s twin, also known as Dromio, mistakes Antipholus for his master, because his own master is also named Antipholus of Ephesus.

The confusion accelerates when Adriana, the wife of Antipholus of Ephesus, berates the man she thinks is her husband - Antipholus of Syracuse - for not coming home in the evenings. Meanwhile, Antipholus of Syracuse falls in love with Adriana’s younger sister, Luciana. Luciana is horrified to find out the man she thinks is Adriana’s husband is really in love with her.

To further highlight the physical comedy of Shakespeare’s play, Theatre Arts has placed the time and location of this production in a 1920s-era silent film studio, the period of the great silent film comedians such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd.

"Comedy of Errors" is a play for the entire family. The production can be seen at the UND Burtness Theatre, Tuesday, April 17, through Saturday, April 21. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and free reserved parking is available. For more information and reservations, contact the Department of Theatre Arts Box Office at 777-2587.

Save April 23 for researchers online registration

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences North Dakota Women’s Health CORE Center of Excellence Research Committee is planning a North Dakota Women’s Health Research Conference Monday, April 23, for researchers throughout the state whose research relates to women’s health concerns. This will be an exciting opportunity to meet, discuss work, and explore ways to coordinate and to collaborate in research. The plan is to start the development of a statewide Women’s Health research agenda at this conference. We would like to invite researchers to bring a poster that represents recent work, perhaps a poster presented at a recent conference. A display area will be available and time during the day will be allotted to familiarize researchers with one another’s work through dialogue and visuals.

Our conference keynote speaker will be Stephen Wonderlich of Fargo, an international leader in research on eating disorders. JoAnne Hoesel, director of the North Dakota Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, will greet all conference participants on behalf of the state.

The schedule follows:
* 8 to 9 a.m. -- Registration; poster set-up; continental breakfast (provided)
* 9 to 9:25 a.m. -- Welcome
* 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. -- Plenary presentation by Dr. Wonderlich
* 10:15 to 11 a.m. -- Poster display; mid-morning snack (provided)
* 11 to 11:45 a.m. -- Small groups
* 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. -- Remarks; lunch (provided)
* 12:30 to 2 p.m. -- Discussion – prepared group questions
* 2 to 3 p.m. -- Reporting; agenda; adjournment

Plenary meeting will conclude with a research agenda for future research on women’s health in North Dakota. Online registration may be accessed at:

An added incentive is the location for the conference. Our research day will be held at the new UND Wellness Center, a beautiful addition to the UND campus. Parking is easily accessible and meals, meetings, talks, and poster discussions will all be held in the same building. Information about the Wellness Center may be accessed at: We look forward to this exciting opportunity to engage women’s health researchers throughout North Dakota.

We invite you to visit the Women’s Health CORE web site: Travel reimbursement will be available for researchers. We hope to see you April 23!

-- Susan Splichal, coordinator, Center of Excellence, North Dakota Women's Health CORE, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of North Dakota, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 501 North Columbia Road, Stop 9037 Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037; phone: 777-3274, Fax: 777-3849, e-mail:; web:

Nominate students for Memorial Union Leadership Awards

Nominations for the Memorial Union Outstanding Student Leader Award, Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award, and Outstanding Student Organization Award are now available online at You are strongly encouraged to nominate student leaders, organization advisors, or student organizations who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service.

The Outstanding Student Leader Award recognizes students who have exhibited exemplary leadership skills through their campus involvement, volunteer efforts, on-campus employment, or other life experiences. These nominees do not need to hold an elected office in a student organization.

The Outstanding Student Advisor Award recognizes student organization advisors for their commitment and dedication to students and their campus involvement.

The Outstanding Student Organization Awards recognize student organizations that have contributed in a significant way to the University and Grand Forks community over the past year. Nominations for this award should come from members of the organization.

Recipients will be honored at the Memorial Union Leadership Awards reception Friday, April 27.

Nominations need to be submitted online at and are due Wednesday, April 4, by 4:30 p.m. Leadership award policies are available on the Memorial Union web site at

For more information, contact me.
-- Cassie Gerhardt, Coordinator of Greek Life, Memorial Union,, 777-3667

April IRB meeting canceled; next meeting is May 4

The Institutional Review Board meeting scheduled for Friday, March 30, (which was a rescheduled date for April's meeting) has been canceled. The next scheduled meeting is Friday, May 4, at 3 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall.

Proposals that require subcommittee and full board review should be submitted to the IRB by Tuesday, April 17.

Proposals that require full board review should be submitted to the IRB by Tuesday, April 24.
-- Renee Carlson, Coordinator, Institutional Review Board, Research Development and Compliance,, 777-4079

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.

Instructional development director sought

The University is seeking applications for the director of the Office of Instructional Development (OID). The primary responsibility is to advance the mission of OID, which is to enhance the quality of teaching and learning at the University of North Dakota. Duties include administering personnel and operating budgets of OID offices and programs and coordinating all faculty development programs such as the Alice T. Clark Mentoring Program, the Outstanding Faculty Awards Committee, and the Faculty Instructional Development Committee, etc. The director has the opportunity to develop new instructional development programming at UND. The OID director may teach as an overload and maintain scholarly activity in fields aligned with the position, as time permits. The appointment is a 10-month (Aug. 15 to June 15) faculty directorship position reporting to the vice president of academic affairs. Qualifications include an earned doctorate or terminal professional degree, excellence in university teaching, demonstrated knowledge of pedagogy issues, and an ability to work with diverse faculty, staff, students, and administrators. Desirable attributes include a strong commitment to faculty development, demonstrated expertise in written and oral communication, and demonstrated team leadership and organizational skills. Experience with the tenure and promotion process is a plus. More details can be found at the OID web site <>. Submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a one- to two-page vision statement for Instructional Development at UND, a reflective teaching statement, and the names of three references to: OID Search Committee, c/o Vice President for Academic Affairs, 264 Centennial Dr Stop 8176, UND. Review of applications will begin April 5, and continue until the position is filled. UND is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
-- Harmon Abrahamson, OID Search Committee chair, Chemistry,, 7-4427

Submit Meritorious, UND Proud award nominations by April 13

The University will present 10 awards for merit of $1,000 each to staff employees. In addition, the Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award of $1,000 will be presented.

The Meritorious Service Awards will be given to employees in each of five major groups. These groups and the number of awards presented are: executive, administrative, and professional (3); technical/ paraprofessional (1); office support (3); crafts/trades (1); and services employees (2). The Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award may be given to an employee from any of the groups.

Eligible employees are UND employees employed on a regular basis who are not in a probationary period. Those not eligible for consideration include the president, vice presidents, deans, associate and assistant deans, teaching and research faculty, and the human resources director. Also ineligible are award winners from the previous seven years. All members of the University community are encouraged to nominate eligible employees for the awards. Submit nomination forms to Human Resources, Stop 8010, by Friday, April 13. Nomination forms are available from the Office of Human Resources, Room 313, Twamley Hall or electronically at

The awards will be presented during the annual Recognition Ceremony for Staff Personnel, Tuesday, May 8.

Please direct any questions concerning this program to the Office of Human Resources at 777-4361 or -- Diane Nelson, director, Office of Human Resources.

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

Up to 20 "retreat grants" available

Departments have a this-year-only opportunity to apply for “closing the assessment loop” retreat grants, for retreats to be held this spring, summer, or early fall. 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 best assessment work is usually done in departments where there’s a mechanism for yearly conversations about data collected, in conjunction with planning for the next academic year. Receiving a retreat grant will enable faculty in your department to have this kind of retrospective/prospective discussion. Several purposes can be served by a retreat: (1) sharing of data makes productive faculty discussion possible – results become part of the departmental conversation about teaching, learning, and curriculum; (2) discussing findings prior to a departmental planning session means that responses, as needed, can be identified and built in to the next year’s plans; (3) faculty have a built-in opportunity to reach consensus about program, curriculum, and assessment work to be done in the next year; (4) by the end of the retreat, all relevant assessment work for the year, including any loop-closing plans, will be recorded in minutes and/or in handouts, so the work of collecting and organizing assessment data for the annual report is complete.

To apply for a retreat grant: Please submit a one to 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, Box 8176 or Retreat proposals should be received by April 10, and departments will receive responses within one week so there’s time to plan for end-of-term retreats.
-- Joan Hawthorne, Assistant Provost, Provost Office,, 7-4684

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

AURA 2007 gives students opportunities in research

Available for the summer and the fall semester of 2007, the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR), Advanced Undergraduate Research Award (AURA) program is an important and successful means for increasing the number of undergraduate students participating in faculty mentored research. AURA activities give undergraduate students an opportunity to directly experience academic research under the direction of a faculty mentor and to learn about graduate school at a point during their studies when they need to be making critical decisions about their future careers.

It is expected that AURA students will become contributing members of their research groups and be mentored into research careers. It is also expected that AURA students will apply for at least one nationally competitive undergraduate scholarship, such as the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

A complete list of UND research opportunities and application forms are available from ND EPSCoR’s web page at

Faculty are encouraged to call this opportunity to the attention of their students. Student applications must be received by noon Wednesday, April 11, in the ND EPSCoR Office, Stop 7093, Twamley Hall Room 415.

For more information, please contact me.
-- Gary E Johnson, Interim Vice President for Research and Co-Project Director for ND EPSCoR, ND EPSCoR,, 701-777-2492

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

Employees may enroll in courses at low cost

For just $10.95 per credit hour, benefited employees may enroll in University classes. You may take up to three academic courses each calendar year, and may be granted work-release time for one academic class per school session after receiving approval from your supervisor for release time during working hours. You can continue your education, earn a degree, or improve your skills. Staff members may work toward a degree; faculty may take courses for credit. Both faculty and staff members may audit courses. New employees may also take a course while on probation.

You can choose from hundreds of courses, ranging from management and sciences to languages and music, from exercise and ceramics to first aid and financial management. Here's how to enroll:

1. Pick up admissions materials, registration materials and a tuition waiver form at the Office of Admissions, 205 Twamley Hall (phone 777-3821) or at the Graduate School, 414 Twamley Hall (777-2784).

2. Choose the course you'd like to take. Prerequisites or other factors may affect registration.

3. Fill out the forms and have your supervisor/dean sign the tuition waiver forms. Return them to Admissions (undergraduates) or the Graduate School. Return the completed waiver forms to Admissions. The deadline for filing the waiver is Friday, May 11, for summer semester, and Friday, Aug. 17, for fall.

4. Register according to instructions in the Time Schedule of Classes. Please be aware that, in addition to completing the tuition waiver form, you must log on to Campus Connection and register for the course.

If you are enrolling for the first time, you need to complete and return an Application for Admission form, available from the Admissions Office or Graduate School. There is a $35 matriculation fee for an employee who has not previously enrolled. You may need to file transcripts from schools that you previously attended. Please note that some courses have additional fees that cannot be waived.

Take advantage of your $1,000 benefit! -- Heidi Kippenhan, director of Admissions, and Diane Nelson, director of Personnel.

Conflict Resolution Center celebrates anniversary of Conversation Cafe

Join us in celebrating the power of conversation to change the world through April 1. The Conflict Resolution Center welcomes opportunities to engage in dialogue around important and controversial issues in our communities. We can help facilitate dialogue and set up community conversations. Contact us at 777-3664; We encourage all of you to engage in a simple dialogue during Conversation Week, even if it's just a get-together of new friends or neighbors in your living room. Here are some possible conversation starters as you consider celebrating the power of conversation this week:
* What do you think is the most important question in the world now?
* What’s the highest leverage action you or anyone could take towards a just, peaceful, and sustainable world by 2025?
* How are we making life better for our children - and what else can we be doing?
* What do you think we can do now to make life better here?
* What do you believe freedom is for?
* What does it mean to you to be a human?
* How can we heal the wounds of violence and war?
* What is one of the most important things you have learned in your life so far?
* How much is enough? For you? For others?
* When do you feel most alive?

-- Kristine Paranica, director, Conflict Resolution Center, Room 103,
314 Cambridge St., Stop 8009, 777-3664; Fax: 777-6184. Visit us on the web:

Studio One features school censorship, physical therapy

Learn how a U.S. Supreme Court ruling may affect school policy on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. Five years ago a high school student from Alaska was suspended for using the phrase “bong hits 4 Jesus.” However, the student says the suspension infringed on his right to freedom of speech. Now the case has reached the Supreme Court. Hear from a high school principal on this issue.

Also on the show this week, sore muscles and back pain can hinder your lifestyle. Physical Therapist Tiffany Sutton helps individuals recover from injuries and everyday aches and pains. Watch as Sutton explains a day in the life of a physical therapist on Studio One.

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

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

Barnes & Noble Bookstores seeks published authors

The Barnes & Noble Bookstore at UND is proud of our campus authors and is happy to feature both writers and their works in our store. Not only will we stock and display your book, but we are able to hold book signing events. We'll take care of all the details, including ordering extra copies and advertising the event.

We would also like to hear about any popular choices you would like us to stock in our general book area. Give Marie Mack a call at 777-2109, or stop in the bookstore and tell us about your work or recommendations.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

Campus invited to place events in online calendar

Members of the campus community are invited to place their events in the online UND calendar. Just click on "calendar" from the UND home page at to see a list of events, or click on "submit event" to place your information online.

Students are also welcome to place club meetings, talks, and other events on the University calendar. If you have questions or need more information, please contact me.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

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

Museum of Art Cafe lists specials

The North Dakota Museum of Art list their Cafe specials:
* March 29 – Entrée: Thai Stir Fry; Soup: New England Chowder
* March 30 – Entrée: Walleye Dinner; Soup: New England Chowder
* April 2 – Entrée: Leg of Lamb Sandwich; Soup: Roasted Pepper
* April 3 – Entrée: Lamb Chops Sicilian; Soup: Roasted Pepper
* April 4 – Entrée: Lamb Roast; Soup: Roasted Pepper
* April 5 – Entrée: Lamb Stir Fry; Soup: Corn and Potato Chowder
* April 6 – Closed

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 is available, UND billing is accepted, and the conference room is available for luncheons. We also cater weekend and evening events, 777-4195. Visit the Museum Cafe online at
-- Connie Hulst, Office Manager, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

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: Financial Aid Advisor, Student Financial Aid, #07-256
DEADLINE: (I) 4/03/2007
SALARY: $28,500 - $30,000

POSITION: Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant, Family Medicine-Minot, #07-253
DEADLINE: (I) 4/02/2007
SALARY: $65,000 - $80,000



POSITION: Verification Clerk, Student Financial Aid, #07-257
DEADLINE: (I) 4/03/2007
SALARY: $22,500 - $24,000


POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, Sun-Fri, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), Facilities, #07-255
DEADLINE: (I) 4/3/2007
SALARY: $16,640 - $20,000

POSITION: Building Services Technician - Rover (Custodial, Sun-Fri, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), Facilities, #07-254
DEADLINE: (I) 4/3/2007
SALARY: $16,640 - $20,000
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Medical School faculty members receive awards

Two faculty members at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences have been selected to receive awards for outstanding teaching and research.

Roger Melvold, chair and professor of microbiology and immunology, has been selected to receive the Hippocratic Dignity Award for 2007. The award is given to a senior member of the faculty or administration who has exhibited a sustained and unwavering record of supporting all students and their educational programs in a dignified fashion.

Melvold teaches immunology and genetics to medical, graduate and undergraduate students. He has co-authored two textbooks, "Concise Medical Immunology," published in 2005, and "Lippincott Illustrated Reviews," which is scheduled to be released in August 2007. Department chairman since 1997, he was selected by medical students to receive the Golden Apple for teaching excellence in 1999 and the Reverend Elmer and Min West Memorial Faculty Award in 2002. In 2004, his department received the Fellows of the University Award for Departmental Excellence in Research.

His research, which relates to multiple sclerosis, has focused on the effects of genetics on the immune system by examining genetic mutations in mice. He is a member of the American Association of Immunologists and the International Society of Neuroimmunology, and serves on the editorial board of the journal, Transplantation.

Holly Brown-Borg, associate professor of physiology, has been selected to receive the Dean H. David Wilson, M.D., Academic Award in Neurosciences for 2007. The award recognizes distinguished members of the medical school's faculty who have established a sustained record of achievement in the neurosciences.

Brown-Borg is a highly respected teacher and researcher who, with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducts investigations into the relationship of the growth hormone to the aging process in the Ames dwarf mouse.

Her research has been published widely, including the journal, Nature, and has had a "great impact on the field of experimental gerontology," said Manuchair Ebadi, associate dean for research and program development at the UND medical school and associate vice president for medical research and special advisor to the president at UND.

In recognition of her research, she has received the NIH National Service Award and the rare honor of being named a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

The awards will be presented during the UND medical school's May 13 commencement awards luncheon for the Doctor of Medicine Class of 2007.

Under the auspices of the UND Foundation, Ebadi established the endowments which fund these awards. He also created the Charles E. Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Award which recognizes an individual or organization for outstanding efforts in the area of health promotion. -- School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

NDWRRI proposal funded by national competitive program

A proposal submitted through the North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute (NDWRRI) for the National Institutes for Water Resources and U.S. Geological Survey National Competitive Grants 104 (G) Program has been funded.

The proposal “Collaborative Research on in Situ Denitrification and Glyphosate Transformation in Ground Water: NAWQA Eastern Iowa Basins Study Unit” by Scott Korom, geology and geological engineering, in collaboration with Paul Capel, USGS Minnesota Water Science Center, is one of the three proposals submitted through NDWRRI. The study received $91,988 for three years. Out of 61 proposals submitted nationwide, eight are funded in this round. This is the second consecutive year that a proposal submitted through NDWRRI was successful in the highly competitive program.

Contamination of ground water by nitrate and pesticides is widespread in some areas of the country and can threaten drinking water supplies. It is well known that the most important removal mechanism of nitrate and most pesticides from ground water is biodegradation, but the in situ transformation rates are largely unknown. The results of the study will provide site-specific transformation rates for nitrate and glyphosate and extend the aquifer nitrate vulnerability index that was developed in earlier studies. The information is important for the development of tools and quantitative methods to characterize the transport and fate of agricultural chemicals in the Eastern Iowa Basins Study Unit, the Upper Midwest and elsewhere.

Under the 104(G) program, awards are available only to Water Research Institutes or Centers established pursuant to the provisions of section 104 of the Water Resources Research Act. NDWRRI is one of the 54 institutes throughout the nation, one per each state and territory organized under the umbrella organization, the National Institute for Water Resources. Objectives of the 104 (G) program include promoting collaboration between the USGS and university scientists in research on significant national and regional water resources issues; promoting the dissemination and application of the results of the research funded under this program; and assisting in the training of scientists in relevant water resource fields.

For additional information, contact G. Padmanabhan, NDWRRI director, at 701-231-7043 or
-- Steve Bergeson, Senior Writer, NDSU University Relations,, 701 231-6101

Studio One interns receive awards at Midwest journalism conference

Studio One, the live television show produced by students at the University of North Dakota Television Center, recently received 15 awards at the Midwest Journalism Conference in Bloomington, Minn. The awards were presented by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA).

Studio One was awarded second place in the category of television newscast by the SPJ and received an Award of Merit from the NBNA. The Studio One Weathercast also received an Award of Merit from the NBNA. In addition, several individual interns were honored by the SPJ and the NBNA for their contributions to the show.

Studio One News Director Aaron Quanbeck says it’s rewarding to see students recognized for their hard work.

"We are competing with many strong broadcast journalism programs from around the region, so the fact that they are able to win awards in these competitions says a lot about the effort they put into their stories each week."

Studio One has won more than 450 awards since it began in 1987. The following is a complete list of the individual awards given to Studio One interns at the 2007 Midwest Journalism Conference:

* Grand Forks - Anne Deplazes (second place, TV feature, SPJ)
* Northwood - Amanda Nelson (Award of Merit, broadcast writing, NBNA)
* Penn - Danielle Webster (second Place, TV in-depth reporting, SPJ; second place, TV general news reporting, SPJ; third place, TV feature, SPJ; first place, soft feature, NBNA; first place, series, NBNA; first place, broadcast writing, NBNA)

* East Grand Forks - Erik Fleischhacker (second place, TV sports photography, SPJ)
* Golden Valley - Shawn Engel (second place, TV feature photography, SPJ)
* Lakeland - Maria Torning (second place, TV in-depth reporting, SPJ)
* Roseau - Patrick Wynne (Award of Merit, photojournalism, NBNA)
* Windom - Nicholas Johnson (first place, TV sports reporting, SPJ)

Studio One is a live one-hour news and information program produced by students at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program can be seen by more than 2.5 million viewers in Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
-- Meghan Flaagan, Director of Marketing, Television Center,, 777-3818

Death noted of Ivan Dahl

It is with regret that we announce the death of Ivan Dahl, professor emeritus, educational foundations and research, March 24, in Fountain Hills, Ariz. An obituary will be published as soon as it is available.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621