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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 57: March 15, 2007

Events to Note
Lunch with the Arts is March 15
Closing exhibition reception at Museum is March 18
Medical School for the Public focuses on women's health
Global Visions film series presents "The Cuckoo"
Sign up for faculty/staff Thai kitchen class
Eco-medicine is topic of next medical school's Dean's Hour
Conversation to explore teaching at a distance
Annual Science Day set for March 24 at medical school
Theologian examines political scene through religion lens
University Senate agenda items due March 22
Nominations invited for Humanism in Medicine Award
Note Central Receiving surplus viewing hours change
International Programs newsletter now available online
Benchmark using Barnes & Noble's Faculty Center Network
North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists specials
Get your Start! walking pass today at the Wellness Center
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Lillian Elsinga receives 2007 regional ATHENA award
Lunch with the Arts is March 15

Benjamin Klipfel, who serves as director of the Marketing Services Partnership, will discuss the new online arts events calendar, at Lunch with the Arts at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Center for Innovation, 4200 James Ray Drive. Lunch tickets are $10 at the door, or call 777-6120 to RSVP.

The Marketing Services Partnership is a four-year arts marketing and research assistance project funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Klipfel has worked closely with,'s parent site, during site development, and is involved with site promotion and expansion. For more information, visit

Klipfel will lead a discussion about site content, demonstrate site navigation, and illustrate future changes to the site. Join us on March 15 and discover how you can be part of! is the leading arts events calendar in Greater Grand Forks. Since its launch in April 2006, the site has received nearly 2 million hits and has listed over 800 events. Events are listed by art form, including visual arts, dance, theatre, music, and special events.

For more information visit

Closing exhibition reception at Museum is March 18

Artists Celebrating Explorers: Commemorating Lewis & Clark brings together the work of 39 artists who each have created an artwork related to quotes from Lewis and Clark’s original journals. The section of the journals and a journal entry of the artist’s choice will be exhibited with the related artwork. The exhibition will be on display at the North Dakota Museum of Art through March 18. On Sunday, March 18, from 2 to 5 p.m., the Museum will host a closing reception, which is free and open to the public. It will include informal gallery talks and live music. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The exhibition, organized by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association, has been touring throughout North Dakota since February 2004, bringing the artwork into more than a dozen communities. The tour will finish with the North Dakota Museum of Art.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on the University of North Dakota campus in Grand Forks. Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 11 to 5 p.m. The Museum Shop is open during these hours as well. The Museum Café is open weekdays 10 to 4 p.m. with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Although the Museum does not charge an admission fee, the suggested donation is $5 for adults and pocket change for children.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 701 777-4195

Medical School for the Public focuses on women's health

The annual "Medical School for the Public," presented by the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, begins March 20. The series is open to everyone and will explore issues concerning women's health.

"Women's Health through the Lifespan" is the theme of the six-week course presented by UND medical school faculty members to audiences at UND facilities in Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot. The sites will be connected via videoconferencing; presentations will originate from the different locations depending on the faculty presenter. Class sessions run from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, March 20 to April 24.

Cost is $30 per person; enrollment is limited. For the first evening only, participants are asked to arrive at 6:30 p.m. to complete the registration process.

For more information or to pre-register, contact:
Bismarck - Lonna Augustadt, 328-9579,
Fargo - Kristi Hofer, 293-4108,
Grand Forks - Faye Aker, 777-3800,
Minot - JoDee Nielsen, 858-6774,

"Our sessions will look at various aspects of women's health, including issues that challenge women today," said Elizabeth Burns, professor of family and community medicine, who is coordinating this year's program. "From the possibility of cancer prevention with the new Gardasil vaccine to infertility or incontinence, we will bring up-to-date basic and clinical science information to our participants.

"Our outreach experience through our work at the UND medical school's National Center of Excellence in Women's Health Demonstration Project has guided us in our topic selection."

UND medical school faculty members who are recognized, many of them nationally, as leading teachers, physicians, allied health professionals and researchers in their respective fields will teach all sessions.

Class sessions are:
March 20: Menopause and Hormone Therapy
Sort through information and options to find out what's best for you (originating from Grand Forks)

March 27: Fibromyalgia/Human Papilloma Virus and the New Vaccine
Learn useful details on these issues of concern to men and women of all ages (originating from Grand Forks and Bismarck)

April 3: Infertility and Pregnancy
Discover how experts help when pregnancy doesn't "just happen" (originating from Fargo and Grand Forks)

April 10: Eating Disorders and Obesity/Depression and Anxiety
Understand current approaches to these aspects of mental and physical health (originating from Fargo)

April 17: Incontinence
Hear about practical approaches to addressing this common problem (originating from Grand Forks and Bismarck)

April 24: Cancer Screening and Preventive Practices
Get the whole story on getting and staying healthy (originating from Minot)

Medical School for the Public is "an excellent way to give people insight into the complexities of medical school and learn from our outstanding faculty members," said H. David Wilson, dean of the UND medical school. "Participants are in for a real treat!"

This spring's Medical School for the Public is the fifth to be offered by the medical school; the first was presented in the fall of 2002. The program is patterned after "mini-medical school" programs conducted by other medical schools around the country. Organizers praise such programs as an effective means of offering the public a view into how medical education is delivered, and conveying the newest information and knowledge about human health.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Assitant to the Director, Public Affairs,, 701-777-4305

Global Visions film series presents "The Cuckoo"

The Global Visions film series presents "The Cuckoo" (Russia) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. The film is free and open to the public.

Somewhere in the forests of Northern Europe during the closing days of World War II, Finnish support for the Nazi cause is nearing an end. Veiko (Ville Haapsalo), a Finnish soldier, has lost his will to fight. Forced to wear an SS uniform by his unit, he is chained to a rock and ordered to kill as many Russians as he can before one will eventually kill him. He is known as a "cuckoo", a sniper on a suicide mission. Set in an area rarely seen, Lapland, "The Cuckoo" (Kukushka), directed by Aleksandre Rogozhkin, is a touching Russian comedy about the failure to communicate. Its seamless mixture of earthy humor, anti-war sentiment, and otherworldly Lapp mysticism is enhanced by strong performances, especially from Anni-Kristina Juuso, who portrays a spunky but radiant young reindeer farmer who has not seen a man in four years since her husband went to war and left her widowed.

Using his ingenuity and every resource at his command, Veiko manages to free himself after a protracted struggle that takes up a good half-hour of the film. Meanwhile, a few miles away, a Russian captain, Ivan (Viktor Bychkov) escapes while being taken by Soviet military police to be court-martialed for anti-Soviet sentiments. Circumstances bring all three together at a log outpost where Anni (Anni-Kristina Juuso) lives alone, sleeping in wooden tepees with log door-flaps. She gives them shelter and nurses them back to health but no one understands the other's language (the dialogue is in Finnish, Russian, and Saami, the language of Lapland). This leads to many confusing situations, such as when Ivan tells them to "get lost" and they mistakenly think he is telling them that his name is Gerlost. Ivan wants to kill Veiko, who tries to tell him that all he wants is peace, invoking the names of Tolstoy ("War and Peace") and Hemingway ("A Farewell to Arms").

In this Tower of Babel, the three can only reach each other through tone of voice, hand gestures, and body language, but Anni has no trouble convincing the men that she has "an aching below the tummy." Though Veiko is mistakenly thought to be a fascist since he still wears a German uniform, the three gradually form a bond based on mutual need and a common humanity. "The Cuckoo" is a gorgeously photographed and emotionally resonant film that is more than an anti-war fable; it is a film of transcendent beauty that directly touches the soul (Howard Schumann, Vancouver, B.C.).

The series is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Anthropology Club, and is directed by Marcia Mikulak. The Global Visions Film Series is sponsored by the Multicultural Awareness Committee. We are dedicated to bringing current international award-winning films to the UND campus for students, faculty, and the community at large. Film is a dynamic medium in which to explore the human condition from the various cultural perspectives that encompasses the globe. We hope you enjoy the scheduled films this spring, and encourage suggestions from faculty, students, and the community for up-coming films by calling Dr. Mikulak at 777-4718.
-- Marcia Mikulak, Assistant Professor, Anthropology,, 777-4718

Sign up for faculty/staff Thai kitchen class

Sign up by noon Tuesday, March 20, at the Wellness Center welcome desk for faculty/staff Thai kitchen class held Wednesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. You will learn how to prepare authentic Thai meals for your family and friends. In addition, Lek Seal will teach what to ask for in Thai restaurants, the secrets of Thai cooking and the philosophy of Thai food. There will also be a class offered on April 4 at 6 p.m. The cost is $20 for members and $23 for non-members.

Stop by our table in the Memorial Union next week for your chance to win coupons to a class of your choice as well as enjoying our complimentary toast bar! -- Wellness Center.

Eco-medicine is topic of next medical school's Dean's Hour

Ecological medicine is the topic of the next Dean’s Hour at noon Wednesday, March 21, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

David Wallinga will present “Ecological Medicine - Preventing Chronic Disease Through Healthier Food and Healthier Environments,” which is free and open to the public. The talk will be held in the Reed Keller Auditorium at the medical school’s Wold Center, 501 North Columbia Road, and lunch will be provided for all attendees.

Director of the Food and Health Program at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) in Minneapolis, Minn., Dr. Wallinga’s expertise includes the health impacts of industrialized food production, including the overuse of antibiotics in livestock. He is a leading authority on the health impacts of environmental pollutants — including food-borne pollutants — on the developing brains and other organs in fetuses and children. He co-authored "In Harm's Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development," and authored "Putting Children First: Making Pesticide Levels in Food Safer for Infants and Children." Prior to joining IATP in 2000, Wallinga worked in the Public Health Program of the Natural Resource Defense Council in Washington, D.C. He received a medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School, and a master's degree from Princeton University.

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

The Dean’s Hour Lecture Series is a forum for the discussion of health care, medicine, research, education and related issues of the day. Dr. Wallinga’s presentation is supported in part by the Dr. Ralph Leigh Lectureship. For more information, please contact the Office of the Dean, 777-2514.
-- Amanda Scurry, public information specialist, UND SMHS,, 701-777-0871

Conversation to explore teaching at a distance

Please join the Senate Continuing Education Committee from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in Merrifield 305 for a conversation between continuing education staff members Kerry Kerber, Jane Sims and Julie Vatnsdal, and representative faculty members to explore teaching at a distance.

-- Janet Rex, Chair, Senate Continuing Education Committee, Division of Continuing Education,, 777-4641

Annual Science Day set for March 24 at medical school

Fifth- and sixth-grade students are invited to attend the annual Science Day Saturday, March 24, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks.

Offered at no charge, the event features a hands-on approach to learning and is hosted by the UND chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). Organizers request pre-registrations by March 16.

Participants may choose to attend either the morning session (9 a.m. to noon), with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m., or afternoon session (1 to 4 p.m.), with registration beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Medical student-supervised activities, designed to stimulate children's interest in science, will focus on human health and anatomy, the heart and the importance of exercise, awareness of the dangers of tobacco use, "grossology", medical instruments and how they're used, and various projects that demonstrate scientific principles.

For more information visit or to request a registration form, please contact Shelley in the Office of Public Affairs at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 777-4305 or .
-- Shelley Pohlman, Assistant to the Director, Public Affairs,, 701-777-4305

Theologian examines political scene through religion lens

The University Program Council (UPC) will sponsor a free political lecture by Obrey Hendricks Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Hendricks will examine the current political scene through the lens of religion by discussing his book, "The Politics of Jesus: Rediscovering the True Revolutionary Nature of Jesus’ Teaching and How They Have Been Corrupted." In "The Politics of Jesus," Hendricks examines the inherent contradictions that exist at intersection of politics and religion in society, and asserts that Jesus’ politics were not those of the religious leaders and politicians who claim to espouse them today.

Crucial questions that Hendricks addresses include: Why couldn't Jesus get elected in today’s political climate? Are politics and religion compatible? Do large corporations love their neighbors as themselves? Why do “politicians of faith” abuse the “faith” they preach? Does religion have a role in public policy? Are gay marriage, abortion and stem cell research political or religious issues?

A former Wall Street investment executive and past president of Payne Theological Seminary, the oldest African American theological seminary in the United States, Hendricks is currently professor of biblical interpretation at New York Theological Seminary. He holds the Master of Divinity with academic honors from Princeton Theological Seminary, and both the M.A. and Ph.D. in Religions of Late Antiquity from Princeton University. He is a principal commentator in The Oxford Annotated Bible, one of the most widely used academic study Bibles in the English-speaking world, and a contributing editor to The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion. Hendricks is a widely sought after speaker, lecturer and media commentator.

The event is free and students, faculty, staff are encouraged to attend. The public is also invited. Please call Linda Rains, UPC advisor, at 777-4076 for more information.

University Senate agenda items due March 22

The University Senate will meet Thursday, April 5, at 4:05 p.m. in Gamble Hall, Room 7. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Thursday, March 22. They may be submitted electronically to: It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted. -- Suzanne Anderson (registrar), secretary, University Senate.

Nominations invited for Humanism in Medicine Award

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences is seeking nominations for the 2007 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Awards presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The awards will be presented during the M.D. Class of '07 commencement awards luncheon May 13 at UND. One graduating medical student and one physician faculty member will be recognized for excellence in both compassionate patient care and scientific achievement. Each recipient will be awarded a $1,000 prize.

To nominate either a graduating medical student or a physician faculty member, or both, submit a letter to the Student Performance and Recognition Committee (SPRC) in care of the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions, 501 N. Columbia Road Stop 9037, Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037, that outlines why the individual should receive the award. Please explain how the nominee meets the criteria for the award which can be found on the medical school web site: (click on "Administration" on left menu, then "Student Affairs").

The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 6. For more information, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 777-4221.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Asst. to the Dir, Public Affairs,, 701-777-4305

Note Central Receiving surplus viewing hours change

The viewing hours at Central Receiving for surplus items has changed from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday afternoons to 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday afternoons.
-- Brockling, Jacque, Storekeeper, Facilities,, 777-3033

International Programs newsletter now available online

The latest issue of the International Programs newsletter, "Building Bridges" is available online at

Featured this month:
* Study Abroad summer programs
* Faculty-directed study abroad workshop
* Visa types for International students and scholars
* An easy way to convey "internationalization"
-- Ray Lagasse, Director, International Programs,, 777.2938

Benchmark using 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.

Fall textbook requests were due Feb. 14. You can submit your adoptions online at - click on the Faculty Services Tab.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists specials

Specials for the North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe are:
* March 15 – Entrée: Lamb Stir Fry; Soup: Beetroot with Mascarpone Brioche
* March 16 – Entrée: Rolled and Stuffed Lamb; Soup: Beetroot with Mascarpone Brioche
* March 19 – Entrée: Walleye Sandwich; Cream of Asparagus
* March 20 – Entrée: Museum Hero Sandwich; Soup: Cream of Asparagus
* March 21 – Entrée: Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich; Soup: Cream of Asparagus
* March 22 – Entrée: Cobb Salad; Soup: New England Chowder
* March 23 – Entrée: Salmon Caesar Salad; Soup: New England Chowder

The Museum Café and Coffee Shop, located in the lower level of the Museum, serves a full luncheon menu from 11 a.m. to 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

Get your Start! walking pass today at the Wellness Center

Looking for a place to walk on those cruddy days? It’s finally here --a new opportunity for walkers to use the Wellness Center for as little as $15 a month! Just for participants in the Start! walking program, the Wellness Center is piloting a Start! walking pass for only $15 a month or $50 through the end of June. This limited offer ends June 30. Go to the Wellness Center and sign up for the Start! walking program and your Start! walking pass. For details, visit
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Coordinator of Wellness, Wellness Center,, 777-0210

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: Publications Coordinator/Graphic Designer, #07-244
DEADLINE: (I) 3/20/2007
SALARY: $29,500 - $30,500

POSITION: Instructional System Administrator and Sr. Web Designer, Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies, #07-242
DEADLINE: (I) 3/15/2007
SALARY: $38,000 - $45,000

POSITION: Research Engineer, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #07-236
DEADLINE: (I) 3/15/2007
SALARY: $45,000 - $70,000

POSITION: Research Scientist/Engineer, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #07-235
DEADLINE: (I) 3/15/2007
SALARY: $40,000 - $70,000

POSITION: Associate Vice President for Outreach Services & Dean of Outreach Programs, #07-091
DEADLINE: Internal applicants will be considered with the external. Open Until Filled (Review of applications will begin November 15, 2006.)
SALARY: Commensurate with experience


POSITION: Records Associate, Office of the Registrar, #07-243
DEADLINE: (I) 3/15/2007
SALARY: $25,000 - $28,000

OFFICE SUPPORT: No current openings.


POSITION: Heating Plant Shift Supervisor, Facilities, #07-197
DEADLINE: (I) 3/20/2007
SALARY: $32,000 - $38,000
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Lillian Elsinga receives 2007 regional ATHENA award

Lillian Elsinga, associate vice president for student services and dean of students, has received the 2007 regional ATHENA award.

The award was established locally in April 2004 and is hosted by The Chamber to encourage the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the business community. Nominees, male and female, are evaluated by the criteria of the ATHENA Award: business accomplishments, community service, and dedication to promoting leadership opportunities for women.

Dean Elsinga has been helping UND students for more than 33 years. She is co-founder of the UND Crisis Team and a founding member of the Association for Student Judicial Affairs. She has worked with the Community Violence Intervention Center for more than 10 years and is an active member of the Domestic Violence Task Force. She is an Altru Health System board member, on the board of directors for the Adult Abuse Center, and serves as the campaign director for the United Way UND Campaign.

There were 10 nominees this year, four of whom were from UND: Lillian Elsinga; Alice Hoffert, associate vice president for enrollment management; Kay Mendick, director of the Women's Center; and Amanda Hvidsten, director of Alumni Relations and Marketing.
-- Robert Boyd, Vice President for Student and Outreach Services, Division of Student and Outreach Services,, 7-2724