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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 56: March 13, 2007

Events to Note
Join hockey pre-game party in St. Paul March 16
Closing exhibition reception at Museum is March 18
Medical School for the Public focuses on women's health
"This Fragile Earth, Our Island Home" is focus of lecture and film series
"Chicago" to play at Chester Fritz Auditorium
Annual Science Day set for March 24 at medical school
Save the date for women's health research conference
All invited to public lecture on "Economics of Beauty"
Aerospace to conduct aircraft accident investigation course
New rural health research gateway web site now available
International Centre lists spring break hours
ITSS implements new spam solution
Studio One features school day changes, interacting cultures
International Programs newsletter now available online
Marketplace lists daily specials during spring break
North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists specials
Colon cancer screening: choosing what's right for you
Get your Start! walking pass today at the Wellness Center
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Lillian Elsinga receives 2007 regional ATHENA award
Dale Jacobson's poem republished in anthology
Loretta Heuer accepted for international mentoring opportunity
Gragert contributes to American Journal of Nursing's book of the year
Pelham named Ambassador of the Year by Bismarck-Mandan Chamber
Join hockey pre-game party in St. Paul March 16

Attention Fighting Sioux fans! It’s time to get your green on and cheer the men’s hockey team to victory at the WCHA Final Five. Join the UND Alumni Association as we host a pre-game party at Great Waters Brewing Company in St. Paul Friday, March 16, at 11 a.m. This will be an exclusive gathering for Fighting Sioux fans only before our team takes on St. Cloud State at 2 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center.

This is a great opportunity to show your support for the men’s hockey team, visit with fellow UND alumni and be a part of the action as the UND cheer team stops by to get the crowd revved up for the competition.

The cost is $10 per person, which includes entrance to the UND fan room, food, tax, and gratuity, and door prizes. A cash bar will also be available. Ticket sales are at the door only, no reservations needed.

On Saturday, March 17, meet at the same place before the Fighting Sioux compete in either the third place or championship game. We hope to see you at Great Waters Brewing Company, 426 St. Peter Street, St. Paul, Minn. Please use the 408 St. Peter Street entrance and take the elevators down one level. -- Alumni Association.

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

"This Fragile Earth, Our Island Home" is focus of lecture and film series

A series of lectures on "This Fragile Earth, Our Island Home," will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 319 S. 5th St., Grand Forks, 775-7955.

Lectures are:
* "Environmental Change: The Perfect Moral Storm," 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 20, International Earth Day, with George Seielstad, director, Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment, and senior advisor to the UND president.

* "Global Warming: Global Problem and Personal Actions," 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, Dexter Perkins, professor of geology, 2006 Sierra Club national honoree and environmental advocate.

Films are:
* "An Inconvenient Truth, A Global Warning," 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 3.
* "Kilowatt Ours, A Plan to Re-Energize America," 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 10.

All events are free and open to the public.
-- Linda Gunderson, Development, NDMOA,, 777-5377

"Chicago" to play at Chester Fritz Auditorium

"Chicago the Musical," starring Tom Wopat (Billy Flynn), Michelle DeJean (Roxie Hart), Terra C. MacLeod (Velma Kelly), Carol Woods (Matron Mama Morton), will play at the Chester Fritz Auditorium March 20 and 21. Get your tickets now for the best seats!

The recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations, Chicago is a true sensation. This musical has it all: one show-stopping song after another, a dazzling tale of celebrity and corruption, and the sensational dancing in the style of Bob Fosse.

If you only know Chicago from the Academy Award-winning Best Picture inspired by the show, then this is your perfect opportunity to see it in person. That’s because there’s nothing like Chicago live, where the mood is electric and the goose bumps are undeniable.

Get your tickets at the CFA Box Office, by phone 772-5151, or online at
-- Betty Allan, Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium,, 7-2170

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

Save the date for women's health research conference

Save the Date! Monday, April 23, at the new UND Wellness Center for the North Dakota Women’s Health Research Conference. Travel reimbursement will be available for researchers.

Online registration:

UND Wellness Center:

Women’s Health CORE website:

For more information contact Susan Splichal at 777-3274, -- School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

All invited to public lecture on "Economics of Beauty"

Daniel S. Hamermesh will address the relationship between physical appearance and labour market success in a public lecture, "The Economics of Beauty," at 2 p.m. Friday, April 27, in Room 1, Gamble Hall.

Hamermesh is a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, program director at the Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA), and past president of the Society of Labor Economists and of the Midwest Economics Association. His books include "Labor Demand" and "The Economics of Work and Pay," a labor economics textbook.

Hamermesh is the Edward Everett Hale Centennial Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught at Princeton and Michigan State and has held visiting professorships at universities in the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. His research, published in nearly 100 papers in scholarly journals, has concentrated on labor demand, time use, social programs and unusual applications of labor economics to suicide, sleep and beauty. A recent research article is titled "Dress for Success: Does Primping Pay?"

Does beauty matter? Do good-looking people earn more, how much more, and why? Is the effect the same for men and women? Does it mean employers discriminate against ugly workers? Do good looks make people more productive —- can we ever distinguish between the effects of beauty, or some other characteristic, as discrimination or productivity? Does buying clothing and beauty treatments raise earnings power? Is hiring good-looking people a good strategy for companies? Should the government offer affirmative action programs for ugly people?

His latest book, published this year, "Economics Is Everywhere," is a series of 400 vignettes designed to illustrate the ubiquity of economics in everyday life and how the simple tools in a microeconomics principles class can be used. Hamermesh is widely quoted in newspapers and magazines and has appeared on such television programs as Good Morning America, and the McNeil-Lehrer Report. Go to for more information about Hamermesh.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Economics at COPBA. For more information contact Sue Mialon, assistant professor of economics. -- Economics.

Aerospace to conduct aircraft accident investigation course

The UND Aerospace Foundation (UNDAF) and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), in a cooperative effort, will be conducting a two and a half day aircraft accident investigation course at the Grand Forks International Airport June 12-14. The course is designed to provide an advanced level of instruction to individuals who may participate in aviation accident investigations conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“As unfortunate as they are, aircraft accidents are opportunities for crash investigators to learn more about the errors pilots and organizations may make that result in accidents,” said Dana Siewert, UND Aerospace’s director of aviation safety. “This course develops hands on skills by recreating an actual aircraft mishap in a learning environment.”

Over 30 airline pilots from around the U.S and Canada are expected to participate in each course, which will use actual aircraft wreckage which was donated by a firm in California. The wreckage “site” will be recreated south of the flight operations’ facility and used specifically for investigative training techniques.

This course is also offered to a select group of aviation employees and a limited number of aviation students who have completed aviation safety courses at UND. Aviation aircraft manufacturers who have expressed interest in this type of course and training will also be attending.

A second course has been scheduled for Oct. 9-11. For further information, contact Dana Siewert at 777-7895 (e-mail: or visit

ALPA is a union representing 66,000 airline pilots from 42 U.S. and Canadian airlines. ALPA selected UND for its excellent training facilities and long tradition of aviation education. -- UND Aerospace.

New rural health research gateway web site now available

The Center for Rural Health launched a new rural health research gateway web site. The site, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, features rural health research conducted by the federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP)’s Rural Health Research Centers on topics such as access to care, health care quality management and improvement, Medicare and Medicaid, health information technology, health workforce, patient safety, and public and mental health.

At the web site,, users can:
• Search for summaries of research projects, both under way and completed.
• Find fact sheets, policy briefs, and other publications resulting from the work of the research centers.
• Access information about the eight ORHP-funded Rural Health Research Centers, including contacts and areas of expertise.

“Rural health care can face significant challenges and it is hard to find solutions when you are operating in a data-free zone,” said Mary Wakefield, director of the Center for Rural Health. “The Rural Health Research Gateway will help to move information more rapidly so it can be used to address those challenges.”

“As an organization that represents diverse interests across the U.S., this is a highly valuable, and frankly essential resource,” said Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association. “This site will help new rural health research findings get to the field as quickly as possible, which can be a challenge.”

The Rural Health Research Gateway is a project of the Center for Rural Health, in conjunction with the RUPRI Health Panel and the University of Southern Maine.
-- Amanda Scurry, public information specialist, UND SMHS,, 701-777-0871

International Centre lists spring break hours

Spring break hours for the International Centre follow: Through Friday, March 16, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Regular hours will resume Saturday, March 17.
-- Ray Lagasse, OIP Director, Office of International Programs,, 777-4231

ITSS implements new spam solution

Due to the ever-increasing volume of spam e-mail and resource demands and diminishing effectiveness of our prior solution, Information Technology Systems and Services has purchased a commercial anti-spam solution from Proofpoint. ITSS conducted extensive testing in December 2006 and found Proofpoint to be much better at reducing spam than our existing tools and it generated no false positives (legitimate messages that are mis-identified as spam). Based on this successful evaluation, Proofpoint protection will continue to be used for all U-Mail ( and GroupWise ( e-mail accounts.

Like the prior spam solution used by ITSS, Proofpoint works by “spam scoring” and then filtering messages according to how they have been scored. Any filters or rules that you have created to manage SPAM in your e-mail account should continue to work without changes. You can find out more about how spam scoring and filtering works at

If you have questions or concerns about Proofpoint, please contact the ITSS Help Desk at 777-2222 or e-mail
-- Craig Cerkowniak, Associate Director, ITSS,, 777-2385

Studio One features school day changes, interacting cultures

Find out why some lawmakers are proposing a plan that would keep children at school longer on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. According to the Education Sector, a Washington-based think tank, U.S. students attend school fewer days than many other countries. Lawmakers around the country are considering proposals to lengthen the school day, as well as the school year. Hear parent, educator, and student reactions to this issue.

Also on the show this week, learn how some people are bringing cultures together. Emma Hustad helps coordinate the annual Feast of Nations, an event that showcases different cultures. Hear how more than 800 people celebrate 45 years of cultural diversity with a night of dining, performances, and sharing traditions.

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

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

Marketplace lists daily specials during spring break

Old Main Marketplace Food Court, Memorial Union, announces its daily specials during spring break, March 12-16. Tuesday: Hamburgers $.99 and Cheeseburgers $1.29; Wednesday: Deli Round Sandwich and Fountain Drink $1.29 and Side Salad $.99; Thursday: Taco Burger and Fountain Drink $1.29 and Potato Rounds with Cheese only $.99; Friday: Cheese Pizza only $5 and a 1-Topping Pizza $7. Pre-orders are always welcome, call 777-0438.
-- Larry Cronin, General Manager, Old Main Marketplace Food Court,, 777-0438

North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists specials

The North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists the following specials:
* March 13 – Entrée: Lamb Chops Sicilian; Soup: Pasta Fagioli
* March 14 – Entrée: Lamb Roast; Soup: Pasta Fagioli
* March 15 – Entrée: Lamb Stir Fry; Soup: Beetroot with Mascarpone Brioche
* March 16 – Entrée: Rolled and Stuffed Lamb; Soup: Beetroot with Mascarpone Brioche

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

Colon cancer screening: choosing what's right for you

Many doctors recommend that people 50 and older get regularly tested for colon cancer. Doing so reduces the chances of dying from the disease. Still, you have a choice about whether to be screened. And if you do want to be screened, you have several options. Each screening option is effective in preventing cancer deaths, but some may be more effective than others. To decide what’s best for you, you’ll need to understand how each test works.

With the exception of the stool test for blood, all the screening tests require that people take a strong laxative and/or an enema to empty the bowel before the test. The stool test for blood looks for blood in the stool. The other tests look for cancerous tumors or “polyps,” abnormal growths that could become cancer. If any test shows a possible sign of cancer, it is usually followed up by colonoscopy (described below). Screening options for colon cancer include the following:

• Stool test for blood (also called the fecal occult blood test): This test involves collecting three separate stool samples. It is not physically uncomfortable, and it is the only test you can do at home.
• Sigmoidoscopy: During sigmoidoscopy, doctors examine the inside of the rectum and lower part of the colon using a flexible tube called a sigmoidoscope. A sigmoidoscopy does not usually require sedation, which is a medication to relax you and dull pain. However, some people experience some pain or discomfort.
• Stool test for blood + sigmoidoscopy: Combining these two tests may be more effective than using either test alone. If you choose to have both tests, they will be done on different days.
• Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy resembles sigmoidoscopy, but it allows doctors to see the entire colon, not just the lower part. Sedation is used for a colonoscopy, so it’s usually not uncomfortable. But having sedation makes the test slightly riskier and more time-consuming. Some people choose this test because the colon can be examined and any polyps can be removed in one procedure.
• Barium enema: Doctors introduce liquid barium into the colon to make the bowel easy to see on an x-ray. However, scientists are not yet sure how effective these tests are in reducing deaths from colon cancer. The procedure does not require sedation. People differ in how much discomfort they feel.
• CT colography: Also called virtual colonoscopy, this approach takes a CT scan (a series of x-rays) of the colon. CT colography is still being studied to determine how effective it is. Sedatives are generally not used, and recovery time is relatively short.

Learn more from a MyHealthConnection health coach
To learn more about colon cancer screening, call a health coach at (800) 658-2750. Health coaches are specially trained healthcare professionals, such as nurses, dietitians, and respiratory therapists. They are available by phone, anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no charge to you. If appropriate, a health coach will send you a complimentary videotape, “Colon Cancer Screening: Deciding What’s Right for You.” You can also get information online at

This information is provided by NDPERS.
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Coordinator of Wellness, Wellness Center,, 777-0210

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: Instructional System Administrator and Sr. Web Designer, Center for Instructional & 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: Research Manager/Engineer, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #07-234
DEADLINE: (I) 3/14/2007
SALARY: $50,000 - $100,00

POSITION: Senior Research Manager, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #07-233
DEADLINE: (I) 3/14/2007
SALARY: $70,000-$110,000

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


POSITION: Program Assistant, Distance Engineering Degree Program, Continuing Education, #07-238
DEADLINE: (I) 3/13/2007
SALARY: $18,000 - $20,000


POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. -4 p.m.), Facilities / Housing, #07-241
DEADLINE: (I) 3/14/07
SALARY: $16,037 - $20,000

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, Fri-Tues, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.), Facilities / Housing, #07-240
DEADLINE: (I) 3/14/07
SALARY: $16,037 - $20,000

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, Sat - Wed, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.), Facilities / Housing, #07-239
DEADLINE: (I) 3/14/07
SALARY: $16,037 - $20,000

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, Sun -Thurs, 4 a.m. -noon), Facilities/Wellness Center, #07-237
DEADLINE: (I) 3/13/2007
SALARY: $16,640 - $20,000

-- Human Resources.

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

Dale Jacobson's poem republished in anthology

"Night Vision of the Gulf War," a poem by English Senior Lecturer Dale Jacobson, first published in the anthology "After the Storm," edited by Jay Meek (professor emeritus in English), has been republished in the anthology "American War Poetry," edited by Lorrie Goldensohn and published by Columbia University Press (2006). The anthology covers poetry from the beginning of the nation forward. Another anthology forthcoming, "Where One Voice Ends, Another Begins," is titled after a line from Dale's long poem "A Walk by the River," a section of which is also included. The anthology, edited by Robert Hedin, director of the Anderson Center in Minnesota, is a representation of the poets of Minnesota from its early history onward. -- Department of English.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Loretta Heuer accepted for international mentoring opportunity

Loretta Heuer, professor at the College of Nursing, has been accepted into the Omada Board Leadership program sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing.

The focus of the program is on increasing knowledge and skills in the areas of core aspects of trusteeship: the organization’s vision, mission and strategic goals; fiduciary responsibilities of the board; board and staff partnerships; strategic thinking and strategic planning; and generative governance.

“This is both an honor and a fantastic opportunity for Dr. Heuer, which will in turn assist the College of Nursing in our strategic plan” states Chandice Covington, dean of nursing. “We commend her for being selected for this mentoring opportunity.”

As one of seven individuals selected for this mentoring opportunity, Dr. Heuer’s two-year participation begins in March 2007 and concludes in February 2009. Activities include attending the Omada Institute, held at Sigma Theta Tau International headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind., to take place in June 2007.

Dr. Heuer is a professor and chair of the Practice and Role Development Department within the College of Nursing. She was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship in 2002, was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2005, and was selected for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Leadership for Academic Nursing Program in 2006.

Omada Board Leadership applicants are active Sigma Theta Tau International members who are currently serving on a chapter, local, state, and/or regional organization’s board of directors and who have an interest in governance.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Coordinator, College of Nursing,, 701-777-4526

Gragert contributes to American Journal of Nursing's book of the year

Marcia Gragert, associate professor of nursing in the College of Nursing, is a contributing writer for “Vulnerable Older Adults,” the American Journal of Nursing’s book of the year for 2006.

Dr. Gragert co-authored part II of the book, "Aging Prisoners," chapters three and four.

“We offer Dr. Gragert hearty congratulations” said Loretta Heuer, Gragert’s department chair at the College of Nursing. “We thank her for sharing this knowledge with others, and for all of her contributions to our department and the College.”

“It is indeed a great honor to contribute to a book selected as the American Journal of Nursing’s book of the year” said Chandice Covington, dean of nursing. “Needs of the aging population clearly drive the need for knowledge generated from the writings of our nurse scholars. We commend Dr. Gragert for achieving this high honor for our College and our profession.”

Dr. Gragert is an associate professor at the College of Nursing. Her research interests include adult health, chronic illness, correctional nursing, gerontology, environmental factors affecting sleep (noise), and sleep disturbances.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Coordinator, College of Nursing,, 777-4526

Pelham named Ambassador of the Year by Bismarck-Mandan Chamber

Brandi Pelham, coordinator of the UND Bismarck Center, was named the 2006 Ambassador of the Year by the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce for the second year in a row. She was honored with this award at the Chamber’s annual meeting Feb. 22 in Bismarck.

The ambassador committee is a group of more than 50 volunteers who serve as the public relations arm of the Chamber. They welcome new businesses to the community with a ribbon cutting ceremony and congratulate new business owners and those business people who have gone through a renovation or expansion. Each quarter an outstanding ambassador is recognized for their involvement with the committee, and at the end of the year, the committee members vote on the Ambassador of the Year.

“We are extremely proud of her. To be recognized by the Bismarck business community is such an honor for Brandi and UND,” said Kerry Kerber, associate dean of outreach programs. “The fact that she received this award for the second year in a row demonstrates how well she is representing UND in the Bismarck area.”

Pelham, a native of Bismarck, has served as the coordinator of the UND Bismarck Center through the Division of Continuing Education for the past three years. She received her bachelor's degree from Taylor University, Upland, Ind. In 2004, she earned her master's of public administration degree from the University of North Dakota and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in educational leadership from a distance. Prior to her position in Bismarck, she worked for UND Enrollment Services for two years.
-- Jennifer Swangler, Marketing Coordinator, Continuing Education,, 777.6374