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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 54: March 06, 2007

Top Stories
UND awarded $100,000 grant for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Events to Note
Global Visions film series presents "The Forsaken Land" March 6
Meet, Eat and Learn focuses on women's history
PPT/COBRE seminar is March 9
Public meeting will discuss storm water
Wellness Center offers post-spring break cooking classes
Boy Scouts prepare for annual food drive
"Podcasting 101" workshop demonstrates podcast uses
EERC announces regional biodiesel workshops
Submit award nominations by April 13
Administrators asked to review employee years of service
ND WRRI announces graduate research fellowship recipients
Visit web site to view Founders Day photos
Chester Fritz Library lists spring break hours of operation
Library of the Health Sciences lists extended, spring break hours
Law library lists spring break hours
Do you need texts to be held in stock?
Benefited employees urged to get health in tune, register to win iPod!
Old Main Marketplace announces lunch giveaway winner
Internal job openings listed
UND awarded $100,000 grant for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The University of North Dakota has been awarded $100,000 by the Bernard Osher Foundation to aid in the establishment of a North Dakota Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (NDOLLI). The main goal of the Institute will be to create an open, accessible, and innovative learning community for mature individuals in North Dakota and Western Minnesota.

“This cooperative initiative with the Osher Foundation fits well with the UND Strategic Plan and our intent to serve older adults and encourage them to remain engaged with the University of North Dakota,” said Bob Boyd, vice president of student and outreach services. “The leading edge of the baby boom generation is just starting to retire and will be looking for more personal development opportunities. This presents a unique opportunity for the University of North Dakota to respond to their lifelong learning needs.”

The North Dakota Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will be the first of its kind in the state. The mission of the Institute is to foster lifelong learning and individual growth for learners aged 55 and over by creating intellectually stimulating learning opportunities that will enrich their lives. All mature individuals will be encouraged to participate in non-credit courses that will be offered face-to-face at regular intervals during the year. Individuals will be able to choose from a collection of courses and active educational experiences without homework or examinations.

“Having the NDOLLI at the University of North Dakota provides us with an opportunity to offer a wide variety of intergenerational learning opportunities for our younger students,” said Kerry Kerber, associate dean of outreach programs. “The Institute will add diversity to the campus in terms of age range and help fulfill the University’s responsibility to act as an educational resource for the entire Greater Grand Forks community.”

The NDOLLI will be administered by the Division of Continuing Education. The Division will encourage active individuals to join with others to form a membership of mature learners, who will have access to many campus resources, which include student lounges, restaurants in the food court, meeting spaces at the Memorial Union, the Chester Fritz Library, the use of classrooms and other facilities, as well as reduced course fees.

“The Division of Continuing Education is excited about the Institute and in working with mature adults,” said Jennifer Aamodt, program coordinator within the Division of Continuing Education. “The Lifelong Learning Institute allows us to respond to their learning needs, and their experience will offer a fresh perspective in course discussions.”

The Bernard Osher Foundation was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader in the San Francisco Bay area. The Foundation seeks to improve quality of life for mature residents through post-secondary student scholarships and art, cultural, and educational grants. At present, the Foundation is supporting 101 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes on university and college campuses in 46 states (plus the District of Columbia) as well as a National Resource Center that provides opportunities for communication and professional development among the individual Osher Institutes. It is hoped that the growing national network of Osher Institutes might eventually contain at least one institute in each of the 50 states.

A NDOLLI open house laying out the mission and goals of the Institute and showcasing the programs to be offered is planned for April 4, at the Norm Skalicky Tech Incubator, Room 211. In addition, spring “appetizer” courses will be offered free of charge at the end of April to allow potential members to preview course content and experience NDOLLI courses. Watch the Grand Forks Herald and UND Continuing Education’s web site at for further information.

“The Osher Institute will provide an opportunity for retired faculty and community members to share their expertise with persons who are no longer engaged in formal education, but love learning and want to continue doing so,” said Bob Boyd.

For more information about the North Dakota Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, contact Jennifer Aamodt at 777-4204. -- Continuing Education.

Global Visions film series presents "The Forsaken Land" March 6

The next film in the Global Visions Film Series is "The Forsaken Land," March 6. All films are held in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl and begin at 7 p.m. They are free and open to the public and to students, faculty, and staff.

The Global Visions Film Series is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Anthropology Club, directed by Marcia Mikulak, and funded by the Multicultural Awareness Committee. For additional information call 777-3008 or 777-4718.

Some films offer up their mysteries openly; others, like the quietly affecting Sri Lankan film "The Forsaken Land," keep their secrets close, revealing them gradually shot by shot, scene by scene. Directed and written by Vimukthi Jayasundara, this fine first feature takes place on a desolate stretch of wind-swept coast far from the big city and much of anything else that might evoke the modern world. Here, amid the swaying palms and an occasional pool of blood, men and women drift through life as if they were ghosts, casualties of a civil war that hangs over them like a curse. Among these walking, if rather taciturn, wounded is a serviceman, Anura (Mahendra Perera), who, when not patrolling the nation's home front, is pointedly ignoring the tension crackling at his own house between his wife, Lata (Nilupili Jayawardena), and sister, Soma (Kaushalya Fernando). Jayasundara studied film in France and has probably watched his share of classic European art cinema. Although his influences may originate closer to home, his use of landscape to convey states of mind suggests that he has more than a passing acquaintance with the work of Michelangelo Antonioni. — Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

Upcoming films are:
* March 20: “The Cuckoo” (2003), a Russian film directed by Aleksandr Rogozhkin.
* April 3: “Take My Eyes” (2003), written and directed by Spanish actress, author and filmmaker Icar Bollan.
* April 17: “Broken Wings” (Israel), a 2002 film directed by Nir Bergman.
* May 1: “Me, You, Them” (2000), a Brazilian film directed by Andrucha Waddington and written by Elena Soarez.
-- Marcia Mikulak, Assistant Professor, Anthropology,, 777-4718

Meet, Eat and Learn focuses on women's history

International Women's History Month, "Meet, Eat, and Learn," is Wednesday, March 7, from noon to 1 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. WOMANSPEAK is a play about the lost history of American women. A contemporary woman is in search of her roots. Out of the past, Abigail Adams, Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Margaret Sanger, Eleanor Roosevelt and others show her that she is part of a great tradition of women who contributed to our history. This will be performed by UND students. Winners of the Women Studies' Essay Contest graduate and undergraduate divisions will be awarded. Also, the second annual Louise Ebberwein Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to Brandy Gervais and Robin Boe. This scholarship has been given to students who have successfully completed Intro to the Study of Women, are single-mothers, and contribute to their communities. Louise Ebberwein was a Grand Forks woman who was a mother, wife who volunteered for a number of causes related to both health and the arts. Shortly after passing away, friends of Louise established this scholarship in her name. Lunch will be provided.
-- Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Womens Center,, 74302

PPT/COBRE seminar is March 9

Paulo Kofuji, associate professor of neuroscience, University of Minnesota, will present a seminar, "Revising Spatial Potassium Buffering in the Central Nervous System,” Friday, March 9, at 4 p.m. in Clifford Haugen Lecture Hall, room 1360, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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

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

Public meeting will discuss storm water

The Federal Clean Water Act established storm water requirements to control the direct discharge of pollutants into waters of the state.

Under delegation from EPA and the NDSDH, the City of Grand Forks, University of North Dakota, and Grand Forks County have been given responsibility for regulating the discharge of storm water from their jurisdications to the Red River and the English Coulee, which flow through the City of Grand Forks.

This notice has been issued to meet the requirement to inform the public about the upcoming meeting so that they may provide comments on the storm water pollution prevention plans. Specific questions on any aspect of the city, the county or the University storm water pollution prevention plan may be directed to the contacts listed at the bottom of this notice.

The storm water public input meeting will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 12, at Grand Forks City Hall, 255 N. Fourth St., Room A101.

For further information about the city plan, contact Melanie Parvy-Biby at 746-2570, ext. 232; for the county plan, contact Carole McMahon at 780-8412; and for the University plan, contact Paul Clark at 777-3005.
-- Paul Clark, Associate Director, Facilities,, 701-777-3005

Wellness Center offers post-spring break cooking classes

Get back into the swing after Spring Break! The Burnt Toast demonstration kitchen at the Wellness Center will offer a variety of cooking classes.

"Real Meals with Emilia" is a three-part class offered March 20, March 27, and April 3 at 6 p.m. You will get a hands-on demonstration of real Italian cooking. Each date is reserved for one part of a three-course meal. For an appetizer, learn to make a creamy artichoke soup with pesto bread sticks. Skillet lasagna and mixed greens with balsamic dressing will serve as a delicious entree, and espresso brownies with vanilla ice cream and chocolate and strawberry bruschetta will be the perfect ending to a satisfying, easy meal. Your family and friends will beg for more after you serve them these delicious dishes. Sign-up at the Welcome Desk now to reserve your spot; the three-part class is only $25.

Join us in "Thai Kitchen" on March 21 at 6 p.m. for a faculty and staff session teaching how to prepare authentic Thai meals for you and your family and friends. You will learn what to ask for in Thai restaurants, the secrets of Thai cooking, and the philosophy of Thai food. If you can't attend March 21, there is also a class offered on April 4. The cost is $20 for members and $23 for non-members.

"Indian Cooking" with Kavita Rami will help you learn about spices and herbs used for genuine Indian dishes. Offered March 28 and April 18 at 6 p.m., sign up early to ensure a spot and be prepared to learn how to make an easy vegetarian meal. This class is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.

Watch for us on campus March 26-30 for a chance to win coupons for a free class and to learn more about the exciting things Burnt Toast has to offer you!
-- Leah Wagner, Burnt Toast Coordinator, Wellness Center,, 777-2719

Boy Scouts prepare for annual food drive

Boy Scouts, UND students, and other volunteers from the Greater Grand Forks area will collect food to restock the shelves of local food cupboards. Volunteers will distribute bags door-to-door Thursday, March 22. Residents can participate in this service project by filling the bags with food and personal care items. Bags should be set outside Saturday morning, March 24, for volunteers to collect between 9 and 11 a.m. Our local food cupboards have seen an increase in need. Scouts, UND students, and other volunteers have teamed up to “Do A Good Turn” for our local food cupboards.

For more information, contact Myron Barnes at 775-3189, Boy Scouts of America, Northern Lights Council.

"Podcasting 101" workshop demonstrates podcast uses

Because of numerous requests, we've invited trainers from Apple to return to campus and conduct a demonstration podcast workshop, which is set for 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 27.

This workshop will be delivered into two sections: overview and hands-on.

Part I: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
During this hour, we will focus on what podcasting is, how it appeals to today's active student, and how education and industry are increasingly using it as a communication tool. Peer examples from K20 educators will be showcased. There are 22 seats for this demonstration. You do not have to be proficient on Macintosh computers, and this information is translatable to PC users.

Part II: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Hands-on podcasting! Participants will learn the fundamentals of podcasting and create their own podcast using a standard Powerpoint/Keynote slideshow. All materials will be provided.

You can choose to attend Part I only. The part II hands-on session is limited to 15 workshop participants, all of whom must have attended Podcasting 101's overview session.

If you're interested, please call me at 777-3621 to register.
-- Jan Orvik, Web Manager, University Relations,, 777-3621

EERC announces regional biodiesel workshops

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) will hold a series of regional workshops on biodiesel fuel; two half-day workshops in South Dakota, and one full-day workshop in North Dakota.

The South Dakota workshops will be held at the Hampton Inn in Rapid City Tuesday, March 27, and at the Best Western Ramkota in Sioux Falls March 28. Both workshops in South Dakota will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

The North Dakota workshop will be held Thursday, March 29, at the Holiday Inn in Fargo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“As one of the nation’s leaders in renewable energy and biomass utilization, the EERC is providing numerous opportunities for the renewable fuels industry, agricultural industry, and for increasing the energy security in this country,” said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold.

The workshops in South Dakota will feature content focused on the implementation of biodiesel fuel in vehicles and are targeted toward managers of city and school bus, private, state, and GSA fleets. Attendees will gain useful information that will enable them to make well-founded decisions on biodiesel utilization. Sponsors of the South Dakota workshops include the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

The North Dakota workshop will have a very different focus and will address a full spectrum of biodiesel-related topics including grower issues, the refining process, transportation issues, and marketing and incentives. North Dakota workshop sponsors include the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, the North Dakota Department of Commerce Division of Community Services, and DOE.

“The Dakotas are in a very enviable position in regard to biodiesel, and these workshops are all about spreading that message,” said EERC Deputy Associate Director for Research Chris Zygarlicke. “We have farm lands that can grow soybeans in the south and canola in the north. We have large biodiesel plants being erected. We have excellent research promoting biodiesel, including several EERC projects related to improving the efficiency of the biodiesel process. And we have people and entire communities that want to learn how to better utilize this indigenous fuel.”

The registration fee for the South Dakota workshops is $10 per person and includes workshop materials, a continental breakfast, and a midmorning refreshment. The registration fee for the North Dakota workshop is $25 for the full day. This fee includes course materials along with a continental breakfast, lunch, and morning and afternoon refreshments.

For more information and to register, log onto the EERC web site at or call (701) 777-5246. -- EERC.

Administrators asked to review employee years of service

Deans, department heads and administrators were sent a list Feb. 21 of your department's employees identified to receive a Years of Service Certificate this year.

The certificates are presented in five-year intervals and are based on continuous, benefited employment at UND only. Please review this list carefully as the YOS date indicated may include service in a non-benefited capacity which is not considered when determining years of service. The cut-off date for determining this year's recognition is June 30.

Please make any corrections (if necessary), and return the list to Human Resources, Stop, 8010, by March 9. We ask that you carefully verify each date so we can make sure our information is correct.

After your review, it is important that this list be returned to our office with your note of approval.

If you have any questions regarding the Years of Service program, contact Cheryl or Joy at 777-4361. -- Human Resources.

Submit award nominations by April 13

Again this spring, 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 WRRI announces graduate research fellowship recipients

The North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute announced its graduate research fellowship recipients for the year 2007-08. Fellowships ranging from $3,000 to $12,000 were awarded to two graduate students from UND and nine from NDSU conducting research in water resources areas.

Fellows and their advisers include:
• Yuhui Jin, UND chemistry; Julia Zhao
• Ryan Klapperich, UND geological engineering; Scott Korom
• Breanna Paradeis, NDSU animal and range science; Donald Kirby
• Damion Knudsen, NDSU geosciences; Bernhardt Saini-Eidukat
• Dan McEwen, NDSU biological sciences; Malcolm Butler
• Jay Thompson, NDSU civil engineering; Achintya Bezbaruah
• Mary Schuh, NDSU soil science; Francis Casey
• Sita Krajangpan, NDSU civil engineering; Bezbaruah
• Thunyalux Ratpukdi, NDSU civil engineering; Eakalak Khan
• Wei Zheng, NDSU biological sciences; Butler
• William Clark, NDSU zoology; Mark Clark

Selection of fellows and fellowship amounts are based on competitive proposals received from the students and their advisers. Projects proposed for fellowship support should relate to water resources research issues in the state or region. Regional, state, or local collaboration or co-funding is encouraged. Fellowships have a matching requirement of two non-federal dollars to one federal dollar. A panel of state water resource professionals reviews the proposals.

Funding for the fellowship program comes primarily from the annual base grant provided to the WRRI by the U.S. Geological Survey and an additional support from North Dakota State Water Commission. The ND WRRI is one of 54 institutes located in a land-grant institution in each state and territory under the umbrella of National Institutes for Water Resources.

For further information, contact G. Padmanabhan, ND WRRI director and professor in civil engineering, at (701) 231-7043 or, or visit
-- Steve Bergeson, Senior Writer, NDSU University Relations,, 701 231-6101

Visit web site to view Founders Day photos

To view the 2007 Founders Day photo gallery with 1800px-wide images suitable for both web or print, please visit -- University Relations.

Chester Fritz Library lists spring break hours of operation

Spring break hours of operation for the Chester Fritz Library follow: Saturday, March 10, closed; Sunday, March 11, closed; Monday through Friday, March 12-16, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 17, closed; Sunday, March 18, 1 p.m. to midnight.
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library,, 7-2618

Library of the Health Sciences lists extended, spring break hours

The Library of the Health Sciences lists entended hours for Thursday, March 8, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Friday, March 9, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Spring break hours are Saturday, March 10, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 11, closed; Monday, March 12, to Friday, March 16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 17, 1 to 5 p.m. Regular hours resume March 18.
-- April Byars, Administrative Assistant, Library of the Health Sciences,, 7-3893

Law library lists spring break hours

Spring break hours for the law library follow: Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11, closed; Monday, March 12, through Friday, March 16, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation manager, Law Library,, 7-3482

Do you need texts to be held in stock?

In preparation for next term, Barnes & Noble at UND will begin returning unsold textbooks. We know there may be titles assigned later in the term and we'd like to make sure we still have them in stock and available for students to buy.

Please let us know this week if you have any title(s) you would like to have held. Contact Tina Monette at 777-2106.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

Benefited employees urged to get health in tune, register to win iPod!

During the entire month of March, if you go to to register for the Game of Life, and take 10 minutes to complete the How's Your Health survey (Health Risk Assessment), your name will be entered into the drawing for an iPod. Thanks to Blue Cross, Blue Shield for donating the iPod.

If you have already completed the survey, but want to be eligible for the drawing, then you must re-complete the survey during the month of March 2007. The link is provided on the WorkWell home page. If you do take the survey again, you will not get another 30 points for the Game of Life.

The winner will be notified no sooner than May 1. The winner will also be announced and published in NDPERS' active employee newsletter. Please note that if you were not enrolled on the NDPERS health insurance as of Jan. 1, 2007, you may not be set up on the Health Dialog database and therefore, will not be eligible to enter. This promotion is provided to you by NDPERS!
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Coordinator of Wellness, Wellness Center,, 777-0210

Old Main Marketplace announces lunch giveaway winner

This week's winner in the Old Main Marketplace Food Court lunch giveaway is Nathaniel Hilliard, student body vice president. Congratulations, Nate! If you are interested in a chance at free lunch, stop by the food court and drop your business card at the cashier. Drawings take place weekly.
-- Larry Cronin, General Manager, Old Main Marketplace,, 7-0438

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: Reference Librarian/Bibliographer, Chester Fritz Library, #07-230
DEADLINE: (I) 3/09/2007
SALARY: $37,000

POSITION: Reference Librarian/Bibliographer, Chester Fritz Library, #07-229
DEADLINE: (I) 3/9/2007
SALARY: $37,000

POSITION: DC-8 Network Administrator, #07-225
DEADLINE: (I) 3/6/2007
SALARY: $70,000 - $80,000

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: Flight Line Manager (variable schedule), Aerospace Sciences, #07-232
DEADLINE: (I) 3/9/2007
SALARY: $32,000 - $34,500

POSITION: Inventory Technician (variable schedule), JDOSAS Flight Support Inventory Control Department, #07-227
DEADLINE: (I) 3/06/2007
SALARY: $21,000 - $22,400


POSITION: Administrative Clerk, EERC, #07-231
DEADLINE: (I) 3/9/07
SALARY: $15.00 - $20.00


POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, Sun - Fri, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), Facilities, #07-228
DEADLINE: (I) 3/9/07
SALARY: $16,640 - $20,000
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621