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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 51: February 22, 2007

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UND celebrates 124th Founders Day
Events to Note
Shuttle service offered for Founders Day banquet
PEXS chair candidate gives presentation Feb. 22
Libby Rankin Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Lecture Series is Feb. 22
Storytime event showcases talents of people with Down syndrome
Joseph Magner presents next LEEPS lectures Feb. 23
Physics colloquium set for Feb. 23
Eating Disorder Awareness Week is Feb. 26-March 2
Graduate School Scholarly Forum is Feb. 27-March 1
Total lunar eclipse will be webcast from Rome March 3
March 4 concert commemorates 1997 flood
Robert Robinson to present workshop at Chester Fritz
Doctoral examination set for Kimberlee Zetocha
Spring graduation expo is March 6
Pre-registrations accepted for Medical School for the Public
27th annual Frank Low Research Day is April 19
Changes in store for Eudora e-mail software
University Senate lists March 1 agenda
UND Writers Conference needs financial help
Public scholarship funding proposals due March 19
Encourage students to complete Summer Session needs assessment
Note new student petition policy for GER committee
Submit requests for SGIDs now
SSAC lists January 2007 travel awards
Studio One features minimum wage issues, ice fishing fun
Feast of Nations tickets on sale
Get free publicity for your UND summer events
Empire Arts Center showcases two local artists
Old Main Marketplace announces lunch giveaway winner
Ray Richards offers winter golf special
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Senior lecturer in English named to international committee
Deana Williams honored by UND Greek community
UND celebrates 124th Founders Day

The University of North Dakota will celebrate the 124th anniversary of founding of the University Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

UND will present more than $20,000 in faculty and department awards, made possible by the UND Foundation, Fellows of the University, the University of North Dakota. UND also recognizes retiring and recently retired faculty and staff, as well as those who are in their 25th year of serving the University.

The social begins at 5:45 p.m., with the banquet at 6:30 p.m.

The highlight of the annual Founders Day banquet will be the faculty and department awards for excellence in teaching, research and service.

Eight faculty and one department will be honored with cash awards and plaque:

* Steven Light, associate professor of political science and public administration, and Kathryn Rand, associate dean and associate professor of law, co-winners of the UND Foundation /McDermott Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research or Creative Activity, and Service, $1,250 each;

* Jack Weinstein, associate professor of philosophy and religion, UND Foundation /McDermott Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching, $2,000

* Daphne Pedersen-Stevens, assistant professor of sociology, UND Foundation /Bertin C. Gamble Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching, $2,000

* Thomas Hill, professor of microbiology, UND Foundation /Lydia and Arthur Saiki Prize for Graduate or Professional Teaching Excellence, $2,000

* Michael J. Gaffey, professor of space science and interim chair, UND Foundation /Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research, $1,000.00

* Wayne S. Seames, associate professor of chemical engineering, UND Foundation /Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research, $1,000.

* Frank White, assistant professor of sociology, UND Foundation /Karleen Rosaaen Faculty Award for Excellence in Academic Advising, $2,000

* Chemical Engineering, Fellows of the University Award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching, $2,000.

Shuttle service offered for Founders Day banquet

Because of the construction of the parking ramp, UND employees planning to attend the Founders Day banquet Thursday, Feb. 22, are asked to consider keeping their cars in their day-time parking spots during the banquet to help minimize congestion in the parking lots near the Memorial Union. If you can walk to the Union for the banquet, please consider that option. For those unable to walk to the Union, and for the benefit of our guests coming from off campus, a shuttle service will run to the Union from the parking lot north of Memorial Stadium (at the corner of University Ave. and Columbia Road). The shuttle will run from 4:45 to 10 p.m.

The 2007 Founders Day banquet is Thursday, Feb. 22, second floor, Memorial Union, beginning with a social at 5:45 p.m. The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Ballroom.

If you have questions, please call 777-2724.
-- Dawn Botsford, Events Coordinator, Office of Ceremonies and Special Events,, 777-6393

PEXS chair candidate gives presentation Feb. 22

Dennis Caine will give his research presentation on "My Journey: From Auxology to Epidemiology" from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in Swanson Hall, Rooms 16-18. Dr. Caine is a candidate for the chair position in the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science.

Caine received his doctorate from the University of Oregan. His primary area of concentration is human growth, and his seconday area of concentration is gerontology. Caine is a professor of phyical education, health and recreation at Western Washington University, Bellingham, Wash.
-- Dr. Sandra Short, Assoc. Professor/Chair, Physical Education & Exercise Science,, 777-4325

Libby Rankin Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Lecture Series is Feb. 22

This spring the Office of Instructional Development launched the Libby Rankin Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Lecture Series. Libby envisioned this series as a campus-wide conversation on the process of inquiry into better teaching. For our Feb. 1 kick-off we welcomed nationally known teacher/scholar Craig Nelson to campus. The series continues with a presentation by Dexter Perkins (professor of geology), a UND Bush Teaching Scholar. Rounding out the spring series will be a presentation by Patti Alleva (Rodney and Betty Webb Professor of Law), another UND Bush Teaching Scholar, on March 29.

While other speaker series focus on the results of research or scholarly activity, the SoTL series will also focus on what questions prompt scholars to look into their teaching -— and their students’ learning -— more deeply, what methods of inquiry they used, what they learned from the experience, and how their teaching has changed as a result.

Please mark your calendar and plan on coming for some interesting talk and lively discussion on topics of interest to faculty from all disciplines.

Feb. 22, Dexter Perkins, professor of geology, will discuss “Thinking About Teaching and Teaching About Thinking: What Should Our Students be Learning in Our Classrooms and How Will We Know When They Have Learned It?” The reception is from 3:30 to 4 p.m, with the presentation from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the East Asian Room, Chester Fritz Library.

March 29, Patti Alleva, Rodney and Betty Webb Professor of Law, will present “Learning for Life: The Imperative of Self-Awareness in Teaching and Practicing.” The reception is from 3:30 to 4 p.m., with the presentation at 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the East Asian Room, Chester Fritz Library.
-- Anne Kelsch, Assistant Professor, History,, 777-6489

Storytime event showcases talents of people with Down syndrome

All are welcome to a special storytime event at Barnes & Noble University Bookstore from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, to showcase the talents and abilities of people with Down syndrome. Mary Jo Esslinger, a young woman with Down syndrome, will be a featured reader. The event will also include special appearances by musician Matt Houska and artist Karen Miller, both of whom have Down syndrome. Houska, a native of Grafton, N.D., plays the piano, guitar and harmonica. Miller, of Grand Forks, will exhibit artwork from her collection. For more information call The Arc Upper Valley at 772-3148.
-- Amanda Scurry, public information specialist, UND SMHS,, 701-777-0871

Joseph Magner presents next LEEPS lectures Feb. 23

Joe Magner, senior research scientist with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and University of Minnesota adjunct professor, presents two LEEPS lectures Friday, Feb. 23. The first, "A Sentinel Watershed-Systems Approach to Future Water Quality Management," will be held at noon in 100 Leonard Hall. Magner will discuss "Selected Minnesota Riparian Systems: Geochemical and Isotopic Analysis of Hydrologic Pathways and Water Quality Response" at 3 p.m. in 109 Leonard Hall.

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science lecture program (LEEPS) brings nationally and internationally known scientists and others to UND to give talks on cutting-edge science and engineering. Lectures cover a wide range of topics, including academic science, applied engineering, and environmental issues of current significance.

For more information, contact Phil Gerla, 777-3305.
-- Phil Gerla, Associate Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering,, 701-777-3305

Physics colloquium set for Feb. 23

A physics colloquium is set for 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in 211 Witmer Hall. Evguenii Kozliak (chemistry) will address "Positional Entropy: Its Significance, Limits of Application, and Relationship to Thermodynamics." Coffee and cookies will be served at 3:30 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall.

Detailed analysis of translational entropy (e.g., the entropy change in ideal gas expansion) as well as the entropy of mixing and residual entropy in crystals shows that these types of positional entropy and of thermal entropy yield identical numerical values for S. However, this is the case only when the system’s “dimensionless” energy gaps (/kT) between quantized energy levels are minimized by temperature to virtually infinitesimal values so that the spreading of energy in a system’s change becomes quasi-classical in nature. For instance, four different approaches to residual entropy (the entropy remaining in crystals comprised of non-symmetric molecules like CO, N2O, FClO3, and H2O as temperatures approach 0 K) based on combinatorics, thermodynamics, mixing, or statistical mechanics/probabilities yield the same numerical values. Considering the combinatorics of mixing, the translational partition function, and characteristic temperature leads to the conclusion that positional entropy calculations are significant because of their fundamental connection to the process of random dispersal of energy in a system. In turn, the use of positional entropy serves as an essential limiting factor for thermal calculations whenever the quantum molecular (wavepacket) size affects the number of microstates in a system.

For further information, contact Kozliak at the Department of Chemistry, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58202-9024
-- Connie Cicha, Administrative Secretary, Physics,, 701-777-2911

Eating Disorder Awareness Week is Feb. 26-March 2

Eating Disorder Awareness Week is Feb. 26–March 2. The theme this year is “Be Comfortable in Your Genes: Wear jeans that fit the real you.”

Be comfortable in your genes.
Your genes play a role in determining your body size and shape.
So be kind to your body.
Stop trying to turn it into something it’s not.
Wear jeans that fit the REAL you.

Jeans Drive: Take that first step to being comfortable now. “Back of the closet” jeans can be dropped off at the Wellness Center, Student Health Services, University Counseling Center, and Student Health Promotion Office all week long. All jeans collected in the drive will be donated to Arc.

Fearless Friday: Enjoy a sweet indulgence on Fearless Friday. Feel how empowering a diet-free day of self-acceptance can be! Join us for fruit and chocolate fondue on Friday, March 2, at the Memorial Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Contact the Student Health Promotions Office, Student Health Services, or University Counseling Center to pick up a free packet of information on eating disorders, including signs and symptoms, personal self-assessment, how to help a friend or family member, and campus resources. Just stop by any of the offices or contact the Student Health Promotions Office via phone at 777-2097 or email us at to get your free packet.

Eating disorders are illnesses, not choices. There is help available. To take a self assessment, go to or call the Counseling Center at 777-2127 to make an appointment to talk to someone.

This event is sponsored by: University Counseling Center, Student Health Services, the Wellness Center, the Women’s Center, ADAPT, and the National Eating Disorder Association.

Graduate School Scholarly Forum is Feb. 27-March 1

The Graduate School 2007 Scholarly Forum will be held Tuesday, Feb. 27, to Thursday, March 1, with more than 40 oral presentations and 90 poster/art presentations.

This year’s keynote speaker is Donald L. McCabe, professor of management and global business at Rutgers University Business School. His lecture, “Promoting Academic Integrity – What the Research Suggests” is Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 3.30 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union.

For a daily program visit and look under Graduate School news.

For further information, contact
-- Susan Caraher, Marketing & External Relations Specialist, Graduate School,, 7-2524

Total lunar eclipse will be webcast from Rome March 3

A team from UND will travel to Rome, Italy, to provide the world with a live webcast of the March 3 total lunar eclipse. Only those located in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East will be able to witness the eclipse. The team consists of associate professor of physics Timothy Young, associate professor of computer science Ronald Marsh, and physics graduate student Tricia Johnson. UND’s eclipse webcasts regularly attract viewers from around the world. Many viewers participate in the event by posting questions and conversing with other viewers on the UND webcast chatroom. The UND team also uses live audio to answer viewer’s questions and to provide viewers with updates regarding the progress of the eclipse. The live webcast can be viewed at

-- Annette Glennon, Administrative Assistant, Computer Science,, 7-4107

March 4 concert commemorates 1997 flood

The Grand Forks Master Chorale and the Grand Cities Children's Choir Primo Voce choir will commemorate the flood of 1997 Sunday, March 4, with "Wade in the Water: A Folk on the Red Concert," featuring gospel and folk music.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 216 Belmont Rd. Advance tickets of $25 for a family, $12 for general audience, $8 for senior citizens, and $5 for students are available at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Tickets at the door are $23 for a family, $15 for general audience, $10 for senior citizens and $7 for students.

Now in its 24th year, the Grand Forks Master Chorale is directed by Jon Nero with accompanist Sara Bloom. The Grand Cities Children's Choir Primo Voce choir is directed by Melanie Popejoy with accompanist Lynn Liepold.

The Grand Forks Master Chorale will hold a silent auction fundraiser as part of the concert. Next year, the Master Chorale celebrates its 25th season.

Robert Robinson to present workshop at Chester Fritz

Robert Robinson, vocalist who formerly toured with Lorie Line, and his Gospel Choir will conduct a workshop for our community Saturday, March 31, from 2 to 4 p.m. We are offering this workshop at no cost, with a maximum of 75 participants. Interested parties are asked to contact the Chester Fritz at 777-3076 or to be added to the list. If more than 75 people respond, a random drawing will be held to select the participants, so please be sure to include a contact number.

Robert Robinson and the Twin Cities Gospel Choir will also present a concert at 7:30 p.m. that evening, March 31. Tickets are available at the Chester Fritz Box Office, by phone, 772-5151, or online at
-- Betty Allan, Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium,, 7-2170

Doctoral examination set for Kimberlee Zetocha

The final examination for Kimberlee Zetocha, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in clinical psychology, is set for 1 p.m. March 5, in 203 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is "Applied Behavioral Self-Control Intervention for Impulsive Preschoolers." Tom Petros (psychology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School,, 777-4005

Spring graduation expo is March 6

Are you graduating in May? Join us at the UND Grad Expo, Tuesday, March 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Loading Dock, Memorial Union. The UND Bookstore & Herff Jones will be available with information about regalia, class rings, diploma covers, frames and invitations. Other vendors include the registrar’s office, financial aid, graduate school, career services, housing, campus catering, the alumni association and the office of ceremonies and special events. This is an opportunity to ask questions and gather information about the May 12 UND general spring commencement ceremony for graduate and undergraduate students. Stop in for all your graduation needs and register for door prizes. For more information about graduation, go to
-- Dawn Botsford, Events Coordinator, VPSOS,, 777-6393

Pre-registrations accepted for Medical School for the Public

Pre-registrations are now being accepted for the Medical School for the Public, presented by the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The series is open to everyone, and this year 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. on 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."

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 UND 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, Asst. to the Director, Public Affairs,, 701-777-4305

27th annual Frank Low Research Day is April 19

Frank Low Research Day has been selected for Thursday, April 19, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. A call for abstracts and a schedule of events will be annouced at a later date.
-- Dr. Holly Brown-Borg, Associate Professor, School of Medicine & Health Sciences,, 701-777-6269

Changes in store for Eudora e-mail software

Are you using Eudora in sponsored mode and not using the latest version of the software? Due to changes with the Eudora software, sponsored mode in versions other than 7.1 (Windows) or 6.2.4 (Macintosh) will revert to light mode after March 31.

Eudora was available in three modes: paid, sponsored and light. Light mode is free and has fewer features than the other two. Sponsored mode, also free, has an ad that displays within the program and offers most of the features of the paid version. When sponsored mode reverts to light mode, you will lose features such as spell checking, stationery, multiple personalities to check multiple accounts, and searching using multiple criteria.

Qualcomm, the company that creates Eudora, is getting out of the email business. Eudora instead will be turned over to the open source community. Open source refers to a program whose source code is made available for use or modification as users or other developers see fit. It is anticipated that an open source version of Eudora is targeted for release in calendar year 2007 and will be free of charge.

In the meantime, to quote Qualcomm, "sponsored mode users that upgrade to Eudora version 7.1 for Windows and 6.2.4 for Mac will be able to remain in Sponsored mode in perpetuity." In other words, if you upgrade to the latest versions of Eudora, you can continue to use that software as long as it meets your needs. If you are using Eudora either in light mode or paid mode, you may also continue to use the software as long as it meets your needs.

Eudora 7.1 requires Windows XP/2000 and 6.2.4 requires Macintosh OS X. For further information or to upgrade to the newest version, please go to the Eudora web site:

If you need assistance, please contact the ITSS Help Center at 777-2222. -- ITSS.

University Senate lists March 1 agenda

The March meeting of the University Senate will be held Thursday, March 1, 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 Student Academic Standards Committee, Suzanne Anderson, chair
5) Annual report of the Administrative Procedures Committee, Suzanne Anderson, chair
6) Annual report of the Academic Policies and Admissions Committee, Tom Rand, chair

7) Report from the Committee on Committees on the slate of candidates for election to Senate committees, Kathy Smart, chair
8) Report from the Curriculum Committee, David Relling, chair
-- Lori Hofland, Administrative Assistant, Registrars Office,, 777-3892

Public scholarship funding proposals due March 19

The Center for Community Engagement announces its 2007 call for proposals for public scholarship projects involving UND faculty and community partners. Proposals are due March 19 with awards to be determined by April 2.

Funding is available in two categories. One is a pre-research category for up to $1,000 for an individual faculty member to pursue the development of a research partnership with a public partner. The second is a research category for an amount of up to $7,500 for faculty from two or more departments with at least one involved community partner. Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty committee.

This is the third year funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research has been provided to foster research and creative activity that involves members of the public and disseminates research results broadly. Ten UND projects have been funded in the past two years. A list of previously funded projects, as well as the call and application form, is available on the Center for Community Engagement website at

For more information, contact Lana Rakow, director, Center for Community Engagement, 777-2287,
-- Lana Rakow, Director, Center for Community Engagement,, 7-2287

UND Writers Conference needs financial help

The UND Writers Conference needs your help. We receive a small amount of money from our endowment and we do have support from the University. Nevertheless, we need to raise approximately $20,000 each year for our operating budget. If you would like to help ensure the continuation of the conference as a free and open cultural, intellectual festival for the whole community, please consider a donation either to the endowment or to next year's operating budget. To contribute to either account, please contact the UND Foundation at Box 8157 or phone 777-2611. A payroll deduction plan is also available.
-- Liz Harris-Behling and Heidi Czerwiec, Co-Directors, Writers Conference, English,, 7-3321

Encourage students to complete Summer Session needs assessment

The Summer Sessions office, in conjunction with the Summer Program and Events Council, is conducting a student needs assessment to gain student input in course offerings and other interests and needs regarding Summer Session.

The survey can be found at For questions about the survey, contact the Survey Help Desk at 777-2098.
-- Diane Hadden, Director, Summer Sessions,, 701-777-6284

Note new student petition policy for GER committee

Effective for the fall 2007 semester, the GER Committee will no longer accept student petitions for exceptions to UND's general education requirements during a student's last semester at UND. Students and advisors are encouraged to review general education graduation requirements against student transcripts at least one semester prior to graduation to ensure the requirements have been completed.
-- Matthew Cavalli, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering,, 777-4389

Submit requests for SGIDs now

The semester is rapidly moving forward, and this is a perfect time to request an SGID (Small Group Instructional Diagnosis) in order to receive midterm feedback from students in your classroom. A trained SGID facilitator will come into your class to meet with students, and you'll receive a confidential report providing a summary of students' comments about what's helping them learn in your class and what changes might improve their learning. The emphasis is entirely on formative feedback, and the sole purpose is to help faculty stay focused on continuous improvement of teaching and learning at UND.

To request an SGID, please contact Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or For questions about the process, contact Joan Hawthorne at 777-4684 or
-- Joan Hawthorne, Assistant Provost, Provost Office,, 7-4684

SSAC lists January 2007 travel awards

The Senate Scholarly Activities Committee received 38 travel grant applications, requesting a total of $36,451.53, in response to the January call for proposals. The following awards were made at the Jan. 31 meeting.

Christopher Cassetta (Conflict Resolution), $632.96; Emanuel Grant (Computer Science), $1,272.80; Kathryn Thomasson (Chemistry), $729.28.

Tina Anderson (Aviation), $430; Nancy Beneda (Finance), $438.60; Sandra Braathen (Information Systems and Business Education), $433.10; Sun-Mi Chae (Family and Community Nursing), $397.32; Jihui (Susan) Chen (Economics), $440.32; Frank Cuozzo (Anthropology), $416.24; James Faircloth (Marketing), $330.24; Bonni Gourneau (Teaching and Learning), $425.87; Devon Hansen (Geography), $420.20; Dan Michael Harsell (Political Science and Public Administration), $387; James Haskins (Finance), $374.96; Xiaozhao Huang (English), $411.94; Bette Ide (Nursing), $397.32; Mark Jendrysik (Political Science and Public Administration), $366.36; Arthur Jones (Art), $419.34; Adam Kitzes (English), $344; Jeong Lee (Finance), $392.16; Steven Light (Political Science and Public Administration), $413.66; Leslie Martin (Aviation), $322.50; Susan Logan Nelson (Finance), $423.98; Jaesun Park (Management), $302.72; E. Janie Pinterits (Counseling), $344; James Porter (Pharmacology, Physiology, and Therapeutics), $428.28; Hassan Reza (Computer Science), $361.11; Glenda Rotvold (Information Systems and Business Education), $426.56; Kenneth Ruit (Anatomy and Cell Biology), $406.78; Elizabeth Scharf (Anthropology), $408.50; Richard Schultz (Electrical Engineering), $456.32; Nuananong (Lek) Seal (Family and Community Nursing), $404.20; Nadine Tepper (Teaching and Learning), $419.42; Marcus Weaver-Hightower (Educational Foundations and Research), $394.74; Rebecca Weaver-Hightower (English) $444.62; Robert Wood (Political Science and Public Administration), $387; and Crystal Yang (Art), $418.82.
-- B.P. Bandyopadhyay, Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities,, 701-777-4278

Studio One features minimum wage issues, ice fishing fun

Learn why some citizens and lawmakers feel a raise in the federal minimum wage is necessary on the next edition of Studio One. Some workers believe it could boost the economy; others feel it could have a negative effect on business owners. Learn why local employees feel the current minimum wage isn’t sufficient for today’s cost of living on the next edition of Studio One.

Also on the show this week, the cold northern temperatures often keep many inside; however, this is not the case for a group of ice fishermen in northern Minnesota. Hear how one Minnesota community creates some fun distractions from the sub-zero temperatures during an annual ice fishing tournament.

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

Feast of Nations tickets on sale

The 45th annual Feast of Nations is this Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Alerus Center, presented by the UND International Organization.

This popular event will beature Wushu Manitoba Training Center and Clave del Sol. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy an internationally flavored four-course meal, music from around the world, vignettes representing the different cultures represented at the University of North Dakota and acts performed by students.

The doors open at 5:30 p.m.; dress is formal. Tickets are on sale at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave, until Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Memorial Union Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Multicultural Awareness Committee, Office of the President, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Cultural Awareness Committee, Office of International Programs, Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, College of Business and Public Administration, School of Engineering and Mines, and College of Education and Human Development.

For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at 777-4231.
-- Enru Wang, Faculty Advisor, International Organization,, 701-777-4590

Get free publicity for your UND summer events

Is your department or program area planning a non-credit event at UND from May 1 to August 31? Do you want free publicity for your summer events? Take this opportunity to list your event information on the UND Summer Events Calendar by going to or calling 777-0841.

Beginning April 2, the Summer Events Calendar will be strategically marketed throughout the spring and into the summer through newspaper, radio, and Web advertisements. There will also be flyers, posters and brochures distributed across campus and in the community.

In addition to submitting your event information, you may also request to:
• Post your event brochure
• Link your web site to the Summer Events Calendar

Other reasons to submit your event information include:
• The potential to reach a larger audience
• The Web site can serve as a resource for participants

Examples of non-credit summer events include, but are not limited to, workshops, musical and theatrical performances, athletic events, and camps for kids.

Submit your event information by using the online form found at or calling the UND summer events office at 777-0841.

Event information must be submitted by March 15 to ensure it is posted on the calendar during the prime marketing time. Once your information is submitted, it will automatically be sent to the main UND events calendar.

The Summer at UND marketing campaign is sponsored by the UND Summer Programs and Events Council (SPEC).
-- Julie Bean, Summer Events Program Specialist, Division of Continuing Education,, 701-777-0441

Empire Arts Center showcases two local artists

The latest show in the Empire Arts Center gallery showcases two local artists with very different art forms. Dave Britton has a small sample of his grain elevator photography work on display and John Widdel is showing sculpture work that also has a practical use. The displays will be in the Empire gallery through March 25.

Britton grew up around old grain elevators owned and operated by his father, Clarence Britton. They were in Keith, Kempton, Merrifield, and Northwest Mills Elevator in Grand Forks.

According to Britton, “The elevators are a dying symbol of our prairie heritage. They were an integral part of the economy, an informal social gathering place for farmers, and reference points on our flat prairie landscape. The old wooden, cribbed-construction elevators became inefficient and are being destroyed rapidly.”

Britton has photographed over 1,200 elevator locations on the plains, some of which no longer exist. This may well prove to be one of the significant systematic records of an important architectural archetype of early 20th-century America.

Widdel, a Grand Forks native, hand crafts canoe paddles, sculpture to be used. Widdel designs and builds each paddle. In order to achieve the greatest contrast, he personally selects the reddest mahogany, the darkest walnut, the blondest aspen and the wildest cherry. The blades are as different as fingerprints but still retain the unmistakable style of the hands that made them. The blade tips are made of fiberglass resin, mechanically bonded to the blade. The handles are constructed from laminated, straight-grained wood, giving them needed strength while allowing them to flex.

Widdel attended the University of North Dakota for two years before becoming sidetracked by his own small construction company. All he wants to do is build things: to have a grand shop exhibiting every metal tool and every wood tool that exists.

The Empire gallery is open during events at the theater and by appointment. The schedule of events can be found at or at Call 746-5500 to make an appointment for viewing.

Old Main Marketplace announces lunch giveaway winner

This week's winner in the Old Main Marketplace Food Court lunch giveaway is Nathan Martindale, student body 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,, 777-0438

Ray Richards offers winter golf special

Ray Richards is offering a winter golf special. Buy a punch card for five rounds of golf for $45 ($60 value) or 10 rounds of golf for $90 ($120 value). Added bonus: The buyer will receive a free round of golf for every five rounds they buy. Winter golf special punch cards may be bought by stopping at the Chester Fritz Auditorium box office or by calling 777-4090. Box office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
-- Tom Swangler, Assistant Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium,, 7-4094

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: Programmer, Aerospace, #07-220
DEADLINE: (I) 2/23/2007
SALARY: $28,000 - $32,000

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: Administrative Assistant, TRIO, #07-222
DEADLINE: (I) 2/22/2007
SALARY: $23,338 - $28,000


POSITION: Maintenance Mechanic (M-F, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, #07-223
DEADLINE: (I) 2/26/2007
SALARY: $22,000 - $30,000

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Facilities, #07-219
DEADLINE: (I) 2/22/2007
SALARY: $16,037 - $20,000
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Senior lecturer in English named to international committee

Ronald Vossler, senior lecturer in the English department, has been named by the Ukrainian World Congress to the International Co-ordination Committee for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the famine in Ukraine.

The committee to which Vossler has been named will use a Ukrainian parliamentary resolution to spur their efforts to have a United Nations resolution passed naming the Soviet era famine of 1932-1933 as a genocide.

The committee of experts will work with the administration of Ukraine's President Yuschenko to plan and co-ordinate activities to highlight the anniversary of the genocide; the committee will also pursue class action law suits on behalf of victims of the Soviet engineered famine, and against the Russian Federation as successor to the USSR.

Vossler's books and films, focused on the plight of the Soviet era German minority during Stalin's collectivization era, have helped draw national and international attention to the topic.

Contact information is committee chair Stefan Romaniw
-- Ronald J. Vossler, Sr. Lecturer, English Dept.,, 1-218-779-68

Deana Williams honored by UND Greek community

Congratulations to Deana Williams at the College of Nursing on receiving the Gamma Sigma Alpha Outstanding Faculty Member award for 2006.

Gamma Sigma Alpha is a Greek Honor Society that recognizes high academic achievement among Greek Students. Each year the Greek community at UND recognizes a faculty member for their outstanding support, service and dedication to the Greek community and for their contributions to the educational goals of the Greek community and the University.

Williams, a clinical instructor at the College of Nursing, was nominated by nursing student Rachel Aunethe, a member of the Alphi Phi sorority.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Coordinator, College of Nursing,, 777-4526