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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 41: January 18, 2007

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Applications sought for interim research vice president
Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week is Jan. 22-26
Events to Note
Volunteer Recruitment Day is today
Mollusk expert to present on biodiversity Friday
Ducks Unlimited scientist will present biology seminar
First Memorial Union Showcase is Jan. 24
Discussions will focus on genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics
Spring leadership series begins Jan. 24
"Empty Dinner Party" highlights effects of drinking and driving
On Teaching discussion to focus on the "Inadvertent Plagiarist"
Doctoral examination set for Richa Priyadarshini
Free podcast training available
Hostetter appointed program director at Family Medicine-Bismarck
Students sought for assistance at water conference
Deadline for Neuroscience for Kids drawing contest is Feb. 1
Yoga classes begin at Lotus Meditation Center
Clinical depression: there is hope
North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists specials
Discount offered for personal cell phone plan
Internal job openings listed
Applications sought for interim research vice president

As indicated in the Dec. 28 issue of University Letter, Peter Alfonso has resigned his position as vice president for research effective Feb. 20 and expressions of interest and nominations for the position of interim vice president for research are being sought. Expressions of interest and nominations for the interim position should be received by the President by Friday, Jan. 19. -- Charles Kupchella, President.

Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week is Jan. 22-26

Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration week is Jan. 22-26. The theme is "Countdown to 2013: If Walls Could Talk." Events follow.

Monday, Jan. 22
* Film series, "Crash," International Centre, 2908 University Ave., 3 to 5 p.m.
* "The Cost of Being Color Blind," Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Speaker/moderator is Kenneth Durgans, vice provost for institute diversity, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Tuesday, Jan. 23
* Roundtable discussion, "Moving Beyond Diversity," River Valley Room, Memorial Union, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Facilitator is Kenneth Durgans.
* Film series, "Joy Luck Club," International Centre, 3 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 24
* Film series, "Higher Learning," Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center, 2800 University Ave., 3 to 5 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 25
* Panel discussion, "Past/Present," BSA presidents (Frank Westley Jackson IV, Farouk Aregbe, Crystal Hayes, Amie Jatta), Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, noon to 1:30 p.m. Moderator is Matsimela Changa Diop.
* Film series, "Selma, Lord, Selma," International Centre, 3 to 5 p.m.
* Open Forum, "The Challenges of Women in the Media," River Valley Room, Memorial Union, 6 to 8 p.m. Speaker is Andria Hall, former CNN anchor.

Friday, Jan. 26
* Martin Luther King Jr. awards luncheon, Ballroom, Memorial Union, 11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Keynote speaker is Andria Hall.
* Dance, music from the “Motown Era,” University Armory (ROTC building), UND campus, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Andria Hall has commanded the anchor desk of the world renowned CNN/USA as well as worked in the nation’s number one market at the number one station in New York City. She has been a national news correspondent with FOX. Her work has earned the industry’s prestigious Gabriel and Dupont Awards.

Hall is creator, host and executive producer of the radio program, "The Walk at Work: Committed to Your Calling and Your Career," heard each week on The Sheridan Gospel Network. She has written two books, "This Far by Faith: How to Put God First in Everyday Living," and "The Walk at Work: Seven Steps to Spiritual Success on the Job" (Random House), and which was recently translated this year into Indonesian. It has also been translated into Afrikaans and English for the UK market.

She grew up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn on "Preachers Row" where her father is now pastor emeritus of the same church he shepherded for more than 40 years. Her mother is a retired teacher and counselor. She is also host of Faith and Values Media program called America at Worship, which was seen each week on the Hallmark Channel for four years. Currently, the program can be viewed on the Internet at Hall is also a principle of; a media group producing online spiritual and inspirational programming for the faith community.

Hall holds an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Virginia University of Lynchburg, and has been featured in The Washington Post, Essence, Ebony, Jet, Precious Times, and other newspapers and publications across the country. In addition to winning the Emmy Award for Hosting, she has garnered numerous journalism awards. She and her husband, who also works in television make their home in New Jersey and have three children.

Kenneth (Ken) B. Durgans, currently serves as the vice provost for institute diversity at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

A native of Springfield, Ohio, he graduated from Yellow Springs High School, received his bachelor's degree in history and political science from Baldwin Wallace College, his master's degree in college student personnel from Kent State University, his master's in school counseling from the University of Dayton and his doctorate in counseling psychology from Western Michigan University. Durgans also completed the acclaimed Harvard University Management Development Program.

His appointments have ranged from such notable institutions as the University of Notre Dame, Wittenberg University, Olivet College, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, and Xavier University. His academic and professional expertise is focused on cross cultural communication and African Centered Scholarship. He is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. He is married to Tara Durgans and the father of six children.

For further information, please contact Multicultural Student Services at 777-4259.

Volunteer Recruitment Day is today

Volunteer Recruitment Day will be taking place in the Dakota Lounge of the Memorial Union, today, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Agencies from the Grand Forks community will be available to talk with students, faculty and staff about volunteer opportunities for the spring semester. Everyone on campus is invited to attend this event.
-- Linda Rains, Coordinator of Civic Leadership, Memorial Union,, 701-777-4076

Mollusk expert to present on biodiversity Friday

Arthur Bogan of the North Carolina State Museum of Natural History, Raleigh, will present the geology and geological engineering LEEPS lectures at noon and 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19. Dr. Bogan’s talks are titled: “Global Freshwater Bivalve Diversity and Extinction” and “Freshwater Bivalve Diversity and Convergence: How Do We Interpret the Fossil Record?”

Dr. Bogan is the curator of aquatic invertebrates at the North Carolina State Museum of Natural History, and is one of the world’s preeminent freshwater molluscan experts. His global travels and major research volumes have given him a first-hand basis to interpret these critters both in the field using morphology and in the lab using genetics. LEEPS (Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science) lectures are sponsored by geology and geological engineering alumni and the office of the vice president for research for the educational development of our students, faculty, and others wishing to attend. Visit for upcoming seminars. All are welcome.
-- Joseph Hartman, Associate Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering,, 701-777-5055

Ducks Unlimited scientist will present biology seminar

Katherine Mehl, research scientist with Ducks Unlimited Canada, will present a biology seminar titled "Brood Ecology & Population Dynamics of King Eiders," Monday, Jan. 22, at noon in 141 Starcher Hall. -- Biology.

-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

First Memorial Union Showcase is Jan. 24

Wednesday, Jan. 24, is the first Memorial Union Showcase on the main level, Memorial Union, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tenants of the Memorial Union want to share what is new in their areas and to inform faculty, staff and students what they have to offer. There will be entertainment and a chance to win a printed canvas, courtesy of Sign & Design.
-- Rebecca Slade, Marketing Coordinator, Memorial Union,, 777-3938

Discussions will focus on genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics

We will hold informal discussions on genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics research. Please join us for our inaugural session which will include informal discussion and a 30-minute scientific presentation, Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the North Dakota Museum of Art.

The goal is to engage the UND research community in active dialogue on current and possible genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics research opportunities at UND. The research topic is "Quantitative Protein Phosphorylation Dynamics in Complex Samples Using Mass Spectrometry," by John Shabb, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The sponsor is the Office of the Vice President for Research, and the organizer is the Genomics, Proteomics, & Bioinformatics Advisory Committee to the VPR.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Spring leadership series begins Jan. 24

The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership announces the spring Leadership Series. The presentations will take place Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Professors, please encourage your students to take part in this excellent learning opportunity.

These sessions are free and open to the public and may be used toward the fulfillment of the leadership enrichment requirements. Please contact the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership at 777-4200 to learn more about the Leadership Enrichment Certificate Program.

The leadership series schedule follows.
* Jan. 24, Tim Zejdlik, business consultant, Job Service, "Part I: Strategies for Success," River Valley Room;
* Jan. 31, Tim Zejdlik, business consultant, Job Service, "Part II: Attitude and Difficult People," River Valley Room;
* Feb. 7, Laurie Betting, Wellness Center, "Full Contact Leadership," River Valley Room;
* Feb. 14, Greg Patton, business management, "Leadership and Followership," River Valley Room;
* Feb. 21, Sheila Gerszewski, relationship manager, Bremer Bank, "The Leader in YOU," River Valley Room;
* Feb. 28, Speaker TBA, Badlands Room.
-- Rachelle Jacobson, GSA, Center for Student Involvement and Leadership,, 701-777-0673

"Empty Dinner Party" highlights effects of drinking and driving

The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT) will host their annual "Empty Dinner Party" at all three on-campus dining centers and at Old Main Marketplace Wednesday, Jan. 24. This is a passive event, and it will run during the normal operating hours of each location. This event portrays the destructive effects that drinking and driving have on the State of North Dakota. You can reach the ADAPT team at or at 777-4165.
-- Joe Cairl, ADAPT Peer Educator, University Counseling Center,, 777-4165

On Teaching discussion to focus on the "Inadvertent Plagiarist"

"Inadvertent Plagiarist" is the topic of the next On Teaching box lunch discussion, scheduled for 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, in the Red River Valley Room, Memorial Union.

In this session we'll discuss some of the common misconceptions students have about research, using and citing sources, and what is considered plagiarism. We'll also present suggestions for helping students understand issues of fair use and basic rules of citation to help them avoid plagiarism in their work.

To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 by noon Tuesday, Jan. 23.
-- Kimberly Crowley, Coordinator, WAC/Writing Center,, 777-6381

Doctoral examination set for Richa Priyadarshini

The final examination for Richa Priyadarshini, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in microbiology and immunology, is set for 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 29, in Room 1370, United Hospital Lecture Hall, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The dissertation title is "Role of Penicillin Binding Proteins and Amidases in Daughter Cell Separation in Escherichia Coli." Kevin Young (microbiology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School,, 777-4005

Free podcast training available

Trainers from the Apple Corporation will be on campus Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to deliver hands-on podcast training.

Today's mobile world requires the delivery of "anytime, anywhere" educational content. Whether it's reinforcement of complex classroom content, or delivering adjunct material, pod/vodcasting provides the ability for students to tune in anytime and learn via their computer, iPod or mp3 player. Pod/vodcasting can also help involve the students in the daily life of UND, increasing student satisfaction and retention.

During this hands-on session, you will create cross-platform podcasts/vodcasts and learn how to deliver the content. Training will be conducted with Macintosh laptops and software.

If you're interested in receiving the training, please call me at 777-3621. Space is limited to 22 participants, and there is no charge. — Jan Orvik, Web Manager, University Relations.

-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Hostetter appointed program director at Family Medicine-Bismarck

Jeff Hostetter, assistant professor of family and community medicine, has been named director of the UND Center for Family Medicine-Bismarck, effective Dec. 1, 2006. He replaces Guy Tangedahl who served as director for the past 12 years and will continue on a part-time basis as an assistant professor with the Center.

Dr. Hostetter has been on the Center’s faculty since he completed the program in 2003, serving part-time until 2005 when he accepted a full-time appointment. In addition to teaching and caring for patients, he provides coverage of emergency room and hospital services on weekends in Garrison, N.D. He has served as assistant professor and community faculty preceptor during his tenure at the UND Center for Family Medicine.

His research includes work on resident education and hepatitis C treatment for state penitentiary inmates, the latter he presented at national conferences sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Corrections Association. He is serving as sub-investigator for a study of an investigational medication for obese patients.

A graduate of Montana State University, he earned the Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, and has received special training in Indian Health Pathway and wound care. He is a former teacher with extensive background in education.

Upon completion of residency training in 2003, Dr. Hostetter received the William Buckingham Award for an Outstanding Family Medicine Resident. He practiced at Standing Rock Indian Health Services Hospital in Fort Yates. -- School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Students sought for assistance at water conference

The International Water Institute requests the services of about six graduate or advanced undergraduate students willing to do conference room technical support during the third Red River Water Conference at the Alerus Center March 13-15. In return for managing conference room audio-visual equipment, the institute will pay for the assistants’ registration fee and meals during the conference.

Information on the conference program can be found at:

Assistants need not attend every day, but would be responsible for helping during two sessions. If interested, please send your name and contact information to Phil Gerla: (

Deadline for Neuroscience for Kids drawing contest is Feb. 1

Do you know a K-12th grade student who is interested in art? The Red River Valley Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience encourages students to submit an entry in the Neuroscience for Kids drawing contest. Topics include:
* “My brain helps me _____”
* “Brain Fitness: I keep my brain healthy by _______”
* “My brain is like a _____ because ________”
* “Brain research is important because ________”

Drawings will be judged on the basis of originality, scientific accuracy and overall design. Details can be found at . Deadline for submission is Feb. 1, 2007.

This contest is coordinated by Eric Chudler at the University of Washington. Dr. Chudler is a neuroscientist and director of education and outreach.
-- Karen Cisek, Science Outreach Coordinator, Red River Valley Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience,, 777-6223

Yoga classes begin at Lotus Meditation Center

Yoga classes meet on Tuesday evenings for beginners and on Thursdays for mixed Levels. Class times are from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. and will continue throughout the semester. Contact Dyan Rey at 772-8840 or for more information. Costs are $10 for drop-in and $65 for an eight-week session.
-- Dyan Rey, Lecturer, Visual Arts,, 701 7728840

Clinical depression: there is hope

We’ve all felt sad or blue at times, but clinical depression is different. It’s not a passing, temporary sadness -– the kind you might feel after a bad day at work or an argument with a friend. Clinical depression is a medical condition that affects your thoughts and feelings and ability to manage your life and relationships.

People who are clinically depressed tend to feel down almost all day for two weeks in a row or longer. They often feel sad, down, hopeless, or irritable most of the day, almost every day. They may also lose interest in their usual activities or feel as though they just don’t enjoy things anymore.

Other symptoms of depression can include:
• Feeling tired or lacking energy.
• Having difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions.
• Feeling agitated or moving more slowly than normal.
• Having a significant increase or decrease in appetite, or losing or gaining weight without trying to.
• Having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, or oversleeping.
• Feeling worthless or guilty, or having low self-esteem.
• Having thoughts of death or suicide.

Treatment options for clinical depression
If you have clinical depression, you may be convinced that you will never feel better again. You may even blame yourself for your condition. But know this: depression is a biological condition, not a character flaw, and it can be successfully treated. What’s more, you have a choice about whether to be treated and what kind of treatment to have.

People with milder symptoms sometimes try to manage their depression using self-help techniques, such as exercise and relaxation, while also checking in regularly with their doctor. Those who want active treatment can choose:
• Prescription antidepressant medications,
• The herbal medication, St. John’s Wort,
• Depression counseling, or
• Combination therapy, which combines antidepressants with depression counseling.

The approaches to treating depression differ in their availability, cost, and side effects, and not all of them work for all types of depression. Depending on how severe your symptoms are and how long you’ve had them, some choices are more likely than others to help you feel better.

A health coach can help
If you have clinical depression and are trying to choose between the different treatment options, help is just a phone call away. A health coach can help you work with your doctor to understand your specific circumstances and find the treatment that is best for you.

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. To talk to a health coach, call 1-800-658-2750. You can also get information online at
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Coordinator of Wellness, Wellness Center,, 777-0210

North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists specials

Specials at the North Dakota Museum of Art cafe follow.
* Jan. 18, Entrée: Rosemary Lamb; Salad; Soup: Lamb Stew
* Jan. 19, Entrée: Scallop Salad; Soup: Bouillabaisse
* Jan. 22, Entrée: Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms; Soup: Corn Chowder

The Museum Café and Coffee Shop, located in the lower level of the Museum, serves a full luncheon menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Coffee is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Take-out is available, UND billing is accepted, and the conference room is available for luncheons. We also cater weekend and evening events, 777-4195.

Visit the Museum Cafe online at

-- Connie Hulst, Office Manager, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

Discount offered for personal cell phone plan

Alltel is now offering a 15 percent discount to North Dakota state employees if they have a personal cell phone plan that is $39.99 or higher. To apply, an e-mail must be sent from a UND work e-mail account to Please include your name and account number as is appears on your personal Alltel bill. You will also need to confirm that you are a UND employee by adding “UND State of ND”.

If you have any questions regarding this please contact Alltel. -- Telecommunications/ITSS.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

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 Card form. 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: Assistant Registrar, Office of the Registrar #07-200
DEADLINE: (I) 1/24/2007
SALARY: Commensurate with Experience

POSITION: Air Traffic Control Associate (variable schedule) Aerospace, #07-196
DEADLINE: (I) 1/19/2007
SALARY: $18,000 - $18,350

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: Payroll Assistant, Housing, #07-195
DEADLINE: (I) 1/18/2007
SALARY: $24,000 - $26,000

OFFICE SUPPORT: No current openings.


POSITION: Building Services Supervisor (Custodial; Mon-Thur, 3 p.m. to midnight, and Friday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.), Human Nutrition Research Center, #07-199
DEADLINE: (I) 1/25/2007
SALARY: $25,000 - $31,000

POSITION: Journeyman Systems Mechanic, Facilities, #07-198
DEADLINE: (I) 1/19/2007
SALARY: $30,000 - $35,000

POSITION: Heating Plant Shift Supervisor, Facilities, #07-197
DEADLINE: (I) 1/19/2007
SALARY: $32,000 - $38,000
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621