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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 39: January 11, 2007

Top Stories
Applications sought for interim research vice president
Events to Note
U Senate agenda items due Jan. 18
CSD candidate presents lecture Jan. 18
Madelyn Camrud reads poetry at Museum of Art Jan. 11
Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week is Jan. 22-26
On Teaching discussion to focus on the "Inadvertent Plagiarist"
SGID training opportunity is Feb. 2
Spring Career Fair will be Feb. 14
Spring aviation safety meeting is Feb. 22
U2 lists workshops
Sally Dockter named head of library reference and research services
Grant proposal reminders listed
Nominations sought for outstanding faculty academic advisor
FSS opportunities available for spring 2007
New PowerPoint templates available online
Channel 3 to telecast U-View
Jan. 15 is holiday
Chester Fritz Library lists spring semester hours
Law Library posts Martin Luther King Day hours
ITTS lists holiday hours
Take an online personal enrichment course for chance to win free laptop
Ray Richards offers winter golf special
Donated leave requested for Cheryl Brooks
Internal job openings listed
In the News
UND researcher designs satellite to be launched by India
In Remembrance
Remembering Libby Rankin
Applications sought for interim research vice president

As indicated in the December 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.

U Senate agenda items due Jan. 18

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Feb. 1, at 4:05 p.m. in Gamble Hall, Room 7. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Thursday, Jan. 18. They may be submitted electronically to: It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted. -– Suzanne Anderson (registrar), secretary, University Senate.
-- Lori Hofland, Administrative Assistant, Registrars Office,, 777-3892

Madelyn Camrud reads poetry at Museum of Art Jan. 11

The North Dakota Museum of Art announces the release of "The Light We Go After" by local poet Madelyn Camrud. This chapbook is Camrud’s latest collection of 21 poems and is published by Dacotah Territory Press of Moorhead, Minn.

As part of the Museum Readers’ Series, Camrud will appear on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 4:30 p.m. at the North Dakota Museum of Art to read from new her work. There will be a reception at 4 p.m. Wine and appetizers will be served. Books are available in the Museum Shop for $5.

Madelyn Camrud, born in Grand Forks and raised in rural Thompson, has lived all but nine months of her life in North Dakota. She received degrees in visual arts and creative writing at UND and taught in the English department before taking a position at the North Dakota Museum of Art where she served as director of audience development (1991-1996). For several years, she served as curator of the Museum’s auctions. Camrud’s poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. She is the author of "This House Is Filled with Cracks" (winner of the 1994 New Rivers Press Minnesota Voices competition), two poems of which were chosen to air on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. She received the Thomas McGrath Award in Poetry from the English department in 1990 and in the spring of 2005, Larry Woiwode named her an Associate Poet Laureate of North Dakota.
-- Connie Hulst, Office Manager, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

CSD candidate presents lecture Jan. 18

Celeste Domsch will address faculty and students in communication sciences and disorders at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in 201 Montgomery Hall. Her talk is titled "Late Talking Children: Do They Stay That Way?" She is a candidate for the position of assistant professor in that department.

Dr. Domsch obtained her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2003 with a focus on child language development and disorders. She is presently with the University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, Dr. Domsch holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has clinical experience of working in a variety of settings. The public is invited.

-- Manish Rami, Chair, Search Committee, Communication Sciences and Disorders,, 7-3724

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.

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

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

SGID training opportunity is Feb. 2

Faculty who are interested in becoming SGID (Small Group Instructional Diagnosis -- a midterm evaluation process) consultants or who just want a better understanding of the SGID process are invited to participate in consultant training Friday, Feb. 2, from noon to 3:30 p.m., in the Memorial Room, Memorial Union. The workshop will be led by experienced consultants (including Joan Hawthorne, Linda Holdman, Myrna Olsen, Nils Forsman, Roxanne Hurley, Tim Schroeder, Cindy Juntunen, Dex Perkins, and Harmon Abrahamson) and will take participants through the entire SGID process (orientation, data collection, analysis, and reporting). Lunch and workshop materials will be provided, but advance registration is required. To sign up, please contact Jana Hollands at <> or 7-4998 by Tuesday, Jan. 30.

-- Joan Hawthorne, Assistant Provost, Provosts Office,, 7-4684

Spring Career Fair will be Feb. 14

The Spring Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hyslop Multipurpose Gym.

The Career Fair is designed to showcase several local and national businesses to allow students networking possibilities. This all-day event is a great opportunity for students to connect with employers to obtain a job, internship, or co-op. The full list of employers is placed on the Career Services web site located at

Spring aviation safety meeting is Feb. 22

The spring aviation safety meeting is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The theme is “Human Factors in Aircraft Accidents and the FAA Safety Team.” The meeting is free and open to the public.

The FAA Safety Team was launched in 2006 with the following goals:
* Reducing the commercial airline fatal accident rate;
* Reducing the number of fatal accidents in general aviation; and
* Reducing the risk of runway incursions.

Visit for more information.
-- Karen Ryba, director of communications, aerospace,, 777-4761

U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for Jan. 9-19. Visit our web site for additional workshops in November. The Spring U2 Newsletter containing workshops for March-May will be arriving soon.

Records Disposal Procedures
January 17, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Skalicky Tech Incubator, Room 211

During this workshop you will learn more about the process for destroying or transferring records that have passed their retention time limits. We’ll review the system, discuss why it’s necessary to document, and you will take part in a hands-on run-through of the entire process. It’s fun to clean out, it’s easier to do than you think, and now’s the time to do it!
Presenter: Chris Austin, UND Records Manager

Employees Rights and the Law
Jan. 16, 9 to 11 a.m.
Twamley Hall, Room 305
Learn about your rights as an employee by discussing the following: “at will” employment, due process, the grievance and appeal process. Understand the best way to approach an issue or condition with your supervisor. Learn what your options are as an employee.
Presenter: Joy Johnson & Desi Sporbert

Adobe Acrobat Pro 7.0
Jan. 16, 17, and 18, 8 to 11 a.m.* (six hours total)
Prerequisite: Adobe Acrobat 7.0 Professional installed on your computer prior to class.
Working with PDF (Portable Document Format) documents; assess information in a PDF, create a PDF, modify a PDF, add PDF navigation aids, work with multiple PDF documents, review a PDF, and begin to create an interactive PDF Form in Adobe Designer (available with Adobe Acrobat Pro 7.0).

Laboratory Safety
Jan. 18, 9 to 11 a.m.
Memorial Union, Medora Room
Learn general lab-safety principles for the use of chemicals in laboratories. The workshop covers potential health hazards in the laboratory, protective measures, and response to incidents and emergencies. This training is required for all University employees working in a laboratory.
Presenter: Greg Krause, Safety and Environmental Health

*Train the Trainer in Ergonomics
Jan. 17, 1 to 2:30 p.m. or Jan. 24, 9 to 10:30 a.m. or Feb. 20, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Skalicky Tech Incubator, Room 211
This is a mandatory class for all supervisors/those who supervise others for the University of North Dakota. This is a new requirement by the State Risk Management Division in Bismarck. The new UND ergonomic program will be reviewed. In addition an introductory explanation of ergonomics which is to be shared with your staff members will be presented. UND administration supports this effort. Part of our workers compensation discount depends on participation in this class. Certificates will be presented and attendance monitored. We look forward to as many as possible attending.
Presenter: Claire Moen

Generations in the Workplace
Jan. 16 and 25, 9 to 11 a.m.
Skalicky Tech Incubator, Room 211
Learn about the four generations that are presently employed in the UND workforce. Participants will study each of the generations and learn about the unique characteristics of each. Instruction will also include how to adapt your communications and supervisory
techniques, based on the tendencies of each generation.
Presenter: Gretchen Schatz, Workforce Development Coordinator

DSS Issues: Attendance as an Accommodation: Four A’s That Spell Trouble
Jan. 17, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Twamley Hall, Room 404
Granting extensions of stated attendance policies may be a logical and reasonable accommodation for students with disabilities. Then, again, it may not be. For instance:
* How do you judge the appropriateness of this accommodation?
* When the accommodation is deemed to be "reasonable," how do you limit it in such a way that the accommodation is provided, but cannot be abused?
* How do you "sell" this accommodation to faculty and administrators who believe that it may usurp their authority in important curricular decision-making?

Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by: Phone 777-2128, Email, or Online Please include: (1) workshop title/ date, (2) name, (3) department, (4) position, (5) stop number, (6) phone number, (7) e-mail, and (8) How you first learned about this workshop? Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.
-- Mark Wilkerson, U2 Coordinator, University within the University,, 701-777-4266

Sally Dockter named head of library reference and research services

Sally Dockter has been named head of reference and research services. She received a bachelor's degree in anthropology,teaching certification from Minot State University, and a master's degree in library science at Indiana University. Before coming to UND, she worked as a reference and cataloging librarian at the North Dakota State Library. Prior to this appointment, she served UND for 15 years as reference bibliographer, head of branch libraries and assistant head of reference. She is active in the North Dakota Library Association, having served as president, and in the Mountain Plains Library Association, where she represents North Dakota libraries. -- Wilbur Stolt, director of libraries.

Grant proposal reminders listed

In order to expedite processing of grant proposals, Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) requests that the following guidelines be followed:

1) The transmittal form, which can be found on the RD&C webpage at, should be used for ALL proposals to external funding agencies.

2) Federal and UND regulations require that Conflict of Interest forms be on file for Principal Investigators (PI) of proposals submitted to external funding agencies. UND has recently approved a new policy on Conflict of Interest. The policy and forms can be found at PIs must also submit a “Certification of Filing of Financial Interests Disclosure Statement” to the Division of Research annually, or more frequently if their status changes during the year.

3) In order to ensure that correspondence from granting agencies is received by the Division of Research in a timely manner, regardless of changes in personnel, please use the following e-mail address for Barry Milavetz, Associate Vice President for Research, on all external grant proposals:

4) As part of its commitment to research development at UND, the Division of Research frequently provides matching funds for proposals to external funding agencies. In order to properly monitor the amounts and sources of matching funds provided for these proposals, principal investigators requesting matching funds must complete a “Division of Research Matching Funds Request Form,” which can be found on the Division of Research webpage at:

This form is to be used when requesting matching funds from the Vice President for Research or Research Development and Compliance. Please note that matching funds will be provided by only one of these offices. All requests for matching funds should be submitted to Research Development and Compliance.

5) Lead time of no less than three working days prior to the proposal deadline is required for internal processing in Grants and Contracts Administration (GCA) and RD&C. This lead time is especially important at this time due to a significant increase in the number of proposals submitted and awards received, an increase in workload since implementation of ConnectND, an increase in oversight responsibilities concerning Federal and State regulations on a variety of issues, and the time required to successfully submit proposals electronically (especially those submitted via

We understand that occasionally this policy cannot be honored, and we will continue to process all proposals as efficiently as possible with the intent of meeting deadlines.

6) Two copies of the proposal in final form must be presented to GCA for processing. One of those copies will be retained in RD&C, the other will be returned to the Principal Investigator (PI) for submission to the funding agency (i.e., the PI will then not be required to send a copy to RD&C after the proposal is processed). The proposal must not be modified after it is processed through G&C & RD&C.

Following these policies will help UND maintain compliance with State and Federal regulations concerning sponsored programs, and allow the Division of Research staff to better assist Principal Investigators with applications, particularly with electronic submission of proposals. If you have any questions, contact RD&C at 777-2890 or
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance,, 701/777-4278

Nominations sought for outstanding faculty academic advisor

The academic advising committee is now accepting nominations for the Outstanding Faculty Academic Advisor Award to be presented at Founders Day 2007. To access the nomination form online, go to

Paper nomination forms are available at the following locations: Union info desk, Student Academic Services, deans' offices, and Student Government. All students, faculty, staff, and alumni are eligible to nominate an undergraduate faculty academic adviser for this award. Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 19.

For more information, please contact Student Academic Services, 201 Memorial Union, 777-2117.
-- Lisa Burger, Director, Student Academic Services,, 777-4706

FSS opportunities available for spring 2007

Two faculty study seminars (FSS) will be offered during spring 2007. The FSS program provides a means for faculty with common interests to learn more about a teaching-related topic. Each FSS group meets four times during a single semester, at times mutually agreed to by participants, to read and discuss a teaching-related book (books provided by the Office of Instructional Development). The only obligation of participants is to read and to show up for discussion.

Spring FSS books are as follows:
* "Discussion-Based Online Teaching to Enhance Student Learning" by Tisha Bender, was written to “switch emphasis from the technical issues of online teaching to the human implications of teaching and learning by communicating through the Internet.” Bender points out that faculty have learned a lot about what “works” in the classroom. But when that classroom goes virtual, how should pedagogy shift? How can we take advantage of the opportunities presented by the Internet, rather than let the technology drive our choices of teaching strategy? Bender argues that incorporating online discussion is challenging but it can also create new and unexpected opportunities for learning – if we think differently and creatively about the work we are doing.

* "Success Strategies for Adjunct Faculty" by Richard Lyons is designed to be everything-the-adjunct-needs-to-know-about-teaching in one relatively small packet. In fact, the concise but clear discussions would be useful for any new teacher – or for any experienced faculty member who serves as a mentor to less experienced teachers, providing resources, support, ideas, or simply encouragement to them. Lyon begins with an introduction to today’s students – what do they want from instructors? He talks about getting your course off to a good start on day one. He describes teacher-centered and learner-centered strategies for encouraging learning. He offers guidance on exams and other means of assessing student learning. If you read only one book about the “how to” of teaching, this could be it.

To participate in a faculty study seminar, contact Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or to sign up for the group of your choice. Please specify which book you want to read. Plan to also send in information about your schedule, providing as much flexibility as possible so that a first meeting can be arranged (the rest of the meeting dates will be set up when the group is first convened).

New PowerPoint templates available online

New PowerPoint templates are available at for your use. Developed by the Office of University Relations, they feature five designs, each with UND photos and logos. You can download them by following the on-screen instructions. If you have comments about them, please contact me.
-- Jan Orvik, Web Manager, University Relations,, 777-3621

Channel 3 to telecast U-View

The Television Center will telecast “U-View,” a program that features several UND departments. The show is designed to welcome new students to campus and provide information about UND departments that offer helpful services.

“U-View” will be telecast on UND Channel 3 from Jan. 8 through Feb. 9. Daily show times are: 7 a.m., 10 a.m., noon, 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.
-- Meghan Flaagan, Director of Marketing, Television Center,, 777-3818

Jan. 15 is holiday

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Jan. 15, will be observed as Martin Luther King Jr. Day by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday. -- Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources.

Chester Fritz Library lists spring semester hours

Spring semester hours for the Chester Fritz Library are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to midnight.
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library,, 7-2618

Law Library posts Martin Luther King Day hours

The law library hours for Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 15, are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation manager, Law Library,, 7-3482

ITTS lists holiday hours

Information Technology Systems and Services will close for the Martin Luther King Day holiday at midnight Sunday, Jan. 14, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16.

Take an online personal enrichment course for chance to win free laptop

Be the one millionth person to enroll in an online Ed2Go personal enrichment course and win a new laptop. These six-week online courses, offered through continuing education, are highly interactive non-credit courses that you can take entirely over the Internet. All of the courses include expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. Our online courses are affordable (just $89), fun, fast, convenient, and geared just for you.

Some of the most popular topics include:
• Computer Skills for the Workplace
• Introduction to Natural Health and Healing
• Discover Digital Photography
• Microsoft Word, Publisher, PowerPoint, etc.
• Guiding Kids on the Internet

Based on current enrollment trends, the lucky one millionth person will register in January or February. For a complete list of over 200 course offerings, visit the Ed2Go Web site at:
-- Jennifer Swangler, Marketing Coordinator, UND Continuing Education,, 777.6374

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/Ray Richards Golf Course,, 777-4094

Donated leave requested for Cheryl Brooks

Leave donations are sought for Cheryl Brooks, disability specialist at Disability Support Services. She and her family thank you for your generosity. Please send a donated sick or vacation leave form to Donna Ellertson, Stop 9040. Donated leave forms are available at, then click on "forms."
-- Deb Glennen, Director, Disability Support Services,, 701-777-3425

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: Coordinator of Fitness Experience, Wellness Center, #07-192
DEADLINE: (I) 1/16/2007
SALARY: $26,000 - $29,000

POSITION: Lead Instructor/Flight Manager, Aerospace, #07-183
DEADLINE: (I) 1/11/2007
SALARY: $24,732 - $30,000

POSITION: Assistant Chief/Course Manager, Aerospace Sciences, #07-182
DEADLINE: (I) 1/11/2007
SALARY: $42,500 - $52,500

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

POSITION: Coordinator of Guest Experience (Variable schedule), Wellness Center, #07-189
DEADLINE: (I) 1/16/2007
SALARY: $24,000 - $28,000

POSITION: Account Technician, Administration and Finance SMHS, #07-185
DEADLINE: (I) 1/12/2007
SALARY: $25,000 - $30,000


POSITION: Service Area Clerk (Part-time, benefitted, M-TH, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Registrar’s Office, #07-190
DEADLINE:(I) 1/16/2007
SALARY: $9.00 - $10.00

POSITION: Conference Services Program Assistant, Continuing Education, #07-186
DEADLINE: (I) 1/11/2007
SALARY: $18,000 - $20,000


POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, Sun-Fri, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), Facilities, #07-194
DEADLINE: (I) 1/17/2007
SALARY: $16,640 - $20,000

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, M-F, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.), Facilities/Wellness Center, #07-193
DEADLINE:(I) 1/17/2007
SALARY: $16,640 - $23,124

POSITION: Building Services Technician - ROVER (Custodial, Sun - Fri , 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), Facilities, #07-191
DEADLINE: (I) 1/16/2007
SALARY: $16,640 - $20,000

POSITION: Lead Salad Chef, (variable schedule, flexible weekends) Dining Services, #07-188
DEADLINE: (I) 1/16/2007
SALARY: $8.31 - $10.25

POSITION: Lead Cook (variable schedule, flexible weekends), Dining Services, #07-187
DEADLINE: (I) 1/12/2007
SALARY: $10.22 - $11.00

UND researcher designs satellite to be launched by India

Pablo de Leon (space studies), research associate in the area of extravehicular activities and space suit design, and a group of researchers from the Argentine Association for Space Technology and the University of Comahue, a university located in Neuquen, Argentina, have designed and built an educational satellite named Pehuensat-1 which will be attached to the PSLV C-7 (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket and launched by the Indian government.

Santosh Seelan, professor of space studies, arranged the alliance between de Leon and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in the search for launch opportunities for the Pehuensat-1 satellite aboard the launch vehicle from India. “Working with ISRO has been an amazing experience,” said de Leon. “They (ISRO) made the integration and certification processes so easy. I look forward to working with them again.”

Pehuensat-1 is an educational satellite which will help to link students in Argentina with other countries by transmitting voice message in English, Spanish and Hindi which can be received by standard Ham radio equipment. It was built by students and faculty at the University of Comahue, with de Leon as payload manager of the effort. “I think there are many opportunities for space experimenters to put their satellites and payloads in space with India,” said de Leon.

More information can be found on the official ISRO web site, or the Argentine Association for Space Technology at
-- karen ryba, director of communications, aerospace,, 7-4761

Remembering Libby Rankin

Elizabeth "Libby" Rankin, director of instructional development and professor of English, died early Saturday morning, Jan. 6, at Altru Hospital. She was 59.

Libby was born in Robinson, Ill., on July 8, 1947, to Dean and Elizabeth (Zike) Rankin. She grew up in Robinson, and then attended Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., (bachelor's degree) and the State University of New York at Binghamton (master's and doctoral degrees). Libby worked as a VISTA volunteer and a newspaper writer before beginning a career in academia. Early teaching positions were at Auburn University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Alabama, prior to beginning her tenure at the University of North Dakota in 1985.

She started at UND as the director of composition and assistant professor of English. During her career, she directed the University Writing Program, advanced to full professor, and became the director of the office of instructional development. She was the primary author for three Bush grants awarded to the University of North Dakota, initiated the Bush Teaching Scholar Program, and led the Alice T. Clark Mentoring Program for new faculty. She authored two books on writing, initiated and facilitated writing seminars for faculty across campus, and consulted at universities throughout the United States.

Libby was married to Tom Steen on Nov. 24, 1995. They enjoyed camping, cooking, canoeing, and the company of many friends. Libby was also an avid reader and a passionate fan of music of all kinds.

She is survived by her husband Tom, her sister Kathleen (Lyle) Sharp of Hilton Head, S.C., and her brother John (Kathleen) Rankin of Robinson, Ill. She is also survived by three step-children Ben (Kim) Steen of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Sam (Erin) Steen of Dallas, Ga., and Molly Steen of Kennesaw, Ga.; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at the University of North Dakota’s Burtness Theatre. A reception will follow the service from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the North Dakota Museum of Art.

**Instead of flowers, please make a donation to: the Libby Rankin Memorial Fund -- to be used for the Advancement of Teaching and Writing.

You may also leave thoughts and memories on the Amundson Funeral Home's web site: