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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 38: January 09, 2007

Top Stories
AAHRPP accredits University
Events to Note
Biology seminar is Jan. 11
Madelyn Camrud reads poetry at Museum of Art Jan. 11
Sociology candidate presents Jan. 12
David Walsh to speak on new book
Doctoral examination set for James Abbott
Doctoral examination set for Cheryl Long Feather
Tickets available for Martin Luther King Jr awards luncheon
U2 lists workshops
Updates requested for Academic Catalog copy
Applications invited for faculty research seed money
Deadline is Jan. 16 for SSAC travel applications
Medical library lists holiday hours
ITTS lists holiday hours
U Card office now located in Memorial Union, Room 3
Channel 3 to telecast U-View
New PowerPoint templates available online
Note campus parking update
Make it your New Year's resolution to quit!
Museum of Art cafe lists specials
Internal job openings listed
In the News
UND chemist invited to present research findings in India
Jeffrey Powell joins Dean of Students office
UND political scientist lauds Rep. Nancy Pelosi's victory
In Remembrance
Remembering Libby Rankin
Remembering Mickey Knutson
AAHRPP accredits University

The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) has announced the accreditation of two Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities since it won the $4.9 million contract just one year ago. In addition, the list of accredited institutions also includes three academic institutions, a Canadian research organization, and a U.S.-based research facility.

“We are pleased to accredit two additional VA facilities since we took over the contract in December of last year,” said Marjorie A. Speers, Ph.D., executive director, AAHRPP. “In addition, we are pleased to accredit several firsts in their state and country, including New Jersey, New York, North Dakota as well as Canada. All of these institutions are nationally and internationally recognized for their extensive research programs and their commitment to human research protection.”

Through the intensive accreditation process, organizations must be able to demonstrate that extensive safeguards are built into every level of their research operation. AAHRPP standards exceed federal regulation in two ways: the protections for research participants that the federal government requires only for federally sponsored or regulated research are extended to all research and AAHRPP requires additional protections, such as conflict of interest rules and community education. The rigorous accreditation process often results in system-wide improvements that provide greater protection for research participants and ensures the integrity of their research. Accreditation is valid for three years.

The seven organizations join the growing list of research institutions nationwide already accredited by AAHRPP, which now includes 45 organizations with 127 entities. The list is comprised of organizations in the biomedical and behavioral and social sciences research fields, including community hospitals, teaching hospitals, independent review boards, research institutes, and universities. AAHRPP is currently working with nearly 400 additional organizations that are in the accreditation process.

The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP), is a nonprofit organization that works with organizations that conduct human research to raise the level of protection for research participants. AAHRPP accredits organizations that can demonstrate they provide participant safeguards that surpass the threshold of state and federal requirements. The accreditation program utilizes a voluntary, peer-driven, educational model. For organizations interested in learning more about AAHRPP accreditation, visit

Biology seminar is Jan. 11

Brian Maurer of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, will present "Why Are There General Patterns in Species Diversity?" at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at 141 Starcher Hall. The public is invited.

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

Sociology candidate presents Jan. 12

Members of the University community are invited to a presentation by Krista Lynn Minnotte, candidate for a faculty position in sociology. She will present "Gendered Job Experiences in Academic Science and Engineering" Friday, Jan. 12, from 3 to 4 p.m. in 101 Gillette Hall.
-- Kathleen Tiemann, Professor and Chair, Sociology,, 7-2188

David Walsh to speak on new book

The Grand Forks Parent Information Center welcomes David Walsh, Internet safety and cyber bullying expert, who will introduce his new book, "No. Why Kids Need It And Ways We Can Say It" at two events. Both are open to the public.

He will present Monday, Jan. 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Central High School Auditorium, 115 N. Fourth St. No reservations are needed.

He will also speak Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Alerus Center, 1200 42nd St. Call (701) 787-4216 for reservations.
For reservations, send name, phone number and registration fee to: Parent Information Center, 3351 17th Ave. S. Grand Forks, ND 58201. A $45 registration fee (which includes morning coffee break and noon lunch) is payable in advance. Make checks payable to Grand Forks Public School. Seating is limited. The deadline is Jan. 10 to receive payment. A late fee of $15 will be applied. Call (701) 787-4216 for more information.

Circle of Parents is a parent support group that meets during the school year on a weekly basis. We discuss anything related to parenting and have a great time sharing ideas with each other.
We meet Mondays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at University Lutheran Church.

Doctoral examination set for James Abbott

The final examination for James Abbott, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Communication and Public Discourse, is set for 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in 200 O'Kelly Hall. The dissertation title is, "Intrapersonal Communication and Well-Being." Pamela Kalbfleisch (communication) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School,, 777-4005

Doctoral examination set for Cheryl Long Feather

The final examination for Cheryl Long Feather, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Communication and Public Discourse, is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in 200 O'Kelly Hall. The dissertation title is "A Lakota/Nakota/Dakota Model of Oratory." Pamela Kalbfleisch (communication) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.

-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School,, 777-4005

Tickets available for Martin Luther King Jr awards luncheon

The Office of Multicultural Student Services is pleased to present the 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Luncheon. This event provides an opportunity to recognize individuals whose contribution(s) reflect the spirit of Dr. King Jr.'s life and legacy.

The theme of the luncheon is "Countdown to 2013: If Walls Could Talk." The keynote speaker is Andria Hall, former CNN anchor. The event will be held Friday, Jan. 26, at 11:30 a.m., Memorial Union Ballroom. The cost of the luncheon is $8 for faculty, staff, and non-students, $6 for UND students, and $2 for children ages 12 and under. Please purchase tickets no later than Friday, Jan. 17, at 4:30 p.m. Note: If attending the luncheon and dance Jan. 26, at 7 p.m., at the University Armory, the cost is $13 for faculty, staff, and non-students and $11 for UND students. For more information, please contact Multicultural Student Services at 777-4259.

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

Updates requested for Academic Catalog copy

Academic departments are reminded that they will soon receive copy from the current UND Academic Catalog (undergraduate and graduate) for biennial updating. The new version of the catalog is scheduled for completion in May with publication in June. The graduate sections are being sent by the Graduate School. The undergraduate and other sections are being sent by the Office of the Registrar. The deadline for returning this copy is Friday, Feb. 9. The index of the catalog is also being sent to deans and department chairs for their input. – Suzanne Anderson, University Registrar.

Applications invited for faculty research seed money

The University Senate invites applications for faculty research seed money awards. The deadline for submission is 4 p.m. Friday, March 9. Program details follow.

Description: The Faculty Research Seed Money Council (the "Council") distributes funds to support projects by faculty in any department of the University. The goal of the program is to enhance the ability of the faculty to submit successful extramural grant applications.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a faculty appointment at UND.

Faculty who have previously received funds from the committee must have a final report on file with the research development and compliance one month prior to the application date.

Faculty who have previously received funds from the seed money committee and who wish to apply for additional support must present evidence that they have submitted a related extramural research proposal since receiving funds. (An extramural application is one submitted to an agency or foundation "outside UND." Thus, for example, proposals sent to the following are not extramural: UND Instructional Development, NRI, RD&C, SSAC and North Dakota EPSCoR.) The new application must describe how the previous Seed Money award was used and what applications or publications resulted.

Review criteria: Proposals will be subject to competitive review and ranking by discipline-related subcommittees whose members are appointed by individual departments. Proposals must be clear, of high quality, and be designed to develop a project or provide preliminary data for one or more extramural grant proposals.

Higher priority will be given to:
* Proposals with high potential for producing successful extramural applications
* Applicants who have not received recent funding from the seed money committee
* Applicants with a demonstrated record of research or academic accomplishment
* Projects that can be completed in 12 to 18 months

Lower priority will be given to projects from investigators who have significant and/or continuous funding, unless the request is required to begin a project not currently supported. Projects will not be supported if they were previously submitted to an extramural agency but were declined funding because of lack of scientific, technical or academic merit. However, higher consideration will be given to those projects previously submitted to an external agency if the purpose of the Seed Money Application is to address reviewers’ comments, to improve the chance that a revised extramural application will be successful. Where applicable, a copy of the review summary from the most recent unfunded external proposal should be included.

Application Format:

The application should be prepared to convince and be understood by a general audience, only some of whom may be proficient in the applicant's area. The following headings and page limitations apply:

* Cover Page: Include target subcommittee; principal investigator's name; department, college; proposal title; amount requested; proposed beginning and ending dates of the project; agency to which extramural proposal will be submitted; list of previous Faculty Research Seed Money Council Awards and whether or not a final report and external proposal have been filed; signatures of the principal investigator, department chair, and dean of the college.

* Research or Project Plan: Include aims, background, significance, approach, methods

* Format: Three pages maximum, one inch margins, single spaced, not to exceed six lines per linear inch. (The three-page limit for the project plan will be strictly enforced. Proposals exceeding the limit will be returned without review. Appendices circumventing this limit will be discarded.)

* Detailed Budget (including justification)

* Biographical Sketch (two pages maximum)

* Current and Pending Grant Support (title and short description, agency, requested amount)

* Historical Grant Support at UND (including national, private and seed money awards)

* List of Extramural Applications Submitted But Not Funded (include past three years)

* Statement of Intent to Submit Extramural Application (title, agency, time period, funds to be requested). Where support is requested for a project that will not serve as the basis for an extramural application, then potential future sources of external funding should be listed.


The budget should be for a maximum of 12 to 18 months. Award amounts may range from $1,000 to $40,000. Projected expenditures must be reasonable, justified and directly related to the project.

A note on budgeted items: The council has ruled that seed money funds may not be used for travel and expenses in conjunction with attendance or presentation of materials at a conference. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you choose to request travel funds that are later disallowed, please be assured this decision will have no impact upon the selection of the remainder of your proposal for an award.


All applications must be received no later than 4 p.m. Friday, March 9.

NOTE: The subcommittee chair has the option to forward proposals outside the subcommittee expertise to a more appropriate subcommittee.

Submit the original plus the appropriate number of copies of your proposal to:
Faculty Research Seed Money Council
c/o RD&C, Twamley Hall, Room 105 (prior to Feb. 1), or
Room 404 Twamley Hall (after Feb. 1)
Stop 7134


Proposal Sections (Number of copies to submit)
Composition of Subcommittees

Behavioral Sciences (10): Communication, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Counseling, Educational Leadership, Educational Foundations and Research, Psychology, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Statewide Psych-Mental Health, Teaching and Learning.

Basic Medical Sciences (7): Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience,
Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics, Pathology.

Engineering and Technology (8): Aviation and Aerospace Sciences, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Technology, Mechanical Engineering.

Health Sciences (10): Community Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nutrition and Dietetics, Obstetrics-Gynecology, Occupational Therapy, Pediatrics, Physical Therapy, Surgery.

Humanities and Fine Arts (8): Art, English, History, Languages, Music,
Philosophy and Religion, Theatre Arts.

Mathematics and Natural Sciences (9): Atmospheric Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology and Geological Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Space Studies.

Professional Disciplines (7): Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Business Education, Management, Marketing, Practice and Role Development (Nursing).

Social Sciences (9): Anthropology, Economics, Family and Community Nursing, Indian Studies, Law, Political Science and Public Administration, Social Work, Sociology.

-- Charles J. Moretti, chair, Faculty Research Seed Money Council.

Deadline is Jan. 16 for SSAC travel applications

The third deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee is Tuesday, Jan. 16. Travel applications will be considered only for travel that will occur between Jan. 17 and May 1, 2007. No other applications will be considered.

The fourth deadline for submission of applications is Thursday, Feb. 15. Research/creative activity and publication grant applications, as well as applications for new faculty scholar awards, will be considered. No travel applications will be considered.

Tuesday, May 1, is the final deadline for submission of travel grant applications. This deadline is for travel occurring between May 2 and Sept. 15, 2007. No other applications will be considered.

The committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. The proposal should be written with a multidisciplinary readership in mind. Avoid technical jargon and undefined abbreviations. Although the SSAC encourages submission of research/creative activity proposals and travel/publication requests, the committee takes into consideration the most recent SSAC awards granted to each applicant. Priority will be given to beginning faculty and first-time applicants. Requests for research/creative activity awards may not exceed $2,500. The committee receives requests for funding that far exceed funds available for awards; therefore, please prepare your application carefully.

Application forms are available at Research Development and Compliance (RD&C), 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4278, or on RD&C’s home page (on UND’s home page under “Research”). A properly signed original and 11 copies of the application must be submitted to RD&C prior to or on the published deadline. Applications that are not prepared in accordance with the directions on the forms will not be considered by the committee. Please feel free to contact any of the current SSAC members for information or guidance when preparing your application. Their names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are available on RD&C’s home page or by calling RD&C at 777-4278.
-- B. P. Bandyopadhyay, Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee,, 701/777-2571

Medical library lists holiday hours

The Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences Martin Luther King holiday weekend hours are: Friday, Jan. 12, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 13, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 14, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 15, 1 p.m. to midnight.

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.

U Card office now located in Memorial Union, Room 3

The U Card office has relocated within the Memorial Union to Room 3 lower level (near the Lifetime Sports Center). The phone number remains the same, 777-2071. Hours of operation will be extended to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Jan. 8-12, for all U Card services. The office will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Regular hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. will resume Jan. 16.
-- Teresa Blilie, Manager, U Card,, 777-2071

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

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

Note campus parking update

All parking has reverted back to the normal requirements. Red “A” permits can park in red “A” or brown “G” zones. Student permits may park in the appropriate student lot or any brown “G” lot. All red “A” permits must be renewed and displaying the silver decal with the new expiration date of Dec. 3, 2007. If you have not yet renewed your red permit, please do so at the Parking Office.

All service vehicle placards should be renewed. If you have not yet re-validated service vehicle placards, please bring your placard to the office for renewal and re-validation. There is no charge to renew the service vehicle placard.

All yellow “K” permit should be renewed. The meters in the Bek lot are back to meter parking. The visitor lot will again be staffed. Permits are now required in all vehicles up to 10 p.m.

Be sure to position your vehicle in the parking space provided between the lines. With snow covered lots it is sometimes difficult to tell where the lines are, but traffic safety is compromised if you are parking over the lines, extending the rows, or near snow piles. Parking in the Wellness lot does require a valid UND permit or Wellness Center permit. There are meters available as well for anyone using the center without a permit.

The meters in the Wilkerson lot have been changed from one-half hour to one hour meters to allow longer parking in that area.

If you have any questions, please contact the Parking Office, 777-3551. -- Sherry Kapella, manager, UND Parking Office.

Make it your New Year's resolution to quit!

Join the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System Smoking Cessation programs. To learn more, visit Classes will begin March 27 on campus and are offered free to all faculty, staff, and students. For more information or to register, contact Theresa Knox at 701-787-8140 or Happy New Year! Make your resolution -- QUIT!
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Coordinator of Wellness, Wellness Center,, 777-0210

Museum of Art cafe lists specials

Specials at the North Dakota Museum of Art cafe follow.
* Jan. 10 – Entrée: Chicken Marsala; Soup: Moroccan Chicken
* Jan. 11 – Entrée: Leg of Lamb Wrap; Soup: Lamb Stew

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

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: Executive Secretary, Athletics, #07-178
DEADLINE: (I) 1/10/2007
SALARY: $22,000 - $28,000

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: 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 - 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

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Facilities, #07-184
DEADLINE: (I) 1/10/2007
SALARY: $16,037 - $20,000

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, Sun - Fri , 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), Facilities, #07-180
DEADLINE: (I) 1/10/2007
SALARY: $16,640 - $20,000

UND chemist invited to present research findings in India

Chemist Mark Hoffmann, an international authority on theoretical and computational chemistry, heads to India next week following an invitation from the Indian government to anchor an international conference in Bhubaneswar and Puri in the Indian state of Orissa.

The conference -- Recent Trends in Many-Body Methods for Electronic Structure and Properties of Atoms and Molecule -- is closely connected with Dr. Hoffmann's current U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funded research that aims to produce high-speed computer models that scientists and engineers will able to use to analyze reactions in new clean-coal and other energy-related technologies.

"The methods that I'm exploring are critical to understanding chemical problems such as what happens in a coal-fired power plant," says Hoffmann, who was invited to Japan last year to present similar research findings to an international group of experts.

Hoffmann's research in this direction is funded, in part, by both DOE and NSF EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) grants; this research also will develop problem-analyzing models that will be applied to biofuels.

Jeffrey Powell joins Dean of Students office

Powell Joins UND Dean of Students Office

Jeffrey Powell, has joined the UND Dean of Students Office as a student services officer. Dr. Powell graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in economics and letters. He earned his master's degree in higher education administration from the University of Tennessee and a doctor of philosophy from the University of Northern Colorado.

Prior to joining the staff at the Dean of Students Office, he worked as an assistant director of UND Housing for two years. Dr. Powell has more than 16 years of experience in student affairs and has been employed at other higher education institutions to include the University of Maine, the University of Colorado, the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Connecticut. - Cara Goodin, Associate Dean of Student Life.

UND political scientist lauds Rep. Nancy Pelosi's victory

A cheering chorus of citizens, leaders, and lawmakers celebrated this week when Rep. Nancy Pelosi claimed the gavel as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, the first woman in that role and the first Democrat for 12 years. Pelosi, from California, now is third in the presidential succession, right after the vice president and assumes one of the most high-profile spots in U.S. politics.

“This is clearly a historic event with enormous political ramifications,” says UND political scientist Mark Jendrysik, who chairs the department of political science. “First and foremost, it’s an enormous achievement for women.”

But, says Jendrysik, “It’s important to remember that the President still retains great power over the legislative process whether through the use of the veto, or by working with the Republican minority.”

So, what will the Democrats do?

“First, they will do some easy things like change the ethics rules for Congress regarding lobbyists,” observes Jendrysik, who, among other areas of interest, is a published observer of the American political and cultural scenes. “Second, they will send President Bush a number of bills which have very strong support among the public.” This includes legislation that would boost the national minimum wage, promote stem cell research, cut student loan interest rates, and trim Medicare drug prices.

Jendrysik predicts that such moves —- all strongly opposed by largely Republican interests —- will slam the White House hard.

“Most likely, Bush will go along with the first and third choices and threaten vetoes of two and four,” he says. “Of course, since the Republicans have the power to filibuster legislation in the Senate, the Democrats might not be able to hold all their members on every issue.” So, Jendrysik predicts, congressional proposals for stem cell research and Medicare drug cost cuts aren’t likely to make it to the President’s Oval Office desk.

Jendrysik sees other priorities -— such as restoring pay/go rules in the budget, adopting the recommendations of the 9/11 commission, and, of course, funding for the war in Iraq —- as more problematic. At this point, he says, it’s anybody’s guess how the political winds will blow on those issues.

Also, Jendrysik forecasts that Congress, despite all the rhetoric to the contrary, isn’t likely to dump earmarks because lawmakers like being able to get money for projects back home.

“Also, I don't think the Democrats will do much to modify the Patriot Act, although they might challenge the President on his claims of almost unlimited Presidential power in the war on terror, such as detaining citizens with trial and various surveillance issues,” says Jendrysik, who is set to publish his second book, Modern Jeremiahs: Contemporary Visions of American Decline, next year.

Jendrysik expects reform-minded Demoncrats to launch investigations of Iraq war profiteering by some contractors and investigation of the war itself.

“I believe that we will see some action on ethics and a few popular bills passed quickly,” he says. “But there will be a very major battle over this year’s budget and over the deficit and taxes.”

Finally, Jendrysik thinks that the President is going to have to decide whether to work with the Democrats or fight them at every turn.

“Since he can’t run for re-election in 2008, he may decide that confrontation gains him nothing,” he observes. “Or he might decide that confrontation might give the Republicans political capital for the 2008 election.”

A Massachussetts native, Dr. Jendrysik has been at UND since 1999 and is associate professor and chair of the political science; his teaching interests include ancient and modern political thought, utopian political ideas, ethics, public opinion, and American government. For a more detailed bio, check

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.

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Remembering Mickey Knutson

Mickey Knutson, PA (BSN '58, FNP '78), founder and former director of the Physician Assistant (PA) and Nurse Practitioner programs, died Jan. 2, 2007 at Orlando, Fla. She was 70.

In the early 1970s, she was instrumental in the development of the physician assistant and nurse practitioner programs at the UND medical school. She served as director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program from 1972 to 1977 and as co-director of the PA Program from 1982 to 1998.

A native of Grafton, N.D., Knutson earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing at UND and a master's degree in nursing at the University of Washington in 1961. She completed the Family Nurse Practitioner Program in 1978 at UND. In 1963, she joined the UND College of Nursing faculty where she served for three years before being named director of St. Francis School of Nursing in Minot.

In 1972, she was named director of the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at the UND medical school where she wrote numerous grants which brought more than $2 million to UND. During her career, she held many leadership positions with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (including president in 1982), Association of Physician Assistant Programs, North Dakota Academy of Health Practitioners, among others, and wrote extensively on the education of family nurse practitioners and related topics. She received the UND President's Award for Outstanding Service in 1990.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Knutson, Orlando; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. James and Theresa Knutson and grandson, Cole Knutson, all of Sioux City, Iowa.

A memorial service will be at the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1515 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, Fla., at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. A lunch will be served in the Fellowship Hall immediately after the service.

Memorials may be sent to The Mickey Knutson Scholarship Endowment, UND
Foundation, PO Box 8157, Grand Forks, ND 58202 or the Dakota Boys Ranch in Minot.

A block of rooms is reserved for Feb. 2, 3 and 4 under the name "Mickey
Knutson Memorial" at $99 per night at the Wingate Inn, 5750 Hazeltine National Drive, Orlando, FL 32822, 407-826-5258 or 1-800-228-1000.