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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 32: December 12, 2006

Top Stories
UND Research Foundation to break ground for new Center for Life Sciences today
UND research chief to visit research park in Lucknow, India
UND named to Carnegie list of engaged universities
Events to Note
Symphony and Master Chorale perform Handel's Messiah at the Chester Fritz
Third Street Gallery features Fargo artist
Holiday fundraiser to celebrate life of Liz Granlund Hacker
U2 lists workshops
Applicants sought for CIO position
GGE announces new course - Surviving on Planet Earth
Medical students seeking admission at 5:1 rate
Law Library posts holiday hours
Health sciences library offers extended hours for final exams
NDUS networks will be upgraded; expect outages
Note mileage reimbursement policy revision
"A" zone parking permits have been mailed
International Programs newsletter available online
Barnes & Noble gives more cash back for UND students
Surplus items for sale to public
Denim Day comes early in December
Regional artist displays work at Empire Arts Center
Thank you from Operation Campus Friends
Staff Senate names 31 Days of Glory winners
Give the gift of great taste - Dining Services gift cards
Helpful holiday health tips given
Patients sought for medical students
Internal job openings listed
In Remembrance
Remembering Ralph Weisgram
Remembering John Wosick
UND Research Foundation to break ground for new Center for Life Sciences today

Federal, state, city, and University officials will gather Tuesday, Dec. 12, 1:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn when the UND Research Foundation breaks ground for its new $12 million, 50,000-square-foot research building. The facility, which will house the Center for Life Sciences and Advanced Technologies, will anchor the UND Research Foundation's 19.5 acre Research Enterprise and Commercialization park.

Sen. Byron Dorgan, Sen. Kent Conrad, Rep. Earl Pomeroy, Gov. John Hoeven, and President Charles Kupchella are among the speakers invited to help celebrate the beginning of a new research park, located on the UND campus at the intersection of 42nd Street N. and DeMers Ave. The research building is designed as a home for UND research ventures partnered with outside companies and corporations that want to link their financial muscle with the University’s intellectual capital. The center received $3.5 million from Gov. Hoeven’s Centers of Excellence for Economic Development program and $500,00 from the Gand Forks City Growth Fund.

The building and the research park will be managed by the UND Research Foundation (UNDRF), which aims to help with the commercialization of the intellectual property created across all of the colleges and schools of the University, Alfonso explains. UNDRF will also help engage the community and state to form new joint partnerships and businesses that will lead to economic growth within the community and the state of North Dakota. In a nutshell, the research foundation was established to support UND’s research enterprise, said Peter Alfonso, UND vice president for research. Alfonso also serves as UNDRF president.

The park will be right on the western edge of campus. “Three things about that location make it valuable for our research park,” said Jim Petell, UND director of technology transfer and commercialization, a former corporate research leader who has numerous patents to his credit, and UNDRF executive director. “First, it’s next to the UND central campus; second, it complements the Center for Innovation and Skalicky Tech Incubator on the same site; and third, it shows high tech being developed into a park-like setting complete with the hotel for business partners (with high-tech, multipurpose facilities nearby).”

The research park itself is an extension of the premise behind the creation of the research foundation, given the ramped-up increase and diversity of UND intellectual property and emerging corporate partnerships and joint ventures.

“We asked ourselves how to take into the marketplace intellectual property developed at the University or in joint research relationships with corporate partners and, most importantly, keep it in North Dakota,” Petell said. “This type of facility would be unique in this area — there isn’t one now — and would facilitate the commercialization of intellectual property. Further, by forming companies based in North Dakota, it provides tremendous career opportunities for students to remain in North Dakota in high-paying, high-tech corporate jobs rather than go out of state.”

Currently, six companies (Avianax, NovaDign, Agragen, Prologic, Alion, Inc., and Ideal Aerosmith) representing four life sciences and advanced technologies clusters are designing research and office space that meet their needs. Most of the companies are coming from out of state to work with UND faculty on research projects or develop relationships for student intern programs. One of the life sciences company, Avianax, was jointly formed with UNDRF in North Dakota earlier this year.

The research park, he added, multiplies opportunities: “You get economic development for both Grand Forks and UND, including investment in research and in the new companies and new professional jobs to go with them.”

UND research chief to visit research park in Lucknow, India

Less than 24 hours after the ground is broken for the UND Research Foundation's new $12 million, 50,000-square-foot Center for Life Sciences and Advanced Technologies research building which will anchor the Research Enterprise and Commercialization tech park, the driving force behind the facility and the park will be on a plane to learn the secrets of a successful research park in Lucknow, India.

“This is a very important trip for us,” said Peter Alfonso, who wears two hats, one as UND's vice president for research and another as the president of the UND Research Foundation. Alfonso is set to meet with academic and government leaders and economic development officials in Lucknow. He also will co-chair a session with Jonathan Geiger at the Silver Jubilee Conference of the Indian Academy of Neurosciences. Chair of the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Therapeutics in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Geiger’s research — focused on determining the underlying mechanisms and potential therapeutic interventions for sleep disorders and against neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s and strokes — has attracted international attention and was the basis for his latest international invitation, Alfonso notes.

“Among the things I want to accomplish in Lucknow is a visit to their tech park to talk about how they go about developing the highly trained workforce needed to operate such facilities,” said Alfonso. His trip begins a day after the groundbreaking for the Center for Life Sciences and Advanced Technologies research facility. The center will house a dedicated biosciences research lab, as well as space for UND researchers and commercial companies working with, or interested in, UND-based research projects.

“And we aim to boost our capabilities in research by creating more international opportunities, both for the exchange of scientific ideas, faculty, and students,” Alfonso said. “So I’m going to India to promote UND’s outstanding research establishment.”

Alfonso, UND’s first research chief, has masterminded a significant increase in grant proposals submitted and funded, in new research initiatives launched, and several new key research faculty appointments. In FY06, more than $94 million was received in sponsored program awards, and sponsored program expenditures totaled more than $81 million. Alfonso’s research division also created another first at UND: a technology transfer and commercialization office that identifies and protects the innovations and intellectual property developed at UND.

UND named to Carnegie list of engaged universities

The University is one of only 76 schools nationwide recently selected by the Carnegie Foundation for inclusion in its new community engagement classification, and one of only nine to make the Outreach and Partnerships category.

“The University has been providing services to North Dakota communities from its beginning, so we are very pleased that Carnegie chose to recognize our focused ongoing community engagement efforts,” said President Charles Kupchella.

“This is the first time that the Foundation has made such designations,” said Lana Rakow, a professor of communication and director of the UND Center for Community Engagement.

In a release this week about the new community engagement classification, Alexander McCormick, who directs Carnegie's classification work, said, “The Community Engagement Classification is an exciting move in Carnegie's work to extend and refine the classification of colleges and universities. It represents a significant affirmation of the importance of community engagement in the agenda of higher education.”

“What this means for us,” Rakow said, “is recognition that UND is among the first wave of universities that really are doing the right thing with community engagement.” In its submission for this elective classification, Rakow explained, UND documented its forward-thinking approach to community engagement. “I looked at the annual reports of every department on campus, and I provided Carnegie with 20 examples of partnerships. In our application, we demonstrated that we have organizations such as the Center for Community Engagement, people committed to supporting it, and the involvement of faculty and students across campus in community partnerships -- this isn’t just outreach or service work, but true partnerships where we work together to better our communities.”

UND was the only school in North Dakota to gain this recognition. Unlike the Carnegie Foundation’s other classifications that rely on national data, this is an “elective” classification-institutions, including UND, elected to participate by submitting required documentation describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community, be it local or beyond. This approach enabled the Foundation to address elements of institutional mission and distinctiveness that are not represented in the national data on colleges and universities.

In order to be selected into any of the three categories, institutions had to provide descriptions and examples of institutionalized practices of community engagement that showed alignment among mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices. In making its selections, Carnegie found that few institutions acknowledge community engagement as a priority in their search and hiring practices.

Launched in 2004, the UND Center for Community Engagement links academic resources with community needs. It supports opportunities for faculty and students to learn from and with nonprofit organizations, rural communities, tribal communities, and other public partners (see The Center coordinates and supports opportunities for faculty and students to learn from and with nonprofit organizations, rural communities, tribal communities, and other public partners in the state. It works with departments, faculty, and students across campus, coordinates activities with other units with relevant teaching, research, and service missions, and develops relationships with public and community partners.

Among the projects listed in UND’s application for selection-a project that typifies UND ’s community engagement strategy-was the Center’s work with the Grand Forks Housing Authority. “We went out to the LaGrave neighborhood just south of downtown Grand Forks,” Rakow noted.

“It has low-income housing, which is where the students conducted their research. They interviewed residents and did some participant observation, they hung out, had some lunch, coffee, met with people, went to their activities-they were working on what we call a community asset map. We asked ‘what are the assets in this neighborhood?’ Typically, we think of a low-income area as having deficits-they don’t have money, they don’t have other resources, they don’t have this, they don’t have that. We wrote a report that we gave back to the neighborhood.”

“Community engagement enhances the learning experience and really makes learning relevant to future citizens of North Dakota,” said Dr. Martha Potvin, UND dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. The center and UND’s other broad community engagement efforts fit well with UND ’s strategic goals and meets Legislative Roundtable recommendations.

For an extensive look at UND’s Center Community Engagement and related efforts, check out this Faculty Q&A with Rakow: .

Symphony and Master Chorale perform Handel's Messiah at the Chester Fritz

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony and the Grand Forks Master Chorale join forces Dec. 16 and 17, along with singers from several area choirs in a performance of Handel’s "Messiah." Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening at the Chester Fritz Auditorium and Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Lincoln High School Auditorium in Thief River Falls. Tickets ($5-$18) are available from the Chester Fritz Auditorium (701-777-4090) and at Kezar’s Music in Thief River Falls.

In addition to the Symphony and Chorale, choirs from East Grand Forks Senior High School, Northland College and Sacred Heart High School will participate. In all, over two hundred voices will be joining symphony musicians to fill the auditorium with the sounds of Handel’s most popular oratorio.

Four soloists will be featured in the performance. Soprano Anne Christopherson has performed at Lincoln Center and the Colorado Lyric Theatre Festival and been a featured artist with the prestigious Academy of Art Song at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada and with I Solisti di Lucca under the auspices of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in Lucca, Italy. This summer, audiences enjoyed the “evil fun” of her “electric” performance as Mrs. Lovett in the Crimson Creek Collegiate Players’ production of Sweeney Todd. Christopherson is a member of the music faculty at UND.

Lyric mezzo-soprano, Holly Wrensch’s past credits include a variety of characters from the trouser roles of Cherubino, Hansel and Prince Orlofsky, to the ingénue roles of Nancy (Albert Herring), Valencienne (The Merry Widow) and Phoebe (The Yeoman of the Guard), to the more dramatic roles of Carmen and The Secretary (The Counsul). Recently, she received the Irma Cooper Award as a finalist in the National Association Teachers of Singing Artist Award competition in Minneapolis.

Tenor Terence Kelly is a frequent oratorio soloist who was a principal tenor at the Operafestival di Roma in the summer of 1995 and again in 2000. A prize winner at the Franz Schubert Institute for German Lieder, Dr. Kelly has coached with Elly Ameling, Jörg Demus, Hans Hotter, Gérard Souzay, and numerous other professional artists. He has been featured on Austrian National Radio, RKO radio in the USA, and Allegro con brio in Rome.

Bass James Ramlet returns to the area after performing last year with the GGFSO in Amahl and the Night Visitors. He came to national prominence in 1986, singing the American premiere of Aulis Sallinen’s The King Goes Forth to France at the Santa Fe Opera. Since then, he has performed more than 40 roles with Houston Grand Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, Washington Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, Anchorage Opera and Chautauqua Opera, among others. His Lyric Opera of Chicago performance in Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra was telecast nationally on PBS’ “Great Performances”.

The performance will be conducted by new Symphony Conductor and Music Director, Maestro James Hannon. Additional Lincoln High School choristers will join the performance Sunday in the Symphony’s first visit to Thief River Falls in recent history.
-- Jennifer Tarlin, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Symphony,, 7-3359

Third Street Gallery features Fargo artist

On Saturday, Dec. 16, through Jan. 27, Fargo artist Brad Bachmeier will display his raku and low fire ceramics at the Third Street Gallery, 28 Third St. S., Grand Forks. This exhibition will begin with an artist reception Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. He will be in attendance to answer questions about his work.

The title of the show, "Embers," refers to the thread that ties the new work to the older traditional raku work that is also presented in this show. The works are various forms of traditional pottery with experimental techniques such as slip-resists, smoking, fuming, pit-firing, horse-hair raku firing, burnishing and bright underglazes. These techniques produce a finished product that is one-of-a-kind, letting the embers of the firing process dictate the exact outcome of the work.

Bachmeier and his wife Susan are originally from Anamoose, N.D. They both graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead before embarking on teaching careers. They live in Fargo with their three children, Mackenna, Addison and Clay. Brad serves as the art department chair at Fargo North High School as well as an adjunct faculty member at MSUM. He is currently enrolled in the MFA ceramics program at the University of North Dakota. Brad is a founding member of the Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists, a member of the North Dakota Council on the Arts Education Task Force and serves as the cultural arts representative for the Fargo Public Schools Curriculum Council.

Brad's work has currently been collected nationally in 48 states in public and private collections such as the North Dakota governor's mansion. He has won over 20 national best of show and grant awards. His work has been featured in Minnesota Monthly Magazine, the Briar Cliff Review and most recently will be featured on HGTV's "That's Clever" program, February 2007. His work was chosen this year as a Niche awards finalist. Only four wheel-thrown ceramic works were chosen nationally out of over 1,000 entrants.

Third Street Gallery is curated by Rebecca Sefcovic Uglem. The public is welcome to all events. Those wishing group tours, including schools, should contact the Third Street Gallery at (701) 775-5055. There is no admission charge but a $2 donation is suggested for adults and change from children.

For more information call 701 775-5055 or contact

Holiday fundraiser to celebrate life of Liz Granlund Hacker

A holiday fundraiser celebrating the life of Liz Granlund Hacker will be held Sunday, Dec. 17, at the Suite 49 Restaurant, 2950 10th Ave. N.

Featuring a silent art auction, live musical entertainment by Jazz on Tap, and special holiday hors d'oeuvres, this fundraiser will help defray Liz's medical expenses. She married Nick Hacker on Aug. 12, 2006, and passed away on Nov. 14, due to the complications of a rare blood disorder, Epstein-Barr related Hemophagocytic Lymphohisticytosis (HLH).

Nearly 50 artists have donated artwork for the silent art auction; several pieces will be raffled, and snowman raffle tickets will be sold. The snowman is a seven-foot-tall, three-dimensional whimsical holiday creation donated by Walhalla sculptor Kenny Tetrault. It features over 1,000 lights; the drawing will be held at 9 p.m. Chelsey Tetrault, the artist's daughter and a childhood friend of Liz's, will draw the winning name. LizStrong T-shirts and other items will be sold to help raise funds for Liz's family. The pink T-shirts (Liz's favorite color) feature "LizStrong" on the front and "Walk in Faith . . . Not in Fear" on the back. They were designed by Danielle Mark of Grand Forks, a friend of Liz's and one of the art auction coordinators. A social hour will be held from 5 to 6 p.m., and the silent art auction will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.; guests may sign up for their anonymous bidding numbers upon their arrival at Suite 49.

The admission fee will be a free will offering. Individual or corporate donations may also be mailed to: The Liz Hacker Foundation, c/o The Farmers and Merchants State Bank, 816 Third Street, Langdon, ND 58249.

For more information, please contact Danielle Mark at, phone (651) 338-6945, or Sally Opp at, phone (701)740-7026. -- Darlene Holien, catering.

U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for Dec. 19 through Jan. 12. Visit our web site for additional workshops.

Facilities Discoverer Reports Training
Jan. 4, 9 to 10 a.m.
Upson II, Room 361
The billing charges from Facilities will be posted to PeopleSoft in a summarized format. To access the detailed information, each department will need to have access to Discoverer Reports and be trained on how to access the detail and summary information for their departments. These reports will break down the charges by individual work orders and/or projects. Presenter: Laura Thoreson.

Records Disposal Procedures
Dec. 19, 9 to 10 a.m.
Memorial Union, Memorial Room
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 used, 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, records manager.

Excel XP: Beginning
Jan. 10, 11, and 12, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.*
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers; mouse and file saving/retrieving skills.
Introduces Excel basics, edit worksheets, perform calculations, format worksheets, work with multiple worksheets, create and modify charts, set display and print options.

*Salary Retro Distribution and PSHRMS to PSFinance Reconciliation
Jan. 9, 9 to 11 a.m.
Upson II, Room 361
How to complete Salary Retro distribution forms and following the correction through to PSFinance. Presenter: Cindy Fetsch

*Wellness Wednesdays: Intellectual Wellness
Jan. 3, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
Wellness Center Classroom
Health Quackery
Presenter: Jim Whitehead, Physical Education and Exercise Science

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) Box #, (6) Phone #, (7) Email, and (8) How you first learn 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

Applicants sought for CIO position

The University is seeking a chief information officer. If you know anyone who might be interested in the position, please forward the following job description. Also, if you belong to a listserv which could yield qualified applicants, we would very much appreciate it if you could submit it to the listserv. Thank you. -- Victoria Beard, associate provost and chair, CIO search committee.

Chief Information Officer
The University of North Dakota is seeking qualified applicants for the newly created position of Chief Information Officer.

The University of North Dakota is one of the largest and most diversified universities in the Upper Midwest, with an enrollment of over 13,000. Academic programs are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, Aerospace Sciences, Business and Public Administration, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, and Nursing. UND is characterized by a solid foundation in the liberal arts, high-quality students and faculty, a comprehensive curriculum, strong professional programs, and wide recognition in graduate education and research.

The new CIO will report to the Provost and will be responsible for establishing policies, procedures, and infrastructure for IT services and support across campus. Applicants should possess strong leadership and technology skills, including:
* Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a university setting with diverse constituents in addressing their technology needs and practices;
* A minimum of five years significant high-level IT management experience in higher education, with 10 years IT work experience preferred;
* Graduate degree in computer science, business administration, information systems, or related field, with Ph.D. preferred;
* Demonstrated experience in large-scale IT strategic planning, implementation, budgeting, and organizational change;
* Demonstrated expertise in current technologies and best practices in IT support for teaching, research, and service;
* Demonstrated ability to serve as an advocate for customer-driven service;
* Demonstrated ability to analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate IT policy and infrastructure in a university setting;
* Effective communicator.

Applicants should submit a cover letter addressing the position requirements, vita, and list of five references with contact information to Human Resources, University of North Dakota, 264 Centennial Drive Stop 8010, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8176. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Dual career couples are directed to For further information see . The search committee will begin reviewing applications Jan. 22. The position will remain open until filled.

UND is an EEO/AA institution.

GGE announces new course - Surviving on Planet Earth

Surviving on Planet Earth (or How to Succeed on a Constantly Changing Earth) will be offered in spring 2007, Geol 105, Call# 18347; three credits; Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m. (course materials will be downloaded.)

Earth's geologic history is all about dynamic global change. There are more than six billion people on Earth, soon to be seven billion. All of us rely on the same Earth's resources to sustain our lives. Increasing demand for ultimately limited resources (on different parts of Earth) has led to major conflicts throughout human history. The future of energy resources, in particular, is still unsolved, but is far from our only concern. Resources used by humans affect Earth's climate, atmosphere, water, and life. What are these consequences? What do we know? How do we make informed decisions? The big question is: what sort of future are we going to have? This is your opportunity to ultimately become part of an effective process. Learn about surviving on Planet Earth.

To provide students (of any age) the best opportunity to succeed on planet Earth, the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering is offering a new course that examines both active present geologic processes that affect our daily lives and those geologic events that have shaped our current global resource landscape on a realistic, scientific basis. Students will actively interact with a number of the geology faculty throughout the semester to bring faculty expertise to each of the core topics to the student in a meaningful way.

Surviving on Planet Earth covers strategies concerning our Dynamic Earth (Earth’s cycles, hazards), Life on Earth (terra forming, extinction), Water Supply (too much, too little, and what is in it), and Energy and Global Change (resource use to changing needs). Each strategy concerns the events and topics that shape our daily lives by providing modern, historic, and critical geologic examples. Know why things happen or are the way they are and why battles are fought and floods destroy cities, and sea level rises and falls. As an active learning environment, students will come away with a means to interpret the daily news, understand critical resources issues like water and energy, and have input into their future.
-- Joseph Hartman, Associate Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering,, 701-777-5055

Medical students seeking admission at 5:1 rate

About five applications for each available seat have been received for the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Class of 2011, according to Judy DeMers, associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

A total of 276 applications have been received this fall for the 55 state-supported seats in the first-year class which begins in August 2007.

"We are very pleased with the quality of the applicant pool this year," DeMers said. "Not only are they well-qualified academically, but they also appear very committed to helping people with their knowledge and skill."

The medical school's admissions committee began conducting interviews Dec. 8 to select members of next year's incoming class. The committee has invited about 140 applicants for interviews which will continue next weekend and into January for the regular seats.

The school also conducts interviews for seven federally-funded seats to select qualified students to be admitted through its Indians Into Medicine (INMED) program. Those interviews will take place in February.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Assistant to the Director, Public Affairs,, 701-746-1898

Law Library posts holiday hours

Holiday hours for Thormodsgard Law Library follow: Friday, Dec. 15, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16-17, closed; Monday through Friday, Dec. 18-22, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 23-24, closed; Monday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day), closed; Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 26-29, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 30-31, closed; Monday, Jan. 1 (New Year's Day), closed; Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 2-5, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 6-7, closed; regular hours resume Monday, Jan. 8.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation manager, Law Library,, 7-3482

Health sciences library offers extended hours for final exams

The Library of the Health Sciences will be open extended hours Dec. 15-22.

Hours are:
Friday, Dec. 15, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 16, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m. to midnight; Monday, Dec. 18, 8 a.m. to midnight; Tuesday, Dec. 19, 8 a.m. to midnight; Wednesday, Dec. 20, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, Dec. 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-- April Byars, Administrative Assistant, Library of the Health

NDUS networks will be upgraded; expect outages

All NDUS campus networks (of which UND is part) will be migrated to the upgraded statewide area network (STAGEnet) between Dec. 15 and Dec. 19. Network outages will occur each of those four nights beginning at 10 p.m. It is anticipated that network connectivity will be restored well before 7 a.m. each of the following mornings. The upgrade will provide a higher bandwidth backbone for NDUS which is needed to offer services campus constituents expect.

Specific segments of the network will be upgraded each of the four nights, although it is possible that a change that is expected to affect one area will affect others.

To complete your work those days, please plan any wide area network-related activities (including updating and viewing grades in Campus Connection, access to Internet2, using external Web resources) between the hours of 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day from Friday, Dec. 15, through Tuesday, Dec. 19. The network could easily be available much more than that, but there is no assurance.

In addition, if you discover any network-related problems during this period or in the subsequent days, please report them immediately to the helpdesk at 777-2222.

We recognize that this may cause hardship but we ask for your understanding. This big a change cannot occur without some outages and, because of the importance of the network to much of what campuses do, there is no better time. — ITSS.

Note mileage reimbursement policy revision

Effective for travel on or after Jan. 1, 2007, the personal vehicle mileage reimbursement policy has been revised, as stated below:
Personal vehicle mileage is reimbursed at the rate indicated in NDCC 54-06-09. The reimbursement rate is $0.375 per mile for in-state travel and $0.18 per mile for out-of-state travel. Employees must obtain approval from their supervisor to use a personal vehicle instead of a state fleet vehicle. The employee’s supervisor must sign the travel expense voucher when the employee is claiming personal vehicle mileage, indicating that approval for use of a personal vehicle was obtained.

Previous policy provided for a reduced rate per mile for personal vehicle mileage unless the employee received either approval in advance (for medical-related reasons) from accounting services or a statement from the transportation department indicating that a state fleet vehicle was not available. These will no longer be required. Instead, approval in advance will be required from the employee’s supervisor.

There are several reasons that employees should choose a state fleet vehicle.
1. When state employees are traveling on state business, the North Dakota Century Code (54-06-09 and 24-02-03.3) requires all state employees to use a North Dakota state fleet vehicle when available. Any exceptions to this requirement must be for circumstances approved by the employee’s supervisor. Department heads should establish an approval process for their department. The employee’s supervisor must sign the travel expense voucher when the employee is claiming personal vehicle mileage, indicating that approval for use of a personal vehicle was obtained. An additional supervisor signature area has been added to the travel expense voucher. Please obtain a copy of the revised travel expense voucher from the Accounting Services web site.

2. Cost savings: The rate for a standard four-door sedan is $ .27 per mile. Because of this low rate, it is generally more cost effective for departments to utilize state fleet vehicles.

3. Liability insurance: If a state fleet vehicle is used, insurance is provided through the State Risk Management Fund. If an employee is involved in a motor vehicle accident while on business-related travel in their personal vehicle, their personal insurance will have to cover any claims/costs. The vehicle owner would be responsible for any deductibles and rate increases that result. Specific insurance-related questions can be directed to Jason Uhlir at or by phone at 777-3341.

"A" zone parking permits have been mailed

All the red "A" parking permit renewal decals have been mailed out. If you are on payroll deduction, you should have received your decal and put it on your existing hang tag. Those who pay with a one time payment are processed as we receive them, and are mailed to the address you provided, mostly sent intra-campus. As soon as you get your decal, attach it to your permit and start using it immediately.

As always, we will not ticket for expired red "A" permits until January 1. This is to allow everyone time to renew them. We know this is a busy time of year with finals and graduation so that is the reason for the extension. If you have any questions please call our office at 777-3551. Thank you!
-- Sherry Kapella, Manager, Parking Office, 777-3645.

International Programs newsletter available online

The latest issue of the International Programs newsletter, "Building Bridges" is available online at
Featured this month:
Feast of Nations announcement
Spring Study Abroad Fair
State Department changes for J1 Visas
International Student advising notes and hours
Visiting Canada visa issues
-- Ray Lagasse, Director of International Programs, International Programs,, 701.777.2938

Barnes & Noble gives more cash back for UND students

Now more than ever, UND students get the most cash back when they sell unwanted titles at Barnes & Noble at UND. Students can receive up to 50 percent off the selling price on titles ordered by professors for the next term.

Extended hours are Monday, Dec. 11, through Thursday, Dec. 14, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

Surplus items for sale to public

The University is offering for sale to the public by set price or sealed high bid the following items: refrigerators (full size and dorm room size), tables, dressers, miscellaneous furniture, generator, welders and other miscellaneous items. These items will be sold and bids taken at the Central Receiving building, Door Number 2 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13.
-- Douglas Norgard, Central Warehouse Storekeeper, Facilities,, 777-3125

Denim Day comes early in December

As is traditional, December's Denim day comes early. Next Wednesday, Dec. 13, will be Denim Day. Pay your dollar, wear your button, and enjoy your denim while knowing that all funds go to charity. Need replacement buttons or a couple posters for your area? Just give me a call.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 777-3791

Regional artist displays work at Empire Arts Center

Regional artist Rando, a native of Moorhead, Minn., is currently displaying his art work at the Empire Art Center. The display will remain available for viewing through the First Night Greater Grand Forks event on New Year's Eve.

Rando and his family moved to San Diego, Calif., when he was very young. Baseball, basketball, skateboarding and art were his biggest passions until he discovered surfing, which led him to the Hawaiian Islands. His paintings were never the same.

The bright natural colors of the islands changed the way Rando looked at the subject of a painting. Bright, happy, colorful paintings just came naturally to him. He also loves the look of a large painting, he never paints small. "A painting that doesn't just sit on a wall, but comes to you; doesn't let you walk by without grabbing your imagination," is how Rando describes his work.

In 2003 he had the opportunity to move to Phoenix, Ariz. He was working on paintings and sculpture for the first show of his life when he found himself in the hospital, a victim of a violent crime. He returned to Minnesota to recover from his injuries, moving to the Detroit Lakes area to stay at his father's lake home. His work started getting positive attention in the area so he moved to Fargo. Rando is now the featured artist at the Under Brush Gallery, Buerth Gallery, Rohfield Gallery in South Dakota and the Merchant Street Gallery in Virginia, on the campus of William and Mary University.

The Empire gallery is open during events at the Empire Arts Center and by appointment. Call (701) 746-5500 to arrange a viewing or check the Empire web site at for event schedules.

Thank you from Operation Campus Friends

Operation Campus Friends, the joint venture began by Adele Kupchella and student government that sends care packages to UND students deployed in the military, would like to extend a big thank you to all faculty and staff who donated items to place in the fall care packages. Packages full of sunflower seeds, drink packets, sunscreen, chapstick, beef jerky, hard candy, and many other items were sent to the 34 currently deployed UND students. As a result of the overwhelming amount of items donations, the packages were full to the top and will surely be appreciated by those that receive them. Thank you once again and happy holidays!

If you have any questions, please contact me. -- Tara Mertz, College of Arts and Sciences student senator, Operation Campus Friends Chair, (701) 210-0140.

Staff Senate names 31 Days of Glory winners

The winners of the Staff Senate 31 Days of Glory fundraiser for the following dates are:

Friday, Dec. 1, Brent Lahr, Financial Aid, $100
Saturday, Dec. 2, Carol Risteigen, Med. School $100
Sunday, Dec. 3, Ed Guido, Off Campus, $500
Monday, Dec. 4, Heidi Strande, ITSS, $100
Tuesday, Dec. 5, Rebecca Gardner, TRIO Progams, $100
Wednesday, Dec. 6, Jerry Stanislowski, EERC $100
Thursday, Dec. 7, Bob Hoerner, Off Campus, $100
Friday, Dec. 8, Jena Pierce, Education, $100
Saturday, Dec. 9, Lisa Kelsey, Student Health, $100
Sunday, Dec. 10, Kerry Kerber, Cont. Ed/Outreach Support, $500
Monday, Dec. 11, Dan Kurtz, Facilities, $100
Tuesday, Dec. 12, Kim Dickman, EERC, $100

The proceeds from the 31 Days of Glory fundraiser go towards scholarships awarded by Staff Senate for UND students.
-- Dennis Stangl, Staff Sentate Public Relations Chair, TRIO,, 701-777-2084

Give the gift of great taste - Dining Services gift cards

Treat a student employee, co-worker or guest on campus to an easy way to dine at their favorite location. Dining Services gift cards may be redeemed at retail dining locations including: Stomping Grounds Coffee Shop, Old Main Marketplace Food Court, Twamley Snack Bar, Convenience Stores, Medical School Food Cart, and Wings Café (airport).

Purchase gift cards the next time you stop by the Twamley Snack Bar, U Snack Convenience Store (Memorial Union), Stomping Grounds Coffee Shop, or Old Main Marketplace.

-- Jeff St. Michel, Assistant Director of Retail Dining, Dining Services,, 7-3930

Helpful holiday health tips given

You’ve probably read dozens of holiday articles that give you the standard tips for surviving the festive season (e.g., don’t eat too much, get some exercise, etc.). This isn’t one of them. This is possibly the world’s first list of helpful holiday health tips.

· What to do if a child or pet eats a poinsettia plant.
One might wonder how this could happen. However, if you have pets or kids, you know a lot of strange things go on. The hoopla about poinsettias being poisonous started around 1920 when a Hawaiian child reportedly ate some leaves from the plant and died. This report was based on rumor and never confirmed. Research since then seems to indicate that about the most that could happen from getting “up close and personal” with poinsettias is some people might get a rash from the leaves, and children could get a mild tummy ache (rarely vomiting) if they ate the leaves. As with most houseplants, it’s probably best to keep your kids and pets from grazing on your poinsettias. But the word is, this isn’t a very toxic plant. If a child or a pet does chow down on this plant, it’s worth checking with Poison Control (but don’t get too excited about things).

· What to do if someone is choking on a piece of candy cane.
If─and only if─the person who’s choking can’t cough, talk, breathe, or is turning blue or dusky, then try the choking rescue procedure, i.e., the Heimlich Maneuver. It may help pop out that piece of candy cane. How can you prevent choking? Don’t drink too much before-dinner wine (or toddies) at parties. Alcohol can dull your senses, causing you to gulp down big pieces of food and choke. And don’t give popcorn, nuts, or hard candy to children younger than 3—they can’t chew these foods well enough to manage them safely.

· What to do if the family get-together is driving you nuts.
Isn’t it great to see your mom and brother-in-law? Sometimes family togetherness added to old, unresolved issues added to holiday tensions make the season feel like it’s something to be endured instead of enjoyed. Take a break—go for a walk or drive around and look at holiday lights. Maybe rent "Home Alone" or "Home for the Holidays" to see film families that will certainly make you appreciate your family.

For health information of all kinds, check the Healthwise® Knowledgebase at and/or contact a Health Dialog Health Coach at 1-800-658-2750.
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Coordinator of Wellness, Wellness Center,, 777-0210

Patients sought for medical students

The Office of Medical Education is seeking people to hire as patients for our medical students. We are looking for people who would like to help students learn and practice history taking and physical exam skills. You will be paid $50 for your participation. The students learn a lot from this experience and your willingness to help would be greatly appreciated.

We need a diverse group of healthy men and women, ages 18 to 80, with the following:
• a flexible schedule
• transportation to and from the University
• limited number of health problems (certain medical conditions may prevent you from participating)

We need you for one of the following Tuesday afternoons from 12:45 until 4:30 p.m. Sorry, you can’t come more than once. The afternoons are Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30. During this time, you will be interviewed and examined by three different student physicians. The experience would be much the same as a visit to your own doctor’s office. You will be asked to share your personal medical history and allow the student to do a physical exam. This does not require shots, blood tests or other invasive procedures. Students are observed by physicians and all information given would be confidential. If there is medical or personal information you do not wish to share, you don’t have to.

If you are interested, please contact Dawn at 777-4028 in the Office of Medical Education as soon as possible. Please feel free to pass this information along to others you know who may be interested.
-- Dawn Drake, Standardized Patient Coordinator, Office of Medical Education,, 777-4028

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: Project Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, #07-160
DEADLINE: (I) 12/13/2006
SALARY: $28,000 - $34,000

POSITION: Project Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, #07-159
DEADLINE: (I) 12/13/2006
SALARY: $28,000 - $34,000

POSITION: Instructor/Advisor (10-month position) TRIO/Talent Search, #07-158
DEADLINE: (I) 12/12/2006
SALARY: $24,900 - $27,800

POSITION: Associate Vice President for Outreach Services and 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: AIRCRAFT DISPATCHER (variable schedule), Aerospace Sciences, 07-162
DEADLINE: (I) 12/18/2006
SALARY: $20,000 - $22,000

OFFICE SUPPORT: No current openings.

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, M-F, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.), Facilities, #07-166
DEADLINE: (I) 12/19/2006
SALARY: $16,037 - $20,000

Remembering Ralph Weisgram

Ralph Joseph Weisgram, retired plant manager, University Press, died Dec. 7 in Altru Hospital. He was 83.

Weisgram was born June 23, 1923 in Isanti, Minn., to Ignatz and Eva Weisgram. In 1940 he began his printing career working for the Tribune newspaper in Ipswich, S.D. He entered the Army on March 26, 1943 and was honorably discharged March 8, 1946. On Nov. 22, 1948, he married Teresa Welk in Aberdeen, S.D. They moved to Grand Forks, and in 1951 he began working at the University Press, where he retired as plant manager.

Ralph had many hobbies. He loved the outdoors, fishing and hunging, and was an excellent woodworker and gardener. But mostly, he loved people and had many friends. He was active in the Knights of Columbus Council 1260, the St. Michael's Men's Club and St. Michael's Bridge Builders.

He is survived by his children, Dave (Janet) Weisgram, Grand Forks; Gloria Weisgram, Moorhead, Minn.; Jill (Joe) Ford, Grand Forks; Gary (Rose) Weisgram, Alexandria, Minn.; Teresa (Don) McWilliams, 10 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren; a sister Mildred Haux, Colorado; and a brother, Richard (Billie) Weisgram, Austin, Minn.

His wife preceded him in death on March 16, 2003, after 52 years of marriage. He was preceded in death by a sister, Stella; brothers Leo, Milton, Danny and infant brother, Eddy.

Memorials may be directed to St. Michael's Bridge Builders, 520 6th St. N., Grand Forks, ND 58203. Services were held Dec. 11, with burial in Calvary Cemetery.

Remembering John Wosick

John Theodore Wosick, building services technician, died Dec. 9, in Altru Hospital. He was 74.

Wosick was born Nov. 8, 1932 in Walsh County, Pulaski Township. He was educated in Oslo, Minn., and graduated from Oslo High School in 1950. He entered the Army and served during the Korean Conflict. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Walsh County and farmed with his father and brother.

Wosick married Alice Kouba on June 14, 1961, in Veseleyville, N.D. They moved to Grand Forks and later to Grafton, N.D. He was employed at Plant Services at UND until his retirement in 1999. He continued to reside in Grand Forks until his death.

He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, American Legion, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Polish National Alliance.

Wosick is survived by his wife Alice; children, David (Crystal), Fargo; Cynthia (Edmund) Kuznia, New Hope, Minn.; Kenneth (Lareen), Grand Forks; Mark (Toni), Glyndon, Minn.; Donald, Grand Forks; a sister, Leona (Robert) Eng, Thompson, N.D.; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Beatrice Ebertowski, and brothers, Bruce and Ernest.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, in St. Michael's Catholic Church, with visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday with a 7 p.m. vigil service and a 4:30 p.m. rosary service in Gregory J. Norman-Norman Funeral Home, and one hour prior to the liturgy at the church on Wednesday. Military honors by members of the American Legion Post 157 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3817, East Grand Forks. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.