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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 21: October 31, 2006

Events to Note
Open enrollment for benefits meetings begin today
Women's Center hosts Meet, Eat and Learn
Wellness Center hosts Novembeard for charity
Indian Studies Association hosts film festival
Pro Musica concert is Thursday
Disney World College Program holds information session
Doctoral examination set for Kathleen Sonsteng
ND Ballet "Reflections" debuts at Burtness Theatre
Movie musical to screen at Forx Film Fest
Forx Film Fest lists Nov. 3-5 schedule
Faculty lecture focuses on dopamine transporters
InPulse and Don Williams will be at the Chester Fritz Auditorium
U2 workshops listed
Veterans Day is holiday
Health sciences library lists Veterans Day weekend hours
IE7 may not work with PeopleSoft
Mini-grants available for summer courses, programs
Water Resources Research Institute seeks fellowship applications
Report icy conditions to facilities
State Fleet lists motor pool rates
Student Health Services lists flu shot schedule
Consider the benefits of receiving a flu shot
Wellness Center personal training available
Donated leave requested for three persons
Internal job openings listed
Studio One features anger management classes, airplane investigation course
In the News
Ferraro named to national executive board
Open enrollment for benefits meetings begin today

The open enrollment period for benefits has started at the University. The annual open enrollment period is the only time that you may enroll in certain benefits. The effective dates of the benefits will be Jan. 1, 2007. Enrollment forms are available in the Payroll Office or on the NDPERS website ( or at the informational meetings.

Open enrollment informational meetings will be held Tuesday, Oct. 31, in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union, at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. A Cigna representative will present information on the new dental plan for state employees at these times and a NDPERS representative will be available from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to answer any other state open enrollment questions you may have.

Informational meetings for Provident Dental (an alternative to the state dental plan) will be held Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the River Valley Room at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Informational meetings for AFLAC Dental (an alternative to the state dental plan) will be held Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the River Valley Room at 1 and 3 p.m.

The following is a list of available benefits, open enrollment dates, informational meetings for each benefit:

Health Insurance: Open Enrollment – 10/23-11/13/06 Effective: 1/1/07
When you add a spouse or dependent to your coverage, you must do it within 30 days of the marriage, adoption or birth. If you neglected to add a family member during the 30 days, you may add them during the open enrollment period. Pre-existing conditions may not be covered for those individuals added during open enrollment. You MAY NOT change EPO/PPO status during this time (May only).

State Dental Insurance (Cigna): Open Enrollment: 10/23-11/13/06 Effective: 1/1/07
The State Dental Insurance plan is switching providers from ING to Cigna, effective 1/1/07. If you are currently enrolled in dental, and want to continue with coverage by Cigna, do nothing. If you would like to sign up for Dental Insurance, add dependents or cancel your Dental insurance please do so during the open enrollment period. There are informational meetings (see above).

Dental Insurance (Provident): Open Enrollment: 10/23-11/13/06 Effective: 1/1/07
Provident Dental Insurance is available to UND employees, as an alternative to the state dental plan. If you would like to sign up for Dental Insurance, add dependents or cancel your dental insurance, please do so during the open enrollment period. Since Provident Dental is not the state dental plan, premiums may not be pre-taxed. Informational meetings (see above).

Dental Insurance (AFLAC): Open Enrollment: Anytime Effective: 1/1/07
AFLAC Dental Insurance is available to UND employees, as an alternative to the state dental plan. If you would like to sign up for dental insurance, add dependents or cancel your dental insurance, please do so during the open enrollment period. Since AFLAC Dental is not the state dental plan, premiums may not be pre-taxed. There are informational meetings (see schedule above).

State Life Insurance (Prudential): Open Enrollment – 10/23-11/13/06 Effective: When approved
Additional term life insurance may be purchased for you, your spouse and/or dependent during this enrollment period. A separate enrollment form is required for each person applying for coverage. The person to be insured must be medically approved to qualify for coverage.

UND Life Insurance (United of Omaha): Open Enrollment: Can apply anytime
Effective: When approved
Additional term life insurance may be purchased for you, your spouse and/or dependent. The person to be insured must be medically approved to qualify for coverage.

Vision Insurance ( Ameritas): Open Enrollment: 10/23-11/13/06 Effective: 1/1/07
Sign up for new coverage, or add spouse and/or dependents to insurance plan.

Flexcomp (Self-Administered): Open Enrollment: 10/23-11/30/06 Effective: 1/1/07
UND Flexcomp in self-administered and is not a part of the NDPERS Flexcomp plan. Employees may enroll in the FlexComp program for Calendar Year 2007 during the open enrollment period only. Enrollment for Medical and Dependent Care expenses must be completed each year. Election for Premiums Only automatically continues, unless you submit paperwork to discontinue. Enrollment forms and additional information were previously sent to all benefited employees. If you did not receive this information, please contact the Payroll Office for another copy.

If you have any questions, please come to the open enrollment meetings or contact the Payroll Office at 777-4226.

Women's Center hosts Meet, Eat and Learn

The Women's Center will host Meet, Eat and Learn, Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the International Centre from noon to 1 p.m. Kay Mendick, director of the center, will give a "Safety 101" workshop as it relates to the Impact Personal Safety program on campus. Lunch is provided and everyone is welcome.
-- Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Womens Center,, 777-4300

Wellness Center hosts Novembeard for charity

Come take part in Novembeard for charity! Novembeard is a beard-growing contest during November. All contestants will receive a towel and the winner receives a Norelco razor from ACIS. Contestants will have their pictures taken at the beginning and end of the contest. Judging of the photos will be Thursday, Nov. 30. Admission is free, but donations will be taken at the end of the contest. All proceeds go to Locks of Love.

Come get your picture taken during these times to join the contest:
* Memorial Union: Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* Wellness Center: Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 4 to 9 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 2, from 1 to 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 3, from 1 to 5 p.m.
-- Ellen Brekke, Student Programing Coordinator, Wellness Center,, 777-2410

Indian Studies Association hosts film festival

UND's Indian Studies Association will host the first Indian Studies Association Film Festival in November, which is American Indian Heritage Month. There will be a total of six films shown, followed by discussions. These events are open to the campus and Grand Forks community and we encourage everyone to attend. All films will be shown in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, 7 to 9 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 2: "Skins"
Wednesday, Nov. 8: "Riding with Ghosts"
Wednesday, Nov.15: "Trudell"
Thursday, Nov. 16: "The Business of Fancydancing"
Monday, Nov. 20: "The Doe Boy"
-- Holly Annis, President, Indian Studies Association, Indian Studies,, 701.777.4314

Pro Musica concert is Thursday

Eric Lawson, violin, and Jeff Anvinson, guitar, will perform at the Pro Musica concert Thursday, Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, 5555 S. Washington St.

Lawson, assistant professor of violin and viola and director of the UND Chamber Orchestra, currently serves as concertmaster of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra. He is also a frequent soloist with the Symphony Orchestra. Lawson has performed throughout the United States and internationally in Austria, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Romania and Sweden.

Anvinson, music lecturer, composer and arranger, recently accompanied Lawson in a multi-concert tour of China. Besides his collaboration with Dr. Lawson, he performs regularly with the guitar and vibraphone duo Pluckstruck, the Boschee/Anvinson flute/guitar duo, Sneaky Wild Oats, the APB Trio. A frequent accompanist to vocalists and instrumentalists, Anvinson is also a freelance solo guitarist. Among his recording credits is the album Black Dog at Night with the group Penumbra.

Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for general admission, $5 for students, and $20 for a family.

Grand Forks Pro Musica was established in 2002. The purpose of the series is to provide high quality musical performances for the Grand Forks community and Red River Valley area, and to benefit the conservation of the historic Aeolian-Skinner organ, opus 1533 (1971), in the First Presbyterian Church of Grand Forks, the last instrument completed by the famous Boston firm and a UND teaching instrument.

Disney World College Program holds information session

Andrew Digenova, Walt Disney World College program recruiter, will present an information session for students interested in internship opportunities with Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The session is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. It will last about one hour and students can learn about the types of opportunities available, how to apply, living and learning possibilities, and hear from UND students who are alumni of the WDW College Program. UND is the only location at which the Walt Disney World College program recruits in North Dakota.
-- Don Johnson, Coordinator, Career Services,, 701.777.4143

Doctoral examination set for Kathleen Sonsteng

The final examination for Kathleen Sonsteng, a candidate for the Ed.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning, is set for 9 a.m., Friday, Nov. 3, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "The Lived Experiences of Three Student Teachers in a Birth-Third Grade Teacher Education Program." Myrna Olson (Teaching and Learning) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School,, 7-4005

ND Ballet "Reflections" debuts at Burtness Theatre

We begin our season with the North Dakota Ballet Company production, "Reflections." In addition to the several UND students who are company members, the show will feature special guests Brent Radeke and Carly Schaub. "Reflections" tells stories of personal reflection from the past, present and future, with choreography by Job Christenson, Mary Noel and Theresa Knox. Featuring the composers of Finzi, Mascagni, Indigo Girls, and an original composition from UND student Bernie Thomas, NDBC will explore self-exploration and self-realization.

The performances are Nov. 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 adults/$6 students and seniors; call Burtness Theatre at 777-2587.
-- Kristen Borysewicz, NDBC Executive Director, Chester Fritz Library,, 701 746-6044

Movie musical to screen at Forx Film Fest

The new backstage musical, “Music to My Ears” will be the closing movie at the fifth annual Forx Film Fest, which is being held at the Empire Arts Center from Nov. 3-5. This year’s festival will show over 40 movies by filmmakers from the North Dakota and Minnesota area. The “Music to My Ears” screening is set for 3:55 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5. Admission is $10 for each of the festival’s five-hour screening sessions (which begin evenings at 7 p.m. and afternoons at 1 p.m.), or $25 for the entire weekend (four separate sessions). There is a 20 percent discount for students with ID.

“Music to My Ears” is an award-winning, feature-length movie musical that was co-produced by and shot largely at the Empire from summer of 2005 through winter 2006. Including over a dozen popular songs and showtunes, it showcases local actors, singers, dancers, and musicians, as well as the historic theatre building itself. A premiere screening was held at the Empire last winter. The movie is currently making the rounds of festivals and won third place in the “Family Features” category at the Cleveland (Ohio) Indie Gathering film festival in the summer of 2006. “Music to My Ears” closely follows the formula of the classic backstage movie musicals, combining comedy, drama, romance, songs, and dance. However, the movie is set in the present day and introduces a few new twists and variations, as well as a few plot elements loosely inspired by actual events in the Empire’s history. And instead of a new musical score, the movie uses classic hit songs that fit the plot.

The script was written and produced by UND film lecturer Christopher P. Jacobs, Empire manager Mark Landa, and local dance instructor Jenny Morris, who also served as the movie’s choreographer besides playing a leading role. Jacobs also directed the movie.

More information on “Music to My Ears,” along with photos, music files, and preview trailers can be found on the movie’s web site by doing a web search on Music to My Ears movie.

Forx Film Fest lists Nov. 3-5 schedule

The Forx Film Fest will be held Nov. 3-5 at the Empire Arts Center. The Forx Film Fest was started in 2002 to showcase independent filmmakers from the Upper Midwest. Entries must be made in the Upper Midwest or made by someone from the region. There is also a limit on the budgets allowed to enter the festival.

The 2006 film festival begins Friday, Nov. 4, with the silent film, “Why Change Your Wife,” a film by Cecil B. DeMille. Starting the festival with a silent film has become a tradition to help celebrate the history of the Empire Arts Center as one of the leading movie theaters in the region. The silent films are usually from 1919-1920, the first year that the theater was open. The festival will close with the showing of “Music to My Ears,” a movie musical made at the Empire in 2005-2006. Because the Empire was involved in the making of this movie, it was not entered in competition at the festival. Forty-three entries will be shown between these two features. The movies vary in length from two minutes to two hours long.

All four sessions will include a series of short subjects, music videos and documentaries and will end with a feature length movie. Entries this year come from the Grand Forks area, Fargo-Moorhead, the St. Cloud area and the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Student films from the University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, St. Johns University and the University of Minnesota will be shown. An effort was made to make the two afternoon sessions more family friendly.

One of the features of the Forx Film Fest is the chance to meet many of the filmmakers, many of whom will do a short question and answer period after the showing of their movie.

In addition to the film sessions, a panel discussion will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m. Several filmmakers from the festival will sit on the panel and will discuss making movies using small budgets and digital equipment. This session is free and open to the public. Questions from the audience are encouraged during these sessions.

Tickets for the festival will be available at the door. Tickets for individual sessions are $10 and a full festival pass will be available for $25. Students will receive a 20 percent discount with a valid student ID, $8 per session or $20 for the entire festival.

Friday Night, Nov. 3, opening remarks, 7 p.m.; "Why Change Your Wife," special," 7:05 p.m.; "North of Nowhere," student, 8:35 p.m.; "All Blowed Up," music video, 9:11 p.m.; "Eye of the Beholder," short, 9:16 p.m.; "Move," music video, 9:36 p.m.; "Slipping Away," student, 9:44 p.m.; "Twightlight of the Dead," student, 10:04 p.m.; "AVOW," student, 10:11 p.m.; "The Most Common Fatalities Assoc w/ Res Hall," student, 10:38 p.m.; "Beyond Bob," feature, 10:56 p.m.; finished, 12:31 a.m.

Saturday morning, Nov. 4, panel discussion, 10:00 a.m.

Saturday afternoon, Nov. 4, "Credit for Tri-ing," documentary, 1 p.m.; "Bill & Merriweathers Excellent Adventure," short, 1:30 p.m.; "Lewis and Clark," short, 1:55 p.m.; "Moorhead Library: 100 Years Old," documentary, 2:02 p.m.; "Soliloquy," music video, 2:25 p.m.; "Theatre Seniors 2005!" student, 2:35 p.m.; "Just-N-Tymes," documentary, 2:50 p.m.; "Say Goodbye to Benji," short, 3:41 p.m.; "Rook's Caskit," feature, 4:16 p.m.; finished, 6 p.m.

Saturday evening, Nov. 4, "Matryoshka," student, 7 p.m.; "No Use in Cryin'," student, 7:15 p.m.; "Zom B'otch," student, 7:40 p.m.; "Bonsai," student, 7:45 p.m.; "Resurrection," student, 8 p.m.; "Oyster Boy," student, 8:37 p.m.; "The Manimal," student, 8:47 p.m.; Holiday "Mexico," music video, 9:19 p.m.; "They Walk Among Us," student, 9:23 p.m.; "Spring Jam 9," documentary, 9:45 p.m.; "One in Nine," short, 10:26 p.m.; "Grown Men," feature, 11:12 p.m.; finished, 12:50 a.m.

Sunday afternoon, Nov. 5, "Survey on Cyprus: An Archaeological Docuumentary," 1 p.m.; "Blue Notes," student, 1:36 p.m.; "Buddies," student, 1:51 p.m.; "The Pond," student, 1:53 p.m.; "Bob's Date," student, 2:02 p.m.; "Remember Me!" student, 2:06 p.m.; "The Art of Effort," documentary, 2:20 p.m.; "For the Children," documentary, 2:23 p.m.; "Portraits & Testimonials #2-6," documentary, 2:41 p.m.; "Library Rose," student, 2:51 p.m.; "Father's Day," student, 3:05 p.m.; "One Hecava Long Winter," documentary, 3:20 p.m.; "A Message," music video, 3:45 p.m.; "Music to My Ears," special, 3:55 p.m.; finished, 6 p.m.

Faculty lecture focuses on dopamine transporters

Roxanne Vaughan will unravel the secrets of the dopamine transporter and its effect on the human brain when she delivers the next installment of the Faculty Lecture Series. “Dopamine Transporters: What’s Regulating the Regulator?” is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 4:30 p.m. in the North Dakota Museum of Art. A 4 p.m. reception will precede the lecture, which is free and open to the public.

“The dopamine transporter (DAT) is a protein known as the ‘regulator’ because it controls the availability of dopamine in the brain for neurotransmission, which in turn affects many processes including motor activity, emotion, and reward,” said Vaughan, an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. “DAT is subject to multiple types of complex regulatory events and dysfunctions in these processes may lead to psychiatric or mood disorders.”

A common example of dysfunctions in DAT processes occurs when individuals consume psychostimulants such as cocaine and amphetamine. “These drugs block dopamine reuptake, producing elevated dopamine levels believed to underlie drug reinforcement,” Vaughan said. “Cocaine binds to DAT and inhibits its activity, which means that dopamine clearance is blocked and the dopamine builds up in the synaptic space between nerve cells. This buildup of dopamine overstimulates the downstream neurons which is what causes the hyperactivity and euphoria associated with drug use.”

“DAT is also associated with several diseases related to dopamine, including Parkinson’s disease, depression, and schizophrenia,” said Vaughan. “These disorders are characterized by abnormal dopamine levels, which could be caused by DAT working either too rapidly (producing low dopamine levels) or too slowly (leading to high dopamine levels). Identifying the processes that control DAT functions could lead to a better understanding of how these processes may be improperly regulated in disease.”

Vaughan is an associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology. Born in North Dakota and raised in Colorado, she received the Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Colorado State University, a master's in zoology from the University of California at Davis, and her Ph.D. in zoology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Peter Devreotes in the Department of Biological Chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, followed by appointment as a Senior Staff Fellow at the National Institute on Drug Abuse in the laboratory of Michael J. Kuhar.

Vaughan’s research interests include protein structure-function relationships and regulation of proteins by phosphorylation. Her early work involved studies of protein kinase A mechanisms and G protein coupled receptors in Dictyostelium discoideum, and her more recent work has focused on structure, regulation, and post-translational modifications of dopamine transporters. She has promoted the development and use of structurally diverse photoaffinity labels to identify transporter drug binding sites and characterize binding domain structure, and has analyzed dopamine transporter phosphorylation and regulation properties in both model and native systems under a variety of conditions related to endogenous control and drug-induced adaptations.

Vaughan is married to Jefferson A. Vaughan, an associate professor of biology. They have two teenaged daughters.

The Faculty Lecture Series is planned by Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors, who hold UND’s highest faculty honor, and is funded by the Office of the President.

InPulse and Don Williams will be at the Chester Fritz Auditorium

InPulse will be in concert at the Chester Fritz Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7. Breaking away from the traditional conventions of a cappella music has become a hallmark of the Twin Cities-based group. InPulse has chosen to play an active part in the evolution of both a cappella and popular music, and as a progressive artistic ensemble, has made itself known mostly through its dynamic, original compositions while performing new, inventive arrangements of covers which suit the distinctive InPulse flavor. Their performance showcases the versatility of the human voice, while the group’s truly artistic approach to their music leaves little confusion as to their mission: to take the a cappella “vocal band” sound into mainstream popular music and bring some legitimacy and credibility back to today’s suffering pop culture.

Don Williams is at the Fritz at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. With his laid-back, straightforward vocals and large, imposing build, Don Williams has earned the nickname, "the Gentle Giant." Williams garnered this nickname in the early 1970s, when he began a string of countrypolitan hits that ran into the early 1990s. Williams' ballads were immensely popular; in the course of his career, he had 17 number one hits. Don't miss your last chance to see Don Williams perform in Grand Forks.

Get tickets at the Chester Fritz Box office, charge by phone 772-5151 or online at
-- Betty Allan, Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium,, 7-2170

U2 workshops listed

Below are U2 workshops for Nov. 20-21. Visit our web site for additional workshops. The Winter U2 Newsletter containing workshops for December through January will arrive soon.

Basic Windows
Nov. 20, 9 to 11 a.m., 361 Upson II
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers: mouse and file saving/retrieving skills. Introduces very basic Windows features; keeping your desktop tidy, change desktop color, create a desktop shortcut, change or set the date/time, Windows XP Start Menu, change themes, menu features, Windows XP taskbar overview, organize files, work with windows, create an efficient work environment, and find information. Presenter: Heidi Strande.

"The Richest Man in Town"
Nov. 21, 8 to 9 a.m. or Nov. 21, 10 to 11 a.m. or Nov. 21, 2 to 3 p.m., Memorial Union, River Valley Room

V.J. Smith has been a professional speaker for more than a decade. Twice he has been a finalist in Toastmasters International's 'World's Championship of Public Speaking.' Smith delivers over 100 presentations each year throughout the country. Currently, he serves as the executive director of the South Dakota State University Alumni Association.

This talk is based on the life of 'Marty', a wonderful man who ran a cash register at Wal-Mart. He was considered rich because he was loved and respected, but most of all, he was content with every aspect of his life, with no regrets. Marty's simple philosophies show what happens when you take the time to be kind and compassionate. All that you give, you get back, and more. Audience members will go on an emotional roller coaster ride... guaranteed.

Defensive Driving
Nov. 21, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Memorial Union, River Valley Room.
This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member (spouse and/or dependents). This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Mark Johnson.

Basic Excel
Nov. 21, 9 to 11 a.m.
Upson II, Room 361
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers: mouse and file saving/retrieving skills. Introduces very basic Excel functions; basics of a spreadsheet (column, row, cell), entering data, edit data, formulas (formula wizard), copying Excel formulas (autofill), absolute reference, selecting cells, formatting numbers and text in spreadsheets, autofit, inserting column and rows, create and modify charts, set display and print options. Presenter: Heidi Strande.

Safe Online Practices - Protecting Your Identity and Securing Your Computer
Nov. 21, 1 to 3 p.m., Upson II, Room 361
The Internet can provide a wealth of information and give access to valuable financial, business, educational, and entertainment services. However, when connected to the Internet, you and your computer become vulnerable to scammers, identity thieves, viruses, spyware and more. This workshop will provide the information needed to help you protect your identity and computer while online. Presenter: Brad Miller, IT security officer.

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, & (8) How you first learn about this workshop? Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.
-- Julie Sturges, Program Assistant, U2,, 777-2128

Veterans Day is holiday

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Friday, Nov. 10, will be observed as Veterans 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.

Health sciences library lists Veterans Day weekend hours

The Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences Veterans Day weekend hours follow: Thursday, Nov. 9, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m. to midnight. -- April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.

IE7 may not work with PeopleSoft

Microsoft is releasing Internet Explorer (IE) version 7 Wednesday, Nov. 1. Oracle has not been able to test the new version, and it may be possible that IE7 will cause some usage difficulties. PeopleSoft users may consider delaying the install of IE7 until the possible compatibility issue is resolved.

If you think the update to IE7 will affect you it is recommended you do not install the IE7 update.

To block the update, please click the following link and save the file to your desktop. Once saved, just double click the file to run a small program that will prevent IE7 from being installed.

Once you receive the ok to install IE7 please click the following link and perform the same procedure.

Please contact the ITSS Help Desk for questions or assistance, 777-2222 or

Mini-grants available for summer courses, programs

Are you planning an event at UND next summer but lack funding? Do you plan to develop a new summer course but need financial resources? Consider applying for a mini-grant through the Summer Programs and Events Council (SPEC).

SPEC’s start-up mini-grant program will fund deserving proposals for:
1. The expansion of existing 2007 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.
2. Or the redesign of existing 2007 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.
3. Or the development of new 2007 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.

Through the mini-grant program, the council wants to create positive learning experiences for the citizens of the Red River Valley Region and beyond by extending the resources of the university. The funds will help cover the development, marketing and start-up costs for courses and programs held at UND during the summer months. Examples include camps for kids, academic classes that can be completed in the summer months, or any special event designed for the community. Quality, creativity and “out of the box” ideas are encouraged when developing new programs.

All interested UND faculty and staff are encouraged to submit proposals at The application deadline is 4:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17. Recipients will be announced Dec. 19.

For individuals interested in covering the basics of the application and RFP process, an informational meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 3 – 4:30 p.m., in the Medora Room, Memorial Union. Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by: Phone 777-2128, Email, or Online

For more information, contact: Diane Hadden, director of summer sessions (credit activities), 777-6284, or Kerry Kerber, associate dean, continuing education (non-credit activities), 777-4264, For operational questions, contact the Summer Events Office at 777-0841.

-- Julie Bean, Summer Events Program Specialist, Division of Continuing Education,, 701-777-0441

Water Resources Research Institute seeks fellowship applications

The North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute (ND WRRI) has announced its 2007 Graduate Research Fellowship program. UND and NDSU graduate students who are conducting or planning research in water resources areas may apply for fellowships varying from three summer months to a full year in duration.

Typically, past fellowship awards for master’s degree students have been in the range of $800-$1,000, and for doctoral students $1,000-$1,400 per month. The fellowship funds must be applied for between March 1, 2007, and Feb. 29, 2008.

Projects proposed for fellowship support should relate to water resources research issues in the state or region. Regional, state or local collaborations or co-funding will strengthen an application. Fellowships have a matching requirement of two non-federal dollars to one federal dollar. Applicants should have a plan of study filed and should have a thesis research topic chosen at the time of applying. Applications need to be prepared in consultation with advisors. Advisers of the applicant should co-sign the applications.

Applications are due in the office of the director by 5 p.m. Nov. 17. The proposals will be reviewed by a panel of faculty and state water resources research professionals. Announcement of awards will be made by early January.

Consult the ND WRRI website,, for information on the program and guidelines for preparation of applications. Applicants and advisers who are new to the program are urged to contact ND WRRI Director, G. Padmanabhan, ND WRRI director, at (701) 231-7043, or

Send applications to Dr. G. Padmanabhan, Director, N.D. Water Resources Research Institute, North Dakota State University, CIE 201E, Department of Civil Engineering, P.O. Box 5285, Fargo, ND 58105.
-- Steve Bergeson, Senior Writer, NDSU University Relations,, 701 231-6101

Report icy conditions to facilities

The weather has caused icy conditions on our parking lots, roads, and sidewalks. We will continue to salt and sand to reduce the slipperiness as much as possible. Please report any hazardous conditions to Facilities, 777-2591. There are some things that you can do to help reduce the risk of falling on ice. Here are some helpful hints.

1. Wear boots or overshoes with grip soles. Slick leather or rubber soles are unsafe on ice.
2. Don’t walk with your hands in your pockets. This reduces your balance if you slip on the ice.
3. Take short to medium steps, or shuffle your feet in very icy areas.
4. Don’t carry or swing heavy loads, such as large boxes or cases, which could cause you to lose your balance when walking.
5. When walking, curl your toes under and walk as flat-footed as possible.
6. Don’t step on uneven surfaces. Step well over or avoid curbs with ice on them.
7. Place your full attention on walking. Don’t allow your attention to be divided by getting your keys out of your pocket, digging in your pocketbook for items, etc., while walking on ice. -- Paul Clark, associate director of Facilities.

State Fleet lists motor pool rates

Effective Nov. 1, the rates for the North Dakota State Fleet vehicles will be adjusted. Most rates have shown a drop due to the lower cost of fuel. Please use the following rates to plan your travel after Nov. 1.

Effective Nov. 1, 2006
Sedan $0.291
Minivan - 7 passenger $0.421
Van, 8 passenger $0.511
Van, 15 passenger $0.511
Compact 4x4/Jeep $0.511
Suburban, 5 passenger $0.461
Suburban, 9 passenger $0.511
Chevy S-10 Pickup $0.461
Cargo Van-Full Size $0.511
Mini Cargo Van $0.461
Handicapped Van-6 seats $31.250
-1 wheelchair
-- Mary L. Metcalf, Manager, Transportation,, 701-777-4123

Student Health Services lists flu shot schedule

Because you’re too busy to get the flu, convenient, on-campus flu vaccinations will be held.
* Through Friday, Nov. 3, students only: McCannel Hall Student Health Clinic, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 777-4500 for an appointment.
* Monday, Nov. 6, students, faculty, and staff: Facilities Oak Room, 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Medical School, Room 5006, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.;
* Tuesday, Nov. 7, 305 Twamley Hall, 9 to 11:30 a.m.
* Tuesday Nov. 14, Student Health Promotion Office, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Memorial Union: Both shots and flu mist available at this location only); Wellness Center Assessment Rooms, 5 to 8 p.m.
* Wednesday, Nov. 15, 251 Odegard Hall, 9 to 11:30 a.m.; EERC LaVerendrye Room, 12:30 to 3 p.m.
* Friday, Nov. 17, Apartment Community Center Riverdale Room, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Who should get vaccinated? Everyone, especially those at high-risk for flu, their caregivers, and those who live with them. Cost is $20. Pay by check or cash. Students may also bill to their UND account. No insurance will be filed. For more information, call 777-4500.
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Coordinator of Wellness, Wellness Center,, 777-0210

Consider the benefits of receiving a flu shot

What are you doing this winter? Do you plan to ski? Read some good books? Take a vacation? Do some holiday shopping? Don’t let the flu interrupt your plans this winter. Get a flu shot.

Many people who want to lower their risk of getting influenza get a flu shot. The flu shot is particularly important for people at high risk of serious flu complications such as pneumonia. People at high risk include:
• Adults 65 years old or older.
• Children 6 to 23 months old.
• Adults and children with chronic health problems, including asthma or other ongoing lung problems, kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes
• Adults and children who are undergoing medical treatment (such as chemotherapy) or who have an illness (such as HIV/AIDS) that can weaken the immune system.
• Women who will be at least three months pregnant during the flu season.

A flu shot is also encouraged for:
• Adults 50 to 64 years old.
• People who are in contact with others at high risk such as adults and children who are caregivers or who live with others at high risk of severe illness from flu
• People who live with or are out-of-home caretakers of infants from 0 to 23 months of age, especially those younger than six months.

MyHealthConnection can help you and your family enjoy a healthy life and avoid getting sick. Getting a flu shot can help. Remember:
• The flu is caused by a virus and it is highly contagious. If you or someone you live with is at risk of getting serious complications from the flu, talk to your doctor about getting all members in your household immunized.
• The virus that causes the flu changes each year, so it’s important to get a flu shot every year.
• You will not get the flu from getting a flu shot, because it doesn’t contain a live flu virus.

If you want to know if a flu shot is appropriate for you, check with your doctor. You can get a flu shot at your doctor’s office, or watch for announcements about flu shots being offered in your neighborhood.

If you have any questions about the flu shot or other health issues, call MyHealthConnection at 1-800-658-2750. Health Coaches are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Coordinator of Wellness, Wellness Center,, 777-0210

Wellness Center personal training available

The personal trainers at the UND Wellness Center hope you have enjoyed the facility thus far and are wanting to experience every aspect the new Wellness Center has to offer. The personal training department would like to encourage you to take advantage of all the services and programs that are available to members. Some of these services include advanced fitness assessments, personal training sessions, group training sessions, and packages designed to reach specific goals. Whether you want to lose a few pounds, get in shape for cross-country skiing, or just follow your doctor’s orders to become more physically active, we can help you. We have nationally certified personal trainers and the best rates in town. Accomplish your goals this year, don’t put it off anymore. Contact Kari at 777-0210.

Packages are available to Wellness Center members. Not a member, no problem. Stop by the Welcome desk today to learn about membership options and which one is right for you. For questions or comments, call 777-WELL or visit
-- Kari Mellone, Personal Training Specialist, Wellness Center,, 777-0210

Donated leave requested for three persons

Leave donations are sought for Melody Cariveau, building services technician, housing; Judy Lerma, building services technician, housing; and Thomas Cogsdell, building services technician supervisor, EERC. They and their family thank you for your generosity.

Please send donated leave forms to Patti Schmidt at Facilities, Stop 9032, to donate leave. For a form, go to, then click on forms.

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: Center of Excellence Coordinator, Family & Community Medicine, #07-128
DEADLINE: (I) 11/02/2006
SALARY: $32,000 - $36,000

POSITION: Technology Support Specialist #07-126
DEADLINE: (I) 10/31/2006
SALARY: $38,000 - $41,000

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: Clinic Nurse, Center for Family Medicine, Minot, #07-131
DEADLINE: (I) 11/07/2006
SALARY: $26,000 - $32,000

POSITION: Advanced Cataloging & Serials Management Specialist, Chester Fritz Library, #07-130
DEADLINE: (I) 11/03/2006
SALARY: $19,500 - $20,085

POSITION: Library Associate for Copy Cataloging and ODIN Reports, Chester Fritz Library, #07-129
DEADLINE: (I) 11/03/2006
SALARY:$16,000 - $16,500


POSITION: Research Office Secretary (part time, benefitted), College of Nursing, #07-127
DEADLINE: (I) 10/31/2006
SALARY: $10.38 - $10.50


POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, Sun -Fri 11 p.m. - 7 a.m.) #07-132
DEADLINE: (I) 11/06/2006
SALARY:$16,640 - $20,000

Studio One features anger management classes, airplane investigation course

Learn how anger management classes can improve lives on the next edition of Studio One. Many people suffering from frequent bouts of aggression have found calming solutions at these classes. Anger management group leader Kim Gregg will share quick tips on the next episode of Studio One.

Also on the show this week, studying an airplane crash site can be an effective way to prevent future accidents. Learn how one university works with the Air Line Pilots Association to turn a plane wreckage into an interactive classroom.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen by viewers in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

-- Meghan Flaagan, Director of Marketing, Studio One,, 701-777-3818

Ferraro named to national executive board

Ric Ferraro (psychology) is 2006-2007 education program chair, Division 20 executive board, Adult Development and Aging, American Psychological Association.