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ISSUE: Volume 47, Number 27: February 24, 2010

Top Stories
Plans take shape for Bismarck Center for Family Medicine
Events to Note
On Teaching seminar to focus on diversity
Student Success Center offers Study Skills Help sessions
Annual Elwyn B. Robinson Lecture set for Wednesday
Upcoming Culinary Corner classes listed
IPPL to show "American Splendor"
Weight Watchers begins new session on campus
"Regular" and "Special" Denim Days announced
Doctoral examination set for Jinu Philip John
River restoration expert to give lecture Feb. 26
Marquette engineering student will speak at engineering awards luncheon Friday
Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics seminar is Feb. 26
Physics and Astrophysics colloquium is Feb. 26
Grand Forks Master Chorale performance set for Feb. 26
Night Life @ UND lists weekend events
Career Services hosts professional etiquette luncheon Feb. 27
Art and Design will present artist Dan Attoe's work March 1
CIO faculty forum is March 2
Robert Wilkins lecture set for March 5
You can help shape the future of technology at UND; free box lunch is March 2
Theatre Arts to present "Tick, Tick...BOOM!"
Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn is March 3
Online teaching showcase is March 3
University Senate meeting is March 4
MAC presents Dan Savage March 4
Graduate School Dean's Lecture Series is March 9-10
"St. Bette's" continues through March 20
Doctoral examination set for Rule Hiuallah-Messiah
Institutional Review Board meeting set for March 5
Center for Community Engagement offers "Stone Soup" and faculty support
Scholarly Forum schedule is online
41st Annual Writers Conference kicks off March 23
ArtWise seeks volunteers for annual Elementary Art Show
30th annual Frank Low Research Day is April 22
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to hold remembrance celebration
CRC offers family mediation training in May
Annual staff employee performance evaluations due March 1
Founders Day Feb. 25 recognizes faculty, staff for service and academic achievements
Nearly 62 percent of UND's student-athletes achieve 3.0 GPA
Anthropology offers archeological field school
TRIO award winners named
Funds available for community-based teaching, research projects
CoBPA, NDTO recognize inaugural export course
View books honoring Black History Month at Merrifield Hall
Schedule an SGID in your classroom
Photos of N.D. veterans and service members sought
University Within the University (U2) lists new classes
2009 Writers Conference books on sale
Bookstore seeks cashier coordinator
Bookstore's Tower Cafe has before-game, morning, and evening specials
Donate used jewelry for children's benefit
Carlos Runcie-Tanaka exhibition on display at Museum
Sign up for art classes at the Museum
Museum Cafe lists weekly menu (Feb 24-March 2)
RecycleMania results announced
Internal job openings listed
NSF announces submission requirements for CI-TEAM
In the News
Colleen Berry receives Study Abroad Champion Award
Plans take shape for Bismarck Center for Family Medicine

In 2009, the North Dakota Legislature appropriated $5.4 million to the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) to construct a new facility for its Bismarck Center for Family Medicine and Southwest Campus offices. The SMHS has selected Ritterbush-Ellig-Hulsing of Bismarck as the architects and planners for the project.

The SMHS solicited advice on a potential building site from the community, the City of Bismarck, Medcenter One and St. Alexius Medical Center. The SMHS appreciates the helpful and positive community contributions that will lead to a favorable location for the facility. The center will benefit the medical student and residency training programs of the SMHS and ultimately the citizens of Bismarck and the surrounding area. In the near future, the SMHS will choose the site for the building, which it hopes to complete and occupy by July 2011.
-- Denis F. MacLeod, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, dmacleod@medicine,, 777-3300

On Teaching seminar to focus on diversity

An On Teaching Seminar, titled “Thinking about Diversity in the Classroom,” is from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, in the River Valley Room.

Handling cultural issues -- such as race, gender, ethnicity or religion -- in our classrooms can present a tremendous challenge. The topic itself is complicated, dynamic and often confusing and, for many, fraught with uneasiness and discomfort. It requires us as teachers to be very aware of both our own cultural perspectives and assumptions, and those of our students. So how do we think about it and prepare ourselves for those challenges before wading into controversial territory?

While we can’t offer a universal solution or specific rules, we can offer some good practices and a forum for conversation. We’ll draw on the expertise of several faculty who think about and deal with these matters every day as part of their work teaching students to understand and uphold professional standards regarding diversity. So we hope you can join us, and help us think about good ways to handle tough conversations.

Please register by noon Monday, March 8, to attend and reserve a lunch. Visit the Office of Instructional Development online ( ) to register. For more information contact, Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 777-4233

Student Success Center offers Study Skills Help sessions

The Student Success Center will be holding Study Skills Help Sessions to answer many of the questions students have about studying. The sessions are informal and participants are invited to bring their lunch, relax and join in the conversation. All sessions will take place from noon to 12:50 p.m. in Swanson Hall, room 16-18 of the Memorial Union (near the Terrace Dining Center) and are open to the entire campus community, with no reservation required. Sessions include, Reading a Textbook, February 24 and 25, April 14; Studying for and Taking Tests, March 3 and 4, April 29; Time Management, March 24; Notetaking, April 1.
-- Shari Nelson, Assistant Director of Learning Services, Student Success Center,, 777-0562

Annual Elwyn B. Robinson Lecture set for Wednesday

The Chester Fritz Library invites all members of the UND community to attend the Nineteenth Annual Elwyn B. Robinson Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the East Asian Room of the Chester Fritz Library (fourth floor). The event will spotlight William Caraher's archaeological research projects using computer technology and will also feature musical selections from the UND Women's Chorus. A reception follows the presentation.

Digital Archaeology, like its counterparts Digital History and Digital Humanities, represents a rapidly developing corner of the academic universe. Over the last 25 years, scholars have recognized the potential to deploy digital technology in the trenches and landscapes of the Mediterranean, as well as in the analysis and dissemination of archaeological data back in the cozy confines of their home institutions. Over this time, it has become clear existing technologies not only offer robust platforms for synergistic collaboration but also require it. This presentation will describe how technology has provided archaeologists with better ways of being archaeologists while creating spaces that expose the fundamental nature of our disciplinary commitment. As a result, the same digital technologies that facilitate transdisciplinary collaboration also undermine the longstanding disciplinary assumptions that are necessary for interdisciplinary dialogue. In many ways, the most exciting challenge of technology for archaeology is not in harnessing the rapidly expanding computing power, but rather in understanding how the growing array of digital tools can destabilize both how we conduct research and what constitutes research on the most basic level.

William "Bill" Caraher is an assistant professor of History at UND. His research has focused on the landscape and material culture of Late Antique and Byzantine Cyprus and Greece. Since 1997 he has been active in Greece, where he currently works as part of a number of collaborative research projects, including the Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey, the Ohio State Excavations at Isthmia and the Ohio Boeotia Project. Since 2003, he has been the co-director of the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project in Cyprus.

He has published articles and given papers on topics ranging from the Classical to the Modern period in Greek and Cypriot history. His recent research has emphasized archaeological methodology, Early Christian architecture and epigraphy, sacred landscapes, Byzantine hagiography and Classical and Hellenistic fortifications. Caraher has a growing interest in the digital archaeology and the digital humanities and contributed to the founding of the Working Group in Digital and New Media at UND. He blogs daily at: The Archaeology of the Mediterranean World.

He received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 2003 and was affiliated with the American School of Classical Studies at Athens from 2001-2003, and from 2007-2008, he served as the Rhys Carpenter Fellow, the only junior faculty position at the institution.
-- Wilbur Stolt, Director of Libraries, Chester Fritz Library,, 777-2189

Upcoming Culinary Corner classes listed

Hello Culinary Corner fans. Here are the upcoming Culinary Corner classes for the next two weeks:
Serves One - 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24
Do you find yourself making the same old dinner every night because your cooking for one? Or do you just enjoy learning new and healthy recipes that you can make for yourself any night of the week? Join us and learn how to make quick and healthy recipes for one!
Tonight's recipes: Sticky Chicken and Roasted Potatoes

Crock Pot Cooking - 7 to 7:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26
The crock pot is one of the best time-saving appliances in the kitchen-perfect for the cook with limited time. It’s also great for beginning cooks because all you do is fill it and turn it on. Hours later, you come home to a house filled with wonderful smells and dinner ready for the table.

Join us in the Culinary Corner before work and prepare dinner for you and your family. Please bring your own crock pot or slow cooker. Price: $14. Time: 5:30 to 6 p.m. March 1-5 - Cheap, Fast and Healthy

Are you on a hectic schedule and tight budget? Are you sick of going through the drive-thru and ordering unhealthy food just because it's convenient? Come join us for Cheap, Fast and Healthy! Each 30-minute session will feature tips on shopping for fresh and healthy ingredients, easy to prepare recipes, and food cost comparisons. Class participants will see the recipe being prepared, enjoy a sample, and leave with the recipe card and nutrition information to make the meal themselves.

Start Right Breakfast - 7:15 to 7:45 a.m. March 2
Who said Wheaties is the only breakfast of champions? Come join us bright and early in the Culinary Corner and start your day off right! Learn healthy breakfast options that are easy, delicious, and made for champions. Breakfast is served in the Culinary Corner every Tuesday morning at 7:15 am. Breakfast is free and no need to pre-register.

Breakfast for Dinner - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2
Are you not a morning person but you love breakfast food? Come join us and enjoy some of your favorite breakfast foods, and see why there's nothing wrong with having Breakfast for Dinner.
Price: $7.00

Family Night - 5 to 6:25 p.m. Wednesday, March 3
Join us in the Culinary Corner during Family Night, the first Wednesday of each month. From 5-6:30 pm we will be serving "kid approved" snacks.
*The Rock Wall will be open for open climbing and activities in the classrooms.
Price: $5.00 per family

Comfort Food - 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 4
Come make and enjoy some taco soup to warm you up during this cold North Dakota winter. The soup will be served with warm, fresh cornbread. Now doesn't that sound comforting?

Join the Culinary Corner Facebook Group—UND Wellness Center to share thoughts on Culinary Corner, get up-to-date information on what’s happening, view photos and interact with other fans.

For more information, check out click on Nutrition and Culinary Corner to view the calendar and register for classes. Questions? Contact Karina Wittmann at 777-0769 or
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition, UND Wellness Center,, 777-0769

IPPL to show "American Splendor"

The Institute for Philosophy in Public Life (IPPL) will be showing the film "American Splendor" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the Empire Arts Center as part of the Art and Democracy Film Series. This event is free and open to the public. A discussion will follow.

The Art and Democracy Film Series offers us all the opportunity to talk, as a community, about the American experience. What are our values? How do we deal with difference? And, of course, what's art got to do with it? Through fun and accessible movies, audiences will explore, debate, and question the foundations of our democracy and society. Each film is shown at the Empire Arts Center and is free and open to the public. First the group watches the movie together, then the host, Jack Russell Weinstein, director of the Institute for Philosophy in Public Life, Associate Professor of Philosophy at UND, and host of the Prairie Public Radio show “Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life,” interviews a guest about the topic of the film. Then the audience gets the opportunity to talk with Weinstein and his guest, as well as to each other. The conversation is light-hearted and fun, but sophisticated and interesting as well. All perspectives are welcome; the series is non-partisan.

The series also provides the opportunity to see how film-makers portray our lives. Is it accurate? Does it exaggerate? Can it help us learn about ourselves or does it interfere with our self-understanding? Previous guests have included Clay Jenkinson, who led a discussion on what it means to be a North Dakotan; Crystal Alberts, who discussed the role of protest and sub-cultures in political life; and Paul Gaffney, who discussed the place of sports in our society with special attention to women athletes and the role of equality in competition.

For more information, contact or go to
-- Chelsea Stone, IPPL Student Intern, Institute for Philosophy in Public Life,, 701-789-1415

Weight Watchers begins new session on campus

Feb. 16 marked the start of a new 17-week series for Weight Watchers At UND. During the first series, the group lost 391.4 pounds. Weight Watchers on campus is open to all staff, faculty, students, alumni and spouses, as well as employees with affiliates of the campus like the Bookstore, REA and the UND Foundation. Meetings are Tuesdays at 4:45 p.m. in 303 Merrifield Hall (weigh in begins at 4:15). Join on Feb. 23 for the series and get free eTools. After Feb. 23, the cost is pro-rated and eTools is optional for an additional cost. The current series will run through June 8. For more information, contact Kim Ruliffson at 777-0210 or .
-- Wellness Center

"Regular" and "Special" Denim Days announced

Wednesday, February 24, is a "regular" Denim Day. Pay your $1 and enjoy going casual for charity. Friday, Feb. 26, is a Special Denim Day for Go Red For Women. Your donation to Go Red For Women helps support educational efforts and breakthrough research by the American Heart Association, the largest funder of cardiovascular research second only to the U.S. government. The American Heart Association leads the way in cardiovascular advances, including the development of new drugs, devices and CPR methods. 25 percent of each dollar raised is allocated to the National Center, where it is used to fund research as well as support development of new educational and community program initiatives. 75 percent of the funds remain in North Dakota for outreach efforts, including educational materials and programming for heart health.

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in North Dakota and the nation. The good news is that heart disease is largely preventable. Research shows that women who "Go Red" are more likely to make healthy choices, such as exercising, eating right and checking their cholesterol.

Please give what you can. Checks must be made out to "Denim Day." Wear your denim day button, and enjoy a day that supports such a worthy cause by wearing not only denim but something red. By sharing a commitment to speak up, spread the word and support research, we can help save lives.
-- Cheri Williams, Staff Senator, President's Office,, 777-2121

Doctoral examination set for Jinu Philip John

The final examination for Jinu Philip John, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Chemistry, is set for 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in 138 Abbott Hall. The dissertation title is: Studies in Organic Synthesis. Part I: Total Synthesis of Plakortethers F and G. Part II: C- H Insertion on Diazosulfones and Diazosulfonates. Alexei Novikov (Chemistry) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

River restoration expert to give lecture Feb. 26

Geology and Geological Engineering will host a lecture by river restoration expert Luther Aadland at noon Friday, Feb. 26, in 100 Leonard Hall.

Rivers are defined by hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, biology, water quality and connectivity. These components interact and changes in one variable can cause cascading changes in the others. Rivers have been altered by anthropogenic watershed changes, direct channel alterations ("channel improvement") and dam construction. Efforts to restore rivers need to avoid mistakes of past management that lead to impaired systems. Aadland's LEEPS (Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science) presentation, titled “The Health of Our Rivers: Reflections of Our Culture,” will touch on the policies that affect stream health and the philosophy of restoration and natural channel design in restoring stream channels, dam removal and fish passage.

Luther Aadland graduated from UND with a Ph.D. in biology and works as a river ecologist and fluvial geomorphologist with the Minnesota DNR. Aadland helped design and implement several major river and stream restoration projects, including removal of the old Riverside Dam in Grand Forks and the conversion of Fargo’s Midtown Dam to rapids. Prior to his work, the Midtown Dam had caused at least 19 drowning deaths, as well as blocked fish migration. Aadland’s new Rock Arch Rapids design eliminated the dam's hydraulic roller, restored fish passage and provided a much safer recreational environment.
-- Phil Gerla, Associate Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering,, 777-3305

Marquette engineering student will speak at engineering awards luncheon Friday

A member of the Will Steger Foundation's Expedition Copenhagen will be the guest speaker at the School of Engineering and Mines National Engineers Week awards luncheon Friday. Chalie Nevarez, who was part of the Foundation's Midwest youth delegation to the 2009 international climate negotiations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, will speak at noon Friday, Feb. 26, in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union.

At the luncheon, the North Dakota chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers will present top student awards to Max Mellmer, senior in chemical engineering; Amy Boyer and Benjamin Jones, both chemical engineering juniors; and Paul Johnson, a sophomore in electrical engineering. Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, will also award scholarships and name the outstanding faculty member, elected by the engineering student body.

Nevarez earned a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from Marquette University and is pursuing a master's there in environmental engineering. She plans to continue her education at the University of Colorado Boulder with a focus in engineering for developing communities. She has been a Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) since August 2008 and holds a long-standing internship at MillerCoors in the sustainability, environmental health and safety department. Her academic and professional work focuses primarily on water pollution and management, air pollution, and sustainable practices. A native of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, she came to the United States in 2004 to begin her collegiate career. Nevarez will share her experiences at the Copenhagen Summit and discuss trying to achieve a more sustainable future for the United States.

Established in January 2006 by polar explorer Will Steger, the Will Steger Foundation, located in Minneapolis, is dedicated to creating programs that foster international leadership and cooperation through environmental education and policy development. The Foundation seeks to inspire and be a catalyst for international environmental leadership to stop global warming through exploration, education and action.
-- Cheryl Osowski, Outreach Coordinator, School of Engineering and Mines,, 777-3390

Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics seminar is Feb. 26

Gurdeep Marwarha, a graduate student in Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics at the School of Medicine, will present a seminar titled "The leptin, mTOR/akt pathway in Alzheimer’s disease" at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in the School of Medicine, Room 3933. This seminar is sponsored by the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence Pathophysiological Signaling in Neurodegenerative Disorders and the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics. All are welcome to attend.
-- Deb Kroese, Administrative Officer, Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics,, 777-6221

Physics and Astrophysics colloquium is Feb. 26

Physics and Astrophysics will host a colloquium at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in 211 Witmer Hall featuring Darin Ulness, chemistry, Concordia College. Coffee and cookies will be served at 4 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall.

Abstract: Halogen bonding is very much analogous to hydrogen bonding in that it is a relatively strong direction interaction between a halogen on one molecule and an oxygen or nitrogen on an adjacent molecule. Although halogen bonding has been known for some time, it has only recently seen extensive study in areas as diverse as pharmacology and nanocrystal engineering. Our work centers on studying the effects of halogen bonding of iodo perfluoroalkanes on the vibrational modes of pyridine in liquid mixtures. This talk will present an introduction to halogen bonding, some recent spectroscopic results from our group and what we think those results imply about the nature of several iodo perfluoroalkanes.
-- Wayne Barkhouse, Assistant Professor, Physics and Astrophysics,, 777-3520

Grand Forks Master Chorale performance set for Feb. 26

The Grand Forks Master Chorale will sing Handel's "Dixit Dominus" and Ray's "Gospel Mass" at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at the First Presbyterian Church in Grand Forks. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. For more information, go to or call 777-3376.
-- Joshua Bronfman, Assistant Professor, Music,, 701-741-1786

Night Life @ UND lists weekend events

Night Life @ UND provides free late-night entertainment for UND students every Friday and Saturday night (not including holidays). The following events will be held at Night Life @ UND Feb. 26-27. Please inform students about the following:
Wellness Center - Feb. 26 (all events are from 9 to 11 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
- Open Rockwall
- Open Gym
- Open Fitness equipment
- Cycling Class — 9 p.m. beginners, 10 p.m. intermediates
- Late-night Cross Country Skiing - 8 to 11 p.m.

Memorial Union Feb. 26 (all events are from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. unless otherwise noted)
- Miniature Golf Tournament – hosted by Adapt – 9 to 11 p.m., main floor of Union — big prizes
- Hemp and Friendship bracelets – 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Marketplace
- UPC Movie – Pirate Radio – 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.
- Lifetime Sports – 9 p.m. to midnight
- ColdStone Ice Cream – 9:30, first come, first served
- UPC Techno Party with XL93 – 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., Loading Dock

Memorial Union Feb. 27 (all events are from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. unless otherwise noted)
- DDR (main floor TV) on the Wii – 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
- UPC Movie – Pirate Radio – 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.
- Lifetime Sports 9 p.m. to midnight
- Wooden Picture Frame Decorating – 9 p.m. midnight, Marketplace
- Ronnie Jordan – UPC Comedian – 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., Loading Dock
- Jerry O’Hagan and His Orchestra (hosted by UPC) – 10 p.m., Ballroom
- Learn to Swing Dance with the UND Swing Dance Club — 9 p.m., Ballroom
- Sbarro Breadsticks, sauce and Coke fountain drinks — 9:30 p.m.
-- Nicki Green, Substance Abuse Prevention Assistant, Substance Abuse Prevention Office,, 777-4165

Career Services hosts professional etiquette luncheon Feb. 27

The Professional Etiquette Luncheon will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, in the Memorial Union and will consist of a presentation by Bruce Gjovig on general professional and meal etiquette. Later, Kim Jordahl will speak on the importance of networking to ensure your success and create new opportunities for yourself in the professional world. The presentation will take place in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

Following the presentation, there will be a four course meal in the Memorial Union Ballroom, where you will have the opportunity to apply and practice your new etiquette skills in a professional environment. After the meal, there will be a presentation on dressing for success to help ensure that you always look the part when it counts.

Students interested must register and prepay at Career Services, inside 280 McCannel Hall. Tickets only cost $5 and include the presentation and four course meal. Students will need to pre-register by Feb. 19. Students will need to check in by 11 a.m. on the day of the event.
-- Jordan Storeby, Assistant Marketing/Event Coordinator, Career Services,, 612-819-4526

Art and Design will present artist Dan Attoe's work March 1

Art and Design will host artist Dan Attoe from Monday, March 1 through Friday March 5. He will be giving a slide presentation of his work at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in the Hughes Fine Arts Center, Room 227. His highly detailed surfaces are reminiscent of romantic painting as he investigates the "underbelly" of American western culture. He received his MFA from University of Iowa, Iowa City in 2004 and his
 BFA from University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1998. Currently he exhibits with Peres Projects, Berlin and Western Exhibitions, Chicago. Attoe has also recently had exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux, France and Saatchi Gallery, London UK. For more information, email Lori Esposito, assistant professor of Painting and Drawing at .
-- Art and Design

CIO faculty forum is March 2

An extensive strategic planning process for information technology, led by CIO Josh Riedy in Fall 2008, resulted in the identification of critical Core Technology Services. This spring, the Office of the CIO will continue to host a series of open forums to develop solutions, cost, sustainability and implementation for these core technology services. In this next phase, we again ask for your valuable input. The success of this process requires the active involvement and partnered decision-making from across campus. All forums will be broadcast live and recorded. Please see the UND CIO web site for more information. Online surveys are available for additional feedback from the campus community. They open the day of the forum and continue for ten days.

Please plan to attend the second Data Storage (individual, shared, research and archival) forum from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in the River Valley Room. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Lefever.
-- Mike Lefever, Project Manager, AVP/Dean of Outreach/CIO Office,, 777-2030

Robert Wilkins lecture set for March 5

Vanderbilt University's Robin Jensen will present this year's Robert Wilkins Lecture. Jensen, the Luce Chancellor's Professor of the History of Christian Art and Worship, will present, "Living Water: Rituals, Spaces, and Images of Early Christian Baptism", at 4 p.m. Friday, March 5, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The lecture is held in conjunction with the Fifth Annual Red River Valley History Conference, hosted by the Beta-Upsilon Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta. The lecture is free and open to the public.
-- Susan Caraher, Marketing & External Relations Specialist, The Graduate School,, 777-2524

You can help shape the future of technology at UND; free box lunch is March 2

You can help shape the future of technology at the University by attending a free box lunch forum series with CIO Joshua Reidy and members of the Technology Steering Committee, noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. All students, faculty and staff are welcome. Join us to discuss, share, and brainstorm ideas for the future of technology at UND. Discussions are intended to complement the Technology Forums already in progress.

Main themes: Technology Support (Broad Hardware, Software and Application Support); Data Storage (Individual, Shared, Research and Archival); Research Technology (Infrastructure and Support). To order a complimentary box lunch, please e-mail by Feb. 24. Make your reservation early as space is limited.
-- Mike Lefever, Office of the CIO.

Theatre Arts to present "Tick, Tick...BOOM!"

"Tick, Tick...BOOM!" is a musical about a struggling young composer’s dream to write a successful rock-musical, but as he nears his 30th birthday, he starts to feel the pressure of his past failures. He begins to hear his life ticking away as he spirals out of control. He has some tough decisions to make. Should he take the job in marketing? Should he move in with his girlfriend? Should he leave New York City? Should he go on as he has been, waiting for someone to recognize his talent? The show includes several songs, including “Green Green Dress,” “Louder than Words” and “Sunday,” a parody of Stephen Sondheim’s "Sunday in the Park with George."

Although the music in "Tick, Tick...BOOM!" is composed by Jonathan Larson, the famous composer of the Broadway hit musical "RENT," the show itself was written by a couple of Larson’s friends after his tragic death in 1996. They did not want his music to die with him, and out of the pain and grief of his passing rose "Tick, Tick...BOOM!" The show reflects many of Larson’s own life experiences as he waited for his big break.

"Tick, Tick...BOOM!" will be director Emily Cherry’s first show at UND, and it is also the kick off show for the new Musical Theatre Program. Theatre Arts is using this production to demonstrate the collaborative nature of all the fine arts: performance, visual and music. Upon entering the theatre, you will be enveloped in the wonder and melding of these three artistic forms with a special showing of original artwork from one cast member.

In UND’s production of "Tick, Tick...BOOM!" the cast has been expanded. Originally, the show was written for three actors, one to play the lead role of Jon and two others to play all the other various roles throughout. In this production, the role of Jon will be played by Daniel Walstad and the other two roles will be divided among four actors: Emily Elisabeth, Tyler Rood, Mari Beil and Tyler Sheeley.

Performances of "Tick, Tick...BOOM!" at the Burtness Theatre are March 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Each performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students with a valid student I.D. Groups of ten or more people receive a $2 discount. Reserved parking will be available. For ticket information and reservations, call the Box Office at 777-2587. Time is ticking away, so get your tickets soon.
-- Alyssa Thompson, Publicity Assistant , Theatre Arts,, 320-221-0588

Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn is March 3

In celebration of International Women's History month, the Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at the International Centre (2908 University Ave). Heidi Heitkamp, former N.D. Attorney General, will be discussing "new" feminism, not your mama's feminism. Everyone is welcome, and lunch will be provided.
-- Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Women's Center,, 777-4300

Online teaching showcase is March 3

Interested in teaching online? All UND faculty and staff are invited to attend the online teaching showcase to visit with other faculty and instructional support staff about techniques and tools for teaching online. Faculty will be demonstrating their courses, and you can test out the tools at additional stations. Attend this event to:
* View 20 exhibits of current courses and online technologies
* Visit with instructors about online methods in their campus or online courses
Test out technologies, including:
* Adobe Connect and Presenter
* Respondus and Studymate
* Smarthinking 24/7 Online Tutoring
* Wimba Classroom and Voice Tools
* Xenapps (Citrix) Software Access

Join us from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at the Memorial Union, River Valley Room. To reserve a complimentary box lunch, email by Feb. 25, or call 777-3231. The event is sponsored by the Senate Continuing Education Committee Discovery Series.
-- Janet Rex, Chair, Senate Continuing Education Committee,, 777-4641

University Senate meeting is March 4

The March meeting of the University Senate will be held at 4:05 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in Gamble Hall, Room 7.

1) Announcements
2) Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes
3) Question period

Consent Calendar:
None submitted

Business Calendar:
4) Curriculum Committee Report, Elizabeth Tyree, Chair,Curriculum Committee
5) Nominations for Senate Committees, Jan Goodwin, Chair, Senate Committee on Committees
6) Honorary Degrees Committee report and recommendations, Barbara Combs, chair, Senate Honorary Degrees Committee
-- Lori Hofland, Administrative Assistant, Registrars Office,, 777-3892

MAC presents Dan Savage March 4

The Multicultural Awareness Committee presents nationally acclaimed columnist Dan Savage, and his speech, "Savage Love." The event will take place Thursday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Covering everything and anything related to sex and relationships, Savage creates a space for all students to honestly discuss “taboo” topics. With the audience driving the discussion, the program can touch on any subject.
-- Jordan Bonstrom, MAC Publicity Coordinator, Student Government,, 777-4377

"St. Bette's" continues through March 20

The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre is presenting the Midwest premiere of local playwright and English department lecturer Kathy Coudle-King’s play "St. Bette’s." Director is Adonica Schultz Aune.

Set in 1961 in a home for “unwed mothers," four young women spend an unforgettable summer waiting out their pregnancy.

Each woman has her unique story to tell, embodying a different issue instructors and students might wish to discuss.
• Cecilia has been told she can be anything she wants. She wants to go to medical school. A baby, however, is not in her plans.
• Marge sees herself as sexually liberated. She enjoys sex; however, single and without reliable birth control she finds herself pregnant and at St. Bette’s for the third time.
• Janice’s story is shrouded in mystery. There are rumors that she, a white woman, was raped by a black man. Miscegenation laws prevail.
• Then there is Myrtle. Developmentally disabled, Myrtle’s parents told her she could keep her baby if she went to live at St. Bette’s.
• Lastly, we have Sister Anne, who runs St. Bette’s with a firm hand. She emphasizes that this is but one chapter in the women’s lives and happier chapters will follow.

"St. Bette’s" explores the idea of “choice” and what this means when people have few options. It also hopes to lift the stigma surrounding the act of surrendering or releasing a child for adoption. In the process of researching the play, the playwright was approached multiple times by women who had “given their child up.” The topic was still clearly taboo, and with "St. Bette’s" we hope to open discussion about a choice that tends to echo throughout a woman’s life.

"St. Bette’s" will be performed in the Fire Hall Theatre (412 2nd Avenue N.) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, until March 20. There will be a special showing at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14. Following the March 14 performance, there will be a discussion with the actors, director and playwright.

Cast and crew: Kristina Brekke (psychology major-UND), Jennifer Frizzini (USAF), Erin Hendrickson, Kat LaBine, Wendy Swerdlow Pederson and directed by Adonica Schultz Aune and Marie Hjelmstad. Technical director is Jeff Kinney. Consulting is John Thompson. Tickets will be $15 and $12 for students/seniors/military. Call for reservations and to inquire about a group discount at 777-4090.
-- Kathy Coudle-King, Lecturer, English,, 777-2787

Graduate School Dean's Lecture Series is March 9-10

We are delighted to announce the 2010 Graduate School Dean's Lecture Series presenters. They are Richard Kahn, Educational Foundations and Research, and Steven Ralph, Biology. The Dean's Lecture Series will be a highlight of the 2010 Scholarly Forum.

Kahn's presentation, "Education as the Avatar of Sustainability?" will be at noon Tuesday, March 9, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Ralph will present "Genomic Approaches to Identify Insect Resistance Genes in Poplar Trees," at noon Wednesday, March 10, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl as well.

For further details and to read their abstacts, visit the Scholarly Forum web site at
-- Susan Caraher, Marketing & External Relations Specialist, The Graduate School,, 777-2524

Doctoral examination set for Rule Hiuallah-Messiah

The final examination for Rule Hiuallah-Messiah, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Communication and Public Discourse, is set for 9 a.m. Friday, March 5, in 219 Merrifield Hall. The dissertation title is "Slave Story: A Tale of Recovery." Richard Fiordo (Communications) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Institutional Review Board meeting set for March 5

The Institutional Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, March 5, in 305 Twamley to consider all research proposals submitted to the IRB Office before Tuesday, Feb. 23. Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the Clinical Medical Subcommittee before being brought to the Full Board. Proposals for these projects are due in the Institutional Review Board Office before Tuesday, Feb. 16. Minutes from the meeting will be available in the IRB Office approximately one week after the meeting.
-- Kathy Smart, Chair, Institutional Review Board,, 777-4279

Center for Community Engagement offers "Stone Soup" and faculty support

A cup of vegetable soup will be served to faculty and instructional staff who stop by the Center for Community Engagement Friday, March 5, to learn more about service learning and public scholarship.

“Stone Soup Friday” will be observed from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 5, with award-winning UND colleagues on hand in the Center at 317 Cambridge Street to discuss community-based teaching and research. Information will be available on how to apply for up to $1,000 in project support from the newly established Stone Soup Fund. The Center’s stone soup theme is derived from the legend of two travelers who start a soup from a stone, coaxing contributions from villagers who make enough to feed the travelers and the village.

More information about the fund and a short application is available at The Stone Soup Fund was created from contributions from the UND Office of Academic Affairs, Bremer Bank, the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation, the Greystone Group, the North Dakota Mill and Elevator and Altru Foundation.
-- Lana Rakow, Director, Center for Community Engagement,, 777-2287

Scholarly Forum schedule is online

The Graduate School has posted the schedule for presentations and poster titles at . You will find the abstracts for the Dean's Lecture Series presentations, as well as some photographs of last year's event. This site will continue to be updated until the forum on March 9-10. This year's event promises to be larger than ever, with more than 90 posters and an art exhibit in addition to the oral presentations. Mark your calendars now. The Scholarly Forum is free and open to the public.
-- Susan Caraher, Marketing & External Relations Specialist, The Graduate School,, 777-2524

41st Annual Writers Conference kicks off March 23

In the beginning, humans gathered around the fire to share stories; today, they are curling up with their digital reader. The 41st Annual Writers Conference kicks off Tuesday, March 23, and runs through Saturday, March 27. This year’s Conference -- titled "MIND THE GAP: Print, Art, Media" -- explores the various media through which stories are being shared. The opening day’s noon panel raises the provocative question, “Are books obsolete?”

When asked why she chose this year’s theme "MIND THE GAP: Print, Media, Art," Crystal Alberts, co-director of the Conference, said, “On one hand, it seems as though the younger generation is drifting away from traditional print reading (if it's not on a screen, and I can't find it in two seconds through Google, forget it). On the other hand, the more mature generation seems leery of embracing technology (I can't curl up with a cup of tea and a Kindle, it's just not the same).”

Alberts chose this year's theme with the intention of exploring “how literature and art are created in the digital age, as well as with the idea that we might bridge the generational gap with the ultimate goal that we all could learn something from one another.”

The widely known and well respected UND Writers Conference has brought literary luminaries such as Truman Capote, Alice Walker and Salman Rushdie to Grand Forks. This year it will offer up a smorgasbord of writers working in traditional paper and ink, as well as some who share their words via the digital realm.

* Mark Amerika, Stuart Moulthrop, Deena Larsen and Nick Montfort are digital media writers. Their work involves much more than just reading left to right, top to bottom and then turning the page. These writers encourage readers to get their hands dirty by actually playing with the words, in addition to engaging the text intellectually and emotionally.
* Cecilia Condit tells stories through moving images where she plays with language and performance art. Her films are currently on exhibit at the Museum of Art through the Writers Conference.
* Saul Williams is a spoken word artist whose recitation is in line with that of the great poets who performed in royal courts long ago. Williams becomes the words he speaks and transmits the emotion of those words to the audience.
* Poet Frank X. Walker also comes to the old stories with a new way of seeing. In two of his books, he explores the story of Lewis and Clark through the eyes of York, the slave forced to accompany the men on the long journey west.
* Who better to illustrate new approaches to the well-known story than Pulitzer Prize winner Art Spiegelman whose graphic novels, "Maus I" and "Maus II," changed the way we see the Holocaust. Read by young and old alike, Spiegelman is the UND Presidential Lecturer, and at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium, he will take the audience on a chronological tour of the evolution of comics while explaining the value of this medium and why it should not be ignored.

In addition to the noon panels Tuesday through Friday and the afternoon and evening readings, there is also a film festival screening works selected by this year’s writers. Community readings and workshops fill out the rest of the schedule, and this year there will also be a free concert on Saturday evening featuring the St. Paul “new music” group, Zeitgeist.

All Writers Conference events are free and open to the public. A complete Writers Conference schedule is available at . You can also visit us on Facebook.
-- Kathy Coudle-King, co-director, UND Writers Conference,, 777-2787

ArtWise seeks volunteers for annual Elementary Art Show

Have fun and support ArtWise at the 17th annual ArtWise Elementary Art Show, March 23-25, at the Alerus Center. ArtWise is a local, non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing visual arts opportunities for kids in the greater Grand Forks area. The Art Show brings together an exciting array of new young artists, performances, art demonstrations, giant visual displays and opportunities to create. Various shifts and positions are available. To register, or for more information, please visit our web site, or contact Lisa Earls, volunteer coordinator, at or 218-791-5350.
-- Lisa Earls, Volunteer Coordinator, ArtWise,, 218-791-5350

30th annual Frank Low Research Day is April 22

The 30th annual Frank Low Research Day will be held Thursday, April 22, in the Memorial Union Ballroom and Lecture Bowl. There will be two keynote speakers, and medical and graduate students will provide oral presentations in the Lecture Bowl.

Students, staff and faculty in all basic science, allied health and clinical departments are encouraged to participate in the poster presentations, which will be displayed in the Ballroom. Awards will be given this year to the student who presents the best poster. Only first authors are eligible to compete for the award(s).

All oral and poster presenters are required to submit an abstract that will be included in this year’s Frank Low Research Day booklet. You need to submit your abstract and information online. Please follow the instructions carefully, especially with regard to authorship. The web address for online submission is

The deadline for submitting your abstract is March 31. Please print your submission information and submit a hard copy to JoAnn Johnson in the Medical School's Office of the Associate Dean for Research (Room 5928). For more information, call 777-6269.
-- JoAnn Johnson, Administrative Secretary, Office of the Associate Dean for Research, School of Medicine and Health Sciences,, 777-6269

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to hold remembrance celebration

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will mark the recent deaths of two faculty colleagues with a remembrance celebration at 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 3, in the Reed Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Gene Homandberg passed away on Dec. 21 and Siegfried Detke on Jan. 13. All family, colleagues, students and friends are welcome to attend.
-- Katherine A. Sukalski, Interim Chair and Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,, 777-4049

CRC offers family mediation training in May

The Conflict Resolution Center will host a family mediation training event May 17-21 in the Memorial Union.

Learn skills essential for becoming a family mediator.
Our Family Mediation Seminar will encompass:
- Understanding the dynamics of conflict
- Impact of family conflict and divorce on parents and children
- Transformative Mediation Theory
- Role of empowerment and recognition
- Mediator skills and interventions
- Ethics/professional responsibility
- Identifying and screening domestic violence issues
- Role of family law in mediation.

This professional workshop is pre-approved in North Dakota and Minnesota for the Mediation Rosters in each state. There are two graduate level credits offered with this workshop through the UND Division of Continuing Education (900 Counseling). Cost for Faculty and Staff: $300 (off-campus rate is $875)
Please Register before May 1, 2010 to reserve your seat in this class.

Please contact us at 777-3664 for registration or with any questions you may have.
-- Conflict Resolution Center

Annual staff employee performance evaluations due March 1

Annual staff employee performance evaluations are due to be completed and forwarded to the Office of Human Resources by March 1. The Performance Management Plan form is available electronically and may be found at

Employees who have had an evaluation completed since Sept. 1, 2009, or employees who have had a six month probation evaluation completed prior to Dec. 31, 2009, do not need an annual evaluation completed. Please review and discuss the evaluation with the employee and return the signed forms to Human Resources, Twamley Hall Room 313, Stop 8010, no later than March 1. If you have any questions, please call 777-4361.
-- Diane Nelson, Director, Human Resources,, 777-4361

Founders Day Feb. 25 recognizes faculty, staff for service and academic achievements

The University will celebrate excellence in education and honor its long-time employees during the 127th Annual Founders Day on Thursday, February 25, in the Ballroom at the Memorial Union.

The event begins with a social at 5:45 p.m. and musical entertainment provided by the UND String Quartet. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m., followed by a video tribute celebrating the founding of the University and selected historical highlights. University President Robert O. Kelley will preside at the occasion.

Paul LeBel, provost vice president for academic affairs, will introduce and honor 32 retired and retiring UND faculty and staff. Diane Nelson, director of human resources, will pay tribute to 48 University employees with 25 years of service. UND's Ceramics Department, which begins its hundredth year on campus in 2010, will also be recognized during the ceremony.

Departmental, faculty, and North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement awards will be presented. The UND Foundation is providing $116,500 of the $122,500 total award amount for 2010.

This year's award recipients are:
North Dakota Professor of the Year Nominee: Dexter Perkins, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering
Individual Excellence in Teaching: Amanda Boyd, Department of Modern and Classical Language and Literatures; $2,000, Krista Lynn Minnotte, Department of Sociology; $2,000
Graduate or Professional Teaching Excellence: Jason Jensen, Department of Political Science and Public Administration; $2,000
Excellence in Teaching, Research or Creative Activity, and Service: Mary Ann Sens, Department of Pathology; $2,500
Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research: Vasyl Tkach, Department of Biology; $2,000
Outstanding Faculty Development and Service: Thomas Steen, Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science; $2,000
Excellence in Academic Advising: Richard "Rocky" Graziano, Department of Aviation; $2,000
Departmental Excellence in Service: Department of Geography; $2,000
Departmental Excellence in Research: Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics; $2,000
Departmental Excellence in Research: Department of Biology; $2,000
Departmental Excellence in Teaching: Department of Biology; $2,000

Those to be honored for 25 years of service are:
Harmon Abrahamson, Professor of Chemistry; Cheryl Albertson, Laboratory Technician, Center for Biomedical Research; Barbara Anderson, Student Academic Advisor, RAIN Program, College of Nursing; Gayle Bergeron, Production Manager, Dining Services, Wilkerson Dining Center; Sheila Bichler, Programmer/Analyst, Human Nutrition Research Center; Charlotte Bratvold, Academic Building Services Supervisor, Facilities; John Bridewell, Associate Professor of Aviation; Felecia Clifton, Music Branch Manager, Chester Fritz Library; Daniel Daly, Research Manager, Energy & Environmental Research Center; Bruce Dockter, Manager, Fuels and Materials Research Laboratory, EERC; Larry Evenson, Assistant Supervisor, Heating Plant, Facilities; Curt Foerster, Research Specialist, EERC;

Kathleen Gershman, Professor of Educational Foundations and Research and Department Chair; Janice Goodwin, Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics; Elaine Renee Hauschulz, Administrative Secretary, Housing Office; Gloria Hayden, Lead Pantry Chef, Dining Support Services; Jana Hollands, Coordinating Assistant, University Writing Program; Maryrose Johnson, Information Processing Specialist, Housing Office; Tammy Kaiser, Supervisor, Twamley Hall Snack Bar, Dining Services; William (Jim) King, Safety Officer, Flight Operations; Lynette Krenelka, Director, Lifelong Learning and Professional Development, Division of Continuing Education and Outreach Services; Dennis Laudal, Senior Research Advisor, EERC; Michael Lindquist, Lead Painter, Facilities; Pam Mattson, Maintenance Supervisor, Facilities;

Michael Meyer, Professor of Criminal Justice; Gwendlyn Molsbarger, Building Services Technician, Facilities Management; Charles Moretti, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Department Chair; Christine Naas, Special Events Coordinator, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences; Nancy Nelson, Development Coordinator for the College of Business and Public Administration and the School of Engineering and Mines, UND Alumni Association and Foundation; Kathleen Newman, Administrative Assistant, Children and Family Services Training Center; Jane Olson, Assistant to the Dean, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences; Chris Ostlie, Executive Building Services Manager, Housing Maintenance, Facilities Management; Kurtis Papenfuss, Academic Building Services Supervisor, Facilities Management; Jaesun Park, Professor of Management;

Mary Reinertson-Sand, Information Specialist, Center for Rural Health; Eloise Robertson, Administrative Secretary, Department of Management; Judy Sannes, Disability Specialist, Disability Services for Students; Richard Schulz, Manager, Particulate Research Laboratory, EERC; Mona Shilling, Administrative Secretary, Department of Family and Community Medicine; Kathy Smart, Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning; Jay Smith, Administrator, Technology and Network System, Memorial Union; Bonnie Solberg, Associate Director, Memorial Union; Beverly Solseng, Administrative Assistant, Bureau of Educational Services and Applied Research; Thomas Steen, Associate Professor of Physical Education, Exercise Science and Wellness, and Coordinator of Teacher Education in Physical Education; Jeannie Tvedt, Senior Business Analyst, UND Alumni Association and Foundation; Patricia Willey, Medical Laboratory Technician, Human Nutrition Research Center; Carol Winkels, Administrative Secretary, Department of Social Work; Fern Wood, Administrative Secretary, Department of Physical Education, Exercise Science and Wellness.

Retired and retiring faculty and staff are:
Virginia Achen, Research Technician, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Nancy Adsero, Storekeeper, EERC; Diane Brenno, Manager, Campus Catering, Dining Services; Ronald Brinkert, Professor of Physical Education, Exercise Science and Wellness; Lillian Elsinga, Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Student Services; Shirley Griffin, Administrative Assistant, Office of Research Development and Compliance; Dennis Gunderson, Maintenance Specialist/Supervisor, Ralph Engelstad Arena;
Myrna Haga, Associate Professor of Social Work; David Hassett, Senior Research Advisor, EERC; Douglas Helland, Building Services Technician, Facilities Management; Penelope Hoglo, Cold Food Preparer, Dining Services, Wilkerson Dining Center;

Carol Jacobson, Building Services Supervisor, Facilities Management; Cathy Jones, Administrative Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering; Dorette Kerian, Director, Information Technology Systems and Services; Richard Landry, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Educational Foundations and Research; Diana LeTexier, Administrative Specialist, Division of Continuing Education and Outreach Services; Thomas Lockney, Professor of Law; Glenn Lykken, Professor of Physics and Astrophysics; Claude "Rick" Myrick, Building Services Technician, Facilities Management; Donna Onneland, Assistant Cold Food Preparer, Dining Services, Squires Dining Center; Wayne Parkin, Maintenance Specialist, Facilities Management;

Vicki Rieger, Medical Records Clerk, Center for Family Medicine, Minot; Jerry Rozeveld, Shop Foreman, Transportation Department; Robert Russell, Building Services Technician, Facilities Management; Patricia Schmidt, Human Resources Assistant, Facilities Management; George Seielstad, Director, Center for People and the Environment, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Studies, and Professor of Earth System Science and Policy; James Smith, Maintenance Specialist, Facilities Management; Robert Stiles, Assistant Professor of Physical Education, Exercise Science and Wellness; Jean Vorachek, Programmer/Analyst, EERC; Dietta "Dee" Watson, Assistant Professor of Physical Education, Exercise Science and Wellness; Patricia Willey, Medical Laboratory Technician, Human Nutrition Research Center; Holly Wilson, Academic Building Services Supervisor, Facilities Management; Sharelle Zittleman, Clerk, Center for Family Medicine, Bismarck.

Nearly 62 percent of UND's student-athletes achieve 3.0 GPA

A total of 257 student-athletes achieved either a grade point average of at least 3.0 during the 2009 fall semester or a cumulative 3.0 GPA through the fall 2009 semester. Those student-athletes constitute approximately 60 percent of UND's total student-athlete population.

Forty-one student-athletes carried either a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall semester or a cumulative 4.0 GPA through the fall 2009 semester.

Earlier this month, a league-high 32 UND student-athletes earned 2009 Fall Academic All-Great West Conference honors, including a league-leading four student-athletes with perfect 4.0 grade point averages. Also during the fall 2009 semester, senior football players Brandon Hellevang and Andrew Miller were named to the 12th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star team. Both players were also among the six finalists selected for the ninth annual FCS ADA's $5,000 postgraduate scholarship.

For a complete list of student-athletes being recognized at Academic Awards Night, please visit . List includes current student-athletes as well as student-athletes who have exhausted their athletic eligibility but are in their fifth year of athletic aid.
-- Jayson Hajdu, Director, Athletic Media Relations,, 777-2985

Anthropology offers archeological field school

Anthropology invites students to attend its archeological field school, which is being offered in cooperation with the National Park Service. The field school will be held at the Elbee and Karishta archeological sites, located within the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near the town of Stanton, N.D. Field school students will receive hands-on training and experience in the traditional areas of archeological research, such as the use of different kinds of field equipment and techniques for excavation and artifact recovery, site mapping, documentation and record keeping. Students will also be exposed to geophysical survey (remote sensing) studies occurring at the site.

For more information, please visit our web site:
-- Michael A. Jackson, Associate Research Archeologist, Anthropology,, 777-4081

TRIO award winners named

Federal TRIO Programs have provided the path to success for more than two million students since beginning in 1965. To honor the students who have succeeded in college and those who are currently working hard to reach their academic goals, University of North Dakota TRIO Programs celebrated National TRIO Day on Thursday, February 11, 2010.

United States Congressman Earl Pomeroy spoke at the event, “Higher education is basically a gateway but also a gauntlet, and it is particularly a gauntlet for navigating through extraordinary challenges… that’s why these TRIO Programs are so important,” said Pomeroy.

Awards were presented to students and alumni of UND TRIO programs and to UND assistant vice president of research and education, grants and contracts administration, David Schmidt, and Geography professor
Douglas Munski. Page Nickelson (former TRIO/Upward Bound and Student Support Services participant) received the Outstanding TRIO/Student Support Services Award, which is given to a UND student participating in that program who has achieved academic success. Douglas Osowski, UND Staff (former TRIO/Student Support Services participant) and Shannon Fox (former TRIO/Upward Bound participant), received the Outstanding UND TRIO Alumni Award, which is given to honor educational and career success by alumni of UND TRIO Programs.

Part of the luncheon program was devoted to student speakers who described their experience in each of the five UND TRIO Programs. The students representing the programs included John Wilebski, Talent Search student; Casey Johnson, Upward Bound student; Kfayah Alniemy, Educational Opportunity Center student; Page Nickelson, Student Support Services student; and Amber Annis-Bercier, Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate student.

David Schmidt was recognized with the Advocate for UND TRIO Award, which is given in recognition of strong advocacy for and commitment to the mission of TRIO Programs, which is equal educational access. Douglas Munski, was honored with the Friend of UND TRIO Award, which is given in recognition of outstanding service in support of TRIO Programs and their students.
-- Dennis Stangl, Technology Specialist, TRIO,, 777-2084

Funds available for community-based teaching, research projects

Proposals are now being accepted for support of community-based teaching and research projects through the newly established Stone Soup Fund administered by the Center for Community Engagement. The name and concept of the fund is drawn from the folk tale of hungry travelers who convince a village to contribute to their soup made from a stone, feeding the travelers and the village.

A maximum of $1,000 may be awarded from the fund to a faculty or instructional staff member for a teaching and/or research project that benefits a community and involves at least one community partner. Teaching projects must involve students enrolled in academic credit who are engaged in service-learning. Research projects must produce results that are made publicly available.

Possible eligible expenses include travel to project sites, printing and duplicating, materials, supplies and meeting expenses. Funds cannot be used to substitute for expenses normally covered by academic departments such as usual and customary classroom costs. Up to $5,000 is available for projects to be completed by June 30, and another $5,000 is available for projects to be completed by Dec. 31. Proposals will be accepted at any time until all funds are committed.

The Stone Soup Fund was initiated by the Center’s Community Advisory Board and has benefitted from contributions from the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Bremer Bank, the Greystone Group, Altru Foundation and the North Dakota Mill and Elevator. An application form is available at For more information or assistance, please feel free to contact me.
-- Lana Rakow, Director, Center for Community Engagement,, 777-2287

CoBPA, NDTO recognize inaugural export course

The College of Business and Public Administration and the North Dakota Trade Office recognized the accomplishments of business students and business leaders who completed the college’s inaugural Export Management training course on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Students and business leaders received a certificate of achievement for completing the 12-week export management series developed by the CoBPA and the NDTO. The course is designed to prepare business students and business leaders for expansion into the global marketplace. Attendees learn how to identify export business opportunities in foreign markets and how to avoid the common and not-so-common missteps that can create regulatory headaches and strip businesses of customers and profits. Participants were introduced to international business professionals and a peer network that shared real-life experiences regarding the critical elements of operating an export business.

Many skilled instructors participated in the course. For example, Dean Adams, principal brand strategist for Level Brand Inc. of Minneapolis and a former marketing director for 3M Corporation, was a key instructor. Adams shared his expertise in developing a global brand identity. Robert Pelka, vice president of structured trade finance, Wells Fargo HSBC Trade Bank N.A., shared options available to finance export business. About 40 UND business students and 13 business leaders participated in the Export Management Training Course.

“We are pleased with our collaboration with NDTO in this endeavor that started more than a year ago. The course was developed and offered with the idea of a hands-on-approach to learning the fundamentals of managing an export business and was taught by the prominent and experienced business managers at the right time in light of President Obama’s new goal to double our exports over the next five years to create 2 million jobs right here in America, as he elaborated in his State of Union Address last week,” said Fathollah Bagheri, professor of economics, who was the lead faculty member for the course.
-- Laura Dvorak-Berry, External Relations, College of Business and Public Administration,, 777-6937

View books honoring Black History Month at Merrifield Hall

In honor of Black History Month, there is a small and informal "James Baldwin Memorial Library" in Merrifield Hall, in the first floor "faculty office cluster" lounge outside Room 122D. The lounge area is open Monday-Friday, usually from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is a collection of books accumulated and contributed over a number of years, dealing with black history, literature, politics, and culture. Students helped organize the collection a couple of years ago, and since then, there have been new additions added with happy randomness, so it's a good place to look around and see what you find. The library is open to everyone and has a "honor system" check out. Just sign out any book and keep as long as you need it, then return and take another. Feel free to send your students over for class projects. For more information, contact Sharon Carson at 777-2764.
-- Sharon Carson, Professor, Philosophy and Religion,, 777-2764

Schedule an SGID in your classroom

Arrangements for SGIDs (small group instructional diagnosis, a process for soliciting student feedback at midterm) can now be made. SGIDs are done by trained faculty who work as facilitators for the process in colleagues' classrooms. A facilitator will collect information from your students, write it up into a report for you, and provide you with high-quality student input regarding their learning at mid-semester, rather than waiting until semester's end when course evaluations are completed. Furthermore, the interactive nature of the process can motivate students to think more carefully and deeply, so SGID feedback is often more thorough, providing you with a clear understanding of student perceptions. SGIDs are intended to be formative (i.e., for your own benefit as a teacher) rather than summative (for a promotion and tenure file). To schedule an SGID, please contact Jana Hollands at or 777-4998.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 777-4233

Photos of N.D. veterans and service members sought

The planning committee for the 25th Anniversary Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health is seeking pictures of North Dakota veterans and service members to incorporate into a slide show that will be part of a Veterans Appreciation Luncheon. Please send pictures, along with identifying name, rank, and any other information, to
-- Tara Mertz, Communications Specialist, Center for Rural Health,, 777-0871

University Within the University (U2) lists new classes

Introduction to Ergonomics Online
Open enrollment-March 1 through June 30
Blackboard session: Attendees will be provided login information upon enrollment.
Ergonomics is introduced to participants of this new on-line training at Risk factors to avoid in order to prevent cumulative trauma disorders (CTD's) will be highlighted. Symptoms of CTD's will be outlined, along with preventative strategies. Presenter: Claire Moen

Microsoft Office Excel 2007: Level 1
Mar. 1, 3, & 4, 1:30 to 4 p.m., Upson II, Room 361
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers, mouse, and file saving and retrieving skills.
Upon successful completion of this session, you will be able to explore the Microsoft Office Excel 2007 environment and create a basic worksheet; perform calculations; modify a worksheet; format a worksheet; print workbook contents; and manage large workbooks. Presenter: Heidi Strande

Asset Management, Insurance, & Surplus Property
Mar. 2, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Memorial Union, Badlands Room
This session gives instruction and leads discussion on how to perform annual inventories using PeopleSoft. It will also cover basic information that departments should know about Asset Management, Insurance issues, and Surplus Property. Presenters: Hazel Lehman, Corrinne Kjelstrom & Jacque Brockling

Ethical Decision-Making: A Guide for Everyone Everyday
Mar. 3, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Swanson Hall, Room 10-12
We face ethical dilemmas all the time - at work, at home, in the community. How do we make the decision about which path to take? How do ethics play a role in our decision-making? Consider your own values, your professional ethics, and four simple questions to ask yourself when you run into an ethical fork in the road. This workshop will engage you in discussion and give you tools you can use immediately, and some to teach your kids. Presenter: Kristine Paranica

Introduction to Web Page Design with Dreamweaver CS3
Mar. 3, 3 to 5 p.m., Starcher Hall, Rm 235 - Mac Lab
Prerequisite: Experience using Dreamweaver software.
This workshop will focus on the basics of web page design including: planning your site, designing and creating pages, and publishing your site. Since the focus on this workshop is on web page design it is necessary for participants to have some experience using Dreamweaver software. Presenters: Elizabeth Becker, M.S.I.T, Dr. Lynda Kenney & Students from the Graphics and Photography Society

Defensive Driving
Mar. 4, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Swanson Hall, Room 10-12
This session is required by State Fleet for all UND employees who drive State Fleet vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a State Fleet vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member (spouse or dependents). This session may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Tim Lee
-- Patricia Young, U2 Coordinator, Continuing Education,, 777-0720

2009 Writers Conference books on sale

The 2010 Writers Confrence is right around the corner. To celebrate, the Bookstore is offering 75 percent off the 2009 Writers Conference Books.
-- Griffin Gillespie, General Books Manager, Bookstore,, 777-6260

Bookstore seeks cashier coordinator

The Bookstore is now hiring a full-time cashier coordinator. This position is responsible for coordinating the work activities of other cashiers, training, ensuring company policy and procedures are followed and greeting and assisting customers. We are looking for someone highly motivated with retail or related cashiering experience, strong customer service skills and the ability to operate a computer. This full-time position is not related to UND. Anyone interested should apply by contacting Marie Mack at 777-2103 by Wednesday, Feb. 24.
-- Marie Mack, Assistant Store Manager, Bookstore,, 777-2103

Bookstore's Tower Cafe has before-game, morning, and evening specials

Students, faculty and staff are invited to stop in the Bookstore before the games (starting at 4 p.m.) for 50-cent medium coffees, $1 small hot chocolates or caramel apple cider, $1 brownies and $5 half sandwich and soup. We also offer morning and evening specials for coffee, with half-price regular brewed coffee and tea from 8 to 9 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.
-- UND Bookstore

Donate used jewelry for children's benefit

The North Dakota Museum of Art is preparing for their fifth annual Children's Program Benefit, titled "Antique to Chic." The event will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 9 (Mother's Day). This costume and vintage jewelry sale and raffle benefits the summer arts day camps and children's program at the Museum.

Donations are needed. Costumes or more valuable jewelry, scarves, hats, hand bags and other accessories will be appreciated. Donations can be brought to the Museum or call Sue Fink for pick-up at 777-4195. Donations are tax deductible.
-- Brittney Blake, marketing, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

Carlos Runcie-Tanaka exhibition on display at Museum

Carlos Runcie–Tanaka Exhibition at the North Dakota Museum of Art

The Museum of Art is displaying "Fragmento," the spiritual, multi-cultural exhibition of Carlos Runcie-Tanaka. "Fragmento" will be on display in the Museum until April 11.

A one-time philosophy major at the Unversidad Catolica del Peru, Carlos Runcie-Tanaka chose instead to dedicate himself to pottery, undertaking studies in Brazil, Italy and Japan. He has had numerous solo exhibitions in Latin America, the United States, Japan and Italy, and he has participated in group and other collective exhibitions in Peru and abroad, representing his country in contemporary art exhibitions such as the IV and V Havana Biennial (1991 and 1994), the 49th Venice Biennale (2001), the 8th Cuenca Biennial in Equador (2003), I, II, IV, and V Barro de America Biennial in Caracas, and the 26th Sao Paulo Biennial (2004). In the last few years, he has also been invited to teach at prestigious American and Japanese universities as a guest professor and artist-in-residence. Since 1978, he has run a pottery studio in Lima, Peru, where, aside from his artwork, Runcie-Tanaka creates functional pieces made from stoneware clays and local materials.

The three installations in this exhibition are among the most meaningful works by Runcie-Tananka. "Tiempo Detenido" is a ceremonial artwork that deals with issues of life and death. "Manto" is a collection of ceramic fragments that together reflect the artist’s extraordinary ability to unify disparate elements into a cohesive whole. "Huayco/Kawa/Rio" is a series of 12 spherical sculptures demonstrate a complex evolution for Zen-like simplicity to Peruvian complexity. Progresion Organica is a sculpture consisting of altered segments.

Exhibition is sponsored by the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, with additional support from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, Northern Valley Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board. For additional information, contact the North Dakota Museum of Art or visit

Museum hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 5 p.m. The Museum shop is open during Museum hours and the café is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, although donations are appreciated.
-- Brittney Blake, Marketing, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

Sign up for art classes at the Museum

The North Dakota Museum of Art is now offering classes for both adults and children. These classes, taught by Museum artists, are held every Tuesday and Saturday of each month in the Museum Galleries.

The classes range from sculpture, painting, drawing, and book arts, and consist of four sessions each. Within the four sessions, students will gain an in depth understanding of the art form, meet artists in the area, and create their own piece of art. All skill levels are welcome and the materials will be provided by the Museum.

About the artists: Guillermo “Memo” Guardia is a ceramic artist born in Lima, Peru. He came to Grand Forks in the fall of 2002 to study ceramics, and earned his MFA here in 2005. The classes he teaches at the Museum focus on different three dimensional mediums, mainly in clay and if the weather permits, sculpture in the snow.

Jessica Mongeon is a Grand Forks artist who specializes in acrylic painting. She graduated from UND with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art and is now employed as Event Coordinator at Museum of Art. Her abstract landscapes are meant to highlight the qualities of nature and how others relate to it.

Sue Fink is an artist who is currently the director of Education at the Museum. She earned her degree at the Museum Art School (Pacific North West College of Art). Her classes focus on pastel drawing and drawing with a variety of materials using a variety of inspirations.

Stephanie Clark is in her final semester at the University, and will earn her BFA in May with an emphasis in painting. She has been with North Dakota Museum of Art for four years, has interned at SITE Santa Fe and has also attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks. In addition to working for the North Dakota Museum of Art, she currently works as an assistant in the children’s department at the Grand Forks Public Library.

The classes are sponsored by Midcontinent Communication, Frandsen Bank and Trust and the State of North Dakota. For additional information on the news that is subject of this release, contact the North Dakota Museum of Art at 777-4195 or visit

Museum hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 5 p.m. The Museum shop is open during Museum hours and the café is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, although donations are always appreciated.
-- Brittney Blake, Museum Art Classes, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

Museum Cafe lists weekly menu (Feb 24-March 2)

Creamy Caesar salad:
Crisp romaine lettuce and cheese, tossed lightly with creamy dressing, topped with fresh croutons.

Spinach and mandarin orange salad:
A combination of crisp lettuce and spinach tossed with celery, scallions and mandarin oranges. Topped with sliced almonds and sweet vinaigrette.

Sandwiches - Served with fruit and chips
Monte cubano:
Thin slices of ham, turkey, Swiss cheese and dill pickles served Panini style on hearty bread.

Grape chicken salad croissant:
Baked lemon chicken breast, celery, sweet red onion and grapes, mixed with a light mayo dressing and served on a croissant.

Vegetarian pita sandwich:
A pita filled with an array of vegetables, including tomatoes, English cucumber, yellow squash, shredded carrots, green onions and sprouts, with your choice of tzatziki sauce or sweet potato hummus.

Bagel and lox:
Smoked salmon on a toasted bagel with a cream cheese dill spread and sprouts.

Pulled pork sandwich:
Savory pulled pork on an onion roll, topped with horseradish coleslaw.

Hot turkey Sandwich:
Tender turkey breast topped with dressing and a slice of whole grain bread, smothered with turkey gravey.

Italian gnocchi vegetable

- Hummus and pita
- French baguette with butter
- Pretzel with honey mustard

- Chocolate truffle cake with raspberry sause
- Meringue with mascarpone cream and raspberries
- Lemon cheesecake bars

Museum cafe hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-- Jessica Mongeon, Events Coordinator, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

RecycleMania results announced

The results are in for the third week of the RecycleMania competition. This is the second year UND has participated in the program designed to increase recycling and minimize waste. Other North Dakota schools competing are Minot State and Jamestown.

UND ranks 72 of 182 in the “Waste Minimization” competition. In this competition, schools compete to produce the least amount of municipal solid waste (trash) per person. UND came in at 4.9 pounds of trash per person and Santa Monica College came in first at .69 pounds per person. All results are shown as cumulative totals.

In the Per Capita Classic competition, the schools compete to see who can collect the largest amount of recycling per person. UND ranks 140 of 305, collecting 1.39 lbs of recycling per person. First place went to Virginia Military Institute at 8.92 lbs per person. The “Grand Champion” competition is based on schools that accumulate the most solid waste and recycling material combined. UND ranks 103 of 234, with a 27.78 percent cumulative recycling rate. First place goes to California State University with a rate of 76.89 percent.

Nationally, RecycleMania is supported by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise program and the National Recycling Coalition and is coordinated as a project of NCR’s College and University Recycling Council. For more on RecycleMania, visit Thank you for recycling and setting an example to the University community.
-- Debbie Merrill, Recycling Coordinator, Facilities Management,, 777-4878

Internal job openings listed

The following position vacancies are available only to regular UND staff employees who have successfully completed their six-month probation period, earn annual and sick leave, receive BC/BS health insurance and TIAA-CREF or ND PERS retirement benefits. Current UND faculty, please contact Human Resources for eligibility.

To apply: Please complete UND Application/Control Card form. Send letter of application and resume, referencing position name and number, to: Human Resources, University of North Dakota, Twamley Hall, Room 313, 264 Centennial Drive Stop 8010 Grand Forks, ND 58202-8010. Applications must be received by the deadline date.

Computer Equipment Operator
Posting Number: #10-203
Closing Date: 2/25/2010
Minimum Salary: $25,000 plus/year
Position Status: Full-Time
Hours per week: 40
Benefits Eligibility: Benefitted
Department: ITSS

Basic Instruction Program (BIP) Coordinator
Posting Number: #10-211
Closing Date: 2/25/2010
Minimum Salary: $27,000 plus/year
Position Status: Part-Time
Hours per week: 20
Benefits Eligibility: Benefitted
Department: Physical Edu & Exercise Science

Undergraduate Advisor
Posting Number: #10-208
Closing Date: 2/24/2010
Minimum Salary: $40,000 plus/year
Position Status: Full-Time
Hours per week: 40
Benefits Eligibility: Benefitted
Department: Dean's Office Eng

NSF announces submission requirements for CI-TEAM

The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcement, which allows UND to put forward a limited number of submissions. If you are interested in submitting a proposal to NSF for any of the programs, please let us know as soon as possible by email ( or or phone (777-4278).

Cyberinfastructure Training, Education, Advancement and Mentoring for our 21st Century Workforce (CI-TEAM), Program Solicitation #10-532,

Available Formats:

Document Number: nsf10532
As a result of the limited number of proposals that can be submitted, UND will conduct an internal review of preproposals. Preproposals should consist of the following sections:
- Cover page listing the project name, collaborators, contact person, total budget amount
- Instrument(s) to be purchased or developed and its (their) function(s)
- Impact on the research program of the collaborators, department(s), and college(s)
- Impact on the university’s mission as a whole
- Detailed budget

Preproposals should be no more than five pages in length, using a reasonable format (one inch margins, font size of 11, single-spaced). Preproposals are due in Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10. Criteria used for reviewing preproposals will include appropriateness to the goal of the program, probability for funding by NSF, reasonableness of budgetary requests and impact of the request on the University and the academic units involved. Investigators will be notified of the review results as soon as possible in order to provide as much time as possible to prepare a final proposal for submission.
-- Barry Milavetz, Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance,, 777-4278

Colleen Berry receives Study Abroad Champion Award

The division of Education Abroad in the Office of International Programs has established the Study Abroad Champion Award. This annual award seeks to formally recognize individuals on campus that champion study abroad.

Colleen Berry, assistant professor of Chinese Studies in Languages, was selected as the 2010 Study Abroad Champion. The China Summer Study Program, established by Victoria Beard and co-led by Berry, is one of the longest standing study abroad programs at UND. Each summer, 7-18 UND students join Berry and Beard on a three week program sponsored by the College of Business and Public Administration that offers an in-depth examination of the country and culture. Berry also welcomes other faculty and staff to join the summer program, and in doing so, helped to recruit new Champions on campus and served as a valuable resource for other faculty members considering leading a faculty directed program abroad, as well as for the entire International Programs office.

In addition to integrating a study abroad option into the Chinese Studies Major, Berry regularly promotes study abroad opportunities and the value of the experience both in and out of class. She aids study abroad students by writing recommendations, administering proficiency exams and approving course work. Her experience, knowledge and passion for China and Japan are contagious and we are extremely grateful for her hard work and commitment to Study Abroad at UND.

For more information, go to .
-- Jane Sykes Wilson, Education Abroad Advisor, Office of International Programs,, 777-4756