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ISSUE: Volume 47, Number 9: October 21, 2009

Top Stories
Reminder from President Kelley to take survey on commuting habits
Honorees sought for 2010 Founders Day recognition
Events to Note
Forensic Science Club creates thrills in the Haunted Lab
UND Global Visions Films series continues with "The Chorus"
Indian Studies open house is Oct. 28
Visiting artist lecture series welcomes Conrad Snider, Sue Amendolara
Notifind, siren testing is set for Oct. 21
New Big Picture/Help Shape the Future of Technology at UND
Learn Adobe Illustrator basics Oct. 21
Thursday Night Cultural Series continues with Ethiopia
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Mathematical Association of America section meeting to be held at UND
Doctoral examination set for Loren E. Schwarzwalter
Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics seminar is Oct. 23
Donna Wong-Gibbons to give first LEEPS lecture of the year
Physics colloquium is Friday
Annual American Indian Health Research Conference will focus on health care reform
AAUW used book sale is Oct. 23-24
Breast Cancer Awareness and Community Event is Oct. 24
Medicine and Health Sciences holds Pre-Med Day
Freaky science fun house is Oct. 25
Keep Going program will be held the last week of October
Researcher to speak at Anatomy and Cell Biology fall seminar series
Learn to bake Austrian Apple Strudel at Culinary Corner
Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn is Nov. 4
UND community is invited to residence hall Halloween activities
Astronomy public talk is Oct. 27
Technology Trends forum is Oct. 27
Information technology open forum is Oct. 27
Sushi II at Culinary Corner is Oct. 27
Theatre Arts opens 2009-2010 season with "Godspell"
Denim Day is Oct. 28
Co-owner of Rhombus Guys will give a public talk about entrepreneurship
Fishy plays to benefit John Little Memorial Endowment
Study abroad workshop is Oct. 30
Letterwinners Hall of Fame brunch will take place Oct. 31
University Senate agenda items due Oct. 22
Institutional Review Board meeting is Nov. 6
Insurance open enrollment forms due Nov. 6
Stone Soup Luncheon and Awards program is Nov. 6
Enrollment Services open house is Nov. 7
Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen to appear on next episode of "WHY?"
President Obama appoints UND alum for federal court bench
UND Army ROTC team tops Ranger Challenge for fourth consecutive year
Apply for summer administrative leadership program
Mini-grants available for summer programs/events
U2 is conducting an assessment of its programming and services
Online courses offered for spring
Federal regulation requires last date of attendance for failing students
Schedule a SGID in your classroom for mid semester feedback
Consider asking students to use the Writing Center
Fact Book now available online
2009 Student Profile now available online
Honors Program rakes for Central Asia Institute
Campus-wide food drive to support the Turkey Basket Drive
Center for Community Engagement will hold VISTA project book drive
ITSS GroupWise BlackBerry Enterprise Server service is available
Nominations sought for U-Shine award
Hilton Garden Inn offers state rate to UND
Internal job openings listed
Senate Scholarly Activities Committee travel awards announced
In the News
UND hires new outreach coordinator
Kingsbury receives Art Quinn Memorial award
Ric Ferraro joins "Aging Research" editorial board
Bernard Osher Foundation awards OLLI $25,000 bonus
Reminder from President Kelley to take survey on commuting habits

Dear UND faculty, staff, and students,

We want to thank those who have already taken time to complete the survey on commuting habits. UND is committed to helping to create a cleaner environment for the future, and, at the same time, to decrease our dependency on foreign oil. That is why UND joined the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment in January of 2008. Last year, we did the first inventory of UND's greenhouse gas emissions, which included information on our commuting habits. Every year, we will update the greenhouse gas emissions inventory to track how we are doing--if our carbon footprint is growing or shrinking--and use that to plan emissions reductions projects.

If you have not taken the survey on commuting habits, please do so today by using the link below; it should take no longer than ten minutes of your time. At the end of the survey, you will have the opportunity to enter your name in a drawing for a prize worth up to $100.

Results from this survey will be published only in aggregate form and every effort will be made to maintain participant confidentiality. Your name and email address will not be recorded on the survey. While it is understood that no computer transmission can be perfectly secure, reasonable efforts will be made to protect the confidentiality of your transmission.

If you have any questions about the greenhouse gas inventory, please contact Randy Bohlman with UND Facilities at: . You may view last year's greenhouse gas inventory report at . If you have questions about the survey, please contact Rebecca Romsdahl with Earth System Science & Policy at: . You may also contact the University of North Dakota Institutional Review Board at 777-4279 if you have any questions or comments regarding your rights as a participant in this research. This project has been reviewed according to University of North Dakota procedures governing survey research.

Thank you for your participation.
-- Robert O. Kelley, President

Honorees sought for 2010 Founders Day recognition

The 2010 Founders Day banquet and recognition ceremony will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25. The celebration in 2010 will mark the 127th anniversary of the founding of UND.

Employees with 25 years of service and retiring faculty and staff employees will be honored at the banquet as guests of the university. We request the assistance of all administrators, vice presidents, deans, department chairs, directors, and other supervisors in identifying eligible employees.

To prepare for Founders Day 2010, we request the following information:
1. Names of faculty and staff members who have completed 25 years of service to UND. To be honored, individuals must have completed 25 years of service since July 1 or will complete it by June 30, 2010. (In most cases, these people would have begun their employment at UND between July 1, 1984, and June 30, 1985.)

Please note that individuals eligible for 25-year recognition whose service at UND has not been continuous may have begun their employment prior to July 1, 1984. In those cases, documentation of cumulative years of service is requested.

Recognition for 25 years of service is given to all benefited employees, even though they may not be employed on a full-time basis. Please include names of benefited, part-time employees who will complete 25 years of service between July 1 and June 30, 2010.

2. Names of retired and retiring faculty and staff. To be honored, individuals must:
a. have retired since July 1 or will retire by June 30, 2010;
b. have a minimum of fifteen (15) years of service to the university;
c. be (or have been) full-time employees or in a benefited, part-time position at the time of retirement (or be completing an approved "phased" retirement); and
d. be making application for or receiving benefits through a UND-related retirement plan.

It is important that your list of eligible employees includes the following information:
- name of the employee
- position/faculty rank currently held
- department or unit
- initial appointment date
- mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address for the employee
- dates of any breaks in service (please identify whether these breaks in service were compensated such as a developmental leave or a leave of absence without compensation)
- date of retirement (if applicable)

Please submit the names of eligible individuals and supporting information to Jan Flatin in the Office of the Vice President, Student and Outreach Services, 264 Centennial Dr., Stop 7140, ( by Friday, Nov. 13. Please call 777-2724 with any questions about employee eligibility or about the Founders Day banquet.
-- Fred Wittmann, Director, Ceremonies and Special Events,, 777-2724

Forensic Science Club creates thrills in the Haunted Lab

The Forensic Science Club is again hosting the annual Haunted Lab on the 4th floor of O'Kelly Hall. The floor has been transformed into a confusing maze of spookiness, macabre spectacles, and surprises. Enjoy the creepiness on Oct. 29 from 4 to 8 p.m.; Oct. 30 from 4 to 7:30 p.m., and on the ghoulish day itself, Oct. 31, from 4 to 8 p.m. Adults, young adults, and older children are welcome, but those under 10 may find it a challenge. The cost is $4 per person.
-- Phoebe Stubblefield, Director Forensic Science Program, Anthropology,, 777-4870

UND Global Visions Films series continues with "The Chorus"

UND's department of Anthropology's Global Visions Film series will play "The Chorus" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

"The Chorus" features a struggling musician, Mr. Clement, who after giving up on fame, takes a job as a teacher at a school for troubled boys. Unexpectedly, his class is full of young boys who enjoy breaking the rules. After an initial discipline struggle, Mr. Clement discovers his students would be better off learning the art of music instead of iron fisted discipline. After the boys open up to him, they are faced with the biggest challenge of their lives...musical competition.

"Engineered for maximum smiles, and a truckload of tissues, 'The Chorus' uses Pierre, a towheaded troublemaker with reedy limbs, to confirm that good inevitably triumphs over evil." - New York Times

The department of Anthropology's popular Global Visions Film Series seeks to bring an array of international films to the Grand Forks Community. Two films are presented each month in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union at UND. Attendance is free, but a small donation of $1 is requested.

Upcoming films, all at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, are:
"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" - Tuesday, Nov. 3
"Sangre De Mi Sangre" - Tuesday Nov. 17
"Days of Glory" - Tuesday, Dec. 1

Indian Studies open house is Oct. 28

Please Join Us for the Official Indian Studies and Native Media Center office warming open house on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 202 O'Kelly Hall. Experience our new space, meet our new faculty and students, and share in the refreshments. All are welcome to attend.
-- Birgit Hans, Professor and Chair, Indian Studies,, 777-4649

Visiting artist lecture series welcomes Conrad Snider, Sue Amendolara

Two artists will give talks at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, in in the Paul E. Bar Memorial Lecture Room at the Hughes Fine Arts Building. Conrad is a large scale ceramic sculptor (many of his pottery pieces are over 10 feet tall) and does public and private instillation works. He has had working experience with artists Peter Voulkos, Paul Soldner and Jun Kaneko. He is the owner of Muddy Elbow MFG., the maker of Soldner Clay Mixers, and opperates a studio/home/business in Newton, Kas.

Conrad will be doing demonstrations in the ceramics area in the Hughes Fine Arts Building until Oct. 21 during business hours. In conjunction with Conrad Snider, visiting artist Sue Amendolara will be giving an artist lecture. All workshops and demonstrations and lectures are free and we welcome the public.

Amendolara's metalwork has been exhibited regionally and nationally in galleries and museums including the American Craft Museum, New York, N.Y.; The National Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, Tenn.; and the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Wash. Her work has been included in international exhibitions in Germany, Switzerland and Japan. She has been published in American Craft, Metalsmith, Ornament and Lapidary Journal. She has received three Individual Fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (1994, 1999 and 2003) and a Mid-Atlantic/NEA Regional Fellowship (1995.) Her work is part of the permanent collections at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, P.A.; the Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio; the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery, Washington D.C.; and the White House Collection of American Crafts, Washington D.C.

For nearly 20 years, Amendolara has been combining precious materials, making jewelry and functional hollowware. The materials and processes used in traditional metalworking lend themselves to the creation of these objects. The forms of the work are pared down to include only the essentials, with the hopes of capturing the essence of an idea.

Images of water and water plants have also been used to create calm and serene environments. She is intrigued by the way plants, such as lily pads, capture water and create pools at their base creating peaceful ponds.

The artwork of historic cultures has also been influential in the development of her work. She is specifically attracted to the regal forms of ancient Egyptian jewelry and objects and the romantic, stylized watercolors of 17th century India. The intricate works of both cultures employ fine craftsmanship, attention to detail and possess spiritual qualities.

Her works are constructed predominantly in sterling silver to accentuate preciousness and create and elegant character. Various materials are used in conjunction with sterling silver, such as gold, coral, ebony, Plexiglas and gemstones. These materials complement each other in color, texture and surface and help to define shape and detail.

For more information please contact Wesley L. Smith at or 777-3362.
-- Department of Art and Design

Notifind, siren testing is set for Oct. 21

Testing for two of our emergency notification systems will be conducted on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 9:30 a.m. Staff will submit a NotiFind message as well as activate the outdoor siren test message.
-- Campus Safety and Security, 777-3490.

New Big Picture/Help Shape the Future of Technology at UND

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. All Students/Faculty/Staff are welcome.

Free Box Lunch Series with the Chief Information Officer Josh Riedy, and members of the Technology Steering Committee:
Box Lunch Discussion 1: Wednesday, Oct. 21
Box Lunch Discussion 2: Tuesday, Nov. 10
Noon to 1 p.m., River Valley Room

Four main themes:
- Faculty/Staff Unified Communication Services (e-mail, calendar, IM, voice, video)
- Computer Labs
- Learning Management System (Blackboard, eZ, Moodle)
- Smart and Technology-Enhanced Classrooms

To order a complimentary box lunch, please e-mail by Oct. 16 for Discussion 1, and by Nov. 5 for Discussion 2. Make your reservation early as space is limited.
-- Mike Lefever, Project Manager, CIO Office,, 777-2030

Learn Adobe Illustrator basics Oct. 21

A hands-on workshop to learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator CS3 will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in 235 Starcher Hall. Everyone is welcome. No pre-registration is required. The Illustrator workshop is sponsored by the Graphics and Photography Society, a student organization in the department of Technology. Student leaders will conduct the one-hour workshop.
-- Lynda Kenney, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Graphics Programs, Technology,, 777-2197

Thursday Night Cultural Series continues with Ethiopia

The Thursday Night Cultural Series will continue with Ethiopia on Thursday, Oct. 22. The program will start at 7 p.m. at the Loading Dock in Memorial Union and a sampling of food will follow. The event is free and the food is $1. Come join us and learn about your fellow students and try some Ethiopian Cuisine.
-- Matt Hiller, International Student Advisor, International Programs,, 777-2033

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

To celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the following security sessions will be held this month at UND. These sessions are free to all faculty, staff, and students:
- The 4 W's of IT Security, Oct. 19, 10 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl
- Spear Phishing: The Silent Nuke in the Hacker Arsenal, Oct. 22, 10 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl
- The Internet: What You Need to Know, Oct. 28, 2 to 3 p.m., Memorial Union River Valley Room
- The Security Threat Landscape, Oct. 27, 2 to 3 p.m., Memorial Union River Valley Room
- SANS training – “What is New For Security in Windows 7 and Windows 2008-R2”, Oct. 29, noon to 3 p.m., Memorial Union River Valley Room

For more information, visit
-- Brad Miller, IT Security Officer, ITSS,, 777-3587

Mathematical Association of America section meeting to be held at UND

The UND Mathematics Department is hosting the Fall 2009 meeting of the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America. The meeting will be held on Oct. 23 and 24, and in addition to a number of contributed talks from mathematicians in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota, will include invited talks from Brett Goodwin (Biology department) and Francis Edward Su (Harvey Mudd Mathematics Department). Goodwin's talk is titled "Math, Moths, and Mice: Using Math to Help Solve a Biological Riddle," and will occur at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in 210 Clifford Hall. Su's talk is titled "Voting in Agreeable Societies," and will occur at 11 a.m. in 210 Clifford Hall.

For more information on the contributed sessions, as well as for registration information, please visit the web site
-- Ryan Zerr, Associate Professor, Mathematics,, 777-4605

Doctoral examination set for Loren E. Schwarzwalter

The final examination for Loren E. Schwarzwalter, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Communication & Public Discourse, is set for 2 p.m., Oct. 23, 319 O'Kelly Hall. The dissertation title is: "Deception Analysis in Interpersonal Communication." Pamela Kalbfleisch (Communications) is the committee chair.

The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics seminar is Oct. 23

David W. Russell, professor of Biophysics and Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, will present a seminar titled “Cholesterol 24-Hydroxylase: A link between cholesterol metabolism and learning” at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the School of Medicine, room 3933.

This seminar series is sponsored by the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence Pathophysiological Signaling in Neurodegenerative Disorders and the department of Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics. All are welcome to attend.
-- Deb Kroese, Administrative Officer, Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics,, 777-6221

Donna Wong-Gibbons to give first LEEPS lecture of the year

Donna Wong-Gibbons, Public Health Specialist for Plains Justice, will give the first LEEPS lecture of the year at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in 100 Leonard Hall. Her presentation is "From Power to Peril: How Coal Put Public Health at Risk."

Wong-Gibbons' educational background includes a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Florida State University, a Ph.D. in Physiology and Pharmacology from Wake Forest University, and postdoctoral training in Molecular Biology and in Epidemiology from the University of Iowa. Her work with Plains Justice focuses on education and outreach regarding the public health risks of environmental contamination, particularly with respect to air and water quality. Wong-Gibbons also serves as the executive director for the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an organization of more than 60,000 pediatricians committed to promoting the optimal health of infants, adolescents, and young adults through advocacy, education, and outreach.

The department of Geology & Geological Engineering Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science lecture program (LEEPS) brings nationally and internationally known scientists and others to UND to speak on cutting-edge science and engineering. Lectures cover a wide range of topics, including academic science, applied engineering, and environmental issues of current significance. All are welcome to attend.
-- Carissa Green, Administrative Secretary, Geology & Geological Engineering,, 777-2248

Physics colloquium is Friday

Zengqiang “John” Liu, Physics, Astronomy and Engineering Science, St. Cloud State University, will speak at a physics colloquium at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in 211 Witmer Hall.

Abstract: Smectic liquid crystals have been the subjects of intensive research investigations both in theory and experiments, largely due to its one-dimensional ordering, ferroelectricity, and potential applications in display and sensor technologies. In the experimental field, numerous smectic structures have been discovered and closely examined. The talk will start with an introduction to liquid crystals, a state of matter, and continue on with discussions specifically on chiral smectic C liquid crystal structures, theories, experimental techniques, and resonant x-ray experiments we conduct at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Recent achievements and important findings from our last synchrotron run (July 2009), as well as future directions will be discussed.
-- Connie Cicha, Secretary, Physics & Astrophysics,, 777-2911

Annual American Indian Health Research Conference will focus on health care reform

The 7th Annual American Indian Health Research Conference will be held on Friday, Oct. 23 at the Canad Inns Hotel and Destination Center in Grand Forks. In addition to offering opportunities to discuss research directions, partnerships and collaboration in health research focusing on American Indians, the conference will feature distinguished speaker Leo Nolan.

Nolan currently serves as Senior Policy Analyst for External Affairs at the Indian Health Service in Rockville, Md. He has been with the Indian Health Service in various capacities since 1986 and is well-versed in issues facing American Indians, especially in the realm of health care. His keynote address, “Health Care Reform and Indian Country,” will be followed by an opportunity for participants to ask questions.

Numerous posters and exhibits will be on display at the conference along with sessions focusing on health risk and health promotion among Native American communities. For a complete schedule or for more information about the conference, visit or call 777-5380.

The 7th Annual American Indian Health Research Conference is sponsored by the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health, American Indian Programs Council, School of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean’s Office, School of Medicine and Health Sciences Associate Dean of Research, and Vice President of Research and Economic Development.
-- Tara Mertz, communications specialist, Center for Rural Health,, 777-0871

AAUW used book sale is Oct. 23-24

The AAUW (American Association of University Women) is holding its 2009 Annual Used Book (and media materials) Sale at the Grand Cities Mall in Grand Forks on Friday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
-- Gordon Iseminger, Professor, History Department,, 777-2688

Breast Cancer Awareness and Community Event is Oct. 24

Altru Health System will host the first annual Breast Cancer Awareness Conference and Community Event on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Grand Forks. The event, designed for people in all stages of the breast health journey, includes holistic information on the disease with presentations on detection, genetics and risk assessment, treatment, social support, and nutrition, coping, and fashion tips. Register online: . Forms can also be found at the Altru Cancer Center or Porpoura Coffee. Join us for a day of hope and inspiration.
-- Karen Grabanski, Advisor/Instructor, TRIO/SSS,, 777-3426

Medicine and Health Sciences holds Pre-Med Day

Anyone interested in learning about a career in medicine, or in the process of applying to medical school, is invited to attend the annual Pre-Med Day on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences (UNDSMHS).

This daylong event is free and takes place in the Reed Keller Auditorium (Room 1350) at the south end of the UNDSMHS at 501 N. Columbia Road.

Organized by the UNDSMHS Student Council and UND Undergraduate Medical Association, the event is intended for people who are thinking about a career in medicine or who have applied to medical school and need more specific information on the admissions process.

Speakers will introduce participants to the medical school, the admissions process and the UND pre-med and medical school curricula. Panels of medical students will discuss what medical school is like, and local physicians will talk about their lives as doctors. A mock interview session will give participants an opportunity to preview the UND medical school admissions process. Students may attend any or all events during the day.

Pre-registration is requested but not required; please call the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions at 777-2840.
-- Alex Cavanaugh, Writer, Office of Public Affairs,, 777-2733

Freaky science fun house is Oct. 25

Come one, come all Sunday, Oct. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Hyslop gym and join the UND American Indian Science & Engineering Society, along with other sponsors, in an afternoon filled with freakishly fun science demos, hands-on kid friendly experiments, and carnival games. This is a family friendly event open to children of all ages. Anyone in attendance is strongly encouraged to dress in costume. This event is free of charge, with the request that you bring a dried or canned food item to donate to the local food pantry.
-- C.W. Hall, President, AISES,, 406-450-3285

Keep Going program will be held the last week of October

On Monday, Oct. 26, through Friday, Oct. 30, the Student Success Center will be holding the Keep Going program. Keep Going is an information session on the advisement and registration process for freshman, current and transfer students who need assistance in preparing for their spring semester registration.

Topics covered during each session will include: understanding Essential Studies requirements, exploring the UND Catalog, and navigating Campus Connection. This event will be held at the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

Same session held each day at:
9 to 9:50 a.m.
10:30 to 11:20 a.m.
noon to 12:50 p.m.
1:30 to 2:20 p.m.
3 to 3:50 p.m.

Please encourage students to attend one session of their choice. If you have any questions please contact the Student Success Center at 777-2117.
-- Angie Carpenter, Asst. Dir. of Programs/Academic Advisor, Student Success Center,, 777-3910

Researcher to speak at Anatomy and Cell Biology fall seminar series

Zhilin Song, assistant research professor at the department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center, will present a seminar Monday, Oct. 26, at noon in the School of Medicine & Health Sciences, room 5510. The seminar is entitled “ATP regulation of vasopressin release: The role of purinergic P2Y1 receptors.” All are welcome to attend.
-- Bonnie Kee, Administrative Assistant, Anatomy and Cell Biology,, 777-2102

Learn to bake Austrian Apple Strudel at Culinary Corner

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens......Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels....these are a few of my favorite things.” - The Sound of Music

Come to the Culinary Corner at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, to learn what hand-stretched Austrian Apple Strudel is, as well as the simple, yet very impressive process of making it. This delicious, fruit filled dessert is sure to be a hit. he cost is $7 per person. Space is limited.

To register:, . Click on Nutrition and Culinary Corner. Check out other Culinary Corner classes on the Wellness Center Website. Print off a calendar and plan ahead to attend other classes. Just go to, . Click on Nutrition and Culinary Corner. Culinary Corner is located on the first floor of the UND Wellness Center.
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition, Wellness Center,, 777-0769

Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn is Nov. 4

The Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn will take place from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the International Centre (2908 University Ave).

Vicki Morrissette, Counseling Center, will take about "Anxiety and Depression, How Thoughts Impact Your Mood." Everyone is welcome, and lunch will be provided.
-- Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Women's Center,, 777-4300

UND community is invited to residence hall Halloween activities

UND faculty, staff and apartment families are welcome to bring children to the residence halls for Halloween activities on Monday, Oct. 26, from 6-8 p.m. A variety of fun events such as carnivals, mazes, coloring contests, as well as trick or treating are planned. The residence halls participating are: Smith, Squires, Johnstone/Fulton, Hancock, Noren, Bek, Selke, and West. Come in costume and enjoy the activities inside.
-- Missy Burgess, Assistant Director, Housing,, 777-8877

Astronomy public talk is Oct. 27

The department of Physics and Astrophysics will be celebrating the International Year of Astronomy 2009 by holding an astronomy & astrophysics public talk and telescope observing session on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in 116 Witmer Hall. The talk, "Time Travellers," will be presented by Tim Young (Physics and Astrophysics/UND). Following the talk, attendees will be given the opportunity to observe the night sky through a telescope (weather permitting).
-- Wayne Barkhouse, Assistant Professor, Physics & Astrophysics,, 777-3520

Technology Trends forum is Oct. 27

On Tuesday, Oct. 27 the Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies will host a Technology Trends forum. Jody Ralph, assistant professor, College of Nursing and Deb Glennen, director, Disabilty Services for Students, will present information on "Proactive Teaching: Making your course accessible for all students." Staff from the Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies will also be available to provide information and answer questions.

This forum will cover:
*I do not have any students in my course with a disability. Why should I be concerned with making my course accessible?
*Why would I want to post audio/video of my lectures?
*What is Universal Design?
*How can I make my course accessible for all students?

The event will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 in Swanson, room 10/12. This forum is open to faculty, staff and students. To register, please call Diane at 777-2129 or send an email to .
-- Diane Lundeen, Assistant Director, Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies,, 777-2129

Information technology open forum is Oct. 27

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 Fall the Office of the CIO will again 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 as 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 website for more information. Online surveys will also be available for additional feedback from the campus community.

Please plan to attend the first Computer Labs (virtual/physical, software, testing) forum on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the River Valley Room.
-- Mike Lefever, Project Manager, AVP/Dean of Outreach/CIO Office,, 777-2030

Sushi II at Culinary Corner is Oct. 27

Sushi II will be held at the UND Wellness Center on Oct. 27, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the first floor in Culinary Corner.

In Sushi I we learned the ingredients and tools needed to make your own Maki Sushi, or what we know as the rolled Sushi. In Sushi II you will learn how to make Miso Soup, a traditional Japanese soup, how to make a caterpillar roll and a hand roll. Everyone will get to sample the soup and caterpillar roll and will have the chance to make their own hand roll. If you didn't attend Sushi I, there is no need to worry. Everyone is welcome. The cost is $15 per person.

To register, go to, click on Nutrition and Culinary Corner.
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition, Wellness Center,, 777-0769

Theatre Arts opens 2009-2010 season with "Godspell"

The Cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have become a tight community over the years through flood fighting efforts and even in their support of the local sports team. Well they have the chance to come together once again and support UND’s Departments of Theatre Arts as they produce "Godspell," a show all about the creation of a community and how people can come together and support each other through the good times and the bad. "Godspell" is the musical version of Jesus Christ’s teachings and his crucifixion, but underneath the surface it is the story of how a community is created and how that community joins together to support one another.

"Godspell" is the Theatre Department’s first show of the season and they are coming in with a bang. Godspell was written by Stephen Schwartz and was first performed in 1971; it contains several well known songs including "Day by Day," and "We Beseech Thee."

Director Gaye Burgess is bringing a new perspective to the timeless classic by setting the musical in 1990s urban blight. The characters start off as individuals each thinking only of themselves, Burgess describes everyone as being an “island on their own.” However, as the the show advances, the characters begin to bond with one another while acting out some of the parables based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. As the characters make discoveries about Jesus and themselves they become a community of believers. This metamorphosis is made clear through changes in costumes and lighting.

Burgess along with choreographer Lon Hurst have also made another addition to the show, a chorus. Originally Godspell was made up of only a 10-character cast, but Burgess and Hurst have added a five-person chorus to help boost the sense of community the show encompasses. They want audience to see the community created in "Godspell" as representative of humanity as a whole.

Although the musical is centered on Christianity the plays themes go beyond religion and comment more on humanity and how by working together we can move beyond what we can do on our own. So no matter what your belief, "Godspell" is a must see.

Performances at the Burtness Theatre on the UND campus are Oct 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students with a valid student I.D. Groups of 10 or more people receive a $2 discount. Reserved parking will be available. For ticket information and reservations call the Box Office at 777-2587.
-- Alyssa Thompson, UND Department of Theatre Arts Publicity Assistant, Department of Theatre Arts ,, 320-221-0588

Denim Day is Oct. 28

Since it's the last Wednesday of the month, Oct. 28 is Denim Day. Pay your coordinator your $1, wear your denim and your button, and enjoy knowing all proceeds go to charity. Need more buttons? Contact Patsy Nies at 777-3791.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 777-3791

Co-owner of Rhombus Guys will give a public talk about entrepreneurship

Matt Winjum is the Entrepreneur in Residence in the Entrepreneurship Department at UND for the fall semester of 2009. As the Entrepreneur in Residence, Winjum teaches a class called “Imagination, Creativity & Entrepreneurial Thinking” in the College of Business and Public Administration. Winjum is also co-owner of Rhombus Guys in Grand Forks and was named 2009 SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year, along with fellow Rhombus co-owner. Using his experience as a local entrepreneur, he is able to engage students in the classroom and provide hands-on examples of what it is like to own your own business.

Winjum will be giving a talk titled “Best Talk Ever...Do Not Miss This One” on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 3:30 p.m. in 225 Gamble Hall. The talk is open to the public and Winjum will share about the journey he has taken and advice he has for entrepreneurs.

The UND Entrepreneurship Program and its courses are uniquely designed to provide students from across campus the chance to learn more about how to identify and pursue entrepreneurial opportunities and put creativity and innovation to work. In 2008, the College of Business and Public Administration was distinguished as having one of the top 50 entrepreneurship programs out of over 2,300 schools surveyed by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review. The program was ranked number 13 in the undergraduate category of the survey.

For more information on Matt Winjum or the UND Entrepreneurship program, contact Larry Pate, professor and chair, UND Entrepreneurship department at 777-3116 or email: .
-- Angie Winders, Graduate Assistant , Entrepreneurship,, 777-4916

Fishy plays to benefit John Little Memorial Endowment

The ND Playwrights Co-op has been busy fishing, but not with a rod. They've been fishing for John Little stories, and they've got eight on the stringer. John Little, founder of the UND Writers Conference, also wrote fishing columns for the Grand Forks Herald in the 1980s and early '90s. In an effort to establish the John Little Memorial Endowment at UND, four playwrights have adapted Little's stories into plays and plan to premiere them later this month. They will produce the plays with the assistance of actors Steve Finney, Jared Kinney, Jenny Morris, and Patrick Pearson, set by Jeff Kinney.

Bob Greenwade of Corvalis, Ore., saw the call for plays in a Herald story last spring, and while never having met John Little he has written two plays based on Little stories: "The Wildest Caster" and "Opening Day at the Boat Ramp." Adonica Schultz Aune (Grand Forks) adapted a story about the lengths one angler goes to in order to keep secret a sweet fishing spot. Charlotte Helgeson (East Grand Forks) adapted Little's ode to Catfish in "Cat What?" Kathy Coudle-King went to town with four pieces, "Muskie Mania," "Hungarian Bill the Legendary Angler," "The Big One," and "The McClusky Canal." Coudle-King stated that "adapting John's columns was the easiest thing I've ever done. I can't take credit for the plays because I had to do very little in order to turn them into a script. How do you top John Little's humor? You don't. The laughs are all his."

The premiere of the collection, aptly named "Gone Fishing," is already sold out. A catfish dinner will precede the performance at the Blue Moose on Oct. 21. However, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. the ND Museum of Art will host the plays as well as "Fresh Fish," readings by emerging local writers. Topic? Fishing, of course. "Fish Tix" will go for $20 and are available at the Museum the night of the event. All proceeds go to establishing the JL Memorial Endowment. Interest from the Endowment will enable Writers Conference organizers to bring a fiction writer to campus each year to fill the "Little" chair, as a way of honoring Little's contribution to the literary life of our region. For 41 years, lovers of literature have had free access to such literary stars as Truman Capote, Eudora Welty, Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich, and this year Pulitzer Prize winner Art Spiegelman will participate. Coudle-King, one of the coordinators of the Writers Conference urges that "The time to create a tangible tribute to the man who gave us the Writers Conference is long over due." So, what are you waiting for? Grab your rod, and go fishing on Oct. 28.

The events are co-sponsored by the Blue Moose, Home of Economy and the Dept. of English at UND.
-- Kathleen Coudle-King, Lecturer , English ,, 777-2787

Study abroad workshop is Oct. 30

The Office of International Programs will be sponsoring a faculty-directed study abroad workshop on Friday, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This workshop is designed to review:
- the procedures and regulations to develop a faculty-directed study abroad course
- the logistics, namely the when, where, who, what, and how
- the advertising and recruiting issues
- the financing concerns
- how to get started and who's here to help

The workshop Presenter(s) are Ray Lagasse, director of International Program, Neva Hendrickson, Education Abroad advisor and Jane Sykes Wilson, Education Abroad advisor. Registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 26. To register contact Tatjyana Richards at 777-6438 or .
-- Ray Lagasse, Director, International Programs,, 777-2938

Letterwinners Hall of Fame brunch will take place Oct. 31

UND Athletics will host its letterwinners Hall of Fame brunch at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Alerus Center.

Shannon Burnell (Football 1990-93), Mikki Cochrane (Softball 1993-95), Janine Etchepare (Swimming 1987-91) and Dixon Ward (Hockey 1988-92) are the individual inductees. The 1993 football team will also be honored along with Tony Couture, receiving the Tom Clifford Award, and Pete and Eunice Kuhn who are the honorary letterwinners.

Tickets are $20. Reservations and payment can be made by contacting Alex Burbach at 777-2794 or
-- Alex Burbach, Sales & Marketing Specialist, Athletics,, 777-2794

University Senate agenda items due Oct. 22

A meeting of the University Senate will be held at 4:05 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in Gamble Hall, room 7. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Thursday, Oct. 22. They may be submitted electronically to: . It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted
-– Suzanne Anderson, secretary, University Senate.

Institutional Review Board meeting is Nov. 6

UND's Institutional Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, in 305 Twamley to consider all research proposals submitted to the IRB Office before Tuesday, Oct. 27.

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, Oct. 20. 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

Insurance open enrollment forms due Nov. 6

The annual open enrollment for health, state life, dental and vision insurance will continue through Nov.6. This is the time for employees to enroll in insurance plans they are not currently participating in, add dependents to their current coverage or increase coverage levels. Life insurance increases must be medically approved. Employees should have received a postcard from NDPERS containing open enrollment information prior to Oct. 19. You may obtain coverage information, premiums, enrollment information and forms from the NDPERS website at . Click on the “Annual Enrollment” icon or contact the Payroll Office, 312 Twamley Hall. Enrollment forms are not accepted prior to Oct. 19. Enrollment forms must be returned to the Payroll Office by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6. Late forms will not be accepted.
-- Vicki Robertson, Insurance Specialist, Payroll,, 777-4226

Stone Soup Luncheon and Awards program is Nov. 6

Please join your community and university colleagues in a celebration of our collaborations at the UND Center for Community Engagement annual Stone Soup Luncheon and Awards Program Friday, Nov. 6.

The luncheon will feature the Center’s special stone soup recipe served by First Lady Marcia Kelley and Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown. Exhibits of community-university projects will be on display, and awards will be presented to faculty members, students, a community partner, and an academic department who exemplify community-university engagement.

The program will be held in the UND Memorial Union Ballroom with registration and exhibits beginning at 11:30. Reservations are required. They can be made by calling 777-0675, e-mailing, or mailing the Center at Stop 8254 (317 Cambridge Street, UND, Grand Forks, ND 58203). Cost for the luncheon and program is $8.50 for students, $20 for community members, faculty, and staff.
-- Lana Rakow, Director, Center for Community Engagement,, 777-2287

Enrollment Services open house is Nov. 7

On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Office of Enrollment Services will be hosting an open house for prospective UND students. Departments have been invited to participate and we're anticipating a good group of incoming students and their families. We appreciate the involvement of all those who partner with us in these events. Check-in begins for families and students at 8:45 a.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The events will conclude at 2:30 p.m. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Sue Sholes at or 777-4463.
-- Kenton Pauls, Director, Enrollment Services,, 777-4463

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen to appear on next episode of "WHY?"

Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate, will be a guest speaker during an episode of "Why?" He will discuss "The Other Economics: Welfare, Development and Justice" on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 5 p.m.

It is easy to think that all economists believe the free market solves every problem and that government assistance is a detriment to distributive justice. Nobel prize winning economist and philosopher Amartya Sen argues otherwise. His groundbreaking work on famine, human capabilities, gender equality, and justice are found at the core of "development economics." In this episode of "Why? Philosophical Discussions about Everyday Life," Sen will discuss all these issues and their connection to philosophy. How are human capabilities related to democracy? Why is famine a political problem rather than simply one of food supply? How does all of this stem from a misunderstanding of Adam Smith and the connections between morality and commercial structures? Join Amartya Sen for an exciting and timely discussion about justice and the economic structures that help bring it to everyone in the world.

Amartya Sen won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 for his work on welfare economics. He is a Lamont University professor, and professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University, and was until recently the Master of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has served as President of the Econometric Society, the Indian Economic Association, the American Economic Association and the International Economic Association. Amartya books have been translated into more than thirty languages, and include Collective Choice and Social Welfare (1970), On Economic Inequality (1973, 1997), Poverty and Famines (1981), Choice, Welfare and Measurement (1982), Resources, Values and Development (1984), On Ethics and Economics (1987), The Standard of Living (1987), Inequality Reexamined (1992), Development as Freedom (1999), and Rationality and Freedom (2002), The Argumentative Indian (2005), and Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny (2006), among others. In addition to being a Nobel Laureate, Amartya has been awarded the "Bharat Ratna" (the highest honor awarded by the President of India); the Senator Giovanni Agnelli International Prize in Ethics; the Alan Shawn Feinstein World Hunger Award; the Edinburgh Medal; the Brazilian Ordem do Merito Cientifico (Grã-Cruz); the Presidency of the Italian Republic Medal; the Eisenhower Medal; Honorary Companion of Honour (U.K.); and The George C. Marshall Award.

Why's host Jack Russell Weinstein explains, "to have Amartya Sen on this program is a dream come true. Not only because he is such a renowned figure but because the work he has done is so important for so many people. Few people marry the theoretical life of philosophy with the practical consequences of real-world economic analysis as well as he does. Furthermore, as an Adam Smith scholar myself, I am ecstatic at the idea of talking with someone who has such a holistic view of the connections between morality and economic justice."

Have a question you want to ask Amartya in advance? Send it to Subscribe to the podcast or listen to previous episodes online at . Why? Philosophical discussions about everyday life is broadcast live on 89.3 FM in Grand Forks, other Prairie Public radio stations across the state, in Winnipeg on Shaw Cable, 107.9, and online for anyone who wants it around the world at .
-- Jack Russell Weinstein, Associate Professor, Philosophy & Religion,, 777-2887

President Obama appoints UND alum for federal court bench

President Barack Obama forwarded to the Senate the name of UND alum Rosanna M. Peterson as his nominee to serve on the District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.

Peterson was among more than two dozen applicants for the lifetime position last November, and the only woman among the three finalists. The American Bar Association, which rates judicial appointment candidates, unanimously found Peterson "qualified."

"I am honored to nominate Rosanna Peterson to the United States District Court bench," said President Obama. "Throughout her career, she has displayed exceptional integrity and an unwavering commitment to justice. She will be a distinguished addition to the federal bench for the Eastern District of Washington and I am grateful for her willingness to serve."

Peterson earned her undergraduate degree in English in 1977; her Master of Arts degreein English in 1983, her juris doctor (law) degree in 1991, all from UND.

President Obama’s choice of Peterson for the federal bench was enthusiastically received at UND. “We are so proud to have one of our graduates nominated for a federal judicial appointment, one of the most prestigious positions in the legal profession,” said Kathryn Rand, dean of the UND School of Law. “Professor Peterson's nomination is a testament to the quality of the education we provide at UND.”

Rand said that Peterson—once her appointment is ratified by the Senate—joins a select group of UND School of Law alumni who have been appointed to the federal bench over the years, including Kermit Bye of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; and Daniel Hovland, Ralph Erickson, and the late Rodney Webb of the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota.

Peterson, a professor at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Wash., would become the first female judge on Eastern Washington’s U.S. District Court bench. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., called the nomination of a woman to the federal bench in the state of Washington "historic."

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Peterson has served as president of the Federal Bar Association for Eastern Washington and the Woman Lawyers State Bar Association.

Following graduation from law school, Peterson clerked for the Honorable Fred Van Sickle in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. After her clerkship, Peterson practiced general litigation, employment and education law, as well as criminal defense at several private law firms in Spokane.

In 1999, Peterson joined the faculty of Gonzaga University School of Law, where she teaches evidence, federal jurisdiction, and trial advocacy. She became the director of the School of Law’s Externship Program in 2002.
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-6571

UND Army ROTC team tops Ranger Challenge for fourth consecutive year

The Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Fighting Sioux Battalion at UND has just completed its fourth straight first-place victory at the Camp Ripley (Minn.) Ranger Challenge Competition.

“Our cadets did an outstanding job and made UND look really good this past weekend,” said Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Sickinger, professor of Military Science.

The “A” team, led by Cadet Charles Stratton, finished first in five of the eight events and second in the other three. The “B” team, led by Cadet Dan White, came in second place overall.

“We finished in first and second place, which is the first time that has been done in this event at Camp Ripley,” Sickinger said. “Now, there is a very good chance that we will get selected for the prestigious Sandhurst Competition at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point) next spring.”

Only eight teams will be selected from the 273 Army ROTC programs around the country.

“The primary purpose of everything we do with the cadets is to provide them training for what they will need in their profession,” Sickinger said. “The primary purpose of Ranger Challenge is to allow some of the best cadets from every school to compete against similar cadets, testing their warrior skills against their peers from other schools.”

All 273 schools in the United States that have ROTC programs compete in a Ranger Challenge Competition during the fall semester but every situation is different, Sickinger said. He explained that because our area is so geographically dispersed, the UND ROTC team competes in a regional competition which consists of eight universities: Minnesota State University-Mankato; North Dakota State University; South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; St. Johns University-Collegeville, Minn.; University of Minnesota; University of North Dakota; University of South Dakota; and South Dakota State University.

The Ranger Challenge is a physically grueling affair with eight events. The first event is the Army Physical Fitness Test which consists of three separate events (two minutes of pushups, two minutes of sit-ups and a two mile run). The next six events are the Rifle Range Marksmanship, Hand Grenade Assault Course, One-rope Bridge, Weapon Disassembly/Assembly, Orienteering and Patrolling. The last event on day two is a 10 kilometer run with full combat gear and equipment.

The purpose of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) is to prepare young men and women to serve in the military. ROTC offers scholarships in each branch to include the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, although scholarship requirements are different for each. There are 273 resident Army ROTC college-based programs around the country, now producing close to 5,000 officers annually.
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-6571

Apply for summer administrative leadership program

The President’s Leadership Program provides funding for two upper-level UND administrators to participate in one of several national summer leadership institutes. Funding under this program is designed for individuals already in administrative roles at UND who wish to expand the breadth of their experience in anticipation of moving to a higher level of responsibility.

Application is a three-step process:
1) Review each program’s qualifications and objectives and decide which one you are most interested in attending.
2) Apply for funding through the President’s Leadership Program (see below).
3) If accepted for UND funding, apply online to the program you wish to attend.

Programs include:
• Harvard Management Development Program (MDP). June 6-18, 2010. For mid-level administrators with 3-7 years of administrative experience—deans, directors, department heads.

• Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE). June 20-July 2, 2010. For experienced administrators with 5-12 years of administrative experience—provosts, vice-presidents, and deans.

• Bryn Mawr HERS Higher Education Resource Services, June 18-July 2, 2010. For women faculty and administrators.

• AASCU Millennium Leadership Institute, June 6-9, 2010. For individuals traditionally underrepresented in the highest ranks of higher education.

To apply for UND funding to attend a summer leadership institute, please send your CV and a formal application letter in which you explain in some detail your interest in this program, your administrative background, the specific program you wish to attend and why, to Stop 8176 or by Friday, Oct. 23. Those who receive funding are then required to apply directly to the program of their choice for acceptance.
-- Victoria Beard, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs,, 777-4824

Mini-grants available for summer programs/events

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 up to $5000 in the first year for deserving proposals that fall into these categories:
1) The development of new 2010 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.
2) The expansion or redesign of existing 2009 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 mini-grant funds will help cover the development, marketing and start-up costs for courses and programs held at UND during the summer months for up to three years. 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. Information can be found at . The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23. Recipients will be announced Dec. 21.

For more information on the mini-grant program, contact Diane Hadden, director of Summer Sessions at 777-6284. For operational questions, contact the Summer Programs and Events Office at 777-0841.
-- Brenda Dufault, Coordinator, Summer Programs and Events,, 777-0841

U2 is conducting an assessment of its programming and services

The University Within the University (U2) office is conducting an assessment of its programming and services. As a staff member eligible to participate in the professional development sessions offered through U2, I encourage you to take a few minutes to complete this anonymous survey.

Please go to the following link to complete the assessment by Oct. 30:

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback to the U2 office. Your valuable input will allow us to evaluate and improve our services.
-- Patricia Young, Coordinator, University within the University (U2),, 777-0720

Online courses offered for spring

Faculty and advisors, as you help your students plan their schedules for spring registration, we ask for your support with informing students about online course options.

With online courses, students can take the classes they need with the flexibility they want. UND offers both semester-based, online courses and open enrollment, independent study courses.

Semester-Based Online Courses:
• Students register in Campus Connection (search location field by “online” or “onlinegrad”).
• Tuition is charged at the North Dakota resident tuition rate per credit. Additional course and/or program fees may apply.
• Online course tuition is not covered under UND’s tuition cap for full-time students.
• Financial aid may be used with semester-based courses.
• Online courses are not eligible for any tuition waiver programs at UND.

Open enrollment, independent study courses:
• Students may register at anytime through:
• Tuition is charged at the North Dakota resident tuition rate per credit. No additional fees apply.
• Financial aid and tuition waivers may not be used with open enrollment courses.
• Students may enroll at anytime and have 9 months to complete their course.

Online courses at UND offer the same high-quality education as traditional, on-campus courses and are written and taught by UND faculty members. UND’s online courses mirror those offered on-campus and a student’s transcript will look no different than another student’s who completed a traditional, on-campus course.
For more information check out:
-- Brianna Burggraf, Marketing Intern, Continuing Education,, 777-3227

Federal regulation requires last date of attendance for failing students

Federal regulations require the University to determine a last date of attendance for financial aid recipients who receive failing grades in all coursework for a semester. This process is required to be completed and all adjustments to the student's financial aid finalized within 45 days of the end of the semester.

To comply with this federal regulation, the Student Financial Aid Office will send requests to document the last date a student with failing grades attended class. These requests will be sent to departments after final grades have been posted for the fall semester.

It is requested that departments complete the forms to the best of their ability and return them to the Student Financial Aid office promptly. Failure to do so may result in the student being required to repay all or part of financial aid received for the semester.
-- Robin Holden, Director, Student Financial Aid,, 777-3121

Schedule a SGID in your classroom for mid semester feedback

Small Group Instructional Diagnosis (SGID) is a voluntary, confidential feedback process that enables instructors to get frank, useful comments from students on a course that is still in progress. Designed to increase communication between the students and the instructor, with the aim of improving learning in the class, the process uses small group student interviews to identify strengths of the course, areas of student concern, and possible ways to address those concerns. If you request a SGID, a trained faculty facilitator will collect information from your students (taking about 20 minutes of class time), write it up into a report for you, and discuss with you student perceptions regarding their learning in the class.

To schedule an SGID, please contact Jana Hollands at or 777-4998. For more information on the process call Anne Kelsch at 777-4233.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director of Instructional Development, OID,, 777-4233

Consider asking students to use the Writing Center

We know from experience that faculty suggestions can exert a strong positive influence on writing center use. We hope you will let your students know about our services and that you will encourage them to make an appointment. To help your students learn about the writing center, a consultant can visit your class and do a short presentation introducing your students to the University Writing Center and the services we offer. To request a visit, you can contact me by phone (777-6381) or email (

The Writing Center offers:
* Trained consultants with diverse academic backgrounds
* One-on-one sessions focused on generating and clarifying ideas, developing a first or second draft, revising, editing, or documenting research
* One-half hour appointments available, free of charge, as often as needed
* IBM and Mac computers so that students can work on their papers right in the Center
* Guides to documentation, format, and grammar
* The Writing Center is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m.
* To use Writing Center services, use our online scheduler
-- Scott J. Baxter, coordinator, University Writing Program,, 777 6381

Fact Book now available online

The 2009-10 UND Fact Book is now available online. It serves as a central source for frequently requested current and historical information about UND. In addition to general information about UND, it contains a wide variety of information on students, courses, degree offerings, faculty & staff, and finance & facilities. More information will be added as it becomes available. To view this web document, go to .
-- Carmen Williams, Director, Institutional Research,, 777-2456

2009 Student Profile now available online

The 2009 student profile is now available online. These profiles provide a statistical glimpse of some of the larger subsets of UND students. They provide information such as student classification, race/ethnicity, credit hour production, age, residency, highest enrolled program areas, and more. To view these documents, go to .
-- Carmen Williams, Director, Institutional Research,, 777-4358

Honors Program rakes for Central Asia Institute

Each year, the UND Honors Program chooses a service theme on which to focus its service, educational, and fundraising efforts. This year our theme is Human Rights, and students chose Central Asia Institute for their charity.

The founding of Central Asia Institute by Greg Mortenson was profiled in the New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea. The organization builds schools and promotes education for children, and especially girls, in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

To raise money for CAI, Honors students will rake lawns on Oct. 25 and Nov. 8. The charge is a freewill donation to Central Asia Institute. If you want a group of students to take care of your raking, please e-mail to schedule workers.
-- Robin David, Associate Director, Honors Program,, 777-6185

Campus-wide food drive to support the Turkey Basket Drive

The Quo Vadis Chapter of Mortar Board at UND is preparing for its 30th Annual Turkey Basket Drive. Food drives will take place across campus from Oct. 12-23. Please bring in Thanksgiving-themed non-perishable food items (canned vegetables, pie filling, stuffing mix, canned cranberries, etc.) to the following buildings: Memorial Union, Gamble Hall, Christus Rex, Medical School, McCannel Hall, Nursing, Education, and Odegard. Collection boxes will be near the Dean's Office or at the main entrance to the building. Signs will direct you to the collection boxes. Thank you for your support. If you have questions or would like more information, please email .
-- Kristi Okerlund, Advisor, Mortar Board,, 777-6468

Center for Community Engagement will hold VISTA project book drive

VISTA members at the Center for Community Engagement are seeking new and gently used children's books for a statewide AmeriCorps*VISTA project. Please drop new or gently used children’s books off at the Center (317 Cambridge St.) through Friday, Oct. 23. All donated books will be given to area children who have recently lost a parent or grandparent.
-- Muriel Kingery, Americorps*VISTA, Center for Community Engagement,, 777-6181

ITSS GroupWise BlackBerry Enterprise Server service is available

ITSS has implemented a BlackBerry Enterprise Server solution for the ITSS Novell GroupWise that provides mobile users with a new level of remote email and calendar access. Many faculty and staff at UND travel frequently and want to make the most of their travel time while in a car or an airport. The cost of the service is $99 per BlackBerry. This one‑time fee covers the cost of purchasing a cal (client access license). Cals can only be purchased through a department; no personal purchases are accepted. The Telecommunications department will handle the purchase and billing of cals.

For more information, including ordering details, please refer to the
web site at
-- Craig Cerkowniak, Associate Director, ITSS,, 777-2385

Nominations sought for U-Shine award

The U-Shine award was developed by Staff Senate to recognize and award outstanding staff employees who make a difference on our campus. All benefited staff employees are eligible for nomination. UND faculty, staff and students are encouraged to nominate and recognize that special someone who, they believe, did something extraordinary, or have gone above and beyond the call of duty in one or more of the following categories:
- excellent team player
- positive attitude
- outstanding customer service, innovation and creativity
- going the extra mile; magnificent motivator
- loyalty and commitment to UND
- a category of the nominator's choosing.

Nomination forms are available on the Staff Senate Website at or printed forms are also available at Dining Services, Facilities and the Memorial Union Post Office. The deadline for submission is the 15th of each month. All nominations received after the 15th will be considered the following month. Each month, Staff Senate Executive Committee will select one award winner from the nominations received and present the award winner with a check for $50.
-- Shari Nelson, Asst. Director of Learning Services, Student Success Center,, 777-2117

Hilton Garden Inn offers state rate to UND

As of Sept. 1, UND and the Hilton Garden Inn have negotiated an exclusive rate of $63 per night (not including taxes) for UND invitees. This rate is available for guests who qualify for the state rate, state employees, ND education employees, guests of UND being direct billed to a specific department, UND job interviewers, etc. The Hilton Garden Inn is also offering an $89 rate for all UND guests who do not qualify for the state rate listed above.

State employees or UND guests that qualify for the state rate need to show a state ID at check in or have an approved copy of the UND direct billing of lodging form. See UND policies and procedures for more information on non-employee direct billing of lodging policy by visiting . Rates are subject to availability and are not available over blackout dates.

Please contact Bonnie Nerby, Accounting Services, 777-2966 with questions on direct billing or Ciara Mills, director of Sales, Hilton Garden Inn, 738-2051, with questions on rates for your guests.
-- Eileen Johnson, Accounts Payable Mgr, Accounting Services,, 777-2773

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.

Professional/Administrative/Coaches: no vacancies


Position: Storekeeper/Clerk, EERC, #10-114
Application deadline: Oct. 21
Compensation: $27,000 plus/year

Office Support:

Position: Administrative Secretary, Counseling Center, #10-113
Application deadline: Oct. 21
Compensation: $28,281 plus/year

Position: Administrative Assistant, SMHS, Student Affairs, #10-112
Application deadline: Oct. 21
Compensation: $32,000 plus/year


Position: Building Services Supervisor (M-F 4 am – Noon), Facilities, #10-115
Application deadline: Oct. 22
Compensation: $29,000 plus/year

Position: Assistant Cook (various schedule, flexible weekends), Dining Services #10-111
Application deadline: Oct. 20
Compensation: $9.25 plus/hour

Senate Scholarly Activities Committee travel awards announced

The Senate Scholarly Activities Committee received 42 requests for funds to travel to domestic or Canadian destinations (a total of $45,163.48 requested); and 8 requests for funds to travel to Alaska, Hawaii, or foreign destinations (a total of $15,727.61 requested), in response to the September call for proposals. The following awards were made at the Committee meeting of Sept. 30:

Foreign, Alaska, Hawaii Travel:
Cuozzo, Frank P. (Anthropology), $504.44
Gordon, Gregory S. (Law), $703.52
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-- Dee Ann Ellingson, Vice Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, Accountancy,, 777-4682

UND hires new outreach coordinator

UND has hired JoAnna Lonski as the university’s Outreach Coordinator for northern North Dakota. Lonksi’s position is the result of UND’s long-term goal of providing more educational opportunities to communities without a four-year public university by partnering with two-year community colleges in North Dakota and Minnesota.

UND is assembling a team of four outreach coordinators to augment current recruitment efforts across the region. Each of the outreach coordinators will focus on recruiting traditional transfer and distance students in specific territories in North Dakota and into northwestern Minnesota. Currently, UND has an outreach coordinator located on the Bismarck State College campus for south central and western North Dakota as well as an outreach coordinator for northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota located on the UND campus.

“We are very pleased to have JoAnna join our team,” said Philip Parnell, director of Online Enrollment Management and Community College Relations. “UND is building an exceptional team of outreach coordinators to better serve the needs of students and communities across the region. JoAnna and others will work very closely with community colleges to ensure that UND provides their graduates with personalized service as they continue their education with UND—either on-campus or online.”

In her role as UND Outreach Coordinator, Lonski is responsible for providing outreach services to all communities in northern North Dakota. Specifically, Lonski will recruit, advise and provide outreach services for students interested in UND’s bachelor’s and graduate programs, including online and on-campus options. She will assist transfer students from community colleges in northern North Dakota, such as Dakota College at Bottineau, Lake Region State College and Williston State College, who want to complete their bachelor’s degrees on the UND campus in Grand Forks. She will also provide assistance to UND’s online students living in the northern region.

Prior to her position with UND, Lonski worked on the Lake Region State College campus as the Distance Education Program Coordinator for Mayville State University’s Admissions & Extended Learning Office. She graduated from Lake Region State College in August 2007 with her associate’s degree in paralegal studies, and she received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mayville State University in July 2008. Lonski lives with her husband, a North Dakota Highway Patrol officer, and their three young children in Lakota, N.D. Lonski began her duties with UND on Oct. 5. Her office is located on the Lake Region State College campus in Devils Lake, N.D.

For more information, contact Lonski at 701-662-1659, e-mail her at or visit
-- Jennifer Swangler, Assistant Director of Enrollment Management & Marketing, Continuing Education,, 777-6374

Kingsbury receives Art Quinn Memorial award

Cheryl Kingsbury, Advisor/Instructor for UND TRIO/Student Support Services, was the recipient of the Art Quinn Memorial award at the Aspire Regional Conference in Spearfish, S.D. Oct. 6.

The prestigious award is the highest given by the Aspire TRIO Personnel Association, in recognition of outstanding service and advocacy for TRIO students and programs on local, regional and national levels.

Federally funded TRIO Programs are committed to Educational Opportunity for Low-Income and Disabled Americans. Aspire is formerly known as the Association of Special Programs in Region Eight. ASPIRE, Inc. has matured into a professional organization serving over 500 staff members in 127 projects.
-- Dennis Stangl, Technology Specialist, TRIO,, 777-2084

Ric Ferraro joins "Aging Research" editorial board

Ric Ferraro, professor of Psychology, has accepted an invitation to join the editorial board for a peer-reviewed, open access journal titled "Aging Research." "Aging Research" will be run as a community journal edited by a distributed editorial board covering all areas of aging.

Bernard Osher Foundation awards OLLI $25,000 bonus

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UND (OLLI@UND) was among the recipients of a bonus gift this year of $25,000.

According to the presentation at the national OLLI conference in Utah earlier this month, the aim of the gift is to recognize the exceptional contributions of each institute to the community it serves as well as the many challenges that institutes are facing in the wake of the nation's economic downturn.

Every Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in the country whether endowed or not endowed received a $25,000 "lagniappe", or unexpected gift. According to OLLI, the funds are to be used in a constructive manner to strengthen programs during these difficult times.

In a statement, Mary G.F. Bitterman, president of the Bernard Osher Foundation, said, “Mr. and Mrs. Osher and our Board of Trustees wish everyone involved in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute network continued success with your valuable work on behalf of our nation's seasoned adults.”

"On behalf of the entire OLLI@UND community, we accept this generous gift with humble and grateful hearts,” said Connie Hodgson, OLLI@UND coordinator. “This gift will enable us to continue doing what we do best—invest in this wonderful activity called lifelong learning because in doing so, we invest in each other, reap the untold personal rewards, and honor the Osher name."
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-6571