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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 11: September 26, 2006

Top Stories
President Kupchella seeks faculty athletic representative
Statement from President Charles Kupchella on sentencing in Rodriguez trial
UND, University of Manitoba presidents sign memorandum
Brand audit and image perceptions survey is Oct. 3-5
Events to Note
Risk management webinar is Oct. 3
Fall Career Fair is Oct. 18
Homecoming events listed
UND to hold Showcase in Fargo today
Shop for a Cure comes to Barnes & Noble at UND Bookstore
Frank White presents at the Memorial Union Leadership Series
Ann Reed to give talk on Ghanian tourism Sept. 28
U community invited to Beyond Boundaries conference
11th annual Water Festival set for Sept. 28-29
ND EPSCoR conference is Friday in Grand Forks
INBRE biology core seminar is Friday
Taco and Garage Sale set for Sept. 30
Tibetan Monks will present lectures Oct. 2-5
U2 lists workshops
Doctoral examination set for Lee Anne Block
UND historian, moviemaker to showcase archeology in Cyprus
SPEC presents summer courses, programs workshop
Stocking for Soldiers project is Oct. 8
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Top energy experts to discuss future of western coal power generation
Wellness Center now open
New administrative internship opportunity: Faculty Handbook
Mini-grants available for summer courses, programs
Celebrate diversity and upload diversity posters
Studio One features keys to healthy living, all-natural ranching
Please return Campus Quality Survey
Menu for Twamley Snack Bar
Two international dishes featured each day at North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe
Internal job openings listed
In the News
UND astronomy team catches solar eclipse
Zimbelman receives Governor's Award
In Remembrance
Remembering Marjorie Rykken
President Kupchella seeks faculty athletic representative

Letters of interest are sought by President Kupchella to assume the role of Faculty Athletic Representative (FAR) for the current Division II sports at UND as it transitions to Division I. This call is precipitated by the changed institutional role of the current FAR, Phil Harmeson. Harmeson has had his administrative duties expanded over the years to the point where he is now the full-time senior associate to the president with no faculty-related assignment(s). While the NCAA requires that a FAR “shall be a member of the institution’s faculty or an administrator who holds faculty rank” a determination has been made that the primary FAR duties should be transferred to an individual with a traditional faculty role.

The role of the FAR is to serve as a point of contact between the campus and the NCAA in the regular conduct of intercollegiate athletic programs with an emphasis on student-athlete welfare. The selected individual will be the primary institutional representative charged with ensuring that the athletic department is in compliance with the NCAA constitution and bylaws, as well as other duties. The FAR reports directly to the president and may not hold any administrative or coaching duties in the athletic department. This uncompensated appointment has usually carried with it a one-course load reduction with the agreement of the home department. There is no staff support associated with this position. The limited travel (to NCAA, North Central Conference, and FAR Association meetings) and related expenses are covered by the President’s Office.

Faculty members interested in being considered are asked to send a letter of interest to President Kupchella. All interested parties should feel free to contact the current FAR, Phil Harmeson, senior associate to the president, for more information if needed. Letters of interest should be received in the President’s Office by Oct. 15.

-- Jan Orvik for President Charles Kupchella.

Statement from President Charles Kupchella on sentencing in Rodriguez trial

This has been difficult for all of us, especially for Dru's family, and we are grateful to have one more chapter in this tragic episode over. We commend all of the law-enforcement officials involved and, indeed, all of the judicial system involved in bringing Alfonso Rodriguez to justice. Our thoughts and prayers have been with the Sjodin and Walker families throughout this long ordeal that began nearly three years ago. We all admire the dignity and grace they have shown. They will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers, which will also include the families and friends of Mindy Morgenstern.

UND, University of Manitoba presidents sign memorandum

President Charles Kupchella met Sept. 22 at UND with University of Manitoba President and Vice-Chancellor Emõke J.E. Szathmáry for their annual review of the partnership that has drawn the two schools together across a number of research fields.

President Kupchella, Szathmáry, Vice President for Research Peter Alfonso and University of Manitoba Vice President for Research Joanne Keselman signed a Memorandum of Understanding on a number of fronts, particularly with respect to possible research partnerships and collaborations.

Kupchella said he is struck by the many areas of complementary strengths, such as neurosciences and aerospace/aerospace engineering, as well as areas of strengths the two universities share, such as American Indian and Aboriginal programs. He said there are a number of promising areas for expansion.

This is a way to firm up our commitment to work together, said Peter Alfonso, UND vice president for research and a key proponent of the UND-University of Manitoba partnership. There's a lot to be gained by linking research forces between two different research institutions, and especially when we're talking about these two because we have many common interests. Those include infectious diseases, rural health, and sustainable and renewable energy.

Future collaborative efforts also may include functional foods, nutraceuticals, and materials sciences. Functional foods are foods and beverages with claimed medical benefits based on scientific evidence; nutraceutical is a term coined by Stephen DeFelice, and is defined as any substance that may be considered a food or part of a food that provides medicinal or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease.

Brand audit and image perceptions survey is Oct. 3-5

The University of North Dakota has hired the Educational Marketing Group, Inc., (EMG) to conduct a brand audit and image perceptions survey of UND. Once EMG's report is completed, it will enable us to communicate more strategically with our various audiences and stakeholders. EMG is in the first stage of the process which is a situational analysis of the campus. Many different universities around the country have been involved in such a process.

EMG will be on campus Oct. 3-5 to conduct meetings with many different campus individuals and entities. The open presentation to the campus will be Tuesday, Oct. 3 (1:45 to 2:45 p.m.) in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Faculty, staff, administrators, and students are encouraged to attend this session.

There will also be a meeting for department chairs and faculty members Thursday, Oct. 5, (8 to 9 a.m.) in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Faculty members are encouraged to attend this session.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. -- Don Kojich, executive associate vice president, University Relations, 777-2731.

Risk management webinar is Oct. 3

The Memorial Union, NASPA and ASJA will host an engaging live web cast discussion, "The Risks of Risk Management," Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Badlands Room, Memorial Union. Please feel free to bring your lunch. If you plan to attend, please contact Cassie Gerhardt at 777-3667 or

How do college and university administrators effectively manage risk without sacrificing our educational mission? What is the balance between advice from legal counsel and sound educational or administrative practice? How does risk management work in the area of civil rights and liberties? In light of the Shin case at MIT, are we attempting to minimize our "risk" by removing students who might have suicidal thoughts? Risk management is rapidly consuming an increasing amount of all our time. How prepared are we to manage risk and what are the "risks" of risk management? These complex issues confront student life administrators each day on college and university campuses.

Program Faculty
William Kaplin, professor of law, Catholic University of America, Distinguished Professorial Lecturer, Stetson Univ. College of Law; co-author of the recently released fourth edition of The Law of Higher Education (Jossey-Bass, 2006).

Gary Pavela teaches in the University of Maryland Honors Program and writes frequently on legal issues in Higher Education. He is the author of "Questions and Answers on College Student Suicide: A Law and Policy Perspective" (College Administration Publications, 2006).

The Webinar is sponsored by NASPA – National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and ASJA – Association of Student Judicial Affairs.
-- Cassie Gerhardt, Coordinator of Greek Life, Memorial Union,, 777-3667

Homecoming events listed

Telesis and the Alumni Association present the following Homecoming events.

Tuesday, Oct. 3
* Blood Drive, Bleed Green, UND Armory, 1 to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 4
* Telesis Homecoming information table, Memorial Union, Gamble Hall and Wilkerson Hall, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* Blood Drive Bleed Green, UND Armory, 1 to 7 p.m.
* Ice Cream Social, Memorial Union, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Have a break in between classes? Stop by for some delicious ice cream served up by your very own King and Queen candidates.
* King and Queen Voting, Memorial Union, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to vote for your favorite King and Queen candidate. When voting you must present your student ID.
* Flag Football Tournament, lawn east of Merrifield Hall, 2 to 7 p.m. Grab a group of friends and make that team win the championship. Our first-ever flag football tournament, consisting of teams with five to seven people and a minimum of two women, will compete in 18-minute games for the gold. Be sure to register at the information tables and look for rules and regulations.

Thursday, Oct. 5
* King and Queen Voting, Memorial Union, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* Blood Drive Bleed Green, UND Armory, 1 to 8 p.m.
* Sioux Search, Memorial Union Ballroom, 7 p.m. The most anticipated talent show is back for another exciting year! As an entertaining show, be ready to enter a skit and enjoy the talents of other fellow students. Prizes will be awarded to top finishers. Please drop off registration forms in the Telesis mailbox in the CISL office, Memorial Union by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29.

Friday, Oct. 6
King and Queen Voting, Memorial Union, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* Family Carnival, Multi-purpose Gym, Hyslop Sports Center, 5 to 7 p.m. Round up all of the kids you know and bring them to this event for games, prizes, food, and fun. This is an enjoyable event for those who have young family members.

Saturday, Oct. 7
* 5k/10k Walk/Run. Start the day off on the right foot and join us for some outdoor fun at the Wellness Center. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each division. The registration fee is $15 and includes a free Homecoming T-shirt.
* Parade. A traditional and popular Homecoming event. All students are invited to participate or come and watch. Line up begins at 9 a.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium parking lot and the parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Please drop off registration and parade policy forms in the Telesis mailbox in the CISL office, Memorial Union, by noon Tuesday, Oct. 3. Find registration forms online at or with questions call (218)731-2633.
* UND Fighting Sioux vs. Mankato State Mavericks. Come cheer on your football team at the Alerus Center. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.
* Coronation Ceremony will take place during halftime.

UND Homecoming 2006 is sponsored by Avant Hair and Sink Care Studios and US Bank.

Fall Career Fair is Oct. 18

The Fall Career Fair will be held Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hyslop Multipurpose Gym.

The Career Fair is designed to showcase several local and national businesses to allow students networking possibilities. This all-day event is a great opportunity for students to connect with employers to obtain a job, internship, or co-op. The full list of employers is placed on the Career Services web site,

Career Services is a department designed to further the professional growth within education. Career Services is determined to work to empower students to realize their dreams. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact Career Services.

UND to hold Showcase in Fargo today

It will be "show and tell" higher education-style when it the University takes its show on the road Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6-9 p.m. in the Ballroom at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. The program will start at 7:30 p.m.

The "show" is the University of North Dakota Fargo Showcase, featuring exhibits from 16 of UND's best-known campus units. On display, for example, will be the Mars spacesuit, designed by a five-college North Dakota Space Grant Consortium integrated team led by UND's Department of Space Studies. Other UND departments and units showing their stuff include the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Engineering and Mines, College of Nursing, College of Business and Public Administration, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Development, School of Law, Division of Continuing Education, Enrollment Services, Office of the Vice President for Research, Center for Innovation, and more.

The "tell" is UND President Charles Kupchella, Athletic Director Tom Buning, and others who will talk about the UND of today and tomorrow.

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP by Sept. 20, go on-line at or contact Nancy Nelson at (800) 543-8764.

"We're being proactive in telling our UND story to our many stakeholders in the Fargo area," said Kupchella. "We have great things going on and we wanted to share that -- to bring a little bit of the UND experience to our many alumni and friends in Fargo-Moorhead and beyond. We want them to know where we are, and where we're going."

Kupchella said UND is in the second year of its second five-year strategic plan. He credited the plan, as well as UND's faculty, staff and supporters, for much of the growth that the University has achieved in the past six years. UND, for example, now has an annual economic impact of nearly $1 billion dollars. That includes a doubling in the past five years of the research and supported program dollars to nearly $100 million in 2005-06, said Kupchella.

"With the UND alumni family spread throughout the nation, the largest concentration is right in our own backyard in the greater Fargo metropolitan region," said Tim O'Keefe, executive director of the UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation. "The Fargo Showcase is a great opportunity for University of North Dakota alumni and friends throughout the Fargo-Moorhead area to connect with one another and their university. We look forward to showing off all the cutting-edge work being done on campus, as well as spending a great evening with everyone who supports UND."

The evening will include heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and an opportunity for old friends to reconnect and to meet new friends, said Don Kojich, UND executive associate vice president for university relations.

Shop for a Cure comes to Barnes & Noble at UND Bookstore

In support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Sept. 25 through Nov. 1, Barnes and Noble at UND is participating in the Shop for a Cure fundraising campaign. With Shop for a Cure, college bookstores across the country sell limited edition breast cancer awareness clothing and merchandise, with a portion of the profits going to the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund (NBCCF). In addition to raising money for NBCCF, Shop for a Cure hopes to raise breast cancer awareness on college campuses.

"Breast cancer doesn't just affect women, it has an impact on entire families and communities," says Melissa Schmitt, director, Barnes & Noble College Booksellers. "We are delighted to support the NBCCF in their fight against breast cancer and to help educate campus communities about this disease." Last year's Shop for a Cure campaign collectively raised over $50,000.

For more information about Shop for a Cure and to purchase breast cancer awareness items, visit Barnes and Noble at UND. For additional information about breast cancer and what you can do to help, visit
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

Frank White presents at the Memorial Union Leadership Series

Frank White, assistant professor of sociology, will present "Developing a Leadership Philosophy," Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m. in the Ballroom, second floor, Memorial Union. White has addressed diverse audiences and inspired them with his humor, enthusiasm, creativity and positive outlook on life for over 20 years. He incorporates three distinct qualities he has found through his research of accomplished individuals from all walks of life: vision, commitment and passion with a philosophy for success.

The presentation is part of the Leadership Series sponsored by the Memorial Union. Faculty, please announce this event to students. This presentation is free and open to the entire University community.

For more information, call 777-3665 or 777-3667 or e-mail
-- Josh Wosepka, Leadership Development Project Coordinator, Memorial Union,, 701-777-4200

Ann Reed to give talk on Ghanian tourism Sept. 28

The Department of English announces that Ann Reed, visiting assistant professor of anthropology, will present "'We Are Not Tourists!': In-Between Spaces in African American Travel to Ghana," Thursday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. in 300 Merrifield Hall. Reed's presentation illustrates how mixed messages of connection and alienation are caught up in the heritage travel of African Americans to Ghana. The in-between spaces occupied by Ghanaians and African Americans in these circumstances complicate earlier anthropological notions of “hosts” and “guests.”

-- Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, Assistant Professor, English,, 777-6391

U community invited to Beyond Boundaries conference

UND is sponsoring the fifth annual Beyond Boundaries Conference: Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning, Sept. 28 and 29, at the Memorial Union. This year’s conference has drawn colleagues from a wider geographic area to include presenters from as far as Purdue University, Louisiana Tech University, Old Dominion University, University of Manitoba, Auburn University, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Illinois State University and others within North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. There are many excellent sessions on the program.

Please check out the website at for a full schedule of events or call Conference Services for a program.

If you can participate in both days, you can still register at the “early bird” rate of just $100 for faculty/staff or $50 for students (includes admittance to all sessions, meal functions, reception and materials). You may print a registration form that can be mailed (Stop 7131) or faxed to 777-0569. Please include a completed journal entry form from your department. You may also call Conference Services at 777-2663 to register.

If you cannot attend full days, we would like to invite UND faculty, staff and students to attend the two keynote speaker sessions ONLY, free of charge:

Thursday, Sept. 28 - Marc Prensky, founder of games2train and internationally acclaimed speaker, will present “Engage Me or Enrage Me: Educating Today’s ‘Digital Native’ Learners” from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union.

Friday, Sept. 29 – Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt, international consultants of Crossroads Consulting Group, will present “Online Learning Communities Revisited,” also from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union. The vendor showcase will also be open after this session, so you may walk through the showcase from 10 to 10:15 a.m.

You MUST call Conference Services at the Division of Continuing Education, 777-2663, to register for the free keynote sessions (please provide name, department, stop number, and phone number). Space is limited, so please be sure to notify Conference Services of your plans to attend.
-- Robyn von Ruden, Coordinator, UND Office of Conference Services,, 701-777-2663

11th annual Water Festival set for Sept. 28-29

The 11th annual Water Festival will be held Sept. 28-29 at Heritage Village, East Grand Forks. This educational event is sponsored by the Dakota Science Center. Greater Grand Forks fourth graders learn about water with hands-on activities. Topics addressed include water chemistry, watershed, water quality, ground water, water cycle, physical properties, weather, history, water ecosystems, water conservation, and erosion. Water resources are of vital importance to our region's future and the future of our children. Students are given a take-home bag of information and activities. Teachers use the resource listing on our web page to prepare students for the event and receive a resource packet to take back to the classroom. Parents use our online resource listing for additional family activities.

Project Wet, a national foundation that promotes water education, has recognized the Water Festival as a Project Wet site. This means that the Water Festival meets all of the requirements set out by the Project Wet guidelines.

The media is welcome to come to the Water Festival. For more information contact Jolene Grovum, Water Festival coordinator, 773-6922.

ND EPSCoR conference is Friday in Grand Forks

The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research will hold its 2006 State Conference Friday, Sept. 29, in Clifford Hall. The conference theme is “North Dakota’s Evolving Research Infrastructure.” The event begins with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., and the program begins at 9 a.m. More than 180 faculty and students from North Dakota universities and colleges have registered for the event.

Highlights include a keynote address by Al Joseph, noted physicist and industry consultant on “Technology and the Role of U.S. Universities in the 21st Century” at 11 a.m.

Karen Sandberg, National Science Foundation program director for North Dakota, will address strategic directions in NSF EPSCoR, and Michel Hillman, vice chancellor of the North Dakota University System, will discuss the importance of research to North Dakota’s future. Linda Butts and Delore Zimmerman will address vision and progress in North Dakota Centers of Excellence for Economic Development and the Red River Valley Research Corridor respectively.

Advanced Undergraduate Research Award (AURA) recipients from UND and NDSU will have their work highlighted throughout the day in poster sessions in the foyer of Clifford Hall. UND and NDSU faculty will address the Spintronics and SUNRISE Research Infrastructure Improvement projects and Tribal College Initiatives.

A complete agenda for the conference may be viewed on the ND EPSCoR web page at

For further information, contact the ND EPSCoR office at 777-2492 or Peter Johnson at University Relations, 777-4317.

INBRE biology core seminar is Friday

The first North Dakota INBRE Biology Core seminar of the new school year will be presented over the statewide Interactive Video Network (IVN) Friday, Sept. 29, from 3 to 3:50 p.m. These seminars feature presentations by students from around the state working with INBRE researchers. UND students can view and participate in the seminar in Room 302, Education Building.

The first in a series of monthly seminars will be presented by Donald Anton, a senior at Valley City State University who is currently working in the university's toxicology laboratory with INBRE researcher Hilde van Gijssel. During the summer, Anton studied the effect of the chlorophenoxy herbicides 2,4-D and MCPA on the interaction between the fibroblast growth factor receptor and its ligand using a computational approach. He is studying this interaction using an in vitro model. He collaborated with the group of Stefan Balaz at NDSU. In this seminar, he will discuss their research results to date.

North Dakota INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) is a statewide network administered by the School of Medicine and Health Sciences in collaboration with NDSU. Major projects are led by researchers at Dickinson State University, Mayville State University, Minot State University, Turtle Mountain Community College and Valley City State University. It is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR). -- Patrick Miller, public information professional, North Dakota IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence.

Taco and Garage Sale set for Sept. 30

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), a national, nonprofit organization which nurtures building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional Native values, is sponsoring a fundraising event, a taco and garage sale, 808 Stanford Rd. Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Special Note: AISES has received the 2005 Stelvio J. Zanin Distinguished Chapter of the Year Award. Profits from this event goes toward funding our trip to the National AISES Conference this year in Detroit. For more information please visit our website:

Donated items are greatly appreciated. Please contact Jenna Parisien at 701-477-4156.
-- Jenna Parisien, AISES President, Student Organization,, 701-477-4156

Tibetan Monks will present lectures Oct. 2-5

The Multicultural Awareness Committee invites you to attend lectures by the Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery. All lectures will be held in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Lectures are open to the University community with limited seats available. Lectures scheduled include: "The Ancient Art of Healing: The Tibetan Buddhist Approach," Monday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m., co-hosted with Anthropology; "Opening the Heart: Arousing the Mind of Universal Kindness, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 5 p.m., co-hosted with Philosophy and Religion; "The Psychology of Enlightenment," Thursday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m., co-hosted with Integrated Studies; "Meditation: A Tool for Conscious Living," Thursday, Oct. 5, 2 p.m., co-hosted with Integrated Studies. The lectures are funded and sponsored by the Multicultural Awareness Committee, a division of student government.

Other activities scheduled with the Tibetan Monks include Mandala Sand Painting at the North Dakota Museum of Art Oct. 2-6 and Sacred Music Sacred Dance performance at the Chester Fritz Auditorium, Tuesday, Oct 3, 7 p.m.

For more information, visit
or contact Sierra Abe at 701-880-8911 or sierra.abe

-- Sierra Abe, Multicultural Awareness Committee, Standing Committee of Student Government,, 701-880-8911

U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for Oct. 3-11. Visit our web site for more.

Defensive Driving: Oct. 3, 6 to 10 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator.
This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member (spouse and/or dependents). This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Officer Dan Lund.

Turning Ideas Into Courses/Programs: Oct. 5, 3 to 4 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Prerequisites: An idea and willingness to work to fine tune it into a possible academic course or non-credit program.
Participants will explore the viability of a course/program idea by engaging in a needs analysis process to accurately analyze an idea’s worth in the marketplace. Individuals will work through a process to take an idea and learn how to clarify it, and then develop it into a possible educational course or program. In addition, participants will learn about the Summer Programs and Events Council’s mission and purpose of advocacy for “new credit” and “non-credit” programming. The shared results of the Summer Programs and Events Council Needs Assessment Surveys, will help participants look at the topics of high interest expressed by various student/participant groups. Finally, the basics of business planning process will be reviewed so that participants will understand the impact that good business practices have on course/program operational success. The workshop is sponsored by the UND Summer Programs and Events Council. Presenters: Kerry Kerber and Diane Hadden.

PeopleSoft Student Records Tips and Tricks: Oct. 9, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. This workshop is intended for department secretaries and administrative assistants and other academic support staff. We will review procedures for waitlist processing and provide updates about progress on various projects and services. The second hour will be devoted to answering questions you might have about navigation or procedures. Presenters: Registrar’s Office.

Keys to Successful Learning Outcomes-Based Workshops: Oct. 11, 18, and 25, 8 to 10 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. With the increasing urgency of assessing student learning outcomes being placed on student affairs and academic units, how much thought are we giving to the learning that takes place in the campus work environment? Each school year, students have access to hundreds of employment opportunities on our campus. But what is being done to prepare our staff to implement learning outcomes-based activity into the campus work environment? This presentation introduces a new approach to staff development and benefits staff members who supervise student employees, especially those in administrative, auxiliary and support positions. Participants will better understand what a learning-outcomes based work environment is and how students can benefit from this type of setting. It also introduces coaching and mentoring techniques staff can use to help students learn and develop beyond the practical aspects of their jobs. The goal is to create a work environment for student employees that would move employment goals beyond job satisfaction to goals which support student learning.
Learning Objectives are (1) Gain a better understanding of what a learning-outcomes based work environment is and how students can benefit from this type of setting, and (2) Apply coaching and mentoring techniques to help student employees make connections between job tasks and learning outcomes. Presenter: Tony Trimarco.

How to Apply for a SPEC Mini-Grant: Oct. 11, 3 to 4 p.m., President's Room, Memorial Union. Interested in receiving a mini-grant to help cover the development, marketing and start-up costs for your 2007 summer course or program? Attend this informational session to learn how to apply for a mini-grant through the Summer Programs and Events Council’s (SPEC) Start-Up Mini-Grant Program. This session will cover the basics of the SPEC Start-Up Mini-Grant Program Application and Request for Proposals. Presenter: Julie Bean.

Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by: Phone, 777-2128, e-mail,, or online Please include: (1) workshop title/date, (2) name, (3) department, (4) position, (5) box number, (6) phone number, (7) e-mail, and (8) how you first learned about this workshop? Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.
-- Julie Sturges, Program Assistant, U2,, 777-2128

Doctoral examination set for Lee Anne Block

The final examination for Lee Anne Block, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Room 104, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Locating Social Justice Issues in Middle Years Classes: Not All Pumpkins Are Orange." Shelby Barrentine (Teaching and Learning) is the committee chair.

The public is invited to attend. -- Joseph Benoit, dean, Graduate School.

UND historian, moviemaker to showcase archeology in Cyprus

University historian and archeologist William Caraher and history grad program alum Joshua Patrow will showcase their Survey in Cyprus documentary movie at a world premiere at the Burtness Lab Theater Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m., with a second showing at 9 p.m.

Both Caraher and Patrow, now a California-based documentary filmmaker, will be on hand after the showings to talk about their work. The film engagingly chronicles the meticulous archeology that Caraher and others are doing on Cyprus, the fabled, sun-soaked Mediterranean home of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of Love.

Caraher and colleagues, along with several students, are probing the rocky soil -- now part of a British military base -- for shards of pottery, tiles, and other artifacts to gather details about the daily life of ancient Cypriot Greek, Roman, and other peoples who once lived, loved, worked, and died on this busy trade crossroads.

For nearly 1,000 years, Cyprus was a vital part of a widespread trading network that still exists today, said Caraher, who's done several summers on the Cyprus dig as the Pyla Koutsopetria Archeological Projects (PKAPs) chief technology officer and co-director of the PKAP.

Patrow, a filmmaker and former UND student, was persuaded to shoot a reality-show look at the day-to-day life on an archeological dig. With a lively soundtrack commissioned for the documentary, lots of live footage, and several special features, the movie is an intimate inside look at real-world science as it happens. It's also a fascinating and compelling look at how a dedicated group works together to uncover answers about our past.

The movie presentation at the Burtness Lab Theater is free and open to the public. For more information check out Caraher's web site at www.und.nodak.instruct/wcaraher/Multimedia.html .

SPEC presents summer courses, programs workshop

Are you interested in learning how to turn your idea into a possible course or program?
Learn how at the “Turning Ideas into Summer Courses, Programs” workshop sponsored by the Summer Programs and Events Council. The workshop is led by SPEC co-chairs Diane Hadden, director of Summer Sessions, and Kerry Kerber, associate dean of the Division of Continuing Education, and will be held Thursday, Oct. 5, from 3 to 4 p.m., in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. The workshop is designed for the person who has an idea and the willingness to fine tune it into a possible academic course or non-credit based program.

Explore the viability of a course/program idea by engaging in a needs analysis process to accurately analyze an idea’s worth in the marketplace. You will work through a process to take an idea and learn how to clarify it, and then develop it into a possible educational course or program. You will also learn about SPEC’s mission and purpose of advocacy for “new credit” and “non-credit” programming. The shared results of the SPEC Needs Assessment Surveys will help you look at the topics of high interest expressed by various participant groups. Finally, the basics of business planning process will be reviewed, so you will understand the impact that good business practices have on course/program operational success.

This workshop is planned in conjunction with the Tuesday, Sept. 26, launching of the SPEC’s Start-Up Mini-Grant Program, which awards deserving proposals mini-grant funds to help cover the development, marketing, and start-up costs for new summer courses and programs.

Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by: phone, 777-2128, e-mail,, or online

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

Stocking for Soldiers project is Oct. 8

Quilter's Eden, the DIVAs and Soldiers' Angels have teamed up to make "Stocking for Soldiers" to send a holiday package to all North Dakota and Minnesota deployed soldiers. Soldiers' Angels is a national 501(c)3 that has the mission of "May no soldier go unloved."

Please join us Sunday, Oct. 8, between noon and 5 p.m. upstairs at Quilters Eden (across from Cabela's) in East Grand Forks. Quilter's Eden is providing the pattern and the machines -- we need people to assist us with the cutting and sewing and to bring holiday fabric. (Children eight and up are welcome, but must be supervised and assisted by their parent.) If you cannot attend this event, but want to assist, feel free to drop off fabric or homemade stockings to Quilter's Eden any time prior to Oct. 8.

Many of the service members that are deployed this upcoming holiday season are UND students on academic leave, UND alumni and the local community residents. For more information, please contact Shelle Michaels, or (218)779-7271.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The 12th annual Clothesline Project will be held Oct. 9-13 at the Memorial Union Ballroom Oct. 9-13. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to noon.

The Clothesline Project is a visual display of T-Shirts hung on clotheslines that bear witness to the effects of violence in our society. Each shirt represents a particular adult or child’s experience and is color coded and decorated by the survivor or by a family member or friend.

Take Back the Night Rally is set for Monday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Take Back the Night is a rally to promote public awareness of interpersonal violence. Help us take a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault. This is an issue that affects everyone, not just women. Come support the cause. Everyone is invited to join.

Top energy experts to discuss future of western coal power generation

A group of the nation’s top energy experts has been assembled for the opening panel of the Symposium on Western Fuels: 20th International Conference on Lignite, Brown, and Subbituminous Coals, Oct. 24–26, at the Marriott Denver Tech Center in Denver, Colo. The panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities for western coals in meeting our current and future energy needs. Carl Bauer, director of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will moderate the panel discussion. Panelists include Carl Sulzer, manager of Generation Services, Great River Energy; Tony Facchiano, area manager, Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI); Robert Wayland, leader, Combustion Group, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air Quality, Planning, and Standards; Frank Prager, managing director of Environmental Policy, Xcel Energy, Inc.; and Mike Holmes, deputy associate director for Research, Energy & Environmental Research Center.

The United States has enough coal to meet our growing energy needs for hundreds of years. Western coals offer the lowest fuel cost for fossil-based electric generation, but they present unique challenges and opportunities for utilization in the energy industry from both the environmental and operational perspectives.

“We are all working together to resolve the issues and take advantage of the opportunities that have arisen. At this 20th conference focused on low-rank western fuels, we not only need to continue our focus on the issues associated with the rank and composition of the coal, but also on how to capitalize on the tremendous opportunities on the horizon for western coals,” said panel coordinator Mike Holmes.

Growth opportunities for western fuels also include synthetic liquid fuel production and the production of hydrogen for the emerging hydrogen economy. According to DOE’s Energy Information Agency (2006), western coals will continue to gain market share as new plants are built and coal-to-liquid technologies are installed. The Symposium on Western Fuels will feature more than 80 presenters from 10 countries, and 400 attendees are anticipated. The symposium is sponsored by the EERC, DOE NETL, and EPRI. The three-day event runs through Oct. 26 and is open to the public. To access details about the program, visit our web site at

Wellness Center now open

After nearly three years of planning, the new Student Wellness Center cut the ribbon to its 107, 000 square feet, $20 million facility on Sept. 25. Celebrations began with a building dedication and ribbon cutting followed by grand opening events, including a chef-off by UND First Lady Adele Kupchella and local celebrity chef Kim Holmes of Sanders 1907. The building opened for business, allowing members to experience the new facility and services. Faculty and staff were invited to a free membership for the first week of operations.

Highlights throughout the week include free rock climbing for all members on the 28-foot rock wall, and a spin challenge in the state-of-the-art Spin Studio. Late night events include a concert featuring Ded Walleye and fashion show sponsored by the Wellness Center’s Natural High program. Events throughout the week will yield the chance for students to win a free semester’s worth of tuition and members to win other great prizes.

-- Amanda Anderson, Assistant Director of Marketing, Wellness Center,, 777-0486

New administrative internship opportunity: Faculty Handbook

The administrative internship component of the Presidential Leadership Programs is designed for faculty and staff interested in additional administrative work. Each year, up to eight participants (at least 50 percent women and 50 percent faculty) are matched with approved internship projects and mentors across campus. On average, interns will work six hours per week on their projects and attend monthly meetings to network with other interns. Each intern will receive a stipend of $500 to $1,000 depending on the length of the internship project. To apply, call 777-4824 or e-mail for an application. This internship is open until filled:

#2005-05 University Senate Faculty Handbook Project
Mentor: Doug Munski, chair, University Senate
Duration: two semesters

The Faculty Handbook is a working document of the University Senate and the faculty of the University of North Dakota. As such, it contains the policies and procedures used by stakeholders at the University. In addition to the policies instituted at the University, many of the policies passed by the University Senate and approved by the President are local implementation of State Board of Higher Education policy and must be cross referenced to the SBHE policy. The North Dakota Century Code is also a source document for the Faculty Handbook.

Due to the dynamic nature of the Faculty Handbook, updates and revisions are required on an ongoing basis. The goal with this project is to identify an administrative intern who would work closely with the Senate Executive Committee to ensure that the Faculty Handbook continues to be an optimal reference document for faculty on this campus. To do this, the intern will need to become familiar with the Faculty Handbook, SBHE policy, the Century Code, as well as other source documents, and will assist the Senate Executive Committee in the updating and maintaining this manual.

The benefits of this administrative internship are the ability to gain a working knowledge of the policies and procedures that affect campus life, have a significant impact on the updating and maintenance of this crucial document, and work with the campus governance system.

Mini-grants available for summer courses, programs

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

SPEC’s Start-Up Mini-Grant Program will fund deserving proposals for:
1. Expansion of existing 2007 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.
2. Redesign of existing 2007 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.
3. Development of new 2007 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.

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

All interested UND faculty and staff are encouraged to submit proposals. Information can be found at The application deadline is 4:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17, 2006. Recipients will be announced Dec. 19, 2006.

For individuals interested in covering the basics of the application and RFP process, an informational meeting session will be held Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 3 – 4 p.m., in the President’s Room of the Memorial Union. Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by: Phone 777-2128, Email, or Online

In conjunction with the Mini-Grant Program, SPEC is also offering the workshop Turning Ideas Into Courses/Programs on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 3 – 4 p.m., in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by: Phone 777-2128, Email, or Online

For more information on the Mini-Grant program, contact: Diane Hadden, Director of Summer Sessions (credit activities), 777-6284, or Dr. Kerry Kerber, Associate Dean Continuing Education (non-credit activities), 777-4264, For operational questions, contact the Summer Events Office at 777-0841.

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

Celebrate diversity and upload diversity posters

Every day is Celebrate Diversity Day! And you can show your support for diversity by uploading one or more diversity posters to your web site free.

“I am pleased to announce the availability of digital posters designed by the Department of Technology graphics students and faculty to increase cultural awareness and diversity on our campus,” said President Kupchella. “By uploading any of the posters to your web site, you support our common goal to celebrate differences in a positive and refreshing way.”

The digital diversity posters were designed specifically for placement on the web. They fit nicely into UND’s web templates in either the large or small columns. To view a large poster that has been placed on a departmental web site, go to the Department of Technology’s web site at To view a small poster that has been placed go to the Graphics and Photography Society’s website at

To view all of the diversity posters available for your use on the web, go to the Graphics and Photography Society’s web site at ad click on the image links. Once you decide which size poster(s) will best fit your web site, follow the instructions to save the image(s).

President Kupchella, Cultural Awareness Committee, Department of Technology, and the Graphics and Photography Society, a student organization founded in 2003, support the digital diversity poster project.

-- Lynda Kenney, Assistant Professor, Technology,, 777-2197

Studio One features keys to healthy living, all-natural ranching

Learn why a healthy lifestyle requires more than just exercise on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. Healthy eating healthy can be difficult for some. Dietician Deborah Ekanger will talk about the effects of poor eating habits and will outline which foods can help maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Also on the show this week, learn why local ranchers are raising their livestock the old-fashioned way when Studio One visits “Two Guys’ Beef” cattle farm. Ranchers Paul and Dave Knudsvig discuss the benefits of raising cattle without the aid of steroids or hormones.

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

Please return Campus Quality Survey

Faculty, staff, and administrators in the 11 North Dakota state universities are being sent a Campus Quality Survey sponsored by the North Dakota University System for the purpose of obtaining information for the December 2006 Accountability Measures Report. This report will provide information for state policy makers, the North Dakota University System, and our campus to continually improve the quality of education and services. The UND Institutional Review Board has approved this study (Project Number: IRB-200608-028).

After the completed survey forms are collected at each individual campus, they will be sent directly to Performance Horizons for tabulations and report generation. Please be assured that your responses will be held in confidence and the anonymity will be preserved. No individual’s response will ever be identified in any report. If you have already completed and returned the survey to us, please accept our sincere thanks. If not, please take a few minutes and do so now. While we know that this is a busy time of year, we would like to ask for your help to complete the questionnaire and return it in the self-addressed intercampus envelope to us on or before Sept. 29.

If you have misplaced your survey form or have questions about this project, please contact Jean Chen, assistant director of institutional research, at 777-2265. Participation from our faculty, staff, and administrators is very important to the success of this study. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

-- Diane Nelson, Director of Human Resources,, 777-4364

Menu for Twamley Snack Bar

The Twamley Snack Bar menu follows:
* Sept. 27: Hot Beef Sandwich, Whipped Potatoes, Gravy, Mixed Vegetable; Grilled Cheese with Soup; Sloppy Joes; Turkey Rice and White Cheddar Broccoli Soups.
* Sept. 28: Taco Salad Day with Chicken, Beef, or Bean, Spanish Rice, Shell or Chips; Taco Burgers; Tomato Soup.
* Sept. 29: Deluxe Burger, Potato Chips, Baked Beans, Broccoli Slaw; Grilled Patty Melt; Sloppy Joes; Chicken Noodle and Creamy Garden Soups.
-- Tammy Kaiser, Supervisor, Food Service,, 777-3934

Two international dishes featured each day at North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe

The North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe will feature two international dishes each day.
* Sept. 26 – Entrée: Coconut Prawns or Thai Pork with Pumpkin, Soup: Pozole Rojo
* Sept. 27 – Entrée: Jamaican Jerk or Gyoza, Soup: Roasted Pepper
* Sept. 28 – Entrée: Chicken Marsala or Pan Bagnat, Soup: Italian Pea and Basil
* Sept. 29 – Entrée: German Schnitzle or Steamed Fish Curry, Soup: French Onion

The Museum Café and Coffee Shop, located in the lower level of the Museum, serves a full luncheon menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Coffee is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Take-out is available, and UND billing accepted. Conference room is available for luncheons. We also cater weekend and evening events, 777-4195. Visit the Museum Cafe online at
-- Connie Hulst, Office Manager, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

Internal job openings listed

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

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



POSITION: Records Associate, Office of the Registrar, 07-090
DEADLINE: (I) 9/26/2006
SALARY: $27,000 - $30,000

POSITION: Community Service Officer (Tues., Thurs., Fri., Sat.,1 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.), Residence Services, #07-087
DEADLINE: (I) 9/26/2006
SALARY: $22,190 - $22,900

OFFICE SUPPORT: No current openings.


POSITION: Service Supervisor, Dining Services, #07-094
DEADLINE: (I) 9/28/2006
SALARY: $8.31 - $9.25

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, Fri-Tues, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.), Facilities, #07-093
DEADLINE: (I) 9/28/06
SALARY: $16,037 - $20,000

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, Wed-Sun, 7:30 a.m. -4 p.m.), Facilities, #07-092
DEADLINE: (I) 9/28/06
SALARY: $16,037 - $20,000

POSITION: Heating Plant Operator (Shift work), Facilities #07-089
DEADLINE: (I) 9/26/06
SALARY: $24,000 - $27,000

POSITION: Laundry Worker/Deliveries/Building Services Technician, Facilities, #07-088
DEADLINE: (I) 9/26/2006
SALARY: $17,500 - $20,000

UND astronomy team catches solar eclipse

University physicist Tim Young and computer scientist Ron Marsh were on target Friday morning in French Guiana for a perfect view of the annular solar eclipse. Friday's annular eclipse -- with the Moon centered in the middle of the Sun's disc -- was only visible from a small geographic area on the northeastern corner of the South American continent, including French Guiana.

We had a fabulous view and we got it all into our live Webcast, which was picked up by thousands of viewers, said Young, whose research focuses on supernovae -- exploding stars -- and other astronomical events. We had clear skies. With the assistance of the Guiana Space Center, we were able to put on a great show of the five-minute, 30-second eclipse.

You can see the event, witnessed by several hundred school children on hilltops in the Guiana Space Center, on the team's web site at .

Young and Marsh, who have covered and Webcast several eclipses, note that this eclipse was noteworthy because it caused people to wonder why the Moon was apparently smaller than the Sun.

Zimbelman receives Governor's Award

Pam Zimbelman, communications center supervisor at facilities, was awarded one of six 2006 Governor's Awards for Excellence in Public Service. Gov. Hoeven presented the awards at a luncheon Sept. 18, kicking off State Employee Recognition Week. Zimbelman has been employed at the University since 1982 and has been in charge of the 24/7 Communication Center for 20 years. See for photo of winners.
-- Diane Nelson, Director, Human Resources, Human Resources,, 7-4364

Remembering Marjorie Rykken

Marjorie Bertelle Rykken, professor emerita, College of Nursing, died in Valley Eldercare, Grand Forks, Sept. 22. She was 88.

Rykken was born in Vang, N.D., to Rev. Albert and Sigrid (Gynild) Rykken. She was raised and educated in Chippewa Falls, Wis., in Adrian, Minn., and graduated from high school in Palermo, N.D., in 1935.

She attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis for one year, then graduated from the Lutheran Deaconess School of Nursing in Minneapolis. She worked as a nurse for Lutheran Deaconess in Minneapolis from 1943 to 1948. She worked as a nurse in Denver, Colo., before attending Boston University. She returned to Denver to teach practical nursing. Rykken earned her master's degree in nursing from UCLA then taught at the School of Nursing. She later taught at the University of Arizona at Tucson.

In 1962, she began working at UND in the College of Nursing. She taught for a time at the Jamestown Psychhiatric Hospital, then returned to Grand Forks where she taught until she retired in 1984 as a professor.

Rykken enjoyed music, books, writing and travel. She also enjoyed time with her nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. She helped found an Alzheimer's support group in Grand Forks. She was a member of the National League of Nursing, The American Nurses Association and the Zonta Club. She was an active member of the Augustana Lutheran Church of Grand Forks.

Survivors include sisters, Lucille Bronson, Grand Forks, and Dorothy Wattman, Roseau, Minn.; brothers Franklyn (Joanne) Rykken, Roseau, Minn., and David (Janice) Rykken, Coon Rapids, Minn.; several nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brother Reyden Rykken.

Memorials are suggested to Augustana Lutheran Church or a charity of choice.