|New EERC-developed material to be tested on International Space Station|
The Energy & Environmental Research Center has delivered a suite of unique materials to NASA for testing on the International Space Station sometime during the summer of 2007. The materials, primarily comprising silicon carbide, which is extremely hard ceramic, could be used as meteorite and heat shield protection on the space shuttle and other spacecraft.
The EERC silicon carbide structures can withstand temperatures of 1450°C or more, which is much higher than other silicon carbide materials made in a similar manner. The ability to withstand these higher temperatures is critical during entry into space and reentry into the earth's atmosphere. This was a key issue in the 2003 Columbia Space Shuttle disaster.
"These unique materials are made through a process which produces a much higher-temperature and tougher product than similar commercial materials and can enhance the quality of key components on spacecraft, resulting in increased safety on future space missions," said EERC associate director for research Tom Erickson.
The EERC materials also have another unique feature that can make them more resistant to meteoroid penetration and usable for aerobreaking. Most currently available ceramic materials are prone to shattering upon impact by an object. The EERC materials are porous, which allows them to be combined with other materials, making them shatter-resistant.
"Because of their potential use on spacecraft, we will expose small sections of the materials to low-earth orbit during the Materials International Space Station Experiment 6 (MISSE-6) mission," said John Hurley, EERC senior research advisor and material inventor. "Four separate pieces of the material structures will be installed on each side of the space station for four to six months and undergo exposure to severe ultraviolet radiation and monoatomic oxygen," said Hurley.
Some other potential uses on board the space shuttle or the ISS include heat exchanger tubing, burner nozzles, turbine blades, and very high-temperature mechanical fasteners such as nuts and bolts. At lower temperatures, the material can be used for tough, dent-resistant coatings in power and industrial applications such as grinding and cutting of hard materials and in high-impact scenarios such as lightweight bullet-proof armor. These materials were initially developed to meet a unique need within the power industry.
"This is a wonderful example of a wide variety of spin off opportunities derived from activities at the EERC," said Director Gerald Groenewold. "The material work we do here is motivated by energy-related topics, but every research project and every technology developed here has other opportunities that go beyond the boundaries of the initial intended use," he said.
The materials will make approximately 2900 orbits and travel about 75 million miles around the Earth. The samples will return on a shuttle flight in late 2007 or early 2008.
|Symphony season premieres Sept. 30|
The Greater Grand Forks Symphony opens its 98th season, “New Worlds,” under the baton of Maestro James Hannon Saturday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center. Hannon makes his debut as the Symphony’s 11th music director and conductor following a two-year national search.
Hannon is the director of orchestral activities at Iowa State University, where he conducts the ISU Symphony Orchestra and teaches instrumental conducting. A native of Battle Creek, Mich., Hannon has degrees from Michigan State University, where he studied violin with I-Fu Wang and Lyman Bodman and string pedagogy with Judith Palac and from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
The major work for the evening is Dvorak’s New World Symphony. The Symphony No. 9, opus 95, "From the New World," was premiered in 1893 by the New York Philharmonic and remains one of the most popular symphonies in the modern repertory. The Czech composer wrote it during his visit to the United States from 1892 to 1895, and the lilting melodies reflect Dvorak’s love of American folk music and African-American spirituals which are woven into the four parts of the work.
The program also includes a new work by composer Joan Tower called "Made in America." The work has an interesting and unusual history. In 2001 an entrepreneurial group of smaller-budget orchestra leaders were searching for a way to commission a nationally renowned composer. To pool their resources, they formed a unique consortium which eventually grew to include 65 orchestras, including the Greater Grand Forks Symphony and at least one from each of the 50 states. "Made in America" is the result of their efforts: it is the largest known orchestra consortium, creating a national network through which each participating orchestra has access to resources that would never be available to an orchestra of its size on its own. A filmed interview with the composer discussing the new work and the composing process will be shown at the Empire 30 minutes prior to Saturday and Sunday’s performance.
Violinist John Gilbert will be the featured soloist for the evening, playing Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, one of the greatest concertos in the violin repertoire. This is the only major work for solo instrument and orchestra that the Finnish composer wrote. One noteworthy feature is an extended virtuosic cadenza for the soloist in the first movement. In fact, much of the violin writing is virtuosic, but even the most showy passages alternate with lyrical, melodic sections.
Gilbert is an active soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator. He regularly performs throughout the United States and recent seasons have included appearances as soloist in concerti of Brahms, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Kurt Weill, and Vivaldi, broadcasts on National Public Radio, and concerts throughout England, France, Iceland, Ireland, and Italy. In addition, he has presented master classes at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, the Cork School of Music, and the Royal College of Music in London, England. Gilbert's principal studies were under the tutelage of Sally O'Reilly and Charles Castleman. He holds degrees from the University of Minnesota, the Yale University School of Music, and the Eastman School of Music.
Gilbert will arrive in Grand Forks several days in advance of the concert to conduct master classes and workshops for local students.
Tickets for the performance are available by calling 777-4090, or may be purchased at the door one hour prior to performance. General admission, $18; seniors, $16; students, $5; and children 12 and under are free. Further information is available at www.ggfso.org.
-- Greater Grand Forks Symphony.
|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, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu, or online www.conted.und.edu/U2/.
-- Julie Bean, Summer Events Program Specialist, Division of Continuing Education, email@example.com, 701-777-0441
|State Employee Recognition Week continues|
State Employee Recognition Week events for Friday, Sept. 22, are:
* Pie on the Porch - 2 to 3:30 p.m., Gustafson Hall porch; rain location, Gustafson Hall Conference Room. The event is sponsored by Continuing Education and Staff Senate. Register for door prizes (drawing held Friday, Sept. 22).
* Special Denim Day: Wear red, white, and blue to honor our troops. Red, 0-10 years of service; white, 11-20 years; and blue, 21 or more years.
* $$$ for Soldiers’ Angels, a non-profit that provides aid to North Dakota and Minnesota military members and their families. — Staff Senate.
|Webcast of solar eclipse is Friday|
Timothy Young (physics) and Ronald Marsh (computer science), will travel to Kourou, French Guiana, South America to webcast the Friday, Sept. 22, annular solar eclipse. This will be the sixth webcast the team has produced and provided to the world via the Internet. Only those individuals living in a very narrow path swathed by the moon’s shadow in northeastern South America will be able to witness the event live. The solar eclipse begins in Guyana, passes through Suriname, French Guiana, moves over the South Atlantic Ocean, and ends in the Southern Ocean.
Viewers from around the world participate in the event by chatting with others and posting questions to the webcast chat room. The UND team uses live audio to answer the questions posted and provide constant updates regarding the progress of the eclipse. A daily blog will be posted by Dr. Marsh along with pictures of the local scenery and sights.
It is the goal of the UND Sun Earth Moon system (SEMs) project to use technology to bring the excitement of science to viewers around the world. The live webcast will take place at 4 a.m. and can be viewed at http://www.sems.und.edu. We invite you to take part and share in the adventure.
|Medical School Dean's Hour to focus on preventative health|
“Preventive Health: Guidelines and Application” is the title of the next Dean’s Hour at noon Monday, Sept. 25, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Donald Hensrud, a Mayo Clinic physician, UND alumnus and Grand Forks native, will present the talk, which is free and open to the public, in the Reed Keller Auditorium at the medical school’s Wold Center, 501 North Columbia Road. Lunch will be provided for all attendees.
Hensrud is chair of the Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine and associate professor of preventive medicine and nutrition at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. He has served as editor in chief for “Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight for EveryBody,” a comprehensive and sensible approach to eating healthy, “The Mayo Clinic Plan – 10 Essential Steps to a Better Body & Healthier Life”, and the award-winning “The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook.” He also was instrumental in developing the Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Food Pyramid.
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in natural science from UND in 1980, Hensrud went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Medicine degree from the UND medical school in 1982. He also holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Hawaii, a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota, and a master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
The presentation will be broadcast at the following video conference sites: Southeast Campus room 225, Southwest Campus conference room B and Northwest Campus office. It can also be viewed on the medical school’s web page at http://www.med.und.nodak.edu/depts/mit/webcast/dean.html and through Internet video-conferencing on desktop computers through the medical school’s CRISTAL Recorder (call 701-777-2329 for details).
The Dean’s Hour Lecture Series is a forum for the discussion of health care, medicine, research, education and related issues of the day. For more information, please contact the Office of the Dean, 701-777-2514.
-- Amanda Scurry, public information specialist, UND SMHS, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-777-0871
|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 email@example.com
-- Josh Wosepka, Leadership Development Project Coordinator, Memorial Union, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-777-4200
|Engineering holds open house for elementary, middle schools|
The 2006 School of Engineering and Mines open house for elementary and middle school students will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All events will take place within Upson Hall I, Upson Hall II, Leonard and Harrington Hall, with the free registration at the Upson Hall I entrance. Some of the activities planned for the day include:
* Cryogenics shows, in which racquetballs, bananas, carrots, balloons, and marshmallows are frozen using liquid nitrogen;
* A presentation of Subzero, North Dakota’s first fuel cell-powered vehicle, designed, constructed, and raced by UND engineering students;
* Hands-on science experiments, including air pressure, inertia, polymers, vibrations and acoustics, and magnetics/circuits;
* Observe one of North Dakota’s premier dinosaur and mineral displays;
* Watch garbage cans explode before your eyes.
The School of Engineering and Mines fall open house is attended by regional elementary and middle school students, as well as UND students, faculty, and staff. The primary goal is to demonstrate how interesting and fun math, science, and technology-related activities can be for people of all ages and backgrounds. The School also hosts an open house for high school students in conjunction with the Junior Engineering Technical Society’s TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) Competition held in February of each year.
If you or your school would like to attend, please contact the School of Engineering and Mines at 777-3411. -- Cheryl Osowski, outreach coordinator, School of Engineering and Mines.
|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, email@example.com, 777-6391
|Chester Fritz presents Disney's Cinderella Kids, Jungle Book Kids|
Lights! Music! It’s show time, folks, when Discover Theater featuring Disney’s Cinderella KIDS and The Jungle Book KIDS comes to the Chester Fritz Auditorium Thursday, Sept. 28, at 4 and 6:30 p.m.
Or perhaps not quite yet – as Mrs. Wigglesworth announces that this year’s all-school musical has been canceled! Can a group of regular kids save the day? With brain-power, cooperation, and most important – their imaginations – you bet they can! Designed to promote education through the power of musical theater, this 60-minute production features the timeless stories of Disney's Cinderella KIDS and The Jungle Book KIDS from Music Theatre International’s KIDS Collection.
How do you make Cinderella’s carriage magically appear? How do you create a river in the middle of the stage and get Mowgli to swim in it? Creating fictional worlds onstage is not always easy, and sometimes our young heroes disagree, but in the end, they show that anything is possible once you let imagination out of the box! Discover valuable lessons about the importance of teamwork and ingenuity as you watch six kids bring the memorable stories and songs of these beloved Disney classics to life.
Tickets are available at the Chester Fritz Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone 772-5151 or online at www.ticketmaster.com/venue/49273
-- Betty Allan, Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7-2170
|Late fee waived for Beyond Boundaries Conference|
The $25 late fee for registrations received after Sept. 15 for the Beyond Boundaries Conference has been waived. Anyone interested in attending the fifth annual Beyond Boundaries Conference: Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning may still register at the early bird rates.
Dates are Sept. 28 and 29, second floor, Memorial Union. Website: www.beyondboundaries.info
Keynote speakers are:
* "Engage Me Or Enrage Me: Educating Today's 'Digital Native' Learners," by Marc Prensky, games2train, New York, N.Y.
* "Online Learning Communities Revisited" with Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt, Crossroads Consulting Group, Alameda, Calif.
Full conference registration is $100, which includes materials, continental breakfasts, lunches, Thursday evening reception and access to the Exhibit Hall. Student rates are $50 for the full conference registration.
Registration forms are now available at www.beyondboundaries.info. You may register online using your credit card or 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 the UND Office of Conference Services at 777-2663 to register.
-- Robyn von Ruden, Conference Coordinator, UND Office of Conference Services, email@example.com, 777-2663
|U2 lists workshops|
Below are U2 workshops for Oct. 1-12. Visit our web site for more.
Power Point XP, Beginning: Oct. 2, 4, and 5, 1 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers, mouse and file saving/retrieving skills. Learn to create presentations, add graphics and objects to slides, add tables and charts to slides, prepare a presentation, sort slides, add slide transitions, and animate text. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
Duplicating Procedures: Oct. 3, 3 to 4 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Come and learn more about what is offered at Duplicating Services, and also about the process of online job submission and how to create PDFs. Presenters: Shawn Leake and Sherry Metzger.
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.
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.
Excel XP, Beginning: Oct. 10, 11, and 12, 9 to 11 a.m., 361 Upson II (six hours total). Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers, mouse and file saving/retrieving skills. Introduces Excel basics, edit worksheets, perform calculations, format worksheets, work with multiple worksheets, create and modify charts, set display and print options. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
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.
* Gain a better understanding of what a learning outcomes-based work environment is and how students can benefit from this type of setting.
* Apply coaching and mentoring techniques to help student employees make connections between job tasks and learning outcomes.
Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by: phone, 777-2128, e-mail, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu\" target="_blank">U2@mail.und.nodak.edu, or online www.conted.und.edu/U2/. 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, U2@mail.und.edu, 777-2128
|Workshop designed to enhance leadership skills|
The Conflict Resolution Center will present a workshop designed to enhance your leadership skills at home, office, community organizations, classrooms, etc.
Whoever thought your desire to make peace would be a job skill? Attend our 40-hour mediation seminar are develop skills for transformative mediation that are essential in the workplace, at home, and at the mediation table. Our seminars are certified for court rosters in North Dakota and Minnesota; pre-approved North Dakota and Minnesota CLE, North Dakota SW, and NDBCE; and approved for two graduate credits through Continuing Education. This mediation seminar runs from Oct. 18-20, and 23-25, at UND (split week of two and one-half days each week). The focus will be on workplace and community disputes primarily.
We are always hoping to attract more community members to participate as members of the Conflict Resolution Center following successful completion of training. We are a volunteer community mediation center that serves all of North Dakota, and into Minnesota and South Dakota. Mediation opportunities around the tri-state region are always expanding. We would welcome your leadership skills and conflict resolution skills to our table.
For more information, contact us at 777-3664, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit conflictresolution.und.edu (space is limited). Cost: is $300 for UND affiliates only ($875 off-campus).
Help support difficult conversations in your world. -- Kristine Paranica, director, Conflict Resolution Center, 777-3664.
|Biomass 2007 workshop announced|
Just two months after the highly successful Biomass ‘06 workshop in Grand Forks, the Energy & Environmental Research Center has scheduled the Biomass ’07: Power, Fuels, and Chemicals Workshop for May 15-16, 2007, at the Alerus Center. Workshop organizers are hoping to build on the success of the record-breaking Biomass ’06 workshop, which attracted more than 185 attendees from 136 organizations, 25 states, seven Canadian provinces, and our countries, including United States, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Arab Emirates. Workshop organizers also plan to double the amount of exhibit space available.
“Our record attendance was primarily due to a great upsurge in interest in turning the bread basket of the Northern Great Plains into a fuel and energy basket,” said Biomass ‘06 Workshop technical director Chris Zygarlicke.
EERC Director Gerald Groenewold states, “We are seeing significant global interest in our renewable energy programs at the EERC, and we hope to continue that momentum at the 2007 event.” Biomass ’07 will again focus on key advances in technologies for making power, chemicals, and transportation fuels from biomass (i.e., using plant matter such as straw, corn, and wood residue). Advances in conventional technologies and new methods for producing biodiesel and ethanol will be highlighted as well as the production of hydrogen from biomass.
“Renewable energy in the form of ethanol and biodiesel for transportation and biomass residues or energy crops for electricity will be a significant component of the future energy mix in the United States. North Dakota has tremendous resources which need to be capitalized on with respect to technology and biomass resources,” said Zygarlicke.
The primary sponsors for the workshop will be the EERC’s Center for Renewable Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy. Additional sponsorships are currently being solicited. Workshop fees will be $150 a person and include access to all of the technical sessions, the exhibit floor, workshop materials, and food. The workshop will be geared toward industry, research entities, government, community and economic development corporations, financial institutions, and landowners.
Watch for future updates on the upcoming workshop on the EERC Web site at www.undeerc.org.
|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, email@example.com, 777-0486
|Friday is deadline to register for next On Teaching box lunch|
What do we mean when we ask students, as part of their general education program, to “develop familiarity with cultures other than their own?” How do we assess this ability? These questions will be the focus of the next On Teaching Faculty Box Lunch discussion scheduled for 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the Prairie Room, Memorial Union.
In this session, we’ll hear from a group of faculty led by Assistant Provost Joan Hawthorne, who worked on a pilot project to define and assess this goal last year. They’ll tell us about the results they got, and the difficulties they encountered along the way. They also hope to solicit feedback from the audience on how such a requirement should be defined and assessed in the future. Handouts will be provided.
To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 by noon Friday, Sept. 22.
-- Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4233
|Detour affects Stanford Road and Manitoba Ave.|
A short-term detour will affect Stanford Road and Manitoba Ave. Thursday and Friday. A large crane needs to be assembled for use on the student housing site. The assembly will take place on Stanford Road between University Ave. and the west entrance to the Chester Fritz Auditorium parking lot. Traffic from Campus Road traveling North on Stanford will have to detour through the CFA parking lot. Manitoba Ave. will only be accessible from State Street. — Facilities.
|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, email@example.com, 777-4364
|Reduce the price of textbooks today|
Spring textbook requests are due Oct. 2. Submit your adoptions online at www.und.bkstore.com, then select the faculty services tab or contact us at 777-2106.
Having your course and book information by Oct. 2 allows us to pay students who choose to sell their unwanted titles 50 percent of the book price at buyback.
Recycle and reuse -- the more books we buy at the end of this fall term, the more students save next term. Used books are 25 percent off the new book price. If you adopt the text alone (instead of a textbook package or bundle), more students actually buy it. Recent studies conducted by Student Monitor indicate that 77 percent of students would choose to purchase the text alone if given the option. With early information, we can notify you of publisher stock situations, edition changes, and out-of-print titles.
Our used textbook inventory for this past fall semester was over $1 million. The savings to UND students based on that inventory was over $337,000. This has only been possible because of your concern and support by turning in textbook requests as early as possible. Thank you for your continued support.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2103
|Nontraditional students hold winter coat exchange|
The Adult Re-Entry Center, in conjunction with the nontraditional student group A.L.I.F.E., is collecting gently used coats for a winter coat exchange.
Last year’s project was a huge success, with more than 40 coats given away to members of our UND community. A large portion of the credit for that success is due to the good will and generosity of those special people who made contributions of coats and winter wear they no longer needed.
Once again we are asking for your help. If you have gently used winter coats or snow pants you would like to donate, we will collect items at the Adult Re-Entry Center, third floor, Memorial Union. You may also drop off items at the Volunteer Bridge office in Room 113A, Memorial Union.
If you have any questions contact me.
-- Dean Dienslake, Coordinator Adult Re-Entry, Adult Re-Entry, email@example.com, 777.3228
|Are you an informed healthcare consumer?|
Are you an informed healthcare consumer? If so, you:
* Have a primary care doctor—for partnership and sharing in decision-making
* Prepare for doctor’s visits by being as specific as possible about symptoms
* Ask well-thought out questions to learn risks and benefits of any proposed treatment or surgery
* Seek additional information to better understand your condition and options
To learn more about being an informed healthcare consumer and how to make health decisions, visit www.thedialogcenter.com/bcbsnd.
-- Amanda Eickhoff, Coordinator of Wellness, Wellness Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-0210
|Join your friends at the North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe|
* Sept. 21, Entrée: Enchiladas, Soup: Corn and Pepper
* Sept. 22, Entrée: Mexican Salad, Soup: Spanish Fish
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 is accepted; conference room available for luncheons. We also cater weekend and evening events, 777-4195.
Visit the Museum Cafe online at http://www.ndmoa.com/cafe.html
-- Connie Hulst, Office Manager, North Dakota Museum of Art, email@example.com, 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: Lead Instructor/Flight Manager, Aerospace, #07-086
DEADLINE: (I) 9/25/2006
SALARY: $24,000 - $30,000
POSITION: Associate Vice President for Outreach Services and Dean of Outreach Programs, #06-114
DEADLINE: (I) Current UND employee (Internal) applicants will be considered with the External applicants. Review of candidates will begin Dec. 1, 2005 and will continue until the position is filled.
SALARY: Commensurate with experience
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
POSITION: Avionics Technician (varied schedule), Aerospace Sciences, #07-085
DEADLINE: (I) 9/25/2006
SALARY: $40,000 - $45,000
POSITION: RAIN Program Secretary, College of Nursing, #07-083
DEADLINE: (I) 9/22/2006
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|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 http://governor.state.nd.us/ for photo of winners.
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|Faculty Q&A: Center for Community Engagement|
Launched in 2004, the University’s Center for Community Engagement links academic resources with community needs and hews close to President Charles Kupchella’s call to include both experiential and service learning as vital to a UND student’s educational experience.
In the following interview with Office of University Relations writer Juan Pedraza, Rakow talks about the center, what “engagement” means for students and faculty, and how the concept figures into both UND’s and higher education’s fundamental role in society.
Q. What is the Center for Community Engagement?
A. It’s an academic unit — it covers all the academic areas of the University. Its mission is very simple: to connect academic resources with community needs. So it’s the link between teaching and learning on campus with what is outside the campus.
Q. How did you get faculty to engage in this process?
A. President Kupchella is very interested in experiential learning; he wanted to see what was being done here about experiential learning, which has come to mean learning outside of the classroom. After extensive study, I found that, although there was a lot going on at UND with respect to this kind of learning, there were some gaps. President Kupchella wanted to insure that those experiences were broadly available and that we encouraged students to take advantage of them.
This led to looking at what faculty do outside the campus. I made an open call to faculty and said ‘who’s interested in something called public scholarship’ where we as faculty are in communities doing research for and with the public.
Well, faculty came out of the woodwork and said, ‘that’s what I do!’ or ‘that’s interesting,’ or ‘that really taps what I think is important.’ So we’ve had about two years with a group of faculty involved in putting together a public scholarship program.
Q. What did you find out after looking at the campus in terms of engaged learning and public scholarship?
A grant from the UND seed money program funded a study that included surveys of nonprofits, surveys of key contacts in small communities across the state, and focus groups and forums in different quadrants of the state; I also did interviews on two reservations. We were trying to identify opportunities for engagement and public scholarship that we haven’t done yet, to identify the gaps, to see what was working, and to find what was not in place yet and come up with recommendations.
We intended the Center for Community Engagement to be the place that makes sure that those gaps are filled in.
Q. So you’re telling us that engagement itself isn’t new — UND has been engaged with the community since its beginnings — but rather that we lacked a coordinated approach to connecting engagement, communities, and students.
A. Yes, that’s correct; and also we’re filling in the other needs that haven’t been met and making sure that we’re covering all of the bases.
We’re not reinventing anybody’s wheel, and we’re not taking over anything that anybody else is doing. We’re just making sure that we’re doing all that we can. We found that there are many communities that have unmet community development needs — so there are things that we know we can do that haven’t had that kind of attention before.
Editor’s note: Lana Rakow, professor of communication and women studies and director of the UND Center for Community Engagement, grew up in Buffalo, about 32 miles west of Fargo in Cass County’s grain belt. Those distinctly rural Midwestern roots provide a logical bridge between Rakow’s own history and the future of engaged teaching and learning at UND.
For more on this story, visit www2.und.edu/our/news/story.php?id=1910.