|Coffee With the Kelleys is Oct. 15|
UND President Robert Kelley and First Lady Marcia Kelley invite the Grand Cities community to "Coffee with the Kelleys" Thursday, Oct. 15, at Dakota Harvest Bakery (located at 17 3rd St. North, Grand Forks). The conversation will begin at 7:30 a.m. and runs until 8:15 a.m. Refreshments will be provided.
Bob and Marcia want to hear from you. Bring your comments and questions and visit in a casual town hall setting. Join us Thursday, Oct. 15.
For more information, contact Peter Johnson, UND Office of University Relations, 777-4317.
|State Board Of Higher Education approves master's program in Sustainable Energy Engineering|
Responding to climate change, rising energy costs, and security issues facing society, UND’s Graduate School and School of Engineering and Mines have established a new master's degree program in Sustainable Energy Engineering. This program is designed to equip students for careers associated with sustainable energy technologies as well as to conduct research and development activities or to pursue advanced studies in technologies that will provide sustainable sources of energy in the future.
UND will be the first university in the United States to offer a graduate degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering. Internationally, the degree is offered at the Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH) in Sweden, Aalborg University in Denmark, the University of Adelaide in Australia, and University of Sarajevo in Bosnia Herzegovina.
This new program will educate graduate students in the growing field of sustainable energy engineering which includes the environmentally acceptable use of coal; renewable fuels and chemicals; the absorption and conversion of solar energy; the absorption and conversion of wind energy, geothermal energy conversion, technologies to leverage hydrogen as an energy translation medium (the production, storage, distribution, and utilization of hydrogen), and other technologies. Coursework is designed to help students develop a broad background in the technical, economic, and societal factors needed to develop sustainable energy.
“This program continues UND’s tradition as a world leader in energy-related research and education,” said SEM Dean Hesham El-Rewini. “It is one component of our strategic plan to insure that UND remains at the forefront of developments in energy technologies. This program will be coordinated with our current Ph.D. program in engineering which includes a specialty track in energy studies and our master's programs in environmental engineering. Programs in Petroleum engineering are also planned for the near future.”
Research projects will provide focused, experiential learning in areas of sustainable energy engineering. Sustainable energy development is a major economic growth area for the state of North Dakota and graduates of this program will be uniquely suited to work in these emerging fields. The program will be co-administered with existing chemical engineering and environmental engineering master's programs at UND.
Graduate school dean Joseph Benoit and his staff helped SEM faculty in putting the program together and gaining its formal approval. “Socially relevant programs like the Sustainable Energy Engineering program help UND attract the best and brightest students from around the world. We are very excited to be the first in the nation to offer this degree.”
Commenting on the new program, UND School of Engineering associate dean for Research Michael Mann said, “This new program will enhance the quality and diversity of UND’s advanced studies portfolio and help UND to remain responsive to the state, the region, the nation, and the global society.”
For further information, please contact Frank Bowman, director Sustainable Energy Engineering Graduate Studies at 777-4245; firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations, email@example.com, 777-6571
|Mathematical Association of America section meeting to be held at UND|
The UND Mathematics Department is hosting the Fall 2009 meeting of the North Central Section of the Mathematical Association of America. The meeting will be held on Oct. 23 and 24, and in addition to a number of contributed talks from mathematicians in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota, will include invited talks from Brett Goodwin (Biology department) and Francis Edward Su (Harvey Mudd Mathematics Department). Goodwin's talk is titled "Math, Moths, and Mice: Using Math to Help Solve a Biological Riddle," and will occur at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in 210 Clifford Hall. Su's talk is titled "Voting in Agreeable Societies," and will occur at 11 a.m. in 210 Clifford Hall.
For more information on the contributed sessions, as well as for registration information, please visit the web site http://pages.usiouxfalls.edu/maa/
-- Ryan Zerr, Associate Professor, Mathematics, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4605
|Astronomy public talk is Oct. 27|
The department of Physics and Astrophysics will be celebrating the International Year of Astronomy 2009 by holding an astronomy & astrophysics public talk and telescope observing session on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. in 116 Witmer Hall. The talk, "Time Travellers," will be presented by Tim Young (Physics and Astrophysics/UND). Following the talk, attendees will be given the opportunity to observe the night sky through a telescope (weather permitting).
-- Wayne Barkhouse, Assistant Professor, Physics & Astrophysics, email@example.com, 777-3520
|Insurance open enrollment forms due Nov. 6|
The annual open enrollment for health, state life, dental and vision insurance will continue through Nov.6. This is the time for employees to enroll in insurance plans they are not currently participating in, add dependents to their current coverage or increase coverage levels. Life insurance increases must be medically approved. Employees should have received a postcard from NDPERS containing open enrollment information prior to Oct. 19. You may obtain coverage information, premiums, enrollment information and forms from the NDPERS website at www.nd.gov/ndpers . Click on the “Annual Enrollment” icon or contact the Payroll Office, 312 Twamley Hall. Enrollment forms are not accepted prior to Oct. 19. Enrollment forms must be returned to the Payroll Office by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 6. Late forms will not be accepted.
-- Vicki Robertson, Insurance Specialist, Payroll, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4226
|Latino students host Hispanic Heritage Month celebration on campus|
The Organization of Latino Americans (OLA) on campus is hosting a weeklong event titled "Bridging Gaps in a Colorful Nation" in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. "Bridging Gaps" runs Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 13-17. A complete schedule is available on the UND News site at http://www2.und.nodak.edu/our/news/story.php?id=2822 .
Highlights of the week include workshops on diversity by guest speaker Julia So of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and a Latin American Banquet with traditionally prepared Mexican tamales. A Latino Dance Fiesta hosted in part by Nightlife follows the banquet.
The award-winning professional speaker, college professor, and diversity consultant, will visit UND Oct. 15-18 and will speak to UND students and community members. Her topics include embracing diversity for understanding; and respecting, appreciating, and valuing one another despite differences in culture, faith, ability, or lifestyle. As the principal of So Garcia Associates in Albuquerque, N.M., she has been speaking to national audiences on diversity and inclusion, leadership and change, and Asian and Latino cultures for more than two decades. Certified in nonprofit management, So received her B.A. and M.A. in sociology from the University of Texas in Arlington, and Ph.D. in public policy and political economy from the University of Texas at Dallas.
OLA is a recently revamped student group through the Office of Multicultural Student Services. It provides camaraderie and support for Hispanic students on campus. The group also strives to work with the local Latino community.
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer, University Relations, email@example.com, 777-6571
|UND Global Visions Films series continues with "The Chorus"|
UND's department of Anthropology's Global Visions Film series will play "The Chorus" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.
"The Chorus" features a struggling musician, Mr. Clement, who after giving up on fame, takes a job as a teacher at a school for troubled boys. Unexpectedly, his class is full of young boys who enjoy breaking the rules. After an initial discipline struggle, Mr. Clement discovers his students would be better off learning the art of music instead of iron fisted discipline. After the boys open up to him, they are faced with the biggest challenge of their lives...musical competition.
"Engineered for maximum smiles, and a truckload of tissues, 'The Chorus' uses Pierre, a towheaded troublemaker with reedy limbs, to confirm that good inevitably triumphs over evil." - New York Times
The department of Anthropology's popular Global Visions Film Series seeks to bring an array of international films to the Grand Forks Community. Two films are presented each month in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union at UND. Attendance is free, but a small donation of $1 is requested.
Upcoming films, all at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, are:
"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" - Tuesday, Nov. 3
"Sangre De Mi Sangre" - Tuesday Nov. 17
"Days of Glory" - Tuesday, Dec. 1
|Faculty are asked to invite graduating students to Grad Expo|
Do you have students graduating in December? Invite them to the UND Graduation Expo to help them get ready to graduate. The Expo will be held Tuesday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Loading Dock at the Memorial Union. The University Bookstore & Herff Jones will have all regalia needs on-site and for purchase plus information about class rings, diploma covers, frames and invitations. Other vendors include: the Registrar's Office, Financial Aid, Graduate School, Career Services, Welcome Weekend, Campus Catering, the Alumni Association and the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events. Several college representatives will be available also. This is an opportunity to ask questions and gather information about the Winter Commencement ceremonies. For more information about graduation, go to http://commencement.und.edu .
-- Dawn Botsford, Ceremonies and Special Events.
|Indian taco sale is Wednesday|
There will be an Indian Taco Sale Wednesday, Oct. 14 at American Indian Student Services, sponsored by AISES. The sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost of taco is $5, cost of frybread is $2. There will be deliveries for orders of 3 or more on-campus and for orders of 5 or more off-campus. For delivery please call 777-2321. Come support a student organization.
-- C.W. Hall, President, AISES, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2321
|National Conflict Resolution Day is Thursday|
The UND CRC invites you to the Loading Dock at the Memorial Union this week to think about peaceful ways of resolving conflict and meaningful ways to talk about controversial issues and hot topics. We will have a table set up with information about how you can get involved; weekly tips for managing conflict; and chalked messages on campus sidewalks.
Thursday, Oct. 15
Conflict in Arts Awards.
Welcome to the Improv - "Increase the Peace" - with the Theatre Arts Department. Audience participation welcome
Friday, Oct. 16
Open House at the CRC - Join us from 9 a.m. 2 p.m. for refreshments. We are at 314 Cambridge, 1st floor (behind the International Center).
-- Kristine Paranica, Director, Conflict Resolution Center, email@example.com, 777-3664
|Atmospheric Sciences seminar is Oct. 15|
David Delene, assistant research professor with the department of Atmospheric Sciences will present a seminar on the "Importance of Quality Control and Quality Assurance of Airborne Measurements" on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. in 210 Clifford Hall.
Quality control of airborne scientific measurements involves conducting tests to check that measurements are being made correctly and accurately. Quality assurance refers to the process of reviewing an airborne data set to eliminate (replace with missing value codes) measurements that are invalid due to known problems. Quality control during airborne field projects typically involves instrument calibration using a traceable standard and the checking of instrument performance and proper instrument operation during a field project. Without conducting in field quality control, large inaccuracies can exists in instrument measurements that can affect scientific conclusions. An example of the importance of quality control is illustrated with recent Forward Scattering Spectrometer Probe measurements during field projects in Saudi Arabia.
The importance of quality assurance is evident from comparison of preliminary and final datasets from recent field projects in North Dakota, Mali, and Saudi Arabia. The relationship between total aerosol concentration and cloud condensation nuclei concentration changes sufficiently between the preliminary and final North Dakota datasets.
The open source Airborne Data Processing and Analysis software project was started at Source Forge in November 2008 to provide a community reviewed and accessible software package for conducting quality control and quality assurance of airborne measurements. The ADPAA package is intended to fully automate data processing while incorporating the concept of missing value codes and levels of data processing. ADPAA contains several tools that facilitate quality control procedures conducted on instruments during field projects and laboratory testing. Data processing by ADPAA allows edit files to be created that are automatically used to insert missing value codes into a time period that had instrument problems. Since data processing is automatic, preliminary data can be created and analyzed within hours of an aircraft flight and a complete field project data set can be reprocessed many times during the quality assurance process.
-- Wanda Seyler, Administrative Secretary, Atmospheric Sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3884
|Saudi Arabia night is Thursday|
The Thursday Night Cultural Series will continue this Thursday, Oct. 15, featuring the country of Saudi Arabia. The program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Loading Dock in Memorial Union and a sampling of food will follow. The event and food are free this week. This week's cultural event received special sponsorship from the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to the United States.
-- Matt Hiller, International Student Advisor, International Programs, email@example.com, 777-2033
|Open reception honoring Rodger Copp is Oct. 15|
There will be an open reception honoring Rodger Copp at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. in the Odegard Lounge. Rodger has been with Aerospace for the past 25 years, and he is leaving to be closer to his family. Please join us as we wish him well.
-- Christine Naas, Special Events Assistant, Admin Support Services, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3715
|Special Denim Day is Oct. 16|
Oct. 16 is a Special Denim Day for Safe Kids Grand Forks, a local coalition working to prevent accidental and unintentional injury to children 14 years of age and younger through a variety of programs and educational materials. Local programs include wheeled sports safety, child passenger safety, farm safety, fire safety, pedestrian safety, and water safety to name a few.
Safe Kids Grand Forks recently lost the General Motors funding support used to provide child passenger safety seats to eligible families and for technician training to support educating families on proper installation and use of safety seats. Funds raised during this special denim day will go to help Safe Kids Grand Forks continue its important work in our community.
Give your contribution (checks may be made to Safe Kids Grand Forks) to your building/office coordinator, wear your Denim Day button, and enjoy a day wearing your favorite denim. The kids in our community thank you.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services, email@example.com, 777-3791
|Physics colloquium will be held Oct 16|
A Physics department Colloquium will take place Friday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m. in 211 Witmer Hall. Coffee and Cookies will be served before the colloquium at 3:30 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall.
"Novel types of orders and excitations in geometrically frustrated spinels":
In recent decades, there has been a lot of interest in geometrically frustrated systems. The term "geometrical frustrations" refers to situations where local order, as determined by local interactions, cannot freely propagate throughout the space, and the long-range order can not be established. Instead, a highly degenerate ground state is formed. Interest in these systems stems from the richness of their novel properties: the unexpected variety of ordered states and transitions between them; the complexity of the underlying physics: the close coupling and correlations among spin, orbital, charge and lattice degrees of freedom; the presence of frustration that makes the systems highly sensitive to any internal or external perturbations.
The pyrochlore lattice, which is composed by corner sharing tetrahedral is a typical example of a highly frustrated three dimensional structure. It is believed that Heisenberg antiferromagnet on a pyrochlore structure does not support a magnetically ordered ground state. Often in real systems, for example, in spinels, a magnetic ion can also possess an orbital degeneracy in addition to the spin one. The physical behavior of such systems may be drastically different from that of pure spin models, as the occurrence of an orbital ordering can lift the geometrical degeneracy of the underlying lattice.
-- Natalia Perkins, Assistant Professor, Physics & Astrophysics, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2911
|Outstanding Faculty Award nominations are due Oct. 16|
Who are the outstanding teachers and departments at UND? You can help decide. The nomination process requires and easy, one page electronic form, which you can fill out online at www.awards.und.edu The form will also be linked to the UND homepage starting the beginning of October and more information on the award process is available on the OID webpage under the “Programs” link.
The Outstanding Faculty Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the following individual and departmental awards:
* Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching (individual)
* Outstanding Graduate/Professional Teaching (individual)
* Excellence in Teaching, Research/Creative Activity and Service - the "Faculty Scholar Award" (individual)
* Outstanding Faculty Development or Service (individual)
* Departmental Excellence in Teaching (department)
* Departmental Excellence in Service (department)
Please take time to reward excellence among your colleagues by nominating a faculty member or department. The best nominations address specific award criterion. Nomination forms and criterion are available at www.awards.und.edu (follow the hyperlinks for specific award criterion.)
Nomination forms must be received by 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16. Please note the nomination deadline has been moved up to better accommodate the committee’s workload. Nominations are encouraged from past students and alumni. Additional information is available by calling Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or email@example.com .
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4233
|The Linguistic Circle of Manitoba & North Dakota will celebrate 50th anniversary|
The Linguistic Circle of Manitoba & North Dakota (1959-2009) is celebrating its 50th anniversary Oct. 16-17. The events will be hosted by UND. Program information is available at http://www.umanitoba.ca/outreach/lcmnd/programs/2009.shtml .
|Flutist Eugenia Zukerman will perform at the Museum of Art|
As part of the Museum’s ongoing Concert Series, flutist Eugenia Zukerman will perform at the North Dakota Museum of Art on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. Hailed as “one of the finest flutists of our time” by the Boston Globe, Zuckerman will perform several classical selections from a wide repertoire of music. Although the program is still in development, past selections she has performed include works by Mozart, Messien, and Ibert. The Museum is located on Centennial Drive on UND campus in Grand Forks.
A versatile artist, Zukerman is well known for her innovative programming as well as her performances. Born in Cambridge, Mass., she attended Barnard College as an English major, but soon transferred to The Juilliard School, where she studied with the renowned flutist Julius Baker. Early in her career, she won the Young Concert Artists award and made her formal New York debut to rave reviews.
Over the last 11 years, she has served as artistic director of the internationally known Vail Valley Music Festival in Colorado. She has most recently performed with the Jacques Thibaud Trio, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and the Shanghai quartet.
Tickets for the Concert Series are available by subscription to the series, or available for single concerts at the door or in advance at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Non-member tickets: $70 for the season, $15 per concert at the door. Member tickets: $60 for the season, $13 per concert at the door. Student and military tickets are $20 for the season, $5 per concert at the door. Children middle school and under are admitted free. Help assure the survival of the Concert Series by becoming a Concert Series Sponsor for an additional $50. Order your tickets today by sending a check or calling 777-4195.
The Museum Concert Series is underwritten by a grant from the Myra Foundation, with support from the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art, with additional contributions from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, General Mills Foundation, and Land O’ Lakes Foundation. Committed classical music lovers also contribute an additional $50 on top of their season ticket to become sponsors who share in the cost of bringing great music to the community.
The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on UNE campus in Grand Forks. Admission is free, although donations are always appreciated. Museum hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum shop is open during Museum hours. The Museum Café is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, email@example.com, 777-4195
|Office of the CIO will host open forum Oct. 20|
An extensive strategic planning process for information technology lead by CIO Josh Riedy in Fall 2008 resulted in the identification of critical Core Technology Services. This Fall the Office of the CIO will again host a series of open forums to develop solutions, cost, sustainability and implementation for these core technology services. In this next phase we again ask for your valuable input as the success of this process requires the active involvement and partnered decision-making from across campus. All forums will be broadcast live and recorded. Please see the UND CIO website http://cio.und.edu for more information. Online surveys will also be available for additional feedback from the campus community.
Please plan to attend the second Faculty/Staff Unified Communication Services (e-mail, IM, calendar, voice, video) forum on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the River Valley room. If you have any questions please contact Mike Lefever.
-- Mike Lefever, Project Manager, CIO Office, Michaellefever@mail.und.edu, 777-2030
|Reflecting on Teaching seminar is Oct. 20|
The second Reflecting on Teaching seminar of the semester, "Effective Writing Assignments: Save Time, Increase Student Engagement and Learning, and Put Some Fun Back into Teaching," will take place Tuesday, Oct. 20, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Red River Valley Room of the Memorial Union.
Many teachers ask their students to write in the courses they teach, and they do this for many good reasons. However, most writing assignments have at least three major challenges. First, it is difficult for a teacher to create writing assignments that are both engaging for the student and closely connected to the desired learning outcomes of the course. Second, reading and responding to student writing can be quite time consuming. Third, because it can take so much time to respond to student writing, teachers sometimes lose their enthusiasm for assigning writing.
We will attempt to provide solutions to these difficult problems; we believe that our proposed solutions have the potential to save time, increase student engagement, and add a much needed human element to teaching. We will do two things in this seminar. First, we will each talk about a writing assignment that we have given and discuss what we think worked, as well as what we think did not work. Diane Darland (Biology) will present a writing assignment used in a science class and Scott J. Baxter (University Writing Program) will present an assignment used in a humanities/social science course. After that, we will offer several suggestions for crafting effective assignments. All faculty who attend will leave with a handout or two with practical guidelines for assigning writing in their classes as well as examples of well written assignment sheets.
While we are happy to share our experiences and advice with the seminar participants, we certainly do not know what would work well in every possible teaching situation. For this reason, at least half of the seminar time will be devoted to questions and discussion. We invite you to share your experiences, questions, and concerns with the seminar participants.
Please register by Friday, Oct. 16 at noon to attend and reserve a lunch. Visit the Office of Instructional Development online (www.und.edu/dept/oid) to register. For information, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development, email@example.com, 777-4233
|Fishy plays to benefit John Little Memorial Endowment|
The ND Playwrights Co-op has been busy fishing, but not with a rod. They've been fishing for John Little stories, and they've got eight on the stringer. John Little, founder of the UND Writers Conference, also wrote fishing columns for the Grand Forks Herald in the 1980s and early '90s. In an effort to establish the John Little Memorial Endowment at UND, four playwrights have adapted Little's stories into plays and plan to premiere them later this month. They will produce the plays with the assistance of actors Steve Finney, Jared Kinney, Jenny Morris, and Patrick Pearson, set by Jeff Kinney.
Bob Greenwade of Corvalis, Ore., saw the call for plays in a Herald story last spring, and while never having met John Little he has written two plays based on Little stories: "The Wildest Caster" and "Opening Day at the Boat Ramp." Adonica Schultz Aune (Grand Forks) adapted a story about the lengths one angler goes to in order to keep secret a sweet fishing spot. Charlotte Helgeson (East Grand Forks) adapted Little's ode to Catfish in "Cat What?" Kathy Coudle-King went to town with four pieces, "Muskie Mania," "Hungarian Bill the Legendary Angler," "The Big One," and "The McClusky Canal." Coudle-King stated that "adapting John's columns was the easiest thing I've ever done. I can't take credit for the plays because I had to do very little in order to turn them into a script. How do you top John Little's humor? You don't. The laughs are all his."
The premiere of the collection, aptly named "Gone Fishing," is already sold out. A catfish dinner will precede the performance at the Blue Moose on Oct. 21. However, Oct. 28, at 7:30 p.m. the ND Museum of Art will host the plays as well as "Fresh Fish," readings by emerging local writers. Topic? Fishing, of course. "Fish Tix" will go for $20 and are available at the Museum the night of the event. All proceeds go to establishing the JL Memorial Endowment. Interest from the Endowment will enable Writers Conference organizers to bring a fiction writer to campus each year to fill the "Little" chair, as a way of honoring Little's contribution to the literary life of our region. For 41 years, lovers of literature have had free access to such literary stars as Truman Capote, Eudora Welty, Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich, and this year Pulitzer Prize winner Art Spiegelman will participate. Coudle-King, one of the coordinators of the Writers Conference urges that "The time to create a tangible tribute to the man who gave us the Writers Conference is long over due." So, what are you waiting for? Grab your rod, and go fishing on Oct. 28.
The events are co-sponsored by the Blue Moose, Home of Economy and the Dept. of English at UND.
-- Kathleen Coudle-King, Lecturer , English , firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2787
|Notifind, siren testing are set for Oct. 21|
Testing for two of our emergency notification systems will be conducted on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 9:30 a.m. Staff will submit a NotiFind message as well as activate the outdoor siren test message.
-- Campus Safety and Security, 777-3490
|Doctoral examination set for Loren E. Schwarzwalter |
The final examination for Loren E. Schwarzwalter, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Communication & Public Discourse, is set for 2 p.m., Oct. 23, 319 O'Kelly Hall. The dissertation title is: "Deception Analysis in Interpersonal Communication." Pamela Kalbfleisch (Communications) is the committee chair.
The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School, email@example.com, 777-4005
|Breast Cancer Awareness and Community Event is Oct. 24|
Altru Health System will host the first annual Breast Cancer Awareness Conference and Community Event on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Grand Forks. The event, designed for people in all stages of the breast health journey, includes holistic information on the disease with presentations on detection, genetics and risk assessment, treatment, social support, and nutrition, coping, and fashion tips. Register online: www.gfbreastcancercoalition.webs.com . Forms can also be found at the Altru Cancer Center or Porpoura Coffee. Join us for a day of hope and inspiration.
-- Karen Grabanski, Advisor/Instructor, TRIO/SSS, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3426
|Thursday Night Cultural Series continues with Ethiopia|
The Thursday Night Cultural Series will continue with Ethiopia on Thursday, Oct. 22. The program will start at 7 p.m. at the Loading Dock in Memorial Union and a sampling of food will follow. The event is free and the food is $1. Come join us and learn about your fellow students and try some Ethiopian Cuisine.
-- Matt Hiller, International Student Advisor, International Programs, email@example.com, 777-2033
|Medicine and Health Sciences holds Pre-Med Day |
Anyone interested in learning about a career in medicine, or in the process of applying to medical school, is invited to attend the annual Pre-Med Day on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences (UNDSMHS).
This daylong event is free and takes place in the Reed Keller Auditorium (Room 1350) at the south end of the UNDSMHS at 501 N. Columbia Road.
Organized by the UNDSMHS Student Council and UND Undergraduate Medical Association, the event is intended for people who are thinking about a career in medicine or who have applied to medical school and need more specific information on the admissions process.
Speakers will introduce participants to the medical school, the admissions process and the UND pre-med and medical school curricula. Panels of medical students will discuss what medical school is like, and local physicians will talk about their lives as doctors. A mock interview session will give participants an opportunity to preview the UND medical school admissions process. Students may attend any or all events during the day.
Pre-registration is requested but not required; please call the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions at 777-2840.
-- Alex Cavanaugh, Writer, Office of Public Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2733
|Theatre Arts opens 2009-2010 season with "Godspell"|
The Cities of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks have become a tight community over the years through flood fighting efforts and even in their support of the local sports team. Well they have the chance to come together once again and support UND’s Departments of Theatre Arts as they produce "Godspell," a show all about the creation of a community and how people can come together and support each other through the good times and the bad. "Godspell" is the musical version of Jesus Christ’s teachings and his crucifixion, but underneath the surface it is the story of how a community is created and how that community joins together to support one another.
"Godspell" is the Theatre Department’s first show of the season and they are coming in with a bang. Godspell was written by Stephen Schwartz and was first performed in 1971; it contains several well known songs including "Day by Day," and "We Beseech Thee."
Director Gaye Burgess is bringing a new perspective to the timeless classic by setting the musical in 1990s urban blight. The characters start off as individuals each thinking only of themselves, Burgess describes everyone as being an “island on their own.” However, as the the show advances, the characters begin to bond with one another while acting out some of the parables based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew. As the characters make discoveries about Jesus and themselves they become a community of believers. This metamorphosis is made clear through changes in costumes and lighting.
Burgess along with choreographer Lon Hurst have also made another addition to the show, a chorus. Originally Godspell was made up of only a 10-character cast, but Burgess and Hurst have added a five-person chorus to help boost the sense of community the show encompasses. They want audience to see the community created in "Godspell" as representative of humanity as a whole.
Although the musical is centered on Christianity the plays themes go beyond religion and comment more on humanity and how by working together we can move beyond what we can do on our own. So no matter what your belief, "Godspell" is a must see.
Performances at the Burtness Theatre on the UND campus are Oct 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students with a valid student I.D. Groups of 10 or more people receive a $2 discount. Reserved parking will be available. For ticket information and reservations call the Box Office at 777-2587.
-- Alyssa Thompson, UND Department of Theatre Arts Publicity Assistant, Department of Theatre Arts , email@example.com, 320-221-0588
|Sushi II at Culinary Corner is Oct. 27|
Sushi II will be held at the UND Wellness Center on Oct. 27, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the first floor in Culinary Corner.
In Sushi I we learned the ingredients and tools needed to make your own Maki Sushi, or what we know as the rolled Sushi. In Sushi II you will learn how to make Miso Soup, a traditional Japanese soup, how to make a caterpillar roll and a hand roll. Everyone will get to sample the soup and caterpillar roll and will have the chance to make their own hand roll. If you didn't attend Sushi I, there is no need to worry. Everyone is welcome. The cost is $15 per person.
To register, go to www.wellness.und.edu, click on Nutrition and Culinary Corner.
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition, Wellness Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-0769
|Stone Soup Luncheon and Awards program is Nov. 6|
Please join your community and university colleagues in a celebration of our collaborations at the UND Center for Community Engagement annual Stone Soup Luncheon and Awards Program Friday, Nov. 6.
The luncheon will feature the Center’s special stone soup recipe served by First Lady Marcia Kelley and Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown. Exhibits of community-university projects will be on display, and awards will be presented to faculty members, students, a community partner, and an academic department who exemplify community-university engagement.
The program will be held in the UND Memorial Union Ballroom with registration and exhibits beginning at 11:30. Reservations are required. They can be made by calling 777-0675, e-mailing email@example.com, or mailing the Center at Stop 8254 (317 Cambridge Street, UND, Grand Forks, ND 58203). Cost for the luncheon and program is $8.50 for students, $20 for community members, faculty, and staff.
-- Lana Rakow, Director, Center for Community Engagement, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2287
|Institutional Review Board meeting is Nov. 6|
UND's Institutional Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, in 305 Twamley to consider all research proposals submitted to the IRB Office before Tuesday, Oct. 27.
Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the Clinical Medical Subcommittee before being brought to the Full Board. Proposals for these projects are due in the Institutional Review Board Office before Tuesday, Oct. 20. Minutes from the meeting will be available in the IRB Office approximately one week after the meeting.
-- Kathy Smart, Chair, Institutional Review Board, email@example.com, 777-4279
|Enrollment Services open house is Nov. 7|
On Saturday, Nov. 7, the Office of Enrollment Services will be hosting an open house for prospective UND students. Departments have been invited to participate and we're anticipating a good group of incoming students and their families. We appreciate the involvement of all those who partner with us in these events. Check-in begins for families and students at 8:45 a.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The events will conclude at 2:30 p.m. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Sue Sholes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 777-4463.
-- Kenton Pauls, Director, Enrollment Services, email@example.com, 777-4463
|Enrollment Services announces weekend recruitment opportunities|
Enrollment Services appreciates your willingness to participate in the recruitment activities that are planned throughout the year. The Fall 2009 new student enrollment success is in part a product of the 11 percent increase in campus visitors served by the campus this year. As campus visits have increased, so have the desires of students and families to meet with academic departments. This represents a heightened need for your support. On behalf of the Enrollment Services staff, thank you for your commitment to meet these needs of potential new UND students and their families.
As you plan for the coming year, please review the following summary of Saturday recruitment opportunities for which your assistance is requested. Though more details will follow, please mark your calendars accordingly.
Large-Group Recruitment Events
Nov. 7 - Fall Open House (audience: mainly high school seniors)
April 10 - Transfer Student Getting Started hosted by Student Success Center (audience: transfer students needing advisement and course registration)
April 17 - Spring Open House (audience: high school juniors and seniors)
-- Kenton Pauls, Director, Enrollment Services, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3885
|Campus-wide food drive to support the Turkey Basket Drive|
The Quo Vadis Chapter of Mortar Board at UND is preparing for its 30th Annual Turkey Basket Drive. Food drives will take place across campus from Oct. 12-23. Please bring in Thanksgiving-themed non-perishable food items (canned vegetables, pie filling, stuffing mix, canned cranberries, etc.) to the following buildings: Memorial Union, Gamble Hall, Christus Rex, Medical School, McCannel Hall, Nursing, Education, and Odegard. Collection boxes will be near the Dean's Office or at the main entrance to the building. Signs will direct you to the collection boxes. Thank you for your support. If you have questions or would like more information, please email email@example.com .
-- Kristi Okerlund, Advisor, Mortar Board, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-6468
|Apply for summer administrative leadership program|
The President’s Leadership Program provides funding for two upper-level UND administrators to participate in one of several national summer leadership institutes. Funding under this program is designed for individuals already in administrative roles at UND who wish to expand the breadth of their experience in anticipation of moving to a higher level of responsibility.
Application is a three-step process:
1) Review each program’s qualifications and objectives and decide which one you are most interested in attending.
2) Apply for funding through the President’s Leadership Program (see below).
3) If accepted for UND funding, apply online to the program you wish to attend.
• Harvard Management Development Program (MDP). June 6-18, 2010. For mid-level administrators with 3-7 years of administrative experience—deans, directors, department heads. www.gse.harvard.edu/ppe/mdp
• Harvard Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE). June 20-July 2, 2010. For experienced administrators with 5-12 years of administrative experience—provosts, vice-presidents, and deans. www.gse.harvard.edu/ppe/mle
• Bryn Mawr HERS Higher Education Resource Services, June 18-July 2, 2010. For women faculty and administrators. www.hersnet.org/HERSHigherEducationResourceServices.htmsisihtm.asp
• AASCU Millennium Leadership Institute, June 6-9, 2010. For individuals traditionally underrepresented in the highest ranks of higher education. http://www.aascu.org/programs/mli/2009/index.htm
To apply for UND funding to attend a summer leadership institute, please send your CV and a formal application letter in which you explain in some detail your interest in this program, your administrative background, the specific program you wish to attend and why, to Stop 8176 or email@example.com by Friday, Oct. 23. Those who receive funding are then required to apply directly to the program of their choice for acceptance.
-- Victoria Beard, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4824
|EPSCoR announces award of $535,000 in new faculty start-up monies|
The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) has announced that five academic departments at UND will share in $535,000 designated for five new faculty start-up opportunities. These funds are made available to departments on a competitive basis and are designed to enhance the start-up packages offered to prospective research faculty during the hiring process.
Awards, which are of two years duration and begin Sept. 1, 2010, were made to the department of Biology, the department of Microbiology and Immunology, the department of Nursing and the department of Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics.
According to Mark R. Hoffmann, Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Development at UND and co-project director of the ND EPSCoR Steering Committee, "the new faculty start-up awards constitute one of the most important components of the multi-faceted EPSCoR program." He went on to express appreciation to the National Science Foundation and the State of North Dakota for their support of research through this innovative program in which North Dakota?s public research universities, UND and NDSU, have been a partner since 1986. In announcing the awards, Hoffmann added, "The overall goal of ND EPSCoR is to increase the competitiveness of North Dakota for merit-based grants and contracts in support of science and technology research from federal funding agencies. New Faculty Start-up awards move UND in the proper direction towards meeting this objective."
Funded through federal, state and private sector partnerships, ND EPSCoR manages a comprehensive research development plan that involves Infrastructure Improvement programs, Science Outreach and Recruitment programs, and Technology Transfer and Commercialization programs.
ND EPSCoR's federal research partners include the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Department of Defense (DOD).
For additional information concerning ND EPSCoR or the New Faculty Startup program, please contact Mark. R. Hoffmann, Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Development and co-project director, ND EPSCoR – UND Campus, Twamley Hall 415, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58201-7093, 777-2492.
-- Mark R Hoffmann, Co-Project Director, ND EPSCoR, email@example.com, 777-2492
|UND gets DoE grant to advance carbon capture from coal-powered plants|
Researchers at UND received a competitive award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that aims to advance carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies while providing graduate and undergraduate student training opportunities.
This SUNRISE project is titled "Efficient Regeneration of Physical and Chemical Solvents for CO2 Capture." It will evaluate the use of composite polymer membranes and porous membrane contactors for the recovery of CO2 (carbon dioxide) from CO2 -rich solvent streams from coal gasification syngas. This work will also be applicable to similar carbon capture technology for traditional coal combustion systems. SUNRISE, which stands for Sustainable Energy Research Initiative and Supporting Education, is an interdisciplinary program at UND and North Dakota State University.
"Current solvent extraction technologies require a lot of energy to separate the CO2 back out of the solvent using traditional distillation," said project principal investigator Brian Tande, UND assistant professor of chemical engineering. "The goal of this work will be the development of materials and processes that reduce the costs of the solvent regeneration process by using a less energy intensive technique "membrane separation" to accomplish the same goal."
"I'm most excited about the novel educational aspects of this grant," said SUNRISE director and co-PI Wayne Seames, UND professor of chemical engineering. "In addition to working directly on the research included in the project, graduate students will also spend six months working on CO2 sequestration technology research either at DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) or in UND's geological engineering program. In addition, senior chemical engineering students will be using the results to evaluate the commercial feasibility of carbon capture systems utilizing membrane separation regeneration."
Co-PI Steve Benson, a UND chemical engineering professor, said that this technology could decrease the cost of carbon capture by improving the efficiency of separating carbon dioxide from flue gas.
"At the same time we will provide education opportunities for graduate students who will ultimately work in the emerging carbon capture industry," Benson said.
Spread over three years, this $300,000 project will be managed by NETL. Funded through the 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the project is part of a DOE program aimed at advancing CCS scientific, technical, and institutional knowledge while simultaneously producing the expertise and workforce needed for the emerging carbon capture and storage industry.
SUNRISE is a student centered, faculty organized supercluster comprising of 30 faculty in 13 separate academic departments at UND, NDSU, Mayville State University, and the North Dakota State College of Science. SUNRISE research is focused in three areas: the technologies to enable the environmentally sustainable use of coal, the production of fuels, chemicals, polymers, and composites from renewable sources, and the harvesting of energy from diffuse sources (wind/solar/hydrogen). More than 170 undergraduate and graduate students have worked on SUNRISE research projects.
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-6571
|Mini-grants available for summer programs/events|
Are you planning an event at UND next summer but lack funding? Do you plan to develop a new summer course but need financial resources? Consider applying for a mini-grant through the Summer Programs and Events Council (SPEC).
SPEC’s Start-Up mini-grant program will fund up to $5000 in the first year for deserving proposals that fall into these categories:
1) The development of new 2010 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.
2) The expansion or redesign of existing 2009 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.
Through the mini-grant program, the council wants to create positive learning experiences for the citizens of the Red River Valley region and beyond by extending the resources of the University. The mini-grant funds will help cover the development, marketing and start-up costs for courses and programs held at UND during the summer months for up to three years. Examples include camps for kids, academic classes that can be completed in the summer months, or any special event designed for the community. Quality, creativity and “out of the box” ideas are encouraged when developing new programs.
All interested UND faculty and staff are encouraged to submit proposals. Information can be found at www.summer.und.edu. . The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23. Recipients will be announced Dec. 21.
For more information on the mini-grant program, contact Diane Hadden, director of Summer Sessions at 777-6284. For operational questions, contact the Summer Programs and Events Office at 777-0841.
-- Brenda Dufault, Coordinator, Summer Programs and Events, email@example.com, 777-0841
|Petitions sought for open positions at the SECC|
The director of Human Resource Management Services in Bismarck has called for the election of two state employees to the State Employee Compensation Commission (SECC). The SECC makes recommendations to the Governor on appropriate levels of state employee compensation and fringe benefits. One classified (banded) position and one nonclassified (nonbanded) position are vacant, and Human Resource Management Services is seeking candidates at this time.
Any eligible employee who wishes to become a candidate for the open position should contact Human Resource Management Services for a petition form. The petition form must be returned to HRMS in Bismarck by Oct. 19 with at least one hundred signatures of state employees eligible to vote. The election will be held in November. Petition forms may be obtained by calling (701) 328-3293, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, writing Human Resource Management Services at 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept 113, State Capitol-14th Floor, Bismarck, ND 58505-0120, or visiting www.nd.gov/hrms. Please call UND’s Office of Human Resources if you have questions, 777-4361.
-- Diane Nelson, Director, Human Resources, email@example.com, 777-4361
|People sought to pose as patients for medical students|
The Office of Medical Education is seeking people to hire ($50 per afternoon) as patients for our medical students. We are looking for people who would like to help students learn and practice history taking and physical exam skills.
We need a diverse group of healthy men and women (ages 18 to 80) with the following:
• a flexible schedule
• transportation to and from the University
• limited number of medications and health problems
We would need you to spend one afternoon at the Medical School being interviewed and examined by three different second-year medical students. The experience would be much the same as a visit to your own doctor’s office. You would be asked to share your personal medical history and allow the student to do a physical exam (this does not require shots, blood tests or other invasive procedures). Students are observed by physicians and all information given would be confidential. (If there is medical or personal information you do not wish to share, you don’t have to.)
Patients are needed for the following Tuesday afternoons: Oct. 27 and Nov. 3 and 10, from 12:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. We would need you to commit to only one of those afternoons, not all three.
If you are interested, please contact Dawn at 777-4028 in the Office of Medical Education as soon as possible. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have about this experience. Please feel free to pass this information along to others you know who may be interested.
-- Dawn D. Drake, Standardized Patient Coordinator, Office of Medical Education, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4028
|University Within the University (U2) lists new classes|
Be Well: Hands-on Computer Session
Oct. 20, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Room B320 computer lab
Join me at the computer lab to make the time to register and start earning $250 a year using the MyHealthCenter and/or Health Club Credit programs. Receive hands-on computer assistance with the MyHealthCenter registration, health assessment and goal setting. Presenter: Kim Ruliffson
Data Protection and Privacy
Oct. 20, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Upson II, Room 361
This workshop will introduce secure practices for handling and storing sensitive University and personal data. Topics will include a discussion of the types of information to protect and why it needs to be protected; practices and configurations for securing your operating system, Web browser, e-mail, and other software applications; protecting your personal information online; must-have security software for your computer; and encrypting sensitive data. Presenter: Brad Miller.
Facts, Figures, and Beyond
Oct. 20, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Memorial Union, Presidents Room
If you are looking for UND facts and figures (institutional or departmental) then take a few minutes with us to explore what information we have available for you. Our office provides a varied collection of statistical and narrative information describing the University, past and present. In our session we'll highlight key areas from our website: from departmental data to Fact Book information to Student Assessment of Teaching reports - and more. Join us and get the facts. Presenters: Carol Drechsel & Carmen Williams
Budgets Overview Inquiry
Oct. 20, 2 to 4 p.m., Gamble Hall, Lanterman Center, Room 9
Prerequisite: PeopleSoft user ID and password for Finance Module, a local fund number, and/or an appropriated fund number.
This training provides the tools necessary to navigate through PeopleSoft to find your department's budget and cash balance; utilize PeopleSoft to track your department's budget, cash, revenue, and expenditures; and complete a budget journal. The session also includes hands-on practice activities. Presenter: Shannon Smidt.
Oct. 21, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Swanson Hall, Room 17
Imaging is a growing resource on campus, and one we need to make sure is implemented and maintained correctly. Come and learn what helpful policies and procedures exist and what changes are coming. Presenter: Christopher Flynn
Take 3 Steps to Fight the Flu
Oct. 22, 9 to 10 a.m., Memorial Union, River Valley Room
Find out more about 3 actions steps to protect against the Novel H1N1 (Swine) and Seasonal Flu. Learn about vaccination recommendations and everyday actions that can prevent 73% of the flu. Get tips on what to do if you get sick and learn how to care for a sick person in your home. Presenters: Jane Croeker, Jason Uhlir
What Are Employees Saying About UND?
Oct. 22, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Memorial Union, River Valley Room
This session summarizes key findings from two recent employee surveys: The 2008 Campus Quality Survey and the 2008 HERI Faculty Survey. Presenter: Sue Erickson
Oct. 26, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., Memorial Union, Memorial Room
Oct. 28, 5 to 5:40 p.m., Wellness Center, Room 121
Gluten-Free is a hot topic nowadays. (Gluten is a type of protein found in most grains). Most of us either know someone with a gluten allergy or may be experiencing it ourselves. Join us for a discussion about living Gluten-Free and learn to how adopt to the gluten-free lifestyle. The discussion will be led by a Registered Dietitian as well as UND staff and students who now live gluten free because of Celiac Disease. MyHealthCenter points will be given for participating in this session. Presenter: Karina Wittmann
How to Process Payment Documentation
Oct. 27, 9 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union, Badlands Room
Learn the process for Purchase Orders payments, Blanket Purchase Order payments, and Vouchers. Presenter: Allison Peyton.
Oct. 27, 9 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall
Learn how to become an effective manager through the use of encouragement, recognition, and motivation. Explore strategies to replace “command & control” with more effective communication. Required training for all Finance and Operations supervisors, (future supervisors encouraged to sign up) Presenters: Desi Sporbert and Joy Johnson
Microsoft Office Word 2007 Intermediate
Oct. 27, 28, and 29, 1:30 to 4 p.m., Upson II, Room 361
Prerequisite: Microsoft Office Word 2007 Level 1
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: Manage lists; Customize tables and charts; Customize formatting with styles and themes; Modify pictures in a document; Create customized graphic elements; Insert content using Quick Parts; Control text flow; Use templates to automate document creation; Perform mail merges; Use macros to automate common tasks. Presenter: Heidi Strande
Oct 29, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Memorial Union, River Valley Room
Intermediate HRMS Course for employees with departmental HRMS access. Topics covered will include: department budget table, reports and queries. There will also be a question/answer period at the end of the session. Bring your questions with you or submit them prior to the session at email@example.com to be sure they are answered at this session. Presenter: Pat Hanson
-- Patricia Young, U2 Coordinator, Continuing Education, U2@mail.und.edu, 777-0720
|South Africa class is open to all students|
Now open to all UND students...Have you heard of the UND Honors Program’s “Places You Should Go” series? In 2008, we explored Ireland, and in 2009, we took on Washington D.C. For Spring 2010, we will offer a class Honors 392, class 16946, Wednesdays from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Students will study South African culture, geography, history, literature, religion, art, music, film, economics, and politics. The class meets here on Campus. A significant component of the class is an individual research project on some aspect of South African culture, which students then teach to the rest of the class. After finals week (May 2010), we will travel for our “field experience” to South Africa with some UND faculty. The cost for the trip will be a program fee, like a lab fee. We will use a reputable travel company (EF Tours) to guide our structured field experience, including game drives, the Apartheid Museum, and botanical gardens. Completion of the “field experience” is a required part of this class. Faculty are asked to recommend this class during academic advising. Contact instructor K. Powell for more information.
-- K. M. Powell, Student Life Coordinator, Honors Program, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-6218
|Using Tolerance to Promote Tolerance: an ongoing conversation will be Wednesday|
There are a lot of divisive issues in our world and on our campus, and most of us agree there is a lamentable lack of opportunity for genuine and open disagreement and debate within our culture. Ideally, a university should be a safe space for the courteous exchange of thoughts and ideas. How do we encourage and sustain such an environment for our students and ourselves? Last week, a group of faculty gathered to discuss how to talk to students about difficult issues that may not be directly related to their course, but still effect the climate of classrooms and campus. This week, we would like to continue that conversation and we invite you to join us.
We hope that you will come and bring your concerns, ideas, aspirations and hopes for fostering greater open-mindedness, respect, forbearance, charity, kindness. In short, greater humanity, both in and outside our classroom space. We will meet Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Badlands Room at the Memorial Union and again the next week at the same time and place (Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Badlands Room).
-- Anne Kelsch, Director of Instructional Development, OID, email@example.com, 777-4233
|Consider asking students to use the Writing Center|
We know from experience that faculty suggestions can exert a strong positive influence on writing center use. We hope you will let your students know about our services and that you will encourage them to make an appointment. To help your students learn about the writing center, a consultant can visit your class and do a short presentation introducing your students to the University Writing Center and the services we offer. To request a visit, you can contact me by phone (777-6381) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Writing Center offers:
* Trained consultants with diverse academic backgrounds
* One-on-one sessions focused on generating and clarifying ideas, developing a first or second draft, revising, editing, or documenting research
* One-half hour appointments available, free of charge, as often as needed
* IBM and Mac computers so that students can work on their papers right in the Center
* Guides to documentation, format, and grammar
* The Writing Center is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m.
* To use Writing Center services, use our online scheduler http://www.und.edu/dept/wac/
-- Scott J. Baxter, coordinator, University Writing Program, email@example.com, 777 6381
|Scholarship available for prospective freshmen from Cavalier and Pembina Counties|
Prospective freshman students residing in Pembina or Cavalier Counties may apply for the Leslie & Marjorie Duncan Scholarship to attend UND.
Students must have the ability to succeed in college. Students who plan to major in engineering, the sciences, education or nursing and have a financial need will be shown preference.
An application should be available in your school office or send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org, the application needs to be submitted to the Student Financial Aid Office to be considered for the Duncan Scholarship. In addition to the application, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be submitted to the processor. The application deadline for this scholarship is March 15, 2010.
The Leslie and Marjorie Duncan Memorial Endowment was established with a gift from Richard and Margaret Hill to the UND Foundation. This endowment provides annual funding for scholarships for deserving North Dakota high school graduates who wish to pursue a degree at UND. The scholarship is offered to qualified candidates who are graduates of a North Dakota high school, have a proven record of sound academic achievement, are of good and sound moral character, and have a bonafide financial need which would enable a student to enroll or to continue their education at UND. In addition students from Pembina and Cavalier Counties in North Dakota shall be given preference. Academic areas of primary interest include engineering, the sciences, education and nursing.
For more information, contact the Student Financial Aid Office at 777-3121 or email@example.com
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-6571
|Genoway named a national candidate for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award|
UND senior defenseman and team captain Chay Genoway has been named one of 20 national candidates for the 2009-10 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, character, community and competition.
Genoway was an American Hockey Coaches Association second-team All-American last season after scoring three goals and 29 assists for a career-high 32 points in 42 games. The Morden, Manitoba, native was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-WCHA first team honors.
The College Hockey News has named Genoway to its All-CHN second team following each of the last two seasons. He enters the 2009-10 season as the leading scorer among active WCHA defenseman and needs just 20 points to become only the 11th defenseman in UND history to score 100 career points.
In the classroom, Genoway was named an ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America third team selection last season, joining Karl Goehring (2000, 2001) as the only players in team history to earn that distinction. Genoway is also a two-time All-WCHA Academic selection and a two-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete.
An active member of the community, Genoway has logged more than 23 hours of community service over the past year. He regularly reads to area school children and has served as an instructor at several youth hockey clinics. In addition, Genoway has assisted UND freshmen moving into dormitories through UND's Adopt-a-Residence Hall program. He has appeared at Sioux Kids Club movie night and at UND's Pucks for Plates function, benefitting the Northlands Rescue Mission. Genoway has lent his time to Sioux Fan Fest and UND's cross-state summer Sioux Caravan in 2009. Genoway also assisted in cleanup efforts after the rural town of Northwood, North Dakota, was devastated by a tornado in the summer of 2008.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The 20 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season and the 10 finalists will be placed on the official ballot. Balloting will include media, coaches and fans and the winner will be announced at the NCAA Frozen Four in April.
-- Jayson Hajdu, Media Relations Director, Athletics, www.fightingsioux.com, 777-2985
|Student Profile now available|
The Student Profile for 2009-2010 is now available online at www.und.edu/profile . Paper copies are also available from University Relations at 777-2731. The profile contains statistics that include enrollment by college, grade level, age, geographic origin, and more, using information from Institutional Research, Housing, and Greek Life.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, email@example.com, 777-3621
|Student/Faculty/Staff directories are available now|
The 2009-2010 Student/Faculty/Staff directories are available now at the UND Bookstore, Dakota Textbook, and the Memorial Union C-Store. As well as alphabetical student and faculty/staff listings, the directories contain staff, titles, web sites, and phone numbers by office, general information, and more. Cost is just $1.25.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3621
|Midterm grades are due Oct. 16|
Midterm deficiency grades for Fall 2009 must be recorded in PeopleSoft by noon on Friday, Oct. 16. At that point, the Registrar’s Office will run a process to generate letters to all students for whom deficient grades are recorded (grades of D, F, or U). Any deficiency grades entered after that point will not be included in these notifications to students, and contacting those students becomes the responsibility of the course instructor.
Faculty must review every roster for midterm deficiencies, enter and save deficient grades, if any, and then change the roster status to “Ready For Review” and save it when they are finished with each roster. This status needs to be changed even when there are no deficiency grades to be recorded for the class.
If faculty member can log in to PeopleSoft, but cannot access a roster they are expecting to be able to update, they should contact Marge in the Registrar’s Office at 777-2150. The cause usually has something to do with how the data is recorded in PeopleSoft Schedule of Classes.
The instructions for midterm grading can also be accessed on the web at http://www.und.edu/dept/registrar/FacultyStaff/FacultyStaff.htm .
-- Ray Pospisil, Associate Registrar, Office of the Registrar, email@example.com, 777-2711
|Staff Senate announces October U-Shine award winner|
UND Staff Senate is proud to announce the October “U Shine Award” recipient Karen Burgard, Human Resources. Karen was nominated by Cheryl Widman and was presented with a check for $50 and a certificate by Staff Senate President, Loren Liepold, on Oct. 8.
This award is presented monthly to a UND staff member who went out of their way to make UND a better place. Here is an excerpt of what Cheryl had to say about Karen:
One day, Karen “was walking back in after lunch and there was another Twamley employee trying to give directions to a grad student. This employee wasn’t sure where the student needed to go, so she asked Karen if she had any idea where she needed to be. And, yes, Karen did know, so she was trying to point her in the right direction. The student had her car parked out front and didn’t want to leave it, so Karen could point her in the right direction from the other side of Twamley. So, just like Karen, she told the student “Let’s just get into your car and I’ll show you.” They proceeded to find a parking space on the North Side of University Avenue. The student needed to go to McCannel Hall, so Karen walked with her to her destination and got her to where she needed to be to take a placement test, I believe. Many of us have given directions to students and other people who are on our campus, but how many actually get into their vehicles and personally get them to where they need to be? That is just the kind of person Karen is; always willing to help others by whatever means.”
-- Shari Nelson, Asst. Director of Learning Services, Student Success Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2117
|Lost & Found is located at the Union|
The Memorial Union wants to remind the campus community about the Lost & Found located at the Info Desk, on the main level in the Memorial Union.
If you have lost anything from keys, to a wallet, and even jewelry, please stop by the Info Desk to have an attendant look for the item. Right now, the Lost & Found does have a couple wallets, credit cards, and a few pieces of jewelry that we would like to get back to the rightful owners. Just give the attendant your name, proof of information, and a description of the item and they will help you out. Contact the Info Desk at 777-4321 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
-- Linda Maszk, Business Manager, Memorial Union, email@example.com, 777-3927
|Museum Cafe announces menu|
Tuna White Bean Salad
- Albacore tuna, cannellini beans, sweet onion, diced tomatoes, and fresh basil tossed in an Italian vinaigrette and served on a bed of romaine lettuce.
- Baby spinach with sliced hard-boiled eggs and crumbled bacon with a light creamy dressing.
Sandwiches (Served with fruit and chips):
- Albacore tuna, provolone cheese on whole grain bread. Served open face.
Hot Turkey Sandwich
- Tender turkey breast topped with stuffing layered between two slices of whole grain bread smothered with turkey gravy. Served with a side of cranberry sauce.
BBQ Pork Sandwich
- Pulled pork BBQ sandwich served on a toasted onion roll.
Grape Chicken Salad Sandwich
- Baked lemon chicken breasts, celery, sweet red onion, and grapes mixed with a light mayonnaise dressing served on a croissant.
Aspargus & Mushroom Sandwich
- Fresh asparagus tips and portabella mushrooms topped with provolone on whole grain bread
Bagel & Lox
- A smoked salmon on a white bagel with a dill spread and sprouts.
Italian Meatball Soup
Ask server about dessert.
Museum Café hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with lunch served from 11 to 2 p.m. Take-out available • UND billing accepted • 777-4195
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 Card form. Send letter of application and resume, referencing position name and number, to: Human Resources, University of North Dakota, Twamley Hall, Room 313, 264 Centennial Drive Stop 8010 Grand Forks, ND 58202-8010. Applications must be received by the deadline date.
Position: Air Traffic Control Associate, Aerospace Science, #10-096
Application deadline: 11/30/2009
Compensation: $18,000 plus/year
Position: Line Service Operator, Aerospace Sciences, #09-109
Application deadline: 10/16/2009
Compensation: $12.02 plus/hour
Position: Copy Cataloging & ODIN Reports Library Associate, Chester Fritz Library, #10-104
Application deadline: 10/13/09
Compensation: $17,500 plus/year
Office Support: no vacancies
Position: Cook (various schedule, flexible weekends), Dining Services #10-107
Application deadline: 10/15/2009
Compensation: $10.47 plus/hour
Position: Building Services Technician (Sunday-Thursday, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.), Facilities, #10-106
Application deadline: 10/13/09
Compensation: $20,000 plus/year
Position: Building Services Technician (Sunday-Friday, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), Facilities, #10-105
Application deadline: 10/13/09
Compensation: $20,000 plus/year
|UND hires new outreach coordinator|
UND has hired JoAnna Lonski as the university’s Outreach Coordinator for northern North Dakota. Lonksi’s position is the result of UND’s long-term goal of providing more educational opportunities to communities without a four-year public university by partnering with two-year community colleges in North Dakota and Minnesota.
UND is assembling a team of four outreach coordinators to augment current recruitment efforts across the region. Each of the outreach coordinators will focus on recruiting traditional transfer and distance students in specific territories in North Dakota and into northwestern Minnesota. Currently, UND has an outreach coordinator located on the Bismarck State College campus for south central and western North Dakota as well as an outreach coordinator for northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota located on the UND campus.
“We are very pleased to have JoAnna join our team,” said Philip Parnell, director of Online Enrollment Management and Community College Relations. “UND is building an exceptional team of outreach coordinators to better serve the needs of students and communities across the region. JoAnna and others will work very closely with community colleges to ensure that UND provides their graduates with personalized service as they continue their education with UND—either on-campus or online.”
In her role as UND Outreach Coordinator, Lonski is responsible for providing outreach services to all communities in northern North Dakota. Specifically, Lonski will recruit, advise and provide outreach services for students interested in UND’s bachelor’s and graduate programs, including online and on-campus options. She will assist transfer students from community colleges in northern North Dakota, such as Dakota College at Bottineau, Lake Region State College and Williston State College, who want to complete their bachelor’s degrees on the UND campus in Grand Forks. She will also provide assistance to UND’s online students living in the northern region.
Prior to her position with UND, Lonski worked on the Lake Region State College campus as the Distance Education Program Coordinator for Mayville State University’s Admissions & Extended Learning Office. She graduated from Lake Region State College in August 2007 with her associate’s degree in paralegal studies, and she received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mayville State University in July 2008. Lonski lives with her husband, a North Dakota Highway Patrol officer, and their three young children in Lakota, N.D. Lonski began her duties with UND on Oct. 5. Her office is located on the Lake Region State College campus in Devils Lake, N.D.
For more information, contact Lonski at 701-662-1659, e-mail her at email@example.com or visit www.distance.und.edu.
-- Jennifer Swangler, Assistant Director of Enrollment Management & Marketing, Continuing Education, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-6374
|Medical students' clinical research projects presented and published|
Fourth-year medical students Miran Blanchard, Kelsey Hoffman, and Justin LeBlanc presented their abstract, “The Association of Distance from Cancer Center and Season of Diagnosis with Receipt of Optimal Therapy for Breast Cancer,” at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Conference held in San Francisco, Calif., on Oct. 8–10.
Through their research, the students found that distance from cancer center has a detrimental effect on the receipt of optimal breast cancer radiotherapy and chemotherapy. In addition, diagnosis during the fall and winter season has a detrimental effect on optimal receipt of radiotherapy. A physician’s choice of therapy may play a role in suboptimal pursuit of radiotherapy.
“ASCO is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who treat people with cancer,” said Abe Sahmoun, assistant professor, internal medicine, at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ Medical Education Center in Fargo, N.D.
On Sept. 10–11, Blanchard was the only UND medical student who, along with six doctors from the Mayo Clinic, presented an abstract at the Neuro-Oncology 2009: Current Concepts Conference in Cleveland, Ohio: “Intracranial Non-Germinomatous Germ Cell Tumors: An Update of a Prospective Institutional Protocol with Comparison of Local Radiotherapy to Extensive Radiotherapy.”
The research, conducted at the Mayo Clinic, found that children receiving more local radiation had similar survival outcomes as those who received more extensive radiation for intracranial non-germinomatous germ cell tumors except in a subset of patients with elevated levels of alpha-fetoprotein in their cerebrospinal fluid. It also found that those with spinal recurrence usually had elevated alpha-fetoprotein levels in the cerebrospinal fluid at their original diagnosis.
Fourth-year medical students Erica Martin, Megan Miller, and Lacey Krebsbach had their paper “Serum calcium levels are elevated among women with untreated postmenopausal breast cancer” recently accepted for publication in Cancer Causes and Control, a highly visible journal in cancer epidemiology. The research, conducted at MeritCare Hospital, found a small, but significantly higher mean serum calcium level among postmenopausal Caucasian women with newly diagnosed, untreated breast cancer. These findings are consistent with an effect of early breast tumors on calcium homeostasis. The lack of association between serum calcium levels and tumor size or stage supports the hypothesis that subclinical hyperparathyroidism may increase the risk for breast cancer.
“There are only few medical students in this country who complete a clinical research project during their third year and have it presented at a prestigious conference and publish in specialized journals,” said Sahmoun. “We should expect the UND medical education program to continue to produce high caliber doctors in the future.”
-- Denis F. MacLeod, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, email@example.com, 777-3300
|Markland wins 2009 Distinguished Librarian of the Year award|
Mary Markland, the librarian for the Southeast Clinical Campus of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Fargo, N.D., won the 2009 Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award from the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MLA) at its annual conference on Oct. 5 in Columbus, Ohio.
In granting the award, the chapter recognizes Markland’s outstanding professional contributions to health sciences librarianship and the chapter. Criteria used to evaluate Markland included leadership, advocacy, scholarship, research, publications, presentations, teaching, training, mentoring, outreach, professional activities, and meaningful and measurable service to the chapter.
The purposes of the Midwest Chapter are to stimulate and foster interest in health sciences libraries and librarianship; increase the knowledge of its members by sponsoring educational programs and courses; encourage development of and cooperation among health sciences libraries; provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and the discussion of mutual problems and concerns; and acquaint persons interested in health sciences libraries and librarianship with the MLA. The Midwest Chapter includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin. Markland just finished a three-year commitment as president-elect, president and immediate past president of the Midwest Chapter.
-- Denis F. MacLeod, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3300