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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 03: August 29, 2006

Top Stories
UND named one of best colleges by Princeton Review
President Kupchella seeks FAR letters of interest
Events to Note
U2 lists workshops
Register now for the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Summit
Volunteer Recruitment Day set today
Business Office announces fall fee payment schedule
Dakota Science Center sets annual meeting for Sept. 11
Networking and Practice Interview Day set for Sept. 26
Doctoral examination set for Patricia Hunter
Annual Tour de Forks bike ride, walk set for Sept. 17
IVN sessions will focus on copyright issues
Career Fair set for Oct. 18
Chester Fritz Library lists Labor Day weekend hours
ITSS lists holiday hours
Law Library's Labor Day weekend hours listed
Note information for using human subjects in research
New program gives communities a voice
Full-time graduate student status reduced to 9 credits
Parking restricted near Steam Plant
New dance curriculum inaugurated in Theatre Arts
International Programs publishes newsletter
Athletic season tickets are now available
Donated leave requested for Janet Ouradnik
Labor Day is holiday
Denim Day is Aug. 30
Internal job openings listed
North Dakota Museum of Art lists cafe specials
In the News
EHD announces new associate deans
Registrar's office adds assistant registrars
Schill presents short course on autism
UND professor interviewed on NPR
Graduate student tracks space object
UND named one of best colleges by Princeton Review

The University has once again been named one of "The Best 361 Colleges" in the United States by The Princeton Review.

The designation comes on the heels of an announcement that UND has been named one of the best public universities in the United States in two other recently released lists of college rankings. UND ranks in the top 100 public universities according to the September issue of Washington Monthly, and is also listed among the best national universities by U.S. News & World Report.

"We are obviously pleased to be included in the list of America's best. The Princeton Review appears to be based on some firsthand testimony which is good and not at all common to all listings of this type," said President Charles Kucphella.

The Princeton Review, which says that UND "offers students an outstanding undergraduate education," features the University in the new 2007 edition of its annual book, "The Best 361 Colleges." Only about 15 percent of the four-year colleges in America and two Canadian colleges are in the book. The Princeton Review also posts the book's annual ranking lists on its web site,, where it has FAQs about the book, rankings and survey.

"We chose schools for this book primarily for their outstanding academics," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review vice president for publishing. "We evaluated them based on institutional data we collect about the schools, feedback from students attending them, and our visits to schools over the years. We also consider the opinions of independent college counselors, students and parents we hear from and survey year-long. Finally, we work to have a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."

In its profile, The Princeton Review describes the high quality of UND's academic programs, particularly the aerospace program, and includes quotes from students about great programs in nursing, law, accounting, and forensic science, the only meteorology program in the area, a physical therapy program with a good reputation, and an "awesome" honors program. In fact, as one student put it, "UND is just a great school to go to if you want lots of academic options." Another student said UND is "a nice campus that is full of friendly people and good times. And yet another said, Grand Forks, North Dakota offers a small-town atmosphere, as well as the small-town need for creativity when trying to find entertainment."

Among UND's most popular majors, according to The Princeton Review: several in aerospace, nursing and psychology.

President Kupchella seeks FAR letters of interest

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

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

Faculty members interested in being considered are asked to send a letter of interest to President Kupchella. All interested parties should feel free to contact the current FAR, Phil Harmeson, Senior Associate to the President, for more information if needed. Letters of interest should be received in the President’s Office by Friday, Sept. 22.

--Jan Orvik for President Charles Kupchella.

U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for Sept. 5-13. Visit our web site for more.

Access XP, Beginning: Sept. 5, 6, and 7, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Prerequisite: basic understanding of computers, mouse and file saving/retrieval skills. Introduces Access and relational databases. Learn to create a database, work with tables, queries, forms, reports, and establish relationships. Presenter: Heidi Strande.

Records Retention and E-Mail: Sept. 5, 9 to 10 a.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union. Learn what role e-mail plays in an organization, and UND policy and best practices for retaining e-mail messages. Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.

Defensive Driving: Sept. 6, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 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: Greg Krause.

GroupWise 6.5, Beginning: Sept. 11, 9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II. Participants will navigate through the GroupWise environment, create and send messages, reply to and forward messages, use the address book, create a personal address book, create a mail group, work with calendar, schedule posted appointments and recurring events, work with junk mail folder and other mail handling features. Presenter: Heidi Strande.

Records Disposal Procedures: Sept. 12, 9 to 10 a.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union. Learn more about the process for destroying or transferring records that have passed their retention time limits. We’ll review the system used, discuss why it’s necessary to document, and take part in a hands-on run-through of the entire process. It’s fun to clean out, it’s easier than you think, and now’s the time to do it! Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.

Laboratory Safety: Sept. 12, 9 to 11 a.m., Memorial Room, Memorial Union; or Sept. 15, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Learn general lab safety principles for the use of chemicals in laboratories. The workshop covers potential health hazards in the laboratory, protective measures, and response to incidents and emergencies. This training is required for all University employees working in a laboratory. Presenter: Greg Krause, safety and environmental health.

Keys to Change in the Workplace: Sept. 13, 8:30 to 10 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union.
Learning to manage change is a critical skill for supervisors. They are challenged with juggling the responsibilities of learning new tasks while managing their own reactions to modifications. At the same time they are addressing their subordinates' concerns and possible resistance to the change and conversion process. This workshop addresses a number of issues that can arise as a result of organizational change. Participants will walk through planning questions, learn some of the key actions for dealing with change, and suggestions will be offered for dealing with employees who struggle with the change process. Barriers that we all may struggle with during change will be covered. Lastly, learning how to assist and prepare customers for change will be addressed in this presentation. Presenter: Kari Schoenhard, St. Alexius EAP.

Dealing with Change: Sept. 13, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. At times it seems as though change is happening constantly. New policies, more job responsibilities, higher expectations, financial worries and layoffs -- at times change can cause one to feel like life is spinning out of control. We assess change as either positive or negative. All change brings with it some feelings of stress. It is important to address how we handle change on an individual basis. This workshop will cover some of the tools effective for managing the change process and our reaction to it. Presenter: Kari Schoenhard, St. Alexius EAP.

Working with Prospective Students: Sept. 13, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. This session will deal with issues related to current and suggested recruitment practices. The audience for this session is anyone who works with undergraduate prospective students at UND (faculty, coaches, administrative support staff, etc.). Participants will leave with an understanding of the current general recruitment process for all students, a summary of available data, and practical ideas for maximizing individual departmental efforts. Presenter: Kenton Pauls.

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

Register now for the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Summit

You're invited to attend the 2006 North Dakota Alcohol and Substance Abuse Summit Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 12-13, at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. A clinical supervision pre-conference workshop will be held Monday, Sept. 11. Visit for more information.

Experts from across the nation on the prevention and treatment of alcohol and other drug abuse will be featured. This year’s theme is “Body, Mind and Spirit: Staying Fit in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Service Delivery.”

Register before Thursday, Aug. 31, and save $25.

Who should attend: addiction counselors, clergy, professional counselors, social workers, psychologists/psychiatrists, addiction nurses, prevention coordinators, educators, social service professionals, juvenile justice workers, safe/drug free school coordinators, healthcare providers.

The summit is presented by the North Dakota Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and coordinated by the UND Office of Conference Services.

Blocks of rooms have been reserved for Alcohol Summit participants at the Ramkota Hotel. Please make your own lodging reservations by calling the Best Western Ramkota Hotel at 701-258-7700.
Registration is available online at You may also print out the registration form for the summit web site and mail or fax it to UND Office of Conference Services. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please e-mail us at (Subject line: Alcohol Summit Mailing List). Registrations postmarked before or on Aug. 31 will save $25. Continuing education credit applications will be submitted for LACs, LPCs/LPCCs, social workers, nurses and psychologists. General CEUs through UND Continuing Education will also be available. You must sign up onsite to receive your hours.

If you have questions, contact the UND Office of Conference Services at 866-579-2663 (toll free) or 701-777-2663 or e-mail
-- Robyn von Ruden, Conference Coordinator, UND Division of Continuing Education Office of Conference Services,, 701-777-4274

Business Office announces fall fee payment schedule

The fall 2006 fee payment will be conducted Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. The hours of operation will be Thursday, Aug. 31, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Friday, Sept. 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this time the Business Office will relocate to Hyslop 170 to assist students with fee payment and financial aid disbursment. All students should be directed to Hyslop Room 170 during these two days. Please note the change in location for this fall. Departmental deposits will be accepted at a teller window, second floor Twamley Hall. The teller window will only be open temporarily from 2 to 3 p.m. on these days. Although no receipt will be issued, the deposits must be logged in by a respresentative from your department. The deposits will be processed as time allows. If departments anticipate special needs during these two days, contact Sandi Brelie at 777-3080. Additionally, due to the high amount of telephone traffic during the weeks surrounding fee payment, contacting the Business Office staff may be easiest through e-mail. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
-- Loretta Prather, Assistant Bursar, Business Office, loretta, 701-777-3092

Volunteer Recruitment Day set today

Volunteer Recruitment Day will take place in the Memorial Union Thursday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Twenty-three agencies will be available to discuss volunteer opportunities with students, faculty and staff. The agencies will be in the Loading Dock on the main floor as well as in the Presidents Room and the Memorial Room on the second floor. Everyone is encouraged to attend this event and find out how to help the community.
-- Linda Rains, Coordinator of Civic Leadership, Memorial Union,, 701-777-4076

Networking and Practice Interview Day set for Sept. 26

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Networking and Practice Interview Day. The event will be held in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union.

Networking and Practice Interview Day is designed for students of all majors to practice effective interviewing and networking skills. This event gives students the opportunity to network with local employers, while practicing their interview skills in a professional setting.

Students are asked to pre-register by Friday, Sept. 22, in order to reserve a scheduled time slot. Scheduled interviews are limited, so make sure to sign up early. Students are recommended to dress professionally and bring copies of their resume to their scheduled interview.

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

Dakota Science Center sets annual meeting for Sept. 11

The Dakota Science Center annual meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at Room 7008, Elroy Schroeder Middle School, 800 32nd Ave. S. Jerry Wenzel will have a few science surprises to share. A perennial will be planted in the outdoor classroom butterfly garden in memory of former board member Carolyn Anderson after the meeting. The public is invited.

Doctoral examination set for Patricia Hunter

The final examination for Patricia Hunter, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Counseling Psychology, is set for 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, in Room 318, Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is, "Development and Validation of the Coping, Alcohol/Drugs, and Trauma Scale (CATS)." David Whitcomb (Counseling) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend. -- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

Annual Tour de Forks bike ride, walk set for Sept. 17

The annual Tour de Forks Louis Eberwein Bike Ride and Sharon Lambeth 5K Run/Walk will be held Sunday, Sept. 17, starting and finishing at Lincoln Drive Park. Registration is from noon to 1:30 p.m., with a starting time of 1:30 p.m. Cost for adults is $20, students $10 and family $50.

Participants have the option to choose from the following Tour de Forks courses: 5K walk/run, 10 mile bike ride, or five mile bike ride. Bike riders will have the opportunity to choose from a well-marked course. Support vehicles will be available for participants who experience difficulties. Rest and water stops will be available along each course.

Registration forms are available at Altru's Work Life Center, Grand Forks Family Medicine Residency and Student Health Center. All proceeds from this ride go to support the Grand Forks Breast Cancer Coalition. All participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt.

The event is sponsored by Altru and the American Medical Women’s Association at the School of Medicine.

-- Shaina Dockter, public relations, UND American Medical Women’s Association,

IVN sessions will focus on copyright issues

Five copyright conferences will be held from October 2006 through April 2007, hosted in several Interactive Video Network sites on campuses of the NDUS.

The first of the copyright sessions will be held Friday, Oct. 13, 9 to 10:50 a.m. on the IVN network and through streaming video. The URL for the streaming video will be published prior to the first session.

In addition, the sessions will be delivered to K-12 sites. For those unable to have access to one of these locations, the sessions will be streamed allowing for synchronous or asynchronous participation as well as asynchronous pod casting.

Each session will have a different focus with an overriding theme of Fair Use in the delivery of instruction. This focus encompasses the distance education as well as traditional classroom. For more information, please visit .

Career Fair set for Oct. 18

The Fall 2006 Career Fair is set for Wednesday, Oct. 18, Hyslop Multi-Purpose Gym, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 100 companies will attend. Preregistration is available online at This is open to all UND undergraduate/graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
-- Amanda Noreen, Marketing Coordinator, Career Services,, 777-4100

Chester Fritz Library lists Labor Day weekend hours

The Chester Fritz Library will observe the following hours of operation for the Labor Day weekend: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 3, closed; Monday (Labor Day), Sept. 4, 1 p.m. to midnight.
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library,, 7-2618

Law Library's Labor Day weekend hours listed

Labor Day weekend hours for the Law Library are:
Saturday, Sept. 2, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 3, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 4, 1 to 5 p.m. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, Sept 5. They are: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Law Library,, 7-3482

ITSS lists holiday hours

Information Technology Systems and Services will close for the Labor Day holiday at midnight Sunday, Sept. 3, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Note information for using human subjects in research

All persons affiliated with the University who wish to conduct research involving human subjects on or off campus must first receive approval from the UND Institutional Review Board (IRB). Such research includes, for example, the use of educational tests, the administration of surveys and interviews; the observation of public behavior; the study of existing identifiable data, records or specimens; oral history research; as well as clinical studies involving drugs, medical devices, collection of blood samples, etc. The establishment of the IRB at institutions like UND is mandated by the federal government in order to protect human subjects.

Conducting human subjects research without IRB approval is unethical and contrary to the stated policies of UND and the Board of Higher Education. Failure to comply with IRB policies and procedures may result in project termination, interruption of research support, and, in some cases, a report to the federal agency funding the non-compliant research project. Therefore, we encourage you to protect yourselves by submitting your project to the IRB for review before the research begins. The IRB manual is no longer in effect. The board has approved new standard operating procedures which contain updated information about every aspect of the IRB. Information about IRB policies and procedures can be found on the IRB’s home page at

The review process is initiated by submitting a research protocol to the IRB. Forms can be found on the IRB’s web site. The IRB forms are updated periodically in order to reflect changes in UND and federal policies, and only the current updated applications will be accepted. Therefore, it is important that a new IRB form be downloaded from the web site for each new proposal. If an outdated form is submitted, it will be sent back to the PI without being reviewed. Forms are also available by contacting the IRB secretary at the Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) office in 105 Twamley Hall.

There are three categories used in the review of research protocols. Most proposals fall in the "Exempt" or "Expedited" categories and can, as a result, be reviewed by one member of the Board. Approximately 14 days are required for the review of projects that fall in these categories. Reviewers may request additional information or refer the protocol to the full foard. In either case, the review may take longer. There are four exempt certification forms that may be used if the proposed research qualifies for exempt review under one of the categories listed on the forms. For all other research projects, the human subjects review form must be used.

"Full Board" review is required for projects with physical risks or potential for injury or harm to the subject’s dignity or well being. The Full Board meets on a monthly basis. If full board review is required and the project involves human subjects who are patients undergoing medical treatment as part of the research project, or involves imposing physical stress or intrusive medical procedures, the clinical medical subcommittee must also review the protocol and provide a recommendation to the IRB. This typically adds one additional week to the review process. A schedule of IRB meetings and deadline dates for the coming months follows.

The UND IRB requires all principal investigators and key personnel to complete human subject education before starting their research. Key personnel are defined as persons who will have contact with human subjects or who will have access to identifiable data. The UND IRB has two options for fulfilling the educational requirement. The first option is an internet-based set of modules sponsored by the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) and the University of Miami. The CITI course consists of a group of modules encompassing the history of the IRB system, the regulations governing human subjects research, and topics specific to areas of particular importance, controversy or complexity. The researcher should choose the track that best fits his or her type of research, either biomedical research or social/behavioral research, and complete the basic course under that track. Registration for the course is accessible at The modules will need to be completed within 30 days of registering for the course. Specific UND requirements are listed on the UND institutional page available on the course site. The other educational option would be to attend an IRB basics workshop. Please contact the IRB coordinator if you would like more information.

The IRB has determined that PI’s and key personnel must complete IRB education at least once every three years. Either of the options listed above can be completed to fulfill this requirement, or researchers seeking recertification may take the refresher course on the CITI site. Registration for the refresher course is accessible at

The IRB coordinator and IRB members are available to make presentations to faculty/students/staff regarding IRB policies, procedures, etc. Also, the RD&C has several videos and books that may be checked out by faculty members. If you are interested in either of these options, please contact Jodi Everett, IRB administrative secretary, at 777-4279.

SEPTEMBER 2006 - MAY 2007

Meetings at 3 p.m. / Proposals requiring full board review deadline / Clinical proposals that require subcommittee and full board review deadline

Fri., Sept. 8, 2006 / Tues., Aug. 29, 2006 / Tues. Aug. 22, 2006
Fr., Oct. 6, 2006 / Tues., Sept. 26, 2006 / Tues., Sept. 19, 2006
Fri., Nov. 3, 2006 / Tues., Oct. 24, 2006 / Tues., Oct. 17, 2006
Fri., Dec. 1, 2006 / Tues., Nov. 21, 2006 / Tues., Nov. 14, 2006
Fri., Jan. 5, 2007 / Tues., Dec. 26, 2006 / Tues., Dec. 19, 2006
Fri., Feb. 2, 2006 / Tues., Jan. 23, 2007 / Tues., Jan. 16, 2007
Fri., March 2, 2007 / Tues., Feb. 20, 2007 / Tues., Feb. 13, 2007
Fri., Apr. 6, 2007 / Tues., March 27, 2007 / Tues., March 20, 2007
Fri., May 4, 2007 / Tues., Apr. 24, 2007 / Tues., Apr. 17, 2007

NOTE: All meetings will be held at 3 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. Changes in location, date, or time will be announced in the University Letter prior to the meeting.

New program gives communities a voice

A new program through the Center for Rural Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences will give rural communities a voice in their futures.

The Vision, Opportunity and Inspiration through Civic Engagement (VOICE) program, draws rural communities together to build healthier communities.

Through the new, two-year program, the Center for Rural Health received an $80,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to work with a coalition that includes at least three rural communities to develop a program to make the entire region healthier.

“Most community development programs focus on one community at a time,” said Brad Gibbens, associate director at the center and director of the project. “With this program we want to create a regional voice by having communities work together as a coalition to make their communities healthier.”

A program to improve the health of the area could include a variety of things, according to Gibbens. Some possibilities include keeping young people in the community, providing services to the elderly, ensuring access to healthcare or making the community more inclusive for people with disabilities, minorities and those with varied social and economic backgrounds.

The program stresses inclusiveness and civic engagement says Gibbens.

“Civic engagement means we want more people involved in making decisions,” said Gibbens. “We want the participation of everyday citizens including different age groups, genders, lengths of residency in the area and ethnicities.”

The Center for Rural Health will work with the chosen coalition to create and train an inclusive taskforce, survey and talk with area residents to determine what kind of program is needed and develop a plan to implement the program. The coalition will receive funding to implement the plan.

Additional information about the program can be found at or by contacting Gibbens at 701-777-3848 or via e-mail at
-- Amanda Scurry, public information specialist, UND SMHS,, 701-777-0871

Full-time graduate student status reduced to 9 credits

Please note the following change in the State Board of Higher Education Policy 440.3.h, Enrollment Reporting ( “Effective Summer 2006, full-time graduate students means graduate students enrolled in 9 or more credit hours during fall or spring semester. For institutional academic administration purposes, other assignments may be taken into consideration when considering the full-time status of a graduate student.”
-- Victoria Beard, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs,, 777-4824

Parking restricted near Steam Plant

Due to a contract change with the steam plant, coal is now being delivered by semi instead of rail. The delivery is restricted to specific times, and will impact parking along Campus Road. The area affected is directly west of the Steam Plant. Signs have been placed indicating “no parking between 5:30 p.m. and 6 a.m., seven days a week, violators towed.” This will be strictly enforced in order to assure delivery of the coal. Please contact the parking office at 777-3551 for questions or concerns.

New dance curriculum inaugurated in Theatre Arts

The Theatre Arts Department announces the addition of two dance courses to its curriculum. Dance courses will be offered both fall and spring terms of the 2006-07 academic year. In the fall semester Tap I, meeting MW 4:30-5:30 p.m., and Jazz I, meeting T/TH 3:30-4:45 p.m., will be offered. In the spring semester Tap II and Jazz II will be offered. Tap I and Jazz I may be offered again in spring if there is sufficient interest. Enrollment is open to all students, staff, and faculty at UND. Enrollment for the fall term is still being accepted. There is also a waiting list available if the courses do fill. Classes will be held in 108 Chandler Hall. For more information about the classes, please call Patricia Downey at 777-4075.
-- Patricia Downey, Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts,, 777-4075

International Programs publishes newsletter

The Office of International Programs is publishing a monthly newsletter that will serve as a regular contact between the OIP and the University community, sharing what’s happening at the OIP and highlighting news or issues regarding international students as well as students studying abroad. The newsletter, Building Bridges, can be found at or accessed from the OIP web page,
-- Ray Lagasse, Director of International Programs, International Programs,, 777-2938

Athletic season tickets are now available

Season tickets are now available for all sports, including recently released men’s hockey seats. As a UND faculty and staff member, you will receive a 20 percent discount on all season ticket purchases. If you purchase season tickets before Sept. 1, you can still qualify for payroll deduction.

Please call the UND Box Office at 777-4689 to reserve your seats now. -- Athletics.

Donated leave requested for Janet Ouradnik

Leave donations are sought for Janet Ouradnik, administrative secretary in admissions. She and her family thank you for your generosity. Please send a donated leave form to Heidi Kippenhan, Stop 8357 to donate leave. For a form, go to, then click on forms. -- Admissions.

Labor Day is holiday

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Sept. 4, will be observed as Labor Day by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday. -- Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources.

Denim Day is Aug. 30

Wednesday, Aug. 30, is the last Wednesday of the month and that means you can wear your Denim Day button, pay your dollar, and enjoy wearing your casual duds in the middle of the week. All proceeds go to charity. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the fun? All me and I'll set you up with buttons and posters for your area. -- Patsy Nies, Enrollment Services, 777-3791, for the Denim Day Committee.

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, PO Box 8010, Grand Forks, ND 58202. Applications MUST be received by the deadline date.


POSITION: High Performance Computing Specialist (50% time) ITSS, #07-064
DEADLINE: (I) 9/05/2006
SALARY: $24.04 - $28.85

POSITION: Head of Reference and Research Services, #07-039
DEADLINE: 9/15/06 Current UND employee (Internal) applicants will be considered with the External applicants.
SALARY: $55,000 - $57,000

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 December 1, 2005 and will continue until the position is filled.
SALARY: Commensurate with experience


OFFICE SUPPORT: No current openings.


POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, M-F 7:30am - 4:00pm) Facilities, #07-065
DEADLINE: (I) 9/05/2006
SALARY:$16,037 - $20,00

POSITION: Building Services/Carpet Technician (Custodial, Mon-Sat, 4:30pm-12:30am), #07-063
DEADLINE: (I)8/30/06
SALARY: $16,640 - $20,000

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, Sun - Fri, 11:00pm - 7:00am), #07-062
DEADLINE: (I)8/30/2006
SALARY:$16,640 - $20,000

POSITION: Lead Pantry Chef, Dining Services, #07-061
DEADLINE: (I) 8/30/2006
SALARY: $7.94 - $10.00

North Dakota Museum of Art lists cafe specials

Caribbean week continues.
* Aug. 30: Entrée: Coconut Prawns, Soup: Cuban Beef Stew.
* Aug. 31: Entrée: Caribbean Fruit Salad, Soup: Curry Channa.
* Sept. 1: Entrée: Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Soup: Shredded Beef Stew.

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; a conference room is available for luncheons. We also cater weekend and evening events, 777-4195. Visit the Museum Cafe online at
-- Connie Hulst, Office Manager, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

EHD announces new associate deans

The University is pleased to announce two new associate dean positions. The College of Education and Human Development has named Cindy Juntunen associate dean of research and graduate studies; and Barbara Combs associate dean of teacher education.

The associate dean of research and graduate studies is responsible for supporting, coordinating, and facilitating the research and sponsored activity along with the graduate programs of the College. Juntunen is a full professor and former chair in the Department of Counseling. She has been at UND since 1994 and will continue as director of training for the doctoral program in counseling psychology.

Juntunen earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from UND and a master’s degree at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of Missouri and received a Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a native of North Dakota and resides in Grand Forks.

The associate dean of teacher education is responsible for overseeing all of the components of teacher education at the University, including reaccreditation. The teacher education program at UND will undergo a reaccreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and a state approval team in the spring of 2008. Combs is an associate professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning. She has taught at UND since 2002 and last fall became director of teacher education.

Combs, a native of northern New York, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in early secondary education and a Master of Science in reading education, both at State University of New York at Cortland, N.Y. She earned a Ph.D. in English education with a minor in educational administration from Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y. Combs resides in Grand Forks with her husband, Gerald.

For more information, please contact Jena Pierce, director of alumni relations and development, at (701) 777-0844, or

Registrar's office adds assistant registrars

Kathy Dietz and Lisa Hanson have been named assistant registrars.

Kathy Dietz earned a bachelor's degree in public administration at UND, and began her duties as assistant registrar July 1. She supervises a staff of five and oversees all areas of the service area and maintenance of student records. She is responsible for the development and implementation of degree audit and serves as liaison for student athletic eligibility. Dietz most recently held the position of office manager in the registrar’s office. She has also worked in the student financial aid office at UND. Prior to joining UND, Dietz worked as a program administrator for childcare enrichment centers in Tacoma, Wash., and as a fund development/communications director and director of membership services for non-profit youth development agencies in Grand Forks, and Sioux City, Iowa.

Lisa Hanson earned a master's degree in educational leadership from UND and joined the Office of the Registrar on July 31. She supervises a staff of four and oversees all areas of domestic and international transfer and test credit evaluation, records processes for correspondence, distance, workshop and other continuing education courses, and is responsible for the development and maintenance of articulation agreements. Hanson comes to UND with seven years of experience in higher education, specifically in academic advising, admissions and financial aid administration.

-- Suzanne Anderson, University Registrar.

Schill presents short course on autism

Mary Jo Schill, clinical assistant professor in communication sciences and disorders presented an invited short course, "Early Identification and Assessment of Children with Autism," at the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing annual conference in Memphis, Tenn. Schill also attended the groundbreaking for the new national headquarters of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Rockville, Md. As ASHA'S vice president for administration and planning she is responsible for overseeing the budget and financing for the $48 million project.
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UND professor interviewed on NPR

Ken Olson of the Summer Institute of Linguistics at UND was interviewed recently on NPR's Weekend Edition. He discussed the Aymara of the Andean highlands, who envision the future as being behind you, with the past in front. Other languages use different metaphors to talk about time. You can hear the interview at
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Graduate student tracks space object

Space studies graduate student and asteroid hunter Vishnu Reddy recently tracked a space object blasting through near-Earth space at 60 arc seconds per minute. In race track terms, thats 37,000 miles per hour, or more than twice as fast as Space Shuttles average orbit velocity.

We were looking at it because it flew by just about as close as the Moon is, so it was potentially hazardous to Earth, said Reddy, who, though still in grad school, has already named several asteroids and is well-regarded in near-Earth object tracking circles.

Reddy and UND space studies faculty Mike Gaffey and Paul Hardersen, both respected astronomical observers, observed the asteroid-dubbed object 2004 X-14-using the 3-meter telescope at the National Aeronautics and Space Administrations (NASAs) Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) located atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

This was the first time UND planetary scientists remotely observed an asteroid through the NASA IRTF via the Internet, Reddy noted.

The UND scientists downloaded and analyzed data to answer key questions about the asteroid, including its velocity, its dimensions and mass, and its composition. Using a special technique developed by UND space studies alum Paul Abell, now at NASAs Johnson Space Center, Reddy has defined the diameter of the object at 250 to 300, a number thats close to JPL astronomer Lance Benners radar-acquired estimate of 260.

The UND team also defined the asteroids composition: either nickel-iron metal or enstatite, a magnesium silicate commonly defined as a pyroxene mineral.

We tracked the asteroid in real time, which was truly exciting for us, and came real close to the radar measurements made at JPL, said Reddy, who is quoted in the latest issue of the journal Nature about this project (see ).

The results obtained by the UND and JPL observers will be presented to the scientific community at the American Astronomical Societys Division of Planetary Sciences Meeting at Pasadena in October.

We should note that 2004 XP14 does not pose an impact threat to the Earth in the next 100 years, based on its current orbital information, Reddy says.