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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 01: August 22, 2006

Top Stories
Sen. Conrad and FAA administrator visit UND Aerospace
UND ranks among top 100 public universities in U.S.
Events to Note
GER committee holds annual revalidation workshop
Register now for Beyond Boundaries Conference
U2 workshops listed
Mike Commodore and Stanley Cup are at the Ralph tonight
Sen. Dorgan visits UND Barnes and Noble Bookstore for book discussion, signing
Involvement Expo set for Aug. 23
Doctoral examination set for Carol Bennett
Ralph Engelstad Arena Job Fair set for Aug. 24
Doctoral examination set for AnnaMarie Carlson
Theatre Arts holds auditions for musical, play
Third Street Gallery hosts exhibition, reception for Fargo artist
Higher education leadership panel is Sept. 5
Study Abroad Fair set for Sept. 13
Bookstore records over $1 million in used textbooks
Parking restricted near Steam Plant
Applications available for higher education leadership seminar
Barnes & Noble at UND sale is through Sept. 3
State fleet motor pool lists rates effective Aug. 1
Petros bobbleheads for sale
Wellness Center provides tips on the sun and your skin
Barnes & Noble Tower Cafe' lists menu
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Aerospace dean awarded meritorious service medal
College of Nursing receives $12,500 grant
Holly Brown-Borg named Fellow of Gerontological Society of America
Sen. Conrad and FAA administrator visit UND Aerospace

Sen. Kent Conrad and Nicholas Sabatini, associate administrator for aviation safety, will tour the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences Tuesday, Aug. 22.

The University is seeking a partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the state and the Odegard School.

Sabatini became associate administrator for aviation safety of the FAA in 2001. He is responsible for certification, production approval and continued airworthiness of aircraft, and the certification of pilots, mechanics and others in safety-related positions. He is also responsible for certification of all operational and maintenance enterprises in domestic civil aviation; development of regulations; civil flight operations; and the certification and safety oversight of some 7,300 U.S. commercial airlines and air operators. Sabatini oversees a work force of approximately 6,300 employees in the FAA's Washington headquarters, nine regional offices and more than 125 field offices throughout the world.

UND ranks among top 100 public universities in U.S.

The University has been named one of the best public universities in the United States, according to two 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.

UND increased in almost every measure of the U.S. News & World Report ranking, including such areas as average freshman retention rate (77 percent this year compared to 75 percent last year), the percentage of faculty who are full time (93 percent up from 89 percent), and the average alumni giving rate (14 percent compared to 11 percent). The magazine puts UND among the nation's top 182 public and nonpublic colleges and universities.

"We don't want to put too much stock in these rankings, but we do take them as an indicator that we are on track with our Strategic Plan," said UND President Charles Kupchella. "We are doing what we set out as our goal: to make this one of the top 100 public institutions, which it already is by many measures, and to position the University so that our successors can make it one of the top 50 universities in the nation."

GER committee holds annual revalidation workshop

The General Education Requirements (GER) Committee is holding its annual revalidation workshop Friday, Aug. 25, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. The event is designed to provide information to departments about the general education revalidation process and to facilitate communication between revalidating departments and the GER committee.

Departments are currently revalidated on a three-year cycle. Departments up for revalidation in the 2006/2007 cycle include:
Anthropology, Biology, Business Administration, Communication Sciences and Disorders, English, Geology, Honors, Indian Studies, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Recreation and Leisure Services, and Theatre Arts.

Representatives from any department are welcome at the workshop, and those who are revalidating this year are especially encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Jana Hollands by Tuesday, Aug. 24, to ensure sufficient seating and snacks.
-- Matthew Cavalli, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering,, 7-4389

U2 workshops listed

Below are U2 workshops for Sept. 5-7. Visit our web site for more.

Access XP, Beginning: Sept. 5, 6, and 7, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., or Sept. 25, 26, and 27, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. (nine hours total), 361 Upson II. Prerequisite: basic understanding of computers, mouse and file saving/retrieval skills. Introduces Access and relational databases. 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., Oct. 18, 10 to 11 a.m., or Nov. 16, 1 to 2 p.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union. Learn what role e-mail plays in an organization, 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.

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

Register now for Beyond Boundaries Conference

The fifth annual Beyond Boundaries: Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning Conference is set for Sept. 28 and 29 at the Memorial Union. Visit the web site at for more information. The conference is planned and sponsored by UND.

Who should attend? Higher education faculty, higher education administrators, curriculum designers and online course developers, distance education professionals, instructional and information technology support specialists, student service representatives, librarians, undergraduate and graduate level students, and individuals interested in integrating technology into teaching and learning.

The keynote speakers are:
* Marc Prensky, an internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, consultant, futurist, visionary and inventor in the critical areas of education and learning. He is the founder of Games2train, an e-learning company whose clients include IBM, Bank of America, Pfizer, Nokia, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Florida and LA Virtual Schools. He is the author of the critically acclaimed "Digital Game-Based Learning" (McGraw-Hill, 2001), and "Don't Bother Me, Mom - I'm Learning! The Positive Guide for Parents Concerned About Their Kids' Video and Computer Game Playing."

Prensky's professional focus has been on reinventing the learning process, combining the motivation of video games and other highly engaging activities with the driest content of education and business. He is considered one of the world's leading experts on the connection between games and learning. His innovative combination of educational tools and game technology - including the world's first fast-action videogame-based corporate training tool - is being accepted throughout schools, government and corporate America.

* Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt are the authors of the 1999 Frandson Award winning book, "Building Learning Communities in Cyberspace: Effective Strategies for the Online Classroom" (Jossey-Bass, 1999), "Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom" (Jossey-Bass, 2001), "The Virtual Student" (Jossey-Bass, 2003) and "Collaborating Online" (2005). The books are comprehensive guides to the development of an online environment that helps promote successful learning outcomes while building and fostering a sense of community among the learners. Palloff and Pratt have been presenting this work across the United States and internationally since 1994 as well as consulting to academic institutions regarding the development of effective distance learning programs. Their web site is

This two-day conference is jam-packed with trends, tips and tricks on integrating technology into teaching and learning. View the Beyond Boundaries searchable schedule with session dates, times and descriptions at

Full conference registration is just $100 (includes materials, continental breakfasts, lunches, Thursday evening reception and access to the exhibit hall) if you register on or before Sept. 15. Space is limited so register early. Registration forms are now available at You may register online using your credit card to print a registration form that can be mailed or faxed. You may also call the Office of Conference Services at 777-2663 or 866-579-2663 (toll free) to register. A complete registration brochure will be mailed the week of Aug. 28. If you'd like to be added to our mailing list, please let us know at (Attn: Beyond Boundaries).

For more information, contact UND Conference Services at 866-579-2663 (toll-free) or 701-777-2663 or e-mail (ATTN: Beyond Boundaries). You can also visit for more information.

-- Robyn von Ruden, Conference Services Coordinator, Division of Continuing Education,, 7-4274

Mike Commodore and Stanley Cup are at the Ralph tonight

Carolina Hurricanes Stanley Cup Champion, Mike Commodore, will be bringing the historic trophy home to Ralph Engelstad Arena tonight, Tuesday, Aug. 22. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the Commie and the Cup event begins at 7 p.m. The first 500 children will receive a FREE Commie and the Cup poster and youth hockey players dressed in their jerseys will get special seating for the event. Fans will have the opportunity to sign up for a limited edition Mike Commodore Bobblehead in the Sioux Shop that night. Red wigs and other Carolina Hurricanes merchandise will be available. Bring your camera for photographs with the famed Stanley Cup.
-- Sommer Lockhart, Marketing Manager, Ralph Engelstad Arena,, 701.777.0833

Sen. Dorgan visits UND Barnes and Noble Bookstore for book discussion, signing

Sen. Byron Dorgan, author of "Take This Job and Ship It," will visit the UND Barnes and Noble Bookstore Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 4 p.m. for discussion of his book and book signing. His book tells how corporate greed and brain dead politics are selling out America. -- Barnes and Noble Bookstore.

Involvement Expo set for Aug. 23

Please join us for the 2006 Involvement Expo Wednesday, Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in front of the Memorial Union. This is an annual event that gives students the opportunity to become familiar with UND’s student organizations, departments, and area businesses and nonprofit groups. Students can walk through the Expo and gather information about the services and exciting involvement opportunities available on campus and throughout the community. Be sure to look for the food, giveaways, and prizes. Start the year in a fun way by attending this great gathering of the UND and Grand Forks community.

The rain location is the Hyslop main arena. Please call 777-4200 for more information.

All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.
-- Clint Bueling, Coordinator of Student Organizations, Memorial Union,, 701-777-3620

Doctoral examination set for Carol Bennett

The final examination for Carol Bennett, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Experimental Psychology, is set for noon Thursday, Aug. 24, in room 210, Corwin Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is, "Time of Day, Attention, Sleep Quality, and Driving Experience: Possible Moderators of Age-Related Differences in Driving Performance." Thomas Petros (Psychology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend. -- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

Ralph Engelstad Arena Job Fair set for Aug. 24

Join our team. The Ralph Engelstad Arena Job Fair is Thursday, Aug. 24, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the main lobby. Part-time and event staff positions are available. For more information, call 777-4167 or visit
-- Sommer Lockhart, Marketing Manager, REA,, 701.777.0833

Doctoral examination set for AnnaMarie Carlson

The final examination for AnnaMarie Carlson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Psychology, is set for 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, in Room 210, Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is, "The Role of Impulsivity and Compulsivity in Disordered Eating, Self-Harm and Obligatory Exercise in a Nonclinical Sample." F.R. Ferraro (Psychology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend. -- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

Theatre Arts holds auditions for musical, play

Theatre Arts announces a call for actors, singers, and dancers for fall shows Tuesday, Aug. 29, in Burtness Theatre from 6 to 10 p.m. Sign up for an audition time on the call board in Room 5, Chandler Hall, before 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29. Performance dates for "Dames at Sea" (musical) are Oct. 24-28, and Nov. 14-18 for "A Doll's House." Those auditioning are asked to prepare the following audition material:

* 16 bars from a song (preferably from a musical). Select audition piece from high point of the song. Our rehearsal pianist will accompany all candidates.
* One to one-and-a-half-minute monologue from realistic play (comedy or drama).
* Dress for a professional audition/interview.

Call back lists will be posted on Burtness and Chandler Hall front doors by 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29. Callbacks Wednesday, Aug. 30: Check the call board in Chandler Hall Wednesday morning for specific parts to prepare. Callbacks begin on Wednesday for everyone for both shows at 6 p.m. and will run until 10 p.m. Everyone wear clothes for dance and/or movement as part of the callback auditions.

"Dames at Sea" callbacks and dance audition will be on Burtness Mainstage. "A Doll’s House" callbacks will be in the Burtness Lab Theatre.
-- Kathleen McLennan, Chair, Theatre Arts,, 701-777-2871

Third Street Gallery hosts exhibition, reception for Fargo artist

Third Street Gallery, 28 S. Third St., a non-profit arts space dedicated to providing arts opportunities to artists and the community, will host a free public exhibition opening reception Thursday, Aug. 31, from 7 to 9 p.m. for painter and illustrator Donald Renner. Members of the Third Street Gallery are invited to preview the exhibition and hear from Renner as he discusses his work in an artist talk at 6 p.m., prior to the public reception. Memberships can be purchased at the door for those interested in the artist talk.

Renner recently moved to Fargo after completing his bachelor of fine arts from UND. This exhibition is a combination of previous and new work, created using watercolor washes, followed by controlled burning and ink drawing.

The exhibition is curated by Rebecca Sefcovic Uglem and Amy Lyste, directors of the Third Street Gallery. Those wishing group tours, including schools, should call (701) 775-5055. There is no admission charge but a $2 donation is suggested for adults and change from children.

Third Street Gallery is a non-profit arts organization created by artists for artists to provide exhibits and opportunities for regional and local artists and to revitalize the Greater Grand Forks community through the arts. The gallery will provide a space for local artists to exhibit, in addition to providing the citizens of this community the opportunity to view and purchase original art from emerging artists across the Upper Midwest. For more information call (701) 775-5055 or contact

Higher education leadership panel is Sept. 5

You are invited to attend a panel presentation, "Exploring Higher Education Leadership," presented by the 2005-06 participants in the President’s Issues in Higher Education Leadership Seminar. The panel presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 5, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Badlands Room, Memorial Union. Panel members are Loretta Heuer (Nursing), Linda Neuerburg (American Indian Student Services), David Whitcomb (Counseling), Kimberly Kenville (Aviation), Bonnie Solberg (Memorial Union), and Suzy Belyea (Housing). The panel members will discuss challenges and opportunities in higher education leadership. You are particularly encouraged to attend if you are thinking about applying for the 2006-07 Issues in Higher Education Leadership Seminar. Please RSVP to Lisa Moore (777-4141) by Friday, Sept. 1, if you expect to attend the panel presentation.
-- Victoria Beard, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs,, 777-4824

Study Abroad Fair set for Sept. 13

The Study Abroad Fair is coming Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. If you have ever considered leading a faculty directed study abroad program, a visit to the Study Abroad Fair could be very helpful. To answer any questions about the fair, contact Melinda at or 777-4756, or Neva at or 777-3301.

The primary contact for faculty-directed study abroad is Ray Lagasse. He will assist getting your program started. A workshop exploring the process to develop and lead a faculty-directed study abroad will be held in October. More details to come.
-- Ray Lagasse, Director, International Programs, International Programs,, 777-2938

Bookstore records over $1 million in used textbooks

As we anticipate the arrival of UND students, I just want to thank everyone for all the support they have given us in helping the students reduce the cost of their textbooks. As we head into the start of classes, Barnes and Noble at UND has over $1 million in used textbooks. This translates into $337,000 in savings to your students over the next few weeks.

We could not have done this without your support in submitting timely book information. Let your students know about the great savings and have a wonderful semester. Thank you!
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

Barnes & Noble at UND sale is through Sept. 3

From Aug. 21 through Sept. 3, save 25 percent off Jansport imprinted men's and women's sweatshirts, as well as selected Red Shirt imprinted clothing items. Shop early for best selection!
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

Applications available for higher education leadership seminar

Applications are now being accepted for the 2006-07 Issues in Higher Education Leadership Seminar. Sponsored by the President and PAC-W, this program is designed for full-time faculty and staff interested in gaining a broader view of leadership in higher education. Six individuals will be selected to participate. The program is open to both men and women, though special emphasis is placed on the importance of developing women for professional leadership roles within the University. The program runs from October 2006 to May 2007 and includes participation in a monthly seminar, attendance at one national higher education conference, and one meeting of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. Participants will also be expected to organize a campus forum on a higher education topic of their choosing. Each participant will receive a $250 stipend plus travel and conference expenses. Applications are available from and are due Friday, Sept. 15.
-- 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.

State fleet motor pool lists rates effective Aug. 1

As of Aug. 1, the North Dakota State Fleet has adjusted their motor pool rates. Please use these rates when calulating a trip using a motor pool vehicle.

Sedan .301
Minivan .451
Van, 8 pass .551
Van, 15 pass .551
Compact 4x4 .501
Suburban, 5 pass .501
Suburban, 9 pass .551
Chevy S-10 pickup .501
Cargo van, fullsize .551
Cargo van, mini .501
-- Mary L. Metcalf, Manager, Transportation,, 701-777-4123

Petros bobbleheads for sale

The psychology department is raising funds to establish a student research and travel endowment by selling bobblehead dolls of one of its most (in)famous professors, Tom Petros. Those wishing to own a ceramic version of this iconic professor and support the students of the psychology department are encouraged to contact Jeffrey Weatherly at 777-3470. The cost of the dolls is $15 and all proceeds go toward establishing the endowment. Please make checks payable to the UND Alumni Association.

Wellness Center provides tips on the sun and your skin

Each year in the United States more than a million people are diagnosed with skin cancer. Although it’s not usually deadly, skin cancer can cause serious problems. What’s more, once people develop skin cancer, they are at high risk of developing another, new skin cancer later. Luckily, there are things you can do to protect yourself from the disease. Most forms of skin cancer can be prevented by limiting your exposure to the sun and other sources of ultraviolet light. That doesn’t mean that you have to hide from the sun, but you should:
• Stay away from tanning booths and sunlamps;
• Limit the time you spend outdoors, particularly at midday;
• Wear protective clothing, such as long sleeves and wide-brimmed hats;
• Wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet light;
• Use sunscreen every day, and make sure it has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.

Another important step toward protecting yourself from skin cancer involves getting to know your skin and checking regularly for changes. To examine your skin, go into a well-lit room with a full-length mirror and take off all your clothes. Look at the skin everywhere on your body, including areas that never see the sun, such as the space between your toes. If there are places you cannot see well, such as your back, ask someone you trust to look for you. Be on the lookout for any unusual skin markings. Note any moles that have changed in size, texture, color, or shape; or any moles or scabs that continue to bleed or won’t heal. The most common sites for skin cancer are the areas that get the most sun, namely the head, neck, back, chest, or shoulders. Still, skin cancer can strike anywhere, so don’t ignore the rest of your body.

There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and
melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common of the skin cancers, but melanoma is the most dangerous. These cancers tend to look different. Melanomas, for example, are usually brown or black and sometimes look like or start out as moles (see below, “The ABCs of Melanoma”). Non-melanoma skin cancer may be a little more difficult to spot than melanoma. These types of cancer can look like firm, pearly or red bumps (sometimes with a depressed center). They can also cause red or scaly spots that bleed easily. The key is to beware of any skin changes that don’t heal. If you spot a mole or skin change that you think could be cancerous, have your doctor look at it.

To learn more about skin cancer, call a health coach. Health coaches are specially trained healthcare professionals, such as nurses, dietitians, and respiratory therapists. They are available by phone, anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no charge to you. To talk to a health coach, call 1-800-658-2750. You can also get information online at

When trying to spot melanoma, it’s useful to look for the A,B,C’s of melanoma:
* A is for asymmetry, meaning that one half of the mole or skin growth doesn't match the other half.
* B is for border irregularity. Moles or spots with ragged, notched, or blurred edges are more likely to be cancerous than moles or spots with even edges.
* C is for color. Moles with a mix of tan, brown, or black are more likely to be cancerous than ones that are all one shade. Dashes of red, white, or blue are also cause for concern.
* D is for diameter. Moles or skin growths larger than a pencil eraser are more likely to be cancerous than smaller ones.
-- Blue Cross, Blue Shield & Amanda Eickhoff, Wellness Program Assistant, Wellness Center,, 777-0210

Barnes & Noble Tower Cafe' lists menu

Combo Meals Are Back!
Grab 'N' Go Combo $4.99
Cold Sandwich, Chips, and Tall Coffee or Choice of Soda.
Tower Cafe' Combo $6.99
Grilled Sandwich, Chips, Tall Coffee or Choice of Soda.
Barnes and Noble Tower Cafe' serving Starbucks coffee, fresh baked goods, and light lunches.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

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: Programmer, Aerospace Sciences, #07-057
DEADLINE: (I) 8/28/2006
SALARY: $26,400 - $30,000

POSITION: Server Administrator, ITSS, #07-056
DEADLINE: (I) 8/28/2006
SALARY:$36,000 - $42,000

POSITION: Database Development and Web Design Specialist, #07-037
DEADLINE: (I) 8/25/2006
SALARY: $38,000 - $42,000

POSITION: Associate Dean of Student Life/Director of Judicial Affairs and Crisis Programs, Dean of Students, #06-185
DEADLINE: (I) Current UND employee (Internal) applicants will be considered with the External applicants. Open until filled (Review of applicants will begin April 15, 2006)
SALARY: Commensurate with experience

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


POSITION: Communication Specialist (shift work), #07-058
DEADLINE: (I) 8/28/2006
SALARY: $17,000 - $22,000

POSITION: Web & Video Services Technician (variable schedule), Law Library, 07-054
DEADLINE: (I) 8/22/2006
SALARY: $24,000 - $26,000


POSITION: Service Area Clerk, Office of the Registrar, #07-060
DEADLINE: (I) 8/28/06
SALARY: $19,000 - $21,000

POSITION: Administrative Secretary, Campus Safety & Security, #07-059
DEADLINE: (I) 8/28/2006
SALARY: $21,000 - $23,690

POSITION: Program Assistant - Certificate Programs, Continuing Education #07-058
DEADLINE: (I) 08/28/2006
SALARY: $18,000 - $20,000

CRAFTS/TRADES/SERVICE: No current openings.

Aerospace dean awarded meritorious service medal

North Dakota Adjutant General Michael Haugen and Gov. John Hoeven recently awarded Bruce Smith, dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, the North Dakota National Guard State Meritorious Service Medal for his outstanding services as a member of Hoeven’s Task Force MIND (Military Issues in North Dakota).

“This award came as a complete surprise to me,” said Smith. “I was stunned when Gen. Haugen called me up (at the graduation ceremony earlier this month for the Army pilots graduating from the UND helicopter training program).”

Hoeven’s Task Force MIND is designed to examine current military force structure and missions in the state and to identify, recommend, and promote enhanced military opportunities and partnerships between military and civilian entities. Task force members represent current and retired senior military officers, and business, community, and higher education leaders.

Smith, who graduated from UND in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and education, has been instrumental in expanding UND’s already globally renowned aviation and related programs into a training and research powerhouse and one of the two largest colleges on the UND campus. Smith is a widely recognized authority in the aviation training field and spent eight years as a flight instructor with the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and in the USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training at Williams Air Force Base, Ariz.

Smith came to UND from Delta Airlines, where he was director of training, responsible, among other things, for ground training of Delta’s pilots and initial recruitment and training of flight attendants. As a member of Gov. Hoeven’s Task Force MIND, Smith put forth proposals for a Joint National Training Center in the state and the North Dakota Air Space Initiative, “ideas sent forward to place North Dakota in the forefront of national defense planning,” Haugen said.

While an undergrad at UND, Smith also was named an NCAA football All American. He holds a Ph.D. in instructional design and development from Florida State University and a master of arts in educational technology from Arizona State University.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

College of Nursing receives $12,500 grant

The College of Nursing has received a $12,500 grant from Dakota Medical Foundation to support fundraising and development training.

The grant will fund a series of four training seminars intended to provide the fundamental skills needed to initiate a self-sustaining fundraising program. Additional consultation over the course of the next year will provide one-on-one training for the College.

“DMF truly understands the needs of non-profits,” said Chandice Covington, dean of nursing. “With state and federal dollars in high demand, it is important that we attain funding from other sources in order to maintain and build the great programs we offer. DMF provides a strong support system for its grantees; we can’t thank them enough for being a champion of our mission.”

Dakota Medical Foundation, based in Fargo, focuses its efforts on improving access to medical and dental care. Since its inception in 1995, the Foundation has invested over $26.5 million in more than 270 non-profit organizations to help them measurably improve health and access to healthcare. For more information, see

The College of Nursing offers undergraduate and graduate programs, from a baccalaureate nursing program that is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education to master's education with six specializations and a doctoral program that prepares nurses for roles as nurse scientists and faculty. The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics prepares students for roles in community nutrition or dietetics and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association.

Holly Brown-Borg named Fellow of Gerontological Society of America

Holly Brown-Borg, a faculty member at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has been awarded the status of fellow in the Gerontological Society of America.

The GSA Fellows represent the highest class of membership and are recognized by their peers for outstanding contributions to the field of gerontology, the branch of science that deals with aging and the special problems of aged persons.

Brown-Borg, associate professor of pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics, studies the aging process at the cellular level using mutant animals, called Ames dwarf mice, that live two times longer than normal mice. Her research is aimed at determining whether the presence or absence of growth hormone and related factors affect the aging process.

More specifically, her laboratory "is interested in the relationship between the ability to resist stress and longevity," she said.

Brown-Borg, who has been conducting studies on aging since 1995, has received funding from the National Institutes of Health and the American Federation of Aging Research over the last 10 years.

"This is a very nice recognition for someone who has dedicated their research efforts to the area of understanding the aging process and its relevance to health, wellness and disease," said Jonathan Geiger, professor and chair of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics.

The GSA, founded in 1945, is the oldest and largest national multidisciplinary scientific organization devoted to the advancement of gerontological research. Its membership includes 5,000 researchers, educators, practitioners and other professionals in the field of aging.

The GSA's principle missions are to promote research and education in aging and to encourage the dissemination of research results to other scientists, decision-makers and practitioners.