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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 59: August 03, 2006

Top Stories
Sherry O'Donnell to give summer commencement address
Events to Note
REU students give poster presentations
Aug. 15 staff info session covers student-help topics
U2 lists workshops
Faculty still needed for New Student Welcome Weekend Aug. 19
Surplus items for sale to public
Fox Bridge closed for construction
Preproposals sought for NCRR Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence grants
Nominees sought for Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Service
Department heads, finance and academic contacts urged to complete survey
Graduate School E-Letter now online
Note walking challenge web site change
Summer events program offers activities
Patients sought for medical students
Volunteer opportunities listed for August
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Nursing receives grant to support Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program
Sherry O'Donnell to give summer commencement address

Nearly 600 students are eligible to cross the stage when the University celebrates its summer commencement at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. President Charles Kupchella will preside at the ceremony, and Sherry O'Donnell, UND professor and department chair of English, will be the commencement speaker.

A native of Decatur County, Iowa, Dr. O'Donnell received her B.A. in English from Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa; her M.A. in English from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio; and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She taught at Dayton Community College and at New Mexico State University before joining the UND faculty in l979.

O'Donnell has taught more than 150 undergraduate and graduate courses in British literature, literary theory, and women studies at UND. She regularly hears from former students who are using their English degrees to work in business, the arts, non-profit organizations, public relations, medicine, law, education, publishing, and haute cuisine. A few of O'Donnell's students have followed her interest in the discourse of agriculture and the effects of current economic crises upon rural life. One of her recent talks, "Don't Wait Till Your Funeral to Order Our Buns: The Social Semiotics of a Small-Town Bakery," explores how and why rural people used a commercial bakery to transform authoritarian church, school and family systems to suit their own more democratic purposes.

O'Donnell and Virgil Benoit, a UND French professor, live on a farm near Red Lake Falls, Minn., where she keeps a flock of natural colored sheep. She markets the wool to handspinners and weavers, and sells grass-fed lamb and breeding stock to other growers in the region.

REU students give poster presentations

Twenty undergradute students who took part in this summer's Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) programs at UND will present their work at a poster session to be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 9, 211 Witmer Hall. These students, listed below along with their affiliations and titles of their presentations, are from nine universities and conducted research at five departments on campus. The UND community is welcome to attend this event and congratulate these students on their hard work.

Biology and Pharmacology, Physiology, and Therapeutics:
* “Alpha-1A Adrenergic Receptor Overexpression Protects Hippocampal Interneurons,” Trisha Sickler, Presentation College, Aberdeen, S.D.
* “Alpha-2 Adrenergic Receptor Inhibition of Hippocampal Network Activity: Agonist Structure-Activity Relationships,” Kristan Green, Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Fort Totten, N.D.
* “Alpha-2 Adrenergic Receptor Subtype Characterization of Hippocampal Neurons Using Real-Time Single Cell RT-PCR,” Jamie Johnson, Northern State University, Aberdeen, S.D.
* "Neurovascular Interactions in Development,” William Spotts, UND/Northland Community and Technical College, East Grand Forks.

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering:
* “Modeling Semi-Volatile Organics in Atmospheric Aerosoles,” Karen Eskelson, UND
* “Photo Catalytic Oxidation of Methanol,” Jordan Grasser, UND.
* “Design and Synthesis of Zn+2 Specific Sensors,” Tim Vo, UND.
* “Anaerobic Bioremoval of Hydrogen Sulfide from Fuel Cell Feed Gas,” Teresa Maas, UND.
* “Development of Target-Induced Fluorescent Nanoparticles for Determination of Mercury,” Paul Selid, UND.
* “A Convenient Synthesis of 1,2-Diarylethenes from Arylmethyl Phosphonium Salts,” Cassandra Schultze, UND.
* “Optimization of Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry Analytical Conditions for the Sensitive Quantification of Nitrated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons,” Jessie Shipp, UND.
* “Theoretical Studies of Fulminic Acid Reactions,” Cynthia Hardel, UND.

* “Searching for Extrasolar Planets by the Transit Method,” Jessica Cox, NDSU.
* “Observation of Transiting Extrasolar Planets and Gamma-ray Burst with Robotic Telescopes,” Jay Fisher (AURA student), UND.
* “Structural and Thermal Properties of Magnetic Nanoparticles,” John Griffis, University of Memphis.
* “Video Capture for Data Taking in Introductory Physics Laboratories, ” Greg Johnson, UND.
* “Josephson Junctions,” Christopher Olson, NDSU.
* “Microwave Transmission and Reflection Measurements on a Photonic Crystal Having a Negative Permittivity,” Nathan Souther, Gustavus Adolphus College.
* “Regional In Vivo Gamma Ray Emission from Women,” Sean Schutt, Colorado State University.
* “An Optical Afterglow Model for Type II Linear Supernovae,” Mark Zastrow, UND.
-- Kanishka Marasinghe, Assoc. Professor, Physics,, 777 3560

Aug. 15 staff info session covers student-help topics

The annual staff information session (motto: get the latest information and make sure you're prepared to help students) will be Tuesday, Aug. 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 1, Gamble Hall. Distribution of materials is 9:30 to 10 a.m. and speaker presentations will begin at 10 a.m. sharp. Designed to provide updates on beginning-of-the-year programs and procedures, the session helps serve our students in the best and most knowledgeable ways possible.

Short briefings will cover academic advising, adult re-entry program, financial aid, fee payment and business office, housing and dining services, parking and traffic, bookstore, continuing education, new student orientation, withdrawal and crisis procedures, registration, help table, Learning Center, Writing Center, U Card and IDs, Greek life, Memorial Union, Student Health, UND Police, and Volunteer Services.

Everyone is welcome. Come at 9:30 a.m. to be sure you have collected all the handouts and are ready for the presentations at 10 a.m.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 777-3791

U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for Aug. 16-24. Visit our Web site for more. The Fall U2 Newsletter containing workshops for September through November will arrive soon.

Enrich Your Life Through Effective Time Management: Aug. 16 and 23, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Fee is $45. This workshop will show how to manage your life better by managing your time better. In this workshop, you will identify priority tasks and learn how to accomplish these tasks in the allotted amount of time. You will establish a framework for daily planning and goal setting and to manage your time more effectively. You will also develop strategies to implement time-management practices into both your personal and professional life. Presenter: Gretchen Schatz, Workforce Development Trainer.

Records Disposal Procedures: Aug. 17, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Memorial Room, Memorial Union. Learn more about the process for destroying or transferring records that have passed their retention time limits. We’ll review the forms 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, and it’s easier to do than you think. Now’s the time to do it. Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.

Safe Online Practices - Protecting Your Identity and Securing Your Computer: Aug. 22, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 361 Upson II. The Internet can provide a wealth of information and give access to valuable financial, business, educational, and entertainment services. However, when connected to the Internet, you and your computer become vulnerable to scammers, identity thieves, viruses, spyware and more. This workshop will provide the information needed to help you protect your identity and computer while online. Presenter: Brad Miller, IT security officer.

Defensive Driving: Aug. 22, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Room 16-18, Swanson Hall. This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, have received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member (spouse and/or dependents). This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Officer Tom Brockling.

Facilities Discoverer Reports Training: Aug. 23, 11 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II. The billing charges from Facilities will be posted to PeopleSoft in a summarized format. To access the detailed information each department will need to have access to Discoverer reports and be trained on how to access the detail and summary information for their departments. These reports will break down the charges by individual work orders and/or projects. Presenter: Laura Thoreson.

Records Retention and E-Mail: Aug. 24, 1 to 2 p.m., Room 17, Swanson Hall. Learn what role e-mail plays in an organization, UND policy and best practices for retaining e-mail messages. Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.

Future Trends in Workers Compensation: Aug. 24, 11 a.m. to noon, Auxiliary Services Conference Room. This class covers legal aspects of workers compensation and how they may be changing in the future claims. Various issues that will be covered include designated health care, the appeal process, role of the supervisor, and general knowledge of workers compensation. This is a valuable class with current information suitable for any individuals responsible for involvement with work-related injuries in their department. Presenter: Claire Moen.

GroupWise 6.5: Intermediate: Aug. 24, 1 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II. Participants will work with advanced message options, set mail properties, customize message headers, use Web Access interface, create and use rules to automate email responses, and set access rights. Work in depth with junk mail folder and archive feature.
Presenter: Heidi Strande.

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

Faculty still needed for New Student Welcome Weekend Aug. 19

Faculty are still needed to volunteer for small group discussions to serve incoming students during Fall 2006 Welcome Weekend. This is a great opportunity (alongside a well-trained Student Ambassador) to facilitate a small group discussion with incoming new students on the Saturday before fall classes begin. Together, you'll answer questions regarding academics, UND and college life in general. This is an opportunity for faculty to impact the academic experiences of new students -- providing general academic direction by setting helpful expectations that will guide students through the first steps of their UND education. All faculty participants will also receive a free UND T-shirt.

We ask faculty to participate in a brief training Thursday, Aug. 17, from 1 to 1:30 p.m. (optional free lunch provided at noon). The event is held Saturday, Aug. 19, and we're asking participants to volunteer for one of two sessions, either 12:45 to 3 p.m. or 2:45 to 5 p.m. Faculty who participate tell us it's a highlight! Fifteen faculty members are still needed. Please consider joining this important activity and contact Heather Kasowski at or 777-6468.

-- Kenton Pauls, Director of Enrollment Services, Enrollment Services,, 777-3885

Surplus items for sale to public

The University is offering for sale to the public by set price or sealed high bid the following items: older computer and exercise equipment, boat, camper, pool table, furniture and other miscellaneous items. These items will be sold and bids taken at the Central Receiving Building, Door 2, between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 14-15.
-- Jacque Brockling, Facilities Central Warehouse Supervisor, Facilities,, 7-3033

Fox Bridge closed for construction

The Fox Memorial Bridge and the sidewalk connecting the bridge to Hughes Fine Arts Center will be closed for a short time to allow Opp Construction to remove the existing sidewalk and begin the transformation for the new student memorial. Please use alternate routes while this work takes place.

Work is scheduled to begin on Monday for the paving of what is now a gravel lot across from the Housing office along State Street. This lot will provide about 70 new spaces.
-- Facilities

Preproposals sought for NCRR Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence grants

The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) has issued a solicitation for proposals for Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE). This program provides support for the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program to foster health-related research and increase the competitiveness of investigators at institutions located in states with historically low aggregate success rates for grant awards from the NIH. The University is eligible for these grants.

The purpose of the COBRE program is to 1) enhance the ability of investigators to compete independently for complementary NIH individual research grants or other external peer-review support and 2) augment and enhance an institution’s biomedical research infrastructure through establishment of a multi-disciplinary center, led by a peer-reviewed, funded investigator with expertise central to the research theme of the proposal. The application must have a thematic scientific focus in a specific research area, such as neuroscience, cancer, structural biology, immunology, or bioengineering, and may use basic, clinical or both research approaches to attain the goals of the proposed center. The center is intended to support investigators from several complementary disciplines. The research focus of COBRE encompasses the full spectrum of the basic and clinical sciences and includes cellular and molecular biology, biophysics and biotechnology, genetics and developmental biology, pharmacology and others.

The PI must have an active biomedical or behavioral research program that receives NIH, NSF or other peer-reviewed support in the scientific area of the center. Each COBRE program should include three to five research projects that stand alone, but share a common thematic scientific focus. Each research project should be supervised by a single junior investigator who is responsible for insuring that the specific aims of that project are met.

Applicants must request project periods of five years and may request a budget for direct costs of up to and no more than $1.5 million per year, excluding facilities and administrative (F&A) costs on consortium arrangements. The applicant may request additional direct costs in year one only of up to $500,000 as a one-time expenditure for alteration and renovation of laboratory or animal facilities.

Because UND may submit only one application to the program at this time, a committee will be set up to conduct an internal review of preproposals. Preproposals should address the following points:

● Cover page listing the project name, collaborators, contact person, total budget amount.
● Biographical sketches (no more than two pages) of the principal investigator and junior investigators who will be participating in the proposal.
● An overall research plan to justify support of a multi-disciplinary COBRE program for five years.
● Succinct descriptions of three to five proposed projects.
● Detailed budget (including expected cost share amounts and sources).
● A clear definition of the nature and extent of research collaboration, including a brief explanation of the necessary administrative, fiscal, and scientific aspects of the proposed COBRE.
● A description of the research and research training or career development goals and capabilities of the proposed COBRE.
● A description of the infrastructure for conducting studies aimed at developing a nationally competitive biomedical research program.

Preproposals (an original plus five copies) should be no more than six pages in length (excluding cover page, biographical sketches and budget pages) using a reasonable format (one-inch margins, font size 11, single-spaced). Preproposals are due in Research Development and Compliance by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14. Criteria used for reviewing preproposals will conform to the guidelines included in the program announcement which can be found at:

If you would like to receive a paper copy of the announcement, please contract Shirley Griffin at 777-4278 or

The NCRR deadlines for the program are: Sept. 25, 2006 (letter of intent for both receipt dates); Oct. 23, 2006 and Feb. 26, 2007 (full proposal). The program will use the NIH exploratory grant award mechanism (P20).
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance,, 701/777-4278

Nominees sought for Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Service

The Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Service recognizes the outstanding work performance of our state employees and their contributions to their agencies, professions and communities. I encourage you to nominate your fellow state employees for this award, acknowledging their commitment to excellence in serving the citizens of this great state.

Nominations will be accepted from the legislative, judicial and executive branches of state government. Nominees must be employed a minimum of half time with one full year of employment. More than one employee can be nominated from an agency or department, but each nomination must be limited to one individual.

A five-member committee consisting of a public member at large and representatives from the Council on State Employees will screen the nominations and make recommendations in the following six categories:
(1) Executive/Administration; (2) Professional; (3) Technical/Paraprofessional; (4) Office Support; (5) Trades/Crafts; and (6) Services.

For more information about the award and to submit nominations online or print a nomination form, you can visit the Council of State Employees web site at All nominations must be completed on the form provided. Award winners will be announced and recognized at a special awards ceremony and luncheon during State Employee Recognition
Week in September.

Nomination deadline is Friday, Aug. 11. Submit nominations online at: Send nominations to: The Office of the Governor, Attn: Jody Link, 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58505
FAX: (701) 328-2205
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Department heads, finance and academic contacts urged to complete survey

Our campus student administration, HRMS and finance system production teams have partnered with the Office of Workforce Development to assess our campus' PeopleSoft training needs and to assist us with developing an effective, comprehensive, and efficient training program for campus staff.

Workforce Development has developed an online survey:

Please encourage all of the staff in your department who have a need to access PeopleSoft to complete the survey by Aug. 15.

Thanks for your assistance - it is much appreciated. -- Peggy Lucke, Connect'U'ND.

Graduate School E-Letter now online

I am pleased to announce that the first issue of The Graduate School E-Letter is now online. I am particularly grateful to our Graduate Service Assistant, Peter Koprince, for all that he has done to make the E-Letter a reality. The current version of the E-Letter can be accessed at the following URL:
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School

Note walking challenge web site change

Enjoy walking? Feel stressed and need a break? Want to get in shape? Want to become renewed and invigorated when outside? Check out the new walking trails on campus.

The physical wellness subcommittee, along with Rick Tonder, associate director of facilities, has created 14 walking/running trails for the UND campus. The trails, approximately one mile in length, cover most regions of campus and can be interconnected for a 5-10 mile walk. Three of the trails are indoor routes for year-round use. The School of Medicine loop even includes stair climbing to increase the workout.

Maps are available at the Wellness Center and Memorial Union and online at
Obesity and poor fitness are health crises in America. College campuses are not immune. Let’s lower the risk at UND. Get active, get fit, and get healthy. See you on the trails. – Wellness Center, 777-6476.

Summer events program offers activities

The University’s summer events program offers a wide range of activities for the community during the summer months, such as cultural or athletic events, youth camps or specialized workshops. Events are typically open to the public.

Here are many of those events happening at UND from Aug. 1–15:
• Aug. 1 - 4, cScibot Lego Robotic Camp, 1 to 4 p.m., Striebel Hall
• Aug. 1 - 4, Crazy Characters from A-Z Summer Art Day Camp, 9:30 to 3 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art
• Aug. 1 – 6, 55psi Biking Club, 12:00 p.m., Outside Memorial Union
• Aug. 1 – 25, Star Parties, dusk, UND Observatory
• Aug. 1 - Sept. 12, Marjorie Schlossman Exhibition, various times, North Dakota Museum of Art
• Aug. 1 - Sept. 19, Vance Gellert - REAL: Artists and Landscapes Exhibition, North Dakota Museum of Art
• Aug. 2 – 3, Adolescent Reading Strategies Workshop, T&L 900, 8 to 5 p.m., Memorial Union
• Aug. 3 – 4, Asbestos Awareness – Operations and Maintenance 2-, 8-, and 16-hour Workshop, 8 to 4:30 p.m., Old Ralph Engelstad Arena
• Aug. 4, Summer Commencement, 3 p.m., Chester Fritz Auditorium
• Aug. 1 – 2, Creative Activities for Music Teachers Workshop, MUS 900, 8 to 5 p.m., Hughes Fine Arts Center
• Aug. 7 – 9, Lead Inspector – Initial Course, 8 to 4:30 p.m., Old Ralph Engelstad Arena
• Aug. 7 – 11, Lead Inspector/Risk Assessor - Initial Course, 8 to 4:30 p.m., Old Ralph Engelstad Arena
• Aug. 10, Red River Chamber Music Festival – Chiara String Quartet Concert, 7:30 p.m., Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center
• Aug. 10 – 11, Lead Risk Assessor – Initial Course, 8 to 4:30 p.m., Old Ralph Engelstad Arena
• Aug. 11, Red River Chamber Music Festival – Faculty Concert, 7:30 p.m., Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center
• Aug. 11, School of Medicine and Health Science White Coat Ceremony, 4 p.m., Reed Keller Auditorium
• Aug. 12, Red River Chamber Music Festival – Student Recital, 2 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art
• Aug. 14 – 18, Mold Assessment Technician/Consultant Workshop, 8 to 4:30 p.m., Old Ralph Engelstad Arena

For more information about the summer events program, or to view the entire calendar of events from Aug 1 - Aug. 31, visit If you have questions on events/activities, contact the Summer Events Office at (701) 777-0841.
-- Sara Satter, Program Assistant, Summer Events, Division of Continuing Education,, 777-0841

Patients sought for medical students

The Office of Medical Education is seeking people to hire 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. You would be paid $10 an hour for your participation.

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 health problems

We would need you only for one of the following Tuesday afternoons from 12:45 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. (Sorry, you can’t come more than once.) The afternoons are Aug. 22 and 29 and Sept. 5 and 12. During this time, you would be interviewed and examined by three different student physicians. 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. Don’t worry, 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.

If you are interested, please contact Dawn at 777-4028 in the Office of Medical Education as soon as possible. Please feel free to pass this information along to others you know who may be interested.
-- Dawn Drake, Coordinator Standardized Patient Program, Office of Medical Education,, 777-4028

Volunteer opportunities listed for August

Cats Incredible needs you! The Chamber is looking for volunteers to help with this premier catfish tournament Friday through Sunday, Aug. 11-13. Volunteers are needed to help in these areas: ticket/merchandise booth, servers, fish handlers, recorders, gate security, north ramp official, on-water officials (with or without boats). Cats Incredible is a big event and without volunteers, it cannot happen successfully. Check your calendar and set aside a two- to four-hour shift of your choice. Friday hours are 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday: noon to 8 p.m. Please call the Chamber at 772-7271 for shift times and volunteer positions available.

The Volunteer Bridge office, 113A Memorial Union, is the collection site for back-to-school supplies for the Salvation Army. School supplies will be collected until Aug. 11 when they will be taken to the Salvation Army for distribution to needy students in the Greater Grand Forks community.

-- Linda Rains, Coordinator of Civic Leadership, Memorial Union,, 701-777-4076

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: Extension Coordinator, Continuing Ed, #07-030
DEADLINE: (I) 8/07/2006
SALARY: $30,000 - $35,000

POSITION: Accountant, Payroll, #07-032
DEADLINE: (I) 08/07/2006
SALARY: $28,000 - $35,000

POSITION: System Administrator, System Support, #07-028
DEADLINE: (I) 8/03/2006
SALARY: $29,000 - $33,000

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: Serials Associate, Law Library, #07-034
DEADLINE: (I) 8/09/2006
SALARY: $19,500 - $21,500

POSITION: Security Officer (re-advertised, M-F, 4 pm - 12 AM), UND Police, #06-207
DEADLINE: (I) 8/11/2006
SALARY: $19,000 - $24,000


POSITION: Insurance Representative, Family Medicine - Minot, #07-036
DEADLINE: (I) 8/09/2006
SALARY: $19,000 - $25,000

POSITION: Administrative Secretary, ( 9:30am -5:30pm) Aerospace Sciences, #07-035
DEADLINE: (I) 8/09/2006
SALARY: $18,000 - $22,000

POSITION: Program Specialist- Certificate Program, Continuing Ed, #07-031
DEADLINE: (I) 8/07/2006
SALARY: $20,000 - $26,000


POSITION: Cook (Variable schedule) Dining Services, #07-038
DEADLINE: (I) 8/09/2006
SALARY: $9.31 - $9.75

POSITION: Heating Plant Operator (Shift work), Facilities, #07-033
DEADLINE: (I) 8/08/06
SALARY: $24,000 - $27,000

POSITION: Building Services/Carpet Cleaning Technician (Mon-Sat, 4:30pm-12:30am), #07-029
DEADLINE: (I) 8/4/2006
SALARY: $16,640 - $20,000

Nursing receives grant to support Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program

The College of Nursing is now better equipped to address the mental health issues facing many North Dakotans. The College has recently been awarded a three-year grant, totaling nearly $760,000, from the Health Resources and Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The grant will fund the Advanced Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (APMH-NP) program focusing in Adult and Family Nursing. “Typically only 20-30 grants of this nature are awarded nationwide. We are thrilled to have been selected,” said Chandice Covington, dean of nursing.

Nurses enrolled in the program will become educated professionals, able to provide care for culturally diverse populations in the rural and underserved areas of North Dakota, including American Indians. It is often the primary care provider who is the entry point for many individuals experiencing a mental health problem. However, it is estimated that 9.5 percent of people in the U.S. suffer from a depressive illness and 21 percent of children ages 9 to 17 are in need of mental health services annually.

The national shortage of registered nurses is well known, but that shortage extends beyond bed-side care and into advanced practice nursing as well. The UND Center for Rural Health has reported that 50 out of 54 counties in North Dakota are designated as shortage areas of APMH-NP providers.

Covington describes the grant as vital to the health of the state. “While North Dakota is a wonderful place to live and raise a family, the rural nature and rapidly aging population lead to more than our share of depression. The production of high quality mental health nursing professionals made possible through this grant will help to address critical mental health issues facing the state.”

If you are interested in finding out more about the APMH-NP Program at the UND College of Nursing, please contact Eleanor Yurkovich at 701-777-4554 or Jane Beasley at 701-777-4511.

-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Coordinator, Nursing,, 701-777-4526