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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 57: July 27, 2006

Top Stories
Xcel Energy reschedules outage for Wednesday, Aug. 9
Faculty and administrative staff invited to participate in summer commencement
Events to Note
Open forum set for associate dean of student life candidate
Large passenger van training is Aug. 1, 2
Interim Wellness Center closes July 31
National Night Out set for Aug. 1
U2 workshops listed
Chamber Music Concert set for Aug. 10
Red River Chamber Music Festival schedule listed
2006-2007 Symphony auditions set for Aug. 26
Youth orchestra program auditions set
Hyslop Sports Center lists new hours
EPSCoR announces UND doctoral dissertation awards
English teachers sought to teach in Warsaw, Poland
Chester Fritz Library hours of operation for summer intersession:
Please note parking lot changes
New parking lot will be built west of Housing Office
AAUW requests used books and other media
Hilton Garden Inn receives high ratings
Donated leave requested for Joanie Bina
Internal job openings listed
In Remembrance
Remembering Henning Helms
Xcel Energy reschedules outage for Wednesday, Aug. 9

Xcel Energy has scheduled the power outage for Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2 to 10 p.m., weather permitting. The plans in place for the cancelled outage on July 27 will apply to this date. Please contact the Facilities Communication Center, 777-2591, if you have questions or concerns. They will relay your call to the appropriate office for response.

Faculty and administrative staff invited to participate in summer commencement

Faculty and administrative staff are encouraged to march in academic regalia in the summer commencement ceremony Friday, Aug. 4, at 3 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Faculty and administrators should assemble in the rehearsal room, lower level of the Auditorium, by 2:30 p.m. University marshals will be on hand to direct participants to their places in the procession.

Please contact the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2724 by Monday, July 31, or e-mail if you plan to participate so that the appropriate number of seats can be reserved.

Please participate to help make this a memorable occasion for our graduates, their families, and friends.
-- Fred Wittmann, Director, Ceremonies and Special Events,, 7-4267

Large passenger van training is Aug. 1, 2

Behind-the-wheel large passenger van training will be offered Tuesday, August 1, and Wednesday, Aug. 2. Call 777-4122 to sign up for a time slot. It takes approximately seven minutes to complete.

Drivers of large passenger vans with capabilities of transporting 10 or more passengers are required by the North Dakota Risk Management and the North Dakota State Fleet to complete a mandatory training program. The program consists of a 20-minute web-based training module and a behind-the-wheel module. It is preferred that the web training be completed prior to the behind-the-wheel portion. Call 777-4122 for an appointment prior to arrival.
-- Mary L. Metcalf, Manager, Transportation,, 777-4123

Open forum set for associate dean of student life candidate

The campus community is invited to attend the presentation and open forum of Thomas Hulm, a candidate for the position of associate dean of student life/director of judicial affairs and crisis programs. Hulm is currently the director of residence life at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pa.

Mr. Hulm will facilitate a short presentation followed by an open forum during which members of the campus community will be able to ask him questions. The presentation and open forum will be held in the Memorial Union, River Valley Room, on Thursday, Aug. 3, from 2 to 3:15 p.m.

-- Cassie Gerhardt, Coordinator of Greek Life, Memorial Union,, 777-3667

Interim Wellness Center closes July 31

The top 10 reasons why the interim Wellness Center is closing are:
10. You spend more time waiting in line than you spend exercising.
9. A few people went in the wrong doors of the Hyslop and were never seen again.
8. The peaceful yoga music is drowned out by the sound of dropping weights next door.
7. The treadmills cause tremors in the GX room that measure a 6.0 on the Richter scale.
6. You need to wear more than just a swimsuit in our third floor sauna.
5. If you can’t climb to the fourth (and a half) floor of the Hyslop, you shouldn’t take a spin class anyway.
4. Pilates: watch out for flying racquetballs!
3. Poor ventilation and high temperatures have created a smell worse than your gym bag.
2. The music surveys said so.
1. The new UND Student Wellness Center opens this fall!

The interim Wellness Center in the Hyslop has been a great temporary location that has served the needs of many students, faculty, and staff. We have enjoyed our stay here, but it’s time to move on. The doors will close July 31 at 8 p.m., while we move to the new location at 801 Princeton Street.

What’s with the wait?
We traded in the old equipment so that we could get all new, state-of-the-art equipment for the new building. That trade-in results in the closing of the interim center on July 31. Originally, the down time was only a couple of weeks, but a delayed construction schedule and the contractual obligations of trade in cause the down time to be extended. The good news is that the huge selection of fitness equipment will be all new when the doors open.

When the wait is over…
Are you up for some new fun and excitement on the UND campus? Do you think you can handle climbing a rock wall or take a high energy spin class? Can you beat out other UND students for a HUGE grand prize? The doors to the new $20 million Wellness Center, a gift from UND students, will open on Sept. 25. We will be busy preparing for your arrival until then so that you can be met with a huge welcome when the building is ready. We’ll see you in September!

For more information about our transition to the new building, visit
-- Amanda Anderson, Assistant Director of Wellness Marketing, Wellness Center,, 777-6476

National Night Out set for Aug. 1

National Night Out is a nation-wide alcohol-free community party hosted in our area by the Grand Forks Police Department, the UND Police Department, United Way, NDAD, Grand Forks Social Services, Grand Forks Air Force Base, and many other area organizations and agencies. This year's event, Tuesday, Aug. 1, at the Alerus Center, features national speakers addressing prevention of drug and alcohol abuse among children and teens in our area. There will be free car seat check-ups, free child ID's, law enforcement demo's and vehicles, a dunk tank, fire department displays, information booths, and free food. Alerus Financial will fire up their mega grill for a free burger feed.

The education sessions begin at 1 p.m., and Family Fun Time runs from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The Grand Forks community is invited.

If you are interested in helping with this event, please call Officer Sue Shirek of the Grand Forks Police Department at 746-2472 or Officer Tom Brockling, UND Police Department, at 777-3491.
-- Tom Brockling, Police Officer, UND Police Department,, 701-777-3491

U2 workshops listed

Below are U2 workshops for Aug. 8-17. Visit our web site for more.

Basic Windows: Aug. 8, 2 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II. Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers: mouse and file saving/retrieving skills. Introduces very basic Windows features; keeping your desktop tidy, change desktop color, create a desktop shortcut, change or set the date/time, Windows XP start menu, change themes, menu features, Windows XP taskbar overview, organize files, work with windows, create an efficient work environment, and find information. Presenter: Heidi Strande.

Defensive Driving: Aug. 8, 6 to 10 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state fleet vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member (spouse and/or dependents). This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Officer Dan Lund.

Basic Word: Aug. 9, 2 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II.
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers: mouse and file saving/retrieving skills. Introduces very basic Word features; create a document, edit and format text, format paragraphs, save file, retrieve file, format text, cut and copy, add tables, proof a document, set display and print options. Presenter: Heidi Strande.

Performance Management and Progressive Discipline: Aug. 10, 9 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall. Supervisors will learn the fundamentals of conducting honest, fair, and consistent evaluations and receive guidelines for using a progressive discipline system. Presenter: Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert.

Basic Excel: Aug. 10, 2 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II.
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers: mouse and file saving/retrieving skills. Introduces very basic Excel functions; basics of a spreadsheet (column, row, cell), entering data, edit data, formulas (formula wizard), copying Excel formulas (autofill), absolute reference, selecting cells, formatting numbers and text in spreadsheets, autofit, inserting column and rows, create and modify charts, set display and print options.

Enrich Your Life Through Effective Time Management: Aug. 16 and 23, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Fee: $45. Learn 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 you will take part in a hands-on run-through of the entire process. It’s fun to clean out. It’s easier to do than you think and now’s the time to do it! Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.

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

Chamber Music Concert set for Aug. 10

The Chiara String Quartet will perform an evening of chamber music Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Faith Evangelical Free Church, 2315 Library Circle, starting at 7:30 p.m. The quartet began their career with a residency at UND between 2000 and 2002, and have returned regularly since then to re-connect with students, perform concerts, and serve as faculty with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony’s Red River Chamber Music Festival each August.

Lauded for "flawless ensemble" and "intense, riveting" performances, the Chiara String Quartet (Rebecca Fischer and Julie Yoon, violins; Jonah Sirota, viola; and Gregory Beaver, cello) was awarded first prize at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, top prizes at the Premio Paolo Borciani International Competition in Italy and at the Astral Artistic Services Audition, placing the group on the Astral roster of outstanding young artists launching major professional careers. The Chiara was selected as the Juilliard School's Lisa Arnhold resident quartet from 2003-2005. Currently, the quartet serve as artists-in-residence at the School of Music of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The members of the Chiara Quartet have mentored young musicians at Juilliard, Greenwood Music Camp, and Chamber Music at Snowmass, and have founded the Red River Chamber Music Festival, in Grand Forks. In addition, the quartet is taking a lead in developing a groundbreaking program in music entrepreneurship at the University of Nebraska. At the heart of their educational work is the belief that great live performance is the best way to connect people to music. In the words of Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun, "this award-winning foursome clearly has what it takes to make a lasting mark in the chamber music world."

Tickets for the concert are $10 and may be reserved by calling the Symphony Office at 777-3359. Children 12 and under are free, but need tickets. Tickets will also be on sale at the door beginning one hour before the performance.

Red River Chamber Music Festival schedule listed

The Red River Chamber Music Festival, now in its second season, offers intermediate and advanced student musicians ages 14 and older a week-long program of chamber music and strings study. This program is held at the Hughes Fine Arts Center at UND, and includes ensemble practice and coaching, private instruction, student and faculty concerts, as well as opportunities to take advantage of cultural and recreational activities in the area. This year’s performance schedule is as follows:

Chiara String Quartet Concert, Thursday, Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 general admission, $5 students 13-22, free to children 12 and under.

Faculty Concert: Friday, Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m., Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. Tickets are $5 available at the door beginning one hour before the performance.

Student Recital: Saturday, Aug. 12, 2 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art, free admission.

Tickets: Advance reservations for all concerts may be placed by calling 701-777-3359.

This year’s program is sponsored by the North Dakota Eye Clinic with support from the University of North Dakota’s Center for Continuing Education.

2006-2007 Symphony auditions set for Aug. 26

Auditions for the 2006-2007 Symphony season will be held at the Hughes Fine Arts Center Saturday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for returning musicians and from 3 until 6 p.m. for newcomers. There are currently known openings for all strings, however all orchestral musicians are encouraged to audition as a call list of auditioned musicians is used when substitutes are called throughout the season. Please call 777-3359 to schedule an audition time.

Youth orchestra program auditions set

The Greater Grand Forks Youth Orchestra Program is currently scheduling audition times for 2006-2007 programs on Sept. 9 and 10. Times may be scheduled by calling 777-3359 or sending an e-mail to

Students may audition for the following ensembles:
Greater Grand Forks Youth Symphony – high school and college age musicians who play: violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, piccolo, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, French horn, piano, percussion.

Greater Grand Forks Youth Symphony – Students in grades 5-9 who play violin, viola, cello or bass.

Divertimento – high school and middle school strings players who wish to develop their skills in small ensemble playing (trios, quartets, quintets, etc.). Preference is given to students participating in one of the orchestra programs above.

The Youth Orchestra Program meets on eight consecutive Monday evenings at Hughes Fine Arts Center. Rehearsals are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Youth Symphony) and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (Junior Symphony). Divertimento rehearsal times may vary according to the schedules of the participants. Total fees are $65/semester for Youth Symphony; $55/semester for Junior Symphony; and $35 for Divertimento. Scholarship and instrument loan assistance is available.

Hyslop Sports Center lists new hours

Following are Hyslop Sports Center new hours.
Beginning Aug. 21, Monday through Thursday, the north side of the building will be locked at 8 p.m., the racquetball courts will close at 8 p.m. and the multi purpose gym will be locked at 10 p.m. The entire building will close at 4:30 p.m. Fridays. Saturday and Sunday hours will be from noon to 5 p.m. on the south side of the building only.

EPSCoR announces UND doctoral dissertation awards

The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) has announced the 2006 Doctoral Dissertation Assistantship (DDA) awards at UND.

ND EPSCoR’s DDA awards are designed to increase the completion rate of Ph.D. students enrolled in the science, engineering, and mathematics disciplines at North Dakota’s research-intensive universities; and to increase the number of competitive proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation. Peter Alfonso, ND EPSCoR Co-Chair and Vice President for Research at UND noted that “the overall goal of ND EPSCoR is to increase the competitiveness of North Dakota for merit-based grants and contracts in support of science and technology research from federal funding agencies”.

DDA support is available for up to 24 months to enable students to dedicate their time exclusively to dissertation research. Applications are made by the students with supplemental information provided by their advisors, along with endorsement from their graduate program director and department chair.

The seven awards made at UND were competitively selected from a total of 11 applications. Gary Johnson, ND EPSCoR Co-Project Director and Assistant Vice President for Research at UND, noted that “this is the largest number of DDA awards made in the history of the program at UND. The review committee was very impressed by the overall quality of the proposals.”

The 2006 DDA students, their departments and faculty mentors, and the topic of their approved research proposals are as follows:

* Christian Biaku, Accra, Ghana, chemical engineering, advisor Michael Mann, “Large Scale Integration of Electrochemical Stacks with Distribution Networks: An Impedance Spectroscopy Approach.”
* Lata Balakrishnan, Grand Forks, biochemistry, advisor Barry Milavetz, “Characterization of Histone Modifications During Transcription.”
* Sunitha Bollimuntha, Andhrapradesh, India, biochemistry, advisor Brij Singh, “TRPC3 and Neurosecretion.”
* Kristin Hillman, The Woodlands, Texas, pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics, advisor James Porter, “Adrenergic Modulation of CA 1 Hippocampal Circuitry.”
* Karthik Krishnan, Secunderbad, India, microbiology, advisor Ann Flower, “Regulatory Roles of Bip A in Escherichia coli.”
* Christopher Knudson, Bismarck, N.D., anatomy and cell biology, advisor Patrick Carr, “The Distribution of Adrenergic Receptors in the Rodent Hippocampus.”

* James Maskey, Grand Forks, biology, advisor Rick Sweitzer, “Population Ecology of Moose in North Dakota: Movements, Habitat Use, Diets, and Parasitic Disease.”

For additional information concerning ND EPSCoR or the DDA program, please contact Gary Johnson, co-project director, ND EPSCoR, 415 Twamley Hall, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58201-7093, 701-777-2492.

English teachers sought to teach in Warsaw, Poland

Lingua Nova Language School is in great need of English Teachers for this school year (end of September 2006 to June 2007). They will help you find an apartment, get your work permit and paperwork, and prepare you for teaching.
Lingua Nova is looking for people who are interested in traveling and getting to know a new culture. They must be friendly and able to speak clearly.

A teaching certificate is not necessary. You do not need to speak Polish to teach in Poland ... actually it is better if you don't. The teaching
circumstances are ideal. Class sizes are from one to six students. The students are adults and college students who are very motivated and happy to speak English. The work load and hours are flexible. The salary is easily enough to live off of (it is comparable to what a teacher in North Dakota makes, even though the cost of living there is less). This is an ideal way
to learn to teach or refine your teaching skills.

If you are interested or have any questions contact Jim Kambeitz before Sept. 1, at In the title of your e-mail write, “Teaching in Warsaw” so that your message does not get sent to the junk mailbox.

-- Jim Kambeitz, Lingua Nova, Warsaw, Poland, and Ursula Hovet, English.

Chester Fritz Library hours of operation for summer intersession:

Chester Fritz Library hours of operation for summer intersession for Saturday, Aug. 5, through Friday, Aug. 18, follow.
* Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.
* Saturday, Aug. 19, 1 to 5 p.m.
* Sunday, Aug. 20, 1 to 5 p.m.
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library,, 7-2618

Please note parking lot changes

Because of the vast amount of construction occurring on campus there are several parking changes that are being implemented over the summer. The changes are necessary to facilitate the traffic changes created by the large construction projects and to improve parking lot utilization at various times of the day.

Chester Fritz Auditorium Lot:
* Blue “S” parking will be added in the center of the lot.
* “HW” spaces and permits will no longer be utilized. Both will change to the existing “H18” designation.
* Some of the “HJFS” spaces will be moved to the southern part of the lot closest to Campus Road. This will allow for better lot maintenance, snow removal, and parking availability for events at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

Harvard Street (Tabula) Lot:
* The brown “G” general area will be moved to the smaller lot directly to the east.
* The Tabula area that was “G” will then be rezoned as blue “S” parking.

Medical School:
* Red “A” spaces have been increased by changing some of the green “HCC” to red “A”.

Barnes and Noble:
* Brown “G” spaces have been added on the north end of this parking area by converting some of the blue “S” spaces.

2006 Fee Schedule:
Student permits, $50/year; Faculty/staff permits, $58/year; meter rate, $ .50 for one-half hour, $ .25 for 15 minutes, $ .10 for six minutes, and $ .5 will be three minutes;
Visitor Pay lot, $1.50 for the first hour and $1 for each additional hour. Maximum fee = $5 per day. Free parking if stay is less than 30 minutes. Coupon books are $40 for 10 coupons.

Additional updates will be provided as changes are made. Please refer to the parking web site at for current updates. Hard copies of a new parking “Quick Guide” are being printed along with updated maps. Both will be available soon.

Please contact the Parking Office at 777-3551 for questions. -- UND Parking Office.

New parking lot will be built west of Housing Office

A new paved / striped parking lot for approximately 70 vehicles will soon be constructed on the existing gravel lot directly west of the housing office. Please be aware that excavation will begin soon, and that lot will be closed until construction is complete. -— Facilities.

AAUW requests used books and other media

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) requests donations of books, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, and records in working order. Please drop off at: 2420 9th Ave. North or call one of the following numbers: 772-1622/0247; 775-9468; 795-9808. --Dianne Stam, Administrative Secretary, University Learning Center,, 777-4406.

Hilton Garden Inn receives high ratings

Hilton Garden Inn achieved top placement ranking number one with the “Highest Guest Satisfaction” award by J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Domestic Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study for the fifth consecutive year – outranking other mid-scale full service brands. There are 280 plus Hilton Garden Inn hotels in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The UND Hilton Garden Inn was the first university-based HGI and is used as a model for other university campuses.

Donated leave requested for Joanie Bina

Leave donations are sought for Joanie Bina, housing custodian for facilities. She and her family thank you for your generosity. Please send a donated leave form to Patti Schmidt, Facilities, Stop 9032 to donate leave. For a form, go to, then click on forms. -- Facilities.

Internal job openings listed

The following position vacancies are available only to regular UND staff employees who have successfully completed their six-month probation period, earn annual and sick leave, receive BC/BS Health Insurance and TIAA-CREF or ND PERS Retirement benefits.

Current UND Faculty, please contact Human Resources for eligibility.

TO APPLY: Please complete UND application/control card form. Send letter of application and resume, referencing position name and number, to: Human Resources, University of North Dakota, PO Box 8010, Grand Forks, ND 58202. Applications MUST be received by the deadline date.


POSITION: Classroom Technology Specialist, CILT, #07-027
DEADLINE: (I) 8/2/2006
SALARY: $26,000 - $31,000

POSITION: Research Specialist, Pharmacology, Physiology, Therapeutics, #07-026
DEADLINE: (I) 07/31/2006
SALARY: $25,000 - $30,000

POSITION: General Manager, Dining Services, #07-024
DEADLINE: (I) 7/31/2006
SALARY: $37,903 - $39,500

POSITION: Helicopter Pilot, Aerospace, #07-019
DEADLINE: (I) 7/27/06
SALARY: $30,000 - $54,000

POSITION: Workforce Development Project Planner, Continuing Education, #07-018
DEADLINE: (I) 7/27/2006
SALARY: $30,000 - $35,000

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: Extension Program Assistant, Continuing Education, # 07-002
DEADLINE: (I) 7/28/2006, Extended
SALARY: $18,000 - $20,000


POSITION: Heat Plant Shift Supervisor (shift work), Facilities, #07-025
DEADLINE: (I) 7/27/06
SALARY: $32,000 - $36,000

Remembering Henning Helms

Henning Herman Helms, retired carpenter, facilities, died at Altru Hospital July 20. He was 75.

Helms was born in Elkton, S.D., to Herman and Henrietta (Rust) Helms. At the age of 14, he came to North Dakota to work on the Otto Hoverson farm. In 1952, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps and was wounded in action in Korea, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart.

Henning married Joyce Olson May 1, 1954. He worked for many years at Ireland's Lumber Co. and retired from UND, where he participated in the renovation of the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center.

He was an accomplished carpenter who did custom work at UND, Middle Grove Lutheran Church, and the family home.

He is survived by Joyce, his wife of 52 years, son Robert of Aurora, Colo., and daughter Lane Marie (William) Speake and gransons Andrew and Matthew Speake of Minneapolis, Minn. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Walter.

Funeral services are set for 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 28, at Middle Grove Church in rural Grand Forks, with visitation Thursday, July 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Amundson Funeral Home, 2975 S. 42nd St., and one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.