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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 56: July 25, 2006

Top Stories
Sherry O'Donnell to give summer commencement address
Faculty and administrative staff invited to participate in summer commencement
Volunteers needed for summer commencement Aug. 4
Events to Note
Bobblehead of Tom Petros to be unveiled today
Retirement reception will honor Wally Bloom
Documentary by Ron Vossler premieres July 26
July 27 power outage postponed by Xcel Energy
Barnes and Noble UND Bookstore sidewalk sale set for July 27
Third Street Gallery hosts exhibition and silent art auction July 27
McCannell-Unger art exhibition opens July 31
Interim Wellness Center closes July 31
U2 workshops listed
Wellness Center grand opening set for Sept. 25
UND 24/7 photography contest extended
NSF sets deadline for major research instrumentation program proposals
Preproposals sought for NCRR Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence grants
Center for Rural Health part of new grassroots rural policy project
Crimson Creek Players offer UND discount for Cabaret
Fire Hall Community Theatre lists 2006-2007 schedule
Posters celebrate diversity
Wellness Program addresses back pain
Patients sought for medical students
Donated leave requested for Karlene Clark
Donated leave requested for Janet Ouradnik
Daily specials listed for Twamley Snack Bar
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Engineering alum trains for space flight
In Remembrance
Remembering Marie Korsmo
Death noted of Richard Hampsten
Death noted of Henning Helms
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.

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

Volunteers needed for summer commencement Aug. 4

Summer commencement will be held Friday, Aug. 4, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Volunteers are needed to seat guests, organize the graduates, and greet campus visitors attending the ceremony.

Commencement begins at 3 p.m. and volunteers are asked to report to the lower level of the Chester Fritz Auditorium by 1:30 p.m. for a short briefing. We anticipate that Commencement will conclude by 4:15 p.m.

Please contact the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events at 777-6393 or e-mail by Friday, July 28, to let us know if you can assist with this event. Feel free to call if you have any questions.
-- Dawn Botsford, Events Coordinator, Office of Ceremonies & Special Events,, 777-6393

Bobblehead of Tom Petros to be unveiled today

The University and the Department of Psychology will unveil a “bobblehead’ figurine at a reception honoring long-time professor Tom Petros. The event will be Tuesday, July 25, at 1:30 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union.

Petros was named a Chester Fritz Distinguished Scholar in 2005, the highest academic honor awarded by UND. “The bobblehead is a way to both honor Dr. Petros and to generate additional funds for travel and research for our psychology department students,” said Jeffery Weatherly, chair of the psychology department.

All proceeds from the sale of the bobbleheads will go directly into the psychology student research and travel endowment. This fund was designed to support the efforts of students in the department to conduct research on their honors theses, master's theses, or doctoral dissertations, as well as provide funding for students' travel to regional, national, and international psychology conferences. As an endowment, the principle remains while the interest is used to benefit students on an annual basis.

The public is welcome to attend the unveiling and reception. The bobbleheads will be available for a $15 contribution to the endowment. To order a bobblehead or for more information, contact sychology at 777-3451.

The Department of Psychology was officially founded in 1921. Today it is home to nearly 400 undergraduate majors and over 50 graduate students enrolled in one of the department's four graduate programs.

Retirement reception will honor Wally Bloom

Wally Bloom, director of the Chester Fritz Auditorium, will retire July 31, after 35 years of service to UND. A reception will be held Wednesday, July 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

Wally has served as manager of parking and vending services, business manager for Auxiliary Services, manager of Ray Richards Golf Course and director of the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

Please join us as we thank him for his service to UND and wish him well in his retirement.
-- Margaret Myers, Associate VP for Finance & Operations, Finance & Operations,, 7-3717

Documentary by Ron Vossler premieres July 26

A new documentary film, written and narrated by English senior lecturer Ron Vossler, will have its television premiere on Prairie Public Television Wednesday, July 26, at 9:30 p.m. The 30-minute film, "We'll Meet Again in Heaven," based on Vossler's book of the same title, chronicles a forgotten genocide and a lost people.

The lost people are the ethnic German minority in Soviet Ukraine who wrote their Dakota relatives on the prairie. Excerpts of their letters are included in the film, which shows the 10 year odyssey -- the forgotten genocide -- of forced labor, starvation, and executions during Stalin's collectivization period, which began in 1928.

Vossler's film, the most recent in a highly praised and widely-aired series that has received national and international awards, draws upon 10 years of his research.

Included in the film are compelling survivor interviews; wrenching personal letters, brought to public attention for the first time; original music; and colorful art work from both Ukrainian and ethnic German sources.

The film was produced by Roadshow Productions, Fargo; executive producers are Michael Miller and Bob Dambach. The film was funded by the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, North Dakota State University Libraries. Copies of the DVD are available at -- Ronald Vossler, Senior Lecturer, English,, 218-779-6835.

July 27 power outage postponed by Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy has postponed the scheduled July 27 power outage due to the high demand placed on electrical circuits caused by current and forecasted high temperatures. Rescheduled dates have not been set. Notification will be sent out as soon as possible. -- Diane Nelson, Human Resources.

Barnes and Noble UND Bookstore sidewalk sale set for July 27

Barnes and Noble UND Bookstore will hold their annual sidewalk sale Thursday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be reduced bargain books, thousands of children's and adult titles, and up to 75 percent off selected UND and Fighting Sioux imprinted clothing and gifts. Hot off the grill hotdogs and burgers will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Michelle Abernathey, general manager, Barnes & Noble at UND, 777-2103.

Third Street Gallery hosts exhibition and silent art auction July 27

The Third Street Gallery, 28 S. Third St., a non-profit arts organization committed to furthering the arts and culture of the Greater Grand Forks area, will hold a silent auction at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27. It features art created by local and regional artists, who, with the Third Street Gallery, Edgewood Vista, and Bremer Bank, are committed to the success of the arts in the Greater Grand Forks area. Support the cultivation of a strong art community by joining us for an evening of culture and fellowship.

The Silent Art Auction exhibition is on display, and will conclude with the auction. Various artists have stepped forward to help ensure the future of the local arts in Grand Forks by donating work. Adam Kemp, Greater Grand Forks Artist of the Year, is both a sculptor and a painter, and has fused both skills to create unique and fascinating work that everyone is sure to enjoy. The other artists involved include Tricia Lunski, Sara Christensen Blair, Kim Fink, Sue Fink, Jon Olson, Ryan Frates, Brian Fricke, Jen Nelson, Patrick Luber, Josh Johnson, Donald Renner, Anita Monsebraten, Kathryn McCleery, Brad Bachmeier, Rebecca Sefcovic Uglem, and Amy Silletto. Original photography prints by Steve Augustin and a sapphire art necklace by River City Jewelers will be raffled off during the auction. The artists we have chosen represent all mediums of art, and should provide something for everyone to enjoy.

Don’t wait in line, contact Third Street Gallery for your bidding number today at 775-5055. Online and telephone bidding are also available.

The exhibition is curated by Rebecca Sefcovic Uglem and Amy Lyste, co-directors of the Third Street Gallery. The public is welcome to all events. Those wishing group tours, including schools, should contact the Third Street Gallery at 775-5055.

For more information call 775-5055 or contact

McCannell-Unger art exhibition opens July 31

Melinda McCannell-Unger, master of art graduate student, will open her exhibit in enamel and small metals, "Shema Mezuzah" July 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center. The exhibit contines through Aug. 31. Everyone is welcome to attend.
-- Melinda McCannell-Unger, MFA-Visual Arts graduate student, Art,, 701-777-4756

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

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

Wellness Center grand opening set for Sept. 25

Save the date for the opening of the UND Student Wellness Center. Although the building will not be ready in time for the original August opening, the party will still go on. Mark your calendars for Sept. 25 and tell your friends and family to join you from 3 to 6 p.m. at the UND Student Wellness Center. This one-time event is open to the community! Don Hensrud, Grand Forks native and author of several Mayo Clinic cookbooks, will be sharing healthy cooking ideas that are quick and easy on a small budget. You’ll also have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in a chef-off between UND’s First Lady, Adele Kupchella, and Mr. Kim Holms, owner of Sanders 1907 and celebrity chef in Grand Forks.

At 7 p.m., the UND Student Wellness Center will re-open the doors for business. Membership is required for entrance and you must have an UND ID. UND faculty and staff membership is free from Sept. 25 through Oct. 1.

This is the opening that we’ve all been waiting for. Come and be a part of the excitement!
-- Amanda Anderson, Assistant Director of Wellness Marketing, Wellness Center,, 777-0486

UND 24/7 photography contest extended

You still have time to take those great shots. UND's Graphics and Photography Society (GaPS) and the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) have extended the popular UND 24/7 photography contest to Nov. 1.

Photographs that reflect UND life must be taken on the University campus anytime between Fall 2005 and Nov. 1, 2006. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: digital, black and white film, and color film, with first, second, and third places plus an overall grand prize. In addition to the winners receiving prizes, their photographs will be displayed on the GaPS web site, in various newsletters, at a Memorial Union exhibit, and then permanently in Student Health Services. There is no limit on the number of images you may submit. However, photographs may not have been previously published.

The UND 24/7 contest is open to everyone. Photographs must be submitted as 8x10 inch prints and may not be framed or mounted. Photographs will be judged based on content expression, composition elements, and technical quality. Submit images to Lynda Kenney, advisor to GaPS, in the Department of Technology, 235B Starcher Hall. For a complete set of official rules go to
-- Lynda Kenney, Assistant Professor, Technology,, 777-2197

NSF sets deadline for major research instrumentation program proposals

The NSF has set the deadline for 2007 major research instrumentation proposals. Although the new solicitation will not be available until approximately October, changes to it will be minor. Therefore, in order to allow more time for proposal preparation, we have set an internal preproposal deadline of Sept. 29.

The MRI program assists in the acquisition or development of major research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly for support through other NSF programs. Proposals may be for a single instrument, a large system of instruments, or multiple instruments that share a common or specific research focus. Computer systems, clusters of advanced workstations, networks, and other information infrastructure components necessary for research are encouraged. Awards for instrumentation will range from $100,000 to $2 million. Lesser amounts will be considered in proposals from the mathematical sciences or from the social, behavioral and economic science community.

An institution may submit up to three proposals to the MRI program. Up to two proposals may be for instrument acquisition. If an institution submits three proposals, at least one of the three proposals must be for instrument development. However, two or all three proposals may be for instrument development. An institution may also be included as a member of a legally established consortium submitting a separate proposal, clearly labeled as such in the proposal's title.

As a result of the limited number of proposals that can be submitted, UND will conduct an internal review of preproposals. Preproposals should consist of the following sections:
● Cover page listing the project name, collaborators, contact person, total budget amount
● Instrument(s) to be purchased or developed and its(their) function(s)
● Impact on the research program of the collaborators, department(s), and college(s)
● Impact on the university’s mission as a whole
● Detailed budget

Preproposals should be no more than five pages in length using a reasonable format (one inch margins, font size 11, single-spaced). Preproposals are due in Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. Criteria used for reviewing preproposals will include appropriateness to the goal of the program; probability for funding by NSF; reasonableness of budgetary requests; and impact of the request on the University and the academic units involved. Investigators will be notified of the review results as soon as possible in order to provide as much time as possible to prepare a final proposal for submission.

Contact RD&C, 777-4278 or for the complete NSF MRI announcement, or download it at:
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance,, 701/777-4278

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

Center for Rural Health part of new grassroots rural policy project

The Center for Rural Health is one of the first participants in the national Rural People, Rural Policy program.

The new five-year national initiative, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich., builds and strengthens networks of local organizations to develop policy that will help rural communities and small towns.

This initiative intends to grow from regional networks into a national network of rural organizations and national service groups working on a variety of economic and social issues that impact rural America, according to a statement by the Kellogg Foundation announcing the awardees.

The foundation funded only 24 of the 190 proposals they received for the first year. The Center for Rural Health is the only health-related organization selected to participate. The remaining 23 are primarily community development, youth or policy organizations.

“This program stresses collaboration, bringing together housing, economic development, migrant programs, education and healthcare,” said Brad Gibbens, associate director of the Center for Rural Health. “No one individual can be as effective as the group.”

Center for Rural Health Associate Director Alana Knudson, Gibbens’ partner on the project, agrees. “This program will give the rural voice a strong, unified grassroots foundation,” she said.

“These groups make a difference in the communities they serve every day,” said Rick Foster, vice president of programs for the Kellogg Foundation. “We want to learn from them what’s working and what we can do together to improve the vitality of rural communities and the lives of the residents. We believe policies that impact rural people are best informed by rural citizens themselves.”

“Here at the Center for Rural Health we already facilitate this sort of collaboration on a local level and now we can share what we have learned on a regional and national level,” said Gibbens.

-- Amanda Scurry, public information specialist, UND SMHS,, 701-777-0871

Crimson Creek Players offer UND discount for Cabaret

UND employees are offered a discount on tickets for the Crimson Creek Collegiate Players’ production of "Cabaret." Performances are August 1-4 and 8-11, 7:30 p.m., Empire Arts Center, downtown Grand Forks. To receive the discount, tickets must be purchased no later than Friday, July 28, from the Chester Fritz Box Office, 777-4090. This discount is for the August 1-4 shows only. The discount offers $18 adult tickets for $15.
-- Diane Nelson, Director, Human Resources,, 777-4364

Fire Hall Community Theatre lists 2006-2007 schedule

The Fire Hall Community Theatre, also known as the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre, is a nonprofit organization established in 1947 to provide entertainment, education and recreation for the Greater Grand Forks area through the opportunity to experience and participate in theatrical productions of the highest artistic merit. Fire Hall Theatre is listed as one of the nation’s oldest community theatres.

The 2006-2007 Season
"Dinner With Friends," drama; show dates: Sept. 14-17, 21-24 and 28-30; cast: two women, two men; audition dates: Aug. 1-2, 7 p.m. at Fire Hall Theatre. This engaging drama received the 2002 Tony Award and is the story of two married couples that have been best friends for years. One of the couples, Tom and Beth, decide to end their marriage and find new love and happiness. Gabe and Karen cling to their own marriage and struggle to come to terms with their friends’ breakup.

"On Golden Pond," comedy/drama; show dates: Nov. 9-12 and 16-18; performance at the Empire Arts Center; cast: three men, two women, one boy; audition dates: Sept. 18-19, 7 p.m. at Fire Hall Theatre. Presented to great critical and popular acclaim first off, then on Broadway, this is a touching, funny and warmly perceptive study of a spirited and loveable elderly couple facing their twilight years.

"I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change," musical; show dates: Feb. 22-25 and March 1-3; performance at the Empire Arts Center; cast: two men, two women; audition dates: Jan. 2-3, 7 p.m. at Fire Hall Theatre. A humorous collection of musical vignettes exploring human relationships of courtship, dating, marriage, divorce and even geriatric dating.

"Beauty and the Beast," children's theatre; show dates: March 15-18, 22-25; cast: children ages 5 to 15; audition dates: Jan. 22-23, 7 p.m. at Fire Hall Theatre. A classic children’s story of love, loyalty and friendship. Director Lee Barnum does a marvelous job finding the inner actor in each child.

"Five Women Wearing the Same Dress," comedy; show dates: May 3-6, 10-13, and 17-19; cast: one man, five women; audition dates: March 13-14, 7 p.m. at Fire Hall Theatre. During an ostentatious wedding reception, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women’s spirit.

Act - Direct - Build - Design - Create your local community theatre, celebrating its 59th season of producing engaging shows with local talent, invites you to be a part of the experience. Whether you enjoy being behind the scenes, on stage, or just in the audience, the Fire Hall Community Theatre is pleased to have you as a part of our family. It takes a variety of skills to produce a show. From acting and directing to set design and painting, our technical crews are filled with talent from all walks of life. Whatever your specialty is, the Fire Hall Theatre can use your talents. Get involved in your theatrical community and experience the thrill of community theatre!

For more information, contact Fire Hall Theatre at 746-0847 (message) or Jeff Kinney, 701-696-2289. Watch for our season brochures and new web site. -- Jan Orvik, editor, for Fire Hall Theatre.

Posters celebrate diversity

Every day is Celebrate Diversity Day! And you can show your support for diversity by uploading one or more unique diversity posters to your web site free.

“I am pleased to announce the availability of digital posters designed by UND’s Department of Technology graphics students and faculty to increase cultural awareness and diversity on our campus,” said President Kupchella. “By uploading any of the posters to your web site, you support our common goal to celebrate differences in a positive and refreshing way.”

The digital diversity posters were designed specifically for placement on the web. They fit nicely into UND’s web templates in either the large or small columns. To view a large poster that has been placed on a departmental web site, go to the Department of Technology’s web site at To view a small poster that has been placed, go to the Graphics and Photography Society’s web site at

To view all of the diversity posters available for your use on the web, go to the Graphics and Photography Society’s web site at and click on the image links. Once you decide which size poster(s) will best fit your web site, follow the instructions to save the image(s).

President Kupchella, the Cultural Awareness Committee, the Department of Technology, and the Graphics and Photography Society, a student organization founded in 2003, support the digital diversity poster project.
-- Lynda Kenney, Assistant Professor, Technology,, 777-2197

Wellness Program addresses back pain

Chronic Low Back Pain
If you have chronic low back pain, you know what a powerful effect it can have. It can impact your work, your home life, and your relationships. The most important thing to know is that you can be active and productive when you have chronic low back pain. In fact, it may actually be better for you to be active.

What causes chronic low back pain?
Chronic low back pain is different from many other medical conditions, because most of the time doctors can’t be certain exactly what’s causing it. Many people never find out the reason for the pain. But, not knowing the cause of your back pain does not have to stop your recovery. Once your doctor rules out serious illnesses or conditions where activity could hurt your back, you can focus on managing your pain.

Is there a cure?
Chronic low back pain can be managed so that it will not take over your life, but it may not go away completely. Many people spend a lot of their time and energy trying to find a “cure,” and there are many unproven treatments for chronic low back pain. Rather than looking for something to fix the pain, it may be more helpful to focus your energy on managing it.

What can I do to manage my pain?
Realizing that you play an important role in controlling your pain is essential. Working with your doctor to create a pain management plan can make a big difference. Setting a goal —- such as returning to work or walking for 10 minutes —- can be an important first step. Then, you can work with your doctor to determine how to deal with your pain so that you can reach your goal. Some important steps toward achieving your goal are:
Stay active: Rest is a natural reaction to pain, but limiting your activity too much is usually not good for back pain.
Manage stress: Finding ways to manage stress and depression can help you feel better physically and emotionally.
Get support: Having support from friends and family can help you create a successful recovery plan and stick to it.
Use treatments wisely: Knowing how well the treatments may or may not work and understanding their risks and benefits will help you choose treatments wisely.

For more information
You can learn more about how to work with your doctor to manage your chronic low back pain by calling MyHealthConnection at 1-800-658-2750. Health Coaches are specially trained nurses, dietitians, and respiratory therapists and can help you:
• Understand more about chronic low back pain
• Learn about the risks and benefits of different treatment options
• Prepare for your doctor’s appointment
• Determine if one of our complimentary videos about back pain may help you.

You can also learn more by logging in to and choosing "Health Information.” From there, select:
• Health Crossroads and choose “Back Pain.”
• Healthwise® Knowledgebase and use the search term "Low Back Pain."
-- Blue Cross, Blue Shield & Amanda Eickhoff, Wellness Program Assistant, Wellness Center,, 777-2719

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

Donated leave requested for Karlene Clark

Leave donations are sought for Karlene Clark, circulation student specialist at the Chester Fritz Library. She and her family thank you for your generosity. Please send a donated leave form to Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library, Stop 9000, to donate leave. For a form, go to, then click on forms. -- Chester Fritz Library.

Donated leave requested for Janet Ouradnik

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

Daily specials listed for Twamley Snack Bar

July 25: Firecracker Chicken Wrap, Carrots and Celery, Potato Salad; Grilled Reuben with Fruit Cup; Sloppy Joes with Chips; Soup of the day is Chili.
July 26: Rotissere Turkey, Whipped Potatoes, Corn; Soup of the day is Harvest Vegetable.
July 27: Beef or Chicken Taco Salad, Refried Beans; Soup is White Cheddar Broccoli.
July 28: Chicken Pot Pie with Fresh Fruit Cup; Soup is Chicken Tortilla.
-- Tammy Kaiser, Snack Bar Supervisor, Food Service,, 777-3934

Internal job openings listed

UND provides all eligible regular staff employees the opportunity to apply for vacant staff positions prior to external recruitment. All regular position vacancies will be listed internally for a period of five working days.

Regular staff employees working 20 hours or more per week and not in a six month probationary status are eligible to apply. Eligible employees must submit an Application Form and Applicant Control Card. These forms are available on-line or in the Office of Human Resources, Room 313 Twamley, 777-4361. All internal applications will be screened to determine qualifications. In the event an internal candidate is not selected by the hiring department, external recruitment and selection procedures will proceed as required by the UND Affirmative Action program.

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: 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: Assistant Teacher (M-F, 9 am - 5:30 pm), University Children’s Center, #07-023
DEADLINE: (I) 7/26/2006
SALARY: $7.00 - $8.00

POSITION: ECE Service Supervisor (M-F 9am - 5:30pm), University Children’s Center, #07-022
DEADLINE: (I) 7/26/2006
SALARY: $9.00 - $10.00

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

Engineering alum trains for space flight

University alum and astronaut Karen Nyberg began an underwater adventure July 22 that's part of her training to fly a future National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) space mission.

Nyberg, a Parkers Prairie, Minn., native and 1994 summa cum laude UND mechanical engineering grad, was selected to be a NASA mission specialist in 2000.

Nyberg jumped into a seven-day marine mission in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Aquarius underwater lab off the coast of Florida. She'll join mission crew leader Koichi Wakata, a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut, and NASA astronauts Andrew Feustel and Karen Kohanovich as part of the NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 10 project.

The crew will imitate moonwalks in controlled extravehicular undersea activities and will test new communications, navigation, and robotic techniques that will be utilized in future moon and other space missions. This is the 10th NEEMO mission.

"I'm really looking forward to this mission," says Nyberg, an expert in mission-critical human temperature regulation in space suits.

Nyberg's also done computational fluid dynamic analysis related to environmental control and life support systems for the Advanced Mars and Lunar Lander Mission studies. She is currently assigned to NASA's space shuttle and exploration branches. She'll serve in technical assignments until NASA books her on a space flight.

Nyberg, who also holds a doctorate and a master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin in mechanical engineering, earned top UND honors in addition to her academic achievement (B.S. in mechanical engineering, 1994), including the School of Engineering and Mines Meritorious Service Award for 1991-92 and the Young Alumni Achievement Award in 2004.

Remembering Marie Korsmo

Marie Leona Korsmo, director of advising and admissions, College of Education and Human Development, died at home in Park Rapids, Minn., July 18. She was 69.

Korsmo was born in Mapes, N.D., to Fred and Eloise (Kelly) Enlow. She attended school in Lakota, N.D., and graduated from the Lakota High School. She attended college at UND and worked at UND for 30 years before retiring. After her retirement she moved to Park Rapids, Minn., where she lived on Island Lake until her death.

She loved shopping, golfing, curling, cooking, and travel. She was also an excellent gardener and loved reading. Her most important activity was spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Peri (Scott) Olson of Henderson, Nev.; Bobbi (Dennis) Curtis of Albuquerque, N.M., Billy (Tami) Baumgartner, Grand Forks, Tim (Tonna) Korsmo, Chandler, Ariz., Mary (Jan) Korsmo, Minneapolis, and Tracy (Mary) Korsmo, Bismarck, N.D.; brothers: Merle Enlow, Newburg, Ind., Jim Enlow, Manvel, N.D., Robert Enlow, Coon Rapids, Minn., and Mike Enlow, North Richland Hills, Texas, and one sister Eunice Kimble, Thief River Falls, Minn.; 13 grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

She married Richard Korsmo May 11, 1979, at Grand Forks. He preceded her in death, along with her parents, and one brother, Edgar Enlow.

Memorial mass is July 25 with inurnment at the Mandan National Cemetery at a later date. Memorials are preferred to St. Joseph's Hospice.

Death noted of Richard Hampsten

It is with regret that we announce the death of Richard Hampsten, associate professor emeritus of English. He was with the University from 1966 to 1993.

Death noted of Henning Helms

It is with regret that we announce the July 20 death of Henning Helms, retired carpenter for facilities. He was employed by the University from July 1, 1977 to Feb. 5, 1993, when he retired.