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ISSUE: Volume 47, Number 6: September 30, 2009

Top Stories
Message to the University community from President Kelley
A Great Conversation with astronaut and alumna Karen Nyberg is Oct. 1
Events to Note
Award reception for Gwen Klawon is Sept. 29
Doctoral examination set for Vishnu Kanupuru
Norway Member of Parliament to visit UND
Music department presents lecture series by faculty
Homecoming Cook Off is Sept. 30
Symposium on corporate branding begins Sept. 30
Art & Democracy Film Series to show "American Beauty"
Reception will be held at the North Dakota Museum of Art Sept. 30
Denim Day is Sept. 30
Faculty and staff are invited to Homecoming events
Graffiti artist and UND alumnus will be on campus Oct. 1-8
NDSU invites UND to hear National Ecological Observatory Network speaker
Registration deadline for Reflecting on Teaching is Oct. 1
Board meetings for Alumni Association and Foundation Board of Directors will take place Oct. 1
Join Chemistry for Homecoming Oct. 2
Michigan State professor to speak at geography forum
Summer Programs and Events Council invites you to open house
Please join CoBPA for an open house Friday
Physics Department colloquium will be Oct. 2
Center for Community Engagement invites you to say hello
RAIN invites UND and Grand Forks community to discussion panel
Geography forum is set for Oct. 2
Women's Center sponsors 15th annual Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night rally
SPEC Mini-Grant workshop is Oct. 6
Learning Management System tech forum set for Oct. 6
Staying on Track program is Oct. 6-7
Fall Career Fair is Oct. 7
Students invited to enter Conflict Resolution Day poster, poetry contest
Online teaching event will be Oct. 8
Thursday Cultural Nights begin Oct. 8
Students, faculty invited to RRV Research Corridor Summit in Fargo Oct. 12
Wind ensemble & University Band will present first concert of the season
Register by Oct. 1 for Reflecting on Teaching colloquium and drawing for prizes
Nursing celebrates milestone anniversary, announces award recipients
UND Physician Assistant Program earns national reaccreditation
Apply now for administrative internships
University Within the University (U2) lists new classes
U2 is conducting an assessment of its programming and services
Families of current students invited to visit student classrooms
Flu info slides available for classroom use
Mini-grants available for summer programs/events
Course proposals sought for OLLI winter 2010 semester
Spring 2010 schedule of courses will be available Oct. 12
Midterm grade roster will be available for entry of midterm deficiency grades by faculty on Oct. 8.
Grand Forks women encouraged to participate in free clinical trials
Library of the Health Sciences announces extended hours
Sites 2C @ UND brochure is now available
Door prize winners listed for State Employee Recognition Week
Museum Cafe announces menu
Internal job openings listed
Institutional Research Briefs now available online
In the News
EERC achieves sixth consecutive record year
Aerospace faculty member Kim Kenville earns 2009 Enlightenment Award for teaching excellence
UND goes all out to meet halfway for Anatomy Interchange
Small hospitals receive funds through Center for Rural Health
In Remembrance
UND's "Dr. J," LaVernia M. Jorgenson, passes away
Message to the University community from President Kelley

I met today (Monday, Sept. 28) with the leadership of the Staff Senate, the UND Foundation and Alumni Association, as well as my vice presidents, and I have communicated with the leadership of the University Senate and Student Senate. We talked about Homecoming this week and about how this is a time to celebrate the achievements of the University in our core mission of teaching, research, and service. As I told the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks Chamber earlier this month, we have much of which to be proud. We have globally-respected faculty, dedicated staff, and hard-working, intelligent students. We are developing innovative academic programs to complement an already comprehensive list of majors and minors. We are conducting world-class research in areas that matter to people, and we are finding ways of providing service that meet the real needs of the citizens of our state, region, and nation. In short, we have a lot to celebrate.

I also talked about the ongoing conversations regarding UND's Fighting Sioux name and logo. As it stands now, the State Board of Higher Education met May 14 and passed a resolution that directs the University to start the process of changing the nickname and logo, unless the two name sake tribes each pass resolutions that support the University keeping the nickname for at least 30 years. On Thursday, Oct. 1, the State Board will hold a 9:30 a.m. teleconference to consider extending the deadline.

This morning I told the group that we must continue to keep our eyes on the ball: the University's core mission. It is important not to lose sight of what is important in the long run for the education of our students and for working toward even greater quality for our many programs.

As we go forward, I want to emphasize that we, the University community, will continue to focus on the University's core mission. We will do this in an environment that lines up with the University's core values. These include the right and the freedom to express one's views in a civil manner and to express and respect honest differences of opinion, also in a safe and civil environment. I want to make it clear, and to assure all of you, that the University will continue to concentrate on its core mission of teaching and learning, scholarship, and service as we move into the future.
-- Robert O. Kelley

A Great Conversation with astronaut and alumna Karen Nyberg is Oct. 1

You’re invited to A Great Conversation with NASA Astronaut and UND Alumna, Karen Nyberg on Thursday, Oct. 1, from noon to 1 p.m. in 210 Clifford Hall.

At a young age, Karen Nyberg knew her goal was to become an astronaut. A native of Vining, Minn., she enrolled in UND’s School of Engineering and Mines and earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1994. She went on to receive a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1996 and a Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of Texas-Austin. Beginning her career with NASA in 1998, she accepted a position as an Environmental Control Engineer and was soon re-assigned as a Mission Specialist in 2000. Her first spaceflight was in 2008 when she logged more than 13 days in space on the shuttle Discovery. Nyberg currently works at the Johnson Space Center and plans to once again travel into space.

The Great Conversation format allows questions to be asked from anyone in the audience. A live video stream of this session can be accessed by clicking on the Great Conversation icon on UND’s home page. Individuals watching from other locations can e-mail questions to

Be one of the first 100 people attending and receive a coupon for a free box lunch to be made available as you leave the program. The event is sponsored by the Office of the President.
-- Dawn Botsford, Events Coordinator, Office of Ceremonies and Special Events,, 777-6393

Award reception for Gwen Klawon is Sept. 29

Please join us in congratulating Gwen Klawon, publications manager, at a reception on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 3 p.m. on the 5th floor of the Flight Operations Administration building at the airport. Gwen was nominated by her employee, Dan Boese, for the "My Boss Is A Patriot" (MBIAP) award for her support of him through his National Guard duties. Dan has been sent to do a tour of duty in Kosovo for 18 months. A "Statement of Support" award is also being given to the Publications Department by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). UND professor and dean emeritus, George Schubert, will be presenting the awards.
-- Lesli Riskey, Administrative Secretary, Flight Operations Administration,, 777-7815

Doctoral examination set for Vishnu Kanupuru

The final examination for Vishnu Kanupuru, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Earth System Science and Policy, is set for 3:30 p.m., Sept. 29, in 134 Ryan Hall. The dissertation title is: Mineralogical Survey of Near-Earth Asteroid Population: Implications for Impact Hazard Assessment and Sustainability of Life on Earth. Michael Hill and Michael Gaffey (ESSP and Space Studies) is the committee chair.

The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Norway Member of Parliament to visit UND

Odd Einar Dørum, a leading Member of Parliament (Storting), is visiting UND this week to lecture and meet with campus leaders and students who are active with educational exchanges in Norway.

Dørum will have a public lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m. in the Gamble Hall Lecture Bowl 1 (College of Business). The title of his lecture is "Polar Policy" and he will talk about how climate change is reshaping the Arctic, global security, oil and gas exploration and more. The lecture is sponsored by Nordic Initiative and is free and open to the public.

MP Odd Einar Dørum is one of the most respected and qualified politicians in Norway. He was elected a Member of Parliament from Trondheim for the party Venstre (the Liberal Party), the eldest political party in Norway, positioned slightly to the right of the centre of Norwegian politics.

Although his party is no longer the largest in the Parliament, Dørum has a high personal standing in Norwegian politics.

Dørum was Minister of Transport and Communications from 1997 to 1999, then Minister of Justice until 2000. He was again Minister of Justice in the second government of Kjell Magne Bondevik from 2001 to 2005. He completed his fourth four year term as an elected member of the Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) (1977-2009). He did not seek re-election in the Sept 14 election in Norway, but will remain active.

He was the leader of The Liberal Party from 1982 to 1986 and again from 1992 to 1996. From 1970 to 1972 he was the leader of the party's youth organization (Unge Venstre). In addition to a generally broad involvement in current Norwegian politics has he been a strong supporter of innovation and small business politics.

Dørum is known as a very grounded person, and unlike most politicians his age, he does not take himself very seriously. For decades he has been a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings books and made headlines when he showed up for the premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King wearing a hobbits robe, much to the amusement of its star Viggo Mortensen. He later donned the same outfit again in an outdoor Lord of the Rings concert in Frognerparken in Oslo in 2005.

Dørum is educated social worker with a masters degree in Social Science and a bachelor degree in history from the University of Trondheim. He has also studied teaching (pedagogy). He has also been professor in social science with the University of Trondheim.

He is married to Randi Øverland and they have 2 children. Dørum now lives in Oslo. He is known for several involvements also outside the politics, strengthening the position for NGOs is one of his interests.

While at UND, Dørum will visit with Nordic Initiative, Association of Norwegian Students Abroad (ANSA), the Center for Innovation, Aerospace Foundation, and several key leaders in charge of educational exchanges in Norway. He will be accompanied by Steinar Opstad, who received an honorary degree from UND in 2008; Krista Lauritzen, President of the American College of Norway in Moss; and Siri Blindheim, chair of the American College of Norway and head of a large program in Norway called "Female Future" helping well educated women to be in executive and board positions in private and public sectors.

Two artists are also with the Norwegian delegation, Helge Skånlund who has an exhibit at the Chester Fritz Library next week, and Kai Robert Johanssen and daughter Camilla who will be performing in the Grand Forks Public School system all week.

UND Nordic Initiative has a history of being the nation's leader in innovative and successful programming and exchanges with Norway. UND has been a top destination for Norwegian college students in the United States for more than a decade. The 45-member volunteer group in Nordic Initiative has supported numerous educational exchanges in Norway, including in medicine, law, business, communications, engineering, air traffic control and other areas.
-- Bruce Gjovig, Director, Ctr for Innovation,, 701-739-3132

Music department presents lecture series by faculty

The UND Music department presents a weekly lecture series. The presentations will be held in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall of the Hughes Fine Arts Center on Tuesday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. These lectures are free and open to the public.

The schedule follows:
Sept. 29 - Musical Structures in Film - Dorothy Keyser
Oct. 6- From a Dark Millennium comes the Music of Amber: A Comparative Study of Two Works by Joseph Schwantner - James Popejoy
Oct. 13 - Music Therapy and Speech Disorders: From Brahm’s to Broca’s Area - Andrew Knight
Oct. 20 - The Words and Music of Sting - Christopher Gable
October 27 - An Analysis and Performance Guide for Six Marimba Works by Eric Sammut - Brian Pfeifer
Nov. 3 - A Speech Therapy Approach to Lyric Diction - Louise Pinkerton
Nov. 17 - “Women in Music” at the Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition of 1895 - Katherine Norman Dearden— *ROOM 164*

For further information, contact the Music department at 777-2644.
-- Tammy Mulske, Technology and Marketing Supervisor, Music,, 777-3271

Homecoming Cook Off is Sept. 30

Come see whose cuisine will reign supreme from two of UND’s top culinary masters. Join us for the 1st annual Culinary Corner Challenge, where the first UND Homecoming Culinary King will be crowned. Executive Chef Greg Gefroh of UND Dining Services will face chef, author, and UND alumnus John Michael Lerma, in a head-to-head battle for the Culinary King crown and title. This is an event every foodie will love.

Our chefs will battle it out to see who can create unique and healthy meals while using Dakota-made products and the mystery ingredient. The chefs will be exhibiting their culinary talents, techniques, and food styles in hopes to impress the judges. Judges for this event will be determined upon arrival.

Join the excitement on Wednesday, Sept. 30
5:30 p.m.: Pre-Battle Mock-Tails
6 p.m.: The Battle Begins
$15 Reserved seating (limited to 15 spots)
$10 general admission/day of event (limited to 75 participants)

To reserve your place call the Wellness Center at 777-0769. Payment is due at the time of the reservation.
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition, Wellness Center,, 777-0769

Symposium on corporate branding begins Sept. 30

The College of Business and Public Administration is proud to announce its fourth annual Mellem Business Symposium, with a full itinerary of national business and government leaders scheduled to speak on the topic of corporate branding in an interactive world. The event begins on the UND campus Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center and continues on Thursday, Oct. 1, with keynote addresses scheduled throughout the day in Gamble Hall, room 7, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event is made possible by State Farm Insurance’s Good Neighbor Grant Program and private gifts. The College of Business and Public Administration invites all members of the university and greater Grand Forks business community to attend this exciting and timely event.

This year’s Mellem Business Symposium tackles the subject of branding, with a specific focus on how corporations must brand themselves in an interactive world. The symposium offers a diverse array of top-level executives and local business leaders who will provide various industry perspectives on how to build, manage, and expand a corporate brand. The event will kick-off on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m., with featured keynote speaker, Karen Suzukamo, manager of Brand Advertising at 3M Corporation in Minneapolis, Minn. A dessert reception will follow her presentation.

The rest of the event activities will take place at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, in Gamble Hall, Room 7. The speakers include: Jessica Staeher, public affairs specialist, and Rod Gibson, marketing analyst for State Farm Insurance, Lincoln, Neb.; Matt Majka, chief operating officer for the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League, Minneapolis, Minn.; Traie Dockter, director of marketing, Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, N.D.; and Carrie Philpot, vice president and director at digitas, an advertising and brand management partner of Delta/Northwest Airlines, Atlanta, Ga. For a full listing of speaker topics, biographies, and session times, please visit

The Mellem Business Symposium is named in honor of College of Business and Public Administration alumni, Ken and JoAnn Mellem. The event is supported by private gifts from JR Kirkland and a Good Neighbor Grant provided by State Farm Insurance. The Mellem Business Symposium supports the College of Business and Public Administration’s mission, which is to teach students the necessary skills to excel in business, government and society, while providing a forum to discuss timely topics with members of the regional community. For more details regarding the event, check out or call 701-777-2135.
-- CK Braun-Schultz, Director of External Relations , College of Business & Public Administration,, 777-2135

Art & Democracy Film Series to show "American Beauty"

The next installment of the Art & Democracy Film Series will show "American Beauty" Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center. Each movie in the series is open to the public and free. Come join us for a discussion about assimilation, ethnic heritage, family expectations, comedy in America, and political correctness.

The Art & Democracy Film Series offers us all the opportunity to talk, as a community, about the American experience. What are our values? How do we deal with difference? And, of course, what's art got to do with it? Through fun and accessible movies, audiences will explore, debate, and question the foundations of our democracy and society. Each film is shown at the Empire Arts Center and is free and open to the public. First the group watches the movie together, then the host, Jack Russell Weinstein, director of the Institute for Philosophy in Public Life and Associate Professor of Philosophy at UND, and host of the Prairie Public Radio show “Why? Philosophical Discussions About Everyday Life,” interviews a guest about the topic of the film. Then the audience gets the opportunity to talk with Weinstein and his guest, as well as to each other. The conversation is light-hearted and fun, but sophisticated and interesting as well. All perspectives are welcome; the series is non-partisan.

The series also provides the opportunity to see how film-makers portray our lives. Is it accurate? Does it exaggerate? Can it help us learn about ourselves or does it interfere with our self-understanding? Previous guests have included Clay Jenkinson, who led a discussion on what it means to be a North Dakotan; Crystal Alberts, who discussed the role of protest and sub-cultures in political life; and Paul Gaffney, who discussed the place of sports in our society with special attention to women athletes and the role of equality in competition.

Upcoming movies include (guests will be announced at a later date):
October 28: Let The Right One In
November 25: Dr. Strangelove

More information about the institute and the film series can be found at: Questions can be sent to

The Art & Democracy films series is sponsored by the Institute for Philosophy in Public Life and the North Valley Arts Council. The Institute is a partnership between The North Dakota Humanities Council and the UND College of Arts and Sciences.
-- Jack Russell Weinstein, Associate Professor, Philosophy and Religion,, 777-2887

Reception will be held at the North Dakota Museum of Art Sept. 30

The North Dakota Museum of Art will hold a forum on painting with the artists of the current exhibition, Paint Local on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. The exhibit features the work of local painters Pirjo Berg, Zhimin Guan, Lori Esposito, Dyan Rey, Adam Kemp, and Mike Marth. The exhibition continues through Oct. 11.

Pirjo Berg was born in Helsinki in 1964. She studied Regional Planning at the University of Tampere, Finland, before moving to the United States in 1991. In Seattle she concentrated on art, mainly on drawing and painting, but also studied art philosophy and art history.

According to Berg, “In my work, I combine painting and collage to create compositions that are built on repetition. I enjoy exploring the contrasts between the collage and painted surfaces, and how the space becomes the surface and how the surface becomes a space. I transform the shapes of the materials by cutting them into stripes and lines, and then rearrange and organize them on the canvas. I let the layers of collage blend together with the paint.”

Born in 1976 in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Lori Esposito has lived and studied in a variety of regions of the U.S. Through the invention of her own unique drawing and painting practice Esposito has created "senses of place" infused with plants, geologic forms and atmospheric realms.

Dyan Rey has exhibited her artwork both locally and nationally for over 25 years. Her work has been seen in 17 solo shows and in over 50 group exhibitions. Her works are in many private and public collections, including Microsoft Corporation, SAFECO Insurance Company, Tacoma Art Museum, City of Seattle, and the Washington State Arts Collection. Gallery affiliation has included the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle and the Albert Merola Gallery in Provincetown.

Adam Kemp's work is found in homes and businesses throughout the region. He has shown at the North Dakota Museum of Art, the Plains Museum, and at various galleries. Kemp was born in 1962 and grew up forty miles northeast of London in the Essex countryside. He graduated from Newcastle upon Tyne with a B.F.A. and earned an M.F.A. degree from UND. Kemp continues to teach popular sessions in the Museum’s Summer Art Camp and to run the You Are Here gallery in downtown Grand Forks, with co-owner Mary Weaver. But most importantly, Kemp has made art a living presence in everyday life in Grand Forks. He was awarded Grand Fork’s First Annual Artist of the Year award in 2006.

Mike Marth was born in 1962 in St. Paul, Minn.. He received an MFA in painting from Southern Illinois State University in 1991. Marth currently lives in Moorhead, MN where he maintains his studio. Over the years he has taught in the design department of North Dakota State University. He also worked as curator at the Donaldson Hotel in Fargo during the first years of its reincarnation in the 21st century.

Zhimin Guan was born in China in 1962. He started to paint when he was nine years old, influenced by his father, a traditional Chinese calligrapher and ink painter. Zhimin received rigorous training in calligraphy and ink painting before he was fifteen years old. During his B.F.A. studies at Fuyang Teachers College in China, he concentrated on oil painting and again received rigorous training in drawing and painting in the Western classical style. From 1985 to 1994, he taught painting, drawing, and design at Dalian Institute of Industrial Design in Dalian, China. Besides teaching, Guan devoted himself to his art practice. Since 1998, he has been a professor of art and design at Minnesota State University, Moorhead.

The Museum hours are weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends, 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum Shop is open during these hours. There is no general admission for viewing exhibitions, visiting the Museum Shop or the Museum Café.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 701-777-4195

Denim Day is Sept. 30

Since the last Wednesday of September is the 30th, that's the date of September's "regular" Denim Day. Pay your $1, wear your denim, and know all proceeds go to charity. Need more buttons or posters? Just let me know.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 777-3791

Faculty and staff are invited to Homecoming events

Faculty and staff are invited to attend or take part in Homecoming events:
- The Sioux Award Banquet, honoring recipients LaVonne Russell Hootman (Nursing class of 1954, Honorary Doctorate 2009), Karen Nyberg (Mechanical Engineering class of 1994), Dan Martinsen (English class of 1973, Football Letterwinner), Edward T. Schafer (Business class of 1969). In addition, two graduates will receive the Young Alumni Achievement Award: Fernanda Philbrick (Chemical Engineering class of 1994, 1996) and Chris Semrau (Marketing class of 2000). For more information, click
- College and Department socials
- Homecoming Parade, tailgating and UND vs South Dakota football game (sponsored by US Bank)

Student activities will also be happening throughout the week and you are encouraged to cheer your students on as they compete as teams for the title of Homecoming Champion.

- Yell Like Hell/Spirit Competition
- Flag football tournament
- Voting for Homecoming King & Queen (thank you to Judges Laurie Betting, Doug Munski, Tori Mauch, Tryone Grandstrand, and Donna Faison)
- Homecoming Parade
- Spirit Banners up at the Alerus Center during Saturday's football game
-- Amanda Hvidsten, Director of Alumni Relations & Marketing, Alumni Association,, 777-4903

Graffiti artist and UND alumnus will be on campus Oct. 1-8

The Humanities & Integrated Studies Program is pleased to announce the forthcoming acquisition of an art piece by renowned graffiti artist and UND alumnus, Rich Patterson. This graffiti installation, commissioned by vice president of academic affairs Paul LeBel and his wife Lucinda and donated to Humanities & Integrated Studies, will replace one of the current graffiti pieces by the same artist which was destroyed in recent building construction work.

The artist will be on campus Oct. 1-8, painting the commissioned piece and speaking to university student groups regarding his work and his inspirational educational journey. A reception to honor the artist and his work will be held Monday, Oct. 5, at noon in the Anna Mae Hughes Room of the Hughes Fine Arts Center. This event is co-sponsored by UND’s Art and Design department, which is also providing all of the materials for the artwork. All are welcome to attend.
-- Tami Carmichael, Associate Professor/Coordinator, Humanities & Integrated Studies,, 777-3015

NDSU invites UND to hear National Ecological Observatory Network speaker

"NEON: Enabling Research and Education in Continental Scale Ecology," is set for 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the NDSU Memorial Union - Arikara Room. NDSU invites the UND community to attend the talk by Michael Keller, Chief of Science for the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) headquartered in Boulder, Colo. Keller's presentation will describe future plans for NEON, an observatory network that will be the first of its kind to collect ecological data at continental scales over multiple decades. NDSU is the host institution for NEON Domain #9, the Northern Plains, and North Dakota will be the site of Domain #9 observatory towers. NEON data will be made readily available to scientists, educators, students, decision makers and the public in order to understand and address large ecological questions and issues.

NDSU campus map available at
Pay Parking available in the NDSU Memorial Union south lot or the Visitor Lot E.

Registration deadline for Reflecting on Teaching is Oct. 1

The Office of Instructional Development and the Vice President for Academic Affairs are pleased to sponsor UND’s third biennial Reflecting on Teaching Colloquium to be held Friday, Oct. 16, and Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Memorial Union. The colloquium is a cross campus event, designed for the sharing of ideas about teaching and teaching related research with colleagues from UND and the region. Colloquium attendees can expect to hear individual presentations and panels, discuss posters and teaching strategies, and take part in open forums. Over 50 UND faculty members, representing all colleges, will be sharing their expertise on a wide range of topics related to teaching and learning. Saturday morning will feature a hands-on workshop for those interested in engaging in or expanding teaching-related research.

The Reflecting on Teaching Colloquium also features nationally recognized scholar, John Tagg. Over the past decade, Tagg has made presentations and conducted workshops for dozens of campuses and organizations. Recently, he worked with the Pew Forum on Undergraduate Learning and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Tagg is as a provocative forward looking thinker who asks us to consider the most basic questions. For example, what is college for? Tagg applies the wealth of research on teaching and learning to finding answers. Further information on Professor Tagg, and his keynote and Saturday workshop, as well as the poster and concurrent sessions is found at the OID website.

In additional to a full schedule of events the Colloquium also offers many opportunities for informal discussion and conversation over breakfast, lunch, and a concluding reception at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Since we will need a headcount for these food-related events, we are asking you to register through the on-line form on the OID web site by Oct. 1, letting us know which ones you plan to attend. Or, if you won’t be joining us for the meals or reception, just register on-site. We hope to see you there.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director of Instructional Development, OID,, 777-4233

Board meetings for Alumni Association and Foundation Board of Directors will take place Oct. 1

The UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation Board of Directors will be on campus for board meetings on Thursday, Oct. 1. Several of the board members will be visiting various classrooms, where they will talk to students about their careers and/or areas of expertise.
-- Leanna Ihry, Alumni Review Editor/Media Relations Coordinator, Alumni Association,, 777-0831

Join Chemistry for Homecoming Oct. 2

Jeffrey Banning, Xerox Office Group, will present the Chemistry Department Alumni lecture “Color Chemistry: From Prisms to Pthalocyanines” at 4 p.m., Oct. 2, in 138 Abbott Hall. There will be a reception in 232 Abbott Hall at 3 p.m. prior to the lecture.
-- Kim Myrum, Information Processing Specialist, Chemistry,, 777-2741

Michigan State professor to speak at geography forum

The Department of Geography invites you to the October Geography Forum and Homecoming 2009 Lecture, on Friday, Oct. 2, from noon to 1 p.m., in Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Julie A. Winkler, a noted professor from the Department of Geography, Michigan State University, will present "Climate Change Impact Assessments: from Local to Global.” All are welcome. For more information, please contact Enru Wang, Geography Department at 777-4590 or
-- Enru Wang, Assistant Professor, Geography,, 777-4590

Summer Programs and Events Council invites you to open house

The Summer Programs and Events Council will be holding an open house, Thursday, Oct. 15, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Swanson Hall, rooms 10-12.

Join us for an opportunity to visit with the 2009 Mini-Grant recipients and learn more about the Summer Programs and Events Council. The summer 2009 Mini-Grant recipients will showcase their programs/classes/camps during this open house giving guests a chance to visit and ask questions.

A short program will begin at 3:30 p.m. with presentations from two of the recipients and remarks from President Kelley. Refreshments will be served.

Our mission is to promote all summer events, programs, and courses to the greater Grand Forks community and beyond while providing leadership and logistical support for summer programming on the UND campus. The mini-grant funds help cover the development, marketing and start-up costs for courses and programs held at UND during the summer months. All interested UND faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.
-- Brenda Dufault, Summer Programs and Events Coordinator, Summer Programs and Events,, 777-0841

Please join CoBPA for an open house Friday

Please join us for an open house in the College of Business and Public Administration (CoBPA). We would like to share our newley remodeld dean's office with you. Please join us for coffee and cookies on Friday, Oct. 2, from 1 to 3 p.m.
-- Pam Burkes, Administrative Secretary, College of Business and Public Administration,, 777-2135

Physics Department colloquium will be Oct. 2

"A Model for Evaluating Friction Damping in Axisymmetric Structures will be presented by Annie Tangpong, North Dakota State University
Department of Mechanical Engineering at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, in 211 Witmer Hall

A finite element method is developed to study the steady-state vibration of two axisymmetric structures-a base substructure and an attached damper substructure-that are driven by traveling wave excitation. The two structures couple through a spatially-distributed hysteretic friction interface. The base substructure is representative of a rotating brake rotor or gear, and the damper is a ring affixed to the base under preload and intended to control vibration through friction along the interface. Despite the nonlinearity and with contact occurring at an arbitrarily large number of nodal points, the response during sticking, or during a combination of sticking and slipping motions, can be determined from a low-order set of equation by the finite element model. The method is applicable to element types for both longitudinal and bending vibration, and to an arbitrary number of nodal degrees of freedom in each substructure. An example will be discussed using this method in the context of out-of-plane vibration of a coupled base-damper system.

Coffee and Cookies will be served at 3:30 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall.
-- Connie Cicha, Assistant Professor, Physics Department Witmer Hall Room 211,, 777-2911

Center for Community Engagement invites you to say hello

To celebrate its fifth year at UND, the Center for Community Engagement is inviting alumni, faculty, staff, students, and community members to stop by to say a special hello at an open house during Homecoming, Friday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m. to noon.

Visitors to the Center will be able to send an electronic greeting to their hometown through “Hometown Hello,” a special tribute to communities across the world who have a connection to UND. The Center’s mission is to link faculty and students to communities through teaching and research.

Besides posting a greeting, guests can have a caricature drawn by a local artist, have refreshments, and sit a spell and visit with alumni. In the afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m., former UND journalism faculty member Archie Hill, will conduct a second Al Austin Memorial writing workshop, “Your Legacy in Print: Writing Your Experiences.” The workshop is free for students, $20 for others. Call 777-0675 for registration information.
-- Lana Rakow, Director, Center for Community Engagement,, 777-2287

RAIN invites UND and Grand Forks community to discussion panel

The UND College of Nursing and the Recruitment/Retention of American Indians into Nursing (RAIN) program invite all interested students, faculty, staff, and community members to join us for a panel discussion, "Transitioning into the Workforce." The panel will feature five outstanding American Indian nursing professionals and will be held on Friday, Oct. 2, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The event is free and open to the public.
-- LoAnn Hirsch, Administrative Secretary, RAIN Program/College of Nursing,, 777-3224

Geography forum is set for Oct. 2

The department of Geography invites you to the October Geography Forum and Homecoming 2009 Lecture, on Friday, Oct. 2, from noon to 1 p.m., in Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Julie A. Winkler, UND alumnae and a noted professor from the department of Geography, Michigan State University, will present "Climate Change Impact Assessments: from Local to Global.” All are welcome. For more information, please contact Enru Wang, Geography Department at 777-4590 or
-- Enru Wang, Assistant Professor, Geography,, 777-4590

Women's Center sponsors 15th annual Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night rally

The Women's Center is sponsoring the 15th annual Clothesline Project Oct. 5-9 in the Memorial Union Ballroom, second floor. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday. "Take Back the Night Rally" is Oct.8, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Two survivors will share their personal stories of how they have been affected by violence. Allison and Jayme explain how sexual assault has impacted their lives.

The Clothesline Project is a visual display of T-shirts that demonstrate the effects of domestic violence and sexual assault in our community. Each shirt represents a particular adult’s, young adult’s, or child’s experience and is decorated by the survivor or by a family member or friend. Help us take a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault in our community. This issue affects everyone, not just women.
-- Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Women's Center,, 777-4300

SPEC Mini-Grant workshop is Oct. 6

Do you have an idea for a summer course, program or camp? Are you interested in learning how to turn your idea into a reality? The Summer Programs and Events Council (SPEC) will hold a workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 6, for faculty and staff who are interested in applying for a mini-grant for summer 2010.

The workshop will be conducted by Diane Hadden, director of Summer Session and chair of SPEC, and Brenda Dufault, SPEC Coordinator. It will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 6, in the Alumni Room, Memorial Union.

SPEC mini-grants can help cover the start-up costs of summer programs and camps for up to three years. Attendees are asked to bring their ideas for summer programming and be prepared to participate in a discussion of how to move the idea forward with assistance from SPEC. Additionally, the application process for the mini-grant will be covered.

Please visit the summer Web site, for more information on SPEC and the Mini-Grant Program.

Please register by Sept. 30 by contacting Brenda Dufault, Summer Programs and Events coordinator at 777-0841 or e-mail
-- Brenda Dufault, Summer Programs and Events Coordinator, Summer Programs and Events,, 777-0841

Learning Management System tech forum set for Oct. 6

An extensive strategic planning process for information technology led by CIO Josh Riedy in Fall 2008 resulted in the identification of critical Core Technology Services. This Fall, the Office of the CIO will again host a series of Open Forums to develop solutions, cost, sustainability and implementation for these core technology services. In this next phase we again ask for your valuable input as the success of this process requires the active involvement and partnered decision-making from across campus. All forums will be broadcast live and recorded. Please see the UND CIO website for more information. Online surveys will also be available for additional feedback from the campus community.

Please plan to attend the next forum on Learning Management System in the River Valley Room on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. If you have any questions please contact Mike Lefever at or 777-2030.
-- Mike Lefever, Project Manager, AVP/Dean of Outreach/CIO Office.

Staying on Track program is Oct. 6-7

The Student Success Center will be hosting the Staying on Track program on Tuesday, Oct. 6, and Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Staying on Track is a series of sessions designed to help students “Stay on Track” through their college career by using a holistic approach. Please encourage students to attend. Students can attend one or as many as they’d like and are asked to bring their student ID card with them.

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Oct. 6
9 to 9:50 a.m. - “Exercise: Why You Should Take the Time”
10 to 10:50 a.m. - “Taking Notes: In and Out of the Classroom”
11 to 11:50 a.m. - “Things You Now Need to Do On Your Own: Your Family Has Helped You Get Here—Now What?”
noon to 12:50 p.m. - “Student Organizations: Getting Involved on Campus”
1 to 1:50 p.m. - “Professional Positions: What Employers Look for When Recruiting College Students”
2 to 2:50 p.m. - “Studying for a Test: How to Pull it All Together”
3 to 3:50 p.m. - “Navigating the Library: Not as Scary as You Might Think”

Wednesday, Oct. 7
9 to 9:50 a.m. - “Reading a College Textbook: How to Manage It All”
10 to 10:50 a.m. - “Learning Styles: You May Learn Differently than Your Classmate”
11 to 11:50 a.m. - “All Those Things You Wish You’d Known Before You Were a Freshman: Advice From Those Who Have Been There”
noon to 12:50 p.m. - “Time Management: Take Time to Smell the Roses”
1 to 1:50 p.m. - “Nutrition: The Ins and Outs of Eating Out”
2 to 2:50 p.m. - “Taking a Test: What to do Once You’re There”
3 to 3:50 p.m. - “College, Credit, and Cash: What You Need to Know”

If you have any questions please contact the Student Success Center at 777-2117.
-- Angie Carpenter, Asst. Director of Programs/Academic Advisor, Student Success Center,, 777-3910

Fall Career Fair is Oct. 7

The Fall Career Fair will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Hyslop gym.

The Career Fair is presented by UND Career Services and is designed to help students learn more about professional career options. The Career Fair will include hundreds of businesses from across the country looking for future employees. Students should dress professionally and bring copies of their resume. Students and employers can register for the fair at UND Career Services in 280 McCannel Hall or online at

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

Please help us remind students to attend this year’s Fall Career Fair, and the great services provided by Career Services. Thank you.
-- Ekeze Enubuzor, Events and Marketing Coordinator, Career Services,, 777-3906

Students invited to enter Conflict Resolution Day poster, poetry contest

Attention UND Students: Win a mediation training and a $50 gift certificate for the UND Bookstore. Enter the Conflict Resolution Day Poster and Poetry contests. Deadline is 4 p.m, Oct. 7.

Design a Poster for National Conflict Resolution Day
· Posters must be 16 X 20 and in full color

Write a poem for National Conflict Resolution Day
· No restrictions on poetry style of form
· Looking for poems with attention paid to each line
· Strong imagery, grounded in concrete language
· Poetry that both surprises and moves
· Use issues listed in the description below of CR Day to provide insight into the relevant topics

Conceived in 2005 by the Association for Conflict Resolution, Conflict Resolution Day:
· Promotes awareness of mediation, arbitration, conciliation and other creative, peaceful means of resolving conflict
· Promotes the use of conflict resolution in schools, families, businesses, communities, governments and the legal system
· Recognizes the significant contributions of (peaceful) conflict resolvers
· Obtains national synergy by having celebrations across the country and around the world on the same day

The winners will be announced on Oct. 15, National Conflict Resolution Day. Win a seat in a mediation seminar between Jan 2010 and 2011 (a $300 value for UND students) where you can earn 2 grad credits through UND's Division of Continuing Ed.(code 900 Counseling) and a $50 gift card for the University Bookstore.

Submissions must include your name, address, phone number, and e-mail. Bring your poster or your poem to the Conflict Resolution Center, 314 Cambridge St., or e-mail it to: For more information, call Kristine at 777-3664

Need more information?
For poems or posters call Kristine Paranica, Conflict Resolution Center 701-777-3664
For poems call Heidi Cvzerwiec, Department of English, 701-777-3321.
For posters call Lucy Ganie Department of Art & Design, 701-777-2670
-- Conflict Resolution Center.

Online teaching event will be Oct. 8

An online teaching event, "Help! I'm Going to Teach Online: Now What?," will be Thursday, Oct. 8, noon to 1:30 p.m. at the River Valley Room in the Memorial Union.

A panel discussion offers UND faculty an opportunity to learn about teaching online from the staff at the "new and expanded" Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies.

Key Discussion points will be:
- Where do I begin?
- What are the next steps?
* Course design
* Interaction & Collaboration
* Assessment - how do I know they are learning?
* What tools & techniques should I choose
- Where do I get help and support?

To reserve a box lunch, RSVP by October 5 to or call 777-3231.

The event is sponsored by: Senate Continuing Education Committee Discovery Series Event. For more information contact: Janet Rex, Chair, Senate Continuing Education Committee,, 777-4641.
-- Kim Pastir, Administrative Assistant, CIO/Dean of Outreach Programs,, 777-3231

Thursday Cultural Nights begin Oct. 8

The Thursday Cultural Nights will begin Thursday, Oct. 8. There will be no cultural night on Oct. 1 as originally posted. Full schedules will be distributed this week to departments and posted online.
-- Shannon Jolly, International Student Advisor, International Programs,, 777-4118

Students, faculty invited to RRV Research Corridor Summit in Fargo Oct. 12

Students, faculty and staff are invited to the Red River Valley Research Corridor Milestones and Horizons summit hosted by Senator Dorgan and the Research Corridor on October 12 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. Last year's event was a huge success and we have a great line up again for this year's summit, . It's an excellent business and professional networking opportunity. The first 100 students are free. Currently, about 50 students are registered.
-- Jan Orvik for Ryan Aasheim, Sen. Dorgan's office.

Wind ensemble & University Band will present first concert of the season

The UND Wind Ensemble and University Band, conducted by James Popejoy, will present their first concert of the season Thursday, Oct. 15, at 8 p.m.

Guest soloists will be UND department of Music faculty Ronnie Ingle, trumpet, and Joel Pugh, trombone. The performance will be held at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the UND campus. Tickets at the door are $6 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, or $12 per family.

The concert will explore a wide variety of styles and genres from the world of music. The Wind Ensemble will open its portion of the program with “Pas Redoublé” by Camille Saint-Saëns, followed by “Variations on ‘America’” of Charles Ives.

Following Rolf Rudin’s beautiful “Der Traum des Oenghus,” the ensemble will showcase Ingle on trumpet and Pugh on trombone, playing Joseph Turrin’s exciting “Fandango.” In honor of the 100th anniversary of this cornerstone work in the band repertoire, they will perform Gustav Holst’s “First Suite in Eb.” The ensemble will close the concert with Sam Hazo’s rousing “Ride.”

The University Band will open the concert with W. Paris Chamber’s classic “Chicago Tribune March.” The Band also will perform the “Journey of Exploration” by Japanese composer Yo Goto, and Timothy Broege’s unique “Sinfornia XVI: Transcendental Vienna”. Jay Bocook’s arrangement featuring Excerpts from “The Firebird” of Igor Stravinsky, and Ed Huckeby’s “Declaration, Ballade and Finale,” will round out their program.
-- James Popejoy, director of bands, Music,, 777-2815

Register by Oct. 1 for Reflecting on Teaching colloquium and drawing for prizes

Please plan to attend “Reflecting on Teaching: An All-Campus Colloquium,” Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 17, in the Memorial Union. This is an opportunity to discuss with colleagues one of the most important aspects of our professional lives – our teaching. All events are free and you’re encouraged to drop into any of the stimulating presentations, poster sessions or panel discussions that we have planned (to see the conference schedule, click here). A special workshop on Saturday requires pre-registration by Oct. 1. You also must pre-register by Oct. 1 for all food-related events (which include a continental breakfast during the poster session, lunch during the keynote and a reception at the North Dakota Museum of Art). Those who register by Oct. 1 will have their names entered in a drawing for door prizes.

The colloquium will feature John Tagg, professor of English at Palomar College and Core Faculty Member with the Collaboration’s Institute for Academic Innovation. Tagg is known especially for his work on the Learning Paradigm College and in his keynote, on Friday, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., he will speak on "Scholarship for a Change: The University as a Learning Organization."

Both registration ( ) and the colloquium schedule are available online at the OID website ( ). So check out the session topics, the keynote and workshop, and online registration instructions. You may also stop by the Office of Instructional Development (O’Kelly 300) or the registration table onsite at the conference.

The Reflecting on Teaching Colloquium is sponsored by the Office of Instructional Development and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director of Instructional Development, OID,, 777-4233

Nursing celebrates milestone anniversary, announces award recipients

On Oct. 2 the UND College of Nursing is celebrating 100 years of service and will recognize the tremendous impact the College and its graduates have had in the world of healthcare. A Centennial Nursing Gala will be held at the Alerus Center with a 5:30 p.m. social and 6:30 p.m. dinner, awards banquet and dance.

Nursing courses began at UND in 1909. Baccalaureate degrees were awarded beginning in 1951 and the College of Nursing was established in 1959. The College has graduated over 4,500 nurses, each of whom, over the course of a 40 year career, will have touched the lives of more than 50,000 patients; when you figure in all alumni the total would reach nearly 9 million patients. The impact of the UND nursing program is far-reaching and truly priceless.

In addition, the Nurse Anesthesia Master’s specialization and the Recruitment and Retention of American Indians into Nursing (RAIN) Program are celebrating 20 years and the Eta Upsilon chapter of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

The Grand Forks community has been an important part of the College’s history. Many local and regional agencies have and continue to contribute to the education of nursing students. These partnerships are essential in providing the high quality of education for which the UND College of Nursing is known.

During the Gala celebration, four distinguished alumni will be recognized for their accomplishments.

Pauline Sherry, ’59 BSN - Dream Award. Recipients have made a major contribution to nursing through leadership, innovative teaching, creative approaches to improve healthcare and/or demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit. Polly taught nursing in diploma, associate degree, and practical nursing for 16 years. She served as the Coordinator of Continuing Education/Nursing Research at the Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC) in Philadelphia, PA. Within a year, she revised the basic Chemotherapy Administration Course and wrote a new, more extensive curriculum involving both didactic and clinical components. This course is now designated as the National Certificate Program in Chemotherapy Administration. Polly wrote the FCCC’s first hospice grant to provide education for nurses and utilized the funds to implement the Hospice Course, Radiation Oncology Course, a Comprehensive Cancer Course, and a review course for the Oncology Nursing Society Certification Exam. Between 1984-1994 6,550 students attended her programs.

Marion Kershner, ’94 MS - Discover Award. Recipients have made a major contribution to nursing research and scholarship; or have used sound and scientific research findings in practice leading to significant changes in the clinical nursing practice at the unit, service, institutional, regional, or professional levels. Following completion of her Master’s Degree, Marion designed a groundbreaking research study on issues affecting victims of domestic violence in rural communities. She has been recognized locally and nationally for her research, presentations and publications regarding the prevalence of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse in women. Marion has worked for Otter Tail County Public Health in Fergus Falls, MN since 1991 and has led the planning and implementation of Otter Tail County’s program to gather data and education on the dangers of second hand smoke. She later helped shape the “Borders United for Smoke-free Air” initiative which ultimately led to legislation banning smoking in public places in the state of Minnesota. Marion developed and hosts a weekly public health radio show called “Health Matters”, now in its seventh season.

Deborah Soholt, ’78 BSN - Deliver Award. Recipients have consistently demonstrated excellence in practice and have made unique contributions to nursing practice and patient care. Deb is currently the Director of Women’s Health at Avera McKennan Hospital and leads the Avera Midlife Care for Women Clinic in Sioux Falls, S.D. She directs development of primary care models for women’s health and is responsible for community-based women’s health programming. Deb is a public speaker for women’s health, leadership, professional role development and change within health care, and in January hosted an educational talk for women that resulted in 400 new patients to her organization. For five years, she has co-hosted a weekly public radio show, “House Calls”, speaking on a broad range of health topics. She has introduced hormone rebalance care and established compounding pharmacy for bio-identical hormone therapy to providers in her organization.

Jacqueline Strinden, ’99 - Young Alumni Award. Recipients have graduated within the past 10 years and are recognized for significant contributions to nursing practice, scholarship, teaching, research or leadership beyond what is expected of young alumni. Since January, Jaci has been working at Triumph Hospital in Bismarck, N.D. as the Chief Clinical Officer. In her short time on staff, she has implemented a general and clinical nursing orientation program, a skills validation program, a rapid response team approach, and has revamped policies and procedures to reflect exemplary patient care standards. Previously, Jaci was employed by Altru Hospital, during which time she fulfilled many leadership roles. She accepted a position in the intensive care unit in 2001, and was recognized by Altru as an outstanding educator for setting expectations for best practice and patient safety initiatives and presenting lectures and in-service programs for the ICU.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Officer, College of Nursing,, 777-4526

UND Physician Assistant Program earns national reaccreditation

The UND Physician Assistant program meets every established standard for function, structure and performance that are needed to be accredited for the next seven years, according to the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The PA program has had continuous accreditation since its inception in 1970 at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

“Accreditation wouldn’t have been possible without the dedication and the quality of the faculty and staff supporting the PA program,” said Mary Ann Laxen, associate professor of family medicine and director of the program.

Physician assistants work collegially with and under the supervision of physicians, especially in primary care in rural areas of North Dakota and other rural and underserved areas within the United States. The UND Physician Assistant Program is one of 140 PA programs in the United States and is the only PA program in North Dakota.

The program admits health professionals who have years of experience working as nurses, clinical laboratory scientists, paramedics, respiratory therapists, dietitians, military health care providers and related professions. Seventy students are accepted into the program every two years. The next class begins in May 2010.

“Mary Ann, the faculty and all the staff of the Physician Assistant Program have done an excellent job training individuals to become PAs. It is appropriate the ARC-PA recognize their accomplishments and the quality of education delivered with the longest accreditation available,” said Robert Beattie, chair of the Department of Family Medicine.

Graduates of the Physician Assistant Program must pass the national certification exam before beginning practice. The first-time pass rate for UND graduates in 2008 surpassed the national pass rate. With the present class, the PA program admitted its most diverse class ever, according to Laxen. Students originally came from Nigeria, Brazil, British Guyana, Vietnam, Laos and the Middle East. Various ethnic groups, such as American Indian, are also represented.

The UND PA program has over 1,500 graduates who are employed throughout the United States, Canada and overseas. Over 65 percent of the graduates are employed in primary care practices.

In a letter to UND President Robert Kelley, ARC-PA Executive Director John McCarty said, “The ARC-PA appreciates the commitment and dedication to quality PA education as demonstrated by your participation in the accreditation process.”
-- Denis F. MacLeod, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health,, 777-3300

Apply now for administrative internships

Applications are now being accepted for the administrative internship component of the President’s Leadership Programs. Administrative internships are designed for full-time faculty and staff interested in additional administrative experience. On average, interns will work six hours per week on their projects under their mentor’s guidance. Each intern will receive a stipend of $500 to $1,000 depending on the length of the internship project. Please email to request an application. The application deadline is Monday, Oct. 5.

Title: Strategic Planning—Translating Engineering Vision into Strategies and Action Items
Mentor: Hesham El-Rewini, Dean of Engineering and Mines
Skills required: Good facilitation and coordination skills.
Project description: We are looking for someone with good organization and coordination skills to work with the Engineering Dean and the Planning Team to facilitate the translation of the school's vision building blocks and goals into concrete action plans and strategies.

Title: Bridging Partnerships for Master’s Education
Mentors: Joseph N. Benoit, Dean of the Graduate School, and Joshua Riedy, Dean of Outreach Programs
Skills Required: Knowledgeable on matters of curriculum development at both the undergraduate and graduate (master’s) level; knowledgeable or willing to become knowledgeable of programs in STEM areas; knowledgeable or willing to become knowledgeable of distance degree programming.
Project Description: The Deans of the Graduate School and Outreach Programs seek to employ an administrative intern to assist with the development of a project to expand master’s programming in the Bismarck area. The project will involve the development of a curriculum plan that will allow students with associate degrees in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) fields to bridge into a master’s program offered through UND. The successful applicant will work with the mentors and program faculty to develop a model curriculum plan that provides a framework for associate to non-thesis master’s degree programs between Bismarck State College and the University of North Dakota. In addition to logistical planning (e.g., program budget, needs assessment, delivery modes, etc.), the intern will also be expected to develop rubrics that will be used to assess student progress and program success. The goal is to have at least one successful partnership launched with Bismarck State College by May 2010.

Title: Supporting Students with Scholarship/Fellowship Preparation
Mentor: Joan Hawthorne, Assistant Provost for Assessment and Student Learning
Skills required: An individual engaged in this work will need some degree of technological competence in order to help with maintenance of the program website and database, plus the development of recruitment materials. The person should also be a comfortable writer and skilled at developing productive working relationships with undergraduate students.
Project Description: The broad aim of this project is to improve UND's success in identifying and supporting potential candidates for national and international scholarships or other honors. This aim can be achieved through strong efforts to identify interested students early, provide them with information that will allow them to make good choices consistent with their aspirations, create a community of like-minded and achievement-oriented undergraduate students, inform these students (and others who may also be interested) about scholarship opportunities which may be appropriate for their strengths and goals, and support them through the application process. The person selected to work on this project will assist with various aspects of this project, depending on his/her specific skills and interests. At the least, the individual will help with outreach and publicity efforts, including website and database maintenance and the development of promotional and recruitment materials and strategies. Ideally, the selected individual will also work directly with undergraduates in any of several possible ways, e.g., individual student recruitment, one-on-one research to identify scholarship opportunities matched with individual student background, working with interested undergrads and others on campus to develop a "mentorship community," etc. Details will be negotiated with the selected candidate.
-- Victoria Beard, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs,, 777-4824

University Within the University (U2) lists new classes

Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Level 2 (Intermediate)
Oct. 5, 7, and 8, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Upson II, Room 361
Prerequisite: Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Level 1
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to, Calculate advanced formulas; organize worksheet and table data using various techniques; create and modify charts; analyze data using PivotTables and PivotCharts; insert objects; and customize and enhance workbooks and the Microsoft Excel environment. Presenter: Heidi Strande

Asset Management, Insurance, and Surplus Property
Oct. 6, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Memorial Union, Swanson 17
Instructions, and discussion on how to perform annual inventories using PeopleSoft. This session will also cover basic information that departments should know about Asset Management, Insurance issues and Surplus Property. Presenters: Hazel Lehman. Corrinne Kjelstrom, and Jacque Brockling

ADA Updates
Oct. 6, 9 to 10 a.m., Twamley Hall, Room 305
Learn new policies and procedures for the American with Disabilities Act. Presenters: Desi Sporbert, Joy Johnson

Vital Records
Oct.7, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.,Skalicky Tech Incubator, Room 211
Vital records are needed in the event of a disaster. The most common events can result in damage to your records if you are not properly prepared. Come and learn what is being done, and what needs to be done, to prepare for a disaster. Presenter: Christopher Flynn

Involvement in UND’s Ergonomic Program: How it can make a difference.
Oct. 7, 10 to 11 a.m., Campus Safety and Security Conference Room
Presenting the benefits of incorporating Ergonomics in work stations is the primary purpose of this class. Ergonomic design and ideas to increase productivity in the workplace will be discussed. Also outlined, will be the process to follow in order to arrange a customized ergonomic consult for your office. Presenter: Claire Moen
Fall Semester Adviser Workshop

What's New with Campus Connection and Essential Studies?
Oct. 8, 9 to 10:30 a.m. and Oct. 12, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl
You are invited to attend the fall semester adviser workshop to enhance your skills and knowledge of the Campus Connection system along with the opportunity to obtain updated information pertaining to the Essential Studies program. The new developments within Campus Connection will provide for richer conversations with your advisees. Now that Essential Studies has been on our campus for one full year, what have we learned and what tools have been put in place to aid in the advising process? Come to the workshop to learn and ask questions. Presented by: Registrar's Office, and Essential Studies

Intro to Dreamweaver CS3
Oct. 12, 14, and 15, 8:30 to 11 a.m., Upson II, Room 361
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers, mouse, and file saving and retrieving skills.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to design a website; explore the Dreamweaver environment; identify the HTML tags in the file; define a website; create and save a Web page; organize site files using the Files panel; create templates that help you develop multiple pages easily; add content to a Web page; identify the different types of links and create them for easy navigation; and upload a website. Presenter: Doris Bornhoeft.

Journal Entries, Journal Imports & Journal Vouchers
Oct. 13, 10 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union, Badlands Room
Learn how and when to use them. Presenter: Kathie Howes

Facilities Discoverer Reports Training
Oct. 13, 11 a.m. to Noon., Upson II, Room 361
Learn how to access the detailed information your department needs to have access to Facilities Discoverer reports. This training includes information on how to access the detail and summary information that breaks down the Facilities charges by individual work orders and/or projects. Presenter: Karen Myerchin

Defensive Driving
Oct. 15, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Skalicky Tech Incubator, Room 211
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 Fleet 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: Tim Lee

How to Work With a Generational Workforce
Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to noon., Twamley Hall, Room 305
Learn the differences between the generations and how they impact the workforce.
Presenters: Desi Sporbert and Joy Johnson.
-- Patricia Young, U2 Coordinator, Continuing Education,, 777-0720

U2 is conducting an assessment of its programming and services

The University Within the University (U2) office is conducting an assessment of its programming and services. As a staff member eligible to participate in the professional development sessions offered through U2, I encourage you to take a few minutes to complete this anonymous survey.

Please go to the following link to complete the assessment by Oct. 6: .

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback to the U2 office. Your valuable input will allow us to evaluate and improve our services.
-- Patricia Young, U2 Coordinator, University within the University (U2) ,, 777-0720

Families of current students invited to visit student classrooms

As a part of Family Weekend 2009 (Oct. 2-3), families of UND students have been invited to attend class with their student. We hope this event will help highlight the strong academic environment of the University and give families a real sense of the classroom experience their student enjoys at UND. This year's "Go To Class With Your Student" event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2.

If visitors to your classroom on this date will cause a disruption, please contact Kristi Okerlund at 777-6468 or e-mail We'll be sure to inform families upon check-in for the Weekend of all those classes that are not available for this part of their Family Weekend experience.

Thanks for welcoming the families of our students during this special weekend event.
-- Kenton Pauls, Director, Enrollment Services,, 777-4463

Flu info slides available for classroom use

Some Powerpoint slides have been developed for use by class instructors who would like to help do their bit at preventing the
flu. You can find information about those slides, and copy them for use in your own class sessions from . I'm hoping this short information package will "go viral." Please pass this message on to colleagues.
-- Jim Whitehead, Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Wellness.

Mini-grants available for summer programs/events

Are you planning an event at UND next summer but lack funding? Do you plan to develop a new summer course but need financial resources? Consider applying for a mini-grant through the Summer Programs and Events Council (SPEC).

SPEC’s Start-Up mini-grant program will fund up to $5000 in the first year for deserving proposals that fall into these categories:
1) The development of new 2010 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.
2) The expansion or redesign of existing 2009 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.

Through the mini-grant program, the council wants to create positive learning experiences for the citizens of the Red River Valley Region and beyond by extending the resources of the University. The mini-grant funds will help cover the development, marketing and start-up costs for courses and programs held at UND during the summer months for up to three years. Examples include camps for kids, academic classes that can be completed in the summer months, or any special event designed for the community. Quality, creativity and “out of the box” ideas are encouraged when developing new programs.

All interested UND faculty and staff are encouraged to submit proposals. Information can be found at The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23. Recipients will be announced Dec. 21.

For more information on the mini-grant program, contact Diane Hadden, director of Summer Sessions at 777-6284. For operational questions, contact the Summer Programs and Events Office at 777-0841.
-- Brenda Dufault, Summer Programs and Events Coordinator, Summer Programs and Events,, 777-0841

Course proposals sought for OLLI winter 2010 semester

Course proposals are being sought for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI@UND) 2010 Winter Semester. The semester will run for six weeks (Jan. 25 - March 5, 2010). Proposals may be found on our website at OLLI@UND offers non-credit courses to people 50 years and better. Those wishing to offer courses in Creative and Liberal Arts, Sciences, Math, Languages, History and Spirituality are especially encouraged to complete a proposal. Deadline for proposals is Monday, Oct. 19. Please contact Connie at 777-4840 or if you have any questions.
-- Connie Hodgson, Coordinator, OLLI@UND/DCE,, 777-4840

Spring 2010 schedule of courses will be available Oct. 12

The Spring 2010 Schedule of Courses will be available on Campus Connection and the UND website beginning Monday, Oct. 12. Spring 2010 undergraduate early registration is Nov. 3-20.
-- Ray Pospisil, Associate Registrar, Office of the Registrar,, 777-2711

Midterm grade roster will be available for entry of midterm deficiency grades by faculty on Oct. 8.

Midterm deficiency grades for Fall 2009 must be recorded in PeopleSoft by noon on Friday, Oct. 16. At that point, the Registrar’s Office will run a process to generate letters to all students for whom deficient grades are recorded (grades of D, F, or U). Any deficiency grades entered after that point will not be included in these notifications to students, and contacting those students becomes the responsibility of the course instructor.

Faculty must review every roster for midterm deficiencies, enter and save deficient grades, if any, and then change the roster status to “Ready For Review” and save it when they are finished with each roster. This status needs to be changed even when there are no deficiency grades to be recorded for the class.

If faculty member can log in to PeopleSoft, but cannot access a roster they are expecting to be able to update, they should contact Marge in the Registrar’s Office at 777-2150. The cause usually has something to do with how the data is recorded in PeopleSoft Schedule of Classes.

The instructions for midterm grading can also be accessed on the web at
-- Ray Pospisil, Associate Registrar, Office of the Registrar,, 777-2280

Grand Forks women encouraged to participate in free clinical trials

Women who would like to be part of the UND clinical trials aimed at determining the most effective means of prevention and early detection of breast cancer are invited to contact the medical school’s department of Surgery by phoning Julie Dahlman, RN at 777-4862 or emailing

All studies are free of charge and vary in length, with some requiring as little as one visit and others either a four- or twelve-week time commitment. Volunteers who live in or near Grand Forks and Fargo are especially encouraged to participate.

The breast is the leading site of cancer development in North Dakota and Minnesota women, said Edward Sauter, associate dean for research and program development. He and his team of clinical researchers are seeking volunteers for several breast cancer prevention studies using herbal/botanical interventions to prevent the disease, and noninvasive approaches to early breast cancer detection.

Volunteers who take part in this project can make a difference for women of all ages, Sauter said.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Assistant to the Director of Communications, Office of Public Affaris,, 777-4305

Library of the Health Sciences announces extended hours

The Library of the Health Sciences will be open extended hours on Friday, Oct. 2, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
-- April Byars, Administrative Assistant, Library of the Health Scineces,, 777-3893

Sites 2C @ UND brochure is now available

Have you seen all the sites on UND’s campus? Do you know the stories behind our historic buildings? How many places around campus have you been curious about? Through the work of the Historic Preservation Committee from the 125th Anniversary Celebration and volunteers from many departments, a Sites 2C @ UND brochure was created to use for a walking or driving tour of campus. The publication describes the art and architecture, highlights the history and identifies some of the landmarks of our University. Limited supplies of printed brochures are available from the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events. However, the entire brochure is available on the web at If you have a story or site to add to this publication, please send an e-mail with the information and it will be considered for the on-line addendum to this brochure. We hope you enjoy your trip around UND.
-- Dawn Botsford, Events Coordinator, Office of Ceremonies and Special Events,, 777-6393

Door prize winners listed for State Employee Recognition Week

Thank you to all offices and departments that donated for this year's State Employee Recognition Week.

Alumni Association - $15 Gift Card for UND Bookstore - Rod Scilley - Facilities
Alumni Association - Insulated Coffee mug - Tremayne Ebertowski - Systems
Athletics - Pair football tickets - Cheryl Arntz - Payroll
Athletics - Pair football tickets - Kylie Nissen - Center for Rural Health
Athletics - Pair women's basketball tickets - Jason Jenkins - Office of General Counsel
Burtness Theatre / Theatre Arts - Pair season tickets to Burtness Theatre - Kathy Lacey - Facilities
Chester Fritz Auditorium - Pair tickets to Southern Fried Chicks - Janelle McGarry - Purchasing
College of A & S - Gym Sack/water bottle/book light/pen/mints - Tony Houdek - Chester Fritz Library
College of A & S - Gym Sack/water bottle/book light/pen/mints - Becky Mann - Aerospace
College of A & S - Gym Sack/water bottle/book light/pen/mints - Gene Berglund - Grounds
College of A & S - Gym Sack/water bottle/book light/pen/mints - Annette Rieder - Elec. Engineering
CoBPA - Gift Bag w/misc items - Pete Laux - Facilities
CoBPA - Gift Bag w/misc items - Randy Peterson - Chester Fritz Library
CoBPA - Gift Bag w/misc items - Kathy Schill - Continuing Education
CoBPA - Gift Bag w/misc items - Steve Dohman - Facilities
CoBPA - Gift Bag w/misc items - Angie Carpenter - Student Success Center
CoBPA - Gift Bag w/misc items - Vicki Dawes - Student Health Services
College of Education & Human Development - Desk Clock - Ed Koble - Facilities
College of Education & Human Development - Desk Clock - Sue McWilliams - Telecom
College of Nursing - Coffee Mug - Larry Evenson - Steam Plant
College of Nursing - Coffee Mug - Cynthia Sheveck - Education & Human Development
Continuing Education/Outreach Programs – Tote - Dave Senne - Facilities
Continuing Education/Outreach Programs – Tote - John Dietz - Facilities
Continuing Education/Outreach Programs - Notebook Cover - Michael Swanson - Chester Fritz Library
Continuing Education/Outreach Programs - Flash Drive - Kari Holter - Continuing Education
Continuing Education/Outreach Programs - Coffee mug - Marco Holter - Steam Plant
Dakota Textbooks - T-shirt - Sandy Monette - Student Success Center
Dakota Textbooks - T-shirt - Rod Scilley - Facilities
Dakota Textbooks - T-shirt - Peggy O'Connell - Chester Fritz Library
Dakota Textbooks - T-shirt - Jane Oakland - Law Library
Dakota Textbooks - T-shirt - Denise Deck - Medical School
Dining Services - $5 Dining Certificate - Jim Smith - Facilities
Dining Services - $5 Dining Certificate - Kathy Ebertowski - Center for People & the Environment
Dining Services - $5 Dining Certificate - Marci Hecht - Medical School
Dining Services - $5 Dining Certificate - Erik Johnson - ITSS
Dining Services - $5 Dining Certificate - Jan Bakken - Accounting Services
EERC - Baseball Cap - James Liebelt - Landscaping
EERC - Baseball Cap - Glen Hoffarth - Systems
EERC - Coffee Mug - Jane Traub - Career Services
EERC - Coffee Mug - Robin Cook - Continuing Education
EERC - Coffee Mug - Patrice Giese - TRIO
EERC - Coffee Mug - David Knittel - Chemistry
EERC - Coffee Mug - Lisa Heher - Student Account Services
EERC - Coffee Mug - Lowell Zolondek – Facilities
GFHNRC - Water Bottle & De-stressor Ball - Rod D'Heilly - Facilities
GFHNRC - Water Bottle & De-stressor Ball - Pam Yon - Aviation
GFHNRC - Water Bottle & De-stressor Ball - Mary Hegle Drewes - Chester Fritz Library
Golf Course, Ray Richards - Pair of Golf Passes - Darren Studney - ITSS
Golf Course, Ray Richards - Pair of Golf Passes - Myrna Olson - Education & Human Development
Graduate School - Tote w/t-shirt, flash drive, pen/pencil - Mike Lindquist - Facilities
Graduate School - Tote w/t-shirt, flash drive, pen/pencil - Kwangsoo Han - Chester Fritz Library
Graduate School - Tote w/t-shirt, flash drive, pen/pencil - Dawn Korynta - Student Health Services
Graduate School - Tote w/t-shirt, flash drive, pen/pencil - Jeff Jenson - Office of General Counsel
Graduate School - Tote w/t-shirt, flash drive, pen/pencil - Val Becker - Student Success Center
Graduate School - Tote w/t-shirt, flash drive, pen/pencil - Aubrey Madler - Center for Rural Health
John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences - 1/2 Hour Flying Certificates - Kathy Freeman - Student Account Services
John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences - 1/2 hour Flying Certificates - Mike Wittgraff – Music
President's Office - Desk Caddy - Jerry Braaten - Facilities
President's Office - Desk Caddy - Curtis Jefferson - College of Business & Public Administration
President's Office - Pair Men's Hockey Tickets - William Young - International Programs
President's Office - Pair Men's Hockey Tickets - Gary Johnson - ITSS
Ralph Engelstad Arena - Men's polo shirt - John Kellebrew - Facilities
School of Engineering & Mines - Men's polo shirt - Connie Larson - School of Engineering & Mines
School of Engineering & Mines - Insulated travel mug - Joseph Hartman - Geology
School of Law - Insulated travel mugs - Laurie Hart - Continuing Education
School of Law - Insulated travel mugs - Heidi Gerszewski - Human Resources
School of Medicine & Health Sciences – Tote - Ashley Miller - Enrollment Services
School of Medicine & Health Sciences - Coffee mug - Diane Hillebrand - Center for Health Promotion
Staff Senate – Cookbook - Bert Klamm - Office of VP Finance & Operations
Staff Senate – Cookbook - Rowann Larson - Human Resources
Student Health Services - Duffle bag - Steve Vogt - Campus Postal
Television Center - T-shirt - Amornpan Ajjmaporn - Pathology
Television Center - Coffee mug & Pizza cutter - Lisa Flanagan - Facilities
TIAA-CREF - Duffle bag - Shelly Pecka - Dean of Students Office
University Bookstore - Men's Polo shirt - Carl Iseminger - Accounting Services
University Bookstore - T-shirt - Julie Evans - Office of General Counsel
University Bookstore - T-shirt - Lynette Evenson - Continuing Education
VP Student & Outreach Services - T-shirt - Maureen Parkin - Campus Postal
VP Student & Outreach Services - Pennant & Pen - Joan Erickson - Chester Fritz Library
Wellness Center - Yoga Mat & DVD - Nicole Christie - Facilities
Wellness Center - Yoga Mat & DVD - Cindy Prescott - History

Museum Cafe announces menu

Served with fruit and chips

Tuna Salad with chopped fresh dill, fresh tarragon leaves, chopped parsley, capers, mixed in mayonnaise. Tuna salad is served on a bagel, with a cream cheese spread.

Flavorful roast beef, assorted bell peppers, and horseradish coleslaw in a tortilla.

Seasoned beef on a white poppy seed bun with dill pickles and chips


Black Beans with chopped red bell pepper, jalapeno peppers, Serrano pepper, cilantro, and garlic mixed in a zesty lime juice sauce.

Fresh green Roman lettuce mixed with a light dressing, made with a combination of mayonnaise, lemon juice, pepper, garlic, anchovy paste, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Then, topped with Parmesan cheese, and a side of baked toast.

This delightful meal is a combination of chicken and rice, with the main ingredients being chicken, curry, rice, mango, and leafy greens.


Tex-Mex Veggie consists of Spanish rice, black olives, lettuce, with pepper-jack cheese wrapped in a tortilla shell. Served with the four corner tortilla soup.


A twist on a the original tortilla soup, with a whole tomatoes, chopped onion, garlic, beef and chicken broth, with a dash of picante sauce, and Worcesterhire sauce. It’s topped with Cheddar cheese, and sided with a slice of corn tortillas.

Ask server about dessert.

Museum Café hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with lunch served from 11 to 2 p.m. Take-out available • UND billing accepted • 777-4195
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

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, Twamley Hall, Room 313, 264 Centennial Drive Stop 8010 Grand Forks, ND 58202-8010. Applications must be received by the deadline date.

Professional/Administrative/Coaches: no vacancies

Position: Technical Services Manager, Scientific Computing Center, #10-094
Application deadline: 9/30/2009
Compensation: $56,000 plus/year

Technical/Paraprofessional: no vacancies

Office Support:

Position: Complex Secretary, Housing, #10-095
Application deadline: 9/30/2009
Compensation: $21,800 plus/year


Position: Building Services Technician, (Wed - Sun, 7:30 am – 4 pm), Facilities/Housing, #10-093
Application deadline: 9/30/2009
Compensation: $20,000 plus/year

Institutional Research Briefs now available online

The latest issue of the Institutional Research Office newsletter is available online at

Highlighted in the September 2009 issue:

• The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) as means to measure student learning outcomes
• Highlights from the Campus Quality Survey (CQS)
• Information pertaining to USAT forms
• Announcement of Institutional Research Clips
• Projects in progress, including recently released survey results
-- Carmen Williams, Director, Institutional Research,, 777-4358

EERC achieves sixth consecutive record year

The EERC at UND announced today that it has achieved its sixth consecutive record year of funded contracts. In the 12-month period ending June 30, 2009 (FY09), the EERC was awarded more than $43.9 million in funding. Total contract expenditures topped $39 million.

The overall research portfolio, which is the total value of all active contracts during FY09 (including multiyear awards), has jumped to nearly $237 million, an increase of more than

$10 million over the previous year. The EERC's contracts represent more than half of all externally funded research at the university.

"This incredible success is a testament to our outstanding employees, their expertise, and their ability to market their talents globally," said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. "With approximately 2000 visitors last fiscal year coming to our facilities, the world continues to come to the EERC. We are signing new contracts, commercializing new technologies, and hiring new employees. Last year we hired 18 permanent benefited employees, and we currently have 17 new positions advertised."

Currently, the EERC supports more than 330 employees representing 123 different areas of expertise. As a result, the EERC's total economic impact on the entire Grand Forks region has reached more than $137 million, a $40 million increase over the previous fiscal year. This level of economic activity impacts 1430 jobs in the region, in addition to those employed at the EERC.

"With increases in projects, we have a critical need to continually expand our facilities in order to accommodate the ever-increasing number of employees," Groenewold said.

The EERC is working to expand several aspects of its office and technology demonstration facilities. The first of several buildings planned is a facility for the development of tactical fuels for the U.S. military and civilian markets, which will be added on to the existing National Center for Hydrogen Technology (NCHT) facility.

"We are currently finalizing the funding for a Fuels of the Future Facility, which will focus on the development and demonstration of critical technologies for the production of non-petroleum-derived liquid fuels (jet, diesel, and gasoline) and hydrogen utilizing our valuable domestic energy resources-including coal, biomass, and wind," said EERC Associate Director for Research Tom Erickson. Erickson says construction on the Fuels of the Future Facility should begin sometime early next year.

The EERC, the International Center for Applied Energy TechnologySM, is a world leader in the development of cleaner, more efficient energy technologies as well as environmental technologies to protect our air, water, and soil. The EERC has a market-driven, entrepreneurial culture, which fosters working partnerships with private industry, government, and research clients. The EERC has worked with nearly 1100 clients from 50 states and 51 countries.
-- Derek Walters, Communications Manager, EERC,, 777-5113

Aerospace faculty member Kim Kenville earns 2009 Enlightenment Award for teaching excellence

The Wyoming Airport Operators Association recently honored UND Aerospace faculty member Kimberly Kenville with the 2009 Enlightenment Award for her dedication and excellence in aviation education. Kenville was presented the award at the Wyoming Aviation Conference in Cheyenne, WY.

The Enlightenment Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated significant achievement in the field of aviation education. Examples of potential recipients of this award may include university faculty, K-12 teachers, ground school instructors, and flight instructors.

Nominations for Kenville cited that she has dedicated her professional career to teaching, research, and service, and for her extensive knowledge and network in airport management.

Prior to teaching for UND, Kenville held various operations positions with the etroit Metropolitan (DTW), Milwaukee’s General Mitchell (MKE), and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP) airports.

Kim obtained her B.B.A in Airport Management in 1991 from UND, her MBA in 1998 from UND and a Ph.D. in Organization and Management with an emphasis in Leadership in 2005 from Capella University. She is an associate professor and Graduate Program director for the UND Aerospace Department of Aviation. Kenville also is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives.
-- Ken Polovitz, Assistant Dean, UND Aerospace,, 777-4935

UND goes all out to meet halfway for Anatomy Interchange

The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ department of Anatomy and Cell Biology hosted the Twenty-fifth Annual Anatomy Interchange with the University of Manitoba’s department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science on Sept. 12. With the exception of 1997, faculty and students from both departments have met every year since 1984 on the Saturday after Labor Day. The location of the interchange alternates between the two campuses.

A scientific session and keynote address in the morning are followed by a poster session after lunch. The science and poster session attract 40 to 60 participants. Family members and friends are invited to the traditional evening barbecue at a professor’s home, where attendance grows between 70 to 80 people.

Tom Klonisch, department chair at the University of Manitoba, thought this year’s event would have to be canceled. Sixty percent of his department’s faculty and staff are non-Canadian citizens, and changes in U.S. immigration laws in 2008 have made it difficult or almost impossible for his faculty and staff to obtain visas to travel to the United States.

However, Edward C. Carlson, chair of the UND anatomy and cell biology department, would not let the long-standing international friendship wither. He contacted the staff at the International Peace Garden in Dunseith, N.D., to see if the visitor rules were less stringent there. The answer was that Carlson and his department could indeed host their Canadian counterparts without the strict visa requirements. Thus, the conference was saved by holding the interchange for the first time at the Peace Garden.

At the interchange, Klonisch presented Carlson with the interchange traveling trophy, which is on display in the department showcase on the first floor of the medical school. Carlson thought it was unfair that, after 25 years, only one school could display the trophy for a year at a time, so in a friendly breach of the rules, he presented Klonisch with a trophy to display simultaneously in Winnipeg.

The annual interchange spawns collaboration and cross-fertilization between the two departments, drawing on each other’s technical expertise to advance research.

Most importantly, “we get to know our international colleagues as people,” said Carlson.
-- Denis F. MacLeod, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health,, 777-3300

Small hospitals receive funds through Center for Rural Health

The Center for Rural Health at UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences distributed over $267,000 from the Small Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) to 35 small rural hospitals in North Dakota.

“For the eighth consecutive year, North Dakota’s eligible small rural hospitals has received an average of $8,000 each year,” said Marlene Miller, program director at the Center for Rural Health. “To date, the program has brought well over $2 million to North Dakota’s small rural facilities.”

Administered by the Center for Rural Health, SHIP is funded through a grant from the federal Office of Rural Health Policy. The purpose of the program is threefold:
1) to support small rural hospitals in providing quality care to rural residents
2) to ensure privacy of patient information
3) to fund financial studies designed to help with complex health care billing, coding and reimbursement processes. Funds have been used to upgrade equipment for financial operations and information technology, and for staff training, consultation, and educational materials.
-- Tara Mertz, Communications Specialist, Center for Rural Health,, 777-0871

UND's "Dr. J," LaVernia M. Jorgenson, passes away

LaVernia M. Jorgenson, 91, of Grand Forks, passed away on Sept. 23 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D.

LaVernia was born on March 2, 1918 in Luck, Wis., the daughter of George and Alice (Christensen) Jorgensen. LaVernia was affectionately called “Dr. J” by her students and professional colleagues and friends. A multi-sport athlete in college, LaVernia earned athletic letters in badminton, basketball, softball, volleyball, field hockey and tennis at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and at the University of Minnesota.

She later went on to earn her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Indiana University. She joined the faculty at UND in 1963 and retired in 1988, having served 25 years on the faculty. LaVernia developed the Recreation Minor in the Department of Physical Education that evolved into the Recreation Major in 1974. She was one of the first members of the North Dakota Recreation and Park Association.

LaVernia received the Distinguished Alumnus award from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and is an inductee into their Athletic Hall of Fame. She was one of the founders of intercollegiate women’s athletics at UND. LaVernia was the first North Dakotan to be honored with the Fellow Award by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Midwest Region in 1975. She was also the first person named to the North Dakota Recreation and Park Association (NDRPA) Hall of Fame. She continued her leadership activity with community and state organizations, including the Grand Forks Senior Citizen Center, and the Girl Scouts Pine to Prairie Council.

LaVernia is survived by a sister, Donna, and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, and sister Viva. Her former students never forgot her, and she remembered every one of the students she taught. They were her family and she will truly be missed.

LaVernia began a scholarship in education at UND and her wishes were that it be continued. Memorials to the Dr. LaVernia Jorgensen Education Scholarship may be made through the UND Foundation, 3100 University Ave., Stop 8157, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8157.