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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 46: June 15, 2006

Top Stories
EERC signs agreement with United Arab Emirates
Events to Note
Doctoral examination set for Hilary Kaisershot
Museum opens exhibition of regional artists
UND Aerospace Camp will begin June 18
Doctoral examination set for Michael Herbert
Computer science will hold second session of Lego Robotic Camp
UND offers "Summer at UND" program
U2 workshops listed
Volunteers sought for community events
Wellness Center provides exercise, hot weather tips
In the News
Aerospace maintenance technicians receive awards
EERC signs agreement with United Arab Emirates

The Energy & Environmental Research Center and the EERC Foundation have signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Eastern Group of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to jointly pursue business opportunities in the Middle East. UAE is one of the most prosperous countries in the Middle East, located between Saudi Arabia and Oman on the Persian Gulf.

“The Middle East has very specific issues with which the EERC has expertise, such as energy production, pollution control, and water supply and reclamation,” said EERC Associate Director for Research John Harju. “This relationship will help further quantify a number of potential projects focused on energy and environmental topics in the UAE.”

“We are extremely excited about this outstanding opportunity,” said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. “The United Eastern Group scanned the world for the best in energy and environmental research and determined that the EERC best fits their needs.”

Once initial research projects are established, the ultimate goal is to create a complimentary facility to the EERC in the UAE. In partnership with the United Eastern Group, the EERC and the EERC Foundation will develop, operate, and transfer their unique market-driven business model and provide the technical expertise to the new UAE Energy & Environmental Innovation Centers. The centers will research, develop, demonstrate, and commercialize sustainable energy, environmental, and water technologies.

“The United Eastern Group’s request for us to replicate the EERC in the UAE is a major compliment,” said Groenewold. “They also have considerable investment capital available, which could greatly facilitate commercialization of EERC technologies throughout the world,” he said.

“Because of the entrepreneurial, market-driven culture of the proposed UAE Innovation Centers, their long-term impact on the regional economy will be substantial,” said Carsten Heide, Deputy Associate Director for Intellectual Property Management and Technology Commercialization. “This opportunity will foster the creation of many new businesses in the UAE as well as in the United States that are based on the technology and expertise developed through joint projects,” he said.

The Innovation Centers will also provide UAE’s young professionals with environmentally friendly, high-tech jobs that pay well. It will provide an excellent opportunity for students at UAE University, the leading teaching and research institution in the country, for hands-on experience in their chosen field.

The EERC’s John Harju and Carsten Heide will travel to Abu Dhabi, UAE’s capital city, June 16–22 to meet with officials from the United Eastern Group for the official memorandum of understanding signing ceremony and to discuss plans for the first research endeavor.

Since 1976, the United Eastern Group has remained one of the leading companies in the UAE, bringing many new technologies into the region as well as providing numerous leading global companies a competitive edge to build a strong business base in the Middle East.

-- Energy and Environmental Research Center.

Doctoral examination set for Hilary Kaisershot

The final examination for Hilary Kaisershot, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching & Learning, is set for 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 23, in Room ED206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Academic Motivation, Coping Indicators, Receptivity to Student Support Services, and the First-Year University Experience.” Richard Landry (Teaching & Learning) is the committee chair.

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

Museum opens exhibition of regional artists

On June 17, from 4 to 6 p.m., the North Dakota Museum of Art will host an opening reception for Minneapolis based artist Vance Gellert and pottery artist Cyrus Swann of Pine River. The reception, which is free and open to the public, will include an informal gallery talk by Gellert and music by the Granary Girls.

For nearly three years, Gellert has been traveling throughout Minnesota and North Dakota in search of self-taught artists who are compelled to do their craft. His photographs of the artists and the landscapes in which they live will be accompanied by the artists’ work.

According to Gellert, “I’m searching out and making portraits of outsider artists of the region. I define these as people who are not formally trained but driven to create delightful and intensely personal art. I find this group to be quite fascinating and better, very photogenic. Finding them is itself an interesting process. The project began October 1, 2004, and it’s still defining itself. The first thing I discovered was that the landscape photos I took in the environments where these artists live paired well with the portraits and are shown together.”

Gellert earned a bachelor's degree in physiology and a doctorate in pharmacology, both at the University of Minnesota, before realizing that he really wanted to be a photographer. He returned to school at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and finished an MFA in photography in 1984. In 1989 he became co-founder and director of the Minnesota Center for Photography, a position he held until 2003. He resigned to become a full-time photographer.

Gellert has always liked working in series or on large projects. For example, in 1990 he started to shoot photographs of tractors on Machinery Hill at the Minnesota State Fair. After collecting nearly 500 images, Gellert decided to assemble the photos into a collage representing one tractor. Next Gellert photographed a farm west of Minneapolis on Highway 12 and assembled multiple images of the farm as the background for the tractor. Hybrid Tractor was given to the University of Minnesota Student Center in 1992.

Cyrus Swann is a multi-media artist who focuses on three-dimensional ceramics, moving from pottery, to sculpture, to installation. According to the artist, “My work explores the depths of form and surface available in the medium but also addresses issues of mass production, consumer waste, and comparative value of one object to the next. I am also interested in pushing my technical ability. I have a commitment to tradition and craft although I don’t feel bound by rigid definitions or parameters.” Swann moved back to his hometown, Pine River, after earning his BFA from Bemidji State University. He developed a studio by remodeling the out-buildings on his family farm.

All items in the Swann exhibition will be available for purchase and selected work is also available in the Museum Shop.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on the University of North Dakota campus in Grand Forks. Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 11 to 5 p.m. The Museum Shop is open during these hours as well. Although the Museum does not charge an admission fee, the suggested donation is $5 for adults and pocket change for children.

-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 701 777-4195

UND Aerospace Camp will begin June 18

The John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is sponsoring the 23rd International Aerospace Camp with its first session offered June 18. Students from across the United States will visit the Grand Forks’ facilities to experience real-life situations in the exciting world of aviation in conjunction with a taste of college.

This unique camp is open to teenagers (ages 16-17) and offers aviation enthusiasts a chance to attend ground school, log flight time, and learn about the various careers within the aviation industry. The amount of actual flight training makes this summer adventure unique—the sky becomes a college classroom where students fly and log time with flight instructors with six different launches—simulator session, Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flight, Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight, cross-country flight, night flight, and an aerobatic flight. They also study flight planning in accordance to a structured college curriculum. They reside in UND residence halls and eat with current UND students at Wilkerson Hall.

A second camp will be held July 9-16. For more information, contact Ken Polovitz at 777-3561.

-- Karen Ryba, Director of Communications, Aerospace,, 777-4761

Doctoral examination set for Michael Herbert

The final examination for Michael Herbert, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, in 308 Education Building. The dissertation title is "Predicting Retention in Online Courses Utilizing the Noel-Levitz Priorities Survey for Online Learners." Lynne Chalmers (teaching and learning) is the committee chair.

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

Computer science will hold second session of Lego Robotic Camp

The Department of Computer Science is running a second session of the Lego Robotic Camp. The second session will run July 24th to July 28th from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information or to enroll your camper, contact us at 777-4107 or visit
-- Annette Glennon, Administrative Secretary, Computer Science,, 7-4107

UND offers "Summer at UND" program

The “Summer at UND” program offers a wide range of courses and activities for the community during the summer months. Nearly 400 courses for academic credit are available during UND Summer Sessions, which begin on June 26. Class sizes are smaller and some courses are held in the evenings to accommodate students’ schedules.

An array of summer events and activities are also held on UND’s campus, such as cultural or athletic events, youth camps or specialized workshops. Events are typically open to the public. Here is a preview of those events happening at UND from June 16 – June 30, 2006:

• June 16 - July 23, Portraits Exhibition, North Dakota Museum of Art
• June 16 - Sept. 19, Vance Gellert - REAL: Artists and Landscapes Exhibition, North Dakota Museum of Art
• June 16 - 17, Boys Team Basketball Camp, various times, Betty Engelstad Arena and Hyslop Sports Center
• June 18 - 23, Swimming and Diving Technique and Training Camp, 8:30 to 5 p.m., Hyslop Sports Center
• June 18 - 24, Defenseman Hockey Camp, various times, Ralph Engelstad Arena
• June 18 - 24, Girls Hockey Camp, various times, Ralph Engelstad Arena
• June 18 - 25, Aerospace Summer Camp, 5 to 7 p.m., UND Campus
• June 19, 7-On-7 Passing Football Tournament, various times, Memorial Stadium
• June 19 - 20, Domestic Violence Workshop for Education Professionals 2006, T&L 900, 5 to 5 p.m. Memorial Union
• June 19 - 21, Girls Elementary Day Basketball Camp, various times, Betty Engelstad Arena and Hyslop Sports Center
• June 19 - 23, Art City Creatures and Dolls Summer Art Day Camp, 9:30 to 3 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art
• June 19 - 27, UND Speech, Language, and Hearing Summer Clinic, 8 to 12 p.m., Montgomery Hall
• June 19- July 14, Freshman Getting Started Program, 8 to 4:30 p.m., Memorial Union
• June 20 - 22, Geospatial Education Program in Atmospheric Sciences, 9 to 3 p.m., Regional Weather Information
• June 20 - 23, Elite Football Camp, various times, Memorial Stadium
• June 21, The Leadership Pill, 10 to 12 p.m., Skalicky Technology Incubator
• June 21 – 22, Relational Conflict Management and Behavior Implications, COUN 900, 8 to 5 p.m., Memorial Union
• June 21 - 23, Girls Perimeter Shooting and Post Moves Basketball Camp, various times, Betty Engelstad Arena and Hyslop Sports Center
• June 22, SIL-UND Colloquium Series, 8 to 9 p.m., Merrifield
• June 25 - July 1, Pee Wee and Bantam Hockey Camp, various times, Ralph Engelstad Arena
• June 26 – 27, Teaching with Love and Logic, T&L 900, 8 to 5 p.m., Memorial Union
• June 26 - 29, Hitter and Setter Volleyball Camp, various times, Betty Engelstad Arena and Hyslop Sports Center
• June 26 - 30, Wind-Powered Whirligigs Summer Art Day Camp, 9:30 to 3 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art
• June 28, The Leadership Pill, 10 to 12 p.m., Skalicky Technology Incubator
• June 28 – 29, Reaching the Gifted Students in Your Classroom, 8 to 5 p.m., Nursing Building
• June 29, SIL-UND Colloquium Series, 8 to 9 p.m., Merrifield
• June 30, Little Diggers Volleyball Camp, various times, Betty Engelstad Arena and Hyslop Sports Center

For more information about the "Summer at UND" program, to register for UND's Summer Sessions, or to view a calendar of events from June 16 - Aug. 31, visit If you have additional questions on summer credit courses, call the Summer Sessions Office at (701) 777-6284. Or if you have questions on events/activities, contact the Summer Events Office at (701) 777-0841.

-- Julie Bean, Program Specialist, Summer Events,, 777-0841

U2 workshops listed

Below are U2 Workshops for June 20 thru June 30. Visit our Web site for more.

Home Sweet Home
June 20, 3:00-4:30 pm
Skalicky Tech Incubator, Room 211
Buying a home is probably the most expensive purchase you will make in your lifetime, so you don’t want to make a mistake. Learn how to determine whether to buy or not, the cost of home ownership and what you can realistically afford.
Presenter: Marybeth Vigeland, Certified Consumer Credit Counselor, The Village Family Service Center

Pandemic Flu…It’s for the Birds
June 21, 10:00 am to Noon
Swanson Hall, Room 17
This course will cover information about the possibility of an outbreak of avian flu, or similar pandemic outbreak. Course participants will be taught what types of things they can do to minimize their risk of exposure. Preparation actions of federal, state, and local government will be discussed, and participants will also learn what steps they should follow if a global pandemic develops.
Presenter: Jason Uhlir

Defensive Driving
June 22, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Skalicky Tech Incubator, Room 211
Presenter: Mike Holmes
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.

The Basics of IRB Review
June 22, 1:00-4:00 pm
Swanson Hall, Room 17
All researchers planning to conduct human subject research are required to complete training. The workshop covers research ethics, federal regulations, and UND policies regarding human subject research. It will also review the Institutional Review Board (IRB) forms and procedures. The workshop will include two case studies, a quiz, with time for questions.
Presenter: Renee Carlson

Safe Online Practices - Protecting Your Identity and Securing Your Computer
June 22, 2:00-4:00 pm
Upson II, Room 361
The Internet can provide a wealth of information and give access to valuable financial, business, educational, and entertainment services. However, when connected to the Internet, you and your computer become vulnerable to scammers, identity thieves, viruses, spyware and more. This workshop will provide the information needed to help you protect your identity and computer while online.
Presenter: Brad Miller, IT Security Officer

Introduction to Dreamweaver 2004 MX
June 26, 28, & 30, 8:30-11:30 am
Upson II, Room 361
(9 Hours Total)
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers; mouse and saving/retrieving skills.
Learn how to use Dreamweaver’s graphical page-building interface to develop and manage staticWeb sites that feature text graphics, and navigation.
Presenter: Doris Bornhoeft

When Domestic Violence Comes to Work
June 27, 2:30-4:30 pm
Skalicky Tech Incubator, Room 211
The US Department of Justice estimates that victims knew their attacks intimately in the 60,000 incidents of on-the-job violence each year. For many abused individuals, the workplace is not safe because stalking, threats and violence follow them to work. The Bureau of National Affairs estimates that businesses lose $3-$5 billion a year from increased health care expenses, absenteeism, and lost productivity caused by domestic violence. This workshop will assist you in providing warning signs of domestic violence, understanding the impact in the workplace, responding to employees, domestic violence laws, company policies, and resources.
Presenters: Lieutenant Don Rasmusson, UND Police Department and Kari Kerr Welsh, LPC, Community Violence Intervention Center

Behavior Based Safety
June 29, 9:00 am to Noon
Skalicky Tech Incubator, Room 211
Behavioral Safety is the application of behavior science to occupational safety. The goal of Behavioral Safety is to make work environments as safe as possible. This involves constant assessments of the condition of our tools and physical space, our knowledge about the work to be done and work processes (i.e., standard operating procedures), the effectiveness of our personal motivation and the motivational and management strategies in the organization, the strategies that management employ to show the value of each individual to the organization, etc. Behavioral Safety also involves a set of principles and techniques that are used to improve safety either at the level of individuals or at the level of the organization.
Presenter: Mike Holmes

Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by: Phone 777-2128, Email, or Online Please Include: (1) Workshop Title/ Date, (2) Name, (3) Department, (4) Position, (5) Box #, (6) Phone #, (7) Email, & (8) How you first learn about this workshop? Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

-- Julie Sturges, Program Assistant, U2,, 777-2128

Volunteers sought for community events

Volunteers needed!

Sertoma Club is seeking volunteers to help with Games-to-Go on Tuesday, July 4, from noon to 5 p.m. Shifts can last from one to four hours. Volunteers help direct families to the activities that will be taking place in the Greenway. If you have time and can help, please contact Scott at 738-2734.

Girl Scout Day Camp - the Girl Scouts are seeking volunteers to help with day camp on Friday, July 21. Contact Amanda at 795-4926 if you can help with the different day camp activities.

Volunteer Recruitment Day will take place Thursday, Aug. 31, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union. Agencies will be on campus recruiting volunteers for the 2006-07 academic year. Students, faculty and staff are invited to the Loading Dock to meet with representatives about volunteer possibilities. Please feel free to share this date and time with those interested in volunteering.

-- Linda Rains, Coordinator of Volunteer Services and Programming, 777-4076.

Wellness Center provides exercise, hot weather tips

Exercise and hot weather can be a dangerous mix. Take precautions against heat-related illnesses and make your outdoor workout safer and more enjoyable.

When the weather turns warm, it's great to be active outside. But when it gets really hot and humid, be careful. Exercising in the heat can cause heat cramps, heat exhaustion and potentially deadly heatstroke. A few safeguards can help you avoid these problems. The American College of Sports Medicine says drinking plenty of fluids, wearing the right clothes and exercising at the right time of day are among the best ways to beat the heat.

Drink up!
You need to drink enough water, sports drinks or fruit juices before, during and after exercise, even if you don't feel thirsty. Fluids help your body perspire, which cools the skin and keeps body temperatures at a safe level. Avoid very cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps.

How much fluid is enough? ACSM says to aim for:
-20 ounces of fluid two to three hours before exercise.
-10 ounces of fluid 10 to 20 minutes before exercise.
-10 ounces of fluid every 10 to 20 minutes during exercise.
-20 ounces of fluid for every pound of weight lost during exercise.
If your urine is clear or pale, you're probably drinking enough fluids.

Other tips:
The American Council on Exercise and other experts list these additional strategies to help you stay cool:
-Reduce your workout intensity, particularly the first few times you're in warmer temperatures. It usually takes seven to 14 days to get acclimated.
-Take advantage of the coolest times of the day. Before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. is generally the best time for an outdoor workout.
-Don't overdress. Exposed skin cools faster than covered skin. Clothing should be lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting. A hat is a good idea.
-Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher 30 minutes before going outside to prevent a sunburn, which limits the body's ability to cool itself. Reapply according to the directions on the package.
-Keep track of the "heat index," the temperature your body feels when heat and humidity are combined. A heat index of 90 or higher can be dangerous. (For more information about the heat index, go to

Watch for warning signs:
Symptoms of heat sickness include headache, dizziness, muscle weakness, cramps and nausea. If you develop these symptoms during or after exercise, rest in a cool place, take a cool shower or bath, and drink about half a glass of cool water every 15 minutes. If symptoms last for more than an hour or get worse, get medical attention.

If you're with someone who shows signs of serious heat sickness, get help right away. Signs may include refusing water, vomiting, confusion, loss of consciousness, a body temperature above 103 degrees, hot skin with no sweating and a rapid pulse. While you're waiting for help to arrive, get the person into the shade and cool him or her down with a spray or sponge of cool water.

Information provided by Blue Cross, Blue Shield of North Dakota,

-- Wellness Center.

Aerospace maintenance technicians receive awards

Twenty-seven maintenance technicians at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences earned awards for their participation in initial and recurrent maintenance training. UND’s Aircraft Maintenance Department was also presented the Employer Diamond Certificate of Excellence Award, the highest honor available to a college aviation maintenance facility. This award was presented to Bruce Smith at the North Dakota Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium in March.

Phase 1 (Bronze) award recipient: Sheena Larson. Phase 2 (Silver) award recipients include: Amos Berg; Andrew Capouch; Chad Everson; Joshua Larson; Paul LeHardy; Chad Symington; Dale Thompson.
Phase 3 (Gold) award recipients include: Scott Baker; Joe Berhow; Chad Carlson; Steve Carpenter; Paul Haukebo; Dan Kasowski; Robert Kunze; Brian Milling; Joel Robberstad; Daniel Sprosty; Rick Steinke; and Morgan Stroh.
Phase 4 (Ruby) awards: Mike Agotness; Mike Budziszewski; Kirk Peterson; and Steven Riddle.
Phase 5 (Diamond) awards: Cole Bladow; Clark Gebhard and Ryan McClean.

In addition Mike Agotness, Scott Baker, Joe Berhow, Mike Budziszewski, Chad Carlson, Steve Carpenter, Paul Haukebo, Dan Kasowski, Robert Kunze, Joshua Larson, Brian Milling, Kirk Peterson, Steve Riddle, Joel Robberstad, Morgan Stroh, and Dale Thompson will received a gold seal award for receiving the AMT award for five or more consecutive years.

Ten Employer Diamond Certificates of Excellent Awards (one for each of the past ten years) cover a wall in the maintenance department. “These ten certificates and the 27 individual certificates awarded here today demonstrate the devotion and obligation put forth by our staff to maintain the highest level of aircraft maintenance possible,” said Dan Kasowski, Director of Maintenance at UND Aerospace.