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ISSUE: Volume 46, Number 50: August 05, 2009

Top Stories
You're invited to Coffee with the Kelleys Thursday, Aug. 13
Tami Carmichael to give main address at UND Summer Commencement Friday
President Kelley invites faculty to participate in commencement Friday, Aug. 7
President and Marcia Kelley to lead 2009 new faculty tour
Gov. Hoeven will speak at UND Center for Innovation 25th anniversary open house Aug. 6
Events to Note
Chemistry, chemical engineering REU poster session is Aug. 5
Medical School, biology REU poster session is Aug. 6
Wellness Center annual shutdown is August 10-14
Learn more about the BCBS new wellness programs
Art & Wine Walk to take place Aug. 15
Sushi class offered at Culinary Corner
Annual staff information session is Aug. 18
Surplus item sale open to public
Volunteers needed for Welcome Weekend info tents Aug. 21
University Faculty Lecture Series begins Sept. 10
Staff Senate announces the August "U-Shine" winner
UND to offer online bachelor's degree in communication
University Within the University (U2) lists new classes
Chester Fritz Library lists summer inter-session hours
Chester Fritz Auditorium announces 2009-10 season
Parking office provides information on faculty/staff parking permit purchases
Please change graduate school application links
Package of photos from Norway misplaced at International Centre
UND Athletics offers group ticket packages, discounts
UND Athletics Speakers Bureau is created
University Ave. will be one-lane from State St. to Columbia
Bike path closed for repairs
Take steps to protect yourself, your workplace from flu as faculty, staff and students return to campus
UND Bookstore has job openings
Internal job openings listed
NSF program announcements released
In the News
UND asteroid explorer Vishnu Reddy heads to Max Planck Institute for German Space Agency project
UND French heritage group on the road in Quebec
You're invited to Coffee with the Kelleys Thursday, Aug. 13

Join President Robert Kelley and First Lady Marcia Kelley for "Coffee with the Kelleys" Thursday, Aug. 13, at the UND Bookstore (located at 775 Hamline St). The conversation will begin at 7:30 a.m. and run until 8:15 a.m. Refreshments will be provided.

Bob and Marcia want to hear from you. Bring your comments and questions to the newly remodeled UND Bookstore and visit in a casual town hall setting. Join us Thursday, Aug. 13. We look forward to seeing you there. Questions? Contact Peter Johnson, UND Office of University Relations, 777-4317.

Tami Carmichael to give main address at UND Summer Commencement Friday

Award-winning UND faculty member Tami Carmichael, coordinator of Integrated Studies, will give the main address at UND's summer commencement Friday, Aug. 7, at 3 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Around 470 students are eligible to cross the stage when UND President Robert Kelley presides over the UND summer commencement. On average, UND graduates about 2,700 students total in the summer, winter and spring.

At the commencement ceremony, UND also will award an honorary Doctor of Letters degree to entrepreneur James C. Ray, president of the Aerospace Capital Group and president of the Ray Foundation.

The ceremony will be streamed live online at and will be broadcast live on UND Channel 3 in Grand Forks.

Tami Carmichael
Tami Carmichael, associate professor of humanities and integrated studies and coordinator of the UND Integrated Studies program, is the 2008 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching North Dakota Professor of the Year. Carmichael was chosen for her impact on undergraduate students, her scholarly approach to teaching and learning, as well as contributions to her profession, her community, and especially, to undergraduate education at UND, according to the foundation.

A native of Port Allegheny, Penn., Carmichael started her teaching career at UND in 1996 as a consultant in the Writing Center and assistant coordinator of the UND Honors Program. She started teaching English as an assistant professor at UND in 1998. At the same time, she was promoted to associate coordinator of the Honors Program. She has authored and co-authored several internal grant proposals that have netted more than $40,000, allowing the UND Honors Program to improve its writing courses and the program at large. In addition, she co-authored a grant for Student Technology Fee money that established a computer lab.

Carmichael's professional interests include pedagogy and practices in general education and integrative studies, history of American undergraduate learning communities and 19th Century literature, with a concentration on women's literature and works by Herman Melville and Mark Twain.

Before coming to UND, Carmichael held an assistant teaching appointment and was an instructor in the Upward Bound Program at the University of Georgia. She's also served in instructor positions at Athens Area Technical College and Dekalb College, both in Georgia. She received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the University of Georgia in 1993.

Carmichael received her bachelor's degree from Grove City (Pa.) College, where she graduated summa cum laude. She earned her master's and Ph.D. degrees in English from the University of Georgia in 1992 and 1998, respectively.

James C. Ray
James C. Ray is president of the Aerospace Capital Group and president of the Ray Foundation of Naples, Florida. Ray has invested in more than 300 high tech aerospace and computer ventures, including Compaq Computer and Cirrus Design of Grand Forks and Duluth. Ray has funded many innovative ventures at an early research stage to advance solutions for air and pilot safety, including advancement of simulator training and curriculum development. He also is the lead investor in the Hilton Garden Inn located near the UND Center for Innovation.

"Jim is one of the most accomplished angel investors in the nation," said Center for Innovation director Bruce Gjovig in his nomination letter. "He has a significant record of investing in innovation and technology entrepreneurs, matched only by large institutional funds, not individuals. He was a venture capitalist long before being a venture capitalist was cool."

Ray first heard of UND from his neighbor in Switzerland, Chester Fritz, in the late 1950s. At that time, Fritz was making his gift of the Chester Fritz Library for UND's 75th anniversary celebration in 1958. Fifty years later, Ray has become a major benefactor to UND, donating $12 million toward the growth of entrepreneurship and aerospace for the benefit of students, enabling these programs to become nationally and internationally recognized for excellence.

"The Entrepreneur Program at UND would not be ranked in the top 1 percent of the entrepreneur programs nationally by Princeton Review without the endowment and operating support that Jim provided," Gjovig said. "His support includes funding for interns and staff with the Center for Innovation and two faculty positions in the Department of Entrepreneurship in the spirit of a venture philanthropist making strategic investments."

Gjovig added, "What really drives Mr. Ray is the outstanding students on the UND campus. He makes sure he has great access to entrepreneur and aerospace students when he is on campus, engaging in their life stories and career goals. He has commented many times on the superior quality of our students who have good intellect, strong work ethic, and who expect to earn their way into the world."

Since the late 1960s, Ray has served as president of the Ray Foundation, which distributed millions of dollars in royalties earned from the development and sale of a cattle vaccine to a variety of programs including anti-drug education and mental health organizations.

He has been active in aviation for more than 65 years since joining the U.S. Army Air Corps following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Ray was a B-17 bomber pilot during the war. Major Ray also was on active duty with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. He has been owner and chief pilot of numerous aircraft since 1948 and has traveled the world in a jet.
-- Peter Johnson, Executive Associate Vice President for University Relations, 777-4317,

President Kelley invites faculty to participate in commencement Friday, Aug. 7

Faculty members and administrative staff are invited to join President Robert Kelley at UND’s Summer Commencement Ceremony on Friday, August 7. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Those participating are asked to wear academic regalia and report to the Chester Fritz Auditorium no later than 2:30 p.m. Faculty members will march in the procession and be seated on the stage.

Those planning to participate should contact the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2724 or by August 5 to confirm their plans.

Please contact the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events at 777-6393 with any questions.
-- Dawn Botsford, Events Coordinator, Office of Ceremonies and Special Events,, 777-6393

President and Marcia Kelley to lead 2009 new faculty tour

President Robert and First Lady Marcia Kelley will lead more than 35 new faculty members, top administrators and their guests on a three-day tour of North Dakota. This year’s tour—the 19th since the inaugural launch in 1990 by then-president Thomas Clifford—is the second for the Kelleys.

Funded by the UND Alumni Association and the President's Office, these trips are designed to acquaint new faculty and administrators with the state and its landmarks as well as provide them with an opportunity to form connections with other people on campus, according to tour coordinator Fred Wittmann, director of the UND Office of Ceremonies and Special Events. Moreoever, the tour gives new faculty a sense of where many of their students will come from.

Wittmann, a native of the farm community of Casselton about 20 miles west of Fargo, says North Dakota surprises most newcomers.

"We want to help our tour participants feel this is their home," Wittmann said. "Our intent is to give them a sample of the state."

UND's strategic plan champions the University's role as a service provider to the state and as a resource for helping North Dakota diversify its economy. In order to help North Dakota, it is important for UND's new faculty and administrators to see and understand the state.

The tours alternate each year between southern and northern routes. This year’s tour of the northern half of the state will offer glimpses of the region’s geography, economy, culture, and heritage, and will offer participants an opportunity to learn about the challenges and opportunities that are shaping the state. The tour will start with a visit to Grand Forks Air Force Base, with a tour, talk and refreshments. Base commanders will discuss the base’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) mission.

On the way back to Grand Forks, the faculty members will visit Edinburg, a small town with a real “can-do” attitude, where the town together with tour organizers will host a community dinner before the final leg back to Grand Forks.

Professor Douglas Munski—a Chicago native and 30-year UND cultural geographer with an encyclopedic knowledge of North Dakota geographic, cultural, and political lore—is the tour's color commentator for the ninth year.

“Doug has forgotten more about North Dakota than the rest of us will ever know,” said Wittmann. “We depend on him to provide information on everything from ancient glacial terrain to anecdotes about individual communities. He’s a great ambassador for UND.”

“I like to think of myself as a color commentator who helps introduce people to neighbors across the state,” said Munski. “North Dakota is, in many respects, one community. Although there are regional differences and competing institutions, we still function as one community. My goal is to help people better understand what they’re part of as new North Dakota residents.”

Veteran UND motor coach driver Fran Kryzsko, though officially retired, will be at the wheel again this year; it’ll be his 18th time as tour driver.

The full trip itinerary is included in this release. For media inquiries, contact Peter Johnson at (701) 740-5398.

Trip Itinerary:
Monday, Aug. 17
• 7:30 a.m. Depart from the parking lot at the Chester Fritz.
• Grand Forks Air Force Base with a tour, talk and refreshments. Base commanders will discuss the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and KC135 missions.
• Lunch near Devils Lake at the shoreside Woodland Resort and learn more about the flooding caused by the rising lake level.
• Spirit Lake Reservation and a tour of Cankdeska Cikana Community College, one of five tribal colleges in the state.
• Near Velva, Black Butte Acres, with Jerry and Norma Effertz host a tour and dinner.
• Minot—Holiday Inn Riverside.

Tuesday, Aug. 18
• Tour the Prairie Wind Project owned by Basin Electric Power Cooperative. Verendrye Electric will present a talk about the prospects of wind energy in North Dakota.
• Watford City—lunch with community leaders and UND alumni to learn more about the opportunities available in the state’s rural communities.
• North Dakota Badlands—tour of the north unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
• Minot—dinner with UND alumni and community leaders and a tour of the Scandinavian Heritage Center; Holiday Inn Riverside.

Wednesday, Aug. 19
• Minot—tour and briefing at the UND Family Medicine Center.
• International Peace Garden—lunch and a walking tour of one of the state’s most famous visitor destinations.
• Edinburg, (population 200)—tour of the Edinburg General Store and Main Street; community dinner.
• 8 p.m. return to Grand Forks.
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-6571

Gov. Hoeven will speak at UND Center for Innovation 25th anniversary open house Aug. 6

Gov. John Hoeven will speak at the UND Center for Innovation 25th anniversary kickoff open house Thursday, Aug. 6. The Center turned 25 years old Aug. 1, marking more than two decades of pace-setting innovations that have placed it among the country's signature entrepreneur centers.

The first event is a Community Open House from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center (part of the Center for Innovation) located on the west end of the UND campus. There will be a short program at 4 p.m. at which Gov. Hoeven, UND President Robert Kelley, and others will speak.

"We were one of the very first entrepreneur centers in the nation and were able to be a leader in the industry," said Center founder and director, Bruce Gjovig. "We will be celebrating throughout the year, and we are planning several activities to mark this milestone.

"We've spent years building this center and its national reputation, so we're having an open house to share this milestone with entrepreneurs and our friends and supporters in the region," Gjovig said.

The media and public are welcome.
-- Center for Innovation

Chemistry, chemical engineering REU poster session is Aug. 5

The chemistry and chemical engineering departments would like to announce a joint undergraduate poster session on Wednesday, Aug. 5, on the second floor of Harrington Hall from 10 a.m. to noon. Eighteen undergraduate researchers from all over the U.S. will present the results of their 10-week research in the two Departments. Everyone is welcome. Juice and muffins will be served.
-- Kim Myrum, Information Processing Specialist, Chemistry,, 777-2741

Medical School, biology REU poster session is Aug. 6

The School of Medicine and department of Biology would like to announce the 2009 Summer Undergraduate Biology Research Poster Session on Thursday, Aug. 6, in the Vennes Atrium, UNDSMHS, from 9 a.m. to noon. Forty undergraduate researchers will present the results of their 10-week research projects. Everyone is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.
-- Van Doze, Associate Professor, Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics,, 777-6222

Wellness Center annual shutdown is August 10-14

The Wellness Center will be closed August 10-14 in order to provide routine maintenance and cleaning for the facility.

It is an opportunity to:
• Move equipment
• Make major repairs
• Attend to regular maintenance
• Clean areas that we are unable to get to during normal operation

We appreciate your cooperation and your commitment to cleanliness and a well maintained facility.
-- Joe Field, Education & Outreach Coordinator, Wellness Center,, 777-0228

Learn more about the BCBS new wellness programs

Invest one hour in your health. Learn more about the BCBS new wellness programs: MyHealthCenter and the Health Club Credit. Please sign-up through U2 for the Tuesday, Aug. 11 session in the Memorial Room at the Memorial Union from 9 to 10 a.m. Seats are limited. (This session will be a repeat of the July 15 session).
-- Kim Ruliffson, Coordinator of Work Well, Wellness Center,, 777-0210

Art & Wine Walk to take place Aug. 15

The North Valley Arts Council and the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau are pleased to present the Art & Wine Walk on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. The Walk takes place on the third Saturday of the month, May through October.

Stroll through downtown and view artwork by local artists at galleries while enjoying wine or non-alcoholic refreshments. Most artwork is available for sale, and artists will be on-hand to discuss their work. The Art & Wine Walk is a great way to experience downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, view artwork by regional artists, and learn about the businesses downtown.

The Art & Wine Walk begins between 1 and 4 p.m. at the Blue Moose Bar & Grill in East Grand Forks or GuestHouse International in Grand Forks. Maps can be purchased for $10 at either location. At participating businesses, maps will be stamped (wine consumption is not required to receive a stamp). Maps can be turned in at the closing reception at the Empire Arts Center to enter a drawing for a gift basket of prizes donated by participating businesses. The closing reception will also feature a champagne tasting at the Empire Arts Center, 5 p.m., sponsored by Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops. Patrons over 21 will receive a wristband, allowing participation in wine tasting. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult receive free admission.

Art & Wine Walk 2009 event dates are Aug. 15, Sept. 19, and Oct. 17.

The events are sponsored by the North Valley Arts Council and the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Empire Arts Center, the Blue Moose Bar & Grill, GuestHouse Town House & Muddy Rivers, Clear Channel Radio, Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops, and Gilly’s Bar & Grill.

To learn more, visit To participate as a hosting business or an exhibiting artist, please contact the North Valley Arts Council at (701) 777-6120 or
-- Nicole Derenne, Executive Director, North Valley Arts council,, 701-772-3710

Sushi class offered at Culinary Corner

Have you seen sushi but never really ventured to try it or maybe you love it and want to know how to make it yourself? Either way, join us and learn how to make your own sushi. There will be a demonstration on Monday, Aug. 17, 5:30 p.m. in the Culinary Corner at the Wellness Center. Learn how to make some basic rolls, and ingredients will be provided for you to create your own unique sushi.

Cost: $12/person
Register online at Click on Nutrition and Culinary Corner. Space is limited.
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition , Wellness Center,, 777-0769

Annual staff information session is Aug. 18

The annual staff information session ("get the latest information and make sure you're prepared to help students") will be Tuesday, Aug. 18, 9:30 to noon in Gamble Hall, room 1. Pick up of materials is 9:30 to 10 a.m. and speaker presentations will begin at 10 a.m. sharp.

Designed to provide updates on beginning-of-the-year programs and procedures, the session is focused to prepare us to serve our students in the best and most knowledgeable ways possible.

Short briefings will cover financial aid, fee payment and business office, housing and dining services, parking and traffic, parking ramp, continuing education, new student orientation, withdrawal and crisis procedures, immigration matters, registration, Help Table, tutoring, Writing Center, U Card and IDs, the emergency notification procedures, Memorial Union, Student Health, and UND Police.

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

Surplus item sale open to public

The University is offering items for sale to the public by set price or sealed high bid at the Central Receiving Building, Door #2, between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19. Items that may be included in the sale are: coil condenser units, fireplace inserts, ceiling fans, 16' x 7' garage door, desks, chairs, TVs, tables, misc. furniture, file cabinets, misc. electronic equipment, misc. electrical equipment, etc.
-- Doug Norgard, Facilities Central Warehouse Storekeeper, Facilities,, 777-3125

Volunteers needed for Welcome Weekend info tents Aug. 21

Welcome Weekend for incoming first year students is only weeks away and plans are being made to host information tables and tents for Move-In Day on Friday, Aug. 21. Would you be willing to help? The information table is located in Wilkerson Hall and is open Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Materials about orientation schedules, maps, bus schedules, etc. will be ready and waiting for you.

Information tents are located near the Chester Fritz Auditorium, the University Avenue side of the Walsh quad, and a new location near the Memorial Union. Tents are open on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tents, signs, materials, and water for give away will be on-site.

We invite you to wear your department apparel to help promote your organization. Information to help answer questions, give directions, and provide telephone numbers will be there for you. The most fun part of this day is giving families and students your "we're glad you're here" smile and welcome them to campus. This is a great opportunity to greet and meet new students. Please call to volunteer.
-- Dawn Botsford, Events Coordinator, Office of Ceremonies & Special Events,, 777-6393

University Faculty Lecture Series begins Sept. 10

The University Faculty Lecture Series kicks off its 2009-10 season on Sept. 10 with "Dinosaurs or Nickel Mines: What are the risks and rewards of Near Earth Asteroids?" by Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Mike Gaffey, Space Studies.

Hesham El Rewini, dean, School of Engineering and Mines, follows on Oct. 8 with "Wireless Sensor Networks: Connecting the Physical and Digital Worlds."

Holly Brown Borg, Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics, will kick off the spring semester January 21, 2010, with "Hormones and Long Life: Lessons from dwarf mice."

Organizers of the series will meet in September to fill out the spring round of presenters.

The lectures are held at the North Dakota Museum of Art, beginning with a reception at 4 p.m.; the lectures start at 4:30 p.m. A question-and-answer period follows each lecture.

The University Faculty Lecture Series has been held regularly on campus since 1997, when a group comprising senior faculty members and Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors Richard Beringer, Elizabeth Hampsten, Bill Sheridan, and Sharon Wilsnack along with Peter Johnson, proposed a renewal of this forum to celebrate the diversity and excellence of scholarship at UND. Then-president Kendall Baker provided encouragement and financial support, and the series was re-launched. President Kelley is continuing that tradition of encouragement and support for the series.

A key goal of the University Faculty Lecture Series is to bring together the campus community and the community at large to "recognize the university as a unique institution in society, an academic community with scholarly roles and contributions that go beyond, but at the same time enrich, its own educational programs."

According to the guidelines of the organizers, each lecture presents "with some depth and rigor the scholarly questions and goals of the individual faculty. In presenting the products of their scholarship, the lecturers will share the enthusiasm and dedication that sustains their creative efforts."

The University Faculty Lecture Series cultivates a stronger academic atmosphere by offering a forum for distinguished faculty members selected across the disciplines to talk about the scholarly lives and what drives their research. In presenting their scholarship, the lecturers share the enthusiasm and dedication that sustains their creative efforts.

All of the lectures are free and open to the public.
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-6571

Staff Senate announces the August "U-Shine" winner

UND Staff Senate is proud to announce the August “U Shine Award” recipient Denise Bischoff, Office of the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs. Denise was nominated by Dan Tienter and was presented with a check for $50 and a certificate by Staff Senate President Loren Liepold on July 30.

This award is presented monthly to a UND staff member who went out of their way to make UND a better place.
-- Shari Nelson, Assistant Director of Learning Services, Student Success Center,, 777-2117

UND to offer online bachelor's degree in communication

Starting this fall, UND will offer an online bachelor's degree in communication.

The online program is designed for students who are unable to complete a traditional, on-campus program. To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, students must complete 125 credits, including general studies and liberal arts courses and at least 37 credits of Communication courses.

The online program may be completed on a part-time basis from anywhere in the world; students are not required to come to the UND campus at any time. UND will also be working to offer students living near the Bismarck area the option to participate in some face-to-face classes held on the Bismarck State College campus.

Upon completion of this degree, graduates may work in a diverse variety of settings including advertising, public relations, sales, broadcasting, print journalism, relationship counseling, ministry, law, politics and many others.

Tuition for the online degree is charged at the North Dakota resident rate regardless of where the student lives.

For more information about the degree, contact UND Online & Distance Education at or 1-800-342-8230.
-- David L. Dodds, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-5529

University Within the University (U2) lists new classes

Be Well: New wellness program and you.
Aug. 11, 9 to 10 a.m., Memorial Union-Memorial Room
Discover how to participate in the BCBSND MyWellnesCenter and Health Club Credit programs. We will jump start you on your way to becoming active in the program, understanding the benefits and learning how you can earn up to $250 in incentives by building a healthier you! Instructors: Kim Ruliffson and Carrie Herrig

Internet Safety for Kids: A Parent’s Guide
Aug. 11, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Upson II, Room 361
The Internet can help kids learn, communicate, and socialize, but it also exposes them to certain risks. This seminar will help parents learn how to protect their young children and teens and keep them safe online. Some of the topics include risks associated with popular Internet tools and social networking sites; how to filter objectionable Web content and use parental control software; cyberbullying and how to prevent it; how to educate children about Internet predators; and Web resources for parents to learn about and then use to educate their children. Presenter: Brad Miller

Records Disposal
Aug. 12 or Aug. 13, 10 a.m. to noon, Skalicky Tech Incubator, Room 211
Year-end is upon us and once again it is time to look at disposing of records. This session will review the disposal process. Points covered include, reading/using the retention schedule, navigating the RM website, completing the process. This course is intended for those staff members directly involved in disposing of UND records. Presenter: Chris Flynn

Defensive Driving
Aug. 12, 6 to 10 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: Dan Lund

Running, Reading, & Reconciling Key Finance Reports in PeopleSoft
Aug. 13, 9 to 10 a.m., Gamble Hall, Lanterman Center, Room 9
Prerequisite: Must have previously attended either a “Budgets Overview Inquiry” or “Budget vs. Cash Inquiry” U2 session and must have a PeopleSoft user ID and password for Finance Module.

This training provides the tools necessary to navigate through PeopleSoft in order to run, read, and understand PeopleSoft financial reports. Important tips will be provided to help you recognize why, when, and how to reconcile revenue and expense transactions posted to your funds. Troubleshooting tips and tools to help you resolve budgeting errors will also be provided. This session includes hands-on practice activities. Presenter: Tom Swangler

Preventing Workplace Violence
Aug. 13, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Skalicky Tech Incubator, Room 211
Workplace violence occurs all too often. Communication and training can help to prevent and deal with employee and/or client violence. This workshop will identify: underlying causes of workplace violence, warning signs, methods for heading off serious situations, as well as planning for prevention. Presenter: Jason Uhlir

MS Office 2007-How Will It Affect You?
Aug. 13, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Upson II, Room 361
Become familiar with the dramatically different user interface in Office 2007 applications: The Ribbon. Learn how to recognize the new file formats for Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Access 2007 documents. Learn about the file format compatibility issues between Office 2007 files and earlier Office versions. Find out how to install the free Office Compatibility Pack for opening and editing Office 2007 files in earlier Office versions, and how to save Office 2007 files in the earlier version (Office 97-2003 file format). This is an informational presentation, not a hands-on session. Presenter: Heidi Strande

Duplicating Procedures
Aug. 18, 9 to 10 a.m., Memorial Union, Badlands Room
Learn what is offered at Duplicating Services (like color and wide format printing), the process of online job submission, and how to create PDFs. Presenters: Sherry Metzger & Shawn Leake

Microsoft Office Excel 2007:Level 1 (Beginning)
Aug. 18, 19, and 20, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Upson II, Room 361
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers, mouse, and file saving and retrieving skills. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to explore the Microsoft Office Excel 2007 environment and create a basic worksheet; perform calculations; modify a worksheet; format a worksheet; print workbook contents; and manage large workbooks. Presenter: Heidi Strande
-- Patricia Young, U2 Coordinator, Continuing Education,, 777-0720

Chester Fritz Library lists summer inter-session hours

The Chester Fritz Library will observe the following hours of operation for summer inter-session (Aug. 8 - Aug. 23):
Monday through Friday - 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday - closed
Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 22 and Aug. 23) - 1 to 5 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 24 (beginning of fall semester) - 7:45 a.m. to midnight
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library,, 777-2618

Chester Fritz Auditorium announces 2009-10 season

The Chester Fritz Auditorium is proud to announce its 37th season of bringing high quality entertainment to the region. With a wide variety of shows, this season promises something for everyone.

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound – Sept. 25 (on sale now)
Defending the Caveman – Oct. 24 (rescheduled from March, on sale now)
Click, Clack, Moo – Nov. 1
Lord of the Dance – Nov. 4
Southern Fried Chicks – starring Etta May – Nov. 8
UND Steel Drum Band – Nov. 9
Tonic Sol-fa – Nov. 23 (on sale Aug. 15)
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – Dec. 10 (on sale now)
An Intimate Christmas with Lorie Line – Dec. 19 (on sale Aug. 3)
Dallas Brass – Feb. 5
‘Til Death Do Us Part – Late Nite Catechism 3 – Feb. 9
The Wedding Singer – Feb. 18
Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing – Feb. 21
Passing Zone – April 8
Cabaret – April 20

Descriptions, pricing and performance times can be found at

Tickets for most shows will go on sale Monday, Aug. 24, at 9 a.m. Get your tickets at the Chester Fritz Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone 800-745-3000 or online at For information only call the Chester Fritz Box Office at 701-777-4090 or 800-375-4068.
-- Betty Allan, Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium,, 777-2170

Parking office provides information on faculty/staff parking permit purchases

The application form for employee permits is available at: The completed form can be mailed to the Parking Office at Stop 8368. The Parking Office will mail your permit to your work address, normally within three days of receiving your application. To ensure adequate processing time, employees should return the application to the Parking Office no later than Aug. 15.

If you want to purchase the permit with cash or check, you may come to the Parking Office. Your new permit will be given to you at time of purchase. All cash payments should be made in the Parking Office. Do not send cash through intra-campus mail. If you are using the payroll deduction option, payroll deduction begins with your Sept. 15 paycheck. You can sign up for one deduction or the maximum of eighteen deductions (nine months).

Ramp permits for faculty and staff are now available. If you have already purchased an A permit and want to upgrade to a Ramp permit, you will be responsible for the difference in purchase price. The new Perimeter permit is ONLY allowed in the four perimeter lots; however, all other permit types are valid for parking in the perimeter lots.

Enforcement in A lots will begin on Monday, Aug. 24. Last year's A permit is valid until Aug. 31. You may display your new A permit immediately. The Visitor Pay Lot will return to pay parking operations beginning Monday, Aug. 17.

Please change graduate school application links

The Graduate School has a new link for all new inquiries and applications. If you link your department to us for requesting program information or to apply online, please update your web site links to use the following: This link is effective now. Thank you.
-- Susan Caraher, Marketing & External Relations Specialist, Graduate School,, 777-2524

Package of photos from Norway misplaced at International Centre

A large package of photos has been delivered to the International Centre from Svein Sleardal, St. 4 Ave, 4560 Vanse, Norway. The package was originally delivered to Campus Mail, it is not addressed to a person or office. The description of the photos is Builder, Photograph, Pictures. If you believe the package is for you or your office please pick it up from the International Centre front desk. Thanks.
-- Jane Sykes Wilson, Education Abroad Advisor, Office of International Programs,, 777-4756

UND Athletics offers group ticket packages, discounts

Treat your group of family, friends, colleagues, or clients to the excitement of UND Athletics.

There are great packages at reduced ticket prices available for groups of twenty or more at UND football, basketball, volleyball, women's hockey and select men's hockey games (Homecoming game excluded from group sales).

Make sure your group is not left out of the fast paced and action packed season. Come out and support UND.
-- Max Huber , Director of In-Game Management, Creative Services and Group Sales, Athletics,, 701-213-1110

UND Athletics Speakers Bureau is created

UND Director of Athletics Brian Faison has announced the creation of the UND Athletics Speakers’ Bureau. The bureau is a new initiative that is designed to expand the reach of UND Athletics in Grand Forks and the surrounding communities.

The primary goal of the bureau is to allow UND coaches and administrators the opportunity to speak in front of as many fans and supporters as possible.

The bureau will make requests for coaches and administrators for these engagements a much easier and streamlined process, with an on-line submission form available at This is a free service to civic, professional and educational entities.

The UND Athletics Speakers’ Bureau will be headed by Max Huber, Director of In-Game Management, Creative Services and Group Sales. For questions or inquiries, contact Huber at
-- Max Huber , Director of In-Game Management, Creative Services and Group Sales, Athletics,, 701-213-1110

University Ave. will be one-lane from State St. to Columbia

The City of Grand Forks would like to notify residents and motorists that traffic on University Avenue from State Street to Columbia Road will be limited to one lane traffic starting today, Aug. 4. Motorists are urged to use an alternate route while work is being done.

Crews will be doing roadway repair as they prepare the area for a resurfacing project. This is expected to be completed before fall semester begins at UND, weather permitting.
-- City of Grand Forks, 746-INFO.

Bike path closed for repairs

Repair work begins Monday, July 27, on the bike path between University Avenue and 6th Avenue North. The repairs should be completed by the middle of August. Thank you.
-- Paul Clark, Associate Director, Facilities Management,, 777-3005

Take steps to protect yourself, your workplace from flu as faculty, staff and students return to campus

We have previously put out information regarding the H1N1 Flu and, as we have said, we continue to monitor the situation and to post related information on the Health/Wellness Blog (linked from the home page). Since this is the time of year when faculty, staff and students are returning to campus (in many cases after traveling), it is important to remind the UND community to follow basic disease prevention practices, as well as remind employees about what they can do to reduce the spread of H1N1 Flu in the workplace.

Printable "Swine Flu and You" Flyer Explains How To Protect Yourself

The University of North Dakota is providing a printable “Swine Flu and You” flyer about how to protect yourself against pandemic flu. The 8.5 x 11-inch flyer, which can also be printed in black and white, can be found at You can also find in on the Health/Wellness Blog on the main UND web page ( UND offices are encouraged to print out a flyer for internal posting as well as any external bulletin boards.

Follow Disease Prevention Practices

A reminder to follow basic disease preventions, which include:
• Ill students, faculty and staff should stay home while ill
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue away
• Wash hands or use a hand sanitizer after using a tissue
• Wash hands frequently during the day
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
• Avoid close contact with people who are ill or appear ill

What Can Employees Do to Reduce the Spread of H1N1 Flu in the Workplace?

From the CDC web site:

* Stay home if you are sick. If you have symptoms of influenza-like illness, stay home for 7 days after symptoms begin or until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours, whichever is longer. Call first before seeking care to determine the appropriate course of action. Students may call Student Health Services at 777-4500. UND employees may contact their health care providers.

Following these recommendations will help keep you from infecting others and spreading the virus.
* Employees who are well but who have an ill family member at home with pandemic H1N1 flu can go to work as usual. These employees should monitor their health every day, notify their supervisor and stay home if they become ill. Employees who have an underlying medical condition or who are pregnant should call their health care provider for advice, because they might need to receive influenza antiviral drugs to prevent illness.
* Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
* Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used if soap and water are not available.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
* Avoid close contact with sick people. If an employee suspects that they have been exposed to a sick person with pandemic H1N1 influenza, he or she may continue to go to work as usual. These employees should monitor their health every day and should notify their supervisor and stay home if they become ill.

Employees are also encouraged to help maintain a healthy work environment by periodically wiping down with a disinfectant or disinfectant wipes any public surfaces — counters, telephones, etc. – which regularly come in contact with the general public.
-- Peter Johnson, Executive Associate Vice President for University Relations, 777-4317,

UND Bookstore has job openings

UND Bookstore is currently recruiting energetic people to fill temporary positions at our store during peak times; positions may become permanent. The bookstore is gearing up for our grand opening, as well as the start of school. We are looking to fill positions within the time frame of 8 a.m. to 10-11 p.m. as well as Saturdays and Sundays to start as early as Aug. 10. Positions are available in all areas of the store. Interested individuals should stop by the bookstore and complete an application.
-- Tina Monette, Textbook Manager, University Bookstore.

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.


POSITION: Predator UAS Simulator Operator/Pilot, Aerospace, #10-041
COMPENSATION: $60,000 plus/year

POSITION: Environmental Health & Safety Specialist, Safety & Environmental Health, #10-039
COMPENSATION: $32,000 plus/year

POSITION: Clinical Nurse, Research Affairs – School of Medicine, #10-038
COMPENSATION: $38,000 plus/year

POSITION: Research Scientist, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #10-037
COMPENSATION: $80,000 plus/year

POSITION: Communications Specialist, Center for Rural Health, #10-036
COMPENSATION: $33,000 plus/year

POSITION: Research Scientist, Chemistry, #10-035
COMPENSATION: $30,000 plus/year

POSITION: Research Engineer, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #10-032
COMPENSATION: $70, 000 plus/year

POSITION: Finance Entrepreneur, Center for Innovation, #10-025
COMPENSATION: $27,040 plus/year

POSITION: Director of Entrepreneurial Technology & Commercialization (Part-time, 20 hrs/week), Center for Innovation, #10-024
COMPENSATION: $16.00 plus/hour


POSITION: Publications Assistant, UND Aerospace, #10-034
(This position is temporary, with benefits, due to the military deployment of current employee. Employment may end if military employee is re-employed.
COMPENSATION: $21,500 plus/year

POSITION: Research Information Associate/Administrative Assistant, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #10-033
COMPENSATION: $27,000 plus/year

OFFICE SUPPORT: No vacancies


POSITION: Building Services Technician (Sun-Fri, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), #10-040
COMPENSATION: $20,000 plus/year

POSITION: Assistant Cold Food Preparer (various schedule, flexible weekends), Dining Services #10-029
COMPENSATION: $8.70 plus/hour

NSF program announcements released

The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcements which allow UND to submit only a limited number of submissions. Thus, if you are interested in submitting a proposal to NSF for any of the programs, please let us know ASAP ( or or phone 777-4278.

Math and Science Partnership (MSP), Program Solicitation #09-507,

Research in Disabilities Education (RDE), Program Solicitation #09-508,

Alliances for Broadening Participation in STEM (ABP), Program Solicitation #09-515,

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST), Program Solicitation #09-506,

Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP), Program Solicitation #09-509,

Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, Program Solicitation #09-513,

Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (RISE), Program Solicitation #09-510,
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Research Development and Compliance,, 777-4278

UND asteroid explorer Vishnu Reddy heads to Max Planck Institute for German Space Agency project

Vishnu Reddy, a Ph.D. candidate in the UND Department of Earth System Science and Policy, heads to the famed Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Solar System Research this fall. MPI is named after Max Planck, an early 20th century physicist considered by most scientists to be the founder of quantum theory.

Reddy, well known in astronomical circles for his string of successes as an asteroid hunter, was invited by MPI asteroid spectroscopist Andreas Nathues to work on Germany’s ASTEX (asteroid exploration) mission.

“The Max Planck Institute invitation to Vishnu is additional recognition of the outstanding asteroid research carried out by the students and faculty here at UND,” said Michael Gaffey, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of space studies, world-renowned asteroid expert, and Reddy’s advisor. “UND is now one of the leading centers in the study of asteroids in general and near-Earth asteroids in particular. Our students—including Vishnu—play a major role in this effort.”

Reddy’s trip to the Max Planck Institute—located in Katlenburg-Lindau near Hanover, Germany—is a long-time wish fulfilled.

“Dr. Nathues approached me a few years ago at the Lunar and Planetary Sciences Conference in Houston about my interest in working on the ASTEX spacecraft mission,” said Reddy, who recently presented an International Astronomical Union certificate to North Dakota Governor John Hoeven. Reddy discovered a new asteroid a couple of years ago and named it “North Dakota”; the IAU endorsed the name and issued the certificate.

The ASTEX mission was created by the German Space Agency to go to two near-Earth asteroids and conduct in situ and orbital investigations, said Reddy, whose research at UND involves discovering, characterizing, and classifying asteroids.

“My role in the mission proposal is to do ground-based characterization of their pool of mission target asteroids to find out their composition,” Reddy said. Understanding asteroids—which mostly circulate through the solar system in a belt between Mars and Jupiter—will go a long way to help us understand the origins of Earth.

“We started observing ASTEX mission targets last year with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Infra-red Telescope Facility (IRTF) which is located on the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii,” Reddy said.

“While I am at the Max Planck Institute this fall, I plan to work on data from the European spacecraft mission Rosetta which has recently flown past the asteroid ‘Steins.’ I will be using the spacecraft and ground-based data to learn more about its composition,” Reddy said. “I will also be working on the ground-based spectral data on ASTEX targets that we acquired from IRTF. Dr Nathues is also on the NASA-led Dawn spacecraft mission to asteroid Vesta, so we’ll be working on issues related to that.”

Eventually, ASTEX research may lead to crewed exploratory space missions to larger asteroids.
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-6571

UND French heritage group on the road in Quebec

UND French language professor Virgil Benoit is on the road leading a busload of folks from the region who’re digging into their French-Canadian roots; it’s a voyage of discovery and learning about the broad heritage and cultural influences of North America’s French community.

The bus tour, organized by Benoit and the UND-based IFMidwest cultural organization that he co-founded and directs, departed Grand Forks Friday, July 24, and now is in Quebec. Follow the tour in words, sound, and video at this UND-hosted blog:

The tour follows a cultural route across the northern Plains and into Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ontario, and Quebec, including stops in Crookston and Duluth, Minn.; Ashland and Marquette, Wisc.; and several communities in Canada on the way to the grand French-Canadian cities, Montreal and Quebec City.

The tour is due back in Grand Forks on Wednesday, Aug.5. For more information, contact Virgil Benoit at 777-4659 or
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-6571