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ISSUE: Volume 46, Number 37: May 06, 2009

Top Stories
Open forums set for Vice President for Research and Economic Development candidates
UND announces two new interdisciplinary groups
Medical commencement is May 9
Law school commencement is May 9
Events to Note
Global Visions film series features "Harvey Milk"
Wellness Center lists events for May 4-9
University Senate meeting will take place on May 7
Doctoral examination set for Phillip Hutton
Doctoral examination set for Gilad Elbom
Doctoral examination set for Donald M. Farnsworth Jr.
Nursing conference brings nation's experts to Grand Forks
Doctoral examination set for Kathleen J. Hanna
Staff recognition luncheon tickets on sale now
Andrew David Stark exhibition to be held at the Hughes Fine Arts Center
Advanced screenwriting camp offered
International Symposium on Restorative Justice will take place June 15-19
Institutional Review Board will meet June 3
Geography Forum set for May 8
Hamline Square Apartment tours are May 13, 14
Anatomy and Cell Biology Spring Seminar Series is May 11
Open session for nursing dean candidate Sally Reel is May 12
OLLI@UND hosts social and course preview
Send off celebration for James R. Antes, Psychology, is May 11
"Pandemic Influenza" author, chapter author to hold book signing
Faculty research seed money discussion to be held May 11
Study Skills Help Sessions will take place May 6
Join us for the 2009 Midwest Nurse Educator's Academy
VP research candidate Shah focuses on UND's future
VPR/ED candidate Malayer tackles grant funding, expectations for senior faculty, and support for the liberal arts scholarship and research
UCouncil members elected to University Senate
Library extends hours for finals
ND EPSCoR awards graduate student research assistantships
University Within the University (U2) lists new classes
Intro to Music Therapy offered in three-week summer course
Learn through the movies with UND summer courses
Extended Writing Across the Curriculum workshop offered in June
Donated leave sought for Janie De La Cruz
North Dakota state fleet adjusts rates
Artist applications available for 2009 Art & Wine Walk
Link provided to U Council webcast
Student Health Services, officials monitoring swine flu virus
Student Health Services provides info on swine flu
Parking ramp closed May 18-22
Parking area near McCannel Hall closes Wednesday morning
Studio One features North American wildlife problem and hand crafted ceramics kiln
Studio One features zoo animals and a small town drive-in
Twelve-month pay program available for UND employees
NATURE Program seeks faculty participation
Campus Catering reminds faculty and staff to order early
Order summer and fall semester supplies at UND Bookstore
Photography for Educators - Four weeks of fun professional development offered during summer
Research awards $23,359 to faculty in arts, humanities and social sciences
Memorandum of Understanding template now available
In the News
Grants inspire youth to pursue health care careers
5 faculty receive emeritus status
Staff Senate announces the May "U Shine" award winner
UND Chester Fritz Library announces 2009 Library Outstanding Support Staff
UND mechanical engineer George Bibel's aviation crash book nets Bravo! from Boeing, FAA
Nelson County Health System will coordinate HRSA grant
"The Thomas Jefferson Hour" available online
In Remembrance
Ruth Margaret Peterson remembered
Open forums set for Vice President for Research and Economic Development candidates

The search committee for the Vice President for Research & Economic Development is pleased to invite all members of the UND campus community to attend the open forums for the four finalists who will be taking part in on-campus interviews. Refreshments will be served at all open forums.

Dr. Phyllis Johnson - Research Associate, Smithsonian Institute; former Director, USDA Agricultural Research Service
Wednesday, May 6, 4 to 5 p.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union.

Dr. John Sladek - Professor of Pediatrics & Neuroscience, School of Medicine; former Vice Chancellor of Research, University of Colorado Denver
Monday, May 18, 4 to 5 p.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union.

The forums for Jerry Malayer, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Education, and Sadiq Shah, Associate Vice President for Research & Economic Development, have taken place.
-- Hesham El-Rewini, Chair, VPRED Search Commmittee, and Dean, School of Engineering & Mines.

UND announces two new interdisciplinary groups

UND is committing resources to two interdisciplinary projects that resulted from a process UND President Robert O. Kelley outlined in his State of the University address in November. One project focuses on digital and new media, and the other will look at the needs of active-duty and veteran military personnel and their families.

Kelley had called for identifying "existing multidisciplinary groups that have potential, with added resources, to attain national prominence" and had charged Dr. John La Duke, associate dean of Arts and Sciences, with managing the process. The White Paper initiative, as it was called, resulted in nearly 40 submissions seeking a total of more than $8 million. The submissions were evaluated by Kelley, former UND Provost Greg Weisenstein, ranked by the deans within their college, evaluated by one outside faculty member and La Duke.

The funds will be administered through the Office of Research and Research Development and Compliance.

Specifically, Kelley had invited individuals, in consultation with their unit leadership, to develop White Papers that requested resources to develop ideas under one of the following directives:

1. Existing Groups, demonstrating that the addition of individuals and/or resources to an existing working group would bring that group to a national prominence that is not quite attainable with the current resources.

2. New Groups, which ideally would bring together individuals from more than one department/unit to form a new group of faculty that would reach a level of collaboration, expertise, and synergy not before realized; is limited by missing key members or resources, and would bring national prominence to that group with the addition of resources.

Two projects were selected from the nearly 40 submissions:

* Working Group in Digital and New Media: Joel Jonientz, Art; Michael Wittgraf, Music; Sheryl O'Donnell, Kathy Coudle King, and Crystal Alberts, English; Tom Stokke, Computer Science; William Caraher, History; Wilbur Stolt, Chester Fritz Library.

Digital and new media technologies are revolutionizing contemporary art, humanistic inquiry, education, and society. With the establishment of the Working Group in Digital and New Media, UND will become the first institution in the region to offer a concentration in new media studies (Digital Video, Digital Narrative, Sound Art, Computer Animation, Design Computing, Robotronics). UND will also become one of the few universities in the country capable of sophisticated full e-text analyses and queries.

The Working Group will not only offer unique educational opportunities to students by providing them with the resources to produce their own new media projects, but also provide exciting collaborative research possibilities to faculty. It will also bring students and faculty together to bridge the gap between the narrative arts, visual arts, and technology. It will make UND's research and teaching available to a broader audience, as well as forge new local and global communities committed to the intellectual and academic mission of the university.

The UND Working Group in Digital and New Media builds upon the digital collections created by the Chester Fritz Library staff, as well as the interests, skills, creativity, and scholarship of faculty members from Aerospace/Computer Science (Tom Stokke), Art & Design (Joel Jonientz), English (Crystal Alberts and Kathy Coudle King), History (Bill Caraher), and Music (Michael Wittgraf). The UND Working Group in Digital and New Media website will be available at

* Deployment Research Initiative: Cindy Juntunen and Earl Bell, Counseling Psychology and Community Services; Steven LeMire, Education Foundations and Research; Thomasine Heitkamp, Social Work; Alice Hoffert, Enrollment Management; Myron Veenstra, University Counseling Center.

The Deployment Research Initiative (DRI) at UND will address the needs of active-duty and veteran military personnel and their families. The number of college students transitioning to and from military duty is rising and expected to increase in the next few years. This has a significant impact on the well-being of the student, his or her family, and the surrounding community.

The DRI will conduct research, develop training curriculum for university staff and students, evaluate the effectiveness of that training in assisting military personnel and families, and navigate the transitions that accompany deployment. In addition, the DRI will provide important training opportunities for students in psychology, counseling, and social work, so that they are more effectively prepared to work with clients who are managing deployment concerns.

Ultimately, the DRI hopes to develop training and interventions that can be implemented nationally, with a special emphasis on high-need rural communities.

The DRI is supported by the Center for Rural Education and Communities (CREC), the Department of Counseling Psychology and Community Services, the Department of Social Work, and the Department of Educational Foundations and Research (all in the College of Education and Human Development), as well as the University Counseling Center and the Office of Enrollment Management.

For more information, please contact Cindy Juntunen, Director of the CREC.
-- Peter Johnson, Executive Associate Vice President for University Relations, University Relations,, 777-4317

Medical commencement is May 9

Dr. Stephen Tinguely, associate professor and chair of pediatrics at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Fargo, will deliver the keynote address during the UND medical school's commencement ceremony Saturday, May 9, at UND's Chester Fritz Auditorium.

His talk is titled, "What is the Good in Doctoring?" The public is invited to the event which begins at 2 p.m.

Fifty-nine candidates will receive their Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degrees during the commencement ceremonies. These students have completed four years of medical education and will go on for several years of post-graduate training, in the medical specialty of their choice, in residency programs throughout North Dakota and elsewhere.

Also during the commencement ceremony, 10 physician-faculty members from throughout North Dakota will receive the Dean's Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Volunteer Faculty.

A commencement awards luncheon is set for 11 a.m., May 9 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. For tickets, or to participate as a faculty member in the commencement ceremony, please contact the Dean's Office at 777-2514.

Law school commencement is May 9

Law school students will receive the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree at a special commencement ceremony Saturday, May 9, for the School of Law. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

This year's commencement speaker is Peter Pantaleo, New York managing partner, DLA Piper. Pantaleo is the Managing Partner of DLA Piper’s New York Office and a 1976 graduate from the UND School of Law. He serves as the joint global leader of DLA Piper’s employment, pensions and benefits group and chairs the firm’s U.S. labor and employment group. In addition, he is a member of the DLA Piper US LLP executive committee.

In his practice, Pantaleo represents both domestic and international employers in labor, employment, and civil rights matters. While he has substantial experience litigating cases before courts, administrative agencies, and arbitration panels, the principal focus of his practice is advising employers in complex, politically sensitive labor and employment matters. He has represented employers confronted with traditional union organization as well as corporate campaigns. Pantaleo is recognized as an authority on European Union social policy, a subject on which he has written and lectured extensively. He regularly works with lawyers in the firm’s European, Asian, and Middle Eastern offices to assist clients with cross border labor and employment issues.

He has lectured extensively at health care and hospitality conferences, including the American Federation of Health Systems Annual Conference on the emerging significance of corporate campaigns directed at investor-owned hospitals; American Gaming Congress on Title III of the ADA; and Institute of Directors on the European Union’s Directives on Worker Participation Schemes. He is a member of the firm’s US Executive Committee and is the managing partner of the firm’s New York office.

In 2007, Mr. Pantaleo was inducted as a Fellow into the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The College is an independent organization that recognizes those who, by long and outstanding service, have distinguished themselves as leaders in the field of labor and employment law. Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by one’s colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication, and excellence. He has also been named a 2007 New York Super Lawyer.

In 2008, he began serving a seven-year term as a member of the City University of New York board of trustees. Governor David Paterson nominated him for the post and the New York Senate confirmed the nomination.

During the ceremony, Duaine Espegard of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education will deliver a message. The commencement ceremony is open to the public.

Global Visions film series features "Harvey Milk"

The last film in the Global Visions Film Series Spring 2009 season will be shown on Tuesday, May 5, 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The series is partially funded by the Multicultal Awareness Committee and is sponsored by the Anthropology Club. The goal of Global Visions is to provide the university and the Grand Forks community with the opportunity to experience films of exceptional quality from around the world, providing a broader understanding of and appreciation for the breadth, variety, and commonality of the human family. Marcia Mikulak, anthropology, is the director of Global Visions.

The event is free and open to the public. A $1 suggested donation is appreciated to defer costs for public performance rights.

October 7, 1984
'Harvey Milk' Relives Coast Slaying
By Janet Maslin

"Harvey stood for something more than just him," someone remarks in "The Times of Harvey Milk," and this warm, well-made documentary makes that eminently clear. The personality of the slain San Francisco Supervisor, who along with Mayor George Moscone was shot in 1978 by the disgruntled former Supervisor Dan White, comes through strongly, but personality is not the film's foremost concern. Robert Epstein, who co-directed the equally affecting "Word Is Out," indicates the ways in which Harvey Milk was emblematic of one segment of society and Dan White of another. And he traces the clash that arose between them.

This conflict is intrinsically so dramatic that the film can rely on a simple, straightforward style without lacking for momentum or emotion. Mr. Epstein uses abundant news footage of both Mr. Milk and Mr. White, and the ironies are overwhelming. Mr. White, for instance, is heard advocating neighborhood baseball teams and suggesting that maybe his district could challenge Harvey Milk's district to a game. "Dan White comes across as the kind of son any mother would be proud of," a television reporter declares.

Harvey Milk is seen as friendly, charming, intense and instinctively political; in lobbying for a law on dog droppings, for instance, he deliberately plants a specimen in the park and then steps in it during a television interview, to help make his point. Mr. Milk's friends and associates contribute many anecdotes to the film's portrait of him, but Mr. Epstein is generally careful to keep them in context. Harvey Milk's political career and the victory it represented for San Francisco's homosexual community is contrasted with the first stirrings of Moral Majority, stirrings to which Mr. White was especially responsive.

The film examines the controversy surrounding Proposition 6, the proposed California ordinance barring homosexuals from teaching in public schools, an issue on which Mr. Milk and Mr. White were sharply divided. It was four days after the proposition was defeated, thanks in large part to Harvey Milk's efforts, that Mr. White resigned his post. Five days later, Mr. White announced he had changed his mind and wanted to be a Supervisor again. It was 12 days after that, on the morning when Mayor Moscone had planned to announce that he would not reinstate Mr. White, that the shootings took place.

Since Mr. Milk's political career embodies the rise of the homosexual community's political power in San Francisco, and since the results of Mr. White's brief trial were evidence of a backlash, the film would have benefited from devoting closer attention to the trial itself. Mr. White's tearful confession, which was thought to have helped sway the jury toward its verdict of involuntary manslaughter, is heard. But his comments explaining his mysterious and abrupt resignation are not, even though they might have revealed something of Mr. White's mental state at the time, and shed some light on the verdict.

The "Twinkie defense" - the notion that junk food had made Mr. White temporarily insane - and the fact that homosexuals and minorities were not on the jury are cited. But they hardly explain why Mr. White, who carried a gun and 10 extra rounds of ammunition on the day of the killings and crept through a City Hall window to avoid metal detectors in the lobby, was found to have committed an unpremeditated act.

If Mr. Epstein can't fully explain what happened, he can certainly tell the story with urgency, passion and, finally, indignation. Toward the end of the film, a young black man asks rhetorically what sort of sentence he might have received for such a crime. Another interviewee speculates that Mr. White's staunch support for middle-class values and opposition to the homosexual community's growing power contributed to his light sentence (he was released from prison last January). And a third man suggests how pivotal Harvey Milk and his cause may have been to the verdict: "I think if it were just Moscone who'd been killed, he would have been in San Quentin for the rest of his life."
-- Marcia Mikulak, Assistant Professor, Anthropology,, 777-4718

Wellness Center lists events for May 4-9

Here are the events happening in Culinary Corner May 4-9:

All demonstrations take place in the Culinary Corner kitchen located on the first floor of the Wellness Center.

Food Trivia:
What are the top two most familiar name-brand food products in America?
What surprising ingredient is added to many ice creams to help keep them thick and smooth?
What is the best-selling cracker in the world?

Cheap, Fast and Healthy
Every Monday, 5:30 p.m.
Are you on a hectic schedule and tight budget? Are you sick of going through the drive thru and ordering unhealthy food just because it’s convenient? Come join us on Monday nights for Cheap, Fast, and Healthy!
Each 30 minutes session will feature tips on shopping for fresh and healthy ingredients, easy to prepare recipes, and cost comparisons. Class participants will see the recipe being prepared, enjoy a sample, and leave with a recipe card and nutrition information to make the meal themselves!
Class is free and no need to pre-register, just show up!

Start Right Breakfast
Tuesday and Wednesdays, 7:15 a.m.
Who said Wheaties is the only breakfast of champions? Come join us bright and early in the Culinary Corner and start your day off right! Learn healthy breakfast options that are easy, delicious, and made for champions.

Breakfast will be offered every Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 7:15 am. Cost $5 per person.

Dakota Harvest Bakers
Tuesday, May 5th 5 p.m.
Nothing is as inviting as the smell of fresh baked bread. Join our local bread experts from Dakota Harvest Bakers, Paul and George as they share some best kept bread making secrets. This hands-on class will be one to remember. Cost is $10.

To register:, click on Nutrition and Culinary Corner.

Sweet Treats: Once upon a Tart…
Wednesday, May 6th 6 p.m.
Ever been intimidated by the thought of making tarts?
This hands-on class will teach you how to make the perfect tart crusts and fillings that are both beautiful and delicious. A variety of sizes and types of tarts will be demonstrated. Tarts to be demonstrated may include a fruit tart with a delicious creamy filling, a chocolate and caramel tart with a chocolate crust, free form apple tarts, and sweet and tangy mini lemon tarts, to name a few! Participants will make some of their own tarts and take them home to enjoy! Cost: $15.

To register:, click on Nutrition and Culinary Corner.
**Please pre-register by noon the day before each class. Class cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance for full refund option. ** For questions please contact Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition Services at

Trivia Answers:
Coke and Campbell’s Soup
-- Kristine Henke, Marketing Representative, Wellness Center,, 701 777 3003

University Senate meeting will take place on May 7

The May meeting of the University Senate will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2009, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.

1) Announcements
2) Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes
3) Question period

4) Annual Report of the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, Patrick Carr, Scholarly Activities Committee

5) Candidates for degrees in May, 2009, Suzanne Anderson, University Registrar
6) Report from the Senate Curriculum Committee, Matt Cavalli, Curriculum Committee
7) Senate committee elections, Jan Goodwin, Senate Committee on Committees
8) Proposed changes to the Code of Student Life, Lillian Elsinga, Dean of Students
9) Proposed changes to the Honorary Degrees Committee procedures, Judy DeMers, Honorary Degrees Committee
10) Faculty Salary Administration Policy, Paul LeBel, Provost
-- Lori Hofland, Administrative Assistant, Registrars Office,, 777-3892

Doctoral examination set for Phillip Hutton

The final examination for Phillip Hutton, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Energy Engineering, is set for 1:30 p.m. May 11, in room 166, Upson II Building. The dissertation title is: Modeling Competitive Adsorption of SO3 From Flue Gas For In-Duct Injection of Hydrated Lime. Dr. Michael Mann (Engineering) is the committee chair.

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

Doctoral examination set for Gilad Elbom

*note change in location*
The final examination for Gilad Elbom, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in English, is set for 11 a.m., May 8, in room 116, Merrifield Hall. The dissertation title is: Even Satan Spoke Hebrew: A Novel. Dr. Michael Beard (English) is the committee chair.

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

Doctoral examination set for Donald M. Farnsworth Jr.

The final examination for Donald M. Farnsworth Jr., a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Clinical Psychology, is set for 9 a.m., May 6, in room 210, Corwin Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is: Math Performance as a Function of Math Anxiety and Arousal Performance Theory. Dr. Joseph Miller (Psychology) is the committee chair.

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

Doctoral examination set for Kathleen J. Hanna

The final examination for Kathleen J. Hanna , a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching & Learning, is set for 10 a.m., May 14, in room 135, Starcher Hall. The dissertation title is: Student Perceptions of Teacher Comments: Relationships Between Specific Aspects of Teacher Comments and Writing Apprehension. Dr. Dave Yearwood and Dr. Gail Ingwalson (Technology and Teaching & Learning) are the committee co-chairs.

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

Nursing conference brings nation's experts to Grand Forks

National nursing experts will be in Grand Forks, ND, May 18-20 to take part in the Midwest Nurse Educator’s Academy. The event is being held at the Alerus Center.

The conference, which brings together nurse educators from across the nation, aims to help educators develop faculty skills and provide education on the technology that is changing the face of nursing education - clinical simulation.

Clinical simulation is quickly becoming a key educational tool in nursing programs across the country. Healthcare has progressed to the point where prevention of disease and serious illness is the focus. Very few patients stay in hospitals for an extended period of time and, as a result, the clinical experiences available to nursing students present few opportunities for care.

Through the use of clinical simulation equipment, students have the opportunity to learn hands-on what it takes to work in an emergency situation, how to diagnose more effectively and ultimately to be better prepared for any critical situation they could face. These simulations help to make students more efficient in their approach to patient care.

“We are very excited about this conference,” said Helen Melland, interim dean of nursing.

“This conference is the first of its kind for North Dakota,” said Cheryl Stauffenecker, project coordinator. “LPNs to Ph.D. - prepared nurses have collaborated on the planning to offer enhanced learning opportunities for educators, as well as strengthening educator-to-educator partnerships.”

All attendees will be given hands-on simulation opportunities and will learn how to incorporate this exciting new technology into their nursing curriculum. This will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with colleagues experiencing similar issues and to network with experts in the world of nursing academia.

Keynote speakers include Pamela Jeffries, associate dean for academic affairs at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, who ‘wrote the book’ on clinical simulation in nursing and Christine Keenan, education coordinator at Washington Hospital Center in Arlington, VA, who is nationally known for her work with simulation education.

“We are excited to be a part of this groundbreaking event,” shares Pat Traynor, president of Dakota Medical Foundation. “This event links directly with our mission to improve health and access to healthcare services. Nurse educators are coming together to learn new and more efficient ways of educating tomorrow’s workforce. The knowledge gained will have a direct impact on how new nurses will deliver healthcare.”

Nearly 200 nurse educators from across the region have already registered for this stimulating conference. For further information or to register

The conference is sponsored by the UND College of Nursing, the North Dakota Nursing Education Consortium, Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Dakota Medical Foundation.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Officer, College of Nursing,, 777-4526

Staff recognition luncheon tickets on sale now

The 2009 Recognition Ceremony for Staff Personnel will be held Tuesday, May 19, at the Memorial Union Ballroom, 11:30 a.m. Employees will be recognized for years of service in five-year increments, 10 Meritorious Service Award winners will be presented, and the winner of the Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award will be announced. Tickets may be purchased in Human Resources, 313 Twamley Hall, for $4 each or from the human resources manager in your department. Tickets must be purchased no later than Wednesday, May 13. All members of the University community are invited.

Anyone wishing to participate in the luncheon that may require an accommodation should contact Joy Johnson at 777-4367 or e-mail
-- Joy Johnson, Human Resources Officer, Human Resources,, 701-777-4361

Advanced screenwriting camp offered

An advanced screenwriting camp will be held May 18-22, from 6 to 8 p.m., on UND campus. The camp is intended for the writer who has completed a feature-length screenplay and wishes to polish it before submitting to contests, producers, or even producing it themselves. We will examine each screenplay using a check-point system based on David Trottier and Linda Seger's work. At the end of the week, the instructor will collect revised scripts and provide written coverage on them, usually costing hundreds of dollars. However, we are offering 10 hours of instruction and coverage for $100. Twenty percent of all registration fees will go toward providing scholarships for this summer's UND moviemaking camp for youth at UND. Six participants are needed in order to run the camp.

For more information, go to or call 777-2787
-- Kathleen King, Sr. Lecturer , English & Women Studies,, 777-2787

Andrew David Stark exhibition to be held at the Hughes Fine Arts Center

An exhibition, "Convergence," showing the work of artist Andrew David Stark, will be held in the Col. Eugene E. Myers Gallery at the Hughes Fine Arts Center on UND campus, May 11-14. Gallery Hours are Monday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Opening Reception of the event is Tuesday, May 12, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

International Symposium on Restorative Justice will take place June 15-19

You are invited to the International Symposium on Restorative Justice, June 15-19, hosted and sponsored by the UND Conflict Resolution Center, with generous support from the N.D. Tribal Judicial Institute.

Featured Events:
June 15, 16, & 17: Learn to become a Facilitator the Circle Process - with Kay Pranis

June 18 & 19: Featured Presentations on Restorative Justice
- In Schools and the Community
- In Juvenile Court & with Youth
- In Prisons, Rehabilitation & Corrections
- Victim-Offender Mediation
- Special Luncheon Featuring Ojibwe Elder, Spiritual Leader Tony DePerry (Thursday)

Special Opening Ceremony / Cultural Event, Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Hopper/Danley Center at UND

Featured Guests:
- Kay Pranis - Formerly with MN Dept. of Corrections / Author / National Reputation
- Paul Redekop - Menno Simon & U. of Winnipeg / Author / International Reputation
- Experts in Policing, Corrections, Victim-Offender Mediation
Susan Stacey (MN Dept. of Corr.)
David Hines (former MN Police Officer)
John Gehm (SD, Victim-Offender work)
Wesley Black Elk (MN Prisons, Corrections)
Dr. Maria Cuzzo (University of Wisconsin Superior - Prisons, Organizations, Transformative Mediation)
- Experts in Juvenile Corrections & Youth Programs in the Community
Jill Wenger (Clay County Sheriff's Dept.)
Kathy Bergseth (Clay C. Sheriff's Dept)
Deb Carlson (Grand Forks Juvenile Court)
Janell Regimbal (Lutheran Social Services)
- Experts in Schools & Community-Based Restorative Justice
Nora Antoine (Peace Courts, Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota)
Cindy Skalsky (MN Schools RJ Programs)
Lorrie Meier (The Village Family Services - Family Group Conferencing)
Cara Halgren (UND Dean of Students office - campus based restorative justice)
Tony DePerry, Ojibwe Nation, American Indian Circles and Restorative Justice

Student rates available for Thursday and Friday Events!

Find out more about registration, pricing, and hotels on our web site:
-- Kristine Paranica, Director, UND Conflict Resolution Center, 777-3664

Institutional Review Board will meet June 3

UND's Institutional Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, in 404 Twamley Hall, to consider all research proposals submitted to the IRB Office before Friday, May 22.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the Clinical Medical Subcommittee before being brought to the Full Board. Proposals for these projects are due in the Institutional Review Board Office before Friday, May 15.

Minutes from the meeting will be available in the IRB Office approximately one week after the meeting.
-- Kathy Smart, Ed.D., Chair, Institutional Review Board,, 777-4279

Geography Forum set for May 8

The Department of Geography invites you to the May Geography Forum from noon to 1 p.m., Friday, May 8, in O'Kelly-Ireland Hall, room 157. Christina Cummings, graduate student of geography, will present "Virtual Field Trip to Italy”. Everyone is welcome.
-- Enru Wang, Assistant Professor, Geography,, 777-4590

Hamline Square Apartment tours are May 13, 14

Tours of the new apartments managed by UND Housing, currently under construction, near Ralph Engelstad Arena are now available. Dates for the tours are as follows: Wednesday, May 13, from 3 to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, May 14, from Noon to 2 p.m. All units are not complete; however, students, faculty and staff are welcome to tour a 3-bedroom unit in the west building.

Park near the retail strip mall and meet at the south entrance of the west building (1100 Hamline St). Tours will be ongoing during the times above. For more information, contact the Housing Office at 777-4251. Find rental rates and floor plans on the website at

Hamline Square includes 77 spacious apartments with air conditioning, dishwashers, microwaves, laundry hook-ups and underground heated parking. Water and garbage collection will be included in the monthly rent. To be eligible for Hamline Square, the leaseholder needs to be a UND student, 21 years of age or older, by December 31, or eligible for family housing.
-- Judy Sargent, Director, Residence Services,, 777-4251

Anatomy and Cell Biology Spring Seminar Series is May 11

Jay B. Dean, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the Hyperbaric Biomedical Research Laboratory, University of South Florida, will present two seminars on Monday, May 11. The first, "Hyperoxia and CNS function: in vitro studies of oxygen toxicity" will take place at noon in Clifford Haugen, room 1360, in the School of Medicine & Health Sciences. The second seminar, entitled "History of aviation physiology during World War II", will take place at 4 p.m. in room 5510, in the School of Medicine & Health Sciences. All are welcome to attend.
-- Bonnie Kee, Administrative Assistant, Anatomy and Cell Biology,, 777-2102

Open session for nursing dean candidate Sally Reel is May 12

Dr. Sally Reel, a candidate for Dean of Nursing, is currently a clinical professor, associate dean for academic practice, and coordinator/director of nurse practitioner specialties at the University of Arizona College of Nursing. Dr. Reel also directs the Arizona Area Health Education Centers Program. She will make a campus presentation on Tuesday, May 12, at 1:30 p.m. in the East Asian Room of the Chester Fritz Library. The presentation is free and open to the public. Dr. Reel has a Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Virginia, an MSN from West Virginia University, and a BSN and ASN from Salem College in West Virginia. Before her move to Tucson in 2001, Dr. Reel was a clinical associate professor and project director/PI, at the Appalachian Rural Outreach Primary Care Nursing Center in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Marshall University, W.Va.
-- Martha A. Potvin, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences,, 777-2749

OLLI@UND hosts social and course preview

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will host a Social and Course Preview on Tuesday, May 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. for individuals age 50 and better who want to experience cultural and social growth through learning and sharing ideas, opinions, and talents. The event will be held in the Social Hall at University Lutheran Church, located at 2122 University Avenue, Grand Forks. Here you can preview upcoming fall courses, meet the instructors, and enjoy refreshments with other OLLI members. Staff will be available to answer questions, enroll new members, and take registrations for courses.

As an added incentive during the OLLI@UND Social & Course Preview on May 5, if you are a current OLLI member who brings a friend and that friend becomes a new member and signs up for a fall course, you will receive a $25 certificate toward a 2009 fall course (Sept. 14 – Oct. 23) of your choice.

If you or someone you know loves learning, growing, and making new friends, stop by and visit with OLLI members, staff and instructors at the social. The event is sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of North Dakota.

For more information, visit the Web at: or call 777-3000.
-- Connie Hodgson, Program Coordinator, UND Division of Continuing Education,, 777-4840

Send off celebration for James R. Antes, Psychology, is May 11

Please join us in celebrating the "phased retirement" of Jim Antes, Psychology, Peace Studies, and Conflict Resolution Center, on Monday, May 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Light refreshments will be served, and there will be some short presentations made in Jim's honor at 3:30. All guests can sign a guestbook and can provide a favorite picture of Jim for a scrapbook we'll put together; and guests may also go onto the "Jim Antes Retirement Celebration" Facebook page and leave an imprint there.
-- Kristine Paranica, Director, UND Conflict Resolution Center,, 777-3664

"Pandemic Influenza" author, chapter author to hold book signing

Jeff Ryan, author of "Pandemic Influenza: Emergency Planning and Community Preparedness," and Linda Olson, UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences who wrote a chapter, "The Spanish Flu of 1918," will hold a book signing Wednesday, May 6, 5 to 6 p.m. in the UND Bookstore.

Dr. Ryan is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel with an extensive background in preventive medicine, epidemiology, clinical trials and diagnostics development. Dr. Ryan also served in the private sector working for a biotech company, Cepheid, where he was a senior business developer and Manager for their biothreat government business program.

Dr. Ryan has authored more than 40 scientific, peer-reviewed journal articles and was the lead instructor and co-developer of the pandemic influenza planning and preparedness course, which is taught at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (DHS) in Anniston, Ala. He recently authored the textbook, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Containing and Preventing the Biological Threat. In addition, he co-authored and edited Pandemic Influenza: Emergency Planning and Community Preparedness. Currently, he serves as an assistant professor at the Institute for Emergency Preparedness, Jacksonville State University.

He has a doctorate in medical and veterinary entomology. His specialty areas include biosecurity, biodefense, medical aspects of emergency management, homeland security planning and preparedness and terrorism studies. He was awarded the US Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal in 1992 for leading Army's preventive medicine efforts in Hurricane Andrew relief.
-- Peter Johnson, Executive Associate Vice President for University Relations, 777-4317,

Faculty research seed money discussion to be held May 11

Research Development and Compliance has scheduled a meeting for discussion of the Faculty Research Seed Money (FRSM) program with any interested faculty members on Monday, May 11 at 1 p.m., in the Badlands Room of the Memorial Union. We are seeking information about the FRSM program from as wide a range of faculty members as possible, and would like to learn about both your good and bad experiences with the program. We would also like to hear your suggestions for ways to improve the program.
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development,, 701/777-4278

Study Skills Help Sessions will take place May 6

The Student Success Center will hold Study Skills Help Sessions to answer many of the questions students have about studying. The sessions are informal and participants are invited to bring their lunch, relax, and join in the conversation. All sessions will take place in the Badlands Room of the Memorial Union from 12 - 12:50 p.m. and are open to the entire campus community, with no reservation required. Upcoming sessions for the remainder of the semester include:
- Thursday, April 30: Studying/Preparing for Finals
- Wednesday, May 6: Studying/Preparing for Finals
-- Shari Nelson, Asst. Director of Learning Services, Student Success Center,, 777-2117

Join us for the 2009 Midwest Nurse Educator's Academy

The Midwest Nurse Educator's Academy is a conference on simulation and educational innovation for nurse faculty and hospital, long-term care, and public health-based nurse educators. It will be held at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks May 18-20. Exhibitors from across the country have signed up to display their products and services. Speakers from across the country will discuss the latest in nursing education.

Conference Objectives:
1. Examine critical trends in technology and evidence-based teaching in the education of nursing students and nurses.
2. Describe effective strategies for the use of high-fidelity and low-fidelity simulation in clinical, classroom, and community settings.
3. Share evidence-based, best teaching practices through networking and dialogue with nursing educators from academia and hospital, long-term care, and public health settings.
4. Explore opportunities for integrating the intent of landmark policy statements into nursing educational processes and outcomes.

The event is co-sponsored by North Dakota Nursing Education Consortium, Partners Investing in Nursing's Future, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dakota Medical Foundation To register, view our website at:
-- Melissa Cossel, Administrative Specialist, UND Professional Services,, 701-777-2663

VP research candidate Shah focuses on UND's future

UND is at a unique juncture and could move up to the next level, said Sadiq Shah, associate vice president for research and economic development at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green and a candidate for vice president for research and economic development at UND.

Shah said that, based on his research, UND has a number of core assets and competencies, and with a new president and other administrators, the pieces of the puzzle are in place for the University to move up. And he would like to help UND fulfill those aspirations.

Shah earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and master’s in inorganic chemistry from the University of Peshawar in Pakistan, his master’s in physical-inorganic chemistry from the University of the Pacific in San Francisco, another master’s in physical chemistry from Washington State University, and his doctorate in physical-inorganic chemistry, also from WSU.

He began his career in the corporate world as a senior research chemist for Petrolite Corp. in St. Louis from 1986 to 1991, and spent 16 years “on the bench” performing research and technology, and eventually management, for a company that was then part of Merck Pharmaceuticals in St. Louis. After a number of buyouts, it is now Steris Corp. Shah worked in product development, wound management, Calgon Vestal Laboratories, and surface technologies and hard surface product development at levels from group leader to manager there. He said he and his teams developed new products from planning to launch. He moved to academe in 2001 when he was named founding director of the technology transfer office at Western Illinois University. In 2003 he was given additional responsibilities as director of the Western Illinois Entrepreneurship Center Network. While there, he helped create 23 startups that included education and mentoring plans. In 2006 he was named to his present position at Western Kentucky, where he also serves as CEO and chair of the board of directors for their research foundation. There, he worked with deans and others to create a shared dream that became a 20-year plan to support growth.

Shah took questions from the audience, which are summarized below:
In response to a question about undergraduate student research, Shah said that he has a broad definition of research that includes creative activities. When he joined Western Kentucky, their Sigma Xi research conference had around 50 to 60 students participating. He worked with others to develop a program that would engage more students in hands-on research, and this year 182 students participated in the undergrad research conference, which included graphic design and Spanish as well as more traditional research subjects. Shah said he would love to engage more undergraduates, and said we need to create more platforms so they can gain research experience and help solve society’s problems. “That experience brings confidence, communication skills, and opens their eyes,” he said, and differentiates them in the work force and makes them more competitive. In a global market, corporations have international teams, and research is a good way for students to experience diversity and increase their skills.

Although a chemist by background who drifted to the business and legal side of industry, Shah said that at heart he is an entrepreneur, and that entrepreneurship is the nexus of intellectual property. He said he would like students to have the skills to translate ideas to reality, to change society, to think outside the box, and increase the quality of life. He said that at Western Illinois, he saw such an opportunity and brought research-producing areas such as science and engineering together with the business college to build an interdisciplinary entrepreneurship course. When he left, six student-based businesses were operating.

Shah said he would encourage and facilitate faculty-based spinoffs while following policies, procedures, and the law.

Research results can be defined loosely as ideas and services as well as products, Shah said. It could have unique intellectual properties that have utility for society, and one could, he said, facilitate the transfer of that knowledge to users in ways that no one else can, and use it to help people. He said the majority of his research experience is with commerce.

Shah said he does not devalue research that is published in books and journals rather than being commercialized, and in cases where contracts and terms specify that work be accessible to all, he will ensure that happens. However, he said, legally, he would license the work to ensure it is not vulnerable to others.

He said he has no intentions to commercialize traditional liberal arts research, and that it makes sense to leave that in the public domain so that others can benefit from it. He said he would encourage faculty to engage students in research. “We owe it to them as future leaders of society to give them this wonderful opportunity,” he said, citing passion, drive, and curiosity that can engage students.

To support research, Shah said he would use incentives, as well as create a platform where, for example, musicians, computer scientists, and mathematicians can talk to each other. “There is a beauty to bringing different disciplines together,” he said.

In response to a comment that the above idea sounded more like an academic affairs initiative than a research one, Shah said he had no such intentions, but would work closely with the provost. He said he wants to engage students and encourage collaboration between disciplines where possible.

Every faculty member, staff member and student is an important core asset of the University, Shah said, and he would never overlook anyone or any research. You never know when that spark of discovery will happen, he said. And you learn the most when you expect one result and get another.

Humanities play an important role in our lives as human beings, Shah said in response to a question about how he would support that area, and help ensure that an enriching and fulfilling life. “Fulfillment can’t be met with just research. Humanities and art play an important role.” He said he also has an artistic background, and science and engineering can impact the arts and humanities, which in turn impact society. They interface and affect us. “I’m not here to tell faculty they need to do research. I’m here to support them.”

To help proposals succeed, Shah said he would implement incentives and offer services such as mentoring and budget aid to facilitate them. He said he would implement programs to recognize people. He said he has created a dozen awards, including one for the person who has submitted the most proposals, and it was given to someone who had not yet received any funding. However, that person did have a successful proposal the next year.

Regarding public scholarship, Shah said he would link with partners and involve students in focusing on discovery, creativity, and the application of knowledge to solve problems of society and improve lives.

Until he has created a shared vision, Shah said that prioritizing would be difficulty. “First you focus on consensus and a shared vision,” he said. “What is our dream?” You make it happen and I will support you, he said. Then he said he would look at the impact of ideas on departments, students, and the community.

Regarding the possibility of developing a program in which faculty are paid a salary to write and think over the summer, Shah said he would have to first take a look at his portfolio, assess the situation, and visit with people. He said he has to leverage money to advance the institution, but is not philosophically opposed to the idea if it makes sense.

One audience member asked Shah how he would create a shared vision. Shah said that in 1993, when he was doing corporate work in St. Louis, members of the American Chemical Society approached him and asked him to run for chair. He agreed, but wanted to make a difference. He wanted to create some unique programs in the society, so he identified individuals to meet, had conversations, and matched interests and competencies with the projects. He said that he had no influence in the organization, and no incentives, but that he was able to find key leaders for more than 20 projects. “We did this together,” he said, with buy-in and support. He said he would do the same thing here.
Regarding his vision for UND, Shah said he has some initial ideas, which he would need to confirm if he were to get the job, and then move forward. “Opportunities exist here,” he said, in bioengineering, medical devices, the possibility of clinical studies in rural areas, telemedicine, and aerospace. He said he would collaborate with corporations where it makes sense, identify opportunities, link core competencies with corporations, and form joint ventures that can create jobs. “Corporations could move here because of the University,” he said, which would lead to an increased tax base and more economic development.

In answer to a question regarding the issue of autonomous research versus a university being an agent of business, Shah said, “My intention is to plant seeds. It’s up to the campus community to decide to nurture the seeds, or if they make sense. I don’t create the dream – you do. I want to create a vision together that becomes our dream.” Shah added that not every part of the research position has the goal of creating start-ups. Our mission is teaching, research, and service, he said, but the expectation, like it or not, is that university research impacts the economy, provides a skilled work force, and supports economic development. He reiterated that the University community is the driving force that will determine the vision of the University.

Shah said that we in higher education are here to prepare the next generation to be responsible, productive citizens who increase the quality of life for everyone. “Education is the driving force for democracy,” he said.

About his vision for research, Shah said that economic development is only one piece, and research is another. Research is an engine for education, and some of it will never affect economic development, he said. “That’s fine.” We can find ways to nurture research and benefit society.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

VPR/ED candidate Malayer tackles grant funding, expectations for senior faculty, and support for the liberal arts scholarship and research

Based on its five- to seven-year track record in building up its
research portfolio, UND is well-positioned to significantly advance,
perhaps even double, that enterprise, said Jerry Malayer, associate dean for research and graduate education, Center for Veterinary Health
Sciences at Oklahoma State University, and one of four semi-finalists
for vice president for research and economic development at UND. Malayer presented his perspective about the role of VPR/ED office’s role in developing, promoting, and supporting research across disciplines, including the humanities, at his open forum May 1.

Malayer obtained his Ph.D. in animal science (reproductive endocrinology) at the University of Florida in 1990 and his Master’s
of Science in 1986 and Bachelor’s degree in 1979, both in animal
science at Purdue. He completed a four-year post-doc in at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been in his current position at
OSU since 2001. From 1999 to 2004, he was associate professor in the
physiological sciences; he was promoted to full professor in 2004, and
holds that appointment currently. From 1999 to 2001, he was coordinator
of OSU’s veterinary biomedical sciences graduate program.

Malayer also holds an appointment as adjunct professor in biochemistry
and molecular biology in the OSU College of Agriculture. His research
interests include the role of steroid hormones and their receptors in
the control of gene expression during the establishment and maintenance
of pregnancy in domestic animals; and molecular approaches in the
development of diagnostic technologies. He is a member of the National
Council of University Research Administrators.

When asked to describe some of the ways he managed his division's
growth at OSU, Malayer said that he worked with businesses large and
small to develop opportunities for faculty.

“I also participated in writing, and was awarded, SBIR [Small Business Innovation Research] grants. I participated in developing partnerships with large companies to facilitate research activities for faculty, and I did a lot of liaison work with our intellectual property management group on campus and with our compliance office,” he said.

Questioned about the role of the VPR/ED in enhancing research, both through intramural and external funding sources, Malayer said he saw the VPR’s function as threefold, starting with service.

“This is the aspect (of the VPR’s office) where you are running the
office of sponsored programs that helps to facilitate development of
proposals, assurance of compliance with the details of federal and state regulations, and just assisting faculty to identify opportunities in getting proposals out the door,” Malayer said.

Second, there’s the specific compliance element.

“That’s sort of the enforcement part of the VPR’s office, and assurance of compliance with the rules involves a lot of communication,
it involves a lot of education,” he said.

“Faculty need to understand as much about these things as possible
before they develop their proposals, and then they need to be kept in
the loop as things move forward in the compliance area, so they’re not
caught off guard by new developments, new regulations,” Malayer said.

The VPR needs to be proactive, for example in the area of biosafety.

“There is a lot of talk around the country now about ramping up
assurity on biologicals in places that work in the biosafety level 3
environment,” he said. “We need to be way out in front of that type
of development.”

Third is development.

“This is the identification of opportunity,” Malayer said. “I see
the vice president participating in fund-raising, I see the vice
president aligning folks who are interested in the scholarly activities
of the faculty, and getting them to put some money on the table to fund
endowed chairs across the disciplines, to fund scholarships for students, to fund really anything that would relate to the ability of
the faculty to become more competitive and draw in more grants and
contracts through the competitive mechanisms.”

Malayer said he would encourage students to participate in the scholarly pursuits of the faculty through honors and related kinds of

He also said, in response to a question about what he thought would be
an appropriate seed grant pool for UND, that he would not put a dollar
amount on that.

“What I would like to see is an environment where the successful
faculty pay their own way, and where we have, then, folks who are coming in who are on their way to being successful be the ones to use those programs, rather than people who are operating for their whole career on the internal seed grant programs,” he said. “I couldn’t put a
dollar amount on that, but I would think that at any point in time the
cohort of faculty who’ve been here less than five years would be 25 to 30 percent of your faculty, and so whatever seed grant program size you’d need to serve 30 percent of your faculty would be about right.”

Asked about intellectual property, Malayer said, "That's always a difficult one because there are a number of models for how you could do
(IP). Some institutions keep it internal in the way they operate an IP
office; others hand it off to foundations. Apparently here, they’ve handed it off to half a dozen foundations, or something on that order.
UND’s first VPR came in 2003, and so all of this is relatively new. It
would be very important to develop a consistent and systematic policy
that addresses that issue.”

Malayer tackled several questions relating to the VPR’s support for
humanities research and scholarship.

“I think it’s very important, but I don’t have much experience (with the humanities) because the nature of my career has not really involved administrative interaction with those departments,” he said.
“But I know that there is a seed grant program in place (at UND), and
I would see a seed grant program that paid for travel, that paid for
your time, for that library time, as being an integral part of a plan to support (the humanities) disciplines.”

“I also think it’s important to try to look for places for more
interdisciplinary interaction where there would be an opportunity for
either industry or competitive funding that brought a multi-disciplinary team together that involved people from humanities disciplines with people from other disciplines. It’s important to have an engaged faculty of high quality scholars so that we can recruit more high quality scholars in those disciplines so that we can recruit very good students in those disciplines.”

He also said he’d support partial funding for graduate students to
travel to conferences, do research, present papers, and the like. At
OSU, he said, graduate students can apply for seed grant money, up to

Malayer said UND’s community engagement initiatives were exemplary
and laudable, and his office would continue to support such efforts.

On a more technical note, Malayer was questioned about his views on
dealing with indirect costs and so-called “facilities and
administration” costs in terms of grant funding.

“The federal government intends that F&A money go into facilities and
administration, and they have a particular formula for the split between those two things. They expect that the administration part of that supports the infrastructure that’s necessary to maintain a compliance program, that’s necessary to maintain an office of sponsored programs, that’s necessary to maintain the financial controls that you need to operate within the guidelines that they’ve set forward,” he said. “And the facilities portion is to maintain the facilities that you’ve built so that they remain serviceable for the research that you need to conduct.”

“What I'd like to see happen, and what we do at my current institution, is (that we) reinvest a portion back to the investigator to give the investigator incentives to be successful in grantsmanship,”
he said.

“What I would not like to see is that (F&A) money drawn off for
purposes (unrelated to research), which some institutions do, such as
pay for a parking lot in front of the administration building,” Malayer said.

To a question regarding the hiring of post-docs, Malayer said he’d
recommend allowing individual investigators to hire them as needed,
rather than put them through a faculty hiring process.

One questioner prompted this response from Malayer regarding diversity
and multiculturalism.

“I think that it’s very important to increase diversity and that we
pay particular attention to students who come from disadvantaged
backgrounds,” he said. “We want to make sure that with funds that we
have for graduate students and post-docs, that diversity is taken into
account. It’s important to promote the opportunity for students from
various backgrounds to participate in research. We need to track what
the demographics are, and we (need to) assure that there is a broad
range of students that get that opportunity.”

Malayer was also questioned about his top priorities if he were
appointed to the VPR/ED position.

“My action points moving forward would be to come in and begin to
examine the university in enough detail to be able to make an educated
proposal about what needs to happen,” he said. “I think that for the
first several months the process should be interacting with faculty and
administration in a very in-depth way, one-on-one or in small groups,
with the conversation revolving around the ideas of where faculty see
their programs going, what they need to get there, and what the VPR’s
office can do to facilitate that.”

He also said he’d review policies to “identify landmines,” that
is, “policies that are counterproductive to what we’re trying to get
accomplished and polices that aren’t enforced and get rid of them.”
Then, he said, he’d cultivate relationships with North Dakota’s
congressional delegation and its state staffs to keep the ball rolling
with them on the good work already taking place at UND.

He’d also support hiring a grant writer or grant writers.

“We need to transform the institution, and that’s been happening.
Going forward, it’s not going to be easy, it’s not overnight,” he
said. “And I believe that we have to balance our teaching mission with
this growth in the research enterprise.”
-- Juan Pedraza, University Relations,,

UCouncil members elected to University Senate

University Council members who have been elected to serve one-year terms on the 2009-2010 University Senate as college representatives are:

John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences: Ernest Anderson and Rocky Graziano
College of Arts and Sciences: Wayne Barkhouse, Colleen Berry, Kanishka Marasinghe, Donald Poochigian, Samuel Seddoh, Wesley Smith, Enru Wang, Donovan Widmer
College of Business and Public Administration: Steven Light and Tim O’Keefe
College of Education and Human Development: Mark Guy and Deborah Worley
School of Engineering and Mines: George Bibel and Joseph Hartman
School of Law: Joshua Fershee and Rhonda Schwartz
School of Medicine and Health Sciences: Ann Flower and Sue Jeno
College of Nursing: Janice Goodwin and Elizabeth Tyree
Libraries: Sandi Bates and Barbara Knight
-- Lori Hofland, Administrative Assistant, Registrars Office,, 777-3892

Library extends hours for finals

The Chester Fritz Library will extend building hours during finals week. Increasing hours of operations will give students more opportunity to use library resources and the quiet study spaces as they prepare for tests and complete papers and projects.

The schedule will be:

Tuesday, May 12 - Thursday (May 14th) - 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday, May 15 - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The circulation and periodical desks will be staffed during all hours of operations, but other departments such as reference services and special collections will maintain regular hours.

Contact the Chester Fritz Library Administration at 777-2189 with any questions regarding the extension of building hours.
-- Wilbur Stolt, Director of Libraries, Chester Fritz Library,, 777-2189

ND EPSCoR awards graduate student research assistantships

The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) is pleased to announce the 2009 - 2011 Graduate Student Research Assistantship (GSRA) awards at UND.

UND GSRA awardees and their faculty advisors are Daniel V. Roggenbuck, II, Minot State University, Dr. G. Kanishka Marasinghe, Department of Physics; and Eric Schmid, Jamestown University, Dr. Frank Bowman, Department of Chemical Engineering.

The goal of the GSRA program is to increase educational research opportunities for graduating seniors from North Dakota baccalaureate universities to obtain M.S. and/or Ph.D. degrees in science, engineering, and mathematics at North Dakota's two research universities, UND and NDSU.

-- Mark R. Hoffmann, Assistant Vice President for Research and Co-Project Director, ND EPSCoR, 777-2492

University Within the University (U2) lists new classes

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 Level I (Beginning)
May 11, 8:30 to 10:45 a.m., Upson II, Room 361
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers, mouse, and file saving and retrieving skills.
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to, get started with PowerPoint; create a presentation; format text on slides; add graphical objects to a presentation; modify objects on slides; add tables to a presentation; add charts to a presentation; prepare to deliver a presentation. Presenter: Heidi Strande

Fiscal Year-End Procedures
May 12, 9 to 10:30 a.m.,Memorial Union, River Valley Room
The workshop will cover fiscal year-end procedures for the Student Account Services, Accounting Services, Grants & Contract Administration, Payroll and Purchasing. Presenters: Purchasing, Accounting Services, Student Account Services, Payroll, and Grants and Contracts

Purchasing Policies and Procedures
May 12, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Memorial Union, Badlands Room
Discuss current and new policies and procedures. Presenter: Scott Schreiner.

Managers as Leaders
May 13, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl
We all want to be great leaders for our employer, our subordinates, and ourselves. In this presentation, managers and supervisors are invited to delve into the characteristics of exceptional leaders and outstanding leadership. Blocks to great leadership can get in the way, and once those are assessed, ways to overcome those obstacles will be offered. Goal setting and balancing our home and work life will also be covered. Presenter: Kari Schoenhard, St. Alexius Employee Assistance Program

Stress Management
May 13, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl
Stress is a normal and natural response that is designed to protect, maintain and enhance one's life. It is a state of readiness that results from experiencing a threat, challenge or change in our environment. What creates the stress, how we perceive it, and how we best handle it, is quite individualized. We cannot avoid stress because changes are happening around us every day. Attendees will be encouraged to identify their symptoms of being stressed and healthy stress management practices will be offered. Presenter: Kari Schoenhard, St. Alexius Employee Assistance Program

Discoverer Reports Training
May 13, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., 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: Laura Thoreson

Budgets Overview Inquiry
May 13, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Gamble Hall, Lanterman Center, Room 9
Prerequisite: PeopleSoft user ID and password for Finance Module, a local fund number, and/or an appropriated fund number.
This training provides the tools necessary to navigate through PeopleSoft to find your department's budget and cash balance; utilize PeopleSoft to track your department's budget, cash, revenue, and expenditures; and complete a budget journal. The session also includes hands-on practice activities. Presenter: Shannon Smidt

Licensed Logo Vendors
May 14, 10 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union, Presidents Room
Step-by-step instructions for ordering trademarked items. Presenter: Sara Satter.

Running, Reading, and Reconciling Key Finance Reports in PeopleSoft
May 14, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.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.
-- Patricia Young, U2 Coordinator, Continuing Education,, 777-0720

Intro to Music Therapy offered in three-week summer course

MUSC 180, Intro to Music Therapy, will be offered for the first time in a three week summer semester, beginning June 29.

Please make advisees aware that this class does satisfy three credits of Gen Ed/Essential Studies requirements in the area of Social Sciences. Majors in affiliated fields to music therapy, such as occupational therapy, psychology, speech-language pathology, and counseling are especially encouraged, as topics touching all these areas are discussed in terms of clientele and music perception.
-- Andrew Knight, Asst. Professor, Music,, 777-2836

Learn through the movies with UND summer courses

Hollywood produces movies such as "Spartacus" and Cleopatra, and The University of North Dakota will offer a summer course that aims to provide the historical context of and appreciation for the Greek and Roman cultures by learning through the movies.

In Special Topics in Classical Literature: The Greeks and Romans at the Movies, participants will study films made on classical subjects from an academic and entertainment perspective. Participants will read background material and other sources from which the movies were made and have a chance to compare different versions of some movies.

Introduction to Classical Mythology will focus on Greek and Roman mythology through videos and primary source materials. First-Year Latin I and II will be a full year of the language to build vocabulary, critical thinking skills, and one’s ability to understand and appreciate Roman literature, history, and civilization.

Summer Session I begins May 18 and runs through June 26. First-Year Latin I is offered Monday-Thursday from 1 to 3:30 p.m., and Special Topics in Classical Literature: The Greeks and Romans at the Movies is offered Monday-Wednesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and can be taken during the first summer session. Introduction to Classical Mythology is offered Monday-Wednesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and First-Year Latin II is offered Monday-Thursday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and can be taken during Summer Session II which runs from June 29 to August 8.

All classes are open to faculty, staff, students, and the public. Enrollment for all courses is currently open. The Latin courses are 4 credits each, and the film and mythology classes are each worth three credits. To enroll, visit the registrar’s office, or go to

For additional information, contact Daniel N. Erickson at 777-4651.

Extended Writing Across the Curriculum workshop offered in June

A six-session afternoon workshop on Writing Across the Curriculum will be offered for faculty on June 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, and 23 from 1 to 4:30. This workshop is designed to enable faculty to focus intensively, and in collaboration with colleagues from across campus, on developing or redeveloping the writing component of a particular course or course sequence. Up to 10 faculty can be accommodated in this workshop, and participating faculty will receive stipends of $600 (subject to standard deductions).

For more information about this workshop, or to apply, please contact Shane Winterhalter(777-6381) or as soon as possible.
-- Shane Winterhalter, Interim Writing Center, University Writing Program,, 777-6381

Donated leave sought for Janie De La Cruz

Janie De La Cruz, facilities management/housing building services technician, is in need of donated vacation leave to care for a family member. Any vacation hours you can give will be greatly appreciated by Janie and her family. Send donated leave form to Patti, UND Facilities Management, Stop 9032. Thank you.
-- Patti Schmidt, HR Assistant, Facilities Management,, 701-777-2595

North Dakota state fleet adjusts rates

The North Dakota state fleet has adjusted their rates effective May 1, 2009. Stabilized fuel costs have allowed some rates to decrease. Please use the following rates to plan for upcoming trips:

Sedan $0.323
Minivan - 7 passenger $0.443
Van, 12 & 15 passenger $0.623
Compact 4x4 SUV $0.523
Expedition, 6 passenger $0.573
Suburban, 6 passenger $0.623
Pickup, ext. cab, 4x4; 6 ft. box $0.573
Cargo Van-Full Size $0.623
Mini Cargo Van $0.573

REMEMBER...Always present your valid drivers license when picking up a vehicle. BUCKLE UP...BE SAFE!

-- Mary L. Metcalf, Manager, Transportation,, 701-777-4123

Artist applications available for 2009 Art & Wine Walk

Artists are invited to show their work at the 2009 Art & Wine Walk, which takes place the third Saturday of the month, May through October, from 1 to 5 p.m. in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

Artists that participate in the Art & Wine Walk can show their work at participating businesses. The North Valley Arts Council works with the artist to provide them with a business that best fits their artwork and display needs. Participating businesses include galleries, restaurants, retail shops, jewelry stores and much more.

Artists are welcome to have their work available for sale each month, and artists keep 100% of the sale price of their artwork. Artists must be present at the event to discuss their work with patron and handle any sale of their artwork.

There are 15-18 slots open for artists at each event. The application deadline is the Tuesday prior to each Art & Wine Walk. Space is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis. An average of 230 patrons attended each event in the 2008 Art & Wine Walk season.

To register for the event, visit and download an artist agreement, or contact NoVAC at 777-6120 or
To learn more about the event, visit

Art & Wine Walk 2009 event dates: May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19, October 17.

The Art & Wine Walk is organized by the North Valley Arts Council and the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau.
-- Nicole Derenne, Executive Director, North Valley Arts Council,, 772-3710

Link provided to U Council webcast

President Kelley's Wednesday University Council talk, as well as U Senate vice chair Wendelin Hume's summary of Senate activities, were webcast courtesy of Online and Distance Education. The recording is available at

Student Health Services, officials monitoring swine flu virus

UND Student Health Services and other university officials are in day-to-day contact with national, state and local health officials as the United States sees more cases of the H1N1Swine Flu virus. The situation continues to evolve rapidly. As of 6 p.m. April 29, nine countries had officially reported 148 cases of swine influenza A/H1N1 infection. The United States Government has reported 91 laboratory confirmed human cases, with one death. Mexico has reported 26 confirmed human cases of infection including seven deaths. The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths: Austria (1), Canada (13), Germany (3), Israel (2), New Zealand (3), Spain (4) and the United Kingdom (5).

At this time, North Dakota has no probable or confirmed cases and state health officials are continuing to look for cases. All of the cases in the United States have been mild, with only one hospitalization. Although this is a new influenza virus, we are not at a pandemic stage. Please keep in mind that the current situation is very fluid and changes to recommendations will occur as we learn more about this new virus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this new flu strain has symptoms in humans similar to those of seasonal flu, including fever, sore throat, cough, chills, headache and body aches. Health experts say young, healthy adults, such as the student population at UND, are at low risk for severe complications.

Students who experience flu symptoms such as sudden onset of fever above 100 degrees, cough or sore throat should go to Student Health Services for evaluation. Please instruct students to call 777-2605 to schedule an appointment and as always, utilize universal precautions when entering the clinic if they have a frequent and/or severe cough (face masks and hand sanitizer are available at both entrances). Faculty and staff should consult their personal physicians.

UND's Health Services is a formal participant in the CDC surveillance program for identifying strains of influenza, and works in collaboration with local and federal health organizations in this regard on a routine basis.

Regarding the risk of being infected by an influenza virus, travelers are advised, whenever possible, to avoid crowded enclosed spaces and close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections. Hand-washing after direct contact with ill persons or their environment may reduce the risk of illness. Ill persons should be encouraged to practice cough etiquette (maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, wash hands).

This is a good time to emphasize 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

More information can be found at or at and clicking on the link to swine flu information. Further information on the situation will be available on the WHO website on a regular basis: Another option for Twitter fans:

Peter Johnson, Executive Associate Vice President for University Relations, 777-4317,

Student Health Services provides info on swine flu

UND Student Health Services is working with the Grand Forks Public Health Department, North Dakota Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization to provide surveillance of the recent outbreak of swine influenza. The Centers for Disease Control has provided the following information to assist the public.

What is swine flu?
Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the past, this transmission was limited and not sustained beyond three people.

Are there human infections with swine flu in the U.S.?
In late March and early April 2009, cases of human infection with swine influenza A (H1N1) viruses were first reported in Southern California and near San Antonio, Texas. Other U.S. states have reported cases of swine flu infection in humans and cases have been reported internationally as well. An updated case count of confirmed swine flu infections in the United States is kept at CDC and local and state health agencies are working together to investigate this situation.

Is this swine flu virus contagious?
CDC has determined that this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with the virus on it and then touching their mouth or nose. However, at this time, it not known how easily the virus spreads between people. Infected people may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to seven or more days after becoming sick. That means that you may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.

What are the signs and symptoms of swine flu in people?
The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu. Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions.

Are there medicines to treat swine flu?
Yes. CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir or zanamivir for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with these swine influenza viruses. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaler) that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body. If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started soon after getting sick (within two days of symptoms).

What can I do to protect myself from getting sick?
There is no vaccine available right now to protect against swine flu. There are everyday actions that can help prevent the spread of germs that cause respiratory illnesses like influenza.
• 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 cleaners are also effective.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• If you get sick with influenza, CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to avoid infecting them.

What is the best way to keep from spreading the virus through coughing or sneezing?
If you are sick, limit contact with other people as much as possible. Do not go to work or school if ill. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Put your used tissue in the waste basket. Cover your cough or sneeze if you do not have a tissue. Then, clean your hands, and do so every time you cough or sneeze.

What should I do if I get sick?
If you live in areas where swine influenza cases have been identified and become ill with influenza-like symptoms, including fever, body aches, runny nose, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting or diarrhea, you may want to contact their health care provider, particularly if you are worried about your symptoms. Your health care provider will determine whether influenza testing or treatment is needed.
If you are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.
If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.
In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
• Sudden dizziness
• Confusion
• Severe or persistent vomiting

How serious is swine flu infection?
Like seasonal flu, swine flu in humans can vary in severity from mild to severe.

The Centers for Disease Control has additional information available at . UND students with questions about swine flu or other health concerns may contact Student Health Services at 777-4500.

-- Jane Croeker, Student Health Promotion Advisor, Student Health Services,, 701.777.2097

Parking ramp closed May 18-22

On May 18-22, the parking ramp will be closed for its yearly spring-cleaning, which consist of floor sweeping, covering all 40+ drains with screens, washing down walls and floors, removing pigeon nests, cleaning windows, replacing burned out lights, and inspecting all areas for needed maintenance or repairs. The skywalk and towers will be open to use if you choose to park in the surface lot east of Columbia Rd (lot 10). For the summer, the lot 10 converts to a G zone, so any space with a current permit will work. Sorry for any inconvenience this needed work my cause.
-- UND Parking and Enforcement

Parking area near McCannel Hall closes Wednesday morning

On Wednesday morning, a crane will arrive to lift some mechanical equipment onto the roof of McCannel Hall. We will close the parking area between Jodsaas and Upson until around noon. Student and faculty foot traffic between Okelly and McCannel will also be closed off for this time frame, so please make plans to use alternative routes in your travel for the morning hours. Fencing will be installed to identify this as a construction zone.
-- Craig Swenson,, 777-2591

Studio One features North American wildlife problem and hand crafted ceramics kiln

Learn what kind of problems the Arctic tundra is facing because of the snow goose population and what goes into finishing a ceramics piece on the next edition of Studio One.

World renowned snow goose researcher Robert Rockwell says these birds have been making some unpopular changes to the Canadian environment. “They are essentially destroying the coastline along the Hudson Bay and many other parts of the Arctic,” says Rockwell. Rockwell has studied snow geese for 41 years and says their population has increased tenfold over the last thirty years. Learn about the destruction these birds have been causing and how it affects our future.

Also on the show, find out why a group of students and volunteers hand-built a traditional, brick kiln for the ceramics department at the UND. A kiln is a large oven that dries and bakes clay into pottery. This hand-crafted kiln uses only wood during the firing process. Learn more about the elaborate and time consuming process of making art from clay on this week’s show.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the UND Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen by viewers in Fargo, Bismarck, Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
-- Suzanne Irwin, Marketing Director, Studio One,, 777-3818

Studio One features zoo animals and a small town drive-in

Learn interesting facts about some animals and about a small town love story on the next edition of Studio One.

Nicole Lee, an animal keeper and educator at the Red River Zoo, will be on the show this week with some special guests. Lee will be bringing an opossum and other animals. She will talk about the animals and how they are used for educational programs.

Lee will also share interesting facts about the animals, as well as feed them on the show. She will inform viewers on how some of the animals arrive at the zoo, and discuss their original habitats.

Also on the show, learn about a restaurant in a small town that specializes in more than food. Larson’s Drive Inn in Larimore, N.D. features small town charm, great food, and an interesting love story. The owners, Art and Marlene Larson, fell in love at the Drive Inn and liked the place so much they decided to buy it. Learn more about this special connection on this week’s show.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at UND Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen by viewers in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
-- Suzanne Irwin, Marketing Director, Studio One,, 777-3818

Twelve-month pay program available for UND employees

For the 2009-10 academic year, contract employees that meet all of the following criteria are eligible to be paid over 12 months:
2.Employed a minimum of one year at the start of the academic year and not on probation
3.Not planning to terminate employment prior to the end of the 12 month period following the contract start date
4.Base salary is not funded by any grants or contracts during the contract period
5.Academic year base salary less than $148,500

If you choose to participate in the twelve-month pay program, you agree to the receipt of your contracted salary over 24 pay dates. For example: Employees working from Aug. 16 - May 15 would receive paychecks starting Sept. 15 and continuing for the next year. If your contract dates are different, the payments would start with your first scheduled check and continue for the next year. Pay dates remain semi-monthly. Your payments would be 1/24 of your contracted salary each pay day. Any additional payments (such as summer school, continuing education, etc.) would be added to your check according to the pay period it was earned.

Your participation in this program is voluntary and will continue for one year from the start of your contract. Renewals will be automatic, unless you notify the Payroll Office in writing, 15 days prior to the start of your contract. So, employees that were in the program this year do not have to respond, unless they do not want to be in the program next year.

If you are eligible and wish to start participating in the Twelve Month Pay program or if you want to discontinue participation, please print and complete the Twelve Month Payment Request form located on the Payroll website at:, make a copy for your records and return this form to the Payroll Office no later than 15 days prior to the start of your new contract period.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Per IRS regulations, an employee's election to be paid over twelve months is irrevocable with respect to the remainder of the twelve month period. This means that if you sign up for payment over twelve months, or allow your election to automatically renew, we are not allowed to let you change that payment schedule during the next year.
-- Patricia Hanson, Director of Payroll, Payroll,, 777-4228

NATURE Program seeks faculty participation

NATURE is an educational outreach program intended to increase participation of North Dakota Native American college and high school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The acronym NATURE stands for Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education. The program is funded by the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR). Components of the project include: a summer camp at NDSU for tribal college students and faculty, summer camps at the tribal colleges for high school students, and academic year Sunday academies at the tribal colleges for high school students. All activities of the program from conception to delivery are collaboratively developed by the tribal college faculty, Reservation high school teachers, and NDSU and UND faculty. Another component on research experience for the tribal college students has been added recently. In this activity, tribal college students work on their research projects on their campuses under the guidance of a tribal college faculty mentor and a university faculty mentor. These are semester or year-long projects. Imparting research skills to the students is the focus of this activity. Discovery may be additional benefit.

The NATURE program is ushering in its fifth year, 2009–10. The NATURE team is currently in the process of developing lesson plans and other educational activities for the upcoming year. The activities generally focus on environment, energy, and emerging technologies. The NATURE program seeks additional faculty participation from NDSU and UND campuses in all of its activities. Other than monetary compensation, NATURE provides opportunities for the participating faculty to gain an understanding of the learning styles of Native American students.

Interested UND faculty members may contact Mark Hoffmann at 777-2492 or by email at

Interested NDSU faculty members may contact David Givers 701-231-7516 or by email at
-- Mark R. Hoffmann, Assistant Vice President for Research and Co-Project Director, ND EPSCoR,, 701-777-2492

Campus Catering reminds faculty and staff to order early

During this season of graduation events and end-of-year activities, Campus Catering reminds all departments that a lead time of one week is requested when placing a catering order. You may find information on all menus, including cakes and party platters on the Campus Catering website at or call 777-2256.

Order summer and fall semester supplies at UND Bookstore

Both Summer and Fall terms are approaching fast and we need your help to ensure we have all the supplies you will require or recommend to students for both Summer and Fall semesters.

This is in addition to all textbooks and other related reading items that you will want the Bookstore to source.

- Having your course and book information prior to buyback week allows us to pay students who choose to sell their books 50% of the book price.

- Recycle and reuse - the more books we buy at the end of this Spring semester, the more students save next term. Used books are 25% off the new book price!

We have many ways that you can submit this information to us.

1. You can send us your detail by fax at 777-3410 or intercampus it to Stop 9016.
2. You can call us and we take all the details over the phone at 777-3975.
3. Or, you can submit an Edoption.
*Edoptions are the simplest way to submit all your request for both textbooks and supplies. This can be done at - store assigned pass code is 1120.
4. Set up a time for us to come visit you or, simply stop in and visit us.

Thank you for your support.
-- Michelle Abernathey, UND Bookstore, 777-2103

Photography for Educators - Four weeks of fun professional development offered during summer

"Photography for Educators" (Special Topics 390/590, 3 units) presents another dimension to education and a professional development opportunity for in-service teachers, students, faculty and alumni. The four-week course runs June 15 - July 11 on Mondays and Wednesdays, 3 to 7 p.m., with three Saturday workshops from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Note that the Saturday sessions are flexible around students' schedules.

The instructors are Lars Helgeson (Teaching & Learning) and T&L doctoral student Bruce Farnsworth. Helgeson is a former commercial photographer and has infused photography into several curriculum guides. Farnsworth is a licensed art instructor and editorial photographer ( whose assignment work includes Smithsonian and Nature Conservancy magazines. Both will share innovative strategies they have used successfully in the classroom.

Participants of all disciplines wll gain new pedagogical techniques and vital visual technology skills for today's university environment and the workplace. The course is one of five at UND recently awarded a Summer Programs and Events Council Start-Up Mini-Grant.

In Part One of the course, participants will acquire photographic design, lighting and digital imaging skills in simple, easy steps. The PhotoShop section will enable participants to develop student digital photography projects (e.g. scrapbook page, movie poster, panorama and sequential study) and print their own exemplars with rubrics. Learn how to operate a high-resolution scanner and Epson professional photographic printer, and enjoy making gallery-quality prints which you can take home. There will be "mini-workshops" outdoors featuring environmental portraiture and landscape photography.

In Part Two of the course, participants will explore the use of photographic images across the curricula, as the vehicle for anticipatory sets, literacy skill-building, lesson activities and assessment. The instructors will demonstrate research-based techniques to scaffold student learning through photography and engage students in critical thought and discussion. There will also be discussion of the ethical and legal considerations related to the use of digital photography in schools. Each week, Helgeson and Farnsworth will share their favorite websites for photography-based instruction.

Educators of all levels and disciplines will find this course invaluable in diversifying their approach to instruction and making course content more personally relevant to young people.

Since this is a course of the regular university, all students must be admitted to UND. Those taking the 390 section can enroll online directly with course permission number 19092. Participants enrolling in the 590 section for graduate credit must contact Professor Lars Helgeson at or 777-3144 for the enrollment permission number. Bruce Farnsworth can be reached at or (701) 741-5502.

Consider "Photography for Educators" as a fun opportunity to increase your skills as an instructor, photographer and citizen in an increasingly digital age. Feel free to contact the instructors with any questions about the course.
-- Lars Helgeson, Professor, Teaching & Learning,, 777-3144

Research awards $23,359 to faculty in arts, humanities and social sciences

The UND Division of Research has awarded grants to six faculty members in the arts, humanities and social sciences. In order to support new initiatives, the Division of Research made available $50,000 to be awarded on a competitive basis to faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The awards are to be used to fund research and creative activity which will benefit to the University and community. Grant recipients are required to submit a request for funding to an external agency before they will be eligible for another award from the program.

The Division of Research received nine proposals for the Spring 2008-09 call for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Awards requesting a total of $29,341 and made six awards for a total of $23,359. Proposals were judged by a committee of faculty members from departments in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, chaired by John La Duke, Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development, on the basis of the significance of the project, the quality of the work, the likelihood of the project being completed, and the likely benefit to the University. The Committee consisted of Eric Burin (History), John La Duke (Research Development and Compliance), Donald Miller (Art and Design), Donald Poochigian (Philosophy and Religion), Olaf Berwald (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures), and Gary Towne (Music).

Following is a list of the recipients, their departments, and the amounts awarded:

Gayle R. Baldwin (Philosophy and Religion), $5,205 Awarded
"Liberation in Truth: A Critical Performance Ethnotheography"

Amanda C. Boyd (Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures), $6,352 Awarded
"Demonizing Esotericism: Case Studies in Gustav Meyrink’s Literary Approach to Popular Occultism"

Arthur F. Jones (Art and Design), $3,500 Awarded
"Reinterpretations of Greek and Roman Mythology in the Art of Audrey Flack"

Patrick A. Luber (Art and Design), $3,267 Awarded
"Transcendent Objects: Prayer and Devotion in Contemporary Art"

Kimberly K. Porter (History), $1,535 Awarded
"The Moses of the Common People"

Crystal H. Yang (Art and Design), $3,500 Awarded
"A Case Study on the Paper-Cutting Artist, Wang Hongchuan, and Her Art"
-- John C. La Duke, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Research Development and Compliance,, 701/777-4278

Memorandum of Understanding template now available

Grant proposals involving multiple principal investigators and indirect costs, particularly if the principal investigators are from multiple colleges and departments, must include a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) indicating how indirect costs will be distributed. A template MOU can be found on Research Development and Compliance’s Web site (
-- John C. La Duke, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Research Development and Compliance,, 777-4278

Grants inspire youth to pursue health care careers

Five rural North Dakota hospitals and clinics in partnership with their local K–12 schools will use grant awards to create student awareness, interest and understanding of health careers.

The Fostering Opportunities in Rural Health Occupations grant program provides $2,000 to each health care and education partnership. The program is a joint initiative by The North Dakota State Office of Rural Health and the Eastern North Dakota Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in Mayville, which are administered by the Center for Rural Health at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

“Models for elementary students, such as Dickinson’s Medical Explorers and Park River’s Inspector Wellness Program, are examples of efforts through the AHEC that can be spread across North Dakota communities to encourage our youth to consider health care fields,” said Mary Amundson, assistant professor at the UND Center for Rural Health and director for the North Dakota AHEC project.

Coal Country Community Health Center of Beulah will host a health career fair for freshman from the Beulah and Hazen public schools. The students will visit interactive booths staffed by health professionals who work in the following fields: physical and occupational therapy, clinical laboratory, radiology, emergency medical technician, social services, dietary, nursing, certified nurse assistant, respiratory therapy, emergency room and operating room, dental care and vision care. The health professionals will explain to students the career options available to them, the education required, and the career path students can expect when entering a medical field. Students will gain hands-on experience to determine if this career choice is right for them.

First Care Health Center of Park River will expand their Inspector Wellness and the Case of the Many Medical Careers program to 5th and 6th grade students from Fordville-Lankin, Valley (Crystal), and Adams-Edmore schools. Because of the time and expense of having medical staff travel to the schools, First Care Health Center will sponsor an Inspector Wellness and the Case of the Many Medical Careers II field trip. The daylong medical field trip will bring the students to visit medical professionals in Park River to learn about health careers, participate in hands-on activities related to a chosen medical field, and tour the medical facilities. The students will have the opportunity to establish acquaintances with successful health career personnel and build relationships with positive role models.

McKenzie County Healthcare Systems Inc. of Watford City will conduct a health career fair at Watford City High School for 7–12 grade students. The goals of the fair are to increase student awareness of the diverse job opportunities available in health care and to educate students as to the health workforce that the United States needs. In addition, McKenzie County Healthcare hopes to develop a sound working relationship with the high school to maintain student awareness of health care as a career option.

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center of Dickinson will take up to 46 students from 10 southwest North Dakota school districts to visit universities and hospitals in the state. The students either are enrolled in a health careers course or are members of Medical Explorers. They will tour UND’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences, including the departments of physical therapy and occupational therapy, as well as the College of Nursing. Students will also visit North Dakota State University’s College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences to tour the clinical laboratory science, pharmacy, radiologic science and respiratory care programs. Students will also visit Altru, Innovis and MeritCare hospitals.

Devils Lake Community Clinic, a division of Towner County Medical Center of Cando, will allow Lake Area Career and Technology Center (LACTC) students, after proper training, to take patients’ vital signs. Funds from the grant will be used to purchase a blood pressure monitor, stethoscopes, thermometers and glucose meters for the training of LACTC students enrolled in the Health Careers course. Trained students would then work with health professionals at Devils Lake Community Clinic to take patients’ vital signs. In addition, Devils Lake Community Clinic will conduct a health careers fair for approximately 250, seventh and eighth grade students at the middle school.

The long-range goal of the Fostering Opportunities grant program is to help train, recruit, and retain health care providers for rural North Dakotans. For more information about the Fostering Opportunities in Rural Health Occupations grant program visit:
-- Denis F. MacLeod, Communications Specialist, Center for Rural Health,, 701-777-3300

5 faculty receive emeritus status

The following faculty have received emeritus status.

College of Arts and Sciences: Kevin Fire, associate professor, communication sciences and disorders; David Marshall, professor, English; Janet Kelly Moen, professor, sociology

College of Education and Human Development: John Delane Williams, professor, educational foundations and research; Ralph Woehle, professor, social work

Staff Senate announces the May "U Shine" award winner

UND Staff Senate is proud to announce the May “U Shine Award” recipient Vicki Thompson. Vicki was nominated by Connie Hodgson and was presented with a check for $50 and a certificate by Staff Senate President Janice Hoffarth on May 1st.

This award is presented monthly to a UND staff member who when out of their way to make UND a better place. Here is an excerpt of what Connie had to say about Vicki:

“Vicki teaches computer classes to our OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) members. She had an OLLI student in her (winter) computer class who broke her ankle early on in the schedule. So this woman is skipping along with walker, cast, etc. and missing some of the classes. The student had been so excited about this course because she just bought a brand new computer - then all these unfortunate events happened. Vicki called her and offered to go over to her house, work with her one-on-one and set up an e-mail account for her. Well, the student is absolutely "over the moon"! How cool is that? This generous offer to go the extra mile, not just for OLLI@UND, but for all the programs in the Division, is what makes Vicki and the entire IT unit shine.”

All UND staff members are eligible to receive this award. Nominations can be submitted through the Staff Senate Website,, or forms are available at UND Facilities, Dining Services and the Memorial Union Post Office.

Nominations must be received by the 15th monthly and awards presented the first business day of the following month.
-- Janice Hoffarth, President, Staf Senate,, 777-2646

UND mechanical engineer George Bibel's aviation crash book nets Bravo! from Boeing, FAA

George Bibel, a mechanical engineer who knows a thing or two about what causes things to fail, wrote what's become a widely acclaimed read in aviation circles. "Beyond the Black Box: The Forensics of Airplane Crashes" is a leading seller in an academic field that doesn’t often produce stars. Professor Bibel is in demand nationally as a speaker and teacher-largely because of this book, which clearly demonstrates his "inside" technical and scientific expertise behind the how and why of airplane crashes caused by mechanical or structural problems.

Among many other honors and invitations, Bibel, professor of mechanical engineering at the UND School of Engineering and Mines recently was appointed as a distinguished lecturer by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Beyond the Black Box, a book detailing aviation disasters caused by mechanical failures, was released in 2007 by the Johns Hopkins University Press and launched at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., to wide acclaim in the aviation sector. The book has now been favorably reviewed, recommended or featured by the New York Times, Discovery Magazine, New Scientist, National Science Teachers Association, Air Safety Week, Avionics Magazine, RAF News and Airliner World.

In his capacity as AIAA distinguished lecturer, Bibel has been invited to give presentations about his book at AIAA meetings organized by the General Electric Co., the General Dynamics Gulfstream division, the U.S. Air Force, and others. Bibel also has been appointed to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) safety team and has lectured at FAA conferences and safety meetings.

Bibel also was invited recently by the Boeing Co. to deliver training seminars for its new engineers. Boeing is evaluating incorporating Bibel’s book and seminar into training for new engineers and George Washington University is using the book in an introductory aerospace course.

Our plan is to work with Dr. Bibel to add some detailed proprietary information to the course content and to make it a regularly scheduled course offering, and we are considering breaking it into two four hour long sessions, said Boeing engineer and UND alum David French, who is the curriculum development integrator for the company.

Beyond the Black Box teaches science through accident and crash stories. Bibel wrote a guest column Listen Up and Fly Right for the New York Times; the column was reprinted around the world. Bibel was recently interviewed about his book by Neal Conan on National Public Radio Talk of the Nation and on NPR KPCC Los Angeles and WPHT Philadelphia.

Bibel’s research into the catastrophic failure of planes, trains, and other engineering structures has led him to develop classroom case histories as a vital part of his engineering curriculum.

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-- George Bibel, professor, Mechanical Engineering, 777-4918,

UND Chester Fritz Library announces 2009 Library Outstanding Support Staff

Kalan Knudson was named the University of North Dakota Chester Fritz Library Outstanding Support Staff for 2009. The award was presented by UND President Robert Kelley at the Library Support Staff Reception on April 29.

Kalan is the Government Documents Specialist in the Chester Fritz Library. She works behind the scenes inputting and correcting the records for government documents in the library’s online catalog. Kalan is responsible for the receipt, processing, and storage of
U.S. government documents and also maintains the collection for federal regulations. While she does not directly interact with the public, her work is very important to those looking for information through the Library’s catalog. She is always looking at how her work impacts the users.

Kalan is a member of the library’s Display Committee. She proposes display topics that educate and entertain. Her artistic talents can be seen where she has incorporated her sketches and drawings in many of the displays throughout the building. She has also been an active member of the Staff Association and currently maintains the organization’s website.

The Chester Fritz Library Outstanding Support Staff Award is given annually. A selection committee, composed of library and campus staff and faculty, reviews nominations submitted from the UND community. The award is based upon superior performance in their job, completion of special library projects, and/or outstanding service to the library, library profession or the campus community. The recipient receives $275 and a framed certificate. The names of Award winners are engraved on a wall plaque, which is located outside the Administrative Office in the Chester Fritz Library.
-- Wilbur Stolt, Director of Libraries, 777-2189,

Nelson County Health System will coordinate HRSA grant

The Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) announced this week that Nelson County Health System, McVille, N.D., has received an $85,000 one-year planning grant to strengthen the North Dakota Quality Network for critical access hospitals (CAHs) across the state.

HRSA, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the federal agency responsible for ensuring quality medical care for the most vulnerable Americans in the geographically most isolated communities in the country.

Nelson County Health System is one of 36 critical access hospitals located in rural areas of North Dakota that provide essential help to the patients they serve through emergency medical care, in-patient and out-patient care, as well as other services like cardiac rehabilitation.

“This grant will enable CAHs in ND to collaborate in addressing patient care ideas, best practices, and concerns that will affect patient outcomes and are unique to rural health care,” said Cathy Swenson, CEO, of Nelson County Health System.

“North Dakota already is a leader in rural health care, and this will enable us to not only continue providing quality care but to really focus on areas identified by the very people who provide this hands-on care. At the same time, it allows us to work with all of the other health care organizations and larger health care facilities in the state without duplicating what is already being done,” she said.
The Center for Rural Health at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences will assist Nelson County Health System by providing professional evaluation and planning services. Jody Ward at the Center for Rural Health is the coordinator for the North Dakota Critical Access Hospital Quality Network.

“All in all, it's a win-win situation for providers and patients and will have a positive impact on rural health care in communities across the state,” said Swenson.
-- Denis F. MacLeod, Communications Specialist, Center for Rural Health,, 701-777-3300

"The Thomas Jefferson Hour" available online

Supporters and listeners of WHY? and the Institute for Philosophy in Public Life, may be interested in the latest episode of The Thomas Jefferson Hour featuring a conversation between Jefferson (portrayed by nationally acclaimed humanities scholar and award winning first person interpreter of Thomas Jefferson) Clay Jenkinson and Adam Smith (portrayed by UND Associate Professor of Philosophy & Religion, Jack Weinstein).

The Thomas Jefferson Hour is a weekly radio program that “is dedicated to the search for truth in the tradition of Thomas Jefferson.” The goal of the program is to bring out the truth of a given situation and help the audience think through the process.

The major strength of the program, according to the web site, is the “ability to help people strip through the advertised message and look for the truth of the situation. The truth may be painful and self-revealing, but it is always uplifting to the spirit.”

To listen, go to and click on "listen to the show." It's free and available as a podcast. The host and producer of the program is David Swenson, Grammy nominee, documentary videographer, and owner of Makoché Studios. The program is funded by The Dakota Institute through The Lewis & Clark, Fort Mandan Foundation , a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Prairie Public Radio provides the up-linking of the program, making it currently downloadable from satellite for radio stations.
-- Jack Russell Weinstein,, 777-2887

Ruth Margaret Peterson remembered

Ruth M. “Marge” Peterson, 88, Grand Forks, N.D., died Thursday, April 23.

Ruth Margaret Higman was born April 3, 1921, to George and Anna (Boyle) Higman in Mercy Hospital, Watertown, N.Y. She attended Augustinian Academy in Carthage, N.Y., where she graduated as valedictorian in 1938. Ruth was the middle child in a family of nine. Though they were separated in distance, they remained close.

Ruth attended Watertown School of Commerce and was employed there until WWII. During the war she worked at the Bureau of the Budget in Washington D.C. After WWII she joined the American Red Cross and worked overseas in Germany and Austria. She then had another tour of duty with the ARC on Okinawa where she met Howard M. Peterson who was in Okinawa to open a flight station for the newly formed Northwest Airlines. Upon their return home they were married on May 21, 1949, and made their first home on the island of Shemya which is in the Aleutian Islands.

They returned to the States in 1951 when Howard became the station manager for Northwest Airlines in Grand Forks. Ruth was employed at UND in the Engineering Library for sixteen years until her retirement in 1986. Howard preceded her in death on October 28, 2002.

Ruthie loved to be outdoors. She enjoyed campfires, cookouts, picnics, ice skating and camping with friends and family. She loved music and was often heard singing while she worked around the house. She was a loyal fan of UND athletics, attending many games in the “Old Barn” at UND. She was an active member of St. Michael’s Church Altar Society, and was awarded the “Diamond Member” award for contributions to St. Mike’s School Bridge Builders Club. For many years she faithfully participated in weekly Adorations through St. Anne’s Chapel to pray for world peace.

In addition to many close friends, she is survived by her children, William (Janell) Peterson, Center, ND, Margaret Peterson, Bend, Ore., Michael (Kathleen), Lakeville, Minn., and Nancy (James) Tupa, Grand Forks, N.D.; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren; a sister, Doris (Ben) Crane, Harrisville, N.Y. and sister-in-law, Lois Gregory, Bismarck, N.D.

She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers, Albert, Harold and Robert; sisters, Helen Riley, Kathryn Webb, Georgeanna Riley and Alice Kamide.

Memorials: In remembrance of Ruth, memorials may be given to St. Michael’s Bridge Builders, 520 North 6th Street, Grand Forks, ND 58203.