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ISSUE: Volume 46, Number 33: April 08, 2009

Top Stories
President Robert Kelley appointed to National Energy Panel
Open Budget Forum is April 15
University Council meets April 21
Volunteers sought for spring commencement May 16
Events to Note
Bachelor of Fine Arts artist reception is April 7
National health, wellness expert to launch Healthy UND 2020 action planning process
Museum kicks off "Art and Fun for Adults" April 8
Space Studies alum to talk about space advocacy at April 9 teleconference
Student Success Center offers study skills help sessions
Retirement party for Rick Geres is April 9
Culinary Corner events listed through April 11
Doctoral examination set for Joanna Marino
Global Visions presents double feature April 14
University Within the University (U2) lists new classes
Faith Club book study begins April 14
Richard N. Zare to present 2009 Chemistry Department Abbott Lectures
SCEC Discovery Series - Online Assessment of Student Learning
Jackson Katz to speak on sexual, domestic violence April 15
Patti Alleva to present next Faculty Lecture April 16
North Dakota artists exhibition opens April 16
Sugarland Concert pre-party is April 16
Entrepreneurship Bootcamps set for April 16-18
SUNY Distinguished Professor to speak at geography forum
NorthWord meets April 17
Community entrepreneurship forum is April 17-18
Sweet Treats in Culinary Corner is April 18
Conflict Resolution Center hosts two-day workshop
Play basketball against students and raise money
Enjoy high tea in the Culinary Corner
Doctoral examination set for Louella L. Lofranco
Doctoral examination set for Ann Marie Sorteberg
Doctoral examination set for Elizabeth Iva Bjerke
Doctoral examination set for Garth Kruger
Pre-retirement seminars offered this spring
Entrepreneur Forum is April 22
On Teaching session explores using video projects to promote student learning
President's Advisory Council on Women (PAC-W) present "Let's Do Lunch"
Gordon Henry, Larry Klundt, other graduates receive alumni achievement awards from departments
Children's Center benefit is April 25
Vietnam-era POW to share compellling story April 29
John Michael Lerma cooking demonstration rescheduled
Nursing hosts Visiting Scholar Lecture April 23
cScibot Robot summer camp dates announced
University Curriculum Committee to hear program termination
Grants and contracts administration produces departmental user guide
Summer Mini-Project grant deadline extended to noon April 15
Fulbright Scholar awards are available
First-year Latin I and II will be offered this summer
Local media are interested in flood research
Friday, April 10, is holiday
University of North Dakota Bookstore seeks employees
Law Library announces Easter weekend hours
Library of the Health Sciences lists Easter weekend hours
ITSS lists holiday closing hours
Wellness Center lists Easter break hours of operation
Museum lists holiday hours
International Centre closed on holiday weekend
Legislative information available
Stimulus tax tables in effect for March 31 paycheck
Medical School presents School for the Public
Discounts are available for moving services
Studio One features President Robert Kelley, bridge closings
Museum Cafe lists weekly menu
Nominations sought for Memorial Union Leadership Awards
Space Studies seeks students to work at UND Observatory
Adelphi Literary Society seeks book donations
Internal job openings listed
ND EPSCoR announces UND AURA winners
In the News
EERC aggressively commercializing several cutting-edge technologies
UND student named State and Regional Student Employee of the Year
April U-Shine Award winner announced
In Remembrance
Remembering Arthur Raymond
President Robert Kelley appointed to National Energy Panel

President Robert O. Kelley has been appointed to a prestigious 15-person Energy Initiative Advisory Committee by the Washington, D.C.-based Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).

“Clearly, this appointment underscores our stated commitment to maximize and advance the contributions of UND as a public research university to the country's energy independence effort,” said Kelley.

“UND also has pledged to do its part to curb global warming by committing to the 'American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment,' Kelley said. “And we are already in the active process of
finding ways to dramatically reduce our own contributions to greenhouse gases. At 2 p.m. Monday, April 20, in the Memorial Union North Ballroom, UND's Campus Committee for Climate Neutrality will begin a University-wide meeting on how to achieve the goals of Climate Commitment. The campus community is invited to attend."

You can find out about some of the things UND is already doing at .

APLU President Peter McPherson said the new national panel reflects the importance to the country of energy independence, one of the key items on the Obama Administration's national agenda.

“America's public and land-grant universities are a critical resource to achieving this goal,” McPherson said. Basically, this initiative is about maximizing and advancing the contributions of public research universities to the nation's energy independence effort and strategic reduction of climate impacts. By signing the President's Climate
Commitment, UND set in motion the process for developing a plan over the next several years to achieve climate neutrality, Kelley said.

For UND, there's a secondary, but likewise vital, consequence of reducing the University's energy usage and carbon footprint, Kelley said.

“We want to reduce energy costs and thus operating costs,” he said. As part of its long-term energy efficiency strategy, UND is committed to establishing a policy by which all new campus construction will be built at least to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEEDs silver standard or its equivalent, Kelley said.

Open Budget Forum is April 15

President Robert Kelley and Alice Brekke, interim vice president for finance and operations, will give an Open Budget Forum from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 15, in the North Ballroom, Memorial Union.

The presentation will include discussion of the University of North Dakota budget in legislative process and anticipated budget process for next fiscal year. Time will be provided for questions.

All faculty, staff, students are invited to attend this informational session.

University Council meets April 21

**Note: It was earlier announced that the U Council meeting would be postponed. It will go on as scheduled. **

The University Council will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the Lecture Bowl at the Memorial Union. The agenda follows:

1. Presentation by President Kelley
2. University Senate 2008-09 End-of-Year Report, Wendelin Hume, University Senate vice chair
3. Matters arising, Wendelin Hume, University Senate chair

The University Council consists of the following who are employed primarily on the Grand Forks campus: the president, vice presidents, registrar, director of libraries, all deans, department chairs, full-time faculty of the rank of instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor; program directors, coordinators, assistant and associate deans who concurrently hold faculty rank; director of the Counseling Center; professional librarians, and such other academic personnel and administrative officers as the Council may designate. The quorum of the Council necessary for the transaction of business is 25 percent of the Council membership (or 161 of the current 642 members). Council meetings are normally co-chaired by the chair of the Senate and the president of the University. The registrar is ex officio secretary. Council meetings are open to the public, and students, staff and the general public are invited to attend.

Volunteers sought for spring commencement May 16

We invite you to serve as a “Green Vest" volunteer at UND’s spring commencement Saturday, May 16, at the Alerus Center. Volunteers assist by seating guests, helping organize graduates in the assembly room, and by greeting visitors.

Commencement begins at 1:30 p.m. and all volunteers are asked to report to the Alerus Center Ballroom by noon. Most volunteers will be able to leave shortly after the ceremony begins, by approximately 2 p.m. We anticipate that commencement will conclude by about 4 p.m.

Please contact the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events in the vice president for student and outreach services office at 777-2724 or send an e-mail message to Terri Machart at to let us know if you will be able to participate or if you have any questions. Thanks in advance for your help.
-- Fred Wittmann, Director, Office of Ceremonies and Special Events,, 777-2724

Bachelor of Fine Arts artist reception is April 7

"Unfashionable Message," a Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition by Nicole Nordeen, is currently showing at the Col. Eugene E. Myers Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center. The exhibition will run though Thursday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. An artist reception is set for Tuesdy, April 7, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

National health, wellness expert to launch Healthy UND 2020 action planning process

Jim Grizzell, nationally respected health expert, will explore the links between health and wellness and academic success at the University Wednesday, April 8.

He will speak at 10 a.m. at the College of Nursing, Room 102; at noon in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Reed Keller Auditorium, and at 3:30 p.m. in Gamble Hall, Room 3. The public is invited to attend any one of the three sessions.

"It is a special gift to have a real leader in health and wellness like Jim Grizzell on our campus," said Robert Boyd, vice president for student and outreach services.

Grizzell has more than 27 years experience in health promotion. He has worked with the U.S. Air Force, Chevron Oil Company, and Johnson & Johnson. He is an adjunct faculty for George Washington University's School of Public Health and Health Services and teaches online academic courses for Cal Poly Pomona.

His visit will support community-wide, comprehensive efforts to promote health and wellness.

"Through collaborative efforts, we can create a climate which promotes quality of life and a sense of well-being," explained Laurie Betting, assistant vice president for wellness.

Corissa Norton, student co-chair of the Healthy UND Coalition, said she was excited to have Grizzell come to campus to launch the Healthy UND 2020 action planning process.

"Students can't function at our best if we don't feel healthy and balanced," she added.

Jim Grizzell's presentations are sponsored by the office of the president, vice president for student and outreach services, Wellness Center, Student Health Services, University Counseling Center, Healthy UND and School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Community members who plan to attend the presentation may request a temporary UND parking pass by e-mailing

Museum kicks off "Art and Fun for Adults" April 8

Know nothing about art? Know lots about art? It makes no difference to the organizers of the Museum’s Art Odyssey. Each year the Museum will plan three or four annual events for Odyssey members. Events include private receptions with artists, lectures, museum and gallery trips, and special receptions and gatherings for members.

The goal is to explore contemporary art while learning one’s way around the international art world. Each year will be capped by a national or international trip that might be organized around an art event such as an international art fair. Or the group might choose to make an art tour of a city. In addition to an annual trip outside of the region, the Museum organizes events in the region that are fun, easy to get to, and affordable. For example, next season Odyssey members will be invited to private tours and receptions in homes belonging to established collectors in the Fargo area.

The public is invited to the North Dakota Museum of Art at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, for an introduction to the Art Odyssey program. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a brief overview of the program followed by a behind-the-scene tour of the Museum. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. A fee will be charged to join the group, money used to pay the costs of local sessions.

Art Odyssey evolved from the earlier Cultural Enrichment Group, founded in the early 1990s to enable adults from all walks of life to learn about contemporary art in a social, unthreatening environment. After the 1997 flood, Cultural Enrichment evolved into Art Odyssey, which attracts astute collectors, young adults beginning their own collection, and those generally interested in learning about art but not necessarily as owners.

In 2006, Art Odyssey members gathered in Montevideo, Uruguay for the opening of The Disappeared, an exhibition organized by the North Dakota Museum of Art. Following the opening, members were treated to an architecture tour of northern Uruguay, before leaving for Buenos Aries, Argentina to visit museums and artists studios. Many studios and private collections were open to the members as a result of relationships built by the Museum staff while organizing The Disappeared. In 2007, the Museum took Art Odyssey in a different direction leaving the big city for Marfa, Texas, situated on a high plateau of the Chihuahuan Desert. Marfa experienced an unlikely renaissance when artist Donald Judd permanently installed living and working spaces, libraries and archives there. Other places visited by the group include Vancouver and Montreal, Kansas City and Mexico City, New York, Los Angeles to see the newly opened Getty Museum, New Orleans a few weeks before Katrina, and multiple places in between.

If you are interested in being an Art Odyssey member, come to the introductory evening on April 8, 7 p.m. There will be a reception at the home of Mike and Ann Brown immediately following the Museum event. Anyone wishing to attend the private reception following the Art Odyssey introduction and Museum tour, will need to RSVP by Tuesday, April 7.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 701-777-4195

Space Studies alum to talk about space advocacy at April 9 teleconference

James Muncy will be a guest speaker by teleconference at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in 111 Ryan Hall, for the Space Studies 560 class. Muncy is one of the pioneers of space advocacy. He co-founded the Space Frontier Foundation and worked with Congress on space development policy. UND students and faculty are encouraged to participate in this classroom-based discussion. The discussion will be made available to distance students via a live audio Webcast. It also will be archived at

Muncy is the president and founder of PoliSpace, an independent space policy consultancy. His first client was the U.S. Air Force Military Space Plane program. From 1997 to 2000, Muncy served on the staff of the House Science Committee's Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee. Prior to working as a congressional staffer, Muncy spent several years as a space policy and marketing consultant for clients including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the not-for-profit space community. In the mid-1980s, he worked as a policy assistant in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under President Reagan, where he served as the White House staff liaison to the National Commission on Space.

Muncy holds a master's of science degree in space studies from the University of North Dakota.

To watch live in RealPlayer go to:

In a Web browser:

E-mail questions to Muncy to

The live feed will be active about five minutes before the start of the presentation.

This semester's colloquium presentations can also be accessed at the Space.Edu Colloquium Web site following the live presentation at Programs/colloquium.aspx

Student Success Center offers study skills help sessions

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, Memorial Union, from noon to 12:50 p.m., and are open to the entire campus community, with no reservations required. Upcoming sessions for April include:
* Thursday, April 9, Reading a College Textbook
* Wednesday, April 15, Studying for Tests
* Tuesday, April 21, Taking Tests
* Thursday, April 30, Studying/Preparing for Finals
-- Shari Nelson, Learning Specialist, Student Success Center,, 777-2117

Retirement party for Rick Geres is April 9

A retirement party for Rick Geres, production manager at Terrace Dining Center, will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, in the Terrace Dining Center. Please join us as we thank Rick for his many years of service and wish him well in his retirement.
-- Jeff St. Michel, Assistant Director, Dining Services,, 7-3823

Culinary Corner events listed through April 11

Here is what’s happening in Culinary Corner through April 11!

Nutrition trivia: Have you been three for three yet? Maybe this is your lucky week! Remember, no peeking!

1. What is the world’s most important source of food?
2. A popped popcorn piece is how many times larger than the original popcorn kernel?
3. What common spice is technically tree bark?

Start Right Breakfast
Wednesday, April 8, 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 a.m. The cost is $5 per person.

Dakota Harvest Bakers
Tuesday, April 7, 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. The cost is $10. The class is limited to the first seven people to register.

Sweet Treats
Wednesday, April 8, 6 p.m.
Sweet Treats, developed by recent UND graduate and avid baker Laura Vein, is a hands-on class dedicated to primarily baking and deserts. Each class features a different theme such as cupcakes, crepes, brownies, comfort food, cheesecake, etc. Classes are designed to show that not all deserts are un-healthy. Some baking experience is preferred, but the class can appeal to most levels of expertise. The cost is $15. The class is limited to the first seven people registered.

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:
1. Rice
2. 35
3. Cinnamon
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition Services, Wellness Center,, 701 777 0769

Doctoral examination set for Joanna Marino

The final examination for Joanna Marino, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in clinical psychology, is set for 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, in 210 Corwin Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is "A Multi-Site Comparison of Purging-Type Disorders." F. Richard Ferraro (psychology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Global Visions presents double feature April 14

The Global Visions Film Series continues its sixth year at UND this spring. The Global Visions Film Series (GVFS) is a forum that promotes diversity in North Dakota through screening award winning national and international films. The GVFS is sponsored by the students of the Anthropology Club in the Department of Anthropology, and is partially funded by the Multicultural Awareness Committee. Their goal 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.

A double feature will be shown Tuesday, April 14, with screenings of “The Kite Runner,” and “Innocent Voices.” The scheduled film for Tuesday, March 10, (Innocent Voices) was shown as scheduled, but due to the blizzard “Coyote,” few people were able to attend. Films will be screened between 7 and 10 p.m. The following films are scheduled to complete this semester’s film series:
• "Mark Sienkiewicz, Live From Bethlehem" 2008 (Israel - documentary), April 21
• "Times of Harvey Milk" 2008 (USA), May 5

All films are shown in the Lecture Bowl, second floor, Memorial Union. The series is free and open to the public. Suggested donations are encouraged, but not required. For further information call 777-4718.

Review, "The Kite Runner"
By David Ansen | NEWSWEEK
From the magazine issue dated Dec. 17, 2007

If "Atonement" hadn't already been taken, Khaled Hosseini could have used it as a title for his novel, "The Kite Runner," whose protagonist, a privileged 12-year-old Afghan boy named Amir, grievously betrays his childhood friend Hassan. Only years later, as an adult, will he be able to atone through an act of considerable courage.

The story begins in San Francisco in 2001. The adult Amir (Khalid Abdalla) is now a novelist, having fled Afghanistan with his father after the Soviet invasion. He's a man haunted by his past, and Forster's movie soon transports us back to Kabul in 1978, before the city was decimated, first by the Russians and then by the Taliban. The young Amir (Zekiria Ebrahimi) has grown up in the comfortable, cultured home of his secular, militantly anti-mullah father, Baba (the marvelous Iranian actor Homayoun Ershadi). They are Pashtun, part of the ruling elite, and Hassan (sad-eyed Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada), the son of the family servant Ali, is of the Hazara tribe. The two young friends may be servant and master, but they are inseparable until the day Hassan is beaten up and raped by teenage Pashtun bullies, a horror Amir witnesses and does nothing to prevent. Converting his guilt into enmity, he turns on his friend.

"The Kite Runner" isn't subtle, but it allows us to see a country and a culture from the inside: it puts a human face on a tragedy most of us know only from headlines and glimpses on the nightly news. It helps that the Afghan scenes are played in Dari, not English. Forster's solid, unpretentious movie hits its marks squarely, and isn't afraid to wear its heart on its sleeve. Only a mighty tough viewer could fail to be moved.

Innocent Voices
October 14, 2005
"Fallout From a Ruinous Civil War Seen Through a Child's Eyes"
Published: October 14, 2005

In the most wrenching scene from Luis Mandoki's film "Innocent Voices," Salvadoran army troops storm into a school in the heart of an impoverished rural village, bark out a list of names and forcibly conscript any boy over 12 into the military. As the dazed, terrified children are herded into the back of a truck and carted away, their stricken parents look on in horrified silence; to interfere would be to risk being shot to death.

This scene is one of several in the film, set in the 1980s during El Salvador's 12-year civil war, that break your heart. During those years, the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, or the F.M.L.N., waged an armed struggle against the right-wing government, which responded by attacking villages and massacring inhabitants suspected of sympathizing with the left-wing guerrillas. The United States, fearing a Communist takeover of the country, backed the government and dispatched American soldiers to train the government troops, who eventually prevailed.

These events are viewed through the eyes of Chava (Carlos Padilla), a spirited 11-year-old boy and the oldest of three children who live with their mother, Kella (Leonor Varela), a seamstress struggling to provide for her family. Chava's father has left El Salvador for the United States, and there is no word as to his whereabouts.
Because this is history viewed through the eyes of a child, "Innocent Voices" gives you feelings and impressions, but few facts. The only people seen in the village are women, children, the elderly and the disabled cowering in fear and uncertainty. In one brief scene, American soldiers are shown handing out chewing gum to children whose parents warn them that the kindly soldiers are really their enemies. In another, Chava witnesses the kidnapping off the street of two girls who are dragged away to be raped; the heroic local priest (Daniel Giménez Cacho), the film's most eloquent voice, refuses to tell the boy what will happen to them.

The film is based on the real-life childhood experiences of Oscar Torres, who co-wrote the screenplay with the Mexican director Mr. Mandoki. "Innocent Voices" is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian). It has harrowing scenes of war.
-- Marcia Mikulak, Assistant Professor, Anthropology,, 777-4718

University Within the University (U2) lists new classes

University Within the University (U2) lists the following new classes.

New Student Employee Supervisor Workshop
April 14, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Memorial Union, Badlands Room
Provides training on how to use the JobX Student Employment Web site and reviews the policies and procedures for hiring and employing students at UND. Presenters: Hanna Baker and Janelle Kilgore

Facilities Discoverer Reports Training
April 14, 11 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II
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.

Data Protection and Privacy
April 15, 9 to 11:30 a.m., 361 Upson II
This workshop introduces secure practices for handling and storing sensitive University and personal data. Topics will include a discussion of the types of information to protect and why it needs to be protected; practices and configurations for securing your operating system, Web browser, e-mail, and other software applications; protecting your personal information online; must-have security software for your computer; and encrypting sensitive data. Presenter: Brad Miller.

Calorie Salary: How To Budget Your Calories
April 15, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wellness Center Classroom 120
Want to learn tricks on how to get the most for your calories? With this class you will get helpful information on easy ways to cut back on calories and where it’s ok to spend them. You will also be supplied with helpful nutritional information for a healthy lifestyle. Presenter: Karina Wittman.

Defensive Driving
April 16, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator
This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member (spouse and/or dependents). This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Jason Uhlir.

QPR: Take an Hour, Save a Life
April 16, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Memorial Union, Badlands Room
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour. Funded by the Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant. Presenter Name: Jacque Gray.

MS Office 2007-How Will It Affect You?
April 16, 2:30 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II, Room 361
Become familiar with the dramatically different user interface in Office 2007 applications -The Ribbon. Learn how to recognize the new file formats for Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Access 2007 documents. Learn about the file format compatibility issues between Office 2007 files and earlier Office versions. Find out how to install the free Office Compatibility Pack for opening and editing Office 2007 files in earlier Office versions, and how to save Office 2007 files in the earlier version (Office 97-2003 file format). Presenter: Heidi Strande.
-- Patricia Young, U2 Coordinator, Continuing Education,, 777-0720

Faith Club book study begins April 14

The book study on "The Faith Club" has been postponed for one week. We will begin at noon Tuesday, April 14, at Christus Rex, and meet again April 21 and 28. -- Community of Christus Rex.

Richard N. Zare to present 2009 Chemistry Department Abbott Lectures

This year’s Chemistry Department Abbott Lectures will be given Tuesday and Wednesday, April 14 and 15, by Richard N. Zare, Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor in Natural Science at Stanford University.

Dr. Zare will give two lectures: the first presentation, titled “Cars: Chemistry in Motion," will be given at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in 101 Abbott Hall, and is intended for a scientifically interested general audience. A reception will follow in 232 Abbott Hall. He will also present a scientific talk, titled “Supercritical Fluid Precipitation: A New Modality for Drug Delivery," at noon Wednesday, April 15, in 138 Abbott Hall. All are welcome to both lectures.
-- Kim Myrum, Information Processing Specialist, Chemistry Department,, 777-2741

SCEC Discovery Series - Online Assessment of Student Learning

All UND faculty are invited and encouraged to attend the upcoming Senate Continuing Education Committee-sponsored Discovery Series event, “Online Assessment of Student Learning,” from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, in the Swanson Hall, Room 10/12 (Please make note of new location).

Distance education is a creative and exciting teaching environment. When building a new online course, one difficulty that often impedes faculty is how to effectively evaluate an online student. To help solve the challenges of quality assessment and evaluation, a multi-discipline faculty panel who currently teach online at UND, will discuss different tips and techniques used to judge student learning. Pitfalls and academic dishonesty will also be explored. A question and answer session will follow the presentations.

Faculty will demonstrate how they have implemented hybrid-blended learning modes that serve students on and off-campus while preserving the power of face-to-face instruction.

No registration is required. To reserve a box lunch, call 777-3231, or e-mail by Friday, April 10.

For more information about the session itself, contact Ruth Paur, at, or 777-2651.
-- Ruth Paur, Assistant Professor, Pathology,, 777-2651

Jackson Katz to speak on sexual, domestic violence April 15

The Association of Residence Halls (ARH) Programming Board is hosting speaker Jackson Katz Wednesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. His groundbreaking work in gender violence prevention education with men and boys, particularly in the sports culture and the military, is internationally recognized. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the program.

An educator, author and filmmaker, Katz is co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program at Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society. MVP is the most widely utilized sexual and domestic violence prevention program in professional and college athletics. It has been implemented by seven NFL teams, including the New England Patriots, as well as the Boston Red Sox and several other Major League Baseball clubs. Katz also directs the first worldwide gender violence prevention program in the history of the United States Marine Corps.

His award-winning educational video "Tough Guise," his featured appearances in the films, "Wrestling With Manhood," and "Spin The Bottle," and his nationwide lectures have brought his insights into masculinity and gender violence to millions of college and high school students. He is also the author of an influential new book, titled “The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help,” published by Sourcebooks in 2006. Since 1990, he has lectured at over 950 colleges, prep schools, high schools, middle schools, professional conferences and military installations in 44 states. Katz holds academic degrees from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Harvard University, and is currently a doctoral student in cultural studies and education at UCLA.
-- Karina Stander, Assistant Director, Housing,, 7-2770

Patti Alleva to present next Faculty Lecture April 16

“Stirring the Mix: Using Literary Works to Explore the Elements of Judicial Decision-Making” will be the next topic in the Faculty Lecture Series. Patti Alleva, professor of law, will deliver the presentation Thursday, April 16, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A reception starts at 4 p.m., followed by the lecture at 4:30 p.m.

Alleva will talk about her work using the self-reflective power of literature as a platform for examining the decisional factors which may influence judges and the importance of broadening the traditional legal framework for understanding the nature of judicial judgment.

The UND Faculty Lectures have been held regularly on campus since 1997, cultivating a stronger academic atmosphere by showcasing the scholarly lives of several faculty members, selected across the disciplines. The lectures present the scholarly questions and goals of individual faculty members. In presenting their scholarship, the lecturers share the enthusiasm and dedication that sustains their creative efforts.

The UND Faculty Lectures are free and open to the public.

Alleva is the Rodney & Betty Webb Professor of Law at the UND School of Law. Born and raised in New York City, she graduated summa cum laude from Hofstra University with a bachelor's degree in American history and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. She received her juris doctor from Hofstra Law School, where she was Articles Editor of the Hofstra Law Review. After graduation, she clerked for Chief Judge Clarkston Fisher of the U.S. District Court of New Jersey. She practiced law in New York City at Proskauer Rose in the firm's litigation department for six years before coming to North Dakota in 1987.

Alleva teaches civil procedure, federal courts, and advanced civil litigation. She also teaches “Professional Visions: Law, Literature, and the Role of Lawyers in the Social Order,” an innovative capstone course that she designed to explore professional identity and judgment. She has taught in the Emory University School of Law’s Trial Techniques Program.

Alleva is a two-time recipient of UND’s Lydia & Arthur Saiki Prize for Graduate/Professional Teaching Excellence (1989, 2006). She also is a Bush Teaching Scholar and a three-time winner of UND’s outstanding student organization adviser award. She has presented regionally and nationally on the scholarship of teaching and learning as well as on legal education reform.

On the judicial side, Alleva has been a featured presenter at the National Workshop for U.S. Magistrate Judges, sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center (the Congressionally created education agency for the federal courts). She also served as the reporter for the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group for the District of North Dakota, which is charged by Congress to improve the federal civil litigation process.

Alleva also has been a member of the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Federal Courts and has published in the area of federal jurisdiction. She was a member of the North Dakota Supreme Court’s Commission on Gender Fairness in the Courts and is now a Master of the Bench in the local chapter of the American Inns of Court, a national organization bringing together judges and lawyers in order to enhance the professionalism and skills of bench and bar.

Alleva has served UND on various committees and promoted interdisciplinary and cross-cultural dialogue, including spearheading creation of the law school’s Northern Plains Indian Law Center; serving on the UND Presidential Advisory Council on Diversity; helping to improve the faculty advancement process campus-wide as a member of the Joint Provost/Senate Committee on Promotion and Tenure; coordinating the recent visit of psychologist Carol Gilligan as the law school’s Inaugural Distinguished-Scholar-in-Residence; serving on UND's PEW Charitable Trusts Higher Education Roundtable; and moderating a Writers Conference panel which included author Louise Erdrich.

North Dakota artists exhibition opens April 16

Doug and Walter’s Dog and Pony Show,” an exhibition at the Third Street Gallery on Kittson, is a show like no other, featuring the work of North Dakota artists Walter Piehl and Doug Pfliger. This exhibition will be a fantastic adventure through the art of painter Walter Piehl and sculptor Doug Pfliger. It will be available for viewing Tuesday April 16, through Friday, May 22. The public is invited to join in the fun by attending a free reception for the artists from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 16.

Piehl was born in Marion, N.D., and grew up the son of a rodeo producer and stock contractor. He loved bucking horses and bulls, and since he doesn’t raise them, he paints them. His signature expressive style captures the excitement and chaos of the rodeo scene. His work has been exhibited in many galleries and museums across the country including the Northeast Nevada Museum, Yellowstone Art Center, and the North Dakota Museum of Art. He was also the recipient of the 2008 Bush Foundation Enduring Vision Award.

Pfilger graduated from Minot State University with a bachelor of science degree in art education. He taught art in the public school setting for 13 years before pursuing an M.F.A. In 1997 he received his M.F.A. in painting from the University of North Dakota. In 2005 he started the ‘Doug’s Dogs’ series. Pfliger states, “Their folksy quality is intentional, their pedigrees are at times indeterminate, but the fact that each dog form has its own unique personality is totally serendipitous.”

The two artists work together at Minot State University. They are coming together in this exhibition to create an experience that will be fun and lively. It is not the same old dog and pony show, for it is “Doug and Walter’s Dog and Pony Show.” The exhibition will be up until May 22.

Third Street Gallery on Kittson is a non-profit arts organization created by artists for artists to provide exhibits and opportunities for regional and local artists and to revitalize the Greater Grand Forks community through the arts. The gallery is a non-profit, so with your membership you will help to provide a space for local artists to exhibit, in addition to providing the citizens of this community the opportunity to view emerging artists from the Upper Midwest. Memberships can be purchased online or at the gallery.

Sugarland Concert pre-party is April 16

The Ralph Engelstad Arena has announced the official Sugarland Concert Pre-Party will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Get the party started early and register for your chance to win a pair of front row tickets, the chance to meet Sugarland, enjoy pre-concert food and beverage on site. The pre-party is presented by 97 KYCK and CAT Country 100.3 and is free and open to the public. Event guests do not need a concert ticket to attend the pre-party. Doors to the pre-party open at 5 p.m.

For more information, visit Ralph Engelstad Arena at .

Entrepreneurship Bootcamps set for April 16-18

The Jodsaas Center for Engineering Leadership and Entrepreneurship is sponsoring Entrepreneurship Bootcamps by Stephen A. Szygenda from the Southern Methodist University School of Engineering.
* Students: Thursday, April 16, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., 324 Harrington Hall
* Faculty and staff: Friday, April 17, noon to 2 p.m., 218 Harrington Hall
* Discussion for all: Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m. to noon, 108 Harrington Hall

One-on-one meetings: contact to schedule.

Lunch will be served Thursday and Friday; refreshments will be served Saturday.

Although the Thursday bootcamp will be dedicated to student ventures, and the Friday bootcamp will be dedicated to faculty ventures, please come to any and all sessions when you are available.

Dr. Szygenda is the former dean of the School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University and The University of Alabama-Birmingham. He has held the position of chair of the electrical and computer engineering department at the University of Texas–Austin, where he also held the Clint Murchison Jr. Chair of Free Enterprise, and was the founding director of the Texas Center for Technology Development and Transfer. During his academic endeavors, Dr. Szygenda has graduated more than 100 M.S. and 40 Ph.D. students, acquired extensive government and industry research funding, received numerous awards, consulted for more than 50 international companies and universities, served on the board of directors of a number of companies, and published more than 150 papers. He received his Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University.

In industry and entrepreneurship, Dr. Szygenda has served as president of SBI Inc., COMSAT General Integrated Systems, the Rubicon Group (an incubator to nurture 10 high tech start-up companies, simultaneously), and Comprehensive Computing Systems and Services Inc. (This was the first multi-product simulation and test company producing very large CAD software and hardware systems. This company was acquired by The Communications Satellite Corporation of America and subsequently by The General Electric Corporation). He was also a member of technical staff at Bell Telephone Laboratories during the 1960s, where he was part of the group that developed the first electronic switching system, No. 1 ESS.

Dr. Szygenda is a pioneer in the areas of Simulation, CAD, fault tolerant computing, telecommunications, software engineering, entrepreneurship, academic strategic planning, technology transfer, business management, and economic development.
-- Richard R. Schultz, Interim Director, Jodsaas Center for Engineering Leadership & Entrepreneurship,, 777-4429

SUNY Distinguished Professor to speak at geography forum

The Department of Geography invites you to the April Geography Forum from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 17, in Gamble Hall Room 7. David M. Mark, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Department of Geography, University at Buffalo, will present "Ethnophysiography: Cultural and Linguistic Variation in the Conceptualization of Landscape." Everyone is welcome. For questions, please contact Dr. Enru Wang, Department of Geography at 777-4590.
-- Enru Wang, Assistant Professor, Geography,, 7-4590

NorthWord meets April 17

NorthWord, an undergraduate group of writers, will hold readings at 4 p.m. Friday, April 17, in 300 Merrifield Hall. The readings will be followed by a reception. Featured writers are Lorenzo Serna, Ryan Langerud, and Jenna Randall. -- Eleanor Williams, English.

Community entrepreneurship forum is April 17-18

“Community Entrepreneurship” will be the focus of a unique community-university forum in Rugby, N.D. Community members from across the state and University of North Dakota faculty and students will meet to discover common interests and learn from each other.

This second annual forum April 17-18 is sponsored by the Community Connect Project, hosted by the UND Center for Community Engagement. It will feature discussions about funding for community projects, community planning and evaluation, community information gathering, promoting community arts, and youth and senior citizens as assets for North Dakota communities. Exhibits of community-university projects and resources as well as opportunities for networking will be available. The Rugby-based Heartland Civic Orchestra will perform Friday evening after the tours at Tilman Hovland Auditorium, Rugby High School, 7:30 p.m.

Community Connect is a community-university public media project that also includes a Web site and journal to be premiered at the forum. Registration for the forum is free of charge. Contact Lana Rakow, director of the Center for Community Engagement, to register at 777-2287, or visit

Sweet Treats in Culinary Corner is April 18

The Sweet Treats: Cheesecake class that was scheduled for Saturday, March 28, has been re-scheduled to Saturday, April 18. Spaces are still available!

The decadence of cheesecake!
Cheesecake doesn't have to be all difficult or unhealthy! Learn some easy and delicious cheesecake recipes sure to please while staying somewhat health conscious. In this hands-on class, participants will assist in the cheesecake creation, enjoy a sampling in class, and take home some of their creations! Recipes will include both no-bake and baked cheesecakes of various types and flavors.

Saturday, April 18, 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $15 per person.

To register:, click on Nutrition and Culinary Corner.

All Sweet Treats cooking classes take place in the Culinary Corner cooking demonstration kitchen located at the UND Student Wellness Center.
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition Services, Wellness Center,, 701-777-0769

Conflict Resolution Center hosts two-day workshop

The Conflict Resolution Center will host two days of workshops with Minneapolis trainer, Brenda Adams. Join a gathering of hearts and minds for a Rejuvenation Course based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg, author of Nonviolent Communication. From 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, at the Conflict Resolution Center and the Meditation Center, Brenda Adams will be at UND leading a workshop based on NVC principles. She led one in December that was very well-received and helpful for all who participated.

Learning Compassionate (nonviolent) Communication will help you:
* Develop empathic listening, for yourself and with others.
* Release unhelpful thought patterns.
* Create space for awareness and rejuvenation.
* Experience connecting in a supportive community setting.

The cost for one day is $125; both days is $200. Register with Linda Hendrikson at 777-6390 or

Adams practices transformative mediation, coaches individuals, and leads group courses. She enjoys sharing empathic connections and developing social change through understanding. She is a member of the UND Conflict Resolution Center.

Play basketball against students and raise money

The University of North Dakota chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon will host the first annual Hoops for Hope, men’s 3 on 3, charity basketball tournament Saturday, April 18, at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.

All the proceeds will go directly to the Northlands Rescue Mission, a Christian-based, nonprofit ministry located in Grand Forks. Those who are interested should go to for registration information or stop by the information booth set up in the UND Wellness Center from 4 to 7 p.m.
-- Michael Johnson, Student, Sigma Phi Epsilon ,, (612) 432-27

Enjoy high tea in the Culinary Corner

Ever dreamed of attending high tea at a fancy restaurant? Well, the fancy restaurant is coming to the UND Wellness Center at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18. In this hands-on class, participants will not only learn what goes into the creation of high tea delicacies such as scones, tea sandwiches, and small pastries, but we will set up a high tea setting for all the participants to enjoy at the end of the class! More details will be posted closer to the class date, so keep watching! The cost is $15 per person.

To register: click on Nutrition and Culinary Corner
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition Services, Wellness Center,, 701-777-0769

Doctoral examination set for Louella L. Lofranco

The final examination for Louella L. Lofranco, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in communication and public discourse, is set for 3 p.m. Monday, April 20, in 200 O'Kelly Hall. The dissertation title is "The Meaning of Development for Filipinos by Filipinos in Diaspora: Rhetorical Vision in Participatory Communication." Lana Rakow (communication) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Doctoral examination set for Ann Marie Sorteberg

The final examination for Ann Marie Sorteberg, a candidate for the Ed.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 9 a.m. Monday, April 20, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Post-National Reading Panel Literacy Practices in a Head Start Classroom." Kari Chiasson (teaching and learning) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Doctoral examination set for Elizabeth Iva Bjerke

The final examination for Elizabeth Iva Bjerke, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 20, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Utilizing Student Pre-entry Attributes and Academic Integration to Predict Academic Success and Persistence to the Second Year in a Collegiate Aviation Program." Margaret Healy (educational leadership) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Doctoral examination set for Garth Kruger

The final examination for Garth Kruger, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, in Room 308, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Recruitment Factors Affecting Nurse Recruitment in Northwest Minnesota." Steven LeMire (educational foundations and research) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Pre-retirement seminars offered this spring

Please note the pre-retirement seminars offered this spring:

April 21, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., TIAA-CREF income options presented by TIAA-CREF
For those near retirement, find answers to questions about your TIAA-CREF retirement. TIAA-CREF can help identify your goals and develop a strategy to achieve them. This session could also be beneficial to those employees on NDPERS as they will discuss supplemental retirement annuities and estate planning.

April 28, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Social Security and Medicare presented by Howard Kossover, public affairs specialist for North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota
This seminar will provide information regarding the many questions you may have about Social Security and Medicare at retirement.

May 6, 1 to 4:30 p.m., NDPERS – Health, Life Insurance and Retirement presented by Diane Heck, NDPERS benefit program specialist
Information regarding NDPERS health insurance and Medicare supplement for retirees will be discussed. This session is for both NDPERS and TIAA-CREF participants who are interested in staying on the NDPERS health insurance during retirement. Insurances will be discussed from 1 to 2:45 p.m., and NDPERS retirement will be covered from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Please contact the U2 Office for registration and location for seminars listed above.

Phone: 777-4316, e-mail:,
or online:
-- Katie Douthit, Retirement Specialist, Payroll,, 777-2157

Entrepreneur Forum is April 22

The UND Center for Innovation is featuring Rick Lowenberg, president of Minnesota Elevator, Inc. accompanied by John Romnes, CEO of Minnesota Elevator, Inc. as the April speakers for the Entrepreneur Forum series. The Entrepreneur Forum will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the James Ray Idea Lab in the Center for Innovation, 4200 James Ray Dr. Free visitor parking is available.

A Certified Turnaround Professional, Lowenberg will share his realignment approach to business and take questions from the audience. He won the Turnaround of the Year award from the Minneapolis-based Upper Midwest chapter of the Turn-around Management Association with Minnesota Elevator, Inc. in 2007, with Mereen-Johnson Machine Company in 2005 and has been nominated for Turnaround of the Year with three other clients.

Lowenberg worked with Alliance Management, Inc. from 1999-2007 where he worked with over 100 companies in 11 states as a management consultant. From 1995-1999 he was with General Pump, Inc. out of Mendota Heights, MN a $40 million manufacturer and distributor of pumps imported from Italy. He also worked with Graco, Inc. in Minneapolis from 1991-1995 a $500 million manufacturer of pumps and paint equipment. Lastly, he was with World Aerospace Corp in Maple Grove, Minn., from 1988-1991, a $20 million job shop for aerospace and commercial aviation as a manufacturing engineer.

Lowenberg received his B.S. in Industrial Technology from the University of North Dakota in 1988 and an M.B.A. with a marketing concentration from the University of St. Thomas in 1994. He currently serves on the Board of the Minnesota Elevator Inc. as a trustee from 2008 to present. He is the Education Committee Chair of the Turnaround Management Association since 2006. He has been on the UND's Department of Technology advisory board since 2002.

The Entrepreneur Forum is a periodic gathering of entrepreneurs and business people who share experiences, strategies, and success stories. The event is sponsored by the Center for Innovation and is open to the public.
For more information, contact Jordan Schuetzle or John Plesuk at the Center for Innovation, 777-3132.

On Teaching session explores using video projects to promote student learning

In our Teaching with Technology Series this year we are exploring some of the work faculty on campus are doing in effectively introducing technology into their courses in ways that enhances student learning. Patrick Schultz (management) and Andrew Quinn (social work) have been working together in cooperation with the Center for Instructional Technology (CILT) to develop an "authentic" (a pedagogical term used to mean "in a real world context") project for courses on organization theory in which students can present their findings in a video format. The assignment asks student groups to do research on a local non-profit and then develop a storyline that illustrates the organizations' management principles. Students write interview questions and then videotape the interviews they conduct with the organization's management and staff. They then present their research to the class as a finished video, which they have edited and narrated.

In this session of On Teaching, from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the Red River Valley Room, Memorial Union, Patrick and Andrew will share insights they have gained from creating and implementing this authentic collaborative video project. If you are interested in trying a project like this, or you have also used video narratives to enhance student learning and would like to share your experiences, we hope you will join us for a thoughtful discussion of the pros and cons of this kind of assignment. To register and reserve your lunch call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or e-mail by noon Monday, April 20.

The On Teaching Seminar Series is co-sponsored by the Office of Instructional Development and Writing Across the Curriculum.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 7-4233

President's Advisory Council on Women (PAC-W) present "Let's Do Lunch"

The President's Advisory Council on Women (PAC-W) present "Let's Do Lunch" luncheon is Thursday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union, River Valley Room.

* 11 a.m. to noon, awards ceremony and mentoring presentation. Winners of the Louise Ebwerwein Scholarship and the 2009 Women Studies Essay Contest will be honored. A short presentation will follow on the wealth of opportunities available through mentor relationships.
* Noon to 1 p.m., Panel on International women's issues. Vincent Bulus, doctoral student, will talk about "Cultural Conditions Faced by Nigerian Women," and Daphne Pedersen and Abdallah Badahdah, Department of Sociology, will discuss "Arab Women Living With HIV."

Attend one or both events. There is a free lunch for attendees who register. To register for a free lunch, please call Patty McIntyre at the Women's Center (777-4302) no later than Friday, April 17. The lunch is limited to the first 100 people.
-- Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Womens Center,, 777-4302

Gordon Henry, Larry Klundt, other graduates receive alumni achievement awards from departments

You are invited to join us in celebrating the College of Education and Human Development Alumni Achievement Awards Banquet Friday, April 24, at the Hilton Garden Inn. The social is at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner at 6:45 p.m.

We will be honoring:
* Gordon Henry, ’66, M.Ed., ’70, Ed.D. - Counseling Psychology and Community Services
* Rick Wilson, ’72, B.S.Ed. - Physical Education, Exercise Science and Wellness (cccepting on Rick's behalf is his son, Barrett.)
* Jodi Maker, ’98, B.S.Ed. - Teaching and Learning
* Larry Klundt, ’71, M.Ed., ’80, Spec. Dip., ’94, Ed.D. - Educational Leadership
* Ronald Ferguson, ’01, M.A., ’04, Ph.D. - Educational Foundations and Research

Tickets are $15. Please RSVP to Jena by Friday, April 17.

To register or send a note of congratulations, call 777-0844 or e-mail:
Send payment to Jena Pierce, 231 Centennial Drive, Stop 7189, Grand Forks, ND 58202-7189.
-- Jena Pierce, Director of Alumni Relations and Development, College of Education and Human Development,, 701-777-0844

Children's Center benefit is April 25

The University of North Dakota Children’s Center (UCC) will host its third annual benefit and silent auction from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at UCC, 525 Stanford Rd. The event’s theme is “PLAY – Find Your Inner Child.” The evening will include auction items that showcase fun activities and services from local businesses. New this year is a raffle drawing for a variety of prizes including a Trek bicycle and a UND parking permit for 2009-10; see for a list of all the raffle items. All proceeds will benefit programs at the Children’s Center.

Tickets for the event are $15 for community members and raffle tickets are $2 each. Both may be purchased at the University Children’s Center at 525 Stanford Road; call 777-3947 for more information. The event is sponsored by the College of Education and Human Development, College of Arts and Sciences, and Residence Services and is open to the public.

The University Children’s Center has a long tradition of serving children and families, both on campus and from the Greater Grand Forks community. The Center is a licensed pre-school and childcare facility for young children two through 12 years of age. During the summer children first through fifth grades are also eligible to enroll. The Children’s Center works to provide quality, educational childcare in keeping with the best practices in the field of Early Childhood Development, offers experiential learning opportunities for UND students, and provides a research site that increases national knowledge about families and young children.
-- Jo-Anne Yearwood, Director, University Childrens Center,, 7-3947

Vietnam-era POW to share compellling story April 29

“Character and Leadership Lessons Learned as a POW” is the title of a presentation by Air Force Lt. Col. (retired) Barry Bridger at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Bridger spent six years as a prisoner of war (POW) at the infamous “Hanoi Hilton” after being shot down over North Vietnam in his F-4 Phantom.

This talk is sponsored by the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences and First Command Financial Planning.

Bridger’s thought-provoking presentation will focus on how he and his fellow POWs worked together to survive their years of incarceration. In this story of survival, bravery, teamwork, and patriotism, he will share the lessons he learned, and how the POW experience helped him understand what is truly important in life.

Bridger, a native of Bladenboro, N.C., is a 1963 graduate of the University of North Carolina with a bachelor of science degree in mathematics. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). Following pilot training in 1964, he was assigned to the 43rd Tactical Fighter Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., flying F-4 Phantoms.

Bridger accumulated more than 200 combat flying hours over North Vietnam. On Jan. 23, 1967, Bridger was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. He was captured by the North Vietnamese and spent more than six years in the “Hanoi Hilton” prison. Following his repatriation in March 1973, Bridger requalified in jet aircraft and served as an instructor pilot in air-to-ground combat.

For more details about the presentation, see the following UND Chester Fritz Auditorium link: Admission to the Bridger presentation is free and open to the public.

John Michael Lerma cooking demonstration rescheduled

The cooking demonstration featuring John Michael Lerma has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 2.

UND Culinary Corner
Fresh Pasta and Italian Sauces!
Demonstration: Open to the public
Saturday, May 2, 2 p.m.
Our favorite Food Network chef is back! John Michael Lerma, UND alum, chef and author lives in Italy part-time hosting his culinary vacations in Tuscany. If you can’t join John Michael in Italy why not join him at the Culinary Corner where he will teach you to prepare the most popular dressings for pasta. You’ll even learn to prepare the fresh pasta!

Demonstration cost is $5 or bring a non-perishable food item for free admission to be donated to a local family in need.

Featured recipes include: Sugo di Pomodoro alla Napoletana (basic tomato sauce), Spaghetti alla Carbonara (Pasta with egg and bacon), Spaghetti con Pesto (spaghetti with pesto sauce), and Pasta all’Uovo (homemade pasta).

A Tuscan Gathering
Exclusive Cooking Class
Saturday, May 2, 6 p.m.
Cost is $50/person, reservations required

Author, chef, and Food Network personality John Michael Lerma takes groups of hungry travelers on culinary vacation of a lifetime to Tuscany. Join him as he demonstrates some of his famous recipes that he orchestrates in the hills outside of Cortona, Italy. Your meal will include his Figs and Smoked Mozzarella Wrapped in Prosciutto, Vegetable Salad with Lemon-Tomato Vinaigrette, Grilled Veal Bundles with Fontina, Sage, and Prosciutto, and for dessert a wonderful Dessert Cannoli. You will also learn which Italian wines are best paired with this type of meal. Maggia!

Participants in the evening event will have a chance to speak one-on-one with John Michael about his cooking experiences and favorite recipes.

To make a reservation, register online at – click on Nutrition and Culinary Corner, or contact Karina Wittmann at 701-777-0769 or

Both events will take place in the Culinary Corner cooking demonstration kitchen at the UND Wellness Center. John Michael's cookbooks will also be for sale at both events.
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition Services, Wellness Center,, 701-777-0769

Nursing hosts Visiting Scholar Lecture April 23

The College of Nursing will host a Visiting Scholar Lecture at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Room 248 of the Northern Plains Center for Behavioral Research (NPCBR). Ann Horgas will present "Pain Management in Aging." She is an associate professor and associate dean for research at the University of Florida College of Nursing. She is currently funded by the National Institute on Aging to study cognitive interventions for older adults, and recently completed an NINR-funded study of pain assessment in nursing home residents. Dr. Horgas is a consultant for the newly established Gerontological Nursing Specialization. Students who complete this master of science degree course of study are eligible for the American Nurse Credentialing Center examination for certification as a gerontological nurse practitioner or clinical nurse specialist. The College of Nursing welcomes all interested faculty, staff, students, and community members.
-- Valerie Krogstad, Gerontological Nursing Specialization Asst, Nursing,, 701-777-4535

cScibot Robot summer camp dates announced

The Department of Computer Science will once again provide a wonderful summer camp experience for students 10-14 years old. The cScibot Introduction Camp will run from July 27-31 and from Aug. 3-7 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Streibel Hall. An advanced camp for those with some programming experience, or those who have attended the Introductory Camp will run the same dates (July 27-31 and Aug. 3-7) from 8 a.m. to noon. Fees for Intro Camp are $70 and $85 for Advanced Camp. Registration forms are available at or in our office at 201 Streibel Hall. Call 777-4107 if you want a form sent out to you by mail.
-- Annette Glennon, Administrative Secretary, Computer Science,, 7-4107

University Curriculum Committee to hear program termination

The University Curriculum Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in 305 Twamley Hall, to discuss the proposed request to terminate the B.S. Ed with Combined Major in Elementary Education and Mathematics. All interested parties are invited to attend.
-- Connie Borboa, Admissions and Records Officer, Office of the Registrar,, 7-4852

Grants and contracts administration produces departmental user guide

A short manual has been put together to assist departmental staff with reports and information concerning their grants and contracts. It covers such items as setting up a RUN control, PI report, commitment control, award profile page, project page, project team link and setting up a favorite.

This can be found on the Grants and Contracts Administration Wweb page on the left side of the page. The link is
-- David Schmidt, Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Grants & Contracts Administration,, 7-2505

Summer Mini-Project grant deadline extended to noon April 15

The Office of Instructional Development and the Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) will fund a number of Summer Mini-Project grants to support faculty working on significant teaching/assessment projects that go beyond normal course preparation and can be completed in one to two weeks of full-time effort during the summer. Projects may relate to individual classes or to department/program needs (for example: designing a major class project; assembling web-based resources for a class or program; or analyzing data collected in conjunction with the department's assessment plan.) Due to weather related chaos the deadline for this program has been extended from April 1 to April 15 at noon.

Grants will range from $750 to $1,500, depending on the size of the project, and are paid as salary stipends. Applicants are expected to meet university guidelines regarding payment for faculty overload. (Note: Because of funding restrictions, work on Mini-Projects must be done before the end of the fiscal year, June 30.) The Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) reviews Mini-Project Grant proposals. Full guidelines are available at
-- Anne Kelsch, Director of Instructional Development, OID,, 7-4233

Fulbright Scholar awards are available

Faculty who may be eligible for a developmental leave in 2010-2011 or beyond should consider whether a Fulbright application would serve their professional needs. According to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES, the organization which sponsors the Fulbright program), faculty apply for a wide variety of reasons. You may simply desire to live and teach or conduct research abroad. In some cases you might apply as part of a larger effort to internationalize a department or program. In other situations, you may have specific scholarly needs (e.g., for access to specific archives or specific scientific equipment and expertise) which can be met only at a particular location. Whatever the impetus, the aim of the Fulbright program is to build connections and mutual understanding among faculty and students around the world, and to help faculty refresh their thinking by learning and working in a context quite different from the home institution.

If you may be eligible for a leave and would like to know more about the application process, you can visit the CIES Web site ( to learn more about the traditional scholar program as well as other programs offered through the organization. (Please note that it’s possible to use Fulbright resources to bring international faculty to UND as well as to sponsor your own international travel and study.)

Or UND has received three CIES flashdrives containing all relevant program and application information, and those can be borrowed by any faculty member who is considering an application. To borrow one of the Fulbright flashdrives, please contact Joan Hawthorne at <> .
-- Joan Hawthorne, Assistant Provost, Academic Affairs,, 7-4684

First-year Latin I and II will be offered this summer

Please announce this in your classes, if appropriate: first-year Latin I and II will be offered this summer. For additional information, contact Daniel N. Erickson at 777-4651. Faculty and staff are welcome! -- Dan Erickson, classical studies.

Local media are interested in flood research

The local media are interested in interviewing faculty who are setting up or have ongoing flood-related research projects. Research could involve anything from economics, engineering, hydrology, meteorology, remote sensing, etc., to studies involving flood-related social or psychological stress. If you have a flood-related research project and would be willing to talk with the media about it, please contact Juan Pedraza, Office of University Relations, 777-6571, , or Peter Johnson, .

Friday, April 10, is holiday

Friday, April 10, Good Friday, will be observed as a holiday by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday. -- Paul LeBel, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources.

Law Library announces Easter weekend hours

Easter weekend hours for the Law Library follow: Wednesday, April 8, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, April 9, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, April 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 12, closed; Monday, April 13, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Regular hours resume Tuesday, April 14.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Law Library,, 7-3482

University of North Dakota Bookstore seeks employees

Your UND Bookstore is looking for associates to join our team.

Senior Accounting Clerk
The senior accounting clerk will maintain proper accounts with regard to financial transactions of the store. This person may check the work of other accounting clerks ensuring that forms are completed on time and that they are accurate and complete. Additionally, the senior accounting clerk will also routinely audit accounting and cash functions to ensure policies and procedures are being followed in the store. This person may train new employees. We seek a highly responsible, accounting professional who possesses one to two years of previous banking or bookkeeping experience, and who thrives in a fast paced, challenging and ever changing environment. For more information, please submit your resume to Jessica Schranz at

Computer Manager I
This position is responsible for maximizing sales, profit and inventory objectives within the department; develops, upgrades and maintains computer sales database; installs, configures and maintains demo computers, software and computer department network; assists customers with searches for certain hardware or software and may recommend certain hardware and software based on customers' needs; provides in-store demonstrations of hardware, software and related products and equipment; responsible for installing, configuring, and maintaining demo computers, software and computer department network; provides technical advice and assistance to customers; knowledgeable with MAC products and how to build a computer to customers needs. To become part of our dynamic world and learn more about this exciting position, we encourage you to make your move now and visit us online to submit resumes at

Shipping and Receiving Manager
This position is responsible for processing incoming and outgoing shipments, in addition to preparing items for shipment; communicating with store staff to direct staff in processing inventory to the selling floor and storage areas; ensuring customer service standards are consistently met by providing efficiency of shipped and received merchandise; supervising a seasonal staff during peak times; and creating an organized and efficient backroom area to promote a clean and safe working environment.

Cashier Coordinator
This position is responsible for greeting and assisting customers, operates the cash register to tabulate customer sales, coordinates the activities of other cashiers, trains new cashiers and ensures that company policies and procedures are followed. This person may order supplies, magazines, soft drinks, snacks, or candy from local vendors, receives items and stocks the shelves, checks for damages or shortages and for price changes. For more information, please submit your resume to Jessica Schranz at
-- Michelle Abernathey, Assistant Store Director, UND Bookstore,, 777-2103

Library of the Health Sciences lists Easter weekend hours

The Library of the Health Sciences hours for the Easter weekend are: Thursday, April 9, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, April 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, April 11, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 12, closed; Monday, April 13, 8 a.m. to midnight.
-- April Byars, Administrative Assistant, Library of the Health Sciences,, 777-3893

ITSS lists holiday closing hours

Information Technology Systems and Services will close for the Good Friday holiday at midnight Thursday, April 9, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Saturday, April 11. They will close for Easter Sunday at midnight Saturday, April 11, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, April 13.
-- David Levenseller, Help Desk Leader, ITSS,, 777-2222

Wellness Center lists Easter break hours of operation

The Wellness Center will have shortened hours during the Easter Break. The hours follow: Thursday, April 9, 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, April 10, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, closed. Regular hours will resume Monday, April 13. The Membership Office will close Thursday at 5 p.m. and reopen Tuesday at 10 a.m.
-- Monica Nilson, Coordinator of Guest Experience, Wellness Center,, 701-777-0232

Museum lists holiday hours

The North Dakota Museum Cafe will be closed Friday and Monday, April 10 and 13 over the Easter break. The Museum Galleries will be open over the break. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 701-777-4195

International Centre closed on holiday weekend

The International Centre will be closed Friday, April 10, through Sunday, April 12. The Centre will resume its regular hours Monday, April 13, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
-- Tatjyana Richards, Office Manager, Office of International Programs,, 777-6438

Legislative information available

You can access the 12th issue of the 2009 Legislative Review - A Look at Higher Education in Week 13: March 30-April 3, 2009, by opening the attached file or clicking on the following Web link

Bill status summaries included in this newsletter reflect the most current information available at the time of publication.

Stimulus tax tables in effect for March 31 paycheck

The University of North Dakota has implemented the new 2009 “Stimulus” tax tables, effective with the March 31, 2009, paychecks.

The new 2009 income tax withholding tables issued to implement the Making Work Pay Credit (MWPC) may place some taxpayers in a slightly “under withheld” situation by the end of the year. In particular, married couples with both spouses earning wages, individuals working multiple jobs at one time or anyone that is claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return may want to adjust their Forms W-4 to have additional withheld.

When you file your taxes, the tax credit that you will receive is supposed to be the lesser of:
(1) $0 for anyone claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return OR a non-resident alien
(2) 6.2 percent of earned income OR
(3) $400 for single individuals and $800 for joint filers

Special Note: This credit will be phased out by 2 percent of the modified adjusted gross income over $75,000 for single filers and $150,000 for joint filers.

The Payroll Office will be unable to tell you what your federal tax will be for the March 31 check, until pay day. If you would like to estimate your federal tax, prior to pay day, there is a Federal Tax Calculator on the Payroll Web site : . Use the calculator named: Federal Withholding Calculator for CY2009-Effective March 31-2009. This calculator uses the new withholding tables that will be used for the rest of calendar year 2009. This calculator can also be used to provide you with different scenarios, if you would choose to change your W-4.

We recommend that you wait and review your paycheck stub on March 31 and if your wages are the same, then if the difference in your federal withholding between your last check and your March 31 check, multiplied by your number of pay periods remaining in the calendar year is more than your anticipated credit above, you may want to submit a new W-4 to increase your withholding. The W-4 form is located on the Payroll Web site: . You may print it, complete it, and deliver/mail it to the Payroll Office (Twamley 312, or 264 Centennial Drive Stop 7127). -- Payroll.

Medical School presents School for the Public

Tune into this revolving program for the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Each session presents the latest in health information, featuring our outstanding teachers.

Welcome to! A "Medical School for the Public" program of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Through this online program, we are pleased to feature outstanding medical school faculty members who will broaden your knowledge about health issues and conditions that are common to North Dakota and the region. We hope you will visit this website often to benefit from the most up-to-date health information from our knowledgeable, experienced and respected teachers. You'll have the opportunity to view the presentations through different media and pose questions and receive answers.

Discounts are available for moving services

Two or more binding estimates should be requested from moving companies to determine the best value for each move. UND has agreements with four moving companies. Departments are not required to use these agreements. They are available only as a source for departments. If you decide to use one of these companies, you need to mention your affiliation with UND to qualify for the contract pricing.

UND Agreements:
* Allied Van Lines
Agent: Jobbers Moving & Storage Co.
1330 40th Street N
Fargo, ND 58102
800-523-6203 / 701-356-8080
701-356-8082 (fax)
Who can use: Faculty, staff, students, retirees, and alumni

* Atlas Van Lines
Agent: Kedney Moving Center
4700 DeMers Ave
Grand Forks, ND 58201
800-366-6183 / 701-772-6683
Who can use: Faculty, staff, and retirees

* United Van Lines
Agent: Wherley Moving & Storage, Inc.
216 2nd Street N.E.
East Grand Forks, MN 56721
800-999-4294 / 218-773-1173
218-773-8932 (fax)
Who can use: Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and retirees (within 120 days of last date of employment)

* Wheaton Van Lines
Agent: Preferred Movers of Nashville
3201 Ambrose Ave
Nashville, TN 37207
615-227-1739 (fax)
Who can use: Faculty, staff, students, retirees, and alumni

Consult the Moving Expense Reimbursement Policy on the Account Services Web site to see if your move qualifies for reimbursement.

Please contact the Purchasing Department at 7777-2681 with any questions.
-- Scott Schreiner, Director , Purchasing,, 7-2681

Studio One features President Robert Kelley, bridge closings

This week on Studio One, learn about the duties of a university president. Many people are unaware of the duties associated with this prestigious position. UND’s president, Robert O. Kelley will explain his role and how he keeps up with his hectic schedule. When asked about how the new job was impacting his personal life, Kelley responded, “What personal life?” President Kelley has been busy this year with new staff, 12-13 hour days, and becoming a local “celebrity.” Kelly will also discuss tips for students to get the most out of their University experience.

Also on the show, learn how flooding in the Red River Valley is doing more than causing property damage. The cities of Grand Forks, N.D., and East Grand Forks, Minn., closed two of the three bridges connecting these cities. Find out how local businesses are being affected by the bridge closings on the next episode of Studio One.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota 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,, 701-777-3818

Museum Cafe lists weekly menu

The North Dakota Museum of Art's menu through April 9 follows.

Roasted Chicken and Curried Peach Salad, $6.50
Roasted chicken and curried peaches served over a bed of lettuce.

Italian Penne Salad, $6
Italian penne mixed with tomatoes, olives, capers and Italian seasonings

Spinach Salad, $5.50
Baby spinach, bacon bits, and sliced hard boiled eggs, tossed in a creamy Italian dressing.

Sandwiches (served with fruit and kettle chips)
Monte Cubano, $6.50
Ham, turkey, Swiss cheese and dill pickle, served Panini style on light rye.

Eggplant Parmesan, $6.25
Lightly toasted eggplant in panko with grated parmesan cheese and melted mozzarella, served with marinara sauce on a toasted baguette

Caprese, $6.50
Tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and pesto, toasted on a baguette (add turkey for $1)

Turkey Chili
Green Pea Soup

The Museum Cafe is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for coffee, with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take-out orders are available; call 777-4195. Free wireless internet!
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 701-777-4195

Nominations sought for Memorial Union Leadership Awards

Nominations for the Memorial Union Outstanding Student Leader Award, Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award, and Outstanding Student Organization Award are now being accepted. Nomination submission forms and leadership award policies are available online at You are strongly encouraged to nominate student leaders and student organization advisors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service.

The Outstanding Student Leader Award recognizes students who have exhibited exemplary leadership skills through their campus involvement, volunteer service efforts, on-campus employment, or other life experiences.

The Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award recognizes student organization advisors for their commitment and dedication to students and their campus involvement.

The Outstanding Student Organization Awards recognize student organizations that have contributed in a significant way to the University and Grand Forks community over the past year. Nominations for this award should come from members of the organization.

Recipients of the awards will be honored at the Memorial Union Leadership Awards reception Friday, April 24.

Nominations for students and advisors need to be submitted online at

Nomination forms and instructions for organizations are also available at, but completed nomination packets must be submitted to the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.

All nominations are due Thursday, April 9, by 4:30 p.m.

Contact Cassie Gerhardt at 777-3667 or e-mail with questions or for more information.
-- Cassie Gerhardt, Assistant Director for Leadership & Assessment, Memorial Union,, 777-3667

Space Studies seeks students to work at UND Observatory

Space Studies is seeking undergraduate or graduate students interested in learning the operations, upkeep, and maintenance of astronomical telescopes at the UND Observatory. The site, located ~10 miles west of Grand Forks, is home to four Internet-controllable telescopes that are a part of the Space Grant Internet Telescope Network. Students will work with Space Studies faculty to operate and maintain the telescopes. Students will learn how to set up and monitor telescopes during remote observations, which include tasks such as telescope alignment, CCD operation, obtaining calibration frames, and assisting remote observers. If interested, students will have the opportunity to use the observatory's equipment for the conduct of education and research projects. Contact Paul Hardersen at or at 777-4896 for more information or visit our Web sites at and .

Adelphi Literary Society seeks book donations

It's time to spring clean your office, but don't throw away your old books! The Adelphi Literary Society in the Department of English seeks book donations for its spring book sale. Please contact Rebecca Weaver-Hightower at or 777-6391 if you have any books to donate, or bring them by the English department office in 110 Merrifield Hall. We will pick up books from your home as well.
-- Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, Assistant Professor, English,, 777-6391

Internal job openings listed

The following position vacancies are available only to regular UND staff employees who have successfully completed their six-month probation period, earn annual and sick leave, receive BC/BS health insurance and TIAA-CREF or ND PERS retirement benefits. Current UND faculty, please contact Human Resources for eligibility.

TO APPLY: Please complete UND Application/Control Card form. Send letter of application and resume, referencing position name and number, to: Human Resources, University of North Dakota, Twamley Hall, Room 313, 264 Centennial Drive Stop 8010, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8010. Applications MUST be received by the deadline date.



POSITION: Publications Assistant, UND Aerospace, #09-249
(This is a temporary, benefitted position due to military deployment of current employee.
Employment may end when employee returns, estimated for September of 2010).
COMPENSATION: $ 21,500 plus/year

POSITION: Project Assistant (30 hours/week), Geology and Geological Engineering, #09-247
COMPENSATION: $15.00 plus/hour


POSITION: Transfer Clerk, Office of the Registrar, #09-246
COMPENSATION: $ 20,000 plus/year

POSITION: Administrative Secretary, Housing, #09-244
COMPENSATION: $ 24,200 plus/year


POSITION: Technology Development Operator, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #09-245
COMPENSATION: $ 36,000 plus/year
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

ND EPSCoR announces UND AURA winners

The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) announces the 2009 Advanced Undergraduate Research Award (AURA) winners at the University of North Dakota. The goal of AURA is to encourage undergraduate students to consider a career that involves research in science, engineering, or mathematics. AURA provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to participate in faculty-mentored research projects at the state’s two research Universities. AURA participants are awarded up to $6,500 for full-time research activities during the summer session and for part-time research activities during the fall semester. Awardees are expected to apply for a nationally competitive undergraduate scholarship during their AURA experience. The seven students participating in the AURA program at UND were competitively selected from a pool of 19 applicants. ND EPSCoR is a program supported by the National Science Foundation and the State of North Dakota at both the UND and North Dakota State University.

UND AURA winners, their home towns, their faculty mentors, and the research projects in which they will participate are:

• Mary Brooke, Dickinson, N.D., William Sheridan, Department of Biology, “Chromosome Segmental dosage Analysis of Maize Plant Morphogenesis.”
• Mary Butler, Mandan, N.D., F. Richard Ferraro, Department of Psychology, “Risk, Decision Making, and Information Processing: Application to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).”
• Alicia Grant, Elgin, Ill., Steven Ralph, Department of Biology, “Identification of Insect Resistance Genes in Poplar Trees Using Forward Genetics.”
• Stephen Greiman, Barrington, Ill., Jeffrey Vaughan, Vasyl Tkach, and Katherine Mehl, Department of Biology, “Birds, Mosquitoes and Parasites: the Impact of Parasitism on Birds of the Northern Great Plains.”
• Serena Lackman, Center, N.D., Eric Murphy, Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics, “Roles of Alpha-Synuclein in Astrocyte Cholesterol Metabolism.”
• Mariaha Lyons, Horace, N.D., Van Doze, Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics, “Adrenergic Regulation of Neurogenesis and Cognition.”
• Eric Timian, Langdon, N.D., Ryan Zerr, Department of Mathematics, “Generalized Ducci Sequences.”

For additional information concerning ND EPSCoR or the AURA program, please contact Mark R. Hoffmann, assistant vice president for research and ND EPSCoR co-project director, 415 Twamley Hall, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58201-7093, 701-777-2492.
-- Mark R. Hoffmann, Assistant Vice President for Research and Co-Project Director, ND EPSCoR,, 701-777-2492

EERC aggressively commercializing several cutting-edge technologies

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is poised to commercialize several groundbreaking EERC-developed technologies with a strong focus on furthering economic development in North Dakota and the region.

The EERC, a worldwide leader in the development of cleaner, more efficient energy and environmental technologies, is committed to moving technologies out of the laboratory and into the commercial marketplace.

"We are internationally recognized for our applied energy and environmental research programs, which translate to a never-ending stream of commercialization opportunities," said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. "We do not do fundamental research. Every program, and every contract, is derived with the intent of answering critical questions and/or developing technology that has economical, practical applications."

The following is a select list of current commercial opportunities from the EERC's numerous applied research programs:

* Renewable Jet Fuel and Diesel: The EERC is the first enterprise in the world to produce 100% renewable jet fuel and diesel from crop oils through its Advanced Tactical Fuels Program, with support from several government and private entities. The fuels are essentially identical to their petroleum-derived counterparts, providing a pathway to energy security for the U.S. military and the entire nation. The EERC is working with Tesoro (North Dakota) and several other commercial entities to commercialize the technology, which would produce billions of dollars worth of alternative fuels annually.

* Mercury Control: The EERC is working with RLP Energy, Inc. (Grand Forks), the latest new company to collocate an office at the EERC, to provide customized mercury control solutions to electric utilities. Mercury control is one of the major global challenges associated with the development of clean coal technologies. RLP Energy is competing for full-scale implementation of the technology and is expected to have its first commercial contract at a major coal-fired utility within the next several months.

* Hydrogen On-Demand Fueling System: The EERC has developed a high-pressure hydrogen production process for converting liquid fuels, such as ethanol, methanol, and gasoline, to hydrogen. Utilizing this process, the significant infrastructure costs of nationwide hydrogen production, transportation, and storage will be greatly reduced or eliminated so that hydrogen refueling can be accessible and affordable. The EERC is currently working with many industry partners to commercialize the project for a variety of applications. The first demonstration of this technology is tentatively planned for Grand Forks in 2010.

* Fertilizer Production: With dramatic increases in fertilizer prices, dependence on imports, and logistical costs, it is vital to develop alternative, domestic supplies for fertilizer production. The EERC, in conjunction with the North Dakota Corn Growers Association, the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotional Council, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is advancing a technology to produce fertilizer using a proprietary, significantly lower-cost concept that can use coal or biomass instead of natural gas. The first commercial demonstration is planned for 2010 in North Dakota.

* Distributed Biomass Energy Systems: Many agricultural and other biomass residues have a high energy value; however, this value is lost as they are transported off-site at a disposal cost. The EERC is working with Aboriginal Cogeneration Company (Manitoba) to commercialize an EERC-developed system to produce electricity from scrap railroad ties. This same technology can be applied to numerous biomass feedstocks, such as agricultural residues and wood wastes and, as such, has a very large global market. As local communities, corporations, and farmers seek to lower operational costs and revenues, utilization of biomass residues provides an economically attractive solution for producing on-site heat and power. The first commercial demonstration of this technology is planned for later this year in British Columbia.

April U-Shine Award winner announced

UND Staff Senate is proud to announce the April “U Shine Award” recipient, Janice Hoffarth, administrative assistant in the music department. She was nominated by Tammy Mulske and was presented with a check for $50 and a certificate by Human Resources Director Diane Nelson on April 6.

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

“On Feb. 9, the Music Department held its Open House. On the iciest day of the year, several students, prospective students, and faculty members were unable to attend the event. One of the absent faculty members was assigned to take the prospective students to lunch at Wilkerson Dining Center. When we were unable to find another faculty member to take the students to lunch, Janice immediately volunteered and then proceeded to lead the students, their parents, and some grandparents across the ice and snow to the Dining Center. To keep everyone safe, Janice found the icy patches for them, and fell twice in the process. She spent the next hour chatting with the students and promoting our University. After lunch, she led the students back to Hughes Fine Arts Center through the same ice and snow and rain. It was not until she was back in her office that she told anyone how wet and cold she was, and that she was sore from falling twice. The students only saw a cheerful person who loved the University she works for.

On a day when some people were unable to make it to work, and others were unwilling to take on additional duties for the Open House, Janice found the time, strength, and positive attitude to ensure that the visiting students had the best possible experience in some of the worst weather conditions.”

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

Nominations must be received by the 15th of each month; awards are presented the first business day of the following month.
-- Diane Nelson, Director, Human Resources,, 701-777-4361

UND student named State and Regional Student Employee of the Year

Kevin Broadway, a UND senior from New Sharon, Iowa, has been named the University of North Dakota Student Employee of the Year, North Dakota Student Employee of the Year and the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA) Student Employee of the Year.

The Student Employee of the Year is a program sponsored by the National Student Employment Association (NSEA), which the University of North Dakota implemented this year. Kevin has worked three years as a line service operator for the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Kevin is in the bachelor of science degree program in air traffic control.

Danny Holwerda, flight line manager and Kevin's supervisor, nominated him for his outstanding safety record and great attention to detail.

"Kevin's record of accomplishing the line support operation task at the highest levels is unmatched; he not only achieved an unblemished record of safety excellence for 2008, but accomplished similar results from 2007 and 2006," Holwerda said.

Kevin's nomination form has been submitted to the National Student Employee of the Year Committee from the MASEA selection committee. The MASEA selection committee reviewed his nomination against the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Kevin will be recognized Friday, April 24, during the Memorial Union Leadership Awards; 3 p.m. reception and 3:30 p.m. presentation of awards.

For more information on the eligibility requirements for the Student Employee of the Year visit

Remembering Arthur Raymond

Arthur John Raymond, retired director of Indian Program Development, died April 1 at his home. He was 86.

Raymond, the son of Enoch and Mary (Frazier) Raymond, was born Jan. 18, 1923, one of 10 children. He was raised at the family home near Milboro, S.D., where he attended grade school. He attended high school at Rosebud Boarding School, Mission, S.D., and graduated the head of his class. He enlisted as a private in the Army during World War II. Working his way through the ranks, at war's end he was commander of an infantry rifle company with the rank of First Lieutenant. He was a member of the 320th infantry regiment, 35th division of Patton's 3rd Army.

On return to civilian life, Raymond graduated from Dakota Wesleyan University at Mitchell, S.D., with a B.A. degree in economics in 1951. That year he also won the Wall Street Journal Award Outstanding Student in Economics. In 1953 he joined the staff of the Mitchell Daily Republic newspaper full time and was promoted to city editor in October of that year. One of his stories was nominated for the Pulitzer Award. He accepted a position as managing editor of the Williston, N.D., Herald in January 1962. He accepted an offer from the Grand Forks Herald to move to Grand Forks in January 1965, where he was the Sunday editor, feature writer and legislative reporter.

In North Dakota, Raymond was president of the North Dakota Associated Press; a member of his church's bi-racial commission; a member of the vestry of the Episcopal churches at Williston and Grand Forks; a licensed lay reader, a Sunday School teacher and a Chalice Bearer for many years in both states.

On June 30, 2007, he was ordained a Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of North Dakota. In 1970 he was elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives and served for six years. He was the first ever Native American to be elected and serve in the North Dakota Legislature, and the first state employee to be elected and serve.

He was the director of Indian Studies and programs at UND, 1971-78, and director of Indian Program Development until his retirement June 30, 1991.

Raymond belonged to the American Diabetes Association, both North Dakota Affiliate and National; Dakota Wesleyan University Alumni Association, national president; Greater Grand Forks Boxing Association, president; National Diabetes Advisory Board, charter member; National Executive Council, Episcopal Church, USA and the North Dakota Associated Press, president. He also held an honorary Doctor's degree from Dakota Wesleyan University, and was chosen an Outstanding Freshman Legislator (N.D.) by the Eagleton Institute, Rutgers University in 1971.

During retirement, Raymond was active as the chair of the Board for Options, Inc.; a member of the Corporate Board for Untied Health Services; a member of the Grand Forks Historic Preservation Commission; a member of the Regional Civil Rights Commission; and a member of the Board of Directors for Dakota Wesleyan University.

He and Rose Marie Schone, White Lake, S.D., met at Dakota Wesleyan University and were married April 28, 1950, while still students.

He is survived by his wife, Rose of Grand Forks; sons: Arthur Raymond Jr., Hot Springs, S.D., Eric Raymond, Grand Forks, Mark (Niki) Raykond, Grand Forks; daughters: Mary (Steve) Murray, West Fargo, N.D., Rebekah Raymond, Lakeville, Minn.; brothers: Elgie (Margaret) Raymond, Tahlequah, Okla., Robert (El Rita) Raymond, Billings, Mont.; sister: Geraldine Lira, Oakland, Calif; grandchildren: Arthur Raymond III, Grand Forks; Laura Klinger, Juneaeu, Alaska; Dustin Raymond, Juneau, Alaska; Leah and Sean Murray, Minneapolis; Bridgett DeBoer, Grand Forks; and Drew Raymond, Grand Forks; great grandchildren: Joe, Jodi, Jillian and Makaya, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services were held April 4 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.