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ISSUE: Volume 46, Number 29: March 11, 2009

Top Stories
Writers Conference is March 31 to April 4
Events to Note
Transfer Getting Started sign-up ends Friday, March 20
Grad Expo is today
Global Visions Film Series continues
Dean's Lecture presents the research of Caraher March 11
Entrepreneur Forum is March 11
Culinary Corner offers Sweet Treats: Mint/Irish Edition
2009 Scholarly Forum is Wednesday and Thursday
Culinary Corner lists March 23-27 events
Sundog Press print exhibition closing reception is March 12
Sri Lanka Night is March 12
Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics seminar is Friday
Geography Forum set for March 13
University Within the University (U2) lists new classes
UND Human Rights Center to host "A Holocaust Survivor Remembers"
Put Out the Flames of Hate Program is March 25
Technology Trends Forum is March 25
Wednesday, March 25, is Denim Day
American Indian Health Research Conference is March 27
Renowned health expert to speak at UND
Chester Fritz to present Brule & the American Indian Rock Opera
University Senate meets April 2; agenda items due
Institutional Review Board meets April 3
Science Day is April 4
Upcoming events hosted by Chef John Michael Lerma
Travel, expenses available to forum in Rugby April 17-18
Children's Art Camp seeks jewelry donations
Memorial Union business services lists spring break hours
Faculty can receive feedback on teaching
Memorial Union lists spring break building hours
Wellness Center lists spring break hours
Submissions sought for Merrifield Competition
Legislative Review for higher ed available now
Partners Internship Program offers paid internships in nonprofit sector
Library of the Health Sciences lists spring break hours
Law Library posts spring break hours
International Centre lists spring break hours
Distinguished Dissertation and Thesis Award recipients announced
Nominations sought for staff awards
Annual staff employee performance evaluations due March 2
Students encouraged to apply for membership on Student Relations Committee
North Dakota Small Hospital Improvement Program publishes fiscal year report
Input sought on UND Bookstore
Travel Alert: spring break in Mexico
Studio One features crime prevention, snowmobiling
Note Recyclemania update
Sick leave donations sought for Marlene Gasink
Barnes & Noble holds biggest clearance sale of the year
Spring yoga classes begin at Lotus Center
Ray Richards golf course season passes now available
Ray Richards lists winter golf specials
Single game tickets for first round WCHA playoff series on sale
Internal job openings listed
Lead time increased for grant proposals
In the News
Loretta Heuer selected for National Rural Health Fellows Program
44 faculty recognized with Spirit Faculty Achievement Award
Staff Senate announces March "U Shine" award winner
Broadway named UND Student Employee of the Year
Writers Conference is March 31 to April 4

The Writers Conference will celebrate its 40th anniversary later this month with another talented installment of authors and poets. The theme of this year’s conference is “Wit,” and the participants are sure to live up to it.

UND alumnus and pop-culture humorist Chuck Klosterman will be among seven authors featured at this year’s conference, March 31 to April 4. Also part of the event will be a special tribute to the late associate professor of English emeritus John Little, who founded the Writers Conference in 1970.

Klosterman is set to appear at the conference Thursday and Friday, April 2 and 3. He is a native of Wyndmere, N.D., and graduated from UND in 1994.

Klosterman’s most recent book is “Downtown Owl,” but perhaps he is best known for his numerous works of nonfiction, including “Fargo Rock City,” “Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto,” “Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story,” and “Chuck Klosterman IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Ideas.”

Klosterman was a senior writer at SPIN magazine and writes a monthly column, “Chuck Klosterman’s America,” for Esquire. He’s also written for The New York Times, Washington Post, GQ, ESPN Magazine and The Believer.

The tribute to Little will take place at 4 p.m. Friday, April 3. The other featured authors are Charles Baxter, this year’s Presidential Lecturer; Jacqueline Osherow, Steve Almond, Karen Russell, Greg Williamson and Marco Candida (brief bios for follow).

"After the success, but also the seriousness, of last year's conference, ‘Revolutions,’ I thought I would take the 40th anniversary conference in the opposite direction, but one that went back to its roots, by choosing ‘Wit’ for the theme, said Heidi Czerwiec, conference director. “I wanted to celebrate the legacy of conference founder John Little, as well as include a more recent North Dakota wit, Chuck Klosterman.

“I also wanted to continue our recent tradition of inviting both renowned writers, like Charles Baxter and Jacqueline Osherow, as well as talented up-and-comers like Karen Russell. My hope is that the community will appreciate what an outstanding series of events we provide entirely for free -- something that no other writing conference in this country may claim."

Writers Conference activities are free and open to the public. All activities will take place in the UND Memorial Union Ballroom, except where it’s noted in the schedule below.

The Writers Conference enjoys a national reputation as one of the best run, most interesting event of its kind, especially because of its strong public audiences, attracted by its free and open format. Volunteers from around the University and the community make it all possible, but it is still organized by the English Department.

The conference had a modest beginning with the “Southern Writers Conference of the Arts” in 1970. Legend has it that John Little was missing some of his literary friends from the South. He decided to invite them to share their words here in North Dakota, and thus a rich artistic tradition began. That first event featured such names as George Garrett, Fred Chappell and James Whitehead.

“I don’t think there is another event at UND that approaches the Writers Conference for demonstrating to students what the life of the mind, especially but not solely the artistic mind, is all about,” said Jim McKenzie, professor of English emeritus, who directed the conference from 1997 to 2004. “It’s a true gem for the University and the community as well, made all the more important by the University’s outpost position on the body of North America.”

McKenzie, who worked with Little in the early years of the conference (1972 to 1977), recalls one year in particular, 1974, when the Writers Conference pulled off a literary feat by reuniting the famed San Francisco “Beat” poets for the first time since the 1950s. That conference lured poets Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Peter Orlovsky, Gary Snyder and Kenneth Rexroth to the UND campus.

Over the years, many other well-known authors have sat on Writers Conference panels, including Truman Capote, Tom Wolfe, Alex Haley, William Burroughs, Norman Mailer, Gwendolyn Brooks, John Hassler, Eudora Welty, Larry Woiwode, Leslie Silko and Sir Salman Rushdie.

“I was delighted to see this year’s conference continuing two traditions I always thought important for the success of this great event: supporting writers who work in our region, in this case, Charles Baxter, and, with the invitation of Chuck Klosterman, reacquainting North Dakota with its own successful daughters and sons, always a special treat,” McKenzie said.

Here is a schedule of activities for the 2009 UND Writers Conference:

Tuesday, March 31
* 2 p.m. World Poetry Reading, River Valley Room, Memorial Union
* 4 p.m. Reading: Marco Candida
* 8 p.m. Reading: Jacqueline Osherow

Wednesday, April 1
* 10 a.m. Public Readings, River Valley Room, Memorial Union
* Noon, Panel: “But Seriously,” Jacqueline Osherow, Marco Candida, Greg Williamson, Karen Russell; Moderator: Marcus Weaver-Hightower
* 2 p.m. Film: TBA
* 4 p.m. Reading: Greg Williamson
* 6 p.m. Film: TBA
* 8 p.m. Reading: Steve Almond

Thursday, April 2
* 10 a.m. Public Readings, River Valley Room, Memorial Union
* Noon, Panel: “What’s So Funny?” Chuck Klosterman, Steve Almond, Karen Russell, Greg Williamson; Moderator: Rex Sorgatz
* 2 p.m. Film: TBA
* 4 p.m. Reading: Karen Russell
* 6 p.m. Film: TBA
* 8 p.m. Reading: Chuck Klosterman

Friday, April 3
* 10 a.m. Public Readings, River Valley Room, Memorial Union
* Noon, Panel: “The Comic Ghetto,” Charles Baxter, Chuck Klosterman, Steve Almond; Moderator: Jan Daley Jury
* 2 p.m. Film: TBA
* 4 p.m. A Tribute to John Little
* 6 p.m. Film: TBA
* 8 p.m. Presidential Lecture: Charles Baxter

Saturday, April 4
* Noon, Community Workshops

While registration for the workshops is free, spaces are limited, so we ask that those interested in participating to please contact the leader of that workshop.

Charles Baxter is the author, most recently, of “The Soul Thief,” and of “Saul and Patsy.” His third novel, “The Feast of Love,” was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2000 and has been made into a film by Robert Benton, starring Morgan Freeman. He has published two other novels, “First Light” and “Shadow Play”; four books of stories, most recently “Believers”; essays on fiction collected in “Burning Down the House” and “Beyond Plot”; and a book of poems, “Imaginary Paintings.” He has received the Award of Merit in the Short Story and the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Prix St. Valentine in France, and the Catalan Booksellers’ Association Award for book of the year in Spain. He now is currently the Edelstein-Keller Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota.

Poet Jacqueline Osherow is the author of five books, “Looking for Angels in New York,” “Conversations with Survivors,” “With a Moon in Transit,” “Dead Men’s Praise,” and most recently “The Hoopoe’s Crown.” She has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters as well as a number of prizes from the Poetry Society of America. Her work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including “The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms,” “Inventions of Farewell: A Book of Elegies,” “The Penguin Book of the Sonnet,” The Norton Anthology of Jewish-American Literature,” and “Best American Poetry (1995 and 1998).” She is Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Utah.

Steve Almond’s nonfiction book, “Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America,” was a New York Times Bestseller, and was featured on Food Network. He is the author of two collections of short stories, “My Life in Heavy Metal” and “The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Stories,” stories from which were awarded Pushcart Prizes; the collaborative novel (with Julianna Baggott) “Which Brings Me to You: A Novel in Confessions,” and most recently, another collection of nonfiction, “Not that You Asked: Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions.”

Karen Russell is the author of a collection of short stories, “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves,” and the forthcoming novel “Swamplandia!.” She has been featured in “The Best American Short Stories,” The New Yorker’s debut fiction issue, and New York magazine’s list of 25 people to watch under age 26, and was chosen as one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. She teaches at Williams College.

Greg Williamson is the author of two poetry collections: “The Silent Partner,” which won the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize in 1995, and “Errors in the Script.” Winner of the 1998 Whiting Award, his work has appeared in such journals as The Yale Review, The Paris Review, and The New Republic. He is a regular member of the faculty of the renowned Sewanee Writers Conference, and teaches in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Marco Candida was born in Tortona, Italy, in 1978 and currently resides in Genoa. In the last year and a half, he has published three novels: “La mania per l’alfabeto” (Alphabet Mania) for the prestigious literary press, Sironi Editore (2007); “Il diario dei sogni” (Dream Diary) for Las Vegas Edizioni (2008); and “Domani avrò trent’anni” (Tomorrow I’ll be Thirty) for Edizioni Eumeswil (2008). His short fiction appears in numerous anthologies, including work most recently in Pronti per Einaudi and Il dizionario affettivo per la lingua italiana. In 2002, his work was chosen for the important anthology, Effetto globale. He has won poetry and fiction prizes, including Il premio Materia for best novella, and he was recently named a finalist at the prestigious Turin Poetry Festival. He is also well-known in Italy for his popular literary blog:

Contact: Department of English, (701) 777-3321, or e-mail

Transfer Getting Started sign-up ends Friday, March 20

Transfer Getting Started 2009, an advisement and registration program for new transfer students, will take place Saturday, March 28. Transfer students admitted to UND for the summer or fall 2009 semester will be invited to attend the program for individual advisement and registration. Students also have the opportunity to tour campus, obtain their parking permit and student ID, take the math placement exam, and learn about many campus resources to ensure a successful transition to UND. Students can make a reservation online by March 20 to attend the Transfer Getting Started program or find more information at

For any questions regarding the program, please contact the Student Success Center at 777-2117.

-- Sandy Monette, Adult Re-Entry Coordinator/Academic Advisor, Student Success Center,, 777-3228

Grad Expo is today

If you're planning to graduate in May, please stop by the UND Graduation Expo Tuesday, March 10, until 4 p.m. in the Loading Dock at the Memorial Union. UND's Bookstore & Herff Jones will have all your regalia needs on site and for purchase plus information about class rings, diploma covers, frames and invitations. Other vendors include: the Registrar's Office, Financial Aid, Graduate School, Career Services, Housing, Campus Catering, the Alumni Association, and the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events. This is an opportunity to ask questions and gather information about the spring commencement ceremony. For more information about graduation, go to .

Global Visions Film Series continues

The Global Visions Film Series continues its sixth year at UND this spring, further exploring the themes of human rights, human dignity, and cultural variation. The Global Vision 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. Many faculty across disciplines assign GV films as extra credit assignments for students.

Seven foreign films will be screened this spring. All films begin at 7 p.m. on alternating Tuesdays until May 5.

Global Visions Film Series
"Innocent Voices," Tuesday, March 10, Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union
Funded by the Multicultural Awareness Committee

Fallout From a Ruinous Civil War Seen Through a Child's Eyes
By Stephen Holden
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.

-- Marcia Mikulak, assistant professor, anthropology.

Dean's Lecture presents the research of Caraher March 11

The first of the Graduate School's Dean’s Lectures will be held Wednesday, March 11, as a special presentation of the 2009 Scholarly Forum. The Dean’s Lectures are invited lectures given by pre-tenured members of the Graduate Faculty.

At noon March 11, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, William Caraher, assistant professor of history, will present “Five Years at an Ancient Harbor in Cyprus.” Dr. Caraher will discuss his ongoing fieldwork at the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project.

At noon Thursday, March 26, in the Chester Fritz Library East Asian Room, Julia Xiaojun Zhao, assistant professor of chemistry, will present “Fabrication of Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications and Energy Conversion.” Dr. Zhao will discuss her ongoing research on the synthesis and characterization of silica-based nanoparticles and their potential for biomedical applications.

The lectures are free and open to the public.
-- Susan Caraher, Marketing & External Relations Specialist, The Graduate School,, 7-2524

Entrepreneur Forum is March 11

The Center for Innovation is featuring Rick Lowenberg, president of Minnesota Elevator, Inc., accompanied by John Romnes, CEO of Minnesota Elevator, Inc., as the March speakers for the Entrepreneur Forum series to be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, in the James Ray Idea Lab in the Center for Innovation. The forum features "Changing Your Business for Changing Times." 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, Minn., 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. degree in industrial technology from UND 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, and has been on the 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.

Culinary Corner offers Sweet Treats: Mint/Irish Edition

The Culinary Corner offers the class "Sweet Treats: Mint/Irish Edition," from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 11. The cost is $15. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, this edition of Sweet Treats will center around the color green and the delicious flavor of mint with festive and delicious recipes. Participants will enjoy decorating sugar cookies with mint royal icing and indulging in other recipes such as mint brownies. This hands-on class allows participants to assist in baking, sample some of the delicious desserts in class, and take home others to enjoy later.

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

Culinary Corner lists March 23-27 events

Here is what’s happening in Culinary Corner March 23-28!

Here is another weekly dose of nutrition trivia! See if you can answer any without peeking! (answers are at the bottom)

1. What is America’s favorite cold cut?
2. What best-selling sports drink was created for the University of Florida football team?
3. Which common nut is technically not a nut?

Cheap, Fast and Healthy
Monday, March 23, 5:30 p.m.
Are you on a hectic schedule and tight budget? Are you sick of going through the drive-thru and ordering unhealthy food just because it’s convenient? Come join us Monday nights for Cheap, Fast, and Healthy!

Each 30-minute session will feature tips on shopping for fresh and healthy ingredients, easy-to-prepare recipes, and cost comparisons. Class participants will see the recipe being prepared, enjoy a sample, and leave with a recipe card and nutrition information to make the meal themselves! The class is free and no need to pre-register, just show up!

Start Right Breakfast
Tuesday, March 24, and Wednesday, March 25, 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.

Craft Night
Tuesday, March 24, 6 to 9 p.m.
Are you a crafty person searching for a time and place to channel your creative energy? Look no longer! The Wellness Center is proud to announce "Craft Night." Each participant will be given table space to work on projects of their own choosing while surrounded by other crafters from a variety of creative genres. As a bonus, a healthy snack will also be demonstrated by a Culinary Corner instructor. Craft Nights in March and April will include a mini-demonstration as well. The cost is $10 and please bring your own crafting supplies.

Sports Nutrition Series
Fit Food - Wednesday, March 25, 6 p.m.
Whether you are eating before an athletic competition or a basic training workout, what you eat can make a difference in both your performance and recovery. If you are interested in how fat, carbohydrates, protein, and hydration influence an athlete, then this class is for you. Come join us in the kitchen for a breakdown of sports nutrition into phases, and get the basic knowledge for peak performance. Learn a great recipe for pre-competition, enjoy the food, and take home the recipe and tips. The cost is $5; space is limited to the first seven people registered. To register visit, click on Nutrition and Culinary Corner.

Sweet Treats
Saturday, March 28, 2 p.m.
Sweet Treats, developed by recent UND graduate and avid baker Laura Vein, is a hands-on class dedicated to primarily baking and desserts. Each class features a different theme such as cupcakes, crepes, brownies, comfort food, cheesecake, etc. Classes are designed to show that not all desserts are unhealthy. 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. Bologna
2. Gatorade
3. Peanut (it’s a legume)
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition Services, Wellness Center,, 701-777-0769

2009 Scholarly Forum is Wednesday and Thursday

The Graduate School is hosting the eighth annual Scholarly Forum in the Memorial Union Wednesday and Thursday, March 11 and 12. The Forum showcases the research and creative scholarship of our graduate students and faculty across campus. More than 45 oral presentations, panels, and 70 posters will be presented.

The Scholarly Forum will also feature the Dean's Lecture Series presentation by William Caraher, and the presentation of the Distinguished Dissertation and Thesis Awards. For complete schedules, please see
-- Susan Caraher, Marketing & External Relations Specialist, The Graduate School,, 7-2524

Sundog Press print exhibition closing reception is March 12

There will be a closing reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 12, for an exhibition of prints from the University of North Dakota’s art collections at the Colonel Eugene E. Myers Art Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center. The prints were created through the on-campus printing house, “Sundog Press.”

In 2000, “Sundog Press” was created to augment the standard university studio experience. In cooperation with the Department of Art and Design, and with participation from the North Dakota Museum of Art, visiting and exhibiting artists have the opportunity to create limited edition prints at UND’s Sundog Press. This fosters a positive working environment in the education and training of undergraduate and graduate printmaking majors.

For more information, please contact the Department of Art and Design at 777-2257.

Sri Lanka Night is March 12

Experience the culture of Sri Lanka at Sri Lanka Night Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m. at the Memorial Union Loading Dock. Representatives from the Sri Lankan community will present aspects of the culture. Samples of food will be available to try for $1.
-- Shannon Jolly, International Student Advisor, International Programs,, 7-4118

Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics seminar is Friday

David I. Yule, associate professor of pharmacology and physiology; of medicine, Gastroenterology Unit; and in the Center for Oral Biology, University of Rochester Medical Center, will present a seminar titled “Shaping Ca2+ Signals: Regulation of Release by ATP and Phosphorylation” at 2 p.m. Friday, March 13, in Room 3933, School of Medicine.

This seminar is sponsored by the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence Pathophysiological Signaling in Neurodegenerative Disorders and the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics. All are welcome to attend.
-- Deb Kroese, Administrative Officer, Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics,, 7-6221

Geography Forum set for March 13

The Department of Geography invites you to the March Geography Forum from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, March 13, in 157 O'Kelly-Ireland Hall. Jin-Kyu Jung, assistant professor of geography, will present "Chung Gye Cheon Restoration Project in Seoul, Korea: Urban Revitalization or Urban Removal." Everyone is welcome.
-- Enru Wang, Assistant Professor, Geography,, 7-4590

University Within the University (U2) lists new classes

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

GroupWise 7.0: Beginning
March 17, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., 361 Upson II
Students will navigate through the GroupWise environment, create and send messages, reply to and forward messages, use the address book, create a personal address book, create a mail group, work with the calendar, schedule posted appointments and recurring events, and work with the junk mail folder and other mail-handling features. Presenter: Heidi Strande.

New ADA and FMLA Updates
March 17, 9 to 10:30 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall
Learn new policies and procedures for the American with Disabilities and Family Medical Leave Act. Presenters: Desi Sporbert, Joy Johnson.

Defensive Driving
March 18, 8:30 a.m. to 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 or dependents). This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Tim Lee.

Coffee, Cookies and Catered Events, Oh My! (UND Catering-Not Just Doughnuts!)
March 18, 10 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union, Badlands Room
Learn how to plan an event from start to finish, discover what’s new in catered events, learn how to successfully complete the forms to request catering services, learn menu planning from the catering experts, and find out how to take your catered event to the next level.
Presenters: Diane Brenno and Millie Strang.

Safe Online Practices — Protecting Your Identity and Securing Your Computer
March 19, 1 to 3:30 p.m., 361 Upson II
The Internet can provide a wealth of information and give access to valuable financial, business, educational, and entertainment services. However, when connected to the Internet, you and your computer become vulnerable to scammers, identity thieves, viruses, spyware and more. This workshop will provide the information needed to help you protect your identity and computer while online. Presenter: Brad Miller.
-- Patricia Young, U2 Coordinator, Continuing Education,, 777-0720

UND Human Rights Center to host "A Holocaust Survivor Remembers"

The Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies and The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) will bring the moving story of a Nazi death camp survivor, in his own words, to Grand Forks public and private school students and to the public at large Monday, March 23.

The UND Center, along with the Museum, will play host to Martin Weiss, who as a young boy was held in a number of brutal Nazi camps during World War II. Weiss will present “A Holocaust Survivor Remembers” at two venues March 23: for Grand Forks students, 9:30 a.m., in the Chester Fritz Auditorium; and again for the general public, 7 p.m., in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

The Memorial Union Lecture Bowl presentation is free and open to the public.

The event will include an introduction by Ellen Blalock, director of the USHMM Survivor Affairs Office, a six-minute video courtesy of USHMM titled “The Power of Truth,” followed by an introduction of Weiss by UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies Director Gregory Gordon, who also serves as a law professor at the University.

The UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies and The USHMM are co-sponsoring both events.

This academic year, the UND Center has brought to Grand Forks and the University several special guests and dignitaries in the area of human rights matters, including Dr. Fred Lyon, who as a boy was persecuted, along with his Jewish family, during the horrific “Kristallnacht Pogrom” (Night of Broken Glass) in November 1938 in Nazi Germany. Lyon presented his first-hand account of the night Jewish-owned businesses were ransacked, nearly 100 Jews were killed and thousands others were sent to concentration camps.

Also, last October, the center welcomed to campus Gunnar Sonsteby, a Norwegian World War II hero and leader of that nation’s resistance against Nazi occupation. He also is an author and former bodyguard to the King of Norway, and regarded as the most highly decorated Norwegian citizen.

As part of this event, the Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies unveiled its "Nazi Occupation of Norway" digital archive, which for the first time in history makes the Nuremberg trial testimony and evidence related to the war crimes committed in Norway available online in full text, accessible from anywhere in the world. UND is one of the few remaining institutions in the United States that has a complete set of the historic Nuremberg trial documents.

Gordon explained that Weiss's visit is the culmination of a series of presentations in response to the rash of swastikas found on campus last year.

"Gunnar Sonsteby reminded our community that Nazi brutality was not only directed at Jewish people, "Gordon said. "And Dr. Lyon told the harrowing tale of a family that was able to escape Nazi violence before they were sent to concentration camps. Mr. Weiss will give a chilling account of what happened to families that were not so lucky. "We're extremely fortunate to have him. And we are grateful. There will soon come a time when there will be no more living witnesses to the horrors of Nazi depravity."

Martin Weiss was born Jan. 28, 1929, one of nine children in an Orthodox Jewish family in Polana, a rural village in the Carpathian Mountains of Czechoslovakia. His father owned a farm and a meat business, and his mother attended to the children and the home. Weiss attended the village's Czech schools, which were quite progressive, and like many of his classmates, he looked forward to leaving Polana. In March 1939, his life was changed dramatically when Nazi Germany and its allies dismembered Czechoslovakia. Hungarian troops occupied Polana, and Jews were subjected to discriminatory legislation. Czech schools were closed, and the students had to learn Hungarian. The democratic freedoms that the villagers had enjoyed under Czechoslovakian rule disappeared.

After the German invasion of the Soviet Union, conditions in Polana worsened. Two of Weiss’s brothers were conscripted into forced labor battalions. The family soon learned some Jews from the area had been deported to the occupied Ukraine, where they were killed by “Schutzstaffel,” or SS units.

In April 1944, Hungarian gendarmes transported the village's Jews, including the Weiss family, to the Munkacs ghetto in Hungary. In May, they were deported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center in Poland. Weiss, his father, brother and two uncles were selected for forced labor; the other family members were sent to the gas chambers. Next, Weiss and his father were sent to the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, and then to the subcamp of Melk, where they were forced to build tunnels into the side of the mountains. His father perished there.

Weiss was liberated at the Gunskirchen camp, another Mauthausen subcamp in Austria, by U.S. troops in May 1945. He returned to Czechoslovakia, where he found some surviving family members.

In 1946, they immigrated to the United States.

Put Out the Flames of Hate Program is March 25

The Association of Residence Halls (ARH) Programming Board is sponsoring a program, “Put Out the Flames of Hate - The Holocaust: Its Relevance Today,” presented by Tim Scott at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in 210 Clifford Hall. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Scott, a practicing attorney in Wisconsin, has spoken to thousands of students and adults about this tragic period in history. Much more than a mere historical study of the Holocaust, however, Scott's presentation makes this history relevant for Americans today by relating it to current developments in our nation, communities and schools. Through the dramatic use of story, video, and slides, he uses the Holocaust history to challenge the listener to identify the "flames" of prejudice, racism, bias or misunderstanding in his or her own heart. In so doing, the Holocaust becomes a catalyst for positive personal growth and change for individuals, communities and schools. Scott has law degrees from Eberhard-Karls University in Tuebingen, Germany, and from the University of Minnesota.

Faculty are encouraged to announce this event to students.
-- Karina Stander, Assistant Director, Housing,, 777-2779

Technology Trends Forum is March 25

The Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies will host a Technology Trends Forum from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Brenda Kallio, associate professor, educational leadership, will present information on Second Life. Staff from the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies will also provide information.

This forum will cover:
* Holding class in a virtual world
* Using the virtual world to promote group discussions
* Sending students on a virtual scavanger hunt
* Touring the virtual UND campus

This forum is open to faculty, staff and students. To register, please call Diane Lundeen at 777-2129 or send an e-mail to .
-- Diane Lundeen, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies,, 777-2129

Wednesday, March 25, is Denim Day

It's the last Wednesday of the month, so March 25 is Denim Day. Wear your denim, pay your dollar to your building coordinator, and enjoy! If you need a poster or more Denim Day buttons, just let me know.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 777-3791

American Indian Health Research Conference is March 27

Mark your calendars for the seventh annual American Indian Health Research Conference to be held Friday, March 27, at the Memorial Union.

The conference will feature nationally noted speaker David Warne, executive director of the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (AATCHB) and president and CEO of American Indian Health Management and Policy, as the keynote of this year's event. His lecture is titled “American Indian Health Disparities and Research Policy.”

The conference will offer opportunities to discuss research directions, partnerships, and collaboration in health research focusing on American Indians, specifically in the Northern Plains and North Dakota. A complete schedule and more information about the conference can be found at

To be a participant, complete the online registration form found at by March 13.

Students are eligible to receive student travel/registration fee scholarships. To submit an application, go to and click on Scholarship Application. Applications are due by March 1.
-- Tara Mertz, Communications Specialist, Center for Rural Health,, 701-777-3720

Renowned health expert to speak at UND

Donald Warne, president and CEO of American Indian Health Management and Policy, will speak Friday, March 27, at the Memorial Union. As a part of the American Indian Health Research Conference, Warne’s lecture will be on American Indian health disparities and research policy.

Warne is an adjunct clinical professor at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law where he teaches American Indian Health Policy. He is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge, S.D., and comes from a long line of traditional healers and medicine men. He received his M.D. from Stanford University in 1995 and his Master of Public Health from Harvard University with a focus on health policy in 2002. Warne is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and a Diplomate of both the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Medical Acupuncture. He has completed fellowships in Alternative Medicine from the Arizona Center for Health and Medicine and in Minority Health Policy from Harvard Medical School.

Warne’s work experience includes several years as a primary care and integrative medicine physician with the Gila River Health Care Corporation in Sacaton, Ariz., and three years as a staff clinician with the National Institutes of Health in Phoenix, where he conducted diabetes research and developed diabetes education and prevention programs in partnership with tribes.

His awards include: 1997 Walter Brazie, M.D., Award as Arizona’s Outstanding Family Practice Resident from Arizona Academy of Family Physicians; 1999 and 2001 Plain Language Awards in Community Health Education from National Institutes of Health; 2002 Dr. Fang Ching Sun Memorial Award for Commitment to Underserved Communities from Harvard School of Public Health; 2004 Phoenix Area Impact Award from National Indian Health Board; and 2007 Healthcare Hero Finalist from the Phoenix Business Journal.

To take advantage of this opportunity to hear Warne’s lecture, complete the online registration form for the American Indian Health Research Conference found at by Friday, March 13. The conference will also offer opportunities to discuss research directions, partnerships, and collaboration in health research focusing on American Indians, specifically in the Northern Plains and North Dakota. A complete schedule and more information about the conference can be found at
-- Tara Mertz, Communications Specialist, Center for Rural Health,, 777-3720

Chester Fritz to present Brule & the American Indian Rock Opera

Brulé & AIRO has announced "The Spring 2009 Tour of the Midwest," which includes a stop at the Chester Fritz Auditorium at 8 p.m. Friday, March 27. The tour is in support of a Public Broadcasting Service special called “Live from Mt. Rushmore: Concert for Reconciliation of the Cultures.” Brulé & AIRO have become one of the top-selling Native American groups with more than one million CDs sold worldwide. The show is an experience that you will not want to miss.

Tickets can be purchased at the Chester Fritz box office, or online at

Brulé was started by Paul LaRoche after discovering his Lakota heritage in 1993. Paul was adopted at birth and did not know his true heritage until both his adoptive parents passed away. It is Paul's mission to use the music of Brulé to bridge the gap between all cultures. The music and dance performed by Brulé & AIRO tells the story of Paul's journey and how it has greatly affected his life and the life of those around him. Brulé consists of Paul on keyboard, his daughter Nicole on flute, his son Shane on guitar, and his brother Moses on traditional drums. Together they want to share this spiritual journey with others and bring tradition side by side with modern influence.

For information or to schedule an interview, please contact Rob Uehling, 605-310-4435 or or

University Senate meets April 2; agenda items due

The University Senate will meet Thursday, April 2, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Thursday, March 19. They may be submitted electronically to: It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted. –- Suzanne Anderson, secretary, University Senate.

Institutional Review Board meets April 3

The Institutional Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, April 3, in 305 Twamley Hall, to consider all research proposals submitted to the IRB Office before Tuesday, March 24.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the Clinical Medical Subcommittee before being brought to the full board. Proposals for these projects are due in the Institutional Review Board office before Tuesday, March 17.

Minutes from the meeting will be available in the IRB Office approximately one week after the meeting.
-- Kathy Smart, Ed.D., Chair, Institutional Review Board,, 701-777-4279

Science Day is April 4

The local chapter of the American Medical Student Association invites fifth- and sixth-grade students to the annual Science Day Saturday, April 4, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 501 N. Columbia Rd. Students will participate in hands-on learning about health and the human body through workshops in anatomy, “grossology,” exercise and diet, heart and tobacco awareness.

UND medical students will present two identical sessions. The morning session will run from 9 a.m. to noon, with a check-in starting at 8:30 a.m. The afternoon session runs from 1 to 4 p.m., with check-in beginning at 12:30 p.m. Participants are asked to pre-register by March 27. Space is limited to 150 in each session, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please distribute this information to all your students who may be interested in attending. The registration form may be copied for each student, or you may visit the Science Day Web site and print the form. You may also contact the Office of Public Affairs at the UND School of Medicine (777-4305 or e-mail and request a registration form. -- Tyler Brolin, AMSA project coordinator.

Upcoming events hosted by Chef John Michael Lerma

Upcoming events hosted by Chef John Michael Lerma follow. The demonstration is open to the public at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4.

Fresh Pasta and Italian Sauces!
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: $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).

Exclusive Cooking Class: reservations are required. Saturday, April 4, 6 p.m. The cost is $50 per person. Reservations are required.

A Tuscan Gathering
Author, chef, and Food Network personality John Michael Lerma takes groups of hungry travelers on a 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. You get to taste 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 and why. Maggia!

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

Travel, expenses available to forum in Rugby April 17-18

Are you interested in resources and models for community entrepreneurship? Promoting community arts? Community planning and evaluation? Community information gathering?

Bring your students with you to Rugby, N.D., April 17 and 18 for the second annual Community-University Forum. You can meet with North Dakotans from around the state and talk about community needs and opportunities for research, creative activities, and student learning.

This is a chance for faculty and students to explore possible collaborations with community partners. In addition, opportunities are available to participate in sessions and to exhibit projects.

Transportation, meals, and lodging will be provided for the first 50 UND faculty, staff, and students who sign up. For further information, contact me at 777-2287 or or to have someone speak to a class to encourage attendance, contact Center for Community Engagement intern Humaira Parwana at 777-9724 or
-- Lana Rakow, Director, Center for Community Engagement,, 777-2287

Children's Art Camp seeks jewelry donations

The North Dakota Museum of Art is accepting donations of costume jewelry, other jewelry and accessories for the Antique to Chic Jewelry Sale and Raffle. Proceeds benefit the Museum's children's art programs and summer art camps. The event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 3. It offers a wide array of jewelry for sale starting at $1. Refreshments and music will be part of this free afternoon event open to the public. Please bring your donations of jewelry and accessories to the Museum across from Twamley Hall, or call 777-4195 to arrange to have your donation picked up.
-- Sue Fink, Director of Education, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

Faculty can receive feedback on teaching

It’s not too late to make plans to use the SGID (Small Group Instructional Diagnosis) method for receiving midterm feedback from students in your classes. The SGID process, facilitated by a trained faculty colleague, is a method of soliciting student perceptions about the progress of their learning. Since it is conducted by an outsider to your class, students are free to be direct, but since it is normally done around mid-semester, you receive the feedback at a time when there is still ample opportunity for you to consider any changes that might improve student learning. The SGID process is flexible enough to be used with both large and small classes, and yields information likely to be useful to both beginning and experienced faculty.

For more information about the SGID process or if you would like to request an SGID, contact Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 701-777-4233

Memorial Union lists spring break building hours

The Memorial Union building hours for spring break follow: through Friday, March 20, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Individual services may vary. Check each area for break hours. The building will be closed weekends before and after spring break.
-- Rebecca Slade, Marketing Manager, Memorial Union,, 7-3938

Memorial Union business services lists spring break hours

The Memorial Union business services list spring break hours:
* Info Center: through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed weekends.
* Union Services: through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed weekends.
* Sign & Design Studio: closed entire break.
* Lifetime Sports Center: closed entire break.
-- Rebecca Slade, Marketing Manager, Memorial Union,, 7-3938

Wellness Center lists spring break hours

The Wellness Center will have shortened hours of operation during the University spring break. The hours of operation through Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. Regular operating hours will resume Saturday, March 21.
-- Monica Nilson, Coordinator of Guest Experience, Wellness Center,, 777-0232

Submissions sought for Merrifield Competition

The Chester Fritz Library and the UND Alumni Association and Foundation will again sponsor the annual Merrifield Competition for the most outstanding scholarly research paper submitted by a UND undergraduate or graduate student. A grant from the Alumni Association and Foundation enables the Library to recognize outstanding scholarly research that utilizes primary source materials held in the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections. This recognition is provided through a UND scholarship of $1,500.

Papers will be juried by Curt Hanson, head of Special Collections, and the following faculty members: Susan Koprince, English; Brad Myers, law; Cynthia Prescott, history; and Lana Rakow, communications and the Center for Community Engagement. The deadline for the submission of papers is Friday, April 24. For more information, please contact Special Collections or visit
-- Curt Hanson, Department Head, Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library,, 777-4626

Legislative Review for higher ed available now

You can access the eighth issue of the 2009 Legislative Review - A Look at Higher Education in Week 9: March 2-6, 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. -- North Dakota University System.

Partners Internship Program offers paid internships in nonprofit sector

Student advisors, internship coordinators, career services staff, and others who advise undergraduate students and pass along vocational opportunities, please note.

HECUA is pleased to announce 20 paid summer internship opportunities in the nonprofit sector as a part of the Partners Internship Program. These internships will be of interest to many students on campus. The Partners Internship Program provides grants to nonprofits to hire paid student interns for the summer. Students make a significant contribution to the organization through a focused project at the internship site, while gaining valuable insight and work experience in the nonprofit sector.

The deadline for students to apply is Monday, April 13.

To find out more about internship sites chosen for the summer of 2009 and how to apply, please visit the Higher Education Consortium of Urban Affairs Web site at
-- Heather Helgeson, Program Coordinator, Nonprofit Leadership Program,, 777-3741

Library of the Health Sciences lists spring break hours

The Library of the Health Sciences spring break hours follow: Friday, March 13, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 14, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 15, closed; Monday through Friday, March 16-20, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 21, 1 to 5 p.m. Regular hours will resume Sunday, March 22.
-- April Byars, Administrative Assistant, Library of the Health Sciences,, 777-3893

Law Library posts spring break hours

Spring break hours for the Olaf Thormodsgard Law Library are Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15, closed; Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular hours will resume Sunday, March 22.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Law Library,, 7-3482

International Centre lists spring break hours

The International Centre will be open during the following times: Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15, noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, closed. Regular hours, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., will resume Monday, March 23.
-- Tatjyana Richards, Office Manager, Office of International Programs,, 777-6438

Distinguished Dissertation and Thesis Award recipients announced

The Graduate School announces the recipients of the 2009 Distinguished Dissertation and Thesis Awards for students from chemistry, history and visual arts. The awards recognize excellence in creative scholarship and research from our graduate student body, as well as the role that their advisory committees play in the success of these students.

Alexander Azenkeng, whose dissertation research in the Department of Chemistry, “Theoretical Studies of Low-Lying Electronic States of Lithium Titanium and Mercury compounds", has now graduated from the University and taken a position at the EERC.

Elisabeth Saunders was nominated by the Department of History for her master’s thesis, “Pine Ridge Reservation’s Early Economic Initiatives and Intercultural Relations.”

The breadth and depth of academic work was even more apparent this year, and resulted in a new category for recognition. The Distinguished Creative Exhibition was created to highlight the outstanding work of Master of Fine Arts student Brad Bachmier for his final exhibit, “A Ceramic Humanity.”

The recipients will be recognized at an awards event during the Scholarly Forum at noon Thursday, March 12, in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. All are welcome to attend.
-- Susan Caraher, Marketing & External Relations Specialist, The Graduate School,, 7-2524

Nominations sought for staff awards

The University will present 10 awards for merit of $1,000 each to staff employees. In addition, the Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award of $1,000 will be presented.

The Meritorious Service Awards will be given to employees in each of five major groups. These groups and the number of awards presented are: Executive, Administrative, and Professional (3); Technical/ Paraprofessional (1); Office Support (3); Crafts/Trades (1); and Services employees (2). The Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award may be given to an employee from any of the groups.

Eligible employees are UND employees employed on a regular basis who are not in a probationary period. Those not eligible for consideration include the president, vice presidents, deans, associate and assistant deans, teaching and research faculty, and the Human Resources director. Also ineligible are award winners from the previous seven years. All members of the University community are encouraged to nominate eligible employees for the awards. Submit nomination forms to Human Resources, Stop 8010, by Wednesday, April 15. Nomination forms are available from the Office of Human Resources, Room 313, Twamley Hall, or electronically at

The awards will be presented during the annual Recognition Ceremony for Staff Personnel, Tuesday, May 19.

Please direct any questions concerning this program to the Office of Human Resources at 777-4361 or -- Diane Nelson, director, Office of Human Resources.

Annual staff employee performance evaluations due March 2

Annual staff employee performance evaluations were due to be completed for all staff employees by March 2. The Performance Management Plan form is available electronically as either a Word or WordPerfect document. To receive a copy via e-mail, contact us at The Word document version may also be found on our Web page at Please review and discuss the evaluation with the employee and return the signed forms to Human Resources, Stop 8010. If you have questions, please call us at 777-4361.
-- Diane Nelson, Director, Human Resources,, 777-4361

Students encouraged to apply for membership on Student Relations Committee

The assistance of faculty and staff in encouraging students to apply for membership on the UND Student Relations Committee (SRC) for the 2009-2010 academic year is sought. The SRC consists of a group of students and faculty, appointed by the president, trained, and called upon to hear cases of alleged violations of the Code of Student Life. It is the highest disciplinary body of the University and has the power to suspend a student or student organization and/or place a disciplinary notation on any student record which is currently or prospectively available to those outside the University. The successful student candidate for a position on the SRC must be enrolled and in academic good standing. Candidates will demonstrate a clear, logical thought process, and the ability to maintain objectivity without regard to experience. Candidates will have the potential to work closely and collaboratively with student peers and faculty members. Applicants must have a sense of current events on campus, and understand the mission of the institution. A student member of the SRC must not be the subject of any current University-related disciplinary sanction(s). A link to the job description and application form may be found at The application deadline is Friday, April 3.
-- Kathy Sukalski, Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,, 7-4049

North Dakota Small Hospital Improvement Program publishes fiscal year report

In fiscal year 2007–2008, the North Dakota Small Hospital Improvement Program provided almost $268,000 in grants to 29 small rural hospitals, primarily to support their efforts to ensure patient safety and maintain quality of care for rural residents of North Dakota. The grants also helped rural hospitals ensure privacy of patient information.

The Center for Rural Health administers the Small Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) through a grant from the federal Office of Rural Health Policy. The program helps small rural hospitals do any or all of the following: (1) reduce medical errors and support quality improvement efforts; (2) strengthen privacy of patient information by training staff and by using more secure information systems that are required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996; and (3) pay for costs to carry out Medicare’s prospective payment system, which uses financial incentives to encourage hospitals to develop more cost-efficient medical care management.

“Since the program began in 2002, each of North Dakota’s eligible hospitals has received an average of $9,000 each year,” said Marlene Miller, program director at the Center for Rural Health. “To date, the total impact to North Dakota is $2.3 million.”

Seventy-seven percent of the SHIP funds were spent on quality improvements. Hospitals used the funds to increase physicians, nurses, and other health professionals’ effectiveness through shared electronic medical records, to train nurses in advanced cardiac life support, to provide automated external defibrillator response kits to hospitals and emergency rooms, and to purchase variable density mattresses to ensure patient comfort by preventing pressure ulcers.

Twenty-three percent of the funds were used to strengthen patient medical information privacy through ongoing training of staff on privacy requirements, to increase the security of electronically stored patient information, to upgrade to more secure and powerful computers, and to purchase more robust identity-protection software.

The full North Dakota Small Hospital Improvement Program Fiscal Year 2007–2008 report is now available from the Center for Rural Health at

For more information contact: Marlene Miller, program director, 777-4499,

Input sought on UND Bookstore

The current contract with Barnes & Noble for the management of the Bookstore ends March 31. This will complete a 10-year agreement. In accordance with State Board of Higher Education policies, a service contract may not exceed a term of 10 years, and required UND to send out a request for proposal (RFP) to potential vendors for a new contract.

A group representing faculty, staff, and students was formed and charged with the task of preparing an RFP, evaluating proposals from vendors, and making a recommendation to the vice president for finance and operations on a selected vendor.

The group completed their work and made a recommendation to enter into contract negotiations with the Follett Higher Education Group, Inc. This recommendation was approved by the vice president for finance and operations.

Follett Corporation is a privately held company organized under three business groups - the Follett Higher Education Group, the Follett Education Distribution Group, and the Follett Technology Solutions and International Group. The Follett Higher Education Group is the largest operator of campus bookstores with more than 820 stores under management across the United States and Canada. It also operates , the country's leading online campus bookstore.

A contract negotiations team made up of selected committee members representing faculty, staff, and students has been working with Follett on the contract. To better understand the campus vision for a bookstore, we are continuing to seek input. Suggestions will be reviewed and may be taken into consideration during negotiations. Please submit your ideas to . -- Margaret Myers, associate VPFO and chair, negotiations team, and Scott Schreiner, director, purchasing.

Travel Alert: spring break in Mexico

Spring break is approaching and Mexico is historically a popular destination for many students. Please be advised that there has been a travel alert issued for United States citizens traveling to Mexico due to a recent increase in violent crime. While many U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year, it is imperative that students understand the risks of travel to Mexico, how best to avoid dangerous situations, and whom to contact if one becomes a crime victim. Common sense precautions such as visiting only legitimate business and tourist areas during daylight hours, and avoiding certain areas where drug dealing, etc. can occur, can help to ensure that travel to Mexico is safe and enjoyable.

For more details regarding the travel alert visit the following Web site: . There is also a publication on this web site titled “Spring Break in Mexico -Know Before You Go.” Any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office at 777-3341. -- Campus Safety and Security.

Studio One features crime prevention, snowmobiling

Learn about crime prevention and the United States Cross Country Snowmobile Racing Series on the next edition of Studio One. This week on Studio One, see how some neighborhoods are taking a new look at crime prevention. Officer Brian Robbins from the Grand Forks Police Department will share tips to make homes less appealing to burglars. Homeowners can prevent a break-in by using environmental features to protect their homes. Robbins explains that many robbers avoid houses with natural surveillance. An open yard with minimal trees allows neighbors or people in the area to easily detect any unusual activity. Also, well-maintained properties can deter potential burglaries. Learn how to implement these crime prevention tips on the next edition of Studio One.

Also on the show, the United States Cross Country Snowmobile Racing Series was held in an unlikely area. The frozen Red River served as a race track for this year’s racing series. The open river allowed plenty of space for racers to hammer the throttle.

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 Schmidt, Marketing Director, Studio One,, 701-777-3818

Note Recyclemania update

The Recyclemania competition is in the sixth week, and UND is climbing the ranks.

In the “Waste Minimization” competition, UND ranks 68 of 147. In this competition, schools compete to see which produces the least amount of municipal solid waste (trash) per person. UND came in at 22.83 cumulative pounds of trash per person that was collected. In 147th place, University of Texas Medical Branch was at 80.70 pounds/person.

In the “Per Capita Classic competition, the schools compete to see who can collect the largest amount of recycling per person. UND’s cumulative recycling pounds/person of 5.19 with a ranking of 146 out of 288. First place went to Kalamazoo College at 33.42 pounds/person.

The “Gorilla Prize” competition shows what school can collect the highest gross tonnage of recyclables, regardless of the campus population. UND climbed to 89 out of 288 with a cumulative weight of 74,966 pounds/person. Rutgers University came in first with a weight of 1,043,023 pounds.

The “Grand Champion” recognizes the school that, based on their combined results demonstrates the greatest achievement in both source reduction and recycling. UND cumulative recycling rate is 22.75 percent, with a ranking of 114 of 200. First place goes to California State University with a rate of 82.53 percent.

For more recyclemania results, please go to: or

Thank you for your recycling efforts!
-- Deb Merrill, Recycling Coordinator, Facilities Management,, 777-4878

Sick leave donations sought for Marlene Gasink

Donations of sick leave are sought for Marlene Gasink of Campus Postal Services. Her family thanks you for your generosity. Please send a donated sick leave form to Darin Lee, Campus Postal Services, Stop 7053. For a form, go to and then click payroll forms.

Barnes & Noble holds biggest clearance sale of the year

The Barnes & Noble Bookstore continues its sales with the biggest clearance sale with new markdowns of 50 to 75 percent off all school and office supplies; all imprinted clothing and bargain books 50 to 75 percent off. Stop in early for best selection. All sales are final.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, UND Bookstore, michelle_abernathey, 777-2103

Spring yoga classes begin at Lotus Center

Spring yoga classes begin at the Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave. Classes are held from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Fees are $65 for an eight-week session (one night a week) or $90 for twice a week. Single times are $10. Beginners are welcome and it is possible to try the first class for free. Contact Dyan Rey at or 772-8840.
-- Dyan Rey, Adjunct lecturer, Visual Art,, 701 7728840

Ray Richards golf course season passes now available

The 2009 golf season passes for faculty and staff are now available for $250. With your purchase, you will receive a free season pass for the driving range ($150 value).

UND faculty and staff family season passes are $500; they are not eligible for the free driving range pass, but for an extra $150 the family can have season driving range passes.

Stop at the Chester Fritz box office or call 777-4090. Box office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Remember that passes may be paid through payroll deduction over six pay periods.
-- Tom Swangler, Asst Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium,, 777-4094

Ray Richards lists winter golf specials

Ray Richards is offering a winter golf special. Buy a punch card for five rounds of golf for $45 or 10 rounds of golf for $90. Added bonus: the buyer will receive a free round of golf for buying the 10-round punch card.

Also this year, you may buy a cart seat for each punch card. Five rounds of golf with a cart seat will cost $70 or 10 rounds of golf with a cart seat for $140. A free round is included with 10-round purchase.

Winter golf special punch cards may be bought by stopping at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Box Office or by calling 777-4090. Box office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Payroll deductions are accepted. The deadline to purchase is Sunday, March 15.
-- Tom Swangler, Asst Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium,, 777-4094

Single game tickets for first round WCHA playoff series on sale

Single-game tickets for the University of North Dakota-Michigan Tech first-round WCHA playoff series are on sale. UND, regular season WCHA champions and the tournament's number one seed, will host the 10th-seeded Huskies in a best-of-three playoff series at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

The series begins Friday night at 7:37 p.m. and will continue Saturday at 7:07 p.m., and, if necessary, Sunday at 7:07 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at the UND box office at the Ralph Engelstad Arena, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at (701) 772-5151, or online at . UND ticket office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ticket packages for the best-of-three series are $40 for adults, $20 for youth ages 2 to 12, and $14 for UND students with a valid UND student ID. Single-game prices are $20 for adults, $10 for youth ages 2 to 12, and $7 for UND students with a valid UND student ID.

The season series between UND and the Huskies is tied 1-1-1 with Michigan Tech winning 2-1 at the Great Lakes Invitation in Detroit in December, and UND winning one game and tying the other during a two-game series in Houghton, Mich., back in mid-January.

This year's first-round matchup is also a rematch of last year's first round series between the two teams in Grand Forks, a series that UND won in three games.

The winner of the UND-Michigan Tech best-of-three series will advance to the Red Baron WCHA Final Five at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., the weekend of March 19-21.

Single-game ticket sales for the Red Baron WCHA Final Five are also on sale, and fans can purchase those tickets by calling Ticketmaster at 651-989-5151, online at or in person at Xcel Energy Center Box Office. -- UND Athletics.

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: Graduate Recruitment Specialist, Graduate School, #09-228
COMPENSATION: $ 30,000 plus/year

POSITION: Web/Online Content Designer, Nursing, #09-226
COMPENSATION: $ 33,000 plus/year


POSITION: Communications Specialist (Shift work), Facilities, #09-229
COMPENSATION: $ 22,000 plus/year

OFFICE SUPPORT: No vacancies.


POSITION: Production Manager (various schedule, flexible weekends), Dining Services #09-231
COMPENSATION: $ 13.30 plus/hour

Lead time increased for grant proposals

The Division of Research is changing the policy for lead time for internal processing of grant proposals from three days prior to the due date to five days prior to the due date. This deadline is particularly important with federal electronic submissions. Submissions to have recently had numerous delays in submission, and these delays have almost caused a failure to meet submission deadlines. The change is effective immediately.

In addition, please remember that two copies of the proposal in final form must be brought to GCA at the time the proposal is submitted for review. One of those copies will be retained in RD&C, the other will be returned to the PI for submission to the funding agency.
-- John C. La Duke, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Research Development and Compliance,, 701/777-4278

Loretta Heuer selected for National Rural Health Fellows Program

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) has selected Loretta Heuer, professor of nursing, for the 2009 Rural Health Fellows Program.

After the completion of a competitive review process, 12 fellows were selected to participate in this year-long, intensive program aimed at developing leaders who can articulate a clear and compelling vision for rural America.

"We are very pleased to announce this new class of fellows as this program enters its third year. Once again, this class represents various levels of rural healthcare expertise. With the successes achieved by the 2007 and 2008 classes, we look forward to continuing the tradition of building rural healthcare leaders through this valuable program,” said Alan Morgan, NRHA CEO.

“The Rural Health Fellows Program is a tremendous opportunity for health care professionals,” shares Dr. Heuer. “Participation in this program will enhance my leadership abilities in the areas of team and organizational leadership, strategic planning, advocacy, and health policy analysis at the national level. During the next year, I look forward to collaborating with my cohort on our group projects as we work to advocate for the health care needs of rural communities.”

Participation in the NRHA Fellows Program will also have a positive impact on the newly formed Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program in North Dakota, of which Dr. Heuer is a co-director. The goal of the Dakota AHEC is to help clinics and hospitals recruit and retain health care workers in underserved areas, address workforce shortages, and educate students about career options in health care. Access to healthcare in the rural areas of North Dakota is largely due to a shortage of people working at rural facilities.

NRHA Fellows will gain valuable insights and build critical skills in three primary domains: (1) personal, team, and organizational leadership; (2) health policy analysis and advocacy; (3) National Rural Health Association governance and structure.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Officer, College of Nursing,, 777-4526

44 faculty recognized with Spirit Faculty Achievement Award

The North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award was established in 2009 by the University of North Dakota Foundation to recognize significant contributions by faculty in teaching, research, and service.

The following 44 faculty were recognized:

College of Arts and Sciences:
Gaye Burgess, associate professor of theatre arts; Sherrie Fleshman, associate professor of languages; Brett Goodwin, associate professor of biology; Birgit Hans, professor of Indian studies and department chair; Mark Hoffmann, professor of chemistry and department chair; Wendelin Hume, associate professor of criminal justice and department chair; Alan King, professor of psychology; Melinda Leach, associate professor of anthropology; Gaya Marasinghe, associate professor of physics; Donald Miller, professor of art and design; James Popejoy, associate professor of music and director of bands and music graduate studies; Cynthia Prescott, assistant professor of history; Lori Robison, associate professor of English and academic director of composition; Bradley Rundquist, associate professor of geography and department chair; Daphne Pedersen Stevens, assistant professor of sociology; Jack Weinstein, associate professor of philosophy and religion; Ryan Zerr, assistant professor of mathematics.

College of Business and Public Administration:
Steve Dennis, professor of finance; Cullen Goenner, associate professor of economics; Mark Jendrysik, associate professor of political science and public administration, and department chair; Yilei Zhang, assistant professor of finance; Yanjun "Frank" Zuo, assistant professor of information systems and business education.

College of Education and Human Development:
Dennis Caine, professor of physical education, exercise science and wellness, and department chair; Richard Van Eck, associate professor of teaching and learning; Sandra Short, professor of physical education, exercise science and wellness; Marcus Weaver-Hightower, assistant professor of educational foundations and research; Kara Wettersten, associate professor of counseling psychology and community services.

School of Engineering and Mines:
Joseph Hartman, associate professor of geology and geological engineering; Darrin Muggli, associate professor of chemical engineering; Richard Schultz, professor of electrical engineering and department chair; Zhengwen "Zane" Zeng, assistant professor of geology and geological engineering.

John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences:
Tina Anderson, assistant professor of aviation and assistant chair for academics; Mark Askelson, associate professor of atmospheric sciences; Emanuel Grant, assistant professor of computer science and graduate director; Vadim Rygalov, assistant professor of space studies.

School of Law:
Gregory Gordon, assistant professor of law.

School of Medicine and Health Sciences:
Colin Combs, associate professor of pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics; Othman Ghribi, assistant professor of pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics; Brij Singh, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; Seema Somji, research assistant professor of pathology.

College of Nursing:
Cindy Anderson, assistant professor of family and community nursing; Julie Anderson, associate professor of practice and role development, and associate dean for graduate studies.

Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors:
Michael Gaffey, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of space studies; Thomas Mohr, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of physical therapy.

Staff Senate announces March "U Shine" award winner

UND Staff Senate announces the March “U Shine Award” recipient is Brian Wurzbacker. He was nominated by Char Bratvold and was presented with a check for $50 and a certificate by Staff Senate President Janice Hoffarth March 2.

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 Char had to say about Brian:

“One Sunday night, a student was leaving Streibel Hall when she slipped and fell outside on the ice and could not get up. Brian saw her and went out to help her back on her feet. He then made sure she got to her car safely. This is a good example of U-Shine.”

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, and awards are presented the first business day of the following month.
-- Janice Hoffarth, President, Staff Senate,, 777-2646

Broadway named UND Student Employee of the Year

Kevin Broadway, a senior from New Sharon, Iowa, has been named the University of North Dakota Student Employee of the Year. He will be recognized April 24 during the Memorial Union Leadership Awards.

Broadway has worked three years as a line service operator for Flight Support Services for the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. He is currently seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in air traffic control.

Danny Holwerda, flight line manager, as 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.”

The University of North Dakota Student Employee of the Year recipient receives a $500 award, and his name will be listed on the Student Employee of the Year plaque. Broadway's nomination form has been submitted to the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA) Regional Student Employee of the Year Committee. The selection committee will review his nomination against the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The Regional Student Employee of the Year will be named in March and submitted to the National Student Employee of the Year Committee.

There were a total of 19 nominations submitted by UND department supervisors.

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.
-- Janelle Kilgore, Financial Aid Administrator, Student Financial Aid,, 7-4794