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ISSUE: Volume 46, Number 25: February 11, 2009

Top Stories
President Kelley issues statement on President Emeritus Thomas Clifford
Services set for President Emeritus Thomas Clifford
Farewell reception for Greg Weisenstein is Feb. 17
Search Committee appointed for dean of the College of Nursing
EERC to receive $1 million award for renewable fuels
Events to Note
Student Success Center offers noon study skills help sessions
UND student-managed investment fund watches portfolio expand, contract
Global Visions film series lists spring film roster
Create your own destiny by attending technology feedback session
Culinary Corner lists classes for Feb. 17-21
Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn is Feb 11
Birgit Hans to present faculty Lecture Feb. 12
Exercise physiology candidate to speak Feb. 12
Experience the Philippines cultural night is Feb. 12
Greek Life 100th birthday party is Feb. 12
Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics seminar is Feb. 13
Geography Forum set for Feb. 13
Biology talk features U-Wisconsin Madison scientist
Seminar on administrators monitoring online courses is Feb. 13
Kelley Crews presents ESSP spring colloquium
Spaghetti dinner for Honor Flight WW II veterans is Feb. 13
Museum opens new exhibit, Artists and War II
ND Playwright's Co-op invites writers to meetings
Bluegrass Brunch at the Museum Sunday
Robinson Lecture to explore imagery in sport and exercise
Physics department colloquium is Feb. 17
Master of Fine Arts exhibit opens Feb. 17
Essential Studies hosts Capstone development workshops
Annual key meeting is Feb. 18
University Within the University (U2) lists new classes
Tickets now on sale for Feast of Nations
Exercise physiology candidate to speak Feb. 19
Enjoy Craft Nights at the Culinary Corner
Languages and IF Midwest host bus trip to Festival du Voyageur
NLSA to host affordable prom attire sale
Sweet Treats: French edition in the Culinary Corner
Bluegrass Festival is Feb. 21
Doctoral examination set for Taras (Terry) W. Lewycky
International student, scholar tax workshop is Feb. 23
Founders Day is Feb. 26; tickets on sale now
American Indian Student Services to host Celebration of Achievements
University Senate meets March 5; agenda items due
Institutional Review Board will meet March 6
Student loan lunch is March 12
Transfer Getting Started 2009 is March 28
Nominations sought for Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors
New UND Student Assessment of Teaching form
Schedule an SGID in your classroom
Deadline is Feb. 17 for applications to Senate Scholarly Activities Committee
Harassment training is required
State Fleet adjusts rates
Presidents Day is holiday
Library of the Health Sciences lists Presidents Day weekend hours
Law Library announces Presidents' Day hours
ITSS lists holiday closing hours
International Centre closed on Presidents Day
Student assistants sought for Freshman Getting Started
Leave sought for Richard Geres
Applications sought for Dru Sjodin Scholarship
Information sought about faculty, student engagement
Hamline Square Apartments now leasing
Note waste prevention checklist
Biggest clearance sale on at Barnes & Noble Bookstore
New Pizza deal at Sbarro in Memorial Union
Internal job openings listed
Institutional research briefs now available online
Note external grant proposal guidelines
2009 NIH regional seminars announced in Atlanta, Las Vegas
Solar physics research funding opportunity available for graduate students
In the News
Douglas Marshall presents talk in Moscow
Grants encourage use of technology to improve rural health care delivery
Physician assistant program admits 'most diverse' group in its history
National Clearinghouse established for health workforce information
Dakota Foundation gift establishes entrepreneurial tech commercialization initiative
UND alumni meet in Twin Cities area
BOSS Business Plan competition winners are Joshua Goldade and Kristine Lesch
Staff Senate announces February "U Shine" Award winner
Teams compete in FIRST LEGO league championship robotics tournament
Small hospitals receive grants through UND Center for Rural Health program
In Remembrance
Remembering President Emeritus Thomas J. Clifford
Death noted of former student
President Kelley issues statement on President Emeritus Thomas Clifford

The University of North Dakota is mourning the loss of President Emeritus Thomas J. Clifford, a North Dakota icon regarded as the most dynamic and influential figure in the history of higher education in this state and region. His leadership took UND to the level we know today: an institution known nationally and even internationally, not only for academic excellence but for its enterprise and creativity in meeting challenges and building opportunities for students and citizens.

Tom’s legacy is found all across the campus. The John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences demonstrated how ideas and resources could be leveraged to create an internationally acclaimed program. Under his leadership, UND’s medical school, the only one in the state - was transformed from a two-year program to a full-fledged, four-year M.D. degree-granting school, which met critical health needs in the state while presenting a new model for education and statewide cooperation.

Also under Tom’s administration, UND became one of this region’s most important cultural centers. It gained national and even international stature for research, scholarship, and creative expression. UND students established a reputation for excellence in academics, leadership, and athletics. The campus grew in beauty and functionality.

Tom Clifford was a true leader who embodied the University of North Dakota. The thousands and thousands who met and worked with him appreciated the qualities of a very rare kind of man: enormous personal charm and a memorable physical presence, keen business skills and sharp political instincts, an aptitude for judging talent and recognizing potential, and an extraordinary ability to “make things happen.” He put a priority on people and detested “red tape.” They called it “the Clifford style,” and it helped make UND what it is today.

Tom’s association with this University spanned seven decades, beginning as a student in 1938. He joined the faculty in 1945 and served as a professor, dean, and vice president before taking the helm in 1971. When he retired in 1992, Tom Clifford tied John West (1933-1954) for the longest term as president, 21 years.

Tom Clifford would have achieved great success in nearly any field he could have chosen. The proud standing of UND among the nation’s academic institutions is the result of the love he had for this University and its students, and for the people of North Dakota. This was recognized in 2002 when he was presented the state’s highest honor, the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award.

Thomas John Clifford will be regarded as one of the true “giants” in the history of the University of North Dakota. -- President Robert Kelley, President.

Services set for President Emeritus Thomas Clifford

Services for President Emeritus Thomas Clifford, who spent 21 years as UND's president, are detailed below. His association with this University spanned seven decades, beginning as a student in 1938. He joined the faculty in 1945 and served as a professor, dean, and vice president before being named president in 1971. When he retired in 1992, Tom Clifford tied John West (1933-1954) for the longest term as president. After retirement, he continued to work in development and fundraising for the University.

* Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 524 Fifth Ave. N.
* A vigil service will be at 7 p.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009
* Funeral Mass at 11 a.m., St. Michael’s Catholic Church

Luncheon Reception
1 p.m., Ralph Engelstad Arena

Farewell reception for Greg Weisenstein is Feb. 17

A farewell reception for Greg Weisenstein, provost and vice president for academic affairs, will be held Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Dr. Weisenstein has been chosen as the next president of West Chester University of Pennsylvania after serving as UND's provost and vice president for academic affairs since 2005.

Please join me in wishing Greg and his wife, Sandra, well as they begin this new chapter in their lives. -- Robert O. Kelley, President.

Search Committee appointed for dean of the College of Nursing

Martha Potvin, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has agreed to serve as chair of the search committee for the position of dean of the College of Nursing.

Committee members include:
Darla Adams, clinical assistant professor, nursing
Jon Allen, associate professor, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Barb Anderson, assistant coordinator, RAIN Program
Cindy Anderson, assistant professor, nursing
Alicia Atkins, graduate student, nursing
Joseph Benoit, dean, Graduate School
Emily Bina, undergraduate student, nursing
Gerald Combs, director, Human Nutrition Research Center
Tracy Evanson, assistant professor, nursing
Jeffrey Weatherly, professor, psychology
Suzanne Gandrud, businesss officer, nursing
Jan Goodwin, associate professor, nutrition and dietetics
Roxanne Hurley, clinical associate professor, nursing
Glenda Lindseth, professor, nursing
Margaret Reed, chief nurse executive, Altru Health Systems

Questions or comments about the search should be directed to Dean Potvin at or 777-2749. -- Greg Weisenstein, provost and vice president for academic affairs.
-- Greg Weisenstein, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs,, 7-2167

EERC to receive $1 million award for renewable fuels

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) announces a $1 million project to evaluate renewable oil refining technologies for commercial production of diesel, jet, and other fuels and chemicals from North Dakota oilseed crops, such as crambe, at Tesoro's Mandan, North Dakota, oil refinery.

Crambe is a drought-tolerant oilseed crop with demonstrated viability throughout western North Dakota and the surrounding region. Unlike soybeans, canola, and other oil seeds, crambe produces an industrial (non-food-grade) oil, and costs less to plant, fertilize, and grow.

The project is a collaboration between the EERC and Tesoro Companies, Inc., of San Antonio, Texas. The North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) awarded $500,000 in cost-share funding. The NDIC award will become active upon receipt by the EERC of an additional $500,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

Tesoro Vice President of Refining and Mandan Refinery Manager John Berger said integrating renewable fuel production into the infrastructure of the current refining system provides an opportunity for Tesoro to more efficiently meet the challenges of reducing its carbon footprint. "We are proud to be directly involved in partnering with the EERC in this promising project, which has the potential to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels while supporting the local economy and providing an opportunity for North Dakota farmers to produce crops that can be processed into renewable fuels," said Berger.

Unlike biodiesel and ethanol, the EERC technologies convert crop oils to renewable fuels that are essentially indistinguishable from their petroleum-derived counterparts and may be commingled directly with refinery production and transported to consumers through the existing pipeline system.

The EERC has already demonstrated the production of 100 percent renewable jet fuel that can directly replace petroleum derived jet fuel through a project with DoD. This work will expand this success to focus on additional feedstocks and diesel and gasoline production.

"We appreciate the fact that our partners at NDIC see the value of this project and have pledged their support," said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. "The people at Tesoro are also great partners because, like us, they want to see renewable fuels (that are compatible with the existing transportation fuel infrastructure) move out of the laboratory and into the commercial marketplace, and they are willing to leverage their resources to help make it happen."

According to Rick Weyen, Tesoro vice president, Development-North America, Tesoro is interested in commercial production of renewable fuels that work with existing Tesoro products and distribution networks, do not increase food prices, and are environmentally benign.

"Our role in the project is to provide technical support to the EERC in evaluating technologies and designing a process demonstration facility that would be fully integrated with our existing production capabilities," Weyen said.

Student Success Center offers noon 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. The upcoming February sessions follow:
* Wednesday, Feb. 18, studying for tests
* Tuesday, Feb. 24, taking tests
-- Shari Nelson, Assistant Director of Learning Services, Student Success Center,, 777-2117

UND student-managed investment fund watches portfolio expand, contract

It is often said that the best lessons in life are learned first hand, which couldn’t be truer for a group of students in the College of Business and Public Administration who manage an investment portfolio called the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF).

Instead of doing simulations, students actively learn every step in the intricate decision-making process regarding the management of a $700,000 portfolio; and it is all done in “real-time” in a state-of-the-art trading room, the A. Kirk Lanterman Investment Center. Thirty-six business students are part of the investment team, guided by a faculty member and an investment council, who work in small groups to analyze nine sectors of the stock market about which stocks to buy, sell, or hold.

In the group’s first active year of investing (2007), the students outperformed the S&P 500 by 2.81 percent. The SMIF business students had a return on investments of 8.30 percent at 2007’s year-end, versus the S&P 500’s return of 5.49 percent. On average, only 20 percent of funds beat the S&P 500 in any given year, and this puts UND’s group among the top levels of all professionally managed mutual funds in the country.

The students will present their performance for 2008 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Room 9, Gamble Hall. The public is invited, but please RSVP to Pam Burkes at 777-0879. For more information about the Student Managed Investment Fund, please contact Steve Dennis at 777-3700.

The students traveled to Dayton, Ohio, in March 2008 to compete in the annual RISE Competition, which recognizes student managed investment funds around the world. UND’s fund performance placed them in the top five in the undergraduate student category, an impressive result for their first year of active fund management. They will enter the competition again this March.

“We are training students to manage money in a professional setting, and this is the essence of what it means to create ‘hands-on’ learning,” Steve Dennis explained. Dr. Dennis is the Aarestad Endowed Chair of Financial Services in the College of Business and Public Administration, and also serves as the faculty advisor to the Student Managed Investment Fund. “The Lanterman Center and the Student Managed Investment Fund give UND students a unique experience, an experience that is a distinct advantage in the job market.”

Yet, the stock market was about to teach the SMIF students a lesson about stock market volatility. Michael Mathsen, SMIF president, watched their investment portfolio experience serious gains and losses during 2008 as the market experienced the greatest amount of fluctuation since the Great Depression.

According to Mathsen, “During the week of September 22, several financial institutions failed. The SMIF owned (and continues to own) bonds issued by Credit Suisse, General Electric Capital Corporation and Wachovia, among a few other companies. We were concerned with credit quality, particularly with the Wachovia bonds. Thursday night, Sept. 25, CNBC reported that Washington Mutual was seized by the FDIC and that all debt holders would lose their entire investment (bond holders later received 57 cents on the dollar, but the report at the time said they would be wiped out). We awoke to our own Black Friday, Sept. 26, in that our Wachovia bonds had fallen in price from about 90 cents on the dollar a few days earlier to 50 cents that morning. Panic ensued in the SMIF. We had a tough time deciding whether to sell at 50 cents, or to hold and perhaps go to zero. We wanted to sell, but Dr. Dennis told us to hold. He said we had two outs: one, the government bails us out, or two, we get bought by another bank. On Monday morning, Citigroup offered to buy Wachovia, and they were later acquired by Wells Fargo, who is a AAA-rated bank. The Wachovia bonds now trade at greater than 95 cents on the dollar. The SMIF members and I got a great deal for our educational dollars just in that one week.”

“The current stock market is not something you can simulate. These students lived it and learned many valuable lessons throughout the process,” Dennis added.

For the first six months of the 2008, the SMIF continued to outperform the S&P 500, at times by as much at 3.3 percent. However, the last quarter of 2008 proved to be a great test for anyone investing in the stock market. In the end, the S&P 500 was down 38.49 percent for all of 2008, and the students’ portfolio was down 42.12 percent, or 3.63 percent worse than the S&P 500.

“Despite the roller coaster ride of the last half of 2008, the Student Managed Investment Fund has been a highlight of my education at UND. It will always be an incredible memory to look back on how much I learned in such a short while due to what was happening in the market and around the world. This was something I could read about, but instead I experienced it in real time…and for that, I feel more prepared for what life can be like outside of the classroom,” said Jeff Baumgartner, the SMIF vice president.

Global Visions film series lists spring film roster

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 between Feb. 10 and May 5.

The series begins with the award-winning film, “The Golden Door,” Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. Enhanced by the expressive cinematography of Agnes Godard (Beau Travail), "Golden Door" is a visually striking tone poem that follows the journey of a peasant family from their primitive home in Sicily to Ellis Island in New York at the turn of the century. It is a surreal, enigmatic, often strange, but ultimately deeply rewarding experience. "The Golden Door" is a cinematic artist's expressive rendering of what the immigration process may have been like for our parents and grandparents, and portrays the looks on the faces of the immigrants depicted in photographs displayed at Ellis Island as they arrived in the United States.

Additional films will be screened on the following dates:
• Feb. 24, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," 2007 (France)
• March 10, "Innocent Voices," 2007 (El Salvador)
• March 31, "City of Men," 2007 (Brazil)
• April 14, "The Kite Runner," 2007 (Afghanistan)
• April 21, "Matt Sienkiewicz – Live From Bethlehem," 2008 (Israel -documentary)
• May 5, "Times of Harvey Milk," 2008 (USA)

All films are shown in the Lecture Bowl, second floor, Memorial Union. The series is free and open to the public. A suggested donation of one dollar is encouraged, but not required. For further information, call 777-4718.
-- Marcia Mikulak, Assistant Professor, Anthropology,, 777-4718

Create your own destiny by attending technology feedback session

All UND faculty, staff, and students are invited to the call for final feedback on Campus Technology Priorities. Throughout the needs assessment process, we have relied on valuable input from all segments of the campus community. As we finalize the outcomes, we are asking for your input once again.

Please attend the final open forum feedback session for priority outcomes Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon in the River Valley Room. You will be asked to rate each outcome on its importance and achievability. If you are unable to attend the forum, please participate by completing the online survey available Feb. 4-11 at .

Once you have helped complete this needs assessment phase, we will begin to establish the necessary technology strategic-plan goals, tactical initiatives, and outcome measures.
-- Michael Lefever, Office of the CIO, CIO,, 777-2030

Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn is Feb 11

The Women's Center will host a Meet, Eat and Learn from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the International Centre. lore dickey will talk about his experience as a female-to-male transsexual. lore will talk about the challenges he faced in understanding what this meant for him, and ways in which people can become allies for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Everyone is welcome. Lunch will be provided.
-- Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Womens Center,, 74300

Culinary Corner lists classes for Feb. 17-21

Culinary Corner classes for Feb. 16-21 follow. Remember there is no school Monday, Feb. 16, so "Cheap, Fast, and Healthy" will not be offered.

Start Right Breakfast
Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb 17 and 18, 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 Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 7:15 a.m. The cost is $5 per person.

See other classes in the following stories.

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 inquiries, please contact Karina Wittmann, coordinator of nutrition services at 777-0769 or
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition Services, Wellness Center,, 701-777-0769

Birgit Hans to present faculty Lecture Feb. 12

“The Only ‘Real Indians’: Indian Hobbyists in Germany” will be the next topic discussed as part of the Faculty Lecture Series. Birgit Hans, professor and chair of Indian studies will deliver the presentation Thursday, Feb. 12, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A reception starts at 4 p.m., followed by the lecture at 4:30 p.m.

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

All of the lecture series are free and open to the public.

Hans is chair of the Indian Studies Department. She has been a member of the department since 1991. She teaches writing and history courses, though her specialty is American Indian literature and oral traditions. She also has an interest in popular literature and historical and contemporary quilting, particularly star quilts. She is a former German citizen whose curiosity led her to conduct long-term field research on European perceptions of American Indian cultures.

Hans has published extensively on D’arcy McNickle, including a collection of his unpublished short stories, called “The Hawk is Hungry.” The son of an Irish father and a part Cree Metis mother, McNickle was an enrolled member of the Salish Kootenai on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. McNickle was an anthropologist and became one of the most prominent twentieth-century American Indian activists.

Hans also edited “D'arcy McNickle’s The Hungry Generations: The Evolution of a Novel,” which was released by the University of New Mexico Press in spring of 2007. Hans’ other publications include papers publications, such as “American Indian Literatures,” the “North Dakota Quarterly,” and “Studies in the Western.”

Exercise physiology candidate to speak Feb. 12

Josh Guggenheimer, a candidate for the exercise physiology position in Physical Education, Exercise Science and Wellness, will present "Neuromuscular Changes and Aging" from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, in 172 Hyslop Sports Center. Guggenheimer is currently completing his Ph.D. in exercise physiology at the University of Idaho. All are welcome.
-- Dennis Caine, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Physical Education, Exercise Science and Wellness,, 777-4041

Experience the Philippines cultural night is Feb. 12

The spring semester cultural nights begin Thursday, Feb. 12, with Philippines night at 7 p.m. at the Loading Dock, Memorial Union. Learn about the culture of the Philippines and enjoy dancing from the Fargo Filipiana Dance Troupe. Food will be available to sample for $1.
-- Shannon Jolly, International Student Advisor, International Programs,, 7-4118

Greek Life 100th birthday party is Feb. 12

Join the UND fraternity and sorority community as they celebrate 100 years of Greek Life at UND Thursday, Feb. 12. Cake and ice cream will be served in the Memorial Union Ballroom from 3 to 3:30 p.m. with a brief presentation and video beginning at 3:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.
-- Cassie Gerhardt, Assistant Director for Leadership & Assessment, Memorial Union,, 777-3667

Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics seminar is Feb. 13

Zhaoyang Xiao, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics, will present a seminar titled, “Adenosinergic Depression of Neuronal Excitability and Epilepsy,” at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 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,, 777-6221

Geography Forum set for Feb. 13

The Department of Geography invites you to the February Geography Forum from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in 157 O'Kelly-Ireland Hall. Tala Shokri, Ph.D. candidate from the Department of Civil Engineering, will present "GIS Applications in Urban Planning and Disaster Management." Everyone is welcome.
-- Enru Wang, Assistant Professor, Geography,, 7-4590

Biology talk features U-Wisconsin Madison scientist

Chemical Ecology of Populus: a "genes to ecosystem" perspective, will be presented by Richard Lindroth, University of Wisconsin-Madison, at noon Friday, Feb. 13, in Starcher Hall, Room 141.

Dr. Lindroth received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois (Urbana), and is currently a Professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has been a faculty member since 1988.

In describing his research, Dr. Lindroth states, "At the broadest level, research conducted by my group addresses the roles of mechanisms that underlie ecological interactions at levels spanning the range from biochemistry to ecosystems. We are particularly interested in how plant chemistry influences: 1) interactions among plants, herbivores, and natural enemies, and 2) ecosystem dynamics such as decomposition and nutrient cycling. Other, nonchemically-oriented work addresses environmental impacts on trophic cascades and insect biodiversity. Our research focuses on northern temperate forest species (aspen, maple, birch) and western riparian species (cottonwood), although some studies address herbaceous systems. "

Hosted by the UND Biology Department. Everyone is welcome.

Seminar on administrators monitoring online courses is Feb. 13

You are invited to attend an online seminar on "Administrators Monitoring Online Courses: A Gloves-Off Debate," from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. One of the ongoing controversies at campuses across the country has been the ability of faculty to teach as their disciplines guide them without fear of administrative supervision or oversight. This has been especially true in distance education where online courses are especially easy to monitor covertly. If you are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of both sides of this issue, plan to attend this online learning seminar led by Michael Catchpole and James Olliver, two noted experts in this area. As a result of this informative exchange, you will gain additional insights on how to balance accountability and quality vs. academic freedom. Administrators, faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend. Bring your lunch; no RSVP is required. It is sponsored by the Division of Continuing Education.

Kelley Crews presents ESSP spring colloquium

Kelley Crews, associate professor of geography and the environment at the University of Texas in Austin, will present "Land Cover/Land Use Change in Tropical Systems: The Human Dimensions" at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in Room 210, Clifford Hall Auditorium. Refreshments will be served a half-hour before the presentation.

Dr. Crews received her Ph.D. in geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000, and also holds degrees in marine science and public policy. She founded and directs the new University of Texas Geographic Information Science Center.

Her thematic research interests include remote sensing, population-environment interactions, landscape ecology, and policy analysis. Geographically, her work focuses on tropical and subtropical forest/savanna/wetland ecotones in the western Amazon, the Okavango Delta of Botswana, and northeast Thailand.

The presentation is part of the UND Earth System Science and Policy Spring 2009 Colloquium Series. For more information contact Michael Hill at 777-6071, or
-- Kathy Ebertowski, Admin. Secretary, Center for People & the Environment,, 701-777-2490

Spaghetti dinner for Honor Flight WW II veterans is Feb. 13

A spaghetti dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, to Honor Flight World War II veterans, at the Grand Forks County Office Building, 151 South Fourth St., sixth floor. A free will offering will be taken. The dinner is open to the public. All proceeds go to Honor Flight.
-- Carol Anson, VA Certifying Official, Veteran Services,, 7-3364

Museum opens new exhibit, Artists and War II

The North Dakota Museum of Art announces its upcoming exhibition titled "Artists and War II." The exhibition opens Sunday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m., immediately following the Museum's Bluegrass Brunch. The exhibit features work from artists in Colombia, Peru and the United States. Artists will be present to speak about the work. The exhibition is on display until April 11.

In February 2008 the Museum opened the first installment of its three-part exhibition series in which artists respond to the subject of war. "Artists and War I," was a multi-media group exhibition of six artists from around the world creating art about war or conflict. Artists included Daniel Heyman, David Opdyke, Adrienne Noelle Werge, Siah Armajani, Hanna Hannah, and Miguel Angel Rojas.

"Artists and War II" consists of work from Juan Manuel Echavarrîa of Bogotá, Colombia. Echavarrîa’s work was first introduced in North Dakota during the opening of "The Disappeared" exhibition at the North Dakota Museum of Art in 2005, then again in his solo exhibition Bocas de Ceniza/Mouths of Ash in 2006.

Johanna Calle is another Colombian artist in this exhibition. Calle will arrive in Grand Forks to install a body of work titled "Black Opus" (Obra Negra). This work sprang from numerous visits through the slums of Bogotá. As Calle made her way through these marginalized neighborhoods, it became apparent the role young girls played in these environments as a consequence of violence and societal breakdown. Obra Negra melds fragments of images of young girls and the homes they inhabit as a way of demonstrating the responsibility placed on them. The make-shift homes are often constructed of cardboard, scrap wood and corrugated metal. Often times the construction of these homes spans two to three generations. In the process, it is the young girls who bear the burdens of raising and maintaining families as a result of violence and societal neglect.

In addition, the Museum is bringing back "Snow Country Prison: Interned in North Dakota." In 1941 the U. S. Justice Department converted Fort Lincoln from a surplus military post into an internment camp to detain people arrested in the United States as enemy aliens. Over its five-year operation as a camp, the Bismarck facility housed about 1,500 men of German nationality, and over 1,800 of Japanese ancestry. The first group of Japanese and German men were arrested by the FBI in the days immediately after Pearl Harbor. The arrests were done under the authority of the Alien Enemies Act, and these so-called "enemy aliens" were removed from their homes, primarily on the West Coast and East Coast, and sent to camps in isolated parts of the country.

In 2010, the Museum will organize "Artists and War III," which will culminate in an exhibition catalog and national tour consisting of a selection of work from this three-part series.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 701-777-4195

ND Playwright's Co-op invites writers to meetings

When asked to comment on 2008, North Dakota Playwrights Co-op President Adonica Schultz Aune released a satisfied sigh, then said, “We had another productive year, both as writers and as a producing agency for new work.” The co-op, founded in 2004 by John Thompson, Adonica Schultz Aune, and Kathy Coudle King, had a busy year. They kicked off with a production of King’s award-winning play, "Trees," at the Firehall Theatre in Grand Forks in February. The play ran two weeks and raised $3,000 for the North Dakota Breast Cancer Coalition and Filling the Gap. September was a busy month for the co-op, as they were invited to produce new work at WomanSong in Grand Rapids, Minn. Among the six short plays, written by Thompson, King, and Aune, was a piece by a new playwright, Debra Pflughoeft Hassett. Performing at the event were Charlottte Helgeson, Kate Sweney, Ruby Grove (newcomer), Cynthia Prom, as well as 13-year old Kelly King.

Two of these pieces, “The Happily Ever After” and “Wishing Away in Margaritaville,” were later performed at the September Art & Wine Walk in Grand Forks.

The co-op then rounded out the year at the First Night Celebration when they produced five new pieces at the Firehall Theatre Cabaret, including a monologue by Rick Forsgren of Northwood, N.D.

The co-op invites working playwrights and aspiring playwrights to join them in 2009 as they craft, revise, and submit new plays. They offer roundtable readings, discussion, and practical tips on the art and craft of writing plays. Themes have been selected to help get the creative juices flowing; however, writers are encouraged to bring whatever it is they’re working on, up to 10 pages, typed.

Meetings are from 2 to 4 p.m. on designated Sundays at Barnes & Noble in Grand Forks. It is free and open to the public. Following are the dates from February to May.

* March 1, 2 p.m.: Revisions of celebration scripts and/or bride plays, and what is considered proper protocol for submitting plays
* March 15, 2 p.m.: (deadline for celebration scripts) - "Fireworks" is today's theme.
* April 5, 2 p.m.: Revisions of plays, theme TBA
* April 19, 2 p.m.: TBA
* May 3, 2 p.m.: TBA
* May 17, 2 p.m.: TBA

Questions? Contact Kathy Coudle-King at or 701-330-1637.
-- Kathleen King, Sr. Lecturer , English & Women Studies,, 777-2787

Bluegrass Brunch at the Museum Sunday

The North Dakota Museum of Art announces its first Bluegrass Brunch featuring the North River Ramblers. Bluegrass Brunch will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, in the galleries of the Museum. Reservations are now being taken at the Museum. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Tables of eight are available.

The North River Ramblers are a local favorite. The group consists of James Feist on guitar, harmonica and vocals; Kris Leirfallom on banjo, harmonica, didgeridoo; Twiddlin' Josh Driscoll on mandolin, vocals, fiddle, banjo and Xavier Pastrano on bass. The Ramblers combine to form an old-time bluegrass style not often heard in the area. Playing both regionally and locally, the Ramblers all share a love for roots and old-time music combining both traditional songs as well as original compositions. Musical influences include Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Woody Guthrie to name a few.

This is not the first time the North Dakota Museum of Art has partnered with the Ramblers. Last summer they performed at the Summer Concerts in the Garden series opening for Knick Knackerson and the Minglers of Winnipeg.

Bluegrass is an American music style steeped in the influences of Irish, Scottish and English immigrants. In addition to the European influences, Bluegrass lent heavily from jazz and blues in the 1940’s. Combining this musical style with delights served by Museum Chef Justin Welsh will prove to be a good time for the whole family, friends, or anyone who enjoys good food and good music served together.

Immediately following the Brunch, the Museum will hold an opening reception for the new exhibition, "Artists and War: II." Some of the artists will be present to speak about the work.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive, Grand Forks. For more information call 701-777-4195 or visit
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 701-777-4195

Robinson Lecture to explore imagery in sport and exercise

The librarians and staff of the Chester Fritz Library invite all members of the UND community to attend the 18th annual Elwyn B. Robinson Lecture from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the East Asian Room, Chester Fritz Library (fourth floor). Sandra Short will address “Using Imagery to Effect Self-Confidence and Performance in Sport and Exercise Settings.”

The women's musical group, VIVO, will also perform, and a reception will follow Dr. Short's presentation.

Dr. Short is a professor in the Department of Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Wellness, where she also holds an adjunct appointment in the Psychology Department. She is responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in sport psychology, sport sociology, and research methods. She is the recipient of several awards and scholarships, including the Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award, and was most recently recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship and Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Student Mentoring.

Dr. Short is one of the associate editors for The Sport Psychologist, the founding co-editor for the Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity (, and has been a guest reviewer for 20 different journals. She has co-authored a book called “Self-Efficacy in Sport,” and has more than 30 research publications, mostly focused on efficacy beliefs and imagery. Dr. Short has been the advisor to more than 30 master’s degree students, and has been a committee member for another 40 master’s and doctoral students. She earned her Ph.D. in the psychosocial aspects of sport and physical activity from Michigan State University (1998). Her other degrees include a master's degree in kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario (1994) and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Calgary (1992).

She is married to Martin Short (also a professor at UND in motor learning/control), and they have two sons, Stoker (7 years) and Brecken (5 years).

The Robinson Lecture series began in 1991 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Professor Elwyn B. Robinson's publication, "A History of North Dakota." Professor Robinson, whose career spanned 35 years at UND, was a distinguished member of the History faculty. The Lecture, together with the Library’s compilation of a bibliography of faculty and staff publications, is designed to recognize the scholarly and creative accomplishments of the UND community.
-- Wilbur Stolt, Director of Libraries, Chester Fritz Library,, 777-2189

Physics department colloquium is Feb. 17

It has been almost a century since the discovery of superconductivity by Kamerlingh Onnes in 1911. At least four Nobel Prizes in physics have since been awarded to works on superconductivity. Yet superconductivity itself is still an active research field in many aspects. One of them is the investigation of superconductivity in low dimensions, interfaces and in presence of external influences. I shall begin by a brief introduction to the phenomena of superconductivity and then move on to discuss my own works, such as the critical velocity in low dimensional superconductors, the flux dependence of critical temperature in small superconducting rings, and the anomalous behavior of critical currents by an external magnetic field. I shall end by describing my ongoing effort of extending some of the above ideas into another very actively evolving research field, namely that of untracold atoms, and in particular the so-called BEC-to-BCS crossover phenomenon

The colloquium is at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in 211 Witmer Hall. Coffee and cookies will be served at 3:30 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall.
-- Dr. Tzu-Chieh Wei, Superconductivity in presence of a constant flow, magnetic field and impurities, Physics Department Witmer Hall Room 211,, 701-777-2911

Master of Fine Arts exhibit opens Feb. 17

"Home Swede Home: Recipes for Digital Photography" a Master of Fine Arts exhibition by Mary Jo Titus will have an opening reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the Col. Eugene E. Myers Art Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center. The exhibition runs through Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. -- Department of Art and Design.

Essential Studies hosts Capstone development workshops

The Office of Essential Studies (ES) is hosting a series of “Capstone Coffees” to help faculty and departments develop capstone courses to meet the new ES requirement.

Capstone Coffees will be held at the Memorial Union.
• Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 9 a.m., Badlands Room
• Thursday, Feb. 19, at 3:30 p.m., Badlands Room
• Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m., Medora Room

At the Capstone Coffees, participants can review the criteria for ES capstones, learn how to get capstones approved (validated), and have questions answered about different ways to design capstone courses. Participants will also have an opportunity to consult with experienced ES course developers.

All are welcome. The coffees are for people who want to know how to get started and what’s needed, as well as for people who have plans already under way, but want help in completing the proposal process.

Advance notice is helpful (for handouts), but not necessary. For more information, contact me.
-- Tom Steen, Director , Office of Essential Studies (VPAA/Provost),, 777-4343

Annual key meeting is Feb. 18

The campuswide key meeting will be held Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The key inventory packets will be ready for pick-up prior to the meeting starting at 8:30 a.m. The informational meeting will start at 9 a.m. All departmental personnel responsible for issuing keys should attend to pick up their packets and receive information on completing the inventory.
-- Larry Zitzow, Chair, Building/Facility Access Administrative Committee, Facilities Management,, 777-2591

University Within the University (U2) lists new classes

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

Budgeting in Difficult Times
Feb. 18, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Memorial Union, River Valley Room
This session will cover budgeting and other fiscal matters. Presenter: Jennifer Klinkel.

Do You Have Gym-O-Phobia?
Feb. 18, 4 to 5 p.m., Memorial Union, fireplace, third floor
When someone says the word "gym," what's the first image that pops into your head? It may seem scary, foreign and expensive. That uncomfortable feeling may be stopping you from getting active and living a healthier lifestyle. Don't let it! If you have gym-o-phobia, come and join us in addressing this topic. Presenter: Emily Spicer.

Defensive Driving
Feb. 18, 6 to 10 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: Dan Lund.

Running, Reading, and Reconciling Key Finance Reports in PeopleSoft
Feb. 19, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Gamble Hall, Lanterman Center, Room 9
Prerequisite: Must have previously attended either a “Budgets Overview Inquiry” or “Budget vs. Cash Inquiry” U2 session and must have a PeopleSoft user ID and password for Finance Module. This training provides the tools necessary to navigate through PeopleSoft in order to run, read, and understand PeopleSoft financial reports. Important tips will be provided to help you recognize why, when, and how to reconcile revenue and expense transactions posted to your funds. Troubleshooting tips and tools to help you resolve budgeting errors will also be provided. This session includes hands-on practice activities. Presenter: Tom Swangler.

GroupWise 7.0: Beginning
Feb. 19, 1 to 4 p.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.
-- Patricia Young, U2 Coordinator, Continuing Education,, 777-0720

Exercise physiology candidate to speak Feb. 19

Jesper Sjokvist is a candidate for the exercise physiology position in physical education, exercise science and wellness. He will address "Effect of High Intensity Training on Rating of Perceived Exertion in Female Soccer Players" from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in 172 Hyslop Sports Center. Sjokvist is currently completing his Ph.D. in exercise physiology at the University of Alabama. All are welcome.
-- Dennis Caine, Ph.D., Chair, Physical Education, Exercise Science and Wellness,, 777-4041

Tickets now on sale for Feast of Nations

Tickets are now on sale at the Memorial Union Info Desk and at the Alerus Center, for the 47th annual Feast of Nations to be held at the Alerus Center Saturday, Feb. 21. The UND International Organization has been offering this exciting cultural experience to the Grand Forks community for almost five decades, and this year's Feast of Nations event promises to be more outstanding than ever.

The main performers of the night will be Viva Copoeira and Ena Sutton Highland Dancers, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Viva Copoeira will perform a traditional Brazilian show involving elements of dance, gymnastics and martial arts. The Ena Sutton Highland Dancers, with the unique sound of the bagpipes, will bring the timeless pleasures of Scottish dance.

Along with Viva Capoeira and Ena Sutton, the Feast of Nations will also include other cultural performances by UND students in a variety of styles. A delicious full course ethnic meal will complete the experience. Finally Rockcalypso, an exciting band with a talented and creative stage presence, will keep the audience captivated and dancing to the rich rhythms of the Caribbean.

Attire is semi-formal/formal. Doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Alerus. Arrive early to explore cultural displays from countries all over the world and enjoy the sounds of a live performance of the UND steel and drum band.

Ticket sale closes one day before the event. So purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Ticket prices are $10 for students, $15 for non-students, and $180 for table reservation (includes 10 tickets). The ticket price includes the ethnic dinner and entertainment. Kids and vegetarian meals are available as well. For table reservation, contact Oksana Bondarenko at 701-330-9632 or at For more information, complete menu, and directions, visit the Feast of Nations Web site at:

The 47th Annual Feast of Nations is sponsored by the president's office, UND MAC (a division of student government), CAC, and UND Aerospace, among others.

Enjoy Craft Nights at the Culinary Corner

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 February, March, and April will include a mini demonstration as well. The cost is $10 and please bring your own crafting supplies.

Participants attending the February class will each take home a pair of Swarovski Crystal earrings!

* Thursday, Feb. 19, 6 to 9 p.m.
* Tuesday, March 24, 6 to 9 p.m.
* Tuesday, April 21, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

Languages and IF Midwest host bus trip to Festival du Voyageur

It's one of Franco-America's largest festivals, Winnipeg's Festival du Voyageur, celebrating French language and culture and the colorful history of French traders, trappers, and Metis people in the northern Plains region, including North Dakota and Minnesota, as well as southern Manitoba.

The Department of Languages-French section and the IF Midwest will host a one-day field trip to the festival Saturday, Feb. 21. A UND bus will leave at 8 a.m. from the Memorial Union bus stop and return from the festival grounds in Winnipeg at 9:30 p.m. the same day for the return trip to Grand Forks.

A one-day pass to the Festival Park/Parc du Voyageur is $12 (Canadian funds). You pay for the pass when entering the park.

To take part in this event, pick up an application form, and return it filled out to Virgil Benoit, 302 Merrifield, Stop 8198, by Wednesday, Feb. 18. As soon as you confirm that you're going, please e-mail to Virgil at with the following information for officials at the border: your name, birth date, citizenship, sex, place of residence.

To prepare for the actual border crossing, have your passport or a copy of your birth certificate and a photo ID. International students, please have your passport and other relevant documentation ready.

This field trip is open to UND students, faculty, and staff, and to community members at large. For more information about Festival du Voyageur, see

-- Virgil Benoit, professor, languages.

NLSA to host affordable prom attire sale

The Nonprofit Leadership Student Association (NLSA) will host an Affordable Prom Attire Sale from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at 12 Third St. S., across from Town Square in downtown Grand Forks. All dresses and men's attire will be under $50. We will raffle off prize packages to help create a wonderful prom experience. Donations include: Tangles, Jack's Shoes, Regis Hair Salon, Salon Seva, Red Lobster, Paradiso's, Blue Moose, Heels, Rose Shop, Sun Tropixs, Flower Bug, Avon, and many more. Proceeds for the event will benefit CVIC and the NLSA.

We are also accepting donations of used formal wear now through Feb. 20. If you would like to make a donation or have any questions e-mail Meredith at or call 612-327-7977. Thank you!
-- Meredith Gilroy, Program Assistant/NLSA Executive Chair, Nonprofit Leadership Program,, 612-327-7977

Sweet Treats: French edition in the Culinary Corner

Sweet Treats: French edition in the Culinary Corner is from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in the Culinary Corner at the Wellness Center.

Enjoy the sweet life! Although the French are known for many things, desserts are one of their specialties. This hands-on class will feature some easy, but delicious French-inspired recipes that participants will assist in making. Some desserts, which may include chocolate mousse, pain au chocolate, profiteroles and others, will be enjoyed in class and participants will enjoy the rest at home!

Cost is $15, and the class is limited to the first seven people registered.

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

Bluegrass Festival is Feb. 21

A Bluegrass Festival will be held at the Empire Arts Center at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from Ticketmaster or at the door before the show. There is also a jam session open to the public at Porpoura Coffeehouse from 1 to 4 p.m. downtown Saturday. This is the fourth annual bluegrass festival at the Empire, packed with talent featuring the WoodPicks from Thief River Falls, Minn., and opening acts including Honky Tonk John, and the Goose River Boys. Come and see the Guinness World's Records fastest banjo player, Johnny Butten, and enjoy a great night of bluegrass, contemporary, and traditional music.
-- Darren Schmidt, Sr. Res. Advisor, EERC,, 7017775120

Doctoral examination set for Taras (Terry) W. Lewycky

The final examination for Taras (Terry) W. Lewycky, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in communication and public discourse, is set for 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in 200 O'Kelly Hall. The dissertation title is "Dramatistic and Imaginative Language in Public Discourse about Water: A Case Study in the Red River Valley of the Upper Midwest." Stephen Rendahl (communication) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

International student, scholar tax workshop is Feb. 23

International students and scholars are invited to attend the annual international student and scholar tax workshops from 4 to 6 p.m. or 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave.

Representatives from the IRS and the North Dakota State Tax Commission will be present to answer questions and explain the process for completing the non-resident tax paperwork. Emphasis will be on requirements for F,M and J visa holders.

Additional international tax information is available at the Office of International Programs Web site:
-- Shannon Jolly, International Student Advisor, International Programs,, 7-4118

Founders Day is Feb. 26; tickets on sale now

The 2009 Founders Day banquet will be held Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Memorial Union Ballroom. A reception will begin at 5:45 p.m. with the banquet at 6:30 p.m. Musical entertainment will be provided during the reception by Jazz on Tap.

In the UND Founders Day tradition, retirees, 25-year honorees, and department and faculty award winners will be recognized during the banquet. A newly-updated Founders Day video will be shown.

Banquet tickets for the Founders Day event are $20 each and must be reserved by Feb. 17 by contacting Terri Machart in the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2724 or by e-mail at Or, you can print out a registration form at and mail it to Terri at Stop 7140.
-- Fred Wittmann, Director, Ceremonies and Special Events,, 777-2724

American Indian Student Services to host Celebration of Achievements

The American Indian Student Services (AISS), will host a Celebration of Achievements by honoring UND American Indian graduates Friday, Feb. 27, in the Hopper-Danley Spirituality Center on the UND campus at 10 a.m.

President Robert Kelley, Robert Boyd, vice president for student and outreach services, and Leigh Jeanotte, assistant to the vice president for student and outreach services and director of American Indian student services will attend and help honor the graduates.

The honorees include: Lola Agard, J.D., Audrey Bercier, M.P.A.S., Ryan Eagle, B.P.A, John Gonzalez, Ph.D., Brandon Haskell, Current Student, Tammy Lawrence, B.S.N., and Nelda Schrupp, M.F.A.

Lola Agard received her juris doctorate from the University of North Dakota in 1999. She is currently an associate judge in the Standing Rock Tribal Court. Agard is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Audrey Bercier received her master's of physician assistant studies in May 2007. She is a physician assistant at the Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Health Care Facility in Belcourt, N.D. Bercier is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

Ryan Eagle received his Bachelor of Public Administration from UND in May 2003. He is the assistant executive director of The Boys and Girls Club of Three Affiliated Tribes in New Town, N.D. Eagle is a member of Three Affiliated Tribes.

John Gonzalez received his Ph.D. from UND in August 2005 and earned a master's of arts in psychology in December 2002. He is now an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Bemidji State University in Minnesota. Dr. Gonzalez is a member of the White Earth Chippewa Tribe.

Brandon Haskell is currently an undergraduate student at UND majoring in psychology and aviation. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux.

Tammy Lawrence received a bachelor of nursing degree from UND in 2000. She is currently a clinical nurse at the Spirit Lake Health Center in Fort Totten. Lawrence is a member of the Spirit Lake Nation.

Nelda Shrupp received a Master of Fine Arts from UND in 1993 and earned a bachelor of fine arts from UND in 1990. She is a self-employed artist living in Lakota, N.D., and is a member of the Pheasant Rump Nakota Tribe.

American Indian Student Services was formerly called Native American Programs. This program was legislated and awarded state-appropriated funding in 1978, along with the Department of Indian Studies to address the need for providing support services to American Indian students attending the University of North Dakota. When Native American Programs was created, there were very few American Indian students and programs on campus. Since then, the number of Indian-related programs at UND has grown to 29, and the American Indian student population has grown to nearly 420.

American Indian-related programs and students generate approximately $13 million annually. A large majority of this funding is awarded by the Federal government for a variety of training programs designed for American Indian students. AISS staff members provide multifaceted student support services in the areas of admissions, financial aid, housing, and academic, personal, and cultural advisement.

The main goal of the program is to provide services that enhance the successful transition, retention, and graduation of American Indian students attending UND. Additionally, AISS works with UND administrators to maintain a climate that is responsive to the needs of American Indian students. AISS staff members also collaborate with the tribes of the state, tribal colleges and tribal entities.

University Senate meets March 5; agenda items due

The University Senate will meet Thursday, March 5, at 4:05 p.m. in Gamble Hall, Room 7. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Thursday, Feb. 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.
-- Lori Hofland, Administrative Assistant, Registrars Office,, 777-3892

Institutional Review Board will meet March 6

The Institutional Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, March 6, in 305 Twamley Hall to consider all research proposals submitted to the IRB Office before Tuesday, Feb. 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, Feb. 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

Student loan lunch is March 12

Student Loans of North Dakota will sponsor a free college financial aid lunch and learn session at noon Monday, March 12, in the Badlands Room, Memorial Union. Parents can learn about types of financial aid and how to apply for grants, scholarships, and student loans. Please RSVP to kworkman@ndgov or call 701-328-5844 by Feb. 23 to register. A free brown bag lunch is provided. -- Bank of North Dakota.

Transfer Getting Started 2009 is March 28

Transfer Getting Started 2009, an advisement and registration program for new transfer students, will take place Saturday, March 28. Tansfer 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

Nominations sought for Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors

Nominations are sought for individuals to be considered for recognition as a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor. Included below are the criteria and procedures for the nomination and selection of those to be recognized. Nomination packets are due in the respective dean’s office by Friday, Feb. 27. Nominators must be a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, full professor, or department chair.

1. Demonstrated achievement across research, teaching, and service with significant national or regional recognition in any one of these missions.
2. Significant professional contributions throughout his/her career. However, the basis for selection of Chester Fritz Professors will be heavily weighted toward one’s accomplishments at UND.
3. Recognition by University of North Dakota colleagues as a faculty member who has made a valuable contribution to the quality of UND’s academic programs.
4. Full-time member of the faculty which includes all ranked teaching and research personnel. Department chairs are eligible if he/she is a full-time member of the faculty. (Full-time administrators, e.g., vice-presidents and deans, are not eligible).

Nomination Process
The nomination packet should contain sufficient information for the committee to evaluate the nominee.
1. The nominator(s) must submit a nomination letter. Nominator(s) must be a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, full professor, or department chair.
2. College deans must second all nominations in writing.
3. Letters of support from other faculty are encouraged.
4. A current curriculum vitae of the nominee must accompany the nomination.
-- Connie Gagelin, Administrative Officer, VPAA and Provost,, 7-2165

New UND Student Assessment of Teaching form

This spring we will use a new (blue) UND Student Assessment of Teaching (USAT) form. Part 3 of the form has been revised to better assess student learning within the Essential Studies/General Education courses. A copy of the form is at: Please request these new forms from your college dean’s office; the old green USAT forms that you have in your department can be recycled.

If you or any member of your department has questions regarding the form, please contact the Office of Institutional Research at 777-4358.
-- Carmen Williams, Director, Institutional Research,, 7-2456

Schedule an SGID in your classroom

Arrangements for SGIDs (small group instructional diagnosis, a process for soliciting student feedback at midterm) can be made now. SGIDs are done by trained faculty who work as facilitators for the process in colleagues' classrooms. A facilitator will collect information from your students, write it up into a report for you, and provide you with high-quality student input regarding their learning at mid-semester, rather than waiting until semester's end when course evaluations are completed. Furthermore, the interactive nature of the process can motivate students to think more carefully and deeply, so SGID feedback is often more thorough, providing you with a clear understanding of student perceptions. SGIDs are intended to be formative (i.e., for your own benefit as a teacher) rather than summative (for a promotion and tenure file). To schedule an SGID, please contact Jana Hollands at or 777-4998.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 701-777-4233

Deadline is Feb. 17 for applications to Senate Scholarly Activities Committee

The fourth deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC) is Tuesday, Feb. 17. Research/Creative Activity and Publication grant applications as well as applications for New Faculty Scholar Awards will be considered at that time. No travel applications will be considered during the fourth (Feb. 17) awards cycle. Late applications will not be accepted.

The fifth deadline for submission of applications is Friday, May 1. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between May 1 and Sept. 15, 2009. No other applications will be considered during the fifth (May 1) awards cycle. Late applications will not be accepted.

The committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. The proposal should be written with a multidisciplinary readership in mind. Avoid technical jargon and undefined abbreviations. Although the SSAC encourages submission of research/creative activity proposals and travel/publication requests, the committee takes into consideration the most recent SSAC award granted to each applicant. Priority will be given to beginning faculty and first-time applicants. Requests for research/creative activity awards may not exceed $2,500.

Application forms are available at RD&C, 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4278, or on RD&C’s home page (on UND’s home page under “Research”). A properly signed original and 11 copies of the application must be submitted to RD&C on or prior to the published deadline. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications that are not prepared in accordance with the directions on the forms will not be considered by the committee. Please feel free to contact any of the current SSAC members for information or guidance when preparing your application. Their names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are available on RD&C’s home page or by calling RD&C at 777-4278.
-- Patrick A. Carr, Ph.D., Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, Anatomy and Cell Biology,, 701/777-2576

Harassment training is required

The online harassment training log-in for the company ID has changed for all modules. Deans and department heads will use undfm-09; administrators and managers will use undm-09; faculty and graduate students will use undf-09; and staff will use unde-09. For complete instructions, please visit our Web site at: All new UND employees and all current employees who previously have not completed the mandatory harassment training program are required to do so as a condition of employment.
-- Phyllis Vold, Affirmative Action Specialist, Affirmative Action,, 7-4171

State Fleet adjusts rates

The North Dakota State Fleet has announced its rates effective Feb. 1. The downturn in fuel prices has allowed for the reduction on several groups of vehicles per the director of State Fleet services. Motor pool rates follow:

Vehicle type -- UND rate per mile/hour
Sedan, $0.323
Minivan - seven-passenger, $0.433
Van, 12- and 15-passenger, $0.673
Compact 4x4 SUV, $0.533
Expedition, six-passenger, $0.573
Suburban, six-passenger, $0.673
Pickup, extended cab, 4x4; six-foot box, $0.573
Cargo van, full size, $0.673
Mini cargo van, $0.573
-- Mary L. Metcalf, Manager, Transportation,, 701-777-4123

Presidents Day is holiday

Monday, Feb. 16, Presidents Day, 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. -- Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources.

Library of the Health Sciences lists Presidents Day weekend hours

The Library of the Health Sciences hours for the Presidents Day weekend are: Friday, Feb. 13, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Feb, 14, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 15, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday, Feb, 16, 10 a.m. to midnight.
-- April Byars, Administrative Assistant, Library of the Health Sciences,, 777-3893

Law Library announces Presidents' Day hours

The law library announces its Presidents Day hours. The library will be open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Law Library,, 7-3482

ITSS lists holiday closing hours

Information technology systems and services will close for the Presidents Day holiday at midnight Sunday, Feb. 15, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17.
-- David Levenseller, Help Desk Leader, ITSS,, 777-2222

International Centre closed on Presidents Day

The International Centre will be closed Monday, Feb. 16, in observance of Presidents Day.
-- Tatjyana Richards, Office Manager, Office of International Programs,, 777-6438

Student assistants sought for Freshman Getting Started

The Student Success Center seeks applicants for student assistant positions for Freshman Getting Started 2009. The dates of employment are May 26 to July 10. Full- and part-time positions are available. Applicants must be current undergraduate students and enrolled at UND for at least one academic year. Those interested in this on-campus position should apply online at Contact the Student Success Center, Memorial Union 201, 777-2117, for more information. The application deadline is Feb. 27.
-- Lindsay Kuntz, Academic Advisor, Student Success Center,, 777-6131

Leave sought for Richard Geres

Donations of annual or sick leave are being sought for Richard Geres, production manager, Terrace Dining Center. His family thanks you for your generosity. Donated leave forms are available at, then click on Payroll Forms on the left side. Please send the completed forms for either annual leave or sick leave to Lola Conley, Stop 9033.

Applications sought for Dru Sjodin Scholarship

Dru Sjodin Scholarship applications are now being accepted. Faculty and staff should encourage outstanding students to apply for the Dru Sjodin Scholarship. One of the only full academic scholarships for students, this scholarship continues the legacy of Dru Sjodin. Eligible applicants are students entering their sophomore, junior or senior years at UND beginning in the fall of 2009 who are highly motivated, academically successful and represent the ideals and/or causes Dru Sjodin exemplified as a UND student. Applications are due by Feb 20, to the UND Alumni Association, Attn: Amanda; Stop 8157. For more information and to download an application visit:

Information sought about faculty, student engagement

Collecting information about faculty and student work with community partners is an important part of continuing UND’s designation as an “engaged campus” by the Carnegie Foundation. UND was selected for the new category in 2006.

To make data collection easier for academic departments, a team from the UND Center for Community Engagement will be contacting departments to assist in gathering information about service learning, public scholarship, and their community partnerships. Team members include two administrative interns working on the project through the President’s Leadership Program, Jane Sykes Wilson, education abroad advisor in the International Center, and Jared Keengwe, assistant professor of teaching and learning. Kevin Kainulainen and Fayme Stringer, Center AmeriCorps*VISTA members, are also on the team.

We appreciate your assistance with collection of this information. We also are happy to provide information and resources about service learning and public scholarship. Faculty who are interested in being on the e-mail lists of the Service Learning Interest Group and Public Scholarship Interest Group and who are not already enrolled are encouraged to let us know.
-- Lana Rakow, Director, Center for Community Engagement,, 701.777.2287

Hamline Square Apartments now leasing

New apartments managed by UND Housing are currently under construction northeast of the Ralph Engelstad Arena and will open Aug. 1. Hamline Square Apartments include 77 spacious apartments with air conditioning, dishwashers, microwaves, laundry hook-ups and underground heated parking. Water and garbage collection will be included in the monthly rent. To be eligible for Hamline Square, the leaseholder needs to be a UND student, 21 years of age or older by Dec. 31, 2009, or eligible for family housing.

Find Hamline Square rental rates, floorplans, and apartment application at

-- Judy Sargent, Director, Residence Services,, 777-4251

Note waste prevention checklist

Even small changes can make a big difference in the amount of solid waste you generate. Check out ways to help reduce the waste on campus.

In the office:
• Print and copy only what you need
• Make double-sided copies
• Post or route internal memos
• Use e-mail or voice mail
• Use scrap paper for internal memos
• Proof documents on screen
• Reuse file folders: fold them in reverse or put on new adhesive labels
• Reuse envelopes, boxes, and packaging materials
• Donate old magazines to hospitals or nursing homes
• Shred old newspapers and reuse for packaging
• Route and share newspapers and magazines
• Reuse paper clips, rubber bands, and clamps

In the cafeteria:
• Bring your own mug or cup for beverages
• Bring your lunch in reusable containers or bags
• Be sure not to throw away any reusables (e.g., silverware, trays)
• Take only as many napkins and plastic utensils as you need

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
If you have any questions, please call Debbie at 777-4878.
-- Debbie Merrill, Recycling Coordinator, Facilities Management,, 777-4878

Biggest clearance sale on at Barnes & Noble Bookstore

Barnes & Noble Bookstore is having the biggest clearance sale of the year. All imprinted clothing and gifts is now 25 to 75 percent off. Bargain books, selected stationery and gifts are 50 to 75 percent off. Stop in early for best selection. All sales are final.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, UND Bookstore,, 701-777-2103

New Pizza deal at Sbarro in Memorial Union

Check out the new Big Bundle Sbarro Pizza deal in Old Main Marketplace at the Memorial Union Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Get an extra-large cheese pizza for only $7.99 and a one-topping, extra-large pizza for only $8.99. Bundle it with a Coke two-liter, two side salads, and six breadsticks for only $6 more. If you order by phone and pre-pay with a credit card, get free carside delivery to the Memorial Union parking lot. Call 777-0438 to place your order.
-- Jeff St. Michel, Assistant Director, Dining Services,, 7-3823

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: Research Assistant, Center for People & Environment, #09-202
COMPENSATION: $30,000 plus/year

POSITION: Career and Academic Advisor & Assessment Coordinator, College of Business and Public Administration, #09-200
COMPENSATION: $30,000 plus/year

POSITION: Space Operations Analyst, Center for People & Environment, #09-198
COMPENSATION: $46,000 plus/year

POSITION: Catalog Librarian, Law Library, #09-193
COMPENSATION: $46,500 plus/year

POSITION: Research Scientist, EERC, #09-191
COMPENSATION: $45,000 plus/year


POSITION: Accounting Technician, Athletics, #09-203
COMPENSATION: $20,000 plus/year

POSITION: Computer Equipment Operator (variable schedule), ITSS, #09-197
COMPENSATION: $22,000 plus/year


POSITION: Receptionist, Aerospace Sciences, #09-201
COMPENSATION: $22,000 plus/year


POSITION: Cook (various schedule, flexible weekends), Dining Services, #09-196
COMPENSATION: $9.80 plus/hour

Institutional research briefs now available online

The January 2009 issue of the Institutional Research office newsletter is available online at

Highlighted in this issue:
* The 2007-2008 UND Placement Survey which reports demographic and employment information of the 2005-2006 baccalaureate graduates.
* Announcement of the new (blue) University Student Assessment of Teaching (USAT) form.
* Online link to other recently reported findings from surveys.
-- Carmen Williams, Director, Institutional Research,, 7-4358

2009 NIH regional seminars announced in Atlanta, Las Vegas

NIH has announced two NIH regional seminars on program funding and grants administration. Over 25 HHS and NIH policy, grants management, review and program staff members will be on hand to provide a broad array of expertise and insight related to federal regulations and policies, and provide the fundamentals of the grants process, peer review, NIH initiatives, and more. In addition, optional NIH Electronic Research Administration (eRA) hands-on computer workshops for Principal Investigators and administrators are offered in conjunction with the seminar, providing attendees with hands-on experience in how to interact electronically with NIH. Anyone interested in the NIH grants process should consider attending, including sponsored project office and departmental administrators, PIs, graduate students, etc.

April 16-17, Atlanta: Registration is open. eRA computer workshops will be offered Wednesday, April 15. This seminar is co-hosted by Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology.

June 25-26, Las Vegas: Online registration available now. eRA computer workshops will be offered Wednesday, June 24. Co-ambassadors for this event are the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the University of Nevada, Reno.

These seminars provide an opportunity for participants to gain a better perspective of NIH policies and programs, network with their peers, obtain helpful NIH contacts, and to return to their offices and/or labs with inside information into obtaining and managing NIH awards. Since these seminars are only provided twice a year, they traditionally reach capacity prior to the event, so please register early. We look forward to sharing the 2009 seminars with you. For more information, visit the NIH Office of Extramural Research Regional Seminar Web site at:

Partial funding may be available from Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) if RD&C is contacted prior to registering for the conference ( or 7-4278).
-- John C. La Duke, Interim Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance,, 701/777-4278

Note external grant proposal guidelines

In order to expedite processing of grant proposals, Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) requests that the following guidelines be followed:

1. The transmittal form, which can be found on the RD&C Web page at, should be used for ALL proposals to external funding agencies.

2. Federal and UND regulations require that Conflict of Interest forms be on file for Principal Investigators (PI) of proposals submitted to external funding agencies. UND has recently approved a new policy on Conflict of Interest. The policy and forms can be found at PIs must also submit a “Certification of Filing of Financial Interests Disclosure Statement” to the Division of Research annually, or more frequently if their status changes during the year.

3. In order to ensure that correspondence from granting agencies is received by the Division of Research in a timely manner, regardless of changes in personnel, please use the following e-mail address for John La Duke, interim associate vice president for research, on all external grant proposals:

4. As part of its commitment to research development at UND, the Division of Research frequently provides matching funds for proposals to external funding agencies. In order to properly monitor the amounts and sources of matching funds provided for these proposals, principal investigators requesting matching funds for proposals to external funding agencies must complete a “Division of Research Matching Funds Request Form,” which can be found on the Division of Research Web page at:

This form is to be used when requesting matching funds from the Vice President for Research or Research Development and Compliance. Please note that matching funds will be provided by only one of these offices. All requests for matching funds should be submitted to Research Development and Compliance.

5. Lead time of no less than three working days prior to the proposal deadline is required for internal processing in Grants and Contracts Administration (GCA) and RD&C. This lead time is especially important at this time due to a significant increase in the number of proposals submitted and awards received, an increase in workload since implementation of ConnectND, an increase in oversight responsibilities concerning Federal and State regulations on a variety of issues, and the time required to successfully submit proposals electronically (especially those submitted via

We understand that occasionally this policy cannot be honored, and we will continue to process all proposals as efficiently as possible with the intent of meeting deadlines.

6. Two copies of the proposal in final form must be presented to GCA for processing. One of those copies will be retained in RD&C, the other will be returned to the Principal Investigator (PI) for submission to the funding agency (i.e., the PI will then not be required to send a copy to RD&C after the proposal is processed). The proposal must not be modified after it is processed through G&C and RD&C.

7. Proposals to be submitted electronically through or other portals may be delivered to RD&C physically on a CD or flash memory drive, or they may be sent electronically as an e-mail attachment. In the latter case, send the e-mail to both and This will ensure that RD&C staff have access to the proposal when J. La Duke is unavailable.

Following these policies will help UND maintain compliance with State and Federal regulations concerning sponsored programs, and allow the Division of Research staff to better assist Principal Investigators with applications, particularly with electronic submission of proposals. If you have any questions, contact RD&C at 777-2890 or
-- John C. La Duke, Ph.D., Interim Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance,, 701/777-4278

Solar physics research funding opportunity available for graduate students

The North Dakota NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) will receive $50,000 in funding to establish a solar physics research group in North Dakota. This funding, which will begin in the May-June time frame, has one year of funding for an interested graduate student. A select group of faculty and students will visit the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center during the duration of this project to learn solar data analysis and data archiving techniques. This work will also be associated with the joint NASA/Japanese Hinode mission, which is a Sun-watching spacecraft that began orbital operations in 2006. Paul Hardersen, Department of Space Studies, will lead and coordinate the work on this project. Please contact him at 777-4896 or via e-mail at with any questions.

Douglas Marshall presents talk in Moscow

Douglas Marshall, associate professor in the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, made a presentation titled “International Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft in International Offshore Airspace” at the Third Moscow International Forum for Unmanned Multipurpose Vehicle Systems held in Moscow, Russian Federation Jan. 27-29. The third international conference and exhibition was presented within the framework of the Global Access Initiative, a multinational effort to promote civilian, scientific and non-military commercial utilization of unmanned aircraft. The conference was organized by UVS International, Paris, France, and supported by the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation, the Federation Council Committee on Defense & Security, the State Duma Committees on Security and Industry, the Moscow Chamber of Commerce, the Interstate Aviation Committee, the International Union of Aviation Industry, the Moscow Aviation Institute and a number of other Russian government and non-governmental organizations.

The focus of the forum was the development and use of unmanned aircraft in energy, oil and gas exploration and production, fire and rescue, and scientific research applications, with specific emphasis on regulatory issues and technical limitations of and requirements for effective use of unmanned aircraft systems. Presentations by experts from several European nations that augmented the top-level briefings by the Russian delegates opened doors and provided foundations for further discussions, especially among the Arctic nations (those who have regulatory authority over and sovereign territory in the Arctic regions), regarding collaborative global efforts to monitor and understand the forces of climate change and the potential impact on humanity of those changes. UND is part of a collaborative effort between government, industry and academia to provide resources and expertise that facilitates access to the Arctic regions for the purpose of monitoring of Arctic ice and pollution, polar ecology, climate change, and marine mammals such as whales, ice seals, walrus and polar bears.

Grants encourage use of technology to improve rural health care delivery

Eleven grants have been awarded to facilities that have shown the initiative to utilize information and communication technology to improve health care delivery in rural communities.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) awarded $375,000 through its Rural Health Grant Program, which is administered by the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

“Health information technology is a critical component of maintaining access to health care in rural North Dakota and improving efficiencies in delivering that care,” said Mike Unhjem, president and CEO of BCBSND. “We are proud of our investment in this program, and ultimately the outcomes that result from the innovative programs that we help fund.”

Grant recipients are:
Kenmare Community Hospital of Kenmare, Altru Health System of Grand Forks, Southwest Healthcare Services of Bowman, Tioga Medical Center of Tioga, Nelson County Health System of McVille, Northwood Deaconess Health Center of Northwood, Presentation Medical Center of Rolla, Heart of America Medical Center of Rugby, Mountrail County Health Center of Stanley, McKenzie County Healthcare Systems Inc. of Watford City, and St. Andrew’s Health Center of Bottineau.

“Many of North Dakota’s health care facilities are moving forward with the necessary, but very expensive endeavor of implementing health information technology,” said Lynette Dickson, the grant program’s director at the Center for Rural Health. “This transition from paper to technology is fundamental to facilitate the access and exchange of health information for their patients in order to provide the most comprehensive and safe care. These BCBSND grants are a valuable resource contributing to making the vision of an interconnected, efficient, quality-based health care system a reality for North Dakota.”

In an effort to strengthen the rural health delivery system in North Dakota, BCBSND initiated a new rural health grant program in 2001. Developed and administered by the Center for Rural Health, the purpose of the grant program is to support communities who demonstrate an effective plan to successfully transition to new models of rural health care delivery.

For more information about the BCBSND Rural Health Grand Program visit:
-- Denis MacLeod, Communications Specialist, Center for Rural Health,, 701-777-3300

Physician assistant program admits 'most diverse' group in its history

Sixty-two health professionals have begun the clinical portion of their studies to earn the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. "This is the most diverse class we've ever had," said Mary Ann Laxen, director of the Physician Assistant Studies program, noting that some students are originally from Nigeria, Brazil, British Guyana, Vietnam, Laos and the Middle East. Various ethnic groups, such as American Indian, are also represented.

The program admits health professionals who have years of experience working as nurses, clinical laboratory scientists, paramedics, respiratory therapists, dietitians, military health care providers and related professions. The group averages 11 years of professional experience.

Enrolled students come from throughout the United States, "from Alaska to Florida, Rhode Island to Washinton," Laxen said. They range in age from 24 to 59 years, with an average age of 38, and include 33 men and 29 women.

The White Coat ceremony was Jan. 30. "The presentation of the white coat is symbolic of the new profession the students are entering," said Laxen. These coats will be worn by students through the clinical phase of their training.

Students spend their first four weeks in Grand Forks before returning to their home communities where most of their training will take place under the supervision of physician-preceptors. Over the next two years, they will return to UND for several weeks at different junctures for education and training.

For more information, please contact the PA program at 777-2344.

National Clearinghouse established for health workforce information

With health care job vacancies reaching crisis levels - including critical shortages of physicians, nurses, and allied health personnel across the country - solutions to address the vacancies can come none too soon.

The new Health Workforce Information Center (HWIC),, provides information on health workforce solutions in one centralized and easy-to-access online location. Resources available through HWIC’s Web site will help health providers, educators, researchers and policymakers around the nation develop strategies to meet future workforce demands.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration and operated by the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the center will offer the latest on health workforce programs and funding sources; workforce data, research and policy; educational opportunities and models; and news and events, also available through e-mail updates.

Visitors will have a broad range of publications and other resources at their fingertips. The site also offers free, customized assistance from information specialists (digital librarians), who will search databases on workforce topics and funding resources, furnish relevant publications, and connect users to workforce experts and federal programs, among others.

“Many people in government and private and nonprofit organizations need access to the type of quickly assembled, user-friendly data the center will make available,” said Kristine Sande, HWIC deputy director at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “Accurate information on the health workforce will be vitally important in the ongoing health care debate, and we provide a way for individuals to get it from a single, trusted source.”

“We are delighted to join with the University of North Dakota to create the Health Workforce Information Center, a one-stop-shop for people seeking information about health workforce in America,” said Dr. Elizabeth Duke, HRSA Administrator. “HWIC can provide valuable information to health leaders across the country, ultimately increasing staffing, educational programs, and retention of health workers.” -- School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Dakota Foundation gift establishes entrepreneurial tech commercialization initiative

An Entrepreneurial Tech Commercialization initiative is being launched at the University of North Dakota to encourage and support UND faculty, researchers and students to start viable ventures around their research ideas and innovations. The program was made possible through a generous gift from the Dakota Foundation to the UND Center for Innovation Foundation. The Dakota Foundation is a charitable organization founded and run by Bart and Lynn Holaday of Grand Forks and Placitas, N.M.

"I am giving my full support to this entrepreneur tech commercialization initiative, an opportunity for UND to become more creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial. The initiative will build upon our nationally ranked entrepreneur program and will encourage more students, researchers and faculty to consider entrepreneurship as part of their professional activities. We host some of the best and brightest researchers on campus, folks who are busy creating solutions to problems and discovering innovations that make a difference," said President Robert Kelley.

The initiative relies on four fundamental pillars for success: promote entrepreneurial tech commercialization as an important new initiative, build from the strength of the entrepreneurship program, educate and support researchers, and reward entrepreneurial activity.

The grant will help UND promote entrepreneurship across campus and will focus on facilitating the transition from research to business development. Kelley is asking staff from the Center for Innovation to work with UND's tech transfer office and the UND Research Foundation to foster relationships with research intensive departments, developing workshops to encourage intellectual property activities and highlight best practices. The campus experts will also publish resources to assist faculty and staff in their entrepreneurial endeavors.

UND will also create faculty and student partnerships by utilizing entrepreneur students for commercialization research and business plan development. The grant will encourage and support faculty and graduate students to participate in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs to launch companies with these grants and contracts. Additionally, UND will invite entrepreneurs and executives-in-residence to set up office in the incubator to work with promising researchers. A new reward component will be encouraged to integrate into performance evaluations the recognition of faculty for entrepreneurial achievements. Lastly, UND will encourage development with favorable royalty terms for university startups and institutional support and promotion.

Jordan Schuetzle, director of the Entrepreneur Tech Commercialization initiative at the Center for Innovation, said, "Starting a company during a national recession seems counter-intuitive, but many successful companies were started during recessions. It takes courage to start a venture in a down cycle, but when things turn for the better in a year or two, the entrepreneur will have a full head of steam and be able to capitalize on the growth cycle. During these times successful entrepreneurs build their business through bootstrapping, focusing on results and customer needs, and 'keeping their day jobs' while working on the startup in their off hours. Entrepreneurs can benefit from recessions as talent is readily available, and often supplies, rents, equipment and other costs are discounted, thus lowering operating costs."

The Entrepreneurial Tech Commercialization initiative will pull together many of the strengths of the University to succeed: the Center for Innovation, the two tech incubators, the entrepreneurship program and the entrepreneurship department, UND Technology Park, the technology transfer office, and the Small Business Development Center. In addition, it will interact with the UND Research Foundation in its Research Enterprise and Commercialization (REAC) Park as UNDRF provides opportunities to corporate partners to advance the research and development of products with UND faculty and students.

The initiative will also benefit from the Red River Research Corridor, the Centers of Excellence program in North Dakota, and an EDA (Economic Development Administration) grant to the Center for Innovation to work on tech-based economic development. The Center for Innovation also works with a network of 23 angel funds in North Dakota and five other states in the region providing access to equity financing.

The Dakota Foundation ( is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 by Bart and Lynn Holaday to focus their philanthropic efforts on initiatives that foster social entrepreneurship in North Dakota and New Mexico.

The Center for Innovation helps entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers and students launch new technologies, products and ventures, develop business and marketing plans, access talent of universities and secure venture financing. The Center operates the Skalicky Tech Incubator and the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center. The Center for Innovation was a founding member of the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2), the national organization that seeks to bring entrepreneurs and investors into the innovation economy through tech transfer startups at universities.

The Center's two tech incubators host 19 entrepreneur ventures employing more than 130 people. The Center was among the first technology outreach centers in the nation and has helped launch more than 440 new products and ventures since it was formed in 1984. The Center has won six national awards for excellence in innovation and technology entrepreneurship. The Center is a division of the UND College of Business and Public Administration, .

UND alumni meet in Twin Cities area

More than 70 UND alumni in the Twin Cities area met in Minneapolis to network with each other. Targeted toward alumni under 40, invitations were sent via e-mail, Facebook and word-of-mouth only to both take advantage of different technologies and in an effort to be cost-efficient. Attendees ranged in age, educational background and previous engagement with their alma mater, and the event opened doors for more events as well as financial donations through the UND Foundation. For more information on UND Alumni Association events or to view photos of our event in the Twin Cities, visit

BOSS Business Plan competition winners are Joshua Goldade and Kristine Lesch

Wednesday, Jan. 14, Joshua Goldade and Kristine Lesch won the Marketplace for Entrepreneurs BOSS Business Plan Competition in Bismarck, N.D., from among 19 aspiring North Dakota firms. Their company, SunAir Power, LLC, was developed from an electrical engineering capstone senior design project at the University of North Dakota titled “Standalone Integrated Wind and Photovoltaic Power Generating System.” They hope to develop this concept into a small business in the state of North Dakota.

Marketplace for Entrepreneurs is a collaborative effort to develop home-based businesses, small businesses, agricultural diversification, value-added agriculture, information technology, new business ideas, marketing skills, and stronger communities. Often described as "a supermarket of ideas, information and resources," Marketplace is also a showcase of innovation, a public forum, a classroom, and much more.
Sen. Kent Conrad and Agricultural Commissioner Roger Johnson presented the grand prize award of $3,000 to Joshua and Kristine and extended their congratulations and pride for this high-tech business opportunity to originate from North Dakota.

SunAir Power is in the development stage, with a product line that includes an outdoor advertising power generator for billboard illumination in locations where existing utility infrastructure does not exist, as well as a portable generator for use in remote locations to run a water pump on a North Dakota ranch, for example. The design choice of the system to include both a wind turbine and a photovoltaic panel was selected to stabilize power output and also minimize size and weight. This system can withstand harsh environmental conditions and minimal daylight hours by utilizing the integrated power generation design.

Goldade of Velva, N.D., recently completed his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of North Dakota and plans to continue his studies at UND to pursue his master’s degree in electrical engineering. Lesch of Hibbing, Minn., is currently attending UND and will graduate in May 2009 with her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

Staff Senate announces February "U Shine" Award winner

UND Staff Senate is proud to announce the February “U Shine Award” recipient Kristen Peterson. She was nominated by Janice Troitter and was presented with a check for $50 and a certificate by Staff Senate President Janice Hoffarth Feb. 3.

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 Janice had to say about Kristen:

“Kristen is our front-line person. Prior to implementing Notifind, the campus conducted an experimental run of the emergency notification process that was in place at that time. Kristen had just recently started working as our secretary and had not done this task before. This involved contacting the entire campus building contact person list as quickly as possible. It was a rather tense exercise as it was being timed for effectiveness and all eyes were on her. She accomplished this task with great composure and professionalism.”

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

Teams compete in FIRST LEGO league championship robotics tournament

Twenty-five teams of 9- to 14-year-olds arrived from across North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska to the University of North Dakota to show off their science, engineering and technology skills at the fifth annual competition in the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) robotics program Jan. 31.

This year’s robotics and research challenge, “Climate Connections” called for the competitors to explore why many experts believe the earth’s climate is changing and how these changes impact us and our planet.

Youngsters, their friends and families converged on the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center for the North Dakota competition. UND faculty, community leaders, and students of engineering assisted the students throughout the competition and served as judges and referees of the competition.

Winning the top award from this year’s competition -- the Champions Award - was the Bismarck Miller Elementary Robotic Hybrids team from Bismarck, N.D. This team has the opportunity to compete in the FIRST® World Festival to be held in Atlanta, Ga., in April. -- Cheryl Osowski, Engineering.

Small hospitals receive grants through UND Center for Rural Health program

Ten rural North Dakota communities will benefit from grants provided to small hospitals through the North Dakota Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program administered through the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

This year the North Dakota Flex Program distributed approximately $214,000 in funds through 13 grants for small hospitals across the state to fund studies and evaluations of facilities, establish new programs, purchase new equipment and provide training to staff and volunteers.

Facilities that received grants include:
• Southwest Healthcare Services, Bowman
• Cooperstown Medical Center, Cooperstown
• Garrison Memorial Hospital, Garrison
• St. Aloisius Medical Center, Harvey
• Cavalier County Memorial Hospital, Langdon
• Lisbon Area Health Center, Lisbon
• Union Hospital, Mayville
• Oakes Community Hospital, Oakes
• Community Memorial Hospital, Turtle Lake
• Wishek Hospital Clinic Association, Wishek

The North Dakota Flex Program, funded through a grant from the federal Office of Rural Health Policy (Health Resources and Services Administration), is a state-based partnership that works with and assists rural hospitals to stabilize and sustain their local health care infrastructure. In addition to grants, the CRH also uses North Dakota Flex Program funds to provide technical assistance to rural providers for community assessments, internal surveys, and strategic planning.

The CRH administers the North Dakota Flex Program, which also includes formal partnerships with the North Dakota Department of Health, the North Dakota Healthcare Review, Inc., and the North Dakota Healthcare Association.
-- Tara Mertz, Communication Specialist, Center for Rural Health,, 7017773720

Remembering President Emeritus Thomas J. Clifford

Thomas John Clifford served as the eighth president of the University of North Dakota, from 1971 to 1992. He shared with John C. West (1933-1954) the distinction of having the longest term as president, 21 years.

His connection to the University was far longer, spanning nearly seven decades. Long after retiring as president, Clifford continued to be active in development and fundraising work, particularly with the UND Aerospace Foundation. He also played a key role working with Ralph Engelstad to build the magnificent Ralph Engelstad Arena, the nation's best collegiate hockey rink.

Clifford was the first North Dakota native and the second graduate to serve as the University’s president.

He was born March 16, 1921, to Thomas and Elizabeth Clifford of Langdon. He enrolled at the University of North Dakota in 1938 and graduated in 1942 with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce (B.S.C.).

Clifford enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as a private, was selected for Officer Training School, and saw action in the Solomon Islands, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. Rising to the rank of major, he was wounded three times and decorated with the Bronze Star, Silver Star, and Purple Heart.

Following the war, Clifford was considering attending law school in Michigan when UND Accounting Professor Robin Koppenhaver asked him to fill in “temporarily” for an ill faculty member. Koppenhaver then recommended that he stay on and earn his law degree at UND. Encouragement from President John West (1933 to 1954) reinforced Clifford’s decision to pursue a career in academics instead of corporate law.

From 1946 to 1949, Clifford also served as counselor to men when many war veterans were returning to UND or beginning their college studies. Some “by-the-books” faculty and administrators were discomfited occasionally by Clifford’s willingness to bend the rules for students when he saw potential and felt the circumstances warranted it.

Clifford received his J.D. degree from the UND School of Law in 1948. The following year, he was promoted to professor of accounting and business law. In 1950, he was named dean of the College of Commerce (now the College of Business and Public Administration). At the age of 29, he was the youngest dean in the history of the University.

In 1957, Clifford received a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University. He then was a fellow in Stanford’s Executive Management Program. In 1959, he was named UND’s vice president for finance, in addition to his duties as a dean and professor.

Through the years, Clifford had established a wide reputation in business, professional and civic circles. One result was that both Gov. William Guy and a “Draft Clifford” group made repeated efforts in 1961 to persuade him to accept an appointment as head of the North Dakota Economic Development Commission. Clifford declined, asserting that he could best serve the state from the University.

On and off campus, students, faculty and staff, alumni and citizens came to appreciate the “Clifford style.” Intelligence and professional skill were matched with energy and vigor, quick insight, an affable but no-nonsense approach, informality and good humor, and a genuine concern for people and their situations.

He was known for calm and communication in the face of difficult situations. That quality was notably put to the test during a large demonstration at UND that followed the Kent State University killings in May 1970. Clifford helped defuse an angry crowd that had gathered in front of UND’s ROTC building.

His skill and judgment in dealing with high-pressure situations even extended to athletics. Until he became president, Clifford was the chief timer for basketball games. On many occasions (including UND-NDSU games), he had to make the call on whether a last-second shot was good or not.

On July 1, 1971, Clifford assumed duties as UND’s eighth president. Enrollment was 8,600, faculty numbered 600, and the campus was valued at $65 million. His starting salary was $30,500.

The Clifford administration was one of significant transition for the University of North Dakota. Under his leadership, the University evolved to become the largest and most comprehensive institution in a five-state area, with a national and international reputation in numerous fields.

One of the most visible examples of this evolution is the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Despite political obstacles and scarce resources, Clifford vigorously championed Odegard’s vision for an aviation program. From meager beginnings, the School of Aerospace Sciences grew to become a world leader in training, education and research.

Perhaps the greatest achievement for Clifford was the establishment of the M.D. program for the University’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences. When it became clear that UND’s two-year transfer curriculum would no longer be viable, he worked with Medical School officials to develop an innovative community-based M.D. program that avoided the need for an expensive teaching hospital and would help North Dakota “grow its own” physicians. The School of Medicine and Health Sciences is now regarded as a national leader in rural medicine, and its scientists and researchers have earned international reputations in a wide range of health fields.

Clifford listed the recruitment and retention of a national-calibre teaching and research faculty as one of his most significant achievements. Considerable progress was made in improving faculty salaries, and accreditation was achieved for all of the University’s professional programs.

Under Clifford’s direction, the University acquired an entrepreneurial reputation for developing productive relationships with business and industry. Prominent among these is the Energy & Environmental Research Center. Previously a federal laboratory, the Center now has a worldwide portfolio of government and corporate clients. Another pioneering effort was the establishment of a Center for Innovation and Business Development (now the Center for Innovation), specifically charged with helping “inventors, entrepreneurs and small manufacturers develop new products, start businesses, and create jobs and wealth for the state.”

Enrollment grew significantly during the Clifford administration, peaking at 12,321 in 1989. Following the national turbulence of the late 1960s and early 1970s, students returned to more traditional interests. Clifford emphasized maintaining open lines of communication, and UND became one of the first universities in the United States to include students as full-fledged members of its governing senate.

A number of initiatives were directed at serving the needs of American Indians, both on campus and in the region. A director of American Indian programs was named in 1971, and the Legislature authorized the creation of the Department of Indian Studies in 1977.

The increases in the number of women students were significant, especially in the Graduate School and the Schools of Law and Medicine. Clifford was a strong advocate for women’s sports. The University’s athletic programs achieved extensive success, including numerous conference championships and three national championships in men’s ice hockey (1980, 1982, 1987).

Cultural life on campus and for the community was greatly enriched with the opening of the Chester Fritz Auditorium in 1972. In 1989, the North Dakota Museum of Art moved into its new home, the renovated “Women’s Gym” building. During the Clifford years, the annual Writers Conference grew to become one of the region’s premier cultural events.

A total of 52 new buildings were added to the campus during Clifford’s presidency. Notable among these were the additions to the Chester Fritz Library and the Hyslop Sports Center, Starcher Hall, the Nursing Building, most buildings of the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences complex, and UND’s first heated hockey facility. His close personal relationship with Las Vegas entrepreneur and UND graduate Ralph Engelstad was crucial in making possible the largest-ever gift to the University, the magnificent Engelstad Arena (opened in 2001).

The Clifford administration saw the University’s annual operating budget grow from $24 million to more than $174 million. Research contracts and grants grew from under $500,000 per year to about $40 million.

In 1992, the State Board of Higher Education directed that the newly completed Earth systems science building be named in honor of Thomas J. Clifford. The citation stressed the continuing vision and entrepreneurship demonstrated by Clifford throughout his UND career. His talent for maximizing resources -- human and financial -- was recognized in 1986 when researchers at Bowling Green University identified him as one of the 100 most effective college presidents in the United States.

Throughout his UND career, Clifford remained very active in professional and civic activities. Among the numerous honors presented to him was an honorary doctoral degree from Jamestown College. An outstanding handball player, he was one of nine charter members of the North Dakota Handball Association Hall of Fame.

Clifford was often described as “the great communicator” in recognition of his tireless advocacy for UND and higher education in North Dakota. To help restore public support for a system buffeted by hard economic conditions, the State Board of Higher Education called upon him to “moonlight” for a year by also serving as interim chancellor of the North Dakota University System from 1990 to 1991.

Clifford retired on June 30, 1992. The State Board of Higher Education conferred upon him the title of President Emeritus. In retirement, he continued to work in development and fundraising for the University, particularly for the UND Aerospace Foundation. He also was active as a leader in the Greater Grand Forks community’s efforts to rebuild after the historic 1997 flood.

In May 2000, the University conferred upon Clifford an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during spring commencement exercises. He was presented North Dakota’s highest honor, the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award, in November 2002.

Thomas Clifford was married to Florence Schmidt of Anamoose, N.D., in January 1943. Their two sons, Thomas J. Clifford Jr. and Stephen M. Clifford, both earned degrees at UND. Florence Clifford passed away on December 5, 1984.

He married Gayle Kielty Kenville in May 1986. The Kielty family was prominent in Grand Forks civic and business affairs. Gayle is a graduate of UND as are her two children, Kim and Tom.

Death noted of former student

It is with regret that the University reports that Brian Kopp of Larkspur, Colo., died Dec. 27. He was enrolled in the Distance Engineering program during the summer 2007 semester. -- Cara Halgren, associate dean of student life.