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ISSUE: Volume 46, Number 22: January 21, 2009

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Search committee appointed for vice president for finance and operations
Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week continues
Events to Note
Ronald Myers presents Dean's Hour talk
Biology seminar is Friday
Celebrate National Pie Day Jan. 23
"Get Lucky Cabaret" is Jan. 23
UND to host honor band, choir, orchestra festival
Sweet treats in Culinary Corner
Classical accordion, trombone duo to perform at Museum Sunday
Webcast of Annular Solar Eclipse in Jakarta
"Supercomputing in Plain English" video course begins Jan. 27
Kathleen Coudle King to be honored at An Evening with the Arts
Retirement reception to honor Clay Finger Jan. 28
Note study skills help session dates
Denim Day is Wednesday, Jan. 28
Andrew Millington presents ESSP spring colloquium
Sign up by Jan. 21 for Course Design Workshop
Museum benefit dinner is Feb. 7; reservations now available
Canadian Aboriginal Film Festival is Feb. 18-26
University Within the University (U2) lists new classes
Founders Day is Feb. 26
Freshman Getting Started 2009 is June 1 to July 10
Meet, Eat, and Learn is Jan. 28
Proposals sought for second annual Community-University forum
Nominations sought for Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors
Deadline extended for summer doctoral fellowships
Form available to request matching funds for research proposals
Public scholarship proposals accepted
Reporting lines change for ROTC programs
Computer surplus, transfer, and disposal policy available for review
North Dakota Medicine magazine now available
Museum of Art seeks costume jewelry for children's fundraiser
UND Denim Day applications now available
Census worker positions available
Report icy conditions to Facilities Management
Participants sought for research project
Internal job openings listed
Ray Richards lists winter golf specials
Search committee appointed for vice president for finance and operations

Vice President for Student and Outreach Services Robert Boyd has agreed to serve as the chair of the search committee for the position of vice president for finance and operations.
Committee members include:
Robert Boyd, vice president, student and outreach services
Rick Duquette, city administrator, City of Grand Forks
Randy Eken, associate dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Denny Elbert, dean, College of Business and Public Administration
Odella Fuqua, assistant dean, Continuing Education/Outreach
Hal Gershman, president, Grand Forks City Council
Pat Hanson, director, payroll office
Jody Hodgson, general manager, Ralph Engelstad Arena
Janice Hoffarth, Staff Senate chair, music
Steve Hyman, executive director, Alerus Center
Jon Jackson, University Senate chair, anatomy and cell biology
Sue Jeno, associate professor, physical therapy
Steve Light, associate professor, political science and public administration
Peggy Lucke, associate vice president, finance and operations
Tim O'Keefe, executive vice president, UND Alumni Association and Foundation
Dave Schmidt, manager, grants and contracts
Rick Tonder, associate director, facilities
Sterling Wiggins, treasurer, UND student government

Questions or comments about the search should be directed to Vice President Boyd or another member of the search committee.
-- Robert O. Kelley, President, Office of the President,, 7-2121

Martin Luther King Jr. celebration week continues

The University of North Dakota will hold a Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Week Jan. 19-24. To find out about the programming for the week listed below, visit the Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center Web site,, or call 777-4259. Most of the events listed below are free and open to the campus community and Greater Grand Forks communities. There is a cost for the Friday afternoon awards luncheon of $5 for UND students, $10 for faculty, staff and the general public. Kids 12 and younger are free.

The week will have two featured guests. They are Pamela Johnson, author of the book "Everyone Is Multicultural: Bridging Cultural Influences for Business Success," and Ronald Myers, a physician, accomplished jazz musician and ordained Baptist minister.

Dr. Johnson draws on more than 20 years of experience in multicultural leadership development to explain the past elements of the diversity movement, redefine the meaning of true diversity, and present a new theory of multicultural leadership. She holds a bachelor's degree in counseling guidance, master's degree in counseling and guidance, and a doctorate in counseling and guidance education.

Dr. Myers is rare in his profession, as he purposely sought out places to practice medicine where no one else would. A native of Milwaukee, Myers graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School.

The MLK week of events follows: (this schedule is subject to change)

Tuesday, Jan. 20
* 3 p.m., Dr. Pamela Johnson (UND Diversity Advisory Sub-Committee), 305 Twamley Hall.

Wednesday, Jan. 21
* Noon, Dr. Pamela Johnson speaks with faculty and staff, Memorial Union
* 2 p.m., Reception for Dr. Johnson and Dr. Ronald Myers at the Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center
* 5:30 p.m., Dr. Pamela Johnson: open discussion, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl
* 7 p.m., gospel concert, Memorial Union Ballroom

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009
* Noon, Dr. Ronald Myers speaks to students, UND Medical School auditorium
* 2 p.m., July in January Food and Games, Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center
* 2:30 p.m., Dr. Ronald Myers speaks with faculty and staff, Memorial Union Badlands Room * 6:30 p.m., Dr. Ronald Myers: open discussion, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl

Friday, Jan. 23
* 11:30 a.m., 12th annual Martin Luther King Awards Luncheon in the Memorial Union Ballroom, guest speaker is Dr. Ronald Myers
* 9 p.m., Dance (Old School, Pop, and Hip Hop), Memorial Union Loading Dock

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009
* 6 p.m., Jam Session, Memorial Union Loading Dock

Most of the above events are free and open to the campus community and Greater Grand Forks communities. There is a cost for the Friday afternoon awards luncheon of $5 for UND students, $10 for faculty, staff and the general public; kids 12 and younger are free. The MLK celebration is sponsored by UND's Office of the President, Multicultural Awareness Committee, a standing committee of UND Student Government, Cultural Awareness Committee; and the African American Cultural Association at the Grand Forks Air Force Base.

For more information and updates to the schedule of events, please contact the Era Bell Multicultural Center at 777-4259.

Ronald Myers presents Dean's Hour talk

Ronald Myers will present the Dean’s Hour at noon Thursday, Jan. 22, in Room 1350, Reid Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Dr. Myers has devoted his career to caring for some of the poorest, under-served citizens in our nation who live in the Mississippi Delta. He is a 33-year old Milwaukeean who graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. To learn more about Dr. Myers and his foundation, visit his Web site at .

The Dean's Hour Lecture Series is a forum for the discussion of health care, medicine, research, education and related issues of the day.

For more information, contact the Office of the Dean at 777-2312.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Assistant to the Director of Communications, Office of Public Affairs,, 701-777-4305

Biology seminar is Friday

Warren Burggren will present a seminar titled, "How Developing Animals Ignore Physiological Dogma," at noon Friday, Jan. 23, in 141 Starcher Hall. Dr. Burggren received his Ph.D. from the University of East Anglia in 1976. He is currently the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of North Texas, where he has been a faculty member since 1998. His research interests include developmental physiology at the organ system and organism levels, comparative animal physiology, environmental and ecological physiology, and evolution of respiratory and cardiovascular systems. All are invited to attend. The seminar is hosted by the Biology Department.

Celebrate National Pie Day Jan. 23

Jan. 23 is National Pie Day, as ordained by none other than the American Pie Council. In celebration, we're bringing in National Pie Champion and Food Network Challenge medal winner John Michael Lerma for a lesson in baking ribbon-worthy pie. John Michael has literally written the book on pie baking in his new cookbook, "Garden County Pie—Sweet and Savory Delights from the Table of John Michael Lerma." Come join the celebration and learn to make the perfect pie crust and learn the secrets of John Michael’s most famous pies, such as his Vidalia Onion Pie, Coconut Cream Dream Pie, and his newest creation, Captain Tony’s Watermelon Pie.

Join us in the Culinary Corner at the Wellness Center Saturday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition Services, Wellness Center,, 701-777-2719

"Get Lucky Cabaret" is Jan. 23

Join the cast of the upcoming musical comedy "Lucky Stiff" as they present the "Get Lucky Cabaret" this Friday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. Cabaret participants include Maura Williams Ferguson, Jared Kinney, Casey Paradis, Dylan Croeker, Jessica Haas, John Ferguson, Victoria Burtness, Benjamin Klipfel and Beth Laidlaw.

Join us at the Fire Hall Theatre, downtown Grand Forks, for a casual evening of Broadway hits and classic standards. Tickets are available at the door for $15. Wine and light hors d'œuvres will be served. -- Benjamin Klipfel, executive director, Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre.

UND to host honor band, choir, orchestra festival

The Department of Music will host their 24nd annual Honor Band, Choir and Orchestra Festival Jan. 23-25. This festival will feature 275 high school students from throughout North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and Wyoming. These musicians were selected from the more than 700 students who auditioned in the fall. While these students are on campus, they will participate in rehearsals and master classes, as well as present a concert.

As part of the festival, two concerts will be presented that are open to the public. The first concert will be held Friday, Jan. 23, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. This will be a Showcase Concert of many of the ensembles from the UND Music Department. The 12:00 Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Ronnie Ingle, will perform in the lobby at 3:55 p.m. prior to the concert which begins at 4:10 p.m. Featured on the concert will be the UND Varsity Bards Men’s Choir and Concert Choir, both conducted by Joshua Bronfman; the Allegro Women’s Choir, conducted by Grace St. Pierre; the Chamber Orchestra, led by Alejandro Drgao; and the Wind Ensemble, James Popejoy, conductor. The Steel Drum Band, directed by Mike Blake, will perform in the lobby immediately following the concert. There is no admission charge for this Friday concert.

On Sunday, Jan. 25, the UND Honor Band, Choir, and Orchestra will present their concert at 2:30 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The ensembles will be conducted by UND music professors Joshua Bronfman, Alejandro Drago and James Popejoy. Tickets for this event are $6 for adults, $3 for students/senior citizens, or $12 per family (two adults, two children), and are available at the door.

For additional information concerning these performances, please contact the UND Music Department at 777-2644. -- Music Department.

Sweet treats in Culinary Corner

Sweets Treats: Brunch Edition
Interested in learning new brunch ideas?
Come to this edition of Sweet Treats to try easy, beautiful and delicious decadent French toast and savory Baked Turkey Sausage and Swiss Omelets, both perfect for brunch time. In addition, participants will learn and participate in baking scones (perfect for the next morning) to take home.

Saturday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. The cost is $15. To register for this class, visit, click on "Nutrition" and Culinary Corner.
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition Services, Wellness Center,, 701-777-0769

Classical accordion, trombone duo to perform at Museum Sunday

Accordionist Stefan Hussong and trombonist Mike Svoboda will perform in the Museum Concert Series Sunday, Jan. 25, at 2 p.m. in the Museum galleries. They will be playing repertoire from Baroque to the contemporary. The Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. The Museum Concert Series, founded in 1990, is a celebration of classical music that brings performers of international repute to the Museum. It is the oldest chamber concert series in the region and draws a mixed audience of all ages. Mayville State University shares the series with the Museum, hosting their performance on Monday evenings.

Stefan Hussong was born in Koellerbach an der Saar, Germany, and received scholarships from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, DAAD, Akademie Schloss Solitude and the Art Foundation of Baden-Wuerttemberg State. In 1987 he received the first prize at the International Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition for Contemporary Music.

Hussong was awarded the Echo Classic Prize of the German Phonoacademy in the category Best Performer of the Year 1999. That same year his solo CD published by DENON with works by John Cage won the Best Record Award of the year. Hussong has premiered more than 80 works dedicated to him and he has recorded more than 25 CD`s, some of which have won several prizes.

Hussong has performed as a soloist with, among others, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Musikfabrik Nordrhein-Westfalen, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Rundfunk Symphonieorchester Saarbruecken and Tokyo Shin Nippon Philharmonic Orchestra.

The trombonist and composer Mike Svoboda was born in 1960 on the island of Guam, grew up in Chicago and came to Germany with the help of a BMI Award to Young Composers in 1982. His 11 years as trombonist and assistant with Karlheinz Stockhausen during the 1980s and 1990s proved to be of eminent importance for Svoboda's musical development. Including the collaboration with Stockhausen and other composers such as Peter Eötvös, Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Martin Smolka, David Lang, and Frank Zappa, Svoboda has premiered over 400 works for trombone at major festivals throughout the world.

Mike Svoboda returned to composition only after ending his work with Stockhausen and has since received commissions, mostly for works spanning an entire concert, from festivals and opera houses such as the ECLAT festival Stuttgart, The State Opera Hannover, The National Theater Mannheim and the State Opera in Stuttgart. Major festivals have invited him to be artist or composer-in-residence. Often involved in his works as a soloist or with his own Mike Svoboda Ensemble, he composes across the borders between popular and classical music, high culture and entertainment, combining - through the use of text and various musical styles - both traditional and avant-garde.

The Museum Concert Series is underwritten by a grant from the Myra Foundation, with support from the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art, with additional contributions from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, General Mills Foundation, and Land O’Lakes Foundation. Committed classical music lovers also contribute an additional $50 on top of their season ticket to become sponsors who share in the cost of bringing great music to the community. The final concert in this year’s Series will be the vocal ensemble, Tapestry, on March 22.

Tickets for the Concert Series are available by subscription to the series, or available for single concerts at the door or in advance at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Non-member tickets: $70 for the season, $15 per concert at the door. Member’s tickets: $60 for the season, $13 per concert at the door. Student and military tickets are $20 for the season, $5 per concert at the door. Children middle school and under are admitted free. Help assure the survival of the Concert Series by becoming a Concert Series sponsor for an additional $50. Order your tickets today by sending a check or calling 777-4195.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on the University of North Dakota campus in Grand Forks. Museum hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum shop is open during Museum hours. The Museum Café is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 701-777-4195

Webcast of Annular Solar Eclipse in Jakarta

Two UND professors, Timothy Young (physics) and Ronald Marsh (computer science), will travel to Indonesia to broadcast a live webcast of the Jan. 26 annular solar eclipse. This will be the 12th webcast that this team has produced and provided to the world via the World Wide Web.

The narrow path of this eclipse begins in the South Atlantic Ocean traversing the Indian Ocean and ends over Indonesia. The only land in the path is Indonesia where the UND eclipse team will be located (Java or Sumatra).

The UND eclipse team will transmit the annular solar eclipse live with multicast technology and will have a chat room where anyone can share the experience with viewers from around the world. Schools, libraries and the public are being urged to tune in to this unique event and experience it live. Please visit for more information.
-- Annette Glennon, Administrative Secretary, Computer Science,, 7-4107

"Supercomputing in Plain English" video course begins Jan. 27

The Computational Research Center is hosting a connection site for the "Supercomputing in Plain English" online video course being offered by the OU Supercomputing Center for Education.

Classes are held every Tuesday in 371 Upson II. Seating is limited to 10 to 12 people. No registration is required. The course is open to faculty, graduate students, and staff.

The class starts Tuesday, Jan. 27, and runs through April 28.

Visit the following URL for course topics and schedule:

Kathleen Coudle King to be honored at An Evening with the Arts

The North Valley Arts Council (NoVAC) invites you to attend An Evening with the Arts, a celebration of the arts community, Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the First National Bank Building, 322 DeMers Ave., downtown Grand Forks. At the event, we will thank the community for contributing time, resources and talent to the arts, celebrate another successful year of service, and hold NoVAC’s annual meeting.

An Evening with the Arts will feature the presentation of NoVAC’s fourth annual Arts Awards and “The Grand Picture,” a silent art auction of artwork created by local artists.

The 2009 Annual Arts Awards will be presented to honor exceptional artists and arts supporters in our community. NoVAC initiated the awards in 2006 to honor those individuals who most actively produce quality art, and to show appreciation for members of the community who support the production of art through their volunteerism, financial contributions, purchase of art, and attendance at arts events.

The 2009 award recipients are:
* Kathleen Coudle King, who will receive the Artist of the Year award. This award recognizes extraordinary artistic achievement with a gift of $1,000, underwritten by the Grand Forks Herald. King is a playwright and co-founder of the North Dakota Playwrights’ Co-op. She is also a fiction writer, essayist and screenwriter. She has written works that will be performed at First Night Greater Grand Forks and has written "Companeras," a play about political prisoners in Uruguay based on Elizabeth Hampsten’s translated testimonies. She has organized summer community writing workshops and film camps, teaches in the UND English department, and serves as administrative coordinator for the UND Writers Conference.

* Tamar Read, who will receive an Individual Support of the Arts award in recognition of her extraordinary support of area arts organizations and artists.

* Dakota Harvest Bakers, which will receive a Corporate Support of the Arts award in recognition of its extraordinary support of the arts.

* Benjamin Klipfel, who will receive an Outstanding Achievement Award for his extraordinary dedication to the arts in Greater Grand Forks.

Previous award recipients include: Artist of the Year Michael Blake (2008), Job Christenson (2007) and Adam Kemp (2006); Individual Support of the Arts: Jean Holland (2008), Bruce Gjovig (2007) and Tom Edwards and Jackie McElroy Edwards (2006); Corporate Support of the Arts: Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops (2008), Sanders 1907 (2007) and Hugo’s (2006); and Outstanding Achievement: Laurel Reuter (2008), Lee Barnum (2007) and the late Carol Graham (2006).

A silent auction fundraiser to benefit NoVAC programming will feature original artwork by local artists, many of whom have rarely shown their work. This will be an opportunity to purchase paintings, sculpture, and other unique objects d’art created by local and regional artists at reasonable prices. Artists included in the auction include Amy Uthus, Jackie Uthus, Mary Haustad, Diane Paulson, Mark Larson, Bonnie Sobolik and many others.

Traie Dockter, president of the NoVAC Board of Directors, said, “We are honored to present these awards to those who have distinguished themselves in the support of the arts in our community. Grand Forks is fortunate to have a strong arts and culture component generally only found in much larger cities. Sustaining these groups is a priority for the quality of life we are privileged to enjoy, and we want to say ‘thank you’ publicly to the individuals and corporations who make commitments year after year.”

An Evening with the Arts will also include NoVAC’s annual meeting. Wine and hors d’oeurves will be served. Admission is $10 at the door. Advance reservations are not required. The event is sponored by the Grand Forks Herald and Happy Harry's Bottle Shops.

The North Valley Arts Council supports arts and culture for the artists, arts organizations, and citizens of Greater Grand Forks. Visit for more information.
-- Nicole Derenne, Executive Director, North Valley Arts Council,, 701-772-3710

Retirement reception to honor Clay Finger Jan. 28

A retirement reception will be held in honor of Clay Finger, telecommunications analyst, lead technician for the Department of Telecommunications/ITSS, Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Carnigie Building lower level. He will retire following 14 years of service to the University. Please join us in wishing Clay well in his retirement. Everyone is welcome.
-- Larry Fisk, Telecom Leader, Telecommunications / ITSS,, 777-3708

Note study skills help session dates

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 reservation required. The sessions for January and February follow:
* Wednesday, Jan. 28, Time Management
* Tuesday, Feb. 3, Note Taking
* Thursday, Feb. 12, Reading a College Textbook
* Wednesday, Feb. 18, Studying for Tests
* Tuesday, Feb. 24, Taking Tests.
-- Shari Nelson, Assistant Director of Learning Services, Student Success Center,, 777-2117

Denim Day is Wednesday, Jan. 28

Chances are good Wednesday, Jan. 28, will be cold, so bundle up in your denim and enjoy knowing all proceeds go to charity. If your office needs more buttons, let me know.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 777-3791

Andrew Millington presents ESSP spring colloquium

Andrew Millington, professor of geography at Texas A&M University, will present "Deforestation in South America: The Influence of Coca Cultivation and Antinarcotics Policies on Forest Fragmentation and Deforestation Rates" at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 210 Clifford Hall Auditorium. Refreshments will be served one-half hour prior to the presentation.

Dr. Millington's research focuses on the impacts of human and institutional agents on spatio-temporal patterns of land use and land cover change, and the impacts of land use and land cover change on biological phenomena. He uses hybrid methodologies from GIScience, environmental science, ecology and social science to reseach these phenomena.

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, Earth System Science & Policy,, 777-2490

Sign up by Jan. 21 for Course Design Workshop

The Office of Instructional Development is sponsoring a free "Creating Significant Learning through Integrated Course Design" workshop Thursday, Feb. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union.

Individuals or teams from departments will want to attend if:

◦ you are creating a new course (graduate, undergraduate, non-degree) delivered in any format (distance, online, on campus or a mixed delivery). The workshop can serve as a first step for those applying for summer funding through a Summer Instructional Development Professorship (information at
◦ you need to standardize course outcomes, across on campus sections or between distance and on campus sections: this would provide an opportunity for several faculty as a team to determine course objectives/ learning outcomes and work on assignments and assessments.
◦ you need to create a new course or rework an existing course for the ES program (perhaps a capstone or advanced communications course or a course that meets the new diversity requirement). The workshop starts with the desired learning outcome and assists teachers in figuring out how best to create a course that fosters student achievement of those outcomes.
◦ you need sites for the collection of meaningful assessment data in your course or program. The workshop focuses on genuine assessment of student learning and could serve as a precursor to assessment retreat funding (available from the provost’s office).
◦ you are a graduate student who would appreciate the rare opportunity to focus on your development as current and/or future teacher.

The workshop will be conducted by Stewart Ross, founding director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Minnesota State Mankato (honored by the Carnegie Foundation as a CASTL Leadership College).

Participants must RSVP (via e-mail to by Jan. 21 and need to attend the entire three-hour (9 a.m. to noon) workshop. Registration and continental breakfast will be available at 8:30 a.m. in the River Valley Room.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director of Instructional Development, OID,, 7-4233

Museum benefit dinner is Feb. 7; reservations now available

The 18th annual North Dakota Museum of Art Gala Benefit Dinner and Silent Art Auction will be held Saturday, Feb. 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Join us for a White Nights Celebration among family, friends, and supporters of the North Dakota Museum of Art. We want to emphasize the importance of keeping the lights bright at the Museum, so we've moved White Nights from St. Petersburg, where the sun doesn't set in summer, to Grand Forks, where winter nights are dazzling.

The Benefit Dinner, which is both a prominent social event and successful fundraiser for the Museum, will be held in the elegant galleries of the North Dakota Museum of Art. Dress is black tie optional, and valet service is provided. Reservations are $95 per person. The tables seat eight and arrangements can be made for parties to be seated together.

This year’s honorary chairs are Robert and Marcia Kelley. Mike Jacobs and Suezette Bieri, along with Al Boucher and Thomasine Heitkamp, are co-chairing the planning committee. A dedicated volunteer committee, along with numerous sponsors, make this evening possible. Once again, this year’s underwriting sponsor is Merrill Lynch. In addition, private and corporate sponsors are committed to supporting the Benefit Dinner again this year.

As with each of the previous benefits, a silent art auction will be held throughout the evening. Matthew Wallace of the North Dakota Museum of Art curated this year's Silent Art Auction. This year over 50 pieces from regional, national, and international artists are for sale. The auction includes work by emerging artists as well as contemporary artisans. The pieces will be circulated throughout the dinner by walking easels. All artists’ reserve bids begin at $100.

This year’s auction includes work by Zhimin Guan, Helge Ederstrom, Mariah Masilko, Melanie Rocan, Punchgut, Sarah Hultin, Vivienne Morgan, William Harbort, Walter Piehl, Kathryn Lipke, Adam Kemp, Guillermo Guardia, Lena McGrath Welker, Morgan Owens, Daniel Sharbono, Ryan Frates, Jeff Amann, and many others. Several artists have donated all proceeds from the sale of their work to the Museum as they have in the past. The artwork will be on display in Museum’s mezzanine gallery through the night of the auction. It is also available online at

A major fundraising component for the auction will be a raffle for a sculpture by Guillermo Guardia. Raffle tickets are now available at the Museum at $25 per ticket. The raffle drawing will be held at the end of the evening.

This year’s meal will follow the theme of the White Nights celebration with a distinct Russian flavor. Vegetarian meals will be provided with prior request. Fine wines chosen by wine connoisseur Michael McCullough accompany the meal. Jan Heitmann of All Seasons and artist Adam Kemp will design the centerpieces at each of the tables and also special gallery decorations.

Proceeds from dinner reservations, and art and raffle sales are used for programming and exhibitions at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Exhibitions would not be possible without funds collected at this and other fundraising events, and generous contributions from sponsors – both corporate and individual.

For information about making a reservation or volunteering, call 777-4195.

The Museum is located on Centennial Drive in Grand Forks. The Museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. The Museum café in open weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 701-777-4195

Canadian Aboriginal Film Festival is Feb. 18-26

The Department of Indian Studies, in collaboration with the government of Canada, will present a film festival of Canadian Aboriginal films Feb. 18-26. We are fortunate to be able to present 13 films of various lengths by Canadian Aboriginal filmmakers. This event is made possible by the Canadian Consulate in Minneapolis. All films will be shown at the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl and will be followed by discussions.

We encourage you to see the schedule of films, as well as descriptions, on our Web site at
and we also encourage instructors teaching classes that deal with these subjects to have their students attend.

The subjects of these films range from the history of interactions with the Canadian government to women in the arts, from the foster home system and family issues to humor. These films are an excellent introduction to contemporary Canadian society and the situation of aboriginal peoples in Canada.

In a semester when the campus will not experience a Time Out Week, this film series builds on the Indian Studies Association film series in the fall to bring more information about indigenous peoples in North America to the community.

For more information, contact Sebastian Braun at 777-4315 or
-- Sebastian Braun, Assistant Professor, Indian Studies,, 777-4314

University Within the University (U2) lists new classes

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

Intro to Dreamweaver CS3
Feb. 23, 25, and 26, 8:30 to 11 a.m.
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers, mouse, and file saving and retrieving skills.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to design a Web site, explore the Dreamweaver environment, identify the HTML tags in the file, define a Web site, create and save a Web page, organize site files using the Files panel, create templates that help you develop multiple pages easily, add content to a Web page, identify the different types of links and create them for easy navigation, and upload a Web site. Presenter: Doris Bornhoeft.

Radiation Safety
Jan. 27, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Room 5006
This course will cover basic principles of radiation protection. Course attendance is required for all individuals working with radioactive materials at the University of North Dakota. Topics discussed will include, but are not limited to, types of radiation, methods of protection, exposure monitoring, handling techniques, decontamination, security, and waste disposal. Presenters: Jason Uhlir and Eric Pearson.

Legal Issues for Supervisors
Jan. 27, 9 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall
Participants will identify the federal and state statutes that impact their roles, discuss UND policies and procedures in relation to federal and state law, and look at situations that may require legal consultation. Presenters: Desi Sporbert and Joy Johnson.

Lean Lifestyle
Jan.28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25. All classes will be held from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., Memorial Union Presidents Room.
The Lean Lifestyle program is a new class being offered to the employees of the University of North Dakota who will meet weekly to support and educate one another on weight management issues. During the meetings, individuals will have the opportunity to learn about six of the most important changes that should be made in order to maintain successful lifestyle changes. We will have a 15-minute presentation by a speaker, a question-and-answer period and testimonials from employees. Presenters: Emily Spicer and Mallory Houck.

PeopleSoft Account Numbers
Jan. 29, 1 to 2 p.m., Memorial Union, Badlands Room
Learn how to use PeopleSoft account number listings and provide clarification on how items should be coded. Presenter: Allison Peyton.
-- Patricia Young, U2 Coordinator, Continuing Education,, 777-0720

Founders Day is Feb. 26

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. and 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,, 7-4267

Freshman Getting Started 2009 is June 1 to July 10

Freshman Getting Started 2009, an advisement and registration program for new freshmen, will take place June 1 through July 10. All students must have a reservation to attend and all session reservations are scheduled on a first-come first-served basis. All reservations should be made online at

Freshman Getting Started 2009 is a two-day program to which new first-year students, admitted for the fall 2009 semester, are invited to come to campus for advisement and registration. Program activities begin on Day One at 8:30 a.m. and include a welcome to the University, housing, financial aid, student account services, student affairs, and general information presentations, along with mathematics placement testing for students. Day Two begins at 8 a.m. and consists of language placement testing, individual academic advisement and registration, and obtaining a parking permit and student ID. There is a separate program for the families of students that runs simultaneously in which they receive information that assists in the adjustments involved in sending a student to college. The program usually concludes around noon on Day Two.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please call the Student Success Center at 777-2117.
-- Shari Nelson, Assistant Director of Learning Services, Student Success Center,, 777-0562

Meet, Eat, and Learn is Jan. 28

Meet, Eat, and Learn will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, with the theme, "Love Your Body Week Celebration." Change how you see, NOT how you look!

Meet, Eat, and Learn: Hello, Gorgeous!
Wednesday, Jan. 28, noon to 1 p.m., International Centre
“Hello Gorgeous!” is a collection of short plays and monologues written by the North Dakota Playwrights Co-op to celebrate beauty and combat negative messages. These comical theatrical performances celebrate the beauty of women and aim to stifle the message that a woman is never good enough the way she is. Not only is a woman fine the way she is - she is GORGEOUS! A free and delicious lunch will be served.
-- Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Womens Center,, 777-4300

Proposals sought for second annual Community-University forum

Are you interested in community entrepreneurship? Are you doing projects with community partners? Would you like to discuss innovative approaches to community issues with rural community members?

If you do, send your ideas for the forum, “Focus on Community Entrepreneurship,” to be held in Rugby, N.D., March 27-28. Proposals will be accepted from students, staff, faculty, and community members. Presentations on community-based research and community-university collaborative projects, as well as panels and panel ideas, are all welcome. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, Feb. 17. Results will be announced by March 2.

A first forum, called “Generating Ideas Through Partnerships” and held in Grand Forks April 18-19, 2008, gathered 150 participants talking about community arts, community diversity, community ecology, and community-university projects. The program for the second forum, titled “Focus on Community Entrepreneurship” will be shaped by the proposals you and others will submit.

The forums are part of a broader project, Community Connect, coordinated by the UND Center for Community Engagement. Dozens of communities and organizations across the state, as well as UND faculty and students, have been involved in conversations to bridge community-university knowledge and to address community issues. As a result of these conversations, the Community Connect project is now in the stage of launching a Web site and journal.

Your proposals for the forum, “Focus on Community Entrepreneurship,” should include: name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, submission title, submission type (idea, panel or individual presentation), and abstract (maximum 300 words). A submission form is available at Your proposal should be sent: by e-mail to; or by mail to Community-University Forum, attn. Diana Nastasia, project assistant, Stop 8254, 317 Cambridge St., University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8254.

Please note that we are able to offer some travel scholarships to individuals with an accepted proposal. We hope you will share the call for forum proposals with others. If you have any questions, please call 777-0675 or e-mail
-- Diana Nastasia, Project Assistant, UND Center for Community Engagement,, 701-777-0675

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

Deadline extended for summer doctoral fellowships

The Graduate School announces the availability of Summer Doctoral Fellowships of $5,000, plus a waiver of tuition, to support doctoral students who will spend full time on their dissertation research in the summer of 2009.

The application deadline has been extended to Friday, Jan. 30.

For complete application details, please see the guidelines on the Graduate School Web site at:

Please address your application to Linda Baeza, director of admissions and assistance, The Graduate School, Stop 8178 or 414 Twamley Hall.
-- Susan Caraher, Marketing & External Relations Specialist, The Graduate School,, 7-2425

Form available to request matching funds for research proposals

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 webpage 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.

Public scholarship proposals accepted

Proposals are being accepted from UND faculty for research and creative activity projects involving public or community partners in North Dakota. The Center for Community Engagement Public Scholarship Fund has been established with the support of the vice president for research. A total of $10,000 is available for projects this year.

Public scholarship, also known as public policy research, action research, community-based research, participatory research, and public interest research, is concerned with addressing community needs by involving public members in research projects and by making research results broadly accessible.

The Public Scholarship Committee encourages multi-disciplinary projects, attention to the particular needs of North Dakota, and the involvement of students. Application forms are downloadable from the Web site of the UND Center for Community Engagement at The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Feb. 13.

Research Funds are available for:
• Public scholarship projects of up to $2,500
• Two or more faculty members from more than one department
• At least one fully involved public/community partner in North Dakota
• Projects addressing a significant public need or public interest in North Dakota
• Projects that can be completed in 12 months

A community partner may be any legal entity, a non-governmental organization (NGO), a non-profit organization, or a community service organization. Community partners must be actively involved in the design of the research project. A letter of commitment from the community partner is required with the application.

The original and six (6) copies of the application should be submitted to Lana Rakow, UND Public Scholarship Program, 317 Cambridge St., Stop 8254 (777-2287; by 4:30 p.m. Feb. 13.

Successful applicants will be notified by March 1. Awardees are expected (a) to submit a written report meeting requirements which will be provided to them, (b) discuss their project at the second annual community-university forum in Rugby, N.D., March 27-28, and (c) present results of their projects at one community engagement or public scholarship event at the conclusion of their research.
-- Lana Rakow, Director, Center for Community Engagement,, 777.2287

Reporting lines change for ROTC programs

Effective Jan. 1, 2009, the reporting lines for both military science (Army ROTC) and Air Force ROTC are reassigned from the provost and vice president for academic affairs to the dean of the College of Business and Public Administration. Dean Dennis Elbert achieved a distinguished service record, retiring as a lieutenant colonel with combat experience. He has been actively involved in military leadership programs on campus and elsewhere.
-- Greg Weisenstein, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost/VPAA,, 701-777-2167

Computer surplus, transfer, and disposal policy available for review

A new draft policy has been created by a campuswide group of subject matter experts concerning surplusing, transferring, and disposing of computers. The entire campus community is invited to review this draft policy and provide comments at The comment period is Jan.14 through Feb. 18. Please visit for additional details. If you have questions, please contact Brad Miller, UND IT security officer.
-- Brad Miller, UND IT Security Officer, ITSS,, 777-3587

North Dakota Medicine magazine now available

The new North Dakota Medicine magazine, Vol. 33, No. 5, is now available in print and online at

Articles include "Touching Lives" by Pamela Knudson; "Bullseye: UND's Center for Rural Health scores BIG!" by Wendy Opsahl; "The Invisible Injury" by Tara Mertz; "Reaching Across the State" by Patrick Miller' "When I Grow Up I Want to be a Doctor" by Wendy Opsahl; and "Courage, Hope and Strength through Breast Cancer Research"
by Pamela Knudson.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Assistant to the Director of Communications, Office of Public Affairs,, 701-777-4305

Museum of Art seeks costume jewelry for children's fundraiser

Each May the North Dakota Museum of Art hosts Antique to Chic, a fundraiser and raffle for the Museum's children's art programs, which include summer art camps, workshops, scholarships and outreach into the local community. We accept any jewelry, costume or otherwise, and accessories such as scarves, belts, hats or purses to sell at this event.

This year Antique to Chic will be held Sunday, May 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Museum. There is no charge and refreshments will be served. The raffle tickets for jewelry donated by local jewelers and artisans will be available before the event. Prices at the sale will range from $1 per item and up.

You can bring your donations to the Museum or call to arrange for it to be picked up.
-- Sue Fink, Director of Education, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

UND Denim Day applications now available

Application forms for charities seeking Denim Day funding are now available by calling Karen Cloud, 777-2618, or e-mail The deadline for applying is Friday, Jan. 30. Following the deadline, applications will be reviewed and charity selections will be made. Since the UND community represents a wide variety of beliefs and convictions, we can not entertain requests from political, religious or pro-life/reproductive rights organizations. Help support your favorite charity by picking up an application now.
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library,, 7-2618

Census worker positions available

The U.S. Census Bureau will be testing for various positions throughout the state of North Dakota. These positions will last in duration from five to 10 weeks (with possible additional assignments) up to two years, with some immediate openings and some to begin spring 2009. Salary range is $8.25 to $12.50 per hour, depending on position. The Census Bureau will administer a test to be used for all positions. Please call toll-free 1-866-861-2010 to apply and schedule a testing session. MUST bring two forms of ID to the testing session, and one of these MUST be a photo ID. The other one can be a social security card or birth certificate. For more information, go to

Positions available:
* Census Clerk - answers applicant calls and schedules tests, supports recruiting assistants, processes employee payroll and personnel actions and provides administrative support for the field staff.
* Crew Leader - supervises census takers and crew leader assistants, reviews and approves daily payroll records, trains census takers and crew leader assistants, and ensures that procedures are followed.
* Crew Leader Assistant - supports the crew leaders by performing delegated tasks and performing some of the same field work as census takers.
* Census Takers - locates households, updates address lists, explains the purpose of the census, conducts interviews with respondents, records responses on paper forms or hand-held computers, and meets with the Crew Leader every day to turn in completed work and payroll forms and to discuss the progress.
* Recruiting Assistant - locates, set up and runs the applicant test sessions, asks community organizations to donate space for testing and training, plus reviews and sends applicants materials to and from the local census office.

-- Lyle Beiswenger, retired vice president for finance.

Report icy conditions to Facilities Management

The weather has caused icy conditions on our parking lots, roads, and sidewalks. We will continue to salt and sand to reduce the slipperiness as much as possible. Please report any hazardous conditions to Facilities at 777-2591. There are some things that you can do to help reduce the risk of falling on ice. Here are some helpful hints.

1. Wear boots or overshoes with grip soles. Slick leather or rubber soles on dress shoes are unsafe on ice.
2. Don’t walk with your hands in your pockets. This reduces your balance if you slip on the ice.
3. Take short to medium steps, or shuffle your feet in very icy areas.
4. Don’t carry or swing heavy loads, such as large boxes or cases, which could cause you to lose your balance when walking.
5. When walking, curl your toes under and walk as flatfooted as possible.
6. Don’t step on eneven surfaces. Step well over or avoid curbs with ice on them.
7. Place your full attention on walking. Don’t allow your attention to be divided by getting your keys out of your pocket, digging in your pocketbook for items, etc., while walking on ice.
-- Paul Clark, Assoc Director , Facilities Management,, 777-3005

Participants sought for research project

This study will explore some of the employment issues that may be a concern to people with disabilities. Participants are sought from all sectors of employment from both North Dakota and Minnesota. The study will require two hours of your time filling out a brief survey and participating in a conversational interview. Information will be confidential and retained per the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Institutional Review Board (IRB) standards. This is a voluntary opportunity; however, you will receive a $20 gift certificate to be used at a local store.

This research project is looking for participants with the following criteria:
* employed (full or part-time);
* received at least one medical or psychiatric diagnosis from a medical or mental health professional;
* diagnosis issues currently or may in the future affect work performance;
* and employee has not disclosed diagnosis to their employer’s human resource department or administration.

The principal investigator is a master’s level student, Linda Olson, from the counseling psychology and community service department with advisor David Whitcomb.

For more information or to set up a time for your participation, please call Linda at (701) 610-8502. Please leave a message with your first name, contact phone number, and if necessary, a preferred time for Linda to return your call.
-- Linda Olson , Master graduate student, Counseling Psychology and Community Services,, (701)6108502

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: Director of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Aerospace, #09-182
COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience

POSITION: Research Specialist (20 hrs/week), EERC, #09-181
COMPENSATION: $18.27 plus/hour

POSITION: Desktop Support Specialist, CoBPA, #09-179
COMPENSATION: $28,000 plus/year

POSITION: Graphic and Web Designer, University Relations, #09-175
COMPENSATION: $ 35,000 plus/year


POSITION: Storekeeper (32 hours/week), Facilities Management, #09-177
COMPENSATION: $ 11.00 plus/hour

OFFICE SUPPORT: No vacancies.


POSITION: Building Services Technician (Sunday - Friday, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m)., Facilities/EERC, #09-178
COMPENSATION: $ 11.00 plus/hour

Ray Richards lists winter golf specials

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

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

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