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ISSUE: Volume 47, Number 23: January 27, 2010

Top Stories
Founders Day tickets are on sale
Events to Note
National Nurse Anesthetists Week is Jan 24-30
Blood drive will be held in Memorial Union Wednesday
Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn will focus on yoga
Art and Democracy Film Series presents "War Child"
"Regular" Denim Day is Jan. 27
Work Well hosts a BCBS presentation Jan. 28
Doctoral examination set for Jessica L. Semler
UND to host LEGO robotics competition for area elementary, middle schoolers
Symphony to hold winter baroque concert
NSF program director to provide discussion sessions
Space Studies colloquium has been rescheduled
Hultberg Lectureship features prominent women alumnae
Feb. 2 IT forum will focus on data storage
Farewell reception for Mary Ann Laxen is Feb. 2
Global Visions Film Series begins with "The Secrets" Feb. 2
Essential Studies program holds "Capstone Coffee" sessions
Department of Art and Design presents visiting paper artist Wang Hongchuan
University Senate meeting is Feb. 4
OIP lists Thursday Night Culture Series dates
Occupational therapy workshop is Feb. 5
Institutional Review Board meeting is Feb. 5
Physics colloquium is Feb. 5
2010 Scholarly Forum abstract deadline is Feb. 5
Emerald and Ice Gala is Feb. 6
Faculty are invited to discuss their roles in workforce development
Beat smoking addiction with Work Well class
CAO hosts cup, mug and bowl sale
Ski with the Kelleys Feb. 10
David Burgess to perform at the North Dakota Museum of Art
Bookstore Book Club meeting is Feb. 22
Tickets available for UND Feast of Nations
2010 Recyclemania competition continues through March 27
Student Government launches Presidential and Senate elections
Clinical trials aim to detect and prevent breast cancer
Print document development available at GaPS
Deadline for Models of Innovative & Best Practices in Teaching & Learning is Feb. 1
OLLI@UND seeks course proposals for summer semester
University Within the University (U2) lists new classes
Accounting Services announces in-state mileage rates
Health Promotion Office announces flu vaccination opportunities
2009 Writers Conference books on sale now
Refresh your math skills with new online course
Museum is offering art classes
Internal job openings listed
In the News
USA Today Magazine features article by Raymond Fischer
Founders Day tickets are on sale

The 2010 Founders Day banquet will be held Thursday, Feb. 25, in 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 the UND String Quartet.

In the UND Founders Day tradition, retirees, 25-year honorees, department and faculty award winners, and Faculty Spirit Award winners will be recognized during the banquet. A celebration of the 100th anniversary of UND ceramics will add to the theme of the evening.

Banquet tickets for the Founders Day event are only $20 each and must be reserved by Feb. 16 by contacting Jan Flatin in the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2724 or by e-mail at Or, you can print a registration form at and mail it to Jan at Stop 7140.
-- Dawn Botsford, Events Coordinator, Office of Ceremonies and Special Events,, 777-6393

National Nurse Anesthetists Week is Jan 24-30

For many, the knowledge of impending surgery can be worrisome. Thoughts of cold operating rooms, beeping monitors, masked faces and sharp instruments all add to the unease. The reassuring news is that an expert anesthesia provider will keep you safe and comfortable during your procedure. More often than not, that expert will be a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), according to Darla Adams, director of the nurse anesthesia specialization, at the UND College of Nursing.

As the hands-on providers of 32 million anesthetics delivered in the United States each year, CRNAs touch the lives of millions of patients and their families annually. In honor of this responsibility and privilege, America will celebrate National Nurse Anesthetists Week Jan. 24-30. To celebrate, Nursing will be hosting a reception from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the Nursing Building, Room 103H.

“CRNAs are the patients’ eyes and ears during surgery,” said Adams. “We are the patients’ advocates when they can’t speak for themselves. It’s an awesome responsibility and a sacred trust upon which our profession has built its reputation for safety and quality care.

“CRNAs take their patients through the entire operative process – inducing sleep, monitoring vital signs, adjusting anesthesia levels, and waking the patient after surgery,” said Adams.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Officer, College of Nursing,, 777-4526

Blood drive will be held in Memorial Union Wednesday

A blood drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the Loading Dock at the Memorial Union. It is sponsored by University Apts Community Council.

Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn will focus on yoga

The Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the International Centre for Love Your Body Week. The topic will be "Yoga: What's It All About?" All of us have heard of yoga and how it is a great way to exercise, but most of us do not know why. UND yoga instructor Heather Loytsz will talk about the benefits and the rewards of this popular form of exercise and why it is beneficial not only to your body but your mind as well. Free lunch provided by the Women's Center. Everyone is welcome.
-- Patty McIntyre, Women's Center

Art and Democracy Film Series presents "War Child"

The Institute for Philosophy in Public Life will be presenting the film "War Child" 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, at the Empire Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.

Hip hop artist Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier in Sudan’s brutal civil war, was “forced to sin” but determined to “never give up and never give in.” Today, wounded but still hopeful, he fights a new battle: bringing peace to his beloved Sudan and building schools in Africa. This time, his weapon is a microphone. See why audiences from New York to Berlin to London rave about the award-winning film, War Child, and have embraced the hip-hop artist with a terrifying past and a gentle soul. See the trailer at
-- Chelsea Stone, IPPL Student Intern, Institute for Philosophy in Public Life,, 789-1415

"Regular" Denim Day is Jan. 27

It's the last Wednesday of the month, so Wednesday, Jan. 27, is "regular" Denim Day. Wear your denim and your button and enjoy going casual and knowing your $1 goes to charity. Need buttons or a copy of the 2010 poster? Just let me know.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 777-3791

Work Well hosts a BCBS presentation Jan. 28

Do you want to know more about the MyHealthCenter and the Health Club Credit programs that allow you to earn up to $250 a year? Join in for a beginner session between 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Reed Keller Auditorium at the School of Medicine (IVN connections to Fargo, Minot and Bismarck). Advanced sessions will be offered later this winter/spring.
-- Kim Ruliffson, Coordinator of Work Well, Wellness Center,, 777-0210

Doctoral examination set for Jessica L. Semler

The final examination for Jessica L. Semler, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Counseling Psychology, is set for 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, in 318 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is "Rural Adolescent Perceptions of Quality Relationships." Kara Wettersten (Counseling Psychology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

UND to host LEGO robotics competition for area elementary, middle schoolers

The University and the UND School of Engineering and Mines will host 30 teams of fourth through eight graders from North Dakota, South Dakota, and northwest Minnesota on Saturday, Jan. 30, for the annual FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Robotics Championship.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be at the Betty Engelstad Arena on the UND campus. The opening ceremony is at 9 a.m., with the competition underway until 2 p.m. Awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m.

FIRST LEGO League competitions introduce younger students to real-world engineering challenges by giving them the opportunity to build LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.

This year’s robotics and research challenge is titled “Smart Move.” It asks the competing elementary and middle school students to transform the way we look at transportation. The key to the “Smart Move” Challenge is accessing people, places, goods, and services safely and efficiently.

The FLL competition is judged on project presentation; robot performance; technical design and programming of the robot; and teamwork. The highest honor will go to the team that best exemplifies the spirit and values of the program.

The Minot and Hatton-Northwood FIRST® Robotics Championship teams will demonstrate their robots that won previous competitions and will explain the tournament mission and rules. Organizers will also demonstrate FIRST® Tech Challenge, a new FIRST robotics program for high school students.

UND and the UND School of Engineering and Mines host the event with the help of many student and community volunteers. Corporate sponsors are Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Xcel Energy, Cargill, Otter Tail Power Company, Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. (AE2S), Laserlith Corporation, EAPC Architects and Engineers, Ralph Engelstad Arena, Inc., HB Sound & Light, and S&S Promotions.
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-6571

Symphony to hold winter baroque concert

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra presents “Old & New,” a concert of small ensemble music by composers from the Baroque era and later, and featuring solo performances by Symphony musicians. The concert has been rescheduled from its original performance date of Jan. 23. It will now be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at First Presbyterian Church in Grand Forks.

“Old & New” highlights work from the Baroque era by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel and Albinoni, as well as more recent work, also for small groups of instruments, by Wagner, Honegger, Hindemith and Piazzolla. Solo performances by members of the orchestra and UND faculty are a special feature of the concert. Ronnie Ingle, the Symphony’s principal trumpet and UND assistant professor of music, will be the soloist in an Albinoni concerto originally written for oboe. Alejandro Drago, director of strings at UND, will be the featured violinist in two different works inspired by the winter season, Vivaldi’s famous Winter Concerto from The Four Season and Piazzolla’s tango of the same name from his “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.” A rarely heard Bach viola concerto will be performed by Gerald Gaul, and Sarahlyn Robinson is the harpist in Handel's B-flat concerto.

The second half of the concert includes 19th and 20th Century music, including Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll Honegger’s "Pastorale D’ete," and a wind quintet by Paul Hindemith. Additional UND musicians who will be playing in the concert include violinists Gabriel Durand, UND web developer, and Joel Tosta Alarcon, a student in the Music Department, cellist and music faculty Naomi Welsh, Peter Schiefelbein, an instructor in low brass, and students David Dahlberg (trumpet) and Kimberly Schott (piano and harpsichord).

The GGFSO welcomes back Timm Rolek as guest conductor. Rolek served as conductor of the GGFSO from 1995-2005, and is currently artistic director of the Sacramento Opera. Rolek is both artistic director and principal conductor of Lake Tahoe Music Festival.

Tickets ($20/$15/$5-students) can be purchased at, or at the door one hour before performance. For more information, contact Jennifer Tarlin at 777-3359. Tickets printed for the original date will be honored and do not need to be exchanged.
-- Jennifer Tarlin, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Symphony,, 777-3359

NSF program director to provide discussion sessions

On Feb. 1 and 2, NSF program director Thomas J. Baerwald will provide a series of presentations about funding opportunities and procedures at NSF. Baerwald will facilitate four NSF funding discussion sessions over the two-day period. The Office of the Vice President for Research and the Department of Geography are coordinating Baerwald’s visit to UND. All interested faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided at all sessions.

NSF grantsmanship discussions:
Monday, Feb 1:
1 to 2:30 p.m. – National Science Foundation Funding Opportunities and Strategies, River Valley Room, Memorial Union
3 to 4:30 p.m. – Do’s and Don’ts for First-Time Grant Proposers, River Valley Room, Memorial Union

Tuesday, Feb. 2
9:30 to 10:30 a.m. – Proposal Rejection: Strategies for Resubmission, Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union
11 a.m. to noon – NSF Group Projects, Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union
2 to 3 p.m. – Forum for Contemporary Geographic Issues: Perspectives on Geography’s Present and Future, O’Kelly Hall, Room 19

Thomas J. Baerwald serves as Senior Science Advisor in the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia. In that capacity, he assumes a number of major responsibilities. He is one of three program directors for the Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) Program. From 2001 to 2007, he was a Co-Coordinator of the NSF Biocomplexity in the Environment special competition on the Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH), and since 2008, he has been a program officer for a standing, multidirectorate CNH Program. He has served as a member of the NSF Working Group on Environmental Research and Education since 2001, and from 2003 to 2008, he was one of the members of the management team for NSF's Human and Social Dynamics interdisciplinary competitions. He also is a coordinator for environmental social and behavioral science activities, assisting in the conduct of interdisciplinary efforts that engage social and behavioral scientists in the studies of interactions among human and natural systems. Baerwald has worked at NSF since 1988. Baerwald earned a B.A. in geography and history from Valparaiso University and both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in geography at the University of Minnesota. Baerwald specializes in studies of contemporary metropolitan development processes and urban transportation.

For more information, please contact Rosemary Thue, assistant to the Vice President for Research (777-4915) or Brad Rundquist, chair of the Department of Geography (777-4589).

Space Studies colloquium has been rescheduled

The colloquium talk by Professor Mike Gaffey on "Planet Mars" that was canceled due to bad weather yesterday, will now be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, in 111 Ryan Hall.

Mars has been long identified as a target for human space missions and settlement. Since the 1986 controversial discovery of possible microbial fossils on a Martian meteorite, unmanned spacecraft from several nations have visited Mars. Although many questions remain, we know a great deal more about Mars today than we did in 1989 when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration outlined a scenario for a human mission to Mars. In his Jan. 25 colloquium presentation, Gaffey will outline what we know about Mars. He'll also talk about planning for a human mission to Mars and about human settlements on the Red Planet.

Mike Gaffey is a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Space Studies. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in geology from the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. in 1974 from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in planetary science. From 1974 to 1977, he worked as a researcher in the Planetary Astronomy Laboratory at MIT.

Gaffey, well-known in the field of asteroid and other near-Earth objects, worked as a researcher at the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy from 1977 to 1979 and at the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics from 1979 to 1984. He is professor emeritus at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he taught from 1984 to 2001. In 2006 he received the notable honor of getting both the Leonard Medal from the Meteoritical Society and the G. K. Gilbert Award from the Planetary Science Division of the Geological Society of America, the top awards in his field. Asteroid 3545 Gaffey is named in his honor.

Hultberg Lectureship features prominent women alumnae

The Hultberg Lectureship Series was established 23 years ago with a gift through the UND Foundation by Clara E. Hultberg. Hultberg was a 1928 UND graduate, and her interests were in stimulating challenges and opportunities for students in business. Each year, successful women alumnae from UND bring their professional experiences to the University community through this unique event.

The 2010 Hultberg Lectureship Series will be held Thursday, Feb. 4. The event includes classroom visits during the day and a panel discussion, "Managing your Career in Challenging Times," at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union. A reception will follow.

Guest speakers include:
· Karn Jilek, 1989 graduate in marketing, president and co-owner of JK Lube, Inc.
· Betsy Olson Cipriano, 1970 graduate with a BSBA and MBA in management in 1980 from St. Thomas, VP global correspondent, Western Division, Wells Fargo Bank.
· Darcy Diederich, CPA, 2003 graduate with a BBA in accounting and information systems, financial reporting consultant, Xcel Energy Inc.
· Jana Rewey, 2005 graduate in marketing and MBA, new business development director, Shopper Events.

All of the women play a vital role in the business world as well as leading philanthropic lifestyles through volunteer work and commitment to bettering their communities and society.

UND associate professor of accountancy Mary Loyland has been involved with the Hultberg series since the conception of the event 23 years ago, "This $10,000 gift has been well used for the past 23 years. The Lectureship brings back successful UND women graduates who share their life experiences and professional successes. These women are like our students - they came from the upper Midwest and have our well-known work ethic. I hope that students look at them and think 'Wow, look what they have done with their UND degree. I can do the same thing!'"

The Hultberg Lecture Series has hosted more than 75 successful UND female alumni. This event highlights the Universities commitment to diversity and the promotion of women in the workplace.
-- Laura Dvorak-Berry, Assistant to the Dean, External Relations, College of Business and Public Administration,, 777-6937

Feb. 2 IT forum will focus on data storage

An extensive strategic planning process for information technology led by CIO Josh Riedy in Fall 2008 resulted in the identification of critical Core Technology Services. This spring, the Office of the CIO will continue to host a series of open forums to develop solutions, cost, sustainability and implementation for these core technology services. In this next phase, we again ask for your valuable input as the success of this process requires the active involvement and partnered decision-making from across campus. All forums will be broadcast live and recorded. Please see the UND CIO web site for more information. Online surveys are available for additional feedback from the campus community. They open the day of the forum and continue for ten days.

Please plan to attend the Data Storage (individual, shared, research & archival) forum from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the Badlands Room at the Memorial Union. If you have any questions, please contact Mike Lefever at or 777-2030.
-- Mike Lefever, Project Manager, AVP/Dean of Outreach/CIO Office

Farewell reception for Mary Ann Laxen is Feb. 2

A farewell reception will honor Mary Ann Laxen, associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Vennes Atrium of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Mary Ann has been director of the Physician Assistant Program for over 10 years. After her retirement, she will be traveling to Jeremie, Haiti, to work with the Haitian Health Foundation. Please join us as we wish her well in her new adventure.
-- Avis Reynolds, Administrative Sec., Department of Family & Community Medicine,, 777-2344

Global Visions Film Series begins with "The Secrets" Feb. 2

The Department of Anthropology's Global Visions Film Series will bring an array of international films to the community of Grand Forks for the seventh consecutive year. Two films will screen per month in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, 7 p.m. on Tuesdays throughout the semester. The series is currently the only venue in Grand Forks to offer award-winning, nationally recognized independent films from a wide variety of contemporary film makers around the world. A variety of UND departments offer the GVFS for extra credit as it provides students with the opportunity to encounter the complexities of human cultures from a perspective that promotes the understanding of global diversity.

Seven films have been selected for screening, beginning with "The Secrets" by Israeli director Avi Nesher at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2. Nesher's film was nominated for nine awards, including best actress, best art direction, best music, and best supporting actor and actress, and was awarded the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film. "The Secrets plot" is multifaceted and contains multiple layers and questions on the place, position and rights of women within conservative Orthodox Judaism. Indeed, it is far more ambitious in the tale it weaves than most films that deal with such complex topics. "The Secrets" is a truly powerful film that challenges notions of religious authority and hierarchy, and treats this delicate topic respectfully. Absolutely worth seeking out and seeing, and the acting is superb. The movie is not rated.

The series is free and open to the public. Suggested donations of $1 are encouraged. Film-goers are encouraged to come early to ensure a seat.

Other movies will be:
2. "Caramel" (Director (Sukkar banat, Lebanon 2007)
3. "A Thousand Years of Good Prayers" (Director - Wayne Wang - Hong Kong 2007)
4. "War Dance" - (Director Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine, USA 2007)
5. "The Stoning of Soraya M" (Director - Cyrus Nowrasteh, Iran 2008)
6. "Local Color" (George Gallo, USA 2006)
7. "American Violet" (Director - Tim Disney, USA 2008)

Global Visions Film Series is sponsored by the Anthropology Club Student Organization and is partially funded by the Multicultural Awareness Committee. For further information contact the Anthropology at 777-3008 and visit the Anthropology webpage: .
-- Marcia Mikulak, Anthropology

Essential Studies program holds "Capstone Coffee" sessions

The Office of Essential Studies is hosting two "Capstone Coffee" events from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, and from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, both in the Memorial Room of the Union. The purpose of these workshops is to help faculty and their departments develop courses that will carry the "C" designation. UND undergraduate students will soon need to have ES Capstone courses in place so that they can meet the new requirement, which is designed to provide them with a culminating course that connects their general education work with their work in their major fields. The Capstone Coffees are designed to support the course development process. They will include a review of the "C" criteria, an explanation of the approval process (ES validation), and suggestions for different ways to structure capstone courses. Individual help will also be available for faculty who may have particular questions to discuss. For more information, contact Sandy Brown in the Essential Studies Office at 777-4434 or
-- Tom Steen, Director, Essential Studies,, 777-4434

Department of Art and Design presents visiting paper artist Wang Hongchuan

Free Public Events:
-Chinese Paper Cutting Workshop for Children (ages 8-11). Registration required*: 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the Hughes Fine Arts Center, Room 111
- Chinese Paper Cutting Workshop for Adults. Registration required*
4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at Hughes Fine Arts Center, Room 111
- Wang Hongchuan Paper Cutting Exhibition Reception: 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, Colonel Eugene E. Myers Art Gallery
- Chinese New Year Celebration: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb 6, in the Ballroom, Memorial Union.
*Workshop registration required: for more information, contact Crystal Yang at 777-2902 or

About the Artists:
Hongchuan Wang is an associate professor in the Art Department, Baotou Teachers College at the Inner Mongolia University of Science and Technology. Crystal Yang received a UND Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Grant in 2009 to do research on Chinese paper cutting and on Wang's work in Inner Mongolia. She also invited Wang to travel to UND as a visiting artist this year.

Wang was born in an artistic family, in the city of Baotou, Inner Mongolia, China. Her father (a school teacher, principal and traditional Chinese brush painter) and her mother (a medical doctor and calligrapher) are known for their cooperative art called Wang-Yang painting and calligraphy. Although Wang was raised by two fine-artist parents, she was interested in paper cutting, which is one of the most widely spread forms of Chinese folk art traditionally practiced by uneducated women. With her parents' encouragement in developing her artistic career in paper cutting and design, Wang received her bachelor's degree from the Department of Arts and Crafts at the Inner Mongolia Normal University and her masters degree from the Cultural Heritage Department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.

Paper cutting has become one of the intangible cultural heritages China intends to safeguard in the 21st century. As a paper-cutting artist, Wang has won numerous regional and national awards in China and exhibited her works nationally and internationally since 1991. She was designated a Folk Crafts and Arts Master by the Inner Mongolian Cultural Federation in 2005. Her work has been featured in various newspapers and periodicals, included in books, and used as images on stamps and postcards by the Post Office in China. In 2008, she was one of the Chinese gold medal winning paper-cutting artists invited by the Ernst-Hohl Culture Foundation to participate in a China-Switzerland cultural exchange program. In the trip to Switzerland, she visited the Appenzellerland and the Toggenburg experiencing their daily life and folk festivals and meeting Swiss paper-cutting artists. Twenty of Wang's paper-cuts produced subsequent to this trip were included (along with other Chinese and Swiss paper-cutting artists works) in the exhibition The Art of Paper-CuttingEast Meets West, which took place in the Hans Appenzell (Zurich) from Oct. 2, 2009 to Jan. 30, 2010. In conjunction with the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Switzerland, the exhibition is now being held in Beijing and will travel to other cities in China.

As an educator, Wang has devoted herself to integrating traditional folk art with contemporary arts and crafts in her graphic design curricula. She has also published extensively on the art and the education of paper cutting in China, as well as on the intangible cultural heritages of Inner Mongolia. Presently, Wang is the primary researcher of the Inner Mongolia Region in a 2010-2013 national research project, Chinese Minority Paper Cutting Research, conducted by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Research Center at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.

Hongchuan Wang's visit to UND is sponsored by the Department of Art & Design, the UND Chinese Students and Scholars Association, the Chinese Studies Program, the Myers Foundations, and the Multicultural Awareness Committee. For more information please call 777-2902 or email
-- Art Jones, Art & Design

University Senate meeting is Feb. 4

The University Senate will meet at 4:05 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in Gamble Hall, Room 7.

1) Announcements.
2) Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes.
3) Question period.
Consent Calendar:
4) Annual Report of the Senate Summer Sessions Committee, Diane Hadden, Chair.
5) Annual Report of the Senate Library Committee, Wilbur Stolt.
Business Calendar:
6) Curriculum Committee Report, Liz Tyree, Chair.
7) Proposed change to the Senate Essential Studies Committee membership, Mary Coleman, Chair.
8) Honorary Degrees Committee report and recommendations, Barbara Combs, Chair.
-- Lori Hofland, Adminstrative Assistant, Registrars Office,, 777-3892

OIP lists Thursday Night Culture Series dates

The Office of International Programs would like to invite you to this semester's Culture Nights. Please note the new starting time will be 6:30 p.m. Most events will be held at the Loading Dock at the Memorial Union.

Feb. 4 - Sri Lanka
Feb. 11 - Philippines
Feb. 18 - Black History Month*
March 4 - Taiwan
March 11 - Liberia
April 8 - Nigeria
April 15 - Canada
April 22 - Nepal
April 29 - Global Friends Coalition

The nights will start at 6:30 p.m., with a short presentation about the featured country/group and will conclude with a sampling of food. Events are free for everyone and the food costs $1. Everyone is welcome to attend.

*Black History Month Night will be held in the Ballroom on the second floor of Memorial Union.
-- Matt Hiller, International Student Advisor, Office of International Programs,, 777-2033

Occupational therapy workshop is Feb. 5

An occupational therapy workshop sponsored by The UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences Department of Occupational Therapy is set for Friday, Feb. 5, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

Presenter is Carla Wilhite, assistant professor of occupational therapy who teaches full-time in the Master’s of Occupational Therapy satellite program in Casper, Wyo. Her research interests are in rural and agricultural health. She previously worked for Oklahoma and Colorado AgrAbility as an occupational therapy expert in on-the-farm assessment of farmers, ranchers, or agricultural worker with health mpairments in finding adaptive methods, equipment, or technology to enhance independent living and work participation.

Synopsis: The presenter will explain the influences on farm life by: stress, accidents, social systems, mental health needs, ethnicity, health care access, and insurance issues affecting treatment. The role of the therapist in returning the farmer back to farm work/life will be examined.

Ancillary Workshop Information: A certificate for 6.5 contact hours will be provided upon completion of the workshop. Registration reservations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. A cap on attendance is possible due to space availability. Please visit the UND Occupational Therapy web site at to view and print the brochure for this workshop. For more information, please contact Anne Haskins at or Jan Stube at
-- Anne M. Haskins, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy,, 777-0229

Institutional Review Board meeting is Feb. 5

UND's Institutional Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in 305 Twamley to consider all research proposals submitted to the IRB Office before Tuesday, Jan. 26.

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, Jan. 19. Minutes from the meeting will be available in the IRB Office approximately one week after the meeting.
-- Kathy Smart, Chair, Institutional Review Board,, 777-4279

Physics colloquium is Feb. 5

Physics will host a colloquium at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, in 211 Witmer Hall. Speaker Luis Dias da Silva, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Tennessee, will discuss Strong correlations, electronic transport and many-body physics in nanostructures. Coffee and cookies will be served at 3:30 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall.

Abstract: Nanoscale devices offer unique opportunities for probing the rich physics emerging from the interplay of electronic correlations, spatial confinement and many-body phenomena. One of the paradigms of strong correlations effects in nanosystems is the Kondo effect, the many-body screening of a local spin by a continuum of electrons, observed in a variety of nanodevices, ranging from semiconductor quantum dots and carbon nanotubes to molecular bridge junctions and magnetic adatoms on metallic surfaces.

In this colloquium, the speaker will review the main aspects of such "nanoscale Kondo physics" and discuss the related many-body effects that can be probed using nanostructures. Examples are quantum phase transitions in semiconductor quantum dots (arising from the interplay of electronic orbital and spin degrees of freedom) and non-Fermi liquid behavior in molecular junctions (due to collective bosonic effects, such as phonon-assisted tunneling). He will also summarize our theoretical efforts to pinpoint the manifestation of these effects in measurable transport quantities (such as the linear conductance) and describe recent studies of nonequilibrium regimes in these systems.
-- Connie Cicha, Administrative Secretary, Physics & Astrophysics,, 777-2911

2010 Scholarly Forum abstract deadline is Feb. 5

The Graduate School's 2010 Scholarly Forum will be March 9-10, and we are now calling for abstracts. The Scholarly Forum will host oral presentations, poster session/exhibition, and panel sessions. The guidelines and submission forms can be found at If you would like to arrange a panel session, please email
-- Susan Caraher, Marketing & External Relations Specialist, The Graduate School,, 777-2524

Emerald and Ice Gala is Feb. 6

All benefited UND and related foundation employees and a guest are invited to the Emerald and Ice Gala from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Alerus Center Ballroom.

There will be a social hour from 7 to 8 p.m. featuring free appetizers and a cash bar. Downtown Horns will play live music from 8 p.m. to midnight, and guests may participate in a Mock Casino night provided by the Grand Forks Jaycees. Participants can use their casino winnings to bid on prizes at the end of the evening! The event will also feature a silent auction, with auction proceeds used to fund scholarships given by the Staff Senate.

Admission is $20 per person. Tickets may be purchased from any UND Staff Senator or at the following locations:
Aerospace Human Resources, Sheri Sponsler; Ralph Englestad Arena, Main Office; Twamley Hall, Human Resources Office; Alumni Center, Stone House 2nd floor, Sigrid Letcher; Memorial Union Information Desk; EERC Human Resources Office; and the School of Medicine and Health Affairs, Office of Public Affairs.

For more information, contact any UND Staff Senator, Gala Chairperson Janice Hoffarth at 777-2646, or Staff Senate President Loren Liepold 777-2865 .

This event is sponsored by the UND Staff Senate.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Assistant to the Director of Communications, Office of Public Affaris,, 777-4305

Faculty are invited to discuss their roles in workforce development

All UND faculty are invited and encouraged to attend this event to learn and discuss with colleagues from the Division of Continuing Education and Doug Munski (Geography), who will report from the Chancellor's Adult Learners Council. Attend this event to learn about the potential roles of faculty in professional, workforce and personal development.

* What are campuses being asked to do & how might this affect UND?
* What noncredit courses & services are currently offered by UND?
* How can faculty develop or facilitate noncredit courses?
* What campus process might align credit and noncredit curricular offerings with quality?

Join us from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the Memorial Union, River Valley Room. To reserve a complimentary box lunch, email by Feb. 4, or call 777-3231. The event is sponsored by the Senate Continuing Education Committee Discovery Series.
-- Janet Rex, Chair, Senate Continuing Education Committee,, 777-4641

Beat smoking addiction with Work Well class

Join others who want to quit smoking or chewing tobacco by trying the Freedom from Smoking class. It has worked for Cindy Knudson (32+ months free of smoking) and others at UND. The class is free, offered conveniently on campus and starts Tuesday, Feb. 9. Contact Kim at Work Well for the details at 777-0210.
-- Kim Ruliffson, Coordinator of Work Well, Wellness Center,, 777-0210

CAO hosts cup, mug and bowl sale

The Ceramic Arts Organization is having a pre-Valentine's Day cup, mug and bowl sale, the first of the new year. It will be held Feb. 10-11, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on the first floor of the Memorial Union near the food court. Hope to see you there, and please tell your friends. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. If you are unable to make this sale, don't worry. We will still be having our Mother's Day sale later this semester, so stay tuned.
-- Robbie Spencer, President, Ceramic Arts Organization,

Ski with the Kelleys Feb. 10

Join President and First Lady Kelley at the Wellness Center from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, to cross-country ski. Bring your skis or borrow a set at the Wellness Center (for free - first come, first served).
-- Kim Ruliffson, Coordinator of Work Well, Wellness Center,, 701-330-9300

David Burgess to perform at the North Dakota Museum of Art

Guitarist David Burgess will perform at the North Dakota Museum of Art at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, as part of the Museum’s ongoing concert series. Burgess is establishing a reputation as an outstanding guitarist. He has won top honors in many international music competitions, including the Ponce International Competition in Mexico City, the Guitar ‘81 Competition in Toronto and the 31st International Music Competition in Munich.

Burgess began studying guitar at the Estudio de Arte Guitarristico in Mexico City, with Argentinean guitarist, Manuel Lopez Ramos. He later earned a Diploma di Merito, while receiving a full scholarship at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. After earning a bachelor of Music degree at the University of Washington, he was appointed guitar instructor at the University of Washington and the Cornish Institute of the Arts in Seattle, Wash. Burgess has performed solo recitals to critical acclaim throughout North and South America, Europe and the Far East. As an orchestral soloist, he has performed with the American Chamber Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the Philharmonia Virtuosi and many other prominent orchestras throughout the U.S.

Currently residing in North Carolina, Burgess has performed in Town Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall and the Lincoln Center. He has recorded for Musical Heritage Society, Athena and Camerata Records. He has also recorded Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” with the Philharonia Virtuosi of New York on the CBS Masterworks label.

Tickets for the Concert Series are available at the door or in advance at the North Dakota Museum of Art. The Museum is located on Centennial Drive at UND. Non-member tickets: $15 at the door. Member tickets: $13. Student and military tickets: $5. Children middle school and under are admitted free. Help assure the survival of the concert series by becoming a Sponsor for an additional $50. Order your tickets today by sending a check or calling 777-4195.

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, the North Dakota Council on the Arts, General Mills Foundation and the Land O’ Lakes Foundation. Committed classical music lovers also contribute an additional $50 on top of their season tickets to become sponsors who share in the cost of bringing great music to the community.

Museum hours are weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, from 1 p.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. For more information, contact Brian Lofthus at 777-4195 or
-- Brittney Blake, North Dakota Museum of Art

Bookstore Book Club meeting is Feb. 22

The University Bookstore invites the campus community and the greater Grand Forks area to join the staff of the bookstore for reading and discussion. Thanks to everyone who attended the January meeting. It was a wonderful experience as we explored fresh avenues presented by author Elizabeth Strout. This month's meeting has been scheduled for Feb. 22 (please note this has changed), and the novel is Haruki Murakami's "Norwegian Wood."

As a special offer to book club participants, we are offering a double punch on your Book Club card (available at the cash register) for each book purchased for our book discussions at The University Bookstore. All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. at the University Bookstore meeting room.

*Feb. 22 - "Norwegian Wood" - Haruki Murakami
*March 15 - "Certain Girls" - Jennifer Weiner
*April 19 - "Cutting For Stone" - Abraham Verghese
*May 17 - "Cutting For Stone" - Abraham Verghese
-- Maria Northington, Sheri Johnson, Associates, UND Bookstore,, 777-4980

2010 Recyclemania competition continues through March 27

Recyclemania is a friendly competition among colleges and universities to see which schools can collect the most recyclables over a 10-week period.

The main goal of this event is to increase student awareness of campus recycling and waste minimization. The schools do not “lose.” All participants win through their efforts and achievements in waste reduction and recycling. The competition began Jan. 17, and will continue through March 27.

This is the second year UND is participating. Other North Dakota schools are Jamestown and Minot. For more information, please call Deb Merrill at 777-4878, or go to Once is not enough. Recycle.
-- Debbie Merrill, Recycling Coordinator, Facilities Management,, 777-4878

Tickets available for UND Feast of Nations

The UND International Organization (IO), a student group, will present its 48th annual Feast of Nations on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Alerus Center, Grand Forks. Doors open at 5 p.m. Attire is semi-formal/formal. Arrive early to explore cultural displays from around the world. The main performers will be Polish Folk Dance Ensemble SPK Iskry and Evans Coffie, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

*Iskry—which means "spark" in Polish—was founded in 1967 and has thrilled and captivated audiences across North America and Europe with a rich repertoire of fiery performances in vibrantly colored, hand-crafted costumes.

*Evans Coffie, also known as Coffieman, performs music and dance of West Africa, particularly from Ghana, where he performed with the National Dance Company for a number of years. He has led various ensembles and troupes and has been a member of the Ghana Dance Ensemble for 11 years, touring Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the United States.

This year’s Feast of Nations will include cultural performances by UND students. A delicious full course ethnic meal will complete the experience. La Clave Del Sol, a band with a talented and creative stage presence, will keep the audience captivated and dancing to traditional and contemporary Latin rhythms.

Tickets are available at the UND Memorial Union Info desk through Feb. 26; and at the Alerus Center and TicketMaster through the day of the event. Ticket prices are $10 for students/children; $15, non-students (including faculty and staff); $200 table reservation (10 seats). For table reservations, call 777-3622 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and 701-330-8189 during other hours. Vegetarian meals will be available. For more information, complete menu and directions, please visits the Feast of Nations home page at .
-- Ekaterina Bryleva, Feast of Nations coordinator, UND International Organization,, 701-330-8189

Student Government launches Presidential and Senate elections

Student Government will be holding elections for Student Body Presidential tickets and Student Senate positions on March 3. Candidates must be currently enrolled in at least one course at UND, and not be on either academic or conduct probation. Prospective candidates can check out an application for candidacy from the Student Government Office on the first floor of the Memorial Union from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, Jan. 19. More information can be found at
-- Andrew Rilometo, Elections Chair, UND Student Government,, 777-4377

Clinical trials aim to detect and prevent breast cancer

Women who would like to be part of the UND clinical trials aimed at determining the most effective means of prevention and early detection of breast cancer are invited to contact the medical school’s Department of Surgery by contacting Julie Dahlman at 777-4862 or or Rebecca Lessard, RN, BSN at 701-777-6368 or All studies are free of charge and vary in length, with some requiring as little as one visit and others requiring either a four- or twelve-week time commitment. Volunteers who live in or near Grand Forks and Fargo are especially encouraged to participate.

"The breast is the leading site of cancer development in North Dakota and Minnesota women," said Edward Sauter, associate dean for research and program development. He and his team of clinical researchers are seeking volunteers for several breast cancer prevention studies using herbal/botanical interventions to prevent the disease, and noninvasive approaches for early breast cancer detection. "Volunteers who take part in this project can make a difference for women of all ages," Sauter said.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Assistant to the Director of Communications, Public Affairs,, 777-4305

Print document development available at GaPS

Do you need a brochure, poster, or other print document designed but don’t have the time or ability to do it yourself? Maybe you want photographs taken, a web site developed or improved, or Power Point slides created. If so, you might consider hiring creative and talented students affiliated with UND’s Graphics and Photography Society (GaPS).

GaPS is a student organization established in 2003. The purposes of GaPS is to provide opportunities for professional growth, encourage visual communication and to develop technical skills. This is accomplished by creating designs (both print and electronic) and photographs for clients. All services are faculty supervised.

For more information, contact Lynda Kenney, advisor to the Graphics and Photography Society student organization.
-- Lynda Kenney, Assistant Professor, Technology,, 777-2197

Deadline for Models of Innovative & Best Practices in Teaching & Learning is Feb. 1

For the last few years, we have been gathering models of good teaching practice here at UND, and you’ll find fifteen models from 2008 and 2009 -- ranging from help with online discussion boards and in class simulations to innovative graduate curriculum -- at the OID website under the Program tab ( ).

The Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) and the Office of Instructional Development (OID) want to continue this tradition of acknowledging and sharing some of the many great things happening in UND’s classes. So we are asking you to add your insights into the mix by letting us know about the effective and/or innovative teaching and learning strategies that you have developed for our students. Our intent is to add to the compilation of inspiring models for others, which we are now sharing on campus to ground ongoing conversations on best teaching practices. We also hope that over time this collection might grow into something larger for an audience external to UND.

The proposal deadline for 2010 is noon Monday, Feb. 1, and the guidelines are available online ( ). Faculty members with chosen models will receive $750. If you have any questions, call 777-4233 or email Anne Kelsch.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director of Instructional Development, Office of Instructional Development,, 777-4233

OLLI@UND seeks course proposals for summer semester

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UND (OLLI@UND) fosters accessible lifelong learning for mature adults 50 years and better. The intent is to provide a positive, fun-learning environment that enables older adults from all backgrounds and levels of education to pursue learning simply for the joy of learning, without term papers, tests or grades.

We seek instructors and researchers who will share what they're passionate about -- whether it's math, chemistry, history, arts and sciences, English, technology or all things medical. Each class is 12 contact hours and will run June 7 through June 25, twice a week, two hours each.

We're always seeking interesting classes and the interesting people who can teach them. Please send an e-mail to or call me at 777-4840 if you or someone you know that would be interested.
-- Connie Hodgson, Coordinator, OLLI@UND/DCE,, 777-4840

University Within the University (U2) lists new classes

Lunch With a Dietitian: Re-Charge Your New Year’s Resolution(s)
Jan. 25, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Brown Bag Lunch Session. Memorial Union, Badlands Room
It’s been a few weeks since you made the resolution to “eat healthier foods,” “work out more,” or even “lose 15 pounds” this year. How is that going? Approximately 64 percent of individuals who make resolutions each year have been able to keep the commitment for one month. Are you one of them? If you need a little extra help with your resolution, whatever it is, join us. Please submit your nutrition-related resolution to Karina Wittmann by Wednesday, Jan. 20, ( or 777-0769) and as a group we can brainstorm and discuss ways for you to really stick with your resolution this year. Presenter: Karina Wittmann

Microsoft Office Excel 2007: Level 1
Jan. 25, 27, & 28, 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers, mouse, and file saving and retrieving skills.
Upon successful completion of this session, you will be able to explore the Microsoft Office Excel 2007 environment and create a basic worksheet; perform calculations; modify a worksheet; format a worksheet; print workbook contents; and manage large workbooks. Presenter: Heidi Strande

Progressive Discipline*
Jan. 26, 9 to 11 a.m., Twamley Hall, Room 305
Supervisors will receive guidelines for using a progressive discipline system.
Presenters: Desi Sporbert & Joy Johnson
* Required training for all Finance and Operations supervisors,

PeopleSoft Account Numbers
Jan. 26, 9 to 10 a.m., Memorial Union, Badlands Room
This session will show how to use PeopleSoft Account Number listings and provide clarification on how items should be coded. Presenter: Allison Peyton

Basic International Student Requirements for Faculty & Staff
Jan. 26, 10 a.m to noon, International Centre
Government regulations for international students create unique challenges for students to be able to pursue their degrees in the U.S. Faculty and staff who advise international students must be aware of the extra expectations that are placed on these students and what that may mean for arrival on campus, selecting courses, program duration, financial support and post-graduation planning. This session provides an overview of the basic requirements governing most international students’ ability to pursue their studies in the U.S.-from admission to graduation. Topics addressed include visa application, enrollment requirements, international student employment and social security, program completion requirements. Presenters: Shannon Jolly & Matt Hiller

Be Well: New Wellness Program and You.
Feb. 3, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., Gamble Hall, Lanterman Center Room 9
I keep hearing about this $250 from BCBS for exercising or tracking nutrition. How do I start? Join Kim Ruliffson, Coordinator of Work Well at a computer and activate this program to earn big bucks for caring about your health. Presenter: Kim Ruliffson

Emergency Preparedness
Feb. 3, 1 to 3 p.m., Memorial Union, River Valley Room
This session will describe UND's procedures for dealing with all types of emergencies, including but not limited to: severe weather, terrorism, natural disaster, and pandemic influenza. Guidance will be given regarding the proper action to take before, during, and after an emergency. Presenter: Jason Uhlir

Defensive Driving
Feb. 4, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Swanson Hall, Room 10-12
This session is required by State Fleet for all UND employees who drive State Fleet vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a State Fleet vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member (spouse or dependents). This session may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Tom Brockling
-- Patricia Young, U2 Coordinator, Continuing Education,, 777-0720

Accounting Services announces in-state mileage rates

Mileage reimbursement for use of personal vehicles within the state is allowed as follows: the lesser of the privately owned vehicle mileage reimbursement rate established by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) for an automobile if no government owned vehicle is available or the standard mileage rate allowed by the Internal Revenue Service. As of Jan. 1, the GSA website showed 55¢ per mile and the IRS showed a rate of 50¢ per mile. Therefore, the allowable mileage rate would be 50¢ per mile. By law, the GSA mileage rate cannot exceed the IRS mileage rate, but the GSA does not update their web site until later in the year. Previous mileage rates/periods are published on their website. Use the rate applicable to when the travel occurred.
-- Allison Peyton, Director, Accounting Services,, 777-2968

2009 Writers Conference books on sale now

The 2009 Writers Confrence books are currently 50 percent off at the UND Bookstore.
-- Griffin Gillespie, General Books Manager, UND Bookstore,, 777-6260

Health Promotion Office announces flu vaccination opportunities

If you haven’t had a chance to receive your seasonal or H1N1 flu vaccination, you still have several options available to protect yourself. Students, faculty and staff can also take advantage of seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccinations being offered by Grand Forks Public Health.

Anyone (6 months of age or older) interested in getting vaccinated may do so from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday, at the Grand Forks Public Health City County Building (151 S 4th St. Suite N 301). You can just walk in; no appointments are necessary. Those with BC/BS coverage are asked to present their insurance cards to cover the cost of the seasonal flu vaccination. The cost is $32 for those without coverage. If you have any questions, call Grand Forks Public Health at 787-8100.

Students can receive their H1N1 flu vaccination at Student Health Services. Call 777–4500, or go to to make an appointment. Those with BC/BS insurance are asked to present their insurance cards to cover the cost of administration. Student Government will cover the cost of vaccine administration for students who are uninsured or underinsured. Student Health Services supply of seasonal flu vaccine has been exhausted. Other community options for H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccinations can be found on the ND Flu Clinic Locator at
-- Abraham Bilyeu, GSA , Health Promotion Office,, 515-720-1576

Refresh your math skills with new online course

Do you know of a student or someone else who may be looking to refresh their math skills? If so, there is an online class designed just for them. They can enroll today in the Remedial Math 100: Refresher Course to sharpen their basic math skills, or to prepare for college algebra or a math placement exam. This non-credit online course offered through UND Online and Distance Education allows them to enroll at anytime and learn at their own pace. Plus, they can take up to 4 months to complete the lessons on a schedule that works for them. To register, visit or call 777-3000 for more details.
-- Nora Hubbard, Coordinator, Personal and Professional Development, UND Online and Distance Education, , 777-0440

Museum is offering art classes

The North Dakota Museum of Art is offering art classes for adults and children, starting in February. These classes, taught by Museum artists, are held every Tuesday and Saturday of each month in the Museum Galleries.

In an effort to expand their education program, the Museum is offering ten different art classes. The classes range from sculpture, painting, drawing and book arts, and consist of four sessions each. Within the four sessions, students will gain an in depth understanding of the art form, meet artists in the area, and create their own piece of art. All skill levels are welcome and the materials will be provided by the Museum.

Class Schedule
Sculpture - artist: Guillermo “Memo” Guardia
- Clay, Snow, and 3-D Fun – $40 members/$48 non-members/4 sessions, Saturdays – March 6, 13, 20, 27 - 9 to 11 a.m. - ages 6-13
- 3-D Delights – $65 members/$75 non-members/4 sessions Tuesdays – April 6, 13, 20, 27 - 6 to 8 p.m. - ages 12 and older
- Retablos – $40 members/$48 non-members/4 sessions, Saturdays - May 8, 15, 22, 29 - 9 to 11 a.m. - ages 6-13

Book Arts - artist: Stephanie Clark
- Zines – $40 members/$48 non-members/4 sessions, Saturdays – March 6, 13, 20, 27 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - ages 6-13
- Artist Books Sculpture – $65 members/$75 non-members/4 sessions, Saturdays – May 8, 15, 22, 29 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - ages 10 and older

Painting - artist: Jessica Mongeon
- Watercolor Landscapes – $85 member/ $100 non mem/4 sessions, Tuesdays - Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, - 6 to 8 p.m. - ages 15 and older
- Colorful Collages – $40 members/$48 non-members/4 sessions, Saturdays - April 10, 17, 24, May 1 - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - ages 6-13
- Animals in Acrylics – $85 members/$100 non-members/4 sessions Tuesdays – May 4, 11, 18, 25 - 6 to 8 p.m. - ages 15 and older

Drawing - artist: Sue Fink
- Drawing Inside and Outside the Box - $65 members/$75 non-members/4 sessions, Tuesdays - March 2, 9, 16, 23 - 6 to 8 p.m. - ages 15 and older
- Pastel Power – $40 members/$48 non-members/4 sessions, Saturdays – April 10, 17, 24, May 1 - 9 to 11 a.m. - ages 6-13

About the Artists:
Guillermo “Memo” Guardia is a ceramic artist born in Lima, Peru. He came to UND in the fall of 2002 to study ceramics, and earned his MFA in 2005. The classes he teaches at the Museum focus on different three-dimensional mediums, mainly in clay and if the weather permits, sculpture in the snow.

Jessica Mongeon is a Grand Forks artist who specializes in acrylic painting. She graduated from UND with a bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art and is now employed as event coordinator at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Her abstract landscapes are meant to highlight the qualities of nature and how others relate to it.

Sue Fink is an artist who is currently the director of Education at the North Dakota Museum of Art. She earned her degree at the Museum Art School (Pacific North West College of Art). Her classes focus on pastel drawing and drawing with a variety of materials using a variety of inspirations.

Stephanie Clark will graduate this May, earning her BFA with an emphasis in painting. She has been with North Dakota Museum of Art for four years, has interned at SITE Santa Fe and has also attended the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. In addition to working for the North Dakota Museum of Art, Stephanie works as an assistant in the children’s department at the Grand Forks Public Library.

For additional information on the news that is subject of this release, contact the North Dakota Museum of Art or visit

About the North Dakota Museum of Art: Museum hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 5 p.m. The Museum shop is open during Museum hours, and the café is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, although donations are always appreciated.
-- Brittney Blake, North Dakota Museum of Art Offering Art Classes, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

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.

Field Research/Research Specialist
Posting Number: #10-189
Closing Date: 1/28/2010
Minimum Salary: $32,000 plus/year
Position Status: Full-Time
Hours per week: 40
Benefits Eligibility: Benefitted
Department: EERC

Helicopter Pilot
Posting Number: #10-190
Closing Date: 1/28/2010
Minimum Salary: $31,807 plus/year
Position Status: Full-Time
Hours per week: 40
Benefits Eligibility: Benefitted
Department: Flight Operations

Assistant Director Housing
Posting Number: #10-192
Closing Date: 1/28/2010
Minimum Salary: $39,000 plus/year
Position Status: Full-Time
Hours per week: 40
Benefits Eligibility: Benefitted
Department: Housing Residence

USA Today Magazine features article by Raymond Fischer

Raymond Fischer (professor emeritus, communication, retired), published "A Revitalized FCC Is Broadband Bound" in the November 2009 issue of USA Today Magazine.