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ISSUE: Volume 46, Number 19: December 31, 2008

Top Stories
President's office invites resource proposals
Chancellor's budget message to faculty, staff and students:
Pomeroy discusses North Dakota as model for national health care reform
Visiting Fulbright scholar continues strong relationship between North Dakota, Turkmenistan
$1.6 million gift awarded to nursing students
Events to Note
Spring new student orientation is Monday, Jan. 12
Farewell reception honors Kevin Young
Institutional Review Board meets Jan. 9
University Within the University (U2) lists new classes
La Duke named interim associate vice president for research and economic development
Santhosh Seelan named interim associate dean
Funding opportunity available through NASA EPSCoR
Holiday hours listed
Chester Fritz Library lists holiday hours
Law Library announces holiday hours
ITSS lists holiday closing hours
International Centre lists holiday schedule
Museum open during holiday break
Reminder: use or lose annual leave
Donated leave sought for Matt Lukach
ATHENA Award seeks nominations
Internal job openings listed
In the News
North Dakotan elected to National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps
Ferraro is member of Academic Advisory Board
Ronnie Ingle impresses music aficionados on recent swing through Sweden
EERC receives prestigious Stewardship Award for environmental conservation
In Remembrance
Remembering Nicole Thorson
Remembering Dorrene Devos
Remembering Ronald Burrows
President's office invites resource proposals

Due to the potential difficulty with obtaining the necessary signatures during the holidays, the NEW DEADLINE for submitting White Papers is Jan. 7.

The University of North Dakota Office of the President invites individuals, in consultation with their unit leadership, to develop White Papers that request resources to develop ideas under one of the following directives:

1. Existing Groups. Demonstrates that the addition of individuals and/or resources to an existing working group will bring that group to a national prominence that is not quite attainable with the current resources. Current, highly successful groups (e.g. Centers of Excellence groups) will need significant justification to receive consideration. We suggest that those groups be taking a radical turn in a new direction that would build on existing strengths but are currently missing members/facilities in that new direction they plan to move.

2. New Groups. Ideally brings together individuals from more than one department/unit to form a new group of faculty that will: reach a level of collaboration, expertise, and synergy not before realized; is limited by missing key members or resources; and will bring national prominence to that group with the addition of resources. Groups formed from within a department will also be considered.

Although there are no guarantees of support, the Office of the President intends to work with the faculty with the best ideas to seek the resources to develop those working groups. You are limited to two pages of text (no citations) that give the basis for the group, the current resources, the needed resources, and the impact of the group on either teaching, research, or economic development.

There should be only one additional page for a budget, and each proposal must include the approval signature lines of department chairs and deans for all participants on a separate page [four pages total]. These are due in the President's Office Wednesday, Jan. 7.

If you have questions, please contact John La Duke, associate dean of Arts and Sciences at or 777-3641.

Chancellor's budget message to faculty, staff and students:

Dear Friends of Higher Education,
As chancellor of the North Dakota University System, one of my top priorities is to facilitate an engaged dialogue with key constituents of higher education. It is my goal to create opportunities for open discussion and an exchange of ideas. To that end, I am providing you a link, , to a video message created to communicate with faculty, staff and students about the University System's 2009-11 budget request. -- William Goetz, Chancellor, North Dakota University System.

Pomeroy discusses North Dakota as model for national health care reform

Rep. Earl Pomeroy visited staff from the Center for Rural Health recently regarding the future of health care reform. Joining Rep. Pomeroy were his Washington-based legislative director, Melanie Rhinehart-Van Tassell, and Nick Keaveny, a Fargo office representative.

The congressman’s fact-finding visit with the Center’s staff was part of an effort to discuss effective health practices in North Dakota that can serve as models throughout the nation and help drive positive health care reform. Pomeroy is a member of the powerful Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health in the House of Representatives. He also co-chairs the Rural Health Care Coalition (RHCC), which is a bipartisan coalition of members of Congress committed to advancing rural priorities in health care policy. Through the health subcommittee and the RHCC, Pomeroy is working for a more equitable system for Medicare reimbursements among other health care reform measures.

“We do health care extremely well in North Dakota as compared to the rest of the nation. We have the highest outcomes for the lowest costs,” Congressman Pomeroy said, citing a recent report from the Commonwealth Fund.

He believes that the way North Dakota manages its health care could lead the national discussion on health care reform. In particular, Congressman Pomeroy stated the need for a better health information technology infrastructure for primary care because better data help to drive delivery reform and “delivery reform drives reimbursement reform.” He was impressed with the Center for Rural Health’s internal health data tracking system, which provides factual information on the impact of the Center’s programs on health care delivery in the state.

Congressman Pomeroy heard from Center staff on issues ranging from health information technology to quality improvement measures in rural hospitals. Rebecca Quinn, project coordinator for the Traumatic Brain Injury State Partnership Grant, briefed Pomeroy and his team on the lack of traumatic brain injury services in North Dakota, and proposed state legislation to remedy the deficiency in state services. Assistant Professor Mary Amundson reported a need for greater incentives to attract and retain primary care physicians both financially and through better health information technology, which she says is expected by recent graduates who have been trained to use the technology.

Congressman Pomeroy expressed a keen interest in continued discussions with Center staff to inform health care reform discussions in more detail. He said the Center for Rural Health is the nation’s “go-to” resource for rural health care information.

Visiting Fulbright scholar continues strong relationship between North Dakota, Turkmenistan

Orazklych Orazklychev, a 2008-2009 visiting Fulbright scholar at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, is the latest sign of partnership between North Dakota health officials and the west-central Asian nation of Turkmenistan. While at UND, Orazkylchev is conducting research in family physicians training in hopes of one day improving the health care system in Turkmenistan.

Back home, Orazklychev is an assistant professor at Turkmen State Medical Institute in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. He works in the Department of Family Medicine where he trains family physicians, treats and consults with patients, and conducts research work. His scientific interests include family medicine, pulmonology, and clinical pharmacology. He has also worked in the Department of Hospital Therapy, Department of Internal Diseases of Pediatric Faculty, and the Department of Faculty Therapy at the Turkmen State Medical Institute in Ashgabat. In 2005, Orazklychev was awarded the Gratitude Letter of Ministry of Education of Turkmenistan.

Orazklychev has co-authored three books: Tri-Lingual Medical Dictionary (English - Turkmen - Russian), Arterial Hypertension: Modern Methods of Diagnostics, Treatment and Prevention, and Metabolism of Drugs in Gastro-Intestinal Diseases. He has also had several articles and abstracts published in both Russian and Turkmen.

At UND, Orazklychev is developing a skills-based primary care curriculum and retraining program for physicians and nurses in Turkmenistan. He believes that the way family medicine is structured in the United States would be a great model for Turkmenistan. His U.S. partner in this endeavor has been the UND medical school, the North Dakota State Health Department, and several other North Dakota organizations. Since the beginning of the partnership, Turkmenistan has made several improvements in health care.

In 2000, Turkmenistan medical staff began an intense five-week training program in which they observed a variety of clinical settings around North Dakota. On May 14, 2001, The Family Medicine Training Center (FMTC) officially opened in Ashgabat. U.S. representatives from North Dakota were present for the ceremony, which included a congratulatory note from U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan that was read aloud during the ceremony. The FMTC curriculum was jointly developed by North Dakota and Turkmen partners.

In 2003, North Dakota representatives assisted FMTC with a new module on women’s health that was added to the curriculum. In the same year, two Turkmen Ministry of Health administrators traveled to North Dakota to visit hospitals, family practice sites and UND, where they discussed the medical education system with residents and students.

The partnership of both North Dakota and Turkmen partners has helped to improve the overall health care in Turkmenistan. Health care providers improved communication and learned patient-focused health care instead of disease-focused health care. The grassroots network of North Dakota organizations, which includes more than 100 communities, donated thousands of new layette sets for the families of newborns in Turkmenistan. The cost of the newborn clothing and accessories was valued at more than $100,000.

$1.6 million gift awarded to nursing students

More than 950 North Dakota nursing students (LPN to Ph.D.) have received free access to a Personal Online Library, which aids them in their nursing education, courtesy of a nursing grant and partnership involving the University of North Dakota, Elsevier Publishing and others.

The retail value of this online library is greater than $1,700 per student, or $1.6 million total.

Elsevier Publishing is a business partner on the Partners Investing in Nursing (PIN) grant, a project funded by a partnership between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dakota Medical Foundation and the University of North Dakota College of Nursing.

Nursing students will have the ability to access material from multiple educational sources and have that information be portable. In today’s mobile society, and with an increase in online/distance education, this feature will be extremely beneficial to students. The Personal Online Library service will also provide a huge cost savings to nursing schools across the state, especially the small rural schools that cannot afford subscriptions to multiple nursing journals.

“This tremendous gift allows students access to nursing resources for the next 28 years,” states Cheryl Stauffenecker, PIN project coordinator. “It will be an invaluable tool to enhancing nursing student’s personal learning and ultimately meeting the health care needs of our state.”

The PIN Project aims to recruit new and advanced practice nurses through a “growing our own” approach. Instead of taking nurses out of their current setting and depleting the workforce even further, this project works with the rural hospitals to “help them help themselves.”

Nurses across the state will be offered the opportunity to further their degrees in order to more effectively serve their communities. This targeted approach will help alleviate the lack of an advanced-degree workforce in the state by increasing enrollment in a degree ladder program (PN-AD-BSN-MS), thereby boosting the number of qualified individuals to help educate tomorrow’s nursing workforce.

PIN Project partners include North Dakota State College of Science and members of the Dakota Nursing Program: Bismarck State College, Lake Region State College, Minot State University-Bottineau, and Williston State College; Regional health care employers, including Altru Health System, MedCenter One Health Systems, Trinity Health, St. Alexius Medical Center, and the Quentin Burdick Memorial Health Care Facility and Standing Rock Service Unit (Indian Health Service); North Dakota State Workforce Development Council, Job Service North Dakota, and Elsevier Publishing.

Spring new student orientation is Monday, Jan. 12

The Office of Enrollment Services will host Spring New Student Orientation Monday, Jan. 12. Spring New Student Orientation is designed to help students make a successful transition to University life by making them feel at home at UND, and providing them with the essential information every new student needs. Check-in begins for students at 8:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union and all events will conclude at 4 p.m. If you have any questions about this event, please contact Kristi Nelson at or 777-6468. We appreciate the involvement of all those who partner with us for this event.
-- Kenton Pauls, Director, Enrollment Services,, 707.777.4463

Farewell reception honors Kevin Young

A reception will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, in the Vennes Atrium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, to honor Kevin Young, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor and interim chair, Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Dr. Young received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, followed by five years of postdoctoral research at Texas A&M University and at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Young joined the University of North Dakota in 1985. He is leaving UND to become a faculty member in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. Please join us as we wish him well in his future endeavors. -- School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
-- Katrina Kriewall, Administrative Secretary, SMHS Office of the Dean,, 2312

Institutional Review Board meets Jan. 9

The Institutional Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9, in 305 Twamley Hall to consider all research proposals submitted to the IRB office before Tuesday, Dec. 30.

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, Dec. 23.

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

University Within the University (U2) lists new classes

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

Microsoft Office Word 2007 Level 1 (Beginning)
Jan. 5, 6, and 8, 1:30 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers, mouse, and file saving and retrieving skills.
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to create a basic document by using Microsoft Word, edit documents by locating and modifying text, format text, format paragraphs, add tables to a document, add graphic elements to a document, control a document's page setup and its overall appearance, and proof documents to make them more accurate. Presenter: Heidi Strande.

Duplicating Procedures
Jan. 7, 9 to 10 a.m., Memorial Union, Badlands Room
Learn more about what is offered at Duplicating Services, the process of online job submission, and how to create PDFs. We will also discuss color copies and wide-format printing. Presenters: Shawn Leake and Sherry Metzger.

Coffee, Cookies and Catered Events, Oh My! (UND Catering — Not Just Doughnuts!)
Jan. 7, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union
Learn how to plan an event from start to finish, discover what’s new in catered events, learn how to successfully complete the forms to request catering services, learn menu planning from the catering experts, and find out how to take your catered event to the next level. Presenters: Diane Brenno and Millie Strang.
-- Patricia Young, U2 Coordinator, Continuing Education,, 777-0720

La Duke named interim associate vice president for research and economic development

John La Duke will serve as the interim associate vice president for research in the Office of Research Development and Compliance in a part-time capacity effective Jan. 1. La Duke, who currently serves as a professor/associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will continue in that appointment in a part-time capacity.

He will be responsible for the oversight of pre-and-post award administration of grants and contracts, maintaining compliance with research regulatory requirements, and supporting faculty and program development. Also, in coordination with the Vice President for Research, he will foster and support faculty research and other creative activities across all the academic disciplines at the University of North Dakota. -- Barry Milavetz, interim vice president for research.

Santhosh Seelan named interim associate dean

Paul Lindseth, associate dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, will be on developmental leave for the spring semester (Jan. 1 through May 15). Santhosh Seelan will be the interim associate dean during this period. He will be located in 221 Odegard Hall, and can be contacted at 777-2355 or
-- Debbie Landeis, Admin, Aerospace, Office of the Dean,, 777-2935

Funding opportunity available through NASA EPSCoR

The NASA EPSCoR program will be conducting its annual Cooperative Notice Agreement (CAN) research solicitation, which can potentially award up to two proposals in North Dakota, each worth up to $750,000 over three years. As with previous years, there is a 1:1 match requirement. Please pass this announcement along to all faculty at UND and NDSU who may be interested in this opportunity. The official solicitation has not yet been released, but please take note of the following information:

1. Proposals can only be submitted by faculty from UND and NDSU.

2. Proposals must be directly related to one of the four Research Focus Areas of the North Dakota NASA EPSCoR program. They include: (1) astronomical/planetary science research, (2) planetary space suit research, (3) materials sciences research, and (4) Earth sciences research. See for more information.

3. A pre-proposal process will begin with this e-mail. All interested PI's should submit a five-page pre-proposal outlining their research goals, methodologies, prior results (if any), direct NASA collaborations (required), and a detailed budget (no more than two pages; not counted in the five-page limit). Any proposal that is not directly aligned with one of the state's four RFAs will be rejected without review. The reason for this is we are attempting to target PI research in the state in areas that already exist and offer the potential for future, significant growth. Pre-proposals should be sent to Dr. Hardersen at by Saturday, Jan. 10.

4. The FY 2008 NASA EPSCoR CAN is available from me. It is provided as a guide with the stipulation that the FY 2009 solicitation may have modifications or changes. However, they should be very similar.

5. Explicit, direct collaboration with a NASA research/NASA field center is required. If a PI does not have any current collaborative contacts, then the PI should begin contacting NASA facilities and personnel who will be useful collaborators in the proposal.

6. PI's must state an explicit, strong programmatic relevance to NASA. PI's must focus on NASA's research priorities overall, as well as research priorities in NASA's four directorates. Visit this NASA web site for more information: and

In the past, PI's have proposed research that is simply a continuation of their existing research projects. Past projects have also lacked NASA collaboration, specifically, and general collaboration among a group of researchers. Remember, the goal of this solicitation is to build up NASA-relevant research capabilities in North Dakota and increase the amount of NASA research funding in North Dakota.

7. The ND NASA EPSCoR Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will evaluate all pre-proposals and down-select to two proposals by Jan. 28, 2009. The two finalist teams will then develop their full proposals, as per the FY 2009 CAN guidelines that will be issued when received. The director of the ND NASA EPSCoR program is the PI on all proposals, but only assists in submitting the final proposals and monitoring the work of funded proposals. If a proposal is funded, progress reports will be required on a periodic basis throughout the life of the proposal.

8. Notices of Intent (NOIs) for the two finalist teams will be submitted on or before Feb. 1. Full proposals must be submitted no later than March 19.

Please contact me with any questions. Please disburse this information to all interested faculty. The ND NASA EPSCoR program is committed to funding high-quality, high growth potential, NASA-relevant research in North Dakota. However, this can only happen with the commitment of faculty to pursue new or continuing NASA-relevant research and those committed to expanding research opportunities in North Dakota. -- Paul Harderson, Space Studies.

Holiday hours listed

Thursday, Jan. 1, will be observed as a holiday by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday. -- Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources.

Chester Fritz Library lists holiday hours

The Chester Fritz Library will observe the following hours of operation for the holidays: Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 30-31, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 1 (New Year's Day), closed; Friday, Jan. 2, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 3-4, closed; Monday through Friday, Jan. 5-9, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 10-11, closed.
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library,, 7-2618

Law Library announces holiday hours

Holiday hours for the Law Library follow: Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 30-31, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 1, closed; Friday, Jan. 2, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 3-4, closed; Monday through Friday, Jan. 5-9, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan.10-11, closed.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Law Library,, 7-3482

ITSS lists holiday closing hours

Information Technology Systems and Services will close for the New Year's Day holiday at midnight Wednesday, Dec. 31, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2.
-- David Levenseller, Help Desk Leader, ITSS,, 777-2222

International Centre lists holiday schedule

The International Centre hours through Jan. 9 follow:
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; weekends, closed. The International Centre will be closed Jan. 1 and 2. Regular hours will resume Saturday, Jan. 10.
-- Tatjyana Richards, Office Manager, Office of International Programs ,, 701-777-6438

Museum open during holiday break

The North Dakota Museum of Art will be open during the holiday break.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends. The Museum will be closed Jan. 1 (New Year's Day).
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 701-777-4195

Reminder: use or lose annual leave

Leave slips for any leave taken prior to Dec. 31, and leave donation requests are due in the Payroll Office no later than Jan. 5. We will attempt to continue entering leave slips submitted Jan. 6-9, but any leave slips received after noon Friday, Jan. 9, will not be applied toward your 2008 use-or-lose balance and any leave forfeited will not be reinstated. There will be no exceptions.

There are currently four UND employees that have been approved to accept donated leave. If you are going to lose annual leave, please consider donating leave to help these employees.

If you have any questions regarding donating leave or the use-or-lose process, please contact the Payroll Office at 777-2157.

Donated leave sought for Matt Lukach

Donations of annual leave are sought for Matt Lukach, student relations account manager at Student Account Services. He and his family thank you for your generosity. Please send a donated annual leave form to Carol Arvidson, Student Account Services, Stop 8373. For a form, go to , then click on forms. -- Sharon Berning, controller.

ATHENA Award seeks nominations

It is time to consider an individual in our region (male or female) who is a leader of note that fits the criteria for the ATHENA award. The event takes place Thursday, April 2, at Rydell's GM Auto Center, South Washington St., Grand Forks. The social begins at 5:30 p.m. with the program at 6:15 p.m.

THE ATHENA Award is presented annually by chambers of commerce, women's organizations and universities. The award is established through local host organizations in partnership with ATHENA International's national underwriters, local businesses and individual sponsors. The Grand Forks Regional ATHENA Award is brought to the Grand Forks area by the Grand Forks/East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce and Rydell's GM Auto Center.

ATHENA Award recipients are individuals who:
* Demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession.
* Provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
* Actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.

Past award recipients are: 2008, Bonnie Peterson; 2007, Lillian Elsinga; 2006, Melanie Popejoy; 2005, Kris Compton.

Bonnie Peterson is a graduate of the University of North Dakota. She is a founding partner and chief operating officer for the Richard P. Stadter Psychiatric Center, a free-standing psychiatric hospital. She is the director of operations and psychotherapist for the Center for Psychiatric Care, an outpatient mental health clinic.

Lillian Elsinga is the associate vice president for student services and dean of students at the University of North Dakota.

Melanie Popejoy is the vocal music director at Valley Middle School in Grand Forks and is also the artistic director and founder of the Grand Cities Children's Choir.

Kris Compton is the chief operating officer of Alerus Financial.

The ATHENA International Young Professional Award:
* There are no specific age qualifications, however candidates should be at least college age and have embarked on their career path.

Young Professional Award Criteria:
* The individual is an emerging leader who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession.
* The individual provides valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community.
* The individual clearly serves as a role model for young women personally and professionally.

LaVonne Fox was the first recipient of the Young Professional ATHENA Award. She is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy and an assistant professor.

The applications will be available online in January at The deadline is Tuesday, March 3, at 4:30 p.m. delivered or mailed to the Chamber of Commerce, 202 North Third St., Grand Forks, ND 58203.

For more information, send an e-mail to or visit

Thanks for your consideration in nominating a person in our community who is deserving of this award. -- Shelle Michaels and Jerry Severson, regional ATHENA Award co-chairs.

Internal job openings listed

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

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


POSITION: Research Scientist/Engineer, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #09-168
COMPENSATION: $ 50,000 plus/year

POSITION: Grants & Contracts Officer, Grants and Contracts Administration, #09-166
COMPENSATION: $ 36,000 plus/year



POSITION: Program Assistant (20 hours/week), TRIO/Upward Bound, #09-169
COMPENSATION: $ 11.46 plus/hour


POSITION: Building Services Technician - Lead (Sunday–Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Facilities, #09-167
COMPENSATION: $ 21,000 plus/year

North Dakotan elected to National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps

Mary Amundson, assistant professor at the Center for Rural Health, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). The National Advisory Council is a body of clinicians and health care administrators who possess knowledge of underserved communities and health care implementation and improvement. She and other health care experts will advise newly appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Daschle on issues related to implementation of NHSC and related programs. The NHSC is committed to improving the health of the nation’s underserved by providing primary care health professionals to adults and children in the communities of greatest need.

Current Health and Human Services secretary Michael O. Leavitt selected Amundson for this leadership position. Prior to her current appointment, Amundson served on the National Health Service Corps Re-engineering Committee, which addresses provider placement in frontier and underserved areas. She also works with health workforce policies and programs within North Dakota.

Mary Amundson is an expert in the area of recruitment and retention of health care providers, student interdisciplinary service learning programs, and access to health care in underserved and frontier areas. She speaks to local, regional and national groups on those topics and has produced several publications. She served as a member of the National Frontier Definition Committee to issue regulations defining the concept of "frontier" area. She also served on the National Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary Community-Based Linkages, which advises Congress on Title VII programs related to educational training for health professional students. Currently, she is the director of the new Area Health Education Center in North Dakota.

Created in 1972, the National Health Service Corps collaborates with underserved rural areas and inner-city neighborhoods alike to develop and expand health care for underserved populations. The NHSC recruits and retains caring and culturally competent health care professionals through a combination of programs, including educational loan repayment and scholarships.
-- Denis MacLeod, Communications Specialist, Center for Rural Health,, 701-777-3300

Ferraro is member of Academic Advisory Board

F. Richard Ferraro, professor of psychology, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor; director, general/experimental Ph.D. program; and Fellow, National Academy of Neuropsychology; is a member of the Academic Advisory Board for ANNUAL EDITIONS: Aging!

Debra Henricks, developmental editor, McGraw-Hill Contemporary Learning Series, writes: "I am happy to be working with you, and I welcome any suggestions that you may have regarding the content, coverage, and organization of this text. Your role as an Academic Advisory Board member is very valuable to us, as your feedback provides guidance for the Academic Editor and allows us to bring a high-quality product to the market.

"If you have questions, or if you would like to submit articles for possible inclusion in the next edition of the text, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am looking forward to our future correspondence."

Ronnie Ingle impresses music aficionados on recent swing through Sweden

Ronnie Ingle, assistant professor of music, recently wowed audiences and music journalists in Sweden, where he performed as a guest artist and soloist with Sundsvall Symphony Orchestra.

Ingle was also featured in two more performances: a joint recital at the Alno Church in Alno, Sweden, with Peter Tjernberg, a colleague on the faculty at the International Music Camp, and another at the Sundsvall Jazzklubb, the largest jazz club in Sweden. Also, Ingle taught a "master class" for regional trumpeters and students of the Sundsvall Kulturalskola, where he covered topics such as endurance, breathing techniques and tone.

On Nov. 22, Ingle was a soloist with the symphony orchestra, performing J.G.B. Neruda's "Concerto for Trumpet" and an orchestral arrangement of the jazz standard, "My One and Only Love." In an extensive review of the concert the following day, Ingle was praised for exhibiting "broad, large, and diverse techniques, with light sounds that grew into newer and larger volumes which seemed impossible from the small (Eb) trumpet."

In speaking of the jazz arrangement, the reviewer said, "'My One and Only Love' was Ingle's great love, where he played with a dark sound and excellent improvisation."

Nov. 24, Dr. Ingle performed a program at the Sundsvalls Jazzklubb for a very large and enthusiastic audience. The review for this concert stated that Ingle "performed very lyrically, with relaxed, imaginative, and well-balanced improvisational solo outings."

A native of Asheville, N.C., Ingle studied trumpet performance in St. Louis and Greensboro, N.C., and previously taught as assistant professor of music at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and West Virginia State University. He has been a professional trumpeter for more than 25 years, and has maintained a very active schedule as a clinician, jazz and classical soloist, and chamber player both nationally and internationally. He has performed with diverse organizations, including the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra, Smoky Mountain British Brass Band, St. Louis Metropolitan Orchestra, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. He is currently principal trumpeter with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony.

This past summer, Ingle performed at the International Trumpet Guild Conference at the Center for the Performing Arts in Banff, Alberta, and has recently performed with such headliners as Mannheim Steamroller, Michael W. Smith, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, and the national touring production of the musical, "Chicago." He serves on the faculty at the International Music Camp, a position he continues every summer. He has composed and performed the music for a nationally broadcast documentary titled "Final Invasion: The Battle of Plattsburgh and the War of 1812."

As a studio teacher, Ingle's trumpet students have consistently won prestigious positions, honors, and awards as jazz and classical performers, and have been recently featured in national publications (July 2007 "Downbeat" magazine: "12 Trumpeters Who Are Paving the Way for the Next Generation") and in performances (2007 and 2008 finalist in the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition).

Many of Ingle's students have continued as successful music educators, performers and business people.

EERC receives prestigious Stewardship Award for environmental conservation

The Energy & Environmental Research Center has received the prestigious Chairman's Stewardship Award from the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) for its Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership. The award was presented by the chairman of the IOGCC, Gov. Brad Henry, during the IOGCC's annual meeting in Santa Fe, N.M.

The IOGCC is a multistate government agency that promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas while protecting health, safety, and the environment. The awards were given to recipients in four categories: energy education, environmental partnership, small company, and large company. The EERC was selected in the environmental partnership category. "The EERC's PCOR Partnership is an outstanding example of what the award represents," said Terry Adamson, chairman of the IOGCC stewardship subcommittee.

"We are incredibly honored to receive this award," said EERC Senior Research Advisor Ed Steadman who manages the PCOR Partnership Program.

"The Chairman's Stewardship Awards are the IOGCC's highest honor for the oil and natural gas industry in conservation of domestic resources," said John Harju, EERC associate director for research. "The PCOR Partnership is certainly proud to be recognized among the other outstanding recipients."

The other recipients include Devon Energy Corporation (large company) for its Barnett Shale Water Conservation Initiatives project; Pioneer Natural Resources Alaska, Inc. (small company), for the Oooguruk Development Project; and Coalbed Natural Gas Alliance (energy education) for its education and outreach efforts.

The PCOR Partnership is one of seven regional partnerships operating under the U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (RCSP) Program. The RCSP Program is a government-industry effort tasked with determining the most suitable technologies, regulatory approaches, and infrastructure needs for carbon capture and storage (CCS) on the North American continent.

Since its inception in 2003, the PCOR Partnership's more than 90 members have provided data, guidance, financial resources, and practical experience with CCS and terrestrial sequestration. The PCOR Partnership region includes all or part of nine states (Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming) and four Canadian provinces (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan).

"This award is a testament to the entire team of people working in the PCOR Partnership, including our various public and private industry partners from across the continent," said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. "The PCOR Partnership is addressing a global environmental issue through the development and demonstration of commercially deployable technology. In turn, the PCOR Partnership is greatly enhancing the opportunity for our nation to achieve energy security through the use of clean fossil fuels," Groenewold said.

Remembering Nicole Thorson

It is with regret that the University reports that Nicole Jeanne Thorson of Bismarck, N.D., died Friday, Dec. 19. She was a sophomore majoring in nursing.

Remembering Dorrene Devos

Dorrene Devos, catalog librarian at the Thormodsgard Law Library, died Dec. 19 at home. She was 62.

Devos, the daughter of Edwin and Lillian (Blawat) Mozinski, was born Aug. 11, 1946 in Grand Forks. She graduated from Stephen, Minn., High School.

She married Donald Devos Sept. 4, 1965, in Stephen, Minn. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Mayville State University and a master's in library science from Emporia State University. She worked at Holy Family Catholic School, the Chester Fritz Library, and was currently employed at the Thormodsgard Law Library. She was with the University for 14 years.

Devos is survived by her husband, Don, of Grand Forks; her daughters Sheri (Steven) Torgerson, Ray, N.D.; Michelle (Kim) Monsen, Sidney, Mont.; Tammi Devos, Grand Forks; and Kristi (Richard) Fryer, Liverpool, Texas; her sister Phyllis (Martin) Vold, Grand Forks; sister-in-law Marian (Charles) Suda, Grand Forks; grandchildren Amanda, Jeffrey and Justin Simpson; Shane, Nicole and Troy Monsen; Samantha Trones; Ryan Fryer; and great grandchild Kaden Swenson.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Lelanee Lambl.

Funeral services were held Dec. 22 at St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center.

Remembering Ronald Burrows

Ronald Ralph Burrows, building services technician, facilities management, died Dec. 22 at his Grand Forks home. He was 66.

Burrows, the son of Ralph and Elaine Burrows, was born May 6, 1942, in Brainerd, Minn. He traveled to Alaska when he was still in school. He graduated from Lathrop High School in Fairbanks, Alaska. He moved back to Brainerd in 1964 and moved to Grand Forks in 1999 where he was employed as a building services technician.

He married Donna Burrows Feb. 17, 2002.

He is survived by his wife Donna; daughters Ronny-Marie Burrows (Joseph) Taylor, Taya (Robert) DeWitt; sons Troy Petersen, Thor Freeburg and Ty Freeburg; 13 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, brother Randy (Sheryl) Burrows, two nephews, and one niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Gail Marie Burrows, and great grandson Scott Coldiron.

A memorial liturgy was held Dec. 27 at the Gregory J. Norman Funeral Home in Grand Forks.