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ISSUE: Volume 46, Number 13: November 12, 2008

Top Stories
President Kelley will give State of the University address Nov. 18
Forum Communications CEO William Marcil will receive honorary degree
Leadership series today features Marcia Kelley
Benoit, Anderson focus on physiology of mentoring at faculty lecture Thursday
ND SUNRISE receives more than $6 million in research grants
UND AgCam set for Nov. 14 trip to International Space Station
Events to Note
Marco Candida to give talk today on Italian literature trends
Tunnel of Oppression program is Nov. 11-13
Doctoral examination set for Michelle L. Thomas
Cooking classes set for Culinary Corner
Doctoral examination set for Nilesh V. Dale
Jean-Claude Roegiers to give LEEPS lectures Friday
Geography forum set for Nov. 14
UND plays host to inaugural University System Staff Leadership Conference Friday
Special Denim Day for Mortar Board Turkey Drive is Nov. 14
Mortar Board pancake feed is set for Saturday, Nov. 15
Norwegian film is shown Nov. 17
International Education Week is Nov. 17-21; activities listed
Doctoral examination set for Christine Boulton-Olson
Sustainability for a Greener Campus talk is Nov. 18
Free women's health consultations for students available
Nov. 19 On Teaching seminar: "Is There a "Stupidity Crisis" in Academe?
Doctoral examination set for Joan O. Aus
Notable scholar to discuss "North Dakota's New Geography"
Doctoral examination set for Jeanine S. McDermott
University Senate meets Dec. 4; agenda items due
Grand Forks Public Schools present "Messiah" Dec. 16
International Centre lists Thanksgiving holiday hours
Faculty research seed money applications invited
2009 Founders Day honorees sought
'Stone Soup' Engagement Awards announced
NIH announces transition schedule
Note state fleet rental rate adjustment
Crisis Coordination Team available for consultation, assistance
Antique dishes found in president's office suite - what's the story?
Note food, beverage purchase approval policy revision
40th anniversary Writers Conference T-shirts for sale
UND Staff Senate celebrates 10 years of success
November U Shine Award winner announced
Dance Dance Revolution is free, fun
Holidays present opportunity to gather family medical history
Service learning opportunities are available with refugee community
Flu shots available at no cost to you
Mortar Board collects Thanksgiving-themed food around campus
International Programs seeks volunteers for Thanksgiving dinner
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Center for Innovation designated as Soft Landings International Incubator
President Kelley will give State of the University address Nov. 18

President Kelley will give his first State of the University address at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. It will be part of the University Council meeting.

The agenda follows:
1. University Senate status seport, Jon Jackson, University Senate chair
2. State of the University Address by President Kelley
3. Matters arising, Jon Jackson, University Senate chair

The University Council consists of the following who are employed primarily on the Grand Forks campus: the president, the vice presidents, registrar, director of libraries, all deans, all department chairs, all of the full-time faculty of the rank of instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor; program directors, coordinators, assistant and associate deans who concurrently hold faculty rank; director of the Counseling Center; professional librarians, and such other academic personnel and administrative officers as the Council may designate. The quorum of the Council necessary for the transaction of business is 25 percent of the Council membership (or 158 of the current 633 members). Council meetings are normally co-chaired by the chair of the Senate and the president of the University. The registrar is ex officio secretary. Council meetings are open to the public, and students, staff and the general public are invited to attend.

Forum Communications CEO William Marcil will receive honorary degree

The CEO of Forum Communications, William "Bill" Marcil, has been approved by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education to receive an honorary degree from the University of North Dakota.

"Bill Marcil is an outstanding, nationally-recognized leader in the communications field and is truly deserving of an honorary degree from his alma mater. Since he became president of The Forum Publishing Co. and publisher of the newspaper in 1969, he has built a communications empire that has enjoyed tremendous growth. He served as chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from 1994 to 1995. He has been a staunch supporter of the state, volunteering his time, energies and wisdom to many state wide causes over the years, including chairing the North Dakota Chamber of Commerce and the North Dakota Vision 2000 Committee. A proud alum, Bill and his wife, Jane, have given generously to the University of North Dakota. Without question, Bill demonstrates the creative, innovative and entrepreneurial spirit that characterizes the University of North Dakota," said President Robert O. Kelley.

"Bill has achieved uncommon success and national recognition as a leader in the field of publishing and communications," said Tim O'Keefe, executive vice president and CEO of the UND Alumni Association and Foundation. "He has established himself as an extraordinary leader in his community, state, and nationally; and has exhibited a strong degree of loyalty to the University of North Dakota. Bill has always expressed immense pride in his North Dakota and UND roots. He is an extraordinary person who has positively impacted many lives and communities in our region, bring them critical information and creating employment opportunities for others."

A native of Rolette, N.D., William "Bill" Marcil graduated from the University of North Dakota with a degree in business administration in 1958. He started a career in newspapers in 1961, when he joined The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead as a retail advertising salesman. He would move up within The Forum organization, holding positions such as classified advertising manager, promotion director, production manager and assistant to the publisher.

In 1969, Marcil was named president of The Forum Publishing Co. and publisher of the newspaper upon the death of his father-in-law, Norman D. Black, Jr. The move made Marcil a fourth generation family owner of the newspaper. He was 33 at the time and had experience in every department of the newspaper except editorial.

Under Marcil's 37 years of leadership, the company has experienced significant growth and change. Marcil formed Forum Communications Co., adding news and printing operations in four states -- North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. In 1997, Marcil joined the news gathering powers of The Forum newspaper with WDAY Television on the Web, creating online synergies and collaboration between two once fierce competitors in the news business. The move was hailed as ground-breaking and innovative in the region and has proved to be a successful partnership. More recently, in 2006, Forum Communications acquired the Grand Forks Herald, the Duluth News Tribune, The Daily Telegram in Superior, Wis., and weekly newspapers in Cloquet, Minn. and Two Harbors, Minn. Today, the company owns 35 newspapers, seven commercial printers, two interactive Web sites, and is the licensee of television stations in North Dakota's four largest cities. It is the third-largest media company in Minnesota and the largest in North Dakota, employing about 2,200 people.

Marcil served as chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from 1994 to 1995, helping to promote the chamber's "grassroots communication program" for effectively lobbying support from the federal government.

Marcil also has been committed to building a strong future for North Dakota and helping to advance economic development in the state. He has chaired both the Greater North Dakota Association and the North Dakota Vision 2000 Committee. I n 1990, he received the Greater North Dakotan Award from the Greater North Dakota Association for his outstanding business leadership. That same year, he received the Sioux Award, the highest honor given by the UND Alumni Association.

In 1992, Marcil was presented with the North Dakota National Leadership Award of Excellence by the State of North Dakota.

Marcil was inducted into to the North Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame by the North Dakota Newspaper Association, and a year later, he be became the 35th North Dakotan honored with the Theodore Roosevelt Roughrider Award, the states' highest honor of life achievement.

Leadership series today features Marcia Kelley

Marcia Kelley, UND's First Lady, will be the featured presenter at the Memorial Union's Leadership Series at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Badlands Room, Memorial Union.

Next week, Nov. 19, the series will conclude with a presentation by Nate Martindale, former UND student body president.
-- Cassie Gerhardt, Assistant Director for Leadership & Assessment, Memorial Union,, 777.3667

Benoit, Anderson focus on physiology of mentoring at faculty lecture Thursday

"Systems and Cycles: The Physiology of Mentoring" will be the next topic discussed as part of the Faculty Lecture Series. Joseph "Joey" Benoit, dean of the Graduate School, along with Cindy Anderson, assistant professor of nursing, will deliver the presentation Thursday, Nov. 13, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A reception starts at 4 p.m., followed by the lecture at 4:30 p.m.

In honor of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the University and the 10th anniversary of the re-establishment of the lecture series at UND, the committee of Chester Fritz Professors coordinating the University Faculty Lecture Series have invited the deans of colleges to speak on their research. This occasion allows the deans to reflect on the important role that their scholarly work plays not only in their career paths, but in their work on campus today.

The lecture series is free and open to the public.

Benoit was appointed dean of the Graduate School and professor of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics Aug. 15, 2001. A native of south central Louisiana (Opelousas), Benoit holds bachelor's degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, a bachelor's degree in basic medical science from the University of South Alabama and a Ph.D. in basic medical science with an emphasis in physiology from the University of South Alabama. A postdoctoral fellowship in microvascular physiology was completed at Texas A&M University. He has also studied at the Wood’s Hole Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.) and the Jackson Laboratory (Bar Harbor, Maine). Benoit has served on faculty at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center at Shreveport (1987-95), and the University of South Alabama (1995-2001), where he attained the rank of professor. During his tenure at LSU, he held an adjunct appointment in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University. He also served as the director of the graduate program in basic medical sciences while at the University of South Alabama.

Benoit’s research interests center on cardiovascular consequences of chronic portal hypertension, the pathophysiology of arterial hypertension and the role of the lymphatic system in the prevention of interstitial edema. He has published over 200 research related papers, chapters and abstracts. His research programs have been funded by the National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association along with several other foundations and contracts. To date, he has served as the research supervisor for 49 undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and visiting scholars.

Cindy Anderson recently was named one of only 15 junior university faculty members nationwide to receive the inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar award. Her primary research focus is on nutrition as a determinant of the fetal origins of hypertension. In her current study, she is investigating vitamin D deficiency in rural pregnant women from the Northern Plains. She seeks to identify how vitamin D deficiency affects blood vessel development and function of the placenta, the organ that provides oxygen and nourishment to the to the developing fetus.

In 2005, Anderson was recognized for her teaching excellence by being selected as the American Nurse Foundation/Midwest Nursing Research Scholar. And more recently, she received a New Faculty Award from UND and the 2008 Harriet Werley New Investigator Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society. Anderson also co-authored a recently published pathophysiology text book titled, "Pathophysiology: Functional Alterations in Human Health." The textbook offers a unique conceptual approach by first teaching general mechanisms of disease and then demonstrating how to apply these processes to specific conditions.

A native of Massachusetts, Anderson began her career at UND as a clinical instructor in 1992. She had previously served eight years as a registered nurse officer in the U.S. Air Force. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Salem State College (Mass.) in 1980. She earned a master's in parent/child nursing from UND in 1991, and earned her Ph.D. in physiology from UND in 2003.

The next faculty lecture is Thursday, Dec. 11, with Jan Kelly Moen, sociology and peace studies, addressing "Conceptual Underpinnings of Peace Studies: History of an Idea in Transition."

ND SUNRISE receives more than $6 million in research grants

North Dakota university researchers with the Sustainable Energy Research Initiative and Supporting Education group, or SUNRISE, have received more than $6 million in external competitive grant awards this quarter. This bring total awards since 2004 to over $26 million.

ND SUNRISE has been awarded $2.95 million from the North Dakota Department of Commerce to establish the SUNRISE BioProducts Center of Excellence for biobased chemicals, polymers, and composites. Leveraged by more than $8 million in matching funds, SUNRISE is engaging 12 companies in this center including: Red River Valley companies, LM Glasfiber, Tecton Products, Northwood Mills, and Integrity Windows. Multi-national partners include Bayer CropScience, Bayer Material Science, Ashland Chemicals, Rohm and Haus, PPG Industries, Crown Iron Works, Global Ag Solutions, and Kadrmas, Lee, & Jackson.

The Center of Excellence was formulated by PI Wayne Seames, professor of chemical engineering and SUNRISE director along with co-PIs Brian Tande, assistant professor of chemical engineering and Jim Petell, associate vice president for Technology Transfer and Commercialization. Center activities performed at NDSU are administered by Chad Ulven, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and SUNRISE associate director. Khwaja Hossain, MaSU assistant professor will coordinate work activities at Mayville State. They will focus on developing processes for the economical production of chemicals and polymers that are identical to current products produced from crude oil and natural gas. Other work will blend some of the polymer products with natural fibers to produce novel composite materials.

“The SUNRISE BioProducts COE is a natural next step following SUNRISE’s current commercialization activities which include the scale-up of a 100 percent renewable jet fuel meeting U.S. Air Force JP-8 fuel specifications,” said Petell.

SUNRISE was recently awarded $3 million from the North Dakota EPSCoR program for 2009-2013. The funded research will elucidate fundamental aspects of heterogeneous catalysis, especially at the nanoscale, that are relevant to developing alternative transportation fuels and chemical feedstocks. These studies are organized into five broad projects, each of which involves multidisciplinary teams of researchers. The research program is managed by PI Mark Hoffmann, Chester Fritz professor and chair of chemistry and co-PI Michael Mann, professor and chair of chemical engineering. Infrastructure elements of the program will be administered by SUNRISE Director Wayne Seames. In addition to the PIs, SUNRISE UND researchers receiving funding from this grant include Irina Smoliakova, professor of chemistry, Darrin Muggli, associate professor of chemical engineering, plus Alena Kubatova and Julia Zhao, assistant professors of chemistry. New faculty positions in for both UND chemistry and chemical engineering will be supported during the grant.

SUNRISE received an additional $100,000 from the DOE EPSCoR program to support two SUNRISE outreach activities in 2009. $50,000 will be used for the NATURE Freshman Experience, a ND EPSCoR program administered by SUNRISE. Tribal college freshman come of UND or NDSU for one to four weeks and work with a faculty mentor in their laboratory. This program is coordinated by Julia Zhao, assistant professor of chemistry. The other $50,000 will be used for a 10-week summer undergraduate research program coordinated by Evguenii Kozliak, professor of chemistry.

For further information on SUNRISE, visit:
-- Wayne Seames, Director, ND SUNRISE,, 701-777-2958

UND AgCam set for Nov. 14 trip to International Space Station

A high-tech specialty camera designed, built, and delivered to NASA by a team of University of North Dakota students and faculty is set for a trip aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour for delivery to the International Space Station. This is Shuttle mission number STS-126. This will be the third UND-connected space mission this year.

Lift-off at Kennedy Space Center, is set for Friday, Nov. 14, at approximately 6:55 Central Standard Time.

AgCam, designed and crafted to exacting NASA space flight standards by students from UND departments, including space studies, engineering, and earth system science, will capture on-demand images of land and other topographic features across the upper Midwest. These images will be used as a decision support system resource by farmers, ranchers, tribal resource managers, and researchers. Among many other uses, AgCam multispectral images can be used to analyze crops, forest resources, and other plants. Educators also will have access to these images for in-classroom use as part of environmental, geography, and related curricula.

Web links: press release.pdf

Marco Candida to give talk today on Italian literature trends

The Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Speaker Series and Department of English will host Marco Candida, a current research scholar at UND, presenting “Giorgio Manganelli and the Avant-garde Movement in Post-World War II Italian Literature.” The talk will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in 116 Merrifield Hall.

Candida will talk about trends in Italian literature following World War II and in particular, the avant-garde movement of Gruppo Sessantatre (group sixty-three) and Giorgio Manganelli's famous experimental novel, "Centuria," a novel of 100 “micro novels.” Candida is from Tortona, Italy, and has published three novels in the last year and a half: "La mania per l'alfabeto" (Sironi Editore, 2007), "Il diario dei sogni" (Las Vegas Edizioni, 2008), and "Domani avro' trent'anni" (Eumeswil, 2008).
-- Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, Assistant Professor, English,, 7-6391

Tunnel of Oppression program is Nov. 11-13

The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive multi-sensory series of experiences designed to advance and disseminate knowledge about issues of oppression. The Tunnel is an experience that will demonstrate the reality of hate crimes, and covert or open acts of oppression as our community experiences them.

The Tunnel will be held, Nov. 11-13 from 6 to 9 p.m. each evening at the Johnstone/Fulton and Smith Residence Halls. Access to the Tunnel will be through the Johnstone Service Center in Johnstone Hall. The UND and Grand Forks community members, ages 16 and older, are encouraged to attend this free event.

For more information, please contact Malia Young at 777-8750 or

-- Malia Young, Residence Life Coordinator, Housing,, 701.777.8750

Doctoral examination set for Michelle L. Thomas

The final examination for Michelle L. Thomas, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "The Professional Development of Teachers for International Contexts: A Case Study of Concordia Language Villages' Study Abroad Program." Anne Walker (teaching and learning) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Cooking classes set for Culinary Corner

Join us for this week's cooking classes in the Culinary Corner, Wellness Center.

Emotional Eating
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 6 to 7 p.m. The cost is $5.
This class if for anyone who has ever craved a certain food. Whether it be salty foods, sugar, or carbs there is a reason for it. To gain a better understanding of why you crave the foods you do and eat when you are not hungry come learn about the emotional aspects behind eating. We will demonstrate how you can maintain these cravings with more than just will power.

Microwave Meals
Thursday, Nov. 13, 6 to 7 p.m. The class is free.
Do you live in the dorms, just hate to cook, or are stuck with an inadequate kitchen? Well, we have got a class for you. Microwave Meals consists of an entire meal made with just a microwave and few tools common in much kitchens and residence halls. Attend this class and learn how to cook a fast meal in a microwave, basic cooking skills, and
sample some yummy meals that are easy to make yourself.

Cheap, Fast, and Healthy
Every Monday during the school year, 5:30 to 6 p.m. The class is free.
Are you on a hectic schedule and tight budget? Are you sick of going through the drive through and ordering unhealthy food just because it’s convenient? Come join us on Monday nights for Cheap, Fast, and Healthy! Each 30-minute session will feature tips on shopping for fresh and healthy ingredients, easy to prepare recipes, and cost comparisons. Class participants will see the recipe being prepared, enjoy a sample, and leave with a recipe card and nutrition information to make the meal themselves.

Make and Take Meals
Wednesday, Nov. 19, 5 to 6 p.m. The cost is $15.
Tired of rushing home and then having to think about what to make for
dinner? Come to the kitchen where we will take the guess work out of your evening meal. Our instructor will assist you with preparing a healthy meal for you and your family (enough for four) to enjoy and all in one hour!

Pre-register for these classes by visiting the Welcome Desk at the Wellness Center or by registering online at and click on Nutrition. Please register by noon the day before each class.
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition Services, Wellness Center,, 701-777-2719

Doctoral examination set for Nilesh V. Dale

The final examination for Nilesh V. Dale, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in engineering, is set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in 166 Upson II. The dissertation title is "Characterization of PEM Electrolyzer and PEM Fuel Cell Stacks Using Electrochemical Impedance Spectrosocpy." Michael Mann (chemical engineering) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Jean-Claude Roegiers to give LEEPS lectures Friday

Jean-Claude Roegiers will give the next LEEPS lectures Friday, Nov. 14. Two talks are planned, both in 109 Leonard Hall. At noon, Dr. Roegiers will discuss "The Importance of Geomechanics to the Petroleum Industry." This presentation will introduce how geomechanics can help petroleum engineers in reservoir management from exploration to abandonment. Topics will include stability of boreholes, hydraulic fracturing, in-situ stress, sand production, naturally fractured reservoirs and underground storage. Field examples will be discussed in some detail.

At 3 p.m., Roegiers will speak on "Some Mysteries About Shales." Shales have become important for the petroleum industry. The success in the Barnett Shale near Dallas/Fort Worth has started a frenzy in new reservoir developments. However, one needs to realize that shales have some geomechanical peculiarities that must be investigated prior to developing such fields. Besides their very sensitive nature, reservoir stress conditions and presence of microcracks play a crucial role in successful completions. This presentation will raise some questions based on field and laboratory observations. Recent investigations have shown that using the coupled model could explain many problems encountered in drilling and stimulation of such formations.

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science lecture program (LEEPS) brings nationally- and internationally-known scientists and others to UND to give talks on cutting edge science and engineering. Lectures cover a wide range of topics, including academic science, applied engineering, and environmental issues of current significance. All are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Zhengwen Zeng at 777-3027.
-- Carissa Green, Administrative Secretary, Geology & Geological Engineering,, 777-2248

Geography forum set for Nov. 14

The geography November forum is set for noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in 157 O'Kelly Hall. Cory Enger, geography graduate student, will address "Experiencing Peace Corps." Everyone is welcome to attend.
-- Enru Wang, Geography Forum, Geography,, 7-4590

UND plays host to inaugural University System Staff Leadership Conference Friday

The North Dakota University System will hold its inaugural Staff Leadership Conference Friday, Nov. 14, at the Memorial Union Badlands Room.

The conference will begin at 10 a.m. with registration, and adjourn at 3 p.m., just in time for campus tours. President Robert Kelley is slated to deliver the welcome address at 10:30 a.m. The other featured speakers will be Robert Boyd, vice president of student and outreach services, and NDUS Chancellor Bill Goetz.

Topics to be discussed include staff senate election procedures, funding sources projects and activities, challenges and accomplishments.

Participants schedule to attend are:
Mary Morrell and Rita Nodland, Bismarck State College
Kelly Steffes and Christie Chernich, Dickinson State University
Bobbi Lunday, Nicole Lundquist and Cindy Rerick, Lake Region State College
Jane Grinde, Sharyl Hanson and Gail Schumann, Mayville State University
Nathan Anderson, Linda Benson and Matt Schaefer, Minot State University
Stuart Oien and Michael O'Toole, Minot State University-Bottineau
Shirley Fox-Trydahl, Joel Kotschevar and Ann McGray, North Dakota State College of Science
Steve Bergeson, Barb Geeslin, Pam Hommen, Vance Olson and Janine Trowbridge, North Dakota State University
Janice Hoffarth, Joneen Iverson, Loren Liepold and Diane Nelson, University of North Dakota
Jan Drake, Valley City State University
Lynn Haverlock and Melissa Meyer, Williston State College
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Special Denim Day for Mortar Board Turkey Drive is Nov. 14

Every year UND's Mortar Board chapter provides all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner to families in the Greater Grand Forks community who are in need. Approximately 900 families will receive a basket, sized to fit their family. A special Denim Day will be held Friday, Nov. 14, to support this community-wide project.

Red River Valley Community Action assists with registration, Associated Potato Growers donates 4,000 pounds of potatoes, businesses within the community generously donate money to help, and other UND student organizations conduct food drives and raise funds on their own. Red River High School National Honor Society trick-or-treats for canned food for the project and the UND Armory provides use of the building for the distribution of the turkey baskets. Mortar Board Turkey Basket Drive would not be possible without the great support of UND and the Greater Grand Forks community.

So, wear your denim and your button Friday, Nov. 14, pay your building coordinator what you feel you can afford, and help support a great project.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 777-3791

Mortar Board pancake feed is set for Saturday, Nov. 15

UND's Quo Vadis Chapter of Mortar Board is hosting a pancake feed at the Grand Forks Applebees from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. All proceeds go toward our 29th annual turkey basket drive. The cost is $5 per person. Children 6 and under are free. We hope you can join us.
-- Kristi Nelson, Special Projects Coordinator, Enrollment Services,, 7.6468

Norwegian film is shown Nov. 17

UND Norsk filmklubb welcomes you back to another night of Norwegian film Monday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in 300 Merrifield Hall. The third film in this year's series will be "Falling Sky" (2002), directed by Gunnar Vikene. "Falling Sky" chronicles the last few nights before Christmas at a suburban psychiatric hospital, where staff and patients get ready to celebrate the holiday under unexpected circumstances. The film will be shown in Norwegian with English subtitles. Contact Melissa Gjellstad ( or 777-0487) for more information.

International Education Week is Nov. 17-21; activities listed

International Education Week (IEW), Nov. 17-21, is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State to celebrate the benefits of International Education and Exchange. The schedule of events are:
* Nov. 17, International Student Day - greet and thank the international students for being a part of UND
* Nov. 18, Global Visions Film Series: The Day my God Died, 7 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl
* Nov. 19, International dinner featuring Saudi Arabian cuisine; display in Wilkerson Dining Center
* Chinese Film Series, 6:30 p.m., International Centre featuring "Chungking Express," a film by the famous Hong Kong director, Wang Kar-wai.
* Nov. 20, Japan Night, 7 p.m., Loading Dock, Memorial Union
* Study Abroad Photo Contest in the display next to Stomping Grounds,
Memorial Union

More information about IEW at the national and international levels is available at
-- Ray Lagasse, Director, International Programs,, 701.777.2938

Doctoral examination set for Christine Boulton-Olson

The final examination for Christine Boulton-Olson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in counseling psychology, is set for noon Tuesday, Nov. 18, in 318 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is "Critical Factors for Training in Rural Psychology." Michael Loewy (counseling psychology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Sustainability for a Greener Campus talk is Nov. 18

Guest speakers Troy Goodnough, campus sustainability coordinator and Peter Wyckoff, associate professor of biology and coordinator of the environmental studies discipline at University of Minnesota Morris (UMM) will present a talk, "Leveraging Assets: A Case Study of the Sustainability Initiative at the University of Minnesota, Morris."

Please join us and encourage others to attend the talk at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

As UND takes some first steps toward reducing its carbon footprint, we can exchange ideas with other institutions that are working toward similar goals. UMM, a small public liberal arts college on the western Minnesota prairie, has undertaken a broad sustainability project in the last six years, relating to energy use, food and farming, and waste streams. The UMM sustainability initiative is a work in progress, but key components include a 1.65 MW wind turbine from which the campus currently draws nearly 50 percent of its electricity, with a realistic goal of energy self-sufficiency by 2010. Goodnough and Wyckoff will discuss some of the benefits and challenges that UMM has experienced in developing a greener campus and community partnerships.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Romsdahl at .

Free women's health consultations for students available

Free and confidential Women’s Health Consultations for students will be available at Student Health Services, McCannel Hall, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 18 and 19. The free consultation includes height, weight, BMI, and blood pressure checks, along with gonorrhea, chlamydia, and HIV screenings, mental health screenings, and discussion of health risks and preventative screening recommendations. Pap tests and pelvic exams are not included in this consultation, but they can be scheduled at a later time. This is a great opportunity for students to ask questions and address health concerns in a safe and welcoming environment.

Gardasil vaccinations for HPV and cervical cancer are also available to female students who are 26 years of age or younger. With or without health insurance, Student Health has women covered. Students can check with their insurance provider because many policies pay for this important vaccine. If their insurance does not cover it, Gardasil is only $13.90 per shot. Students save over $300 on the series. Space is limited. Make an appointment by Friday, Nov. 14, at Student Health Services, 777-2605, or by e-mail
-- Jane Croeker, Health Promotion Advisor, Student Health Services,, 701.777.2097

Nov. 19 On Teaching seminar: "Is There a "Stupidity Crisis" in Academe?

In a recent The Atlantic article (July/August 2008), “Is Google Making Us Stoopid?,” Nicholas Carr considered how the Internet and other technologies have affected our brain’s neural circuitry. Carr, author of "The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, From Edison to Google" (2008), begins by admitting that he recognizes the effect of Internet surfing on his own work, lamenting that “The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle.” Carr acknowledges that in the absence of long-term studies, we lack a definitive understanding of how sampling online may be altering our ability to read and reflect deeply. But he points to a compelling array of preliminary studies and anecdotal evidence suggesting precisely that. Carr’s article inspired a dialogue in the Chronicle of Higher Education titled “Your Brain on Google” (July 1, 2008).

So a number of scholars have questioned the implications of a technologically preoccupied world for the way we teach (whether we use technology in our classrooms or not). Is the rise of technology in our culture accompanied by a rise in “stupidity”? Is there a wave of software and gadget-driven anti-intellectualism in American culture that we confront as educators? Are the “digital natives” harder to teach? Or do new ways of thinking and doing inspired by technology offer more to celebrate than lament? What do you think? Come join our conversation. We’ll hand out several articles on the subject and discuss the many problems and pluses of teaching in the digital age.

The On Teaching Seminar will discuss “Is There a "Stupidity Crisis" in Academe?” noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Red River Valley Room, Memorial Union.

To register and reserve your lunch call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or e-mail by noon Monday, Nov. 17. On Teaching Seminars are co-sponsored by OID and WAC.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 777-4233

Doctoral examination set for Joan O. Aus

The final examination for Joan O. Aus, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Teaching Practices and Challenges: A Description of Monolingual English Language Learner Teachers' Practices in Grades One Through Six." Shelby Barrentine (teaching and learning) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Notable scholar to discuss "North Dakota's New Geography"

John C. Hudson, director of the program in geography at Northwestern University, will discuss how high crop prices, developing international markets, and advances in grain transportation technology have contributed to a new strategic significance for northern Great Plains agriculture at 11 a.m Friday, Nov. 21, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The free, public lecture is sponsored by the Department of Geography. Hudson, who taught at UND from 1966-1968, is visiting during Geography Action Week, an effort led by the National Geographic Society. He is the author of several books, including "Plains Country Towns," "Making the Corn Belt," "Across This Land: A Regional Geography of the United States and Canada," and "Chicago: A Geography of the City and Its Region."
-- Brad Rundquist, Associate Professor and Chair, Geography,, 777-4589

Doctoral examination set for Jeanine S. McDermott

The final examination for Jeanine S. McDermott, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in nursing, is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, in Room 201 (back), College of Nursing Building. The dissertation title is "Explicating Global Wellbeing in College Students Using Health Risk Behaviors and Adjustment to College." Julie Anderson (nursing) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

University Senate meets Dec. 4; agenda items due

The University Senate will meet at 4:05 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Thursday, Nov. 20. They may be submitted electronically to: It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted. -- Suzanne Anderson (University registrar), secretary, University Senate.

Grand Forks Public Schools present "Messiah" Dec. 16

The Grand Forks Public Schools will present Handel's "Messiah" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Tickets are on sale at the Chester Fritz box office, or call 772-5151. The cost is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and children.

International Centre lists Thanksgiving holiday hours

Thanksgiving holiday hours for the International Centre follow.
• Wednesday, Nov. 26, closes at 4:30 p.m.
• Thursday, Nov. 27, open only for Thanksgiving dinner from 1 to 3 p.m.
• Friday, Nov. 28, and Saturday, Nov. 29, closed.
• Sunday, Nov. 30, resumes regular hours; open from noon to 10 p.m.
-- Tatjyana Richards, Office Manager, Office of International Programs,, 777-6438

Faculty research seed money applications invited

Applications are invited for Faculty Research Seed Money Awards. The deadline for submission is 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. Program details follow.

Description: The Faculty Research Seed Money Committee distributes funds to support projects by faculty in any department of the University. The goal of the Seed Money Program is to enhance the ability of the faculty to submit successful extramural research grant applications.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a faculty appointment at UND.

Faculty who have previously received funds from the Seed Money Committee must have a final report on file with Research Development and Compliance (Room 105 Twamley; Stop 7134) one month prior to the application date in order to be considered for an award.

Faculty who have previously received funds from the Seed Money Committee and who wish to apply for additional support must present evidence that they have submitted a related extramural research proposal since receiving Committee funds. (An extramural application is one submitted to an agency or foundation “outside UND.” Thus, for example, proposals sent to the following are not extramural: UND Instructional Development, NRI, RD&C, SSAC and North Dakota EPSCoR). The new application must describe how the previous Seed Money Award was used and what applications or related publications resulted.

Review Criteria: Proposals will be subject to competitive review and ranking by discipline-related subcommittees whose members are appointed by individual departments. Proposals must be clear, of high quality, and be designed to develop a project or provide preliminary data for one or more extramural grant proposals.

Higher priority will be given to:
- Proposals with high potential for producing successful extramural applications
- Applicants who have not received recent funding from the Seed Money Committee
- Applicants with a demonstrated record of research or academic accomplishment
- Projects that can be completed in 12 to 18 months

Lower priority will be given to projects from investigators who have significant and/or continuous funding, unless the request is required to begin a project not currently supported. Projects will not be supported if they were previously submitted to an extramural agency but were declined funding because of lack of scientific, technical or academic merit. However, higher consideration will be given to those projects previously submitted to an external agency if the purpose of the Seed Money Application is to address reviewers’ comments, to improve the chance that a revised extramural application will be successful. Where applicable, a copy of the review summary from the most recent unfunded external proposal should be included.

Application Format:
The application should be prepared to convince and be understood by a general audience, only some of whom may be proficient in the applicant's area. The following headings and page limitations apply:

* Cover Page: Include Target Subcommittee; principal investigator's name; department, college; proposal title; amount requested; proposed beginning and ending dates of the project; agency to which extramural proposal will be submitted; list of previous Faculty Research Seed Money Committee Awards and whether or not a final report and external proposal have been filed; signatures of the principal investigator, department chair, and dean of the college.
* Research or Project Plan: Three pages maximum. Include aims, background, significance, approach, methods

Format: One inch margins, single spaced, not to exceed six lines per linear inch. (The three-page limit for the project plan will be strictly enforced. Proposals exceeding the limit will be returned without review. Appendices circumventing this limit will be discarded.) References/bibliography are not included in the three-page limit.

* Detailed Budget (including justification; indirect costs are not included)

The budget should be for a maximum of 12 to 18 months.

Award amounts may range from $1,000 to $40,000.

Projected expenditures must be reasonable, justified and directly related to the project.

Unallowable Budget Items: The committee has ruled that seed money funds may not be used for travel and expenses in conjunction with attendance or presentation of materials at a conference. Exceptions to this policy will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you choose to request travel funds that are later disallowed, please be assured this decision will have no impact upon the selection of the remainder of your proposal for an award.

* Biographical sketch (two pages maximum)
* Current and pending grant support (title, short description, agency, requested amount)
* Historical grant support at UND (including national, private and seed money awards)
* List of extramural applications submitted but not funded (include past three years)
* Statement of Intent to Submit Extramural Application (title, agency, time period, funds to be requested). Where support is requested for a project that will not serve as the basis for an extramural application, then potential future sources of external funding should be listed.

All applications must be received in Research Development and Compliance (105 Twamley Hall) no later than 4 p.m. Dec. 5, 2008.
Submit the original application plus the appropriate number of copies for the Target Subcommittee (see below) to:
Faculty Research Seed Money Committee
c/o RD&C, Twamley Hall, Room 105
Stop 7134

Note: The subcommittee chair has the option to forward proposals outside the subcommittee expertise to a more appropriate subcommittee.

Award Requirements:
1. All recipients of Faculty Research Seed Money grants are required to submit a final report to Research Development and Compliance within one month of the project’s end date or depletion of awarded funds, if that occurs before the project ends. The report should include a brief summary of results of the study, how funds were expended and whether or not the project resulted in external grant proposals/awards, publications, presentations, etc.

2. All funds should be spent by the ending date of the award. In exceptional circumstances, recipients may request an extension for up to six months to complete a project. No further extensions will be granted.

3. All recipients of Faculty Research Seed Money grants are required to submit a proposal to an external funding agency within one year of the award’s end date.

4. All recipients must present evidence that all work associated with their proposal has been approved by the appropriate compliance committee (IRB, IACUC, IBC, etc.) before the award will be set up.

Target Subcommittees (number of copies to submit)
Composition of Subcommittees

Behavioral Sciences (10): Communication; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Counseling; Educational Leadership; Educational Foundations and Research; Psychology; Physical Education and Exercise Science; Statewide Psych-Mental Health; Teaching and Learning;

Basic Medical Sciences (7): Anatomy and Cell Biology; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Microbiology and Immunology; Neuroscience;
Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics; Pathology;

Engineering and Technology (8): Aviation and Aerospace Sciences; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Computer Science; Electrical Engineering; Industrial Technology; Mechanical Engineering;

Health Sciences (10): Community Medicine; Family Medicine; Internal Medicine; Nutrition and Dietetics; Obstetrics-Gynecology; Occupational Therapy; Pediatrics; Physical Therapy; Surgery;

Humanities and Fine Arts (8): Art; English; History; Languages; Music; Philosophy and Religion; Theatre Arts;

Mathematics and Natural Sciences (9): Atmospheric Sciences; Biology;
Chemistry; Geography; Geology and Geological Engineering; Mathematics; Physics; Space Studies;

Professional Disciplines (7): Accounting; Finance; Information Systems and Business Education; Management; Marketing; Practice and Role Development (Nursing);

Social Sciences (9): Anthropology; Economics; Family and Community Nursing; Indian Studies; Law; Political Science and Public Administration; Social Work; Sociology.

2009 Founders Day honorees sought

The 2009 Founders Day banquet and recognition ceremony will be held Thursday, Feb. 26. The celebration in 2009 will represent the 126th anniversary of the founding of the University of North Dakota.

Employees with 25 years of service and retiring faculty and staff employees will be honored at the banquet as guests of the University. We request the assistance of all administrators, vice presidents, deans, department chairs, office heads and other supervisors in identifying eligible employees.

To prepare for Founders Day 2009, we request the following information:

1. Names of faculty and staff members who have completed 25 years of service to UND. To be honored, individuals must have completed 25 years of service since July 1, 2008 or will complete it by June 30, 2009. (In most cases, these people would have begun their employment at UND between July 1, 1983, and June 30, 1984.)

Please note that individuals eligible for 25-year recognition whose service at UND has not been continuous may have begun their employment prior to July 1, 1983. In those cases, documentation of cumulative years of service is requested.

Recognition for 25 years of service is given to all benefited employees, even though they may not be employed on a full-time basis. Please include names of benefited, part-time employees who will complete 25 years of service between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009.

2. Names of retired and retiring faculty and staff. To be honored, individuals must:
a. have retired since July 1, 2008 or will retire by June 30, 2009;
b. have a minimum of 15 years of service to the University;
c. be (or have been) full-time employees or in a benefited, part-time position at the time of retirement (or be completing an approved "phased" retirement); and
d. be making application for or receiving benefits through a UND-related retirement plan.

It is important that your list of eligible employees includes the following information:
* name of the employee
* position/faculty rank currently held
* department or unit
* initial appointment date
* mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address for the employee
* dates of any breaks in service (please identify whether these breaks in service were compensated such as a developmental leave or a leave of absence without compensation)
* date of retirement (if applicable)

Please submit the names of eligible individuals and supporting information to Terri Machart in the Office of the Vice President, Student and Outreach Services, 264 Centennial Dr., Stop 7140, ( by Friday, Nov. 14. Please call 777-2724 with any questions about employee eligibility or about the Founders Day banquet.
-- Fred Wittmann, Director, Office of Ceremonies and Special Events,, 777-2724

'Stone Soup' Engagement Awards announced

Awards for exemplary community and university engagement were announced by the Center for Community Engagement at a special “Stone Soup” awards luncheon program Nov. 5.

This is the third year the Center has recognized community partners, faculty, students, and departments. This year’s Stone Soup theme, drawing on the folk tale of hungry travelers who start a soup with a stone and persuade villagers to contribute what they have to make to feed the community, emphasized the benefits of collaboration to achieve benefits to the community. Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown and UND First Lady Marcia Kelley demonstrated the theme by serving the special soup recipe.

These are the 2008 award winners:
* Community Partner Award (co-recipients)
The Grand Forks Housing Authority and Northlands Rescue Mission

* Public Scholar Award
Virgil Benoit, professor, languages department

* Faculty Service-Learning Award
Robin David, associate director, honors program

* Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur Awards (These awards to undergraduate students carry a $1,000 grant from the Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Foundation and Kellogg Foundation to be used on a service-learning project.)
Sierra Kraft, senior in philosophy with a minor in nonprofit leadership
Craig Meiers, senior in social work
Tasha Spawn, senior in anthropology

* Undergraduate Civic Engagement Award
Brianne Huber, junior with majors in honors, psychology, and English

* Graduate Civic Engagement Award
Diana Nastasia, doctoral candidate in communication and public discourse

* Engaged Department Award
Honors program

* Paul V. Boswell Community Scholar Award (presented by UND Multicultural Student Services)
Hal Gershman
Gordon Henry
-- Lana Rakow, Director, Center for Community Engagement,, 777-2287

NIH announces transition schedule

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced the following transition schedule for NIH/AHRQ/CDC/NIOSH/FDA from PureEdge to Adobe-based grant application forms for electronic submissions of SF424 research and related (R&R) applications. Please note the importance of this schedule, as will not accept PureEdge applications after the transition dates noted below.

Most electronic submissions to NIH on or after Jan. 1, 2009, must use Adobe application forms, except:

• Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR [R41/ R44])/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR [R41/R42] and Conference (R13/U13) grant applications for the Jan. 7, 2009, AIDS submission deadlines.

• Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) with non-standard submission dates expiring on or before Jan. 31, 2009, can use PureEdge until the expiration date (except RFA-AI-08-053 and RFA-RM-08-029, which use Adobe).

NIH Transition Schedule to Adobe for Standard Submission Dates

The following table provides the final standard submission dates for PureEdge applications, along with the first Adobe submission dates.

Grant Type: C06/UC6, R18/U18, R25, Gs, S11, S21, S22, SC1, SC2, SC3; Final PureEdge Submission Date: 9/25/2008; First Adobe Submission Date: 1/7/2009 (AIDS)

Grant Type: R15; Final PureEdge Submission Date: 10/25/2008; First Adobe Submission Date: 1/7/2009 (AIDS)

Grant Type: R01; Final PureEdge Submission Date: 11/5/2008; First Adobe Submission Date: 1/7/2009 (AIDS)

Grant Type: R03, R21, R33, R21/R33, R34, R36; Final PureEdge Submission Date: 11/16/2008; First Adobe Submission Date: 1/7/2009 (AIDS)

Grant Type: R13/U13; Final PureEdge Submission Date: 1/7/2009 (AIDS); First Adobe Submission Date: 4/12/2009

Grant Type: R41, R42, R43, R44; Final PureEdge Submission Date: 1/7/2009 (AIDS); First Adobe Submission Date: 4/5/2009

• The overall electronic submission process of finding opportunities, downloading application packages, preparing forms, preparing attachments, and submitting applications remains the same.

• Although the new Adobe forms have a slightly different look and feel from the PureEdge forms, the changes are mainly cosmetic.

• It is crucial that applicants check the FOA in December to download the new Adobe application forms: Between now and December, NIH will publish new FOAs without accompanying application forms. We expect to have the forms for posting from by early December 2008; NIH will issue a Guide Notice when the Adobe forms are available. Adobe forms for small business applications and conference applications will be posted in early February 2009.

• NIH currently has FOAs that are active for three years; these are also transitioning to Adobe. Adobe forms will replace PureEdge forms in the December 2008 timeframe. PureEdge forms will not be accepted by the system after the transition to Adobe.

• requires a specific version of Adobe Reader in order to open, download save and submit an Adobe application. The latest versions are listed on the site and are updated as new editions are produced (see the Download Software page).

CAUTION: Applicants should make sure they are using the recommended versions of Adobe Reader. Versions earlier than 8.1.2 should not be used and may corrupt when the completed application is uploaded.

• Applicants currently working on a PureEdge grant application to be submitted in January 2009, are advised to continue to develop their research plan components and other parts of the application that will be uploaded as attachments, but wait to complete the application forms until the Adobe forms become available in December (unless it is exempted as noted above).

More details will be provided in the coming weeks on the Resources for Adobe Transition Web page on the Electronic Submission of Grant Applications Web site at:

During the transition to Adobe forms, applicants should follow the usual process for seeking support with any electronic submission issue. Questions on form functionality or submission of the forms to should be directed to the Contact Center. If you encounter a technical issue that threatens NIH’’s timely receipt of your application, work with the Contact Center and be sure to contact the eRA Help Desk at NIH to document the issue and provide us with the Contact Center tracking number.

Related Guide Notices:
Adobe Pilot Application Guide Available (Aug. 1, 2008)
Pilot for Transition from PureEdge to Adobe-based forms (July 2, 2008)
NIH/AHRQ Set Transition to Adobe for Dec. 2008 (May 23, 2008)

Questions about this notice should be directed to:

Grants Information
Office of Extramural Research
National Institutes of Health
Phone: 301-435-0714
TTY: 301-451-0088

-- Barry Milavetz, associate vice president for research.

Note state fleet rental rate adjustment

The state fleet service rental rates were adjusted as follows effective Nov. 1. Fuel costs are a major factor in upward rate charges. Rates will be reviewed again in January for any Feb. 1 adjustments.

Sedan: $0.333
Minivan - seven-passenger: $0.443
Van, 12 and 15 passenger: $0.773
Compact 4x4 SUV: $0.583
Expedition, six-passenger: $0.583
Suburban, six-passenger: $0.773
Pickup, extension cab, 4x4, six-foot box: $0.583
Cargo van-full size: $0.773
Mini cargo van: $0.583
-- Mary L. Metcalf, Manager, Transportation,, 701-777-4123

Crisis Coordination Team available for consultation, assistance

The health and well-being of students at the University of North Dakota continues to be a concern for all of us. If you are concerned about a student you know or have in class, we urge you to contact the Crisis Coordination Team for consultation and assistance.

Who is the UND Crisis Coordination Team?
Staff from Student Services, University Counseling Center, Student Health Services, University Police, Residence Services and others – on and off-campus – working together to promote a safer and supportive learning environment.

Types of crisis calls handled by the team:
Suicidal ideation
Medical emergencies (911)
Sexual assault
Physical assault
Domestic disturbance
Notification of the death of a family member
Alcohol/Drug issues
Fire (911)
Natural disaster
All other events that prevent students from performing at their best

How do I contact the Crisis Coordination Team?
During business hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, call the Dean of Students office at 777-2664

During weekends, evenings, or University holidays: Call 777-3491. Your call may be answered through the Grand Forks County law enforcement dispatch desk. Please advise the officer you wish to speak to a UND Crisis Coordination team member.

The Dean of Students Office provides faculty and staff with wallet-sized pink information cards that contain this information as well as other helpful emergency numbers. If you would like some of these cards, please let us know and we will send them to you.

Thank you for all you do on behalf of students at UND. We look forward to working with you and welcome your calls and questions. -- Cara Halgren, associate dean of student life and director of judicial affairs and crisis programs,, 777-2664.

Antique dishes found in president's office suite - what's the story?

As the president's office staff was cleaning out their closet before remodeling, five pieces of old china were found and we think they have a story. This is what is found on the back: The Marquis, Windsor Ware, John Bros, England, Reg US Pat Off. This pattern was available from 1941 to 1965 and has been discontinued. There are four dessert/salad plates and one dinner plate in my office if anyone wants to take a look in 309 Twamley Hall.
-- Dawn Botsford, Events Coordinator, Office of Ceremonies and Special Events,, 777-6393

Note food, beverage purchase approval policy revision

Please note revisions have been made to the food and beverage purchase approval policy effective Oct. 30. The policy can be viewed in its entirety on the VPFO policy Web site under Accounting Services:

For specific questions relating to the policy, please stop by Accounting Services in 115 Twamley Hall, or call 777-2771.
-- Marisa Haggy, Policy Manager, VP for Finance & Operations Office,, 701.777.4392

40th anniversary Writers Conference T-shirts for sale

In 2009, the UND Writers Conference will celebrate 40 years of literary tradition on the prairie. As part of the celebration, the English department is raising funds to support a John Little Memorial "Chair." This fund will provide financial support to bring a fiction writer to the UND Writer's Conference each year to fill the John Little Memorial Chair. As many will recall, Little was the brain behind the UND Writers Conference. It was his energy and vision that brought to campus such literary giants as Eudora Welty, Edward Albee, Thomas McGrath, Truman Capote, Alice Walker, Tom Wolfe, Leslie Silko, Megan Terry, August Wilson, and that's just a start.

The T-shirts are short-sleeved, black, and come in large and extra-large. On the front is the UND Writer's Conference logo, and on the back, listed by year, is a list of all the writers who have shared their words with us since 1970. It is truly an incredible roster, and would make a great gift for yourself or someone you know who is a Writers Conference regular.

Shirts are $16 and can be purchased in 110 Merrifield Hall.

This year's UND Writers Conference line-up of authors and schedule is now at
-- Kathleen King, Sr. Lecturer , English & Women Studies,, 777-2787

UND Staff Senate celebrates 10 years of success

Staff Senate is celebrating 10 years in existence this year by touting the services that it has sought and secured for University employees.

The Staff Senate was established with the encouragement and approval of the President of the University of North Dakota on March 31, 1998.

"UND's Staff Senate has progressed so much over the past 10 years and has now become an entity that other campus are looking to emulate," said Janice Hoffarth, UND Staff Senate president. "Because of the work that these loyal and dedicated Senators have done and continue to do, we hope to make UND a better place to work, study and grow. I am excited to see what we can accomplish next."

The University Staff Senate is comprised of elected representatives from each job category. Three Staff Senate members have voting rights on the University Senate, and three others serve on the University Budget and Planning Committee. It also has voting members on the Chester Fritz Auditorium Advisory Board, Building/Facility Access Committee, Conflict of Interest/Scientific Misconduct Committee, UND 125th Anniversary Committee, the University Traffic Committee and the Parking Task Force, which currently is reviewing the reserved-parking policies and fees on campus.

The UND Staff Senate strives:
1) To foster a spirit of unity, pride and cooperation by being recognized equally with the University Senate and Student Senate as participants in advising University administration.
2) To serve as an active communication link for meaningful information exchange between staff and administration relative issues of mutual concern.
3) To provide open meetings to express, propose, represent, investigate, and debate issues. The Staff Senate, acting as an official and responsible voice in University affairs, will recommend action on issues which receive majority approval of the senators.
4) To advise the President with regard to working conditions and employment practices, including recognition, compensation and other pertinent issues.
5) To promote awareness of opportunities and encourage involvement in the activities and operation of the University.

Over the past decade, the Staff Senate fought for "Employee Spouse and Dependent Tuition Waivers" to attend school at the University. The result: UND Budget and Planning Committee voted to implement the tuition waivers, effective this fall. The Staff Senate also has funded more than 95 scholarships for dependents of staff members for the last eight years through its "31 Days of Glory" raffle and the sale of three editions of its cookbook.

Staff Senate members create excellent publicity for UND through their charitable work with organizations, such as the Ronald McDonald House, Soldiers' Angels, Grand Forks Foster Care Program, Trash to Scholarships, Northwood (N.D.) School Music Program, Grand Forks/East Grand Forks Food Shelf, Toys for Tots and Roseau (Minn.) flood recovery programs.

The Staff Senate recently developed an "issues box," that is accessible through both the Internet and mail, where UND staff members can bring issues to the Staff Senate's attention. Also, the Staff Senate is coming up with formal procedures to identify and advocate for issues brought up by staff members, as well as meeting quarterly with President Kelley to discuss issues that arise. The organization also is looking at producing a newsletter for Universitywide distribution and creating an annual report on the Staff Senate Web site, coordinated the first NDUS Staff Leadership Conference, and developed the Staff "U Shine" award to recognize those staff that help make UND a better place for all of us.

November U Shine Award winner announced

UND Staff Senate is proud to announce the November “U Shine Award” recipient Paulette Lindquist. She was nominated by Cheryl Widman and was presented with a check for $50 and a certificate by Staff Senate President Janice Hoffarth in her office Monday, Nov. 3.

This award is presented monthly to a UND staff member who went out of their way to make UND a better place. Here is an excerpt of what Cheryl had to say about Paulette:

I don't know anyone who is more loyal and committed to UND than Paulette. She has almost 31 years (on Dec 19) of employment at UND. Her commitment to her work and employees on campus "shines" through every pay period. She goes out of her way to be sure all of our hourly employees are paid accurately and on time, often spending a lot of time on the phone helping departments "sort things out" to ensure their employees are paid accurately. In my judgment, Paulette is most deserving of the "U-Shine" Award because it's people like her, with her positive attitude, that make our campus what it is. So, this is my thanks to her. Thank you Paulette!!

All UND staff members are eligible to receive this award. Nominations can be submitted through the Staff Senate Web site at or forms are available at UND Facilities, Dining Services and the Memorial Union Post Office.

Nominations must be received by the 15th of each month, and awards are presented the first business day of the following month.
-- Janice Hoffarth, Staff Senate President, Staff Senate,, 7-2646

Dance Dance Revolution is free, fun

Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) is at the Wellness Center. It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s for you. Don’t know how? That’s fine, we will have a seasoned expert in DDR there to get you set and ready. We will have eight pads total for this unique gaming experience. Stop by for this alternate form of fitness to test your skills and keep you moving.
Too much fun not to try. It is Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Wellness Center, second floor, Spin Room. No registration is required, just bring your ID card and join us.
-- Stefanie Meyer, Assistant Director of Fitness Experience, Wellness Center,, 777-2943

Holidays present opportunity to gather family medical history

A new tool to help families capture and record their health history is now available through the Division of Medical Genetics at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The family history form is a web-enabled program that helps people organize family health history information which can be printed out for the family’s doctors. It also helps users save that information as a computer file and share it with other family members.

Family history is considered one of the most important elements in assessing risk factors for health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and certain psychiatric disorders.

For more information or to obtain a paper version of the family history form, contact the Division of Medical Genetics, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, at 777-4277, go to a local library and request assistance in accessing this form at the Web site or call Heartland Regional Coordinating Center at 1-888-881-8852.

“Families share more than genetic characteristics,” said John Martsolf, professor of pediatrics and director of the Division of Medical Genetics at the UND medical school. “They also share environments, lifestyles and personal habits, all of which can be factors for disease. Knowing the risk of certain diseases can motivate individuals to change any unhealthy behaviors.”

Family health histories should be given to all health care providers to be retained as a permanent part of a patient’s medical file, Martsolf said. “This information can help health care providers do a better job of assessing a patient’s risk of disease and prescribing appropriate preventive measures or courses of treatment.”

Gov. John Hoeven has declared November as Family History Month and is encouraging North Dakotans to learn more about the diseases and causes of death affecting at least three generations of family members.

Family gatherings, such as holidays, present a great opportunity to learn about your family’s health history, Martsolf said. A survey, conducted last year by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, found that 96 percent of Americans believe that knowing a family history is important to their health. The survey also showed that only one-third of Americans have ever tried to gather and organize their families’ health history.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Assistant to Director, Office of Public Affairs,, 701-777-4305

Service learning opportunities are available with refugee community

Grand Forks is home to hundreds of people who entered the country as refugees. This community of New Americans can provide excellent opportunities for service learning as students help them adjust and become successful in their new home.

Departments at UND could help teach them English, mentor or tutor the school children, teach the younger children pre-kindergarten skills, help the adults find jobs, help them open businesses, teach them about health concerns, and otherwise help them in their resettlement. In turn, students gain hands-on experience in their fields as they learn to work with people from a range of cultures and backgrounds.

If you are interested in discussing a possible partnership with your program, please contact Dawne Barwin (Lutheran Social Services Refugee Resettlement Coordinator) at 772-8552 or Robin David (UND Honors Program associate director) at 777-6185.
-- Robin David, Associate Director, Honors Program,, 777-6185

Flu shots available at no cost to you

UND faculty, staff, and students with North Dakota Blue Cross/Blue Shield (ND BC/BS) coverage who provided insurance cards and UND IDs at the time of their flu vaccinations will not be billed for any portion not covered by insurance. Although you may receive an explanation of benefits form from ND BC/BS which indicates that a portion of the bill is not covered by insurance, Student Health Services will accept whatever reimbursement ND Blue Cross/Blue Shield provides as full reimbursement for your vaccination.
-- Jane Croeker, Health Promotion Advisor, Student Health Services,, 701.777.2097

Mortar Board collects Thanksgiving-themed food around campus

The Quo Vadis Chapter of Mortar Board at UND is in full swing preparing for our 29th annual Turkey Basket Drive. Look for boxes around campus and please donate Thanksgiving-themed non perishable food items. Boxes will be located in the following buildings: Upson, Gamble, Odegard, Gillette, Montgomery, Education, and the Law School. Food will be collected through Friday, Nov. 14. Thank you for your support.
-- Kristi Nelson, Special Projects Coordinator, Enrollment Services,, 701.777.6468

International Programs seeks volunteers for Thanksgiving dinner

Each year the Office of International Programs provides a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for our international students on Thanksgiving Day. We plan to serve about 200 students on this national holiday and seek volunteers to help serve the meal. All the food is prepared, and volunteers are needed to serve the meal. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tatjyana Richards at 777-6438 by Wednesday, Nov. 15.
-- Ray Lagasse, Director, International Programs,, 777-2938

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: Web Application Developer/IDM Coordinator, ITSS, #09-136
COMPENSATION: $ 40,000 plus/year

POSITION: Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, VPAA/Provost, #09-113
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 11/14/2008 (Extended Deadline)
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Center for Innovation designated as Soft Landings International Incubator

The Center for Innovation has been notified that its two technology incubators have again been designated as a Soft Landings International Incubator by the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA). The center is one of only 12 incubators around the world to earn that designation since 2005. The other soft landings incubators are located in Hong Kong, England, Australia, Finland, Belgium, France, San Jose, Baltimore, and Boston.

The designation identifies incubators that provide a 'soft landing' to international firms wishing to expand into new markets. The Center has been assisting international clients since 1992 with the majority of its international clients coming from Norway and Canada.

Randy Morris, NBIA's director of membership says, "The Soft Landings designation recognizes outstanding incubators that are capable of helping and welcoming international firms enter into its domestic market with entrepreneur services, help cutting through governmental red tape, and provide demonstrated success in heling provide access to capital, domestic market research, and export entry strategies."

Center for Innovation director and entrepreneur coach Bruce Gjovig says "The NBIA is the international trade association for business incubators. The Soft Landings program recognizes incubators that are especially effective at helping foreign companies enter their local market. The designation is effective for two years and the Center was among the first five in the world to be named a Soft Landings Incubator when first earning the designation in 2006." A panel of NBIA-member incubator managers evaluated the applications.

Gjovig adds, "This designation will let international entrepreneurs know about our venturing expertise and our ability to provide a 'soft landing'." We have a proven track record of working with international clients and can offer that expertise as companies enter the US market. This designation not only recognizes our expertise, but also sends a welcoming message to international entrepreneurs looking to call North Dakota home."

Gjovig explains that one important benefit to international companies that locate in an incubator is the ability to grow into a presence on US soil without having to go through many of the capital-intensive acquisitions involved in opening a new location. The incubator offers turn-key office and lab space for early stage ventures as well as entrepreneur assistance and the opportunity to be part of an entrepreneur community. Some clients also find that the Center's affiliation with the University of North Dakota provides easy access to entrepreneur-minded students who are looking for internships, projects and employment. For many years the Center has secured funding from the Norwegian and Canadian Consulates for students to work with entrepreneurs from those countries looking to expand into the US market or find strategic partners in the United States.

Gjovig says he is honored the Center for Innovation was among a small number of incubators to receive the designation. Gjovig said NBIA reports there are over 7,000 business incubators worldwide and about 1,100 in the United States, up from 12 in 1980. Gjovig says, "It is good to be on the leading edge in globalizing incubator operations as more tech entrepreneurs find they need to enter international markets to capitalize on their opportunities."

Gjovig says business incubators in several other countries have sent delegations to the visit our campus incubators, with visitors from Canada, Norway, Sweden, Poland, China and Mexico.