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ISSUE: Volume 46, Number 11: October 29, 2008

Top Stories
President names interim vice president for research
President names VP for research and economic development search committee
Events to Note
Astronomy public talk is Nov. 5
North Dakota Supreme Court hears argument at law school
Jewish survivor of 'Kristallnacht Program' to speak Oct. 29
Retirement reception for Paul Le Hardy is Oct. 29
Leadership Series features Gordon Henry
Wednesday, Oct. 29, is Denim Day
Instructional Development holds seminars on grant proposals
"Stand Up To The Flu" at no cost to you
Technology input sought
Doctoral examination set for David P. Austin
"Big Questions, Worthy Dreams" author to visit campus Nov. 6
Next informational meeting regarding E-Verify is Oct. 30
Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition closing reception is Oct. 30
Haunted Lab hosted by Forensic Science Club, Criminal Justice Association
Physics Colloquium is Oct. 31
Take an early voting shuttle and avoid long lines
SERRV and Beads for Life sale
Trio Verve to perform at North Dakota Museum of Art
Retirement open house for Dennis Cutshall is Nov. 3
Book study begins Nov. 3
Great cooking classes upcoming at Wellness Center's Culinary Corner
Graduate and Professional School Information Day is Nov. 4
Register now for Center for Community Engagement 'Stone Soup' awards program
University Senate meets Nov. 6; agenda listed
Doctoral examination set for Cynthia Lofton
New Americans: A Celebration of Cultures is Nov. 8
Auditions set for comedic musical "Lucky Stiff"
Veterans Day ceremony is Nov. 11
U2 announces new session Nov. 12
U2 lists sessions
Note revision to National Science Foundation salary policy
ND EPSCoR announces award in new faculty start-up monies
Nominations/applications invited for Faculty Research Award
Faculty sought to teach summer K-12 educator workshops
Nominations invited for departmental research award
Mini-grants available for summer programs/events; application deadline is Nov. 17
2008-2009 Fact Book now available online
Nov. 11 is Veterans Day holiday
Chester Fritz Library lists Veterans Day hours
Insurance open enrollment is through Nov. 7
Deadline is Dec. 12 to apply for employee spouse/dependent tuition waivers
Book orders now due
Graphics and Photography Society offers services
Veterans Upward Bound offers math assistance
UND Graphics and Photography Society holds photography contest
UND employees can buy Alerus Center event tickets before general public
Museum Cafe lists specials, soups
Service learning opportunities are available with refugee community
Internal job openings listed
In the News
North Dakotan elected to board of National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network
de Leon receives special commendation
UND Flying Team soars to victory In regional flying competition
President names interim vice president for research

Barry Milavetz, currently associate vice president for research, has been named to serve as interim vice president for research effective Nov. 1. Dr. Milavetz, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and has been at UND since 1986. -- President Robert O. Kelley.

President names VP for research and economic development search committee

A search committee for the vice president of research and economic development has been named with Hesham El-Rewini, dean of the School of Engineering and Mines, serving as chair. Committee members are: Forrest Ames (mechanical engineering), Cindy Anderson (nursing), Alice Brekke (budget director), Diane Darland (biology), Hesham El-Rewini (engineering and mines, chair), Michael Gaffey (space studies), Jonathan Geiger (pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics), Mark Hoffmann (chemistry), Mike Holmes (Energy & Environmental Research Center), John MacFarlane (Otter Tail Power Corporation), Jim Melland (UND Research Foundation), Steve Moser (business and public administration), Kathryn Rand (law), Klaus Thiessen (Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation), and Mary Wakefield (School of Medicine and Health Sciences). The search committee held its first meeting Oct. 22. -- President Robert O. Kelley.

North Dakota Supreme Court hears argument at law school

The North Dakota Supreme Court will hear an oral argument at the School of Law Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Baker Courtroom, third floor, School of Law. The argument will begin at 10:10 a.m.

The Supreme Court visit to the law school provides a unique opportunity for the members of the law school community, UND campus and surrounding area to see the state’s highest court in session. In addition to hearing cases, the Supreme Court judged the final argument of the law student Moot Court competition, and spent additional time lecturing in classes and connecting with law students and faculty.

The public is invited to attend the court session Wednesday, Oct. 29,
10:10 to 11 a.m., oral argument – State v Lium

For a detailed description, please refer to the School of Law Web site at
-- Rob Carolin, Director of Alumni & Public Relations, Law School,, 777-2856

Astronomy public talk is Nov. 5

The Physics Department will hold an astronomy and astrophysics public talk and telescope observing session at 7 p.m. Wednesday Nov. 5, in 116 Witmer Hall. The talk, "The Greatest Particle Accelerators in the Universe: From LHCs to GRBs," will be presented by David DeMuth, Department of Math, Science, and Technology, University of Minnesota-Crookston. Following the talk, attendees will be given the opportunity to observe the night sky through a telescope (weather permitting).
-- Wayne Barkhouse, Assistant Professor, Physics,, 777-3520

Jewish survivor of 'Kristallnacht Program' to speak Oct. 29

As the world prepares to observe 70 years since the horrific events of the "Kristallnacht program" -- night of broken glass -- Nov. 9-10, 1938, in Germany and other Nazi-controlled lands, the University of North Dakota is playing host to a Jewish survivor of that infamous time.

Fred Lyon, a native of Berlin, Germany, who was persecuted by Nazis and eventually deported to America along with his family, will be a featured guest speaker at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. He will present his life story, including first-hand accounts of Kristallnacht, the single night in which Jewish-owned businesses were ransacked, nearly 100 Jews were killed, and thousands more were arrested and sent to concentration camps.

Lyon is a retired Minneapolis obstetrician and gynecologist. He will be a guest of the Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies.

Lyon was 10 years old during Kristallnacht. He and his family -- mother, father, sister and aunt -- lived in an affluent Jewish community of the Wilmersdorf section of Berlin. His mother ran an upscale dress shop and his father traveled to European capitals to sell the dresses.

Even before Kristallnacht, Nazi-inspired vandals would smash the Lyon's storefront glass, as well as those of other Jewish-owned businesses, night after night, to the point that insurance companies refused to reimburse the cost of installing new glass.

Lyon said he was routinely tormented for being Jewish, even by the likes of his public school teacher, who wore the Nazi swastika on his arm. Lyon relays how one day the teacher summoned him to the head of the class and ordered him to pull down his pants and underwear so the teacher could explain how to identify a Jew.

"I picked up my books and left the school never to return," Lyon says.

Lyon has vivid memories of Kristallnacht in Berlin, when his father abruptly woke him in the middle of the night and whisked him to the nearby synagogue to preserve hand-written texts of the first five books of the Old Testament, the Torah. Upon exiting the synagogue, young Lyon was introduced to Nazism up close and personal.

"We left the main sanctuary and were met by an angry, scowling man wearing the brown uniform of the "Sturmabteilung" (storm troopers)," Lyon said. "On his upper left arm I saw prominently the swastika insignia of the Nazi party. As we left the synagogue, other Nazis appeared. They were belligerent, furious, loud and abusive. They promptly ripped the Torahs out of our hands. In the streets I saw Nazis throw prayer books and Jewish prayer shawls onto a huge bonfire.

"I turned around and saw the synagogue was on fire. My view was met by ordinary Germans gathered around the bonfire and eagerly observing the flames. There seemed to be much joy and jubilation."

Following Kristallnacht, Lyon's father eventually was arrested and was sent to a concentration campus for about a year. After paying enough bribery money, he was released on the condition that he and his family would leave Germany never to return. They left for Holland and then on to Great Britain, where they waited to cross to the United States.

Lyon's family ultimately settled in the Minneapolis area.

"I shall never forget Kristallnacht. It was the first, but not the last time I was witness to the brutality of Nazi Germany," Lyon said."My family was expelled from the country of our birth because we were Jews. I am eternally grateful that I and my family did not join our relatives in the extermination camps and ovens of Eastern Europe.

Retirement reception for Paul Le Hardy is Oct. 29

A retirement reception will be held for Paul Le Hardy, chief research pilot in Atmospheric Sciences, from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in 470 Clifford Hall.
-- Mary Ann Gregoire, Office Manager, Atmospheric Sciences,, 72184

Leadership Series features Gordon Henry

Gordon Henry will present "The Art of Caring Leadership" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Badlands Room, second level, Memorial Union, as part of the Leadership Series held Wednesdays through Nov. 19. The series is sponsored by the Memorial Union. Faculty, please announce this to your students. The series is free and open to the entire University community.

Next week, Wednesday, Nov. 5, Frank White will be the featured presenter.
-- Cassie Gerhardt, Assistant Director for Leadership & Assessment, Memorial Union,, 701.777.3667

Wednesday, Oct. 29, is Denim Day

The last Wednesday is Oct. 29, and that means it's Denim Day. Pay your dollar to your building/departmental coordinator and enjoy going casual. All proceeds to charity as always. If you need buttons, let me know.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 777-3791

Instructional Development holds seminars on grant proposals

The Faculty Instructional Development Committee and the Office of Instructional Development offer a one-hour seminar on proposal writing for those seeking funding for teaching-related materials or travel, and Summer Instructional Development Professorships. With new guidelines in place this year (available for SIDP projects here , and travel/materials here ), we would like to offer help to those looking for support for their teaching-related projects. This hands-on seminar on writing successful FIDC grant proposals is scheduled for two different times:

* Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Room 10-12, Swanson Hall
* Thursday, Nov. 6, from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 16-18, Swanson Hall (lunch will be offered for those who RSVP to or 777-3325 by noon Monday, Nov. 3).

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Kelsch at or 777-4233.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Instructional Development,, 777-4233

"Stand Up To The Flu" at no cost to you

Protect yourself and others from the flu by getting vaccinated. You can receive a flu shot at no cost to you if you present your UND ID and your BC/BS insurance card. The cost is $23 for those who pay by check or cash. Students may also charge to their UND accounts.

You still have several opportunities to take advantage of convenient, on-campus flu clinics.

Flu Clinic schedule:
* Wednesday, Oct. 29, 9 to 11:30 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall
* Thursday, Oct. 30, 6:30 to 9 a.m., second floor lunchroom, Facilities, and 12:30 to 3 p.m., La Verendrye Room, EERC
* Thursday, Nov. 6, 8 to 10:30 a.m., Room 5006, Medical School

Flu clinics are open to all UND students, faculty, and staff. Flu shot and mist are available. Please wear short sleeves.

Flu clinics are sponsored by Student Health Services. For more information call 777-4500.
-- Jane Croeker, Health Promotion Advisor, Student Health Services,, 701-777-2097

Technology input sought

A full week of gathering information from our community
Monday, Oct. 27 - Friday, Oct. 31, at the Union or Swanson Hall - various times to accommodate everyone!

For the first time, UND will conduct a fact-finding and strategic planning process for information technology with active involvement from throughout the campus community. UND Chief Information Officer Joshua Riedy will lead the development and implementation of the plan, and the planning process will involve many representative campus groups and individuals. The process will weigh existing resources and services, perceived strengths and weaknesses, and strategies for delivering significant improvements to the campus. The majority of the fact-finding aspect will occur this fall, while the strategic planning process will begin soon after the holidays. There will be a series of campus forums organized around different aspects of the plan, and anyone from campus is invited to attend any of these sessions. Discussions with campus leaders led to the creation of the following preliminary framework:

* Applications/services for faculty, staff, students and organizations (software and services for IT delivery campus wide)
* Athletics (data management)
* Core and enabling infrastructure (basic technology building blocks of the campus)
* Enterprise administration (system technology: ConnectND, HECN, IVN, ODIN)
* Outreach and public service (serving the campus community)
* Research (data analysis and proposal development)
* Teaching and learning (classroom technologies)

The forums will be facilitated by the Office of Conflict Resolution. The first round of forums is scheduled for the week of Oct. 27-31. A tentative schedule is attached. Additional information and future forum schedules will be forthcoming.

Wednesday, Oct. 29 - River Valley Room
8 a.m. to 9:45 p.m., outreach and public service
10 to 11:45 a.m., teaching and learning
Noon to 2 p.m., open forum
5 to 7 p.m., research

Thursday, Oct. 30 - Swanson 16/18
9 a.m. to 11 p.m., research
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., core and enabling infrastructure
1:15 to 3 p.m., teaching and learning

Friday, Oct. 31 - Swanson 16/18
8 to 9 a.m., open forum
9:15 a.m. to 11 p.m., core and enabling infrastructure
11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., application/service for faculty, staff, student, organizations

For more information, contact Mike Lefever, or 777-2030.

Doctoral examination set for David P. Austin

The final examination for David P. Austin, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in experimental psychology, is set for 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, in 203 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is "Age Related Behavioral Change in the Ames Dwarf Mice." Jeffrey Weatherly (psychology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

"Big Questions, Worthy Dreams" author to visit campus Nov. 6

Sharon Daloz Parks, author of "Big Questions, Worthy Dreams," will speak throughout the day Thursday, Nov. 6, to help our community challenge young adults to face their search for a place of belonging, integrity and contribution.

Workshops include:
* 9 to 11:30 a.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. A workshop for student affairs professionals, mentors and administrators. Please register through the U2 program.

In her book, "Big Questions, Worthy Dreams," she describes the 20-something generation: "Never before in the human life cycle (and never again) is there the same developmental readiness for asking big questions and forming worthy dreams. Through conversation, reflection, and life experiences, this workshop will provide an occasion for student affairs professionals, and others working with young adults, to become re-engaged in the critical work and strategic role of mentoring in this 20-something population.

By participating in this event you will learn:
• how young adults can make meaning of life and how they undergo changes to develop critical and connective thinking,
• how to assist young adults in their growth to become productive citizens in the 21st century, and
• the roles that faculty, administrators, and staff can play in the development of young adults in the classroom, in campus life, and in their community.

3:30 to 5 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art, "The Artistry of Leadership" with Sharon Daloz Parks.

One of the primary characteristics of the artistry of leadership is the willingness to work on an edge – the edge between the familiar and the emergent unknown. In the first 30 minutes, Daloz Parks will provide faculty a time to reflect on how our notions of leadership are undergoing transformation in a time of profound cultural change. She will draw on her 2005 book: "Leadership Can Be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World." This session will be relevant to all who teach and to all who, in roles large and small, must practice leadership.

By using a strategy of distinguishing between authority and leadership, Dr. Parks affirms that we do not fear change but we do fear loss, and in today’s world when we must create practices of leadership fitting to the 21st century, higher education bears a special responsibility for our own practice of leadership and for developing young adults as leaders through artful mentoring. Dr. Parks affirms that the transition into young adulthood occurs most gracefully and with optimum potential when the emerging self is recognized and invited into a wider arena of participation by wise and trusted adults." (Parks p. 80)

She will be available for conversation until 5 p.m. Join her for refreshments and conversation. Ask about her research on mentoring young adults, the formation of leadership, and the potential evolution of the common good to create a more just and prosperous world.

7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Archives Coffee Shop, 3012 University Ave., "Freedom and Boundaries: Is There a Common Good?" This is open to the general public, students, faculty, staff and community members.

By participating in this informal fireside chat with Dr. Daloz Parks, you will explore the concept of the common good and the formation of people who are able to sustain commitment to the common good when they are not naïve about the complexity, diversity, and moral ambiguity of our time. Questions are welcomed. Discussion topics may include:

• Exploring the common good and its benefit to society.
• Examining the reality of our “new commons.”
• Expanding the roles of confession, compassion, imagination, and courage.
• Re-assessing the role of trust and a sense of personal power.
• Identifying the boundaries that must be crossed in order to develop a sense of connection and security and freedom.
• Understanding the relationship between career/professional commitments and the common good.

The facilitator for this conversation is Kathy Fick, campus minister at the Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center. This event is co-sponsored by UND Student Government.

For more information, visit, or call 777-6393.
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Marketing Coordinator, 125th Anniversary,, 7-0857

Next informational meeting regarding E-Verify is Oct. 30

The next meeting regarding E-Verify for all department personnel who process new employee paperwork is from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Reed Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine. Please make sure that at least one individual from each department has attended one of these meetings.

Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition closing reception is Oct. 30

"The Emotive Horse," a Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition by Jessica Mongeon, is currently showing at the Col. Eugene E. Myers Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center. A closing reception will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Haunted Lab hosted by Forensic Science Club, Criminal Justice Association

Come experience the thrills and chills of the Haunted Laboratory on the fourth floor, O'Kelly Hall! Spookily hosted by the Forensic Science Club and the Criminal Justice Association, the lab features chilling haunts for adults and a play area for tender-hearted youths. Please bring $4 for adults, $2 for children under 12 years. Screams and thrills are available from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, and Friday, Oct. 31. All proceeds benefit the career development of future forensic scientists and criminal justice personnel.
-- Phoebe R. Stubblefield, Assistant Professor/Director Forensic Science, Anthropology,, 7-4870

Physics Colloquium is Oct. 31

A physics colloquium will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in 211 Witmer Hall. Coffee and cookies will be served at 3:30 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall. The talk, "Trace Element Profile of the Human Depression," will be presented by Berislav Momcilovic, Institute for Research and Development of Sustainable Eco Systems, Zagreb, Croatia.
-- Connie Cicha, Secretary, Physics,, 777-2911

Take an early voting shuttle and avoid long lines

Voting early is the same as voting on Election Day! You may vote early at the Alerus Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Oct. 31; Nov. 1, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Nov. 3, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Nov. 4 (Election Day), polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Student Government will provide shuttles during all polling times for anyone who wishes to vote early and for Election Day, Nov. 4. Early voting shuttles will leave the Memorial Union and the Alerus Center every 15 minutes (starting on the hour). They will stop at the Memorial Union, Wilkerson Hall, and University Apartments, before heading to the Alerus Center. Coming back, shuttles will also leave every 15 minutes; the route will just be reversed. On Election Day the shuttles will run a loop from the Memorial Union to Wilkerson and then to the voting locations at Lake Agassiz and the School for the Blind. The shuttles will be red, 12-passenger vans with signs on them.

You must bring a North Dakota driver’s license, state identification card, student ID, tribal government issued identification card and/or passport as proof of residency.

Not sure where to vote? Come to the Student Government Office to look at our official map.
-- Mike Crenshaw, Student Body Vice President, Office of Student Government,, 701-777-4377

SERRV and Beads for Life sale

SERRV products and Beads for Life will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Federated Church, 2122 17th Ave. S. SERRV and Beads for Life are organizations that support cottage industries in developing countries. Selling their crafts through these organizations helps families and individuals become self-sufficient. There will be a wide variety of SERRV crafts and also necklaces and bracelets made from recycled magazines. Please come see how you can support talented individuals from around the world.
-- Sally Pyle, Director, Honors Program,, (701)7773302

Trio Verve to perform at North Dakota Museum of Art

Trio Verve will perform in the Museum Concert Series at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, in the Museum galleries. Their program will include works by Arvo Pärt, Joan Tower, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Astor Piazzolla, and Johannes Brahms. The Museum is located on Centennial Drive on the University of North Dakota campus.

The Museum Concert Series, founded in 1990, is a celebration of classical music that brings performers of international repute to the Museum. It is the oldest chamber concert series in the region and draws a mixed audience of all ages. Mayville State University shares the series with the Museum, hosting their performance on Monday evenings.

Trio Verve is a trio that thrills audiences with their passion, enthusiasm and ability to make the written music come alive. The members, Jasmine Lin, Marina Hoover, and Patricia Tao, all have a demonstrated depth of experience as collaborators and as performers on the international stages throughout the world. Individually, these three have studied with some of the great masters at schools such as Curtis, Yale and Harvard. As a group, their synergistic energy is apparent with every performance they give. Trio Verve’s repertoire encompasses the rich variety of the piano trio repertoire, from Haydn to the present day, and all three have championed recent music through commissions, premieres and recordings of works by living composers. Experienced in community and school outreach, they bring verve and excitement to both the young and the old.

Jasmine Lin began violin studies at age four. Since then she has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Quincy Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, Symphony Orchestra of Uruguay, and Summer Serenade, and in recital in Chicago, New York, Nova Scotia, Rio de Janeiro, and Montevideo. She was a prizewinner in the International Paganini Competition and took second prize in the International Naumburg Competition. The New York Times describes her as an "unusually individualistic player" with "electrifying assertiveness" and "virtuosic abandon."

Two-time Grammy nominee Marina Hoover was founding cellist of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, which rocketed to international prominence after winning both the Young Concert Artists auditions and the Banff International String Quartet Competition. In her 13 years with the St. Lawrence, Hoover performed at The White House, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street “Y,” The Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall (London), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), and Theatre De Ville (Paris). In addition, the quartet made regular appearances at Tanglewood, the Newport Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, as well as over 1,000 other appearances throughout North and South America, Europe, Japan, Australia, and Viet Nam. The St. Lawrence has been the resident quartet at Spoleto USA since 1996.

Pianist Patricia Tao, founding member of the Guild Trio from 1988-1998, has led an active career as both soloist and chamber musician. As pianist of the Trio, she performed throughout the United States and Europe, with appearances in major North American cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C. With the Trio, she won the prestigious USIA Artistic Ambassador competition, resulting in a seven-country European tour. The following year, her trio was awarded the position of Trio-in-Residence at the Tanglewood Music Center, where they were lauded by the Boston Globe as a “beautiful new landmark” on the concert stage.

Upcoming concerts include ETA 3, Dec. 7; Stefan Hussong, accordian, Jan. 25; and vocal ensemble, Tapestry, March 22.

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

Tickets for the Concert Series are available by subscription to the series, or available for single concerts at the door or in advance at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Non-member tickets: $70 for the season, $15 per concert at the door. Member’s tickets: $60 for the season, $13 per concert at the door. Student and military tickets are $20 for the season, $5 per concert at the door. Children middle school and under are admitted free. Help assure the survival of the Concert Series by becoming a Concert Series Sponsor for an additional $50. Order your tickets today by sending a check or calling (701) 777-4195.

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

Retirement open house for Dennis Cutshall is Nov. 3

You are invited to a farewell reception for Dennis Cutshall, database administrator, Information Technology Systems and Services, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in 371 Upson Hall II. He joined the ITSS staff in 1989 as a computer operator and has served in technical services as a database administrator for the last 17 years.

Cutshall is retiring to spend more time with family. Please join us in thanking him for his wonderful contributions while at UND and to wish him well.
-- Carol Hjelmstad, Administrative Assistant, ITSS,, 701.777.3171

Book study begins Nov. 3

A book study, "The Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch, will begin at 6 p.m. Mondays Nov. 3, 10, 17, and 24, at the Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center, 3012 University Ave. Please join us for conversation and study.

What wisdom would a dying man leave for his colleagues, friends and family? If we were to vanish tomorrow, what would we want to be our legacy?

Sign up by calling 775-5581 or e-mail to reserve a book by Oct. 30. For more information, contact Katie at 701-720-1410.

Great cooking classes upcoming at Wellness Center's Culinary Corner

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 from 5:30 to 6 p.m. 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. The class is free.

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.

Food for the Miles
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 6 to 7 p.m. The cost is $5.
Are you training for that 5K or half-marathon? Or do you just run for fun? If so, join us in the kitchen to learn and help prepare meals fit for any runner's appetite. In one night you will learn new recipes tailored to race day, the day before a race, speed workouts and normal runs. Learn when you should eat to get the most out of your fuel on your run and what quick snacks will help with that extra mile.

Sweet Treats: Autumn Flavors
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6 kto 8 p.m. The cost is $10.
Autumn flavors; the flavors of fall. With the holiday season right around the corner, this hands-on class will teach you some easy and delicious recipes that feature autumn-esque flavors, but are healthier than many traditional recipes. Participants will assist in baking and get to take home their own treats to enjoy!

Serves One
Thursday, Nov. 6, 6 to 7 p.m. The cost is $5.
Do you find yourself making the same old dinner every night because you’re cooking for one? Or do you just enjoy learning new and healthy recipes that you can make for yourself any night of the week? Either way you should join us! We will learn how to make quick and healthy recipes for one.

A full monthly calendar of classes is available on the Wellness Center's Web site at click on nutrition.

To pre-register for these classes, visit the Welcome Desk or register online.
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition Services, Wellness Center,, 777-2719

Graduate and Professional School Information Day is Nov. 4

If you are considering graduate education, don't miss the first Graduate and Professional School Information Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Ballroom, Memorial Union.

Collect information from schools, including UND's Graduate School, NDSU, University of Minnesota, Creighton University, William Mitchell College of Law and more. This event is free and open to the public.

For further information, visit our Web site at
-- Susan Caraher, Marketing & External Relations Specialist, The Graduate School,, 7-2425

Register now for Center for Community Engagement 'Stone Soup' awards program

Registration is now available for the Stone Soup Awards Program and Luncheon Wednesday, Nov. 5, sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement.

Community members are welcome to the event, which celebrates the collaborative work community and university members have done to support the well-being of North Dakota communities.

First Lady Marcia Kelley, wife of University President Robert Kelley, and Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown will serve a unique vegetable “stone soup” symbolizing the collaborative efforts that sustain a community, like the old folk tale of the travelers who start a soup with a stone and entice villagers to contribute to the pot.

Recognition and awards will be given to community partners, departments, faculty, and students. Exhibits of exemplary partnerships and projects will be on display.

The event will be held in the Memorial Union Ballroom, beginning at 11:30 a.m. with registration and exhibits. Tickets are $7.50 for students and $20 for community and university members. Checks made out to UND can be sent to the Center for Community Engagement, 317 Cambridge Street, Grand Forks, ND 58202; registration can be completed online at HYPERLINK "" for a nominal fee; or call 777-0675.

University Senate meets Nov. 6; agenda listed

The University Senate will meet at 4:05 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in Room 7, Gamble Hall.

1. Announcements
2. Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes
3. Question period

4. Annual report of the Senate Essential Studies Committee, Ryan Zerr, past chair

5. Curriculum Committee report, Charles Robertson, chair
6. Proposed change regarding special examinations for credit, Colleen Berry, chair, Senate Academic Policies and Admissions Committee
7. Essential Element document, Tom Petros, Promotion and Tenure Committee
8. Transfer of financial aid to students, Tyrone Grandstrand, student body president
9. Essential Studies Capstone Course, Adam Kitzes, chair, Senate Essential Studies Committee.
-- Lori Hofland, Administrative Assistant, Registrars Office, lorihofland@mail.und.nodak.ed, 777-3892

Doctoral examination set for Cynthia Lofton

The final examination for Cynthia Lofton, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in communication sciences and disorders, is set for 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in 202 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is "A Study of Interaction Styles Used by Individuals with Dementia and Their Caregivers." John Madden (communication sciences and disorders) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

New Americans: A Celebration of Cultures is Nov. 8

The refugee coalition is having a fundraising event from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at University Lutheran Church, 2122 University Ave. There will be a dinner with foods from the many different cultures represented by our New Americans. A free-will donation is requested (suggested $15).

Our New Americans will share aspects of their cultures with us. The funds raised by this event go to the refugee coalition. The coalition needs help to support the New Americans who are arriving all the time.

UND students will also sell "Beads for Life" at this event. These beautiful necklaces and bracelets, made by Ugandan women, make great gifts.
-- Sally Pyle, Director, Honors Program,, 777-3302

Auditions set for comedic musical "Lucky Stiff"

Join in the fun by auditioning for the Community Theatre's presentation of “Lucky Stiff.” This comedic musical has six men and four women. Auditions are open to the public, regardless of experience, age, or any other discriminating factor. There are parts for all ages.

Auditions are at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 17 and 18, at the Fire Hall Theatre in downtown Grand Forks. You only have to come one evening. Auditions are open to all ages, and all people, regardless of previous acting/singing experience. Auditionees should come prepared with 16 bars of a contemporary musical theatre song selection (an accompanist will be available), and a one-minute comedic monologue. Directors may or may not have callbacks.

For complete audition information, visit us at

Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the authors of “Once On This Island,” “My Favorite Year,” “Ragtime” and the animated film “Anastasia,” exploded on the musical theatre scene with this zany, offbeat, and very funny murder mystery farce about an unassuming English shoe salesman forced to take the corpse of his recently murdered Atlantic City croupier uncle on a week-long vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed, Harry Witherspoon stands to inherit $6,000,000. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn.

The proceedings are sheer lunacy as Harry comes up against his uncle’s insanely jealous and legally blind mistress, her much put-upon optometrist brother and Annabel Glick, a zealous representative from the Universal Dog Home determined to see Harry’s inheritance “go to the dogs.”

Originally played on a unit set, “Lucky Stiff” is an intimate show with extremely modest production requirements. A small ensemble cast has plenty to do, playing a variety of bizarre, memorable roles. Exuberant, energetic, and impeccably crafted, “Lucky Stiff” is above all fun, with a sly, contemporary sensibility.

Characters include:

HARRY WITHERSPOON: A shy sweet-natured and insecure young Englishman, working as an underpaid shoe salesman in a dreary London suburb. Lonely, and beset by dogs and prying neighbors in his boardinghouse, Harry knows that life is passing him by, but feels incapable of making any changes or taking chances.

ANNABEL GLICK: A representative of the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. Annabel is a young woman with a natural bent for causes. She takes life very seriously, and denies herself any small pleasures, for fear that if she waits for happiness to knock, it won't. Instead, she dedicates herself to good works. Annabel is the type who wears protests buttons and carries a bag full of useful things like tire gauges and granola bars.

RITA LA PORTA: A handsome, hard-edged woman with an extremely volatile nature and a severe case of nearsightedness. Rita is passionate, impulsive, jealous, manipulative and very insecure about her looks. She is also putty in the hands of the man she adores. Things often get out of control when Rita is present. She is a chain smoker.

VINCENT (VINNIE) DI RUZZIO: Rita La Porta's brother. An optometrist. A nervous and conservative man, a pillar of the community and a person who would never do anything out of the ordinary, risky or controversial. Vinnie is allergic to smoke.

LUIGI GAUDI: A boisterous and gregarious Italian. Luigi is a pivotal character, although his part is relatively small. He wears a beard, and perhaps an eye patch.

ENSEMBLE PLAYERS: These performers (two men, two women) double a variety of parts, including: an English landlady, her boarders, an English solicitor, travelers on a train, a French waiter, a bellhop, tourists, gamblers, an emcee, a French nightclub entertainer, and others.


For more information, e-mail us at, or visit us online at or
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre,, 701-746-0847

Veterans Day ceremony is Nov. 11

The annual Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Grand Forks County Courthouse. A free lunch is served to all veterans and friends on the top floor of the Grand Forks County Office Building, 124 S. Fourth St.
-- Carol Anson, VA Certifying Official, Veteran Services,, 777-3364

U2 announces new session Nov. 12

University Within the University (U2) announces a new session.

Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop
Nov. 12, 3 to 5 p.m., Swanson Hall, Room 10-12.
The University of North Dakota is committed to ensuring that its employees adhere to the highest ethical standards in all research activities performed at the University. Recently, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has made investigator training in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), a term used to describe these ethical standards, one of its conditions for any grant or contract supported by the Foundation. In the near future, all awardees will be required to demonstrate that they have been trained in RCR prior to acceptance of an award.

This course is designed to introduce all present NSF awardees, or anyone considering a Federal grant proposal, to the basic ethical issues associated with RCR. Using recent cases from the literature, the course will explore various issues related to financial compliance, conflict of interest, research integrity, and human and animal subject compliance. In addition, the course will cover the University policies concerning these areas and actions in the event of allegations of misconduct.

Presenters: Jon Jackson, assistant professor, anatomy and cell biology; Kathy Sukalski, associate professor, biochemistry and molecular biology; Barry Milavetz, associate vice president for research; and David Schmidt, manager, grants and contracts administration.

This session is sponsored by the Division of Research.
-- Denis F. MacLeod, U2 Coordinator, University Within the University,, 701-777-0720

U2 lists sessions

The University Within the University lists the following sessions:

Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop
Nov. 12, 3 to 5 p.m., Swanson Hall, Room 10-12. See the article above for more information.

Journal Entries, Journal Imports, and Journal Vouchers
Nov. 3, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Reed Keller Auditorium.
Learn how and when to use them. Presenter: Kathie Howes.

Budgets Overview Inquiry
Nov. 5, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Gamble Hall Lanterman Center, Room 9.
Prerequisite: PeopleSoft user ID and password for Finance Module, a local fund number, and/or an appropriated fund number. This training provides the tools necessary to navigate through PeopleSoft to find your department's budget and cash balance, utilize PeopleSoft to track your department's budget, cash, revenue, and expenditures, and complete a budget journal. The session also includes hands-on practice activities. Presenter: Shannon Smidt.

Purchasing Policies and Procedures
Nov. 5, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Memorial Union, Badlands Room.
Discuss current and new policies and procedures. Presenters: Scott Schreiner and Vicki Von Harz.

Defensive Driving
Nov. 6, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Swanson Hall, Room 10-12.
This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member (spouse or dependents). This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Tom Brockling.

Employees' Privacy and the Law*
Nov. 6, 9 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall.
How far can an employer go in making decisions on issues related to privacy in the workplace? Presenters: Desi Sporbert and Joy Johnson.
* Required training for all finance and operations supervisors (future supervisors are encouraged to register).
-- Denis F. MacLeod, U2 Coordinator, University Within the University,, 701-777-0720

Note revision to National Science Foundation salary policy

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided clarification of its salary policy as follows:

Senior project personnel are now able to charge up to two months of regular salary in any one year. The previous policy limited salary compensation to summer months only.

Compensation for salary in excess of two months must be included in the proposal budget, justified in the budget justification, and specifically approved by NSF in the award notice.

This revision only applies to proposals received on or after Jan. 5, 2009. The revised NSF Policy and Procedures Guide may be viewed at .
-- David Schmidt, Manager, Grants & Contracts Administration,, 777-2505

ND EPSCoR announces award in new faculty start-up monies

The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) has announced that five academic departments at UND will share in $830,000 designated for six new faculty start-up opportunities. These funds are made available to departments on a competitive basis and are designed to enhance the start-up packages offered to prospective research faculty during the hiring process.

Awards, which are of two years duration and begin Sept. 1, 2009, were made to the following departments: biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemistry, microbiology, and the pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics.

According to Gary Johnson, interim vice president for research and co-chair of the ND EPSCoR steering committee, “the new faculty start-up awards constitute one of the most important components of the multi-faceted EPSCoR program.” He went on to express appreciation to the National Science Foundation and the State of North Dakota for their support of research through this innovative program in which North Dakota’s public research universities, UND and NDSU, have been a partner since 1986. In announcing the awards, Johnson added, “The overall goal of ND EPSCoR is to increase the competitiveness of North Dakota for merit-based grants and contracts in support of science and technology research from federal funding agencies. New faculty start-up awards move UND in the proper direction towards meeting this objective.”

Funded through federal, state and private sector partnerships, ND EPSCoR manages a comprehensive research development plan that involves infrastructure improvement programs, science outreach and recruitment programs, and technology transfer and commercialization programs. ND EPSCoR's federal research partners include the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Department of Defense (DOD).
-- Gary E Johnson, Interim Vice President for Research and Co-Project Director, ND EPSCoR,, 701-777-2492

Nominations/applications invited for Faculty Research Award

Nominations/applications are invited for the UND Foundation Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research. The winner of this award will receive a plaque and a check for $2,000 at the Founders Day Banquet Thursday, Feb. 26. Tenured faculty who have been at UND at least five years are eligible to receive this award.

The following information should be provided:

(1) A listing of publications of significant, original and high-quality research, scholarly, and creative contributions in nationally recognized professional journals that are refereed by peer reviewers and/or a listing of juried competitions and invited performances/exhibitions.

(2) Overall scholarly activities, such as service as a reviewer of research proposals for federal agencies or other funding sources, service as a referee or editor for professional journals, and contributions to training students in research, scholarly, and creative endeavors;

(3) Potential for significant contributions to enhancing the effectiveness of the subject matter taught in the classroom.

(4) A letter of support from the department chair, if the nominee is a faculty member, or from the dean, if the nominee is the chair of the department.

Faculty, staff and students may make nominations, and faculty are invited to nominate themselves. Since the committee will not engage in the gathering of documentation, each nomination or application must be accompanied by thorough evidence of the nominee’s qualifications for the award. Nine copies of each nomination and supporting documentation should be received at Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) no later than Wednesday, Jan. 7.

The awardee will be selected by the same committee that selects the Fellows of the University Award for Departmental Excellence in Research recipient. This committee includes the associate vice president for research (chair), the chair of the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, one faculty member from the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, three faculty members from the University Research Council, the chair of the Faculty Research Seed Money Committee, and one member of the Faculty Research Seed Money Committee.

Since previous awardees are ineligible for nomination until five years have passed (no award in 2008), Michael J. Gaffey and Wayne S. Seames (2007), Michael D. Mann (2006), F. Richard Ferraro (2005), and Manuchair Ebadi (2004) may not be nominated this year.

If further information is desired, please call Research Development and Compliance at 777-4278.
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance,, 701/777-4278

Nominations invited for departmental research award

Nominations for the Fellows of the University Award for Departmental Excellence in Research, recognizing research, scholarly, and creative productivity, are due at Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) Wednesday, Jan. 7. The winning department will receive a $1,500 award and a plaque at the Founders Day Banquet Thursday, Feb. 26.

Nominations should include information that will allow the selection committee to judge the quantity and quality of the research, scholarly, and creative activities of the department. At a minimum, such nominations should include:

• A listing of published research or other creative or scholarly activities during the period 2003-2008.
• Additional information for those years, such as a brief synopsis of ongoing research activities, the number and type of active sponsored projects, dissertations or other research papers presented by students, performances or scholarly presentations by faculty, etc., should be included if they contribute to the overall picture of a department’s research, scholarly, and creative activities.
• A statement of support from the dean is required.
• To expedite the review process, nine copies of the nomination and supporting documentation should be submitted to RD&C.

The awardee will be selected by the Outstanding Research Awards Committee which includes the associate vice president for research (chair), the chair of the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, one faculty member from the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, three faculty members from the University Research Council, the chair of the Faculty Research Seed Money Council, and one member of the Faculty Research Seed Money Council.

Since previous awardees are ineligible for nomination until five years have passed, the Departments of Psychology (2008), Chemical Engineering (2005), and Microbiology and Immunology (2004) may not be nominated this year. Departmental awards were not given in 2006 and 2007.

If further information is desired, please call Research Development and Compliance at 777-4278.
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance,, 701/777-4278

Faculty sought to teach summer K-12 educator workshops

Do you have an idea for a workshop for K-12 teachers or administrators? If so, we are looking for you! Each summer the Continuing Education Office of Professional Development for Educators (PDE) sponsors a variety of local workshops for K-12 educators to assist in their professional development requirements and needs. PDE is currently soliciting interest from UND faculty to develop workshops for the summer of 2009.

If you want to share your research, expertise, or have specific interests, content areas, or teaching strategies that you are passionate about and want to share, consider putting together a short-term, 15-instructional-hour, site-based workshop to be offered this summer. PDE provides continuing education/professional development credit to educators for these graduate level workshops. Faculty salaries are arranged through facilitation agreements, and provide increases when enrollments go beyond a base number of participants. PDE can assist with classroom scheduling, audio visual equipment arrangements, and handout duplication.

If interested, please contact Kim Jones at: or 777-4225
Are you thinking about it, but would like some ideas for workshop topics that teachers have identified as areas of interest? Please call Kim and visit about the possibilities!
-- Kim Jones, Coordinator, Professional Development for Educators,, 777-4225

Mini-grants available for summer programs/events; application deadline is Nov. 17

Are you planning an event at UND next summer but lack funding? Do you plan to develop a new summer course but need financial resources? Consider applying for a mini-grant through the Summer Programs and Events Council (SPEC).

SPEC’s Start-Up mini-grant program will fund deserving proposals for:
1. The expansion of existing 2008 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.
2. Or the redesign of existing 2008 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.
3. Or the development of new 2009 credit or non-credit summer courses/programs.

Through the mini-grant program, the council wants to create positive learning experiences for the citizens of the Red River Valley Region and beyond by extending the resources of the University. The mini-grant funds will help cover the development, marketing and start-up costs for courses and programs held at UND during the summer months. Examples include camps for kids, academic classes that can be completed in the summer months, or any special event designed for the community. Quality, creativity and “out of the box” ideas are encouraged when developing new programs.

All interested UND faculty and staff are encouraged to submit proposals. Information can be found at The application deadline is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17. Recipients will be announced Dec. 15

For more information on the mini-grant program, contact Diane Hadden, director of Summer Sessions (credit activities), 777-6284, or Kerry Kerber, associate dean, Continuing Education (non-credit activities), 777-4264, For operational questions, contact the Summer Programs and Events Office at 777-0841.
-- Brenda Dufault, Summer Programs and Events Coordinator, Summer Progams and Events,, 777-0841

2008-2009 Fact Book now available online

The 2008-2009 UND Fact Book is now available online. It serves as a central source for frequently requested current and historical information about UND. In addition to general information about UND, it contains a wide variety of information on students, courses, degree offerings, faculty and staff, and finance and facilities. More information will be added as it becomes available. To view this Web document, go to .
-- Carmen Williams, Director, Institutional Research,, 701-777-2456

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day holiday

Tuesday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, will be observed as a holiday by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday. -- Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources.

Chester Fritz Library lists Veterans Day hours

The Chester Fritz Library will observe the following hours of operation for Veterans Day: Monday, Nov. 10, 7:45 a.m. to midnight; Tuesday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), 1 p.m. to midnight; Wednesday, Nov. 12, 7:45 a.m. to midnight.
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library,, 7-2618

Insurance open enrollment is through Nov. 7

The annual open enrollment for health, life, dental and vision insurance is Oct. 20 through Nov. 7. This is the time for employees to enroll in insurance plans they are not currently participating in, add dependents to their current coverage or increase coverage levels. You may obtain coverage, premiums, enrollment information and forms from the NDPERS Web site at Click on the “Annual Enrollment” icon or contact the Payroll Office, 312 Twamley Hall. Enrollment forms must be returned to the Payroll Office by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 7. No late enrollment forms will be accepted. -- Payroll Office, 777-4226.

Deadline is Dec. 12 to apply for employee spouse/dependent tuition waivers

The deadline to submit the 2009 spring semester spouse/dependent tuition waiver form is Friday, Dec. 12. Applications for spring semester received after this date will not be processed, and there will be no extension of the Dec. 12 deadline date.

If you received the waiver for fall, you may see a spring waiver in your anticipated aid. However, you MUST STILL REAPPLY for the waiver by the due date of Dec. 12 in order to receive the waiver for spring. Your eligibility for the waiver must be approved before the waiver will be applied to your account.

The amount of the spouse/dependent tuition waiver is 50 percent of the billed tuition per spouse and/or dependent for UND undergraduate and graduate classes excluding professional programs (law and medicine) and self-supporting continuing education courses (correspondence and online studies). The deadline to submit your completed spouse/dependent tuition waiver form is 30 days prior to the start of the semester. You are encouraged to take advantage of this new benefit.

The spouse/dependent tuition waiver policy is available at:

The spouse/dependent tuition waiver form and checklist of eligibility are located at:

If you have questions regarding the policy, please call the Human Resources Office (777-4361). If you have any questions regarding the actual tuition waiver, please call Student Account Services (777-3911).
-- Diane Nelson, Director, Human Resources, Office of Human Resources,, 7-4364

Book orders now due

The University Bookstore would like to remind faculty that book orders are now due. Having your course and book information early allows us to pay students 50 percent of the book price at buyback. Buyback is critical to ensure a great selection of used books for your students in the spring. Early book orders also help us to help you, by notifying you of publisher stock issues, edition changes, and out-of-print titles in a timely manner. Book orders may be submitted online at, by phone at 777-2748, by fax at 777-2108, or by e-mail at

Your team at Barnes & Noble is always available to answer any question you might have. Thank you.

-- Tina Monette, Assistant Manager, UND Bookstore,, 701-777-2106

Graphics and Photography Society offers services

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

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

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

Veterans Upward Bound offers math assistance

Veterans Upward Bound (777-6465), located on the third floor of the Memorial Union, offers assistance for qualified veterans who need to refresh their math skills before enrolling in UND math classes. Call us immediately for more details. We also offer classes in English, computers, and science.
-- Colleen Reuter, Site Coordinator, Veterans Upward Bound,, 777-6465

UND Graphics and Photography Society holds photography contest

On your mark, get set, ready, shoot those pictures. UND’s Graphics and Photography Society (GaPS) student organization and Student Health Services are once again sponsoring the UND 24/7 photography contest.

Photographs considered for judging must be taken on the University of North Dakota campus during the 2008 year. “We want to see what UND life really looks like 24 hours, seven days a week,” said Lynda Kenney, a graphics and photography professor in the Department of Technology who serves as advisor to the Graphics and Photography Society. The theme for this contest is “UND life: 125 years and counting.”

All photographs must be digital, and can be black and white or color. In addition, they must be 5x7 inches or 1500 x 2100 pixels in size, and 300 ppi resolution.

There will be a grand prize, along with first, second, and third place awards. The winning photographs will receive prizes and be displayed on the Graphics and Photography Society’s Web page, at a Memorial Union exhibition, and then permanently in the Student Health Center. There is no limit to the number of photos you may submit. However, photographs may not have been previously published.

The UND 24/7 photography contest is free and open to everyone. Photographs will be judged based on content expression, composition elements, and technical quality.

The contest deadline is Nov. 15. Submit your photographs to

For questions and a complete set of official rules, contact Lynda Kenney at 777-2197 or e-mail her at
-- Lynda Kenney, Assistant Professor, Technology,, 777-2197

UND employees can buy Alerus Center event tickets before general public

The Alerus Center is providing UND employees the opportunity to purchase tickets for all events in advance of public sales. This currently applies to Lifehouse, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Neil Diamond, Winnie the Pooh, Michael W. Smith, and Disturbed.

Tickets can be purchased by calling Vione at 701-792-1402 or e-mailing her at The tickets can be mailed to you at no cost or picked up at the box office. -- Alerus Center.

Museum Cafe lists specials, soups

The North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists its daily soups and specials: 

Oct. 29-31
Soups: Pasta Fagioli, Thai Satay
Wednesday: Stir Fry
Thursday: Stuffed Baguette
Friday: Stir Fry

Nov. 3-7
Soups: Creamy Tomato Basil / White Chicken Chili
Monday: Club Panini
Tuesday: Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Wednesday: Rueben Sandwich
Thursday: Philly Sandwich
Friday: Salmon Caesar Sandwich

The Museum Café is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 701-777-4195

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

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: Financial Aid Advisor, Student Financial Aid, #09-117
COMPENSATION: $30,000 plus/year

POSITION: Research Specialist, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #09-118
COMPENSATION: $ 50,000 plus/year

POSITION: Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, #09-113
COMPENSATION: $33,000 plus/year


POSITION: Library Associate, Chester Fritz Library, #09-120
COMPENSATION: $ 17,500 plus/year


COMPENSATION: $ 22,000 plus/year


POSITION: Dishwasher (variable schedule), Dining Services, #09-123
COMPENSATION: $8.91 plus/hour

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Sunday – Friday, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), Facilities, #09-122
COMPENSATION: $ 18,200 plus/year


NDUS Programmer Analyst - Grand Forks

North Dakotan elected to board of National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network

Mary Amundson, assistant professor at the Center for Rural Health, has been elected to the board of directors for the National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNet). The network helps health professionals locate practice sites in rural and underserved areas throughout the country.

Amundson was elected by 3RNet members to this leadership position for a three-year term. She is a founding member of the organization and served as a board member from 2003 to 2006. In addition to being the administrator for North Dakota’s 3RNet membership, she also works with health workforce policies and programs within the state.

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 presents across the nation routinely on those topics and has produced several publications. She served as a member of the National Frontier Definition Committee to issue regulations to define 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. Presently, she is the director of the new Area Health Education Center in North Dakota.

Created in 1995, 3RNet works to improve rural and underserved communities' access to quality health care through recruitment of physicians and other health care professionals, development of community based recruitment and retention activities, and national advocacy relative to rural and underserved health care workforce issues.
-- Wendy Opsahl, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health,, 777-0871

de Leon receives special commendation

Pablo de Leon, a research associate in space studies, will receive a special commendation from the nation of Argentina and will be made a member of honor and representative in the "United States of the Argentine Academy of Aerospace History" at a special recognition next month in Buenos Aries.

While in Argentina, de Leon also will present research from his new all-Spanish-language book, "The History of Space Activities in Argentina."

"It will be the first book on this subject," de Leon said. "I have been using my weekends and vacations for some years on this book."

The first volume of de Leon's work covers space activities in Argentina before 1980, while the second volume covers everything afterward to the present.

"To write this book, I had the cooperation of the Department of Space Studies at UND, and even the cover was designed by our graphics designer," de Leon said.

De Leon has spent almost two decades as an aerospace engineer and has experience in space project management, spacesuit design and Extra-Vehicular Activities (EVA). He has worked with NASA's as a Space Shuttle payload manager and general designer of the mission's science experiments package. These experiments completed all NASA certifications for Mission STS-108 to the International Space Station in December 2001. This project carried seven experiments and performed flawlessly during the 12-day flight.

De Leon also was as chief designer and fabrications manager for several underwater-simulation, EVA-analog and pressure suit systems.

As a writer, de Leon has published several books and reports about space, with a special interest in manned space flight. One of these books, titled "108 Minutes in Space" documents the first flight of a human in space. He founded a magazine on space exploration, and is currently editor in chief of the "Latin-American Journal of Space Science and Technology." He has written more than 35 technical papers on space engineering and life support systems, which he presented at various international congresses.

He belongs to a number of professional aerospace engineering societies. He was selected Regent of the United Societies in Space (USIS) in 2000 and was co-founder of the Latin American Space Association (Asociacion Espacial Latinoamericana

de Leon was elected to be regional representative (South America) for the Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Program on Space Applications. He also was one of the original competitors in the X-Prize, which advocates for private-sector research in space travel.

De Leon holds a sports scuba-diving certification, a professional scuba certification and is a private pilot.

He is married to Ana Maria, and they currently live in Grand Forks.

UND Flying Team soars to victory In regional flying competition

The UND Flying Team blasted past its competitors for the championship title in the Region V National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s (NIFA’s) Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON), which was held Oct. 9-11, Mankato, Minn. UND’s winning score of 829 points was followed by the University of Dubuque with 560 points. St. Cloud State University took third with 471 points, followed by a fourth-place finish of 351 by Minnesota State University-Mankato.

“We are very proud of our team,” said Jim Higgins, faculty advisor of the UND Flying Team. “The next step is our pursuit of the National Championship where we will face some stiff competition. The schools we compete against have definitely upped the ante – we have our work cut out for us.”

The National SAFECON competition will be held in St. Louis, Mo., May 17, and hosted by Parks College of St. Louis University.

UND’s Flying Team consists of volunteering aviation student body members who have made a commitment of time and effort to be a part of the team. The team participates in two competitions annually – a regional qualifying competition and the national competition to determine the national championship. The UND Flying Team members who competed were Brandon Anderson, Adam Fisel, William Gardner, Aaron Guffey, Ryan Guthridge, Jamie Marshall, Ryan Perrin, Kyle Schurb, Joel Thomas, and Greg Weseman. Jim Higgins is the team’s faculty advisor, and Jered Lease is the head coach.

The UND Flying Team is a member of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA), the sanctioning body for the regional and national SAFECON competitions. SAFECON places a special emphasis on safety of flight operations. UND’s Flying Team has won 14 of the last 24 national competitions.