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ISSUE: Volume 46, Number 8: October 08, 2008

Top Stories
President Kelley will give his first State of the University address Nov. 18
Brekke named interim VP for finance and operations
UND to dedicate Behavioral Research Center
Assistance available for ground breaking, dedication ceremonies
Events to Note
Arts & Sciences' Evening of the Arts is Oct. 17
Fall Theology for Lunch continues
"Lawyers are the Key to Freedom" lecture set for Oct. 15
UND invites Fulbright Fellow to speak on international child labor Issues
Retirement reception for John Williams is Oct. 8
"Women Communicating Wisdom," second edition is Oct. 8
Billy Chuck displays art at Third Street Gallery
Entrepreneur Forum Series is Oct. 9
Conference focuses on history, legacy of Nonpartisan League
Work Well Mini-Mobile Health Fairs begin
Reception will recognize award-winning alums
Women's Center sponsors ND Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night Rally
MSS holds "Midterm De-Stressor" Friday
UND pharmacologist to speak in biomedical science lecture series
Physics colloquium is Oct. 10
Geography Forum set for Oct. 10
Doctoral examination set for Jeanie McHugo
"Conversations in the Kitchen with John Michael Lerma, Terry Dullum" is Oct. 17
UND Winter Grad Expo set for Oct. 14
Grand opening for Adapt/Night Life office is Oct. 14
Academic apparel package on sale at Barnes & Noble at UND
UND Music presents Faculty Lecture Series
UND Wind Ensemble, University Band presents first concert of season
Check alignment at Work Well Body Shop
U2 lists sessions
Oct. 15 is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day
Burnt Toast Demonstration Kitchen lists classes
Art & Wine Walk is Oct. 18
Join in a Great Conversation with Steven Bloom
Stand up to the flu
Fire Hall Theatre kicks off season with "Lend Me a Tenor"
Benediktson Lecture Series is Oct. 23
Annual AAUW used book sale is Oct. 24-25
Museum Autumn Art Auction work on display
Sharon Dalox Parks to discuss artistry of leadership Nov. 6
New UND online, distance education Web site launched
New agreement builds bridge from Dickinson State to UND's Graduate School
Student Satisfaction Inventory, Priorities Survey for Online Learners findings now available online
University Curriculum Committee to hear program termination
Summer Administrative Leadership Program application deadline is Oct. 24
Deadlines listed for research/creativity and publication, travel grants
Major research instrumentation program (MRI) internal preproposal deadline is Nov. 3
NIH announces transition schedule
Outstanding Faculty Award nominations due Oct. 17
Faculty sought to teach at American College of Norway
New Finance and Operations Division policy Web site is ECAPP
Reminder to sign up for Notifind system
UND Bookstore faculty announcement
Civic engagement nominations accepted until Oct. 10
Juniors urged to apply for Truman Scholarship
Martin Luther King Jr. Award nominations sought
Outdoor sculptures celebrating UND's 125th anniversary to be displayed
Phi Beta Kappa members sought
Absence notification for students detailed
Honors Program rakes for Heifer International
Mini-grants available for summer programs/events; application deadline is Nov. 17
Staff Senate announces suggestion box
UND Graphics and Photography Society holds photography contest
Donated leave sought for Wanda Seyler
Please fill out UND police survey
Reduce the price of textbooks today
Note changes to moving expense reimbursment policy
Help re-name Burnt Toast Demo Kitchen
Ralph Engelstad Arena announces attendance totals
Barnes & Noble's biggest clearance sale of the year is on now
Shop for a Cure comes to Barnes & Noble at UND
University Counseling Center offers online mental health screenings
Museum Cafe lists specials, soups
Pregnant women sought for Vitamin D study
'Go Local North Dakota' Web site links consumers with healthcare resources
Destination ImagiNation seeks volunteers
Water research institute invites applications for graduate research fellowships
Donations sought for Mortar Board Turkey Basket Drive
Who's Who Nominations sought
Barnes & Noble at UND seeks part-time bookseller for Tower Cafe
Internal job openings listed
In the News
EERC creates first 100 percent renewable jet fuel
EERC researchers receive distinguished service award
President Kelley will give his first 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 Report, 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, the registrar, the director of libraries, all deans, all department chairpersons, 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; the 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.

Brekke named interim VP for finance and operations

Alice Brekke will serve as the interim vice president of finance and operations at the University of North Dakota, President Robert Kelley has announced. Brekke, who currently serves as assistant to the president and budget director, will succeed Robert Gallager, who has served as the vice president for finance and operations since May 2000.

"Alice Brekke has been responsible for oversight of UND's budget for many years. She is an experienced administrator familiar with a broad range of issues affecting higher education. Alice has worked extensively with the policies and procedures of the North Dakota University System and the Legislative process. In her current position, she works closely with the leadership of the institution and the staff of the Division of Finance and Operations. She knows that portfolio well and is a good choice for leadership at UND as interim vice president for finance and operations. I look forward to working with her and her continuing service on the President's Cabinet," said Kelley.

Kelley praised Gallager for his eight years of service to UND. "Vice President Gallager has been central to the growth and development of UND for the past several years. His ability to recognize an opportunity, and then to find ways of building on the opportunity, is remarkable. He has been directly responsible for planning and implementing a great deal of the new construction on the UND campus, including development of the Bronson property north of campus, the new residence halls and dining commons, the president's residence, the tech park and the Center for Innovation building. In addition, he has overseen the operation of campus facilities and the staff that make the UND campus so beautiful. I wish him the very best as he and Marian relocate to Charleston, S.C."

A UND alum, Brekke has served the University for 29 years in a number of support and leadership roles, including assistant to the dean for the School of Engineering, business manager for the Energy and Environmental Research Center, director of grants and contracts and budget director. In her current position, she has also worked on a number of special assignments such as the University transition to Division I. She represents UND on a number of committees internally, within the greater Grand Forks community and at the state level.

Brekke holds a master of accountancy and is a certified management accountant as well as a certified research administrator.

UND to dedicate Behavioral Research Center

The public is invited to the Northern Plains Center for Behavioral Research building dedication at the University of North Dakota. The event is set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the new center, 400 Oxford St., just south of the College of Nursing building on the UND campus.

The $4-million Center for Behavioral Research is an interdisciplinary research facility that will address critical, unmet national public health needs. It will be used by nursing and psychology faculty members to explore human conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, alcoholism, diabetes, nutritional disorders and others by helping patients alter their behaviors.

"The Northern Plains Center for Behavioral Research, the next in a series of three brand-new research centers being unveiled on our campus this year, will be a shining example of what happens when world-class scholars, representing diverse research backgrounds, such as nursing and psychology, work side by side under one roof to solve important questions about nutrition, addiction and human behavior," said UND President Robert Kelley.

"Like the new National Center for Hydrogen Technology, which was recently dedicated on our campus, and the Center of Excellence in Life Sciences and Advanced Technology, which officially will open its doors later this year, the Behavioral Research Center greatly enhances UND's capacity to conduct cutting-edge research and to develop innovative answers to scientific questions that directly impact the people of North Dakota, the United States and the world."

Some of the biggest obstacles to improving health care revolve around behavior, including life-style issues, nutrition and other habits such as smoking and lack of exercise. This center will promote research in both nursing and psychology that can improve the health and quality of life for many people. The center also will allow UND, through its Colleges, to attract more research funding in the future and build on currently existing research capacity.

"The Northern Plains Center for Behavioral Research will provide the state-of-the-art space needed to conduct interdisciplinary research in key areas such as preventive health, nutrition, mental health, and chronic disease management,” states Loretta Heuer, nursing researcher. “This research space will be instrumental in assisting dedicated faculty and students to pursue the Colleges’ commitment to improving health and preventing disease both statewide and nationally.”
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Officer, Nursing,, 777-4526

Assistance available for ground breaking, dedication ceremonies

University of North Dakota units anticipating the opportunity to hold ground breaking, dedication, or naming ceremonies for new buildings or for additions to existing buildings are asked to contact the President’s Office or the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events to schedule the event well in advance. Planning assistance for such activities, including information on protocol and UND policies, is available through the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events at 777-2724.
-- Robert O. Kelley, President, Office of the President,, 777-2122

Fall Theology for Lunch continues

Join Campus Ministry Association, representing Christus Rex, Newman Center, United Campus Ministry, and Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel for the fall Theology for Lunch series. The topic and presenters for the fall series will be:

Politics and Faith: Hot Topic Issues
* Oct. 22 – "Economy: Who and How Much to Tax? – Patrick O’Neill, economics, and Robert Dosch, accountancy, UND
* Oct. 29 – "War and Terrorism: Just War Theory" – Army Chaplain Justin Schmidt

Each presentation will take place at noon at the Newman Center. A light lunch will be served, so bring your appetite, a friend, and an interest in exploring these hot topics.
-- Lisa Burger, Director, Student Success Center,, 777-4706

Arts & Sciences' Evening of the Arts is Oct. 17

Please join Dean Martha Potvin and the College of Arts and Sciences as we celebrate an Evening of the Arts as part of Homecoming 2008 Friday, Oct. 17, at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks. The social begins at 6:30 p.m. with complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Art exhibits feature art from UND students, faculty, and alumni. Mini concerts are from UND groups: Steel Pan Band, 12 O'clock Jazz Ensemble, Varsity Bards, and music assistant professor Alejandro Drago on violin. Special guests include David, '70 & Gay, '69 Williamson; Jennifer Thorson, '93; Kathryn Uhrich, '86; and John Michael Lerma, '89.
-- Tanya Butler, Administrative Secretary, College of Arts & Sciences,, 777-6240

UND invites Fulbright Fellow to speak on international child labor Issues

The Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies and the Chester Fritz Library invite the University and Grand Forks communities to hear international expert Sidup Chakraborty discuss child labor in India. His presentation will be given at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the East Asian Room, Chester Fritz Library (fourth floor). A reception will follow.

Dr. Chakraborty is Reader (assistant professor) in economics at Ananda Chandra College in India. He is currently serving as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Minnesota and will visit UND Oct. 6-9 to meet with students and faculty. Dr. Chakraborty is a recognized scholar in human rights and has published extensively on child labor issues. Everyone is invited to hear him share his insights on this compelling topic.

Finally, the UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies invites faculty and graduate students to attend a panel discussion focused on "Born Into Brothels" at noon Friday, Oct. 10, in the Chester Fritz Library East Asian Room (fourth floor). Those wishing to attend this event should RSVP with Crystal Alberts at by Wednesday, Oct. 8.
-- Wilbur Stolt, Director of Libraries, Chester Fritz Library,, 777-2189

"Lawyers are the Key to Freedom" lecture set for Oct. 15

Lieutenant Colonel Colby C. Vokey will present a free public lecture titled “Lawyers are the Key to Freedom: From Guantanamo Bay to Iraq,” at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Baker Courtroom, School of Law. His lecture will address his U.S. Marine Corps experiences, his challenging cases, and his position as a chief defense lawyer. A reception with students will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Law School Student Lounge.

Vokey, a reputable Marine Corps Defense Counsel, was a chief defense lawyer to the Canadian Terror suspect in the Omar Khadr Case. On July 27, 2002, a U.S. Delta Force soldier, Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer, was fatally wounded in an Afghanistan firefight. The suspect was a 15 year old Canadian teenager at the time, named Omar Ahmed Khadr. He was captured and taken to Guantanamo Bay. Under a November 2001 order from President Bush, Khadr was not able to claim many rights defendants are granted in civilian courts. Facing murder charges by the U.S. military commission, Khadr was represented by Vokey.

With a reputation for being a great litigator, Vokey feels strongly for the case and considers it the biggest challenge he has faced. He believes that Omar Khadr’s case was an injustice and that Omar was a young boy who was prosecuted for the crimes of his father. Omar’s father Ahmed Said Khadr is an Al Qaeda financer. Ahmed Said Khadr was killed in a Pakistani battle in 2003.

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Vokey also has roots in Canada. His father, a native to Canada, joined the U.S. Air Force and later joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Vokey also joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he was awarded the combat ribbon as an artillery officer during the Persian Gulf War. Vokey is a graduate of the UND School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor with Distinction in 1998. He then worked as a chief of all the Corps’ defense lawyers in the western United States. Vokey has since then left the Corps and said that the Omar Khadr case had an influence on his decision. He has served as both a prosecutor and a defense counsel in hundreds of military courts-martial and other cases.

For more information about Vokey, including an extended bio and high resolution photo, visit The lecture is sponsored by the Criminal Law Association and the International Human Rights Organization.
-- Rob Carolin, Director of Alumni & Public Relations, Law School,, 777-2856

Retirement reception for John Williams is Oct. 8

The Department of Educational Foundations and Research invites the University community to a reception honoring John Delane Williams on his retirement after 42 years of teaching, research and service to our University, 38 of those years in the rank of full professor.

Williams was first appointed assistant professor in the College of Education in 1966. He has two Ph.D.s, one in statistics and research methodologies (University of Northern Colorado, 1966) and the other is in clinical psychology (The Fielding Graduate University, 1994). He has won the Sigma Xi Award for Individual Excellence in Research (1979), and the Burlington Northern Award for Outstanding Teaching and Faculty Development (1986). He has been the advisor to 33 doctoral graduates, and has served either as a committee member or research advisor to over 1,000 graduate students at the University of North Dakota.

He is the author of over 300 books, chapters in books, articles and presentations. The articles have appeared in 50 different journals. His research has typically been in statistics or educational research journals, psychology journals, and more recently in journals regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, an area in which he is regarded an outstanding scholar.

Join us as we wish an enjoyable and healthful retirement to John and his wife Jolie from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. -- Kathleen Gershman, chair, Educational Foundations and Research.

"Women Communicating Wisdom," second edition is Oct. 8

The UND student chapter of the Association for Women in Communication (AWC) invites campus and community members to the second edition of “Women Communicating Wisdom,” Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Badlands Room, Memorial Union. Come snd enjoy a conversation about women’s wisdom, and contribute with your ideas about wisdom! Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m., the presentation will start at 6:30 p.m., and the conversation will follow.

In the past year, members of the UND student chapter of AWC have asked women from all walks of life questions about who their mentors are or were, how they have developed their own unique wisdom, and how they are communicating their wisdom to others. AWC members will present this information, acquired through panel discussions and survey questionnaires, and will engage the audience in a conversation about women’s wisdom.

The second edition of “Women Communicating Wisdom” aims to showcase, through dialogues between AWC members and the audience, the diversity of women in terms of race, ethnicity, education, ability, interest and talent, and the variety of women’s wisdom. The UND student chapter of AWC hopes to function as a facilitator of women’s networking.

The concept of wisdom is multidimensional, and it is necessary to explore as many of those dimensions as possible. During the second edition of “Women Communicating Wisdom,” you have an opportunity to listen, learn, and share your dimension of wisdom.
-- Diana Nastasia, President, UND student chapter of the Association for Women in Communication, Communication,, 701-777-3053

Billy Chuck displays art at Third Street Gallery

Minot artist William Harbort, a.k.a. Billy Chuck, will display his mixed media pieces at the Third Street Gallery, 28 Third St. S., downtown Grand Forks through Monday, Nov. 17. This exhibition begins with an artist reception at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7. Billy Chuck will be in attendance to answer questions about his work.

William Charles Harbort, a.k.a. Billy Chuck, moved to North Dakota in 1996 to teach graphic design at Minot State University. Prior to his teaching engagement he worked as a commercial artist in New York. It was at Minot State where the artist further developed his medium and artistic direction. His ornately framed multi-media pop-paranoid constructions are often dipped in lucite or clear acrylic that helps hold together some of the most disparate materials and concepts you'll ever witness in a singular work of art. Denizens such as dead cockroaches, paint-by-numbers, B-film baddies and Big Brother all populate a fascinating world of eye candy as exploitation.

Third Street Gallery is curated by Amy Lyste and Rebecca Sefcovic Uglem. The public is welcome to all events. Those wishing group tours, including schools, should contact the Third Street Gallery at 701-775-5055. There is no admission charge but a $2 donation is suggested for adults and change from children.

Third Street Gallery is a non-profit arts organization created by artists for artists to provide exhibits and opportunities for regional and local artists and to revitalize the Greater Grand Forks community through the arts. The gallery will provide a space for local artists to exhibit, in addition to providing the citizens of this community the opportunity to view emerging artists from the Upper Midwest.

For more information call 701-775-5055 or contact

Entrepreneur Forum Series is Oct. 9

The Center for Innovation is excited to announce the second session of the 2008-2009 Entrepreneur Forum Series featuring Robert and Jay Schuler of Giant Sunflower Seeds.

The title of the discussion will be "Giant Sunflower Seeds; An Overnight Success, Years in the Making." This entrepreneurial family will share their story, provide secrets and lessons learned, and answer questions from the audience.

The forum will occur at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Idea Lab at the Center for Innovation.

The Entrepreneur Forum is a periodical gathering of entrepreneurs and business people who share experiences, strategies, and success stories. The aim of the forum is to accelerate growth and success in the local region and provide a business environment that increases and fosters networking, learning, and entrepreneurial success. The event is open to the public.

Conference focuses on history, legacy of Nonpartisan League

The University of North Dakota will play host to a conference next week that will focus on the history and impacts of the Nonpartisan League, a popular political movement that originated in North Dakota in the early 20th Century.

The conference, titled "The Nonpartisan League at 90," will begin at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Memorial Union's Fred Orth Lecture Bowl with a visual presentation by Dave Britton, Grand Fork, on grain elevators of the Great Plains.

All conference events are free and open to the public. However, so that there might be an accurate count for break times, please call 777-6230, or e-mail to let organizers know who is planning to attend. UND students are eligible for one course credit for participating in the seminar. Students interested in participating can call history professor Kimberly Porter at 777-6230, or e-mail her at

The Nonpartisan League believed that at least one of North Dakota's mills, grain elevators, banks and other farm-related industries should be controlled by the state and thus, ultimately, the people, to reduce the power of corporate political interests. It was organized politically in 1915 by a Beach, N.D., farmer and former Socialist party organizer A. C. Townley.

"Its members firmly believed that the out-of-state businesses that controlled the elevators, mills, banks, etc., had only themselves in mind and did not take into consideration the needs of the farmers of North Dakota, about whom they knew nothing," Porter said.

Below is a rundown of the remaining conference events:

Friday, Oct. 10:
* 9 a.m., Charles M. Barber, Northeastern Illinois University, emeritus, “From Elliot Ness to Dear Abby: William Langer as NPL Attorney General in North Dakota, 1917-1920”
* 9:30 a.m., Travis Nygard, University of Pittsburgh, history, “Nonpartisan League Visual Culture and the Birth of Betty Crocker”
* 10 to 10:15 a.m., break
* 10:15 to 11:45 a.m.
- Richard Whaley, University of Wisconsin-Fon-du-lac, history, “Stephen Joseph Doyle and Wartime Democracy in North Dakota during the 1918 Gubernatorial Election”
- Kim E. Higgs, University of North Dakota, aerospace, “The Nonpartisan League Leader’s Role in the Development of the Nonpartisan League”
- Richard K. Stenberg, Williston State University, history, “A Real Republican: The Political Life of Governor George F. Shafer”
- Lloyd Omdahl, University of North Dakota, political science, emeritus, “The Switch of the Nonpartisan League to the Democratic Column”

11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., lunch
Sandwich and Salad Buffet
Reservations required, $11/person

* 1 p.m., Curt Hanson, University of North Dakota, senior archivist, Chester Fritz Library, “Researching the League”
* 2 p.m., Eric Bergeson, Fertile, Minn., independent scholar, “What Made Bill Langer Tick?”
* 2:30 p.m., Gordon L. Iseminger, University of North Dakota, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, history, “The NPL’s Home Building Association, 1919-1923: Its Legacy"
* 3 to 3:15 p.m., break
* 3:15 p.m., Robert C. Carlson, president, North Dakota Farmers’ Union
“The Farmers’ Union and the NPL: A Common Heritage”
* 3:45 p.m., Thomas Contois, Washington, D.C., independent scholar, “A Triumph of American Politics: Subduing Popular Democracy on the Northern Plains”
* 4:15 p.m., Robert L. Caulkins, Sr., University of North Dakota, history, “The Role of the NPL-Led Council of Defense in Preserving Civil Liberties in World War I”
* 4:45 p.m., Kimberly K. Porter, University of North Dakota, history, “The NPL as Impetus for the American Farm Bureau Federation”
* 5:15 to 7 p.m., break
* 7 p.m., film, “Northern Lights"

Work Well Mini-Mobile Health Fairs begin

Join Work Well and the College of Nursing at the launch of the Mini-Mobile Health Fair. This event will give you great information to get you started. Here’s what you can expect: Walk in, meet confidentially with a professional nursing student to learn what screenings (based on your age and gender) are right for you to be doing on a regular basis. Then get a free screening, which makes you eligible to win cash ($500 or $1,000). The Mini-Mobile Health Fair will be held Thursdays from Oct. 9 through Nov. 20. Times and location vary, so refer to your fall 2008 Work Well programming booklet (coming to a mailbox or meeting near you soon) for details or contact
-- Andrew Miller, Work Well Coordinator, Wellness Center- Work Well,, 701-777-0210

Reception will recognize award-winning alums

Arts and Sciences Dean Martha Potvin invites you to a reception recognizing David Williamson, '70 and Jennifer Thorson, '93, both English department graduates, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in 110 Merrifield Hall.

Williamson will receive the UND Alumni Association's top award, The Sioux Award, as one of their outstanding alumni for 2008 and Thorson will receive the 2008 Young Alumni Achievement Award.

The Sioux Award is the highest honor given by the UND Alumni Association. A limited number of Sioux Awards are presented to UND alumni and friends who have distiguished themselves through professional or career achievements, participation in community service, involvement in business and professional associations, and interest in and loyalty to UND.

The Young Alumni Achievement Award was established in 2002 to recognize UND's more recent graduates who have achieved great success in a short time since they have left their alma mater. Recipients have demonstrated high levels of achievement, leadership and support for the University of North Dakota.
-- Tanya Butler, Administrative Secretary, College of Arts & Sciences,, 777-6240

Women's Center sponsors ND Clothesline Project and Take Back the Night Rally

The Women's Center is sponsoring the 14th annual Clothesline Project through Oct. 10 in the Memorial Union Ballroom, second floor. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

The Take Back the Night Rally will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Memorial Union Ballroom with keynote speaker Andrea Cooper, who will share the story of her daughter, Kristin. In 1995, Kristin was raped by a friend; as a result of this assault, Kristin battled depression which came to an end when she took her own life.

The Clothesline Project is a visual display of T-shirts that demonstrate the effects of domestic violence and sexual assault in our community. Each shirt represents a particular adult’s, young adult’s, or child’s experience and is decorated by the survivor or by a family member or friend. Help us take a stand against domestic violence and sexual assault in our community. This issue affects everyone, not just women.
-- Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Womens Center,, 777-4300

MSS holds "Midterm De-Stressor" Friday

Please share with students and encourage them to go to the Midterm De-Stressor from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at the Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center, 2800 University Ave. Listen to music, socialize, relax, games and enjoy free food (philly cheese steak subs).

Upcoming activities will be "Making the Best of UND" discussion of current topics on campus. Meet new people, vent about school topics and professors. Meeting times are Oct. 14 from 11:15 to 12:15 p.m. and Oct. 16 from 5 to 6 p.m. -- Linda Skarsten, Multicultural Student Services, 777-4259.

UND pharmacologist to speak in biomedical science lecture series

Keith Henry, assistant professor of pharmacology, physiology, and therapeutics, will give a seminar titled, "Understanding Molecular interactions: How Small Changes Make for Big Differences" at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in Room 5510, Medical School.

Dr. Henry's work focuses on a class of proteins called transporters -- proteins that help to move proteins, ions and biochemically active compounds in and out of cells -- and how these transporters are regulated in normal and diseased states. He will talk about the general nature of his work and focus some specific examples on his recent work with the serotonin transporter, and its larger implications to health and the scientific enterprise.

For more information about Friday's seminar, or the seminar series, contact coordinator Jon Jackson, anatomy and cell biology, 777-2101.

Physics colloquium is Oct. 10

A physics colloquium will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in 211 Witmer Hall. Coffee and cookies will be served at 3:30 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall. The talk, "Seeing the Light through Colloidal Crystals," will be presented by Alan Denton (physics/NDSU).
-- Connie Cicha, Secretary, Physics,, 777-2911

Geography Forum set for Oct. 10

The Department of Geography invites you to the October Geography Forum noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in 157 O'Kelly Hall. Paul Todhunter, professor of geography, will address "The Grand Forks Flood of 1997: An Assessment of the Flood Forecast-Response System Performance." Everyone is welcome.
-- Enru Wang, Assistant Professor, Geography,, 7-4590

Doctoral examination set for Jeanie McHugo

The final examination for Jeanie McHugo, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 14, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "An Evaluation of the Clinical Teaching Process: Perspectives From The University of North Dakota Physician Assistant Program." Myrna Olson (teaching and learning) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

UND Winter Grad Expo set for Oct. 14

Are you graduating in December? Join us for the UND Graduation Expo to help you get ready to graduate. The Expo will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Loading Dock, Memorial Union. UND’s Bookstore and Herff Jones will have all your regalia needs on site and available for purchase, plus information about class rings, diploma covers, frames and invitations. Other vendors include the Registrar’s Office, Financial Aid, Graduate School, Career Services, Housing, Campus Catering, Alumni Association and the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events. This is an opportunity to ask questions and gather information about the Dec. 19 winter commencement ceremonies for graduate and undergraduate students. Stop in for all your graduation needs and register for door prizes. For more information about graduation, go to .
-- Dawn Botsford, Events Coordinator, Office of Ceremonies and Special Events,, 777-6393

"Conversations in the Kitchen with John Michael Lerma, Terry Dullum" is Oct. 17

How does one go from earning a degree in English to becoming a corporate chef and regular in the Food Network’s cooking competitions?

Join former Grand Forks resident and UND English alum, John Michael Lerma (B.A., 1989), as he and WDAZ anchor Terry Dullum “dish” during “Conversations in the Kitchen with John Michael Lerma.”

John Michael, a corporate chef and restaurant critic in Minneapolis, is the author of Garden County: Where everyone is welcome to sit at the table, and Garden County Pie: Sweet and savory delights from the table of John Michael. Lerma will demonstrate his celebrated “Piemaling,” a technique of decorating the top crust of pies, featured on the Food Network Challenge American Pie Festival, as he delights us with stories of his repeat wins at the 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 National Pie Championship in Celebration, Fla. John Michael also runs cooking seminars in Tuscany and the Yucatan each year.

Sample his delicious cooking and enjoy his wonderful storytelling. And -- because John Michael has been selected to represent Emile Henry cookware, he has generously agreed to donate a nine-inch Emile Henry ceramic pie dish as a door prize at this event. Lerma’s first cookbook will be available for purchase and signing.

The event is free and open to the public from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at the UND Wellness Center, The Burnt Toast Kitchen. The new name for the kitchen will be revealed during this event. The event is sponsored jointly by the English Department and the Wellness Center. For a full list of homecoming events hosted by the English Department, go to
-- Kathleen King, Sr. Lecturer, English/Women Studies,, 701-777-2787

Grand opening for Adapt/Night Life office is Oct. 14

The grand opening for the Adapt Peer Educators and Night Life @ UND office in the lower level of the Memorial Union will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14. There will be a short program at 12:15 p.m. along with cookies and lemonade.
-- Sandi Luck, Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, University Counseling Center ,, 701-777-4188

Academic apparel package on sale at Barnes & Noble at UND

Barnes & Noble at UND invites faculty to attend the UND 2008 Winter Graduation Expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Memorial Union Loading Dock. Faculty can save over 25 percent off academic regalia packages now through Nov. 14. Faculty who can't join us at the Graduation Expo can stop in at the Bookstore or contact us by phone for more information. Bookstore hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Contact Susanna Johns at 777-2747 or Ashley Sayles at 777-2113 for more information.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

UND Music presents Faculty Lecture Series

The Department of Music is presenting a series of seven faculty lectures Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. The series reflects a variety of faculty interests and expertise, with topics such as instrumental jazz, vocal and choral performance, music education and therapy, musicology, and composition. Michael Blake began the lectures Sept. 30 with "The Creation and the Reharmonization of a Jazz Standard." Joshua Bronfman presented "Five Pictures from the Bible: Composer, Commissioner, and Work" Oct. 7. Therese Costes will present "Music Therapy in North Dakota" Oct. 14; Michael Wittgraf, "The Natural Habitat of the Academic Composer," Oct. 21; Royce Blackburn, "The Musical Characterization of Irony in Dominick Argento's The Andrée Expedition," Oct. 28; Gary Towne, "Music and Civic Pride: Musical Institutions in Medieval and Renaissance Bergamo," Nov. 4; and Katherine Norman Dearden, "Florence Clinton Sutro Remembered," Nov. 18. All lectures are free and open to the public.

For further information, contact the music office at 777-2644.
-- Tammy Mulske, Technology and Marketing Supervisor, Music,, 777-2644

UND Wind Ensemble, University Band presents first concert of season

The University of North Dakota Wind Ensemble and University Band, conducted by James Popejoy, will present their first concert of the season at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14. The performance will be held at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Tickets, available at the door, are $6 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, or $12 per family.

This concert will explore a wide variety of styles and genres from the world of music. The Wind Ensemble will open their portion of the program with "Esprit de Corps" by Robert Jager, followed by a wonderful new work for winds and percussion by Michael Gandolfi, "Vientos y Tangos." The ensemble will also showcase the classic "Jupiter" from “The Planets” of Gustav Holst, as well as Malcolm Arnold’s charming "English Dances, Set I." They will close the concert with a performance of one of John Williams most exciting and recognizable film scores, the "Raiders March."

The University Band will open the concert with Karl King’s classic march "Hosts of Freedom." They will also present performances of "On A Southern Hymnsong" by David Holsinger, and Robert Jager’s always entertaining "Third Suite." A new arrangement by Robert Longfield featuring Excerpts from “Symphony No. 5” of Dmitri Shostakovich will round out their program.

For additional information concerning this performance, please contact the UND Band Department at 777-2815.
-- James Popejoy, Director of Bands, Music,, 777-2815

Check alignment at Work Well Body Shop

Is your body in need of an “alignment”? Come to the Work Well Body Shop where physical therapy students and faculty will take you through a series of checks to ensure your body is in proper tune. This is like no other body shop out there –- participants will have the opportunity to register to win free oil changes from Grease Monkey and Abs and Back out workout DVD’s. Note: The only clothing you may be asked to remove are your shoes and socks to check out pressure areas on your feet. Other joints that will be put through the checks are ankles, knees, and your posture. So if you are slumping in your office chair and your joints are aching, come and get your tune-up today. The Body Shop will be held from 7 to 9 a.m. Oct. 14 in the Mandan Room, Memorial Union, and from 7 to 9 a.m. Oct. 21 and 28 in the JW room at Wilkerson.
-- Andrew Miller, Work Well Coordinator, Wellness Center- Work Well,, 777-0210

U2 lists sessions

University Within the University (U2) lists the following sessions.

Facilities Discoverer Reports Training
Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II
Learn how to access the detailed information your department needs to have access to Facilities Discoverer reports. This training includes information on how to access the detail and summary information that breaks down the facilities charges by individual work orders or projects or both. Presenter: Laura Thoreson.

Data Protection and Privacy
Oct. 15, 9 to 11:30 a.m., 361 Upson II
This workshop will introduce secure practices for handling and storing sensitive University and personal data. Topics will include a discussion of the types of information to protect and why it needs to be protected; practices and configurations for securing your operating system, web browser, e-mail, and other software applications; protecting your personal information online; must-have security software for your computer; and encrypting sensitive data. Presenter: Brad Miller.

Understanding Our Strengths and Weaknesses in the Workplace
Oct. 17, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Room 16-18, Swanson Hall
Are there things you admire about one person's office ethics, yet other working styles that drive you crazy? This one-hour session will enable participants to identify their predominant decision-making style through an interactive "compass" activity where we learn to understand "how" and "why" we work the way we do. Is your department more about co-"blab"-orating or collaborating? No matter the role you play on campus or at home, this is a great way to learn to mine the diverse talents and expertise of your colleagues or family members to build a healthy, productive culture where all learning styles are honored and respected. Come and join the fun! Presenter: Laurie Robinson, Division of Continuing Education, Professional Development for Educators Program.

Safe Zone Ally Training Program
Oct. 16, 2 to 4 p.m., Room 10-12, Swanson Hall
The purpose of Safe Zone is to reduce homophobia and heterosexism on the UND campus, thereby making our campus a safer and freer environment for all members of our community regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Safe Zone prepares members of the campus community, primarily faculty and staff, to serve as resources on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) issues and also strives to educate the campus community about the Safe Zone program. The goal of the Safe Zone Ally Training Program is to provide a welcoming environment for LGBTQ persons by establishing an identifiable network of supportive persons who can provide support, information, and a safe place for the community within our campus. Presenters: Safe Zone committee members.

Defensive Driving
Oct. 16, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator
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: Jason Uhlir.

Cost Transfers (including salary corrections)
Oct. 17, 2 to 3 p.m., Reed Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
This training session discusses what a cost transfer is, when it needs to be done, what forms are required in order to complete these transfers, as well as how to avoid cost transfers on grant funds in the future. Presenter: Corey Graves.
-- Denis F. MacLeod, U2 Coordinator, University Within the University,, 701-777-0720

Oct. 15 is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Oct. 15 is International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. To honor these lost children, all over the world parents and loved ones will light a candle at 7 p.m. in their time zone, creating a global continuous wave of light. See for more information.

The Grand Forks Infant Bereavement Support Group will mark International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day with a candle lighting ceremony at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the garden room of Holy Family Catholic Church. Anyone who has lost or would like to remember a child lost through miscarriage, stillbirth or any child death is invited to attend. Please feel free to bring pictures or mementos of the child to use in the ceremony. For more information contact Rebecca Weaver-Hightower at 787-8818. -- Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, Christin Nelson, and Marcus Weaver-Hightower.
-- Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, Assistant Professor, English,, 7-6391

Burnt Toast Demonstration Kitchen lists classes

The Burnt Toast Demonstration Kitchen lists the following classes.

Cheap, Fast, and Healthy
Cost: Free
5:30 to 6 p.m. every Monday during the school year.
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!

Protein Shakes
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m.
Cost is $5
Many athletes are going beyond the gym to build lean muscle mass. Many of today’s athletes know that nutrition plays a vital role in muscle development. Come learn how much protein you should be consuming in a given day, and risks related to over consumption. This class will also help you identify good dietary sources of protein, emphasizing quality choices, while still catering to a student's budget.

Tailgating Treats
Thursday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m.
Cost: Free
Homecoming is just around the corner, and many people are firing up their grills for one last tailgating event before the cold sets in. Come learn how to impress your friends and jazz up classic American favorites. This class will teach you basic grilling skills and emphasize healthier alternatives to standard fare. So if you are looking to spice up your tailgating traditions, this is the class for you!

To register for these classes, stop by the Welcome Desk at the Wellness Center or go online to and click on Demo Kitchen registration. Questions? Contact Karina Wittmann 777-2719 or
-- Karina Wittmann, Burnt Toast Coordinator, Wellness Center, > , 777-2719

Art & Wine Walk is Oct. 18

Join us from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, for the final 2008 Art & Wine Walk. Stroll through downtown and view artwork by local artists at galleries, restaurants, and other businesses that serve wine or other non-alcoholic refreshments. Most artwork is available for sale, and artists are on hand to discuss their work. The Art & Wine Walk is a great way to experience downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, view artwork by regional artists, and learn about the many and varied businesses downtown.

The Art & Wine Walk begins at the Blue Moose Bar & Grill in East Grand Forks, where maps can be purchased for $10. At each participating business, the map will be stamped (wine consumption is not required to receive a stamp). Maps can be turned in at the closing reception at the Empire Arts Center to enter a drawing for a gift basket of prizes donated by participating businesses. The closing reception will feature a champagne toast, sponsored by Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops.

The Art & Wine Walk is organized by the North Valley Arts Council and the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is sponsored by the Empire Arts Center, the Blue Moose Bar & Grill, Clear Channel Radio, Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops, and Gilly’s Bar & Grill.

To learn more about the Art & Wine Walk, visit
-- Nicole Derenne, Executive Director, North Valley Arts Council,, 701-777-6120

Join in a Great Conversation with Steven Bloom

Join the University of North Dakota in a Great Conversation with author and professor Stephen G. Bloom, author of "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America," at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

As a guy who spent much of his career as a journalist, Stephen Bloom knows a good story when he hears one. And when he first heard about a community of Hasidic Jews that moved to the farming town of Postville, Iowa -- pop. 1,465 -- in 1987, his journalistic antennae shot up.

Bloom authored "Postville: A Clash of Cultures in Heartland America," which tells the amazing story of what happens when an ultra-Orthodox Lubavitcher population moves to a small town in Iowa to run a glatt kosher processing plant. Postville has recently found its way back into the news with controversy at that same processing plant.

Bloom is the co-author of the just-released book, "The Oxford Project," about which documentary film maker Ken Burns said, "This powerful, confessional book draws from the truth that so-called ordinary people, not those with bold-faced names, are actually heroes of our American drama." Bloom is also the author of "Inside the Writer's Mind," and the forthcoming nonfiction book, "Tears of Mermaids," a global detective story about pearls. A professor of journalism at The University of Iowa, Bloom is a former reporter for the Los Angeles Times and Dallas Morning News.

Join us Oct. 20 for this incredible opportunity to engage in a Great Conversation with Bloom. This event is part of the UND 125th Celebration, and the Hagerty Lecture in Contemporary Media Issues. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit us online at
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Marketing Coordinator, 125th Anniversary,, 701-777-0857

Stand up to the flu

Protect yourself, get vaccinated!
Flu Clinic schedule:
* Monday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Memorial Union, Student Health Promotion Office
* Tuesday, Oct. 21, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 251A Odegaard Hall and
4:30 to 7 p.m., Main Lobby, University Place
* 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

This clinic is open to all UND students, faculty, and staff. Flu shot and mist are available. Insurance may be filed on site for those with ND BC/BS coverage. UND IDs and insurance cards are required.

The cost will be $23 for those who pay by check or cash. Students may also charge to their UND accounts.

Please wear short sleeves.

This is sponsored by Student Health Services. For more information call 777-4500.
-- Jane Croeker, Health Promotion Advisor, Student Health Services,, 701.777.2097

Fire Hall Theatre kicks off season with "Lend Me a Tenor"

The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre kicks off its season of a million laughs with Ken Ludwig’s hilarious farce, "Lend Me a Tenor," directed by Chris Berg, through Oct. 24.

This night in September of 1934 is the biggest in the history of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company - world-famous tenor Tito Morelli is to perform Othello, his greatest role, at the gala season opener. Saunders, the general manager, hopes this will put Cleveland on the operatic map. Morelli is late; when he finally sweeps in, it is too late to rehearse the company. Through a hilarious series of mishaps, Morelli is given a double dose of tranquilizers, which mix with the booze he has consumed, and he passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant, Max, believe he is dead. What to do? Max is an aspiring singer and Saunders persuades him to get into Morelli's Othello costume and try to fool the audience into thinking he's Morelli. Max succeeds admirably, but Morelli comes to and gets into his other costume. Now, two Othellos are running around in costume, and two women are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo!

Join the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre in this hilarious farce, featuring Dylan Croeker (Morelli), Heath Stevenson (Max), Jesse Mullins (Maggie), Margaret McDonald (Saunders), Michelle McCulley (Maria Morelli), Paige Greenwood (Diana), with Amy Lyste as Opera Guild Chairwoman Julia and featuring Benjamin Klipfel as the Bellhop.

Production contains "lack of clothing" in some scenes and is recommended for mature audiences. Evening performances run Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Reservations can be made at the Chester Fritz Box office (777-4090). All productions are at the Fire Hall Theatre in downtown Grand Forks.

For more information, visit, or
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre,, 701-746-0847

Benediktson Lecture Series is Oct. 23

Humans are extraordinarily clever and have accomplished miraculous things. In the 20th century alone, we have built telescopes that peer to the beginning of time, particle accelerators that probe the origin of matter, spaceships that travel beyond the Solar System, gene sequencers that reconstruct the history of life, supercomputers that calculate trillions of times faster than we do, and medical products that extend our lives. In fact, we are so clever our technologies make us the dominant force for change on the planet. So rapidly have we ascended to dominance that we are only now beginning to sense the consequences.

George Seielstad, director of Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment, will explain how we can use our extraordinary cleverness and our newfound understanding of consequences of our actions to move to a lifestyle that can be sustained at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The presentation is free and open to the public. It will also be webcast live at Refreshments will be served prior to the talk at 3:30 p.m.

By changing the chemical composition of the atmosphere, the acidity of the oceans, the diversity of the spectrum of life, the extent of polar ice caps, the level of the seas, and the uses of the land, we have initiated an experiment with Earth’s entire system. What is most worrisome is the speed with which the experiment is being conducted. Modern humans, Homo sapiens, have been residents on this Earth for about 8,000 generations. The most recent five or so generations are behaving as if the planet’s resources, its natural wealth, are ours to exploit without concern for generations that will follow.

Our scarcest resource, though, is time. The sooner we accept that the services nature provides underlie our economy, quality of life, and productive membership in the human family, the more likely we can prevent unforeseen changes that impoverish our descendants.

The presentation is part of the Benediktson Lecture Series, named for Oliver Benediktson, a UND alumnus who generously endowed a Chair of Astrophysics. Dr. Seielstad is the first recipient of the Benediktson Chair. In appreciation, he is presenting public lectures on the wonders of science. For more information, contact Karen Katrinak at 777-2482, or

Annual AAUW used book sale is Oct. 24-25

The annual AAUW used book sale is Oct. 24 and 25 in the Grand Cities Mall. The hours are Friday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Items include used and new books and media materials. The proceeds fund scholarships.
-- Dianne Stam, DC, UND Alumni Association & Foundation,, 777-6760

Museum Autumn Art Auction work on display

The North Dakota Museum of Art, the state's official art museum, will hold its 10th annual Autumn Art Auction, Saturday, Oct. 25. Please join us for an opening preview reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. This year’s co-chairs are Becky Sefcovic Uglem and Amy Lyste, directors of the Third Street Gallery on Kittson Avenue in downtown Grand Forks. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with live music, and appetizers donated by Whitey’s, Bronze Boot, Suite 49, Rhombus Guys, the Museum Café, and the Blue Moose. The live auction starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for members, $35 for non-members in advance and $40 for non-members at the door.

The 48 pieces of art are now on display at the Museum or online at They will be auctioned by Burton Onofrio, who has run art auctions for 26 years in Rochester, Minn. He recently retired as attending neurosurgeon at the Mayo Clinic, but art has long been an important part of his world.

This Autumn Art Auction and its catalog is dedicated to Sanny Ryan, whose on-going financial gift of $60,000 annually supports museum staff salaries. The North Dakota Museum of Art is also very grateful to our dedicated sponsors who have given generously to guarantee that the arts flourish. The 2008 Autumn Art Auction is underwritten by Karen Stoker who developed North Dakota’s first art hotel in Fargo: Hotel Donaldson.

Of the auction, Museum Director Laurel Reuter writes, “Landscapes and ideas about landscape seem to dominate this year’s auction. Clearly, this reflects the influence of our climate and topography upon we who live here. In many parts of the world days go by with no mention of the weather. We, on the other hand, open endless conversations with the weather. It is our bridge to everywhere. Over the years the auction has grown into the venue where you can find the very best of what our own artists are making, and this includes art about life on the northern plains and woodlands.”

“The overriding goal of this auction is to build a buying audience for the artists who live among us. For decades, the only artists who could stay in northern Minnesota and North Dakota while continuing their professional careers had to find a different way to make a living—usually teaching on the college level. Our mantra became, ‘If we don’t support them, who is going to.’ Art has also become an accepted part of younger people’s lives. They participate, they buy, they live with art—and all of our lives become richer.”

“Not all of the artists live locally but they all have some relationship with either the Museum of Art or the region. And, given that Winnipeg is our closest large city—and a hotbed for artists—we consider the Manitoba art community our own.”

Absentee bidding is possible by mail or telephone. Call the Museum at 777-4195 to order tickets, receive an Auction Catalog, or register for absentee bidding. Ticket price includes wine and hors d'oeuvres beginning at 6:30 pm.

The Museum is located on Centennial Drive in Grand Forks. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends. Call 777-4195 for information on current exhibitions, the Museum Café, or the Museum Gift Shop.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

Sharon Dalox Parks to discuss artistry of leadership Nov. 6

As part of the 125th celebration, Sharon Daloz Parks will discuss the artistry of leadership from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, November 6, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Dr. Parks is director of Leadership for the New Commons, an initiative of the Whidbey Institute in Clinton, Wash. Previously she served for over 16 years in faculty and research positions in the formation of leadership and ethics at Harvard University in the Schools of Divinity, Business, and the Kennedy School of Government. She is the author of "Leadership Can Be Taught: A Bold Approach for a Complex World," published by Harvard Business School Press, 2005, and "Big Questions, Worthy Dreams: Mentoring Young Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith," 2000. She is co-author of "Common Fire: Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World," a study of the formation of people who sustain commitment to the common good when they are keenly aware of the complexity, diversity, and moral ambiguity of the contemporary world. She teaches in the executive leadership program at Seattle University and serves nationally as a lecturer and consultant.

New UND online, distance education Web site launched

The Division of Continuing Education launched a new Web site, UND Online and Distance Education (, on Oct. 1 to recruit new distance students (both credit and non-credit) as well as serve the thousands of current distance students who need access to the University's services.

The goal of this new site is for prospective students to easily find all of UND's distance offerings without needing to know our organizational structure or "jargon."

As such, the Division of Continuing Education has consolidated a number of units under the new brand of UND Online and Distance Education ( Units that were formally known as Correspondence and Online Studies (open enrollment courses), Distance Degree Programs, Certificate Programs (non-credit), as well as semester-based online courses will be marketed collectively at as UND Online & Distance Education.

Key Features
1. The site separates prospective student information from current student information so they can quickly find the type of information they need.
2. The site uses a shopping cart feature that allows prospective students to easily register for multiple courses at once.
3. Students may receive "instant customer service" by using our Live Help/Live Chat feature to instant message our staff with their questions. We can also track and record information about the student through this special software.

Update URLs
If necessary, please update your department Web site to link to the most appropriate page within the new site. Note: Continuing Education's homepage URL ( has not changed and will still work for other Continuing Education programs such as U2 and Workforce Development.

We welcome your feedback as we continue to add spring 2009 courses and refine the site. If you have any questions, please contact me.
-- Jennifer Swangler, Marketing Coordinator, Continuing Education,, 777.6374

New agreement builds bridge from Dickinson State to UND's Graduate School

Dickinson State University undergraduates have an opportunity to begin a graduate degree early at the University of North Dakota. In a new agreement signed by DSU and the UND Graduate School, qualified students are eligible to enroll in two graduate courses during their senior year.

The Bridge to the master’s in business administration degree program enables full-time DSU students to apply to UND’s graduate program prior to the beginning of their senior year and to earn a maximum of six graduate credits toward their program. These credits will also count toward the DSU bachelor’s degree in business administration. The online courses give students the flexibility to begin their advanced degree at UND without leaving the Dickinson campus.

Dean of the Graduate School at UND, Joseph Benoit said, “We’re excited to be partnering with Dickinson State on this innovative program. This new agreement will further strengthen ties between our institutions and will provide a natural progression for those seeking a master’s degree in business administration and a number of other programs we offer at UND.”

The initiative builds on the combined degree offered in several programs at UND that enables students to complete a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in approximately five years. “It is important that we are working creatively to keep our best and brightest students in North Dakota,” Benoit noted, adding “It’s expected that the state will see an increase in well-paying employment opportunities over the next decade, so this is a positive step toward developing competitive graduates and competitive programs who we hope will remain here in North Dakota.”

“DSU has about 18 percent of its graduates seeking advanced degrees,” said Rich Brauhn, DSU vice president for academic affairs. “This is the highest percentage of students from a North Dakota University System institution going to graduate school. DSU has a long history of guiding these students to the state’s two research universities. The Bridge MBA Program with UND just makes this transition easier and more attractive to our students.”

Dean Benoit affirmed, “Our graduate school has seen many successful students from DSU and we look forward to developing that relationship and continuing to educate successful scholars and future leaders.”

Student Satisfaction Inventory, Priorities Survey for Online Learners findings now available online

UND students participated in the Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) and Priorities Survey for Online Learners (PSOL) in spring 2008. The findings reveal how we compare with North Dakota University System institutions as well as other national four-year institutions. The summary describes both strengths and areas in need of improvement (challenges).

Some noteworthy items from the SSI survey are:
• Nearly half (46.7 percent) of the respondents plan on pursuing graduate studies; up from 44 percent in 2006.
• Nine of 11 composite scale items showed a significant increase in satisfaction from 2006 to 2008. In order from largest to smallest increase are recruitment and financial aid, registration effectiveness, safety and security, campus life, instructional effectiveness, campus support services, service excellence, concern for the individual, and campus climate. (Important to note, especially as related to the above largest two areas of increase, that the survey period in 2006 was shortly after the new PeopleSoft implementation.) The remaining two of 11 scales also increased (student centeredness and academic advising), however those increases were not significant.

• When asked the question, “All in all.. would you enroll here again?” 78 percent of the respondents would choose UND again. Undergraduates were more likely to enroll again than graduate students, with freshmen reporting the highest percentage of choosing UND again.

Some noteworthy items from the online (PSOL) survey are:
• Online course designs are easy to navigate is identified as both a strength and challenge. This would imply that students place high importance on this item, and although they also report a high level of satisfaction, there is still a significant gap between the importance placed on the item and the reported satisfaction.

• In general, UND 2008 satisfaction means are lower than those of their national and NDUS counterparts. On 17 of the 32 items, UND satisfaction means were lower in 2008 than in 2006.

• When asked the question, “All in all.. would you enroll here again?” 89 percent of the respondents would choose UND again.

The complete report is available online at .
For questions about this survey, please contact Sue Erickson at 777-2265.
-- Carmen Williams, Director, Institutional Research,, 7-4358

University Curriculum Committee to hear program termination

The University Curriculum Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in 305 Twamley Hall to discuss the proposed request to terminate the Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. This request has no impact on the doctorate of physical therapy program. The committee will also discuss the termination of the secondary certification in the School of Communication program. All interested parties are invited to attend.
-- Connie Borboa, Admissions and Records Officer, Registrar Office,, 7-4852

Summer Administrative Leadership Program application deadline is Oct. 24

The President’s Leadership Programs provides funding for two upper-level UND administrators to participate in one of several national summer leadership institutes. Funding under this program is designed for individuals already in administrative roles at UND who wish to expand the breadth of their experience in anticipation of moving to a higher level of responsibility.

Past opportunities have included the Management Development Program (MDP) and the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) at Harvard (, the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education at Bryn Mawr (, the AASCU Millennium Leadership Institute (, and the Frye Leadership Institute Emory University (

To apply for funding to attend a summer leadership institute, please send your CV and a formal application letter in which you explain in some detail your interest in this program, your administrative background, the specific program you wish to attend and why, to Stop 8176 or by Friday, Oct. 24. Those who receive funding are then required to apply directly to the program of their choice for acceptance.
-- Victoria Beard, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs,, 7-4824

Deadlines listed for research/creativity and publication, travel grants

The Senate Scholarly Activities Committee announces the following grant deadlines.

The second deadline for submission of applications is Wednesday, Oct. 15. Only research/creative activity or publication applications will be considered at that time. No other applications will be considered.

The third deadline for submission of applications is Thursday, Jan. 15. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between Jan. 16 and May 1, 2009. No other applications will be considered.

The fourth deadline for submission of applications is Tuesday, Feb. 17. Research/creative activity and publication grant applications, as well as applications for new faculty scholar awards, will be considered at that time. No travel applications will be considered.

Friday, May 1, is the final deadline for submission of travel grant applications. This deadline is for travel occurring between May 2 and Sept. 15, 2009. No other applications will be considered.

The committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. The proposal should be written with a multidisciplinary readership in mind. Avoid technical jargon and undefined abbreviations. Although the SSAC encourages submission of research/creative activity proposals and travel/publication requests, the committee takes into consideration the most recent SSAC awards granted to each applicant. Priority will be given to beginning faculty and first-time applicants. Requests for research/creative activity awards may not exceed $2,500. The committee receives requests for funding that far exceed funds available for awards; therefore, please prepare your application carefully.

Application forms are available at Research Development and Compliance (RD&C), 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4278, or on RD&C’s home page (on UND’s home page under “Research”). A properly signed original and 11 copies of the application must be submitted to RD&C prior to or on the published deadline. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications that are not prepared in accordance with the directions on the forms will not be considered by the committee. Please feel free to contact any of the current SSAC members for information or guidance when preparing your application. Their names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are available on RD&C’s home page or by calling RD&C at 777-4278.
-- Patrick A. Carr, Ph.D., Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, Anatomy and Cell Biology,, 701/777-2576

Major research instrumentation program (MRI) internal preproposal deadline is Nov. 3

Although the new solicitation is not yet available, the deadline for the 2009 MRI proposals is Jan. 22. It is anticipated that changes to it will be minor. Therefore, in order to allow more time for proposal preparation, we have set an internal preproposal deadline of 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3.

The MRI Program assists in the acquisition or development of major research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly for support through other NSF programs. Proposals may be for a single instrument, a large system of instruments, or multiple instruments that share a common or specific research focus. Computer systems, clusters of advanced workstations, networks, and other information infrastructure components necessary for research are encouraged. Awards for instrumentation generally range from $100,000 to $2 million. Lesser amounts will be considered in proposals from the mathematical sciences or from the social, behavioral and economic science community.

An institution may submit up to three proposals to the MRI program. Up to two proposals may be for instrument acquisition. If an institution submits three proposals, at least one of the three proposals must be for instrument development. However, two or all three proposals may be for instrument development. An institution may also be included as a member of a legally established consortium submitting a separate proposal, clearly labeled as such in the proposal's title.

As a result of the limited number of proposals that can be submitted, UND will conduct an internal review of preproposals. Preproposals should consist of the following sections:

● Cover page listing the project name, collaborators, contact person, total budget amount
● Instrument(s) to be purchased or developed and its(their) function(s)
● Impact on the research program of the collaborators, department(s), and college(s)
● Impact on the university’s mission as a whole
● Detailed budget. Please be aware that the University will be required to provide 30 percent in matching funds this year (see

Preproposals should be no more than five pages in length using a reasonable format (one inch margins, font size 11, single-spaced). Preproposals are due in Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3. Criteria used for reviewing preproposals will include appropriateness to the goal of the program; probability for funding by NSF; reasonableness of budgetary requests; and impact of the request on the university and the academic units involved. Investigators will be notified of the review results as soon as possible in order to provide as much time as possible to prepare a final proposal for submission.

Contact RD&C (7-4278 or for the complete NSF MRI announcement, or download it at: and
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance,, 701/777-4278

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.

Outstanding Faculty Award nominations due Oct. 17

Who are the outstanding teachers and departments at UND? You can help decide. The nomination process requires an easy, one-oage electronic form which you can fill out online at The form is linked to the UND home page and more information on the award process is available on the Instructional Development Web page under the “Programs” link.

The Outstanding Faculty Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the following individual and departmental awards:

* Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching (individual)
* Outstanding Graduate/Professional Teaching (individual)
* Excellence in Teaching, Research/Creative Activity and Service –
the "Faculty Scholar Award" (individual)
* Outstanding Faculty Development or Service (individual)
* Departmental Excellence in Teaching (department)
* Departmental Excellence in Service (department)

Please take time to reward excellence among your colleagues by nominating a faculty member or department. The best nominations address specific award criterion. Nomination forms and criterion are available at (follow the hyperlinks for specific award criterion.)

Nomination forms must be received by 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17. Please note the nomination deadline has been moved up to better accommodate the committee’s workload. Nominations are encouraged from past students and alumni. Additional information is available by calling Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or e-mail
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 777-4233

Faculty sought to teach at American College of Norway

Each year the Office of International Programs coordinates the selection of faculty to teach at the American College of Norway (ACN) in Moss, Norway. The selection committee is currently soliciting interest for fall 2009.

We encourage faculty to consider spending a semester abroad teaching at the American College of Norway in Moss, Norway. ACN provides an American higher education experience for students, mostly from Norway but from around the world. Through ACN they determine what it would be like to study in the United States and many transfer to U.S. institutions including UND. Instruction is in English and students speak English well. Housing is provided, faculty salaries (100 percent) covered, and assistance with airfare costs is provided. Faculty who can teach courses that have broad appeal and satisfy Essential Studies requirements are preferred.

If interested, please contact Ray Lagasse at: or 777-2938.
-- Ray Lagasse, Director, International Programs,, 777-2938

New Finance and Operations Division policy Web site is ECAPP

Vice President Robert Gallager and the Division of Finance and Operations announce a new policy Web site, ECAPP (an Electronic Collection of Administrative Policies and Procedures). Effective Oct. 1, the Web site will house all University policies created and maintained by the Division.

The Division implemented a new policy development process in August 2007. Since then, all new University policies created by the Division have gone through the process, are in the new format, and are indexed. Most policies are available in PDF for consistent viewing and printing. Please note that there are many finance and operations policies that predate this process, and so, as yet, have not been through the entire process. They remain official University policies and, in time, are expected to complete this process.

Please visit our new Web site to experience all that ECAPP has to offer. Questions about policy content should be addressed to the responsible office of the policy. Policy development questions or technical questions can be forwarded to Marisa Haggy, Vice President for Finance and Operations office, at 777-4392 or
-- Marisa Haggy, Special Projects/Assistant to VP, VP for Finance and Operations,, 701-777-4392

Reminder to sign up for Notifind system

Please sign up for the Notifind system at . NotiFind is the emergency notification system used by all state entities and universities to provide timely information and instructions directly to employees, students, faculty, and others during emergencies or urgent situations. Currently, the NotiFind system can contact you via the phone, e-mail, or text messaging.

If the NotiFind system is activated you will see 701-328-0911 show up on your caller ID and/or an e-mail from . If you have questions or concerns, please e-mail . - NDUS.

UND Bookstore faculty announcement

Faculty, do you need textbooks to be held in stock? In preparation for next term, the University Bookstore will begin returning unsold textbooks. We know there may be titles not assigned until later in the term and we would like to make sure we still have those in stock and available for students to purchase.

Please let us know by Friday, Oct. 10, if you have any title(s) you would like to have held for later in the semester. We will be able to hold them until Nov. 14.

If you will be using the same titles next year, you can also let us know that now. We will be delivering the course book requisition forms in the next week and will request those to be returned by Monday, Oct. 13. Book orders can be placed online at, by fax at 701-777-2108, or by phone.

To hold books or to place an order, please call Tina at 777-2106 or Carolyn at 777-2748. Thank you.
-- Tina Monette, Assistant Manager, UND Bookstore,, 701-777-2106

Civic engagement nominations accepted until Oct. 10

To provide everyone more time for submission of nominations of faculty, students, departments, and community partners for UND's civic engagement awards, we are extending the deadline until 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.

The nomination process is simple. Most awards require only a letter of nomination and no more than two letters of support and two selections of supporting evidence. Students applying for the CASE grant of $1,000 for a service project need to fill out an application online by following instructions on our website and getting support letters from a faculty advisor and the community partner. See details below.

Nominees and award winners will be recognized at the Center for Community Engagement annual awards luncheon with a theme this year of "Stone Soup: Ingredients for Community Collaboration" from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Our special stone soup recipe will be served by Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown and UND President Robert Kelley. Community-university projects will be on display.

Information about luncheon reservations and about proposing an exhibit will be coming to you soon. Please let me know if you have any questions. We also are willing to help students navigate the CASE grant application. They can call 777-0675.

2008 Community Partner Award
Given to a nonprofit, community, or public entity that has demonstrated an exemplary relationship with and support for one or more academic programs, faculty, and students. Nominations may be made by deans, academic departments, individual faculty, and students. The nomination letter should be no more than two pages long and should include no more than two letters of support. Nominations should be accompanied by two selections of supporting evidence. An original plus four copies of the application should be submitted. Deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.

2008 Public Scholar Award
Given to a full-time UND faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary public scholarship and meets the criteria of a) involving community members in the design and implementation of research or creative activity; and b) producing scholarship (broadly defined) that has been made available and accessible to the public. Nominations may be made by deans, chairs, students, colleagues, and community partners. Nominations should be no more than two pages long and should include no more than two letters of support, a curriculum vita, and two selections of supporting evidence. An original plus four copies of the application should be submitted. Deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.

2008 Faculty Service-Learning Award
Given to a full-time UND faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary effectiveness in using service learning as a pedagogy to meet the designated service-learning course goals of civic skills, civic knowledge, civic professionalism, and civic impact. UND service-learning course criteria are available at Nominations may be made by deans, chairs, students, colleagues, and community partners. Nominations should be no more than two pages long and should include no more than two letters of support, a curriculum vita, and two selections of supporting evidence. An original plus four copies of the application should be submitted. Deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.

2008 Engaged Department Award
Given to a UND academic department that has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to engagement of faculty and students in scholarship and learning in community contexts, addressing community needs. Nominations from community partners, deans, department chairs, individual faculty, and students will be accepted. Nominations should be no more than two pages long and should include no more than two letters of support. Nominations should be accompanied by two selections of supporting evidence. An original plus four copies of the application should be submitted. Deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.

2008 Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur (CASE) Awards
Given to three UND undergraduate students who meet criteria set by the CASE grant sponsors, the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation. The winning students will be chosen from those who submit an application for a service learning project to be carried out with a partnering community organization under faculty supervision for academic credit in the spring semester of 2009. Each $1,000 grant is used to support the project. Application instructions are available under CASE Award at A letter of support from the faculty advisor indicating learning goals for the project must be submitted separately by the deadline. Deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.

2008 Undergraduate Civic Engagement Award
Given to a UND undergraduate junior (class standing in the fall of 2008) who has demonstrated exemplary civic engagement through dedication and innovation in academic-based service and outstanding civic leadership potential. Nominations from community partners, deans, department chairs, individual faculty, and students will be accepted. Nominations should be no more than two pages long and should include no more than two letters of support. Nominations should be accompanied by two selections of supporting evidence. Finalist may be eligible for nomination to other national awards. An original plus four copies of the application should be submitted. Deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.

2008 Graduate Civic Engagement Award
Given to a UND graduate student who has advanced civic engagement through public scholarship, service-learning pedagogy, or scholarship about civic engagement, with outstanding academic or disciplinary civic engagement leadership potential. Nominations from community partners, deans, department chairs, individual faculty, and students will be accepted. Nominations should be no more than two pages long and should include no more than two letters of support. Nominations should be accompanied by two selections of supporting evidence. An original plus four copies of the application should be submitted. Deadline is 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.

-- Lana Rakow, director, Center for Community Engagement, 777.2287.

Juniors urged to apply for Truman Scholarship

Junior students interested in a career in public service at the federal, state, or local level are urged to apply for the 2009 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The scholarship award covers eligible educational expenses up to $30,000 for the senior year and up to three years of graduate study. While students majoring in political science and other social sciences are encouraged to apply, so are juniors majoring in other areas. Examples of other disciplines that could lead to a career in public service include chemistry, engineering, foreign languages, mathematics, and computer science.

The University of North Dakota has had 10 Truman Scholars since the establishment of the scholarship in 1977. Previous UND winners have gone on to study at prestigious graduate and professional schools such as Georgetown, Harvard, Michigan, Minnesota, and Syracuse.

Students who are interested in applying for this scholarship should contact Mark Jendrysik, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, 265 Gamble Hall, for information as soon as possible. You may also call 777-3540 or e-mail Prospective applicants should also see the Truman Scholarship Foundation Web site at for additional information.

Martin Luther King Jr. Award nominations sought

Nominations are sought for the Martin Luther King Jr. Award. Nomination forms are available at .

There will be a total of eight awards presented Jan. 23 for the following categories: (1) Service to the Greater Grand Forks Community, (2) Service to the Greater Grand Forks Air Force Base, (3) Service to UND, (4) Contribution to the Spiritual Life of the Greater Grand Forks Community, (5) Contribution to the Spiritual Life of the AFB Community, (6) Service to the Spiritual Life of UND, (7) Service to Humanity, and (8) Service to the State of North Dakota.

Please provide one nomination per application for a deserving student, administrator, staff member, local and/or state community member for one of te categories.

Nominations must be returned by Dec. 21. -- Multicultural Student Services.

Outdoor sculptures celebrating UND's 125th anniversary to be displayed

In conjunction with the 125th anniversary of the University of North Dakota, the sculpture classes in the Art Department will create two outdoor sculptures that will be on display during Homecoming Week, Oct. 12-18. Both pieces will be temporary displays. Everyone is invited to view and enjoy these works as we celebrate the 125th birthday of UND.

One work will be located between Twamley Hall and the "Celebrated" wall near the Hughes Fine Arts Center. Just follow the footprints! The other will be installed on both sides of the sidewalk as you walk from the parking lot to the west entrance of the Hughes Fine Arts Center. This sculpture has lights, so be sure to see it during the day and in the evening.

Both works are being created as team projects by students in Introduction to Sculpture (Art 100) and students in Sculpture I, II, and Advanced Sculpture (ART 200, 201, 400) taught by Patrick Luber. Students will be working on campus the next two weeks installing both sculptures in preparation for
Homecoming Week.

For further information, please contact Patrick Luber at 777-2230, or e-mail

Phi Beta Kappa members sought

Members of the UND faculty and staff who, while students here or elsewhere, were elected to membership in and were initiated into Phi Beta Kappa are asked to identify themselves to the UND chapter so they may participate in its affairs. Please inform me by phone at 777-4608 or by e-mail at The UND chapter of Phi Beta Kappa soon will begin its activities for the year. Initiations will again occur in early December and April. This year’s Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar will be Loch Johnson, Regents Professor of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. Dr. Johnson is the senior editor of the Journal Intelligence and National Security and the author of over 150 articles and numerous books on U.S. national security, among them Seven Sins of American Foreign Policy, Handbook of Intelligence Studies, and Strategic Intelligence (5 vols.). His primary research and teaching interests are intelligence and security studies, American foreign policy, and executive-legislative relations in the United States. He has served as the first staff for intelligence oversight on the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, as well as special assistant to the chair of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and to the chair of the Aspin-Brown Presidential Commission on Intelligence. Dr. Johnson will be on campus Monday and Tuesday, April 27 and 28, 2009. Please watch for further announcements. -- Gerri Dunnigan, assistant professor and associate chair of mathematics; secretary-treasurer, UND chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Absence notification for students detailed

Students are responsible for contacting each of their faculty members regarding their absence from class. However, the Dean of Students office will notify faculty regarding a student's absence due to hospitalization, death in the family or other uncontrollable emergencies. This notification serves as a courtesy notice and not a verification of their absence. If a faculty member requires justification, it is their prerogative to request that from the student. The student will be advised to contact faculty regarding missed classes and course expectations. -- Cara Halgren, associate dean of student life and director of Judicial Affairs and Crisis Programs.

Honors Program rakes for Heifer International

Each year the UND Honors Program chooses a service theme on which to focus its service, educational, and fundraising efforts. This year our theme is "Poverty," and students chose Heifer International for their charity. “Heifer’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth. Heifer does this by providing appropriate livestock, training, and related service to small-scale farmers and communities worldwide.” (

To raise money for Heifer, Honors students will rake lawns Sundays throughout the month. The charge is a freewill donation to Heifer International. If you want a group of students to take care of your raking, please e-mail to schedule workers.
-- Robin David, Associate Director, Honors Program,, 701-777-6185

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, 777-0841.

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

Staff Senate announces suggestion box

Staff do you have questions, concerns, issues, ideas, suggestions regarding the University at large, or would like to know more about Staff Senate?

Staff Senate would like your input, feedback and comments. Check out their Web site at, and complete the form. Your topic may be referred to one of the Staff Senate's standing committees prior to presentation to the full Staff Senate. While the e-mail address and name are optional, if you would like a response, please fill in the e-mail address field.

Donated leave sought for Wanda Seyler

Donations of annual or sick leave are sought for Wanda Seyler, administrative secretary in Atmospheric Sciences. Her family thanks you for your generosity. Donated leave forms are available at, then click on "forms," or by calling 777-4004 or 777-2913. Please send the completed forms for annual or sick leave to Gary Ebel, Odegard School, Stop 9007.

Please fill out UND police survey

The UND Police department is conducting an online survey to determine needs and concerns of the University community, as well as to evaluate current services. Responses to the survey are strictly confidential. The survey can be found at ; please click on UPD Survey 2008. Thank you for taking the time to fill out the survey by Wednesday, Oct. 15. -- UND Police.

Reduce the price of textbooks today

Spring textbook requests are due Oct. 13. Submit your adoptions online at then select the Faculty Tab or call 777-2748.

Providing your course and book information early allows us to pay students who choose to sell their unwanted books 50 percent of the book price at buyback.

Recycle and reuse -- the more books we buy at the end of this fall term, the more students save next term. Used books are 25 percent off the new book price.

If you adopt the text alone, (instead of a textbook package or bundle), more students actually buy it. Recent studies conducted by Student Monitor indicate that 77 percent of students would choose to purchase the text alone if given the option.

With early information, we can notify you of publisher stock situations, edition changes, and out-of-print titles.

Any custom course pack materials should be submitted as soon as possible, or by Nov. 15 to ensure enough time for copyright, production, and receiving. For additional information please contact Carolyn Homstead at 777-2748.

Thank you for all your help and support in the past. With your help we are winning the battle at maintaining and reducing the cost of textbooks by offering more used books to our students and handing back more money at the end of the term during buyback. This past year we gave students $798,491, which was a 14 percent increase over the year before. This has only been possible because of your concern and support by turning in textbook requests as early as possible.

Thank you for continued support. -- Michelle Abernathey, 777-2103; Tina Monette, 777-2106; Carolyn Homstead, 777-2748.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

Note changes to moving expense reimbursment policy

There have been changes made to the Moving Expense Reimbursement Policy:

Effective Oct. 3, 2008
Incoming faculty/staff moving expenses:
The weight limit for moving personal goods and furnishings has been eliminated as long as an original invoice/paid receipt is submitted. The move still needs to be preauthorized as per policy.

Permanent employees:
The reimbursement limit for permanent employees transferred within the system is still $5,000 with a weight limit not to exceed 11,000 lbs.

Please see the Moving Expense Reimbursement Policy on the Accounting Services Web site.
-- Carl Iseminger, Accounting Services Assistant, Accounting Services,, 777-4131

Help re-name Burnt Toast Demo Kitchen

What’s in a name? In this case, everything. When you are picking out a place to grab a bite to eat, sometimes all you know about it is the name. Here at the Burnt Toast kitchen, we feel that our name does not accurately portray what we offer. So we are turning it over to you: our past class participants, fellow employees, and Wellness Center members.

The kitchen needs a new name. We are seeking a short name (one to three words) that can accurately represent the demonstration kitchen at the UND Wellness Center. We are looking for a name not as "out there" as Burnt Toast, but more creative than Demonstration Kitchen.

There are a variety of cooking classes offered each month in the demonstration kitchen, including: Cheap, Fast, and Healthy; Sweet Treats; Microwave Meals; Sports Nutrition; Food for the Miles; One-Pot Meals; Emotional Eating; Serves One; Losing with Food, and much more!

Please follow the link below to access the survey:

The survey will be available until Oct. 8, so please do this soon.

The author of the winning name will receive one free year of cooking classes offered in the kitchen, as well as a gift card to Bed, Bath & Beyond.

The new name will be revealed at the Grand Re-Opening at the kitchen Friday, Oct. 17, with special guest chef John Michael Lerma.

Thanks and good luck!
-- Karina Wittmann, Burnt Toast Coordinator, Wellness Center,, 777-2719

Ralph Engelstad Arena announces attendance totals

The Ralph Engelstad Arena opened its doors to the community Oct. 5, 2001. Today, arena officials released attendance totals for the completed 2007-2008 event cycle, as well as the first seven year totals. Attendance figures are calculated from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30 annually. There were 501,133 guests who attended events at Ralph Engelstad Arena during the 2007-2008 event season.

Over the past seven years of business, event attendance figures have remained strong. Ralph Engelstad Arena has averaged 451,429 event guests per year over the seven year period. These numbers include guests attending events and do not include daily tours.

The strong 2007-2008 attendance total was driven by the 257,599 fans who attended Fighting Sioux men's hockey games which also lead the NCAA in total attendance at men's ice hockey. All but two games were sold out in the 2007-2008 season. The annual event attendance figure also included the 2008 World Men's Curling Championship, which attached 51,731 event guests and was the highest attended curling tournament in the world ever held outside of Canada.

Year-by-year totals are as follows:
2001-2002, 330,000; 2002-2003, 425,930; 2003-2004, 409,592; 2004-2005, 627,501; 2005-2006, 440,723; 2006-2007, 425,124; and 2007-2008, 501,133. Total attendance was 3,160,003.

"As we approach another busy event year, we would like to thank the community and facility guests for their continued support through the first seven years of business," said Jody Hodgson, REA general manager. "We look forward to the continued collaboration that continues to grow between UND, the greater Grand Forks community, and REA."

Barnes & Noble's biggest clearance sale of the year is on now

Barnes & Noble at UND, your campus bookstore, is having the biggest clearance sale of the year. Already reduced imprinted clothing and gifts will be an extra 25 percent off in our store now through Oct. 23. Shop early for best selection. Store Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 701-777-2103

Shop for a Cure comes to Barnes & Noble at UND

Last year Barnes & Noble College Bookstore as a company raised $50,000 for breast cancer research. This year we hope for similar success. Cancer affects the lives of numerous people every year - regardless of age, race, or gender. Our Breast Cancer Awareness display offers our campus and community the opportunity to contribute to the search for a cure. A portion of the proceeds from each item we have featured will fund breast cancer research. We invite you to stop and Shop for The Cure.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

University Counseling Center offers online mental health screenings

Did you know that 37 percent of UND students report feeling so depressed they could not function?

The University Counseling Center offers free and confidential online mental health screenings for students. As a part of National Depression Screening Day, Oct. 10, students can access self-assessnents for depression, anxity, bipolar disorder, PTSD, eating disorders, and substance abuse. Students can take these screenings anytime throughout the year at
-- Myron Veenstra, Director, Counseling Center,, 777-2127

Museum Cafe lists specials, soups

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

Oct. 8-10
Soups: Chicken Tortilla / Creamy Tomato Basil
Wednesday: Thai Stir Fry
Thursday: Greek Pita Pizza
Friday: Rueben Sandwich

Oct. 13-17
Soups: Thai Carrot, Kabocha Squash
Monday: Classic Grilled Cheese with tomato basil soup
Tuesday: Jamaiican Jerk Chicken
Wednesday: Pork Tenderloin
Thursday: Philly baguette
Friday: Shrimp Po Boy

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,, 777-4195

Pregnant women sought for Vitamin D study

The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center has a new study. Preeclampsia, a form of pregnancy-induced hypertension, affects up to 8 percent of women in the United States, or about 300,000 women annually. Preeclampsia and heart disease are associated with vitamin D deficiency, a significant problem among rural women in the Northern Plains. The goal of the study is to identify nutritional factors and vascular mechanisms underlying the development of preeclampsia and heart disease.

Who is eligible? Women, age 18 and older, who are pregnant and planning to deliver at Altru Hospital. Participants must have had no prior deliveries. At the time of application, they should be at less than 14 weeks of pregnancy.

What will be required for this study? There are three visits to the Human Nutrition Research Center. Participants could earn up to $75 for this study.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Please call 701-795-8396.
-- Brenda Ling, Information Officer, USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center,, 795-8300

'Go Local North Dakota' Web site links consumers with healthcare resources

People throughout North Dakota now have a free, fast and easy way to find health services close to where they live.

A new Web site, “Go Local North Dakota: Discover Health Services Near You!” (, provides information and links to hospitals, doctors, clinics, support groups, immunizations, home healthcare, and other programs and services people can use to find help for themselves and their loved ones.

The Web site, “Go Local North Dakota” has been created by medical library personnel at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences with funds from the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine.

* Where can I find a physical therapist?
* Is there an adult daycare center in my area?
* Are there support groups for diabetic patients?
* Where can I get a flu shot?
* Do the Three Affiliated Tribes have a dialysis unit on the reservation?

These are examples of some of the questions that can be answered by searching the Web site, which is easy to use. People can search for resources by county, by types of service they want, or by a particular health topic. Services available on North Dakota’s Indian reservations are available as well as services for those living in the most rural areas of the state.

Senior citizens needing health services will also find assistance through “Go Local North Dakota.” The Web site contains a form for users to suggest new resources to add to the Go Local database.

“Go Local North Dakota” offers additional information and convenience because it is connected to, which is the health Web site of the world’s largest library, the National Library of Medicine. If, for example, someone using “Go Local North Dakota” wants to learn about Alzheimer’s disease, they can click on “Health Information” and be taken to Or, someone reading about Alzheimer’s disease on can link to “Go Local North Dakota” to find Alzheimer’s resources close to home. is available in English, Spanish, and several other languages.

“The 50-plus population is moving quickly towards using the Internet to access information they need. That’s why AARP North Dakota encourages its members to check out the ‘Go Local North Dakota’ Web site when searching for health resources in their communities,” says Marlowe Kro, associate state director for community outreach, AARP North Dakota.

“Go Local North Dakota” is produced by the Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and is funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Contract No. NO1-LM-6-3503 with the University of Illinois at Chicago, Greater Midwest Region Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine .

For more information about “Go Local North Dakota,” please contact Judy Rieke, 701-777-4129 ( or Mary Markland, 701-293-4173 (
-- Pamela D. Knudson, Director of Public Affairs , School of Medicine & Health Sciences ,, 777-2733

Destination ImagiNation seeks volunteers

"Destination ImagiNation (DI)" is a nationwide program which emphasizes problem-solving skills and creativity. With the help from parents and UND student volunteers, Grand Forks children in grades K-5 formed three teams, participated in the program activities, tackled team-chosen challenges, and competed in the state tournament last year. One of our teams even advanced to the global final competition in Knoxville, Tenn., highlighting the end of their school year.

Some teams are starting to form already this year and we seek volunteers to help us out. A volunteer may lead and oversee a group of four to seven children as a team manager, test their improvisational skills by giving routine "instant challenges," or participate as an appraiser for a day in the state tournament held in Casselton, N.D. If interested in volunteering or learning more about the program, please contact me.
-- Kumi Nagamoto-Combs, Research Specialist, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics,, 777-0388

Water research institute invites applications for graduate research fellowships

The North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute (ND WRRI) has announced its 2009 Graduate Research Fellowship program.

North Dakota State University and University of North Dakota graduate students who are conducting or planning research in water resources areas may apply for fellowships varying from three summer months to a full year in duration. Typically, fellowship awards for master’s degree students have been in the range of $800 to $1,000 and for doctoral students awards have been $1,000 to $1,400 per month. The fellowship funds must be applied between March 1, 2009, and Feb. 28, 2010.

Projects proposed for fellowship support should relate to water resources research issues in the state or region. Regional, state or local collaborations or co-funding will strengthen an application. Fellowships have a matching requirement of two non-federal dollars to one federal dollar. At the time of applying, applicants should have a plan of study filed and should have a thesis research topic selected. Applications need to be prepared in consultation with advisers. Advisers of the applicant should co-sign the applications. Applications from students and advisers who have not met the reporting requirements of their previous fellowship projects will not be considered for funding.

The general criteria used for proposal evaluation include scientific merit, originality of research, research related to state or region and extent of regional, state or local collaboration and/or co-funding.

Applications are due in the office of the ND WRRI director by 5 p.m. Nov. 14. A panel of faculty members and state water resources research professionals will review the proposals. Announcement of awards will be made by early January.

Consult the institute’s Web site,, for background on the program, and guidelines for preparation of applications. Applicants and advisers who are new to the program are urged to contact institute director G. Padmanabhan, at (701) 231-7043, or

Send applications to G. Padmanabhan, North Dakota Water Resources Research Institute, Civil Engineering, CIE 201E, NDSU Department 2470, P.O. Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050.
-- Steve Bergeson, Senior Writer, NDSU University Relations,, 701 231-6101

Donations sought for Mortar Board Turkey Basket Drive

The Quo Vadis Chapter of Mortar Board at the University of North Dakota has begun planning for their 29th Annual Turkey Basket Drive. Turkey baskets are provided to members of our community who would otherwise not be able to provide a Thanksgiving dinner for their family. Families may sign up for a turkey basket at the Red River Valley Community Action, 1013 North 5th St., Grand Forks, starting Monday, Oct. 27. Turkey baskets will be distributed Saturday, Nov. 22, at the UND Armory ROTC Building on the UND Campus. The Quo Vadis Chapter is accepting food and monetary donations for this project. Donations can be mailed to: UND Mortar Board, 2901 University Avenue Stop 8385, Grand Forks, ND 58202. If you'd like to donate food, please e-mail the chapter at Thank you for your support of this exceptional project.

Who's Who Nominations sought

The University of North Dakota is once again participating in the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges program. This national program honors outstanding students on campuses all across the country. Each applicant is evaluated on scholarship ability, participation, leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, citizenship, service to UND, and potential for future achievements. Applicants must be currently enrolled students at UND and must have earned a minimum of 60 credits by the completion of the 2008 summer term.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to nominate those students they believe are deserving of this honor by sending the names and email addresses of the nominees to or by sending a list to Kathryn Vigness, Stop 8385, Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Nominees will receive an application that must be completed and returned. Only students completing the application can be considered for this award. If you have any questions, please contact Kathryn Vigness at 777-0673 or Linda Rains at 777-4076.
-- Linda Rains, Assistant Director for Student Involvement, Memorial Union,, 701-777-4076

Barnes & Noble at UND seeks part-time bookseller for Tower Cafe

Barnes & Noble at UND is seeking a part-time bookseller to work Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in our Tower Cafe which serves Starbucks coffee, fresh baked goods and light lunches. To find out more, call today or pick up an application in the store or online. Employees do get a 20 percent discount on textbooks and up to a 35 percent discount on other store merchandise.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

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: Flight Line Manager, Aerospace Sciences, #09-099
COMPENSATION: $32,000 plus/year

OFFICE SUPPORT: No vacancies.


EERC creates first 100 percent renewable jet fuel

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) has achieved a major technical milestone in creating a 100 percent renewable domestic fuel that meets the JP-8 aviation fuel screening criteria, proving a pathway to providing energy security to the U.S. military and the entire nation.

EERC fuel samples created from multiple renewable feedstocks were tested at a U.S. government facility to evaluate key specification parameters for JP-8, a petroleum-based fuel widely used by the U.S. military. JP-8 specifications include parameters such as freeze point, density, flash point, energy content, and others; all of which were met by the EERC fuel samples.

The EERC fuel was produced under a $4.7 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The Department of Defense is the largest consumer of petroleum in America, and securing a domestic fuel source is a key operational challenge for the military. Production is now under way to produce a large fuel sample for engine testing this fall.

"This builds on a solid foundation of expertise at the EERC in the area of alternative fuel production," said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. "The EERC is now uniquely positioned to provide drop-in-compatible JP-8 fuel from both fossil and renewable feedstocks, providing critical strategic opportunities for the U.S. military as well as commercial aviation."

The technology takes advantage of feedstock chemistry to reduce capital and operating expenses. The feedstock-flexible process can use various crop oils and waste greases. The process can be tailored to produce combinations of propane, gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel that are identical to petroleum-derived fuels, enabling direct substitution with existing fuels and providing renewable options across the spectrum of fuel needs.

The EERC is actively exploring partnerships with the private sector to move into full-scale production of the fuel. Preliminary negotiations are under way with feedstock suppliers and oil refineries. Talks of building a large-scale Advanced Tactical Fuels Production Complex are ongoing.

EERC researchers receive distinguished service award

Two researchers at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) received the Lignite Energy Council's Distinguished Service Award for excellence in research and development.

Steven Benson, senior research manager, and Michael Jones, senior research advisor, were presented with the award recently during the Lignite Energy Council's annual meeting and award luncheon in Bismarck.

The award was presented to them in appreciation for their expertise and support to the lignite industry and the Lignite Technology Development Workgroup regarding mercury, nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon dioxide (CO2) control, and gasification technologies.

"We want to recognize Dr. Benson and Dr. Jones for their leadership and counsel on numerous research teams that have been helping the lignite industry find better ways to convert lignite to other forms of energy more efficiently and more cleanly," said John Dwyer, president of the Lignite Energy Council. "Steve and Mike have been active in the Lignite Technology Development Workgroup, providing their insight and expertise in developing future lignite research objectives," he said.

"Steve and Mike's work has resulted in a number of state- and industry-sponsored research projects involving the utilization of lignite coal, which all involve private sector investment," said Gerald Groenewold, Director of the EERC. "This is exactly the type of practical technical leadership that we are providing to our state's industry, which, in turn, is providing enhanced economic competitiveness and new jobs in North Dakota."

The EERC has a long history working in coal utilization technologies throughout North Dakota and the world. The EERC's Coal Utilization Technologies Center and the Emission Control Technologies Center, two of the EERC's ten Centers of Excellence, have been working in partnership with North Dakota's utility industry to further all aspects of energy-from-coal technologies, ranging from fundamental resource characterization to waste utilization and disposal. The EERC's Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership has also made major strides forward in developing carbon capture and storage technologies.

The Lignite Energy Council's R&D program is a partnership with the state of North Dakota that generates matching funds from industry. Approximately $3 million is raised annually from a 10-cent/ton coal tax to fund R&D projects.