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ISSUE: Volume 46, Number 6: September 24, 2008

Top Stories
JFK Conference begins Thursday
Events to Note
Mellem Business Symposium features national speakers
On Teaching lunch-time seminars begin Oct. 1
Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn meets Oct. 1
Evaluating Engagement: Artists & Scholars in Public Life is Sept. 24-25
Engineering Fun Day for school students is Sept. 25
India Night is Thursday
Physics colloquium is Sept. 26
Burnt toast Demo Kitchen offers several classes
Symphony season opens Saturday with Beethoven's 9th
Sean P. Colgan to speak at Anatomy and Cell Biology seminar series
U2 lists sessions
Global Visions film series begins
Fall Career Fair is Oct. 1
University Senate meets Oct. 2; agenda listed
OID/WAC launches Teaching with Technology Series
Astronomy public talk, telescope observing session is Oct. 7
Doctoral examination set for Laura B. Munski
Chester Fritz Library holds book sale Oct. 2-4
Women's Fund Lecture Series features Nicole Derenne
Faculty, staff invited to outreach program in residence halls
SPEC workshop is Oct. 9
Staying on Track Program is Oct. 7-8
Wellness Center, U2 announce new courses
Conflict Resolution Center lists events
Applying fair use doctrine Web conference is Oct. 10
Developmental leave applications for 2009-2010 now available
External grant proposal guidelines listed
Institutional Research newsletter now online
Writing Center announces interim coordinator
Request for donated leave for Gary Naastad
Buy a painting at the Museum of Art
Wednesday, Sept. 24 is Denim Day
Surplus items for sale to public
GGF Friends Worship Group meets Sundays at Christus Rex
Museum Cafe list specials, soups
Internal job openings listed
Annual reports due Oct. 15
In the News
UND set to begin faculty, student exchanges with Taiwan university
Cindy Anderson named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar
Grad student receives prestigious National Science Award
JFK Conference begins Thursday

In celebration of the University of North Dakota's 125th anniversary and the 45th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's visit to Grand Forks on Sept. 25, 1963, the University has invited Ted Sorensen, the last living member of Kennedy's inner-circle, and other JFK-era experts from around the world for a unique three-day conference, which kicks off Thursday, Sept. 25, on campus, to reflect on the life and times of the 35th president of the United States.

The "John F. Kennedy History, Memory, Legacy: An Interdisciplinary Conference & Community Event" will, for the most part, take place in the UND Memorial Union, unless otherwise noted. The conference will cover significant issues of the Kennedy era and those addressed in the 1963 speech he delivered at the old UND Fieldhouse, now Hyslop Sports Center. That event is regarded, still today, as the largest gathering of people ever on the UND campus at one time.

Sorensen will be joined by renowned journalist and syndicated columnist Richard Reeves, who wrote what is now considered the authoritative work on President Kennedy -- "President Kennedy: Profile of Power." The two men will be featured speakers at free public events during the conference. Sorensen is slated to speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at UND's Chester Fritz Auditorium. Reeves' event is set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks.

The conference will be highlighted by a memorial service for Kennedy at the UND Eternal Flame just north of Twamley Hall near the heart of campus at 3:15 p.m. Thursday. Local, state and other high-ranking dignitaries, including Sorensen and Reeves, have been invited to take part. The public is invited and encouraged to attend, as well.

Topics that will be discussed during the conference include civil rights, space exploration, nuclear threat and the influence of media on presidential politics. The conference also will explore issues related to the Kennedy's assassination, which took place less than two months after his visit to Grand Forks and UND. Panels of experts and UND faculty members will discuss Kennedy-related topics such as the Peace Corps, Vietnam, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Test Ban Treaty, March on Washington and the idea of "Camelot."

Also, at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, there will be a screening of the film "13 Days" in the UND Memorial Union Lecture bowl. It is free and open to the public.

UND undergraduate and graduate students will be able to earn academic credits for attending and participating in the conference.

With one of the finest aerospace schools in the world, a nationally hailed Energy & Environmental Research Center, an innovative Peace Studies program, and faculty expertise in areas such as international law, beat poetry, voting rights, supply-side economics and forensic anthropology, UND is uniquely suited to lead this interdisciplinary exploration of the Kennedy era, according to Greg Gordon, UND Law School Professor and conference organizer.

Ted Sorensen
A native of Nebraska, Sorensen worked with President Kennedy on an almost daily basis as the president's speechwriter and special counsel. Kennedy often referred to Sorensen as his "intellectual blood bank." During those years, Sorensen was a first-hand witness to history, and in certain cases, influenced some of the most memorable 20th Century American history, including the showdown with the Soviets over the Berlin Wall and the Cuban Missile Crisis. He helped draft the famed speech that Kennedy delivered during his inaugural address to the nation in 1961, when Kennedy called on fellow Americans to "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." Sorensen initially was responsible for advising Kennedy's on domestic issues. Later in his administration, President Kennedy asked Sorensen to take part in foreign policy discussions. Sorensen is noted for writing Kennedy's correspondence with Nikita Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Following Kennedy's assassination, Sorensen briefly assisted the new president, Lyndon B. Johnson, writing Johnson's first speech to Congress, as well as his first State of the Union address.

Sorensen left the White House to write Kennedy's biography in 1965, providing insight into the Kennedy White House and becoming an international bestseller. Today, he continues to play an important role in American history as a speechwriter for Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois.

Richard Reeves
Reeves has won several national awards for his book on Kennedy. It was named the Best Nonfiction Book of 1993 by Time magazine and Book of the Year by Washington Monthly. Reeves also has detailed the lives of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. He was the chief political correspondent of The New York Times and named a "Literary Lion" by the New York Public Library. Reeves' weekly column, carried by Universal Press Syndicate, has appeared in more than 100 newspapers across the United States since 1979.
Reeves also has served as a chief correspondent on PBS' investigative series Frontline, won an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award, and has appeared in two motion pictures, Dave (1993), and Seabiscuit (2003).

Reeves has received honorary degrees from Stevens Institute of Technology, Drew University and St. Joseph's College.

Mellem Business Symposium features national speakers

The College of Business and Public Administration will hold its third annual Mellem Business Symposium, with a full itinerary of national business and government leaders scheduled to speak on the topic of the energy and business. The event begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Burtness Theatre with keynote addresses scheduled throughout the day. The College of Business and Public Administration invites all members of the University and Greater Grand Forks business community to attend.

This year's Mellem Business Symposium tackles the topic of energy, specifically how new energy alternatives are driving businesses to operate differently. This topic continues to be in the national spotlight as business and government grapple with rising energy costs while trying to seek alternatives to the country's traditional dependence on foreign oil. The Mellem Business Symposium offers a diverse array of CEOs, government leaders, and local business representatives who will provide perspectives from various industries that are using or developing new business practices to accommodate energy alternatives. The keynote speakers include: Dennis Haider, executive vice president, Montana Dakota Utilities (MDU); Bernie Karl, an entrepreneur from Fairbanks, Alaska, who created Chena Hot Springs Resort using geothermal energy; Jake Hamlin, government affairs associate from Cargill, Inc.; Shane Goettle, North Dakota Commerce Commissioner and chair of Gov. Hoeven's EmPower Energy Commission; Tom Molinski, Emerging Energy section head from Manitoba Hydro in Winnipeg, Canada; Mike Jagadich, sustainability coordinator of State Farm Insurance; as well as many researchers in the subject of energy and entrepreneurship from the University of Manitoba and the University of North Dakota. Each keynote address is 45 minutes in length and begins at the top of the hour, going from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 at the Burtness Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

The Mellem Business Symposium is named in honor of College of Business and Public Administration alumni, Ken and JoAnn Mellem. The event is supported by private gifts and sponsorships from JR Kirkland and State Farm Insurance. The Mellem Business Symposium supports the College of Business and Public Administration's mission is to teach students the necessary skills to excel in business, government and society, while providing a forum to discuss timely topics with members of the regional community. For more details regarding the event, check out or call 777-6937.
-- CK Schultz, Director, External Relations, College of Business & Public Administration,, 777-6937

On Teaching lunch-time seminars begin Oct. 1

The Office of Instructional Development (OID) and Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) co-sponsor lunch-time seminars on teaching-related topics of interest to faculty in all disciplines. This year half of our sessions will focus on "Teaching with Technology." We hope you can join us.

Fall seminars:
* The first in our Teaching with Technology Faculty Seminar Series, “Assessing the Opportunities and Challenges of Using Classroom Technologies: What Is Lost and What Is Gained,” is from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1.
* "Creative Thinking Across the Curriculum" is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28.
* "Is there a 'Stupidity Crisis' in Academe?" is from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19.

The second in our Teaching with Technology Faculty Seminar Series: Teaching in the Blogosphere is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2.

All sessions take place in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Wednesday sessions run from noon to 1 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday sessions run from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. To register and reserve a lunch, please call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 or e-mail:
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 701-777-4233

Evaluating Engagement: Artists & Scholars in Public Life is Sept. 24-25

The North Valley Arts Council, University of North Dakota President’s Office, Provost’s office and Center for Community Engagement are pleased to present Evaluating Engagement: Artists and Scholars in Public Life from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25.

Evaluating Engagement features discussions on public scholarship and service learning in the arts, humanities and design. Evaluating Engagement programs will be facilitated by Jan Cohen-Cruz, director of Imagining America, a national consortium of colleges and universities committed to joining serious intellectual endeavor with a commitment to public practice and public consequence. Cohen-Cruz will present two projects developed by Imagining America in support of public scholarship: The Curriculum Project and the Tenure Team Initiative Report.

The Curriculum Project explores how arts educators educate arts practitioners, and how this training could be deepened and made more effective. Cohen-Cruz will identify resources needed to maintain effective scholarship and community engagement.

The Tenure Team Initiative Report seeks to articulate and support the work of publicly engaged scholars and artists. Team members developed a broad understanding of the university’s public mission and its impact on changing scholarly and creative practices in the cultural disciplines. Cohen-Cruz will discuss evaluation criteria that can serve as models for faculty and administrators seeking to more fully support public scholarship.

Evaluating Engagement features the following events, all of which are free and open to the public:

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 3 to 5 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union
What Do Students Learn – featuring the presentation of UND’s service learning goals and the curriculum project, followed by a panel discussion on incorporating service learning through the arts and humanities. Jan Cohen-Cruz will facilitate the discussion with panelists Kathleen Coudle King (women studies, English), Lucy Ganje (art), Kathleen McLennan (theatre arts), Dana Michael Harsell (political science), Tami Carmicheal (integrated studies), Anne Kelsh (instructional development) and Brianne Huber (honors student). Closing remarks will be provided by Robert Boyd, vice president for student and outreach services, and Gregory Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost.

Thursday, Sept. 25, 8 to 9:30 a.m., The Link (300 Cherry St.)
Standards for Success – a roundtable discussion with members from the University community and the community-at-large on identifying when service learning has been successful, and formulating standards for measuring the success of university service learning and public scholarship projects in the community.

Thursday, Sept. 25, 3 to 5 p.m., Room 16-18, Swanson Hall
Are Faculty Rewarded? – featuring a presentation of the Tenure Team Initiative Report, followed by a panel discussion valuing public scholarship in the cultural disciplines with Dan Rice (dean, College of Education and Human Development), Marcia Mikulak (anthropology), Virgil Benoit (languages), Jon Jackson (University Senate), Jeff Weatherly (psychology), and Royce Blackburn (music).

Evaluating Engagement is sponsored by the North Valley Arts Council through its Art nd Democracy program, the University of North Dakota President’s Office and the University of North Dakota Provost Office, and is organized in partnership with the University of North Dakota Center for Community Engagement. For more information, call 701-777-6120 or visit

The North Valley Arts Council supports arts and culture for the artists, arts organizations and citizens of Greater Grand Forks.
-- Nicole Derenne, Executive Director, North Valley Arts Council,, 777-6120

Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn meets Oct. 1

The Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn is set for noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. A survivor will share her personal story of how violence has affected her life. Everyone is welcome, and lunch will be provided.
-- Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Womens Center ,, 777-4302

Engineering Fun Day for school students is Sept. 25

The School of Engineering and Mines Fun Day for elementary and middle school students will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, within Upson Hall I, Upson Hall II, Leonard Hall, Harrington Hall, and the Hyslop Sports Center. Free registration takes place at the entrance to the Upson Complex.

India Night is Thursday

The fall Thursday night cultural series opens with India Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25. at the Loading Dock, Memorial Union. Come explore the culture of India and sample Indian cuisine. The event is free; food is $1. This week only, food is free to UND students who present a student ID. India Night is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Awareness Committee and the Cultural Awareness Committee.
-- Shannon Jolly, International Student Advisor, International Programs,, 701-777-4118

Physics colloquium is Sept. 26

A physics colloquium will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in 211 Witmer Hall. Coffee and cookies will be served at 3:30 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall. The talk, "Obtaining the Nuclear Force Laws from QCD; Preliminaries" will be presented by Edsel Ammons (physics).
-- Connie Cicha, Secretary, Physics,, 777-2911

Burnt toast Demo Kitchen offers several classes

The Burnt Toast Demo Kitchen is offering the following classes:

One Pot Meals
Friday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m. Cost is $5.
Who says a hearty, home-cooked meal means a sink full of dishes? You can create complete meals using only one pot, maintain the simplicity, and save energy. Come join us in the Burnt Toast Kitchen to learn a recipe using a single pot, and make a delicious, satisfying dish. Plus, you get to sample the food prepared, and take the tips and recipe home with you.

German Cooking
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? No need! Learn how to make spätzle (egg noodles/dumplings) dishes on the stove top or in the oven. Each participant will help prepare the recipe, taste the final product, and take a recipe card home to try it on your own.

Cheap, Fast, and Healthy
Cost is free; time is 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 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!

Emotional Eating
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 6 p.m.; cost is $5
This class if for anyone who has ever craved a certain food. Whether it be salty foods, sugar, or carbs there is a reason for it. To gain a better understanding of why you crave the foods you do and eat when you are not hungry, come learn about the emotional aspects behind eating. We will demonstrate how you can maintain these cravings with more than just will power.

Serves One
Thursday, Oct. 2, 6 p.m.; cost is $5
Do you find yourself making the same old dinner every night because you're cooking for one? Or do you just enjoy learning new and healthy recipes that you can make for yourself any night of the week? Either way you should join us in the Burnt Toast Kitchen Thursday, Oct. 2. We will learn how to make quick and healthy recipes for one.
-- Karina Wittmann, Burnt Toast Coordinator, Wellness Center, > , 777-2719

Symphony season opens Saturday with Beethoven's 9th

Metropolitan opera soprano Korliss Uecker and mezzo-soprano Tammy Hensrud, both UND graduates, will be soloists in the “Ode to Joy,” along with tenor William Saetre and baritone Michael Schmidt at the Greater Grand Forks Symphony's Season Premiere at the Chester Fritz Auditorium at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27.

The “Ode to Joy,” the triumphant final movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, will open the Symphony's one hundredth anniversary season under the baton of music director and conductor James Hannon. Tickets are available by calling 777-4090 or online at

From the time of its founding in 1908, the Symphony, a community-run organization, has had a close and productive relationship with the University of North Dakota. Both the programming and the guest artists of the Symphony’s first concert this season reflect the vitality of the Symphony’s work with current and former UND musicians.

The Grand Forks Master Chorale and University of North Dakota choirs, under the direction of Joshua Bronfman, will join the Symphony.

A frequent presence onstage at the Metropolitan Opera, Korliss Uecker has performed as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro (broadcast on national radio), Marzelline in Fidelio, Oscar in Un ballo in maschera, Valencienne in The Merry Widow, Clorinda in La Cenerentola, Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos, Karolka in Jenufa, Papagena in Die Zauberflöte and Giannetta in a telecast of L'Elisir d'amore. She sang Frasquita in Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera in a performance to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Placido Domingo's debut.

Tammy Hensrud has appeared in opera houses throughout Europe and the United States including the Vienna State Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Theatre de Chatelet in Paris, Klagenfurt Stadttheater, the Salzburg Summer and Easter Festivals, the Metropolitan Opera, Cleveland Opera, Opera Orchestra of New York, and Liederkranz Opera.

Both Uecker and Hensrud earned degrees from UND's music separtment before pursuing very successful operatic careers.

Mr. Saetre, a native of Thief River Falls, currently is a professional opera singer living in Germany. Mr. Schmidt is a lyric baritone based in Minneapolis. Most recently, he was featured in the role of Don Alfonso in Cosi Fan Tutte with the Lyric Opera Cleveland, and as Danilo in The Merry Widow with The Western Plains Opera.

In celebration of its centennial season, the program also includes the Intermezzo from Mendelssohn’s "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," a work that was on the program of the Symphony’s first public concert. Two well-known operatic duets will also be performed by the Symphony’s guest artists: the acclaimed duet from Bizet’s "Pearl Fishers" and the famously beautiful and romantic Flower Duet from Delibe’s opera "Lakmé."

The Symphony’s 2008-2009 Centennial Season includes performance on Nov. 15 and 16, Jan. 31, Feb. 1, March 7-8, and May 2-3, and this year features two North Dakota premieres of new works by Peter Schickele and Joseph Schwantner, a Baroque concert, Brahms’ Double Concerto, and Grieg’s Pier Gynt Suite. The final concert includes Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, “Titan” and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. Subscriptions are available online at
-- Jennifer Tarlin, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Symphony,, 7-3359

Sean P. Colgan to speak at Anatomy and Cell Biology seminar series

Sean P. Colgan, professor of medicine and director of the Mucosal Inflammation Program at the University of Colorado Health Services Sciences Center, Denver, Colo., will present a seminar titled, “New Insights Into Adaptive Responses of Vascular Endothelia to Hypoxia and Inflammation,” at noon Monday, Sept. 29, in Room 1360, Clifford Haugen, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. All are welcome to attend.
-- Bonnie Kee, Administrative Assistant, Anatomy and Cell Biology,, 7-2102

U2 lists sessions

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

Duplicating Procedures
Sept. 30, 9 to 10 a.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union
Come and learn more about what is offered at Duplicating Services, the process of online job submission, and how to create PDFs. Presenters: Shawn Leake and Sherry Metzger.

Defensive Driving
Oct. 1, 6 to 10 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: Dan Lund.
-- Denis F. MacLeod, U2 Coordinator, University Within the University,, 701-777-0720

Global Visions film series begins

The Global Visions Film Series begins its sixth year at UND. In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the adoption and proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Global Visions will feature films on and about human rights from a global perspective.

The Global Visions Film Series is a forum that promotes diversity in North Dakota through screening award winning national and international films. It is sponsored by the students of the Anthropology Club in the Department of Anthropology, and is partially funded by the Multicultural Awareness Committee. Their goal is to provide the University and the Grand Forks community with the opportunity to experience films of exceptional quality from around the world, providing a broader understanding of and appreciation for the breadth, variety, and commonality of the human family.

Seven foreign films will be screened this fall. All films begin at 7 p.m. on alternating Tuesdays from September through December.

The films are: "The Fall" (Sept. 30), "Persepolis" (Oct. 6), "Four Months, Three Weeks, Two Days" (Oct. 21), "Traces of the Trade" (Nov. 4), "The Day My God Died" (Nov. 18), and "No Man's Land" (Dec. 9).

All films are shown in the Lecture Bowl, second floor, Memorial Union. The series is free and open to the public. Suggested donations are encouraged, but not required. For further information, call 777-4718. -- Marcia Mikulak, anthropology.

Fall Career Fair is Oct. 1

Career Services' annual fall Career Fair is set for Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Hyslop Multipurpose Gym from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Career Fair expects over 100 employers from different major areas and professions. Students seeking jobs should dress professionally and bring copies of their resume. The Career Fair will be beneficial for students that attend no matter what their academic level and major.
-- Amanda Schmaltz, Career Services Events Coordinator, Career Services,, 777-4100

University Senate meets Oct. 2; agenda listed

The University Senate will meet at 4:05 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Room 7, Gamble Hall.

1. Announcements:
a. Athletics update, Brian Faison
b. Parking update, Doug Munski

2. Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes

3. Question period

4. Annual report of the Senate Faculty Instructional Development Committee, Roni Mayzer, chair

5. Annual report of the Senate University Assessment Committee, Renee Mabey, chair

6. Annual report of the Senate Curriculum Committee, Matthew Cavalli, chair

7. Annual report of the Senate Standing Committee on Faculty Rights, Janice Goodwin, chair

8. Annual report of the Senate Committee on Committees, Michele Iiams, past chair

9. Annual report of the Senate Continuing Education Committee, Judy Rieke, chairtee
-- Lori Hofland, Administrative Assistant, Registrars Office,, 777-3892

OID/WAC launches Teaching with Technology Series

This year half of the On Teaching Lunch seminars (sponsored by the Office of Instructional Development and Writing Across the Curriculum) will focus on Teaching with Technology. We are pleased to now offer lunch at the seminars to those who register. We will be drawing on UND faculty members who have taken part in the OID and CILT sponsored Teaching with Technology (TwT) Workshops over the last two summers to bring some of their work to the rest of campus.

The series launches with Dave Yearwood (associate professor and chair of technology) discussing “Assessing the Opportunities and Challenges of Using Classroom Technologies: What is Lost and What is Gained" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Red River Valley Room, Memorial Union.

This first discussion sets the philosophical framework for the series, asking us to considering the impact of technology on our students’ learning. Clearly technology use in the classroom provides significant advantages in academe across a broad spectrum of activities. However, by the same token, users of any technology should also understand that there is an implicit responsibility that they will utilize all technologies selectively, purposefully, and appropriately. Teachers must consider the challenges of all selected tools in an attempt to determine what is both gained and lost when a given technology is adopted and utilized in one’s practice. Dr. Yearwood will share with his perspective on technology and pedagogy, and guide our consideration of some key questions: What do we wish to accomplish in our work with students? Can technology help students accomplish learning goals in a noticeably better way? Which technologies best fit both our goals and how we teach? What criteria best evaluate classroom technologies? And how do we measure the value added benefit or loss of a given technology? We hope you will come, enjoy lunch and join us for a thoughtful discussion.

To register and reserve your lunch call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 by noon Monday, Sept. 29.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 777-4233

Astronomy public talk, telescope observing session is Oct. 7

The Department of Physics will hold an astronomy public talk and telescope observing session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in 116 Witmer Hall. The talk, "Near-Earth Objects, Dinosaurs, and You," will be presented by Mike Gaffey (space studies). Following the talk, attendees will be given the opportunity to observe the night sky through a telescope (weather permitting). For further information, please see
-- Wayne Barkhouse, Assistant Professor, Physics,, 701-777-3520

Chester Fritz Library holds book sale Oct. 2-4

The Chester Fritz Library will hold a book sale in the Main Reading Room (second floor) Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 2, 3, and 4. There will be hundreds of non-fiction, fiction and reference titles available, covering almost every subject. The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 4. Most books will be sold for one dollar (hardcover) or 50 cents (paperback). A table of special books will be priced slightly higher and there will be sets of encyclopedias available for bid. Call 777-2189 for additional information. -- Wilbur Stolt, director of libraries.

Doctoral examination set for Laura B. Munski

The final examination for Laura B. Munski, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in Room 308, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Needs Assessment for The Greenway Grand Forks / East Grand Forks Development and Public Education." John D. Williams (teaching and learning) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Women's Fund Lecture Series features Nicole Derenne

Nicole Derenne will discuss feminism in Western art, from women artists active in the 1950s modernist movement to art that portrayed distinctly feminist concerns in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. She will also address how feminist perspectives in art have changed during this time period, and how various feminist theories have influenced the portrayal of women’s issues in art. Examples of artwork from specific artists will be discussed, including Judy Chicago, Miriam Schapiro, Mary Kelly, Kiki Smith, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Krueger and Jenny Holzer. This artwork will be viewed within the context of issues pertinent to feminist concerns, including identity, perception of beauty, women’s work and gender representation.

The lecture is at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in the Idea Lab of the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center, Center for Innovation. A reception will follow to meet and visit with Derenne. The event is free; all are welcome.

Derenne received a master of arts in art history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2003.
-- SuAnne Wood Frasier, Womens Fund Director, Community Foundation of GF, EGF & Region,, 746-0668

Faculty, staff invited to outreach program in residence halls

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in a new program sponsored by UND Residence Services called Residence Life House Calls. The House Calls Program is a campus community–building initiative designed to reach out to students living in campus housing. While the program focuses on connecting with first-year students, it will impact all students living in the residence halls and give them an opportunity to interact with faculty members, administrators, and staff on a personal level.

This outreach program involves sending two faculty or staff members, plus a housing representative out together on a wing or floor of a residence hall to knock on students’ doors to see if they need assistance with anything. Topics of conversations include involvement on campus, room issues, campus safety, or course advisement. This program lets students know that the University community cares and is willing to take time to interact with them one-on-one outside the classroom environment.

House Calls will take place in the residence halls Monday, Oct. 6, and Thursday, Oct. 9. You are invited to take part in one night or both. The program runs from 6 to 9 p.m. each night, with an optional free dinner offered from 5 to 6 p.m. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please e-mail or call 777-6281.
-- Cindy Spencer, Director, Residence Life and Education,, 777-6281

Staying on Track Program is Oct. 7-8

The Student Success Center will host the Staying on Track program on Tuesday, Oct. 7, and Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Staying on Track (formerly known as the Learning Fair) is a series of sessions designed to help students “Stay on Track” through their college careers. Please encourage students to attend. Students can attend one or as many as they like. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Oct. 7:
9 to 9:50 a.m., “The Ins and Outs of Dining Out and Grocery Shopping”
10 to 10:50 a.m., “Take Time to Smell the Roses”
11 to 11:50 a.m., “All About Your Peer Educators and Night Life”
noon to 12:50 p.m., “Get the Most Out of All That Textbook Information”
1 to 1:50 p.m., “Taking Time to Exercise”
2 to 2:50 p.m., “Notetaking In and Beyond the Classroom”
3 to 3:50 p.m., “How Knowing Your Learning Style Can Help”

Wednesday, Oct. 8:
9 to 9:50 a.m., “Take the Mystery Out of Studying for Tests"
10 to 10:50 a.m., “There’s More to Taking Tests Than Studying”
11 to 11:50 a.m., “What Employers Are Looking for When Recruiting College Students for Professional Positions”
noon to 12:50 p.m., “How Diversity Affects You”
1 to 1:50 p.m., “Take a Breath and Live It Up!”
2 to 2:50 p.m., “Take Time to Smell the Roses”
3 to 3:50 p.m., “College, Credit, and Cash: What You Need to Know”

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Success Center at 777-2117.
-- Angie Carpenter, Asst. Director of Programs/Academic Advisor, Student Success Center,, 777-3910

SPEC workshop is Oct. 9

Do you have an idea for a summer course, program or camp? Are you interested in learning how to turn your idea into a reality? The Summer Programs and Events Council (SPEC) is holding a workshop for any faculty or staff member who wants to explore the viability of their idea by engaging in a needs analysis and a process for development.

The workshop will be led by SPEC co-chairs, Diane Hadden, cirector of Summer Sessions, and Kerry Kerber, associate dean of Continuing Education, and will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Memorial Room, Memorial Union.

The workshop is planned in conjunction with SPEC’s Start-Up Mini-Grant Program which awards deserving proposals with funds to help cover the development, marketing, and start-up costs for new summer courses, programs, and camps. Please visit the summer Web site, for more information on SPEC and the Mini-Grant Program.

Please register by contacting Brenda Dufault, Summer Programs and Events coordinator at 777-0841 or e-mail

Wellness Center, U2 announce new courses

The Wellness Center and University Within the University (U2) announce new courses:

Beat the Bug from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
Oct. 10, noon to 12:30 p.m. or 12:45 to 1:15 p.m.
Memorial Union, River Valley Room
Don’t spend the winter sniffling! Learn ways to avoid the winter cold and flu bugs, be more comfortable if you do catch one, and learn when to see a doctor. Come to this session and you’ll also learn more about antibiotics and your body’s potential resistance to them. You get a prize for showing up. Presenter: Milissa Van Eps, a Blue Cross Blue Shield member education consultant.

Stress Management from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
Nov. 14, noon to 12:30 p.m. or 12:45 to 1:15 p.m., Memorial Union, River Valley Room
Stress is a burst of energy, so use it to your advantage. Learn about the differences between good and bad stress and how you can balance them. This session will help you stay motivated and not get overwhelmed with life’s everyday stressors. You get a free prize for showing up! Presenter: Milissa Van Eps, a Blue Cross Blue Shield member education consultant.

Nov. 3, 1 to 3 p.m. or Nov. 25, 1 to 3 p.m., Wellness Center classroom and Burnt Toast demonstration kitchen
DASH where? No, it’s not a race, it’s Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. Are you on blood pressure medication? Has your doctor told you to cut back on your sodium intake? Are you the cook in the house looking for some ideas to cut out the salt shaker? Jennifer Haugen, licensed registered dietitian, will take you through the steps to improve your eating habits without using the salt shaker. Register through U2 (see below). Class is limited to 20.

Health for the Holidays Challenge
Nov. 18, 5 to 6:30 p.m. or Dec. 4, noon to 1:30 p.m. or Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wellness Center Burnt Toast kitchen
Food, food, everywhere. It’s tough to say no to the holiday treats. So make them healthful, and then say “YES!” Come to Burnt Toast (the demonstration kitchen at the Wellness Center) for the “Health for the Holidays” series and learn how to alter your yummy treats so they become healthful, yummy treats. Want to brag about a healthful recipe that you already use? Send it to Work Well. If it’s selected, you will win a cookbook and a chance to help Jennifer Haugen, our licensed registered dietitian, in the kitchen.

Register through U2 online at or e-mail or phone 777-2661 or 1-800-342-8230 (toll free).
-- Denis F. MacLeod, U2 Coordinator, University Within the University,, 701-777-0720

Conflict Resolution Center lists events

The Conflict Resolution Center invites the campus community to the following special events:

The Art of Having Difficult Conversations
Effective work relationships, strong careers, and well-functioning organizations all draw from the same source of power: the ability to talk openly about high-stakes, emotional and controversial topics. Attend this workshop to learn and practice the skills required to successfully have difficult conversations. There is a special UND price of $50 for each half day.
* Oct. 9, 8 a.m. to noon, Black Building, fourth floor conference room, 118 Broadway, Fargo, N.D.
* Oct. 10, 8 a.m. to noon, Badlands Room, Memorial Union, UND.

The Lost Art of Listening
A half-day workshop to help develop stronger listening skills with your family, friends, and clients. Too often we are not fully attentive to those who count on us to give insightful and meaningful responses to important personal and professional issues. Learn why we don't listen attentively, how careful listening has become a necessity in our fast paced lives, and practice valuable skills that will help you to communicate more effectively with others. Special UND price is $50 for each half day.
* Oct. 9, 1 to 5 p.m., Black Building, fourth floor conference room, 118 Broadway, Fargo, N.D.
* Oct. 10, 1 to 5 p.m., Badlands Room, UND Memorial Union

Fees for non-UND participants is $75 per session or $125 for the day.
Contact the Conflict Resolution Center for more information at 777-3664 or e-mail (space is limited).

Civil and Employment Mediation Seminar - Fargo
Nov. 3-7, 40-hour seminar
Mediation is on the rise in North Dakota, with two family mediation pilot projects in Bismarck and Grand Forks. This is certain to have a growth impact on mediation statewide in North Dakota. The civil and employment mediation training offers fantastic professional skill development and personal growth in a number of key leadership areas for anyone and all professions:
* Learn skills needed to work with conflicts at the workplace to support better working relationships, as well as in the neighborhood/community. Enhance your ability to help yourself and others during conflict interaction and improve the ways for employees to connect to workplace values and vision and increase your leadership potential. Our training is approved for CLE and by the court rosters in North Dakota and Minnesota, and for professional education credit units for counselors, social workers, and others.

Thoughts from a former corporate client trainee:
"The training has improved my ability to manage in the ... setting I work in. I am a better listener and no longer need to "fix" everything for them. I've used these skills at home and on the committees I serve in the community ... it's the best training experience I've ever had."
Cost is $875 with special UND discounts available. Contact Gail at 777-3664 for more information. -- Conflict Resolution Center.

Applying fair use doctrine Web conference is Oct. 10

On Friday, Oct. 10, the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies/ITSS will host an Academic Impressions Web conference. Wesley D. Blakeslee, executive director, Technology Transfer, and associate general counsel at John Hopkins University, will present information on "Applying Fair Use Doctrine to Colleges and Universities."

This Web conference will cover:
* What is fair use and what is not?
* Educational fair use - define
* The 1976 copyright law
* The erosion of the right of educational institutions to use copyrighted works
* The problem with the guidelines
* How can we help ourselves from infringements?

Who should attend? Individuals responsible for the creation and enforcement of institutional copyright policy, including policy officers, legal counsel, university librarians, academic deans, department heads, faculty, and instructional designers.

The Web conference will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in Room 10/12, Swanson Hall. To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Diane at 777-2129 or send an e-mail to by noon Tuesday, Oct. 7.
-- Diane Lundeen, Technology Coordinator, Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies/ITSS,, 777-2129

External grant proposal guidelines listed

In order to expedite processing of grant proposals, Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) requests that the following guidelines be followed:

1. The transmittal form, which can be found on the RD&C Web page at should be used for ALL proposals to external funding agencies.

2. Federal and UND regulations require that conflict of interest forms be on file for principal investigators (PI) of proposals submitted to external funding agencies. UND has recently approved a new policy on conflict of interest. The policy and forms can be found at PIs must also submit a “Certification of Filing of Financial Interests Disclosure Statement” to the Division of Research annually, or more frequently if their status changes during the year.

3. In order to ensure that correspondence from granting agencies is received by the Division of Research in a timely manner, regardless of changes in personnel, please use the following e-mail address for Barry Milavetz, associate vice president for research, on all external grant proposals:

4. As part of its commitment to research development at UND, the Division of Research frequently provides matching funds for proposals to external funding agencies. In order to properly monitor the amounts and sources of matching funds provided for these proposals, principal investigators requesting matching funds for proposals to external funding agencies must complete a “Division of Research Matching Funds Request Form,” which can be found on the Division of Research Web page at:

This form is to be used when requesting matching funds from the vice president for research or Research Development and Compliance. Please note that matching funds will be provided by only one of these offices. All requests for matching funds should be submitted to Research Development and Compliance.

5. Lead time of no less than three working days prior to the proposal deadline is required for internal processing in Grants and Contracts Administration (GCA) and RD&C. This lead time is especially important at this time due to a significant increase in the number of proposals submitted and awards received, an increase in workload since implementation of ConnectND, an increase in oversight responsibilities concerning federal and state regulations on a variety of issues, and the time required to successfully submit proposals electronically (especially those submitted via

We understand that occasionally this policy cannot be honored, and we will continue to process all proposals as efficiently as possible with the intent of meeting deadlines.

6. Two copies of the proposal in final form must be presented to GCA for processing. One of those copies will be retained in RD&C, the other will be returned to the principal investigator (PI) for submission to the funding agency (i.e., the PI will then not be required to send a copy to RD&C after the proposal is processed). The proposal must not be modified after it is processed through G&C & RD&C.

7. Proposals to be submitted electronically through or other portals may be delivered to RD&C physically on a CD or flash memory drive, or they may be sent electronically as an e-mail attachment. In the latter case, send the e-mail to both and . This will ensure that RD&C staff have access to the proposal when Barry Milavetz is unavailable.

Following these policies will help UND maintain compliance with state and federal regulations concerning sponsored programs, and allow the Division of Research staff to better assist principal investigators with applications, particularly with electronic submission of proposals. If you have any questions, contact RD&C at 777-2890 or .
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance,, 701/777-4278

Developmental leave applications for 2009-2010 now available

Eligible faculty and staff who wish to apply for developmental leave projects for the 2009-10 academic year may submit proposals to the faculty member’s chair and dean or the staff member’s administrative supervisor. Faculty and staff who expect to submit an application should discuss their plans with the appropriate supervisor(s) prior to formally submitting a proposal. Developmental leaves are funded from existing resources in the departments and colleges.

Developmental leave applications and copies of the State Board of Higher Education Policy 701.2 governing developmental leaves are available on the Office of Academic Affairs Web site at Please consider the following before applying for a developmental leave:
• At least six years of regular service should have elapsed since one’s initial appointment or since the last developmental leave.
• A final report addressing the outcomes of the previous leave must have been filed. These reports indicate the likelihood the candidate can successfully accomplish the proposed plan of work.
• A substantive tangible product is the ultimate expected outcome.
• The proposed project should not be the subject of an earlier developmental leave.
• The proposed project should benefit significantly from, or would not be possible without, the developmental leave.
• Developmental leaves to take place locally must clearly address the reasons why the proposed work could not be done elsewhere.

Preference will be given to proposals that:
• Involve significant travel elsewhere;
• Have some support (financial or otherwise) from another source (or institution).

Other guidelines:
• Normally, a maximum of two faculty per academic department may take leaves concurrently.
• Requests for one year of support should normally involve two consecutive semesters.
• Faculty who are on developmental leave should refrain from participating in departmental governance and on committees.
• Faculty planning to apply for a developmental leave should consult with the departmental chair and the dean of the college before submitting a proposal.

Applications will be reviewed at the college and/or administrative supervisory level. All proposals are due in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs on or before Nov. 13, 2008. The applications will also be reviewed by the Council of Deans, the provost, and president. Final approval of the proposals must await the approval by the State Board of Higher Education of UND’s 2009-10 salary budget. -– Greg Weisenstein, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Institutional Research newsletter now online

The latest issue of the Institutional Research Office newsletter is available online at

Highlighted in the September 2008 issue is the UND student experience from the 2008 Graduating Student Survey (GSS). This UND-developed survey reports on educational experiences, student involvement, employment status, and overall satisfaction with the University experience. Some noteworthy findings from the GSS include:

 The report lists the level of satisfaction on 21 items. The top five most satisfied items are:
o Level of interaction with other UND students (88.1 percent)
o Overall social experience (88.0 percent)
o Overall academic experience (85.9 percent)
o Challenge of courses in major (83.6 percent)
o Helpfulness of faculty in major (82.4 percent)

 Also looking at the satisfaction levels of the 21 items, six of these have seen a steady increase in satisfaction from 2001, 2004, and 2008 and are above 50 percent:
o Overall social experience - 79.7 percent (2001), 84.0 percent (2004), 88.0 percent (2008)
o Opportunities for involvement in campus activities – 66.6 percent (2001), 71.2 percent (2004), 79.2 percent (2008)
o Racial harmony – 55.0 percent (2001), 65.9 percent (2004), 74.3 percent (2008)
o Classroom equipment/facilities – 66.3 percent (2001), 70.4 percent (2004), 71.7 percent (2008)
o Level of interaction with faculty outside of class – 64.9 percent (2001), 67.8 percent (2004), 69.7 percent (2008)
o Academic advising in major – 60.9 percent (2001), 62.1 percent (2004), 67.1 percent (2008)

 43.7 percent of graduates plan to continue their education, which is the highest reported percentage in all prior GSS surveys. Of these 43.7 percent, 18.6 percent plan on UND for an additional degree (highest to date); 28.8 percent are undecided of their future plan for additional education (also the highest to date).
-- Carmen Williams, Director, Institutional Research,, 777-2456

Writing Center announces interim coordinator

Shane Winterhalter has accepted the position of interim coordinator of the Writing Center for 2008-2009. He has his master's degree in English from UND and has worked in the Writing Center and taught college composition. The Writing Center encourages faculty to invite students from every discipline to meet with our trained tutors to work on their writing. Writing Center tutors are able to work with students on writing projects in every stage of the drafting process-from finding a way to get started to helping students edit their work, and everything in-between. Writing Center staff is also happy to meet with graduate students and faculty on their writing projects.

The Writing Center is open: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday through Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 3 p.m.

You can sign up for a 30-minute session by calling 777-2795, e-mailing, or by signing up at the Writing Center in Room 12, Merrifield Hall. Later this fall, writers will also be able to make appointments using our new online scheduler.

If you have questions about the services available through the Writing Center, or would like to schedule a class visit, please contact Shane at or 777-6381.
-- Anne Kelsch, Director, Office of Instructional Development,, 701-777-4233

Request for donated leave for Gary Naastad

Donations of annual leave or sick leave are sought for Gary Naastad, building services technician for facilities management. His family thanks you for your generosity. Donated leave forms are available at, then click on "forms." Please send the completed forms for annual or sick leave to Patti, facilities management, Stop 9032.
-- Patti Schmidt, HR Assistant, Facilities Management,, 701-777-2595

Buy a painting at the Museum of Art

Buy a painting! Curate your own painting!

Ewa Tarsia, Polish-Canadian artist from Winnipeg whose exhibition is currently at the North Dakota Museum of Art, has agreed to sell the components of her current show. Ewa has NO storage and constantly produces more work.

There are 1,078 prints and canvases in the show. Some are paintings made up of multiple canvases and must be sold together. Many more are singular works that fit into the larger configuration, especially in the west gallery and on the mezzanine. The monoprints in the mezzanine gallery are also available as singular works. Matting, backing and Plexiglas will be sold with each print for an additional charge of $10 per square foot.

Prices: The works are selling by the square inch with everything under 100 inches priced at $100. Everything larger will be sold on a sliding scale, up to 1,000 square inches.

101 – 200 square inches sell for 95¢ per inch
201 – 300 square inches sell for 90¢ per inch
301 – 400 square inches sell for 85¢ per inch
401 – 500 square inches sell for 80¢ per inch
501 – 600 square inches sell for 75¢ per inch
601 – 700 square inches sell for 70¢ per inch.
701 – 800 square inches sell for 65¢ per inch
801 – 900 square inches sell for 60¢ per inch
901 – 1,000 square inches sell for 55¢ per inch

The large, multi-canvas works, or works over 1,000 square inches, primarily in the east gallery but sprinkled throughout the installation in the west gallery, will sell for specific prices averaging $4,000.

Given that it is unethical for museums to make money from sales out of exhibitions, all proceeds go to the artist. But she donated the largest work in the collection, the large black multi-canvas painting in the east gallery, to us for our permanent collection.

We do, however, split 50/50 with the artists at our art auctions. October 25 is the date of the upcoming Autumn Art Auction.

To learn more about Ewa Tarsia, click on the link below and view the Absolute Dot video shot at the Museum. The video is available to download to your ipod or watched with RealPlayer or Windows Media.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

Wednesday, Sept. 24 is Denim Day

The last Wednesday of the month comes early in September; Denim Day is Wednesday, Sept. 24. Pay your dollar to your building coordinator, enjoy your denim, and know all proceeds go to charity. Need more buttons? Give me a call and I'll send them out to you.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 777-3791

Surplus items for sale to public

The University is offering for sale to the public by set price or sealed high bid the following items: Rockwell bandsaw, jigsaw and belt sander, piano, stationary exercise bikes, Universal weight machine, Savin SLP38C copier, Fire Safe file cabinets, 3,000 gallon plastic storage tanks, Miller Matic 35 welder and other miscellaneous items. These items will be sold and bids taken at the Central Receiving Building, Door 2, between 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30.
-- Jacque Brockling, Facilities Central Warehouse Supervisor, Facilities,, 777-3033

GGF Friends Worship Group meets Sundays at Christus Rex

The Greater Grand Forks Friends Worship Group meets at 11 A.M. on Sundays at the Christus Rex Campus Center. All are welcome. For information contact Margine Holland, 772-1622, or Jeanne O'Neil, 773-3850.
-- Tom O'Neil, Associate Professor, Computer Science,, 777-4011

Museum Cafe list specials, soups

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

Sept. 24 - 26

Soups: Chef's Choice
Wednesday: Leg of Lamb
Thursday: Coconut Shrimp
Friday: Salmon/Chicken Caesar Salad

Sept. 29 - Oct. 3

Soups: Bacon and Chickpea / Knoephla
Monday: Steak Sandwich
Tuesday: Jamaiican jerk chicken with rice
Wednesday: Club sandwich
Thursday: Leg of lamb
Friday: Salmon Caesar Salad

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

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: Lead Instructor/Flight Manager, Aerospace, #00-080
COMPENSATION: $29,126 plus/year

POSITION: Asst Chief/Course Manager, Aerospace, #09-079
COMPENSATION: $41,255 plus/year

POSITION: Director of Career Services, Law School, #09-078
COMPENSATION: $68,000 plus/year

POSITION: IT Director, Center for Innovation, #09-075
COMPENSATION: $40,000 plus/year


POSITION: Instructional Support Technologist, Continuing Education #09-083
COMPENSATION: $32,000 plus/year


POSITION: Administrative Secretary, Office of Admission, #9-081
COMPENSATION: $22,500 plus/year


POSITION: Building Services Technician (Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Facilities, #09-084
COMPENSATION: $18,200 plus/year

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Sunday-Friday, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), Facilities, #09-082
COMPENSATION: $18,200 plus/year

POSITION: Cold Food Preparer (various schedule, flexible weekends), Dining Services, #09-077
COMPENSATION: $8.64 plus/hour

POSITION: Dining Room Attendant (various schedule, flexible weekends), Dining Services #09-076
COMPENSATION: $8.64 plus/hour


NDUS Programmer Analyst - Grand Forks

Annual reports due Oct. 15

The following information is being provided for assistance as you plan preparation of your FY2008 (July 2007-June 2008) annual report:
• The final due date for FY2008 Web-annual reports is Wednesday, Oct. 15. However, earlier submittal dates may be established by your respective college, unit, and/or division.

• The required Web-based report template for narrative reporting, instructions, and guidelines can be found at the annual report Web site URL:

Password questions can be directed to the Office of Institutional Research at 777-4358.

The Web site also provides information about strategic and annual reporting at UND, as well as the state level.

• Please note the separate text boxes in Priority Action Area B to list publications and/or scholarships.

• The text-editing feature allows formatted text (bold, bullets, color, etc.) and tables to be copied and pasted while retaining the format. Please note that when “pasting” text into this site, MSWord seems to work the best.

• An attempt has been made to limit the amount of redundancy; however redundancy is necessary to accurately reflect your information as we report across all units to our various publics. Just a reminder that it is very important that you use the Web application template and instructions to guide your responses and provide complete information for each item.

• Core data can be accessed at the annual report Web site and continues to be updated as information becomes available.

• Questions on annual reporting should be directed to:
Academic Affairs: Connie Gagelin, 777-2165
Finance and Operations: Marisa Haggy, 777-4392
Student and Outreach Services: Lillian Elsinga or Terry Aubol, 777-2664
SMHS: Judy Solberg, 777-2722
Research: Rosemary Thue, 777-4915
All other: Cynthia Prom, 777-6142
-- Connie Gagelin, Administrative Officer, VPAA and Provost,, 7-2165

UND set to begin faculty, student exchanges with Taiwan university

Chia-nan Tai, president of the National Kaohsiung Normal University (NKNU) in Kaohsiung, Taiwan (Republic of China) visited UND and signed a Memorandum Of Understanding that will allow students from both schools to study abroad and complete degrees. Provisions would make faculty exchanges available, as well.

There also could be options for students to matriculate for a semester or an academic year on a nondegree status, or to take advantage of department-to-department agreements between the two schools.

UND President Robert Kelley represented the University at the signing, along with Victoria Beard, associate provost; Dennis Elbert, dean of the College of Business and Public Administration; Steve Moser, associate dean of the business college; Ray Lagasse, UND International Centre director; Ray Diez, David Yearwood, Department of Technology chair; and others.

Diez said both schools will benefit from the exchange of ideas and culture via the interaction of students, faculty members and members of the communities of Kaohsiung and Grand Forks. Participants also be able to experience the life, history and cultural opportunities available in another country, he said.

Diez said the MOU with NKNU is a revival of a program that was initiated in 1984 at UND. The program continued for about 10 years until it was discontinued, as a result of budget concerns.

In 2003, officials within the Department of Technology contacted NKNU to determine if the program could be re-instated, he said. Negotiations began with a visit by Diez in March 2003 and culminated with the MOU signing Sept. 22.

"In the interim, UND has entertained two visiting professors from NKNU and one exchange student in the master of science program in industrial technology," Diez said. NKNU played host to one visiting professor in the spring semester of 2006.

Cindy Anderson named Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar

Cindy Anderson, an assistant professor in the College of Nursing, was one of 15 junior faculty nationwide to receive an inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar award. The three-year, $350,000 grant will begin Sept. 1.

The award will support Anderson’s research to study vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women from the rural, northern plains. In addition to consumption of vitamin D fortified foods, one of the main ways of obtaining vitamin D is through exposure of the skin to sunlight. However, sunlight exposure for women in the northern plains is seasonally limited, contributing to an increased incidence of vitamin D deficiency.

Anderson’s research seeks to identify how vitamin D deficiency affects blood vessel development and function in the placenta, the organ that provides oxygen and nourishment to the developing fetus during pregnancy. Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy may affect fetal metabolic development and future cardiovascular risk. As vitamin D deficiency is associated with pregnancy-induced hypertension and cardiovascular disease, identification of the way in which vitamin D deficiency affects placental vascular development will provide the basis through which physiologic placental development and function can be restored. She hopes her findings will be used to develop low cost, accessible nutritional and pharmacologic interventions aimed at promoting optimal placental vascular development and reducing cardiovascular risk for mothers and their developing children.

The award will also support Anderson’s participation in a training program that will help prepare her for academic leadership and translating evidence into policy and practice initiatives.

“I hope to use this generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to find ways to reduce cardiovascular risk for mothers and their children through optimal nutrition in pregnancy. When a baby has the chance to develop in a healthy environment, the reduced risk for cardiovascular disease over the lifetimes of mothers and their children has the potential to contribute to the health of generations,” said Anderson.

Anderson’s faculty mentors for this research are Glenda Lindseth, associate dean for research, College of Nursing, and Gerald Combs, director, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.

“I am thrilled to learn that Cindy has been awarded this honor,” said Combs. “This award says a lot about her. We are very proud to call her a colleague and are delighted at her success.”

“Cindy is very deserving of this prestigious honor,” says Chandice Covington, dean of nursing at UND. “We are extremely proud of her work and are thrilled that her efforts are being recognized among her peers. We congratulate her on this wonderful accomplishment and honor.”

Anderson has been recognized for her teaching excellence. She was selected as the 2005 American Nurse Foundation/Midwest Nursing Research Society Scholar and most recently received the New Faculty Scholar Award from the University of North Dakota and the 2008 Harriet Werley New Investigator Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society.

The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program is to develop the next generation of national leaders in academic nursing through career development awards for outstanding junior nursing faculty. The program aims to strengthen the academic productivity and overall excellence of nursing schools by providing mentorship, leadership training, salary and research support to young faculty.

Despite a rise in applicants, U.S. nursing schools turn away thousands of prospective students from baccalaureate and masters programs because of an acute shortage of faculty and clinical preceptors, training sites, space and funding constraints. Since the stature of nursing schools and the promotion of nursing faculty are dependent on the quality of the nursing faculty’s scholarly and/or research pursuits, the Nurse Faculty Scholars program seeks to strengthen the link between institutional reputation and faculty success by providing career development and other opportunities to junior faculty.

With a large number of faculty nurses set to retire soon, the Nurse Faculty Scholars program also aims to encourage junior nurse faculty to continue on in their roles as educators.

The program is run out of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. Jacquelyn C. Campbell, Anna D. Wolf chair and professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing directs the program. For more information, go to:
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Officer, Nursing,, 777-4526

Grad student receives prestigious National Science Award

A University of North Dakota graduate student from the African nation of Cameroon is one of only 38 scholars from across the country to receive the UNCF-Merck Science Initiative Award this year from the pharmaceutical company Merck, Inc., and the United Negro College Fund - the nation’s oldest and most successful minority higher education assistance organization.

Neville Forlemu, a graduate student in the chemistry department, will receive up to $52,000 as a winner of the UNCF/Merck awards, which target students pursuing careers in biomedical research.

“It is absolutely a rewarding and inspirational experience to know and feel that your research project has some profound significance in the circles of some of the great scientists of our time; the prospect of having time to focus solely on my research and learn new research methodologies is just amazing,” Forlemu said.

Forlemu originally came to UND to study chemistry after a fellow UND student, who also is from Cameroon, convinced him to make the continental leap from the Central African coast to the Great Plains of America.

Forlemu is not a stranger to high praise and academic honors. Earlier this year, he and eight others from across the country received the 2008 Minority Travel Award and were invited to attend a joint meeting of the Biophysical Society and the International Biophysics Congress in Long Beach, Calif. He was honored at a reception for his study of “Brownian Dynamics Simulations of Enzyme-Enzyme Interactions and Ligand Transfer.” He also won the same award in 2007.

Before coming to UND, Forlemu received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Buea-Cameroon, where he also minored in medical laboratory technology. He currently is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Biophysical Society.

In 2006, the Science Initiative program was renewed to provide more than $13 million in scholarship grants over five years. To date, nearly 500 scholarships and fellowships have been awarded to African-American students, who, through a competitive application process, were selected as a result of their academic achievements and in potential in the biomedical research field.

“Merck’s commitment to building a pipeline of minority students in the biosciences that extends all the way from undergraduate school through post-doctoral programs, demonstrates its leadership and its understanding of the importance of preparing this nation to be able to compete in the global economy,” said Michael L. Lomax, UNCF president and CEO.