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ISSUE: Volume 46, Number 3: September 03, 2008

Top Stories
President Kelley will be inaugurated Sept. 12; afternoon classes canceled
UND will host Business After Hours Sept. 16
UND Aerospace Dean Bruce Smith to focus on 'Flight of the Odegard' at next faculty lecture
Events to Note
U Democrats sponsor Pomeroy talk
Community invited to celebrate at "A Night on Fire"
South Pacific open auditions set for Sept. 4-5
Essential Studies Fall Summit is Friday
Public is invited to ride, drive hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
UND Aviation Safety Association to host second annual Maintenance Day
German freelance writer, editor to speak Sept. 8
"Mindless Eating" author to keynote North Dakota Obesity Summit
Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn meets Sept 10
Leadership lunch panel extends invitation
Doctoral examination set for Mari B. Rasmussen
Grand Forks is finalist for 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship
ND EPSCoR state conference announced
Conflict Resolution Center lists mediation training seminars
Institutional Review Board to meet Sept. 26
Beyond Boundaries conference is set for Oct. 2-3
UND Children's Writer Conference to be held Oct. 3-4
"Women Build" begins Oct. 4
UND Aerospace to conduct aircraft accident investigation course
Essential Studies is now on the Web
Please return Campus Quality Survey
Arts, humanities, social sciences can apply for funding
Physician Assistant Program receives funds to improve care for underserved, high-risk patients
Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center lists hours
$20,000 grant from Dakota Medical Foundation supports traumatic brain injury partnership
Note residence hall mailing procedure
U2 offers a new session: Understanding Our Strengths and Weaknesses in the Workplace
U2 lists sessions
North Dakota Quarterly now available
Donated leave requested for William McCray, Gerald Frohlich
International Programs newsletter available online
Subway Restaurant reopens soon
Weeders sought for Soaring Eagle prairie
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Yvette La Pierre is 2007-08 Merrifield Competition winner
UND engineering student wins national honor
President Kelley will be inaugurated Sept. 12; afternoon classes canceled

Robert O. Kelley will be inaugurated as the 11th president of the University of North Dakota Friday, Sept. 12.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the ceremony, which will be held at the Chester Fritz Auditorium at 2 p.m., and a public reception will be held following the ceremony in the Reading Room in the Chester Fritz Library. UND classes will be canceled beginning at 1 p.m. on Sept. 12 to encourage faculty members and students to attend the installation ceremony.

About President Kelley:

Kelley began serving as UND’s 11th president July 1, 2008. He had been dean of the College of Health Sciences and professor of medical education and public health at the University of Wyoming since 1999.

Before then, he was associate vice chancellor for research and executive associate dean of the graduate college at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and professor of biological sciences at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of anatomy and cell biology at the College of Medicine, both at the University of Illinois at Chicago. At the University of New Mexico, he served as chair of anatomy and senior executive associate dean, as well as other faculty capacities. He has also taught at the University of California, Berkeley.

Kelley earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, in 1965, and his master’s degree in 1966 and doctorate in 1969, both in cell and developmental biology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kelley has served as chair of the Assembly for the Association of American Medical Colleges, chaired the Council of Academic Societies for the AAMC, and was a member of the executive board of the National Board of Medical Examiners, which is responsible for the U.S. medical licensure examination. In addition, he has served the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on several study sections, served on the director’s advisory board for NIH strategic planning, and chaired the Minority Biomedical Research Support Program advisory committee in the NIH Division of Research Resources. That program helped support research for historically black universities, tribal colleges, and "minority-majority" institutions. He also served as principal investigator for the University of Wyoming/Northern Rockies INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence), an NIH program which promotes biomedical research and connects the state’s community colleges with the University of Wyoming.

He and his wife, Marcia Bell Kelley, who was a lecturer in the University of Wyoming Department of Communication Disorders, have four children.

Questions on the inauguration should be directed to the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events at 777-2724.

UND Aerospace Dean Bruce Smith to focus on 'Flight of the Odegard' at next faculty lecture

"Flight of the Odegard," a recently published book about the history of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, which, incidentally, is celebrating its 40th anniversary, will be the next topic discussed as part of the University of North Dakota Faculty Lecture Series. Bruce A. Smith, dean of the Odegard School, will give the talk Thursday, Sept. 11, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A reception starts at 4 p.m., followed by the lecture at 4:30 p.m.

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

The lecture series is free and open to the public.

Bruce Smith

A native of St. Louis Park, Minn., Smith currently serves as dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at UND, where he originally started flying small aircraft in 1969 under John Odegard, who founded UND's fledgling flight school only a year earlier. The Odegard School then had only two small planes and an office at the Grand Forks airport. Today, Smith is fortunate to lead one of the premier aerospace training schools in the world, one of the largest colleges at the University and has a fleet of aircraft that numbers more than 120 as well as numerous state-of-the-art simulators.

Smith graduated from UND in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and education. While a student at UND, Smith capped four years of playing football with All-North Central Conference and All-America honors his senior year. He has been twice inducted into the UND Athletic Hall of Fame, first as a member of the 1966 team in 2001 and then as an individual in 2003.

He spent eight years in the U.S. Air Force, where he received more time in the cockpit, serving as a flight instructor and specializing in piloting T-37 and T-38 jet aircraft. Smith continued his education at Arizona State University, where he earned his master's degree in educational technology in 1975. He completed his Ph.D. work at Florida State University, where he graduated with a degree in instructional design and development in 1984.

Smith brings nearly 40 years of experience to his position as dean and has worked at all levels of the aerospace industry. He is nationally known and recognized in the aviation training field. He's the author of more than 40 technical reports and journal articles in the areas of human performance, aviation training and aircrew training systems. From 1991 to 1998, he worked for flight simulator innovator Hughes/Raytheon Training Inc., as a program manager. He also served as a senior scientist at Hughes. Before coming to UND, Smith was a Director at Delta Airlines in Atlanta, where he was responsible for all training and certification of the airline's mechanics within Delta’s Technical Operations Division.

Smith was named dean of the Odegard School in December 1999. During his tenure at UND, Smith has used his broad range of experience in aerospace and connections to help guide his school through challenges and a series of volatile years in the aviation industry. He has continued John Odegard's pursuit of excellence in aerospace and the school's reputation as a leader in training the world's future pilots. Smith has overseen the onset of several training contracts in aerospace fields with organizations in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Helicopter training also ramped up under Smith, thanks to a number of nonmilitary and military contracts for training, including an exclusive relationship with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Smith was instrumental in helping his school secure several large federal contracts. Recently, under Smith, the Odegard School has been making a name for itself as a pioneer in the study of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, to include development of a first-of-its-kind pilot training curriculum. As dean, Smith not only oversees aviation operations at the Odegard School, but also leads the departments of aviation, atmospheric sciences, earth systems science and policy, computer science and space studies.

In 2006, Smith was awarded the North Dakota National Guard State Meritorious Service Medal by Gov. John Hoeven for Smith's "outstanding services" as a member of Hoeven's Military Issues in North Dakota task force.

Smith is married to Ann; they have two grown children, Allan and Jay, as well as four grandchildren.

UND will host Business After Hours Sept. 16

The University community and general public are invited as UND hosts Business After Hours, 4:45 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at University Place Apartments, 3601 University Ave. Come network with other members of the UND community and Greater Grand Forks Chamber, tour University Place apartments, enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and giveaways. There is no charge; please park in the Chester Fritz Auditorium lot. -- President's Office.

U Democrats sponsor Pomeroy talk

The University Democrats are sponsoring an event for Barack Obama's Campaign for Change on the UND campus from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, at the Wilkerson Gazebo outside of Wilkerson Dining Center. The event will be a barbeque featuring United States Congressman Earl Pomeroy who will speak about Barack Obama and the importance of voting in the upcoming election. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and s'mores will be provided for students. All are welcome. For more information contact Shane Zahrt at 700-200-0641 or e-mail .
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Community invited to celebrate at "A Night on Fire"

Join the Community Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, for “A Night on Fire.” This event will serve as the Community Theatre’s annual meeting and Dalmatian Award presentation.

Enjoy music and friends at the social hour from 7 to 8 p.m., featuring beer, wine, hors d’oeuvres, and the local bluegrass band, The North River Ramblers. At 8 p.m., a short presentation will outline the new board members for the Community Theatre, as well as present the 2007-08 Dalmatian Awards. There will be a short musical performance by outgoing board member and local talent Jared Kinney.

"A Night on Fire" is free and open to members of the community. Come and celebrate the talent in Grand Forks and your community theatre.

A special bonus to the night will be an opportunity to be the first to see the newly renovated lobby!

Nominations for Dalmatian Awards

Best Actor in a Play or Musical: Jeff Weatherly (Brighton Beach), Daniel Dutot (Jacques Brel), Daniel Dutot (Dracula)

Best Actress in a Play or Musical: Julia Porter (Dracula), Wendy Swerdlow-Pederson (Brighton Beach), Deb Berger (Jacqes Brel)

Best Supporting Actor in a Play or Musical: Sam Ivory (Brighton Beach), Jared Kinney (Dracula), Richard Josephs (Dracula)

Best Supporting Actress in a Play or Musical: Kathy King (Brighton Beach), Amber Hale (Dracula), Amanda Zimmerman (Brighton Beach)

Best Direction: Sam Ivory (Dracula), Job Christenson (Jacqes Brel), Julia Porter (Brighton Beach)

Best Set Design: Sam Ivory/Jeff Kinney (Dracula), Julia Porter/Jeff Kinney/Jared Kinney (Brighton Beach), Job Christenson/Jerry Lowe (Jacques Brel)

Best Youth Performer: Ryan King (Brighton Beach), Ali Nicolai (School House Rock), Carly Flaagan (Brighton Beach)

Best Newcomer: Jeff Weatherly (Brighton Beach), Amanda Zimmerman (Brighton Beach), Richard Josephs (Dracula)

Best Production: School House Rock, Brighton Beach, Dracula, Jacques Brel

The Dalmatian Awards are an annual award presented by the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre to recognize the outstanding dedication of our casts and crews in the promotion of regional theatre. Nominations are made by production directors and the Community Theatre board, and voting is done by ballot by season ticket holders and theatre members.
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre,, 701-746-0847

South Pacific open auditions set for Sept. 4-5

The Departments of Theatre Arts and Music announce open auditions Sept. 4 and 5 at 6 p.m. in Burtness Theatre for the musical South Pacific. Call Marilyn Gregoire at 777-3446 to schedule a time and for more information.
-- Kathleen McLennan, Chair, Department of Theatre Arts, Theatre Arts,, 701-777-2871

Essential Studies Fall Summit is Friday

UND begins its innovative new general education program in the fall of 2008 and this event includes a number of sessions to help faculty and advisors learn more about Essential Studies.

The whole campus is invited to the keynote speech at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. President Kelly will introduce the new Essential Studies director Thomas Steen, and Stephen Brookfield, an internationally recognized expert in post-secondary education, will herald the new program with his talk.

9:30 to 11 a.m., revalidation workshop (conducted by the Essential Studies committee for departments and programs who will be revalidating their courses for ES this year)

River Valley Room:
* 11 a.m. to noon, workshop: "Essential Studies for Faculty and Staff Advisors," Lisa Burger, director of Student Success Center

Lecture Bowl
* noon to 1 p.m., lunch and faculty discussion groups of ES goals (any faculty members who are, or who will be, teaching ES courses are invited to attend)

River Valley Room:
* 1 to 2:30 p.m., keynote speech by Stephen Brookfield, University of St. Thomas, “Becoming a Skillful Teacher” (see

Lecture Bowl:
* Introduction of New Essential Studies Director Thomas Steen by President Kelley
* Introduction of Professor Brookfield by Thomas Steen

2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Model Projects Poster Session (everyone is invited to see the work faculty members have been doing to design new, innovative courses for the ES program)

Fireside Lounge :
* Everyone is welcome to all of the events. To register, contact Amanda Smith in the VPAA's office by phone (777-4138) or e-mail .

Public is invited to ride, drive hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

The public will have an opportunity to ride in and/or drive two hydrogen fuel cell vehicles Friday, Sept. 5, as part of the Energy & Environmental Research Center's (EERC's) National Center for Hydrogen Technology (NCHT) Building Dedication.

General Motors (GM) is providing four Chevrolet Equinox fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) for the ride-and-drive. The vehicles are powered by GM's fourth-generation hydrogen fuel cell system. The vehicles use no petroleum, and zero greenhouse gases are released. The only emission is clean water vapor. Chevrolet has launched a market test fleet of 100 Chevy Equinox electric vehicles in large metropolitan areas such as New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

The ride-and-drive will take place in the EERC's west parking lot immediately following the NCHT building dedication ceremony, which begins at 9:30 a.m.

The dedication ceremony will include remarks from North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven, Sen. Byron Dorgan, Sen. Kent Conrad, and Rep. Earl Pomeroy. Comments will also be made by EERC Director Gerald Groenewold, Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown, East Grand Forks Mayor Lynn Stauss; North Dakota University System Chancellor Bill Goetz; and University of North Dakota President Robert Kelley.

Construction on the $3.5 million, 15,000-square-foot NCHT facility began April 17, 2006.

The facility is designed to significantly enhance the strategic research, development, testing, and commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies at the EERC. The building includes specialized state-of-the-art equipment to provide solutions for the world's growing energy needs and, at the same time, opportunities for regional economic growth.

"This facility provides a cornerstone to address this nation's enormous challenge of developing new technologies to guarantee the country's energy security for the long-term," said Groenewold. "Hydrogen is not only a key bridge to energy security, but also a key solution to managing our carbon footprint."

"I wrote a provision in law creating the NCHT and have secured funding through my Appropriations Committee work because of the world-class research and development capabilities at the EERC regarding hydrogen technology," Sen. Dorgan said. "This cutting-edge activity is just another incredible thing happening in the Red River Valley Research Corridor, which has bolstered North Dakota's high-tech sector. Also, the product of this research and development at the NCHT will help our country reduce its dangerous dependence on foreign energy."

The EERC was designated by the NCHT in 2004 and was awarded a package of federal dollars designated by Sen. Byron Dorgan in recognition of over 50 years of hydrogen research involving fossil and renewable energy. The NCHT is one of the EERC's 10 Centers of Excellence.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony, reception, and self-guided tours of the facility will follow the dedication.

UND Aviation Safety Association to host second annual Maintenance Day

The UND Aviation Safety Association (ASA) will host the Second Annual Maintenance Day Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the maintenance hangar at the airport.

Activities include, but are not limited to: Arrow aircraft gear retraction demonstrations, a Warrior aircraft pre-flight challenge, a Cessna 172 display, helicopter displays, magneto demonstrations or get a closer look at Seminole, Arrow and Warrior systems. Talk with mechanics and get your questions answered, and/or talk with representatives from aviation student organizations. Maintenance Day is free and open to the public.

For more information about Maintenance Day, contact Meaghan Dunnquery @ .
-- Karen Ryba, director of communications, aerospace,, 777-4761

German freelance writer, editor to speak Sept. 8

Thomas Jeier, one of Germany's most prolific and successful authors of historical novels and books for young readers about American history, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, in the Grand Forks Herald Community Room. The community is invited to attend this free event.

Jeier grew up in Frankfurt, Germany, and for the past 36 years, he has worked as a freelance writer and editor in a publishing house. He's won numerous awards for his literary works, which often focus on North American cultural and historical topics. He's tackled everything from the Great Alaskan Gold Rush to the life and times of Martin Luther King Jr. He's also written about American Indians and the history of country western music.

Among his bestselling books are novels about a young Cheyenne woman, "Die Sehnsucht der Cheyenne;" a Lakota girl with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, "Wo die in die Freiheit;" and a young couple living in Alabama during the time of Martin Luther King Jr., "Sie hatten einen Traum." His newest work is a nonfiction book American Indians, "Das Grosse Buch der Indianer."

Jeier also was a recipient of an "International Award" from the Country Musica Association for a longrunning weekly country music show.

Today, Jeier lives near Munich, Germany, but he continues to travel extensively throughout North America.

Jeier's visit to Grand Forks is sponsored by the UND Department of Languages' German division.

"Mindless Eating" author to keynote North Dakota Obesity Summit

Brian Wansink, executive director, USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, and author of “Mindless Eating,” will headline a one-day conference focused on overcoming obesity Tuesday, Sept. 9.

“Obesity in North Dakota: Finding Solutions” will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center, UND campus.

The summit will organize leaders from across the state and across disciplines to address the obesity epidemic in North Dakota with a special focus in the areas of practice, education and research, and public policy.

Health care professionals, researchers, educators, parents, policymakers, community members and anyone interested in reversing the rising obesity trend in North Dakota are welcome to attend. To register for the conference, please visit

Obesity rates in the United States are soaring, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Between 1980 and 2000, obesity rates doubled among adults. About 60 million adults, or 30 percent of the adult population, are now obese. Similarly since 1980, overweight rates have doubled among children and tripled among adolescents – increasing the number of years they are exposed to the health risks of obesity.

The primary behaviors causing the obesity epidemic are well known and preventable: physical inactivity and unhealthy diet. Despite this knowledge, most people still do not practice healthy behaviors that can prevent obesity, including eating the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables and getting enough physical activity to provide health benefits.

Sponsors of this program include the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Executive Nurse Fellows Alumni Association, San Francisco, Calif.; Dakota Medical Foundation, Fargo, N.D.; USDA Human Nutrition Research Center, Grand Forks; University of North Dakota College of Nursing, Grand Forks; Grand Forks Public Health Department; and Meritcare Health Systems, Fargo, N.D.

For more information, please contact: Loretta Heuer, UND College of Nursing at 777-4527; Debbie Swanson, Grand Forks Public Health Department, (701) 787-8113; or Jo Burdick, Meritcare Health Systems, Fargo, N.D., (701) 280-4092.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Officer, College of Nursing,, 777-4526

Women's Center Meet, Eat and Learn meets Sept 10

A mother and daughter will share their story about "The Impact of Meth Addiction" Wednesday, Sept. 10, from noon to 1 p.m. at the International Center, 2908 University Ave. Lunch is provided and everyone is welcome.
-- Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Womens Center,, 74302

Leadership lunch panel extends invitation

You are invited to attend a lunch panel, “Exploring Issues in Higher Education Leadership,” presented by the 2007-08 members of the President’s Issues in Higher Education Leadership Seminar. The leadership lunch panel will be held Friday, Sept. 12, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Badlands Room, Memorial Union. Panel members are Mary Baker (teaching and learning), Olaf Berwald (German), Elizabeth Bjerke (aviation), Paul Hardersen (space studies), and Shari Nelson (student success center). You are particularly encouraged to attend if you are thinking about applying for the 2008-09 Issues in Higher Education Leadership Seminar. To reserve a box lunch, please contact Lisa Moore (777-4141) by Tuesday, Sept. 9. If you are interested in applying for the 2008-09 Issues in Higher Education Leadership Seminar, but cannot attend the lunch, please contact for an application.
-- Victoria Beard, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs,, 4824

Doctoral examination set for Mari B. Rasmussen

The final examination for Mari B. Rasmussen, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 1:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Assessment and Accountability: An Exploration of Teachers' Practices in Assessing English Language Proficiency." Shelby Barrentine (teaching and learning) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Grand Forks is finalist for 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship

Grand Forks has been chosen as one of the three finalists to host the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship. The other finalists are Buffalo, N.Y., and Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. The 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship is a 10-nation tournament featuring the world's best hockey players under the age of 20. This is the same great event that Grand Forks hosted in 2005!

The Site Selection Committee from USA Hockey will visit Greater Grand Forks Tuesday, Sept. 16, and we need your help as we seek to put our best foot forward with a world-class "Community Rally" at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

In order for Grand Forks to have a legitimate shot at securing this event, the Community Rally must be an "absolute success" in order to demonstrate our communities' desire to once again host this prestigious event. If we don't energize the community and get people out for the Community Rally, we won't get this event. We need a successful Community Rally to differentiate ourselves from the other finalists noted previously.

We need your help! We need the community to come out and show their support for this event as we attempt to make a favorable impression on the Site Selection Committee and help the Greater Grand Forks community secure this prestigious World Championship event.

The 2011 World Junior Hockey Championship Community Rally is Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the main lobby of the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m., with the rally from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.

There is free on-site parking at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Lunch is on us! Free hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be served. Come on out for live music, prizes, great food, special guest appearances, and a
GRAND Community Rally!

ND EPSCoR state conference announced

The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research is holding its 2008 State Conference in the Memorial Union Friday, Sept. 19. The conference theme is “The Dimensions of North Dakota EPSCoR.” The event begins with registration and a complimentary continental breakfast at 8 a.m., with the program beginning at 8:30 a.m. Two hundred faculty and students from North Dakota universities and colleges are expected to register for the event.

EPSCoR, and its sister program in the National Institutes of Health, the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program, will be highlighted during the one-day conference. Particular attention will be focused on the National Science Foundation EPSCoR program and the NIH IDeA program with respect to what these programs are providing in the way of research infrastructure improvement and economic development to the State of North Dakota. Additionally, synergistic North Dakota initiatives designed to enhance the research climate and culture of the state will be presented. These include the Red River Valley Research Corridor initiative of Sen. Byron Dorgan and the Center of Excellence in Economic Development program championed by Gov. John Hoeven.

Senators Conrad and Dorgan, along with Representative Pomeroy and Gov. Hoeven have been invited to welcome conference participants. North Dakota University System Chancellor William Goetz, along with Presidents Joseph Chapman and Robert Kelley will share their perspective on the ND EPSCoR program.

Graduate and undergraduate students from North Dakota universities and colleges will have their EPSCoR supported work highlighted in a poster session held in conjunction with the conference. A complete agenda for the conference will be periodically updated and may be viewed on the ND EPSCoR Web page at

All attending the conference are asked to please register PRIOR to Sept. 11 at

For further information, contact the ND EPSCoR office at 777-2492.
-- Gary E Johnson, Co-Project Director, ND EPSCoR,, 701-777-2492

Conflict Resolution Center lists mediation training seminars

Please join the UND Conflict Resolution Center for the following mediation training seminars in your area:
* Bismarck: 40-Hour Civil and Employment Mediation Seminar Sept. 22-26 at the State Capitol Building.
* Fargo: 40-hour Civil and Employment Mediation Nov. 3-7 at the Ramada.
* Grand Forks: 40-hour Civil or Family Mediation Seminar Jan. 5-9 in Room 125, University Place.

This is a great time for students to take advantage of this seminar.

40-Hour Family Mediation Seminar
May 18-22 in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union

How could I benefit from mediation training? 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 in order to support better working relationships
* Earn continuing professional education credits - Minnesota ADR and CLE; North Dakota CLE, Social Work, Counseling
* Enhance your ability to help yourself and others during conflict and improve the ways in which employees connect to workplace values and vision and increase leadership qualities

The 40-hour seminar cost is $875; UND staff, faculty, and students, $300; two graduate credits available through Continuing Education.

Call Gail at 777-3664 or e-mail for information or registration. Register today.

Institutional Review Board to meet Sept. 26

The Institutional Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, in 305 Twamley Hall to consider all research proposals submitted to the IRB office before Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the clinical medical subcommittee before being brought to the full board. Proposals for these projects are due in the Institutional Review Board Office before Tuesday, Sept. 2.

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

Beyond Boundaries conference is set for Oct. 2-3

The seventh annual Beyond Boundaries: Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning conference is set for Oct. 2-3 at the UND Memorial Union.

The conference is designed to promote discussion about innovative practices using technology in teaching and learning in higher education.

Early bird registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 19. Visit for more information and to register. Save $25 if you register before Sept. 19.

"Beyond Boundaries" highlights regional faculty and administrators' experiences and successes with technology in various learning environments. Conference sessions apply to those with beginner, intermediate and advanced knowledge about e-learning and are targeted for those involved in higher education, such as:
* faculty and administration
* undergraduate and graduate level students
* distance education professionals
* instructional designers
* instructional and information technology support specialists
* student service representatives
* K-12 educators

* LEARN by attending your choice of more than 30 information-packed professional development sessions designed to give you successful strategies for implementing technology into teaching and learning.
* ENHANCE your knowledge of e-learning by comparing online and traditional classroom delivery outcomes.
* NETWORK with more than 200 peers, colleagues and leaders in higher education from the upper Midwest and Canada.
* PROFIT from the brightest minds in the e-learning industry who will share their experiences, successes and challenges in using technology in a higher education environment.
* EXAMINE the latest products and services of companies who offer hardware, educational software and web activities that enhance e-learning.
* RELAX and enjoy food, fun, friends and artwork at the Beyond Boundaries reception held at the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center from 5:45 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2.
* BENEFIT from the experience of over 30 colleagues who have first-hand knowledge on the issues you face by integrating technology into teaching and learning.
* GAIN enough in-depth information to effectively implement new technology into your teaching strategies.
* EXPLORE how to use the newest technology in your classroom by attending the product demonstrations provided by leading technology vendors.
* RENEW your enthusiasm for the endless possibilities technology can play in higher education by attending the "Technology Tidbits" session.
* DEVELOP new working relationships that will assist you in your pursuit to improve the use of technology in your teaching.

Gerard L. Hanley, executive director of MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching at and senior director for academic technology services for the California State University, Office of the Chancellor. At MERLOT, he directs the development and sustainability of MERLOTs innovative services and consortium of higher education systems and institutions, professional societies, corporations, and other digital libraries. At the CSU, Hanley oversees the development and implementation of system-wide academic technology initiatives and integrated electronic library resources supporting CSUs 23 campuses. He previously held positions in the CSU include professor of psychology, director of faculty development and director of strategic planning.

Thomasine Heitkamp currently serves as the chair of the Department of Social Work at the University of North Dakota. As chair, she administers graduate and undergraduate degree-granting distance education programs. Heitkamp has been involved in distance education work for over 20 years and has experienced the advantages, pitfalls and risks when moving curricula outside the boundaries of an on-campus learning environment. Her pioneer efforts in coordinating a distance program from 1989 to 1992 assisted the University of North Dakota/Department of Social Work in offering the first distance social work degree in the United States from an accredited social work program. The program was offered over the North Dakota Interactive Video Network. Her work with distance education programs has provided a variety of memorable experiences, including spending time on icy roads reaching out to students, who resided several miles from campus, to working with the social work accreditation agency to create legitimacy for distance degrees. This work resulted in numerous publications addressing the many lessons learned and numerous national and international presentations. Her research focus is engaged in thoughtful design, delivery and evaluation of distance education programs to assure quality.

Cost is $125 to attend the two-day conference for participants. Students may register for $50. Your fee includes all materials and instruction, as well as continental breakfasts, lunches, and refreshment breaks.

Visit for a detailed schedule, conference fees and to register. Or you may call UND Office of Professional Services at 701-777-2663 or 866-579-2663. You can also e-mail us at

The conference is sponsored and planned by the University of North Dakota. Please forward this information to other interested colleagues.

-- UND Office of Professional Services, Skalicky Tech Incubator.

UND Children's Writer Conference to be held Oct. 3-4

Writers, illustrators, teachers and children’s book enthusiasts are invited to attend the 29th annual Writers Conference in Children’s Literature to be held at the University of North Dakota Oct. 3-4.

The opening session begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Memorial Union. Andrea Weiss, editorial director at Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, will speak about writing for the educational market.

Saturday’s session begins at 8 a.m. at the Memorial Union with Sarah Shumway from Dutton Children’s Books, presenting “What a Lovely Piece of Writing - But Will It Sell?” Will Weaver, author of several successful novels for young adults, including his Billy Baggs series, will speak about “Where the Rubber Hits the Page: Stock Cars and Reluctant Readers.” Weis will lead a writing workshop on “Who’s Telling the Story? Knowing the Difference Between Author and Narrator.” Additional presentations by regional authors, educators and librarians are also scheduled.

The Writers Conference in Children's Literature, held annually at UND, was founded in 1980 by Emily Rhoads Johnson, who brought to North Dakota the gift of a passion for children's literature. Her goal in starting the conference was to encourage aspiring writers to publish excellent, creative stories for children of all ages.

The conference regularly attracts participants from all over North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, as well as Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and Manitoba. Throughout the years, distinguished authors, illustrators, educators and agents have visited the UND campus to share their stories, critique manuscripts and share the latest trends and markets in the field of children's literature with area writers.

The conference is presented by the UND Department of English and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Local sponsors include UND Barnes & Noble Bookstore, the UND Alumni Foundation, The Greater Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Red River Valley Writing Project.

Those interested in attending can visit HYPERLINK "" for more information and registration forms.

"Women Build" begins Oct. 4

Red River Valley Habitat for Humanity has an upcoming volunteer project. We are planning a "Women Build" to start Oct. 4. The house foundation will have been completed and on that date the wall-raising will start.

"Women Build" is a Habitat for Humanity International program that encourages women to make a difference by building homes and communities in an environment conducive to learning and sharing construction skills. We would not exclude men but use this opportunity to have women in our community learn to do home construction.

In cooperation with the local Lowes, we'll offer "construction classes" in September in preparation for the start of the build. To volunteer or for more information, call 772-4418 or e-mail providing name, phone and e-mail and someone will get back to you.

UND Aerospace to conduct aircraft accident investigation course

The UND Aerospace Foundation (UNDAF) and the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), in a cooperative effort, will conduct a two-day aircraft accident investigation course at the Grand Forks International Airport Oct. 7-9. The course is designed to provide an advanced level of instruction to individuals who may participate in aircraft accident investigations conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

As unfortunate as they are, aircraft accidents are opportunities for investigators to learn more about the errors pilots and organizations may make that result in accidents, said Dana Siewert, UND Aerospaces director of aviation safety. This course develops hands on skills by recreating an actual aircraft mishap in a learning environment.

Over 30 airline pilots and aviation professionals from around the U.S and Canada are expected to participate in each course which will use actual aircraft wreckage which was donated by a firm in California. The wreckage site will be recreated south of the flight operations facility and used specifically for investigative training techniques.

This course is also offered to a select group of aviation employees and a limited number of aviation students who have completed aviation safety courses at UND. Aviation aircraft manufacturers who have expressed interest in this type of course and training will also be attending.

This is the sixth year that UNDAF and ALPA have conducted the course. For further information, contact Dana Siewert at 701-777-7895 (email: or check out

Essential Studies is now on the Web

Essential Studies is now on the Web! To find out more about UND's new general education program, click on "E" on the main UND Web page or use these links:

The new site includes information for students, faculty, and advisors. Questions? Contact Lori Robison at or Tom Steen at .

Please return Campus Quality Survey

Faculty, staff, and administrators in the 11 North Dakota state universities are being sent a Campus Quality Survey sponsored by the North Dakota University System for the purpose of obtaining information for the December 2008 Accountability Measures Report. This report will provide information for state policy makers, the North Dakota University System, and our campus to continually improve the quality of education and services. The UND Institutional Review Board has approved this study (Project Number: IRB-200808-028).

After the completed survey forms are collected at each individual campus, they will be sent directly to Performance Horizons for tabulation and report generation. Please be assured that your responses will be held in confidence and your anonymity will be preserved. No individual’s response will ever be identified in any report. If you have already completed and returned the survey to us, please accept our sincere thanks. If not, would you please take a few minutes and do so now. While we know that this is a busy time of year, we would like to ask for your help to complete the questionnaire and return it in the self-addressed intercampus envelope to us on or before Oct. 15, 2008.

If you have misplaced your survey form or have questions about this project, please contact Sue Erickson, Research Analyst, at 777-2265. Participation from our faculty, staff, and administrators is very important to the success of this study. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
-- Carmen Williams, Director, Institutional Research,, 7-4358

Arts, humanities, social sciences can apply for funding

The Division of Research offers arts, humanities and social sciences funding. Application procedures and criteria for award selection follow.


1. Faculty members in the following departments may apply for funding from this program: anthropology, art, criminal justice, English, history, Indian studies, languages, music, philosophy and religion, School of Communication, theatre arts (i.e., those that are not eligible for National Science Foundation funding); and the following programs: humanities and integrated studies, honors, interdisciplinary studies.

2. Faculty who have previously received funding from this program are not eligible for another award until they have submitted a request for funding to an external funding agency.

3. Faculty who have previously received funding from this program are not eligible for another award until they have submitted a final report for the previously funded project.

4. The following are unallowable budget items: travel to attend conferences, infrastructure, public relations activities, salary of the principal investigator, studies already completed

5. Preference will be given to proposals requesting $5,000 or less.

6. Although these awards are primarily intended for tenured and tenure-track faculty, temporary faculty may apply as long as creative activity is required in their contract and they are able to complete their proposed activity while employed at the University of North Dakota.


I. Cover page including the following: principal investigator's name; department, college; proposal title; amount requested; proposed beginning and ending dates of the project; agency to which extramural proposal will be submitted; list of previous Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Awards and whether or not a final report and external proposal have been filed for each previous award; signatures of the principal investigator, department chair, and dean of the college.

II. Project narrative: the narrative text should not exceed three single-spaced pages (approximately 1,785 words).

The narrative should clearly convey the ideas, objectives, and methods of the project. It should also communicate the project's substance, potential contribution to the field, overall significance, the intended audience where appropriate, the likely outcome, and your ability to carry out the project successfully. A simple statement of need or intent is insufficient. Because reviewers may not possess specialized knowledge of the proposed field of study, the project description should be free of jargon.

There is no formula for writing a successful application. However, applicants may find it helpful to address the following questions where appropriate in their narratives:

A. What are the basic ideas, problems, or questions examined by the study? Explain the planned approach or line of thought. If the area is a new area of research, explain the reasons for working in it, if the area is not a new area describe the significance of the area. If the project is creative activity in one of the arts, describe what you intend to create and/or perform.

B. For what part or stage of your project are you seeking support? Provide an overview of the project and describe what part of the study/creative activity you will undertake during the award period. If you will be working with someone else describe your contributions to the project. If working on a book, provide a tentative chapter outline.

C. What work will be accomplished during the award period? Supply a brief work plan.

D. Will this project be supported by other resources? If so what is the source and amount, and what portion of the project will the other resources cover?

E. How will the project complement, challenge, or expand relevant work in the field? Explain what makes the project distinctive.

F. What contribution will the project make to the field?

G. What is the project’s overall significance in terms of its potential social, cultural, and/or educational benefits?

H. Where will you conduct the study/create and/or perform the work? What materials will you use? Describe access to archives, collections, performance/studio venues, or institutions with the necessary resources.

I. What is the intended audience for the results of the project?

J. What are the intended results of the project? Indicate plans for articles, conference papers, books, recordings, exhibit, or other forms of outcomes.

III. One-page budget and justification: The budget must be broken down into individual items with each item justified. The following are unallowable budget items: travel to attend conferences, infrastructure, public relations activities, salary of the principal investigator, studies already completed.

IV. Project bibliography (if appropriate to the proposed work)

The bibliography should not exceed one single-spaced page (4,000 characters, approximately 570 words).

The bibliography should consist of primary and secondary sources that relate directly to the project. It is usually advisable to include works that pertain to both the project's substance and its theoretical or methodological approaches. Titles cited in the application narrative do not have to be included in the bibliography. Reviewers often use the bibliography to evaluate your preparation in the subject area and your approach to the topic.

V. One-page academic résumé: The résumé should include education, employment history, and relevant citations (e.g., publications, presentations, performances, juried exhibitions)


Reviewers are asked to evaluate an application according to the following criteria:

1. The significance of the contribution that the project will make to knowledge in the specific field and to the humanities or social sciences generally, OR in the case of projects in the arts, the potential: (a) to impact the artistic and/or cultural heritage of the nation, region, or field, and/or (b) to broaden and/or deepen public understanding and appreciation of and access to the arts, and/or (c) to have a positive effect on the development of arts learning for children and youth.

2. The quality or promise of quality of the applicant's work;

3. The quality of the conception, definition, organization, and description of the project;

4. The likelihood that the applicant will complete the project including the appropriateness of the budget, the quality and clarity of the project goals and design, the resources involved, and the qualifications of the applicant;

5. The likelihood that the successful completion of the project will bring some return to the University.

6. Evidence that previous awardees have fulfilled all requirements for their previous award(s).


The application, with original signatures of the principal investigator, department chair, and dean, and nine (9) copies must be submitted to Research Development and Compliance, 105 Twamley Hall, on or before 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, 2008.


Applications will be reviewed and ranked by a committee of arts, humanities, and social sciences faculty, chosen and chaired by the associate vice president for research. Applications from faculty teams/groups are encouraged.

Award Requirements

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

2. All recipients of arts, humanities and social sciences grants are required to submit a proposal to an external funding agency within one year of the award’s end date.

3. If an award results in a tangible product such as a book, article, or a video or audio recording, a copy must be provided to the Division of Research.

Physician Assistant Program receives funds to improve care for underserved, high-risk patients

The needs of the most medically underserved and vulnerable people are at the center of a project launched by the Physician Assistant (PA) Program at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The three-year, $463,000 grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration aims to enhance the education of PA students to deliver primary care which meets the special needs of five segments of the population:

- Families with children with disabilities, including blindness and physical disabilities
- Elderly living alone in rural areas
- Farm and ranch families without health care insurance
- American Indian youth who, as a group, have a high rate of suicide
- Veterans returning from military duty with physical or mental disabilities

Focus groups representing each of the targeted populations will be conducted statewide in North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Arkansas and Oklahoma, according to Mary Ann Laxen, director of the PA program and the grant’s principle investigator.

“What we learn from the focus groups will be used to identify and prioritize the special needs of these populations,” Laxen says, “and to help us to develop learning tools, such as case studies, to better prepare them to provide effective health care.” Sixty-five students will participate in the enhanced training.

The project addresses “so many pressing issues in health care today,” Laxen says. “We have young veterans returning from the war, many of them right here in North Dakota, and, as people live longer and want to remain in their homes, more elderly living alone in rural areas.

“The suicide rate on our state’s Native American reservations is tragic,” she adds. “Also, because of our current economic situation, so many people have dropped or lost their health insurance. These issues are on the forefront of our health care system today.”

The grant is titled “Educational Training Modules for Physician Assistant Students Serving High Risk Populations in Rural and Underserved Regions of the United States.” Faculty members of the PA program plan to share new knowledge gained from the project with colleagues throughout the country.

The UND PA program prepares clinically competent physician assistants, working with and under the supervision of physicians, to provide primary health care for the people in North Dakota and other rural and underserved areas of the United States. Its goals are to alleviate the shortages of primary care providers and to provide access to comprehensive and affordable health care services to rural and underserved populations.

The majority of PA students who come from rural and underserved areas, after graduation, have gone on to establish their practices in primary care in such areas. The program’s faculty has educated and trained experienced health care providers for more than 35 years.
-- Pamela Knudson, Director of Public Affairs , Medical School Office of Public Affairs ,, 777-2733

Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center lists hours

The Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center, 2800 University Ave., is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Starting Sept. 8, hours on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday will be 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. -- Linda Skarsten, Multicultural Student Services, 777-4259.

$20,000 grant from Dakota Medical Foundation supports traumatic brain injury partnership

Dakota Medical Foundation has provided $20,000 to support the North Dakota Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Partnership, administered by the Center for Rural Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The TBI partnership is designed to strengthen the coordination of services for individuals with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in North Dakota, with particular attention to the needs of military veterans and American Indians.

The Center for Rural Health administers the TBI project in partnership with the North Dakota Department of Human Services. The Center managed the state's original planning grant for traumatic brain injury. Additional funding partners include the Dakota Medical Foundation, the North Dakota Head Injury Association and the Anne Carlsen Center.

Grant funds will be used to improve screening and referrals for needed services and service coordination. Other goals include strengthening cultural awareness, implementing a peer mentoring pilot program involving American Indians, promoting education and awareness through a statewide summit this fall, targeted medical education, and developing a resource library. Resources may also be used to explore ways to track the incidence of traumatic brain injuries in North Dakota.

Dakota Medical Foundation, Fargo, N.D., focuses its efforts on improving health and access to medical and dental care in the region, with a special emphasis on children. Since 1996, the Foundation has invested over $33 million to 300 nonprofit organizations in the region. For more information, see
-- Wendy Opsahl, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health,, 777-0871

Note residence hall mailing procedure

In order to better facilitate mass distribution of flyers, mailbox stuffers, etc., please forward all questions or samples for approval to Ali Moreland, Stop 9029, 777-2497. She will then confer with me and approval will be determined. Once approval is made, we will inform that office or organization on the specific numbers and procedures needed for delivery to residence hall students and/or staff. -- Chris Dingle, associate director of housing.

U2 offers a new session: Understanding Our Strengths and Weaknesses in the Workplace

Are there things you admire about one person's office ethics, yet other working styles 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 healthful, productive culture where all learning styles are honored and respected.

Come and join the fun! Sessions are held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Sept. 11, in 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator, or from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in Rooms 10-12, Swanson Hall.

The presenter is Laurie Robinson who works in the Division of Continuing Education, Professional Development for Educators Program.
-- Denis F. MacLeod, U2 Coordinator, University Within the University,, 701-777-0720

U2 lists sessions

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

Understanding Our Strengths and Weaknesses in the Workplace (NEW)
Sept. 11, 10:30 a.m. to noon, 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator
or Oct. 15, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Rooms 10-12, Swanson Hall
See above article for more information.

Subcontracting With Outside Entities (NEW)
Sept. 12, 2 to 3 p.m., Reed Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
This training session focuses on (1) the definition of a subcontractor; (2) the difference between a subcontractor and a consultant; (3) what documentation is needed for subcontracting with outside entities; (4) how we pay a subcontractor for their work; and (5) our legal rights if work is not completed satisfactorily by the subcontractor. Presenter: Corey Graves.
-- Denis F. MacLeod, U2 Coordinator, University Within the University Program,, 701-777-0720

North Dakota Quarterly now available

The North Dakota Quarterly announces its latest special, The Translation Issue, available now. Highlights include new work from two former poet laureates and translations of literary work from the Incan Empire to modern Romania and numerous other sources and languages.

NDQ hopes not only to provide English readers with a substantial sampling of the literary styles and subject matters of other cultures, but also to show the artistry and challenges of translating literature. In both terms of genre and language, The Translation Issue contains a wide variety of plays, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Original languages include Greek, Danish, Polish, Romanian, German, Portuguese, French, and Spanish from a number of different cultures and times.

Featured are such writers as Richard Wilbur, former U.S. Poet Laureate (1987-88) and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, who specializes in translation of 17th century French literature. William Jay Smith, the Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress (1968-70, now titled the U.S. Poet Laureate) has won translation awards from both the French and Swedish Academies. Other celebrated contributors include Robert Bagg, a poet, literary critic, and novelist who is renowned for his translations of Greek drama, especially those of Euripides and Sophokles. Also translated from the Greek is a preview of selections from the upcoming book The Last Word by Michael Wolfe, a well-known poet and author of Islamic-themed literature.

The North Dakota Quarterly has been the liberal arts and sciences journal of the University of North Dakota since 1911. Edited by Robert Lewis and assisted by staff and faculty at UND and elsewhere, NDQ publishes poetry, fiction, literary criticism, and book reviews from local, regional, and international contributors. NDQ publishes four issues a year, occasionally including special issues. The Translation Issue is one such special issue.

Individual issues are $12 plus postage. Subscription rates per year are $25 for individuals; $20 for gifts, students, and seniors; and $30 for institutions. Please contact NDQ at or phone (777-701-3322).

Donated leave requested for William McCray, Gerald Frohlich

Donations of annual leave or sick leave are sought for William McCray and Gerald Frohlich, academic building services technicians. Their families thank 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 department, Stop 9032.
-- Patti Schmidt, Human Resources Assistant, Facilities Management,, 701-777-2595

International Programs newsletter available online

The latest issue of the International Programs newsletter, "Building Bridges," is available online at
Featured this month:
* New OIP staff
* American-Scandinavian Foundation announces award competition
* 2009-10 Fulbright Scholar Award opportunities still available
* Study Abroad Fair
* Welcome Back event
* Study Abroad faculty referral form
* Study Abroad application process
* International Scholar information
* Advising International students
* Cultural Nights schedule
* Country in Focus: Jordan
-- Ray Lagasse, Director, International Programs,, 777-2938

Subway Restaurant reopens soon

Subway Restaurant is returning to its former location in Johnstone/Fulton Hall. Renovation will soon be under way. Watch for an anticipated opening later this fall semester.
-- Orlynn Rosaasen, Director, Dining Services,, 7-3823

Weeders sought for Soaring Eagle prairie

We will be regularly weeding Soaring Eagle Prairie. Until we get this garden under control, and to prevent it from being turned back to grass, it will need invasive plant removal. So, for the next few weeks on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., I will be weeding and can use any help you can provide or send my way. Please bring gloves for one-half hour of weeding. Many half hours add up to a significant change. Thanks. -- John La Duke, College of Arts and Sciences.

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: Instructional Coordinator/Advisor, TRIO/Upward Bound, #09-059
COMPENSATION: $24,000 plus/year

POSITION: Research Engineer, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #09-058
COMPENSATION: $50,000 plus/year

POSITION: Research Scientist/Engineer – Fuels, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #09-057
COMPENSATION: $50,000 plus/year

POSITION: Research Scientist/Engineer – Power, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #09-056
COMPENSATION: $50,000 plus/year

POSITION: Director, Media Relations, Athletics, #09-055
COMPENSATION: $35,000 plus/year

POSITION: Help Desk Representative, ITSS, #09-051
COMPENSATION: $31,000 plus/year


POSITION: Aircraft Dispatcher, Aerospace Sciences, #09-061
COMPENSATION: $20,000+/year

POSITION: Research Instrumentation Technician, Atmospheric Sciences #09-050
COMPENSATION: $40,000 plus/year


POSITION: Dispatch Clerk, Transportation, #09-048
COMPENSATION: $22,500 plus/year


POSITION: Building Services Technician (Tuesday – Friday, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and Saturday, 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.), Facilities/Wellness Center, #09-060
COMPENSATION: $18,200 plus/year

POSITION: Dishwasher (variable schedule), Dining Services, #09-054
COMPENSATION: $8.42 plus/hour

POSITION: Assistant Cook (various schedule, flexible weekends), Dining Services #09-053
COMPENSATION: $8.82 plus/hour

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Sunday - Friday, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.), Facilities/EERC, #09-052
COMPENSATION: $11.00 plus/hour


NDUS Programmer Analyst - Grand Forks

Yvette La Pierre is 2007-08 Merrifield Competition winner

Yvette La Pierre, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Teaching and Learning, has won the 2007-08 Merrifield Competition. Named in honor of Webster Merrifield, UND’s first University librarian and president of the University from 1892 to 1909, the Merrifield Competition awards a $1,500 scholarship and recognizes outstanding student research using historic documents from the Chester Fritz Library’s Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections. A generous grant from the UND Alumni Association and Foundation enables the library to hold this annual competition.

A five-member jury reviewed the research papers submitted for the 2007-08 Competition. Jury members included Cindy Anderson, nursing; Hans Broedel, history; Curt Hanson, Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections; Sherryl Houdek, educational leadership; and Gregory Vandeberg, geography. The jury judged the papers on quality of research, clarity of thesis and conclusion, writing skill, and the investigation of primary sources.

La Pierre’s winning paper, “Grand Forks College: 1891 to 1911,” examined a variety of documents related to the college and placed this history within larger developments in higher education in this time frame. La Pierre graduated with degrees in English literature and environmental studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She also earned a master’s degree in science journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia. She is the author of five nonfiction books for young readers, articles for adults and children, and guide books to national parks and historic sites. La Pierre is the co-director of the Writers Conference in Children’s Literature held each year at UND. She lives in Grand Forks with her husband Steve Finney, a Norwegian instructor at UND, and their two daughters, Grace and Camille.
-- Curt Hanson, Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library,, 7-4626

UND engineering student wins national honor

Mitch Braegelmann, UND chemical engineering graduate student, has been named one of five Laureates by Tau Beta Pi (TBP), the national engineering honor society. The Laureate program is the association's annual program to recognize gifted engineering students who have excelled in areas beyond their technical majors.

Braegelmann, North Dakota Beta '08, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School in St. Cloud Minn. Captain of UND's football team, he accumulated many sporting awards, including being named to ESPN The Magazine's All-America team. More than this, he has provided many hours of service to his University community, as well as the wider Grand Forks community.

He has volunteered for the past four winters with Holiday Magic for Marcus, using donated money to buy Christmas presents for children with serious illnesses. When a nearby town was hit by a tornado last spring, he went with other students to help in the cleanup operation.

On the academic front, Braegelmann was inducted into TBP the first semester he was eligible and has maintained his grades ever since. He has been an active chapter member, especially in math tutoring sessions where chapter members help students with calculus and other math problems. He made the academic first team twice, an achievement for an engineering major, and was sophomore chemical engineer of the year, along with freshman and junior finalist for that award. His areas of interest include experimental design, polymer science, and materials and corrosion. He has also been active in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Braegelmann has started three seasons on the offensive line for UND's football team, two years at center, and one at guard. Other awards have included UND offensive lineman of the year in 2006-07.

He joins 2008 Laureates from the University of Arizona, University of Florida, University of Wyoming,and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and 60 other remarkable members who have been named Laureates since 1982.