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ISSUE: Volume 46, Number 2: August 27, 2008

Top Stories
Afternoon classes Friday, Sept. 12, canceled for presidential inauguration
Matthew Picklo earns international award
Events to Note
Institutional Review Board to meet Sept. 26
ND EPSCoR state conference announced
Museum Garden concert is tonight
UCLA hurricane tracker to present seminar Thursday
View Symposium on Sustainability through Aug. 28
Volunteer Recruitment Day set for Sept. 3
U2 offers a new Class: Bike Commuting 101
U2 lists sessions
University Senate meets Sept. 4; lists agenda
Art exhibit opens at Third Street Gallery
Tour de Forks set for Sunday, Sept. 7
German freelance writer, editor to speak Sept. 8
TIAA-CREF representatives to visit campus
Sept. 11 memorial service planned at International Peace Garden
Leadership lunch panel extends invitation
U.S. News & World Report ranks UND one of 'Best National Universities'
$10 million grant supports network of VA health care
Physician Assistant Program receives funds to improve care for underserved, high-risk patients
Essential Studies is now on the Web
NIH, AHRQ will require new forms
Senate Scholarly Activities Committee lists grant proposal deadlines
External grant proposal guidelines listed
Motorpool rate changed effective Aug. 1
Updates sought for Student/Faculty/Staff Directory
Labor Day is holiday
Library of the Health Sciences lists holiday hours
ITSS lists holiday closing hours
Phil Jackson events will be rebroadcast
North Dakota Quarterly now available
Chester Fritz Library moves Web site
Obtain free copy of UND Centennial book
Union Services offers two-for-one movie tickets
Barnes & Noble offers hoodies, sweats at 25 percent off
Museum Cafe lists soups, specials
Faculty member sought to serve on Student Policy Committee
Student Employee of the Year nominations sought
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Dakota Medical Foundation awards $170,000 to Department of Surgery
UND carries tradition of academic excellence into Division I era
UND alum addresses Democratic National Convention
In Remembrance
Remembering Thomas Howard
Afternoon classes Friday, Sept. 12, canceled for presidential inauguration

Dr. Robert O. Kelley will be inaugurated as the 11th president of the University of North Dakota at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. A public reception will be held following the ceremony in the Reading Room in the Chester Fritz Library. All members of the UND campus community are encouraged to attend the ceremony and the reception.

UND classes will be canceled beginning at 1 p.m. Sept. 12 to encourage faculty members and students to attend the installation ceremony.

Faculty members are invited to participate in the ceremony by marching in the procession in academic regalia. Please watch for a special invitation and reply as requested.

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

Matthew Picklo earns international award

Matthew Picklo, a scientist at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences neuroscience lab, has been awarded the prestigious international Esterbauer Award for 2008 for his research into the damage caused by free radicals in the body. The award, given to one researcher worldwide every two years, will be presented to Picklo at an international meeting in Nagano, Japan, this fall.

"I was very surprised that I got this award, but also very pleased," says Picklo, associate professor in the medical school's Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Therapeutics and adjunct professor in the Department of Chemistry. Picklo has been invited to present his work at the fall meeting in Japan.

Picklo studies oxidative damage to lipids, caused by what commonly are known as "free radicals." These free radicals, products of normal, everyday living, accumulate with age. Usually, the body disposes of these free radicals, but this requires the presence of antioxidants (found in popular nutritional supplements, such as vitamin E, vitamin C, and omega-three fish oil).

"Oxidative (or free radical) damage is a toxic hallmark of multiple diseases including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, and atherosclerosis," notes Picklo.

"My laboratory studies how the brain gets rid of these toxins" produced by the action of free radicals in the body, he explains.

"By understanding these pathways, we can develop potential therapeutic strategies," he says. "My work involves several techniques, many of which I and my team had to develop ourselves," including liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry. Chromatography is a general term for a family of lab techniques used to separate and analyze mixtures. Mass spectrometry is a powerful analytical technique used to precisely identify the chemical composition of compounds.

The Esterbauer Award is given by the Vienna, Austria-based International HNE-Club, an informal group of researchers with wide interests spanning all aspects of lipid oxidation and other types of oxidation. The International HNE-Club is a Group of Interest within the International Society for Free Radical Research.

The award is named after noted biochemical researcher Hermann Esterbauer, who spent his career at the University of Graz, Austria, studying lipid oxidation chemistry. He headed the school's analytical biochemistry department and, subsequently, was chair of the Institute of Biochemistry. Awardees are nominated by their peers around the world for significant contributions to the study of lipid oxidation.

"I am extremely pleased to see Dr. Picklo's research efforts and dedicated work being recognized internationally," says Jonathan Geiger, professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Therapeutics. "The Hermann Esterbauer Award recognizes officially the important contributions that Dr. Picklo and members of his laboratory have made to the field of aldehyde biochemistry and free radical damage."

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

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

Museum Garden concert is tonight

Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome will in the Museum's Summer Music in the Garden Series from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the North Dakota Museum of Art.

Back by popular demand! Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome is the region's newest and hottest classic rock/horn band. Formed in 2007, this 12-piece group (six horns, keyboards, bass, drums, guitar, male and female vocals) performs the best of classic horn band hits. PTFS will delight its audience with everything from James Brown, Jaco Pastorius, Jamiroquai, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Janice Joplin to Amy Winehouse.

The public is invited to bring a lawn chair or a blanket and claim a place in the sculpture garden. Museum chef Justin Welsh will run the BBQ grill. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be available for purchase, plus soda, chips, salad and root beer floats. In addition, beer and wine will be served. In the event of rain, the concerts will be moved into the galleries of the Museum. Adult tickets are $5, children 12 and under are free.

This year’s concerts are sponsored by HB Sound and Lights, The Rite Spot Liquor Store and Summit Brewery of St. Paul, Minn.

For more information visit or call 701-777-4195. The Museum is located on Centennial Drive, Grand Forks.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

UCLA hurricane tracker to present seminar Thursday

Robert Fovell, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles' Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, will present a seminar on "Why and How Cloud Microphysics Influences Hurricane Tracks" at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, in 106 Streibel Hall.

Recently, Fovell showed that the choice of microphysics scheme could significantly influence the track of hurricanes simulated with the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, even over relatively short (54 hours) integration periods. Simulations of Hurricane Rita, for example, revealed a spread of predicted landfalls comparable to those forecasted by the National Hurricane Center's multi- model consensus, just by varying how condensed water is handled.
The reasons why microphysical assumptions can have a first- order influence on hurricane motion are demonstrated and explained using an idealized version of the same model. In a nutshell, hurricane motion is sensitive to the winds at relatively large radius (300- 700 km) from the core. Those winds depend on pressure gradients that can be easily and directly altered by manipulating the radial variation of temperature. Through evaporation rates, fallout speeds, and radiative effects, microphysics determines how condensation is formed and where it spreads, and thus influences radial temperature gradients, which determines radial pressure gradients, which produces the winds that determine the tracks. As a result, high quality observations from a wide region surrounding the storm are of great value, and the development and tuning of new and better microphysical schemes is strongly motivated.

This seminar is free and open to the public. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

View Symposium on Sustainability through Aug. 28

Sustainability: Meeting the needs and values of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. UND's first-ever Symposium on Sustainability, which took place in the Chester Fritz Auditorium in April 2008, will be aired on Channel 3 through Thursday, Aug. 28, in 90-minute segments beginning at 1 and 9 p.m. each day. Each day's segments will be rebroadcast in a combined three-hour block beginning at midnight. The entire symposium comprises some 12 hours of recorded material. The Symposium on Sustainability was organized by UND's Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment and featured nationally known speakers, including explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau, activist Winona LaDuke, U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan, and many others, all sharing ideas on ways to achieve ecological integrity, economic security, and social justice. More information at
-- Karen Katrinak, Science Analyst, Center for People & Environment,, 777-2482

Volunteer Recruitment Day set for Sept. 3

Volunteer Recruitment Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the Loading Dock, Memorial Union. Agencies will be on campus to recruit volunteers for the fall semester. Everyone is invited to visit with agency representatives about available opportunities. Faculty and staff, in addition to students, are encouraged to attend. Those programs and departments that require service hours are asked to inform students about Volunteer Recruitment Day. For further information, contact Linda Rains, assistant director for student involvement, 777-4076 or
-- Linda Rains, Assistant Director for Student Involvement, Memorial Union,, 701.777.4076

U2 offers a new Class: Bike Commuting 101

Beat high fuel prices, get exercise, and have fun! This session, held in collaboration with the UND Wellness Center, will show how easy it is to commute to work by bicycle. We'll cover equipment, safety, techniques, weather, and look at some local programs and statistics to back it all up. In this session, you'll find out how little effort is required to start, and you'll probably be surprised at how versatile a tool your bicycle can be, once you know the tricks.

Presenter is Joseph J. Vacek, assistant professor of aviation, and year-round bicycle commuter.

Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 3, noon to 1 p.m. at the UND Wellness Center, Classrooms 120 and 121.

Register online at, or e-mail, or phone 701-777-4316.
-- Denis MacLeod, U2 Coordinator, Continuing Education,, 701-777-0720

U2 lists sessions

Bike Commuting 101 (NEW)
Sept. 3, noon to 1 p.m., Wellness Center, Classrooms 120 and 121
See above article for more information.

Facilities Discoverer Reports Training
Sept. 9, 11 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II
Learn how to access the detailed information your department needs from Facilities Discoverer reports. This training includes information on how to access the detail and summary information that breaks down the facilities charges by individual work orders or projects. Presenter: Laura Thoreson.

Laboratory Safety
Sept. 4, 10 a.m. to noon, 115 Abbott Hall
Learn general lab-safety principles for the use of chemicals in laboratories. The workshop covers potential health hazards in the laboratory, protective measures, and responses to incidents and emergencies. This training is required for all UND employees working in a laboratory. Presenter: Eric Pearson.

Legal Issues for Supervisors*
Sept. 4, 10 a.m. to noon, 305 Twamley Hall
Participants will identify the federal and state statutes that affect their roles, discuss UND policies and procedures in relation to federal and state law, and look at situations that may require legal consultation. Presenters: Desi Sporbert and Joy Johnson.
*Required training for all finance and operations supervisors (future supervisors are encouraged to register).

Management vs. Leadership (NEW)
Sept. 10, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl
Management and leadership sometimes are used interchangeably. But, are there differences between the two? Differences exist, and knowing those differences may help supervisors in how they view themselves and in how they manage their employees. The speaker will present ideas and concepts related to the differences between management and leadership. The presenter will also address characteristics of an effective manager and leader. Presenter: Chuck Motis, MS, LAC, LPCC, St. Alexius Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Radiation Safety
Sept. 3, 9 a.m. to noon, Room 5520, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
This course will cover basic principles of radiation protection. Course attendance is required for all individuals working with radioactive materials at the University of North Dakota. Topics discussed will include, but are not limited to, types of radiation, methods of protection, exposure monitoring, handling techniques, decontamination, security, and waste disposal. Presenters: Jason Uhlir and Eric Pearson.

Safe Online Practices—Protecting Your Identity and Securing Your Computer**
Sept. 4, 1 to 3:30 p.m., 361 Upson II
The Internet can provide a wealth of information and give access to valuable financial, business, educational, and entertainment services. However, when connected to the Internet, you and your computer become vulnerable to scammers, identity thieves, viruses, spyware, and more. This session will provide the information you need to protect your identity and computer while online. Presenter: Brad Miller.
**Limited seating—please register early.

Whose Problem Is It Anyway? (NEW)
Sept. 10, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl
Family members also suffer when loved ones abuse alcohol or other drugs. They are often uncertain as to how to approach the addict. They may blame themselves for not being able to help. They may experience feelings of anger, depression, and loneliness as they struggle with the addiction of their loved one. This presentation will address the disease concept of addiction and introduce effective approaches to dealing with the addict. The presenter will offer ideas on how families can be successful regardless of whether their loved one stops using alcohol and other drugs or not. This presentation meets North Dakota Workforce Safety d Insurance Risk Management Program requirements for Substance Abuse Training for Supervisors
Presenter: Chuck Motis, MS, LAC, LPCC, St. Alexius Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Register online at, or e-mail, or phone 777-4316.
-- Denis F. MacLeod, U2 Coordinator , University Within the University ,, 701-777-0720

University Senate meets Sept. 4; lists agenda

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


1. Announcements:
a. Address by President Kelley
b. Parking update, Doug Munski
c. SBHE update
d. Promotion and tenure report
e. Essential Studies report
f. UND Digital Millennium Copyright Act policy

2. Minutes of the previous meeting (5/1/08) and business arising from the minutes. These minutes may be viewed at:

3. Question period


4. Annual report of the Senate Honorary Degrees Committee, Gary Towne, chair


5. Slate of nominees for Senate officers, Committee on Committees

6. Election of a Senate vice chair/chair elect, Committee on Committees

7. Election of a faculty representative to a two-year term on the Senate Executive Committee, Committee on Committees

8. Election of two Senate faculty members to a two-year term each on the Committee on Committees, Committee on Committees

9. Election of a student representative to the Senate Executive Committee, Committee on Committees

10. Senate orientation, Jon Jackson, University Senate chair

11. Candidates for degrees in August 2008, Suzanne Anderson, University registrar

12. Update to SBHE Policy 605.4, Hearings, Paper Review, and Appeals at the University of North Dakota, Standing Committee on Faculty Rights
-- Lori Hofland, Administrative Assistant, Registrars Office,, 777-3892

Art exhibit opens at Third Street Gallery

The exhibition “Portrait of a Pouting Monk and Other Paintings” by Fargo artist Johnathan Miller will open Thursday, Sept. 4, at the Third Street Gallery on Kittson, 310 Kittson Ave., Grand Forks. The exhibition will kick off with a free public artist reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit runs until Oct. 10.

“Portrait of a Pouting Monk and Other Paintings” features oil paintings with pencil drawings. Miller was born in 1977 in Grand Forks, and had an early interest in drawing. By the age of 15 he began to explore painting and photography and was selling work in both mediums by his early twenties. Miller says, ”The look of rough drawings has always been appealing to me. With these paintings, I’m reaching for the look and feel of the sketch.” These images are made up of strangers, friends and sketchy characters, brought out by the brush and the oil in loosely painted, often abstract, portraits.”

Come by the Third Street Gallery on Kittson to view this exhibition. View or purchase the work of local and regional artists, such as Brian Paulsen, Katie McCleery, A. Kemp, in the Third Street Gallery on Kittson Consignment Gallery and Boutique Gift Shop. The items in the gallery change often, so stop by and see the new artwork and gift items on display.

Third Street Gallery on Kittson is curated by Rebecca Sefcovic Uglem and Amy Lyste. The Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. or contact the gallery to schedule an appointment. Those wishing group tours, including schools, should contact the Third Street Gallery at 701-757-3333. There is no admission charge.

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

For more information call 701-757-3333 or contact

Tour de Forks set for Sunday, Sept. 7

The Tour de Forks Louise Eberwein Bike Ride and Sharon Lambeth Memorial 5K Walk/Run is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7, at Lincoln Park. Registration is from noon to 1:30 p.m. The events begin at 1:30 p.m. Cost of the ride is $20 per adult, $10 per student, and $50 per family. All riders receive a Tour de Forks T-shirt. All proceeds from the ride go to support the Altru Breast Cancer Coalition.

Tour de Forks features a 5-mile walk/run and a 5-mile and 12-mile bike ride. Rest and water stops are available along each course. The Safe Kids Coalition will sell bike helmets before the ride.

The Altru Breast Cancer Coalition began in 1995 with a grant from the Altru Health Foundation. The coalition's purpose is to provide mammograms to women between the ages of 40 and 50 who have no health insurance or cannot afford to pay for a mammogram. Women who meet certain financial criteria pay only $5 for a mammogram through the coalition.

Registration forms for the Tour de Forks are available at Altru Family Practice Center, UND Student Health, Altru's WorkLife Center or online at

For more information, contact Nancy Klatt, Altru Cancer Center, 701-780-1060 or 701-780-5400.

German freelance writer, editor to speak Sept. 8

Thomas Jeir, one of German'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 Community Room, Grand Forks Herald, 375 Second Ave. N.

Jeier was born in 1947 and grew up in Frankfurt. Today he lives near Munich and "on the road" in the United States and Canada. Among his bestselling books are novels about a young Cheyenne woman "Die Sehnsucht der Cheyenne"; a Lakota girl with Buffalo Bill's Wild West, "Wo die Feuer der Lakota brenner"; a German immigrant woman in New York during the garment workers strike in 1910, "Emmas Weg in die Freiheit"; a young couple living in Alabama, when Martin Luther King was fighting for freedom, "Sie hatten einen Traum"; and a young nurse in the Vietnam War, "Die Sterne uber Vietnam." His books have been published in more than 15 countries. His newest work is a non-fiction book about Native Americans. Under his pseudonym, Christopher Ross, he publishes romantic adventure novels about women in the Far North of Canada and Alska. He has worn numerous awards for his literary works. For 20 years he had a weekly country music radio show for which he received the International Award of the Country Music Association in Nashville.

The public is invited to hear him speak about his work. The visit is sponsored by UND German division of the Department of Languages. -- Dave Nelson, languages.

TIAA-CREF representatives to visit campus

TIAA-CREF representatives will be on campus Sept. 9–11 and Oct. 14–16 for individual counseling sessions. This session will help you simplify your retirement by:
* Providing objective advice and asset allocation based on your individual needs
* Showing how you can obtain a personalized actionable plan
* Recommending fund selections to keep you on track to and through retirement
* Reviewing your retirement income options

To schedule an appointment, please visit the TIAA-CREF Web site at or call the service and scheduling group at (800)732-8353.

Sept. 11 memorial service planned at International Peace Garden

On Sept. 11, 2008, a memorial service is planned at the 9-11 Memorial located at the International Peace Garden beginning at 11 a.m. Both Gov. John Hoeven and Premier Gary Doer have been invited to attend and address those in attendance.

The keynote speaker for the day will be Earl Beal, assistant professor of counseling and psychology at the University of North Dakota. His direct involvement on Sept. 11, 2001, focused on assisting families involved with the attack on the Pentagon. He was working as the director of the Family Support Center at Grand Forks Air Force Base and supported the staff of the Family Assistance Centers run by the Air Force in the D.C. area.

This year the International Peace Garden will host the first America Supports You "Freedom Walk" in remembrance by continuing the tradition to reflect on the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, renew our commitment to freedom and the values of our countries and to honor our veterans, past and present. This will be a non-partisan/non-exclusive event open to the general-public. This is not a fundraiser for any organization, nor a platform to discuss politics or policies. We simply wish to remember.

Emily Custer of Grand Forks will perform her song, "Thank You." A video of this compilation is available at

For more information, please contact Shelle Michaels at 218-779-7271 or or Doug Hevenor at the International Peace Garden- 1-888-432-6733,

Regarding passports and documentation
After you have driven by either the U.S. or Canadian ports of entry, you will take a turn to the entrance of the International Peace Garden. After you have passed through our front gate, you may move freely between American and Canadian soil within the grounds.

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

U.S. News & World Report ranks UND one of 'Best National Universities'

The University of North Dakota has once again been named one of the best national universities by U.S. News & World Report, according to rankings released Aug. 24.

The magazine, in its "Best Colleges 2009" edition, puts UND among the nation's top 193 public and nonpublic colleges and universities. Schools in the National Universities category offer a full range of undergraduate majors, master's and doctoral degrees. These colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research, according to the magazine.

UND leaders traditionally have downplayed the significance of the rankings, saying they simply serve as one kind of indicator of the University's status in its goal to establish UND as one of the best public universities in the world.

UND also regularly appears in The Princeton Review's list of "Top 366 Universities in the Nation." Also, the publication Washington Monthly has listed UND as one of the top 100 public universities in the United States.

Reflecting its dedication innovative, creative and entrepreneurial teaching and learning, UND was ranked as one of the top 10 most entrepreneurial schools in the country last year. U.S. News & World Report also ranked UND's School of Medicine and Health Sciences fifth in the nation for its expertise in rural medicine in 2007.

$10 million grant supports network of VA health care

The Fargo VA Medical Center and the Center for Rural Health at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences were awarded federal funding from the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs to enhance health care delivery to rural veterans and close gaps in quality and access to care that result from geographic isolation. The five-year, $10 million grant supports a new network of VA health care facilities and academic institutions that will work together to develop and disseminate strategies that optimize care for rural veterans.

The partnership includes VA hospitals and community-based clinics located in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, as well as university partners at the UND Center for Rural Health, the University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, and University of Nebraska. In addition to developing and disseminating strategies to optimize care for rural veterans, the new multi-state Rural Health Resource Center will also assist the VA Office of Rural Health in Washington, D.C., in creating policies to eliminate potential disparities in care faced by rural veterans.

The Rural Health Resource Center director is Peter J. Kaboli, VA staff physician, and associate professor of general internal medicine, University of Iowa; co-director is Alana Knudson, associate director for research at the UND Center for Rural Health, and the Fargo VA Medical Center. Dr. Knudson is an accomplished investigator and program leader whose research includes population health, quality and safety, and financial access for rural and frontier populations.

“What we discover through this center’s projects will influence how veteran health care is delivered across rural America,” said Dr. Knudson.

The Rural Health Resource Center will focus on identifying gaps in rural health care and unique barriers to care faced by rural veterans and then use this knowledge to develop and test innovative strategies to improve access and quality and eliminate disparities.

The funding allows the VA and university research team to bring together experts in health services research, public health, health care policy and financing, and dissemination and implementation of best practices.

“The UND Center for Rural Health is the lead academic agency in this multistate partnership and was instrumental in putting together a highly innovative, competitive proposal,” said H. David Wilson, vice president for health affairs and dean of the UND medical school. “The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences has long been a national leader in the area of rural health, and we look forward to assisting rural veterans, both across the nation, and right here at home.”

“The staff at the Fargo VA Medical Center are excited to work with our academic partners at the University of North Dakota, the other affiliated universities and VA Medical Centers in Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota to enhance service to rural veterans through the efforts of the Veterans Rural Health Resource Center,” said Robert P. McDivitt, FACHE, Fargo VA Medical Center director. “We are proud to be a member of this outstanding team.”
-- Wendy Opsahl, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health,, 777-0871

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

NIH, AHRQ will require new forms

The NIH and AHRQ have announced plans to: 1) move from PureEdge to Adobe versions of the SF424 (R&R) grant application forms; and 2) transition Research Career Development (K), Individual National Research Service Awards (F), and Institutional National Research Service Awards and Other Training Grants (T, D) programs from paper to electronic submission through using the SF424 (R&R).

The new 2007 system supports the use of application forms that can be downloaded and completed using free Adobe Reader software rather than the PureEdge software that is currently required for the SF424 (R&R). To minimize impact of form changes on the applicant community, NIH is carefully timing our move to the new forms to also incorporate the following form changes:

● Recent changes to the PHS 398 form components [NOT-OD-08-028]
● Form changes resulting from the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA)
● Adjustments from the upcoming renewal of the SF424 (R&R)

NIH will pilot the use of Adobe forms, without the aforementioned forms changes, with a couple single submission date Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) that will be issued in late summer. Assuming the pilot goes smoothly, and the forms approval and development process go as planned, NIH will begin posting the bulk of our FOAs with Adobe forms in December 2008. Applicants can plan for all receipt dates through December to use PureEdge forms. A detailed plan will be published in the fall.

Once NIH completes the move from PureEdge to Adobe application forms, it will transition the K, F, T and D programs to electronic submission through using the SF424 (R&R). As has been our practice, the transition by mechanism will include all active FOAs for that program/mechanism. Applications in response to these announcements will require electronic submission through Plans/milestones for submission dates and mechanisms are as follows:

* Feb. 12, 2009 - Research Career Development (all Ks except K12)
April 8, 2009 - Individual National Research Service Awards (F)
* Sept. 25, 2009 - Institutional National Research Service Awards and Other Training Grants (T, D), D43, D71/U2R and K12

Timing of the transition of NIH’’s complex, multi-project grant programs have not been set.

Questions about transition plans may be directed to:
General Information can be obtained at the following sites:

Inquiries regarding this notice should be directed to:

Grants Info
Office of Extramural Research
National Institutes of Health
Phone: 301-435-0714
TTY: 301-451-0088
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance,, 701/777-4278

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 .

Senate Scholarly Activities Committee lists grant proposal deadlines

Monday, Sept. 15, is the first deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC). The committee will consider requests from faculty members to support travel associated with the presentation of scholarly papers. Travel requests will be considered only for travel to be completed between Sept. 16, 2008, and Jan. 15, 2009. The committee WILL NOT provide funds for travel already completed. However, awards can be made contingent on receipt of a letter of acceptance from the meeting at which a paper is to be presented or a program listing the applicant among the presenters. Therefore, if you will be traveling during the specified dates, but do not yet have a letter of acceptance, please DO submit your application at this time. If an award is made, it will be set up for you after you submit proper evidence of acceptance for presentation. No other applications will be considered at that time.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to limited funding available for Senate Scholarly Activities Committee awards at this time, the committee may make awards based on the following criteria: official notice of presentation, number of SSAC awards previously received by the applicant, and years at UND (new faculty and first-time applicants are given priority).

The second deadline for submission of applications is Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008. Only research/creative activity or publication applications will be considered. No other applications will be considered.

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

The fourth deadline for submission of applications is Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009. Research/creative activity and publication grant applications, as well as applications for New Faculty Scholar Awards will be considered. No travel applications will be considered.

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

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

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

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

Motorpool rate changed effective Aug. 1

The following rental rates took effect Aug. 1 per North Dakota State Fleet. Changes were affected by costs of fuel and maintenance. Rates will be reviewed again in October for a possible November 1 adjustment.

Sedan $0.313
Minivan - seven-passenger $0.403
Van, 12- and 15-passenger $0.673
Compact 4x4 SUV $0.513
Expedition, six-passenger $0.533
Suburban, six-passenger $0.673
Pickup, ext. cab, 4x4; 6-foot box $0.533
Cargo van - full size $0.673
Mini cargo van $0.533
-- Mary L. Metcalf, Manager, Transportation,, 777-4123

Updates sought for Student/Faculty/Staff Directory

We are seeking updated information for the front section of the 2008-2009 UND Directory of Students, Faculty and Staff, pp. 1-68. This is NOT the faculty/staff section, which will be run after the school year begins. The section we are updating contains office information, including e-mail, Web addresses, physical locations, phone numbers, and more. Each office has received an e-mail requesting updated information. If your office did not receive a request, please contact Mavis Ness at 777-4304 or . Thank you for your assistance.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

Labor Day is holiday

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Sept. 1, will be observed as Labor Day by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday. -- Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources.

Library of the Health Sciences lists holiday hours

The Library of the Health Sciences hours for Labor Day weekend follow:
Friday, Aug. 29, regular hours 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 31, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 1, 1 p.m. to midnight.
-- April Byars, Administrative Assistant, Library of the Health Sciences,, 777-3893

ITSS lists holiday closing hours

Information Technology Systems and Services will close for the Labor Day holiday at midnight Sunday, Aug. 31, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2.
-- David Levenseller, Help Desk Leader, ITSS Help Desk,, 777-2222

Phil Jackson events will be rebroadcast

Studio One will rebroadcast the Convocation and Great Conversation with Phil Jackson on Channel 3.

Dates are Aug. 28, 30, and 31, at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.. The Convocation will be followed by the Great Conversation in each of the broadcasts. -- Studio One.
-- Television Center.

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).

Chester Fritz Library moves Web site

The Chester Fritz Library Web site moved to a different server during the summer. Your existing bookmarks and links to the library's Web site may not work as before. Bookmark the new link at .

For help call 777-4629, or e-mail us at .
-- Wilbur Stolt, Director of Libraries, Chester Fritz Library,, 777-2189

Obtain free copy of UND Centennial book

Free copies of "A Century on the Northern Plains - The University of North Dakota at 100" edited by Robert P. Wilkins, are available on the first floor, Twamley Hall, or first floor, Memorial Union.

Union Services offers two-for-one movie tickets

Union Services, in the Memorial Union is offering two-for-the-price-of-one movie tickets starting Aug. 22 while supplies last. These movie tickets can be used at ANY Carmike Theater. Stop by Union Services for more information or call today.
-- Linda Maszk, Business Manager, Memorial Union,, 7-3927

Barnes & Noble offers hoodies, sweats at 25 percent off

Barnes & Noble Bookstore offers 25 percent off hoodies and sweats by Jansport and Redshirt Vintage Styles now through Sept. 5. Shop early for the best selection at your UND bookstore, Barnes & Noble, right next to the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
-- Michelle Abernathey, General Manager, Barnes & Noble at UND,, 777-2103

Museum Cafe lists soups, specials

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

Aug. 27-29: Middle Eastern Week
Soups: Middle Easter Vegetable / Fasulia
Wednesday: Chicken and Sweet Jeweled Rice
Thursday: Bean and Spinach Omelet
Friday: Roasted Peppers and Lemon Capers

Sept. 1-5:
Soups: Pasta Fagioli / Tomato Basil
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Jerk Chicken
Wednesday: Pork Loin
Thursday: Calzones
Friday: Sushi

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

Faculty member sought to serve on Student Policy Committee

A position on the the Senate Student Policy Committee is available to an interested faculty member. Information on the responsibilities of this committee can be found at

If you are interested in serving UND in this capacity, please contact Michele Iiams, at 777-4612 or .
-- Lori Hofland, Administrative Assistant, Registrars Office,, 777-3892

Student Employee of the Year nominations sought

The University of North Dakota announces a new award for student employment, Student Employee of the Year. The Student Employee of the Year will be a chance for on-campus department supervisors to nominate and highlight their outstanding full time degree-seeking undergraduate student employees that portray reliability, quality of work, professionalism, and show creativity and independence when dealing with work situations. Students must have a 3.0 or higher institutional cumulative GPA and be currently employed as a Federal Work Study student or Institutional student at the time of nomination. The individual that is selected by the Student Employee of the Year Committee will receive a $500 award for spring semester. The Student Employee of the Year Committee will forward this year's recipient to the Regional Student Employee of the Year and the student could possibly advance to the National Student Employee of the Year.

Notification for nominations will be sent out to all on campus department supervisors in early December and are due back to the Student Financial Aid Office by Feb. 1. Presentation of the award will be April 24 during the Memorial Union Leadership Awards. For details contact Hanna Baker, student employment clerk, or Janelle Kilgore, Student Financial Aid student employment administrator,
-- Janelle Kilgore, Student Employment Administrator, Student Financial Aid,, 777-4794

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: Database Programmer, Housing, #09-049
COMPENSATION: $34,000 plus/year

POSITION: Radar Engineer, Atmospheric Science, #09-047
COMPENSATION: $65,000 plus/year

POSITION: Director of Distance Recruitment and Relations, Continuing Education, #09-044
COMPENSATION: $45,000 plus/year


OFFICE SUPPORT: No vacancies.



NDUS Programmer Analyst - Grand Forks.

Dakota Medical Foundation awards $170,000 to Department of Surgery

The Dakota Medical Foundation recently announced a grant of $170,000 to the Department of Surgery to support the development of a simulation skills center. The center will be based at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks and at the medical school’s education building in Fargo.

“The Dakota Medical Foundation is honored to partner with the UND Medical School and Altru as they work together to ensure the region has a sufficient number of well-trained medical professionals,” says J. Patrick Traynor, president of the Foundation.

The new center will provide simulation-based training for physicians in the school’s general surgery residency program.

“We are really excited about this grant,” says David Antonenko, professor of surgery and director of the Surgical Simulation Center. “The center will meet the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s requirements for simulation training of general surgery residents.”

Family practice and internal medicine residents, medical students, and some allied health professionals will also have access to the center.

“Simulation training has been shown to reduce learning time and to improve patient safety,” says Dr. Antonenko. “Simulation will be used to train residents and others in basic surgery skills, minimally invasive surgery such as laparoscopy, endoscopy, and emergency procedures including airway management and ultrasound in surgery.”

Once the center is established, a mobile system will be developed to provide training within the State of North Dakota and some surrounding regions for practitioners who are unable to leave their communities to obtain this training.

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences is a fully accredited medical school serving the people of North Dakota and the nation. About 47 percent of North Dakota primary care physicians are graduates of the School of Medicine. Almost half of the graduates from the Department of Surgery residency program practice in rural communities in the upper Midwest and 25 percent practice in North Dakota. Also, many of the allied health science practitioners in the state are graduates of the medical school.

The Fargo-based Dakota Medical Foundation 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.

UND carries tradition of academic excellence into Division I era

As the University of North Dakota prepares for its first season of Division I competition, the UND athletic department is proud to celebrate the academic accomplishments of its student athletes.

Sixty-five UND student athletes have received Academic All-America recognition over the years, the fourth-highest number in Division II history according to a recent report by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The CoSIDA report underscores UND's commitment to the academic pursuits of its student athletes, who have cultivated a legacy of success not only in competition, but in the classroom.

I want to salute the dedication and commitment of our student athletes and coaches to academic excellence at UND, said Brian Faison, director of athletics. Clearly at North Dakota the student comes first in student athletes.

UND's student athletes enjoyed another successful year in the classroom in 2007-08, with 246 student athletes achieving a 3.0 grade point average or higher during the spring 2008 semester, including 54 student athletes with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Four student athletes earned CosIDA Academic All-America honors in 2007-08, including football players Mitch Braegelmann (first team), Weston Dressler (first team) and Rory Manke (second team) and softball player Casie Hanson (first team). Dressler was also a national semifinalist for the prestigious Draddy Trophy, the top academic honor in NCAA football. A two-sport standout, Hanson was also named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Outstanding Student Athlete of the Year.

Another five student athletes were named United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Academic All-Americans, including Renee Aune, Heidi Evans, Amanda Gefroh, Kristy Keithley and Kyle Rosseau. Evans was also an NCAA postgraduate scholarship recipient.

On the conference level, 49 UND student athletes earned either North Central Conference or Western Collegiate Hockey Association academic all-conference honors.

Additionally, three UND teams were nationally recognized for distinguished academic performance. The Sioux men were named USTFCCCA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Scholar Team of the Year, while the Sioux women were named a Division II Track and Field Scholar Team. UND's women's basketball team was named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll.

UND alum addresses Democratic National Convention

David Gipp, a 1969 UND graduate and president of United Tribes Technical College, addressed the Democratic National Convention Tuesday in Denver. Gipp's presentation will focus in part on the role of tribal higher education in the process of rebuilding tribal nations.

Gipp is member of the Standing Rock Tribe and has been president of the college since 1977.

Remembering Thomas Howard

It is with regret we announce the death of Thomas Howard, professor emeritus of history, of Moorhead, Minn., formerly of Grand Forks. Howard died July 20, 2008, in his home under the care of hospice of the Red River Valley, as well as his family. He was 74. A service will be held at a later date.